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What Should I Do if a Water Leak in My Upstairs Office Floods My Manufacturing Floor?

7/20/2020 (Permalink)

flooded office Don't let your business production stop due to flood damage. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

For Water Extraction Inside Your Manufacturing Facility In Everett Call SERVPRO.

If a pipe break occurs on the upper-level office in your place of business in Everett, moisture could flow from the ceiling of your lower level down and affect all of your building materials and contents until it hits the floor. If this ever occurs, the best way to reduce further damage is to start with extracting all of the liquid H2O and then drying out all affected items.

What problems can moisture cause when it comes down from my ceiling?

When water comes into your manufacturing floor from above, water extraction inside your Everett business must be performed promptly. Our SERVPRO technicians can first thoroughly inspect your building, starting from the top down. We can remove your ceiling tiles to see if there is any standing water sitting above them. We can then inspect your metal framework and your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning or HVAC systems for moisture-related damage.

How can you tell if my building's HVAC system got affected by moisture?

The best way to tell if your HVAC system got damaged by moisture is to visually inspect it to see if there is any standing water inside it. Since most HVAC systems consist of a heating or cooling source and portions of intake/exhaust vents, we can remove a section of the ventilation to see if there is any standing water inside them so that we can determine what extraction or draining methods we need to take.

How can you fix my HVAC system if water got inside it?

Restorability- Most types of ventilation materials can be restored, but if the vents have fiberglass insulation inside them, it may have to be removed.

Drying- First, we can drain or extract any standing water, then we can dry out any remaining moisture by pumping hot, dry air into a return vent.

Sanitization- If the water inside your HVAC system was contaminated, we could sanitize the interior of your building's vents.

If water ever gets inside your manufacturing shop's ceiling, call SERVPRO of South Everett at (425) 367-4484 seven days a week.

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Do You Need Repairs After Water Damage to Your Everett Business?

6/3/2020 (Permalink)

A office room with standing water with a life raft floating in the water. Let SERVPRO be there to throw you a life raft after your Everett commercial water damage.

Find a Full-Spectrum of Commercial Water Removal, Drying, and Structural Repair Services in Everett with One Call to SERVPRO

Every Everett business owner has an exhausting and full agenda, keeping services and products flowing to customers and employees supported. When that flow is interrupted by a torrent of water damage, you need someone to support you as you seek to divert your work into different channels.

How Can We Operate After a Supply Pipe Bursts?

No business exists without water. At a bare minimum, your staff lounge and restrooms are plumbed, and many industries use water as part of the production process. When you need water damage repair in your Everett offices and production floor, the urgency is apparent. A supply pipe break, especially if it went unattended overnight, not only gets inventory, structures, and equipment wet. It also causes water to be collected in cavities and recesses, threatening collapse and straining the restorer's ability to locate and eliminate the fluids.

What Are the First Steps a Professional Restoration Company Takes?

When SERVPRO arrives at your business, we must spend precious time assuring that the workspace can be made safe for our technicians and the occupants of the building. We look for the following risks common in many water damage repair scenarios and put controls in place:

Are There Slip, Trip, and Fall Possibilities?

We place warning signage and work as quickly as possible toward extracting the water.

Where Might Sharp or Large Pieces of Debris Be Submerged?

We consult with the manager or owner and mark any suspicious areas.

Can We Be Sure Live Current Does Not Flow Through the Water?

We arrange for electricity and other utilities to be shut off temporarily.

Could Water-Filled Ceilings or Other Building Cavities Collapse? 

  • We carefully pry up baseboards and drill holes at the bottom of walls suspected of holding water to release pressure.
  • We make more substantial "flood cuts" if drywall is wet and crumbling.
  • We punch weep holes in bulging ceilings.
  • We consider placing supports under ceilings and against walls to secure weak materials until we reevaluate for rebuilding.

What Happens After the Safety Concerns Are Settled?

Our crews commence water removal, focusing on this phase because the more aggressively we extract, the faster the drying phase. We use different equipment depending on the circumstances:

Is Water Deeper than Two Inches?

Submersible pumps remove large quantities of fluids, with the bonus of being gas-fueled, and thus not needing building power if the electricity is still disconnected.

Does Visible Water Remain?

After the pumps, truck-mounted extractors suction up the bulk of the remaining water. If electricity is still unavailable, there is no delay, as we can operate these large capacity extractors from onboard generators.

Are Confined Spaces Holding Water?

We approach trapped or hard to access water by:

  • Employing portable (backpack) extractors
  • Using controlled demolition techniques like flood cuts or drilled holes to release water 

How Do Professionals Accomplish Structural Drying?

Restoration technicians gather data to determine drying goals. They continuously update the data throughout the drying phase to ensure they are on track, neither under nor over drying the materials. Baseline data is collected as technicians trace the extent and severity of the water damage using moisture detectors and meters. We test unaffected materials in another space in your building to pinpoint the desired moisture percentage. Armed with these goals, we create a balance of air movement, temperature, and humidity to accelerate the evaporation of moisture from wet materials. Dehumidifiers captured the vapor and condensed or absorbed it for disposal.

How Do Restorers Use the Opportunities Presented by Controlled Demolition?

The openings created when we puncture or cut materials allow us to dry out wet building cavities. We precisely position the air movers and adjust the temperature to ensure efficient transfer of moisture from structures to the air. If rather than cuts, we made holes, the addition of hoses or tenting to direct the warm air through these smaller openings helps achieve the desired outcome.

Who Is Patching the Holes and Rebuilding the Walls?

Our general contractor license SERVPES871RD gives us the flexibility to follow up with repairs and reconstruction. This is a weight off your mind as you can concentrate on getting the business going again rather than hiring a builder as we walk out the door. 

Count on the turnkey offerings from SERVPRO of South Everett when your offices and production center is afloat in a water damage crisis. We streamline the help we provide by assisting from damage assessment through mitigation and remediation, topping the project off with repairs and built back. Call (425) 367-4484 for a friendly consultation about your options.

Can Professional Restorers Help with Everett Water Damage in a Multiple Business Commercial Building?

5/15/2020 (Permalink)

A man in a suit and tie floating underwater. Let SERVPRO get you out of the water, and get your business back on track after a water damage.

SERVPRO Is Poised and Ready Help Everett Companies with Expert Water Removal Services to Get Businesses Back on Track

One of the many challenges after a loss in a multi-tenant office or retail building is the exposure to water damage neighboring businesses risk when a single unit has a leak, malfunction, or spill that unleashes significant amounts of water. Everett Commercial building owners and managers need to balance a wide range of competing concerns when water damage moves through shared spaces and affects more than a single tenant. 

What Are Useful Strategies When Water Damage Many Spaces and Businesses in Your Building?

It is always important to use moisture detection and metering devices when scoping a commercial water removal job in Everett. Thermal imaging cameras can also be useful to locate collected water in building cavities. When the water moves from one office suite to another, or store to store, or restaurant to restaurant, accurate tracing of the migration is critical. Lessees are not likely to be as vigilant in checking for water damage if the initial accident or emergency did not happen in their space. We can help meet your responsibility as a landlord or management company to find and mitigate and remediate any water damage spreading from the original site.

Is Finding and Removing Hidden Water Necessary?

Maybe your cleaning staff responded to the water incursion and assured you they cleaned up all the mess. Even though you suspect some of the water might have crept into spaces between walls or under a floor, a few days of running a fan or dehumidifier should take care of the problem of some leftover water, right?

What Are the Worst Things That Can Happen if Water Remains?

The trained technicians on the SERVPRO crew must respectfully disagree with the suggestion that excess water simply disappears on its own or with a little help from some ventilation. Granted, hidden caches of water in building cavities or building materials that absorbed significant moisture are not immediately noticeable. The deleterious effects of the water’s spread and lingering moisture, however, eventually become apparent. Tenants’ inventories, documents, equipment, and the walls, ceilings, and floors defining each space can all deteriorate if thorough extraction and structural drying in all affected areas do not proceed. 

Should You Worry About Mold After Commercial Water Loss?

Although the panic many feel when mold growth is proven or suspected is often an overreaction, mold proliferation can be a logical consequence of failure to track and manage moisture migration in commercial buildings accurately. Your tenants’ reputations are based in part upon clean, organized, work spaces. Customers who visit your building and the vendors who operate there can react unfavorably if mold is visible or a musty smell is present. Susceptible individuals might experience unpleasant allergic reactions or irritations to an increased volume of mold spores or the toxins they emit. Things to keep in mind when considering the likelihood of mold becoming an issue:

  • Mold spores are everywhere, in both commercial and residential buildings.
  • As long as they are kept dry, mold spores are considered benign and cause minimal problems.
  • Moisture activated spores, fueling their growth and multiplication.
  • The time frame before mold takes advantage of available moisture is tight -- 24 to 48 hours.

Can Prompt and Thorough Water Removal Inhibit Mold Growth?

Every water project SERVPRO accepts has the potential for mold growth. We look continuously for signs of mold and work swiftly to extract the liquid water and dry out the moisture that accelerates mold infestations. We also use EPS-registered disinfectants to minimize the chance of a mold rebound effect if some surfaces receive our professional remediation services. 

Why Is It Your Problem to Manage a Water Loss Caused by Negligence or Intentional Actions of a Tenant?

Even if you rigorously cared for and maintained the spaces under your control in the commercial building, the harm that occurs because of the water accidents or negligence of one or more tenants is your concern. The contracts each tenant signs usually require you as the landlord to provide a sound, dry, undamaged space within which to operate a business. One of the ways you might be able to obtain indemnification for your water removal, mitigation, and remediation expenses is through your insurance and set-offs against commercial renters policies your tenants hold. We are experienced in assisting with claim submissions, and work with you throughout the process to limit your out of pocket expenses.

Why try to sort out a complex water damage scenario alone when SERVPRO of South Everett can help with water removal, drying, and insurance claims  24/7? We offer trained, experienced, well-equipped, and available managers and technicians for consultation at (425) 367-4484.

Contractor Licenses:

General: SERVPES871RD

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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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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Commercial flood damage EVERETT – Recovery from a Flood

10/30/2019 (Permalink)

Standing water in front of a building with the door open. We will help your Everett business recover every step of the way after a flood.

SERVPRO wants to be your Everett recovery team, let us help you.

Sometimes there is ample warning about an impending flood, allowing preparations to minimize the damage a flood can cause. Business owners may move the contents of their office or shop to higher floors, or even remove some items from the building. There are also flash floods that inundate a building covering everything in silt and contaminants, damaging the structure and contents.

SERVPRO has been responding to commercial flood damage events in Everett for many years. We have the equipment and experienced staff to deal with all types of situations to help you recover from flooding and get operations back in gear. The critical issue to remember is to remain safe during and after a flood. Let the experts help and return your business to full operation.

Safety is a Primary Concern

Our crew chiefs at SERVPRO are trained to assess whether every building is safe to enter before initiating cleanup. During a flood, electrical connections can be compromised, leaving potential electrical hazards. Gas lines, propane, or oil tanks may also be leaking. The Structure of the building could be damaged, making it dangerous to enter until steps are taken to shore up the building. If you smell gas or fuel of some kind, stay away, do not smoke, and do not use gas lanterns of any kind.

Once the building is safe to enter, SERVPRO can begin the cleanup. We remove water, mud, damaged contents. We inventory all contents before being cleaned or disposed of. Hard surface items are wiped down and cleaned before being stored in a separate staging area. Computers and electronics cleaned and dried on the outside. Computer specialists assess all electronics. We assess floors and walls before action is taken to remove flooring or clean the floor in place.

SERVPRO also has Contractor Licenses: General: SERVPES871RD

We can provide full-service cleanup and restoration services for commercial flood damage as well as residential buildings for water, storm, and fire damage events. Coordination of flood damage recovery and restoration enables a return to operational status faster.

Call SERVPRO of South Everett at (425) 367-4484 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Mukilteo, Paine Field, Evergreen, and the surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Is Flooding Causing Your Customers to Shop in Water Damage?

9/16/2019 (Permalink)

Man, woman, and child in shopping mall Shopping at a mall should be fun. Let SERVPRO keep your doors open by handling the water damage.

Prompt Commercial Water Removal in an Everett Shopping Mall Prevents Business Interruption 

Most communities have shopping malls, and their central importance is for people to get out of their homes for a while and engage in something entertaining. Malls offer a great shopping experience in addition to promotions, product launches, and entertainment. Water damage in shopping malls can happen because of faulty sprinkler systems and broken pipes. 

If the leak occurred at a higher floor level, water could flow downwards to the floors below, leading to damage in several areas. When such an incident occurs, it is crucial to contact experts who perform commercial water removal in Everett. The primary concern when a water intrusion problem happens in a shopping mall is the risk of business interruption. Low-lying water in the building can turn away customers. Businesses in the mall also face the risk of a significant financial loss if water ruins the merchandise they sell. A water loss incident in a shopping mall can also lead to:’

  • Damage to electronic equipment, essential records, technical systems, and the building’s structure.
  • Loss of customers if the mall remains closed for several days.
  • Safety and health risks to the store attendants, mall employees, and the general public.
  • Legal concerns, especially if the manager or owner knew about the water intrusion but did not deal with it fast enough. 

SERVPRO can help you prevent many of these consequences by performing prompt and proper cleanup, and drying of the affected areas. Our crew can remove standing water and wet items to prevent mold infestation. Once we remove the water, hazardous moisture levels can still exist in the fibrous structural and aesthetic components of your commercial building. Our crew can use thermal imaging cameras to evaluate the extent of moisture in building materials. These devices show us how water traveled throughout the structure. 

We can dry the damp areas and materials immediately using axial air movers and desiccant dehumidifiers. Our SERVPRO crew can also use portable electric heaters to speed up the drying process. After drying, the thermal imaging cameras can provide us with proof that the drying process is complete. 

Water removal services from the team at SERVPRO of South Everett can minimize stress and restore your shopping mall to preloss condition quickly. Call us 24/7 at (425) 367-4484. We also serve the residents of Mukilteo, Paine Field, and Evergreen.

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SERVPRO and Fire Restoration for Commercial Properties in Everett

8/26/2019 (Permalink)

Signage to escape from a fire in a commercial building SERVPRO Says Know Your Escape Route from a Fire in an Everett Hotel

How Remediation Professionals Help After Fire Damage to Your Everett Business

Profitability for your Everett hotel soars when guests feel welcome, safe, and comfortable. Your top-notch housekeeping staff keeps common areas and guest rooms clean and inviting. Friendly, knowledgeable managers and front-desk staff ensure every request is met and concerns addressed. A hotel fire swiftly switches the focus from rest and relaxation to safety and security. Once the situation stabilizes, fast, professional mitigation and remediation services minimize disruption to guests’ itineraries and erosion of your bottom line.

Minor Blaze Can Cause Significant Fire Residues

A short in a hairdryer or a neglected clothes iron can ignite a small blaze in a guest’s room, causing fire damage in your Everett hotel. Outlet circuit-breakers shut off the power, and the room’s sprinkler system extinguishes the flames. Although the damage seems limited, it is likely to spread quickly on air currents or through ductwork to spaces far from the ignition site. It is best practice to obtain a professional assessment and remediation of the smoke and soot damage.

Water Damage Is Fire Damage’s Partner

Fire damage scenarios almost always include water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO is well-equipped to manage both as they are the cornerstones to our company’s mission. Our technicians accomplish mitigation of the spread of water from the original site with wanded water extractors. If carpeting is wet, we follow mitigation with in-place drying, adding weight to the extractors to squeeze out more water. Probes and sensors help us monitor the moisture levels, and our employees’ Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training ensures minimal stretching and no tearing of carpet fibers.

Professional Smoke and Soot Removal

No matter how dedicated and hardworking, your housekeeping staff is out of its element when smoke and soot need cleanup. SERVPRO’s Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) complete advanced training in soot evaluation, learning how to match different types of fire residues to proper cleaning products, tools, and techniques. Because soot is exceptionally toxic, safety is a concern. Our employees wear personal protective equipment (PPE) and contain affected areas to prevent drift and permit conduction of “business as usual” in other parts of the hotel. Soot is also corrosive and abrasive, likely to damage smooth and fragile surfaces if mishandled. 

SERVPRO of South Everett is prepared to manage the damage when a fire spreads smoke, soot, and water throughout your hotel. We answer emergency calls 24/7 at (425) 367-4484.

The Dos and Don'ts After Your Business Floods

5/7/2019 (Permalink)

When a flood emergency arises in your business, give SERVPRO a call.

There’s never a convenient time for flooding to strike your business. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give SERVPRO of South Everett a call at 425-367-4484 and we’ll be there fast with the help you need. But until help arrives, keep these tips in mind as you move about your flooded building.

Safety Tips: Keep these questions in mind as you assess the damage to your business property.

  • Is it safe to stay in the building?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be very heavy. Be careful!

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and desktop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use vacuums to remove water.
  • Don't use electrical appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

SERVPRO of South Everett has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial flooding or water damage emergencies. Whether your water emergency occurs in a small office building or a big box store, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion.

Give us a call today at 425-367-4484 and we'll help make your flooding damage "Like it never even happened." 

6 Steps to Take Care of a Broken Pipe in Your Business

3/22/2019 (Permalink)

Water travels fast and can get everywhere, which means you will want to take action immediately when a pipe breaks.

There are many potential sources of water damage in your business, from flooding during heavy rains to a faulty sprinkler head. One common cause of water damage is a broken pipe. A broken pipe, especially if it goes unnoticed, can cause water to flood into your business and cause extensive damage. Water travels fast and can get everywhere, which means you will want to take action immediately. If your commercial property has a broken pipe, follow these steps to resolve the problem and reduce potential damage.

Step 1: Shut Off the Water

Water from a broken pipe can flood your business with gallons of water in a fairly short amount of time. Turning off the source of water as quickly as possible can help reduce water damage in your business. Shut off the water in your building and leave it off until repairs can be made to the broken pipe.

Step 2: Call In a Plumber

Before using water in your business you want to make sure the cause of the leak is fixed. Call a plumber as soon as possible to come and fix the broken pipe.

Step 3: Collect Water

If you are present when the broken pipe begins to leak water, try to catch and collect as much of the water as you can to minimize potential water damage. Use sturdy buckets or containers to collect water until the water can be shut off. Keep an eye on your buckets and switch them out when they become full.

Step 4: Remove Standing Water

If significant amounts of water have flooded your business space, use buckets, mops, towels or wet vacuums to remove the water. If the standing water is too much for you to handle, call in SERVPRO of South Everett to help. We have the pumps and equipment to remove water quickly.

Step 5: Dry the Damaged Area

After removing the water, you want to ensure the space is dried completely. Wet or damp areas are great environments for mold growth. Use a dehumidifier to draw moisture out of wet materials and contents and make sure the area has good air flow.

If the water damage has extended into your walls and floors you might want to call in the professionals to make sure all areas are getting dried properly. SERVPRO of South Everett has the equipment and training to dry and restore your business properly. We use dehumidifiers and air movers to speed up the drying process, and we have monitoring equipment to see the full extent of the damage and to track drying progress.

Step 6: Sanitize Areas with Contaminated Water

Water from a broken pipe is classified as clean water. This water is safe to touch and clean, and doesn't require any special sanitizing techniques. But if left untreated, clean water can become grey water after 48 hours, and gray water becomes black water after 48 hours. If your broken pipe happened over the weekend, or has gone unnoticed for a few days, you may be dealing with contaminated water.

Contaminated water should be dealt with caution and needs to be dried, cleaned and sanitized properly before the area is used. Proper treatment, cleaning, and drying of properties damaged by contaminated water require special knowledge and equipment. If you suspect water may be contaminated, be sure to give SERVPRO of South Everett a call. We know how to best identify contaminated water and we have the equipment and training to take care of it for you.

If your business experiences extensive water damage from a broken pipe, be sure to give SERVPRO of South Everett a call. We have the experience necessary to determine the source and extent of the damage. We identify and fix the root of the problem as well as the resulting damage. We work hard to restore your property as efficiently as possible.

No matter the time of day or night, we offer you the services you need. Call us 24/7 at 425-367-4484 for professional, timely service.

Biohazard, Crime Scene, and Vandalism Cleanup

10/20/2018 (Permalink)

Did you know we offer biohazard and crime scene cleanup and restoration services for residential and commercial properties.

Along as being a leader in the fire and water cleanup and restoration industry, SERVPRO® of South Everett also offers fast, reliable biohazard and crime scene cleanup and restoration services to residential and commercial property owners.

Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences for building occupants, employees, customers, and owners. A failure to properly handle and safely remove such hazardous substances can contribute to unhealthy and even dangerous environments.

Our technicians are trained to safely and effectively remove biohazardous substances and prepare waste for proper disposal according to OSHA, EPA, and state and local health regulations.

Equipped with the necessary safety equipment and cleaning products, SERVPRO of South Everett helps turn unsafe environments into clean, safe homes and offices. We can help with a variety of biohazard, crime scene or vandalism issues.

Sewage Backups

Sewage backups and dark water intrusions are more than nasty, smelly deposits – these damages also introduce harmful microorganisms into a structure. We remove the sewage, contaminants, and moisture, and help ensure the structure is properly cleaned, disinfected, and deodorized.

Bloodborne Pathogens

Our technicians remove and dispose of bodily fluids, tissue, and other potentially pathogenic substances resulting from accident, trauma, crime, or death. We thoroughly clean, disinfect, and deodorize the structure.

Crime Scene Residues

From fingerprint powder and evidence gathering chemicals to tear gas and pepper spray residues, we can clean and restore your property and contents.

Arson and Vandalism

SERVPRO of South Everett helps property owners recover quickly from fire and water damage. We also provide general cleaning and deodorization services for situations resulting from vandalism including graffiti, egg, spoiled foods, and human or animal waste.

No matter what type of damage you have, SERVPRO of South Everett can help clean and restore your property.

When you run a business, you know that time is money. We offer 24/7 service; so don’t hesitate to call us day or night to start the restoration process. If your business experiences damage of any kind, call SERVPRO of South Everett at 425-367-4484, and we’ll make sure your property is cleaned up and ready for business.

Commercial Fire Services

9/15/2018 (Permalink)

After fire damage, all of the restorable contents in affected areas will be professionally cleaned and deodorized.

Fire damage is especially devastating for a business or commercial property. In addition to the fire and smoke damage, significant water damage from firefighting efforts and fire suppression systems may occur. Every hour spent restoring your business back to pre-fire condition is an hour of lost revenue and productivity.

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. When various materials burn, the soot and residue they create differs greatly and requires a specific cleaning procedure. The steps listed below illustrate our process for a typical fire damage restoration job.

  1. Emergency Contact
  2. Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
  3. Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)
  4. Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
  5. Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
  6. Cleaning and Repair
  7. Restoration

At SERVPRO of South Everett, we provide a large variety of fire and smoke restoration services. We can handle any sized fire disaster from start to finish. Here are some of the specific services we provide during the fire restoration process.

Structural Cleaning

After smoke or fire damage, ceilings, walls, woodwork, carpeting and floors will often need a thorough cleaning. Our technicians will pretest to determine the type of smoke damage, extent of damage, and then use the specific equipment and cleaning products required to clean and protect the different types of surfaces found in your structure. Depending on the amount of soot, we may even be able to reduce the cost of recovery by cleaning lighter soot deposits found on some surfaces, eliminating the expense incurred with repainting or refinishing. In other cases, we will clean to “prepare for painting”. This process deodorizes and ensures the new paint will adhere properly to the surface.

Contents Cleaning

All of the restorable contents in affected areas will be professionally cleaned and deodorized. This includes rugs, furniture, draperies and upholstery. We begin by carefully inspecting and testing all fabrics in the structure to determine which cleaning methods are most appropriate. Our technicians can provide wet or dry cleaning services. Additionally, all the other restorable contents will be cleaned and deodorized to preloss condition. This includes electronics, art, wood furniture, kitchen items, fabrics, and much more. Finally, SERVPRO of South Everett can provide an inventory list of all “to be claimed” items if requested.

Deodorization

SERVPRO of South Everett performs specialized services that rid your place of business of offensive odors left by fire or smoke damage. We do not merely cover up lingering odors with a fragrance, we seek out the sources of the odor and remove them. Our technicians can explain the various deodorization methods available and which will work best for you.

Board-ups

In some cases it may be important to secure openings to your structure using sturdy, durable materials designed to protect it from both weather intrusion and intrusion by outsiders. SERVPRO of South Everett can perform necessary board-ups to help protect your building from further damage.

Inventory

Utilizing Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) technology, SERVPRO of South Everett can generate comprehensive room-by-room inventories. Contents are categorized as salvageable, non-salvageable and questionable - allowing for easier contents settlement.

Electronics Cleaning

Smoke residues can contain acids that corrode metal surfaces when moisture is also present. If the residues are not removed, corrosion can eat away at the metal casing and can ultimately cause electronic failure in the device. Our technicians can clean the outside casing correctly, as well as refer your equipment to a qualified electronics vendor. We also have Ultrasonic Cleaners that we can use to clean electrical items such as cables, rods, and wires. 

SERVPRO of South Everett has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial fire damage emergencies. Whether your fire emergency occurs in a restaurant, motel, or office building, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion.

If your business experiences a fire loss, call the fire and water damage restoration experts at 425-367-4484 and we’ll respond immediately to get you back to business.

Is Your Business Prepared for Emergencies?

7/10/2018 (Permalink)

40% of businesses never reopen after suffering a disaster. To avoid being one of these businesses, make sure you have a plan in place for emergencies.

How quickly your company can get back to business after a fire or flood often depends on the emergency planning done today. The regular occurrence of natural disasters demonstrates the importance of being prepared for any emergency. While each situation is unique, your organization can be better prepared if you plan carefully, put emergency procedures in place, and practice for all kinds of emergencies.

According to FEMA, 40% of businesses never reopen after suffering a disaster. To avoid being one of these businesses, make sure you have a plan in place for emergencies.

The following are common sense measures business owners and managers can take to start getting ready. A commitment to begin planning today will help support your employees, customers and the community. It also protects your business investment and gives your company a better chance for survival. Review the following questions to learn if your company is prepared.

Be Informed

  • Do you know what kind of emergencies might affect your company?
  • Do you know what you will do in an emergency situation?

Develop a Business Continuity Plan

  • Do you know which staff, procedures, and equipment are absolutely necessary to keep operating?
  • Do you have backup plans for those operations?
  • Do you know what you will do if your building or plant is not accessible?
  • Do you know what you will do if your suppliers are impacted by a disaster?
  • Are you ready for utility disruptions?

Prepare Your Emergency Plan

  • Do you have an evacuation plan?
  • Do you have a plan to communicate with employees before, during, and after an incident?
  • Do you have copies of building and site maps with utilities and emergency routes marked?
  • Are your employees trained for medical emergencies?

Practice the Emergency Plan

  • Have you practiced your plan recently?
  • Do you practice and coordinate with other businesses in your building or industrial complex?
  • Have you reviewed your plans in the last 12 months?

Review Insurance Coverage

  • Have you reviewed your insurance coverage recently to see if you’re covered in a disaster

Secure Your Facility and Equipment

  • Have you secured all the ways people, products, and supplies get into your building?
  • Have you conducted a room-by-room walk-through to determine what can be strapped down

Improve Cybersecurity

  • Do you regularly install patches to your software?
  • Have you installed a firewall on your computer?
  • Do you regularly update your antivirus software?

Promote Family and Individual Preparedness

  • Do you encourage employees to have a personal emergency supply kit and a family communication plan?

If you answered “No” to any of these questions, visit ready.gov and learn how to better prepare your business.

Also, give SERVPRO of South Everett a call at 425-367-4484 and we can help you set up an Emergency READY Profile so you’ll be ready in case of an emergency. And if disaster does hit your business, we can help make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today!

A Business Plan For Fire Emergencies

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

Do you have a fire emergency plan for your business?

You may have taken measures to help prevent fire in your office, but are you prepared in case fire does break out? According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), U.S. fire departments respond to an average of 3,340 fires in office properties each year. Make sure your business is prepared for fire.

Check Fire Alarms

The first key is to have functioning fire alarms in your property. Smoke alarms save lives when properly installed and maintained, according to the NFPA.

Test smoke alarms monthly using the test button. Smoke alarms with non-replaceable batteries need the entire smoke alarm unit replaced every ten years. Other alarms need batteries replaced every year, and the unit replaced every ten years. If the alarm chirps signaling low battery, take the proper steps to replace the unit or the batteries immediately. Never disable or remove the battery from an alarm. Almost half of fires where smoke alarms were present but did not activate had missing or disconnected batteries (NFPA).

In larger commercial facilities, hard wired or wireless smoke alarms offer benefits such as not needing to be tested as often and activating throughout the entire building if smoke is detected in just one area (NFPA).

If you need help installing, testing or changing batteries in your smoke alarms, contact your local fire department, an electrician or the American Red Cross.

Create and Implement an Office Evacuation Plan

An emergency escape plan is not required for all businesses; however, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommends building an emergency action plan to protect yourself, your employees, and your business during an emergency. OSHA suggests the following steps when developing such a plan.

  • Organize an Emergency Preparedness Procedures review with employees to review your company’s emergency plans. You may wish to select an individual or team of individuals to lead and coordinate your emergency plan.
  • Once a plan is developed, post evacuation procedures, including routes and exits, where they are easily accessible to all employees. Ensure all exits and routes are clearly marked and well lit, wide enough to accommodate the number of evacuating personnel, and unobstructed and clear of debris at all times.
  • Conduct office evacuation exercises and drills. Designate a safe spot outside of the facility where employees can regroup, recover, and conduct a head count. Once completed, evaluate how well the plan worked and if additional training or exercises are needed.

Create a SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile®

At SERVPRO of South Everett, we can create an Emergency READY Profile (ERP) for your business. When disaster strikes, you don’t want to spend time trying to figure out whom you should contact for what. Our ERPs include a detailed assessment of your facility along with a profile document and guide to getting you back to business faster after an incident. We even offer a mobile app for convenience. If you want to set up an Emergency READY Profile, call us today at 425-367-4484.

It is important to be prepared before a disaster like a fire hits your property. For the sake of your employees and your property, make sure your office is safe and prepared. If disaster does strike, SERVPRO of South Everett is Here To Help. Give us a call at 425-367-4484. 

Be Prepared with an Emergency READY Profile

5/7/2018 (Permalink)

Get prepared with an Emergency READY Profile.

Will you be ready when disaster strikes? The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile® (ERP) will help ensure you and your business are “Ready for whatever happens.”

In the event of an emergency, the SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility. The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including emergency contact information, shut-off valve locations, and priority areas. The ERP is also accessible online using your computer or tablet; download SERVPRO’s free Ready Plan app to access this information at any time using your smartphone or tablet.

The ERP establishes SERVPRO of South Everett as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider, giving you access to 50 years experience and a system more than 1,700 Franchises strong. Knowing what to do and who to call in advance is key to quick response and timely mitigation. Having a plan in place may help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive and get you back in the building following a disaster.

Preparation is the key to making it through any size disaster, whether it is a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. The best time to plan for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens. No one ever expects a disaster, but now is the time to plan for it.

In review, the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile is:

  • A no-cost assessment of your facility.
  • A concise Profile document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
  • Establishes SERVPRO of South Everett as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas, and priority contact information.

The ERP is a no-cost assessment; all it requires is a little time, making it a great value that could save a lot of time in the future. Call SERVPRO of South Everett at 425-367-4484 to start your Emergency READY Profile today.

Post-Construction Cleaning Services

3/30/2018 (Permalink)

After rebuilding your property, there is still more work to be done. We can help in the Post-Construction Cleanup of your property.

Along with our restoration and rebuild services, SERVPRO of South Everett provides a variety of cleaning services. One of the cleaning services we provide is Post-Construction Cleanup.

After restoring and rebuilding your property, there is still more work to be done. It is important to get your property clean and ready to use. Let SERVPRO of South Everett get your property clean and ready to go!

Both interior and exterior cleaning is needed after rebuild and construction services. When cleaning, the following areas are usually dusted and cleaned:

Interior Cleanup

  • Walls (removing dust, dirt, scuff marks, and smudges)
  • Ceilings and light fixtures/fans
  • All trim (including baseboards and door and window frames)
  • Door faces, sides, and tops
  • Floors
  • Ducts, vents, and baseboard heaters
  • Windows (including tracks and frames)
  • Cabinetry, appliances, fixtures, and countertops
  • All trash and plastic coverings removed

Exterior Cleaning

  • Exterior windows and doors
  • Entry doorways
  • Driveway and paved surfaces swept and power washed
  • Exterior lights dusted
  • All trash on property (including lumber and debris) removed

If your property is in need of Post-Construction Cleaning, give SERVPRO of South Everett a call at 360-243-8313. No matter the size, we are Here To Help. 

Keeping It Clean: An Overview of Our Cleaning Services

3/22/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of South Everett can handle any cleaning job you may have.

At SERVPRO of South Everett we offer a large variety of cleaning services. We can handle the simple cleaning that comes from general day-to-day wear and tear as well as major cleanups after sewage spills, biohazard contamination and crime scene messes. This article showcases the range of cleaning services we provide.

Standard Cleaning Services

Life is busy, and you don’t have time to worry about the common wear and tear that gradually soils your property. When grime, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, you should call SERVPRO of South Everett for prompt service. Whether it’s removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on us to make your workspace look its very best.

Air Ducts and HVAC Cleaning

Ventilation systems are often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality. If your HVAC has been operating for some time without attention, it could be circulating dust, pollen, odors, dirt and debris or other contaminants. Keeping your HVAC system clean can extend the life of the equipment. This can in turn save you money and give you cleaner air to breathe.

Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning

Even the highest-quality carpet and upholstery can show soiling over time. Protect your investment by cleaning and maintaining your carpet and upholstery. SERVPRO of South Everett offers a range of specialized cleaning methods and products to treat a variety of carpet and upholstery types.

Ceilings, Walls, and Hard Floor Cleaning

Ceiling, wall and floor cleaning should be part of the cleaning maintenance of your home or business. These surfaces are exposed to dirt and dust, pet dander, cooking oils and grease, cigarette smoke, and other contaminants. We have specialized training in time-tested and industry-approved cleaning methods. Our proprietary cleaning system allows our Professionals to properly clean and restore your ceilings, walls and floors.

Odor Removal and Deodorization

As experts in deodorization, SERVPRO of South Everett is trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors. These odors can come from a number of sources, both inside and outside a structure. Masking and other short cuts don't work when your odor problem is serious or persistent. We have the training and equipment to identify and eliminate these offensive odors.

Contents Cleaning

SERVPRO of South Everett specializes in restoring contents damaged by fire, water, or mold. We pretest your contents to determine what items can be restored back to their preloss condition. We utilize several methods of cleaning your contents, depending on the extent of the damage. We also specialize in restoring your damaged electronics. We have the training and equipment to restore many of your electronic devices.

Other Cleaning Services

When cleaning goes beyond the normal everyday cleaning needs, give SERVPRO of South Everett a call. We offer a wide array of services to help you get back to business after your property experiences a crime, death or other disaster.

Biohazard Removal and Cleaning

Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences. A failure to properly remove such substances can contribute to unhealthy and dangerous environments. SERVPRO of South Everett is trained to safely remove biohazards and dispose of them properly in accordance with OSHA and health regulations. Equipped with the necessary safety apparatus and cleaning products, we can help transform these unhealthy environments back into clean, safe homes and offices.

Sewage Cleaning

Sewage backups and dark water intrusions are more than nasty, smelly deposits – these damages also introduce harmful microorganisms into a structure. We remove the sewage, contaminants, and moisture, and help ensure the structure is properly cleaned, disinfected, and deodorized, making it “Like it never even happened.”

Trauma and Crime Scene Cleanup

After the police have finished processing a crime or accident scene, the cleaning and restoration process can begin. Many times, crime and accident scenes have blood and other biohazard contaminants that pose a serious health risk. SERVPRO of South Everett will respond immediately and has the specialized training, protective equipment, and experience to safely clean trauma and crime scenes.

Vandalism Cleanup

Vandalism and graffiti can be very upsetting. It can range from relatively minor pranks to malicious destruction of property. Often simple acts of vandalism, like breaking a window, can cause significant water and mold damage if not addressed in a timely manner. SERVPRO of South Everett will act quickly to remove vandalism and graffiti from your home or commercial spaces. In addition to removing spray-painted graffiti from exterior walls, we can also clean driveways, walkways, asphalt, metals, wood, glass, plastic, and masonry.

Our large range of restoration and cleaning services allows us to restore your property, no matter what is needed. If your property has cleaning needs, give SERVPRO of South Everett a call at 425-367-4484. 

What to Do When Your Business is a Victim of Burglary, Vandalism, or Arson

10/20/2017 (Permalink)

Do you know what you'll do if your business is a victim of a crime?

If your business is a victim of a crime, it can be costly both financially and emotionally. After law enforcement comes and goes, you might find yourself wondering what to do next to get your business up and running again. At SERVPRO® of South Everett, we offer a wide array of services to help you get back to business in no time.

Burglary

After a break-in, you might expect to feel uneasy or angry. You might not expect the mess or damage that can come along with a crime scene.

First, there’s the damage the actual break-in may have caused, such as broken windows, damaged entryways, etc. There may even be blood and other bodily fluids or pepper spray residue. However, crime-solving can leave a mess behind, too. Your property might have substances like fingerprint powder and evidence-gathering chemicals as well.

After you file the paperwork and report what’s missing to the police, we can fix your property so you can get back to running your business. Whether you need someone to clean and disinfect or someone to handle larger repairs, we have the knowledge and training needed to restore your property “Like it never even happened.”

Vandalism

Vandalism can range in severity from graffiti on a wall to destruction of property. You’ll want to take quick action to restore your business for both office morale and safety.

Graffiti may create an unprofessional atmosphere that could potentially drive away clients. At SERVPRO® of South Everett we can remove graffiti from most surfaces including, but not limited to:

  • Glass
  • Masonry
  • Wood
  • Plastic
  • Asphalt

More severe vandalism, like a broken window or entryway, can leave employees feeling unsafe, and it can leave your business open to weather problems and, potentially, more crime.

We have the tools and expertise necessary to get your business up and running in no time. We offer commercial cleaning services above and beyond what a maid service might provide. We can take care of everything from debris removal to board-up services to water damage restoration.

Arson

Even a small fire can cause significant fire and smoke damage to your property. Firefighting efforts may even cause water damage. While police can perform the important work of finding out who committed the crime, you’ll still need to get your business ready to open again.

Our trained professionals understand the urgency of restoring your workplace to professional standards. We work hard to efficiently restore your building and belongings to pre-fire condition. We even help manage the insurance claims process.

When you run a business, you know that time is money. We offer 24/7 service, so don’t hesitate to call us day or night to start the restoration process. If your business is the victim of a crime, call SERVPRO® of South Everett at 425-367-4484, and we’ll make sure your property is cleaned up and ready for business. 

How to Prevent Fires in the Office

9/15/2017 (Permalink)

Office fires lead to millions of dollars of damage every year. Simple changes in your office can prevent damage like this.

Have you reviewed your office’s fire prevention and safety procedures recently? Office fires lead to millions of dollars of property damage every year as well as employee injuries and deaths. Simple changes in your office can both prevent fires and prepare your employees for emergencies.

Avoid Overloading Circuits

Outlets were only designed to handle so much. You may be tempted to use power strips to plug in as many devices into each outlet as possible, but overloading your circuits can lead to fires.

Talk to your electrician to set rules for the outlets in your building, and communicate these rules to each of your employees.

Clear the Clutter

It’s easy to let paper, boxes, and the like clutter desks and other work areas. However, clutter provides easy fuel for fires to grow and spread faster. Boxes of papers near a stairwell or door can easily catch fire and block potential exits during an emergency.

Most accidental office fires start in the kitchen. It’s important to keep flammable materials away from kitchen equipment such as coffee machines and hot plates. Clean these appliances regularly so they can function properly.

Make sure all heat-producing equipment has room for air to circulate around it, especially copy machines, computers, space heaters, and coffee machines.

Shut Down Appliances & Equipment

While most office fires happen during the day, the most damaging fires happen while everyone is gone for the night. Choose a designated person to sweep through the office and turn off electrical appliances at the end of each work day.

Examine all electrical equipment employees bring in, such as space heaters and lamps, to make sure they are in good condition. Require employees to unplug these devices when they leave as well.

Establish a No-Flame Rule

Don’t allow employees to use lighted birthday candles or burn scented candles at their desk or in break rooms. Remember, accidents with small flames can lead to big problems.

Watch the Wiring

If any of your office’s electrical cords show signs of damage such as fraying or tears in the plastic covering, replace them immediately. Encourage your employees to report any defective wiring as well. Exposed wiring can encounter moisture, which may cause short circuiting and fires.

Don’t run cords across the floor where people may step on them or roll over them with carts or chairs. This leads to damaged cords, which can, in turn, lead to a fire hazard.

Secure the Building

Arson accounts for a significant portion of office fires. Lock up your building securely every night. Make sure any parking lots or alleyways near your building are well lit. You may want to invest in a security system as well.

Create and Implement an Office Evacuation Plan

Consider talking with your local fire department to create an office fire safety and evacuation plan. Identify all possible exits in your office, and establish an evacuation protocol including office safety officers and meeting places. Print out copies of the plan that highlight exits, escape routes, and meeting places.

Display your office evacuation plan in high employee traffic areas, like break rooms. Go over the plan with all new employees, and schedule fire drills every few months to practice.

Equip your office with fire safety items such as smoke alarms and fire extinguishers. Your fire department should know the exact requirements for your building.

At SERVPRO® of South Everett, we can create an Emergency READY Profile for your business. When disaster strikes, you don’t want to spend time trying to figure out who to contact for what. Our ERPs include a detailed assessment of your facility along with a profile document and guide to getting you back to business faster after an incident. We even offer a mobile app for convenience.

Even small fires can leave significant property damage; smoke can enter your ventilation system and spread soot and debris throughout your building. We can accurately assess fire and smoke damage and help make your office “Like it never even happened.”

If you’ve had a fire in your office, or if you want to set up an Emergency READY Profile, call us today at 425-367-4484.

7 Tips to Prevent Mold in Your Business

7/10/2017 (Permalink)

Keep your business clean to help prevent mold growth.

Why should you worry about mold in your building? According to OSHA, some mold, over time, may cause structural damage to wood along with damage to furnishings and finishes. Additionally, if left unchecked, some types of mold have strong odors and may trigger allergic reactions or irritate existing respiratory conditions in some people.

Mold can grow anywhere with enough moisture and organic material. Use the following tips to help prevent mold growth in your business.

Tip #1: Clean Out the Refrigerator

It can be difficult to keep track of shared refrigerators. Some people will always remember to clear out their leftovers, others won’t. Old food storage containers are a perfect breeding ground for mold. Over time, mold can travel to the shelving and even outside the refrigerator.

Consider instituting an office refrigerator policy. If something is left in the fridge by a certain time each week, it goes in the garbage.

Tip #2: Look for And Repair Leaks

Leaks from plumbing, windows, roofs, and more can lead to significant water damage in your business as well as an increased risk of mold growth. If you aren’t regularly inspecting your property, it’s easy for these leaks to go unchecked until they create a larger, more costly problem.

Watch for telltale signs of a leak such as lower water pressure; wet spots on the floors, ceilings, or walls; and condensation around window sills and in attic spaces.

Tip #3: Keep It Clean

It’s easy for anyone to get caught up in work and let clutter take over his or her workspace. However, clutter creates lots of hiding spots for crumbs and dust, which are both great food sources for mold. Make sure to clear the clutter and wipe down hard surfaces regularly. Make sure to promptly clean all spills as well.

Clean and sanitize break rooms and bathrooms frequently. Both rooms provide ample opportunity for mold growth. These rooms should be cleaned at least weekly depending on how regularly people use each room.

Tip #4: Turn on the AC/Dehumidifier

Leaks aren’t the only way for moisture to accumulate in your business. High humidity levels can lead to moisture and mold as well. On hot days, fans can cool you off, but they don’t do much for humidity levels. Run your AC or a dehumidifier to cut down the humidity in the building.

Tip #5: Clean out Trash Cans

While you might switch out the liners regularly, can you remember the last time you washed out the trash cans? It’s easy for bits of food and condensation to sneak beneath liners into the can, which is all mold needs to grow.

Try washing out office wastebaskets about once a month to prevent mold growth.

Tip #6: Take Care of Your HVAC System

Your HVAC system can quickly distribute mold spores throughout your building if there is a problem. Make sure your HVAC system receives regular inspections. Sometimes moisture condenses inside air ducts or leaks drip onto ducts from ceiling tiles, which can lead to mold growth inside the ducts.

Make sure to keep the HVAC drip pans clean and unobstructed. Additionally, replace your filters as needed.

Tip #7: Slope the Ground Away from the Foundation

If the ground around your building slopes toward the foundation, water can accumulate and weaken your building’s structure. Additionally, it provides an ideal environment for mold to grow. The ground should slope away from the building. You should also make sure your building follows the local building codes for drainage.

Mold is persistent. Even if you follow all the right steps it’s still possible for mold to grow and spread in your building. Fortunately, at SERVPRO® of South Everett, we have the right experience in mold remediation to make your place of business “Like it never even happened.”

Unfortunately, mold doesn’t stay put—it grows quickly. You’ll want to give us a call as soon as you notice it, so we can start the remediation process. Our technicians have the training, equipment, and knowledge necessary to help locate and remediate mold efficiently.

If you find mold in your place of business, don’t hesitate to call us at 425-367-4484.

Choose SERVPRO® of South Everett for Your Cleaning and Restoration

7/10/2017 (Permalink)

Why should you choose SERVPRO of South Everett?

When your business suffers damage from something like a flood, fire, or other disaster, the recovery process may be more extensive than you first realize. In many cases, the damage may exceed what your normal cleaning staff can handle.

At SERVPRO® of South Everett, we’re prepared to handle almost any disaster with a focus on safety, efficient service, and a dedication to restoring your business’s aesthetic.

Focus on Safety

No matter whether your building has been damaged by fire, water, or mold, at SERVPRO® of South Everett, our number one priority is making your building safe for you and your employees again.

Our technicians have the knowledge, experience, and equipment to comprehensively treat your place of business after it’s been damaged. We offer a variety of services, including, but not limited to:

  • Fire and Smoke Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Odor Control
  • Sewage Cleanup
  • Air Ducts and HVAC Cleaning
  • Vandalism Removal

Our dedication to safety includes the training and certification of our technicians. Our technicians are prepared to execute the best practices for a variety of restoration and cleaning services.

Efficient Service

At SERVPRO® of South Everett, we understand that every hour you spend cleaning up and recovering from damage to your property is a lost hour of productivity for your business. Lost time is lost money.

When it comes to water and fire damage as well as mold, time is of the essence. Delayed treatment can lead to greater, more stubborn damage. We offer 24/7 service, which means we’re faster to any size disaster. We can even work with your insurance company to further streamline the process.

We offer long-term solutions, not short-term cover-ups. Often, the visible signs of water damage, like water-stained ceilings, wet carpet, mold, etc., are merely symptoms of a larger problem, like a leak in your roof, a burst pipe, etc. We don’t simply slap on a coat of paint or clean your carpet and leave. We help find the root cause of the problem to both treat the current issues and prevent future damage.

We focus on a “restore first” mentality to get you up and running faster with lower costs. We’ll prioritize restoring your building and property instead of replacement whenever possible.

Restoring Aesthetic

We understand the importance of putting your best foot forward for your clients and customers. After a storm, fire, or flood, your building might be less than presentable. Our comprehensive services allow us to restore your building to its pre-damage condition. Our cleaning and restoration services include, but are not limited to:

  • Carpet and Tile Repair and Installation
  • Upholstery and Fabric Cleaning
  • Drapes and Blinds Cleaning
  • Drywall Removal and Installation
  • Painting

By the time we’re done, you’ll be ready to open your doors to your clients with pride. We work hard to make your building “Like it never even happened.”

At SERVPRO® of South Everett, we’re dedicated to making your building safe, providing you with efficient service, and restoring the aesthetic of your place of business. If your business suffers fire, water, mold, or any other type of damage, give us a call at 425-367-4484.

Recovering Your Business After Storm Damage

5/19/2017 (Permalink)

Storms and natural disasters can cause sizable damage to your business. We have the training, experience, and equipment to tackle your storm damage.

Traditional cleaning and janitorial services typically cover day-to-day cleaning. However, they often lack the resources to handle more substantial damage that a storm or disaster might cause. At SERVPRO® of South Everett, we have the training, experience, and equipment necessary to tackle anything from deep cleaning your flooring to significant reconstruction projects.

Property Damage

Storms and other natural disasters can cause considerable damage to your business. Windstorms, for example, can result in anything from a littered parking lot to missing shingles to a tree falling through your building’s roof.

We understand that every hour you spend working on recovery is an hour of lost productivity. Let us help you get your business back to full speed in no time.

We offer a wide variety of services to handle storm damage. Our services include, but are not limited to:

  • Board Up
  • Electrical
  • Roof Tarping and Repair
  • Flooring Repair
  • Painting
  • Temporary Fencing
  • General Contracting
  • Tree Removal

Water and Mold

No matter whether a flood hits your building or rain leaks in through a broken window, water doesn’t take long to damage your property. Your janitorial staff likely won’t have the equipment and training necessary to help your business recover after a large storm hits.

We aim to get your building back at full productivity as quickly and safely as we can. We offer comprehensive services to make your business “Like it never even happened.” Our services include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Water Removal and Drying
  • Mold Remediation
  • Odor Removal
  • Carpet Treatment and Installation
  • Commercial Cleaning

Our highly trained technicians can help locate and fix the source of the problem, remove the water, and treat the affected area. 

The longer water spreads through your building, the more damage it causes—especially as it becomes more contaminated over time. Prolonged periods of moisture in your business can also lead to mold problems. That’s why we’re committed to being faster to any sized disaster.

With our 24/7 service, we’re able to contain and treat water damage quickly, which allows us to save and restore as much of your building and property as possible.

At SERVPRO® of South Everett, we commit to a “restore first” mentality that prioritizes restoration above replacement to save you money and get you back into your building faster.

Fire and Smoke

While fire damage might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of storms, they do bring an increased fire risk. Flooding, downed electrical lines, and lightning all can lead to fires.

After a fire, significant restoration may be necessary to make your building safe to enter and work in again. Fortunately, we have the training, experience, and equipment necessary to restore your building to pre-fire condition.

Fire and smoke damage can have lasting, dangerous effects if not properly resolved. Smoke and soot can seep into fabric, carpeting, and more. Additionally, your HVAC system can spread smoke and soot into areas not otherwise affected by the fire.

Our technicians are trained in the following services and more:

  • Fire and Smoke Restoration
  • Upholstery and Fabric Cleaning
  • Odor Control
  • HVAC Services

From windstorms, to floods, to fire, natural disasters can cause significant damage to your business. At SERVPRO® of South Everett, we understand that time spent recovering from such a disaster leads to lost productivity and lost revenue. We’re dedicated to providing you with fast, quality service. We even work with your insurance companies, so you can focus on running your business. 

If your business has sustained damage from a storm or other disaster, give us a call at 425-367-4484, and we’ll get your business on the road to recovery today.

Improving Indoor Air Quality at Your Business

3/29/2017 (Permalink)

We can help you improve the indoor air quality of your office.

Most people spend an average of 90% of their time indoors. Much of that time, for adults, is spent in an office, or warehouse, environment. Indoor air quality can contribute to the health and comfort of your employees, customers, and all who visit your place of business.

Why Does Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Matter?

Many studies suggest that the level of pollutants indoors often surpasses the pollutants outdoors. Poor IAQ can potentially impact the health and wellbeing of your employees.

According to OSHA, the following symptoms have been linked to poor IAQ:

  • Nose, lung, throat, and eye irritation
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Concentration difficulty

OSHA also claims that specific air contaminants have been linked with varying ailments. Irritants and damp indoor environments may worsen or lead to various conditions.

After examining the potential symptoms of poor indoor air quality, it’s no surprise that good IAQ has been linked to higher productivity and fewer lost work days according to an EPA Report to Congress from 1989. Happy, healthy workers tend to take fewer days off and accomplish more in the workplace.

What Affects Indoor Air Quality?

Fixing indoor air quality is not as simple of a fix as changing a pipe or washing a window. Several independent factors, both indoors and out, can contribute to poor IAQ.

Potential factors include, but are not limited to:

  • Outdoor pollutants such as smoke, smog, etc.
  • Poor ventilation and/or insulation
  • Inadequate moisture and humidity control
  • Untreated smoke damage
  • Spilt chemicals and leaking gases
  • Dust, dirt, and animal dander
  • Fungi, pollen, and other biological matter
  • Tobacco 

What Can SERVPRO® of South Everett Do?

As mentioned before, many factors can impact IAQ. Fortunately, we offer comprehensive services that tackle many of these factors. At SERVPRO® of South Everett, we offer inspections with recommendations for the best course of action to leave your office with cleaner air.

HVAC Systems

Without regular attention, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems can spread contaminants around your office. We offer regular inspections and cleanings so your office enjoys cleaner air and longer-lasting HVAC systems.

Mold Remediation

Mold, especially if left untreated long term, may pose health risks to your employees according to the EPA. Mold spores can travel through the air, impacting the IAQ and spreading the mold throughout the building. We have the training, equipment, and experience necessary to contain the mold, restore your property, and make it “Like it never even happened.”

Fire and Smoke Damage

Walls, carpets, and even furniture can carry smoke and soot long after the fire is put out, which can impact your IAQ. If your property experiences a fire, we can handle the damage both big and small. We can also make sure your building, and its contents, are properly cleaned.

Water Damage

No matter whether the water damage was caused by a leaky roof, a broken pipe, or a flooded basement, moisture and humidity may lead to poor IAQ, along with other significant problems. We can help to identify the source of the problem and fix any damage that may have occurred.

We also offer commercial cleaning services that go above and beyond typical janitorial or maid services. Regular cleaning can help combat potential air pollutants like dust, dirt, pollen, etc.

Cleaner air can lead to a healthier and more productive workforce. It also can improve your clients’ and visitors’ experiences with your company. If your company could benefit from any of our services, please call SERVPRO® of South Everett at 425-367-4484.