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Content Cleaning After A Fire In Kent

3/21/2020 (Permalink)

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Efficient Content Cleaning Solutions After Kent House fires

Content management is one of the most discussed actions taken in a Kent home during fire recovery. Each decision made about the belongings in your residence can have a substantial impact on the salvageability of these items and how soon they can be back in your possession. Taking the time to determine the best approach ensures that the entire management process is as efficient and cost-effective as possible.

Because there are multiple approaches for what can happen with damaged contents when our team contends with fire damage in Kent homes, understanding all of these potential choices can put you more at ease. Your belongings are what turn a structure into a home, and when these fall victim to effects like soot and smoke, it can be a stressful situation. We can offer multiple solutions to give each of your possessions the treatment they deserve to avoid being another loss from the disaster.

In-House Cleaning Solutions
Our SERVPRO team has an entire line of potent cleaning products capable of both deodorization and surface cleaning for hundreds of lightly damaged items in your home after a fire. In some situations, these items do not even need to get relocated with the right focused attention.

Relocation Services
Moving your belongings to a different area of the house is a reliable option to prevent exposure to migrating fire damages. If there is a room or region of your house unaffected by the fire loss, many of your at-risk possessions could get moved here to avoid further damages.

Pack-Out Procedure
While it is among the costliest of options for your belongings, contents can get moved to our SERVPRO warehouse for cleaning, drying, deodorization, and other restorative efforts. With in-house tools like immersion tanks and ozone chambers, we can protect many of the heavily soiled items to keep them from becoming losses.

Content management is one of the most significant considerations that restoring professionals like ours must make when recovering your damaged home. Our SERVPRO of Kent team can help with many potential cleaning and protective practices that can restore the things that matter most in your fire-damaged home. Give us a call today at (253) 850-1500.

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Explaining the Need for Partial Demolition During Kent Water Removal

3/11/2020 (Permalink)

"Need Help?" When water damage happens, contact SERVPRO of Kent at (253) 850-1500 no matter how big or small the problem.

SERVPRO Teams Make The Necessary Changes To Avoid Further Loss Of Your Property

A water loss in your Kent home already creates chaos, so understandably homeowners are concerned when restoration technicians recommend strategies involving removing or altering structural components. Clear communication with our customers about the need for controlled demolition is vital. Our full-service restoration company streamlines not only the water extraction and structural drying but also any repairs or rebuilding needed afterward.

Water Migrates 

After a plumbing leak, tub overflow, or appliance mishap, fast water removal in your Kent home avoids further deterioration of building materials and secondary harm like mold growth. Water does not remain static once it escapes from a pipe, hose, or container. It flows, seeps, and percolates into building cavities and materials and is absorbed by porous ones. 

Detection Leads to Carefully Planned Demolition

SERVPRO technicians master training in the use of moisture meters and detectors, following the path of the water. We also use thermal imaging, employing expert reading of temperature fluctuations, to locate pooled water. Often the liquid and absorbed water are entirely encapsulated by walls, woodwork, and flooring. Leaving it to drain or dry out over time is not best practice. If we do not follow its path and make arrangements to extract liquids and dry out wet structural components, expect a continuous weakening of materials, lingering odors, and great expense to remedy the situation. To remove the water, we try a range of strategies:

  • Removal of baseboards to cut holes near the bottom of wall cavities
  • Flood cuts, made several inches above the waterline when drywall is saturated
  • Loosening of paneling or strips of hardwood flooring 
  • Drilled holes in masonry mortar joints 

Next Steps

These remedies facilitate the release of liquids and permit the infusion of warm, dry air. SERVPRO technicians use a system that can switch between negative air pressure to suction out water and positive air pressure to force warm, dry air into cavities through the smaller holes to accelerate evaporation. Larger openings, like the flood cuts, permit us to position air movers and dehumidifiers closer, encouraging evaporation and then capture of the water vapor. Floors respond to suction-driven mats or airflow under planks for thorough drying.

Streamlined Rebuilding 

Our reconstruction division lightens the load on SERVPRO customers. Rather than hiring another contractor to address the holes and sawn-off drywall, our contractor’s license permits employees to repair, reinstall, and rebuild. 

Engage SERVPRO of Kent for wrap-around restoration and rehabbing services beginning with water removal. Call us at (253) 850-1500 to schedule an assessment.

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Why Kent Homeowners Should Get Professional Mold Remediation

3/4/2020 (Permalink)

Mold We know more than just the basics when it comes to Mold damage in Kent.

We Take Mold Damage Very Seriously In Your Kent Home 

A typical action many homeowners do first 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 training in water, fire, biohazard, and mold restoration. Their goal is always to save homeowners from the cost of replacement for both the structure and contents through their advanced cleaning methods. 

Locating the Reason for Mold

There are numerous reasons mold occurs within properties, until the conditions enabling the colonies gets handled, the problem has 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 the effects of mold, 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 either through gentle hand-scraping or through the use of applications such as 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 the return of mold. 

Repairs and Restoration 

During mold damage mitigation, it is common for properties to need sheetrock replaced, cabinets installed, and flooring replaced. With their 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 make the loss to their homes, "Like it never even happened."

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We Get You Back In Business In Kent After A Water Loss

2/28/2020 (Permalink)

Our water extractor machines sitting in our truck When we are restoring a larger property after a water loss we bring our truck mounted extractor. We have the state of the art equipment needed.

Mitigating Commercial Water Damage in Kent with Heat, Air Flow, and Desiccation Helps Your Retail Shop Reopen Faster

When something gets damp, drying out happens slowly because the water takes time to evaporate into the air. The environment can change how rapidly this takes place. SERVPRO’s technicians use their extensive training to alter your Kent business’ interior environment. 

Changing the temperature, increasing air currents, and removing water vapor affect the rate of evaporation, allowing us to mitigate and protect your Kent Shop from commercial water damage. Each aspect of this requires different machines, and sometimes, temporary containment measures or removal of materials destroyed by the initial influx of water.

Because different types of materials absorb and retain water differently, we often sort these for our commercial customers. Our building crew takes little time in constructing drying chambers for those items that require more aggressive measures. Some items need extremely gentle care, while others need stripped of plastic packaging to release trapped moisture. 

Exposure to water damages other inventory stock so extensively that we provide an accurate inventory listing the items, allowing you to file a claim and quickly replace such items. For those items that might pose more difficulty for you to replace, we can discuss additional measures that might help restore them. However, we always explain how additional work might add to your recovery costs.

One area of any building that sustains some of the severest water damage is the flooring. Along with the equipment used to control the drying inside the many chambers we build and use, our Green Fleet holds enough to get your floors dry, as well. Our building crew can make repairs to wood and tile flooring and also take care of carpeting. Heat increases the rate at which moisture escapes from underneath flooring, ensuring it dies evenly.

Addressing wet carpeting immediately after an intrusion of water gives us time to get it dry, either by floating it or performing intensive carpet cleaning. Waiting, even a day or two, can lead to microbial growth and disintegration of the carpet backing. At this point, replacement of both pad and carpet needs to occur.

SERVPRO of Kent can help your business in Tukwila, Maple Valley, and near Henrys recover after water damage causes problems. Call us at (253) 850-1500 to receive fast and professional service by trained and IICRC-certified experts, 24/7.

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Proven Tips to Flood Damage Remediation Success in Kent

2/24/2020 (Permalink)

flooded entrance area Flooding can bring in many elements into your basement and entrance area. Contact SERVPRO to remediate right away.

Common Issues With Flood Damage Cleanup in Kent Basements

Flood damage has the potential to occur in nearly any room in a home. Basements and crawlspaces are particularly susceptible to this type of water loss. 

The cleanup of flood damage in a Kent basement is more than just mopping up water and turning on fans to dry the premises. SERVPRO technicians are restoring as they clean to ensure the least amount of loss for the structure and contents.  

Water Removal Issues

Elements such as silt, debris, solid waste, and mud commonly appear with floodwater. The techs need to use hand tools such as rakes and shovels to get rid of the solids in the water to expose the substrate of the basement floor for further scoping and mitigation. When there is a large amount of debris mixed in the water over a full scale in the home, the techs rely on trash pumps to pull out the water and solids quickly. In cases where the water in the basement is higher than two inches in depth, submersible pumps get deployed for removal efforts. 

Treatment of Contaminated Water

For safety reasons, the SERVPRO techs use personal protection gear while cleaning up floodwater, including respirators. It is a common practice to treat the water they are working on with a disinfectant before removal to increase the protection from resident biological agents. 

Special Considerations for Basements

The technicians are extra careful during the mitigation of flood loss to a basement. When prolonged exposure to water occurs, the removal of the water inside the basement when the soil outside the basement walls has high saturation levels can lead to a collapse of the interior walls due to hydrostatic pressure. This attention to detail is why the techs survey both the interior and exterior of the home to ensure it is safe to go forward with water removal and drying of the property. 

Significant Repairs Do Not Have to Be Stressful

When the exterior or interior of a basement has flood loss, the controlled demo actions to save as much of the structure as possible may be many. The cut-out sheetrock, repairs to the exterior, including painting and installation of flooring as needed. With their general contractor license #SERVPCS911LE, the techs can offer this service to homeowners to return their homes to preloss condition. 

When flood damage is the problem in your home, call SERVPRO of Kent at (253) 850-1500. The emergency response teams are available 24/7 to make the water loss to the property, "Like it never even happened."

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Smoke and Fire Damage Should Always Have Professional Cleanup in Kent Homes

2/15/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Understands How Important The Details Are When it Comes to Your Homes Fire Damage and Restoration

The methods of cleaning fire damage from a house make the difference between a healthy and an unhealthy environment. Due to soot being an irritant to the majority of people, getting it out of the home before it can spread is a priority. 

A standard step SERVPRO technicians take upon arrival to a Kent home for fire damage restoration is containment. There are different methods, but one of the most common is also the most simplistic: the putting up of heavy plastic sheeting over doorways and vents. Additionally, the techs often run air scrubbers during the entire mitigation process to capture airborne soot particles and port them off-site. 

Why Testing of Residues is Vital

The cleaning away for smoke is not a one-size-fits-all process for SERVPRO technicians. In fact, the use of an incorrect method can result in more significant damage to a surface. That is why before the techs take any actions regarding smoke damage on surfaces, they test the residues to determine if they fall into the wet or dry smoke category.  This attention to detail ensures the use of the appropriate cleaning agents.

What Harm Can DIY Smoke Damage Cleaning Efforts Do?

When property owners spent time attempting to clean up the aftermath of a property fire themselves, not only is this unhealthy, it can result in a broader scope of fire loss throughout the home due to the spread of soot, mainly through the ductwork in the house resulting in a residual odor any time the HVAC gets used until the ductwork gets cleaned. Also, using wet cleaners on dry smoke can drive the soot deeply into the surface and render the object unrestorable. 

Most importantly, if an item receives more damage due to cleaning efforts by the property owner, the insurance carrier may deem the item a loss due to the negligence in cleansing, which is why it is vital to let the technicians perform tests on residues and clean pieces to ensure the best outcome after a fire loss.

At the first sign of fire damage in your SERVPRO of Kent residence, call (253) 850-1500. The certified, experienced technicians are ready to assist local properties 24/7 for the restoration of any type of fire loss and make it "Like it never even happened."

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Become Familiar With Effective Water Damage Remediation in Kent

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged ceiling Don't ignore spots or bubbles in the paint on your ceiling. That could be water damage. Contact SERVPRO to assess and remediate any damage.

Extracting Water Damage 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, seven days a week, 365 days a year. This team is dedicated to bringing homeowners thorough cleaning and restoration to help them save time and money. Technicians coordinate with both 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.

Signs of a 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 through to damage beams.
  • Damaged flooring. There are several ways that water can damage flooring, including buckling, staining, cracking, warping, and loosening of tiles. 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 is absorbent and breaks 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, chances are there is water damage nearby. 

How SERVPRO Can Help

If you have a saggy, water-saturated ceiling, SERVPRO technicians have a variety of 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 portions of the ceiling 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.

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Water Removal in Kent Kitchen Uncovers Big Problem

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

Puddle of water on floor Call SERVPRO day or night at (253) 850-1500.

Why SERVPRO Handles Kent Water Removal with Ease

When you have pets, and kids in the home, a random bit of water showing up on the kitchen floor does not immediately bring the term "water damage" to mind. You are probably already trying to figure out which child or pet spilled the water.

A homeowner in Kent contacted SERVPRO for water removal from her kitchen floor. The technicians quickly traced the cause of the water to a supply line break under the sink. Upon inspection, the technicians found there had been a slow leak for a while. Water ran under the cabinet and exited in front of the sink in small amounts whenever anyone used the faucet.

Why SERVPRO?

The highly trained, certified technicians not only clean up properties with a water loss, but they also have the knowledge and experience to figure out the cause and fix it, so the homeowners do not experience a repeat of the same incident.

Water Extraction and Prepping for Drying

The sheetrock under the cabinet leaked too much moisture over an extended period and required removal. SERVPRO techs removed the toe kick for both extraction and drying needs. This negated having to pull the cabinets out for during the drying phase of mitigation. While there was very little standing water, the area of the affected walls and under the cabinet showed high elevations of moisture on the detection equipment. 

Drying with Precision

Once the controlled demo actions completed, SERVPRO techs set up air movers and dehumidification units to direct the airflow at the opened wall cavities and within the cabinet area and remove embedded moisture. The techs monitor the process carefully and take readings while the equipment is running to ensure the loss areas attain drying goals.

No Waiting for Repairs

With their general contractor license #SERVPCS911LE, SERVPRO offers homeowners the option to have the same team that does the cleanup also handle the rebuilding, and this makes the time to get your home back to normal even quicker.

When your home requires fast water removal, contact SERVPRO of Kent at (253) 850-1500. The certified techs are ready 24/7 to restore your home to its preloss condition, "Like it never even happened."

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We Are One Call Away In Kent After A Flood

1/14/2020 (Permalink)

Wires and temporary power equipment sitting on a shelf in our warehouse Using a Generator for temporary power allows us to keep the job going and we have the equipment to make this happen.

Kent Homeowners Choose SERVPRO as Their All-in-One Choice for Flood Damage Assistance

Watching groundwater enter your home and knowing that flood damage is happening is probably one of the worst feelings a homeowner can have. Fortunately, there is the potential to lessen loss by beginning cleanup efforts as fast as possible.

During the initial call, it is common for SERVPRO to advise the homeowner to avoid contact with the floodwater in Kent, especially to do any cleaning before the arrival of the techs on-site. The reason for this is because until the techs test the water for the existence of contaminants, bacteria, or sewage present in the water, it is unsafe for anyone who is not wearing personal protection equipment (PPE) to come into contact with it.

Removal of Items From the Flood Loss Area Before SERVPRO Arrives

Before doing any of these in your home, make sure it is safe to do so. The danger of slip and fall accidents on wet tile flooring can be a potential hazard. If you want to move items out of the flood loss area and can do so without coming into contact with the water, that can assist with lessening loss. If the water is up to the electrical outlets, do not enter these areas of the home and turn off the electricity at the panel. If there are heirlooms or valuables, you need to remove but cannot access, tell the technicians when they arrive, and they can get the items for you.

Professional Equipment Used For Fast Extraction

Getting the water out of the home is the first step towards restoration. SERVPRO technicians have access to a vast array of equipment, depending on the types of surfaces that need water removal. Portable pumps work well on most floor coverings, while specialized attachments such as weighted extractor heads and squeegees assist with carpet and hardwood or tiled floors. If the water is more than two inches in depth, submersible pumps allow the cleanup to move forward.

Controlled Demolition and Reconstruction

When water wicks into sheetrock, it must be cut away to halt any further flood damage. While this opens up the wall cavities for complete drying, it also requires repair to bring the home back to its pre-flood state. With their general contractor license #SERVPCS911LE, SERVPRO can assist homeowners with not only restoration services but any repairs and rebuilding needed.

SERVPRO of Kent at (253) 850-1500 is ready 24/7 to handle any size flood damage to your home. The technicians arrive quickly and clean up the water loss, so it is "Like it never even happened."

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Water Damage in Tukwila Kitchen Gets Demo and Rebuild

12/31/2019 (Permalink)

A sink turned on with water flowing out of a pipe under the sink. SERVPRO knows exactly what you are going through when it comes to saving your Tukwila kitchen from water damage.

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. 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."

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