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Overcoming Threatening Flood Damage to Bellevue Homes

8/8/2022 (Permalink)

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The Focuses of Flood Damage Cleanup

Flooding is a fast-paced threat to your home. As leading restoration professionals, we have specific mitigation and recovery objectives that must begin as soon as possible to limit out-of-pocket expenses. Emergency services can include:

  • Containing the impact
  • Repairing structural concerns
  • Protecting personal belongings
  • Cleaning exposed surfaces
  • Drying the structure

Containing the Floodwater

Containment is one of the initial focuses of cleaning up flood damage in Bellevue homes and businesses. Preventing surface water movement and migrating moisture protects more of the structure and reduces the possibility of widespread microbial growth and contamination.

Preventing Harm to Contents

Personal belongings can quickly find themselves in the damage path of migrating flood loss effects. Standing water and potential contaminants can render contents unsalvageable, so prioritizing relocation and preserving these objects is vital. 

Emergency Repairs and Building

Our general contractor license allows us to complete needed controlled demolition and emergency repairs, which begins as soon as we arrive. We can reconstruct damaged utilities or seal/patch over structural vulnerabilities allowing floodwater penetration. Repairs might include rebuilding the roof, replacing siding, or patching breaches in the foundational masonry.

Effective Drying for Flood-Damaged Materials

Drying is one of the foundational elements of every water and flood damage scenario. We have hundreds of air movers and dehumidifiers specifically tasked with evaporating surface moisture and managing humidity. We can also utilize portable heaters to increase the temperature of wet surfaces for faster drying and a greater relative humidity capacity in the structure.

Surface Cleaning and Disinfection

Cleaning up impacted surfaces can be one of the best methods of combatting the possible contamination associated with flooding. We have potent disinfectant agents, chlorines, and phenolics to eliminate surface soiling and microbial threats.

Flooding can be a compromising disaster for your home. Our SERVPRO of Bellevue West team gets cleanup started as soon as we arrive. Call now at (425) 454-3900.

Clyde Hill Homes Need Flood Damage Drying from Air Movers

8/8/2022 (Permalink)

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Flood Damage Is Mitigated with Air Movers

Flooding can be a widespread concern for your residence, especially when building materials and contents begin to absorb this migrating moisture. It is imperative to start drying approaches as soon as possible, and air movers are among the most important tools for this process. Varieties of this equipment include:

  • Axial
  • Centrifugal
  • Low-Profile

Continuous Beneficial Airflow

The most direct benefit of air movers in recovering flood damage in Clyde Hill homes is the manipulation of air. Many materials are affected by saturation and absorption, but air movers provide a steady dispersal of focused warm air against damp surfaces to evaporate the moisture. SERVPRO technicians can frequently move these high-velocity units to provide a stable output of effective evaporative drying.

Raising Vapor Pressure

Vapor pressure is an essential principle of effective drying in residence. Increasing the temperature in the affected room by using air movers to circulate the warmth increases the drying process overall in the designated workspace. When temperatures of trapped moisture increase, kinetic energy and molecular movement also increase. Vapor pressure increases in this scenario as more efficient vaporization of surface moisture occurs.

Removing the Vapor Barrier

When evaporation occurs, a natural barrier of cool air begins to form just above the material's surface. This boundary can prevent efficient drying. Air movers can help by blasting through this cool air barrier and continuing to impact the underlying wet surface. Centrifugal units are specifically designed to focus a blast of warm air at a designated point on the wall or ceiling to overcome this challenging layer.

Air movers are one of the most common drying tools used by our SERVPRO of Bellevue West team when removing surface water and trapped moisture. We can overcome several obstacles in the drying process with various types of these units. Do not wait to get mitigation started after a flood - call us now at (425) 454-3900.

Professional Mold Removal and Inspections for Bellevue Homes

8/8/2022 (Permalink)

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Mold Removal Starts with Tracking Colonies

The possibility of mold growth and development is more common in area homes and businesses than you think. Some do not easily notice signs of microbial infestation, allowing the situation to worsen. Some signals of possible mold damage in your home include:

  • Spotting hosting materials
  • Strong, musty smells in the affected areas
  • Continuous moisture concerns
  • Deteriorating building materials

Professional Mold Inspection Services

You might not be capable of telling on your own when you need services like mold removal in your Bellevue home. Mold damage can be elusive if it occurs in low-traffic areas like the attic or basement. If you suspect mold growth could be a concern, professional inspections and testing can confirm or negate this development.

What if Mold Is Found?

The mold is not likely to go away on its own, even if much of the moisture in the affected area is somehow resolved. The only suitable solution is to have our SERVPRO professionals begin remediation steps to eradicate active organisms and protect underlying substrates formerly hosting the colony.

Mold Removal Options for Your Home

When you know mold exists in your home or business, we must work quickly to resolve the situation. Microbial colonies continue to spread through the house and deteriorate hosting materials, so remediation must begin as soon as possible. Surface cleaning is the preferred option, but if the problem impacts more than just the outermost layer of an affected building element, more aggressive measures like dry ice blasting or controlled demolition might be necessary.

A mold discovery in your home can be alarming and stressful, especially when you do not know how to proceed to remove it. Our experienced SERVPRO of Bellevue West remediators can help with removal strategies and repairs that make mold damage "Like it never even happened." Call now at (425) 454-3900.

SERVPRO Saves Bellevue Properties from Water Damage

7/5/2022 (Permalink)

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How SERVPRO Technicians Plan Water Damage Restoration of Bellevue Properties

Meticulous planning is a crucial step in the restoration of water damage to your Bellevue property. A well-thought-out plan can save time and resources and prevent any accidental secondary damage to your property. Hence, SERVPRO puts a lot of stock in proper planning and coordination during restoration work.

The process of water damage restoration of your Bellevue home begins with SERVPRO technicians thoroughly inspecting the property and identifying the problem areas. The next step is to prepare the worksite before the restoration activities begin. Technicians set up a staging area within the premises as a central hub for coordinating all activities. Some of the planned restorative activities might include-

  • Extraction of accumulated water
  • Detecting hidden moisture with the structural components
  • Providing humidity control
  • Controlled demolition to accelerate the drying or remove damaged material
  • Deodorization

Extracting Excess Water from Your Property

SERVPRO technicians prioritize removing any standing water present on the property as water can damage structural components. The longer the water penetrates components, the more damage it can cause.

We use state-of-the-art equipment to extract water, such as- 

  • Truck-mounted or portable extractors
  • Trash pumps
  • Submersible pumps

Water from carpets and subfloors is extracted using special tools called carpet wands and squeegee wands. Technicians dispose of the extracted water following applicable laws and regulations.

Detecting Hidden Moisture

Once the standing water from the property is removed, the technicians identify hidden moisture in structural components. Some of the most common moisture sensing equipment that SERVPRO technicians use in water damaged Bellevue homes include-

  • Moisture Sensors: Technicians use these pieces of equipment to detect moisture present in carpets and padding. The moisture sensors have sharp probes penetrating the carpets and pads to detect dampness. Technicians can detect but not measure moisture using these sensors.
  • Thermal Imaging Cameras: Also called infra-red cameras, restorers use these to detect and monitor the moisture level in building materials. The cameras also allow the technicians to visualize how water traveled through the structure and detect moisture that otherwise would never have been discovered.
  • Moisture Meters: SERVPRO water restoration experts use moisture meters to measure the actual water content of various materials.
  • Thermo-hygrometers: Technicians use these instruments to measure the relative humidity and temperature of air masses. Some of the more advanced thermos-hygrometers that we use are capable of monitoring vapor pressure and dew point.
  • Inspection Cameras/ Borescopes: Allow the technicians to look into cavities for a visible inspection of the extent of water damage. We also use motorized cameras for use inside the ductwork. Cameras and borescopes can take still images as well as record videos.

Where Are Moisture Measurements Done?

SERVPRO technicians use moisture monitoring equipment to determine the moisture content for five areas:

  • Air in affected areas
  • Air in unaffected areas
  • The air outside the structure
  • Air processed through dehumidifiers
  • Air coming out of HVAC systems

After comparing these moisture readings, the technicians determine the best possible operating conditions and placements for dehumidifying equipment and air movers.

SERVPRO technicians work hard to leave your home restored “Like it never even happened.” We are just a call away if you need to deal with water intrusion in your Bellevue property. Call SERVPRO of Bellevue West at (425) 454-3900; We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Bellevue Homeowners Trusts SERVPRO After Fire Damage

7/5/2022 (Permalink)

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How SERVPRO Cleans Smoke and Soot Residues After Fire Damage to Bellevue Homes?

The goal of SERVPRO technicians during the restoration of fire damage to your Bellevue home is to return the materials to the preloss condition. Cleaning smoke and soot residue require advanced techniques as residue can interact with heat, oxygen, moisture, and gasses.

SERVPRO technicians understand that the different types of material and the effects of heat and smoke on them can create challenges in restoring fire damage in your Bellevue home. Hence, it is difficult to establish a fixed, defined procedure for cleaning smoke damage. SERVPRO techs understand and adapt to individual situations and formulate a most effective plan. Our goal is to restore your home “Like it never even happened.”

The Principles of Cleaning Smoke and Soot

SERVPRO technicians employ the following fundamental principles for cleaning your fire damaged Bellevue home-

  • Finding and identifying the residue: The first and foremost step in fire damage restoration is to find and identify the smoke and soot residue and evaluate the extent of the damage. SERVPRO teams thoroughly inspect the damaged property and determine the best possible restoration procedure.
  • Capturing and removing the residue: SERVPRO technicians use air and fluid to capture the smoke and soot particles. The two most common ways of capturing the residues include:
    • Vacuuming: As smoke particles mostly contain carbon, dry smoke residue can be removed by vacuuming.
    • Dissolving: Technicians use solvents to loosen the bonds between residues and the surface, allowing them to be suspended and flushed away. The type of soil and the surface involved dictate the type of solvent used.
  • Disposing of residue: SERVPRO technicians dispose of any residue according to the local laws and guidelines.

Loosening Bonds Between Soils and Surfaces

The cleaning process that SERVPRO technicians use aims to break the bonds between soils and surfaces. The following four actions are used for the purpose:

  • Mechanical action: Agitation is often one of the most effective ways to dislodge surfaces. SERVPRO technicians use agitation with roto pads, brushes, steel wool, and sandpaper to remove dry, non-greasy residue from surfaces.
  • Lubrication: Lubrication aims to break the connection between the soil and the surface by making the residues slide into the cleaning solution. SERVPRO technicians use detergents to provide lubricating action during restorative cleaning.
  • Chemical action: In some situations, the chemical nature of the residue needs to be changed to remove it from surfaces. SERVPRO technicians use bleaches and enzymes for this purpose. The bleaches chemically alter the residue removing it from the surfaces.
  • Suspension and dispersion: In some cases, solvents are used to either dissolve the soils or suspend them so that they can be removed.

Specialty Cleaning Methods

SERVPRO technicians use an ultrasonic cleaner that uses sound waves to form and instantaneously implode millions of tiny vapor bubbles to clean materials that can withstand immersion into a cleaning solution. The energy produced by the collapsing bubbles makes the process efficient in providing agitation to remove residues.

IICRC-certified SERVPRO restorers can help deal with the damage to your Bellevue home. Our technicians are available round the clock to help you, and We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Call SERVPRO of Bellevue West at (425) 454-3900 today.

You Need SERVPRO to Mitigate Mold Damage in Bellevue

7/5/2022 (Permalink)

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Why is SERVPRO So Effective in Remediation of Mold Damage in Bellevue?

One of the biggest objectives of remediation of mold damage to your Bellevue property is to prevent mold spores, fragments, and dust from spreading to unaffected areas. SERVPRO technicians take extra care to avoid this 'cross-contamination of airborne contaminants by following the S520 guidelines suggested by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).  

SERVPRO restorers erect critical barriers with polyethylene sheeting as a first line of defense to prevent the spread of mold damage in your Bellevue home. Isolating contaminated areas and establishing robust containment zones ensure that the situation does not worsen. SERVPRO mold specialists then use state-of-the-art equipment to clean and remove the contamination.

Types of Containment During Mold Remediation

The IICRC recommends three types of containments during mold remediation projects-

  • Source Containment: SERVPRO technicians use source containment to address relatively small areas of mold growth. Some examples of source containment include:
    • Using self-adhering plastic or taping polyethylene sheeting on a moldy surface before removing it
    • Wrapping, bagging and securing moldy contents in a 6-mil polyethylene sheeting
  • Local ‘mini’ containment: SERVPRO technicians use local containment when dealing with moderate contamination levels. Technicians build an enclosure to separate the affected area from the unaffected area within a structure during such containments. Technicians use PVC pipes, wood framing, and spring-loaded poles to construct the enclosure and cover it with 6-mil poly film.

Technicians also install HEPA filtered negative air machines to create negative pressure differentials within containment areas.

  • Full-scale containment: If the mold growth is extensive and can't be controlled with source or local containment, the IICRC recommends a full-scale containment. An entire room or a section of the structure is usually a containment area. All the exposed surfaces such as walls, ceilings, and floors are sealed off with poly barriers.

The Role of Air Flow in Mold Mitigation

SERVPRO mold specialists control the airflow and use air exchanges between the clean and contaminated areas to dilute airborne spore concentrations. The direction of the airflow is always maintained from clean to contaminated areas.

As the containment areas are under negative air pressure, it is essential to exchange the air with fresh air from outside. The IICRC recommends a minimum of four air exchanges per hour for containment, ventilation, and dilution.

All the air leaving or entering the containment zone is passed through a HEPA filter. SERVPRO technicians use only well-constructed professional HEPA filters to retain the fungal spores and fragments.

The Need for Dehumidification

SERVPRO technicians address the underlying moisture problem using strategically placed dehumidifiers. The pieces of equipment serve two purposes- drying the structure and maintaining a condition that does not support microbial growth. Not all mold problems result from moisture issues, and hence, dehumidification is not required in all cases.

Dealing with mold damage without professional help can be stressful and overwhelming. Our technicians are available 24X7, and We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Call SERVPRO of Bellevue West at (425) 454-3900 to talk to one of our technicians and discuss your restoration needs.

Water Damage Repair of Carpets in Bellevue Homes

7/4/2022 (Permalink)

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Need Water Damage Repair in Bellevue? Call SERVPRO

Water removal and repair of carpets in your Bellevue home can be tricky as they tend to soak up a substantial amount of water and are notoriously difficult to dry. SERVPRO techs use several tools to remove water from the carpets and accelerate their drying.  

SERVPRO techs understand the importance of quickly removing the water soaked into the carpet fibers during Bellevue water damage repair. The longer the water sits in contact with the carpet, the more damage it can cause to the carpet and the floor underneath. The three most used tools to remove the water soaked into the carpet after water spillage include-

  • Carpet wands
  • Deep extraction tools
  • Rider extractors

How do Deep Extraction Tools Work?

Deep extraction tools compress the carpet and pad to squeeze the water out and remove it using the vacuum system of a water extractor. SERVPRO’s water damage repair experts use two types of deep extraction tools in Bellevue homes-

  • Self-propelled extraction tool: An independent motor helps this device to move over a wet carpet at a constant rate. Techs can adjust the speed of these devices and can maneuver them to move in both forward and backward directions. The amount of water the tool extracts depends on the weight to squeeze the water out. Consequently, these tools allow the restorer to "ride" on the unit to provide additional weight.
  • Stationary tool: The device pulls water from the carpet through tiny holes at the unit's base. As there is no motor in these devices, the techs need to manually move them from one spot to another to extract water from the carpet.

If you need water damage repair services for your residential or commercial properties, call SERVPRO of Bellevue West at (425) 454-3900.

Fire Restoration in Bellevue Eateries Is Fast with SERVPRO

7/4/2022 (Permalink)

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Cleaning Content During Fire Restoration in Bellevue Restaurants

Fire incidents in eateries can cripple the business, but a fast and efficient response is the best way to get back on track. Hiring professionals like SERVPRO for fire cleanup of your commercial Bellevue properties can limit the extent and severity of the damage to the contents. 

SERVPRO techs use various cleaning strategies to quickly remove smoke and soot residue during the fire restoration of your Bellevue property. Some of the methods that we routinely use in restorative cleaning of the contents in fire-damaged commercial properties include-

  • Dry cleaning
  • Wet cleaning
  • Abrasive cleaning
  • Immersion cleaning

The choice of the cleaning method depends on the nature of the soot and the damaged item.

What is Immersion Cleaning?

Immersion cleaning is most effective for materials that can withstand being completely saturated with a cleaning agent. The item requiring soot removal is dipped in a bath of the cleaning product, and the soils are loosened with scrubbers.

Ultra-Sonic Cleaning

One easier and less labor-intensive type of immersion cleaning SERVPRO techs use in Bellevue properties involves ultrasonic sound waves. In this method, high-frequency sound waves provide the agitation required to loosen the soils. Millions of tiny bubbles are created in the liquid in an ultrasonic tank as the sound waves repeatedly compress and expand the molecules.

The bubbles implode in seconds creating high temperatures and microscopic jet streams that provide agitation to loosen the soils. The energy (frequency) of the sound waves and the cleaning agent used depends on the type of residue. SERVPRO techs spend several hours mastering the use of this method to clean fire-damaged contents.

If you need help with fire restoration of your commercial properties, call SERVPRO of Bellevue West at (425) 454-3900.

Why Do Clyde Hill Residents Trust SERVPRO with Mold Remediation?

7/4/2022 (Permalink)

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The Importance of Cleaning in Mold Remediation of Clyde Hill Homes

Cleaning the contamination is one of the critical steps in mold abatement of your Clyde Hill home. SERVPRO techs use a combination of cleaning methods to facilitate the remediation of the structure and contents of the affected property.

SERVPRO techs consider the extent and severity of the damage before selecting a cleaning method during mold remediation of Clyde Hill homes. We always prioritize completely removing the contamination over using antimicrobials alone to tackle mold damage. Techs also ensure that the cleaning method minimizes the mold spore's aerosolization as much as possible to prevent it from spreading to the unaffected areas.

Abrasive Methods to Clean Mold Infestations

Abrasive cleaning methods rely on using a medium or material to dislodge contamination in your Clyde Hill home. Some of the most common abrasive methods to clean visible mold include-

  • Sanding
  • Scraping and brushing
  • Abrasive media blasting (e.g., dry ice, soda, and sand)

Manual scraping and brushing can be labor-intensive and take a lot of time, and techs use this method if the damage is confined to a smaller area. Abrasive media blasting is a much faster and less labor-intensive method of cleaning.

Blasting offers a significant advantage over traditional methods when cleaning hard-to-reach areas such as attics and crawlspaces. It can also save time during mold remediation. 

On the other hand, media blasting tends to aerosolize the fungal particles; hence, SERVPRO techs exercise extreme caution while employing this technique. Once the surface mold is removed using media blasting, the SERVPRO techs eliminate the mold spores and particles using HEPA filtration.

Professional mold remediation is a safe and efficient way to tackle contamination in your home. Call SERVPRO of Bellevue West at (425) 454-3900 to talk to our expert techs today!  

Water Damage Repairs in Bellevue Are Possible with the Right Technicians

6/3/2022 (Permalink)

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A Leaky Shower Spells Trouble for Bellevue Homeowners

Not surprisingly, kitchens and bathrooms are frequently the cause of water damage in Bellevue homes. Plumbing and appliances can contribute to water incidents and their unwelcome repercussions. When water seeps through the ceiling or soaks floors and walls, calling a professional water restoration team is the best option to mitigate your loss and let daily life resume as soon as possible. Do-it-yourself solutions can be costly in the long run, while experts have the equipment and know-how to return your home to mint condition.

In Bellevue, water damage repairs are in great hands under SERVPRO’s care. Our certified water restoration technicians rely on state-of-the-art moisture detection equipment to assess where water has traveled and how extensive the damage is. In the initial inspection, our staff begins to draft a plan to extract water and clean surfaces, finishing off with disinfecting and deodorizing the home as needed. When water-causing repairs such as drywall replacement and controlled demolition are necessary, our team also coordinates to make them happen.

Water damage is unquestionable when a shower leaks and runs through the ceiling. There are, however, other less dramatic signs of damage that are just as important. Some telling signs to confirm that you need to call a water cleanup and restoration crew as soon as possible include-

  • Discoloration in walls and ceilings
  • A musty smell
  • Unexplained increase in your water bill

Regardless of the size of the water damage that appears to be, SERVPRO of West Bellevue is there to help. Our expertise and professionalism are the foundation of our commitment to leaving your home in pristine condition. Call us at (425) 454-3900 and let us leave your home “Like it never even happened.”