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How Does SERVPRO Clean Surfaces with Mold Damage in Mount Vernon Properties

1/4/2022 (Permalink)

heavy mold growth on wall along baseboard SERVPRO goes to the root cause of your mold infestation so that we can properly remediate the issue.

SERVPRO Technicians Treat Mount Vernon Structures Requiring Professional Mold Remediation

It is vital to clean surfaces during mold remediation in Mount Vernon to inhibit the mold from returning. The key to success is that the article and surface getting cleaned needs to withstand the application. Porous objects such as sheetrock generally have a poor outcome for cleaning if mold colonies are present on the surface. 

SERVPRO provides professional mold damage mitigation in Mount Vernon residential properties. When mold is suspected but not visible through visual inspections, the technicians turn to their advanced equipment. Infrared cameras are beneficial for finding collections of moisture behind walls that can also harbor mold colonies. While the cameras do not detect moisture, they can show blue areas within wall cavities that are a valuable indication of collections of humidity. Sheetrock with mold typically requires removal as it becomes deteriorated from the colonies on it and the constant exposure to moisture. 

Another issue the technicians tackle during a remediation service is determining the root cause of the mold infestation. SERVPRO's Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC) certified techs carefully inspect the property to determine what allows the increased air moisture levels to sustain the mold. Frequently seen problems that can lead to an infestation include slow leaks, poor ventilation, and appliance malfunctions. 

Common Mold Removal Methods

The technicians use different methods for getting rid of the dried matter left behind after drying existing mold colonies. 

  • Manual scraping by hand
  • Soda or ice blasting
  • Sponge blasting for surfaces that cannot tolerate removal by other methods

SERVPRO of Skagit County at (360) 873-8744 stands ready to assist Mount Vernon properties with any size or type of mold damage infestation. The trained technicians use professional methods to treat and clean the house to make it "Like it never even happened."

How Can Mount Vernon Properties Avoid Frozen Pipes and Ice Damming?

12/21/2021 (Permalink)

drawing of man bundled in winter clothing trying to thaw a frozen pipe with a hairdryer Be sure and winterize your home and pipes. An once of prevention can go a long way in deterring water damage.

SERVPRO Routinely Assists Mount Vernon Homeowners with Winter Water Damage Cleanup 

Mount Vernon homes are susceptible to winter water damage that, in many cases, can be limited if not prevented. The best time to winterize a home is in the fall to avoid the costly situation of a pipe freeze or roofing issues. 

SERVPRO has some recommendations for Mount Vernon homeowners to win against frozen pipes and ice dams. One of the best ways to handle this project is to get organized. Creating a checklist of areas to pay attention to inside and outside the home can make the winterization of the house easy. 

Checking Outside the Home

A roof leak can quickly turn into thousands of dollars of damages in a home. Some of the most common situations leading to this type of water damage are:

  • Ice dams forming on the gutters
  • Shingles damaged by ice 
  • Clogged gutters causing backflow

Gutters are Key to Avoiding Ice Dams

The gutters on a home get clogged with dirt, debris, pine needles, and leaves. If water flow gets restricted, snow and ice can build up on the gutters. The weight of this can cause them to pull away from the structure. Worse, when the snow melts on a roof due to lack of insulation in an attic, the water running down and hits the ice, and snow on top of gutters can cause backflow under shingles and enter the property. 

Inspecting a Roof Safely

Homeowners can inspect their roofs without climbing on a ladder. Using a pair of binoculars, homeowners can look for cracked or missing shingles. If damage is found or suspected, SERVPRO techs can inspect the areas that may need attention, such as the flashing around chimneys, skylights, and roof valleys. A proactive review can pinpoint regions likely to have ice damming issues and minimize the potential. 

Frozen Pipe Prevention

Winterizing sprinkler systems and outside lines is important by bleeding the pipes and shutting off the interior valves. Wrapping faucets with Thinsulate can help avoid a pipe burst when freezing temps hit. 

SERVPRO of Skagit County at (360) 873-8744 helps local Mount Vernon property owners avoid winter water damage from frozen pipes and ice damming through prevention. The technicians are available for cleanup and restoration 24/7.

Why Does IICRC-Certification Matter for Mount Vernon Homes?

12/17/2021 (Permalink)

IICRC Logo Our team is highly trained to restore your home 24/7 so call us right away to prevent further damage.

This industry affiliation is a standard of excellence and knowledge for restoration services.

As one of the developers for the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) who professional restorers abide by, the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) offers its certification seal to specific restoration and recovery firms meeting set guidelines.

Becoming Accredited with the IICRC

The affiliations as an IICRC-Certified firm show potential customers that the team's technicians represent the highest levels of technical and industry expertise to help. Not only are professionals of our roster required to achieve individual IICRC accreditation but adhere to a clear code of ethics for customer satisfaction and quality assurance.

The professionals of our roster are encouraged to continue their education through the IICRC with coursework, training, and certifications to remain current with the latest in standards and best practices in the field. They continue to operate under the stringent standard of care expected of institute-affiliated companies.

When disasters strike, choose the IICRC-Certified SERVPRO of Skagit County team to help by calling (360) 873-8744.

Who Can Help if I Find Attic Mold in my Anacortes Home?

10/27/2021 (Permalink)

Got mold? SERVPRO mold remediation technicians use the latest technology and equipment for every size disaster.

SERVPRO Has Mold Specialists in Anacortes

Fungi are present pretty much everywhere in nature. The outdoors contains several species, but if a fungus starts to grow in your house, it could cause you several problems. A mold only needs an organic food source, moisture, the ideal temperature, and time to develop. Unfortunately, places in your home that you don't go into very often are prime places for fungal growth. Areas like your attic are common places for mold since most people don't enter their attic daily.

During most mold remediation projects in Anacortes, our SERVPRO technicians find that a small, slow leak can be the source of moisture. Therefore, a small leak in your roof could cause mold to grow in your attic. Elevated humidity levels could also provide enough water for mold to grow on your roof trusses or the other side of your ceiling. Since attics mostly contain your wood trusses and insulation, they can become prime food sources for fungi. Once a mold forms in your attic, it can quickly spread into the entire area.

Mold can cause health effects; it is wise to call the mold specialists at SERVPRO for help with remediation. If the remediation process is not conducted correctly, the mold could spread to previously unaffected areas or come back after attempted remediation. To prevent spores from spreading or the fungus returning, we can provide the following:

  • Black Mold Remediation
  • Bathroom Mold Remediation
  • Attic Mold Remediation
  • Basement Mold Remediation
  • Mold Inspections
  • Black Mold Damage Repairs

If all of the wood in your attic is affected, we can take steps like sanding or sandblasting to remove it from the surface. Then we can apply a sealant paint like Killz to the wood to prevent future fungal formations.

If you suspect there could be mold in your attic, it is wise to call SERVPRO of Skagit County at (360) 873-8744.

SERVPRO Protects Your Belongings from Flood Damage in Mount Vernon Homes

9/29/2021 (Permalink)

Storm clouds; lightning seen in storm clouds Storms and flooding can happen at any time. Don't go it alone. Call SERVPRO!

Preventing Water Damage and Contamination is Vital for the Contents of Mount Vernon Homes After a Flood

While post-flooding recovery focuses on removing standing water and surface cleaning, protecting personal belongings caught in the destruction path is vital. We have cleaning technicians capable of responding fast with mitigative strategies designed to protect what matters most. 

On-Site Relocation Services Protect Contents

The steps taken to protect personal belongings exposed to flood damage in Mount Vernon homes begin with the efforts to relocate these items to safe places on the property. Higher points in the house unexposed to infiltrating water damage can provide the ideal conditions to store contents and furniture safely until flood restoration completes. 

Preventing Contamination and Microbial Growth 

Contaminants are a substantial concern for flooded homes and businesses, and this exposure can permanently damage the affected contents. Specific cleaning practices and products can lessen the severity of these conditions to remove threatening microbes, pathogens, and harmful solids. Some of these methods include:

  • Aggressive surface cleaning
  • Antimicrobial products
  • Sporicidal products
  • Disinfection cleaners

Pack-Out Services for At-Risk Items

When on-site cleaning is not sufficient for the affected items, a pack-out can be the next logical step- taking these damaged items to our nearby SERVPRO facility for focused cleaning, drying, and safe storage. When cleaning and remediation are complete in the flooded house, these belongings get returned to their original positions. 

After a flood loss situation, cleaning up often means focusing on necessary actions to prevent irreparable harm to personal belongings and contents. Protecting what matters most to the customer is a product of several mitigative steps taken when our SERVPRO of Skagit County team arrives. We are ready 24/7 to help after flood emergencies at (360) 873-8744.

Mold Removal in a Mount Vernon Home Is Not a DIY Project

8/28/2021 (Permalink)

mold growing by a window Discovered a recent mold infestation in your home? Contact Team SERVPRO right away to investigate the extent and remediate the mold damage.

Trust SERVPRO for Mold Removal if you Live in Mount Vernon

Mold infestations can happen to any homeowner in Mount Vernon. The age of the home, leaks, and the weather can all contribute to creating a hospitable home for mold spores to grow. Mold remediation, however, is not for just anyone to tackle. As easy as it may look, mold removal goes beyond wiping down a surface with a store-bought solution. In reality, it requires expert assessment and intervention to avoid an escalation of the problem.

In Mount Vernon, call our mold removal team at SERVPRO for the best advice. When you reach our 24-hour line, you gain access to a group of experts trained to understand the repercussion of mold growth in your home. We also count on the best equipment and techniques in mold remediation, all focused on its removal and preventing a recurrence. To achieve our goal, we focus on the following throughout our work:

  • Addressing the source of the problem, namely the cause of increased humidity and other factors that make your home a suitable environment for mold growth.
  • Separating unaffected areas from your home by creating physical barriers and interrupting any house-wide ventilation that helps mold spores travel freely through your house.
  • Attacking mold colonies by soda blasting or sanding them. We follow their elimination with anti-microbial solutions to discourage future growth.

Once mold growth blemishes an area greater than ten-foot square, please consider professional assistance. Many homeowners pay more in the long run when demolitions and build backs are needed after an unsuccessful mold remediation.

It doesn’t matter how mold made it into your home; SERVPRO of Skagit County is here to help eliminate it. Call us at (360) 873-8744 and let our staff help protect you from the undesirable consequences of mold in your home.

Can Emergency Services and Water Damage Mitigation Help Anacortes Homes?

3/21/2021 (Permalink)

a puddle of water on wood floor Make sure that the water damage remediation company that you hire has the equipment to do the job right. Contact SERVPRO immediately.

Our fast response to Anacortes properties can get vital mitigation efforts started quickly.

A fast response is essential to protect homes during water damage restoration. Our experienced team can provide a knowledgeable presence to protect your home and its belongings for:

  • Water damage remediation
  • Burst pipes
  • Ceiling leaks 
  • Basement flooding
  • Emergency services water damage
  • Flood restoration

What Emergency Services Water Damage Helps Anacortes Homes?

When you consider water damage restoration in Anacortes properties, the first initial stages are often the most critical for restoring the house and keeping its occupants safe. Emergency services water damage encompasses the entirety of our mitigation steps, beginning as soon as our SERVPRO team arrives for water damage restoration. One of the most prominent of these actions is water removal services.

What Tools Are Best for Extraction and Water Removal Services?

Standing water presents the most direct damage possibilities to your home or business following situations like burst pipes or ceiling leaks. Because absorption is a considerable threat to high porosity materials like flooring and drywall, removing any pooling should be a priority. Our SERVPRO team utilizes multiple tools and instruments in the extraction and water removal services process. Success in this venture reduces out-of-pocket expenses for customers, and the time water damage restoration ultimately takes. Some of the equipment used in this process includes:

Is Content Relocation Needed After Basement Flooding?

Protecting your personal belongings is a priority of responding technicians during water damage restoration. To many homeowners, the state of their items and possessions can often carry more weight than the structure itself. We fixate on the most direct cleaning practices after water damage events, which begin with determining if personal belongings are within the damage path of migrating moisture. On-site relocation can often resolve these potential issues before irreparable damage occurs. Content relocation can also happen to our nearby SERVPRO facility for focused cleaning, drying, and storage. Once water damage restoration occurs, we can return these removed items to your home in their original positions.

How Does Controlled Demolition Help After Burst Pipes?

Burst pipes and basement flooding can both be almost immediately overwhelming and damaging. Directly exposed materials can begin to absorb the standing water immediately, compromising their integrity and allowing for deterioration. To combat this, our SERVPRO team must determine where and if controlled demolition is necessary. Our general contractor license can allow for a more significant number of specific services involving repairs and rebuilding a property after a water damage event. Repairs to the plumbing, interior walls, flooring, and ceiling materials can often follow:

  • Burst pipes
  • Ceiling leaks 
  • Cracked fixtures
  • Basement flooding

Because water damage restoration can be such a pressing need for homes and businesses in the area, our SERVPRO of Skagit County team stays ready to respond 24/7. We have talented professionals accredited in multiple facets of water damage cleaning, drying, and reconstruction. Give us a call anytime at (360) 873-8744.

Can Mold Removal in a Mount Vernon Home Wait?

3/1/2021 (Permalink)

mold growing on a wall Infested by mold? Call SERVPRO to mitigate the situation and thoroughly remediate the mold 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.”

Mount Vernon Blooms Each Year

2/21/2021 (Permalink)

a puddle of water on the white tile floor Did your home have a water damage incident? Call SERVPRO right away for remediation services. We are available 24/7.

Explore Mount Vernon and its Natural Beauty

Mount Vernon, also known as the City of Tulips, is one of the two main cities in the Mount Vernon- Anacortes area in the state of Washington. It is also the county seat of Skagit County and the Tulip Festival Street Fair host, which happens annually. Many may not realize that the town was once named the Best Small City in America.

Mount Vernon celebrates E.G. English and Harrison Clotheir as its founders and honors George Washington by adopting his plantation's name. Life in this town grew around the Skagit River, and logging was its primary industry. However, it was also the river that stunted its growth. A log jam prevented larger vessels from traveling through it, naturally capping its potential. In the 1880s mine, activity seemed promising, but it was short-lived. It wasn’t until 1891 that the Great Northern Railway built a line through the town that the businesses and population began to boom. Main Street, a courthouse, and a schoolhouse were among the first buildings to cement Mount Vernon as a city.

From its inception, Mount Vernon has been vulnerable to flooding due to its proximity to the Skagit River. When heavy rain causes water levels to rise, city residents find themselves using sandbags and other measures to create a barrier. In 2007, city officials took it a step further by purchasing a mobile floodwall from Norway, making it the first of its kind in the U.S.

Skagit County has some strategic advantages embodied by Mount Vernon as its County Seat. As a whole, the region has a thriving economy centered around manufacturing and agriculture, and maritime activities. Most recently, businesses focused on sustainability, and clean energy have also emerged and are gaining as an economic force. The service industry- mostly tourism and retail- also plays a pivotal role for communities throughout the County. A clear example is Sedron Technology, which focuses on providing clean water to third world countries and is supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Other advantages to living and working in Mount Vernon and its surrounding areas include:

  • Midway point between Seattle and Vancouver
  • Access to several international airports
  • Proximity to world-class higher education

Let Mount Vernon become part of a balanced way of life. Enjoy its beautiful landscapes and thriving economy amidst like-minded neighbors.

Which steps should a homeowner take after water damage?

In a place like Mount Vernon, where water damage is a real possibility, it is reasonable for homeowners to have a safety plan in place. If you find yourself with stormwater coming into your home, enlist the help of our professional staff at SERVPRO. Through our formal training and on-the-job experience, we are familiar with the challenges of extracting water from homes in the area. Our expertise prompts us to arrive at your home with the latest equipment, including:

  • Truck-mounted pumps to remove large volumes of water and allow connectivity to municipal sewage
  • Submersible pumps to install within the home
  • Wand extractors for hard-to-reach crevices

Besides our extraction equipment, our professional team guides you through any specialized drying needs you may have, such as documents and electronics. It is precisely our knowledge base that marks a difference between a short-term fix and a long-term solution.

Call SERVPRO of Skagit County at (360) 873-8744 whenever you face water damage. Our expert team is ready around the clock to work for you.

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.

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.

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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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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Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in Mount Vernon, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Skagit County today at (360) 873-8744 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

Should I Invite A Professional to Remove Water Behind A Mount Vernon Bathtub?

4/7/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician loading restoration equipment into SERVPRO vehicle Each of our vehicles is fully stocked with water restoration equipment. Call us for any of your water damage restoration needs.

SERVPRO Can Help Evaluate Situations that necessitate Water Removal from Your Mount Vernon Home 

In an area like the bathroom where water use is constant, you might not expect water damage since engineers construct the surfaces to contain or withstand high moisture levels. Even when you notice some signs of damage, you might dismiss them as minor and thus procrastinate on finding a solution. Delaying worsens the situation since it lengthens the period of intrusion. 

What problems develop when such intrusion goes unabated?

You should not postpone water removal from your Mount Vernon home for any reason. After all, the cost of confirming whether there is hidden intrusion is not as high as remediating a problem, after waiting until the signs are apparent. A simple intrusion can lead to:

  • The caulk around the bathtub falling off
  • Mold development
  • Damage to wood studs and frames
  • Common wall damage 

What steps does SERVPRO take for effective removal?

Water intrusion in hidden areas presents many challenges. Unlike water spilled in the open, which only requires extraction equipment, the hidden intrusion may require the demolition of the surrounding materials. Such demolition removes deteriorated materials or helps create access points for water extraction equipment. 

Before starting the demolition, our SERVPRO technicians first confirm whether there is water in the bathroom wall cavity. We also confirm the moisture content in the wall materials determining whether to remove or save them through drying. We carry out such checks safely using sophisticated tools such as:

  • Thermal cameras
  • Borescopes
  • Moisture meters

Depending on the results, we can punch vent holes and use cavity-drying equipment for water removal. We can also demolish the entire area to access the water and replace all the materials destroyed by the intrusion. 

A seemingly minor water intrusion can lead to complicated issues during restoration. Call SERVPRO of Skagit County at (360) 873-8744 to help. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

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Water Removal in Mount Vernon

2/29/2020 (Permalink)

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Proper Management of Water Removal Process in Mount Vernon

Water loss incidents can happen at any time, 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 in many ways to deal with the problems that arise.

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.  One way SERVPRO ensures quick response is by having customer service on call 24 hours a day. Apart from dispatching the restoration crew immediately, the support staff also gives useful 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 minimize 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 a huge variety of 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 happens in stages. A clear understanding of these processes helps ensure the response is appropriately structured to address any issue that arises. 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 is different 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.”

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Water Cleanup in Mount Vernon

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged home Each water loss situation in Anacortes, Sedro Woolley, and Burlington is unique.

Thorough Water Cleanup in Mount Vernon to Ensure Sanitary Conditions

Water may be the most well-known cleaning agent, but uncontrolled spills lead to soiling and deterioration of contents or materials in a house. It is crucial to carry out thorough cleaning after such an incident in your property. When correctly done, cleaning can achieve several goals, including restoring sanitary conditions in the affected areas.

Discouraging microbial growth
The likelihood of microbial growth and mold is high after water intrusion. When carried out properly, water cleanup exercises in Mount Vernon can help nip such proliferation at the bud. Our SERVPRO technicians ensure this by using cleaning agents with antimicrobial properties or applying such agents on the cleaned surfaces. For example, after cleaning carpets, we apply the antimicrobial agents on the backing of the carpet and on the floor surface where it is laid. Antimicrobial agents stop or limit microbial development.

Stain removal and prevention
Intruding water affects materials and contents in different ways. Fabrics materials such as carpets, draperies, and upholstery items can stain easily because of running dyes or residues deposit by the water on these materials. Our SERVPRO technicians take various steps to fight stains. Inspecting the affected materials helps establish their properties to ensure the cleaning agents used do not react with them, causing stains. If we notice any stains, we remove them promptly to prevent them from setting.

Removing stubborn residues
Water can soak up residues such as dust in the house, leaving stubborn soiling on items. Alternatively, if the leaking water is not from a clean source, it might contain dissolved residues, which it transfers to the areas it affects. Removing such residues takes effort, including considerable levels of agitation. Our SERVPRO technicians use sophisticated tools, including rotating brushes and power washers, to remove such residues.

Each water loss situation in Anacortes, Sedro Woolley, and Burlington is unique. Call SERVPRO of Skagit County at (360) 873-8744 to help perform the appropriate cleanup exercise to restore sanitary conditions making it, “Like it never even happened.”

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How to Handle Every Damage Situation in Mount Vernon With Ease By Calling SERVPRO

10/31/2019 (Permalink)

extensive mold damage on a drop ceiling Don't let mold send you packing! Contact SERVPRO to evaluate the situation and remediate any damage.

The Advanced Guide to Damage Remediation Services in Mount Vernon

Through a blend of honesty, hard work, and advancements in the technology of restoration services, our SERVPRO team has become a trusted name for Mount Vernon homes and businesses over more than a decade. Skagit County properties experience damaging effects of fire, storm, mold, and water losses. Our professionals have training and accreditations through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to become knowledgeable assets of our growing brand.

Fire

Cleaning is one of the strong suits of our fire recovery team. As challenging as fire loss effects can be in Mount Vernon homes or businesses, we have a full division of qualified employees that can help. Through the application of modern restoration techniques and cutting-edge tools and equipment designed for deodorization, cleaning, and residue removal, we can make more fire emergencies “Like it never even happened.” 

Our SERVPRO team focuses on caring for the contents of your Mount Vernon home, beginning the moment that we arrive. Soot and other particulates can threaten your belongings swiftly, so our contents department can work to protect these possessions right away. As much as possible, our team works to restore these items on-site and return them to their original location. If the effects are too severe, we might pack-out belongings to our nearby facility for cleaning and storage instead.

Part of providing our customers with the full-service experience after fire damage in Mount Vernon homes is offering reconstruction and repair. Fires can quickly cripple structural elements, and part of returning your property to preloss condition hinges on controlled demolition, debris removal, repairs, and even full-scale reconstruction of destroyed areas.

Storm

As part of the Pacific Northwest, our communities remain susceptible to the severe weather that we can experience both from our neighbor to the north and what hits the west coast from the Pacific Ocean. These powerful weather events can quickly compromise Mount Vernon homes ranging from several feet of heavy snow on roofs to hurricane-strength winds that can break windows and tear off the siding. These situations can be unsettling without a plan, but our SERVPRO team is here to help.

Flooding is an unfortunate effect of structural breaches and prolonged rainfall typical to Washington. With this threat looming for many properties, our professionals have developed fast response plans that have our IICRC-Certified Water Restoration Technicians (WRT) and our Applied Structural Drying (ASD) specialists in route and arriving quickly. With our effective mitigation strategies, we can remove standing water and eliminate saturation to Mount Vernon construction materials and contents.

We have a focus on protecting flooded properties from bacteria and microbial growth when possible. The use of sporicides and disinfectants can help us to eliminate threats on contact and reduce the need for material removal if the contamination levels are not at the highest rating. In situations where demolition and build back is necessary, we have a full-service team of general contractors ready and able to help return Mount Vernon homes to pre-flood condition.

Mold

Mold damage in Mount Vernon homes and businesses is a more common threat than many property owners might realize. With the higher humidity levels and excessive rainfall expected throughout the year, homes can easily encounter persistent damp conditions that lead to mold production. Our objective as a remediation team is not only to remove the colonies discovered on the property but to provide lasting solutions that prevent similar recurrences in the future.

As with any mold situation, containment is one of the first steps to protecting your property and its occupants from the effects of colonization. Mold can emit volatile organic compounds (VOC) that can exasperate respiratory problems for those exposed and lead to other detrimental health effects without the appropriate intervention. By containing the damaged area, we can regulate the concentration of spore activity and begin filtering out threats as our team works inside the zone to remove the mold colonies spreading in your Mount Vernon residence.

Debris removal and controlled demolition are both effective processes that can reduce the concentration of harmful particulates and debris circulating. Through the oversight of our licensed contractors, we can remove damaged portions of drywall and other organic material to make cleaning easier and faster. When remediation completes, these same professionals can perform full-scale build back and reconstruction for recovered Mount Vernon homes.

Water

Much of the success that we have had in the water recovery niche comes from our commitment to the best tools and equipment available in the industry. Our connection with the larger SERVPRO organization warrants us access to the latest machines, cleaning products, and techniques that set our restoration services apart from the competition. Water loss incidents are an everyday concern somewhere in Mount Vernon, and our IICRC-Certified WRTs can help.

We have a firm reliance on the changing scope of technology to bolster our efficiency and productivity addressing water damage in Mount Vernon properties. Because so many parties become involved in the restoration of a home after a loss incident, we have developed unique software exclusive to our brand called DryBook that documents the drying process and milestones that our professionals reach in the restoration of a home. We can also utilize this same information to coordinate efforts with insurance companies and our customers to keep everyone knowledgeable about the process and what is still to come.

Cleaning is a vital element to the work that our team does following a water loss incident, as residues and debris can be a challenging situation to overcome. Much like the personnel that we provide to address the water damage effects and structural drying, we also have IICRC-Certified technicians endorsed for Carpet Cleaning (CCT) and Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning (UFT.) These accreditations help our technicians to address nearly all hurdles in getting you back in your Mount Vernon property as quickly as possible.

Restoration services are not exclusive to one company or another, but when disasters strike, you have a small window of time to make a decision that best for your property. Our SERVPRO of Skagit County restoration specialists can help with a prompt response and confident recovery approach. Give us a call today at (360) 873-8744.

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We Act Fast To Limit More Damage To Your Mount Vernon Home

8/14/2019 (Permalink)

We have state of the art equipment to restore your home 24/7 so call us right away to prevent further damage.

Why SERVPRO Is the Mount Vernon Water Damage Industry Leader

The cause of a water crisis in Mount Vernon can be dramatic or mundane. Regardless of what event exposed building materials or fixtures to excess moisture, the crucial issue is how you respond. A misstep at the onset of a water loss can result in progressive deterioration of structures and secondary damage such as mold growth. Mitigating and remediating the harm water brings requires skill, Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training, experience, and appropriate equipment. 

Expert Assessment and Project Planning

Our focus on hiring and supporting highly-qualified managers and technicians is why we deliver industry-leading results to Mount Vernon homeowners facing water damage emergencies. Because our team continually prepares our response is fast and effective. As our crew lead evaluates the damage done by burst pipes, malfunctioning appliances, negligent overflows, and more, our technicians are poised to implement the plan immediately.

Comprehensively Stocked Service Vehicles

We avoid delays because all the water removal and structural drying equipment needed accompany our IICRC-certified Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRT) to the job site. The signature green trucks our crews drive carry commercial-grade submersible pumps, truck-mounted water extractors, air movers, heaters, dehumidifiers, and power generators. Sensitive probes, meters, and thermal imaging technology help us detect moisture levels and trapped water hidden behind walls or in other recesses. Our team’s expertise with the state of the art equipment is why SERVPRO can halt further damage and begin remediation efforts within minutes of arrival.

Restoration Industry Best Practices Structure Our Response

You can rely on us to follow research-based protocols proven to limit permanent damage to your precious home and its contents. The IICRC is an international standard-setting organization, committed to developing reliable and efficacious responses to even the most challenging water damage scenarios. Adherence to these standards is why SERVPRO delivers consistently successful results.

Dedicated Employees On-Site and at Our Production Facility

Outcomes are better when everyone works well together, why SERVPRO values the team approach. We might recommend a pack-out of water-damaged contents for specialized care while the crew at your home concentrates on water removal and drying. Throughout your water damage recovery project, you can count on our management and office staff representing your best interests with insurance carriers and governmental entities.  

Premium customer service during every step of recovery is why SERVPRO of Skagit County stands head and shoulders over other disaster recovery companies. Call (360) 873-8744 for an assessment and rapid transition from water damaged to “Like it never even happened.”

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Content Restoration

12/15/2018 (Permalink)

CONTENTS RESTORATION

From furniture to antiques to artwork and appliances, we'll treat your treasures with the care they deserve. While some items can be cleaned on-site, in many cases we'll need to inventory, pack out and transport the contents of your property to our state-of-the-art facility to ensure the best care possible.

Key Issues

  • Contents may need to be cleaned off-site
  • Contents inventory
  • Determine replacement and restoration
  • Pack
  • Ozone treatment
  • Cleaning
  • Odor removal
  • Secure
  • Return

Contents Inventory

  • We arrive on-site and inventory all of your personal belongings.
  • We carefully pack all salvable items to transport to our secure warehouse and cleaning facility.
  • Unsalvageable contents are inventoried and discarded.

Contents Valuation

We have trained professionals to help you establish replacement values versus restoration costs. We are also available for pricing of non-salvable inventory items.

Restoration

  • Thorough cleaning
  • Proper handling of all electronics
  • Photographs and artwork
  • Fabrics
  • Clothes
  • Memorabilia
  • Antiques
  • Soft goods
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Appliances
  • Surfaces
  • Odor Removal

SERVPRO Equipment Guide: Direct In Systems

12/5/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPROs number one priority is restoring as much of your home as is possible, not only to keep your home “home”, but also to cause minimal disturbance to your day to day life. One of the many techniques that we use to make sure that your home remains as intact as possible during the mitigation process is the Directed In system.  The Directed In system is an attachment for one of our air movers that allows for the connection of many small tubes.  The tubes are run through an affected wall or tow kick, which grants access to an area that would otherwise be accessed with demolition   The air mover then blows warm, thirsty air (created by our dehumidifiers) into the affected space, creating an environment that is optimal for drying.  The Direct In system is another way that SERVPRO of Skagit County – SERVPRO of Marysville/Arlington ensures that your home is restored to preloss condition in a timely manner. 

American Red Cross and SERVPRO Team Up!

12/5/2018 (Permalink)

We’re thrilled to be partnered with the American Red Cross as a Disaster Responder because here at SERVPRO of Skagit County, we’re always “Ready for Whatever Happens” and we want you to be too! You never know when a disaster may strike, so it is important to have an emergency preparedness kit ready to go at a moment’s notice to use at home or to take with you in the event you must evacuate.

According to our friends at the American Red Cross, you should, at minimum, have the basic supplies listed below:

  • Water: one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
  • Food: non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home).
  • Flashlight
  • Battery powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Extra cash
  • Emergency blanket
  • Maps of the area

You should also consider the needs of all family members and add supplies to your kit as needed. Suggested items to help meet additional needs are:

  • Medical supplies (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, etc)
  • Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
  • Games and activities for children
  • Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
  • Two-way radios
  • Extra set of car keys and house keys
  • Manual can opener

Additional supplies to consider keeping at your home or in your emergency supply kit:

  • Whistle
  • N95 or surgical masks
  • Matches
  • Rain gear
  • Towels
  • Work gloves
  • Tools/supplies for securing your home
  • Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Duct tape
  • Scissors
  • Household liquid bleach
  • Entertainment items
  • Blankets or sleeping bags

You never know when a disaster might arise.

Keep your Emergency Kit somewhere easily accessible for if and when the time comes that you need it. You should also practice fire drills with your family and plan out multiple evacuation routes should you ever need to evacuate your home.

Make sure that everyone knows what to do in case of emergency. Whether it’s the Big One, a house fire, or an unexpected storm, we want you to be “ready for whatever happens!”

Where To Use An Air Mover

12/5/2018 (Permalink)

Air movers are a great tool. They are similar to fans in that they circulate the air of the spaces in which they are placed. Unlike fans, however, they have the ability to start and stop immediately. They also blow over a more concentrated area rather than a wide space. Most commonly they are used for drying dampened areas after water has seeped in, however, commercial air movers have many uses for any workplace environment.

Drying

The most common use for an air mover is drying out water damaged areas. An air mover is considered a water damage restoration piece of equipment. It is designed to blow lower to the ground at high speeds, forcing water to quickly evaporate from floors and carpets. Being lower to the ground, it can be directed under cabinets or other heavier pieces of furniture. A huge benefit of reduced drying time is the prevention of mold growth. They can also be used to dry paint or other applications.

Cooling

As air blowers are similar to fans, they make excellent cooling devices. They can be used to ventilate stuffy work zones. They can also be directed onto specific objects that may get hot while being worked upon.

Removing Fumes

Depending on the type of work being done, contractors may want to buy a commercial air mover to help their employees. Workers could be subject to working in a poorly ventilated area with equipment and chemicals that produce unpleasant and even harmful fumes. In this instance, an air mover makes a great tool in directing these fumes away from and out of the area, creating a safer work environment.

Blowing

Since air movers circulate air at high speeds, they make great tools for removing unwanted debris, dust, dirt or leaves for instance, from a work area. They also work well for keeping insects away.   For example, when placed high above grocery store doors and directed downward, the draft created prevents insects from entering the building.

There are several uses for an air mover. While similar to a fan, it is much more effective. It has the ability to start immediately at the desired speed and stop just a fast. It can quickly remove unwanted fumes from a poorly ventilated work space as well as keep it cool. It can also help dry damp areas, preventing possible water damage. All of these show the air mover as an invaluable tool for any site.

Is Your Company Prepared For When Disaster Strikes?

12/4/2018 (Permalink)

Did you know that upto 50% of businesses that close due to a disaster never reopen? Are you, and your property prepared for an emergency or disaster situation? Don't worry SERVPRO of Skagit County is Here to Help.

SERVPRO of Skagit County is offering Emergency Ready Profiles (ERPs) to local businesses and community members. The ERP is a no cost assessment, all it requires is a little time, making it a great value that could save your business in the future. 

What is the ERP you ask? The ERP is a compliation of everything you may need handy when disaster stirkes.

The information incudes (but is not limited to):

  • Emergency Tips
  • A facility overview
  • Emergency Contacts
  • Facility entry points.
  • Utility shut-off locations
  • Other crucial source information.
  • Fire extinguisher locations.
  • Urgent Contacts

As you can see, the ERP is a great resource for when disaster occurs. The better prepaired you are the better you are able to minimize business interruption in a disaster situation.  Feel free to call SERVPRO of Skagit County at (360) 873 - 8744 to schedule an ERP appointment!