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Rain Water Damages Wood Floor in Entry. Bellingham, WA.

6/25/2019 (Permalink)

The driving rain of Northwest Washington. We don't get down pours. Our wind driven rain comes in on an angle. Poor planning and design can lead to some unhappy home owners.

Our, unsuspecting client came home after work to find a large puddle of water near the front door. Initially, it was a mystery and we were called to help diagnose the problem. We extracted the water and began to dig into the cause. No water lines were near the issue and the line had yet to be drawn from the rain storm to the damage.

We worked the issue and found that the wind driven rain had forced itself into the home through an imperfectly sealed and door that also lacked protection from the rain. The home owner was thankful we had diagnosed the issues and was able to make thenecessary changes to the entry to erase the issue.

We also saved the hardwood floor!

Residential Fire in Lynden, WA

6/21/2019 (Permalink)

These smoke chains clearly define the fact that a smoldering fire had occurred. We can clean that!

One of the tell tale signs of a fire is the existence of smoke chains in the structure. Smoke will form chains of odor and discoloration in corners, behind doors, and in other hard to reach spots. This creates a situation that makes complete cleaning and odor removal difficult.

Fire and smoke damage can leave a heavy residue on ceilings, walls, furniture, and all other surfaces inside your home or place of business. This residue is a result of partial combustion so it may be just as heavy when you have a small, smoldering event as it is when you have a full blown fire.

Fire and smoke damage is usually more serious than what you see. Smoke travels throughout your home and contaminates every open space or air pockets. SERVPRO of Bellingham cleans both the structure of a building after a fire as well as the contents that survive a fire. 

Snow Storm in Whatcom County

6/21/2019 (Permalink)

Working to keep business in business.

All Hands On Deck is defined as "A call for all members of a ship's crew to come to the deck, usually in a time of crisis."

At no time is this term more applicable to SERVPRO of Bellingham than during a storm situation. Our most recent storm situation was over the winter when a cold front blasted us with sustained freezing temperatures and an unrelenting wind. 

Our crews worked all of hours of the day and throughout many weekends to assist our community in their time of need. 

We worked side by side with other trades to keep our local businesses in business. In these difficult times it truly takes a village and SERVPRO of Bellingham is proud to be a part of this amazing community. 

Water Damaged Stairwell in Bellingham, WA.

6/19/2019 (Permalink)

Water bubbles are commonplace in the water restoration business.

Water has the innate ability to find the path of least resistance. Sometimes that means simply flowing down hill or pooling up in a low lying area and other times it means going under doors and through walls to find a man made riverbed.

A staircase is often the path of least resistance for water and these areas can look like waterfalls if enough water finds it's way to them. 

SERVPRO of Bellingham can help in these times of need and our crews have seen numerous situations that would make a Maintenance Manager lose sleep and gain wrinkles. 

The water damage occurred on the second floor and the stairwell became the path of least resistance as the water flowed downhill cascading down stairs and into building cavities. 

I think you can see where the water helped separate the paint from the drywall.

Basement flood in Eastsound, WA on Orcas Island.

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Bellingham helps out during difficult times. We dry water damaged homes everyday.

A pipe burst in a basement while the owner was on vacation. When they returned the water was running out of the lower level door. This is not the way you want to return from holiday.

Immediately turning off the water and a quick call to the plumber fixed the initial issue, but the real work starts after the leak in fixed.

SERVPRO of Bellingham was the next call to be made. Our crew set up containment, negative pressure, attacked the wet sheet rock, pulled out the laminate flooring, treated the surfaces for microbial growth and began the drying process.

Our clients could not believe how quickly we had started to make a difference.

We took a miserable end to a vacation and began to make a house a home again.

Fire Damaged home in Ferndale, WA.

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

We love to help families during their times in need.

A horrific fire left a family homeless and grasping for memories lost. The insurance company was going to be replacing the structure and most of the household items that were destroyed in the incredibly hot burning fire. 

We met with the family and wlked through what was left of the home in an effort to find something...anything that we could salvage from the ruble. We were able to find a few pieces of jewelry and about half of a set of fire damaged dinnerware. 

Our contents shop is set up for fires, so we knew the chances were quite high for us to be able to clean the plates, bowls and serving platters. The home owners weren't so sure, but gave us the opportunity to "save" some of their family memories.

We were proud to return the family a beautiful memory to move forward with and help them to heal after the traumatic experience.

Commercial Water Damage in Bellingham, WA.

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

The water fountain supply line sprung a leak, so we contained the area to create the optimal drying environment.

SERVPRO of Bellingham is proud of the many relationships we have fostered over the 40 plus years we have been in business. We take great pride in being the "GO TO" restoration company for those clients and they know we are available twenty four hours a day seven days a week. Call us anytime and we will be on the case.

We were recently called out over the weekend to help extract water and begin the drying process for a large multi story, multi tenant commercial building. We were quickly on site with the knowledge, dedication and hard work that is our trademark. 

We took care of the immediate issues and set the plate for the coming days dry down by communicating with all parties involved, creating realistic expectations and going above and beyond for our clients in an emergency situation outside of normal business hours. 

SERVPRO of Bellingham cares about our community

6/10/2019 (Permalink)

The big winner of the SERVPRO of Bellingham Seahawk Prize Pack.

We are proud of the community we call home. The owners have lived and worked in Whatcom County for over 40 years and our employees are raising children, volunteering, coaching and leading in our local communities.

One our favorite non-profits to support in the Boys and Girls Clubs of Whatcom County. We have coached various teams, sponsored events and even volunteered to clean carpets, spruce up the grounds and headed up charity events.

The annual bean bag tournament, or cornhole, is an excellent event to give back and have a great time. We donate to the event by assisting in the planning, donating prizes and creating the annual unique trophies for the winners. We put together a Seahawk prize pack this year and one lucky winner was able to go home with the prize.

We love our community and love giving back. That's "Why SERVPRO."

Freezing Temperatures and Burst Sprinkler Systems in Bellingham, WA.

6/3/2019 (Permalink)

Frozen Sprinkler System in Bellingham, WA.

SERVPRO of Bellingham is known for Fire and Water clean up and restoration. We are also on the front lines when it comes to storm situations.

We have the experience, equipment, technology and work force to assist in many difficult situations. 

The Pacific Northwest has a fairly mild weather pattern, so when temperatures dip below freezing for extended periods of time our buildings are a great risk of having burst pipes, frozen supply lines and solid drain pipes. 

A local hotel was struck by frozen sprinkler lines in the attic. The low points in the dry system where the water pooled had frozen solid and broken the seal where the pipes are joined. The break in the seal created a change in pressure which in turn set off the system. Pressurized water flooded the pipes and found the broken joint sending water down onto the rooms below. 

The sprinklers were shut down and SERVPRO of Bellingham was immediately contacted. Our crew was onsite in under 30 minutes and the drying process had begun. 

When storms hit SERVPRO is there for you.

Water damage in a bathroom in Bellingham, WA.

5/8/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage can't hide from SERVPRO of Bellingham.

The two most common rooms in your home to experience a water damage are the kitchen and the bathroom.

This makes perfect sense when you think of the infrastructure of your home and where water is actually plumbed. 

In this particular home, the bathroom vanity sink was the culprit, but we needed to find out how far the water had intruded into other walls and how far along the floor the water had gone. 

We utilized one of our most important and technologically advanced tools, THE FLIR infrared thermal imaging camera, to diagnose the issue. This allows us to see temperature differences behind walls and materials and allows our trained crew members to make well informed decisions prior to drying and demolition. It's also pretty cool.

When water damage seeps into your home, call SERVPRO of Bellingham to find the problem and dry it out.