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Conducting Commercial Water Mitigation in Yakima

3/13/2023 (Permalink)

a water damaged wood floor Water leaks can compound and cause a great deal of damage over time. Contact SERVPRO when you notice the situation so that we can assess and help.

SERVPRO Assists with Commercial Water Damage Restoration in Yakima

All restaurants have more water supply lines and appliances that use H2O than other commercial buildings. Since restaurants use running water constantly throughout the day, these buildings are at risk of suffering from a mishap. The ice machine inside your eatery is one appliance that uses water; if it malfunctions, a disaster could occur. Sometimes when ice machines break, they spray water and flood out your structure.

Any time water leaks into your restaurant, it is wise to have professionals perform commercial water mitigation at your Yakima property. Even though most restaurant floors contain hard surfaces that repel moisture, a water leak could cause problems with other building materials or contents. For example, moisture could soak your drywall and cause your wall studs or ceiling trusses to get wet. 

When dealing with wet walls, our technicians work towards removing moisture quickly so that secondary issues do not take place. Mold can grow inside your wall cavities on the back of drywall or on wooden studs if prompt action is not taken. Depending on the severity of the damage, we can often save sections of your walls that got wet.

Setting up air movers and dehumidifiers can help speed up the natural evaporation and drying processes. If your walls became saturated after the leak, we could also set up an injection drying system to pump warm, dry air into your wall cavities. We can drill holes into the walls behind your baseboards when installing an injection drying system. The tubes for the drying system then get inserted into these holes, and we run the machine until your walls are back to normal moisture levels.

Other services we can offer after a water leak:

  • Restorative carpet cleaning
  • Content pack-ins and pack-outs
  • Water extraction services
  • Deep cleaning of all affected areas

If the ice machine inside your eatery ever breaks or the lines running to it break, call SERVPRO of Yakima at (509) 972-6707.

We have Post-Storm Water Cleanup Help for Our Yakima Neighbors

2/5/2023 (Permalink)

a flooded kitchen with water covering the tile Regardless of how the excess water entered your home, when you need cleanup SERVPRO can help. We are standing by 24/7.

Water Cleanup Can Deter Costly Secondary Damages

A thunder and lightning show can often help residents in Yakima sleep more soundly. However, the storm can also create a nightmare situation occasionally. If a recent storm made a mess, your home might benefit from water cleanup services from SERVPRO.

Our dedicated employees work together in teams to make water cleanup efficient for our Yakima neighbors. We ensure that subsequent work to restore your home takes place in an environment that is as safe as we can make it. We also ascertain the risks of electric shock, slip and fall, and trip hazards. We remove such risks wherever possible or place warning placards.

Because storms are unpredictable, the damage they can leave within your home can also surprise you. Along with cleaning up rainwater, we also often need to clean up additional debris, including:

  • Roofing materials,
  • A fallen tree and any limbs, and
  • Nesting materials from nuisance pests.

Often, when a tree falls, it splinters the roof. The frame may come apart in some areas, necessitating us to remove it, followed by its rebuilding. Shingles and tar paper sections might find their way into your yard. These can contain nails or other sharp fasteners.

The tree also needs to be cut into manageable sections and taken elsewhere. While you can use this as firewood, we can remove the tree or any fallen limbs and dispose of everything if you wish.

Homeowners are often surprised and shocked to discover that nuisance animals have been living in upper crawlspaces or attic areas. While we might not see the actual animals, we often come across their nesting and bedding materials. Our IICRC-certified technicians remove these by contacting a third-party pest control company and apply antimicrobial sprays as a precaution after cleaning the area.

Once we remove the water and take care of the additional problems the stormy weather caused, we can rebuild the affected areas of your attic and roof. Call SERVPRO of Yakima at (509) 972-6707, and we'll make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Provides Mold Remediation and Cleanup Services in Yakima

1/5/2023 (Permalink)

Front office of SERVPRO of Yakima Mold remediation is no DIY project. Call the professionals of SERVPRO for the help you need.

Discovered a Major Mold Infestation and Need Mold Remediation in Yakima – Call SERVPRO

Consumers are amazed at how quickly a mold infestation can materialize in their Yakima homes after a water leak or high humidity levels in their homes. Mold can grow in as little as twenty-four hours and become a significant mold growth colony in forty-eight to seventy hours.

SERVPRO delivers mold remediation services to consumers and business owners in Yakima. 

We strongly encourage our Yakima clients to call us for help with mold remediation as soon as they notice a strong, musty odor or observe mold growing inside their homes. We can be on-site in less than four hours from your call, assess the situation, and take immediate action to control additional mold growth.

The mold remediation strategy applied by SERVPRO depends on the extent of the infestation, the location, and the impact on the home or building. We deploy barriers and create negative pressure rooms for large infestations to reduce the distribution of mold spores. Our goal is to contain the contamination and clean up debris. Porous materials must be bagged in place and safely removed from the impacted area. Mold can be removed from non-porous materials, and the room can be dried and cleaned.

SERVPRO also investigates the source of the moisture. The moisture source must be eliminated; otherwise, a mold infestation will return after removing the initial colony. There are mold spores everywhere, waiting for the right conditions to grow and turn into a mold infestation. Moisture can occur from condensation on cold water pipes, leaks around windows and plumbing, AC systems, etc. Our mold specialists can provide guidance to our clients and help with repairs as required.

SERVPRO provides the following services to our clients dealing with mold infestations:

  • Mold inspections, remediation, and removal
  • Attic mold removal
  • Black mold damage repairs

Call SERVPRO of Yakima for mold remediation cleanup services and restoration. We provide service to Yakima and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (509) 972-6707.

Early Objectives of Fire Restoration for Yakima Homes

12/2/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Yakima building SERVPRO technicians have the training and experience for every phase of fire damage restoration. We are ready 24/7, 365 days a year.

 The Few Key Elements of Fire Restoration Mitigation 

When fires occur, it is necessary to act quickly. Experienced professionals from our team can work within a volatile environment to create a safer restoration atmosphere and better conditions for responding technicians. The earliest actions that we take to secure homes suffering fire loss include the following:

  • Water removal
  • Board-up
  • Air filtration
  • Controlled demolition

Clearing Debris 

Among the first steps of fire restoration for Yakima homes and businesses is removing debris from the floors. Heaps of ash and soot residues produced by the combustion process hinder other restoration actions from starting. Debris can cause greater concentrations of soot deposits on surfaces, creating more significant odor issues to overcome.

Removing Smoke and Soot Damage  

When soot and smoke deposits threaten surfaces in the house, it is necessary to have appropriate cleaning processes to address these concerns. The longer soot impacts sensitive substrates, the more likely these corrosive particles stain and mar the material in question. We have surface-cleaning strategies to address these residues in the earliest stages, including solvents and detergents. We also have more aggressive abrasive and mechanical actions where necessary.

Cleaning Contents 

Protecting their possessions and contents in the house is paramount to many homeowners. It is necessary to do anything possible to prevent greater harm to these objects and remove them from the damaged path. We have relocation services that begin with our team's arrival, as well as on-site cleaning and pack-out processes depending on the condition of these items.

Neutralizing Harsh Smells

Malodors should also be a consideration. Early action to reduce the severity of smells produced by the combustion process can make the restoration more efficient and promote better living conditions for house occupants. We have several deodorization tools and products to help.

Fire restoration for Yakima homes focuses on several areas where assistance is needed immediately. Our experienced SERVPRO of Yakima FSRT-Certified professionals is ready to mobilize quickly to help. Call us at (509) 972-6707.

Deodorization Is an Essential Part of Yakima Water Damage Repair

11/3/2022 (Permalink)

ceiling hole from water leak Trust SERVPRO to restore your water damaged Yakima home

SERVPRO Is an Expert at Yakima Water Damage Repair

When persistent, water event-related odors haunt your Yakima residence, who can you call? While numerous local restoration services can be found online, relatively few are experts at eliminating foul smells. Some firms may have difficulty finding the source of these issues, while others may lack the necessary remediation tools or deodorants to complete the job effectively.

SERVPRO, with over fifty years of odor neutralization experience, is a Yakima water damage repair company uniquely equipped to deodorize even the most severely impacted homes successfully. After our skilled technicians locate ceiling leaks, repair any leaky or burst pipes, clean up basement flooding, and perform any other necessary emergency water damage services, they quickly get to work on ridding your residence of unwanted, leak-related smells.

SERVPRO experts accomplish this by:

  • Professionally discarding irreparable, waterlogged contents and structural materials from interiors so that they do not develop odor-producing fungal growths
  • Blocking or removing fungus-fouled, upholstered furnishings and then cleaning and treating them with powerful, deodorant-dispensing misting foggers and injection devices
  • Thoroughly deodorizing ceilings and walls with ULV foggers and pump sprayers
  • Using commercial-grade disinfectants and odor-neutralizing fogs to treat subflooring and both sides of carpeting
  • Mopping concrete, hardwood, and other types of hard flooring with antimicrobials and odor eliminators
  • Ensuring that water-impacted interior areas are entirely dried using the correct ratio of dehumidifiers to air movers, and smell-reducing pellets have effectively mitigated any lingering odors

Once all these measures have been taken, homeowners are often amazed to find their properties returned to their pre-event condition, with no unpleasant smells remaining.

So, if you are ever troubled by difficult-to-eliminate odors following water damage repair work, rest assured that your helpful neighbors at SERVPRO of Yakima can help. We are always ready to assist you, any time of the day or night, at (509) 972-6707.