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House Fire in Bellingham, WA.

1/16/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage House Fire in Bellingham, WA. The fire started on the outside of the home before moving inside and setting off the smoke alarm.

The number one cause of residential home fires is cooking. The numbers show that between 41% to 51% of all fires occur in the kitchen.

Not all fires start in the kitchen. A recycling bin than doubled, wrongly, as an ashtray for cigarettes was the culprit at this home. The fire started in the recycling bin and burned the exterior siding before entering the home through an exterior vent. The fire then began to move into the building envelope, but thankfully the smoke detectors alerted the residents and they were able to contact the fire department.

The fire department arrived shortly there after and was able to douse the flames from out side and keep the fire form having a catastrophic effect on the interior of the home. 

Fire safety and education is helping us reduce the number of total fires and injuries caused during residential fires. Always be on guard.

Commercial Water Damage on San Juan Island

1/16/2019 (Permalink)

Friday Harbor is a beautiful place to visit and our crew was happy to help this business owner get back to life as usual after a water supply line had burst causing extensive water damage to the main floor of the bed and breakfast.

The maritime heritage of the community and it's relationship with the Puget Sound is part of what brings people from all over the world to enjoy the San Juan Islands.

SERVPRO regularly works in the San Juan Islands. We are called out to dry up after water leaks, clean up after severe fires and remediate mold after the moisture issue has been resolved. We know the ferry schedule, how to get things done and how to work with insurance companies on the island.

Office Water Damage in Bellingham, WA.

1/15/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Office Water Damage in Bellingham, WA. Injection drying in an office damaged by water.

We recently received a frantic call early on a Monday morning regarding a flooded office.

Our crew was immediately dispatched to start the drying process and get the business up and going as quickly as possible.

The water came from an office above and the drop down ceilings were soaked. The ceiling tiles were removed, so that the rest of the ceiling could be addressed. Our crew made the right decision to start drying with injection technology. Hot dry air in blown in to wall and ceiling cavities. This allows the business to operate as close to usual as possible while we do our job of drying the water damaged structure.

Time is money and SERVPRO of Bellingham will always go the extra mile to ensure the fastest turn around time in order to get back to business.

Flooded basement in Bellingham, Washington.

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flooded basement in Bellingham, Washington. Leaves and Rain made for a clogged drain.

Heavy rains and strong winds are the hallmark of storms in the Pacific Northwest. Part of the issue with our beautiful landscape is the amount of leaves on the trees. In a storm situation the leaves fall and get blown all over the place. Typically, the rain and the wind is just part of a normal day, but couple those wind and rainy days with a bunch of leaves blocking drain and you have a situation perfect for flooding.

The roads flood, drain get plugged and eventually homes start to flood as the rain has nowhere to go. 

SERVPRO of Bellingham was recently called to help clean up and dry out a finished basement that flooded due to heavy rain and a drain plugged with leaves. We quickly got to work and created a drying environment that expedited the process. The homeowner was happy to have called SERVPRO because our crew work knew what to do and helped them get back to life as normal.

Cooking Fire in Bellingham, Wa

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Cooking Fire in Bellingham, Wa A small fire in the kitchen made the entire house smell.

There are many reasons one might need to call SERVPRO of Bellingham. In this particular situation it was because of a fire in a kitchen. The homeowner was making soup and walked away from the stove for an extended period of time. The fire was small but the damage that followed was extensive. 

The entire house and connected garage smelled of burnt meat and the small particles of soot were everywhere. 

In this picture you can see a tiny soot chain in the corner, but but what you cannot see is the harsh odor that has permeated every nook and cranny, every item of clothing and each and every bit a furniture in the home

SERVPRO of Bellingham has over 40 years of experience with residential fire and cleaning contents. We know how to get rid of odors and staining. Our goal is a happy customer and place to call home again. 

Ice Maker Leak in Bellingham, WA.

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Ice Maker Leak in Bellingham, WA. Supply line to the refrigerator leaked.

The most common mechanical failure we see at SERVPRO of Bellingham is the break in a supply line. This is the line that brings water to an appliance, utility or faucet.

Our crew is on call 24 hours a day 7 days a week to be ready for these emergencies. 

Recently a customer called after hours to have us clean up and dry out a kitchen and living room after a supply line to the refrigerator had failed and sent water all over the floor and on to the wall behind the appliance. 

The crew showed up within 30 minutes and got to work immediately. Tired and impressed by our hard working crew the homeowner observed our handy work from the dry safety of the stairs. 

The ceiling came down after a rain storm in Ferndale, Wa.

6/26/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage The ceiling came down after a rain storm in Ferndale, Wa. A third floor unit with a leaky roof.

Washington State is known for natural beauty, mountains, the Puget Sound and rain. The most common call we receive after a rain storm is for a wet ceiling. In the most extreme cases the ceiling is not only wet, the ceiling is no longer up and has now found a new home on the ground. A ceiling that has come down due to heavy rains and a leaky roof is not only scary but difficult to impossible live with. The roof needs to be repaired and the home needs to be dried out. We have the trained professionals and truckloads of equipment to make this problem "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Bellingham works hard to help our customers get back to life as normal.

A small stove fire in Bellingham, WA.

6/26/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage A small stove fire in Bellingham, WA. A thorough cleaning is part of taking care of a home fire.

Is there really something we can call a "small" fire? 

Not really because even the smallest of fire leaves behind clues that it had been there. The initial inspection shows just how much of the home or commercial space has been affected by the smoke.

Our hard working professionally trained crew knows this and is able to diagnose the issue with a swiftness that only the best can. By reaching into our bags tricks and being willing to do the hard work. Tall ladders, lifts, extenders, the proper and safe products and diligent workers with an eye for detail coupled with an accurate plan of action sets us apart. 

The goal is get our customers lives back to normal as quickly as possible while also doing flawless work. 

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 and mildew. 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, but 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. Contacting a roofing professional to remedy the roof is the first step. Then we can 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.