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Water Damage: Three Important Facts

11/23/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage: Three Important Facts Water loss in a Spokane, WA home

You may be worried about water damage if you recently experienced a pipe burst in your Spokane, WA home. Such situations can cause flooding and other issues but try not to panic. Instead, learn about the following three facts, so you can be prepared for any future problems that arise.

  1. Damage

When water enters your home, it can damage many different structures. However, the severity of the damage can vary widely. There are three recognized classes of water damage:

  • White or Category 1 Water Damage: This is clean water.
  • Gray or Category 2 Water Damage: This is often waste water.
  • Black or Category 3 Water Damage: This is considered contaminated water.

Category 3 damage is urgent and requires quick cleanup, while Category 1 water is not contaminated, but still requires rapid cleanup. A broken water line that leads to a pipe burst typically will only result in Category 1 damage as long as the matter is quickly addressed.

2. Restoration 

Taking advantage of mitigation services is not always just a practical move. In cases where you are dealing with complicated damage, such as when clean water is left to sit for too long, a service may be necessary. Most trained workers will arrive on the scene quickly, assess the damage and take measures to restore your property.

3. Salvage

You may think that the random valuables around your home cannot be saved after a water damage incident however, this is not always the case. Technicians such as those mentioned above can typically help you remove certain furniture and personal items and may even offer move-out assistance to help you preserve items before they get damaged. Most professionals also understand that your keepsakes are precious and may attempt to restore photographs and other keepsakes.

A pipe burst at home is never fun, but understanding the issue at hand helps. If you put an action plan into place, you have a better chance of returning to normal life sooner rather than later.

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.

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?

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         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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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 

    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.

    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

    Flood Cleanup To Protect Air Quality In Spokane

    11/6/2015 (Permalink)

    Source: The EPA

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    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

    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. 

    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