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Preparing for Federal Way Mold Damage Possibilities

9/20/2022 (Permalink)

mold damage on wooden floor joists Contact our SERVPRO AMRT-Certified mold damage remediation technicians in Federal Way to assess and help with mold damage in your home.

AMRT Specialists Offer Mold Damage Recovery

Did you know that your insurance often does not cover repairing and remediating mold and microbial damage? Unless it is one of the destructive triggers in your home policy, like a burst pipe or damaged appliance that leads to this development, the entire remediation cost might be out-of-pocket for the customer. Many areas could be directly affected, including:

  • Attics
  • Basements
  • Crawlspaces
  • Garages
  • Laundry Areas
  • Bathrooms

Because of how widespread Federal Way mold damage could be, it is vital to have our remediation team respond as fast as possible. The longer that mold colonies go unchallenged, the more they spread and require lengtheir and more invasive cleaning measures. We are trusted AMRT-Certified technicians accredited through the IICRC to provide your household with correct and experienced remediation decisions.

How Likely is Mold?

Humidity is a persistent concern with the rainfall, and precipitation King’s County receives every year. Because there are no buildings and residences entirely impervious to mold infestation, it is necessary to consider how readily poorly ventilated structures can be affected. From The Commons and St. Francis Hospital to the homes of the nearly 100,000 in the city, mold damage is a common occurrence that our SERVPRO team stays prepared to face.

Acting Quickly on Mold Development

Direct action can often help keep the situation from being worse than it needs to be. The first measure that we can take in this regard is to establish physical containment barriers. With a wooden framework, spring-loaded rods, and thick 6-mil plastic sheeting, we can create a set boundary for manipulating airflow, temperature, and humidity – the main principles of efficient drying. Influencing these environmental factors can also contribute to slowing the progression of mold damage.

Mold Removal Strategies for Damaged Homes

Because of the finite timeline, our AMRT-Certified professionals must address the active mold colonization in your home. Remediation comes down to several strategies simultaneously. The ideal scenario only utilizes superficial techniques like antimicrobial products, sporicides, and biocides. When more aggressive methods are necessary, we can implement equipment like media blasters, sanders, and other units.

Eliminating Offensive Odors

Malodors are one of the common indicators of active colonization. Despite the lessening of these smells that might occur with remediation and surface cleaning, the full measure of musty malodors is not resolved through these efforts. Deodorization is a necessary component of restoring comfortable living conditions. This includes fogging with neutralizing products to penetrate and reach trapped odors in:

  • Clothing
  • Carpeting
  • Porous building materials
  • HVAC system

Preventing Mold Damage Recurrences

There are multiple advantages to choosing experienced SERVPRO professionals for the remediation and recovery of your home after mold exposure. One example is the general contractor license, which allows us to complete any necessary repairs and build back services. An objective for these professionals in the post-remediation phases is to prevent recurrences. We can replace and repair structural vulnerabilities and utility damage to prevent water damage where it can be a more significant threat.

We work tirelessly to return your home to preloss condition after mold threatens the structure and contents. Between regular pre-job inspections and interfacing with the customer, we can meet milestones and expected goals to get an everyday life back as fast as possible.

Federal Way mold damage might seem commonplace in wet environments like the basement, but it should be removed and cleaned as soon as possible to prevent losses in your home. We have effective remediation methods and experienced professionals on our SERVPRO of Federal Way team to help. Call now at (253) 838-8999.

Who Deals with Mold in Residential Properties?

6/22/2022 (Permalink)

Mold growth along wall Having Visible Mold Signs? TIme to Call SERVPRO for a Fast Arrival and Remediation at Your Federal Way Home

Visible Signs of Microbes May Require Professional Mold Removal Experts for your Federal Way Home

Why does mold grow in some Federal Way properties?

SERVPRO Has Extensive Experience Dealing with Microbial Growth Issues.

Mold growth can occur in Federal Way properties due to excess quantities of moisture. The main reason that SERVPRO technicians aim to dry materials quickly in a property is to prevent mold growth. These microscopic organisms can lead to the decomposition of organic matter in your home, including woods, drywall, and textiles or fabrics. Spotting mold in the house is enough to justify professional microbial remediation technicians who can ensure that the colonies are cleaned and do not return several weeks later.

How does mold affect a residential property?

  • The growth of microbes is a central concern for the water restoration industry.
  • Microbes can spread and increase quickly, causing extensive damage to residential property and unpleasant soiling and odor.

How do restoration professionals get rid of mold?

When performing mold removal in your Federal Way home, the critical factor is taking control of moisture. Microbial organisms require water to grow, which is why a lot of mold remediation focuses on finding the source of moisture and drying it appropriately. Experts may need to inspect a property with signs of mold growth and direct SERVPRO IICRC trained remediation technicians. These experts may include Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) professionals or industrial hygienists (IH). Having specialized talent can ensure that your property recovers and remains sanitary after microbial infestation.

What chemicals do molds release?

  • Mycotoxins can be produced by some molds.
  • Microbial Volatile Organic Compounds (mVOC) are commonly made by mold infestation and are the reason for musty or stale odors.

Molds can spread fast without intervention from professional remediators. Contact SERVPRO of Federal Way at (253) 838-8999.

A Proactive Stance to Protect Federal Way Homes from Mold

4/19/2022 (Permalink)

mold growth on ceiling and wall A small section of mold can grow into a larger area fast. Call SERVPRO at the first signs.

When You Find Mold Damage in your Home, Count on SERVPRO

If you suspect mold growth in your Federal Way home, you should not wait to find out if the situation will get any worse. Often by the time homeowners encounter signs of mold colonization, the organism has already taken root and spread through a broad, unseen area of the house. The best solution to combat this growth and any in the future is with a proactive stance that begins with you and can end with the qualified Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) on our SERVPRO team.

Because mold can seat and spread in as little as 48 hours, we have to take an active and rapid stance against mold damage in Federal Way homes. To protect structural elements and the contents of the house, our technicians begin by establishing a containment zone. These areas can help our team regulate air filtering to reduce contaminants and a higher concentration of spores from circulating to new areas of the residence.

Nearly all strategies to remove the entire mold organism from hosting materials can generate some degree of dust and debris, which is another benefit of these containment areas. We can reduce the threat of dust and debris to new areas of the property and progressively filter these particulates out through exhausting practices.

Reducing potential damage to your home and health effects to its occupants begins with securing the fast response of qualified and experienced professionals. Our IICRC trained SERVPRO team is a wise choice because our AMRTs are available 24/7 to get to your home whenever you suspect mold might exist. We can work from the time we arrive to remove the active colonization and identify how the moisture damage happened so recurrences can be avoided if possible.

Taking a proactive stance against mold growth can be challenging when you are not always sure whether or not your home is at risk. If you suspect mold growth and colonization, give our SERVPRO of Federal Way team a call for a thorough inspection and effective remediation to make this loss “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (253) 838-8999.

Signs of Oil Furnace Puffback in Federal Way Homes

2/20/2022 (Permalink)

a fire damaged ceiling with soot on the walls When an oil furnace puff back has occurred, it’s time to bring in the professionals to help with fire damage restoration. Call our team 24/7.

Fire Damage Restoration is Needed in Federal Way Homes After Soot Damage

Many throughout the Pacific Northwest heat their homes using oil furnaces. While this can produce a stable, even heat of the household, it is not without potential risks like any other furnace style. When situations like oil furnace puff-backs occur in a home, it can be something that must be professionally cleaned.

What is Furnace Puffback? 

Furnace puff backs require fire damage restoration in Federal Way homes and can happen to units of all makes and models. As a furnace ages, this destructive phenomenon is more likely. The puffback occurs when fumes build up in the ignition chamber of an oil furnace when it does not immediately light. The result is an explosion that hurls oily and challenging soot and solids through the ductwork and into connected rooms.

How Do You Tell When This Occurs? 

A few key signs can indicate when furnace puffback damage has occurred. These include:

  • Soot Deposits Around the Furnace – Soot and debris around the furnace unit and registers can indicate a growing puffback concern. 
  • Strange Noises from the Furnace – When the furnace makes banging or rumbling sounds when a cycle begins or ends.
  • Ionized Soot Deposits in Connected Rooms - Puffback soot damage can appear stringy like cobwebs in the corners of rooms around vents. 

Can SERVPRO Help? 

Removing oily deposits from the corners of the room, along the baseboards, and in other challenging areas of your home requires many of our most advanced cleaning products and practices. Emulsification is a key element of eliminating soot concerns, and water-based detergents can lift deposits from the surface of affected materials to be wiped away.

No matter what type of fire and smoke damage your home contends with, our SERVPRO of Federal Way team can help with experienced professionals, industry-leading equipment, and knowledge of how to recover the property. Give our experts a call now at (253) 838-8999.

Can Fire Damage Restoration Save Federal Way Built-In Cabinets?

1/30/2022 (Permalink)

Blazing kitchen fire When a fire strikes your home, SERVPRO fire damage restoration specialists will be on-site within 4 hours of the initial call. Call now!

Why SERVPRO? We Practice the Art of Hardwood Fire Damage Remediation in Federal Way

Many structures and fixtures in Federal Way need fire damage restoration after a kitchen blaze or dining room candle mishap. Of great concern can be the toll fire takes on a beautiful buffet or custom-made cabinetry.

What Variables Affect Success in Restoring Smoke Damaged Hardwood?

The particular problems posed by household fires are why SERVPRO professionals learn how to evaluate hardwood soot and smoke damage during their Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) coursework. The following considerations affect how to proceed with soot and smoke remediation:

  • The type of finish on the hardwood -- varnish, shellac, lacquer, paint, or waxes

Note: Unfinished wood is present in drawers, back and bottoms of units, and elsewhere in built-ins. It presents unique cleaning challenges if dry cleaning is ineffective.

  • The “symptoms” of fire damage --
  • Blistering of the finish, varying depending on how near and long the exposure to heat and charring occurred
  • Staining of the finish, caused when smoke penetrated beneath the finish and absorbed into the underlying wood 
  • Presence of residues from the fire’s combusted fuels, some of which respond to bruising or vacuuming (dry soot) and some of which requires application of cleaning products (wet or protein-based soot)  

What Strategies Work When Cleaning and Restoring Hardwood Furnishings?

As with other fire residue-damaged surfaces, technicians match residues with effective cleaning products. A significant concern is how durable the hardwood finish and the wood itself are when more aggressive cleaning methods are needed. This worry is why SERVPRO

  • Prefers the use of low alkaline cleaners
  • Chooses wood oil soap as an effective emulsifier 

Tightly adhered soot or firefighting watermarks might require semi-refinishing with the fine grit of a wood cream cleaning paste or extra-fine steel wool. All cleaners need an application with the grain and a practiced hand to avoid surface breakdown and darkening of the wood.

Training and experience support successful hardwood fire damage restoration, why SERVPRO of Federal Way is an industry leader in this specialty. Call (253) 838-8999 to schedule an assessment and partner for a reliable plan.

Is Surface Cleaning Sufficient for Mold in Woodmont Beach Homes?

1/4/2022 (Permalink)

heavy mold growth along wall and baseboard When mold damage exists, fast remediation is critical for area homes.

Remediation Varies Based on the Conditions of the Mold Damaged Woodmont Beach Property

When mold damage exists, fast remediation is critical for area homes. Mold keeps growing and spreading until the conditions are regulated, which is a focal point of responding to team members.

What Does Surface Cleaning Entail?

To begin mold removal in Woodmont Beach homes and condos, we must first assess the needed remediation and mold removal tactics that will be most effective. In most situations, surface cleaning can prove beneficial to the affected hosting material. This process involves the use of powerful biocides and sporicidal sprays.

What Mechanical Actions Can Improve Surface Cleaning?

Surface cleaning is a preferred remediation method for active colonies, and the inclusion of specific mechanical actions amplifies the approach's success. Combining effective antimicrobial products with techniques like sponge and brush cleaning can dislodge organisms and more effectively clean impacted surfaces. Our team is certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Services (IICRC).

Are More Aggressive Measures Necessary? 

We work fast to ensure that initial efforts like surface cleaning are as effective as possible. Many situations involve more severely impacted properties and contents that require more aggressive and invasive techniques to eliminate active mold colonies before irreparable harm occurs to the hosting structural materials. Some of the processes we utilize to impact mold directly beyond the surface include:

  • Power Sanding
  • Media Blasting
  • Controlled Demolition

Mold can be one of the most pernicious threats to your home and one that is often underappreciated. With as fast as this situation can get out of control and multiple areas of the house become affected, it is essential to trust in the fast and reliable response of our SERVPRO of Federal Way team to help. We are available at (253) 838-8999.

Why Should Des Moines Property Owners Call for Professional Mold Remediation?

11/21/2021 (Permalink)

mold growing by a window Finding mold in your home is certainly a reason to call the professionals. Contact SERVPRO to assess the situation and help you.

Restoring Your Des Moines Home is Faster and More Efficient with SERVPRO for Mold Remediation

Once you start noticing excessive moisture in an area or musty odors, you could develop black mold. You must check areas under your kitchen sink, around piping in your basement, or in your bathroom to ensure no mold colonization is going on. Never try to douse mold spores with spray cleaner or wipe them because it could make things worse. SERVPRO helps set you up with a mold inspection to determine the level of the issue; then, we can handle the entire remediation process for you. This is the best way to ensure you do what you can to keep your living environment healthy and clean for yourself, your family, and your pets.

Something to remember is that professional mold remediation in Des Moines should get done sooner than later. Mold can cause health effects, and the mold and excessive moisture wreak on your building materials and belongings.

Why Hire SERVPRO’s Mold Services?

To bring your interior back to a safe and livable condition, you want to have cleaning, sanitizing, and black mold damage repairs. Microscopic mold spores travel and spread quickly once they get disturbed. Rather than causing further contamination when trying DIY cleaning, SERVPRO brings these critical principles to each project:

  • Following safety and health protocols – The team addresses the root cause of the mold growth and concentrates on how it impacts your interior.
  • Documentation of every part of the process – We constantly keep meticulous records of mold remediation projects.
  • Controlling mold at the source – This usually involves negative air chambers, plastic sheeting, and other containment methods to keep spores from spreading.
  • Carefully working on mold clean up – We use various tools and techniques to stop mold in its tracks, including damp wiping, vacuums, and HEPA filtration.

Call SERVPRO of Federal Way at (253) 838-8999, and we can send a crew out for mold remediation service.

The Correct Mold Damage Intervention Guarantees Convenience when Restoring Federal Way Properties

8/22/2021 (Permalink)

mold growing on a wall by a window Finding mold on your property can certainly be cause for alarm. Contact our SERVPRO certified mold damage remediation technicians to assess and help.

SERVPRO Packs out Items and Sets up Containment Barriers for Convenient Mold Removal

Mold can proliferate in areas of your home that you rarely visit, such as basements, attics, or even extra bedrooms. Such growth can be fueled by minor water leaks that go unnoticed. On discovering the mold damage, you may focus on prompt removal. However, it is also crucial to ensure the removal does not create additional problems.

Although structural deterioration may be your biggest concern after mold damage affects your Federal Way home, it is also essential to consider the impact the infestation and removal processes might have on the occupants. Mold exposure can cause health effects. SERVPRO takes several steps to ensure safety and convenience during the removal process.

Precautions are necessary during various processes, including:

  • Mold inspection
  • Mold removal
  • Black mold damage repairs

When the mold develops in a secluded section of a property, it is possible to address it while the house is still occupied. However, before starting the process, it is crucial to check for hidden mold in the rest of the building. Our SERVPRO technicians use thermal cameras to check for hidden moisture or drill small exploratory holes on surfaces. 

On verifying where the mold growth is restricted, our technicians set up containment barriers to separate it from the unaffected sections. A typical barrier is set up with 6-mil plastic sheets and spring-loaded metal rods for the support, thus sealing off entire rooms or small sections within a building.

Other protective measures that help safeguard people include:

  • Setting up negative air pressure machines
  • HEPA vacuuming surfaces to remove mold residue
  • Storing mold debris in zipped heavy-duty plastic bags

SERVPRO of Federal Way is dedicated to addressing mold damage safely. Call us at (253) 838-8999 to help you deal with any infestation, “Like it never even happened.”

Local Homeowners Trust our Team for Water Damage Restoration

6/16/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment and technicians SERVPRO professionals are trained to handle every level of water damage. Call us today, we are always available.

SERVPRO in Federal Way Offers Professional, Quick and Efficient Water Damage Restoration

Water damage restoration of your Federal way home needs to be done by professionals with the right training and experience. It is important to hire premier restoration services such as SERVPRO to prevent any long-term damage due to water loss incidence. 

SERVPRO experts are committed to a 1-4-8 response standard during water damage restoration of your Federal Way home. Within one hour of notice of loss, expect a call from a SERVPRO professional to arrange for the service. Within four hours, a team member reaches the site to begin the mitigation process. Within eight hours, SERVPRO technicians prepare a verbal brief regarding the scope of the mitigation work. Our technicians also use advanced technology during water damage remediation. 

Some Advanced Equipment That SERVPRO Techs use During Water Cleanup of Your Federal Way Home

The IICRC certified SERVPRO techs use several advanced types of equipment during the water damage repairs of your Federal Way home. Some of the equipment that you might see us using at your property include- 

  • Inspection Cameras /Borescopes- These are advanced cameras mounted on top of a flexible metal wire for easy maneuvering into cavities and crevices that are impossible to observe otherwise. Technicians use these cameras to detect moisture and signs of contamination in such places. Motorized inspection cameras are also used to inspect ductwork and have the ability to take still images and videos. 
  •  Luminometer- An advanced instrument that allows the SERVPRO water damage restoration technician to detect organic contamination on surfaces after water damage. 

Call SERVPRO of Federal Way at (253) 838-8999 for 24/7 service.  

Do You Need Mold Remediation in Federal Way?

4/21/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician in PPE "We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster"

SERVPRO Can Provide Mold Inspection, Remediation, and Removal in Federal Way

Federal Way, Washington is a city located just north of Tacoma, and it is part of the Seattle Metropolitan district. The town sits on the water and has a little more than 90,000 people. 

For visitors, there is plenty to do in Federal Way. From enjoying sports events to relaxing on a beach, the area is filled with fun activities for the whole family. 

Things to do in Federal Way

  • Dash Point State Park: This 400-acre park boasts over 3,000 feet of coastal shoreline. Camping is available at several spots within the park. The park's trails allow visitors access to places where people can fish, swim, hike, and picnic. While on the trail's hikers can experience unobstructed views of Puget Sound. Spectators also get the chance to view a variety of marine life of the Pacific Northwest.
  • Centerstage Theatre: This famous theater prides itself in providing entertainment for the whole family. During the year, the theater puts on live performances, including plays and musicals.
  • Celebration Park Sports Complex: Here, people can watch aspiring athletes and get the chance to see national baseball and soccer championship games. The complex includes playgrounds, trails, and pathways through the park, a concession stand, a lighted batting field, and a total of eight baseball and soccer fields. 
  • Federal Way Farmers Market: The area's farmers market is held every Saturday from May to October. The market takes place at the Commons Mall Parking Lot at 1701 S 320th St. The market features breakfast/lunch items, snacks, fresh farm produce, crafts, flowers, and live entertainment.
  • Federal Way Community Center: This facility is located at the southern end of Celebration Park, and it hosts a variety of activities and events for the community. People who come to the center can enjoy the state's largest recreational pool complex. The facility has a current channel over 400 feet long, a six-lane lap pool, and a two-story water slide. The complex also has meeting areas and gyms that can be rented for private events. On the grounds, there are also outdoor areas where weddings can be held.
  • Historical Society of Federal Way: At the historical society, people can get a chance to learn about the rich history of the region. Visitors can tour historical places and see some restored cabins.

SERVPRO Can Offer Mold Removal Services in Federal Way

Any time moisture enters your home; there is a possibility that you could need black mold damage repairs. Since mold can cause health effects, it is wise to hire a professional company to help you if moisture has entered your home or you see something that looks like mold.

Our mold specialists at SERVPRO can help provide the following services if a fungus develops inside your house:

  • Mold Inspection
  • Mold Removal
  • Bathroom Mold Removal
  • Attic Mold Removal 
  • Basement Mold Remediation

Once a fungus forms somewhere in your house, it starts to release microscopic seeds that can spread and contaminate other regions of the house. As a part of the mold remediation process, we can do things like setting up a containment chamber with negative air pressure and spray fungicides to keep mold from spreading to previously unaffected places in your structure.

For mold inspections, remediation, and removal, call SERVPRO of Federal Way at (253) 838-8999. 

Can Water Cause Continuous Damage to a Property?

3/16/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment You can depend on our professionals with state of the art equipment to thoroughly dry your property so you can return safely after a water incident.

SERVPRO of Federal Way Can Mitigate the Damaging Effects of Water in your Property

Federal Way is in the top ten largest cities in Washington State. The population of 96,289 residents makes it the fifth most populous city in Kings County. Initially, the city was a timber settlement that shipped wood products across the United States. As more and more residential properties cropped up, the region was named Federal Way, which comes from the US highway route 99. The area was only officially incorporated as a city twenty years ago in 1990 following three previous attempts in the late twentieth century. 

Much of Federal Way was privately owned by the Weyerhaeuser timberland company, which has over 12,400,000 acres of timberlands across the United States. It was not until 2014 that large amounts of Federal Way became open to the public. Among these attractions are botanical gardens, a pacific bonsai museum, and the Rhododendron Species Foundation, which opens to the public six days of the week. The Weyerhaeuser headquarters' departure from Federal Way occurred in 2014, but the city still retains large employers like World Vision International, Walmart, and DaVita. 

  • The Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden is a 22-acre space dedicated to the varying species of this plant. Tours are available with expert botanists that can explain both the providence and properties of these unique plants. The Weyerhaeuser company formerly owned the botanical gardens on 336 street. 
  • MaST Center Aquarium is a research center into marine biology that is open to the public. Situated on the northern border of Federal Way in Redondo, the center is crucial to university research. The Aquarium is open to tours and education on the Puget Sound and its unique wildlife species. 
  • Wild Waves Theme and Water Park is one of just three parks in the State of Washington. Initially opened in 1977, it remains a popular attraction in the Pacific Northwest. The amusement center features a mix of theme-park rollercoasters with water slides and swimming areas.

SERVPRO Can Provide Exponential Water Damages Occurring in your Home

The main principle of professional restoration services is to mitigate damages. Water intrusion can happen to any homeowner. However, those that suffer the most negligible damages act quickly to enlist professional assistance. One of a water restoration professional's first actions is to extract water and remove any bulk waste from the property. This step alone can save thousands of dollars worth of water damages. 

  • Pumps are used to remove water from the property quickly. These significantly reduce overall pressure on the walls, floors, and ceilings of a structure.
  • Technicians can then rake or shovel any existing contamination and solid-waste, for example, from a sewer backup. 
  • Extraction is much more efficient than drying. Water extraction units are used to reduce excess water further before a structured drying system is put in place.  

Avoid costly damages after water intrusion. Contact SERVPRO of Federal Way for water damage mitigation at (253) 838-8999.

Do you See Fungi Inside your Federal Way House?

3/3/2021 (Permalink)

mold growth on ceiling Effective mold remediation requires more than a DIY approach. SERVPRO's techs are trained to safely remove the mold.

SERVPRO can Provide Top-notch Mold Restoration Services

In many cases, various types of fungi can grow inside a structure due to a small water leak over time, which can cause the issue to go unnoticed at first. If organic materials stay wet, the mold can start to grow structures in all ways. These formations then release microscopic seeds into the atmosphere that can travel throughout your building.

Most mold removal companies in Federal Way like SERVPRO start restoration projects by repairing the source's water leak. After moisture is no longer entering the area, our technicians can then complete the following steps:

  • Establish Containment: Because other parts of your house do not get contaminated by the mold colonies during the restoration process, our highly trained team can build a plastic barrier that will trap any loose debris.
  • Remove Contamination: Once we establish containment in the affected area, we can remove the mold by scrubbing, sanding, or possibly using a sandblaster.
  • Decontaminate the Air: We can use advanced technology such as industrial air scrubbers to create negative pressure inside the containment chamber. Any contaminated loose particles will then flow through the scrubber equipped with a High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter before getting dispensed back into the environment.

If you ever notice mold anywhere in your home, call SERVPRO of Federal Way at (253) 838-8999.

Can SERVPRO Handle Any Size Water Intrusion in Federal Way?

1/22/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technicians SERVPRO works to provide Fast and Efficient Water Damage Cleanup and Restoration to Your Federal Way Property

Our technicians are trained to provide water mitigation to any size disaster 

Federal Way eventually gained city status after several failed attempts. The area began as a logging settlement and got its name in 1929. It is a beautiful town with plenty of local attractions to keep residents entertained. With an abundance of parks and botanical gardens, Federal Way is a nature lover’s delight.

Weyerhaeuser’s Botanical Gardens

Weyerhaeuser is the largest private owner of softwood timberland. It was based in Federal Way until 2014. The company generously opened up much of its land to the public and including these two botanical gardens:

  •   Rhododendron Species Foundation and Botanical Garden
  •   Pacific Bonsai Museum

The Rhododendron Species Foundation and Botanical Garden spreads out over 22 acres and is dedicated to the flower whose name it bears. The organization began in 1964 and moved its final location, provided by Weyerhaeuser, in 1974. When it comes to rhododendrons, the foundation is dedicated to:

  •   Conservation
  •   Research
  •   Acquisition
  •   Evaluation
  •   Cultivation
  •   Public displays
  •   Distribution

When strolling through the gardens, you can see over 10,000 species in a background of native conifers. Visitors can check out species grown only in certain countries such as Malaysia and Borneo in the Rutherford Conservatory. The Conservatory is home to rare examples that are in danger of extinction in their native lands. Displays also include rare wild orchard species and tree ferns. There are other floral areas in the park to be enjoyed, as well.

Pacific Bonsai Museum

The Pacific Bonsai Museum is one of two such museums in the U.S. dedicated solely to bonsai. It is a treasure as there are only a few such museums in the entire world.  At PBM, visitors can enjoy a selection of 150 of the world’s finest bonsai. Trees come from all over the world, including:

  • Canada
  • China
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Taiwan
  • United States

Any donation gets you into the museum to enjoy the beauty of the bonsai tree. There are numerous exhibits, and guided tours can be scheduled. Exhibits change over time, but the current exhibit is World War Bonsai: Remembrance & Resilience. It is a fascinating look at the art during the period of WWII. One of the trees on display was grown by a gentleman incarcerated during the war. This exhibit remains in place until October 2021. PBM is an excellent way to spend the delay relaxing and connecting with nature. 

No Water Catastrophe is Too Big or Too Small for SERVPRO

Residential homes in Federal Way can experience water damage from things such as a dishwasher overflow or a leaky pipe. The most common causes of water intrusions in homes are:

  •   Water fixture overflow – a faucet or pipe can be the culprit, and water buildup tends to be minor.
  •   Single room flooding – room size and water depth is a factor in water extraction techniques.
  •   Home flooding – a catastrophe that causes submersion of the entire home.
  •   Basement flooding – can occur from something like a burst pipe or a natural disaster.

Prime the Pumps!

Each one of these situations is handled differently with specific water mitigation techniques in Federal Way homes. Our goal is to prevent further damage and resort your home to preloss condition when possible. Some of our methods include using:

  • Truck Mounted Extractors
  • Portable Extractor or Pump

Water extraction is just the beginning. Contact SERVPRO of Federal Way at (253) 838-8999 for professional water mitigation.

Why Choose SERVPRO After Water, Fire, Mold and Storm Damage in Federal Way?

8/20/2020 (Permalink)

24/7 Service We have the training, expertise, and state-of-the-art equipment to restore your property after water, fire, mold or storm damage. Call us right away.

Our Certified Technicians have the tools and training to restore your water, fire, mold, or storm-damaged home or business.

The right response to destructive disasters like fire and water losses in your Federal Way home fall on the shoulders of capable, trained technicians like our SERVPRO team. With premier restoration services that encompass both the initial mitigation phases and the cleaning and reconstruction of your damaged property, we can offer real-time solutions that reduce your recovery costs and better protect the house and its contents. No matter what disaster that your home or business might face, we have the tools and technicians to make it “Like it never even happened.”


Mold is one of the more destructive situations that homeowners can face because they might not initially appreciate how widespread or damaging that the situation is. Because mold can first colonize in spaces that are often dark and moist, these colonies start out in low traffic areas of your Federal Way residence. By the time the organism has gotten identified, colonies have often spread far beyond the point of origin.

Initially, addressing mold in your Federal Way home or business involves the direct steps necessary to remove active colonization. Depending on the severity of the situation, this could involve several different options. Remediation often involves removing the entire organism from a hosting material to preserve the structural element. Sanding and soda blasting can often be practical approaches to eliminate the entire hyphae of the organism without deteriorating the surface integrity.

Odors left behind after mold growth can be a challenging obstacle to overcome. Nearly all varieties of mold colonies emit harsh, musty odors. To neutralize these scents, we can utilize multiple deodorizing tools such as thermal foggers and ULV foggers. Both of these tools create a mist or vapor of deodorizing products that can neutralize musty odors in your Federal Way home on contact.


With water losses being one of the most common callouts that our SERVPRO restoration professionals respond to, this is an area where we encourage the majority of our team to obtain certification and continued education. The better prepared that our team is for these water loss incidents, the less damaging and destructive they can be to your Federal Way home and your belongings.

While we have many advanced drying tools, we also have unique approaches like positive pressure systems designed to dry out moisture pockets in structural cavities without a need for controlled demolition. The more time and effort that we can reduce, the less water restoration costs a homeowner or property owner. These tools work by creating small, patchable holes in surface structural elements to allow for the insertion of hoses. These hoses supply blasts of heated air into the wall cavities of your Federal Way home to evaporate trapped water.

Rebuilding after water losses is another step that our SERVPRO team can offer Federal Way properties. Instead of forcing you to find a residential contractor to follow up on the mitigation work that our restoration professionals complete, we have reputable in-house contractors that can take over right away to begin repairs, build back, and even new construction as necessary.


Storms can be a damaging element to the area. With so much harsh weather rolling in from the Puget Sound, Federal Way homes and businesses can see the fierce side of nature as it tests the resolve of construction materials. Once damage does occur, it is crucial to get both contractors and restoration specialists mobilizing quickly to help. Our SERVPRO team offers emergency services encompassing both temporary construction solutions, extraction, and drying.

Extraction is a vital element to storm recovery when our professionals first arrive at your damaged Federal Way address, as flooding can get out of control quickly with structural breaches. While our contractors work to seal off openings in the house, we can utilize many different tools and devices to remove standing water from the floor surface, including:

  • Electric submersible pumps
  • Gas-powered submersible pumps
  • Wet Vacuums
  • Carpet Wands
  • Weighted Extractors
  • Truck-Mounted Pumps

Reducing secondary effects like microbial growth involves our professionals working quickly to establish drying zones with containment barriers and deploying useful drying tools. We have high-velocity air movers that can promote efficient evaporation for exposed materials and contents. Regulating moisture content and relative humidity levels can help to reduce the facilitation of mold colonies in your Federal Way residence.


Housefires can be an overwhelming experience. Your insurance company often demands the use of professional restorers, and there might be multiple reasons why our SERVPRO team should be a top consideration. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, meaning that we can begin our recovery and mitigation efforts as soon as possible after the first responders have turned the property back over to you. The sooner that work begins on your Federal Way home, often making things less costly and destructive, the less the disaster can continue to be.

Content management is a considerable element of the recovery process in your Federal Way home after a fire because not addressing these belongings can ensure that many of them succumb to the destructive presence of soot and odors. We have multiple effective strategies to restore and recover your belongings, from the Esporta Washing System at our SERVPRO warehouse to on and off-site deodorization with thermal foggers and ozone machines. Restoring your belongings can help the loss incident to feel less traumatic and destructive, and can make it easier to move forward after a disaster.

Cleaning and deodorization are critical processes in fire recovery inside the house as well beyond the contents that you have left behind. Soot can exist after nearly any structure fire, and depending on the thickness and severity of this residue, it can be a damaging substance to wipe away. Soda blasting can help with both removing soot residues from the surface of materials and beginning vital deodorization efforts at the same time. One of the efficient strategies for getting restoration completed quicker for your Federal Way property.

As overwhelming and destructive as disasters can be for your home and business, give our SERVPRO of Federal Way team a call today to help. We are ready 24/7 at (253) 838-8999.

Why Should I Use a Professional Restoration Company?

6/3/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Employees and equipment We understand the need for rapid response and restoration to minimize the loss of your property. Call us right away we are available 24/7.

SERVPRO Assists Federal Way Residents When Disaster Hits 

Time is of the essence when it comes to home restoration in Federal Way, mainly when there is moisture in unwanted places. Our professional restoration specialists come to scope the damage quickly and create a plan to begin work as soon as possible. SERVPRO has industry knowledge and expertise, allowing for thorough restoration with the use of professional equipment and products.

What Can SERVPRO do to Mitigate Damage that I Cannot Do on My Own?

Our technicians have access to equipment such as truck-mounted and portable extractors when dealing with water damage in your Federal Way home. If you have a substantial leak in your house, a shop-vac just does not cut it when you need larger holding tanks and powerful vacuuming capabilities. Our professionals can also finish the restoration process far quicker than most homeowners trying DIY for the first time. 

If I am not Sure How Much Moisture is in My Home, What Equipment do Technicians use?

  • Moisture sensors detect moisture in flooring, reaching under carpet and pads to the sub-flooring. 
  • Thermal imaging cameras use heat changes within the walls to detect the presence of moisture. 
  • Thermo-Hygrometers measure moisture in the air and is vital in determining the RH (relative humidity goal) for the structure to create appropriate drying goals.

Could I Just Use Box Fans to Dry Out the Moisture?

While technically you may be able to use fans in your home, our high-velocity air movers dry much faster because they are stronger and can direct airflow directly where needed at the floor level. They are also designed in a way that allows the fans to be connected and placed throughout your home. 

For prompt restoration service, contact SERVPRO of Federal Way at (253) 838-8999. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in Federal Way, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Federal Way today at (253) 838-8999 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

What Makes Professional Water Cleanup Cost-Effective?

5/10/2020 (Permalink)

water leaking onto hardwood floor Water removal for any one person is a tough task, contact SERVPRO to mitigate the damages from water damage.

Our Team Can Help Federal Way Homeowners to Save Time and Money with Thorough and Efficient Restoration Practices.

More and more, homeowners are seeking the options that presumably save money and can get their properties looking better faster after a disaster. While it might look initially like DIY restoration can be more cost-effective and quicker, this is rarely the case.

Is DIY Water Removal Faster? 

When it comes to water cleanup for Federal Way homes, many steps often do not get the attention that they need or the thorough drying that our SERVPRO team can produce. It might appear like starting right away can be a benefit to your property. However, our professionals can arrive typically within hours of your call to start recovery on a much larger scale. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster because of:

  • Pre-Stocked Trailers
  • Efficient Equipment
  • 24/7 Availability
  • Extensive Roster of Certified Technicians

How Can Professional Water Restoration Save Me Money? 

Saving money is often one of the driving forces that encourage homeowners to attempt DIY restoration. In truth, there are several clear reasons that professional technicians like our SERVPRO restorers can be more cost-effective choices:

  • Thorough Drying – Instead of hoping that you dried up all of the damaged areas, our professionals utilize discovery devices to track water migration and moisture pockets to ensure that drying efforts are thorough and absolute. 
  • Comprehensive Restoration and Recovery – Because we have in-house residential contractors as well, you do not have to secure secondary contractors on your own when build back or reconstruction is necessary. 
  • Content Management – Protecting your belongings is something that many property owners do not have the resources or ability to do on their own while also managing the water loss incident. We can protect what matters most to you.

As tempting as it might be to attempt restoration on your own, you might leave yourself vulnerable to damaging secondary effects. Contact our SERVPRO of Federal Way at (253) 838-8999 to help.

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Why We Are The Leader In Federal Way After A Fire

2/24/2020 (Permalink)

Shelves of rags to clean up fire damage Cleaning after a fire takes a lot of clean towels and rags and we come prepared. We are available 24/7 to restore your home so call us right away.

Handling Any Aspect of Fire Damage Loss in Federal Way

Restoration of fire damage involves several steps, and some can be challenging to accomplish. Hiring a knowledgeable fire damage restorer like SERVPRO ensures that any issue that arises is addressed the right way, making it, "Like it never even happened."

Cleaning up the areas affected by fire damage incidents in Federal Way is essential to restore the property to its preloss state. Fast cleanup helps in many ways apart from making the place habitable. For instance, it removes soot and other residues, which can corrode metallic finishes or stain stone surfaces such as granite countertops. The presence of contents can impede such cleaning, especially when the structure needs a thorough cleaning. Our SERVPRO technicians assess the situation to determine whether doing a pack-out or cleaning with the contents in place is ideal. We can perform thorough cleaning under either circumstance, so the choice made is determined by the intended goal.

Some outcomes of fire damage require specialized cleaning approaches. For instance, residue deposits on valuable, yet delicate items such as chandeliers or vital utilities such as the HVAC system require careful cleaning to avoid damaging them in the process. Our SERVPRO technicians have specialized duct cleaning equipment. We also disassemble chandeliers or use ultrasonic cleaning machines, which use high-frequency sound waves to produce millions of tiny bubbles that strip away soils from surfaces, leaving them sparkling clean.

The action from heat or flames causes considerable damages to materials like wood. Such damage might affect only a section of an item, and considering the value of the item, there is a need to save it. Our crews can help salvage such items, cost-effectively by using restorative cleaning procedures rather than resurfacing. Soda blasting is one such method, which helps strip away bits of charred materials or heavy residue deposits from the surface without damaging it further.

Many unique situations can arise after fire damages your property in Des Moines, Woodmont Beach, or Zenith. Call SERVPRO of Federal Way at (253) 838-8999 to help. We are available 24/7.

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Signs of Hidden Water Damage in Your Federal Way Home

1/10/2020 (Permalink)

Warped wood baseboard Call our team of experts today at (253) 838-8999.

If you suspect water damage in your home, there are a few things you should be on the lookout for

Not every water damage event in a home announces itself with a gush of water from a broken supply line or malfunctioning washing machine or dishwasher. Sometimes the damage occurring is slow and subtle until small signs begin to appear.

Water damage behind a Federal Way wall or ceiling can appear in various ways. Many homeowners report a musty odor that they cannot get rid of, no matter how much spray deodorizer or air freshener they use. 


The technicians undergo both classroom and hands-on training to get certified for the restoration services they perform. This instruction includes different types of water damage, fire loss, and safe mold remediation practices. They are taught the latest methods and have access to a vast array of advanced equipment so they can work towards the best outcome in every situation. 

Signs You Have Hidden Water Damage

Any of the following point to a need to have your home professionally scoped for an on-going water loss problem: 

  • Water spots on walls or ceilings
  • Sheetrock looks softened or is buckling
  • Paint bubbles
  • Mold
  • A musty odor in a particular area
  • Delaminated tile 
  • Warped hardwood floorboards
  • Damp spots in carpet

What to Expect When SERVPRO Arrives

The technicians carefully scope the property to define the scale of the water loss in the home using their advanced moisture detection equipment to peer behind walls without the need to remove sheetrock. Once they determine the loss area, they extract as much moisture as possible and dry the area. Damaged sheetrock and other building materials may require removal and disposal.

Repairs and Rebuilding Service with SERVPRO

With their general contractor license #SERVPCS911LE, they can offer homeowners the opportunity to utilize one company for both restorations from water damage and reconstruction.

This service takes the hassle out of dealing with multiple companies, and since SERVPRO works with both homeowners and adjusters, it ensures any work done is within the scope of coverage, so there are no surprises.

When water damage is the problem, contact SERVPRO of Federal Way at (253) 838-8999. Their certified technicians arrive quickly and work to make the water loss in your home, "Like it never even happened."

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For Immediate Service in Federal Way, Call SERVPRO

7/31/2019 (Permalink)

green SERVPRO van and truck Federal Way Residents: We provide immediate service day or night!

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

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

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – (253)838-8999

Residential Services

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

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

Commercial Services

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

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration