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Do Mold Removal Companies in Tukwila Vary in the Services They Offer Businesses?

12/27/2020 (Permalink)

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Tukwila is a suburb of modern-day Seattle, located directly to the south of the city. Because it aligns near many waterways, railroads, interstates, and two regional airports -- King County International Airport - Boeing Field and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport --Tukwila supports much commercial activity within its boundaries. Although the city's residents currently number a little more than 20,300, many workers and consumers travel to the suburb daily, increasing the area's population during production work and business transactions exponentially.

Who Historically Lived in the Tukwila Area?

It probably comes as no surprise that the same topographical features that make Tukwila attractive to 21st-century residents and businesses encouraged a robust pre-contact habitation of the same areas by indigenous peoples. The Duwamish were among the earliest people known to live along the Black and Duwamish river banks. Evidence exists that places them in the Tukwila area since the ending of the last glacial period, approximately 10,000 years ago. Historians note two distinguishable groups affiliated with the Duwamish tribe. Each group still retains cultural and ethnic diversity:

  • The People of the Inside, associated with Elliott Bay
  • The People of the Large Lake, now known as Lake Washington
  • Both groups tell stories handed down as an oral tradition, including a tale, "North Wind, South Wind," referring to the last Ice Age and describing an ice weir (dam) collapsing on the Duwamish River.

Are Descendants of the Duwamish Still Living in or Near Tukwila?

Currently, members who identify as Duwamish are not officially recognized as a tribe by the United States government. Nevertheless, at least 600 individuals are enrolled as members and consider themselves Duwamish. They wrote and ratified a constitution, bylaws, and other legal foundations in 1925. The tribal members continue to live proudly as Duwamish, although their ancestors did not receive reservation land, even though Chief Seattle and other Duwamish leaders signed the Treaty of Point Elliott in the 1850s. The tribe bought land by the ancient settlement of Ha-AH-Poos in 2009 adjacent to the Duwamish River's mouth. Tribal members established a Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center on that location.

How Did the Duwamish Use the Land and Rivers?

Other indigenous people lived in Puget Sound-Strait of Georgia basin. They traded and perhaps intermarried with the Duwamish. Some individuals enrolled in the federally recognized Tulalip Tribes of Washington. Pre-contact villages were scattered. In the spring, the Duwamish foraged for salmonberry shoots and fiddlehead ferns. As they ripened, the people picked the following to eat fresh and to dry and combine with fat and protein (pemmican) for winter storage:

  • Thimbleberries
  • Salal
  • Raspberries
  • Salmonberries
  • Blackberries
  • Serviceberries
  • Strawberries
  • Huckleberries
  • Wapato

The Duwamish hunted and fished in the summer into fall, drying the proteins for later consumption:

  • Deer
  • Elk
  • Crayfish
  • Freshwater mussels
  • Shellfish
  • Salmon (fished intensively from mid-summer through November, with evidence of the use of dams)

Winter food additions included:

  • Duck
  • Beaver
  • Muskrat
  • Raccoon
  • Otter
  • Bear

What Was Indigenous Housing Like?

The Duwamish built longhouses against the cold temperatures of the winter. During the spring, they were on the move and camped away from the longhouses until they returned for the salmon run. Over the winters, they improved their housing stock, created art, socialized and shared stories and oral traditions and ceremonies.

Did the Duwamish and Other Tribes Trade and Share?

Although other indigenous groups were known to plan raids on the Duwamish winter stores, evidence shows the tribe had an intricate trade and potlatch network that:

  • Distributed resources to areas where want was great and many required sustenance
  • Planned ceremonies and feasts that preceded possession sharing (potlatches)

Is Tukwila an Indigenous Name?

In Chinook jargon, Tukwila means nut, specifically hazelnut. "Chinook jargon" is a nearly extinct form of communication that indigenous peoples in the Northwest used to conduct trade. The origin of the city's name is celebrated even today, with Tukwila known as the Hazelnut City.

Can SERVPRO Provide Reliable Assistance as a Mold Removal Company in Tukwila?

Much like the multi-talented Duwamish, we offer our help as a mold removal company to Tukwila business owners. Coping with mold growth and resultant damage fits well within the provision of our core service of water and flood damage recovery. Our extensive experience with water damage and its restoration gives us a unique perspective on mold abatement.

What Is the Key to Mold Remediation?

No matter how well our highly-qualified crews respond to mold removal challenges, SERVPRO managers and technicians realize that mold growth cannot be avoided in a commercial building if moisture remains unmanaged. Mold spores exist everywhere, including inside your store, restaurant, office, or other business space. Fortunately, the spores cause few problems if they do not absorb moisture. Once water activates spores, they proliferate into ever-expanding colonies.

Is Elimination a Reasonable Goal for a Mold Removal Company?

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed the mold remediation standard for the US, used for schools and commercial buildings. They stress remediation of a mold problem rather than promising eradication because it is impossible to rid a home of all mold spores. What SERVPRO can do is

  • Locate the mold.
  • Contain the space where the mold grows to prevent drift of contaminants.
  • Remove the current mold colonies by
    • Scraping and brushing from solid surfaces.
    • Employing controlled abrasion with dry ice or soda to remove mold from porous materials and incapacitate deeply embedded hyphae (branching filaments of mold organisms).
  • Clean and disinfect the previously moldy surfaces using EPA-registered products to inhibit mold rebound.

How Do Mold Removal Companies Give Business Owners the Best Chance of New Outbreak Suppression?

Because of the clear connection between our work with water loss restoration and fungal damage issues, our mold removal company takes a long view. We inspect your commercial space looking for water damage vulnerability. Our familiarity with water loss mitigation and remediation results in comprehensive restoration actions that rid your business of exposure to leaks and breaks in pipes, structures, and appliances. We also offer general contracting services to repair and rehabilitate water and mold damage that cannot be restored without controlled demolition and rebuilding.

Have confidence that the management and crews from SERVPRO of Kent are among the best trained and equipped mold removal companies in the area. Call (253) 850-1500 to schedule an evaluation and planning session for mold remediation to get your business back on track.

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