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Preventing Secondary Water Damage

7/7/2022 (Permalink)

When your business requires water damage repair and restoration, our crew is here to help! We're standing by 24/7 to respond to your emergency

Keeping Secondary Water Damage At Bay

Water damage in your Seattle, WA, business is something no one wants to experience. After calling in a plumber to take care of the immediate problem of a burst pipe or a backed-up toilet or sewer, you're still left with the resultant mess. It's important to deal with this situation as soon as possible, as secondary damage, including black mold or structural damage, can occur quickly. This kind of damage can be very costly.

Secondary Damage Explained

This consists of any damage not directly produced by the flooding. It can show up in several ways, including:

  • Wood floors buckling
  • Damage to finishes
  • Vinyl and other kinds of flooring curling up from the floor
  • Cracked or sagging drywall
  • Growth of mold, such as stachybotrys chartarum (black mold)

If the primary damage is not addressed properly or if it goes undetected for a long time, this more serious damage can happen. Problems can also occur if the area is not properly dehumidified after the flooding.


Assuming you are able to enter the building, there are steps you can take immediately to help minimize the damage. If the flooding happens during summer months, use your air conditioning to help remove as much high humidity as possible. During colder months, open all the windows and turn up the heat. Try to remove as much water as possible by mopping and using a wet/dry vacuum. Move any saturated carpeting outside and remove items such as documents, electronics or furniture.

Next, make a call to a professional water damage restoration company. They can immediately inspect the structure to assess the damage, and then determine what specialized equipment is required. Using advanced techniques, they can completely dry and disinfect the area, making sure that any pathogens, such as black mold or bacteria, are completely eradicated. Then any necessary repairs to the property are made.

Water damage to your building can seem overwhelming. But by using the information outlined above, you have a good chance of preventing secondary damage before it happens.

What To Know About IICRC Certifications

3/2/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO professionals, certified in damage mitigation and restoration, are prepared for almost any disaster, Call us!

What Should You Know About IICRC Certifications?

The IICRC, or Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, sets the industry standards for disaster remediation companies. The focus of this company is to continuously improve the standards of operation for this type of work. Although headquartered in Nevada, they shape work standards everywhere, including in Seattle, WA.


While the IICRC is not affiliated with the United States government, it works closely with the American National Standards Institute that monitors different industries' standards. This means that professionals who have this type of certification are highly knowledgeable about the remediation industry. This organization is responsible for establishing the terminology, technology, techniques, and safety protocols of restoration work. By creating certain requirements, it improves the safety of businesses and customers dealing with remediation work. This is critical for ensuring public health. The areas it sets the standards for include:

  • Textile floor coverings
  • Stone restoration
  • Hard floor coverings
  • Upholstery cleaning
  • Water damage restoration
  • Crime scene cleanup
  • Mold contamination assessment
  • HVAC cleaning
  • Fire and smoke damage restoration


The various areas that have standards set by the IICRC all have a corresponding certification. In other words, a mitigation technician will have a mitigation certificate. As a business owner, it is especially important to ask for verification that the technicians you hire have these. This ensures that your business is in good hands after a disaster.

Maintaining Certification

After technicians complete a course and pass the exam, they are issued a certification card. To keep this certification, you must earn a certain number of continuing education credits every two years. These credits come from additional related courses that you pass the exam for.

Becoming a professional in any field requires ensuring that you are properly trained and certified. The restoration industry is no exception. If you are a business owner looking for a qualified remediation company, ensure they have a certification from this organization. This will help you get the highest quality of work available.

A Timeframe for Damage Restoration Response

2/2/2022 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO, we understand that time is of the essence when it comes to storm damage. The faster we can start the drying process, the less damage.

An Estimated Timeline For Damage Restoration

Owners of homes that have sustained damage should start the mitigation and restoration process as soon as possible. Leading restoration companies are always open and can respond to a call, provide an on-site consultation, and offer a verbal briefing within a 24 hour window. Learn more about the timeframe for responding to any type of damage.

Call Response

A fast call response within one hour is ideal for a mitigation and restoration service. The initial communication should cover the following information about damage:

  • Location
  • Type
  • Extent

The next step is scheduling a consultation. For the best results, homeowners should make this call within a 24 hour period after damage occurs.

On-Site Consultation

Experts should arrive on location within four hours of a call response. These professionals can assess the degree of damage and recommend strategies to avoid additional damage. Homeowners should document damage for insurance purposes before taking any mitigation measures.

Verbal Briefing

A company should provide a verbal briefing within eight hours of an on-site assessment. This briefing should provide an overview of the remediation process:

  • Mitigation measures
  • Cleaning methods
  • Restoration timeline

Each of these factors will impact the duration of the cleanup and rebuilding process and the overall estimate. A one-stop shop can oversee this process from start to finish.

Estimate and Schedule

A company can then provide an estimate for homeowners to forward to their insurance provider. Depending on the cause and type of damage, an insurer may or may not cover losses. Limits may also apply. Homeowners should review the terms of their coverage prior to filing a claim.

A mitigation and restoration company should provide a fast response and clear description of mitigation and restoration procedures. It may also be possible to obtain mitigation services within a 24 hour period, such as boarding up or tarping over structural damage at a residence in Seattle, WA.

3 Things To Know About Mold Removal

1/20/2022 (Permalink)

It’s recommended to have a professional handle the removal process as they have the tools and knowledge to do the job thoroughly.

Mold Removal: 3 Things You Should Know

Mold can cause a number of structural damage. This is why it’s important to take care of any mold issues as soon as you become aware of the problem. When looking at mold removal for your Seattle, WA, home there are a few things you may want to know.

What Your Insurance Covers

When it comes to mold, the specifics of each individual policy may vary. However, the following are usually covered.

• Mold growth after emergency efforts in fire suppression, such as a sprinkler system or water from a fire hose
• Mold growth after an accidental pipe break
• Mold growth after storm damage
• Mold growth after flooding, if you have flood insurance in your policy

Insurance will not usually cover damages or remediation costs if the mold growth is due to neglect on the part of the homeowner. So, it is best to take care of any mold related problems as soon as they are discovered.

What A Remediation Professional May Do

In some cases, it may be best to hire a mold remediation service to thoroughly remove any spores from your home. During the mold removal process these professionals can look for any spreading, and take the steps necessary to help prevent future problems. They may also be able to repair damaged areas.

What the Costs Could Be

A mold inspection usually costs between $200 and $600. When it comes to mold remediation costs can vary depending on the mold type, and area of infestation. Small cases can cost as much as $500 dollars while large infestations resulting in structural damage could cost up to $30,000. Black mold removal may have extra costs depending on the methods used.

Having your mold removal process started as soon as you find the problem can not only save you money but may help when it comes time to file your insurance claim. It’s recommended to have a professional handle the removal process as they have the tools and knowledge to do the job thoroughly. If possible, it’s also recommended to take any steps you can to prevent future problems.

What You Should Know About Emergency Board Ups After a Fire

12/6/2021 (Permalink)

Our local team of fire damage experts can respond to your home or business faster than any other restoration company

What You Should Know About Fire Emergency Board-Ups

When a fire occurs in your home in Seahurst, WA, it’s often important to keep your home secure. Understanding the purpose of a board up, a common method used to protect homes after fires, can help you feel more at ease about the security of your home after a fire.

1. What Is It?

After a home is damaged by a fire, large areas are sometimes left exposed to the outside. In some situations, an insurance company may require you to have your home boarded up, though it’s best to check your policy if you’re unsure what your insurance company requires. Although an emergency board up isn’t always required by insurance, many people still choose to keep their homes covered after a disaster has occurred.

2. What Are the Benefits?

The primary benefit of a board up is that it keeps your home protected and safe. If your home is exposed, it is often easier for thieves to enter and take items that were not damaged in the fire. An exposed home is also more likely to become damaged by wind or water, and debris in the home may result in additional costly and time-consuming repairs.

3. Are All Areas Covered?

While boarding up your home will keep others from entering, it isn’t always practical to use this method on areas such as on roofs or in areas with leaks. In areas where using boards isn’t practical, tarps can be used. When structural and superficial damage has occurred in a home, both methods can be used together to maximize security.

Knowing the ways in which a board up can benefit the security of your home after a fire can reassure you that your home is protected from outside forces. If you are in the process of restoring your home after a fire, it can be helpful to work with fire damage restoration experts.

Are Environmental Hygienists Really Necessary?

10/14/2021 (Permalink)

Mold remediation services in Mercer Island, WA.

Is the Need for Environmental Hygienists Really Necessary?

When you can see (and smell) mold growing up the walls and on the surfaces of your Mercer Island, WA home, do you really need a certified environmental hygienist to tell you that you have a problem and you need a proper mold cleaning? In short, the answer is yes. While you can find the mold that’s visible with the naked eye, an environmental hygienist can do so much more. The resources available to most homeowners only allow you to scratch the surface of mold identification and remediation.

So What Can an Environmental Hygienist Do That I Can’t Do?

Environmental hygienists are trained and certified in mold identification, mold cleaning, mold remediation, and more. Understanding mold infestations in the home is a complex science. Environmental hygienists can:

• Use complex instrumentation to detect mold in hidden places
• Identify the types of mold and the dangers they may pose to your home
• Ensure proper use of protective safety equipment when dealing with mold on surfaces and throughout your home
• Counsel on appropriate mold remediation methods
• Effectively address the source of the mold to prevent future outbreaks, including identifying leaks or humidity issues

What an environmental hygienist’s certification promises are safety. Environmental hygienists are certified to ensure they handle any mold contamination or infestation as safely as possible without further spreading the outbreak or causing additional issues that might damage your home.

Can’t I Just Use a Home Test?

Home tests aren’t as reliable as you think, and can often either lead you down the wrong path or cause greater frustration. You’re constantly surrounded by mold spores in your natural environment, so a mold test will always return false positives without pointing you to the source of a real infestation. An environmental hygienist’s equipment and knowledge can provide laser-sharp accuracy in pinpointing the actual source of a mold outbreak, and recommending mold cleaning and remediation solutions.

What Is Mold? Your Guide To Understanding This Fungus Among Us

9/7/2021 (Permalink)

It can be disheartening to find black mold or mold of any kind in one's home.

Mold is one of those dreaded problems that most homeowners are forced to deal with at least once or twice in their lifetimes. However, just because it is a common problem does not make it any easier to remediate—or understand. If you want to better understand black mold, its causes, and how you can prevent it, contact your Seattle, WA, mold remediation team to discuss your concerns and find answers to your most pressing questions.

What Are the Types?

If you want to know how to prevent mold and, when it's present, how to get rid of it, you need to first understand the different varieties and which may be present in your home. There are four main types:

• Cladosporium
• Penicillium
• Alternaria
• Aspergillus

Your mold cleanup team can help you identify the type present in your home and advise you on the best way to deal with it. If it is black mold, the team can act swiftly to prevent further contamination and prevent unwanted side effects.

Where Is It Found?

Mold can grow in just about any environment and all year round. However, its growth is typically encouraged by high humidity levels and warm conditions. Outdoors, you may be able to find it in moist, shady areas where leaves or other vegetation are decomposing. Indoors, you may be able to find it where humidity levels are high.

How Can You Prevent Exposure?

Preventing mold exposure does not have to be hard, and in fact, many proven prevention measures are things you likely do already. For instance, if you notice a moisture problem, you fix it. If your roof has a leak, you patch it. If the air in your home feels wet, you invest in a dehumidifier. In short, the key to preventing mold is moisture control.

It can be disheartening to find black mold or mold of any kind in one's home. If you discover the fungi in your home, reach out to Seattle, WA, mold remediation experts to correct the issue and prevent further problems.

Tips for Tackling Mold Growth in Your Home

6/15/2021 (Permalink)

Mold cleanup

Tips for Tackling Mold Growth in Your Home

Mold is everywhere, and it only takes moisture and organic material for mold to grow in a room-temperature or warm environment. If you have small amounts of house mold in your Tukwila, WA, home, you can consider cleaning it up yourself.

What You Need
Before you begin, gather a few tools:

  • Scrubbing brush
  • Sponge
  • Old rags
  • Detergent
  • Bleach
  • Bucket
  • Rubber gloves

It's a good idea to open windows to allow fresh air to circulate while you use bleach.

How To Clean Mold
Keep in mind that if you have mold growth caused by significant water or sewage damage, you may consider calling a professional mold remediation company with experience in cleaning homes and buildings damaged by contaminated water.
If the affected area is about 10 square feet or less, you can tackle the job yourself. Begin by eliminating the cause of moisture. Fix any broken pipes, roof leaks or other damage sources. Scrub hard surfaces with detergent and water and dry the area. You can use a solution of 10% bleach mixed with 90% water if you can't remove the house mold with detergent.
Porous surfaces, such as carpet, wood or drywall, may need to be replaced if you can't clean up the mold. If you have mold growth on expensive or sentimental objects such as fine art or tapestries, you can consult a professional remediation specialist.
Allow cleaned surfaces to dry completely before painting or caulking. Do not attempt to paint or caulk a moldy surface. Painting on top of the mold is likely to cause peeling.

Keeping Mold Away
It's hard to keep mold at bay, but removing as much moisture from the air and surfaces will help a lot. Keep the humidity level in your home at 50% or lower. Ventilate your bathroom while you bathe or shower, and use an exhaust fan in the kitchen while cooking. Regular cleaning can also help.
Most of the time, you can keep small amounts of house mold under control with common household cleaning tools.

Why Choose SERVPRO for Your Business's Document Recovery

3/11/2021 (Permalink)

Document restoration is just one of the many services SERVPRO can provide.

When a flood at your office soaks or submerges vital documents, you need to undertake urgent document restoration measures. Fortunately, professional document drying and data preservation professionals from SERVPRO can safeguard your data to ensure you never worry about losing it again.

Urgent Cleaning

Taking action as soon as possible is the best way to ensure your water-damaged documents' recovery. Our 24-hour response service means we can get to the disaster scene in time to remove your papers and send them to our restoration facility, where they may undergo various disinfecting, cleaning and odor removal procedures. Among the methods we may use include:

  • Air drying
  • Dehumidification
  • Freeze drying
  • Vacuum freeze drying
  • Vacuum thermal drying

Depending on the type of documents we encounter, it may not be possible to restore your papers fully. However, we can often significantly improve their structural integrity and sanitize them to allow you to handle them safely.

Preventative Measures
SERVPRO document restoration professionals can undertake the digitalization of your documents and records to ensure you will never worry about losing your valuable data to a future disaster. Our team members take care to provide a thorough transfer of records that eliminates a need for costly and cumbersome physical storage solutions.

Thorough Tracking
Our team will update you at every stage of the document drying and restoration process so that you always know the status of your sensitive papers. Our goal is to maintain detailed process records and open communication with you and your representatives so that we can address your questions or concerns as soon as they arise.

Document Destruction
Whether your documents are unsalvageable or you no longer require hard copies of your data, you can count on our team to handle your papers' destruction with care and confidentiality on your premises.
Document restoration is just one of the many services SERVPRO can provide to help your business recover from a flood, fire or another disaster in Seatac, WA.

How Pretesting Keeps Insurance Costs Down

2/25/2021 (Permalink)

Pretesting will help to keep more damage from happening to your structure, inventory and business equipment.

Unfortunately, insurance prices are rising. As the owner of a company, you want to keep your insurance costs as low as possible. You can do this by keeping your claims down. Pretesting can help you do this.

What Is Pretesting?

A certified company that works with your insurance agent can:

  • Assess the damage
  • Stop the source of damage
  • Check for contamination
  • Inspect the premises for safety issues

This can help your agent determine what sort of claim is necessary.

How Does This Help You?
Once your business is damaged, you might think that it can't get any worse. By quickly stopping what is causing the problem, it can prevent the damage from getting worse. Pretesting will help to keep more damage from happening to your structure, inventory and business equipment. When it comes time for the insurance to pay the claim, they will have to pay less and keep their costs low. This usually will help you save money on premiums down the road.
It will also help by giving your insurance company a more accurate assessment of the damage. The company that does the initial inspection should be able to spot what needs to be fixed right away.

How Does This Help With Your Claim?
Most companies that do pretests in Tukwila, WA also work with various insurance providers. Your insurance agency can recommend the correct company. Since the cleaning company and the insurance company are used to working together, your insurance claim may be processed faster, and the repair work can begin sooner.

What To Do First?
The first thing you want to do is call your insurance company and ask about any procedures they use before you file a claim. They will be happy to tell you if having a company come out before you file is best for both parties. Make sure you operate within your policy guidelines when you contact a company for advanced services.
When disaster strikes, pretesting can help you limit the amount of damage you have and ultimately help you file with your insurance. This process saves you time and money when you need it the most.

What To Know About Business Insurance and Your Company

1/23/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage in a Seatac, WA office

Here Are a Few Things To Remember

When your Seatac, WA, business experiences water damage you may want to turn to your business insurance for help covering the costs of repairs. Knowing exactly what may be covered in your plan can be helpful.

1. How Insurance Can Help

In the event of damage caused by broken pipes on your business property, your insurance coverage may help cover the costs needed for repairs and inspections. Your insurance provider may also be able to recommend a trusted restoration service to help with the water cleanup and restoration of the property.

2. What’s In the Policy

It's Important to know exactly what is in your policy as water damage coverage may vary by policy type or your location. Most plans will cover damages from accidents or forces of nature such as a broken pipe, or a large storm. However, they may not cover damages from acts of negligence such as failing to have a pipe break fixed quickly. It should also be noted that flooding may be covered under a separate policy if your business is located in a high-risk location. Make sure to talk with your agent about your business’s needs so that they can help you choose the plan for the coverage you need.

3. Who To Contact About a Claim

In most cases, you should have a designated agent, or agent’s office to work with this should make it easier to remember which person you should contact if you need to file a claim. You can keep their number someplace where it can be easily found when needed, such as in a policy reference binder. You may also want to keep a copy of your policy there as well.

When dealing with water damage on your business property, it’s a good idea to know what’s included in your plan. Your insurance company may be able to help with the costs of clean up and repairs from accident damage or forces of nature. It’s a good idea to keep a copy of your policy and the number for your agent easily accessible in case you need to file a claim.

Decreasing Mold Spores

12/29/2020 (Permalink)

Mold can do serious damage to your Harbor Island, WA, commercial building

Mold can do serious damage to your Harbor Island, WA, commercial building. Fortunately, carpet cleaning and other preventive measures can decrease the likelihood of your business suffering a mold infestation.

Understanding Mold

In order to prevent mold problems, it is first important to understand what mold needs to thrive. Mold spores are invisible and nearly everywhere, but there are three things that spores need before they can develop:

  • Food
  • Water
  • Warmth

Ideal food sources for mold include dust, paper products, and other organic materials. Water can come from leaks, spills, or even high indoor humidity. Most indoor locations are warm enough to support mold growth. Because of the widespread nature of mold-supporting conditions, many businesses will suffer from mold growth at some point.

Preventing Mold
Because many buildings naturally have the conditions necessary to support mold growth, decreasing the number of mold spores present is an ideal way to minimize the chances of a mold infestation. Spores can be brought indoors on the soles of shoes. Having mats at the entryway allows customers and employees to wipe their feet, decreasing the number of spores that make it further into the building. The use of vacuum cleaners with HEPA filters and routine carpet cleaning can remove many of the spores that do get into carpet fibers. Cleaning air ducts and running air purifiers can decrease the number of spores floating in the air. HEPA and activated charcoal filters are ideal for this purpose. Certain plant species, such as peace lilies, can also help remove airborne spores.
Although carpet cleaning and other preventive measures can reduce the number of mold spores in a building, they can never be fully eliminated which means there is always a chance of a mold infestation. If your Harbor Island, WA, commercial building suffers mold damage, a certified restoration company can help you get your business back to normal quickly and safely.

Mold FAQs

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

Mold spores thrive on moisture

Mold FAQs

Mold growth is an extremely common issue that the vast majority of homeowners do have to deal with at some point. Ensuring that you take care of the problem quickly and effectively is the best way to prevent a tiny mold problem from spiraling out of control. Read on to have some of your common questions answered, especially if you suspect that your Mercer Island, WA, home is suffering from a mold issue.

1. Where is Mold Commonly Found?
Mold thrives in damp, dark places. This means that rooms, such as your kitchen, bathroom, garage and basement are all especially susceptible to unwanted mold. Any areas in your home that have recently suffered some type of water damage are also at risk.

2. How Can You Tell Whether You Have a Mold Problem?
You can usually spot mold with the naked eye. Black mold, one of the most common residential varieties, looks like a dark black or green stain that spreads across the surface of an object. A musty or dank smell is also a good indication of a mold presence.

3. How Can You Prevent Mold Growth?
Keeping your home as clean and dry as possible is the best way to prevent a mold issue. This involves cleaning spills and leaks as soon as they occur, ensuring your home doesn't suffer from high humidity levels and properly ventilating your home to prevent condensation from building up. Performing regular mold inspections can also help you catch the issues while they're still small.

4. Does Mold Go Away By Itself?
Mold is a living organism, so it's natural to assume that you'd be able to get rid of it simply by depriving it of its vital nutrients. Unfortunately, this isn't the case. Cutting off the mold's access to water and organic matter could potentially halt its spread, but it won't kill the existing mold.
It's important that you address a mold issue swiftly and effectively in order to prevent the situation from becoming worse. If you discover unwanted mold growth in your home, make sure to contact mold remediation experts immediately.

Water damage can cause mold

10/27/2020 (Permalink)

A couple months ago, Erika had a small leak in her basement powder room sink.

She cleaned up the water, had a plumber out to fix the plumbing, and figured that was that. However, one day while doing laundry, she decided to use that room. The room didn’t smell like the apple cinnamon air freshener that she had put in there. In fact, it smelled damp - as though the water had never been cleaned up. She called our team to take moisture readings in the walls.

It turns out that not only did the water from the leak a couple months ago soak into the walls, but it had seeped halfway up the wall! Combined with the fairly moist environment already present in the basement, Erika was looking at a lot more damage than she had originally feared. The technician pulled back the baseboard, and found colonies of black mold growing! In the end, half of the wall had to be demolition, and Erika ended up having to pay not only for the SERVPRO services, but also the services of a general contractor put her bathroom back together.

There are a few ways to help reduce or prevent mold from growing in your home, however:

  • Make sure that all windows are air-tight.
    • A faulty seal in a window, especially in the winter, can allow moisture in and give mold room to grow.
  • If there is water damage, have someone out immediately to start drying.
    •  It takes only 72 hours for mold to start presenting itself.
  • Ensure that laundry rooms are properly vented.
    • The moist heat from the dryer is a wonderful place for mold.
  • Ensure that crawl spaces, garages, and attics are properly insulated.

Even though mold may not be 100% preventable, it is 100% removable. If you think you may have mold present in your house, call SERVPRO of South & West Seattle at 425-225-2227 for a cost-free estimate today.

How To Stop Mold From Spreading

9/25/2019 (Permalink)

Black mold damage on ceiling

How To Stop Mold From Spreading

Even the newest homeowner knows that mold contamination in a house is a serious problem. If left unchecked, it can spread into colonies and cause health risks. If you notice an area that appears to have mold damage, here are the steps to take to ensure your safety.

1. Stop the Water Source

The first priority is to determine the cause of the excess moisture. In a bathroom, it can be a leaking pipe or poor ventilation. If black mold cleanup is required on a ceiling, it often is a problem with the roof leaking. Either way, you need to stop the water source immediately.

2. Call the Professionals

The internet is full of home remedies for mold cleanup, but they aren’t nearly effective enough to ensure your safety. Often, well-meaning homeowners release mold spores into the air when attempting to scrub surfaces. Therefore, you need to call a mold remediation specialist, who can assess the extent of the mold contamination and the risks. They will competently remove the mold damage and ensure your home is safe.

3. Prevent Future Problems

In some cases, prevention methods are obvious. For example, if your problem was caused by a leaky roof, it stands to reason that you should have a roofing specialist check for weak areas on a regular basis or after a storm. In other instances, causes are less intuitive. If your problem is in a bathroom, but there aren’t plumbing issues, you need to focus on controlling the humidity. Make sure your ventilation fan is adequate, and you can even purchase humidity monitors to determine the moisture levels. Shower door mold is a little easier to prevent through regular cleaning and squeegees.
Mold contamination can seem like an overwhelming problem to face, but it doesn’t have to be. Make sure to completely fix the problems contributing to the moisture, and then contact a competent mold remediation company. They will leave your home looking “Like it never even happened”.

Tips To Help Prevent Mold in Your Restaurant

7/29/2019 (Permalink)

Cover foods in cold storage

People love trying new foods, but they don’t bargain on mold being an ingredient. Taking a few precautions in your restaurant in Des Moines,WA, can help ensure that you serve only the freshest of foods, free of mold growth and other contaminants.

Mold Prevention Tips

Preventing mold growth is primarily a matter of routine and due diligence. It does not need to be a stressful process.

  1. Buy only the freshest food. Source your food at reliable shops and always inspect food before purchasing to ensure there are no signs of mold. Wash and refrigerate as soon as possible.
  2. Cover foods in cold storage. Mold spores float freely in the air and attach themselves to any moist surface. Keeping foods in clean containers and covered with lids or plastic film in the refrigerator can help prevent cross contamination and the ruin of otherwise sound food.
  3. Refrigerate leftovers quickly. Do not store opened items in the original cans or bags. Cover trays of warm or leftover food as soon as possible and put it into the refrigerator to prevent mold spores from taking hold in conditions of high humidity.
  4. Disinfect laundry. Make sure all towels, washcloths, aprons and other fabric items used in the kitchen are washed daily and dried thoroughly. Likewise keep mops and cleaning sponges fresh. If they smell, it is a sign of bacteria or mold.

In addition to making sure you follow safe food handling procedures, make sure your restaurant in Des Moines,WA, is in good repair. Avoid water damage and the mold that can come with it by regularly inspecting the roof, seals around doors and windows and all plumbing.

If water damage is found anywhere, call a mold remediation service to conduct repairs and handle the safe removal of mold growth. Proper prevention and maintenance can help you operate your restaurant operate without the fear of that concern.

How to Remove Mold Damage From Paintings

5/29/2019 (Permalink)

Steps to Remove Mold from Art Work

If you have mold growing in your Harbor Island,WA house, the mold damage may not be contained to the building. In some cases, the fungus finds a home on your belongings. When this happens to be a priceless photograph or piece of art, it can be upsetting; however, you may not need to say goodbye to this object after all. Using the following steps, mold can be removed from artwork and other porous items.

1. Dry the Item

Because mold grows most easily in moist environments, the first step in mold cleaning is to dry the damaged item. Reducing the moisture keeps the mold from spreading further and allows it to be removed from the object. There are several techniques that can be used depending on the extent of the damage, including thermal drying, freeze drying and simple air drying.

2. Remove the Mold

Once the item is dry, the mold can be removed. In some cases, mold cleaning will be simple, and the mold will turn into a powder that can be easily brushed away. Depending on the severity of the damage, more aggressive techniques may be required.

3. Clean and Sanitize

After the visible mold has been removed, the item will likely need to be sanitized to get rid of any lingering mold spores that could cause the growth to return. Gamma irradiation is one way to do this. This mold cleaning process will not damage your items but will eliminate mold spores as well as other bacteria and contaminants that may be present.

If your belongings have been damaged by mold, you don’t need to despair. A mold remediation service can often save many affected items with their thorough cleaning process. Some objects may have lingering signs of damage, but for those where the mold growth was less severe, a professional service will be able to return them to you in their previous condition.

SERVPRO of South/ West Seattle can help with Hoarding situation.

4/10/2019 (Permalink)

Hoarding Situation of a Residential home before cleanup.

Hoarding is actually categorized as a disorder of behavior where a person has the inability or unwillingness to discard large quantities of objects that end up eventually covering up all areas of their home or living space.

Hoarding is categorized as a biohazard due to the substances that might be found in your home, apartment, or commercial building. During hoarding situations there could be a wide range of things you could find from house supplies and magazines to hazardous materials and animal waste or remains. SERVPRO of South/ West Seattle trains our technicians to specialize in hoarding cleanup and restoration. Hoarding cleanup includes not just removal of items but also recovery and restoration of useful and valuable objects.

Following the cleanup and restoration process, our technicians will deodorize the scene so eliminate any and all existing odors that could have come from a number of sources. If more cleanup is necessary like, carpet cleaning, mold removal, or water damage; SERVPRO of South/ West Seattle will handle everything and continue to communicate with you throughout the process.

3 Benefits of Electronic Claims Services for Insurance Agents

3/24/2019 (Permalink)

Benefits of Electronics Claim Services

As an insurance agent, you may find yourself handling multiple claims when a natural disaster, such as flooding, hits Seahurst,WA. Creating and processing each insurance claim and servicing your commercial clients in the most efficient way can be a challenge, especially in an area where you are the only representative available. Connecting with an electronic claims service via a storm damage and restoration service can help you handle an influx of claims, no matter their number.

1. Instant Access to Information

Having direct access to claim information, no matter where you are, can help you keep multiple files in order and improve the way you organize them. Most information centers offer mobile access as well, so you can view individual claim results when meeting with a client or an on-site insurance adjuster. This could help you be more productive, even when you are not in the office.

2. View Claim Changes at a Glance

Some disasters, such as flooding, can cause a variety of damages that might change or modify an insurance claim over time. When restoration agents create a repair estimate, they will upload these changes so they can be viewed instantly. These updates may allow you to serve your clients in a more efficient manner, which can be valuable when you are assisting more than one business owner in the area.

3. Compare Response Times for Clients

If an insurance client wants you to help him or her find a storm damage and restoration company, such as SERVPRO, you can use the electronic claims center’s dashboard to compare response times and other data with similar services to discover the best local or regional results. This can help you feel confident about the information you offer a commercial client who is looking for restoration services in the wake of a flood.

Electronic claims services can offer you a variety of benefits as an insurance representative working in Seahurst,WA. From helping a client file an insurance claim to finding suitable restoration services for a small business owner, a digital claims information center can help you handle any job with efficiency and confidence.

How To Prevent Mold Spores From Spreading in Your Home

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

Regularly wipe away moisture to keep mold from growing around the windows

If you find mold hiding in one of the corners of your home in Mercer Island,WA, it’s time to act quickly. Mold spores are notorious for spreading far and wide in dark, damp areas of your home in as little as 48 hours. Once you discover the mold contamination, your first step is to call your local mold remediation services. While waiting for the professionals to come, here are a few ideas that can help you minimize damage in the long run.

Control the Moisture

The best thing you can do to prevent mold from spreading is to identify where the fungi’s stemming from. Undesirable water leaks or puddles are often the culprits. Common sources of moisture include the following:

  • Roof leaks
  • Humid basements
  • Condensation
  • Steam from bathrooms
  • Improper ventilation

Once you’ve identified the source, you can eliminate the moisture by fixing leaks, wiping up puddles, and opening the windows. Getting rid of the humid, damp atmosphere can stop the mold contamination from spreading. However, don’t turn on the HVAC. Airflow within the house can increase the risk of spores spreading.

Eliminate Contaminated Items

After purging the root of the problem, it’s time to get rid of the aftermath. While it’s important not to disturb the fungi and spread airborne spores, you can throw away any items that are contaminated and likely to spread the mold. Porous items such as carpet or clothing can be thrown away immediately. If you have items of significance such as family pictures or important documents, freeze them to keep the mold inactive. A restoration professional can help you clean and sanitize your valuables later.

Containing the mold as much as possible can make the remediation process easier. To prevent mold contamination even further, turn the temperature of your house down and keep an eye on the humidity levels. Avoid disturbing the mold spores and wait for a professional to come restore your home.

For Large Losses, SERVPRO Is on the Case

2/19/2019 (Permalink)

Fire loss in a Seattle, WA home

At some point, most Seattle,WA, homeowners will experience some type of incident or mishap in their house. They can handle many of these minor issues on their own, but what happens when something severe such as a flood or fire produces catastrophic loss? This is precisely when you need an experienced professional to take over. SERVPRO fits the profile as the ideal disaster relief company. These experts have what it takes to tackle disasters of any size.

What Makes SERVPRO the Best?

In the aftermath of a fire or flooding, as an insurance agent you don’t want to trust cleanup, rebuilding and replacement to just anyone. SERVPRO is equipped with what you’re looking for in a high-quality disaster response team.

  • They have resources.
  • They have a proven track record of success.
  • They use best practices and techniques to clean up after large losses.
  • They have the skills and customer service you need.

Biggest Problems

Chances are, if a major storm or fire affects your client’s home, it may affect others in the areas as well. When it comes to catastrophic loss, SERVPRO has the ability to handle even the most challenging situations. This trusted disaster restoration company has a nationwide presence so that it can send technicians from several locations to your client’s home and neighborhood. This helps ensure a faster, more thorough response to the most significant problems.

True Professionals

SERVPRO is one of the most reputable names in the business because the entire staff prides itself in doing first-rate work. The team will start by inspecting the storm damage or damage from smoke and fire. Technicians will then decide what they need to replace altogether and what they can clean, repair and salvage. They use the most up-to-date techniques and equipment to ensure your client’s home is as close to the preloss state as possible.

SERVPRO is your top choice to help your insured recover from catastrophic loss. Call your local office during your time of need.

Does My Commercial Insurance Cover Mold Damage?

11/28/2018 (Permalink)

Ceiling mold damage in Seahurst,WA

Hurricanes, flash floods and even severe thunder storms can leave your Seahurst,WA, business struggling with water damage and mold. One of the first things that comes to mind is whether your commercial insurance policy will cover all or part of the damage. Here’s a primer to help you understand just what you may face when trying to get coverage following mold damage.

There are thousands of types of mold, which is defined as a fungus that thrives in continually moist environments. Most types don’t cause trouble. But some forms can create problems including

  • Discomfort among those who have mold allergies
  • Damage to wood, drywall, furniture and other materials
  • A musky, unpleasant smell

These are just a few of the things that make mold such a pain that business owners typically want to remove it immediately. Unfortunately, mold removal can be costly, so insurance help with the bill is ideal.

What Does Insurance Cover

Starting in the 1990s, many commercial insurance providers started adding mold exclusions. Before you sign up for a policy, or before you face mold damage, take a look at their approach to mold. Check for exclusions that refer to fungus. Fungus exclusions are common and apply to loss or damage caused by the presence, growth or spread of fungus, wet or dry rot or bacteria. This typically includes mold or mildew as well as their toxins, spores and even scents.

Fortunately, there are still limited coverage commercial insurance policies out there. If you have one, be aware that while they may cover fungus, they often require that it be the result of a specified cause of loss. Other times they may only provide reimbursement if flood coverage is specified.

Mold remediation can be costly, but with the right mold insurance coverage, you can keep more of your money in your pocket. Do your research when choosing or changing your insurance to lessen the expense.

4 Ways To Prevent Mold Damage After Flooding

11/13/2018 (Permalink)

24 hour standing water in a Seahurst,WA residence means that mold may already started to grow

Prevent Mold From Becoming A Serious Problem

Flooding frequently leads to mold growth, as fungus requires moisture in order to grow and multiply. Homeowners should take immediate action to mitigate primary water damage and prevent secondary damage after a flood occurs in Seahurst,WA. Here are four ways to prevent mold from becoming a serious problem.

1. Drain Water As Soon As Possible

Standing water can lead to extensive damage in your home and significantly increase the risk of mold. Homeowners can start this process using simple equipment such as buckets, but flood mitigation professionals usually rely on pumps to drain water.

2. Start the Cleanup Process

Flood water is considered Category Three water or black water, which means that it contains potentially dangerous contaminants and even sewage. After all of this water has been removed, the affected area should be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. Remove debris and kill off bacteria that can facilitate the mold growth or pose additional risks to occupants.

3. Remove Porous Building Materials

Porous materials such as carpet or drywall will probably need to be torn out and replaced during the mitigation process to prevent mold from starting to grow. Restoration experts can help homeowners determine whether it is worth the time and money to attempt to clean or repair damaged contents or materials. More often than not, replacement is the best option.

4. Completely Dry the Area

Mold cannot flourish in a dry environment. Professionals may use commercial- or industrial-grade equipment such as air movers and dehumidifiers to speed drying and draw moisture out of semi-porous surfaces.

These four measures may reduce the extent of mold growth following a flood in Seahurst,WA. If a residence has been exposed to standing water for 24 hours or longer, mold may already have started to grow. A water damage mitigation and restoration company can ensure that conditions do not remain conducive to mold.