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Stay Safe and Dry During the Springtime Rainstorms

5/6/2021 (Permalink)

Ceiling Damage From Storms Roof leak from heavy storms allowed water inside causing damage.

Our home is to protect us from the elements, but heavy rains can weaken that protection. With a little maintenance and a lot of vigilance, it’s not hard to stay safe and dry.

'April showers bring May Flowers'. This is a saying we all grew up with and that we continue to teach our children. Spring rainstorms are unavoidable and are an essential part of keeping Washington green. However, as the rain gets heavier remember to think of the impact all that water might have on your home. The first step is finding and fixing any immediate problems as soon as it’s safe to do so. Then, you’ll want to take measures to prevent those problems from happening during the next downpour!

Where is all that rain going?
Your roof and gutters form a key line of defense for your home - and in a storm, they’re vulnerable, because so many things can damage them. Trees, hail, and other objects can create weaknesses that might lead to leaks in your roof, so check for missing shingles and other issues. And keep your gutters clear so all that water drains properly.


Are you checking everywhere?
Water dripping from the ceiling is hard to miss. Water in your crawl space, however, can easily go undetected because hardly anyone ever checks there. Don’t forget to look down there after a storm (or have a professional do it) to make sure everything is nice and dry. If you do see moisture, you’ll want to get it out with a sump pump as soon as possible.

And don’t just look up - another place to check is your home’s exterior, whether it’s siding, brick, or another material. Weak spots can be hard to see, so look at various times of the day in different lighting conditions.

Of course, you’ll want to make sure your doors and windows are properly sealed to keep the elements out, too.

What about around your property?
Storm water has to go somewhere, and if your property doesn’t drain well, or if runoff goes toward your foundation, you could have problems. So watch for patterns, and grade property so it drains away from your home if possible. Always be wary of hillsides and tilting trees after heavy storms, because the land might not be stable.

And don’t forget to keep storm drains clear of leaves and other debris. This can prevent flooding both on the streets and your own property.


What should you do during the storm?
During powerful storms, stay inside. This is not the time to check your roof, your exterior, or your property unless there’s an emergency and you know it’s safe to go out. Monitor your interior, making sure no water is getting in. If it is, do what you can to alleviate the situation in the moment, even if it means just placing something under a leak to collect the water. For more serious problems, though, remember that safety is the most important thing. If your basement is flooding, for example, don’t go down there - you could be trapped and even drown.

Thankfully, powerful storms only hit once in a while. Preparing for them, however, should be on your mind a lot more frequently, because the next one could be tomorrow.

Steps to Prepare Your Business For Heavy Rains in Kirkland

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial Storm Flood Local Bellevue business flooded during a heavy rainstorm.

If heavy rains, river flooding, or other environmental acts are suspected, you may get a bit of a warning before high waters hit. When flooding is suspected for Kirkland, WA, you want to do whatever you can to get your commercial building ready for the potential damage. You don't always get a warning prior to a flood, so it's a good idea to use this time wisely. Consider using these steps to best prepare for a storm with high waters or river flooding.


Rearrange Your Equipment and Furniture

If there's a potential for storm or flooding damage involving high waters in your area, you want to do what you can to move your important furniture and equipment up high. You can rearrange in a variety of ways, including the following:

* Move as much as possible to upper floors of the building.
* Create stacks of furniture with water-resistant items at the bottom on lower levels of the building.
* Use watertight totes to protect files and equipment.

Moving around office furniture could help you save as much as possible. As you prepare to rearrange your space, think about the items will you be able to easily dry out and clean after a flood. Keep those at the bottom and move other, less water-resistant furniture and equipment first.

Get Sandbags

You can also try to make your building impermeable to flooding or high waters. Stacking sandbags near the doors and windows can help keep water from entering your commercial space. You can also build up a wall of sandbags around the perimeter of your building to help keep water away from the foundation.

Flooding can leave your building unrecognizable. That's why commercial building owners want to do what they can to stop water from damaging their building. If you were unable to prepare for flood damage, you can still call in a flood cleanup team to help you fix the problems caused by the high waters or river flooding.

Visit us at https://www.SERVPROkirkland.com/ for more information or give a call at (425)820-0080.

Getting to Know SERVPRO of Kirkland

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

SPOK Mascot Did we mention we are pet friendly? Meet Daisy the Demo Dog. Ready for any Disaster!

There is more to SERVPRO of Kirkland than meets the eye. Our team has a wide range of previous experience and knowledge that we bring to the table and the owners have always played a commendable role in the local communities.

We know the restoration industry, but we also know your policies. Here at SERVPRO of Kirkland, we do not only provide you with the best possible quality service in our industry, but our office staff comes with extensive background and experience in insurance. Our staff as a whole has worked for many insurance companies including State Farm, Farmers, Allstate, and Nationwide. You can trust that when it comes to working with your insurance company on your loss, we often know the coverage's that apply and the protocols that are required to help to remove the stress of the unknown when experiencing a water, mold, fire, or smoke loss. This knowledge can help us understand your situation better and even offer advice in how to move forward, especially if you are concerned about coverage's.  We are here to help.

SERVPRO of Kirkland has many affiliations in the community. We are A+ Rated with the Better Business Bureau, a member of the Greater Kirkland Chamber of Commerce, Kirkland Downtown Association, Master Builders Association, and Puget Sound Adjusters Association. The owner has been a school board member of Faith Lutheran School and board member Beautiful Savior Church.  Additionally, he has serviced as a paid employee for Snohomish School District for 2 years coaching football at Valley View Middle School.

We truly support our veterans here and pay special attention to applicants with military backgrounds as well.  Our owner served active duty for the US Army as a Top Secret Code Breaker, as well as in the US Army Reserve.

It’s more than just business in the eyes of everyone here at SERVPRO of Kirkland.  We consider our client’s happiness a win.  Our Goal is to be undefeated!

Kirkland Emergency Commercial Services

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial Loss - image of green SERVPRO vehicles parked SERVPRO of Kirkland responding to a commercial loss in the local area.

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 At 425-820-0080

SERVPRO of Kirkland provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs. We have handled storm responses on all the major cities of the Seattle Eastside from Bellevue to Woodinville to Bothell to even as far north as Lake Stevens. 

Have Questions? Call Us Today – (425) 820-0080

Commercial Services

Your property’s appearance speaks volumes to your clients. When it’s impacted by fire or water damage, you need professional help. Every hour spent restoring your business is lost revenue and productivity. When you need professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, we have the training and resources to get your property back to business quickly. Learn more about our commercial services:

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

We are proud to be an active member of this community. SERVPRO of Kirkland is locally owned and operated, so we’re already nearby and ready to help Kirkland, WA residents, and business owners with any size cleaning or restoration emergencies.

We are proud to serve our local communities.

SERVPRO of Kirkland's Response During COVID-19

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

Full PPE An example of one our trained technicians fully suited in PPE to respond to a loss.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic we are all currently facing, we have come across many concerns when it comes to helping those in our community. SERVPRO Of Kirkland is dedicated to taking the extra steps needed to stop the spread of this virus.

This is an example of how SERVPRO of Kirkland is addressing these concerns. This photo shows one of our skilled technicians in full Personal Protection Equipment (PPE). For our safety and yours, this is how we suit up for each job. 

If you have an emergency but are feeling nervous about getting the proper help, you can trust that we are skilled professional and have trained for times like this. We know what we're doing and will go above and beyond to keep everyone safe.

Kirkland Smoke and Soot Cleanup

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

Kitchen Fire Smoke damage to home in Kirkland after a fire started in the kitchen.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

· Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.

· Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.

· The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke:

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Kirkland will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

·         Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

·         Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

·         Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?  Call Us Today – (425) 820-0080

Kirkland 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

Dishwasher Overflow Dishwasher that overflowed in Kirkland home.

SERVPRO of Kirkland is available 24-hours a day, 7 Days a week for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help! 
Call us 24/7 at (425) 820-0080

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Kirkland has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

·         Your name and contact information

·         Your insurance information (if applicable)

·         The street address of the water damaged home or business

·         When did the flooding or water damage occur?

·         What caused the water damage (if known)?

·         Is there electricity available (onsite)?

About SERVPRO of Kirkland

SERVPRO of Kirkland specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Restoring your Kirkland Commercial Property After Water Damage

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Loss Extracting water from a large commercial loss in Kirkland, WA

Flooding and water damage events at Kirkland commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Kirkland

SERVPRO of Kirkland specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Call us Today - (425) 820-0880

Does Your Kirkland Home Have A Mold Problem?

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

Crawlspace Mold Mold discovered in Kirkland, WA home in crawlspace.

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

·         Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.

·         Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.

·         Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.

·         Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.

·         Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.

·         Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today at (425) 820-0080

FASTER to your Kirkland Water Damage

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

SPOK Vans Responding Emergency call in the community, a sprinkler had gone off in a retirement home. SERVPRO of Kirkland responded immediately.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Kirkland provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Kirkland arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – (425) 820-0080

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Kirkland

SERVPRO of Kirkland specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Certifications

  • RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
  • OCT - Odor Control Technician
  • CRT - Color Repair Technician
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • UFT - Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • LCT - Leather Cleaning Technician
  • SRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
  • CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • ECTP - Employee Certification Training Program
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician