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SERVPRO in Seattle is skilled at mold inspections, remediations, and removal

8/26/2021 (Permalink)

mold damage Mold remediation. should be handled by SERVPRO. We use the latest technology and equipment. Call now for fast and immediate service.

Does Your Attic or Crawlspace Have Mold? SERVPRO Has The Answer.

Homeowners know that there are areas inside it that you never go into or even look at. Spaces like your attic or crawlspace are not typically parts of your home that you frequent. However, it is wise to check the sections of your structure now and then to ensure nothing is wrong.

If you notice that something doesn't look or smell right in these areas, you may have to conduct mold removal in your Seattle house. For example, your water pipes could develop a slow leak that puts moisture in your crawlspace and thus allows black mold to form. Or, a small leak in your roof could cause attic mold to grow and spread. Once moisture enters any part of your structure, the humidity levels elevate, putting your entire attic or crawlspace at risk.

Luckily our SERVPRO technicians have your back and can offer fast 24/7 service. Our highly trained team can use advanced technology to assist you by conducting one or more of the following procedures:

Once a fungus develops, it can spread to anywhere in your house with wet organic materials such as paper or wood. Since mold can cause health effects, it is wise to remediate it before it gets worse.

Nobody particularly likes the smell of mold, and it is a sign that there could be other issues. If you ever see or smell fungi in your attic or crawlspace, call SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast at (206) 362-9295. 

How Can Seattle Homeowners Get Late Night Mold Cleanup?

6/22/2021 (Permalink)

mold on a ceiling and wall with a woman standing in front of it. SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast is here no matter the hour to assist you with mold damage.

SERVPRO Mold Cleanup is Available 24/7 for Seattle Properties

Mold proliferation is a potential complication that can affect all buildings regardless of location. However, the Pacific Northwest’s propensity for rain can exacerbate microbial proliferation risk. Mold can be challenging for Seattle homeowners to detect until extensive growth behind structural materials has started to affect surfaces.

SERVPRO teams respond quickly to Seattle residential mold cleanup needs, with cleanup performed according to Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards. Professionals receive extensive training to combat mold and other forms of disaster.

SERVPRO Availability Minimizes Mold Damage

SERVPRO’s 24-hour service is a disaster prevention strategy on its own with a variety of benefits:

  • Mold proliferation can start within 24 hours of moisture exposure, which can be difficult for homeowners to mitigate successfully. SERVPRO technicians, however, have access to inspection methods like thermal imaging and calibrated moisture sensors that allow for fast detection of moisture that can impact mold growth
  • SERVPRO containment measures and personal protective equipment (PPE) minimize the risk of mold spores spreading around the property during cleanup
  • Odor Control Technicians (OCTs) address mold damage odors with various solutions, including SERVPRO proprietary deodorizers, EPA-registered biocides, and commercial-grade air movement devices.

SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast crews can be reached at (206) 362-9295 for residential cleanup services.

We Respond to Water Mitigation Calls in Lake City Around the Clock

6/4/2021 (Permalink)

Burst main water line Burst pipes will cause a major challenge. SERVPRO techs are trained and experienced in all phases of water damage restoration services.

Lake City water mitigation projects are typically time-sensitive

SERVPRO has earned a reputation as one of the fastest and most readily available mitigation services in the country through several decades of hard work. Our rapid responses help save time and money in future restoration efforts.

Part of the reason why SERVPRO is so successful at handling water mitigation in Lake City is thanks to our 24-hour readiness. Disasters do not stop happening at night, and when a few hours can mean thousands of dollars worth of damages, we do not wait until morning to respond to the problem. We stay ready around the clock to respond to issues such as:

  • Flood restoration
  • Basement Flooding Cleanup
  • Sewage Cleanup
  • Burst pipes

Within a few hours of your initial call, SERVPRO employees arrive on-site to assess the situation and implement emergency services water damage. These services include critical measures such as shutting off water lines, removing hazards from the area, and preparing for water extraction pumps. Our goal is to remove most of the water from your home before the first day is done so that potentially costly side effects such as mold growth do not get the chance to happen.

SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast responds fast when you need help with a disaster in your home. Call our emergency line at (206) 362-9295.

Mold Removal Companies in Seattle

4/9/2021 (Permalink)

Mold on wall If mold is left unchecked, it can spread very quickly. Contact our IICRC certified mold damage remediation team for an assessment today.

SERVPRO Offers Bathroom Mold Removal in Seattle

The formation of mold is a common problem many homeowners deal with, especially in the winter months. Bathroom windows are usually closed, and there may or may not be a bathroom air exhaust vent. Close the bathroom door add moisture and warm temperatures, and you have the perfect conditions for mold infestations.

SERVPRO companies provide mold removal services to Seattle homeowners. Moisture in the shower, particularly on the ceiling and over the tub, is the perfect breeding ground and can quickly foster mold spores' growth.

Good air circulation, operating an exhaust fan, leaving doors open, wiping shower walls down after a shower, and opening a window can help reduce mold growth in your shower stall or over the tub.

SERVPRO provides a complete set of services to help you with removing mold from your home.

  • Mold Inspections,
  • Remediation and removal
  • Disinfection and cleaning

Remove mold as soon as it is observed. Mold can cause health effects.

Call SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast for mold removal companies in Seattle and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (206) 362-9295.

Emergency Services Water Damage in Seattle

3/24/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician consulting with customer You can depend on our professionals with state of the art equipment to thoroughly dry your property so you can return safely after a water incident.

Ceiling Repairs from Water Damages in Seattle

Seattle is the largest metropolitan area in the Pacific Northwest, with almost 4 million people. The city is ranked as the fastest-growing city in the US. The Denny party from Illinois arrived in 1851, and the region was named Seattle in 1852. The city evolved from a major logging center to aircraft manufacturing after world war II and then as a technology center of excellence from the 1980s onward with companies such as Microsoft and Amazon. A host of companies focusing on software, biotechnology, and the internet continue to drive strong growth in the city and surrounding areas.

A city of Seattle's size has many cultural, sports, entertainment, and outdoor activities to offer residents and visitors. The following list provides a synopsis of a few of them that many find worthwhile to enjoy.

  • Chihuly Garden and Glass
  • The Museum of Flight
  • Pike Place Market
  • Washington State Ferries
  • Kerry Park
  • Sky View Observatory
  • Hiram M. Chittenden Locks
  • Woodland Park Zoo
  • T-Mobile Park
  • Space Needle

Chihuly Garden and Glass

The Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibition should be on everyone's list of places to visit. Eight galleries offer a complete collection of Dale Chihuly's series of works. The main exhibit is the Glasshouse. Covering 4500 square feet and 40 feet tall, it displays a 100-foot-long glass sculpture with a palette of oranges, reds, amber, and orange. Each artistic sculpture changes in perception as the natural light of day fades into night. Visitors should check online for hours. The gardens are located at 305 Harmon St.

Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market encompasses a 9-acre historic district where farmers, small businesses, and artisans offer their products to the public. The Pike Market Senior Center, the Food Bank, childcare and preschool, and Pike Market Clinic are located within the district. There are four farmer's markets – City Hall Farmers Market, The Regrade Farmers Market, the South Lake Union Farmers Market, and the First Hill Farmers Market. Check for dates and schedules.

The crafts market represents over 225 local and regional craftspeople, opens daily, and is located in the North Arcade. The market is one of the most diverse and most extensive in the US.

Sky View Observatory

Sky View Observatory is located at 902 feet elevation on the 73rd floor of the Columbia Center. The observatory is the tallest public viewing spot in the Pacific Northwest. There is a 360-degree view that includes

  • Mt. Rainier,
  • The Cascade Mountains,
  • Mt. Baker,
  • Bellevue,
  • Elliott Bay,
  • The Space Needle
  • The Olympic Mountains and
  • The city of Seattle.

Water Mitigation from Burst Pipes in Ceilings in Seattle Homes

A slow leak in a pipe in the ceiling of your home may go unnoticed for weeks until a brown stain appears on the surface of the ceiling. A burst pipe may cause water to fill the ceiling cavity until it comes crashing down on unsuspecting residents.

SERVPRO provides water mitigation from leaking or burst pipes in Seattle residences. Anytime there is a burst pipe, homeowners should immediately shut off the main water intake valve and call us for help.

Our team responds to your call in less than four hours and immediately begins

  • Water clean up,
  • Removing debris that may have fallen
  • Finds the source of the water leak
  • Initiates drying and humidity reduction activities

Call SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast for water mitigation and restoration in Seattle and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (206) 362-9295.

Homeowners Do Not Need to Worry About Mold Remediation and Repair in Seattle

12/29/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment and technicians SERVPRO has teams of certified technicians ready to assist you at a moments notice. Call us as soon as you seem mold on your property.

SERVPRO Can Get Rid of Mold in Seattle Homes Fast and Efficiently 

Situated between Puget Sound and Lake Washington, Seattle is a seaport city with over 4 million people living in the metropolitan area alone. Close to the Canadian border, it is a major port for trade with Asia.

Europeans Arrive & a City is Born

The Denny Party arrived in Seattle on November 13, 1851. At that time, Native Americans were living in the area and had lived there for at least 4,000 years. The settlers, led by Arthur A. Denny, had traveled via the schooner Exact. They moved from their original destination to Elliott Bay. In 1852, the city was named Seattle to honor Chief Si’ahl. 

People of the Inside

Two different tribes inhabited the Seattle area, the Duwamish and Suquamish tribes. The Duwamish are estimated to have lived in Seattle since approximately 8,000 BCE. They are a Lushootseed speaking tribe. Before they interacted with Europeans, they descended from two different people groups:

  •   The People of the Inside (the environs of Elliott Bay)
  •   The People of the Large (Lake Washington)

There are many tribes, even today, that are interrelated and interconnected with nearby tribes throughout the Puget Sound-Strait of Georgia basin.

Before the White Settlers Came

There have been sites discovered at West Point, which is part of Discovery Park, that are at least 4,000 years old. The Industrial District of Seattle was once the location of the mouth of the Duwamish River and villages. The People of the Inside lived near the following waters:

  •   Elliott Bay
  •   Duwamish River
  •   Black River
  •   Cedar River

Several prominent villages, of the thirteen throughout Seattle, were in this region. Other groups were the People of the Large Lake and the People of the Small Lake and were culturally similar. They did consider themselves to be a distinct people from the People of the Inside. Today they are all part of the Duwamish tribe. 

Suquamish Tribe

The Suquamish tribe is also a Lushootseed speaking people. They are a federally recognized tribe as part of the Treaty of Point Elliott agreement, which was put in place in 1855. Chief Seattle signed the treaty on behalf of the Suquamish and Duwamish. The Port Madison Indian Reservation is owned by the Suquamish. 

In 1792 George Vancouver decided to explore Puget Sound. This was when he met the Suquamish people. It was their first contact with Europeans. It is believed he may have met Kitsap, thought to be one of the most powerful chiefs from 1790 through 1845. More contact with whites would take place as the British established trading posts. 

The Treaty of Point Elliott 

In 1855, the Native American tribes of the great Puget Sound and the United States Government enacted a lands settlement treaty. It was one of thirteen such treaties in Washington state. Signed on January 13 at Point Elliott, it was ratified in 1859. The treaty did not stop the fighting that was going on in the area. The Treaty of Point Elliott established the Tulalip, Swin-a-mish, and Lummi reservations. Chief Seattle (Si’ahl) was the chief of both the Duwamish and Suquamish tribes and signed the treaty. Other signers included:

  •   Territorial Governor Isaac Stevens
  •   Chief Patkanim – Snoqualmoo and Sno-ho-mish tribes
  •   Chief Chow-its-hoot – Lummi tribe
  •   Chief Goliah – Skagit tribe

Oher tribal representatives signed the treaty as well. The treaty was supposed to guarantee fishing rights and reservations, but not all tribes were granted reservations. Part of the problem was the Indians believed the treaties would take place immediately upon the signing, not realizing that is not always how the wheels of the white man’s government turned. 

Industry Comes to Seattle

Logging was the first major industry. The term Skid Row comes from the lumber boom. Today’s Yesler Way was once known as “Skid Road” after an incident involving lumber skidding down the hill from a nearby sawmill. The term later morphed into Skid Row as a result of the dereliction in the area. By the 19th century, Seattle had moved into bigger things. It became a commercial and shipbuilding center. During the Klondike Gold Rush, Seattle’s second major boom, it was the gateway to Alaska. 

The Gold Rush Turns Seattle Into a Transportation Center

The Klondike Gold Rush was a blessing to all of the United States as it ended the depression. Seattle quickly became a transportation center. The miners headed to Alaska, and the Yukon used Seattle as a supply point and for transportation. While that was lucrative for a while, the real moneymaker, in the long run, was the feeding and clothing of the miners. The city was competing with other cities in the exchange business for the miner's business and had to be competitive. The economic benefits from this boom would fund many new ventures in Seattle. Some of the major businesses to come out of it were:

  •   American Messenger Company – started by 19-year-old James A. Casey in 1907 with $100 he borrowed. It later became UPS.
  •   Nordstrom and Eddie Bauer 

SERVPRO Provides Mold Remediation and Repair Services to Seattle Residents

Mold is everywhere, and where there is moisture, it grows. In a seacoast town like Seattle, there is plenty of moisture year-round. Mold should never be ignored. For one thing, it can cause health effects. It also can ruin whatever it comes in contact with and it spreads rapidly. SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast can mitigate the problem by:

  •   Finding and removing the source of moisture
  •   Containing the affected area 
  •   Cleaning impacted services with a variety of techniques
  •   Sanitizing with antimicrobial and antifungal agents
  •   Using HEPA vacuums and filters
  •   Implementing controlled construction as needed
  •   Deodorizing

Our goal is to leave your home, “Like it never even happened.” It is better to leave mold remediation and repair to the professionals. DIY methods can make the situation worse if you use the wrong products. Our technicians are certified in mold removal and have the proper PPE. Contact us at (206) 362-9295 to schedule your appointment.

Why Choose a Mold and Water Removal Company in Seattle that takes a Multi-Pronged Approach?

10/31/2020 (Permalink)

mold and water damage For disaster remediation, you can trust, call SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast at (206) 362-9295.

Seattle Residents Need Mold and Water Removal that takes Everything into Account

Seattle is a beautiful place to live. From the glorious vistas of Puget Sound and Lake Washington to a thriving music scene, it is an excellent part of the country to set up home. However, the climate does lend itself to a damp atmosphere and steady heavy rain, and so those living here need to take extra care of your homes.

If your home suffers a leak of any kind, whether from an appliance or due to inclement weather, you need mold and water removal in Seattle. For best results, choose a remediation company that takes a multi-pronged approach that leaves you stress-free and your home, “Like it never even happened.”

What do we mean by a multi-pronged approach?
Water and mold remediation are not straightforward tasks. There are many things to consider:

    •    What caused the problem?
    •    What is the best way to remediate it?
    •    Are there any health risks?
    •    What should you do about insurance?
    •    Can you prevent the problem from coming back?
SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast takes all of these aspects into account.

Why might you need mold and water removal?
Mold and water removal often go hand in hand. If your home suffers water damage due to bad weather or a plumbing issue, there is always a mold risk that goes with that. Mold thrives in damp environments, so as soon as water spills, there is a risk that the conditions will be just right for mold growth.

This works both ways – if you spot a mold problem in your home, there is always an underpinning moisture issue.
Whether your issue is water damage or mold damage, SERVPRO is on hand to tackle the situation and leave your home dry and fresh once more.

How do we decide on the best course of remediation?
Every remediation project is different. We begin by assessing:

    •    How much moisture is present – we use moisture probes and meters to take readings
    •    What caused the problem – if the cause is not immediately apparent, we can use our instruments to check for moisture in hidden places and trace the course of water across the surface of walls and floors
    •    Which water-damaged belongings we can salvage, and which we must dispose of

When we have completed our assessment, we will draw up a plan of action and explain it to you. SERVPRO technicians never act without your permission – we will detail the process and the cost before we start. Once you give us the nod, we begin remediation. This could include:
    •    Pumping out water
    •    Using air movers and dehumidifiers to dry the area
    •    Spot-cleaning mold or water damaged textiles and upholstery
    •    HEPA vacuuming and dry or wet cleaning to remove mold
    •    Applying anti-microbial treatments to kill mold and discourage regrowth

We can also send damaged items out for specialist cleaning at our facility if necessary.

How do we mitigate health risks?
Remediation is not without risk, which is why you should not attempt it yourself. Mold can cause health effects, and water might be contaminated with sewage or chemicals. Even water from a dishwasher can contain harmful chemicals.

SERVPRO equips all our technicians with high-quality personal protective equipment, including breathing apparatus, bodysuits, heavy-duty aprons, and gloves. We also train our staff in health and safety practices and ensure they carry out a full risk assessment at every job.

Can we help you with insurance?
Dealing with insurers may be one of the most frustrating parts of a home disaster. SERVPRO can assist with insurance claims on your behalf. We log all damage and take photos of evidence, and we can provide a professional opinion on which items we can salvage and which items you must replace. We are used to working with insurance companies, and we understand what they are looking for. However, the final decision on discarding contents rests with you and your carrier. We try to help and reduce the anxiety level, but we are not insurance agents.

Can we help prevent the problem from coming back?
If a faulty appliance caused the issue, we advise you to replace it, of course. If the problem lies in door or window leaks, a damaged roof, or a broken downspout, we suggest you repair it as soon as possible. In some cases, we can liaise with other professionals to carry out necessary structural repairs.

We always leave your home dry, with acceptable humidity levels to discourage mold from regrowing. We suggest keeping those levels constant – you might want to invest in a dehumidifier. We will do everything we can to help prevent problems from coming back; however, the best thing you can do is keep your home dry and deal with any leaks as soon as you notice them.

For disaster remediation, you can trust, call SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast at (206) 362-9295.

Should I Consider The Level of Customer Care A Company Offers When Choosing A Fire Damage Restorer?

8/28/2020 (Permalink)

Roof on fire SERVPRO will take care of your Seattle fire, prepare and call us today.

At SERVPRO Customer Service Is Considered As Crucial As Any Other Aspects of The Fire Damage Restoration Process In Seattle Properties.

Fire damage manifests physically and therefore requires physical solutions. However, when choosing a restorer to fix your Seattle home, you might need to consider factors beyond the company's ability to perform various restoration tasks. Customer service is one such aspect since it can change some aspects of the restoration.

How does customer service impact the renovation?

Fire damage restoration in Seattle properties is rarely a concise or static process. Since the incident may be the first one you have ever dealt with, you have to learn fast and also act quickly because the conditions change if considerable time passes with no remedial action. Professional restorers, on the other hand, readily understand the damages they encounter in various properties. SERVPRO emphasizes better customer care since it is what acts as a bridge between what the professionals know and what the property owner wants. The main advantages of better customer care include:

  • Eliminating uncertainties about the outcomes of the restoration process
  • Reducing stress by availing different possible solutions to the problems
  • Simplifying the administrative aspects of the restoration 

What uncertainties do most homeowners face after fire damage?

Fire involves a wide range of chemical processes that affect materials in many ways, all over the property. For instance, smoke blackens surfaces through soot deposits or causes yellowing on appliance surfaces when acidic residues react with the material. While most homeowners expect cleaning to help restore blackened surfaces, there is uncertainty whether unusual damages such as yellowing, stained grout on tiled surfaces, or stubborn odors can be resolved. 

Our SERVPRO customer care representatives take time to explain the different effects fire has on your property and the possible solutions. For instance, we can provide a timeline of when certain damages happen, and the possible solutions or preferable restoration approaches to counter those outcomes. For an incident that leaves considerable smoke deposits, a typical timeline of expected losses would follow this trend:

  • Smoke discolors porous materials permanently within minutes.
  • Soot causes yellowing in appliances, tiles, and countertops after hours of exposure.
  • Painted surfaces yellow, metals corrode, and upholstery stains permanently after days of exposure.
  • Weeks of soot exposure stains synthetic fibers permanently and pitting, or etching occurs on glass surfaces.

What is the most stressful thing about fire damage?

It is hard to pinpoint one aspect as the most stressful thing since fire incidents affect properties and their owners differently. Some top concerns include:

  • Ruined schedules
  • Loss of sentimental items
  • Lengthy restoration procedures

There is no convenient time for fire damage. However, the situation is worse when an incident interrupts other plans such as a vacation or when the loss falls in the middle of a severe weather season. Such loss normally leads to the cancellation of the rest of the plans so that you can focus on the restoration. However, if you find a remodeling team that can take care of your interests well, the disruption can be minimized, allowing you to proceed with some, if not all, aspects of your life as usual.

One way our SERVPRO teams manage to satisfy the needs of customers is by segmenting the work and assigning different responsibilities to specific individuals. For instance, our Fire And Smoke Restoration Technicians handle smoke-related damage, Applied Structural Drying Technicians handle moisture issues, and our Carpet Cleaning Technicians manage the restoration of upholstery and other fabric items. We also have crew chiefs who oversee the entire teams, ensuring the flow of instructions, questions, and feedback through a single channel. 

What administrative issues do I have to deal with after fire damages?

Administrative processes might involve filing paperwork, seeking approvals, or sending notifications. The most common tasks in this category are the filing of insurance claims and seeking approvals for renovation processes from local authorities. Our SERVPRO crew chiefs help ease the process for you by informing you about deadlines or the minimum requirements for each type of application. We also help you collect necessary information such as photos or videos of the damaged sections. 

You need a professional restorer to do more than just cleaning and restoring the damaged sections of your property. With the right level of customer service, it is easier to recover from fire damage. Call SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast at (206) 362-9295 to help manage the renovation of your property. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Why Do I Need Skilled Technicians to Restore My Seattle Water Damaged Drywall?

8/5/2020 (Permalink)

Water pockets on drywall. Water damage can take over your Seattle home faster than most realize, call SERVPRO today. We will help you through every step.

SERVPRO Has Proven Techniques and Experience Handling Seattle Area Water Restoration Needs

Whether a pipe bursts in your Seattle home and sends water into your finished basement, or you had a tub overflow, and water seeped behind walls, you need to address the saturated drywall. If you suspect that there is water damage within your home, it is imperative that you have it inspected by skilled technicians. SERVPRO is available 24/7 for water removal and drying so that you can lessen the overall loss.

Why Should I Call SERVPRO to Help?

Speed is critical when water infiltrates your home. Calling in our trained team for water restoration in Seattle helps to inhibit mold growth and lessens the financial impact of the loss. Once the Green Fleet arrives at your property, we will:

  • Inspect your drywall for moisture. If the drywall is soft, it is a good indication that it is wet. We also have non-penetrating meters that help us to determine if excessive moisture is present.
  • Take a look at the wall interior. We can do so by creating boreholes to find moisture around the studs or a penetrating moisture meter. It is imperative to determine if your insulation is wet so that we can begin proper drying protocols. This may include the removal of saturated portions of insulation to be replaced with new materials. Your insulation will lose R-value if it remains wet.

Saturated walls and wet insulation hold onto moisture for quite some time, which means that mold clusters can thrive. We will perform controlled demolition to remove any unsalvageable drywall and dispose of it as quickly and efficiently as possible. Everything is then replaced and finished off to bring your interior back to preloss condition. 

Why call SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast for water restoration service? Because we have the manpower and technology to handle the project with precision! Call (206) 362-9295, and we can send out a crew as soon as possible. 

My Carpet In My Seattle Home Is Wet, Should I Involve A Professional?

6/14/2020 (Permalink)

Close up of water flooding on living room parquet floor in a house SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast has the resources to manage water spills better.

Water Damage Restoration Companies like SERVPRO Help Seattle Homeowners Deal with Challenges Arising after Water Spills

Water spills on carpets or other parts of the Seattle house happen all the time. However, most are insignificant, thus easily managed through actions such as blotting the affected areas with towels. In some cases, though, you need assistance from a professional to help save the carpet and restore your Seattle home to its preloss state.

What can indicate that hiring water damage restoration companies is necessary to save my Seattle property?

    •    Completing drying on your own within 72 hours does not seem likely
    •    You are not sure whether the water has reached the subfloor
    •    There is a foul smell

Although these might seem like trivial issues, they have severe consequences. When carpets in your Seattle home are exposed to water over extended periods, problems such as delaminating and mold growth develop. Mold begins to grow within 24-48 hours after water exposure. Our SERVPRO technicians can help expedite the drying process by using powerful water extractors and setting up several air movers and dehumidifiers to complete drying within a favorable timeline.

Even after stopping the source of water, moisture migration continues around the property. If the water reaches hidden areas such as subfloors, it might lead to a permanent problem, even after drying the carpet. Our technicians use sophisticated equipment to trace moisture migration, including thermal cameras that can reveal wet areas in the subfloor without the need for demolition.

Doesn't odor disappear naturally when carpets dry?

You may expect odor to dissipate after drying the carpet since water intrusion marked the starting point. However, smells can linger for several reasons, including:
    •    Mold development on the backing due to improper drying
    •    Dissolved soils stuck in the carpet fibers
    •    Scent from substandard cleaning products

Our SERVPRO technicians incorporate various procedures in the water removal process to eliminate chances of odor development, including applying antimicrobial agents on the carpet backing, incorporating cleaning during water extraction, and monitoring the drying process with moisture meters.

SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast has the resources to manage water spills better. Call us at (206) 362-9295 to help. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in Seattle, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast today at (206) 362-9295 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

How Do I Cleanup Water Damage Found During Remodeling of My Seattle Kitchen?

4/30/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged hardwood When leaks happen to your home, know that SERVPRO is here for complete restoration. We are trained and equipped to handle any size water loss event.

SERVPRO Can Restore Your Seattle Kitchen from Any Water Loss 

Getting an updated kitchen is an excellent way to increase the value of your home. However, sometimes problems get found, such as supply line leaks, appliance issues, and other things that leave water loss evidence behind. You cannot build on top of that, and it needs to get mitigated before the Seattle kitchen makeover can continue. 

What are Signs of Water Damage in a Seattle Kitchen?  

Before remodeling your Seattle kitchen, the water damage signs could have been subtle such as: 

  • Finding small amounts of water on the floor
  • Loosened tile
  • Floorboards that appear swelled
  • Sheetrock that looks buckled or warped
  • Water stains on walls or ceilings
  • A musty odor that never diminishes 

Why Choose a Seattle Professional Restoration Services Company? 

While you may be doing your kitchen upgrade on your own, the removal of water needs professional equipment for both extraction and drying for the best outcome. Also, it is impossible to determine all areas of water loss in a room visually. SERVPRO technicians have extensive, on-going education in the restoration sciences and have access to a large selection of moisture detection equipment to find anywhere water migrated within a room.  

Actions such as weep holes that allow drainage can reduce loss and limit the sheetrock that requires removal if it has wicked moisture. Controlled demolition when needed, such as flood cuts on ruined sheetrock and removal of cabinets, works to handle large sections of wall that are a loss and open the structural areas for complete drying.  

The types of extraction equipment and methods assist with lessening the drying time for the loss area. The most typically used water removal equipment most Seattle homeowners see the techs using is the fleet of portable pumps. These allow the cleanup crews to be mobile and reach any area in the kitchen needed. The pulling power helps remove embedded moisture, and the practice of doing several passes removes the maximum amount of water, which lessens the time required for drying.  

Are Air Movers the Same as Fans in Seattle?  

In a word, no. Even if several household fans got used to dry a kitchen, their airflow would, at best, dry the surfaces. The speed at which an air mover delivers airflow is at such a high velocity creates a chain reaction that causes any remaining moisture to rise to the surface. SERVPRO techs always run air movers in tandem with professional dehumidification equipment, which works to grab the moisture in the air and port it off-site. 

When situations arise, such as water seepage into the subfloor or within walls, the techs have specialized drying applications to deal with that. One frequently used piece of equipment that is useful for forcing air into small openings is the Injecti-Dry system. This little dynamo uses the power of an air mover delivered through multiple small hose attachments to force the air in the areas needing drying.  

Can Seattle Hardwood Flooring with Exposure to Water Get Restored? 

Hardwoods such as oak, maple, and cherry are the types most often found gracing kitchen floors. These woods are durable and hold up to wear and occasional spills better than softer wood types such as pine. The factors that determine if the boards are restorable include: 

  • The length of time the boards had exposure to moisture
  • The presence of mold 
  • The construction materials that compose the boards
  • How quickly restoration services began
  • Whether or not professional drying applications got used

When drying hardwood floorboards, the techs often turn to drying mats; this type of equipment lays flat and forces the warm, dry into directly into the boards. The techs move them during the drying phase to make sure the boards dry evening. This action assists with lessening the warping and helps the boards dry flatter with less sanding needed for the full restoration. 

Tactics for Seattle Water Loss Restoration for Carpeted Flooring 

While most kitchens do not have carpeted floors, it is not unusual for water loss in one room to affect another. When carpeted flooring gets wet, the padding absorbs the water readily, and it can be difficult to remove and dry on your own. The weighted extractor heads SERVPRO techs use work to push the water out of the carpet and pad. The specialized drying methods such as "floating" where a side gets loosened and air forced underneath works to dry the carpet from the bottom up. Water spots and stains are not an issue as the technicians have the deep cleaning equipment to take care of those too.  

SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast at (206) 362-9295 handles all types of water damage in local properties. The technicians show up fast and restore your home and contents to their preloss condition. 

Problems in Seattle with Water, Fire, Mold, Or Commercial Damage? Just Call SERVPRO

2/21/2020 (Permalink)

square containing various storm related happenings from flooding to cyclones When Seattle Properties Have Natural Disasters or Less Damage--SERVPRO Answers the Call Real Fast!

About Structural and Content Damage in Seattle Area Homes

As an IICRC certified firm, we have many qualified technicians that can ably handle the restoration services Northeast Seattle home and business owners need. We continue to grow and expand, offering new services that branch out from the traditional recovery niches of water, fire, mold, and storm loss restoration. Our team can perform biohazard cleanup, asbestos inspection, and plays a vital role in a Large Loss Recovery Team (LLRT) encompassing three other area franchises managed by our same owners. We are always looking for new and improved ways to help out our friends and neighbors in coastal Washington.
Much like other coastal communities, Seattle remains at the mercy of fierce and unpredictable weather systems that develop on the Pacific and make landfall at often devastating force. Because of how quickly one storm can affect hundreds of area homes and businesses, our disaster relief team is one of the most well-trained and readily available units in our SERVPRO brand. We know that when structural damages have occurred, that every second counts. We save our customers time and money with an efficient response to the emergency.
Structural breaches often lead to flooding, especially considering the penchant of the Pacific Northwest to contend with excessive rains and wet conditions. Runoff and direct rainfall over even a single day can leave substantial flooding throughout the Seattle residence. We have an in-house division of licensed general contractors that can help with emergency repairs and temporary construction solutions to reduce water penetration so our team can work on removing flood effects from the house. Our accredited contracting division is part of the area Association of General Contractors (AGC.)
We have to stay prepared for changing conditions and needs on a job site, especially with the high-rise buildings full of apartments throughout Seattle. Flooding in these buildings can be challenging to restore, and often requires the use of our electric sump pump and other portable, lightweight gear for round-the-clock recovery solutions.
One of the first things that we can do for your water damaged Seattle residence is to give it the thorough and proper inspection and job scoping that it deserves. Water loss effects can get overlooked quickly, especially without the advanced discovery devices that our project manager and crew chief use to conduct our assessments. With surface monitoring moisture detectors, probing moisture meters, and infrared imagery, we can get a full understanding of the presence and severity of current damp conditions in the house.  
While, in some cases, we utilize traditional drying approaches for professional restoration, such as a selection of our hundreds of air movers and dehumidifiers, this is not the extent of our available tools. We can also rely on specialty tools ideal for specific situations, such as positive and negative pressure systems for structural cavity drying or weighted stand-on extraction pads for removing moisture from the subflooring and padding of carpeted areas of Seattle homes.
We can double-check our drying efforts against the moisture baseline established through our SERVPRO DryBook software during the initial inspection of a Seattle residence. However, we often remain cautious about the possibility of moisture content by protecting potentially exposed surfaces with a treatment of antimicrobial solutions. This potent product can eliminate spores on contact and make a sprayed surface uninhabitable to migrating mold colonies.
Mold can develop in as little as 48 hours under the right conditions, and it is why many of the water loss incidents that we get notified of have already had a degree of this damage beginning. The faster that these situations can get addressed for Seattle homes, the less widespread and potentially health effects they can become. An early solution to reduce the airborne spore and volatile organic compound threats is the use of air scrubbers and hydroxyl generators to pull the air through a HEPA filtration system.
Treating light colonization can sometimes be as simple as applying the same antimicrobial solutions that we use to prevent fungal growth after water loss incidents. In more severe cases, we must rely on effective remediation practices such as sanding and even controlled demolition to remove active colonization from Seattle properties. Also, our SERVPRO team must address musty odors that colonies can emit, which can affect soft materials like clothing and carpeting. Thermal fogging can often neutralize these challenging scents.
As we have a team of contractors, we can offer a level of mold remediation otherwise uncommon to the Seattle area. We can personally oversee controlled demolition and full-scale build back of compromised areas of your home. These experienced tradespeople can work with our customers for exact specifications on reconstruction, remodeling, or renovation changes after remediation.
There is no mistaking how severe and overwhelming fire losses can be in Seattle residences, especially if you do not understand how restoration works or what can be done to get you back into your home again. Our SERVPRO professionals are a patient team of highly experienced Fire & Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) and Odor Control Technicians (OCT) accredited through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC.) Not only do our professionals understand how to restore your home, but they can also take the time to help put you at ease with this process as well.
From the earliest stages with emergency services, we can address conditions like water loss from firefighting, a structural compromise that requires demolition, and content management. Debris removal is another preliminary phase that can help to reduce the presence of hazardous soot particles and reduces the severity of smoke odors as well in Seattle homes. We can offer more focused cleaning and deodorization as required before official mitigation work begins on the property.
As licensed general contractors, we can remove stained and marred surfaces, structurally compromised construction materials, and charred or blistered contents from Seattle homes. When restoration completes, these same professionals can help with full scale build back to make these losses “Like it never even happened.”
We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster because we are an experienced, local team. Give our SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast professionals a call anytime disaster strikes at (206) 362-9295.

We Act Fast In Seattle When Your Home Is Effected By Water Damage

12/16/2019 (Permalink)

Our dehumidifiers removing moisture from the building after a water damage disaster We have state of art equipment like our dehumidifiers which are used to remove the moisture in your home after a water damage disaster.

Water Extraction Solves Different Accidents and Mishaps in Your Seattle Area Residence 

The upkeep of your Seattle property is vital for your family's health and well-being, as well as the integrity of the house. Accidents happen, despite the many precautions you make. SERVPRO is always able to help out and restore the things that mean the most to your family. When sections of pipe freeze, other areas can swell and rupture. Other accidents can cause similar problems.

Such line breaks in your residence in Seattle need immediate water extraction assistance. A broken pipe lets hundreds of gallons into a house's living space in a short time. Appliances can also create watery messes if they malfunction, and forgetting to turn off the faucet can cause a tub or sink to overflow. Aquariums can shatter or topple if children play too roughly nearby, and putting out a fire, large or small, often means water now soaks part of your home. 

SERVPRO technicians use highly efficient machines to extract the water damage. Then we can concentrate on reducing the excess moisture in any affected building materials and decreasing the humidity to normal again. To work as efficiently as possible, we want to know precisely which areas absorbed the water. Our infrared cameras prevent us from working on unaffected areas. 

We do not rely on how damp or dry surfaces feel when we touch them to ascertain its condition, and instead, we use moisture meters. The amount of moisture detected shows up on the device's screen and we compare this reading to internationally accepted moisture content levels in similar materials. Almost every item inside your home contains some amount of moisture. These monitors allow us to dry your home's interior without over-drying, as well.  

When using forced-air systems (which are crucial to fast and effective drying), we need to use an entry hole and an exit one, as well. Wherever possible, we use pre-existing openings or locations where we can hide the opening afterward. In the absence of either of these two, our building crew assists with drilling and, once we finish, closing the necessary openings for us.

SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast is always available to get your Lake City,University District, of Wedgwood residence dry, “Like it never even happened,” via water extraction techniques. Contact us at (206) 362-9295, 24/7, year-round. 

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How SERVPRO Salvages Water Damaged Possessions in Seattle

12/6/2019 (Permalink)

Water leak pooling on living room floor It's a race against time to save water damaged possessions. Call us! We have the know-how to restore your treasures and home.

Saving Contents with Water Damage in Seattle

Homeowners discovering water deterioration at a late stage can face a real challenge. On the one hand, replacing content and structure can ensure that there are no further issues or cross-contamination. On the other hand, contents are what make a house a home and can hold sentimental value. Not to mention that the costs and work to replace large amounts of structure can rise quickly — our restoration services center on restoring rather than replacing. We use gifted water restoration technicians (WRT) to achieve surprising results.

When you discover water damage in your Seattle home, the first thing to do is contact your insurance provider. SERVPRO can work with your insurer to restore your property on time and on-budget. Some items with prolonged exposure may still need replacing. Unfortunately, after seventy-two hours, a clean water emergency can deteriorate into a grey or black one. Severe levels of water contamination often result in the widescale replacement of porous materials like drywall.

One thing that SERVPRO can do is provide professional care and attention to your content. Specialized services from document recovery to mitigating deterioration of valuable electronic devices like computers or televisions can often be carried out on-site. While reversing the water damage is difficult, we can prevent further damage from occurring- a process referred to as mitigating loss.

Our team of SERVPRO technicians is experts at mitigating loss. Fabrics are naturally porous, which can create a problem as they absorb contamination in water levels quickly. We provide customers the opportunity to restore these fabrics by sending them to an external facility for mechanical cleaning. Chief among our mechanical cleaning equipment is our Esporta washing machines, which can remove up to 98% of soiling from fabrics.

While home emergencies can, and often do, come at precisely the wrong time. You can have confidence that many of your items are restorable if you use a professional restoration service like ours. We operate emergency contact lines twenty-four hours a day and utilize local technicians to reduce call-out times, as little as four hours from notification of loss.

Time is of the essence in home restoration, contact SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast at (206) 362-9295.

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If a disaster strikes, will you be ready?

9/17/2019 (Permalink)

It is important to prepare before a disaster occurs. The followingsteps can better prepare you for an emergency situation
- Document property and obtain appropriate insurance for relevant hazards
- Plan with neighbors to help each other and share resources.
- Collect and safeguard critical documents
- Participate in a preparedness discussion, training, or class
- Assemble or update emergency supplies
- Develop and test emergency communication plans
- Sign up for local alerts and warnings, download apps, and/or check access for wireless
emergency alerts
- Learn about local hazards and conduct a drill to practice emergency response actions.
- Make property improvements to reduce potential injury and property damage.
Bottom Line

Emergencies can happen at any time to anyone. Take action now to protect yourself and your property. Let’s get together to start an Emergency Readiness Profile of your home or business.

For Immediate Service in Seattle, Call SERVPRO

7/31/2019 (Permalink)

green SERVPRO van and truck Seattle Northeast Residents: We provide immediate service day or night!

SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Seattle. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – (206)362-9295

Residential Services

Whether your Seattle home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your Seattle commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services:

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration