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

2/15/2020 (Permalink)

Fire We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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.


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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Why Your Staff's Safety is Important During Commercial Water Restoration in Tukwila

12/16/2019 (Permalink)

Outside view of multi-story office building Water quickly damages commercial property. SERVPRO can quickly remove the water and restore your building.

Guarantee the Safety of your Staff when Repairing Commercial Water Damage in Tukwila 

Factories can hold anywhere from a few members of staff to hundreds. As a factory manager, you need to make sure that the staff always has a safe and sanitary working environment. This commitment is why a potential water leak can cause havoc both to your target production levels as well as your staff. With a wide area to cover, seeking professional assistance to transition from a water emergency to business, as usual, is a prudent move. Our restoration services have a wealth of experience in dealing with larger commercial clients and can ensure both human resources, equipment, and the building itself.

A commercial water damage issue in your Tukwila factory should be dealt with as soon as possible. Microbial growth rates in water can see a clean water emergency degrade into grey or blackwater in as little as seventy-two-hours. SERVPRO technicians operate locally, which can reduce call-out times, and we have crew chiefs on hand to speak with you throughout service. Regular communication between technicians, managers, and staff can ease what is usually a challenging restoration.

Water damaged commercial properties may need chemical cleaning and deodorizing to make a full recovery. The building may also need dehumidifying. Any of these processes can present health risks to your staff working on-site. As a professionally accredited restorer, SERVPRO can provide you with material safety data sheets (MSDS) at the beginning and throughout service. These can help to protect both your business and your staff from harm during restoration.

Water contains microbes, which may cause odors or microbial growth issues that can be a health risk. In combating these, SERVPRO may use a variety of solvent deodorants or disinfectants. While effective at dealing with the immediate issues, solvents can remain in the air, which could pose a health risk to anyone on-site. Our technicians are experts at mixing and dispersing solvents correctly. Once complete, our powerful venting box fans can exchange the air effectively and remove any chemical residues from larger, factory sites.

Professional accreditation and practical experience are essential when handling powerful restoration chemicals in commercial environments. Contact SERVPRO of Kent at (253) 850-1500.

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Our Experts Will Clean Your Kent Home After A Fire

12/8/2019 (Permalink)

room in house with burned furniture and charred walls in black soot. Give our SERVPRO of Kent team a call anytime that you need us at (253) 850-1500.

Cleaning Moderately Soiled Kent Homes After Fires

As destructive as fire losses can be for Kent homes, it can be even more devastating when improper cleaning practices and approaches lead to irreparable staining, smearing, and marring. Our professionals have extensive experience in the recovery of on-site construction materials and contents, even to the point of successfully restoring moderate soiling to affected surfaces without requiring any demolition or later reconstruction. Depending on the damage and the substance, we have several practices that can help.

Knowing which of these techniques fits the specific scenario and circumstance is part of the extensive training and education that our SERVPRO professionals receive to handle fire cleanup in damaged Kent homes. Once we have identified surfaces and contents that can benefit from mechanical action cleaning, we can attempt one of these practical approaches.

Cleaning Towels
As rudimentary as it might seem, wiping surfaces with a towel as part of a wet-cleaning approach can help to reduce the possibility of streaking and smearing. In situations where soils and moisture could still be present, the towel can also help to absorb substances from the surface.

Dry Cleaning Sponge
Sponges of all shapes, sizes, and compositions have a role in fire loss cleanup. Rubber sponges can get used for the removal of loose soil as it gets pulled across a surface, the friction causes soils to transfer into the pores of the sponge. While these do little to wet smoke residue, they are the premier solution for dry smoke effects.

Crumbly Cleaning
You can liken this chemical reaction to a pencil eraser absorbing the graphite pencil markings from paper. As this substance gets rubbed on a surface, it begins to absorb soils. This approach is ideal for dry smoke residues, but it might not be as effective with glossy surfaces.

Mechanical actions are often a necessary element to cleaning up after fire loss effects in your home. No matter what kind of smoke and soot damage exists in the house, we have ideal cleaning tactics to make these losses “Like it never even happened.” Give our SERVPRO of Kent team a call anytime that you need us at (253) 850-1500.

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We Have State Of The Art Equipment To Restore Your Kent Home

11/25/2019 (Permalink)

A dehumidifier working in a home to remove moisture after water damage hit We used our dehumidifiers with our air movers, to dry away moisture on the surface of this home after water damage struck.

Two Approaches for Drying Wood Frame Wall Cavities in Kent Homes 

Structural cavities can be a vital component to Kent home construction because it allows for a sightless distribution of utilities like the water lines heading to fixtures throughout the residence. When plumbing breaks or leaks occur in this cavity between rooms or floors of your house, responding to the problem immediately is critical. While homeowners can respond fast with shutting off the water supply to the damaged pipe, our SERVPRO professionals have effective strategies for drying out moist structural cavities. 

Choosing the best approach for drying out damaged cavities and beginning water removal in Kent homes is a product of thorough inspections and scoping of the work to get done. With sophisticated moisture detection tools, we can visualize the spread of dampness, even before we remove the drywall and other saturated materials. This knowledge can help our professionals to determine the best potential approach to drying out the affected space in one of two typical approaches. 

Positive Pressure Systems 

When standing water is not believed to be a threat that our technicians should expect in the damaged cavity, positive pressure approaches can be useful. These systems involve removing the baseboard from the wall surface and drill holes through the drywall to the cavity. Hoses from the machine get inserted at regular intervals into these pre-drilled holes. When the hoses get installed, the unit can get turned on to begin forcing direct heated air into this cavity to expedite drying. 

Flood Cuts 

Flood cutting involves removing a water damaged portion of drywall up to an established dryline. Our team can use moisture detection tools to deduce where saturation stops to remove all of the damp sheetrock beneath this labeled line. With controlled demolition complete, our SERVPRO team can bring in low-profile centrifugal air movers for the vaporization of moisture and refrigerant dehumidifiers to collect this moisture in the air. 

No matter which solution that your property needs, you have a team of dedicated professionals that can help. Our SERVPRO of Kent water restoration specialists have the tools and expertise to make losses “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at (253) 850-1500.

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Avoid Delays When Dealing With Flooding in Kent

11/22/2019 (Permalink)

flooded living room with beige couch and tables 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 when a flooding incident happens. For a homeowner in Kent, removal of 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 wood items around the house was down to approximately 7%-11% and the relative humidity inside the house around 30% to 60%, depending on the temperature levels. Removal or prevention of bad odor is also necessary.

Various steps are usually necessary to achieve these goals. Removing any standing water and wet materials from the structure was necessary 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. Bad odors and other severe issues such as mold can develop in the building due to high levels of moisture. Apart from 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 moisture from the cavities. We also set up a couple of dehumidifiers in different sections of the home, 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.

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We Are Ready For Any Size Disaster In Kent

11/18/2019 (Permalink)

One of our water extraction units removing moisture from the air after water damage struck this home 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 when it comes to 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 a variety of moisture measurement tools to address various 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 evaluate 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 as it would be 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 a broad array of 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. 

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