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Mitigating and Restoring Kent Water Damage Efficiently

10/3/2022 (Permalink)

water damage equipment on wood and orange shelves SERVPRO has the training and equipment you need after water damage in your Kent home.

We Restore Many Different Water Damage Events

Our position in King County helps us serve hundreds of thousands of residents and countless businesses contending with disasters of all types. The frequency and usual severity of water disasters like burst pipes or leaks required our water restoration division to continue growing to accommodate our recovery team's standard callout. Our roster can help with all needed efforts, including:

  • Surface water removal
  • Structural drying
  • Humidity management
  • Needed repairs

With these necessary actions needing to be completed after Kent water damage, our professionals must stay ready to respond. Disasters do not wait for convenient times to happen, so you will not wait for your property's restoration and mitigation response. We have skilled WRT-Certified technicians and licensed contractors ready to respond.

Many Types of Water Damage in Kent

In a city of more than 130,000 people, our SERVPRO team has seen many types of water emergencies and threats to structures. With each job, our expertise grows, and we solidify our position as a preferred vendor for insurance work and out-of-pocket restoration services after:

  • Freezing Pipes
  • Plumbing Leaks
  • Accidents and Spills
  • Appliance Damage
  • Flooding

Mitigation Solutions for Water Damage 

Mitigation involves several practices and actions for our professionals, but few have the urgency and impact as water removal services. Standing water is a hazard in many regards, so we utilize a combination of pumps and vacuums to manage pooling in the house and begin extracting trapped moisture in materials like wood and carpeted flooring.

The Science of Effective Drying 

Drying is the most critical component of the restoration process, making it the procedure requiring the greatest array of our equipment and instruments to complete. Each of these tools regulates one of the primary principles of drying. Achieving a balance of these factors provides the most efficient production:

  • Temperature  - This principle measures the warmth of the drying zone and affected materials. In many cases, direct heat applied to moist materials can expedite the drying process and chemical reactions for surface cleaning.
  • Airflow - Air movement is another major contributor to efficient drying in the household. We use several air mover units to promote evaporation by directing blasts of warm, dry air at wet surfaces.
  • Humidity - Productive evaporation increases humidity. Depending on the house's temperature, the air can only hold so many moisture grains before fully saturated. We can reduce the environmental moisture content by dehumidification units to continue the drying cycle.

Ensuring Drying is Complete 

Property owners can benefit from the peace of mind that the drying process is complete. When only superficial drying occurs, as is common with DIY measures, damp pockets and hidden moisture caches can impact building materials and produce appropriate conditions to facilitate mold development. We check our evaporation and water removal processes with sensitive sensors and moisture detection devices to document where further action might be necessary.

Are Water Damage Repairs Needed?

Reconstruction and repairs often coincide with the impact of water disasters on your home or business. From the earliest mitigation actions of removing sagging materials and repairing busted plumbing to newly installed wall systems and carpeted floors after demolition, we can help. Our general contractor license makes us qualified to complete most build-back actions as restoration and recovery continue.

However Kent water damage impacts your life; professional cleanup and drying can help you get back to everyday living quicker. Our SERVPRO of Kent team keeps service vehicles stocked with mitigation and restoration equipment to get water recovery projects underway. Call us at (253) 850-1500.

Explaining the Need for Partial Demolition During Kent Water Removal

8/27/2022 (Permalink)

a puddle of water on the grey tile floor of a kitchen If you find water damage in your home, contact SERVPRO immediately. Our trained professionals will formulate a remediation plan for your home.

SERVPRO Teams Make The Necessary Changes To Avoid Further Loss Of Your Property

A water loss in your Kent home already creates chaos, so understandably homeowners are concerned when restoration technicians recommend strategies involving removing or altering structural components. Clear communication with our customers about the need for controlled demolition is vital. Our full-service restoration company streamlines not only the water extraction and structural drying but also any repairs or rebuilding needed afterward.

Water Migrates 

After a plumbing leak, tub overflow, or appliance mishap, fast water removal in your Kent home avoids further deterioration of building materials and secondary harm like mold growth. Water does not remain static once it escapes from a pipe, hose, or container. It flows, seeps, and percolates into building cavities and materials and is absorbed by porous ones. 

Detection Leads to Carefully Planned Demolition

SERVPRO technicians master training in the use of moisture meters and detectors, following the path of the water. We also use thermal imaging, employing expert reading of temperature fluctuations, to locate pooled water. Often the liquid and absorbed water are entirely encapsulated by walls, woodwork, and flooring. Leaving it to drain or dry out over time is not best practice. If we do not follow its path and make arrangements to extract liquids and dry out wet structural components, expect a continuous weakening of materials, lingering odors, and great expense to remedy the situation. To remove the water, we try a range of strategies:

  • Removal of baseboards to cut holes near the bottom of wall cavities
  • Flood cuts, made several inches above the waterline when drywall is saturated
  • Loosening of paneling or strips of hardwood flooring 
  • Drilled holes in masonry mortar joints 

Next Steps

These remedies facilitate the release of liquids and permit the infusion of warm, dry air. SERVPRO technicians use a system that can switch between negative air pressure to suction out water and positive air pressure to force warm, dry air into cavities through the smaller holes to accelerate evaporation. Larger openings, like the flood cuts, permit us to position air movers and dehumidifiers closer, encouraging evaporation and then capture of the water vapor. Floors respond to suction-driven mats or airflow under planks for thorough drying.

Streamlined Rebuilding 

Our reconstruction division lightens the load on SERVPRO customers. Rather than hiring another contractor to address the holes and sawn-off drywall, our contractor’s license permits employees to repair, reinstall, and rebuild. 

Engage SERVPRO of Kent for wrap-around restoration and rehabbing services beginning with water removal. Call us at (253) 850-1500 to schedule an assessment.

Become Familiar with Effective Water Damage Remediation in Kent

6/24/2022 (Permalink)

cracked ceiling paint from water leak Call SERVPRO fast to mitigate the water damage in your Kent home. We can even patch the ceiling.

Extracting Water from a Kent Residence

Did you know that 37% of homeowners claim to have suffered losses from water damage? Each year, millions of people are affected by water-related disasters. Even small pipe leaks can quietly pour hundreds of gallons of water into the home, compromising structural materials and creating environments that host mold and other microbes.

If your Kent residence needs water damage mitigation fast, the IICRC-certified technicians at SERVPRO are available to assist you 24 hours a day. This team is dedicated to bringing homeowners thorough cleaning and restoration to help them save time and money. Technicians coordinate with property owners and insurance adjusters to ensure that every step of the cleanup process, including any necessary disposal or demolition, is done with the consent of all involved parties.

Pipe Leak in Your Home

  • Stains on the ceiling. If you notice dark stains or sagging in your ceiling, the internal pipes may have seeped enough water to damage beams.
  • Damaged flooring. Water can harm flooring, including buckling, staining, cracking, warping, and tiles loosening. If you feel persistent wet or soft spots in the floor when you step on it, chances are you have water damage that needs mitigation. Water can erode subflooring and eventually collapse structures without professional mitigation.  
  • Rusty fixtures. If your pipes are discolored, stained, dimpled, or flaking, corrosion is a likely culprit. Rusty pipes, fuse boxes, and other appliances indicate water damage in or near walls. 
  • Discoloration of paint or wallpaper. When exposed to water over time, paint and wallpaper start to peel, bubble, crack, and warp. Worse still, the drywall and wood behind it are absorbent and break down, meaning that if you see damage on the surface, there is likely even more behind the walls.
  • Odors. If you notice a musty or mildewy smell, there is water damage nearby. 

How SERVPRO Can Help

If you have a saggy, water-saturated ceiling, SERVPRO technicians have various tools available to address the issue. Technicians can evaluate the extent of damage behind surfaces with infrared cameras. After evaluating moisture levels, technicians can demolish damaged ceiling portions and remove compromised materials. 

Once unsafe materials have been extracted from the affected area, drying with air movers and dehumidifiers can commence. If odors persist, technicians can implement ultra-low volume foggers to dispense water- or solvent-based deodorant solutions that eliminate odor-causing particles.

SERVPRO of Kent wants to ensure that your home looks "Like it never even happened." Call (253) 850-1500 for disaster cleanup that can start within hours of your initial contact.

Water Damage in Tukwila Kitchen Gets Demo and Rebuild

5/29/2022 (Permalink)

a flooded kitchen with water everywhere and furniture floating around Burst pipes can quickly dump a large amount of water on your kitchen floor. React fast with a call to our SERVPRO team for effective water removal.

Tukwila if you endure water damage to your kitchen, let us help save your kitchen.

When a pipe bursts under a sink in a kitchen, the amount of water that spills can do significant damage to the flooring and walls in a short time. Mops and rags only absorb water on the surface and do nothing about any migration that happened into the subfloor or behind baseboards. 

SERVPRO technicians received a call to assist a Tukwila home with water damage cleanup in the kitchen. The water pooled in the breakfast area and required extraction using portable pumps. 

Tracing the Water Migration Path

The techs use various types of detection equipment to determine moisture and humidity levels behind walls and under floors. This action ensures that no water gets left behind to cause additional issues. 

Removal of Damaged Materials

Hardwood flooring has recovery potential through drying, if the mitigation begins quickly enough. The composite wood floor in the kitchen deteriorated quickly after extended exposure to the water. IICRC-certified technicians removed the flooring as it had no restoration prospects and prepped the subfloor for drying. The sheetrock wicked significant amounts of water and required removal down to the studs to open the wall cavity for better airflow.

Complete Drying is the Key 

The techs monitor the drying process carefully to ensure that the indoor humidity levels fall below the range for mold spore germination, and it also assists in avoiding musty odors. Once the structure verifies as dry, they clean the surfaces with their proprietary disinfectants, so there is a clean slate to build on.

Restoration and Reconstruction 

With their general contractor license #SERVPCS911LE, SERVPRO offers a one-stop recovery and rebuilding assistance. This takes the hassle out of finding a contractor and waiting for the insurance carrier to approve the services. The technicians work closely with the insurance company, so the process from beginning to end is never out of the scope of coverage. The technicians handle everything such as installing flooring, painting, and repairs as needed. 

SERVPRO of Kent at (253) 850-1500 can clean up water damage and restore your home with any reconstruction or repairs needed to make the loss "Like it never even happened."

We Are Ready for Any Size Disaster in Kent

4/4/2022 (Permalink)

Inside of SERVPRO restoration vehicle; SERVPRO equipment seen inside We are equipped with water extraction units to remove moisture before we set drying equipment out.

Get 24/7 Service When Your Kent Home Suffers Water Damage

In the continental United States, water damage claims are second only to wind and hail regarding insurance claim filings. While wind and hail can cause visible damages to exteriors that require mitigation, water damage can compromise structures without thorough professional care.

If your Kent residence has experienced water damage due to a pipe leak or other disaster, SERVPRO technicians are ready to assist you. This IICRC-certified crew is available 24/7 to combat water-related disasters and restore homes to their preloss condition. If your living space requires renovations after a disaster, SERVPRO possesses a general contracting license (#SERVPCS911LE) and can address your needs quickly.

What to Do When You Spot Water Damage

If you have identified water damage in your home, consider these preventive measures that can minimize repair and renovation costs after a disaster:

  • Shut off water for the affected area.
  • Do not use electronics in a water-damaged area and shut off power for these parts of your home to minimize risk.
  • Use towels, mops, and other clean items to soak up loose water.
  • Use fans and maximize ventilation to facilitate drying as much as possible. 
  • Call a professional disaster mitigation team immediately to restore your home and address potential damage behind or underneath walls, ceilings, and floors. 

SERVPRO's Scientific Approach

SERVPRO uses various moisture measurement tools to address multiple materials and plot out a course of action for extraction, drying, and disinfection with EPA-registered cleaners. These tools vary from moisture sensors that evaluate the moisture levels of soft materials to penetrating and non-penetrating moisture meters to monitor layers of material during the drying process. Technicians also use thermo-hygrometers, which assess both temperature and humidity. 

The goal during drying is to restore your structures and possessions to moisture levels that would be normal for them. What could be considered "dry" for carpeting or drywall is not necessarily the same for hardwood floors or leather upholstery. Technicians use a thorough approach to moisture analysis during cleanup. This process includes testing the same spots on surfaces several times with various measurement tools to ensure accuracy.

SERVPRO of Kent is always available to ensure that your home looks "Like it never even happened." Call (253) 850-1500 today if you need a disaster mitigation crew fast. 

Tips for Choosing Among Water Restoration Companies in Tukwila?

1/14/2022 (Permalink)

a water damaged ceiling that is caving in Water damage can affect both the ceiling in one room as well as the flooring in another. Call our SERVPRO team to quickly assess the situation.

SERVPRO Techs Deliver the Best Outcome After Water Damage in Tukwila Properties

There are numerous ways that water damage may occur within a Tukwila property. Common reasons SERVPRO handles the cleanup include pipe bursts, flood damage, and appliance failures. These scenarios have one thing in common; restoration services need to begin as rapidly as possible.

Tukwila residents trust SERVPRO as their choice among water restoration companies. The reasons are many, including: 

  • Trained, certified technicians
  • Ability to handle repairs and rebuilding as needed
  • Working with a company that communicates each phase of the restoration service to the homeowner and adjuster 

Professional Extraction Equipment Affects the Outcome

SERVPRO technicians use various types of equipment depending on the kind of water damage in the home. For example, floodwater or a pipe burst ran for a long period. This can result in a large amount of water quickly in the house. The techs can use portable, submersible, and truck-mounted pumps to pull up the water quickly.

Comparing Consumer-Grade Drying Equipment to SERVPRO's 

There are almost no lines to draw between the drying tools most homeowners have access to and the drying equipment the techs rely on to get the job done. While a fan blows air over a surface, it does nothing about any water vapor embedded within building materials or home contents. The air movers and dehumidification equipment used in tandem work to force moisture to the surface, where it gets collected and ported off-site.

Locating Water Within a Structure

Another common issue is finding the areas within a home that have water damage. SERVPRO techs have tools to detect elevated moisture levels, so nothing gets left behind. 

SERVPRO of Kent at (253) 850-1500 remains the trusted choice among professional water restoration companies in Tukwila. We offer efficient service, 24/7.

Considering Mechanical Systems in Tukwila Homes for Efficient Drying

11/11/2021 (Permalink)

Drying equipment SERVPRO has the tools and reliability you need after a water incident in your home.

Overcoming Obstacles In The Drying Process Ensures We Provide Efficient Results for Damaged Tukwila Homes. 

After a water damage incident, it can be challenging to clean and restore the property around so many possible variables. With every situation being unique, our technicians need to be as experienced as possible with potential obstacles they might encounter.

Are Mechanical Systems Common in Homes? 

Before water damage restoration in Tukwila homes can begin, we must first consider various mechanical systems that could impact efficient recovery. Some of these include:

  • Central vacuum systems
  • Air exchange
  • Fireplaces/chimneys
  • Electrical fixtures
  • Exhaust vents for kitchens and bathrooms
  • Heating, venting, and AC systems

What Kinds of Pressure Concerns Can These Systems Cause? 

The three pressure situations that must be managed with mechanical systems are:

  • Positive Pressure – this pressure describes when a system pushes air into a space, like your HVAC system supply lines.
  • Negative Pressure - is created by a system pulling air out of a space, like the return lines of HVAC systems or an exhaust fan running in the bathroom.
  • Neutral Pressure – This is present in systems not meant to move air, such as plumbing or electrical networks.

How Can SERVPRO Overcome Potential Obstacles? 

One of the first things we can do when we recognize possible threats to efficient drying and restoration is to seal off these vulnerabilities. Vents, for example, can no longer provide a path outside the building envelope if the return inside the house has been sealed over. These deliberate practices are vital to offering complete restoration and evaporative drying solutions for customers after water damage.

Restoring a home after a water damage incident can be a considerable challenge, especially when outlying factors impact the efficiency of drying inside. Our SERVPRO of Kent team can provide efficient and effective water removal, drying, and cleaning solutions for area homes. Give us a call today at (253) 850-1500.

Need Water Damage Repairs in Kent – Call SERVPRO

9/27/2021 (Permalink)

top view of washing machine during spin cycle Leaking appliances can quickly cause a lot of water to enter your home. No worries! SERVPRO is equipped to remove the water.

Let SERVPRO Help with Water Damage Repairs in Kent – Call Today

Leaking water pipes, overflowing sinks, and malfunctioning appliances in Kent homes can cause hundreds of gallons of water to flow into your home in a few hours. Water also migrates to the lowest point in your home or business, soaking everything in its path and pooling in difficult-to-reach areas under cupboards and inside walls. Drywall and particle boards can absorb water quickly, causing swelling and permanent damage. Warm, humid conditions can also lead to the growth of mold colonies in as little as 24 hours. Mold can cause health effects.

Let SERVPRO help you deal with water damage repairs in Kent before secondary damage occurs and mold has an opportunity to grow and cause more damage to your contents and structure. We strongly believe a fast response can mitigate the damage caused by a water leak. We are onsite in less than four hours and deploy state-of-the-art equipment to extract pooled water and quickly dry your home.

Our fast response focuses on removing water and moisture to reduce the amount of secondary damage often caused by delays in eliminating water and humidity from your home. A few of the services we provide:

  • Mold contamination remediation and restoration
  • Drying hardwood flooring to avoid swelling and cupping
  • Basement flooding cleanup, drying, and repairs
  • Drying contents and protecting your personal belongings from further water damage

When our skilled technicians arrive onsite, they will immediately assess the situation and begin arranging to deploy the appropriate equipment and team members to return your home to its original condition, "Like it never even happened."

Call SERVPRO of Kent for water damage repair in Kent and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (253) 850-1500.

Where to Find Kent Water Mitigation Services?

8/11/2021 (Permalink)

water covering the white tile floor in a kitchen Water damage mitigation needs to be a thorough process or else there will be further complications. Call Team SERVPRO to assess and remediate.

SERVPRO of Kent Technicians Are Water Mitigation Experts!

Many people find themselves overwhelmed when facing water damage, but that is not necessarily a problem. Looking for help immediately and reaching out for professional assistance is the best thing you can do for your home when an accident happens. If you do not freeze and instead seek help, it can help prevent further problems, such as microbial growth.

If you find your home requires Kent water mitigation services, hurry and call for help! Everyone with a dishwasher has had it leak at least once. However, what happens when you know that the leak sat for an extended period before it was discovered? You may find your vinyl floor has bubbled and swollen up, and water has spread beneath the toe-kicks of your counters. If you can see this damage, it is time to call an expert!

SERVPRO can help you during your time of need with the assistance of advanced industry-grade technology. Our technicians can bring equipment designed for drawing excess moisture from the structure of your home. Such devices include: 

  • Dehumidifiers
  • Axial Fans
  • Flood Drying Matts (For Hardwood flooring) 
  • Wet/Dry Vacuums 

In a situation like the one mentioned above, we could use thermal imaging technology to search for any hidden pockets of water, to ensure we mitigate as much damage as we can. From there, we can remove any materials that are severely damaged, such as swollen vinyl floor tiles. When we're finished, we can return your home to you with the hope that it feels like it did before the water damage sunk in. It is always our priority to leave you happy.

If your home suffers water damage, never wait to get assistance. Communicate with SERVPRO of Kent by dialing (253) 850-1500. We're happy to help you during a difficult time. 

Can SERVPRO Find Hidden Moisture Behind Kitchen Cabinets in Kent Homes?

7/15/2021 (Permalink)

Thermal imaging equipment SERVPRO uses state of the art moisture detection equipment in your home for thorough drying after a water incident takes place.

SERVPRO Can Find and Provide Water Damage Repair for Hidden Moisture in Kent

If you think there is water behind your kitchen cabinets, it is wise to get professional help immediately. The longer the liquid sits, the more damage it can do. Expediency is the key when it comes to water damage mitigation.

How Does SERVPRO Find Hidden Pockets of Water?

Part of our water damage repair services in Kent is locating hidden moisture. Our technicians utilize professional equipment that assists them in finding the water and assessing how much water they are dealing with. They use that information to proceed with water damage remediation. Some of the equipment used for this includes:

  • Moisture Sensors – These are used to find moisture trapped under carpet and padding. It also helps determine how much the water has spread.
  • Penetrating Moisture Meters -This allows us to use probes to penetrate multiple layers to find hidden water.
  • Thermal Imaging Cameras – Hunts for cold spots, which often indicate water. Moisture is often present when there is a fluctuation in temperatures behind walls and cabinets.
  • Borescopes – This is a long hose with a camera attached to the end. Allows technicians to photograph the situation. Helps determine water levels and contamination.

Trapped Water Removal

Once all the particulars are known, we then begin the water damage repair. We extract all excess water and follow up with the drying process. The goal is always to leave your home, “Like it never even happened.” Contact SERVPRO of Kent at (2530 850-1500 for all your water restoration needs.

What Are the Most Common Water Cleanup Services Needed After a Leak in Kent?

5/26/2021 (Permalink)

dishwasher leaking water Appliance malfunction is not an easy task. Call SERVPRO for the water mitigation services for your home.

Following Water Leaks, Kent Homes Generally Require Several Services.

The Pacific Northwest is notorious for its persistent wet, rainy weather. This weather, along with common everyday accidents, roof leaks, pipe ruptures, and appliance malfunctions, often causes Kent homeowners water cleanup and remediation headaches. 

SERVPRO, a Kent water cleanup company, has expertly handled the various water-related issues local residents have had over the past several years. Our skilled technicians are individually certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in a variety of industry specialties, including applied structural drying, applied microbial remediation, water damage restoration, carpet repair & reinstallation, upholstery & fabric cleaning, and odor control.

The water damage cleanup and restoration work we are skilled at includes:

  • Emergency water damage services that quickly address problems that cannot wait
  • Water removal services to mitigate existing and prevent additional damage to your home
  • Basement flooding cleanup that quickly returns your basement to its pre-event state
  • Repair of ceiling leaks due to wear and tear or those created and exacerbated by storms
  • Water damage repairs to rapidly return your residence to its pre-leak condition

Whatever your particular cleaning and remediation needs are, SERVPRO is likely able to take care of them.

So, if a leak or water-related event of any kind ever impacts your home, don’t hesitate to call your helpful neighbors at SERVPRO of Kent. Contact us anytime at (253) 850-1500 for assistance.

Tukwila’s Notoriously Stormy Weather Often Causes Local Homeowners Problems.

2/27/2021 (Permalink)

water damaged laundry room Water damage restoration is no easy task. SERVPRO has the man power and experience for any size job.

Water Damage Restoration May Be Necessary on Area Homes After Strong Storms.

As many know, Tukwila and other parts of the Greater Seattle - Puget Sound region tend to be among the rainiest and windiest areas of the United States. Unfortunately, this natural circumstance has caused local homeowners and businesses numerous costly issues over the years. These problems have resulted from everything from leaky roofs and clogged drainage systems to full-blown roof collapses. When these troublesome weather-related catastrophes occur, Tukwila residents and business owners generally suffer substantial water damage. Fortunately, though, there are often ways to prevent or mitigate the worst issues caused by rainwater and strong winds. 

The Unique Weather of Tukwila

Two primary things, a high average annual rainfall and the potential for strong windstorms, set Tukwila’s weather apart from that of other regions. According to national weather statistics, the city’s average annual precipitation is over forty inches. This average annual precipitation is greater than that of either Washington State or the nation as a whole. As far as windstorms go, this community is much more prone to them than others across America. In the Puget Sound region, storms with winds exceeding fifty miles an hour are a yearly occurrence, and those having winds of more than sixty miles an hour pass through every five-to-ten years. Together, these two weather characteristics make structures in Tukwila much more susceptible to water damage than those in other areas. 

The Telltale Signs of Water Damage

Local weather can damage your property in various ways, some more conspicuous than others. However, regardless of what causes it, homeowners can identify water damage by looking for the following common signs:

How Local Homeowners Attempt to Safeguard Their Homes from Water Damage

Most Tukwila residents understand the risks of living in this fine community and take appropriate steps to protect their homes from potential water damage. Some of the actions locals most often take to prevent or limit potential rainwater-related destruction are:

  • Cutting down overhanging tree limbs before forecasted storms
  • Properly cleaning and maintaining gutters and drainage networks
  • Periodically having their house professionally inspected for issues 

Call SERVPRO of Kent, one of the best water damage restoration companies in your area, at (253) 850-1500 for assistance.

How Does SERVPRO Restore Your Water-Damaged Tukwila Residence?

Shortly after arriving at your Tukwila home, SERVPRO technicians quickly get to work on returning your property to its original condition. Our skilled professionals clean up and restore your residence by:

  • Swiftly locating water sources with moisture sensors and infrared cameras and then blocking them
  • Rapidly removing standing water with powerful extractors and wet vacs
  • Using air mover-dehumidifier networks to dry your home’s interiors
  • Employing Injectidry systems to dry difficult-to-access areas
  • Treating interior areas and materials with state-of-the-art foggers that dispense EPA-approved disinfectants and deodorants

With all this in mind, if you ever suffer water damage, remember that water damage restoration companies like SERVPRO of Kent can help. Call us anytime at (253) 850-1500.

Who Wants to Create a Game Night Heirloom for Their Tukwila Family?

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

a cribbage board SERVPRO is looking forward to seeing the beautifully crafted cribbage boards the community will make!

Craft an Extra-Large Cribbage Board at Rockler Woodworking and Hardware - Tukwila

Nothing beats a spirited game of cribbage, especially when the pegging circles a beautifully handcrafted, one of a kind board made right here in Tukwila. Rockler Woodworking has the materials, tools, and step by step instructions, along with great and supportive instructors. We provide the hardware and supplies needed to complete a high-quality cribbage board -- you bring the enthusiasm.

  • Date And Time:     Saturday, January 23, 2021

9:30 am – 12:00 pm

  • Location:        Rockler Woodworking and Hardware

17326 Southcenter Parkway

Tukwila, WA 98188

  • Cost:            $75

Register through Eventbrite Tukwila

Engage the regional water mitigation leader with one call to SERVPRO of Kent at (253) 850-1500. Your family room water loss will be only a memory when the cribbage tourney begins after our crew plays its hand. We come to work, not to play!

Contractor Licenses:

General: SERVPCS911LE

Highly Skilled Team That Helps Mitigate All Types of Water Damage in Kent Properties

11/25/2020 (Permalink)

beer in mug with hops plant nearby What do Hops and Beer have to do with water damage mitigation in Kent? Please read and enjoy this blog!

SERVPRO Sends Fully Equipped Water Mitigation Teams to Kent Properties When There is A Water Spill

You can consider Kent, WA, a rainy place since it receives 43 inches of rain per year, unlike the national average of 38 inches. However, it tends to receive less snow at only 6 inches a year, unlike the 28 inches average for the entire country. The months of July, August, and September are considered the most pleasant, while December and January are the most uncomfortable. The cosmopolitan city is set around forests, mountains, and a backdrop of water, and therefore the area has many trails to jog, walk or bike. Some of the popular trails include:

  • Soos Creek Park Trail Head, a 6-mile paved trail that goes through moderately wooded areas. You can expect to find joggers, walkers, bird-watchers, runners, and even skaters on this trail.
  • Green River trail runs mostly on the eastern bank of the green river. The Kent part of the trail is 10.46 miles and gives one a chance to view Mt. Rainier, birds, and other wildlife along the way. There are benches, picnic areas, and restrooms along the trail.
  • Clark Lake Park, which is 130 acres and includes various activity areas, including paths for walking and the lake where you can ride a boat. It is essential to note the part rules, including the prohibition of operating motor-powered boats and swimming.
  • Russel Woods Park is part of the Kent Valley Loop trails. There are designated parking areas and trails for walking or bicycling.

The Hop City

The city of Kent was incorporated in 1890, the second one in King County after Seattle. The name Kent was chosen because of the widespread production of Hops in the area in the 19th century and because Kent, England, was already well-known for the production of the same crop. Hops are a staple in beer production since the flower acts as an antibacterial during the production process. It also helps add bitterness and a pleasant aroma to the final product. Most of the world's supply at the time was sourced from Europe. However, in the 1860s, an aphid invasion destroyed the crops in Europe, leaving beer makers in trouble. Kent was chosen as the alternative source because of the abundance of fertile land and a valley close to a port.

The largescale production of hops introduced many changes in the area. For instance, the seasonal workers used to travel to the area to pick the crop during harvest time. The workers were from all spheres, including Native Americans, European-Americans, and Chinese. The need to transport the workers and the produce led to the development of railroads. Surprisingly the same thing that led to the boom caused the bust when aphids found their way into the area, devastating crops. However, the infrastructure remained, allowing the area to transition to other economic activities such as warehousing and manufacturing, helping sustain the locals even today. Currently, the town of Kent has a mix of an urban, suburban feel with a population estimate of slightly over 130,000 in 2019.

Renowned Warehouses in the Kent Area

Finding the right warehouse for business or personal use can be challenging. The presence of many warehouses in the Kent area makes it easy to find one that suits your needs perfectly. Some of the exceptional services warehouses offer include:

  • Short or long term storage of a wide range of materials ranging from foodstuffs to hazardous materials
  • Cargo palletizing, packaging, crating, trans-loading, and devanning.
  • Specialized storage such as temperature-controlled storage and distribution
  • Onsite laboratory and X-ray examination of packages

Some of the outstanding warehouse services in the area include United Warehouses located in the heart of the Kent valley. It has 30 truck docks and is served by the Union Pacific rail. There is over 190,000 square foot of space at the facility and is convenient to both the Port of Tacoma and the Port of Seattle.

Northwest Harvest is another notable facility. It specializes in collecting food from businesses, foundations, and individuals and then distributing it to food banks, high-need schools, and meal programs all over the Washington state. The service came by when community leaders formed an interfaith organization named The Ecumenical Metropolitan Ministry (EMM), which sought to identify and address problems faced by the poor and disadvantaged in the community. When aircraft manufacturer, Boeing, cut down its workforce from 100,000 to slightly over 30,000, unemployment spiked from 2.9% to over 13% by 1971.  EMM opened 34 foodbanks as a short-term measure to counter the crisis. However, the initiative became permanent as other challenges, such as the 1982 food stamp cuts by the Reagan administration, developed. By 2013, distributions by Northwest Harvest had increased to 32 million pounds from 1 million in 1980. Apart from the collection of foodstuff, Northwest Harvest also accepts help from volunteers.

When Does SERVPRO Help with Water Mitigation in Kent Properties?

Water intrusions can affect Kent properties at any time, day or night. Such incidents can also happen when no one is around. After water spills, mitigation is necessary to remove standing water and address any damage to materials. However, depending on the period it takes to respond or the amount of water spilled, it might be impossible to fix some damages.  SERVPRO helps property owners find viable solutions for any kind of damage.

One of the main concerns after a water spill is moisture migration to cavities or hidden property sections. Removing such moisture is essential to prevent deterioration of materials or microbial growth, which leads to mold development. SERVPRO has IICRC certified Water Restoration Technicians who use various approaches to reach and remove such moisture, including:

  • Opening up cavities by drilling weep holes or making flood cuts
  • Removing soaked, porous materials such as drywall and insulation
  • Ventilating the wet cavities. The process involves blowing hot, dry air into the wet areas using air movers or specialized equipment

Where necessary, SERVPRO crews use advanced techniques such as freezing items or keeping them in heated areas to halt deterioration.

SERVPRO of Kent has experienced technicians who always examine the full scope of the loss before starting water mitigation processes in Kent properties. Call us at (253) 850-1500 when you need assistance.

How Can Kent Homeowners Determine What is Causing Attic Water Damage?

10/11/2020 (Permalink)

ceiling tiles with water leaking through them Water damage needs to be dealt with quickly so you can continue with your daily life. Contact SERVPRO 24/7 for remediation and mitigation services.

Certified Restoration Technicians Perform Water Mitigation for Kent Attic Leaks

Attic leaks are among the most common maladies that can affect a home. Kent homeowners should keep an eye out for signs like damaged roofing, ventilation system troubles, and plumbing concerns. These factors can contribute to water damage that can compromise flooring, walls, subflooring, insulation, and any belongings you may have stored in your attic.

When your Kent home requires rapid-response water mitigation, SERVPRO is a phone call away from returning your property to a preloss state. Your local franchise location enjoys the benefits of both being locally owned and operated and access to the broad array of resources that have allowed SERVPRO to respond to calls from over 1,700 locations in the United States and Canada.

What Factors Contribute to Attic Water Damage?

  • Condensation. Attics are contained spaces prone to collecting humidity, especially if your HVAC system is in the attic. Consider installing a dehumidification system to keep potential water damage under control.
  • Roof damage. Whether shingles and flashing are compromised by wind, rain, or an accident, your roof is a crucial line of defense that sits between your attic and the elements. Have your roof inspected by a professional once or twice a year, especially after inclement weather.
  • Ductwork. Your heating and cooling systems can cause the ducts to expand and contract with temperature changes, leading to potential leaks and gaps in your ductwork over time.

What Principles Make SERVPRO’s Structural Drying Process Effective?

Technicians are well-versed in determining how to dry a structure with commercial-grade equipment. Several factors are taken into account during the drying process, including the relative humidity of a given area, the specific humidity of surfaces damaged by water like wood and drywall, and the ideal temperature and humidity levels to facilitate faster drying while minimizing secondary water damages.

SERVPRO of Kent proves that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster when you call (253) 850-1500.

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Why Does Drywall in Kent Homes Get Removed After Water Exposure?

9/10/2020 (Permalink)

Close up of water flooding on living room parquet floor in a house Our general contractors can reinstall new materials after restoration “Like it never even happened.”

Drywall is a sensitive building material to water exposure, making it often one of the first elements to get removed and replaced after a disaster in Kent.

Porosity is the ability of a material to allow water inside of it, and there are many porous materials in the construction of your Kent home. Drywall is among the most sensitive materials used in modern construction. Because of its positioning and ability to become readily exposed to water damages, avoiding these concerns is often impossible. Absorption can begin almost immediately with sheetrock and continue until the material is overburdened with water and falls apart.

After construction materials become exposed, water damage repair for Kent properties is often required. For the drywall, this process begins with removing the baseboard and wood trim to provide access for drying and test the wall with probing moisture meters and determine the likelihood of salvaging the wall. It is most often advisable and more cost-efficient to remove a portion of the drywall rather than restoring for multiple reasons:

    •    Access to Damaged Areas for Drying
    •    Access to Plumbing for Repairs
    •    Visual Inspections for Microbial Threats

What is the Process for Removing Portions of Drywall?
Because full panels of 8x4 drywall do not always need to get removed after a water disaster, we determine a set dryline based on how far up the gypsum water has wicked from the baseboards. This step gets completed with a combination of thermal imagery and moisture meters. Once this line is marked between undamaged and unsalvageable materials, we can cut out what must get discarded and begin restoration work as necessary.

With better access to the damaged area, drying processes can be more efficient and cost-effective for the customer. Our general contractors can reinstall new materials after restoration “Like it never even happened.” Give our SERVPRO of Kent team a call today at (253) 850-1500.

Is there an Easy Way to Repair After a Massive Water Leak in my Home?

7/22/2020 (Permalink)

"Contact us" You can trust our SERVPRO technicians to swiftly handle any water damage in your home.

The Most Efficient Way to Restore Your Kent Home After a Leak Requires a Call to a Reputable Water Restoration Company.

You may be seeing water all over your Kent home, with no clear path on how to return it to mint condition. Before you despair, call a reputable water restoration company to give you a factual assessment of the level of the damage and the steps to reverse it. The longer you wait, the harder it is to curtail the expense and scope of the loss.

Homeowners in Kent with water damage in their homes can call SERVPRO to be the guiding voice in the restoration process. Our technicians are certified by industry experts in their knowledge of the theory behind water damage restoration, and we bring our expertise to each of the homes we serve. Rather than rely on well-meaning friends' advice, let the experts take over by calling our hotline open 24/7 as soon as the emergency occurs.

What does it take to eliminate water damage?

There are several steps to eliminating water from your home to avoid further damage. Our SERVPRO technicians focus primarily on extracting excess moisture, which is not the same as removing all moisture, followed by disinfecting and sanitizing. To achieve optimal moisture readings, our team uses infrared technology and other industry-specific tools to measure humidity. For the extraction part of the process, we use some of the following equipment-

Truck-mounted pumps for larger volumes of water

Drying mats for your flooring

Injectidry technology to evaporate water hiding in wall cavities

Along with specialized equipment above, we use dehumidifiers, air circulators, and smaller pumps to assist in water extraction and drying. Along with fungicide and cleaning solutions, our team leaves your home ready to enjoy it again.

SERPVRO of Kent is more than a cleaning company. We are a team of professionals ready to restore your home. Call us at (253) 850-1500 and let us be your ally in this emergency. Our goal, like yours, is to leave your home, “Like it never even happened.” 

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Overcoming Challenges After A Water Damage Disaster In Your Kent Home

5/10/2020 (Permalink)

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Challenges To Overcome When Finalizing Restoration Of Water Damage In Your Kent Home

After cleaning up and drying your property after a water loss incident comes the final steps of restoring the home to its preloss state. Although the worst of the incident may be over, you might still face some challenges. Luckily, professional water damage restorers in Kent are adept with every stage of the process, including finalizing the restoration.

The Refitting Challenge

In many cases, water damage in your Kent home is likely to have a significant impact on the floor materials since it is where the water collects. Restoration might involve the removal of the floor materials and other forms of tear down. For instance, in a carpeted area, removing the carpet for drying and disposing of the pad might be necessary. The finalization stage, therefore, involves reinstalling the materials. Our SERVPRO technicians handle the reinstallation, seaming, and installation of the tack strip for a snug fit. We also ensure no damage happens to parts of the structure, such as walls during reinstallation.

Physically Altered Materials

Water damage might change some materials physically. For example, wooden floorboards might swell after absorbing high amounts of water. If the boards are removed during the restoration to access the subfloors, reinstalling them is part of the final stage. Our SERVPRO technicians dry the boards to their usual moisture content, which is around 4% eliminating any swelling. We also sand out minor alterations such as cupping ensuring that the boards fit well.

Dealing with the Odor

If considerable time passes before completing the restoration, bad odors can develop. Odors can also develop depending on the elements the water dissolves. It is crucial to deodorize such odors when finalizing the restoration. Our SERVPRO technicians can fog a deodorizing agent into the general area. Fogging using specialized equipment such as ULV foggers atomizes the deodorizer allowing deep penetration into materials where it can neutralize odor particles. We also utilize other procedures, including masking temporary odors with sweet scents.

With proper management, restoring water damage should not be too difficult. Call SERVPRO of Kent at (253) 850-1500 to help. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Will My Kent Home Fully Recover from Burst Pipes?

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

water pooling on a hardwood floor next to a wood cabinet SERVPRO of Kent is available 24/7 for emergency service when you need professional water cleanup.

With Prompt Action in Kent, SERVPRO Restores Your Home with Professional Water Cleanup Techniques

A burst pipe sends copious amounts of water into your home, which calls for fast response to get it cleaned up. Should you find yourself facing emergency water loss, SERVPRO arrives quickly with all of the best equipment to handle your water removal needs. Our Green Fleet is available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day to provide prompt results. The goal is to ensure that your interior is restored to preloss condition with our specialized drying and disinfecting techniques.

Can I Try to Clean Up the Water Myself?

Most homeowners have a mop and bucket or a decent wet/dry vacuum handy within their homes. However, these tools are not able to measure up to the industrial-strength equipment and training that skilled water restoration technicians (WRT) bring to the job site. Our team is fully trained through the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). We work to ensure we meet or exceed all of the expectations for water cleanup in Kent so that your home is restored to make it “Like it never even happened.”

What Happens During Water Damage Restoration?

Water migration is a critical concern that our team has once we arrive on the scene. We must spring into action as quickly as possible to keep water from moving into other areas of the home. Our technicians wear removable shoe covers while we work through each area of the home to limit damage from spreading. Moisture detection tools that do not penetrate materials are also available to the team that allows us to take moisture readings without causing further damage.

How Fast Will the Water Removal Process Be?

SERVPRO technicians follow distinct steps to expedite the water damage restoration process, including:

    •    Assessment
    •    Movement of Contents
    •    Water Removal
    •    Moisture Control
    •    Water Detection

After we assess the site of the loss, our team formulates a plan involving the best equipment and techniques to get the job done. Just a sampling of the equipment that our vehicles are equipped with to address water restoration projects in Kent include:

    •    Water Extraction Tools: We have truck-mounted extractors that allow us to remove hundreds to thousands of gallons of water in a short span. Submersible pumps are also available to facilitate targeted water removal.
    •    Air Movers: Industrial fans and high-speed air movers help improve airflow over the flooring, carpets furnishings, and walls to make moisture evaporation go faster.
    •    Dehumidifiers: Dehumidification is critical with any water cleanup project. Our technicians have industrial-grade dehumidifiers that lower humidity levels within the home. This equipment removes damp air from the space and prevents secondary water damage like swelling or warping of walls, flooring, and furniture.
    •    Moisture Detectors: No moisture must be left behind, so our team has access to a range of moisture detection tools. Moisture meters, moisture sensors, and thermal imaging cameras help us to located hidden moisture pockets in cracks and crevices. Failing to find leftover moisture zones can cause hidden damage due to harmful mold and mildew growth.

Why is Water Migration Something to Worry About?
All standing water within the loss zone must be entirely removed before the drying process begins. If there is any moisture left behind in the walls or behind baseboards, it can destroy the building materials or turn into a breeding ground for bacteria and microbes. In a situation where moisture lurks behind walls, our technicians may need to drill holes in the walls to bring warm air in, which facilitates better drying.

SERVPRO is Here for Effective Water Restoration When You Need It

When we are called for water cleanup, there is more to the job than taking care of visible water. Moisture migrates to dry spaces, which means that your carpets and padding, floors and subfloors, drywall and studs are all prone to damage. Even if it seems as though your floor may be dry after extraction, there could still be hidden moisture found in the subfloor below. This is why we have professional equipment allowing us to detect and measure the moisture levels throughout your home.

Once the water cleanup and drying are complete, our trucks are loaded with a full range of antibacterial agents, cleaning projects, and deodorizers to ensure your home is ready for you to resume your daily life. Our cleaning technicians work closely with our other restoration team members to ensure your project moves along cost-effectively and efficiently.

Never let a water loss situation create stress in your life. SERVPRO of Kent is available 24/7 for emergency service when you need professional water cleanup. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster, and you can reach us by calling (253) 850-1500 so that a team can be deployed to begin an assessment.

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The Top 3 reasons your Roof might be leaking

3/8/2018 (Permalink)

The Top 3 reasons your Roof might be leaking

Roofs are often susceptible to water damage that can lead to structure and mold issues if not addressed.  There are several ways water can infiltrate building materials surrounding a roof and the top 3 are:

  • Water pipes leaking or dripping
  • Condensation inside your home

  • Clogged gutters and downspouts

Most of the issues relating to a roof leak can be avoided by doing routine inspections of the attic/roof area on a regular basis.

If you do spot damage and are needing professional repairs call SERVPRO for help.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help

Call Today

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

Your name and contact information
Your insurance information (if applicable)
The street address of the water-damaged home or business
When did the flooding or water damage occur?
What caused the water damage (if known)?
Is there electricity available (on-site)?


SERVPRO specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Floor Replacements can often be avoided with advanced floor drying technology

3/1/2018 (Permalink)

Advanced Drying Equipment restoring a damaged floor

The kitchen lights turn on as you rub the sleep out of your eyes and stumble towards the coffee maker.  Two steps in you realize the smooth wooden floor you’ve walked across every morning for the last two years now feels different.

The smooth, dry floor you are accustomed to is now a cupped bundle of lumber that feels like it’s been soaked in the bathtub.  You quickly realize that the dishwasher you turned on as you went to bed the night before has been leaking water all over the kitchen.

The wood has begun to swell and buckle and your plans for a quiet Saturday morning reading the paper quickly turns into a call to SERVPRO for help.

For a lot of companies replacing a floor is the first choice to repair.  It seems like the quickest way in the moment, but there are weeks ahead of a compromised kitchen as replacement flooring is order.  

There is a better choice though!  With skilled technicians and the latest in drying technology, SERVPRO can oftentimes dry the wood floor in place using a complex system of Dehumidifying Mats places on the floor and hooked up to a labyrinth of air hoses.

If you find yourself in this situation give SERVPRO a call, go ahead and make that coffee, we’ll be there soon to help get your life back to normal.

Kent 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

11/14/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Kent provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Kent

SERVPRO of Kent is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - (253)850-1500

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Kent has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Kent

SERVPRO of Kent specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

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Faster to your Kent Water Damage Event

8/15/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Kent provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Kent provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Kent arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 - (253)838-8999

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Kent

SERVPRO of Kent specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.