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The Hazards of Flood Damage in Marysville Homes

10/29/2023 (Permalink)

a flooded living room with furniture floating everywhere Removing water from your home is a task best left to the professionals. Contact SERVPRO 24/7 for certified technicians with professional equipment.

Reacting Fast to Overcome Post-Disaster Effects

Picture this - your cozy home is suddenly invaded by forceful standing water, spreading through your living space, damaging your cherished possessions and the very structure of your house. It's a nightmare scenario that can take a toll on any household. With our fast response, our IICRC-certified technicians can ensure that emergency services kick into action quickly, minimizing the damage caused by flooding and keeping your home and loved ones safe.

Overcoming Standing Water

Standing water and pooling can be among the most pressing concerns after flood damage in Marysville homes. We must remove any water collection along the flooring throughout the property and assess the effect on the structure. Extraction involves several removal tools, usually a combination of vacuums and pumps. We even have large loss equipment to manage water penetration to massive properties like the Marysville Skate Inn or the Strawberry Fields Athletic Complex.

Shock Scenarios

Excess water can pose a severe health risk when mixed with electricity. It is hazardous in places like the Tulalip Casino, where power is essential for smooth operations. When water mixes with electricity, it can trip the circuit system and act as a conductor, resulting in a significant risk of electric shock.

Weakening the Structure

Floodwater can infiltrate structural cavities and cause permanent damage to exposed materials. And, if you have an open floor plan, the spreading moisture can quickly target the most vulnerable structural elements, compromising the stability of your home. Materials include:

  • Wall assemblies
  • Ceilings
  • Floors and subflooring

Dealing with a flood can be a stressful and overwhelming experience that poses significant health and safety risks. Our team at SERVPRO® of Marysville / Arlington is here to provide you with prompt and expert assistance. Whether it's your home or business affected, we have the skills and tools to mitigate the damage and return your property to its pre-flood condition. Don't hesitate to call us today at (360) 658-0506.

How Our Fire Damage Cleanup Team Helps Homeowners in Marysville

8/19/2023 (Permalink)

tech cleaning soot from ceiling with cloth Fire damage cleanup starts with removing odor-causing soot residue from your Marysville home. "Like it never even happened."

We Always Simplify Complicated Fire Damage Cleanup

Disasters can turn your serene, peaceful life in Marysville upside down. One disaster that can touch your entire home and every aspect of your family's lives is fire. Fire damage cleanup can sound complicated, especially when everything feels negative.

Families in Marysville call SERVPRO® for fire damage cleanup. We understand how to efficiently clean up after a disaster and make the process understandable to the customer. Understanding what we must do to their property evaporates most of their distress.

We explain some of the questions asked about cleaning up after a fire, such as:

  • How will my house's interior surfaces be cleaned?
  • Can the more delicate furnishings in my home be adequately cleaned? and
  • Does the project include getting the firefighters' water out of my property?

Walls and ceilings often come clean with a thorough scrubbing that includes our in-house cleaning agents. Then we use clean water and a fresh towel to remove any remaining residue. When scorching or marring is present, we make repairs. Smooth surfaces require similar treatment to prevent dulling by micro-etching from harsh soot.

We use various cleaning tools to remove embedded soot and other smoke by-products. Some items, such as fine drapery linings, require specialized cleaning treatments. One such way is our ultrasonic cleaning machine, which can remove any foreign matter on the surface of many collectibles.

During the fire, water is a beneficial substance. Afterward is a new beginning, in which that water can cause problems. We remove it through extraction methods such as weighted units, removal of carpet and padding, and desiccant machines. We know water can move within the confines of your residence, including through evaporation and condensation. Our infrared cameras help us locate any hidden pockets of trapped moisture so we can help you avoid any moisture-related problems.

For a professional response that can clean and restore your property after any disaster, call SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington at (360) 658-0506.

Apply Water Cleanup Methodologies Based on Scope of Damage in Marysville

5/29/2023 (Permalink)

puddles of water covering hardwood floor If your commercial property needs water cleanup, team SERVPRO is the company to call. Our technicians are certified and have the equipment needed.

Thorough Water Cleanup in Marysville Commercial Buildings Avoids Future Mold Issues

Every water cleanup project has different requirements based on the amount of water in Marysville commercial buildings. Broken plumbing, storm damage, or flooding can introduce thousands of gallons of clean, gray, or black water into commercial buildings. All operations must be curtailed, and the focus must shift to the protection of employees and contents, cleanup, disinfection, and drying before your company can return to normal operations.

SERVPRO provides commercial water cleanup services for all types of water and flooding in Marysville. We have the equipment and team members to respond to clean up water from plumbing leaks as well as more severe flooding of your premises. Floodwaters may contain bacteria, viruses, pollutants, chemicals, and debris. We remove these materials safely following approved disposal methods.

We tailor our response to the scope of the water damage and follow standard approved industry processes:

  • Meet the client onsite within four hours of your call.
  • Assess the situation and check all safety-related issues – structural, electrical, contamination, slip, and falls.
  • Protect commercial buildings from additional damage - board up windows and doors, etc.
  • Remove contents, clean, and protect from secondary damage.
  • Begin mobilizing water extractors, air movers, and dehumidifiers to dry the building and its contents. 
  • Inspect flooring, walls, and any material that may have absorbed moisture.
  • Remove damaged and contaminated flooring, walls, and contents.
  • We use moisture meters to confirm all areas of the building affected by water penetration have been dried to avoid future structural issues, mold growth, and lingering odors caused by flooding.

SERVPRO provides the resources to return your commercial building to normal operations as soon as possible. We check for pockets of moisture that can lead to the formation of mold colonies in as little as twenty-four hours, giving off a strong, musty smell.

Call SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington for water cleanup services. We provide service to Marysville and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (360) 658-0506.

Choosing How to Dry Water Damage in Marysville Homes

4/24/2023 (Permalink)

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Finding the Right System Against Water Damage 

While the issue of water damage might not be a new concept for our experienced SERVPRO team, managing the situation is unique. The same techniques do not work from one property to the next, at least not as efficiently. Therefore, we must evaluate the conditions of the property to choose the most effective strategies for drying your residence. 

How An Open System of Drying Works 

Addressing water damage in Marysville homes often uses an open drying system. This effort introduces air from outside the structure to help remove moisture and dry wet materials inside the house. This approach is helpful when conditions outside are warm and dry. However, humidity outside the home must be noticeably lower than the wet conditions inside to be effective. 

There are potential issues with an open system, primarily when the external conditions are not ideal for effective drying. Some of these factors include: 

  • High humidity outside
  • Cold air that must be heated
  • Humid, cool air

The Closed System Approach 

The advantage of a closed system, or manipulating the specific conditions within the house, is that we can carefully and continually monitor factors like temperature, airflow, and humidity. In addition, the drying areas are sealed and contained to ensure that the equipment involved only impacts the desired location. 

To achieve this, our SERVPRO team works to establish physical containment with temporary barriers. For example, we can seal over structural openings to the wet room with polypropylene sheeting and framing to increase the impact and efficiency of portable heaters, air movers, and dehumidifiers operating in the space. We might still use existing ventilation to exhaust outside. 

Clearing water damage from your home involves several techniques and approaches. Our experience and equipment allow us to manage unique situations with a custom drying strategy. Call SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington at (360) 658-0506.

The Many Hazards of Marysville Mold Damage

4/3/2023 (Permalink)

Before and after photo of a tub with extensive mold damage When SERVPRO remediates mold, we always check for hidden growth within your Marysville home. Contact SERVPRO for remediation and prevention solutions.

SERVPRO Remediates Residential Mold Damage Fast

Mold and mildewing happen more frequently than many homeowners think, especially in Snohomish County. Moist environmental conditions and groundwater concerns make this feasible in many house areas, including:

  • Attic
  • Basement
  • Garage
  • Bathroom
  • Laundry Area
  • Kitchen

While Marysville mold damage does not affect every home and business, it should be dealt with promptly when it appears. Our AMRT-Certified technicians have a rapid response to these emergencies with various antimicrobial products and remediation equipment to help. 

How Threatening is Mold? 

Because many homeowners have witnessed mold growth in their lifetime, they do not associate it with the same destructive capacity as emergencies like fires and flooding. While mold does not have the immediate impact that these other disasters do, it can be detrimental to your life and property if not addressed promptly by the appropriate professionals. Some threats of active mold include:

  • Structural Damage - Mold uses organic matter like wood flooring, trim, drywall, and other materials as a food source for the organism. Prolonged exposure compromises structural integrity. 
  • Fast-Spreading Organisms - Under moist conditions, spores can spread quickly and impact new hosting materials. 
  • Uncomfortable Living Conditions - Comfortable living conditions can become impossible through strong odors from active colonization.

Is Your Home Already Suffering Mold Damage? 

You might not always realize how common mold can be. Many homes unknowingly have colonies developing at this time. With the humidity and moisture content of the environment throughout the Marysville and Pacific Northwest region, structures can quickly meet the atmospheric conditions to support mold colonies in their homes. 

It can be beneficial to recognize some of the signs of active colonization in your home to combat these organisms before they get out of control. Homeowners can look for:

  • Spotting
  • Musty Smells
  • Damp Surfaces

Removing Mold Damage

Eliminating active colonization is often one of the more problematic and challenging aspects of recovery. Remediation is a process that targets only active colonization and causes of mold growth instead of broad claims to remove all spores and signs of mold in a household. Removal practices change based on the severity of colony penetration:

  • Surface - This is when colonies have not yet migrated beyond the outermost layer of a hosting material. At this stage, organisms can still be eliminated by applying sporicidal and antimicrobial products from our inventory. 
  • Embedded - At this stage, mold has begun to penetrate the hosting material beyond the surface layer. More aggressive measures are needed to remove the colony at this point, including sanding and media blasting. 
  • Complete Material - When the entire hosting material has been overwhelmed by intruding mold organisms, the only remaining solution is controlled demolition.

Addressing Byproducts of Colonization

Prolonged mold exposure in the house can ultimately lead to some challenging conditions. Even after much of the remediation is completed, our SERVPRO AMRT-Certified technicians still have to manage several threatening conditions related to the infestation. Some of these include:

  • Odors
  • Structural Damage
  • Refinishing Needs

Full-Service Contractors to Help

Mold infestations target organic matter like drywall as hosting elements to support growing colonies. Using these items as a food source compromises their structural integrity and often requires demolition and replacement. With a team that provides a general contractor license, our SERVPRO professionals can rapidly provide build-back services and reconstruction where necessary after ruinous mold damage. 

Marysville mold damage can impact a home in several ways, and with the potential for hazardous and uncomfortable conditions, it should be addressed as fast as possible. SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington professionals lead the Puget Sound area with remediation and cleanup after mold, so call us when you need it at (360) 658-0506.

The Impact of Water Damage on Marysville Structures

4/3/2023 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Can Restore and Repair After Water Damage

With the frequency of water disasters that impact homes and businesses in the area, it is a situation our SERVPRO team must stay prepared to face. Thousands of homes around the Puget Sound have been affected by a range of potential issues, including:

  • Spills
  • Leaks
  • Burst pipes
  • Drainage issues
  • Flooding
  • Broken appliances
  • Freezing

Marysville water damage can be destructive to homes and businesses alike. Still, with buildings like the shopping on Third Street and State Avenues, hundreds of people could be affected by a single emergency. Our SERVPRO team is ready to respond rapidly to mitigate losses and begin drying up damage.

How Does Water Move After Exposure?

Understanding the behavior of water damage throughout a structure allows our responding team to anticipate the paths of moisture migration and set up perimeters of the work zone. When the emergency first occurs, water continually seeks to move to new areas through vapor pressure, absorption, and uninhibited movement. SERVPRO comes prepared to dry all materials that could be impacted by moving moisture.

What Should Be Prioritized for Emergency Services? 

Emergency services are a part of the mitigation process and encompass the earliest actions our professionals can take to combat the damage water can do to a property. We focus on specific tasks designed to prevent harm to the structure or costlier restoration with ruined contents. SERVPRO professionals prioritize:

  • Content Management – This is the relocation, on-site cleaning, or off-site recovery of impacted personal belongings, furniture, and other contents in the house.
  • Extracting Water – This action is the culmination of efforts to remove surface water pooling on the flooring and structural cavities. 
  • Repairing Plumbing – With disasters originating from damaged pipes and plumbing, our licensed contractors must fix these vulnerabilities to restore water service.
  • Controlled Demolition – Sagging materials and compromised building elements are safety concerns and should be removed and discarded.

Removing Water 

Surface water, either visible pooling or impacting the outermost layer of the building material, must be managed rapidly to prevent more significant harm. We have multiple extractors, including pumps and vacuums, capable of handling and removing all standing water concerns to make drying more efficient and direct.

Another potential concern for responding technicians is water that has moved beyond the surface layer. Water can be drawn in by cellulose in wood, and similarly, drywall can be impacted through its porous composition by intruding water. Removing this moisture from the flooring is possible with tools like drying mats.

Thorough Drying Solutions

Drying is one of the universal needs of every water disaster. Between surface water that makes the face of materials moist to penetrative saturation that overwhelms the pores of building materials or infiltrates structural cavities, the need for drying solutions is more widespread than it appears. Air movers can be instrumental in evaporative drying towards a material’s surface. At the same time, positive and negative pressure systems can help our SERVPRO team to regulate moisture and remove water damage from the structural cavities.

Needed Repairs 

Repairs are more of a common need after damage events than many homeowners realize. Beyond the needed replacement of damaged plumbing or broken fixtures, some sensitive materials can quickly become oversaturated and require controlled demolition. With a general contractor license, we are prepared for the multiple reconstruction services to help after water damage.

Marysville water damage can require multiple experts from our team and several tools from our inventory. We quickly evaluate the needs of a residence and begin mitigating damage and drying up impacted building materials shortly after our rapid response team arrives. Call our SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington team whenever disaster strikes at (360) 658-0506.

Full-Service Restoration After Marysville Fire Damage

4/3/2023 (Permalink)

outside of a home with fire damage to the siding SERVPRO can help with any level of fire damage to your Marysville home. Call today for help from the experts.

We Offer Restoration and Repairs for Fire Damage

The recovery of a residence after a fire requires several trained professionals and often hundreds of restoration tools and products. The experience of our FSRT-Certified technicians allows us to have a direct response to a range of hazardous conditions after a fire like:

  • Smoke damage
  • Ruined contents
  • Structural compromise
  • Offensive malodors

With how destructive and overwhelming Marysville fire damage incidents can become, everything from residences to outlet stores requires our SERVPRO team's fast response. We keep vehicles ready to mobilize when every minute counts to get mitigation, and necessary emergency services started. 

The Early Efforts of SERVPRO Professionals

Emergency services and designed mitigation are essential elements of protecting a customer's property and contents. We prioritize and provide a fast response to emergencies with specific goals to promptly begin the overall restoration process. These include:

  • Assessment - Initially, the best way we can help homes after fire damage is to evaluate the scope of post-fire conditions and the needed restoration response to help. 
  • Safety-Conscious Action - Early actions to mitigate loss after fires in homes and businesses prioritize the safety of those involved, including our technicians. We evaluate structural damage, soot concentrations, and airborne soot. 
  • Air Quality Improvement - Circulating particles like smoke solids and soot can threaten Air Quality. We combat this with HEPA 500 air scrubbers and hydroxyl machines for filtration capabilities.
  • Controlled Demolition - It is often needed to implement demolition and discard compromised materials after a fire. This is intended to reduce hazards in most cases. 

The Likelihood of Soot Damage

The properties of soot and the thickness of residues on multiple surfaces require a combination of cleaning and restoration techniques. Soot is common to post-fire recovery and destructive to the property. Some forms of soot fire damage include:

  • Wet Smoke 

These typically result from moist environmental conditions combined with lower temperature fires. These factors create a slow-moving and smoldering type of combustion and heavy subsequent smoke production, coating surfaces with a thick and formidable soot deposit.

  • Dry Smoke 

Hotter and faster-moving fires create thinner and more manageable soot and smoke residue deposit on surfaces. While the residual damage might be easier to clean in most situations, dry smoke fires are often more totally destructive to the structural elements. 

  • Protein Residues 

Kitchen flare-ups are a common cause of fire damage to homes. Grease and burned proteins produce a thick, wet residue that coats surfaces like cabinets and countertops. 

  • Oil Furnace Puffback 

A build-up in the ignition chamber can cause a micro-explosion that hurls ionized soot through the ductwork and into connected rooms. Events can be widespread and also require cleaning of the duct system. 

The Efficient Way to Eliminate Odors

Malodors are an expected byproduct of combustion, yet the severity of these conditions changes based on the burned materials and chemicals involved. Eliminating generated odors after fire damage means using several of our advanced deodorization tools to help. Foggers are heavily used for their vaporous distribution of potent deodorizing products. 

Full-Service Restoration and Recovery

Because we have an experienced division of our workforce with a general contractor license, we have an open door to help with the structural damage and compromise properties experienced after a fire. Puget Sound properties can often need reconstruction after fire disasters, with many of these incidents being slow-moving, smoldering wet smoke conditions. 

Marysville fire damage restoration and recovery feature talented experts on our roster representing multiple niches of the industry. As a full-service restoration approach, we can seamlessly transition between the many phases of post-fire recovery to restore the structure "Like it never even happened." Our SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington team is ready to help 24/7 at (360) 658-0506.

Importance of Pretesting Your Marysville Property During Fire Damage Restoration

4/2/2023 (Permalink)

a fire damaged kitchen with soot covering the walls and tables Fire damage cleanup and remediation is critical after an event. Call SERVPRO for expert technicians who are standing by 24/7 to help.

SERVPRO Listens to Client Concerns During Fire Damage Cleanup in Marysville

The approach we give each fire damage incident plays a crucial role in the success of the restoration process. Each project has unique needs and concerns, so our mitigation experts always listen to all details customers provide about the event. We carefully take notes and then proceed to perform an initial assessment.

The firsthand information we receive from our customers during fire damage cleanup in Marysville helps us develop a better understanding of the work we are about to do. Before our SERVPRO technicians can give assurances about what is restorable and what is not, we conduct a pretest. We aim to provide reliable and high-quality restoration services that meet the needs of each situation and help the customers resume normalcy within the shortest time possible.

By sharing the pretest results with our customers, they have access to a concrete understanding of the restoration procedures and what to expect at the end of the job. They function as evidence to support the restoration actions that our technicians are about to do. It also helps our team to pick the most effective and efficient smoke odor removal techniques.

The following answers – which are helpful to customers and their insurance providers – are provided in a pretest:

  • Demonstrates why it is possible to restore specific items
  • Shows why discarding some content is necessary
  • Explain why some surfaces or contents do not require cleaning
  • Point out areas whose cleanability is questionable

While we understand our work is to meet the needs of our customers, the details are also helpful to your insurance provider. Our IICRC-certified fire damage cleanup team possesses good communication skills that help attend to the concerns of both parties. Also, the intensive training that we undergo helps us meet such demands.

Contact SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington at (360) 658-0506 when you require quick and reliable fire damage restoration services. Our highly experienced team is Faster to Any Size Disaster and uses advanced equipment to get your property to its pre-fire condition.

Why SERVPRO's Mold Removal Techs Spray Liquid in Marysville Homes

2/20/2023 (Permalink)

mold on white ceiling severe SERVPRO AMRT technicians spray antifungal agents during mold damage remediation in Marysville.

Preventing New Colonies Starts with Mold Removal

Mold tends to accumulate in areas with specific qualities, making locations in your Marysville property with current colonies more likely to harbor future infestations. The most efficient way of handling microbial infestations begins with mold removal but never ends there.

Preventing the need for mold removal within a Marysville residence is much more cost-effective. We take highly effective steps to remove existing mold and mildew and make surfaces less hospitable to future spores.

SERVPRO's technicians protect homes by reducing the risk of microbial overgrowth and infestation by:

  • Adjusting the interior humidity within your home,
  • Removing materials that harbor mold, and
  • Applying antimicrobial agents.

The reduction of excess water vapor can reduce the entire home's risk. Wherever we detect areas with unusually high moisture levels, we take measures to ascertain the cause. Common culprits include plumbing or appliances where a slow leak or drip causes water to accumulate and condensation forms on the lower sections of your home's walls. Floors and walls in these areas can suffer serious damage from mold.

Cutting away, extracting, and removing mold-damaged sections of walls, ceiling, and flooring and bagging up any contents that we cannot clean significantly reduces the number of spores within the home. Complete eradication is never possible, but a low number of microbes is normal and unlikely to result in another infestation.

An antimicrobial agent like Concrobium works so well at encapsulating leftover mold particles and spores that we don't want to overlook its preventative abilities. This all-natural solution dries within two hours of application. To get the most optimal coating, our technicians spray it onto surfaces. (If the surface is to be painted later, a 24-hour waiting period will provide you with the best results.)

Contact SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington at (360) 658-0506 for assistance with and prevention of mold and other problems before they can cause costly damage to your home.

Water Mitigation Is a Crucial Part of Restoring a Marysville Home

1/29/2023 (Permalink)

a flooded room with water soaking the carpet Water damage can quickly affect your home. When you are dealing with such a situation, it’s better to call in the professionals.

The Best Results Start with Water Mitigation

Over time, different restoration professionals have learned that water acts in specific ways within homes. Working together, they have developed protocols that assist in providing uniform results to customers, including those in Marysville. One of the areas in the restoration industry included in these protocols involves water mitigation.

For SERVPRO technicians to provide homeowners with the best possible results, we must start with water mitigation of their Marysville residence. Without it, any restoration work we carry out becomes wasted energy and resources.

However, mitigating water damage before beginning the restoration work has some valuable advantages, such as:

  • Reducing the amount of time needed to dry the structural elements in the house,
  • Reducing the severity of any secondary water damage, and
  • Ensuring our goals and timelines are attainable.

SERVPRO invests heavily in water extraction equipment because when less water needs to evaporate and end up in the air where our desiccant machines can eliminate it, the less time it takes to complete the drying process.

Water does more than damage things inside your residence. Water can also help microbes like mold to grow wildly and begin colonizing other areas of your dwelling. Removing water from your flooring keeps it from continuing to wick up your wall, ruining the drywall underneath. Wood floors swell less when there is less water present. An earlier drying process can also reduce the amount of cupping and crowning a wood floor experiences.

Mitigating a water emergency also helps us stay within our time frames. Additionally, when certain situations arise earlier in the restoration process (for example, the discovery of lead-based paint or asbestos-containing tiles), we have more time to contact a qualified specialist to address the situation. Doing this ensures that we meet all legal requirements, eliminating difficulties in the future.

Call SERVPRO of Marysville / Arlington for professional mitigation services at (360) 658-0506. We're always available 24/7, 365 days a year.