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Problems That Can Happen If You Don't Hire Professionals To Handle Flood Service In Spokane

11/28/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Problems That Can Happen If You Don't Hire Professionals To Handle Flood Service In Spokane Flood damage in Spokane affects businesses and homes

Floods happen in a lot of areas around the world, and you never know when the water from the flood is going to affect you and your home or business. Everyone hopes this doesn't happen to them, but unfortunately it does. When you have water in your home or business from a flood, hire only professionals who handle flood service in Spokane.

When you don't hire professionals to handle this issue for you, there are problems that can happen that most people don't know about. It is smart for you to learn what these problems are now so that you can understand how important it is to hire the professionals right away.

Below are the most common problems that can happen.

One: Water can be left behind - Anyone can clean up water that you can see, but not everyone knows or thinks about water getting into areas where you can't see. The professionals do know this, and they will look in all areas to ensure that the water is gone.

For example, water can seep into cracks in the walls or under the flooring. Any water that is not cleaned up will cause another problem to happen.

Two: Mold can grow - This is another problem that no one wants to happen in their home or business, but if there is water left behind after a flood that wasn't cleaned up then this will become a problem for you.

The professionals will clean up all the water, even in areas where it can't be seen before they leave your home. That will stop this second problem from happening to you.

Three: Structural damage to your home or business - This can become a major problem, and an expensive one. Water can cause the structure of your home or business to deteriorate, and that can cause the structure to become weak and unsafe.

By hiring the professionals from the beginning of the water problem you can prevent this problem. They will get the water cleaned up right away from all areas so that your home or business is safe to live or be in again.

You can clearly see that hiring the professionals for flood service in Spokane is definitely the smart step to take because they have the knowledge, experience, time and equipment needed to stop all of these problems from happening to you. Just be smart and call in the professionals from the first sign of water damage to your home or business from a flood so that you can have peace of mind knowing that the problem isn't going to become a bigger problem for you later on.

Summary: Floods happen in a lot of areas around the world, and you never know when the water from the flood is going to affect you and your home or business. Everyone hopes this doesn't happen to them, but unfortunately it does. When you have water in your home or business from a flood you need to hire professionals to handle flood service in Spokane for you. 

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Spokane Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

11/28/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Spokane Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration! Heavy rains in Spokane can cause a basement to flood.

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Spokane basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface Water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-Water tank failure
  • And many more...

Have A Water Damage Emergency? Call (509) 487-4700

Locally Owned Company with National Storm Resources

We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane is close by and ready to respond to storm and disaster events. We are proud to be an active member of the Spokane community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.

Spokane Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

11/27/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Spokane Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration! Flooded basements can cause major damage in Spokane, WA

A  Spokane basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Spokane, WA basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe 
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

The flooding in this Spokane, WA home was caused by heavy rain runoff.  Spokane had received several inches of rain that week and it overwhelmed the system.

SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane was onsite within an hour of the initial call, to inspect the damage and to begin the water extraction process.  In less than four days we had the entire basement dry. We use advanced inspection and monitoring equipment to determine your homes’ structure is actually dry. 

If water damage is not handled quickly and properly, it can cause severe damage to your home’s structure not to mention the potential harmful health effects of mold. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill the Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • We have advanced inspection and extraction equipment

Flooding or Water Damage? Call Us Today – (509) 487-4700

24-Hour Emergency Water Removal Service

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. We provide emergency water restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – including all holidays. Spokane residents can expect an immediate response time, day or night.

When A Spokane Flash Flood Is Over The Cleanup Begins

11/27/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When A Spokane Flash Flood Is Over The Cleanup Begins Spokane Flash Flood

When A Flash Flood Is Over The Cleanup Begins 

You didn't anticipate a flash flood, but it happened. A building that held your business or the place you call home has felt the impact of flood water. How should you handle this situation? What is the next step? Questions will fill a person's mind, and emotions are difficult to handle. Recovering from a flash flood will not happen quickly. It will take time to return to normal.

Remain Informed
When trying to recover from Spokane storm damage, it's important to stay aware of events from the local media such as internet, social media, television and radio. Weather radio can also provide important information. There is always a chance of dangerous flooding even after the water levels have dropped. The news media will be able to provide information on when it will be safe to return or go outside.

Examine Utilities
If a person returns to a building and sees wires that are frayed or broken, smells burning insulation or sees sparks, the electricity needs to be turned off immediately. Avoid going into water to reach a fuse box. Ask for help from a professional electrician if this is the case. It is possible that a building's sewage or water lines have sustained damage. A licensed plumber needs to be asked for help. In some cases, people may smell propane or natural gas or hear a hissing noise. If this happens, a person should leave the area immediately and inform the fire department.


Do Not Consume the Water
When a flash flood has impacted a building or home, neither the well nor tap water should be used for drinking or anything else. It is best to wait until the authorities declare the water does not contain any type of pollutants. It is best to get bottled water or water from a safe source to use until the building's or home's water is safe. 


Children And Pets
A flash flood situation is very dangerous. Children and pets need to be watched closely to keep them safe from harm.


Flooded Areas
It is important to stay away from flooded areas. Barricades should not be challenged. There could be a number of problems that are visible as well as invisible. This includes road damage, bridge damage, and a number of other problems. It's important to follow the recommendation of emergency workers. Avoid driving as much as possible and keep roads clear for emergency vehicles.


Moving Water
It's important for people to stay away from any moving water. It only takes half a foot of moving water to knock a person down. A few feet of moving water can sweep away most automobiles.


Traveling
When going any place after a flash flood, it will require the utmost caution. Traveling should only be done with necessary. It would be best only to go when the flood water is no longer moving. If going across flooded areas, a stick should be used to determine depth and firmness before each step. Contaminated water is a danger as well as dangerous debris, unnoticed animals, weakened roads and walkways can make traveling very dangerous by both by foot or by car. Do not go into any building surrounded by flood water. Wait until authorities have declared it to be safe.


Get Help
SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane can be contacted to restore items in a building or home that have been impacted by water damage.


Cleaning and Disinfecting
Once the floodwater has lowered, it is time to begin the process of cleaning and disinfecting all wet items in a home. This will protect homeowners from chemical contaminants as well as sewage and more. Wearing protective clothing such as rubber gloves and boots is essential during this process. In many cases, to eliminate the damage caused by Spokane storm damage, it may require upholstery cleaning as well as carpet cleaning, mold remediation and more.


Throw Away
Any food in cans or jars that came in contact with flood water need to be thrown away. It's also a good idea to get rid of any plastic utensils, bottled water, baby bottles and more that were in flood water.


Scammers
After every flood, there are going to be fake contractors who will try and take advantage of the situation. This is the time to only work with reputable contractors who are professional. They will provide the best cleanup and repair service.


Drainage
When a building's basement get flooded, it is best to drain it slowly. Experts recommend approximately 1/3 each day. This is a safe drainage method and will prevent structure damage. If water is removed too quickly, it could cause a structure to collapse.


Insurance Claims
Once a flash flood has happened, it's time to contact the insurance company and start the claim recovery process. Many homeowner policies do not cover Spokane flood damage. Confirm flood coverage prior to a flood.


Help
When trying to figure out recovery steps from a flash flood, it's important to stay in touch with the local television and radio. They can provide important recovery information such as government and other organizations to contact. SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane is able to restore any building or home impacted by a flash flood. Contact us immediately, and the work will begin as soon as you need.

Locally Owned Company with National Storm Resources

We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane is close by and ready to respond to storm and disaster events. We are proud to be an active member of the Spokane community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.

How To Choose The Right Dehumidifier To Help Prevent Mold Damage In Spokane

8/9/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How To Choose The Right Dehumidifier To Help Prevent Mold Damage In Spokane Mold is a fungus, and the spores eat into organic materials in your home and bring a real danger of damage to your home and belongings.

Prevent Mold Damage

As a homeowner, it is important to be aware of the risk of mold. Mold is a fungus, and the spores eat into organic materials in your home and bring a real danger of damage to your home and belongings. A home that has mold might smell musty, and the patches themselves are unsightly. Fungus in the home can even cause health effects.

Humidity is a key factor when it comes to mold damage in your Spokane home. Humidity means the amount of moisture present in the air. As mold loves a moist environment, high humidity increases the risk of fungal growth.

One way to reduce moisture and help prevent mold damage is investing in a dehumidifier for your home. A dehumidifier is a straightforward and portable piece of equipment that lowers the humidity level of the air in your house. Dehumidifiers work by drawing in the damp air and forcing it over cooling coils, where the moisture in the air forms condensation which is collected by the machine. The unit pumps drier air back into your room and causes the humidity to go down.

SERVPRO has a range of powerful dehumidifiers on hand to help you with any damp problems you have. However, if damp is an ongoing concern in your home we highly recommend investing in your dehumidifier, too.

You might wonder how best to choose your dehumidifier. Most manufacturers label dehumidifiers according to how many pints of moisture they remove per day. So, a 20-pint dehumidifier removes 20 pints of water from the air in a 24 hour period. Your choice of dehumidifier relies on two things: How big an area you need it for, and how damp the area is.

The Association Of Home Appliance Manufacturers states the following sizes as a starting guide:

500 square feet – 10 pints
1000 square feet – 14 pints
1500 square feet – 18 pints
2000 square feet – 22 pints
2500 square feet – 26 pints

These recommendations are accurate for a moderately damp home with some musty odor in humid weather. A higher capacity dehumidifier is better for damper homes.

If you are concerned about humidity, give SERVPRO a call. As well as a range of dehumidifiers, we have testing equipment such as moisture probes and thermal hygrometers on hand to assess the damp levels in your home and advise you on the best next steps to take. For help dealing with humidity, call SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane at (509) 487-4700.

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Post-Vacation Water Damage Surprise From Your Spokane Garden Sitter

7/20/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Post-Vacation Water Damage Surprise From Your Spokane Garden Sitter Watering done too enthusiastically, especially near a foundation, threatens basements and crawl spaces with damage.

Water Damage Surprise

When homeowners take a week or two off during growing season, they often hire a local youngster to take care of watering chores. Watering done too enthusiastically, especially near a foundation, threatens basements and crawl spaces with damage. Call SERVPRO if your welcome home gift is a wet basement.

A local teenager agreed to keep your flower and vegetable gardens maintained while you and your family traveled out of state. He accidentally ran a soaker hose next to your foundation overnight, causing water damage to your Spokane bungalow. Engaging a local restoration company with experience drying out a partially finished basement is the first thing you need to do. Our certified and licensed team fits the bill.

SERVPRO offers full-service restoration, able to manage the range of tasks necessary to dry out cinder block, drywall, paneling, and all types of flooring. Technicians measure moisture levels in all of the structures and components, assigning appropriate drying goals to each. Carpeting receives thorough water extraction, taking care not to stretch or pull fibers away from the backing. We assess tile, laminate or hardwood floors, using our powerful wet vacuums for surface water and drying mats if subfloor moisture is a concern. If necessary, we pull up portions of the floor coverings to expose the moisture we need to remove.

Cinderblock lines the entire foundation, and the crew scans for hidden water trapped in cells. A low impact, high result method to release water drills holes in the mortar joints, but we also search for openings at the top of the blocks to pull water out with flexible tubing. Sheetrock or paneling in the finished area add a layer or more and increases the number of recesses where water hides. SERVPRO uses advanced technology to locate pockets of moisture, removing portions of the wall covering if required to reach and extract the water.

Air movers and dehumidifiers continue decreasing the moisture level, aimed under the carpeting and between the foundation bricks and paneling or sheetrock via tubing or through slots we create by removing pieces of the material. Restoration is the goal, but if crumbling, saturated drywall or separating pressed wood is a problem, we suggest replacing some materials.

We also assess furnishings and personal belongings, taking them to a dry area in the basement or outside. Before you commit to off-site drying, we discuss what items you want to be selected for special drying treatments and keep a complete inventory of what we remove for further processing.

Rely on SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane to develop a water damage restorations plan that returns your sense of home and peace of mind. Call (509) 487-4700 day or night to schedule an assessment.

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It Takes A Team To Recover From Storm Damage in Spokane

7/8/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage It Takes A Team To Recover From Storm Damage in Spokane Spokane Storm Surges Call on SERVPRO for Water Removal and Cleanup

Call on the Experts from SERVPRO for Storm-Related Cleanup and Recovery

Local forecasts frequently suggest homeowners may soon shoulder the burden of significant storm damage. Severe weather visits residents of the Inland Northwest several times a year, some households experiencing considerable damage from the wind, precipitation, and falling and propelled objects, among other challenges. SERVPRO partners with the victims of these storms, making every effort to restore homes to preloss condition.

After a long run of good luck and near misses, recent straight line winds and torrential rains cause storm damage to your Spokane home. You need the structure secured, the harm assessed, and an action plan developed by experienced restoration specialists. Our local disaster recovery company is familiar with the process and procedures required to transform damaged elements to “Like it never even happened.”
 
SERVPRO provides emergency response services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Within just hours of your first call, a crew arrives with the tools, equipment, and materials to make the first assessment of your situation and proceed with initial tasks. We board up and tarp areas of your home open to the elements and determine if downed power lines or other problems specific to your circumstances make the house unsafe for you and your family until further actions occur.
 
From the start we reach out to your insurance company, encouraging honest communications to expedite claim approval. Many insurance companies prefer to work with SERVPRO during your storm damage restoration process, reviewing each step for efficiency and thoroughness. A supervisory project manager designs the recovery plan, stressing restoration and insurance coverage. Though we do emphasize, we are not an insurance company, but work in close collaboration with you, our client, and the capacity you wish with your agency.
 
We are a full-service restoration company prepared to handle a comprehensive array of cleaning, repairing, and abatement tasks for any size disaster. This wide-ranging skill set is one of the characteristics that lifts SERVPRO to its reputation as an industry leader. The compassion and work ethic with which we approach each customer’s case guarantees you call on us again.
 
Over the first hours and days expect prompt and professional action from our team. Even if power is down our truck mounted equipment permits standing water removal and extraction. Technicians stabilize damaged walls, windows, and ceilings, Debris removal commences, and trained workers measure moisture levels of floors, floor coverings, and interior structures. Drying goals and cleaning targets established by the manager guide positioning of fans, humidifiers, and heaters and the order of areas scrubbed down and disinfected. One phase of restoration follows another until SERVPRO completes all tasks and your refreshed and rehabbed home reemerges proudly from the post-storm chaos.
 
SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane answers your call to (509) 487-4700 all hours of the day and night, 365 days a year. Engage us to be your restoration specialists when a patch of bad weather damages your home.

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Discovering Mold Damage in Your Spokane Home and What We Can Do to Help

7/7/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Discovering Mold Damage in Your Spokane Home and What We Can Do to Help SERVPRO, Not Bleach, Is the Answer to Mold Cleanup in Spokane

SERVPRO Utilizes Varying Methodologies for Mold Remediation in Your Spokane Property

Most people have heard about mold and how it can affect homes in damaging ways, but sometimes what has been circulated by social media or other sources is incorrect of exaggerated. One myth that has propagated online is that mold is only a problem if it is black in color. The fact is that all mold can cause damage to your home, regardless of the color, and many types of mold have the potential also to cause health effects in people.
 
Residents in Spokane who have mold damage in their home should not panic. Finding mold does not mean that you need to move. The professional technicians at SERVPRO are highly experienced and trained according to standards set by the IICRC, giving them the ability to remediate your mold situation effectively. This brings up another point that you may have heard. Mold cannot be eliminated from your home, only remediated. This is true.
 
Remediation puts mold back into a normal state. However, mold can never be entirely removed because the fungi have many pathways to re-enter your home and spores are present, even in minute amounts. Excess water and moisture need to be eliminated to mitigate the chances of reinfestations.
 
Water, one of mold's needs, must be eliminated from the environment in your home. Water should be in the tub, your sinks, and your pets' water bowls, and no other location. Even a small drip is enough to let mold grow and cause substantial damage to your residence. Another myth is that mold can be destroyed by using bleach.
 
Bleach that you buy at the grocery store is mostly water, the very thing needed by mold. The bleach can make it seem as if the mold is gone, but this is only because of the bleach's color-destroying properties. The bleach never penetrates into the material being cleaned of mold, remaining on the surface. The water, however, finds its way in, then slowly evaporates, giving the mold the nourishment needed to 'return' again. Mold is never actually removed with this method.
 
What SERVPRO can do to combat mold and any damage may seem complicated, but it is based on very sound science. There are many steps involved, and these measures begin with stopping any water from being where it should not exist. We use moisture meters and humidity detectors to locate areas that are higher in moisture than they should be by comparing readings from one area to another one inside your home. We trace these spaces back to the water's source and stop it from coming in anymore. Installing a dehumidifier when the source of water in your home includes the basement's floor is highly recommended, and we can assist you with this, also.
 
Then we begin to remove materials that are not salvageable, and quickly replace them. Locations in your home that are not damaged are cleaned. Both types of areas are treated with a mold inhibitor, a very strong preventative measure that is safe around both children and pets once dry. Fungicides, of industrial strength, when applied properly, do kill mold colonies.
 
Because mold travels by air, heavy duty commercial grade HEPA air filters called air scrubbers are used to filter the air, trapping any mold particles or spores that pass through. When mold damage has created a stagnant odor, we also perform deodorization techniques. These can fall into two groups – agents that change the dominant scent in a room, and neutralizing techniques that remove the minuscule particles that are the cause of the odor.
 
SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane is your local source for mold damage restoration and remediation. We know you love your home and can help you restore it to the state it should be in, healthy and safe, so that your family can live there worry-free. Call us for answers to your questions. Our number, (509) 487-4700, is answered 24/7, so there is no reason to hesitate to call.

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SERVPRO: Your Experts in Commercial Water Damage in Spokane, WA

1/3/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial SERVPRO: Your Experts in Commercial Water Damage in Spokane, WA Commercial Water Loss

Handle Your Spokane Commercial Water Damage with SERVPRO

If you have recently become a victim of commercial water damage in Spokane WA, you may be wondering what you can do to mitigate your damages. There is a critical period in which certain actions must be taken to preserve as much of your property as possible and to decrease any health risks when water damage has occurred in a commercial space.

 Preparing a Space for Water Damage Restoration

Before you enter your commercial space or any flooded building, you will need to make sure the electrical power to the structure is shut off. You should also be aware that during a flooding event, small animals or reptiles tend to seek shelter inside of buildings. Be prepared to deal with the discovery of wild animals in your space.

Protect yourself from entering any flooded building by wearing an organic vapor respirator. You can purchase these at any local paint and building supply stores. You also want to have rubber gloves, protective clothing, and eye protection. The first thing you should do is ventilate the affected areas by opening the windows and placing fans where possible.

Unfortunately, there likely will be items that you need to throw away. Any items that are porous and have absorbed contaminated floodwater cannot be restored. If your commercial space has drywall, mattresses, pillows, box springs, particle board, carpets or carpet pads, these will need to be discarded if they have become saturated. However, there is good news: If you have clothing or household fabrics that can be machine-washed, you may be able to salvage them. Use your washing machine to clean these items with a 10-minute soak at the minimum in hot water with detergent. The soap and normal wash should remove most of the contamination and any staining that is present.

Be aware that your commercial space will need a thorough professional inspection, cleaning and possibly restructuring. Water damaged walls and installations must be removed and repaired, and pockets of saturation should be exposed for drying and sanitizing. Always remember that mold growth could take a few days to appear as it thrives in a moist environment with organic-type materials such as paper or particle board and in temperatures that range between 60 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep good airflow throughout the interior environment, and maintain moderate temperatures to decrease the risk of any mold growth. It is also important that you let your space dry out before any rebuilding occurs.

Services You Can Count On in Spokane, WA

You can depend on SERVPRO to provide reasonable prices for commercial damages and other services in the Spokane area. Our restoration services include cleanup after water damage, fire damage, and storm damage. We also assist with mold remediation, and we're qualified to provide cleaning and building services. Our trained and certified IICRC technicians are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to begin your restoration. Whether you require cleanup after a commercial water damage or simply need a carpet cleaning, call us at (509) 487-4700.

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Commercial Fire Damage Cleanup in Spokane

1/2/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Fire Damage Cleanup in Spokane A fire can engulf your business. Call SERVPRO quickly to help recover!

Your Business Needs to Look and Smell Inviting after Fire Damage Restoration

Presentation is important for any business, and doubly so in the service sector. If you own or manage a store or restaurant, your customers will likely be discouraged or even scared off by obvious signs of damage and visual blemishes on your property. SERVPRO knows first-hand that some of the most thorough visual damages to a building can come from fires, whether through the burn itself or any associated events and factors. These blemishes and issues are commonly cleaned up by our restoration teams, to ensure that once a company's doors get back open, they stay open. 
 
Burn Marks 
 
Burns and char easily rank among the most visible types of commercial fire damage in Spokane, immediately giving away to any observer the fact that a fire has burned in the area. Blackened or darkened materials, even if they have no other major damage beyond discoloration, can still be resource and time-intensive to cover up, often requiring a wide cleaning and repainting job to make sure colors blend well and no burn material remains. 
 
Smoke and Ash 
 
Smoke and ash leave a profound impact on a building, to both the sight and smell of anyone nearby. Smoke is a pervasive scent and easily noticeable in most cases, but can also leave behind a great deal of smearing and coat surfaces. Depending on the type of smoke and conditions of this fire, this may be a relatively easy cleanup job, or a more thorough repainting may be in order. 
 
Structural Damage 
 
SERVPRO can also help to restore mild structural damage caused by a fire, rebuilding walls, floors, supports, and other elements of a building if they have been burned through or collapsed on. We always aim to restore before replacing, and in this way can potentially save you thousands in reconstruction costs where they are not necessary. 
 
SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane helps businesses to get back on track after a disaster. Give us a call at (509) 487-4700.