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Top Places Mold Will Grow

11/30/2022 (Permalink)

kitchen sink Kitchen sinks, and anywhere water is frequently used can be a hub for mold growth.

Mold is probably one of the last things you want to find in your home. It smells, can discolor and warp different materials, and can have a negative impact  on your health. If you're wondering if you have mold, or just want to know where to look out for in your home, here's a list of the top 5 places mold loves in your home.

  • Roofs. If your roof has, or previously had, a leak, mold can begin to grow that way.
  • Windows. Sometimes windows need to be resealed, and if they aren't they will let the moisture in that keeps mold growing. 
  • Areas affected by previous water damage. Any previous water damage, from years ago or yesterday, can create perfect conditions for mold to grow.
  • Caulking around sinks. Sometimes it seems like no matter how often you wipe it down, the caulk around the sink never looks clean. That is probably mold, not dirt, and requires specialty cleaning products to remove.
  • Pipes. In some circumstances, mold can grow in an around pipes.

If you notice mold growth in your home, we are here to help. Mold should never be removed with bleach as it is not effective on most surfaces, and may not completely eliminate the growth. Contact us if you are concerned about a mold growth in your home or office.

Top Places Mold Will Grow

11/30/2022 (Permalink)

kitchen sink Kitchen sinks, and anywhere water is frequently used can be a hub for mold growth.

Mold is probably one of the last things you want to find in your home. It smells, can discolor and warp different materials, and can have a negative impact  on your health. If you're wondering if you have mold, or just want to know where to look out for in your home, here's a list of the top 5 places mold loves in your home.

  • Roofs. If your roof has, or previously had, a leak, mold can begin to grow that way.
  • Windows. Sometimes windows need to be resealed, and if they aren't they will let the moisture in that keeps mold growing. 
  • Areas affected by previous water damage. Any previous water damage, from years ago or yesterday, can create perfect conditions for mold to grow.
  • Caulking around sinks. Sometimes it seems like no matter how often you wipe it down, the caulk around the sink never looks clean. That is probably mold, not dirt, and requires specialty cleaning products to remove.
  • Pipes. In some circumstances, mold can grow in an around pipes.

If you notice mold growth in your home, we are here to help. Mold should never be removed with bleach as it is not effective on most surfaces, and may not completely eliminate the growth. Contact us if you are concerned about a mold growth in your home or office.

Top Places Mold Will Grow

11/30/2022 (Permalink)

kitchen sink Kitchen sinks, and anywhere water is frequently used can be a hub for mold growth.

Mold is probably one of the last things you want to find in your home. It smells, can discolor and warp different materials, and can have a negative impact  on your health. If you're wondering if you have mold, or just want to know where to look out for in your home, here's a list of the top 5 places mold loves in your home.

  • Roofs. If your roof has, or previously had, a leak, mold can begin to grow that way.
  • Windows. Sometimes windows need to be resealed, and if they aren't they will let the moisture in that keeps mold growing. 
  • Areas affected by previous water damage. Any previous water damage, from years ago or yesterday, can create perfect conditions for mold to grow.
  • Caulking around sinks. Sometimes it seems like no matter how often you wipe it down, the caulk around the sink never looks clean. That is probably mold, not dirt, and requires specialty cleaning products to remove.
  • Pipes. In some circumstances, mold can grow in an around pipes.

If you notice mold growth in your home, we are here to help. Mold should never be removed with bleach as it is not effective on most surfaces, and may not completely eliminate the growth. Contact us if you are concerned about a mold growth in your home or office.

Top Places Mold Will Grow

11/30/2022 (Permalink)

kitchen sink Kitchen sinks, and anywhere water is frequently used can be a hub for mold growth.

Mold is probably one of the last things you want to find in your home. It smells, can discolor and warp different materials, and can have a negative impact  on your health. If you're wondering if you have mold, or just want to know where to look out for in your home, here's a list of the top 5 places mold loves in your home.

  • Roofs. If your roof has, or previously had, a leak, mold can begin to grow that way.
  • Windows. Sometimes windows need to be resealed, and if they aren't they will let the moisture in that keeps mold growing. 
  • Areas affected by previous water damage. Any previous water damage, from years ago or yesterday, can create perfect conditions for mold to grow.
  • Caulking around sinks. Sometimes it seems like no matter how often you wipe it down, the caulk around the sink never looks clean. That is probably mold, not dirt, and requires specialty cleaning products to remove.
  • Pipes. In some circumstances, mold can grow in an around pipes.

If you notice mold growth in your home, we are here to help. Mold should never be removed with bleach as it is not effective on most surfaces, and may not completely eliminate the growth. Contact us if you are concerned about a mold growth in your home or office.

Top Places Mold Will Grow

11/30/2022 (Permalink)

kitchen sink Kitchen sinks, and anywhere water is frequently used can be a hub for mold growth.

Mold is probably one of the last things you want to find in your home. It smells, can discolor and warp different materials, and can have a negative impact  on your health. If you're wondering if you have mold, or just want to know where to look out for in your home, here's a list of the top 5 places mold loves in your home.

  • Roofs. If your roof has, or previously had, a leak, mold can begin to grow that way.
  • Windows. Sometimes windows need to be resealed, and if they aren't they will let the moisture in that keeps mold growing. 
  • Areas affected by previous water damage. Any previous water damage, from years ago or yesterday, can create perfect conditions for mold to grow.
  • Caulking around sinks. Sometimes it seems like no matter how often you wipe it down, the caulk around the sink never looks clean. That is probably mold, not dirt, and requires specialty cleaning products to remove.
  • Pipes. In some circumstances, mold can grow in an around pipes.

If you notice mold growth in your home, we are here to help. Mold should never be removed with bleach as it is not effective on most surfaces, and may not completely eliminate the growth. Contact us if you are concerned about a mold growth in your home or office.

Top Places Mold Will Grow

11/30/2022 (Permalink)

kitchen sink Kitchen sinks, and anywhere water is frequently used can be a hub for mold growth.

Mold is probably one of the last things you want to find in your home. It smells, can discolor and warp different materials, and can have a negative impact  on your health. If you're wondering if you have mold, or just want to know where to look out for in your home, here's a list of the top 5 places mold loves in your home.

  • Roofs. If your roof has, or previously had, a leak, mold can begin to grow that way.
  • Windows. Sometimes windows need to be resealed, and if they aren't they will let the moisture in that keeps mold growing. 
  • Areas affected by previous water damage. Any previous water damage, from years ago or yesterday, can create perfect conditions for mold to grow.
  • Caulking around sinks. Sometimes it seems like no matter how often you wipe it down, the caulk around the sink never looks clean. That is probably mold, not dirt, and requires specialty cleaning products to remove.
  • Pipes. In some circumstances, mold can grow in an around pipes.

If you notice mold growth in your home, we are here to help. Mold should never be removed with bleach as it is not effective on most surfaces, and may not completely eliminate the growth. Contact us if you are concerned about a mold growth in your home or office.

Objectives of Federal Way Water Damage Cleanup

9/20/2022 (Permalink)

technician using a water extraction tool SERVPRO's skilled technicians have the tools and experience to put an end to water damage in your Federal Way home.

SERVPRO Helps with Efficient Water Damage Recovery

As one of the growing communities of the Greater Seattle area, our SERVPRO of Federal Way team frequently is called to mitigate and restore water disasters in homes and businesses. Because the type of damage can vary considerably from one property to the next, our technicians must be prepared for different triggers and impacted areas of households. Some common causes include:

  • Leaks
  • Spills
  • Overflows
  • Burst pipes
  • Flooding
  • Broken fixtures

Reaching Federal Way water damage disasters quickly is the best way to ensure that we can sufficiently mitigate damages and do more to protect the structure. After 48 hours of exposure, many saturation concerns and standing water have caused irreparable damage to the residence, so we mobilize fast to have boots on the ground and get to work within the earliest hours after the first notice of loss.

The Focus of Water Damage Restoration

We have specific goals to protect your home after a disaster. With a population nearing 100,000 in Federal Way alone, we must have a fast and efficient system to manage pressing concerns and prevent more significant harm to the residence while restoration gets underway. We prioritize a few specific objectives when our WRT-Certified technicians arrive:

  • Mitigating Damage – This focus means preventing the situation from worsening and making the house safer for responding technicians to work.
  • Protecting Contents – With the impact on personal belongings, furniture, and soft materials, it is critical to have an effective and direct solution to recover these belongings when disasters occur.
  • Cleaning the Structure – we have several wet cleaning products to clear residual damage and soil deposits from surfaces and carpeting after absorption.
  • Repairing the Damage – Using our contractor license, our team can provide repairs, reconstruction, demolition, and plumbing replacement as required.

Emergency Services Mitigate Damage

We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster – but what are we doing when we get there? Emergency services provide the most direct path to protecting a property and its contents. Between the contractors on our roster that can manage actions like controlled demolition to services like water removal and content management, SERVPRO professionals help in every way possible as early as we can.

Content Relocation and Cleaning

Personal belongings become a significant victim of the water damage your home can face after disasters. Because your contents exist in every living space, standing water and moisture concerns adversely affect many items. Without fast relocation services, we need to address the level of cleaning and restoration that personal belongings require to avoid more significant and costlier damages for the customer.

Surface Cleaning Solutions

Between minerals and chemicals that could exist in standing water or moisture damage in your household, residues are one of the obstacles that our responding team must overcome. Surface cleaning strategies, especially wet cleaning with phenolics or green products, allow us to eliminate soil deposits and residual film without ruining the underlying affected material.

Licensed General Contractors to Help

Having a general contractor license, our professionals can also remove damaged structural elements, offer temporary construction solutions, and repair portions of the property after water damage. Our capabilities in this regard allow us to remain a one-stop-shop for restoration and reconstruction, saving a customer time and money on the recovery efforts their residence requires.

Federal Way water damage incidents are rapidly forming and widespread in many cases, making it crucial to have a team of accredited and experienced restoration specialists to help. Our SERVPRO of Federal Way team stays ready to mobilize when disasters strike. Call our restorers anytime at (253) 838-8999.

Restoring Federal Way Fire Damage Fast

9/20/2022 (Permalink)

before and after view of fire damage in a home Heavy smoke can affect the contents and structure of your Federal Way home. Call SERVPRO to remediate the fire damage and clean up smoke soils.

FSRT-Certified Technicians Overcome Fire Damage

Fire damage incidents can be traumatic and devastating between the thousands of homes throughout King County and the Seattle Metropolitan area, including historical landmarks. For this reason, we invest our time and resources into educating our FSRT-Certified professionals with the latest restoration strategies, mitigation equipment, and products in our inventory to help.

Mitigating Federal Way fire damage hinges most on the fast response of our SERVPRO professionals. Our facility stores dozens of Green Fleet vehicles and hundreds of recovery tools for post-fire cleanup and restoration. After the first notice of loss, our restoration team works to mobilize fast to perform needed emergency services to help.

The Hazards of Post-Fire Environments

A post-fire environment is one of the most volatile environments that our SERVPRO team can enter, except for biohazard cleanup jobs. Not only is the atmosphere often saturated with soot solids and particles, but our contractors must also expect structural instability and compromise. Much of the emergency services and mitigative efforts are performed to make the environment safer for our team working on cleanup up fire damage.

Eliminating Structural Threats and Safety Hazards

Emergency services first focus on the safety hazards that prevent mitigation action from getting underway. The most pressing concern is circulating carcinogenic smoke particles. HEPA 500 Air Scrubbers from our inventory can significantly reduce volatile environments. Similarly, the contractor license allows us to inspect and remove compromised structural elements to replace them later.

Cleaning Up After Smoke Damages

Smoke remediation is one of the more necessary elements of fire restoration and recovery services. Because there are multiple types of smoke damage, naturally, the cleaning approach for these various compositions also changes. We have hundreds of products ranging from solvents and detergents for moist deposits and greasy residues to chemical sponges to remove lighter soiled surfaces. Types of smoke damage include:

  • Wet Smoke
  • Dry Smoke
  • Oil Furnace Puffback
  • Kitchen Fires

Deodorization Solutions

Odors are one final obstacle to returning properties to their original condition. We can implement several deodorizing practices, sometimes simultaneously, to manage the presence of offensive scents. These can include:

  • Fogging – High-heat fires open the pores of sensitive materials in the house to direct malodor exposure. Thermal and ULV fogging turn potent deodorants into penetrative vapors to impact trapped smells.
  • UV Cleaning – UV Cleaning is effective and can help entire rooms of damaged property. Hydroxyl machines are the tools capable of cleaning in this manner. The onboard HEPA filtration capabilities also make the volatile environment less hazardous.
  • Ozone – The use of ozone is one of the most efficient and effective strategies available, but not without its costs. Because the compound is very harmful to breathe, we must allow the right amount of time for ozone to dissipate before returning.

Fire Damage Repairs After Restoration

One of the final steps to fire damage restoration and recovery is replacing removed materials and repairing structural compromise. Contractors of our team can provide several types of build-back services to help homes and businesses with post-fire clean up and get their life back to normal as fast as possible. We carefully assess needed repairs and construction to seamlessly transition to rebuilding after fire restoration and smoke remediation are complete.

Because of the condition of homes and businesses after Federal Way fire damage incidents, it is vital to get professional restorers to the scene as soon as possible. Quickly following extinguishment leaves less time for surfaces to be destroyed by soot and materials more able to be restored and cleaned. Give our experienced SERVPRO of Federal Way team a call now at (253) 838-8999.

Preparing for Federal Way Mold Damage Possibilities

9/20/2022 (Permalink)

mold damage on wooden floor joists Contact our SERVPRO AMRT-Certified mold damage remediation technicians in Federal Way to assess and help with mold damage in your home.

AMRT Specialists Offer Mold Damage Recovery

Did you know that your insurance often does not cover repairing and remediating mold and microbial damage? Unless it is one of the destructive triggers in your home policy, like a burst pipe or damaged appliance that leads to this development, the entire remediation cost might be out-of-pocket for the customer. Many areas could be directly affected, including:

  • Attics
  • Basements
  • Crawlspaces
  • Garages
  • Laundry Areas
  • Bathrooms

Because of how widespread Federal Way mold damage could be, it is vital to have our remediation team respond as fast as possible. The longer that mold colonies go unchallenged, the more they spread and require lengtheir and more invasive cleaning measures. We are trusted AMRT-Certified technicians accredited through the IICRC to provide your household with correct and experienced remediation decisions.

How Likely is Mold?

Humidity is a persistent concern with the rainfall, and precipitation King’s County receives every year. Because there are no buildings and residences entirely impervious to mold infestation, it is necessary to consider how readily poorly ventilated structures can be affected. From The Commons and St. Francis Hospital to the homes of the nearly 100,000 in the city, mold damage is a common occurrence that our SERVPRO team stays prepared to face.

Acting Quickly on Mold Development

Direct action can often help keep the situation from being worse than it needs to be. The first measure that we can take in this regard is to establish physical containment barriers. With a wooden framework, spring-loaded rods, and thick 6-mil plastic sheeting, we can create a set boundary for manipulating airflow, temperature, and humidity – the main principles of efficient drying. Influencing these environmental factors can also contribute to slowing the progression of mold damage.

Mold Removal Strategies for Damaged Homes

Because of the finite timeline, our AMRT-Certified professionals must address the active mold colonization in your home. Remediation comes down to several strategies simultaneously. The ideal scenario only utilizes superficial techniques like antimicrobial products, sporicides, and biocides. When more aggressive methods are necessary, we can implement equipment like media blasters, sanders, and other units.

Eliminating Offensive Odors

Malodors are one of the common indicators of active colonization. Despite the lessening of these smells that might occur with remediation and surface cleaning, the full measure of musty malodors is not resolved through these efforts. Deodorization is a necessary component of restoring comfortable living conditions. This includes fogging with neutralizing products to penetrate and reach trapped odors in:

  • Clothing
  • Carpeting
  • Porous building materials
  • HVAC system

Preventing Mold Damage Recurrences

There are multiple advantages to choosing experienced SERVPRO professionals for the remediation and recovery of your home after mold exposure. One example is the general contractor license, which allows us to complete any necessary repairs and build back services. An objective for these professionals in the post-remediation phases is to prevent recurrences. We can replace and repair structural vulnerabilities and utility damage to prevent water damage where it can be a more significant threat.

We work tirelessly to return your home to preloss condition after mold threatens the structure and contents. Between regular pre-job inspections and interfacing with the customer, we can meet milestones and expected goals to get an everyday life back as fast as possible.

Federal Way mold damage might seem commonplace in wet environments like the basement, but it should be removed and cleaned as soon as possible to prevent losses in your home. We have effective remediation methods and experienced professionals on our SERVPRO of Federal Way team to help. Call now at (253) 838-8999.

Removing Fire Damage in Federal Way

9/19/2022 (Permalink)

close-up of fire blaze SERVPRO of Federal Way provides disaster cleanup that is Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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 of over $477 million. The cleanup for these fires is outside 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 will most likely occur between 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm in December and January.
  • Electrical malfunctions are the most frequent cause of attic fires in residential buildings, accounting for 43% of fires. Electrical arcing is the most common heat source, accounting for 37% of attic fires. 
  • While over 30% of these fires spread to the entire building, only two percent spread far enough to 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 your 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. Measures such as boarding up, structural drying to mitigate water damage from firefighting, and pest extermination may be needed to restore your home. Depending on the fire's extent and the attic's condition, 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, call (253) 838-8999.