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Regular inspection of Fire Sprinklers

3/9/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Regular inspection of Fire Sprinklers Fire Sprinkler Maintenance is a Top Priority

Of the many tasks assigned to a Maintenance Manager, making sure the building's sprinkler system is in proper working condition is on the top of the list.

Fire suppression during a building fire replies on the sprinkler system doing it's job of containing/eliminating the fire.

Different types of materials within the structure, along with the amount of time the materials were in contact with the fire, will affect the level of damage that a building incurs.

Once the fire is extinguished, knowing how to properly mitigate and repair the building with the various materials in it is important.

If you find yourself needing mitigation for your fire damage give SERVPRO a call today.

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Be mindful of that pile of rags in the garage

3/9/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Be mindful of that pile of rags in the garage Rags soaked in stain or other chemicals can cause a Fire

If you've ever used a rag to apply stain to your wood working project you know how stain just makes everything more vibrant.  The color of the grain, the curves of the carving, and sometimes even a bag of rags!

Rags and wood dust being piled up after cleaning up the garage can cause a fire to innocently start.  The oils and ingredients in the stain end up causing heat and if all the ingredients are there a fire can start.

The smoke from the rags/stain are bad enough, but couple that with many of the items you have in your garage and you can imagine the damage that can be done.

If you run into this scenario give SERVPRO a call.  Our highly trained team has the knowledge of the various materials and how they need to be cleaned.  Just like every piece of wood is different, different types of fires/materials require varying methods of cleaning.

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Basement Leaks that can cause issues in your home

3/8/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Basement Leaks that can cause issues in your home Basement Leaks can affect your Home's Health

Basements can completely flood, have a slow leak, or there’s just have an odd smell in the air – keeping your basement healthy and dry is one of the most important maintenance items you should keep up with.

Here are some places that your basement can leak:

  • Top of the Wall
  • Window Wells
  • Wall Cracks
  • Tie Rod Holes
  • Honeycomb
  • Sewer Pipe
  • Mortar Joint
  • Water Pipes Conduits
  • Floor Cracks
  • Sump Pump
  • Floor Drain
  • Floor & Wall Joint
  • Plugged Drain Tile

If you do find elevated moisture levels in your basement, give SERVPRO a call.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help

Call Today


We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect


When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

Your name and contact information
Your insurance information (if applicable)
The street address of the water-damaged home or business
When did the flooding or water damage occur?
What caused the water damage (if known)?
Is there electricity available (on-site)?


About SERVPRO


SERVPRO specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Small Toilet leaks can lead to Large issues in your home

3/8/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Small Toilet leaks can lead to Large issues in your home Small Toilet leaks can lead to Large issues in your home

We've all seen it, the first sign of a leaking toilet as we are cleaning the bathroom.  A slow drip in the supply line, leaking around the base of the toilet, or even condensation coming from a loose joint can cause water to affect a bathrooms floor.

If the leak continues it can cause damage to the subfloor and in some cases even the framing.

Routine inspections of your home's toilets can identify these leaks before they cause damage that  needs to be repaired.

If you do run into a repair that needs professional help give us a call!

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help

Call Today

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

Your name and contact information

Your insurance information (if applicable)

The street address of the water-damaged home or business

When did the flooding or water damage occur?

What caused the water damage (if known)?

Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO

SERVPRO specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property

The Top 3 reasons your Roof might be leaking water

3/8/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage The Top 3 reasons your Roof might be leaking water The Top 3 reasons your Roof might be leaking water

Roofs are often susceptible to water damage that can lead to structure and mold issues if not addressed.  There are several ways water can infiltrate building materials surrounding a roof and the top 3 are:

  • Water pipes leaking or dripping
  • Condensation inside your home

  • Clogged gutters and downspouts

Most of the issues relating to a roof leak can be avoided by doing routine inspections of the attic/roof area on a regular basis.

If you do spot damage and are needing professional repairs call SERVPRO for help.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help

Call Today


We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect


When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

Your name and contact information
Your insurance information (if applicable)
The street address of the water-damaged home or business
When did the flooding or water damage occur?
What caused the water damage (if known)?
Is there electricity available (on-site)?


About SERVPRO


SERVPRO specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

February will finish as Seattle’s first drier-than-normal month since September

3/1/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial February will finish as Seattle’s first drier-than-normal month since September Clogged Drains and Heavy Rain can cause Water Damage

Looking back at the month of February, the wind and cold seemed to dominate the weather.  The Seattle Area experiences it’s first drier than normal month since September.  


January, however, experienced much wetter-than-normal conditions as over 8 inches fell onto the roofs of Seattle.  The normal for the month of January is just shy of 6 inches.

The extra rain in January, coupled with winds, meant several building owners were performing inspections to make sure the drain vents weren’t clogged and holding water.

Several times throughout the year SERVPRO clients will call when a blockage on their roof suddenly clears and overflows into the building.

Always check your roof/gutters after a particularly windy storm to make sure your drainage system is running smoothly.  

Floor Replacements can often be avoided with advanced floor drying technology

3/1/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Floor Replacements can often be avoided with advanced floor drying technology Advanced Drying Equipment and Experienced Technicians drying a damaged floor

The kitchen lights turn on as you rub the sleep out of your eyes and stumble towards the coffee maker.  Two steps in you realize the smooth wooden floor you’ve walked across every morning for the last two years now feels different.

The smooth, dry floor you are accustomed to is now a cupped bundle of lumber that feels like it’s been soaked in the bathtub.  You quickly realize that the dishwasher you turned on as you went to bed the night before has been leaking water all over the kitchen.

The wood has begun to swell and buckle and your plans for a quiet Saturday morning reading the paper quickly turns into a call to SERVPRO for help.

For a lot of companies replacing a floor is the first choice to repair.  It seems like the quickest way in the moment, but there are weeks ahead of a compromised kitchen as replacement flooring is order.  

There is a better choice though!  With skilled technicians and the latest in drying technology, SERVPRO can oftentimes dry the wood floor in place using a complex system of Dehumidifying Mats places on the floor and hooked up to a labyrinth of air hoses.

If you find yourself in this situation give SERVPRO a call, go ahead and make that coffee, we’ll be there soon to help get your life back to normal.

What's the deal with that Bathroom Fan?

3/1/2018 (Permalink)

Building Services What's the deal with that Bathroom Fan? A Clean Fan is a Happy Fan

Bathroom fans are a unique part of your home’s overall health.  Oh sure, “getting that smell out” is one of the obvious benefits of the fan but it provides more than a clean smelling bathroom.

Did you know that a bathroom fan that’s used one hour a day will exhaust over 2,000,000 cubic feet of air a year, or the equivalent of the air inside 1,000 homes?

The moist air that is created when you take a shower or bath can combine with spores and all kinds of organic materials that are brought from the outside into your home.  This can increase the occurrence of microbial growth , which has shown to cause several health conditions.

Exhausting this moist are from the structure helps keep moisture levels low.  To be efficient , though, the vent on the fan should be cleaned and inspected on a regular basis to allow for proper air flow.

Turn the fan off at the switch or circuit breaker before removing the vent cover.

Remove the cover by pulling down until the cover is several inches from the ceiling.

Press the spring loaded wire clips, found on two sides of the cover, together then remove the clips from the slots in the fan housing.

  • Use a vacuum to clean the vent of lint and debris.

    Use an extension attachment to vacuum out the cavity of the fan.
  • The last step is simply replacing the vent cover and testing it out with a flip of a switch!

Sometimes your Kitchen just needs to Vent

3/1/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Sometimes your Kitchen just needs to Vent Turning your Vent on Before you cook helps reduce Odors and Moisture

We’ve all been there, it seemed like a good idea to cook the bacon on High heat but that Text from a friend or the person that distracted us from our stove was enough to make it happen.

“It” is that smell that enters your nostrils that makes your hard race as you run to the stove and turn down the heat.  As you fan smoke away from the pan you realize you’re spreading this smoke into other parts of the kitchen.  You reach for the fan and turn it on for the first time in a while.  

Cranking the knob up to high you look over at the smoke detector and the race is on.

“Will the fan suck up the smoke before it gets to the smoke detector and informs everyone in the house you’ve just burned the bacon?”

The Kitchen Fan is mostly a Reactive function in the kitchen.  It rarely gets turned on until smoke comes out of a pan or that pot of water starts to fog up the room.  

The perfect time to turn on the fan is actually Before you turn on the stove and start cooking.  The main purpose of the fan is to eliminate heat and odors from the cooking that you’re doing.  The moisture and odors tend to stick to the walls of your kitchen.

The odors and moisture builds up and can turn your kitchen area into a feeding ground for microbial growth.  

How do you reduce the chance for moisture and odor issues in your kitchen? Be proactive and turn the Fan on every time you turn the stove on.


If you ever do run into issues in your Home or Commercial building reach out to SERVPRO and we’ll come out and take care of you.

Commercial Cleaning for the Health of your Office Building

3/1/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning Commercial Cleaning for the Health of your Office Building Cleaning of High Traffic Surfaces in Office Buildings

Sitting in the waiting room at her Architect’s office, Jessica grabbed a magazine that was sitting on a table.  She read an article  the importance of cleaning “high traffic hard surfaces”  in commercial buildings.  The article showed several examples of hard surfaces that are commonly overlooked when commercial spaces are casually cleaned.

Door Knobs, Light Switches, Countertops, Equipment Controls, Chairs, Tables……….the list went on.

Jessica squirmed a little as she looked around the waiting area and imagined all of the people that had come before her who sat in her very seat.  “You can’t avoid germs altogether” she thought to herself, but still she wondered what steps an office took to make sure an acceptable level of cleanliness was maintained.

About that time David, one of the Firm’s Partners, came around the corner to great Jessica.  She asked David how his company kept the office clean as it looked like it was well maintained.

“Well, we really don’t have a regular cleaning company that comes in, we all just pitch in and Pam at the front desk handles everything out front.  We do, however, hire SERVPRO once a month to come in and do a deep clean of high traffic areas”.

Jessica nodded and smiled, “I think I’m going to have them help maintain this new Tenant Improvement Job you guys are working on, let’s go look at the updated plans for the project David”...

If you have a commercial space you’d like SERVPRO to come out and do a deep cleaning, feel free to contact us today!

Vehicle Remediation Services available for Federal Way

2/27/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning Vehicle Remediation Services available for Federal Way Mold Damage to a car caused by water damage

SERVPRO of Federal Way, known for Property Damage Restoration, is now offering Vehicle Remediation Services.

When damage due to Water, Mold, Smoke, or Odors occurs in your vehicle trust our skilled team to clean your vehicle.

Both Dealerships and Drivers have experienced the thorough process SERVPRO of Federal Way performs.

Deodorizing by way of OZONE equipment is used to eliminate odors.

The vehicle is then HEPA vacuumed, wiped down on all the hard surfaces, and then antimicrobial is applied.

In the final process the vehicle is closed up in preparation of fogging.  A deodorizer is then fogged in the area. 

If you have a vehicle on your lot or in your driveway that could use deep cleaning to eliminate odors trust the experts at SERVPRO of Federal Way.

New Cleaning Technology for SERVPRO of Federal Way Customers

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

General New Cleaning Technology for SERVPRO of Federal Way Customers Industry Leading Soft Goods Technology

When property damage occurs the initial focus is often on the larger pieces of someone’s life that was affected.  A roof, the kitchen floor, or the finished basement that needs to be repaired if the main focus of most involved.

When the dust of emotions and initial response settles the less noticeable pieces to someone’s life or business then presents itself.  The focus then moves to the “little things” in life that bring far more value than a dollar amount.

The blanket that your Aunt made.  The stuffed animal that your daughter won at the State Fair when she was 8.  Even those pair of shoes you bring out for special occasions, the ones they don’t even make anymore.  These are all items that sure, you could say are worth $9 for a stuffed animal, but honestly is there really an amount of money that can reimburse you for your emotional attachment?

At SERVPRO of Federal Way we had seen several customers that went through the painful process of “being reimbursed” for their contents throughout the years.  We wondered if there was something we could do to improve the level of services that we were providing.  There was a definite need based on the feedback we had received.

In June SERVPRO of Federal Way made the decision to invest in the Equipment and Training needed to provide state of the art soft contents cleaning in house.  SERVPRO of Federal Way is now using the Industry leading Esporta System to clean soft goods contents to Food Grade levels.  This has resulted in less items thrown away, lower claims costs, and a better experience for our customers.

The cleaning technology we now have in house is capable of cleaning a variety of soft goods:

– winter boots

– hiking boots

– leather slippers

– suede coats

– leather coats

– suede handbags

– leather handbags

– suede or leather hats

– stuffed animals or dolls

– throw or bed pillows

– bedding

– curtains or drapes


If you would like to learn more about the technology and process SERVPRO of Federal Way uses on soft goods cleaning please contact us today at 206-282-9500

Seattle Area Building Boom Necessitating Pre Planning for Emergencies

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Seattle Area Building Boom Necessitating Pre Planning for Emergencies Seattle Area Construction boom is causing a need for Solid Planning

2017 was a big year for Residential and Commercial construction and there doesn't seem to be an end in sight!

Downtown Seattle alone experienced an additional 5,700 homes, almost 4 million square feet of office space, and 600+ hotel rooms.

Though these numbers are staggering, they are expected to rise by the time 2020 comes around.  In 2020 planners expect more than 17,000 homes to be built!

With the new square footage comes the challenges of making sure your Property Damage Emergency Services are pre planned Before an incident occurs.

SERVPRO of Federal Wayworks with Contractors, Building Owners, and Property Management Companies to set up Emergency Ready Plans.

This No Cost program gathers all of your important site/building information and makes it easily accessible if an event occurs.

This information is in physical form but is also available via Online (as well as our Free App) for your entire Team to access.  This information can be transferred from the General Contractor to the Property Management Team as the structures are commissioned.

If you would like more information on what an Emergency Ready Program would look like for your building or project, please contact us at 206-282-9500

Summertime Water Conservation Tips

7/5/2017 (Permalink)

General Summertime Water Conservation Tips Keep your plants happy and your water bill low with a few simple points.

With summer now in full swing, it's time to consider how to keep your lawn and garden it tip top shape while also considering how to keep your water bill down. Here are a few tips from Popular Mechanics on how (http://www.popularmechanics.com/home/lawn-garden/how-to/g559/9-water-conserving-tips-for-summer-gardening/):

  • Don't over water - a good rule of thumb is that a lawn needs 1 inch of water a week and perennial plants and shrubs will need from 1 inch to 2 inches a week. When in doubt, keep the plant's soil lightly moist and see how it responds. Over-watering is just as bad as under-watering; it leads to root rot and soil compaction that robs the roots of air.
  • Water in the morning - If you water while it's (relatively) cool outside, water can soak in before it evaporates on the surface. And if you do it in the morning, that helps the plant to take up the water during the day. 
  • Don't waste water - Don't soak the plant's foliage; it does little good. If you see water puddling or running off, stop; let the water soak in before resuming. Likewise, water that runs off your lawn or off the top of a flower bed onto paved surfaces does no good. The same applies to running lawn sprinklers: Water your lawn, not the side of your house or the driveway.

Mold - Things You Need to Know

4/17/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold - Things You Need to Know Control moisture and reduce your odds of mold - SERVPRO of Federal Way can help!
  • There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment; the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture.
  • If mold is a problem in your home or school, you must clean up the mold and eliminate sources of moisture.
  • Reduce indoor humidity (to 30-60%) to decrease mold growth by:
    • Venting bathrooms, dryers and other moisture-generating sources to the outside
    • Using air conditioners and de-humidifiers
    • Increasing ventilation
    • Using exhaust fans whenever cooking, dishwashing and cleaning
  • Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any substance, providing moisture is present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, and foods.

For more, see this great page by the Environmental Protection Agency:

https://www.epa.gov/mold/ten-things-you-should-know-about-mold 

Federal Way Rains Bringing Storm Damage Pains? SERVPRO is Here to Help!

2/10/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Federal Way Rains Bringing Storm Damage Pains? SERVPRO is Here to Help! Don't let the weather get you down - SERVPRO of Federal Way is ready!

The unpredictable weather of the last several weeks has brought about an incredible amount of inconveniences and headaches for many Federal Way home owners and property managers alike.


The recent bouts of cold temperatures and snow, milder temperature and rain, and sporadic gusts have tested many of the neighborhoods and systems around the city, including backing up King County's West Point Treatment Plant to its maximum intake capacity and forcing the facility to temporarily bypass the excess into the Puget Sound.


Always Ready to Help


Because we are locally owned, we are ready and capable to respond at a moments notice. With 1650 franchises operating nationwide, SERVPRO of Federal Way has access to equipment required to handle any issues a storm or flooding may bring.


Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today - (253)838-8999


 

10 Tips to Make 2017 Your Best Year Yet

1/25/2017 (Permalink)

2017 is now in full swing and with January now having come and gone, has the start of your new year gone the way you had planned? Whether things are going exactly according to plan or if your path has been skewed by particular obstacles, here are 10 ideas that will help you along provided by Richard Branson, founder and CEO of Virgin Group, courtesy of BBC News.

 

  • Follow your dreams and just do it
  • Make a positive difference and do some good
  • Believe in your ideas and be the best
  • Have fun and look after your team
  • Don't give up
  • Make lots of lists and keep setting yourself new challenges
  • Spend time with your family and learn to delegate
  • Try turning off the TV and get out there and do things
  • When people say bad things about you, just prove them wrong
  • Do what you love and have a sofa in the kitchen

 

So how will you make the rest of 2017 better?

Fire Prevention Tips for your Federal Way Home/Property

1/23/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Prevention Tips for your Federal Way Home/Property A few small steps can go a long way to prevent fire incidents at your Federal Way home/property.

"It’s always good to find out you’re going to be working from home…

Unless you’re a firefighter."

 

According to the National Fire Protection Association (http://www.nfpa.org/news-and-research/fire-statistics-and-reports/fire-statistics/fires-in-the-us), in 2015, there were 500,000+ structure fires causing $10+ billion in property damage! Structure fires were reported every 63 seconds!

Here are a few tips to prevent a fire at your Federal Way home or property, provided by the American Red Cross (http://www.redcross.org/get-help/prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/fire/home-fire-preparedness):

 

  • Keep items that can catch on fire at least three feet away from anything that gets hot, such as space heaters.
  • Talk to children regularly about the dangers of fire, matches and lighters and keep them out of reach.
  • Turn portable heaters off when you leave the room or go to sleep.
  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home and outside every sleeping area. Also, install a carbon monoxide alarm in a central location outside each separate sleeping area.
  • Check electrical wiring in your home.
  • Avoid overloading outlets or extension cords.
  • Make sure wiring is not under rugs, attached by nails, or in high traffic areas.

 

Have you checked your home or property for fire hazards recently? Have you had conversations with your family about what you would do in a fire emergency? What is your plan if a fire impacts your home?

SERVPRO of Federal Way specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire or smoke damage event and can help you get back on track after an incident.

 

If you have any questions about fire, smoke, or soot damage, call SERVPRO of Federal Way - (253)838-8999

Happy New Year Federal Way!

12/27/2016 (Permalink)

General Happy New Year Federal Way! Goodbye 2016 - Hello 2017!

 

"I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're doing something."

-Neil Gaiman

 

On behalf of SERVPRO of Federal Way, our team wishes all of you a safe and wonderful New Year!

Federal Way Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

12/2/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Federal Way Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold Be careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your home!

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Federal Way for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Federal Way specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (253)838-8999

Federal Way 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

11/14/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Federal Way 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service SERVPRO of Federal Way provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Federal Way

SERVPRO of Federal Way is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - (253)838-8999

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Federal Way has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Federal Way

SERVPRO of Federal Way specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Click HERE to Meet our Team

Click HERE to view our Company Profile and Certifications

When Storms or Floods hit Federal Way, SERVPRO is ready!

10/13/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Storms or Floods hit Federal Way, SERVPRO is ready! Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Federal Way!

SERVPRO of Federal Way specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Federal Way, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams (Storm Flooding Restoration) that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today! (253)838-8999

For Immediate Service in Federal Way, Call SERVPRO

9/27/2016 (Permalink)

General For Immediate Service in Federal Way, Call SERVPRO Federal Way Residents: We provide immediate service day or night!

SERVPRO of Federal Way provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Federal Way. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – (253)838-8999

Residential Services

Whether your Federal Way home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or water damage to strike your Federal Way commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services: http://www.SERVPROfederalway.com/commercial-restoration-services

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

Restoring Your Federal Way Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

9/20/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Restoring Your Federal Way Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges

Flooding and water damage events at Federal Way commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Federal Way

SERVPRO of Federal Way specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Meet Our Crew: http://www.SERVPROfederalway.com/employee-photos

Company Profile and Certifications: http://www.SERVPROfederalway.com/company-profile

Does Your Federal Way Home Have A Mold Problem?

9/12/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Does Your Federal Way Home Have A Mold Problem? In Federal Way, mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours.

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (253)838-8999

Federal Way Smoke and Soot Cleanup

8/29/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Federal Way Smoke and Soot Cleanup Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Federal Way Home.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and Soot Facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Federal Way will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (253)838-8999

Faster to your Federal Way Water Damage Event

8/15/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Faster to your Federal Way Water Damage Event SERVPRO of Federal Way provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Federal Way provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Federal Way arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 - (253)838-8999

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Federal Way

SERVPRO of Federal Way specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

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