Recent Storm Damage Posts

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!

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. 

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.

Flooded basement in Bellingham, Washington.

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

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.

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

6/26/2018 (Permalink)

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.

Storm Related Roof Leak in Bellingham, WA.

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

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.

Heavy Rain and High Winds in Bellingham, WA.

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

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. What we found when we arrived certainly meant that some work was getting done that day. We also performed some demo and cleanup. 

Snow Storm

12/27/2017 (Permalink)

The green truck awaits a winter sprinkling of snow

The freezing level has fallen and the dark clouds have moved in. Now what?

We here in the Pacific Northwest are always ready for rain but always ready for snow. Here are a couple things to keep in mind as the fluffy wet cold white stuff starts to fall across our region

Let's think safety first.

  • Rock salt or more environmentally safe products to melt ice on walkways
  • Sand to improve traction
  • Snow shovels and other snow removal equipment
  • Sufficient heating fuel, like dry, seasoned wood for your fireplace or wood-burning stove
  • Adequate clothing and blankets to keep you warm

Next do you have a plan?

  • Make a family emergency plan — Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to know how you will contact one another, how you will get back together and what you will do in case of an emergency
  • Listen to a NOAA Weather or other local news channels for critical information from the National Weather Service and be alert to changing weather conditions

Be smart and think about everyone and everything in the family.

  • Minimize travel, but keep a disaster supplies kit in your vehicle
  • Bring pets/companion animals inside during winter weather
  • Move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas with non-frozen drinking water

These few steps will help minimize any hardship as the snow storm closes in on us. 

Ice Dam

5/8/2017 (Permalink)

The water damage that resulted from the melting snow and the subsequent ice dam.

The dreaded ICE DAM. Our weather here in Whatcom County was the perfect breeding ground for an ice dam.

An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms on a roof and prevents melting snow/ice (water) from draining off the roof. With nowhere else to go, and with freezing at night and melting during the day, the water will eventually back up behind the dam and ultimately leak into the home causing severe damage to roof shingles, ceilings, walls, insulation, and more. If damage from an ice dam goes unnoticed in an attic, there is also a potential for mold/mildew to form.

Thankfully our weather is rarely perfect for ice dams, but when it is know that SERVPRO of Bellingham is here to help.