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Mold Clean Up and Disposal in Bellingham, WA.

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Clean Up and Disposal in Bellingham, WA. Mold removal in Bellingham, WA.

SERVPRO of Bellingham fields numerous calls throughout the course of the work week regarding mold. Mold on window sills, mold around shower stalls, mold in bathrooms, mold behind beds, mold in closets, mold on clothing and textile. Our phone rings a lot because of mold.

The typical mold call is not really meant for us to mobilize and remediate. Most times a simple wipe down with a safe cleanser and a bit of regular air movement can alleviate the issue and keep it from coming back.

Sometimes an ongoing water leak or intrusion is the reason mold has taken hold and more evasive action is needed. SERVPRO of Bellingham is ready, willing and prepared to make these challenges disappear. "Like it never even happened."

Storm Related Roof Leak in Bellingham, WA.

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Related Roof Leak in Bellingham, WA. SERVPRO of Bellingham dries ceilings.

A perfect white ceiling can easily be taken for granted. The same can be said for a water tight roof. SERVPRO of Bellingham was called late one Sunday evening at a time most people refer to as after hours. The funny part about that is that SERVPRO of Bellingham is always open and ready for any type of disaster...even a roof leak. 

Our on call technicians were able to quickly diagnose and advise the owners of the steps necessary to address this problem and begin the drying process. 

We've scene it all over the past 41 years and we will see even more over the next 41 years.

Heavy Rain and High Winds in Bellingham, WA.

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Heavy Rain and High Winds in Bellingham, WA. A roof leak, wet insulation and a dropped ceiling in Bellingham, WA.

The Pacific Northwest is a beautiful place to live, raise children and do business. We have four seasons and moderate high and low temperatures. What we do have in large volume is wind and rain.

The smallest leak in a roof can result in a huge amount of damage and the added ingredient of wind only compounds the problem. SERVPRO of Bellingham fields many calls throughout the fall and winter from our good friends with roofs, windows, doors and, well, any structure. 

This particular project was a surprise for the new tenant. We were called to assess the problem and address the drying of the structure. We also performed some demo and cleanup. 

Commercial Cleaning in Bellingham, WA

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Cleaning in Bellingham, WA A thorough commercial cleaning in Bellingham, WA.

SERVPRO of Bellingham can do many things. We dry out homes and businesses after floods, clean structures and contents after fires, disinfect, deodorize and just plain old scrub.

The key to cleaning is in the details. Sometimes the plan is to prep for paint and sometimes a simple old fashion scrubbing with SERVPRO branded cleaning agents is what the plan calls for. 

In a local project we were called to clean the ducting system that works hard for the client and needed some TLC. We set up our crew and got work. The focus and planning paid off in the end. Satisfied clients and proud employees.

Cleaning a Pole Building Ceiling

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Cleaning a Pole Building Ceiling Massive Ceiling Clean

A minor roof leak soon proved to be a major problem when microbial growth and wet insulation was found. 

SERVPRO of Bellingham was called out to clean and disinfection the structure as well as the actual roof materials. We utilized scissor lifts, full face respirators, gloves, tyvex suits and the proper safety harness or fall arrest gear. 

Our job was to get into the is structure clean and get out as quickly as possible, so we worked diligently throughout the weekend and after hours to make it "like it never even happened."

The clients could not have been more pleased with the results of the project or with the tight schedule we were able to keep.

It gets everywhere

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage It gets everywhere Inside the closet too!

Soot.

SERVPRO of Bellingham is a leader in the cleaning and restoration industry and we see the most incredible things when fire damages homes or offices.

Our well trained crew opened a closet knowing they were going to see soot and they were correct. Every items inside the closest had left it's print on the painted shelving below and fire particulate had filled in all of the blank spaces.

We know that every surface in a home affected by fire will need to be cleaned. This includes the front, back, bottom, top, side, inside and outside. 

Who knew there were so many sides?

Finding and Cleaning Mold

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Finding and Cleaning Mold Mold or Microbial Growth?

A slow leak might not be obvious at first, but at the first sight of microbial growth it becomes quite obvious.

Our techs at SERVPRO of Bellingham lead the charge to eraticate mold from behind the insulation and helped to detect where the actual leak was occurring, so that the roofing professionals could address the issue from the outside.

The insulation was pulled down from the roof  leaving the back side of the sheathing and the mold that was growing there. Through hard work and the proper protocol we were able to get this project back on track and create more happy customers. 

Did you know?

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Did you know? SERVPRO of Bellingham. Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

One of the most common mistakes made when drying down a home or commercial space is not thinking about the duct work and leaving water and/or moisture in the ducts.

Our crew at SERVPRO of Bellingham was working in a crawlspace of a home in Ferndale, Washington when they found a hidden danger.

The hidden danger is water left in ducting can feed the mold spores and create an environment that is no longer safe.

Our crew always takes the extra precaution of disengaging the ducts and informing our customers of the need to have an HVAC professional come back to re-engage and clean the ducts themselves. 

Water Damage

5/9/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Thermal Imaging is a savior when used correctly.

At SERVPRO of Bellingham we specialize in helping people and businesses with a number of issues, but our most common job to be contacted for is water damage. A faulty supply line to a refrigerator caused massive damage to a beautiful home in Bellingham, WA. Our initial call was to investigate cupping in hardwood floor. Our technician quickly diagnosed a much larger problem.

The water had to been leaking under the hardwood floor and had quickly spread to the surrounding rooms and walls. The use of Thermal Imaging helped us to find the affected areas before we stated demolition and allowed us to have a scope in mind well before the actual hard work started.

These tools of the trade can be the difference between success and failure.

Not our first rodeo

4/4/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Not our first rodeo Wet Crawlspace

A failed hot water heater brought SERVPRO of Bellingham out to a home in Everson, Wa. The carpet and sheetrock were wet, the trim had to detached and the laminate flooring needed to be removed, but the real work was under the house.

We work in crawlspaces on regular basis. We see all sorts of things including animals, clothing, old building materials and mud. One of the main culprits of water and moisture retention is insulation. Our job is to get into the crawlspace and remove the wet insulation.

We also see a lot of prior water damage. This home was like many other that we have seen. The water damage that took place before the current hot water tank failure was easy to spot. 

Luckily, we were able to document the issues and bring them to owner's attention.