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Thanksgiving Baskets Help Everett Families Celebrate with Less Fuss

11/17/2020 (Permalink)

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Hand in Hand Partners with Bible Baptist Church in Everett

Local families are encouraged to reserve their Thanksgiving basket by signing up to receive a family-sized basket. Included inside are all of the expected holiday meal items.

What do families need to know?

  • Only register one adult per household, as all baskets include adequate amounts to provide a generous table of food for everyone.
  • The Thanksgiving Basket Give-away is a drive-through event, and Hand in Hand volunteers are there to load the basket into your vehicle.
  • Because of Snohomish regulations, face masks are required, even though you do not need to leave your car or truck.
  • Held between Noon and 5 PM, and again between 6 PM and 11 PM on Thursday, November 19, at 805 W. Casino Road in Everett.

SERVPRO of South Everett hopes everyone has a safe and memorable holiday. When fire affects your business, our restoration experts are available through our emergency number, (425) 367-4484.

Bond with Family while Playing Trivia from Your Mukilteo Home

11/7/2020 (Permalink)

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Mukilteo and the Rest of the Pacific Northwest has a Rich History

Get some popcorn ready for an hour and a half session of fun with your family. Play as a team during Online Family Trivia - Into the Wilderness: Pacific Northwest! Friday, November 13, 2020. The game starts at 5:00 PM on Zoom and is hosted by the Sno-Isle Libraries. Register in advance and receive your login credentials by calling 360-651-7000.

What can my family expect?

  • A learning and sharing experience for everyone. Surprise each other with tidbits of information you heard or read about our beautiful Pacific Northwest area.
  • Geared for youth, all ages are encouraged to join in on the fun.
  • Sno-Isle Libraries also offer other online activities found at the bottom of the page above, in addition to providing home-bound patrons books.

SERVPRO of South Everett is always nearby and ready to help during emergencies, including helping dry out your Mukilteo home after a flood or storm. Call (425) 367-4484 day or night for emergency restoration.

Taking a Look at Everett's Long History of Flooding with the Help of Digital Collections

11/2/2020 (Permalink)

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Visual and Written Accounts of Past Floods show How Important Water Removal is to Everett

Everett is not a vast, busy metropolis but it has played a crucial role in many of the larger cities' development and growth within the Pacific Northwest. This growth includes the construction of different railroads passing through, joining Snohomish to our flourishing city. Without them, the transportation of gold found in the region would not have taken place as securely as it did on its way to Everett's smelter

Highly interesting historical pictures, journals, and news articles are available online through both the Everett Public Library and the Special Collections at the University of Washington. Many of these are now listed as copyright-free and can be used under Creative Commons rules.

Other gems from our shared history that you might encounter, including current information, when perusing these online collections:

  • Paine Field is named after Olin Paine, the only pilot to fly over the Rocky Mountains in impossible conditions. He was working as part of the Post Office's newest service – Air Mail.
  • Since 1943, shipments supporting the aviation industry filled our docks. Boeing and military aviation supplies end up here, and many remain at Paine Field.
  • Our history in the logging industry was vibrant and an economic stronghold for the entire area, supporting paper, furniture, and building industries across the nation. When active, the logging industry used the Snohomish River to facilitate the transport of raw materials.

What can Affect Flooding?

The topographic landscape surrounding an area affects the severity and frequency of flooding it experiences. The Culmback Dam at Spada Lake, about 32 miles away from Everett, shows how much even 'far-away' landscapes influence our seaside town.

Our precipitation increases to its highest levels during November, making it difficult for any surface water to drain quickly enough to avoid flooding lower areas. Wide, flat regions can also become saturated with little warning and then create a flash flood at the lowest spot.

Only some floods come from Tulalip Bay or Puget Sound washing inward. Sometimes, the Snohomish River overflows slightly and only results in authorities closing off area trails until the paths become clear again. Other times, the entire area is underwater, resulting in heartbreaking losses and the need to rebuild.

We have many lakes, as well, that can push excess water into their streams, resulting in our streets filling with murky water. Everett has had many floods over the years, of all depths.

Erosion also plays an influential role in the changing floodplain. Previous floods can change the likelihood of certain areas' risk in the future. That risk can increase or decrease, as disturbed soils end up elsewhere. When it blocks certain areas or builds them up, that area becomes less likely to flood again.

How Powerful are Floods?

When you lift a bucket full of water, you quickly realize it has some heft to it. The pressure created by the water upstream pushing on the water inside your house can move anything in its way.

Flooding over the winter of 1917 - 1918 damaged the railroad tracks between Everett and Snohomish so badly the metal rails twisted and fell into the river. The area remained under four yards of water for three full months. The flooding's initial movement, combined with the water's movement as it drained away later, was enough to move tremendous amounts of gravel from under the tracks.

Not all floods are wide-sweeping, bringing extreme devastation to our area like some of those in the past have done. Some floods invade barely half a neighborhood, affecting only a few residences.

Flooding can also contaminate our drinking supply, creating the need for consumers to boil water before drinking. Surface Water Management advises the public on this matter, as they continually test the water supply for pollutants.

Many government agencies, including federal ones, advise residents living in areas prone to flood to build higher, either on land areas that floodwaters are unlikely to reach or to build on top of an elevated frame. This can save property, reduce damage and destruction, keep residents safe from dangerous situations commonly encountered after a flood, and help reduce the need for floodwater removal from living spaces.

How can SERVPRO Help Families in Everett through Flood Water Removal?

Because Everett's landscape in the northern part of the city is relatively flat, flooding occurs reasonably uniformly, with invasive water dispersing across streets, parks, and lawns evenly. This section drains evenly after a flood, but it can seem slower than the elevated areas of the city's hillier southern parts.

Draining a home takes additional time, initially, because of trapped water, but makes the entire restoration process more efficient. SERVPRO technicians make the water removal process happen faster than what would happen naturally. We use several different methods that decrease the amount of damage that requires. Each home requiring flood damage mitigation requires different types of water removal.

Water removal used on any individual house might range from

  • Aeration and desiccation,
  • The opening up of enclosed spaces to allow drainage and forced airflow, or
  • Partial to total demolition of the interior.

At SERVPRO, we work closely with our customers, helping guide them through a tumultuous period in their lives. Nothing can prepare a family for every nuance that comes after a flood. We know that everything we do to help alleviate stress matters.

Flooding, without water removal services, continues to damage property. Removing moisture and drying things as quickly as possible sets restoration services in motion, creates a safer environment, and decreases numerous risks to those working on a residence, making it possible for your family to return home more quickly.

Call us, SERVPRO of South Everett, at (425) 367-4484 for professionals who care about our local community and have the skills and knowledge to make things "Like it never even happened."

How can Everett Homeowners Remove the Sticky Residue Left Behind by a Grease Fire?

10/25/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged home When you call SERVPRO of South Everett at (425) 367-4484, you invite a team of experts into your home intending to minimize your loss.

The Cleanup After a Grease Fire in an Everett Home Requires a Professional Fire Restoration Team

Grease fires in any home, including in Everett, can be disruptive and leave homeowners with a significant inconvenience in their hands. Even when flames burn quickly, the damage can go beyond the kitchen area and into the rest of your home. As you try to determine how widespread the issue is, call a professional team to help you assess.

In Everett, fire damage assessment is a job for our trained technicians at SERVPRO. Our staff prepares with industry leaders to understand the theory of fire, its causes, how it travels, and how to clean the damage left in its wake. Our field experience allows us to apply what we learn to benefit those who find themselves with debris and soot and want to restore their home as soon as possible.

Is there a specific cleaning solution for grease fires?
Protein or grease fires involve mainly the burning of food products, which leave a sticky residue that clings to surfaces it touches. Although your first reaction may have you visiting your local grocery store to purchase a degreaser or surface cleaner, our SERVPRO team takes the guesswork out of the equation. When you call our staff, we inspect each item we clean, from wood cabinets to linoleum floors to ceramic plates, and target our cleaning solutions to each of them. Among our techniques, you may find the following:

    •    Water-based solutions to emulsify lightly soiled surfaces and wipe the soot off
    •    Solvent-based solutions for more challenging residue, including that left on your walls and cabinets
    •    Foggers to eliminate the pungent smell left behind by the grease fire

When you call SERVPRO of South Everett at (425) 367-4484, you invite a team of experts into your home intending to minimize your loss. As we leave your home when the job is complete, it should feel, “Like it never even happened.”

Where Can Residents Go to Remove Mold From Their Homes?

10/13/2020 (Permalink)

Mold mildew fungus Mold can grow quickly. Contact SERVPRO of South Everett at the first sign of mold damage.

Everett Homeowners Should Call SERVPRO to Reduce the Threat of Mold.

What Does Mold Do to Area Homes?

Mold is in every Everett home. SERVPRO restoration technicians know that the spores are usually inert and as harmless as ordinary dirt. They only become an active threat after absorbing enough water to expand and start growing across surfaces. The growth can stain property, dig into surfaces, and exude odors. 

Why is SERVPRO Necessary to Restore a Home?

Professional mold remediation requires training far beyond spraying bleach on mold growth and painting over it. SERVPRO technicians have an extensive chemical inventory to clean surfaces. They also have a wide variety of equipment to repair and restore everything from floor trim to support structures when the mold penetrates surfaces. 

  • Sanders and Scrapers – These tools enable us to remove a top layer of wood and other surfaces to pull out the trapped mold as well. 
  • Dry Ice Blasting -- The generated air pressure can force the pellets as deeply as the mold hyphae to force it out of the wood. This also does not increase the moisture levels due to the sublimation. Technicians then use a vacuum with a HEPA filter to remove the mix of powder and mold particles. 
  • Soda-blasting devices – If the mold growth is on the surface of drywall or other such surfaces,  remediation technicians have access to a soda-blaster to gently remove the colonies without disturbing the substrate. Technicians then use a vacuum with a HEPA filter to remove the mix of powder and mold particles.
  • Foggers – Technicians generate a cloud of cleaning particles that can match with the odor-causing spores that penetrated deeply into a surface. These devices are especially useful in tight areas otherwise unreachable.

What Other Threats Do Mold Spores Present in Area Homes?

Mold can cause health effects in some people. These occurrences are rare, however. That is why SERVPRO concentrates its efforts on the physical damage active mold growth can have on the structure in each home and its contents. 

To stop the threat of mold growth in your home here, Mukilteo, and other communities, call SERVPRO of South Everett at (425) 367-4484 today. We are here to return your home to a safe condition, ready for your family once again. 

What Advantages Exist to Professional Flood Restoration in Everett?

10/11/2020 (Permalink)

flooding in home As you can see, there are multiple benefits to selecting professional restoration services after a flood disaster.

Our SERVPRO team offers a fast and reliable response to flooding threats that impact Everett homes after disasters.

It is not uncommon for Everett homeowners to want to roll up their sleeves after flooding or other natural disasters and do what they need to clean up the mess. Unfortunately, flooding presents hazards and health concerns in many situations, so it is often advisable to leave the recovery to trained professionals on our SERVPRO team.

Choosing professionals to address flood damage in Everett homes like yours can be a wise choice in getting your property back to preloss condition as quickly as possible. With our technicians' experience and fast response, we can assess the house's needs right away and get to work on the necessary steps to make it “Like it never even happened.” While specific actions are almost always required after flooding, such as extraction, drying, and cleaning, professional restoration technicians like ours can help these processes be more efficient.

What Do Insurance Companies Prefer After a Loss?
It is customary to contact your insurance provider after a disaster, especially one as widespread and destructive as flooding can be. When you have coverage to handle these natural disasters, your insurance company often encourages professional assistance in the restoration and recovery of your home. Because there are so many stages of repair, cleaning, and restoration, it is unlikely that homeowners meet the necessary credentials providers are looking for after these disasters. Our SERVPRO professionals can provide:

    •    Experience
    •    Commercial-Grade Equipment
    •    Fast Response
    •    Safe Practices
    •    Detailed Reports

Should Several Water Removal Tactics Get Used?
Extraction is a fundamental element to water restoration and flood recovery, and often includes several tools working towards the same goal. Higher volumes of standing water can hide threats and hazards such as contaminants, debris, wildlife, and other concerns. The choice in what extractors ultimately get used to resolve pooling water in damaged areas of your home or business comes down to several factors, including:

    •    Solids – Debris and solids are often a common threat in standing water after natural flooding, particularly when creeks and streams near homes overflow. Wet vacuums can remove most of this muck, but extraction requires individual tools that are powerful enough to relocate water with debris present.
    •    Contaminants – You cannot account for what substances and hazardous materials moving water encounter on a path to your house. Understanding the likelihood of these threats ensures that the appropriate measures get taken to clean surfaces and protect the house's occupants.
    •    Location of Damage – How accessible flood damage is also plays a role in the individual tools used to remove surface water. Attic flooding after severe weather events like heavy snowfall, ice damming, and torrential rainfall can require special devices like high-pressure pumps.
    •    Depth and Volume – The severity of the situation is often most directly correlated to standing water depth and how widespread these concerns have become. The present floodwater volume can vary between multiple extraction options like wet vacuums for minor depths and truck-mount removal tools for several feet.

What Technicians Are Necessary for Flood Recovery?
Making the right decisions to protect your home after a flood requires several actions and practices happening simultaneously. Flood mitigation alone has multiple stages ranging from the efficient extraction approaches necessary to address standing water to drying and cleaning strategies. Ultimately, the needed personnel on a job site gets determined with the initial job scoping phase, where assessment and data collection can dictate specific tasks necessary to restore damaged homes. With an increasingly knowledgeable roster of experts and technicians in multiple fields, we can offer several professionals for flood recovery, including:

    •    WRT – Water Restoration Technicians
    •    ASD – Applied Structural Drying
    •    OCT – Odor Control Technician
    •    CCT – Carpet Cleaning Technician
    •    AMRT – Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
    •    Biohazard Recovery

When Is Demolition Needed?
Controlled demolition is a necessary aspect of much of the flooding situations that our SERVPRO professionals address. Especially in conditions where contamination is a concern, we must determine what materials and contents have become exposed to the point of requiring removal and discarding. Direct contamination with blackwater incidents, where substances like sewage, chemicals, and viral pathogens or bacteria impact the construction elements, require our general contractors to remove surface materials to clean underlying framing and supports.

As you can see, there are multiple benefits to selecting professional restoration services after a flood disaster. Loss incidents can compromise homes and businesses in the area, especially in situations like natural flooding. Our SERVPRO of South Everett team can help address concerns as quickly as possible to make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (425) 367-4484.

A Plumbing Mishap in the Kitchen Led to Water Damage in My Everett Property. Whom Should I Call?

9/27/2020 (Permalink)

kitchen with water covering the floor Water damage from your appliances is hard to handle. Contact SERVPRO 24/7 for professional remediation and mitigation services in your home.

Hire SERVPRO Technicians to Perform Water Mitigation in Your Everett Residence.

Water damage is a nuisance that can leave property owners devastated. It can cause significant concerns if not addressed promptly. SERVPRO’s team of restorers in Everett can help minimize the chances of future damages and get your property to its pre-damaged condition.

What should I do after a water leak?

When you contact our friendly customer service, we can send a team of restorers to your property and advise you on what to do to prevent further water damage. Our response team can perform water mitigation in your Everett property fast since we understand the destruction that water can leave in a short time. Before our team gets to your home, it is advisable to do the following:

  • Disconnect electrical appliances in the affected area.
  • Turn off the main water supply to your home.
  • Move perishable items such as furniture from the affected area.

How do restorers handle water damage?

Our technicians begin water damage mitigation by inspecting the affected areas using sophisticated equipment. We can use thermo-Hygrometers to measure the relative temperature and humidity of air masses and a luminometer to test surfaces for organic contamination. The results we get after using this equipment help us determine the best restoration technique to use.

We also determine items that can be restored and dispose of those damaged beyond repair. Before we begin the restoration process, we take high-quality pictures and videos of the affected area to help you with your insurance claims process. Our team offers full restoration services, including rebuilding the affected areas. Our general contractor’s license number is SERVPES871RD.

Does the drying process take long?

That depends on the intensity of the damage. With our advanced equipment like centrifugal air movers and refrigerant dehumidifiers, we can take a few days to dry a thoroughly damaged property.

How do restorers dry behind walls?

If water has seeped behind your drywall, we can dry the area to avoid mold growth and odors. Since we aim to minimize damage, we can drill small holes into the affected wall to dry the area. We can use structural cavity drying equipment to direct dry air into the drilled holes. The dry air replaces the moist air to raise the surface temperature and lower the vapor pressure. That increases the rate of evaporation in the affected area. The drying process is vital in water damage restoration. Our SERVPRO technicians can keep inspecting the moisture levels of the affected area to ensure it is effective.

Water damage can turn your property to a breeding ground of mold within 48 hours. However, SERVPRO of South Everett can minimize the damage and get your property to its preloss state, “Like it never even happened.” Talk to us today at (425) 367-4484.

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What Are Emergency Water Restoration Services for Everett Homes?

9/9/2020 (Permalink)

Check list Our water damage experts are trained to provide excellent service in a wide variety of restoration needs. Give us a call today.

Quick restoration and recovery steps taken in damaged homes can reduce the severity of property losses. 

A set timeline exists with the restoration and recovery of water-damaged Everett homes and businesses after a disaster. While our professionals remain prepared at all times to help with these emergencies, the delay often occurs on the homeowner end of the situation. Between a belief that restoration can happen without professional assistance or the red tape insurance companies make policyholders jump through, the timeline can be substantially shortened by the time that SERVPRO gets called to help. 

With how much damage could exist before water damage restoration in Everett homes gets started, emergency services become a vital part of our response. Between our experienced Water Restoration Technicians (WRT) and licensed contractors, we can provide a range of immediate services that can work to protect your property from much worse conditions while mitigation and restoration prepare to begin. These may include:

  • Controlled Demolition – Water can be destructive to construction materials like drywall, which can collapse after enough weight from oversaturation. Removing these materials can keep technicians and occupants of the house safe. 
  • Content Relocation – Your personal belongings mean as much as the structure in many cases, making it critical to protect these items by moving them to safe areas. 
  • Water Extraction – Removing standing water reduces saturation and absorption into sensitive construction materials. 

When Do Water Lines Get Repaired After a Disaster? 

Substantial losses often result from some breach in the plumbing, often pipe bursts or degradation. Repairing the plumbing is as important to homeowners as the restoration is, and for this reason, restoring water services is often a priority during this emergency services phase as well. 

No matter how severe water damages might be in your home, our SERVPRO of South Everett team can help to mitigate losses with emergency services. Give us a call anytime at (425) 367-4484.

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Is Cleaning Possible After an Everett Housefire?

9/1/2020 (Permalink)

smoke and soot on ceiling and wall Do you know how to clean smoke and soot damages? SERVPRO does! Call us today!

Smoke and Soot Residues can be a Considerable Challenge for Restorers, but Our Experienced Professionals Can Provide Efficient Solutions to Recover Fire-Damaged Properties

Cleaning is necessary for fire-damaged Everett homes, but the recovery changes from one site to the next. With the vast experience and continued training of our Fire & Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) on our roster, we can offer properties and their occupants efficient restoration and repair after a loss. Regarding the cleaning that a structure requires, the approach varies on the severity of present residues and the affected material. 

In many ways, fire restoration for Everett properties starts with foundational cleaning practices that must get modified to suit the property's specific needs. The necessary products and approaches typically dedicated to removing smoke and soot residues present on surfaces and contents might require varying concentrations or agitation practices based on the underlying material or other factors. The cleaning of residue-impacted materials and items in the house often follows a specific recovery pattern: 

  • Finding the Residue
  • Identifying the Type of Soil
  • Identifying the Underlying Material
  • Capturing Residues
  • Removing Soils
  • Disposal 

Where Are Smoke/Soot Residues in the House?  

Through processes like convection during an active fire event, smoke and soot particles generated through the partial combustion of fuels like wood rise. In turn, the most coated and thickest residues found after extinguishment often exist on surfaces away from the floors. In situations where substantial carbon and carcinogenic particles exist, such as wet smoke fires that smolder rather than pass through a property quickly, the spread of these effects is more complete and can include contents and flooring. When inspections of your property occur before fire loss restoration, soot residues are most commonly found in these areas: 

  • Ceiling
  • Cabinets
  • Upper Portions of the Wall
  • HVAC System 

How Can Restorers Capture and Remove Residue Particulates?  

Finding the approach to remove residues and coatings from surfaces and contents is not universal. We have base practices that we begin with that must often get modified with varying products and types of agitation or abrasive tactics for dislodging soils. The type of residue can often play a role in the kind of cleaning approach preferred for removal. For example, oily residues are often more efficiently removed without damaging underlying substrates through wet capture practices like emulsification or dissolving. Cleaning practices often can get broken down into two main approaches. Some damaged materials require both of these types of fire restoration in Everett

Dry Capture 

Dry cleaning approaches target most using agitation and non-penetrative techniques to remove all or most of the heaped particulates attracted to a surface. These practices' objective is to minimize marring of the substrate beneath the soils, which is why light agitation actions are preferred. These efforts focus mostly on the dry particles that have become attached loosely to contents and structural elements, and our technicians often attempt these types of cleaning before applying wet products:

  • Vacuuming
  • Brushing
  • Dusting

Wet Capture 

Dissolving is a preferred wet method of cleaning soot and smoke residues from impacted surfaces. This practice is often made more accessible by first removing the thickest concentrations of soils with dry techniques like vacuuming. Wet cleaning and dissolving begin with cleaning agents' application to loosen soils, which can get removed through air or water flow. One of the disadvantages of wet cleaning is dampening sensitive materials' surface, making thorough drying critical.

  • Wash
  • Rinse
  • Dry 

Is Cleaning More Cost-Efficient than Replacement?  

Cleaning is often the best practice for multiple reasons, one being that more of the original materials used in the construction of the house get preserved this way. Also, cleaning more valuable content or structural elements can often be more cost-efficient than removing and replacing. There are instances where the restoration of specific materials takes longer and ultimately costs more than removing and replacing it. Drywall is often an excellent example of this. Removing sheetrock is fast, and replacement is easily handled by our team of in-house contractors working after a fire loss incident. 

Fire losses are often among the most destructive forces that impact homes, which can be even more challenging with residues and soils must get removed from several surfaces and contents to restore the house. Our SERVPRO of South Everett team can help with multiple recovery practices, including dry particle capturing, wet cleaning, and controlled demolition. Contact us anytime disaster strikes at (425) 367-4484.

My Department Store Restrooms Have Mold – What Should I Do?

8/22/2020 (Permalink)

technician in tyvek suit and respirator Our SERVPRO technician has donned his PPE and is ready to remediate a mold infestation in any Everett business or home

Call SERVPRO in Everett for Professional Mold Remediation Services

Your customers expect your store to be well organized and clean. They certainly do not want to use a restroom that has mold growing in it. Mold can quickly spread beyond into adjacent areas. This could result in downtime for your Everett store, which means a loss in revenue. You need mold remediation fast.

What Can I Do While Waiting for Help?

Once you discover mold in your Everett department store, there are some things you can do that can help prevent the spread. Calling SERVPRO is the first step so we can get our Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) on their way. They can provide mold damage service to your Everett business that takes care of the problem.  While you are waiting for them to arrive, you can:

  • Turn off your HVAC system and any fans that are running to prevent the spread.
  • Stay out of the affected area. Mold can cause health effects.
  • Avoid trying to dry or clean the area yourself.
  • Avoid touching or disturbing the mold.
  • Keep from applying bleach or other disinfectants.

Immediate Mitigation is Needed

When it comes to mold, or anything related to water damage, time is of the essence. Mold can spread rapidly in just 48 hours. Discovering the source of the moisture is vital to the removal process. The mold cannot be controlled as long as there is a water and food source available.

Clean Restrooms for Your Customers

If the water source is not dealt with, the mold continues to grow and spread. Our techs use moisture meters, sensors, and infrared cameras to find hidden moisture. We then dry the area before proceeding with mold removal. Antimicrobial and antifungal agents get applied to all infected surfaces. Items like porcelain sinks and toilets get wiped down. Tile floors can be vacuumed if the mold is dry, and then further cleaning takes place. The restrooms are cleaned and restored to preloss condition.

 Don’t let your department store experience a lull in business because of mold damage. Contact SERVPRO of South Everett at (425) 367-4484 for professional mold damage services.