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Why Do I Need Water Damage Services After A Fire In Anacortes?

8/10/2020 (Permalink)

Living Room On Fire Contact SERVPRO of Skagit County at (360) 873-8744 for expert fire damage service.

Anacortes Homes That Experience a Fire Almost Always Need Water Damage Help – SERVPRO Can Help

Anacortes was founded in 1879 by a railroad surveyor and is part of the beautiful Puget Sound. Located on the north shore of Fidalgo Island, it has a stunning view of the Salish Sea. But being surrounded by water doesn’t mean fires do not happen. They do, and they can be deadly.

Shouldn’t I be Worried About Fire Damage?

Most people do not think about dealing with water damage when a fire rages through their home. But firefighters use gallons of waters and chemical agents to put out the flames. Yes, you are left behind with intense fire damage in Anacortes, but there is also water intrusion to worry about.

Which Do You Deal with First?

Fire damage recovery is hard enough to deal with; water incursion makes the situation even worse. Before our crews can clean up fire residue, they need to deal with water problems first. Water used by firefighters can cause:

    •    Water collecting in wall and ceiling cavities cause structural weakness.
    •    Electrical risks.
    •    Increased risk of falls, slips, and tripping.
    •    Mold and mildew if the water sits for any length of time.
    •    Contamination from biohazards, chemicals, and toxic substances such as lead and asbestos.

SERVPRO Can Handle Both Fire and Water Damage

While removing the excess water takes precedence many times, several crews can work in different areas. It is often possible to start working on things like charred remains removal while dealing with water. You can rest assured our professional team has a plan to take care of clean up, repair, and restoration.

A fire disrupts every aspect of your life and leaves you devastated. We understand that and are here to help. We strive for minimal disruption and to provide support by dealing with your insurance directly. We do nothing without your approval.

Contact SERVPRO of Skagit County at (360) 873-8744 for expert fire damage service.

Why Do Businesses Need Fire Cleanup in Vernon?

7/25/2020 (Permalink)

House Fire In the case of fire, time is of the essence.

Fire Cleanup Helps Mount Vernon Businesses Get Back In The Game

No Mount Vernon business owner wants to face the after-effects of smoke damage to their property. Unfortunately, even if businesses take steps to prevent and remove fire hazards, there is always the risk of a blaze. Thankfully, SERVPRO of Skagit County is on hand to help with remediation.

Business owners in Mount Vernon sometimes ask if professional fire cleanup is essential, especially if it was small and easily contained. SERVPRO’s answer to that question is a resounding yes. An expert cleanup crew has access to the best equipment and cleaning materials for the job, which means a better outcome for your business.

Why Is A Professional Cleanup Service Best?

Professional cleanup is the best option after an incident because a trained cleanup crew has extensive knowledge of the task at hand. Unless you have trained to be a fire remediation professional, you cannot know all of the things you need to look for.

Here are some reasons to choose the professional option every time:

    •    Professional crews have access to a range of equipment for scrubbing, deep-cleaning, and thoroughly deodorizing premises after a fire
    •    Trained teams are equipped with all the necessary breathing apparatus and personal protective equipment to clean up safely
    •    Professionals know about the hidden effects of fire damage and can check for such effects
    •    Experienced technicians are better judges of which items can be saved and restored which means you do not have to spend as much money on replacements

What Are Some Hidden Effects Of Fire Damage?

Soot damage is easy to see as it leaves behind a dark residue. However, there are some other effects of a fire that are not immediately visible:

    •    Microscopic soot particles – not all soot damage is visible, and smoke has a way of getting into materials
    •    Strong odors – smoke leaves behind a distinctive smell which can be hard to get rid of
    •    Corrosion – smoke, and soot, can destroy materials and cause long-term damage
    •    Sticky residue – smoke residue can be tenacious and hard to get rid of

SERVPRO’s trained fire cleanup crews are aware of all the possible dangers and fully trained in the safest cleaning methods.

How Does SERVPRO Clean Fire Damage?

Our fire cleanup teams have a wide range of cleaning options at our disposal.

The first step in cleaning is to assess the situation and draw up an individual plan for your business. We will make your building safer if needed by boarding up windows or placing a tarp on the roof. We will also set up a staging area to use as a base for our operations and keep the rest of your premises protected.

We use vacuuming to capture loose soot particles and remove them from surfaces. Some residues are bonded too deeply to the surface, however, and vacuuming is not adequate. In such cases, we use wet cleaning to dissolve and loosen dirt, and then we rinse and dry the surface.

Our teams have a range of solvents and lubricants available to help dislodge stubborn smoke residue and leave surfaces clean. We train our technicians to assess residues and work out the more appropriate cleaning solution, strength, and application length.

Working with trained professionals, dramatically reduces the risk of corrosive damage from cleaning products, which is a genuine risk if you try and clean up the soot residue yourself.

How Can You Be Better Prepared For Fire Cleanup?

Of course, you hope you will not be in a position to need fire cleanup services. However, it's always better to be prepared for a disaster than to find yourself caught short.

One way to help your business prepare for fire cleanup is to make use of the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan (ERP).

To take part in the ERP program, simply set aside time to walk through your facility and fill out all the information we ask. You can sign up for a free account and download the ERP app to make this process easy. Once you have your profile set up, follow the on-screen prompts to capture and fill out the information about your business premises.

You can use this information to build a comprehensive file that contains all the information your staff will need in the event of a fire. Your profile includes everything you need to take fast action if there is an incident, including where to find shut-off valves and exit points, how to navigate the chain of command, and who to contact. Your ERP also establishes us as your go-to fire restoration experts so you can get the help you need quickly.

In the case of fire, time is of the essence. If you need a fire cleanup, do not wait. Call SERVPRO of Skagit County at (360) 873-8744 today.

Who Do I Call for Late-Night Water Damage Mitigation?

7/17/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO worker carrying equipment by vehicle Commercial Businesses Rely on SERVPRO's We Faster To Any Size Disaster culture to keep their doors open for business in Mount Vernon

Restoration Techs Provide Mount Vernon Businesses with Water Damage Repair

Restaurants are among the Mount Vernon businesses most commonly-affected by water damage. Whether the cause is a burst pipe in a restroom or a sink overflow in the kitchen, fast cleanup that is performed to code is a must for keeping employees and customers safe.

SERVPRO provides comprehensive commercial water damage repair services for Mount Vernon services that cover everything from water extraction to structural and contents drying.

What Should I Avoid Doing During a Toilet or Sink Overflow?

  • If the toilet is the culprit, do not flush. A toilet overflow can indicate a plumbing issue that may be easily fixed by flushing. It is possible that flushing can worsen the problem.
  • Do not handle unclean water on your own. Even seemingly clean toilet water can hide microbes that may not be safe to handle without proper personal protection equipment.
  • Do not attempt plumbing repairs. While clogged pipes are a common cause for concern in fixture overflows, this may not always be the issue. Have a certified professional service your plumbing to determine the cause.

How Can SERVPRO Dry My Business?

SERVPRO utilizes two types of equipment together for structural and contents drying: air movers and dehumidifiers.

Air movers encourage the evaporation of water into the air by pushing it off of surfaces with a powerful fan. This process then allows dehumidifiers to isolate the moisture from the air for removal and replaces it with warm, dry air. This process is accelerated even more with moisture extraction tools.

Technicians use precise calculations to determine both the placement and proportion of air movers and dehumidifiers. The variables involved can vary depending on the extent of the water damage as well as the type of dehumidifier used. Some dehumidification units use refrigerant coils, while others may use desiccant materials like silica gel.

SERVPRO of Skagit County is proud to bring business owners service that is Faster to Any Size Disaster when they call (360) 873-8744.

How Can I Clean My Soot Covered Hardwood Furniture After Fire Damaged My House?

7/6/2020 (Permalink)

fire on hardwood floor Hardwood flooring and furniture can be restored after a fire. SERVPRO has the know-how to clean your belongings.

For Fire Damage Restoration of Affected Furniture Inside Your Mount Vernon Home Call SERVPRO 

Some of the most severe problems that can occur inside your Mount Vernon house after items burn are smoke-related issues. Smoke consists of partially combusted particles that can leave behind unpleasant aromas, soils, and soot residues. 

How can you tell if my hardwood furniture can be cleaned and saved? 

During fire damage restoration efforts in Mount Vernon, contents like your wooden furniture items can often be refinished and cleaned. The type of finish significantly affects the cleanability of an item and which methods we use. For example, unfinished wood can be porous, so it is not wise to clean it with water-based detergents. The extent of the damage can also be a factor affecting whether an item needs replacing or not. If your furniture was close to the heat source, the surface could have blistered. The exterior also could have been scorched or permanently stained by the smoke. 

If my furniture is salvageable, how do you clean off the soot residues? 

  • Dry Cleaning- When dealing with unfinished or unsealed wood surfaces, our SERVPRO technicians can clean your hardwood furniture with a feather duster, cloth, a cleaning sponge, or by vacuuming with a dusting tool.
  • Wet Cleaning- For finished surfaces with moderate soiling, we can use a wall and all surface cleaner or a concentrated wood oil soap.
  • Semi-Refinishing- Heavy smoke residues may require semi-refinishing of the surfaces of your hardwood furniture items. This method includes using a wood creme paste that is a solvent-based product. The cleaner can remove an ultra-thin top layer of the surface's finish.
  • Polishing- Some surfaces may require polishing to remove staining and soots that adhere well to the surface. Before applying a furniture polish or lemon oil polish, we clean all the soot off the item that we can. 

If your furniture got coated in soot residues or burnt debris, call SERVPRO of Skagit County at (360) 873-8744 24/7. 

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What Is the Best Way to Get Water Out of My Home?

6/27/2020 (Permalink)

flooding road signs Certified SERVPRO Clean means floodwater removal is followed up by a disinfecting process to restore your Bremerton home to a safe place.

Bring in SERVPRO Restoration Teams to Clean and Dry Your Bremerton Home

Storms are common at this time of year in our Bremerton area. High winds are usually a limited threat, with the water flooding inside being the primary source of damage.

Why is Floodwater More Damaging than Water from A Split Washing Machine Hose?

Bremerton flood damage is worse for a home because it contains a sample of everything that the water crossed before it entered your home. SERVPRO technicians know that they have to spend additional time and resources cleaning up after the dirty water and removing any debris it carried inside.

How Much Cleaning Is Needed in My Home?

Floodwater can contain soil, animal waste, weed killer, and far more. Fortunately, our technicians have access to an extensive inventory of cleaning agents designed for every type of contaminant that might find its way into your home.

As part of cleaning, our technicians also have access to an extensive equipment inventory as well. Technicians use commercial-grade vacuums to remove contaminants from carpets before disposal and for linoleum and wood flooring to clear them for cleaning. How much and how long depends on the amount of contamination left behind by the floodwater.

What About Items Like Upholstered Furniture?

SERVPRO technicians can clean and dry those as well. They can use injectors to force a cleaning agent directly into a stain on a piece of furniture and avoid the risk of affecting the color of the rest of the fabric. Technicians also have access to devices which generate a heated, particle cloud of cleaning agent that can penetrate deeply into a sofa or recliner, attacking and neutralizing the contaminate. These devices are also very useful in eliminating odors.

To get the residential restoration process started here or on Bainbridge Island, call SERVPRO of Kitsap County today at (360) 373-1290. We are here for you.

Which Restoration Company do Landlords Use for Damp Spots in Building Hallways?

6/23/2020 (Permalink)

water damage property To maintain a healthy building and avoid expensive costs further down the line.

When Damp Spots Occur in your Mount Vernon Tenement, Use SERVPRO for Commercial Water Damage Restoration

How Does Damp Occur in a Building?

Tenement building in Mount Vernon can undergo significant stress during their lifetime, resulting in slow leaks or insulation deficiencies. As the owner of these blocks, you may notice damp spots yourself or receive notification from tenants and leaseholders. To ensure that you maintain good relationships with your clients, and protect your building, use a commercial water restoration service. Damp spots can lead to further issues down the line if the problem does not receive due care and attention. Our water restoration technicians have experience working with commercial landlords and can isolate the cause of dampness in your building. Once the source of moisture is under control, we can mitigate losses and restore any affected materials.

Is concrete adversely affected by moisture?

Sheetrock and concrete construction materials can crack or form fissures when there is exposure to water damage in your Mount Vernon building. These cracks can lead to mold growth or, over more extended periods, affect the building's structural integrity. Sometimes the root cause of cracking in a wall is tough to locate without using advanced water detection equipment. Our technicians place moisture sensors directly onto the surface of damp walls, floors, and surfaces, which provide a temperature reading. Using these readings, our team can assess where water may be residing and perform the necessary steps to reduce any lasting damages.

How do you dry concrete?

    •    Place a dehumidifier close to walls to ensure that the surrounding humidity remains low
    •    Drill small holes into the wall to allow circulation into the cavity
    •    Utilize advanced structural drying equipment like drying mats and Injectidry systems to remove moisture from the inner wall

To maintain a healthy building and avoid expensive costs further down the line. Contact SERVPRO of Skagit County at (360) 873-8744 for commercial water restoration.

How Can I Dry Up Water Losses Quickly in My Mount Vernon Gym?

6/17/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO warehouse with drying equipment SERVPRO has the equipment and experts to your business needs after a water incident occurs.

Standing water and excessive moisture can lead to hazardous conditions in your gym, so our professionals can help with efficient and effective extraction and drying solutions. 

No matter how water losses originated in your Mount Vernon gym, how you respond to this emergency can make the difference in how much this disaster ultimately costs. For businesses like yours, the most considerable losses happen when the structure must remain shut down to allow for restoration and recovery efforts to occur. Because we recognize how water losses can devastate your gym, we work to take whatever possible steps exist to keep your doors open to your members during the restoration the building needs. 

From addressing standing water concerns to utilizing multiple drying tools, our professionals take direct actions against water damage in your Mount Vernon gym. Because of the expensive equipment throughout the main areas of your structure, as well as the costly flooring material to reduce the shock on joints during cardio, we begin our restoration of your gym with a thorough assessment of the damage and the spread of water loss effects. 

What are the Benefits of Pre-Job Assessments? 

In nearly all of the restoration jobs that our SERVPRO team undertakes, we ensure that all of our technicians and specialists are on the same page. Through a process known as job scoping, we can compile several pieces of critical information about the current water loss and determine what personnel and equipment are necessary to make a difference. There are specific benefits to allowing this evaluation to occur before much of the mitigation or restoration processes, and these include: 

  • Current Conditions - The most direct benefit of a pre-mitigation assessment of the property is a determination of the existing damages to the gym. These are the immediate conditions that must get addressed. 
  • Content Assessment - With several valuable pieces of equipment throughout the facility, our content management team can determine which of these units is in harm's way. If machines can get relocated or protected from migrating water, this can save time and money during the restoration phases. 
  • Documentation for Insurance - Because many commercial structures like yours would lean on their insurance policies to help absorb some of the costs of this restoration, this pre-job scoping process compiles the needed documentation for these insurance adjusters to approve damage claims. 

How Can I Remove Trapped Water in My Gym Floor? 

Some of the most significant investments that you make in your gym is in its flooring materials. Whether you go with a rollout rubber mat floor style or textured soft tiling, it is sturdy and built to last. Ideally, our responding technicians focus on addressing these moisture concerns in the flooring as soon as possible to protect this investment. Some of the tools or processes that might be a part of this include: 

  • Air MoversHigh-velocity portable turbine units blast air to specific points where moisture and dampness are concerns. If water has moved beyond the surface, centrifugal units can get directed against the subflooring. 
  • Drying Mats - Drying these flooring materials can sometimes prove successful with the use of our floor mat drying system. These mats draw steady moisture from the affected material, which can get continually monitored with surface moisture meters. 
  • Controlled Demolition - In some cases where water damage is too widespread or flooring materials have begun to warp and distort with oversaturation, controlled demolition is the only suitable solution. Our in-house contractors can remove only the damaged portions of flooring to make reinstallation more efficient and less costly. 

How Can I Be Sure the Problem is Gone? 

There are many concerns that business owners have from a disaster, even after restoration work completes. You want assurances that the money invested in drying out the gym was well-spent and that worse conditions do not await you in the immediate future. We have several tools and devices that can provide that peace of mind by showing you the extent of our drying efforts. Also, we can ensure that we have successfully addressed the cause of the water damage so that this same situation does not threaten your gym again. We utilize several strategies to give you peace of mind after restoration, including:

With effective containment, it is possible to keep your doors open in a limited capacity while restoration and drying complete. If not, we can work around the clock to get your doors back open as soon as possible "Like it never even happened." Give our SERVPRO of Skagit County team a call today at (360) 873-8744. 

Can My Mount Vernon Kitchen Be Restored From a Cooking Fire?

6/9/2020 (Permalink)

fire damage in home Fire damage can be very tricky when it comes time to restore your home back. Call the team of professional from SERVPRO in Mount Vernon.

SERVPRO Can Clean and Restore Damage Done by Kitchen Fires Using Specialized Equipment and Cleaning Agents

Kitchen fires may not do as much damage as large fires but can still leave you with a mess in your Mount Vernon kitchen. Odors can quickly spread. Residue gets left on walls, ceilings, and appliances and needs removed. Our emergency mitigation handles the fire restoration necessary in your Mount Vernon home. We leave your kitchen, “Like it never even happened.”

Do I need a professional cleaner for a cooking fire?

Cooking fires in a Mount Vernon home differ from other kinds of fires. When proteins, such as meat, catch fire, the kitchen becomes coated in a fine mist invisible to the eye. These soot particles can ruin porous surfaces and leave nasty odors. There are several steps SERVPRO accredited Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) technicians follow when dealing with fire damage like this.

  • Inspect the area – this determines how far the soot and smoke have extended into the home.
  • Identify residue – more than one type of residue can exist and can call for different cleaning methods.
  • Identify surface types – different cleaning agents are used depending on the type of surface. Wooden cabinets are different than metal stoves or curtains.
  • Remove residue – capturing and cleaning the residue. A combination of wet and dry cleaning may be required depending on how the residue has bonded with the surface.

Is Fire Loss Mitigation is Crucial?

Cleaning your walls and ceilings yourself may sound like a good idea, but using the wrong cleaning material can lead to further damage. Our IICRC technicians use the proper agents to restore surfaces and tackle other problems that can occur as well.

  • Airborne particulates – air scrubbers may need to be used.
  • Immersion Cleaning – cleans non-porous items with smoke or soot damage
  • Neutralizing odors – includes thermal fogging, and hydroxyl generators

 Fire restoration is what we do best. Contact SERVPRO of Skagit County at (360) 873-8744. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Why Should I Get Professional Help to Clean My Carpets After a Water Leak in my Mount Vernon Home?

5/29/2020 (Permalink)

Woman in wellington boots on flooded floor We make it, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO Has the Knowledge and Professional Equipment to Help You Quickly in Mount Vernon

Even after a minor water leak in Mount Vernon, there may be extensive damage to your carpet, especially if the moisture under the carpet pads was not detected immediately. Our professionals come in, assess the situation, address the loss, and mitigate any further damage from happening, such as warped floorboards or mold growth.

What Does SERVPRO Use to Get Rid of the Water From my Carpet?

Our Technicians Use Extraction and Drying Equipment to Clear Away Excess Moisture
Our IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) technicians use best practices to deal with the water damage in your Mount Vernon home. They typically extract all standing water with portable or truck-mounted extraction equipment before going about treating and cleaning the carpet. Technicians remove the pad underneath the carpet and usually replace it.

After Extraction, What Do SERVPRO Technicians Do to Treat and Clean the Carpet?

    •    They treat the surfaces of the carpet, first checking to ensure there is no mold or damage.
    •    Use deodorizers and antimicrobial cleaners to treat the flooring and carpet backing.
    •    After putting the carpet back down, treat the front of the carpet with the same deodorizers and antimicrobials.
    •    Extract more water if needed.

After technicians treat the carpets and flooring underneath, they set about the task of thoroughly drying the room. They place air-movers around the room to forcefully push airflow over surfaces. While air movers work, dehumidifiers pull moisture out of the air and exhaust warmer air, causing the carpet to dry more quickly. Using our professional services promotes more thorough restoration in a shorter amount of time than if you were to attempt it on your own.

For premium restoration services, Contact SERVPRO of Skagit County at (360) 873-8744. We make it, “Like it never even happened.”

Cleaning Your Mount Vernon Business Is More Important Now Than It’s Ever Been

5/24/2020 (Permalink)

male spraying a white desk and wiping with a yellow rag in an office Your regular cleaning staff works hard already. We are here if you need a little more help.

SERVPRO of Skagit County Offers a Helping Hand During Challenging Times

Whether you have an essential business or your business is currently not operating, consider SERVPRO if you are considering bringing in extra help to provide cleaning services. Our team in Skagit County wants you to know that you are not alone learning how to reduce the chances of spreading the virus. You can count on the fact that as a leader in the cleaning and restoration industry, we have the training and expertise required to provide emergency and disaster services in Vernon.

Here to Service Essential Businesses

Our SERVPRO team is here to support Mount Vernon and all of Skagit County. We are so grateful for the essential services you are offering in our community to help maintain the health and safety of our residents. A vital service, too, our team is available to conduct deep cleaning operations in Mount Vernon around your schedule. 

Recognized by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, our crew knows how to properly clean up and apply a disinfectant to all surfaces in your business. We focus on touchpoints, including countertops, doorknobs, light switches, handles, and drawer pulls. To improve air quality, we deploy high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) scrubbers that can trap 99.97 percent of the particles in an indoor environment.

When you need us, we are here to help you. Call SERVPRO of Skagit County at (360) 873-8744 to talk to us about how we can be of service.

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