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What Can Central Seattle Property Owners Do to Prevent Water Damage?

5/10/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Technicians are Available 24/7 for Central Seattle Water Damage Cleanup

Water damage of all types is one of the most frequently seen restoration services that SERVPRO handles regularly. Unfortunately, problems such as flood damage, pipe bursts, sewer backups, and appliance failures can cause thousands of dollars in repairs to the property, in many cases, the issue was preventable.

SERVPRO has several recommendations for property owners in Seattle to avoid water damage in their homes. There are actions that homeowners can take both inside and outside their homes to prevent damage from water.

Clogged Gutters Can Cause Issues

When gutters have dirt, debris, and leaves, the water cannot flow through as intended and instead backs up and over the top of the gutters. The liquid then runs into cracks and spills around the foundations causing problems ranging from rotten wood to hydrostatic water damage. Seepage into the eaves can result in water damage to the attic. Getting the gutters cleaned regularly or investing in a gutter cover system can eliminate the potential for this type of water damage to a structure.

Checking Inside the Home for Potential Water Damage Concerns

There are numerous areas within a home that can be at the heart of a water damage situation. A slow leak can be costly in terms of repairs due to the ruined walls, ceilings, and flooring can all require replacement. While technology such as environmental monitoring systems is beneficial, it is a good idea for property owners to make a list of each room in their home, including closets and utility rooms, and look them over monthly for signs of water damage. Common signs of a problem include:

  • Water stains on sheetrock
  • Nailed raised out of hardwood floorboards due to prolonged moisture exposure and warping
  • Buckling of walls or sagging ceilings
  • Corrosive build-ups on pipes

Water Use Outside the Home

Good landscaping practices can assist in keeping rain draining away from your property rather than pooling around it. After a rainstorm, walk around the property and look for areas of standing water close to the foundation; these are the places that will need the grade raised to channel the rain away from the house. Also, consider downspout extensions. Sprinkler systems should get inspected yearly during the winterizing blow-out to avoid pipe breaks from freezing temperatures. The loss of pressure within the system can point to leaks that need addressing.

Appliances are Another Source of Potential Water Damage

Consider how many devices in the kitchen alone use water, such as a fridge with an ice maker and dishwasher are frequent contributors to water cleanup jobs. The washing machine should be checked monthly for splits in the drain hose and drips in the pressurized water lines. A water heater tank, on average, holds around 55 gallons for the typical household. If a failure happens, many gallons can pour onto a floor and can cause significant water damage to a structure and contents. Monitoring systems and regular maintenance can help avoid these issues

SERVPRO of Central Seattle at (206) 282-9500 brings highly trained, IICRC-certified technicians for all types of water damage restoration services. Our experts utilize the latest technology in the restoration industry and are available for Central Seattle property owners 24/7.

Tips for Avoiding Fire Damage Year-Round in Central Seattle Homes

5/10/2022 (Permalink)

space heater on a stand SERVPRO says--space heaters can cause fire damage to your Seattle area home or business.

SERVPRO Brings Professional Fire Damage Restoration Services Available 24/7 to Central Seattle Properties

According to the Insurance Information Institute, a house fire occurs in the United States every 87 seconds. While not every Central Seattle fire can be prevented, many of them could have been avoided or stopped early on with the right monitoring equipment, knowledge, and tools to extinguish it. This can greatly reduce fire damage.

There are many different ways fire damage can occur within a Seattle home, and SERVPRO has tips to lessen the potential for the need for house fire cleanup services. A little time spent preparing can avoid the cost of fire damage restoration.

Holiday Season Fire Hazards

While the holiday season is a time of joy, it also comes with a lot of potential fire damage. Christmas trees, in particular, are common causes. Natural trees need to get watered, and the needles should not dry out. The heat from the lights or a spark can set the tree ablaze. Artificial trees are not always constructed using fire retardant materials, and decorations that can overheat should not be in direct contact with the materials of the limbs. No matter what type of tree gets used, homeowners should never leave the lights on unattended. Decorations such as lights hung outside the home should use UL-approved cords and waterproof weather cases around extension cord connections. Prevent fire damage from setting your seasonal hopes up in smoke.

Candle and Space Heater Dangers

When used safely, a space heater is ideal for heating a cold area in the home. To avoid fire damage, consumers should look for space heaters that have the following features:

  • Space heaters should be plugged directly into a wall outlet without the use of an extension cord or 3-prong adaptors
  • Inspect the cord and plug occasionally during operation to ensure it is not becoming too hot
  • Keep flammable materials and textiles at least 3 feet away from the unit or expect fire damage

While space heaters bring warmth into a home, candles bring the appearance of warmth, ambiance, and pleasant scents. Candles should never be left burning unattended, particularly if there are pets or children in the home. Much like a space heater, the heat from a candle can ignite nearby fabrics or flammable materials and cause minor to major fire damage. Homeowners should burn candles away from anything that could easily ignite, such as curtains, lampshades, books, clothing, or dried flowers arrangements.

Local homeowners should install smoke alarms in each room in the home and test them monthly to ensure they are working. A family escape plan for how to get out of the house in the event of a blaze and where to meet, including pets. Practicing this plan at least a few times a year can work to save lives.

Benefits of Outsourcing Fire Damage Restoration Services

SERVPRO technicians treat every fire damage restoration service uniquely while following the systems of science upon which they are based. Cleaning fire and smoke damage, soot removal, and fire odor removal are crucial aspects of their detailed assistance.

Seattle residents rely on SERVPRO of Central Seattle at (206) 282-9500 for any size and type of fire damage restoration needed to make it "Like it never even happened."

What are Signs of Mold Damage in Central Seattle Properties?

5/10/2022 (Permalink)

mold stains on ceiling and wall Mold remediation and cleanup for Seattle residence is just a phone call away, "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Techs Assist Seattle Property Owners with Mold Damage Inspection and Remediation Services

Many people assume that due to the colder winter temperatures in the Central Seattle area, that mold infestations are not an issue during those months. However, this type of structural threat is something property owners should be on the lookout for throughout the year. Fortunately, there are many small signs that mold is growing within a home or business that can result in mold damage.

Seattle residents, be aware of mold damage in your homes. SERVPRO has some tips for identifying a potential need for mold remediation.

Mold is Often Found Around Water Leaks

Whenever there is an issue with water damage in a home or business, particularly if it was a slow leak situation, a mold infestation may also be present. Just because it is cold outside, the interior of a home is usually kept at ideal temperatures to sustain mold growth. Combined with the constant moisture from a slow leak, a very hospitable environment gets created, and suddenly, mold damage appears. SERVPRO IICRC-certified technicians have the equipment to allow them to see collections of moisture behind walls that can indicate the presence of mold. Mold can grow between the walls, under floors, and behind wallpaper for a long period before the foul odor that never leaves gets noticed. During a mold inspection, the techs may drill tiny holes to confirm through visuals that the colonies are present. This action minimizes the repairs needed post-mold damage remediation.

Condensation Collecting on Windows and Pipes

When the windows fog up frequently, poor ventilation can be the culprit. This level of air moisture can create a breeding ground for mold damage. One of the biggest issues for this happening, particularly in the bathroom, is a malfunctioning exhaust fan not properly venting the moisture out of the room after a hot bath or shower. Check indoor galvanized pipes for signs of rust, as over time, prolonged exposure to water can make the zinc coating rust, which can be an indicator of mold damage in the vicinity.

Another area in the home that can get affected by poor ventilation is a damp, humid basement. The cooler air in a basement leads to more condensation buildup, which can create the need for mold damage mitigation quickly. Once the spores germinate, they spread rapidly across surfaces and look for consumables such as wood, paper, and sheetrock is a favorite to establish colonies upon. This mold damage may require a controlled demolition.

Be On the Lookout for Water Stains

Property owners should regularly look around their homes, including closets, attics, basements, or crawlspaces, for water stains. This can be a problem with a leak or ground central for mold damage in the home.

SERVPRO can help local property owners through their detailed mold inspections and mold damage remediation process, which can include deep cleaning the ductwork in the home. The techs carefully dry and remove the colonies and identify the reason for the infestation, helping homeowners not have to deal with this issue again.

The local Central Seattle community trusts SERVPRO of Central Seattle at (206) 282-9500 for mold damage mitigation to their property and contents. Our trained technicians are available 24/7 for any size restoration job.

How SERVPRO Cleans Fire Damaged Fabrics in Seattle

5/9/2022 (Permalink)

smoke ad soot damaged walls and ceiling Smoke and soot damage are difficult to remove - especially in fabrics. SERVPRO has the know how to restore your home. Call us today!

Superior Cleaning Approaches Help Save Fabrics Affected by Fire Damage Incident in Seattle

Fire incidents in Seattle affect many materials in a house. Most fabric items are highly combustible, so they are readily consumed by the fire. We went to a kitchen fire loss site where the affected fabrics resided in sections where the flames did not reach. However, smoke spread all over the property, leaving massive deposits.

Before taking any steps to clean the residues left by the fire damage incident in Seattle, we had to perform elaborate pretesting. Without this step, we risked using the wrong cleaning product or method, leading to aggravation of the existing problem. Our SERVPRO technicians also had to confirm whether there were pre-existing problems for fabrics such as carpets since they are prone to issues like bad seams, stains, and even burns.

During the pretesting phase, we identified various crucial factors that helped in cleaning, including:

  • Colorfast materials
  • Types of fibers in different fabrics
  • The type of soiling
  • The level of soling

Colorfastness affects multicolored items such as area rugs, wool carpets, Persian, and Oriental rugs. Our SERVPRO technicians collected all the fabric items we identified as colorfast in the house, cleaning them separately to prevent them from spreading dyes and staining other items during the cleaning process.

The smoke damage had left oily residues, especially on the draperies. Cleaning such materials in conventional ways can leave traces of oily residues. Our SERVPRO technicians are used to handling such forms of soiling. In this case, we used detergents with emulsifiers to remove the oily residues. The emulsifying process creates an emulsion in which residues turn into a liquid and evenly spread in another liquid without forming a solution.

After fire incidents in Foster Island, Sodo, or Magnolia, cleaning contents can pose various challenges. Call SERVPRO of Central Seattle at (206) 282-9500 to help find a way to deal with any challenging aspect. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Seattle Home Units Benefit from Rapid SERVPRO Response to Mitigate Water Damage

5/9/2022 (Permalink)

copper piping Leaks and Water Damage--Any Ordinary Occurance in Seattle-With Extraordinary Restoration by SERVPRO

Isolating Water Damage Can Restore Seattle Apartments Faster

Concentrated efforts pinpoint specific problems in Seattle apartments to help reduce loss and effects on adjoining units. Because plumbing piped throughout apartment complexes often gets installed in shared walls to service both apartments simultaneously, the results from breaches in this network are that more than one residence may be considerably damaged by these circumstances. A fast response is not always enough to fully protect the property, but containment and isolation protocols can reduce damages and help to make drying and cleaning more efficient.

Much like establishing staging areas that help keep all necessary drying and extraction tools in a nearby space to increase efficiency, our containment protocol is also ideal for water damage in Seattle apartments. With many units featuring an open floor plan to maximize available space for the tenant, this design also puts more of your belongings and structural elements at risk for flowing water after a loss incident. 

Containment involves several moving parts, so our SERVPRO team can work shortly after initial scoping and assessment to begin this process. The scoping of the work to get done helps our project manager and crew chiefs effectively relay to our field technicians the parameters of the work area so that we can set up barriers using thick 6mil plastic sheeting. We can erect these containment areas with tension poles to make a large room smaller, thus reducing the size and time required for treatment.

The isolating of the saturated damage area helps to maximize the efforts of axial air movers and desiccant dehumidifiers after extraction completes within these structural cavities. We can work with all customers affected or with the complex's property management to coordinate efforts and remove moisture and dampness spreading out from the plumbing damage simultaneously. Because of how saturated elements in these situations can become, exposed frameworks and supports can get sprayed with antimicrobial solutions and mold inhibitors to prevent microorganisms from colonizing in this vulnerable region. 

Though plumbing breaches can leave you contending with a high volume of water in a short period, our SERVPRO of Central Seattle team can show you that We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. We can help you dry up the damage and get your apartment back to preloss condition. Give us a call today at (206) 282-9500.

Why Skilled Mold Remediation and Cleaning Is Best in Seattle

5/9/2022 (Permalink)

heavy mold growth on wall and baseboard Mold often has telltale signs like malodors. Call SERVPRO for complete mold remediation.

Call SERVPRO’s Mold Cleanup Team for Seattle-Area Cleanups

Many Seattle homeowners go about their daily lives without realizing they regularly encounter mold. Mold spores are everywhere, including the air we breathe indoors and outside. However, having an infestation of black mold within your home can cause health effects. You need skilled technicians to handle the mold remediation process whenever you suspect mold development. SERVPRO is here to help with meticulous, careful cleaning and sanitizing techniques.

Why contact professionals for mold remediation in Seattle? 

This is a reasonable question that many people ask, especially when they see products on store shelves or online that claim to remove mold in Seattle. These are false claims, as it is impossible to eradicate mold. Instead, our IICRC-certified technicians know best practices for detailed cleaning to restore your property to safe levels.

Do I have a mold issue? How can I tell?

It may not be easy for a business or homeowner to determine if mold is present. Some people do not even realize they have a mold problem until it starts to damage building materials, contents, and even some of the structural elements of their property. Some signs to look for include:

  • Malodors that seem damp and musty.
  • Physical spotting that shows up on drywall, ceilings, and contents.
  • Dampened surfaces in areas that seem notably humid or there is a water leak from your plumbing or HVAC system.

SERVPRO has proven mold abatement methods

Our IICRC trained techs put containment barriers in place and negative air pressure to keep active mold spores from migrating into unaffected areas of your home. Surface treatment with sporicidal solutions and vacuuming helps halt mold in its tracks as we carefully pull it up without too much disruption. In some situations, we may perform controlled demolition to remove and replace any unsalvageable materials that have been impacted by mold growth.

SERVPRO of Central Seattle is the team to count on in the area when you require mold remediation services. You can contact us by dialing (206) 282-9500 or request help online.

Why SERVPRO is Your Top Choice for Water Damage Removal in Seattle

4/13/2022 (Permalink)

Illustrated Overflowed Toilet Unexpected water damage to your home? SERVPRO to the rescue! We can handle all of your water damage restoration needs.

Professional Water Removal After A Disaster In Seattle 

When it comes to daily living or raising a family, Seattle is a beautiful place to be. However, a disaster can strike and leave you with excessive water in your home that needs addressing. To get the prompt water removal that you need, it is a good idea to call in the professionals to get to work as soon as possible. 

Water removal in Seattle often calls for specialized expertise and knowledge to mitigate appropriately. Failure to follow through with the removal and thorough cleanup may mean that existing damage can worsen and spread. Calling the certified professional technicians at SERVPRO gives you the prompt assistance that you need to get a handle on your emergency.  

When To Call 

There may come a time when water overflows from a tub or sink that you forgot to shut off. There could be an instance where water lines connected to fixtures or appliances can slip or burst. Such an emergency can produce a substantial amount of water, even more than a tub or sink overflowing. Water can start to soak into the floor, so the quicker the cleanup, the better. If water sits too long, it can damage the materials and pose potential hazards.   

Whenever there is a toilet that overflows or you have a backup into your home, SERVPRO professionals understand all the precautions that need to be taken to handle blackwater removal. We can work quickly to remove the water, remove any of the destroyed flooring or drywall, and then implement the reorganization and sanitation of all the contents within the affected area. The ultimate goal is to ensure that any harmful bacteria or microbes are not lingering in the air or surfaces. We employ the help of specialized sanitation techniques using industrial-strength cleaning products to make your home safe and habitable again for all occupants. 

For help with water removal, call our team at SERVPRO of Central Seattle at (206) 282-9500. We can dispatch a team to your home to address your needs after any disaster.

Flood Damage Seattle – Roof Punctures

4/13/2022 (Permalink)

Tarp on a Roof Call SERVPRO today for your homes water damage restoration needs. We are always available to help.

SERVPRO's How-to for Your Seattle Home's Water Damage

We have seen recent storms roll through the Seattle area bringing high winds, lots of rain as well as snow at higher elevations. Flooding occurs under these conditions often, either from swollen rivers or debris puncturing the roof of a home. Gallons of water can pour through a hole in a homeowner's roof in a matter of minutes, soaking insulation, leaking through walls onto floors, and more. The damage and the mess can be overwhelming for many people.

SERVPRO has certified technicians for flood damage in the Seattle area, ready to respond in less than 4 hours. We support Seattle and the surrounding area. Our professional teams are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to assist homeowners' houses that have been damaged by storms and experienced flooding.

Repairing Damage from Roof Punctures

Once it is safe to go on the roof, SERVPRO can arrange temporary repairs or place tarps on a damaged roof to prevent additional water, moisture, and even animals from entering the attic through the hole in the roof. Water entering through the roof absorbs contaminants in the insulation and carries these contaminants through cavities in the walls to the floor, where the water then spreads out over the floor. Ceilings may also indicate water damage, and the ceiling could collapse from the weight of the water.

With the chemicals from insulation and building materials absorbed by the water, carpeted floors can also experience permanent staining. Drywall may swell and become deformed. In two-story homes, water can penetrate lower levels to the basement.

Our SERVPRO team evaluates all of these potential damages from interior floods caused by storms, develops a restoration plan, and reviews the work required along with the costs with both the homeowner and the insurance adjuster. Our objective is to repair before replacing to minimize the total cost and the time needed to complete the job. We aim to return the client's home as quickly as possible to its original condition, "Like it never even happened."

Call SERVPRO of Central Seattle at (206) 282-9500 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Foster Island, Lake Union, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Fire Restoration Approaches That Minimize Interruptions in Seattle Establishments

4/13/2022 (Permalink)

Inside Building After Fire Fire damage? SERVPRO is prepared with restoration equipment and experienced technicians.

SERVPRO Prioritizes Dual-Purpose Fire Restoration Methods for Seattle Properties

Any involuntary closure of a business establishment is undesirable. However, if a fire affects your Seattle premises, several reasons can force you to halt operations. The level or period of interruption can be directly tied to the fire restoration approaches you choose. 

Reasons for interruptions

  • Closure of premises
  • Repugnant odors
  • Physical hazards

You might be compelled by local authorities to close down your Seattle facility after the fire incident. Some typical reasons for such directives include the need for a thorough cleanup and restoration that meets the standards set by the governing body. Fire restoration is best handled by a firm that conforms to the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration, IICRC standards. That way, the team can do the job to standard before being subjected to external audits.

Devising A Winning Strategy

Since restoring fire involves several procedures like cleaning, stripping surfaces, and deodorization, any restoration method that tackles more than one task simultaneously helps improve the turnaround time. Our SERVPRO crews use their combined experience gathered over the years to find such solutions for the problems your business faces. 

Some multi-pronged approaches include:

  • Blast cleaning soiled areas
  • Using air filtration devices
  • Deodorizing with activated oxygen

Wooden materials in shelves, desks, or structural areas need cleaning to remove char residue or soot. Deodorization is also essential. Finding a way to combine fire restoration cleaning and odor management helps save time. Our SERVPRO technicians can help facilitate that by using a method like soda blasting, which efficiently removes layers of charring or heavy soot residues. The sodium bicarbonate pellets react with both alkaline and acidic molecules turning them into neutral salts, thus defeating most malodors.

Another alternative is to run a hydroxyl generator in the property while cleaning with standard techniques such as wiping surfaces with sponges. The generator produces hydroxyl radicals which oxidize instantaneously, breaking down odors into carbon dioxide and water. By the time we finalize cleaning, the property is odor-free.

When SERVPRO of Central Seattle handles fire restoration, you can expect exceptional results that make the incident "Like it never even happened." Call us at (206) 282-9500.

Seattle Properties Benefit from Mold Remediation Caused by Moisture

3/7/2022 (Permalink)

blackish mold stain on a wall SERVPRO removes mold stains from Seattle area homes and helps prevent future moisture problems

SERVPRO Techs Can Assist with Mold Abatement in Seattle homes

There are many ways that mold growth can occur in a Seattle home without a leak being present. One of the most common is inadequate ventilation trapping moisture in an area of the property. A good example is an exhaust fan in a bathroom porting the steamy air from a shower into an attic space where it gets trapped and creates a perfect environment for a mold colony infestation. Signs of an ongoing mold problem are:

   • A musty odor that does not diminish

   • Visible mold colonies on walls or ceilings

   • Cardboard boxes or paper products have visible mold

What Tools Do I Need for DIY Mold Remediation?

When SERVPRO techs handle mold remediation in Seattle properties, they find that the property owner has tried to address the problem on their own. This is not a good idea because, without containment and the proper tools to perform abatement, spores can become airborne and spread to other home areas, particularly through ductwork.

The techs identify the cause for the mold infestation, set up containment using simple plastic barriers over vents and doorways leading outside the loss area, or set up a negative air chamber to capture airborne spores and port them off-site. During the drying phase, the SERVPRO AMRT techs carefully monitor the process to ensure the interior humidity gets lowered below sustainable levels for colony support. Once the air moisture levels are below 50% and the visible colonies are dried, the techs use manual abatement methods and hand vacuums with HEPA filtration to clean away the remaining dry matter.

SERVPRO of Central Seattle at (206) 282-9500 has the training and equipment to perform mold remediation in homes and assist homeowners in identifying the cause of the infestation to inhibit a return of the issue in the future.