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Essentials for Faster Completion of Water Removal From Federal Way Homes

10/24/2021 (Permalink)

puddles of water on the floor of a living room Quick action needs to be taken after water damage has affected your home. Team up with SERVPRO to mitigate the situation. We are here 24/7.

SERVPRO Takes Care of Major and Minor Issues That Influence the Speed of Water Removal

One of the troubling things after water intrusions in Federal Way homes is the time removal takes. A faster turnaround is desirable since you can resume your daily routines in good time.

Getting a faster turnaround during water removal from your Federal Way home may be harder to accomplish than you expect for various reasons. For instance, some of the spilled water is absorbed by structural materials and contents so mopping it off is not possible. The spilled water may also spread over vast sections of the floors in your home. SERVPRO can help hasten the removal.

Some of the useful approaches in expediting water removal include:

  • Use of extractors with high vacuum-lift capacity
  • Regulating heat within the property
  • Increasing airflow within the property

Various water extraction equipment, including dry wet vacs, can be used to remove the intruding water from your home. Our SERVPRO technicians choose devices with high vacuum-lift to ensure faster extraction of pooling water. Such equipment also helps extract most of the water trapped within porous materials such as carpets.

After dealing with the surface water, the objective shifts to soaked materials. Evaporation is the main solution at this stage. Increasing heat levels and airflow are the two crucial actions to facilitate faster water removal at this stage. Heat allows air to hold more water and therefore increases the evaporation from wet materials. Increasing airflow ensures that the air inside the house does not become too humid. 

Various approaches help sustain heat and airflow, including:

  • Redirecting warm dehumidifier exhaust back into the house
  • Using several air mover units in wet areas
  • Using portable heaters

SERVPRO of Federal Way has the resources to complete water removal in good time, taking care of any loss, “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (253) 838-8999.

Why Is Moisture Monitoring Crucial During Storm Damage Cleanup in Des Moines Homes?

10/8/2021 (Permalink)

a tree that has fallen onto a house Excess moisture can affect both the contents and structure of your home. Call SERVPRO right after the event to tackle the storm damage cleanup.

SERVPRO Monitors Moisture for Better Planning and Prevention of Secondary Damages

Cleaning up a storm-damaged property involves the removal of various materials including soils, and deteriorated structural materials. Water removal is also part of the process. Proper moisture management is essential for maximum efficiency, especially if different sections of your Des Moines property are affected.

Moisture management is essential at every stage of storm damage cleanup in Des Moines properties, although the goals of such effort may vary. When the property is still inundated with water, keeping the indoor relative humidity levels below 60% is one of the crucial moisture management steps since it forestalls issues such as mold development which can complicate the cleaning process. SERVPRO technicians help manage moisture by setting up dehumidifiers in strategic sections of the property.

Other initial moisture management processes include:

  • Extraction of pooling water
  • Drying wet structural materials
  • Establishing containment around unaffected areas
  • Pack outs to minimize exposure for contents

When performing these processes, constant monitoring is essential to ensure the desired outcome is realized. Monitoring may not be as simple as it sounds since changes in moisture levels are not readily discernible, unlike other processes such as removing mud or silt from surfaces.

Some of the strategies our SERVPRO teams use for accurate monitoring include:

  • Using the same equipment to take readings at different times
  • Using both penetrative and non-penetrative moisture meters
  • Marking surfaces with colored dots based on saturation levels

SERVPRO of Federal Way goes the extra mile when carrying out storm damage cleanup, making it “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (253) 838-8999.

What Steps Are Essential After Unexpected Flood Damage in Federal Way Homes?

10/1/2021 (Permalink)

a flooded laundry room Flood damage can quickly turn into a mold infestation. Tackle the situation and prevent mold with a quick call to SERVPRO. Our technicians are ready.

SERVPRO Takes Steps to Contain Damage Before Embarking on Flood Restoration Processes

Although it is common for flooding incidents to cause significant damages, sometimes the damage may exceed expectations. For instance, heavy rain alone may not be expected to breach a property without a significant accumulation of groundwater. However, driving rain during a storm can force water inside your Federal Way home through an improperly sealed window or a compromised roof. 

Apart from happening unexpectedly, some forms of flood damage in Federal Way properties may seem less harmful. For instance, the accumulation of rainwater may not seem as hazardous as the contaminated groundwater that flooding is usually associated with. However, the risk is still significant. One of the steps that SERVPRO takes on arrival at your property is probing the dangers an incident poses to your property and your family.

Some of the risks you might fail to notice:

  • Microbial development leading to mold infestations
  • Physical hazards from slick surfaces of falling objects 
  • Electrical hazards

SERVPRO begins combating the damage by establishing various containment measures. For instance, setting up a roof tarp prevents further ingression of water through the roof. Boarding up windows or other wall openings is also helpful. 

It is essential to combat flood damage immediately after containment through:

  • Rapid water removal
  • Expedited removal of saturated materials
  • Application of antifungal products

For rapid water removal, our SERVPRO technicians rely on extraction equipment and their building skills to perform controlled demolition. For instance, before attempting removal of water trapped in wall cavities, we make flood cuts to remove drywall panels blocking access. On ceilings, we drill small weep holes to release trapped water, preventing ceiling tiles from collapsing. 

SERVPRO of Federal Way can help you manage any type of flood damage. Call us at (253) 838-8999 for assistance. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

What Unique Advantages Do Water Restoration Companies Offer Federal Way Businesses?

9/26/2021 (Permalink)

a flooded storage building with boxes floating through the water When your business has water damage, time is of the essence. Call our SERVPRO team right away for effective water removal and restoration services.

SERVPRO Has Highly Trained and Fully Equipped Water Restoration Technicians

Any type of water intrusion has the potential to drive you out of business if improperly handled. At the very least, it leaves floor surfaces at your Federal Way premises slick, increasing the hazard of slip and fall accidents for your staff or customers. Water is also detrimental to many of the materials causing rust, mold, rot, and other problems.

Having the appropriate gear is one of the crucial aspects of managing water intrusions. Water restoration companies ensure Federal Way business owners have easy access to any needed resources, whether it is moisture detection devices, extraction equipment, specialized drying equipment, and general safety equipment. SERVPRO production trucks are packed with everything from wet floor signs, portable extractors, dehumidifiers to moisture sensors and meters.

Sufficient knowledge is also essential since it helps ensure:

  • Appropriate equipment matching to tasks 
  • Better estimation of timelines
  • Appropriate use of equipment preventing damages or accidents

Matching equipment to tasks applies because of the physical differences of the materials affected by the water intrusion. One such difference is the porosity which might influence the choice of drying equipment. To the ordinary person, any dehumidifier may seem appropriate for a task. However, advanced training ensures SERVPRO IICRC-certified technicians choose differently. For instance, when drying hardwood, we opt for desiccant dehumidifiers since the equipment matches the low evaporation of such materials.

Knowing how best to operate the equipment for maximum efficiency is also essential since it can cut down the timelines or help save more items. Our SERVPRO technicians can set up containment such as plastic sheets over wooden floors to increase dehumidification efficiency. We also vent hot, dry air from dehumidifiers into the contained area boosting the drying process further.

SERVPRO of Federal Way is one of the premier water restoration companies that provide tailored moisture management solutions. Call us at (253) 838-8999. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

How Should Soot Be Handled During Fire Restoration in Federal Way Properties?

9/6/2021 (Permalink)

a fire damaged ceiling Soot can get everywhere during a fire. Team SERVPRO can help with fire damage remediation services after an event. Call right away for best results.

SERVPRO Combines Preventive and Corrective Steps to Deal with Soot during House Fire Clean Up

One of the main residues left after a fire burns materials is soot. Although collectively known as soot, these residues can have varying physical properties and thus present various challenges to the fire restoration process. A professional restoration team can help address such challenges.

Clean up is the main fire restoration method your Federal Way property requires to eliminate soot. However, you must choose the appropriate cleaning methods to remove the residues without harming contents or structural materials. SERVPRO has resourceful technicians who are well-versed with several cleaning techniques suitable for soot removal in its different states. We also understand the effects of soot on different materials and thus can take protective steps before we complete removal.

The soot removal method may vary depending on whether the overall goal is:

  • Water & fire damage restorations
  • Smoke remediation
  • House fire clean up

Typically, mechanical agitation using feather dusters, vacuums, brushes, or compressed air provides the easiest way to dislodge dry soot from most surfaces. For surfaces caked with thick or wet layers of soot, the light approach may not suffice. Our SERVPRO IICRC-certified technicians use chemical sponges, dusting cloths, or cleaning towels. Incorporating cleaning agents also helps improve the outcome.

Apart from choosing a removal method, proper handling of the residue is also crucial. Naturally, soot is acidic and thus corrodes or stains metals and stone surfaces. It is also fine, which means it can easily spread when disturbed. Our SERVPRO technicians help manage these detrimental aspects of soot for your benefit. 

Common steps that help improve handling include:

  • Pre-cleaning soot-covered surfaces
  • Applying a thin oil film to vulnerable material
  • Managing moisture on sooty surfaces to prevent residues from setting

SERVPRO of Federal Way has sufficient experience to handle critical or minor fire restoration processes. Call us at (253) 838-8999. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

When Does Minor Water Damage In Federal Way Homes Require Professional Help?

8/27/2021 (Permalink)

a woman on the phone holding a bucket to catch water falling from her ceiling Water damage can escalate if not attended to in a timely manner. Team SERVPRO is standing by 24/7 to take your emergency call. Contact us right away.

SERVPRO Helps Identify Any Challenges that Might Complicate Water Damage Repairs

Accidents involving water happen all the time in homes. Most of them are minor and readily taken care of with mops and rugs. However, some cases of water intrusion in your Federal Way home that you might consider minor may present more challenges than you can handle.

The water damage in your Federal Way home may be more significant than you realize, especially if leakage develops in a concealed area such as the ceiling or wall space. The water you notice accumulating on the floor or the deterioration you notice on materials may be just a fraction of the real damage concealed out of sight. Involving a professional like SERVPRO ensures identification of the true extent of the damage and the correct repairs are made.

Professional assistance may be necessary for water cleanup may be necessary in case of:

  • Burst pipes
  • Ceiling leaks
  • Leaking roof from storms

SERVPRO takes various steps to resolve the problems that develop. In case of a problem with the roof, our technicians can install a roof tarp to offer protection until full repairs can be done. The tarp prevents further water intrusion into the house, yet it does not cost the same as full repairs.

Once water leaks into a property, it readily spreads across surfaces affecting contents and structural materials. The water also evaporates into the air, increasing humidity levels. Uniformly drying everything can be a challenge. Our SERVPRO technicians set up several air movers and dehumidifiers in the affected areas to manage the drying process.

SERVPRO of Federal Way has significant experience addressing water damage incidents. Call us at (253) 838-8999. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

The Correct Mold Damage Intervention Guarantees Convenience when Restoring Federal Way Properties

8/22/2021 (Permalink)

mold growing on a wall by a window Finding mold on your property can certainly be cause for alarm. Contact our SERVPRO certified mold damage remediation technicians to assess and help.

SERVPRO Packs out Items and Sets up Containment Barriers for Convenient Mold Removal

Mold can proliferate in areas of your home that you rarely visit, such as basements, attics, or even extra bedrooms. Such growth can be fueled by minor water leaks that go unnoticed. On discovering the mold damage, you may focus on prompt removal. However, it is also crucial to ensure the removal does not create additional problems.

Although structural deterioration may be your biggest concern after mold damage affects your Federal Way home, it is also essential to consider the impact the infestation and removal processes might have on the occupants. Mold exposure can cause health effects. SERVPRO takes several steps to ensure safety and convenience during the removal process.

Precautions are necessary during various processes, including:

  • Mold inspection
  • Mold removal
  • Black mold damage repairs

When the mold develops in a secluded section of a property, it is possible to address it while the house is still occupied. However, before starting the process, it is crucial to check for hidden mold in the rest of the building. Our SERVPRO technicians use thermal cameras to check for hidden moisture or drill small exploratory holes on surfaces. 

On verifying where the mold growth is restricted, our technicians set up containment barriers to separate it from the unaffected sections. A typical barrier is set up with 6-mil plastic sheets and spring-loaded metal rods for the support, thus sealing off entire rooms or small sections within a building.

Other protective measures that help safeguard people include:

  • Setting up negative air pressure machines
  • HEPA vacuuming surfaces to remove mold residue
  • Storing mold debris in zipped heavy-duty plastic bags

SERVPRO of Federal Way is dedicated to addressing mold damage safely. Call us at (253) 838-8999 to help you deal with any infestation, “Like it never even happened.”

Fast Extraction Solutions for Des Moines Office Buildings

8/4/2021 (Permalink)

a broken copper pipe with water leaking from it Having a burst pipe at your business location can certainly cause problems. Contact our experienced SERVPRO team for effective water removal.

Removing Water Quickly from Des Moines Commercial Structures is the First Step in Full Restoration

An office building can quickly become irreparably harmed by burst pipes or flooding. Our fast response can rescue important documents, furniture, and equipment from these changing conditions.

What Considerations Are Needed Before Extraction Can Begin?

With so many businesses and commercial properties that could experience water damage in Des Moines, our restoration team rises to the occasion as a large loss recovery provider. With our fast response, we can implement specific mitigation strategies that precede water removal services. These include content relocation and structural damage assessment.

What Large Extractors Work Best for Open Areas?

Choosing among the best extraction devices in our inventory is not always a straightforward decision. Many factors play a role in the ideal removal tools, especially when substantial water damage exists. Office buildings can require specialty removal equipment like weighted extractors, though the bulk of water removal rests on:

  • Truck-mount pumps
  • Trash pumps
  • Wet vacuums

With so many open areas in your office building, water can spread quickly throughout the structure and pose problems for those still working. Our fast response to these emergencies can ensure that extraction tools get used appropriately and efficiently to remove standing water as soon as possible before low pile carpeting, and other contents become irreparably harmed. Our SERVPRO of Federal Way team is available 24/7 at (253) 838-8999.

What Damages Occur to Federal Way Basements During Flooding?

7/30/2021 (Permalink)

a basement that is flooding from a broken pipe on the water heater Was your basement recently flooded? Contact our experienced SERVPRO water removal and flood damage remediation specialists today for services.

We Can Help with Nearly all Facets of Repair and Restoration After Flooding in Federal Way

Being a one-stop shop for post-flood recovery and restoration begins with a fast response and certified technicians. We have trained professionals representing nearly every aspect of the restoration industry to be a full-service solution for area homes.

Standing Water and Water Damage

Flood damage in Federal Way homes and businesses often centers around a high volume of standing water that must get addressed as soon as possible. Mitigating flood damage introduces our leading inventory of recovery equipment and extractors to the house. From wet vacuums to truck-mount pumps, we have a wide range of water removal options.

Structural Concerns and Necessary Repairs

Intruding water in this lower level can directly impact concrete and masonry constructions used as the foundation and basement walls. As solid as these wall systems are, they are vulnerable to hydrostatic pressures against weak seams or mortar joints. When water can penetrate freely, reconstruction will be necessary for:

  • Masonry Repairs
  • Tucking/Pointing
  • Drywall Installation
  • Cleaning/Replacing Floor Joists

Basements are often the most heavily damaged areas of homes when flooding occurs. Because of how quickly water can collect in this lower level and the damage it can do, our SERVPRO of Federal Way team needs to respond promptly to help. Our professionals are ready 24/7 to mitigate flood losses “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (253) 838-8999.

How Can SERVPRO Overcome Wet Smoke Damage in Federal Way Homes?

7/25/2021 (Permalink)

smoke billowing from the windows of a house on fire Heavy smoke can affect the contents and structure of your home. Call SERVPRO to remediate the fire damage and clean up smoke soils.

Smoke Residues can be Formidable and Destructive in Federal Way Properties Without Cleaning

Post-fire damage effects are substantial when wet smoke gets created. As one of the more thick soils generated from a fire, the cleaning process can be tedious or often unsuccessful. Our experienced team works quickly to manage these conditions.

How Can Wet Smoke Impact Contents and Structural Elements?

With wet smoke being fire damage in Federal Way homes that overwhelms surfaces, contents, and building materials can become severely damaged by this presence. Spreading soot particles resting on these surfaces can ultimately stain and damage the finish of specific materials, making the need for cleaning and removal critical.

What Methods Can Clean These Soils?

Because wet smoke damage is thick and oily, the available options for cleaning and restoring after this soiling can be limited. Wet cleaning strategies are not universal, as many of the detergents and solvents do not dissolve or emulsify these residues. Much of the removal of wet smoke is mechanical processes or direct material removal, including:

  • Media Blasting
  • Controlled Demolition
  • Abrasive Cleaning

The type of smoke damage that your home experiences can directly impact the restorability and efficacy of specific cleaning practices. Because these conditions vary considerably, having experienced professionals like our SERVPRO of Federal Way involved can help. Give us a call today at (253) 838-8999.