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Federal Way Budding Chefs Can Improve Their Culinary Skills Overnight

12/4/2020 (Permalink)

people cutting vegetables on a counter It will be exciting to see the community learn valuable skills from Chef Ruth!

Learn new cooking techniques in Federal Way with Chef Ruth.

Cozymeal has sponsored many hands-on events that have allowed budding chefs or stay-at-home parents the opportunity to improve their culinary skills in a practical way. On December 5th, 2020, you can again join Chef Ruth for a unique experience of creating incredible dishes while coming away with valuable skills that can make you the master of your kitchen.

This upcoming event is slated to show off a skill that even many executive chefs might lack: basic knife techniques. Appropriately cutting, carving, dicing, and chopping can make a substantial difference in how culinary creations end up tasting and looking. Participants can choose among two main proteins to prepare and learn about the intricacies of dishes like ratatouille that rely so heavily on focused, even slicing.

Flooding keeping you from exercising your new skills in the kitchen? Our professionals can offer efficient stormwater removal for Federal Way homes and apartments. Give our SERVPRO of Federal Way team a call today at (253) 838-8999.

A Small Business Saturday Treat for Des Moines Shoppers

11/27/2020 (Permalink)

a woman fixing a bow on a present SERVPRO is looking forward to the Miracle on 152nd Street event!

Des Moines residents can experience the holiday season at the annual Miracle on 152nd Street event. 

This year, on Small Business Saturday, take an opportunity to promote local vendors and celebrate the holiday season with the Miracle on 152nd Street event. This free gathering allows families to spend quality time together, enjoy delicious treats, help the local economy, and even catch a family-friendly film. This all takes place in Downtown Burien and Burien Town Square Park.

Shoppers can begin as early as 11 AM shopping around and appreciate free gift wrapping services happening at the Town Square Park for the event. Also, families can look forward to several hot treats, including a hot cocoa bar and free popcorn during the movie event sponsored by Umpqua Bank.

Flood damage in Des Moines homes can make a Grinch out of anyone this holiday season. Our SERVPRO of Federal Way team can help with efficient cleaning and drying services. Give us a call whenever you need us at (253) 838-8999.

What Factors Contributed to the Growth of Federal Way?

11/22/2020 (Permalink)

mold growing on the wall of a room Contact SERVPRO to be your mold inspection team. Our technicians are experts at rooting out the causes of mold damage.

Federal Way Area Has Developed Over a Long Time Period

Federal Way is a city that continues to grow, evolve, and thrive. With its positioning so close to Tacoma, it is a welcomed escape for many from the more congested city feel. As the population grows, so does the commercial and industrial opportunities for the residents here. Ultimately, the objective is to permit this growing community to be a place that its occupants no longer need to leave to achieve their employment, entertainment, or even educational aspirations. With an estimated population nearing 100,000, Federal Way has moved into the top 10 largest cities in the state and is closer to achieving these lofty goals.

Newly Incorporated

While the area has been known as Federal Way since around 1930, it did not exist as it does now until 1990. Within the first ten years as a city, the population grew by over 23% from around 67,000 residents to more than 83,000. Each subsequent census also saw a minimum of a 7% growth to the area, so that now the city is said to have close to 100,000. This uptick in population has already made Federal Way one of the largest cities in the state and welcomed a diverse assortment of retail locations, cuisine, and industry/manufacturing facilities.

Despite the rapid growth of the city's immediate area with housing developments and apartment structures as more and more residents seek a place within the borders, this slice of King County has not lost its scenic appeal. The city boasts multiple parks and nature reserves, preserving quiet areas for botanical gardens, wildlife, and the rest of area residents.


The ability to keep residents in the city for gainful employment is one of the many reasons that Federal Way sustained growth over decades, even before the incorporation in 1990. There are hundreds of businesses, shops, and manufacturing facilities that help thousands of families exceed the base cost of living for a residence and utilities to live comfortably in a widening middle-class majority.


While the arts have always had a place in Washington, primarily through area fairs and festivals in Tacoma and other nearby cities, entertainment is an area where the town seems to be catching up. Live theater might have been halted over the past year, but most expect it and the many movie theaters, art galleries, and other venues to make a surging comeback when the time comes.

Perhaps one of the most significant contributions to the local economy and the entertainment factor throughout most of the year is the renowned Wild Waves Theme & Water Park. This is the only permanent amusement park in the Greater Seattle area. The park features close to 40 rides and attractions, ranging from roller coasters and thrill rides to slides.

Retail Growth

The consistent rise in population has welcomed general gentrification to the area with shops and niche locations tailored to a younger demographic. Shopping centers have played a significant role in managing these locations in a singular, convenient place. One of the most popular of these options is the Commons at Federal Way, which is the only indoor shopping mall in the city located on South 320th Street. The Commons features over 90 stored, including several large anchors.

In addition to The Commons, Federal Way residents can also appreciate various shopping experiences and retail therapy through multiple shopping centers and plazas in town such as the SeaTac Village Shopping Center, Gateway Center, Quad Shopping Center, and the Northshore Village.

Nearby Higher Educational Opportunities

While there are no higher education institutions within city limits, there are many within a ten-mile drive from Federal Way. These schools' presence can help reduce the influx of high school graduates seeking the next level of their education farther from home. Washington State University, the University of Washington, and Gonzaga University are all highly regarded in both education and athletics. However, local institutions can rival this with their connection to these schools or their standalone programs. Some of the top regional universities and colleges for Federal Way residents are:

  • University of Washington-Tacoma
  • University of Puget Sound
  • Tacoma Community College
  • Green River Community College
  • Highline Community College
  • DeVry University Washington

The pursuit of degrees closer to home allows students from Federal Way to get a foot in the door with a developing and thriving industry in our area. Once they have a Bachelor's Degree in specific niches, they are even more equipped to get a profitable job here in King County or the Greater Tacoma/Puget Sound area.

How Does Mold Impact Federal Way Businesses?

Given that so much of the area must contend with higher moisture content due to an influx of annual rainfall and the proximity to the Puget Sound, mold becomes a consistent concern for area homes and businesses. The presence of mold in shops, stores, and hotels puts more than the employees at exposure risks. As soon as microbial threats are possible in your businesses, you should rely on experienced remediation professionals like our SERVPRO team to help. We have testing and sampling solutions that can determine the concentrations of mold spores in potentially damaged areas. We are available 24/7 for mold inspection in Federal Way businesses.

Remediation Is different from removal, as the work focuses exclusively on eliminating active colonization and not mold spores that naturally occur in every environment. To accomplish this, our technicians must choose among several remediation strategies ranging from controlled demolition to abrasive surface cleaning. With a general contracting license (SERVPCS911LE), our building trade professionals can oversee repairs, reconstruction, and any business's demolition needs.

Containment is a considerable step in preventing exposure and cross-contamination for your staff and customers. Framing and plastic poly-sheeting can create a barrier that spores cannot penetrate. These barriers create a drying zone that makes airflow, temperature, and moisture regulation more manageable and efficient.

Mold can be a destructive presence, but our SERVPRO of Federal Way team can help you get back to business as usual. Call us today at (253) 838-8999.

Federal Way Area Wild Waves Theme Park Plans to Reopen in 2021

11/2/2020 (Permalink)

Swimming pools with people sitting in the stands and standing next to the pool When fire damages your home, cool off at Wild Waves while SERVPRO makes it “Like it never even happened.”

Fun Is Ahead for Our Federal Way Neighbors

The team at Wild Waves Theme Park has spent thousands of hours preparing to reopen for the 2020 season during the recent pandemic. However, after consulting with medical, industry, and government experts concerning pandemic safety guidelines in our region, park management announced they had made the difficult decision to remain closed for the remainder of the 2020 season.

Keeping the park closed was a tough decision, with a significant impact on their customers and over 600 employees. 2020 Season Pass Holders need not be concerned. Season Pass holders automatically are transferred to the 2021 Premium Season Pass with the following benefits:

  • Free parking, free souvenir bottle
  • Four bring a friend tickets
  • Half-off Cabana rentals
  • And additional services throughout the season

Holders of a season pass will receive an email confirmation automatically.

SERVPRO of Federal Way provides professional services to residential and business owners and contributes to local events and charitable organizations in the area. Call (253) 838-8999, 24/7, for fire and water removal services.

What Can SERVPRO Restore during Water Damage Repair in the Kitchen?

10/22/2020 (Permalink)

Techs & customers talking Faulty appliances can quickly lead to water damage in your home. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today for assistance.

Federal Way Homeowners are Concerned about Kitchen Contents during Water Damage Repair.

Anyone living in Federal Way knows that any kind of kitchen disaster is frustrating. After all, you need your kitchen for cooking meals, and if it is out of commission, your takeout bill will suddenly rise. If you have any disaster in your kitchen, you need a professional cleanup crew who can get you back on solid ground in no time.

There are many reasons that you might need water damage repair in your Federal Way kitchen:

  • Leaking appliances such as dishwashers or refrigerators
  • A plumbing problem or leaking faucet
  • A leak from outdoors, such as during a flood or storm

No matter what the cause, call SERVPRO of Federal Way as soon as possible. Time matters when dealing with water damage: The longer water is left to stand, the more it can soak into wooden floors, carpets, rugs, and baseboards. The moisture might seep under electrical appliances. There is also a concern about mold – many species can propagate in as little as 48 hours, so it is better to deal with water quickly, thus depriving fungus of the opportunity to grow.

Can SERVPRO help with floor coverings?

Thankfully, it is possible to salvage floor coverings in many cases. Our technicians start by extracting excess water:

  • Free-standing and truck-mounted pumps are suitable for lino, carpets, tiles, and rugs
  • Rotary extractors are excellent for carpets and rugs
  • Wand extractors are effective on the surface of carpets and in hard to reach corners

Once we have removed excess water, we can dry the floor covering. We use air movers and fans to cause evaporation across the surface of floors. Some rugs or carpets we can hang to dry, and direct air movers at them. We can also bring in dehumidifiers to decrease the moisture in the air and hasten drying.

What if the kitchen has a wooden floor?

Water can wreak havoc with a wooden floor, leading to buckling, bowing, or warping. SERVPRO technicians will assess your floor and let you know whether or not we can save it. We apply fans, air movers, and dehumidifiers, just as we would for carpet or linoleum, but we calibrate them for wood flooring. We also measure whether moisture has penetrated to the sub-floor because that makes a difference to the likely outcome.

What about structural damage?

Thankfully most water damage in the kitchen does not lead to structural damage. However, you might find your kitchen in need of some repairs:

  • New wallpaper if the existing paper is too soaked
  • Drywall removal and replacement if water seeped into the wall cavity
  • Drying behind baseboards if moisture soaked into or under them
  • Stain removal or re-painting if water stained painted surfaces

Our team will carry out repairs, and we can also call in specialist subcontractors if necessary.

Is it possible to salvage appliances?

Please do not switch on any appliance if you suspect it was water damaged. It is sometimes possible to save devices – we can call in an electronics technician to inspect it, and we will talk to your insurance adjuster before we call the technician.

If the inside is free from water, it is easy to dry off the outside and leave the unit fit for use once more.

Can SERVPRO save cooking utensils and furniture?

Yes, in many cases, we can save water-damaged utensils and furniture. We can use dehumidifiers air movers to dry out wooden furniture and upholstered seats. We can wipe down wooden, metal, and plastic furniture to blot away excess water. 

If the water was contaminated, it might not be possible to save utensils, as naturally, you do not want to use dirty utensils around food. If the water was clean, we can dry out utensils or even use ultrasonic cleaning on them.

We can also carry out spot cleaning on stubborn water stains and apply antimicrobial agents when needed.

What about the food?

We recommend disposing of any fresh food, raw or cooked, that comes into contact with water. Dispose of food if the packaging is damaged, or water might have leaked inside the packaging. It might be possible to save cans of food, but only where the can is not compromised, rusted, or warped in any way, and where the water did not contain contaminants such as sewage. Food safety is essential, and it is better to be too cautious than not cautious enough.

When we finish drying your kitchen, we will deodorize it to leave it smelling fresh. We always aim to leave your home “Like it never even happened.”

For help with a flood-damaged kitchen, call SERVPRO of Federal Way at (253) 838-8999.

Who Deals with Mold in Residential Properties?

10/15/2020 (Permalink)

mold spots on a wall Having Visible Mold Signs? TIme to Call SERVPRO for a Fast Arrival and Remediation at Your Federal Way Home

Visible Signs of Microbes May Require Professional Mold Removal Experts for your Federal Way Home.

Why does mold grow in some Federal Way properties?

SERVPRO Has Extensive Experience Dealing with Microbial Growth Issues.

Mold growth can occur in Federal Way properties as a result of excess quantities of moisture. The main reason that SERVPRO technicians aim to dry materials quickly in a property is to prevent mold growth. These microscopic organisms can lead to the decomposition of organic matter in your home, which could include woods, drywall, and textiles or fabrics. Spotting mold in the house is enough to justify professional microbial remediation technicians who can ensure that the colonies are cleaned and do not return several weeks later.

How does mold affect a residential property?

  • Mold can cause health effects for some people.
  • The growth of microbes is a central concern for the water restoration industry.
  • Microbes can spread and proliferate quickly, causing extensive damage to residential property as well as unpleasant soiling and odor.

How do restoration professionals get rid of mold?

The critical factor when performing mold removal in your Federal Way home is to take control of moisture. Microbial organisms require water to grow, which is why a lot of mold remediation focuses on finding the source of moisture and drying it appropriately. It may be necessary for experts to inspect a property with signs of mold growth and direct SERVPRO remediation technicians. These experts may include Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) professionals or an industrial hygienists (IH). Bringing in specialized talent can ensure that your property recovers and remains sanitary after microbial infestation.

What chemicals do molds release?

  • Some molds can produce the antibiotic penicillin.
  • Mycotoxins are produced by some molds and are toxic substances
  • Microbial Volatile Organic Compounds (mVOC) are commonly made by mold infestation and are the reason for musty or stale odors.

Molds can spread fast without intervention from professional remediators. Contact SERVPRO of Federal Way at (253) 838-8999.

How Do Professional Companies Stop Water Damage?

10/9/2020 (Permalink)

Water stains on a ceiling. Water damage to your business can be stressful, let SERVPRO take the reins.

A Water Leak in a Commercial Property Can Quickly Escalate in Cost. SERVPRO Specializes in Water Mitigation for Businesses in the Federal Area.

How long does it take before my business can re-open after a water leak?

Water leaks can often be contained to one area of your Federal Way business premises. By containing the damages to one site, we can reduce the amount of time it takes to perform the restoration. Often the central focus of containing water issues is by putting in place an efficient drying program for your business. These could include cordoning off a specific area of the company to continue while the water restoration procedure is underway. Our technicians always aim to work around a business's needs when performing drying, cleaning, or restoration of the premises. 

What are the critical criteria for efficient drying?

  • The amount of water that needs evaporating 
  • Temperature is a factor since warm air is capable of holding more moisture than cold air
  • Humidity controls and air movement are essential to keeping a consistent drying program

What temperatures provide ideal drying conditions?

When performing water mitigation in your Federal Way business, our first step is to establish a closed or open drying system. Closed-systems involve sealing a room to ensure that we have maximum control over the indoor atmosphere. The more power our technicians have over-temperature, air-movement, and humidity, the more effective the drying system can be. Our technicians can bring with them exterior furnaces and industrial dehumidifiers to speed up the drying process for larger commercial properties. The ideal conditions for drying a property are temperatures of between 70 and 90 degrees.

What specific methods are used for drying commercial properties?

  • Extraction and consistent air-movement to keep wet air off surfaces
  • A relative humidity level of between 30% and 60% 
  • Temperature levels remaining between 70 and 90 degrees

Drying your commercial property is vital to mitigating potential losses. Contact SERVPRO of Federal Way at (253) 838-8999.

How Unsanitary Is Flood Damage In Des Moines?

9/18/2020 (Permalink)

Flood damage can be distressing, and you may be worried about sanitation issues Flood damage can be distressing, and you may be worried about sanitation issues.

Des Moines Residents Are Worried About Unsanitary Conditions After Flood Damage

Des Moines residents know that storms can cause property damage and create inconvenience in their lives. The after-effects of a storm can be devastating, which is why residents need a cleanup team they can trust.

People are often shocked when they see the results of flood damage in Des Moines. Floodwater can quickly enter a property and contaminate:
• Rugs, carpets, and the padding underneath the carpet
• Wooden furniture which can warp and swell
• Textiles and upholstery including cushions, blankets, and drapes
• Personal belongings from books to clothes?

SERVPRO understands how scary it is to see your home after a flood. However, do not despair – our trained specialists are on hand to help you.

Why is flood damage unsanitary?
Some floodwater falls into the category of blackwater. Blackwater is unsanitary water that may contain:
• Human waste
• Animal carcasses
• Pesticides or other toxic chemicals
• Microbes, bacteria, and viruses

Blackwater typically comes from overflowing sewers, rivers breaking their banks, or heavy rain pushing waste into buildings. Water can also be categorized as clean water, which does not pose a health risk, or gray water, which might contain some contaminants, but is not as dangerous as black water.

What should I do about flood damage in my home?
The best thing you can do is call SERVPRO of Federal Way as soon as possible. Because storm damage can be unsanitary, it is much safer to call a professional team and let us handle it. The longer flood damage is left untreated, the greater the risk of microbial growth and increased damage to your property, so you must call us quickly.? Do not attempt to clean up the floodwater yourself, as you risk encountering toxins and microbes.

Will I have to throw everything away?
If blackwater has entered your home, you will, unfortunately, need to toss out some of your belongings. Porous materials such as carpets and drapes are usually too contaminated to rescue. You can rely on us for advice on what to keep and what to dispose of.
Our teams will remove and dispose of contaminated carpet, padding, and drywall. We can also replace the carpet and drywall.

What health and safety measures does SERVPRO take?
We put many health and safety measures in place to protect you and our teams, including:

• Providing personal protective equipment for our staff, including gloves, aprons, full bodysuits, and breathing apparatus
• Training our technicians in how to set up effective containment around damaged areas
• Using the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommended antimicrobial treatments during flood damage remediation

We use EPA-recommended treatments to sanitize the surfaces in your home. We might apply these by spraying, wiping, or using a wet fogging machine to distribute the compounds. We are careful not to leave traces of microbial solutions behind – we thoroughly wipe all surfaces before we go. We can also use air scrubbers to remove cleaning particles from the air.

Our technicians attend a 14-day hands-on training program at our corporate facility and have access to ongoing e-learning opportunities. We train our staff to the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning Restoration and Certification (IICRC) standards. IICRC training means our team has a thorough understanding of how flood damage happens, the health risks, and the safest way to remediate flood damage.

What about water damage to the floor and walls?
Our technicians will assess the damage to your home structure and advise you on the steps we plan to take. In some cases, we need to remove and replace drywall and wallpaper and repaint surfaces. Sometimes if the damage is not too bad and there are no contaminants, we can focus on drying rather than replacing.

Each case is very individual, and we will draw up a damage reparation plan tailored to your unique circumstances.

Will SERVPRO dry my home?
Absolutely – untreated moisture can cause further structural damage and also provides a breeding ground for fungal growth.
We use a range of dehumidifiers and air movers to suck moisture from the air and dry out your home. We also dry any salvageable personal belongings or furniture. We use moisture meters, moisture probes, and thermo-hygrometers to monitor the drying process and ensure optimal results.

Will the unsanitary water leave a smell behind?
There is certainly the risk of unpleasant damp smells after flood damage. Thankfully, odor removal is an essential part of our water remediation process. Fogging is effective at removing odors, and we also use air scrubbers and odor-eating compounds.

Flood damage can be distressing, and you may be worried about sanitation issues. However, help is at hand. Call SERVPRO of Federal Way at (253) 838-8999 for assistance.

Can One Des Moines Company Help with Both Fire Residue Cleanup and Rebuilding?

9/9/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged home Restoration of fire-damaged structures can get complicated, but SERVPRO streamlines projects with an integrated construction division.

SERVPRO's Construction Division Enhances Our Response to Fire Damage Restoration in Des Moines

When a fire races through your Des Moines property, the assistance you receive sometimes adds to the list of structures that need restoring. Although essential, the water used to knock back the flames can put building materials at risk if it collects in cavities. Decisions made first by firefighters and later by restoration professionals often use partial demolition techniques to get an advantage over the flames and then gain access to damaged areas.

Why Is There More "Destruction" During Restoration of Fire Damage?
Restoration of your Des Moines fire damage must involve more than cleaning away easily visible surface residues. Our crews are proficient in smoke and soot cleanup, but they cannot stop short and ignore the disintegration of building materials happening behind walls, over ceilings, and under floors. Water removal challenges restorers first, and the pathways it takes to migrate from the fire site require tracing. Once we locate hidden firefighting water, we often:

    •    Pry off woodwork to drill or cut drainage holes
    •    Punch weep holes from the edges to the center of a ceiling burdened with trapped water
    •    Saw "flood cuts" in drywall several inches above the water line between studs

This controlled demolition permits us to release the water and affords adequate airflow to reach wet materials when structural drying occurs.

Can Charred Materials Be Saved During Restoration?
Our mission is to attempt restoration first, so SERVPRO technicians use many strategies to clean and scrape charred material down to sound surfaces. We always arrange to test to ensure the structural components retain sufficient strength to function adequately, whether the components are load-bearing supports or visible surfaces. Because fire can destroy some structures' ability to do the job intended, we might need to remove and replace for safety or aesthetic reasons.

Do I Need to Hire a Rebuilding Contractor?
We hold a general contractor's license for the state of Washington. Moving among the mitigation, remediation, restoration, and reconstruction phases of fire damage projects can be completed seamlessly within our company.

Restoration of fire-damaged structures can get complicated, but SERVPRO of Federal Way streamlines projects with an integrated construction division. To explore your options after a fire loss, call us at (253) 838-8999.

How Can Carpeted Floors Get Reused After Water Restoration?

9/3/2020 (Permalink)

Carpeting pulled back Our team can salvage any floor materials that can be reused to eliminate additional expensive repairs in your Federal Way home.

Repairs and material replacements are unavoidable after water damage, but our SERVPRO team can reuse carpeting in Federal Way homes. 

Efficiency and cost-effectiveness are principles vital to the water restoration we provide Federal Way homes. What that means for you is that we attempt to restore over replace - which can even impact flooring materials like the carpets of the house. 

While there might be several needs for water damage repair in Federal Way homes after a water damage property loss, the methods used to preserve and protect carpeting from getting discarded can save money on the repairs necessary for the entire household. With flooding or traditional water damages, restoring and maintaining a carpet for reuse involves several practices: 

  • Extraction – Removing any water trapped in the fibers of the carpeting is critical. Because total drying can take days at times, failing to remove water from carpets can lead to microbial growth
  • Drying – Likewise, drying the carpet must happen before its temporary removal. Floating with centrifugal air movers positioned between the surface layer and padding can accomplish this evaporation.
  • Cleaning – Cleaning the carpet can happen before removal when necessary to prevent microbial growth or other contamination concerns. 
  • Padding Removal – There are many situations where the padding beneath carpeting is too saturated to protect and must be removed, discarded, and replaced later. 
  • Subflooring Restoration – Without a carpet or padding layer, assessments of the subflooring can more easily occur. When necessary, floor drying mats can remove moisture to prepare the structural system for the pad and carpet replacement. 

What Precautions Must Get Taken to Protect Carpet Before Reinstallation? 

Keeping the carpet in a dry, controlled climate is vital to prevent secondary threats like mold growth from developing during the drying and mitigation stages of water restoration. 

Even when flooring needs replaced or repaired, our water restoration technicians and general contractors of SERVPRO of Federal Way can help. Call us today at (253) 838-8999.

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