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Can Flooding Interfere With The Energy Efficiency of My Kent House?

7/27/2020 (Permalink)

flooding in home A flooding incident can cause long-term problems such as higher power bills or discomfort.

SERVPRO Has Extensive Experience Resolving Flood Damage Related Issues in Kent Homes

If you always worry about the home maintenance expenses you are likely to incur in the future, you are not alone. Many homeowners worry about the uncertainties posed by unexpected repair bills. Even after resolving the initial damage caused by flooding, other problems can keep cropping up, later on, causing inconveniences and costing more money. For instance, certain factors from flooding can bring down the energy efficiency levels of your Kent home, leading to higher bills.

Which aspects of flood damage affect energy efficiency in Kent Homes?

    •    Damage to insulation leading to loss of R-Value
    •    Foundation shifts preventing doors and windows from sealing properly
    •    Problems with heating systems such as furnaces

As the floodwater spreads around the Kent property by wicking through materials or other processes such as evaporation and condensation, it affects various materials, including drywall and insulation. In most cases, the restoration of damage caused by floodwater involves making flood cuts a few inches above the visible water line on the walls to remove the materials soaked directly by the water. However, moisture migration might extend beyond the visible water line, thus affecting other materials.

How does moisture affect insulation?

Different types of insulation react differently to water exposure. For instance, cellulose mattes when wet, fiberglass may not change physically, while mineral wool may develop rust. Apart from the physical changes, water also affects insulation in other ways, thus diminishing its effectiveness. For instance, the resistance or R-value is temporarily or permanently lost when the insulating material accumulates moisture because water is a better conductor of heat than air.

Our SERVPRO technicians inspect walls thoroughly using penetrative and non-penetrative moisture meters to establish the true moisture spread patterns. In case you have fiberglass insulation, we can restore its full protective capabilities through drying. For other types, we might need to remove and replace all the wet insulation to ensure your property remains energy efficient.

How does a shifting foundation from flooding cause energy inefficiency?

Flooding increases the hydrostatic pressure in the soil, which pushes against the foundation of your structure. Foundation shifts can occur depending on factors such as the soil type or the time it takes for the floodwater to recede. The level of shifting differs, so in some cases, it might be pronounced while in others, it might only be slight. A slight shift can leave gaps around exterior doors and window frames, but since it is not an obvious problem, signs like cracks or sticking doors or windows may not develop, so you might not notice immediately.

Our SERVPRO technicians are aware that such shifts happen after flooding events, so we inspect all openings leading to the exterior of the house for signs of misalignment. In case we notice a problem, we can advise you immediately so that you involve a building contractor who can help fix the problem.

Does flooding cause severe damage to furnaces?

When considering the effect of flooding on energy efficiency, you should not forget the source of the heat. The heating system has several constituent parts, including:
    •    Air ducts
    •    Electronic boards
    •    The furnace

There are four prominent types of furnaces used in heating systems:
    •    Oil furnaces
    •    Natural gas furnaces
    •    Electric furnaces
    •    Propane furnaces

 When the HVAC system is exposed to floodwaters, various damages can develop, including clogging with dirt, corrosion of electronic components, damage to valves and other controls, or breaches to the refrigerant system. One this that is even more worrying is that the system may look okay from casual observation and might even run when you turn in on. However, it is crucial to have it thoroughly inspected to establish which parts may require replacement to guarantee its proper functioning or even to prevent pre-mature failure.

Since flooding situations differ, you might not be sure whether you need to involve a professional HVAC technician. Our SERVPRO crews can help you make the right decision by considering the dominant factors in the flooding incident that affects your property.  We inspect the layout of your system and then consider the depth of the floodwater that breached your property. If we establish parts of the system were submerged, we try to estimate how long they remained submerged, then we can advise you on the best course of action. If the damage caused by flooding is addressed in time, your HVAC system can continue performing optimally, allaying any fears you have about energy efficiency.

A flooding incident can cause long-term problems such as higher power bills or discomfort. SERVPRO of Kent can help resolve any issue that might trigger such an outcome, “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (253) 850-1500.

Is there an Easy Way to Repair After a Massive Water Leak in my Home?

7/22/2020 (Permalink)

"Contact us" You can trust our SERVPRO technicians to swiftly handle any water damage in your home.

The Most Efficient Way to Restore Your Kent Home After a Leak Requires a Call to a Reputable Water Restoration Company.

You may be seeing water all over your Kent home, with no clear path on how to return it to mint condition. Before you despair, call a reputable water restoration company to give you a factual assessment of the level of the damage and the steps to reverse it. The longer you wait, the harder it is to curtail the expense and scope of the loss.

Homeowners in Kent with water damage in their homes can call SERVPRO to be the guiding voice in the restoration process. Our technicians are certified by industry experts in their knowledge of the theory behind water damage restoration, and we bring our expertise to each of the homes we serve. Rather than rely on well-meaning friends' advice, let the experts take over by calling our hotline open 24/7 as soon as the emergency occurs.

What does it take to eliminate water damage?

There are several steps to eliminating water from your home to avoid further damage. Our SERVPRO technicians focus primarily on extracting excess moisture, which is not the same as removing all moisture, followed by disinfecting and sanitizing. To achieve optimal moisture readings, our team uses infrared technology and other industry-specific tools to measure humidity. For the extraction part of the process, we use some of the following equipment-

Truck-mounted pumps for larger volumes of water

Drying mats for your flooring

Injectidry technology to evaporate water hiding in wall cavities

Along with specialized equipment above, we use dehumidifiers, air circulators, and smaller pumps to assist in water extraction and drying. Along with fungicide and cleaning solutions, our team leaves your home ready to enjoy it again.

SERPVRO of Kent is more than a cleaning company. We are a team of professionals ready to restore your home. Call us at (253) 850-1500 and let us be your ally in this emergency. Our goal, like yours, is to leave your home, “Like it never even happened.” 

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How Can I Repair My Maple Valley House After My Walls Inside it Gets Burned as a Result of a Fire?

7/9/2020 (Permalink)

House Fire Knowing how smoke behaves in a structure can help us mitigate any issues caused by the blaze.

For Fire Damage Restoration After Building Materials in Your Home in Maple Valley Get Torched Call SERVPRO

It can happen fast, one minute you are just trying to cook dinner for your family, and then suddenly you notice your Maple Valley kitchen is in flames. Mishaps, while cooking is the most common cause of structural blazes. Since your appliances are usually nestled against one of your walls, there is a good chance your drywall and studs can become fuel.

What happens to my house when it gets partially burned?

During a fire damage disaster in Maple Valley, flames can continue to engulf your building materials and contents until the fire gets extinguished. If your walls or other items get severely charred, then our SERVPRO technicians can remove and replace them in sections. Since different parts of the blaze are hotter than others, some fuels may not fully combust or turn from a solid to a gas when the heat is applied. These partially combusted particles can then travel throughout your house in the form of smoke. The smoke coming from an inferno can cause several problems with your structural components and possessions.

How does smoke behave inside my house?

    •    Temperature of Smoke- How hot the smoke coming from the fire has a lot to do with how it behaves. Convection is the process of heat being transferred through air movement. Hot air always rises because it is not as dense as cooler air. As the warm air moves up, cooler air moves down closer to the flames that then heats up and rises. These types of air movements are called convection currents.
    •    Temperature of Surrounding Surfaces- Smoke that is hotter than the air around it tends to head towards cooler surfaces in your house such as your upper walls and ceilings. Due to convection as the warm air rises, it will push cooler air surrounding surfaces down and replace it with the hot, smoky air that can then negatively affect your wall or ceiling surfaces.

Knowing how smoke behaves in a structure can help us mitigate any issues caused by the blaze. For professional assistance after a fire, call SERVPRO of Kent at (253) 850-1500.

What is a Commercial Restoration Company Trained to Do?

6/23/2020 (Permalink)

montage of drying equipment and flooded commercial properties Kent area water, fire, storm or mold-damaged structures proprietors know to call SERVPRO for cleanup, restoration, and repair

Technicians Use IICRC-Certified Techniques for Service That Ranks Among the Top Commercial Restoration Companies in Kent

Commercial restoration after a fire- or water-related disaster is a must for preserving the safety and structural integrity of your Kent property. Whether you run a restaurant, a salon, an auto dealership, or a warehouse, responding quickly to disaster preserves public health and safety while also ensuring that you get the compensation you need from your insurer.

SERVPRO is among the top commercial restoration companies in Kent in terms of service, consistency, and availability. Your local SERVPRO is also licensed to render general contracting services to rebuild your property after disaster strikes (license #SERVPCS911LE).

This firm prides itself on extensive training and education opportunities for technicians, staff, and franchise owners alike. Educational opportunities include certification training in the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards and continued learning opportunities that cover the following topics:

  • Fire and water damage cleanup and restoration
  • Carpet and upholstery cleaning
  • Mold remediation
  • Restoration industry best practices

What is SERVPRO Trained to Do As a Restoration Company?

SERVPRO services cover a variety of needs beyond disaster mitigation, such as:

  • Structural and contents restoration for business applications
  • Improving indoor air quality after mold remediation.
  • Removing microbial growth with EPA-registered, OSHA-approved biocide solutions.
  • Maintaining detailed records of property damage, including photos, videos, and written documentation.
  • Reinstalling materials like carpet and baseboards.
  • Implementing new components like drywall and floorboards to replace unsalvageable parts of a disaster-affected space.

Restoration aims not just to clean your property, but also to achieve a high standard of preloss cleanliness that allows local business owners to return to their duties more quickly. This process requires multiple thorough inspections both during and after cleaning to ensure that your needs are met.

How Do SERVPRO Standards Set Them Apart?

Maintaining Restoration Industry Standards

The IICRC maintains detailed guidelines for a variety of restoration industry standards that are readily available for reading. SERVPRO technicians stay up-to-date on cleanup standards to aid business owners in attaining a high standard of cleanliness.

This industry-specific body compiles sanitation standards for a variety of applications, such as:

  • Biohazard cleanup and restoration.
  • Mold remediation.
  • Infection control standards for commercial applications
  • Fire and smoke damage.
  • Professional cleaning guidelines for many materials, from stone to upholstery to subfloors and substrates.

The Difference Between Restoration and Custodial Businesses

While a typical custodial service offers high-quality cleaning for businesses, SERVPRO is prepared to render this service, among many other tasks, to reach a specific standard of sanitation and preloss functionality in your Kent business. Commercial mitigation also only needs to be done sparingly, compared to the everyday tasks managed by a custodial company.

Exclusive Sanitation Programs

SERVPRO also offers the exclusive Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program, which is aimed at sanitizing commercial spaces to prevent the spread of microbes and viruses.

  • Hospital-grade cleaners effectively sanitize frequent touchpoints on your property.
  • SERVPRO has worked since the 1960s to uphold contemporary standards in biohazard cleaning.
  • This team has access to over 100 proprietary SERVPRO cleaning solutions designed for a variety of sanitation applications.

As businesses prepare to maintain a new normal, SERVPRO strives to meet this need with helpful consultation services, comprehensive cleanup, and certification badges that mark your dedication to preserving public health.

How Can SERVPRO Technicians Dry My Business?

Structural drying is another crucial component of the sanitation process that applies to a broad spectrum of disasters that can affect a business.

  • Structural drying removes moist conditions that allow mold and microbes to thrive
  • Air movement and dehumidification tools are more useful for water damage cleanup when implemented after thorough moisture extraction.
  • Drying equipment also removes water saturation from buildings affected by fire suppression efforts, which is a must for minimizing the effects of acidic soot deposits on structures and contents.

Moisture buildup can quickly become the catalyst for a variety of disasters in the workplace. SERVPRO technicians are trained to render efficient moisture removal services that prevent the spread of microbes, soot deposits, mold spores, and other items that can potentially disrupt day-to-day business operations.

SERVPRO can deploy a variety of dehumidification tools for moisture removal, including:

  • Refrigerant coil dehumidifiers
  • Desiccant dehumidifiers
  • Low-grain refrigerant dehumidifiers.

The process for moisture extraction is slightly different, but the essential process remains the same. Moist air pulled off of surfaces by air movers is passed over the dehumidifying agent, which creates condensation or otherwise isolates moisture from the air so that it can be collected and removed from your property

SERVPRO of Kent supports local businesses with service that is Faster to Any Size Disaster. You can call (253) 850-1500 for 24/7 emergency service that returns your business to a preloss condition.

When Should I Look for Professional Restoration of my Business Premises?

6/15/2020 (Permalink)

chairs in waiting room Did your business experience water damage? SERVPRO has the know-how to quickly dry the building.

Enlist the Help of Commercial Water Restoration Companies Like SERVPRO as soon as Visible Signs of Damage Appear on your Premises.

What is the difference between residential and commercial restoration? A commercial restoration project typically requires more human resources and larger equipment than in residential properties. There may also be more specialized requirements when dealing with business premises in Kent. A launderette with leaking appliances, for example, may require an out-of-hours service to avoid restoration impacting their revenues. On the other hand, residents may want recovery to occur during the working day to minimize the impact on their daily lives. You can communicate directly with SERVPRO crew chiefs to minimize inconvenience to your business.

Can Faulty Appliances Damage my Business?

Water intrusion can negatively affect both the structure and contents of your business premises. It is wise to use commercial water restoration companies in Kent to prevent a minor issue from causing significant damage. Faulty appliances can release water into your premises in several ways from the direct access to internal plumbing and the unit itself. Our crew chiefs maintain close relationships with technical specialists like electricians and electrical repair companies. When working on your business, we can enlist the help of these third parties on your behalf, so you only must deal with one the point of contact throughout.

What steps should I take with a faulty washing machine?

  • Isolate the cause of the problem
  • Remove the appliance from use
  • Bring in professional restorers to reverse any damages

How do restorers reverse water damage?

The process of returning a business to a preloss condition involves careful planning and efficient execution. Using extraction and air-moving equipment, we speed up the natural drying time. Afterward, we can address any existing water damage using industrial cleaning solutions and solvents. Our final stage is to deodorize the property using box fans to clear away any residual odors.

If a faulty appliance is affecting your business, contact SERVPRO of Kent at (253) 850-1500 for a tailored solution.

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Can I Save Money and Time by Cleaning Up Water Damage in Kent Myself?

6/14/2020 (Permalink)

Close-up Of Flooded Floor In The Living Room From Water Leak SERVPRO of Kent can help keep minor leaks and spills from significantly damaging your home.

A Coordinated Team of Well-Trained and Equipped Workers Is Why SERVPRO Preserves Your Kent Home from Secondary Damage

When a pipe leaks or the dishwasher overflows, it seems as though an afternoon, some focus, and a little hard work should be enough to banish the suds, fluids, and nuisance from your life. Unfortunately, water damage in Kent does not work quite that way. Structures rarely are watertight, so there is a significant chance that a percentage of the leaked or spilled water migrates into cracks and crevices or soaks into permeable structural components like drywall and subfloors.

What Happens When Water Migrates?

Water damage in your Kent home can spread widely without you realizing. The moisture saturating building materials and contents is not benign. If not found and removed within hours or days, it can cause progressive damage, including mold growth, that exposes your home and possibly your health to unacceptable risks. Secondary damage manifests as the following, among other issues:

    •    Swollen wood framing, joists, studs
    •    Oxidized (rusted) metal fasteners and supports
    •    Distorted milled wood products like doors, windows, and their frames
    •    Warped sub-floors and hardwood strip or planks
    •    Bulging or cracked drywall and lath and plaster
    •    Stained and ill-fitting ceiling tiles
    •    Blistered paint and peeling wallpaper

Can This Damage Be Fixed?

If caught soon enough, some of the material prone to secondary damage can recover, although at higher cost and level of disruption than if the water was managed appropriately at the onset. This is why SERVPRO’s approach is fundamental to the best outcomes. We arrive quickly and trace the pathways water took after the original crisis with moisture detectors and meters. Finding and releasing the water, followed by effective structural drying, brings your home back to preloss condition.

SERVPRO of Kent can help keep minor leaks and spills from significantly damaging your home. Give us a call at (253) 850-1500 for advice on how we can help address water damage in your home.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in Kent, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Kent today at (253) 850-1500 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

Is There Any Hope for Restoration of Soot Encrusted and Tarnished Antiques and Other Treasures After a Fire?

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

electrical outlet  catching fire Is there a company that specializes in specialized cleaning after a fire? Call SERVPRO of Kent for help.

SERVPRO Contents Processing Provides Specialized Cleaning and Drying Strategies for Delicate and Intricately Detailed Possessions Damaged by a Kent Residential Fire

You give the decorative and practical items collected or bequeathed to you a place of pride in your Kent home. Rather than packing them away, they are enjoyed and used. Unfortunately, this decision to celebrate these articles puts them in the path of the corrosive residues created during a residential fire.

Does Soot Ruin Decorative Metals and Vintage Chinas?

As with many questions concerning fire damage in your Kent home, the most honest answer admits that successful restoration depends on many factors. Open, honest communication about the prognosis for your precious items is crucial. As the cleaning and remediation proceed, regular updates demonstrate our commitment to compassion with integrity at a difficult time. Factors that affect restoration outcomes include:

- The amount of time passed before we assessed the item

- Pre-existing damage or previous repairs to an article

- Exposure to heat during the fire, and how quickly firefighting activity cooled the items

- Characteristics of the soot -- dry, wet, or protein-based

Why Should I Seek Professional Help When I Am Motivated to Save My Property?

Although SERVPRO often shares responsibility with our customers during fire clean up, the delicacy of vintage crystal, china, and metalwork demands highly-skilled and experienced assessment and follow through. The stress of the high heat of a fire can exacerbate these weaknesses if the items already had chips and cracks. Metals swiftly tarnish when exposed to fire residues, and precisely matched cleaning products are vital to prevent that oxidation from degenerating to pitting and etching.

What We Can Do?

Delicate, hard artifacts can be packed-out to our facility for ultra-sonic immersion cleaning. Millions of tiny bubbles can remove soot and dirt gently and safely. The Esporta washing system can be used for soft fabrics, and even your child's teddy bear.

Our dedicated production facility technicians at SERVPRO of Kent rise to the challenge when unique items suffer damage. We base our interventions on industry best practices and seek input from you and your insurer every step of the way. Call us at (253) 850-1500 as soon as possible for desired outcomes.

What Hazards are in My Home After Flood Damage

5/12/2020 (Permalink)

Worker Collecting Water In Bucket From Ceiling While Woman Talking On Mobile Phone Call SERVPRO at the first signs of flood damage entering your home.

Hazards in Your Kent Home After Flooding

When water enters your home from a structural breach or through natural flooding scenarios, it can be a hazardous situation for your Kent residence. Knowing these risks and what to do about them can be enough to protect those that matter most and help to protect some of your belongings and possessions in the earliest stages of flood losses as well.

Many of the hazards that can exist after flood damage in Kent homes are universal to any disaster, whether natural flooding or roof/property damage is to blame for the intruding water. Our SERVPRO professionals are often not the first individuals in a damaged home after a flood loss situation, so understanding these hazards before entering the property can keep you safe until our qualified technicians arrive to begin mitigation work.

Structural Concerns

One of the most pressing concerns for those inspecting the damage to their house is oversaturated materials like ceiling assemblies. Sagging materials are often a strong indication of overweight drywall and insulation that can collapse and injure those underneath it. Wall systems are also at risk for becoming oversaturated beyond the capabilities of drywall screws in studs. These are the areas where our team can perform controlled demolition to help with the drying process and protect other materials nearby.

Electrical Shock Hazards 

When standing water reaches outlets near the floor of your home, or electrically charged equipment still powered on, it can cause the pooling water in the area to become electrified. Unless you can be confident that no hazard exists, such as the power getting severed to the structure, do not enter standing water.

Contamination Concerns 

Natural flooding presents a real risk of contamination to materials, contents, and occupants. We have disinfection products and cleaning practices that remove these bacterial threats from structural framework remaining installed before full-scale build back begins.

We understand the urgency that you feel when your home gets flooded, but keeping yourself and your family safe should be your priority. Our SERVPRO of Kent team is standing by whenever you need us to help at (253) 850-1500.

Fire Damage in Kent is No Match for SERVPRO

5/11/2020 (Permalink)

wooden kitchen match striking on a grey slate surface. Fire Damage is no “match” for SERVPRO

How You Can Restore Your Fire Damaged West Kent Home Quickly

The thought of a fire destroying your Kent home is unpleasant. You have worked hard to buy it and the possessions in it. In the event of a fire, many of your belongings can get destroyed within minutes. When fires occur, they cause expensive destruction and disrupt the life of the homeowner. 

When your Kent home has fire damage, avoid starting the restoration process without a good plan in place. You may find that the expertise required to restore your home is a little beyond what you can perform effectively. There are several steps you can take to secure your house after a fire. However, hiring a fire restoration company like SERVPRO to do the bulk of the work is advisable. Before the professionals arrive, consider taking the following steps to ensure your safety: 

  • Shut off electricity and gas at the source. A spark can ignite leaking gas and cause the fire to reignite.
  • Throw away all the items that are beyond repair.
  • If possible, remove insulation from affected walls and discard it.
  • Determine which areas can be traversed safely while avoiding walls and floors that display signs of instability or weakness.
  • Smoke comprises carbon particles, and the smoke scent can persist if the particles remain in your home. Open doors and windows to let air circulate throughout your home. Even though this may seem to be a small thing, it helps remove the smoke odor. 

As a fire restoration service, SERVPRO has the training, knowledge, equipment, and experience to handle all the aspects of cleaning up your fire-damaged residence. Our restoration process can minimize further destruction to your home and salvage some items. We can restore both your home and salvageable items to their preloss state. Saving time is vital following fire damage to prevent long-term destruction.  

We offer a wide array of services based on the extent of the destruction. Our Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians (FSRTs) can remove smoke residues from all surfaces of your home.  We can remove smoke residues from the surfaces of these appliances through polishing and wet cleaning.

If there are fire residues on upholstery and carpets, our restores can use carpet and upholstery shampoos to remove them. These are blends of solvents, detergents, and cleaning agents that can brighten all fabrics. A solution of water and these shampoos has a neutral pH and works well on nylon, cotton, wool, and other artificial fibers. Once your home is clean, we can take more steps to remove odors using various deodorizing products like water-based odor counteractants, water-based wet mist deodorizers, sealers, and deodorant granules or pellets. We can also offer rebuilding services if necessary, enabling you to save money and time.

It takes specialized training and expertise to restore a home that has survived a fire. SERVPRO of Kent has the skills it takes. Call us today at (253) 850-1500 for prompt restoration.