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How Can I Speed Up the Drying Process During Water Restoration in My House?

6/4/2020 (Permalink)

water spewing from pipe under sink Inspect your pipes often for signs of wear and tear and water leaks.

SERVPRO Can Set Up Drying Equipment Inside Your Spokane Home to Speed up the Natural Drying and Evaporation Process

A pipe burst occurring on the second floor of your Spokane house can cause moisture to follow gravity and flood out your building's lower level. As a first step, our SERVPRO technicians can utilize extraction procedures to remove all liquids before setting up drying equipment to expel the moisture's remainder in your air and building materials.

What can you do to dry out my wet building materials and possessions?

During water restoration efforts in Spokane, we can set up a combination of air movers and dehumidifiers. The air movers aid in speeding up the natural evaporation process by pushing dry air away from wet surfaces so that more moisture can evaporate into the air. The dehumidifiers then accelerate nature's drying process by removing moisture from the air. These devices output the water vapor into liquid and exhaust out warm, dry air that gets used in the air circulation created by the air movers.

How does the drying equipment work?

  • Condensation- This process occurs when water vapor turns into a liquid. Some dehumidifiers have a cold coil so that moisture from the wet air condenses when it contacts the metal that is below the dew point temperature.
  • Dew Point- The dew point is the temperature when H2O in the gas turns into a liquid. When drying out a structure, it is essential to keep the temperature inside your house higher than the dew point, or moisture can condense on surfaces inside your home.
  • Evaporation- Evaporation is the process of moisture moving from wet materials into the air. Since everything in nature wants to seek equilibrium, water vapor in wet materials will move into the air on its surfaces if the air is drier than the item.

Pipes breaking on the second floor of your house in Chattaroy or Mead can cause excessive moisture to flow into your first floor from the ceiling. If you ever notice several wet materials inside your home, call SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane at (509) 474-9144.

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What Persistent Problems Can I Face After My Spokane Home Floods?

5/31/2020 (Permalink)

flooded laundry room in a home Flooding can quickly cause a cascade of problems in your home. Contact SERVPRO immediately to remediate the damage.

Deep Scoping by SERVPRO Can Help Identify and Eliminate Problems That Persist After Flood Damage Incidents in Spokane

Ideally, after cleaning the areas soiled during flooding and removing all traces of water, normalcy should return to your house. However, there are flooding cases that result in ongoing problems even after you deal with the initial damage. 

What problems are common after resolving flood damage incidents in Spokane?

  • Mold development
  • Uneven surfaces
  • Persistent odor

From the experiences our SERVPRO teams have restoring properties, poor moisture management is the leading factor that causes recurring problems in a Spokane property after flooding. Moisture migrates around a property in many ways once water finds a way inside. For instance, water can reach subfloors in tiled areas by filtering in through the grout lines. Wicking through materials and condensation can also transfer it to unexpected areas within the property. Leaving such moisture in place can trigger unending cycles of mold growth around the property.

Are there physical changes that happen after the initial damage from flooding is resolved?

If there are moisture remnants in cavities such as subfloors or wall spaces, the deterioration progresses unnoticed. You might only realize that something is not right when you notice uneven surfaces. Common signs of serious underlying issues include:

  • Tiles coming loose from the surfaces
  • Warping and buckling of floorboards
  • Cupping or crowning of floorboards

Resolving the underlying moisture problem before fixing the visible damage is crucial. Our SERVPRO technicians use thermal cameras and other moisture detection tools to identify the hidden pockets of wetness. Then we can open up the areas to dry moisture and remove damaged materials. Alternatively, we use sophisticated cavity drying systems such as drying mats and injecti-dry systems. Our advanced equipment allows for open and closed systems to further enhance and expedite the drying process.

SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane has the skill sets necessary to resolve flood damage in your Colbert, or Chattaroy home permanently. Call us any time at (509) 474-9144. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in Spokane, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane today at (509) 474-9144 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

Is There a Local Service for Pandemic Cleaning in Spokane?

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

yellow gloved hand holding a blue bottle spraying clear liquid Multiple products used by SERVPRO carry the EPA-registered emerging pathogens claims.

Do Professional Companies Provide Added Value in Spokane?

Yes, SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane, owned by Jason and Dena Maas, is the local specialty cleaning service you can trust.

Our professionals have access to the best equipment and supplies. When a truly professional company delivers great customer service, they have the potential of providing real value in the fight against this virus. Professionals can deliver a higher level of results over DIY cleaning.

We believe that our SERVPRO is the right size company to really care and to individually serve our clients. Have no concerns; we are also large enough to complete a job of any size.

SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane has IICRC-trained techs that provide proactive preventative pandemic cleaning services in Spokane for residential and commercial properties. Our professional advantage:

    •    Experienced in environmental and biohazard cleaning
    •    Trained in following EPA, CDC, and OSHA protocols
    •    Access to EPA-registered, hospital-grade disinfectants and cleaning products
    •    The use of powerful commercial equipment
    •    Employee resources to do a job of any scale
    •    Available 24/7 to serve you at the most convenient time
    •    One-time and maintenance plans available
    •    Reasonable pricing
    •    Let’s talk, we offer meaningful advice and consultation.

For all of your cleaning needs, to hire a local professional who sincerely cares, please call SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane at (509) 474-9144.

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Advice from the medical and scientific community regarding how to deal with the coronavirus is based on present knowledge, which is subject to change as the situation continues to develop. There can be no assurance that disinfectants alone will be adequate to fully eliminate the virus. We are not physicians or infectious disease professionals. Consult your medical professionals for individual medical advice.

Should I involve A Professional Restoration Team after a Water Spill in My Laundromat?

5/13/2020 (Permalink)

mold on the wall SERVPRO can mitigate your water and mold damage business in Spokane.

Should I involve A Professional Restoration Team after a Water Spill in My Laundromat?

SERVPRO Can Help Address Issues Such as Hidden Wet Spots during Commercial Water Cleanup in Your Spokane Business Premises

For a Laundromat business, cleaning is a daily routine. Since it involves the use of significant amounts of water every day, a water spill in Spokane may seem like a conventional task that you can handle in-house. What you might not recognize is the potential for the issue to get out of control leading to the closure of your Spokane facility or other unnecessary inconveniences.

What issues are likely to complicate commercial water cleanup in a Spokane Laundromat?

  • Water spreading below the machines
  • Water penetrating beneath tiles or other floor materials
  • The effects of moisture on furnishings
  • Penetration of water into wall cavities

Although you may only notice the water pooling on the floors, the intrusion can spread further. From experience, our SERVPRO crews have observed some common reasons that worsen intrusions, which can range from the late discovery of the water spill, failure to stop the source fast enough, or the loss originating from an elevated point such as when a pipe in the ceiling or walls bursts.

The issues worsen the problem by spreading the water into confined spaces such as beneath the washing machines, wall cavities, or even penetrate beneath floor materials such as tiles. Ordinary water removal efforts such as mopping cannot reach such hidden water. Worse still, you might not know that there are water remnants hidden out of sight, thus creating a chance for other problems to develop.

What severe problems develop from hidden water intrusions?

  • Mold development
  • Rotting or other forms of material deterioration
  • Lifting of tiles

Since fixing these problems can involve significant restoration work and costs, the best solution would be to stop them during the cleanup process.

How does water penetrate hard floors, such as tiles?

In case the water spill only affects the floor, and you have a water-resistant material such as tiles installed, you may have a false sense of security that once you extract the water, the problem is over. However, water can penetrate beyond the tiled floor surface through cracks or gaps in the tiles. Grout can also let water through since it deteriorates over time. If it is over 6 months since the last grout sealing, you have reason to worry.

How does professional water removal prevent these problems?

Professional water cleanup combines restorative and preventive steps to deal with the problems that water intrusion causes. Our SERVPRO technicians have a long checklist of steps that should be performed immediately after noticing water loss. We scope the incident at your facility to determine which ones are appropriate. A typical response includes steps such as:

To ensure our water extraction efforts accomplish the task before intrusion can spread beyond the surface, we have to choose the appropriate piece of equipment. We consider the depth of standing water and the overall surface area covered by the spill to establish the gallons of water we have to remove. Since the extraction devices have a gallon per hour rating, we can tell how long the removal process is likely to take.

The process of drying things can present many challenges starting with the identification of hidden moisture pockets. Our technicians use thermal cameras for non-invasive inspection in areas we expect moisture intrusion beyond the surface, such as walls and floors. The camera works by detecting temperature differences between wet and dry areas.

Our crews also help with better moisture management when drying contents and building materials.  Drying requires improved airflow around wet materials, so we use equipment such as air movers and dehumidifiers to manage the process. Calculations may be necessary for balanced drying since using only a few air movers can extend the drying processes unnecessarily. We consider the layout of your Laundromat when placing the air movers to ensure dry air circulates to all areas, including spaces behind the machines.

Do SERVPRO technicians deal with soiling during water cleanup?

The water loss incident can be a blessing in disguise since it creates the opportunity for a thorough cleanup of the facility. Our crews scrub down the floors, wipe the washers inside and outside and also remove debris such as lint from the dryers. Such cleaning helps remove any traces of soling from the water spill, "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane can help perform a timely water cleanup exercise at your Colbert, Chattaroy, or Spokane Valley facility forestalling many problems. Call us at (509) 474-9144.

How Do You Clean Up After a Fire in Spokane?

5/4/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Can Handle Any Size Fire Cleanup in Local Spokane Homes

The mess left behind by even a small amount of fire damage can look overwhelming. The cleanup method needed depends on the type of fire that occurred in the home, and the smoke residues left behind.

    •    Dry Smoke residues appear after a high heat fire. They look like black powder and should never have contact with wet solutions for the best outcome.
    •    Wet Smoke gets left behind by lower heat fires that consumed plastic and rubber items.
    •    Protein Fires leave behind pungent residues that, while nearly invisible, can sometimes leave a sticky feel on surfaces.

What is the Best Way to do Fire Cleanup on Walls?
There are specific methods for lifting away dry smoke. If wet cleaning agents get used, it has the potential to drive it deeper into the surface, causing the need for more remediation efforts. This scenario is particularly true with painted walls that may require sealant and repainting to eradicate smoke odors fully in your Spokane property. Wet smoke usually involves the use of cleaners with solvents to assist in releasing the easily smeared residue from surfaces.

The Reason Your Kitchen Still Smells Like The Pan That Caught on Fire Last Week
When a protein-based object catches on fire (for example, a steak) in a pan on a stove, the heat turns the fats into a fine mist that settles on all the nearby surfaces. This type of smoke residue is hard to see, but if any of it gets missed, the pungent odor remains. Along with specific cleaners to eradicate this type of residue, SERVPRO techs have odor control methods such as:

    •    Thermal foggers that penetrate porous items and get rid of embedded odors
    •    Hydroxyl generators are machines that safely neutralize airborne particles at the molecular level, and the scent never returns.

SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane at (509) 474-9144 has the advanced training and equipment to perform fire cleanup in local properties. The techs are available 24/7 to come on-site and restore your home and contents.

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The Severity Of Commercial Mold Damage In Spokane

4/27/2020 (Permalink)

Leaking ceiling When you discover mold, give our SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane team a call at (509) 474-9144.

Preventing Cross-Contamination of Mold in Spokane Offices

Many people can appreciate the severity of mold growth in a working environment, especially with the health effects that colonization can create for employees of your Spokane office building. Containment strategies are critical when attempting to prevent cross-contamination where foot traffic and exposed individuals can help active mold spores move to new areas of the structure to continue damaging construction materials and contents.

The severity of mold damage in your Spokane office building hinges on how quickly the situation gets discovered. Not only do our SERVPRO professionals need to address the organism and fungal growth, but also the persistent moisture concerns that allowed the colonization to occur in the first place. All of these steps can get determined while our team works to contain the current damaged region and begin remediating the present colonization in this area.

Containment Barriers
One of the most effective methods for keeping employees and customers out of the work area is to establish physical barriers with thick poly sheeting. These temporary plastic walls can prevent foot traffic and help to maximize the efficiency of drying and deodorization efforts. We can even remove furniture and unaffected devices from this containment zone before sealing it off to help your office continue to function.

Air Circulation
Your entire office building is connected through a high-powered HVAC system. When threats like mold spores and volatile organic compounds (VOC) exist in the environment, circulating air through the building can carry these microorganisms to new surfaces and contents for colonization. Part of effective containment is shutting down the air circulation until remediation has completed.

Indoor Air Quality Equipment
Cleaning up a concentration of mold spores and VOCs in the environment often falls to advanced tools in our inventory like air scrubbers and hydroxyl generators, both of which feature HEPA filtration to capture microorganisms and particles as small as 0.3 microns.

Remediation is a considerable challenge for office buildings that are active environments. We can often allow your business to continue running in some capacity by implementing effective containment strategies when we arrive. When you discover mold, give our SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane team a call at (509) 474-9144.

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How Do I Get Floodwater Out of My Basement Without a Sump Pump?

4/15/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO has professional-grade extraction equipment to leave your Spokane basement water-free

Not every basement in the Spokane area has a sump pump, and in some cases, large amounts of water can overheat the pump and cause a failure. Due to the slab substrate that makes up a basement, there is nowhere for the water to drain off, and standing water that may already have sewage or contaminants becomes even more hazardous rapidly.       

How Can I Remove Standing Water From My Spokane Basement?

Mainly when the water is groundwater, there is often the added issue of debris, possible chemicals, and often: sewage as part of the flood damage in Spokane basements. All of these probabilities make the cleanup an unhealthy situation for anyone who does not have protective clothing, professional equipment, and treatment applications to reduce the microbes or pathogens present. When handling a floodwater situation, the technicians wear personal protective equipment (PPE), including respirators, to inhibit aspirating water vapor that may contain harmful elements.

How Can I Know if the Water in My Basement is Unhealthy?

While debris is easy to spot in groundwater, you cannot see harmful bacteria or microbes by looking. SERVPRO technicians can test the water on arrival to determine the presence of toxic elements and apply proactive water treatments to make the water safer to handle. Typically, the assumption of contamination requires a protocol for its removal.

Extraction Equipment Makes the Difference in Outcomes

A flooded basement can feel overwhelming to see, but SERVPRO techs take an organized approach to the cleanup and restoration services. A typical set up may go as follows:

  • Wearing personal protective gear to handle contaminated water
  • Technicians test the water to determine what is in it
  • Apply treatments as needed
  • Extraction of the water in the basement
  • Removal of saturated items for inspection in another area
  • Scoping with moisture detection equipment to find all areas of migration
  • Drying phase
  • Disinfection and Proactive treatments for odor and mold

The extraction equipment plays a huge roll in the best outcome due to water damage of all types. A wet/dry vacuum, even multiple units do not possess the pulling power of the portable pumps used by SERVPRO in local Spokane homes. When the water is deeper than two inches, the technicians have access to submersible pumps that work to remove water. When the water collection in the basement is severe, the techs use truck-mounted pumps to remove not only water but also debris.

Common Issues in Finished Basements with Water Damage

SERVPRO techs see the following issues in finished Spokane basements with floodwater:

  • Delaminated of resilient tiles or loss of adhesion by glue-down carpet
  • Seepage under floating floors requiring removal for extraction and drying
  • Buckled sheetrock from wicked water

When the technicians mitigate loss, particularly from groundwater, items that became saturated from the floodwater generally require disposal as a biohazard. In the case of carpeting, because it can be cumbersome, for safety reasons, the techs remove the water and then cut it into strips for disposal.

Special Tactics for Drying Basement Substrate

The most common material found in a basement floor is concrete. Because of the absorbent qualities, drying methods that include specialized equipment to extract the embedded moisture in the slab flooring. SERVPRO techs use air movers to assist in creating a chain reaction that causes embedded moisture to rise where dehumidification equipment captures it. Another common technique involves putting plastic over the areas where the moisture detection equipment shows areas of elevated humidity. Air movers direct warm, dry air into the area under the plastic tenting and dries the damp floor more rapidly, but at a controlled pace to prevent fracturing and degradation. We can utilize portable gas heaters to enhance the drying rate and efficiency. This can take a number of days.

Disinfection is Necessary After Drying

For the basement to be safe to reuse by the residents, the surfaces require wiping down with cleaning agents to address any bacteria or pathogens present. If cinderblock or other masonry elements need cleanup, SERVPRO has specially formulated cleaners specifically for brick and grout lines. We can apply ERP-registered products to disinfect against bacteria, viruses, and mold.

Odor Control is Often Part of Basement Water Damage Cleanup

Due to the lack of ventilation in most basements, musty water odors can get trapped. There are different levels of odor treatment applications that the technicians have handy. For mild scents, time-release gel-pellets may be enough to eliminate any reminders of the floodwater. However, if the odor needs more robust methods, they have specific equipment to address these odors and neutralize them.

Don't wait to deal with flood damage, SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane at (509) 474-9144 is available 24/7 to remove the water and restore your property to its preloss condition.

Can Small Fires Cause Serious Damage Issues in My Spokane Home?

4/1/2020 (Permalink)

green SERVPRO vehicle on the scene to help When the SERVPRO vehicle arrives to inspect your fire-damaged Spokane home, the crew is already on the way!

Let SERVPRO Mitigate the Fire and Smoke Loss and Odors

When we think of fire damage, we usually think of big catastrophic blazes that destroy houses.  Often, though, serious fire-related hazards in Spokane result from much smaller fires that do not even destroy a room.

Can this happen to me?

One recent case in point occurred over the winter in a local older woman’s house.  Although the fire damage in her Spokane home seemed relatively minor, it left behind significant issues that required professional attention.  The homeowner had been smoking a cigarette on her living room couch when she realized her dinner was burning in the kitchen.  Inadvertently, in her rush, she left the ashtray with her ignited cigarette on the couch.  It is uncertain what exactly happened next; maybe one of her cats overturned the ashtray.  Whatever happened, the woman’s couch was fully engulfed in flames when she returned.  Fortunately, the fire crew was able to bring the blaze under control quickly.

The only apparent damage to the lady’s home was a destroyed couch and coffee table, a charred spot where they once were, and sooty scorch marks on the ceiling overhead.  However, more concerning was that her house had an overpowering acrid odor and potentially hazardous soot-covered much of her living room.  After researching fire damage restoration companies in Spokane, the homeowner eventually decided to contact SERVPRO for assistance.  Upon their arrival, our technicians inspected her residence, located the areas affected by soot and other residues, found likely sources for her home’s odors, and devised a plan to restore her residence to its pre-fire condition.

What is the process for cleanup and restoration? It Depends:

    •    materials combusted
    •    time of blaze
    •    temperature of the flames
    •    extinguishing methods

SERVPRO technicians started their restoration work by discarding the destroyed couch and coffee table.  Our team, realizing the fire had involved burning polyurethane foam, other synthetic materials, and wood, determined the right wet and dry cleaning processes needed to remove residues from all affected surfaces effectively.  Using the right detergents and agitation methods, SERVPRO was able to remove soot and other residues from the home.  Once finished, workers repainted the walls and ceilings of smelly rooms.  Since the source of the residence’s odors was smoke, technicians used foggers to deodorize it.  

Remember, it does not take a catastrophic fire in your home to cause serious fire-related issues.  Even relatively small fires can produce toxic residues and sickening odors.  When faced with such problems, contact SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane at (509) 474-9144 for help.  

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Types of Bad Advice Spokane Homeowners Get About Flood Damage

3/9/2020 (Permalink)

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Trust SERVPRO’s Experienced and Knowledgeable Technicians With Your Home’s Flood Damage and Advice

When bad things happen in a home such as flood damage, one of the first things many people do is lookup online for instructions on how to fix the situation themselves. This action has the potential to cause even more loss and personal injury in some cases.

Safety for all is a priority for SERVPRO technicians during cleanup and restoration in Spokane homes with flood damage. When groundwater enters a property, it carries a rating as a category three biohazard. The reason for this is that anything it encounters along the way comes along for the ride and winds up in the house, which often includes bacteria and sewage. Homeowners and pets should avoid contact.

This Water Requires Testing

SERVPRO has different types of antibacterial and antimicrobial solutions. Once they test the groundwater to determine bacteria or contaminants present, they can treat the water to lessen the hazards of coming into contact with it during cleanup. Frequently given lousy advice is to pour bleach wherever there is standing water. This action can damage flooring, leave bleach spots in carpet, and ruin building materials. Although the techs don full-body protective clothing, including respiration, they apply the highest level of care when handling water loss of this type.

Bad Drying Advice

After flood loss in a home, a big mistake property owners make: running household fans on wet carpet. This does nothing to dry the padding or address the possibility of seepage into the subfloor. SERVPRO techs use an array of moisture detection equipment to locate water anywhere it migrates to ensure it all gets extracted with their professional equipment and dried entirely through the use of their high-velocity air movers and industrial dehumidifiers.

Disinfection is Crucial

Due to the unsafe elements typically found in groundwater, the cleaning of surfaces exposed to it is a big part of the restoration services. The use of specific antimicrobial and antibacterial cleaning agents assists not only in sanitizing but also inhibiting mold growth. Before use, the techs carefully assess the object or surface to ensure the correct cleaning method gets implemented.

SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane has the training and advanced equipment to restore homes from flood damage. Call their emergency response team at (509) 474-9144, and the certified techs make the water loss, "Like it never even happened."

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