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Tips for Choosing Among Water Restoration Companies in Tukwila?

1/14/2022 (Permalink)

a water damaged ceiling that is caving in Water damage can affect both the ceiling in one room as well as the flooring in another. Call our SERVPRO team to quickly assess the situation.

SERVPRO Techs Deliver the Best Outcome After Water Damage in Tukwila Properties

There are numerous ways that water damage may occur within a Tukwila property. Common reasons SERVPRO handles the cleanup include pipe bursts, flood damage, and appliance failures. These scenarios have one thing in common; restoration services need to begin as rapidly as possible.

Tukwila residents trust SERVPRO as their choice among water restoration companies. The reasons are many, including: 

  • Trained, certified technicians
  • Ability to handle repairs and rebuilding as needed
  • Working with a company that communicates each phase of the restoration service to the homeowner and adjuster 

Professional Extraction Equipment Affects the Outcome

SERVPRO technicians use various types of equipment depending on the kind of water damage in the home. For example, floodwater or a pipe burst ran for a long period. This can result in a large amount of water quickly in the house. The techs can use portable, submersible, and truck-mounted pumps to pull up the water quickly.

Comparing Consumer-Grade Drying Equipment to SERVPRO's 

There are almost no lines to draw between the drying tools most homeowners have access to and the drying equipment the techs rely on to get the job done. While a fan blows air over a surface, it does nothing about any water vapor embedded within building materials or home contents. The air movers and dehumidification equipment used in tandem work to force moisture to the surface, where it gets collected and ported off-site.

Locating Water Within a Structure

Another common issue is finding the areas within a home that have water damage. SERVPRO techs have tools to detect elevated moisture levels, so nothing gets left behind. 

SERVPRO of Kent at (253) 850-1500 remains the trusted choice among professional water restoration companies in Tukwila. We offer efficient service, 24/7.

What Actions Need to Happen During Flooding Cleanup in Kent Homes?

1/7/2022 (Permalink)

water filling up half of the screen with the words flood area above it and a yellow caution sign Flooding can literally overwhelm your home. Contact SERVPRO for flooding cleanup and remediation services. We are standing by 24/7 for your call.

SERVPRO Brings Professional Equipment for the Best Outcome After Water Damage in Kent Properties

After storms bring water damage to a Kent property, the first actions by a homeowner can determine the outcome. Bringing in a professional restoration services company can tip the scale in favor of the property owner for the best resolution to the situation.

There are several steps to flooding cleanup in a Kent property that the technicians from SERVPRO routinely perform. We can reposition and relocate affected by the water within the home or off site. The techs do not rely on visuals alone but use different types of detection equipment ranging from:

  • Moisture meters
  • Infrared cameras
  • Probes for use under flooring

A large portion of the cleanup post-flood within a home determines what building materials and furnishings need disposal and which have the potential for reuse through the professional restoration methods utilized by SERVPRO.

Before an item gets disposed of, SERVPRO technicians get the permission of either the homeowner or the adjuster. Obvious destroyed building materials like drywall are torn out. The techs document the article carefully with photos and a detailed written description confirming the water damage for use with insurance claims.

These actions take place in rapid succession as SERVPRO team members extract the water from the home. The method chosen by the techs depends on the amount of water within the structure. When standing water is the issue, the techs have access to submersible and truck-mounted pumps to clear the water out fast.

SERVPRO of Kent at (253) 850-1500 serves the local Kent area for all types and sizes of flooding cleanup. Our IICRC certified technicians are available 24/7 to come to properties and make the water damage, "Like it never even happened."

What Issues Can Frozen Pipes and Ice Damming Cause in Kent Homes?

1/2/2022 (Permalink)

icicles hanging off of the gutters and pipes of a house Frozen pipes and ice damming can quietly affect your home. Be vigilant and contact our SERVPRO team if you are facing resulting damage.

SERVPRO Technicians Can Restore the Winter Water Damage in Kent Properties

The threat of water damage within Kent properties looms all year round; however, winter brings its own set of dangers. Cold weather can lead to a host of issues that can be costly, and many of these situations could have been prevented with some proactive winterization of the property.

The danger points for frozen pipes and ice damming to cause problems within Kent properties are actions most homeowners can handle on their own to lessen the chances of this home disaster occurring. First, understanding how ice dams arise is crucial to prevent them. Three main factors play into the event:

  • Poorly or uninsulated attic allowing warm air to escape
  • Snowmelt on the roof causes water to run to the edge
  • Gutters blocked by debris or ice stop the water flow and back it up
  • Roofing with loose or damaged shingles can allow the water from the snowmelt to enter the home

Simply by keeping the gutters on the home clean or installing covers, ensuring the attic has adequate insulation, and keeping snow drifts off the roof can go a long way towards lowering the potential of ice dams causing water damage to the home.

Frozen pipes occur when the water within a line freezes. As water turns to ice, it expands within the pipe and can easily rupture it. The water held back by pressure comes spraying out. Ensuring that pipes up against exterior walls have adequate insulation and wrapping outdoor faucets with a professional cover made from Thinsulate or another comparable product can prevent this from occurring. 

SERVPRO of Kent at (253) 850-1500 stands ready to help local Kent residents with all types of winter water damage issues such as frozen pipes and ice damming.

Need Help with Infectious Waste, Debris, and Flood Removal – Call SERVPRO

12/13/2021 (Permalink)

a flooded laundry room with water everywhere Whether flooding occurred from outside or inside causes, the water removal steps are similar. Team SERVPRO is standing by 24/7 - 365 days a year.

SERVPRO Provides Flood Removal Services for Homes in Tukwila

Major flooding can be devastating in Tukwila. Dirty floodwaters bring debris, infectious waste, mud, and silt into your home, covering everything. All of your contents are covered in a muddy mess. The food in your fridge and freezer is spoiled, and the electricity is out. We may need to replace the drywall, the vapor barrier, and insulation, along with all of your contents. It is not easy to know where to start and where to focus.

SERVPRO provides flood removal services in Tukwila and surrounding areas. We have the staff, the experience, the equipment, and the knowledge to organize and restore your home after such a devastating disaster. Every flood incident is different and must be assessed before developing a plan to begin work. Issues we consider as we start work:

  • Safety of our employees and your family – infectious waste hazards
  • Containment of the damage to avoid further secondary damage
  • Disposal of wastewater, damaged contents, and demolition materials
  • Repair, reconstruction, and restoration of your home

Once the water has been removed, we remove drywall, insulation, and vapor barriers exposed to the water. We must remove flooring materials such as carpets and underpads. In some situations, we must replace even the subfloor if it has absorbed water and lost its structural integrity. Everything remaining must be dried and disinfected before the rebuild can begin, which SERVPRO also helps with.

Using SERVPRO for flood removal and restoration saves time and reduces expenses for your insurance company and your family. Returning your family to your restored home is our priority. Our General Contractor License is #: SERVPCS911LE. We can assist you in designing and updating your kitchen and bathrooms as well.

Call SERVPRO of Kent for flood removal and cleanup services in Tukwila and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (253) 850-1500.

Need Water Cleanup, Repair, and Restoration in Kent – Call SERVPRO for Fast Service

12/6/2021 (Permalink)

a leaking tap If water damage affects your business location, urgent water cleanup services are necessary. Contact our SERVPRO team 24/7 for certified technicians.

SERVPRO Provides Water Cleanup and Restoration for Commercial Properties in Kent

A broken pipe or a water tap left on accidentally can spill hundreds of gallons of water in a commercial building in Kent. Allowed to run all night or even for a few hours can deposit several inches of water across the floor damaging flooring materials and preventing your employees from doing their jobs. There may also be electrical safety hazards to deal with, slips and falls and any items sitting on the floor need to be recovered and dried.

SERVPRO provides water cleanup, dehumidification, and drying to commercial buildings in the city of Kent and surrounding areas. Our team can be on-site within four hours of your call 24/7 to begin water removal and recovery of your commercial space.

Whenever water covers a floor in a commercial space, the subfloor is often concrete with linoleum tiles or carpeting covering the floor. These materials may separate from the floor, or the carpets may delaminate, especially in high-traffic areas. Once carpets have delaminated, they are unrepairable and require replacement. Similarly, with tiles, their adhesive qualities are lost, and the entire floor must be repaired.

Our commercial building services team can bridge the gap between water removal and drying with repair and restoration activities, saving your company time and money. We aim to return your business to normal operations as fast as possible. Our services include:

  • Emergency water removal and drying
  • Water damage restoration
  • Building and reconstruction services include:
    • Plumbing repairs
    • Flooring repairs and replacement
    • Carpet installation
    • Installation and repair of drywall

Our General Contractor License # is SERVPCS911LE, and we offer a full suite of construction specialists to assist with every emergency repair and restoration challenge.

Call SERVPRO of Kent for water cleanup services in Kent and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (253) 850-1500.

Need Commercial Flood Damage Recovery and Restoration in Kent – Call SERVPRO

11/28/2021 (Permalink)

puddles of water leaking from a water heater in a basement Flooding at your business location can certainly stop progess. Take stock and contact SERVPRO for flood damage remediation services.

SERVPRO Provides Emergency Flood Damage Services in Kent

Severe flood waters cause damage to commercial buildings in Kent, causing the business to come to a halt with employees and customers left wondering if they will ever reopen. However, in many cases, the flooding is relatively minor, with muddy water covering the floor, damaging floor coverings, and porous items that absorb moisture. Flood water absorbs many disease-causing organisms and chemicals along with silt and debris. Even mild flooding situations can introduce dangerous conditions due to viruses, bacteria, and biological material, which must be properly dealt with to avoid medical issues for anyone exposed to these organisms.

SERVPRO provides emergency flood damage cleanup, recovery, and restoration for commercial buildings in Kent and surrounding areas. While it may not seem obvious that there are disease-carrying organisms in the flooded area, industry protocols require flooding to be treated as Category 3, Blackwater, and appropriate processes to be put in place to protect occupants and SERVPRO team members.

Porous materials such as carpets, under padding, drywall, sheetrock, etc., must be removed and replaced. SERVPRO also removes the silt and debris and sanitizes all non-porous items after a thorough cleaning. Wood surfaces must be cleaned and dried immediately to avoid moisture absorption causing the wood to expand, potentially causing cracking, cupping, warping, or buckling. Fast action by SERVPRO using drying mats on hardwood floors can remove the moisture before it has a chance to cause secondary damage.

SERVPRO provides the following commercial services to our clients:

  • Biohazard remediation and cleaning
  • Water removal and flooding cleanup
  • Commercial building and reconstruction services, including
    • Carpet repair and installation
    • Flooring repairs
    • Drywall removal and installation
    • Temporary warehouse space
    • General contracting services under license - SERVPCS911LE

Call SERVPRO of Kent for Commercial flood damage cleanup services in Kent and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (253) 850-1500.

Considering Mechanical Systems in Tukwila Homes for Efficient Drying

11/11/2021 (Permalink)

Drying equipment SERVPRO has the tools and reliability you need after a water incident in your home.

Overcoming Obstacles In The Drying Process Ensures We Provide Efficient Results for Damaged Tukwila Homes. 

After a water damage incident, it can be challenging to clean and restore the property around so many possible variables. With every situation being unique, our technicians need to be as experienced as possible with potential obstacles they might encounter.

Are Mechanical Systems Common in Homes? 

Before water damage restoration in Tukwila homes can begin, we must first consider various mechanical systems that could impact efficient recovery. Some of these include:

  • Central vacuum systems
  • Air exchange
  • Fireplaces/chimneys
  • Electrical fixtures
  • Exhaust vents for kitchens and bathrooms
  • Heating, venting, and AC systems

What Kinds of Pressure Concerns Can These Systems Cause? 

The three pressure situations that must be managed with mechanical systems are:

  • Positive Pressure – this pressure describes when a system pushes air into a space, like your HVAC system supply lines.
  • Negative Pressure - is created by a system pulling air out of a space, like the return lines of HVAC systems or an exhaust fan running in the bathroom.
  • Neutral Pressure – This is present in systems not meant to move air, such as plumbing or electrical networks.

How Can SERVPRO Overcome Potential Obstacles? 

One of the first things we can do when we recognize possible threats to efficient drying and restoration is to seal off these vulnerabilities. Vents, for example, can no longer provide a path outside the building envelope if the return inside the house has been sealed over. These deliberate practices are vital to offering complete restoration and evaporative drying solutions for customers after water damage.

Restoring a home after a water damage incident can be a considerable challenge, especially when outlying factors impact the efficiency of drying inside. Our SERVPRO of Kent team can provide efficient and effective water removal, drying, and cleaning solutions for area homes. Give us a call today at (253) 850-1500.

Cleaning Walls and Ceilings in Tukwila Offices After a Fire

11/5/2021 (Permalink)

Firefighters putting out fire When your property is effected by fire damage, call the experts at SERVPRO right away for assistance.

Specific Cleaning Practices and Approaches Might Be Needed To Restore Tukwila Businesses After a Disaster. 

While cleaning and removing soot and smoke soils is critical, it often does not happen easily without first managing the conditions surrounding these deposits. Initial mitigation actions and emergency services after a fire can include:

  • Debris removal
  • Odor neutralizing
  • Air filtration

Dry Cleaning Solutions for Walls and Ceilings

Dry cleaning approaches can be a preferred fire damage restoration in Tukwila offices because of their non-invasive delivery and protection of the underlying surface material. Light-to-medium soils can often be managed with dry cleaning sponges on extendable poles to reach high points on the wall and ceiling assemblies after loose debris is managed with vacuuming and non-abrasive brushing.

Where is Wet Cleaning Needed? 

Wet cleaning is sometimes needed but among the least favorite of the restoration solutions inside Tukwila office buildings. A great deal of preparation work is required in using wet cleaning strategies, including covering and protecting surfaces and contents not to be cleaned. Thick residues sometimes need wet cleaning products to dissolve and emulsify oily soils, however.

How Can Materials Like Acoustical Ceilings Get Clean? 

Acoustical ceilings have a place in both residences and businesses, though areas like your office building likely have them installed for several reasons. Cleaning these materials is not as simple as using rubber sponges or wet cleaning solutions because of the texture. Instead, peroxide active cleaning can help. To protect sound-deadening properties, a special product is applied after vacuuming and brushing off loose debris.

There are several unique approaches to clear soot and smoke residues from the surface materials of wall and ceiling assemblies. As overwhelming as this process can initially appear, we have trusted strategies and products to make fire losses “Like it never even happened.” Give our SERVPRO of Kent team a call today at (253) 850-1500.

Transitioning from Water Mitigation to Restoration in a Kent Business

10/27/2021 (Permalink)

fire water logo You can trust that SERVPRO technicians will handle your water damage crisis effectively and efficiently. Call us today.

Efficient Mitigation and Restoration Get Kent Companies Back Up and Running After Water Damage. 

The water mitigation process for damaged Kent businesses can be extensive and involved. Transitioning between this vital first stage and the thorough restoration process to come involves a few transition processes to clear the building for the evaporative drying process to come.

Completing the Extraction Process 

Completing the water mitigation of Kent businesses often means a final water extraction process for the grounds. Our professionals go over the same areas previously extracted to ensure that new water has not surfaced or found its way into these areas. Drainage can sometimes leave vulnerable areas of the property that require a final extraction before drying begins.

Creating Drying Zones in the Building

Another critical stage of beginning the evaporative drying process is establishing the drying zones for the building. Containment practices prevent the migration of moisture and cross-contamination. Created drying zones allow restoration to be more efficient and directly focused on the damaged areas of the property for more effective results.

Placing Drying Equipment Appropriately

The placement of the drying tools that our professionals use can also be a careful consideration during this transition between mitigation and restoration. Three primary units are used in the evaporative drying process, not including specialty tools for extended waiting circumstances. These include:

  • Portable Heaters – Placing portable heaters in specific drying zones can increase the temperature to favorable levels, promoting faster evaporation.
  • Air Movers – Multiple air movers can impact surface materials to eliminate vapor barriers and help promote an even and constant drying.
  • Dehumidifiers – These tools are intended to manage moisture in the environment. As air movers create new environmental moisture, dehumidifiers are responsible for capturing and exhausting these particles.

As threatening as moisture damage can be, our SERVPRO of Kent team can help get evaporative drying started as soon as possible. Give us a call today at (253) 850-1500.

Need Flood Damage Repairs and Rebuilding Services – Call SERVPRO

10/11/2021 (Permalink)

standing water in living room; sofa and chairs floating. Flooding is extremely stressful for homeowners. Don't DIY the repairs. Call SERVPRO!

Contact SERVPRO for All of Your Flood Damage Rebuilding Needs

There are three stages to dealing with flood damage in Kent and surrounding areas. First, there is the event itself when your home is flooded, and all your contents are wet and covered in silt and contaminated materials. Next, there is the process of removing the water and mud, cleaning your contents and structure, and then drying everything. And finally, there is the process of rebuilding damaged structures, flooring, walls, and cupboards.

At SERVPRO, we can help you recover from flood damage, make repairs and rebuild your home in Kent. While we cannot stop the floodwaters, we can offer cleaning, drying, and reconstruction services to our clients to bring their homes back to their original condition, “Like it never even happened.”

Every situation is assessed by our technicians, who are on-site within 4 hours of your call. We deploy submersible pumps, wet vacuums, carpet wands, air movers, and large format desiccant dehumidifiers to dry your home quickly and mitigate the secondary damage from standing water and mold growth.

Once your home is ready for reconstruction, SERVPRO can also coordinate our in-house team of licensed residential contractors to repair, restore and rebuild your home as needed. One of the frustrations of many clients is waiting for contractors to complete rebuilding services. With SERVPRO, we seamlessly transition from cleaning and drying to rebuilding your home and property. SERVPRO also works with your insurance company to manage all billing and communication needs.

SERVPRO provides end to end full service, including:

  • Emergency service water removal and drying
  • Flood damage restoration and repairs
  • Reconstruction of all damaged structures

Call SERVPRO of Kent for flood damage restoration in Kent and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (253) 850-1500.