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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.

Help After A House Fire in Spokane

12/30/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Help After A House Fire in Spokane Call SERVPRO To Restore Your Home

How To Handle A House Fire In Spokane WA

Having your residential property undergo extensive fire damage in Spokane can be a very traumatic occurrence. In addition to adversely impacting your emotional equilibrium, the fire can wreak havoc on the structural integrity of your property. However, learning more about what fires entail and how to handle them effectively can help you remain calm if and when the natural disaster or accident strikes your home. Get the information and advice you need regarding this important matter by reviewing the short outline provided below:

Physical Damages. Because the fire's temperature exceeds 1,200 degrees F, the heat from the fire can cause more problems than the flames did. Additionally, the smoke from the fire can make its way through the structure and possessions on your property. In so doing, the smoke can leave unpleasant odors and unsightly stains from soot. This cleanup is very challenging and should only be performed by certified IICRC specialists from SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane.

Returning Home. After the flames are extinguished, and you can return to survey your home, the result can be a difficult experience. Seeing your property in fire damaged shape or utter ruin can leave you feeling heartbroken and helpless. If the damages are severe enough, the fire department may not allow you to enter your property. To minimize the current fire damage and to thwart extensive secondary water damage, you will need to get in contact with all the right people as quickly as possible.

Who To Call. The first individual you'll want to get in contact with is your insurance agent. If the fire damage is severe, they will dispatch out an insurance adjuster. This individual will walk through the structure taking pictures of damages, and listing fire damaged items and materials. Ask the adjuster, or previously your agent, for a referral to a fire damage restoration company -  chances are they will suggest SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane. This local franchise is on the approved vendor list for over 315 insurance companies, property management companies and federal and state entities. Our inspectors will also create a list (CCIS) of damaged items and categorize them as salvageable, questionable, or candidates for tossing. By working in conjunction with you and your adjuster, we can assist in the claims process and save you time and money. Not to mention that we will relieve you of most of the stress from this unfortunate event.

Clean-Up Services. There is a specific protocol for fire damage control and restoration. SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane has heavy duty pumps and wet-vacs to extract water from the fire department's work. We will secure the grounds against vandalism and theft and use plywood, tarps, and all means available to protect your home from the weather. An arsenal of equipment can be utilized to dry out furnishings and building materials. We will dispose of unsalvageable materials such as drywall, flooring, and carpeting. We can also repair and have replaced structurally destroyed materials.

Let Us Help You Now. As a team of experienced fire damage restoration specialists, the professionals at SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane respond immediately to your emergency in Spokane and throughout Eastern Washington. We understand the trauma that results from a large-scale home inferno and will treat you and your family with empathy and understanding. Allow us to get you back home into your house like it never even happened.

Faster to Any Size Fire Emergency

When water and fire damage strike, a fast response is critical. We’re dedicated to responding immediately day or night to your Spokane, WA home. A faster response helps to prevent secondary damage and helps to reduce cost. Call us 24/7 for help. (509) 487-4700



How Do You Clean Up A Flooded Basement In Spokane, WA?

12/29/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage How Do You Clean Up A Flooded Basement In Spokane, WA? SERVPRO Dries Out a Flooded Basement in Spokane, WA

A Flooded Basement In Spokane Requires A Professional Restoration Company

Torrential rains over a period of several days can saturate the ground so thoroughly that even a typically sound basement experiences flooding. Standing water in your lower level can be a real problem if you have no sump pump system in place, but SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane has the equipment and the expertise to remove the water and dry the flooring and structure to prevent secondary damage. Whether you use your basement for living areas, storage or mechanical systems like your water heater and furnace, or some combination, excessive water and moisture must be managed swiftly. If the water has seeped in because of rain, it may not contain a lot of contaminants. Removing storm water fast avoids the risk of more aggressive contamination and often permits water logged flooring and possessions to be restored rather than removed and discarded.
flooded basement causing water damage in Spokane can be dried out in a straightforward manner if our technicians are on the job within the first hours after the water began to collect inside. Depending on the amount of water in the basement, we will use submersible pumps or extractors to remove it. Our attention will then move to any residual moisture that may be trapped in flooring, floor coverings or the walls. As basements usually have concrete floors, we will use air movers and dehumidifiers to pull moisture out. Tiles or carpeting will be assessed as to whether they can be dried in place, off-site or need to be removed and replaced. 
SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane professionals will also take care to evaluate the condition of any heating systems and appliances in the basement due to the risk of electrical shock and the potential leaking of fuel into the flood water. Technicians will also inspect the walls, particularly the cinder block that often comprises the outer dimensions of the basement. Using specialized moisture probes, our technicians will determine if extra actions are needed to release water trapped in the cinder blocks. Holes may be drilled in grout joints to move water out, and our team will also be looking for insulation or vapor barriers that may complicate the complete drying of cinder block construction. Establishing a free air flow over and through the wet areas of the basement is the key to safe restoration. 
SERVPRO is proud to be the water damage restoration company insurance companies and homeowners rely upon. If your home or vacation property suffers a flooded basement call (509) 487-4700 anytime - day or night - to schedule our water damage professionals to inspect and advise on how to get the water out and dry out your flooded basement.

Wood-Burning Stove and Fireplace Safety in Spokane and Eastern Washington

12/14/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Wood-Burning Stove and Fireplace Safety in Spokane and Eastern Washington If you’re planning to burn wood, make sure your stove (or fireplace) and chimney have been thoroughly checked by a chimney professional.

Not much compares to the warm pleasure of gathering around your fireplace or wood-burning stove on a cold winter’s night. Enjoy the warmth, but do be safe. Here are a few wood-burning stove and fireplace safety tips:

1. Have a professional annual inspection

If you’re planning to burn wood, make sure your stove (or fireplace) and chimney have been thoroughly checked by a professional chimney sweep. Stoves, fireplaces, and chimneys should be cleaned at least once a year. Wood-burning stoves should be inspected annually for ash and creosote buildup, cracks, and animal or bird nests.

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2. Check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

Make sure you have enough smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Are they in good working order? Important in all homes, these detectors are especially essential in homes with wood-burning stoves.

3. Check your wood-burning stove’s ventilation

Venting the stove is the most important part of the wood-burning system. According to Nationwide Insurance, 90% of all stove-related fires originate within the venting system. A venting system is not a chimney – it consists of lengths of 24-gauge or heavier stovepipe which connects the stove to an approved chimney.

4. Consider a moisture meter

If you stack wood outside in the weather, the Environmental Protection Agency advises you to consider purchasing a moisture meter. You can use one to make sure your timber is dry and safe to burn. Meters can be purchased online for a little as $20. Hardwoods—such as maple, beech, ash, hickory, or oak—are the best fuel for a wood-burning stove. Your wood should be cut, split, and air dried for at least a year before burning.

5. Keep flammables away

Keep furniture, drapes, rugs, and anything flammable away from your fireplace or wood-burning stove. Sometimes people move furniture closer to the fireplace or stove during warmer months. If you do that, move the furniture and any home decorations back a safe distance before lighting up your fireplace or stove.

6. Always have the right flooring

Never have carpet installed directly in front of your fireplace or wood-burning stove. A spark could land on it and start a fire. Good flooring to have near your fireplace or stove is linoleum or brick. You want a floor that’s not as combustible as carpeting.

7. Keep your insurance company informed

Tell your insurer you have installed a fireplace or a wood-burning stove. If a spark from the fireplace or the wood stove pops out and burns your couch and a large portion of a neighboring wall, you could be stuck paying the entire bill if the insurance company doesn’t know about that particular heat source. 

8. Inspect the dampers

If your wood-burning stove has an automatic draft regulator controlled by a thermostat, carefully follow the manufacturer's installation instructions. A manually operated damper can be installed on the pipe near the stove. This damper should not obstruct more than 80 percent of the pipe area. A second damper higher up on the vertical section of the stovepipe is advisable to permit shutting down the stove in case of a chimney fire.
9. If you’re buying a wood stove, buy quality.

Be sure any stove you buy is made of sturdy, suitable material, such as cast iron or steel.  Look for the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) label. If you purchase a used stove, check it carefully for cracks or other defects. The legs, hinges, grates, and draft louvers should also be checked carefully.

10. Never do these six things

Be careful with how you install, monitor, and maintain a fireplace or wood-burning stove. Five things you should never do are:
1.    Connect your wood stove to a fireplace chimney unless the fireplace has been sealed off
2.    Connect your wood stove to a chimney serving another appliance burning other fuels.
3.    Start a wood stove fire with flammable fluids, such as gasoline
4.    Extend the stovepipe through a wall or ceiling (unless there’s no alternative)
5.    Burn trash in a wood-burning stove. That may start a chimney fire.
6.    Let a wood fire burn unattended or overnight

SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane is here to help anytime, 24/7. At SERVPRO, we are trained in many restoration services & know the safest, most advanced, and quickest ways to help you recover from damage to your home or business.  

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Homeowner Insurance Tips for Water Damage Coverage in Spokane

9/23/2016 (Permalink)

Water damage coverage in a homeowner’s insurance policy, and even renter insurance, has changed over the years. It is helpful to review your policy annually, to understand what is covered and what may have changed from previous years.

Normally, these conditions would be covered by an insurance policy.

  • Burst water pipes and water heaters
  • Sudden or accidental overflow of a toilet, tub, or sink
  • Sewer backup from drains and sump pumps (there may be a relatively low policy limit)

Most existing homeowner policies probably don’t cover the following conditions:

  • Ground flooding
  • Slow, dripping leaks
  • Overflowing streams or rivers 

Regular maintenance is required for a roof, such as replacing shingles or tiles and keeping the roof cleared from debris, and this regular upkeep is a determining factor in insurance claims. However, inside content damage from a roof leak might be covered by your policy.

Slow, dripping leaks, such as those from an incorrectly installed toilet, sink, shower or bathtub are usually not covered. Whenever something is considered maintenance-related, chances are the insurance expects that you properly maintain your dwelling.

Flood damage from an overflowing river or nearby body of water might be covered, depending on the area where you live. Homeowner policies have changed greatly over the years, especially if the property is located on or near a water table. An additional flood insurance policy is usually required, because a normal homeowner policy will not cover damages resulting from a flood of this type.

Usually, an insurance investigator will determine if the water damage is a result of negligence or lack of maintenance. After they ask you questions about the problem, they usually schedule an appointment at your home to physically inspect the damage and where it originated from.

If you have sudden water damage, call SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane, we can assist with coordinating the insurance claim, and when the underlying cause is proven to be insurance-related, we will work with the adjuster for inspections, proper repairs, and restoring your home again. SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane staff knows how to handle insurance claims and perform the repairs needed on your home.

Tips for Safety in Storm Situations!

7/27/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Tips for Safety in Storm Situations! Storm damage team is ready for any size disaster.

Safety and Health Information for Workers and Employers in Spokane & Stevens Counties

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)provides resources for workplace preparedness and response to severe weather emergencies during summer, including: extreme heathurricanestornadoeslightning, wildfires and floods. Employers must ensure that workers involved in response and recovery are protected from potential safety and health hazards. OSHA also provides information and resources to assist in these efforts. 

OSHA and NOAA encourage workers and employers to be aware of weather forecasts, train workers on severe weather plans, and keep emergency supplies, including a battery-operated weather radio, on hand to be better prepared when severe weather strikes. 

SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane is Ready to help. Faster to any size disaster. 

Get to Know NOAA

NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS) provides weather, water and climate data and forecasts and warnings to protect life and property and enhance the national economy. Our vision is a Weather-Ready Nation, one that is prepared for and responds to weather-dependent events. Here’s what we’re doing to prepare the public for summer weather hazards and storm damage.

  • NWS leads Seasonal Safety Campaigns (like this one) to prepare the public for seasonal weather hazards.

  • NWS provides hourly weather forecasts to help you plan ahead.

  • NOAA issues a Hurricane Outlook as general guide to the expected overall activity during the upcoming hurricane season. 

  • NWS warns the public about severe weather through Wireless Emergency Alerts and NOAA Weather Radio.

  • NOAA, EPA and other federal agencies created an Excessive Heat Events Guidebook to help emergency managers prepare for heat waves.

  • NWS offices issue Surf Zone Forecasts routinely to let people know of the expected conditions at a particular beach; including a daily outlook for rip current potential.

  • NOAA and the National Weather Service, in partnership with the EPA, issues daily air quality forecast guidance as part of a national Air Quality Forecasting Capability.

  • NOAA issues Fire Weather Outlooks to help local officials prepare for potential wildfires.

  • NWS operates two tsunami warning centers that monitor Earth for tsunamis and the earthquakes that cause them and issue tsunami alerts to emergency managers and the public. 

    Follow NWS on Twitter and Facebook for the latest news on weather preparedness. 

    Call SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane at 509-487-4700.  Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

    Locally Owned Company with National Storm Resources

    SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane is locally owned and operated—so we live and work here too, and are proud to be part of the Spokane and Eastern Washington community. We are also part of a national network of 1,650 with special Disaster Recover Teams that can respond with additional resources during catastrophic storms and major events.

Water Damage Cleanup or Storm Damage? Call the Professionals at SERVPRO in Spokane and Eastern Washington

7/27/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Water Damage Cleanup or Storm Damage? Call the Professionals at SERVPRO in Spokane and Eastern Washington Storm damage to a home or business can cause major damage.

It Is Safer and More Efficient To Deal With Certified Professionals For Cleanup After a Storm

Storms and other disasters can cause catastrophic amounts of damages to your home. If you're dealing with storm damage, look no further than the professionals at SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane in Eastern Washington. Our technicians are skilled in cleaning up and restoring practically any disaster you can imagine. 
Spokane and Eastern Washington - area residents deal with all kinds of wind and water damages from storms. There are high winds that demolish your roof, destroy trees, and cause extensive amounts of water damages. Forecasts regularly bring dangerous storms, torrential downpours, and even tornado activity that can spell certain disaster for virtually any business. 
What Kinds of Damages Can Storms Bring? 
Storm damages can cause a lot more damages than you might expect. They destroy power lines, create fire hazards, blow over trees, and even cause deadly and ruinous flooding that quickly causes permanent damage to your home or commercial business. Furthermore, you might not even notice wind damage until much later; until massive leaks form or the roof collapses. Further ice and snow accumulation on the roof can be catastrophic, leading to thousands upon thousands of dollars, sometimes millions for big corporations. 
The potential problems associated with storm damage in Spokane and Eastern Washington can be numerous:

  • Large branches broken off precariously near the roof of the house

  • Limbs in contact (or nearly touching) power lines, which can be a serious fire hazard

  • Dead, hollowed out limbs

  • Flooding and standing water build-up

  • Mold build up (due to excessive moisture)

    We Provide a Wide Range of Helpful services 

    SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane are the ultimate professionals when it comes to storm damage repair and prevention. Wind damage can break skylights, bring down sidewalls, collapse roof structures, and even shatter your windows. Luckily, you won't have to contact a lot of different servicemen, because SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane handles virtually any storm-related damage to a home or business, ranging from: 

  • Weather resistant roof covers

  • Board Clean-up or securing

  • Tree removal from structures

  • On-site cleanup of tree limbs or debris

  • Complete water extraction and warped floor repair

  • Damage repairs, reconstruction, and replacement of your property

    Our service includes: Spokane, Deer Park, Colbert, Nine Mile, Chewelah, Newport, Colville & Kettle Falls. Plus, there are over 1,600 different SERVPRO franchises all over the United States to ensure you receive the care you deserve. 
    Don't Start Cleaning Up Storm Damage By Yourself 
    It can be overwhelming to deal with different types of storm damage, especially when it wrecks your home. You'd probably be tempted to try and clean it up yourself, but you'd risk injuring yourself. Touching low-hanging wires can cause electrocution while branches and other debris can be much heavier than you think. Instead, contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane to ensure that your damages are handled as efficiently as possible. 
    As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane knows how to take care of disasters and their customers. We're strategically located to deal with practically any emergency no matter how big or small.

    Do You Have Flood or Storm Damage?
    Call Us Today (509) 487-4700

Flood Damage Can Be Fixed By Professionals in Your House

7/27/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Can Be Fixed By Professionals in Your House Flooding Means Swift Water Removal to Salvage Your Property in Spokane & Eastern Washington.

SERVPRO Can Restore Your Storm Damaged Property in the Spokane and Eastern Washington - Areas

Some areas of the U.S. are more prone to Flood Damage problems than others. Even though this is true, it also important to note that flood waters can affect any home since there are a number of causes for flooding. From an extended period of heavy rains caused by thunderstorms to broken pipes in the basement, any homeowner may need this kind of assistance. It does not matter where the flooding or water comes from because the aftermath can produce the same or similar problems. By hiring an experienced professional team from SERVPRO, we can assist you in returning your life to normalcy.

With this in mind, here are three essential Spokane and Eastern Washington Flood Damage Services that our professionals are known for providing to the homes that have been affected. 
#1 - Removes Excess Water 
The aftermath of any flood can be a very distressing time for everyone involved. In fact, it may take some people a little while to wrap their mind around the extensive damage that flooding actually causes. However, once the owner and their family begin to realize the adverse effects, they usually want to start the recovery process as quickly as possible by contacting one of our professional representatives. Therefore, one of the first things that our team will begin to do is remove all of the excess water to minimize the potential for secondary water damage. Our team can do this process swiftly because we are equipped with the expertise and advanced industry water removal equipment from truck-mounted power pumps to wet-vacs, and mops.
#2 – Dry Out the Home to Prevent Mold 
When the excess water had been removed, the next step or services that needed to be provided is to dry out all of the items in the home to prevent problems in the future with mold or other related issues. Fortunately, our IICRC certified and skilled crews have the equipment and tools to take care of these matters. This part of the process begins by drying the floors, furniture, clothing and other areas in the home that were impacted by the flood waters
#3- Provides a Final Inspection 
Before our crew leaves the site, we will also complete an inspection to see if the extensive flood damage has been restored. The flooding could have traveled into areas that cannot be easily seen without the appropriate detection devices like moisture meters and hygrometers. This inspection is to ensure a complete restoration of these issues, and you will receive documentation attesting to the return of your house to its pre-loss condition.
Call us 24/7 to respond to your flooding problems so that we can quickly restore your property. Call 509-487-4700 to contact SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane.

Spokane Commercial Water Damage Cleanup & Restoration

5/26/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Spokane Commercial Water Damage Cleanup & Restoration Spokane water and fire damage cleanup and restoration. Call 509-487-4700.

Commercial Buildings In Spokane Have Disasters

All properties can have an unforeseen disaster at any time. They can be small like a water leak, or large catastrophes like a complete fire that burns the building to the ground.

We at SERVPRO have seen all types of Spokane water and fire disasters to commercial properties and residential homes.

The first thing to do after you discover a problem is to call a fire and water restoration company in Spokane that can handle the job. We at SERVPRO have unlimited resources to take care of any size project. Our large loss team has yet to come upon a restoration job that they could not handle.

If you have questions about what to do or may just need a inspection we are here to help.

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Spokane Commercial Building Restoration Services

SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane is available 24 hours a day to restore your Spokane property and get you back to business. We have the expertise, equipment, and highly trained personnel to handle your commercial water, fire, or mold damage. We can also access the resources of our national network of 1,650 Franchises to handle large commercial projects and major storm events.

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