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Importance of Pretesting Your Marysville Property During Fire Damage Restoration

4/2/2023 (Permalink)

a fire damaged kitchen with soot covering the walls and tables Fire damage cleanup and remediation is critical after an event. Call SERVPRO for expert technicians who are standing by 24/7 to help.

SERVPRO Listens to Client Concerns During Fire Damage Cleanup in Marysville

The approach we give each fire damage incident plays a crucial role in the success of the restoration process. Each project has unique needs and concerns, so our mitigation experts always listen to all details customers provide about the event. We carefully take notes and then proceed to perform an initial assessment.

The firsthand information we receive from our customers during fire damage cleanup in Marysville helps us develop a better understanding of the work we are about to do. Before our SERVPRO technicians can give assurances about what is restorable and what is not, we conduct a pretest. We aim to provide reliable and high-quality restoration services that meet the needs of each situation and help the customers resume normalcy within the shortest time possible.

By sharing the pretest results with our customers, they have access to a concrete understanding of the restoration procedures and what to expect at the end of the job. They function as evidence to support the restoration actions that our technicians are about to do. It also helps our team to pick the most effective and efficient smoke odor removal techniques.

The following answers – which are helpful to customers and their insurance providers – are provided in a pretest:

  • Demonstrates why it is possible to restore specific items
  • Shows why discarding some content is necessary
  • Explain why some surfaces or contents do not require cleaning
  • Point out areas whose cleanability is questionable

While we understand our work is to meet the needs of our customers, the details are also helpful to your insurance provider. Our IICRC-certified fire damage cleanup team possesses good communication skills that help attend to the concerns of both parties. Also, the intensive training that we undergo helps us meet such demands.

Contact SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington at (360) 658-0506 when you require quick and reliable fire damage restoration services. Our highly experienced team is Faster to Any Size Disaster and uses advanced equipment to get your property to its pre-fire condition.

Why SERVPRO's Mold Removal Techs Spray Liquid in Marysville Homes

2/20/2023 (Permalink)

mold on white ceiling severe SERVPRO AMRT technicians spray antifungal agents during mold damage remediation in Marysville.

Preventing New Colonies Starts with Mold Removal

Mold tends to accumulate in areas with specific qualities, making locations in your Marysville property with current colonies more likely to harbor future infestations. The most efficient way of handling microbial infestations begins with mold removal but never ends there.

Preventing the need for mold removal within a Marysville residence is much more cost-effective. We take highly effective steps to remove existing mold and mildew and make surfaces less hospitable to future spores.

SERVPRO's technicians protect homes by reducing the risk of microbial overgrowth and infestation by:

  • Adjusting the interior humidity within your home,
  • Removing materials that harbor mold, and
  • Applying antimicrobial agents.

The reduction of excess water vapor can reduce the entire home's risk. Wherever we detect areas with unusually high moisture levels, we take measures to ascertain the cause. Common culprits include plumbing or appliances where a slow leak or drip causes water to accumulate and condensation forms on the lower sections of your home's walls. Floors and walls in these areas can suffer serious damage from mold.

Cutting away, extracting, and removing mold-damaged sections of walls, ceiling, and flooring and bagging up any contents that we cannot clean significantly reduces the number of spores within the home. Complete eradication is never possible, but a low number of microbes is normal and unlikely to result in another infestation.

An antimicrobial agent like Concrobium works so well at encapsulating leftover mold particles and spores that we don't want to overlook its preventative abilities. This all-natural solution dries within two hours of application. To get the most optimal coating, our technicians spray it onto surfaces. (If the surface is to be painted later, a 24-hour waiting period will provide you with the best results.)

Contact SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington at (360) 658-0506 for assistance with and prevention of mold and other problems before they can cause costly damage to your home.

Water Mitigation Is a Crucial Part of Restoring a Marysville Home

1/29/2023 (Permalink)

a flooded room with water soaking the carpet Water damage can quickly affect your home. When you are dealing with such a situation, it’s better to call in the professionals.

The Best Results Start with Water Mitigation

Over time, different restoration professionals have learned that water acts in specific ways within homes. Working together, they have developed protocols that assist in providing uniform results to customers, including those in Marysville. One of the areas in the restoration industry included in these protocols involves water mitigation.

For SERVPRO technicians to provide homeowners with the best possible results, we must start with water mitigation of their Marysville residence. Without it, any restoration work we carry out becomes wasted energy and resources.

However, mitigating water damage before beginning the restoration work has some valuable advantages, such as:

  • Reducing the amount of time needed to dry the structural elements in the house,
  • Reducing the severity of any secondary water damage, and
  • Ensuring our goals and timelines are attainable.

SERVPRO invests heavily in water extraction equipment because when less water needs to evaporate and end up in the air where our desiccant machines can eliminate it, the less time it takes to complete the drying process.

Water does more than damage things inside your residence. Water can also help microbes like mold to grow wildly and begin colonizing other areas of your dwelling. Removing water from your flooring keeps it from continuing to wick up your wall, ruining the drywall underneath. Wood floors swell less when there is less water present. An earlier drying process can also reduce the amount of cupping and crowning a wood floor experiences.

Mitigating a water emergency also helps us stay within our time frames. Additionally, when certain situations arise earlier in the restoration process (for example, the discovery of lead-based paint or asbestos-containing tiles), we have more time to contact a qualified specialist to address the situation. Doing this ensures that we meet all legal requirements, eliminating difficulties in the future.

Call SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington for professional mitigation services at (360) 658-0506. We're always available 24/7, 365 days a year.

How Water Mitigation Can Save Your Soggy Business in Marysville

12/23/2022 (Permalink)

water dripping on keyboard Rely on SERVPRO to mitigate water damage in your Chicago workplace "Like it never even happened."

Full Restoration Is Easier with Water Mitigation

A clogged sink in the restroom can happen quite swiftly and unexpectedly. That and any other plumbing mishap can leave water on your floor in Marysville. Our water mitigation team knows how to make this event short-lived, so your business stays focused on customers' needs.

We understand that you want your business to run as smoothly as possible to provide consistent products and services to your clients and customers in Marysville. SERVPRO's water mitigation experts handle the situation so your employees can work uninterrupted and with as little distraction as possible. We also want to be as out-of-the-way from your customers, so we do everything possible to keep cords, hoses, large pieces of equipment, and anything else out of the way.

Here are a few methods that help our water mitigation customers:

  • Preventing or lessening destruction or harm of goods and equipment,
  • Drying out flooring, furniture, and cabinetry, and
  • Stabilizing the humidity in the air.

If any equipment or inventory was in the way of escaping water, it could have become damaged almost instantly. We handle such items in a manner that helps eliminate the water before it can cause more harm. At times, contact with water means dusty equipment ends up with a dirty and damp residue. We remove this before it can dry and possibly harden. Other times, electronics require a specialist, and we can help with contacting trusted service providers.

Heavy Duty Industrial-Grade Equipment

Heaters, air movers, and desiccant machines help pull absorbed moisture back out of porous items. We open cabinet doors and prop up cushions on sofas and chairs to allow them to dry more easily. We take readings of affected materials to monitor this process. We want to avoid over-drying anything, as this can create different problems.

Desiccant machines also keep the air from holding too much humidity as we dry out furniture and carpeting. These dehumidifiers can tell us how much moisture remains in the air. When humidity levels are above normal, we know that damp things in your shop are still drying, releasing water into the air.

For water mitigation and other services your business needs to remain centered on daily operations, call SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington at (360) 658-0506.

Air Mover Drying During Water Restoration in Marysville Homes

11/30/2022 (Permalink)

a person standing in a room flooded with water Dealing with recent flooding or other storm damage? Contact SERVPRO immediately for water removal and other remediation services. We are standing by.

How Air Movers Help Residential Water Restoration

Water damage is among the most common threats to homes and businesses, so it makes sense that this is the emergency our SERVPRO team prepares most to face. Stocked trailers feature helpful tools like extractors and heaters, but most importantly, we arrive with air movers.

The Importance of Air Movers

When water restoration for Marysville homes must occur, few tools in our inventory carry the weight of this entire process like air movers. Creating a continuous and controlled airflow through the structure is one of the key elements to efficient drying and recovery. There are multiple types of high-velocity air movers in our inventory arriving with the SERVPRO Green Fleet, including:

  • Axial 
  • Centrifugal 
  • Low-Profile 

Overcoming Moisture Barriers

As materials dry, it is common for a cool air barrier to form several inches above the surface of this material. This is created by the moisture emitted during evaporation but creates an obstacle for continuous drying. Centrifugal air movers are designed to focus blasts of air that penetrate this cool barrier with warm air and continue to provide efficient drying results.

Increasing Production Values

Continued and stable production of the drying tools is the objective of our restoration team. We want to produce a constant drying solution wherever wet surfaces exist. We continually monitor the progress of the tools we place in the house and record data in the SERVPRO DryBook software to track this entire process. Repositioning air movers is paramount to effective and efficient evaporation.

Water restoration in Marysville is a product of dozens of drying tools and products working together towards an established recovery goal. One of the key elements in this process is the air mover. Our SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington team will show you the efficiency of our equipment when disasters strike - call today at (360) 658-0506.

What are the Restoration Needs After a Fire in My Marysville Kitchen?

10/2/2022 (Permalink)

a kitchen on fire with flames everywhere Dealing with a kitchen fire can seem hopeless. Call our experienced SERVPRO team 24/7 for effective remediation services and the equipment.

Our SERVPRO Restoration Professionals Can Efficiently Clean, Deodorize, and Reconstruct Your Fire-Damaged Kitchen After a Disaster

There are many needs that your Marysville home has after a fire loss incident, even one that might remain localized to a single room or area of your residence. As destructive as a fire can be, both during the actual combustion and burning of exposed materials and structural elements and afterward with harsh smoke odors, charred remnants and debris, and soot residues. Cleaning and restoring these disasters take a combination of our qualified professionals in our Fire & Smoke Restoration division. 

Understanding the inherent risks of fire damage in Marysville homes can show you the need you have for reputable and fast-responding technicians like our SERVPRO team. With cutting-edge tools and equipment, including deodorizers, media blasting tools, and advanced cleaning equipment, we can help make your damaged house feel like home as soon as possible. 

Should I Do My Damage Assessment?  

Many homeowners consider doing their damage assessments and restoration on their own after a fire loss incident, but this is rarely wise for those inexperienced in recovering fire disasters. While there are ways that you can help if you do not need to relocate from the premises following extinguishment, the full assessment of the property and several other aspects of its restoration should get left to qualified technicians. Our team can identify and perform several tasks through job scoping and disaster evaluation, including: 

  • The spread of damaging effects
  • Cataloging of content and structural damage
  • Identifying the need for controlled demolition
  • Discovering secondary damages like water from extinguishment 

How Complicated is Surface Cleaning After a Fire?  

Black and grey walls are a familiar look to Marysville post-fire properties, but you should not always rush right to cleaning these surfaces. Depending on the present residue, its thickness, and the underlying substrate, there are different approaches to maximize the efficiency of cleaning. The right selection here also limits the potential for marring materials with smearing residues and staining. 

  • Soot  

Cleaning soot is one of the most significant challenges that our professionals face in fire recovery for multiple reasons. Particles of soot are microscopic, so if inhaled, they can seat deeply in the lungs. Inhalation of soot can lead to health effects. Our technicians must wear the appropriate personal protective equipment to clean soot-covered surfaces and be mindful of the thickness of this residue to avoid smear.

  • Residues

Thick residues can exist from the combustion and burning of many chemicals and items in your house. While these are usually not as potentially hazardous as soot can be, cleaning can still vary from one surface to the next. We test clean spots to find the ideal approach to remove damaged materials as soon as possible.

  • Ash and Debris

Cleaning up ash and debris often involves shoveling out charred remnants of building materials and contents throughout the house. Removing debris can be a vital step in reducing the severity and spread of overwhelming effects like harsh odors and circulating soot. 

Is it Necessary to Remove Cabinets after Grease Fires?  

Kitchen fires often originate around the stovetop, making surrounding cabinets one of the first damaged structural fixtures in the room. Depending on the severity of this emergency, effects might be superficial and able to get cleaned. If direct damage occurs to individual cabinet units, they can get removed as necessary to reduce any continued spread of fire loss effects in the room. Our in-house contractors can replace discarded cabinets and repair damages incurred through any burning of the material when these structural elements can get protected. 

How Do Odors Get Neutralized After a Fire Loss? 

Odor removal is one of the vital elements of our thorough fire restoration approach, and this can involve multiple tools in our arsenal. Finding the right tool for the job can save our customers time and ultimately money on the fire recovery that their home needs. 

  • Thermal Fogger

Thermal fogging equipment can superheat deodorization compounds to a misty vapor. In a gaseous state, the deodorizing compound can spread throughout the damaged environment and even penetrate porous materials.

  • Hydroxyl Generator

A machine that produces hydroxyl radicals and harnesses UV cleaning with water droplets in the environment. These tools are ideal for broad open areas and feature onboard HEPA filtration to reduce floating particulates and debris in the air.

  • Ozone Machines

We use ozone generators, which are excellent for neutralizing foul odors, even in porous materials and contents in your home, at our SERVPRO warehouse. The process of creating ozone and its existence in the environment is toxic to living creatures until it dissipates, making our ozone chamber a practical addition to off-site content management and recovery solutions. 

Every fire loss situation is different, so we must remain prepared for whatever your home might need. We arrive with an array of powerful tools and equipment to help with deodorization, cleaning, and controlled demolition. Our SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington team can make fire losses “Like it never even happened,” by calling (360) 658-0506.

Call The Experts At SERVPRO If Your Marysville Property Experiences A Disaster

8/27/2022 (Permalink)

a mold covered corner of the ceiling If you spot mold in your house after a water loss occurs, contact SERVPRO. Our technicians are trained to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Benefits for Marysville Residents Choosing SERVPRO for Home Restoration Services

When local Marysville property owners have home disasters requiring cleanups such as water damage from malfunctioning appliances or pipe breaks, fire damage, storm and flood damage, or mold, they need the services of a professional restoration services company.

Water Damage Assistance

If a water loss occurs in a Marysville home resulting in water damage, SERVPRO technicians know that cleanup efforts need to begin as quickly as possible. The longer water remains in the home, the more chance there is for a weakening of building materials and the set up of both foul odors and mold.

The technicians use their vast array of advanced equipment to scope the premises and determine the location of the excessive moisture. Using specialized extraction equipment, they clean up the water and prep the water loss areas for drying. They have training in lowering ambient humidity quickly, using a combination of centrifugal air movers and different types of dehumidification equipment, this fast-action assists in limiting loss for homeowners.

The setting of air moisture goals is crucial to ensure adequate drying to inhibit both musty water odors and mold infestations. Technicians carefully monitor drying and take readings during and after to ensure the water loss area meets preset goals. This procedure inhibits the growth of mold after the completion of water damage cleanup efforts.

Storm and Flood Damage Cleanup

This type of home disaster comes in many forms to Marysville residences, especially sudden flood damage from heavy rains or the Skagit river cresting. Other examples of storm damage include tree limbs hitting roofs, high winds, and hail.

The basic cleanup is the same as in other types of water loss. However, unlike the water expelled from a pipe breaking in a home, groundwater is a class three biohazard, also referred to as "black water" and frequently contains bacteria, sewage, and debris. Even a quarter-inch of sludgy, smelly flood water requires professional removal and disinfection using personal protection gear, which includes respirators to ensure humans do not come into contact with nor aspirate the likely airborne microbes suspended within the moisture of highly humid air.

SERVPRO technicians extract debris and sludge, often using a combination of shovels and trash pumps to expedite the removal process. The handling of the drying process works in much the same way as other water loss cleanup projects. The avoidance of mold growth is a crucial part of storm damage cleanup. Airborne spores remain present inside and outside properties and remain inert until humidity and temperature levels are right for germination.

One of the most significant differences between clean water and black water damage in the home is the need for controlled demolition. Building materials that absorb floodwater have no potential for a return to sanitary standards, and removal occurs using techniques known as flood cuts. This action serves the dual purpose of opening up walls, floors, and ceilings for more significant airflow and allows for faster cleanup and disinfection. The potent antimicrobial and antibacterial range of solutions the technicians utilize enables them to return the home to a pre-flood condition that both smells fresh and is safe for habitation.

Fire Damage Debris Removal

After seeing their home with fire damage, Marysville residents may feel hopeless about seeing their property restored to liveable conditions. With professional restoration methods, it is entirely possible.

Removal of charred debris and water extraction from fire extinguishing efforts occur in tandem to ready the property for needed repairs or reconstruction. Smoke damage cleanup requires special techniques, or it has the potential to increase the surface damage by driving soot more deeply into objects. The technicians test residues to determine if the surfaces are colorfast, bleed, and shrinkage-resistant and do not spot. Using the results, they choose the appropriate cleaning applications.

Removing charred debris and cleaning away smoke damage is a crucial step forward for odor control, but sometimes it is not enough. In cases where the need remains for smoke odor removal, the technicians have numerous techniques and equipment to neutralize foul odors.

In the case of a partial fire, where only a portion of the property received damage, technicians sometimes utilize pack-outs to take undamaged items off-site for secure storage until the fire debris cleanup and reconstruction efforts complete.

Mold Remediation

When other types of disasters happen in a Marysville home, mold damage is a threat. Mold only requires elevated humidity levels, consumable sources, and temperatures that average 70 degrees or better. Sometimes the issue is due to a leak, or inadequate ventilation. Once established, the mold colonies spread throughout the home quickly. That is one of the reasons fast action on any type of water loss in a house is crucial as airborne mold spores have the potential to germinate within 24-hours.

SERVPRO technicians possess the expertise and equipment to halt cross-contamination during remediation through applications such as the establishment of negative air chambers or simple containment blocking off the worksite. After the removal of dried mold colonies, they treat the surfaces to inhibit the return. The homeowners receive a report containing the details of the actions completed, as well as the cause of the mold issue in the home and the necessary repairs required to halt the cause of the mold-favorable conditions.


Much like no two home disasters are alike in Marysville, the restoration service needs are diverse. SERVPRO technicians undergo extensive training in both classroom learning environments as well as hands-on situational training. They learn the best practices as taught using guidelines from the IICRC (The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification.)

Technicians have access to an extensive array of advanced technology for applications such as scoping the migration paths of water, testing fibers to ascertain the proper cleaning methods, and determining the best applications to return the home to its preloss condition.

SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington is ready to help local homeowners with any needed restoration services from water damage, fire damage, storm, or mold damage by calling (360) 658-0506. The technicians arrive quickly and make the loss to the home, “Like it never even happened.”

Clearing Up Garage Flood Damage in Marysville, WA

8/27/2022 (Permalink)

a flooded garage with water covering the floor all the way up to the door Flooding in your garage can be hard to thoroughly dry. Contact SERVPRO 24/7 for our professional remediation team’s help. We are standing by.

Clearing Up Garage Flood Damage in Marysville

Flooding can be challenging to tackle, no matter where it occurs in the home. Garages, in particular, can see extensive amounts of damage to supports, drywall, and flooring, not to mention your tools and possessions. Without thorough mitigation, repairs can be costly, and extend beyond removing water, as flooding carries the risk of mold and other contaminants with it.

If your residence requires mitigation of flood damage in your Marysville garage, SERVPRO technicians are ready to answer your call and remove the water. Our team has extensive training in minimizing risk so that homes are safe once more. We emphasize restoring your possessions when it is safe and feasible to do so; SERVPRO works with you to minimize loss of contents and structural materials.

Floodproofing Your Driveway to Prevent Garage Flooding

A common way that flooding gets into garages is through the homeowners' driveway. Here are just four ways that can minimize damage and help keep your garage dry:

  • Install a channel drain. This method works for asphalt driveways that need more rainwater diversion. Fill a 2-3" trench with mortar and top with a drain cover. The trench also needs piping to move water to a nearby tank or drain that redistributes this water into the ground.
  • Use a drainage swale. This system works much like a channel drain, but a drainage swale leads water to a wide, shallow ditch that sends rainwater to nearby gardens, drains, and streets.
  • Rethink your driveway design. Talk to a professional about laying an asphalt driveway with a 2% gradient so water can run away from your home. Let gravity help.
  • Utilize porous asphalt. This low-maintenance material is an excellent floodproofing solution. Instead of resisting water, porous asphalt allows water to pass through and drain into the soil underneath your installation, minimizing flooding and standing water.

How SERVPRO Can Save Your Home

After flooding occurs, or even during a flood, when residential power might be restricted, SERVPRO can come to your home to mitigate loss. We have a variety of power sources, extraction tools, and pumps to remove standing water, and can address silt, dirt, and debris the flood carried in by pressure washing concrete flooring. After cleanup, we can coordinate with service providers to fix damages and restore your garage to its prior condition whenever possible, maximizing safety and sanitation in the process.

SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington can bring you a level of clean that looks, "Like it never even happened." Call (360) 658-0506 today to have technicians at your residence within hours.

A Broken Washing Machine Hose Caused Water to Leak into Various Surfaces in My Property. How Do I Complete the Water Cleanup Process?

8/27/2022 (Permalink)

a puddle of water next to a broken washer Leaking washers can cause a lot of problems in your home. SERVPRO is available to help 24/7 and make it “Like it never even happened.”

Hire SERVPRO Technicians in Maryville to Complete the Water Mitigation Process in Your Property.

Water can destroy most of your valuable content, encourage mold growth, and cause long-term structural problems. Even a small amount of water sipping into various surfaces of your Maryville property can cause significant damage if not dealt with within 48 hours. SERVPRO can help you conduct the water cleanup in a brief period.

Why should I trust your company?

You can trust us because we have trained and experienced technicians who work fast to get you back to your routine and minimize damage. Our technicians can use a wide range of approved techniques to perform water damage mitigation in your Maryville home. Before we leave your home, we can ensure that we restore the affected area to a habitable, dry, and healthy living space.

What should I do during a loss?

Before our technicians get to your property, you can take the following steps to minimize water damage:

  • Mop the affected area to remove as much water as possible.
  • If the area has non-permanent rugs or coverings, remove them.
  • Move paintings, art objects, and photos to safety.
  • Open your windows and doors to enhance air circulation.

What does water damage mitigation involve?

Water damage mitigation aims to prevent further water damage from occurring to a home and its contents. We use specialized techniques and equipment to reduce the amount of loss. Our team can remove ruined materials such as flooring and drywall, clean and disinfect salvageable materials, extract water from the affected area, and dry your home. Water damage mitigation ensures that a water loss incident does not cause further consequences. To restore a house completely, we offer water damage restoration services.

How do you dry a home?

After extracting the water, we remove moisture from the affected area to prevent odors and mold growth. Since water can sip even in confined places, we can use several axial air movers to increase the evaporation rate. The machine drives in a large volume of dry air from outside to replace the cold, moist air in the affected property. It delivers lower pressure at higher volume giving it the ability to cover larger areas.

Can you disinfect my home?

Disinfecting the affected area is essential to prevent mold growth and eliminate potential contaminants that might have remained after water extraction. We use our advanced and approved products in conducting this task. Our SERVPRO team can treat the entire affected area, including the sub-floors and wall studs.

If water pools in your property, it can damage your drywall and other porous materials, leading to costly repairs. Contact SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington at (360) 658-0506 for effective water damage mitigation and restoration. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Marysville Residents Look to SERVPRO for Water Removal

7/31/2022 (Permalink)

a puddle of water on the hardwood floor of a living room To deal with water damage quickly in your home, contact SERVPRO immediately. We have the technical expertise to remediate and mitigate the damage.

SERVPRO is Available 24/7 for Marysville Properties That Need Water Removal

After water damage happens in a home, the restoration services must start as rapidly as possible. SERVPRO technicians are local and can be on-site with their equipment for the cleanup in a matter of hours. 

When SERVPRO handles Marysville water removal tasks, the technicians give detailed attention to the building materials to restore as much as possible through their advanced extraction and drying methods. The technicians have comprehensive training for handling all types of wall materials such as:

  • Sheetrock
  • Plaster over lathe
  • Wallpaper and tile

All of these types of walls require specific methods for dealing with excessive moisture. Sheetrock warps and buckles after exposure to water, and the techs may need to perform flood cuts. Plaster walls usually dry well, and the outcome is best if the lathe is metal rather than wood, particularly when the water has contaminants. The end result for wallpaper and tile depends on the amount of seepage and also how quickly the cleanup efforts began. 

SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington at (360) 658-0506 stands ready 24/7 to help local Marysville property owners with all water removal types.

When Fire Odors Affect Business in Marysville

7/31/2022 (Permalink)

a fire damaged office with debris all over the floor and a soot covered chair and desk Recovering after a fire is a daunting task. Contact SERVPRO for certified technicians and professional equipment. We are available 24/7.

SERVPRO Commercial Fire Restoration Services are Here

A fire at your business can leave unpleasant burnt odors for several weeks or months after the event. However, homeowners can significantly reduce this timeframe with a professional odor control technician. At SERVPRO, we use multiple odor control techniques, chemical agents, and equipment to ensure your business returns to its normal preloss condition without odor.

Facing fire damage in your Seattle company can be a traumatic experience. The lingering burnt odors make it difficult for staff to continue working and create an unpleasant environment for customers. Bad smells are volatile particles that can settle on or even penetrate porous surfaces. Some odors can become trapped inside textiles such as carpet fibers and release other bad smells when disturbed. To combat these issues, our technicians use absorption agents and powders that absorb humidity and odors together. These powders are sprinkled directly onto the carpet surface, forming a sealant between the odor particles and indoor air. We can also help you with:

  • Fire debris removal
  • Fire restoration
  • Smoke damages

Another method of controlling bad smells is with digestive enzymes. Enzymes are organic bacteria that help to break down substances on a molecular level converting them into odor-neutral particles such as carbon dioxide and water. We use these digestive enzymes primarily in restaurants suffering from kitchen fires where the causes of odor could be protein-based soiling. One of the core advantages of using a natural enzyme is that it can convert greasy smoke deposits into water-soluble substances. A simple detergent can be very effective on fatty soil deposits, providing that an enzyme has been applied first.

  • Adsorption agents are materials such as charcoal that can be used to filter unpleasant odors from indoor spaces. Equipment like air filtration devices incorporate these materials.
  • Electronic filtration devices can also be used in the home, which capture microscopic organisms and destroys them reducing odor.
  • Disinfectants and sanitizers are also useful in destroying or removing invisible odors from surfaces. 

If your business has an odor issue after a fire, contact SERVPRO of Marysville/ Arlington, quoting fire damage restoration at (360) 658-0506.

Getting Commercial Mold Remediation in Arlington

7/31/2022 (Permalink)

a puddle of water on the tile floor of an office When you find mold damage in your business, you want it dealt with quickly. Our technicians are here to remediate and mitigate the damage. Call 24/7.

Arlington Retail Businesses Depend on Commercial Mold Remediation from SERVPRO

No one wants to find mold growing within their business property. However, when it gets found, it needs immediate action to halt the spread. 

Retail business owners know that they need fast commercial mold remediation in Arlington. Businesses that are open to the public need to have a safe and hygienic space for customers and employees alike. 

Mold growth is complex and spreads quickly. Visible mold is the mycelium, a collection of tube-shaped cells. The individual cells are hyphae and are a part of the production of spores. The spores can: 

  • Travel through the ductwork to other areas
  • Land on clothing or shoes and get transported
  • Wind up in bags given to customers and land in their homes

While it is impossible to remove all airborne mold spores, SERVPRO techs work to remove as much as possible to create healthy air quality. The techs may need to set up containment to concentrate air quality improvement efforts and capture airborne particulate through the use of equipment such as air scrubbers which traps spores in a maze of filtration; some have added carbon filters. 

SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington at (360) 658-0506 brings their experience and professional equipment to assist local Arlington properties with any kind of commercial mold remediation.

SERVPRO for a Stress-free Arlington Heights Water Removal Experien

6/25/2022 (Permalink)

water pooling in corner of floor by window SERVPRO arrives with advanced equipment and tools for water damage cleanup and restoration in Arlington Heights

Tools During Water Cleanup Jobs in Arlington Heights

Cleaning up messes is something you do every day in your Arlington Heights residence. When a larger, more complex situation develops, you can depend on SERVPRO to help mitigate the damage caused to your home. We understand that accidents happen at the worst possible times, so we are always available to answer whenever you call.

Just like you often depend on a mop and bucket to maintain your home, we perform water cleanup tasks in Arlington Heights with these tools and several others. Each helps us get the work done and protect your home from the effects of water. Because water can dissolve many substances and carry them wherever it goes, we also want to do more than remove the water. When cleaning up surfaces, we want to remove any grime or residue deposited there by the water.

When we need to clean up a floor that has since dried, we sweep first to remove anything on its surface. If we find that a mop and bucket approach fails to pick up any remaining residues, we switch to using absorbent towels. We fold these several times to give us enough 'squares' to clean a substantial area before we need another towel.

In large rooms with an exterior door, like the garage or a patio area, we might use a power washer and squeegees to remove debris. This method quickly gives us effective results and is easy for us to set up and start cleaning. We follow up afterward with ventilation and desiccation. This stage requires an air mover used in conjunction with a drying method.

An upstairs bathroom and plumbing can create top-down water damage if your house has a second story. A broken pipe can fill the voids with water. We can punch holes in the ceiling to drain the affected panels.

SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington is always ready to help eliminate large amounts of water from your Marysville residence with these and other water cleanup tools. Call us at (360) 658-0506 for fast service from reliable professionals.

Some Causes of Residential Mold Growth in Marysville

6/25/2022 (Permalink)

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Moisture Is the Main Culprit that Fuels Maryville Mold Infestations

Mold appears in your Marysville home because it has the ideal conditions for growth. Like most living organisms, these conditions are temperature, food supply, and water. A residential property provides ample organic matter for microbial organisms. Drywall, wood, textile, and insulation are potential food supplies for mold. Equally, comfortable indoor temperatures usually match those ideal conditions for microbial growth. The surest way to tackle mold issues is by addressing their water supply. SERVPRO remediation technicians not only clean and restore moldy materials but can also implement essential preventative measures to stop mold from returning.

What could be the cause of damp spots?

  • Internal plumbing cracks splits or slow leaks 
  • Insulation issues that could lead to condensation
  • Indoor humidity levels, particularly in wet rooms like kitchens or bathrooms

Does drying a property combat mold?

The most effective mold remediation method for your Marysville home is strategic drying. Drying the property may involve demolition to expose hidden materials in the house. It may require applied structural drying (ASD) techniques and equipment like injectidry systems. Perhaps the most common method of controlling mold growth is through dehumidification. Dehumidifiers can be either refrigerant or desiccant. Usually, a refrigerant dehumidifier is adequately equipped to bring down relative humidity and handle mold growth.

Is it possible to measure and control humidity in one area of the home?

Our SERVPRO AMRT technicians have the training to use specific devices like Thermo hygrometers and moisture sensors to attain a consistent RH of 55% or less.

Get a handle on microbial growth in your home by using professional remediators. Contact SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington at (360) 658-0506.

Inspecting a Marysville Structure During Fire Restoration

6/24/2022 (Permalink)

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Fire Restoration Starts by Protecting a Structure

Fires are one of the more common service callouts our professionals receive, making it vital for our team to stay trained with potential hazards, structural threats, and fire loss effects like:

  • Odors
  • Soot damage
  • Smoke solids
  • Airborne particles
  • Bulk material and debris

Combustion Weakens Structures

Starting fire restoration for Marysville homes begins with evaluating structural damage for the threat of collapse or deterioration. Burning can significantly weaken or destroy wall systems, flooring, and ceilings.

Corrosivity of Soot Damage

Soot particles can sometimes be acidic when specific materials are burned to create them. When these acidic solids come to rest on surfaces, their corrosive nature can ruin the underlying material. Cleaning surfaces can be prudent, but when the damage is done, the structure must be removed, refinished, or replaced. Cleaning surfaces can be prudent, but the structure must be removed, refinished, or replaced when the damage is done.

Water Damages from Extinguishment

Yet another way structural damage can result in your home after a fire is through the lingering water used to extinguish the blaze. First responders often rely on high volumes of water to put out a fire, meaning that areas impacted the worst by combustion have an added layer of water and moisture damage to combat as well. Water can degrade structural elements briefly making it vital to establish what surfaces are at risk.

Needed Reconstruction and Repairs

When vulnerabilities have been documented and recorded for damage claim reports and estimations, our contractors can begin work on the necessary reconstruction of the property. Demolition is vital in removing unsalvageable construction materials, which can be common after fire loss effects. As leading fire restorers and build-back professionals, we offer a full-service solution for recovery.

The efforts to protect and restore a structure after fire damage are important to begin as soon as possible in area homes. Our SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington team has a license allowing us to help in various ways, from controlled demolition to full construction. Give us a call now at (360) 658-0506. 

Biohazardous Materials and Asbestos Can Be Lurking in Your Marysville Home--Call SERVPRO for a Safe Cleanup and Restoration

5/29/2022 (Permalink)

yellow tape in front of a home signifying that there is asbestos dust in it Cleaning up asbestos materials involves taking many precautions. Call in our professional SERVPRO team to mitigate your storm damage situation.

Flood Damage to Older Homes in Marysville Can Present Contamination Problems

Many older homes in Marysville were built to different standards than new homes built today. For example, the building industry used asbestos as an insulating material in walls, ceilings, and around pipes. As long as the asbestos is undisturbed, safety organizations maintain there is no danger to human health. However, once it is disturbed by renovation activities or restoration after a flood, particles of asbestos may be dislodged into the air and ingested by anyone working in the area.

SERVPRO provides flood damage restoration services in Marysville and surrounding areas. We also restore homes and commercial buildings after water leaks, storm, and fire damage. Floodwaters may also carry bio-hazards into buildings. Floodwaters absorb bio-hazard materials as the water overflows the banks of local rivers and streams. There may also be fuel and oil in the water.

Managing Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM)

The industry guideline SERVPRO follows for ACM is when asbestos is suspected, the material should not be disturbed. Do not perform work activities that could cause particles to become airborne. This includes sawing, hammering, drilling, sanding, scrubbing, or removing the material. Licensed asbestos abatement experts must remove these materials.


Homes built before 1960 may also contain lead-based paint, which can be harmful to humans while sanding or scraping the paint. Floodwaters may contain sewage, and other materials picked up during the flood stage. Excessive moisture in a home or building is an excellent breeding ground for bacteria, mold, and viruses.

We train our SERVPRO team members to deal with all of these potential hazards from floods. Abatement professionals may be called in for asbestos removal. Cleanup of bio-hazards must follow industry protocols for handling and disposal of waste, debris, and contaminated materials in your home. OSHA supplies very definitive guidelines for biohazard cleanups.

Avoid risking the health of your family, let the experts manage the clean up after a flood, especially when there is the possibility of asbestos or biohazard contamination.

Call SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington at (360) 658-0506 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Stimson Crossing, Sisco Heights, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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.


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!

How to Avoid the Need for Commercial Fire Damage in Marysville?

3/4/2022 (Permalink)

a person cooking with fire in a large skillet Dealing with the aftermath of a fire in your commercial kitchen can be quite stressful. Team SERVPRO will arrive on the scene with the help you need.

SERVPRO Helps Marysville Commercial Kitchens Handle Fire Damage Restoration

Thousands of commercial kitchen fires take place in the United States each year. The fact is that many of these fires come from issues with cooking equipment, with others starting due to unattended open flames or faulty wiring. SERVPRO wants all restaurant and commercial kitchen owners to know that we are there if you need damage restoration assistance. However, prevention is the best policy!

A restaurant fire in Marysville can quickly turn into significant fire damage that calls for detailed restoration. These fires are often difficult to extinguish, and the protein residue left behind is stubborn and intense.

Preventing Kitchen Fires

Not only should your commercial kitchen have tools to put out a fire, but you also need tips to help keep them from starting to begin with. When running a kitchen, these are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Safety is paramount. Train kitchen staff and front-of-house the best methods for spotting and fixing fire hazards. They should also know protocols if a fire breaks out and learn a proper evacuation plan.
  • Equipment maintenance and inspections. Always check wires for splicing or fraying. When you notice equipment not working properly, unplug it and ensure it gets inspected and repaired by a trained professional.
  • Invest in a fire suppression system. Automatic fire suppression systems are similar to having a first responder on-call. The system automatically disperses chemicals to help diffuse flames while also shutting down the electrical supply or fuel to any nearby equipment.

Whether you have a commercial kitchen fire caused by cooking oil, grease trap issues, clogged exhaust filters, gas leaks, or wiring, you need trained fire and smoke restoration technicians on the job. We are that team at SERVPRO of Marysville/Arlington, and you can reach us 24-hours a day by calling (360) 658-0506 for commercial fire damage restoration.

Don’t Let Flood Damage Ruin Your Marysville Property!

2/27/2022 (Permalink)

a flooded kitchen with water everywhere and things floating around Flood damage remediation after a storm is a 24 hour a day process. Contact our certified technicians for the necessary equipment to complete the job.

Call SERVPRO 24/7 in Marysville for Emergency Storm Flood Damage Restoration

When dealing with water damage from Marysville floodwaters, you need to dry out all excess moisture as soon as possible. SERVPRO’s water restoration technicians (WRT) are available 24 -hours a day, so you can feel confident you will have a team at your door and ready to get started fast. Rather than waiting for contaminated storm flooding to fester, we get there quickly to execute water removal services followed by thorough drying. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

How does SERVPRO handle water and flood damage in Marysville after a storm? We bring specialized equipment to conquer several objectives as we work toward our drying goals. This includes:

  • Circulating air within the impacted area to promote drying.
  • Discouraging mold spores and bacteria from colonizing.
  • Bring down relative humidity (RH) throughout the interior.
  • Ensure temperatures remain at optimum levels for rapid drying.
  • Promote efficient drying under all visible surfaces. 

The benefits of hiring SERVPRO for water damage restorations are plentiful, including the professional equipment we bring within our Green Fleet. Some of the tools we may use during your flood restoration project include:

Not only does our equipment boost our restoration goals, but we also follow proven processes for successful results. We are also there to address any questions or concerns you have regarding insurance claims, how we determine what is salvageable, and the steps for controlled demolition.

SERVPRO of Marysville/Arlington is there whenever you have issues with flooding from a storm. Let us handle the damage so you can get your property back to pre-flood condition – “Like it never even happened.” You can reach us 24/7 at (360) 658-0506.

Need Commercial Water Damage Repair in Marysville – Call SERVPRO

2/7/2022 (Permalink)

water spewing from hole in pipe Even small leaks can be significant issues. Our team is always a phone call away to handle your water damage restoration.

SERVPRO Provides Emergency Water Damage Cleanup and Restoration Services in Marysville

A major water leak is a disaster for many commercial clients to their Marysville business operations. Whether it is a rental building, a motel, a school, an office building, or one of many other industries, employees and customers are impacted. They can no longer provide goods and services until the water has been removed and everything has normalized.

SERVPRO teams are available to respond 24/7 to provide water damage repair and cleanup in Marysville for commercial customers experiencing a water problem. We can assist in stemming the ongoing cause of the water leak and immediately begin water removal, protect the contents, and provide drying services to mitigate the time your operation is placed on hold.

For example, a small multi-story motel may have water in several units on several floors. We pack up the furniture and remove the contents to store them in a staging area while repairing floors, walls, and ceilings. Depending on the amount of water damage, we remove ceilings, carpets, underpads, and drywall to expose structures to be dried to prevent mold growth and the loss of structural integrity. We use a combination of air movers and dehumidifiers to dry the framework and reduce the humidity levels to normal.

Our SERVPRO teams provide construction solutions to assist with complete water damage repair and restoration of your commercial building. Our team manages the build back for everything from board up, carpet installation, drywall repairs, and installation to electrical and plumbing services. Our SERVPRO teams provide commercial services to help bring your commercial operation back online, including:

  • Water removal services
  • Water damage repairs
  • Water damage restoration in commercial buildings

Call SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington in Marysville and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (360) 658-0506.

Need Help with Fire Damage Restoration in Arlington – Call SERVPRO

2/1/2022 (Permalink)

smoke and soot damage on wall We utilize a combination of water, detergent, and solvents to clean items depending on the type of residue deposited by the fire.

SERVPRO Provides Fire Cleanup and Smoke Restoration Services in Arlington

Fire damage restoration can take many different forms after a fire in an Arlington Home. Initial cleanup focuses on removing the charred remains of the fire. However, there is always a safety and damage evaluation to complete first, reviewing electrical hazards, slip and fall hazards, and chemicals used to quell the fire. Has the integrity of the home been compromised? Broken windows may need to be boarded up, and punctures in the roof may need to be covered with tarps to prevent rain, snow, and animals from causing further damage.

SERVPRO provides these services and much more as part of our fire damage restoration response to calls concerning fires in Arlington homes. Once the safety and damage evaluation is completed, we remove charred materials that cannot be repaired and contribute to odors in the building. We inventory everything for insurance purposes required by your insurance company.

We remove excess water and chemicals, and then the cleanup begins in earnest. We clean every surface of residues and smoke odors. We vacuum light, fluffy ash from the fire from all surfaces before cleaning, including HVAC systems.

We utilize a combination of water, detergent, and solvents to clean items depending on the type of residue deposited by the fire. Not all residues are removable with water and detergents. We use solvents to dissolve non-water-soluble soils before removing the soils from porous and non-porous materials. We set up staging areas to store everything that has been repaired and cleaned until your home is fully restored.

SERVPRO brings highly trained restoration technicians to your home, providing the following services:

Call SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington in Arlington and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (360) 658-0506.

SERVPRO Delivers Marysville Commercial Fire & Smoke Damage Repair

1/24/2022 (Permalink)

closeup of fireman's hand holding firehose Water damage often accompanies fire damage. SERVPRO is always on call to restore your home.

Need Commercial Fire &Smoke Damage Restoration Service in Marysville – Call SERVPRO

Fires in commercial buildings are often extinguished quickly in Marysville through the combined efforts of the fire department and in-house fire suppression systems. The fire is extinguished before it burns and chars the structure; however, the water from the fire suppression system can spread hundreds of gallons of water over the entire building. The fire department uses chemicals and water to extinguish the fire and prevent a more significant catastrophe.

SERVPRO responds in four hours from your initial call for fire and smoke damage restoration in commercial buildings in Marysville. Our team is always on call 24/7 to respond to your needs and focus on protecting the contents and structure from additional damage caused by the water and chemicals used to quell the fire.

Commercial buildings are filled with various finished and unfinished products that are easily damaged by smoke residues, water, and moisture if action is not immediately taken to mitigate the impacts. High moisture situations can introduce further damage and contribute to mold growth in as little as 24 hours.

SERVPRO teams remove charred materials, vacuum up standing water and deploy air movers and dehumidifiers to dry the building and structure. Once the contents are dry, we pack them up and move them to a staging area until we can return them. All surfaces are washed and clean to remove smoke residues using a combination of water, detergents, and solvents to dissolve soils left over from the fire.

SERVPRO provides many services for commercial customers in the area, including:

Call SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington in Marysville and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (360) 658-0506.

What Challenges Does an Arlington Kitchen Water Damage Cleanup Pose?

1/14/2022 (Permalink)

a pipe leaking water under a sink Whether it’s a leaking drain or an appliance malfunction that causes the water damage in your home, team SERVPRO can help. We are standing by 24/7.

Arlington Residents Trust SERVPRO for Water Restoration

When the need for water restoration happens in Arlington homes, the two rooms SERVPRO technicians find themselves working on the most are kitchens and bathrooms. This is due largely to the amount of plumbing and appliances connected to water supplies in these areas of the house.

SERVPRO techs deal with multiple challenges during water damage cleanup in Arlington properties when focusing on the kitchen. Areas that need extra attention during the mitigation service include:

  • Behind cabinets
  • Walls and baseboards
  • Behind appliances 
  • Under flooring

Water Removal Behind Cabinets

In the case of a supply line leak or appliance failure, it is not uncommon for SERVPRO techs to remove toe kicks under the cabinets during water extraction. When necessary, technicians can remove the cabinets to ensure that the walls are dried completely. There is never guesswork with this aspect of the water restoration service. The technicians use various types of moisture detection equipment and visual inspection to determine the presence of water vapor. Moisture that gets left behind can create costly issues, including deteriorating the walls behind the cabinets and encouraging mold growth under the right conditions.

Help for Walls and Baseboards with Water Damage

The outcome of walls post-water spill in a kitchen can range from simple drying to the need to remove the damaged portion using flood cuts. This action is common and works to open the wall cavity for extraction and drying.

Thorough Water Removal Every Time

SERVPRO technicians have several types of professional water removal techniques and equipment such as specialized attachments to get water underneath cabinets , drilling weep holes in walls to avoid further deterioration,use of controlled demolition on walls, ceilings, and cabinetry that is beyond restoration.

SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington at (360) 658-0506 serves the Waterbury community for all types and sizes of water removal needs. The trained and certified technicians are available 24/7.

What is the Best Way to Remove Mold Damage From Marysville Homes?

1/7/2022 (Permalink)

mold growing on the wall by a window Regardless of where the mold infestation in your home is found, team SERVPRO can help. Contact our certified mold damage technicians today.

SERVPRO Techs Have the Training and Equipment to Handle All Aspects of Mold Remediation in Marysville Homes

Removal of the dried residues left behind by mold infestations in Marysville houses can be a tricky business to clear safely. Improper techniques can make spores airborne and send the issue to another area of the home.

SERVPRO technicians have comprehensive training for handling mold damage in Marysville properties, including the final cleanup of any visible colonies. The remediation process may include the disposal of building materials damaged by mold. Still, certain areas of the structure, such as load-bearing beams, cannot get removed so simply and need cleaning and treatment against the return of the problem.

Different Types of Abatement

Mold requires moisture, humid conditions to exist. Once the SERVPRO techs deploy their drying equipment and rapidly lower the interior humidity levels, it is unsustainable for the existing colonies resulting in death and drying out. What is left is a flakey, sticky residue on surfaces. The removal may entail any of the following methods or a combination thereof: 

  • Hand scraping and using a hand vac with HEPA filtration
  • Ice or soda blasting
  • Sponge blasting

When using any removal method, the technicians determine what surface the dried matter is upon and how to remove it that will not mar the surface. For example, ice blasting sounds harsh, but the CO2 pellets return to their gaseous state upon striking a target. Soda blasting is another powerful yet gentle method for getting rid of stuck-on residues. When the techs use hand scraping, they are very detailed and organized to ensure they get all the remaining mold left. 

Afterward, treatment with SERVPRO's exclusive antimicrobial cleaners and sealants ensures no return of the problem. 

SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington at (360) 658-0506 brings professional equipment and years of experience handling mold damage remediation in local Marysville properties.

What Areas of Marysville Homes Suffer Frozen Pipes?

1/2/2022 (Permalink)

icicles hanging off of a frozen pipe Frozen pipes can sometimes be prevented from breaking and causing damages in your home. Call our certified technicians to get more information.

Frozen pipes are common enough for Marysville homeowners to actively take preventative measures.

Frozen pipes are among the most common water damage threats throughout the winter months. There are several causes of these crippling events, including:

  • Temperature management
  • Inadequate insulation
  • Undrained unused lines

Cold Temperatures in the House

Cold snaps and harsh winter conditions can cause several damaging events like frozen pipes or ice damming in Marysville homes. One of the main causes of freezing fixtures is low temperatures in the house, which could be common when leaving your home over the winter months for a warmer climate.

Poor Circulation of Warm Air 

When you have not sought warmer temperatures closer to the equator, cold temperatures in certain areas of the house can still be potentially threatening.

Improper Insulation of Pipes

Plumbing must be protected against the elements. When steep temperature drops occur, cold air surrounding the lines could rapidly impact standing water in the line to freeze it. Insulation provides a barrier to keep the temperature of water in the line above the freezing threshold.

Standing Water in Supply Lines

Another cause of pipe freezing is not draining out lines that should not remain pressurized through the winter months. Outside hose bibs, supply lines to pools, and several other types of seasonal fixtures can be inadequately constructed to withstand harsh winter conditions.

What Do You Do if a Pipe Bursts? 

A pipe burst can seem overwhelming and cause rapid and substantial changes to your household. It is important to secure professionals like our IICRC-certified SERVPRO team as soon as you turn off the main supply line to the house to stop the water flow. Our professionals can arrive fast to mitigate your loss through actions like extraction and drying.

While there are several possible threats for homes and businesses throughout the winter months that could lead to water damage, few are as frequent and consistent as pipe bursts from freezing. Our SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington team can mobilize fast for these emergencies to help when you call (360) 658-0506.

The Meaning of Our IICRC-Certification for Marysville Homes

12/17/2021 (Permalink)

IICRC logo Regardless of the size of the damage, our SERVPRO team can handle water damage, fire damage, and mold remediation.

Accreditation with this institute affirms our knowledge and professionalism in property damage restoration.

Quality restoration and recovery solutions begin with a commitment of experienced and knowledgeable professionals. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) sets the standard for expertise and training for restoration niches. We exercise the latest industry practices, products, and equipment as an accredited firm.

Setting the Standard of the Industry

You might not know that restoration professionals look to an established standard of industry practices and policies to guide effective and efficient recovery in residential and commercial settings. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) organizes and sets many of these guidelines, but the IICRC is also a developer.

Expectations of IICRC-Certified Firms

The badge of certification showcases our SERVPRO team’s technical and industry expertise and abilities but also offers peace of mind to potential customers. The accreditation means that our technicians uphold a clear code of ethics, the standard of care, and complaint policy to provide unparalleled customer satisfaction.

As an IICRC-Certified restoration team, our SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington professionals can help when disasters strike. (360) 658-0506

Common Approaches to Drying Structural Cavities in Arlington Homes

12/13/2021 (Permalink)

a woman on her couch with her dog holding a bucket to catch water falling from her ceiling Whether water is leaking from your ceiling or your floor, cleanup is urgently needed. Contact team SERVPRO to quickly assess and remediate the damage.

Trapped water can cause great damage to Arlington properties without prompt drying.

When water damage threatens the house, many homeowners might be focused on the surface water they can see. Our experienced team also tracks moisture that might become trapped in wall systems after damaging events.

Moisture Meters Determine the Damage 

Getting water cleanup in Arlington started uses moisture meters and tracking tools to identify where damp materials exist and their projected movement through the house. These tools can also show when water gets trapped in the structural cavities between rooms. Some of these include:

  • Thermal hygrometers
  • Infrared imagery
  • Moisture meters

Positive Pressure Systems 

One of the common methods of managing moisture in structural cavities is removing wood trim at the base of the wall and drilling weep holes to the open space. If standing water exists, it should pour out of these openings. We can then use tools like our Injecti-Dry system to push dry, warm air into the cavity and promote efficient evaporation of lingering moisture.

Low-Profile Centrifugal Air Movers 

If flood cuts are made to the wall systems where structural cavities are damp and moist, specific directed drying equipment can help with efficient evaporation. Small and manageable controlled demolition options like this allow access for tools like high-velocity low-profile centrifugal air movers. These tools can also help circulate dry air into the cavity as well.

Reconstruction and Replacement

While it is one of the least-considered methods of managing moisture in structural cavities, the effectiveness of removing and replacing moist building materials is recognizable. With a general contractor license, we can complete the needed controlled demolition when deemed necessary and provide the build-back and reconstruction to make it "Like it never even happened." 

Structural cavities present many obstacles for restoration and drying. With the focused attention of our SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington team, we can provide the mitigation and restoration steps required to help. Our professionals are ready 24/7 to help at (360) 658-0506.

Removing Thick Residues and Soot Damage from Marysville Homes

12/6/2021 (Permalink)

a fire damaged wall outlet covered in soot Situations where soot is covering your walls require immediate action. Team SERVPRO has the technicians and equipment to handle the job. Call 24/7.

Direct action is needed to eliminate soot and smoke residues from Marysville properties.

Soot and smoke damage can appear in many ways throughout the property but most often appears as a dark residue adhered to impacted building materials and contents. Depending on the severity of this damage, specific actions are necessary to clear and clean these materials.

Removing Loose Soils from the Surface

Eliminating soot and smoke residues is one of the milestones of successful fire damage restoration in Marysville homes. Heavy soot damage can be overwhelming to hosting materials, so removing loose debris is a vital first step and reducing the presence of contaminated soils. HEPA vacuums and brushes can both be instrumental in clearing this loose soil from the surface.

Mechanical Actions to Reach the Substrate

Some aggressive mechanical actions might be required to remove the soot damage possible on these affected surfaces entirely. The term mechanical actions refer to the physical agitation of surface soils combined with varying products or materials to eliminate soils and residues. With severe soiling, some of the mechanical actions necessary might include:

  • Abrasive Powder – Crème cleaners contain abrasive properties that can help to eliminate stubborn residues on challenging substrates.
  • Blast Cleaning – using various media combined with compressed air or water, blast cleaning can dislodge soils for easier cleaning.
  • Sanding or Steel Wool – This process involves the aggressive scrubbing of the surface with an abrasive pad or product.

Wet Cleaning Solutions

While there are varying degrees of soot and smoke damage possible after fires in area homes and businesses, the thick residues that require the most aggressive cleaning tactics can be a considerable challenge for responding technicians. Our SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington team is ready to help with effective mitigation and surface cleaning when you call (360) 658-0506.

Where Does Flash Flooding Impact Marysville Homes the Most?

11/28/2021 (Permalink)

a puddle of water on the floor of a bedroom Flooding can bring in pathogens and other debris. Contact SERVPRO for water removal and flood damage remediation services.

Restoration after flash floods in Marysville homes starts in several common areas.

Restoring your home after flood damage begins with appreciating the damage these natural disasters can do. With a rapid-response team for storm damage and water restoration, we ensure that your home receives the appropriate mitigation efforts to help where it is needed most.

Removing Water from the Basement

When considering the impact of flash flood damage on Marysville homes and businesses, the first considered obstacle for responding technicians will be standing water. Several feet of floodwater is possible after flash flood conditions, which do not recede when they have penetrated areas like the basement of a home. Extraction services are necessary in these cases, which can include:

  • Truck-mount pumps
  • Trash pumps
  • Wet vacuums

Resolving Structural Damage

It is not uncommon for the area homes impacted by flash flooding to experience structural damage. Infiltration into the property can often exploit penetration points and vulnerabilities in the home’s exterior. As water continually passes through, these pathways become larger and more desperately in need of repair and reconstruction. We have a general contractor license to complete build-back services where needed.

Surface Cleaning Flooring and Wall Surfaces

The floors and wall surfaces are often heavily impacted by standing flood water and moisture concerns. Contamination is always a threat when flash flooding exists, as this rapidly-developing natural disaster grabs all substances and threatening solids in its path. Our IICRC-certified technicians need to focus on the disinfection cleaning of surfaces where reconstruction and demolition are unnecessary.

There is no mistaking the severe and devastating impact of flash floods on area properties. As quickly as these situations can overwhelm a home, we respond with the same urgency to ensure that mitigation gets started and the property is as protected as possible. This begins with knowing where flash flooding will impact the house the most. Our experienced SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington team can help 24/7 at (360) 658-0506.

How Does Media Blasting Work to Remove Mold Colonies in Marysville Homes?

11/11/2021 (Permalink)

Mold on wall When SERVPRO remediates mold, we always check for hidden growth. Contact SERVPRO promptly for remediation and to help prevent additional mold.

This Abrasive Cleaning Measure Is Effective Against Active Colonization in Marysville Properties. 

Mold is among the most threatening situations for a household, and this situation can only worsen without prompt cleaning and remediation. As leading experts in mold removal, our SERVPRO professionals have multiple approaches to eliminate active colonization, including abrasive cleaning tactics like media blasting.

What is Media Blasting? 

This is an abrasive cleaning tactic used by mold removal companies in Marysville that utilizes various media under high pressure by air or water to eradicate active colonization present on the surface of affected materials. This practice is often used where the impacted building materials can still be salvaged, and controlled demolition has not been deemed the more appropriate response. Some media types used in removing mold include:

  • Sand
  • Dry Ice
  • Sponges
  • Walnuts
  • Sodium bicarbonate

How Can This Approach Remove Mold Colonies? 

Media like sodium bicarbonate can dislodge and remove organisms through air blasting or via a centrifugal wheel that hurls abrasives at a mold-damaged surface at high velocity. The process is often a more efficient solution than hand scrubbing and sanding that might have otherwise been required for materials like wood framing exposed to mold colonies.

Is This More Effective Than Surface Cleaning? 

Light mold damage can be better treated with mold inhibiting products, antimicrobial cleaners, and sporicidal solutions in our inventory. Surface treatments are the least aggressive measure that has little opportunity to harm underlying materials. Media blasting, while effective, is reserved more for greater damage instances where mold organisms have rooted beyond the surface layer, and more abrasive techniques are necessary.

Our experienced remediation team can find the appropriate mold removal approach for your home. Give our SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington professionals a call today at (360) 658-0506.

How Does Smoke Behavior Dictate Restorability in Arlington Homes?

11/5/2021 (Permalink)

Room with fire damage SERVPRO can help with any level of smoke damage in your home. Call today for help from the experts.

The Movement of Smoke Dictates the Severity of Cleanup Necessary in Arlington Properties. 

How readily smoke can move through a damaged space is a strong indication of the severity of fire damage effects that must be overcome. The type of fire assuredly impacts the respective residues and soot deposits, including the type of material burned and the building materials and contents acting as hosts for soil deposits and soot damage.

The Force of Smoke Effects 

Fire damage restoration in Arlington homes can vary significantly from one property to the next. Smoke and soot movement can differ in strength and force as well during the blaze, ultimately changing the ease of removal and cleanup. Ultimately, there are two types of smoke damage regarding pressure and relative movement:

  • Driven Smoke – This is smoke damage that has been forced against vertical surfaces and contents throughout the home by high-pressure, high-heat scenarios. 
  • Free-Floating – As a property cools following a fire, the smoke damage can cool as well and experience little or no pressure to dictate its movements. What is left are free-floating smoke damage particles that come to rest on horizontal surfaces and shelves.

The Relationship of Surface Temperature to Smoke Damages

One of the interesting properties of smoke damage is that warm smoke seeks out cooler surfaces. This is why most measures intended to stop the progress of migrating smoke are ineffective. Hot smoke seeks out the outside of walls, windows, closets, and unaffected/unheated rooms in the house.

Knowing these fire damage principles helps our SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington team prepare effective and efficient smoke removal and cleaning strategies. We can track the migration of smoke and use wet and dry cleaning processes to overcome these loss effects. Call us today at (360) 658-0506.

How We Determine the Effectiveness of Drying Equipment in Marysville Homes

10/28/2021 (Permalink)

Drying equipment in warehouse SERVPRO uses state of the art moisture detection and drying equipment in your home for thorough drying after a water incident takes place.

Equipment and Proven Practices Help Determine How to Maintain Efficient Restoration for Water-Damaged Marysville Properties. 

Any drying effort is made more efficient through continual monitoring and tracking of progress. Understanding the correlation of placed units to lower humidity and moisture content shows when reconfiguration is needed.

Moisture Monitoring for Air Movers 

Effective water removal for Marysville homes and businesses begins with properly placing and managing drying tools to eliminate trapped moisture in building materials and contents efficiently. The use of moisture monitoring equipment, especially surface meters where vapor barriers might exist, can express the effectiveness of our units like:

  • Centrifugal air movers
  • Axial air movers
  • Low-profile air movers

Calculating Grain Depression

Dehumidifiers work by taking in moist air and discharging a drier output with the exhausting. Understanding the effectiveness of placed units can show where additional drying and moisture removal units are necessary. Calculating grain depression is a correlation between the difference of the intake moisture level versus the output product.

Tracking the Drying Process with Proprietary Software

SERVPRO DryBook is exclusive software that our professionals use to calculate many aspects of the drying and restoration process. For example, the DryBook software calculates grain depression for our technicians to directly express how effective dehumidification places throughout the house have become. Likewise, this form of record-keeping keeps our technicians, administrators, and even third parties like the insurance company knowledgeable about progress.

We have many advanced strategies to monitor and maintain effective drying solutions for area homes and businesses. From our software with DryBook to our commitment to the top evaporative drying equipment in the industry, we can help. Our SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington team is standing by at (360) 658-0506.

What Is the Best Way to Fight Odors During Fire Damage Restoration in Marysville Homes?

10/16/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo Fire damage restoration services by SERVPRO are second to none. Call now for the experience of a professional team. We are here to help.

SERVPRO Considers Odor Penetration Patterns Before Choosing a Deodorization Approach

When fire burns, it leaves various byproducts, including surface deposits like soot and particulate matter suspended in the air. One effect of these residues is pungent odors that engulf the entire property. As you carry out fire damage restoration processes such as cleaning, you may notice some reduction in the odor, but you may still feel uncomfortable, leaving you in a dilemma of what to do next.

Choosing professional fire damage restoration for your Marysville home is one way to eliminate all the challenges that come with fire disasters, including restoring indoor air quality. SERVPRO can help evaluate your deodorization needs, thus determining whether any unpleasant odor can go away on its own or removal is necessary.

Odor management takes various approaches, including:

  • Using masking agents to conceal any temporary odor
  • Deodorizing surfaces by spraying water-based deodorizers 
  • Fogging to remove deeply embedded odors

The kind of action necessary when dealing with odors depends on many factors, so it varies case-by-case. For instance, the type of finish on materials left undamaged by the fire determines whether odor molecules penetrate deeply. In general, unfinished materials like wood can act as odor reservoirs long after the fire is out. The age of the material also matters since older materials tend to be more porous. 

Removing deeply embedded odors requires:

  • Replicating the conditions during odor deposit
  • Neutralization of odor molecules without damaging the surrounding materials
  • Sealing surfaces if odor removal is impractical 

One of the effective procedures our SERVPRO teams use against deeply embedded odors is thermal fogging. The fogging equipment heats and atomizes solvent-based deodorizers producing thick fog, which readily spreads all over the room and penetrates deep into affected materials reaching all odor molecules.

SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington can manage fire damage restoration at your property, removing any traces of foul odor, “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (360) 658-0506.

Do Water Restoration Companies Present Any Special Benefits to Marysville Homeowners?

10/7/2021 (Permalink)

burst pipe Water damage restoration services by SERVPRO for your home are the right choice. Our goal is to have your home back to preloss condition.

SERVPRO Introduces Convenience to the Restoration Process After Water Damages a Home

When a pipe bursts in your bathroom, within the ceiling, wall space, or any other location in your house, you need an immediate solution. Calling a professional can help you restore any damaged areas. However, it might be challenging to decide which one is the best for the problems at your Marysville home.

Resolving water damage may require the skills of a plumber, building contractor, cleaning service, among other professionals. You can break the choice dilemma by hiring water restoration companies for your Marysville property. Such companies can handle most of the tasks needed to deal with the damage. SERVPRO provides highly trained and well-equipped teams for such tasks.

The main tasks water removal companies manage include:

When one team handles a restoration task, the process changes from a confusing, costly affair to a convenient and cost-effective operation. Apart from helping resolve the problems, the restorer can also help you avoid the hassle of dealing with third parties. For instance, SERVPRO works closely with insurance adjusters during the restoration and also finds and manages any independent contractors that might be required for the task.

The water leak might leave some sections of your home in bad shape because of soggy materials, slick surfaces, and other problems. SERVPRO can help establish barriers separating the affected areas from the rest of the property, thus allowing you to continue occupying your home. We normally use plastic sheets supported by retractable steel extension poles to create the barriers.

SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington is one of the water restoration companies that can manage an incident, making it “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (360) 658-0506.

What Is the Most Crucial Step to Combat Flood Damage in Arlington Heights Business Premises?

10/1/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO sign SERVPRO has the manpower and equipment for any size commercial damage restoration project. Call now for fast and immediate service.

SERVPRO Evaluates Losses Determining What to Give Priority During Restoration

Whether water accumulates in your Arlington Heights business premises for a few minutes, days, or hours, you can expect some problems. The issues can range from soiling, odors, rotting, and rusting, among other forms of physical deterioration. It is crucial to recognize that the outcome of flood damage is hinged on the severity of the loss and the mitigation actions.

Minimizing water exposure for contents and structural materials should be your top priority when flood damage affects your Arlington Heights premises. Most of the severe problems that force businesses to close down permanently develop from severe water exposure. SERVPRO can help you take or expedite the necessary actions to prevent any unnecessary long-term effects from the loss.

Some typical flood-related issues that can lead to long-term closure include:

  • Accumulation of hazardous wastes
  • Proliferation of microbes 
  • Rotting and other forms of material deterioration

Among the simplest ways to combat these problems is expediting water removal since floodwater that is left to sit in business premises over an extended period fuels such as breakdown of organic materials, which can turn into hazardous waste. SERVPRO uses various techniques, including highly efficient equipment to facilitate water removal.

Some of these water removal equipment used include:

  • Self-priming pumps to remove water with solids
  • High-pressure pumps
  • Truck-mounted water extractors

Apart from helping prevent extreme deterioration of materials, water removal also helps pave the way for regular restoration tasks, thus allowing regular business operations to resume. Carrying out such tasks with the water in place is impossible since the floors are slick and other hazards such as electrocution are high.  

SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington helps businesses respond appropriately to the threat of flood damage. Call us at (360) 658-0506. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Electrical Safety is Critical When In-Home Flooding Occurs in Arlington Homes

9/16/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo Water damage and exposed electrical is no laughing matter. Call SERVPRO for fast and immediate water damage restoration services for your home.

SERVPRO’s Emergency Water Damage Restoration Services in Arlington Puts Safety Measures in Place First

Just about everyone knows electricity and water do not mix. Water is an excellent conduit for electricity and can put you at risk for electric shock. Our technicians have seen things such as light bulbs still working, even while submerged. One of the things homeowners can do before we arrive is turn off the power at the box if they think there is an electrical risk.

Water Cleanup and Removal Starts with Safety

Once our Green Team arrives on the scene, the first thing they do is a scope of the situation. Not only does this allow them to put a plan of action together, but to ascertain any safety issues. This is one of the first steps in water damage restoration in an Arlington home. When it comes to electricity, they look for things like:

  • Low to the ground or floor outlets underwater
  • Location of the electrical box to shut off the electricity if needed
  • Electrical wires behind cavities and cupboards exposed to water
  • Electric appliances sitting near or in water

Moving Forward with Water Extraction

Once all of the safety issues have been addressed, we then tackle water damage restoration. It can involve using

  • Submersible pumps
  • Moisture meters
  • Light wands
  • Air movers
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Deodorizers

What we use depends on the scope of the water intrusion and the area of the home impacted. You can depend on SERVPRO to not only provide professional water removal services but to do it safely. For more information, contact SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington (360) 658-0506. 

Professional Odor Removal After Fire Damage

9/10/2021 (Permalink)

smoke from a fire Commercial fire damage is no DIY project. Call the professional outfit of SERVPRO for all the commercial restoration services needed.

SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington Uses Numerous Deodorization Techniques to Battle Fire Damage in Marysville

In commercial businesses, fire sprinkler systems often get the fire under control quickly. Smoke can spread rapidly, and deposit smoke resides throughout the building. Deodorization is needed to get rid of the pungent smells, and the right equipment is required to get the job done. 

SERVPRO’s Deodorization Procedures

Not every fire situation requires all the steps SERVPRO uses to deodorize buildings. Fire damage to Marysville companies varies depending on the depth of the fire, how quickly the sprinklers kicked in, and the material burning. We employ the following steps to get rid of foul odors brought on by fire:

  • Remove the source of odors – charred debris and unsalvageable material get removed from the premises.
  • Ventilate the area – open windows and provide ventilation.
  • Clean surfaces – Impacted surfaces get cleaned with the correct cleaning agent for the residue. 
  • Control vapor odors – SERVPRO applies deodorizing beads or pellets to floors if needed.
  • Thermal- fog the area – Fogging takes place where the source is and spreads out from there.
  • Inspect for pockets of odor – Crawl spaces, areas above suspended ceilings, and wall cavities get examined.
  • Check the HVAC system – If needed, decontaminated and clean.

These are some of the basic steps we use. Sealants, ozone equipment, and other steps may be taken. Content may need to be removed off-site for cleaning and repair. 

Serving Marysville Businesses

We are committed to fire damage restoration that gets your company operating as quickly as possible. For professional fire restoration services, contact SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington at (360) 658-0506.

Standing Water Can Cause Serious Damage to Marysville Homes

8/26/2021 (Permalink)

carpet and padding destroyed  by water damage When water damages your flooring, it isn't a total loss if you catch it in time. SERVPRO will be on-site within 4 hours of the initial call.

SERVPRO Uses a Variety of Water Damage Repair Tools When In-Home Flood Strikes in Marysville

Time is critical when it comes to water extraction, which is why SERVPRO is fast to the scene after a call out. Immediate water extraction is critical to prevent further damage to the structure and content. Our team has the right tools to remove standing water as quickly as possible.

Extracting Water from Carpet & Padding

Porous materials like carpeting and padding absorb water readily. One of the tools we use for water damage repair in Marysville on carpets is weighted extractors. These extractors allow us to pull the water from the rug without having to replace the carpet. There are times when we can’t save the padding, but if we can, we will. 

Removing Water from Harder Surfaces

Tile, hardwood, and concrete flooring are not as porous. Many times, we can remove the water from these surfaces before the subflooring is damaged. We use equipment such as:

Call in the Water Extraction Pros

The most important thing when you have a burst pipe, overflowing dishwasher, or other water intrusions is to call in professional help. The longer the moisture remains, the more damage it does. Excess moisture can also lead to mold in less than 48 hours. SERVPRO can extract the water, dry the premises, do any needed repairs and restoration, and give you back your home. Contact SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington at (360) 658-0506 for all your water restoration needs. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Skilled Mold Remediation Techs in Marysville, WA

8/10/2021 (Permalink)

view of crawl space Crawl spaces and attics create an ideal environment for mold. SERVPRO has the tools to locate and remove any mold growth in your home.

SERVPRO Handles Mold Remediation with Care – We Can Restore Your Marysville Property Quickly and Efficiently!

Do you know if you have optimum conditions in your Marysville property that allow mold spores to thrive? Many people may not realize that they may have damp conditions in their basement, crawl space, or bathrooms that make for the perfect black mold breeding ground. Rather than disrupting spores or failing to clean away all of the mold with DIY methods, it is wise to contact our skilled crew here at SERVPRO. 

Many residents in the area contact SERVPRO for mold remediation in Marysville because we have proven methods to handle cleanup and black mold damage repairs. If you have begun to notice any of these things, then you must contact us for an assessment:

  • Musty, damp, or foul odors
  • Slight water damage developing under cabinetry, around baseboards, on drywall or ceilings
  • Condensation developing in one or more areas of your home
  • Softened drywall
  • Visible mold colonization

Crawlspace, basement, and attic mold removal can be tricky unless you have the proper training. SERVPRO technicians are IICRC-certified and know how to navigate bathroom mold removal, basement mold remediation, and illusive attic mold. Because mold has the potential for causing health effects, our crew wears personal protective equipment (PPE) and put containment barriers in place to keep spores moving from the target zone into unaffected areas of your home. 

Visible or hidden mold is no match for SERVPRO. We use moisture detection tools to help us locate areas where mold might be hiding, then address the water source to eliminate further damage. Everything gets treated with antimicrobial agents to help inhibit future mold growth. 

Call (360) 658-0506 if you require assistance with mold remediation. SERVPRO of Marysville/Arlington can send out a crew as soon as possible!

Marysville Properties Stricken with Fire Damage Require Professional Intervention

8/3/2021 (Permalink)

fire damaged kitchen; charred cabinets; melted microwave; debris on stove Fire damage can be overwhelming. SERVPRO always has a team on standby to deploy to your home and begin the restoration process.

Calling SERVPRO to Your Marysville Home Ensures Fast, Efficient Fire Damage Restoration

Whether your Marysville property got hit with a garage fire or your kitchen caught the brunt of a recent blaze, you have a lot of work ahead of you to restore everything to pre-fire condition. Handling the cleanup of fire damaged homes is something SERVPRO does best, and we have the staffing, proven methods, and equipment to get it done fast. Rather than stumbling over debris and trying to determine what you can salvage or not, this is a job best left to skilled fire and smoke damage professionals.

How can SERVPRO assist with fire damage in Marysville?

Any Marysville homeowner trying to initiate house fire cleanup on their own will get quickly overwhelmed. Not only that, but DIY methods often make the situation worse. Skilled IICRC-certified technicians know how to handle smoke remediation, charred debris, and safety issues to develop a plan for saving you both time and money. The best news is that SERVPRO is available 24-hours a day, so we are always on standby when you need us.

Handling or tossing debris after a fire event is only part of the process. SERVPRO restorers utilize various tools and cleaning methods to address smoke damage and residue so that your interior gets back to normal. Some of the methods used on fire and smoke damage restoration and cleanup jobs include:

  • Spray & Wipe –This method is done by spraying a cleaning agent onto a surface, then wiping away residue with a clean cloth.
  • Dry Cleaning –Dry cleaning with brushes, sponges, and vacuums helps pull up non-greasy, light-to-medium smoke residue.
  • Wet Cleaning –Wet methods for cleaning, with or without a cleaning agent, helps remove residue that is moderate to heavy.
  • Other Techniques –We adjust our cleaning plan based on the level of soiling and materials. Some of the other techniques may include sanding, soda blasting, and immersion cleaning.

Contact SERVPRO of Marysville/Arlington by calling (360) 658-0506 when you need help with fire damage at your property!

Arlington Residents Cannot Wait for Flood Damage Response After a Storm

7/27/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Arrives within Hours at Your Arlington Home to Begin Flood Damage Clean Up

Intense thunderstorms, heavy rain, or prolonged storms can pose a threat to your Arlington property. Storm damage comes in many forms, and you may start to see water infiltrating your garage, ceiling, or ground floor. No matter the issue, it would be best if you handled it quickly before the damage multiplied. SERVPRO is here 24/7 to address the fallout after a storm, including powerful pumps and drying equipment to make sure that your property gets left “Like it never even happened.”

Rather than trying to grab a shop vac to pull up water or trying to get out the tarps when you have a leaking roof from storms, SERVPRO has you covered. After our assessment, we will put a plan in motion that helps us bring your property back to excellent condition. This plan may include:

  • Rapid water extraction
  • Thorough drying
  • Dehumidification to bring down the relative humidity
  • Cleaning, sanitizing, and deodorization
  • Controlled demolition services, as needed

Details About Interior Humidity

Our team must address relative humidity (RH) throughout your home during the water damage remediation process. Specific storm systems may also bring an increase in moisture. Once RH rises in your home, there is the potential for black mold growth. Our technicians monitor humidity and indoor air quality (IAQ) to prevent mold infestation, rot, and costly secondary damage.

Moisture detection tools play a significant role in all of our water removal services projects. Some of the technology we carry on our Green Fleet service vehicles help us to measure and monitor moisture found in:

  • Furnishings
  • Walls
  • Flooring
  • Ceilings
  • Contents

Basement flooding and interior flood damage are no match for SERVPRO of Marysville/Arlington! Call us at (360) 658-0506 to have a crew dispatched to your property when you need us.

How Can SERVPRO Improve Indoor Air Quality for Fire Damaged Marysville Homes?

7/12/2021 (Permalink)

a fire damaged hallway with soot covering the walls Fire damage which includes smoke and soot requires quick action to remediate. Contact our certified team 24/7 after an emergency.

With Filtration Products and Equipment, We can Reduce Post-Fire Effects in Marysville Properties

After a fire, the immediate actions of responding technicians can be among the most critical for restoring and recovering the property. As destructive as fires can be, mitigative emergency services can reduce the spread and severity of post-disaster effects like soot, odors, and water damage. Some of the initial efforts our team takes in this regard include:

  • Content cataloging
  • Fire debris removal
  • Water extraction
  • Controlled demolition

What Equipment Suits Air Quality Improvement?

Indoor air quality (IAQ) is a critical concern for fire and smoke removal in Marysville homes. The mitigation stages and steps by our SERVPRO technicians seek to reduce circulating hazards and carcinogenic threats with direct filtration. HEPA filters installed in air scrubbers and machines like hydroxyl generators continuously provide a cleaner environment during fire restoration and recovery efforts.

Can SERVPRO Remove Smoke Odors?

Smoke damage spreads fast and penetrates porous materials to be an encompassing threat to comfortable living after fire events. Our experienced IICRC-certified technicians appreciate the urgency of removing and neutralizing harsh odors left behind after extinguishment and can do so with a combination of deodorization equipment and counteractant products.

Fire damage can be a devastating situation for area homes and businesses. Addressing quickly changing conditions and hazardous environmental concerns showcases the leading inventory and expertise of our SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington team. We are ready 24/7 to help when you call (360) 658-0506.

Is Content Cleaning and Relocation Important for Flood Removal in Marysville?

7/5/2021 (Permalink)

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Marysville Homes are Best Protected with Efficient Content Management Solutions After a Flood

Flooding can leave many of the items in your house damaged and in need of attention and cleaning. Fast-responding SERVPRO technicians of our team can evaluate the condition of contents to determine if on-site cleaning is viable. When contamination is a concern, we can select off-site recovery and restoration by our skilled professionals at our warehouse facility.

Advantages to the Pack-Out Process

Off-site cleaning after flood damage in Marysville homes has multiple advantages and benefits. In many situations, the focused cleaning and recovery practices by our SERVPRO technicians can prevent replacement. These professionals can help with:

  • Surface cleaning
  • Deodorization
  • Disinfection
  • Drying
  • Safe, climate-controlled storage

The Move-Back Protocols to Protect Restored Belongings

Before SERVPRO IICRC-certified professionals can return your belongings to the restored house, some initial actions must take place. First, a thorough inspection of the affected contents is required. These items get staged in groups based on where in the house they are to get returned and evaluated for surface cleaning concerns, dryness, and odors. Passing this inspection allows these items to be loaded into Green Fleet vehicles and returned to the house.

Restoring a structure is not the only priority of responding technicians after flood damage. Protecting your personal belongings and contents of the house can happen in many ways, from on-site recovery to care in our SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington facilities. Give us a call anytime at (360) 658-0506.

Which Steps Can Guarantee a Faster Fire Damage Restoration Process?

6/25/2021 (Permalink)

smoke billowing from the windows a house on fire Regardless of the size of the fire, team SERVPRO can handle the remediation. Contact our team today for certified technicians who can help.

SERVPRO Has the Manpower to Move-Out Contents When Restoring Your Fire-Damaged Home in Arlington

Fire damage incidents are common in Arlington; the only thing you can never predict is when you can find yourself dealing with the losses associated with such a mess. Fortunately, experienced restoration service providers like SERVPRO are there to help you identify what you can salvage and what you should replace after the stressful experience. Suppose the fire affected a small section of the structure; in that case, we can determine if it is appropriate to move salvageable contents to other areas within the house or move them to a remote location.

Why Do Our SERVPRO Technicians Perform Move-Outs During Fire-Damage Restoration in Arlington? 

In most cases, move-outs are necessary to guarantee a speedy fire restoration process in your Arlington property. Our SERVPRO team understands the kind of sentiment customers have towards their property, so our IICRC-certified technicians handle all items with care and ensure no damage during handling. Other reasons are to why a move-out may be necessary include:

  • If the fire damages the roofing and the contents are likely to be exposed to weather conditions and cause additional damage
  • When it is essential to restore salvageable items outside the structure
  • If a lot of water is used to extinguish the fire and we need to extract it first

SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington can satisfy your cleaning and restoration needs after the disaster. Call (360) 658-0506 for a free quote and have all your questions answered.

Burst Pipes Can Lead to In-Home Flooding in Marysville Homes

6/10/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Use Proprietary Products to Clean and Restore Marysville Homes as One of the Top Water Restoration Companies in the Area

When a toilet overflows or if a pipe bursts, it can leave a big mess. SERVPRO provides cleaning and restoration services that leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

Powerful Cleaning Agents Get the Job Done

When Marysville water restoration companies like SERVPRO arrive to clean up a water intrusion, they bring with them the right tools and products. Let’s look at some of the proprietary products our tech use:

  • Rusticide – Removes rust stains from cotton, silk, wool, linen, synthetic fibers, and carpeting.
  • Wintergreen Deodorizer – water-based deodorizer with a wintergreen fragrance. Great for water-damaged carpet.
  • Vanquish EPA-registered disinfectant that kills bacteria, fungus, and viruses.
  • Shampoo Super Concentrate – detergents, solvents, and cleaning agents blended together for cleaning all fabrics. 
  • Wall and All Surface Cleaner – free rinsing detergent for all painted and washable surfaces.

These are a few examples of the products we used to restore your home. SERVPRO offers the following services:

  • Water damage remediation
  • Emergency services – water damage related
  • Basement flooding cleanup
  • Flood restoration
  • Ceiling repairs from water damages

If you have searched for water restoration companies and are coming up short, SERVPRO is the answer. Contact SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington at (360) 658-0506.

Can Appliances Be Saved After a Fire in Marysville?

6/4/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technicians After a fire incident takes place. You can trust that your home is in good hands with the experienced technicians at SERVPRO.

SERVPRO Provides Fire Damage Restoration in Marysville That Can Often Restore the Content of the Home

Many times, fire damaged appliances cannot be saved if they were impacted directly by the fire. However, if the damage is mostly from smoke and soot residue, they can often be cleaned.

Cleaning Appliances with Proprietary Cleaning Agents

Fire damage restoration in Marysville homes involves many processes. Appliances such as dishwashers, refrigerators, and washing machines can suffer from smoke residue damage, even when the fire did not touch them directly. When our technicians clean appliances, they use techniques similar to those when cleaning hard-surfaced furniture.  Wet cleaning and polishing are the most common methods used. Ways we clean appliances include:

  • Using water-based cleaners such as Wall and All Surface cleaners on non-porous surfaces.
  • Adding Industrial Cleaner to increase the alkalinity of the cleaner when tough situations involving smoke and grease occur.
  • Using Fire Star to remove heavy smoke damage.
  • Thoroughly rinsing appliances after cleaning.
  • Use Wood Crème Paste on surfaces with yellowing from the heat.

Fire damaged homes require special restoration methods, and our techs have the training and experience needed to bring those methods to your home. We provide:

  • Fire damage restoration
  • House fire clean up
  • Fire and smoke damage mitigation
  • Smoke remediation

For professional water and fire damage restorations, contact SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington at (360) 658-0506.

Does the Content of an Arlington Home Require Pack-Out after a Flood?

5/28/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Technician consulting with customer Flooding is no match for SERVPRO. We are equipped and ready at a moment's notice to restore your home.

SERVPRO Provides Move-Out Services When Needed

When storms hit and bring with them flooding that impacts your home SERVPRO is here to provide the help you need. You might not be able to stay in your home while it gets restored, and we may have to provide move-out services.

What is a Move-Out? Or a Pack-Out?

If your home in Arlington has flood damage, intensive cleaning and restoration are going to take place. If needed, SERVPRO provides move-out services. That is where we move the customer’s contents to a secure storage location. It might include items such as furniture, clothing, or appliances. Reasons for a move-out can include:

  • Quicker remodeling process
  • To protect contents from additional damage
  • Structural damage
  • Security reasons
  • Adjuster has decided it is the best course of action
  • Contractors need a more favorable work site
  • Content is easier to clean off-site

A move-out can be an extensive and costly process. We discuss all aspects with you and your insurance adjuster before making that decision. We typically utilize the CCIS Contents Claim Inventory System to catalog items as non-salvageable, salvageable, or questionable. All content is either tagged or scanned for security. Other services we perform include:

  • Emergency services for water damage
  • Water damage remediation
  • Flood restoration
  • Ceiling repairs from water damages
  • Water removal services
  • Tarping a leaking roof from storms
  • Sewage cleanup

For professional flood damage services, contact SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington at (360) 658-0506. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

How Can Arlington Proprietors Conduct Mold Removal To Address Persistent Infestations?

5/14/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Mold If your business is overtaken by mold you need to call the professionals. Call SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

SERVPRO Takes a Multifaceted Approach When Carrying Out Black Mold Damage Repairs in Arlington

If you notice signs such as a musty smell or black spots on surfaces soon after addressing a mold issue, you likely have a persistent mold problem. Standard mold remediation processes such as cleaning and drying are less likely to provide long-term results.

Before embarking on mold removal at Arlington business premises with a persistent infestation, it is essential to establish the likely causes. Although leaky roofs and pinhole leaks in pipes are the common drivers of mold infestations, other issues can cause problems too. Significant variations in humidity and temperature levels can lead to condensation, thus providing the moisture mold needs even when there is no water leak. Our SERVPRO technicians check whether there is an issue with your HVAC system. 

Growth might also persist if mold remediation cleaning does not incorporate antimicrobial and antifungal products. Our SERVPRO technicians incorporate various chemical agents, including Quats, which rapture microorganism cell walls and phenolics that work against bacteria and fungi. With our service, you can expect long term results from:

  • Mold remediation
  • Basement mold remediation
  • Attic Mold Removal
  • Black Mold Damage Repairs

SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington enhances mold removal helping minimize business disruptions. Call us at (360) 658-0506.

How to Handle Fire Damage Restoration in Marysville after Electrical Fires

5/7/2021 (Permalink)

Fire in business with logo After a fire in your business property, you will need a team of experts by your side for the build back. Call SERVPRO for assistance.

SERVPRO Opts for Water & Fire Damage Restoration Methods with No Secondary Problems

Electrical outlet malfunctions can easily lead to fires at your workplace. Problems usually arise when there is a short circuit or a gadget, or even an outlet overheats. The fire can start from any point and spread once it touches wall or ceiling panels and any other flammable material in the vicinity.

Fire damage restoration in your Marysville workplace after an electrical fire may involve several processes, including cleaning smoke residues, removing the degraded materials, and deodorizing strong odors such as those produced from burning synthetic components of appliances and electrical systems. For the best outcome, you need the assistance of a team well-versed with:

  • Fire damage restoration
  • Smoke remediation
  • Water & Fire Damage Restorations

Our SERVPRO technicians identify the different residues involved then find a suitable way to capture and remove them. Chemical sponges are one of the media our technicians prefer when removing residues from surfaces after fire and smoke damage since they do not leave smudges. We also thermal fog the property after cleaning to neutralize odor molecules. 

SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington provides any type of fire damage restoration services. Call us at (360) 658-0506 for immediate assistance.

What Is The Best Action Plan After Flood Damage Affects My Marysville Home?

4/28/2021 (Permalink)

Lightning strike/ Storm If your property suffers storm damage, call in the experts at SERVPRO for help right away.

SERVPRO Helps Manage Underlying Issues While Delivering Water Removal Services in Marysville

On the northern edge of the Snohomish River delta lies Marysville, the second-largest city in the county, after Everett. It was established in 1872 as a trading post in the Tulalip Indian Reservation. The growth of the city over the years can be attributed to several things, including transport systems such as the Great Northern Railway line and agricultural products such as lumber and strawberry. The high number of strawberry fields in the 1920s earned it the nickname “Strawberry City.” 

The topography of the area was one of the factors that favored thriving agricultural exploits. The downtown area is low, lying at only 5 feet above sea level, while the highest point near Smokey Point is 160 feet. In the early 1900s, controlled flooding of the Snohomish River allowed silt accumulation in the low lying areas, thus providing fertile soil for farming. However, as the area urbanized, the low-lying setting would lead to destructive flooding of homes and other properties.

Mountainous Surroundings 

The city has unique surroundings, with three picturesque mountains dominating the views of its skyline. The Cascade Mountains and Mount Pilchuck lie to the east of the city, while Olympic Mountain stands out on the west. 

For people who prefer spending time outdoors, there is no need to venture far from the city limits since there are several parks in the area, including:

  • Gissberg Twin Lakes

The two man-made lakes formed at a site where gravel was extracted for the construction of I-5. Unlike natural water bodies, the two lakes are rectangular. In the vicinity, there is a 44-acre wooded area with picnic areas, walking trails, and a swim area.

  • Ebey Waterfront Park

The park and boat launch facility is relatively recent, having been launched in 2005. It was created as an intertidal marine park catering to boating needs while attracting shoppers and tourists to the downtown area.

  • Deering Wildflower Acres

The trail serves as a survey site for biologists at the Western Washington University but allows sightseeing. However, pets are not allowed. Since it is preserved in its natural state, it provides a great escape from the bustling city.

How Does SERVPRO Help Marysville Residents Manage Flood Damage?

Flooding incidents can be a catalyst to many problems in a home, including deep soiling or contamination, collapsing assemblies such as ceilings, and even mold. Although flooding is largely uncontrollable, how you manage the aftermath has a significant impact on the outcome. 

The steps that matter most after flood damage incidents in Marysville are those that help stop further deterioration. Such deterioration can be from microbial growth processes, physical changes such as swelling or warping of materials as well as staining. Various intervention processes, including moisture management and decontamination, help improve the outcome. 

Our SERVPRO teams follow established procedures such as setting up dehumidifiers within the property immediately on arrival to keep relative humidity levels below 60%. We also spray EPA-registered disinfectants in the flooded sections to control the level of contaminants. Our service combines several aspects, including:

  • Flood restoration
  • Water removal services
  • Water damage repairs

SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington tailors flood damage restoration to match the unique conditions of each loss site. Call us at (360) 658-0506.

Commercial Water Damage Restoration Needed in Marysville

4/12/2021 (Permalink)

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Why Choose SERVPRO for Commercial Water Damage Restoration in Marysville?

Many business owners across the country have experienced a situation where they arrive at their office in the morning and see standing water. Not being able to get work done can often financially hurt your company.

When dealing with commercial water removal in Marysville, our SERVPRO crew knows you need to keep your business operating. We can provide the following services in a way that can support business as usual:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Water Clean Up
  • Ceiling Repairs from Water Damages
  • Sewage Cleanup

If there are more than two inches of standing water inside your office, we can conduct water removal services. Depending on the situation, we can use the following types of pumps:

  • Self-Priming Trash Pumps: Trash pumps vary and get classified by how big in diameter of material they can move. 
  • High-Pressure Pumps: These pumps can pull out water at high pressure, but they do not work well when removing solids.
  • Electric Submersible Pumps: Small units can draw 100 to 18,000 gallons per hour, whereas larger pumps can remove 1,000 to 6,000 gallons per minute.

If you ever find your office flooded, call SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington at (360) 658-0506. 

Fire and Smoke Damage in Your Arlington Home

4/1/2021 (Permalink)

smoke from a fire Smoke and fire damage is not a job for the layman. SERVPRO has IICRC certified technicians and is ready at a moment's notice.

Contact SERVPRO for fire and smoke damage restoration and cleanup.

Once flames ignite inside your home, fire and smoke damage can both come together. Structural blazes emit partially combusted particles (or smoke) that can travel through your dwelling. Once these particles hit colder surfaces, they can harden and turn into soot residues.

When we conduct fire damage restoration in Arlington, one common issue we come across is removing soot from your contents. Content cleaning can often become a significant part of performing the following operations:

When cleaning contents after they receive smoke damage, we can use the following industrial cleaning products:

  • Volatile Dry Solvents: Since these cleaners act as a lubricant to remove carbon-based substances, they are often used when cleaning soot.
  • Wood Oil Soaps: These work best when cleaning light residues from wooden items because they do not cause harm to the surface.
  • Furniture Polishes: We can use various products to clean, protect, and polish the surface of wooden furniture such as dining room chairs.
  • Carpet and Upholstery Cleaners: Carpet shampoos use a combination of cleaning agents, solvents, and detergents to clean and brighten fabrics.

Even if you only have a small fire break out in your house, call SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington at (360) 658-0506.

Water Damage Repairs At Your Marysville Home

3/26/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO can provide water damage repairs at your Marysville residence

Marysville, Washington, is now a prosperous city with a population of around 70,000. The town first hit the map in 1872 when James P. Comeford opened up a rural area trading post. The logging camps in the region kept the area booming until the railroads came into town in the 1880s that connected it with the rest of the country.

Marysville then grew even more and opened up its first city hall in 1901. By the 1920s, the town was coined "The Strawberry City" to recognize the region's abundance of fruit farms. The residents still celebrate the crops every year in June during their "Strawberry Festival and Grand Parade."

Enjoy the following local attractions.

  • Ebey Waterfront and the Snohomish River Delta: The Ebey Waterfront Park sits right downtown and offers boating access to the river delta. Many people visit the park to enjoy the beautiful scenery and pristine waters. Popular activities in the delta include motor boating, kayaking, and canoeing.
  • Mountain Loop Scenic Highway: This 100-mile drive offers exquisite views of North Snohomish County. The route takes travelers from Granite Falls and through Arlington and Darrington. The path passes through Barlow Pass, three rivers, and old forests.
  • The Centennial Trail: This trail is the most popular hiking trail in the county. The 17-mile paved trail runs from Snohomish to Arlington. Each day people can be seen walking, bicycling, and horseback riding along the path.
  • Jennings Nature Park and Jennings Memorial: These two sites offer several activities for visitors to enjoy nature. Some enjoy exploring and picnicking along Allan Creek. Others like to hike along the 3-mile Jennings Loop walk and other attractions including, a fishing pond, greenhouse, and a Dinosaur Park.
  • The Tulalip Casino: Those looking for a chance to test their luck can play a variety of slots and table games at this famous casino. This casino is over 220,000 square feet in size and offers several gambling options and fine dining. Those wanting more of a nightclub experience can go to the nearby Quil Ceda Creek Casino.
  • Third Street and State Avenue Shopping: The downtown section of Marysville offers several shops for souvenirs and gifts. While shopping along Third Street, visitors can take a short trek to Comeford Park. For more shopping, people can go across State Avenue and check out the Marysville Town Centre Mall.

Water removal services in Marysville

SERVPRO can provide emergency services water damage for the following problems:

  • Leaking Roof from Storms
  • Ceiling Repairs from Water Damages
  • Basement Flooding Cleanup
  • Cleaning Up After a Sewer Backup

During the restoration process, we always determine how the water got into the structure first. Depending on the source, we classify the damage in one of the following three categories:

  • Category 1 (Clean Water): If a clean water pipe breaks, then we may not have to complete decontamination procedures.
  • Category 2 (Grey Water): If the moisture came in from the outside or a source that isn't clean like a sink drain, it could be contaminated.
  • Category 3 (Black Water): If a sewer backs up or muddy ground waters enter, we must take extra decontamination procedures.

If you notice wet contents in your house but don't know where it's coming from, call SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington at (360) 658-0506. 

SERVPRO Cleans Up Fire Damage in Marysville

2/23/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo SERVPRO is quick to get your fire damage under control. Call us for swift action recovering your property after a fire.

Local Marysville Property Owners Call on SERVPRO for Fire Damage Restoration

While many of the cities and townships on the east coast of the United States got their starts in the 1600s, Marysville is a relatively newer city established in 1872. The area was founded by a Federal Indian Agent named James P. Comeford. He was an Irish immigrant and Civil War veteran. He and his wife Maria set up the first trading post on the Tulalip Indian Reservation. The Native Americans signed a treaty designating some of the local lands for settlers to set up logging, fishing, and trapping businesses. 

The name of the community is still in dispute. The Marysville Historical Society maintains that the town got named after James Comeford's wife, Maria, and he originally wanted to call it "Mariasville." After discovering a city in Idaho with the same name, it changed to "Marysville" after the town in California.

In the late 1800s, the primary industry in the Marysville region was logging. As the lumber companies cleared the dense forests, dairy farms began to spring up. This growth led to the establishment of a two-story hotel, and new settlers flowed into the area. By the end of the 1800s, the city had sawmills, a mayor, and The Great Northern Railway ran through. Additionally, the population had grown to just under 800 residents. 

The 1900s saw the rapid growth of Marysville. Several social organizations began, including the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Crystal Lodge of the Free and Accepted Masons. Additionally, the first city hall opened in 1901 and housed the fire department, police, and a public library. A few years later, municipal water and electric supplies were set up for the community, and the first high school opened. 

The abundance of timber in the area led to a booming lumber industry with ten sawmills operating and providing jobs. By 1920, the steady work led to the community growing. The local agriculture grew strawberries as the main crop with over 2000 acres of strawberry fields; this led to the nickname "Strawberry City" and the establishment of an annual Strawberry Festival starting in 1933. The Great Depression affected this city far less than other areas as their economy historically relied on industries and crops that remained in demand, such as:

  • Lumber production 
  • Agriculture such as strawberries and hay
  • Oats

In the mid-1900s, as the reliance on railways for personal travel waned, Marysville underwent another change and started to become less industrial and develop into a bedroom community. 

Why are Solvents Necessary for Some Types of Fire Damage Cleanup in Marysville Homes?

Some smoke residues left behind after fire damage in Marysville properties require intense measures to remove cleanly. For SERVPRO techs, it is a two-step process. The techs first test the residues to determine the smoke-type and then ascertain the best cleaning agents and method to use based on the surface type.

For thick, greasy wet smoke residues, the ideal method includes cleaning agents with a solvent base. This is because the residues need assistance breaking their grip on surfaces or fibers. Certain precautions need to get followed when this type of cleaning action gets used, such as:

  • Wearing protective clothing, including a respirator to guard against fumes
  • Removal of people, pets, and plants from the environment
  • Solvents can damage painted surfaces, and care gets taken to avoid this occurrence 
  • Solvent cleaners are industrial waste and must get disposed of per local regulations

SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington at (360) 658-0506 helps local Marysville residents with any size fire damage cleanup needs and makes it "Like it never even happened."

Need Arlington Basement Flood Cleanup?

2/11/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle with equipment You want a trusted team of experts with the equipment your property needs after a flood incident occurs. Call SERVPRO right away.

SERVPRO Provides Arlington Flood Damage Mitigation 24/7

Basement floods are among the most common residential disasters in the United States. A projected 98% of basements experience flood damage in their lifetimes, which can leave homes vulnerable to microbial growth, water damage, and unpleasant, lingering odors.

SERVPRO technicians offer round-the-clock basement flood damage mitigation for Arlington homeowners. Mitigation professionals undergo extensive education to perform restoration services per Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards.

Performing Pack-Outs for Contents Restoration

Flood damage requires a multi-pronged approach to cleanup due to the presence of floodwater debris and contaminants. SERVPRO teams can perform a pack-out, which moves your possessions to an authorized warehouse for safe storage and restoration during structural cleanup.

The move-out process entails:

  • Detailed paper or digital inventories of possessions organized per room
  • Some items are boxed for safety and ease of transport
  • Sorting systems for salvageable and unsalvageable items

Sorting sheets categorize items by type, such as:

  • Electronics
  • Personal and high-value items
  • Boxed items
  • Large items
  • Unsalvageable items

Contact SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington at (360) 658-0506 for residential flood damage cleanup.

North Marysville Water Restoration for Dishwasher Overflows

2/5/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicles Call SERVPRO for any type of water removal and remediation efforts you need. We will get your home back to it's original state in no time.

SERVPRO Restores Water-Damaged North Marysville Homes

Dishwasher overflows can come from something as simple as a damaged gasket or supply line failure. However, there is a team available to help when a disaster like this occurs on your property.

Restoration technicians at SERVPRO provide homeowners in North Marysville with water restoration services that return their properties to a pre-disaster condition. This firm emphasizes restoration over replacement with a mix of sophisticated technologies and tried-and-true cleanup solutions.

SERVPRO extraction methods can cover the following in your kitchen:

  • Removing water from nooks and crannies behind and underneath baseboards and flooring
  • Treating nearby carpet and padding that may have been affected by the overflow with a carpet wand
  • Mopping up standing water with professional-grade cleaning tools and examining subfloors for moisture exposure

Some preparation is necessary before drying begins to minimize the risk of water damage inside structures. Drilling small holes in cabinet toe kicks and walls can facilitate airflow that allows these vulnerable structures to dry using centrifugal air movers and dehumidifiers.

Call SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington at (360) 658-0506 for water restoration services.

When Marysville Homeowners Need Fire Restoration Pros

1/26/2021 (Permalink)

Fireman outside of home on fire SERVPRO professionals are trained to handle every level of fire damage. Call us today, we are always available.

SERVPRO Repairs Structures with Fire Damage Restoration Tools

Marysville is not only one of the largest cities in Snohomish County, but it has also become the fastest-growing city in Washington state in recent years with an average annual growth rate of 2.5 percent. The Strawberry City currently houses approximately 70,000 people as of 2019, and its largest employers include:

  • The Marysville School District
  • Walmart
  • C&D Zodiac Aerospace
  • Fred Meyer
  • The Optum-owned Everett Clinic

Many Marysville residents commute to nearby Downtown Seattle, Eastside, or Everett to work at Boeing, Amazon.com, Microsoft, and Naval Station Everett.

Marysville is most well-known historically for its thriving lumber and farming industries. The “Strawberry City” moniker stems from the proliferation of strawberry fields in the area by the 1920s. Notable names from Marysville include state representative Emily Wicks, economist Robert A. Brady, hockey player John DeCaro, artist Jan Haag, and whistleblower Charles Hamel.

Marysville’s Fire District

The Marysville Fire District (MFD) oversees fire suppression efforts for the city of Marysville and other locales, including Quil Ceda Village, Seven Lakes, unincorporated areas of Snohomish County, and part of the Tulalip Reservation. As of May 2020, the district has been given a Class 3 designation by the Washington Surveying and Rating Bureau, which can decrease insurance premiums for homeowners in the area.

According to 2018 data, this voter-created regional fire authority responded to over 14,000 incidents, 87% of which were medical emergencies. Seven percent of calls were for fires, and the remaining six percent were listed as “Other.” After seeing a steady increase in emergency calls per year from 2010 to 2017, calls started to decrease in 2018.

Firefighters in the MFD are certified either as emergency medical technicians (EMTs) or paramedics to provide basic and advanced life support services, respectively. The department complies with HIPAA regulations to ensure that individuals’ public health information remains safe.

Special operations teams within the MFD include hazmat response, rescue swimmers, and technical rescue units. The Hazardous Materials Response Team protects the community from hazardous liquids and vapors. The Rapid Entry Rescue Swimmer team requires members to perform free dives as deep as 40 feet for certification. Technical Rescue Technicians, meanwhile, specialize in rescue operations involving tight spaces, trenches, urban search and rescue, and other high-risk emergency rescue situations.

How Does SERVPRO Remove Soot During Fire Restoration?

Your local SERVPRO is staffed by technicians well-versed in fire restoration for Marysville homes per Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards.

Soot cleanup methods vary based on the type and extent of damage and include:

  • Light manual dry cleaning and vacuuming of loose, dry deposits
  • Wet cleaning and alkaline solutions for moderate damages
  • Immersion cleaning or abrasion with blast media like soda ash and corn cobs to remove soils and charring

Soot is cleaned from lightest to heaviest for a more efficient workflow that salvages structures and belongings.

SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington is a phone call away from providing home fire restoration at (360) 658-0506.

Port Gamble Investigations Is Hosting a Special Event Close to Arlington

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

Room with bare stubs showing. Storms can and will cause a flood. Flood damage should be mitigated by professionals. Call SERVPRO for the experience and know how.

Flood Damage on Your Property.

There is a recent trend nationwide of people being fascinated with things that aren't proven by science. The paranormal world, including the existence of ghosts, has lately intrigued people to explore things outside of what nature seems to offer. Luckily, those hunting for ghosts can have an experience near Arlington that they are not likely to forget.

Anyone has the chance to experience a three-hour tour that is happening at the Walker-Ames House in Poulsbo. The event happens on Saturdays in January, and the next one takes place on January 23. And it is vital to remember the following when attending this event:

Wear warm clothes because the house is cold.

Feel free to bring your cameras and any paranormal investigations equipment.

The event runs from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., and be sure to take a flashlight with you.

SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington can help you with all of your storm or flood damage needs. Please call us at (360) 658-0506 24/7.

Rockler Woodworking and Hardware Offers Arlington Residents a Place Nearby to Learn New Techniques

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

Post mitigation service on a water damaged floor If you are having water damage issues. Call the professionals at SERVPRO for the water mitigation services needed.

Water Restoration in Snohomish County.

Woodworking professionals and hobbyists can both learn some new techniques through instruction. Woodworking classes at Rockler Woodworking and Hardware can be a good way to learn new techniques. The classes are lecture only, and they are open to anyone over the age of 18. Safety glasses are provided to all students, and they are asked not to wear loose clothing or open-toed shoes. Safety measures, including gloves, mask-wearing, social distancing, and frequent sanitizing of the classroom, will be in place.

The router tables basics class offered at 3 p.m. on January 14 teaches people how to make their router more versatile by teaching the following techniques:

Safely make fenced cuts.

Freehand cutting techniques.

Options for joinery.

Decorative edging options that are only available on a router table.

SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington can help residents in Snohomish County with all of their water restoration needs. We can provide fast, 24/7 service, and we can help you return your home to its preloss state, "Like it never even happened."

Fire Restoration Starts From the Beginning

12/21/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee standing in front of a work vehicle Fire damage in a home can be very stressful. Call the professionals at SERVPRO for the fire restoration services needed for your home.

A Professional Restoration Company Like SERVPRO Best handles fire Damage in Marysville.

Marysville, Washington is a small but growing city located about 35 miles north of Seattle. Currently, the city has a population of nearly 70,000 residents, but in 2015 it was rated the fastest growing city in the state.

The city sits on Interstate 5, and the Tulalip Indian Reservation is located just to the west. Views of the 5,300-foot peak of Mount Pilchuck can be seen from various points in the town. The city also lies just north of the Snohomish River Delta.

The City First Started as a Trading Post

The region's first settlers were the Snohomish Indian tribe, and they still have a reservation near Marysville today. Then, in 1872, the early Caucasian settlers were James and Maria Comesford that headed west to find a new life. When they first reached the area, the Comesfords lived on the Snohomish Indian Reservation and found work in one of the region's eighteen logging camps that ran the economy back then.

The Comesfords lived on the reservation for six years before they jumped at an opportunity of their lifetime to buy some land. In 1878 four men worked as traders in the timber industry, Louis Thomas, Captain William Renton, Truman Ireland, and John Stafford offered to sell nearly 1,300 acres that they owned. Comesford jumped on the opportunity and ended up purchasing the land for $450.

Once he bought the land, he built a store with a dock and a plank road named "Front Street." He also made living quarters for him and his wife that were attached to his store. After the trading post was built, the community started multiplying. The first year the Comesfords were there, the town grew to the point where some form of education became necessary.

In 1879, Mrs. Comesford decided to fulfill the need for education in the region and started teaching students inside her home. By 1880, the small community grew to the point where it needed a post office. The first post office was built only two years after the Comesfords bought the land, and James Comesford was named the city's first postmaster.

In 1887, the first sawmill opened up for operations in the city, bringing more jobs to the community. During the next several years, the Comesford's trading post strived as the region boomed with all of the area's logging camps. Many settlers arrived by steamboat to work in the town's sawmills and logging camps or buy property to farm.

In 1889, the railroad made it to the city, making it attract many more residents. In 1891, Comesford decided to incorporate the town, and a man named Mark Swinnerton was elected the city's first mayor. During the same year, the community was officially established, the Stimson Logging Company was formed, which brought a large amount of commerce to the region.

Marysville's first city hall was erected in 1901, and the city didn't get its first high school opened until 1906. The next year, the city's high school graduated its first class, and the town's first public library was formed. During the 1920s, Marysville earned the nickname "The Strawberry City" due to the abundance of strawberry farms in the region.

The City Is the Home to Several Parks and Public Lands

The town has a plethora of beautiful parks and scenic areas to visit, including:

Cedarcrest Vista Park: This beautiful neighborhood park is nearly two acres in size, and the amenities include a playground, picnic areas, a climbing wall, and a full-sized basketball court.

Doleshel Park: The city's newest park once was a Christmas tree farm, and the trees were recycled to create this 6.4-acre public land that hosts nature trails, walking paths, and picnic areas.

Bayview Trail: This mile and a quarter trail is paved and offers the chance for hikers, bikers, and skaters to trek through the Bayview-Whiskey Ridge utility corridor.

Comeford Park: This downtown park is named after the city's founders, and it offers residents and visitors a chance to relax and enjoy the sights inside one of its picnic grounds while the kids have fun in the playground.

Deering Wildflower Acres: This 30-acre, thickly forested plot of land contains over a mile trail through wetlands, ponds, and thick forests.

There Are Several Attractions within the City

Downtown Shopping: The downtown region between Third Street and State Avenue offers various shopping options.

Tulalip Casino: The 220,000 square foot casino offers all gambling types, from slot machines to table games. The reservation nearby also offers the Quil Ceda Creek Casino that offers a nightclub experience, and is known by locals as the "Q."

Seattle Premium Outlets: This open-air mall offers high-end retail stores and is home to over 100 vendors.

SERVPRO Can Help with Even the Smallest Fires

When most think of structural fires, they imagine blazes that torch most of their home. However, much of the time, when flames ignite inside a house, they stay small and do not burn an excessive amount of building materials. But, smoke can flow throughout any structure, even from the smallest fire.

Smoke can create problems such as soot residues or be the source of foul odors. Our SERVPRO technicians can take the following steps in mitigating issues created by smoke:

Removing Burnt Debris: Any building materials or contents that do get burnt can be removed to no longer be a source of the unpleasant aroma.

Cleaning and Removing Soot Residues: Our SERVPRO team can use a combination of dry cleaning and wet chemical cleaning methods depending on the type of affected surfaces.

Structural Deodorization: If burnt smells still exist after we remove burnt debris and clean soot residues, then we can take a step to deodorize, such as using a UL or thermal fogger or an ozone generator.

SERVPRO of Marysville/Arlington is always available to assist you when dealing with fire damage at your home. You can call us at (360) 658-0506 anytime because We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Impressive Holiday Lights in Arlington this Year

12/8/2020 (Permalink)

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Prestige and prizes await the best Arlington holiday lights.

Holiday lights return to Arlington this year with a special flare – an official competition has been launched, and some of our neighbors are pulling out all the stops to win! Holiday lights are undoubtedly a staple of the American spirit, but not all holiday displays are created equal. The city Parks & Rec department has scheduled December 15 as the day to tour around the city and take in the very best of its lights. An official map can be viewed on the official Arlington, but if that feels a bit too formal, everyone is welcome to tour the streets at their own leisure.

The downtown area should be lit up from November 28 onward, but by the 15th, the city government expects the whole town to shine. Three prizes are available for the best displays by local homes and businesses, to incentivize some real competition between neighbors. If you want in on the competition, the link from the city site should take you to the sign-up page, too. Just don’t forget to pick up your decorations before stores sell out!

SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington is a local water removal company ready to clean up after any disaster in your home. Call us 24/7 at (360) 658-0506.

An Awesome Wreath-Making Opportunity Near Marysville

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

holiday evergreen wreath Create a Holiday Wreathe while SERVPRO Remediates the Mold from Your Marysville residence

Just outside Marysville, this woman hosts a wonderful wreath-crafting class!

Not even half an hour away from Marysville, a wonderful hands-on holiday crafting opportunity awaits. Every year, local Snohomish craftswoman Stacie Blay hosts a workshop in traditional wreath-making using plants foraged locally in nearby woods. A far cry from the usual store-bought stuff, these wreaths display vibrance and beauty only possible with a practiced hand and carefully selected plants.

Mrs. Blay, along with her family, hand-picks the crafting materials from the forests around her home. Every year is a bit different: one year she may find lots of vibrantly colorful berries, and on the next she may instead bring home lush evergreen foliage. It is an activity best done by adults (since these wreaths are of the extra-large variety), but a team of kids can make some magic happen, too.

If this sounds like a workshop for you, Mrs. Blay will host it all day on the 5th and 6th of December. Tickets cost $45, and you may want to call ahead to reserve a spot. Plan for about a 30-minute drive from Marysville, as the address is at 10319 196th Street Southeast, Snohomish. Dress warm!

SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington is a professional mold removal company that stands ready to help 24/7 when disaster strikes. Call us at (360) 658-0506.

Water Removal in Marysville Needed? Call SERVPRO!

11/25/2020 (Permalink)

marysville food bank sign SERVPRO donates to the Marysville Food Bank and protects your home from water damage with rapid removal.

How a late-night call could save you thousands in restoration costs on your Marysville home

You might be surprised to hear this, but Marysville used to be a rough-and-tumble prospector town, without any of the prospecting. Surrounding our town are a few wonderful strawberry farms, and while they may add a bit of country character to our town, they do not show much of their history. Marysville used to be one of the biggest strawberry-growing settlements in the world, and for a while, our town seemed to be whipped into a frenzy about those delicious little berries.

Pioneers and Tulalip Build a Town Together

Like many Western settlements, Marysville started out with just a few industries keeping it afloat. Lumber was an important one, with much of the surrounding forests cleared away over the years, but thankfully these areas have rebounded into the wonderful natural areas we know and love. After the forests were cleared, settlers put their heads together to figure out what the best use for the rich land might be. Within a few short years, strawberry farming had taken root.

Some of the earliest strawberry farmers came from the local Tulalip population. While the berries were first brought in by pioneers from the east, Tulalip farmers quickly recognized the suitability of the crop in their soil and used the town’s long-established trading post to sell their crop for cash. In addition to Tulalip entrepreneurs in the lumber industry, these families represented some of the wealthiest inhabitants of early Marysville.

Prospecting Berries, Not Gold

By the 20th Century, our town was starting to grow quickly. Saloons, sheriffs, and other staples of Western prospecting lined our streets. But it was not gold or silver drawing people here – it was (on top of the wonderful environment) the lucrative berry farming that was starting to explode. Around this time, product advertisements had made strawberries a highly sought-after commodity in Chicago, New York, and other big cities around the country. At the same time, a co-op organization helped local farmers connect with these markets and achieve success. As the fields expanded, the value of their products soared ever higher, and Marysville became an increasingly attractive place to former miners, homesteaders, and anyone else coming out to the West.

But, with that prospective population came some caveats. While most of the farmers were gentle, family-oriented folk, the city began to develop a downtown area that became increasingly rowdy. In the 1910s, the town was ahead of its time in paving sidewalks and streets to facilitate vehicle travel. In those days, nobody knew how to drive, and some of the earliest attempts at traffic control were even met with violent vandalism. The onset of the Great Depression greatly hurt the town, fueling burglaries and robberies among desperate individuals. Thankfully, these effects soon petered out, and by the 1940s, Marysville became less of a frontier settlement and more of the comfortable, welcoming community we know today.

In those days, excitement could be hard to find in a farming community, so the citizens banded together to build up a reputation for their crop. For a time, the town became known as “The Strawberry City,” and it grew steadily year-over-year. The Marysville Strawberry Festival, which continues to run year after year, began as a means for farmers to sell their crop and for the town to begin developing some tourism business.

The Town’s Changing Face

Unfortunately, disaster struck in 1955, when a sudden cold front froze the entire strawberry crop for a year. Many of the farms were still small, family-owned affairs, without any crop insurance. Uninsured farmers who did not have enough savings to survive until the next harvest were forced to sell their properties, and almost overnight, the strawberry industry collapsed. New farmers would replace many of the old ones, but unfortunately, the industry never recovered.

Throughout the latter half of the century, farmlands were bought up and turned into residential areas, greatly expanding the city while removing some of the charm that once defined it. Today, some strawberry farms still operate around the borders of town, and the Strawberry Festival still carries on as a legacy of the past. If you have not already, make sure to check out the Festival when it comes around next June. On top of a car show, fashion show, carnival, and multiple parades, the Festival also hosts friendly farmers with locally grown berries, perfect for preserving, juicing, or just eating straight off the stems.

Speed Makes a Difference in Marysville Water Removal

As a local Marysville expert in water removal, SERVPRO takes every step necessary to ensure rapid responses to emergency situations. Our successful formula, perfected over decades with input from franchises around the country, relies on our ability to reach you in time to prevent the most severe damage from happening.

Calling us as soon as disaster strikes can eventually prevent most of the damage to your home and can keep our restoration work to a minimum. By calling us as soon as possible,

  • We can identify and stop the source of the water, preventing further damage from occurring.
  • We can get in touch with your insurance company to ensure smooth, timely payouts.
  • We implement water extraction tools that prevent structural damage to your home
  • We immediately begin the drying process, stopping mold from taking root.

The scale of our response depends on the scale of your situation. The first person to arrive at your home, just hours after your call (even in the middle of the night), is our inspector. The SERVPRO inspector determines what machinery we should bring in, what hazards may be present in the building, and what you can do to help. By scaling the solution to the problem, we save you time and money, and keep our resources available for any other disasters that may happen in the community.

SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington responds 24/7 to emergency requests for water removal and other critical damage mitigation services. Our phone lines are always open at (360) 658-0506.

Get in the Holiday Spirit in Marysville

11/24/2020 (Permalink)

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Join the Mayor of Marysville in a Virtual Lighting of the Tree and Community Lights Event

Even though this year is different from other years, families still can enjoy the holiday spirit safely with various activities in Marysville, both virtually and socially distanced. On Saturday, December 5, Mayor Jon Nehring will light the community Christmas tree and broadcast the ceremonial event virtually so you can enjoy it at home. 

Following the virtual lighting ceremony, the Marysville Home for the Holidays - Community Lights Event begins on December 10. 

Here are some details:

  • Register by December 1, if you wish to participate in the Community Lights Contents.
  • Categories include; most creative, best curb appeal, and fun family favorite. 
  • Homes with the best displays win prizes donated by community sponsors. 
  • Download a map for a self-guided tour to view the participating homes.  

SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington serves your community for home restoration needs. If you require water restoration assistance in Marysville, contact us 24/7 at (360) 658-0506.

It’s Time to Grow a Green Thumb in Marysville

11/21/2020 (Permalink)

a person tending to potted plants on a table It will be exciting to see the community at the Sunnyside Nursery!

Inside Air Can Still Be Fresh Air for Marysville Residents

Houseplants are a simple, and natural way to clean the air inside your home. On November 14th from 10:00 am to 11:00 am PST, Sunnyside Nursery in Marysville hosts a free, online class to help residents select the best options for their home or business.

Their in-house expert, Holli Schippers, can assist with every type and size of residence and many businesses. Sunnyside Nursery has a wide variety of plants with every color and texture available and allowed in the state of Washington.

Do More Than Clean the Air, Improve It!

Besides removing malodors and particulates, houseplants can also provide pleasing odors that add to the enjoyment of each room. The strength and type of fragrance depend on the individual, but Sunnyside Nursery is ready to help with every residential and commercial need.

When your Marysville business needs more than plants to remove odors from commercial fire damage, call SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington at (360) 658-0506. We are here to return your facility to a clean, odor-free condition.

Should You Call SERVPRO or Your Business Insurer First after Flood Damage to Your Store?

10/27/2020 (Permalink)

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Marysville Business Owners want to Know the Facts about Flood Damage.

Marysville is a delightful place to live and do business – but anyone who settles here soon learns that they have chosen a wet area of the country! Snohomish County gets an average of 46 inches of rainfall per year, several inches above the national average of 38 inches. Floods are a real possibility here, and store owners need to know what to do in such an event.

If you suffer flood damage to your Marysville store, you will most likely wonder what to do first. Most of us do not think clearly when disaster strikes, leading to poor decision making. One of the first questions you may ask is when to call your business insurer. Should you do it straight away, or wait till SERVPRO has a chance to assess the damage?

Who to call first?

We recommend you call your insurance company first. They will give you a number to call to make a claim. Then, call in a remediation company. You do not have to wait for your insurance adjuster to arrive before making the call.

Can my insurer tell me which remediation company to call?

Your insurer cannot tell you which remediation company you can use. However, they will most likely give you a shortlist of recommended companies. When choosing, find out:

  • If the company arrives promptly - SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington will be on-site within four hours of receiving your call.
  • If their technicians are well trained – we train our staff to the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards
  • If they liaise with your insurance company on your behalf – we are happy to do that

Feel free to take pictures while waiting for us to arrive. Our technicians will also take photographs, but it is never a bad idea to have extras on hand.

Can you start cleaning your store before we arrive?

The answer depends on the extent of the damage and the type of water involved in the flood. Do not start cleaning if:

  • You suspect flood water contains raw sewage, chemicals, or anything hazardous to health
  • There are electrical risks due to flooded electronics
  • There are debris, exposed nails, low lighting, or slip and fall hazards
  • The room is structurally unsound, for example, due to a sagging ceiling

However, if the area is safe to enter and you are confident the water is free of contaminants, you may:

  • Mop or soak up water from the floor and furniture
  • Pick up and hang rugs
  • Remove colored items such as magazines or books from floors
  • Place foil under furniture legs to prevent rust stains on the carpet

Use mops or cloths to soak up water – regular vacuums are not designed for use with water. Please also refrain from setting up fans in the area before we arrive.

Should you start throwing away unsalvageable items?

Please do not dispose of any items, even if you are sure they are unsalvageable. Your insurance company will want proof of what is salvageable and what is not. If you throw an item away, you can no longer prove that you need to replace it.

What happens when SERVPRO arrives?

We will begin with an assessment of your store. As well as visually inspecting the damage, we will use professional equipment to measure moisture and humidity levels in your premises. We examine everything from the walls and ceilings to individual pieces of furniture, carpets, and subfloors.

We will let you know our verdict and our advice for the next best steps. Your satisfaction is important to us, which is why we will never start cleaning until you have seen and approved our remediation plan.

We remove excess water with pumps and wands, and clear way items we need to clean or dispose of. Then we set up air movers, dehumidifiers, and portable heaters if required to create an effective drying environment. Thorough drying is vital for preventing structural damage and mold growth. That is why we monitor moisture and humidity throughout.

Can SERVPRO help with your claim?

We can interact with your insurance provider and give them our professional opinion about your claim. We can provide technical information, pictures, and details of our assessment to help your case. If we cannot save an item and the only option is a replacement, we will ensure your insurer is aware of that and provide evidence.

Can you do anything ahead of time to speed up a claim?

We recommend all local businesses set up their own SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP). This free app provides an online record of your store's critical information and what staff should do in an emergency. You can register us as your go-to restorer, and even submit a notice of loss through the app to save time.

If your store has flood damage, call SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington at (360) 658-0506.

Where to Find Water Restoration Services in Arlington?

10/18/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged home If you need professional water restoration services, do not wait.

Our Expert SERVPRO Techs Can Provide Water Restoration Services to Your Arlington Home!

Discovering a leak in need of water restoration services in the upstairs bathroom of your Arlington home is never a good thing. Excess moisture in your home is a recipe for trouble. Water left to its own devices can cause damage to the physical structure of your house. Furthermore, it can also promote microbial growth.

The best way to help your home once water is discovered is to promptly look for local Arlington water restoration services. Contacting professionals, such as SERVPRO, as quickly as possible can minimize damage. The less time water has to sit in your home, the better.

What Can Water Do if Left Unchecked in My Bathroom?
Let's imagine the plumbing behind your shower is leaking. If left unattended, it could cause the following issues:
    •    Split, cracked, and raised tile flooring
    •    Mold growth in the framing of your home
    •    Swelling in the structure of your home

None of the scenarios mentioned above are ideal. However, should the baseboard or the framing of your home absorb water, here at SERVPRO, we can provide help. We use advanced technological devices to draw moisture out of your home and minimize the risks of complications such as microbial growth.

What Devices Could SERVPRO Use in My Bathroom?
Luckily, most bathrooms are small spaces, which can speed up the restoration process, as there is less space to cover. To remediate the example of a leaky shower, our techs could:
    •    Set up drying technology, such as floor drying mats, dehumidifiers, and heaters
    •    Use infrared technology to search for hidden pockets of moisture
    •    Drill small holes in the walls to feed air blasting tubes through

Using devices such as air blasting tubes allows us to feed dry air directly to the structure of your home. Our goals are to get your bathroom as dry as possible and return it to you in its preloss state.

If you need professional water restoration services, do not wait. Speak with SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington by dialing (360) 658-0506. We're open 24/7.

Why Is Hiring an IICRC-Certified Fire Damage Mitigation and Remediation Firm in Marysville Essential for a Successful Outcome?

9/27/2020 (Permalink)

Burnt mansion interior after fire We take our responsibility to prepare for the rigors of an appropriate professional fire damage response seriously at SERVPRO.

SERVPRO Invests in the Highest-Quality Training and State of the Art Equipment to Deliver Safe and Effective Fire Damage Recovery in Marysville

Removing soot residues after a household fire in Marysville is not comparable to even the most intense power cleaning ever completed in your home. The soiling from solid particulates in fire residues, also known as soot, differs from day to day dust and dirt and tenaciously adheres to surfaces. You also likely are risking exposure to hazardous substances as you breathe in the smoky air and make attempts to scrub away the fire grime. It is not an overreaction to defer to fire damage restoration experts. A decision to seek out and engage a reputable fire disaster recovery firm is crucial for your health and well-being and for the integrity of your home's structure and contents.

Why Is Fire Damage Cleanup Such a Unique Challenge?
During fire damage in a Maryville residence, the residues created include a wide range of volatile gases and carcinogenic compounds. Smoke contains, as tiny bits of solids, the incompletely consumed carbon-based fuels the fire burned as it moved through your home. Items falling prey to the flames can include organic materials like rubber, food, grease, wood and paper, and an endless list of plastics and other synthetics. The minute particles are commonly called soot, and now cover surfaces of your home as fire residues. The airborne fumes and particulate matter to which you and your family are exposed can include:

    •    Carbon monoxide
    •    Carbon dioxide
    •    Aldehydes
    •    Acid gases
    •    Sulfur dioxide
    •    Nitrogen oxides
    •    Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)
    •    Benzene
    •    Toluene
    •    Styrene
    •    Metals (potentially including lead if burned painted surfaces predated the 1980s)
    •    Dioxins
    •    Asbestos

What Protections from Hazards Are Available for Occupants and Cleaning Crews?
When the signature green SERVPRO service vehicles pull up in response to your call for help, our project manager's first step is a comprehensive safety and hazard assessment. Once we identify the risks, we determine controls to make the site as safe as possible for the work needing completion. We have the tools, products, equipment, and know-how to make it “Like it never even happened,” while also keeping everyone safe, including:

    •    Working consistently with your insurance company to ensure your family and you live in a space free from hazards and contaminants, even if that means a temporary evacuation or limiting access to some rooms in your home
    •    Considering a pack-out of your household goods and personal possessions, so they receive specialized cleaning, drying, disinfecting, deodorizing, and restoration to ensure all lingering traces of dangerous substances are eliminated
    •    Crafting containment partitions with internal air scrubbing technology to prevent the spread of smoke and residues into unaffected spaces in your home, and to get a head start on residue and odor elimination through the use of HEPA filters
    •    Requiring our technicians to wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for safety and to prevent their tracking of residues throughout unaffected areas in your home

How Do the Cleaning Products and Methods Used by Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) Compare to DIY Attempts?
Are you still contemplating trying to clean up after fire damage on your own? If the possibility of inhalation and skin contact with residues hazardous to your family's and your health is not enough of a disincentive, your probable inability to make appropriate choices among cleaning products and tools should give you pause. Without training in fire residues' characteristics and the research-derived principles and elements of proper fire damage cleaning, it is unlikely your efforts will be successful. In fact, your attempts might worsen the situation:

    •    Smearing and staining surfaces with soot rather than loosening and suspending it for removal
    •    Grinding soot into and permanently damaging soft or porous materials while scrubbing -- when viewed under a microscope, soot particles are jagged and sharp, which is why professionals choose methods that gently dislodge and hold the soot in suspension awaiting disposal
    •    Using a general cleaner for all soot that does not account for the differences between oil and water-based residues -- mismatched cleaners will not dissolve all soils
    •    Throwing away items or replacing structures at a significant expense that professional fire damage restorers could save
    •    Permitting hazardous substances incompletely removed to linger on structural components and contents, possibly re-exposing your family to health risks and structural elements to persistent corrosion

We take our responsibility to prepare for the rigors of an appropriate professional fire damage response seriously at SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington. Contact us at (360) 658-0506 as soon as possible after the blaze so we can show you the results obtainable when industry-leading training, experience, and integrity join forces to restore your home.

What Can Be Done for Flooding in a Home?

9/14/2020 (Permalink)

 Hand covering home Our SERVPRO professionals are trained to handle all types of damage with the equipment and experience to restore your home to pre-damage condition.

Calling in Trained, Experienced SERVPRO Technicians to Marysville Homes Ensures Reliable Flood Damage Restoration.

If you have ever had floodwater enter your home, you already know how difficult it can be to have it removed. In addition to the water extraction, you also need to deal with residual moisture before it leads to extensive damage. Even if you have a wet-dry vacuum to help with water removal, it is no match for the professional-grade equipment that we have at our disposal at SERVPRO. With one phone call, we can come out to your Marysville home and get started as soon as possible with expert mitigation, water extraction, and drying methods.

What Issues Do I Have to Worry About?

With any level of flood damage in Marysville, you need to know that inadequate water and moisture removal can lead to many issues. Some of the tell-tale signs that you require further restoration efforts include:

  • Water stains 
  • Musty odors
  • Buckling floorboards
  • Warping or breakdown of your drywall
  • Mold and mildew growth, and more

Do I Have to Worry About Water Not Readily Visible?

When it comes to floodwater removal, you cannot rely on the extraction of visible water alone. There are many cracks and crevices within your home where water may migrate, leaving behind hidden pockets of moisture. SERVPRO has various moisture detection devices that we utilize so that no damp areas go unaddressed, such as:

  • Moisture sensors
  • Moisture meters
  • Thermo hygrometers
  • Infrared camera technology

Using this advanced water restoration equipment helps minimize the loss of building materials and allows us to reach our drying goals faster. Even if the water starts to wick up inside your drywall, our skilled technicians can use our tools to determine how far the water may have traveled. From there, we can easily remove the damaged portion with controlled demolition methods. 

SERVPRO of Marysville/Arlington is the crew to call when you need assistance with flood damage after a significant storm. Call (360) 658-0506, and we can send out a team as soon as possible.

Can One Company Eliminate Both Fire Damage and Its Smell?

9/11/2020 (Permalink)

green box SERVPRO hydroxyl generator SERVPRO's arsenal includes the hydroxyl generators to eliminate smoke odors in Your Marysville, "Like it never even happened."

A Professional Fire Restoration Company in Marysville can Restore Damage Due to Fire, Including its Smell

A small fire may erupt in your Marysville home, but the damage it leaves in its way may seem sizable. Being pro-active in contracting a fire restoration company and commencing the restoration process as soon as possible is key to successfully returning your home to its original condition. Rather than attempting to clean the damage by yourself and risk leaving some of it behind, let a professional team handle it.

In Marysville, the fire restoration team ready to tackle your needs is our group of experts at SERVPRO. Throughout our experience on the field and training with industry experts, we see a wide variety of properties and ways in which fire, soot, and smoke can affect them. When we take action using our industrial-grade equipment, you can count on our commitment to mitigating your loss and leaving your home in good repair.

How do fire restoration technicians eliminate odors?

As you watch our SERVPRO technicians perform their jobs, you may wonder how we will address the presence of an acrid smell in your home. It is obvious that removing the soot to which odor molecules stick is an important step, but it is rarely sufficient. Masking the smell with traditional aroma diffusers and sprays is also insufficient. Tapping into our knowledge of industry best practices we can apply one or several of the following to your home-

  • Containment- isolating the affected area is essential, and we achieve that by installing physical barriers to prevent cross-contamination.
  • Fogging- by allowing odor counteracting molecules to overcome smell molecules, we manage to reduce the smell.
  • Hydroxyl Generators- we use these to break down the actual smell and purify the air in your home.

Painting and sealing the surfaces in your home can also help combat the odor left behind by the fire, and our team also handles this step.

SERVPRO of Marysville/Arlington is your go-to team when disaster strikes. Focus on an efficient restoration by calling us at (360) 658-0506 around the clock. Our team is here to leave your home looking, "Like it never even happened."

What Should I Do If Sewage Enters My Marysville Home After Flood Damage?

8/30/2020 (Permalink)

flooded living room with two light blue arm chairs and other furniture floating Storms can bring in water and other debris into your home. Contact SERVPRO for effective remediation services.

Flood Damage In Marysville Can Carry Sanitation Risks

Homeowners in Marysville know that sometimes the weather can change unexpectedly. Even with storm warnings, it is not always possible to be entirely prepared for flood damage. That is why it is essential to know which experts you can trust to help with damage remediation.

One concern for Marysville residents after flood damage is the risk of sewage flowing into the home. This is a very unpleasant thought. That is why it is helpful to know SERVPRO is on hand to help in such a situation.

How is water contamination measured?

Water contamination falls into three main categories:

  • Clean water such as water from a water supply line or the faucet
  • Gray water could cause harm if ingested and includes overflow from washing machines or dishwashers
  • Black water is highly unsanitary and could cause damage or even death if ingested, and includes sewer overflows or standing water that has microbial growth

SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington will test the water overflow in your home and assess which category it is (water containing sewage is classed as black water.)

What contaminants does sewage contain?

Sewage can contain several harmful contaminants, such as:

  • Viruses, which can grow, multiply, and cause diseases in humans
  • Bacteria, which can overcome the immune system and produce a range of illnesses
  • Parasites which require another organism to live, and can cause severe digestive issues

These are all classed as bio pollutants – microscopic living organisms that can pollute air or water. Damage from sewage-infested water can also promote mold spore growth, causing further contamination and adding the risk of mold-related health effects.

Is it safe to clean up sewage myself?

SERVPRO strongly recommends that you do not attempt to clean up sewage-contaminated water by yourself. There are many potential health risks when dealing with black water. That is why it is best to call us as quickly as possible – we’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

We put each of our technicians through rigorous training at our central training facility. We bring our staff up to speed on the latest industry-standard safety guidelines and protocols for dealing with any situation they might encounter. Our teams have the equipment and knowledge to handle black water while minimizing risks.

As well as thorough training, we equip our teams with all the personal protective equipment (PPE) they need to ensure their safety as they clean up your home. We thoroughly disinfect reusable items such as pumps and air scrubbers.

How can SERVPRO help with flood damage?

We train our remediation specialists to quickly assess the state of your home and the category of water so that they can draw up an appropriate plan of action.

Once they have completed their assessment, our team will set to work removing water from your home. We have a range of extraction tools at our disposal, including truck-mounted and free-standing pumps, and smaller carpet wands and rotary extractors. Thorough extraction is a must – the less water left in your home, the lower the risk of mold growth.

We also set up containment around the sewage-infected area. In some cases, containment is as simple as a plastic barrier or bagging up damaged items. In more severe cases, we may need to set up a decontamination area beside our workspace. This is a dedicated area for decontaminating workers, bagged materials, and SERVPRO equipment.

Our teams also take care of cleaning and disinfecting your home and any salvageable items.

When we have evacuated water and cleaned, it is time to dry your home. Drying is a vital part of the process because it makes it more difficult for mold to grow and reduces the risk of spore growth. We use a range of air movers and dehumidifiers to dry your house. We also use equipment such as moisture meters and thermal-hygrometers to monitor the drying process and ensure it is successful.

What about repairs and odors?

Sometimes after flood damage in Marysville, your home needs repairs. For example, wet drywall might need to be removed and replaced, or a wall might need repainting. Your wiring might need attention, or a fallen-in ceiling or roof could present a health hazard. Our teams carry out repairs to restore your home, “Like it never even happened.”

We also know that your home does not feel like your own if it smells musty or unpleasant. Our teams carry out thorough deodorization before project closure. We use air scrubbers and foggers to remove odors and leave your home fresh.

The thought of sewage entering your home after flood damage is distressing. However, we are on hand to remedy the situation, and we are here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington at (360) 658-0506.

How Do Technicians Execute the Fire Restoration Process in Marysville?

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged home For 24/7 assistance after a fire, contact SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington at (360) 658-0506.

SERVPRO Manages the Project from Start to Finish in Marysville

Dealing with a fire in your Marysville property can be very traumatic and frustrating, especially when you are in a state of shock. Knowing what to do right after a fire is also overwhelming. Professional restorers help ease some of this anxiety by guiding the project each step of the way to ensure work is completed in a timely, efficient manner. They understand the critical first steps and how to execute them to ensure the least amount of secondary damage possible.

Who Manages the Restoration Project?

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Repairing fire-damaged homes in Marysville can be difficult. Our team uses project management principles to manage your home repair project. Each crew has a project manager or a team leader to lead your repairs. They work to ensure your home returns to preloss status, whenever possible. The project manager has the ultimate responsibility for your restoration project.

What Phases are There During the Restoration?
    •    Project Initiation: Initial contact and scheduling
    •    Project Plan: Scoping the damage and determining the course of action to best address the damage
    •    Project Execution: The actual work, including project setup, scheduling, communicating, and production.
    •    Project Closeout: Final walkthrough, quality check, and billing

What is the Difference Between the Phases and Steps During the Restoration Process?
    •    Phases refer to broader periods as a guide to project facilitation.
    •    Steps refer to each separate action.
    •    Phases are essential to understand the cycle of the project, while steps are more detailed.
    •    Each step of the project holds significance and is vital in the completion of the entire home repair.

You can trust the skilled FSRT fire and smoke damage restoration technicians to apply the best practices of the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) to mitigate the fire damage and the pervasive smoke odors and staining.

For 24/7 assistance after a fire, contact SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington at (360) 658-0506. We make it, “Like it never even happened.”

How Do I Clean My Carpet After a Fire in Marysville?

7/31/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged kitchen in a home You might put out a fire quickly, but the damage fire can do within that time can leave lingering effects all around your house. Contact SERVPRO.

SERVPRO technicians bring the professional equipment and extensive training to local Marysville properties for all types of restoration services

SERVPRO technicians know that choosing the carpet for your Marysville house is a significant decision and investment, which makes it hard to see it covered in soot and water after a fire in the home. The goal of restoration services is to clean items and give them a second life with no signs of the previous damage, and that includes your carpet. Cleaning methods that produce agitation are most frequently used as they force the release of the smoke damage on the carpet threads in tandem with steam cleaning and the use of carpet-safe cleaning agents. Some of the signs the techs look for as far as restoration potential include:  

If any charring occurred to the carpet fibers

  • Outcome of testing of the carpet threads to determine the construction materials, so the best cleaning methods get chosen
  • If the carpet needs water extraction 
  • The potential for dye bleeding or if staining happened

Do I Need to Relocate During Fire Damage Restoration Services? 

If your Marysville home has had a fire, before the fire damage restoration begins, it is best to consult with the first responders as to the safety of your structure if you are considering remaining in the home. For example, a fire in your kitchen may get contained to a single area, but the soot can get tracked around the house unintentionally through foot traffic or the use of the HVAC system. In the majority of cases, the healthiest option is to relocate for a short time it will take to restore your home.

SERVPRO technicians halt the cross-contamination to other areas of your Marysville home through containment. This can get accomplished in multiple ways, but the most common involves thick gauge plastic over doors, windows, and vents.

The cleanup of the fire loss area is more than wiping away smoke damage and spritzing some air freshener. Soot particles produce odors until one of two things happens, they get removed using equipment such as air scrubbers to capture airborne particulate or through the use of neutralizing agents like hydroxyl generators or thermal fogging units.

The disposal of the waste liquid after cleaning away residues is another consideration. Mainly when the smoke damage was of the wet smoke variety and needed the assistance of dry cleaning fluid or solvents to get removed off surfaces. The leftover liquid is considered industrial waste and has specific ways it requires disposal to comply with state and local mandates. This is one of the many reasons to outsource your cleanup to SERVPRO. The technicians are trained, certified, and know the local regulations for proper disposal of biohazards and industrial waste products.

To save homeowners from replacing items, the technicians typically set up cleaning stations outside of the worksite. As things get found during the cleanup with restoration potential, they get brought to the cleaning station. The articles go through a process such as:   

  • Determination of the materials that make up the object
  • Testing of fibers and surfaces when necessary 
  • Ascertaining the correct cleaning method for the best outcome

The removal of smoke damage from surfaces in a fire loss area requires the use of post-cleaning testing. This action gets done because some methods of releasing the grip wet, smeary residues have on surfaces sometimes involves the use of acidic or alkaline solutions. SERVPRO technicians test the surfaces after cleaning to ensure they are at a state of neutral pH, which ensures that the surfaces are not prone to any damage from chemical residues. Special attention gets paid to soot on chrome fixtures as it can be caustic and cause irreparable damage if it remains in contact for too long.

Another frequently seen issue after fire loss cleanup on carpets involves water stains. SERVPRO technicians have a multilayered approach for the removal of this type of staining. In some cases, using a steam cleaner to rewet the area and immediately steam it away eliminates the problem. On a case by case basis, the techs have access to a powerful stain lifting agent, "Brown Out" however, it is for synthetic carpets only, and it can react to certain types of dyes and cause bleaching, so testing gets done before this method gets used. The technicians also have specific cleaning solutions for natural fiber carpets with stain removal needs.

SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington at (360) 658-0506 stands ready to assist local property owners with any size fire damage restoration services needed. The technicians are available 24/7 to come when you call and make the loss, "Like it never even happened."

Will Exposure to Floodwater Destroy My Hardwood Flooring in My Marysville Home?

7/18/2020 (Permalink)

Flooded Floor In The Living Room The techs have advanced equipment and techniques to restore your home rapidly.

SERVPRO techs can remove flood damage from local Marysville properties and assist with restoration services

When floodwater rolls into a Marysville property, quick cleanup is crucial. Once the water enters the home, it migrates rapidly. Although it may recede just as quickly, the residual moisture levels can cause a large amount of loss unless it gets addressed with the proper measures to remove the moisture and dry the structure.

Can Hardwood Flooring Get Restored After Flood Damage?

The materials used to construct the hardwood flooring in your Marysville home, determine its restoration potential after flood damage also these factors:
    •    Length of water exposure
    •    If the flooring is hardwood or composite  
    •    Evidence of mold infestation

If the water gets extracted soon after the initial exposure, the possibility exists that solid hardwood floorboards may have restoration potential. The techs may need to pull up the boards and dry them in another area if the detection equipment shows seepage into the subfloor or between floors.

Whenever possible, the techs try to dry hardwood flooring in place. This part of the restoration gets accomplished through the use of:
    •    Air movers  
    •    Dehumidifiers
    •    Drying mats

The drying process gets monitored closely to ensure that the present drying goals get attained in the set time frame. If the techs notice the room is not drying quickly enough to stay on track, they adjust the number of drying equipment pieces deployed accordingly to keep the drying phase within the time perimeters previously set.

After water damage occurs in a home, the techs pay special attention to the early signs of mold spore germination and colony development. After the drying phase, SERVPRO techs wipe down all affected surfaces with professional-grade cleaning agents that hinder the growth of mold with antimicrobial properties.

Call SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington at (360) 658-0506 when you need assistance for flood damage cleanup. The techs have advanced equipment and techniques to restore your home rapidly.

What Is That Smell? How Can I Restore the Air Quality in My Marysville Hair Salon After Fire Damage?

7/6/2020 (Permalink)

Hair styling tools We can restore your fire damaged salon. Call us today!

Fire Damage Restoration Is Incomplete Until Odors Are Eliminated--SERVPRO Has a Solution for Marysville Businesses Suffering from Smoky Stenches 

Where do the persistent odors come from after fire damage in your Marysville hair salon? The answer usually connects to lingering soot particles or porous building materials that absorbed odors from smoke or the firefighting residue-laden water. Incompletely combusted structures, fixtures, or contents are the source of soot, tiny bits that float in the smoke from a fire, giving it color, until they settle on surfaces. 

Should I Invest in Scent Diffusers or Air Fresheners to Rid My Salon of the Smell? 

Your clients are eager for a new style or color and look forward to a relaxing bit of “me” time. When inadequate fire damage restoration leaves your Marysville salon filled with unpleasant odors, you risk losing your reputation and your customers. Avoid responding to the malodors only with masking agents like air sprays and wax melts or oil diffusers. Their chemical agents might react with the residual odor-bearing particles and vapors to create an even more noxious scent. They also lose effectiveness over time, and the smoke odors return. 

What Is the Solution to Persistent Fire Residue Odors? 

SERVPRO deodorization specialists follow a four-step procedure to restore the pleasant ambiance of your salon.  

  • Remove debris -- this includes looking for burned materials hidden in building cavities. 
  • Clean surfaces thoroughly-- our technicians match residues with cleaners and methods that break the bonds, permitting us to wipe or rinse the odor-bearing coating away.
  • Recreate the conditions resulting in the odor -- thermal fogging combusts deodorants in a heated chamber, and the fine particles pair with the odor-bearing molecules, rendering them odor-free. We also use hydroxyl generators whose particles bond with the soot, chemically changing to scent-free substances at a molecular level.
  • Seal surfaces that emit vaporized odors. 

Persistent fire damage odors eventually meet their match when SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington takes on restoration duties after a blaze at your business. Call (360) 658-0506 to schedule an evaluation.  

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How Long Will My Business Be Shut Down During Fire Restoration?

6/25/2020 (Permalink)

"Open for business" We understand the importance of getting back to business as usual. Call SERVPRO for quick fire damage restoration services.

SERVPRO Works Fast to Tackle Fire Damage – Get Your North Marysville Business Back Up and Running Sooner with Our Help!

Any time a fire takes place, it leaves behind charred debris, ash, soot, and smoke residues. You never want these things to linger in your place of business, so calling in the help of the trained experts gets the job done. In addition to the techniques and methods that SERVPRO has to offer, we have also perfected our craft to ensure you get your business up and running faster. All you have to do is give us a call 24/7, and we can be there in as little as four hours or less to start with the assessment and planning to restore your North Marysville business.

Can I Enter My Business After the Fire?

Once your commercial business suffers fire damage in North Marysville, it might seem as though it is safe to enter after the fire gets extinguished. However, even after the first responders give the okay, you run the risk of creating more damage by entering and not knowing how to navigate the fire loss areas. After our IICRC-certified team arrives, we go through the commercial space to do a thorough assessment of the damage. During this time, we take not of all charred debris, potential hazards, begin to formulate a plan on the best way to proceed safely and effectively.

When we get called for a fire damage project, we work through the following steps:

  •   Securing the interior of your commercial space – ensures that the structure is safe and that we may proceed with the cleanup and restoration phases.
  •   Taking note of all potential hazards from a safety standpoint so that we can plan accordingly.
  •   Any risks are addressed right away – this includes exposed wiring, burned sheetrock, electrical dangers, and broken or hanging lighting fixtures.

After the crew chief finishes with the initial assessment, the team can then start with the removal of severely burnt and unsalvageable items. Depending on fire loss severity, some articles and inventory inside your business must be carefully disposed of and replaced. Our team does whatever we can to salvage items within your business using a range of advanced cleaning and restoration techniques.

What Determines Which Building Materials Must be Replaced?

There are times when partial removal of building materials will do, but others may call for complete demolition and full replacement. We take each project and treat it individually, using measures such as:

  •   Partial Removal/Controlled Demolition: If wooden studs show a little charring, we may use steel brushes or slight agitation to remove it. The studs will then be sealed and finished. For drywall showing a small amount of soot or smoke damage, we might be able to seal and repaint to keep foul odors from lingering.
  •   Specialized Techniques: SERVPRO has a broad range of techniques that help to address significant charring. Options include sanding, dry ice blasting, or soda blasting to remove charring.

Will There Be Leftover Smoke Damage?

Regardless of the size of your commercial fire, smoke odors always pose a unique challenge from a restoration standpoint. Luckily, we have the latest techniques and equipment geared toward foul odor removal so that we can leave the interior of your business "Like it never even happened." How we proceed will depend on the smoke that developed from the materials that burned.

  •   Dry Smoke – This smoke comes from a fast-burning fire with higher temperatures, generally including materials like wood and paper.
  •   Wet Smoke – This is smoke generated at lower temperatures, usually from burning plastics or rubber. The residue forms in a manner where it becomes sticky and 'webs' – this makes it difficult to clean without specific measures.

SERVPRO's Green Fleet comes with a vast assortment of deodorizing and cleaning tools to eliminate foul smoke odors in your business, such as:

  •   Air Scrubbers – These help to remove airborne particles from the environment.
  •   Injection Devices – These help by putting deodorizers into confined spaces, upholstery, carpeting, and more.
  •   Fogging Equipment – We have both wet and dry fogging equipment available. Dry foggers, also known as thermal foggers, take solvent-based deodorants and turn them into a vapor that reacts with odor-causing particulates. Wet foggers atomize liquid deodorants, turning them into a fine mist that binds to odorous elements to facilitate easy removal.

Before we wrap up your fire damage project, we ensure that your business's interior is thoroughly cleaned and free of foul odors. We use EPA-registered cleaning agents and deodorizers that return the interior of your commercial space to preloss condition. Everything is clean and ready for you to resume normal operations without reminding your employees or customers of the fire.

SERVPRO of Marysville/Arlington has you covered when you are dealing with fire damage in your business. Call (360) 658-0506 to have a crew deployed to your location whenever you need us.

Do I Have to Tear Out My Hardwood Floor After Flood Damage in Marysville?

6/17/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage in home Call us at (360) 658-0506 to set up an assessment that can result in saved hardwood floors.

Rapid Water Removal and Professional Structural Drying by the SERVPRO Team Can Change to Course of Flood Damage for Residents of Marysville

Hardwood floors are preferred by many homeowners in Marysville, warm and elegant looking. Dress them up with a beautiful area rug, or uncover and let them gleam. If storm damage causes roof failure and allows a tsunami of rainwater to spread across your floors, all is not lost. Our technicians learn strategies and arrive with equipment that can save your hardwood from the flooding following severe storms.

How Can Flood Water Damage Your Hardwood Floors?

The surface of hardwood planks or strips often can shrug off water for a time because of the density of the wood and the finish applied to the visible top. Sides and the bottom of the strips or planks are unfinished and can absorb moisture from a wet subfloor. The hardwood then distorts, cupping or crowning, and sometimes buckling, which is a severe response, the top layer pulling entirely away from the subfloor.

Where Did the Water Come From and How Can We Remove It?

When storm water pours into your Marysville home, it percolates through the cracks in the hardwood to soak the subfloor, typically made of permeable plywood. This water load must be eliminated, or the hardwood will continuously wick up the fluid. To evacuate the water:

    •    Wanded extractors and squeegees move across the surface until all standing water is gone
    •    Negative air pressure systems suction water from more than one layer of flooring, gaining access through the use of floor mats adhered to the floor and attached to hoses that use powerful extractors to pull water up and out

The team at SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington uses non-invasive strategies to remove water from several floor layers and then moves to efficient drying techniques that bring moisture levels in the hardwood to normal. Call us at (360) 658-0506 to set up an assessment that can result in saved hardwood floors.

Can a Marysville Flood Recovery Company Help Clean the Soft Items and Toys My Children Love?

6/3/2020 (Permalink)

Daycare center Let us help you get your Marysville Daycare back in order after a devastation.

Marysville Parents Rely on You to Keep Their Littles Safe and Comfortable --  You Can Count on SERVPRO to Complete Flood Damage Cleaning and Disinfection for Your Daycare Efficiently 

Sustained rain over a few days causes overland flash flooding, a crisis for your daycare center. Although your durable tiled structural components can bounce back quickly from flooding with aggressive cleaning and disinfection, you worry about the blankets, pillows, and toys with which your tiny clients play and nap.

Is It Appropriate to Attempt Cleaning Flood-Damaged Fabrics Used Around Children?

You are wise to proceed with caution when flood damages your Marysville child care center. Flood waters are, by definition, Category 3 water, potentially contaminated with chemicals, human and animal waste, and always at risk of supporting a mold outbreak. Our production facility technicians welcome the chance to consult with you about our proprietary detergents and commercial washing systems. We test the durability of the damaged items treated with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)- approved and hospital-grade cleaners. Our pledge to you is adherence to the state and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) standards for decontamination. 

Can SERVPRO’s On-Site Crew Clean Surfaces to the Specifications Demanded by Licensing Authorities?

We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, essential when responding to a flooding scenario. The contaminants in the flood waters could accelerate the growth of molds and pathogens, making our rapid response crucial to cleaning, floors, walls, and other surfaces before the children risk exposure to substances that could make them uncomfortable or unwell. As part of the community, we know how important safe and secure child care environments must be, and we follow every precaution to make your center welcoming and healthy for the little ones.

The professionals at SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington take their responsibility to your and your clientele seriously when struggling with flood damage.  Call us at (360) 658-0506 as soon as possible after flooding to devise a comprehensive plan that follows all applicable rules and regulations.

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Can Water Problems in Marysville Affect the Value of Your Home?

5/31/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged kitchen floor with white tile and white cabinets Dealing with water damage right away is critical for a successful result. Contact our expert team for services.

Untreated Water Issues can have a Direct Impact on the Value of your Home, Particularly if they Affect Structure or Create Mold. Address Water Issues by Using Water Cleanup Services in Marysville Today.

How does water damage affect the structure of my Marysville home?

Water can cause damages to natural structural materials without early intervention water cleanup in your Marysville home. When natural materials have exposure to water, they can expand due to water absorption. If your home structure expands, it can put unnecessary pressure onto jointing, which frequently manifests as pressure cracks, which you find near spots of long-term water damage. While wet, these same natural materials can attract microbial bacteria, viruses, and mold. Without early intervention, a relatively benign water incident can lead to extensive dry rot or mold infestation. Using a professional restorer can help to identify pressure points or areas of concern in a wet home. Identifying areas of concern early is essential to controlling losses both now and in the future.

Who provides cleanup for water-related emergencies?

Professional restoration services in Marysville are available for a range of home emergencies, including water. These firms hold qualifications from the Institute of Cleaning, Restoration and Certification (IICRC) body which prove that they have the requisite skillset to dry your home correctly. SERVPRO water restoration technicians (WRT) complete hundreds of hours worth of industry training programs before getting first-hand experience working within the commercial and residential community. Using a qualified restorer is the surest way to avoid the painful and expensive secondary harms which occur from amateur restoration.

What do water restorers do?

  • Scope the property for potential harm, hazards and trace water issues using advanced water measuring equipment like thermal imaging cameras, sensors and probes
  • Protect and restore contents that have exposure to moisture
  • Dry and clean the affected structure including structural cavity inspection
  • Thoroughly deodorize the areas of damage or the property altogether using ultra-low volume (ULV) fogging equipment
  • Apply antimicrobial treatments to guard against future damages like mold growth

Does wet drywall need replacement?

Wet drywall can become permanently harmed by exposure to large amounts of water, losing its structure and weakening. Equally, long-term exposure to moisture drywall can absorb it, leading to microbial growth or contamination. Typically, drywall needs to be replaced in situations where water exposure lasts longer than seventy-two hours. However, in many cases, drywall is resilient enough to withstand water and be restorable to their safe, original condition. These conditions for drywall may be void, if contamination levels in the water are high, in which case it is essential to remove both contaminated water and drywall altogether.

How do you restore the wet drywall?

  • Use a moisture probe beneath the baseboard or a moisture sensor to assess the extent of water damage
  • Use Borescopes to assess whether water has migrated into the wall cavity
  • Apply rapid, heated air to the exterior wall to encourage evaporation and measure until the moisture content returns to a normal level
  • If there is water migration into the cavity, use injectidry systems or remove a section of drywall to allow ventilation into the cavity.
  • Dehumidify the affected area to evaporate residual moisture

How do you remove the wet drywall?

To replace the wet section of your walls, you need first to remove the existing drywall. Prepare the wall by switching off the power and scanning the wall for any obstacles behind it, like electrical cables or metal rods. Remove fixtures from the wall, including lightswitch fittings and baseboards. Depending on the extent of damage, SERVPRO technicians can remove either the entire drywall or a small section two feet above the watermark. Using clawhammer can help to prise away full sheets from the wall. Alternatively, we can remove a smaller section by cutting holes around the drywall section and removing it. Bag up pieces of the wet drywall in double seal bags to prevent spreading water and dust throughout the home.

Is the reinstallation of drywall included within restoration services?

Most materials that are removed or non-salvageable are included as replacement costs, which can be passed on to an insurance adjuster. It is essential to identify and remove non-salvageable areas with building materials like drywall to stop secondary damages. However, SERVPRO technicians do work with a restore rather than replace mentality when performing restoration to keep expenses and inconvenience for the homeowner to a minimum. If drywall is removed, our technicians can reinstall it professionally as well as apply an antimicrobial primer to the wall. The primer not only gives you an even finish when repainting but can also stave off potential microbes like mold.

To get your home back to a preloss condition and minimize potential value loss, contact SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington at (360) 658-0506.

Prevention Cleanup is Available for Marysville

5/24/2020 (Permalink)

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Pandemic preventative cleaning services from IICRC-certified professionals at SERVPRO of Marysville/Arlington adhere to strict cleaning guidelines from the CDC.

SERVPRO Offers High-Level Environmental Cleaning

One difference between do-it-yourself and professional virus cleanup techniques is the quality of equipment being used. For example, a business with a warehouse space needs comprehensive cleaning solutions in Marysville. Pump sprayers can over-apply in some areas and miss other areas entirely. A large job requires powered wet-foggers, electrostatic sprayers, thermal or  ultra-low-volume misters, which are commercial tools that quickly and uniformly disperse the correct volume of EPA-registered disinfectant solutions.

Professionals have access to hospital-grade, EPA registered cleaning products, which benefits customers of all cleaning sites, regardless of job size.

Commercial customers can have confidence that a professional service provider such as SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington employs skilled and certified technicians who safely perform environmental cleaning services.

We invite you to explore the value a professional cleaning company can deliver and the cost-effective programs we offer to satisfy our customers’ specific requirements. 

Call us at (360) 658-0506 for more information.

Disclaimer: Advice from the medical and scientific community regarding how to deal with the coronavirus is based on present knowledge, which is subject to change as the situation continues to develop. There can be no assurance that disinfectants alone will be adequate to fully eliminate the virus. We are not physicians or infectious disease professionals. Consult your medical professionals for individual medical advice.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

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Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in Marysville, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington today at (360) 658-0506 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

How can I Know if Commercial Fire Damage Affected My Marysville Business’ Air Quality?

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Checks the Air Quality in Commercial Buildings in Marysville after Sustaining Fire Damage

Burning and smoldering materials fill enclosed spaces with smoke, and the intense heat helps bind many particles to surfaces throughout your business. Fire damaged buildings in Marysville can continue to circulate loosened soot particles through their HVAC systems. We use particle meters to gain a baseline reading of the air quality in several locations.

What does SERVPRO do to make the air safe again?

What does SERVPRO do to make the air safe again?
We use air scrubbers to remove airborne particles while we work. Negative air pressure set-ups efficiently remove toxic fumes created when PVC and other synthetic materials become overheated and push tainted air out of the building while pulling in fresh, clean air. While we work, we use personal protective equipment (PPE), including face masks and respirators. Our certified technicians also perform several services, including:

    •    Controlled demolition of charred materials, followed by bagging and removal of these items,
    •    Cleaning the HVAC system to remove smoke and soot particles,
    •    Removing water used by the fire department (the presence of such water can cause water damage and microbial infestations),
    •    Thermal fogging to encapsulate hard-to-reach soot particles,
    •    Deodorization methods to make treated areas more pleasant.

Can SERVPRO recheck my business after the work is finished?

Refogging is perfect for odors whose source’s location remains unknown, and other deodorizing methods can destroy odors plaguing specific areas, as well. If our particle meter finds abnormal amounts of pollution inside, we can run air scrubbers to get the situation under control. Even though we perform these checks immediately after we finish a fire damage job, we can perform a recheck for you, if you feel one is warranted.

SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington is always available to those in our community, 24/7, year-round, by calling (360) 658-0506. Our goal is to help businesses recover rapidly after fire damage, minimizing the economic impact as much as possible.

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Choosing the Correct Water Extraction Company for Floodwater Removal in Marysville, WA

5/3/2020 (Permalink)

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Flood and Storm Damage in Marysville Needs Expert Attention

High winds, lightning, thunder, and torrential rains have targeted Marysville in the past. As extreme weather patterns develop over the Pacific, communities along the inner coastlines of Washington struggle with the onslaught of severe weather energized by a storm front’s travel over the sea’s warming waters. Intense storms, including “microbursts” that dump several inches of water in a short time over a localized area, can cause residential flooding and other harm near Possession Sound.

Fast Storm Damage Response

When flooding and storm damage strike your Marysville residence, a company that quickly can provide professional mitigation and remediation is essential. We can help you stabilize and secure the exterior damage to your home. Then we assess the flooding situation, devising a comprehensive plan to remove the water, sanitize the affected spaces, and dry everything out.

Property Stabilization

If your roof shingles tore off or a falling tree broke windows or damaged siding during the storm, the SERVPRO crew use boards and tarps to prevent further harm from wind or rain. Then we begin water removal tasks. Speed is crucial as mold damage is possible if excess water remains more than 24 to 48 hours. 

Professional Water Removal Equipment

Submersible pumps are the choice for more than two inches of water. When the level falls lower, truck-mounted extractors finish suctioning up the remaining standing water. Because flood water is always considered contaminated, our SERVPRO employees contain the water collected for appropriate disposal following local regulations. 

Moisture Monitoring to Ensure Efficient Drying

Thermal scanners and moisture meters help us trace the migration path of any water that seeped into building cavities. If necessary, controlled demolition strategies like flood cuts provide our technicians access to remove the water and prepare for drying.

Disinfection and Cleaning

SERVPRO employs EPA-registered cleaners and disinfectants to clear up the soiling left behind by the dirty water and to sanitize surfaces. We then roll high-efficiency air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers to facilitate structural drying. The moisture data collected throughout the removal phase and later helps us determine and meet our drying goals.

SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington is ready 24/7 to help members of our community recover from flooding and storm damage. Call us at (360) 658-0506 day or night to request an assessment by our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained team.

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How SERVPRO Uses Air Movers to Dry Water Damage in Marysville

5/3/2020 (Permalink)

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Professional Drying Techniques Professionals Use On Water Damage In Your Marysville Home 

Water damage technicians use a variety of tools, and training to dry structural components and contents found in your Marysville area home when problems arise. One of the essential tools we typically use is airflow, where we position air movers to increase evaporation and improve the entire drying process. 

Having access to technicians with the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) means that you have the best opportunity to restore water damage on your Marysville property. We offer 24-hour emergency response, expert personnel, advanced equipment, and resources that make restoring your home faster than ever before. 

To understand more about how SERVPRO technicians use airflow to dry water damage, it helps to get a grasp on how placing air movers can achieve reliable results. We place air movers in a clockwise pattern, with the inlet facing the wall and the snout touching the wall. For best results, we make sure all of the affected walls line-up with the air stream. 

Drying out a water damaged property

To accomplish this, your SERVPRO teams place extra air movers in any bay windows, closets, or offsets. Each time we monitor the equipment on your property, we move air movers to the right or left in a circular pattern to ensure even drying throughout the area. On occasion, it becomes necessary to dry ceilings as well. We direct airflow to circulate warm air that often accumulates higher in open areas. 

Ventilation makes a significant difference in hard-to-dry areas, such as the interior of your walls. SERVPRO technicians can remove baseboards and drill small 1 ½” holes between each stud, using air mover attachments to force air into the wall cavity. When drying walls, we check the bottom of a stud to ensure the channel is not full of water to avoid using forced air to send standing water further into your walls. 

SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington provides full-services water damage solutions throughout Stanwood, Edgecomb, and Smokey Point. Call our experienced restoration team for answers to any questions you may have or to schedule your initial inspection today. We look forward to helping return your property to a quality preloss condition. (360) 658-0506 

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Who Can Help With Water Cleanup In My Marysville Basement?

4/12/2020 (Permalink)

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Call SERVPRO to assess your damage and take swift action in Marysville

Basements are essential to many families, and having water in it due to an overflowing upstairs bathroom, or a kitchen leak, can be quite disturbing. Sometimes it can take us a few days to even realize that water has been leaking into our basement. When this happens, we need to enlist the help of professional service to extract all water, dry and deodorize the space.

Why is a Professional Service Necessary for Water Cleanup?
Marysville residents can undoubtedly take steps to remove water from their basements, but our SERVPRO crew is trained to handle the most difficult situations. What many homeowners do not realize is that water cleanup in Marysville is not about eliminating all traces of water, but rather about restoring moisture levels. When you call us, you have access to the latest technology to monitor humidity levels and guide our next steps. To extract water, we rely on specialized equipment typically unavailable to the average consumer. This equipment may include the following:

    •    Truck-mounted pumps
    •    Handheld extractor wands
    •    Submersible pumps

Each tool has a specific use, and we, at SERVPRO, can make an educated decision about what is best for your home.

What Happens if We Don't Extract All the Water?
When water is still present, it can become a breeding ground for bacteria and mold. At SERVPRO, we want to avoid future problems, which is why we are very thorough in checking wall cavities, under cabinets, and your personal property to determine whether they pose a risk for the proliferation of microorganisms.

Think of SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington as an extension of yourself. When you call us at (360) 658-0506, you have our team at your service to leave your basement in tip-top shape. Like you, we want your home to look and feel, “Like it never even happened.”

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Fire Damage in Marysville Leaves Heavy Smoke Residue in Basement

3/16/2020 (Permalink)

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You Want the Professionals to Help You With Your Homes Fire Damage

A cluttered basement can be a fire trap and cause extensive loss through fire damage. One of the most frequent reasons for this type of fire is through the improper storage of flammable chemicals or the incorrect use of extension cords such as overloading plugs. 

The worst part of the aftermath of a fire in a Marysville basement with fire damage was not from charring, but the thick covering of smoke throughout the room. SERVPRO technicians removed the items with too much loss for restoration through their advanced cleaning methods. 

What About Non-Restorable Items?

Even the process of disposing of items gets careful attention. First, the techs get approval from either the homeowner or adjuster before removing things deemed too damaged for restoration. Then, the article gets photographed and a detailed report made of its condition and reasons for being unrestorable. This document assists homeowners in the expediting of their insurance claims.

Cleanup and Restoration Applications

In the basement, once the items got cleared out, the techs got to work cleaning up in the smoke damage. Different types of surfaces need various kinds of cleaning agents to cause the residues to release the grip of the smoke on surfaces. Most importantly, before any cleanup begins, the techs test residues to determine the smoke-type as well as ensure the solution used is compatible with the surface they are cleaning. 

Specialized Cleaners for Masonry

The painted cinder block walls that were once white had heavy soot deposits and needed extensive restorative cleaning. SERVPRO has specific cleaning agents for masonry that lift away even deeply embedded residues without marring the surface. Dry ice blasting is another way to remove heavy residues without any harm to surfaces. 

Odor Control Needed

In a closed environment like a basement, there is often little to no ventilation beyond windows. SERVPRO techs work to improve air quality and remove airborne soot particles that are unhealthy and bring odor. 

After the removal of loss items, cleanup of residues, and air quality measures, the techs have numerous odor control devices to use. Some machines, such as hydroxyl generators and thermal foggers, can neutralize odorous particulate matter at the molecular level. 

SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington at (360) 658-0506 handles the cleanup and restoration of properties with fire damage. With their advanced cleaning agents and methods, the certified techs make the fire loss "Like it never even happened."

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Mitigating Basement Water Damage in Marysville

3/11/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Teams Work to Improve the Quality of Your Marysville Basement

Washington homeowners already know that basement water damage is a common problem. Still, they may be surprised to find that 98% of US basements are expected to suffer from water damage in some form. Not only are these incidents frequent, but damage to the foundation and structural components in your basement can cost thousands, or even tens of thousands, of dollars to fix. Fortunately, there is a team that can help. 

If your Marysville basement needs water damage cleanup from an experienced team, you can count on your local SERVPRO to respond quickly. This crew can come to your home in as little as four hours to begin assessing the damage and formulating a cleanup plan. Accurate measurement and calculation, in tandem with cutting-edge technologies, ensure that your property is safely cleaned, dried, and restored.

Small Repairs Make a Big Difference

  • Extend your gutters. Downspouts should, ideally, be draining at least 5 feet away from your home. Metal or plastic gutter extensions can act as a temporary solution. Consider installing an underground drain pipe for a space-saving solution.
  • Seal cracks and gaps in your basement. Seal openings around plumbing with polyurethane caulk or hydraulic cement. If water is coming through the floor, however, you need a more heavy-duty solution to prevent further groundwater seepage.
  • Install a curtain drain. This French drain variant consists of a trench that is approximately 2 feet deep and 1.5 feet across that is filled with perforated gravel and piping. Use solid piping for areas where root growth can compromise the drain.

How SERVPRO Dries Your Basement

SERVPRO's two primary means of structural drying are centrifugal air movers and dehumidifiers. Air movers can be placed at 45-degree angles in relation to the surface every 10 to 16 linear feet, or every 150 to 300 square feet, to address saturated walls. 

Dehumidifiers take the moist air pulled up by air movers, pass it over materials like refrigerant coils or silica gel, and collect the condensation into drip pans and similar containers for safe removal from your home.

SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington ensures that you get mitigation that is Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (360) 658-0506 for cleanup that you can count on any time of the day or night. 

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Removing Commercial Flood Damage In Your Marysville Bike Shop

2/17/2020 (Permalink)

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Removing Commercial Flood Damage from a Marysville Bike Shop

Washington business owners have plenty of options available to them for flood preparedness. However, when flooding occurs, the extensive cleanup of inventory and structures required can be overwhelming and lead to further losses. Just two inches of flooding can cause as much as $42,000 in damage to structures, on top of the damage that can happen to fixtures and inventory on your property.

If your Marysville bicycle shop suffers commercial flood damage, IICRC-certified SERVPRO technicians can arrive at your business within hours of your initial contact to begin the mitigation process. This team uses OSHA-approved antimicrobials as well as cutting-edge technologies to restore your facilities to a pre-flood condition. SERVPRO teams are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so that you can minimize loss and reopen your business quickly and safely.

Preventive Tips for Flooding
    •    Scope out your property. Make a note of vulnerable areas in and around your building, from loose window seals to cracks in the exterior, and make prompt repairs. Keep gutters, downspouts, roof drains, and perimeter drains clean to keep water from backing up into your facilities.
    •    Check the basement. If your store has a basement, look for damage to the foundation, and caulk any cracks you can find.
    •    Consider flood-proofing. Use waterproof coatings or coverings to prevent floodwater from seeping in through your building's exterior.
    •    Invest in landscaping. Smart landscaping, including slopes, rain gardens, and adjustments to downspouts, can go a long way toward minimizing your business's flood risk.
    •    Hire a professional. A skilled, licensed professional can evaluate the risks to your building and help you decide what measures you can take to safeguard your property.

How SERVPRO Can Restore Your Business
SERVPRO technicians can get to work on restoring your property immediately after arrival. The first step in mitigating flood is extraction with a variety of tools, including submersible sump pumps for standing water over two inches, and portable, back-mounted extractors to address smaller quantities of water.

Unlike the typical water damage drying process, disinfection must be done after extraction to prevent the spread of microbes during drying, which can allow mold or other contaminants to spread throughout your facility. SERVPRO technicians use EPA-registered broad-spectrum disinfectants to clean surfaces, including salvageable inventory, such as bicycles and tires. Factors such as temperature, relative humidity, and pH levels are crucial to a successful restoration. Carpet and other flood-affected porous surfaces may require removal to prevent future contamination.

SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington strives to leave your business looking, “Like it never even happened.” Call (360) 658-0506 for rapid-response cleanup that can help you get back to business as usual.

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Maryville Property Suffered a Water Loss? Don't Wait, Call SERVPRO!

2/1/2020 (Permalink)

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Common Electrical Hazards After Water Damage in Marysville Homes

When consumer electronics receive exposure to water, they are not automatically a loss. On a case by case basis, SERVPRO technicians can arrange to have a professional inspect the devices and determine if they have the potential for restorability.

First and foremost, when dealing with water damage in Marysville properties, the technicians perform each task in the restoration process with the utmost safety in mind. Here are some of the most frequently seen situations with electronics and water.

Water in Light Fixtures
When a water loss event happens, such as a leak from a room or a floor above, it can be dangerous to turn on lights if the fixture takes on water. For safety reasons, do not test lights when ceilings show staining or other signs of excessive moisture.

Water That Reaches Outlets
In cases where the water has reached the outlet in a room, homeowners and pets should avoid the wet area until SERVPRO techs arrive on-site due to the danger of electrical shock. Water can migrate through the wall voids and coat the wiring and switches with water. The technicians have the experience to work safely in these conditions and the submersible pumps to remove the water. This is a situation that commonly happens when there are outlets on the floor and in crawlspace, basement, and flood damage scenarios.

Safety Precautions
When the technicians de-energize a worksite, they ensure that no one can turn the electricity back on in the home, and use a lockout device at the panel. Having no electricity in the house is not an issue that holds up the restoration services process, as the SERVPRO technicians bring their generators to power their water extraction and drying equipment. Portable generators are readily available on our Green Fleet.

Appliances and Computers
In the case of water damage to various devices and computer equipment, the technicians rely on both the approval of the insurance adjuster and homeowner to bring in a certified professional to do any needed repairs. This is an area of restoration that must be done by certified repairmen.

SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington (360) 658-0506 has the tools and experience to safely clean up and restore your home from water damage, and make the loss "Like it never even happened."

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SERVPRO Provides Cutting Edge Water Loss Mitigation and Restoration for Business Buildings in the Marysville Area of Washington

1/13/2020 (Permalink)

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Commercial Water Removal for Libraries and Public Buildings in Marysville

Commercial Water Removal Marysville
We are a restoration service that works closely with commercial clients to deliver on-spec, tailored services. Some buildings need special care and attention as well as large, industrial equipment to recover from a flood or water-related incident. Municipal buildings like libraries can often have a creaking infrastructure that fails to cope under increases in rainfall, extreme temperature changes, or frozen pipes.

As the building manager of a local library, you must use a service for commercial water removal in Marysville to ensure that costs remain low and losses keep to a minimum. Our team is specially trained to deal with water loss scenarios in more significant buildings. Often, more substantial buildings can be challenging to restore because the number of equipment needed is exponentially larger or need deploying in more significant numbers.

Here at SERVPRO, our technicians and staff receive backing from national-scale infrastructure and resources. This backing means we can mobilize large dehumidifiers, heating systems, and truck-mounted extraction units. Often, this equipment utilizes industrial generators or by converting your existing generators into the correct power outage. Addressing several rooms at one time requires exterior equipment to maintain efficiency. Large volume buildings, with high ceilings, mean increased efforts are needed to remove moisture and liquid water.

Many of our restoration technicians complete qualifications from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certifications (IICRC.) This body assists SERVPRO technicians to stay up-to-date with the latest trends and technologies in our industry. While some aspects of removal may seem complicated, our crew chiefs are here to communicate with you directly every step of the way. This can be essential for library buildings where there may be the existence of materials like lead-based paint or asbestos. When books and cases are endangered by moisture penetration, a Project Manager can be on-site to supervise the preservation of this content.

As an operating commercial restoration provider, part of our job at SERVPRO is to build close ties with specialists and insurance providers. Often having a prior relationship with third-parties can help us to leverage services in favor of our clients. We record all actions digitally using automated inventories to maintain complete accountability and transparency. These records can be vital to public services like libraries and make the claims process quicker and easier.

Removing water from large buildings is a task that requires industry-leading training, industrial equipment, and experience. Contact SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington at (360) 658-0506.

SERVPRO Tackles Water Damage in Marysville

12/29/2019 (Permalink)

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Marysville water damage is very serious when it comes to your home, let us help.

Washington homeowners may be aware of the preventive maintenance measures they can take to prevent leaks. Still, they may be surprised to know about the damages that an unchecked leak can cause to their home. The average household leak can emit as much as 10,000 gallons of water per year. The total amount of damage each year is equal to the amount of water needed to fill 40 million swimming pools or 24 billion baths. 

If your home requires water damage cleanup in Marysville, IICRC-certified SERVPRO technicians are always available to mitigate disaster and restore your building to a preloss condition. Technicians and franchise owners alike receive extensive education and training on remedying water damage and other disasters so that homeowners can receive quality cleaning. No matter the scale of the disaster, technicians are available day and night to extract water, disinfect surfaces, and dry your home.

SERVPRO's Dedication to Education

SERVPRO offers both credit and non-credit courses for a variety of professionals to utilize. Insurance agents, adjusters, franchise staff and real estate professionals alike can benefit from the following courses:

  • Water & Fire Damage restoration
  • Restorative Drying for Loss Control
  • Understanding Mold in the Restoration Industry
  • (Non-credit) Mitigation Awareness Response Seminar

How SERVPRO Can Help

There are several critical factors for drying a home after water damage, including temperature, air movement, humidity, and the amount of water that needs to be evaporated. The golden rule that SERVPRO technicians use is "wet goes to dry," meaning that moisture moves from wet materials to dryer materials to maintain an equilibrium. Meanwhile, dry air absorbs moisture from wet surfaces, and dry surfaces absorb moisture from wet air. Each of these factors and a thorough understanding of psychometry is crucial to successful drying.

Drying is ideal when temperatures can be kept between 70 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit because warm air can hold more moisture. Portable heaters can also be used in cold or wintry temperatures to create better drying conditions. Affected areas should stay between 70 and 80 degrees in most cases. However, temperatures that are too high, especially during the first days of drying, can create too much moisture in the air. These conditions can cause secondary damage if there is not enough dehumidification equipment set up to combat the problem.

SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington is a team you can count on to be Faster to Any Size Disaster. You can call (360) 658-0506 any time of the day or night for cleanup that can start within hours.

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Our Fire Damage Professionals Discuss Why Containment Is Important In Your Arlington Home

12/8/2019 (Permalink)

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Why Containment is Critical During Fire Damage Cleanup in Arlington Homes

Even when it only affects a single area in a home, fire damage looks devastating. The charred items, the loss, and of course, the odor adds to the anxiety homeowners feel when faced with this problem.

One of the first actions SERVPRO technicians perform during fire damage mitigation in Arlington homes is the containment of the work area. They do this to limit the spread of soot. These tiny but pungent particles exist smaller than the human eye can see and, once airborne, travel with ease to other parts of the home and leave a smokey odor calling card behind.

Types of Containment
There are two main types of containment used by technicians. One is the simple barrier. When using this type, they put up thick gauge plastic sheeting over doorways, vents, and any opening in the work area. Negative air equipment is another form of containment frequently used. These machines use ducting to remove soot-contaminated air from a sealed and contained area. The vacuum-effect pulls the air out and assists in inhibiting the spread of particulate matter.

Inspection for Smoke Odors
After the completion of fire loss restoration services, the SERVPRO technicians inspect the property to ensure that there was no spreading of soot in the home. They commonly check and clean the HVAC ductwork if necessary.

Getting Rid of Smoke Odors
There are multiple applications for ridding a home of residual odors. For light scents, there are time-release gel pellets. When more robust treatments are needed, technicians often rely on thermal fogging or hydroxyl generators. Everyone needs to be out of the home during thermal fogging, and SERVPRO technicians wear protective equipment and post signs during the process to ensure safety for all. Hydroxyl generators rely on a chain reaction between naturally occurring hydroxyls to attach to odor molecules and effectively neutralize them. The generators are safe to run when people and pets are present in the home.

Contact SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington at (360) 658-0506 when you need fire damage restoration services for your home. The technicians have extensive training and certification to return your home to its pre-fire condition, “Like it never even happened.”

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Three Ways Our Restoration Saves Marysville Homeowners Money

10/30/2019 (Permalink)

A living room with wet drywalling, stains all over the room and couch.. SERVPRO knows the expenses of water damage in your Marysville home, let us help.

Let us keep you in your budget when it comes to your Marysville home.

Choosing professional restoration is not always as simple of a decision as it often should be, especially with water loss incidents that affect Marysville homes. Because of the uncertainties of how bad the situation is, property owners can become convinced that DIY strategies are equally efficient and more cost-effective compared to services our SERVPRO team can provide. In truth, there are ways that choosing professional restoration can save our customers money.

Knowing how to handle water damage in Marysville home is rarely as simple as attacking the situation with towels and a mop. Drying up the damage and even extraction efforts must get performed quickly and with a specific level of precision to ensure that the house gets protected to the fullest extent. Knowing how the efforts of our technicians can save you money makes weighing the decision a little more straightforward.

  1. Speed  

While you might think that you can address water damage quickly for your home, our SERVPRO team has built our reputation on showing that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. While we cannot beat you to your home, we do have sophisticated and advanced techniques for rapid drying and recovery that far exceed traditional approaches.

  1. Experience

Our water loss division of professionals is one of the most experienced and well-trained on our entire team. Most of our staff have accreditations through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in Water Restoration (WRT), Applied Structural Drying (ASD), and a cleaning niche.

  1. Technology

Our inventory of equipment is a collection of the greatest restoration industry tools available right now. We have rapid drying solutions, including hundreds of air movers and dehumidifiers. We also have many tiers of extraction tools, beginning with wet-vacs and portable sump pumps up to our extractor truck in the Green Fleet.

You are often going to have to spend money to secure the services of our SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington team, but with our fast and thorough response, it does not have to be as excessive as you might believe. Often failed DIY methods cost thousands more when controlled demolition and build back are necessary, so give us a call anytime disasters strike at (360) 658-0506.

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Debris Removal In Your Arlington Home

10/19/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded Floor In The Living Room From Water Leak No matter what help you need after a loss incident, let us help you by calling (360) 658-0506.

Residue and Debris Removal from Water-Damaged Arlington Homes

Depending on what has caused water loss incidents in your Arlington home, many construction materials and structural elements can get exposed. Cleaning up these damages often requires trained professionals, as many homeowners lack the potent products and discerning eye to determine the severity of saturation. In some cases, controlled demolition is the most suitable approach, and cleaning is not the best route to choose, for example.

We have a division of our SERVPRO team explicitly dedicated to cleaning and restoring areas that require water cleanup in Arlington homes. Because of how varied these situations can be, these technicians are among the most diverse and well-prepared professionals of our responders. Debris removal and residue cleaning are two of the most substantial obstacles to overcome after a water loss incident beyond drying out your property, but with our prompt response, we can get this process started quickly.

With water loss incidents, the first 48 hours are critical for several reasons. The first of these is the reduction in migration of harmful effects and less of your property that can fall victim to saturation and exposure. Also, this same saturation does not have the time necessary to degrade and erode impacted materials with the prompt drying response of our SERVPRO team.

Water damaged belongings and rubbish need to get removed from the house so that they are not adding to the higher relative humidity (RH) level. The more consistently high that humidity is, along with the already moist conditions from the water loss, the more susceptible your property becomes to secondary hazards like mold and microbial growth. This debilitating condition can make salvaging construction materials impossible and adds a lengtheir and costlier new process for restoring your home.

Cleaning up after a water incident is part of the work that our SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington team offers when we restore and recover the property. As tempting as it may be to take on these tasks on your own, failure to do it adequately could result in much higher costs in the long run. No matter what help you need after a loss incident, let us help you by calling (360) 658-0506.

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Arlington Soot Damaged Contents Get the TLC for Restoration from SERVPRO

10/9/2019 (Permalink)

Vacuuming dirty, sooty sofa SERVPRO Uses Mechanical Means Like Vacuuming to Begin Salvaging Soot and Fire Damaged Furnishings in Arlington Homes

How SERVPRO Restores Hardwood Furniture with Fire Damage in Arlington Properties

When fire damage occurs in a home, the technicians work equally hard cleaning and restoring both the structure and the contents. As they remove charred items without restoration potential from the house, they also look for things that have recovery possibilities through different applications.

SERVPRO technicians know when they handle fire damage in an Arlington home, their goal is to limit the cost for the homeowner from replacing non-restorable things. Contrary to popular belief, hardwood furniture exposed to smoke damage is not automatically a write-off as a fire loss, and under certain circumstances, recovery is possible.  

Is Hardwood Furniture Restorable?
Each fire loss worksite is unique. Furniture with smoke and soot damage receives an inspection to determine the restorability. Many factors affect the potential outcome, such as the construction materials, amount of damage, and length of exposure. Technicians that are IICRC certified (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification) examine hardwood furnishings to determine the wood type and the kind of smoke residue affecting the piece. They then test the deposits to determine the type of smoke damage.

Cleaning Hardwood Furniture
SERVPRO technicians know the type of finish and how it ties into choosing the appropriate cleaning methods. Common wood finishes they encounter most often are varnish, shellac, lacquer, paint, and finishing waxes. The finish is the furniture's protection against dust, smoke particles, moisture, and even heat exposure, and different finishes react in diverse ways to fire. That is why testing and choosing the appropriate cleaning method is crucial.

In situations where the finish is blistered, but the piece is in otherwise good shape, the technicians may recommend that the piece receives refurbishment from an outside professional furniture restorer after cleaning to remove the top-level smoke damage. In many cases, we may be able to do this task.

Furniture Without Finish May Be a Loss
Unfinished wood is a porous surface and readily absorbs smoke residues and soot. Technicians often use dry cleaning or denatured alcohol methods, but this type of furnishing is, in some cases, not restorable because of deeply embedded residues reside.

SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington works hard to reverse the effects of fire damage. The technicians are available 24/7 at (360) 658-0506 to restore the structure and contents and make it, "Like it never even happened."

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We Discuss The Equipment Used During Our Restoration Process In Marysville

9/20/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded living room Give us a call anytime at (360) 658-0506.

Weighted Extractors Can Preserve Marysville Saturated Carpeting

Carpeting can become a quickly damaged element in your Marysville home when flooding begins. Even without widespread damage to contend with, your carpets can absorb moisture and small amounts of spreading water to soak through to subflooring and even joists and supports below. Protecting both your carpets and these structural supports involves a fast response and the employment of useful extraction tools specific to this scenario.

Our SERVPRO team has invested in our inventory of recovery tools and in the training of our growing roster of local talent to overcome water and flood damage in Marysville homes as it happens. We keep production trailers stocked with extraction tools and drying implements that far exceed what you might expect. While we can provide portable pumps and even truck-mount extractors that arrive with the Green Fleet, another useful tool is the weighted extraction rigs that we roll out in damaged homes.

Weighted extractors are a specialty unit that our SERVPRO professionals use to force moisture to the surface of your carpeting. With remote controlling, we can better ensure that the entire affected area gets this moisture removal effort. The weight of the unit rolls over carpeting and subflooring materials to force water and moisture to the surface for an onboard vacuum to collect.

Depending on the type of flooding that your home contends with, you might not see the weighted extraction tool at all. Our team must determine contamination levels and whether it benefits our customer and the overall restoration of the home to remove damaged portions of carpeting and padding to better dry out and disinfect the subflooring, supports, and framework. If this flooring gets removed, we focus most on the use of our air movers and dehumidification units to collectively force moisture into the environment and collect it for removal.

As much as we always seek to preserve before replacing, this is not always a practical approach when flooding has damaged portions of carpeted floors. Our SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington team has effective strategies and efficient tools to save our customers time and money on mitigation and restoration work. Give us a call anytime at (360) 658-0506.

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Our Professionals Will Restore Your Flooded Marysville Bar

9/9/2019 (Permalink)

shelves of alcohol behind the bar. Give our technicians a call whenever you need us at (360) 658-0506.

Fastest Route To Restoring Your Flooded Marysville Bar

Flooding to any Marysville business can be detrimental to your potential profit and potentially cause a strain in the service that you can provide. These conditions are especially true when you are dealing with substantial water loss effects in the bar, as you can expect a steady volume of foot traffic in your establishment every night. Addressing flood damage should happen immediately, and our professionals have the equipment and experience to help.

As problematic as flood damage in Marysville businesses can be, the primary wood construction of all booths, seats, fixtures, and flooring in your bar can stress the importance of reacting immediately to this situation. Depending on the kind of wood and any coating applied to it, certain materials can begin absorbing standing floodwater right away. If these conditions do not get addressed promptly, wooden elements can become too saturated and distort and warp.

While you might be able to replace damaged elements like chairs and tables, exposure of installed booths and the bar itself can become very costly to replace or resurface when flooding mars the appearance. With the speed that these materials can become too severely damaged to preserve with traditional drying efforts, you need a team of professional restorers that can arrive quickly with the tools to help.

Not only does our SERVPRO team arrive with state-of-the-art extraction equipment that can remove standing water from wood flooring and prevent continued exposure to these susceptible features around your bar, but we can also employ specialized drying tools that can quickly manage moisture content and humidity levels in the room. With the combination of drying mats, air movers, and dehumidifiers, we can regain control of a damaged room and reduce the time that your doors remain closed to your patrons.

We strive to provide our commercial customers with an efficient response they expect because it is our business to get you back in business. You can always depend on the rapid response and the continued growth and experience of our SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington professionals to help you through every flood loss scenario. Give our technicians a call whenever you need us at (360) 658-0506.

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We Act Fast When Restoring Your Arlington Business

8/26/2019 (Permalink)

Technician moving drying equipment out of a truck to use This picture shows one of our expert technicians preparing equipment to be moved into a flooded business. We are prepared 24/7.

Commercial Water Removal in Time for Arlington Corporate Meeting

Let's face it; there is never a convenient time for commercial water damage. No matter what the cause, any event that results in the closure and need for restoration of a business affects the revenue stream and sometimes even the reputation of a company. 

When an Arlington company needed fast commercial water removal, they contacted us. A supply line in a breakroom broke in the wee hours and the security company monitoring the property noticed the water flowing onto the breakroom floor. Our emergency response team arrived quickly after the call, and the property owner wanted to know how fast we could clean up the water damage and get the property cleaned as they were planning a corporate meeting and it was too late to cancel or reschedule. 

Given the need to dry the property quickly, we scoped the room to track the water migration path and deployed multiple portable pumps to extract water removal and move on to the drying phase. While the property owner arranged for the supply line repair in the breakroom, we set up our air movers. We drilled weep holes in the sheetrock around the supply line to allow greater airflow and dry the area.

Once dry, we cleaned and disinfected the area. Because of an apparent slow leak that led to the breaking of the supply line, we treated the area where we drilled weep holes with an antimicrobial sealer to inhibit mold growth. To ensure there were no remaining water odors, we used two different odor applications, so when the corporate meeting was held in a few days, the property would smell as clean as it looked. 

When SERVPRO technicians completed our restoration efforts, we gave the property owner the report to assist with expediting their insurance claim including: 

  • Before and after photographs of each item restored or discarded as a loss
  • Listing of minor sheetrock repairs needed to restore the breakroom to its preloss condition

SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington arrives quickly and performs fast commercial water removal with our state-of-the-art equipment. Call us at (360) 658-0506, and we can make the water damage "Like it never even happened."

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Our Fast Response Will Save Your Marysville Business

8/12/2019 (Permalink)

Call (360) 658-0506 immediately after disaster strikes.

Prompt Professional Water Damage Response For Marysville Businesses

When your Maryville business struggles after a water loss, the risk of permanent closure approaches 50 percent. Customers are likely to seek other suppliers of the products and services they counted on you to provide if they lose confidence that you can recover from a water disaster. Partnering with our team of highly-qualified Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRT) rapidly restores both your business and your reputation.

An overnight supply line leak in your Marysville grocery causes water damage that has your staff and customers wading near the deli case at opening time. Because the water ran for hours, you have no certainty that the pooled moisture has not migrated far beyond the food preparation area where it began. Failure to account for and remove all the water exposes your business to the risk of progressive damage to structures and severe secondary issues like mold damage.

Engage SERVPRO to permit you to continue to provide your neighborhood with a gourmet alternative to chain supermarkets. Our team is trained by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification and can remove the water quickly and dry out the property thoroughly. Our technicians are experts in using moisture detection and thermal imaging devices. We use that data to map out where the water spread, using controlled demolition strategies to release and remove it if necessary.

Once we determine the perimeters of the water incursion, our crew contains the work area so your clientele can shop in unaffected departments of your store. Heavy plastic sheeting combined with an air scrubber system seals off the water damage. Air is forced through HEPA filters to trap any contaminants stirred up during the project, venting to the outside.

SERVPRO employees use pumps and then extractors to remove the water, then scrub and treat surfaces with EPA-registered cleaners and disinfectants. Air movers and heaters strike a balance during the drying phase, facilitating the movement of water absorbed into building materials into the air as vapor. Our desiccant and evaporative humidifiers capture the vapor for permanent removal from the building.

SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington knows your business must meet the needs of your customers daily, so we help devise water damage recovery plans that permit commerce to continue during mitigation and remediation. Call (360) 658-0506 immediately after disaster strikes. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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How Smoke Damages A Home

12/25/2018 (Permalink)

A house fire can be devastating and is something no homeowner wants to experience. However, if a fire does occur in your home, professional fire clean up services are available to help you recover from the damage. It's important to know exactly how and where fire damage can impact your home before the clean up process begins, especially since some areas of your home may have smoke damage that's not visible.

Unexpected Issues from Fire and Smoke Damage

After a fire, it's usually evident what smoke damage looks like in your home - whether it's charred items, discolored walls, or ash and soot on the floor - but it can also produce smells and other side effects that are harmful to surfaces as well as your health. It's also important to note that some signs of smoke damage can occur immediately, while others are only apparent several hours - or even days - after the fire.

Shortly after a fire, the effects of smoke damage are visible on walls, ceilings and surfaces, appearing as stains and discoloration. Within a few days, walls and flooring may begin to turn yellow; however, this yellowing affect doesn't show right away. Plastic surfaces/appliances and wood can also become discolored and warped. Several hours after a fire, metal hardware can show signs of rust and corrosion. If you have countertops, tiles or other surfaces that contain porous stone such as marble, granite or travertine, they usually become permanently discolored from the acidic residue found in soot. This residue can also permanently tarnish metals.

Surfaces of your home, specifically fabric items, may not only show visible signs of fire damage, but also may contain a smoky odor. Smoke produces tiny particles of carbon in the air, and when deposited, these particles are called soot. Getting rid of the smoke residue, or soot, is the first step to reducing the smell of a fire.

Smoke is made up of several components, which contribute to the smell that lingers after fire damage.

  • Particles - partially or completely burned substances that are sometimes toxic and can penetrate surfaces and fabrics.
  • Vapors - misty, fog-like droplets that can be poisonous if inhaled or absorbed.
  • Toxic gases - although it is odorless, carbon monoxide (CO), is the most common toxic gas that results from a fire. Phosgene is created when household products such as vinyl, plastics and other chemicals and solvents containing chlorine materials are burned. Hydrogen cyanide is a by-product from the combustion and burning of insulation, carpets, clothing, synthetics, and plastics, such as PVC pipe.

The smell of smoke gets trapped in clothing, carpets, drapes and upholstered furniture, and unless these items are properly cleaned and deodorized by a professional fire clean up service, they may retain the smoky smell for a long period of time. The source of the odor can oftentimes be difficult to pinpoint. It could be in the soot on a surface, in the pores of wood or saturated in the finish of a piece of furniture.

Interior Damage
While smoke damage is visible on walls and ceilings, it can also permeate these surfaces and cause damage to a home's structure/framing, wall studs, insulation and air ducts in your ventilation system. When soot and smoke particles become trapped in the HVAC system, the smoke odor can reoccur periodically and even cause respiratory problems.

Electrical Damage
If any part of a home with wiring experiences fire damage, it usually means that the electrical system has been compromised, too. Depending on the source of the fire, any of the following electrical components may be damaged: wiring, cords, outlets, switches, fuses and breaker boxes. Appliances that have been affected by fire damage can show signs of corrosion, experience short circuits and malfunction, or fail completely.

No matter the level of destruction to your home, you should always consult licensed and trained industry professionals to access smoke or fire damage before you move forward with restoration and repairs.

Areas of a Home Commonly Affected by Fire Damage

The level of damage will vary depending on where a fire originated. An enclosed space typically will not have as much smoke damage as a large, open room with multiple appliances and a lot of wiring in the walls. Additionally, certain parts of a room may experience more damage than others.

Because hot air rises, the highest concentration of smoke residue is commonly found directly above where a fire started - usually on the ceiling above the point of origin. Nail heads in the ceiling (and walls) can also attract smoke particles, which appear as an outline of a ring around them.

When smoke particles are ionized - or have an electrical charge - they are attracted to certain surfaces. Smoke produced by burning plastic carries a stronger charge than smoke from wood, paper or cotton. This causes smoke residue to form in clusters that look like cobwebs in the corners of rooms where walls and ceilings meet.

Walls and Windows
Windows and exterior walls are usually cooler than the center of a room and because smoke naturally travels to areas with a lower temperature, it's common to find a lot of smoke residue on outside walls and even in spaces behind drapes and blinds, even more so than surrounding surfaces.

Next Steps

Once you and your family are safe, you'll need to contact a professional smoke and fire clean up service to assess the damage and advise you on the type of service(s) you'll need to remove any smoke damage. It's highly advised to seek smoke damage restoration within a few days of the fire to minimize the amount of repairs your home will need.


Why SERVPRO Is A Better Restoration Choice

12/23/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals understand your situation. As an agent or adjuster, you have a responsibility to keep claims costs down while still providing the best services possible for your customers.

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are uniquely qualified to help. Our results create a measurable difference, giving you many competitive advantages.

Emergency Response to Claims

Restoring property is the SERVPRO Franchise Professional's first priority. Your customer will appreciate the immediate response and you will know everything is being done to limit the damage.

Pretesting Reduces Claims Expense

Restoring property is less expensive than replacing property. Claims Professionals know the rule is, "Restore whenever possible, replace only when necessary." SERVPRO Franchise Professionals make sure pretesting is completed on every loss to determine restorability.

Claims Inventory Service

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can provide an itemized loss inventory. You will receive an Excel formatted report and pictures of important items.

Electronic Claims Information

Our Claims Information Center provides fast, accurate information you need to make sound decisions, including:

  • A Complete Electronic Job File.
    • First Notice of Loss.
    • Detailed Estimate.
    • Digital Loss Photos.
    • Scanned Forms and Paperwork.
    • All delivered by email or hard copy.
  • On-line Access to All Files.
    • New Assignments.
    • Pending Jobs.
    • Completed Jobs.
  • Informative Reports to Improve Results
    • Job Cost Data.
  • Performance Comparison to Industry Standard.

Superior, Time-Tested Training

Effective training is the best way to help ensure your customers receive the service they deserve. Franchises are trained to IICRC standards in Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration. In addition, continuing education classes are available to Franchise Professionals and Insurance Clients at our state of the art IICRC Approved Training Facility

Vendor Qualification Compliance and Professionalism

If you call SERVPRO, we will use only qualified vendors to service your customer. That commitment resulted in:

  • A National Call Center to achieve prompt handling of the claim.
  • Implementation of best practices and job process programs.
  • National Accounts qualification criteria and annual compliance checks.
  • Crew and vehicle standards.
  • Insurance requirements.
  • File documentation requirements.
  • Quality assurance program.

Serving Adjusters and Their Clients

A SERVPRO Franchise Professional's job is to reassure the customer, perform quality service and to report to you quickly. We know your job is to interpret the policy and adjust the claim... and not to deal with problems from vendors! Working together we strive to save you time so you can focus on priority files, while having complete control of every loss you are assigned. 24-hour emergency response, damage mitigation, loss assessment, and an electronic file are available to you within hours. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals’ documented, measured performance increases value to you and your shareholders, managers and customers.

Hard-earned results have made SERVPRO leaders in the fire and water cleanup and restoration industry. The SERVPRO System is geared to achieve customer satisfaction and mitigation results, adding to your company’s competitive advantage.



12/22/2018 (Permalink)

Ted and Doris Isaacson launched SERVPRO in 1967 as a painting business in Sacramento, Calif. With a background in cleaning and restoration, however, Ted and Doris soon transformed the company into a franchisor of cleanup and restoration specialists.

After selling its first Franchise in 1969, SERVPRO continued to grow, acquiring the Bristol-Myers Domesticare Division and its 175 Franchises in 1979.

SERVPRO relocated the corporate headquarters from Sacramento to Gallatin, TN, in 1988 in a strategic move to place itself within 600 miles of 50% of the U.S. population.

At the time of the relocation, the SERVPRO System consisted of 647 Franchises.

SERVPRO Corporate quickly became a key contributor in its community, and in 1991 the Nashville Business Journal named SERVPRO the Small Business of the Year. In the meantime the company continued its impressive growth, selling the 1,000th Franchise in 2000. Learn more about our Awards and Recognition.

In 2005, SERVPRO moved to a 140,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility in Gallatin to provide more room for expansion.

More than 1,700 Franchises are operating nationwide, and SERVPRO continues to grow. The need for experienced, trained and professional cleanup and restoration experts is recession resistant, and the growth potential inside of a proven system presents an opportunity for prospective Franchisees.

With a proud history, a successful present and a bright future, SERVPRO will press on toward becoming the premier cleaning and restoration company in the world.


Mold Cleanup

12/18/2018 (Permalink)

Who should do the cleanup depends on a number of factors. One consideration is the size of the mold problem. If the moldy area is less than about 10 square feet (less than roughly a 3 ft. by 3 ft. patch), in all cases it is recommended to call a reputable mold mitigation company:

    • If you choose to hire a contractor (or other professional service provider) to do the cleanup, make sure the contractor has experience cleaning up mold. Check references and ask the contractor to follow the recommendations in EPA guide Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings, the guidelines of the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygenists (ACGIH), or other guidelines from professional or government organizations.
    • If you suspect that the heating/ventilation/air conditioning (HVAC) system may be contaminated with mold (it is part of an identified moisture problem, for instance, or there is mold near the intake to the system), consult EPA guide Should You Have the Air Ducts in Your Home Cleaned? before taking further action. Do not run the HVAC system if you know or suspect that it is contaminated with mold - it could spread mold throughout the building.
    • If the water and/or mold damage was caused by sewage or other contaminated water, then call in a professional who has experience cleaning and fixing buildings damaged by contaminated water.
  • If you have health concerns, consult a health professional before starting cleanup.*

What Would You Do If Your Business Flooded?

12/17/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding, whether it occurs as a flash or from a slow buildup, is a common occurrence in many parts of the country. If you're wondering how to prepare your business for a flood, the post below highlights some key steps you should consider in your flood disaster planning.

Flood Planning Need-to-Knows 

National Flood Safety Awareness Week took place from March 16 to March 22 and with the recent flooding we've had along the east coast of the country, it's a perfect reminder of the importance of flood preparedness for your business.

Even if you think the flooding risks are low in your area, it’s important to be vigilant. For example, during the 2013 floods in Colorado, a very rare weather event hit Boulder County and surrounding areas hard. A stalled weather front dropped 21 inches of rain very quickly, and the resulting damage to businesses, homes and civic infrastructure was devastating and widespread.

The first step to prepare for flooding is to understand your potential exposure. Fortunately there are some convenient resources. For example, the NOAA Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service provides quarterly updates and maps showing areas that are higher risk during certain times of the year. Historic flood maps are also a great resource for understanding the potential risks in your area. Knowing how high water could potentially rise and how long it will take to drain are valuable insights for developing a response plan.

In addition to getting flood insurance, here are some other important steps to keep in mind for preparedness:  

  • Safeguard key information—be sure you keep copies of flood insurance and other key business information in a safe place where it won’t be damaged or swept away by flooding.
  • Prepare your building—depending on your building layout, it may be worth getting a sump pump to help minimize potential damage. Be sure to keep gutters and drains clear of debris, and to anchor fuel tanks. Also, if possible, minimize storage of especially valuable assets in the lowest-lying areas of the building.
  • Develop an emergency plan—design a flood evacuation route and share it with employees so they can get themselves and customers to higher ground, if it becomes necessary. Also, be sure to have an emergency kit onsite, in case people are stuck in the building. 

 Key Take-Away

And take it from the experts—preparation pays. "Flooding is dangerous and costly, killing nearly 100 people and causing an average of eight billion dollars in property damage in the United States each year," said Dr. Louis W. Uccellini, director, NOAA's National Weather Service, which produces an array of flood outlooks and forecasts, including watches and life-saving warnings. "A weather-ready nation is a prepared nation; one that will reduce flood losses by planning ahead, staying abreast of weather forecasts, and heeding the warnings."

What To Expect When Mold Remediation Takes Place

12/16/2018 (Permalink)

Day 1: Kill Mold with Biocide

  • Company Prepares:  The mold remediation company will park a truck as near as possible to the doorway, lay down plastic sheeting, and run hoses through the house to the mold area. If the mold area is accessible from the outside (such as a crawlspace), so much the better. A good mold remediation company will take care to keep your house clean while they do the work.
  • Suiting-Up Process:  As with any other potentially hazardous process, such as the removal of lead-based paint or asbestos, mold remediation workers fully suit up for action: head-to-toe white suits, booties, respirators, and goggles.  This does not necessarily mean that the mold remediation company will be removing toxic mold. This is the usual procedure for any job they are dealing with.
  • Spray Down:  The first step of this two-step process is to spray the mold area with biocide. Biocide is an EPA-approved liquid which kills mold. Note that bleach is not approved by the EPA for killing mold. Typically, this first step should take less time than the second step.
  • Wait:  After the workers leave, the biocide goes to work, killing the mold spores.

Day 2: Spray Mold Area with Encapsulant

Next day, the mold remediation company returns. Again, clear access is needed.

  • Encapsulation:  The workers will spray the area with a type of paint or whitewash that encapsulates the remaining mold spores. The mold remediation company should spray well beyond the moldy area to ensure that no more mold grows. For example, if only a limited area of an attic exhibits mold, the company will probably still spray down the entire attic. This is more desirable, and you should confirm with the company that they will do this.

How To Survive Severe Storms

12/16/2018 (Permalink)

What to do during a severe storms

  • If you are indoors, stay away from windows, doors and fireplaces.
  • You may want to go to the sheltered area that you and your family chose for your emergency plan.
  • If you are advised by officials to evacuate, do so. Take your emergency kit with you.
  • You can use a cellular telephone during a severe storm, but it's not safe to use a land-line telephone.
  • Never go out in a boat during a storm. If you are on the water and you see bad weather approaching, head for shore immediately. Always check the marine forecast before leaving for a day of boating and listen to weather reports during your cruise.
  • If you are in a car, stop the car away from trees or power lines that might fall on you). Stay there.

What to do during


  • When a winter storm hits, stay indoors. If you must go outside, dress for the weather. Outer clothing should be tightly woven and water-repellent. The jacket should have a hood. Wear mittens - they are warmer than gloves - and a hat, as large portion of body heat is lost through the head.
  • In wide-open areas, visibility can be virtually zero during heavy blowing snow or a blizzard. You can easily lose your way. If a blizzard strikes, do not try to walk to another building unless there is a rope to guide you or something you can follow.
  • If you must travel during a winter storm, do so during the day and let someone know your route and arrival time.
  • If your car gets stuck in a blizzard or snowstorm, remain calm and stay in your car. Allow fresh air in your car by opening the window slightly on the sheltered side - away from the wind. You can run the car engine about 10 minutes every half-hour if the exhaust system is working well. Beware of exhaust fumes and check the exhaust pipe periodically to make sure it is not blocked with snow. Remember: you can't smell potentially fatal carbon monoxide fumes.
  • To keep your hands and feet warm, exercise them periodically. In general, it is a good idea to keep moving to avoid falling asleep. If you do try to shovel the snow from around your car, avoid overexerting yourself.
  • Overexertion in the bitter cold can cause death as a result of sweating or a heart attack.
  • Keep watch for traffic or searchers.


  • Take cover when hail begins to fall. Do not go out to cover plants, cars or garden furniture or to rescue animals. Hail comes down at great speed, especially when accompanied by high winds. Although no one in Canada has ever been killed by hail, people have been seriously injured by it.
  • When a hailstorm hits, stay indoors, and keep yourself and your pets away from windows, glass doors and skylights which can shatter if hit by hailstones. Avoid using the telephone during a storm, and do not touch metal objects like stoves, radiators, metal pipes, and sinks.
  • When a hailstorm hits, find shelter and avoid underpasses or any low lying areas that may flood.

Ice storms

  • Ice from freezing rain accumulates on branches, power lines and buildings. If you must go outside when a significant amount of ice has accumulated, pay attention to branches or wires that could break due to the weight of the ice and fall on you. Ice sheets could also do the same.
  • Never touch power lines. A hanging power line could be charged (live) and you would run the risk of electrocution. Remember also that ice, branches or power lines can continue to break and fall for several hours after the end of the precipitation.
  • When freezing rain is forecast, avoid driving. Even a small amount of freezing rain can make roads extremely slippery. Wait several hours after freezing rain ends so that road maintenance crews have enough time to spread sand or salt on icy roads.
  • Rapid onsets of freezing rain combined with the risks of blizzards increase the chances for extreme hypothermia. If you live on a farm, move livestock promptly to shelter where feed is available. Forage is often temporarily inaccessible during and immediately after ice storms. Animal reactions to ice storms are similar to that of blizzards.


  • Always take shelter during a lightning storm.
  • There is no safe place outside during a thunderstorm. Safe shelter can be found either in an enclosed building or a hard-topped vehicle.
  • If you can see lightning or hear thunder, you are in danger of being hit. Seek shelter immediately.
  • Wait 30 minutes after the last lightning strike in a severe storm before venturing outside again.
  • Do not ride bicycles, motorcycles, tractors, or golf carts. These will not protect you from a lightning strike.


  • During thunderstorms, you should also stay away from items that conduct electricity, such as corded telephones, appliances, sinks, bathtubs, radiators and metal pipes.

Overview Of Mold Remediation

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Mold becomes a problem inside a home or business when there's excessive humidity or moisture for an extended period of time. The problem can originate from sudden water releases, like a burst pipe or large spill that goes untreated, or from a chronic condition, such as a leaking roof or plumbing. Even high humidity or warm, moist air condensing on cool surfaces can trigger mold problems. It's always best to have the mold evaluated and removed by a certified professional.

Mold can grow almost anywhere in a home or business if conditions permit. If there is visible growth on painted wall surfaces, property owners should be concerned about what may be growing on the wall's opposite side. The environment inside the walls of a house often differs drastically from the outside and could create a perfect haven for mold. If the wall remains wet for a prolonged period, it's almost guaranteed that the mold growth on the back side will be worse than on the front. At that point, containing the work space and removing moldy materials, followed by cleaning of salvageable framing, are the best options.

Certified professionals have the training and experience to:

  • Identify moisture sources
  • Evaluate mold growth (visible or suspected)
  • Contain damage to the smallest area possible
  • Physically remove contamination
  • Dry materials to ensure that mold will not return
  • Perform or recommend procedures for returning property to a preloss condition

Reduce Flood Damage To Your Business

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Reduce Flood Damage To Your Business

Your plan for disaster preparedness should include flood information and outline how to prepare for floods. Read on for information about floods and flood safety tips, and how to make them part of your emergency preparedness plan as you prepare for a flood.

Types Of Flooding

Topography and weather conditions play a prominent role in the impact different types of flooding have on specific locales. The following are some examples of specific types of flooding.

  • Rising water may be the greatest risk to inland areas away from a river bed after a heavy snow pack begins to melt or after heavy rainfall.
  • Moving water is a serious risk in areas near rivers or in coastal storm surge areas because it creates significantly larger lateral forces on a building.
  • Overtopping, breaching or opening of dams, levees, and other flood control mechanisms, which are designed to divert the flow of water to provide protection, can lead to flood damage that may be more significant than if the levees were never installed. The Mississippi and Missouri River floods of 2011 included breaches of levees, as well as controlled flooding by the opening of various flood gates on levees. The result was thousands of acres of farmland, crops, livestock and fish farms being destroyed to protect urban areas.
  • Flash flooding can occur in every region as a result of slow-moving thunderstorms or excessive rainfall from any storm system.
  • Large, slow-moving tropical storms can dump excessive amounts of rain on coastal locations and then move inland to continue the devastation, resulting in widespread flood damage.

Floods can occur anywhere, often with little or no warning, and with devastating consequences. Protecting the bottom line in order to remain open, or to re-open quickly after a flood disaster, requires taking steps now to prevent or reduce flood damage should your business be in the path of rising water. Below is a brief overview of issues that small businesses must address to reduce the likelihood of flood damage and to prepare financially and operationally should a flood occur. Many of the topics covered here involve complex issues that are best addressed by hydrological, engineering, regulatory or insurance experts; the goal here is simply to outline the basics in order to help business owners understand why they need to mitigate against flood risk and some of the challenges they may face.

Tropical Storm Allison (2001): A Case Study in Flooding

Often, businesses and homeowners let down their guard when a tropical weather system does not result in hurricane-force winds. Tropical Storm Allison is a good example of how rains associated with a tropical system can be equally devastating. The storm dumped approximately 32 trillion gallons of rain (enough to meet U.S. water needs for an entire year), according to the Tropical Storm Allison Recovery Project. This included 28 inches of rainfall during a 12-hour period just northeast of downtown Houston, and rainfall amounts ranging from 10, 20 and 30 inches in locations throughout the Southeast—earning Allison the infamous distinction as the costliest tropical storm in U.S. history.

Understanding Your Flood Hazard

There are several flood principles that should be considered to determine your facility’s exposure to flood waters and the type of protection to be deployed:

  • Duration: It is important to know if flood waters are expected to recede quickly or may be trapped due to the slope of the land. The longer a facility is exposed to flood waters, the greater potential for flood-proofing failures due to a breach in the protection.
  • Depth: Flood waters greater than 3 feet create hydrostatic pressure on walls that can cause cracks in masonry and greatly increase the potential of collapse to unreinforced masonry. When estimating the potential depth of flood waters, it is always best to include a safety factor to account for inaccuracies in the estimate.
  • Velocity: As flood water velocity increases, so does the pressure exerted on flood protection. River flooding can be very fast moving water at first and then may settle down. Coastal locations may be exposed to wave action from storm surge.
  • Water Condition: Many times flood waters are dirty, brackish or contaminated with biological and chemical materials including waste water, sewage, pesticides, industrial waste, toxic and non-toxic chemicals, or oils. Debris that is churning in the water can impact buildings and flood protection systems, create breaches in the protection and cause extensive damage.

Location, Location, Location

Proximity to water is the number 1 risk factor for flooding, but property owners should not assume being out of the floodplain will help you entirely avoid the possibility of flooding. It is always a best practice to locate your property as far away from bodies of water as possible. Flood maps available from the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) identify 100-year and 500-year flood zones throughout the United States. The flood zones also delineate participation in the NFIP, as well as permitting and other requirements that communities adopt in order to meet NFIP standards and qualify their citizens for lower flood insurance rates. By definition, the 100-year and 500-year flood zones mean there is a 1 (.20) percent chance of flooding annually in an area based on topography and historical data; it does not mean that flooding will occur only once in a century (or 500 years). There also are other important points to consider.

  • Floods can and very often do occur outside the 100-year flood zone. In fact, approximately 25 percent of all flood damages occur in relatively low risk zones commonly described as being “outside the mapped flood zone.”
  • Specific boundaries on some flood maps may be arbitrary or include inaccuracies. For example, a property lying just outside the 100-year flood zone is almost equally likely to be flooded as one just within.
  • Obstructions or landfill can change the topography, storm-water drainage patterns, and flow of water over natural floodplains. Although permits are required for flood zone fill (and must be based on engineering assessments demonstrating “no impact”), it is possible that non-permitted work has occurred near your property.
  • Floods show no respect for the estimated probabilities. As Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Director Craig Fugate observed following a spate of natural disasters, “It just seemed like it was back-to-back and it came in waves. The term ‘100-year event’ really lost its meaning this year.”

The Importance of Elevation

When it comes to flooding, there really is no better solution than adequate elevation, aside from choosing a location well outside of a 500-year flood plain. If such a location is not possible, the best way to increase the safety margin against flood damage is to raise the elevation of your building above the 500-year flood elevation. Flood-proofing your building is another option to reduce damage. Through the NFIP, there is extensive regulation of floodplain development at the community level.

Permits are needed for a wide range of activities including construction of new buildings, additions to existing buildings, and substantial improvement to the interior of existing buildings that are within the most hazardous flood zones. Part of the permitting process involves whether your building site is higher than the base flood elevation (BFE), which is the elevation at which your property has a 1 percent chance of flooding annually, as indicated on the NFIP flood maps. Major storms and flash floods can cause waters to rise higher than the BFE—therefore, it is always a good investment to build in a safety factor several feet above the BFE. This safety zone is called “freeboarding.”

For example, IBHS’s FORTIFIED for Safer Business™ Standards, a package of enhanced voluntary construction standards that greatly increase a new light commercial building’s durability and resilience to natural hazards, requires FORTIFIED buildings to be at least 3 feet above the BFE or above the 500-year flood elevation. There are also ways to retrofit your existing building so that it meets or exceeds BFEs. While only a structural engineer/design professional can determine what is right for your property, the options include raising foundation onto pilings or columns or adding landfill, as long as “no impact” floodplain requirements are met.

  • When elevating a building so that the walking surface of the lowest floor is at the minimum elevation, areas under the BFE can be used only for parking and limited storage—under-floor bathrooms, utilities, and ductwork are not allowed.
  • Equipment, utility connections and all interior utility systems including ductwork must be elevated above the BFE. In addition, fuel and propane tanks must be properly anchored, since they can become buoyant even in shallow water.

What is “Dry Flood-Proofing”?

Sealing a building so that water will not enter is called “dry flood-proofing” or “flood-proofing.” Flood-proofing protects your building by coating the exterior with a membrane to prevent flood waters from entering. NFIP regulations allow flood-proofing as an alternative to elevation above the BFE for newly constructed or substantially improved non-residential structures only—new and improved homes must be elevated above the BFE to meet NFIP requirements. It is important to determine whether dry flood-proofing will provide the protections your property needs before choosing this option. This also applies if your business is located outside the 100-year flood zone, but you want to invest in additional flood protection. Dry flood-proofing is a complex procedure that should be done by professional experts. If done incorrectly, it may not protect your property and can lead to decay, mold, or termite damage:

  • As a general matter, dry flood-proofing is best suited to areas with clay soils where floods are short in duration and less than 3 feet deep.
  • Buildings in poor structural condition should not be dry flood-proofed, as the exterior walls will be under extreme pressure during a flood.

There are a variety of dry flood-proofing measures; a professional can help to determine whether any of them are right for your situation:

  • Applying a waterproof coating or membrane to exterior walls
  • Sealing all wall penetrations including where utilities enter the building
  • Installing waterproof shields over all openings, including windows and doors
  • Anchoring the building to resist flotation
  • Strengthening walls to withstand flood water pressures and flood debris

The Vulnerable Basement

Even above the BFE or outside the floodplain, basements are prone to floods because water may flow down into them. They also may have an increased hydrostatic pressure exerted upon them when the surrounding ground is saturated. Recognizing that elevation is the best form of mitigation, there are a number of additional measures business owners can take to reduce the likelihood and scope of basement flood damage.

  • Thoroughly inspect your basement and the surrounding property for evidence of water entry and sources of water flow and leakage.
  • Correct potential problems—for example, extend and redirect downspouts, re-grade sloping landscape, and caulk any interior wall cracks.
  • Basement walls should be designed to resist hydrostatic pressure.
  • Use flood-resistant materials where possible, including floor coverings, wall coverings, and wall insulation. Most flood-resistant materials can withstand direct contact with water for at least 72 hours without being significantly damaged.
  • Do not store valuable equipment, documents, or inventory in any crawlspace or basement where flooding is possible.

The “Green” Factor

In addition, there are steps you can take now to reduce health and environmental damage should a flood occur.

  • Anchor fuel and propane tanks to prevent them from being swept away. When they break away, the contents may leak, creating fire, explosion and pollution risks that can adversely affect health and the environment.
  • Install sewer backflow valves to block drain pipes from sewage back-up, which can occur if there is flooding in your area.
  • If you are supplied by well water, protect your well from contamination. A licensed well drilling contractor can inspect your well and suggest improvements.


Floodwater After A Disaster Or Storm

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Don’t drive in flooded areas — turn around, don’t drown!

Floodwater can pose a drowning risk for everyone— regardless of their ability to swim. Swiftly moving shallow water can be deadly, and even shallow standing water can be dangerous for small children.

  • Always follow warnings about flooded roads.
  • Don’t drive in flooded areas—cars or other vehicles won’t protect you from floodwaters. They can be swept away or may stall in moving water.

Stay out of floodwater.

Floodwaters contain many things that may harm health. We don’t know exactly what is in floodwater at any given point in time. Floodwater can contain:

  • Downed power lines
  • Human and livestock waste
  • Household, medical, and industrial hazardous waste (chemical, biological, and radiological)
  • Coal ash waste that can contain carcinogenic compounds such as arsenic, chromium, and mercury
  • Other contaminants that can lead to illness
  • Physical objects such as lumber, vehicles, and debris
  • Wild or stray animals such as rodents and snakes

Exposure to contaminated floodwater can cause:

  • Wound infections
  • Skin rash
  • Gastrointestinal illness
  • Tetanus
  • Leptospirosis (not common)

It is important to protect yourself from exposure to floodwater regardless of the source of contamination. The best way to protect yourself is to stay out of the water.

If you come in contact with floodwater:

  • Wash the area with soap and clean water as soon as possible. If you don’t have soap or water, use alcohol-based wipes or sanitizer.
  • Take care of wounds and seek medical attention if necessary.
  • Wash clothes contaminated with flood or sewage water in hot water and detergent before reusing them.

If you must enter floodwater, wear rubber boots, rubber gloves, and goggles.

Prevent injuries.

Floodwater may contain sharp objects, such as glass or metal fragments, that can cause injury and lead to infection. Prompt first aid can help heal small wounds and prevent infection.

If you receive a puncture wound or a wound contaminated with feces, soil, or saliva, have a health care professional determine whether a tetanus booster is necessary based on individual records.

For more information, visit: Emergency Wound Care After a Natural Disaster

Prevent infection of open wounds and rashes.

Open wounds and rashes exposed to floodwater can become infected. Vibrios, for example, are naturally occurring bacteria that live in certain coastal waters and can cause skin infections when an open wound is exposed to them. This can happen during floods. To protect yourself and your family:

  • Avoid exposure to floodwater if you have an open wound.
  • Cover clean, open wounds with a waterproof bandage to reduce chance of infection.
  • Keep open wounds as clean as possible by washing well with soap and clean water.
  • If a wound develops redness, swelling, or oozing, seek immediate medical attention.

Seek medical attention as soon as possible if:

  • There is a foreign object (soil, wood, metal, or other objects) embedded in the wound;
  • The wound is at special risk of infection (such as a dog bite or a puncture by a dirty object);
  • An old wound shows signs of becoming infected (increased pain and soreness, swelling, redness, draining, or you develop a fever).

For more information, visit: Emergency Wound Care After a Natural Disaster

Protect yourself and your loved ones from diarrheal diseases.

Be aware that floodwater may contain sewage, and eating or drinking anything contaminated by floodwater can cause diarrheal disease (such as E. coli or Salmonella infection). To protect yourself and your family:

  • Wash your hands after contact with floodwater. Also be sure to wash children’s hands with soap and water often and always before meals.
  • Do not allow children to play in floodwater areas.
  • Do not allow children to play with toys that have been contaminated by floodwater and have not been disinfected.
  • Do not bathe in water that may be contaminated with sewage or toxic chemicals. This includes rivers, streams, or lakes that are contaminated by floodwater.

For more information, visit:

Protect yourself from animal and insect bites.

Floodwater can displace animals, insects, and reptiles. To protect yourself and your family, be alert and avoid contact.

For more information, visit: Protect Yourself from Animal- and Insect-Related Hazards After a Disaster

Be aware of possible chemicals in floodwater.

Floods can cause containers of chemicals to move from their normal storage spots.

  • Don’t attempt to move propane tanks you might find— they’re dangerous and can cause a fire or explosion. If you find any, contact the police, fire department, or your State Fire Marshal’s office immediately.
  • Be extremely careful when removing car batteries. Even if they are in floodwater, car batteries may still have an electrical charge. Use insulated gloves and avoid coming in contact with any acid that may have spilled from the damaged car battery.

For more information, visit:

Avoid electrical hazards inside or outside your home.

After a hurricane, flood or other natural disaster you need to be careful to avoid electrical hazards both in your home and elsewhere.

  • Shut off electrical power and natural gas or propane tanks in your home to avoid fire, electrocution, or explosions.
  • NEVER touch a fallen power line. Call the power company to report fallen power lines. Avoid contact with overhead power lines during cleanup and other activities.
  • Do not drive through standing water if downed power lines are in the water.
  • If you believe someone has been electrocuted, call or have someone else call 911 or emergency medical help.

For more information, visit: Protect Yourself and Others From Electrical Hazards After a Disaster


Does My Business Need Flood Insurance

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Natural disasters can be devastating to businesses. While damage caused by some types of natural events—such as lightning or wind—will usually be covered by commercial property insurance, you need a special policy if you want protection from flood damage. This Q&A will help you understand this type of coverage and determine if your business needs it.

Frequently asked questions about flood insurance

Q. Does my commercial property insurance include flood coverage?

A. No. Damage from flooding, including flooding generated by hurricane-generated storm surge, typically is not covered under a standard commercial policy, including a Commercial Package Policy (CPP) or a Business Owners Policy (BOP). Flood insurance is available from the federal government’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

Q. What does flood insurance cover?

A.Flood insurance covers damage to your building and contents caused by flood. This includes losses resulting from water overflowing rivers or streams, heavy or prolonged rain, storm surge, snow melt, blocked storm drainage systems, broken dams or levees, or other similar causes. To be considered a flood, waters must cover at least two acres or affect two properties. Generally if water comes from above—for instance from rain or melting snow overflowing gutters and leaking onto your inventory—you’ll be covered by your standard commercial property insurance.

Q. What isn’t covered by flood insurance?

A. Property outside your building generally will not be covered. For instance, landscaping and septic systems will not be covered. In addition, flood insurance will not cover damage to your business vehicles, but this can be included in the optional “comprehensive” portion of your business vehicle insurance. Financial losses caused by business interruption or loss of use of insured property are also not covered.

Q. Do I have to purchase flood insurance?

A. If your commercial property is located in a high-risk flood area and you have a mortgage from a federally regulated or insured lender, you are required to purchase a flood insurance policy.

Q. How do I determine my risk for flood damage?

A. Location is the most important factor for weighing your risk for flood damage. Is your business located in or near a flood zone? (Flood map search tools can be found online.) In what part of the building is your businesses equipment and inventory located? Anything housed on a lower floor, for instance, will be at greater risk.

Q. Where can I purchase flood insurance?

A. Flood insurance is available from the NFIP and some private insurers. However, NFIP coverage can only be purchased through an insurance professional; you cannot buy it directly from the federal government. To find a local insurance professional who is familiar with the National Flood Insurance Program, contact the NFIP at 888-379-9531 for an agent referral.

Q. How long does it take to get flood coverage?

A. Typically, there’s a 30-day waiting period from date of purchase before your policy goes into effect.

Q. Does my flood policy cover mold?

A. Damage from mold and/or mildew resulting from the after-effects of a flood is covered, but each case is evaluated on an individual basis. Mold/mildew conditions that existed prior to a flooding event are not covered, and after a flood, the policyholder is responsible for taking reasonable and appropriate mitigation actions to eliminate mold and mildew.

Q. How much flood coverage can I get?

A. Commercial flood insurance provides up to $500,000 of coverage for your building and up to $500,000 for its contents.

Q. What if I need more coverage?

A. You can purchase what’s called excess insurance coverage to rebuild properties valued above National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) limits. Excess coverage includes protection against business interruption.

What To Do In A Storm

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What to do in a storm

There are a number of things that you can do to make sure you and your property stay safe during storms. For life-threatening emergencies call 911.

What to do before the storm

Ensure you do the following before a severe storm arrives:

  • Check that loose items such as outdoor settings, umbrellas and trampolines are safely secured.
  • If it is safe to do so, check gutters, downpipes and drains are not blocked.
  • Park your car undercover and away from trees.

What to do during the storm

Ensure you do the following during a severe storm:

  • Stay indoors and away from windows.
  • If outdoors, shelter away from drains, gutters, creeks and waterways.
  • Be prepared for power outages.
  • Floodwater is dangerous – never drive, walk or ride through floodwater.
  • Floodwater is toxic – never play or swim in floodwater.

What to do after the storm

Ensure you do the following after a severe storm:

  • Check your home and property for damage.
  • Keep clear of damaged buildings, powerlines and trees.
  • Be aware of road hazards such as floodwater, debris and damaged roads or bridges.
  • Do not drive through affected areas unless it is necessary.

How To Prepare For The Next Big Storm

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Damage from a neighbor’s tree is usually covered by your insurer, not your neighbor’s.

Cover windows properly. Experts used to recommend taping windows to limit breakage to a few large pieces, rather than many smaller ones. But small and large pieces can be equally deadly. A safer bet: Keep windows shut and close blinds, shades, and drapes. Longer-term, consider impact-resistant windows or hurricane shutters (about $40 per square foot), which might also net you an insurance discount.

Secure outdoor items. High winds can turn lawn chairs, potted plants, trash cans, and other outdoor items into deadly projectiles. Move whatever you can into a garage, a shed, or a basement.

Park cars on high ground. Two feet of floodwater can carry a car away. What’s more, driving in water just 8 inches deep can ruin the engine if the water seeps in through the air intake. Park at a high elevation or on a hill—but not beneath trees.

Protect your valuables. Move what you can to higher floors if you expect flooding. Also think ahead by documenting and photographing items you’d include in an insurance claim if lost or ruined.

Stock up on essentials

Build an emergency kit. It should have a whistle to attract help, dust masks, duct tape, a wrench or pliers to turn off water if needed, flashlights and batteries, and local maps. Plan on 1 gallon of water per person per day for at least three days. Include moist towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties for personal sanitation. Also consider changes of clothing and sleeping bags or blankets.

Be prepared for injuries. A first-aid kit should be stocked with bandages in various sizes, sterile dressings and gloves, hand sanitizer and antibiotic towelettes, a thermometer, pain medicines, tweezers, and scissors.

Fuel up. Fill all of your vehicles’ tanks, because gas stations could lose power. ­Remember that most gas generators ­require roughly 12 to 20 gallons of gas per day. Also figure on at least a gallon of gas for extensive chainsawing. Store all fuel away from the house.

Have the right phones. Keep at least one corded phone because cordless phones require AC power. Our post-Sandy survey also found that cell phones were more reliable than landline phones, though we lack data on differences for fiber and cable vs.older copper-wire systems. Be sure cell phones are charged. And have an out-of-town contact you can call, because long-distance phone service can be more reliable than local service during and after a storm.

Get the right foods. Frozen food may last two days without power, but refrigerated items can spoil after 4 hours. Keep at least a three-day supply of nonperishable foods such as crackers, whole-grain cereals, and canned foods. And don’t forget the manual can opener.

Check your fire extinguishers. You should have one with a minimum classification of “2-A:10-B:C” on each floor. Check the dial or pop-up pin for adequate pressure each month. Professionally repressurize extinguishers older than six years, and replace any older than 12 years.

Prepare for special needs. Tell your utility and local fire department before a storm if someone in your home uses an oxygen concentrator, ventilator, or medical bed; your power could be restored sooner. And keep a one-month supply of medication during hurricane season.

Tune in. A battery-powered or hand-cranked radio will keep you connected if your computer or the Internet is down. NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) weather radios are also handy for emergency information.

Have some ready cash. Banks and ATMs could be out of service, assuming you can get to them.

Stay safe during the storm

Find the safest place. Stay in a central room without windows. Have kids? Ease the fear factor with books, a toy or two, and if you have power or a generator, some movies and video games.

Avoid electrocution risks. Don’t use any plug-in device if flooding or wetness is nearby. Landline phones can also be a shock hazard in an electrical storm. If you must make a call during a storm, use a cell or cordless phone if possible—or use a land­line phone’s speaker mode to reduce contact with the handset. Avoid baths and showers until the storm passes. And watch out for downed power lines and live wires.

Use cars safely. Obey emergency crews and follow designated routes. If your vehicle stalls in water, shut off the ignition and seek higher ground; the leading cause of Sandy-related deaths was drowning.

What To Do After Smoke Damage Has Happened?

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Fire and smoke damage can be devastating to personal property and structures. Quick action is the only way to minimize the destruction. The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, IICRC, is a globally recognized organization whose mission is to establish higher industry standards. As a referral source for consumers, IICRC  certified firms are more likely to provide a faster, better service  than non-certified competitors.

Restoration costs increase and damages escalate when the cleaning process is extended. By hastening the hiring process and using an IICRC certified technician, owners  will be rewarded by having the damage stopped so repairs can begin.

What happens only minutes after the disaster?

Immediately after a fire, soot residue settles onto the property. Discoloration of porous materials is permanent, but other surfaces may be properly cleaned to remove the discoloration. Acidic soot begins staining other surfaces if not treated quickly.

Within hours all surfaces begin to suffer from fire and smoke damage. Wooden furniture may require refinishing. Metal begins to rust, pit and corrode. Painted walls begin to yellow. Clothing  can become permanently stained. And finally, flooring may require refinishing or replacement.

If left untreated, within weeks the restoration process will take longer and cost more.  Prolonged soot exposure permanently harms all surfaces and embeds in fibers. Replacement of property may be the best option at this point. The structure may continue deteriorating if not properly restored.

IICRC suggests the following steps after the incident:

  • Remember safety comes first. Do not enter the property without proper work gloves and  appropriate respiratory protection. Exposure to soot residue causes respiratory distress and other medical emergencies.
  • Bring along a few box fans. Upon entering the property open the windows and place the box fans in the windows to force out the contaminated air and dust. Proper ventilation helps to prevent further smoke damage and reduces potential injury to people.
  • Remove loose smoke contamination with a professional dry cleaning soot sponge.
  • Clean every surface with soap and water. Begin at the top and work down to the floor. Be sure to get inside cabinets and cupboards.
  • Using a high efficiency vacuum cleaner with a HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) Filter, vacuum upholstery and carpet. A good filtration system on a high efficiency vacuum prevents the soot from being blown back into the cleaned space. Clean or change the filter regularly.
  • Launder bedding, clothes, curtains, and other washable materials. An alkaline cleaner neutralizes the acid found in the soot. Fine materials should be professionally dry-cleaned by a dry-cleaner who is experienced in smoke damaged articles.
  • Clean the exterior walls and eaves using a water hose attached to the proper cleaner. Agitate and loosen stuck-on soot. The smoke damage to the outside of the property will continue until the soot is removed.

Though heavy residues require the assistance of professional restoration technicians, a certified technician may be contacted for any amount of smoke damage. Improper processes can further harm the property or belongings.

Understanding The Three Categories Of Water

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When dealing with water damage in your home or business, there are three different types or classifications of water that we use: Clean, Gray, and Black water.

Clean Water: This is water that does not contain contaminants. It includes broken water lines, malfunctioning appliances, toilets holding tanks, snow melt and rainwater. Overtime however, clean water can progress and become gray water within 48 hours, if left untreated.

Gray Water: Gray water does contain slight chemical or biological contaminants, and may pose a health risk. Gray water can discharge from dishwashers, washing machines, sinks, showers, aquariums and waterbeds, or come from a clean water source that leaked through a ceiling. It can also be clean water that was left untreated (and became gray water). Gray water can also progress to the next stage (Black Water) if left untreated within 48 hours.

Black Water: This water is a positive health risk as it is highly contaminated. Black water is presumed to contain multiple potentially harmful contaminants including fungi, bacteria, chemicals, viruses, and more. Black Water is typically caused by sewage damage, flooding, or any type of natural disaster. Black water should always be treated by a trained and certified professional.

For any type of water damage, it is always best to treat it quickly so as to avoid further contamination and risk mold growth. Call SERVPRO of Marysville/Arlington if you need services in your home!

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360 873 3431

SERVPRO of Skagit Marysville/Arlington is an IICRC certified firm.

Content Restoration

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From furniture to antiques to artwork and appliances, we'll treat your treasures with the care they deserve. While some items can be cleaned on-site, in many cases we'll need to inventory, pack out and transport the contents of your property to our state-of-the-art facility to ensure the best care possible.

Key Issues

  • Contents may need to be cleaned off-site
  • Contents inventory
  • Determine replacement and restoration
  • Pack
  • Ozone treatment
  • Cleaning
  • Odor removal
  • Secure
  • Return

Contents Inventory

  • We arrive on-site and inventory all of your personal belongings.
  • We carefully pack all salvable items to transport to our secure warehouse and cleaning facility.
  • Unsalvageable contents are inventoried and discarded.

Contents Valuation

We have trained professionals to help you establish replacement values versus restoration costs. We are also available for pricing of non-salvable inventory items.


  • Thorough cleaning
  • Proper handling of all electronics
  • Photographs and artwork
  • Fabrics
  • Clothes
  • Memorabilia
  • Antiques
  • Soft goods
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Appliances
  • Surfaces
  • Odor Removal

Is Your Company Prepared For When Disaster Strikes?

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Did you know that upto 50% of businesses that close due to a disaster never reopen? Are you, and your property prepared for an emergency or disaster situation? Don't worry SERVPRO of Skagit County - SERVPRO of Marysville/Arlington is Here to Help.

SERVPRO of Skagit County - SERVPRO of Marysville/Arlington is offering Emergency Ready Profiles (ERPs) to local businesses and community members. The ERP is a no cost assessment, all it requires is a little time, making it a great value that could save your business in the future. 

What is the ERP you ask? The ERP is a compliation of everything you may need handy when disaster stirkes.

The information incudes (but is not limited to):

  • Emergency Tips
  • A facility overview
  • Emergency Contacts
  • Facility entry points.
  • Utility shut-off locations
  • Other crucial source information.
  • Fire extinguisher locations.
  • Urgent Contacts

As you can see, the ERP is a great resource for when disaster occurs. The better prepaired you are the better you are able to minimize business interruption in a disaster situation.  Feel free to call SERVPRO of Skagit County - SERVPRO of Marysville/Arlington at (360) 873 - 8744 to schedule an ERP appointment!

Where To Use An Air Mover

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Air movers are a great tool. They are similar to fans in that they circulate the air of the spaces in which they are placed. Unlike fans, however, they have the ability to start and stop immediately. They also blow over a more concentrated area rather than a wide space. Most commonly they are used for drying dampened areas after water has seeped in, however, commercial air movers have many uses for any workplace environment.


The most common use for an air mover is drying out water damaged areas. An air mover is considered a water damage restoration piece of equipment. It is designed to blow lower to the ground at high speeds, forcing water to quickly evaporate from floors and carpets. Being lower to the ground, it can be directed under cabinets or other heavier pieces of furniture. A huge benefit of reduced drying time is the prevention of mold growth. They can also be used to dry paint or other applications.


As air blowers are similar to fans, they make excellent cooling devices. They can be used to ventilate stuffy work zones. They can also be directed onto specific objects that may get hot while being worked upon.

Removing Fumes

Depending on the type of work being done, contractors may want to buy a commercial air mover to help their employees. Workers could be subject to working in a poorly ventilated area with equipment and chemicals that produce unpleasant and even harmful fumes. In this instance, an air mover makes a great tool in directing these fumes away from and out of the area, creating a safer work environment.


Since air movers circulate air at high speeds, they make great tools for removing unwanted debris, dust, dirt or leaves for instance, from a work area. They also work well for keeping insects away.   For example, when placed high above grocery store doors and directed downward, the draft created prevents insects from entering the building.

There are several uses for an air mover. While similar to a fan, it is much more effective. It has the ability to start immediately at the desired speed and stop just a fast. It can quickly remove unwanted fumes from a poorly ventilated work space as well as keep it cool. It can also help dry damp areas, preventing possible water damage. All of these show the air mover as an invaluable tool for any site.

Why should I choose SERVPRO of Marysville/Arlington for my water damage clean up?

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Why should I choose a professional restoration company for water intrusion/ damage?

  • Homeowners should not risk doing the work themselves as there may hidden water or moisture that may go undetected to the untrained eye. Taking into account that mold growth can occur in as little as 24-48 hours in the presence of moisture, undetected water damage can pose long term problems if not properly handled.
  • Due to the potential hazards associated with water-related damage, moisture and water should be handled by properly trained and equipped professionals to ensure complete and necessary drying to prevent future harm, extensive structural damage and possible contamination.
  • Improper cleanup could hinder property resale value.
  • Professional restoration companies have essential tools and techniques to measure moisture in the area to ensure proper and complete drying in a timely manner.
  • Water technicians should be fully aware of water or moisture-related characteristics to locate leaks or water damaged areas that may otherwise go unnoticed.
  • Homes and other properties are large and often expensive assets. Why run the risks associated with improper drying, deodorizing and disinfecting which can lead to potential secondary structural damage? Help protect your property’s value by calling upon a Professional.
  • According to a “Residential Water Claims” article on the International Risk Management Institute website, restoration companies and contractors are often an asset in a water claim situation. The article states, “a major concern in today’s insurance climate is the problem of mold and mildew. When most restoration companies deal with water claims, every effort is made to prevent any problem with mold and mildew.” Restoration companies are in the business of salvaging rather than replacing, which could serve as a benefit to the insurance company.

Why should I choose SERVPRO of Marysville/Arlington for water cleanup and restoration?

  • SERVPRO of Marysville/Arlington recognizes the necessity for prompt and accurate response and offer 1-4-8 Response Guidelines to help minimize additional, secondary or permanent damage and contamination. In addition, SERVPRO of  Marysville/Arlington is available for emergency response 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
  • Knowledge and training are key elements in effective water removal and moisture damage. SERVPRO of Marysville/Arlington applies their industry knowledge, training and understanding of hoe relative humidity, temperature, vapor pressure and air movement influence drying conditions.
  • Powerful and professional equipment is essential for proper mitigation and efficient restoration of water damaged areas. SERVPRO of Marysville/Arlington is outfitted with state-of-the-art industrial grade equipment and products to measure the extent of moisture saturation and offer proper drying, deodorizing and disinfecting of water damaged areas.
  • SERVPRO of Marysville/Arlington offers content restoration to restore water damaged contents and personal belongings. Often when water damage occurs, personal possessions are also damaged by water or moisture. SERVPRO Technicians work diligently to try and return personal contents to preloss conditions.
  • SERVPRO of Marysville/Arlington works with insurance, real estate, contracting and property management companies to offer complete file management, estimates and detailed explanations of work, including status updates, changes and feedback to keep companies fully aware of a property’s drying, cleaning and restoration status. At SERVPRO of Marysville/Arlington, we know you want quality information and proof of results. SERVPRO technology is designed to support your efforts!
  • Timely mitigation is key to the restoration process. Restoring property is the SERVPRO Professional’s first priority. You will appreciate the immediate response, and you will know everything possible is being done to limit the damage. Even if a loss is below the deductible amount, fast action helps assure the event will stay small!

5 Principles Of Mold Remediation

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  1. Make sure safety and health precautions are taken by cleanup professionals and occupants. Mold-contaminated buildings can be associated with a number of health problems. Anyone involved in the mold remediation process must be protected from exposure through a combination of practices and controls.
  2. A post-cleanup assessment by an independent environmental expert. An      effective mold remediation cannot be developed without first determining the extent of the contamination to be removed. To ensure that remediation work is being properly performed, it is highly recommended that appropriate documentation of the remediation process be kept by project management
  3. Control of mold before it spreads further. Eliminating mold at the source of      contamination is essential. Once mold spores spread through the air, it will be much more difficult to capture.
  4. Oversee the proper physical removal of the mold. The mold must be physically removed from the structure. Attempts to isolate mold or remove signs of mold on the surface are not adequate. Note that bleach alone cannot kill mold.
  5. Ensure that moisture is controlled to limit future contamination or recontamination. Mold growth is virtually inevitable if moisture is not controlled. Moisture problems must be identified, located and corrected or controlled as soon as possible.
  6. Application of these principles may involve multiple disciplines and professionals from a wide range of restoration and indoor environmental fields.

5 Benefits Of Using SERVPRO!

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The 5 Benefits of Hiring a Professional Service 

Residential and commercial water damage can be one of the most costly and challenging problems faced by those who own a property. From leaky toilets to general plumbing problems, there are a number of causes for flooding that often occurs. Although it may seem easy to clean and repair yourself, there are a few benefits to hiring a professional service to handle the task.

1. Prevent Mold Spores From Spreading

A SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington water damage professional is skilled and trained to properly clean areas where water has leaked in between walls, under floorboards, and in places that are hard to reach. This can help salvage areas that would need to be replaced if proper cleaning didn't take place immediately. In locations where mold has developed, the professional can properly clean it with the right tools and prevent the spores from spreading.

2. Avoid Further Damage

For those who are inexperienced with cleaning or restoring areas where water damage has occurred, it can be easy to make the problem worse and allow it to escalate if it's not remedied immediately. SERVPRO Technicians will be able to visit the property right after the damage has occurred to prevent further problems from developing.

3. Identify Hidden Signs of Moisture

A SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington water damage professional will be able to use sophisticated moisture tools to identify hidden signs of moisture that are often undetectable to homeowners. They can also take specific steps to prevent the water damage from occurring again in the future.

4. Protect Your Health

For those who attempt to clean mold that has developed after a Marsyville water damage has occurred, it can be easy to put your health at risk without the proper tools or products used. Hiring a professional will help prevent health effects during the cleaning process.

5. Quality Restoration Services

Water damage professionals will be able to restore and replace insulation or flooring for a final product that looks incredible with the highest quality of materials used.   

SERVPRO of Marysville/Arlington Professionals provide fire and water damage restoration services. SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington proudly serves Marsyville, Arlington, Smokey Point, Stanwood, Camano Island, and surrounding areas. We are available 24 hours/7 days a week and are ready to restore damage to your  structure

Fire And Smoke Damage Do's And Don'ts

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SERVPRO of Marysville/Arlington is your stop for Fire & Smoke damage cleanup and restoration. We have been operating for over 40 years and have extensive knowledge and expertise in the Fire & Smoke damage cleanup industry.


Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet.

Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.

Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.


Do not attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces with our fist contacting your SERVPRO of Marysville/Arlington Professional.

Do not attempt to clean any electrical appliances, TV sets, radios, etc. that have been close to fire, heat or water with out first consulting an authorized repair service person.

Do not consume any canned or packaged food, beverages or medications that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water. (They may be contaminated)

If you're home suffers a fire or smoke damage be sure to call SERVPRO of Marysville/Arlington and as always is "Here to Help." 

Mold: What To Look For

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When spring is here and temperatures are fluctuating, moisture is making its way into our homes in the most unexpected areas. As moisture sits and humidity rises within the home, mold begins to find its place to grow. According to Houselogic.com, the 5 most unexpected places for mold to hide in your home are chimneys, refrigerator drip pans, front-loading washing machines, dishes, and windows sashes and seals.

 1. Chimneys

As rain and snow collect down in the chimney, they combine with the dirt and other particles within the brick to create a breeding ground for mold to grow. 

2.  Refrigerator drip pans

The drip pan collects moisture and food spills over time and goes unnoticed from being located under the refrigerator where most people don’t think to clean or even look.

3.  Front-loading washing machines

The seal around the door of the front-loading washing machines often stay wet from being closed when not being used, which creates a great environment for mold growth.

4. Window sashes and seals

This is the time of year when the chill of the cold weather combine with the warmth of the inside to create condensation along windows and walls. The dirt and dust particles left on these surfaces mixed with the moisture create the perfect surface area for mold to grow.

5.  Air conditioners

The air conditioning units hold the dust, pollen and moisture from the air. With the AC sitting throughout the winter, it gives mold the chance to grow and still be hidden away.

SERVPRO of Marysville/Arlington knows the ins and outs of mold damage and remediation, if you have any questions or concerns about mold damage or remediation give us a call at (360) 658 0506.

Source: http://www.houselogic.com/home-advice/air-quality/unexpected-places-mold-can-hide/

Fire Escape Planning For Your Business

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An emergency escape plan is not required for all businesses, however, OSHA recommends building an emergency action plan to protect yourself, your employees, and your business during an emergency. OSHA suggests the following steps when developing a plan.

Organize an Emergency Preparedness Procedures review with employees to review your company's emergency plans. You may wish to select an individual or team of individuals to lead and coordinate your emergency plan.

Once a plan is developed, post evacuation procedures, including routes and exits, where they are easily accessible to all employees. Ensure all exits and routes are clearly marked, and will lit, wide enough to accommodate the number of evacuating personnel, and unobstructed and clear of debris at all times.

Conduct office evacuation exercises and drills. Designate a safe spot outside of the facility where employees can regroup, recover and conduct a head count. Once completed, evaluate how well the plan worked and if additional training or exercises are needed.

Damaging Winds Basics

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What are damaging winds?

Damaging winds are often called “straight-line” winds to differentiate the damage they cause from tornado damage. Strong thunderstorm winds can come from a number of different processes. Most thunderstorm winds that cause damage at the ground are a result of outflow generated by a thunderstorm downdraft. Damaging winds are classified as those exceeding 50-60 mph.

Are damaging winds really a big deal?

Damage from severe thunderstorm winds account for half of all severe reports in the lower 48 states and is more common than damage from tornadoes. Wind speeds can reach up to 100 mph and can produce a damage path extending for hundreds of miles.

Who is at risk from damaging winds?

Since most thunderstorms produce some straight-line winds as a result of outflow generated by the thunderstorm downdraft, anyone living in thunderstorm-prone areas of the world is at risk for experiencing this hazard.

People living in mobile homes are especially at risk for injury and death. Even anchored mobile homes can be seriously damaged when winds gust over 80 mph.


Overview Of Commercial Service

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Your commercial property’s appearance speaks volumes to your clients. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Have Questions? Call Today

Commercial Building Restoration Services

We are available 24 hours a day to get your business back up and running. Our expertise includes restoration services for fire and water damage, including electronics restoration and document drying. We are also your business’s best resource for mold remediation. Learn more about our commercial restoration services:

Commercial Building Cleaning Services

Whether your need is removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can depend on a SERVPRO Franchise Professional to get the job done right the first time. They’ll respond promptly and make your workspace look its very best. Learn more about our Commercial Cleaning Service.


Fire Damage Emergency Tips

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After any fire damage situation, your primary focus should be safety:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

Have A Fire or Smoke Damage Emergency? 
Call 1-800-SERVPRO

What To Do After A Fire

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

What NOT To Do After A Fire

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting your SERVPRO Franchise Professional.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.


Fire Damage And Restoration

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Fires can be especially devastating to your home or business. After the fire trucks leave, your property will suffer from not only fire and smoke damage, but also widespread water damage and flooding from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have specialized fire and water damage restoration training and experience to quickly clean up and restore your home to pre-fire condition. They also can remove the pervasive smoke odor and deep-clean soot from upholstery and carpet. 

Please refer to our Fire Damage Tips - Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals

Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Today 1-800-SERVPRO

Why Choose SERVPRO Franchise Professionals?

They’re Faster to Any Size Disaster

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are dedicated to responding immediately when you need help with a fire or water damage event. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost.

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They’re Fire and Water Damage Specialists

They specialize in fire and water damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have extensive training and equipment to get your property back to pre-fire condition.

  • Fire & Smoke Restoration Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • Water Damage Restoration Technician

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They Have a Restore vs. Replace Mentality

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals clean and restore your property using specialized equipment and cleaning techniques. Their “restore first” mentality reduces interruption and gets you back to your life.

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The Fire Damage Restoration Process

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals know just how devastating a fire can be. Fire and water damage can leave your house unsafe and unlivable. They’re trained to clean and restore your home with as little disruption as possible. Learn more about the fire damage restoration process.

Step1: Emergency Contact

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

Step 6: Cleaning and Repair

Step 7: Restoration


Safe Flood Clean-Up Tips

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Before entering a building where flood damage may have occurred, make sure it’s safe: check for electrical hazards and structural damage, and use proper protective gear like boots, gloves and respirators. Before you start any construction or repairs, check for common hazardous materials like lead paint and asbestos, which may require help from professional and State-licensed contractors.

Then, follow these tips:

  • Act quickly
    The severity of damage escalates the longer water sits and building components and contents stay wet, so time is of the essence in the aftermath of a flood. In fact, mold will grow within 48-72 hours, so aim to start removing water and drying the environment within 48 hours. Have a list of professionals on hand to call, and understand your insurance policy, as some only cover mold damage up to a certain amount, while others don’t provide any reimbursement for mold.
  • Ventilate affected areas to prevent mold growth
    Mold loves moisture and organic materials such as paper or particleboard. In order to mitigate or slow damage, open windows if weather permits and place fans inside of them to keep air moving and maintain moderate temperatures. Work toward the fan as you clean to minimize cross contamination.
  • Assess damage to items and materials
    Assess the type of water absorbed by items, such as rainwater, water from broken pipes, contaminated river water or bacteria-filled sewage. There are ways to salvage specialty items but the decision on whether to save or trash an item will vary depending on the dollar and sentimental value to the owner. It may not be worthwhile to salvage drywall, carpets and pads, mattresses, pillows, box springs and particleboard. On the other hand, it might be worthwhile to restore costly Persian rugs, leather couches and antiques or heirlooms. Wet clothing and many household fabrics may be salvageable through machine washing, and a 10-minute soak in detergent and hot water, to remove contamination and stains. The IICRC strongly recommends that in water damages where there are contaminants present (e.g., bacteria, sewage, mold) or where small children or immune-compromised individuals are present that an inspection be conducted by an appropriately trained restorer and remediator.
  • Expose pockets of saturation
    Hidden and concealed pockets of saturation need to be opened for cleaning and drying. Layers between building materials hold water that must be discovered and removed or dried. On walls, find the water line and inspect at least a foot beyond it to make sure all damage, wet materials and mold are discovered. Remove and discard the damaged drywall and wet wall insulation. Wet carpets can usually be dried by professionals with the right equipment, but carpet padding, which is like a big sponge, should be discarded. Wood base trim and hardwood can also be saved with the right equipment if they can be accessed and completely dried on both sides. Remember to investigate concealed cavities such as behind walls, in mechanical spaces, under cabinets and furniture, and in crawl spaces.
  • Conduct a thorough cleaning
    Durable, non-porous or semi-porous materials, such as studs and joists, hardwood flooring and vinyl products, can be cleaned with common cleaning products or specialized products with detergents. During cleaning, take care to protect areas that are unaffected by the water or mold. After a thorough cleaning of salvageable materials, a disinfectant solution may need to be applied in case of harmful bacteria from sewage, river water debris or even standing water that has gone bad. Professionals like water restoration and mold remediation contractors and indoor environmental professionals can help you decide what is best for your situation. Once you’ve cleaned the wet materials, conduct another round of cleaning. If you choose to vacuum, use a HEPA-filter vacuum to remove allergens, fine dust and spores.
  • Confirm drying before reconstruction
    In order to prevent dry rot and structural damage, it’s important not to reconstruct or cover wood and other wet materials until the moisture content has been adequately reduced. A water restoration professional can confirm proper drying before reconstruction.

3 Business Fire Prevention Tips

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A fire can cause severe damage to business equipment, materials, and structures. As a business owner, focusing on fire risk assessment, fire prevention, and staff education can help reduce your chance of fire and smoke damage. Here are three tips to help.

Assess the risk of fire hazards : The National Fire Protection Association offers handbooks and other publications on the fire safety code in place for businesses. If your local government offers it, a visit from a fire marshal is a great step for your fire prevention plan. If a marshal visit isn't available, ask for workplace fire risk assessment guidance from your building's property manager.

Have fire protection equipment : If you have an automatic sprinkler system in place, this will provide primary fire protection for your business.

Standard fire safety practices call for smoke detectors and fire extinguishers on every floor. Your best bet is multipurpose extinguishers, which will douse most small fires with ease, without shorting out your electronics.

Protect your people : Your employees are your most important business asset. These tips can help prevent them from being injured in a fire.

  • Fire Plans: Make sure your employees know what to do if there's a fire, including calling 911 immediately. Conduct a fire drill at least once a year to keep employees aware of your workplace fire safety protocol.
  • Evacuation Plan: In larger buildings, post a fire evacuation plan in several spots around the workplace. Never include elevators in an evacuation plan; always use the stairs.
  • First Aid: In case of fire injuries, your employees should be familiar with the location of the first-aid kit, which should be kept where possible hazards can occur most-such as in the kitchen.

Why Professionals Should Clean Smoke Damage From A Fire

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When the firefighters leave, it may seem like the danger has passed and the home is safe from further destruction, but without professionals to help clean the smoke damage, the building will never return to normal. While the principles behind fire restoration are fairly simple, it requires a lot of experience and manpower to perform adequately, and this means that it shouldn’t be attempted by a homeowner on his or her own.

While fire is always the immediate danger, once it is gone, what it leaves behind will continue to affect the house
. Ash and smoke, if left unhindered, will cause extensive corrosion, etching and discoloration, not to mention lingering powerful odors. Professionals that clean fire and smoke damage can stop this before it becomes a major problem, assuming they are contacted soon enough. There are many companies out there that advertise their ability to restore areas affected by fire, but only those with proper training and certification should be considered. The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is the main oversight agency in this industry. The IICRC requires its registrants to take extensive coursework before earning their certification. This is a symbol of excellence, and those that uphold the standards that have been set can be contacted through the IICRC.

These professionals can clean smoke damage and restore items affected by a fire, but they must be brought to the site as soon as possible to halt the ongoing issues that ash residue can cause. The first thing that ash does to the home is discolor most surfaces. Anything that is made of plastic or was close to the fire will start discoloring within minutes, and within several hours, fiberglass and finishes on appliances will begin to yellow. Metals may also tarnish. After a few days pass, the ash will cause walls to discolor permanently, along with clothing and upholstery. Wood and vinyl will need to be refinished or replaced, and metal will start corroding.

If a professional isn’t hired to clean smoke and fire damage, the costs for restoration will skyrocket after a few weeks
. Metals may need to be replaced, carpet will permanently discolor and glass may be severely etched, which will necessitate replacement. It will also become apparent that the odors caused by the disaster may still be present and intense enough to be distracting. Because ash is acidic, the longer it takes to hire experts, the more destruction it will cause.

The first thing a trained, certified, professional company will do when on site is to identify all affected materials and the source of any odors. The only way to properly clean smoke and fire damage is to be extremely thorough. Ash residue is easily disturbed and can spread through the building with ease, causing nearly everything to need restoration. The experts will identify what can and cannot be salvaged, and will remove any built-up ash residue that is coating surfaces. Over time, ash builds up in layers, and may eventually form into a lacquer-like consistency. Once this is done, the restorers will locate the source of the odor, and treat it with specialized detergents that are formulated for neutralizing this kind of odor. Once materials are treated, they may be sealed off to prevent any further odor from permeating the air in the future.

This entire process is very detailed, and hiring a professional that can be trusted to do the job right is imperative

Prepare For Flooding

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With all of the flooding that is happening in the Pacific Northwest SERVPRO of Skagit County, Marysville/Arlington wants to make sure that you are all staying safe! If you have yet to experience any flooding but are on alert remember to be prepared. Here is a list of essential preparation items that the American Red Cross recommends:

·  Water—at least a 3-day supply; one gallon per person per day

·  Food—at least a 3-day supply of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food

·  Flashlight

·  Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)

·  Extra batteries

·  First Aid kit

·  Medications (7-day supply) and medical items (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, cane)

·  Multi-purpose tool

·  Sanitation and personal hygiene items

·  Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, deed/lease to home, birth certificates, insurance policies)

·  Cell phone with chargers

·  Family and emergency contact information

·  Extra cash

·  Emergency blanket

·  Map(s) of the area

·  Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)

·  Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)

·  Tools/supplies for securing your home

·  Extra set of car keys and house keys

·  Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes

·  Rain gear

·  Insect repellent and sunscreen

·  Camera for photos of damage

Remember that SERVPRO is always here to help if you experience any flooding or water damage within your home! Stay safe! Check out http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/flood for more great flood preparedness and safety tips!

American Red Cross and SERVPRO Team Up!

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We’re thrilled to be partnered with the American Red Cross as a Disaster Responder because here at SERVPRO of Skagit County, we’re always “Ready for Whatever Happens” and we want you to be too! You never know when a disaster may strike, so it is important to have an emergency preparedness kit ready to go at a moment’s notice to use at home or to take with you in the event you must evacuate.

According to our friends at the American Red Cross, you should, at minimum, have the basic supplies listed below:

  • Water: one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
  • Food: non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home).
  • Flashlight
  • Battery powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Extra cash
  • Emergency blanket
  • Maps of the area

You should also consider the needs of all family members and add supplies to your kit as needed. Suggested items to help meet additional needs are:

  • Medical supplies (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, etc)
  • Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
  • Games and activities for children
  • Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
  • Two-way radios
  • Extra set of car keys and house keys
  • Manual can opener

Additional supplies to consider keeping at your home or in your emergency supply kit:

  • Whistle
  • N95 or surgical masks
  • Matches
  • Rain gear
  • Towels
  • Work gloves
  • Tools/supplies for securing your home
  • Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Duct tape
  • Scissors
  • Household liquid bleach
  • Entertainment items
  • Blankets or sleeping bags

You never know when a disaster might arise.

Keep your Emergency Kit somewhere easily accessible for if and when the time comes that you need it. You should also practice fire drills with your family and plan out multiple evacuation routes should you ever need to evacuate your home.

Make sure that everyone knows what to do in case of emergency. Whether it’s the Big One, a house fire, or an unexpected storm, we want you to be “ready for whatever happens!”

SERVPRO Equipment Guide: Direct In Systems

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SERVPROs number one priority is restoring as much of your home as is possible, not only to keep your home “home”, but also to cause minimal disturbance to your day to day life. One of the many techniques that we use to make sure that your home remains as intact as possible during the mitigation process is the Directed In system.  The Directed In system is an attachment for one of our air movers that allows for the connection of many small tubes.  The tubes are run through an affected wall or tow kick, which grants access to an area that would otherwise be accessed with demolition   The air mover then blows warm, thirsty air (created by our dehumidifiers) into the affected space, creating an environment that is optimal for drying.  The Direct In system is another way that SERVPRO of Skagit County – SERVPRO of Marysville/Arlington ensures that your home is restored to preloss condition in a timely manner. 

Commercial Storm Damage Restoration

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Storms and inclement weather can bring wind damage, heavy rain, and flooding that can devastate any business in a matter of minutes. There’s never a convenient time for flooding or water damage to strike, and storms don’t just strike during regular business hours; that’s why SERVPRO Franchise Professionals offer 24 hour emergency service 365 days per year.

Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give our Professionals a call and they’ll be there fast with the help you need.

Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 1-800-SERVPRO

Disaster Recovery Team

The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether it’s a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood. The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are prepared for the unpredictable. Learn more about the Disaster Recovery Team.


Types of Damaging Winds

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Straight-line wind is a term used to define any thunderstorm wind that is not associated with rotation, and is used mainly to differentiate from tornadic winds.

downdraft is a small-scale column of air that rapidly sinks toward the ground.

downburst is a result of a strong downdraft. A downburst is a strong downdraft with horizontal dimensions larger than 4 km (2.5 mi) resulting in an outward burst of damaging winds on or near the ground. (Imagine the way water comes out of a faucet and hits the bottom of the sink.) Downburst winds may begin as a microburst and spread out over a wider area, sometimes producing damage similar to a strong tornado. Although usually associated with thunderstorms, downbursts can occur with showers too weak to produce thunder.

microburst is a small concentrated downburst that produces an outward burst of damaging winds at the surface. Microbursts are generally small (less than 4km across) and short-lived, lasting only 5-10 minutes, with maximum windspeeds up to 168 mph. There are two kinds of microbursts: wet and dry. A wet microburst is accompanied by heavy precipitation at the surface. Dry microbursts, common in places like the high plains and the intermountain west, occur with little or no precipitation reaching the ground.

gust front is the leading edge of rain-cooled air that clashes with warmer thunderstorm inflow. Gust fronts are characterized by a wind shift, temperature drop, and gusty winds out ahead of a thunderstorm. Sometimes the winds push up air above them, forming a shelf cloud or detached roll cloud.

derecho is a widespread, long-lived wind storm that is associated with a band of rapidly moving showers or thunderstorms. A typical derecho consists of numerous microbursts, downbursts, and downburst clusters. By definition, if the wind damage swath extends more than 240 miles (about 400 kilometers) and includes wind gusts of at least 58 mph (93 km/h) or greater along most of its length, then the event may be classified as a derecho.

What Is Mold?

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The term “mold” is a colloquial term for a group of filamentous fungi that are common on food or wet materials. This includes the green Penicillium species that produces penicillin, and fungi that spoil our bread, fruit, cheese and crops. Most of these are Ascomycetes that produce a lot of spores.

The majority of the molds that grow on damp building materials are found in the soil and are adapted to grow on a wide variety of materials. Outdoors, molds live in the soil, on plants, and on dead or decaying matter. There are thousands of species of mold and they can be any color. Different mold species are adapted to different moisture conditions ranging from very wet to just damp. Many times, mold can be detected by a musty odor. Live spores act like seeds, forming new mold growths (colonies) under the right conditions. All of us are exposed to a variety of fungal spores daily in the air we breathe, both outdoors and indoors.

How Mold Gets Into Your Home

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Mold and fungal spores occur naturally outdoors, where fungi are the earth’s most important recyclers. Indoors, mold needs moisture to grow; it becomes a problem only where there is water damage, elevated and prolonged humidity, or dampness. Common sources of excessive indoor moisture that can lead to mold problems include:

  • flooding from surface waters (i.e., overflowing rivers) or from severe storms;
  • roof leaks from damaged or missing roofing materials, ice dams or blocked gutters;
  • storm-driven rain through window frames, exterior walls or door assemblies;
  • leaking pipes, sewer back-ups or overflows;
  • damp basements or crawl spaces due to a high water table or poorly managed rainwater drainage; and
  • condensation on cold surfaces.

Call SERVPRO of Marysville/Arlington today for a mold inspection


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