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Post-Storm Groundwater Extraction in Lake Stevens

8/9/2023 (Permalink)

Image of flooded yard front in front of home  When your house is underwater after a storm, SERVPRO of Lake Stevens is Here to Help® 24/7.

Water Removal Services After Flooding 

Lake Stevens has always been an example of a small community that could rapidly increase in size when the region has much to offer. The increase in popularity has much to do with the town being constructed around a massive natural lake that spans more than 1000 acres. It is the largest in Snohomish County and the deepest, reaching 150 feet at points. The attractions of water sports, fishing, and associated recreation made this a famous vacation and travel destination for decades, even when the village was only 900 people in 1960. In the past 60 years, that number has increased to nearly 34,000.

As beautiful and charming as the area might be, there is cause at times for groundwater extraction in Lake Stevens properties. Whether it is quaint and long-standing businesses like the Mansion Inn or newer shopping and retail areas like Frontier Village and Lake Mall Shopping Center, storm damage can be damaging and threatening. Our SERVPRO® professionals are Large Loss specialists throughout the county, from historic buildings like Grimm House to government structures like City Hall.

Flood Cleanup Services for Your Property

Because flooding can occur so quickly in residences and businesses, our storm response team stays ready to respond 24/7. We have skilled technicians to mitigate loss and restore your property to its original state. We can help through every phase of recovery, beginning with surface water extraction with tools like:

  • Trash Pumps
  • Submersible Pumps
  • Vacuums
  • Specialty Extractors

As a prominent bedroom community for Everett and even Seattle, Lake Stevens has become an attractive place to call home. However, when flooding occurs after severe weather, you need experienced professionals to make things right. SERVPRO of North Everett / Lake Stevens / Monroe can help when you call (360) 243-8313.

Handling Fire Damage Restoration with Ease in Everett

5/29/2023 (Permalink)

a fire damaged kitchen with soot covering everything When fire affects your property, effective remediation services are what you need. Contact SERVPRO 24/7. We are standing by to take your call.

Reach Out to SERVPRO for Fire Damage Cleanup

Located just 25 miles north of Seattle, Everett is the largest city within Snohomish County. You will find a quaint, lovely historic downtown area filled with unique culture and a vibrant music and arts scene here. There are also plenty of family-oriented events and festivals year-round, so there is never any shortage of things to do or memories in the making. For any homeowner or business in the area, SERVPRO is available with IICRC-certified fire damage restoration services in the event of an emergency. We're Faster to Any Size Disaster.

In addition to water, mold, and fire damage restoration services in Everett, SERVPRO takes pride in being part of the local community. Some of the area attractions include the following:

  • Funko: If you are a collector, then you know all about the wonders that await at the Funko flagship store. Whether you are a pop culture fan or have someone in your family who is, this is a must-visit when you are in Everett. Do some shopping to pick out a couple of new Funko Pop figures or learn a bit about the company's history.
  • Imagine Children's Museum: This fantastic museum never has a shortage of wonders to learn about. This is a perfect destination to bring the kids for a family adventure so the young minds can get immersed in unique learning activities. 
  • Summit Everett: When it is time to get some exercise in, this indoor climbing gym in downtown's heart fits the bill. Rain or shine, patrons never have to worry about the weather putting a damper on their activities when checking out some of the different climbs for various ability levels.

If a fire leaves charred debris and smoke damage in your Everett home or business, you must have it cleaned up quickly. SERVPRO of Everett/Lake Stevens/Monroe is here with skilled technicians and industrial-grade equipment to get the job done. Request help online or call to schedule a crew at (360) 243-8313, and we can send our Green Fleet as soon as possible.

Water Restoration Companies Manage Damage to Lake Stevens Offices

5/8/2023 (Permalink)

Here to help SERVPRO  When your Lake Stevens business experiences water damage, it's important to act fast! SERVPRO is dedicated to being Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Professional Assistance After Office Leaks 

Leaks from plumbing in the office building can leave many areas of the structure suffering water damage. It is vital to overcome the acute effects of these damages first, such as removing standing surface water. Skilled water restoration companies prepare for threats to massive commercial structures of the region, and many trust SERVPRO to help with the following:

  • Rapid response for mitigation
  • Industry-leading equipment for drying
  • General contractor license for repairs

Mitigation Solutions for Your Business

When securing water restoration companies for your Lake Stevens office building, you need professionals to arrive quickly to begin emergency services and mitigation. Lessening the impact of water damage is vital to the restoration process. We have many tools and machines capable of helping with this, including extraction and demolition equipment.

Effective Drying Approaches

Commercial properties are usually known for having more extensive square footage than residential areas. Drying these regions can be more challenging as a result. Our inventory has commercial-grade drying equipment, led by hundreds of air movers and dehumidification equipment. In addition, our Green Fleet of service vehicles arrives with stocked trailers to begin effective drying as soon as we reach this phase of restoration.

Needed Repairs to Complete the Restoration 

Having a general contractor license, we can complete many of the repairs and building services required for the restoration project. Having all services under one heading saves your business and helps promptly open your doors.

As one of the leading water restoration companies in the area, we understand the urgency of restoring your office to its preloss condition. Rapid actions by our professionals ensure that we mitigate loss, clean up the mess, and get you back operational as soon as possible. Call (360) 243-8313 SERVPRO of Everett / Lake Stevens / Monroe.

Spotlight on SERVPRO of Everett / Lake Stevens /Monroe Crew Chief Quamere Kendall

4/28/2023 (Permalink)

male employee standing by a SERVPRO truck SERVPRO Man by Day Coach Q by Night!

SuperHero Restoration Professional and Youth Coach/Mentor

Inspiring individuals work and live among us, amazing people who rise to the challenge of helping and serving others against all odds. SERVPRO of Everett/Lake Stevens/Monroe is fortunate to count "Q," Quamere Kendall, as one such crusader, tirelessly delivering excellent restoration outcomes for customers facing devastating circumstances.

In his two-plus years with SERVPRO, Q finds purpose daily by helping community members suffering through incredibly stressful situations. He focuses on the positive, is upbeat, and determined to make devastating circumstances "Like it never even happened." Q's compassion and professionalism support property owners and his SERVPRO crew during challenging times. Rising rapidly up our ranks, Q now serves as a Project Manager working directly with customers during the critical assessment phase and onward.

Twenty years of coaching and mentoring youthful athletes sharpened Q's team-building ability. Stepping in decades ago when his youngest son's football team needed a coach, Q "morphed" into other roles as needed, eventually taking the helm as head coach for Sultan High School's girl's varsity basketball. His coaching evolution translates well while serving SERVPRO customers -- good things happen when urging team members that each has something special to bring. Fitting skills and positive attitudes together to achieve success.

Q points to his training and experience at SERVPRO as motivation toward increasing his patience during coaching: "Situations that we approach at SERVPRO can be tackled in many ways. Our work team and customers have shown me how I can be better in supporting them and my basketball team."

Q is also a huge comic book fan, with the X-Men and Wolverine as his favorites. His chosen superpower would be impenetrable skin, which is handy when dealing with the dangers of disaster sites.

SERVPRO customers need no book to appreciate the adventures of our favorite SuperHero. Presenting the mighty Q, SERVPRO Man by day, and Coach Q at night!

Approaches Everett Professionals Use Against Severe Water Damage

4/12/2023 (Permalink)

an employee in a SERVPRO van with water damage equipment Our SERVPRO crew arrives to mitigate water damage from residential and commercial properties in Everett.

SERVPRO Unravels Everett Water Restoration Challenges

Water damage can be classified as severe if the level of deterioration is high or if the affected section presents challenges that can interfere with standard restoration procedures. Characteristic conditions that result in such outcomes include extended moisture exposure when water is left stagnating in a building over an extended period. Another alternative is when the affected part of the structure is an assembly of different materials. A professional can help you easily overcome such challenges in your Everett home.

The most critical aspect of addressing Everett water damage is understanding the spread patterns and whether any barriers can interfere with water evacuation. Moisture barriers lengthen the time it takes to complete extraction or create hidden moisture pockets. Both outcomes are not ideal since wastage of resources and development of secondary damages are likely. With the evaluation done by SERVPRO, it is easy to find sound solutions for both issues.

When the wetness affects standard materials, controlling damage requires creating ideal drying conditions on the material's surface. That allows moisture to escape from the materials to the surrounding air, halting further deterioration or reversing the moisture's negative effects on the substance. For instance, swollen wood regains its usual form once the absorbed water is reduced.

Ideal drying conditions include:

  • Sufficient airflow
  • Warm temperature
  • Humidity control

The Challenge of Structural Assemblies

Many sections of a home are made from combinations of different materials known as assemblies. In most cases, these materials have varying physical properties like varying levels of porousness and permeability. Porousness describes the material structure regarding the void spaces present, while permeability is the ease at which moisture passes through a material. In terms of physical properties, materials range from thick layers of solid materials with uniform properties to thin layered materials with varying properties. Typical assemblies include ceilings, staircases, and floors.

Restoring assemblies requires sufficient power to remove the water absorbed into materials, thus halting water damage. Our SERVPRO IICRC-Certified technicians are equipped with enough air movers and dehumidifiers to facilitate drying. The air movers ensure sufficient airflow around the wet areas. Dehumidifiers extract the moisture released into the air, thus sustaining constant drying speeds.

Other properties complicating the restoration of assemblies

  • Vapor barriers
  • Conditioned and unconditioned surfaces
  • Moisture entrapment in concealed areas

The efforts to restore an assembly after water intrusion can fail if there is a vapor barrier that interferes with evaporation. Vapor barriers can be layers of gloss paint, wallpapers, or 4-mil plastic sheets installed behind drywall. If the barrier is not addressed, drying might not be successful regardless of the number of drying equipment used. You can address vapor barriers in different ways, including perforation or disassembling the affected areas.

When an area is conditioned and unconditioned, it is necessary to ensure that the drying processes can work for both. Our SERVPRO technicians incorporate additional steps apart from standard drying equipment when drying unconditioned areas. For instance, we can set up drying chambers to ensure airflow or dehumidification is contained within a specific site such as an attic. When drying walls, we drill vent holes at the base of the wall allowing circulation of warm, dry air in the wall's interior.

SERVPRO of North Everett / Lake Stevens / Monroe works with diligence to counter any challenges related to water damage. Call us at (360) 243 8313. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Challenges Fabrics in Everett Homes Present After Fire Damage

4/12/2023 (Permalink)

SERVPRO van on a street You can trust that your Everett home is in good hands with the technicians at SERVPRO with the equipment and training to help restore your home.

Better Prepared SERVPRO Eases Everett Fire Restoration

You might be expecting significant physical damage in your Everett home when it is engulfed in a fire. However, when there are limited combustible materials to sustain it, or the firefighting response is rapid enough, the flames can die down before they cause extreme fire damage. However, that does not always save you from significant restoration work. Widespread soiling is likely, and some affected materials like area rugs can be challenging to clean.

Ordinarily, soiling in Everett homes after fire damage arises from smoke residues settling on surfaces. Vertical surfaces such as walls and elevated areas like the ceiling collect most of the deposits as the smoke rises since it is hotter than the surrounding air in the rooms. However, soiling on the floor and other lower sections of the house is also likely. Such soiling may be caused by the people who enter the property during the fire or immediately after it is put out. Foot traffic spreads soot and other residues and sets such materials because people's bodyweight forces them deeper into the fibers of materials. When SERVPRO handles restoration, carpets and rug soiling can be limited through a cautious entry. We also use professional cleaning approaches.

Steps for cleaning area rugs

  • Pre-inspection
  • Pretesting
  • Cleaning

The challenge of cleaning fabrics during fire restoration is often aggravated by misunderstanding all aspects of the problem. The fibers in materials and the soils deposited from combustion vary and can lead to a complicated or straightforward restoration process. Our SERVPRO technicians avoid such headaches by taking steps that provide sufficient information about the loss. Pre-inspection and pretesting help avail the necessary information.

How Pretesting Differs from Pre-Inspection

Pre-inspection helps establish the level of problems affecting the fabric. The issues include those created by the fire and any pre-existing ones. SERVPRO does restoration to a preloss state, so any changes developed before the fire might be beyond the scope of the restoration procedures we implement.

Pre-inspection establishes

  • Level of soiling
  • Color changes
  • Symmetry and wear
  • Insect damage or infestation

Pretesting is equally essential in resolving fire-related problems. Among other things, it helps establish the best cleaning approach. Because most area rugs are patterned or multicolored, they can be permanently damaged by shrinkage, dyes running, staining, and other problems that develop during the cleaning phase.

Pretesting involves simple or advanced processes that help establish the characteristics of the affected fabrics, especially any vulnerabilities. Our SERVPRO IICRC UFT-Certified technicians identify an inconspicuous rug section and apply a small amount of the strongest cleaning product we intend to use during restoration. We then clamp a white towel over the spot. If the agent can cause dye bleeding, color should be transferred to the towel within 15 minutes.

Other crucial tests include shrinkage and chemical tests. These tests offer guidance on the ideal pH levels for cleaning solutions and the safe temperature to use if the cleaning solutions are heated. In most cases, a pH range of 4.5 to 8.5 is ideal. Restorers should also keep the cleaning solution temperature below 150°F. We also take additional precautions, such as asking for a copy of the manufacturer's cleaning directions if you still have it.

SERVPRO of North Everett / Lake Stevens / Monroe takes care of challenging cleaning tasks restoring fire damage "Like it never even happened." You can reach us at (360) 243-8313.

Everett Homeowners Benefit from Clear Information on Mold Damage

4/12/2023 (Permalink)

employee in PPE wearing a mask Our SERVPRO technicians are ready with personal protective equipment and equipment to remediate mold damage in Everett.

SERVPRO Resources Simplify Everett Mold Restoration

It is common to feel apprehensive and even demand immediate answers when you notice signs of mold damage in your house. You may feel that the information you seek, such as whether the contamination is restricted to one area or widespread, is hard to come by, or the professionals you seek help from do not clearly understand the problems you face. SERVPRO can allay any fears regarding the infestation at your Everett home by listening to your concerns and exploring viable remediation procedures.

The approach used by the company handling Everett households with mold damage plays a critical role in determining the level of satisfaction for the affected parties. With any property loss, apportioning the blame or showing a superiority complex to the aggrieved party serves no purpose and only heightens the feeling of dissatisfaction. SERVPRO crews show empathy since we understand it is not your desire to stay in a contaminated house. Also, instead of coming across as superior and know-it-all, we choose to listen and take good notes that can elucidate the genesis of the problem.

Crucial information that helps:

  • History of past water leaks
  • History of structural repairs
  • The state of appliances or fixtures

The primary trigger of any cases involving mold is moisture reaching unwanted house areas. Such moisture can accumulate for various reasons, including structural breaches such as roof leaks or plumbing leaks. Sometimes, negligence is to blame rather than the severity of the leak. For instance, when leaks occur, and no one bothers to check concealed areas such as wall and floor cavities, they can act as moisture reservoirs that sustain the mold colonies that sprout later. Improperly fixed structural areas can fail quickly, creating new moisture sources. Repairs can also interfere with other things, such as the ventilation systems leading the structure to retain humidity. Such background information helps SERVPRO develop the right strategy to fight mold over the long term rather than only resolve immediate contamination.

Feedback on Mold-related Issues

Sometimes you may doubt the solutions suggested by a restorer because of how the information is laid out. Our SERVPRO crews observe ultimate professionalism throughout the process. For instance, on arrival, we let the customer show us the damages and areas of concern while maintaining a neutral demeanor. We reserve opinions on whether materials are salvageable or unsalvageable until we can pretest the damage. 

Categories of mold damage:

  • Visual changes and stains
  • Physical deterioration
  • Soiling
  • Odors

Mold develops on almost all surface types. However, only organic materials deteriorate from such contamination. The only thing you can worry about for inorganic materials is soiling, which cleaning can readily address. Staining is another issue that we can readily handle. Stains primarily affect fabrics such as draperies, carpets, or even clothes and develop because of the different color shades of mold colonies.

Structural areas such as ceilings and walls bear the brunt of mold contamination because they are organic materials. They are assemblies made up of drywall panels, insulation, and structural framing. Mold readily colonizes all these materials leading to significant deterioration. Our SERVPRO technicians carry out controlled demolition removing unsalvageable porous materials. Then we can clean, dry, and seal structural supports to prevent a recurrence.

SERVPRO of North Everett / Lake Stevens / Monroe considers all angles when addressing mold damage to ensure satisfactory outcomes. Call us at (360) 243-8313. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Water Restoration for Storm-Damaged Everett Homes

4/10/2023 (Permalink)

blue tarp on roof SERVPRO mitigates storm damage by temporarily covering with a blue tarp. Then we can dry the interior of this Everett house.

Restoring Water-Damaged Structural Systems

Everett homes are constructed of multiple materials, many of which are at least partially porous. After a severe storm event, structural systems with sensitive components become impacted. Our experienced and licensed general contracting crew can repair and recover these areas of the house to make restoration efficient.

Where Is the Storm Damage?

Water restoration for Everett homes after storm losses can mean closely evaluating the house’s condition. No area can be missed when cleaning up the puddling, as persistent moisture can lead to hazardous conditions like mold development. Some of the structural assemblies and systems that can be damaged by storms, flooding, and water disasters include:

  • Exterior Wall Systems – Gutter overflows, and poor drainage can see Everett homes get water in lower levels of the house. Extraction and drying are critical in these conditions.
  • Roof Assemblies – Storms can impact the roof with water penetration vulnerabilities. Holes or compromise to the roof and its underlayment material give a clear path for water runoff and driven rain to find the attic. We can help with cleanup and repairs.
  • Flooring – Losses, where water can pool on the flooring surfaces, can lead to carpeting or wood plank options absorbing the moisture. Effective cleanup involves special extractors and drying mats to preserve the floors.

Thorough Drying for Damaged Systems

While repairs can play an important part in the recovery process, we have many tools and focuses addressing the water effects. The saturation of structural components in wall and ceiling systems can be addressed with focused blasts from centrifugal air movers and effectively placed dehumidification units.

Restoration after storm damage can often mean repairs of the structural systems impacted. Our skilled professionals can assess the damage and return home to its expected structural integrity. Call SERVPRO of Everett / Lake Stevens / Monroe at (360) 243-8313.

Let Professionals Handle Your Mold Damage Concerns in Everett

3/19/2023 (Permalink)

mold growing on the ceiling in the corner of a room Finding mold in your home is never a welcome sight. Call the SERVPRO technicians to investigate the cause and remediate the mold damage in your home.

Why SERVPRO Uses Advanced Technology During Mold Damage Cleanup in Everett

There are several reasons why SERVPRO is rated highly in the provision of mold damage remediation services. When you face a mold situation, you need to work with a team that guarantees peace of mind since mold remediation is subject to building codes and regulations. Our team is certified to work in the area and complies with the set standard.

When offering mold damage cleanup services in Everett, our SERVPRO technicians use several advanced technologies for greater success. We understand that the spores can spread quickly and are difficult to capture, especially when they hide behind walls and other places which are hard to reach. Using High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filtration systems makes it possible to capture the spores and prevent further contamination.

Using negative air machines can also prevent the spread of mold spores to uncontaminated areas. When the machines run, they create a pressure difference between the surrounding regions and the contaminated area. Air gets drawn into the affected area, and before it enters the region, it gets HEPA filtered to remove mold particles, and then it is directed to the outside.

For mold to grow, moisture must exist in the area. So, one of the things our SERVPRO technicians do is to detect moisture using specialized equipment. Some equipment we use to detect and measure moisture levels accurately include moisture meters, infrared cameras, and thermo-hygrometers. After that, we use appropriate drying techniques to solve the moisture problem.

When mold has reached the air ducts, we may use UV-C light technology to neutralize the spores and reduce the exposure risk. The goal is to prevent possible health effects. Working with skilled professionals for effective and efficient mold removal and cleanup is always advisable.

Consider contacting SERVPRO of Everett / Lake Stevens / Monroe at (360) 243-8313 for a speedy and effective mold remediation process. We use the latest technology to control the situation safely and lower the chances of future contamination.

Some Fire Damage Restoration Methods Used in Local Everett Homes

2/12/2023 (Permalink)

a fire damaged kitchen with soot covering the countertops and table Dealing with the aftermath of a fire can be quite overwhelming. Contact SERVPRO for effective remediation services. Our technicians are standing by.

Fire Damage Restoration Reduces Replacement Costs

Fire is a complicated thing, used in Everett to heat our homes, cook, and warm up our water supply. It can also destroy the same aspects of our lives if it gets out of our control. A highly skilled fire restoration team with experience and training can turn this terrible event into a distant memory for your family.

To do this for your home in Everett, our fire damage restoration crew must utilize several different techniques. Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all process we can use to restore the assorted elements affected by heat, soot, and direct contact with flames.

The restoration of higher-cost furnishings keeps total expenses low compared to the replacement costs of those items. Some of these items in your home include:

  • Wood flooring, 
  • Painted walls and ceilings, and
  • Wooden surfaces.

Instead of removing slightly damaged flooring and replacing it with new, we can clean it. Because wood flooring is a very porous material, not only does it absorb soot, but it can also retain large amounts of water from putting out the fire. We use flushing-out with clean water, vacuuming, and deodorizing to clean and recondition your beautiful floors.

Swirling smoke contains sticky particles that easily adhere to surfaces everywhere, including painted walls and ceilings. Because smoke residues are so abrasive, they are difficult to remove and quickly bleed through regular paints, including primers. We use a shellac or other sealer to prevent bleeding through fire-related particles.

Many fine furniture items contain wooden accents and trims. We get these polished for you again, applying oils and finishes as needed. The upholstered portions, including leather and woven fabrics, require other approaches, including vacuuming, brushing, shampooing, and wiping down with dampened towels.

SERVPRO of Everett / Lake Stevens / Monroe performs restoration work under our General Contractor License (#SERVPES871RD. Call us at (360) 243-8313 for dependable professionals.