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Should I Call a Team That Specializes in Fire Restoration After Our Everett Kitchen Fire?

6/28/2020 (Permalink)

after-effects of a kitchen fire in a home Take the time to call a certified restoration team after a fire in your kitchen. SERVPRO is on call 24/7 365 days a year.

SERVPRO Handles Fire Restoration and Debris Removal at Your Everett Home in a Reliable, Responsible Manner

The aftermath of any house fire, big or small, is mentally and emotionally draining. You have to think about the cleanup, and you might have to relocate your family temporarily during the cleanup and restoration phase. Regardless of the severity of the fire damage, we are Faster To Any Size Disaster at SERVPRO, and we are available to bring your Everett interior back to preloss condition.

Do You Take Away All Debris?

A significant part of the process of fire restoration in Everett is carefully and safely disposing of all charred materials and unsalvageable belongings. Our restorers take the time necessary to determine what requires replacement and any areas that must get addressed to remove charring or fully restore with brand-new materials. Any solid waste that is not salvageable has to get disposed of according to local guidelines. To make it easier on you, our crew can transport the following to local landfills on your behalf:

  •   Demolition debris
  •   Charred building materials
  •   Bricks and concrete
  •   Damaged electronics or appliances, and more

With most fire damage projects, controlled demolition helps us to remove all materials burned in the fire so that they can be replaced with brand-new materials. Throughout your interior, we also use sand and soda blasting methods that allow us to remove charring so that we can restore areas where possible.

Depending on the soot and smoke residue, and level of damage throughout the home, we have skilled restoration technicians to help with things like:

  •   Salvaging electronics
  •   Furniture restoration
  •   Document recovery, and more

We leave no stone unturned and take the extra time necessary to ensure everything gets fully documented. This allows us and you to have a detailed inventory of all items in the home, both for your peace of mind and our records while giving you the paperwork you need for your insurance claim.

Call us at SERVPRO of North Everett/Lake Stevens/Monroe when you need help with fire restoration. You can reach us 24/7 at (360) 243-8313.

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Are There Water Mitigation Steps I Can Take Before the Professionals Arrive at My Everett Business?

6/18/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged office space Think you know it all when it comes to water mitigation steps? Better call the pros in SERVPRO in your local Everett area for more information.

Teamwork Is Always Encouraged When SERVPRO Partners with Everett Businesses Seeking Water Mitigation--Let’s Work Together!

Everett business owners typically are persons of action, so we understand why you seek guidance for safe water mitigation strategies. When wading in while we are on the way take care to respond within your capacity, considering the following:

  • Be certain the electricity is shut off in the affected area
  • Shut off the water supply
  • Do not send anyone into the area solo--submerged debris and unseen wire, pipe, and fixtures can trip
  • Focus on tasks you and your employees can complete without the professional equipment coming, such as:
  • Carefully raising furniture and equipment on blocks
  • Removing documents to a dry, secure place elsewhere in your building
  • Collecting loose items on the floor and storing them out of the area for evaluation
  • Taping off or setting up signage to keep others out of affected areas

Is There a Checklist or Tool Businesses Can Use for Water Mitigation?

Water mitigation at your Everett commercial building always proceeds more smoothly after the cooperative creation of an Emergency READY Profile (ERP). Far in advance of any disaster, we visit your space and talk about your needs and concerns. The result of this collaboration is a concise, digitally available disaster plan individualized to your company. Space layouts, equipment and operations information, and even a list of individuals who can act on your behalf are part of the plan.

Whom Do I Call to Set Up an ERP?

Contact us through our main office number, and an experienced project manager will schedule a walkthrough. Expect transparent communication. We listen to your priorities and ideas, explaining how we typically respond to water mitigation and other disaster response tasks, so we are all on the same page.

We are eager at SERVPRO of North Everett / Lake Stevens / Monroe to build solid partnerships with other businesses in our communities. Work with us through the development of an ERP and by our side as we complete water mitigation at your site after a loss.  Call (360) 243-8313 24/7.

How Effective Are Professional Water Removal Methods for Large Commercial Losses in Everett?

6/10/2020 (Permalink)

spewing burst pipe Don't let a burst pipe stop your business from opening up. Call the professionals from SERVPRO to mitigate your water problem, work around your time.

SERVPRO Offers Scalable Water Removal Strategies When Your Everett Furniture Showroom Is Swimming After a Main Supply Line Is Cut

Workers remodeling the warehouse space adjacent to your Everett furniture distribution center inadvertently cut through a large supply pipe, flooding your commercial space with fresh water. Fortunately, the crisis happened while you were on-site, so you and your staff were able to move stock and place floor models up on blocks to minimize swelling of wooden frames and rusting of metal legs.

How Do I Get the Water Out of My Furniture Store’s Carpeting?

Your Everett showroom needs water removal immediately, before your investment of thousands of square feet of carpeting is ruined. The carpeting makes it easier for customers to imagine your furnishings in their homes, but that same carpet might need removal and disposal if professional extraction is not completed in time to avoid secondary damage like mold growth. Our technicians have considerable experience and skill in carpet water extraction, so your choice of our team is a wise one.

What Is In-Place Drying?

It is impractical to try to remove wall to wall carpeting under most circumstances, even in smaller spaces. The vast expanse of carpet in your furniture store would create a severe disruption of your business if the carpet were removed for cleaning and drying after a water loss. SERVPRO might recommend a version of in-place drying of carpeting saturated with relatively clean water for the following reasons:

  • The wet carpeting is incredibly heavy when wet
  • Detaching and moving carpeting can cause stretching and tearing
  • Handling of wet carpeting can encourage delamination (separation of fibers from the backing)
  • Your inventory would need to be removed entirely from the space

How Do Technicians Proceed When Doing In-Place Drying?

First, we make sure that your floor models are raised or rest on foil to prevent the transfer of paint, stain, or rust to the carpet. Technicians then use truck-mounted wanded extractors to control the migration of water if there are areas still dry in your store.

Extraction During In-Place Drying

Because the timeframes for avoiding secondary damage remain short, extraction has to be fast and aggressive. Specially weighted extractors exert tremendous pressure with each pass to force as much water out of the carpet fabric as possible. Technicians often add their own weight to the extractors, riding on them to remove water quickly and efficiently.

Pattern During In-Place Drying of Large Expanses

We divide the space into areas of about 10 feet square and extract the fluid out of these smaller areas. Periodically we stop to check the pad, rolling and squeezing a section to see if water still flows. Only when no water squeezes out of the pad is that section considered dried. Multiple weighted extractors might be required as it takes about 1 hour to extract 300 square feet.

Final Drying

Our drying specialists calculate how many air movers and dehumidifiers are needed to reduce the moisture to normal levels. In general, one air mover can dry 50 to 60 square feet effectively, so we position as many as indicated as well as adequate numbers of dehumidifiers.

Is There an Alternative to In-Place Drying?

We might determine that rolling back the carpet and removing the pad is more appropriate. Padding is relatively inexpensive to replace, and it holds a lot of water. Instead of moving the carpet out, tenting or venting it with extenders attached to air movers can speed drying. Sometimes we refer to “floating” a carpet, where we raise portions, and direct warm air underneath to dry the wet fibers before mold or other secondary damage takes hold.

How Does SERVPRO Manage Other Types of Flooring?

Some spaces in your showroom may feature laminate flooring over concrete or resilient tiles. Laminate materials are inexpensive and not particularly durable after water saturation. Usually, they must be removed and replaced after water damage. Solid flooring stands up well to water, removable by squeegees and wanded extractors. 

Can Hardwood Floors Survive Commercial Water Damage?

If some areas of your furniture store have strip or plank hardwood, we recommend negative pressure drying mats to suction water above and below the surface. We also consider loosening sections, propping them up, and directing warm air under and over so they dry evenly.

Investigate all the recovery options we offer business owners. SERVPRO of North Everett / Lake Stevens / Monroe is eager to develop business partnerships in our community, ready to assist when water or other disaster strikes. Call us at (360) 243-8313 for a consultation after a plumbing mishap or other water loss.

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How do I rebuild after a flood in Everett?

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

flooding in home Rebuilding a property can be a time-consuming process.

Flood Damage recovery and restoration are available to residents in Everett within four hours of notification of loss with SERVPRO

Can floods cause structural damage?

In the US, floods cause billions of dollars worth in damages every year. As little as two inches of rushing water has the strength to uproot trees, flip vehicles, and burst through doors. A flash flood can harm an Everett property by damaging doorways and windows and sending debris against the mortar. Once inside a property, external and internal standing water can exert significant pound for pound pressure against jointing, walls, and floors. In a worst-case scenario, floods can cause some or part of your home to collapse. Equally, performing restoration without the experience of structural risks in a flooded property can be dangerous for both the structure and yourself.

How do I repair structural damage in a flooded property?

    •    Scope the property for any safety issues and shutoff mains electricity as well as gas
    •    Extract water from the property using submersible pumps and water extraction equipment
    •    Clean and disinfect the property thoroughly, then remove any non-salvageable materials
    •    Create a sound drying strategy to eliminate residual moisture
    •    Perform structural repair and reinstallation of any non-salvageable material

Do I need to use a general contractor as well as a restorer for flood recovery?

Restorers mitigate loss after a flood, preparing your property for repair by making it safe, secure, and sanitary. Depending on your restorer, you may need to enlist a general contractor separately to perform rebuilding and remodeling work. Third-parties are also useful if you need specialist repair to plumbing or electricity. SERVPRO has in-house technicians with qualifications in general construction (OSHA), so you only have to deal with one point of contact from start to finish.

Rebuilding a property can be a time-consuming process. Contact SERVPRO of North Everett / Lake Stevens / Monroe at (360) 243-8313.

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SERVPRO Supports for Everett Stores and Businesses

5/24/2020 (Permalink)

yellow gloved hand wiping a blue wall with a pink rag SERVPRO cleans and disinfects following the guidance of the CDC.

Commercial-level cleaning services can support essential businesses by helping to protect employees and customers. SERVPRO of North Everett, Lake Stevens, and Monroe technicians stand ready to assist.

Considering Professional Cleaning?

SERVPRO can help business owners develop a plan for SERVPRO to help train and even work with in-house employees. SERVPRO is able to perform contract cleaning at locations, usually after-hours.  Our technicians use hospital-grade cleaning products in Everett to help ensure that your location can maintain a high standard of sanitation with minimal disruptions for your business.

Tips to Keep Shoppers Safe:

  • Set aside time in the mornings for seniors to shop. The most vulnerable members of the community may have more difficulty getting the groceries they need. 
  • Practice social distancing. Consider limiting the number of shoppers in stores at one time to make it easier to stink to social distancing guidelines. 
  • Encourage shoppers to sanitize. Consider implementing additional hand sanitizing stations around the store for customers and keep touchpoints at these stations clean. 

For more ideas, or to discuss your needs, contact us, we’re SERVPRO of North Everett / Lake Stevens / Monroe and we can maximize your property's safety. Our phone number is (360) 243-8313.

DISCLAIMER: Advice from the medical and scientific community regarding how to deal with the coronavirus is based on present knowledge, which is subject to change as the situation continues to develop. There can be no assurance that disinfectants alone will be adequate to fully eliminate the virus. We are not physicians or infectious disease professionals. Consult your medical professionals for individual medical advice.

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 Everett, 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 North Everett / Lake Stevens / Monroe today at (360) 243-8313 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.

How Did My Roof Get Damaged During the Storm?

5/13/2020 (Permalink)

mold growth Does your Everett building have mold growth from after the storm? Call SERVPRO to mitigate your problem.

Real-Time Solutions to Damaged Everett Structures is a Cornerstone of SERVPRO Services

With the level of destructive storms that can reach this area of Everett and Greater Seattle, our restoration team must remain diligent in responding to these emergencies as they happen. The sooner that our professionals can reach a storm/flood-damaged home, the less likely irreparable damages are overwhelming. Structural damages are among the most consistent concerns after a fierce weather event, and the roof is often the most vulnerable of these areas.

Identifying and resolving storm flood damage in Everett homes is more than just extracting water and drying up saturated materials. In many cases, the solution to flood losses involves the repair of many compromised structural elements that lost the battle to nature’s forces. Roof damage is a common threat, as many scenarios can lead to a damaged roof, including trees falling, hailstorms, gale-force winds, and even prolonged torrential rains.

How Destructive Are Roof Damages to a Home? 

Roof damages provide direct access for water damage and other threats to penetrate the house. A structural compromise of this nature can lead to multiple challenging obstacles for our responding restoration professionals. Understanding how problematic structural breaches are can encourage securing skilled and experienced restorers like our SERVPRO team to help. Penetrating water or vulnerable points in the roof can lead to:

  • Flooding – Flooding and water penetration are among the most direct and threatening circumstances that can exist when parts of a roof collapse or vulnerabilities exist. Direct runoff, wind-driven rain, and other circumstances can all leave the living space beneath the roof worse for wear. 
  • Structural Openings – Physical openings and breaches in the defenses of your home are not just problematic for allowing precipitation into the property. Animals and insects can find their way easily into your house in search of food after a hard storm, primarily if you have not adequately addressed substantial openings in the property.
  • Spreading Damages - Once the water begins to penetrate openings in the roof, the saturation of these materials can continue to spread. Within a short time, the joists and underlayment of the roof around the penetration point have weakened and allowed a more substantial flow of intruding water. 

Who Can Take Care of Fallen Trees that Damage My Roof? 

Falling trees are more of an everyday staple to fierce storms than many area residents might have initially believed. With so many trees on the properties throughout the area, a single instance of lightning striking or a tree becoming overwhelmed by fierce rain and wind can be enough to cripple the roof of your home if it falls towards the house.

  • Removing a Tree – Our professionals can cut up and remove entire trees that are still laying in the remnants of a structure. This service allows our contractors room to work on other necessary emergency services.
  • Boarding up Structural Openings – When siding gets removed, or holes get made in the sides of your home from a falling tree, this can welcome several threatening conditions. We can take plywood and other materials and seal off these breaches until it can get adequately repaired.
  • Roof Tarping – With holes or collapsed portions of a roof due to trees or limbs, tarping can keep the attic and lower levels drier. While some exposure might have already taken place, tarping prevents continual flooding scenarios.

Is My Attic Space Flooded? 

If you are not using the attic as living space, it is feasible that you might not ever go up in this storage space. This lack of traffic can make identifying flood damage and roof leaks a challenge. Here are some of the signs that your attic might have substantial water damages:

  • Spotting – Spotting is the earliest stage of microbial and mold growth, meaning that colonization has occurred. Spotting is often a sign that more substantial mold and moisture damage has already occurred in the areas above the ceiling.
  • Staining – Water staining is a good indicator of a persistent roof leak that has inevitably affected the living space beneath the attic. Often this presents as yellowing on tiles.
  • Sagging – When materials like insulation and drywall get saturated by migrating floodwater, they begin to bloat and sag. 

Can SERVPRO Repair My Damaged Roof Completely? 

With a team of in-house licensed contractors, we can offer full reconstruction options for your home. Our technicians can work to prepare the area for repairs with efficient controlled demolition. We can transition from mitigation right to build back to complete jobs in a timely fashion. General Contractor License #: SERVPES871RD

After a storm loss, it can be challenging for homeowners to get the processes started to restore and recover their damaged homes. From falling trees to flash flooding, our SERVPRO of North Everett / Lake Stevens / Monroe team offers a full-service approach to meet your needs and to strive to exceed your expectations. Give us a call today at (360) 243-8313.

How Can I Dry Out My Warehouse After a Flood in Everett?

5/10/2020 (Permalink)

flooded warehouse When warehouse flood damage occurs, make sure to contact SERVPRO to mitigate the sustained damage.

SERVPRO Can Implement Specialized Extraction and Drying Techniques to Remove Moisture from your Warehouse in Everett

One day you might walk into your warehouse to begin work after a thunderstorm struck the area the night before and find a large amount of standing water on your concrete floors. To help you get back to business right away, our SERVPRO team can use a sump pump to remove liquids that are deeper than two inches. We can then use a squeegee to push any other water that is on your warehouse's hard surface floors into a drain or mop it up.

 What is the next step after you extract and remove all of the water?

The next step in flood damage restoration in Everett is to set up drying equipment that can remove moisture from your atmosphere and wet building materials and contents. We can place a combination of air movers and dehumidifiers to help speed up the natural drying and evaporation process. Air movers push air in a counterclockwise motion that allows moisture to evaporate from your wet structural components and warehouse inventory. Dehumidifiers then remove water from the air.

How do dehumidifiers work?

  • Refrigerant Dehumidifiers: This type of machine contains a cold metal coil that causes condensation when it touches wet air and pulls the moisture out of it while exhausting warm dry air that gets used in the air circulation created by the fans.
  • Low Grain Refrigerant (LGR) Dehumidifiers: An LGR works the same way as a refrigerant system, but an LGR cools the air before it hits the evaporator coil.
  • Desiccant Dehumidifiers: These machines pull wet air past a rotor with silica gel that attracts H2O molecules.

Which system will work best for my warehouse?

  • We use refrigerant dehumidifiers as a first step when humidity levels are high.
  • We can then use desiccant dehumidifiers when your structural components, such as your warehouse's concrete floors are still wet.

When a flood devastates your business's warehouse in Cavalero or Machias, call SERVPRO of North Everett / Lake Stevens / Monroes at (360) 243-8313.

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Is There a Science Behind Everett Fire Damage Odors and Their Elimination?

4/23/2020 (Permalink)

Art; Woman covering nose from smelly odor Homeowners have to deal with many things which may include fire damage and pesky odors left behind. Contact SERVPRO right away.

SERVPRO Teams Understand The Many Ways Fire Can Cause Damages, Helping You Mount an Appropriate Response

Superficially, odor elimination following fire damage appears to be a simple process without much science behind it. In actuality, removing unwanted fire-related smells from your home is a more complicated process.   

There is a science behind Everett fire damage smells. The strength and persistence of an odor depend on various factors. The temperature of the fire, its duration, the concentration of the residues it produces, and the porousness of materials in your home all contribute to how strong and persistent an associated smell is. 

The hotter a blaze burns, the more the space between materials’ particles expands. A longer, hotter fire allows more odor particles into materials, especially those that are more porous, and enables them to penetrate these objects more deeply. Once the flames die out, and the air cools, these odor atoms become trapped in household items and structural elements. Later, weeks or even months after a fire, high temperatures and humidity can vaporize these bits and make unwanted smells reappear.

Effectively dealing with these bad smells in your Everett home requires a scientific plan of action. Such a plan often involves both odor removal and odor control. First, when following such a plan, SERVPRO removes malodorous structural elements and debris. Their technicians then work to clean away odor-producing residues from ceilings, walls, and household objects. After workers have removed smell-causing items and fire remnants, they move on to controlling odors emanating from things they cannot easily remove.

SERVPRO professionals in Everett use many different methods to control odors. One is they try to counteract smelly particles on surfaces. They do this by trying to recreate the technique of odor penetration and eliminating, or masking smells via the same medium particles were initially deposited. So, if these atoms were originally deposited by way of smoke, SERVPRO technicians use foggers to “smoke” them out. Another way workers try to control bad smells is by sealing them into affected materials. This is done either by painting the objects in question or via another means.

Whenever fire damage and related odor issues affect your home, you need professional assistance. Doing the job right takes the right expertise and tools. If ever faced with such a situation, contact SERVPRO of North Everett / Lake Stevens / Monroe at (360) 243-8313.            

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How Do I Limit Reconstruction After Flooding in Everett? 

4/19/2020 (Permalink)

flooding in home Give our SERVPRO of North Everett / Lake Stevens / Monroe team a call 24/7 at (360) 243-8313.

Our SERVPRO Professionals Work with Efficient Tools and Practices to Protect Your Everett Home and Its Contents from Irreparable Damage

While we might have the skilled professionals on our roster to help with full-scale reconstruction and remodeling as necessary, this is a situation that we seek to avoid as much as possible. Our SERVPRO technicians focus our efforts first and foremost on reducing the need for tear-out and reconstruction whenever possible. After flood losses, this can be a challenge.

Despite how widespread and severe flood damage in Everett homes might initially appear, we can manage these scenarios by breaking the conditions into various mitigation tasks. Each of the processes that encompass the mitigation phase involves a different approach to save customers time and money on the recovery effort their home needs. Much like every other kind of loss, the restoration of a flood involves a blend of our cutting-edge equipment and experienced professionals.

Who Does Flood Debris Removal?
Flood debris can be a substantial threat in your home, especially if contamination is a concern. Getting our team started on clearing out debris and sediment from the affected areas of your house can reduce the concentration of harmful contaminants when applicable, but also set the stage for more efficient cleaning, drying, and resurfacing. The earliest stages in the recovery of your home typically fall into three specific categories:

Muck Out
Flood debris often consists of mud, silt, and many other solids. While this might make efforts like extraction potentially challenging on their own, it also amplifies a need for muck-out debris removal. The presence of potentially contaminated mud and debris can be a hazard to those exposed, making it one of the priorities of our responding SERVPRO technicians.

Controlled Demolition
Minimizing the reconstruction that your home might need after a flood does not mean that no materials might need discarding. Choices about the conditions of exposed materials is a vital service that can showcase the portions of a structural surface damaged and requiring reinstallation. By leaving unaffected materials where they have gotten installed, we can minimize the time for reconstruction later.

Damage Assessment
Before much of the work begins in your home, our project manager and crew chief work with the customer to determine the extent of the damage in the property. Proper evaluations can help to identify problem areas quickly to make better immediate choices about controlled demolition or drying to reduce a later need for reconstruction.

When Does Extraction Begin?
Extraction is often one of the emergency services that our team provides. Standing water, especially after a flood, can be a significant hazard to the occupants of a house. From electric shock hazards to structural degradation, removing surface water can do more to protect your property and help other mitigation activities begin as soon as possible. Extraction can use any of several removal tools in our inventory but often fall into one of three primary categories.

Submersible Pumps
Electric and gas-powered submersible pumps can be vital tools in flood recovery for your house. Clean water flood scenarios can benefit from electric pumps, as they have a longer discharge line and provide a continuously quiet operation. Gas-powered trash pumps must get used when solids are present in the standing water because these units typically have an intake and discharge hose that is at least twice as large as their electric counterparts.

Wet Vacuums
Submersible pumps can only address surface water to a certain extent. Once standing water drops to two inches in depth or less, these pumps lose prime, and wet vacuums are a suitable replacement. A continual suction can remove any lingering water on the surface quickly.

Attachments for pumps and vacuums can allow for greater versatility in water removal after a flood, especially with clean water flooding that might result from roof breaches. With attachments like carpet wands or squeegee wands, we can remove surface water and much of the saturated water in hard and soft flooring materials.

Can Decontamination and Cleaning Prevent Reconstruction?
After drying has occurred following an extraction, it is necessary to look at what surfaces can get cleaned. Much of the controlled demolition choices have already gotten made at this point, so much of the decontamination and disinfection that might occur in these stages prevents further reconstruction needs.

Allowing the excessive spread and presence of bacteria, viral pathogens, or hazardous microbes can be a threat to the occupants of your home. Properly addressing these concerns is part of the restoration process and recovery effort for your property after a flood loss. Our SERVPRO professionals can utilize potent cleaning products like chlorines and antibacterial chemicals on now-exposed surfaces like wood framing or subflooring.

Flooding can be a destructive force that can often lead to a need for demolition and build back. Reducing a need for widespread replacement involves extraction, drying, and cleaning happening quickly after flooding occurs. Give our SERVPRO of North Everett / Lake Stevens / Monroe team a call 24/7 at (360) 243-8313.

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