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When April Showers Bring Spring Flooding in Spokane

4/17/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When April Showers Bring Spring Flooding in Spokane When the snow melts and spring rains begin, SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane is ready for your water damage emergency.

Spring Flooding and Flood Damage Cleanup in Your Spokane Home

Even though spring brings the promise of warmer weather in Spokane, it can also bring various conditions including severe weather, heavy rains, and rapid snowmelt which can increase the risk of floods in your area. Know the facts about these events ahead of time instead of being caught off guard. You can act to protect you and your family before an event like this happens.  

Floodwaters entering your Spokane home make quite the mess, even with just a few inches of water. Therefore, when this happens to you, calling for the help of a professional remediation company is essential. At SERVPRO, we have the expertise and the tools to get your home looking as if nothing happened, and we can do it fast.  

Warmer temperatures and snowmelt resulting from this can make massive amounts of runoff in a short time. In early spring, frozen ground stops rainfall or melting snow from soaking into the ground. The water runs off into streams, lakes, and rivers, cause the excess water to spill over the banks. Combine this with season storms, and many times you get spring flooding.  

Once SERVPRO techs remove any remaining standing water from your home, we can check for any hidden moisture behind walls and under flooring and proceed with the drying process. With the use of specialized moisture meters, we can find moisture which has seeped out of sight. It is crucial that we dry these areas to prevent additional damage such as mold. Dehumidifiers and air movers help us thoroughly dry your home in a timely fashion.  

Spring storms can dump several inches of rain in just a few hours, or they can stall out over one area for several days. Heavy rains like these can lead to severe flooding by overfilling storm drains, oversaturating the ground, or making rivers spill over their banks. Flash floods are rapid flooding of areas which are low-lying in under six hours. Caused by heavy rainfall, they can occur when there are conditions that are drought-like as well.  

When floodwaters have entered into your home in Colbert, Otis Orchards, or Milan, SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane is standing by to help. Call us immediately at (509) 474-9144 so we can make your home safe and dry again in no time.

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We Respond Quickly And Restore Your Spokane Business So You Can Get Back To Business

4/8/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial We Respond Quickly And Restore Your Spokane Business So You Can Get Back To Business We are available 24/7 to help you restore your business. We have the equipment and expertise to handle any damage big or small so call us right away.

Commercial Water Damage Restoration for Your Spokane Business

Water can invade your restaurant in Spokane and cover the floor in only minutes. Usually, this happens because of a natural disaster. However, a water damage emergency can also happen as a result of defects on the inside of your building, so knowing the most common causes can help you to fight against them.

Water damage to your Spokane business is a huge hassle. It can slow down your operations, or even shut your doors for a time while the cleanup is being done. At SERVPRO, we understand that time is money for you as a business owner, so that is why we do not waste any time cleaning up the mess and restoring your structure so you can be on with business as usual. We have the experience and equipment needed to help us do a fast, but thorough job.

One of the most common reasons for commercial buildings to experience a water disaster is failed plumbing. The plumbing system in your restaurant building is a network of connected fixtures, pipes, and joints. Eventually, with all of these connections, something can go wrong. Loose joints, a backed up mainline, or busted pipes can cause leaks or even flooding that gets progressively worse if you do not repair it.

One crucial aspect of the restoration process is drying the affected area. SERVPRO techs use air movers to increase evaporation. These machines create an airflow at the surface level, thereby pushing moisture into the air as vapor and then replacing the wet air with air that is drier. If needed, we can attach shrouds to the snouts of the air movers so they can push dry air underneath cabinets and into wall cavities. The high-velocity airflow from the air movers raises the rate of evaporation.

We may also need to use a heavy-duty venting box fan that is capable of moving more significant volumes of air than the air movers. These fans are known as axial fans since the blades are connected right to the rotating axis of the fan. One thing we use the fans for is ridding the affected areas from noxious odors after water damage. If your business can remain open while we work, we use extra care to work around you, your employees and your customers to cause as little disruption as possible.

Another common cause of water damage is your appliances. Most of them use water, and dishwashers, sinks, water heaters, and refrigerators can leak and drip. It may start small but gets to be a much larger problem if it is ignored.

SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane understands that your business in Colbert, Mead, or Hillyard needs to be operating at its best capacity at all times. When you call us at (509) 474-9144 for help cleaning up a water disaster, we do not hesitate to help you in a timely fashion so you can get back to normal operations quickly.

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Contact Our Fire Damage Technicians To Restore Your Home In Colbert To Pre-Damage Condition

4/5/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Contact Our Fire Damage Technicians To Restore Your Home In Colbert To Pre-Damage Condition If a fire causes damage inside of your house, large or small, never hesitate to call our crew.

SERVPRO Can Remediate The Fire Damage In Your Colbert Home

Fire damage can often be overwhelming and daunting. Sometimes, with all of the soot that spreads from the flames, the damage can seem worse than it actually may be. However, calling a professional cleanup and restoration company as quickly as possible after the fire inside of your home can help solve the problems it left behind.

A candle left on a windowsill, in your kitchen, caught the drapes ablaze and caused fire damage inside of your Colbert home. The fire was by no means catastrophic. It burned through the drapes, melted the faux plastic flowers inside of a vase on the windowsill, and tinted the frame of a painting hanging on the wall close by with smoke. However, perhaps the most obnoxious problem left behind by the flames is the smell that permeates the air inside of your kitchen. Burnt fabrics, plastics, and scorched walls do not make for pleasant odors.

Whenever fire damage strikes your home, large or small, reach out to SERVPRO. Our IICRC-certified technicians understand how to tackle every aspect of fire damage, from scorch marks to odor, and smoke residue. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

When our SERVPRO techs arrive at your home, within mere hours after your initial call, we can begin an investigation into the damages straight away. From there, we can devise a plan. The first step is to rid your property of the charred bits of fabric and plastic that the fire consumed. After cleaning up the remnants of the mess around your window, SERVPRO can focus on removing smoke residue from the walls and any scorch marks from the flames.

Our technicians can use advanced technology to combat the soot and malodor in your home. To tackle the soot on the walls, and the glass of the picture frame, SERVPRO can use a chemical solution to break apart the bond between the soot and the surface. Afterward, we can bring in thermal foggers to neutralize the very particles that have been causing the foul stench in your kitchen, removing the last piece of evidence of the fire from inside your home and returning it to its preloss condition.

If a fire causes damage inside of your house, large or small, never hesitate to call our crew. Phone the number (509) 474-9144 to speak with SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane. Our techs are always available 24/7.

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Spokane Area Businesses Rely on SERVPRO for Rapid Response after a Fire Loss

3/18/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Spokane Area Businesses Rely on SERVPRO for Rapid Response after a Fire Loss For Fast, Commercial Fire Damage Cleanup and Restoration in Spokane--SERVPRO Has No Match

Use an Experienced Commercial Fire Damage Unit Operating here in Spokane

A customer-facing business like a restaurant is full of small maintenance tasks for staff and janitorial teams. From time to time unexpected events can occur that go beyond the scope of your in-house team and require professional assistance. A contained kitchen fire can cause temporary closure to remove unpleasant odors as well as visible signs of smoke and soot deposits. For the best results, specific training in odor control and fire restoration are a requirement.

Temporary closures as a result of commercial fire damage in Spokane and the surrounding area can cause loss of revenue; especially during busier times of the year. SERVPRO use local technicians with some forming what we refer to as a rapid response unit. These teams are made up of technicians with IICRC certificates as well as experienced project managers and are used primarily for commercial services. Smaller fire incidents can be serviced with smaller task forces.

The benefits of a specific commercial unit are that we can communicate directly with you throughout service. SERVPRO operate call-lines 24 hours a day and can send a team within 4-hours upon receiving a notification of loss. Although we work to a restore rather than replace method, we can inventory any non-salvageable items like charred furniture for you to pass on to your insurance adjuster. We are an established provider of commercial services and, as such, have experience dealing with a variety of local adjusters as well as the Chamber of Commerce.

One of the common concerns business owners in customer-facing industries tell us is the unpleasant odors that can be left behind by fire. Our method is to use water-based thermal foggers. These equipment vaporize pairing agents which are then released in a thick fog inside the affected area — pairing agents bond with odor particles causing them to sink to the floor where they can be cleaned away. By using water-based foggers, we can reduce the airing time required after deodorization and keep closures to a minimum.

We can also deploy HEPA filtered air scrubbers and hydroxyl generators to help trap motes of soot and odor and chemically neutralize airborne odors. Use and placement depend on the nature of the fire loss and the business.

In a business emergency, contact SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane at our 24 hours call-line (509) 474-9144.

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Is Water Creeping into Your Spokane Crawlspace?

3/13/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Is Water Creeping into Your Spokane Crawlspace? Crawlspaces are susceptible to flood damage. Inspect your crawlspace often for signs of water.

Long Term Solutions for Flooded Spokane Basements and Crawlspaces

As initially alarming as disasters like floods can be to your Spokane residence, restoring these effects is something better left to professionals like our certified technicians. Not only can you receive the assistance that you need to return your damaged property to its original condition, but you can also have the opportunity for long term solutions that can reduce the likelihood of recurrences in some cases. Our team works to exceed your expectations, and that begins with exceeding the parameters of traditional restoration work. 

While there are many pressing concerns with flood damage in your Spokane home, the more significant problem is the potential for this situation to occur again. Basements and crawlspaces are particularly susceptible to these types of damages, and without the measures taken to thwart water penetration, the flooding continues to occur. Our SERVPRO team can respond fast with effective mitigation and cleanup strategies, but also have long-term solutions available to help repair blockwork, concrete, drainage, water diversion, and also encapsulate the affected area if necessary.

Part of our commitment to our customers is providing honest assessments and evaluations about the damage done to their property when we first arrive. This inspection helps to determine the estimated cost of restoration, the personnel required to do it, and the equipment needed to get right to work. When it comes to lasting solutions that can reduce the possibility of future flooding, we rely on our competent contracting specialists to assess risks and offer repair and reconstruction strategies.

Approaches like crawlspace encapsulation can protect all of the frequently damp materials by covering them in 12mm plastic sheeting. The installation of water diversion equipment like sump pumps and drainage can also reduce the possibility of flooding. We determine which approach to use based on your wishes and understanding of the process, and what you think is best.

While many immediate threats accompany a flood in your home, every homeowner wants to take the necessary steps to help limit the damage these disasters can do. Give our SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane rapid response team a call today at (509) 474-9144.

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Avoid Delays When Dealing With Spokane Valley Flooding Situations

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Avoid Delays When Dealing With Spokane Valley Flooding Situations Restoring your home after flooding requires quick action to find a successful restoration company to make it “Like it never even happened."

Why SERVPRO's 24-Hour Service Makes a Difference with Water Removal Services in Spokane Valley

When someone in Spokane Valley requires emergency medical care, a short call can have an ambulance on its way in seconds. When your house contains lost water, it also needs professionals who can make things right again.

Emergencies are why SERVPRO always has a team ready to respond, including water removal in Spokane Valley from flooding, broken pipes, overflows, and extinguishing fires. When a homeowner must wait to contact someone about such an emergency, restoration costs escalate. We at SERVPRO want to help minimize costs and do so wherever possible.

Helping restore your property to pre-incident condition, “Like it never even happened.” requires a rapid response followed by ongoing, steady mitigation services. Not only must water removal occur quickly, but we must treat the interior structures and the contents of your home, so secondary damages do not occur or only occur to a minimal degree.

Our process involves teamwork, which allows us to work round-the-clock whenever necessary. If this option might benefit your home by preventing additional damage and making the entire process happen faster, we can discuss the options involved with you. We want you to feel comfortable throughout the time we need to work in your home.

When fire damage co-occurs, we can also provide you with cleanup and mitigation services that help the restoration work flow more smoothly. Water that turns to steam during a fire can linger when trapped, slowly evaporating into the air. We use specialized equipment to locate these hidden areas and get them dry again. The same is true of any other source causing trapped water, as well as moisture absorbed into materials and furnishings.

When someone thinks about the process of removing water, many first think about standing water. SERVPRO professionals know that water can damage a property wherever it occurs inside a home. Trapped water under cabinetry and above ceilings, as well as elevated moisture in the air, require skilled specialists who know which methods work and give the results you want and need.

SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane has the IICRC-certified technicians your property needs to get water removal and other services carried out to get your home back to normal. Call us at (509) 474-9144 for prompt service that can make a huge difference in the outcome after any disaster involving water intrusion.

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SERVPRO Speedily Arrives to Mitigate Water Damage in Spokane

3/4/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO SERVPRO Speedily Arrives to Mitigate Water Damage in Spokane Why Spokane Homeowners Rely on SERVPRO for Swift Water Removal--Already in Your Driveway!!

Water Cleanup Technicians In Spokane Talk About How We Provide Fast Service

As soon as moisture finds its way inside your home, it is vital to get it removed before problems get worse. The best way to get water cleanup completed promptly is to call in a professional company such as SERVPRO. Our technicians are equipped with the industry's most advanced technology to make sure moisture gets removed as quickly as possible. We utilize the industry's best equipment from the beginning to the end. To start, we use advanced moisture sensors to figure out the extent of the water cleanup.
 
Next, we implement extraction systems so that we can vacuum up as much water as we can while it is in liquid form. Our SERVPRO technicians can use different types of equipment for your specific water cleanup project in Spokane. If tight areas or pieces of furniture get wet, we can use portable extractors and handled tools designed to remove moisture quickly. When the situation is more severe, we can hook up a large extraction tool to our truck-mounted pump. We have extraction tools that use the operator's weight to compress the carpet and pull out more moisture, called a Rover.
 
Our SERVPRO team always offers fast 24/7 service to mitigate issues with your home as quickly as possible. We answer our phones at all times, and our technicians are located in the area so we can arrive at your residence shortly after your emergency call, usually within four hours. We first start by removing as much water as we can with our extraction equipment. The more water we can vacuum up while it is liquid the easier the structural drying process will be. We strive to restore and preserve rather than demolition and replace with rapid water mitigation techniques.
 
Once we extract all of the liquid H2O that we can, we begin drying out your structural components. To do this, we set up a combination of air movers and dehumidifiers. The air movers push wet air away from affected surfaces while the dehumidifiers remove moisture from the air.

If you ever find wet building materials inside your home call SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane at (509) 474-9144 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

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Let A Team With Experience Handle Your Spokane Home Restoration

2/12/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Let A Team With Experience Handle Your Spokane Home Restoration Failed plumbing can lead to flooding which can cause a significant amount of water damage to your home. Call our experts to stop the damage.

Why SERVPRO Is Your First Choice For Water Removal In Spokane

Rain or a cresting Spokane River is what first comes to mind with many Spokane residents when asked about flood risks. Despite the enormity of the problem either source can bring, much of the water damage in area homes comes from more common sources like failed plumbing. Either type of flooding requires a quick response to remove the water to stop damage and prevent further problems.

That is why SERVPRO needs to be your first choice for water removal in your Spokane home. Our response teams bring experience, planning, and a nationwide inventory of equipment needed to return homes to their original, dry state.

Our teams begin with pumps to draw out as much water as possible. These machines quickly remove the majority of the water and stop further damage such as leeching varnish and other finishes from furniture to leak onto and stain carpets. Pumps cannot remove all of the water, however.

To finish drawing water from floors and carpets, team members switch to extraction wands and other devices. Technicians can adjust the vacuum speed and carefully apply heat to avoid causing secondary damage and also begin drying out the carpet and floor surfaces. For hard, solid surfaces like concrete or vinyl, they may need to push out the last water with long-handled squeegees.

Next, SERVPRO specialists dry the carpet. They can only do this if the water came from a plumbing source which makes it clean water. Outside flooding contains contaminants which make it impossible for our teams to guarantee that the carpet is safe for use again. They carefully release the carpet from the tack strips to avoid damaging it and then roll the carpet out of the way.

If there is a carpet pad, specialists remove and dispose of it. The pad is cheaper to replace than waste time attempting to restore it. Once in place, team members unroll the carpet and place an air mover at one end to force warm air under and over the carpet to dry it while other install an exhaust fan at the other end to draw out the damp, cool air.

For wood floors, an inspector checks the sub-floor for moisture. If she finds any, the team drills one or more holes behind the baseboard and use an air mover with a hose attached to pump in warm air to dry the floor space.

These first techniques SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane use can help eliminate water damage and reduce the need for replacement of personal and structural property. If you have had flooding of any kind in your home, or have questions, call (509) 474-9144 today. We are here for you.

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Water Removal is Key When It Comes to Restoring Spokane Properties

2/11/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Removal is Key When It Comes to Restoring Spokane Properties No matter how severe the water damage is in your home, our team can remove the water and restore the affected area!

Why Water Removal Is Key When Restoring Your Spokane Property after a Water Event

Water removal is among the first steps we perform when restoring your water damaged property. It is the point where a big part of the water in your property is removed. A thorough water extraction process helps in reducing the drying time and prevents secondary damage such as mold damage. By using submersible pumps, portable and truck-mounted water extractors, quick removal of standing water is possible. If you are a resident of Spokane, then you are about to learn about the options you have when you experience such a situation.

Though our initial water removal procedures may make your Spokane property appear dry, never be fooled by the outward appearance of the walls and floors. If you take time and inspect them, you can still feel there is still some wetness in them. Most of the building materials such as wood and drywall are porous and can retain water, which means physical extraction procedures are not enough to make your property completely dry. Also, if we stop at that point, some of the materials such as wood can swell, warp, and sometimes breaks down.

Through the manipulation of relative humidity and temperature, our SERVPRO technicians can remove the moisture that the materials are retaining. We achieve that by using specialized devices such as dehumidifiers and air movers. When air movers are running in your property, they enhance the movement of dry air on wet surfaces which in return makes them lose moisture to the surrounding surfaces. With time, the relative humidity of the surrounding air increases, so, we run dehumidifiers to absorb the extra water vapor from the air.

As drying is taking place, our SERVPRO technicians use monitoring devices like moisture meters, moisture sensors, and thermo-hygrometers to track the progress. We monitor walls, floors and other damaged areas to achieve our drying goals. Application of disinfectants may also be necessary to prevent chances of mold growth.


SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane works around the clock to restore both residential and commercial properties that experience water, mold, and flood and fire damage. Call (509) 245-2596 to benefit from our tested and proven restoration procedures.

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SERVPRO Says to Spokane Property Owners--Insulate Your Plumbing to Prevent Water Loss and a Visit from Us

2/11/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage SERVPRO Says to Spokane Property Owners--Insulate Your Plumbing to Prevent Water Loss and a Visit from Us Spokane Frosty Agrees with SERVPRO--Protect Your Property from Frozen Pipes

Preventing Frozen Pipes in Your Spokane Home

With the harsh temperature drops throughout the Spokane area, your plumbing is more susceptible than ever to freezing. While many homes have their pipes insulated, extreme cold conditions could penetrate these wraps and material to affect the standing water in the system. There are ways that you can help to prevent these occurrences, and there are IICRC certified technicians a phone call away should you have to face a busted pipe.

To prevent frozen pipes, you must evaluate your Spokane home for exposed piping that could be susceptible to the hard freeze experienced throughout this winter season. You should start with portions of the plumbing outside of your home, in your crawlspace, or the basement of your residence. Protecting this material begins with ensuring that it gets properly insulated against not only the dropping temperature but also natural drafts that can occur in between your home and its foundation material.

Insulation is something that you can do on your own, often without the need for oversight by trained professionals. Our SERVPRO professionals have found that many homes have insulated plumbing, but many do not have enough to withstand the severe temperature drops that the area has experienced recently. Tape insulation and polystyrene wraps are quick and easy to apply to exposed plumbing and can increase the threshold of exposure to prevent freezing, damming, and eventually bursting pipes.

If your home has already fallen victim to drenching from a burst pipe or ice damming penetrating the roof or soffits, you can count on our reliable 24-hour response team to help mitigate your loss and repair the damages to get your water service restored to your home quickly. We have efficient extraction and drying procedures that can preserve construction materials that get saturated by flowing water from broken pipes, including our injectidry system for eliminating moisture in wall cavities.

Preventing frozen pipes in your home is not impossible. With the right insulation and precautions, pipes can withstand even severe temperature drops throughout the area. If you already face the damages from a broken service line in your home, let our SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane team make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call 24/7 at (509) 257-3912.

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