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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)

water damage floor SERVPRO has the manpower and equipment for any size water damage property. Call now!

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. 

Getting Commercial Mold Remediation in Arlington

3/12/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment and technicians If mold is left unchecked, it can spread very quickly. Contact our IICRC certified mold damage remediation team for an assistance today.

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. 

Marysville Residents Look to SERVPRO for Water Removal

3/5/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment and technicians If you don’t act quickly, water damage in your home can escalate. Contact our experienced SERVPRO team right away.

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.

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)

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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)

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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)

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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.

What Causes Residential Mold Growth in Marysville?

10/11/2020 (Permalink)

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The Primary Reason for Marysville Residents to need Professional Mold Remediation is Moisture. SERVPRO can Identify and Address Moisture Issues in your Home.

How does moisture contribute to mold?

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 all 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 put in place essential preventative measures to stop mold 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, depending on what dryness is required. Usually, a refrigerant dehumidifier is adequately equipped to bring down relative humidity and control mold growth.

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

  • Use a thermo hygrometer to measure outdoor air, indoor air, and the affected area 
  • Use indoor air humidity to set a dry goal for the affected area
  • Use dehumidifiers and monitoring to control the relative humidity and bring it to the dry goal

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

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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)

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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.

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

8/14/2020 (Permalink)

water on floor under front loading washing machine One of the most common sources of water damage is washing machines. Inspect the area around your machine often for signs of leaks.

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.

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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?

Leaders Belonging to the SERVPRO Fire Restoration Team Best Serve Customers
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)

bottles, gloves and brushes laying on a wood surface SERVPRO disinfects (homes or buildings) beyond the scope of a standard weekly cleaning.

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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Clearing Up Garage Flood Damage in Marysville, WA

5/5/2020 (Permalink)

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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.

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

4/29/2020 (Permalink)

kitchen fire blaze growing Kitchen fires present unique cleaning situations. SERVPRO has the know how to restore your home.

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.

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

4/16/2020 (Permalink)

A flooded basement after a storm When the homeowner called us after a basement leak, we scrambled crews to her right away and got things dry quickly.

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 crawlspaces.

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 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."

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

2/29/2020 (Permalink)

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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.”


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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What Everyone Ought to Know About Marysville Water Damage Remediation

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

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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 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.

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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.

Take the Stress Out of Dealing With Water Damage in Arlington Heights

1/5/2020 (Permalink)

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How We Use Some of Our Tools During Residential Water Cleanup Jobs in Arlington Heights

Cleaning up messes is something you do everyday in your Arlington Heights residence. When a larger, messier 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, as well as several others. Each helps us get the work done and protect your home from the effects of water. Because water can dissolve many substances that it encounters and then carry it 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 cleanup 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 get a substantial area clean 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 any 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. We might enclose the area, when the outside is warm enough, to dry everything, or a dehumidifier, if opening windows is not feasible. Our building team helps restore any flooring that sustains damage from exposure to water.

If your house has a second story, an upstairs bathroom and its plumbing can create top-down messes. A broken pipe can fill the interior space of walls and the ceiling/floor between stories. When this is not possible, we use a small-diameter drill bit and make as small a hole as possible to drain the water away. Later, the same opening lets us force air into the space, which dries everything thoroughly.

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

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

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

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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 biohazardous 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 bio-hazard contamination.

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

11/26/2019 (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.”

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Three Ways Our Restoration Saves Marysville Homeowners Money

10/30/2019 (Permalink)

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

9/29/2019 (Permalink)

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

When fire damage happens in a home, whether it is 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 particularly 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 types of 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 deeper 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 the application of 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 that have smoke damage, cleaning is possible. Petroleum-based solvent cleaners used in tandem 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, carpet and window treatments.

Fire damage needs fast action. Call SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington at  (360) 658-0506, and our certified professionals arrive on-site quickly and make the fire loss to your property "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

12/15/2018 (Permalink)

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

12/13/2018 (Permalink)

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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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.”

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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.

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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

12/5/2018 (Permalink)

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.

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