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How to Effectively Remediate Water Damage in Seattle

2/24/2020 (Permalink)

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Quick Drying Decisions of Our SERVPRO Team in Seattle Homes

It has gotten estimated that with each water recovery job that our SERVPRO professionals undertake for Seattle homes, that there are hundreds of drying decisions in each location. With that knowledge, it can be clear to see how valuable making the right choices can be when you are looking to save customers time and money on the restoration that their house needs. We have several expected areas where these decisions are most frequent.

Drying decisions decrease dramatically when homeowners wait long periods before contacting our team about water damage in Seattle properties. The longer that saturation and damp conditions go unresolved, the more irreparable damage that occurs. For this reason, it is believed that restoration for water losses started after 48 hours rarely yield positive results. In most cases, prolonged exposure leads to a need for material removal and replacement. While we have a licensed division of residential contractors on our team to help with demolition and build back, this approach is rarely cost-effective compared to drying and restoring installed materials whenever possible.

There are many areas where quick decision making can save a customer money and reduce the time that restoration and recovery efforts ultimately take. These categories often include:

Controlled Demolition 

One of the most considerable areas of variance from one home to the next is the need for controlled demolition. When migrating water reaches structural cavities, removing surface materials might provide better access to the damaged area and bolster the pace of drying efforts.

Content Management 

Identifying which contents in a home are at risk of irreparable damage is only part of the options our SERVPRO technicians have. We must also determine which can get moved to a new area of the property, which can get restored where they are, and if any of the personal belongings and furniture require focused cleaning and deodorization at our nearby facility.

Equipment Deployment 

Even before mitigation efforts officially begin, preliminary extraction can reduce the spread and severity of standing water concerns. By using electric sump pumps and gas-powered trash pumps, we can prevent water from reaching undampened areas.

The choices our SERVPRO of Central Seattle team make when beginning water recoveries can make the process more efficient. Whenever disasters strike, give us a call at (206) 282-9500.

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We Get You Back In Business In Seattle After A Water Loss

2/13/2020 (Permalink)

One of our water extraction units sitting in our van Our vans are equipped with water extraction units to remove as much moisture before we set drying equipment in your property after a water disaster.

Keep Your Head Above Water Damage in Your Seattle Coffeeshop

Seattle residents are known for their love of coffee, shops small and cozy or large and sleek populating every neighborhood. Espresso machines, coolers, kitchens, and dishwashing stations can all expose your commercial property to the risk of leaky plumbing or dripping condensers. Often the first signs of a leak go unnoticed, but the water damage compounds under sinks, between walls, and behind equipment.

Spongy Floors Tell a Story

Laying down an anti-fatigue mat for employee comfort in the workspace where your baristas concoct steamy, creamy caffeinated brews can obscure water damage in Seattle. The resilient surface can cover an area of growing weakness in several layers of hardwood and subflooring caused by spills and drips from the drinks crafted. Commercial espresso machines are directly connected to water supply lines. Any slow leaks seeping under the equipment and mats eventually cause warping, weakening, and buckling of the floor. That “bouncy” feel might relate more to water damage than a foam or rubber work mat.

Hardwood Is Resilient Especially with Professional Assistance

When SERVPRO assesses the harm done to the floor you might fear the need for a full demolition and replacement. We have strategies to extract the seepage even through several layers, and highly efficient drying methods to bring building materials back to normal moisture levels. We use moisture detectors and meters to determine the extent and intensity of the water damage. Options to remove water from your coffeeshop’s floor without a significant tearout include:

  • Loosening strategically selected strips of hardwood to gain access for extraction with a portable or truck-mounted unit.
  • Using floor mats adhered to the surface, connected by hoses to pull water through negative air pressure (suction)
  • Drilling holes to release trapped water behind baseboards.

Drying Techniques that Get Your Business Back on a Firm Footing

Once the liquid water exits, the SERVPRO crew determines drying goals based on the moisture data gathered. We balance air movement, temperature, and dehumidification to accelerate the evaporation of water from structural components for capture and disposal. 

SERVPRO of Central Seattle has highly-qualified crews of commercial water damage technicians ready to mitigate and remediate water loss in your business. Call (206) 282-9500 to get the restoration process going 24/7.

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How Professionals Restore Flood Damaged Subfloors in Seattle Homes

2/3/2020 (Permalink)

water pooling on living room hardwood floor Water can quickly damage the subfloor. SERVPRO is equipped and trained to restore your water damaged floor.

Flood Damage and Subfloor Restoration for Seattle Residents

Bringing your home back to its preloss condition after flooding can be a challenging task for even the most enthusiastic home repair people. Floodwaters spread quickly from the source and can often seep into the wall spaces or through the floor, where it begins to saturate the subfloor below. Subfloor damages as a result of flooding can result in significant losses for a homeowner. Once moisture saturates the subfloor, there is a high chance of rot, mold growth, or weakening of the structure itself.

Since harm to your subfloor often goes unnoticed, it can impact homeowners several months after flood damage to their Seattle home. At SERVPRO, we find that a great many of our mold remediation jobs are caused by a flood or water incident at the property several months before. When your property is full of floodwater, understandably, you prioritize removing moisture and drying the property. However, without conducting a full inspection of the subfloor, you could be a victim of significant flood-related losses.

Assessing your subfloor can be difficult as various fittings need removal to gain access. SERVPRO technicians use moisture sensors to gain an accurate picture of subfloor water damage without removing materials. Moisture sensors use sharp probes to push through carpets and tell a technician whether or not standing water has migrated downward. Should a moisture sensor return a positive reading for moisture, your technician may need to remove carpet or floorboards to dry the subfloor.

Subfloor pads are often the first thing to go when water migrates into the subfloor. These large porous materials absorb water quickly and can break apart when wet. SERVPRO technicians can remove the pad, cut it into smaller pieces, and place it into a waste disposal bag. The removal of the pad allows us to gain direct access to the subfloor, where we can deploy standing extractors to remove any excess from the affected area. In some cases, we may deploy desiccant dehumidifiers to draw moisture from a subfloor with high levels of saturation. Once dry, we can replace the existing subfloor pad with a new one at a low-cost.

Professional restoration services can protect your home from sustaining damages further down the line. Contact SERVPRO of Central Seattle at (206) 282-9500.

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What Everyone Ought to Know About Water Damage Remediation in Seattle

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

water leak under kitchen sink We understand water damage. Contact SERVPRO when the pipe under your kitchen sink starts leaking profusely. We are available 24/7 365 days a year.

How to Remove Water from Your Seattle Kitchen

Dealing with a pipe bursting is a frustrating situation. However, when it bursts in your kitchen, it can be even more of a hassle. Kitchens are the most used room in the home, and without a functional kitchen, the disruption severely inconveniences the lives of your family. It is essential to deal with excess water in your kitchen as quickly as possible, so you resume your regular routine. 

If you require water removal in your Seattle kitchen, the trained SERVPRO team is ready to assist you. We understand that the quicker you deal with water damage, the less secondary damage you encounter, such as potential mold infestations or saturated wall materials if the mishap began behind the drywall. Mitigating any further damage is a top priority. We're Faster to Any Size Disaster. 

When removing water from materials within your home, SERVPRO technicians consider items with vapor barriers that are either waterproof or have a permeance level of 1 perm or less (during one hour, only one grain of water vapor can pass through 1 square foot). Examples of vapor barriers are vinyl wallpaper, Kraft paper-faced insulation, masonry brick, and 6 mil plastic sheeting sometimes found protecting insulation. Some semi-gloss and gloss paints serve as a vapor barrier as well. Generally speaking, vapor barriers keep water out of the material; however, when water does get inside, it can be more challenging to extract.

Technicians also consider hygroscopic materials that absorb water and hold onto water vapor in the air with a high permeance factor. Typically, these materials include carpet, upholstery, unfaced insulation, and particleboard. While these materials are often easier to dry, they also tend to withstand more damage.

The SERVPRO professionals remove excess water using powerful portable extraction equipment, effective on both materials with vapor barriers and those that then use high-velocity air movers and dehumidifiers to work together to dry the wet materials while at the same time removing excess moisture from the air to return the relative humidity levels (RH) to preloss conditions. 

Contact SERVPRO of Central Seattle at (206) 282-9500 24/7 for prompt assistance. 

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How SERVPRO Cleans Fire Damaged Fabrics in Seattle

1/27/2020 (Permalink)

smoke damaged wall 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. For fabrics such as carpets, our SERVPRO technicians also had to confirm whether there were pre-existing problems since they are prone to problems such as 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

The colorfastness problem mostly 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 the 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 to a liquid and evenly spread in another liquid without forming a solution.

Cleaning contents after fire incidents in Foster Island, Sodo, or Magnolia 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.

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Why SERVPRO is the First Choice for Water, Fire, Storm, and Mold Damage Restoration Needs

1/7/2020 (Permalink)

Thunderstorm warning sign When disasters cause home and commercial restoration emergencies, remember SERVPRO is always available for your restoration needs.

Why Seattle Residents can Act Decisively Against Storm, Mold, Fire or Water Damages

Central Seattle residents use restoration services when unexpected home emergencies occur. By doing so, they can often save thousands of dollars in potential secondary damages that may occur as a result of improper or home restoration services. Our company has been a stalwart in the community of Seattle for several years. It partakes in regular donations of both money and time to charity missions like clothing drives or children's shelters. Throughout the year, our servicemen and women are on-hand to help you overcome an emergency with minimum inconvenience and expense. Contact us anytime to arrange restoration services for water, mold, storm, or fire-related damages.

Water Damage Restoration

Homeowners may experience water damage in their Seattle home at any time of year. These can be either in the form of excessive quantities of moisture in a short period overloading a home's defenses, or long-term problems creeping up over several months. Whether your Seattle home falls victim to flooding or a slow internal leaking, our water restoration technicians (WRT) are on-hand to provide the assistance you need. SERVPRO is available twenty-four-hours a day and even runs an out-of-hours service for emergencies.

Water incidents in your property can cause a chain reaction of interrelated issues. These issues may include problems with odor, microbial bacteria, fungi, or soiling of your possessions. SERVPRO restoration services are comprehensive in their approach to your Seattle home and can stop damage as well as putting in place proven methods to reverse it. Usually, we start by thoroughly removing water from the property, then drying using proper drying methods.

Bringing venting box fans to your Seattle home, as well as the careful placement of portable heating, can help to encourage natural evaporation. Natural evaporation is useful in removing moisture that may have absorbed into furnishings, upholstery, or flooring. Using moisture probes, SERVPRO can accurately assess the moisture content of any given material and can keep returning during the restoration service to ensure reaching our goals.

Mold Remediation

Indoor air quality is becoming increasingly prominent in the restoration service industry. Often, homeowners are surprised by quite how many toxins can exist in a home environment. The issue is especially pertinent in homeowners that have mold damage in their Seattle homes. Molds breed by releasing microscopic spores into the surrounding atmosphere. These spores can cause unpleasant odors as well as ingestion when inhaling indoor air. SERVPRO takes decisive action during mold remediation to ensure the spread is limited and your air-quality restored.

Setting up containment is an essential part of the restoration. Usually, an area of your Seattle home that shows evidence of mold growth needs quarantining. The removal of mold colonies or demolition of infested materials increases airborne spores. SERVPRO applies negative air pressure when performing controlled demolitions to ensure that the spread of spores is under control. Also, we may use physical barriers such as polyurethane sheeting to prevent microscopic spores from escaping.

Airborne particles are frequently invisible to the naked eye. This invisibility makes it challenging for a homeowner to assess or act against unwanted indoor air particles. Using high-efficiency particulate air-filters (HEPA), SERVPRO technicians can remove particles from the air that are as small as 0.3 microns. Air scrubbing equipment combined with deodorizing methods saves time on the turnaround of your restoration service.

Storm Damage Restoration

Storms can expose your home to outdoor elements as well as pathogens that may enter in floodwaters. Extraction is the most effective method of controlling storm damage in your Seattle home. However, to be truly useful, you need to combine rapid extraction with careful cleaning and drying. At SERVPRO, we often find homeowners suffering from microbial growth or mold issues traced back to initial flooding several weeks or months before.

Our restoration services focus on a complete, thorough approach to both removal and drying of moisture in your Seattle home. When water is extracted and dried, it can leave behind microbes or stain on the flooring materials of your home. We use rotary floor machines to both loosen soiling from hard surfaces and apply pre-conditioning agents to soft ones like carpets. Rotary machines not only help to dislodge severe soiling but can help to buffer floors and leave them in a preloss condition.

Flooding as a result of stormy conditions can seem unfair. SERVPRO can help you to redress the balance by providing expert, Seattle-based technicians who can complete the job on time and on-budget. If the damage necessitates relocation temporarily, we can perform the vital mitigation tasks needed to prevent your home from suffering permanent damage in the interim period. SERVPRO restoration services are available to all residents of Seattle in an emergency.

Fire Damage Restoration

If your heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system are on, it can cause extensive fire damage to your Seattle home. Air entering the supply side can overload filters causing hot smokes to travel through ventilation shafts. Return side outlets can then end up spewing soots, odor, and ash into unaffected regions of the house. SERVPRO restoration services incorporate a comprehensive game plan for HVAC inspection, cleaning, and replacement of ventilation ducts.

Hot smokes are attracted to cooler surfaces, which include the metal insides of a ventilation shaft. These can deposit thick soiling onto the inner sides of an HVAC system, which can be challenging and technical to clean. SERVPRO restoration services here in Seattle can remove both return and supply-side air ducts to carry out in-depth inspections. Using air whips, we can dislodge loose soiling, which can then vacuum out using negative air pressure machines. Cleaning of the interior closest to the wall- where soiling builds up- can be cleaned using water and oil-based solvents.

Once your HVAC is clean, we can begin to perform repairs. Cavities opened with a circular drill for negative air pressure machine access can be resealed using aluminum plating. We can replace ducts in every room inexpensively. Return side ventilation filters need replacing to ensure that odor remains under control, and your home brought to a preloss condition.

Home emergencies are unexpected and, at times, seem unfair. Contact SERVPRO of Central Seattle at (206) 282-9500 for assistance with mold, storm, fire, or water-related incidents.

Commercial Water Cleanup In Seattle Hotel

12/28/2019 (Permalink)

hotel after damage SERVPRO of Central Seattle at (206) 282-9500 is ready 24/7 to assist with commercial water cleanup of any size.

Safety During Commercial Water Cleanup in Seattle Hotel Lobby

When a business relies on heavy foot traffic as part of their business model, the need for safe commercial water cleanup is crucial. The goal of SERVPRO is to help businesses experience the least amount of loss and undergo mitigation as safely and quickly as possible.

In the case of a hotel in Seattle requiring commercial water cleanup, SERVPRO technicians arrived on-site and determined that slip and fall accidents were a danger from the wet tile floor. They taped off the water loss area and put up signs to ensure while the rest of the hotel lobby remained open, a wandering guest in the hotel did not endanger themselves during the cleanup and drying process.

Removal of Water and Wet Items
The water came from a large scale plumbing leak in a single area of the lobby. The technicians used their moisture detection equipment to track the migration path of the water and extracted the standing puddles. A single wall received the effects of the plumbing issue, and only that area required the removal of the sheetrock for both airflow to dry inside the wall cavity and for repairs to the pipe. The rubber-backed industrial rugs did not absorb any water and only needed cleaning for reuse.

Disposal of Some Furnishings
While hardwood furnishings hold up well against most water exposure, the composite wood furnishings in the lobby that received water damage did not have restoration or repair potential due to the damage to the bases. The techs noted these items in detail, including photos for use by the hotel when filing an insurance claim.

Drying and Restoration
The professional drying equipment SERVPRO utilizes use such a high-velocity airstream that it forces embedded moisture to rise and is ported away by their dehumidification equipment. This begins a cycle of progressively drier air circulating and results in eliminating the moisture.

SERVPRO of Central Seattle at (206) 282-9500 is ready 24/7 to assist with commercial water cleanup of any size. Their technicians bring the equipment and knowledge to make the loss, “Like it never even happened.”

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How to Mitigate the Flood Damage Situation in Your Seattle Home

12/15/2019 (Permalink)

rendering of a flooded basement If your home has been affected by a recent storm and is flooded, have no fear. Contact SERVPRO for effective remediation services.

Flood Damage Seattle – Restoration and No Power

The Seattle area receives many wind storms during the year, causing flooding and wind damage to Seattle homes and businesses. Fortunately, there are no tornadoes, however high winds coming in off the ocean can do much damage and often causes many power outages. Depending on your location, electrical power may be unavailable for an hour or several days. How do you restore a home after flood damage when there is no power to run the equipment?

SERVPRO is well equipped to respond to flood damage events in the Seattle area. We also have the experience and understand how important it is to respond quickly and manage the situation before additional damage occurs. When electrical power is unavailable, we can provide portable generators to run lights and provide electricity to run water extractors, air movers, and dryers.

Board Up and Removing Water

One of the first steps after high winds have caused damage to a home or business is to protect the premises from further damage. If windows are broken, we can screw nail plywood to the windows to prevent further rain from being blown into the building. Tarpaulins may be added to protect damaged portions of the roof.

Electric generators can be brought onsite to provide power for lighting and to run the equipment. We may shut off the main circuit breaker for the building to prevent any chance of fire damage when the electrical power is available. With generators running, debris and water can be removed from the premises. Many items can be dried and removed to a dry area in the building.

An electrician can check all electrical circuits before restoring power. We can avoid short circuits caused by water contaminating wall outlets and devices in the building. SERVPRO checks every area, including interior walls for water and moisture. Air movers and dehumidifiers are introduced to the worksite to remove all remaining moisture.

With portable electrical power solutions, restoration of your home can begin to return to normal conditions faster.

Call SERVPRO of Central Seattle at (206) 282-9500 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Queen Anne, Capitol Hill, International District, and the surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

Cartoon image of overflowing 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 at any time 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 lead to potential health risks.   

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 get to work quickly to remove the water, take out 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. 

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Water Damage Challenges Are Met in Seattle by Skilled SERVPRO Technicians

11/19/2019 (Permalink)

flooring of red cedar wood SERVPRO Understands and Executes Water Extraction and Drying to Mitigate Homes in the Seattle Area

SERVPRO Offers Quicker Restoration of Seattle Homes after Water Damage Due to Better Understanding

Water intrusion incidents happen without any warning leaving a trail of destruction in your home. Apart from removing the water, other steps, such as cleaning, stain removal, and even rebuilding some parts of the home, may be necessary. Calling SERVPRO to handle the restoration can help you get quicker results because we have a deeper understanding of the process along with much experience.

Anticipation of Problems

Properties in Seattle hit by water damage undergo different stages of deterioration depending on the amount of water spilled, and the time it takes to restore them. Some problems like rusting, rotting in wood, or even mold development, which are challenging to address, happen in the later stages of the loss. Anticipating such problems can ensure correct actions are taken early, thus preventing them from developing. Our SERVPRO technicians expedite water removal, especially around hardwood floors. We can also remove some boards to prevent buckling when the floor swells after absorbing water.

Understanding Material Structure

The various materials that make up the house are unique in many ways, including having different internal structures. The structure affects absorbency and ability to hold water for long, which can have several implications, including fueling mold growth, long after the water spill incident happens. Our SERVPRO technicians have extensive knowledge of various building materials. For example, we understand the arrangement and size of pores in woods such as Red Cedar. We also understand whether a specific house has a tight, loose, or moderate envelope and its impact on the drying process.  The envelope means several things, including the roof, ceiling, foundation, and finished floors, among other aspects.

Variety of Sophisticated Equipment

The restoration process involves several steps performed together or separately. Most of the steps require equipment to complete. We have sufficient equipment making it easier to complete such steps. Some equipment can also shorten the process. For example, using injecti-dry systems and drying mats, it is possible to remove water from floorboards without demolishing such areas, which can become quite costly. There again, we try to restore and not replace building materials and internal fixtures.

Better understating of water loss helps improve the restoration process. Call SERVPRO of Central Seattle at (206) 282-9500 to help address any issue you face after the loss, “Like it never even happened.”

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