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What are Signs of Mold Damage in Central Seattle Properties?

6/18/2022 (Permalink)

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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.

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

6/18/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment, ladder at house SERVPRO offers Seattle home areas with advanced water damage removal and restoration equipment

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

6/18/2022 (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."

Do Mold Removal Companies Deliver Satisfactory Results?

6/17/2022 (Permalink)

mold growing on the wall Did you see or smell mold in your home? Team SERVPRO can help whether the infestation is small or large. Contact our technicians immediately.

SERVPRO Uses Several Approaches to Resolve Mold Issues in Seattle Properties

Although the mold affecting your house is one problem, resolving it requires more than a single solution. In most cases, when you do the removal on your own, cleanup is the primary approach. However, removal companies have access to more resources and can therefore use several approaches. 

The standard approach used by most mold removal companies in Seattle when restoring affected homes includes steps such as:

  • Drying wet materials 
  • Containment of residues 
  • Cleanup of affected areas
  • Removal of moldy materials

SERVPRO makes a considerable effort when completing these processes to ensure favorable outcomes. For instance, we use dehumidifiers with minimal airflow to dry wet materials without spreading moldy residues. 

When cleaning up affected areas, we use different cleaning methods to achieve the best results. When dealing with semi-porous surfaces, abrasive methods such as damp wiping, sanding, and wire brushing are beneficial. HEPA vacuuming helps remove settled spores released during other cleanup processes or the removal of infested materials. Taking simple precautions such as cleaning in the direction of airflow when a negative air pressure machine is set up helps improve the results.

SERVPRO of Central Seattle is one of the mold removal companies that can resolve the infestation in your home satisfactorily. Call us at (206) 282-9500.

Revealed: Team SERVPRO Offers Effective Flood Damage Solutions in Seattle

6/17/2022 (Permalink)

rain from a storm hitting the roof of a house Recent storms can bring a large amount of excess water into your home. Contact SERVPRO for effective water removal and drying services.

Be Ready for Seattle Flood Damage When You Partner with SERVPRO

Many regions of Western Washington are likely to flood, although Seattle's flood profile differs from the rest of the area. We contend with riverine, urban, and coastal flooding. Although riverine and urban flooding is currently most common, climate change is expected to raise sea levels while torrential rain events are increasing. All these factors heighten the future risk of urban and coastal flooding.

How Flooding Differs from Other Water Damages

Flood damage in Seattle is considered an infectious waste event, and applicable health regulations and other rules prescribe the steps, tasks, and activities involved in responding to the contaminated water. Like any water damage, we need to remove the fluids, scope for migration, and dry out the structure, but with added safeguards and cautions. The fluids associated with flooding are ranked as Category 3 water, carrying silt, rocks, and other solid debris along with organisms that might be disease-causing. Chemical contamination is also possible.

Some Structures and Fixtures Require Disposal After Flood Damage

Porous materials sometimes cannot be cleaned and disinfected to the required standards post-flood. Carpeting and padding must be removed and discarded. On a case-by-case basis, valuable rugs can be cleaned, soaked in a biocide, recleaned, and dried. Only when an Indoor Environmental Professional test confirms that this procedure resulted in the rug reaching a sanitary condition should it be retained. Drywall either removed during "flood cuts" to release hidden water or, because of crumbling, cannot be reused. Neither can flood water-soaked insulation.

Shovels and Rakes Precede Pumps and Extractors

When storms or overflowing rivers precipitate overland flooding, immediate water pumping and extracting can be challenging to achieve. Significant amounts of mud and other debris must be removed before the water removal equipment can operate effectively. The SERVPRO crews dig in, removing the solids with rakes and shovels. If the debris contains chemicals, sewage, or other potentially harmful materials, we might need to contain the solids and dispose of them according to local hazardous waste rules. 

Count on SERVPRO of Central Seattle to help with all aspects of flood damage control, mitigation, and remediation. Call (206) 282-9500 to schedule the team.

Call SERVPRO for Rapid Fire Damage Restoration in Seattle

6/17/2022 (Permalink)

 a SERVPRO truck parked outside of a store When fire affects your commercial space, you need a team of remediation specialists on site. Call SERVPRO 24/7 for IICRC certified technicians.

Cleaning after Fire Damage in Your Business Premises

A fire, whatever the size, can interrupt normalcy at commercial premises like an education facility in Seattle. The blaze may destroy things in the facility and spread smoke and soot across all surfaces. Proper cleanup and restoration efforts are required to return to normal operation. SERVPRO professionals help conduct proactive soot cleaning in undamaged areas of the school and air purification to ensure it is safe for learners to return to the building.

Although SERVPRO professionals try to save anything possible during fire damage restoration at a Seattle facility, sometimes the damage may be severe. When this happens, we haul out the unsalvageable items. This way, we can perform a smoother and more organized cleanup.

Areas of interest

  • Cleaning ceiling tiles
  • Cleaning fixtures
  • Deep cleaning the attic space
  • Restoration of the HVAC system and ductwork

Restoring smoke and soot damaged surfaces

Smoke and soot damage is a major problem in the restoration process. As byproducts of incomplete combustion, they smudge easily and cling aggressively on surfaces, materials, and flooring, causing severe damage to the walls, ceilings, flooring, etc.

A high oxygen fire leaves behind a dryer smoke residue, making the cleanup easier. On the other hand, a low oxygen fire leaves behind a wetter smoke residue, making the cleaning a little harder. Therefore, SERVPRO teams assess the situation, and depending on which fire occurred, we use appropriate cleaning methods.

Some specialized ways to clean soot include;

  • Degreasing agents
  • HEPA Vacuum cleaner
  • High- and low-alkaline detergents
  • Dry cleaning or chemical sponges

Since cleaning soot stains can become a dirty job, our crew considers specific cleanup procedures for every job site. Starting with a HEPA vacuum helps remove loose soot residues off the walls before washing. We rinse sponges in clean water between each swipe, ensuring that we remove the dirt from the surface. After wiping down the walls, we allow them to dry thoroughly before applying new paint or wallpaper.

SERVPRO of Central Seattle ensures a speedy recovery to mitigate the degrading effects of soot damage. Call us at (206) 282-9500 for rapid fire damage restoration services. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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.