How Can Anyone in Des Moines Adequately Complete Fire Damage Cleanup with a House Full of Furniture and Other Items?
Fire damage can be a result of a quick fire and leave lingering problems in your home. Call SERVPRO to remediate the damage.
Strategies SERVPRO Uses to Secure Belongings to Streamline Fire Restoration in Des Moines Residences Often Include Partial or Full Pack-Out
The aftermath of a home fire is chaotic for Des Moines residents, frequently engendering a feeling of powerlessness. Some would say the last thing you want to do at that juncture is to give up control of your furnishings, household goods, and personal possessions. On the contrary, using our comprehensive pack-out system can efficiently manage your property, guarding it against additional harm and using our broad range of resources to restore it to full function and appearance after ensuring every item is clean, deodorized and disinfected.
How Does a Pack-Out Impact Fire Restoration Within My Home?
Fire restoration in your Des Moines home comprises an intense and rapid set of phases, tasks, and steps. When technicians must continually move furniture and boxes, they worry about spreading residues, including dealing with the moisture and soot the damaged contents contribute to the overall load of water and soils. Unsurprisingly, a pack-out is considered advantageous by on-site professionals. With the items out of the space, Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRT) and Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) can:
- Remove firefighting water and extinguisher chemicals
- Contain and dispose of charred debris
- Cope with vast expanses of wet and soiled carpeting and padding
- Dry out the space
- Clean surfaces with products, tools, and methods matched to the type of soot and durability of the affected structural components and fixtures
What Happens to the Packed-Out Items?
SERVPRO uses the Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) to track the location and condition of items removed to our production facility or a safe, smoke and water-free space on your property. A digital file of lists, barcoding, photos, and updates ensures we can document the assessment and restoration of the items for your information and insurance purposes.
Trust SERVPRO of Federal Way to analyze your fire restoration needs before recommending a plan to achieve the best outcome for both damaged structure and contents. Call (253) 838-8999 so we can assess and plan to make your fire disaster “Like it never even happened.”
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Where Can I Find Water Damage Remediation Services in Federal Way?
When your home requires water damage restoration, don't wait to get help.
SERVPRO of Federal Way Can Provide Your Home With Water Damage Mitigation Services!
Sometimes homeowners may come across water damage they did not expect to find in their Federal Way homes while working on a DIY project. Imagine that you have decided to renovate your bathroom with the guidance of some online tutorials. However, after you removed the old tile flooring, you discovered a musty smell and damp baseboards.
After some investigation, you realize the culprit of the water damage in your Federal Way bathroom is a leaking pipe behind your bathtub. Finding the damage may interrupt your DIY and put you off schedule. However, it's far better to remediate the issue now instead of later in your newly renovated bathroom. Fortunately for you, here at SERVPRO, We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster. We can help you minimize the time you're off schedule.
What Is the Remediation Process Like? How Long Can It Take?
Water damage remediation can take days, or it can take weeks, depending on the severity of the damage. When SERVPRO arrives at your home, we can:
• Do an initial investigation and craft a remediation plan
• Remove any damaged baseboard that is beyond restoration
• Use advanced technology to remove excess moisture
Here at SERVPRO, we try our best to remediate your home as quickly as possible. Day or night, we work when you need us.
What Advanced Technological Devices Can You Use in My Home?
Our technicians are familiar with many devices designed to remediate water damage. In your home, we can use:
• Infrared cameras to search for any hidden pockets of water
• Floor drying mats to reduce moisture in the baseboards of your bathroom
• Dehumidifiers, heaters, and air movers to expose your bathroom to warm and dry air
Our goal is to get as much dry air as possible into your bathroom, to create an ideal environment for evaporation.
When your home requires water damage restoration, don't wait to get help. Contact SERVPRO of Federal Way by calling (253) 838-8999. Our techs are always available to help.
What Should I do When my Toilet Leaks?
We understand the need for rapid response and restoration to minimize the loss of your property. Call us right away we are available 24/7.
SERVPRO Technicians Perform Vital Water Mitigation Services for Federal Way Residents.
Are bathroom leaks dangerous?
Leaks in your home could lead to further issues if you do not contact a qualified Federal Way restorer. However, the source of the leak could be from a wastewater pipe leading to sewer contamination or a malfunction in the clean water supply pipes. These two types of leak can have a massive impact on the scope and breadth of your restoration requirements. SERVPRO technicians can isolate the cause of the leak before deciding on the appropriate plan of action. When there is contamination in the leaking, water restoration becomes more complex, requiring commercial inspection of surrounding materials as well as personal protective equipment (PPE). Our technicians have the expertise and equipment to restore both types of bathroom leaks to a preloss condition.
How Can I Reduce Damages from a Bathroom Leak?
Controlling losses relies on the water mitigation techniques we perform in your Federal Way property. Our first method is to find the source of the leak. Without doing so, any restoration effort is canceled out by the continuous flow of water. Repairing the source of the leak is the first step toward mitigating losses, which can take anywhere from two to five days, depending on the severity of the issue. The next step is to assess the area for signs of water migration. Wetrooms tend to have robust safeguards against water migration using mortar, tiling, and sealants to prevent everyday spills from having permanent consequences for your home. However, over time these safeguards can wear away, or the source of the leak could be behind walls in the plumbing system. To reduce long-term damage, we may need to remove material barriers.
What are the core factors causing water damage?
- The permeance of materials affected with porous materials typically at higher risk of water absorption
- The length of time that materials have exposure to moisture is critical to the amount of harm they sustain
- Movement of waters through the structural assembly of your home known as water migration
Why is my ceiling dripping with water?
Bathrooms located on the upper levels of your home may be allowing moisture to migrate below the subfloor and into the ceiling below. The typical consequence of this type of water migration is dripping, mold, or wetness on the roof. When SERVPRO technicians recognize this phenomenon, it typically means that the source of damage cannot be isolated and requires further investigation and restoration. A wet ceiling is likely to be a symptom of subfloor saturation, which can lead to mold growth within your subfloor. Our technicians may need to remove mortar or tiles to gain access to the subfloor for a visual inspection. If there is a confirmation of mold, we can remediate it using a combination of drying equipment, dehumidification, and biocide cleaners. Once the removal of mold is complete, drying the cavity from interior water damage can mitigate against recurring issues.
Why is water leaking from the bottom of my toilet?
The most common cause of water leaks from the bottom of a toilet is the wearing away of a toilet wax ring. This process occurs naturally over time and removes the sealant between the fitting of the toilet base and the floor. Sometimes, wax rings can wear away without causing base leaking, which usually means that water is migrating into the subfloor. Our technicians can replace the wax ring of your toilet and dry out the cavity underneath to prevent moisture from permeating your subfloor. This is an essential mitigative process that can help you to avoid the cost implications of long-term water damage. Since the length of exposure is a critical factor in mitigating losses, it is essential that you reach out for professional assistance whenever you suspect a leak.
What issues other than wax ring failure cause a toilet to leak?
- Condensation from the tank of the bathroom which can drip onto the floor below
- Loose joints that leak when the water supply connects with tank
- Faulty installation of the toilet that may require reinstallation
What can I do to restore the ceiling following a water leak?
When water migrates to a lower ceiling, it can cause the ceiling to bulge, which indicates that there is a large amount of water seeping into the floor cavity. Bubbles, discoloration or mold can also be signs of a long-term water issue. In extreme circumstances, a leak can cause ceiling collapse over-time. SERVPRO can dry the subfloor using air moving equipment and dehumidifiers before returning to the lower levels and repainting ceilings utilizing a water-resistant base-primer.
If you are experiencing a bathroom leak, contact SERVPRO of Federal Way at (253) 838-8999.
Why Should I Use a Professional Restoration Company?
We understand the need for rapid response and restoration to minimize the loss of your property. Call us right away we are available 24/7.
SERVPRO Assists Federal Way Residents When Disaster Hits
Time is of the essence when it comes to home restoration in Federal Way, mainly when there is moisture in unwanted places. Our professional restoration specialists come to scope the damage quickly and create a plan to begin work as soon as possible. SERVPRO has industry knowledge and expertise, allowing for thorough restoration with the use of professional equipment and products.
What Can SERVPRO do to Mitigate Damage that I Cannot Do on My Own?
Our technicians have access to equipment such as truck-mounted and portable extractors when dealing with water damage in your Federal Way home. If you have a substantial leak in your house, a shop-vac just does not cut it when you need larger holding tanks and powerful vacuuming capabilities. Our professionals can also finish the restoration process far quicker than most homeowners trying DIY for the first time.
If I am not Sure How Much Moisture is in My Home, What Equipment do Technicians use?
- Moisture sensors detect moisture in flooring, reaching under carpet and pads to the sub-flooring.
- Thermal imaging cameras use heat changes within the walls to detect the presence of moisture.
- Thermo-Hygrometers measure moisture in the air and is vital in determining the RH (relative humidity goal) for the structure to create appropriate drying goals.
Could I Just Use Box Fans to Dry Out the Moisture?
While technically you may be able to use fans in your home, our high-velocity air movers dry much faster because they are stronger and can direct airflow directly where needed at the floor level. They are also designed in a way that allows the fans to be connected and placed throughout your home.
For prompt restoration service, contact SERVPRO of Federal Way at (253) 838-8999. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.
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My Apartment Complex in Des Moines Is Flooded -- What Should I Do Next?
Flood damage can wreak havoc in your home. Make sure to contact SERVPRO immediately after an event.
Contact Your Local SERVPRO Immediately -- Our Crews Are Ready to Help Flood-Damaged Des Moines Businesses 24/7
Very few events affect your Des Moines tenants as profoundly as flooding. Just last fall, our community struggled with mudslides and flooding after heavy rains brought entire hillsides down, mixed with several inches of water because of the sustained periods of precipitation. If that mix slams into the apartments or condos you own or manage it is disastrous not only for the structure of multi-family residential buildings, but also for the furnishings, household goods, and personal possessions of your renters.
How Can I Prepare for a Flooding Catastrophe?
It is always a good idea when you run a business to line up contractors who can help with emergencies like flood damage to your Des Moines residential complex. If you reached out to a particular restoration contractor for a personal loss and were happy with the service, check to see if that company also helps with commercial jobs. Talk to others in trade associations to get recommendations and think about checking with the insurance company providing coverage for the business property. Insurers often have a “shortlist” of restoration companies that are reliable and prompt during trying circumstances. If you choose us, we urge the development of an Emergency READY Profile Plan (ERP) with us long before any disaster occurs.
How Do We Stand Out from the Rest of the Restoration Companies that Handle Commercial Jobs?
SERVPRO has earned a reputation in our area for premier mitigation and remediation services and features an impressive inventory of heavy-duty water removal and drying equipment in Des Moines. We work hard for our commercial customers, understanding that helping business managers and owners has a positive effect on the entire community, especially when the damage scenario is complicated and impacts many. As a matter of course, we work with your insurer, which might become complicated when a number of your tenants are coping with direct flood damage or issues following the migration of flood waters from other units. We can scale our response to your needs and the requirements of dislocated and distressed renters.
What Will Flood Restoration in an Apartment Complex Look Like?
Of course, every apartment building presents with a different set of circumstances after a flooding event. Many of the basic tasks are the same from job to job, however, and what we would expect during a flooding recovery most likely includes the following:
Safety Walk Through
- Does the electricity need to be shut off until adequate mitigation completes to avoid shock?
- Are any other utility lines damaged, for example, is there the smell of gas?
- What types of debris or chemicals are in the flood waters?
- Will workers need to shovel out mud and silt?
- Is there sewage in the fluids and debris?
- Does waste need containment and lawful disposal?
- Are any supporting structural components damaged, including ceilings or walls that could collapse?
- Do workers need to shore up walls, board up windows, tarp roofs?
Once safety issues are controlled, and the damaged space is mucked out, our technicians position submersible pumps. Truck-mounted extractors then suction up the bulk of the water.
Because migration of the fluids from unit to unit is guaranteed, our trained technicians use the following to follow the water:
- Moisture detectors to locate the water
- Thermal imaging to locate the water and absorbed moisture in structures
- Moisture meters to measure moisture levels in structures to inform drying goals
Flood cuts and drilled or sawed holes facilitate the release of water trapped in building cavities. We use portable extractors to contain this fluid. The openings made also permit the free flow of warm, dry air during the drying phase.
Cleaning and Disinfection
EPA-registered cleaners and disinfectants remove soiling and inhibit molds and infectious pathogens on surfaces.
Our technicians calculate the number of air movers and heaters needed to evaporate absorbed water out of building materials. We also determine the number and type of dehumidifiers required. When we position the equipment, we choose the most efficacious angle for the air movement and dehumidifying. Throughout this phase, we monitor moisture levels and chart the data until we reach the goals earlier calculated.
Can SERVPRO Help Build Back the Apartment Complex after the Remediation Finishes?
Handling all the tasks needed for the flooding mitigation and remediation through one company certainly reduces the disruption and the stress of those significant undertakings. We also understand that the original flood damage to structures plus any building demolition completed to release water or provide access for drying equipment needs attention. We hold a license as a General Contractor for the state of Washington and are fully prepared to repair, replace, and rebuild any adapted or damaged structures.
How can SERVPRO of Federal Way meet your needs when a commercial property you manage or own has flood damage? Call us at (253) 838-8999 to learn how we can handle the entire project from assessment to the final touches after reconstruction.
Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program
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 Federal Way, 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 Federal Way today at (253) 838-8999 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.
A Proactive Stance to Protect Federal Way Homes from Mold
A small section of mold can grow into a larger area fast. Call SERVPRO at the first signs.
When You Find Mold Damage in your Home, Count on SERVPRO
If you suspect mold growth in your Federal Way home, you should not wait to find out if the situation is going to get any worse. Often by the time homeowners encounter signs of mold colonization, the organism has already taken root and spread through a broad, unseen area of the house. The best solution to combat this growth and any in the future is with a proactive stance that begins with you and can end with the qualified Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) on our SERVPRO team.
Because mold can seat and spread in as little as 48 hours, we have to take an active and rapid stance against mold damage in Federal Way homes. To protect structural elements as well as the contents of the house, our technicians begin by establishing a containment zone. These areas can help our team to regulate air filtering to reduce contaminants and a higher concentration of spores from circulating to new areas of the residence.
Nearly all of the strategies to remove the entire mold organism from hosting materials can generate some degree of dust and debris, which is another benefit of these containment areas. We can reduce the threat of dust and debris to new areas of the property and progressively filter these particulates out through exhausting practices.
Reducing potential damage to your home and health effects to its occupants begins with securing the fast response of qualified and experienced professionals. Our SERVPRO team is a wise choice because our AMRTs are available 24/7 to get to your home whenever you suspect mold might exist. We can work from the time that we arrive to remove the active colonization and to identify how the moisture damage happened so recurrences can get avoided if possible.
Taking a proactive stance against mold growth can be challenging when you are not always sure whether or not your home is at risk. If you suspect mold growth and colonization, give our SERVPRO of Federal Way team a call for a thorough inspection and effective remediation to make this loss “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (253) 838-8999.
Common Issues From Inadequate Water Removal in Federal Way Homes
When water damage affects your home, count on SERVPRO
Avoid Issues Removing Water from your Home with Help from SERVPRO
Water damage of any size in your Federal Way home has the potential to create additional issues. Complete extraction and drying of moisture are vital to avoid problems such as foul odors, weakened building materials, or mold infestations.
Everyday events requiring water removal in Federal Way homes are toilet backups, plumbing issues, appliance failures, and the one thing they all have in common: they are unexpected.
First Steps After a Water Loss
Put down towels and blot up as much water as possible. If there is the possibility of sewage in the water, avoid contact, and close off the area to prevent cross-contamination until help arrives. SERVPRO technicians are local and arrive quickly after your initial call.
Avoiding Bad Odors
The permeating musty water odor usually indicates that moisture remains within the home. Wall cavities and floor joists are common areas that require professional methods for extraction and drying. Once the premises are dry, odor control applications with specialized equipment such as ultra-low-volume foggers or hydroxyl generators may be necessary.
Why Professional Extraction Equipment is a Must
One of the most crucial aspects of water cleanup is thorough removal of the moisture in the home. Consumer-grade wet/dry vacuums do not have the power that SERVPRO's portable pumps and specialized equipment for water removal from upholstery and carpet possess, and it makes a difference in the outcome of the loss event.
Tracking the Water Inhibits Further Issues
When there is a water spill in the home, tracing the migration path is crucial. It is difficult to clean up unseen water. SERVPRO technicians use their detection equipment to locate all areas of elevated moisture and perform both extraction and drying.
Buckling Sheetrock is a Cry for Help
Sheetrock wicks moisture rapidly, and if you notice your wall is suddenly warped-looking in the vicinity of a previous water loss. There is a good possibility that there is still a leak or other issue holding moisture in the area. The technicians use their equipment to ascertain if the baseboards and sheetrock need removal for drying.
Professional water removal ensures secondary damages are not an issue. Contact SERVPRO of Federal Way at (253) 838-8999, their certified technicians arrive quickly and make the water loss "Like it never even happened."
Will I Need to Replace My Appliances After a Kitchen Fire in my Federal Way home?
We send out a team to you in as little as four hours.
SERVPRO Uses the Best Fire Damage Restoration Techniques to Salvage Appliances in Your Federal Way Home
Fire loss instantly changes your life and home in many ways. You must act quickly to help minimize the loss, and our trained technicians at SERVPRO are here to help. The faster the charred debris and smoke residue get cleaned up, the more chance you have of salvaging many of the items in your home, including your kitchen appliances and other belongings.
What if the Appliances are Covered in Sticky Soot?
When you call us to help with fire damage in your Federal Way kitchen, we send out a team to carefully inspect all of the contents of your home. This includes your personal belongings, surface areas, and appliances. While the items may seem as though they are a total loss, we have specialized techniques and cleaning agents that help us to restore items, even those that become enrobed in stubborn soot and smoke residue.
When called to the scene after a kitchen fire and the home has been deemed safe for entry, we:
• Perform a full assessment and inspection
• Work to remove any charred debris and items that are unsalvageable
• Implement a plan for drying any surface areas hit by water used to extinguish the fire
• Put together steps for surface cleaning, including pre-testing of surfaces to ensure no further damage is done
How Do You Restore My Appliances?
Our skilled technicians use professional techniques and EPA-registered cleaning agents to clean and sanitize your refrigerator, range, dishwasher, and other appliances in your home impacted by soot and smoke residue. Careful cleaning methods allow us to release sticky residue so that it can be wiped away without harming the surface. If yellowing or discoloration developed as a result of the fire, we use special paste cleaners to get the job done efficiently.
Contact SERVPRO of Federal Way by calling (253) 838-8999 if you need assistance with fire damage restoration. We send out a team to you in as little as four hours.
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Commercial Water Removal Federal Way – Frequent Moisture Issues
Some properties never experience a water problem of any kind. While other commercial properties appear to have frequent problems with plumbing leaks, sump pump failures, window leaks, and more. These properties must continuously deal with operations interruptions while the water is removed. There is also the corresponding revenue and profit impact when a business must shut down or curtail operations.
SERVPRO provides water removal services in Federal Way and surrounding areas. We have the expertise to manage water leaks and focus on water cleanup as quickly as possible. We understand how important it is to resume operations. That's why our teams are available on a 24/7 basis, and we arrive at your site within four hours to address your company's water removal issues. We also offer our Emergency READY Program (ERP) to help our clients minimize their downtime from various disasters.
Manage Frequent Water and Moisture Impacts on your Business
We developed the Emergency READY Program to help our customers lower the risk of experiencing water-related issues and also reduce the time required to recover from a water-related event. The program is free and involves the creation of a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for each building in the program.
Gathering critical information in advance can reduce reaction time for your employees as well as SERVPRO teams arriving on-site to deal with a water removal challenge. Your employees know whom to call if there is an emergency. We include emergency numbers for senior decision-makers, location of water shutoff valves, keys to doors needed to access closed rooms, and much more. We tailor each SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile to your company and needs.
SERVPRO has found that minutes and hours are saved in reacting to an emergency, which can reduce downtime in your business significantly. Reduced water damage, reduced repair or reconstruction costs, and reduced time off the job benefit the bottom line and improve service to your customers.
Call SERVPRO of Federal Way at (253) 838-8999 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Federal Way, Des Moines, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.