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Why SERVPRO’s Mold Removal Services Protect Your Everett Home.

3/24/2021 (Permalink)

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Everett Home Owners Hire a Proven Mold Remediation Company--SERVPRO

There are many myths regarding mold and its removal. When SERVPRO performs mold removal inside an Everett residence or business, we ensure that the property owner understands the facts about our services. We want our customers to understand the truth about these microbes and this includes what mold remediation can and cannot do.

SERVPRO knows that damp areas are hardest hit by mold in your Everett house, so we ensure that we get these areas dry and stop the moisture from migrating further. Other things we can do to remove mold from your home and give you a fresh start include:

  • Spray-application of a mold inhibitor/encapsulater,
  • Remove and replace mold-infested materials instead of treating them, and
  • Filter the air to capture any airborne spores with HEPA fitted air scrubbers

Some mold removal businesses promise complete mold removal, and this, scientifically, cannot happen. The only exception is a “clean room,” which scientists use to perform special lab tests. Mold and spores also continually enter a house, mainly through windows, and without continual negative pressure air exchanges, mold can easily colonize damp areas of your home.

SERVPRO of North Everett / Lake Stevens / Monroe helps area families and businesses with mold removal year-round. Call (360) 243-8313 and we can help with removal and remediation, making it “Like it never even happened.”

Storms can Bring Flooding and High Winds to Everett

3/17/2021 (Permalink)

servpro vehicle working When a winter freeze and storm visit your Everett, Call SERVPRO, our trucks are standing by.

SERVPRO provides flood remediation after snow or freezing events in Everett

Storms that pour rain and snow down onto Everett can create dangerous situations to quickly arise. Rain can cause flooding, and snow, if dense enough, can cause a white-out along with structural damage. While at home, white-outs are only interesting, but if you are out driving, it is best to pull as far over to the right on the roadway and leave your hazard lights flashing.

How to Protect Your Everett Home from Freezing Storms and Roof Leaks

Everett storm damage needs professional restoration and cleanup

Dense, heavy snow can create serious problems for your roof, and the best defense is to ensure that your attic’s insulation is correctly installed. This can control the temperature transferences and reduce the risk of ice dams. This insulation does not make the roof stronger but it makes water, ice, and snow less capable of forcing their way into your home.

After a severe storm passes, concerned homeowners might want to check the following:

  • The interior of their attic for leaks, particularly between sections of underlay,
  • Frozen pipes, especially for those that have sections running along exterior walls, and
  • Exterior areas that might have suffered wind damage.

These checks should not take long and doing so can prevent costly future problems.

If your home needs services related to flood or storm damage, call SERVPRO of North Everett / Lake Stevens / Monroe at (360) 243-8313. We can help with water cleanup, also, making it stress-free for you and your family.

Some Homes in Everett Need SERVPRO’s Water Mitigation Services

3/8/2021 (Permalink)

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Water Damage Repairs Are a Cornerstone of SERVPRO Services for Our Everett Customers

Everett’s Sister-Cities are across the globe.

Many cities in America have a sister-city in another country. Everett has three! These cities are located in Japan, Russia, and Ireland. Each Sister-City is very close to an ocean or sea, allowing fish to become a significant resource.

What are the names of Everett’s Sister-Cities?

Here are the three Sister-Cities, and details about each one’s name:

Iwakuni, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan. One possible meaning, “in other words,” might have its basis in the political situation of Hiroie Kikkawa-sama, the city’s founder.

Sovetskaya Gavan in Khabarovsk Krai, Russia. It is often referred to as simply Sovetskaya, which means “Soviet harbor.”

Sligo, County Sligo, Ireland. Its name reminds the people of its bountiful seashells.

Iwakuni -

Iwakuni was re-founded in 1940 but kept the same name. The original founding occurred in 1587. All major cities were governed by daimyos, which were military leaders of samurai armies. In the early 1940s, the Japanese used it as a military base and as the Etajima Naval Academy. After World War II ended, Japan's feudal system was disbanded, and the British Royal Air Force used the area. This continued until 1952, when the US Marines established an air station there.

The city’s industries range from fishing in the Seto Inland Sea to petroleum extraction. Textiles and paper manufacturing are also strong businesses, with lotus root cultivation playing a role in the city’s economy. Tourism occurs year-round, as well.

Sovetskaya -

Situated on the Strait of Tartary (connected to the Sea of Okhotsk in the north), Sovetskaya is very close to Japan’s northern island. While it began as a military outpost, it is now a harbor city. Instead of relying mainly on fishing and other food production solely, boat and ship repair is also a thriving industry. Wood products, including those using raw materials from other countries, also takes place here.

Sligo -

Founded across the Wild Atlantic Way, connected to the North Atlantic Ocean, Sligo is nestled back a bit from the sea. Shells of many types have been found, often deep under the soil. The city was founded in 1245 by a knight with roots in Normandy when he constructed Castle Sligo. Trade began almost immediately with other countries and continues today. The principal industries have changed from sea products to tool manufacturing and pharmaceuticals.

All three Sister-Cities have people from their country living in Everett.

You might be lucky enough to have someone from Russia, Ireland, or Japan as your neighbor, coworker, or friend. Each country has a significant number of people now living in Everett.

Our climate is closer to that of Russia during the winter. During the summer, our Japanese residents might feel it is similar. Ireland’s weather is actually very mild compared to our own, with spring and autumn probably very much like those they remember before moving here.

Everett has people living here from many other countries, as well. We only have three Sister-Cities now, but there is no limit on how many American cities can have.

Why SERVPRO’s water mitigation methods are a good way to protect your Everett residenc

Even though our weather does not include bitter cold wind like in Russia, and we have no hurricanes like those in Japan, we have an occasional blizzard, just like in Ireland. Houses there can still experience plumbing failures, and bad weather events also cause problems. SERVPRO uses universal methods that protect homes in the Everett area. Water damage can worsen until mitigation measures begin, making a fast response crucial.

Some of the mitigation methods we use provide basic protection, while others address specific materials. Our machines give us crucial information so our water mitigation professionals can provide thorough services to protect your property.

  • Carpeting – age, condition, padding, color all need considering when determining restoration or removal/replacement, and
  • Source of the intrusive water – may require repairs to plumbing, roofing, or appliances, while
  • Infrared cameras – baseline compared to later images after repairs and mitigation, and
  • Desiccant machines – provide us with an ongoing reading of decreasing water vapor levels in the air

SERVPRO of North Everett / Lake Stevens / Monroe wants to help our customers protect their property from water damage through effective mitigation techniques. Call (360) 243-8313 for a thorough job performed by our professionally trained water mitigation specialists.

Can Debris Be Removed from a Lake Stevens Home After a Flood?

2/23/2021 (Permalink)

cloud to ground lightning against night sky Flooding often results in water in basements. SERVPRO is equipped to dry your basement!

SERVPRO Professionals are Experts in Mitigating Storm Damage

Floodwaters in Lake Stevens can bring contaminated water, silt, and debris into your basement. You not only have the contents of the basement floating around, but all sorts of things are swept in the rising water. It is a cesspool of health hazards with everything from:

  • Dirt
  • Dead animals
  • Chemicals
  • Medical waste. 

Dealing with Black Water and Debris Removal in Lake Stevens

Our IICRC certified technicians can clean up the muck in your basement. We have the proper PPE and experience to handle what may look like a lost cause. There are some of the things they do:

  • Removing debris and mucking out with rakes and shovels
  • Using truck mounted trash pumps that can handle debris
  • Submersible pumps help with water extraction
  • Use EPA approved antimicrobial and disinfectants on impacted areas

Restoring Your Basement to Pre-Loss Condition

Once everything is removed from your basement, we begin more in-depth cleaning and restoration. Some things cannot be salvaged in a flood situation, such as carpet and padding. We restore as much as we possibly can and always strive to return your home, “Like it never even happened.”

For flood damage help in Lake Stevens, contact SERVPRO of North Everett / Lake Stevens / Monroe at (360) 243-8313.

Can Everett Hotel Carpets Be Restored After a Burst Pipe?

2/16/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Provides Professional Water Cleanup to Everett Businesses

A burst pipe can bring your hotel business to a halt unless you get professional help fast. A water intrusion event in Everett impacts more than your carpets. Moisture can travel and staircases, hallways, and wooden structures such as the service desk. 

Restoring Carpeting After Water Damage

The correct extraction equipment can remove moisture faster than drying alone. We have trained water restoration technicians (WRT) who know what is required to restore your carpets. Certain types of materials do well with moving extraction tools, but that is not always the best option for plush carpets. Stationary extraction techniques use the technician’s weight to create downward pressure, pushing the water to the surface, making it easier to extract. Our large stationary units can cover 200 square inches all at once. Other extraction methods we use on carpets include:

  • Carpet wands
  • Portable or truck mount pumps
  • Self-propelled extraction tools

Once we remove as much moisture as possible from your carpet and padding, we begin the drying process. Our technicians determine the ratio of air movers and dehumidifiers to provide optimum drying efficiency. Our crew works quickly to get the job done so you can get back to meeting the needs of your clients. For commercial water cleanup in Everett, contact SERVPRO of North Everett / Lake Stevens / Monroe at (360) 243-8313.

Can Ductwork Damage by Soot in Everett Homes Get Clean?

2/9/2021 (Permalink)

smoke damage on wall and ceiling Did you know that ductwork needs cleaning after fires? Smoke and soot travel from even small fires into the ductwork.

SERVPRO Provides Fire Restoration Services that Clean and Restore Impacted Ductwork

Many indigenous people settled near coastline areas due to the abundance of available food. The Port Gardner Peninsula drew tribal people thousands of years before modern man arrived. The first to inhabit Everett and the surrounding area we know of were the Coast Salish tribes, roughly 2,000 years ago. Later the Snohomish tribes thrived around local waterways.

Coast Salish People

This ethnic group is connected by language. It consists of many tribes with slightly different Coast Salish languages. These people groups dominated the Northwest Coast region, living in British Columbia, Canada, and Washington and Oregon. The list of tribes is quite extensive and included the Tillamook tribes. Here are early observances we know about:

  • Settlements dating back to 2000 BCE exist, and the remains can be seen today.
  • Prominent villages were established along the Duwamish River estuary in the 6th century. 
  • Natives were living in that settlement until the latter 18th century. 
  • Jose Mari Narvaez and Juan Carrasco came into contact with the Coast Salish tribes while exploring the Strait of Georgia in 1791. 
  • The natives raided much of the Puget Sound region between 1810 through the 1850s. 

Smallpox and other diseases ended up killing off much of the tribes over time.

The Snohomish Tribe

The Snohomish people, often known as the Lowland tribe, reside near the Puget Sound area. They are part of the Lushootseed Native American tribe and speak the Lushootseed language. Historians have extensively debated the meaning of their name. Possible meanings include:

  • A style of union among those of the brave
  • Sleeping Waters
  • Many people
  • Warrior tribe

The Snohomish are hunters, gatherers, and fishermen. In 1844, we know there were 322 members of the tribe, and in 1854 the tribe had increased to 350. During this period, smallpox was devastating many Native American tribes, and their increase indicated they were not impacted as severely as others in the same area. 

Encountering the Hudson Bay Company

In 1824 John Work, a trader for the Hudson’s Bay Company, encountered the Snohomish. They were afraid his group had come to attack them as hostile tribes were often a problem. But to their delight, they discovered the traders were friendly. They became one of the tribes trading with the Hudson’s Bay Company Fort Nisqually. 

Snohomish County - Traditional Homeland

Today Snohomish County is considered the traditional homeland of the Snohomish tribe. Since they were the first residents of the area, the county is named in their honor. Tommy Yarr, a Notre Dame Fighting Irish football captain and former NFL player, is from the Snohomish tribe.

Can Soot Get in My Ductwork During a Fire?

Even in small, contained fires, soot can travel into the tiniest spots. If your HVAC system is running when the fire occurs, shut it down immediately to prevent smoke residue from spreading to other areas. When our technicians arrive and scoping is completed, they can clean the ductwork.

Getting Rid of Soot Smells

Soot and smoke residue leave foul odors that linger, which is why immediate mitigation is needed. Our techs first determine the type of soot they are dealing with and then use the proper cleaning method. The following steps remove the odors:

  • Matching the cleaning agent to the kind of soot
  • Using advanced deodorization equipment and methods
  • Locking in mild aromas left behind with sealants

For professional fire restoration services in Everett, call SERVPRO of North Everett / Lake Stevens / Monroe at (360) 243-8313.

In the Lake Stevens Area, Treat Yourself to an Evening Dedicated to Local Art.

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle outside job site. Storms may cause a lot of havoc to your property. Call the professionals of SERVPRO for the storm mitigation services needed.

Visit the Everett Art Walk Near Lake Stevens.

If you are interested in checking out what local Lake Stevens area artists have to offer, visit the nearby Everett Art Walk.  The event is routinely held the third Thursday of every month, from 5 to 9 PM, and includes offerings from various art centers, galleries, and studios along Hewitt Avenue in downtown Everett.  Before visiting the art walk, you should consider the following:

  • The event is free and open to the general public
  • The art walk’s website has important updated details concerning the activity
  • Vendor participation may change and, on certain days, the activity might be canceled

With all this in mind, area residents can properly plan their evening of local culture and avoid potential disappointment.

As fellow supporters of northwestern Washington’s art and culture, SERVPRO of North Everett/Lake Stevens/Monroe is honored to inform you of this exciting offering.  Also, as your neighbors, we would like to remind you that we are always here to help you recover from flood damage.  Contact us whenever you need us at (360) 243-8313.

Challenge Yourself with a Half Marathon or 10K Race in Everett.

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

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Participate in Everett’s 2021 Half Marathon & 10K Race Event.

Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to exercise more and get into better shape?  Well, then, the Snohomish Running Company in Everett has just the activity for you.  The company is hosting its half marathon & 10K race event on Sunday, March 28th, from 6:30 AM to 12 PM.  The race, which begins and ends in Everett’s Marina Park, follows a scenic route via SR-529 to Marysville.  Along the way, participants can enjoy vistas of the local shoreline, the Snohomish River, and the natural areas through which historic SR-529 passes.  When planning your participation in the activity, remember the following information:

Register online at the event’s website up until Wednesday, March 24th; in-person, day of race registration is available only if the race has not sold out.   

Event registration fee:  Half Marathon - $50; 10K - $40; military members receive a $5 discount

The registration fee also pays for doughnuts and pizza, a full zip hooded sweatshirt, and a finisher medal.  

SERVPRO of North Everett/Lake Stevens/Monroe, your local water mitigation experts, proudly announces this challenging race.  We also remind you to call us at (360) 243-8313 whenever you need help overcoming water-related issues.

The Catastrophic Fires of Everett.

1/12/2021 (Permalink)

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Severe Blazes Have Significantly Impacted Everett on More Than One Occasion.

Although Everett is a relatively new city, having been established only in 1890, it has experienced more than a few severe fires. These blazes have mostly impacted industrial sites since the area has largely been dedicated to industry but has also destroyed numerous commercial establishments and at least one large residential development. The first of Everett’s major fires was the Great Courthouse Fire of 1909, which was so catastrophic that it actually threatened the city’s survival. After this event, and into the present day, the community has suffered a long series of industrial and commercial fires. The city’s most recent significant fire-related incident, the apartment complex blaze near the marina on July 16th, 2020, could prove to be one of its worst.

Snohomish County Courthouse Fire of 1909

The Snohomish County Courthouse Fire of 1909 is certainly one of Everett’s most infamous calamities. It started on August 2nd in a downtown blacksmith shop and quickly spread to the nearby courthouse. Windblown embers from the inferno started various fires around the city, while arsonists ignited others. In the disaster’s wake, a total of twelve buildings had been destroyed, and several other structures had been damaged. The most significant destroyed buildings included:

  • The Snohomish County Courthouse

  • Buildings of the Everett Livery and Transfer Company

  • Iles and Newman Carriage Works

  • J.K. Healy Blacksmith Shop

  • The Northern Transfer Company

As you can imagine, these losses devastated the fledgling city’s downtown governmental and commercial center.

The Lasting Effects of the 1909 Fire

The true significance of the 1909 fire was that it struck at the heart of the newly established mill town, highlighted its vulnerabilities, and evoked lasting fear in the minds of its business owners and residents. The panic generated by the disaster largely resulted from how:

Quickly the fire spread through the town’s mostly wooden structures.
Ineffectively the local fire department fought the blaze due to its lack of water and manpower.
Severely the event affected the governmental and commercial heart of the city, nearly destroying the county’s records and eradicating the community’s business district.
Insurance companies refused to cover about half of the overall damages incurred by business owners and other residents.

In response to these concerns, Everett’s fire department was given more funding, which allowed it to hire more men and buy better equipment. Also, local builders and business owners became more mindful of the potential dangers of wooden construction and began incorporating other materials into their structures.

A Long Series of Industrial and Commercial Blazes

After the catastrophe of 1909, as the community rapidly expanded into a thriving industrial city, fires became a relatively regular occurrence at the local mills. The community’s newspaper, the Everett Herald, even suffered one in the ensuing years. Some of the more notable of these fires were the:

Jamison Lumber and Shingle Company fires of 1928 and 1967
Clough-Hartley Shingle Mill Blaze of 1937
Everett Herald Fire of 1956
Hulbert Mill Fire of 1956
Pilchuck Lumber and Shingle Company Fire of 1967

Of these mill blazes, the Hulbert Mill Fire of 1956 was particularly severe. It caused approximately $500,000 worth of damage to the company’s property, buckled nearby railroad tracks, threatened homes and businesses on Grand Avenue, and took four hours to extinguish.

The Notorious Tire Fire of 1984

One of the more unusual disasters to befall Everett was the Tire Fire of 1984, which started on September 24th of that year and continued burning until May of 1985. It occurred at a used tire collection site, located over an old capped municipal landfill, and involved the burning of a mound of approximately four million tires. The suspected arson produced a billowing black mushroom cloud of smoke filled with waste zinc, methane gas, and other toxins. At the same time, built up gases in the flaming mound shot fiery tires hundreds of feet into the air. Eventually, the cloud blotted out the sun across the city, rained down harmful black soot onto businesses, homes, and sidewalks, and caused area residents to experience health effects.

More Recent Fire-Related Events

In recent years, stores and residential areas have more often been the sites of fires in Everett. Two noteworthy blazes of the past few years are the Judd & Black Appliance incident in 2018 and a large apartment complex fire that demolished a large apartment complex down by the marina in 2020. Both resulted in total losses, but the latter event caused nearly $30 million in damages.

As you can easily understand, fire is a serious threat to your Everett area business. However, rest assured that if you ever need assistance remediating fire damage, SERVPRO of North Everett/Lake Stevens/Monroe is always here to help. Call us anytime at (360) 243-8313.

How Do We Clean Up Your Fire Damage?

When handling your fire damage cleanup and restoration job, SERVPRO employs all of the latest industry training, techniques, and equipment to do it right the first time. Once our highly-skilled technicians are onsite, they effectively remediate your business by:

Forcing smoke-filled air from your home with state-of-the-art air movers and high-velocity box fans
Extracting smoke particles from interior surfaces and air with cutting edge air scrubbers
Using HVAC cleaning systems to remove soot residues from and sanitize ventilation networks
Employing Vaportek systems and ozone generators to neutralize odorous airborne particles
Cleaning acidic residues off affected surfaces with wet, dry, or abrasive methods
Treating upholstery and carpeting with deodorant injection devices
Using cutting edge foggers to deodorize impacted spaces and materials

Once all of these measures have been taken, your home and its contents are often back to their pre-fire condition.

With all that said, if you ever experience a fire-related incident and need fire damage remediation, SERVPRO of North Everett/Lake Stevens/Monroe is always here and ready to help. If contacted soon enough, we can often successfully clean up and restore even the worst fire-related issues. So, whenever you need us, call (360) 243-8313.

Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Everett with a Virtual Concert

12/21/2020 (Permalink)

nitewave live stream info Start the New Year with a fire-damaged home in Everett cleaned up by SERVPRO while you enjoy the virtual concert

Nectar Lounge Invites all of Everett to Join their NYE Event for a Fun and Safe Way to Ring in the New Year!

Whether you live in Everett or a nearby town, you may be making plans to celebrate the arrival of 2021.  In such an odd year, a big party with your friends may be questionable, but the idea of it being like any other day is also discouraging. In Seattle, Nectar Lounge invites attendees 21 and over to join NITE WAVE, a virtual 80s live stream concert you can join starting December 31st at 10:00 p.m. You can celebrate with a crowd and good music from the safety of your own home!

  • The theme of the party is the 80s!
  • You must reserve your tickets online to attend
  • There is no charge to join, but contributions are encouraged.
  • You may contribute via Venmo or PayPal and are invited to subscribe to Nectar’s YouTube Channel.
  • This event is part of the Nectar Virtual Concert Series, and contributions help Nectar musicians during this challenging year.

At SERVPRO, we are also committed to our community by providing the best fire cleanup services in the area. As we ring in a new year, we stand at your service whenever restoration services are in order. SERVPRO of North Everett/ Lake Stevens/ Monroe is a phone call away. Call us at (360) 243-8313 whenever you need us and let us focus on leaving your home, “Like it never even happened.”