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Mount Vernon’s Lincoln Theatre

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

parts of an organ It will be exciting to see the community visiting the Lincoln Theatre!

Check Out the Current Events at this Mount Vernon Landmark

The Lincoln Theatre began its notoriety as a vaudeville and silent movie house. It is an architectural delight in the modified Renaissance Revival style. It opened on April 21, 1926. Over time it has seen its share of vaudeville shows, silent movies, and “talkies.” It was so well known that many films would open there, including The Jazz Singer with Al Jolson and the Shirley Temple movies. The original Wurlitzer Organ, which was purchased in 1926 for $22,500, can still be seen today. There are only 98 of them still in their original theaters in the United States.

Today, with the quarantine going on, you can still see shows. They are live streaming from the theater and will resume their regular schedule as soon as possible. For more information, visit the Lincoln Theatre website or contact them at (360) 336-2858.

SERVPRO Provides Water Mitigation for Mount Vernon Residents

Something as simple as a dishwasher overflowing can cause water damage to a home. Moisture quickly seeps under flooring and cabinets. If not removed, this fluid can warp flooring, damage things like cabinets, and cause mold to grow. SERVPRO of Skagit County can take care of the problem with professional water mitigation. Contact us at (360) 873-8744.

Go Sightseeing with an Anacortes Ferry Trip

12/22/2020 (Permalink)

a boat out on the water SERVPRO is looking forward to seeing the fun at the San Juan Islands!

Anacortes Folks Can Take a Trip to the San Juan Islands

Taking a jaunt to the San Juan Islands and traveling aboard the Anacortes Ferry is a great way to spend the day.  When planning your trip, you should make a vehicle reservation. This can be done from the Washington State Ferry website and is free. The actual fare depends on the size of your vehicle. Walk-ons and passengers do not require a reservation. Here are the locations the ferry goes to:

  • Shaw Island
  • Orcas Island
  • Friday Harbor
  • Lopez Island
  • Sidney, BC, Canada

If you want to walk on and take a trip, there are taxi and limousine services waiting on the other side. You can also rent mopeds, cars, or bikes.  You can contact the San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau for more information at (888) 468-3701 ext 1 for more information.

SERVPRO Provides Flood Damage Services to Anacortes

Skagit County is prone to flooding, and SERVPRO is here to mitigate the flood damage when that happens. We provide emergency services around the clock. If you have experienced flooding and need cleanup services, contact SERVPRO of Skagit County at (360) 873-8744.

Learn to Make Chocolate Truffles in Mount Vernon

12/4/2020 (Permalink)

chocolate truffles on a table It will be exciting to see the community at the truffle making classes!

Mount Vernon’s Forte Chocolates Offers Truffle Making Classes

On Saturday, December 12, Forte Chocolates on Riverside Drive is hosting a truffle-making class that allows participants to take home a full box of handmade artisan chocolates. This course is a creative and fun way to create and take home an unforgettable holiday gift.

Forte’s confections, concocted by master chocolatier Karen Neugebauer, have won over 40 awards, including dozens of national and worldwide bronze, silver, and gold awards from the International Chocolate Awards and the London Academy of Chocolate.

Gold-medal-winning sweets include:

  • Rosemary caramel with orange
  • Dark chocolate sea-salted caramels
  • Lemon pepper dark truffles
  • Cherry almond truffles

Mount Vernon locals are warmly invited to learn about this fun yet challenging craft from one of the premier chocolatiers in the Pacific Northwest. If you find that you enjoy this craft and want to pursue it further, Forte Chocolates offers quality baking chocolate and molinillos, or chocolate frothers, for purchase.

SERVPRO of Skagit County offers rapid water damage mitigation for Mount Vernon homeowners when they call (360) 873-8744.

Enjoy the 2020 Mount Vernon Holiday Parade

11/27/2020 (Permalink)

marching band in a parade SERVPRO is looking forward to the annual Tree Lighting Parade in Mount Vernon!

The Mount Vernon Downtown Association is Hosting Its Annual Tree Lighting Parade

The Mount Vernon Downtown Association (MVDA) 2020 annual tree lighting ceremony and holiday parade are scheduled for December 6, 2020, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. This event kicks off with the parade at 5:00. The tree lighting is to be held in Pine Square after the procession finishes.

The MVDA accepted applications for the following categories of commercial and non-commercial participants in the event:

  • Marching bands and other forms of live music
  • Drill teams
  • Floats
  • Walking groups

Pine Square is also hosting a holiday choir and a visit from Santa Claus for the kids during the tree lighting event. This annual event is packed with both local holiday traditions and family-friendly fun for all to enjoy.

SERVPRO of Skagit County performs rapid-response mold remediation for Mount Vernon properties within hours of your call. Contact the team at (360) 873-8744 to get started.

Helping Anacortes Homeowners Reduce Repair and Replacement Costs

11/22/2020 (Permalink)

warped wooden floorboards coming off the floor Facing hardwood flooring water damage? Contact our experienced SERVPRO water damage remediation team for services.

SERVPRO of Skagit County Restores Anacortes Homes When Property Owners Call (360) 873-8744

The West Coast island town of Anacortes, Washington, was incorporated in 1891 after settlers moved to Fidalgo Island to promote the location as a stop for the Northern Pacific Railway in 1877. Once railroad development began in 1888, real estate and the overall economy boomed but declined once the real estate bubble burst. The industries that have historically helped Anacortes thrive most are fishing, canning, and lumber processing.

Today, this idyllic island town is home to an estimated 17,000 people as of 2019. Its largest industries rely on oil refining, ship and yacht building, and tourism. Two of Washington state’s five major oil refineries are stationed near the town, owned by Shell Puget Sound Refinery Company and Marathon Petroleum.

The location and Mediterranean climate in Anacortes allow for year-round enjoyment of a plethora of activities, which include:

  • Whale watching near the Strait of Juan de Fuca
  • Travel to the nearby San Juan Islands, including Cypress Island, which can easily be seen from Anacortes
  • Sailing, yachting, and other recreational boating activities
  • Enjoying several parks, such as Washington Park, Volunteer Park, Anacortes Community Forest North, and Cap Sante Park
  • Exploring scenic Mount Erie

Anacortes also derives a significant amount of its economy from providing residences for employees of Whidbey Island Naval Air Station in Oak Harbor.

The Evolution of Anacortes

Centuries before American settlers founded the town, people from the Swinomish and Samish tribes lived on Fidalgo Island. In particular, the Samish took advantage of the abundant cedar growth in the area to craft longhouses hundreds of feet in length. The most notable one existed on Guemes Island until well into the 1900s.

The name Anacortes is a neologism honoring founder Amos Bowman’s wife, Anne Curtis Bowman. Before it was coined as such by settlers, the town was referred to as Ship Harbor. Bowman’s vision for Anacortes was to turn the island locale into a “New York of the West.” Unfortunately, this dream would lead to an economic downtown that preceded the nationwide economic recession in 1893.

Over the next several decades, however, the town would recover and thrive on the abundance of fish, lumber, and other natural resources available for processing and manufacture. Shell Oil and Texaco purchased land in the area to build refineries in the 1950s. While the ownership of these refineries changed hands over the years, petroleum remains a mainstay industry in Anacortes.

Anacortes is the hometown of several notable people, such as:

  • Animator and cartoonist Craig Bartlett, creator of Hey Arnold!
  • Television personality Jake Anderson, most known for his work on Deadliest Catch
  • Writer Richard Bach, author of such bestsellers as Jonathan Livingston Seagull
  • Olympic gold medalist and rower Donald Hume
  • Acclaimed singer Kathi McDonald, of The Ikettes and Big Brother and Holding Company fame

Fishing in Anacortes

Anacortes’ island topography and proximity to the ocean means that fishing has been part of life for as long as humans have settled in the region. The San Juan Islands, including Fidalgo Island, is home to a diverse array of both flora and fauna, including the following fish and crustacean species:

  • Blackmouth salmon in the winter months
  • King salmon and spring chinook from late summer through autumn
  • Halibut and lingcod in spring and early summer
  • Dungeness crabs and prawns for crab and shellfish enthusiasts

While the Mediterranean climate in Anacortes is not ideal for ice fishing enthusiasts, winter fly fishing is common. One of the best spots for this pastime is easily Pass Lake at Deception Pass State Park on Fidalgo Island’s southern tip. Many of the fish in the area are caught for sport and food, particularly the salmon and crabs. Fishing charters embark all year round in the region, and one-day fishing licenses are easy for tourists to acquire. Many charters even provide equipment and aid with cleaning and dressing catches so that guests can take them home.

Some of the best bait fishing locations include Lake Padden and Campbell Lake. Fly fishers may find the aforementioned Pass Lake to be a year-round source of quality fish. Cranberry Lake at Deception Pass is another popular fishing spot. Just south of Anacortes are even more lakes to explore for fishing opportunities. Fishing aficionados new to the area can benefit significantly from procuring a copy of Terry Sheely’s Washington State Fishing Guide.

Can SERVPRO Restore Water-Damaged Hardwood in an Anacortes Home?

SERVPRO technicians perform water cleanup Anacortes with the affected materials in mind. This team’s approach focuses on restoration over replacement when feasible. Fortunately, in many instances, hardwood flooring is salvageable with the help of industrial-grade tools and the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-accredited mitigation technicians.

Hardwood flooring undergoes the following to remove moisture and ensure that the subflooring underneath is clean and dry:

  • If the water damage is small in scale, individual planks can be removed for drying and reinstalled. In more widely affected spaces, rubber drying mats are utilized to suck water out with the vacuum hose on a portable or truck-mounted extraction unit
  • Planks that experience slight warping or cupping can be sanded and refinished as needed. In cases of extreme warping, cupping, or cracking, however, replacement is recommended
  • Water pooling in the subfloor can be addressed with a squeegee wand
  • Microbial growth is treated with EPA-registered biocides

Because hardwood floors, especially those with a vapor barrier sealant, tend toward being low evaporation surfaces, extra care during extraction makes drying with desiccant dehumidification and air movers more efficient.

SERVPRO of Skagit County leaves disaster-affected homes looking and feeling, “Like it never even happened.” Homeowners in need of mitigation and restoration from certified professionals can call (360) 873-8744.

Annual Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting in Mount Vernon

11/3/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment and technicians SERVPRO is looking forward to Mount Vernons Annual Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting.

Mount Vernon Kicks Off the Holidays with Fun Festivities in Pine Square

Christmas is a magical time for adults and kids alike. Everyone enjoys getting out, seeing the lights, and doing some holiday shopping. The town of Mount Vernon knows how to start the holidays with pizzazz. It all starts on Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 5:00 PM . This family-friendly event includes:

  • A tree-lighting ceremony
  • Holiday Choir
  • Festive lights
  • Parade
  • Visits with Santa

The Mount Vernon Downtown Association enjoys putting together this delightful event each year. It is a much-loved holiday tradition for the city. It all takes place in the downtown Pine Square. So grab your Santa hat and the entire family and head out for a night of festive frolicking. 

SERVPRO of Skagit County provides flooding restoration to the Mount Vernon community. Our elves work hard all year round to ensure any fire and water damage is mitigated professionally. We hope to see our customers at the Tree Lighting. We can be contacted at (360) 873-8744.

What is Mold Remediation in Mount Vernon?

10/31/2020 (Permalink)

mold growing on a wall near an outlet Removing mold from your home is a complicated process. Contact SERVPRO 24/7 for professional remediation and mitigation services in your home.

Mountain Vernon Homes with Mold Problems Need to Understand How Mold Remediation Works

Mold can be found in any Mount Vernon Home. Anywhere there is excess moisture, mold can grow. High humidity alone can cause mold to develop from the moisture in the air. When that happens, you need a mold remediation company.

Can SERVPRO Remove all Mold? 

Any company that tells you all the mold in your home can be removed entirely is one to question. Although the term mold removal is often used, it cannot be completely removed. The reason is simple. Mold spores are everywhere. They cannot be eradicated. But what can be removed is the condition in which they thrive. Our technicians do a mold inspection in Mount Vernon homes that routes out visible and hidden mold. 

Dealing with Mold

Mold remediation is mitigating the mold growth present, repairing the damage, and preventing the return. SERVPRO technicians are trained in mold remediation. We follow EPA protocols when doing mold cleanup. We employ the following steps:

  • Discovery – If you see it or smell it mold is present. Expensive testing is rarely needed. Multiplying colonies, staining, and a strong, musty odor are all evidence of mold.
  • Containment – Physical barriers and negative air pressure scrubbers seal the area.  HEPA filters get used to trap mold particles. The goal is to stop the spores from spreading while cleaning is taking place.
  • Removal – To remove mold from impacted surfaces, a variety of mechanical methods get used. Scraping, dry brushing, and soda blasting are standard removal methods. The dust and debris that settle get vacuumed, and everything is treated with an antimicrobial.

The moisture that caused the problem is also addressed. If not, the mold can simply return. If it is a result of water intrusion, that is mitigated as well. High humidity can be handled with a dehumidifier. 

When you hire SERVPRO you are hiring mold remediation experts who hold to EPA protocols.  Contact SERVPRO of Skagit County at (360) 873-8744 for professional mold inspection and remediation services. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Does Flooding Always Need to Be Addressed Immediately?

10/30/2020 (Permalink)

encapsulated crawl space poly sheeting SERVPRO can waterproof basements and encapsulate crawlspaces to protect against flood damage in Anacortes homes.

Flooding does not always destroy an Anacortes home, but it should get dealt with as soon as possible by competent professionals.

Flooding is always a situation that can potentially cost Anacortes homeowners a substantial amount of money and time in restoration when the situation gets mismanaged. Natural remedies for flood removal and drying are not thorough. The process needs to be more direct. As a leading flood restoration company in Skagit County, we have multiple strategies for determining water migration throughout the property and the most efficient approaches for removing floodwater and preparing the house for the drying and cleaning stages to follow.

Flood damage in Anacortes homes might not always be as recognizable and alarming as other property owners experience. With that thought in mind, it is tempting to consider allowing nature to resolve the situation instead of putting the money into professional restoration services. Unfortunately, you cannot always account for the speed or reliability of natural drying, and there are many areas of your house that flooding could impact without clear initial signs, including:

  • Crawlspaces
  • Attics
  • Basements

How Does Crawlspace Flooding Get Resolved?

Often, homeowners are left with the impression that flooding happening away from the house's literal living space is manageable without professional intervention and experience. The crawlspace is primarily designed to keep the bulk of the property raised and protected from floodwater threats that could impact structural elements like supports, joists, and subflooring of the main level of your house. The development of microbial hazards in this area or the excessive moisture and saturation of structural elements like supports for your home present direct risks to the occupants in the main living space. Some of the ways to manage water removal, drying, and fungal threats include: 

Encapsulation is one of the services that prevent moisture from becoming a recurring threat in the crawlspace. By covering exposed surfaces in plastic and installing water diversion and removal tools, homes can stay protected from the possibility of flooding.

What Makes Attic Flooding Difficult To Track?

Attic flooding often occurs in many ways, ranging from the slow deterioration of these building materials to allow water penetration to the more abrupt and unexpected structural compromise that can come from high winds, torrential rains, or even heavy snowfall. Despite how much water these vulnerabilities in the roof can allow into your home, you still might not immediately recognize a problem. You should remain diligent, especially during and shortly after powerful storm systems pass through the area, to inspect for:

  • Damp Ceiling Materials
  • Sagging Drywall
  • Bloating/Swelling
  • Visible Water Stains
  • Leaking

Because many homeowners have not finished their attic space and converted it into more livable square footage for the property, you might not inspect this area of the house as often as you should. If you encounter any of these indicating signals, you should notify our SERVPRO team as soon as possible.

Does Basement Flooding Impact the Rest of the House?

One o the concerns with basement flooding is how many different ways that these situations can develop. Neglected and mismanaged water heaters in the basement level can malfunction and flood the area, but among the most common threats are drainage backups into this subterranean level and groundwater forcing its way through below-grade blockwork used as wall systems for the basement. When you do not recognize these situations right away, the most immediate concerns are the elevation of relative humidity throughout adjacent areas of the structure. Increased moisture content becomes a catalyst for the development and spread of mold colonies.

How Can Our Fast Response Help?

Because we can anticipate poor weather conditions that can result in natural flooding and structural damages for your home, we can mobilize quickly in these circumstances. When you discover water penetration into any part of your home, professionals must arrive promptly to begin mitigating these losses through repairs to the structure, extraction of standing water, and removing any threatened contents that might be in the way. Because we have more experience in flood restoration than homeowners, we can begin with the most pressing concerns that threaten your property.

As you can see, it is critical for you to act as soon as you suspect that flooding might occur. While it might not always be a forceful and direct loss incident, unaddressed flooding can create even more challenging circumstances like widespread mold and microbial growth. We have Water Restoration Technicians (WRT) on our SERVPRO of Skagit County roster ready to respond when you call (360) 873-8744.

Who Can Quickly and Professionally Help Mitigate Water Damage in My Mount Vernon Home?

10/15/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Technicians Are Highly Trusted Professionals Who Provide Timely Water Removal and Restoration for Mount Vernon Homes.

When your Mount Vernon home is unexpectedly invaded by water, it's hard to know who you can trust to respond quickly and professionally. SERVPRO uniformed professionals are highly trusted and extensively trained in water removal, cleanup, and damage mitigation.

How to Help Prevent Costly Water Damage Repairs

Not all water damage repairs in Mount Vernon are caused by unexpected major events like flooding. Harm can be the result of a leaky roof, an old pipe, a broken water heater, or other issues. These problems can require expensive property repairs without appropriate water damage mitigation. These are the signs that you may look out for to protect your home:

  • Moldy or musty smells in your property
  • Dark spots on your ceiling or walls
  • The sound of dripping or running water
  • A sudden increase in your water bills
  • Puddles that return after you have mopped them up
  • Rust on metal surfaces

SERVPRO trained technicians in Mount Vernon have expert water removal training and techniques. Many of our professionals are certified by the IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification.) They utilize advanced water detection, removal, and drying equipment to help mitigate water damage and prevent further costly repairs.

What to Look for in a Water Removal and Damage Mitigation Specialist

How do you know you can trust the water removal company you engage to handle your water damage problems?

  • Water removal and damage mitigation specialists should have extensive training and continuing education.
  • They should understand and use IICRC best practices.
  • Specialists should be available 24 hours for emergency services.
  • Water removal and mitigation professionals must provide timely and effective services.

SERVPRO professionals match all of these qualifications. If you find water damage in your home, act before it becomes an expensive repair. Call SERVPRO of Skagit County at (360) 873-8744.

Where Can Homeowners Go to Restore Their Fire-Damaged Residences?

9/23/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician consulting with customer The situation can feel overwhelming when your home is affected by fire damage. Call SERVPRO for effective remediation services.

SERVPRO Technicians Can Return Mount Vernon Residences to a Clean, Safe Condition Ready for Occupation Again.

Where Do Technicians Begin?

SERVPRO technicians start in Mount Vernon homes with a checklist to ensure thorough restoration, no matter the disaster. It allows our teams to carefully clean the home, remove debris, and perform other tasks as rapidly as possible. 

What Are the First Actions Technicians Take?

Fire damage restoration in Mount Vernon begins with three preparation actions:

Initial Contact – A homeowner’s call starts it all. Our operator has a set of questions that tells technicians what equipment and other resources to bring, such as generators, foggers, and cleaners. 

Inspection and Damage Assessment – The team leader inspects the home to ascertain the scope of damage from the fire and how to restore the home. 

Securing the Home – Fire can damage doors, roofs, walls, and windows. Securing the home with plywood and tarps can prevent further damage from trespassing, animal intrusions, and the weather. 

What Comes Next to Restore an Area Home?

Water Removal – Homeowners are surprised to discover that the water to put out the fire can also cause damage. Quickly removing it with pumps and extractors can reduce further damage to walls, flooring, and structural framework that the fire did not touch. 

Smoke and Soot Removal – Technicians use sponges, cloths, water, and cleaners to remove smoke and soot residues from the floors to the ceilings, and most personal property surfaces. 

Clean and Disinfect – Technicians clean and disinfect all restorable personal and structural items affected by the fire. Technicians use cleaning agents not available to the general public with industrial-grade equipment to restore the property to its pre-fire condition.

Physical Restoration – This final step is where technicians make each home look like it did before the fire. Actions include replacing carpets, hanging new wall panels, painting, and installing new plumbing. 

Call SERVPRO of Skagit County at (360) 873-8744 today to schedule a service call for your home. We are here to return your residence to its pre-fire condition as quickly as possible.