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Issues Commonly Left in Mount Vernon Homes by Water Damage

9/20/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee carrying water damage equipment from a van We are available 24/7 in Mount Vernon and understand that getting equipment on-site to begin the water damage remediation process is crucial.

SERVPRO Safely Manages Vernon Water Restoration Routines

Various problems crop up when water intrudes and spreads all over a property. The issues range from minor to complicated ones requiring significant action to address. Luckily most of the problems left in your Mount Vernon home are reversible, so timely action can help salvage your property from water damage.

One of the most crucial aspects of responding to the challenges in your Mount Vernon home after water damage is possessing the proper knowledge. If you understand all the damages likely to develop after a water intrusion, you can prepare the resources to counter them. SERVPRO plays a critical role in preparing the homeowner to address the problem and providing the resources necessary to facilitate restoration.

The damages moisture causes:

  • Moisture accumulation
  • Structural deterioration
  • Odors
  • Mold development

While many of the issues may seem minor, they have a significant impact. For instance, moisture accumulation is not considered a substantial problem since, once dried, most materials are fully restored. However, you cannot use furniture, carpets, or beddings when they are waterlogged. Odors are also common in a property affected by water intrusion, but it is easy to dismiss them since they are not physical. However, staying in a house emitting a strong stench is not comfortable.

The Severe Problems from Wetness

Physical deterioration of items and structural areas is the primary concern after water intrusion since restoration under such circumstances requires elaborate procedures. Typical forms of deterioration in items include swelling of wooden parts in furniture and loss of strength along the joints as glues or cement weaken. The problems involve rotting or warping for solid wood while composite materials delaminate or crumble for structural areas. In most cases, the only solution to such issues is a replacement of the affected materials. Even making a replacement is not easy since it requires teardown and perfectly fitting in new materials.

The other category of severe physical deterioration is mold development which is possible if the heightened moisture levels inside the structure are not addressed within the first 48 hours. Mold is a form of life that consumes organic materials to support itself. If the colonies are left undisturbed on surfaces for long, their root-like hyphae penetrate materials causing rot-like damage. Mold also destroys finishes.

Water damage solutions:

  • Expedited and thorough water extraction
  • Sustained evaporation
  • Balanced humidity control

When water is spread out all over a property, you might not understand its volume. After you start mopping it out, you might notice that every section you wipe is quickly replenished. Our SERVPRO technicians use vacuum extractors which can be portable or truck-mounted, thus simplifying the process. The efficiency of an extractor is based on its vacuum lift capacity. Having an integrated storage unit is also essential for the better management of wastewater.

After dealing with the stagnating water, the next crucial stage of the restoration is managing the moisture absorbed by materials. Improving evaporation rates helps dry wet structural areas and contents. You probably open windows after dealing with a small leak to air the house. For major incidents, airing might not be sufficient. Our SERVPRO technicians set up several air movers and a couple of dehumidifiers. The two sets of equipment work in tandem with air movers releasing moisture trapped in materials into the air while dehumidifiers extract it from the air.

SERVPRO of Skagit County can help you manage any problem from water damage. Call us at (360) 873-8744. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Vital Preparations to Rebuild a Mount Vernon Home after Fire Damage

9/20/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee carrying fire damage equipment from a van Regardless of the extent of the fire damage, our team in Mount Vernon can make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us right away!

SERVPRO Focuses on Orderly Fire Restoration Procedures in Mount Vernon Homes

Recovering from most fire incidents takes time because of the multiple steps restoration involves. A considerable rebuilding process is necessary for significant fires that consume many structural materials in Mount Vernon homes. Rebuilding takes more than replacing the unsalvageable materials torn down from the structure. Assessing, securing, and refinishing the structure is part of rebuilding.

The fire damage at your Mount Vernon home is unique from any other incident. Even if you have been afflicted by a similar property disaster before, the dynamics are always different in new incidents. The source of the fire, accelerants involved, and combustion durations vary. Professional assistance from SERVPRO factors in all the unique challenges, thus simplifying the recovery process.

Rebuilding a house affected by fire requires an orderly approach since some actions have to be prioritized for safety reasons or to limit the development of secondary damages after addressing the initial effects of combustion.

Orderly remediation requires:

  • A thorough assessment
  • Securing the property
  • Early intervention against structural issues
  • Cleaning, drying, and deodorization

Combustion leaves readily identifiable problems such as soot-covered surfaces and charred structural materials. So it is easy to think you know all the issues you need to resolve. However, such incidents also leave hidden problems or kick-start forms of deterioration that worsen over time. After a thorough evaluation, you can only get an accurate picture of the issues.

Our SERVPRO IICRC-Certified technicians collect different information when evaluating a fire, including understanding residue spread patterns by running a clean sponge along flat surfaces. It is necessary to inspect utilities such as the electrical system and HVAC since fire affects them significantly. Identifying where the electrical needs to be stripped off is essential. At the very least, rebuilding the electrical system requires a new breaker box and wiring. Inspection reveals whether fixtures and outlets have significant damage necessitating replacement.

Securing Fire Damaged Structures when Rebuilding

Your home may be your safe haven in ordinary times. However, when fire guts it down, it can become hazardous from physical and environmental risks.

Risks to mitigate during fire restoration:

  • Unstable structural areas
  • Slip and trip hazards
  • Harmful substances or objects

Securing a house after fire damage ensures a safer environment for the workers and anyone who enters the house. Checking the level of charring on structural supports such as trusses and frames helps identify any unstable areas. Removing the compromised structural supports or surrounding materials to relieve weight diminishes the risk of collapse. Our SERVPRO technicians also tear down any partially burnt structural elements such as wall or ceiling panels since they might injure someone.

Securing a property also requires protective steps such as setting up barriers in different areas. If there is a roof cave-in, we set up tarps to keep rainwater out. Accumulation of water inside the house damages materials and increases the chances of slip and fall accidents. Our SERVPRO technicians ensure the roof tarp is installed correctly, including choosing a high-quality poly woven tarp and sandwiching it with 2 by 4 planks.

SERVPRO of Skagit County does not spare any energy when preparing to tackle fire damage, thus addressing it "Like it never even happened." You can reach us at (360) 873-8744.

The Ins and Outs of Mount Vernon Home Mold Damage

9/20/2022 (Permalink)

equipment and a containment zone set up in a mold damaged room Call our experts as soon as you discover mold. We are available 24/7 to help stop the growth before the infestation spreads through your Mount Vernon

Sources Guide SERVPRO in Mount Vernon Mold Mitigation

The masses of mold colonizing structural areas like walls, ceilings, or even upholstery and other contents may seem to emerge from nowhere. In some instances, it is easy to pinpoint the cause why the contamination develops if the property is exposed to high moisture levels. Flooding or supply pipe leaks are some common moisture sources that lead to mold damage. In cases where the cause is not apparent, expertise from SERVPRO can be handy in restoring your Mount Vernon premises.

It takes several factors before a Mount Vernon home develops mold damage. Moisture exposure acts as a trigger. However, it also requires the presence of vulnerable materials for the infestation to take root. SERVPRO analyzes a situation to determine factors that favor mold development that may be prevalent within your home, thus ensuring mitigation steps are taken to address the root cause.

Molds readily proliferate on concrete, paper, drywall, and wood materials. On the other hand, plastics, metal, and tiles do not support such proliferation. Such variance arises for different reasons, including the physical attributes of the materials. The first category of materials is porous and thus retains wetness for an extended period, while the second category that does not support growth is non-porous. Moisture quickly runs off over such surfaces, then drying follows almost instantaneously.

Other influential factors:

  • Vapor barriers
  • Condensation
  • Pinhole leaks

Apart from material type, the property's condition also influences the colonies. A stuffy environment indicates poor ventilation. In such an area, any vapor released from showers or cooking is retained within the property supplying the moisture needed to activate dormant spores in any section of the house. Vapor barriers on surfaces are also detrimental since they diminish the effectiveness of any drying efforts mounted. Finally, if there is a pinhole leak in any plumbing section, the moisture released is minimal, but it can fuel hidden contamination.

Mitigating Mold Damage

Several factors drive mold proliferation the same way it takes several steps to mitigate the problem. The main priority is to stop the contamination from spreading further on discovering the problem. Such spreading can be in terms of the surface area covered or the penetration within specific materials such as solid structural wood.

Steps that help stop such spread

  • Finding moisture sources
  • Drying moisture
  • Removing heavily contaminated materials

Drying wet areas and stopping moisture sources makes the environment unideal for microbial growth. Our SERVPRO AMRT-Certified technicians also apply antimicrobial chemical agents that halt growth or destroy microbes. For convenient drying, we use dehumidifiers since they extract moisture without creating too much airflow, which would spread mold debris around the house.

Removing moldy materials is inevitable once a property is contaminated. If you are lucky to discover the contamination early, only the moldy debris covering surfaces needs cleaning. Our SERVPRO technicians can easily handle this by vacuuming, damp wiping, or wire brushing the affected areas. However, if deeply rooted, we have to tear away the contaminated materials.

SERVPRO of Skagit County puts effort into understanding the source and development patterns before addressing mold damage. You can reach us at (360) 873-8744 for solutions that make it “Like it never even happened.”

I Just Discovered Water Damage in My Burlington Property. Which Water Restoration Company Can Help?

9/19/2022 (Permalink)

Standing watr on hardwood floor; TV and sofa in background After a water loss, call SERVPRO of Skagit County at (360) 873-8744 to restore your property to its preloss state.

Contact SERVPRO Restorers in Burlington to Handle the Water Damage in Your Residence

When you notice a broken pipe in the kitchen, fixing it yourself or ignoring it can be tempting. However, the water can slowly sip into various surfaces causing mold growth and severe damage to the structure. Therefore, acting fast by engaging with certified restoration experts in Burlington, like SERVPRO technicians, is essential to save your property.

Are You Experienced in Water Damage Repair?

Our team can use approved and the most advanced equipment to handle the water damage in your Burlington residence. We are among the water restoration companies that have been in business for decades. We have seen and fixed every kind of water damage imaginable during this period. The common causes of water damage we come across in homes include:

  • Faulty water heaters
  • Sump pump failure
  • Leaking appliances
  • Plumbing problems

What Does Your Water Damage Restoration Process Involve?

Our team can take several steps to restore your home, depending on the severity of the water damage. Some of the things we do when restoring water damaged homes include:

Mold Cleanup and Prevention

We begin the mold cleanup procedure by locating any leaking pipes, which could encourage more mold growth. Our technicians also check areas with poor ventilation to avoid condensation, which can lead to mold growth. We can examine the areas close to your windows and doors to ensure efficient ventilation.


This is where we dry mold-causing moisture in the affected property. Our technicians can identify the source of water damage by using sophisticated equipment. For instance, we can use a thermal imagining camera to create a moisture map. This can help us to determine the best tailor-made drying strategy to ensure efficiency. We can use conventional refrigerants alongside fans to increase the airflow in the affected property. The equipment increases the evaporation rate in the affected items and the structure, enhancing the drying process.


Odors can persist even after cleaning and drying your property effectively. However, we can use odor removal products to combat the odors and get fresh air into your property. Our SERVPRO technicians can use a photocatalytic oxidizer to do away with the smells. The equipment shines ultraviolet rays on surfaces and produces hydroxyl radicals. It oxidizes and breaks down odors into carbon dioxide, leaving your property with fresh air.

After a water loss, call SERVPRO of Skagit County at (360) 873-8744 to restore your property to its preloss state. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Our Experts Will Restore Your Fire and Smoke Odor Damaged Home in Mount Vernon

8/15/2022 (Permalink)

Reclaiming Your Home from Fire and Smoke Odor Damage in Mount Vernon

Cooking brings many in Mount Vernon great pleasure – seeing family and friends enjoy a home-cooked meal and time together. Our hectic lives can leave us less able to multi-task in our home's more relaxed atmosphere, leading to accidents in the kitchen. Grease fires only take a few seconds to get out of hand, so quick thinking and a handy lid can make a huge difference in how badly your home suffers.

Your home's entire interior in Mount Vernon can smell of fire and smoke odors no matter how many candles you burn, cans of air freshener you use, or hours spent airing out the house. Calling SERVPRO gets things placed in the right direction. We can perform mitigation that corrects fire damage and the odors continually overpowering your nose.

Odors do not appear out of anything. The scents you smell come from airborne molecules that break away from larger particles. This is why fire generally produces the same type of odor, although different things have slightly different smells when they burn. While we clean items up using various methods, these all accomplish the same: ridding your home of these smoke and soot particles.

Cleaning with soap and water might seem correct when the soot feels greasy like it does with cooking or grease fires. However, special cleaning agents immediately provide a much better result, including a fresh scent. Some surfaces hold more soot than others. These places often remain cooler than other areas, and smoke fills such areas more densely.

Getting things cleaned up and soot-free must happen before our Odor Control Technician (OCT) can start fogging and neutralizing the odors. Afterward, the particles that caused odors and possible health effects remain where they may have hidden during the fire. This happens at the microscopic level because the fogging binds these particles and makes them much heavier.

SERVPRO of Skagit County is always near homes in Anacortes, Sedro Woolley, and La Conner. Smokey odors and the physical damage caused by fire need mitigation as soon as possible to protect your property. Call us at (360) 873-8744, 24/7, 365 days a year.

We Are the Right Choice For Your Mount Vernon Water Damage Restoration

8/15/2022 (Permalink)

Inside SERVPRO warehouse; SERVPRO restoration equipment being shown on shelve We are available 24/7 and understand that being able to get equipment on-site to begin the drying or cleaning process is crucial.

Water Damage Left a Funky Smell in My Home

Sometimes we forget just how beautiful Mount Vernon is. Our lush landscape and proximity to nature make the air feel crisp and clean. As homeowners, we are lucky to invite that sense of purity and cleanliness into our homes and lives. However, every so often, accidents happen in our homes and leave behind consequences that tarnish the wholesomeness of the environment around us. For example, when plumbing issues cause water to seep into carpets or upholstery, you may find an odd smell lingering in your home well after water extraction.

Our professional SERVPRO crew mitigates water damage to your Mount Vernon home. Our technicians prepare to tackle jobs of all sizes, including water restoration and deodorization. As much as store-bought air fresheners promise to eliminate any unwanted scents, it takes a professional team to neutralize the odor instead of merely masking it. By calling our 24/7 hotline, you can access a wide array of deodorizing methods suitable for eliminating the smell.

At SERVPRO, we pay close attention to the chemical composition of the smell in your home.

We may use water-based solutions for some smells, while others might opt for a solvent-based deodorizer. It depends on the smell we are trying to counteract and its severity. Aside from the solutions we apply to the surfaces of your home, you might see us employ industry-grade filtration devices and air movers. These tools encourage air circulation to complete our deodorizing efforts. In some instances, we may choose to deodorize your home by vaporizing deodorizing agents and applying them with a thermal fogger. One of the advantages of using a fogger is the penetration of the agent into crevices within your home.

Handling the smell left in your home after water damage does not need to be overwhelming. Our SERVPRO of Skagit County team is ready to guide you through the pros and cons of each deodorizing option. Call (360) 873-8744 and let our team work to leave your home “Like it never even happened.”

Water Removal in Mount Vernon

8/15/2022 (Permalink)

water pooling on living room floor “Like it never even happened.”

Proper Management of Water Removal Process in Mount Vernon

Water loss incidents can happen anytime, whether caused by extreme weather or human error. When such incidents happen in Mount Vernon, you have to find a way to remove the surface water and dry any wet contents or building materials. Professional restoration by SERVPRO helps deal with the problems that arise in many ways.

Instant Response

Water removal processes in Mount Vernon should start immediately after the spill is discovered. Every minute that passes increases the damages to the property. SERVPRO ensures quick response by having customer service on call 24/7. Apart from dispatching the restoration crew immediately, the support staff also gives valuable tips that you can use to stop or minimize damages. For example, you can use towels to mop vulnerable surfaces such as wooden floors to lessen the chances of permanent damage such as cupping or buckling.

Assorted Equipment

Water removal is rarely a smooth process. The spilled water might reach hidden sections of the property or affect a wide range of materials making the removal process challenging. One way to deal with all these challenges is having a variety of equipment to handle specific tasks. Our SERVPRO crews have access to various equipment, including portable and truck-mounted water extractors, different types of pumps, including submersible ones, and specialized equipment such as the injectidry system, which remove water from cavities.

Understanding of What Happens After a Water Spill

Water spills may happen at once, but the resulting damage occurs in stages. A clear understanding of these processes helps ensure the response is appropriately structured to address any issue. For instance, microbial growth, which results in mold, can happen after a water spill. However, there is a window of 48 hours before the processes start. This period of time differs from an issue like staining, which happens almost immediately after the water spill occurs. Our technicians rely on their training to schedule the removal properly, preventing these problems.

When correctly done, water removal should help prevent severe outcomes after a water spill. Call SERVPRO of Skagit County at (360) 873-8744 to help address any issue sparked by the incident, “Like it never even happened."

Can Mold Removal in a Mount Vernon Home Wait?

7/24/2022 (Permalink)

yellow mold growing on a wall Dealing with excess moisture for too long can turn your home into a mold infestation scene. Call SERVPRO to assess and remediate the damage.

Mold Spreads can Spread Quickly Through a Mount Vernon Home When Left Unattended

Humidity creates a friendly environment for mold to grow and spread throughout a home, which is why homeowners must be vigilant of any shifts in humidity levels. Aside from the potential threat mold poses to human health, it also spreads quickly when left unresolved. For a safe and efficient mold removal process, call a professional to take care of it.

In Mount Vernon, professional mold removal is available by calling SERVPRO at our 24/7 hotline or mobile app. Our staff is certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to handle mold and the humidity that allows it to grow. As experts in our field, we understand that controlling the source of the issue is crucial to addressing mold damage. Some steps we take in the course of our work include:

  • Detecting mold colonies by inspecting your whole home
  • Applying EPA-approved cleaning and anti-microbial solutions to prevent accelerated growth
  • Discarding moldy items as appropriate
  • Coordinating repairs necessary to control the source of excess moisture

SERVPRO of Skagit County provides the best restoration services. Call us at (360) 873-8744 and let us leave your home “Like it never even happened.”

How Can Trapped Water Get Lifted from Carpets in Mount Vernon Homes?

7/24/2022 (Permalink)

a person pulling up water logged carpet from the floor Wet carpet can be saved if you act fast. Call SERVPRO to assess the situation and start the drying process. We have the certifications for the job.

SERVPRO Technicians Have Multiple Tools for Carpet Water Removal in Mount Vernon Residences

Carpeting can be difficult for restorers to dry and clean after water damages like burst pipes or ceiling leaks. Water removal tools and extraction devices can help to lift trapped moisture in these surfaces before irreparable harm occurs and causes a greater expense to the customer.

Thorough Inspections of the Flooring

Before water removal in Mount Vernon homes can begin, the condition of the flooring materials affected must be established through thorough inspections. Our production manager can uninstall carpets from their tack strip at the baseboards to inspect that delamination and degradation have not set in for the material. These conditions would require the removal and replacement of the moist carpets.

Tools for Extraction of Trapped Water

Carpeting is notorious for holding water and being a difficult flooring material for extraction and restoration. Because of its fibers and porous composition, water can become easily trapped through every layer of a carpeted floor, requiring multiple extraction devices to remove. As leading water restoration technicians, our SERVPRO team arrive with tools to help like:

Because carpeting can be such a magnet for water and flooding damage, it is one of the initial target points for our mitigation strategies. Our SERVPRO of Skagit County team is ready to help 24/7 at (360) 873-8744.

Flood Damage in Mount Vernon Necessitates Professional Help

7/24/2022 (Permalink)

a flooded basement with water everywhere Flooded basements can cause structural damage to your home. Call SERVPRO for effective water removal and drying efforts. Our technicians are here.

How SERVPRO Handles Storm Flooding in Mount Vernon 

The flood damage a storm leaves behind can be rapid and long-lasting, mainly for the basement and other low-lying areas. It is wise to contact professionals who can complete the restoration job perfectly and efficiently.

SERVPRO is a good choice when you need to handle storm flood damage in your Mount Vernon home. We have the latest water restoration equipment and products to complete the job well. We can restore your residence after storm flood damage of any magnitude. Our flood damage repair services include: 

  • Inspection – We can visually inspect your home to assess the damage. Our team can also use non-penetrative moisture meters to determine the areas in your house that have elevated moisture levels, even the hidden spots.
  • Water removal – We can use industrial-grade pumps to remove the water. Suppose the stagnant water in your home is two or more inches deep and does not contain solid materials. In that case, our SERVPRO team can use submersible pumps with adequate volume capacity and lift capability to remove it. 
  • Thorough drying and dehumidification – We can dry your house using air moving and dehumidifying equipment. 
  • Hardwood floor repair – Our SERVPRO technicians can act quickly to remove water from your hardwood floor to prevent staining and warping. We can fully repair the flooring. 
  • Drywall water damage repair – We can repair or remove soaked drywall to leave your home with a structurally sound new wall. 
  • Sewage cleanup – A sewage leak spreads bacteria. SERVPRO’s well-trained personnel can clean it up quickly and safely. We can dispose of the sewage in compliance with the highest safety standards and decontaminate the affected areas thoroughly. 
  • Deodorization techniques that can fit your specific case. We can use different products and equipment like thermal foggers to eliminate the bad smells. 

Restoring certain items after flood damage is next to impossible. Porous materials such as pillows and mattresses may almost certainly be full of microbes multiplying by the minute. In that case, they must be discarded.

For your safety after flood damage, contact SERVPRO of Skagit County at (360) 873-8744 for a fast and effective restoration. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.