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Issues Commonly Left in Mount Vernon Homes by Water Damage

3/20/2023 (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

3/20/2023 (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

3/20/2023 (Permalink)

uipment 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.”

Water Restoration Helps Resolve Any Size Disaster in Mount Vernon

3/17/2023 (Permalink)

water damaged floor in  laundry room Call SERVPRO for rapid water removal to mitigate the damage. For our Mount Vernon neighbors, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Your Floors Need Timely Water Restoration Services

SERVPRO works with families in Mount Vernon by using time-tested water restoration techniques. No matter where a water leak happens inside your residence, the floor in the immediate area can get completely soaked.

Slow leaks and sudden gushers are both bad news for your property, but the ability of a slow leak to sneak up on you can mean increased water damage to your home in Mount Vernon. Our targeted water restoration methods help save our customers money, time, and aggravation while eliminating the damaged areas inside their dwellings.

We must work quickly to restore the floors inside your house after being saturated with water. Here are some types of damage you might discover and how our restoration technicians handle such situations:

  • Rippling of carpeting,
  • Deteriorating underlay, and
  • Warping of wood floors.

Ripples in your carpeted floors can lead to trip and fall injuries and other unwanted situations. Waviness and unevenness in the carpet's surface occur because damp carpeting stretches more easily than dry carpeting.

Deterioration because water is soaking into the underlay can cause soft spots to develop. Normal shifting within your home's framework can tear open this now-weakened area. Small holes provide vermin new access points to your home's interior from crawlspaces. Insulation and wiring can also become exposed. Softened areas in front of cabinets can slowly let the weight of the unit collapse further, increasing restoration costs.

When water invades an area with wood flooring, some types are more fragile than others. Traditional wooden planks fare the best, while the glue within wooden parquet flooring rapidly disintegrates and leaves a puzzle-like mess. This second type of damage is rarely restorable and instead requires new flooring. Traditional wood flooring needs little restoration work beyond minor sanding and refinishing.

You can reach SERVPRO of Skagit and Island Counties at (360) 873-8744 when you need restoration services that protect your home.

SERVPRO Is Mount Vernon’s Expert Fire Damage Restoration Firm

2/19/2023 (Permalink)

a fire damaged hallway with soot covering the walls When fire damage affects your home, it’s time to bring in certified technicians who have the training and access to equipment to get the job done.

Excellent Fire Damage Restoration in Mount Vernon

Knowing what to do is half the battle when completing fire damage remediation projects in Mount Vernon. Understanding what factors determine the speed and effectiveness of cleanup efforts is crucial. Of course, employing the best restoration procedures is also essential to doing quality work. Fortunately, SERVPRO has the requisite knowledge to get your job done right.

With several years of experience performing fire damage restoration work in Mount Vernon, SERVPRO can often help you recover from a fire-related event more quickly than other local firms. Our professional fire damage restoration crews routinely complete extensive house fire clean up projects, remediate even the worst smoke damage, and deal with every aspect of the fire restoration process. One of the key parts of this process is fire residue cleanup. In order to do this step most effectively, SERVPRO technicians:

  • Determine which chemical reactions, like bleaching or dissolution, are best for each situation
  • Use heat to speed up the necessary reactions involved in residue removal efforts
  • Dislodge residue particles quickly with various kinds of agitation
  • Take the requisite time to clean and deodorize impacted materials and spaces

The specific ways we perform these actions are:

  • Examining your home, beginning where the fire started and moving toward the furthest reaches of the damage, to determine what has been impacted and the severity of impact
  • Classifying fire-related deposits and affected surfaces to determine the best cleaning methods to employ
  • Removing fire residues from materials with innovative, abrasive, wet, or dry methods 
  • Thoroughly treating and deodorizing surfaces with foggers and injection devices for the necessary amount of time
  • Professionally disposing of residential blaze-related debris in government and industry-approved ways

With this in mind, remember that SERVPRO of Skagit and Island Counties is always here whenever you need fire damage restoration work done on your residence. Call us anytime at (360) 873-8744 for fast and effective assistance.

SERVPRO Offers Premier Mold Removal in Mount Vernon

1/22/2023 (Permalink)

mold growing on the ceiling in the corner of a room Dealing with mold by yourself can be quite overwhelming. Contact SERVPRO to help you during this difficult time. Our technicians are standing by 24/7.

Mold Removal Is Safe and Effective in Mount Vernon Homes with SERVPRO

Spotting mold growing in a damp, dark part of your home is a sign that you need professionals to get things under control. If mold removal from your Mount Vernon home does not happen fast, the contamination can spread extensively, making it harder to contain and restore. 

SERVPRO techs use IICRC S520 guidelines during mold removal from your Vernon home to ensure that the process is safe, effective, and quick. We use scientific and proven methods during restorative cleaning to get the mold levels back to preloss condition. 

Cleaning Methods Used by Mold Specialists 

Rather than relying on a single cleaning method, SERVPRO techs use the best methods for a given situation. Techs analyze the material involved, extent, and location of mold before deciding on any cleaning method. In many cases, SERVPRO restorers often use a combination of these methods to improve the efficiency of the process. 

The most commonly used mold cleaning methods include the following-

    • Air-based methods: HEPA-vacuuming and air-washing are air-based methods to clean mold damage. As there is a high potential for aerosolization of the contamination, SERVPRO techs use strict engineering controls when using this method. 
    • Liquid-based methods: Rely on the cleansing property of water containing a detergent cleaner with a physical or mechanical cleaning process to dislodge the fungal contamination. 
  • Abrasive methods: Sanding, scraping, and abrasive media blasting fall under this category. SERVPRO techs are extremely cautious when using this method, as it can aerosolize the contamination. 

Controlled Demolition 

In some situations, SERVPRO techs might need controlled demolition to expose hidden contamination, especially behind walls. Whenever deemed necessary, we always brief the customer about the benefits and risks of the process so they can make an informed decision. 

Call SERVPRO of Skagit and Island Counties at (360) 873-8744; We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

The Key to Mount Vernon Basement Water Damage Restoration

12/22/2022 (Permalink)

storm damaged bathroom SERVPRO provides top-quality storm damage restoration services. We are ready at a moment's notice.

Water Damage Restoration After Flooding

Basements can be a typical place to see storm and flood damage. Water restoration services focus on mitigative strategies to remove standing water and protect contents.

Clearing Deep Floodwater

Basements can be one of the most heavily impacted areas of a house for flood damage, so water damage restoration for Mount Vernon properties must begin fast when these disasters occur. Before many other mitigative strategies can begin, SERVPRO must remove surface water with the largest extractors in our inventory, like truck-mount pumps and trash pump units capable of handling water with debris.

Removing Water with Light Extraction Tools

Deep extraction might be the priority, but that can only be successful in taking water damage to roughly two inches of pooling. Beyond this point, less powerful and continually primed units like wet vacuums and light wands must take over the process. This extraction phase is decisively slower but offers restoration professionals more control over where this extraction occurs and areas requiring more attention.

Moisture Damage Discovery and Drying

Standing water is not the full measure of the threat to your basement after floodwater infiltrates this house level. We must also determine what materials have become impacted by migrating moisture. If contamination is a concern, porous elements in contact with the moving water must be removed and replaced. Damp features can also be tracked and dried using a combination of tools like:

  • Heaters
  • Air movers
  • Moisture monitoring devices
  • Desiccant dehumidifiers

Overcoming Environmental Moisture 

While it can be enough of a process to remove standing surface water and dry or remove impacted materials, we must also focus on water removal for the environment. Lingering moisture is sure to facilitate mold growth after flooding, so we must work to limit excessive moisture damage by using dehumidifiers, heaters, and hygrometers. 

Water damage restoration is critical after flooding. There is an urgency to clear floodwater before greater harm results from exposures and contaminants. We utilize multiple tools and approaches to regulating this threat. Give SERVPRO of Skagit and Island Counties team a call today at (360) 873-8744.

Water Removal by Our Large Loss Team in Mount Vernon

11/15/2022 (Permalink)

Drying Wood Floors Don’t let your property be a victim of water damage, SERVPRO of Skagit and Island Counties is only a call away.

Providing Various Water Removal in Offices 

Water can impact a business like office space in several ways, requiring several types of removal and moisture management needs. When the Large Loss SERVPRO team responds to emergencies, we work quickly to tackle these extraction and water removal expectations like:

  • Pooling surface water 
  • Trapped moisture
  • Humidity

Mounted Extractor Units

When many consider the direct means of water removal for Mount Vernon offices and shops, the elimination of surface pooling is one of the earliest obstacles. Little can be done to restore or recover a structure until the responding professionals have addressed its standing water concerns. Whether flooding or burst pipes, one of the most effective means of removing pooling water in the building is with a truck-mount extractor. These are ideal for water damage over several inches, and the units supply the most powerful production of any extractor in our inventory. 

Trailered Generators

Generators are an important part of the water removal process as well. Nearly all of the equipment needed for moisture management in a structure runs on electricity, which might not be readily available after a significant disaster. Our trailered generator provides portable power supplied through several spider boxes in convenient locations for ample temporary power solutions. 

Large-Scale Humidity Management

Humidity is another concern for the office, especially considering the likelihood of mold and microbial development without moisture regulation. Because of the magnitude of the humid area to be addressed and manipulated, large-scale dehumidification is necessary. We have trailered desiccant dehumidifiers to manage humidity in multiple spaces in the office simultaneously and to exhaust dry, warm air back into the structure through quick-connect hosing. 

Understanding the necessary equipment used by our Large Loss team for water removal in Mount Vernon office buildings can help you appreciate our trusted team when disasters strike. Give our SERVPRO of Skagit and Island Counties team a call today at (360) 873-8744.

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.