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Do Not Let Bellingham Water Damage Destroy Your Home

7/24/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Provides Fast Water Damage Cleanup

Water is an essential component of our lives. When it does not stay contained in the piping of the plumbing system or infiltrates your home through instances like flooding, you can see its destructive and hazardous properties as well. After leaks and other water emergencies, it is important to have a restoration team willing to act quickly to help. Disasters do not wait for convenient times to strike, so our rapid response team stays accessible and ready to mobilize 24 hours a day.

Bellingham water damage occurs in several ways, making no two situations similar. In contrast, our SERVPRO Green Fleet that stays stocked with extraction and drying tools carries the needed instruments to help the site's positioning and frequency of required products and equipment changes after these disasters.

Getting Mitigation Started Fast

Did you know?

Mitigation is a critical component of every restoration project. It is the earliest action to protect a home and its contents from permanent damage.

Completing mitigating steps requires experienced professionals of our SERVPRO team to reach the property shortly after the first notice of loss. While many possible emergency services can help a structure after disasters, some of the most common focal points of our technicians upon entering a water-damaged home include:

  • Extraction
  • Discarding materials
  • Demolition
  • Emergency repairs
  • Content management

Thorough Drying Solutions for Your Home

Drying is a necessary element of every restoration project. Water and moisture must be removed using a combination of drying tools and products, beginning with high-velocity blower units placed in the work area to address surface moisture concerns. Usual drying tools include:

  • Air Movers

High-velocity air mover units are the foundation of fast and continual drying. Blasting surfaces with warm air promotes steady evaporation on surfaces with water damage.

  • Dehumidifiers

Using air movers increases the moisture grains in the air, which must be removed to an acceptable level that does not promote secondary effects like structural deterioration or microbial development. We have dehumidification units that trap and collect this water to improve environmental conditions.

  • Portable Heaters

Heaters manipulate the temperature of the drying space, helping evaporation to happen more quickly, environments to hold more water in the air, and chemical processes to occur with less contact time.

Knowing the House is Dry

Peace of mind is earned, and we can show you why we are a team worth trusting when drying and restoring water damage in your home. With dozens or even hundreds of drying tools used simultaneously to help your property return to preloss condition, continual monitoring is needed to evaluate the progress of these instruments. SERVPRO technicians can reconfigure them to provide even more efficient production. We have several moisture monitors and sensors to help collect data as required.

Relying on Our SERVPRO Experience

We are not the only Bellingham restoration company, but we provide a level of preparedness that has allowed us to become a preferred vendor for insurance work and disaster relief. We are accredited through firms like the IICRC in areas like:

  • WRT- Water Restoration
  • ASD – Structural Drying
  • OCT – Odor Control
  • CDS – Commercial Drying

Bellingham water damage is one of the more common callouts for our professionals, making it a situation that technicians on our roster must stay ready to face. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster, starting with emergency preparedness at all levels. Give our SERVPRO of Whatcom County team a call at (360) 733-1800.

Understanding Bellingham Fire Damage Restoration Phases

7/24/2022 (Permalink)

open oven flames shooting out, servpro poster Bellingham property owners rely upon SERVPRO for fire damage cleanup and restoration. "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Protects Homes After Fire Damage

Fires are an unfortunate reality for many homes every year. With the thousands living in the Greater Bellingham area and a high number of commercial properties and businesses, a single fire incident could be costly and devastating. We understand how vital loss mitigation is for these emergencies, so our SERVPRO team reaches properties as soon as possible for efforts like:

  • Inventory Services
  • Hazard Mitigation
  • Content Care
  • Water Removal
  • Bulk Material Removal

Bellingham fire damage occurs from many possible triggers. From accidents around the stovetop to an overloaded outlet, fires can spark quickly and move beyond the ignition point at a rapid pace. Our professionals appreciate the urgency of restoration, so we keep skilled technicians ready to mobilize 24/7 when disasters strike.

Thorough Inspections for Detailed Estimation

Many parties are privy to the details of a fire damage restoration project. The customer, the restoration provider, and the insurance company involved all have a similar stake in understanding the condition of the house and the expected plan to restore and recover the residence. Our production manager conducts a thorough walk-through of the property early to document damage, catalog content loss, and formulate a detailed restoration plan and estimation.

On and Off-Site Content Cleaning

Managing the contents impacted by fire losses is another essential part of SERVPRO's restoration response. While we strive to protect or clean items on-site for a customer's peace of mind, off-site cleaning and storage are sometimes necessary. At our SERVPRO facility, we can provide more intricate cleaning and restoration like:

  • Submersion tank for cleaning hard-surfaced contents
  • Soft material wash station
  • Ozone chamber for deodorizing multiple items
  • Drying approaches

Soot Removal Solutions

Removing soot is one of the more complex areas of fire damage restoration our SERVPRO team performs. Inadequate measures can see soot permanently mar surfaces underneath the soil deposits. The corrosivity of acidic soot and its ability to stain porous surfaces requires fast action with surface cleaning, media blasting, or controlled demolition.

Different Smoke Damage Threats for Homes

Smoke damage is not all the same because the combusted materials and environmental conditions between disasters change considerably. Common smoke damage types include:

  • Wet Smoke – Thick and moist residues on horizontal surfaces typically require solvents to dissolve to prevent smearing and staining.
  • Dry Smoke – A product of high heat fires characterized by chalky, thin smoke residues.
  • Protein Residues – Formidable, thick deposit of grease and oily residue deposited by range top fires.

Cleaning Commercial Large Loss Situations

Bellingham is home to many businesses and commercial properties, making our experience in Large Loss recovery significant for fire damage restoration. We have industrial-grade equipment sizable enough for massive production facilities like warehouses and call centers to the right tools that manage fire losses in multi-story structures and historic properties in the county.

Build-Back Services After a Fire

Few structure fires that impact homes and businesses in our area do not require some reconstruction or repairs. With a general contractor license, we can keep this work in-house and limit the time that the full spectrum of restoration and recovery services takes. Our experience with this next group of actions after fire loss restoration saves customers time and money on pursuing a subcontractor to complete the job on a new schedule.

Bellingham fire damage presents several layers of threat to a home or business. Even with the experience of our SERVPRO of Whatcom County team, not starting restoration right away can have costly and disastrous results for the property. We are ready to mobilize when emergencies occur. Call now at (360) 733-1800.

Needed Approaches and Solutions for Bellingham Mold Damage

7/24/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Has Many Mold Remediation Techniques

Effective mold and microbial cleanup and restoration is an intricate process that begins as soon as homeowners suspect colonization. Even without physical signs of an infestation, many property owners have been able to speculate about microbial development with effects like musty odors or persistent moisture in specific areas of the residence. Our SERVPRO team works quickly to help mitigate loss from spores and colonies.

Early Structure Inspections

Our SERVPRO remediation team works to understand the scope of the work necessary and the severity of the infestation to the house after Bellingham mold damage by inspecting. We have talented administrators capable of walking through a household with the homeowners to show the likely restoration processes to come, document damage, and evaluate the condition of structural elements directly exposed to mold growth or moisture.

How Does Mold Damage Remediation Begin?

There are no set ways for mold remediation and recovery to occur. In most situations, there is a combination of cleaning and removal efforts based on varying levels of infestation across materials:

  • Cleaning Surfaces

Several sporicidal agents are available to our SERVPRO team to overcome surface mold threats. In most cases, mold spores and microbes are eliminated on contact or within minutes of exposure.

  • Effective Mechanical Actions

Surface treatments alone are not always enough to be successful, and mechanical action must accompany the sporicidal products. Vacuums, brushes, steel wool, sanding, and other aggressive cleaning approaches can amplify the effectiveness of antimicrobial solutions.

  • Blasting Options

Media blasting combines various abrasive products like baking soda, dry ice, or crushed walnut shells with pressurized air or water to eradicate mold on the surface of irregular materials. Water is not typically used as this could further promote mold growth.

  • Removing Damaged Materials

Removing impacted materials can be a last resort for our IICRC-certified SERVPRO professionals when other ineffective remediation approaches. The process removes overly damaged building materials entirely, preventing their further negative influence on the damaged areas.

Can Mold Damage Dissipate on Its Own?

Many mistakenly believe that ignoring mold growth in the house is the best action. In most cases, microbial threats do not improve with time, allowing these conditions to worsen the more that action is not taken to overcome colonization. Understanding that conditions can continue to decline should inspire homeowners to pursue experienced remediation professionals like our SERVPRO team to help.

Clearing Strong Malodors from the Property

Residential mold growth can be challenging, but lingering effects like the harsh malodors these organisms produce can be even more formidable. Offensive odors remain even after much of the mold colonies have been removed and require separate focused actions to overcome and neutralize. Counteractant products can reduce the severity of these smells, but vapor fogging impacts musty malodors.

Will Mold Damage Repairs Be Needed?

Because mold uses organic matter as a food source, hosting materials and structural elements can routinely get destroyed by an aggressive organism. After cleaning up the bulk materials and eliminating lingering portions of the property too weakened to preserve, build-back services are necessary. Our SERVPRO professionals have a general contractor license showing our experience in this area. We begin needed repairs when remediation nears its completion.

Bellingham mold damage occurs frequently. There are homes in the area contending with microbial damage right now that could benefit from the focused mold removal tactics we provide. Give our SERVPRO of Whatcom County remediators a call today to mitigate loss and repair your home after mold exposure. We are ready 24/7 at (360) 733-1800. 

Don’t Let Bellingham Water Damage Costs Break the Bank

7/22/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO’s Water Damage Methods Save Bellingham Residents Money

Many working parts are involved with water restoration, especially if you have a significant incident inside your Bellingham home. SERVPRO’s water removal services help address all standing water, but our efforts go far beyond that. When you need structural drying, mold prevention, and reconstruction, we have the manpower and methods to handle everything for you in unison. This coordinated action ensures your property gets left “Like it never even happened” once we finish the job!

When you have water damage in Bellingham, you need solutions. SERVPRO’s scalability allows us to adapt to any restoration project that comes our way. We consider all unique aspects of your water emergency so we can select the right process to get results. Some of the equipment you will see us using may include:

  •             Pumps and extractorsWe utilize the best extraction tools for the job to pull up as much standing water in the shortest time possible to halt migration and further saturation.
  •             Air movers and fans –Airflow is critical for drying and evaporating moisture, so we strategically place centrifugal air movers, industrial axial fans, and other equipment to facilitate the drying process.
  •             Portable heating and dehumidification –In some situations, boosting the temperature in the work zone just enough will help eliminate moisture faster. Along with our powerful dehumidifiers, we can restore relative humidity (RH) more quickly than any DIY method alone.

One call to SERVPRO gets you all of the following and more:

  • Highly-trained technicians
  • 24/7 rapid response
  • Advanced technology
  • Insurance paperwork assistance
  • Proven results

Nobody is quicker to get to work on your water damage than our SERVPRO of Whatcom County team. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster, and you can reach us any time of day by calling our customer care team at (360) 733-1800. You can also initiate service by requesting help using our online contact form.

Stress and Worry Handled with Pro Fire Damage Help in Ferndale

7/22/2022 (Permalink)

tech dons PPE white SERVPRO protects our technicians as we mitigate fire damage for our Ferndale area homes.

Ferndale Residents Trust SERVPRO for Rapid Fire Damage Cleanup

A delicate timeline must be followed when handling any degree of fire damage in your home. Some homeowners that unfortunately take the DIY route for cleanup will miss essential steps and wait too long to address corrosive soot residues. SERVPRO knows and follows best practices to house fire cleanup to get your property back to pre-fire condition faster than any do-it-yourself job. We are also ready to assist around the clock so that you have a trusted liaison to handle your restoration.

Job scoping and assessment of all fire damage in your Ferndale home are critical for our crew to select the best methods, products, and equipment for the job. We inspect affected contents, structural integrity, areas that require cleaning, and possible safety hazards.

Safety is our number one concern

Safety is of the utmost importance whenever our IICRC-certified FSRT technicians enter fire-damaged homes. We think of not only our team but also the impact of further damage to your interior or belongings and all property occupants. Several areas that we look at include:

  •    Structural issues –All damaged materials are of immediate concern. Upon permission to enter the property, we look for all irreparable building materials and major structural components that must get addressed. 
  •    Airborne concerns –Our team wears personal protective equipment (PPE) whenever we enter a fire-damaged building. We also have powerful air scrubbers that use HEPA filtration to pull airborne particulates from the air as the project progresses.
  •    Soot, ash, and debris removal –As part of our fire mitigation phase, we remove all unsalvageable, charred debris to work on the remainder of the materials. Less soot residue and corrosive elements help lessen the onset of secondary damage, thereby reducing damaged belongings.

When it comes to cleanup and restoration, you want a team like SERVPRO of Whatcom County on your side. Request help online or reach us 24/7 by dialing (360) 733-1800. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Heavy Storms Bring Flood Damage to Bellingham Homes

7/22/2022 (Permalink)

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Storm Flood Damage Assistance from SERVPRO 24/7 in Bellingham

Storms can come in without warning and negatively impact their path. You must cautiously proceed when you have floodwater coming into your Bellingham home. Rapid removal is best, which is why area residents look to SERVPRO for water removal services and restoration. We are available 24/7 with our disaster-ready teams so that you can have peace of mind your family home will be in good hands. The faster we can get in to begin water mitigation efforts, the easier it is to generate the best outcome.

SERVPRO offers rapid solutions for your storm flood damage issues in Bellingham. Flooding can become hazardous and costly in the blink of an eye. We work carefully and in the most efficient way possible to lessen the restoration time while salvaging whatever is possible. We stock our Green Fleet with a wealth of industrial-grade tools, equipment, EPA-registered disinfectants, and cleaning agents to execute speedy restoration.

Once we arrive:

  • We thoroughly assess all flooded areas to determine the right equipment, safety hazards, etc.
  • Our tarping and board-up services help us cover a leaking roof from storms and other damage to your exterior.
  • Disinfectants get sprayed over all standing floodwater to limit contamination
  • Water removal services begin with trash pumps, truck-mounted extractors, and submersible pumps.
  • Partial or complete content pack-out/move-out helps our crew sort items for cleaning or disposal and free up space to facilitate restoration.

The SERVPRO team performs controlled demolition and reconstruction for all areas requiring materials removal and replacement. This tear-out may entail carpet and carpet padding removal, subfloor replacement, new drywall, and all finishing touches to make it “Like it never even happened.” – General contractor license #: SERVPB*995NP

Get in touch with SERVPRO of Whatcom County for all your storm flood damage restoration needs! We are Here to Help around the clock, 365 days a year, at (360) 773-1800.

Bellingham Water Removal Also Means Humidity Management

7/21/2022 (Permalink)

desiccant dehu servpro poster SERVPRO reduces humidity and water damage in Bellingham homes with desiccant dehumidifiers. "Like it never even happened."

Water Removal in the Home Is Vital

One of the critical elements of overcoming water and moisture damage in your home or business is removing high humidity. Moisture content like this can dramatically slow the drying process, and without direct action to counteract and regulate it, it could stall the restoration progress entirely.                                                                                             

Why is a High Humidity Level Concerning?

Humidity might not seem like a cause for water removal in Bellingham homes, but there are more issues with rising environmental moisture content than you think. Damp environments directly impact structural elements, which could result in weakening or deterioration. In addition, persistent moist conditions are welcoming to mold and microbial development.

Regulating Moisture Content

As the drying process continues, the air's moisture level rises without measures taken to counteract this increase. The most effective strategy is the placement and operation of dehumidifiers. These work in conjunction with air movers evaporating surface moisture and portable heaters that increase the capacity of the air to hold more water. Collectively, regulating the environmental moisture content is a product of these tools:

  • Desiccant dehumidifiers
  • Low-grain refrigerant dehumidifiers
  • Portable electric heaters
  • Air movers

Collecting Data on Drying Effectiveness

To understand the effects of the methods used to regulate environmental moisture concerns, our SERVPRO professionals must continually monitor the progress of drying tools and dehumidifiers. The best approach to track drying and humidity levels are with a thermohygrometer. These tools measure the volume of water content in the atmosphere to show when acceptable percentages have been achieved. Moisture meters placed directly on materials aid in determining the moisture content and when the effort is complete.

While water removal can indicate a need for extraction, it can also mean the steps taken to overcome high moisture content in the environment. Our SERVPRO of Whatcom County East team works fast to manage humidity concerns to protect the property and contents from damage. Call our experienced professionals now at (360) 788-4158.

Ferndale Office Carpeting Suffers After Water Damage

7/21/2022 (Permalink)

tech posing by van servpro poster The advanced water extraction and drying equipment used by SERVPRO can keep Ferndale offices functioning during restoration.

Cleaning Carpets After Water Damage

Water and flood damage can both be substantial concerns for a business. One of these instances can be enough to close your doors for a time, so people rely on the fast response of SERVPRO professionals to help with aspects of mitigation that protect the structure, such as:

  • Pooling
  • Wet Carpeting
  • Mold/Microbial Growth

Absorbent Carpet Material

Carpeting is one of the more challenging materials to consider after water damage to Ferndale offices. The inexpensive flooring selected is meant to get several years of foot traffic and then be replaced, making it unsuitable to survive more direct water exposure from burst pipes, broken sprinkler fixtures, or plumbing connections. Because of its thin and lightweight composition, short pile carpeting is often easier to dry and clean when contamination is not a concern.

Non-Permeable Subflooring Materials

While one advantage of short pile carpeting common to offices is the solid and non-porous subflooring materials underneath, this adds issues in other areas when restoration first begins. Concrete subflooring does not absorb the standing water on the surface, so this condition can stay a challenge to overcome until extraction devices get implemented.

Our Advanced Tools to Help with Cleanup

We must manage the water caught in the flooring as rapidly as possible. Often the best means of doing this is using various inventory extraction tools. High-efficiency carpet wands can be suitable for short pile carpeting common to office buildings. These can be run on stationary pumps or portable wet vacuums, depending on the power needed.

Cleaning up after water damage or flooding in your office building can often mean drying and restoring impacted building materials. Carpets and other flooring types require fast and deliberate action to prevent needed repairs or reconstruction. Give our SERVPRO of Whatcom County East team a call when you need us at (360) 788-4158.

Bellingham Mold Damage Is Often Hidden

7/21/2022 (Permalink)

servpro poster   wipe up wet floors, prevent mold Rely on SERVPRO professional mold remediation to make your Bellingham home appear "Like it never even happened."

Where is Mold Damage Occurring in Your Bellingham Home

Many areas of homes can suffer mold growth, such as the basement and the attic. If you believe mold could impact your property, you should take the necessary steps to confirm.

Mold Visual Inspections

A suspicion of mold damage in Bellingham homes should be enough for property owners to consider professional inspections. Our sophisticated instruments and probes can verify the presence of moisture when certain signs indicate mold might exist, such as:

  • Musty odors
  • Spotting
  • Damp surfaces

Following the Water Damage to Mold

Tracking moisture movement can be another method of identifying possible mold development in the house. This strategy is ideal for noting where mold colonies could exist in structural cavities and less accessible areas, as we have moisture meters, thermal imagery, and other methods to track damp pockets. Our technicians adhere to EPA and IICRC guidelines.

Controlled Demolition Where Needed

Another obstacle to finding mold and discovering the scope of the damage is structural elements. For instance, when mold is believed to exist in wall systems, surface materials like drywall must often be removed and discarded to provide access for our SERVPRO team to begin remediation in this opening.

Removing the Mold When Discovered

Finding mold is only the beginning of the work that must be done. DIY remediation and mold removal are rarely advisable, as our SERVPRO professionals have trusted strategies and products to overcome microbial colonies. While surface treatments are the least invasive, more aggressive measures like sanding, dry ice blasting, and even controlled demolition might be necessary.

Mold is one of the common threats to homes in the Pacific Northwest, making the response of remediators like SERVPRO of Whatcom County East critical. Our involvement in mitigating loss and containing the movement of spores can protect more of the structure from avoidable harm. Call us when you suspect mold in your home at (360) 788-4158. 

Rain Water Damage in Ferndale, Wa.

6/15/2021 (Permalink)

The rain found an opening and damaged the interior of the medical office.

A typical rain storm in Washington drops a heavy amount of water from the sky but also is generally accompanied by wind. Wind helps the water find pathways to the interior of your home or place of business.

This particular water damage occurred when the tar caulking on a flat roof failed ever so slightly and wind driven rain found the weak spot.

The vent through the roofing system was all the water needed to penetrate the defenses of the building and after a long weekend the morning crew was met with wet floors, ceilings and walls.

They immediately called the trusted Water and Fire - Cleanup and Restoration Professionals, SERVPRO of Bellingham, to dry out the structure and get them back in business as soon as possible.

We work hard to keep your business up and going.