Recent Storm Damage Posts

Why We Are the Leader in Federal Way Flood Damage Restoration

8/15/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO mobile heat unit SERVPRO has mobile high heat units to dry out structures damaged by storms. Call us 24/7 to prevent further damage to your belongings.

How Heavy Rains Can Cause Sewer-Based Flood Damage in Your Federal Way Home

Torrential rains can lead to virtual rivers running down the street of Federal Way. The amount of water deposited over a short period during a severe rainstorm can challenge the ability of the storm water system to respond, causing the downpour to fill roadways and parking lots because of an overabundance of fluids. Public storm sewers are in place to help manage the water, but they cannot always handle the task.

Drains Are Interrelated

Homeowners in Federal Way can experience flood damage inside their residences even if your roof and gutter systems are draining correctly, your basement is waterproofed, and you have no exterior storm damage. The pressure in the municipal storm water system exerts in all directions. Utility hole covers can blow out the pavement, and curbside sewer grates overflow. Inside basements and crawl spaces, the lateral lines that connect your waste pipe to the public sewer can provide a pathway for raw human waste to enter and contaminate your lower levels because of the tremendous force coming from the over-capacity storm drains.

What Are the Risks When Sewage Backs Up?

SERVPRO employees know that sewage is Category 3, the most contaminated type of flooding damage. Category 3 water contains disease-causing agents such as bacteria, fungi, viruses, and parasites. Exposure to the microbes from sewage can result in illness and incapacity from infectious diseases, allergies, or toxic poisoning. The microbes can attack your system when you:

  • Breathe them
  • Swallow them
  • Absorb them through skin contact

Flood Damage from Sewage Needs a Professional Response

The SERVPRO team has advanced training and specialized protective equipment to handle flood damage resulting from a sewer backup. We set up containment areas to keep you and your family safe while we work, employing air scrubbers and physical barriers to ensure limit microbial drift. Throughout the project, we use personal protective equipment (PPE), another way we keep the potentially infectious water and muck away from your living areas. Our company continually updates our understanding of the local hazardous waste collection, containment, and disposal rules. You can rely on our team to take care of both solid and liquid flood damage materials lawfully and safely.

SERVPRO of Federal Way commits to helping residents weatherproof flood damage, including the mess and hazards of sewer backups. Call (253) 838-8999 day or night for an expert evaluation and planning for flood damage abatement.

Seasonal Storms Can Damage Federal Way Homes

7/24/2022 (Permalink)

a flooded laundry room with many things floating in the water Flooding in your home can cause a lot of problems. To get it removed, call SERVPRO for professional technicians and equipment. We are here 24/7.

SERVPRO Mitigates Flood Damage Caused by Spring Storms in Federal Way

Spring storms can tear off roofs and bring water pouring into your home. Flash flooding can cause basement flooding. When any of these things occur, you need an expert like SERVPRO to help.

Emergency Services & Water Damage Experts

A flood can displace your family and do serious harm to your home. One of the biggest concerns is contaminated water. SERVPRO provides professional flood damage restoration in Federal Way that restores your home to preloss condition if at all possible. Here are some of the services we offer:

  • Water Damage Remediation
  • Flood Restoration
  • Water Clean Up
  • Ceiling Repairs from Water Damages
  • Sewage Cleanup
  • Water Removal Services

What SERVPRO Does to Mitigate Flood Damage

When we arrive on the scene, we deal with all safety issues first. We tarp the roof if needed, use trash pumps to remove water with debris in it, and shovel or rake out silt if necessary. We dispose of anything that cannot be restored or repaired. When the water has been removed, we then start the cleaning and drying process. We sanitize and disinfect as we go along. 

Call in the Flood Restoration Pros

When you suffer flood damage, need ceiling repairs from water damages, or water clean up in general contact SERVPRO of Federal Way at (253) 838-8999.

Our Experts Can Restore Your Des Moines Home After A Flood

5/21/2022 (Permalink)

a flooded living room with furniture floating around Excess water destroys both the contents and structure of your home. Call SERVPRO 24/7 to quickly start the water removal process.

Restoring a Home After Flood Damage in Des Moines

Flooding is the number one disaster that occurs in the US each year. From 2005 to 2014 alone, the average flood claim was $42,000, and the annual average for flood insurance claims was a whopping $3.5 billion. The cost that comes from these disasters occurs on several different levels. Structures can suffer long-term damage from moisture and contaminants without professional mitigation.

If you need rapid cleanup for flood damage in your Des Moines residence, SERVPRO teams are available 24/7, to restore your home. If your structure requires additional work after a flooding-related disaster, your local SERVPRO as a general contracting license (#SERVPCS911LE). This team strives to bring homeowners a deep clean with contemporary technologies and scientific theory.

Residential Yard Drainage Options

While smart landscaping cannot entirely prevent flooding, there are many cost-effective options available to minimize damage and exposure, including:

  •   Add landscaping rocks. Whether you arrange these rocks to create a small fountain or edge your yard with them, they are a practical, yet visually appealing way to lower your home flood risk.
  •   Install grates, drains, or rain barrels. Not only can drains lower home flood risk, but storage options like rain barrels can keep your plants healthy.
  •   Make smart design decisions. Consult with an experienced landscaper on how to use a variety of methods that can minimize flooding. These can include plants, mulch, landscaping rocks, and sloping terrain to safely redirect water away from the structure without affecting nearby residences.

How SERVPRO Can Help

When SERVPRO comes to your residence, technicians can not only thoroughly extract floodwaters, but they can disinfect and remove sediment and debris. Professionals also have access to a variety of odor control methods, such as ultra low-volume fogging. ULV foggers release a mist of solvent that binds with odor-causing particles to eliminate them. Odors can also be addressed with the help of EPA-registered antimicrobials, direct spraying of deodorizing materials, and ventilation box fans.

SERVPRO of Federal Way is a team you can count on to be Faster to Any Size Disaster. For disaster cleanup that starts within hours, call (253) 838-8999.

How SERVPRO Removes Water From Carpet in Federal Way

4/4/2022 (Permalink)

corner of carpet on hardwood floor Excess water ruins carpet. SERVPRO has the tools for fast and effective water extraction. Call us today!

Water Removal Options for Saturated Carpet in Federal Way Homes 

Many of our specialty tools connect to our extraction devices like submersible pumps or self-priming trash pumps to provide Federal Way homes with an efficient water removal solution. These attachments are often designed to regulate the moisture and saturation removal of flooring options like carpeted areas of your house. Our fast response during these emergencies can protect damaged portions of flooring when possible. 

Depending on the specific circumstances, there are dozens of potential options for effective water removal for Federal Way homes. We have two types of units for carpeted areas to remove moisture from the carpet and the padding beneath it, stationary and self-propelled machines. Our SERVPRO production manager can determine the need for these tools during the job's initial scoping process and determine which available extractors could complete the needed tasks most efficiently. 

Self-Propelled Extraction Tools 

These are motor-powered and can move around the carpeted area consistently. In most cases, these are weighted extractors that squeeze carpet and padding beneath it tightly together to force moisture to the surface. A vacuum system can pull the displaced water from the surface and into the designated discharge location. Many of these same units are ride-on machines, allowing additional weight from the technician to improve the effectiveness of extraction even more. 

Stationary Tools 

This equipment is not motorized, meaning that though it works similarly to the weighted extractors in the self-propelled options, these exclusively use the weight of our SERVPRO technician. These stand-on stationary units can vary in size, but their use remains the same. Our professionals stand on the device, and the onboard vacuum removes the surface moisture. This powerful extractor can then get moved over to a new section, and the process starts again until we remove all of the excess water

Extractors play an essential role in the recovery of water-damaged residences. Our SERVPRO of Federal Way professionals have a large inventory of recovery tools and extensive experience to help however you need. Give us a call anytime at (253) 838-8999. 

Move-Out Services Help in the Successful Flood Damage Restoration of Federal Way Homes

3/14/2022 (Permalink)

Thunbderstorm warning sign against gray clouds Flood damage is no match for SERVPRO! Call us today!

SERVPRO Offers the Latest in Strategies and Technology to Clean Federal Way Homes

Storm and flood damage happens thanks to disturbances that invite water, debris, and pollution into the home. Sludge, dirt, and potentially harmful particles are present in black water, and quickly acting is of utmost importance. It is just as important to find a certified team with the right skills and equipment to work efficiently to restore your home to its pre-flood condition. A team capable of facilitating cleanup and restoration equates to mitigating your loss.

In Federal Way, flood damage is no match for our trained and certified team of experts at SERVPRO. We start our work as soon as you call our 24/7 hotline and let us handle the removal of blackwater, debris, and preservation of your personal property. Our team disposes of unsalvageable items and repairs walls and structural elements as needed. Whether we use centrifugal pumps, submersible or high-pressure, you can count on us for stormwater extraction.

Beyond extracting water from your home, our SERVPRO staff focuses on drying it and applying anti-microbial solutions to protect it further. Many clients also rely on us for our move-out services to protect their furniture and belongings while we work on the house. In a nutshell, we remove salvageable items to our off-site facility to clean and store while the larger needs are being restored. As part of the move-out process, you should expect:

  • A precise inventory of all of your items and their location
  • Documentation of placement and condition so we know where to place them upon return
  • Treatment of each surface with cleaning agents to erase the effects of the storm

SERVPRO of Federal Way is available by calling (253) 838-8999. When a storm hits, you can rest assured that our team is capable and eager to work with you we make your home “Like it never even happened.”

Federal Way Storm Flood Damage Calls for Addressing Odors and Moisture During Cleanup

11/26/2021 (Permalink)

a flooded neighborhood with water up to the first level of a house Affected by a recent storm and flooding? Team SERVPRO has the certified technicians and equipment to deal with the excess water. Call immediately!

For Prompt Flood Damage Restoration After Storms, Federal Way Residents Can Count On SERVPRO

Even if you feel as though your Federal Way property is safe from storm flooding, you still need to be prepared. Homes outside of flood zones could take in a lot of water, leading to basement flooding or a leaking roof from storms. Even homeowners that are ready for storm fronts will need the contact information for skilled restoration professionals to handle standing water, contaminants, debris, and controlled demolition. This is where SERVPRO comes in with our years of experience and trusted name in the business for water removal services and more!

When you contact us for flood damage and restoration in Federal Way, we have a Green Fleet of vehicles filled with all the equipment we need for extraction, drying, moisture control, and sanitizing.

Is odor control an issue after storm flooding?

Standing water or moisture in your home can cause mold and mildew growth. However, there could also be foul odors that come from contaminants found within the floodwater itself. We use EPA-registered biocides, antimicrobials, and HEPA-filter air scrubbers to help with odor control efforts. There is also a broad range of advanced equipment and deodorization units we use to handle floodwater malodors.

  • Ultra-low volume foggers (ULV) work to tackle flood-related odors
  • Foggers work by dispersing tiny deodorant particles from water-based or solvent agents
  • Once dispersed, the particles form a bond with odorous particles on various surfaces

Containment barriers are a must with any water restoration project, but especially those with category 2 or 3 water. This may include negative air chambers, plastic sheeting, or drop cloths. 

There is nothing like the results you get when contacting SERVPRO of Federal Way for flood damage restoration after recent storms. Call us at (253) 838-8999, and we can come out for an assessment.

Why Is Moisture Monitoring Crucial During Storm Damage Cleanup in Des Moines Homes?

10/8/2021 (Permalink)

a tree that has fallen onto a house Excess moisture can affect both the contents and structure of your home. Call SERVPRO right after the event to tackle the storm damage cleanup.

SERVPRO Monitors Moisture for Better Planning and Prevention of Secondary Damages

Cleaning up a storm-damaged property involves the removal of various materials including soils, and deteriorated structural materials. Water removal is also part of the process. Proper moisture management is essential for maximum efficiency, especially if different sections of your Des Moines property are affected.

Moisture management is essential at every stage of storm damage cleanup in Des Moines properties, although the goals of such effort may vary. When the property is still inundated with water, keeping the indoor relative humidity levels below 60% is one of the crucial moisture management steps since it forestalls issues such as mold development which can complicate the cleaning process. SERVPRO technicians help manage moisture by setting up dehumidifiers in strategic sections of the property.

Other initial moisture management processes include:

  • Extraction of pooling water
  • Drying wet structural materials
  • Establishing containment around unaffected areas
  • Pack outs to minimize exposure for contents

When performing these processes, constant monitoring is essential to ensure the desired outcome is realized. Monitoring may not be as simple as it sounds since changes in moisture levels are not readily discernible, unlike other processes such as removing mud or silt from surfaces.

Some of the strategies our SERVPRO teams use for accurate monitoring include:

  • Using the same equipment to take readings at different times
  • Using both penetrative and non-penetrative moisture meters
  • Marking surfaces with colored dots based on saturation levels

SERVPRO of Federal Way goes the extra mile when carrying out storm damage cleanup, making it “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (253) 838-8999.

What Steps Are Essential After Unexpected Flood Damage in Federal Way Homes?

10/1/2021 (Permalink)

a flooded laundry room Flood damage can quickly turn into a mold infestation. Tackle the situation and prevent mold with a quick call to SERVPRO. Our technicians are ready.

SERVPRO Takes Steps to Contain Damage Before Embarking on Flood Restoration Processes

Although it is common for flooding incidents to cause significant damages, sometimes the damage may exceed expectations. For instance, heavy rain alone may not be expected to breach a property without a significant accumulation of groundwater. However, driving rain during a storm can force water inside your Federal Way home through an improperly sealed window or a compromised roof. 

Apart from happening unexpectedly, some forms of flood damage in Federal Way properties may seem less harmful. For instance, the accumulation of rainwater may not seem as hazardous as the contaminated groundwater that flooding is usually associated with. However, the risk is still significant. One of the steps that SERVPRO takes on arrival at your property is probing the dangers an incident poses to your property and your family.

Some of the risks you might fail to notice:

  • Microbial development leading to mold infestations
  • Physical hazards from slick surfaces of falling objects 
  • Electrical hazards

SERVPRO begins combating the damage by establishing various containment measures. For instance, setting up a roof tarp prevents further ingression of water through the roof. Boarding up windows or other wall openings is also helpful. 

It is essential to combat flood damage immediately after containment through:

  • Rapid water removal
  • Expedited removal of saturated materials
  • Application of antifungal products

For rapid water removal, our SERVPRO technicians rely on extraction equipment and their building skills to perform controlled demolition. For instance, before attempting removal of water trapped in wall cavities, we make flood cuts to remove drywall panels blocking access. On ceilings, we drill small weep holes to release trapped water, preventing ceiling tiles from collapsing. 

SERVPRO of Federal Way can help you manage any type of flood damage. Call us at (253) 838-8999 for assistance. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

What Damages Occur to Federal Way Basements During Flooding?

7/30/2021 (Permalink)

a basement that is flooding from a broken pipe on the water heater Was your basement recently flooded? Contact our experienced SERVPRO water removal and flood damage remediation specialists today for services.

We Can Help with Nearly all Facets of Repair and Restoration After Flooding in Federal Way

Being a one-stop shop for post-flood recovery and restoration begins with a fast response and certified technicians. We have trained professionals representing nearly every aspect of the restoration industry to be a full-service solution for area homes.

Standing Water and Water Damage

Flood damage in Federal Way homes and businesses often centers around a high volume of standing water that must get addressed as soon as possible. Mitigating flood damage introduces our leading inventory of recovery equipment and extractors to the house. From wet vacuums to truck-mount pumps, we have a wide range of water removal options.

Structural Concerns and Necessary Repairs

Intruding water in this lower level can directly impact concrete and masonry constructions used as the foundation and basement walls. As solid as these wall systems are, they are vulnerable to hydrostatic pressures against weak seams or mortar joints. When water can penetrate freely, reconstruction will be necessary for:

  • Masonry Repairs
  • Tucking/Pointing
  • Drywall Installation
  • Cleaning/Replacing Floor Joists

Basements are often the most heavily damaged areas of homes when flooding occurs. Because of how quickly water can collect in this lower level and the damage it can do, our SERVPRO of Federal Way team needs to respond promptly to help. Our professionals are ready 24/7 to mitigate flood losses “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (253) 838-8999.

Who Do Homeowners Call with Basement Flooding from Des Moines Storms?

6/3/2021 (Permalink)

Rain on home Storm flooding can impact your home in many ways. If your home has been affected by storm damage, just call the experts at SERVPRO.

SERVPRO Provides Basement Flooding Cleanup in Des Moines That Restores Homes to Pre-loss Condition

Basement flooding is a real concern when storms hit the area you live in. Whatever you have stored in your basement is at risk for damage. Standing water can seep under the surface and migrate, causing structural damage.

SERVPRO Provides Emergency Services – Water Damage Is Our Specialty

At SERVPRO, we know how devastating floods can be to homeowners. That is why we provide quality flooding cleanup in Des Moines. Floodwaters are a dangerous thing. When they are swiftly moving, they can sweep up everything in their path. When floodwaters enter your home, they can:

  • Ruin carpet and padding
  • Cause wood to warp and swell
  • Bring contaminants into the home
  • Cause mold if not taken care of immediately
  • Displace the residents

Mitigating the Damage Done by Storms

When we arrive on the scene, the first thing we do is scope the situation to determine a plan of action. Then we take care of any safety issues. Our services include:

  • Water damage remediation
  • Ceiling repairs from water damages
  • Water cleanup
  • Basement flooding cleanup
  • Sewage cleanup
  • Water removal services

If your basement is impacted by flooding, contact SERVPRO of Federal Way at (253) 838-8999. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Storms Caused Flash Flooding in Des Moines Homes – Who Can Help?

1/29/2021 (Permalink)

Servpro equipment and logo If you need a company you can trust, call SERVPRO of Federal Way today for any of your water or fire damage remediation needs.

SERVPRO technicians mitigate flood damage and provide floodwater cleanup

Flooding can damage homes and requires a professional water damage company to clean the house properly. The most important thing you should focus on when floodwaters come raging into your house is to make sure your family is safe. Leave the cleanup to us.

What Happens First?

When there is flood damage in Des Moines, the first thing you should do after seeing your family is to call SERVPRO. When our crew arrives on the scene, they ensure everyone’s safety. This can include:

  • Tarping the roof
  • Checking for electrical concerns
  • Inspecting structural components

Once that is done, the primary concern is water extraction. Our crew is trained to deal with biohazards such as floodwater, also known as black water. Blackwater is extremely contaminated, and you should never try to eradicate the problem on your own. SERVPRO's certified team understands the risks and knows what to do. We use trash pumps designed to remove water and debris along with the proper PPE. 

Flooding can put your life on hold. Our experienced technicians are available 24/7 to provide the help you need. Contact SERVPRO of Federal Way at (253) 838-899 for professional flood damage service in Des Moines. 

Federal Way Budding Chefs Can Improve Their Culinary Skills Overnight

12/4/2020 (Permalink)

people cutting vegetables on a counter It will be exciting to see the community learn valuable skills from Chef Ruth!

Learn new cooking techniques in Federal Way with Chef Ruth.

Cozymeal has sponsored many hands-on events that have allowed budding chefs or stay-at-home parents the opportunity to improve their culinary skills in a practical way. On December 5th, 2020, you can again join Chef Ruth for a unique experience of creating incredible dishes while coming away with valuable skills that can make you the master of your kitchen.

This upcoming event is slated to show off a skill that even many executive chefs might lack: basic knife techniques. Appropriately cutting, carving, dicing, and chopping can make a substantial difference in how culinary creations end up tasting and looking. Participants can choose among two main proteins to prepare and learn about the intricacies of dishes like ratatouille that rely so heavily on focused, even slicing.

Flooding keeping you from exercising your new skills in the kitchen? Our professionals can offer efficient stormwater removal for Federal Way homes and apartments. Give our SERVPRO of Federal Way team a call today at (253) 838-8999.

A Small Business Saturday Treat for Des Moines Shoppers

11/27/2020 (Permalink)

a woman fixing a bow on a present SERVPRO is looking forward to the Miracle on 152nd Street event!

Des Moines residents can experience the holiday season at the annual Miracle on 152nd Street event. 

This year, on Small Business Saturday, take an opportunity to promote local vendors and celebrate the holiday season with the Miracle on 152nd Street event. This free gathering allows families to spend quality time together, enjoy delicious treats, help the local economy, and even catch a family-friendly film. This all takes place in Downtown Burien and Burien Town Square Park.

Shoppers can begin as early as 11 AM shopping around and appreciate free gift wrapping services happening at the Town Square Park for the event. Also, families can look forward to several hot treats, including a hot cocoa bar and free popcorn during the movie event sponsored by Umpqua Bank.

Flood damage in Des Moines homes can make a Grinch out of anyone this holiday season. Our SERVPRO of Federal Way team can help with efficient cleaning and drying services. Give us a call whenever you need us at (253) 838-8999.

How Unsanitary Is Flood Damage In Des Moines?

9/18/2020 (Permalink)

Flood damage can be distressing, and you may be worried about sanitation issues Flood damage can be distressing, and you may be worried about sanitation issues.

Des Moines Residents Are Worried About Unsanitary Conditions After Flood Damage

Des Moines residents know that storms can cause property damage and create inconvenience in their lives. The after-effects of a storm can be devastating, which is why residents need a cleanup team they can trust.

People are often shocked when they see the results of flood damage in Des Moines. Floodwater can quickly enter a property and contaminate:
• Rugs, carpets, and the padding underneath the carpet
• Wooden furniture which can warp and swell
• Textiles and upholstery including cushions, blankets, and drapes
• Personal belongings from books to clothes?

SERVPRO understands how scary it is to see your home after a flood. However, do not despair – our trained specialists are on hand to help you.

Why is flood damage unsanitary?
Some floodwater falls into the category of blackwater. Blackwater is unsanitary water that may contain:
• Human waste
• Animal carcasses
• Pesticides or other toxic chemicals
• Microbes, bacteria, and viruses

Blackwater typically comes from overflowing sewers, rivers breaking their banks, or heavy rain pushing waste into buildings. Water can also be categorized as clean water, which does not pose a health risk, or gray water, which might contain some contaminants, but is not as dangerous as black water.

What should I do about flood damage in my home?
The best thing you can do is call SERVPRO of Federal Way as soon as possible. Because storm damage can be unsanitary, it is much safer to call a professional team and let us handle it. The longer flood damage is left untreated, the greater the risk of microbial growth and increased damage to your property, so you must call us quickly.? Do not attempt to clean up the floodwater yourself, as you risk encountering toxins and microbes.

Will I have to throw everything away?
If blackwater has entered your home, you will, unfortunately, need to toss out some of your belongings. Porous materials such as carpets and drapes are usually too contaminated to rescue. You can rely on us for advice on what to keep and what to dispose of.
Our teams will remove and dispose of contaminated carpet, padding, and drywall. We can also replace the carpet and drywall.

What health and safety measures does SERVPRO take?
We put many health and safety measures in place to protect you and our teams, including:

• Providing personal protective equipment for our staff, including gloves, aprons, full bodysuits, and breathing apparatus
• Training our technicians in how to set up effective containment around damaged areas
• Using the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommended antimicrobial treatments during flood damage remediation

We use EPA-recommended treatments to sanitize the surfaces in your home. We might apply these by spraying, wiping, or using a wet fogging machine to distribute the compounds. We are careful not to leave traces of microbial solutions behind – we thoroughly wipe all surfaces before we go. We can also use air scrubbers to remove cleaning particles from the air.

Our technicians attend a 14-day hands-on training program at our corporate facility and have access to ongoing e-learning opportunities. We train our staff to the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning Restoration and Certification (IICRC) standards. IICRC training means our team has a thorough understanding of how flood damage happens, the health risks, and the safest way to remediate flood damage.

What about water damage to the floor and walls?
Our technicians will assess the damage to your home structure and advise you on the steps we plan to take. In some cases, we need to remove and replace drywall and wallpaper and repaint surfaces. Sometimes if the damage is not too bad and there are no contaminants, we can focus on drying rather than replacing.

Each case is very individual, and we will draw up a damage reparation plan tailored to your unique circumstances.

Will SERVPRO dry my home?
Absolutely – untreated moisture can cause further structural damage and also provides a breeding ground for fungal growth.
We use a range of dehumidifiers and air movers to suck moisture from the air and dry out your home. We also dry any salvageable personal belongings or furniture. We use moisture meters, moisture probes, and thermo-hygrometers to monitor the drying process and ensure optimal results.

Will the unsanitary water leave a smell behind?
There is certainly the risk of unpleasant damp smells after flood damage. Thankfully, odor removal is an essential part of our water remediation process. Fogging is effective at removing odors, and we also use air scrubbers and odor-eating compounds.

Flood damage can be distressing, and you may be worried about sanitation issues. However, help is at hand. Call SERVPRO of Federal Way at (253) 838-8999 for assistance.

What Can SERVPRO Do For Me After Storms Flood My Des Moines Basement?

8/4/2020 (Permalink)

interior of the house flooded with water We are available 24/7 because We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

SERVPRO Acts Fast To Remove Floodwaters And Mitigate Damages In Des Moines

Time is of the essence when it comes to Storm-related flooding in Des Moines homes. Dirty floodwaters can quickly cause extensive contamination and damage if not dealt with fast enough, so contact the SERVPRO professionals who have the experience and the tools for the job.

What Can I Do To Help Prevent More Water Damage?

Since storm waters usually consist of dirty category 3 black water, spongier materials (pillows, upholstery, curtains) become a health hazard after contamination. Mitigating flood damage in Des Moines begins with moving these types of materials out of the reach of the floodwater.

How Does SERVPRO Detect Hidden Damage In The Walls?

SERVPRO technicians have several options available to them when trying to locate hidden water damages. These include:

    •    A moisture meter to find the moisture content of walls. Penetrating moisture meters can also be used to test deep inside walls and floors
    •    A thermo-hygrometer to measure air conditions in a room, and to create drying and humidity goals.

If water damage is discovered, our teams can begin the ventilating process by drilling holes beneath the baseboards next to the wall. Using these holes, our technicians can use dehumidifiers and air movers to pump dry air into your wall cavities.

Can SERVPRO Prevent Mold From Growing After Flooding?

Yes, SERVPRO can help eliminate conditions favorable to mold growth in your house. Three primary conditions encourage mold to grow:

    •    A food source such as wood or paper.
    •    A temperature between 68 F and 86 F.
    •    Humidity above 65%.

Our technicians can prevent mold growth by reducing humidity in your home to below 60% with the use of dehumidifiers.

SERVPRO of Federal Way has the professional equipment and training you need to deal with flooding, so call us at (253) 838-8999. We are available 24/7 because We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

What Can Des Moines Homeowners Do To Prevent Flood Damage From A Storm?

7/18/2020 (Permalink)

Lifebuoy floating on kitchen When it comes to preventing flood damage, there are several things you can do to help.

How Can Des Moines Residents Help Keep Their Properties Safe?

Des Moines residents cannot control the weather, but there is still a lot they can do to take care of their homes. By undertaking a few routine maintenance tasks, householders can stay more safe and secure.

A storm in Des Moines can cause flood damage to local homes. The after-effects of a storm can be as mild as a downed gutter, or as catastrophic as a flood of water into the home. SERVPRO understands that local homeowners are keen to avoid structural damage to their houses. Here are our top tips to help protect your house from flood damage.

What can I do to prevent flood damage?

You can help protect your home by carrying out these routine maintenance tasks:

    •    Clear out your gutters – clean gutters are the first line of defense against storm damage
    •    Check your roof shingles and sidings – see to any repairs immediately
    •    Keep your trees trimmed – a loose or overhanging branch can do a lot of harm to a house
    •    Make sure your windows and doors are correctly sealed – even a small gap is enough to spell trouble
    •    Give water a place to go – the slope of your yard should be enough to let water drain down and away from your property

How can SERVPRO help in the event of a disaster?

Keeping on top of maintenance tasks can help prevent damage to your house, but sometimes even with the best of intentions, flood damage can still occur. If your home is damaged by water, we recommend you call SERVPRO at once.

We train our teams to handle flood damage quickly and efficiently. We take care of every aspect of flood damage from start to finish:

    •    We carry out a full assessment of your property
    •    We use professional equipment to pump out and vacuum up as much water as possible
    •    We use air movers and dryers to dry out all the hidden corners where water might lurk
    •    We spot clean water-damaged items
    •    We deodorize your house, so there is no lingering damp smell

When it comes to preventing flood damage, there are several things you can do to help. When it comes to dealing with flood damage, you need to call in the professionals. Call SERVPRO of Federal Way at (253) 838-8999.

Your Best Guide to Flood Damage Remediation in Federal Way

5/10/2020 (Permalink)

Room with water covering the floor and a white washer and dryer Quick action when your laundry room floods bring about the best results. Contact SERVPRO for water removal.

Learn How to Resolve Flood Damage in Your Federal Way Home

Among all the disasters that homes endure, water-related issues are the most common. Natural disasters like floods can cause water damage in your home, and you need to take action to handle it before it becomes worse. Excess moisture from unwanted water is not something to take lightly. Water is a formless element, and for that reason, any porous surface or material can absorb it.

After a flood damages your Federal Way home, removing the water, debris, silt, and moisture quickly is a priority. You can use a shop vac to remove the water. Once you deal with the standing water, you may have missed a few areas that require thorough drying. Ignoring the damp and dark surfaces is not an option because they can become ideal places to harbor mold, which can cause health effects.

Another problem is that flood water usually contains high amounts of harmful bacteria. Such water can cause health effects and destroy valuable possessions. Cleaning up a property that has black water is hazardous, and it is, therefore, advisable to hire trained professionals to clean up your home. Our SERVPRO technicians can clean, sanitize, and deodorize your property hygienically. When dealing with flood damage, we perform the following tasks to ensure that a home is dry and safe:

Loss assessment

We analyze damage to structure and contents of a home and separate them into salvageable and non-salvageable categories.

Water extraction 

We have a complete arsenal of water extraction equipment like portable pumps, which can remove the standing water quickly to expedite drying. Portable extractors are flexible because we can take them into most areas of your home.

Applying the principles of applied structural drying (ASD) 

We establish a drying plan based on the available drying equipment and nature of the environment. We create a drying zone as part of this plan. A drying zone is an area where our technicians control airflow, humidity, and temperature to enhance evaporation. Our SERVPRO technicians determine the type and number of drying equipment to place initially. We then place drying machines like air movers and dehumidifiers within each drying zone.

Monitoring the drying process

We use equipment like penetrating and non-penetrating moisture meters, moisture sensors, and infrared cameras to determine if the structure and contents are drying as expected.

Inspecting the property after the restoration process 

We inspect a property to see if it is necessary to perform additional repairs. We have a full-service reconstruction crew that can perform the essential repairs. Our team can help you save money and time by handling the entire restoration work. With our help, you can solve the flooding problem in your residential property with ease and speed.

If you are seeking for flood damage cleanup services in Federal Way, Des Moines, or Woodmont Beach, contact SERVPRO of Federal Way at (253) 838-8999. Our mission is to restore a home to make the damage look “Like it never even happened.”

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Should the Floors Get Cleaned in My Federal Way Home After Water Losses?

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

Two girls laying on carpet Call SERVPRO to restore your water damaged carpets and floors.

Our SERVPRO Team Can Offer Efficient Drying and Restoration Cleaning of Your Damaged Residence 

Cleaning after a water loss incident is not often something that many homeowners consider a pressing priority. While drying and extraction are at the top of this list, few think about the residues and soiling of materials that could occur during the saturation of your flooring materials. 

Water cleanup for Federal Way homes can encompass many processes. While traditionally, this gets thought of in the content management and pre or post-construction cleaning processes, it could also be a much more real need. Carpets and wood flooring materials can show signs of soiling or damage after a water loss gets dried. 

What Can SERVPRO Do to Clean Damaged Carpets?  

One of the first steps in restoring the carpet in your home during mitigation is removing trapped water from the fibers. Carpet wands work to do many vital tasks in the recovery of the floor, but these attachments start by removing trapped water. 

  • Hot Water Extraction

Carpet wands also blast pressurized hot water to the base of the carpet and extract it. This fast and deliberate process dislodges soils and other sediments from the base of carpet fibers to improve the feel of your floor. 

  • Pretreatments

Protecting the vibrancy and color of your carpeted floors is another concern after a water loss situation, so we work to protect the vibrant colors of the floors with protective cleaning products. 

Can Hardwood Floors Get Cleaned Right After Water Damage?  

Hardwood floors are another area that can become substantially damaged by residues and soiling after a water loss incident. Cleaning these surfaces involves an inspection once the flooring gets dried entirely. Often thymol and citrus oils can revitalize the look of damaged wood surfaces to avoid removing these materials and replacing them. 

Our SERVPRO of Federal Way team can help with post-disaster cleaning. Contact us today at (253) 838-8999. 

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Flooding in Federal Way Basement

4/22/2020 (Permalink)

house flooded with water We have a clear and confident approach to removing standing water and drying up the damage.

Hydrostatic Pressure Causes Flooding in Federal Way Basements

Moisture absorbed into the ground after prolonged rainfall common to Washington state can affect your Federal Way property. One of the most damaging forces to subterranean blockwork used as the walls of your basement floor is hydrostatic pressure. This exertion on the concrete masonry units (CMU) increases with the depth of the soil around the structure. It can worsen still with overly saturated earth after more extended periods of soaking rainfall.

There is a porous nature to CMUs which can succumb to a steady onslaught of hydrostatic pressure, and this can allow for flood damage in Federal Way homes. Because many homes around the area were built before French drains were an everyday staple of construction, water diversion from the foundation of your home is not something every property has. French drains can alleviate the immediate effects of hydrostatic pressure by giving moisture and water an outlet to move away from the masonry.

Once the water has gotten through the blocks or the weakened mortar joints between them, floodwater can pool along the concrete flooring. When you notice there is an issue with flood damage developing, it is vital to reach out to our SERVPRO professionals as soon as possible. We have an emergency response team available 24/7 to arrive and begin critical mitigation tasks like water removal.

With standing water addressed with various extraction tools like electric submersible pumps and truck-mount extractors, our SERVPRO team can work on cleaning and drying the damaged areas to prevent the development of hazardous mold growth. In many cases, reducing moisture penetration is a critical step. Our team of licensed general contractors can also help when wall repairs or reconstruction are necessary.

Flood damage that results from hydrostatic pressure might not always command your attention until the situation gets out of control. We have a clear and confident approach to removing standing water and drying up the damage, including a team of in-house contractors to repair compromised block walls after pressure cracks form. You can reach our SERVPRO of Federal Way team at (253) 838-8999.

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Moisture Concerns for Concrete Subflooring in Federal Way Homes

2/12/2020 (Permalink)

Concrete with a large crack with a water spot. Let SERVPRO know about your flood in Federal Way, your concrete subflooring could be causing large risks for your home.

SERVPRO can stop the moisture in your Federal Way home.

In many Federal Way homes renovated from older commercial properties or that were constructed on slabs instead of full foundations with basement levels, it is not uncommon to encounter concrete subflooring beneath wood flooring or carpeting. When flooding occurs, potential contaminants could require the removal of the surface level of flooring material and any padding or support material underneath.

Because concrete takes years to fully harden through hydration, flood damage to Federal Way homes could have a damaging effect on concrete slab foundations. Until concrete materials entirely harden, they are weaker and have a higher porosity. Standing water on the surface of flooring material can quickly affect wood planks and carpeting, requiring our SERVPRO technicians to remove these upper layers to expose the subfloor concrete and work on drying out any potential moisture concerns that might exist.

Learning how damaged concrete slabs might have become during a flood involves the use of a non-penetrating moisture meter. Because concrete naturally retains moisture as part of its composition, our team looks for abnormal spikes that could indicate irregularities in the established moisture baseline. These tools can inspect the top inch of concrete material exposed, which can often be enough to indicate if a more significant threat exists that must get addressed.

Concrete requires controlled drying techniques when abnormal moisture gets discovered in the upper layer of the slab beneath the flooring. This controlled drying approach requires consistent monitoring of the vapor barrier and application of warmer temperatures and direct airflow to promote the evaporation of trapped moisture in the material. Drying mats can help in a constant draw of moisture from this subflooring as well when air movers might not be an accessible option.

Because concrete subflooring is more common than you might think, it is vital for our SERVPRO of Federal Way team to have the equipment, products, and techniques to address these concerns. In many cases, we can preserve and protect concrete flooring despite exposure to contaminants with focused disinfection protocols before build back starts. Give our professionals a call anytime disaster strikes at (253) 838-8999.

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Building Pop Up Parking Garages to avoid Storm Water

3/12/2018 (Permalink)

Rising Storm waters can cause damage in Parking Garages

One of the biggest issues when heavy rains cause flooding lies underneath the commercial buildings of the Pacific Northwest.  As the amount of water flowing onto city streets overwhelms the drainage system, cars parked inside parking garages begin to take on water damage.

The issue is a worldwide one and important enough that Danish architects have drawn up plans to build parking garages that rise with the water level.

Until this type of system is common practice, making sure your building's drainage system is adequate is a top priority.

If the rains do overcome the drainage system, SERVPRO is available to mitigate the water in the structure as well as restore the vehicles that received damage.


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 Seattle, 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

When the Power is Out, the Generator should Stay Out as well

3/12/2018 (Permalink)

Always place your generator Outside of the home for safety

When the lights start to flicker one's first instinct is to grab the flashlights to be ready if the power goes out.

There is a large number of homeowners and businesses that own generators that can keep the vital systems in a building running.

The generators, which run on gas, exhaust fumes very similar to your automobile.  Making sure these fumes don't come back into your home is extremely important.

Generators should be placed Outside in order to exhaust the fumes out into the open.  Even putting the generator int he garage is not safe practice, the generator should be outside of the home and venting away from any fresh air inlet.

When the power goes off and your property sustains property damage, call SERVPRO to do your repairs and mitigate the damage.


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 Seattle, 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

Cold weather storms can cause damages to your home

3/12/2018 (Permalink)

Trees are often the cause of property damage during a storm

Severe freezing with high winds are a recipe for downed trees which can cause property damage.  Every year the Puget Sound experiences a few storms that pass through leaving millions of dollars in property damage.

The biggest source of property damage comes by way of downed trees which fall onto the roofs of homes.

Damage to Gutters and Siding are just a couple of the types of damage a home will incur.  Broken windows and roof penetrations are two types of damage that require emergency mitigation services to cover up the opening in the structure.

When damage from the cold and wind occur SERVPRO is the choice for repairing your damaged home.


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 Seattle, 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

Use extra caution when navigating flooded roads during a storm

3/12/2018 (Permalink)

Use extra caution when navigating flooded roads during a storm

Driving on the roads during a storm doesn't seem like that big of a deal to some.  Getting home is often the biggest concern on someone's mind and choosing an alternate route just doesn't seem efficient.

When flood waters raise it is hard to distinguish just how high the water level is.  Underestimating the power of a few inches of rain has left more than one Seattle area driver stranded in the middle of the river flowing road.

Always pay attention to the emergency ponderer's warning signs on roads and back trails.  Using extra caution when signs aren't present reduces the risk of being stranded as well.

When water levels flood roads and buildings sustain damage, SERVPRO is your choice for repair and mitigation.


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 Seattle, 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

Federal Way Rains Bringing Storm Damage Pains? SERVPRO is Here to Help!

2/10/2017 (Permalink)

Don't let the weather get you down - SERVPRO of Federal Way is ready!

The unpredictable weather of the last several weeks has brought about an incredible amount of inconveniences and headaches for many Federal Way home owners and property managers alike.

The recent bouts of cold temperatures and snow, milder temperature and rain, and sporadic gusts have tested many of the neighborhoods and systems around the city, including backing up King County's West Point Treatment Plant to its maximum intake capacity and forcing the facility to temporarily bypass the excess into the Puget Sound.

Always Ready to Help

Because we are locally owned, we are ready and capable to respond at a moments notice. With 1650 franchises operating nationwide, SERVPRO of Federal Way has access to equipment required to handle any issues a storm or flooding may bring.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today - (253)838-8999


When Storms or Floods hit Federal Way, SERVPRO is ready!

10/13/2016 (Permalink)

Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Federal Way!

SERVPRO of Federal Way 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 Federal Way, 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 (Storm Flooding Restoration) that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today! (253)838-8999