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The Impact of Water Damage on Marysville Structures

5/12/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Can Restore and Repair After Water Damage

With the frequency of water disasters that impact homes and businesses in the area, it is a situation our SERVPRO team must stay prepared to face. Thousands of homes around the Puget Sound have been affected by a range of potential issues, including:

  • Spills
  • Leaks
  • Burst pipes
  • Drainage issues
  • Flooding
  • Broken appliances
  • Freezing

Marysville water damage can be destructive to homes and businesses alike. Still, with buildings like the shopping on Third Street and State Avenues, hundreds of people could be affected by a single emergency. Our SERVPRO team is ready to respond rapidly to mitigate losses and begin drying up damage.

How Does Water Move After Exposure?

Understanding the behavior of water damage throughout a structure allows our responding team to anticipate the paths of moisture migration and set up perimeters of the work zone. When the emergency first occurs, water continually seeks to move to new areas through vapor pressure, absorption, and uninhibited movement. SERVPRO comes prepared to dry all materials that could be impacted by moving moisture.

What Should Be Prioritized for Emergency Services? 

Emergency services are a part of the mitigation process and encompass the earliest actions our professionals can take to combat the damage water can do to a property. We focus on specific tasks designed to prevent harm to the structure or costlier restoration with ruined contents. SERVPRO professionals prioritize:

  • Content Management – This is the relocation, on-site cleaning, or off-site recovery of impacted personal belongings, furniture, and other contents in the house.
  • Extracting Water – This action is the culmination of efforts to remove surface water pooling on the flooring and structural cavities. 
  • Repairing Plumbing – With disasters originating from damaged pipes and plumbing, our licensed contractors must fix these vulnerabilities to restore water service.
  • Controlled Demolition – Sagging materials and compromised building elements are safety concerns and should be removed and discarded.

Removing Water 

Surface water, either visible pooling or impacting the outermost layer of the building material, must be managed rapidly to prevent more significant harm. We have multiple extractors, including pumps and vacuums, capable of handling and removing all standing water concerns to make drying more efficient and direct.

Another potential concern for responding technicians is water that has moved beyond the surface layer. Water can be drawn in by cellulose in wood, and similarly, drywall can be impacted through its porous composition by intruding water. Removing this moisture from the flooring is possible with tools like drying mats.

Thorough Drying Solutions

Drying is one of the universal needs of every water disaster. Between surface water that makes the face of materials moist to penetrative saturation that overwhelms the pores of building materials or infiltrates structural cavities, the need for drying solutions is more widespread than it appears. Air movers can be instrumental in evaporative drying towards a material’s surface. At the same time, positive and negative pressure systems can help our SERVPRO team to regulate moisture and remove water damage from the structural cavities.

Needed Repairs 

Repairs are more of a common need after damage events than many homeowners realize. Beyond the needed replacement of damaged plumbing or broken fixtures, some sensitive materials can quickly become oversaturated and require controlled demolition. With a general contractor license, we are prepared for the multiple reconstruction services to help after water damage.

Marysville water damage can require multiple experts from our team and several tools from our inventory. We quickly evaluate the needs of a residence and begin mitigating damage and drying up impacted building materials shortly after our rapid response team arrives. Call our SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington team whenever disaster strikes at (360) 658-0506.

Full-Service Restoration After Marysville Fire Damage

5/12/2022 (Permalink)

outside of a home with fire damage to the siding SERVPRO can help with any level of fire damage to your Marysville home. Call today for help from the experts.

We Offer Restoration and Repairs for Fire Damage

The recovery of a residence after a fire requires several trained professionals and often hundreds of restoration tools and products. The experience of our FSRT-Certified technicians allows us to have a direct response to a range of hazardous conditions after a fire like:

  • Smoke damage
  • Ruined contents
  • Structural compromise
  • Offensive malodors

With how destructive and overwhelming Marysville fire damage incidents can become, everything from residences to outlet stores requires our SERVPRO team's fast response. We keep vehicles ready to mobilize when every minute counts to get mitigation, and necessary emergency services started. 

The Early Efforts of SERVPRO Professionals

Emergency services and designed mitigation are essential elements of protecting a customer's property and contents. We prioritize and provide a fast response to emergencies with specific goals to promptly begin the overall restoration process. These include:

  • Assessment - Initially, the best way we can help homes after fire damage is to evaluate the scope of post-fire conditions and the needed restoration response to help. 
  • Safety-Conscious Action - Early actions to mitigate loss after fires in homes and businesses prioritize the safety of those involved, including our technicians. We evaluate structural damage, soot concentrations, and airborne soot. 
  • Air Quality Improvement - Circulating particles like smoke solids and soot can threaten Air Quality. We combat this with HEPA 500 air scrubbers and hydroxyl machines for filtration capabilities.
  • Controlled Demolition - It is often needed to implement demolition and discard compromised materials after a fire. This is intended to reduce hazards in most cases. 

The Likelihood of Soot Damage

The properties of soot and the thickness of residues on multiple surfaces require a combination of cleaning and restoration techniques. Soot is common to post-fire recovery and destructive to the property. Some forms of soot fire damage include:

  • Wet Smoke 

These typically result from moist environmental conditions combined with lower temperature fires. These factors create a slow-moving and smoldering type of combustion and heavy subsequent smoke production, coating surfaces with a thick and formidable soot deposit.

  • Dry Smoke 

Hotter and faster-moving fires create thinner and more manageable soot and smoke residue deposit on surfaces. While the residual damage might be easier to clean in most situations, dry smoke fires are often more totally destructive to the structural elements. 

  • Protein Residues 

Kitchen flare-ups are a common cause of fire damage to homes. Grease and burned proteins produce a thick, wet residue that coats surfaces like cabinets and countertops. 

  • Oil Furnace Puffback 

A build-up in the ignition chamber can cause a micro-explosion that hurls ionized soot through the ductwork and into connected rooms. Events can be widespread and also require cleaning of the duct system. 

The Efficient Way to Eliminate Odors

Malodors are an expected byproduct of combustion, yet the severity of these conditions changes based on the burned materials and chemicals involved. Eliminating generated odors after fire damage means using several of our advanced deodorization tools to help. Foggers are heavily used for their vaporous distribution of potent deodorizing products. 

Full-Service Restoration and Recovery

Because we have an experienced division of our workforce with a general contractor license, we have an open door to help with the structural damage and compromise properties experienced after a fire. Puget Sound properties can often need reconstruction after fire disasters, with many of these incidents being slow-moving, smoldering wet smoke conditions. 

Marysville fire damage restoration and recovery feature talented experts on our roster representing multiple niches of the industry. As a full-service restoration approach, we can seamlessly transition between the many phases of post-fire recovery to restore the structure "Like it never even happened." Our SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington team is ready to help 24/7 at (360) 658-0506.

The Many Hazards of Marysville Mold Damage

5/12/2022 (Permalink)

Before and after photo of a tub with extensive mold damage When SERVPRO remediates mold, we always check for hidden growth within your Marysville home. Contact SERVPRO for remediation and prevention solutions.

SERVPRO Remediates Residential Mold Damage Fast 

Mold and mildewing happen more frequently than many homeowners think, especially in Snohomish County. Moist environmental conditions and groundwater concerns make this feasible in many house areas, including:

  • Attic
  • Basement
  • Garage
  • Bathroom
  • Laundry Area
  • Kitchen

While Marysville mold damage does not affect every home and business, it should be dealt with promptly when it appears. Our AMRT-Certified technicians have a rapid response to these emergencies with various antimicrobial products and remediation equipment to help. 

How Threatening is Mold? 

Because many homeowners have witnessed mold growth in their lifetime, they do not associate it with the same destructive capacity as emergencies like fires and flooding. While mold does not have the immediate impact that these other disasters do, it can be detrimental to your life and property if not addressed promptly by the appropriate professionals. Some threats of active mold include:

  • Structural Damage - Mold uses organic matter like wood flooring, trim, drywall, and other materials as a food source for the organism. Prolonged exposure compromises structural integrity. 
  • Fast-Spreading Organisms - Under moist conditions, spores can spread quickly and impact new hosting materials. 
  • Uncomfortable Living Conditions - Comfortable living conditions can become impossible through strong odors from active colonization.

Is Your Home Already Suffering Mold Damage? 

You might not always realize how common mold can be. Many homes unknowingly have colonies developing at this time. With the humidity and moisture content of the environment throughout the Marysville and Pacific Northwest region, structures can quickly meet the atmospheric conditions to support mold colonies in their homes. 

It can be beneficial to recognize some of the signs of active colonization in your home to combat these organisms before they get out of control. Homeowners can look for:

  • Spotting
  • Musty Smells
  • Damp Surfaces

Removing Mold Damage

Eliminating active colonization is often one of the more problematic and challenging aspects of recovery. Remediation is a process that targets only active colonization and causes of mold growth instead of broad claims to remove all spores and signs of mold in a household. Removal practices change based on the severity of colony penetration:

  • Surface - This is when colonies have not yet migrated beyond the outermost layer of a hosting material. At this stage, organisms can still be eliminated by applying sporicidal and antimicrobial products from our inventory. 
  • Embedded - At this stage, mold has begun to penetrate the hosting material beyond the surface layer. More aggressive measures are needed to remove the colony at this point, including sanding and media blasting. 
  • Complete Material - When the entire hosting material has been overwhelmed by intruding mold organisms, the only remaining solution is controlled demolition.

Addressing Byproducts of Colonization

Prolonged mold exposure in the house can ultimately lead to some challenging conditions. Even after much of the remediation is completed, our SERVPRO AMRT-Certified technicians still have to manage several threatening conditions related to the infestation. Some of these include:

  • Odors
  • Structural Damage
  • Refinishing Needs

Full-Service Contractors to Help

Mold infestations target organic matter like drywall as hosting elements to support growing colonies. Using these items as a food source compromises their structural integrity and often requires demolition and replacement. With a team that provides a general contractor license, our SERVPRO professionals can rapidly provide build-back services and reconstruction where necessary after ruinous mold damage. 

Marysville mold damage can impact a home in several ways, and with the potential for hazardous and uncomfortable conditions, it should be addressed as fast as possible. SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington professionals lead the Puget Sound area with remediation and cleanup after mold, so call us when you need it at (360) 658-0506.

Considerations when Choosing a Cleaning Agent after Fire Damage Affects Your Arlington Home

5/11/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO has a Range of Cleaning Product for Your Fire Loss

Fire incidents happen all the time and range from minor ones such as stove flare-ups, to catastrophic ones that consume the entire structure. For the smaller incidents, the damage is likely localized in one area of the house and mostly involves charring and residues. If you decide to handle the fire damage cleanup on your own, you need to be well-informed, especially on the choice of a cleaning agent. 

VOC Compliant and Biodegradable

Although your main aim is to remove residues left by fire damage in your Arlington home, you should also consider whether the cleaning agents you use can leave trace elements that might cause problems later one.  Choosing a VOC compliant agent that biodegrades naturally helps preempt such issues. VOCs, Volatile Organic Compounds, contribute to ground-level ozone, which is associated with health problems. Read the labels of cleaning agents you intend to use to establish whether they have these qualities.

Effective at Different pH Levels

When cleaning residues and soot, they mix with the cleaning solution changing it in different ways, including raising or lowering the pH levels. Most cleaning agents are developed to be most effective at specific pH levels, so you might notice diminished efficiency as you continue working on an area. You can look for cleaning agents that work at different pH levels to ensure maximum efficiency. When our SERVPRO crews restore fire loss sites, we use specially formulated detergents or mix regular agents with pH buffers to maintain consistency.

Non-toxic

Some cleaning agents are highly effective in removing fire residues, but they leave traces of toxic materials. Others have a strong odor that might not go away even after rinsing and drying the cleaned areas.  Using such cleaning agents necessitates separate procedures such as deodorization after the initial cleaning process. You should look for non-toxic, less odorous cleaning agents. Our SERVPRO technicians use specially formulated cleaning products such as All Surface Green Clean, which does not cause odor or toxicity issues.

Having the right cleaning agent can simplify the cleanup of fire loss sites. Call SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington at (360) 658-0506 in case you need assistance resolving any fire loss situation, “Like it never even happened.”

Our Technicians Are Ready 24/7 To Restore Your Marysville Home After A Flood

5/6/2022 (Permalink)

a flooded bathroom with furniture floating everywhere When flooding affects your living space, a quick response is often necessary. Call SERVPRO for water removal and drying services. We are standing by.

How Does SERVPRO Handle Flood Damage to Marysville Flooring?

Flood damage is one of the hardest things that can happen to a home. The water is just one of the problems, as it comes in, it brings in a host of things such as debris, mud, chemicals, and commonly: sewage.

SERVPRO technicians know that floors get the brunt of flood damage in Marysville properties. Gravity and the path of least resistance are the rules the water follows, and once in the home, it runs down into floor joists and basements or crawl spaces.

Floodwater and Carpet

When carpet absorbs floodwater, it takes in everything present in the water, including any bacteria or toxins. Except in rare cases, SERVPRO technicians extract the water using weighted extractor heads to push the maximum amount of moisture out of the carpet and pad. This action makes the carpet safer to handle and cut it into strips for disposal as a biohazard.

Floodwater and Tile

Ceramic tile with sealed grout lines often fares the best of any other type of flooring, and it has the most potential for getting sanitized. The SERVPRO IICRC-certified techs use their portable pumps and squeegee attachments to pull up the water and prep the floor for drying.

Floodwater and Laminate Flooring

This type of flooring suffers flood damage from exposure to water. The majority of this kind of flooring loses its adhesive grip to the substrate.

Whether or not flooring has the potential for reinstallation depends on the construction materials and how they respond to cleaning and disinfection.

Floodwater and Hardwood Flooring

While hardwood flooring is an investment in a home, exposure to water can result in warping, cupping, and crowning. Composite boards tend to deteriorate rapidly after exposure to water, and in nearly every case are a loss. Floorboards constructed of hardwood may look bad, but with the specialized drying methods such as drying mats, if the cleanup begins rapidly enough, there is a good potential for restoration.

When flood damage happens, call SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington at (360) 658-0506. The certified technicians can clean up the water with their advanced methods and equipment to make the loss, "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Performs Effective Fire Damage Restoration in Maryville Homes

4/30/2022 (Permalink)

a fire damaged house with a burned roof and siding Bringing in professionals to remediate fire damage in your home is the best option. Our SERVPRO team has the know how and the equipment to help you.

Fire Damage Restoration in Marysville Requires the Highest Levels of Effectiveness

Fire is among the things you can never be fully prepared for, but the action you take after is the key determinant in whether you can save your house. A swift evaluation and effective restoration of your home are essential to preventing more damage and costly repairs.

SERVPRO has a team of professionals ready to help you perform fire damage restoration in your Marysville residence quickly and effectively. Our fire cleanup process is specific to the situation at hand, but the overall process is as outlined below:

  • Safety assessment
  • Securing the house
  • Evaluation of water damage and its extraction
  • Cleaning and removal of debris
  • Repairing the home

Safety assessment

Our SERVPRO technicians can perform the initial assessment to make sure that the house is safe for renovation to begin. We also determine the extent of the damages, which informs us of the next steps.

Securing the house

This step depends on the level of damage the house has sustained. It helps us avoid more damages that might occur due to structural damages like weakened beams and holes. We can remove structures posing a hazard, reinforce others, and secure any windows, doors, or roofing via tarping to protect your home from weather elements.

Evaluation of water damage and its extraction

Our SERVPRO technicians can assess your house for any signs of water damage and use appropriate tools to restore the affected structures and contents. We can extract the standing water using portable pumps and then dry the affected areas using air moving and dehumidifying equipment.

Cleaning and removal of debris

We then sort through all the affected material to remove soot, water, dirt, residue, and smoke, clean up those that are salvageable and remove them for replacement or restoration.

Repairing the home

Our SERVPRO team can proceed to take care of foundational concerns and structural damage by repairing walls, beams, and other structures. We can also sand and repaint materials that the flames blistered.

SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington is fully qualified to restore buildings after a fire. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. Contact us at (360) 658-0506.

What Everyone Ought to Know About Marysville Water Damage Remediation

4/14/2022 (Permalink)

Flooded Yellow Kitchen If supply lines break and you are literally under water, SERVPRO has you covered. Contact our certified technicians to dry out your property.

Water Damage Extraction Basics in Marysville

The instant availability of water defines comfort in your Marysville home. Supply lines and drains snake through walls and over ceilings in every living space in your home, piping water to bathrooms, utility areas, and kitchens. Appliances like dishwashers, clothes washers, ice makers, and water dispensers are present in most modern houses. Some heating systems use hot water to warm the interior climate, and central and window air conditioners condense water vapor in the air to cool areas down.   

Water Losses Occur Without Warning

The comfort and convenience of indoor plumbing and modern appliances can transform into destruction and misery in Marysville when water damage strikes. Broken connections, malfunctioning pumps, clogged drains, and burst pipes happen when you least expect it. The quantity of water that then pours or pumps into your residence can be substantial. Fast action is mandatory because water swiftly destroys building materials and can nurture mold growth.

Consumer-Grade Equipment Is Inadequate

A mop and bucket or even a household wet/dry vacuum is no match for the hundreds of gallons of water. A broken water heater, ruptured radiator, or clogged waste pipe can empty throughout your dwelling. SERVPRO responds rapidly when your formerly cozy house is swimming in the water, arriving with an impressive selection of commercial-strength pumps and extractors. Our crews also possess the training and experience to use these powerful tools efficiently.

No Power? No Problem

If you attempt a DIY water extraction, you run the risk of electric shock. Ironic as it is, the presence of water interferes with the ability to remove it. SERVPRO prepares for this expected challenge by:

  • Using gas-powered, submersible pumps for water deeper than two inches
  • Choosing our truck-mounted, generator-powered extractors to remove the bulk of the remaining water
  • Switching to portable extractors for tight and remote spaces in your home after electricity is reconnected

Why Not Just Dry?

Although structural drying is essential after a water loss, research proves that aggressive extraction is the key to resolving water damage. Extraction rather than merely drying is 1200 times more efficient. Relax knowing SERVPRO crews follow industry best practices, completing the removal of all liquid water first. We then move on to the applied drying phase, using professional-grade air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers.

SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington awaits your call to (360) 658-0506 if you are in the midst of a water crisis. We answer 24/7, ready to respond with skilled technicians and top-of-the-line extraction equipment.

Here's a Quick Way to Solve a Problem with Fire Damage in Marysville - Contact SERVPRO

4/8/2022 (Permalink)

Shelving After Fire Contact our certified technicians to make fire damage look "Like it never even happened."

How Marysville Property Owners Save on Replacement Costs for Upholstered Furnishings with Fire Damage

When fire damage happens in a home, whether a single room or the gutting of an entire house, the devastation left behind often looks unrestorable, through the smart application of different cleaning methods, more contents within the fire loss area have the potential for restoration.

This applies to Marysville homes with smoke and fire damage to upholstered furnishings and window treatments. SERVPRO technicians have a diverse array of cleaners specially formulated for various fabrics. If the furniture does not have char damage, it may have restoration possibilities.

Self-Cleaning May Lead to Damage

It is essential that homeowners do not DIY-clean smoke-damaged furnishings as it drives soot and residues more profound into the fibers and, in some cases, renders the furniture a loss. SERVPRO technicians test the fibers to determine if the dye is colorfast or if there is the potential for shrinkage to choose the correct type of cleaning method for the removal of smoke residues.

Pre-Cleaning Assists in Restoration

Actions such as vacuuming with hand vacs fitted with HEPA filtration before applying professional-grade cleaning solutions aid in the lifting out of stains and residues before deep cleaning processes begin.

Cleaning Solutions Combined With Specialized Equipment

In cases of window treatments and textiles with rubberized backings in the fire loss area with smoke damage, cleaning is possible. Petroleum-based solvent cleaners used with dry cleaning machines remove light soiling without shrinkage or degrading rubberized backings. This is one of the reasons testing textiles before cleaning is essential to avoid damage, as some cleaners make rubber cracked or brittle due to a reaction between the solvent and the rubber.

Smoke Odor Neutralizing Techniques

During a fire, when the hot air expands and drives soot into upholstered furniture, it requires deodorization. SERVPRO technicians commonly use thermal fogging to eradicate smoke odors and remove strong scents from fabric-covered furnishings, carpets, and window treatments.

Fire damage needs fast action. Call SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington at (360) 658-0506. Our certified professionals arrive on-site quickly and make the fire loss to your property "Like it never even happened."

Needed Water Mitigation for Marysville Hotels

3/24/2022 (Permalink)

Leaking Pipe Call SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington at (360) 658-0506 for assistance from a professional remediation company.

Certain Water Mitigation Approaches Speed Up Restoration for Marysville Accommodations

Several types of water mitigation and emergency services might be necessary after a water damage event. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster – so we stay prepared to mobilize 24/7 when disasters strike. We have stocked trailers and production vehicles loaded up with extraction, drying, and cleaning products to rapidly manage loss events.

Plumbing Repairs

There are several strategies for water mitigation in Marysville hotels and respective accommodations, but few have the far-reaching and definitive impacts of repairing damage to the plumbing system that caused the water emergency. Restoring the water service to the building after these damaging events is crucial, so we utilize our contractor license to help access the impacted portion of plumbing and replace it.

Water Removal

Any standing water is a threat to your structure. The longer materials remain exposed to pooling and puddling, the more absorption and saturation become costly and destructive concerns. We prioritize extraction upon arrival and have multiple tools in our inventory to help in this regard. Depending on the severity of the pooling, we can choose among several options, including:

Mold Prevention

Another one of the important mitigative strategies that we can implement is preventing mold growth where possible. During the water cleanup and its earliest phases, specific structural elements are at risk of developing mold colonies without inhibiting action from our professionals. We have antimicrobial products to spray on sensitive hosting materials to prevent growth and damage.

Because of how many people rely on your hotel and its availability throughout the year, damaging events like water emergencies must get resolved as quickly as possible. We have several mitigation solutions to help as soon as our SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington team arrives. Give us a call today to help with water cleanup at (360) 658-0506.

Be Mindful of Floodwater Damage Hazards from Arlington Storms

3/11/2022 (Permalink)

a flooded neighborhood with water up to a fence of a house When storms result in flooding, time is of the essence. Contact our certified SERVPRO team to remediate the floodwater damage in your home. Call 24/7.

Storms in Arlington Creating Flood Water Damage Call for Prompt Action

Whenever storms are severe enough in Arlington to bring on flooding, it is essential that everyone in your home is safe. From there, you will need to remain careful when navigating any standing water within your home. SERVPRO is not only available to address any safety concerns from structural damage and saturated materials, but we also take extra precautions to ensure contamination does not become an issue in any unaffected areas of your home.

It is vital to protect yourself from coming into contact with the storm floodwater causing damage to your Arlington property. Exposure to contaminated waters may include chemicals, vermin, feces, and more. If you come into contact with floodwater, you should:

  • Wash using soap and clean water as quickly as possible. Alcohol wipes or hand sanitizers are a good substitute if clean water is unavailable.
  • Wash any clothes contaminated with sewage or floodwater using detergent and hot water before wearing them again.
  • Always address wounds carefully and seek medical help if needed.

Due to the contamination found in most outside floodwater that comes into homes after a storm, SERVPRO works using the highest level of caution. Not only do we wear the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), but we also treat standing water with antimicrobials prior to beginning water removal services.

Controlled Demolition After Flooding

Most porous building materials and personal belongings require disposal after coming into contact with floodwater. Our crew proceeds with caution, carefully inspecting all areas and performing controlled demolition as needed. For example, flood cuts allow us to remove a portion of saturated drywall and its insulation. From there, we can replace it with new drywall and finish it off to make it look good as new. 

When it comes to storm floodwater damage in your home, trust only the best for water removal services and restoration. SERVPRO of Marysville/Arlington can be reached by dialing (360) 658-0506 or requesting help online!