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Removing Fire Damage In Federal Way

3/21/2020 (Permalink)

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Removing Fire Damage From a Federal Way Attic

Residential attic fires may only take up two percent of all home fires, but the costs are still massive because 99% of these incidents are nonconfined. An average of 10,000 attic fires occur each year and cause property losses over $477 million. The cleanup for these fires is outside of the scope of consumer-grade cleaners, and, without professional assistance, soot residues can spread odors and corrosive soils.

When your Federal Way residence requires fire damage cleanup, SERVPRO is always prepared to send an emergency response team to restore your home. SERVPRO's comprehensive cleanup services do more than remove soot. Technicians take a thorough inventory of damaged goods, sanitize with EPA-registered antimicrobials, and are licensed to offer general contracting services (#SERVPCS911LE). Completing the job means minimizing property and structural losses so that your home is as close to a preloss condition as possible.

Facts About Attic Fires
    •    Residential attic fires are most likely to occur in December and January between 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm.
    •    Electrical malfunctions are the most frequent cause of attic fires in residential buildings, accounting for 43% of fires. The most common heat source, accounting for 37% of attic fires, is electrical arcing.
    •    While over 30% of all of these fires spread to the entire building, only two percent spread far enough that they affect adjacent structures.

Make sure to inspect the area regularly or have a professional assess the electrical components in your attic. Taking proactive measures for preserving home is highly beneficial for approving your insurance claim.

SERVPRO's Emergency Services
Before cleanup can begin in a fire-damaged structure, careful planning is necessary for successful restoration. To this end, measures such as boarding up openings, structural drying to mitigate water damage from firefighting, and pest extermination may be needed to restore your home. Depending on the extent of the fire and the condition of your attic, SERVPRO technicians can provide emergency electricity to power the equipment needed to clean and deodorize your home. Initial cleaning of contents may be performed to minimize property loss and provide occupants in temporary housing with clean, functional belongings.

SERVPRO of Federal Way provides disaster cleanup that is Faster to Any Size Disaster. When disaster strikes in your home, you can call (253) 838-8999.

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The Real Truth Behind Federal Way Water Removal Services

3/18/2020 (Permalink)

damaged copper pipe Team SERVPRO specializes in not only finding the leak but effective water damage remediation as well. Contact us 24/7 in case of emergency.

Identifying Moisture and Water Removal in Federal Way  

A leaky pipe behind a wall often goes unnoticed until you start to see moisture coming through the drywall. Usually, it spreads out like a ring and slowly expands across the wall. Besides stopping the leak, it is incredibly essential to find hidden pockets of moisture and remove them. Failing to deal with humidity correctly may lead to secondary damages such as dangerous mold infestations or warped walls.

Water removal in Federal Way does not just mean drying the floors and cutting out the destroyed drywall. That is only one step in the process. Other actions include detecting moisture to ensure dry, moisture-free materials, and using air moving and dehumidifying equipment to dry the impacted areas of your home.

The Purpose of Inspection Devices

Inspection devices include moisture sensors, thermal imaging cameras, moisture meters, and thermo-hygrometers. Some of these devices sense the presence of water in your home, and some of these devices detect the levels of moisture. In both cases, the inspection devices save SERVPRO technicians time by taking the guesswork out of it.

How to Find Moisture with Thermography

Thermal imaging cameras detect the presence of water by detecting temperature differences of a material. Thermal capacitance is a critical component of how thermal imaging cameras work. Surfaces with water hold heat and take longer to change temperatures than surfaces without moisture because water can store heat, slowing down the rate of evaporation. This means that when the room is cold, the thermal camera detects the warmth of moist areas, and when the room is hot, the camera detects the colder wet areas.

Other Ways to Find Moisture

SERVPRO technicians use moisture sensors to find moisture hidden in carpets and their padding. The sensor has probes that penetrate the layers of carpet and padding to detect the moisture levels of the floor underneath. The sensor alerts visually and audibly if it detects water. The more water there is, the faster the alert. 

These sensors detect moisture. Moisture meters read the moisture levels within materials, while thermo-hygrometers detect the relative humidity (RH) within a room. Inspection devices allow technicians to create the best restoration plan possible by identifying moisture and by reading moisture and humidity levels. 

For 24/7 assistance, contact SERVPRO of Federal Way (General Contractor # SERVPCS911LE) of Federal Way at (253) 838-8999.

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Why We Are The Leader In Federal Way After A Fire

2/24/2020 (Permalink)

Shelves of rags to clean up fire damage Cleaning after a fire takes a lot of clean towels and rags and we come prepared. We are available 24/7 to restore your home so call us right away.

Handling Any Aspect of Fire Damage Loss in Federal Way

Restoration of fire damage involves several steps, and some can be challenging to accomplish. Hiring a knowledgeable fire damage restorer like SERVPRO ensures that any issue that arises is addressed the right way, making it, "Like it never even happened."

Cleaning up the areas affected by fire damage incidents in Federal Way is essential to restore the property to its preloss state. Fast cleanup helps in many ways apart from making the place habitable. For instance, it removes soot and other residues, which can corrode metallic finishes or stain stone surfaces such as granite countertops. The presence of contents can impede such cleaning, especially when the structure needs a thorough cleaning. Our SERVPRO technicians assess the situation to determine whether doing a pack-out or cleaning with the contents in place is ideal. We can perform thorough cleaning under either circumstance, so the choice made is determined by the intended goal.

Some outcomes of fire damage require specialized cleaning approaches. For instance, residue deposits on valuable, yet delicate items such as chandeliers or vital utilities such as the HVAC system require careful cleaning to avoid damaging them in the process. Our SERVPRO technicians have specialized duct cleaning equipment. We also disassemble chandeliers or use ultrasonic cleaning machines, which use high-frequency sound waves to produce millions of tiny bubbles that strip away soils from surfaces, leaving them sparkling clean.

The action from heat or flames causes considerable damages to materials like wood. Such damage might affect only a section of an item, and considering the value of the item, there is a need to save it. Our crews can help salvage such items, cost-effectively by using restorative cleaning procedures rather than resurfacing. Soda blasting is one such method, which helps strip away bits of charred materials or heavy residue deposits from the surface without damaging it further.

Many unique situations can arise after fire damages your property in Des Moines, Woodmont Beach, or Zenith. Call SERVPRO of Federal Way at (253) 838-8999 to help. We are available 24/7.

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When Water Damage Interrupts Business in Federal Way Banquet Venues

2/18/2020 (Permalink)

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Emergency Ready Profile Simplifies Commercial Water Removal from A Federal Way Hall

Repair works at a Federal Way banquet hall left a burst water line. The contractor used a clamp to stop water flow temporarily, but it later broke, releasing gallons of water and leaving many materials in the facility wet. Elaborate steps were necessary to remove all the water and restore the hall to its preloss state.

Proper management of the commercial water removal process in Federal Way was essential since water intrusion can have long-term implications if left unaddressed. The management at the facility was able to avert a catastrophic outcome because they had SERVPRO'S Emergency Ready Profile. Without a response plan in place, approximately 50% of businesses that close during loss incidents never reopen. The plan highlights crucial steps to take immediately after identifying such a loss, including locating shut off valves, as well as the phone numbers to call to get assistance.

The steps taken at the banquet hall had managed to control the worse aspects of the water loss, such as the free flow of water inside the building by the time our SERVPRO technicians arrived at the loss site. We could, therefore, start extraction of standing water and carry out other steps necessary during water removals, such as cleanup and drying, to stop the deterioration of materials. Our truck-mounted water extractors helped expedite the removal process with their higher lift and volume capacities.

The faster response time meant surface water had minimal chance to soak into materials. When moisture migrates deep into materials, the outcome is a lengthened drying process. It also leads to the deterioration of porous materials necessitating the demolition of affected surfaces. In the hall, these additional steps were not necessary. We set up several units of air movers and dehumidifiers around the hall to help control the drying process.

Successful water removal requires the availability and proper management of resources. Call SERVPRO of Federal Way at (253) 838-8999 to help take care of any loss at your property, "Like it never even happened." 

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Moisture Concerns for Concrete Subflooring in Federal Way Homes

2/12/2020 (Permalink)

Concrete with a large crack with a water spot. Let SERVPRO know about your flood in Federal Way, your concrete subflooring could be causing large risks for your home.

SERVPRO can stop the moisture in your Federal Way home.

In many Federal Way homes renovated from older commercial properties or that were constructed on slabs instead of full foundations with basement levels, it is not uncommon to encounter concrete subflooring beneath wood flooring or carpeting. When flooding occurs, potential contaminants could require the removal of the surface level of flooring material and any padding or support material underneath.

Because concrete takes years to fully harden through hydration, flood damage to Federal Way homes could have a damaging effect on concrete slab foundations. Until concrete materials entirely harden, they are weaker and have a higher porosity. Standing water on the surface of flooring material can quickly affect wood planks and carpeting, requiring our SERVPRO technicians to remove these upper layers to expose the subfloor concrete and work on drying out any potential moisture concerns that might exist.

Learning how damaged concrete slabs might have become during a flood involves the use of a non-penetrating moisture meter. Because concrete naturally retains moisture as part of its composition, our team looks for abnormal spikes that could indicate irregularities in the established moisture baseline. These tools can inspect the top inch of concrete material exposed, which can often be enough to indicate if a more significant threat exists that must get addressed.

Concrete requires controlled drying techniques when abnormal moisture gets discovered in the upper layer of the slab beneath the flooring. This controlled drying approach requires consistent monitoring of the vapor barrier and application of warmer temperatures and direct airflow to promote the evaporation of trapped moisture in the material. Drying mats can help in a constant draw of moisture from this subflooring as well when air movers might not be an accessible option.

Because concrete subflooring is more common than you might think, it is vital for our SERVPRO of Federal Way team to have the equipment, products, and techniques to address these concerns. In many cases, we can preserve and protect concrete flooring despite exposure to contaminants with focused disinfection protocols before build back starts. Give our professionals a call anytime disaster strikes at (253) 838-8999.

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We Have The Experience And Equipment Necessary To Restore Your Federal Way Home After A Fire

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

Shelves of rags in a room to be used on fire damage cleanup Cleaning after a fire takes a lot of clean towels and rags and we have the supplies ready and waiting for your emergency service needs. Call us 24/7.

Fire Damage Was Not the Biggest Issue in Federal Way Home

According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), home-based electrical fires account for nearly one-third of home structure fires and more than $1.3-billion in property losses.

In some cases, Federal Way homes may not see much in the form of structural fire damage, but massive issues may remain with smoke residues that require cleaning, or they can spread throughout the property.

Removal of Smoke Damage

SERVPRO technicians have a vast array of cleaning agents, solvents to capture deposits, and specialized cleaning tools and methods to lift away stubborn evidence of the fire loss left behind. However, sometimes that is not enough to completely and safely remove large-scale smoke residues.

Cleaning of Wood Building Materials

In the case of rafters in the attic or basement support beams, the techs use rigorous methods to avoid fire damage to the surface of the wood. When dealing with massive deposits, soda blasting is an excellent method to remove the soot without marring the surface. These machines use sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) delivered at a high velocity, and it "blasts" away the residues clinging to the wood. This method does not eat away the surface of the wood, such as sandblasting. As a bonus, this type of cleaning not only removes the smoke damage but also deodorizes.

Other Common Concerns

SERVPRO techs inspect the ductwork to determine if the HVAC and ductwork require cleaning. If it ran after the fire loss, there is a good chance there are soot particles in the ducts that require removal. This action halts fire odors from permeating the entire structure.

Take the Stress Out of Repairs

Even when the number of charred items is minimal, there may be some repairs necessary to restore the home to its pre-fire condition, such as walls treated with a sealant to inhibit smoke odors need repainting or sheetrock repairs. With their general contractor license #SERVPCS911LE, the techs can handle the entire restoration process from start to finish for the homeowner and take the stress out of finding both a restoration and reconstruction company to handle the loss.

SERVPRO of Federal Way at (253) 838-8999 has the equipment and experience to restore homes to their preloss condition from fire damage and make it "Like it never even happened."

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We Have The State Of The Art Equipment Necessary In Des Moines To Restore Your Water Damage

1/13/2020 (Permalink)

Truck Mounted Water Extractor Our vans are equipped with water extraction units to remove all the moisture from the property before we use our drying equipment.

Mitigation of Water Damage Includes Inspection of Your Des Moines House's Interior Structure 

Many of the structures in your Des Moines home were intended to always stay dry. Contact with a damp towel during cleaning does little, if any, damage. A broken water line, however, changes everything. Drywall, many flooring materials, and other components are absorbent, letting moisture permeate easily. Once dampness sets in, damage begins. Our goal is to mitigate this process and restore everything to preloss condition as inexpensively as possible for you.

SERVPRO wants to explain to our customers in Des Moines some water damage inspection methods used to determine the severity and spread within their house. We need this information so we can put our efforts exactly where they are the most effective. These monitoring activities also occur at regular internals during the entire process of drying out a house. Toward the end, they help ensure the achievement of complete dryness as accurately as they detected the excess moisture content.

Some materials, like drywall, almost immediately show visible signs of absorbing water damage from its contact with water. Others, such as stone, brick, concrete, or tile, seem impenetrable to water. These harder materials do have microscopic openings in their surfaces, however, as does any mortar or grout. The more durable nature of these items makes them more difficult to dry as quickly as softer materials. 

Locating moisture in almost any area of your property happens with an infrared camera. However, some homes with metal framing might need visual inspection of the interiors of walls. These areas can retain water much like an HVAC system can. Our building crew, registered with General Contractor License # SERVPCS911LE, assists with such endeavors, ensuring that as little demolition work occurs.

Moisture meters come in two main styles. One uses two tiny prongs that enter slightly into the material the technician is checking. The strength of the current that passes from one prong to the next increases when more moisture exists in any particular material. Some homeowners worry about these prongs causing damage to their property. If you have concerns about this, please talk to us and we can answer any questions. We want you to know we respect your property and do not want to do anything contrary to your wishes.

The other style moisture meter does not use these probes, but typically only reveals moisture content levels in concrete or tile flooring. Other ways that we use one of these meters is to determine how far moisture has seeped into a material. Once this is known, we then switch to a penetrating meter so we have the moisture content reading and can proceed with drying. 

SERVPRO of Federal Way also covers Woodmont Beach, and Zenith, helping homeowners with restoration after water damage threatens their property. Call us at (253) 838-8999, so we can begin the mitigation work needed to make restoration efforts more efficient.

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Signs of Hidden Water Damage in Your Federal Way Home

1/10/2020 (Permalink)

Warped wood baseboard Call our team of experts today at (253) 838-8999.

If you suspect water damage in your home, there are a few things you should be on the lookout for

Not every water damage event in a home announces itself with a gush of water from a broken supply line or malfunctioning washing machine or dishwasher. Sometimes the damage occurring is slow and subtle until small signs begin to appear.

Water damage behind a Federal Way wall or ceiling can appear in various ways. Many homeowners report a musty odor that they cannot get rid of, no matter how much spray deodorizer or air freshener they use. 


The technicians undergo both classroom and hands-on training to get certified for the restoration services they perform. This instruction includes different types of water damage, fire loss, and safe mold remediation practices. They are taught the latest methods and have access to a vast array of advanced equipment so they can work towards the best outcome in every situation. 

Signs You Have Hidden Water Damage

Any of the following point to a need to have your home professionally scoped for an on-going water loss problem: 

  • Water spots on walls or ceilings
  • Sheetrock looks softened or is buckling
  • Paint bubbles
  • Mold
  • A musty odor in a particular area
  • Delaminated tile 
  • Warped hardwood floorboards
  • Damp spots in carpet

What to Expect When SERVPRO Arrives

The technicians carefully scope the property to define the scale of the water loss in the home using their advanced moisture detection equipment to peer behind walls without the need to remove sheetrock. Once they determine the loss area, they extract as much moisture as possible and dry the area. Damaged sheetrock and other building materials may require removal and disposal.

Repairs and Rebuilding Service with SERVPRO

With their general contractor license #SERVPCS911LE, they can offer homeowners the opportunity to utilize one company for both restorations from water damage and reconstruction.

This service takes the hassle out of dealing with multiple companies, and since SERVPRO works with both homeowners and adjusters, it ensures any work done is within the scope of coverage, so there are no surprises.

When water damage is the problem, contact SERVPRO of Federal Way at (253) 838-8999. Their certified technicians arrive quickly and work to make the water loss in your home, "Like it never even happened."

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We Get You Back In Business in Des Moines After A Fire

12/27/2019 (Permalink)

One of our fire cleaning station facilities Our fire content cleaning stations are located right inside our facility. We have the technology and staff to properly mitigate contents in house.

Salon Feels New After Restoration of A Commercial Fire Damage Incident in Des Moines 

Fire damage can transform a place with the best ambiance to feel like a dump in a matter of minutes. An unattended hair curling iron ignited a small fire in a Des Moines salon, which was aggravated by the highly combustible styling and hygiene products next to the iron. Although contained early, the fire left most areas covered in smoke residues and charred contents.

When the owner called SERVPRO to help restore the commercial fire damage loss in Des Moines, the biggest worry was whether the salon would regain its preloss state by merely cleaning it since other restoration solutions such as replacing materials would be too costly. Our crew chief took the time to explain various cleaning approaches that we could use to handle different challenges.

The main areas of concern were the oily smoke residues on wall panels, which would require considerable effort to clean and the ceiling tiles, which could be damaged by wet cleaning. Our SERVPRO technicians used their advanced training in fire and smoke restoration techniques to handle such challenges safely. After inspecting the site, we realized that we could clean the ceiling using a specialized technique called peroxide-active cleaning, which removes residues from ceiling tiles without damaging them as regular wet cleaning would. For the wall surfaces, chemical sponges helped remove fire damage residues without leaving smudges or damaging the wall panels through moisture exposure.

Away from the construction materials, charring was visible on some of the furniture while residues had deeply stained the granite countertop. For a business that deals with looks, options like heavy abrasion that would mess with the finish or leaving stains in place were not acceptable. The owner was also not eager to foot a replacement bill. Our SERVPRO technicians found a better solution by using a soda blaster, which helped remove the residue stains and charring without damaging the surfaces.

Fire causes a wide range of damages. Call SERVPRO of Federal Way at (253) 838-899 to help find a solution that deals with any issue, "Like it never even happened."

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Our Experts Can Restore Your Des Moines Home After A Flood

12/21/2019 (Permalink)

flooding cause by storm For disaster cleanup that starts within hours, call (253) 838-8999.

Restoring a Home After Flood Damage in Des Moines

Flooding is the number one disaster that occurs in the US each year. From 2005 to 2014 alone, the average flood claim was $42,000, and the annual average for flood insurance claims was a whopping $3.5 billion. The cost that comes from these disasters occurs on several different levels. Structures can suffer long-term damage from moisture and contaminants without professional mitigation.

If you need rapid cleanup for flood damage in your Des Moines residence, SERVPRO teams are available 24/7, to restore your home. If your structure requires additional work after a flooding-related disaster, your local SERVPRO as a general contracting license (#SERVPCS911LE). This team strives to bring homeowners a deep clean with contemporary technologies and scientific theory.

Residential Yard Drainage Options
While smart landscaping cannot entirely prevent flooding, there are many cost-effective options available to minimize damage and exposure, including:

    •    Add landscaping rocks. Whether you arrange these rocks to create a small fountain or edge your yard with them, they are a practical, yet visually appealing way to lower your home flood risk.
    •    Install grates, drains, or rain barrels. Not only can drains lower home flood risk, but storage options like rain barrels can keep your plants healthy.
    •    Make smart design decisions. Consult with an experienced landscaper on how to use a variety of methods that can minimize flooding. These can include plants, mulch, landscaping rocks, and sloping terrain to safely redirect water away from the structure without affecting nearby residences.

How SERVPRO Can Help
When SERVPRO comes to your residence, technicians can not only thoroughly extract floodwaters, but they can disinfect and remove sediment and debris. Professionals also have access to a variety of odor control methods, such as ultra low-volume fogging. ULV foggers release a mist of solvent that binds with odor-causing particles to eliminate them. Odors can also be addressed with the help of EPA-registered antimicrobials, direct spraying of deodorizing materials, and ventilation box fans.

SERVPRO of Federal Way is a team you can count on to be Faster to Any Size Disaster. For disaster cleanup that starts within hours, call (253) 838-8999.

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