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Crucial Fire Damage Restoration Steps for Clyde Hill Homes

1/20/2022 (Permalink)

firemen on ladder at peak battling blaze SERVPRO can clean up fire damaged Clyde Hill area homes and build them back, "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Documents and Resolves All Damages From Fires in Clyde Hill Properties

The aftermath of a fire incident is a hectic time with many activities that you must complete to restore your Clyde Hill home to its preloss state. When dealing with such loss, it is easy to overlook or mess up some steps, which can be detrimental.

One of the reasons for seeking fire damage restoration help in Clyde Hill is to ensure all steps necessary for restoring a home are carried out satisfactorily. With an experienced team like SERVPRO, you can be certain of timely and thorough execution of major or trivial actions.

Fundamental processes that help combat fire damage include:

  • Assessing structural integrity
  • Securing the property
  • Documenting all losses
  • Thorough clean-up of all areas of the property

Some processes are essential immediately after the fire is extinguished since they can influence other processes or change the outcome. For instance, assessing the structure's integrity helps identify hazards that might cause injuries or delays. Securing the property against intrusion by vandals or weather elements helps limit secondary damages. Our SERVPRO technicians evaluate properties to reveal hazards and set up roof tarps and board-up wall openings.

Fire incidents damage various materials in different ways, including:

  • Soiling with residues
  • Corrosion
  • Charring from heat
  • Moisture deterioration

Documenting the different problems in your property is essential in aiding the restoration process or facilitating insurance claims. For instance, taking photos of surfaces like walls or ceilings can help prove the impact of cleaning efforts. Our SERVPRO crew chiefs take several pictures and videos to help document the damage. We also use various approaches, including using chemical agents and sophisticated equipment to clean up all fire residues deposited in your house.

SERVPRO of Bellevue West ensures your fire restoration efforts cover all bases. Call us at (425) 454-3900. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

What Issues Must Water Damage Restoration of Bellevue Homes Address?

1/13/2022 (Permalink)

woman holding bucket under ceiling leak This Bellevue homeowner is about to call SERVPRO to mitigate the water damage to her property

SERVPRO Ensures Full Restoration of Daily Routines at Your Bellevue Home

Water intrusion causes many physical damages to property. It also affects other aspects, such as disrupting the daily household routines. Restoration is only suitable if it is comprehensive enough to manage all the issues, reinstating normalcy.

Identifying priority activities is essential during water damage restoration in a Bellevue property. Although the most focus is on removing the intruding water, paying attention to other issues is crucial. SERVPRO technicians evaluate the property comprehensively before starting restoration.

Some essential issues to address when mitigating water damage include:

  • Identifying pre-existing issues
  • Removal of any hazards
  • Identifying any hidden problems

Water intrusion causes many problems, including staining or changing the physical structure of materials. Many of these issues can be eliminated or reversed. However, if there is an issue pre-existing the water intrusion, chances of fixing it are minimal and the effort wasted in attempting restoration can interfere with other crucial processes. Our SERVPRO technicians inspect structural materials and contents closely to identify pre-existing issues to avoid wasting opportunities.

A wet property has many hazards, including:

  • Slick surfaces
  • Trip hazards
  • Electrical hazards
  • Contaminated surfaces or air

Injuries from falls are inconvenient and traumatizing. Wet surfaces become slick while cords and hoses from restoration equipment can easily trip someone. It is easy to overcome these problems through proper management of the worksite. Our SERVPRO technicians use squeegee wands to extract water from hard surfaces ensuring they are not slippery. We organize cords and hoses by zip-tying them and keeping any equipment, not in use in a staging area.

SERVPRO of Bellevue West provides all the services that deliver adequate water damage restoration. Call us at (425) 454-3900 to help make any water intrusion "Like it never even happened."

Is Mold Damage Removal in Bellevue Homes Urgent if Contamination Is Behind Walls?

1/3/2022 (Permalink)

mold spots on walls and ceiling white Visible mold growth and damage? Call SERVPRO for rapid response and remediation in Bellevue

SERVPRO Considers Any Case of Mold in Bellevue Homes as Requiring Immediate Attention

Mold is readily identifiable once it starts developing on structural or content surfaces. Mold can also grow surreptitiously behind wall panels or ceiling panels. Since it is out of sight, you might not notice it immediately.

Regardless of the location, mold damage removal from your Bellevue home should be a priority since deterioration worsens the longer it remains in the structure. If you are not sure whether there is contamination, SERVPRO technicians can help confirm its presence.

Signs that indicate mold beneath wall panels include:

  • A musty smell in the house
  • Wallpaper and paint cracking, bubbling or peeling
  • Discoloration or stains on the wall surfaces

One of the reasons you might keep postponing mold remediation when it is concealed within wall surfaces is the cost and disruption of opening the cavities to inspect and address the damage. Our SERVPRO microbial remediation technicians can inspect your structure with limited invasiveness. For instance, we drill small holes in suspected areas then use borescopes to check the condition of the cavity. That way, we only demolish walls where growth is detected, saving cost, and minimizing the inconvenience of torn-down materials.

Another reason for putting off remediation is the fear of exposure or the inconvenience of leaving the property during remediation. Our SERVPRO technicians establish airtight containments separating the affected areas from the rest of the house. We can also create a 4-walled containment, thus setting a room within a room.

A good containment barrier requires:

  • Using 6-mil plastic sheets as a barrier
  • Establishing negative air pressure
  • Using sturdy spring-loaded metal poles for containment support

SERVPRO of Bellevue West can help you complete mold damage removal within the appropriate timelines saving you cost and inconvenience. Call us at (425) 454-3900. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Storms in Bellevue Call for Prevention of Frozen Pipes and Ice Damming

12/23/2021 (Permalink)

frozen pipe sign When a storm causes damage to your home, SERVPRO has storm damage restoration teams on call 24/7 365 days a year. Call now!

SERVPRO is There to Assist with Water Damage Should You Have Issues with Frozen Piping or Ice Dams in Bellevue

Strong winds and drops in temperature are typical in Bellevue when the winter weather starts roaring in. As a homeowner or local property manager, you need to do whatever possible to protect your building from damage due to winter storm mayhem. Freezing pipes and ice dams are a concern for many homeowners, but SERVPRO wants you to know that they are preventable.

Nobody wants to have problems with frozen pipes or ice damming in Bellevue during a storm, so SERVPRO is offering some helpful tips to get ahead of any possible issues.

Frozen Pipe Prevention

Any water line can freeze given the right conditions, and burst pipes are something no homeowner wants to deal with. Extreme cold can leave your home vulnerable, so prevent frozen pipes from happening by:

  • Open up bathroom and kitchen cabinets to circulate warm air around your piping
  • If your garage has pipes, keep the garage door closed to help conserve heat
  • Let a trickle of cold water drip from faucets that get water from exposed piping
  • Should you be away from home, be sure that you keep the heat on and above 55° F
  • Always insulate your crawl spaces, basement, and attics to protect pipes that are not climate controlled

Ice Dam Prevention

It is best to take action before the first snow or significant storm to ensure your roof remains in good condition. Icicles and ice dams form as snow melts, running down the roof, then refreezing at the edge. Because ice dam removal can be challenging, it is best to prevent them before they have a chance to form by:

  • Close up any attic bypasses
  • Manage the insulation level in the attic
  • Add soffit and roof vents

Note: Climbing onto your roof can be dangerous, especially during the winter months. Always follow safety procedures and act with caution.

SERVPRO of Bellevue West has the staffing and equipment necessary to help you recover from water damage after frozen pipes burst or hidden water intrusion due to ice damming. Call us at (425) 454-3900 whenever you need assistance!

What Does Water Damage Mitigation Look Like for Clyde Hill Commercial Properties?

12/16/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO’s Water Cleanup and Damage Mitigation Offers Fast, Efficient Results for Clyde Hill Businesses

No matter the cause of any water damage incident within a Clyde Hill commercial space, it is all about how mitigation and cleanup are planned and executed. If there is a significant amount of water damage, you want to have a team like SERVPRO that offers fast response and proven methods while using the right equipment and products for the job. We work to restore versus replace whenever possible, all to save you as much money and time possible. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

Water damage mitigation for Clyde Hill commercial properties starts with initial contact. Within hours of your call, we mobilize our Green Fleet to your door to begin an assessment. Immediately following assessment and mitigation planning, water removal services start. Any kind of pooling can be destructive to your structural elements and also pose a hazard for employees. We have many ways of tackling trapped moisture that may have traveled behind machinery and furniture to eliminate the chance of secondary damage or the onset of mold and mildew.

Whether you have ceiling leaks or burst pipes, drying must go hand in hand with water cleanup. Drying areas behind wallboards or carpeting may call for a combination of evaporative tools. Our team adjusts equipment and placement as we go to help achieve the best results. Some of the equipment used to remove moisture and restore relative humidity (RH) while addressing indoor air quality (IAQ) may include:

  • Dehumidifiers
  • Air movers and industrial fans
  • Drying mats
  • Portable electric heaters
  • Injectidry system

You can trust our professional team at SERVPRO of Bellevue West to carefully and strategically address your commercial water damage mitigation needs. We save you a great deal of downtime and money so that your business gets back to normal, “Like it never even happened.” Give us a phone call whenever you need us at (425) 454-3900.

Restaurant Fire Damage in Bellevue Calls for Skilled Restoration Efforts

12/6/2021 (Permalink)

Call now graphic! No matter the size and destruction to your commercial building, SERVPRO handles all commercial damage restoration projects. Call now!

When Bellevue Business Owners Require Fast, Efficient Fire Damage Restoration, SERVPRO is Available 24/7

You may have heard stories of fire damage taking out a business to the point of no return. However, if the scope of the fire is not too devastating, there is a chance for total recovery. When you have a kitchen fire in your restaurant, you need skilled technicians on the scene to handle the job. The last thing any Bellevue restaurant or bakery owner wants is the lingering odors left behind by soot and smoke. SERVPRO features odor control technicians (OCT) that will make your dining establishment like-new again, “Like it never even happened.”

Depending on the fire event, SERVPRO takes the time to study all elements of your commercial space to determine the right course of action. When it comes to smoke remediation and fire damage restoration in Bellevue, our crew must look at the source for all harsh odors while working to remove debris and clean up any standing water.

Our Tools of the Trade

With the proper deodorization practices, our team can neutralize odors. Fire debris removal is just one step of the process. We also have a variety of products and industrial equipment loaded onto the vehicles in our Green Fleet to help make our job easier. Some of the tools in our arsenal includes:

  • Odor counteractant beads
  • Air scrubbers with HEPA filtration
  • Thermal fogging equipment
  • Ozone machines
  • HVAC/exhaust system cleaning
  • Hydroxyl generators
  • EPA-registered cleaning agents

With any fire and smoke damage project, controlled demolition is usually part of the plan. We take the time to remove unsalvageable materials from your restaurant, including drywall, carpeting, fixtures, and more. Everything gets replaced and finished off so that you are back in business sooner than later.

Calling on SERVPRO of Bellevue West is your best course of action whenever you require commercial fire damage restoration. You can reach us online or by calling (425) 454-3900.

How Does SERVPRO Remove Smoke and Soot Damage to Furniture in Bellevue Homes?

11/16/2021 (Permalink)

wildfire, planes, threatened houses Removal of odors and soot from Bellevue homes often requires the expertise of SERVPRO, we make you feel, "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Brings Years of Experience to Fire Restoration in Bellevue Properties

SERVPRO handles not only the structure clean-up after fire damage in Bellevue properties but also the contents. This action is important to save homeowners the cost of replacing furnishings whenever possible.

SERVPRO technicians have extensive training in the removal and restoration of smoke and soot damage in Bellevue homes. During the initial scoping of the aftermath of the fire throughout the house, the techs inspect the structure and the contents. While a favorite table in a living room may not look like it will ever recover from being covered in black soot, the technicians know what to look for to determine if it indeed has restoration potential through their advanced cleaning methods.  The techs used cleaning agents specially formulated for use on hardwood furnishings to lift away the residues while doing as little harm to the finish as possible.

It is not uncommon for water damage to be part of the fire restoration process. Furnishings can get wet from the extinguishing actions of the first responders, and some amount of extraction and drying may be necessary as part of the house fire cleanup.

SERVPRO techs have the training to determine the restoration potential in each furniture piece by looking for damages such as:

  • Cracked or split joints from heat or water exposure
  • Charring on edges
  • Types of smoke damage present on the piece
  • Steam cleaning potential for upholstered furnishings

An additional step that furnishings require is odor removal. Indoor Air Quality IAQ is often degraded by wildfires and house fires. Soot particles are also odorous, and even a cleaned piece of furniture can still emit smoke odors. The technicians have various odor control applications that neutralize the particulate that causes the smells at the molecular level, completely eradicating the scent.

SERVPRO of Bellevue West at (425) 454-3900 brings the latest smoke and soot damage cleaning methods to local Bellevue properties.

What are Typical Reasons For Bellevue Commercial Water Damage?

11/9/2021 (Permalink)

restroom sign SERVPRO can clean up and disinfect water damage and backups in Bellevue commercial properties, including sewage blockage in restrooms

Bellevue Commercial Property Owners Rely on SERVPRO for Water Cleanup Services

Many Bellevue business owners start off doing monthly inspections on their properties to look for leaks and signs of water damage; however, the task may get put off as time goes on.

Some commercial water damage occurs without warning in Bellevue properties, such as a sewage backup or flood damage from storms. However, the slow leaks can lead to large-scale damages, including the need for mold remediation. Other frequently seen reasons for water cleanup restoration services by SERVPRO include:

  • Sudden pipe burst
  • Leaking or faulty sprinkler systems
  • Damaged roofs and windows
  • Slow leaks behind walls
  • Restroom backups

Most business owners would prefer to stay open during the water restoration services; however, that is not always possible. SERVPRO technicians inspect the property upon arrival and can give a time frame for how long the water cleanup will take and if it is safe to remain open or on-site for the property owner. In cases where the water has degraded or contains sewage, or the building is structurally unsound due to sagging ceilings or other issues, SERVPRO will opt for the safest course of action for all.

In cases where the flooring is slab or tile, the danger of slip and fall hazards during the water restoration services may require that the work-site area get taped off with security tape while the rest of the building remains open. Before the building reopens, the technicians verify that the structure reads as attaining drying goals using their various types of moisture detection equipment and visual inspections. The final step is to sanitize all surfaces, so the employees and customers come back to a healthy environment when the property reopens for business as usual.

SERVPRO of Bellevue West at (425) 454-3900 supports the local Bellevue community with all types of commercial water damage cleanup and restoration service.

What Tools Does SERVPRO Use for Bellevue Smoke and Fire Damage Restoration?

11/2/2021 (Permalink)

burned out kitchen cabinets SERVPRO provides fire damage cleanup, debris removal and build-back eventually for our Bellevue customers

SERVPRO Technicians Have the Training and Equipment to Perform Post-Fire Cleanup in Bellevue Properties

There are different types of fire and smoke damage left behind in Bellevue. These residues need to be handled in specific ways for the best outcome.

SERVPRO technicians handle the cleanup of smoke and fire damage in Bellevue homes. As a fire moves through a room, the articles and building materials that fuel the flames determine the type of soot that collects on the surfaces. It is not unusual for the technicians to encounter the different types of residues such as: 

  • Dry smoke
  • Wet smoke
  • Smoke webs (often from a furnace puff back)

SERVPRO recommends that homeowners do not attempt to clean up as a DIY project. There are a lot of bad examples of post-fire restoration advice to be found on the Internet. For instance, all smoke damage should not be handled in the same manner. Applying wet cleaning solutions to the dry, powdery soot can cause it to stain and drive it further into surfaces. The technicians use tools such as dry cleaning sponges that they turn as they pick up dry smoke residues. Smoke webs are handled in much the same manner for removal without damaging the surface. Portable vacuums, often outfitted with a HEPA filter are often the first choice for residue capture.

Wet smoke is another type of residue that should get professional removal. This greasy type of smoke damage smears easily and can be difficult to remove. Care must be taken not to use abrasive methods, or it can ruin the surface underneath. SERVPRO technicians have various solvent-containing cleaning agents that release the residue's grip so it can get wiped away cleanly.  Air quality is a concern, and the technicians run air scrubbers to capture airborne soot particulates during the restoration service. This process also helps to eliminate pungent smoke odors.

SERVPRO of Bellevue West at (425) 454-3900 stands ready to support Bellevue residents with any size or type of fire damage restoration needed. The trained and IICRC certified technicians are available 24/7.

Keeping Your Attic and Crawl Space Healthy

9/24/2021 (Permalink)

Living in the Pacific Northwest has its share of positives and negatives; beautiful scenery and all major seasons of the year. Unfortunately an excess of rain and clouds is part of our typical weather pattern. The damp weather that we’ve grown accustomed can be difficult to keep molds and fungus at bay, or what we call microbial growth. Attics and crawl spaces are the perfect incubator for these nasty microbes. Short of keeping a webcam in your attic (out of sight, out of mind) here are five recommendations to keeping your attic microbial growth free.

  1. Water intrusion from a leaking roof is a common cause of microbial growth. Confirm your roof is tight and leak proof by having it inspected by a professional.
  2. The bathroom ventilation, in some homes, exit by way of the attic and through the roof. Make sure that ductwork is sealed, secure, and continuous. If not, warm moist air will blow directly into your attic and can cause unwanted visitors.
  3. A well-insulated attic stops moisture from escaping your house and entering your attic. It also helps with your home’s energy costs. Is your attic insulated?
  4. Air ventilation is essential; it makes for a cooler attic in the Summer but also reduces moisture and heat buildup. Air from outside enters the attic by way of soffit vents (under the eaves) and exits through turtle vents (at top of roof). These should be kept clear.
  5. Is it mold, or is it dirt? Not everything is mold, and for that matter, the scary and often misconceived “black mold.” Proper testing is the only way to know for sure what kind of growth you’re dealing with. Don’t get too worried, but if you have concerns, call a professional.

Microbial growth causes silent destruction in our attics and crawlspaces: wood rot, ruined drywall, and overall structural deterioration. If you discover an issue and feel there’s more than meets the eye, contact a company with experience such as SERVPRO of Bellevue West. It’s crucial to remove microbial growth adequately but also understand where the problem began in the first place. Count on our team to help you keep your attics and crawlspaces clean and healthy.