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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)

water damaged hardwood.  Water still on floor. Box in middle of floor. When the water comes inside, we have the equipment to take it out. Call us today!

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.  

Why SERVPRO?

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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What You Should Do When Your Colbert Home Needs Water Cleanup Services

9/20/2019 (Permalink)

Older man and a child playing with dishes from a dishwasher. Don’t let an accident in your Colbert kitchen stop your water fun with your loved ones. .

Let SERVPRO worry about the damage in you Colbert home.

Many accidents could put your home in need of professional water cleanup services. For example, imagine how much water would spill out onto your kitchen floor if your dishwasher broke. What would be the best way to clean it up? 

You may think there is no need to call professional Colbert water cleanup services to your home for such a minor inconvenience. However,  your kitchen has many nooks and crannies that water pockets can hide in. Under the toe-kicks of your counters is just one example. 

If your dishwasher was to leak all over your kitchen floor, here at SERVPRO, we highly recommend for you to reach out for our services. If you were to call us, our water damage remediation technicians (WRT) could quickly gather and travel to your home with a green-van full of advanced equipment. Once there, we can get right to work to clean up the dishwasher spill. 

Our technicians can clean up the soapy mess of water left behind by your dishwasher with wet/dry vacuums and extractors. However, we can also thoroughly search your kitchen for hidden pockets of water, using thermal imaging cameras and removing toe-kicks. To ensure the moisture levels of your home are at an acceptable level, we could use moisture meters.  

We use equipment designed to reach difficult areas, such as air blasting tubes. Supplying dry air to every nook and cranny of your home is a simple task for SERVPRO. If it turns out that there is excess water beneath your counters, we can use the air blasting tubes to feed fresh and dry air to the area. 

Once we're sure that the excess moisture has been adequately dried, SERVPRO can return your home to you, "Like it never even happened." Our goal is always to leave you feeling happy with our service, and like you can go back to living your life without thinking of the damage. 

If your home finds itself in need of water cleanup services, always get help right away. Get in touch with SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane by phoning (509) 474-9144. Whenever you need us, we're ready to help. 

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We Are Here To Help After A Water Damage Incident In Your Colbert Home

9/14/2019 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Is Faster To Any Water Cleanup Disaster In Colbert

There can be several instances where you may find yourself in need of professional water cleanup services in your Colbert home. Your washing machine or your air conditioner could leak. Your tub could overflow, or the water supply line connecting your dishwasher could break. Whatever the reason, get help right away to prevent further damages.

Your home requires local Colbert water cleanup services because your child overflowed your bathtub while you weren't looking. Kids can get up to mischief in the blink of an eye and, unfortunately, your bathroom suffered the consequences. Tubs can hold a lot of water, which means your bathroom floor has a significant volume of water covering it. For this reason, you need to reach out to a company that you can trust to always be Faster to Any Size Disaster.

SERVPRO is ready to help you no matter when you need the assistance. Night, day, weekday, or weekend, our technicians can come to your aid 24/7. Our technicians are certified by the Institution of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC) and always use advanced industry-grade technology, designed to remove water as swiftly as possible.

Once inside your home, our technicians can use devices such as extractors and wet/dry vacuums to remove the standing water from your bathroom. These devices are designed to remove the water as fast as possible, to remove excess moisture from the structure of your home quickly. However, removing the excess water might not be enough. Our SERVPRO technicians can bring in more devices, such as heaters, dehumidifiers, and flood drying mats to guarantee that all of the moisture has been pulled from the floor and the base of the walls.

Once finished, SERVPRO can return your bathroom to you, “Like it never even happened.” It's always our goal to leave your home in its preloss condition, and with you feeling happy with the service you received.

If your home requires a water cleanup, do not hesitate to reach out. Speak with SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane by dialing (509) 474-9144. Night or day, we're ready to remediate the damages in your home.

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When Submersible Pumps are Necessary for Water Removal in Cobert

9/6/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment drying floor We made flood cuts and removed the flooring to dry the structure. Our team is trained to handle any water damage event.

How Submersible Pumps Influence Recovery in Colbert Homes 

Finding the best possible solution for the removal of standing water in your Colbert home is a priority of our experienced professionals. We have a fast response to water loss emergencies. Our team arrives at your property with all of the equipment, products, and personnel necessary to mitigate your losses and begin recovering compromised flooring, walls, and other damaged elements. Water removal can be a unique challenge, primarily because of the limited timetable before construction materials become too severely damaged to protect. 

The ideal solution for water removal in Colbert homes depends exclusively on the location of these damages and the severity of the damage. Extraction wands, for example, would better suit situations where standing water is less than a couple of inches high. Any more than this, and you would want to utilize one of the most versatile and heavily utilized tools in the recovery arsenal of any SERVPRO technician: the submersible pump. 

While these units can come in multiple sizes and strengths, a small and portable option leaves the ability to quickly discharge standing water without taking up considerable space in the home or property. Submersible units get directly attached to discharge hoses, allowing our SERVPRO team to redirect the water as needed to drain outside the house. We follow strict guidelines about this extraction and discharge, especially in situations where the water could have become contaminated by a foreign substance or debris.

Because these units require electricity to function, we often must develop a strategy that keeps these machines powered throughout all types of loss incidents. In many water emergencies, the power can become severed, and operations get supported by the installation of a portable generator. Between our smaller units and trailered generators, we can offer real-time support for disasters of all sizes. 

You might not always think you need professional restoration services after water loss incidents, but our SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane team can help you however you need. From extraction to full-scale drying and reinstallation, you can count on our team. Give us a call 24/7 at (509) 474-9144. 

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Did the Recent Storm Damage Put Your Family in Danger of Being Scammed?

8/27/2019 (Permalink)

yellow warning sign with red exclamation point and SCAM ALERT Home restoration scams become frequent after storm damage. Be careful when selecting a contractor. SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane is always on call!

Beware of Fraudulent Restoration After Spokane Storm Damage 

Severe storm systems are nothing new to Spokane residents, many of which have dealt with multiple destructive storms. Most property owners have added additional coverage options with their insurance provider in the off chance that more devastating storm systems might come again in the future. The work required to return your property to the preloss condition must still begin quickly. Many turned to our SERVPRO team's experience and fast response over the years, but there are just as many who have sought out benefits of low price shopping. 

With how extensive storm damage in Spokane properties can be, you need a team with the knowledge and experience to help right away. Structural threats exist that can result in injuries or costlier repairs.  These same storms can also bring about flooding and loss events that make it impossible to remain in your house. The only solution is rapid restoration and recovery options that exist. While our SERVPRO team has involved training and experience to back up our reputation, you should be aware of deals that sound too good to be true. 

There are a series of “businesses” that tend to crop up immediately following widespread storm damages across Spokane. While many homeowners seek out the reputable companies with positive online reviews like our SERVPRO professionals, others can fall into the allure of a cheap flat rate and promises of getting you back into your home more quickly than you thought possible. 

The idea behind these short-term businesses is to get as much upfront payments as possible and then vanish. No work ever gets completed on your property, and you are out a portion of the total restoration cost estimated when these con artists first arrived at your house. Our professionals never ask for upfront payments, even a small portion of the total restoration costs. Never pay for work that is not happening. 

We understand that you might not choose our SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane team when storm damages occur to your property, but we never want to see one of our neighbors fall into these unfortunate scams that take place when things seem the bleakest. No matter what we can do to help after a storm, never hesitate to call us at (509) 474-9144.

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We Discuss How To Eradicate Odors After A Fire In Your Chattaroy Residence

8/12/2019 (Permalink)

We can remove the odor to make it “Like it never even happened.”

How To Eradicate Odors Resulting From Fire Damage In Your Chattaroy Residence

Fires are petrifying because they create dangerous situations and cause extensive damage to property. After extinguishing a fire and you ensure everybody is safe, you face a difficult and long road of getting your home back to its pre-damaged condition. The by-products of combustion, such as soot and smoke, can cause discoloration of various materials and surfaces in your home.

If your Chattaroy home has fire damage, it is vital to act quickly to remove the residues and smoke odors. Both small and large house fires can leave lingering smoke scents in your home for days, weeks, or months.  When a fire occurs, smoke usually spreads throughout the house, getting absorbed into different materials such as carpets, curtains, furniture, walls, and clothing.  Some things you can do to eliminate the smells include:

    •    Opening all the windows for proper ventilation.
    •    Vacuuming visible soot using a vacuum cleaner.
    •    Washing fabrics such as bedspreads, upholstery, and carpets.
    •    Cleaning the tile or wood floors using a cotton mop.
    •    Cleaning visible soot from ceilings and walls using a sponge soaked in rubbing alcohol or paint thinner.

Smoke odors may still linger even after taking the above steps. To eliminate the odors, you can enlist the professional odor removal that SERVPRO offers. Our technicians are well trained in cleaning up affected contents and structures and removing smoke odors.

Soot contains acids and chemicals that destroy fabrics. We can use heavy-duty vacuums to get rid of all the soot from walls and floors to prevent further structural damage and staining. To deodorize a home successfully, we combine multiple techniques. It is not realistic to identify all the sources of odors and determine specific methods for counteracting each source.

Odor removal is not the same as odor control. The initial step of any odor is removing the source of the scent. The second step is cleaning the area of any odor-causing residues. After cleaning, we can use air scrubbers to eliminate odor molecules from the indoor air. Our SERVPRO technicians can also use thermal foggers to remove odors. Thermal fogging dispenses solvent-based deodorants into the air. Since the deodorant solutions pass through a heated area, they combust, and this breaks them down into minute particles. The particles can go anywhere the odor-causing particles are and neutralize them by transforming their chemical composition. Dry fogs penetrate and deodorize fast because of the small particle size. After the fogging procedure, our technicians ventilate the treated areas.

When you need deodorization services after a fire damages your home, call SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane at (509) 474-9144 any time for help. We can remove the odor to make it “Like it never even happened.”

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Spokane Commercial Warehouses Benefit from SERVPRO's Rapid Response for Water Removal and Restoration

8/8/2019 (Permalink)

From Flames to Floods--The SERVPRO Green Fleet--Restores Commercial and Residential Properties in the Spokane Area

Getting Your Concrete Facility Dry Post-Fire Requires Commercial Water Removal Services in Spokane

Businesses in Spokane often store their off-season inventory and goods in a warehouse. Emergencies involving such buildings can and do happen. When the structure consists mainly of concrete, cleaning up involves more than removing the ruined inventory. Business owners must take additional steps to ensure that merchandise stored there in the future does not become damaged.

Comprehensive Restoration Services
Full mitigation of your warehouse in Spokane for commercial water removal is part of the fire damaging service.Extinguishing a fire not only forces thousands of gallons into a confined space but it also dramatically increases the water vapor in that structure. A few fans, mops and buckets, and some squeegees cannot remove sufficient moisture from a saturated warehouse.

SERVPRO's water removal specialists receive intensive training and then earn recognition from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Our ASD applied structural drying technicians understand the complexities of your facility's situation. Water vapor, as well as moisture trapped inside the concrete blocks, create the perfect environment for a massive surge in microbial growth. Soot from the fire, mixed with steam, ends up soiling windows and other surfaces.

Moisture Removal with strong air circulation
We pull large box fans out of our Green Fleet trucks so we can force the moisture out of the concrete walls. Desiccant machines collect the water vapor from the air as it passes through. To raise the amount of moisture the air can hold, we also unload heaters and start using these. When the air temperature rises, it can become more saturated. We want this to happen, so the moisture content of walls and other structures steadily decreases.

Odors are also an issue in restoration
As the amount of moisture decreases lowering the RH relative humidity, other team members work on cleaning up your warehouse. We remove soot and other soiling from surfaces, apply protective chemicals that prevent damage from microbes, and also use situation-specific deodorization methods. These all help keep your future merchandise from suffering damage, including absorbing unpleasant odors.

For all of the issues, your warehouse in Colbert, Chattaroy, or Spokane Valley faces, call the water removal experts at SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane. Our 24-hour emergency services line, (509) 474-9144, is always answered to ensure We're Always Faster To Any Size Disaster.

When Water Heaters Cause a 'Hot Mess' of Water Damage in Your Spokane Home

7/24/2019 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO to dry the damage caused from water heater leaks.

Water Removal Spokane – Leaking Water Heater

It sits in a dark corner of your basement, forgotten until there is no hot water or begins to leak water all over your basement. The first indication that there might be a problem with your water heater could be brown colored water in the tub, or you step into several inches of water in your basement. A leaking water heater can leak hundreds of gallons of water in a short timeframe, damaging flooring, furniture and anything lying on the floor.

The first step that SERVPRO focuses on is water removal in your Spokane home. Removing the water quickly and stopping the source of the water can reduce the amount of overall damage quickly. Before you enter the basement, with water on the floor, make sure that it is safe to set foot in the water. Electrical short circuits can make for an unsafe environment.

Many homeowners try to tackle the water removal process on their own before realizing that help is needed to remove the water, dry their basement, and recover their furniture and flooring. Steps that homeowners should consider are:

  • Make certain that it is safe to enter the basement.
  • Shut the water off to stop continued leaking from the water heater.
  • Use a sump pump to begin removing the water.
  • Support all furniture by placing pads under the legs.
  • Remove for later drying all fabrics such as pillows, clothes, and toys.
  • Turn on the AC to help in drying the basement and removing moisture.
  • A dehumidifier can also be placed in the basement to help remove moisture.

Many homeowners are worried about the formation of mold when there is water in their basement. It is essential to dry your home quickly to avoid any possibility of mold due to prolonged wet or damp conditions. SERVPRO has the equipment needed to dry your home and its contents immediately. We also can dry fabrics and important papers that are needed for legal reasons or are sentimental.

In some water events, the flooring needs replacing due to damage. SERVPRO can also assist with all of your restoration needs. We provide all of the documentation needed to support insurance claims as well.

Call SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane at (509) 474-9144 for 24/7 service. We serve Colbert, Chattaroy, and surrounding areas. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster in your area.

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Flood Damage in Chattaroy? Leave It to SERVPRO for Restoration

7/9/2019 (Permalink)

Happiness Is a SERVPRO Vehicle Parked in Your Chattaroy Driveway after a Flood--Already Restoration Underway!

What Challenges You Might Face after Flood Damage in Your Chattaroy Home

Flooding leads to severe damages, especially when it is the result of a severe weather event such as a storm. Apart from the water pooling on the floors of your house, structural damages are also likely to occur. Strong winds or heavy debris such as fallen tree branches can puncture holes in your structure. These and other challenges make it harder to deal with the damages left by flooding in Chattaroy. Professional flood damage restorers help because of the extensive experience they have dealing with similar incidents.

Areas affected by flood damage in your Chattaroy home are likely to be murky because of the silt, mud and other soils dissolved in the floodwaters. It is a serious challenge because the contaminants pose health risks to anyone that touches them, yet removing the debris and cleaning the affected areas is a crucial aspect of the restoration process. PPE, Personal Protective Equipment, is the answer to this challenge because they allow restorers to wade into the murk immediately. Our SERVPRO crews rely on a wide range of protective gear including full body suits, rubber boots, respirators, gloves, and other equipment allowing us to handle all murky situations conveniently.

Flooding causes various damages to the building materials and contents in a house. Determining what to dispose and what to save can be challenging. Disposal is necessary for heavily porous materials such as carpets exposed to groundwater even when there are no other physical damages because of contamination risks. A thorough cleaning helps save other non-porous items. Our SERVPRO team includes CCT, Carpet Cleaning Technicians, and RRRP, Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation experts who handle the cleanup and restoration necessary with ease.

Removing all water from a flooded property is a challenging task requiring different approaches to restore it to the preloss conditions. After extracting any standing water, there is a need to dry wet materials and restore normal humidity levels. Our SERVPRO team uses air movers and dehumidifiers dry wet materials and restore normal humidity levels.

You can deal efficiently with any issues arising after your Colbert, Chattaroy and Spokane Valley property floods by involving a professional team. Call SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane to assist. You can reach us at (509) 474-9144 any time. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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