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Our Technicians Discuss How We Clean Windows and Accessories After A Fire In Bremerton

12/8/2019 (Permalink)

fire damaged home covered in soot We can help mitigate fire damage, no matter how it affects your home.

How We Clean Windows and Accessories in a Fire Damaged Bremerton Residence

Where’s there’s smoke, there’s fire, is the old saying. It goes both ways, however, and when a fire happens inside of a home in Bremerton, smoke fills it up quickly. Smoke spreads far beyond the area where the flames destroy areas of the residence. As it passes through, gliding across surfaces and swirling around in corners, soot adheres to surfaces.

One area of a home in Bremerton with fire damage where soot accumulates heavily is around the windows. The contrast of cooler temperatures outside and the heat trapped inside help push the smoke into these places. Heavy soiling of the ceiling above windows, notably taller ones that reach closer to the ceiling, is typical. SERVPRO’s technicians know how to get these clean again for you.

Window dressings, including heavy draperies, mini-blinds, and vertical slats, can become saturated with soot. Some larger slats have a fabric covering. When these become saturated with soot, they might seem too damaged for restoration. Just like draperies and valances, we use specific methods to remove the soot from their surfaces. Brushes can smear soot, so we use a gentle vacuum instead. We also use a dry cleaning sponge that pulls soot, other soils, and even bothersome pet hair away from these surfaces.

Before cleaning window dressings, we often take a photo or two of the fasteners to help make sure we reinstall them correctly for you. This includes draperies, as well. We want to make everything “Like it never even happened.” for you.

For cleaning out the crevices and grooves within the window frames, brushes help lift any soot and loosen any hardened residues. Vacuuming afterward eliminates everything and leaves the area clean. Because soot causes odors, any left on screens or near windows can bring unwanted odors into the home when using opened windows to air the place out. Brushing the screens, or replacing them if damaged, can help reduce any smoky odor coming in and possibly resoiling the area.

Our dry sponges also work well to get window glass soot-free, making it easier to clean them before your family returns home or begins using the affected part of the home again. Attempting to clean these before removing the soot results in a smeared mess. Chemicals used in wet cleaning can also drip and then stain areas that otherwise would not have sustained any damage.

SERVPRO of Kitsap County is near Bainbridge Island, and also Silverdale and Port Orchard. Fire damage can upset a family, especially over the winter months. Call (360) 373-1290 for experts who care about your family’s safety and comfort. We can help mitigate fire damage, no matter how it affects your home.

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Some Steps to Reduce Flood Damage in Bainbridge Island

11/30/2019 (Permalink)

rendering of a flooded washroom Regardless whether flooding came from external or internal sources, SERVPRO can effectively remediate your home. Call right away.

Why Emergency Flood Damage Services in Bainbridge can Reduce Claims Expense

Flooding can result in discoloration at the base level of walls and floors. You may also find that these waters damage furnishings, leaving behind watermarks as well as ransacking the decor in your home. Dealing with a flooding issue in your home can become a secondary issue, particularly if you are temporarily relocated from the property. However, prolonged exposure to floodwaters can result in irrevocable harm to both your home's structure and contents. You may also be worried about the potential for trespass or unlawful entry while your vulnerable home is vacated.

Our rapid response units are here to guide the restoration effort after flood damage in your Bainbridge home. We operate out-of-hours visits, and you can reach us twenty-four hours a day via our phone lines. If you are temporarily relocated, a SERVPRO technician can perform tasks on the property on your behalf. These tasks may include scoping for safety hazards, plugging leaks with an emergency tarp as well as boarding up the broken structure to discourage unlawful entry.

However, the role of a competent restorer goes beyond securing the property. SERVPRO services are designed as a preventative tool against further losses. These may include pumping out excess water, restoring power to the property as well as performing vital pre-cleaning tasks of carpets or upholstery. In properties with severe damage, we can organize for your contents to be inventoried and removed for safe storage while property restoration gets underway. By controlling losses, we can help to keep the expense of your claim as low as possible.

Floodwaters that enter the home carry with them potentially harmful human pathogens. Our team can thoroughly disinfect your property and remove potentially contaminated materials with controlled demolitions. Porous materials imbibe moisture, which can cause severe, irreversible damages. Furthermore, these damages can spread over time or cause secondary issues like mold growth. By removing materials from home we can prevent costs from escalating.

Act quickly to prevent floodwaters from causing excessive damage. Contact SERVPRO of Kitsap County at (360) 373-1290 now.

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Our Experts Discuss Why Cleanup After Controlled Demolition In Bremerton Is Vital

11/23/2019 (Permalink)

water damage incident in home We have experienced technicians with extensive training to make water losses “Like it never even happened.”

Cleanup After Controlled Demolition in Bremerton Homes

There are numerous circumstances where restoring specific damaged materials like cabinetry in Bremerton homes is less cost-effective than removing it and later replacing it. As we are always looking for the most efficient pathway to getting you back to normal life, we balance the fastest and the least expensive options to offer a customer-focused experience for every loss incident. Controlled demolition, such as the removal of saturated cabinetry and their framework, can leave dust and debris circulating throughout the damaged area.

Kitchen fixtures can leak and break, leading to a need for extensive extraction and water cleanup for Bremerton homes. As fast as these effects can migrate throughout the house, our SERVPRO team needs to mobilize quickly to help. Scoping the job happens first, where our project manager takes our advanced discovery devices like our moisture meters and infrared thermography cameras to identify both the location and the concentration of water saturation. With an understanding of the spread of these effects, we can catalog loss and irreparable damage in our DryBook software.

Drying up the damage in your home should often be one of the primary focuses of our SERVPRO technicians, as the largest concentration of water damage can often be the materials that can get removed by our licensed contractors. Drywall and cabinetry are often some of the cheapest materials in your home’s construction, and as such, it is often cheaper to replace these structural elements than to dry them out. Often with the particle board cabinets, the demolition and removal of these units can leave a substantial mess. The same can get said about removing only portions of drywall and the wood trim along the base of the wall surface.

Our technicians have effective cleaning techniques, including dry vacuuming with HEPA-filtering machines and cleaning products to clear residues and lingering adhesives from installed wallboard behind the cabinets.

No matter how widespread water loss effects can initially appear, our SERVPRO of Kitsap County team can help get the situation under control. We have experienced technicians with extensive training to make water losses “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call at (360) 373-1290.

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How To Protect Your Home in Bainbridge Island From Fraud After A Flood

11/10/2019 (Permalink)

flooding in home after a storm Our SERVPRO of Kitsap County professionals are standing by 24/7 at (360) 373-1290.

Protect Your Bainbridge Island Home from Fraud After Flood Loss

It is challenging to rationalize the substantial damage that could exist for Bainbridge Island homes after widespread natural disasters like flooding. As traumatic and stressful as these situations can become, these emotions are exasperated even more with the need to work quickly to secure competent restoration professionals to begin recovering the property. Because of the vulnerability of so many of the area homes and their owners, it is a prime time for uninsured and unlicensed “restoration companies” to make an appearance.

You can often note an unprofessional option by determining which crews are going to every house in the neighborhood to offer an assessment of flood damage for Bainbridge Island homes. Reputable companies do not need to solicit your business door-to-door, and our SERVPRO team is ready to mobilize at your call to provide a thorough and complete scope of the damage when we arrive. Using our brand-specific software DryBook, we can document the parameters of the damage, its severity, catalog losses, and monitor our progress through our restoration process. You are given a cost for the cleanup and restoration service, which should be very accurate. Peace of mind, we strive to provide for our neighbors, and for when we range far afield to assist during trying times.

A grave concern with unlicensed and uncertified labor after flood losses is the potential for someone getting hurt on your property. Predators exist in every area of life, and they can prey on those already compromised by another unexpected loss like flooding. Also, any construction or demolition improperly performed has no guarantees or safeguards to protect you – meaning that you would be paying out of pocket twice for construction efforts that should have been completed correctly the first time by competent professionals.

While our SERVPRO services might not be the cheapest of what can pop up after widespread flooding disasters, we have built our reputation on exceeding customer expectations and completing jobs efficiently. We have licensed contractors to perform controlled demolition and board-ups, and you can get the full measure of our accredited restoration professionals, including Water Restoration (WRT), Applied Structural Drying (ASD), Carpet Cleaning (CCT), Odor Control (OCT), Applied Microbial Remediation (AMRT), and Health & Safety (HST.)

Flooding can be a traumatic time, so choose the team you want to restore your home wisely. Our SERVPRO of Kitsap County professionals are standing by 24/7 at (360) 373-1290.

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Silverdale Fire Damage Requires Planned Cleanup and Restoration within Insurance guidelines--SERVPRO Can Help

11/1/2019 (Permalink)

Small Green SERVPRO vehicle overlooking a body of water, phone number prevalent A project manager can arrive to help you resolve any fire damaging event in your Silverdale home, from scoping the damage to final walk-through.

Finding Out What Your Insurance Covers After a Silverdale Housefire

Fires can be a devastating force in the lives of Silverdale residents, and part of this overwhelmed feeling may come from the lack of available information about what your insurance policy covers and what it might not. Because you have little time to waste after a fire gets extinguished before detrimental effects can spread throughout the property, our SERVPRO professionals seek to be the second team that you call after a disaster to get these vital efforts started. The first is your carrier.

We know that your first instinct after the fire fighting teams have left is to reach out directly to your insurance provider to dispatch an adjuster to pay for fire damage in your Silverdale home, but they can often have you waiting for extended periods getting all of the details and facts about the incident. To make matters worse, filing a claim often requires photographic evidence and documentation of the damage, something that our team of professionals can quickly perform with our arrival. Your insurance company can often recommend the use of professional scoping to reduce cleanup startup and bias and to get the information shared expediently to protect your property. SERVPRO is a preferred vendor with many national and state insurance companies and can typically begin the restoration service with a signed agreement.
Our crew chief and our production manager can both take an active role in damage assessment for your property and work to get this process completed quickly and thoroughly. Sharing this information with your insurance company can often help to secure our SERVPRO team as the restoration company chosen to recover the damages. With a standing relationship with hundreds of insurance providers across the country, our team can meet the requirements of these firms to get damage claims approved.
Because terminology and wordage can be vague and purposefully nondescript, our team can work to discover the limitations of your coverage in terms of fire damage. While it might require readjustments to our process, we can work with this information to provide our services at the smallest possible cost to our customers. To simplify the communication between you, your carrier, and us, we offer the CCIS Contents Claim Inventory System for listing the state of contents as salvageable or not. Claims are generally broken down into structural damage and restoration and content cleaning or discarding.
Working with your insurance company can help to limit any potential red tape and delays in getting work started at your damaged residence. The professionals of our SERVPRO of Kitsap County team have the equipment and the expertise to help. Give us a call anytime at (360) 373-1290.

Why SERVPRO is Capable of Award-winning Restoration Services for Bremerton Residents

10/22/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle overlooking a body of water. Let SERVPRO help get your Bremerton home back to normal, no matter the damage.

We will walk you through every bit of restoration for your Bremerton home.

A restoration service needs to blend skills, experience, and work ethic to provide a recently damaged property with the best chance of making a full recovery to its preloss condition. Our company focuses on attracting and retaining highly qualified employees to deliver quality restoration for water, fire, mold, or storm damages. Here in the local community, we have been recognized for our achievements by winning the 'Best of Bremerton for Fire and Water Restoration and mitigation' award in 2016, 2017, and 2018. We offer round the clock emergency contact for private residents and commercial businesses here in Bremerton.


The role of a fire restoration technician (FRT) depends on the scale of the task at hand. In minor scale situations, we offer a quick call-out for expert cleaning and deodorization of your home. Medium and Major scale operations may require the safe storage of your contents at a climate-controlled warehouse while we prepare the site for further repairs and general contractors. Whatever the issue, SERVPRO is "faster to any size disaster," delivering exceptional expertise, craft, and compassion.

When a property with Fire Damage in Bremerton requires repair to the structure, our service technicians can prep the site so that work can begin quickly. Prepping the site includes identifying and removing safety hazards like damaged electrics, restoring power to the property, and performing cleaning tasks. We can also use this time to take mitigating action against further damages. These actions could include drying the property or removing corrosive soot that may wear away finishes or harm fabrics. 

Mitigating losses and reducing claim expenses are essential to providing award-winning restoration services. We work toward a restore over replace mentality, seeking to clean and remove soiling using professional corrosive cleaning products and deodorizers. Where there is significant charring or staining, our team can use soda blasting to remove both the surface finish and the staining. Once the property is dry, we can return to refinish pieces of furniture or appliances and get them back to a preloss state. 


A slow leak or heavy rainfall can easily contribute to water damage in your Bremerton home. These issues can be challenging to prevent given the random occurrence and manifold variables involved in water emergencies. What can be mitigated is the extent of the loss. SERVPRO restoration services can prevent further damages from occurring once on the job site, then work hard to reverse the existing damages to get your home back to its best. 

For most homeowners, water incidents are most worrying when they affect structural contents and possessions. When the moisture content in furnishings, fittings, and flooring rises, there can be several issues that need attention. Warping or buckling of floors is a typical result of waterlogging. Equally, dyes in fabrics or furnishings can begin to bleed, causing further staining to floors and carpets. SERVPRO can block furniture, removing direct contact with the ground or move items to a safer location efficiently to prevent permanent harm.

Once the immediate losses have been averted, we need to begin cleaning and drying the property. Sometimes, fabrics that show signs of staining need to be restored while wet to ensure there is no water-marks or set staining. Restoring contents to preloss conditions also involves ensuring that the affected area is dry and moisture content levels returned to normal- usually around 12% for wood. SERVPRO can deploy dehumidifiers in the home while taking regular measurements from a thermal hygrometer to ensure moisture levels are controlled along with potential losses. At the end of service, we can return to the property to refinish or sand out cupping and warping issues. 


The appearance of microbial growth in your home in the form of mold can often lead to unpleasant odors as well as visible signs of soiling or infestation in furnishings. Mold spreads from a source of moisture and can infest porous materials causing permanent damage. Our restoration services include mold damage to your Bremerton home, and we can dispatch trained assessment and remediation technicians to your property to carry out mitigation procedure from start to finish.

Microbial growth starts from a source of moisture. With the right temperature and food supply- which can be insulation, fabrics, drywall, or other materials found in a typical home environment- these microbial fungi can reproduce causing a sanitation and air quality issue. SERVPRO technicians are capable of tracing fungi through your Bremerton home, removing access obstacles like drywall and flooring to get the full picture of the extent of the infestation. 

Primarily a mold remediation project is focused on sorting through salvageable and non-salvageable items. Infested drywall and insulation usually has to be taken out of the property to be disposed of the property. Non-porous materials can generally be cleaned, disinfected, and then treated with anti-microbial chemicals returning them to their preloss condition. Contaminated materials are placed in containment bags for disposal. SERVPRO technicians can then return to the property to replace sections of drywall as well as insulation to complete the restoration service. 


Large loss recovery teams can be called into action after an extreme weather event to implement restoration services and secure your Bremerton home. Securing the home could involve performing emergency board up services to broken windows or doors and preventing trespass on the property. We can also tarp up roof damages to prevent water from getting into the property and causing further damage. During this phase of the operation, SERVPRO technicians assess for structural deficiencies, like weakened flooring, as well as potential safety hazards.

Once the immediate issues that come with storm damage in your Bremerton home are secured, we can begin to carry out mitigation procedure. Usually, the mitigation procedure encompasses actions that reduce losses. Large amounts of water in the property, for example, could cause long-term issues if left overnight. SERVPRO restores can bring in pumping and extraction equipment to remove water. Once that is complete, we can dry the structure to limit secondary damage like mold or microbial growth. 

Restoration services begin once the structure is secure and mitigation complete. Sometimes, third-party general contractors must be brought in to repair windows, doors or roofing. SERVPRO can arrange for these services on your behalf to ensure that you only deal with one company throughout. We can also pass on the details of your restoration service to your insurer as part of our stress-free claims service, that allows you to get back to your everyday life with as little inconvenience as possible. 

SERVPRO of Kitsap County is an award-winning restoration service for fire, water, storm or mold-related property damage. Contact us at (360) 373-1290 for a call out.

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We Have Advanced Training In Fire Damage Restoration In Silverdale

10/19/2019 (Permalink)

A technician cleaning the wall of a home with a disinfectant SERVPRO professionals often times use "Firestar" a hospital-grade disinfectant to clean the walls of a home after a fire.

Differing Fire Damage Residues in Your Silverdale Home Are Why SERVPRO Uses Multiple Cleaning Strategies

Fire residue cleaning is not one size fits all in Silverdale. The science behind combustion, thermodynamics, and surface porosity is probably not at the front of your mind after a household fire. Those factors, however, are considered carefully by our team of Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) and project managers. Our training and experience are why we reach accurate conclusions as we assess the destruction and create a personalized plan for your fire loss. 

Precipitating Factors in Residue Development

Fire damage in your Silverdale residence is almost certain to differ from space to space. Residues form according to the specific conditions surrounding the spread of the fire. Most fires generate both wet and dry smoke and residues at different times and in diverse places. The categorization of the coatings depends on:

  • How fast the combustion occurred
  • The availability of oxygen 
  • The type of material burning

Fast Burning, Oxygenated Blazes

When sufficient oxygen feeds the flames, and the fuel is natural, the resulting fast burn creates light, dry residues. Wood and paper are common fuels for this kind of residue. The debris is ashy and conducive to vacuuming and dry sponging, why SERVPRO crews find it relatively easy to clean.

Slow Burning, Smoldering Fires

Synthetic materials, including plastics, foam rubber, and similar polymers, burn slowly without a high infusion of oxygen. The smoke and soot resulting are thick and wet, sticking to surfaces tenaciously. Cleanup frequently needs agitation and specialized products containing surfactants and wetting agents to loosen and suspend the residues. Experience in matching products and procedures to wet soot is why SERVPRO delivers successful outcomes through mitigating fire damage.

Protein Residues: A Category Apart

When a household fire’s fuel is food or grease, the residues are produced by an evaporative process. The thin coating deposited after a kitchen fire is malodorous and tightly adhered to surfaces. Solvents and abrasive tools and techniques are required to remove this residue, why SERVPRO’s highly-qualified crews are preferred. We clean up tough protein residues with minimal damage to the surfaces involved. 

The goal of making fire damage “Like it never even happened” is why SERVPRO of Kitsap County invests in advanced training and cutting-edge equipment. Call us at (360) 373-1290 to begin the journey back to preloss condition.

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Is the Flood Water in My Silverdale Crawlspace a Biohazard?

9/17/2019 (Permalink)

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Is Flooding in Silverdale Crawlspaces That Serious? 

Crawlspaces can be a natural defense for lower-lying areas of Silverdale to prevent flooding when possible. As much as these open spaces beneath the main floor of the house can redirect water, it does not entirely prevent moisture penetration or detrimental effects for the household. Understanding how your home can still be at risk from a flooded crawlspace is vital to protecting your property, its contents, and its occupants.

Natural disasters that result in flood damage to Silverdale homes, also bring along the potential threats of contamination. Black water, or category 3 threats, present substantial risks of contaminants, bacteria, viruses, and other hazards. Because of this contaminant level, exposure to your crawlspace can have potentially harmful effects to the main level of your house when absorption and exposure to underlying supports take place. 

Our SERVPRO professionals can appreciate the need for a speedy response in these situations, namely, to reduce the volume of contaminated water beneath your house. We have qualified biohazard cleaning technicians that can safely navigate the health threats present in exposure to black water. This preparedness and training can also ensure that the right steps get taken quickly to deploy efficient extraction units like our trash pumps and high-capacity extractor trucks. These options provide a fast resolution and can get the area ready for drying and controlled demolition quickly. 

We have a team of licensed general contractors capable of addressing the controlled demolition necessary after exposure to high-threat contaminants. Once disinfection or build back has occurred, we can focus on lasting solutions can that prevent these same pressing risks from occurring again with future flooding scenarios. Crawlspace encapsulation can cover all exposed surfaces with thick 6mil plastic sheeting, and can even install water diversion and removal equipment like sump pumps for a permanent solution to a recurring loss. 

We understand how important your home is to you: that is why we do not waste time in addressing situations that could substantially damage the property. We have contractors and water restoration professionals standing by to help with any flood loss to make it “Like it never even happened.” Give our SERVPRO of Kitsap County team a call today at (360) 373-1290.

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Silverdale Eateries Rely on SERVPRO for Fire Odor and Smoke Cleanup and Restoration

9/9/2019 (Permalink)

Burnt and Charred Fire Damaged Kitchen Needs Demolition Whether a Silverdale Diner or a Home Kitchen Fire, SERVPRO Provides Professional Cleanup, Demolition, and Restoration

Air Quality Improvement After Silverdale Diner Fire Losses

Protecting your business after a fire can be the priority of nearly every small business owners throughout Silverdale, but especially those that have stood the tests of time like your diner. Serving fast fare that suits every crowd from the early birds to the night owls, a hiccup like a small kitchen flare up around the grill can have long term effects on the experience your customers have in the diner. Our professionals can help.

Improving the air quality and reducing the presence of noxious odors are two pressing fire damages after Silverdale flare-ups that you must face. While you might not always have the full measure of potential disastrous effects common to widespread structure fires, you can deter your regular crowd from staying by failing to address airborne concerns and lingering odors spread throughout the open design of your small restaurant.
As you might have guessed from the times that your training of a new chef leads to the charring of meats on the grill, your customers do not want to endure the overwhelming smells of smoke from these mistakes. While these circumstances might be all superficial, and eventually air out, actual fires that occur in the building come with a much more permanent and abrasive odor. Our SERVPRO team has training in niches such as Fire & Smoke Restoration (FSRT) and Odor Control (OCT) through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), which can help us to deploy the right tools and products for every situation.
With the smaller layout of your diner and the proximity of the kitchen area to the bulk of the seating, there is little a business owner can do to prevent a temporary closing of the eatery to allow our SERVPRO team to overcome these effects. We have multiple tools for improving air quality, such as our air scrubbers and hydroxyl generators. The hydroxyl machines can work in multiple ways, as they not only help to clean the affected environments but have odor neutralizing capacities as well.
We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, which means that we can get your doors back open quickly after a fire. Let our SERVPRO of Kitsap County team help however you need. Call us today at (360) 373-1290.

Our Crew Is Ready To Help Restore Your Flood Damaged Home In Bainbridge Island

9/5/2019 (Permalink)

Lifebuoy floating in flooded kitchen We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

The Crew Chief Is Your Single Point of Contact When Dealing With Flood Damage In Bainbridge Island

When creeks and rivers overflow after a major storm rolls through an area, many homes are ruined by floodwaters washing through homes and living areas. Furniture and contents are destroyed, and often, the walls are immersed in water that can reach several feet high. Also, the water is contaminated. Restoration in these situations requires a detailed plan to restore a home, “Like it never even happened.”

Crew Chief – SERVPRO's Single Point of Contact
SERVPRO can respond to flood damage on Bainbridge Island and assemble the resources to respond to any size of flood damage. Initially, crew chief or project manager is assigned to determine the magnitude of the damage. The crew chief can assess the clients home and identify the steps and tasks that are needed to start the job. He or she is the person the client can depend on to manage the restoration of their home.

Identify the Resources and Equipment Required
Some flood damage requires large water removal equipment while small sump pumps can handle others. The initial step is to remove all of the debris that may have found its way into the home. Floodwaters are usually contaminated. SERVPRO team members can remove carpeting, furniture, baseboards, and even drywall.

Dehumidification equipment may be required to remove humidity. While cleaning and sanitization products may be needed to clean all surfaces in the home properly. The crew chief identifies all of the resources for the restoration of the house and plans when those resources should be on-site to ensure efficient restoration and appropriate utilization of resources.

Managing the Flood Recovery Project
The crew chief is accountable for all aspects of the project, including addressing any concerns the client may have. He or she can explain the plan to:

    •    Remove the floodwater
    •    Removal of unrecoverable items
    •    Decontamination
    •    Cleaning and recovery
    •    Drying the home

Once the home is dry, restoration of the home can begin. We even help with documentation for the claims process.

Call SERVPRO of Kitsap County at (360) 373-1290 for 24/7 serve. We serve Silverdale, Bremerton, Port Orchard, and surrounding areas. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster. We have the resources to respond to significant storm damage.

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