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SERVPRO, Professional Mold Removal, Happy Spokane Valley Property Owners--We Do It All

12/18/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation SERVPRO, Professional Mold Removal, Happy Spokane Valley Property Owners--We Do It All SERVPRO Is the Answer to Mold Remediation in Spokane Valley

What Do Our Mold Remediators Do for Spokane Valley Homes?

As much as many Spokane Valley homeowners know about the threats to their properties, many people do not fully understand the role that professional restorers and remediators play in returning structures to their original conditions. Often it gets assumed that elbow grease and basic cleaning knowledge is all that is necessary to overcome conditions like mold growth in the home, but there are frequently more steps to attribute to this process that are far more intricate and involved.

To appreciate the effect of mold damage on your Spokane Valley property is the same as understanding how a homeowner alone cannot remove an active colony on their own. Our professional remediation division offers comprehensive support to our customers from the initial inspection of their property to understand the spread and severity of the problem to the removal of active colonies and the reconstruction of the property that is sometimes necessary as well.

Our SERVPRO professionals have extensive training in identifying the spread of mold throughout a property to set up our negative air chambers or air scrubbers in the appropriate locations to prevent the spread of mold spores to new areas of your home. To further protect your property from a spreading colony, we shut down air circulation and spray the anti-microbial solution on unaffected or lightly affected materials to prevent fungal growth.

Another action that our SERVPRO professionals can do is to tear out materials that have gotten too badly damaged to salvage with our effective restoration tactics. With mold growth, this is often a practical approach to removing the active colony entirely and provides a stable base for our licensed contracting division to rebuild upon once remediation work begins.

Understanding the work that remediators like our team do for your property can help you to appreciate your need for this kind of professional better when you discover mold on the property. Give our SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane rapid response team a call today to get our experienced technicians headed out to your address quickly. You can reach us 24/7 at (509) 474-9144.

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SERVPRO Explains the Science Behind Frozen Pipes in Your Chattaroy Home

12/13/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO SERVPRO Explains the Science Behind Frozen Pipes in Your Chattaroy Home Winter is coming! Don't forget to winterize your pipes!

Frozen Pipes in Chattaroy Homes Causes Substantial Water Damage

With the winter season in full swing, Chattaroy homeowners prepare for the low-temperature drops to come. Whenever the area gets below the freezing line, exposed and susceptible elements like water line pipes in your home can freeze and cause substantial damages. When a pipe freezes, it creates a growing pressure between the closed faucet and the blockage that can literally cause the pipe to blow apart. Once this happens, the blockage usually gets cleared, and a steady supply of water from the main line coming into the house pours out into the affected area until a homeowner or technician can stop it with a shut-off valve.

Understanding how your pipes could be at risk and how to obtain water removal services for your Chattaroy home is critical to protecting your home this winter. There are certain areas of your home more susceptible to allowing the freezing of pipes, such as exterior walls and the basement. These portions of the property often do not get the same level of heating as the rest of the house and can remain susceptible to the steep temperature drops.

Ideally getting to a frozen pipe before it can burst and cause significant water damage in your home is the best option for homeowners, but unfortunately, this advice is not always possible. Locating the blockage can be problematic when the pipes are not readily accessible, and the pressure could grow to the point of bursting over a brief period. Our SERVPRO rapid response team is available 24/7 with the experienced technicians and the industry-leading equipment to make a difference fast.

A wise choice for a homeowner with trickling water from their faucets, a strange smell coming from a drain, or other indications of a frozen pipe, is to contact our SERVPRO professionals. We have the experience to locate the blockage before it allows a pipe to get over-pressurized and burst, but also have the tools and advanced equipment to quickly extract water and dry the area if this problem already exists.

With winter setting in, the possibility of freezing pipes grows. Let our SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane help you. Give us a call today at (509) 474-9144.

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When Water Has Damaged Your Floors In Spokane, We Are The Team To Call!

12/4/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage When Water Has Damaged Your Floors In Spokane, We Are The Team To Call! SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane is ready to assist with your water cleanup needs, including working with a broad range of wet flooring.

Water Can Destroy Your Floors In Spokane

Water naturally flows to the lowest points in your Spokane home after a plumbing break, appliance mishap, or another water incursion. The floors in the path of the water can take a real beating, requiring the assistance of professional water mitigation specialists to recover both function and appearance. Our crews of IICRC-trained technicians and the investment we have made in state-of-the-art water removal and drying equipment can help.

Depending on the kind of floors in your home, water cleanup in Spokane can vary. When flooding occurs over a relatively durable floor like vinyl, ceramic tile or concrete the long-term result can be minimal or no permanent damage. Even these hard-working floors need complete water removal and basic drying strategies for the best results. Evaluation of any underlying floor layers is crucial as moisture retained by a subfloor can resaturate the top layer, repeatedly putting that visible flooring at risk of permanent damage.

Hardwood floors are popular, beautiful, and somewhat durable if spills and minor flooding are mitigated quickly. SERVPRO invests in specialized drying equipment that offers superior outcomes with water cleanup of hardwood floors. The Injectidry System uses a series of panels laid flat to pull moisture out of a wet floor. Each panel connects via hoses with the primary negative pressure source, creating a powerful suction that moves water from the subfloor through joints, drying all layers with that action.

Tile floors sometimes suffer from the effects of cracked or worn grout lines. The Injectidry System can help with that scenario as well, suctioning the moisture up through the porous grout. Whatever type of flooring is involved, the SERVPRO technicians use the technology carefully, monitoring the moisture levels of the flooring materials at all levels. This consistent monitoring ensures that drying goals are met evenly across the expanse of flooring needing water cleanup.

Some contemporary flooring options do not fare as well during water cleanup. Laminates often must be considered for removal and replacement, their synthetic materials peeling, splitting and delaminating. SERVPRO technicians can help you make the best decision in these cases. Most importantly, even though you might discard the laminate, the subfloor needs water removal and drying before an alternative flooring is applied.

SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane is ready to assist with your water cleanup needs, including working with a broad range of wet flooring. Call us at (509) 474-9144 for an evaluation as soon as the water loss occurs.

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How SERVPRO Restores Your Spokane Fired Damaged Home

11/28/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO How SERVPRO Restores Your Spokane Fired Damaged Home SERVPRO has the training, experience, and equipment to restore your home after a fire.

Stop The Chaos, Contact Spokane’s Local Fire Damage Solution, Today!

If you found yourself facing a fire incident in your Spokane area home and you had someone in your family who understood which actions to take to stop the chaos, wouldn’t you take their advice? What about someone you see throughout the community, a company that helps people prevent tragedy on a daily basis.

We are Spokane’s local fire damage solution. A company determined to provide excellent restoration services to every member of our community. We make ourselves available every day, to help you understand more about the services available to you. Having a fully IICRC-certified technician at your side during an emergency can help you get things back to normal fast while preventing many losses you might otherwise incur.

If having access to a single technician with the understanding of how to address fire damage situations on your property effectively reduces damage, how helpful do you think an entire team would be? Every member of your SERVPRO team provides you with years of experience, access to advanced equipment, and unlimited resources. We take the time to check every inch of the affected area, removing smoke, carcinogens, stains, and odors using advanced techniques that offer proven results.

No one should ever have to toss perfectly good contents when they can quickly return to a quality pre-fire damage condition, and we’re here to make sure you get the right kind of help. SERVPRO technicians train to restore everything from toys, shoes, and clothing, to appliances, flooring, and structural components. We use a variety of moisture detectors, water extractors, dehumidifiers, fans, scrubbers, and more to provide you with the services you expect.

SERVPRO also takes time to consider how stressful these situations can be on both you and your family. We put trained personnel into contact with your insurance adjuster and work together to find you solutions that fit your situation to a tee. The last thing we want is to make the situation harder, so we keep you informed throughout the process and ensure you understand everything about your restoration.

SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane stands ready to assist you with fire damage on your property 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. Call us anytime, day or night. (509) 474-9144

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Our Experts At SERVPRO Explain Our Water Damage Restoration Process For Your Spokane Home

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Our Experts At SERVPRO Explain Our Water Damage Restoration Process For Your Spokane Home Step one in any water damage remediation in Spokane is a speedy response.

Step By Step Water Damage Restoration In Spokane

Water serves as a convenience and comfort in your Spokane home assuming sound plumbing and well-working and maintained appliances. The friendly relationship you have with water can change in an instant when a pipe cracks or your hard-working dishwasher, water heater, or washing machine experiences a pump breakdown, rusted bottom, or a supply line breach. Our highly-qualified work crews are familiar with all aspects of professional water damage mitigation regardless of the water source.

Step one in any water damage remediation in Spokane is a speedy response. Water soaking into structural components, spreading across and into fixtures like carpeting and cabinets, and saturating containers of personal possessions immediately begins a severe destructive process. The faster expert water mitigators attend to the problem the more likely that structural damage halts and the water-logged personal possessions stand a good chance of restoration to function and appearance.

The SERVPRO team strives to arrive within a few hours of the water event, and the crew chief completes the second step -- a thorough assessment and restoration plan. Moisture measurements and scanning for trapped water caches are step three, defining the work area and establishing baselines for eventual drying goals.

Step four is water removal, and our familiar green SERVPRO vehicles have all the equipment necessary to pump and extract water. If the electricity is shut down for safety, our trucks carry power generators, so no delay is necessary for our employees to start the water exiting your dwelling. Our crew members bring their IICRC training to every job, using effective strategies to get the water out even in hard to reach areas between walls and in cavities.

Once the water evacuates, step five, structural drying, commences. Our team masters the principles of psychrometry, or the science of drying, during mandated training. SERVPRO vehicles again boast all the equipment needed -- air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers. Getting the balance of air movement, heat, and lowered humidity right is indeed a science, causing the liquid moisture to vaporize and then condense or absorb within evaporative or desiccant dehumidifiers for disposal.

Cleaning and sanitization is step six, ensuring that any lingering moisture does not fuel a mold outbreak and that debris dislodged during the flooding and water removal is cleared. If odors are a problem, SERVPRO deodorant specialists use a variety of methods to eliminate the smell, leaving your home fresh.

Finally, step seven encompasses the tasks needed to restore structures and possessions to “Like it never even happened.” Repair and sometimes rebuilding might be required, services provided by SERVPRO or affiliated contractors.

SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane provides the technicians and equipment necessary to restore a home suffering from internal water damage. Contact our team at (509) 474-9144 as soon as possible after a water event for best outcomes.

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Floody, Muddy Waters? In Spokane Folks Call SERVPRO for Removal and Cleanup

11/13/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Floody, Muddy Waters? In Spokane Folks Call SERVPRO for Removal and Cleanup Spokane Property Owners Count on SERVPRO for Flood Damage Clean Up and Recovery

Understanding the Difference Between Water & Flood Damage in Your Spokane Home

Many Spokane homeowners consider water damage to be the same as flood damage and this assumption can get people into a bit of trouble. In general, floods cause more significant health risks and cost more to repair. However, there is more to it, and you need to understand how to discern between the two and what this means for your home.

When you think about it, water problems can come from anywhere, including leaks in your roof, plumbing fixtures, appliances, and more. It also usually only affects a small area making things hard, but not unmanageable. However, flood damage can hit your Spokane area home fast, leaving everything around you covered in sewage, mud, and other debris that affect your entire property and beyond. While floods are commonly temporary, the cleanup process can end up taking a long time.

All of the mud and debris swept in by a flood leaves a residue behind that requires removal before disinfecting your property can begin. Professionals, like those offered by SERVPRO, disinfect every surface found in your home; a process that includes applying biocides, antimicrobials, and bacterial disinfectants to everything, by hand.

SERVPRO technicians use infrared and thermal imaging to locate all of the hidden pockets of moisture in your home. Every enclosed space can contain any of a variety of mold spores carried in by a flood, and they need to be taken care of before they can grow. We use water extractors, dehumidifiers, air movers, and all sorts of different equipment to address problems found in your home.

SERVPRO’s staff also helps you communicate with your insurance provider, improving the overall claim process. We help you get the emergency support you need to make your house a home again, “Like it never even happened.” Our team manages the entire restoration process from start to finish, this includes all repairs and helping prepare your home against future incursion.

SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane is available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, year-round to provide members of our local community with the cleanup and restoration services needed to get things back on track, fast. Call our restoration office any time, day or night. (509) 474-9144

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Top 4 Things You Need To Do To Prepare for a Fire

10/23/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Top 4 Things You Need To Do To Prepare for a Fire Install a smoke alarm in your Chattaroy,WA home

As a homeowner in Chattaroy,WA, you need to prepare yourself for a variety of worst case scenarios. You may make plans for bad weather, faulty plumbing and house fires to ensure you can bounce back from any unexpected event. Fire preparation should include preventative measures as well as practicing what to do in case of an emergency.

4 Preventative Measures in Case of an Emergency

1. Have a fire drill. Making sure your entire family knows what to do in the case of an emergency is a must. During a fire drill, you should show everyone what the alarm sounds like, how to safely exit a room and where to meet outside of the home. For the highest level of fire safety, you may want to encourage everyone to have at least two exit strategies in mind for each room in the house. For example, you could leave a bedroom through the door or a window.


2. Install smoke alarms. A home fire is often detected by smoke alarms. If you do not have this safety equipment properly installed throughout your house, a fire may blaze without you knowing.

3. Check smoke alarms. Once the alarm is in place, your fire preparation is not over. You also need to make sure it can work. You should do an alarm check at least once every month. If you don't, the batteries inside may die without you realizing it.

4. Figure out who to call. Everyone knows to call emergency responders after a home fire, but you may also want to decide what type of residential fire remediation team you would like to work with if flames engulf your house. Getting in touch with these experts prior to a fire can speed up the restoration process.

Being proactive in your fire preparation ensures your entire family will know what to do if there ever is a fire in your house. Once you have made the preparations, you can sit back and hope to never put them into action.

Develop a Business Continuity Plan in 4 Steps

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

Business owners can minimize losses due to disruption after a disaster by making a business continuity plan. These four steps will help you develop a plan to keep operating after a disaster or reopen as soon as possible.

1. Conduct a Business Impact Analysis

Gather data on revenues and expenses and perform detailed assessments of the costs associated with various risks. In addition to fire, flooding, or storm damage, an impact analysis should also factor in delays or shortages of supplies or services. This analysis is also useful for determining the amount of business interruption insurance coverage needed to offset lost revenue and continued operational costs.

2. Plan Recovery Strategies

The right recovery strategies depend on the nature of a business and the level of interruption coverage. Determine whether you can operate out of a temporary location or even keep the main location open in the event of partial losses. Identify which costs or losses can be recouped through business insurance and perform a gap analysis to identify what is not covered. Strategize about how to minimize losses and quickly resume operations.

3. Implement Continuity Measures

Once you have an impact analysis, gap analysis, and strategies for recovery, you are prepared to lay the groundwork for the continuity plan. Organize a team responsible for enacting these strategies in the event of an interruption.

4. Perform Tests and Training

Put your calculations to the test as you implement these measures and train the continuity team. Update the plan with findings from testing and training.

Follow these steps to develop a continuity plan for a business in Colbert,WA. Refer to a federal guide to continuity plans for further guidance. It may take anywhere from 48 to 72 hours for business interruption insurance to start. A commercial damage restoration company can help you repair damage and resume operations in a timely manner.

3 Ways You Can Prepare for an Insurance Adjustor’s Visit After a Flood

10/12/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage 3 Ways You Can Prepare for an Insurance Adjustor’s Visit After a Flood Flooding damage after storm in a Spokane,WA home

Flooding can cause a surprising amount of damage to your Spokane,WA, home. From having contaminated water drained away to assessing structural damage, the road to recovery and restoration can be difficult. However, knowing how prepare for a visit from your insurance company’s home adjuster can make filing a claim simpler and get you the money needed to cover the cost of repairs without frustrating delays.

1. Leave Items Where They Are

While it might be tempting to retrieve treasured items from flooded rooms or throw away damaged ones, it is a good idea to leave them where they are until the adjuster arrives. This allows him or her to see the damage as is. Take photos beforehand or take a video tour of the damage if it is safe to do so. It may be difficult to face the damage; however, leaving your home untouched after a flood can result in a more accurate repair estimate.

2. Create an Inventory

Once you tour your home, you can help the home adjuster by creating an inventory of damaged items and their worth. Include electronics, furniture or collections that have been appraised previously, such as sports memorabilia. Include prices if you can, but if any receipts have been destroyed by the flood, you can list amounts from memory or by pricing similar items. A flood damage and restoration company may be able to help you with the removal and estimated costs of repair for some items.

3. Get Contractor’s Estimates

You may be able to file an insurance claim with your adjuster with more speed if you reach out to a few building contractors and get estimates for repair costs. Make copies of their findings and submit one to the adjuster so he or she can include it in the detailed report.

Flood damage to your Spokane,WA, home can be difficult to handle. However, when you understand effective ways to help your home adjuster, the road to recovery can be a smoother one.

Cleaning Under Your Home After a Flood: Is It Necessary?

9/17/2018 (Permalink)

After a home flood, all most homeowners can think about is cleaning up and restoring the inside of their homes. Most never give a second thought to beneath their homes. Yet, some experts suggest that the failure to clean under a home after a flood could lead to mold, structural issues and costly damage. Some areas of your home to which you should pay attention during flood cleanup include the following:

• Basement
• Crawlspace
• Cellars

Your attention to these areas could prevent costly damage and headaches down the road.

Cleaning Your Basement

Even if your basement isn't an HGTV-worthy one, it's still a part of your home and therefore needs to be cleaned thoroughly after a home flood. If your basement is bare, it won't take your [City, State], restoration company very long to dry out the area, wipe down the surfaces and clean the air. However, if your basement is used as a storage area or an extension of your living space, cleanup efforts will be much more comprehensive.

Cleaning Your Crawlspace

Whether your crawlspace is indoors or out, you should check it for storm damage. If you discover wet materials, direct your restoration team to beneath your home and let them work magic. Again, depending on what your crawlspace is used for, restoration efforts could take mere hours, or it could take days.

Cleaning Your Cellar

Cellars are usually bare, but some contain canned and jarred foods and excess supplies. Unfortunately, if your cellar was contaminated by flood water, you should dispose of all food – airtight or not. If you eat contaminated food or use contaminated supplies, you could become sick. Unfortunately, the best thing you can do for your health and the health of your loved ones is to dispose of the food and restock your collection (after you disinfect all surfaces of the cellar).

If you're dealing with a home flood, reach out to your Spokane, WA, restoration company regarding tips on how to clean beneath your home. Let them help you restore your home.