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Commercial Fire Damage In Everett

3/25/2020 (Permalink)

fire causing damage No matter what your apartment building and your renters need after a fire loss, our SERVPRO of South Everett team can help.

A Small Fire Can Impact Multiple Everett Apartments in a Complex

While a fire that stays isolated to a single apartment in your Everett complex might seem contained, the effects can migrate throughout the halls and through the wall systems to impact adjacent units and floors. Addressing these concerns for multiple units involves sophisticated equipment and approaches by our SERVPRO team, many of which involve cleaning and deodorization tactics to remove the threat.

Individual apartment cleaning for fire damage in Everett complexes can be overwhelming and time-consuming enough. However, when the issues stretch out to multiple other units, the cost and time involved increase. Our professionals have a fast response to fire loss incidents, helping to take the necessary containment steps to prevent further migration of smoke odors, soot effects, and other damaging conditions.

Containment
Preventing the spread of fire loss conditions like foul odors and airborne contaminants can be a considerable challenge, even with the application of practical environmental cleaning tools like our air scrubbers with HEPA-filtration, hydroxyl generators, and ozone machines when occupants of the apartment have vacated the unit. Containment barriers can get constructed with thick, 6mil plastic sheeting walls and eliminate further migration of odors and contaminants.

Debris Removal
A crucial task that our mitigation team can take when the crew first arrives at your apartment building is to remove present debris. Especially in the unit where the fire loss began, removing charred remnants of contents and construction materials can reduce the severity of smells and soot concentrations. While much of this happens with shovels and vacuums, our SERVPRO team can also use this block of time to begin controlled demolition with our in-house licensed (#SERVPES871RD) contractors.

Deodorization
Odor removal is likely what the apartments adjacent to the source are going to need the most following a widespread fire disaster in your building. As the property manager, leasers look to you to take care of these situations, and many tools work best for removing odors in their units, such as:

    •    Thermal foggers
    •    Hydroxyl generators
    •    Ozone machines
    •    Deodorizing beads
    •    Air scrubbers

No matter what your apartment building and your renters need after a fire loss, our SERVPRO of South Everett team can help. Call us 24/7 at (425) 367-4484.

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Storm Water Removal Everett – Removing Contamination

3/20/2020 (Permalink)

A tree laying on the roof of a home. Stormwater can bring many issues to the table, let us be your steady through the storm.

Storm water in your Everett home can become frustrating, let us help

Stormwater may enter your home through broken windows, holes in your roof, and even flooding from overflowing storm sewers and local creeks. Heavy rain often cannot be handled by storm sewer systems and overflows onto streets and into homes. Water entering your home can carry many contaminants that may be harmful to your health if not handled properly. Potential contaminants include a variety of chemicals, various biohazards, even animal feces.

SERVPRO provides stormwater removal services in Everett and surrounding areas. Our contractor license (General: SERVPES871RD) enables our team to provide complete restoration services to return your home to its original condition, "Like it never even happened." We train our technicians to deal with a variety of potential contaminants. We respond in less than 4 hours and are available all day all week long.

Evaluating the Damage

The first action our crew chief does is the most important. He evaluates the amount of damage, the location of the damage, and the potential for contamination. Every storm is different, and the amount of damage caused can vary from home to home, even if the same storm is causing it. Based on this analysis, SERVPRO deploys the appropriate equipment and technicians to mitigate the damage and begin returning your home to normal.

We place tarps on roofs, board up windows, and doors if needed. We also remove debris from your home, and contents that can be cleaned, sanitized, and saved are identified. We move all of the cleaned items to a staging area for storage until the home is fully restored.

We remove damaged flooring materials, we make flood cuts along the interior, and exterior walls to remove damaged drywall and expose water that may have penetrated inside the walls. Once the home is dry and the humidity has returned to normal levels, our professionals can begin the reconstruction of your home to return your property to its preloss condition.

Call SERVPRO of South Everett at (425) 367-4484 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Casino Corner, Pinehurst-Beverly Park, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster

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We Put The Flames Of Worry Out In Everett After A Fire

3/10/2020 (Permalink)

A room covered in debris after a fire disaster We worked hard to rebuild the structure and get the family back in their home as quickly as possible after a fire hit this home.

Handling Common Challenges of Fire Damage in Everett

Fire can start anywhere in a property, including bedrooms and living rooms, although the kitchen or other cooking areas are more vulnerable because of the open flames and different electrical appliances. Wherever the fire starts, it can spread quickly throughout the affected Everett property necessitating a comprehensive restoration process, which can pose several challenges.

Addressing all forms of smoke damage

Although the most visible aspect of fire damage incidents in Everett is the damage from flames, smoke damage can be more challenging to address. Depending on how the fire burns, the smoke produced can be either dry or wet, and each category presents its challenges. Dry smoke is easier to wipe off surfaces with cleaning sponges, unlike wet smoke, which requires extensive use of cleaning agents and specialized procedures. However, dry smoke is made up of fine particles that spread easily and penetrate deep into pores and crevices in materials. Cleaning up such areas can be a big challenge. Our SERVPRO technicians use methods such as vacuuming, which can dislodge loose particles hidden in pores or crevices. In extreme cases, we can use sealers after cleaning to ensure any remaining residues do not cause any problems.

Wet smoke is typical in smoldering fires because the combustion process is not complete. Wet smoke can also occur when a fire burns materials such as plastics. Residues from the wet smoke are more likely to latch on to surfaces. Wiping such surfaces can also lead to smudging, which spreads the residues further. Our SERVPRO technicians use professional cleaning products, which break down the residues or suspend them, making removal easier. In extreme cases, we can use specialized cleaning approaches such as soda blasting, which help with better removal of such residues.

Removing Lingering Odor

The smoky odor that is characteristic after a fire damage incident might not go away even after cleaning and removal of damaged items. The most likely reason is the penetration of smoke and other fire residues into porous or old materials. There is a need to reach the hidden odor particles to neutralize such odors. Our technicians use pairing deodorizers, which combine with odor molecules neutralizing them. We use thermal or ULV foggers to deliver such deodorizers effectively.

The effects of a fire can last long after the flames die down. Call SERVPRO of South Everett at (425) 367-4484 to help manage any aspect of an incident, "Like it never even happened."

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Wrap-Around Rebuilding Service Is Why SERVPRO Nails Water Damage Restoration in Everett

2/28/2020 (Permalink)

Pipe leaking money We can get your property back to the state it was in before the unfortunate incident.

SERVPRO’s Steps to Restoring Your Water Damage

A water loss event creates stress for Everett residents, but when we recommend controlled demolition techniques to solve water removal and structural drying, you might feel things have gone too far. Trust us to suggest only proven, research-based measures, and to offer continuity of services so that any destruction of building materials to enable water mitigation and remediation is a temporary circumstance, why we offer reconstruction options.

Water Loss Brings Challenges

A significant complication in many water damage events in Everett is when water migrates away from the initial leak or breakdown. The fluid that drips from a cracked pipe or broken pump or hose in an appliance does not remain stagnant. It moves, typically seeking a downward angle, flowing into cracks, crevices, building cavities, and wicking up into porous materials like drywall and insulation. Merely pumping and using extractors cannot reach all spaces where water collects. 

Mapping the Migration

The need to trace water pathways is why SERVPRO technicians train in the use of moisture detection tools, using the sensitive instruments to define the perimeters of affected spaces and the moisture content of wet materials. Thermal imaging cameras use temperature variations, evaluated by certified employees, to locate places where caches of water pool.

Accessing the Moisture

Trapped moisture exposes your home to continuing deterioration from the corrosive action of water, why SERVPRO explores controlled demolition options to gain access for extraction and to improve drying efforts. Controlled demolition strategies include:

  • Punching weep holes in ceilings and “blistered” paint or wall coverings for water release. 
  • Removing sections of baseboards or paneling to permit the drilling of holes to release water and allow the application of negative pressure (suction) via hoses or other couplings for extraction. The holes also permit blowing in warm air to expedite drying.
  • Making flood cuts several inches above the water line in drywall releases water and opens building cavities to drying equipment.  

Repair and Rebuilding

Hiring one contractor licensed and certified to remove water, dry out structural components, and provide reconstruction streamlines restoration. Easing the stress of resolving all aspects of residential water damage is why SERVPRO offers wrap-around services, leveraging our construction division to rehabilitate necessary controlled demolition to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Customer satisfaction from project start to finish is why SERVPRO of South Everett chooses to provide comprehensive rebuilding services. Call us at (425) 367-4484 to explore how we can manage your water damage emergency.

Contractor Licenses:

General: SERVPES871RD

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Commercial Water Damage Restoration In Everett

2/17/2020 (Permalink)

water and mold damage If you require water restoration in a large commercial building, contact SERVPRO of South Everett at (425) 367-4484.

Commercial Water Damage Restoration In Everett for Structures of Several Thousand Square Feet

Large loss sites like supermarkets can be tricky to restore because of the sheer size of the space. Most water restoration relies upon manipulating the atmosphere in a closed system- where doors and windows are closed- using temperature, humidity, and airflow. However, we understand that commercial clients are looking to find quick solutions to the apparent issues of restoring structures with thousands of square feet worth of space. Our approach relies upon human resources as well as equipment that is powerful enough to improve the efficiency of drying times.

There can be many underlying issues that manifest as commercial water damage in your Everett grocery store. Some may be external issues and the result of rough weather conditions. Others may be the result of malfunctioning plumbing or heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. There are many more that can result in your business needing assistance from professional water restoration technicians. SERVPRO has both the qualifications and equipment to successfully restore large loss sites.

To dry a structure that spans over several thousand square feet does not differ from a structure of a few hundred from a theoretical standpoint. Understanding psychrometry, the relationship between humidity, temperature, and air circulation is crucial to performing effective drying of a structure. A team of SERVPRO technicians can remove and store any portable units or items that may affect the drying procedure on your behalf before taking accurate readings of the humidity and temperature within the structure.

Direct Expansion Units (DX) are large systems that can heat or cool the airways in large spaces. Similar to a refrigerant dehumidifier, they can draw in massive quantities of air and expel dry air into the structure. Powering these units is possible by connecting them to your internal power supply or using SERVPRO portable generators. By drying, cooling, or heating the surrounding air, SERVPRO can significantly increase drying times within a water damaged structure.

If you require water restoration in a large commercial building, contact SERVPRO of South Everett at (425) 367-4484.

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We Act As Quick As Possible In Everett After A Flood

2/11/2020 (Permalink)

Drywall that was removed after a flood We handled the removal of the drywall in this home which also allowed the wall behind to be dried properly. Call us right away, we are available 24/7.

Mitigating Home Flood Damage in Everett

While flooding is the most common natural disaster in the United States, and all 50 states have experienced flooding of some kind every year, homeowners may be shocked by the swiftness with which a flood can penetrate a home and damage possessions and furniture. Even thoroughly prepared homeowners who work hard to minimize flooding may have extensive amounts of cleanup ahead of them before their home can be returned to its normal state. 

If your Everett residence has been affected by flood damage, certified restoration technicians at SERVPRO can return your home to its preloss condition. This team uses Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards for its disaster cleanup and restoration protocols. If your home requires further repairs after a disaster has occurred, your local SERVPRO is licensed to handle any general contracting (#SERVPES871RD) you may need for your home. 

Preparing for Flooding

  • Get flood insurance. Homeowners' insurance does not come with flood loss protection, but most policies let you add a flood insurance policy. Talk to your agent about what their flood policies cover.
  • Inspect your home. Are there areas that are more eroded than others? Take additional precautions to keep these vulnerable areas free of debris. 
  • Assemble an emergency supply kit. Keep all of these supplies in a duffle bag or backpack. Make sure to include water, food, first aid, flashlights, batteries, a whistle, dust masks, tools, and an NOAA weather portable radio. Consider including cell phones with chargers and cash to procure additional rations. 
  • Move hazardous materials. Keep chemicals, fertilizers, and pesticides in waterproof containers above flood levels to prevent contamination. 
  • Research flood-proofing. You can contact Snohomish County's Planning and Development Services or FEMA for more information on flood prevention measures. 

How SERVPRO Saves the Day

After flooding occurs, the first step to restoring your home is extracting any remaining standing water and moisture. Technicians can use truck-mounted pumps or gas-powered sump pumps to remove large amounts of standing water, as well as portable, back-mounted extractors to handle moisture in wall cavities and other hard-to-reach areas. Contaminated porous materials like carpet and area rugs may require removal. 

After extraction, disinfection is a must to prevent contamination. Floodwaters contain a plethora of microbes and contaminants that can affect the safety of a flooded location, so technicians use EPA-registered antimicrobials to address these concerns. After the structure has been thoroughly cleaned, technicians can use air movers and dehumidifiers to dry your home. 

SERVPRO of South Everett provides a 24/7 cleanup service that is Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (425) 367-4484 when disaster strikes in your home.

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Our Techs Arrive Quickly In Everett To Restore Your Home After Water Damage Strikes

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

An air mover sitting on a kitchen counter Our dehumidifier removed moisture from the air in this home and air movers were used to circulate the air after water damage struck.

Water Extraction Saves Upholstered Furniture in Everett

Water damage hits residential properties in many forms. When it comes to the loss left behind, homeowners want as much of the contents restored as possible to save them the cost of replacing items.

A home in Everett needed water extraction when water leaked through a ceiling from an upstairs pipe break. The water ran downward and soaked the upholstered sofa and cha0ir below. The good news is, most solid wood-constructed furniture has restoration potential if the cleanup begins quickly enough.

Bad DIY Tips

Some advice given to people can actually do more damage. When water travels between stories in a home, it can pick up dust and dirt from the floor joists and deliver it to the furniture below. It is best to avoid wiping or cleaning before SERVPRO arrives as it has the potential to drive the dirt deeper into the fabric. Another bad move is to put furniture in the sun to dry for two reasons. First, sunlight can fade fabrics, and some hardwoods can crack and warp when exposed to the sun.

Tools for Fast Extraction

While different team members work on the damage upstairs, other SERVPRO techs use their portable pumps to pull even deeply embedded moisture out of cushions and frames. They do several passes and then set up their drying equipment.

Special Drying Tactics

When SERVPRO techs undergo their training, they learn the best practices for a diverse array of drying situations. The cushions get placed upright leaning into each other for even drying by the air movers.

Common Post-Drying Problems

It is common to find water damage spots on some upholstery. The techs rewet the material before drying to even out the spots. They always test any fabrics before cleaning to ensure there will not be an issue with dye bleeding or shrinkage. Odors can sometimes remain after cleaning and drying. The techs apply odor control measures to leave the furniture smelling fresh and clean.

Fast water extraction can make the difference between restoring or replacing your upholstered furniture. Call SERVPRO of South Everett at (425) 367-4484, and their techs arrive quickly and make the loss, "Like it never even happened."

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How Professionals Evaluate Fire Damage Residues in Everett

1/24/2020 (Permalink)

House model on fire Call us for help with Fire Damage in your Everett home. We are always available.

SERVPRO’s Method For Fire Damage

After a fire in Everett, the smoke residues left behind, present a broad range of cleaning issues. Although our crew’s training through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) lays out guidelines, the variables presented in any given fire scenario make it hard to establish defined protocols appropriate for every situation.

Every Fire Scene Is Unique

The changeable nature of cleaning up fire damage in Everett makes it even more critical that our highly skilled and experienced technician team is on the job. We have the knowledge and experience to make adaptations to the basic principles and elements of cleaning in response to the way heat, oxygen, moisture, and gases interact to form smoke residues during the fire in your particular scenario.

Basic Principles and Elements 

Principles

  • Locate and identify smoke residues
  • Evaluate the surfaces affected
  • Capture and remove residues
  • Dispose of residues properly

Elements

  • Temperature
  • Agitation
  • Chemical action
  • Time

Examples of Adaptations

Every home has many different types of surfaces affected by the smoke and soot. Because SERVPRO technicians know the process of cleaning varies, we consider multiple ways to agitate and review a list of products to produce chemical reactions. We adjust dwell time and temperature with each challenge.

Agitation uses physical action to break the bond between soil and surface. The surface, the cleaning solution, or both need to move to dislodge residues:

  • Air pressure
  • Rotating brushes
  • Scrubbing
  • Wiping
  • Blasting with an abrasive

Chemical action uses cleaning solutions to simplify the cleaning process, remembering that generally “like dissolves like.” Our service vehicles stock many options.

  • Water-based cleaners dissolve water-based soils.
  • Solvents (oil-based cleaners) dissolve oil-based soils.
  • Detergents assist oil-based soils in loosening in water-based solutions.
  • Acidic solutions and alkaline solutions neutralize each other.
  • Bleaching can add or remove oxygen from soiling.

Pre-Testing 

As SERVPRO seeks the best match to remove soiling, we do not want to damage materials or smear or set-in stains. Technicians make sure the surfaces involved can handle the level of agitation and do not react adversely to the chemicals. We also manipulate temperatures and experiment with dwell times to reach the best outcomes. The testing is done in inconspicuous places before we commit to cleaning larger expanses.

SERVPRO of South Everett has a comprehensive tool-box of products and techniques as well as training and experience to meet the challenges of your fire damage. Call for an assessment at (425) 367-4484.

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Did Water Damage in Your South Everett Home Leave a Foul Odor?

1/16/2020 (Permalink)

woman holding nose because of foul odor Water damage leaves foul odors in your home. SERVPRO has the know how to eliminate the odors.

Why SERVPRO Offers Odor Control Measures when Mitigating Water Damage in Your South Everett Residence 

After a home or its contents get wet, residents in South Everett begin noticing new odors. These unpleasant smells can come from many sources. Our professional mitigation team can help determine their source and then eliminate their source. These odors can continue to waft through your home, which is why SERVPRO often performs at least one type of odor control method. 

Mitigating your home's interior with widespread water damage in South Everett requires equipment that helps us zoom in on the areas where we need to work. Knowing where dry areas exist helps us tailor our efforts to precisely what your house needs. It also helps us locate the sources behind related odors. 

While fogging machines work well for fire-related odors, we also need to concentrate on smaller, isolated areas. The carpeting below a window where an air conditioner unit leaked last summer can still emanate odors, even after the floor dries out. Drywall can seem fine on the outside, but the interior might bubble, causing the paper backing to split open. Either of these or several other kinds of water damage can create odors in your house. 

With otherwise undamaged carpeting, we can inject deodorizing oils directly into the carpet's pad, which gives off a much more pleasant scent that lasts a long time and poses no risks to young children or pets. The enclosed interiors like the inside of walls or under cabinets, as well as large pieces of furniture, quit giving off malodors when we place a slow-release gel pack inside. Stronger odors in attics or crawlspaces often produce odors from widely spread locations. Using activated charcoal in a safe container can reduce these odors and make other methods more effective. 

SERVPRO of South Everett also provides water damage mitigation services in Mukilteo, Paine Field, and Evergreen. Call (425) 367-4484 for comprehensive services that cover everything needed to make it "Like it never even happened." 

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Water Loss In Everett

12/29/2019 (Permalink)

water damaged home No matter how we can help after a disaster, you can give our experienced team a call 24/7 at (425) 367-4484.

Cleaning Surfaces After Water Losses in Everett Homes

Many homeowners might fixate on the need for drying and extraction following substantial water losses in Everett homes. Truthfully, as necessary as these elements are to return a property to preloss condition, tasks like cleaning and debris removal are equally vital to the restoration of your house. Our SERVPRO professionals have potent cleaning products available to remove residues and potential contaminants from the home after water losses.

Water cleanup in Everett involves the use of sophisticated tools and techniques. Cleaning up after water loss events focuses on two specific areas: removing residues left on surfaces and reducing the presence of bacteria and microbes. Each of these objectives requires a combination of cleaning agents, equipment, and effective washing techniques.

Removing Residues from Surfaces
Specific cleaning approaches are ideal for breaking up residues and films left on surfaces after water loss incidents occur. Practices such as foam cleaning, wiping, and even abrasive techniques can have a direct effect on the presence of these residues. In addition to agitative and abrasive cleaning approaches, we can also utilize a variety of disinfectant and cleansing products available to our SERVPRO team. Many of these products, such as chlorine-based solutions and phenolics, are multi-faceted, in that they also work to help resolve the second primary focus of water cleanup after a loss incident.

Reducing Bacteria and Microbes
Preventing the growth and spread of bacterial and fungal threats is the priority of any water loss restoration technician. Our team can accomplish this through practical drying efforts, but also the application of antibacterial products, biocides, and sporicides. These agents can inhibit the growth of mold and eliminate bacteria on surfaces, helping to prevent the spread and migration of harmful secondary effects of a water loss incident.

Cleaning up after a water loss incident is a valuable element to the restoration process and one that you can expect our SERVPRO of South Everett team to take great care in accomplishing. No matter how we can help after a disaster, you can give our experienced team a call 24/7 at (425) 367-4484.

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