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Carpet Cleaning Certifications and Techniques

8/20/2020 (Permalink)

In the Cleaning and Restoration Industry Carpet Cleaning is a typical service line that SERVPRO offers, especially in cases after a water or fire damage when carpet can be salvaged, cleaned and dried. Believe it or not the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) offers several courses for certification that focuses on carpet cleaning specifics. In order for our employees to be an expert in their craft we provide these certifications along with ongoing training. Emphasis is placed on practical application, identifying fiber, yarn and carpet constructions, style types and finishes, soiling conditions, cleaning science and methodology, and other issues and concerns faced by individuals who maintain and clean installed broadloom carpet. When coupled with on-the-job training and field experience, our technicians are well prepared to perform carpet cleaning techniques and procedures in residential homes or commercial structures.

Below are several of the specialized certifications available that our team members hold;

  • Senior Carpet Inspector
  • Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • Commercial Carpet Maintenance Technician
  • Carpet Repair and Re-installation Technician
  • Rug Cleaning Technician

Our technicians at SERVPRO of Bellevue West are knowledgeable and well trained when it comes to caring for carpet. Trust the professionals and call us at 425-454-3900.

Summer Safety Tips for Preventing Fire Hazards

8/20/2020 (Permalink)

Summer is a popular time for barbecuing, campfires and outdoor fun. Now more than ever Americans are enjoying time outdoors and away from home after being indoors and quarantined during the COVID-19 pandemic. As people venture out more for these outdoor activities its important to keep in mind the steps to keep families and nature safe.

Recommendations put forth by the US Fire Administration and FEMA include the following;

  • When having a campfire keep a bucket of water handy. Embers can float out of the pit and travel, creating big problems. Also, make sure your fire is completely out when you are done, cover it with water to ensure the flame is dead. A campfire should never be left unattended.
  • Before using a barbecue make sure everything is connected, clean and working properly. Barbecue grease can build up and create accidental fires or worse, if a barbecue is not secured it can tip over.
  • If you are camping inspect areas around barbecues and fire pits. Ensure there is nothing flammable that could ignite.
  • If you are using fireworks or lanterns or candles always supervise. Never leave an open flame unattended.

At SERVPRO of Bellevue West it is our priority to help educate the public about fire safety so we can reduce the amount of fire damaged homes, businesses and landscapes for the betterment of our community. Stay safe and enjoy your summer responsibly. Call SERVPRO of Bellevue West if you experience a fire that compromises your home or business, 425-454-3900.

Cleaning and Disinfecting in Commercial Buildings

8/20/2020 (Permalink)

With the threat of COVID-19 disinfecting commercial spaces is more important than ever as communities work to minimize the risk of spreading germs. The CDC recommends the following protocols for cleaning:

  • Wear disposable gloves to clean and disinfect.
  • Clean surfaces using soap and water, then use disinfectant.
  • Cleaning with soap and water reduces number of germs, dirt and impurities on the surface. Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces.
  • Practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces.
    • More frequent cleaning and disinfection may be required based on level of use.
    • Surfaces and objects in public places, such as shopping carts and point of sale keypads should be cleaned and disinfected before each use.
  • High touch surfaces include:
    • Tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, sinks, etc.

When disinfecting its always important to keep surfaces wet for a dwell time, utilize good ventilation/ PPE and read the directions on the label carefully. Soft surfaces, electronics and textiles should all be handled according to specific directions. SERVPRO of Bellevue West is trained in the decontamination of commercial buildings and is always happy to provide complimentary inspections for those who are in need of disinfection. Call us at 425-454-3900.

SERVPRO of Bellevue West Helps Condominium Boards Effectively Prepare for Emergencies

8/20/2020 (Permalink)

If you participate in a homeowners association or condominium association board you are likely a very useful and knowledgeable resource for owners and tenants alike. As a board member it is important to discuss all relevant issues and concerns that affect the health and safety of a property. Many boards have their own policies and procedures for handling emergencies, but how often are they discussed and reviewed? SERVPRO of Bellevue West offers complimentary emergency preparedness planning AND is happy to speak at board meetings about common issues that may be of concern when handling an emergency. We speak on topics such as;

  • How to mitigate water damage during an emergency
  • Causes of mold and mildew
  • Questions about insurance coverage and responsibilities
  • Routine inspections that can minimize water damage risks
  • Emergency and evacuation planning
  • How to choose the right emergency service vendors for your property

We are happy to speak in-person or virtually about any issues pertaining to the restoration industry. Call us at 425-454-3900 to schedule with us!

Commercial Cleaning in Bellevue, WA

8/7/2020 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Bellevue West we are aware that going back to school this year will look different and may not be in person for some time. We are keeping up on the newest government mandates and helping to support our community in any way that we can. When it is time for school to commence in-person or part-time keep the following tips in mind for your safety and health;

  • Wear face coverings, especially when physical distancing is difficult 
  • Don't share items that are difficult to clean or disinfect
  • Wash you hands often with hot water and soap, especially when you return home
  • Clearly understand school policies on sickness and when it's appropriate to return to school 
  • If possible, bring your own food

SERVPRO of Bellevue West is available to clean schools, retail, restaurants, offices, and all commercial buildings through our new highly developed program Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned. Our team has experience working with the local school districts in emergency situations and has a large enough team equipped to clean any size of commercial building. For an estimate or questions about our cleaning process please call SERVPRO of Bellevue West at 425-454-3900.

The Importance of Quick Response Time Following Water Damage

8/7/2020 (Permalink)

Fast response is the single most critical factor in restoring water-damaged materials and is important is picking a quality, reliable company. SERVPRO of Bellevue West averages a maximum of 1 hour response time for all emergency service calls. The longer moisture is present means more time for building materials to absorb and consequently break down material structure. We pride ourselves on responding quickly with a large network of certified technicians.  

Materials like sheetrock and installation act like a sponge, unfortunately soaking up water and bacteria. The longer that sheetrock, installation sit the less likely they are to be able to be dried in place and could cause further problems such as microbial growth.

Carpet and carpet pad also act like a giant sponge and can take a long time to dry out. If you experience storm or flood damage to your home or business call SERVPRO of Bellevue West at 425-454-3900 for quick response time to minimize your water damage 24/7 365 days a year.

How To Mitigate Water Issues Leading To Microbial

7/1/2020 (Permalink)

When you find mold or water issues in your home or business it’s to get professionals on the case as soon as possible. You should never try to fight mold or water issues yourself, but you can reduce the size of your problem by taking a few key steps to slow its spread by:

Reducing air flow

Reducing moisture

Maintaining cool temperatures

How Microbial Growth Spreads:

Microbial growth is a form of fungus, and like other fungi, it is known to grow in warm, wet conditions. Therefore, parts of your home experiencing a moisture problem are more prone to mold invasion than areas that are open and receive plenty of fresh air. Mold can travel through both moisture and airflow, so it’s imperative to reduce the presence of these two in your home to slow down the spread of mold while waiting for expert assistance.

Reduce Airflow

The first thing you’ll need to do is turn off your HVAC system. This can prevent air from moving mold spores to different areas of your home where they might otherwise sprout and cause a much larger issue than you already have. Furthermore, you should attempt to keep your home cool without the use of your HVAC system, as mold tends to grow more quickly in warmer conditions.

Eliminate Excess Water

Turning off your water until the professionals arrive to assess the mold issue is the best possible way to reduce the moisture in your home. This stops running water from moving mold spores to other parts of your home and from directly contaminating the water you regularly use. The pros will let you know when it’s safe to turn the water back on.

Taking these precautionary steps won’t eliminate microbial growth, but it can certainly slow down its spread to make the overall damage more manageable until professionals arrive. Visit http://www.SERVPRObellevuewest.com for more information on mold cleaning and steps to mitigate water from your home or business.

Eliminating Microbial Growth

7/1/2020 (Permalink)

The unfortunate thing about microbial growth is that once it is present, it can spread like wildfire. Mold spores are tiny and lightweight, and even just a puff of air can send spores from one room to the next. If you have discovered mold in your home, the key to controlling the situation is to act fast. To stop mold in its tracks and prevent further damage, do the following four things:

Turn Off Your HVAC System

Mold spores can travel from room to room via your home’s HVAC system. Once in the HVAC system, there is no telling where the spores may go or what type of damage they will cause. To prevent extensive damage to everything from your possessions to your home’s foundation, turn off your HVAC immediately after discovering the problem.

Increase Ventilation

Don’t let mold fester; keep all rooms well ventilated. Turn on the fans in each room, open the windows if it’s not cold outside and check all of your exhaust systems to make sure that they’re working properly. The key is to get mold out, and not let it fester in still air.

Turn on a Dehumidifier

Black mold needs a humid environment to grow and thrive. Keep your home’s humidity levels in check; ideally, the humidity levels in your home should stay between 30 and 50 percent.

Call in a Mold Remediation Team: SERVPRO of Bellevue West

The best way to effectively stop mold in its tracks is to retain the help of your Bellevue, WA mold remediation team at SERVPRO of Bellevue West. A team that specializes in mold cleanup knows how to kill mold as well as where to look for the source of the problem. Once they identify the source, they can advise you on what steps to take to prevent future infestations.

Microbial Growth is a major pain for homeowners to deal with and can quickly spread given the right conditions. However, by taking the proper measures immediately after detecting it, you can prevent extensive damage to your home and save yourself the time, money and hassle of dealing with a larger infestation.

Visit http://www.SERVPRObellevuewest.com for more information on mold, water issues and our cleaning process.

STEP: Students and Teachers Towards Emergency Preparedness

7/1/2020 (Permalink)

Disasters impact children and youth across the United States. We know this from a first-hand experience and have seen families (and children) displaced from their homes due to flooding and fire issues. This is a tough reality to face; interruption in children’s lives can cause distraction in school and emotional distress. Even the COVID-19 Pandemic has impacted students and their families with unexpected health threats. This is one of the many reasons SERVPRO of Bellevue West works hard to make sure families and their children can get back into their homes as quickly as possible following a disaster.

When children prepare and practice for an emergency, it improves their ability to take immediate action and feel more comfortable, less shock, in an emergency situation. With training, they can actively take part in preparedness in their communities, from home to school. But students, teachers, and parents know that between classes, testing, and extracurricular activities, making the time can be challenging. A new program in place helps teachers be proactive about implementing emergency preparedness training. Many schools nationwide have begun using Student Tools for Emergency Planning (STEP). FEMA piloted STEP in 2008 for fourth and fifth grade classrooms. STEP’s basic lessons are only an hour long. Students learn skills to build an emergency kit and a family communications plan. These basic lessons taught together build the foundation for the program, or can stand alone. Children are able to bring home what they have learned and share with their families.   Teachers can add lessons and customize situations about disasters that might happen in their area- for example tsunamis for coastal cities and hurricanes in the mid-west. STEP includes lessons about fires, severe weather (including extreme heat and cold, tornadoes, and hurricanes), and earthquakes. There are also lessons to include geography, science, English, art, and math. Throughout, instructors can use STEP’s Disaster Dodgers” video series, handouts, homework assignments, and classroom activities to bring the lessons to life. These features make it adaptable on every level and help create real life situations that children can relate to. Practice makes perfect and this si certainly something worth practicing in school and at home.

SERVPRO of Bellevue West is passionate about emergency preparedness in schools and our local communities. If you are a teacher and would like emergency preparedness coloring books or emergency kit flyers for your classrooms please contact us at 425-454-3900.

Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

7/1/2020 (Permalink)

If you have recently suffered commercial fire damage, it is important that you get fire restoration done by a company that has experience. SERVPRO of Bellevue West can handle fire damage, smoke damage and even soot damage that has been left behind from a utility room fire or electrical fire. After the firefighters have left with their fire trucks and fire hoses, you need to get fire restoration done by professionals who specialize in commercial fire damage.

The soot damage that has been left behind from a utility room fire or electrical fire is best left to the professionals. Unfortunately, firefighters with their fire trucks and fire hoses will not be able to handle the damage that has been left behind after they have left. This is why it is important for you to contact a local company so that they can come out and assess the damage and give you a quote for how much it is going to cost to restore your office back to preloss conditions. This is an option best left to The Experts, since many people do not have the tools or skills necessary in order to do fire damage cleanup on their own. If you have some type of insurance on your property, you may even find that you save money simply because of the fact that they cover the cost of the cleanup for you.

There are many different options available to you when it comes to getting the most from your fire cleanup options. Because there are lots of companies out there that do this type of work, it is important for you to contact them to get a quote for having the job done. Once you have the job done, you are able to get back into the office and work with clients and employees on a regular basis. This ensures that nothing with your business goes on the back burner simply because you have recently dealt with a fire and do not know how to clean it up properly. There are many different professionals out there who are going to be more than willing to help you with the fire clean up, so make sure that you contact them to find out what they are able to do for you and how much they charge for their services before you make the decision to hire them to get the project done. Visit http://www.SERVPRObellevuewest.com for more information on commercial fire damage.