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Mitigating and Restoring Kent Water Damage Efficiently

5/13/2022 (Permalink)

We Restore Many Different Water Damage Events  Our position in King County helps us serve hundreds of thousands of residents SERVPRO has the training and equipment you need after water damage in your Kent home.

We Restore Many Different Water Damage Events 

Our position in King County helps us serve hundreds of thousands of residents and countless businesses contending with disasters of all types. The frequency and usual severity of water disasters like burst pipes or leaks required our water restoration division to continue growing to accommodate our recovery team's standard callout. Our roster can help with all needed efforts, including:

  • Surface water removal
  • Structural drying
  • Humidity management
  • Needed repairs

With these necessary actions needing to be completed after Kent water damage, our professionals must stay ready to respond. Disasters do not wait for convenient times to happen, so you will not wait for your property's restoration and mitigation response. We have skilled WRT-Certified technicians and licensed contractors ready to respond.

Many Types of Water Damage in Kent

In a city of more than 130,000 people, our SERVPRO team has seen many types of water emergencies and threats to structures. With each job, our expertise grows, and we solidify our position as a preferred vendor for insurance work and out-of-pocket restoration services after:

  • Freezing Pipes
  • Plumbing Leaks
  • Accidents and Spills
  • Appliance Damage
  • Flooding

Mitigation Solutions for Water Damage 

Mitigation involves several practices and actions for our professionals, but few have the urgency and impact as water removal services. Standing water is a hazard in many regards, so we utilize a combination of pumps and vacuums to manage pooling in the house and begin extracting trapped moisture in materials like wood and carpeted flooring.

The Science of Effective Drying 

Drying is the most critical component of the restoration process, making it the procedure requiring the greatest array of our equipment and instruments to complete. Each of these tools regulates one of the primary principles of drying. Achieving a balance of these factors provides the most efficient production:

  • Temperature  - This principle measures the warmth of the drying zone and affected materials. In many cases, direct heat applied to moist materials can expedite the drying process and chemical reactions for surface cleaning.
  • Airflow - Air movement is another major contributor to efficient drying in the household. We use several air mover units to promote evaporation by directing blasts of warm, dry air at wet surfaces.
  • Humidity - Productive evaporation increases humidity. Depending on the house's temperature, the air can only hold so many moisture grains before fully saturated. We can reduce the environmental moisture content by dehumidification units to continue the drying cycle.

Ensuring Drying is Complete 

Property owners can benefit from the peace of mind that the drying process is complete. When only superficial drying occurs, as is common with DIY measures, damp pockets and hidden moisture caches can impact building materials and produce appropriate conditions to facilitate mold development. We check our evaporation and water removal processes with sensitive sensors and moisture detection devices to document where further action might be necessary.

Are Water Damage Repairs Needed?

Reconstruction and repairs often coincide with the impact of water disasters on your home or business. From the earliest mitigation actions of removing sagging materials and repairing busted plumbing to newly installed wall systems and carpeted floors after demolition, we can help. Our general contractor license makes us qualified to complete most build-back actions as restoration and recovery continue.

However Kent water damage impacts your life; professional cleanup and drying can help you get back to everyday living quicker. Our SERVPRO of Kent team keeps service vehicles stocked with mitigation and restoration equipment to get water recovery projects underway. Call us at (253) 850-1500.

Fully Resolving Kent Fire Damage Concerns

5/13/2022 (Permalink)

Technicians removing soot damage from a ceiling with sponges SERVPRO technicians are trained and experienced in all phases of fire damage restoration. Call us now!

Full-Service Fire Damage Restoration After Losses

Residents understand that several layers of restoration and recovery are required to return the home to its original condition after a fire. You need a full-service team of professionals, and our SERVPRO team is here to help. We start with powerful mitigation solutions like:

  • Temporary construction
  • Content removal
  • Air filtration
  • Water removal
  • Debris cleanup

We must act fast with the severity of Kent fire damage incidents for homes, especially exposures to microscopic soot particles and structural damages. Our roster of FSRT-Certified technicians is ready to mobilize fast when disasters strike. Given our unique relationship with insurance providers in the area, we often have a team assembled and ready to roll out before the extinguishment of the fire completes.

Fire Damage Mitigation Services

Even after a fire gets extinguished, the damage to the structure does not stop. Circulating carcinogenic particles continue to spread, standing water absorbs into materials, and weak structural elements are ready to collapse. Our SERVPRO professionals use the mitigation process to reduce restoration times and further damage to the structure.

Insurance Claims Work

Most fire damage incidents fit the criteria for insurance claims, making much of the work to be done overseen and filtered through the specific processes and procedures companies require. We work directly with many of the areas insurance companies, understanding what the adjusters need to ensure your claim is approved and work can begin:

  • Claims Inventory – Cataloging the condition of loose items and determining the salvageability of individual personal belongings. This would also indicate the need for relocation to our SERVPRO facility for further restoration work.
  • Estimation – Combining the needed efforts and materials into a direct and detailed breakdown of expected costs and paid hours.
  • Restoration Plan – The combined mitigation and restoration solutions necessary to return a property to preloss condition. This information tracks milestones and goals reached during the recovery process.

The Threat of Soot Damage 

The incomplete combustion of fuels and organic matter can create smoke residues and soot that come to rest on surfaces. Under pressure, these can even become affixed to vertical planes like walls. Soot is a challenging obstacle for restoration professionals as the removal often requires several practices and products to achieve. Much of the decisions regarding the type of cleanup required relates to the kind of smoke damage present:

  • Wet Smoke
  • Dry Smoke
  • Grease Residues

Counteractants and Deodorants 

Malodors are often final considerations for the restoration process but no less an obstacle for recovery professionals working in the house. Harsh smells are often created by the combustion of woods, plastics, and chemicals. While counteractant products like beads and granules can reduce the severity of these threats, deodorization equipment and tools are often necessary to complete the job. We generally utilize products and mechanical means to eliminate malodors.

Fire Damage Repairs for Homes 

Few fire disasters do not require some form of repair or reconstruction. Our SERVPRO IICRC-Certified team is equipped to manage these needs with a general contractor license and years of experience in the building trades to provide these efforts. From controlled demolition where damaged building materials must be removed and discarded to the reconstruction of wall and ceiling assemblies to make it “Like it never even happened,” we can help.

Kent fire damage might occur from many sources or ignition points, but the threat to your home or property should be anticipated. Post-disaster conditions are often volatile and overwhelming between soot and smoke damage threats spreading through the structure. Our SERVPRO of Kent team can help get life back to normal with effective cleanup and restoration services. Call us today at (253) 850-1500.

The Full Remediation of Kent Mold Damage

5/13/2022 (Permalink)

an employee in PPE in a mold damage containment zone Don’t panic when you find mold in your Kent home. Contact our SERVPRO IICRC-Certified technicians to remediate the mold damage.

SERVPRO Provides Rapid Mold Damage Removal 

While we are leading remediation professionals capable of removing active mold colonies where they are found, this statement does not often address the complexities of each structure where this service is necessary. From single-family homes in King County to massive venues like the Accesso ShoWare Center, we have skilled professionals to manage:

  • Moisture Damage
  • Mold Growth
  • Harsh Malodors
  • Structural Damages

The SERVPRO team can overcome Kent mold damage where discovered, and we mobilize quickly to ensure that the situation does not worsen. Our microbial remediation responders arrive fast to set up containment barriers and begin mitigation actions to protect the property from more significant mold infestation concerns.

Is Mold Likely in King County?

The position of King County in the Pacific Northwest, along with expected rainfall and weather events, leaves the environment heavily saturated and humid. Improper ventilation combined with poor air quality can contribute to the development of microbial growths in a residence. With the frequency of mold damage claims and the activity of our remediation team, mold is a more significant threat to Kent homes than its residents might realize.

Damage Inspections and Assessment

While it is possible to identify or begin to suspect mold growth in your home without professional services, the inspection and assessment of your property are one of the initial remediation services our SERVPRO team provides. We must learn the extent of the damage, affected hosting materials, and present hazards. This information aids our crew in developing the best remediation approach to help remove active colonies.

AMRT-Certified Technicians 

We are accredited through firms like the IICRC and the National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors (NORMI) to manage microbial threats. Because of the multi-faceted restoration and cleanup necessary, including air duct cleaning and controlled demolition, a full-service roster of professionals ready to help like our SERVPRO team is vital to successful mold abatement.

Removing Mold Damage 

The heart of the remediation process is mold removal. While we do not make broad claims to eliminate all spores from a residence, we can provide the needed work to remove active colonies and moist conditions. The remediation process often gets split into three groups:

  • Surface Cleaning – Without penetrating the outermost layer, we can use potent sporicidal products to eliminate mold and make other surfaces uninhabitable.
  • Abrasive Removal - Involves blasting or sanding to impact the space just beyond the surface layer to remove mold growth.
  • Controlled Demolition – When other methods are not efficient, our licensed professionals can remove heavily damaged building materials and discard them. 

Reducing and Removing Musty Smells

Malodors are a common element of the mold growth damage a property faces. Often, musty smells indicate active colonies, helping homeowners realize a problem that must get addressed. These odors linger even after remediation nears completion, requiring more direct and focused deodorization with tools like thermal foggers and hydroxyl machines.

Where Mold Damage Repairs Are Needed

Mold can be destructive to hosting elements the colony uses as a food source. Our licensed professionals begin the reconstruction side of mold remediation in the early efforts like a controlled demolition and constructing temporary containment barriers to prevent the migration of spores. Additionally, our roster of contractors must also help with:

  • Plumbing Repairs
  • Material Replacement
  • Mold Prevention

Kent mold damage is often underappreciated and not as recognizable as water or fire damage concerns. Microbial threats should be treated with the same urgency and thorough cleaning as these other emergencies as they pose similar threats to the structure. Our SERVPRO of Kent team is ready to help when you need it at (253) 850-1500.

Mold Removal Options for Tukwila Homes

5/11/2022 (Permalink)

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

Eliminating Active Mold Colonies Requires Several Strategies in Residences

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

Removing Mold from Tukwila Homes 

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

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

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

5/6/2022 (Permalink)

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

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

Why is air-freshener bad for fire odors?

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

What affects fire odors in the home?

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

What chemicals control fire and burnt smoke aromas?

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

What are other odor chemicals used in fire restoration?

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

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

SERVPRO Provides Commercial Fire Damage Restoration in Kent

4/30/2022 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Avoid Delays When Dealing with Flooding in Kent

4/11/2022 (Permalink)

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Quick Flood Removal Actions Make Kent Home Habitable Again

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

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

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

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

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

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

We Are Ready for Any Size Disaster in Kent

4/4/2022 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

What to Do When You Spot Water Damage

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

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

SERVPRO's Scientific Approach

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

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

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

The Effects of Fire Damage in Kent Homes

3/21/2022 (Permalink)

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

SERVPRO Addresses All Effects of Fire Damage in Kent Homes Professionally

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

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

Steps to Fire Damage Recovery      

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

Specialized Restoration Equipment

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

Specialized Restoration Equipment

  • Pressure washers
  • Rotating brushes
  • Blast-cleaners

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

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

Fast Water Damage Restoration of Tukwila Offices

3/11/2022 (Permalink)

pipes going into the ground of a home Dealing with a burst pipe and subsequent water damage at your commercial location can be quite difficult. Contact SERVPRO 24/7 - 365 days a year.

When your Tukwila Business is Down Due to Water Damage, We can Help with Complete Restoration Services

When water pipes leak or fixtures in break areas burst or break, the resulting water damage can be substantial and widespread. As leading restoration professionals, we have effective mitigation strategies to help overcome standing water and moisture effects in these areas. Our fast actions and restoration services could get your doors back open quickly if the emergency were severe enough to require vacating.

Containment of the Damage Area

Water damage for Tukwila offices can be difficult to overcome, especially in the earliest stages of the disaster. Spreading water can be a significant challenge, making containment measures to protect the property and isolate the work area vital. We can limit restoration and recovery time with established drying and work areas.

Multiple Restoration Professionals to Help

SERVPRO has many experienced and certified technicians in several niches of the restoration industry. Our growing roster of WRT-certified professionals ensures that we can work on your project around the clock when necessary to reach the desired recovery milestones when you are shut down.

Water Damage Repairs Where Needed

With our contracting license, we can complete many of the structural repairs and replacement needs that your property might have. Based on the source of the water damage, we must focus our efforts on making the structure whole again by getting utility services functioning, replacing missing materials, and rebuilding where required. Some of these needs include:

  • Plumbing repairs
  • Flooring replacement
  • Drop ceiling installation
  • Wall assembly repair

An important aspect of the work we do for area businesses after they suffer disaster effects is meeting their schedule to limit invasive restoration. We appreciate the urgency in getting your doors back open quickly, and can often accommodate methods of allowing the business to operate in a limited capacity while recovery is ongoing. Give our SERVPRO of Kent professionals a call today at (253) 850-1500.