Can You Ever Be Too Cautious When Keeping Your Kids Safe in Colbert?
Storms may cause flood damage to your home. Don't be discouraged. Call SERVPRO for the water damage restoration services needed for your home.
Follow Recommendations from Safe Start in Colbert’s Neighbor Spokane Valley in “Car Seat Safety 101 Online Live”
Learn how to ensure your child’s safety in your car from Safe Start’s Certified Child Passenger Safety Instructor, Brian. This free, online session provides critical information for conscientious parents, including:
- Choosing the correct car seat
- Determining the safest place to install a car seat
- Deciding when to move up to a larger size seat
Safe Start has new car seats available for families in need. To qualify, you must be unable to afford one yourself, and your child must not currently have a safe seat. Taking this class is a requirement to receive a free seat.
- Date And Time: Thursday, February 4, 2021
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
- Register through Eventbrite Spokane Valley or contact
10814 E. Broadway Ave.
Spokane Valley, WA 99206
SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane pledges to return your flood-damaged Colbert home to “Like it never even happened.” Seek safety from storm-related harm by calling (509) 474-9144.
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The residual effects after a fire are no easy task to handle. Call SERVPRO and their IICRC certified technicians for the fire restoration services.
Spend the Weekend of January 30 and 31, 2021, Mastering Plateau Basketry at the Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort Hotel
Enjoy a weekend getaway during the Two-Day Plateau Basketry Lifeways Workshop at the Coeur d'Alene Resort Hotel 30 minutes from Spokane. Tribal member Leanne Campbell leads the two-day session. Get a jump-start creating a full-sized root bag, known as a "Sally Bag." Two six-hour sessions of weaving instruction and full take-home completion directions permit you to finish the intricate, authentic project on your own, usually a several month tasks.
- Dates: January 30 - 31, 2021
- Location: Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort
- Phone: 1-800-523-2464
- Times: Saturday the 30th noon - 6:00 pm
Sunday the 31st 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.
- Cost: $160
- Meals included: Dinner on Saturday and Lunch on Sunday.
Visit Websites of the Spokane Visitor Center or the Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort to register.
Hotel Packages are available separately.
Expert fire damage restoration from SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane can recreate the comfort and beauty destroyed by heat, smoke, and flames. Call us at (509) 474-9144 to weave together an effective recovery plan.
What Can Spokane Homeowners Expect from Professional Flood Damage Recovery?
Flood damage is no laughing matter. Call the professionals at SERVPRO to have your property restored to preloss condition.
SERVPRO's Focused Training, Equipment, and Equipment Offer Highly Successful Outcomes for Spokane Flood Damage Scenarios
The Spokane area has many stories of relatively recent flooding in the Vinegar Flats and Peaceful Valley areas. Seasonal overflows from Handman Creek and the Spokane River frequently put homes built in these locations at risk of substantial flooding. A devastating flood occurred on May 15, 1957, when mud, rocks, and debris flowed nearly as freely as the water pouring over the rivers' banks. Houses clogged with silt were also surrounded with several feet of larger rocks and mud. Modern flood damage restoration efforts surely would have been appreciated during the 1957 disaster.
Has the Spokane Area Always Been at Risk of Flooding?
No matter how severe flooding gets in the 21st century, the stories pale compared to the massive Missoula floods dating to the end of the Last Glacial Maximum. Research into this ancient flooding began in the 1920s. Geologist J Harlen Bretz was the first to investigate the deposits and unique erosion patterns in eastern Washington. The miles-deep ice sheets ultimately covering what is now Washington State began their buildup 33,000 years ago. Maximum land coverage with glaciers peaked between 26,500 years and 19,000 years in the past. Climate changes caused the glaciers to disappear over a period from roughly 15,000 to 13,000 years ago. In the Spokane area, the melting of the glaciers resulted in the prehistoric flooding, known variously as the:
- Missoula floods
- Spokane floods
- Bretz floods or Bretz's floods
Where Did the Missoula or Spokane Floods Flow?
The flooding affected what is now eastern Washington State, unloading massive quantities of glacial meltwater down the Columbia River Gorge. There is evidence that the narrows adjacent to modern-day Kalama Washington halted the flow enough that temporary lakes more than 400 feet deep formed, spreading floodwaters in the Willamette Valley to what is now Eugene, Oregon. Sediments deposited during those events likely contributed to the fertility of the soil in the valley.
Was There One or Many Ancient Floods in the Spokane Area?
Many researchers developed hypotheses, often divergent, about the Missoula or Spokane floods' number and timing. Eventually, a consensus developed after years of controversy. Analysis of sediments and the use of paleomagnetism theories lead to the best answer possible at this time. Paleomagnetism comprises the study of the Earth's magnetic fields as presented in rocks and sediments, and sometimes fossils. The investigations determine:
- The magnetic field's direction and intensity as the sedimentary rock forms.
- An interpretation of the geology's magnetic minerals preserving a record of long-ago events that disrupted the rocky material.
- A time-scale that can be a geochronologic tool.
What Is the Most Recent Theory on the Mechanisms of the Prehistoric Flooding?
Using the above resources separate discernable layers into convincing evidence of sequential floods. The glacial meltwater dammed up for lengthy periods and then released many times. Proof of the repeated flooding events reflects in the following:
- The layering of deposits of ash from eruptions of Mount St. Helens.
- Offshore deposits in the Pacific beyond the mouth of the Columbia River that correspond with sediments deposited upriver.
Note: Experts currently believe there were 30–40 year intervals between flood events based on the above data. On occasion, the gap in flooding could have been up to 60 years.
Why Did the Water Release from the Glacial-Era Natural Dams?
The Clark Fork River drains a vast region of the Rocky Mountains, including western Montana and northern Idaho areas. This watershed created prehistoric "Lake Missoula" above the Columbia River gorge. Ice dammed up the glacial meltwater, holding it tight until a sequence of natural reactions periodically "burst" the dam, and substantial amounts of water flooded down the outflow of the watershed. With every inch of water collected behind the dam, pressure increased at the bottom of the dam. The pressure lowered the water's freezing point, permitting liquid water to invade cracks in the ice dam. As more water invaded, the fissures increased in number and size. Shortly thereafter, the dam collapsed, followed by a glacial lake outburst flood. Once the overflow was released, the dam was built back, and the cycle recurred.
Estimates of the size and speed of the flow when the dam burst is staggering:
- Floodwaters flowed at approximately 45 miles per hour (based on the force needed to dislodge the largest boulders moved by the flood).
- Nine cubic miles of water flowed per hour during any one of the dozens of floods, more than ten times the estimated flow of all present rivers in the world combined.
What Is the Protocol for Flood Recovery in Spokane Today?
Current Spokane's storm-related flood damage is more manageable than the ancient flooding, particularly when our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained team arrived with fully-stocked service vehicles. Prompt assessment of safety hazards, plus structural and content damage is crucial, and our 24-hour response sets the stage for a successful resolution of a flood loss.
How Are Flood Waters Removed and Spaces Dried in Spokane?
SERVPRO maintains a comprehensive and scalable inventory of high-efficiency water pumping and extraction equipment. Once silt is mucked out, we select from the following options:
- Submersible pumps remove water more than 2 inches deep, perhaps using "trash pumps" for muddy fluids.
- Truck-mounted extractors rid your home from the bulk of the remaining water.
- Containment tanks hold contaminated water for locally lawful disposal.
- Portable extractors are perfect for confined spaces.
- Air movers accelerate drying.
- Heaters enhance evaporation.
- Dehumidifiers remove water vapor, condensed or absorbed for containment and disposal.
What Do Professionals Do to Clean and Disinfect After Spokane Flood Damage?
Surfaces receive thorough scrubbing with EPA-registered cleaners as a first step to remove pathogens and limit odors. SERVPRO crews wear personal protective equipment (PPE) for safety and to prevent the spread of residues and debris during flood cleanup. Persistent smells might require advanced deodorization technology such as enzyme treatments or hydroxyl generators to change the chemical composition of odor-bearing particles.
Although we are spared the devastation of Missoula floods in the 21st century, SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane takes your flood damage needs seriously. Call (509) 474-9144 any day of the year, round the clock, for top-notch flooding mitigation and remediation services.
Participate in a Unique Scavenger Hunt Adventure in Spokane
Fires still occur during the holidays, and SERVPRO is on the job. Call us today!
Take the Family on a Special Holiday Adventure and Tour Spokane at the Same Time
Spokane is the home to "Puzzling Adventures," describing themselves as a cross between a scavenger hunt, an informative self-guided tour, and an adventure-filled race against other teams. Anyone is welcome to participate in these one-of-a-kind adventures with participants ranging from children to senior citizens. The experiences are available at any time, and no reservations are required. It is possible to play as individuals, couples, or small groups against each other.
All that is needed is a mobile device that can connect to the internet, and adventurers get the following to aid them on their adventure:
- Parking location to start
- A step-by-step guide that informs those taking the adventures
- Stroller and wheelchair friendly routes make the tours fun and accessible for everyone
- It is possible to pick your own time, and no reservations are necessary you can log in and participate.
SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane can help your Colbert business with all its fire restoration needs. Feel free to call (509) 474-9144, 24 hours a day and seven days a week.
The Pavilion Light Show Brightens Up the Holidays in Spokane
We look forward to seeing you at the Pavilion Holiday Lights Display.
Residents Are Encouraged to View the Pavilion Holiday Lights Display
Even though during 2020 many local events may have been canceled due to the recent pandemic, two holiday- favorites can still be enjoyed during the season. For one, locals can still enjoy the light display that takes place every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. After Thanksgiving, the light displays occur more often, and the shows are themed towards Christmas.
During the light displays, visitors can experience:
- The pavilion was built for an expo in 1974 and was given to the city. This structure was a gift from the U.S. government. The facility is unique and considered one of the city's most famous landmarks.
- The pavilion's location provides for exquisite views of the Spokane River and the city's beautiful skyline.
- At times, the pavilion hosts concerts on the grounds, and sometimes the shows get paired with the light displays.
SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane has been known to residents as a reputable company to call for flooding cleanup services. We can be reached 24/7 at (509) 474-9144.
SERVPRO Has a Long Track Record of Helping Spokane Businesses with Water Damage Repair
It just takes a little leak to cause a lot of damage to your business.
If You Ever Suffer from a Water Leak at Your Spokane Commercial Property, SERVPRO Can Help
Spokane, Washington is a city in the eastern region of the state, and it is about 280 East of Seattle. The city lies only about 18 miles west of the Idaho border, and it sits on the Spokane River and just west of the Rocky Mountain Foothills.
The city is the second biggest in the state next to Seattle as it has over 220,000 people with a metropolitan region of nearly 600,000. And the 60 square mile city is considered one of the least densely populated cities in the entire Northwest region of the country.
The city's Native American settlers were the first to inhabit the area, and they were called the Spokane tribe. Spokane is a Salish word that means "Children of the Sun." The tribe mainly consisted of descendants of natives hailing from The Great Plains, and they lived off of the generous amount of food to hunt and fish in the area.
In 1810, explorer David Thompson crossed the Canadian border from the north and was the first European to explore the region. Thompson searched mainly for critters that could be trapped for fur so that the North West Company he worked for could expand their fur trade operations south of the border. The explorer then founded a trading post right where the Little Spokane River merged into the Spokane River.
Spokane Sports a Vast Public Park System
The city was one of the first towns in the west to establish an official park system in the west part of the country after the city hired a company to draft a plan for its parks in 1907. The town contains nearly 90 parks that span over 4,000 acres. Some of the city's most famous parks include the following attractions:
- Riverfront Park: This 100-acre park sits right on the Spokane River and features gorgeous views of the Spokane Falls waterfall system. The park is also known for the U.S. Pavilion and Great Northern Clocktower structures.
- Manito Park and Botanical Gardens:This park is the home to exquisite botanical gardens, a nursery, and a conservatory. The park also has two play areas and a duck pond that several ducks and geese call their home despite the plant exhibits.
- Riverside State Park: This 11,000-acre state park sits in Nine Mile Falls, about nine miles northwest of Spokane, and it is the second-largest state park in the state. The park contains dozens of miles of trails for hiking, horseback riding, and an off-road vehicle park that spans over 600 acres.
- Mount Spokane State Park: This 12,000-acre state park is about 23 miles northeast of Spokane in the Selkirk Mountains. Being the largest state park in Washington, visitors can view the 5,883-foot Mount Spokane and several other mountains within the range.
- Dishman Hills Conservation Area:The majority of this 500+ acre area is covered by several granite outcropping clusters, over 70 million years of age. The site is home to several ravines and ponds, hundreds of different flowers, and over 70 various mushrooms.
Museums in the City to Visit
The Spokane metropolitan region has several museums that offer unique educational experiences about the area and other subjects. Some of the most well-liked museums in the city include:
Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture: This museum was founded in 1916, and it mainly features regional history and art exhibits. The facility works towards educating visitors on both the early Caucasian settlers to the area and the Native Americans. The 1900s Campbell House is also a part of the five-acre museum grounds.
The Blue Zoo Spokane: This attractions' motto is "more than an aquarium and more than a zoo," and it holds up to it. The aquarium/zoo has an area where visitors can feel, touch, and pet various creatures such as birds, reptiles, and even stingrays. The aquarium portion of The Blue Zoo lets attendees view animals like seahorses, jellyfish, angelfish, clownfish, sharks, and an octopus.
Historic Flight Foundation at Spokane's Felt's Field: This aircraft museum was established in 2003 three and its mission was to preserve, restore, and share antique aircraft. The establishment is now the home to several airplanes and vehicles that date back to the 1930s and 1940s. Planes on display at the museum include a P-51 Mustang, an H-47 Metalplane, a B-25 Mitchell, a Travel Air 4000, and a Douglas DC-3.
Spokane Business Owners Can Depend on SERVPRO If They Suffer from a Pipe Break on Their Commercial Property
During the wintertime, cooler temperatures brought into the area could cause the water pipes inside your place of business to freeze and break. Even a tiny, quarter-inch sized crack inside one of your commercial building's freshwater lines could cause hundreds of gallons to leak out into your structure over a short period. If your business suffers from any moisture-related damage, our SERVPRO technicians can utilize the following pieces of equipment to mitigate the damage:
- Heavy-Duty Extractors:Portable or truck-mounted extractors can be used to apply the vacuum force needed to extract moisture from items like your carpet and upholstered furniture.
- Weighted Extraction Tools:If thick carpets inside your building get heavily saturated, we can hook up a weighted tool to the extractor that uses the operator's weight to squeeze the moisture out of the carpets during the extraction process.
- Handheld Extraction Tools:To remove water from rugs or upholstered items like couches or chairs, our SERVPRO team can use smaller tools to get into every nook and cranny.
- Air Movers and Circular Fans:These machines can help create air circulation that allows the water in wet materials evaporate into the air.
- Dehumidifiers:Dehumidification systems help speed up the natural drying process by removing the moisture that the air movers push into the air and dispensing it out into liquid form.
Our experts at SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane can help your business with all of its water damage repair needs. Relief is only a phone call away; we can be reached at (509) 474-9144, 24 hours a day.
Enjoy A Girl’s Night Out At A Colbert Orchard
We look forward to seeing you at Girl’s Night Out At A Colbert Orchard!
Relax With Friends and Enjoy A Delicious Wine Tasting Session In Colbert
Late fall and early winter is the perfect time to enjoy local apples and squashes, pick a pumpkin, and enjoy some time outdoors so long as you wrap up warm.?
If you are looking for a fun night out with friends in November and December, look no further than Girl’s Night Out on the Farm at High Country Orchard near Colbert.?
This is a regular event, and each entry includes:?
• Live music in the orchard
• Free samples of up to four local wines
• A 15% discount on everything in the orchard store
Sessions take place every third and fourth Friday of the month. The cost is $10, and you can pre-order food for an additional fee or bring your own picnic.
Local businesses need to be even more careful about water leaks during the winter months when pipes can burst and the weather worsens. SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane is here to support all local businesses with their water removal needs. Call us at (509) 474-9144.
Come To The Spokane Blue Zoo And Watch Live Feeding Sessions
We are looking forward to seeing you at The Spokane Blue Zoo!
Kids Will Love Getting Up Close And Personal With Spokane Aquatic Creatures
Blue Zoo is a popular Spokane attraction where children can see, learn about, and even touch all kinds of sea creatures.?
If you are looking for some indoor fun in this cold season, why not come along to one of Blue Zoo’s daily live feeding sessions? Kids will love learning more about the exotic creatures that live in the aquarium and seeing what happens at mealtimes. The sessions are held every day. Bring your kids so they can:
• Learn all about what the sea creatures eat and why
• Ask questions of aquarium experts
• Get up close with shrimp, eels, sharks, geckos, and more
Feeding sessions are free with regular entry tickets and take place at 1 PM and 3 PM daily.?
Even in the wet months, fire is still a risk in the home. If you need to find fire cleanup companies near you, look no further. SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane is here to help. Call us at (509) 474-9144.
SERVPRO Supports Spokane Businesses With Fire Restoration
Call our experts when your property is damaged!
Here To Help The Family-Friendly City Of Spokane Stay Safe
Spokane is the county seat of Spokane County in Washington. It is located in the East of the state, near the Spokane River. With a population of 208,916, Spokane is the second-most populous city in Washington, after Seattle.
Spokane is the Spokane area's cultural and artistic center, and the city is rich with green space, wildlife, arts, and entertainment. It is a popular city for tourists and offers entertainment and activities for families all year round. The town is famous for its beautiful lilacs and is also known as the birthplace of Father's Day.
Father's Day Started In Spokane
In the United States, we celebrate Father's Day on the third Sunday in June. It is a part of cultural life, and most of us probably do not stop and think about where it came from. But in fact, it started in Spokane.
In 1909, Sonora Smart Dodd, the daughter of a civil war veteran who held her father in high esteem, proposed a Father's Day commemoration to complement the newly established Mother's Day celebrations. She suggested to her pastor that a Father's Day celebration be established on her own father's birthday, June 5. However, her pastor felt this did not give them enough time to prepare, and so the third Sunday was chosen instead. The very first Father's Day was celebrated in Spokane in 1910.
The holiday did not immediately take hold. Over the next few years, it faded into obscurity, and Dodd was busy with other pursuits and did not promote it. But in the 1930s, she returned to Spokane after some time away and started promoting it again and teaming up with trade groups who stood to benefit from the holiday. These included menswear shops and tobacco sellers.
It took a while for the holiday to take hold – at first, people were concerned it would become over-commercialized and saw it as a cynical grab to capitalize on the success of Mother's Day. But Sonora Smart Dodd did not give up, and now Spokane can claim its place as the birthplace of a well-loved national holiday.
A Great Place For All The Family
With a history of celebrating fathers, it is no wonder that Spokane is a beautiful destination for all the family. The city is packed with family-friendly attractions, such as:
• Blue Zoo, an interactive aquarium. At Blue Zoo, kids can learn by touch and exploration. Bring your children so they can safely meet and touch stingrays, starfish, and even birds and reptiles. Interactive shows with live actors offer an engaging and immersive experience, filled with tales of pirates and mermaids.
• Riverfront Park. Conveniently located in downtown Spokane, Riverfront offers more than just a relaxing green space. Kids will love the vintage Looff Carousel, which dates back to 1909 and boasts 58 hand-carved creatures. In summer, they can play in the rotary fountain, while in winter, the park opens a 650 ft long skating ribbon. Do not forget to stop by the garbage goat, a steel sculpture that will eat any garbage you feed it, and a firm favorite with children.
• Riverfront Skyride. This deserves an entry of its own! Hop into a gondola for a scenic ride high above the falls.
• Mobius Discovery Center. Satisfy curious minds with a trip to the Mobius Discovery Center. The Center is jam-packed with hands-on displays that make science accessible and fun. Kids will love operating a digger, building their own tower blocks, learning about buoyancy, and even exploring space and meeting live animals.
If you bring your family to Spokane in May, be sure to check out the annual lilac festival. Spokane is known as the Lilac City and even has its own beautiful double-bloom lilac variety that horticulturists cultivated, especially to celebrate the city. The lilac festival is a week of activities for all the family, culminating in a torchlight parade through downtown.
The Great Fire Did Not Keep Spokane Down
Spokane faced a significant challenge in the 19th century when it became the site of a massive blaze. On August 4, 1889, a fire started in downtown Spokane Falls (as the city was known then.) The fire started around 6 PM and grew so big that it destroyed all downtown commercial districts. One life was lost, and the property damage was innumerable.
The fire department was so desperate to control the fire that they destroyed some buildings with dynamite before the blaze could reach them. This was a highly unusual approach born of the fact that there were problems with one of the pump stations. As a result, there was no water pressure downtown, making it impossible to operate the fire hoses.
Investigators could not establish the cause of the fire. Possible theories include:
• A curling iron
• A spark from a nearby train
• A lunchroom fire
Despite this catastrophe, Spokane grew more vital than ever. Local developers saw the destruction as an opportunity to rebuild bigger and better. There was a building boom, and by 1891 the Great Northern Railway arrived in town, and the city was reincorporated under the name Spokane.
Fire Is A Risk For Modern Businesses Too
SERVPRO understands that even if a business takes all the right precautions, a fire can still happen. Some of the most common causes of a business fire include:
• Faulty electrical wiring
• Lack of staff training
• Absence of fire extinguishers, fire alarms, and other safety precautions
• Improper storage of flammable substances
When a local business suffers a fire, SERVPRO is here to handle fire restoration and leave the premises, “Like it never even happened.” Our trained technicians handle every aspect of fire remediation, from the initial assessment through to deodorizing the building at the end.
Our focus is on restoring rather than replacing items, which is preferable for insurance purposes and is also more cost-effective for the business. We can scrub and wipe surfaces, spot clean upholstery, and send items out for specialist cleaning. Our equipment includes ultrasonic cleaners, Esporta washers, fogging machines, media blasters, and powerful HEPA vacuums and air scrubbers to handle every last trace of soot. We can even liaise with insurers and provide the evidence they need for claim purposes.
Businesses in need of fire restoration can rely on SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane. Call us at (509) 474-9144.
Should the Roof Be Inspected After a Storm?
From roof to basement, SERVPRO provides crews with advanced equipment for storm damage mitigation in the Greater Spokane area
SERVPRO Can Inspect Spokane Roof Structures after a Storm
Storms in Spokane can cause a great deal of flooding when excess water overflows storm drains, creeks, and rivers. High winds and heavy rain during storms can damage your roof, causing leaks and rainwater to penetrate the attic, even into your living area. Water can run down the walls, into carpeting, and spread into adjacent rooms.
SERVPRO provides flood damage services in Spokane and surrounding areas. We have trained technicians to offer mold remediation, fire damage, and storm restoration services.
While your home may have survived the floodwaters unscathed, your roof may not have survived the high winds or even trees falling on the roof. Shingles may have been ripped off, allowing rainwater to enter and cause further damage. Homeowners should consider the following steps in these situations:
- Always stay safe and avoid going on the roof
- If possible, check the attic for leaks or damage from water
- From the ground, check for missing shingles, metal facia, and other damage to the siding
SERVPRO technicians can assess the damage and provide recommendations on how to proceed with needed repairs to your roof and interior areas.
Can Carpet Stains Be Removed After a Roof Leak?
Water from a leak in the roof can quickly spread into living areas, soaking flooring including carpets and wood materials. Carpets can be stained from dyes and chemicals absorbed by the rainwater from various building materials. Quick action by our team can limit the damage before the stains in carpeting dry and become permeant. SERVPRO can be onsite in less than four hours and:
- Remove surplus water utilizing a variety of water extractors
- Clean and wash the carpets and floor materials
- Deploy dehumidifiers and air movers to reduce the humidity and dry materials
Occasionally these stains cannot be removed, or the carpet is damaged, causing delamination. If the rainwater was deemed highly contaminated, then discarding is the safe option. We can assist homeowners that require documentation to support insurance claims. Our team can provide full flood damage and restoration services by working with other contractors when needed.
Call SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane (509) 474-9144 for help with flood damage to your home.