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How Summer Heat Can Damage Your Property

5/16/2023 (Permalink)

pool The summer heat can cause surprising damage to your home or other property.

As the temperature rises and the sun shines brightly, summer brings joy and relaxation to our lives. However, this season also poses potential risks to our homes and businesses. From scorching heatwaves to powerful storms, the summer months can inflict significant damage, requiring restoration and mitigation efforts. In this blog, we will explore common ways in which homes and businesses can be affected during summer and discuss preventive measures to safeguard your property.

  1. Intense Heatwaves: During the summer months, heatwaves can be relentless, subjecting homes and businesses to extreme temperatures. Prolonged exposure to high temperatures can lead to various problems, such as cracked foundations, warped wood, and damaged electronics. To mitigate heat-related damage, ensure your property has proper insulation and ventilation. This will help maintain a stable indoor temperature and reduce the strain on cooling systems. Installing reflective roofing materials and using window coverings, such as blinds or curtains, can also aid in minimizing heat absorption.

  2. Damaging UV Rays: The summer sun is a source of rejuvenation, but it can also cause harm. Ultraviolet (UV) rays can fade furniture, artwork, and flooring over time. To protect your property from UV damage, consider applying UV-resistant film to windows and using blinds or shades to block out direct sunlight. Moreover, using UV-protective coatings on outdoor surfaces, such as decks or fences, can prolong their lifespan and maintain their aesthetic appeal.

  3. Thunderstorms and Lightning: Summer often brings intense thunderstorms with lightning strikes, posing a significant risk to homes and businesses. Lightning can cause power surges, electrical fires, and damage to electronic devices. To mitigate these risks, consider installing lightning rods on tall structures, as they divert the electrical charge away from the building. Additionally, surge protectors should be installed at power outlets to safeguard electronic equipment. Regularly inspecting your property's electrical system and promptly addressing any issues can help prevent damage caused by lightning strikes.

  4. Heavy Rainfall and Flooding: Summer showers can quickly escalate into torrential downpours, leading to flash floods and water damage. Proper drainage systems, such as gutters and downspouts, are essential for directing rainwater away from your property. Regularly clean and maintain these systems to ensure efficient water flow. Additionally, grading the land around your home or business can help prevent water from pooling near the foundation. In areas prone to flooding, installing a sump pump or considering flood insurance can provide further protection against water damage.

  5. Wildfires: Summer is often associated with an increased risk of wildfires, especially in dry and arid regions. To reduce the risk of fire damage, create a defensible space around your property by clearing away dry vegetation and maintaining proper landscaping. Additionally, ensure your property has a fire-resistant roof and exterior materials. Familiarize yourself with local evacuation plans and have a well-practiced emergency preparedness strategy in place to protect your home or business.

  6. Pest Infestations: Warmer temperatures during summer can attract unwanted visitors in the form of pests, such as ants, termites, mosquitoes, and rodents. These pests can cause damage to structures, contaminate food supplies, and pose health risks. Regularly inspect and seal any cracks or openings in your property's exterior to prevent pests from entering. Maintain a clean environment, promptly address any signs of infestation, and consider professional pest control services to mitigate the risk of damage and health hazards.

While summer offers enjoyable moments, it's crucial to be proactive in protecting our homes and businesses from potential damage. By implementing preventive measures such as proper insulation, UV protection, lightning safety measures, drainage systems, fire-resistant measures, and pest control, we can minimize the risk of damage. Regular maintenance and vigilance are key to preserving the integrity of our properties and ensuring a safe and pleasant summer season.

Rain in Bellevue

4/19/2023 (Permalink)

rainy weather Rain is both beautiful and destructive.

Bellevue is known for its stunning natural beauty, but it's no secret that the area can experience some intense rain. While these rainstorms can be a welcome sight for those who enjoy a cozy night in, they can also cause serious damage to residential and commercial properties.

One of the most common ways that rainstorms can damage residential and commercial properties is through flooding. When there is heavy rain, the water can quickly accumulate and cause flooding, which can lead to serious damage to your property. This is particularly true if your property is located in a low-lying area or if your property does not have adequate drainage systems. Flooding can cause damage to your foundation, walls, floors, and furniture, and it can also lead to the growth of mold and mildew, which can be harmful to your health.

Another way that rainstorms can damage properties is through leaks in the roof or walls. When there is heavy rain, the water can penetrate small cracks or holes in your roof or walls, causing water damage and mold growth. If these leaks are not repaired quickly, they can lead to serious structural damage and even collapse. This is particularly true for older properties or properties that have not been properly maintained.

In addition to flooding and leaks, rainstorms can also cause damage to your property through strong winds and falling debris. When there is heavy rain, there is often also strong wind, which can cause trees, branches, and other debris to fall onto your property. This can cause damage to your roof, windows, and siding, and it can also pose a serious safety risk to you and your family.

So, what can you do to protect your property from rainstorm damage? It's important to ensure that your property has adequate drainage systems, such as gutters and downspouts, to help prevent flooding. If you do experience flooding, it's important to act quickly and contact a professional water damage restoration company to help mitigate the damage and prevent mold growth.

It's also important to regularly inspect your roof and walls for any signs of damage, such as cracks or holes. If you do notice any damage, it's important to have it repaired as soon as possible to prevent water damage and mold growth.

While rainstorms can be a welcome sight in Bellevue, they can also cause serious damage to residential and commercial properties. Flooding, leaks, and falling debris are all potential hazards during heavy rain, and it's important to take steps to protect your property from these risks. By ensuring that your property has adequate drainage systems, regularly inspecting your roof and walls for damage, and maintaining any trees or branches near your property, you can help protect your property from rainstorm damage and keep your home or business safe and secure.

Mold Has a Negative Impact on Property Value

4/19/2023 (Permalink)

moldy wall Mold can lead to health problems.

Mold is a common problem in many homes and buildings, and it can have a serious impact on property value. When left unchecked, mold can cause significant damage to a property, leading to decreased property value and difficulty in selling or renting the property. In this blog, we will explore how mold damages property value and what you can do to prevent and address mold issues in your property.

Mold can cause visible damage to a property, such as discoloration and staining on walls and ceilings. This can be particularly concerning for potential buyers or renters who may see these issues as a sign of neglect or lack of maintenance. In addition to the visible damage, mold can also cause structural damage to a property. When left unchecked, mold can grow and spread throughout a property, damaging the building's structure, insulation, and other important components. This type of damage can be costly to repair and can significantly decrease the property's value.

Mold can pose serious health risks to occupants of a property. Exposure to mold can cause a range of health problems, including respiratory issues, headaches, and allergic reactions. When potential buyers or renters become aware of a mold problem in a property, they may be hesitant to move forward with the sale or rental, and even if they do, they may demand a lower price due to the perceived health risks associated with mold.

It can also lead to a decrease in the overall appeal of a property. When a property has a mold problem, it can give the impression that the property is not well-maintained or cared for, leading to decreased interest from potential buyers or renters. Additionally, if a property has a history of mold problems, it can be difficult to attract buyers or renters even after the mold has been remediated.

So, what can you do to prevent and address mold issues in your property? Firstly, it's important to address any moisture issues in your property, as mold thrives in moist environments. This may involve repairing leaks, improving ventilation, and ensuring that humidity levels are kept under control. By addressing moisture issues, you can help prevent mold from growing and spreading throughout your property.

Address mold issues as soon as possible. This may involve hiring a professional mold remediation company to assess the extent of the problem and develop a plan for remediation. By addressing mold issues quickly, you can help prevent further damage to your property and protect the value of your investment.

Mold can have a serious impact on property value, causing visible damage, structural damage, health risks, and decreased appeal. By taking steps to prevent and address mold issues in your property, such as addressing moisture issues, hiring a professional mold remediation company, and disclosing any past problems to potential buyers or renters, you can help protect the value of your investment and attract interested parties who are willing to invest in a well-maintained and cared for property.

Get Social With Us!

4/19/2023 (Permalink)

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As restoration and mitigation professionals, we understand the importance of providing quality content to our clients and followers. At our Instagram page, we strive to provide a balance between informative and entertaining posts related to our industry.

If you're interested in learning about mold, fire, water, and storm damage, then following our page is a must. We post regular updates about these topics, including prevention tips, educational infographics, and real-life stories of restoration and mitigation projects we've completed.

Our goal is to help educate our followers on the importance of being prepared for these types of disasters and how to minimize the damage when they occur. We want to empower our followers to take action and protect their homes or businesses, and our Instagram page is one of the many tools we use to achieve this goal.

But it's not all serious business on our Instagram page. We also like to have fun and showcase our team's personality through our posts. From silly memes to behind-the-scenes photos, our followers get an inside look at who we are as a company and what we stand for.

If you're interested in learning about restoration and mitigation, then following our Instagram page is a must. We offer a variety of educational and entertaining content that will keep you informed and engaged. And with exclusive discounts and behind-the-scenes access, you'll be a part of our restoration and mitigation family. So, what are you waiting for? Follow us on Instagram today and join the conversation!

Asbestos: An Overview

2/27/2023 (Permalink)

microscopic closeup of asbestos. Microscopic closeup of the iconic fibrous appearance asbestos is known for.

If you watch a lot of home renovation shows, or maybe you've had some renovations in your own home, you may have heard about asbestos. But oftentimes, asbestos isn't very well explained in what it is, where you can find it, and how it affects your health.

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral known for its fibrous looking crystals. However, natural does not equate to healthy.

The appeal in using asbestos in building materials stemmed from the mineral's sturdiness. Resistance to heat, corrosion and electricity were all pluses in using asbestos. Then, through scientific and medical studies, it came into mainstream knowledge how terrible asbestos is for a person's health. Asbestos soon became known for causing several types of lung and colon cancer, asbestosis, and general respiratory health problems.

The EPA widely banned most asbestos containing products by 1989, but it's thought that stockpiles of these products were used throughout the 1990's. Thus, the likelihood asbestos was used in structures increases the older that structure is. But where in these buildings and homes can asbestos be found?

Well, lots of places! Starting from the roof: the roof felt and shingles, gutters, loose insulation, and even soffit boards. Within the home incandescent lighting, artificial fireplace logs, the backings of recessed lighting, and even outlets and switches. Pipe insulation, heat reflectors, boiler or furnace insulation, flooring, and more are also included in this. 

Your home may have asbestos, so it’s important to use proper safety equipment and precautions to protect yourself and your family when having any renovations, remodeling, or maintenance done on your home.

Bellevue Homeowners Trusts SERVPRO After Fire Damage

9/8/2022 (Permalink)

cloth wiping soot from a wall, SERVPRO logo After a fire, it takes the correct equipment and cleaning agents to remove soot stains in your Bellevue home. Be wise and contact SERVPRO.

How SERVPRO Cleans Smoke and Soot Residues After Fire Damage to Bellevue Homes?

The goal of SERVPRO technicians during the restoration of fire damage to your Bellevue home is to return the materials to the preloss condition. Cleaning smoke and soot residue requires advanced techniques as residue can interact with heat, oxygen, moisture, and gasses. 

SERVPRO technicians understand that the different types of material and the effects of heat and smoke on them can create challenges in restoring fire damage in your Bellevue home. Hence, it is difficult to establish a fixed, defined procedure for cleaning smoke damage. SERVPRO techs understand and adapt to individual situations and formulate a most effective plan. Our goal is to restore your home “Like it never even happened.”

The Principles of Cleaning Smoke and Soot

SERVPRO technicians employ the following fundamental principles for cleaning your fire damaged Bellevue home-

  • Finding and identifying the residue: The first and foremost step in fire damage restoration is to find and identify the smoke and soot residue and evaluate the extent of the damage. SERVPRO teams thoroughly inspect the damaged property and determine the best possible restoration procedure.
  • Capturing and removing the residue: SERVPRO technicians use air and fluid to capture the smoke and soot particles. The two most common ways of capturing the residues include:
    • Vacuuming: As smoke particles mostly contain carbon, dry smoke residue can be removed by vacuuming.
    • Dissolving: Technicians use solvents to loosen the bonds between residues and the surface, allowing them to be suspended and flushed away. The type of soil and the surface involved dictate the type of solvent used.
  • Disposing of residue: SERVPRO technicians dispose of any residue according to the local laws and guidelines.

Loosening Bonds Between Soils and Surfaces

The cleaning process that SERVPRO technicians use aims to break the bonds between soils and surfaces. The following four actions are used for the purpose:

  • Mechanical action: Agitation is often one of the most effective ways to dislodge surfaces. SERVPRO technicians use agitation with roto pads, brushes, steel wool, and sandpaper to remove dry, non-greasy residue from surfaces.
  • Lubrication: Lubrication aims to break the connection between the soil and the surface by making the residues slide into the cleaning solution. SERVPRO technicians use detergents to provide lubricating action during restorative cleaning.
  • Chemical action: In some situations, the chemical nature of the residue needs to be changed to remove it from surfaces. SERVPRO technicians use bleaches and enzymes for this purpose. The bleaches chemically alter the residue removing it from the surfaces.
  • Suspension and dispersion: In some cases, solvents are used to either dissolve the soils or suspend them so that they can be removed.

Specialty Cleaning Methods

SERVPRO technicians use an ultrasonic cleaner that uses sound waves to form and instantaneously implode millions of tiny vapor bubbles to clean materials that can withstand immersion into a cleaning solution. The energy produced by the collapsing bubbles makes the process efficient in providing agitation to remove residues.

IICRC-certified SERVPRO restorers can help deal with the damage to your Bellevue home. Our technicians are available round the clock to help you, and We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Call SERVPRO of Bellevue West at (425) 454-3900 today.

SERVPRO Saves Bellevue Properties from Water Damage

9/8/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO drying equipment in a kitchen SERVPRO's extensive inventory of water extraction and drying equipment mitigate the damage to your Bellevue home.

How SERVPRO Technicians Plan Water Damage Restoration of Bellevue Properties

Meticulous planning is a crucial step in the restoration of water damage to your Bellevue property. A well-thought-out plan can save time and resources and prevent any accidental secondary damage to your property. Hence, SERVPRO puts a lot of stock in proper planning and coordination during restoration work.

The process of water damage restoration of your Bellevue home begins with SERVPRO technicians thoroughly inspecting the property and identifying the problem areas. The next step is to prepare the worksite before the restoration activities begin. Technicians set up a staging area within the premises as a central hub for coordinating all activities. Some of the planned restorative activities might include-

  • Extraction of accumulated water
  • Detecting hidden moisture with the structural components
  • Providing humidity control
  • Controlled demolition to accelerate the drying or remove damaged material
  • Deodorization

Extracting Excess Water from Your Property

SERVPRO technicians prioritize removing any standing water present on the property as water can damage structural components. The longer the water penetrates components, the more damage it can cause.

We use state-of-the-art equipment to extract water, such as-  

  • Truck-mounted or portable extractors
  • Trash pumps 
  • Submersible pumps 

Water from carpets and subfloors is extracted using special tools called carpet wands and squeegee wands. Technicians dispose of the extracted water following applicable laws and regulations.

Detecting Hidden Moisture

Once the standing water from the property is removed, the technicians identify hidden moisture in structural components. Some of the most common moisture sensing equipment that SERVPRO technicians use in water damaged Bellevue homes include-

  • Moisture Sensors: Technicians use these pieces of equipment to detect moisture present in carpets and padding. The moisture sensors have sharp probes penetrating the carpets and pads to detect dampness. Technicians can detect but not measure moisture using these sensors. 
  • Thermal Imaging Cameras: Also called infra-red cameras, restorers use these to detect and monitor the moisture level in building materials. The cameras also allow the technicians to visualize how water traveled through the structure and detect moisture that otherwise would never have been discovered.   
  • Moisture Meters: SERVPRO water restoration experts use moisture meters to measure the actual water content of various materials. 
  • Thermo-hygrometers: Technicians use these instruments to measure the relative humidity and temperature of air masses. Some of the more advanced thermos-hygrometers that we use are capable of monitoring vapor pressure and dew point. 
  • Inspection Cameras/ Borescopes: Allow the technicians to look into cavities for a visible inspection of the extent of water damage. We also use motorized cameras for use inside the ductwork. Cameras and borescopes can take still images as well as record videos. 

Where Are Moisture Measurements Done?

SERVPRO technicians use moisture monitoring equipment to determine the moisture content for five areas:

  • Air in affected areas
  • Air in unaffected areas
  • The air outside the structure
  • Air processed through dehumidifiers
  • Air coming out of HVAC systems

After comparing these moisture readings, the technicians determine the best possible operating conditions and placements for dehumidifying equipment and air movers.

SERVPRO technicians work hard to leave your home restored “Like it never even happened.” We are just a call away if you need to deal with water intrusion in your Bellevue property. Call SERVPRO of Bellevue West at (425) 454-3900; We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.  

You Need SERVPRO to Mitigate Mold Damage in Bellevue

9/8/2022 (Permalink)

mold damage on ceiling with pipes exposed; caption Here to Help Water leaks fixed, control demolition, and mold remediation completed by SERVPRO for our Bellevue customers; We Are Here To Help.

Why is SERVPRO So Effective in Remediation of Mold Damage in Bellevue?

One of the biggest objectives of remediation of mold damage to your Bellevue property is to prevent mold spores, fragments, and dust from spreading to unaffected areas. SERVPRO technicians take extra care to avoid this 'cross-contamination of airborne contaminants by following the S520 guidelines suggested by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).   

SERVPRO restorers erect critical barriers with polyethylene sheeting as a first line of defense to prevent the spread of mold damage in your Bellevue home. Isolating contaminated areas and establishing robust containment zones ensure that the situation does not worsen. SERVPRO mold specialists then use state-of-the-art equipment to clean and remove the contamination.

Types of Containment During Mold Remediation

The IICRC recommends three types of containments during mold remediation projects-

  • Source Containment: SERVPRO technicians use source containment to address relatively small areas of mold growth. Some examples of source containment include:
    • Using self-adhering plastic or taping polyethylene sheeting on a moldy surface before removing it
    • Wrapping, bagging and securing moldy contents in a 6-mil polyethylene sheeting
  • Local ‘mini’ containment: SERVPRO technicians use local containment when dealing with moderate contamination levels. Technicians build an enclosure to separate the affected area from the unaffected area within a structure during such containments. Technicians use PVC pipes, wood framing, and spring-loaded poles to construct the enclosure and cover it with 6-mil poly film.

Technicians also install HEPA filtered negative air machines to create negative pressure differentials within containment areas.

  • Full-scale containment: If the mold growth is extensive and can't be controlled with source or local containment, the IICRC recommends a full-scale containment. An entire room or a section of the structure is usually a containment area. All the exposed surfaces such as walls, ceilings, and floors are sealed off with poly barriers.

The Role of Air Flow in Mold Mitigation

SERVPRO mold specialists control the airflow and use air exchanges between the clean and contaminated areas to dilute airborne spore concentrations. The direction of the airflow is always maintained from clean to contaminated areas.

As the containment areas are under negative air pressure, it is essential to exchange the air with fresh air from outside. The IICRC recommends a minimum of four air exchanges per hour for containment, ventilation, and dilution.

All the air leaving or entering the containment zone is passed through a HEPA filter. SERVPRO technicians use only well-constructed professional HEPA filters to retain the fungal spores and fragments.

The Need for Dehumidification

SERVPRO technicians address the underlying moisture problem using strategically placed dehumidifiers. The pieces of equipment serve two purposes- drying the structure and maintaining a condition that does not support microbial growth. Not all mold problems result from moisture issues, and hence, dehumidification is not required in all cases.

Dealing with mold damage without professional help can be stressful and overwhelming. Our technicians are available 24X7, and We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Call SERVPRO of Bellevue West at (425) 454-3900 to talk to one of our technicians and discuss your restoration needs.

Our ERP Makes Water Mitigation More Efficient in Bellevue

9/2/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO team at a job-site Commercial damage restoration services for your business need to be handled by SERVPRO. We have the manpower and equipment.

You can be Prepared for Water Mitigation and More

The Emergency READY Profile (ERP) from SERVPRO helps businesses prepare for disasters by giving their employees a dedicated series of steps to take when a disaster strikes. The ERP keeps the overall costs of water mitigation manageable in Bellevue.

The ERP is a no-cost program that helps us arrive as quickly as possible to start working on saving your business in Bellevue. Water mitigation work helps protect your business from needing additional services related to the initial disaster. The information business owners include in their Profile means we can provide a highly targeted and precise response.

When your business requires water mitigation or other disaster-related response, you want experienced professionals who know how to work efficiently. The ERP is something all businesses can benefit from, regardless of their size. Companies that add our ERP to their disaster preparedness plan fare much better than companies that decided not to use the program. Here are some major benefits of enrolling in SERVPRO’s ERP:

  • Accessibility for all managers through our apps,
  • Includes information to help keep your employees safe, and
  • Details on unique information regarding your facilities.

Information regarding insurance, permission for services, the location of shut-off valves, and other crucial information is accessible through our ERP. These details are available via our app, which is compatible with both Android and Apple phones.

Evacuation plans show the quickest route out of a building while occupied. Not all disasters happen during off-hours, and your employees are your most valuable asset. The ERP can show areas to avoid, also, or that require specialized gear before entering.

You can include helpful explanations of interior architecture that might create hindrances to our technicians or their equipment, like split levels that might become hidden in a water emergency. Out-of-the-way entrances to your building that we can use can help by keeping your usual entryways open in their customary manner.

Call SERVPRO of Bellevue West at (425) 454-3900 to learn more about how the Emergency READY Plan can help your business recover after a disaster.

Fire Damage Experts Reduce Odors and More in Clyde Hill

9/2/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO fire sign When fire damage restoration is needed, SERVPRO is the team to call. We are ready at a moment's notice.

Make Your Home Cleaner-Feeling after Fire Damage

Smoke residues left inside your home can leave it dusty, dry, and with a persistent foul odor. SERVPRO is always available to help homeowners confronted with fire damage in Clyde Hill with soot removal services. We do not need to get into areas holding trapped soot particles to control the situation for you and your family.

Our certified technicians can perform soot removal tasks as part of our services for fire damage in your Clyde Hill residence by clearing the air. We know soot’s characteristics and how to remove this substance. When removing it is impossible, we know methods that still render it incapable of future disintegration (which had allowed it to become light enough that air currents could whisk it into the air you and your family breathed).

Cleaning soot-covered surfaces involve several factors that can affect how easily we can clean certain items. Here are two main factors that affect cleaning after fire damage occurs:

  • The type of soot, with dry soot being the easiest to clean away from even porous surfaces, and
  • The kind of surface affected by soot.

Dry soot occurs with fires that burn fast and at high temperatures. We find wet soot after a fire with little available oxygen smoldered and burned slowly. Because wet soot soaks into porous surfaces, more care is required to remove it than what we need to do with dry soot. Cooking fires often produce soot with little to no visible color while producing an alarming level of unwanted odor.

Absorbent surfaces include textiles which often require solvents to dissolve the soot, allowing us to flush the surface with clean water. We can clean small items with an ultrasound unit, often with extraordinary results. Shiny surfaces throughout your residence can become dull if exposed to soot for too long. We can often buff the fine etching off the surface. Walls and countertops often come clean with special soot-erasing sponges.

Call SERVPRO of Bellevue West at (425) 454-3900 for this and other specialized services.