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Commercial Building Restoration Services

3/12/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Building Restoration Services Call SERVPRO of Seattle/Northwest 24/7 (206) 789-2300

Commercial Building Restoration Services

When fires or water damage happen, they may occur at your office or business. Who do you call? Knowing the right company to help in an emergency is important to get your business back up and running as quickly as possible. 

SERVPRO of Seattle/Northwest is available 24/7 to help you restore your Seattle/Northwest commercial property and get you back to business. We have the expertise, equipment, and highly trained personnel to handle your commercial water, fire, or mold damage. We can also access the resources of our national network of 1,650 Franchises to handle large commercial projects and major storm events. Learn more about our commercial restoration services:

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Simple cleaning tips for tackling mold and mildew in your Seattle NW home.

1/31/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Simple cleaning tips for tackling mold and mildew in your Seattle NW home. When you need professional Mold clean up help call SERVPRO of Seattle Northwest at (206) 789-2300

Dealing with nasty mold and mildew are common cleaning issues that can arise within your home or business.  Unfortunately, our Seattle Northwest climate can give mold and mildew the perfect conditions to grow and thrive in, and can be found anywhere from damp clothing to upholstered furniture and carpets. 

When you find mold and mildew on your furniture and carpets, and need professional help to get rid of it properly, our expert service professionals at SERVPRO of Seattle Northwest will use our state of the art equipment to help you take care of your mold issue quickly and safely. 

However, if your mold and mildew problems are less catastrophic here are a few simple tips to help you remove mold and mildew from…  

...white-cotton clothing

Apply a solution of one part bleach to three parts water to the stain and allow the solution to sit for 5-10 minutes, then wash as directed.

...non-bleachable clothing

If the article of clothing cannot be bleached, try removing the mold with lemon juice or white vinegar. Soak a cotton pad in lemon juice or vinegar and place it on the stain. Allow the solution to soak for several minutes. Then, remove the cotton pad, and sprinkle the area with some salt to further boost the effect of the acid. If possible, place the item in a sunny spot to dry. The sun rays will also bleach stains. Repeat as needed, then wash the garment as usual.

If the mildew stain persists, bring the article to a professional dry cleaner.

...grout and walls

To clean mildew and mold effectively from walls and grout, mix a solution of one part bleach to three parts water. Dampen (don’t soak) a sponge with the solution and apply it to the moldy areas. As the mildew disappears, dry the area using an old towel.

...upholstery

If your upholstered furniture has water damage and a substantial amount of mold growth, it should be replaced.

However, if there's only a small mold stain, you can try using a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution. Blot it on the mold and allow it to work for a minute or so. Rinse solution from the area by alternately dabbing it with a damp cloth or sponge and a dry cotton cloth. This probably will not remove the mold, but it may help lessen the stain.

Consult a professional if the stain persists or reappears.

...carpet

Be very careful dealing with mold on your carpet, its best to get the opinion of a certified mold expert, and let them safely remove any substantial amount of mold from your home or business.

If you need assistance for water or mold clean up & restoration, give SERVPRO of Seattle Northwest a call at (206) 789-2300

We're available 24/7 for emergency services. 

What You Should Do When Dealing with Fire Damage in Your Seattle Home

1/31/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What You Should Do When Dealing with Fire Damage in Your Seattle Home When you need help with fire damage clean up for your Seattle home call SERVPRO of Seattle Northwest at (206) 789-2300

What You Should Do When Dealing with Fire Damage in Your Seattle Home

Life has enough interruptions and bumps along the way without the unwanted disaster of a house fire. The aftermath is almost as bad but much longer-lasting. Even small fires can use the assistance of a professional cleanup/restoration company. Cooking fires that spread beyond the stove, barbecue grills that go up in smoke, and even small appliances that catch fire can cause damage to surrounding areas. 

Small Fires can Pose High Risks 

While you should never pour water on a grease fire, nor on an electrical one, many times that is a person's first reaction anywhere. This can cause even more damage. Cooking fires and electrical shorts are common causes of Seattle home and business fire damage.  It can also create physical risks to people standing nearby. With grease fires, baking soda should be poured into the pan and any grease or oil that has caught fire outside of the cooking pan or skillet instead of water. 

With electrical fires the appliance should be unplugged if it can be safely done, but not by pulling on the cord. This can cause the cord to snap, leaving the plug, without the cord, still in the outlet. The power to the area where this is happening should be shut off at the fuse box as quickly as possible to eliminate the hazard. 

After the Fire is Out, It's Time to Repair the Damage 

When there's been a localized fire, you should have someone assess the damages for you. This can often help with insurance documentation.

Damage can range from blackened walls and countertops to heavily burned surfaces, electrical wires being damaged and requiring replacement, to floors suffering damage so severe they must be replaced to be safe again. Having experts conduct the repairs needed can expedite insurance claims being resolved, as well. 

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

At SERRVPRO of Seattle Northwest, we have highly trained and skilled professionals who are experienced in all sizes of fire damage clean up and restoration. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help clean up and repair fire damage, no matter how large or small. Call us at (206) 789-2300 to get the necessary damages repaired, and the mess eliminated so you can go back to your daily routine. 

Protecting Your Seattle Northwest Home from Storm and Water Damage

1/29/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Protecting Your Seattle Northwest Home from Storm and Water Damage Looking for the best Seattle/Northwest Water & Storm Damage clean up company? Call SERVPRO of Seattle Northwest today at (206) 789-2300

Protecting Your Seattle Northwest Home from Storm and Water Damage

Flooding in your home can happen at any time, but your home can be even more exposed to water damage when it rains. As we move into the late Winter and early Spring months here in Seattle, storm damage can become more of a threat to your property. Follow these tips to help protect your home from water damage during the next rain storm. 

  1. Modify your homes water valves. If the city's main sewer line gets backed up during a heavy rain storm, you could find yourself standing in a a puddle of you-know-what. You may want to consider installing an interior or exterior backflow valve. Backflow valves prevent your water system from being contaminated from water flowing backwards into your supply lines. 
  2. Clear gutter, drains, and downspouts. Clogged gutters and downspouts can end up in a messy flood. Take the time to clean them and clear them of all debris before the rain comes.
  3. Cover air vents. One of the most common ways water finds its way into a home is through the home's air vents. If you know that heavy rain is in the forecast and that you are at risk of flooding, cover your air vents with thick plastic sheeting from both the outside and the inside. 
  4. Check your sealant surrounding doors and windows. Make sure that any gaps or holes in the sealant surrounding the doors and windows are filled in. This will help stop rain water from finding its way into your home. 

If water still manages to find a way into your home and you need assistance for water/mold clean up & restoration, give SERVPRO of Seattle Northwest a call at (206) 789-2300

We're available 24/7 for emergency services. 

10 MOST COMMON PLACES FOR MOLD GROWTH IN YOUR HOME

1/13/2018 (Permalink)

When it comes to your home or business mold is not something you want to mess around with. Especially in our Pacific Northwest climate, it doesn’t take very much time for mold to spread quickly. Mold can become extremely hazardous to your health, and if left untreated can cause costly structural damage to building materials. If you find mold growing in your home, it’s important to call in a professional who has the experience and expertise to have the mold completely removed by using the correct process.

Mold is a living organism that belongs to the fungi family. There are over 100,000 species of mold, and all of them can be harmful if not properly taken care of.

As long as oxygen and moisture are present, mold can virtually grow on any organic surface such as paper, wood, insulation, food, and carpet padding.  Because mold will eat or digest what it growing on, if left untreated, mold can even cause structural damage to buildings and furnishings.

10 Places to Watch for Mold Growth in Your Home:

  • Basements or cellars that have been flooded
  • Underneath kitchen sinks
  • Attics & Crawl Spaces
  • Underneath or behind refrigerators
  • Behind walls that also house plumbing
  • Stacks of damp or wet newspaper or cardboard boxes
  • Around air-conditioning units
  • Wallboard or around windows that leak
  • Under carpeting that may have become wet
  • Bathroom shower or under sink

You can prevent damage to your home or business, its contents, save money, and avoid potential health problems by controlling moisture and eliminating mold growth.

 Reminder: With any type of water damage in the home drying the affected areas within three days or less will help prevent the growth of toxic mold that can make you extremely sick.

We hope you never have to experience mold in your home, but if it does happen contact SERVPRO of Seattle Northwest and speak to one of our experienced team members who can help you quickly find a solution to your mold issue, and make it “Like it never even happened.”

We are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and you will receive complete service for your emergency with one phone call.

  Call SERVPRO of Seattle Northwest and speak to one of our service professionals at (206) 789-2300

Best DIY Pet Stain Removal Solution

1/13/2018 (Permalink)

Even when you have a well-trained furry friend, accidents can still happen.  If the stain they left behind is not properly cleaned right away, it may take the right carpet cleaning professional to get your floor looking and smelling like new again.

When you think of SERVPRO of Seattle Northwest you probably know we are the industry’s leading experts when it comes to fire and water restoration, but did you also know we can also help you tackle the less disastrous messes, like the ones your favorite pet might occasionally leave behind?

 That’s right, if you live in the Seattle area, SERVPRO of Seattle Northwest will help you with your carpet cleaning and odor elimination by using our state of the art equipment. Our experienced technicians are experts at deodorizing and eliminating the source of the odor. For good! Because almost nothing is worse than walking into a home that smells like pet urine! Even if you can’t see the stain, many times it will have saturated the carpet padding underneath, causing a foul smell you won’t be able to get rid without the help of a trained professional.

However, for the smaller pet stain problems you might encounter, here are a couple of inexpensive and easy solutions our experts recommend to help solve your pet stain and odor problems. 

The sooner the better when it comes to cleaning urine stains.  If you can blot the stain with paper towels when it is still wet you will decrease your chances of having a permanent stain. Once all the excess liquid has been absorbed mix the following simple solution together, put it into a spray bottle, and then spray directly on the stain.  Let it sit for at least 10 minutes then use more paper towels to let it dry.

Pet Stain Remover

2 cups vinegar

2 cups warm water

4 tbls of baking soda

You can also use the baking soda/vinegar method for older stains that have settled into the carpet.  However instead of lightly spraying, pour the vinegar directly on to the soiled spot, followed by a couple tablespoons of baking soda over the top of the vinegar. Let it sit and dry for 24 hours, before sweeping and vacuuming up the remaining amount of baking soda.

For cleaning and deodorizing problems that will take more than vinegar and baking soda to get rid of, call SERVPRO of Seattle Northwest at 206-789-2300 

3 ways to Reduce Home Heating Bills

1/11/2018 (Permalink)

General 3 ways to Reduce Home Heating Bills 3 ways to reduce heating bills

Temperatures in Seattle and the Northwest aren't high right now, but your heating bill might be! 

Here are 3 quick and easy ways to get your heating bills to drop with the temperature! 

  1. Smart Thermostat: Why not use the best of technology? Intelligent thermostats can provide significant savings in several different ways. Some even detect the outside temperature/humidity to help analyze and adjust the inside temperature to maximize efficiency and comfort. This is one of the most affordable ways to save money on heating bills! Some smart thermostats are available for under $30. Having a consistent and affordable indoor temp can help avoid costly damage, like frozen pipes. You can always count on SERVPRO of Seattle Northwest to help with water damage from frozen pipes, but let's try to avoid that!
  2. Insulate attic and attic doors: If it's a bit drafty in your house, you can bet you're losing money. Insulation is an absolute must to keep heating bills down. Neglecting attic areas is a common mistake that can be reducing the efficiency of your heating source. 
  3. Pay attention to Windows and Doors:  25% of the heat in your house (heat that you've paid for!) is lost through windows and uninsulated patio doors. If you convert that percentage to a dollar amount, we think you'd be surprised at the amount of money you're spending to throw your heat out the window! Check your windows and doors seasonally, to ensure there are no broken seals, or you'll be facing more than a heat efficiency issue. With the amount of rain we're getting this time of year, a broken seal will cause an indoor flood...SERVPRO of Seattle Northwest specializes in water damage and we are the best at restoring property catastrophies...but let's try to avoid that, shall we?

From smart thermostats to window seals, these little details all add up to higher cost and higher risk for potential home damage!

If you’re experiencing seasonal home damage, call SERVPRO of Seattle Northwest, we’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”

2nd floor flooding in Stanwood

11/14/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage 2nd floor flooding in Stanwood Damage from flood on upper floor

Here at SERVPRO of Seattle Northwest - SERVPRO of Shoreline/Woodinville we work closely with other SERVPRO franchises when necessary. Our friends at SERVPRO of Skagit County called us in to assist a family with a devastating loss to their home. While on vacation, this homeowner's bathroom sink had sprung a leak on the top floor of their home, affecting almost every room in their house.

SERVPRO of Seattle Northwest works with insurance companies, like this customer's. In conjunction with SERVPRO of Skagit County, we were able to ensure that all water damage was dried in a timely and professional matter for this customer. The project went smoothly and the customer was completely satisfied with the results.

One of the most satisfying parts of our job, is bringing happiness to a family who has lost so much.

Rain Storms and Gutter Maintenance

11/14/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Rain Storms and Gutter Maintenance Gutter Cleaning in the PNW

It's the beginning of the rainy season here in the Pacific Northwest, and SERVPRO of Seattle Northwest is here for you! 

Preventative maintenance is the best way to prepare for the wind and rain storms that are heading our way. 

Gutters help catch rainfall and ensure it stays away from the foundation of your home. If your gutters get clogged with ice or debris that piles up during the season, your gutters can't do their jobs. We all know there are giant leaves EVERYWHERE right now, so just make sure they don't stay in your gutters.  

Clean your gutters by spraying a hose through them from the bottom up. Use a scoop or towel to remove any clogs in your gutters, or you can purchase a hose attachment tool that is specifically designed for cleaning gutters. 

It is crutial that you check your home for signs of leakage. Fixing a leak early on can prevent flooding, mold, mildew and even a collapsed ceiling. Scan your ceilings for water marks and look for peeling paint.

You should also check the outside of your home for any telltale signs of leakage.

Make sure there are no cracks in the ridges of your roof. Wind can cause roof damage, so keep an eye out for loose, curled, or missing shingles. If you do have roof damage, water can enter your home.  

Cleaning your gutters is a quick and easy way to protect yourself from the harsh weather heading our way!

An ounce of prevention can save you from having gallons of water inside your home! 

5 Ways to Save Money on Air Conditioning

7/21/2017 (Permalink)

Summer in the Pacific Northwest is about to heat up and you may already be using your air conditioner! 

If your air conditioner was not working as well as you would have liked last year, you may be considering buying a new one. Before you panic at having to make a large investment, let us relieve you of some of the sticker shock. Today’s technology has vastly improved both the function and efficiency, so owning and operating a new air conditioner may be more affordable than you think.

Check out these 5 ways to save money on a new air conditioner:

  1. Look for financing options

    Many companies offer financing options that allow you to break up the purchase price into monthly payments. This may help you afford  more efficient equipment that will save you even more money on energy costs over the life of the unit.

  2. Choose high efficiency equipment

    A general rule of thumb is to purchase the most efficient air conditioner you can afford, because that efficiency will pay off over the life of the system. Look for Energy Star ratings that often come with rebates and other incentives. Depending on the age and efficiency of your old unit, you may find that when you combine the cost of the new air conditioner with monthly savings, you are actually spending less.

  3. Get the right size.

    Accurately measure the size of the unit your home needs for optimal performance based on multiple measurements and factors — not just square footage. This is key to ensuring that your air conditioner will perform properly and without excessive wear and tear. Improperly sized air conditioners will work harder, use more energy and break down sooner. (Trust us, we use air to dry and cool on a daily basis!)

  4. Place the outside unit on the north or east side of the house

    Locating the unit out of direct sunlight, but with plenty of room for air to flow freely (about 2 feet on each side and 4 feet of clearance on the top). This will prevent debris from creating clogs and causing mechanical failures, and also ensures that a sufficient supply of fresh air is reaching the unit. Keep plants and shrubs neatly trimmed and make sure the area remains free of leaves and other debris.

  5. Maintain the AC on a regular basis

    Protect your investment with regular maintenance every year and call your HVAC professional when issues arise. This will go a long way toward keeping your new air conditioner in great shape for many years to come, so you won’t have to replace it any time soon.