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Efficient Flood Damage Cleaning After Kent Storms

6/24/2022 (Permalink)

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Storm Flooding Extraction and Drying with SERVPRO in Kent

It might seem apocalyptical if you have flooding issues in your Kent home after a heavy storm front rolls through the area. But normalcy can return with professional help. SERVPRO’s advice for area homeowners is not to panic. Once you make a call to our customer care team, we can mobilize our disaster response team to your door within hours to get started.

How to handle drying and flood damage in Kent depends on several factors. These are some things to remember despite the worry and trauma of having your home turned upside down:

  • Some homeowners mistakenly think they can save time and money by starting flood mitigation on their own. The truth is that most people do not have a fraction of the knowledge professionals do, let alone any of the right equipment for the job,
  • Calling a trusted flood restoration team like SERVPRO offers a quick solution involving proven methods and industry-leading equipment. Additionally, all of our technicians get trained following the standards of the IICRC, so you know you have the right team on the job.

Stagnant water is one of the most significant issues residents face after flooding. The longer water pools in rooms, the larger the problem and the more surfaces and contents take on damage. The most common consequences of a flood include:

  • Electrical wiring exposed to water becomes a danger and risk.
  • More than the flooring suffers; water infiltrates walls, furniture, and even ceilings.
  • Damp, musty odors are impossible to eliminate without the help of specialized measures – this is where our Odor Control Technicians (OCT) come in.

SERVPRO of Kent is here to handle flood damage and everything else caused by the storm, including a leaking roof from storms and devastation from debris. Contact us at (253) 850-1500.

Become Familiar with Effective Water Damage Remediation in Kent

6/24/2022 (Permalink)

cracked ceiling paint from water leak Call SERVPRO fast to mitigate the water damage in your Kent home. We can even patch the ceiling.

Extracting Water from a Kent Residence

Did you know that 37% of homeowners claim to have suffered losses from water damage? Each year, millions of people are affected by water-related disasters. Even small pipe leaks can quietly pour hundreds of gallons of water into the home, compromising structural materials and creating environments that host mold and other microbes.

If your Kent residence needs water damage mitigation fast, the IICRC-certified technicians at SERVPRO are available to assist you 24 hours a day. This team is dedicated to bringing homeowners thorough cleaning and restoration to help them save time and money. Technicians coordinate with property owners and insurance adjusters to ensure that every step of the cleanup process, including any necessary disposal or demolition, is done with the consent of all involved parties.

Pipe Leak in Your Home

  • Stains on the ceiling. If you notice dark stains or sagging in your ceiling, the internal pipes may have seeped enough water to damage beams.
  • Damaged flooring. Water can harm flooring, including buckling, staining, cracking, warping, and tiles loosening. If you feel persistent wet or soft spots in the floor when you step on it, chances are you have water damage that needs mitigation. Water can erode subflooring and eventually collapse structures without professional mitigation.  
  • Rusty fixtures. If your pipes are discolored, stained, dimpled, or flaking, corrosion is a likely culprit. Rusty pipes, fuse boxes, and other appliances indicate water damage in or near walls. 
  • Discoloration of paint or wallpaper. When exposed to water over time, paint and wallpaper start to peel, bubble, crack, and warp. Worse still, the drywall and wood behind it are absorbent and break down, meaning that if you see damage on the surface, there is likely even more behind the walls.
  • Odors. If you notice a musty or mildewy smell, there is water damage nearby. 

How SERVPRO Can Help

If you have a saggy, water-saturated ceiling, SERVPRO technicians have various tools available to address the issue. Technicians can evaluate the extent of damage behind surfaces with infrared cameras. After evaluating moisture levels, technicians can demolish damaged ceiling portions and remove compromised materials. 

Once unsafe materials have been extracted from the affected area, drying with air movers and dehumidifiers can commence. If odors persist, technicians can implement ultra-low volume foggers to dispense water- or solvent-based deodorant solutions that eliminate odor-causing particles.

SERVPRO of Kent wants to ensure that your home looks "Like it never even happened." Call (253) 850-1500 for disaster cleanup that can start within hours of your initial contact.

Why Kent Homeowners Should Get Professional Mold Remediation

6/24/2022 (Permalink)

mold blooms on ceiling by window SERVPRO remediates mold damage in our customers' homes in the Kent area of WA.

We Take Mold Damage Very Seriously at Your Kent Home 

A typical action many homeowners do when they have mold damage is to Google it for home remedies. This tactic works great for the mold infestation but not so great for the home and contents, as it allows the colonies to continue to thrive and spread.

Professional mold remediation in Kent homes should begin as soon as signs of an infestation get noticed. Musty odors, visible mold, and signs of water damage all point to colonies growing behind the scenes.

Why SERVPRO?

The certified technicians undergo extensive water, fire, biohazard, and mold restoration training. Our goal is to save homeowners replacement costs for the structure and contents through advanced cleaning methods.

Locating the Reason for Mold

There are numerous reasons mold occurs within properties. The conditions enabling the colonies with improper handling have the potential to return. The techs carefully scope and look for the root cause; typical scenarios include inadequate ventilation, previous flood or water damage, and leaks.

Careful Abatement and Controlled Demolition

When sheetrock and other building materials receive mold effects, it often requires removal and disposal. During the abatement of colonies, the techs usually contain the area to stop the spread of any airborne spores. After drying existing colonies, the remaining debris on wood beams gets removed through gentle hand-scraping or soda blasting.

Post-Remediation Actions

The techs use specially formulated cleaning agents to kill any spores resident on surfaces. The application of an antimicrobial sealant gets used on the framework before the reinstallation of sheetrock to inhibit mold return.

Repairs and Restoration 

During mold damage mitigation, it is common for properties to need sheetrock replaced, cabinets installed, and flooring replaced. With our general contractor license #SERVPCS911LE, the techs offer a full transitional service from restoration to reconstruction as needed to bring the home to its preloss condition.

SERVPRO of Kent at (253) 850-1500 has the tools and equipment to provide professional mold remediation services to local homeowners and restore the home "Like it never even happened."

Water Damage in Tukwila Kitchen Gets Demo and Rebuild

5/29/2022 (Permalink)

a flooded kitchen with water everywhere and furniture floating around Burst pipes can quickly dump a large amount of water on your kitchen floor. React fast with a call to our SERVPRO team for effective water removal.

Tukwila if you endure water damage to your kitchen, let us help save your kitchen.

When a pipe bursts under a sink in a kitchen, the amount of water that spills can do significant damage to the flooring and walls in a short time. Mops and rags only absorb water on the surface and do nothing about any migration that happened into the subfloor or behind baseboards. 

SERVPRO technicians received a call to assist a Tukwila home with water damage cleanup in the kitchen. The water pooled in the breakfast area and required extraction using portable pumps. 

Tracing the Water Migration Path

The techs use various types of detection equipment to determine moisture and humidity levels behind walls and under floors. This action ensures that no water gets left behind to cause additional issues. 

Removal of Damaged Materials

Hardwood flooring has recovery potential through drying, if the mitigation begins quickly enough. The composite wood floor in the kitchen deteriorated quickly after extended exposure to the water. IICRC-certified technicians removed the flooring as it had no restoration prospects and prepped the subfloor for drying. The sheetrock wicked significant amounts of water and required removal down to the studs to open the wall cavity for better airflow.

Complete Drying is the Key 

The techs monitor the drying process carefully to ensure that the indoor humidity levels fall below the range for mold spore germination, and it also assists in avoiding musty odors. Once the structure verifies as dry, they clean the surfaces with their proprietary disinfectants, so there is a clean slate to build on.

Restoration and Reconstruction 

With their general contractor license #SERVPCS911LE, SERVPRO offers a one-stop recovery and rebuilding assistance. This takes the hassle out of finding a contractor and waiting for the insurance carrier to approve the services. The technicians work closely with the insurance company, so the process from beginning to end is never out of the scope of coverage. The technicians handle everything such as installing flooring, painting, and repairs as needed. 

SERVPRO of Kent at (253) 850-1500 can clean up water damage and restore your home with any reconstruction or repairs needed to make the loss "Like it never even happened."

Mold Removal Options for Tukwila Homes

5/11/2022 (Permalink)

mold growing on the baseboards of a room Regardless of the color of the offending mold, team SERVPRO can help. Contact us at the first sight. Our knowledgeable technicians are standing by.

Eliminating Active Mold Colonies Requires Several Strategies in Residences

With the natural humidity in the Pacific Northwest, towns like Tukwila feature many homes that continually contend with mold and microbial threats. In lower-lying areas like the basement or sellers of these properties, damp conditions can facilitate naturally occurring mold spores on organic matter. While this might seem like a common occurrence, these organisms' presence can be damaging to the property and create health effects for those exposed.

Removing Mold from Tukwila Homes 

Remediation seeks to eliminate active colonization, which differs from other mold removal companies in Tukwila. Our professionals understand that your time and money are valuable commodities, which encourage an efficient and direct solution for active colonization when it exists. Remediation involves several approaches working simultaneously to protect as much of the installed structural elements as possible. Some of these techniques include:

Mold can be a threat to your home when you do nothing to overcome it. Let our SERVPRO of Kent remediators help by calling (253) 850-1500.

Does Household Air-freshener Get Rid of Burnt Odors in Kent?

5/6/2022 (Permalink)

a fire damaged living room with debris everywhere Fire damage cleanup and remediation often involves dealing with remaining odors. Call SERVPRO 24/7 to discuss our process.

Dealing with Fire and Odor Damage Requires Powerful Cleaning and Deodorizing Agents. SERVPRO Assists Kent Residents with Fire Odor Issues.

Why is air-freshener bad for fire odors?

The presence of burning smells in your Kent home after a fire can be persistent and unpleasant. A house fire releases a considerable amount of gasses and chemical compounds into your home. Some of these gasses may be volatile odor particles that remain due to a lack of indoor ventilation. Masking agents, like air-freshener, are rarely the primary method that SERVPRO odor control technicians (OCT) use to bring an odor under control. Fire odors typically linger in a property due to volatility, which describes how quickly liquids change to a gas. A burning smell is full of highly volatile particles, which results in a stubborn odor that does not disappear after using air-fresheners.

What affects fire odors in the home?

  •   The volatility of microscopic odor particles
  •   Presence of moisture which can increase the perception of odors
  •   Porous materials in the home which can absorb odor particles

What chemicals control fire and burnt smoke aromas?

If air-freshener does not get rid of fire and odor damage in your Kent home, then you can resort to more powerful control agents. SERVPRO technicians frequently use pairing agents in combination with air-fresheners to tackle odor appropriately. Pairing agents bond with odor particles on a chemical level. Some of these pairing agents are humectant and cause odor particles to fall onto surfaces where they can be wiped away. Other pairing agents change the properties of an odor molecule neutralizing or destroying the odor.

What are other odor chemicals used in fire restoration?

  •   Enzymes that can digest and break down organic materials such as protein smoke residues and odor.
  •   Air purification uses an electronically charged grid to kill any odor-causing microorganisms.
  •   Oxidizing substances are usually reserved for severe fire situations because inhabitants cannot remain on-site during an ozone generator operation.

Tackling smoke and odor can be a massive challenge without professional assistance. Contact SERVPRO of Kent at (253) 850-1500.

SERVPRO Provides Commercial Fire Damage Restoration in Kent

4/30/2022 (Permalink)

ceiling sprinklers spitting water because of a fire Dealing with fire damage at your commercial location often means remediating water damage from sprinklers as well. Call team SERVPRO 24/7.

Need Commercial Fire Damage Repair and Restoration in Kent – Call SERVPRO

Commercial fires in Kent can be devastating for any business. Employees are out of work. Your business comes to a standstill, customer orders cannot be met, and all of the finished and unfinished products may be damaged by the fire or from water damage caused by sprinklers and the fire department. With no revenue from sales to your customers, paying your suppliers and restarting your business can be very challenging.

SERVPRO provides commercial fire damage restoration services in Kent and surrounding areas. We also offer controlled demolition and building reconstruction services to return our customers to normal operation as fast as possible. Our team can be onsite in less than four hours from your call, and we get to work as soon as the fire department gives us the all-clear to enter the building.

Every fire is different, with many small fires causing small amounts of fire damage and distributing smoke and soot throughout the building. Sprinklers and water soak many areas within the establishment. We can remove the fire-damaged materials and begin cleaning all surfaces and contents covered in soot and smoke residues.

Recovered materials, finished and unfinished goods can be recovered, cleaned, and dried. These items can be held in a staging area until all of the work is complete. Many of our customers reinstate their business operations from the staging area and provide temporary service to their customers from the staging area.

The services provided by SERVPRO to commercial customers experiencing fire damage include:

  • Controlled fire damage demolition
  • Fire damage repair and restoration
  • Smoke damage cleanup and staging area management

Call the commercial fire damage repair & restoration specialists at SERVPRO of Kent and nearby areas for fire damage assistance. We can help 24/7. Call (253) 850-1500.

Avoid Delays When Dealing with Flooding in Kent

4/11/2022 (Permalink)

water flooding in to living room Our certified water removal team is standing 24/7 by to take your emergency call.

Quick Flood Removal Actions Make Kent Home Habitable Again

The comfort you enjoy in your home can be curtailed instantly during flooding incidents. For a homeowner in Kent, removing murky water and moisture management were the main concerns since the flooding incident also involved a torn roof leaving a significant portion of the house, including the ceiling and walls, wet. Essential steps towards achieving the desired goal were:

  • Protecting contents from damages
  • Removing wet materials
  • Removing stagnant water
  • Cleaning soiling and removing contamination

Calling SERVPRO to offer professional assistance in flood removal helped the Kent homeowner in many ways to restore preloss conditions ensuring a comfortable stay. Our team brought a wealth of knowledge, including how to resolve the situation faster and what goals were necessary to achieve. For example, we had to ensure moisture content in wooden household items was down to 7%-11% and the relative humidity inside the house around 30% to 60%, depending on the temperature levels. Removal or prevention of foul odors is also necessary.

Various steps are usually necessary to achieve these goals. Removing any standing water and wet materials from the structure was essential to help in moisture management. To reach wet materials such as drywall and insulation within the walls, our SERVPRO team started by making flood cuts. The cut is made a few inches above the waterline, simplifying the process of removing wet wall panels without tearing down the entire wall. It also creates better room for using water extractors and pumps for water removal.

Other moisture control steps are necessary even after removing wet unsalvageable materials and extracting standing water from the building. Foul odors and other severe issues such as mold can develop in the building due to high moisture levels. Along with using antimicrobial cleaning agents, our SERVPRO technicians also take elaborate steps to dry excess moisture. For example, venting air movers into wall spaces helped remove excess water from the cavities. We also set up a couple of dehumidifiers in different home sections, expediting drying.

With the proper response, flooding incidents are easier to manage. Call SERVPRO of Kent at (253) 850-1500 to assist. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

We Are Ready for Any Size Disaster in Kent

4/4/2022 (Permalink)

Inside of SERVPRO restoration vehicle; SERVPRO equipment seen inside We are equipped with water extraction units to remove moisture before we set drying equipment out.

Get 24/7 Service When Your Kent Home Suffers Water Damage

In the continental United States, water damage claims are second only to wind and hail regarding insurance claim filings. While wind and hail can cause visible damages to exteriors that require mitigation, water damage can compromise structures without thorough professional care.

If your Kent residence has experienced water damage due to a pipe leak or other disaster, SERVPRO technicians are ready to assist you. This IICRC-certified crew is available 24/7 to combat water-related disasters and restore homes to their preloss condition. If your living space requires renovations after a disaster, SERVPRO possesses a general contracting license (#SERVPCS911LE) and can address your needs quickly.

What to Do When You Spot Water Damage

If you have identified water damage in your home, consider these preventive measures that can minimize repair and renovation costs after a disaster:

  • Shut off water for the affected area.
  • Do not use electronics in a water-damaged area and shut off power for these parts of your home to minimize risk.
  • Use towels, mops, and other clean items to soak up loose water.
  • Use fans and maximize ventilation to facilitate drying as much as possible. 
  • Call a professional disaster mitigation team immediately to restore your home and address potential damage behind or underneath walls, ceilings, and floors. 

SERVPRO's Scientific Approach

SERVPRO uses various moisture measurement tools to address multiple materials and plot out a course of action for extraction, drying, and disinfection with EPA-registered cleaners. These tools vary from moisture sensors that evaluate the moisture levels of soft materials to penetrating and non-penetrating moisture meters to monitor layers of material during the drying process. Technicians also use thermo-hygrometers, which assess both temperature and humidity. 

The goal during drying is to restore your structures and possessions to moisture levels that would be normal for them. What could be considered "dry" for carpeting or drywall is not necessarily the same for hardwood floors or leather upholstery. Technicians use a thorough approach to moisture analysis during cleanup. This process includes testing the same spots on surfaces several times with various measurement tools to ensure accuracy.

SERVPRO of Kent is always available to ensure that your home looks "Like it never even happened." Call (253) 850-1500 today if you need a disaster mitigation crew fast. 

The Effects of Fire Damage in Kent Homes

3/21/2022 (Permalink)

heavy smoke surrounding smoke detector Even small fires produce smoke and soot that deposit on your belongings all over your home. SERVPRO is always ready to restore your home.

SERVPRO Addresses All Effects of Fire Damage in Kent Homes Professionally

Structure cleaning is an essential aspect following a fire at your Kent home. Since fire residues tend to travel throughout a building, they can affect your property and its components. The best way to reverse the effects is through professional cleaning and remediation, as SERVPRO does.

When fire damage in a Kent home is not utterly destructive, several items can be restored to their preloss condition. Our technicians inspect the damage and develop a restoration plan. SERVPRO's priority is to clean your home with minimum disruption quickly. Thus, we begin restoration immediately upon plan acceptance.

Steps to Fire Damage Recovery      

  • Demolishing and disposing of fire-damaged structural components
  • Cleaning structural components
  • Cleaning contents
  • Deodorization 

Specialized Restoration Equipment

Cleaning a fire site involves clearing debris and salvaging what can be saved. We remove parts of drywall or ceilings if they are heavily soiled or charred. The problem might be water damage in some cases, which leaves the ceiling and wall panels soggy. In some instances, elaborate drying processes can fix the damage, saving you the inconvenience of demolishing. SERVPRO technicians evaluate contents and structure to determine if they can be cost-effectively restored. We have specialized equipment that simplifies cleaning and drying procedures helping salvage more items.

Specialized Restoration Equipment

  • Pressure washers
  • Rotating brushes
  • Blast-cleaners

Stubborn smoke odor is a detrimental consequence of a fire, and it can linger in the home for a long time. The smell can compromise the indoor air quality and irritate the occupants. So, taking measures to get rid of the smell quickly and effectively is necessary. Even though the odors decrease when affected materials are demolished and removed, other steps are required. Our SERVPRO technicians use ozone generators and photocatalytic oxidizers to neutralize malodors.

SERVPRO of Kent works hard to manage fire damage "Like it never even happened." Call us at (253) 850-1500.