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Experts in Restoration

7/1/2022 (Permalink)

Restoration process in a Kirkland, WA Home Utilized scaffolding and containment in a high area to help speed up the drying process.

When your building has undergone a Water, Fire, or Mold damage situation you need to contact the experts in the restoration business.

SERVPRO of Kirkland has qualified technicians to get your residence or commercial business mitigated properly and in a timely manner. We will work with your demanding schedule to get the job done.

Here is what to expect when working with SERVPRO of Kirkland:

Inspection:

SERVPRO of Kirkland technicians will inspect the affected areas to determine the extent of the damage done by water, fire, or mold. Our onsite technician will review the inspection with you to review the damage and what the next steps will be. They will also be able to answer any questions you may have before beginning any work.

Emergency Services:

SERVPRO of Kirkland will take steps to help protect your home or business, as well as your personal belongings and other contents from the type of damage you may have whether it be water, fire, or mold. Our qualified technicians will explain the needed emergency services to you step-by-step.

Monitoring:

Our technicians will have daily moister mapping to ensure the structure is properly drying. A SERVPRO technician will monitor the drying process everyday 24 hours until drying is complete. This will help to help ensure that your home, commercial business is dried to appropriate industry standards.

Restoration Services:

SERVPRO of Kirkland will help get you in the right direction of getting your home or commercial business back to preloss condition. SERVPRO has specialty drying equipment to properly dry the structure to IICRC Standards. After the mitigation process has been complete and we have cleaned the affected areas of your property and belongings, we can provide a list of contractors to help with your next steps after mitigation has been completed.

SERVPRO of Kirkland has technicians and staff on call 24/7/365.  We have live operators who dispatch our calls directly to our employees and on call technicians who come ready to work on your issue. Call SERVPRO of Kirkland today at (425) 820-0080.

Fire Hazards and Dangers of Hoarding

7/1/2022 (Permalink)

Kitchen fire in Kirkland, WA home Kitchen fire in Kirkland, WA. Don't keep flammables near stove.

Hoarding can be a fire hazard. Hoarding is defined as “a persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions because of a perceived need to save them. A person with a hoarding disorder experiences distress at the thought of getting rid of said items. Saving an excessive accumulation of items, regardless of actual value.” Staggering amounts of items crowd the space and prevents regular use and navigation.  Hoarding can lead to a serious fire risk in the home. There are 5 levels of hoarding level 1 being the least severe to the 5th being most severe. Your risks of fire, water, and mold damage will start to increase starting at level 2.

How Hoarding Increases Fire Risks:

  • Cooking is unsafe if flammable items are close to the stove or oven.
  • If you have a movable heating unit, make sure to not put on an unstable surface. If the heater tips over into a pile, it can cause a fire.
  • Space heaters and baseboard heaters can ignite nearby materials if placed against or within 3ft front or to the side.
  • Electrical wiring may be old or worn from the weight of piles.
  • Pests that may have accumulated can chew on wires, and damaged wires can start fires.
  • Exits may be hard to get to, or completely cut off by accumulated items.
  • Those living adjacent to an occupied structure can be quickly affected when a fire occurs, due to excessive smoke and fire conditions.
  • Open flames from smoking materials or candles in a home with excess clutter are no recommended and are VERY dangerous. Do not put an open flame on an unstable surface and/or near excess clutter.

Why Hoarding Affects First Responders:

  • Firefighters cannot effectively fight the fire or evacuate inhabitants or animals when hindered by clutter.
  • First responders can become trapped, as well as hurt by piles of items that may topple over.
  • When hoarded items become waterlogged by firefighting efforts, their weight is dramatically increased. This can lead to structural collapse if enough items are present.
  • Hoarding can be a fire hazard.
  •  Often, blocked exits prevent escape from the home.
  • Many people who are hoarding are injured when they trip over things or when materials fall on them. When fighting fires in a hoarding home it is hard to provide medical care. The clutter stops the search and rescue of people and pets.

How you can help reduce the risk of fire and injury:

  • When talking to a person who hoards, focus on safety rather than the accumulation of clutter. Be empathetic and understanding. Consider your body language and how you speak. You should match the person’s language. If they call it hoarding, then you can call it hoarding.
  • Help the residents make a home safety and escape plan. Stress the importance of clearing any pathways and exits. Walk through the plan often as to make sure that it is still clear as to new items may come into the home after you have made the route.
  • Install working smoke alarms in the home. Test them at least once a month.
  • Reach out to your local community resources. Talk to members of the fire department to let them know of your concerns. They may be able to connect you with members of a hoarding task force for additional help.

To have a better understanding of hoarding there is multiple resources. Take some time to learn an evaluate each situation. These are just preventive measures to take, and why you should be taking them. SERVPRO of Kirkland has experience with cluttered cleaning homes. If you or someone you know needs this level of professional cleaning, give us a call today (425) 820-0080. We provide a judgment-free and thorough cleaning of any space.

The Fourth of July

6/13/2022 (Permalink)

Fireworks display in Kirkland Fireworks display in Kirkland, WA

The Fourth of July is almost here which means FIREWORKS! Statistics reported from NFPA between 2014-2018 (averages) only nine percent of firework fires were structure fires. However, it accounted for almost all the fire deaths, 74% of the fire injuries, and 45% of the fire property damage. Fireworks start an average of 18,500 fires each year, including 1,300 structure fires. Please keep these tips in mind when you are setting off fireworks with your friends and family.

Firework Safety Tips

  • Follow the directions on all fireworks and do not use them for anything other than what they are intended for.
  • Do not attempt to alter or combine fireworks products.
  • Never ignite in a container
  • Never use homemade fireworks.
  • Never use illegal fireworks. Report illegal explosives to the nearest fire or police department.
  • When lighting fireworks, always have water handy. Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that do not go off or in case of fire.
  • Spectators should remain a safe distance from the fireworks being lit.
  • Make sure you are not setting off fireworks near dry grass, brush, or forestry. These account for three of every five (59%) of firework fires. Only light fireworks outdoors on a smooth, flat surface, away from all flammable materials including dry leaves and paper.
  • Never light fireworks indoors
  • Whoever lights the fireworks must be sober, wear safety glasses, and keep clothing well away from the flame when lighting.
  • Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks.
  • Soak both used and unused fireworks in water for a few hours before discarding.
  • Keep sparklers away from clothing and other flammable materials.

From SERVPRO of Kirkland to you and your family We hope everyone has a fun and SAFE 4th of July!! Stay Hydrated! 

Summer maintenance tips for your Kirkland Commercial business or home

6/13/2022 (Permalink)

Exterior growth on the side of a commercial building in Kirkland Exterior Inspections are just as important as Interior Inspections.

Sunny weather is here and as you know in Washington it comes and goes fast. Take some time to spruce up your home or commercial business while it is nice out. Here at SERVPRO of Kirkland we would like to provide some maintenance tips that can help your Kirkland property.

Outdoor Maintenance:

  1. Clean your gutters and downspouts – pine needles, leaves and debris can build up in gutters and clog downspouts over the fall and winter months. When the rainy season hits, the clogs will cause water to pool which may lead to water damage, including damp spots, mold growth, dry rot, and peeling paint. 
  2. Get your roof inspected – getting your roof inspected once a year is one of the best ways to prevent roof leaks. If you notice any loose tiles or shingles call a roofing company for repairs.
  3. Wash off your property’s exterior – the wet Washington weather can bring in dirt and moss to the exterior of your building. With a pressure washer, you can easily remove, dirt, dust, grime, moss and the like from walls, fences, parking lots, driveways, and sidewalks to maintain the outside of your property. While you are checking the exterior of your property check for rotted, dirty, or loose siding.
  4. Apply a fresh of coat of paint – this will boost curb appeal for your property. The paint will provide an resistant layer against the elements, and could reduce the need for major exterior repairs in the future.
  5. Clean up vegetation around the building – the summer months can be dry and the heat can make flames spread easily. Remove any excessively dry plants, and trim back bordering plants to avoid a preventable disaster. Add a layer of mulch if you have plants, the extra mulch will help fight off weeds and help your soil retain moisture during those scorching summer months.
  6. Get your deck inspected – Check your deck to see if there are any boards that look like they are rotting. Have them replaced. Hammer any nails that are loose. Take the extra step of checking if your deck needs to be resealed by pouring a little water on it. If the water beads into little puddles, you are good. If it sinks into the wood, you should get your deck resealed against water.
  7. Check for outdoor leaks – Check around your property’s outdoor faucets for any leaks. Check your hose as well because you can waste a lot of water if there is a tiny hole in your hose. Use electrical tape to repair any small holes in your hose.  
  8. Inspect the caulking around the windows and doors of your home – Not only is this good to make sure when it does rain that the extra moisture does not come into your Kirkland property. You can keep ants and bugs at bay in the kitchen by adding fresh caulking to your windows and doors.

Indoor Maintenance:

  1. Do a test of your smoke detectors and your carbon monoxide detectors – Replace batteries if needed.
  2. Get your cooling system ready – Consider getting your air-conditioning serviced if you have one on your Kirkland property. Proper air conditioner maintenance can help you AV last longer and prevent air conditioner fires.
  3. Change your Ventilation system filter – When dirt and debris clog up the filter, it can pollute the entire system, and cause a need for more repairs or replacing the unit. In addition, It will help give you healthy air quality in which will be good for anyone in your household who has asthma or allergies.
  4. Clean the dryer vent and exhaust duct – Clean out all the dust and lint trapped int the vent and exhaust duct. Clothes dryers can be a fire hazard if they are not cleaned and maintained. Get your washer and dryer serviced if needed.
  5. Get your chimney cleaned – You may not be using it in the summer months but that means they will not be as busy, and you can get that out of the way to use right away when the colder months come around. Regular maintenance is usually overlooked. However here are some reasons to clean your chimney this summer. Obstructions or cracks in your chimney can cause water to be able to get in which if not found can end up molding. As we all know in Washington when it rains it pours. Inside a chimney is dark and humid the perfect place for mold spores to grow and spread.
  6. Clean the baseboards of your home – Wipe away all dust and grime. This will also help you inspect the perimeter of your household to see if you need any repairs or maybe a small water spot you did not know was there.
  7. Check you Attic, Basement, and Crawlspace – Check in your attic for signs of dampness, mildew, leaks, holes in the roof, and pests. While you are in the attic make sure to check that the vents are not being blocked. You want to make sure that the proper air flow is going through as to not trap hot and humid air that could cause molding. In the basement/Crawlspace check for leaks, pests, mold, mildew, and any openings that are out of the usual.

SERVPRO of Kirkland is here to help with any of your Water, Fire, and Mold damage 24/7/365. If you have any of these losses in your Kirkland home or commercial business give us a call at (425) 820-0080.

Levels of Commercial Damage

5/23/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Mascot. 24 Hr. Emergency Serivce. We are available 24hrs a day, 7 days a week. Ready to help with any emergency!

One of the areas SERVPRO of Kirkland has the capability to handle is commercial damage.

There are many factors that can contribute to extensive commercial damage occurring such as fires due to unforeseen circumstances, facility usage wear and tear, down to the most basic of unexpected water damage. No matter what the source of the damage is, this downtime can be costly to your business and your customers.  When unexpected damage at your commercial property happens, how do you know to what level and extent? Below we have described our grading system that we use to determine the level of which your property is assessed and categorized to begin mitigation.

Level 1

Small commercial losses typically involve 15,000 square feet or less of affected floor space. If the facility was completely affected, small commercial losses may include but are not limited to, a stand-alone retail establishment, a small church, a daycare facility, a small shopping center, a small warehouse or manufacturing facility, or an administrative building. A Level 1 loss can also be a small portion of a much larger structure.

Level 2

Midsize commercial losses typically involve 15,000 to 60,000 square feet of affected floor space. The building or buildings involved are usually multi-level or divided spaces. If the facility was completely affected, examples of Level 2 losses may include but are not limited to, a small multi-family property, a midsize church or school, a small shopping center, a multi-tenant administration facility, or a midsize warehouse or manufacturing facility. A Level 2 loss can often be just a portion of a much larger structure.

Level 3

Large commercial loss typically involving more than 60,000 square feet of affected floor space. The building or buildings involved will normally be large multi-level structures. If the facility was entirely affected, examples of a Level 3 loss can include but are not limited to, a large church, hospital, school, or university; a large multi-family property; a mid- to high-rise retail or administration facility; a large industrial, manufacturing, or warehouse facility; or a large strip-style shopping center or shopping mall. At this level it would be appropriate to refer to the project as a “large loss.” 

Once our experienced team determines the level of loss, the property is further assessed, and a strategic crew of appropriate size is dispatched to get the job done quickly and efficiently. If you have damage at your Commercial property...

Give SERVPRO of Kirkland a call at 425.820.0080

Fires Are Not Planned But Your Exit Plan in Case of a Fire Should Be

5/23/2022 (Permalink)

Fire Escape Plan from SERVPRO Get an escape plan in place for your home and business. Make sure everyone knows it. It will save lives.

Is Your Exit Plan In Place?

Every second counts during a fire. In a matter of moments, a small flame can turn really bad, making it critical to be prepared. Having an established escape plan in place is invaluable in these situations. A survey conducted by the American Red Cross shows that only a small percentage ( 6 percent ) of families have developed and practiced a home fire escape plan. Once a plan is developed, it is critical that all family members understand the plan; the best way to do this is by practicing the escape plan at least twice a year. The following are a few good suggestions to help you develop an emergency plan for your family.

Draw a map of each, and every level of your home and make sure that it show all doors and windows. Find two different ways to emergency exit each room. Always make sure that all doors and windows that lead to the outside open easily.

Consider escape ladders for sleeping areas or bedrooms on the second and third floor. Only purchase collapsible escape ladders that have been evaluated by a recognized testing laboratory. Store them near the window where they will be best, and most easily used.

Choose an outside meeting place a safe distance away from your home where everyone can meet after they've exited. Make sure to mark the exact location of the meeting place on your escape plan.

Teach children exactly how to escape on their own in case you cannot help them.

Plan for everyone in your home with special considerations for elderly or disabled family members.

Practice your fire escape plan at night and during the daytime. To make sure that all scenarios are covered, and prepared for.

Escape Planning for Your Business

Although an emergency escape plan is not technically required for all businesses. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommends that you should build an emergency action plan to protect yourself, your employers, and your business during an emergency situation. OSHA has suggested the following steps when developing such a plan.

Organize an emergency preparedness procedures review with employees to review your company's emergency plans. You may wish to select an individual or team of individuals or professionals to lead and coordinate your emergency plan.

Once a plan is developed, post evacuation procedures, including routes and exits, where they are easily accessible to all employees. Established good practices are needed to ensure that all exits and routes are clearly marked and well lit, wide enough to accommodate the number of evacuation personnel, and unobstructed and clear of debris at all times.

Conduct office evacuation exercises and drills. It is important to designate a safe spot outside of the facility where employees can regroup, recover and conduct a head count. Once completed, an evaluation of how well the plan worked and if additional training or exercises are needed is very important.

Stay Safe With These Smoke Detector Tips From SERVPRO of Kirkland

5/23/2022 (Permalink)

Smoke Detector Don't wait until its too late to check on your smoke detector, it could save your life!

Here's What You May Want to Know

When installing a smoke alarm in your Kirkland, Bellevue, Redmond, Bothell, or Woodinville home, it’s important to follow the recommendations of professionals, including fire damage restoration services, to ensure the alarm functions properly in an emergency. Here’s what you may want to know.

1. Regular Maintenance

It’s very important to maintain your smoke detectors for fire safety. Many professionals recommend checking the batteries in all alarms located in your home once a year at the very least. Usually many choose to do this at daylight savings to keep the maintenance routine consistent. Making sure your units are dust free can help prevent malfunctioning. It’s also recommended to periodically test the unit according to the manufacturer's directions to ensure functionality. With most units, there is a test button you can press to hear the alarm sound. If your alarm is malfunctioning in any way it should be replaced entirely.

2. Alarm Placement

The exact placement of a smoke alarm in your home can also be very important. It’s recommended that at the very least one alarm be placed on each floor of the building. Make sure to place an alarm in high-risk areas such as a workshop or kitchen. Most fire experts recommend that you place one alarm inside each bedroom, and one alarm outside the bedrooms as well. It may be adequate in some situations to place a single alarm outside multiple bedrooms if they share a hall or living area.

3.Operation Life

A smoke detector does have a defined operation life. Many professionals recommend the full replacement of any unit over ten years old to ensure proper functionality during the event of an emergency. Older units often have a higher risk of malfunctioning which could certainly be costly to your home and family.

When installing a smoke alarm in your home it’s important to do regular maintenance of the unit, place the alarm inside and outside each bedroom, as well as in the kitchen area, and fully replace old units. Doing all of these recommended things can help keep your home and family safe.

SERVPRO of Kirkland is Your Best Resource for Your Fire Restoration Needs

5/23/2022 (Permalink)

Kirkland Home Fire This fire started outside the home, just outside the garage. The flames and smoke took no time making it inside causing significant damage.

When the firefighters leave, it may seem like the danger has passed and the home is now safe from further destruction, but without trained professionals to help clean the smoke damage, the building may never return to normal. While the principles behind fire restoration are on the surface fairly simple, it requires a lot of experience and manpower to perform adequately, and this means that it should NOT be attempted by a homeowner on his or her own. 

The trained professionals at SERVPRO of Kirkland should be called on immediately.  We clean smoke damage and restore items affected by a fire to pre-fire condition, but we must be called to respond immediately to halt the ongoing issues that ash residue can cause. 

We know that the only way to properly clean smoke and fire damage is to be extremely thorough. Ash residue is easily disturbed and spreads through the building with ease, causing nearly everything to need restoration.

The experts at SERVPRO of Kirkland will not only identify what can and cannot be salvaged, we will remove any built-up ash residue that is coating surfaces. Over time, ash builds up in layers, and may eventually form into a lacquer-like consistency. Once this is done, we will locate the source of the odor, and treat it with specialized detergents that are formulated for neutralizing this kind of odor. Once materials are treated, they may need to be sealed off to prevent any further odor from permeating the air in the future.


For more information on the services that SERVPRO of Kirkland provides regarding water and fire damage cleanup for your commercial or residential property, please visit us at:

https://www.SERVPROkirkland.com/fire-smoke-damage-restoration

Kirkland 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

5/9/2022 (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

5/9/2022 (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?

5/9/2022 (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

5/9/2022 (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

Stay Safe and Dry During the Springtime Rainstorms

5/9/2022 (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

5/6/2022 (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

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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

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Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 At 425-820-0080  SERVPRO of Kirkland provides 24-hour emergency service - SERVPRO vans outside 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

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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 professionals 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

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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

For Immediate Service in Kirkland, Call SERVPRO

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Daisy the Demo Dog We are here to help with your emergency.

SERVPRO of Kirkland provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Kirkland. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – (425) 820-0080

Residential Services

Whether your Kirkland home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or water damage to strike your Kirkland commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business.

When Storms or Floods hit Kirkland, SERVPRO of Kirkland is ready!

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Flood from December 2019 Kirkland Storm Before and after photo of a home affected in the Kirkland December 2019 heavy rain storm.

SERVPRO of Kirkland specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Kirkland, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today (425) 820-0080

Kirkland Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

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Mold in ceiling Mold growth found in ceiling at a home in Bothell after the ceiling was opened up to mitigate damage from a roof leak.

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Kirkland for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Kirkland specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

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

Water Heater Leak in Your Home? Call SERVPRO of Kirkland!

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Water Heater Before & After Water heater malfunction in Seattle, WA that SERVPRO of Kirkland responded to.

Water Damage Recovery after a Malfunctioning Water Heater Leaks in your Kirkland Home.

A malfunctioning heater could expose your home to water-related incidents. Water heaters are generally built to last decades of high usage since they can be costly to replace. However, with the sheer volume of water passing through a heater during the winter months can cause year on year corrosion of the steel storage tanks. When these leak inside an airing or heating closet, they can cause significant amounts of harm to your property. 

A heater with corrosion can start to leak over time, leading to water damage in your home. The likelihood of tanks bursting increases when there is steel corrosion, which can have a sizable impact. Performing regular maintenance checks and replacing the anode rod inside your water heater when necessary is the best way of avoiding water emergencies. However, accidents do happen, in which case you should have a firm backup plan in place to limit the losses to your property's structure.

One potential challenge SERVPRO technicians have in restoring structure around a large appliance is restrictive access. Typically, heating systems are built into closets or small enclosures out of the way of the main rooms in your house. These enclosed areas increase water migration because water builds up in a concentrated area, which can lead to water problems inside the cavities of your home. 

Water restoration technicians with experience can duct seal the enclosure and attach dehumidification hoses into the area to speed up the evaporation process rapidly. Since water extractors are likely to be unable to dry such a small space effectively, SERVPRO relies on closed-system dehumidification to dry. We may also need to assess the adjacent walls as well as the subfloor of your property to see how far excess moisture is traveling.

Water heater failure can cause extensive harm in small spaces. Contact SERVPRO of Kirkland at (425) 820-0080.

Our Highly Trained Restoration Specialists Can Restore Your Kirkland home

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SERVPRO Vans SERVPRO of Kirkland team responding to a large loss in the Kirkland community.

SERVPRO of Kirkland is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

  • Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
  • Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
  • Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.
  • Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
  • Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

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 and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: 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

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