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When Flooding Happens in Your Spokane Home

6/24/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment being used to dry a home No matter the size of your flood damage disaster, SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane is equipped to help you recover.

How To Deal With Flooding In Spokane, WA

Flood damage in Spokane is not to be taking lightly. Water is not just something that you drink. It has the potential to destroy your home in a slow and steady way. Among the things that water damage causes are mold and fungi. While it is possible to get rid of the fungi by yourself, you need the help of a professional. The reason behind this is that water and moisture can be in areas that can't be accessed. There are well-trained specialists that are certified and have the equipment needed to not only get rid of water but restore all of the damage that has been caused by floods. 
 
The usual causes of floods are storms, natural disasters or other issues. In many cases, all it takes is hard rain to flood the home. When a home is flooded, the best way to get rid of all of the moisture in the home is to call a professional. You need a professional that has a certification and a proven track record. Research is necessary when it comes to hiring a company that is trustworthy to handle your flooding
 
There are different types of equipment that a company uses to get rid of all of the moisture in the home. Among the pieces of equipment used are sump pumps. They are very helpful for getting all of the water and hidden moisture out of the home. Moisture detectors and hygrometers are utilized to measure the amount of moisture saturation in a certain area. Another type of equipment used is infrared cameras. They are used to locate water that may be hidden behind ceilings and walls. Dehumidifiers and air movers help dry up any remaining moisture.
 
A Spokane flood damage professional company that is worth checking out is SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane. SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane has a staff of highly skilled and certified professionals that are experienced in water damage removal and restoration. They are also well equipped to handle all the water damage in the home. With specialized equipment and techniques they can locate every bit of moisture so you can rest assured that your home remains safe.

Have Storm or Flood Damage?
Call SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane Today (509) 487-4700 We are available anytime 24/7 to respond to your flood damage emergency.

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.

SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane Helps Your Business Reopen Fast!

6/20/2022 (Permalink)

Spokane apartments with SERVPRO trucks parked in front Regardless of the size or type of business you're in, you need specialized help when it comes to damage from water, fire, mold and more,

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.

Have Questions? Call Today – (509) 487-4700

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. Our teams are IICRC certified and up to date on all the latest cleanup and restoration techniques. We can also access the resources of our national network of over 2,000 Franchises to handle large commercial projects and major storm events.

You may also visit our SERVPRO Facebook page for more information about us and what we do.

Call us anytime 24/7 for help with a property damage disaster at your home or business. 509-487-4700.

Damage From a Fire Can Be More Extensive Than Meets the Eye

6/5/2022 (Permalink)

When a fire occurs, the damage it creates can be overwhelming. Initially, it may look like you just need to clear away that space, remove the drywall, and handle the flooring. Yet fire damage tends to be much more invasive than you realize. It is critical, then, to have a licensed team on hand to help you with the project.

Handling the Damage Expertly

The first step is always to handle the fire damage properly. That means removing all of the damage from the space. From there, it is necessary to remove any wet and damaged material resulting from putting the fire out. You may also have to remove debris further – such as pulling out more of the drywall to ensure the underlying plumbing and electrical work is in good condition. If not, more repairs are going to be necessary.

Beware of Smoke Damage

Another key concern is the home’s smoke damage. Smoke can travel beyond the area of the fire, often throughout the whole home. It can enter into your home’s ventilation, easily spreading throughout the space. This requires proper cleansing by a licensed technician because if you do not take care of this, the odor of smoke will persist.

Trust the Experts

Our team at SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane will create a treatment plan to address each area properly. We will then work closely with you to ensure that the space is properly cleaned and, once the cleaning and sanitizing is done, we will handle all of the restoration work for you. Our technicians are highly trained and experienced in all areas of remediation and restoration from fire damage. Give us a call 24/7 at 509-487-4700.

10 Bathroom Water Damage Facts We Bet You Didn’t Know

6/3/2022 (Permalink)

10 Bathroom Water Damage Facts We Bet You Didn’t Know

Ever wonder what can be lurking in your toilet?  Or where all of that water went when your sink overflowed?  What could be growing behind the walls?  Keep reading to learn some interesting bathroom facts you probably didn't know.

1.       Did you know that the bathroom is THE most susceptible location for water damage in your entire house? There are so many little bits of information and facts you may not know that could possibly save your bathroom from potential water damage. Read on below for nine more bathroom water damage tidbits we bet you didn’t know, but would love to find out!

2.       Invisible plumbing problems such as clogged drains can stop your bathtub and shower from completely drying after usage, and can signal severe problems underneath the bathtub. To prevent further bathroom water damage, these inconspicuous plumbing troubles should be inspected by a professional as soon as possible.

3.       The toilet is one of the household fixtures that can cause the majority of bathroom water damage in the home. Never ignore any water found around the toilet. The toilet lines should constantly be check for leaks, and the toilet rims, seats, and the toilet tank should be regularly checked as well. Also inspect the seal of the toilet. If the seal does not work anymore, there will be leakage from the toilet, causing disastrous bathroom water damage. 

4.       If the bathroom floor is soft, damage may already be in the process of occurring.

5.       The exhaust fan is an essential bathroom asset for the maintenance of low humidity levels. Assisting to keep the area dry and ventilated, the exhaust fan is an added security against the destruction that bathroom water damage causes. Be sure to turn on the fan during and following a warm/hot shower or bath to prevent moisture accumulation.  Routine cleaning and inspection can ensure that your exhaust fan is always operating properly. It is suggested to wire the fan to automatically function when the bathroom is used.

6.       Hanging deodorants in the toilet bowl can increase the chances of a clog, especially in low-flow toilets. Skip the fancy deodorizers if you want to keep your bowl clog-free and lessen your chances of bathroom water damage.

7.       Blisters along caulked areas, or discolored floor stains can suggest water leakage. Although these blemishes may seem small to the naked eye, do not underestimate the extent of the water damage in your bathroom. Just a tiny leak can be a sign of a enormous problem on pipes and drains that are not exposed and cannot be seen.  Furthermore, the water that penetrates into the floor encourages growth of mold, fungi, and other microorganisms that feed on the wood, causing more bathroom water damage. 

8.       Did you know that these microorganisms flourish in temperatures between 40 and 100 degrees? That is the typical temperature of most bathrooms, making the overall damage horrendous.

9.       If the humidity in your bathroom is high, generally more than 55 percent, you have a possible mold problem. Check for water on pipes because it can also suggests a mold situation and water damage. A musty odor also signals mold, and should be followed up with an inspection. The presence of mold cannot only lead to damage to your bathroom.

10.    Sinks and cabinets are constantly exposed to humidity and moisture, but are often ignored by homeowners searching for bathroom water damage. However, these are two fixtures that are known to conceal damage. You should regularly inspect under sinks and cabinets. A slow draining pipe underneath the sink suggests a clogged drain. If you see a loose or cracked drain seal, replace it immediately.

If you suspect water damage in your bathroom, or anywhere in your home or business, your first call should be to SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane. We are the leading water damage restoration specialists in the Inland Northwest. We are ready for your call anytime 24/7. Just call us at 509-487-4700.

When Water Damage Happens in Your Spokane Home or Business

6/3/2022 (Permalink)

Drying A Home Or Building In Spokane After Water Damage.

When the expert water technicians from SERVPRO® of Northwest Spokane enter your home after a water disaster, we have two very important questions that must be answered before drying equipment is installed.  The first question is “What is Wet?”  The question sounds simple enough but the answer is often more complicated.  Standing water is obvious but it almost always means that hidden cavities of water exist that must also be found.  These hidden areas can be found under cabinets or laminated flooring.  Water can also seep under tile floors or hardwoods.  Beyond the floors, water often rests inside walls and insulation and can move to adjoining rooms.  Determining “What is Wet” is one of the most important questions we must answer.

 The second question in our damage assessment is “How Wet Is It?”  Water found under cabinets or inside walls can cause extensive damage if left untreated.  Wood will warp, wet sheetrock will lose its strength and insulation can absorb large amounts of water.  To answer the question “How Wet Is It,” we use sophisticated metering equipment that can measure moisture levels in areas that are out of site.  We may also use a special camera capable of reading temperature variations within walls or ceilings or even in the foundation to answer this critical question.

Every Spokane water damage event is a little different and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. 

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, 365 days a year – including all holidays. Spokane residents can expect an immediate response time, day or night.

Professional Help for Fire and Smoke Damage in Spokane

6/3/2022 (Permalink)

House on fire with flames No matter how bad your fire, the professionals at SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane can make the restoration process smooth and worry free.

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 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 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

Water Damage at Your Business? SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane Will Get There Fast

5/18/2022 (Permalink)

Water Damage at a Spokane Business When your business experiences water damage, you need help fast. Call SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane.

Flooding and water damage events at Spokane-area commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. Many business owners understand that the business downtime can be more devastating to the property damage -- we understand that many times the most important thing to Spokane-area businesses is to get back in business . . . fast.

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane

SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. We can be reached at (509) 487-4700.

Join Our Team

5/13/2022 (Permalink)

Group photo of SERVPRO employees The hardworking team at SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane is looking for a few more people to join their ranks.

Want to join a great team and have a rewarding career? SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane has your opportunity! We're a fire/water damage mitigation company and we're currently hiring for all positions.

We may not rescue people, but we rescue their property and help restore peace of mind after disaster strikes! When there's been fire or smoke damage, water damage, storm damage, or any type of property damage, SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane is on the scene to secure the property, begin the cleanup process and restore the property.

If you're ready to work, we've got your job!

  • Full Time
  • Competitive Salary
  • Great Benefits

First: Download an application here:  

https://www.dropbox.com/s/7er2gui0js99tz0/Application%20for%20Employment.pdf?dl=0

Second: Send the completed application to rachael@SERVPROnwspokane.com

We look forward to hearing from you!

Proper Training and Certification is Critical in Your Restoration Technician

5/13/2022 (Permalink)

When a fire or storm damages your home or business, it is frightening to think about your next steps. You need someone that can give you all the advice and guidance necessary to put your property back together. The people you rely on for this need to be well-trained professionals, with years of experience they can rely on to ensure your property is properly restored.

What to Look for in Those Technicians

As you consider who will handle your damage restoration services, one of the most important considerations is finding technicians that are well trained. You want to ensure they have extensive training and are properly licensed to provide the types of services you need. They should be trained extensively in areas such as water damage, fire damage, and mold remediation. Not all companies offer the same level of service.

You also want to choose a team that is continuously training and keeping their education up to date. You want to know they are using the most advanced equipment and methods for getting your home back to a safe environment again.

Call the Professionals at SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane

When you are facing a disaster like this, turn to SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane. Our team goes through a rigorous training process. We work closely with you to ensure you understand everything we are going to do, and we follow all the best practices in the industry. Our technicians and our processes are IICRC certified so you can be confident that we are using the latest techniques and equipment to restore your property damage.

When you have damage to your commercial or residential property, choose SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane. Call us 24/7 at 509-487-4700.

Water Damage in Your Business Requires Next Level Professional Response

5/13/2022 (Permalink)

Commercial water damage mitigation Commercial water damage needs special attention and quick action. The resources of SERVPRO are critical at these times.

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 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.

Have Questions? Call Us Anytime 24/7 – (509) 487-4700