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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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Restoring Flooded Carpets in Bremerton Homes

8/28/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO truck in a homeowners driveway. Our SERVPRO technicians have all the certifications to assist your flood damage in Bremerton.

We know what it takes to get your Bremerton home back to normal after a flood.

Any Bremerton homeowner with carpets throughout their property can attest to the unruly magnetism of this flooring option for dust, debris, dander, and other particulates. Water loss incidents can also showcase this attraction, as saturation can begin immediately upon contact with the material. Flooding can oversaturate carpets, bleeding into the subflooring and eventually the joists and supports for the floor. With a fast response to flooding scenarios, our professionals can restore your carpet and other exposed elements provided that contamination risks are not present. 

Restoring flood damage to Bremerton homes always entails more than just drying out flooring and other affected materials and areas, so you need a team of professionals that stays prepared for all levels of risk and threat present in your home. Our SERVPRO team has multiple endorsements from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in: 

-    Water Restoration – WRT 

-    Applied Structural Drying – ASD 

-    Applied Microbial Remediation – AMRT 

-    Carpet Cleaning – CCT 

-    Rug Cleaning – RCT 

One of the initial tasks that must occur to reduce the presence of water trapped in the fibers of a carpet is to utilize specialized equipment like weighted extractors. These remote-controlled vehicles force moisture to the surface from both the carpet and padding. An onboard vacuum pulls the moisture away that gets brought to the surface and discharges it to a drain or a safe location outside the property. 

Drying mats can get used when carpeting must get removed, which can help to remove moisture and saturation present in support structures like the joists and beams. Drying mats provide a slow and steady draw of the moisture trapped in the material, allowing our SERVPRO technicians to monitor the humidity levels and moisture content to maintain the ideal balance. 

Any disaster that impacts your home can have devastating effects on elements like your flooring, but water loss incidents and flooding are among the most damaging. With our cutting-edge equipment and expertise, our SERVPRO of Kitsap County team can help. Let us show you how We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster by calling (360) 373-1290.

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Is Pooling Water in Your Silverdale Basement Causing Odors? 

8/28/2019 (Permalink)

Tree on the ground after storm. Storms can cause so much damage to your property. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

What Next after Removing Water During Flood Damage Incidents in Silverdale Properties

For most people, the most urgent thing during a flooding incident is seeing water everywhere in their properties. Removing the water might, therefore, seem like the only major restoration step necessary. However, completing the removal reveals several other equally important steps before the property can achieve its preloss state.   

Sanitizing the Affected Areas

One of the effects of flood damage in your Silverdale property is contamination. Flooding contaminates property, leaving traces of biohazards and chemical agents if it involves groundwater. Neutralizing the contaminants is an essential part of the restoration process. Our SERVPRO technicians remove porous materials such as carpets and pad because they can retain contaminants even after cleaning. We also disinfect surfaces using an EPA registered disinfectant. Removing all moisture remnants is also crucial because moist environments are perfect breeding grounds for microbial agents. We use different equipment to restore natural moisture levels, including:

LGR Dehumidifiers

Centrifugal Air Movers

Inject-Dry Systems

Portable Heaters

Drying Mats

Countering Electrical Hazards 

During the flooding incident, water might submerge wires and electrical outlets. It is advisable to remove all such wiring to prevent future electrical hazards and premature failures. Such risks develop because water leads to corrosion. As our SERVPRO technicians make flood cuts or take other steps to open up enclosed spaces such as walls, we reveal which parts of the wiring the floodwater affects.

Refinishing the Property

Flooding and the cleanup processes that follow damage finishes such as paint and wallpaper.  In some cases, stripping off finishes from surfaces is a strategy to quicken the drying processes. Refinishing such surfaces is essential. Our SERVPRO technicians first prime the area by scrubbing off all loose fragments of the old paint coat. We then apply a layer of primer before applying the final paint coat. In case we only need to repaint a section of the surface, we take steps to ensure we match the color of surrounding areas. 

Restoring flood damage can be a lengthy process. Call SERVPRO of Kitsap County at (360) 373-1290 to help. We have enough resources to make it "Like it never even happened."

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We Have The Equipment And Expertise To Restore Your Silverdale Home

8/26/2019 (Permalink)

Equipment being used to dry water damage off the floor SERVPRO of Kitsap County has the expertise, specialized equipment, and advanced training to restore your property to pre-damage condition.

Where to Get Effective Water Removal Services in Silverdale

Water is among the most destructive forces known to nature, both outdoors and indoors. If a burst pipe, malfunctioning appliance, or overflowing bathtub causes water to pool in your home, you need prompt water removal services. Water damage can be a tricky problem to deal with, primarily when it happens behind walls and beneath floors.

Without the right equipment and training, you risk endangering yourself or not getting all the moisture out. Effective water removal for your Silverdale home can prevent further damage to your property and possessions. Once you notice water pooling in your home, you can take the following steps:

  •   Shut off the water source or the water main to stop the flooding. Contact a plumber if you cannot stop the leak yourself.
  •   Place aluminum foil underneath the feet or legs or furniture which is in contact with water or wet carpet, so it does not stain.
  •   Lift draperies or curtains away from water or damp carpet.
  •   Remove papers, books, shoes, fabrics, potted plants, shoes, and other items that could stain wet carpet.
  •   Contact your insurance company. All policies require that homeowners report their loss as soon as they can.

Precautions to take

  •   Do not use your home vacuum to clean water-damaged areas since electric shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner may result.
  •   Do not place newspapers in foot traffic areas to walk on because newspaper ink can quickly transfer to wet carpeting, resulting in permanent staining.
  •   Do not walk on the carpet any more than necessary to prevent damage from spreading to unaffected areas.

Note that even small water loss incidents can lead to warped wood, mold, and stained walls if not treated speedily. You need specialist water damage restoration after any water event that:

  • Saturates upholstered furniture or carpeting
  • Touches drywall
  • Is in a crawlspace or behind a wall
  • Causes water to pool (on anything besides concrete or waterproof tile flooring)

To ensure sufficient water removal, you can contact SERVPRO franchise professionals. Our team can arrive at your home quickly and devise a plan to clean up and dry it. We can handle any cleanup and restoration work, including removing mold and odors.

Our water removal experts extract the water using industrial-strength wet/dry vacuums or pumps. For hard surfaces, we use a squeegee attachment to remove the water. We also increase air circulation using air movers and remove water vapor from the air using dehumidifiers. Building materials like drywall and wood are porous and can keep moisture long after the visible water is gone. Our SERVPRO crew uses moisture monitoring equipment such as hygrometers and infrared cameras to measure and document the drying process. We treat every property as if it was our own, and our goal is to make a water loss incident appear “Like it never even happened.”

Do not let a water intrusion incident in your Bremerton, Bainbridge Island, or Port Orchard home stress you out. Call SERVPRO of Kitsap County at (360) 373-1290 for quick and effective restoration.

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When A Mold Infestation Plagues Your Bainbridge Island Library Let Our Crew Help!

7/22/2019 (Permalink)

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Mold Remediation For Your Bainbridge Island Library

Libraries offer a location for many avid readers to get lost in fiction or to educate themselves, and your Bainbridge Island building is no different. With the foot traffic, you can expect every day, along with the regular visitors, an emergency that leads to damaging conditions like mold growth could be devastating for your inventory and those that depend on your library. The key to avoiding these circumstances is a fast response when disaster strikes before conditions become ideal for facilitating colonization of mold, and our SERVPRO professionals can help.

Before storm or water effects can become mold damage in your Bainbridge Island library, there is a window of opportunity to locate the full scope of these saturation issues and to dry them up. It takes 2-3 days to meet the conditions for mold growth, and once it starts, your entire inventory, along with the organic building materials of the structure becomes at risk. Our SERVPRO professionals have advanced discovery devices, including infrared imagery and hygrometers to identify moisture pockets and dampness even beyond the surface.

While property management for the building remains concerned for its patrons and readers, the investment in the inventory is also a priority. Mold can spread and grow at an alarming rate with troves of available organic materials to use as a host. This spreading colonization can prove nearly impossible for even our SERVPRO remediators to remove from novels and publications once the organism reaches a certain maturity.

The contents department can work to remove all of these publications from the main floor that stand at risk for exposure to both the active organism and excessive moisture. Both of these threats can leave a published work too badly marred to return to the shelving, which can cost the library money and resources to replace it.

As is the case with all mold growth situations, a fast response can make a substantial difference in how easily and quickly the situation can get resolved. Our SERVPRO of Kitsap County team can help you to contain these damaging effects and return your library to pre-mold condition quickly. Give our technicians a call today at (360) 373-1290.

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A Primer on Floodwater and How it Affects Your Silverdale Home

7/11/2019 (Permalink)

Floodwater is dangerous and leaves contaminants behind after it recedes. Call SERVPRO for effective flood damage restoration.

What Threats Exist in Natural Floodwater in Silverdale Homes? 

Natural flooding can present substantial risks to Silverdale homes and their occupants. While the water itself can lead to structural degradation and weakening after exposure, there are also threats of contamination that exist in natural flooding scenarios. Without a credible knowledge of what the water on your property passed through and encountered to reach this point, or what contaminants continue to affect it, every natural flooding situation must get treated as hazardous and damaging to the health of those directly exposed.

Over the years, flood damage to Silverdale homes has not been something that could get entirely avoided. Flash flooding, in particular, can develop with little warning, and with these established risks of contamination, it could be best to leave the recovery of your home to our SERVPRO water restoration and biohazard cleanup specialists. Our trained professionals have both experience and leading equipment to help address these concerns right away and get things back to normal. 

To keep you safe during an emergency, our SERVPRO team must inform you what contaminants could exist in the floodwater throughout your property: 

-    Sewage – When substantial water makes its way into sewer mains, this system can become overloaded quickly, forcing the contents of these pathways to the surface to join moving floodwater.

-    Bacteria – For both the possibility of sewage present in the stream, the decay of animals, and other decomposition, the risk for present bacteria is high in floodwater. There is often a second wave of hospital stays and treatment needs after flooding has settled for those exposed to harmful bacteria in the cleanup process.

-    Debris – Objects and scrap in the floodwater pose threats like cuts and more severe injury. Cuts made in these conditions can often become infected. 

It is vital to stay out of floodwater around your home unless there is no other option. No matter how overwhelming an emergency is, we have the experience and equipment to help. Our SERVPRO of Kitsap County professionals can help you to make flood loss incidents “Like it never even happened.” by calling (360) 373-1290.

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Winning Tactics of Commercial Flood Damage Remediation in Silverdale

7/3/2019 (Permalink)

Flood damage to your Silverdale business can cause a major headache if you try and tackle it alone. Call SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Containment for Flooding Effects in Silverdale Offices 

Your office building in Silverdale features hundreds of qualified technicians and customer service representatives working around the clock to solve each crisis and problem that affects your clients. To do this, you rely on sophisticated electronics bolstered with powerful software that can multitask both solutions to real-time problems and the programming foundation anchoring all active employees. This approach provides the same positive and informative experience for customers calling or chatting with representatives. 

When disasters strike, situations like flood damage in Silverdale businesses can spread too quickly for the maintenance department and custodial staff to adequately manage. The result is widespread effects that allow conditions to continually worsen until the right mitigation and recovery steps get taken by professionals like our SERVPRO team. Worse still, the sophisticated computers and devices used at every station of your building now become at risk for damages, even if the towers did not get placed on the floor. 

Flooding effects can generate a lot of moisture and dampness that can quickly wick up materials like drywall and other porous surfaces. Additionally, this excessive moisture can infiltrate electronics and permeate surfaces like desks. The longer these conditions go unchecked and unremedied, the more destructive they can become. Without desks designed with impregnable material, saturation from moisture can begin to distort and bloat wood in as little as a day. 

Choosing professional assistance can help you to address many of the concerns in your building simultaneously. Instead of chasing one consequence or another, experienced restoration specialists like our SERVPRO team can extract, dry, clean, and restore affected surfaces, contents, and even your expensive electronics affected by moisture. We have an entire division of content management professionals that can work to make the harmful moisture symptoms to these items “Like it never even happened.” 

From the investment that you have made in the electronics like your computers and devices, to individual stations that can wick standing water into porous materials, you need to address flood damages quickly and confidently. Give our SERVPRO of Kitsap County professionals a call today at (360) 373-1290.

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What Equipment is Best for Water Removal in Silverdale Homes

6/25/2019 (Permalink)

This photo shows a variety of water removal tools SERVPRO can use to eliminate water from your home.

SERVPRO has the Equipment for Water Removal in your Home

As a team that has witnessed multiple water loss incidents year after year in Silverdale, our professionals can attest that no two instances are alike. Sources of the damage change and the varying layout of homes means that water flow moves differently, and the severity of the situation changes as a result. With the uniqueness of each disaster, we have a wide variety of mitigation tools in a growing inventory of equipment to tailor our response to the specific situation to maximize efficiency and cost-effectiveness. 

One of the priorities of our professionals when we first arrive at a damaged Silverdale residence is water removal. Identifying the location of this damage and the volume of the standing water can help to guide our SERVPRO professionals to the appropriate mitigation tools and extractors to most effectively remove the threat. The faster that our technicians can complete water removal from the flooring and other regions of the house, the faster we can get vital drying efforts started that can protect original construction materials from requiring replacement. 

For higher volumes of standing water for our professionals to contend with, we often rely on truck-mounted pumps and extractor trucks. These powerful machines can remove water at a rate of 300 psi, which is one of the most substantial extraction approaches in the restoration industry. With the use of extractor trucks, we also do not have to have an immediate location nearby to discharge removed water. 

For inaccessible areas and smaller volumes of water, our SERVPRO team might also opt to use portable submersible pumps we can run by generators if the power was also a casualty of the loss incident. Wet-vacs with extraction wands can be used to reach challenging locations and put the final touches on removing excess water before drying efforts begin.

There are many approaches to removing standing water from your home after a substantial water loss incident. Our SERVPRO of Kitsap County professionals can determine the best solution for your property and make these effects “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (360) 373-1290.

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