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What are Signs of Mold Damage in Central Seattle Properties?

9/12/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Techs Assist Seattle Property Owners with Mold Damage Inspection and Remediation Services

Many people assume that due to the colder winter temperatures in the Central Seattle area, that mold infestations are not an issue during those months. However, this type of structural threat is something property owners should be on the lookout for throughout the year. Fortunately, there are many small signs that mold is growing within a home or business that can result in mold damage.

Seattle residents, be aware of mold damage in your homes. SERVPRO has some tips for identifying a potential need for mold remediation. 

Mold is Often Found Around Water Leaks

Whenever there is an issue with water damage in a home or business, particularly if it was a slow leak situation, a mold infestation may also be present. Just because it is cold outside, the interior of a home is usually kept at ideal temperatures to sustain mold growth. Combined with the constant moisture from a slow leak, a very hospitable environment gets created, and suddenly, mold damage appears. SERVPRO IICRC-certified technicians have the equipment to allow them to see collections of moisture behind walls that can indicate the presence of mold. Mold can grow between the walls, under floors, and behind wallpaper for a long period before the foul odor that never leaves gets noticed. During a mold inspection, the techs may drill tiny holes to confirm through visuals that the colonies are present. This action minimizes the repairs needed post-mold damage remediation. 

Condensation Collecting on Windows and Pipes

When the windows fog up frequently, poor ventilation can be the culprit. This level of air moisture can create a breeding ground for mold damage. One of the biggest issues for this happening, particularly in the bathroom, is a malfunctioning exhaust fan not properly venting the moisture out of the room after a hot bath or shower. Check indoor galvanized pipes for signs of rust, as over time, prolonged exposure to water can make the zinc coating rust, which can be an indicator of mold damage in the vicinity.

Another area in the home that can get affected by poor ventilation is a damp, humid basement. The cooler air in a basement leads to more condensation buildup, which can create the need for mold damage mitigation quickly. Once the spores germinate, they spread rapidly across surfaces and look for consumables such as wood, paper, and sheetrock is a favorite to establish colonies upon. This mold damage may require a controlled demolition.

Be On the Lookout for Water Stains

Property owners should regularly look around their homes, including closets, attics, basements, or crawlspaces, for water stains. This can be a problem with a leak or ground central for mold damage in the home.

SERVPRO can help local property owners through their detailed mold inspections and mold damage remediation process, which can include deep cleaning the ductwork in the home. The techs carefully dry and remove the colonies and identify the reason for the infestation, helping homeowners not have to deal with this issue again.

The local Central Seattle community trusts SERVPRO of Central Seattle at (206) 282-9500 for mold damage mitigation to their property and contents. Our trained technicians are available 24/7 for any size restoration job.

Why Hiring Pros for Seattle Flood Damage is Smart

7/17/2022 (Permalink)

a flooded laundry room with water covering the floor Flood damage in your home needs to be dealt with quickly. Contact SERVPRO 24/7 for professional water removal and remediation services.

SERVPRO’s Flood Damage Assistance Restores Seattle Properties Fast

Flooding, contamination, and damage to your home and property – are all things that no Seattle homeowner wants to experience. However, the weather can be unpredictable when storms roll in, leaving you with floodwater that rushes into your living space. How you act significantly affects the time it takes to restore your property to pre-flood condition. This is why SERVPRO makes our disaster response teams available 24/7 to assist area residents and businesses whenever powerful flooding takes hold.

Why not handle flood damage in Seattle alone? Because many inherent risks come from flooding at all levels. Water mitigation efforts must begin fast before contaminated water seeps into nooks and crannies to cause secondary damage and mold growth. You also must be careful about damage to your structural elements that could lead to safety hazards.

SERVPRO water mitigation and cleanup

We have IICRC-certified water restoration technicians (WRT) who know how to address flooding situations.

  • We contain the flood zone using barriers 
  • We treat pooled water with antimicrobials
  • We ensure all technicians wear personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • We pull up all standing water, remove unsalvageable items and flooding debris

With any water loss event, we also follow the water’s migration to address areas where hidden moisture might lurk. All subfloor and baseboards get checked, and we may perform flood cuts in the drywall to remove and replace unsalvageable materials. This also helps to dry all spaces behind walls thoroughly.

Cleaning is crucial for flooding events, so we use powerful EPA-registered cleaning agents and disinfectants. All surfaces get the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned seal of approval and our odor control technicians (OCT) work to eliminate odors rather than mask them. Your property is left “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Central Seattle is your team for water and flood damage cleanup. Why? Because We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster – call us at (206) 282-9500 when you require assistance.

Do Mold Removal Companies Deliver Satisfactory Results?

6/17/2022 (Permalink)

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

SERVPRO Uses Several Approaches to Resolve Mold Issues in Seattle Properties

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why Skilled Mold Remediation and Cleaning Is Best in Seattle

5/9/2022 (Permalink)

heavy mold growth on wall and baseboard Mold often has telltale signs like malodors. Call SERVPRO for complete mold remediation.

Call SERVPRO’s Mold Cleanup Team for Seattle-Area Cleanups

Many Seattle homeowners go about their daily lives without realizing they regularly encounter mold. Mold spores are everywhere, including the air we breathe indoors and outside. However, having an infestation of black mold within your home can cause health effects. You need skilled technicians to handle the mold remediation process whenever you suspect mold development. SERVPRO is here to help with meticulous, careful cleaning and sanitizing techniques.

Why contact professionals for mold remediation in Seattle? 

This is a reasonable question that many people ask, especially when they see products on store shelves or online that claim to remove mold in Seattle. These are false claims, as it is impossible to eradicate mold. Instead, our IICRC-certified technicians know best practices for detailed cleaning to restore your property to safe levels.

Do I have a mold issue? How can I tell?

It may not be easy for a business or homeowner to determine if mold is present. Some people do not even realize they have a mold problem until it starts to damage building materials, contents, and even some of the structural elements of their property. Some signs to look for include:

  • Malodors that seem damp and musty.
  • Physical spotting that shows up on drywall, ceilings, and contents.
  • Dampened surfaces in areas that seem notably humid or there is a water leak from your plumbing or HVAC system.

SERVPRO has proven mold abatement methods

Our IICRC trained techs put containment barriers in place and negative air pressure to keep active mold spores from migrating into unaffected areas of your home. Surface treatment with sporicidal solutions and vacuuming helps halt mold in its tracks as we carefully pull it up without too much disruption. In some situations, we may perform controlled demolition to remove and replace any unsalvageable materials that have been impacted by mold growth.

SERVPRO of Central Seattle is the team to count on in the area when you require mold remediation services. You can contact us by dialing (206) 282-9500 or request help online.

Seattle Properties Benefit from Mold Remediation Caused by Moisture

3/7/2022 (Permalink)

blackish mold stain on a wall SERVPRO removes mold stains from Seattle area homes and helps prevent future moisture problems

SERVPRO Techs Can Assist with Mold Abatement 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 ongoing 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 address 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 home areas, particularly through 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 set up a negative air chamber to capture airborne spores and port them off-site. During the drying phase, the SERVPRO AMRT 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 are dried, the techs use manual abatement methods and hand vacuums with HEPA filtration to clean away the remaining dry matter.

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

How Can Contents Claim Assist During Seattle Water Mitigation?

2/9/2022 (Permalink)

Water Drops On Window The first step to resolving water damage is calling your local trained professionals at SERVPRO of Central Seattle.

SERVPRO Works Towards the Best Outcome After Seattle Water Damage

After a water damage incident in a Seattle property, one of the hazards is the threat of over-exposure to the moisture to currently undamaged articles in the home. When items in the house need to get moved off-site, SERVPRO has an organized solution to give property owners peace of mind. 

SERVPRO tries to limit the disruption to the home's layout during a water mitigation service in Seattle, sometimes SERVPRO needs to remove contents to protect them from harm. SERVPRO's exclusive Contents Claim Inventory Service is perfect for this task. 

How Does CCIS Work? 

The technicians use a specific software program to create the client list of articles in the Contents Claim Inventory Service database. This detailed listing allows the technicians to make an inventory of items removed from the home during the water cleanup job and:

  • Track the move
  • Use bar code technology to identify and locate articles
  • Scan and enter items if moved 

Detailed Process Benefits Clients

SERVPRO techs tag and id each box as articles are placed within and securely sealed. Another technician uses a barcode generator to print off individual barcodes that get scanned into the system for fast recall and tracking. For example, if a customer wanted a specific item from a box being stored during the mitigation service, SERVPRO techs could find that item from the description, ID, and bar code. This organized set-up allows for individual articles to get located as needed. 

Once the mitigation service completes, the techs move the items back into the home. Part of the documentation process involves a detailed description of the item's location within the house to get returned to its former place. 

When local Seattle property owners need water mitigation services, they trust the team from SERVPRO of Central Seattle at (206) 282-9500.

What Do Residents Need to Know About Smoke and Fire Damage in Their Seattle Home?

1/10/2022 (Permalink)

smoke and fire damaged red carpet and furnishings SERVPRO can provide expert fire and smoke damage cleanup and restoration for floor coverings, furnishings, and assemblies in Seatle properties

SERVPRO Has Professional Smoke and Fire Damage Technicians to Help Seattle Residents

When materials burn, they produce smoke. The type of smoke released is dependent on the material construction burning; however, they can be broadly grouped into synthetic and natural categories. Synthetic smoke is often wet or greasy and generally more challenging to clean. Many homeowners may find that household products spread wet smokes around, causing further harm to surfaces or appliances. We have a highly trained team capable of identifying different types of smoke and soot and employing the correct restoration method of each kind. We can help with things like:

  • Smoke damage
  • Odor control
  • Appliance cleaning

The impact of smoke and fire damage in your Seattle home can depend on the length of time that the fire burned and the relative temperature. Slower burning fires, which generally involve synthetic materials, can often harm your contents and building assembly. A slow-burning fire produces thicker smoke which builds up consistently on walls or ceilings. Sometimes, these smoke deposits become ingrained or bonded with the surface and require chemical action. You must enlist a professional restoration technician before applying water to any smoke stains. However, we recommend that you open windows and perform light vacuuming to assist with the departure of soot or unpleasant scents.

  • Avoid foot traffic over areas of the home near where the fire broke out. Standing on sooty carpets can compress ash or smoke residue into fibers causing permanent damage.
  • Chemical agents such as solvents are generally used to help remove wet smokes from surfaces which often respond badly to the introduction of water.
  • Clothing and other textiles can often be collected for wet and dry cleaning by SERVPRO professionals at our off-site facility.

It is important to act quickly after a fire. Contact SERVPRO of Central Seattle for smoke and fire damage at (206) 282-9500.

Does Hiring a Professional Increase or Lower Mold Damage Remediation Costs in Seattle?

9/24/2021 (Permalink)

"SERVPRO is here to help" over mold Mold spreads quickly when the conditions are right. Contact SERVPRO to investigate the cause and remediate the damage in your home.

SERVPRO Uses Resources Tactfully to Complete Black Mold Damage Repairs Cost-Effectively

Managing mold can be a costly process since it takes cleaning, removing materials, and applying chemical agents to limit future development. One might therefore wonder whether adding the cost of professional restoration is the right move, especially if the growth in your Seattle home seems minor.

Professional mold damage remediation helps Seattle homes cost-wise in the long term or even short term. For example, the visible spots on the surface may not reveal the complete picture of the mold growth in wall, ceiling, or floor spaces. Taking steps such as wiping the surfaces with chemical agents only provides temporary relief, so costs can pile up over time if the process is repeated often. SERVPRO carries out mold inspection before starting regular remediation processes.

Complete Black Mold Damage Repairs Take Various Processes, Including:

  • Controlled demolition to reach hidden areas
  • Vacuuming and air filtration to eliminate fine debris
  • Refinishing and deodorizing the house

Our SERVPRO teams have the right resources to complete each step fast and cost-effectively. For instance, when inspecting the extent of the growth, we use non-invasive approaches such as drilling small holes in suspected areas and using borescopes for inspection or using thermal cameras to trace moisture in hidden areas. Saving time and minimizing demolition reduces cost.

When cleaning the moldy materials, we have resources that facilitate effective dry cleaning, thus ensuring we do not introduce more moisture in your home. Moisture is the most significant accelerator of mold growth. 

Various Methods Help Facilitate Dry Cleaning of Moldy Areas, Including:

  • Blast cleaning with soda or dry ice pellets
  • Sanding or wire brushing
  • HEPA vacuuming

SERVPRO of Central Seattle can manage mold damage remediation at your property cost-effectively. Call us at (206) 282-9500. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

What Do Disaster Recovery Professionals Mean When They Talk About Water Mitigation in Seattle?

8/27/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician consulting with customer You can count on SERVPRO’s experienced professionals to eliminate water damage on your property. Call us today.

Comprehensive Training and Adherence to Clear Communication Protocols are Why SERVPRO Crews Carefully Explain all Restoration Phases to Seattle Residents Stressed by Unexpected Water Damage Remediation Needs.

When a burst pipe or leaky roof demands attention in Seattle, water mitigation is a term you nearly always hear, perhaps for the first time. Unfortunately, even reputable emergency services providing water damage relief might seem like “fast talkers” to a stressed-out homeowner. Avoiding the appearance of impropriety is why SERVPRO places such an emphasis on explaining:

  • The damage we observe 
  • The consequences of delaying or failing to “mitigate” the damage
  • The steps we expect to complete while arresting the harm and moving towards SERVPRO’s signature goal to make it “Like it never even happened.”

What Is Water Mitigation and Why Does SERVPRO Address It Before Other Tasks?

Simply put, water mitigation is one or more strategies to halt ongoing water damage. Because water is incredibly corrosive, prompt mitigation is essential to the ultimate resolution of a broad range of water clean up issues caused by crises like basement flooding or leaking roofs from storms. Mitigation in a water-damaged home can include:

  • Shutting off water supply lines 
  • Pack-up and removal of soaked home content
  • Use of wanded professional-grade wet vacuums to create a dry zone around the perimeter of water incursion on carpeting
  • Water removal services using submersible pumps and truck-mounted or portable extractors
  • The use of controlled demolition to release trapped water

What Follows Water Damage Mitigation in Seattle Homes?

Water mitigation moves on to remediation and water damage repairs as the moisture diminishes. Achievement of the overarching idea of “restoration” is why SERVPRO’s customers reach out initially, but grasping that mitigation is part of a more extensive process helps residents allow the phases to follow in a logical and research-based progression.

Training, honesty, and integrity, plus top-of-the-line equipment are why SERVPRO of Central Seattle makes good on its promises to return a water-damaged home to safe and sanitary conditions. Contact us at (206) 282-9500 to initiate water damage mitigation and remediation. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Does Hiring A Professional Fire Damage Restorer Inflate Costs?

9/11/2020 (Permalink)

"Contact us" Seattle, your fire damage needs SERVPRO’s tools and reliability. Give us a call today at (206) 282-9500.

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.

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

7/31/2020 (Permalink)

A man sitting on a couch with standing water in the home. No matter how the water came to find its way into your Seattle property, SERVPRO can always help.

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.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

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.

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 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.

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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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:

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration