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What Makes SERVPRO a Trusted Name for Mold Remediation in Seattle?

7/16/2021 (Permalink)

mold damage Mold will spread like wildfire within 24 to 48 hours. SERVPRO will be onsite within 4 hours of the initial call, Mold remediation is a specialty we do

SERVPRO's Experienced and Highly Trained Team Makes Mold Remediation in Seattle Fast and Efficient  

It pays to hire professionals for mold remediation in your Seattle home, but it is crucial to pick the right service provider. Professional restorers like SERVPRO have a highly trained and experienced team of mold specialists who understand local homeowners' needs. 

Before SERVPRO technicians begin the process of mold remediation of your Seattle home, they carry out a detailed inspection to identify any hidden colonies. They often look for signs of potential water damage that can create a conducive environment for the mold spores to germinate and grow. SERVPRO technicians might also take samples of the mold under the supervision of an indoor environmental professional (IEP) and send it out to be tested to identify any specific type of mold on your property.     

Some of the Questions SERVPRO Mold Specialists Might Ask You During the Remediation Process of your Seattle Property

SERVPRO believes that communication with our clients is an important step in a successful mold remediation job in Seattle. We aim to work with you to get your mold problem sorted once and for all. Some of the questions that you might get from us might include-

  • Are you aware of any additional mold growth in your home?
  • Have you experienced problems such as attic mold or bathroom mold in the past?
  • Have you had a water-related problem on the property in the past?
  • How long has the mold problem persisted?  

Your responses to these questions help us prepare a tailor-made plan for your home and achieve the fastest possible remediation. 

Call SERVPRO of Central Seattle at (206) 282-9500, where help is available round the clock.

Does SERVPRO Offer Commercial Fire Damage Restoration in Seattle?

6/25/2021 (Permalink)

"Faster to any size disaster" If fire damage strikes your business, you’ll need a team to help you. Contact SERVPRO 24/7 for professional remediation services.

SERVPRO can Conduct Water & Damage Restorations in Central Seattle

Sometimes business owners can find themselves in a situation where a fire ignites inside their company's warehouse. A structural blaze can not only put your building materials in danger of damage, but it can also cause you problems with your warehouse's contents. Smoke coming from the flames can spread throughout the warehouse and possibly even damage goods that are inside cardboard boxes. 



During Commercial fire restoration in Seattle, our SERVPRO Technicians can inspect everything inside your business' warehouse to see what all got affected. Smoke can often cause soot residues to exist on your building materials and contents. When dealing with smoke and fire damage, we can perform the following procedures to help return your warehouse to its preloss state:



  • Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration and Cleanup
  • Water & Fire Damage Restorations
  • House Fire Clean Up
  • Smoke Remediation

If an excessive amount of your warehouse's contents received smoke damage, then we can take steps to clean all of the items individually. In some cases, it is best to move your contents to another location for cleaning. When this is the case, we can load up all of the affected contents and place them in a staging area. 



While in the staging area, we organize contents by size and how much residue is on them. Once we are ready for the cleaning process, we move the affected items from the staging area to a sanitized room where the cleaning occurs.



You never know when a disaster will occur, but when it does, we can help. If you ever suffer from a fire inside your warehouse or any other commercial property, call SERVPRO of Central Seattle at (206) 282-9500.

Can SERVPRO Provide Flood Restoration in Seattle?

6/17/2021 (Permalink)

Water on floor Flooding can cause extreme damage to property and a person's pocket. Call SERVPRO for the help to take a lot of pressure off your hands.

SERVPRO Offers Water Damage Repairs After a Storm in Seattle



As everyone knows, Seattle is often called "The Rainy City." Although the town is not the rainiest in the U.S., it still receives an average of 152 rainy days per year. Therefore, it is possible that sometime during this rainy season, your home could suffer damage and require flood restoration services.



In cases of flood damage in Seattle, our SERVPRO technicians can help you with different types of water damage repairs. After heavy rainfall, your ceiling could start to leak. Or if it starts to flood outside, water could enter your house from the ground. If moisture ever finds its way into your home after a storm, we can conduct the following services to make it seem, "Like it never even happened."



  • Ceiling Repairs from Water Damages
  • Basement Flooding Cleanup
  • Water Removal Services
  • Fix Ceiling Leaks
  • Repair Leaking Roofs from Storms



If water leaks in from your roof, it could cause damage to several of your building materials as gravity pushes it down into your structure. When this occurs, our SERVPRO technicians take the first step to temporarily seal the leak so that no more moisture can enter. If needed, we can patch holes with wood or plastic until the ceiling leaks can be permanently repaired. 



Since any water coming in from the outside could be contaminated, we could remove any drywall that gets wet. We can then treat any other wet materials like your roof trusses or wall studs with an antibacterial product.



If moisture ever gets into your house after a rainstorm, it is wise to have flood restoration procedures performed before the damage gets worse. Call SERVPRO of Central Seattle at (206) 282-9500 any time of the day.

Does SERVPRO Offer Emergency Services for Water Damage in Seattle?

6/8/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment and technicians SERVPRO teams are ready and available to assist you with water damage 24/7. Call us as soon as you experience a water mishap.

SERVPRO can conduct water damage remediation in Seattle



Even with the new technology of today, it is still possible that your home appliances can malfunction. Sometimes when items like your dishwasher, for example, break, water can leak all over your house. The longer your broken dishwasher spills moisture into your kitchen, the further the water can spread to other rooms of your home. 



Whenever we restore water damage in Seattle, we start using instruments like moisture meters and sensors to determine exactly where the moisture has spread. Once we figure out what got wet, we can begin conducting water damage repairs on your affected building materials and contents. Depending on your unique situation, our SERVPRO technicians can perform the following procedures:



  • Cleaning Up After a Sewer Backup
  • Basement Flooding Cleanup
  • Ceiling Repairs from Water Damages
  • Water Removal Services



Whenever water leaks, it follows gravity and heads to your floors. One of the first things our SERVPRO crew does is remove water while it is still a liquid. Since most kitchens have hard surface floors such as tile, linoleum, or hardwood, we can use either a vacuum or a mop and squeegee the moisture up.



We can then set up air movers and dehumidifiers to dry up the floors and kitchen cabinets when dealing with tile or linoleum. If your kitchen has hardwood floors, we can dry out the wood using specialized drying mats. 



If your dishwasher ever breaks or a pipe bursts, it is wise to conduct emergency services for water damage promptly. Call SERVPRO of Central Seattle at (206) 282-9500 24/7.

How to Effectively Remediate Water Damage in Seattle

5/26/2021 (Permalink)

warped floorboards from water damage Dealing with water damage on your property? Team SERVPRO offers skilled technicians and the right equipment for the job.

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 areas where these decisions are most frequent.

Drying decisions decrease dramatically when homeowners wait 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 damages started after 48 hours rarely yields 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 makes when beginning water recoveries can make the process more efficient. Whenever disasters strike, give us a call at (206) 282-9500.

Revealed: Team SERVPRO Offers Effective Flood Damage Solutions in Seattle

5/21/2021 (Permalink)

rain pouring down on the shingles of a roof Recently flooded? Our technicians are standing by to take your emergency call and can be on the scene with water removal equipment in hours.

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.

What are the Best Water Restoration Companies in Seattle?

5/16/2021 (Permalink)

a woman holding a bucket to catch water falling from her ceiling Regardless of how the water got in, Team SERVPRO can help with water removal and remediation services. Call today.

SERVPRO Commits to Deliver Faster Results During Water Damage Remediation in Seattle

When burst pipes release water all over your property, one of the most troubling things is the inconveniences you face before all wet areas can be dried. You might not sit in your favorite position or even use some of the utilities and gadgets in the house. Therefore, finding a solution fast enough is desirable.

With assistance from the best water restoration companies in Seattle, you can enjoy a faster turnaround. SERVPRO delivers such results because we dedicate sufficient resources for each restoration task. Water removal takes considerable time since the water has to be handled in different states. 

Our SERVPRO technicians use different water extractors to remove liquid water. For instance, drying mats help extract water trapped beneath from materials such as tiles, while regular extractors allow removal of water pooling on surfaces fast. Drying is also part of the removal process whereby water is evaporated from surfaces. Our technicians expedite the process by supplying heat and improving air movements, thus maximizing evaporation rates. We use commercial-grade air movers and recirculate the hot air exhausted from dehumidifiers back into the wet rooms. Expediting recovery is necessary for many other situations, including:

  • Leaking roof from storms
  • Cleaning up after a sewer backup
  • Basement flooding cleanup

SERVPRO of Central Seattle ranks among the best water restoration companies that you can hire to fix damages at your home. Call us at (206) 282-9500.

How do Foster Island Restoration Services Clean Sensitive Materials?

4/26/2021 (Permalink)

a fire damaged room with soot covering everything Recent fire with some smoke damage? Our SERVPRO team is standing by with the tools and know how to remediate the situation. Call us right away.

SERVPRO Technicians in Foster Island Have Industry-leading Training for Sensitive Fabric Care during Fire Restoration.

Not all fabrics respond well to conventional cleaning methods. The fastest way to remove soiling is through aggressive agitation or direct applications of solvents and detergents. Sensitive materials, which could include linens or cotton, may suffer adversely when using the fastest soil removal methods due to their fragile nature.  

SERVPRO helps residents deal with: 

  • Fire damaged homes 
  • Smoke remediation 
  • Fire and smoke damage restoration and cleanup 

Absorption is a valuable method for fire restoration in your Foster Island homes. Unlike other cleaning methods, absorption does not disturb the fibers of the material. Instead, the soil on fibers is absorbed in powder which can then be lightly vacuumed away. We use this method for sensitive fabrics as well as semi-porous building materials like brickwork. 

  • Absorption powders can be combined with cleaning solutions to create a cleaning paste that dries onto a surface before being vacuumed. 
  • We use this method for concrete, marble, brick, upholstery carpets, and fabrics. 
  • Powders can also be mixed with solvents for materials that only suit dry cleaning. 

Understanding the nature of materials is fundamental to restoration. Contact SERVPRO of Central Seattle for fire restoration at (206) 282-9500.

Is Draining Ceilings in Seattle a Part of Water Mitigation?

4/23/2021 (Permalink)

a water damaged wall that is cracked and wet When water damage affects your ceiling, time is of the essence. Contact SERVPRO to investigate the cause of the damage and to remediate.

Draining Materials Can be Vital in the Restoration Procedure. SERVPRO Has Technicians for Seattle Residents.

The standard methods of water extraction rely on machinery like water extraction units, portable wet/vacs, and pumping equipment. In some situations, water can build up in the recesses of a home. These recesses could include ceilings, walls, and subfloor. Sometimes, there are visible signs of water buildup, consisting of ceiling sagging or bubbling on vinyl floors.

SERVPRO performs mitigation for:

  • Ceiling leaks
  • Basement flooding
  • Burst pipes

Dealing with excess water is central to water mitigation in your Seattle home. Some of the principal applications for draining moisture may be for ceilings: sagging, HVAC systems, concrete blocks, and properties with C-channel metal framing. The usual method is to drill or bore holes into the building assembly to allow water to drain from a cavity.

  • Wet vacuums are used in conjunction with draining to remove excess water from the area being drained.
  • Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) units are usually drained last during restoration.
  • Absorption can be effective at draining water using mops and towels, drawing further moisture from the cavity.

Draining a property correctly can save residents thousands of dollars in cost. Contact SERVPRO of Central Seattle for Water Mitigation at (206) 282-9500.

When Should Seattle Residents Seek Professional Fire Damage Restoration?

4/18/2021 (Permalink)

a kitchen stove on fire which has spread to the rest of the kitchen Fire damage can really catch you off guard. After your family and pets are safe, contact team SERVPRO for remediation services. We are available 24/7.

SERVPRO Could Save Seattle Residents Expense through Fire Damage Restoration and Mitigation

Seattle is one of the largest cities on the Western Coast. It has always been a primary trading outpost for much of America's import and export trades that was even a central destination during the Klondike Gold Rush era. The influx of migrant workers and businesses throughout its long history has seen Seattle blossom into a multicultural zenith with Asian, Irish, Italian, and Hispanic communities, districts, and neighborhoods. Built on the Pacific Northwest's shores, Seattle's nightlife, restaurant businesses, and music venues are among some of the most sought-after in the country. Seattle's residents have also benefited from its growth as a tech hub to rival Silicon Valley on the West Coast.

Pioneer Square is one of Seattle's oldest neighborhoods, with a rich history covering the Klondike Gold Rush and a superb International Chinatown District just around the corner. Pioneer Square has also developed a reputation as a tech hub, with many fortune 500 companies setting up shop on the iconic plaza. A trip to Belltown is well worth it to elevate yourself above the city streets in Seattle's Space Needle. The feat of architecture was initially constructed for the World Fair of 1962 and offered panoramic views of the nearby waterways, the Olympic Mountains to the North, and an overview of Seattle's bustling neighborhoods. 

  • Bainbridge Island is a tranquil spot on the Puget Sound where Seattle's dominant fishing industry ships up each morning. On the Island are over 150-acres of maintained gardens. The Bloedel Reserve is among the highlights, and visitors can take the Bainbridge Island Ferry, which takes just over half an hour and provides stunning views of Seattle's oceanfront.
  • Seattle is the home of global coffee aficionados, Starbucks. Visitors can learn how to produce superb coffee from their homes with classes at the Seattle Barista Academy. Courses for beginners are around three hours long and cover the basics of ideal temperatures, sourcing beans, and Latte art.
  • As a thriving cultural hub, Seattle produces more than its fair share of legendary rock and pop musicians, including Jimi Hendrix and Nirvana. The Museum of Pop Culture tracks the history of Seattle from its early blues influences through to the summer of love and the nineties' grunge period spearheaded by Kurt Cobain.

SERVPRO Can Restore Metals to a Pre-loss condition after Fire Damage

Residential properties are full of metal materials. These may include appliance surfaces, oven hoods, or furniture. Property fires can have a corrosive effect on metals. We can assist homeowners with:

  • Fire and smoke damage
  • Fire damaged homes
  • Smoke remediation

Fire damage restoration professionals in Seattle can counteract the corrosive effect. Smoke can contain a higher level of acid or alkaline than expected, resulting from the types of material that combust. In cases where surfaces are cooler, such as with metals, the effect of condensation and acidic smoke residues can lead to corrosion or a rusting impact left on the material.

  • Rusticides are oxalic-phosphorous-based cleaners that can break down rusts on surfaces as well as on organic textiles.
  • A rust remover is applied for 10 minutes before being removed using water extraction.
  • Sometimes a wood-creme paste can be applied directly to appliance surfaces to clear away visible yellowing from fire.

Managing fire impact requires expertise. Contact SERVPRO of Central Seattle for fire damage restoration at (206) 282-9500.

Worried About Water Damage At Your Business Worsening?

3/24/2021 (Permalink)

a SERVPRO vehicle Commercial water damage can cost you every day. SERVPRO has the equipment and certified technicians for the job. Don’t delay!

SERVPRO Enhances Natural Equilibrium Trends to Ease Restoration of Seattle Business Premises

Water, whether from natural sources or leaks from the plumbing systems within your business premises, can cause unprecedented damages or interfere with your daily operations. Sometimes the initial loss is less worrying compared to the secondary issues that develop.

Timely and appropriate intervention halts water damage in Seattle business premises. Most materials deteriorate over time when exposed to moisture. For instance, metals rust, fabrics discolor while the glues in carpets or composite materials wear down, leading to irreversible damage. SERVPRO observes three simple rules to address the effects of excess moisture in buildings:

  • Hot goes cold
  • Wet goes dry
  • High pressure goes to low pressure 

After extracting standing water, the next phase involves manipulating air conditions in the property. Applying these rules helps. For instance, the moisture in wet materials naturally escapes into the drier surrounding air. However, if the air is not kept dry enough, humidity rises, stopping the drying process. Our SERVPRO technicians use dehumidifiers to extract moisture from the air. 

SERVPRO of Central Seattle has talented technicians that can help you address any aspect of water damage in your business. Call us at (206) 282-9500 for assistance.

Do Mold Removal Companies Deliver Satisfactory Results?

3/19/2021 (Permalink)

mold growing on a wall Did you find mold? SERVPRO technicians have the equipment for mold detection and remediation. Contact our team today.

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.

What Type of Flood Damage Is Typical In Seattle?

3/14/2021 (Permalink)

a flooded street with a house partly submerged Flooding situation? Contact our SERVPRO team for water removal and flood damage remediation services.

For Resolution of Any Challenge Associated With Flood Damage Call SERVPRO

The lush, evergreen forests surrounding the city of Seattle have earned it the Emerald City title. The forests are fueled by the heavy rainfall experienced in the area. Despite the rainy reputation of the city, you can still enjoy sunny summers and springs. 

The main feature that readily identifies Seattle is the iconic Space Needle, built in 1962 for the World’s Fair whose theme was “The Age of Space,” and the unique design symbolized the human race's aspirations to venture into space.

Exploring the City

Seattle offers many attractions ranging from fascinating outdoor locations, a thriving culinary scene, and a great nightlife considering the countless craft cocktail bars and an independent music scene. Anyone interested in exploring the city has numerous options to sample. One of the best ways is to start from the top.

  • The Space Needle

By scaling to the top of the 605-foot tall Space Needle, you have a chance to explore the breathtaking surroundings of the city. The structure offers two observation sections. On the upper level, there is an observation deck with floor-to-ceiling glass barriers providing a safe yet unrestricted viewpoint. On the lower level, there is an all-glass rotating floor that creates a truly unique perspective. 

  • Pike Place Marketplace

If you want to enjoy seafood, this sizable historic shopping complex is the best place to explore diverse offerings. Several stalls specialize in fresh Salmon, Clam, and Crab. Apart from seafood, you can also enjoy pastries in bakeries such as Le Panier.

  • Olympic Sculpture Park

The park is a fabulous spot to spend time at any season of the year since it has several impressive features and is free. The park has artworks by several renowned artists like Louise Bourgeois and Alexander Calder. It is strategically located, with the Olympic Mountains offering a unique backdrop. 

The Risk of Flooding

Although Seattle is considered a rainy city, the risk of flooding is not that high.  However, it happens occasionally, aggravated by a couple of reasons like:

  • Urban flooding, which happens when sudden rainfall overwhelms drainage infrastructure
  • Riverine flooding, which occurs when rivers or streams overflow their banks. In Seattle, Longfellow and Thornton creeks have caused flooding several times
  • Coastal flooding, which is mostly associated with storms.  In areas such as South Park, coastal flooding also poses a threat to drainage systems

How Does SERVPRO Help Seattle Homeowners Affected by Flood Damage?

Every flooding incident is unique, which leads to different outcomes. The same flooding incident might also affect properties differently depending on their layout and the contents they have. The outcome might also depend on the kind of response taken since failure to act worsens the outcomes.

SERVPRO helps ensure the affected residents react appropriately. We can assess the situation and determine whether immediate actions such as water extraction, manipulating contents, or safeguarding the structure are necessary. We have sufficient resources to handle all mitigation aspects. For instance:

  • Our self-priming trash pumps help remove solid-filled water fast
  • Our technicians are highly skilled in completing tasks such as board ups to protect the structure
  • We have a variety of protective equipment allowing our technicians to enter the property safely

SERVPRO of Central Seattle helps simplify flood damage restoration for homeowners. Call us at (206) 282-9500 when the need arises.

Removing Water from Your Store’s Carpet After Water Damage

2/23/2021 (Permalink)

woman arranging flowers in front of mirror in flower shop Don't let water damage interfere with your business. SERVPRO is always on call!

SERVPRO Brings the Right Tools for the Job in Seattle

If your retail store suffers a water leak or flood, you must call SERVPRO as soon as possible. The faster we arrive, the more quickly we can take action to get your shop back to preloss condition so you can resume trading. 

One of the essential steps in fixing water damage in your Seattle business is removing water from the carpets. Some of the issues with wet carpets include:

  • Causing delamination and require replacing.
  • Preventing you from re-opening your store.
  • Providing a potential breeding ground for mold

Our teams have a range of tools to help with water extraction. We have truck-mounted and freestanding pumps to deal with large puddles of water, even if your business has multiple stories. We have small, light carpet wands for vacuuming water from the carpets’ surface and getting into remote areas. We also have extraction tools that rely on the weight of the service professional standing on them to press the water out of the carpet.

It is often possible to save carpets from water damage with thorough drying. Call SERVPRO of Central Seattle at (206) 282-9500.

Correct Use of Thermo-Hygrometers After Flood Damage

2/16/2021 (Permalink)

dark storm clouds Storms bring storm damage. Call SERVPRO for fast, effective remediation.

SERVPRO Knows Equipment Needs Proper Use to be Effective 

If you are struggling with the aftermath of flooding, you need a remediation company with the right tools.

Monitoring tools make all the difference in flood damage in Seattle. SERVPRO trains our staff to use a range of devices. One of the most important objects is a thermo-hygrometer, which measures humidity levels.

Measuring humidity helps us see the moisture amount and monitor the drying progress. We can also use thermo-hygrometers to compare humidity inside and outside your home or between different rooms to give us a clearer picture.

However, tools only work when they are used correctly. Some of the things we need to be aware of when using a thermo-hygrometer include:

  • The potential for nearby surfaces, such as cold concrete or hot metal, affecting the readings.
  • The unit's need to acclimate to the current conditions before providing an accurate reading.
  • The importance of keeping the sensor clean and making sure the unit has batteries.

For flood damage remediation with accurate readings, call SERVPRO of Central Seattle at (206) 282-9500.

Help is Here for Fire Damage Restoration in Seattle

2/9/2021 (Permalink)

Flames burning hardwood floors Unfortunately, fires happen. SERVPRO has the know-how to restore any fire damage you may incur.

SERVPRO Sets Buildings Right After Fire Damage

Seattle is an iconic city known for many things, including its music scene, elegant skyscrapers, and a welcoming multicultural vibe. Boasting a population of 3.98 million, Seattle is one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States. Bill Gates was born in Seattle, and Amazon located its first headquarters in this city. The tech industry is still a significant part of the Seattle economy. 

Enjoy the Sounds of Seattle

Seattle has a lengthy history as a center for performing arts. There are many prominent arts organizations in the city, including such prestigious groups as: 

  • The Seattle Opera is especially famous for its performances of Richard Wagner's works.
  • The Seattle Symphony Orchestra, which is over a century old.
  • The Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra is the largest symphonic group for young people in the United States.

Seattle has a strong jazz culture. In the first to mid decades of the twentieth century, the city was home to two dozen jazz nightclubs on Jackson Street alone. Seattle jazz clubs helped launch such luminaries as Quincy Jones, Ernestine Anderson, and Ray Charles.  

In more modern times, Seattle became known as grunge music's birthplace. Grunge is characterized by its punk rock and indie influences, reflective and sometimes angsty themes, drums, bass, and distorted guitar. The link between Seattle and grunge music is so strong that the genre is also known as the "Seattle Sound." Some of the most famous grunge musicians to come out of Seattle include Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, and Nirvana. If classical music is more your scene, chamber music festivals are in the city in summer and winter. 

More than Music

Although the music scene is a huge part of Seattle's culture, there are many other ways to enjoy this vibrant city's performing arts. Seattle is home to many distinguished slam poets and sends a team to the National Poetry Slam every year. The town also boasts several performing arts venues, museums, and galleries. Some unmissable stops include: 

  • The 5th Avenue Theater puts on plenty of glitzy musical shows worthy of Broadway, featuring local and international talent.
  • Frye Art Museum features dark, dramatic artworks from the nineteenth century to the present day.
  • Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture is the original natural history museum in the state of Washington.
  • The National Nordic Museum is home to several permanent exhibits about the Nordic countries' culture and art.

SERVPRO Restores Buildings After Fire Damage 

One of the risks of having so many old buildings packed together is fire. In 1889, the Great Seattle Fire destroyed almost all of the downtown business district and caused $20,000,000 worth of losses (that is £569 million in today's figures!)

Fire can cause damage to all aspects of a building's structure, including:

  • Supporting columns and roof beams
  • Wooden floors and subfloors
  • Insulation and drywall
  • Painted and wallpapered surfaces

SERVPRO teams can oversee all aspects of building restoration, including removing debris and smoke-damaged elements, repainting and re-papering walls, and replacing drywall, plaster, and other structural elements. If needed, we will call in skilled contractors and oversee their work, so you do not have to worry about coordinating several restoration professionals.

For a restoration service that reduces your stress, call SERVPRO of Central Seattle at (206) 282-9500.

Looking for a Unique Creative Outlet in Seattle?

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

Welcome to Seattle sign. Water damage from the start is hard to deal with. Leave it to the pros of SERVPRO for the water restoration services needed for your home.

Investigate Raku Firing at Seattle Pottery Supply on February 6, 2021

Seattle potters interested in the art of Raku firing are in luck. Schedule a Saturday session on February 6, 2021, and follow it up every first and third Saturday of the year to hone your craft.

Raku firing is an almost magical process where pots exit the kiln red-hot rather than cooling down entirely. After enveloping flammable materials such as paper or sawdust, glazed pieces exhibit a dazzling array of hues due to oxygen deprivation as temperatures fall.

Expectations:

  • Be Prompt!
  • Participants bring up to 4 small to medium bisque items.
  • Firing starts at 10 am -- glazing ends at noon.
  • Glazes included in the reservation price.
  • An onsite Raku facilitator assists and answers questions. 

Date and Time: February 6, 2021

10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Location: Seattle Pottery Supply

35 South Hanford Street

Seattle, WA 98134

(206) 587-0570

Call for information or register for $50 on Eventbrite Seattle.

Seek water damage repair SERVPRO of Central Seattle for a beautiful finish. Call (206) 282-9500 to schedule a consultation.

Seattle Residents, Need a Virtual Road Trip in the Wilderness?

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

 El Corazon show Don't let a flood stop your daily work life. Call the professionals at SERVPRO for the water mitigation services to keep the show on the road.

Earthless Presents “Live In The Mojave Desert,” a Livestream Concert Film for Viewing in Seattle January 23, 2021

Enjoy the sound and visuals of Earthless as a socially distancing-friendly option on January 23, 2021. Imagine a unique mix of German krautrock and Japanese heavy blues-rock accompanying a fantastic video of the Mojave Desert, the intense background instrumentals creating a free and lively mood.

  • Livestream events air live and are available on-demand for an additional 48 hours.
  • Expect a two-hour program:
    • The first hour is a hosted, live hangout with the California Desert Wizards and guests.
    • The second hour welcomes the band and their concert film in its entirety.
  • Date And Time: Saturday, January 23, 2021

12:00 PM 

Doors open at 11:45 AM

  • Location: El Corazon

109 Eastlake Ave East

Seattle, WA 98109

  • Price: $20 tickets

Commercial flood damage meets its match when SERVPRO of Central Seattle is on the job. Call for an evaluation at (206) 282-9500 to invite professionals to stem the stream and repair the harm with energy and skill.

How Likely Is an Integrated Process of Fire Damage Restoration in Seattle?

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO's In-House Contracting Division Limits Delays and Extra Expenses During Fire Damage Restoration in Seattle

A warm, dry spring in Seattle 1889 set the stage for a citywide conflagration that became known as the Great Seattle Fire. The relative lack of moisture and other circumstances combined to create conditions for a disaster that changed both the look and the regulation of city infrastructure—reflecting upon the path taken after this momentous fire informed fire safety approaches in the Northwest and elsewhere in the country.

What Specific Event Caused the Great Seattle Fire?

John Back, a worker in Victor Clairmont's woodworking shop located at what is now First Avenue and Madison Avenue, made a pair of mistakes that would completely change the landscape of Seattle. At roughly 2:15 pm June 6, 1889, a pot of glue Back heated to secure materials together in the workshop boiled, spilling over the top. The glue poured into the gasoline fire beneath and burst into flame. Quickly the fire spread to the floor, where it immediately ignited fuels in the form of scattered wood chips and drips of turpentine. Back tried to douse the fire with water, but the oil-based turpentine was lighter than the water, resulting in the flames' rapid spread.

Did Seattle Have a Fire Department in 1889?

An all-volunteer fire fighting force attempted to quell the burning once they gained notice of the emergency. It took 30 minutes for the volunteers to arrive, and by that time, the smoke was so dense planning for effective interventions was nearly impossible. The nearby Dietz and Mayer Liquor store and two saloons fueled an uptick in the fire's intensity, resulting in the entire Seattle block from Marion to Madison leaping into flames. Complicating matters was the bad luck that the Fire Chief Josiah Collins was in San Francisco at a firefighting convention rather than in the city to guide the rescue.

Was the Seattle Water Supply Up to the Challenge of the Great Fire?

For firefighters, a significant limitation in battling the fire was Seattle's rudimentary water system's inadequacy. A private enterprise, the Spring Hill Water Company, controlled the water provision in the city. Flaws in the configuration included:

  • Hydrants were widely spaced, located on every other street.
  • Piping was narrow in diameter.
  • Pipes were frequently crafted of wood -- hollowed-out logs -- that caught fire during the disaster.
  • Low water pressure that decreased further during the fight, preventing meaningful hose use
  • Pumping water from Elliott Bay was ineffective because the tide was out, and attached hoses were too short to reach various burning buildings.

Did the Community Support the Firefighting Effort?

Unfortunately, many of the citizens of Seattle exacerbated the situation by harassing the volunteers, blaming them for insufficient water pressure. Rather than assisting, townspeople criticized the firefighters as the winds picked up, spreading the fire to the: 

  • Commercial Mill
  • Coleman Building
  • Opera House 

The acting Fire Chief James Murphy was stripped of command by Mayor Robert Moran. Moran attempted to stop the spread of the fire by detonating the Colman block. The flames jumped over the block, consuming the wharves and moving up the hill in the direction of Second Avenue.

What Was the Fire Experience Like for Seattle Residents?

Fewer than two hours in, it was clear that the city center would not survive the blaze. The region surrounding Seattle was becoming aware of the crisis as smoke was visible from Tacoma. The distinctive roar of an out-of-control fire was reported to be audible miles away from the city as it raged unabated. The city sought help from Tacoma, Portland, and Victoria, British Columbia, but it did not come fast enough. Many buildings burned to the ground, but the Courthouse was saved by Lawrence Booth, who scaled the roof and poured water down the sides. Bucket brigades saved a few other commercial and residential properties.

How Did the Fire in Seattle Resolve?

Approximately twelve and a half hours after it started, the fire burned out at 3:00 am June 7, 1889. Over 120 acres burned, comprising an area of 25 city blocks. No accurate death toll was recorded, but the fire's cost is estimated to have totaled $20,000,000. The rebuilding of the city began immediately, with neighboring communities raising and contributing funds. Twelve months later, 465 buildings sprung up. Businesses reopened, and life continued, with an increase in the population of 33 percent.

Were There Permanent Changes in Seattle's Operations Because of the Fire?

The community of Seattle took the opportunity to reconsider the delivery of essential services during the aftermath of the fire. Enhancing fire safety into the future included: 

  • The volunteer fire department disbanded.
  • A professional firefighting organization was in place by October 1889.
  • Seattle took charge of the water supply:
  • Increasing pipe diameters.
  • Ridding the system of wooden pipes.
  • Adding hydrants.

What Can Professional Seattle Fire Damage Restoration Offer Seattle Residents?

Modern firefighting techniques have improved dramatically over the past 130 plus years. Many buildings are saved but need fire damage restoration in Seattle. Our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained managers and technicians can deliver an outstanding outcome for property owners, always aiming to make it "Like it never even happened." We use our skills, experience, and advanced equipment to complete the following after a fire:

  • Assessing your property for safety hazards and using industry best practices to control the dangers so restoration can proceed
  • Removing firefighting water and contaminants
  • Performing structural drying
  • Evaluating residues and matching them with efficient removal products, tools, and techniques
  • Deodorizing the spaces

Who Can Help Seattle Residents with Post-Fire Build Back?

After fire damage restoration in Seattle, SERVPRO is uniquely positioned to tear out, repair, and replace irreparably damaged building materials. Our in-house construction division avoids your need to find and hire additional contractors. This saves you stress, time, and expense.

Rely on the wrap-around restoration assistance of SERVPRO of Central Seattle to resolve the issues presented by a household fire aftermath. Call us at (206) 282-9500 to schedule an assessment as soon as the fire department gives the go-ahead.

Get Ready for The Festive Season in Foster Island with Winterfest

12/22/2020 (Permalink)

Small leak in pipe and water leaking out 'Tis the season for....burst pipes! SERVPRO is standing by for all of your water damage restoration needs.

Enjoy Festivities at The Seattle Center or From Your Foster Island Home

The Seattle Center is well known for its winter festivities – and this year, it is offering both on-site and virtual options so you can take part in Winterfest at home if you like.  

  • Watch seasonal festive videos and learn about winter crafts, traditions, and cooking from around the globe.
  • Enjoy performances from up-and-coming local artists thanks to the online student showcase.
  • Download winter coloring pages and enter a coloring contest to win prizes.
  • See what’s happening in the fictional festive town of Centerville with the downloadable Centerville times.
  • View the online art exhibition. 

Winterfest runs until 31 December and is free to attend in person or online. 

As the temperature drops, there is more risk of burst pipes in the home. If you need help with water damage restoration, call SERVPRO of Central Seattle at (206) 282-9500.

All Aboard the Yuletide Express in Seattle This December

12/17/2020 (Permalink)

platter of Christmas cookies; greenry beside plate Enjoy a train ride and cookies aboard the Yuletide Express!

Take A Ride Through the Magic of Christmas In Seattle 

Visit the Northwest Railway Museum for a festive train trip this December. Hop on board the Yuletide express for a 25-minute ride, beginning at the Snoqualmie Depot in Snoqualmie. 

  • Ride in festively decorated antique coaches.
  • Take a trip to Snoqualmie Falls and back with Santa and his elves.
  • Every child receives a small present from Santa, and every rider of any age gets two cookies!
  • Fare also includes admission to the Train Shed Exhibition Hall to learn more about the Northwest Railway history. 

Tickets are $24 for everyone aged two and up. You must purchase tickets online in advance. Slots are available until December 19. Vouchers are also available for up to 15% off local accommodation – contact the Northwest Railway Museum for more details.  

Whether your business is a train museum, a shop, or an eatery, it is essential to deal with any mold issues. For help with mold remediation, call SERVPRO of Central Seattle at (206) 282-9500.

Explore the Arts in Seattle

12/8/2020 (Permalink)

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Seattle Has Something for All Lovers of Art and Music  

With a population of 3.98 million, Seattle is Washington's biggest city. This modern, eclectic seaport City has a long history. The territory has been settled for at least four thousand years. The first European to visit the site was George Vancouver, who visited in 1792 as part of an expedition mapping out the Pacific Northwest. In 1851, Luther Collins and many explorers found the area and formally claimed the land. 

Since its founding, Seattle has experienced periods of both boom and bust. It has been a prosperous timber town, and it experienced an enormous boom due to the Klondike gold rush. In more recent times, Seattle has been a prolific producer of aircraft and software. Many large companies are based near Seattle, including: 

  • Amazon
  • Costco
  • Microsoft
  • Alaska Airlines
  • Starbucks 

However, Seattle is not just about commerce! The city has a rich and distinct cultural scene, and visitors come from far and wide to experience its music, theater, and festivals. 

Seattle Is the Place for Festivals 

Seattle is home to many festivals. These range from city-wide celebrations to street fairs, book fairs, and parades in the different city districts. Some of the most popular Seattle festivals include: 

  • The Seattle Art Fair is a yearly event that celebrates modern and contemporary art. Collectors and artists from all over the Pacific Northwest gather to view and buy art from across the globe and show off their work. The event features public educational programming to spread love and appreciation for art. 
  • The Bite of Seattle takes place each July and is the ideal destination for food lovers. The festival is formerly known as Albert Lee Appliance Bite of Seattle, but everyone calls it "The Bite." The Bite is free to attend and features over 200 vendors each year. As well as the chance to sample plenty of delicious local food, The Bite includes live entertainment, beer tasting, cooking demonstrations, children's activities.
  • Northwest Folklife takes place every Memorial Day weekend and celebrates the Pacific Northwest region's rich cultural heritage. The festival features traditional, ethnic, and folk crafts, music, and performances. The organizers focus on a different culture each year. Previous themes include Bulgarian Culture, Arab-American Life, and Maritime Culture. As well as scheduled performances, the festival features buskers and plenty of free jamming sessions. Many visitors come just for the exhilaration of playing music with friends. 

Seafair celebrates Seattle's maritime heritage. The event starts small, with local street parties and parades, and grows into a delightful city-wide celebration. Annual events include a milk carton derby (where each boat must be made from milk cartons), hydroplane races, the arrival of the Seattle Pirates, flying demonstrations from the Blue Angels, and a half marathon. The festival ends with the torchlight parade, which first started in 1950.  

Explore Seattle's Rich Music and Film Scene 

Seattle has long been associated with music. The city was significant in the rise of both Grunge (it is considered the home of Grunge) and Garage Rock. Jimi Hendrix spent his formative years in Seattle, while founding members of the band Heart started in Bellevue. Seattle is home to such varied acts as the rapper Sir Mix-a-Lot, several avant-garde jazz acts, and pop bands like The Presidents Of The United States Of America.  

Seattle is also home to several distinguished performing arts groups: 

  • The Seattle Opera is known for its high-class performances, especially of the works of Richard Wagner.
  • The Seattle Flute Society is one of the oldest flute societies in the nation.
  • The Seattle Symphony Orchestra is one of the most-frequently recorded orchestras in the country and is over a century old.
  • The Pacific Northwest Ballet is ranked as one of the top three ballet training schools in North America.
  • The Seattle Youth Symphony is the largest symphonic youth association in the country. 

Seattle also hosts several film festivals each year. The most famous of these is the Seattle International Film Festival, which attracts tens of thousands of visitors a year, and has been a regular event since 1976. The festival features mostly independent and foreign language films, along with many documentaries. There is also a Polish Film Festival that showcases the best of Polish cinema, and Bumbershoot, a performing arts festival aiming to bring the arts to everyone. 

Seattle Is Not Without Flood Risks 

In 2006, heavy rains overwhelmed the city's drainage system, causing a flood that took a resident's life. The incident made Seattle residents more aware of the potential for flooding in the area.   

Seattle's location means it has multiple flood risks. It is close to Lake Washington and the Puget Sound, and the Duwamish River runs through it. With over 200 miles of waterfront, river and coastal flooding are real concerns. There is also a risk of creek flooding – Thorton Creek and Longfellow Creek have flooded in the past.   

SERVPRO advises Seattle residents to stay alert to flood risks. It is a good idea to check with weather agencies or download an app. 

Protect Your Seattle Home from Storms 

You cannot stop a storm from approaching, but you can take steps to protect your home. 

Make sure your residence is in good repair. When a storm hits, it is too late to fix that leaking window or replace a missing roof tile. Make it part of your chores routine to check the roof, doors, windows, downpipes, and gutters on your home and make sure they are sound. If you notice a problem, do not delay – deal with it immediately.  

Consider whether it is worth installing a storm door if you live in an area with hefty winds and rains.  

You might also keep the materials for sandbags on hand. Please familiarize yourself with how to make them, so you can put them together as soon as you know a storm is on the way. 

If your home suffers flood damage, call SERVPRO as soon as you can. Our technicians are on hand to dry, clean, and deodorize your home, and leave it, "Like it never even happened." 

Do not let flood damage bring you down – SERVPRO of Central Seattle is here to help. Call us at (206) 282-9500.

Enjoy a Winter Walk along the Puget Sound by Taking the Foster Island Trails this November.

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

Seattle, WA skyline We hope to see you at the Foster Island Trails!

Take a Break From the Busy Life of Central Seattle by Walking this Stunning National Trail.

Walking along Puget Sound is a beautiful way to enjoy hiking on your back doorstep. While many events this year are canceled due to Covid restrictions, this breezy trail offers some stunning views and woodland. Beginning at the Washington Park Arboretum on East Foster Island Road. The trail passes along Duck Bay, which attracts kayakers all year round. Pass through forests on the wide walkway and cross under Highway 520. From here, there is a hillock leading to a large Lake overlooking the Husky Stadium. The circular trails ensure that you return to your parking spot at the end of your walk for easy access back into the city.

    •    Observe the stunning wetland wildlife of Union Bay
    •    Pass the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) in Lake Union Park
    •    Take a spot overlooking the Historic University of Washington Campus and grounds.

Foster Island wildfires and prescribed burnings could affect your property with smoke or soot damages. To ensure a quick recovery and mitigate damages, contact SERVPRO of Central Seattle at (206) 282-9500.

Spend the Weekend Touring Seattle's World Famous Market

11/19/2020 (Permalink)

Seattle, WA skyline We hope you enjoy touring Seattle's World Famous Market!

Pike Place is a Signature of Seattle that Attracts Thousands of People Each Year. Weekend Tours are Running from November 27th.

Pike Place Market is famous for Seattle's tradition of throwing fish before packaging them up for delighted customers. This winter, take an insiders tour of this landmark and experience the flavors at the heart of Seattle's community. Among the core features of this two-hour foot, tour is the legendary fish markets and our booming Chocolate industry. The tour offers tasting sessions of award-winning clam chowder, Daily Dozen Donuts, Beecher's Handmade Cheese- an Oprah Winfrey Favorite- as well as the Russian delicacy Piroshky Piroshky. There's a lot to enjoy, so book tickets for the end of November and give yourself an early Christmas present.

    •    Sample more than 14 different stalls and markets
    •    Tour locations start at 1st Avenue and Pike Street
    •    Morning and afternoon tours are available
    •    Learn where the tradition of throwing fish comes from and why it has been so crucial to the lifespan of Pike Place Market.

As colder weather draws in, chances of heavy rainfall and storm conditions increase for Seattle residents. Contact SERVPRO of Central Seattle at (206) 282-9500 for help repairing property damages.

SERVPRO Has Been Helping Seattle Residents by Performing Water Damage Cleanup On-time and On-budget

11/14/2020 (Permalink)

Seattle, WA skyline Call our team of professionals if your property is damaged!

SERVPRO of Central Seattle is On-call Twenty-Four-Hours a Day to Help Restore your Property.

Seattle is the biggest city in Washington State, with 744,995 residents and a thriving business community. Situated on the Westcoast, mountains, forestry, and water surround this city. In recent years, our city has become a booming tech hub with notable luminaries such as Microsoft and Amazon setting up headquarters in the Pacific Northwest. At the heart of Seattle is a community that opens its arms to visitors from all over the globe, whether they visit the iconic Pike Place Market overlooking Elliot Bay or cheering on the Seattle Sounders at the Century Link Field. Seattle is an egalitarian city that celebrates a rich cultural heritage and fuses it with technological innovation.

Living along Puget Sound comes with its fair share of culinary benefits. The result of this unique combination of the Pacific Ocean and the Salish Sea is a city that caters to all tastes. Pike Place Fish Market and its unique tradition of throwing fish before bagging it up for customers are known across the United States, and the market takes in up to 10,000 visitors each day. Take a trip down to Seattle's very own China Town International District between Pioneer Square, SoDo, and Ranier Valley to experience the unique flavors of Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese foods. Alternatively, get out of the city and visit Washington State's Woodinville Wine Country, which has over a hundred wineries and distributes bottles worldwide.

Top spots for visiting in Seattle:

    •    View the city from 605 feet by climbing the iconic Space Needle. From this height, you can see Elliott Bay, the Cascade Mountains, and Mount Rainier.
    •    The Museum of Flight holds one of the largest aviation machine collections in the United States, including an Air Force One and a Lunar Rover or tour the real-life, fully-operating Boeing factory in Mukilteo.
    •    Visit the roastery of Seattle's own international coffee-house Starbucks on Capitol Hill before heading to Phinney Avenue to sample unique Chocalatieers, Theo Chocolate.

The history of Seattle's Pioneer Place from the 19th to the 21st Century
Pioneer place is a culturally significant part of Seattle that still offers a rich, warming experience to visitors and residents. The square connects the Bay, China Town International, and hosts some of the world's largest tech companies. But Pioneer Place is also the first district of the city we now call Seattle and was initially set-up as early as 1852 when settlers put up temporary buildings to allow easy access to trade points along Elliot Bay.

    •    The original Pioneer Place is unrecognizable from today's incarnation due to the great Seattle fire of 1889, which destroyed the primarily wooden structures and buildings that made-up downtown Seattle.
    •    The 40,000 healthy residents of Seattle reconstructed Pioneer Place in 1890 using stone and masonry built directly above the old Pioneer Square to allow for modern drainage systems.
    •    By the 20th Century, this unique place became a halfway house for the Klondike Gold Rush stampeders who took to Seattle as a final stop-off before heading on to Alaska.

From the sixties onwards, Pioneer Square was targeted for urban redevelopment, which has led to it becoming the cultural and technological hub that is today.

Exploring Seattle's Bustling Neighborhoods
Seattle is a city made up of almost twenty neighborhoods, with each area providing a distinctive feel to those who visit. Exploring central Seattle is easy thanks to the Center Monorail service, which takes a one-mile tour through skyscrapers, the needle, and downtown's Westlake Center. Further afield, the city offers West Coast beaches, boardwalks, restaurants, and greenery of Kerry Park and the Cascade Mountains. Some of our favorite spots include:

    •    West Seattle is a waterfront town within a city that offers a blend of eateries, coffee shops, and fresh bakeries. The nearby waterfront is a connecting line between downtown and the West Coast, which enjoys sunshine throughout the summer months and plenty to do on the local piers. Seattle Art Museum is just an hour away from those enjoying the waterfront.
    •    The University District is a celebration of innovation and academic excellence. This district features stunning period architecture and the Pacific Science Center, including a Planetarium and interactive exhibits all year round.
    •    Capitol Hill is a district which takes a novel approach to nightlife. Must-sees include the Elliot Bay Book Company on 10th Avenue, Capitol Cider's on East Pike Street, and the Rock Box of Nagle Place for homebrews and night long Karaoke.

SERVPRO is a Leading Provider of Water Damage Cleanup for Seattle Residents and Businesses.

The downside of being on the West Coast is its propensity to suffer water damage issues. Seattle suffers from coastal, riverine, and urban flooding periodically. A burst pipe or water leak could cause serious harm to your property without correct drying and restoration outside of natural disasters. Our technicians are qualified to assess and dry your home using proven methodologies as well as equipment. Often, secondary damages that a property suffers, such as a mold growth, can result from incomplete drying. We ensure that your home suffers minimal losses and protect it from damages further down the line.
    •    Our technicians hold qualifications from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification Body (IICRC), allowing us to confidently perform a range of mitigation and cleanup in residential properties.
    •    Water leaks can affect the material assembly of your home. SERVPRO technicians can measure the extent of water absorption to ensure that we do not miss a drop during the drying process. Our industry-leading drying equipment includes dehumidifiers, air movers, and Ultra-low volume thermal foggers (ULV)
    •    Our Crew Chiefs can keep you informed every step of the way, including providing specialty restoration services, advice on protecting your home from future damage, and providing time or cost estimates.

If a water leak in your property threatens to damage the structure and contents, contact SERVPRO of Central Seattle at (206) 282-9500.

What Does Water Mitigation Mean?

10/28/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage on a ceiling. Regardless if it is water damage to your home or business, SERVPRO is standing by for assistance. Call us today Seattle.

SERVPRO’s Water Mitigation Efforts Prevent Further Damage from Impacting Your Seattle Property and Belongings

Time is of the essence when you have a water incident at your Seattle property. SERVPRO features skilled technicians ready to handle mitigation to prevent further damage to your interior, whether commercial or residential. With a single phone call, you have a crew on-site within hours to begin cleanup to protect your building’s integrity. The only way to prevent significant damage and mitigate the related restoration and repair costs is to act as quickly as possible. The good news is that our emergency team is Faster to Any Size Disaster!

Why Call SERVPRO for Mitigation Efforts?

Our IICRC-certified technicians can handle water mitigation in Seattle regardless of the size or scope of the task at hand. We know what to look for, including any of the potential signs of water damage, such as:

  • Floor damage – There could be hidden damage lurking under the surface. If you notice wood or laminate floor that is buckling, linoleum peeling, or grouted tile loosening, then you may have an issue that calls for professional restoration.
  • Wall damage – Swollen walls become a telltale sign that water is a problem from within. Before bloating, walls may also present with peeling paint, cracking, bubbling wallpaper, or feel soft to the touch. 
  • Mold damage – Due to the potential for health effects, mold is never anything to ignore. Any damp, dark areas of your Seattle property should be inspected regularly. If you ever notice musty odors of visible mold, this points to a moisture issue that must be addressed carefully. 

Water mitigation efforts keep the cost of your project lower, but you also enjoy a remedy sooner. SERVPRO has proven methods, and we adjust our actions accordingly to meet or exceed our drying goals. 

Do you need help with water mitigation? We have a restoration crew ready to go 24/7 at SERVPRO of Central Seattle. Call (206) 282-9500, and we will send out our Green Fleet to begin restoring your interior to preloss condition.

Is it Healthy to Work in a Moldy Seattle Building?

10/25/2020 (Permalink)

mold growing in the corner of a room near a window Keeping your workers safe when mold is present should be the main concern. Contact SERVPRO for quick remediation and mitigation services.

Commercial Mold Remediation for Seattle Businesses Can Help Reduce Business Interruption. SERVPRO Technicians are Here to Help.

Are heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems causing mold?

Large offices and workspaces in Seattle generally control humidity or temperature with a central HVAC system. When working correctly, these systems help prevent mold spread by correcting moisture problems in the workplace. However, if an HVAC ceases to function appropriately, it can become a root cause for microbial organisms by transporting spores throughout the building. Mold causes health effects for workers and operators within a commercial building. Reducing a mold issue early on can prevent spreading and safeguard against potential business interruption. SERVPRO is an experienced provider for microbial growth control.

Who is responsible for correcting a microbial growth issue?

  • Building managers must provide safe, sanitary conditions for a workforce in a commercial building.
  • Custodians may be running a public building such as a school or library.
  • Members of the workforce who have a responsibility to maintain the building's upkeep, such as janitorial staff. 

What is mold remediation for?

Using commercial mold remediation technicians for your Seattle business helps control and eliminate unsanitary conditions in the workplace. Microbial organisms destroy the materials that they use to grow. Using professional services can prevent harm to structure and contents, save money, or avoid some of the health effects of microbes. Remediating a large space does require significant amounts of equipment. The more cubic feet of air in a room, the larger dehumidification equipment or psychrometric controls should be to correct the moisture problem. SERVPRO can mobilize equipment and staff quickly to recover your business with minimum interruption.

What commercial building maintenance can reduce mold growth?

  • Regular inspections of structural areas such as roof leaks or landscaping that may direct moisture into the building
  • Checking combustion appliances have adequate venting to transport warm, moist air from the property.
  • Regular maintenance of an HVAC system

Commercial molds typically get worse over time and could cause permanent damage. Contact SERVPRO of Central Seattle at (206) 282-9500.

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What Should Homeowners Do First After Flood Damage Hits?

10/12/2020 (Permalink)

cartoon family standing on roof of floating house SERVPRO can take over and dry and restore your Seattle flooded home!

SERVPRO techs can tell Seattle homeowners actions to take before they arrive to help lessen the damage to the home and property

After storms with heavy rains roll through Seattle, the potential for flooding increases around homes. Although SERVPRO crews arrive mere hours after the call, no matter when it gets made, there are a few things homeowners can do to ensure everything in the damaged area is not lost and needs replacement. However, SAFETY FIRST.

  • Close off the area if possible
  • Turn off the electricity to the home if there is a possibility of water coming into contact with electrical outlets
  • Avoid breathing airborne water vapor or coming into contact with the floodwater
  • In the early stages that flood water enters the home, move small items and valuables to another area if it is safe to do so

What Can Homeowners Do to Protect Their Homes from Needing Flood Water Removal? 

There is a line between what Seattle homeowners can do for flood water removal preparation and the reality of how fast your home can take on a large amount of water. There are some things property owners can do around the outside of the home to minimize the potential for flooding that affects their house. First and foremost, keep the water flowing away when it rains, and that can happen in a few ways, such as:  

  • Make sure your gutters stay clean and invest in gutter screens if leaves or debris is a frequent issue causing clogs
  • Ensure the grade of your property directs water away from the structure and not toward it
  • Build up your yard, particularly in areas where water pools
  • Inspect your home and make sure thresholds and seals around doors and windows are intact

When SERVPRO tech performs the removal of water from homes, they use a broad array of tools and equipment. Particularly in the case of flooding in a home, the sheetrock wicks the moisture rapidly, and often portions of it require removal to dry the interior of the walls. Even though in many instances, the water appears to recede as quickly as it entered the home, it usually migrates inside wall cavities, behind the baseboard, and seeps under floors. The removal of the deteriorated building materials allows for more significant airflow to occur and helps complete drying.

What does detection equipment do for a flooded home?

SERVPRO techs bring their detection equipment to locate all areas of moisture retention so the structure can get dried entirely. They use penetrating probes, devices that measure the interior humidity levels, and infrared cameras to get a reliable picture of the number of air movers and dehumidifiers they need to dry the area as quickly as possible. This is all part of setting drying goals to determine the amount of time and baseline humidity levels to strive for.

Another big factor that affects drying is the envelope of the structure. In short, it means how much outside factors affect the drying inside the home. There are three basic kinds of envelopes for homes:  

  • Tight envelope indicating rain or humidity levels outside have no bearing on the drying inside the home
  • Moderate envelope can mean certain areas of the house have damage allowing outside air inside, or doors and windows are getting opened frequently
  • Loose envelope usually applies to older structures and unless they have received energy-saving upgrades, generally have substandard vapor barriers and insulation

Due to the potential for many contaminants and hazards present in floodwater, SERVPRO techs test the water before beginning the cleanup and treat it accordingly to make it safer to handle during the extraction phase of the mitigation. After drying, which may take days to complete, the techs wipe down the surfaces with antibacterial and antimicrobial cleaning agents to leave the area sanitized.

The technicians are alert to the signs of mold growth during the cleanup of a home post-flooding. The setup of an infestation can occur as rapidly as 48 hours after this type of water damage in a home. Mold colonies, in particular, can grow and spread on wood studs and sheetrock, and that is where the techs concentrate the use of antimicrobial agents to inhibit the potential for mold to be an issue. This attention to drying the structure and avoidance of the secondary problems ensures the repairs can start quickly to bring the home to its pre-flood condition.

SERVPRO of Central Seattle at (206) 282-9500 serves the local community for any size flood water removal needed. The certified techs know how to handle this home disaster safely and can restore your home back to normal, "Like it never even happened."

What Service Do Homeowners Use for Water Emergencies?

9/24/2020 (Permalink)

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Seattle Homeowners Use Local Water Restoration Companies to Mitigate Damages and Recover Losses after Water Emergencies. SERVPRO has Qualified Water Restoration Technicians (WRT) in the Local Area.

Are water restoration services worth it?

The extent of damage that your Seattle home sustains often depends on mitigation and emergency services. Wet items and structure can quickly deteriorate without professional attention. For many homeowners, access to drying equipment within a narrow timeframe may be limited. For example, a carpet can absorb moisture rapidly and can become moldy in as little as seventy-two hours.

Professional restorers are aware of the various types of water damage in Seattle properties with access to both the equipment and the expertise to control your home losses. Mitigation can save you significant expenses in the long run. SERVPRO can mobilize equipment and technicians within four hours of receiving notification of loss.

What does a typical restoration team look like?

  • One crew chief with the experience and leadership to direct the restoration
  • At least one qualified production technician
  • A fully-stocked van with drying equipment and cleaning agents

What is the most effective mitigation for wet properties?

Water restoration companies know that drying your Seattle home is the most effective way of mitigating losses. Efficient drying can depend on many factors, including the layout, size, and materials in your home's structure. Minor to moderate water damage can sometimes be dried without removing furniture- a system known as in-place drying. In other situations, technicians may detach carpets and 'float' them using air-moving technology. In short, since no two properties are identical, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to drying. SERVPRO technicians are capable of inspecting your property professionally and deciding on the most effective mitigation techniques.

What types of drying systems are useful in residential properties?

  • Closed-system drying where access to outdoor air is controlled
  • Open-system drying using natural ventilation with box fans and open windows
  • Drying tents that can concentrate drying on a localized area

Preventing losses and performing effective mitigation can help to keep your claims expense low. Contact SERVPRO of Central Seattle at (206) 282-9500.

How Does a Homeowner Rid Their Seattle Home of Strong Smoke Odor?

9/20/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Uses a Variety of Odor Removal Techniques in your Seattle Home

Without a doubt, smoke odor is one of the most significant challenges for homeowners after a house fire in Seattle. Even if the damage appears minimal, the smell of smoke can permeate throughout your home for weeks and possibly even months if left unattended. A surface-level clean does not suffice when attempting to remove odors. Before you consider all the cleaning products you may need, it is first essential to remove the odor's source. If you left something burning on the stove, the first thing you should do is remove the burnt items from your home.

Does Every Fire Require Fogging After a Fire to Remove Odor?

Each House Fire Requires an Individualized Plan to Remove Odor

During the fire restoration process in your Seattle home, our trained fire specialists attack smoke odor from several angles to best rid your home of the unpleasant smell. Simply fogging your home after a fire does not have the same effectiveness as fogging in conjunction with using masking agents and cleaning thoroughly with disinfectants.

What are some types of deodorization equipment and products?

  • Thermal and ULV foggers replicate smoke particles that can travel throughout the home and reach the same tiny spaces where the smoke particles landed previously. Fogging usually requires residents to vacate the property.
  • Air scrubbers pull air particles into the scrubbing machine, run the air through several filters before exhausting it back into the impacted space. 
  • Ozone cleaners release ozone into the air to remove odors. Ozone should be administered carefully as it poses health risks when breathed in by people.
  • Deodorizers absorb the odor but often are not enough on their own.
  • Masking agents cover odors with strong pleasant scents but again are often insufficient on their own.

For assistance attacking malodor after a fire, contact SERVPRO of Central Seattle. We make it, "Like it never even happened." (206) 282-9500.

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Does Hiring A Professional Fire Damage Restorer Inflate Costs?

9/11/2020 (Permalink)

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When SERVPRO Handles Fire Damage Restoration in Seattle Properties, We Help the owners Find Cost-Effective Ways of Resolving Issues.

Since fire damage restoration involves standard tasks such as cleaning, tearing down materials, and repainting surfaces, you may wonder whether hiring a professional restoration company is the right option or whether to opt for alternatives such as using handymen. SERVPRO provides a practical answer to this question for Seattle residents by helping them find cost-efficient solutions to issues such as item repair, living arrangements, and security of the structure. 

How can professionals change the cost of repairing items? 

You might consider fire damage restoration when your Seattle property is affected as a static process whereby the cost of repairing items is determined by the damage extent and the hourly rate of the person you hire to fix the problem. However, professional restorers like SERVPRO understand that the chosen renovation method can have a significant impact on the total cost. When renovating items, the options range from: 

  • Cleaning the affected items 
  • Resurfacing the damaged areas 
  • Replacing the items 

Cleaning is the cheapest option, followed by resurfacing. If it is not possible to salvage an item, replacement is the only option, and it is the costliest option. Our SERVPRO technicians follow the established principles of cleaning that guarantee a positive outcome, including: 

  • Careful item inspection to reveal all smoke residues 
  • Identifying the residue types found in affected areas 
  • Identifying the surface type 
  • Capturing and removing residues 

Since we aim to help you enjoy the benefits of cleaning, which is the cheapest option, our technicians take all steps necessary to guarantee a positive outcome. For instance, locating all traces of smoke residues ensures that problems like lingering odors, which can make cleaning seem ineffective, are resolved. We also establish the residue types involved to ensure that the chosen cleaning method works. For instance, an area predominantly affected by wet smoke residues would be difficult, if not impossible, to clean with methods that work against dry smoke residues. On the other hand, washing an area with layers of dry smoke residues is likely to push them deeper into the material, unlike an alternative such as vacuuming, which lifts off residues from the surface. When cleaning your property, we resolve any issues that would otherwise require additional restoration processes. 

How does accommodation factor into the cost of fire damage? 

A fire damaged property poses various hazards to the occupants because of fine residues such as ash and soot, which, if breathed in, can cause respiratory problems. Other hazards, such as damaged electrical cables and weakened structural elements, compound the problem further and might force you to seek alternative accommodation during the renovation period. Moving out of your home because of fire leads to various complications, including: 

  • Accumulation of additional living costs 
  • Disconnection from your preferred utilities such as cable or internet 
  • Messing with your daily schedules 

Our SERVPRO technicians can help you address the accommodation-related issues in different ways. We send enough technicians equipped with state-of-the-art equipment to your loss site to ensure faster completion of the restoration process.  

Another alternative is to create safe living quarters within the damaged property. Our crew members clean utility areas such as bathrooms or kitchen. We can also set up physical barriers to isolate damaged areas from the rest of the house, thus allowing you to enjoy the benefits of staying within the structure without endangering your health. 

Which aspects of security affect the cost of restoration? 

A fire-damaged property needs to be secured for various reasons, including the possibility of damages worsening when weather elements reach the interior of the house. People and animals can also cause unnecessary damages if given unfettered access to the facility.  

Our SERVPRO technicians can find ways to stop the unnecessary damages from happening by securing the property. We board up various openings, including doors, windows, and any other holes on the walls. If the fire breached the roof, we install roof tarps to seal off the interior. We can also help set up a temporary fence around the property where necessary.   

Apart from eliminating unnecessary costs, securing the property also allows the renovation to progress at a fair speed because external factors do not cause any interference. In addition, you might have the opportunity to carry out in-depth evaluation or other processes without worrying about other challenges such as weather-related deterioration of the property. 

Hiring a professional to restore your fire-damaged property should not introduce unnecessary costs. SERVPRO of Central Seattle can help you find cost-effective ways to resolve the problem. Call us at (206) 282-9500 to assist you. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

What Is the Quickest Method to Reopen My Seattle Business After a Fire?

8/24/2020 (Permalink)

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Why Can’t I Simply Wash Everything Down Myself?

For businesses, commercial fire damage cleanup in Seattle requires a thorough inspection to see what can be restored or must be demolished and replaced. Where most of the contents are destroyed, SERVPRO estimators inspect the building to determine which cleaning methods are needed to restore the building to a condition safe for customers and employees.

What Methods Do Technicians Use?

We have two sets of methods, Washable and Non-Washable. Our restoration technicians examine every surface affected to determine which method removes smoke residues without damaging the surface or the material (wood, for example) underneath.

    •    Washable items and materials are those that can be cleaned with water or some type of liquid cleaning agent. Examples include glass and metal, such as interior, office doors, and steel countertops in breakrooms or bathrooms. Technicians use cleaners in spray bottles for small areas or spray wands to cover large areas for faster work.
    •    Non-Washable items and materials which cannot be cleaned with water or liquid cleaning agents. Technicians using either can further damage affected items like drywall and untreated wood, or ruin untouched items like ceiling tiles located at the end of the facility where the fire did not reach. In this situation, they use brushes and cloths to remove residues. For thicker layers of residues, technicians have the option of a dry solvent that breaks them up with no harm to the surfaces. The dry solvents are very effective on oil- and grease-based residues.

What About Physical Damage?

If the fire or efforts to put it out result in broken doors and windows, SERVPRO team members can quickly board up both to help prevent weather-related problems, animal intrusions, and other issues. We have carpenters on staff, and can quickly rebuild much of the interior wall support structure.

To learn more or schedule a service visit, call SERVPRO of Central Seattle at (206) 282-9500 today.

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Who Looks After my Home During a Temporary Flood Evacuation?

8/19/2020 (Permalink)

Home in flood water Storms can bring floodwater and storm damage. The professionals at SERVPRO are always on call to handle your water damage restoration needs.

SERVPRO Restores Flood Damage at Seattle Residences After Storm Related Flooding.

How much harm can a storm flood cause?

Floods are one of the top natural disasters causing property damage to occur to Seattle. When combined with adverse weather conditions like high winds or heavy rainfall, the impact of a flood on your home can be catastrophic. 

We are a service that gears toward flood recovery for residents. Our teams are professionally qualified, holding certificates in water damage restoration (WRT), general construction (OSHA), and applied structural drying (ASD) as well as many other contents or structure-related certifications. When you use SERVPRO, you can trust that we have the experience and the expertise to restore your home to its preloss condition. Since we have a comprehensive roster of skills among our technicians as well as affiliations with essential building, construction, and housing associations in the area, it is likely that you only have to deal with one restoration company from start to finish.

Is general construction necessary after property flooding?

When dealing with storm-related flood damage in your Seattle residents, we are likely to find several physical harm areas. These may include doorways, windows, or sometimes structural harm that can affect your home's overall integrity. Multiple regions of damage make storms repair more complicated than regular water or fire-related property issues. To return your home to a preloss condition, we must assess the immediate concerns, such as draining the property and rebuilding broken materials or entranceways. Since floodwaters can contain contamination, it is often essential to remove porous building materials from the property altogether. These areas may include things like drywall, which must be removed after contacting floodwaters and replaced.

What stages are there in flood restoration?

- Assessment and scoping for potential hazards

- Mitigative procedure to reduce harm-causing aspects like water migration

- Repair and reconstruction of the structure 

In an emergency, it is vital to use professional, qualified storm repair technicians. Contact SERVPRO of Central Seattle at (206) 282- 9500.


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Can You Repair Water Damaged Exterior Walls?

8/11/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Technicians Are Qualified to Mitigate Water Damage to Walls, Ceilings, and Floors 

If you drive through Seattle, you might find yourself at the Pink Elephant Car Wash sign, located on Battery Street. It is the most photographed spot in Seattle, not the Space Needle, as many people believe. The Pink Elephant is a delightful place to visit, and one the locals enjoy seeing. What they do not enjoy is dealing with water damage from a burst pipe or bathtub overflow. 

How Difficult is it to Restore Exterior Walls? 

Exterior walls can be impacted by water intrusion due to standing water at the base or from water flowing down via the ceiling or an upper level. Because insulation fills the walls in your home, restoration can be challenging to restore but not impossible. Water restoration companies in Seattle, such as SERVPRO, mitigate this type of problem regularly.  

Dealing with Insulation 

Insulation slows down the drying time because it blocks airflow. But that does not mean your walls cannot be dried. Fiberglass insulation that has been impacted by clean water is an example of what can get restored. There are benefits to drying structural elements versus replacing the walls. It can be costly to replace sheetrock or other similar components. Extended drying times also means less disruption to your home. When the exterior walls have the moisture removed, there is less controlled demolition. To increase airflow, the technicians can: 

  • Drill holes in the bottom, and if needed the top, of the wall.
  • Drill holes in cabinetry if attached.
  • Constantly monitor dew point temperatures. 
  • Check to make ensure there is no water containment in the walls.
  • Make sure no vapor barrier is slowing the drying process  

What About the Cinder Block Walls in My Garage? 

Numerous things are impacting drying cinder blocks. This type of wall has open cells that can equalize with the surroundings if enough time passes. The problem this presents is the water that they can hold when that happens. Painting the blocks with gloss or semi-gloss paint creates a vapor barrier to lock in moisture. If necessary, the team drills larger holes to allow for better air circulation and drainage. 

The same problem can exist with cinder blocks when the exterior walls contain insulation. It slows the drying down considerably. Block walls often include the following types of insulation: 

  • Vermiculite
  • Cellulosic
  • Foam
  • Fiberglass 

Slower drying can reduce the effectiveness of certain insulations. Often codes require bond beams included with block walls, which impact drying times as well. 

My Garage Has Concrete Floors 

Concrete floors are porous, so when water wicks up, it leaves chalk-like calcium deposits. These deposits can typically get brushed off easily. Painted concrete can flake or blister and may need repainting. SERVPRO cleans concrete by using HEPA vacuums. Mold can grow where there are dirt or surface films, so if required, the techs apply an EPA-registered disinfectant. 

Comprehensive Water Damage Services 

If the exterior walls of your home and the cinder blocks of your garage have water damage in Seattle, there is a good chance other structural elements were affected. The contents of the house may need cleaning. Furniture may need reupholstering. SERVPRO’s teams are Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certified. They are experts in all types of water intrusion mitigation. There is no need to procure a cleaning business, a repair service, and a carpet cleaning service. We are a comprehensive water restoration company with the experience, expertise, and equipment needed to get the job done. We can clean and restore: 

  • Structural elements of your home.
  • Household goods such as dishes and pans.
  • Documents, books, and photos.
  • Carpet and flooring.
  • Linens and draperies.
  • Toys and keepsakes. 

If on-site cleaning is possible, we move items away from the affected area for washing. If content needs removed, we provide pack-out services. The water damaged material is taken to our secure warehouses and professionally cleaned and restored. We inventory each item, and everything gets returned to where it was formerly. 

We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster 

Customer service is everything to our professional Green Teams. As homeowners, we understand how something as simple as a burst pipe can disrupt your life. That’s why we are fast to any disaster, no matter how big or small. We want our daily lives to run smoothly and know you do too. We strive to work with your insurance company, so all aspects of the water restoration process are as smooth as possible. 

Contact SERVPRO of Central Seattle at (206) 282-9500 today. Of all the water restoration companies you can hire, choose one who is fast on the scene, professional, and cares.

When Would I Need A Professional Water Restoration Company in Seattle?

7/31/2020 (Permalink)

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Any Time Emergency Water Mitigation is Needed in Seattle SERVPRO’s Trained Technicians Are Ready to Go

Whether you are a business owner or a homeowner in Seattle, you hope never to need the help or a professional restoration company. But it is good to know that a company you can trust is available if something should happen.

Do I Just Need Help for Something Major Like a Flood?

Often the belief is that only a major event like a flood or severe water damage from something like a burst pipe while you are away needs professional help. But there are many scenarios where using water restoration companies in Seattle is wise. Even a minor water intrusion from a situation such as an overflowing toilet can require professional help. Here is what SERVPRO can do in any size water damage situation:

  • Cleanup from primary damage
  • Prevent secondary damage 
  • Prevent small issues from becoming large ones
  • Clean, repair and restore the structure and content

Professional Technicians Trained for Any Size Disaster

Understanding that even small water losses can require professional help means you are prepared to protect your home. With all the water restoration companies around, there are many reasons to turn to SERVPRO. These include:

  • Our Technicians – They are Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certified. They complete additional intense training. They never stop learning the best way to handle water and fire damage.
  • Our Experience – Our company has years of in the field experience that goes hand-in-hand with our training.
  • Our Equipment & Technology – We use the right equipment for the job and have the latest in advanced technology when it comes to restoration

Customer service is important to us. Our company is there when you need us, around the clock, every day of the week. Contact SERVPRO of Central Seattle at (206) 282-9500 for expert water restoration service.

How Do I Care for My Upholstered Furniture After a Flood in Seattle?

7/26/2020 (Permalink)

interior of a house that is flooded with water Flood damage can negatively impact your property if you do not get it taken care of correctly. Call SERVPRO for flood damage remediation.

Our Seattle SERVPRO Team Cleans Your Upholstery Using Various Techniques

Flooding impacts not only the structure of your Seattle home but also the contents such as furniture and other personal belongings. Although each flooding situation is unique, contamination mitigation plays a part in the cleanup to keep your home and family safe. It is essential to clean everything touched by floodwater to stop harmful bacteria, fungi, and viruses from growing in your home.

What Is the Difference Between Showcase and Regular Upholstery Cleaning?

SERVPRO Uses Extra Precautions for Heavily Soiled Areas

In Seattle, floodwater is typically categorized as category 3, contaminated water; upholstered furniture often requires additional attention to mitigate further flood damage in your Seattle home.  Agitating the surface and applying a shampoo solution is crucial to best cleaning the surface, and unlike in regular cleaning, showcasing employs the use of extraction equipment rather than towel drying the furniture surface to ensure a more thorough clean.

What are The Steps for Showcase Cleaning?

  • Put your upholstered furniture on a drop cloth to avoid soiling the flooring underneath and protect other contents in your home.
  • Agitate the surface gently with a pilator to bring debris to the surface to ensure a more thorough cleaning. 
  • Vacuum off any loose debris. 
  • Apply solution, first to cushions, and then working toward the back of the furniture. 
  • Extract the shampoo solution with a portable or truck-mounted extractor.

After extraction, it is vital to allow the furniture to dry before using it. Technicians may use moisture meters to test the levels of water held in the furniture throughout the process, so it dries completely.

For 24/7 assistance after a flood, contact SERVPRO of Central Seattle at (206) 282-9500. We make it, "Like it never even happened."


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How Can You Prevent Water Damage To Your Seattle Home?

7/16/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Helps Seattle Homeowners With Water Damage

As a Seattle homeowner, are you concerned about water damage? Leak or flooding related problems are a risk for any homeowner, but for those living in the Washington area know too well how quickly the weather turns wet and dreary.

When they think of water damage, most people think of dramatic incidents such as major flooding or a burst pipe that soaks the floor and makes their house uninhabitable. However, water does not always come from significant weather events or home disasters. Sometimes the problem is quite small and preventable, such as a leak from a gutter that the homeowner neglected to clean. By becoming aware of the little things that can cause problems, Seattle homeowners can keep their homes safer.

What is the most effective way to prevent water damage to your home?

The very best way to protect your home is to stay vigilant. Regularly check both inside and outside for potential problem areas.

SERVPRO recommends making regular checks part of an ongoing home maintenance routine. Prevention is better than cure, and by keeping a close eye on areas that could cause a leak or flood, you can spot issues before they start. That means you can get help early before the problem escalates.

What are some things homeowners should look out for?

Here are five areas we think every homeowner should check regularly:

Gutters and downspouts. Gutters and downspouts are a ready source of water that can quickly get into your home and rot drywall, damage window frames, or seep into the carpet. You can prevent this by keeping both gutters and downspouts clean – twice yearly is a good schedule.

Washing machine hoses. Washing machine hoses are a potential source of leaks, especially if the tube is old. Older hoses are usually more brittle and prone to cracks, and might already be damaged. Check the hose regularly, and if it is looking a bit worn, replace it.

Appliances. Any appliance that uses water can leak and cause water damage. That includes your washing machine and dishwasher, but also radiators, and even hoses. Keep your appliances well maintained and deal with any damage you find as soon as you find it.

Faucets. Kitchen and bathroom faucets are a prominent area where a leak might occur. Make sure your faucets switch on and off correctly and that there are no apparent drips or leaks.

Water bills. Have you checked your water bill lately? The numbers on your statement can be an early indicator that there is something wrong. If your water bill seems too high for the amount of water you are using in your home, that can be a sign of a leak.

How can SERVPRO of Central Seattle help in case of water problems?

It’s essential to do what you can to prevent water damage in your house. However, even if you are careful, sometimes a breakage or leak will happen unexpectedly. You can trust the SERVPRO professionals to take care of things quickly and professionally, with minimal disruption to you.

Our technicians follow a proven process to remedy the damage as fast as possible:

First, we carry out a thorough assessment to ensure we know what we are dealing with and can plan the best course of action.

Next, we remove as much water from your property as possible. Our technicians have a selection of top-of-range pumps and extractors to hand, so we always have the right tool for the job.

Once we have removed as much water as possible, the next step is to dry and dehumidify your property. Thorough drying helps prevent further damage and draws out water that was difficult to remove during the extraction process. Our teams use a range of professional air movers and dehumidifiers to restore your home.

We clean and sanitize as many water-damaged items as possible to make them fit for use once more.

Finally, we mend physical damage to your home. Physical repairs might include replacing drywall or dealing with other structural damage.

It’s good to know SERVPRO is on hand if you notice or suspect water damage in your home. Our team is dedicated to cleaning and restoring your house quickly and leaving it "Like it never even happened." However, we suggest taking as many precautions as possible to prevent water damage as that is by far the best option.

If you are concerned about water damage, give SERVPRO of Central Seattle a call today on (206) 282-9500

How Can I Prevent Fire Residue From Spreading Inside my Seattle Home?

6/21/2020 (Permalink)

burned room in a home, interior inside, furniture and utensils When a room in your home has fire damage, you need to contact SERVPRO. Our technicians will assess and remediate.

Call SERVPRO to Clean your Seattle Home After a Fire and Stop the Spread of Residue

Your Seattle home can catch on fire without any warning. Even when the flames are subdued, you may be left with visible damage and wondering whether there is invisible damage as well. Put your questions to rest by calling a reputable fire restoration team who can assess consequences and restore your home.

SERVPRO is a leading team in Seattle focusing on fire damage restoration. Our technicians are certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC), a testament to their expertise in the field. When you reach our 24-hour hotline, you access to experience and knowledge specific to fire restoration.

How do I eliminate existing fire residue?

Soot and smoke travel quickly through your home and eradicating it can be complicated. Our SERVPRO crew takes into account the direction of the smoke, inspects your ventilations system, and makes an educated decision on the cleaning techniques it needs to apply to restore your home. Often, we need to examine your ducts and prevent the spread of smoke particles through your home. Some of the steps we take include:

  • Cleaning air vents and ducts
  • Washing the interior of the ducts with a specialized solution
  • Sealing the ducts and fogging them with a deodorizing solution

Well, beyond taking care of your HVAC system, our team also inspects building elements to restore or replace them as appropriate. Our process is mindful of personal property still in the home, and we work diligently to prevent damage resulting from abrasive cleaning agents.

AT SERVPRO of Central Seattle, we know that fire damage restoration is not a simple task. When you call us at (206) 282-9500, our team brings relevant experience into your home to help avoid escalation of damages. As you aim to return to normal, our staff works hard to make your home feel, "Like it never even happened."


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We Had a Small Fire, How Long Will Restoration Take?

6/11/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Restores Fire and Smoke Damage Quickly to Ensure Life in Your Seattle Home Gets Back to Normal 

Regardless of the scope of a house fire, the levels and layers of damage can be immense. Many homeowners are best off seeking another place to stay during the time that their Seattle home gets restored. Not only is there odorous soot and debris that gets tracked through the house, but there is the potential for breathing in harmful irritants found in soot and smoke residue. The good news is that our trained and IICRC-certified technicians are available 24/7 to address any fire emergency you may have. 

Why Do I Need Professional Cleanup for a Small Fire? 

Our team at SERVPRO has the skills and equipment necessary to handle your fire and smoke damage quickly in Seattle efficiently. Many airborne soot particles can be invisible to the naked eye. A significant element of fire loss mitigation is the use of advanced equipment that helps to capture all particulates. Some of the methods that we use include actions like: 

  • Odor-control equipment that helps to neutralize odors from the fire
  • Total removal and disposal of debris and charred items to cut back on odors
  • Deployment of air scrubber technology, which helps to improve air quality while mitigation takes place 

How Can You Prevent Debris and Grime from Getting Tracked Throughout My Home? 

In many cases, our team partitions off the fire loss zone from the rest of your interior to limit cross-contamination. It is vital to remove charred building materials and any non-salvageable items carefully and meticulously to prevent tracking. Our crew also wears personal protective equipment (PPE) and foot coverings to cut back on the amount of cross-contamination from one room to the next. 

After Extinguishing the Fire, Everything is Wet, Now What? 

From the moment that our crew arrives on your property, we assess the damages, which includes looking at all areas where water or chemicals from extinguishing the fire may be present. During cleaning up debris and controlled demolition methods, we also use different tools to locate hidden moisture, including: 

  • Moisture sensors
  • Moisture meters
  • Thermal imaging 

We carefully of any saturated, non-salvageable materials, and our team uses targeted drying with the help of industrial-strength fans, air movers, and dehumidifiers. 

What is a Controlled Demolition? 

Depending on the amount of fire damage to your Seattle building materials, controlled demolition might be a necessary step. This process can often save homeowners a considerable amount of money by carefully removing damaged materials and replacing them with brand new items. If you have charred wooden studs, we have a variety of abrasive measures to remove it. Everything is then treated with a special sealant to keep odors from permeating throughout your interior. 

What is Done for Smoke Odors? 

SERVPRO has a specific process that allows us to remove odorous smoke particles and soot from your home after a fire loss. Every step helps break down stubborn residue while also pinpointing specific areas where particles might have wandered. 

  • We offer pack-out services to remove furnishings and personal belongings to clean and deodorize offsite. This service limits the amount of smoke residue transfer into other unaffected areas of your home.
  • We carefully begin cleaning any surfaces covered in soot residue, ensuring that no area gets left untreated. Our trucks house EPA-approved disinfectant solutions and cleaning agents that remove residue from a variety of materials, including sheetrock, plastics, and wood.
  • Should pungent odors occur, we can recreate the event that brought on odor penetration. We have fogging equipment that heats deodorant agents to create a chemical cloud that quickly penetrates materials to target the odor molecules.
  • We can also seal exposed surfaces, such as walls, using special primers before a final coat of color. We also have a process for sealing ductwork in your home if particles have traveled throughout the HVAC system. 

When it comes to the equipment that we use most often with a fire loss project, we have the best tools and products in the industry for cleaning and restoring the air quality in your home. 

  • Air scrubbers help cut back on debris and particulates throughout your interior.
  • Hydroxyl generators are dual-acting, allowing our crew to filter the air in your home while deodorizing it at the same time. These generators have HEPA filtration, bringing air into the machine where the filter traps debris, particles, and microbes. 

Have trained technicians on your side to help with fire and smoke damage is a good feeling. Call us at SERVPRO of Central Seattle at (206) 282-9500 when you need emergency service. Once you call, we can have a team on-site in as little as four hours to get to work!

Can Mold Damage Happen Without a Leak in Your Seattle Home?

6/9/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO technicians have the training and equipment to assist with any size mold damage 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 on-going 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 handle 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 areas of the home, particularly through the 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 setting up a negative air chamber to capture airborne spores and port them off-site.  During the drying phase, the 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 dried, the techs use both manual abatement methods and hand vacuums with HEPA filtration to clean away the dried matter left behind.

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 for the infestation to inhibit a return of the issue in the future.

There is Water in My Factory, How Do I Remove It?

5/27/2020 (Permalink)

flooded factory Let SERVPRO use their commercial-grade water removal techniques for your Seattle factory.

Call a Water Restoration Service to Perform Commercial Water Removal in Your Seattle Factory

Water is necessary for life and beneficial for various reasons, but it can become damaging at times. Broken pipes can cause damage to your factory, and they can stem from reasons like deteriorated water supply lines and changes in pressure. When such an incident occurs in your factory in Seattle, you should act fast to prevent further water loss and call SERVPRO to restore the affected areas.

Are the technicians from your company available at any time?

We offer water removal services on a 24-hour basis because it is not possible to determine when a water emergency can arise. We can assist you in performing commercial water removal in your Seattle factory regardless of the time the incident happened. Our technicians are ready to handle any aspect of water extraction. We have the knowledge and equipment to remove all the water from your factory before it causes additional destruction. This statement is predicated on the condition and circumstances of the structure and the water loss.

How do you ensure safety during the restoration process?

Flooding in a factory is a severe problem for the individual business, the staff members, the restorers, and the community. Many factories have an open layout that makes it easier for water to spread quickly. Therefore, restorers have to move considerably during restoration. Human safety is a priority during the restoration process. We can take several steps to ensure safety, including:

  • Securing hazardous or toxic materials
  • Making sure machines are shut down safely
  • Switching off electric and gas supplies
  • Providing safe access for emergency services

How do you dry out the wet areas?

Removing water and drying out structures, equipment, and surfaces is part of our main business. Our team can use various types of water extraction equipment to remove the water. If the water has covered a large area, our technicians can use ride-on high volume extractors to remove it. Efficient water removal can prevent corrosion of machine surfaces and bearing complexes that came into contact with the water. Our SERVPRO team can use industrial-strength drying equipment to eliminate water from affected surfaces and items. For instance, we can place dehumidifiers strategically in the factory to allow for the swapping of damp, moisture air with drier air.

Can you rebuild affected areas?

We offer complete restoration and recovery of damaged commercial buildings. Once drying ends, we can perform structural and cosmetic repairs. We have a transparent decision-making process that lets our customers see our recommendations and why we have chosen them as the most efficient and cost-effective.

As soon as you are aware of water intrusion in your factory, call SERVPRO of Central Seattle to remove the water and dry the affected areas. You can reach us anytime at (206) 282-9500. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

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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 Central Seattle today at (206) 282-9500 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.

Water Invaded My Seattle Area Home, what is the Best Storm Damage Remediation Service to Call?

5/14/2020 (Permalink)

heavy rain on roof Frequent roof inspections are one thing you can do to help prevent water damage to your home.

Although There are Several Storm Flood Damage Cleanup and Restoration Companies Out There, Only a Few Like SERVPRO Can Do The Job Right

Seattle, located in the Pacific Northwest, is infamous for its stormy, rainy weather. This weather and being surrounded by large bodies of water makes Seattle especially prone to flooding. So, area homeowners have to accept this ever-present risk. With that said, however, there are important ways you can limit storm flood damage and options for having it fixed. Prevention, of course, is always the best way to avoid related losses. Unfortunately, preventative measures may not always be possible. When this is the case, and flooding does impact your home, rest assured that services like SERVPRO can help you clean and restore your house.  

Why are Services Like SERVPRO Better Than Others in Seattle?

There are several critical benefits to enlisting the help of a skilled and highly experienced Seattle storm flood damage company like SERVPRO. Some of these benefits are:

  • Our company's technicians, certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), completes the work correctly the first time.
  • Our trained experts complete your job. We certify each of our professionals in health and safety, applied microbial remediation, applied structural drying, water damage restoration, and odor control.
  • We have access to vehicles and equipment from the 1,700 other firms in our chain as a franchise in a nationwide chain.
  • We can use a disaster recovery team to help resolve any major loss event you may experience.
  • Our technicians have all the right tools to scientifically clean and restore your home. These tools include extractors, wet vacs, moisture meters/sensors, thermohygrometers, desiccant and refrigerant dehumidifiers, air movers, injectidry systems, powerful fungicides and disinfectants, and high-tech foggers.  

With our professional workforce and equipment, we are often able to clean and restore your residence to pre-flood conditions in much less time than other service providers. Many times, this enables us to save you considerable time and money.

What are Some Preventative Measures I Can Take to Limit Potential Flood Damage?

Before severe storms, you should take some steps to limit potential flood damage. The following preventative actions, while not always entirely effective, do improve your odds of escaping the worst outcomes:

  • Shutting-off your utilities before leaving your home
  • Waterproofing your foundation
  • Ensuring that your roof is in good condition and not leaking
  • Making sure your gutters are clean and in good working order
  • Using plywood to protect all windows and openings
  • Diverting floodwaters with sandbags

These measures allow your house to weather Seattle's severe storms and flooding for a while and work best against storms of shorter durations. Of course, the worst natural disasters usually overcome these defenses quite easily. In these cases, you certainly need the help of Seattle area cleaning and restoration professionals.

How Does SERVPRO Help Me with My Storm-Related Flood Damage in Seattle?

Once you call SERVPRO, there are several things we can do to help you. Our services generally include inspections, property securing, floodwater cleanup, hazardous waste disposal, microorganism elimination, home interior drying, and deodorization. When we arrive at your home, workers usually:

  • Determine your residence’s level of water damage
  • Extract standing floodwater from your home
  • Remove fallen trees, other debris, and hazardous waste from your property
  • Use EPA-approved disinfectants and fungicides to eliminate harmful microorganisms in your home
  • Dry your home’s interior until it reaches a scientifically determined drying goal
  • Deodorize everything, removing all unwanted flood-related odors
  • Secure your home, if necessary, against the elements and would-be trespassers by placing roof tarps, installing fences, and boarding up windows and other openings

These actions effectively restore your home to pre-flood conditions and help prevent potential future issues.

Whenever you hear of a major storm’s approach, remember to prepare your home for possible flooding adequately. Simply waterproofing your foundation, ensuring your roof’s drainage system is functioning correctly, trimming dangerous overhanging tree limbs, boarding up windows and other openings, and sandbagging critical areas around your house can go a long way to protecting your housing investment. In many cases, all this should save your residence from the worst storm-connected damage.

There are times, of course, when whatever you do, you cannot save your property from significant injury. However, during those times, always remember that often even the worst flood damage can be remediated. When and if you do experience such weather-related losses, do your research and contact a good cleaning and restoration company to solve your problem. If you are ever unsure of anything and need help, you can always call SERVPRO of Central Seattle at (206) 282-9500.

How Can I Detect Water Damage in My Office?

5/11/2020 (Permalink)

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Seattle Business Owners Should Call a Professional Restoration Service to Detect Water Damage

Your office is an extension of your brand. When clients arrive, you want them to experience your philosophy and company values and peeling wallpaper, and the smell of mold is not in tune with your business personality. Both moldy surfaces and walls in disrepair can be the consequence of a leak in your business, and you want to take care of it as soon as possible.

In Seattle, water damage cleanup is the specialty of our SERVPRO crew. Our industry-grade equipment and expertise help us detect leaks and restore water damage even when it is not apparent. Spots on the ceiling, peeling paint, and a humid smell can all be telltale signs of water hiding beneath your floors or behind your walls. When you call our 24/7 hotline, you receive expert advice to eliminate the problem and return your workplace to mint condition.

What should I do if I see signs of a water leak in my business?

As you wait for our SERVPRO team's arrival, you may want to air out the area as much as possible. Improving air circulation helps water evaporate and accelerate the drying process. We develop a plan specific to your needs when we assess the damage and ensure that the leak is under control. In doing so, we rely on technology available to our industry, such as-

  • Wet-dry vacuums that lift water from surfaces.
  • Drying mats allow us to remove water from underneath flooring materials such as laminates and tiles.
  • Injectidry technology lets us inject warm air within wall cavities to encourage water evaporation.

Along with air circulators and dehumidifiers, moisture meters are also essential to our work. When we work at your office, we consistently assess the humidity in your office and use it to guide our efforts.

Water cleanup is a job for professional technicians. SERVPRO of Central Seattle is your partner when disaster strikes. Give us a call at (206) 282-9500 and let us work with you to leave your office, "Like it never even happened." 

Who Do I Contact to Remove Flood Damage?

5/10/2020 (Permalink)

Water seeping across cement flooring When storm waters seep across your basement floor, contact SERVPRO for fast removal.

SERVPRO Can Assist with Post-Flood Water Extraction in Seattle Basements

Because flash flooding can affect your Seattle property unexpectedly, any vulnerabilities in the foundation of your house and access to the basement level of the property can become quickly exploited. Addressing these flood effects involves the fast response of our SERVPRO team and the efficient extraction tools in our inventory. 

After flood damage in Seattle homes, specific actions must happen immediately to reduce structural concerns and the deterioration of exposed contents. The restoration and recovery of water penetration into your basement involves several steps, including:

  • Removing the standing water with multiple extractors
  • Cleaning contaminated surfaces and structural supports
  • Repairing the penetration points to prevent further water migration

Before areas can get cleaned or even fully repaired, our SERVPRO team must address the standing water in the basement with one of the multiple extractor units available to our professionals. Most often, for flooding that could have solids and debris in it, the choice of extraction tool falls to truck-mount extractors or gas-powered pumps. These two options both have less in the line of filtration to reduce the removal of small solids and particulates in the standing water.

Cleaning up after the water pouring into your home during a flash flood is vital to reducing the spread and severity of bacterial threats, contaminants, and microbial growth. With a dry platform of flooring and exposed concrete masonry units in the basement, we can utilize powerful cleaning solutions like biocides and disinfection agents to eliminate microorganisms and bacterial threats on surfaces.

Because so many area homes have basements, it is the most likely location for flash flooding damage to end up when these disasters occur. Our SERVPRO of Central Seattle team can help you through the restoration, extraction, and cleaning of these conditions when you need it by calling (206) 282-9500.

How Can I Stop Damages from a Fire Affecting My Whole Seattle House?

5/6/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damage in the living room of a home. SERVPRO is here to help your fire damage Seattle.

Containment Is Vital to Stopping the Spread of Soot, Smoke, and Odors – Our SERVPRO Team Can Help. 

Knowing how to reduce the spread and severity of fire loss effects is not common knowledge to homeowners, but it is something that professional restoration teams like our SERVPRO technicians begin working on immediately with our arrival. Containment strategies help to keep the damaged area in one place and do not allow the work involved in restoration to be necessary over the entire property.

How Does Containment Work? 

When it comes to reducing fire damage in Seattle homes, containment barriers are among the first steps that our responding technicians employ. There are multiple approaches to accomplishing this, including physical constructions around the perimeter of the damaged area to keep spreading effects like soot and odors in one area. These walls usually feature wood and thick plastic sheeting. Non-physical barriers are the equipment set up along this perimeter to contain environmental threats like soot particles, floating debris, ash, and odors.

Some other advantages to containing the damage include:

  • Singular recovery area
  • Maximizes drying and cleaning
  • Prevents the spread of harmful effects

How Do You Prevent Contaminating Clean Areas? 

Cross-contamination can be a challenge to avoid on any recovery site. Our SERVPRO team sets up a staging area beside the primary damaged region of your house. This second space also gets contained with the same defense. This area allows us to manage tools getting used in the compromised space and our clothing to prevent contaminating other areas of the house. Setting up a staging area limits our trips in and out of the work area as well, which reduces the chances of contaminating other areas of the house.

Fire losses can be stressful enough without the effects spreading throughout your entire residence. Our SERVPRO of Central Seattle can help with effective containment to maximize our production and focus. Give our professionals a call anytime at (206) 282-9500.

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What Do I Do When Water Damages My Home?

5/5/2020 (Permalink)

Water leaking and flooded on hardwood floor next to a window When water damage invades your living space, Call SERVPRO.

SERVPRO Can Help Remove Water Damage in Seattle

Water damage is one of the most common complaints in any home, mainly because it comes from so many sources. Whether a leaky roof, frozen pipe, or aged water heater is the source of the damage, this type of disaster can put your structure at risk of mold, dry rot, and many other maladies that require professional mitigation to eliminate.

If your residence in Seattle requires water damage cleanup, you can count on SERVPRO technicians to restore your home to a preloss condition. These IICRC-certified technicians use cutting edge technologies and scientific calculations to implement effective cleanup and drying methods that return structures and salvageable contents in your home to their appropriate humidity levels. If your home requires further restoration services, SERVPRO can help you procure contracting services that can repair your residence. 

Preventing Pipe Leaks in Your Home

  • Keep an eye on your water bill. If you notice a sudden uptick in costs, there may be a leak on your property. 
  • Check the water pressure in your home. This is a commonly-overlooked problem in homes. You can purchase a water pressure gauge from any hardware store to test outside faucets on your property. The ideal water pressure for residences should sit between 40 and 70 psi. Install a pressure regulation system if your home's water pressure is over 100 psi. 
  • Fix leaks as soon as you spot them. Fast action is necessary to prevent mold, dry rot, crumbling drywall, and odors. 

SERVPRO Handles Hard-To-Reach Pipe Leaks

Technicians can use various techniques to address moisture in wall cavities, ceilings, and other hard-to-reach locations. For walls, drilled holes or small cutouts can be implemented to increase ventilation in interior walls. If an exterior wall is affected by damage, SERVPRO techs can use specialized vacuums to remove insulation and dry it separately. Fiberglass insulation can often be successfully cleaned and restored after water damage. 

SERVPRO of Central Seattle is a team you can count on to be Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (206) 282-9500 for rapid mitigation services at any time of the day or night.

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Is It Possible to Salvage the Contents of My Business after Flood Damage?

5/4/2020 (Permalink)

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We Act Fast at SERVPRO to Minimize Loss from Flood Damage in Your Seattle Office Building

If your commercial space at ground level and flood waters hit, you need to act quickly to help limit the amount of loss. The faster that you act, the better chance you have of salvaging furnishings and essential equipment or paperwork. This is why calling in the help of restoration professionals is your best bet.

What Does SERVPRO Do After Arriving at My Business for Water Restoration?

Once we arrive to address flood damage in Seattle, our crew chief works on putting together a plan of action. We come with trucks loaded with equipment that allows us to remove water quickly, including pumps, extractors, and specialized cleaning agents.

Scoping the water loss: SERVPRO technicians scope out your business space to determine the best methods for water removal and extraction. This is done while paying close attention to areas where advanced water detection equipment is required to tell us where moisture may be hiding.

Extraction techniques: If you have glue-down carpet that has delaminated, it must be removed and disposed of. Our skilled technicians do several passes with our extraction equipment to bring up as much water as we can to facilitate the drying process.

Speedy drying means speedy reopening: We know that your business cannot be out of commission for long, and SERVPRO is Faster To Any Size Disaster. We strategically place air movers and dehumidifiers throughout the space to bring down ambient moisture levels. 

Sanitization is vital: Once everything is dry, we then use professional-grade cleaning agents to wipe down surfaces or deploy low-volume defogging to ensure no odorous molecules remain. When all is complete, it will be “Like it never even happened.”

If you are hit with water loss, call us for commercial flood damage at SERVPRO of Central Seattle. When you call us at (206) 282-9500, you will have a team deployed to your business as soon as possible.

What Do I Do After A Fire Damaged my Home?

5/4/2020 (Permalink)

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After A Fire Loss in Seattle, Trust the Experts for Fire and Odor Cleanup

The amount of damage after a fire incident can leave a path of destruction, such as tough odors that can be difficult to address using DIY methods alone. Experienced fire restoration technicians not only have the training necessary to get your home back to normal, but they also come armed with specialized equipment and techniques to get the job done. Regardless of the impact of the fire damage, you need professionals on your side to address all immediate and residual concerns. 

When you require fire and odor cleanup in Seattle after a structure fire, threats from debris and airborne particles can hinder restoration efforts. Calling SERVPRO to help is the best way to get started. Upon arrival, the mitigation team does a walkthrough to note all conditions before formulating the proper way to proceed. Our advanced equipment allows us to remove all smoke and soot residue to eliminate tough odors that often linger for an extended period after the fire is cleaned up. 

Immediately Following Fire Loss

Debris removal is a critical step after the fire is extinguished, and your home is deemed safe to proceed with the restoration. Our trained SERVPRO technicians take the time to remove all burned materials, debris, and rubbish to help limit the amount of soot and odors circulating throughout the space. Once the initial cleanup is complete, we then implement the use of air-cleaning technology like air scrubbers or hydroxyl generators. These tools easily trap odorous particles and other contaminants by way of HEPA filtration. 

Fire Damage Restoration

Fighting the onset of soot and smoke is elemental after a fire. SERVPRO takes pride in professional odor removal. Our teams employ the use of dry and wet cleaning methods as well as eco-friendly cleaning solutions and specialized technology to clean items and remove odors. The combination of abrasives, cleaning sprays, or immersion cleaning used depends on the project and the level of fire damage.

Along with odor removal, fire damage restoration often calls for reconstruction using controlled demolition. SERVPRO technicians expose areas unsalvageable by way of cleaning techniques and ready the space for materials replacement. 

If you require help with fire and odor cleanup, SERVPRO of Central Seattle is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call our office at (206) 282-9500, and we will send out a team as soon as possible.

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What Is The Most Crucial Step During Water Cleanup Exercises In Seattle?

4/25/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO's Vast Experience Handling Loss Sites Helps Ensure Correct Handling of Water Cleanup in Seattle

When a water loss incident affects your home, there is a need to take the right actions to clean and restore the property to its preloss state. Cleanup can involve several steps depending on factors such as how much water is spilled and the duration of stagnation. During such occurrences, the limitations of time and other resources lead to delays or prioritizing some steps during the restoration. Proper moisture management is one of the processes that deserve high priority since it has a significant impact on the outcome. Most long-term problems that affect properties after water spills can be tied back to the moisture management steps taken.

 What does a typical water cleanup involve?
A water cleanup exercise in Seattle can involve several steps, including:

    •    Water extraction
    •    Stain control
    •    Cleaning soils
    •    Removing odors

Each water loss incident is usually unique because of factors such as the cleanliness and volume of water spilled. The types of contents or materials present in the loss areas also differ. The variations determine what response steps are necessary. For instance, in an incident where a main supply pipe bursts releasing vast amounts of water into a property, water extraction might end up as the dominant restoration step if completed in time. Proper scoping of a loss helps establish what steps are necessary.

Even when incidents involve clean water, soiling can happen in many ways necessitating thorough cleaning steps. For instance, when water spills on fabrics, it can cause dyes to run, thus soiling or even staining surrounding materials. Water also spreads soils such as dust or pet litter around the property. Water extraction alone cannot address such soiling. Our SERVPRO crews use professional cleaning agents and cleaning tools to deal with any soiling.

When should moisture control steps start?
Since some of the steps necessary during the cleaning process involve the use of water, moisture control can be tricky. Another factor that complicates moisture control is the different ways moisture migrates around the property, including:

    •    Condensation of evaporated moisture
    •    Absorption of humidity by hygroscopic materials
    •    Capillary action

Instead of taking moisture control as a step that should start at a certain point during the cleanup process, our SERVPRO crews incorporate it as part of the overall restoration. Immediately on arriving at the loss site, we set up a few dehumidifiers to regulate humidity. Maintaining standard humidity levels helps protect hygroscopic materials such as drywall and other gypsum-based materials from absorbing moisture from the air. Another step that helps is maintaining optimum temperatures to prevent condensation, which can transfer water damage from the original loss point within the house. In most cases, we rely on the heating system in the house. However, we also have portable heaters in our production trucks in case of power outages or other challenges.

What cleaning steps are necessary?
After taking preventive steps against moisture risks, the focus shifts to the soiling problems identified when evaluating the loss. In the case of stains, it is better to address them before they set. Stains are common on carpets and other fabrics, especially if they are close to other items. For example, the stains on carpets mostly occur because of rust or resin from furniture legs. Another alternative leading to staining is running dyes from curtains or area rugs.

Our SERVPRO technicians use a variety of approaches to deal with stains, including removing them when the affected material is still wet. The material that causes the stain also determines the response. For example, if we identify rust stains, we must treat the area with specialized rust removal products since regular chlorine-based bleaches are not effective or might set the stains.

Away from stains, some water loss situations may lead to the development of bad odor in your property. Such odor may be from the substances dissolved in the spilled water or from the decomposition process that follow water loss. Odor management takes several steps starting with the removal of odorous materials, followed by general deodorization of the affected area or the entire property. Our teams inspect the loss site to likely odor sources. We remove deteriorated materials, including waterlogged drywall and insulation, before embarking on deodorization procedures. Various approaches help with deodorization, including using:

    •    Filtration and absorption agents such as activated charcoal
    •    Pairing agents that neutralize odor molecules
    •    Electrically generated deodorizers such as Ozone

The outcome of a water cleanup exercise depends on the steps taken. SERVPRO of Central Seattle has the resources to clean your Foster Island, Sodo, or Magnolia home managing immediate and future problems. Call us at (206) 282-9500. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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What Can I Do If My Restaurant's Walk-In Fridge Needs Water Cleanup?

4/8/2020 (Permalink)

"We Can Help" We have the experience, specialized training, and state-of-the-art equipment to restore your business property to pre-damage condition.

SERVPRO Technicians Offer Commercial Water Cleanup for Seattle Businesses 24/7

Restaurants are highly crucial for meeting food demands quickly and easily. Not only does this service feed the community, but it can also provide stable work. However, the success of any restaurant lies in its ability to store food properly. If your walk-in fridge is compromised by water damage, it can be stressful to move your inventory elsewhere while figuring out the cause of the leak.

SERVPRO techs provide commercial water cleanup for Seattle eateries 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. These technicians are trained to mitigate damage, clean spaces affected by it, and even perform some rebuilding necessities for your business.

Protecting Your Inventory from Water Damage

  • Keep the door closed when not in use. This practice keeps the refrigeration system from having to overwork and potentially damage parts in an attempt to keep your inventory fresh. 
  • Have an expert clean your walk-in's components, coils, and all, per local regulations for commercial refrigeration systems. 
  • Keep door hinges well-lubricated and tightened, and check the door sweep for damage like tears or cracks that can prevent it from forming a tight seal. 
  • Make sure that fans and refrigeration coils are unobstructed and that there is sufficient airflow for refrigeration. 
  • Have an electrician service your walk-in, especially if you are concerned about your fridge's electrical system. Loose or damaged wiring in an overworked refrigeration system can cause arcing.  

SERVPRO's Drying Strategies for Commercial Spaces

After extracting water from the space, SERVPRO techs can set up centrifugal air movers and dehumidifiers for drying. Depending on the size of your refrigerator and the extent of the water damage. These professionals also have commercial mold remediation tools available, including EPA-registered antimicrobials, to address any mold accumulation from condensation or leaks in your refrigeration system. 

SERVPRO of Central Seattle strives to leave your business looking, "Like it never even happened." Call (206) 282-9500 for commercial cleanup from experienced technicians.

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Flood Damage Seattle – Roof Punctures

4/3/2020 (Permalink)

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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 teams are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to assist homeowners whose homes 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 all of 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.

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The Importance of Using Certified Professionals for Water Losses in Seattle

3/26/2020 (Permalink)

water pouring out of broken pipes Water loss events can occur from many sources. When your home experiences water damage, call SERVPRO. We are always available to take your call.

Why Choose Certified Technicians for Seattle Home Water Losses 

Qualified professionals are always the ideal choice for water losses in your Seattle home because so much depends on thorough drying and restoration work. Failure to adequately dry and recover the property can lead to hazardous conditions like mold colonization, where exposure to the organism can cause health effects. The same advantages of choosing professional restorers for water recovery are the reasons why our SERVPRO team has become a trusted household name throughout the Greater Seattle area. 

While there is a press for many homeowners to attempt DIY drying and cleaning of water damage in Seattle houses, there is much that could get overlooked and missed by inexperienced cleaners. Because you can benefit from the fastest and least costly approach to restoration, choosing our technicians can often be beneficial. 

We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster 

Even before you consider how extensively trained or well-equipped, our SERVPRO team might be for the situation at hand, a rapid response is vital. We have emergency lines staffed 24/7 to put you in contact with professionals that can help. Due to our location in the heart of the city, we can respond quickly to disasters as they happen. 

Well-Trained Personnel  

Being the fastest to the scene does not always mean that you can do the most good for the customer or the property. Our professionals have training and accreditations from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), along with years of hands-on experience helping with hundreds of water loss scenarios. 

Latest Technologies and Tools 

Because no two water loss incidents are the same, the equipment and technologies needed to dry and restore the structures change from one project to the next. Our team has numerous extraction and drying machines, including electric sump pumps, wet vacuums, air movers, drying mats, and cavity drying equipment like our Injecti-Dry system. 

Initially, it might not seem like you are saving time and money by choosing professional restoration for your home. However, because of the training, fast response, and modern technology that goes into our restorations – we can turn your home back over to you quickly. Give our SERVPRO of Central Seattle team a call today at (206) 282-9500. 

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Why Professional Restoration is Needed for Kitchen Fires in Seattle

3/10/2020 (Permalink)

Cooking pan on stove Pan on fire, Even if the fire is contained to the kitchen, greasy soot can spread throughout your home.

Why Advanced Training in Appropriate Kitchen Fire Damage Cleaning Is Crucial in Seattle 

Cleaning up after a fire in your Seattle home requires more than an upbeat attitude and some elbow grease. Even if the flames subsided quickly, residues from the kitchen fire likely spread widely throughout your home. The soiling attaches to any surface, horizontal, vertical, or slanted, the hot air currents from the fire depositing the soot on cooler walls, ceilings, and furnishings often far from the ignition site. Residues are almost transparent but very bad smelling and tightly adhered to the surfaces. 

Not Typical Household Dirt and Grime

To understand issues presented by fire damage in Seattle, imagine the interior of your oven after many roastings and broilings without cleaning. Think about the coatings in a microwave or outdoor grill that were not addressed immediately after cooking. The residues that drift through your home after a kitchen fire are similar, not the dry and ashy soot of a wood fire, but the remains of grease, oils, and proteins, now dehydrated and in every corner of your abode.  

Principles and Elements of Cleaning 

At SERVPRO, our technicians train extensively to ensure that our cleaning efforts are successful. First, we focus on the principles of cleaning: 

  • Locating the fire residues
  • Identifying the type of residue
  • Identifying the types of surfaces affected
  • Capturing and removing residues for proper disposal  

Armed with that knowledge, we approach cleaning tasks by manipulating the following elements of cleaning: 

  • Temperature
  • Agitation 
  • Chemical action
  • Time 

How Do Protein-Based Residues Fit the Protocol? 

SERVPRO technicians are familiar with the challenges of resolving kitchen fire residues. The greasy, almost varnish-like residues are impervious to the water-based cleansers frequently relied upon up as “one size fits all” solutions for cleanup. We use research-based procedures to break the bonds, utilizing the principle that “like dissolves like.” Instead of soap, we select a solvent and often choose to employ both agitation and abrasive tools to loosen the kitchen fire sourced soot. Detergents can also help us dislodge oily residues, acting with water to create an emulsion to suspend the dehydrated food and grease particles. 

SERVPRO of Central Seattle has a highly-trained and skilled workforce ready to assist with your fire damage challenges. Call us at (206) 282-9500 to set up a prompt evaluation. 

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Refrigerator in Seattle Kitchen Causes Need for Water Removal

3/4/2020 (Permalink)

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You Should Always Have a Plan For The Possibility of Water Damage in Your Seattle Home

The water and ice dispenser on a refrigerator is a great convenience. What you may not think about is the amount of water that has the potential to spill if there is a malfunction. 

When a supply line to the ice maker in a refrigerator developed a split, the Seattle home needed fast water removal. The amount of water that spilled into the floor in a shorter time was significant. 

Scoping the Damage in the Kitchen

SERVPRO technicians know from experience that that visible water is usually only part of the problem. Moisture wicks rapidly into sheetrock and seeps under tile and into the subfloor. That is why the techs perform a visual assessment and use different types of moisture detection equipment to ensure that they do not miss any areas of water loss. As a result, the techs confirmed the presence of water under the laminated floorboards and within the plywood subfloor that required drying. 

Water Extraction Equipment

The removal equipment that the techs bring to the worksite is much more powerful than a consumer-grade wet/dry vac. The centrifugal pumps have the power to pull embedded moisture to the surface. The ability to use multiple extractors at the same time makes the water cleanup process go much faster and, in many cases, assists with lessening the water loss in the home. 

Removal of Water Loss Materials

The planks directly in front of the fridge were past the point of restoration due to the absorption of water and required replacement. This action opened up the subfloor for drying. The techs set up drying mats to force air into the plywood subfloor and floor joists of the crawlspace. The drying process gets carefully monitored to ensure the water loss area attains preset moisture content level goals. 

Prepping the Floor for Installation of New Floorboards

Before the new replacement flooring got installed, SERVPRO technicians treated the water loss areas with an antimicrobial sealant to ensure mold growth would not be a problem in the home. 

SERVPRO of Central Seattle at (206) 282-9500 brings the necessary equipment for complete water removal of any scale in your property, and using their advanced restoration methods make the water loss, "Like it never even happened."

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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.

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Commercial Water Cleanup In Seattle Hotel

12/28/2019 (Permalink)

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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.

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

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

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Isolating Water Damage Can Restore Seattle Apartments Faster

Concentrated efforts pinpoint precise 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 the establishment of staging areas that help to 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 to 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 property management of the complex 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 framework 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.

Jingle Bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way…….

9/27/2019 (Permalink)

candle flame on a black background with green and red spots Photo by D A V I D S O N L U N A on Unsplash

STOP!!! Can we get through Halloween first?? Sure, but the
holidays are right around the corner and will be here before we know it. We at SERVPRO want to give you
some Holiday Safety Tips so you make lasting memories with your family that do not include burning
your house down! According to National Fire Protection Assoctiation (NFPA), here are a few holiday
safety tips to remember;


Halloween

  • Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper catch fire easily. Keep all decorations away from open
    flames and other heat sources like light bulbs and heaters.
  • Use a battery-operated candle or glow-stick in jack-o lanterns. If you use a real candle, use
    extreme caution. Make sure children are watched at all times when candles are lit. When
    lighting candles inside jack-o lanterns, use long, fireplace-style matches or a utility lighter.
  • Be sure to place lit pumpkins well away from anything that can burn and far enough out of the way of trick-or-treaters, doorsteps, walkways and yards.

Thanksgiving

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.
  • Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet.
  • If deep frying your turkey, defrost the turkey COMPLETELY – and dry it before putting it in hot
    oil.
  • Keep a grease-rated fire extinguisher close by

Christmas


  • Use lights that have the label of a recognized testing laboratory. Some lights are only for indoor
    or outdoor use.
  • Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.
    Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.


Bottom Line
Be safe this Holiday Season.

House Fire in Central Seattle

8/22/2019 (Permalink)

House fire in a Seattle home. House fire in a Seattle home

A fire in this Seattle home caused severe damage. This picture shows the mess it left behind. 

SERVPRO of Central Seattle was called to cleanup the aftermath. 

Every fire damage situation is a little different and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. When various materials burn, the soot they create differs greatly and requires a specific cleaning procedure. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage restoration. Learn more about our fire damage restoration process.

  1. Emergency Contact
  2. Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
  3. Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)
  4. Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
  5. Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
  6. Cleaning and Repair
  7. Restoration

Click the link to see the Fire Damage Restoration Process: https://www.SERVPROcentralseattle.com/fire-repair-process

SERVPRO of Central Seattle at the 2019 Teddy Bear Clinic

8/8/2019 (Permalink)

a lot of teddy bears in SERVPRO shirts sitting on chairs The 200 SERVPRO of Central Seattle teddy bears!

It's important to us at SERVPRO of Central Seattle to stay involved in our community.

Recently we were lucky enough to be invited to participate with Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority and local fire fighters in an event held to help kids get familiar and comfortable with emergency responders.

SERVPRO of Central Seattle donated 200+ stuffed bears with cute little t-shirts to the 2019 Teddy Bear Clinic. Children lined up to receive a bear to take home and meet with fire fighters while they demonstrated giving first aid to the teddy bears. 

Both children and their parents were able to explore the fire house and see all the fire fighters do. 320 people were in attendance from the community and everyone enjoyed the day, including SERVPRO of Central Seattle.

For Immediate Service in Central Seattle, Call SERVPRO

7/31/2019 (Permalink)

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

SERVPRO of Central Seattle provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Central 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)282-9500

Residential Services

Whether your Central 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 Central 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: https://www.SERVPROcentralseattle.com/commercial-restoration-cleaning

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

Use extra caution when navigating flooded roads during a storm

3/12/2018 (Permalink)

Use extra caution when navigating flooded roads during a storm

Driving on the roads during a storm doesn't seem like that big of a deal to some.  Getting home is often the biggest concern on someone's mind and choosing an alternate route just doesn't seem efficient.

When flood waters raise it is hard to distinguish just how high the water level is.  Underestimating the power of a few inches of rain has left more than one Seattle area driver stranded in the middle of the river flowing road.

Always pay attention to the emergency ponderer's warning signs on roads and back trails.  Using extra caution when signs aren't present reduces the risk of being stranded as well.

When water levels flood roads and buildings sustain damage, SERVPRO is your choice for repair and mitigation.

Why SERVPRO?

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Seattle, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today

When the Power is Out, the Generator should Stay Out as well

3/12/2018 (Permalink)

Always place your generator Outside of the home for safety

When the lights start to flicker one's first instinct is to grab the flashlights to be ready if the power goes out.

There is a large number of homeowners and businesses that own generators that can keep the vital systems in a building running.

The generators, which run on gas, exhaust fumes very similar to your automobile.  Making sure these fumes don't come back into your home is extremely important.

Generators should be placed Outside in order to exhaust the fumes out into the open.  Even putting the generator int he garage is not safe practice, the generator should be outside of the home and venting away from any fresh air inlet.

When the power goes off and your property sustains property damage, call SERVPRO to do your repairs and mitigate the damage.

Why SERVPRO? 

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Seattle, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today

Poorly Ventilated Attics encourage mold growth

3/12/2018 (Permalink)

Poorly Ventilated Attics encourage mold growth

The main cause of attic mold is improper ventilation. In cold climates, when homeowners heat their homes in winter, hot air usually escapes through the attic.

This occurs efficiently in attics with proper ventilation, but attic mold can occur if the hot air meets the cold surface of the attic roof and creates condensation.

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today

Do you know where your Shutoffs are?

3/9/2018 (Permalink)

Shutoff tags are a great way to reduce confusion during a loss

Knowing where your shutoffs are in your commercial building could save you thousands of unnecessary damage to your building.

Often times building owners will rely on the Fire Department to come in and shut off the water to the buildings once a loss has occurred.

Knowing where your shutoffs are and clearly marking them enables the building owner to shut off water several minutes before first responders can.

In the case of sprinklers that malfunction and turn on, just 1 minute less of water flowing could cut days off of a drying project.

If you don;t already , make sure you put together a plan of where the following shutoffs are:

  • Gas

  • Water

  • Electricity


Commercial buildings often times require elevated training and equipment to dry and repair.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints.

We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO

SERVPRO specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

When Fish meets Fire

3/9/2018 (Permalink)

Burning food can create odor causing damage in your kitchen

Why does the last 5 minutes of a football game on TV seem to take an hour? You decided to make that salmon dish your uncle was telling you about so you prepped for it first thing this morning.

Start of the 4th quarter you decided to put it into the oven right as your team fell behind 14 points and the game seemed over.

That's when the magic started!  The rookie they just drafted gets put in the game and the biggest comeback in franchise history starts.

They tie up the game with 10 seconds left as the wide receiver torched the defender.  Torched him so bad you can smell the burning as if you were there.

Wait.....that's not torched defender...that's your Salmon burning in the oven!

It's happened to us all, we see it every day.  If this happens to you call SERVPRO and we'll come out and repair the damage.  Not all smoke and soot are the same, and trained professionals like we have at SERVPRO know how to deal with each type that occurs.

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

When the Burnt Fish from Friday's meal is still there Monday

3/9/2018 (Permalink)

Burning food can cause odor damage in your home

Why does the last 5 minutes of a football game on TV seem to take an hour? You decided to make that salmon dish your uncle was telling you about so you prepped for it first thing this morning.

Start of the 4th quarter you decided to put it into the oven right as your team fell behind 14 points and the game seemed over.

That's when the magic started!  The rookie they just drafted gets put in the game and the biggest comeback in franchise history starts.

They tie up the game with 10 seconds left as the wide receiver torched the defender.  Torched him so bad you can smell the burning as if you were there.

Wait.....that's not torched defender...that's your Salmon burning in the oven!

It's happened to us all, we see it every day.  If this happens to you call SERVPRO and we'll come out and repair the damage.  Not all smoke and soot are the same, and trained professionals like we have at SERVPRO know how to deal with each type that occurs.

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Small toilet leaks can turn into Large issues with your home

3/8/2018 (Permalink)

Small toilet leaks can turn into Large issues with your home

We've all seen it, the first sign of a leaking toilet as we are cleaning the bathroom.  A slow drip in the supply line, leaking around the base of the toilet, or even condensation coming from a loose joint can cause water to affect a bathrooms floor.

If the leak continues it can cause damage to the subfloor and in some cases even the framing.

Routine inspections of your home's toilets can identify these leaks before they cause damage that  needs to be repaired.

If you do run into a repair that needs professional help give us a call!

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help

Call Today

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

Your name and contact information

Your insurance information (if applicable)

The street address of the water-damaged home or business

When did the flooding or water damage occur?

What caused the water damage (if known)?

Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO

SERVPRO specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property

The Top 3 reasons your Roof might be leaking

3/8/2018 (Permalink)

The Top 3 reasons your Roof might be leaking

Roofs are often susceptible to water damage that can lead to structure and mold issues if not addressed.  There are several ways water can infiltrate building materials surrounding a roof and the top 3 are:

  • Water pipes leaking or dripping
  • Condensation inside your home

  • Clogged gutters and downspouts

Most of the issues relating to a roof leak can be avoided by doing routine inspections of the attic/roof area on a regular basis.

If you do spot damage and are needing professional repairs call SERVPRO for help.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help

Call Today


We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect


When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

Your name and contact information
Your insurance information (if applicable)
The street address of the water-damaged home or business
When did the flooding or water damage occur?
What caused the water damage (if known)?
Is there electricity available (on-site)?


About SERVPRO


SERVPRO specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

February will finish as Seattle’s first drier-than-normal month since September

3/1/2018 (Permalink)

Clogged Drains on Roofs coupled with Heavy Rains

Looking back at the month of February, the wind and cold seemed to dominate the weather.  The Seattle Area experiences it’s first drier than normal month since September.  

January, however, experienced much wetter-than-normal conditions as over 8 inches fell onto the roofs of Seattle.  The normal for the month of January is just shy of 6 inches.

The extra rain in January, coupled with winds, meant several building owners were performing inspections to make sure the drain vents weren’t clogged and holding water.

Several times throughout the year SERVPRO clients will call when a blockage on their roof suddenly clears and overflows into the building.

Always check your roof/gutters after a particularly windy storm to make sure your drainage system is running smoothly.  

Floor Replacements can often be avoided with advanced floor drying technology

3/1/2018 (Permalink)

Advanced Technology and technicians can often times save a floor

The kitchen lights turn on as you rub the sleep out of your eyes and stumble towards the coffee maker.  Two steps in you realize the smooth wooden floor you’ve walked across every morning for the last two years now feels different.

The smooth, dry floor you are accustomed to is now a cupped bundle of lumber that feels like it’s been soaked in the bathtub.  You quickly realize that the dishwasher you turned on as you went to bed the night before has been leaking water all over the kitchen.

The wood has begun to swell and buckle and your plans for a quiet Saturday morning reading the paper quickly turns into a call to SERVPRO for help.

For a lot of companies replacing a floor is the first choice to repair.  It seems like the quickest way in the moment, but there are weeks ahead of a compromised kitchen as replacement flooring is order.  

There is a better choice though!  With skilled technicians and the latest in drying technology, SERVPRO can oftentimes dry the wood floor in place using a complex system of Dehumidifying Mats places on the floor and hooked up to a labyrinth of air hoses.

If you find yourself in this situation give SERVPRO a call, go ahead and make that coffee, we’ll be there soon to help get your life back to normal.

What's the deal with that Bathroom Fan?

3/1/2018 (Permalink)

Keep your Fan Clean for a Happy Home

Bathroom fans are a unique part of your home’s overall health.  Oh sure, “getting that smell out” is one of the obvious benefits of the fan but it provides more than a clean smelling bathroom.

  • Did you know that a bathroom fan that’s used one hour a day will exhaust over 2,000,000 cubic feet of air a year, or the equivalent of the air inside 1,000 homes?

    The moist air that is created when you take a shower or bath can combine with spores and all kinds of organic materials that are brought from the outside into your home.  This can increase the occurrence of microbial growth , which has shown to cause several health conditions.

    Exhausting this moist are from the structure helps keep moisture levels low.  To be efficient , though, the vent on the fan should be cleaned and inspected on a regular basis to allow for proper air flow.

    Turn the fan off at the switch or circuit breaker before removing the vent cover.

    Remove the cover by pulling down until the cover is several inches from the ceiling.
  • Press the spring loaded wire clips, found on two sides of the cover, together then remove the clips from the slots in the fan housing.
  • Use a vacuum to clean the vent of lint and debris.

    Use an extension attachment to vacuum out the cavity of the fan.
  • The last step is simply replacing the vent cover and testing it out with a flip of a switch!

Sometimes your Kitchen just needs to Vent

3/1/2018 (Permalink)

Vent On = Bad Odors and Moisture Out

We’ve all been there, it seemed like a good idea to cook the bacon on High heat but that Text from a friend or the person that distracted us from our stove was enough to make it happen.

“It” is that smell that enters your nostrils that makes your hard race as you run to the stove and turn down the heat.  As you fan smoke away from the pan you realize you’re spreading this smoke into other parts of the kitchen.  You reach for the fan and turn it on for the first time in a while.  

Cranking the knob up to high you look over at the smoke detector and the race is on.

“Will the fan suck up the smoke before it gets to the smoke detector and informs everyone in the house you’ve just burned the bacon?”

The Kitchen Fan is mostly a Reactive function in the kitchen.  It rarely gets turned on until smoke comes out of a pan or that pot of water starts to fog up the room.  

The perfect time to turn on the fan is actually Before you turn on the stove and start cooking.  The main purpose of the fan is to eliminate heat and odors from the cooking that you’re doing.  The moisture and odors tend to stick to the walls of your kitchen.

The odors and moisture builds up and can turn your kitchen area into a feeding ground for microbial growth.  

How do you reduce the chance for moisture and odor issues in your kitchen? Be proactive and turn the Fan on every time you turn the stove on.


If you ever do run into issues in your Home or Commercial building reach out to SERVPRO and we’ll come out and take care of you.

Commercial Cleaning for the Health of your Office Building

3/1/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning of hi traffic surfaces for the Health of your Office Building

Sitting in the waiting room at her Architect’s office, Jessica grabbed a magazine that was sitting on a table.  She read an article  the importance of cleaning “high traffic hard surfaces”  in commercial buildings.  The article showed several examples of hard surfaces that are commonly overlooked when commercial spaces are casually cleaned.

Door Knobs, Light Switches, Countertops, Equipment Controls, Chairs, Tables……….the list went on.

Jessica squirmed a little as she looked around the waiting area and imagined all of the people that had come before her who sat in her very seat.  “You can’t avoid germs altogether” she thought to herself, but still she wondered what steps an office took to make sure an acceptable level of cleanliness was maintained.

About that time David, one of the Firm’s Partners, came around the corner to great Jessica.  She asked David how his company kept the office clean as it looked like it was well maintained.

“Well, we really don’t have a regular cleaning company that comes in, we all just pitch in and Pam at the front desk handles everything out front.  We do, however, hire SERVPRO once a month to come in and do a deep clean of high traffic areas”.

Jessica nodded and smiled, “I think I’m going to have them help maintain this new Tenant Improvement Job you guys are working on, let’s go look at the updated plans for the project David”...

If you have a commercial space you’d like SERVPRO to come out and do a deep cleaning, feel free to contact us today!

Vehicle Remediation Services now available in Seattle

2/27/2018 (Permalink)

Vehicle Interior Water and Mold Damage

SERVPRO Central Seattle, known for Property Damage Restoration, is now offering Vehicle Remediation Services.

When damage due to Water, Mold, Smoke, or Odors occurs in your vehicle trust our skilled team to clean your vehicle.

Both Dealerships and Drivers have experienced the thorough process SERVPRO of Central Seattle performs.

Deodorizing by way of OZONE equipment is used to eliminate odors.

The vehicle is then HEPA vacuumed, wiped down on all the hard surfaces, and then antimicrobial is applied.

In the final process the vehicle is closed up in preparation of fogging.  A deodorizer is then fogged in the area. 

If you have a vehicle on your lot or in your driveway that could use deep cleaning to eliminate odors trust the experts at SERVPRO of Central Seattle

New Cleaning Technology for SERVPRO of Central Seattle Customers

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

State of the art Soft Goods Cleaning Technology

When property damage occurs the initial focus is often on the larger pieces of someone’s life that was affected.  A roof, the kitchen floor, or the finished basement that needs to be repaired if the main focus of most involved.

When the dust of emotions and initial response settles the less noticeable pieces to someone’s life or business then presents itself.  The focus then moves to the “little things” in life that bring far more value than a dollar amount.

The blanket that your Aunt made.  The stuffed animal that your daughter won at the State Fair when she was 8.  Even those pair of shoes you bring out for special occasions, the ones they don’t even make anymore.  These are all items that sure, you could say are worth $9 for a stuffed animal, but honestly is there really an amount of money that can reimburse you for your emotional attachment?

At SERVPRO of Kent we had seen several customers that went through the painful process of “being reimbursed” for their contents throughout the years.  We wondered if there was something we could do to improve the level of services that we were providing.  There was a definite need based on the feedback we had received.

In June SERVPRO of Central Seattle made the decision to invest in the Equipment and Training needed to provide state of the art soft contents cleaning in house.  SERVPRO of Central Seattle is now using the Industry leading Esporta System to clean soft goods contents to Food Grade levels.  This has resulted in less items thrown away, lower claims costs, and a better experience for our customers.

The cleaning technology we now have in house is capable of cleaning a variety of soft goods:

– winter boots

– hiking boots

– leather slippers

– suede coats

– leather coats

– suede handbags

– leather handbags

– suede or leather hats

– stuffed animals or dolls

– throw or bed pillows

– bedding

– curtains or drapes


If you would like to learn more about the technology and process SERVPRO of Central Seattle uses on soft goods cleaning please contact us today at 206-282-9500

Seattle Area Building Boom Necessitating Pre Planning for Emergencies

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

Seattle Area Construction boom is causing a need for Solid Planning

2017 was a big year for Residential and Commercial construction and there doesn't seem to be an end in sight!

Downtown Seattle alone experienced an additional 5,700 homes, almost 4 million square feet of office space, and 600+ hotel rooms.

Though these numbers are staggering, they are expected to rise by the time 2020 comes around.  In 2020 planners expect more than 17,000 homes to be built!

With the new square footage comes the challenges of making sure your Property Damage Emergency Services are pre planned Before an incident occurs.

SERVPRO of Central Seattle works with Contractors, Building Owners, and Property Management Companies to set up Emergency Ready Plans.

This No Cost program gathers all of your important site/building information and makes it easily accessible if an event occurs.

This information is in physical form but is also available via Online (as well as our Free App) for your entire Team to access.  This information can be transferred from the General Contractor to the Property Management Team as the structures are commissioned.

If you would like more information on what an Emergency Ready Program would look like for your building or project, please contact us at 206-282-9500

Summertime Water Conservation Tips

7/5/2017 (Permalink)

Keep your plants happy and your water bill low with a few simple points.

With summer now in full swing, it's time to consider how to keep your lawn and garden it tip top shape while also considering how to keep your water bill down. Here are a few tips from Popular Mechanics on how (http://www.popularmechanics.com/home/lawn-garden/how-to/g559/9-water-conserving-tips-for-summer-gardening/):

  • Don't over water - a good rule of thumb is that a lawn needs 1 inch of water a week and perennial plants and shrubs will need from 1 inch to 2 inches a week. When in doubt, keep the plant's soil lightly moist and see how it responds. Over-watering is just as bad as under-watering; it leads to root rot and soil compaction that robs the roots of air.
  • Water in the morning - If you water while it's (relatively) cool outside, water can soak in before it evaporates on the surface. And if you do it in the morning, that helps the plant to take up the water during the day. 
  • Don't waste water - Don't soak the plant's foliage; it does little good. If you see water puddling or running off, stop; let the water soak in before resuming. Likewise, water that runs off your lawn or off the top of a flower bed onto paved surfaces does no good. The same applies to running lawn sprinklers: Water your lawn, not the side of your house or the driveway.

Mold - Things You Need to Know

4/17/2017 (Permalink)

Control moisture and reduce your odds of mold - SERVPRO of Central Seattle can help!
  • There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment; the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture.
  • If mold is a problem in your home or school, you must clean up the mold and eliminate sources of moisture.
  • Reduce indoor humidity (to 30-60%) to decrease mold growth by:
    • Venting bathrooms, dryers and other moisture-generating sources to the outside
    • Using air conditioners and de-humidifiers
    • Increasing ventilation
    • Using exhaust fans whenever cooking, dishwashing and cleaning
  • Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any substance, providing moisture is present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, and foods.

For more, see this great page by the Environmental Protection Agency:

https://www.epa.gov/mold/ten-things-you-should-know-about-mold 

Central Seattle Rains Bringing Storm Damage Pains? SERVPRO is Here to Help!

2/10/2017 (Permalink)

Don't let the weather get you down - SERVPRO of Central Seattle is ready!

The unpredictable weather of the last several weeks has brought about an incredible amount of inconveniences and headaches for many Central Seattle home owners and property managers alike.


The recent bouts of cold temperatures and snow, milder temperature and rain, and sporadic gusts have tested many of the neighborhoods and systems around the city, including backing up King County's West Point Treatment Plant to its maximum intake capacity and forcing the facility to temporarily bypass the excess into the Puget Sound.


Always Ready to Help


Because we are locally owned, we are ready and capable to respond at a moments notice. With 1650 franchises operating nationwide, SERVPRO of Central Seattle has access to equipment required to handle any issues a storm or flooding may bring.


Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today - (206)282-9500


 

10 Tips to Make 2017 Your Best Year Yet

1/25/2017 (Permalink)

2017 is now in full swing and with January now having come and gone, has the start of your new year gone the way you had planned? Whether things are going exactly according to plan or if your path has been skewed by particular obstacles, here are 10 ideas that will help you along provided by Richard Branson, founder and CEO of Virgin Group, courtesy of BBC News.

 

  • Follow your dreams and just do it
  • Make a positive difference and do some good
  • Believe in your ideas and be the best
  • Have fun and look after your team
  • Don't give up
  • Make lots of lists and keep setting yourself new challenges
  • Spend time with your family and learn to delegate
  • Try turning off the TV and get out there and do things
  • When people say bad things about you, just prove them wrong
  • Do what you love and have a sofa in the kitchen

 

So how will you make the rest of 2017 better?

Fire Prevention Tips for your Central Seattle Home/Property

1/23/2017 (Permalink)

A few small steps can go a long way to prevent fire incidents at your Central Seattle home/property.

"It’s always good to find out you’re going to be working from home…

Unless you’re a firefighter."

 

According to the National Fire Protection Association (http://www.nfpa.org/news-and-research/fire-statistics-and-reports/fire-statistics/fires-in-the-us), in 2015, there were 500,000+ structure fires causing $10+ billion in property damage! Structure fires were reported every 63 seconds!

Here are a few tips to prevent a fire at your Central Seattle home or property, provided by the American Red Cross (http://www.redcross.org/get-help/prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/fire/home-fire-preparedness):

 

  • Keep items that can catch on fire at least three feet away from anything that gets hot, such as space heaters.
  • Talk to children regularly about the dangers of fire, matches and lighters and keep them out of reach.
  • Turn portable heaters off when you leave the room or go to sleep.
  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home and outside every sleeping area. Also, install a carbon monoxide alarm in a central location outside each separate sleeping area.
  • Check electrical wiring in your home.
  • Avoid overloading outlets or extension cords.
  • Make sure wiring is not under rugs, attached by nails, or in high traffic areas.

 

Have you checked your home or property for fire hazards recently? Have you had conversations with your family about what you would do in a fire emergency? What is your plan if a fire impacts your home?

SERVPRO of Central Seattle specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire or smoke damage event and can help you get back on track after an incident.

 

If you have any questions about fire, smoke, or soot damage, call SERVPRO of Central Seattle - (206)282-9500

Happy New Year Central Seattle!

12/27/2016 (Permalink)

Goodbye 2016 - Hello 2017!

"I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're doing something."

-Neil Gaiman

 

On behalf of SERVPRO of Central Seattle, our team wishes all of you a safe and wonderful New Year!

Central Seattle Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

12/2/2016 (Permalink)

Be careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your home!

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Central Seattle for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Central Seattle specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (206)282-9500

Central Seattle 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

11/14/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Central Seattle provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Central Seattle

SERVPRO of Central Seattle is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - (206)282-9500

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Central Seattle has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Central Seattle

SERVPRO of Central Seattle specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Click HERE to Meet our Team

Click HERE to view our Company Profile and Certifications

 

For Immediate Service in Central Seattle, Call SERVPRO

9/27/2016 (Permalink)

Central Seattle Residents: We provide immediate service day or night!

SERVPRO of Central Seattle provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Central 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)282-9500

Residential Services

Whether your Central 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 Central 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: http://www.SERVPROcentralseattle.com/commercial-restoration-services

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

Restoring Your Central Seattle Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

9/20/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges

Flooding and water damage events at Central Seattle commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Central Seattle

SERVPRO of Central Seattle specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Meet Our Crew: http://www.SERVPROcentralseattle.com/employee-photos

Company Profile and Certifications: http://www.SERVPROcentralseattle.com/company-profile

Central Seattle Smoke and Soot Cleanup

8/29/2016 (Permalink)

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Central Seattle Home.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Central Seattle will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (206)282-9500

Faster to your Central Seattle Water Damage Event

8/15/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Central Seattle provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration services.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Central Seattle provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Central Seattle arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 - (253)838-8999

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Central Seattle

SERVPRO of Central Seattle specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

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