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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.

Professional Mold Removal and Inspections for Bellevue Homes

8/8/2022 (Permalink)

mold damage on a white wall SERVPRO mold remediation technicians have the tools and training for every phase needed for your home.

Mold Removal Starts with Tracking Colonies

The possibility of mold growth and development is more common in area homes and businesses than you think. Some do not easily notice signs of microbial infestation, allowing the situation to worsen. Some signals of possible mold damage in your home include:

  • Spotting hosting materials
  • Strong, musty smells in the affected areas
  • Continuous moisture concerns
  • Deteriorating building materials

Professional Mold Inspection Services

You might not be capable of telling on your own when you need services like mold removal in your Bellevue home. Mold damage can be elusive if it occurs in low-traffic areas like the attic or basement. If you suspect mold growth could be a concern, professional inspections and testing can confirm or negate this development.

What if Mold Is Found?

The mold is not likely to go away on its own, even if much of the moisture in the affected area is somehow resolved. The only suitable solution is to have our SERVPRO professionals begin remediation steps to eradicate active organisms and protect underlying substrates formerly hosting the colony.

Mold Removal Options for Your Home

When you know mold exists in your home or business, we must work quickly to resolve the situation. Microbial colonies continue to spread through the house and deteriorate hosting materials, so remediation must begin as soon as possible. Surface cleaning is the preferred option, but if the problem impacts more than just the outermost layer of an affected building element, more aggressive measures like dry ice blasting or controlled demolition might be necessary.

A mold discovery in your home can be alarming and stressful, especially when you do not know how to proceed to remove it. Our experienced SERVPRO of Bellevue West remediators can help with removal strategies and repairs that make mold damage "Like it never even happened." Call now at (425) 454-3900.

Why Do Clyde Hill Residents Trust SERVPRO with Mold Remediation?

7/4/2022 (Permalink)

servpro poster  what to know about mold, pictures Don't mess with mold--Call SERVPRO to remediate the infestation in your Clyde Hill property.

The Importance of Cleaning in Mold Remediation of Clyde Hill Homes

Cleaning the contamination is one of the critical steps in mold abatement of your Clyde Hill home. SERVPRO techs use a combination of cleaning methods to facilitate the remediation of the structure and contents of the affected property.

SERVPRO techs consider the extent and severity of the damage before selecting a cleaning method during mold remediation of Clyde Hill homes. We always prioritize completely removing the contamination over using antimicrobials alone to tackle mold damage. Techs also ensure that the cleaning method minimizes the mold spore's aerosolization as much as possible to prevent it from spreading to the unaffected areas.

Abrasive Methods to Clean Mold Infestations

Abrasive cleaning methods rely on using a medium or material to dislodge contamination in your Clyde Hill home. Some of the most common abrasive methods to clean visible mold include-

  • Sanding
  • Scraping and brushing
  • Abrasive media blasting (e.g., dry ice, soda, and sand)

Manual scraping and brushing can be labor-intensive and take a lot of time, and techs use this method if the damage is confined to a smaller area. Abrasive media blasting is a much faster and less labor-intensive method of cleaning.

Blasting offers a significant advantage over traditional methods when cleaning hard-to-reach areas such as attics and crawlspaces. It can also save time during mold remediation. 

On the other hand, media blasting tends to aerosolize the fungal particles; hence, SERVPRO techs exercise extreme caution while employing this technique. Once the surface mold is removed using media blasting, the SERVPRO techs eliminate the mold spores and particles using HEPA filtration.

Professional mold remediation is a safe and efficient way to tackle contamination in your home. Call SERVPRO of Bellevue West at (425) 454-3900 to talk to our expert techs today!  

Abnormal Humidity Levels in a Clyde Hill Home Can Cause Mold Growth

3/11/2022 (Permalink)

mold growing in the corner of a room by a window When the conditions are such that mold grows, it’s time to bring in the professionals. Team SERVPRO will assess, remediate and help your home.

Mold Remediation Is Vital for Clyde Hill Homes with Humidity or Moisture Problems

Mold grows from microscopic spores that exist in every indoor environment. Usually, mold spores are a relatively benign particulate that does not bother homeowners. However, if the home has a moisture or humidity problem, spores can settle on organic matter and develop from a spore to a full-size colony. Colonies are known to cause unpleasant, musty odors in your home and produce additional spores which can spread through rooms, crawlspaces, ductwork, and attic spaces. We believe that any noticeable symptom of mold growth justifies professional remediation. Our team is here to help you with:

  • Mold remediation
  • Mold decontamination
  • Humidity control

Drying a property is vital for mold remediation in your Clyde Hill home. Mold spores rely on water to build through their stages of growth. Removing moisture from the property, then, can help to remedy the core issue causing microbial growth. A natural relative humidity for your home is around 45%. Once humidity levels rise beyond these median averages, it can cause lots of problems in your home, not limited to just mold. All microbes thrive in humid conditions, including fungi, bacteria, and viruses. SERVPRO technicians have extensive experience controlling the atmospheric conditions of your home, a process known as psychometry. We can help reduce mold colonies in your home through preventative measures and equipment. 

  • Thermal hygrometers are relatively cheap instruments that detect humidity levels in your home. We can also use manometers to register particulate matter such as spores.
  • Running dehumidification in your home can help stop spores from passing through the stages of growth, allowing us to focus on removing infested material.
  • Controlled demolition and replacement of infested materials can help to ensure that mold does not become a recurring issue for homeowners.

If you notice mold symptoms, contact SERVPRO of Bellevue West for mold remediation at (425) 454-3900.

A Fire in Your Bellevue Home Can Have Significant Consequences

3/6/2022 (Permalink)

firetrucks and fighters outside of a house trying to put out the fire with a fire hose Many times fire damage and water damage go hand in hand. Call SERVPRO after the fire fighters leave for fire cleanup services. Contact us 24/7.

SERVPRO Is an Established Fire Cleanup Service that Can Restore Your Home

Water staining can be a side-effect of firefighting procedures. The use of water to extinguish flames can have a lasting impact on soft furnishings, carpeting, or flooring. It is imperative to contact professional restoration agencies immediately after experiencing a house fire to avoid further losses to your home or contents. Moisture in your home can set soot or ash into materials. Large volumes of water to extinguish flames are equivalent to a water intrusion event in larger fires. There is a real risk of mold developing in a wet environment while cleaning wet ash can spread damage around. We are here to help residents with:

  • Fire debris removal
  • Stain and spot cleaning
  • Contents care 

It is normal for fire cleanup in Bellevue to incorporate drying or cleaning procedures. Sofas, mattresses, and carpets are soft-furnishings that can be adversely affected by fire and water. Our SERVPRO team aims to restore these furnishings rather than replace them, which often results in a less expensive service and the protection of valuable belongings. Chemical cleaning is the preferred method of our technicians when it comes to clearing away wet soot or smoke deposits. We often complete this process using a range of proprietary cleaning products. 

  • Brown Out (#257) is a peroxide stain remover designed to reverse the "browning effect" of moisture on soft-furnishings.
  • Combining Brown Out with a textile shampoo formula produces an alkaline mixture that can effectively remove stains or for spot cleaning.
  • Our technicians pre-test furnishings by applying small amounts onto discrete areas to prevent unexpected reactions such as dye bleeding from damaging the textile.

Reduce losses at your home. Contact SERVPRO of Bellevue West for expert fire cleanup at (425) 454-3900.

What Precautions Are Necessary for Safe Mold Remediation in Bellevue Homes?

2/1/2022 (Permalink)

Mold on Ceiling Don’t let your home be a victim of mold damage, SERVPRO of Bellevue West is only a call away.

SERVPRO Uses Engineering Controls in Bellevue Properties to Minimize Mold Hazards

The inconveniences from mold, such as deterioration of surface finishes, push many people to expedite restoration processes. Taking precautions during remediation at your Bellevue home is necessary for your safety and protection of the structure against unnecessary damages.

Taking precautions does not mean you should avoid mold remediation at your Bellevue home. You need to identify possibly risky procedures and find a way to complete them safely. SERVPRO this approach regularly to deliver quality results.

Some useful precautions when resolving mold include:

  • Avoiding drying processes involving air movements on moldy surfaces
  • Setting up containments when demolishing contaminated areas
  • Using the right PPE 

Mold masses are made up of loose and embedded residues. Forcing air currents over such surfaces would blow away the loose residues spreading them into the air and unaffected rooms. Therefore if the moldy surfaces are wet, alternative drying procedures or scheduling drying after cleaning is the best approach. Our SERVPRO technicians have access to low airflow dehumidifiers suitable for moisture management under such circumstances.

Engineering Controls Help with Mold Management

Delaying procedures or using specialized equipment may not work in all circumstances. It might also lengthen the restoration timelines unnecessarily. A better alternative is establishing engineering controls, such as setting up plastic sheet containments. That way, any debris loosened does not reach unwanted areas. Engineering controls help when:

  • Doing abrasive cleaning 
  • Using air currents to improve evaporation
  • Demolition to remove deteriorated materials

Precautions are also necessary for the people handling the restoration. That usually means wearing protective clothing items like respirators, bodysuits, and gloves.

SERVPRO of Bellevue West prioritizes safety and convenience during mold remediation, resolving any level of contamination, "Like it never even happened." You can reach us at (425) 454-3900.

Is Mold Damage Removal in Bellevue Homes Urgent if Contamination Is Behind Walls?

1/3/2022 (Permalink)

mold spots on walls and ceiling white Visible mold growth and damage? Call SERVPRO for rapid response and remediation in Bellevue

SERVPRO Considers Any Case of Mold in Bellevue Homes as Requiring Immediate Attention

Mold is readily identifiable once it starts developing on structural or content surfaces. Mold can also grow surreptitiously behind wall panels or ceiling panels. Since it is out of sight, you might not notice it immediately.

Regardless of the location, mold damage removal from your Bellevue home should be a priority since deterioration worsens the longer it remains in the structure. If you are not sure whether there is contamination, SERVPRO technicians can help confirm its presence.

Signs that indicate mold beneath wall panels include:

  • A musty smell in the house
  • Wallpaper and paint cracking, bubbling or peeling
  • Discoloration or stains on the wall surfaces

One of the reasons you might keep postponing mold remediation when it is concealed within wall surfaces is the cost and disruption of opening the cavities to inspect and address the damage. Our SERVPRO microbial remediation technicians can inspect your structure with limited invasiveness. For instance, we drill small holes in suspected areas then use borescopes to check the condition of the cavity. That way, we only demolish walls where growth is detected, saving cost, and minimizing the inconvenience of torn-down materials.

Another reason for putting off remediation is the fear of exposure or the inconvenience of leaving the property during remediation. Our SERVPRO technicians establish airtight containments separating the affected areas from the rest of the house. We can also create a 4-walled containment, thus setting a room within a room.

A good containment barrier requires:

  • Using 6-mil plastic sheets as a barrier
  • Establishing negative air pressure
  • Using sturdy spring-loaded metal poles for containment support

SERVPRO of Bellevue West can help you complete mold damage removal within the appropriate timelines saving you cost and inconvenience. Call us at (425) 454-3900. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

The Hidden Value of Personal Protective Equipment

9/24/2021 (Permalink)

According to Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs, SAFETY is the second most important factor of life only behind basic survival needs. At SERVPRO of Bellevue West we take safety very seriously. When our employees feel safe and comfortable while working with or around possibly hazardous materials it is important to our success. When workers feel safe, they work harder, smarter and help us retain high skilled, hard-working talent in our company. Keeping these people within our company is an easy way to make sure that we have properly trained and certified workers that can help with every and any job.

Investing in proper Personal Protective Equipment can also create a great return on investment opportunity because we have the right tools for the job. It is a great opportunity to set us apart from other companies while recruiting new workers and customers. Proper Protective Equipment shows how seriously we take our job, always being prepared with our PPE bag shows professionalism and that we are up for anything the customer need, wants or throws our way. When realizing that safety is not just a human need, but a key motivator in the success of our company is when we start to see our company thriving. When breaking down the pros and cons of investing in top tier Personal Protective Equipment, the Pros of return on investment and safety far outweigh the cons of the initial price.

Dealing with possibly hazardous material can be a big turnoff to people when they apply for a job, but here at SERVPRO of Bellevue West we take all possible measures to make sure that everybody is always safe and is always comfortable. If you have questions about biohazard regulations in the State of Washington or if you have a biohazard cleaning issue call us for more information at 425-454-3900.

Tips for Ventilation In your Kitchen

9/24/2021 (Permalink)

Abundant plumbing and cooking-related moisture can increase the availability of moist spaces for mold to easily grow. Check out our following list of tips to avoid microbial growth in your kitchen;

  1. Actively check for and repair leaks. Leaking sinks and pipes create new moist areas for mold to easily grow in. It’s important to ensure that leaks are repaired as soon as possible. It is ideal to schedule seasonal maintenance checks to make sure that there are no hidden leaks or damaged, leak-prone pipes in the property.
  2. Check cabinets. Kitchen cabinets that house or are found in proximity of main pipes are likely to entrap moisture. This is true especially if they are made of moisture-absorbing material, like unsealed wood. We recommend having a plumbing professional evaluate whether the location of pipes and the material of kitchen cabinets are adequate for your kitchen.
  3. Check the garbage disposal. Older and faulty garbage disposal systems will often fail to allow wet food scraps to be properly flushed and disposed. The garbage disposal then becomes a dark, wet, and organic material-filled space for mold to grow in. Repairing a broken garbage disposal as soon as it exhibits issues can prevent mold.
  4. Seal permeable surfaces. Countertops and cabinets usually take up the majority of the space in the kitchen. Some materials are prone to absorbing moisture more easily than others. Choosing materials for your countertops and cabinets is an important process and our experts find that wooden countertops have been known to rot due to lingering moisture. This can be prevented by regularly sealing the countertops. Following the suggested procedures and checkups is the best way to avoid wear and tear in the long run.
  5. Bonus Tip. Remind residents that cleanliness should always be a priority when it comes to the kitchen. Making sure that dirty dishes, food scraps and food in general are not left out will decrease the likelihood of mold to grow on organic material. Spills - especially underneath and behind fixtures and countertops - should be cleaned up promptly. Food should be always stored mindfully.


Preventative maintenance is a serious issue as moisture and microbial issues can increase when not properly addressed. If you think you may have an issue in your property call SERVPRO of Bellevue West at 425-454-3900 or visit our website for resources at .

Assessing Microbial Growth

6/25/2021 (Permalink)

Dealing with microbial growth can be an arduous process if the correct steps aren't utilized from the beginning of the process. Remediation of the mildew, fungus or mold the first time around can save a home or business owner worry, time and money. 

SERVPRO of Bellevue West can properly assess what scope of work is necessary for your unique situation and oftentimes each job is different depending on source and severity.

How do I know if its mold? Could it possibly lead to dry rot? Does the smelly odor need deodorization or will it go away on its own? These are questions the general public doesn't typically have answers to. Oftentimes mold growth isn't visible; which is why it is important to consider the quality of your indoor air and to call in the professionals if you sense a strange odor.

Keep in mind; mold growth can spread and this condition could lead to dry rot. Dry rot occurs when the wood that supports the home or business starts to decay because of the extensive mold damage. This dry rot damage could lead to a potential rebuild of the dwelling in question which is why it is important to tackle a microbial situation as soon as possible.

Mitigation is the lessening of the damage seen with mold; this involves deodorization and sometimes demolition in an isolated area; each situation is unique. Visit for more information on mold.

SERVPRO of Bellevue West Proudly Supports The Bellevue Chamber

6/25/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Bellevue West proudly supports the Bellevue Chamber and has maintained membership for several years! Our SERVPRO team is thrilled to be involved with the Bellevue Chamber which is a wonderful organization supporting local business' growth and development. We have immensely enjoyed participating in a multitude of events, keeping up to date on local news and making new connections!

The 4 main reasons SERVPRO of Bellevue West is involved in the local chamber:

  1. Local Visibility in our community
  2. Access and connections to other business partners
  3. Resources related to training (workshops, featured speakers and mentors offer a wealth of knowledge)
  4. Advocacy to learn about local politics

The chamber provides its members with a wonderful and strong voice in the community. The Bellevue Chamber is a leader in Eastside public policy discussions affecting the business community and is committed to ensuring that our members’ concerns are heard on a wide range of issues at the local, regional, state and federal levels of government. Local businesses know that the Chamber is championing business issues on their behalf and is very thankful to have this support.

How To Maximize Your Home Inspection in Bellevue, WA

5/21/2021 (Permalink)

Are you considering a home inspection?

Are you a buyer or seller interested in getting a home inspection? A home inspection is always a great idea so you can be in tune with any potential issues that may need to be addressed. Pest control? Drainage Issues? Roof or plumbing problems? We recommend maximizing your inspection by following these steps:

Get A Recommendation. Your real estate professional should be able to recommend a reliable and highly rated inspection company. Make sure your agent knows that you don’t want to cut corners. The cheapest option may not always be the best option.

Be Present for the Inspection. The inspector will most likely want to point some things out to you and explain any notes he or she is making on the report. This is an important step, but it’s only possible if you’re present and engaged for the inspection. Don’t hesitate to ask questions. It is important you understand the functions of the systems in your home and the overall health of the property.

Ask Questions: Ask as many questions as you want, and make sure you feel comfortable with the answers. After all, a house is the biggest investment most people will ever make in their lives and it is important to understand what problems may need to be addressed.

Bring in Additional Specialty Professionals if Needed: If your inspector does not look at the plumbing system or does not offer something specific like mold testing, feel free to bring in a third-party specialist. There is nothing wrong with having someone else come in to look at a specific portion of the home, especially if they are an expert in their field. SERVPRO of Bellevue West is here to provide a professional scope for water, mold or deodorization remediation that may be needed in the home. Call the professionals at 425-454-3900!

Spring Refresh Preparedness Planning

1/8/2021 (Permalink)

Contact SERVPRO of Bellevue West for emergency preparedness kit tips.

The beginning of a new Season is a great time to refresh and re-plan for the months ahead. We encourage making resolutions that will help you prepare for the unexpected curveballs that sometimes come our way. As this past year demonstrated, disasters come in many forms from viral pathogens to hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires, storms and floods. How can we be more prepared? 

Here are a few tips to get started: 

1. Review your emergency kit and update. Refresh water and expired food. Check battery expiration and update documents. Add new supplies you may think will be useful. 

2. Assess your finances and savings. Make sure you have funds to fall back on in case of emergency. Review annual budgeting and plan accordingly. 

3. Considering getting involved in Community Preparedness. Join CERT- Community Emergency Response Team and consider taking a class. There may even been volunteer opportunities that will help you become more prepared. 

4. Review your Plan and Communicate. Are your emergency contacts up to date? Do you have a back-up plan for a secondary place to shelter in case of emergency? Discuss options with you family members so everyone is aware. Communication is key in being prepared for the unexpected. 

If you experience an unexpected emergency in your home or business call on SERVPRO of Bellevue West at 425-454-3900. 

The Importance of First Aid and CPR Training

6/17/2020 (Permalink)

As emergency responders SERVPRO of Bellevue West experiences daily the importance of a rapid and efficient response. Life can change in a matter of minutes which is why we know the best way to expect the unexpected is to be prepared. What better way to celebrate preparedness than to certify our employees in CPR and First Aid training?

We teamed up with one of our favorite associations; PHCCWA (Plumbing Heating and Cooling Contractors of Washington) to host a CRP and First Aid class at our facility. Many of our association members and our team members attended to renew their certifications.

We think CRP and First Aid training is important in the work place for many reasons;

  • Having trained employees can make a substantial difference in your ability to maintain a safe work environment. They will be able to respond more quickly and effectively when medical emergencies occur.
  • This training and knowledge provides a sense of security and promotes a more confident work environment.
  • As staff becomes more prepared and responsive – they also become more aware of their surroundings and more likely to spot potential hazards. This inspires a ‘safety culture’.
  • 25% of all emergency room visits can be avoided with basic first aid and CPR certification.
  • Safety precautions and preparedness applies to ANY industry of ANY size. 
  • There are many local resources that can help you get CPR and First Aid Certified such as The Red Cross or local Fire District.

Call SERVPRO of Bellevue West and speak to one of our Marketing Specialists to learn more about how you can be personally prepared; 425-454-3900

Importance of On-The-Job Training

6/17/2020 (Permalink)

Even when hiring someone that has experience in the Restoration Industry, on the job training is still a necessity. On the job training goes much farther than making sure your staff is trained for any job they might come across. On the job training ensures that everybody in the company understands what’s going on throughout every job and are up to the company’s standards.

Everybody being on the same page ensures that Restoration Technicians, Project Managers and all office personnel know what is happening, and therefore anyone can explain it to the clients.

Often, companies’ standards differ in some ways from the industry standards because the industry standards are set to just the necessities and SERVPRO of Bellevue West goes above and beyond. Employees being trained should understand why we do a job a certain way this will advance their career and further their abilities. Getting the job done isn’t good enough, getting the job done right and making sure that the problem will not arise again is the SERVPRO way. The more training that employees have means that your company can take on more expert level, higher paying jobs increasing revenue and our reputation. It also is a benefit for the employee because they will be smarter at their job, helping them make their job easier, and they can make more money with the more they know. Job training is so important to the success of the company, and it makes sure everybody is on the same page, doing the job right, all the time. Whether we are performing service for a commercial building or residential home, you can ensure the job will always be done correctly and efficiently. If you are interested in joining the SERVPRO of Bellevue West team call us at 425-454-3900.

SERVPRO of Bellevue West Hosts Effective Safety Meetings

4/23/2020 (Permalink)

OSHA requires that every employer make safety and health a top priority and ensure a safe working environment. OSHA's job is to provide leadership and encouragement to employers to take that responsibility seriously and provide educational or awareness opportunities to employees so they know of their rights to a safe workplace. It is important that every employee receive proper and adequate training to ensure they are able to safely and competently perform their jobs. This also applies to temporary, part-time and contract employees. Regular safety meetings should be documented and attendance should be recorded. 

Employers have a duty to protect workers from injury and illness on the job by developing and implementing a safety and health program. According to OSHA, there are five components that every effective safety program should have.

  • Management Leadership and Employee Participation
  • Workplace Analysis
  • Hazard Prevention and Control
  • Safety and Health Training and Education
  • Program Evaluation

In high risk industries like construction and restoration repeat safety discussions can have a positive impact on good habits that start in the office and are carried out on each and every jobsite. At SERVPRO of Bellevue West we hold weekly safety meetings for our team to make sure they are following the best protocols while servicing commercial and residential customers. To have a successful safety meeting we always follow these steps;

  • Let your employees, crews, and teams know that you will be holding a safety meeting or starting a safety meeting program.
  • Decide on the theme, subject, or topic of the safety meeting.
  • Prepare for the safety meeting- use demonstration, photos and props
  • Send out a reminder of the safety meeting the day before the meeting is scheduled to be held.
  • Present the information clearly, with expectations and save time for questions

Several common safety topics that SERVPRO of Bellevue West reiterates are;

  • Respiratory Protection and proper PPE
  • Distracted Driving
  • Handling Power Tools Safely
  • Temperature Extremes
  • Working in Confined spaces and on Ladders
  • Asbestos and Lead Protocols
  • Proper hazard reporting and handling

SERVPRO of Bellevue West Decontaminates COVID-19

3/26/2020 (Permalink)

If you need a COVID-19 Decontamination reach out to the professionals at SERVPRO of Bellevue West.

SERVPRO of Bellevue West professionals are here to help the local community and are trained in adhering to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards. If you have an office, restaurant or retail store that has a confirmed case of coronavirus we are Here to Help® get your building back to safe conditions.

SERVPRO is being called on by numerous businesses and community leaders to perform the necessary bioremediation services to clean, disinfect and sanitize their properties. All our cleanup practices are in accordance with the guidelines provided by the CDC and local authorities. If you are interested in inquiring about our services we are here to help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week, while life gets back to normal in the communities we all call home.

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line meet this standard and carry the EPA-registered emerging pathogens claims.

Our SERVPRO of Bellevue West team can respond quickly and effectively to help minimize business interruption. We are uniquely prepared during this unprecedented time to clean and disinfect your home or business according to the protocols set forth by the CDC. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that a regular janitorial staff would perform. The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and tables at a minimum. These same surfaces are mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces.

SERVPRO of Bellevue West continues to help our communities and we encourage you to stay positive, safe and healthy during this difficult time. Please call us if you need assistance or if you have questions about decontamination at 425-454-3900.

2019 Restoration Trend Predictions

6/13/2019 (Permalink)

The Restoration Industry has and will continue to change throughout the years as rules and regulations evolve. Below, our SERVPRO of Bellevue West team has researched and written some possible predictions for the restoration industry in 2019 based on industry trends. None of these are guaranteed, but only what experts think will continue/start to happen.

  1. Labor Shortages: There is a shortage of all positions in the Restoration Industry. It is incredibly hard to find highly skilled workers in any market. A lot of businesses are limited in growth because of their staff shortages.
  2. Weather Events Continue: There have been a record number of insured losses due to mother nature in the last couple years and that number will most likely will continue to rise. During times of catastrophic events restoration companies tend to be exposed and stretched short.
  3. Actionable Technology: As new technology continues to make our jobs easier, it will also help us keep costs down and help us provide better, more accurate estimates to our customers.
  4. Cost Inflation: While this is not a new trend, costs will continue to rise as time goes on.
  5. Cyber Crime: While not an industry trend at the moment, it could easily ruin a business or distract workers from being able to focus on their job.
  6. More Flexibility in Program Work: Workers will start to have more leverage when it comes to their jobs. Reducing zip code coverage, labor shortages, increasing costs, expectations and a strong economy will help the laborers gain more leverage in this industry and take the job back into their hands.

For more questions about restoration trends call SERVPRO of Bellevue West at 425-454-3900.