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Top Ways to Prevent Water Damage | SERVPRO of Bellevue

3/22/2024 (Permalink)

Leaking washing machine at home We know the aftermath of a home water leak can be disastrous. That’s why SERVPRO of Bellevue is here for your restoration needs. Call now!

It can be a lot of work to be a homeowner. Between general maintenance duties and any HOA requirements, it seems like you are always working on one project or another. You are busy enough, so if you are able to prevent serious situations like water leaks from occurring, you can focus your time on more important things!

It is important to remember that preventing every single kind of water leak is simply not possible, but by following the tips below, you can significantly reduce your risk of suffering from serious water damage on a daily basis. 

Securing the Exterior 

One main culprit when it comes to water damage is rain! We are at risk of suffering water leaks whenever it is raining, drizzling or downpouring. 

In order for this rain to be removed from your home, it needs to have a place to go. Keep your gutters clean and remove any debris regularly, and check your downspouts often to make sure they are on and pointed away from your home.

Do routine inspections of your windows and doors every season to check for drafts, gaps or cracks. As our homes age, worn seals can lead to hairline cracks that can invite water into your home and our windows and doors can actually begin to sag against their frames. 

Finally, and this one may seem obvious, but be sure your windows are securely shut before it starts to rain. Rain can quickly become a problem from something simple as a forgotten open window. 

Securing the Inside of Your Home 

Water leaks can also begin inside your home due to some man-made accident or oversight. Keeping up with routine appliance maintenance is one of the best things you can do to prevent appliance malfunctions that end in serious water leaks. Clean them regularly to ensure the lines aren’t clogged, and replace parts as needed so they are always in good working order. 

Another important task is to check your water lines often. Water is constantly flowing in and out of your home, and that can be troublesome if a simple water line becomes loose or a seal starts to give way. Check the lines in your utility room whenever you run a load of laundry and check under your sinks and fixtures when you are deep cleaning a space and address repairs as necessary. 

The Benefits of a Professional Restoration 

Water is unpredictable, and even if you do everything right, you can still suffer water damage at any point. Because of that, we want to reassure you that SERVPRO of Bellevue has your back. 

We will get right to work tackling the standing water and addressing necessary repairs quickly. It is our goal to return your home to its preloss condition as quickly and as efficiently as possible. 

Water damage can be really frustrating to deal with. Call SERVPRO of Bellevue for a quick and reliable recovery. 

Paw-sitive Training and Supervision: Preventing Pet-Related Water Damage

9/20/2023 (Permalink)

cat and dog playing Pets, particularly dogs and cats, can inadvertently cause water damage in various ways.

Our furry friends bring a lot of love and joy into our lives. However, it's crucial to remember that even the best-behaved pets can sometimes cause unexpected accidents that lead to water damage in our homes.

  1. Understand the Potential Risks

Pets, particularly dogs and cats, can inadvertently cause water damage in various ways. Here are some common scenarios:

  • Knocking over water bowls or containers: Excitable or curious pets may tip over their water dishes, creating puddles that can damage flooring or seep into subflooring.
  • Scratching or biting water lines: Some pets may chew on or scratch water lines, causing leaks or ruptures in pipes.
  • Potty accidents: Even well-trained pets can have occasional accidents indoors, leading to water-soaked carpets, rugs, and flooring.
  • Splashing in or near water sources: Pets often splash water around when playing near sinks, bathtubs, or other water sources, potentially causing moisture damage to nearby surfaces.
  1. Properly Supervise Your Pets

Supervision is the first line of defense against pet-related water damage. Here's how you can do it effectively:

  • Keep an eye on your pets when they are near water sources, such as the kitchen sink, bathroom, or laundry room.
  • Ensure that water bowls and containers are sturdy and secured to prevent spills.
  • When introducing a new pet to your home, gradually acclimate them to the indoor environment and monitor their behavior closely.
  1. Invest in Proper Training

Proper training is essential for preventing accidents and ensuring that your pets understand the boundaries within your home:

  • Enroll your pets in obedience classes or work with professional trainers to teach them commands like "stay," "leave it," and "no."
  • Use positive reinforcement techniques, such as treats and praise, to encourage good behavior.
  • Crate training can be effective for puppies or new pets, as it helps limit their access to certain areas of the house when unsupervised.
  1. Pet-Proof Your Home

Pet-proofing your home is another important step in preventing water damage. Here are some tips:

  • Use pet-proof covers for furniture and bedding to protect against accidents.
  • Consider using pet gates or barriers to restrict access to certain areas of your home.
  • Store cleaning products and chemicals out of your pet's reach to prevent ingestion or spills.
  1. Regularly Inspect and Maintain Water Fixtures

Regular maintenance of water fixtures in your home can also help prevent pet-related water damage:

  • Check for any signs of leaks or damage in and around water sources, such as sinks, faucets, and pipes.
  • Keep your plumbing in good condition, as weak or damaged pipes are more susceptible to pet-induced damage.

Pets are the best, and their happiness is intertwined with our own. To ensure a damage-free living environment, proper supervision, training, and pet-proofing are essential. By taking these precautions, you can prevent pet-related water damage and enjoy a home that's both pet-friendly and water-safe. Remember, a well-trained and supervised pet is a happy pet, and a happy pet makes for a happy home.

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.

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.  

Water Damage Repair of Carpets in Bellevue Homes

7/4/2022 (Permalink)

rover water extractor Skip the DIY carpet drying--call SERVPRO to prevent water damage to your Bellevue home's flooring, "Like it never even happened."

Need Water Damage Repair in Bellevue? Call SERVPRO

Water removal and repair of carpets in your Bellevue home can be tricky as they tend to soak up a substantial amount of water and are notoriously difficult to dry. SERVPRO techs use several tools to remove water from the carpets and accelerate their drying.  

SERVPRO techs understand the importance of quickly removing the water soaked into the carpet fibers during Bellevue water damage repair. The longer the water sits in contact with the carpet, the more damage it can cause to the carpet and the floor underneath. The three most used tools to remove the water soaked into the carpet after water spillage include-

  • Carpet wands
  • Deep extraction tools
  • Rider extractors

How do Deep Extraction Tools Work?

Deep extraction tools compress the carpet and pad to squeeze the water out and remove it using the vacuum system of a water extractor. SERVPRO’s water damage repair experts use two types of deep extraction tools in Bellevue homes-

  • Self-propelled extraction tool: An independent motor helps this device to move over a wet carpet at a constant rate. Techs can adjust the speed of these devices and can maneuver them to move in both forward and backward directions. The amount of water the tool extracts depends on the weight to squeeze the water out. Consequently, these tools allow the restorer to "ride" on the unit to provide additional weight.
  • Stationary tool: The device pulls water from the carpet through tiny holes at the unit's base. As there is no motor in these devices, the techs need to manually move them from one spot to another to extract water from the carpet.

If you need water damage repair services for your residential or commercial properties, call SERVPRO of Bellevue West at (425) 454-3900.

When a Leaky Shower Spells Trouble for Bellevue Homeowners

6/3/2022 (Permalink)

cat on washing machine Plumbing issues and appliance malfunctions can lead to water incidents and their unwanted consequences.

It comes as no surprise that kitchens and bathrooms often become the source of water damage in Bellevue homes. Plumbing issues and appliance malfunctions can lead to water incidents and their unwanted consequences. When water infiltrates ceilings, saturates floors, and soaks walls, the wisest course of action is to enlist the services of a professional water restoration team. While DIY solutions may seem appealing initially, they can prove costly in the long run. Experts possess the necessary equipment and expertise to swiftly restore your home to its former state.

In Bellevue, homeowners experiencing water damage can trust SERVPRO® to provide expert care. Our certified water restoration technicians rely on cutting-edge moisture detection equipment to pinpoint the extent of water penetration and assess the damage's scope. During the initial inspection, our team formulates a comprehensive plan, including water extraction, surface cleaning, and, if required, disinfection and deodorization. In instances where repairs like drywall replacement and controlled demolition are necessary to address water-related issues, our team coordinates the entire process.

While a leaking shower is an obvious indicator of water damage that permeates the ceiling, there are other, subtler signs that should prompt an immediate call to a water cleanup and restoration team. These include:

  1. Discoloration in walls and ceilings.
  2. A musty or damp odor.
  3. Unexplained increases in your water bill.

Regardless of the size or apparent severity of the water damage, SERVPRO of West Bellevue is here to assist you. Our commitment to excellence is rooted in our expertise and professionalism, ensuring your home is left in pristine condition. Contact us at (425) 454-3900, and let us restore your home "Like it never even happened."

Seeking Water Damage Restoration and Drying Services in Bellevue? Contact SERVPRO®

4/7/2022 (Permalink)

Pipe Leak Our commitment to prompt action is reflected in our 24/7 response time, ensuring we're on-site within four hours of your call.

Water leaks can wreak havoc in your Bellevue home, rapidly spreading to adjacent rooms and saturating everything in their path, including carpets, underpads, and even the subfloor. These materials are highly porous, absorbing water swiftly, and demand prompt drying to prevent secondary damage such as discoloration, delamination, and mold growth, which can occur if water and moisture are left unchecked for more than 24 hours.

At SERVPRO, we understand the urgency of removing water and moisture before it causes irreversible harm. That's why we offer top-notch water damage restoration and repair services to the residents of Bellevue and the surrounding areas. Our commitment to prompt action is reflected in our 24/7 response time, ensuring we're on-site within four hours of your call.

Our Water Damage Restoration Process Includes:

  1. Water Extraction: We employ weighted water extractors, dehumidifiers, and high-capacity air movers to efficiently remove water and moisture from carpets and underpads.

  2. Subfloor Drying: In some cases, we may need to remove the carpet and underpad to thoroughly dry the subfloor and assess its structural integrity. Once the subfloor is completely dry, we install new underpad and, in most cases, reattach the existing carpet.

  3. Carpet Assessment: We carefully inspect the carpet for water stains and delamination (separation of carpet fibers from the backing). Damaged underpads are typically replaced, and we also install new tackless strips if necessary.

  4. Carpet Reinstallation: As part of the restoration process, we stretch and reinstall the existing carpet in the room. Any delaminated or stained carpets due to the water leak are replaced, following the guidelines provided by your insurance company.

Comprehensive Water Restoration Services

In addition to the services mentioned above, SERVPRO offers a range of other water restoration solutions to meet all your needs:

  • Emergency service for water damage cleanup
  • Water damage repairs
  • Ceiling repairs caused by water damage and leaks
  • Mold inspection, remediation, and removal

When you're in need of water restoration assistance, don't hesitate to call SERVPRO of Bellevue West and nearby areas. We're here to help around the clock. Reach us at (425) 454-3900 for expert, 24/7 assistance. Your home's recovery is our priority.

Why SERVPRO® is Your Best Choice for Water Restoration in Bellevue

2/18/2022 (Permalink)

peeling paint Water damage can strike your Bellevue home unexpectedly, often from sources like overflowing or malfunctioning appliances.

Water damage can strike your Bellevue home unexpectedly, often from sources like overflowing or malfunctioning appliances such as washing machines or dishwashers. Swift action is crucial to minimize the potential harm caused by moisture exposure.

However, not all water damage mitigation efforts yield the same results. Mistakes and poor decisions can lead to less effective interventions. This is where SERVPRO® can make a significant difference, offering you ultimate convenience and peace of mind during the restoration process. Here's why you should trust SERVPRO for water restoration in Bellevue:

Technical Expertise and Industry Experience

SERVPRO brings a wealth of technical skills and industry knowledge to the table. Our decisions are guided by years of experience and a deep understanding of the intricacies of water damage restoration.

Avoiding Common Errors and Poor Choices

Mistakes and poor choices can compromise the effectiveness of your water damage mitigation efforts. Some areas where errors are common include:

  1. Choice of Drying Approach: Effective moisture control is essential for successful mitigation. We carefully assess the conditions at your property and select the most appropriate drying approach. This includes deciding whether materials like carpets should be dried in place or removed for offsite drying. Our technicians use specialized equipment such as weighted water extractors, cavity drying equipment, and drying mats to achieve optimal results.

  2. Application of Biocides: Microbial growth is a common issue following water intrusion, often leading to mold development. Controlling microbes requires both moisture management and the application of biocides. We ensure proper application processes, ensuring direct contact between the antimicrobial agent and the targeted microbes. For example, after extracting water from carpeted surfaces, we apply disinfectants to the back of the carpet and floor surface.

SERVPRO's Commitment to Excellence

SERVPRO of Bellevue West is dedicated to making water damage mitigation a seamless and effective process. We prioritize drying your home thoroughly and ensuring it is sanitary. When you choose us, you can rest assured that we'll respond quickly and professionally to any size disaster.

Don't let water damage disrupt your life. Contact SERVPRO at (425) 454-3900, and experience the difference in our "Faster To Any Size Disaster" approach. Choose SERVPRO for reliable, efficient, and expert water restoration services. Your property and your peace of mind deserve nothing less than the best.

Why Choose SERVPRO® for Comprehensive Water Damage Restoration in Bellevue

1/13/2022 (Permalink)

a livingroom Water intrusion can happen anywhere - even your ceilings!

Water intrusion can wreak havoc on your Bellevue home, causing physical damage to your property and disrupting your daily routines. When it comes to restoration, it's essential to choose a service that not only addresses the immediate issues but also ensures a comprehensive solution to reinstate normalcy. Here's why SERVPRO® is the ideal choice for residents and business owners in Bellevue:

A Holistic Approach to Restoration

Effective water damage restoration goes beyond simply removing excess water; it involves a thorough evaluation of your property to identify and address all related issues. SERVPRO's experienced technicians understand the importance of a holistic approach. Here's how we make a difference:

  1. Prioritizing Pre-Existing Issues: Before we begin the restoration process, our team conducts a comprehensive assessment of your property. This step is crucial to identify any pre-existing issues that may have been exacerbated by the water intrusion. By addressing these issues upfront, we avoid wasting time and effort on restoration attempts that may prove futile.

  2. Hazards Management: A wet property can pose various hazards, including slick surfaces, trip hazards, electrical dangers, and contamination risks. We take safety seriously and manage these hazards effectively. Our technicians use specialized equipment like squeegee wands to extract water from hard surfaces, ensuring they are safe to walk on. We also organize cords and hoses, reducing the risk of accidents on the worksite.

Comprehensive Restoration Services

SERVPRO of Bellevue West is your one-stop solution for water damage restoration. Our commitment to delivering a full restoration experience means you can trust us to handle every aspect of the process. We make sure your property is brought back to its pre-damage condition, allowing you to resume your daily routines with peace of mind.

Don't let water damage disrupt your life any longer. Contact SERVPRO at (425) 454-3900, and let us make your water intrusion "Like it never even happened." Choose SERVPRO for comprehensive, efficient, and reliable restoration services in Bellevue. Your property and your daily routines deserve nothing less than the best.