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Water Cleanup Inside Your Everett Home

4/3/2020 (Permalink)

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Conducting Water Cleanup Inside Your Everett House's Utility Closet

The utility closet inside your Everett home is a place where appliances such as your water heater and your furnace are often stored. These appliances contain plumbing that runs in and out of the closet. If one of the pipes develops a leak or a tank breaks on your heater, conducting water cleanup could become essential when liquid starts accumulating.

Water cleanup in your Everett house can also involve dealing with wet contents and building materials away from the source. Since liquid follows the least resistant path, it will first head down due to gravity and then flow to other rooms outside your utility closet. The moisture can also flow into the cavity beneath your floors.

Stopping The Flow From Its Source
Before our SERVPRO technicians begin any remediation efforts, we must stop water from flowing into your closet and the rest of your building. First, we can shut off the water flowing into your utility closet if there is a valve nearby or shut off the main valve to your house. Once the flow is discontinued, we can then further assess the situation and determine how far away from the source the moisture traveled.

Inspecting For Moisture
When you suffer from an appliance malfunction or a plumbing failure, some of the items affected can be obvious. For example, wet linoleum floors or tiles can start to peel up or delaminate,e and tiles can become dislodged. Other damage, however, can be less noticeable, but may still cause you problems if mitigation does not occur promptly.

The following instruments can help our SERVPRO crew determine how wet items inside your utility closet got and how far outside the source the H2O traveled.

    •    Handheld carpet sensors can tell us whether your carpets near your closet got wet or not.
    •    Non-penetrating moisture meters can detect moisture without having to hammer a probe into the material, and they can be used to figure out how far away from the source issues are present.
    •    Penetrating moisture sensors can be used to test the drywall in your utility closet, the wooden studs, and your subfloors.

A leak inside your utility closet can quickly become catastrophic, and it is an incident that can be handled professionally by calling SERVPRO of North Everett / Lake Stevens / Monroe at (360) 243-8313 24/7. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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How Fast Can an Everett Business with Commercial Water Damage Reopen?

3/16/2020 (Permalink)

Office with water We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

SERVPRO’s Swift Action Will Get Your Business Back Up And Running In No Time

For a business that relies on seasonal business as the majority of its income, a commercial water damage event that closes the doors for the cleanup can be devastating. One of the most common questions business owners have when they need restoration services is, "How fast can we reopen?"

A great example of a company needing fast mitigation happened when commercial water damage hit an Everett accounting office that provided tax preparation services, and it was tax season. The owner counted on this time of year as a large part of the revenue for the business and wanted as little downtime as possible.

Rapid Response Restoration Services

SERVPRO techs arrive quickly on-site and begin the removal of items from the loss area, whenever possible they place larger furnishings such as conference tables and desks up on blocks for drying and limit the disruption to the office. Tax forms and other essential papers get moved to another location in the office outside the loss area, so the exposure to excessive moisture did not damage them. Fortunately, the cleanup efforts began rapidly enough that water did not wick into the sheetrock, and there was no other loss to the business other than the carpet.

Water Extraction Issues 

During the water extraction, SERVPRO techs detected evidence of the delamination of the glue-down carpeting, which required removal. Due to the age and condition of the carpet, it needed disposal with the approval of the business owner. While the techs finished water removal, the owner made arrangements with the techs for the installation of a new carpet as soon as the cleanup efforts completed.

Restoration and Rebuilding All in One

With their general contractor license #SERVPES871RD, the techs can move straight into repairs and reconstruction as needed once the property dries and gets prepped through thorough hand-cleaning. Whenever there is a water loss that occurs in a property, during rebuilding, the techs take special care to ensure proactive mold preventatives happen as well as any odor treatments to be sure there are no musty water odors left behind. 

SERVPRO of North Everett / Lake Stevens / Monroe at (360) 243-8313 works hard to limit downtime for restoration from commercial water damage and make the loss, "Like it never even happened."

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Fire Damage Incidents In Everett

3/6/2020 (Permalink)

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Professional Assistance Eases the Consequences of Fire Damage Incidents in Everett

Dealing with fire incidents is not something to look forward to. When it happens, the best actions to take after calling the fire department is to seek help from a professional restoration team because such a team has the skills and equipment to address all problems that are collectively referred to as fire damage.

Each fire damage incident in Everett is unique. However, some aspects are common in almost all loss situations. That they are common does not mean they are easy to address. They include:

    •    Aggregated Debris
    •    Moisture issues
    •    Noxious fumes and aerosols in the air
    •    Discolored surfaces

Fire affects all types of materials, including organic ones such as wood. It also affects inorganic materials such as plastic, glass, and even metals. In the aftermath of the fire, all the affected materials create piles of debris, which need removal from the property during restoration. Handling the debris can be dangerous because of the physical or chemical composition of the materials. For example, handling debris with shattered pieces of glass can lead to cuts. Our SERVPRO technicians use PPE, Personal Protection Equipment, including heavy-duty gloves and rubber boots, which ensure safe handling of debris after fire damage.

Although flames cause most of the damage when there is a fire incident, moisture issues also develop since the fire is doused with large quantities of water. At the initial stages, the water that reaches the fire is instantly heated, forming steam, which spreads moisture-related issues further from the source point. There is a need to extract any standing water, dry wet materials, and regulate humidity levels to prevent permanent damages. Our SERVPRO teams have a variety of equipment, including dehumidifiers and water extractors, to facilitate drying, saving materials.

Noxious fumes, particulate matter, and aerosols remain in the air after a fire. Such materials present problems if inhaled. It is also possible to absorb aerosols and vapors through skin contact. Our crews can deal with such materials safely because we have safety equipment such as full-body suits and respirators. We also use axial fans to push the particulate-filled air from the building.

Restoring fire damage can be a lengthy or tiresome process. Call SERVPRO of North Everett / Lake Stevens / Monroe at (360) 243-8313 to help. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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We Put The Flames Of Worry Out In Lake Stevens After A Fire

2/20/2020 (Permalink)

Soot, debris and smoke damage all over the home We worked hard to rebuild the structure and to get the family back in their home as quickly as possible after a fire disaster struck their property.

Mitigating Chimney Fire Damage in Lake Stevens

Fire damage costs hundreds of millions in property damages to homes each year, and even with adequate coverage, the stresses of cleanup, repairs, and replacement can be overwhelming for homeowners. After a fire occurs, it can take time to feel safe and comfortable in your home again. Fortunately, there is a team that can help restore confidence in the safety of your home.

If your Lake Stevens residence has suffered fire damage, certified restoration technicians from SERVPRO are ready to serve you with high-quality disaster cleanup services. Whether your home has suffered minor damage or you have experienced significant property damage and losses from fire, this team is well-equipped to preserve contents and preserve structures so that homeowners and their families can enjoy their beloved living spaces once more. 

Signs of a Chimney Fire

While a large fire is hard to miss, the small fires may go unnoticed, which can create the conditions necessary for large fires to damage your home. Keep an eye out for these signs: 

  • Puffy creosote deposits in the chimney or on the roof
  • A fire damaged or warped damper or chimney cap
  • Signs of smoke or heat damage to the roof, as well as cracks or exterior damage to the chimney
  • Smoke residues in mortar joints or tile liners
  • Collapsed, cracked, or damaged flue tiles

Small fires can often be prevented by having a chimney sweep remove creosote deposits or repair minor damages to your chimney. If you have experienced a large fire, your chimney may require rebuilding. 

SERVPRO's Residue Removal Tools

When taking care of the aftermath of a chimney fire, SERVPRO technicians have a variety of tools available to remove residues and preserve the safety of your home. Agitating tools like augers and brushes may be used to dislodge large deposits so they can be vacuumed and removed from the property. Because brick and masonry are porous surfaces, a variety of cleaning methods may be employed after dry cleaning, depending on whether there is a sealer on the stonework. 

The first step in wet cleaning is testing the effectiveness of an alkaline cleaner with mild agitation. If that does not prove useful for all stains and residues, a stronger acidic cleaner may be utilized. For hard-to-remove charring on the masonry, gentle blast media like soda ash, ground corn cobs, or dry ice may be effective for removing these stains without changing the surface of the stone.

SERVPRO of North Everett / Lake Stevens / Monroe wants to provide you with service that is Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (360) 243-8313 when you need disaster cleanup fast.

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Our Experts Can Save Your Water Damaged Documents In Everett

2/15/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged documents Our crew is ready to do its best to leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

Water Threatens Your Priceless Documents In Everett

As temperatures change, our homes need to readjust to the changing environment. Pipes may freeze and thaw as the temperature fluctuates, making them vulnerable to a break or leak. Even some structural aspects of your home can sport a leak or two as it welcomes the new season. The size of the leak is not always predictive of the impact it has on your home, so take action as soon as you detect water coming into your home. If you are late in detecting the leak, however, and need water cleanup services, you must be mindful of who your partner can be in this process.

If you need a water cleanup crew in Everett, SERVPRO is at your disposal around the clock. Our Green Fleet works diligently to arrive at your home as soon as possible and jump-start the restoration process. As much as homeowners attempt to tackle water extraction and drying themselves, it is best to rely on the knowledge and expertise of our crew to remediate the excessive moisture and anticipate future problems that may stem from water entering into your home. The techniques and tools available to our team are specialized and specific to your needs.  

For example, if the water made its way inside your home office, you may find yourself with a significant amount of documents and books wet and humid, and you are at risk of losing them all. Some people take a simple approach to the problem and think dehumidifiers and hot air are sufficient to save their belongings. In reality, uncontrolled heat can further damage the paper and force you to discard them forever. When our SERVPRO team arrives, we generally apply techniques centered around sublimation, which involves solidifying the water by freezing it and directly evaporating it without going through a liquid state. We recommend this time-intensive process to preserve those irreplaceable paper items in your home.

SERVPRO of North Everett / Lake Stevens / Monroe is your first line of defense for water damage. Call us at (360) 243-8313 for all your drying needs, including vacuum freeze and thermal drying. Our crew is ready to do its best to leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

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Our Certified Experts Are Committed To Restoring Your Everett Home After A Flood

2/4/2020 (Permalink)

A tree on the roof of this home after a storm A windstorm knocked a tree over onto the roof of this home. The tree caused considerable damage to the home and we were able to restore the damage.

Using Axial and Centrifugal Air Movers to Speed up Drying Times after Flood Damage in Everett

Flood Damage Everett

One of the challenges facing flood recovery specialists is creating conditions for improving evaporation. Property flooding tends to go beyond a single room or area and can affect your garage, lower stories as well as exterior parts of your property. Subterranean areas of the home, such as crawlspaces or subfloor, can also become adversely affected by floodwaters. Most pumping equipment is only practical to two inches of standing water. Once standing water reduction reaches below two inches, restorers must use different methods to restore the property.

Our professional restorers can assist you with flood damage in your Everett property. Using our industry-leading training, SERVPRO technicians are experts at assessing the property and tailoring our restoration solution. One common issue we face is that not all areas of the home offer natural light and ventilation. Light and ventilation are essential to natural evaporation. Consequently, staircases and hallways can often be a challenge to dry without professional equipment.

When dealing with an area of the home that lacks natural ventilation, SERVPRO technicians rely on closed-system drying equipment. Closed-systems require equipment that is capable of heating, removing, and circulating air. When materials dry, they reduce the temperature of the air directly above them as well as saturating the air with moisture. Since cold, humid air can slow down the drying process, these layers of air directly above a wet surface can become a barrier that significantly limits the drying process. We combat this effect by using air moving equipment to remove flood damage.

Air moving equipment usually uses either centrifugal or axial impellers to move the surrounding air in a closed-system. Axial air-movers tend to be larger and suitable for removing larger bodies of air throughout a home. SERVPRO technicians can daisy-chain air-moving equipment to create a harmonious circulation of air throughout the property. Centrifugal air-movers are often more direct and are useful should a technician need to direct air to a specific area of the home such as beneath a carpet or cabinet.

Creating a strategic set up of air-movers throughout your home can significantly speed up the drying process and allow you to get back to your everyday life sooner rather than later. Contact SERVPRO of North Everett / Lake Stevens / Monroe at (360) 243-8313.

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Fast Action for Commercial Water Damage In Everett

1/29/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged ceiling SERVPRO of North Everett / Lake Stevens / Monroe at (360) 243-8313 is ready to handle any size commercial water damage.

Everett Companies That Use the Ready Plan App Get Fast Action for Commercial Water Damage

A monitored security system can do more than watch for break-ins and fires in a business. A local office used a service that alerted the business owner when a pipe burst in the wall in the early morning hours, dumping a large amount of water on the floor.

The property owner alerted SERVPRO about the commercial water damage in Everett. Because the business used the exclusive Ready Plan app, the techs received the necessary information to begin the restoration service on the premises even more quickly.

What Information Goes Into the Ready Plan App?
The app allows property owners to create a unique profile for each property they want to protect. The information includes actions you want the techs to do first, such as secure the property, move essential items, and designate priority areas. Also, water shutoff points and establish a chain of command for the individuals that need contacting in the event of an emergency. The app allows account owners to file a claim with SERVPRO with the tap on the app. If you are not sure what elements to include, a representative is happy to give a free assessment of the property and determine areas that are likely to require mitigation.

Water Restoration Services
The techs began water extraction upon arrival and scoped the property to determine areas of water loss with their advanced moisture detection equipment. Water migrates and can wind up away from the original loss area. When building materials have exposure to excessive moisture, if it gets missed during the cleanup, the potential for additional issues such as mold, buckling of sheetrock, and mold can occur.

Repairs and Rebuilding Needs
Post mitigation, SERVPRO offers a host of reconstruction services with their general contractor license #SERVPES871RD that allows the commercial property to transition from needing restoration to ready to reopen with a single company handling the job.

SERVPRO of North Everett / Lake Stevens / Monroe at (360) 243-8313 is ready to handle any size commercial water damage. The techs arrive quickly with the training and knowledge to make the water loss, “Like it never even happened.”

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Moisture and Water Removal Are Cornerstones to SERVPRO's Restoration Services for our Everett Neighbors

1/13/2020 (Permalink)

wet crawlspace showing efflorescence, soil To Remove and then Avoid Mold, Water Damage and Efflorescence in Everett Area Crawl Spaces--Call SERVPRO

Water Cleanup Everett – Cleaning Confined Space

In crawl spaces and small bathrooms, it is essential to remove all of the excess water and moisture to avoid mold and mildew infestations. Leaking water can penetrate the space under cupboards, vanities, and walls behind sinks and toilets. Crawl spaces in the Seattle area are often dark and humid at the best of times, promoting the growth of mold once water leaks in and dampens food sources.

SERVPRO has operated in the Everett area, providing water cleanup services for the past five years. We have helped many of our clients with almost every type of water leak imaginable. One of the most critical points to consider is always to remove unwanted water and lower the humidity to normal levels as quickly as possible to avoid the potential growth of microorganisms.

How to Detect Moisture Hotspots?

Our SERVPRO technicians have much experience in this area. We know where to look, and we have the tools to measure the humidity and moisture content of various materials and spaces. Once it is determined that there is a moisture hotspot, we can apply a variety of solutions to dry the area and avoid additional damage.

Specialized air movers can blow dry air into these hard to reach cavities and spaces. The dry air absorbs moisture, which can be removed by strategically placing dehumidifiers in the area or close by.

Crawl spaces are dark, damp, and warm, perfect conditions for mold to grow. There can also be contamination from previous leaks, rodents, and material left over from construction. SERVPRO can evaluate the situation and take the appropriate precautions to protect your family from any issues. We take the necessary steps to avoid contaminating other areas of your home if some material must be evacuated from the crawl space.

We also have a Washington state general contractor license. License #: SERVPES871RD. SERVPRO can clean up after water damages your home and make repairs to return it to preloss condition, "Like it never even happened."

Call SERVPRO of North Everett / Lake Stevens / Monroe at (360) 243-8313 for 24/hour service. We proudly serve Port Gardner, Riverside, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Storm Damage Recovery In Your Lake Stevens Home

1/12/2020 (Permalink)

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Start to Finish Storm Damage Recovery in Lake Stevens

Residents of Lake Stevens, just east of Possession Sound, have or hear stories of severe storms in the area. Wind gusts and rains can wreak havoc with the roof and exterior structure of your home. Once the shell of your dwelling breaches because of shingles and decking ripping off the roof or a tree limb crashing into siding or a window, the inevitable happens. Copious quantities of precipitation pummel your damaged home, pouring in and causing water loss throughout.

Emergency Response
When our emergency crew arrives to scope the storm damage in your Lake Stevens home, the first concern is securing the structure, inside and out. Boarding and tarping up exterior damage ensures that additional rain does not enter your home. We address this as our project manager begins assessing safety concerns inside. Before our technicians can commence water extraction and structural drying, stabilizing floors and evaluating ceilings for hidden water is vital. Our build-back team has exceptional skills in this area. We might need to manage these risks without the help of your residence’s electricity for a time as electric shock hazards are non-negotiable.

Water Extraction
Once the structure stabilizes, the SERVPRO team begins removing the water. We choose among submersible pumps, ideal for water deeper than two inches, and truck-mounted or portable extractors to get the job done. The mounted equipment has a higher capacity and the benefit of an on-board power generator if the lights are still out. Portable extractors allow us to get into tight areas, and limit the aggressive nature of the bigger units where surfaces beneath the water need finesse. We aim to extract all the liquid water possible before moving to the drying phase. Throughout the extraction, our staff captures and contains contaminated floodwaters for lawful disposal.

Structural Drying
SERVPRO Applied Structural Drying (ASD) certified technicians complete a rigorous course of classroom and hands-on work from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). We approach drying scientifically, balancing air movement and temperature to evaporate water trapped in structures so that our carefully curated fleet of dehumidifiers can capture it.

Our general contracting division awaits the chance to repair and rebuild both interior and exterior structures. SERVPRO’s inclusion of a reconstruction option streamlines the restoration of your storm-damaged home, saving time, money, and stress.

Waste no time contacting SERVPRO of North Everett / Lake Stevens / Monroe after a storm damages your home. Our phone at (360) 243-8313 is answered 24/7, and we pledge to respond fast and with the workforce and equipment to get the whole project completed promptly.

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Flooded Basement in Everett? Call SERVPRO for Water Removal and Restoration

12/29/2019 (Permalink)

Drawing of standing water in basement SERVPRO has the equipment and training to make your flooded basement “Like it never even happened.”

Removing Standing Water from Everett Basements 

Standing water can present multiple threats for construction materials and the occupants of your Everett home. When water heaters malfunction due to age or a faulty connection, they can continue to work to resupply the tank without reaching a point where it stops. If you do not quickly notice this problem, the result can be catastrophic in the basement of the house. 

Water removal for Everett homes, especially in subterranean levels, requires the use of premier extraction tools available to our SERVPRO team. While initial sopping can get done by the homeowner before our team arrives, removing the bulk of standing water falls to the capable functionality of our electric submersible pumps. These units can provide a consistent draw of the standing water until the level reaches a manageable 2 inches in depth. 

Electric pumps are the extractor of choice because they have one of the most extended lead hoses for discharging water of any of the water removal tools available to our SERVPRO professionals. On a lower floor like the basement, it can be critical to have this longer available discharge line to avoid compromising the prime of the suction. Additionally, utilizing these electric pumps limits the need for ventilation that would be necessary with the use of engine-driven options we might use in other situations. 

Because we have a team of licensed (#SERVPE871RD) general contractors on our team, we can patch up damaged portions of plumbing and install necessary fixtures to re-pressurize your lines. It is always a priority of our professionals to make losses. “Like it never even happened,” and our capable contractors can ensure that no structural damages require addressing while drying is underway with our centrifugal air movers and refrigerant dehumidification machines. 

Appliance failures can lead to substantial water loss incidents in a brief period. No matter when disasters strike, you can reach our staffed emergency line to get in contact with our experienced SERVPRO of North Everett / Lake Stevens / Monroe team. Contact us whenever you need us at (360) 243-8313. 

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