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3 Simple Ways To Prepare Your Home for a Storm

11/23/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage 3 Simple Ways To Prepare Your Home for a Storm Storm damage to home in Spokane, WA

Steps To Help Minimize The Chances Of Flooding

Being in the path of a severe storm in Spokane, WA can be overwhelming. Not only do you have to think about your safety, but you also have to consider the damage that your home might sustain from flood water. Thankfully, there are a few simple steps you can take to help minimize the chances of flooding or other issues.


1. Check Your Gutters

Your gutters are one of your home’s main ways of preventing water from leaking into your home. However, they likely won’t work properly if they aren’t clean. Leaves, sticks and other debris can get stuck in the gutters, which can lead to water damage in your home. Double check that they are clear before it starts raining. Additionally, check for damage to your gutters so you have time to repair them before the storm hits. This will reduce the chances of a flooded building.

2. Inspect Trees Around Your Home

Flood water isn’t the only thing you need to look out for when preparing for a storm. If you live in an area surrounded by trees, then you should consider having your trees trimmed before the storm arrives. Trees that still have a lot of leaves on them or have particularly heavy branches are more likely to fall due to heavy wind and rain. Furthermore, you might see branches that already look like they are about to detach and fall, which should be removed immediately.

3. Do Your Homework

Sometimes, even when you do everything right, there is nothing you can do to prevent flood water from entering your home. Finding a storm damage restoration company beforehand can help relieve stress if your home winds up needing repair. It’s also a good idea to keep important phone numbers in a safe location. If you do not evacuate, have an emergency kit and be prepared for an extended time without power.

It can be helpful to take these steps when you know a storm is headed your way. Ensure your gutters are clear, your trees are trimmed, and you are prepared with emergency items. These things can reduce water damage, stress and danger during a storm.

Dropping Temperatures & Freezing Pipes

11/23/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Dropping Temperatures & Freezing Pipes Do NOT Let Your Pipes Freeze!

Which Pipes Are Vulnerable to Freezing?

  • Pipes located on the outer walls of the home
  • Pipes located in unheated garages, attics, crawl spaces and basements
  • Copper pipes
  • Galvanized pipes
  • Uninsulated pipes

So What if Your Pipes Freeze?

When temperatures drop, water freezes and expands causing pipes to burst.

A burst pipe can result in a water leak. Ruptured pipes and water damage can cost thousands of dollars to repair. The amount of damage depends on where the burst occurs, how long it takes to catch the problem, and how much water is leaking from the pipe.

Prevent Your Pipes From Freezing.

  • Install Insulation.
  • Insulate pipes on the outside of your home .
  • When temperatures drop, open your faucets to a slow dribble.
  • Open cabinets for warm air to circulate through your home.
  • Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature during the night and day.
  • If you leave your home for extended periods of time leave your heat on at 55 degrees.

What Do You Do if Your Pipes Freeze?

  1. Turn off the main water valve.
  2. Call a professional plumber.
  3. Call an IICRC certified restoration & mitigation company.

SERVPRO's Water Restoration Process:

Step 1 - Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will guide you through the crisis and may ask several questions to help us better understand the equipment and resources.

Step 2 - Inspection and Water Damage Assessment

We determine the scope of your water damage at this stage. We inspect and test to determine the extent of damage and how far the moisture has traveled to ensure proper and complete restoration.

Step 3 - Water Removal / Water Extraction

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We use powerful pumps and vacuum units to quickly remove hundreds or thousands of gallons from your property, which helps prevent secondary water damage and mold growth.

Step 4 - Drying and Dehumidification

We use specialized equipment to remove the remaining water that is harder to access. Our Professionals will use room measurements, temperature, and relative humidity to determine the optimal number of air movers and dehumidifiers needed to dry your home or business.

Step 5 - Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean all of the restorable items and structures damaged by the water. We are adept at cleaning contents using a number of techniques. Our professionals are trained to provide sanitizing treatments and to remove odors and deodorize your property.

Step 6 - Restoration

Restoration is the process of restoring your home or business to its pre-water damage condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall and installing new carpet, or may entail major repairs, such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Call us at 509-487-4700 if you have any questions or concerns.

Are You Prepared for Winter Weather?

11/23/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Are You Prepared for Winter Weather? Be Prepared!

Prepare Your Business for Winter Weather

  • Check your business property for low hanging tree limbs and branches. Weather, such as wind, heavy rain, ice and snow, can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries.
  • Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviated flood hazard potential.
  • Inspect handrails, stairways and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water could be present .
  • Ask our highly trained SERVPRO professionals about starting an Emergency Ready Profile for your business.

Prepare Your Home for Winter Weather

  • Keep cabinet doors open during cold spells this allows warm air to circulate around pipes.
  • Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets , especially if the pipes for faucets run through unheated or uninsulated areas of your home.
  • Consider shutting off outdoor faucets. Find the shut-off valve in the basement or crawl or crawl space and turn it to “off”.
  • If you follow the previous step, then open the outdoor faucet to help ensure it drains completely and the inner valve is shut off.
  • Ensure gutters are clean and secure. Leaves and debris accumulate, causing a damming effect on gutters, which could lead to roof problems and water damage

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.

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. 

Check us out at BBB for more info.

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.

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.

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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Tips for Safety in Storm Situations!

7/27/2016 (Permalink)

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


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

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

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

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

Get to Know NOAA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Locally Owned Company with National Storm Resources

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

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

7/27/2016 (Permalink)

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


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

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

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

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

  • Dead, hollowed out limbs

  • Flooding and standing water build-up

  • Mold build up (due to excessive moisture)

     
    We Provide a Wide Range of Helpful services 

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

  • Weather resistant roof covers

  • Board Clean-up or securing

  • Tree removal from structures

  • On-site cleanup of tree limbs or debris

  • Complete water extraction and warped floor repair

  • Damage repairs, reconstruction, and replacement of your property

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

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

Flood Damage Can Be Fixed By Professionals in Your House

7/27/2016 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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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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.

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.

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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 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.

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