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Crawl Space in Bellingham Washington

4/8/2020 (Permalink)

Disable Sump Pump Hotel Crawlspace in Bellingham Washington

The hospitality industry in Belligham Washington is under constant pressure for rooms and availability, so when a water damage happens it is imperative that a speedy recovery occurs.

SERVPRO of Bellingham helped this hotel with a wet crawlspace caused by a failed sump pump. The lower level of the laundry room and East wing rooms had been inundated with ground water from torrential downpours. 

The sump pump had always kept the rising ground water at bay but when the pump failed it was trouble for the lowest part of the building. 

We installed several pumps, extracted water from rooms and began the restoration process.  

Commercial Water Damage in Ferndale, WA

3/30/2020 (Permalink)

Ferndale Water Damage Large Water Pipe Disconnected in Ferndale Washington

A commercial water damage can put business in a tail spin. Our goal at SERVPRO of Bellingham is to get that business up and going as quickly as possible. The owner rely on being available and the employees need the business to be open in order to provide services and products.

The call came in after hours and our on call technicians were able to address the initial call within 30 minutes. They extracted almost 300 gallons of water and set equipment to stabilize the environment. 

Our crew arrived early the next morning to begin taking the steps of drying and content manipulation. A large part of what we do is moving office furniture, file cabinets etc. in an effort to open up the wet affected areas to dry air, dehumidification, and air movement.

Our team was able to address the issue early, minimize the time materials were wet and quickly get production back to full capacity. 

After Hours Extraction in Bellingham Washington

3/30/2020 (Permalink)

A coffee maker caused a large commercial water damage SERVPRO of Belligham Ready to Extract Water

The after hours call line lit up one evening due to a plumbed in coffee maker. The water line failed on the third story of a historic downtown building. Three full levels were inundated with water eventually filling a portion of the basement.

We set pumps in the basement and began extraction on the other floors. Our efforts showed immediate progress and we were on the way to another successful commercial water remediation.

The manipulation of contents was next. The moving of desks, chairs, tables, workspaces and filing cabinets took a better part of a day, but the hard working crew got the job dine in time to start the actual mechanical drying process.

Fans were set along with dehumidifiers, air scrubbers and containment. The following days were spent monitoring the dry down of 100 year old building. We had accomplished our goal and the business was able to stay open returning to normal within the week. 

Commercial Water Damage in Bellingham Washington

1/2/2020 (Permalink)

A commercial building getting dried down A Forward Looking Infrared camera shines light on a commercial drying project in Bellingham, WA.

SERVPRO of Bellingham get calls 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Our on call crew is always prepared for any sized water damage or fire. The major piece to being prepared is having people willing and eager to work outside of normal business hours.

We know this is especially important to our business and commercial customers because any down time can mean lost revenue and lost wages for employees. 

Our goal is to be onsite within an hour and to begin the drying process and environmental stabilization as soon as possible. One of our favorite tools to help us diagnose water issues is a Forward Looking Infrared camera. This amazing tools lets us know where water is and allows us to get right to work with focused drying techniques.

This rainbow of information is extremely helpful in letting us know where to dry.

Communication is Key

1/2/2020 (Permalink)

Communication with Commercial Customers We like to over communicate with our Commercial Customers and utilize their preferred form to update them often

The key to keeping customers happy and informed is communication. SERVPRO of Bellingham works with many business professionals dealing water damages, fires, mold and sewer issues throughout the year. We have found great success asking what people what form of communication points of contact prefer to use while also utilizing many forms of communication when necessary.  

Email and texting are popular options and very good for getting information that needs to be exact and is unwavering in tone, but can sometimes be misconstrued depending on how the intended party reads it and the style with which the author writes.  

Phone calls are great if everyone has time and is ready to devote effort when ready, but we all know that time is money and very precious.

We have found that a combination of communication forms works best especially with our commercial customers. We also know that a hand written card thanking them for their business and trust is truly the communication "cherry" on top.

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.

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. 

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)

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.

Commercial Cleaning in Bellingham, WA

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

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 to work. We systematically cleaned from one end of the space to the other with our ever persistent eye for detail. The focus and planning paid off in the end. Satisfied clients and proud employees.

Cleaning a Pole Building Ceiling

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

Massive Ceiling Clean

A series of small minor roof leaks soon proved to be a major problem when microbial growth and wet insulation was found during a remodel in Bellingham, Wa. 

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.

Unseen Moisture

1/19/2018 (Permalink)

Tools of the Trade

A small water intrusion quickly became a larger issue when hard rains and high winds rolled into Bellingham, WA. 

The owners of the building knew something was certainly wrong but did not know how large the problem truly had become. 

SERVPRO of Bellingham was called out to help address the water issue and also to help develop a plan for drying out the building. 

The first step is always to stop the leak and once the roofer had fixed the leak we began to delve farther into the problems the water had created.

Our well trained skilled technicians were able to find hidden pockets of water throughout the structure and limit the amount of drywall removal by injecting dry hot air into the walls.

The team at SERVPRO proved once again that with the right knowledge and tools we are able to help businesses and building owners limit downtime and repair costs.

Emergency Ready Plan

11/6/2017 (Permalink)

Make a Plan.

Does your office or employer have a plan in place should an emergency occur?

Where do you shut off the water if a supply line fails?

Who should I call if the heat isn't on?

These are just a couple of simply questions that could be easily answered if SERVPRO of Bellingham were to give your office or building an Emergency Ready Plan or ERP. 

We will come out and walk the property, photo document vital shutoffs, and help develop a plan of action should an emergency occur.

The most important part of the ERP is the fact that it starts the planning conversation before the emergency happens. It also helps to get a a business back up and going after an emergency.

This is no cost service we provide to local businesses and building owners.