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Using Trash Pumps for Flooded Spokane Basements

1/12/2020 (Permalink)

Flooded Basement Call us today at (509) 474-9144.

How Gas-Powered Trash Pumps and Electric Submersible Pumps can Benefit your Spokane Home in the Event of a Flood

Many tools can help our SERVPRO professionals to remove standing water from Spokane homes after a flood. While in most situations, the ideal tool for extraction in a household is electric submersible pumps, these are not always the best option when debris and solids might be present in the water to get removed. Instead, there are more powerful extraction tools like gas-powered trash pumps that can do the job more efficiently.

Flood damage in Spokane homes is something that many property owners have either experienced or expected throughout the soaking rains seen throughout the year. With close to forty inches of rain falling on average throughout the area, there are many instances in which creeks and streams can rise to the point of flooding communities that we serve. Because these conditions often come with mud, debris, and other contaminants, traditional clean water sump pumps are not the ideal extraction device to help with several inches or feet of standing water in the basement.

As you might expect, the priority in these circumstances is to remove the water as quickly and efficiently as possible. Drying up surface water can help our SERVPRO professionals to address contaminants, mud, and other cleaning tasks. Because many area homes do not have finished basements, contamination can get treated most efficiently with disinfectants and biocides. These products can remove bacteria and other threatening substances from exposed materials.

Discharging floodwater from this extractor unit typically goes to the sanitary sewer system through sinks, sewer cleanouts, or other access points. Once the water has reached a depth of two inches or less, wet vacuums can work to remove the last remaining fluid and also begin removing the mud and debris on the concrete floor of the basement.

Gas-powered trash pumps are ideal for flood situations because they can get used without a need for constant power to the structure, as widespread flooding can often discontinue electrical service. No matter what tools and approaches your home needs to overcome flooding effects, our SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane team can help. Give us a call today at (509) 474-9144.

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Water Damage Spokane – Why Keep Crawl Spaces Dry

12/17/2019 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO truck parked in front of a home. Let us break down for your Spokane home why water damage needs to be addressed immediately.

Spokane water damage can take over before you know it. Let's take action.

Many homes have crawl spaces under the main floor of the home. These areas are generally not used for storage or other uses, although in some cases, a hot water tank or furnace may be installed in the crawl space. Many homeowners seldom go into the crawl space or even open the access door to the area. A damp or wet crawl space can cause problems within the livable parts of the home, occasionally causing health issues for anyone living there.

SERVPRO provides water damage services in Spokane and surrounding areas. A damp or wet crawl space can be a source of mold and high humidity that may permeate the rest of the home. For example, high humidity in the crawl space can cause hardwood floors to expand, causing cupping and even splintering. Mold spores can also grow, causing a musty odor throughout the home.

Many crawl spaces are damp while some can have standing water because a sump pump failed to work, or the water table was higher than usual, and water found its way into the crawl space. In these situations, SERVPRO has the equipment and knowhow to deal with these situations. We can install large capacity sump pumps to remove standing water and deliver it to the storm sewer on the street.

SERVPRO can install dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining humidity. Blowing moist air out of the crawl space, providing there is adequate access, also helps to lower the humidity. Dry air can be drawn into the space to absorb more moisture.

The homeowner may have to install a permanent sump pump to remove any water. This pump ensures the crawl space is not flooded again. If there is an ongoing problem with high moisture levels, SERVPRO may suggest installing a permanent dehumidifier to control the humidity level.

Call SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane at (509) 474-9144 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Otis Orchards, Hillyard, Mead, and the surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Spokane Property Owners Turn to SERVPRO for Water Removal and Drying

12/16/2019 (Permalink)

stacked trusses at a job site Scissor Trusses Can Harbor Hidden Water in Spokane Two-Story Homes--SERVPRO Can Remove and Dry

Second Floor Water Cleanup in Spokane

One of the worst types of water damage a Spokane homeowner faces is when water from the second story descends into the first story. Either down the stairs or through the ceiling, either way, leaving behind a significant amount of clean up.

SERVPRO technicians know during water cleanup in Spokane homes, it is essential to find the migration path of the water to ensure that nothing is left. They use state-of-the-art moisture detection equipment to locate water in subflooring and within the floor joists between floors.

During any type of water loss, mold is always a threat. The technicians have extensive training in the restoration of all kinds of damage, and they also know the warning signs and how to inhibit mold from even becoming an issue. Their attention to detail during water extraction and drying helps restore homes to their preloss condition quickly.

Fast Extraction is Key
When SERVPRO technicians work on a water loss that affects more than one story in a home, they scope the property to find all areas of elevated moisture and get to work with their portable pumps to extract as much water as possible. They also perform drainage techniques as needed, such as the drilling of weep holes in ceilings or baseboards to allow both better drainage and airflow for drying. If sheetrock wicked too much moisture, the technicians cleanly cut it away to avert further damage.

Techniques for Complete Drying
After a water loss, drying a room with air movers and dehumidifiers seems simple enough. However, behind baseboards, wall cavities, and floor joists all present problems. That is why SERVPRO technicians have specialized drying equipment for forcing air into tight spaces. Drying mats assist with pushing warm, dry air into a wet subfloor and floor joists while the Injecti-Dry system works well for drying wall cavities.

SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane at (509) 474-9144 is available 24/7  for water cleanup of any size. The certified, trained technicians arrive fast and work to make the water loss in the home, "Like it never even happened."

How to Succeed With Water Remediation After an Event in Spokane

12/8/2019 (Permalink)

water damaged kitchen Regardless whether it's faulty plumbing or an aging dishwasher, Team SERVPRO is ready to remediate water damage in your home.

Fast Dishwasher Water Removal for a Spokane Home

Water-related property damage is the third largest cause of loss for homeowners. Between 2007 and 2009 alone, over $9 billion worth of losses were reported, comprising a massive 23% of all recorded property loss. One of the most common causes of water-related disasters is kitchen appliance failure, with the most frequent culprits being faucets, sink plumbing, and dishwashers.

If your Spokane kitchen needs water removal at any time of the day or night, IICRC-certified SERVPRO technicians are always available to provide emergency-response cleanup. Whether you have a broken pipe leaking through walls, ceilings, or flooring, or you had an appliance failure like a broken dishwasher hose or gasket, you can expect this team to clean up your home in a timely fashion with state-of-the-art materials.

Always Available to Help

Your local SERVPRO team is highly invested in serving the communities outside of disaster mitigation. Franchise owners work closely with organizations such as the Better Business Bureau, BOMA, and the Landlord Association of the Inland West. This crew also partners with local organizations like the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America and the American Red Cross to aid homeowners. 

How SERVPRO Can Help

If water has affected floors or walls around or behind cabinetry, SERVPRO can handle the job. If the affected cabinetry does not have a back and it is attached to the wall, technicians may be able to drill holes to promote proper air circulation through the area. This is the same type of technique team members often use to prepare walls for drying.

Depending on the placement of the weep holes, this technique can also be used to save fiberglass insulation on an exterior wall as well as potentially affected sheetrock. The toe kick under the cabinet box may be removed and holes may be drilled to promote ventilation underneath the cabinets. After thorough extraction has taken place, air movers and dehumidifiers can be set up so drying can begin in your kitchen.

SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane Is a team you can count on to be Faster to Any Size Disaster. When disaster strikes in your kitchen, you can call (509) 474-9144 for fast service.

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Water Cleanup Spokane – Avoid Creating Mold Infestations

11/30/2019 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO vehicle in a homeowners driveway. Water damage can ruin your Spokane home, call SERVPRO we will help.

Call SERVPRO for your Spokane water damage to avoid mold growth.

Many consumers unintentionally create the right conditions that foster mold infestations. It begins with a water leak somewhere or perhaps an overflowing sink. Water spreads across the floor, into other rooms, soaking carpets and under padding. The leak is repaired, and the visible water is mopped up, and the flooring is allowed to dry naturally. These consumers may have created the perfect conditions for mold growth.

SERVPRO receives calls from consumers all of the time about water cleanup in Spokane. A mold infestation has appeared, there is a musty smell in the area, and family members are experiencing adverse health impacts. We can help manage the initial water event, clean up the water, and dry all areas affected to avoid future mold infestations.

Stop the Leak and Remove the Water

SERVPRO recommends that consumers manage the leak first. Turn the tap off, or shut off the main water supply, and make repairs if there is a water leak. Call SERVPRO for help. We can respond in less than 4 hours. We are available on a 24/7 basis. Begin mopping up as much of the water as possible. This limits the overall damage and controls the area that may become soaked with water.

Extracting the Moisture

SERVPRO has the equipment to remove every last drop of water and dry your floors, including hardwood, carpeting, and subfloors. We use a weighted water extractors to squeeze every last drop of moisture from the carpet and underpad. Hand operated vacuums remove water from hard surfaces such as hardwood, tile, and linoleum floors.

Dehumidifiers and Air Movers

We also want to avoid any opportunity for mold growth. We use desiccant air dryers to remove moisture from hard surfaces such as hardwood floors. Carpets are sometimes lifted to expose the underpad and subfloors. Air movers are used to blow air into these areas to absorb moisture, and dehumidifiers are used to remove humidity from the air. SERVPRO ensures that there is no moisture left to support the growth of mold.

Call SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane at (509) 474-9144 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Colbert, Chattaroy, Spokane Valley, and the surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Our Professionals Provide Reliable Electrical Fire Damage Cleanup In Spokane

11/23/2019 (Permalink)

Electrical fire in a home Call (509) 474-9144 to have a team get to work restoring your residence within hours.

Reliable Electrical Fire Damage Cleanup in Spokane

Every year, lighting sources catch fire and cause damage to thousands of homes. Electrical fires cause more than $1 billion in property losses in the US alone. Not only can this be stressful for homeowners, but the damages that can be difficult to bounce back from, even with quality insurance.

If your home requires professional fire damage cleanup in Spokane, SERVPRO is only a phone call away from providing you with the assistance that you need. These technicians receive continuous education on mitigation techniques and tools so that you can benefit from their knowledge and field experience. Franchise owners are also required to receive comprehensive education about these disasters so that they can help you in getting the service you need.

Common Home Electrical Fire Risks
Almost half of home electrical fires are caused by failures or malfunctions that are surprisingly common. These can include:

    •    Outdated appliances or faulty outlets
    •    Using damaged extension cords, or using these cords as a permanent outlet for appliances
    •    Light bulbs that exceed the wattage for the fixture they occupy
    •    Defective or outdated wiring
    •    Clogged or unsafely-positioned space heaters

20% of residential structure fires are caused by lighting like lamps, light bulbs, and flush mount lights, while 6% include damages from ceiling fans.

SERVPRO Saves the Day
Depending on the wall material and types of soiling present, SERVPRO has a variety of tools available to clean your structure out after an electrical fire. Dry cleaning sponges are often the tool of choice for cleaning ceilings with light-to-medium amounts of damage. Wet cleaning with EPA-registered antimicrobials is the method of choice for heavier damage to walls, particularly those that are metal, wood, or painted. Non-porous ceiling surfaces may benefit more from peroxide active cleaning, but this technique is often saved for surfaces that would be damaged by thorough wet cleaning. Technicians work from ceiling to floor to clear out your structure and render it safe once more.

SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane is committed to leaving your home looking, “Like it never even happened.” Call (509) 474-9144 to have a team get to work restoring your residence within hours.

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Mitigating Damage with Water Removal in Spokane.

11/10/2019 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO will have your back after your Spokane water damage.

While storms, pipe leaks, and other sudden disasters are a cause of concern for many Washington homeowners, one reason that is often overlooked is human error. Someone may forget to turn off the faucet upstairs before doing laundry or a clogged toilet can overflow. In short, accidents happen, and without thorough professional cleanup, you can end up dealing with the consequences of these small incidents for the long-term in the form of mold, odors, or damaged flooring or drywall. 

If you need fast water removal for your Spokane residence, SERVPRO is available 24/7 to clean up the damage and restore your home to a safe and comfortable condition. This team's focus is on preserving your possessions and structures when it is safe to do so, so that you can save time, money, and stress. Whatever your home needs, this crew has the tools to clean up after disaster strikes. 

State-of-the-Art Cleanup Technologies

SERVPRO combines reliable cleanup methods with contemporary technological solutions to bring your home an unprecedented level of clean after a disaster. Technicians also undergo comprehensive education on water damage and drying, so they know the in’s and out’s of how to clean and restore your home after it has experienced a water-related disaster. 

Water damage cleanup technologies include:

  • Portable back-mounted extractors and truck-mounted pumps for larger disasters
  • EPA-registered proprietary disinfectant solutions
  • Industrial-grade centrifugal air movers 
  • Low-grain refrigerant or desiccant dehumidifiers 
  • Ultra-low volume or thermal fogging to eliminate odor particles

How SERVPRO Can Help

If an accidental faucet overflow leaves your bathroom floor covered in water and the hallway carpet saturated with water, technicians can quickly get to work on mitigating damage and drying your flooring. For carpets, rovers may be used to soak up water. In cases where the carpet is especially soaked, pros can pull up the affected area after water extraction so the carpet and pad can be dried from underneath. We can also check floorboards and subflooring for damage as needed. 

SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane is Faster to Any Size Disaster so your home can be restored to a preloss condition. For lightning-fast emergency response, call (509) 474-9144 today.

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You Can Count On Us for Water Removal In Spokane

10/25/2019 (Permalink)

Our drying equipment drying the floor in the kitchen of a home We have state of the art equipment necessary to dry the water damage in your home. Call us right away to prevent further damage.

Cleaning Up a Ruptured Water Heater in Your Spokane Home

Tank-style water heaters are still a typical element you can find in most Spokane homes. Many factors begin to work against your water heater from the date it gets installed, including minerals present in the public water systems and consistent minute pressure fluctuations that can stress connectors, threading, and the tank itself. Over the years, your system can throttle down its effectiveness as scaling and buildup occur within the pipes, which can lead to eventual malfunctions.

Between a natural degradation of your water heater and instances like freezing when cold snaps occur, the emptied contents of your tank requires fast water removal for Spokane homes. Whenever these emergencies occur, you need a team that you can trust to arrive quickly and begin extraction and drying efforts. The sooner these processes can begin, the better protected your basement area or main floor in the house can be.

Addressing the standing water damage before it can penetrate drywall and other materials to affect structural cavities is an important step as well. Once the damage has spread a considerable distance, it becomes more and more challenging not to require controlled demolition and reconstruction efforts. While we have a team of licensed contractors that can help with these needs, we are always looking to keep costs as low as possible for our customers.

Cleaning up after a water loss incident like this often requires the use of our wet-vacs and extraction wands, as standing water is unlikely to exceed the two inches in depth ideal for more powerful extraction tools in our inventory. Once the excess water has gotten removed, we can set up multiple air movers along with our dehumidification units to draw out moisture and dry up damaged materials and environments before mold growth or structural deterioration can begin.

With many homes still using tank water heaters, the threat of this substantial water loss incident always exists. If losses do occur, you can count on our SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane team that has proven that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. Give us a call anytime at (509) 474-9144.

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Tips for Cleaning Fire Damage in Spokane

10/13/2019 (Permalink)

active fire in a microwave Kitchen fires can happen at any time. Contact SERVPRO for fire damage remediation services.

Odor Removal After Microwave Fire Damage in a Spokane Kitchen

Not every fire is a catastrophic incident. Many fires start with mundane events going awry. A hairdryer can go haywire and spew flame, or a child can microwave their favorite snack, still in the plastic packaging, only for it to catch fire. The latter case can be both distressing and leave fire damage and significant odors in your kitchen that need mitigation.

No matter how fire damage in Spokane homes comes to pass, the technicians at SERVPRO can use cutting edge, commercial-grade equipment to clean up soot, structural damage, and lingering odors. A quickly-addressed microwave fire may contain damage to one area of your home. However, soot can become corrosive after moisture exposure, and nearly-invisible protein films from food particles in your microwave can impart strong odors. 

Minimize Odors After A Microwave Fire

  • Add a half cup of ammonia to a gallon of warm water.
  • While wearing rubber gloves to protect skin from ammonia, clean surfaces in your kitchen with a clean cloth soaked in the ammonia mixture. Focus on surfaces that are covered in soot or feel "filmy."
  • Slice a lemon and add to 1 quart of water in a cooking pot. Bring to a boil, then simmer. This can help eliminate odors in your kitchen.
  • Fill some small bowls halfway with distilled white vinegar and set them in rooms affected by smoke odor for two to three days to absorb odors. Refill as needed. 

SERVPRO Eliminates Fire Damage Odors

When a SERVPRO team comes to your home, the first step taken is to remove the source of odors, if possible, with the consent of insurance representatives and fire department authorities. From there, the focus is placed on ventilation and cleaning with a detergent/deodorant solution. Technicians pore over every surface to ensure that soot, protein residue, and odors are eliminated.

If odors persist after the second round of ventilation, odor control technicians (OCTs) can distribute commercial-grade deodorizers and odor counteractant beads with pleasant scents. Thermal fogging is a deodorizing technique that uses a dry fog that works the same way smoke does in covering surfaces. If your HVAC system was in use during the fire, SERVPRO experts can use cheesecloth over vent systems to check for smoke contamination. Cheesecloth also acts as a filter, preventing residue fumes from cleaners from collecting in your vents and affecting other rooms in your home.

SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane is Faster to Any Size Disaster so you can have your home back, free of smoke and odors. If you need 24/7 emergency disaster mitigation service, call (509) 474-9144 today.

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Why Professional Removal is Needed for Water Damage in Spokane

10/2/2019 (Permalink)

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Why Professional Equipment is a Must for Spokane Home Water Removal 

There are many ways water damage happens in a home, and once it does, fast action is the key to limiting loss to both the structure and contents.  

Homeowners in Spokane with water removal needs require more than household fans and towels to clean up water loss from pipe breaks, appliance failures or accidents.  


Industrial-grade equipment makes the difference in a water loss cleanup that is complete or one that leaves behind the potential for issues. Technicians have access to a broad array of water extraction equipment. The tools used are dependant on the amount of water and surfaces on which they are working. For example, carpeting is not automatically a loss if cleanup actions begin quickly, and the water in the home does not have a rating as a category two or three. Technicians use specialized attachments for pulling moisture out of both carpet and padding for thorough drying in the next phase of mitigation.  

Item by Item Inspection

SERVPRO technicians inspect each item to determine the restoration potential through their knowledge of cleaning and proprietary restoration techniques. This action saves homeowners the cost of replacement and limits loss.  

Professional Drying Equipment 

After water extraction, the use of industrial drying equipment such as centrifugal air movers removes any remaining embedded moisture. Technicians carefully monitor the ambient humidity levels until it meets preset drying goals. This limits both mold and water odors as secondary issues after the completion of water cleanup efforts.  

Cleaning Solutions for Disinfection and Deodorization

Bacteria and residual odors have the potential to be present in the property. SERVPRO technicians hand-clean surfaces with solutions such as their unique Orange cleaner that works as an antibacterial as well as leaving a fresh, citrus scent. After cleaning, if any odors remain in the home, they have various types of equipment to neutralize water odors such as hydroxyl generators or solvent-based thermal fogging.  

When your residence needs water removal, contact SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane at (509) 474-9144. Our certified technicians have both the equipment and experience to make the water loss in your home, "Like it never even happened."

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