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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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Commercial Water Cleanup In Seattle Hotel

12/28/2019 (Permalink)

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

Safety During Commercial Water Cleanup in Seattle Hotel Lobby

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Restoring Your Central Seattle Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

8/8/2019 (Permalink)

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.

Top 5 Culprits for Commercial Roofing Leaks

3/9/2018 (Permalink)

Drains are often the cause of roofing leaks on commercial buildings

Sitting in the entryway of the Advertising firm's office in Downtown Seattle, John felt a light sprinkle hit his hand as he was checking his email.

"Maybe it was just in my mind" he said to himself as he brushed the feeling off as accident.  Then cam another drip....and another.....John looked to the ceiling to find one of the ceiling tiles with a ring of moisture.

There were strong winds and rain in the prior week but today was sunny and not a cloud in the sky.  It was obvious to John that something wasn't right so he contacted his building's maintenance manager and asked him to take a look.

The maintenance manager knew the water was coming from the roof , and that it was probably one of the 5 problems that normally cause water damages in commercial roofs.

  • DAMAGED PERIMETER FLASHING

  • OPEN ROOF PENETRATIONS

  • ROOFING MEMBRANE DAMAGE

  • AGE OF THE ROOFING SYSTEM

  • PONDING WATER OR CLOGGED DRAINAGE


Once the source was identified the work began to clean up the damaged building materials that the leak had caused.  Trying to do this while still keeping the office running meant calling SERVPRO to help mitigate the damage.

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.

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.

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.  

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

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.

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