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Choosing Relevant Cleaning Actions During Fire Damage Restoration In Spokane

10/18/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Choosing Relevant Cleaning Actions During Fire Damage Restoration In Spokane You need cleaning services as part of the restoration procedures after experiencing a fire damage incident.

Cleaning Actions During Fire Damage Restoration

You need cleaning services as part of the restoration procedures after experiencing a fire damage incident. Cleaning aims to remove the soils or any soot particles from the surface. Our technicians will go over some of the cleaning actions we perform when offering cleaning services in Spokane. Before we select a cleaning action, we first look at the type of smoke particles and the surface of your property.

When our SERVPRO technicians are cleaning non greasy particles during fire damage restoration in Spokane, we start by using mechanical actions. It is a process that dislodges particles from surfaces before we can employ other cleaning processes that involve the use of solvent-based or water-based cleaning agents. Sometimes, surfaces can create strong bonds with the particles if you start by using liquid cleaning products before dislodging the excess residues.

In some situations, we might decide to make the particles slippery through a method known as lubrication. By lubricating, the bond between the surface and the soils weakens, making the residues to slide into the detergents. In cases where a substance chemically changes when it comes into contact with another substance, our SERVPRO technicians use chemical action. We use this method when it is not possible to remove residues from surfaces without altering their chemical formula. Removing oxidized stain from wool carpeting and cotton are some of the examples where we apply chemical actions.

Our SERVPRO technicians can also apply suspension and dispersion when cleaning your property. We begin by loosening the residues and then suspend and disperse them in the detergent. After that, we extract the cleaning product and the soils. When choosing a cleaning product, we have to consider whether the particles can dissolve in water or solvent-based cleaning agents.

SERVPRO of Northwest Spokane has highly trained and experienced restoration technicians who offer storm, mold, water, and fire damage restoration services. Call us at (509) 487-4700 and let us make it “Like it never even happened.”

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.

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

 

 

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.

Concerned About Your Wood Stove or Fireplace? Call Us Today – (509) 487-4700

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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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