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Fire Prevention Steps for Your Spokane Home

10/18/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Prevention Steps for Your Spokane Home Testing your smoke detectors regularly and having a fire extinguisher in a central area are two ways to safeguard your family from a fire.

Having a Fire Safety and Escape Plan in Place is Crucial

Once your home has caught on fire, did you realize you may have only about two minutes to get out safely? An early warning from a smoke detector in proper working order during a fire and a fire escape plan which has been regularly practiced can save the lives of you and your family. After the fire, you may be disorientated and distraught, but at SERVPRO, we understand that and want to help put your life back together by cleaning up the mess and repairing the damages. 
 
Preventing a fire at all costs in your Spokane home is imperative. Our team at SERVPRO is quite experienced, highly trained, and ready to tackle whatever challenge is at hand. Our strategies and state of the art equipment for fire damage remediation are unmatched. The lasting damage of a fire, however, can still cause problems for you and your family. To prevent such events, ensure that you have the following taken care of: 
 
Smoke Detectors 
 
Make sure smoke detectors are installed in your home and working properly. You can have earlier warning of fire because of these devices, and can even help you put a fire out before it gets out of control. It is the most important step in preventing fires. 

Fire Extinguishers 
 
Fire extinguishers should be within reach at all times. If things get bad, this ensures you are prepared to fight it and help you to get away from the fire safely. 
 
Test, Test, Test 
 
Your smoke alarms need to be tested each month. If they are not working properly, change the batteries right away. 
 
Escape Plan 
 
Create an escape plan in case of an emergency and go over it with the whole family. Ensure that everyone understands it and that you have a safe spot where you can meet up once everyone gets out of the home, so you know that everyone is accounted for. 
 
Unfortunately, there are times when a fire breaks out, and we understand that there are many reasons why this can happen. Therefore, our approach at SERVPRO to fire and smoke damage cleanup involves a very extensive damage assessment. After you are safe and the fire is under control, get in touch with us right away and let us know exactly why the fire started. We use this information to deploy a strategy and team which is tailored uniquely to solving your problem. 
 
We give you our best work with the highest level of customer service in the industry. Our trained professionals are willing to do the dirty work, so you have no worries. Fire damage is quite serious, and we treat it as such. Our goal is to give you top level professionalism, and the highest level of service, customer support, and damage cleanup. 
 
Reach out to us at SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane if your home experiences a fire for any reason. We are happy to be out to your home right away when you call us at (509) 487-4700 anytime, any day of the week.

Dealing With Fire Damage In Your Spokane Home

10/18/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Dealing With Fire Damage In Your Spokane Home Spokane Homes Affected By Fire & Smoke Damage Get Help from SERVPRO.

SERVPRO Restores Spokane Properties Post Smoke & Fire Damage

After a fire happens on your property, you may be anxious to clean things up right away and attempt to get started on your own. However, unless you have professional cleaning experience or gain advice from a cleaning expert, you may be wasting your effort, or cause even further damage. 

  
A properly trained restoration technician can help you determine whether the items that receive fire damage in your Spokane home are worth trying to restore, or if they need replacement. These professional fire restorers can provide you with recommendations that help prevent further damage and give you estimates on services for cleaning and deodorizing the entire affected area. 
  
Fire and water damage restoration companies, like SERVPRO, follow strict guidelines when providing repair and cleaning services in your home. They take the time to secure the area, prevent hazards, and help limit the damages that you experience during this type of disaster. Getting help is the best way for you to assist with recovering from accidents that occur on your property. 
  
SERVPRO offers a variety of services that includes the removal of soot and smoke residues that form on various surfaces throughout your home during a fire. Household textiles such as carpeting and draperies often require several attempts before cleaning and deodorization services are complete. Not doing so may cause odors to return. 
  
It is important to make quick, precise decisions when considering your options after an event happens in your home. Time is essential, making dealing with smoke odors in your clothing, furniture, and other household items critical to prevent odors from lingering for days, weeks, or even months. Having a professional restoration company helps get things under control quicker and removes these odors in a more efficient manner.  
  
SERVPRO technicians use industrial-grade water extraction equipment to remove water used during firefighting efforts and have years of experience using cleaning methods to get the job done right. They are locally owned and operated, giving them the ability to provide you with what you need to get things back to normal fast. 
  
Contact SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane for additional information about available services or help regarding a fire, water, storm, or mold situation happening in your home today - (509) 487-4700. 

Smoke Odor from Fire in Your Spokane Home

10/18/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoke Odor from Fire in Your Spokane Home Our technicians have a big selection of equipment and products which are designed specifically to remove stubborn smoke odors.

Smoke Odor in Your Spokane Home? SERVPRO Can Help

Smoke odor is a stubborn and pervasive odor which lingers a long time after the flames of a fire are out. Whether it was caused by a nearby fire, a natural disaster, or from an accident such as an out of control cooking fire or a fireplace left unattended, the smoke odor can be a challenge to remove, even for experienced restoration professionals. 

There are various factors which influence the severity of smoke odor from fire damage in your Spokane home. The first is obvious – the size of the fire. The bigger the fire is and the more materials which have burned, the more smoke there is. How long the affected area is exposed to smoke matters as well. Smoke odor embeds itself deeper into porous materials the longer it has a chance to sit. 

Our technicians at SERVPRO know that after a fire, time is of the essence to prevent additional damage, which is why once you call us, we are out to your home quickly. We clean up the smoke odor, sanitize the area, and repair any salvageable items. 

Another factor which impacts the smoke odor is how large the room which is affected is. The smaller the room is, the more concentrated and intense the smoke odor can become. Materials which have burned is also important. Different materials leave behind different odors. A fire which burned wood smells different than a fire which affected mostly plastics or a protein fire. The kind of materials affected can influence the products we at SERVPRO use to get the smoke odor out. 

Our technicians have a big selection of equipment and products which are designed specifically to remove stubborn smoke odors. From hydroxyl generators to ozone machines, eco-friendly odor-busters to powerful odor-destroying chemicals, we are your answer to all your smoke odor removal needs. Our experienced professionals help you pinpoint the problem and figure out the best solution after we arrive at your home.

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Think of SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane when your home has suffered from a fire of any size. We can get the smoke odors out of your home and prevent additional damages when you contact us at (509) 487-4700.

Mold Damage Remediation Services in Spokane

10/18/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Remediation Services in Spokane The purpose of mold damage remediation is to eliminate any mold growing inside the house and to prevent exposing you to large amounts of mold.

SERVPRO is Here to Help Your Residential Mold Damage Emergency 

It is easy to ignore a simple pipe leakage when it happens, but the results can be costly. Dripping water from burst pipes can penetrate the walls and eventually find its way onto carpets and other house items. Failure to dry these items within 24-48 hours can lead to mold and mildew growth. These fungi thrive in moist environments. In the house, they can grow on cardboards, ceiling, tiles, wood products, foods, plants, fabrics, drywall, carpets, and other materials. While they have their purpose in nature, they can cause health effects. 

Following a water damage incident, it is important to have a mold remediation company check your house for mold growth. If you are looking for mold damage control services in Spokane, SERVPRO has qualified technicians with adequate equipment for the job. Our techniques are up to par with IICRC recommendations, and our emergency response is quick and efficient. 

Water damage situations provide an excellent environment for mold growth. Molds feed on organic materials such as natural fibers, drywall, paper, and wood. Additionally, they thrive in typical building temperatures of between 68 and 86 degrees F (meaning either extremely hot or cold temperatures). Some can survive in low relative humidity levels (up to 65 degrees low), but most prefer lots of moisture. To control their growth, our technicians use different equipment to reduce the RH to below 60%. 

The purpose of mold damage remediation is to eliminate any mold growing inside the house and to prevent exposing you to large amounts of mold. To do this effectively, SERVPRO technicians have to calculate the extent of the contamination. Indeed, mold does not always grow in one place. 

Based on our calculations, we can determine the most efficient method and products to use. The idea is to stop the water source, remove all moisture, and dry the area completely to avoid future mold growth. Air movers are particularly useful in drying a mold-damaged area. They create airflow at the surface level, allowing moisture into the air in the form of vapor. Drier air fills up the vacuum created, thus accelerating evaporation.

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Molds may (or can) cause health effects if not addressed. As a locally-based water damage restoration company, SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane can arrive quickly to control the mold damage. Call us today at (509) 487-4700.

Cleaning and Removing Mold From Spokane Homes

10/18/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Cleaning and Removing Mold From Spokane Homes Finding mold on the wall in your home is certainly disconcerting. Contact SERVPRO immediately for remediation services.

SERVPRO Technicians Understand the Three Major Tasks After Finding the Source of the Mold Infestation in Your Home

The first sign of mold for Spokane residents is that telltale ‘musty’ odor everyone recognizes. In some cases, it is the only sign that a homeowner ever notices. 
 
Once we are called in, SERVPRO technicians often trace mold damage in Spokane homes using that odor as well. Although we can use air content meters to analyze mold spore counts, it is often easier and faster to find the starting growth point for a mold colony just by following our sense of smell. 
 
After we find the starting point, our technicians have three tasks: Stop current growth, kill the active spores, and clean the home to prevent future mold growth. Team members stop the growth by finding and eliminating the source of water that allows the spores to expand and search for food and more moisture. 
 
In most homes, the water source is a small leak from a leaking pipe connection or even a rubber washer that needs replacing. SERVPRO specialists can fix these small issues quickly, but if they find a major leak, the team leader recommends the homeowner bring in a licensed contractor or plumber. After stopping the leak, our personnel can remove any puddles or other standing water with sponges and cloths. 
 
If there is a large amount of water, they use extraction wands. The wands we use are commercial grade versions of a Water-Vac, but are adjustable in speed and have more options to draw out water from tight places in attics or crawlspaces. Once the water source is gone, the mold rapidly returns to an inert state and growth stops immediately. 
 
Next, our restoration team wipes down every affected area with a dry sponge which removes the majority of the inert spores. Then they spray an anti-fungal agent over spots where the mold layer is thick. The chemical breaks up the clumps of spores, kills the few remaining active spores, and allows our specialists to remove them easily. The agents evaporate quickly, so our teams leave a clean, dry structure for the homeowner and residents to reoccupy. 
 
If you suspect there is mold in your home, call SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane today at (509) 487-4700. That musty odor is a warning you cannot ignore, so let us help you get rid of it.

Faulty Appliances Can Cause Flood Damage to Your Spokane Home

10/18/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Faulty Appliances Can Cause Flood Damage to Your Spokane Home Even with regular maintenance to your dishwasher, malfunctions can occur causing gallons of water to spill out all over your floors.

Rely on SERVPRO if an Appliance in Your Home Causes Water Damage

Spokane, in general, is no stranger to severe weather threats to the homes here. While this might be the case, and you might be well prepared structurally for high rising water that might attempt to intrude from the outside, there are still unexpected situations that can cause significant water damage inside of your home. These are situations that are almost impossible to plan for and require fast reaction times to keep the damages from getting worse.

As you might have already guessed, flood damage to your Spokane home does not have to occur from severe weather or storm damages at all. Convenience purchases like your dishwasher and washing machine can give you the same flooding damages when certain malfunctions occur within these appliances. The trouble is, even with preventative maintenance and servicing of these appliances on a regular basis (which is not all that common for the typical homeowner to do unless there's a present issue in performance), the threat of appliance failure persists.

Something as simple as a bushing that has gone bad in a washing machine can allow gallons and gallons of water to begin pouring onto your floor unabated until someone in the house takes notice of the occurrence. If you have set one of these appliances on right before leaving the house, the results could be significant flooding to the areas where you have this appliance located in your home. While this might be a shock to see, the longer this water can sit and spread throughout your home, the more damage it can cause. A situation like this is an excellent time to reach out to our SERVPRO emergency response team.

Right away, our IICRC certified technicians get to work with eliminating the source of the water damage (if it has not stopped before we arrive) and extracting the present water in the area. Pumps get used for fast extraction, and our drying equipment such as air movers get used to finish off the last of the present water in the area.

Appliances can add a new level of convenience to your home life, but they are not built to last forever. If you are battling flood damage from faulty appliances in your home, call SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane today. You can reach us at any time by calling (509) 487-4700.

Preventing Water Damage in Your Spokane Home

10/18/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Preventing Water Damage in Your Spokane Home Water Damaged Carpet from a water line break. Call the experts at SERVPRO for any of your Water Damage needs.

Water damage is the main thing which weakens the foundation of your home and the core that holds your house together. Water damage hits at the core strength of your home, causing serious structural damage in the end. With damp wood, carpenter ants and termites have an invitation. Plus, mildew and mold start to grow. 
 
Knowing steps to prevent water damage can give you peace of mind during the next heavy storm. Your Spokane home can stand up to the elements, and you do not have to spend your time worrying about the possible damages that could happen. When water damage still occurs, get a professional remediation company into your home right away to minimize damages. SERVPRO is always ready to help you when needed. 
 
Make Sure You Have Good Drainage 
 
Poor drainage weakens your foundation, causing uneven settling, cracks, and pathways for water to get into your home. 
 
Keep your gutters clean. A clogged gutter sends cascades of water down the side of your house, which damages your siding and foundation. Make sure your downspouts direct the water five to ten feet away from your house. Also, ensure that your yard is sloped six inches or more over a ten-foot span away from the foundation. A gradient like this keeps water from getting right next to your foundation, which can crack the masonry, cause walls to lean, and make leaks. When it comes to crawl spaces, keeping water away ensures that extra water is not pooling under your floor, creating damp conditions that encourage rot, insects, and mold. 
 
If you ever notice leaking at all around your foundation, get in touch with our technicians at SERVPRO right away, as this can become an enormous and expensive problem if it is not taken care of as soon as possible. 
 
Check Your Sump Pump Regularly 
 
During a severe storm is not when you want to realize your sump pump is not working. Check it at least once a year, or more during a heavy period of storms. 
 
Fill the sump pump pit slowly with water and watch for the float to rise. Make sure the water level falls. Test your backup pump the same way, unplugging the main pump first. 
 
Check for Water Leaks 
 
Persistent leaks cause mildew and mold, rot, and the presence of carpenter ants and termites. If you are quick to fix a leak, you may experience no long-term damage. 
 
Look for dark spots under piping inside sink cabinets, toilets which rock, stains on ceilings, and drips. Inspect your roof at least once per year, and repair any loose, missing, or damaged shingles. Cracked caulking needs repair, and look for leaks around flashing. 
 
If you do ever find water leaks or damage in your home, you need to have it taken care of as soon as you can to prevent additional and more costly damage. SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane can help you clean up and repair water damage of various kinds. Just give us a call at (509) 487-4700 any time of the day so that we can assess the damage and get your home back to its proper condition.

Free Insurance CE Classes In Spokane, WA

8/28/2018 (Permalink)

Community Free Insurance CE Classes In Spokane, WA Free Insurance CE Classes In Spokane, WA 9/6/2018

SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane is offering FREE Insurance CE Course's in Spokane on Thursday, September 6th 2018 – hosted on the north side of Spokane at the Quality Inn on North Division. Please RSVP as soon as possible as space is limited and we are filling up fast!

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 6th: Ethics

Quality Inn Oakwood, N Division

8:00am-11:00am (Check-In is at 7:30am)

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 6th: Restorative Drying for Water Damage

Quality Inn Oakwood, N Division

12:00pm-2:00pm (Check-In is at 11:30am)

Muffins, Pastries, Lunch & Beverages Provided.

We would love for all Spokane-area insurance agents to attend and please share this information with any other agents/agencies who you think may be interested. We fly our instructor in from our Corporate Tennessee office and he does an excellent job and teaches the class with humor and some hands-on learning that keeps you engaged!  We also have fun giveaways for class attendees, leaving you with an opportunity to leave with something really cool!

This is a once a year event so save your spot today by emailing jess@SERVPROnwspokane.com.

Mold: Myths, Facts and Solutions

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold: Myths, Facts and Solutions Great example of mold visibility and level of actual damage

Mold is everywhere. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. That said, mold is not always bad. Many molds we embrace, and some of us even eat types of mold as delicacies. Yeast, Mushrooms and Blue Cheese are great examples of molds we embrace and which are widely consumed.  In addition to those, many types of mold are used in hospitals every day to fight and ward off infections - these include Penicillin, Lovastatin, Cyclosporine and many more. We also find ourselves in contact with mold every time we go outdoors - most of this mold is harmless and does nothing to us. Mold becomes dangerous and potentially harmful when it occurs in enclosed spaces with reduced circulation and a moist environment. There are specific types of mold that produce spores known as Mycotoxin - these are the ones you do not want around. That being said, there are some myths about how to handle, clean and remove mold should you find it within your home. 

Let us take a look at the top 8 myths:

Mold is natural so you do not have to worry about it.

If you only see a little bit of mold it is nothing to worry about it.

There should be no mold inside.

All mold is bad.

All mold causes health problems.

Bleach Kills mold.

Killing mold is enough I do not have to remove it.

Cleaning up mold is not that hard you can do it yourself.

WOW! Ok, that is a lot of information and very contradictory information at that. We have already debunked the idea that all molds are bad but what about the rest? While mold is a naturally occurring substance that does aid in decay it does not make it safe all the time. As we stated, it is the type of mold that can be damaging not only to the air but also to any building or area that it is found in. This is due to the way it feeds - mold must absorb nutrients from the organism rather than directly eating it.

When you can actually see the mold, you have a much larger problem. Mold likes warm moist areas to live and all too often these are places that go undisturbed for extended periods of time. When you can see the mold it is like an iceberg -the majority of it lives below the surface. When you open a container of fruit that was in the back of the refrigerator, what you see is contained inside a sealed area. Your home attic, basement or forgotten closet is not quite as contained.

This is not to say that no mold should be inside a home at all. Mold is everywhere and all around you but acceptable levels and safe types of mold are the focus here. When an area is given ripe conditions for growing mold is where problems arise. Your health along with any allergies will determine how much mold you can tolerate within the environment. No one has set specific levels however. There are a great number of contributing factors that come into play. Central heating and cooling for example allow for rapid air flow which can circulate spores faster as well create more airborne particles more likely to be breathed in than those that are not.

Having already determined that not all mold is bad, let us examine what happens to your health when you do come into contact with mold. First and foremost, it does not mean you will get sick. Just like anything else, there are varying degrees. For example, if you are very sensitive to the environment, already sick, or have severe allergies to other things, this could lead to a more intense reaction to mold spores. This does not mean a lack of a reaction means the mold is safe and does not need treated - if left untreated, it will continue to grow and can quickly become out of control.

So how do you get rid of it? Bleach right? WRONG! Understanding basic science helps here. Bleach is meant for topical treatments and does not soak into materials. Bleach is also very strong and can damage many surfaces that it comes into contact with. So anything porous gets a good cleaning from the surface could be ruined and you still have mold. Mold does not live on the surface of materials which we already discussed. It is a deep down organism and it needs the same to combat it. Concrobium (commercial grade) is a product that has these properties. It gets through the surface deep down into the materials, finds the mold spores, wraps itself around them and crushes them as it dries. While doing so, the anti-microbial barrier remains on the surface to protect against future mold growth. Bleach dries and evaporates. Remember mold is under surfaces just like the iceberg.

Ok, so you can go to the store and get some of that and are all set right? Well not exactly. Just wiping down a surface with the Concrobium is not enough. What caused the mold to grow in the first place? Did you use a scope and look behind the walls, get into the attic, or crawl space and see what was going on? Did you stop the problem? Did you remove the ruined insulation? What was the insulation rating, how thick was it and what did you do to replace it? How about that wall that is covered from the back? Were you able to get it all wiped and cleaned... wait, what about the front of the wall, the pretty part? Did you spray and wash that down? Did you know that the middle part of the wall has a membrane that most moisture can not get through which is why you only saw it on the back of the wall...how do you access that? This is why you do not just wipe it down and move on.

Killing the spores that are there does not mean you still do not have a problem. If some of the spores were disturbed while you were spraying the solution and traveled outside of the treated area, you will have this problem again. If too many of the spores became airborne they can get into vents and duct work and move to other areas of the house or even push down deeper into the materials affected and work from the other side that you may not have treated. Looking behind walls to determine the extent of the damage is important. Many walls and beams can be affected and could need to be replaced. Calling a professional to assist in the proper remediation is the best way to get it taken care of properly.

Myths debunked - Check. Doctor visits are recommended if you suspect you have any issues that could stem from mold. Always call a professional and have them assess the situation before you try and handle it yourself. Be safe out there and make sure you remember - not all mold is bad!

What You Should Know About Mold Remediation and Mold Removal

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What You Should Know About Mold Remediation and Mold Removal What is the difference between “Mold Removal” and Mold Remediation?

What You Should Know About Mold Remediation and Mold Removal

Mold is found under the fungi classification. It is a soft green or at times grey growth which develops on objects or old food left for a lengthy period in warm, wet air. It can be found in outdoor and indoor places, thus, it is important for the indoor humidity to be kept below forty-five percent because a higher humidity supports the growth of this class of fungus. Floods and high humidity levels often lead to microbial growth and fungus. Microbial growth can be present in an area, but that does not classify it as mold. The most efficient method of controlling microbial growth is by the moderation of temperature. When the temperature is lowered, the rate of microbial growth decreases rapidly. 
Mold and mildew are two fungi that people often tend to confuse. Mildew appears to be powdery and white in color then later turns to brown, black or yellow. The other fungus seems fuzzy but can appear in similar colors as the mildew. Mildew damages crops while molds damage the structural foundations of homes. Both fungi are usually accompanied by a musty odor which can lead to more health issues. It likes to thrive in moisturized areas and grows quickly into colonies with water exposure. These colonies are responsible for the production of irritants and allergens that affect the health of people. 

For mitigation of molds to take place, all sources of moisture and water need to be addressed otherwise it may regrow. The first step is to remove all traces of moldy growth immediately. Five fundamental principles must be applied by homeowners and employers to ensure successful mitigation of this fungus. They should focus on the source and moisture removal, safety, contamination control and assessment. Proper mitigation is essential once the fungi is removed because areas must be monitored to prevent it from occurring again.

It is important to determine the party that will be in charge of the mold cleanup. An environmental hygienist can determine what treatment can be used for this fungus. These hygienists mitigate the problem by sealing off the affected areas with plastic sheets to stop dispersion of the spores. Fungus should be dealt with by the wearing a face mask with high filtration and neoprene gloves. Once the mold cleanup is finished, the air around it needs to be cleaned using air exchange and scrubbers. 

It is essential for the environmental hygienist to have a protective suit because harsh chemicals are used for the mold cleanup. Hard surfaces with moldy growth have to be scrubbed with water and detergent and left to dry completely. Porous materials like carpets and ceiling tiles need to be disposed of by the environmental hygienists if they get moldy. The crevices of these porous materials are prone to mold growth, and painting can only happen once the environmental hygienists complete the mold cleanup otherwise the paint peels off. The correct mitigation strategies need to be employed for effective cleanup.

Visit http://www.SERVPROnorthwestspokane.com for more information on mold remediation.

Understanding Storms and How to Prepare

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Understanding Storms and How to Prepare Storms can be very beautiful but also dangerous, deadly and powerful - understanding & respecting storms will help keep you safe when they strike.

Storm Basics

 A thunderstorm is a rain shower during which you hear thunder. Since thunder comes from lightning, all thunderstorms have lightning. It is classified as “severe” when itcontains one or more of the following:

 Hail (one inch or greater)

Winds in excess of 58 mph

Structural wind damage

Tornado:

Tornadoes are arguably nature’s most violent storms. Generated from powerful thunderstorms, and generally appear as rotating, funnel-shaped clouds extending from the cloud base to the ground. With winds that can reach up to 300 miles per hour, tornadoes can cause massive destruction within seconds. Damage paths can be in excess of one mile wide and fifty miles long. The average tornado moves southwest to northeast, but tornadoes have been known to move in any direction. The average forward speed of a tornado is 30 miles per hour, but may vary from stationary to 70 miles per hour. Tornadoes can accompany tropical storms and hurricanes as they move onto land. Tornadoes are most frequently reported east of the Rocky Mountains during spring and summer months. Tornadoes are most likely to occur between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m.

 Tornado Facts and Storm Tips (above) are provided by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency).

Watch vs. Warning

A severe thunderstorm watch: means that the potential exists for the development of thunderstorms which may produce large hail or damaging winds. A watch is issued by the SPC (Storm Prediction Center).

A severe thunderstorm warning: means that a severe thunderstorm is occurring or is imminent based on Doppler radar information or a reliable spotter report. A warning is issued by the local National Weather Service office.

 Watch vs. Warning and Storm Basics are provided by NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). For more information visit their website: www.noaa.gov  

Be prepared!! Emergency Supply Kit 

Recommended items to include in a basic emergency supply kit:

Water (one gallon per person per day)

Food (non-perishable 3-day supply)

Manual can opener

Battery operated radio, preferably a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries

Flashlight and extra batteries

First aid kit

Whistle to signal for help

Clothing

Dust masks or bandanas

Plastic sheeting, garbage bags and duct tape

Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities

Local maps

Hygiene items

Important documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account information

Cash

Fire extinguisher

Matches in a waterproof container

Before the storm 

To begin preparing, you should build an emergency supply kit and make a family communication plan.

Remove dead or rotting trees and branches that could fall and cause injury or damage during a severe thunderstorm.

Postpone outdoor activities.

Remember the 30/30 Lightning Safety Rule: Go indoors if, after seeing lightning, you cannot count to 30 before hearing thunder. Stay indoors for 30 minutes after hearing the last clap of thunder.

Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage.

Get inside a home, building, or hard top automobile (not a convertible). Although you may be injured if lightning strikes your car, you are much safer inside a vehicle than outside.

Remember, rubber-soled shoes and rubber tires provide NO protection from lightning. However, the steel frame of a hard-topped vehicle provides increased protection if you are not touching metal.

Shutter windows and secure outside doors. If shutters are not available, close window blinds, shades or curtains.

Unplug any electronic equipment well before the storm arrives.

Use your battery-operated NOAA Weather Radio for updates from local officials.

Avoid contact with corded phones. Use a corded telephone only for emergencies. Cordless and cellular telephones are safe to use.

Avoid contact with electrical equipment or cords.

Unplug appliances and other electrical items such as computers and turn off air conditioners. Power surges from lightning can cause serious damage.

Avoid contact with plumbing. Do not wash your hands, do not take a shower, do not wash dishes, and do not do laundry. Plumbing and bathroom fixture can conduct electricity.

Stay away from windows and doors, and stay off porches.

Do not lie on concrete floors and do not lean against concrete walls.

Avoid natural lightning rods such as a tall, isolated tree in an open area.

Avoid hilltops, open fields, the beach or a boat on the water.

Take shelter in a sturdy building.

Avoid isolated sheds or other small structures in open areas.

Avoid contact with anything metal—tractors, farm equipment, motorcycles, golf carts, golf clubs, and bicycles.

If you are driving, try to safely exit the roadway and park. Stay in the vehicle and turn on the emergency flashers until the heavy rain ends.

Avoid touching metal or other surfaces that conduct electricity in and outside the vehicle.

After the storm

Never drive through a flooded roadway.

Stay away from storm-damaged areas to keep from putting yourself at risk from the effects of severe thunderstorms.

Continue to listen to a NOAA Weather Radio or to local radio and television stations for updated information or instructions, as access to roads or some parts of the community may be blocked.

Help people who may require special assistance, such as infants, children and the elderly or those with access or functional needs.

Stay away from downed power lines and report them immediately.

Watch your animals closely. Keep them under your direct control.

If you have storm damage to your home or property call your local professional immediately. Timely mitigation is key to minimize secondary damages caused by severe storms.

SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane (509) 487-4700

When the severe storm rolls out ...we roll in.

Water Damage and Flooding Dos & Don'ts

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage and Flooding Dos & Don'ts Water Damage? Flooding Emergency? Call the water damage cleanup professionals at SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane.

Have A Water Damage Emergency?

Call (509) 487-4700

         What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.


    What NOT to Do After Flooding
  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

Reducing Business Interruption After a Disaster

1/15/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Reducing Business Interruption After a Disaster Fire Extinguisher Powder After a Small Commercial Fire.

Did you know that SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane has a dedicated team to handle commercial emergencies? Fire damage is especially devastating for a business or commercial property. In addition to the fire and smoke damage, significant water damage from firefighting efforts and fire suppression systems may occur. Every hour spent restoring your business back to pre-fire condition is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. If your business experiences a fire loss, call the fire and water damage restoration experts and we’ll respond immediately to get you back to business. 

Our commercial response team has the experience and knowledge to help guide our client through the claims process, while performing services around the clock if necessary to bring the business back to operational status as quickly as possible. Even a small fire can shut your business down for several days or weeks if not taken care of properly. Contact SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane today for an appointment for a free assessment and Emergency Ready Profile

As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. And knowing you are "Ready for whatever happens" speaks trust to your clients and employees that in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don’t necessarily have to be.

By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business

Does Your Business Have an Emergency/Disaster Plan?

1/15/2018 (Permalink)

How quickly your company can get back to business after a tornado, fire, or flood often depends on the emergency planning done today. The regular occurrence of natural disasters demonstrates the importance of being prepared for any emergency. While each situation is unique, your organization can be better prepared if you plan carefully, put emergency procedures in place, and practice for all kinds of emergencies. The following are basic measures business owners and managers can take to begin preparing. A commitment to begin planning today will help support your employees, customers, the community, local economy, and even the country. It also protects your business investment and gives your company a better chance for survival.

Develop a Business Continuity Plan
Your organization's risk needs will vary depending on the specific industry, size, scope, and location. Begin by reviewing your business process flow chart, if one exists, to identify operations critical to survival and recovery. Carefully assess your internal and external functions to determine which staff, materials, procedures, and equipment are absolutely necessary to keep the business operating. You should also establish procedures for succession of management.

Review Insurance Coverage
Inadequate insurance coverage can lead to major financial loss if your business is damaged, destroyed, or simply interrupted for a period of time. Insurance policies vary; check with your agent or provider about things such as physical losses, flood coverage, and business interruption. Understand what your policy does and does not cover.

Prepare Your Emergency Plan
Your employees and co-workers are your businesses' most valuable asset. Communication is central before, during, and after a disaster. Include emergency information in newsletters, on your company intranet, in periodic employee e-mails and/or other communication tools.

Practice the Emergency Plan
Some disasters will require employees to leave the workplace quickly. The ability to evacuate workers, consumers, and visitors effectively can save lives. If your business operates out of more than one location, establish evacuation procedures for each individual building. If your company is in a high-rise building, an industrial park, or even a strip mall, it is important to coordinate and practice with other tenants or businesses to avoid confusion and potential gridlock.

Secure Your Facility and Equipment
Install fire extinguishers, smoke alarms, and detectors in appropriate places. Secure all entry and exit points and plan for mail safety. Plan what you will do if your building, plant, or store is not usable. Secure valuable equipment.

Improve Cyber Security
Protecting your data and information systems may require specialized expertise, but even the smallest business can be better prepared. Use anti-virus software and keep it up-to-date. Don't open emails from unknown sources. Use hard-to-guess passwords. Protect your computer from intruders by using firewalls. Back up your computer data and download security protection updates known as patches regularly.  

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.

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?
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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.


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

Spokane Biohazard and Sewage-What to Do?

5/26/2016 (Permalink)

Biohazard Spokane Biohazard and Sewage-What to Do? Biohazard cleanup team is ready in Spokane.

SERVPRO Can Safely Remedy Biohazard and Sewage Cleanup in Spokane

Spokane biohazard and sewage cleanup can involve hidden dangers. It must only be handled by an expert team, with the right training, skills, and equipment to do the job safely. With the assistance of a professional biohazard service from SERVPRO, you can rest assured that your health and the security of your property is a top priority.

There are many reasons why biohazards develop. Several are crime scene residues, chemical spills, animal waste or carcasses, hoarding, and the most frequent, sewage backups. The main point to remember is that certain chemicals and pathogens can lead to unhealthy and dangerous consequences if left untreated in a home or business. If you suspect that this kind of problem has occurred in or around your property, you need to call in the SERVPRO experts quickly to assess the situation.

Once the experts carry out a thorough inspection of the site, they can give you a general assessment. You should not attempt to re-enter the property until you have received clearance from an authoritative source.

The reason eradication and elimination are the primary tactics for biohazard cleanup are because any materials that have come into contact with raw sewage could present a serious risk to health. Within areas deemed ‘unsafe,’ life-threatening organisms like E. coli, salmonella, tapeworm, HPV (human papilloma virus), chemicals, and even HIV and AIDs can lurk if blood is present.

If you experience any breakdown involving sewage in Spokane on a scale larger than a small toilet overflow, you absolutely must contact a biohazard removal team right away. In most cases, it is only sewer water that warrants such an immediate reaction, but it is important to be aware that other forms of water damage can become harmful if left untreated.

For example, water from drains and polluted rivers may flood a property and deposit contaminants. This water is not clean; it contains all kinds of bacteria, irritants, and harmful substances and is termed Black Water. This is why you should never wait before you get water damage of any type restored and repaired, even as the contaminated water is quickly removed from the premises.

For businesses, the urgency of biohazard cleanup is particularly pressing. You cannot afford to have your workers or clients exposed to contaminated water, pathogenic agents from a crime scene, or meth lab chemicals. Get in touch with an expert biohazard cleanup team from SERVPRO right away. These skilled professionals, wearing Hazmat safety clothing and gear, utilize special equipment for any biohazard clean up in Spokane. Immediate mitigation of health related issues and property preservation are the main, initial focal points. Safety always comes first.

 24 Hour Emergency Service for Biohazard and Sewage Clean Up

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24 Hour Emergency Service

We are available 24 hours a day—our highly trained technicians are standing by. We have the qualified trained professionals who are ready to respond to these incidents. We will always treat your property and the people involved with the greatest empathy and respect in the face of trying circumstances.

Commercial Water Damage in Spokane Due to Sewage Leaks

5/25/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage in Spokane Due to Sewage Leaks Top rated commercial water damage restoration company is only a call away at 509-487-4700.

Water Damage Remediation Can Prevent Employee Health Issues

One of the more dangerous types of Spokane water damage which can occur in your commercial property is the leakage of sewage. Sewage contains bacteria, fungi, and viruses, many which can cause a lot of health concerns, including mold. Many people sadly do not realize the hazards that sewage can bring into your building, especially for those who are very old or young, and for anyone who already has an immune system which has been compromised or who have respiratory problems

As a business owner, there are some fundamental principles you should know about sewer backups and water damage:

Sewage hosts several different pathogenic and disease-causing bacteria, fungi, parasites, and viruses. Anyone who is working on losses of sewage has to have vaccinations which are up to date, including their Hepatitis B.


Exposure to sewage is dangerous, especially for anyone under the age of two or over the age of sixty, for people with weakened immune systems, anyone who is recovering from surgery, for women who are pregnant, anyone who has AIDS, or anyone on chemotherapy or prescription drugs.

It is unsafe to stay in a Spokane building which has been flooded by sewage unless the area that is contaminated can be totally sealed off and put under a controlled air flow, so there is not a danger of cross contamination to sectors that are not affected.

Materials that are highly absorbent and saturated with sewage material such as carpeting, carpet padding, upholstery, insulation, and drywall that cannot be laundered for at least ten minutes in hot water will need to be trashed.  It is too big of a health risk to only clean and dry these materials.

Only professionals who are highly trained should be performing your sewage and water damage remediation work near Spokane. Afterward, a third party environmental professional can do post-remediation verification to make sure your building is safe to re-occupy.

Commercial Water Restoration Presents Unique Challenges

SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane has the training, equipment, and experience to handle large commercial flooding or water damage emergencies around Spokane. Whether your water emergency occurs in a small office building in Spokane, or a large store in Downtown Spokane, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion. 

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

Disaster Recovery Teams are ready to help in Spokane.

Flood Damage In Spokane WA

5/25/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage In Spokane WA We are ready for any size disaster in Spokane, WA

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 obtaining 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 every bit of water damage in the home. They can locate every bit and piece of moisture so that you can rest assured that your home remains safe.

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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.

Sewage Backup Cleanup Company Is Ready To Help In Spokane

5/20/2016 (Permalink)

Cleaning Sewage Backup Cleanup Company Is Ready To Help In Spokane Need emergency sewage cleanup for your Spokane home or business? Call SERVPRO at 509-487-4700.

Spokane Sewage Cleanup

Sewage backup cleanup and removal in Spokane is always a messy job. All you have to say is the sewage word and people know exactly what you are talking about. When it comes in contact with your homes flooring or contents is when you have a problem on your hands.

If a sewage line gets clogged or you just have a random backup that is where SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane comes in. We have the tools and knowledge to help you get everything cleaned up and sanitized as quickly as possible. Our technicians have been trained on how to clean up contaminated water and use the proper protection from what may it may contain. Not only does the look of sewage water scare people but the odor will definitely make you think twice about cleaning it up yourself. Most Spokane homeowners do call for advice if it is a small problem, but if you feel you’re in over your head with the sewage overflow cleanup, we are ready to help.

Sewage Backup or Toilet Overflow in Spokane? Call Us Today – (509) 487-4700

24 Emergency Service

Sewage backup should be considered an emergency and dealt with as quickly as possible. We are the water damage restoration specialists with specific training and expertise to safely restore your home or business

The Benefits of Water/Flood Damage Cleanup in Spokane

3/22/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage The Benefits of Water/Flood Damage Cleanup in Spokane Spokane and North Washington State water damage cleanup team.

Call SERVPRO for Help With Spokane Area Water/Flood Damage

Water damage will just get worse the longer it is left standing, so fast removal is essential for the safety and structural integrity of your property. Spokane water/flood damage cleanup should be done to make sure that your home is cleaned, sanitized and dried properly. Using the right equipment is an important part of the process. Testing devices can help in finding hidden water sources that could be ruining your subfloors, drywalls and more. Advanced drying techniques will aid in the cleanup process to make certain your property is returned to its previous condition. 

Fast Assistance for Spokane Water/Flood Damage Cleanup 

Water and flood damage can occur without any warning. You may experience a leaky roof after a heavy rainstorm or large rainfalls that could lead to water seeping into your property underneath your doors and damaging your carpets and flooring. If a hurricane, tornado or another type of natural disaster affects your area, severe water damage could occur through a broken window or roof. Sometimes, toilets overflow, leading to serious issues with contaminated water. A flooded dishwasher, a burst water pipe or many other problems could also lead to flooding in your home. 

Helpful tools that expedite the process of water removal and drying and restoration include a submersible pump (sump pump), truck mounted pumps and wet vacuums. Moisture detectors and hygrometers can also be used. They measure the amount of water and moisture in your property. Also, infrared cameras can help make sure that there are no hidden sources of water behind walls or in hard-to-see spaces. Powerful truck-mounted or portable extraction machines can get rid of most of the water in your residence. When the bulk of the standing water has been dealt with, industrial grade dryers and dehumidifiers should be turned on to make ensure that your property is thoroughly dried. Your carpet or carpet padding might need to be removed so that the subfloor underneath does not get damaged. Unfortunately, other materials around the house may need to be replaced if the damage is too severe, or if the standing water is quickly removed.

The sooner you contact a Spokane area professional to get started on the water removal and recovery process, the more likely it is that your property and belongings can be restored.

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.

24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Cleanup for Spokane & North Washington State

3/22/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Cleanup for Spokane & North Washington State After hours emergency water damage service is available to you at 509-487-4700.

Spokane & Northern Washington State Emergency Water Damage Cleanup Company

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO in Spokane provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.

In many cleaning and restoration situations, immediate action is needed. With over 1,650 U.S. and Canadian Franchise locations, SERVPRO is strategically positioned to be faster to any size emergency. An immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Water is particularly invasive, quickly spreading throughout your property and being absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, etc. SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately.

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.
  • Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.
  • 48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.
  • More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.
  • 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 & Northern Washington State residents can expect an immediate response time, day or night.

    Why should I not take care of water damage myself in Spokane?

    3/21/2016 (Permalink)

    Water Damage Why should I not take care of water damage myself in Spokane? If you have any water damage cleanup questions call SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane today for answers.

    What can happen if a water damage cleanup is not performed correctly

    Even a small amount of water can cause a lot of damage to a Spokane property and if corrective action isn’t taken right away, the homeowner may bear the cost of the clean-up.  This is because most homeowner insurance policies will state that it is the homeowner’s responsibility to try to limit further damage to their home after a water loss.  If they don’t do anything, the insurance company could deny the claim.

    On top of this, the longer there is water in a home, the greater the possibility of the home experiencing secondary damage.  This is when materials that are wet sustain additional damage that then becomes more expensive to fix.  A good example is when wet drywall is not properly dried and then becomes moldy.  Another one is when you have a wet room that is not addressed and the high humidity levels cause damage to another room that wasn’t originally affected.

    Secondary damage is always more expensive to mitigate than the original water damage but can be avoided if corrective action is taken right away!

    At SERVPRO in Spokane, we have successfully mitigated water damages in hundreds of homes in our many years of service to the Spokane area.

    Once you see our green trucks pull into your driveway or parking lot, you can rest assured you’re in capable hands. We have the latest modern, commercial-grade drying equipment available-including, extractors, dehumidifiers, air movers, hardwood floor drying systems, and each of our trained technicians are certified in water restoration.

    Need Water Damage or Flood Cleanup Services?
    Call Us Today – (509) 487-4700

    Locally Owned Company with National Resources

    SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane is locally owned and operated—so we are part of this community too. We are also part of a national network of over 1,650 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country to respond to large scale disasters.

    For Expert Spokane Water Damage Control, Call SERVPRO

    3/21/2016 (Permalink)

    Water Damage For Expert Spokane Water Damage Control, Call SERVPRO Need a top rated water damage restoration company in Spokane? Call SERVPRO at 509-487-4700.

    For Expert Spokane Water Damage Control, Call SERVPRO 

    When you require Spokane water damage control and cleanup services, you want to have skilled professionals in the field that you can get a hold of immediately. Water damage doesn't necessarily end when the flood recedes. Water can remain in your property even without your knowing it's there and can lead to further deterioration. A reputable Spokane water damage specialist will make it a priority to discover all of the water that is left behind on your property and remove it safely and promptly.

    Get Help for Flooding Damage as Soon as Possible

    If your property has suffered from flooding damage, you should realize that this damage begins immediately and does not necessarily end when the flood waters have receded. It can be absorbed by your walls, floors, upholstery and personal belongings within a matter of minutes. Thousands of dollars' worth of damage can be done in a short time span. Even after most of the water has been vacuumed away, residual water can remain in every corner and crevice of your property. 

    Waiting too long to call a qualified flood damage control service like SERVPRO can cause your property to allow the growth of mold and mildew. This fills your property with unsavory odors and can cause major health effects. Though extreme, uncontrolled mold and mildew growth can cause a property to be condemned and torn down just as surely as damage due to fire or earthquake. It is sound advice to obtain help for Spokane water damage as soon as possible.

    24/7 Emergency Response Service Is a Must

    The sooner you contact a flood damage service to receive expert assistance, the sooner they will be able to begin a plan of damage assessment, cleanup, and restoration. You should be able to contact them at any time of the day or night to inform them of your emergency. A reputable flood damage control service ought to be ready and able to dispatch a team of trained professionals to your location to assess the issue and begin the water removal and cleanup response. 

    Call Today for Expert Spokane Water Damage Service

    Depend on a locally owned and operated business that is dedicated to making sure that your emergency needs receive a prompt and effective response. We are located in the area so that we can arrive at your property rapidly when you are facing serious water damage to your property.

    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.

    Water Damage To A Carpet In Spokane

    3/16/2016 (Permalink)

    Water Damage Water Damage To A Carpet In Spokane Need help cleaning up a water damage claim in Spokane? Call SERVPRO at 509-487-4700.

    Spokane Water Damaged Carpeting Can Be Dried and Restored by SERVPRO

    Water damage in your Spokane home can appear in many forms. When even a relatively small amount of water has seeped into your home from flooding, leaking or broken pipe, then you will want to pay close attention to these common questions that people ask about the water damage to their carpets. Material loss can be compounded by the growth of mold and mildew.

    1. Does all water damage to carpet immediately cause mold or mildew?
    If a relatively controllable amount of water is quickly cleaned up and steps are taken to dry the subfloor surface, padding, and carpet, then the prevention of mold and mildew growth is high. Without moisture, the organic debris within the carpeting can not sustain mold growth.

    2. Now that we have dried the carpets and area, do we need to clean them and why?
    Yes, even though you have taken all the right measures to correctly dry out your carpets after having experienced water damage, you still really should make the effort to clean your carpets. Cleaning can be completed by steam cleaning them and by cleaning the back of the carpet with a disinfectant to stymie the growth of mold. Area rugs and carpets should be lifted to ensure total drying. Wall-to-wall carpeting must first be released from the tack boards. SERVPRO technicians can work with the carpets and padding to ensure complete drying by utilizing special pumps, wet-vacs, and dehumidifiers. This drying out process may take from several days to several weeks depending on the amount of water intrusion and the speed of extraction. Evaporation can only go so fast though we expedite the process with state of the art dehumidifiers. 

    3. Do we need to sanitize the carpets after we try to dry them? 
    Of course, by having SERVPRO spray an antimicrobial product to the carpet and the padding (if it was rescued) will lessen the chance of infections and diseases. If the carpets were covered with contaminated sewage or ground rising water, called Black Water, there is only one option. Our technicians will safely wrap and dispose of the carpet and padding and then proceed to sanitize the subfloor. 

    When the extent of water damage to a carpet is beyond a spilled glass of milk or a small water leak encompassing a small area, the best call is to SERVPRO. Our skilled IICRC trained technicians will utilize all the equipment and expertise required to restore your carpet "Like it never even happened."

    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.

    Common Questions Asked About Water Damage on Carpet in Spokane

    3/16/2016 (Permalink)

    Water Damage Common Questions Asked About Water Damage on Carpet in Spokane Need help with a water damage claim in Spokane? Call SERVPRO at 509-487-4700.

    Your Spokane Home Gets SERVPRO's Water Damaged Carpet Cleaning and Sanitation

    In my Spokane water damaged home, what are my Options for a Carpet Soaked from a Flood?
    Have water extracted by a professional technician from SERVPRO. He will vacuum up the water using a truck-mounted, portable, or ridable machine as a first step. Strategic placement of dehumidifiers will work for several days to remove remaining moisture and quickly mitigate secondary water damage.

    How can you Dry Carpets with Water Damage?
    Assuming that this is a small area affected by spillage or a water leak from clean water, give it a try. Use paper towels to remove any water off of the carpet. Walk or jump on towels to force water from the carpet. When the cloth becomes wet, replace it repeatedly until it stays dry. Use air movement and heat to dry the carpet. If the carpet is still wet after two days, you will need to call a professional to help dry the carpet and prevent mold from occurring.

    Does my Carpet Pad need Replacing after Water Damage?
    Most often the carpet pad will need to be replaced after water damage. There are some newly developed procedures they may save the cushion. Under a flooding situation, SERVPRO technicians can discard the padding since the underlying concrete or wood flooring also requires thorough drying. All moisture must be removed from hardwood flooring under carpeting to prevent cupping. 

    How Can I get rid of Mold on my Carpet?
    Your carpet will require professional cleaning. Mold is not growing on the carpet, but growing on dirt and organic matter that is imbedded in the carpet. If you can determine the origin of moisture on the carpet, you can eliminate the mold. In this situation, it is desirable to contact a professional to ensure they have completely removed the mold from the carpet.

    What Is the Problem with Carpets and Mold?
    Whenever you have moisture and a food source, you can have mold growth. When a carpet gets wet and is not properly dried within a certain amount of time, usually 48 to 78 hours, it will begin to grow mold from the dormant spores that are ubiquitous, present in all homes. However, if your carpet remains clean and dry, you should not develop a mold problem.

    Can I Save my Carpet that had Black Water Flooding?
    No. It is not recommended to keep the carpet contaminated by sewage. The highly absorbent materials in carpets and pads cannot be washed in hot water for 10 minutes to clean and sterilize the contaminants. Therefore, this material should be safely disposed of by a SERVPRO technician wearing OSHA regulated safety gear. Do not attempt to dispose of this material yourself. It could be hazardous to your health.

    You can probably easily determine if you need professional help in salvaging your carpeting from a water damaging event. The experts from SERVPRO can safely restore your carpets to pre-loss condition or discard them and dry out your home to prevent mold proliferation and water damage to your walls and furniture. Call us for an inspection and we can make it "Like it never even happened."

    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.

    5 Easy Tips to Prevent Water Damage in Spokane

    3/16/2016 (Permalink)

    Water Damage 5 Easy Tips to Prevent Water Damage in Spokane Need help with a water damage in Spokane? Call SERVPRO at 509-487-4700.

    Most Spokane Homeowners insurance policies cover basic water damage claims up to the purchased limit.

    But you know what’s a lot easier than going through the claims process? Preventing the water damage in the first place!

    Check out these 5 suggestions for preventing water damage:

    1. Be careful where you plant

    Some plants and trees, like weeping willows, have pretty invasive roots. If you’re not careful, they’ll grow right into your sprinkler system, drainage field, pipes, and septic tanks. Plan before you plant to keep roots away from any water lines.

    2. Clean out roof gutters

    You know it’s on your to-do list anyway, so if you can, take a safe climb up to your roof next Sunday and check out your gutters. If you’re seeing lots of leaves, birds’ nests, sticks, and whatnot up there, your gutters may not be doing the job you hired them for. And on a rainy day, a clogged gutter can send water spilling into your home’s foundation, through the roof, or down to your basement. That could cause some serious water damage! So next time you’re doing some seasonal cleaning, make sure those gutters are clean. And if your gutters are too high, be safe and get a professional to check them.

    3.  Keep an eye on your water bill

    With so many water pipes hidden behind walls and in the floors in your house, you might not know there’s a leak until the damage is done. That’s why it’s a good idea to keep a close eye on your monthly water bill. If you see it starting to creep up, or get one that’s uncommonly high, it’s a pretty good sign that you may have a leak somewhere.

    4. Use a drain snake instead of unclogging chemicals

    No matter how crazy clean you are, from your shower to your kitchen sink, clogs are going to happen. And chances are at some point in your life you’ve used one of those powerful chemical drain cleaners to get things moving again. But as convenient as they may be, most folks don’t realize those caustic chemicals are also eating away at their pipes (and they might not be too good for you either). If you rely on them a lot, you could be setting yourself up for leaks. That’s why owning a drain snake is a good solution to clear away clogs. They’re pretty inexpensive, you can get them at your local hardware store, and they can cut through most any clog you’ll have without damaging pipes or making your eyes red and teary.

    5. Never pour grease down your sink

    You’ve probably heard this before, but you should definitely avoid pouring grease down your kitchen sink. It doesn’t matter if you flush it with hot or cold water. It can still congeal and cling to your pipes, and could still cause some serious damage and blockage.

    Some people use detergent to break up grease before pouring it down the drain…and that may help sometimes. But there’s no guarantee that it’ll keep the grease from sticking to your pipes, so why take the risk?

    The safest thing to do is just to pour your grease in an empty can, and either let it sit or put it in the refrigerator. Once it hardens you can toss it in the trash and get rid of it. Done and done.

    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.

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    What should I do if my Spokane home has water damage?

    3/16/2016 (Permalink)

    Water Damage What should I do if my Spokane home has water damage? Need help in Spokane from water damage? Call SERVPRO at 509-487-4700.

    Spokane homes and water damage.

    There are some simple steps you can take until help arrives:

    • If the source of water is still leaking, identify the source and stop it if you can.
    • If the water is coming from a burst or leaking pipe, turn off the water at its source.
    • If the water is coming through the roof or broken windows, try to cover them to prevent further damage.
    • Move wet items to dry areas.
    • Place aluminum foil coasters or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
    • Save damaged items and any parts you may need to replace-your claims representative may want to inspect them.
    • Do not use electrical equipment or appliances while standing on wet carpet or floors.
    • To document the damage, make a list of the temporary repairs you make and take photographs.
    • Make sure to save your receipts.

    Spokane 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.

    Water Damage: The Science of Drying In Spokane

    3/16/2016 (Permalink)

    Water Damage Water Damage: The Science of Drying In Spokane What to do after a pipe breaks in your Spokane home or business? Call SERVPRO at 509-487-4700.

    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 we must answer 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.

    Water damage tips to reduce damage to your Spokane home

    3/16/2016 (Permalink)

    Water Damage Water damage tips to reduce damage to your Spokane home Water damage help now for Spokane. 509-487-4700

    What to do if you have a water damage in Spokane.

    Water damage can be devastatingly stressful to a homeowner. You can feel helpless and overwhelmed. Although calling a professional is the first step we always recommend, there are some things you can do to help reduce the damage while you wait for professionals to arrive.

    DO:

    • Shut off the water source if possible

    • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the home or building

    • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping or blotting with towels

    • Remove lamps and other tabletop items and wipe wood furniture with a towel

    • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying

    • Place foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet flooring

    • Remove any paintings, electronics or anything else that is sensitive to moisture and put in a dry area of the house

      Taking the above steps can really help decrease the amount of damage to your home after a water leak. There are also a few practices that you should avoid after a water damage, because they can cause more damage or harm to yourself or your family.

      DON’T:

    • Enter rooms with standing water where electric shock hazard may exist, such as when electric outlets, switches or circuit breakers are exposed to water 

    • Leave books, newspapers or other colored items on wet carpet or furniture

    • Leave wet oriental rugs or other colored rugs on carpeting

    • Use household vacuum cleaner to remove water because risk of electric shock

    • Use TV’s or other electrical appliances while standing on wet floor

    • Turn on ceiling fan in rooms where the ceiling is wet

    • Enter a room where ceiling is wet and sagging

    • Spread contaminated water by walking unnecessarily throughout the house

    • Use personal fans if the water in the home is contaminated

      The most important “do” is to call a professional, trained water mitigation specialist such as SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane at 509-487-4700.

      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.

    Spokane Commercial Water Damage: Business Professionals Course of Action

    3/10/2016 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO Can Professionally Restore a Spokane Water Damaged Business

    There are many property issues that business managers may have to grapple with, commercial water damage in Spokane being one of the worst. Unfortunately, this type of damage can occur in the business setting at any moment. Whether the water damage results from a natural disaster or office mishap, substantial structural deterioration or destruction is often the result. In many cases, the emotional and economic pains that water damage produces force business owners to close their companies permanently. However, learning more about commercial water damage and how to efficiently complete the cleanup process, using an experienced company like SERVPRO, can help you impede this from happening.

    Commercial Water Damage: Key Causes. The undesired result can be from numerous factors. The damages can result from flooding, roof leaks, frozen pipes, ice dams, and sewage backups. Additionally, disasters like fires can require extinguishing work from the fire department, leaving large quantities of standing water behind. No matter the cause of water intrusion, the effect is often the same: actual damage to the structural integrity of your property coupled with the compromise of safety to employees, and clients.

    Identifying The Source Of The Problem. To deal with water damage effectively, you have to identify the source of the problem and then eliminate it. It's also important to know that there will be different methodologies for water damage restoration depending on the source. Excess water flowing from a broken or frozen pipe or ice damming on the roof will be handled differently than issues which result from floodwater or a sewage backup.

    Avoiding DIY Projects. Business proprietors are tempted to begin the cleanup process by themselves to quickly reopen the doors to commerce. If the normal business traffic patterns have been disrupted, then it is time to call in SERVPRO, to mitigate water damage restoration time and costs. Rapid water pumping will diminish downtime and lessen damage to inventory, office furniture, supplies, and the building's structural components. Precise assessment and planning get results.

    Contact SERVPRO Today. If your Spokane commercial property has been impacted by water damage, it's time to take action. When you call the friendly professionals of SERVPRO, you'll receive a fast response from IICRC-certified technicians who use cutting edge equipment and customized methodologies to expedite the restoration process. Our techs are trained in water damage restoration, applied structural drying techniques, odor control, and mold remediation. Cleaning and restoring, as opposed to more costly replacing, is our policy so that we save you money as we quickly work to get your business back in business. "Like it never even happened."

    We’re Highly Trained Water Damage Specialists

    SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane specializes in commercial water damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. We have extensive water damage restoration training, and our process emphasizes regular monitoring and documentation of the drying process from beginning to end. Call us for immediate 24/7 response. (509) 487-4700 

    SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane - Always Here to Help in Spokane

    2/4/2016 (Permalink)

    In November, a historical wind storm hit the Inland Northwest and Spokane-area homeowners were hit particularly hard.  SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane once again rose to the occasion and provided help to many Spokane-area homeowners - the news story below is just one example of how SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane is ALWAYS Here to Help and Faster to Any Size Disaster!

    http://www.kxly.com/news/spokane-news/Good-Samaritans-help-Spokane-resident-with-fallen-trees/36644632

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

    1/28/2016 (Permalink)

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

    by Brad Fries

    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, but health issues as well.

    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.

    Spokane Flood Damage - Dealing with Flood Damage Repair and Cleanup

    1/26/2016 (Permalink)

    Storm Damage Spokane Flood Damage - Dealing with Flood Damage Repair and Cleanup Flood damage can be overwhelming, but these tips can walk you through the process of cleaning up.

    No one wants to have to deal with a flood.

    Unfortunately, freezing pipes and heavy snowstorms lead to a lot of flooding this time of year. If you experience a flood, it is important to know exactly what to do. Repairing and cleaning up damages will not be easy no matter what, but there are some ways to simplify the process. Here are some steps to take after a flood.

     Turn Off Water and Electricity

    The first thing you want to do is to turn off the water and electricity in your home. Make sure you know where the main switch and water valve are. Standing water is extremely dangerous if it comes in contact with an electric current, so before you touch it or do anything else, make sure these components in your home are turned off.

     Assess the Damage

    Once the electricity and water are turned off and you have determined it is safe to work, you need to assess the damage. Take pictures and write everything down that is ruined or needs to be repaired or replaced. Call your insurance company immediately so you know what you need to do to file a claim. An agent may need to come out to assess the damage. You don't want to clean up before they do, or you may have trouble getting repairs covered.

    Remove the Water

    The next step is to remove the water from the space. This may be through a reverse pump or the old fashioned bucket line. Either way, as soon as you get the green light from the insurance company, you need to remove the water in Spokane as soon as possible. The longer it stands there the more damage it will do.

    Dry Up the Space

    Once the water is removed, you need to soak up and dry all the excess water from the floors, walls, furniture, and belongings. A professional flood recovery company in Spokane may need to be called in. Remove all the furniture, and place it outside or in the garage where it can air out. Throw away anything that is damaged and won?t dry. Pull up carpet if necessary and discard.

     Air it Out

     After you've removed and dried everything you can remove and dry, you need to use industrial fans to air the space out. Otherwise, Spokane mold and mildew can develop. Open windows and doors and let the fans run for a few days to clear everything out.

     Fix it Up

    After the area is completely dry, you need to complete repairs. Don't do anything in which you are not professionally trained. Depending on how long the water stood, you may have some structural damage in your walls that will need to be fixed. Repaint, replace carpet and fix everything that needs repairs. Hopefully, your insurance company will cover most of the cost.

    Dealing with a flood is never pleasant, but the important thing is to keep a cool head. Remain calm and go through these steps. Before you know it, the flood will be a distant memory and your home will be back to normal.

    SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane is locally owned and operated and serves Spokane, Colbert, Chattaroy, Deer Park, Loon Lake, Nine Mile Falls, Mead, Chewelah, Newport, Colville, Kettle Falls and surrounding areas. Water comes from everywhere and our certified technicians can clean and dry any flood better than its original state. * 24/7 Fire Damage Restoration Service * 24/7 Flood Damage & Water Damage Service * 24/7 Sewage Damage & Sewage Removal Service * 24/7 Mold Remediation *24/7 Bio-hazard Suicide Clean *24/7 Fire Window Roof Board-up.

    If you would like to schedule service for your home or business, please call today!

    Call us 24/7 at (509) 487-4700!

    Protect Your Home From Water Damage In Spokane

    1/26/2016 (Permalink)

    Water Damage Protect Your Home From Water Damage In Spokane Here are a few strategies you can use to protect your house from water damage

    Water damage can ruin the value of a Spokane home

    To stop this, you need to take the proper precautions. To help, below are a few strategies you can use to protect your house from water damage.


    Use Floor Pans
    A floor pan is a pan that is placed underneath an appliance to catch water. For example, you could place one underneath the pipes of a sink. This may not seem very useful since a major leak will overflow the pan. However, this doesn’t take into account that many leaks that cause damage come in form of small drops over a long period of time. A floor pan could prevent this damage. Finding water in the pan could also alert you of a leak you weren’t aware of.


    Purchase Water Damage Insurance
    Another way to protect your home is by purchasing water damage insurance. This kind of insurance will help pay for the costs of repairs to a home after significant water damage. While it may not prevent the physical damage from occurring, it will help prevent the financial turmoil that can be caused by such an event. If your home is in a location that is susceptible to flooding, you should certainly purchase this kind of insurance.


    Make Sure You Can Stop the Water
    There may be instances where a major plumbing issue suddenly causes a significant leak inside your home. For example, a pipe may burst and begin flooding rooms with water. While it may be too late to stop to the pipe from bursting, you can still mitigate the damage by halting the water flow. You can do this using the main water shut off valve. Make sure you know where the shut off valve is located. You should also test it to make sure you can operate it properly in case of an emergency.

    Overall, to protect your home from water damage, you need to be proactive. You can do this by routinely checking for leaks, purchasing insurance, installing safety guards and making sure you know what to do if a major leak does occur.

    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. No damage is too large or too small for SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane. 

    SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane is a 24/7 emergency water removal & flood clean up repair service company. If you would like to schedule service for your home or business, please call today 24/7 (509) 487-4700! 

    Drywall Repair Water Damage in Spokane

    1/26/2016 (Permalink)

    Water Damage Drywall Repair Water Damage in Spokane Unfortunately, when you have a problem with a leaky plumbing fixture or roof, this can lead to drywall water damage or stains on the drywall.

    Drywall Repair Water Damage

    Unfortunately, when you have a problem with a leaky plumbing fixture or roof, this can lead to drywall water damage or stains on the drywall. Fortunately, minor Spokane water damage and stains are relatively easy to repair if a person takes the time to learn about the process and then has the tools and materials that are needed to do the job. However, there are times when the Spokane water damage is so severe that the drywall needs to be completely removed and then replaced. Before any kind of repair work is done to the drywall, it would be important for the homeowner to fix the problem with the roof or the plumbing fixture. If they do not do this, they are just going to experience drywall water damage once again.

    The first sign of drywall water damage in Spokane is stains that appear on the drywall. After fixing the water leak, a person may simply be able to apply a coat of paint that is designed to seal the drywall. This can be purchased at local hardware stores and applied very easily. You can apply this using a roller. A brush may be needed to get into hard to reach areas. Normally, two coats of this sealing paint are applied. This is a quick and inexpensive fix.

    If the drywall is sagging or there is mold growth, further steps may need to be taken to replace the drywall that has already been damaged. Depending on the extent of the mold growth, a mold remediation company may need to be hired. 

    If the home was completely flooded or the damage is extensive, it may be necessary to completely gut the area, getting rid of the drywall and allowing the framing to dry completely. There are instructional pages on the Internet that can help a person to do this job on their own. However, if a person has absolutely no experience hanging drywall or doing other construction projects, it may be better for them to hire a drywall contractor to do the job.

    Most homeowners are unprepared for a flood in that is caused by a natural disaster or a broken pipe. One of the best ways that they can get prepared for a situation like this is by purchasing insurance that will cover Spokane flood damage. This is going to ensure they have the money to properly restore their home.

     Water Damage Restoration

    Basement flooding or storm damage doesn't wait for regular business hours and neither do we. We respond to your residential or commercial water removal and cleanup needs. Our fast response time and advanced drying methods help prevent secondary damage and mold. Common causes of water damage are:

    • Flooding caused by severe weather

    • Plumbing leaks

    • Sink, bathtub or toilet overflow

    • Sewage backup

      Mold Remediation

      Mold can present serious health concerns and can spread quickly through your home or business if left unchecked. SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane Professionals utilize proven mold remediation techniques and state-of-the-art equipment to protect you and your property. SERVPRO Professionals can assist you with:

    Why You Should Hire Water Damage Specialists for Your Spokane Home

    1/26/2016 (Permalink)

    Water Damage Why You Should Hire Water Damage Specialists for Your Spokane Home This Water Filled Room Needs Water Removal

    Water Damage to a Spokane Home Needs Professional Assistance

    When a flood or fire does substantive water damage to your residential property in Spokane, it's important for you to restore its aesthetic appeal, functionality, and safety as quickly as possible. In most cases, attaining professional services from a team of trained water damage specialists is the best way to realize these objectives. Water damage specialists from SERVPRO possess the level of expertise and experience necessary to clean and restore your home following a flood or fire. To determine why obtaining their professional services would be appropriate and ideal for you, consider the following information: 

    Cleaning and Repair Services

    Water damage specialists like SERVPRO are effective in offering clients cleaning, repairing and restoring services. To begin the process, the specialists will complete a water damage assessment. This assessment will help them discern the extent of damage done to your property. Once they attain this information, the remediation technicians will know which equipment to utilize for the restoration process. They will also know how many contractors will be required to work on the project to get the job done quickly and effectively. By working in teams, remediation specialists can prevent the onset of mold growth as a result of secondary water damage. Additionally, the remediation specialists can work quickly to ensure that you can move back into your home as soon as possible. 

    Restoration Services

    Part of the important service provided by SERVPRO is restoration. Restoration services are designed to expedite returning your living space to its original condition quickly. Regardless of the specific repairs made to your home, this full-service restoration company can handle them. Restoring rather than replacing when possible, will also lighten the financial burden of this water damage event.  You can focus on other matters such as working with your insurance company. SERVPRO can aid in the management of the insurance paperwork and process. 

    Get Great Remediation Services Now 

    Witnessing a flood or fire wreak havoc to your home can be disheartening, but help is available. A professional water damage restoration company is effective in providing you with the speedy, savvy remediation services necessary to restore your property and help you to regain a sense of peace. As a leader in the remediation industry, SERVPRO would be delighted to assist you with the restoration process. Our technicians are trained, tenacious, and committed to maintaining the team mentality necessary to get the job done quickly. Contact one of our representatives today and let's get your home in working order.

    Locally Owned Company with National Resources

    SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane is locally owned and operated, so we are part of this community too. When you have a water or flooding emergency, we’re already nearby and ready to help. We take pride in being a part of the Spokane community and want to do our part in making it the best it can be.

    Water damage restoration is a cornerstone of our business. Call us for an immediate response. (509) 487-4700

    Chimney Cleaning Tips In Spokane

    12/30/2015 (Permalink)

    Cleaning your chimney regularly will help prevent fires within your home. But like any other important task, it’s important for you to do the job as safely as possible. Here are two simple tips to help make cleaning your chimney easier:

    1. Have the proper tools

    Tools that you will need to clean your chimney include a chimney rod, chimney brush, buckets, tarps, and a flashlight. It also never hurts to have some extra duct tape around.

    2. Use the correct technique

    As with most things, using the appropriate process makes chimney cleaning much easier. The following website contains a step-by-step process for cleaning your chimney:

    http://home.howstuffworks.com/home-improvement/heating-and-cooling/clean-a-chimney.htm

    Driving in Snow and Ice In Spokane

    12/18/2015 (Permalink)

    Driving in snow and Ice - if you must drive in winter weather, make sure your car is prepared with snow tires and that you know how to handle road conditions:

    December Maintenance Guide

    12/7/2015 (Permalink)

    December Maintenance Guide

    Keep up with these home maintenance tips to ensure a safe and healthy home this season.

    http://porch.com/advice/december-maintenance-guide-2015/

    If the chill of December is making your home cold, you’ll want to make sure your winterizing tasks are being completed this month. This can include insulating the plumbing so that your pipes don’t freeze, sealing out drafts, and making sure your home is protected from the elements. Another great December focus is to prevent accidental fires by thoroughly cleaning out your dryer ducts, being smart about fireplace safety and keeping a fire extinguisher in your kitchen in the event of a grease fire. If you decorate your home for the holidays, remember to hang your lights safely and be cautious when climbing ladders, especially in wet or slippery conditions. Keeping your home safe and secure this month will ensure that you are able to enjoy the season!

    Inside the home:

    Outside the home:

    Ten Things You Should Know About Mold In Spokane

    11/18/2015 (Permalink)

    Source: EPA - United States Environmental Protection Agency

    http://www2.epa.gov/mold

    Ten Things You Should Know about Mold

    1.Potential health effects and symptoms associated with mold exposures include allergic reactions, asthma and other respiratory complaints.

    2.There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment; the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture.

    3.If mold is a problem in your home or school, you must clean up the mold and eliminate sources of moisture.

    4.Fix the source of the water problem or leak to prevent mold growth.

    5.Reduce indoor humidity (to 30-60%) to decrease mold growth by:?Venting bathrooms, dryers and other moisture-generating sources to the outside

    • Using air conditioners and de-humidifiers
    • Increasing ventilation
    • Using exhaust fans whenever cooking, dishwashing and cleaning

     6.Clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.

    7.Clean mold off hard surfaces with water and detergent, and dry completely. Absorbent materials such as ceiling tiles, that are moldy, may need to be replaced.

    8.Prevent condensation: Reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces (i.e., windows, piping, exterior walls, roof, or floors) by adding insulation.

    9.In areas where there is a perpetual moisture problem, do not install carpeting (i.e., by drinking fountains, by classroom sinks, or on concrete floors with leaks or frequent condensation).

    10.Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any substance, providing moisture is present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, and foods.

    Emergency READY Profile's Available For Businesses In Spokane!

    11/13/2015 (Permalink)

     #‎DidYouKnow? having SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane set up an Emergency READY Profile® is free! Developing an ERP for your business minimizes business interruption by having an immediate plan of action.

    Winter Storm Warning Terms To Know

    11/13/2015 (Permalink)

     Know the winter storm warning terms, and keep your family safe this winter.

    Prepare for Weather Challenges in Spokane

    11/12/2015 (Permalink)

    Source:
    http://realtormag.realtor.org/home-and-design/feature/article/2015/09/help-clients-prepare-for-weather-challenges

    This is a great article for our realtor and insurance agent friends as well as for all homeowners:

    Prepare for Weather Challenges

    Will this winter pack a wallop? Help home buyers and sellers understand how to prepare for a variety of weather challenges.

    http://realtormag.realtor.org/home-and-design/feature/article/2015/09/help-clients-prepare-for-weather-challenges

    13 Home Improvements That Are Illegal to Do it Yourself in Spokane

    11/12/2015 (Permalink)

    http://bit.ly/1idmsCv

    Source:  bobvila.com

    Sure, there are many home projects that can be relatively fun and are doable on your own, but did you know there are several projects that are illegal to do yourself? Take a look at the work you should leave to the professionals:

    SERVPRO Of Northwest Spokane Recommends All Spokane Renters Get Renters Insurance

    11/6/2015 (Permalink)

    We have responded to many apartment, duplex and house fires lately where the renters did not have Renters Insurance - if you are renting a house, duplex, apartment, etc. and do not yet have Renters Insurance, read this article about why Renters Insurance is one of the best investments you can make.

    http://blog.esurance.com/5-reasons-to-be-thankful-for-renters-insurance-infographic/#.VjzwL17d6pC

    "When It Rains It Molds" Pare 2 of 2

    11/6/2015 (Permalink)

    Mold Remediation "When It Rains It Molds" Pare 2 of 2 Mold and moisture problems in the basement of an older school.

    Source: The EPA

    https://blog.epa.gov

    When It Rains It Molds

    Part 2 of 2

    By Marcia Anderson

    When I was in EPA Region 2 (New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands) I visited several schools that had questions about mold. This prompted a follow-up discussion with Mark Berry, EPA’s Region 6 (Serving Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and 66 Tribes) Indoor Air Quality Coordinator about common mold questions resulting from these visits. An earlier blog looked at general questions about mold and moisture. Here, we focus on these issues in schools.

    What are the most impacted areas in school buildings?

    Areas without adequate air flow by themselves are not, necessarily the issue – it is areas where it is damp or humid and the airflow isn’t adequate enough to help dry up the moisture. Problem areas may be in the walls behind restrooms, kitchens, gyms, facility manager closets, near air conditioners, compressors and in damp basements. Moisture problems in schools may also be associated with delayed or insufficient maintenance due to budget and other constraints. Temporary structures, such as trailers and portable classrooms, have frequently been associated with moisture and mold problems. Most respiratory issues are associated with poor ventilation or outdated HVAC units. Mold is often targeted as the cause for illness, but, in fact, the mold is an indicator of moisture.

    One area that is often impacted by mold and moisture problems in schools are gym locker rooms. Do you have any advice for school facility managers?

    It is common for mold to grow on and around areas that are continuously wet. The moisture has a tendency to increase the relative humidity levels in a building, providing the perfect environment for mold and mold spores to grow.

    • Vent showers and other moisture-generating sources to the outside;
    • Control humidity levels and dampness by using air conditioners and de-humidifiers to provide adequate ventilation.
    • Maintain indoor humidity levels between 30-60 percent.
    • Students should remove clothing from their gym lockers at least weekly, and damp laundry, such as towels, should be removed daily.

    For existing mold, the first step is to eliminate the moisture source, then take appropriate steps to clean it up. The EPA does not encourage the use of harsh chemicals for mold clean-up. Soap and water will suffice. These measures, along with monitoring for adequate ventilation, locker checks and educating students about the importance of following these guidelines, will go a long way to decreasing mold in your school.

    What do we do if we suspect hidden mold?

    Investigating hidden mold problems may be difficult and will require caution when it involves disturbing potential sites of mold growth. If you believe that you may have a hidden mold problem, consider hiring an experienced professional.

    What can building facility managers do to decrease the incidence of mold in their buildings?

    EPA’s guidance is solutions based – to focus on the source of the moisture that feeds the mold. The three principles of mold remediation are:

    1. Fix and eliminate the moisture source.
    2. Clean and remove mold and mold spores. In many cases detergent and water will be sufficient – there is no need to use harsh chemicals that may endanger your health. Follow all manufacturer’s directions when using cleaning products.
    3. Dry out the area. If you continue to see mold growing, you have not eliminated the moisture source and should repeat step 1.

    Does carpet cause mold or related allergy problems in schools?

    Carpet use in schools provides a decrease in noise, falls and injuries. Mold problems can be encountered with carpet and many other materials if the school has any type of water intrusion or moisture problem, such as a leaky roof. If carpeting remains damp, it can become a primary source for microbial growth, which frequently results in adverse health effects. Carpet and other furnishings that become significantly water damaged should be removed and discarded. Use care to prevent excess moisture or cleaning residue accumulation and ensure that cleaned areas are dried quickly. In areas where there is a perpetual moisture, do not install carpeting (i.e., by drinking fountains, by classroom sinks, or on concrete floors with leaks or frequent condensation).

    How does mold affect asthma?

    Molds can trigger asthma episodes in sensitive individuals with asthma. People with asthma should limit contact with and exposure to areas contaminated with a mold presence. However, remember that molds are a natural part of the environment – and it is impossible to totally avoid mold for asthmatics. EPA provides very useful information on mold and asthma.

    How does mold remediation compare to Integrated Pest Management (IPM)?

    IPM and mold remediation are both based on the principle of limiting sources of the primary needs for life – but they are very different practices. Molds are microscopic fungi that grow best in damp places such as kitchens, bathrooms and basements. Mold has the same basic needs as any pest: 1. Mold needs a surface to grow on; 2. Food (paper, wood, carpet, food, insulation or other organic fibers); and 3. Water (moisture to germinate and grow). IPM is similar, in that it employs common sense strategies to reduce sources of food, water and shelter for pests in your school buildings. If just one of the essential components that a pest needs to survive can be removed, then the pest cannot survive. In the case of mold, remove the moisture. Mold problem solved.

    For more information on controlling mold and moisture, visit www.epa.gov/mold

    About the Author: Marcia is with EPA’s Center of Expertise for School IPM in Dallas, Texas. She holds a PhD in Environmental Management from Montclair State University along with degrees in Biology, Environmental Design, Landscape Architecture, and Instruction and Curriculum. Marcia was formerly with the EPA Region 2 Pesticides Program and has been a professor of Earth and Environmental Studies, Geology, and Oceanography at several universities.

    "When It Rains It Molds" Part 1 of 2

    11/6/2015 (Permalink)

    Mold Remediation "When It Rains It Molds" Part 1 of 2 Mold can be a variety of colors.

    Source:  THE EPA

    https://blog.epa.gov

    When It Rains It Molds

    Part 1 of 2

    By Marcia Anderson

    When I went back home recently to visit my family, I noticed a number of mold spots on the ceiling in multiple rooms. A result of roof water damage from the winter ice and snow the northeast experienced this year. This prompted me to have an interview with Mark Berry, EPA’s Indoor Air Quality Coordinator for Region 6 (serving Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and 66 Tribes). Here are his responses to some common questions about mold and moisture.

    1. What is it that many people misunderstand about mold? It is important to view mold, not as a mold issue, but as a moisture issue. People think that mold is a hazardous material. Most people do not realize that mold and mold spores are all around us. Molds live in the soil, on plants, and on dead or decaying matter. Outdoors, molds play a key role in the breakdown of leaves, wood, and other plant debris. Molds produce tiny spores to reproduce, just as some plants produce seeds. These mold spores can be found in both indoor and outdoor air, and settled on indoor and outdoor surfaces. When mold spores land on a damp spot, they may begin growing. It is important not to provide the moist environment mold needs to grow.The solution to the problem is to find and eliminate the moisture source first, and not focus only on the mold. Removing the mold alone does not solve the problem. If the water remains, new mold will grow in the same area.

    2. Should I use bleach to clean up my mold? In most cases using bleach isn’t necessary. Soap and water will often do the trick. Using bleach or some other harsh chemical cleaners can create a breathing hazard for you. If you choose to use disinfectants or biocides, always follow manufacturer’s directions, ventilate the area and exhaust the air to the outdoors. Never mix chlorine bleach solution with other cleaning solutions or detergents that contain ammonia because toxic fumes could be produced.

    1. Can I just paint over the mold? Many people see mold, spray some chemical then paint over it, thinking that will solve the problem. Mold can grow between the paint and the wall in all directions. The paint merely acts as a temporary cover-up. The issue with the paint is that it traps moisture between the paint and the wall, further aiding and abetting the growth of mold. Fix the source of the moisture first, and then take the appropriate steps to clean the affected area or remove it altogether.
    1. What are your most compelling mold calls? Landlord /tenant disputes over mold are our most frequent calls. We attempt to educate and make suggestions for remediation that may be used or not used by the caller’s choice. Callers need to consider the problem as both a building water issue as opposed to a mold issue. This strategy addresses the cause of the mold infestation and not the symptom. We try to get to the root cause of the problem and ease the caller’s concerns. Mold is essentially the result of water damage.
    1. Is there more mold in different parts of the country? Yes, and No. We have more mold inquiries in humid areas because the mold continually gets fed more moisture which allows it to flourish. However, mold can grow everywhere and can exist in a broad range of temperatures and humidity levels. Although moisture is necessary for growth there are molds which prefer drier environments and would need much less than other types to survive.
    2. What are your most frequent calls? “I’ve got mold problems can you do something to help me?” EPA Region 6’s Indoor Air Quality program (IAQ) is a voluntary program primarily responsible for conducting outreach and educating the public about indoor environmental issues, including health risks and the means by which human exposures can be reduced. IAQ educates the public about indoor environmental pollutants and sources of pollution, including mold. However, EPA does not have any regulatory authority to control mold in private residences nor do we have the resources to inspect individual homes.

      The EPA does not conduct mold cleanups, but we do provide the education necessary to give people the strategy and empowerment needed to solve the problem. We recognize the health danger to schools, homes and places of work. The EPA is the technical lead in mold research from which many states and local agencies borrow.

    3. Is testing for mold necessary?
      In most cases, if visible mold is present, sampling is not necessary. Since no EPA or other federal limits have been set for mold or mold spores, sampling cannot be used to check a building’s compliance with federal mold standards. Remember that mold and mold spores are natural in the environment so any sampling will result in finding mold.

      For more information on controlling mold and moisture, visit www.epa.gov/mold

    About the Author: Marcia is with EPA’s Center of Expertise for School IPM in Dallas, Texas. She holds a PhD in Environmental Management from Montclair State University along with degrees in Biology, Environmental Design, Landscape Architecture, and Instruction and Curriculum. Marcia was formerly with the EPA Region 2 Pesticides Program and has been a professor of Earth and Environmental Studies, Geology, and Oceanography at several universities.

    Flood Cleanup To Protect Air Quality In Spokane

    11/6/2015 (Permalink)

    Source: The EPA

    ww2.epa.gov

    Flood Cleanup to Protect Indoor Air Quality

    During a flood cleanup, the indoor air quality in your home or office may appear to be the least of your problems. However, failure to remove contaminated materials and to reduce moisture and humidity can present serious long-term health risks. Standing water and wet materials are a breeding ground for microorganisms, such as viruses, bacteria and mold. They can cause disease, trigger allergic reactions and continue to damage materials long after the flood.

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

    For more information on water damage cleanup, restoration and other related cleaning services, please visit http://www.SERVPROnorthwestspokane.com/water-damage-restoration

    Mold and Health In Spokane, WA

    11/5/2015 (Permalink)

    Source: The EPA

    ww2.epa.gov/mold

    How do molds affect people?

    Molds are usually not a problem indoors, unless mold spores land on a wet or damp spot and begin growing. Molds have the potential to cause health problems. Molds produce allergens (substances that can cause allergic reactions) and irritants. Inhaling or touching mold or mold spores may cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. Allergic responses include hay fever-type symptoms, such as sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, and skin rash.

    Allergic reactions to mold are common. They can be immediate or delayed. Molds can also cause asthma attacks in people with asthma who are allergic to mold. In addition, mold exposure can irritate the eyes, skin, nose, throat, and lungs of both mold-allergic and non-allergic people. Symptoms other than the allergic and irritant types are not commonly reported as a result of inhaling mold. Research on mold and health effects is ongoing.

    The above does not describe all potential health effects related to mold exposure. For more detailed information consult a health professional, your state or local health department, or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention mold website.

    Contact the Mold Professionals at SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane for all mold-related questions and/or to report a problem - We Are Here To Help!

    SERVPRO Of Northwest Spokane Shares Basic Mold Cleanup Info From The EPA

    11/5/2015 (Permalink)

    Basic Mold Cleanup

  • The key to mold control is moisture control.
  • It is important to dry water-damaged areas and items within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.
  • If mold is a problem in your home, clean up the mold and get rid of the excess water or moisture.
  • Fix leaky plumbing or other sources of water.
  • Wash mold off hard surfaces with detergent and water, and dry completely. Absorbent materials (such as ceiling tiles & carpet) that become moldy may have to be replaced.
  • Contact the Mold Professionals at SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane for all mold-related questions and/or to report a problem - We Are Here To Help! 

    SERVPRO Of Northwest Spokane Shares What You Need To Know About Mold In Spokane

    11/5/2015 (Permalink)

    Source: Centers For Disease Control & Prevention

    http://www.cdc.gov/mold/faqs.htm

    The CDC's Mold Web site provides information on mold and health, an inventory of state indoor air quality programs, advice on assessment, cleanup efforts, and prevention of mold growth, and links to resources.

    Mold: Basic Facts

    What are molds?

    Molds are fungi that can be found both indoors and outdoors. No one knows how many species of fungi exist but estimates range from tens of thousands to perhaps three hundred thousand or more. Molds grow best in warm, damp, and humid conditions, and spread and reproduce by making spores. Mold spores can survive harsh environmental conditions, such as dry conditions, that do not support normal mold growth.

    What are some of the common indoor molds?

    • Cladosporium
    • Penicillium
    • Alternaria
    • Aspergillus

    How do molds affect people?

    Some people are sensitive to molds. For these people, exposure to molds can cause symptoms such as nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, wheezing, or skin irritation. Some people, such as those with serious allergies to molds, may have more severe reactions. Severe reactions may occur among workers exposed to large amounts of molds in occupational settings, such as farmers working around moldy hay. Severe reactions may include fever and shortness of breath. Some people with chronic lung illnesses, such as obstructive lung disease, may develop mold infections in their lungs.

    In 2004 the Institute of Medicine (IOM) found there was sufficient evidence to link indoor exposure to mold with upper respiratory tract symptoms, cough, and wheeze in otherwise healthy people; with asthma symptoms in people with asthma; and with hypersensitivity pneumonitis in individuals susceptible to that immune-mediated condition. The IOM also found limited or suggestive evidence linking indoor mold exposure and respiratory illness in otherwise healthy children. In 2009, the World Health Organization issued additional guidance, the WHO Guidelines for Indoor Air Quality: Dampness and Mould [PDF - 2.52 MB]. Other recent studies have suggested a potential link of early mold exposure to development of asthma in some children, particularly among children who may be genetically susceptible to asthma development, and that selected interventions that improve housing conditions can reduce morbidity from asthma and respiratory allergies, but more research is needed in this regard.

    Where are molds found?

    Molds are found in virtually every environment and can be detected, both indoors and outdoors, year round. Mold growth is encouraged by warm and humid conditions. Outdoors they can be found in shady, damp areas or places where leaves or other vegetation is decomposing. Indoors they can be found where humidity levels are high, such as basements or showers.

    How can people decrease mold exposure?

    Sensitive individuals should avoid areas that are likely to have mold, such as compost piles, cut grass, and wooded areas. Inside homes, mold growth can be slowed by controlling humidity levels and ventilating showers and cooking areas. If there is mold growth in your home, you should clean up the mold and fix the water problem. Mold growth can be removed from hard surfaces with commercial products, soap and water, or a bleach solution of no more than 1 cup of household laundry bleach in 1 gallon of water.

    If you choose to use bleach to clean up mold:

    • Never mix bleach with ammonia or other household cleaners. Mixing bleach with ammonia or other cleaning products will produce dangerous, toxic fumes.
    • Open windows and doors to provide fresh air.
    • Wear non-porous gloves and protective eye wear.
    • If the area to be cleaned is more than 10 square feet, consult the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guide titled Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings. Although focused on schools and commercial buildings, this document also applies to other building types. You can get it by going to the EPA web site at http://www.epa.gov/mold/mold_remediation.html.
    • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using bleach or any other cleaning product.

    Specific Recommendations:

    • Keep humidity levels as low as you can—no higher than 50%--all day long. An air conditioner or dehumidifier will help you keep the level low. Bear in mind that humidity levels change over the course of a day with changes in the moisture in the air and the air temperature, so you will need to check the humidity levels more than once a day.
    • Use an air conditioner or a dehumidifier during humid months.
    • Be sure the home has adequate ventilation, including exhaust fans.
    • Add mold inhibitors to paints before application.
    • Clean bathrooms with mold killing products.
    • Do not carpet bathrooms and basements.
    • Remove or replace previously soaked carpets and upholstery.

    What areas have high mold exposures?

    • Antique shops
    • Greenhouses
    • Saunas
    • Farms
    • Mills
    • Construction areas
    • Flower shops
    • Summer cottages

     

    I found mold growing in my home, how do I test the mold?

    Generally, it is not necessary to identify the species of mold growing in a residence, and CDC does not recommend routine sampling for molds. Current evidence indicates that allergies are the type of diseases most often associated with molds. Since the susceptibility of individuals can vary greatly either because of the amount or type of mold, sampling and culturing are not reliable in determining your health risk. If you are susceptible to mold and mold is seen or smelled, there is a potential health risk; therefore, no matter what type of mold is present, you should arrange for its removal. Furthermore, reliable sampling for mold can be expensive, and standards for judging what is and what is not an acceptable or tolerable quantity of mold have not been established. 

    A qualified environmental lab took samples of the mold in my home and gave me the results. Can CDC interpret these results?

    Standards for judging what is an acceptable, tolerable, or normal quantity of mold have not been established. If you do decide to pay for environmental sampling for molds, before the work starts, you should ask the consultants who will do the work to establish criteria for interpreting the test results. They should tell you in advance what they will do or what recommendations they will make based on the sampling results. The results of samples taken in your unique situation cannot be interpreted without physical inspection of the contaminated area or without considering the building’s characteristics and the factors that led to the present condition.

    What type of doctor should I see concerning mold exposure?

    You should first consult a family or general health care provider who will decide whether you need referral to a specialist. Such specialists might include an allergist who treats patients with mold allergies or an infectious disease physician who treats mold infections. If an infection is in the lungs, a pulmonary physician might be recommended. Patients who have been exposed to molds in their workplace may be referred to an occupational physician. CDC is not a clinical facility. CDC does not see patients, diagnose illness, provide treatment, prescribe medication, or provide referrals to health care providers.

    My landlord or builder will not take any responsibility for cleaning up the mold in my home. Where can I go for help?

    If you feel your property owner, landlord, or builder has not been responsive to concerns you’ve expressed regarding mold exposure, you can contact your local board of health or housing authority. Applicable codes, insurance, inspection, legal, and similar issues about mold generally fall under state and local (not federal) jurisdiction. You could also review your lease or building contract and contact local or state government authorities, your insurance company, or an attorney to learn more about local codes and regulations and your legal rights. CDC does not have enforcement power in such matters, nor can we provide you with advice. You can contact your county or state health department about mold issues in your area to learn about what mold assessment and remediation services they may offer. You can find information on your state's Indoor Air Quality program at http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/airpollution/indoor_air.htm.

    I'm sure that mold in my workplace is making me sick.

    If you believe you are ill because of exposure to mold in the building where you work, you should first consult your health care provider to determine the appropriate action to take to protect your health. Notify your employer and, if applicable, your union representative about your concern so that your employer can take action to clean up and prevent mold growth. To find out more about mold, remediation of mold, or workplace safety and health guidelines and regulations, you may also want to contact your local (city, county, or state) health department.

    You should also read the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Guidelines, Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings, at http://www.epa.gov/mold/mold_remediation.html.

    I am very concerned about mold in my children’s school and how it affects their health.

    If you believe your children are ill because of exposure to mold in their school, first consult their health care provider to determine the appropriate medical action to take. Contact the school’s administration to express your concern and to ask that they remove the mold and prevent future mold growth. If needed, you could also contact the local school board.

    CDC is not a regulatory agency and does not have enforcement authority in local matters. Your local health department may also have information on mold, and you may want to get in touch with your state Indoor Air Quality office. Information on this office is available at http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/airpollution/indoor_air.htm.

    You can also read the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines, Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings, at http://www.epa.gov/mold/mold_remediation.html. Also, see these Web sites for more indoor air quality tools for schools:

    Preparing Your Spokane Home For Winter

    11/5/2015 (Permalink)

    Source: esurance blog

    blog.esurance.com

    Preparing Your Home for Winter: 8 Fall Maintenance Hacks for Cold-Weather Comfort

    We all look forward to fall’s festivities. But taking the time to prepare your home for winter (before it arrives) can help ensure you’re cozying up by the fireside — worry-free — once cold weather rolls around. Find out how with these 8 simple hacks.

    Ahhh, fall is finally here! The leaves are changing, there’s a crisp coolness in the air, and our favorite pumpkin-flavored treats line store shelves once more. Decorating and meal-prepping might be the first things on your mind when it comes to preparing your home for the colder months — but the National Weather Service is predicting strong winter storms that could affect homeowners across the country this year.

    Here are 8 important fall maintenance tips that can make all the difference once winter’s first freeze hits.

    1. Clear out your gutters

    All those colorful leaves falling from the trees sure are pretty — but they also pile up pretty quickly in your home’s gutters.

    Excess debris can lead to clogs (or ice dams in wintery conditions), which can prevent gutters from draining properly. In turn, there’s a chance water could seep into your home since it has nowhere else to escape to, causing a multitude of issues like damage to your valuables, mold growth, and even structural rot.

    Before winter hits, clear your house’s gutters of leaves and any other debris that might’ve accumulated during the summer months. It also helps to run water through the gutters afterward to check for any leaks or misalignments that could damage your home.

    Related link: Fall Home Maintenance Tricks You’d Be Crazy Not To Try

    2. Inspect for air leaks

    Things like damaged weather stripping and small cracks in your home’s structure allow warm air to escape, causing your heater to go into overdrive to keep your place warm.

    The solution to your chilly house and high utility bills is pretty simple: before it gets wintery outside, inspect your home’s windows, doorways, and any other places where air might be able to enter or exit.

    You can use caulking to stop leaks in the stationary components of your home (like a crack in your doorframe) and weather stripping to insulate the moving components (like windows and doors).

    Related link: Top 6 Reasons to Winterize Your Home

    3. Have your heating system checked

    Home just doesn’t feel like home if a malfunctioning heater is leaving you with the chills. And in parts of the country with freezing temps, it can be a much more serious situation.

    That’s why it’s wise to have a licensed contractor come out to inspect your heater at least once a year, especially before the weather outside becomes frightful.

    4. Prepare your pipes

    Get to know where the pipelines in your house are located and make sure to inspect them every autumn (at least).

    Simply patch any small leaks with heat tape to help reduce weaknesses that might cause the pipe to burst in freezing weather. And you can further protect any exposed outdoor pipes by insulating them with foam or rubber pipe wraps, which can be found at your local hardware store.

    For larger leaks or pipeline problems, it’s always a good idea to play it safe and call the pros.

    5. Drain any outside faucets and irrigation systems 

    Speaking of bursting pipes, it’s important to pay attention to the water systems immediately outside your place too. Undrained water in outdoor faucets and irrigation systems can expand when frozen and cause a pipe to burst.

    Draining faucets is simple enough: just pack away your garden hoses in the garage for the winter and let out any remaining water — easy as that!

    Irrigation systems, on the other hand, often vary in the way they should be maintained. It’s best to call a professional who has experience with underground water systems, just to cover all your bases.

    6. Have your roof inspected

    For your safety, a full-blown roof inspection should be done professionally. The cost to hire an inspector can be as low as a little over $200 and can prevent seriously hefty repair expenses down the line if a winter storm wreaks havoc on your roof and you don’t have sufficient insurance coverage to cover repair costs.

    Reinforcing your roof now can help you avoid a whole host of hazards, like air and water leaks, water damage, mold, and more — all of which could put a damper on your seasonal festivities (and your wallet).

    7. Restock cold-weather home essentials

    Key items like rock salt or kitty litter, snow shovels, space heaters, extra batteries, and heated blankets can help make your home both more functional and comfortable during wintertime. Stock up on these helpful winter wares ahead of time to help avoid any extra hassle or stress come holiday season.

    Related link: Tips for Before, During, and After a Winter Power Outage

    8. Take a peek at your homeowners insurance

    Believe it or not, your homeowners policy could come to the rescue for a whole host of cold-weather mishaps.

    Whether a hailstorm leaves holes in your roof, a vandal breaks into your home and destroys valuables while you’re out holiday shopping, or the weight of snow and ice results in structural damage to your house,homeowners insurance could help pay to repair or replace your losses.

    SERVPRO Of Northwest Spokane Specializes In Crime Scene, Trauma Scene and Biohazard Cleanup

    11/5/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane has technicians who are IICRC certified in Crime Scene, Trauma Scene and Biohazard Cleanup. SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane has trained, certified and experienced technicians available to respond 24/7 to perform the following:

     - Blood Cleanup

     - Biohazard Cleanup

     - Crime Scene Cleanup

     - Hoarding Cleanup

     - Accident Scene Cleanup

     - Death Scene Cleanup

     - Trauma Scene Cleanup

    Crime Scene, Trauma Scene and Biohazard Cleanup is NOT a job for everyone and beyond the necessary skills and precautions needed to perform the actual cleanup, this job  also requires extreme professionalism, discretion and sensitivity - SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane are the only professionals you need to call.

    Managing Autumn Lawn and Leaf Cleanup

    10/28/2015 (Permalink)

    Source: esurance blog

    blog.esurance.com

    Preparing Your Home for Winter: 8 Fall Maintenance Hacks for Cold-Weather Comfort

    We all look forward to fall’s festivities. But taking the time to prepare your home for winter (before it arrives) can help ensure you’re cozying up by the fireside — worry-free — once cold weather rolls around. Find out how with these 8 simple hacks.

     

    Ahhh, fall is finally here! The leaves are changing, there’s a crisp coolness in the air, and our favorite pumpkin-flavored treats line store shelves once more. Decorating and meal-prepping might be the first things on your mind when it comes to preparing your home for the colder months — but the National Weather Service is predicting strong winter storms that could affect homeowners across the country this year.

    Here are 8 important fall maintenance tips that can make all the difference once winter’s first freeze hits.

    1. Clear out your gutters

    All those colorful leaves falling from the trees sure are pretty — but they also pile up pretty quickly in your home’s gutters.

    Excess debris can lead to clogs (or ice dams in wintery conditions), which can prevent gutters from draining properly. In turn, there’s a chance water could seep into your home since it has nowhere else to escape to, causing a multitude of issues like damage to your valuables, mold growth, and even structural rot.

    Before winter hits, clear your house’s gutters of leaves and any other debris that might’ve accumulated during the summer months. It also helps to run water through the gutters afterward to check for any leaks or misalignments that could damage your home.

    Related link: Fall Home Maintenance Tricks You’d Be Crazy Not To Try

    2. Inspect for air leaks

    Things like damaged weather stripping and small cracks in your home’s structure allow warm air to escape, causing your heater to go into overdrive to keep your place warm.

    The solution to your chilly house and high utility bills is pretty simple: before it gets wintery outside, inspect your home’s windows, doorways, and any other places where air might be able to enter or exit.

    You can use caulking to stop leaks in the stationary components of your home (like a crack in your doorframe) and weather stripping to insulate the moving components (like windows and doors).

    Related link: Top 6 Reasons to Winterize Your Home

    3. Have your heating system checked

    Home just doesn’t feel like home if a malfunctioning heater is leaving you with the chills. And in parts of the country with freezing temps, it can be a much more serious situation.

    That’s why it’s wise to have a licensed contractor come out to inspect your heater at least once a year, especially before the weather outside becomes frightful.

    4. Prepare your pipes

    Get to know where the pipelines in your house are located and make sure to inspect them every autumn (at least).

    Simply patch any small leaks with heat tape to help reduce weaknesses that might cause the pipe to burst in freezing weather. And you can further protect any exposed outdoor pipes by insulating them with foam or rubber pipe wraps, which can be found at your local hardware store.

    For larger leaks or pipeline problems, it’s always a good idea to play it safe and call the pros.

    5. Drain any outside faucets and irrigation systems 

    Speaking of bursting pipes, it’s important to pay attention to the water systems immediately outside your place too. Undrained water in outdoor faucets and irrigation systems can expand when frozen and cause a pipe to burst.

    Draining faucets is simple enough: just pack away your garden hoses in the garage for the winter and let out any remaining water — easy as that!

    Irrigation systems, on the other hand, often vary in the way they should be maintained. It’s best to call a professional who has experience with underground water systems, just to cover all your bases.

    6. Have your roof inspected

    For your safety, a full-blown roof inspection should be done professionally. The cost to hire an inspector can be as low as a little over $200 and can prevent seriously hefty repair expenses down the line if a winter storm wreaks havoc on your roof and you don’t have sufficient insurance coverage to cover repair costs.

    Reinforcing your roof now can help you avoid a whole host of hazards, like air and water leaks, water damage, mold, and more — all of which could put a damper on your seasonal festivities (and your wallet).

    7. Restock cold-weather home essentials

    Key items like rock salt or kitty litter, snow shovels, space heaters, extra batteries, and heated blankets can help make your home both more functional and comfortable during wintertime. Stock up on these helpful winter wares ahead of time to help avoid any extra hassle or stress come holiday season.

    Related link: Tips for Before, During, and After a Winter Power Outage

    8. Take a peek at your homeowners insurance

    Believe it or not, your homeowners policy could come to the rescue for a whole host of cold-weather mishaps.

    Whether a hailstorm leaves holes in your roof, a vandal breaks into your home and destroys valuables while you’re out holiday shopping, or the weight of snow and ice results in structural damage to your house, homeowners insurance could help pay to repair or replace your losses.

    Avoid Winter Water Damage From Frozen Pipes With These Tips For The Spokane Area

    10/8/2015 (Permalink)

    Whether you have city or well water, all water coming into your home is processed through pipes that run to each faucet from outside of your home in the Spokane area. As the weather becomes colder, the pipes and water get colder as well, increasing the chances of water damage. Freezing temperatures can damage your pipes, causing water damage and can even make them freeze. Because water expands when it freezes, in can cause the pipes to expand or even burst. There are several ways to protect your home from expensive water damage due to frozen pipes.

    Supplies Needed to Prepare Your Pipes

    There are several items you will need to help prepare your pipes for freezing weather to prevent water damage. All of the supplies should be available at your local home improvement store in Spokane, Deer Park, or Colville. Depending on the water flow of your pipes, to prevent water damage, you may need a drain snake or liquid drain opener. There are several types of insulation available for pipes. This includes pipe sleeves and insulation tape to prevent water damage. For areas of your house that aren’t heated, small space heaters may be required. 

    Prepare In Advance 

    Although the winter cold does not arrive until mid-to-late November, it’s important to prepare your pipes, inside and out, in advance to prevent water damage. Early to mid-October is the best time to prepare your pipes from freezing. Any outside water source should be drained. Turn off the water supply to the exterior water sources to prevent water damage. After the water supply is off, drain all external faucets, hoses, pools and anything that uses the internal pipe supply to prevent water damage. After draining the external water supply, take all hoses indoors in a warmer environment. Insulate external water faucets and linesusing insulated tape or pipe sleeves. 

    Internal Pipes and Preparation 

    Before preparing for potential freezing temperatures that could cause water damage, ensure your internal pipes are free of clogs and debris. Slow drains can complicate problems that can occur with cold weather. You can use plumbing supplies such as a snake, drain cleaners or other products. You can also use baking soda and vinegar. After pouring baking soda and vinegar down your drains, allow it to sit for about 5 to 10 minutes. Boil water and flush each drain with the boiling water. For aggressive clogs that can quickly cause water damage, you may wish to call a plumber in Spokane, Deer Park, Colville or Kettle Falls. Cleaning your pipes will allow water to flow more freely and not add to the potential for pipes to freeze and water damage to occur.  

    Inspect All of Your Internal Pipes

    Carefully inspect all of your internal pipes to see if any are leaking and causing water damage. Also check for temperature differences around your home. In areas of the home in North and West Spokane that are cooler, such as basements, attics, garages, crawl spaces and sunrooms that are not insulated, invest in small, portable space heaters to ensure the pipes stay above freezing to lower the chance of water damage. You can also insulate visible pipes to help protect them from freezing temperatures. Although space heaters will increase your electric bill, frozen and damaged pipes leading to water damage can be much more costly. 

    Water Damage When Temperatures Become Bitter Cold  

    Because most water pipes run along or close to outside walls for visual aesthetics, when temperatures become bitterly cold, it’s important to allow heat to circulate to as many as those pipes as possible. To prevent water damage, you should open doors and cabinets where those pipes are to allow heat into those areas. Check cold areas of the home and ensure there is enough heat in those areas to keep it above freezing to avoid water damage.

    SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane Professionals provide fire and water damage restoration services. SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane proudly serves Spokane, Deer Park, Mead, Colbert, Nine Mile, Chatteroy, Colville, Kettle Falls and surrounding areas. We are available 24 hours/7 days a week and are ready to restore your house so that it feels like home again. You can depend on SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane for these residential services:

    SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane is locally owned and operated and serves Spokane, Deer Park, Mead, Colbert, Nine Mile, Newport, Chewelah, Chattaroy, Colville, Kettle Falls and surrounding areas.

    SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane's fully certified water damage removal staff can perform a complete water damage assessment to your home of office, and then recommend and follow the industries standards to get your water damage removal restoration repaired properly available 24 hours a day. 

    SERVPRO of Northwest spokane is a 24/7 emergency water damage removal & flood clean up repair service company. Our technicians are highly trained and experienced with every water damage situation. 

    Are you prepared? Take this Fire Prevention Quiz!

    10/6/2015 (Permalink)

    This Week, October 4th-10th, Is Fire Prevention Week

    You can make sure you're ready by taking this online quiz here:

    http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/fire-prevention-week/fire-prevention-week-quiz

    If you do experience a fire related loss to your home, make sure you and your family are safe and after calling the fire department, give SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane a call at 509-487-4700 - We Are Here To Help!  We will restore your home and belongings "Like it never even happened."

    Water Damage Emergency Tips - What You Can Do Until Help Arrives

    9/28/2015 (Permalink)

    After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety:

    • Is it safe to stay in the house?
    • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
    • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
    • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

    What To Do After Flooding

    • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
    • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
    • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
    • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
    • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
    • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
    • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
    • Gather loose items from floors.

    What NOT To Do After Flooding

    • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
    • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
    • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
    • Don't use television or other household appliances.
    • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

    Have A Water Damage Emergency?
    Call (509) 276-2548

    For more information on water damage cleanup, restoration and other related cleaning services, please visit http://www.SERVPROnorthwestspokane.com/water-damage-restoration

    Air Duct Cleaning - Why It's Important

    9/24/2015 (Permalink)

    HVAC experts agree - there is REAL value in having your homes' air ducts cleaned.

    "At the very least, performing some simple maintenance on the ducts in your home will help your HVAC system work at maximum efficiency," says Sue Steen, SERVPRO Industries, Inc. chief executive officer. "In some cases, it may highlight a problem you need to address."

    Steen offers the following guidelines based on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommendations for routine maintenance of the HVAC system in your home:

    1. Maintain filters.
      Use the highest efficiency air filter recommended by the manufacturer of your HVAC system and change filters regularly. If your filters become clogged, change them more frequently. Also, be sure you do not have any missing filters and that air cannot bypass filters through gaps around the filter holder.
    2. Minimize dust.
      Dust and vacuum your home regularly, using the highest efficiency filter bags your vacuum cleaner can take – preferably HEPA bags. If you undertake dusty construction or renovation work in your home, seal off supply and return registers and do not turn your HVAC system on until you have cleaned up the dust.
    3. Clean cooling coils and drain pans.
      Cooling coils, which are designed to remove water from the air, can be a major source of moisture contamination that can lead to mold growth in your HVAC system. Make sure that the drain pans under these coils drain properly and check any nearby insulation for wet spots. If you see substantial standing water and/or debris in these pans, contact a qualified service professional immediately. If your system includes an in-duct humidifier, be sure to follow manufacturer operating instructions.

    For some homeowners, this routine maintenance may uncover evidence of a larger problem, like mold growth, rodent or insect infestation, or ducts so clogged with dust and debris that particles are being released into the home through air supply registers. Steen says this is the time to call in the professionals for an expert evaluation of the problem and, if necessary, a cleanup plan.

    "Restoration and remediation specialists like the technicians at SERVPRO can help you determine how serious the problem is," says Steen. "In many cases, routine maintenance is all that is required. But if the problem could pose a health threat to people living in the house, you need to call in the professionals. SERVPRO technicians are trained to use specialized cleaning and disposal techniques to remove any contaminants from your ducts safely and completely, without releasing them into your home."

    For more information on air duct cleaning and other related cleaning services, please visit http://www.SERVPROnorthwestspokane.com/airduct-cleaning

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    4/20/2015 (Permalink)

    We are proud to be the official Cleaning and Restoration comapny for the PGA Tour.  Watch for our commercials during the golf season.  

    New: State of the art technology equipment

    4/28/2014 (Permalink)

    General New:  State of the art technology equipment Dri-Eaz Dragon Mobile Furnace

    Dri-Eaz Dragon f507 Portable Furnace

    The clean dry heat from the Dragon helps reduce drying times while maintaining stable and comfortable temperatures.  Ideal for water damage.

    New: State of the art technology equipment

    4/28/2014 (Permalink)

    General New:  State of the art technology equipment Cool-Vac 16 Insulation Removal Vacuum

    Cool-Vac 16 Insulation Removal Vacuum

    Cool Machines introduces the industry’s highest rated heavy duty wet/dry Gas Vacuum with innovative cutting edge design features. This unit is designed to handle fire, water, and smoke damaged insulation, as well as damp wall cavity recycle with dependability and speed.

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