Residential and Commercial Water Mitigation

Residential and Commercial Water Mitigation

For Frozen and Burst Pipes, ServiceMaster of Redmond to the Rescue

Frozen and burst water pipes are just two of the weather-related calamities that can befall homes and businesses during the frigid winter months. The main culprits causing frozen and burst pipes are the absence of heat or insulation near pipes, plus exposure to a flow of subfreezing air. When frozen pipes burst and create damage in your home or business, call the water damage repair experts at ServiceMaster of Redmond.

The unfortunate results from pipes freezing and bursting include rapid flooding and damage to floors, carpets, ceilings, furniture and anything else subjected to the spray or inundation of water. Home and business owners need to act fast because the more time that elapses before treatment, the greater the damage. With a quick response, you can save more items in your home or business that might typically be lost to water damage.

Water damage cleanup is among the many disaster restoration services ServiceMaster of Redmond offers in the Greater Seattle area. Based in ServiceMaster by Redmond has been providing professional disaster restoration services since the mid-1990’s.

Following a water damage incident, our drying and restoration process may require up to three phases before completion. These steps include emergency service and site inspection, reinstallation/cleaning and structural repairs. Other services include water removal and drying, plus emergency disinfection and electrical and plumbing services.

To prevent water supply lines and pipes from freezing, it is highly recommended that home and business owners take the following precautions:
• Drain water from swimming pool and water supply lines according to manufacturer’s directions.
• Remove, drain and store hoses used outdoors.
• Check around your home or business for pipes and water supply lines that are located in unheated areas.
• Consider installing specific products to insulate water pipes. Examples of these products include UL-listed heat tape or pipe sleeves.
• Consider relocating exposed pipes to provide increased protection from freezing.
• Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature during the day and night.
• Leave the heat on in your home or business set to a temperature no lower than 55° Fahrenheit if you will be going away during cold weather.

ServiceMaster of Redmond is prepared to handle your call 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year. Give us a call today at 425-867-5035.

Mold FAQ

What is Mold?
Mold is a fungi that can be found both indoors and outdoors. No one knows how many species of mold exist but estimates range from tens of thousands to perhaps three hundred thousand or more. Mold spreads and reproduces by making spores. Spores can survive conditions that are too sunny, hot, cold, dry or wet for mold to grow. When spores are released they can be carried by air or water to new locations.

Where Does Mold Come From?
Molds thrive in moist environments created by a flood, slow leak, broken pipe or just high humidity. Without water mold, cannot grow. Mold also needs a food source, oxygen and a temperature between 40 degrees and 100 degrees F.

How Does Mold Spread?
For molds to grow and reproduce, they only need an organic food source, such as cellulose, which is found in building materials such as wood and drywall.

Are There Any Warning Signs to Look For?
If there are dark spots on your ceiling, floors or walls, this is a sure sign of mold growth. Musty odors and mildew are often signs that mold may be growing in your home. Respiratory and allergy symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, trouble breathing and wheezing are a common indicator of mold growth as well. Also, high humidity levels such as condensation on glass and metal surfaces are a warning sign of mold.

The Special Challenges of Mold:
Despite what’s readily known about mold, it remains the subject of a lot of confusion.

  • Mold is an issue that can affect the health of your family and compromise the physical structure of your home
  • Mold and mildew grow best in warm, damp and humid conditions
  • Mold may never become visible, since it can grow in the walls and under the floor
  • If more than two days have passed, any wet materials will be affected by mold, even if it’s not yet visible
  • Whether you can see a problem or merely suspect its presence, only a professional can help identify the source and extent of the challenge
  • Home remedies like bleach can cause more problems

Can I Get Rid of Mold By Myself?
Doing it yourself is not recommended. At ServiceMaster Restore®, our experts have completed intensive mold remediation training as well as detailed instruction in the proper procedures for handling mold claims.

Water Damage FAQ

How long will it take my property to dry?
Drying time is determined by a combination of factors, including the location, duration and source of water, the types of building materials, the weather conditions and how quickly emergency services begin.

How do I know when my property is completely dry?
Proper testing with our specialized equipment is the correct way to determine if things are completely dry. Touch along may be a false indicator.

Will turning up the heat help dry things out?
Not necessarily. We will adjust the temperature to its optimum setting for the proper drying conditions. Please do not change the setting or shut off the HVAC system; doing so may prolong the drying process.

What about my wet furniture?
The extent of damage and the construction of the furniture will determine if your furniture can be resorted. Your furniture must be dried before damage can be adequately assessed. Non salvageable furniture will be documented for you, and if any items need to be discarded, a customer relies form will need to be signed.

Do I need to move out of my property during this process?
If you file an insurance claim, you may receive guidance from you insurance representative. However, this is a decision you must reach on your own. Here are several things to consider. Safety is paramount. Our equipment is as childproof as possible but does require supervision to make sure no children play with it. Air movers and dehumidifiers will create noise.

Does everything need to be moved out during restoration?
Not usually. If items need to be mounted out, we will let you know in advance.

Should I open the windows to help the drying process?
Opening your windows to assist the drying process is not always recommended. Outside weather conditions may vary, so the technician will determine when and if the outside air is appropriate.

Why does my specialty floor need to be removed?
Nonporous flooring can trap water and prevent it from drying properly.

 

 

First Steps for Handling a Frozen Pipe

With the cold winter weather upon us, homeowners must be aware of the possibility of frozen pipes and the resulting water damage that can occur if the hazard is not dealt with quickly and properly. Luckily, frozen pipes can be remedied and avoided altogether with a few simple steps.

Frozen Pipe Prevention

Frozen Pipe

Once outside temperatures reach the freezing point, the water inside your pipes is at risk for freezing as well. Pipe location plays a part in the likelihood that the water inside will freeze. Pipes that are exposed to the outdoor air, such as swimming pool lines, hose bibs, water lines that are located in unheated areas of the home such as basements and garages, and lines that run along non-insulated exterior walls, are more likely to freeze. When water freezes, it expands by 10%, putting pressure on whatever contains it. As the water inside a pipe continues to freeze and expand, it creates a buildup of water pressure that will eventually cause the pipe to become compromised and “burst,” leaking water onto the surrounding areas. Frozen pipes can often be identified by the “clanking” or banging sound made when the water inside them is freezing and expanding, and subsequent water dripping may be audible as well. Additionally, an abnormally small trickle of water coming from a sink faucet is another indication of a frozen pipe.
The water damage caused by a frozen pipe that bursts can be quite devastating, costing thousands of dollars in home repair and loss of property. Water leaking from a burst pipe can damage floors, carpeting, walls, furniture or other possessions located near the affected pipe. The cleanup associated with this type of disaster can be very difficult and lengthy.

Take Action When Pipes Freeze

If one or more of the pipes in your home are frozen, follow these tips:

  • Apply heat to the frozen pipe(s). You can use an electric hair dryer or heating pad, a space heater, or cloths soaked in hot water to warm the pipe and thaw the ice within.
  • If the pipe has not burst, once you start to treat the frozen pipe, keep the faucet turned on so that running water can assist in melting the ice.
  • If you cannot access the pipe or you cannot get it thawed, contact a professional plumber immediately in order to avoid a burst pipe and its consequences.
  • Note: If you are dealing with a burst pipe, immediately turn off the main water valve. This valve is typically located in the utility room or somewhere in the basement of the house. You’ll want to call a professional plumber to assess and repair the damage to your pipe(s).

Post Construction Cleaning

ServiceMaster of Redmond provides one time post construction & turnover cleaning in the Redmond and Seattle area. We understand that your project is important from beginning to end. Rely on the company that has the experience, the size and the reputation to deliver for you.

Post Construction

We are more than a commercial cleaning company. As a result of our years of experience in the commercial disaster restoration and construction area, we understand the technical needs and requirements on a construction site. Most importantly we understand the need to trust the company that is to provide the inspection or final post construction & turnover cleaning services. All this results in an efficient and cost effective close out of any project.

As a result of our experience, we understand the commercial construction industry and that we need to be flexible as projected dates of completion may change. Whether you need us sooner or later, we will try to find a way to accommodate your needs. Of course there are only so many miracles that we can produce and we have produced a good many, adequate pre-planning and understanding the needs of the project are still the basis of delivering a successful end result. We invite discussion as early in the project as possible so we can plan to deliver the service you need.

Our Goal: is to deliver the services you need at the time you need it.

See the list below for a partial list of services available:

  • Rough cleaning for progress inspections
  • Aerial work platform cleaning
  • Floor cleaning and protective cleaning
  • Air duct cleaning
  • Light fixture cleaning
  • Window cleaning – both inside & outside
  • Cased goods and wood work cleaning
  • Kitchens & Bathrooms cleaned and sanitized

For additional information or to schedule an estimate, please contact us at 425-867-5035. Serving areas from Redmond to Seattle, to Renton and Tacoma, ServiceMaster of Redmond is here to assist you.

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Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration

ServiceMaster of Redmond provides fire damage restoration and smoke cleanup services in Redmond, Seattle and the surrounding areas in Western Washington.

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Fire Damage Restoration

Every day, the experts at ServiceMaster of Redmond help home and business owners recover from the devastating effects of fire and smoke damage, and the odor that accompanies it. From a small kitchen fire or a furnace malfunction, to a large residential or commercial fire with extensive damage, ServiceMaster of Redmond is ready to restore your property and peace of mind. Our certified and experienced professionals, compassionately respond to fire and smoke damages large and small.

While it is easy to see the damage such as blistering and charring that is caused by the hot gases created in a fire, but be careful, because the smoke or soot created in a fire continues to cause damage to your home and belongings long after the fire has been extinguished. The acidic smoke residue continues to damage sensitive surfaces, and many synthetic furniture and flooring materials generate complex chemical reactions when burned. After only a few days, those items go from cleanable to unsalvageable.

Eastside Fire Damage Restoration

The experts at ServiceMaster of Redmond understand the processes & procedures that can effectively clean and save your belongings, and helping to mitigate additional expenses. We can even remove soot from at-risk items, such as brass, aluminum, chrome, carpets and upholstery, marble, tile and porcelain. ServiceMaster of Redmond helps you reclaim your home or business from the effects of fire and smoke damage, and get into your home or business as quickly as possible.

Our professional clean-up and restoration services for fire and smoke damage include:

  • Emergency decontamination and corrosion control (start this as soon as possible)
  • Onsite cleaning as well as pack out and off site processing and storage of damaged contents
  • Expert odor removal and deodorization for all types of issues
  • HVAC and mechanical systems restoration
  • Board up and tarping services to secure your property
  • Temporary repairs, debris removal and demolition
  • Cleaning and restoration of specialty contents including electronics, artwork, collectables and documents
  • Complete reconstruction and redecorating

Our years of experience in restoring homes and Business affected by fire and smoke damage, make ServiceMaster of Redmond the best choice for emergency services. Area residents and businesses know our company offers consistent, prompt, and high standards of customer service. We strive to restore your property as quickly and efficiently as possible, and ensure your complete satisfaction.
We know that fires are devastating and valuables and memories are often the most missed items. To keep the fire and smoke damage at your home or business to a minimum, make certain you DO NOT:

  • DO NOT touch anything with your bare hands. Oil from your hands can permeate upholstery, walls and woodwork, causing additional damage.
  • DO NOT wash walls. Incorrect cleaning could compound the soot residue.
  • DO NOT attempt to clean carpets or upholstered furniture.
  • DO NOT use electrical appliances until having them checked.
  • DO NOT use ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet.

For additional information or if you need immediate assistance, please contact us at 425-867-5035. We offer 24 hour a day, 7 days a week emergency services – including holidays — and quick response time. ServiceMaster of Redmond is here to assist you.

Air Duct Cleaning

Residential Air Duct Cleaning

Allow us to clear the air

Proper maintenance of your air ducts is a vital part of a home’s upkeep. It’s important to periodically check the condition of your air ducts to see if they need cleaning.

Consider having them cleaned if:

  • You see mold growth inside hard-surface ducts or on other components of your heating and cooling system
  • Your air ducts are infested with vermin such as rodents or insects
  • Your air ducts are clogged with large amounts of dust and debris

If you think duct cleaning might be a good idea for your home, talk to ServiceMaster Clean®. Our experts use professional equipment to clean your air ducts thoroughly and keep your air system running smoothly.

Air duct components that are not properly installed, maintained or operated may become contaminated with particles of dust, pollen or other debris.

To maintain clean air ducts:  

Change air filters based on the manufacturer’s recommendations
Vacuum regularly to help reduce pet dander, dirt and debris
Get your carpets and hard-surface floors professionally cleaned regularly

The ServiceMaster Clean Process

Our experts connect a powerful vacuum system to the air duct near the furnace.
Commercial grade products and equipment are used to dislodge the contaminants and debris in the air duct.
Contaminants are pulled out of the ducts and through the filtration system, returning clean air back into your home.
After cleaning, all access holes are resealed, returning the duct system to a like new, clean condition.

Professional Area Rug Cleaning

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Residential Area Rug Cleaning Services

Help revive your area rug to its original beauty. Often placed in high-traffic areas, rugs can accumulate a significant amount of dirt and grime. While vacuuming can remove surface-level dirt, deeply embedded soil, odors and stains can remain. That’s why you need experts with the skills and specialized equipment to truly return your rug to a brighter, plusher clean that’s as enjoyable on the eyes as it is on your feet.

The Safest Most Effective Clean

High traffic area rugs have an increased risk for spills and stains. Stains detract from a rug’s beauty and can make the rest of the room feel dirty and unkempt. While many home solutions can remove stains, a ServiceMaster Clean® professional carpet cleaning team has access to high-quality products, equipment that utilizes advanced technology plus the training and expertise for removing even the most stubborn stains. We can clean most types of area rugs from large to small and heirloom to the newest high-tech carpet fibers. A professional cleaning helps remove deeply embedded dirt, dust, pet dander and allergens that can affect anyone suffering from allergies or respiratory issues. Fill out our form below or call us at 425-867-5035

 

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Post-Construction Clean-Up Services

Residential Post-Construction Clean-Up Services

When your home construction project or renovation is complete and construction debris has been removed, look to us to provide a final, detailed cleaning. Our trained technicians put the finishing touch on newly constructed or remodeled homes — cleaning them from top to bottom, quickly and efficiently. Once we’ve completed our service, you just turn the key and you’re ready to move in and enjoy a home that sparkles.

A home that shines in no time!

Using advanced products and cleaning methods, we can make your newly built or renovated property shine in no time. And because we know that construction schedules can sometimes change for a number of reasons, we work closely with contractors and service technicians to accommodate any scheduling changes. More than thoroughly cleaning your home, we go the extra mile and can provide specialty cleaning services, such as window cleaningfloor finishing and deep carpet cleaning.

 

Our post-construction clean-up services include:

Vacuuming  construction and drywall dust Cleaning interior glass
Cleaning lights Cleaning and polishing restroom fixtures
Dusting air diffusers Dust mopping and/or damp mopping hard-surface floors
Dusting window sills and all moulding Vacuuming carpets
Spot cleaning walls And more…
Cleaning cabinets

Commercial Upholstery Cleaning Services

Upholstery Cleaning

Make your customers, visitors and employees feel welcome and valued by having well cared for upholstery. Using specially designed products, equipment and methods, the upholstery experts at ServiceMaster Clean help restore the beauty of your upholstered furniture. In addition, removing dust and allergens from sofas, chairs, office partitions, fabric panels and other upholstered items can lead to a healthier environment for everyone. We remove the hard-to-see contaminants that exist in upholstery, such as dead skin cells, oils and dust that can only be removed with a thorough professional cleaning.


We know clean and it shows in all we do

Here’s why you can trust ServiceMaster Clean to do a better job:

  • We’re more knowledgeable – Having your maintenance staff to handle the job can result in improper cleaning that causes shrinkage, color bleeding or discoloration
  • We’re experienced in upholstery that come in all varieties of fabrics, textures and blends
  • Our experts eliminate the guesswork and select the best cleaning method

Our methods are safe for all kinds of upholstery and fabrics and can help:

  • Remove stains and spots already present
  • Reduce the effects of wear on furniture
  • Extend the life of upholstery and protect your investment
  • Eliminate persistent odors

COMMERCIAL FIRE & SMOKE DAMAGE REMOVAL SERVICE

Seeing your business threatened by a fire is a very traumatic experience. After such a devastating loss, reassurance comes from having clear guidance and support to minimize business interruptions. At ServiceMaster Restore®, we’re business owners too. We’ll work to get your doors back open as soon as possible, while guiding you through every step of the process.

 

FIRE DAMAGE GOES BEYOND BURNING ITEMS

  • Ash and smoke can continue to cause damage and corrosion to materials if they are left behind
  • Odors from smoke will stay on surfaces long after the fire and continue to cause problems if they are not removed
  • Within minutes, walls, equipment, surfaces and other areas can be discolored
  • Smoke causes etching in glass and will tarnish metal quickly

Not all fire damage is the same. Our fire restoration process is thorough and proven. It includes:

  • Inspecting the structural integrity of the building for safety
  • Identifying the source to determine the type of fire that occurred
  • Evaluating all areas that suffered water damage as a result of fire suppression efforts to identify those that may need treatment
  • Remediating water damage (if any)
  • Evaluating sensitive materials that may be damaged as a result of smoke and soot particles
  • Removing contents from the building, including:

-Collecting immediate items you may need to operate your business remotely

-Securing removal, storage and cleaning of sensitive files and data storage devices

-Salvaging of product stock, raw materials, commodities, and machinery

-Packing out the remaining contents for cleaning and storage

  • Performing structural restoration, including:

-Removing of any charred contents that may seal in smoke such as insulation and burned wood

-Evaluating carpets and floor coverings that may need to be removed

-Treating affected surfaces for smoke odors and sealing to keep any leftover odors from leaking back into the building

  • Cleaning, eliminating odors and deodorizing surfaces to pre-loss condition
  • Returning items to the original location and helping to restore your normal operation.