Act quickly after a flood to prevent mold

Act quickly after a flood to prevent mold.

If you’re trying to clean up after a home flooding accident, be aware that you’re in a race against mold and bacteria, which can grow quickly in damp environments.  Especially in an inherently wet place like Seattle Washington with relatively high humidity.  It might be a good idea to call a water removal company seattle.

Mold is especially dangerous for people with breathing problems caused by allergies or asthma. But high levels of mold can also cause problems for people who are relatively healthy. Symptoms of mold exposure include wheezing, shortness of breath, sore throats, flu-like aches and pains, and fatigue. Mold isn’t the only threat from flooding. Bacteria may also be a problem if your house was soaked by sewage. Bacteria can cause dangerous gastrointestinal and skin infections.  That’s why it’s important to stop these pathogens before they take hold of your home.

“You’ve really got 24 to 36 hours to work with,” says Rebecca Morley, executive director of the National Center for Healthy Housing, a nonprofit organization that wrote a guide to help residents clean up flooded homes after Hurricane Katrina.

 The good news is that the faster you act, the more you may be able to save.

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DIY Cleanup? Or Call a Seattle Pro?

The first thing to do is to pump out or soak up any standing water. But be careful: If you’ve got several feet of water in a basement, where fuse boxes and other electrical circuitry may be submerged, have emergency workers clear the space before you get to work.

If you have a lot of flood water in the house, Morley, who has been through two floods herself, says hiring help can be a good investment.

The first step is to call a Seattle based professional water removal company.   Premier is a professional water extraction and water removal company.  Available 24/7 to help you with water removal and water damage restoration.

“I had water up to my ankles. My carpet was floating when I got home,” Morley says. “The water removal company has all the heavy equipment that’s needed to dry out a place quickly. They bring in their big fans, their big dehumidifiers.”

You might also need a professional if your house was flooded with sewage, which has an unmistakable smell. Sewage is hazardous and best handled by someone who’s trained.

If its a small flood, how to get started.

  • Start hauling wet things, especially plush items like pillows, upholstered furniture, or curtains out of the house to a place like the garage or the driveway where they can dry. “They are going to be the more challenging things to salvage,” Morley says.
  • Use a shop vac or wet vac to suck water out of soggy carpets.
  • Fans can help get air moving in enclosed spaces, but they may not be enough.
  • Consider renting or buying a dehumidifier to keep moisture levels low in the air in rooms you’re trying to dry. Basements and big areas may require larger, commercial-sized machines. “You want to get as much air movement as possible over the wet areas,” says Arthur Lau, a certified microbial investigator for Microecologies, a national restoration and cleanup company.
  • Remove baseboards and moldings from flooded walls, especially if the walls are made of sheetrock. “Baseboards really prevent the lower few inches of wet walls from drying out, no matter how much air you put on it,” Lau says.
  • Cut small openings along the bases of walls to let air into the wall to dry the back as well as the front of the sheetrock. “The paper covering on sheetrock is on the front and back sides. So you may see nothing on the room-side surface, but you don’t know what’s happening on the backside,” Lau says.

After Mold Starts Growing

If the power has been off for a few days, mold may have already gotten the upper hand by the time you’re really able to start cleaning. Both the CDC and the EPA recommend bringing in a trained professional to clean up mold that covers more than 100 square feet or a 10-foot-by-10-foot area. Some states require contractors that clean up mold to be licensed. At the minimum, anyone you hire should have experience getting rid of mold, references you can call, and liability insurance.

If you’re cleaning a smaller area, you can wash mold off most hard surfaces with a mixture of detergent and hot water. The EPA doesn’t recommend using chlorine bleach or other biocides — chemicals that kill living organisms — to clean up mold unless there are special circumstances, such as a person living in the home who has a weakened immune function.

Save or Toss?

The National Center for Healthy Housing recommends tossing the following items if they look or smell moldy or they’ve been underwater:

  • Carpet, carpet padding, and rugs
  • Upholstered furniture
  • Computers, microwaves, window A/C units, or any appliances that have fans that were sitting in moldy rooms
  • Papers and books
  • Food items, including canned foods if they were in contact with flood waters

Items that can usually be cleaned and saved include:

  • Hard, non-porous items like jewelry, china and dishes, glass, porcelain, and metal
  • Wood furniture, even if it’s moldy, as long as it’s in good condition
  • Some electronics and small appliances, depending on flooding conditions
  • Photographs, books, and valuable legal documents with only small levels of mold
  • Artwork, textiles, or clothing that has no physical damage

Keep in mind that undamaged items may need to be stored away from the house while you dry it out.

Clean hard surfaces that have small amounts of mold with detergent and “as little water as possible,” Morley says. “The most important thing is to keep things dry,” she says.

Also, if you can see mold growing, you should take precautions to keep from breathing it in. Wear an N95 respirator mask, which can be purchased at hardware stores. You may also want to consider heavy work boots and puncture-resistant gloves to protect your hands and feet from sharp objects if you’re also dealing with debris.

How long before mold sets in? -Professional water removal

How long before mold sets in? -Professional water removal 

Premier has performed many water removal jobs, for many different types of water damage restoration emergencies throughout Seattle Washington.  We know the value of working fast to remove water, but often though who wait can suffer the consequence of mold growth both under the hardwood floor or in places like cabinets.  Without fast water extraction, you are at danger of dangerous mold growth.  How long can you wait?  This is a tricky question.

When performing professional water removal work on some projects that had been wet for two or three days when we arrived, there was minimal indication of microbial growth.

If there were any indications, it was usually that “musty” odor, which we know are microbiological volatile organic compounds (MVOCs). We normally associate these odors with mold growth after a flood emergency.

From the 2002 New York City Guidelines of Assessment and Remediation of Fungi in Indoor Environments, the inference was that mold would begin to grow in 24 to 48 hours. That statement was removed in the 2008 version. Additionally, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in its publication, Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings, references the time line of 24 to 48 hours to prevent mold growth and states that “even if materials are dried within 48 hours, mold growth may have occurred.”

While both publications do not specifically state that mold begins to grow in 24 to 48 hours, this is the generally accepted time frame used by water damage responders to determine when mold begins to grow.

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How long to wait for professional water removal?

The bottom line is, not long.  Luckily Premier offers 24 hour emergency service day or night.  You can contact us anytime if you experience any kind of water damage emergency.  Our fast and friendly team will get to your Seattle property and get it dry before Mold can set in place.  So call right away at  (253) 455-7508

 

How to Remove and Replace Wet Flooded Drywall

Water Damage Cleanup | How to Remove and Replace Wet Flooded Drywall

If you have ever stepped into your home and witnessed a flooded room, you know the panic that can set in.  Take a deep breath, we are here to help! We will show you how to remove and replace that drywall.  Although, if the job seems too daunting, and something you would rather leave to the professionals, call Premier Water Extraction right away, and we can not only extract the remaining water from your Seattle property, but our water damage restoration team is standing by 24/7 to help repair the flood damage.  Contact us or call (253) 336-8711

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Before you step into that basement or flooded room, always be sure the power is shut off.  Standing water can carry dangerous current, even from exposed outlets.  Always be safe before anything else.

STEP ONE: MARK

The water damage will be visible on your drywall, and makes an unfortunate but fairly clear line on the wall. Mark a cut line six to 12 inches above that using either a laser level or marking around the room at a uniform height above the floor. Then snap a chalk line. This might seem unnecessarily fussy at this point when all you’re trying to do is remove soggy drywall to ventilate the wall. But a neat job now will greatly speed the installation of replacement drywall.

STEP TWO: PLACE TARPS

Place a tarp at the base of the wall to catch debris. The tarp is a smooth surface that will keep the damaged area cleaner and make it easier to scoop debris off the floor.

STEP THREE: CUT

Cut along the line with a sharp utility knife.

STEP FOUR: PUNCTURE

Take a framing hammer and knock a hole in the drywall that will allow you to reach through to the other side. Make sure you do this between the studs, and below the cutline so that you’re damaging the drywall that you’re going to remove anyway.

STEP FIVE: REMOVE AND TEST

First, remove the plates from your electrical outlets and pry off baseboard trim. Next, wearing gloves, reach into the hand hole and pull the drywall away from the studs. The first couple of bays will be difficult. Once you’ve opened a large area, use a flat bar, hammer, or a flat-nosed shovel to pry the drywall away from the studs.

While you’re doing this, check for dampness on the exterior walls. Get your hand in the insulation. Your goal here is to remove the drywall up to the point where the insulation is dry, so that anything that gets damp is replaced. So if the insulation still feels wet where you made your first cut line, make another test cut higher up the wall.

NOTE: Removal of electrical cable, outlets, and outlet boxes (and their replacement) should be left to a licensed electrician.

STEP SIX: TRANSPORT

Transport the debris outside. The ideal is that you already have a Dumpster, dump truck, or garbage hauler so that you won’t have to remove the debris twice. If that’s not possible, pile the debris on the ground and cover it with a tarp to keep it from getting wetter and heavier. Weigh the tarp down or stake it in place do it doesn’t blow away.

Remember that drywall is heavy—especially waterlogged drywall. But there are several ways to move it. One is to slide it inside a tarp. Large chunks can also be placed in a wheelbarrow or dropped into a plastic garbage can, which you can slide out of the house or carry on a hand truck.

Whatever you do, figure out debris transport before you cut your first piece of drywall and you’ll have an easier time overall.

STEP SEVEN: DISPOSE OF THE REMAINDER

Cut away soggy fiberglass insulation and stuff it into contractor trash bags. Remove drywall screws by backing them out or snapping them off. Same goes for drywall nails.

STEP EIGHT: VENTILATE

Fans speed evaporation and reduce the chance of condensation forming inside walls and the formation of mold.

POST-FLOOD INSTALLATION

To put your Seattle walls back together after the flood, you’ll need to have an electrician replace outlets and wiring, and perhaps the receptacle boxes as well. At PM, it’s always been our view that a homeowner who does his or her homework is competent to do basic electrical work, but flood damage is a special case. Flood-damaged electrical materials should be replaced by a pro, who can also evaluate the home’s grounding and bonding system. After that’s done, you can move on to replacing the insulation you cut out and hanging new drywall.

To do that, cut each piece of replacement insulation so that it firmly butts against the piece above. Staple it in place. Next, cut the replacement piece of drywall and screw it to the studs. Use one screw on each side of the joint (that is, one screw in the new drywall and one screw on the older piece of drywall above). Spread taping compound on the seam and embed paper tape in the compound. Properly embedded paper tape is strong and easy to apply. Strike off excess drywall compound with a 6 in. knife and let the compound dry. Sand off ridges and bumps before applying the next layers of compound.

If all this sounds like a bit more than you can handle and you live in the Seattle Wa area, we can help.   Here at Premier Seattle Water Damage Restoration, we understand your dilemma.  We deal with flood damage repair and water damage restoration every day.  Thats why we are standing by to help you get your Seattle property back to its original state 24/7.  Skip the hassle of messy and often uneven DIY work and let us help, Call today (253) 336-8711

7 Critical Safety Tips when your Seattle Basement Floods

7 Safety Tips for Basement Flooding and Flood Restoration.

There’s no doubt a flooded basement is aggravating, inconvenient and costly. Unfortunately, we need to add “potentially dangerous” to that list. Here are a few tips to help you stay safe and on the road to flood restoration.   The first step is to get on the phone and call a professional water extraction team.  If you are in the Seattle area, call Premier Emergency Flood Water Removal Services at  (253) 642-1025.

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1. If your basement is flooded because of widespread flooding, be careful of structural issues.

Floods can shift massive amounts of earth, leaving foundations unsupported. Waterlogged soil also tends be to far less stable than dry soil. What does that mean for you? The water in your flooded basement may be doing more to hold up your foundation than the ground around it. If you pump it out too soon, the foundation could shift, doing serious damage to your home. If you have any doubt about the structural state of your home, call Premier.  It will be worth every penny if it saves you from injury or costly structural repairs.

2. Make absolutely sure the electricity is off.

It’s just plain common sense that if there’s any possibility the water in your basement is in contact with a live electric current, you should not enter the water. Still, you need to take full precautions. Don’t assume if the power is out in your area it will stay off for any length of time. Imagine what would happen if power were restored suddenly while you’re knee deep in water that’s covering an outlet. One solution is to shut off your main breaker box, but only do so if you can reach it without standing in water or on any wet surfaces. If in doubt, don’t touch it. If you can’t shut off power yourself, call your power company and have them shut off service to your home until you have everything dried out.

3. Use generators and pumps wisely.

With no power to your home, you’ll need a generator or gas powered pump to remove the water. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully, and locate the generator or pump as far from your home as you can to avoid fumes coming into the house. Never run a generator or motorized pump inside your home no matter how good the ventilation seems; deadly carbon monoxide buildup can result.

4. Look out for flammable substances.

Seattle is a wet place, if you’re the victim of a regional disaster, floodwaters may have carried gasoline or other flammable chemicals into your basement, and any type of flooding could release flammable chemicals stored in your home. Watch out for fumes from these substances. Flooding can also shift natural gas lines or damage propane equipment, releasing gas into your home. If you smell any of these chemicals, especially gas, evacuate immediately.

5. Suit up.

Make sure you’re wearing boots with a good grip and thick soles. Not only will you have “slippery when wet” conditions to deal with, you may find mold or mildew adding to the slip hazard if it’s been some time since the flooding occurred. Keep in mind that you can’t be sure what the water has moved around, so be careful where you step. At a minimum, you should be wearing rubber gloves to protect your hands from contaminants. Depending on how deep the water is, you may need other waterproof clothing. Make sure that you wash your skin thoroughly with soap if you come into contact with standing water from your basement. A mask may be necessary if there has been time for mold to grow in the flooded area.

6. Check water supply.

This step is best left to a professional like Premier Emergency flood restoration in Seattle . If any part of your water supply system has been submerged in the flood, it may be contaminated with chemicals, dirt, mold or bacteria. Have it checked out to ensure the system is clean.

One last tip

When in doubt, call a professional Flood Damage Restoration Service in Seattle.  Premier Emergency Water Removal is Seattle’s leader in water extraction and flood damage cleanup.  Contact Call (253) 642-1025 or contact us now

Top Reasons for Seattle Flood Damage

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Top Reasons for Seattle Flood Damage

Beautiful Seattle Wa is known for many things, including its love/hate relationship with water.  From sustaining rain, to coastlines and pristine mountain lakes, Seattle has more water than most cities.  Unfortunately for some, even newly built Seattle homes and businesses are sometimes vulnerable to flood damage.   According to the FEMA, water damage from floods is one of the most common and costly hazards in the U.S. Recent statistics by the NFIP (National Flood Insurance Program) cite a 1 in 4 chance of flood damage in high-risk areas over the course of the average 30-year mortgage. Sadly, for many Seattle home and business owners, losses due to water damage from flood are not covered under your typical insurance policy.

Storms, sustained rainfall, snow melt, and ice are all contributors to Seattle’s flooding problems. Flooding also occurs due to overburdened or clogged sewage and drainage systems, urbanization (such as paving), even old and rusted pipes can burst in cold weather. Flooding can occur quickly and sometimes silently.

How can flood damage affect your Seattle home or business?

-Electrical damage and risks
-Health and safety risks.

Flood damage produces health and safety risks including:

-Structural damage
-Sharp glasses and metals
-Sanitary hazards and diseases from standing water
-Contaminated drinking water
-Defunct drainage and sewage systems
-Cut off communications
-Road and bridge destruction
-Landslides
-Damaged crops
And so much more…

Injury and loss of life

The most devastating affect flooding can have on you or your business is loss of life. Flash floods are the number one weather-related killer in the U.S., claiming the lives of people, pets, livestock, and wild animals alike.

Stress

It may seem obvious, but Flood damage victims can experience intense stress. Including anxiety, depression, fear, anger, frustration, sadness, and grief. These symptoms can interfere with relationships, cause trouble sleeping, depress appetite, and more. That’s why mental health professionals are kept on hand when FEMA and Red Cross respond to flood-related disasters.
Property damage.
Ninety percent of damage related to all natural disasters is caused by water damage due to flood. Homes, businesses, vehicles, belongings, equipment… Nothing is immune. Just a few inches of water could cause major damage to the contents of your home or business, not to mention buildings and land.

Financial

Not all insurance companies and policies cover water damage resulting from flooding, which can put a huge strain on flood damage victims financially. The cost of all flooding in the U.S. for 2011 alone was over $8.5 billion. Ensure you have proper flood insurance for your home or business by verifying your current level of coverage today. It can take years for affected communities to be re-built and life to return to normal.
Have you suffered from flood damage?
Property damage from flood water of all kinds requires fast action. Don’t wait on flood damage cleanup, Call Premier Flood Damage Restoration Services in Seattle Wa at (253) 263-1915. Premier can help you regain controls and piece of mind when a flood damage emergency occurs. Premier will get your property dry and back to normal quickly and efficiently.

What to do if Sewage Backed up – 4 Easy Steps

Has Sewage backed up into your home or office?

Here are 4 easy steps to take after you have sewage back up into your area.

After you have a sewage back up issue in your home of office, the most important cleanup steps are to restore the environment to a dry state and salvage any valuable property. The longer that sewage is allowed to remain in your home, the greater the potential for damage to your home and its contents, and for health problems to develop for your family.

Here are some items you want to have on hand in case you have a sewer backup:

Bucket, bleach, rubber gloves, sponge
Avoid direct contact with sewage, and be particularly careful of your face and eyes.
Always wear protective rubber gloves, eyewear, and boots, and be especially careful if you have cuts or open sores. Rain gear is also advisable.

Step 1. – Safety

  • Turn off electrical power in the area that has been flooded if there is any chance of electrical wires, extension cords, or electrical appliances or fixtures coming in contact with standing water or wet materials
  • Vacate sewage-contaminated areas right away. Areas of sewage spill should not be occupied by people who are not wearing appropriate protective equipment as they are dangerous.
  • Make the Call: Call a professional 24/7 sewage clean up company like Premier Seattle Restoration immediately.  Call (253) 642-1025

You should assume that any surface or material touched by sewage is contaminated. 

Watch out: Unless you are wearing appropriate safety gear, do not enter confined spaces that have been contaminated with sewage, as toxic, flammable or asphyxiating or even explosive gases including methane and hydrogen sulfide as well as airborne pathogens may be present.

 Step 2: Turn off source.  

If there are measures that can be taken to stop continued sewage entry or water spread through the building, such as stopping a toilet, or water line to the house/building.

  • Stop flushing toilets
  • Turn off running water that is sending water into the drain system (clothes washer, sinks etc)
  • Open windows for ventilation.

If the sewage or wastewater are being spread by water from a burst plumbing supply or hot water heating pipe, turn off the water to the building and if needed for safety or to stop further you may also need to turn off the (hot water or steam) heating system.

Items that have been soaked and are not salvageable may best be placed outdoors. By removing wet and contaminated materials from the building it may be easier to inspect, repair leaks, and clean the building itself.

Watch out: do not handle sewage-contaminated materials without proper personal safety protection: there are bacterial, pathogenic, respiratory and infection hazards.

  • Remove sewage-contaminated contents: carpeting, upholstered furniture, curtains, wet books and similar items should be discarded.It may be possible to salvage valuable area carpets by professional cleaning and disinfection. Be sure to inform the carpet cleaning service that the area carpet was sewage-flooded. But wall to wall carpets and carpet padding that have been contaminated with sewage should be discarded.
  • Protect nearby dry, un-contaminated building contents from sewage contamination by moving them to clean dry areas outside the threat-area.

Watch out: generally we do not move already-contaminated building contents into a clean building area – doing so will simply expand the necessary scope and cost of building cleaning and disinfection. But where temporarily moving items outdoors is not practical, it may make sense to move wet or contaminated items that are to be salvaged into a concrete or tiled floor garage or similar area.

Items there can be later removed for cleaning and the clean-up of a hard-surfaced floor will be less troublesome than other surfaces.

If necessary get help from your local emergency authorities such as fire department and health department both for emergency response (such as pumping a flooded basement) or further building safety assessment.

Step 3: sewage backup or spill cleanup

  • Act promptly.Watch out: The longer that sewage waters remain in a building or on its contents the greater the chance of spreading illness or disease and the greater the chance of causing a costly mold contamination problem in addition to the sewage problem. High indoor moisture caused by standing water can cause mold contamination to form on other building surfaces even if they were not directly wet by the sewage spill.Don’t panic: while prompt action is needed as we just explained, don’t be in such a rush that you do something dangerous.
  • Call a professional sewage clean up authority – Call Call (253) 642-1025 and speak with a Seattle Sewage Cleanup Professional who can help you get your home or office back to normal.
  • Notify your municipal authority or sewer department if your home is connected to a public sewer.
  • Contact your local health department for advice if your home is connected to a private septic system.

Step 4.  Contact Insurance Company

At this point you will want to notify your insurance agent and let them know about the sewage back up that has potentially damaged your home and property.  Luckily Premier Sewage Clean up and repair accepts most insurance, we will work with you to make sure the sewage cleaning process is seamless, start to finish.

Step 4: prevent a sewage backup recurrence

Disturbing as it may sound, we find that some buildings suffer chronic flooding, leaks, sewage backups and spills. It makes sense to do more than just clean-up a sewage spill: one needs to identify and repair the underlying problem that caused the sewage overflow, spill or backup.

  • Call a professional / licensed plumber if you need help with drain de-clogging or broken drain repair
  • Maintain the septic system: Watch out: for homes connected to a private septic system, proper septic tank maintenance, particularly pumping the septic tank on schedule is a key step in preventing septic system failure & backups.

The root cause of a sewage backup may be a simple single-event toilet overflow, a chronic

drain clog or private septic system, or even a natural disaster or area flooding.  Hire a licensed plumber to investigate the issue and have it fixed.

 

You now should be covered in case of a sewer back up emergency.  If you live in the Seattle Area, Premier Restoration is the leader in Sewage Clean Up Service and will get your property healthy and back to normal in no time.

Contact us Today or Call Call (253) 642-1025 and speak with a Seattle Sewage Cleanup Professional who can help you get your home or office back to normal.

Water in Basement – 8 Water damage cleanup tips you need to know.

What to do if my house floods!? – 8 Helpful Tips for Water Damage Cleanup

Water damage cleanup is a highly technical process, so it’s normal to have questions about how the process works. The following are commonly asked questions by our Seattle area flood damage repair customers:

Water Damage Cleanup Seattle Residentsn prevent, which decreases restoration costs and protects your home from further house flood damage. You still want to call your insurance company to make a claim, but you should not wait for an adjuster to arrive before calling Premier Water Damage Cleanup.

HOW DOES THE WATER DAMAGE CLEANUP PROCESS WORK?

Water damage cleanup is a multi-phase process. The first step is to remove all standing water from flooring, wet carpet and other affected materials. Once the water is removed, dehumidifiers and other specialized equipment are used to dry the areas. This can take multiple days, depending on the amount of water and spaces involved. After the process is complete, we use moisture meters and thermal imaging cameras (when applicable) to make sure your home is thoroughly dry. Fixing water damage may also involve drywall removal, carpet cleaning, wood floor repair, odor control, air duct cleaning and mold removal.

HOW LONG SHOULD WATER DAMAGE CLEANUP TAKE?

Full water damage restoration consists of two major phases. The first, mitigation, consists of demolition, cleaning and drying out the structure and belongings. This phase usually takes no more than 3 – 4 days. The second phase, repairs, can range from a few days to a couple of weeks depending on the degree of damage and lead time of materials such as carpeting, cabinets, or other flooring materials. Your Premier Restoration project manager will work closely with you and your insurance company to develop a full timeline for your mitigation and repairs so that your property is back to normal as quickly as possible.

HOW MUCH DOES WATER DAMAGE CLEANUP COST?

The cost of water damage cleanup depends on the size of the flooded area and amount of time needed to handle the water damage repair. If your insurance policy covers water damage restoration, you are typically only responsible for the deductible. Because water can move so quickly and be extremely destructive, if not promptly removed with the right equipment, there can be even bigger problems like mold growth and even structural damage. When done properly, fixing water damage can take several days and many man-hours to complete, which have varying costs.

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT CATEGORIES OF WATER?

Clean water – poses no harm to people. This includes water damage caused by a sink or bathtub overflow or an appliance malfunction, such as a water heater or washing machine.
Gray water – can cause harm and illness to people. This category includes water that has a significant amount of contamination, which can be chemical, physical and/or biological.
Black water – can cause severe illness to people. Black water is very unsanitary and contains pathogenic agents coming from other contaminated water sources. Black water can come from seawater, ground surface water and sewage backups.

CAN FLOOD DAMAGE OR WATER CAUSE MOLD?

Water flood damage certainly has the potential to cause mold growth. Because mold thrives in moist environments, any place that is wet (and especially humid) is a perfect place for mold to grow. If you ignore the moisture, mold can begin to grow within 24-48 hours. It’s very important to take immediate action when you experience house flood damage of any type!

WHAT ARE THE MAJOR CAUSES OF FLOOD DAMAGE AND WATER DAMAGE?

House flood water damage can be caused by a variety of factors, requiring you to find a reliable company to fix water damage. Some of these include heavy rain storms, burst or leaky pipes and malfunctioning appliances. House floods can also occur as a result of roof leaks and from defective gutters and downspouts which can cause water damage in your basement or crawlspace.

CAN WATER DAMAGE BE HIDDEN? IF SO, WHAT ARE THE SIGNS?

Some signs of hidden house flood damage include peeling paint and wallpaper, visible mold, moisture and condensation, musty odors, and moisture or dampness in your carpet or other flooring.

Contact Us today for a free estimate.  Call (253) 642-1025

Why is Seattle so rainy? Be prepared for flood restoration.

Seattle has a reputation for being fairly rainy and there is data that corroborates that characterization. But it’s not as clear cut as you may think, and there are places in the U.S. that receive more rain.  Seattle experiences an average of 152 rainy days a year, which is more than most cities across the U.S. A rainy day is defined as a calendar day in which at least 0.01 inches of rain, or melted snow and ice, falls.  The amount of rain that falls, however, is typically not that much. In fact, Seattle typically sees only five days a year with at least 1 inch of accumulating precipitation.

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Where there is rain, there is often flooding.

When water gets into your home or basement it might be time to contact Professional Flood Restoration for your Seattle home or business.  At the very least, as a Seattle Resident keeping (253) 263-1915 handy in your phone could be a lifesaver.

Seattle’s Rainy Stats

Given the low amount of rain the falls each rainy day, it is no surprise that the average annual rainfall in the Emerald City is only 37.18 inches. This is lower than much of the Eastern and Southern U.S., as well as portions of the Midwest.

Portland, Oregon, is one of the few cities that sees more days with measurable rainfall, about 155 days, but it actually receives slightly less rain than Seattle: 36.20 inches.

The Olympic Rain Shadow is one of the reasons for the lack of hefty rainfall totals in the Seattle area. Basically, when moisture encounters the Olympic Mountains, west of Seattle, the mountains force the air upward. As the air moves upward, it condenses and moisture is squeezed out. Then as the air comes down the eastern slopes, it sinks and becomes drier. This leaves less moisture in the atmosphere east of the mountains, where Seattle is located.

Cities in the Northeast that receive notably more rainfall than Seattle include New York, which sees an average of 49.92 inches per year but that rainfall occurs over 122 days. In other words, New York enjoys the equivalent of a month of additional dry days compared to Seattle, but picks up about a foot of additional rainfall.

Atlanta and Charleston, South Carolina, also see about 50 inches of rain per year and experience 113 rainy days per year, with 15 of those measuring at least 1 inch of rainfall.

What Does it mean for my Home?

Luckily if you experience a leak or if rain water rushes into your damaged foundation, there is a Flood Restoration team ready to help you.  Premier Flood Restoration Seattle, can help remove the rain water or flood water, and get your property drying out as fast as possible.  This gives you piece of mind in knowing your family or employees will be safe and your home will be back to normal in no time.  Call Premier now if you experience a flood damage emergency. (253) 263-1915

What to do if your Seattle house floods.

9 Steps if your Seattle House Floods!

Whether a flood is caused by ground water, falling water, or home water system malfunction, there are some best practices you’ll need to employ within the first 24 hours after the flood to ensure the safety of your home and family and give you the best outcome possible with your insurance company.  A Professional Flood Restoration company like Premier Seattle will be critical to ensuing your safety!  Here are some tips to ensure you get your home back to normal as efficiently as possible.

Avoid Additional Risks

If the flood was serious enough for you to leave your home, be sure you stay safe upon your return. The Federal Emergency Management Agency warns that you should check for any visible structural damage, such as warping, loosened or cracked foundation elements, cracks, and holes before entering the home and contact utility companies if you suspect damage to water, gas, electric, and sewer lines.

In addition, it’s important to have a working flashlight and turn off all water and electrical sources within the home, says Dr. Maurice A. Ramirez, author of “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Disaster Preparedness.” Even if the power isn’t operational, it’s a good idea to go to your fuse box and turn off the main, plus all of the individual fuse connections. That way, if the power is reactivated, you’re not at risk for mixing standing water and electricity.

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Take Pictures

Before you remove any water or make any repairs, fully document the damage for your insurer by taking photos or video.  If you start removing water or making repairs before you photograph the damage, you could potentially decrease the extent of your coverage.

Protect Your Health

Even if the water in your home is clear, it could be contaminated by sewage or household chemicals. It is recommended that you wear waders, hip- or waist-high waterproof boots. In addition, wear rubber gloves to remove water-damaged possessions and to avoid contaminants. Be sure to throw out any food that may have come into contact with flood waters. FEMA recommends boiling water until authorities declare the water supply is safe.  Premier can get you a 24/7 Flood Restoration response to help get these items cleaned.  Our experienced services will help you regain piece of mind.

Call Your Insurance Company

Since you should notify your insurer soon as possible after the flood, it’s a good idea to keep your insurance company and local agent’s phone number in your always-ready emergency bag. (Note that the NFIP works through private insurance companies, so you contact your insurer just as you would for any other type of claim). In cases where a flood has affected a region or community, your agent may be busy handling his or her own flood restoration issues. In that case, contact the insurance company’s headquarters.

Since groundwater flood damage typically isn’t covered by conventional homeowners insurance policies, you’ll need to work with your insurer to determine the cause of the flood and the extent of your coverage.

Advise your insurance representative of the state of your home and any repairs you intend to do immediately. Be sure to follow the insurance company’s direction about whether or not to wait for an adjuster to inspect the property before making repairs, says Ramirez. Document the damage and conversations at every stage of the process.

What can you expect in terms of time to get back to normal? It could be as little as one week if the claim and clean up is minimal to five to six months if you’re working with an insurance adjuster and contractor to complete extensive repairs.

Find Out if You’re in a Disaster Area

Once a region has been officially declared a “disaster area” by government authorities, property owners have access to increased resources, including public services to protect and remediate the area. In addition, you may have access to financial assistance. Your insurance company will have additional information on this or you can contact FEMA directly.

Remove Water

Its critical to remove the standing water in your home in a fast efficient way.  Call  (253) 263-1238 to get 24/7 emergency flood damage restoration service started to remove the flood water.

Mitigate Mold Damage

Mold can develop within 24 to 48 hours of a flood, says Ashley Small of FEMA, so we remove wet contents, including carpeting and bedding, as soon as possible. If an item has been wet for less than 48 hours, it may be salvageable. However, you’ll need to decide whether it holds enough monetary or sentimental value to try to do so. And notify your insurance company before removing items to ensure that you’re not affecting coverage. Always photograph the flood-soaked items.

Rugs, for example, may be dried and then cleaned professionally.

Mold growth can be controlled on surfaces by cleaning with a non-ammonia detergent or pine oil cleaner and disinfecting with a 10% bleach solution. (Caution: Never mix ammonia and bleach products, as the resulting fumes can be highly toxic.) Always test this solution on a small area of the item or area you’re cleaning to be sure it doesn’t cause staining or fading.

To prevent and treat Mold contamination, you should highly consider hiring a flood restoration service in Seattle WA.  Premier is the trusted leader in flood repair throughout the Seattle area. Contact us today (253) 263-1238

Secure the Property

As the homeowner, it’s your responsibility to secure the property so that no additional damage occurs. Put boards over broken windows and secure a tarp as protection if the roof has been damaged. Again, take photographs to prove to the insurance company that you have done everything possible to protect your home against further damage.

If the home is habitable, take precautions to keep yourself and your family safe from injury. Use flashlights to move around dark rooms, for example. If the home isn’t habitable, don’t try to stay there. Move to a shelter or alternate location. Consult your insurer to find out what provisions the company will make for temporary housing while your home is being repaired.  Call Premier to help remove the flood water and restore the flood damage 24/7.

Professional Sewage Cleanup in Seattle

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Sewage Cleanup Emergency – Dangers of Sewage

Seattle Residents know rainwater and floods all too well.  You may have also heard the term “sewage backup” but not know exactly what one is. A sewage backup can also be referred to as raw sewage, sewage sludge or septic tank waste. All of those terms are equally gross sounding, but they do not alert you to the serious dangers involved.   If not addressed Professional Sewage Damage Cleanup is critically important to you health

Septic tank waste is basically a mix of murky water that contains of variety of unpleasant things such as wastewater from your household, organic waste, solid waste, human excrement and debris. All of these things are hazardous to your health, but human excrement brings the highest risks as it contains micro-organisms such as coliform, fecal coliform, Escherichia coliform and Enterococcus.  Gross stuff, no doubt.

Exposure to raw sewage can result in several illnesses. E. coli is a bacteria that is commonly found within human and animal intestinal tracts, but is very dangerous outside of the intestines.   Someone who comes in contact with E. Coli can develop severe diarrhea and abdominal cramping.  Premier Restoration is equipped to safely, quickly, and effectively perform sewage cleanup service.

Contact with raw sewage can also result in Hepatitis, which is an infection of the liver. When Hepatitis is contracted due to contact with sewage it is usually evident through jaundice and the inflammation of the liver.  Weil’s disease has been linked to contact with raw sewage. This disease involves symptoms of Gastroenteritis, jaundice, fever and severe headaches.

Physical contact is not the only way sewage backups can harm you. The air around the sewage backup can become infected; meaning simply breathing near the hazardous waste can be dangerous. By inhaling the fumes you put yourself at risk of contracting Gastroenteritis, which is a virus found in human fecal waste. You may also develop occupational asthma, which involves being short of breath, a tight chest and severe wheezing. These fumes are often released during the clean-up process, which is why it is so very important to hire a Seattle professional to perform sewage clean up services.

There are 3 main ways for someone to become infected by the micro-organisms present in a sewage backup. The most common is simple hand-to-mouth contact. This involves touching the bacteria and then eating, drinking, smoking or some other activity that involves touching your mouth with your hands. The second way is through the air. One can breathe in toxins or even particles of infected dust. Once breathed in, the micro-organisms can attack the respiratory system. The third way is through skin contact. Once one has touched the contaminated particles, the bacteria can enter the body through scratches, cuts, eyes, nose and mouth.

Due to the sensitive nature of sewage backups, it is imperative that you do not try to handle the situation on your own. Trained professionals are well informed of the dangers and know how to protect themselves from the health risks while they clean up the mess and make your home safe once again. It is important to stay clear of the raw sewage until the professionals tell you it is safe. Premier Restoration is Seattle’s best Sewage Cleanup Company, we provide fast and effective sewage clean up services for the entire Seattle Area and can be contacted at. 253-263-1833