Recent Water Damage Posts

How Crucial is Speedy Water Removal from Seattle Homes?

9/15/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician consulting with customer SERVPRO technicians know all the steps to take after water damage strikes in your home.

SERVPRO Delivers Timely yet Effective Water Removal Services

When water is introduced in unwanted areas of your Seattle home, the window of opportunity to save valuables closes rapidly. Fortunately, completing water removal in good time resolves many of the problems that develop.  However, removing water from the property is significantly harder than spilling it.

Seeking professional services for water removal from your Seattle home is an ideal way to ensure your property regains its preloss condition because they have access to the necessary restoration resources. The spilled water not only pools on surfaces but is also soaked up by various materials through direct absorption, wicking through materials, or even hygroscopic action. SERVPRO provides specialized resources that help counter moisture migration. 

The Most Useful Water Cleanup Resources Include:

  • Powerful water extraction equipment
  • Moisture estimation equipment
  • Cavity drying equipment
  • Moisture management equipment

Completing water removal in good time helps prevent or minimize mold development, rust, stains, and even bad odor from developing in the house. Completing extraction and drying in good time requires knowledge of how much moisture is in the property so that enough resources can be assigned for the task. Moisture estimation is crucial for this. Our SERVPRO technicians use penetrative and non-penetrative moisture meters and take room measurements to get a realistic estimate. 

The use of advanced equipment to fast-track water removal can also help minimize the damages done to the property during restoration processes. For instance, when our SERVPRO technicians use drying mats to remove water trapped beneath tiles or wooden floorboards, we eliminate the need to demolish those areas. 

SERVPRO of Central Seattle uses advanced resources to complete water removal eliminating traces of the incident, “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (206) 282-9500.

Why Should You Hire Professional Water Removal Service Like SERVPRO in Seattle?

7/29/2021 (Permalink)

burst pipe Water damage may happen in many ways. SERVPRO has the solution for each one. Call now for the water damage restoration needed for your home.

SERVPRO’s Premier Water Removal Service Can Prevent Long-term Damage to your Seattle Home 

It pays to hire a professional water removal service in your Seattle home following water incidences such as burst pipes or ceiling leaks. Professional water damage restoration services such as SERVPRO have the necessary equipment, trained staff, and the technical know-how to control the damage before it can cause any long-term effect. 

SERVPRO technicians prioritize water removal from your Seattle home to limit moisture exposure to the structural components. Moisture has different effects on different materials. While some porous materials such as carpet, drywall, and fiber-fill insulation can soak up the water and can be damaged severely, non-porous materials such as glass, plastic, or sheet metal do not absorb much moisture.     

What Factors Affect the Extent of Damage to Your Seattle Home During Water Cleanup?  

One of the most important factors affecting the extent of water damage to your Seattle home is the exposure time. The longer the surfaces are exposed to the water, the higher the damage. SERVPRO techs understand the importance of time during water damage restoration and aim at reducing the exposure by quickly removing the standing water from the property. SERVPRO uses state-of-the-art equipment to speed up the water removal, including-

  • Truck-mounted extractors
  • Self-priming trash pumps 
  • Electric submersible pumps

It is equally important to remove the residual moisture from the structure as well. SERVPRO techs use air movers and different types of dehumidifiers to accomplish this goal. 

Call SERVPRO of Central Seattle at (206) 282-9500; our technicians are available 24/7 to help you.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Service Do Homeowners Use for Water Emergencies?

9/24/2020 (Permalink)

wooden box dropping with a parachute Open the wooden container to allow SERVPRO technicians to mitigate the water damage from your Seattle home. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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.

Can You Repair Water Damaged Exterior Walls?

8/11/2020 (Permalink)

Outside view of brick home Didyou know that masonry can experience water damage? SERVPRO SERVPRO knows how to restore your home.

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.

How Can You Prevent Water Damage To Your Seattle Home?

7/16/2020 (Permalink)

Hands holding home Your home is in good hands with our highly trained teams at SERVPRO. Give us a call today for assistance.

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

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.

See more about Seattle, WA

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

4/25/2020 (Permalink)

A house with flood water We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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.

For more about Seattle click here.

Refrigerator in Seattle Kitchen Causes Need for Water Removal

3/4/2020 (Permalink)

Refrigerator leaking water We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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."

Want to see more about Seattle?

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. 

Click here to learn more about Seattle.

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. 

More about Seattle.

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

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

1/2" copper pipes and couplings--plumbing Leaks and Water Damage--Any Ordinary Occurance in Seattle-With Extraordinary Restoration by SERVPRO

Isolating Water Damage Can Restore Seattle Apartments Faster

Concentrated efforts pinpoint 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.

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.

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.

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

 

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.