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Can Flooding Cause Harm to Hard Surface Flooring?

3/26/2021 (Permalink)

water damaged floor, tiles loosened and coming up Although ceramic tiles are water resistant, they are not waterproof and can become loosened. SERVPRO knows how to dry the subfloor. Call us today!

SERVPRO Can Restore Flooring in your Colbert Home after a Flood Event

Hard surface flooring covers masonry like ceramic tilings, concrete and resilient tiles. These types of floor material are commonly found in basements, garages, and kitchens of residential homes. A flood or natural disaster can lead to hard surface flooring being exposed to large amounts of water for a significant time.

The impact of flood damage on the floors of your Colbert home largely depends on the installation and material. Concretes are generally porous, which means they can absorb moisture, blister, or crack. Ceramic and resilient tiles resist water well, although installation issues for improper sealing can cause moisture to leak beneath tiles damaging the subfloor below.

  • Concrete floors can often be restored using a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) vacuum, which reduces moisture content and microbial growth.
  • Asphalt and other resilient tiles may become chalky after exposure to water; however, careful assessment of subfloor with a moisture meter is necessary.
  • Insufficient vapor barriers on Ceramic Tiles can cause the subfloor underneath to warp, leading to cracking. Otherwise, ceramics have a strong resistance to water exposure.

Hard surface flooring is often repairable with the correct technique and equipment. Contact SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane for flood damage repair at (509) 474-9144.

How Does the Source of Water Affect Restoration?

3/19/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO drying equipment drying water damaged carpet/room Did you know that water intrusion events can contain contaminants? SERVPRO can safely remove water from your home.

Analyzing the Source of Water Intrusion in your Spokane Home is Essential to Understanding Contamination Levels and Inputting a Cleanup Operation

Water can intrude into a home environment from a plurality of sources. Common factors across water restoration may include broken pipes, appliance malfunction, natural disasters, and structural insufficiencies. Cleanup of a water intrusion event relies on understanding the different types of contamination. 

Performing water cleanup in your Spokane home is a duty that requires unique expertise and training. There are three broad types of water contamination: clean water, gray water, and black water. Blackwater is the most severe type of water contamination and can be harmful to your health. 

  • Carpet and carpet pads are frequently cleanable in clean and gray water emergencies, reducing claims expense.
  • Blackwater contains biological hazards, which means any porous materials exposed to this type of water need replacing.
  • Expensive textiles may have some cleanability following black water exposure by using a biocide and several cleans. However, these items must be confirmed sanitary by an Indoor Environmental Specialist.

Avoid water contamination problems in your home. Contact SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane for water cleanup at (509) 474-9144.

How Long Does It Take to Clean an Office after a Fire?

3/12/2021 (Permalink)

outside corner view of multi-story office Commercial property loss from fire damage each year is significant. SERVPRO stands ready to remediate the damage and keep your business open.

SERVPRO Can Quickly and Efficiently Return your Spokane Office to its Pre-loss Condition after Fire

Spokane is situated in a county of the same name and is part of Washington State. Spokane's 208,916 residents put the city within the top 100 largest cities in the United States. Initially, the region was a trading outpost for European exploration; however, the North Pacific railway's construction rapidly grew the local populace, and it became incorporated as a town in 1881. During the majority of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the city of Spokane relied on raw materials for its economy. These included mining, timber production, and farming. 

The reputation of Spokane as a manufacturing town is true to its roots and recent history. However, recently, the city has sought to reinvent itself. The much-anticipated opening of the River Park Square Mall, the Spokane Convention Center, and the Spokane Arena have breathed new life into the downtown districts and steady growth in the local population. Culturally, the Fox Theater and the Knitting Factory provide contemporary arts entertainment throughout the year. As an essential region during the industrial revolution, numerous museums are dedicated to Spokane city and the county's early history.

  • Spokane Falls is located right in the center of the city and is a stunning, cascading waterfall. The area is close to the riverfront park, which features local restaurants and bars overlooking the Spokane River. Tours of the river and falls are available to visitors, explaining Spokane's unique role in America's timber and manufacturing industries.
  • Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox is a local institution covering both classic drama and contemporary theater. The playhouse, located in the center of the downtown district, initially opened in 1931 but has been rejuvenated by a recent renovation project, located on West Sprague Avenue. 
  • The historic downtown region runs for just over nine miles with many excellent restaurants, bars, and activities. Much of the downtown district runs adjacent to the river providing fantastic views of the nearby falls and the Herbert M Hambien Conservation area.

SERVPRO Can Remove Stubborn Smoke Residues from your Business

Smoke damages are among the most time-consuming to restore. These deposits can be dry, greasy, or wet, depending on the type of material combusting, and can often carry unpleasant odors. SERVPRO technicians use industrial-grade cleaning agents to dissolve and suspend soil particles before rinsing them away with clean water. 

  • Agitation can help reduce the impact of dry soot or dislodge soil from the commercial property's structure and contents.
  • Fire damage restoration professionals use the suspension technique to lift soot into a solvent before cleaning away, often with an emulsifying agent.
  • Dissolution is valid for greasy or wet smoke deposits and involves dissolving soot before removing.

Soot and smoke can cause further fire damage without the proper cleaning techniques. Contact SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane for fire damage restoration at (509) 474-9144.

Can You Prevent the Need for Mold Remediation in Spokane?

2/23/2021 (Permalink)

water damaged ceiling; mold beginning to grow Mold damage often follows water damage. SERVPRO is available to remediate any mold damage you may have.

SERVPRO is Here When you Need Mold Remediation Help

When it comes to mold remediation, prevention is undoubtedly better than cure. Mold can damage your home, so it is essential to prevent it if you can.

If you are keen to avoid the need for mold remediation in your Spokane home, there are some things you can do. SERVPRO recommends:

  • Ensuring your doors and windows are sound, with no leaks.
  • Keeping downpipes and gutters clear to prevent them from overflowing.
  • Checking for leaks around faucets, toilets, and showers and dealing with them immediately.
  • It is also important to check damp areas of your home for patches of mold, water stains, or musty odors.

Call SERVPRO as soon as you notice signs of mold. We equip our teams with air scrubbers, dehumidifiers, air movers, and monitoring tools to tackle mold swiftly and effectively.

We do not just remove mold – we dry the area to discourage regrowth. Mold thrives in damp areas, so drying is essential to keeping the problem at bay. 

For help with mold in your home, call SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane at (509) 474-9144.

Can We Save Textiles After Fire Damage in Spokane?

2/16/2021 (Permalink)

smoke coming under door Even smoke and soot from a small fire travels throughout the house. SERVPRO can restore your smoke and soot damaged clothing.

SERVPRO Helps Restore Linens and Clothes

In the unfortunate aftermath of a fire, you might think you need to throw away all soot-damaged linens and textiles. However, sometimes, it is possible to salvage them. 

After fire damage in Spokane, you might assume you must dispose of all soot-damaged materials. Indeed, we cannot restore materials if parts of them are burned out. However, if the item is still whole, it is often possible to remove soot damage. Our team can restore:

  • Clothes and accessories, including shoes, jackets, and hats.
  • Linens and towels, including duvet covers.
  • Soft furnishings such as scatter pillows, rugs, blankets, and throws.

Some of the gentle but effective cleaning methods at our disposal include ultrasonic cleaning, which uses tiny bubbles to remove particles, and Esporta washers, which use hydraulic cleaning. In some cases, we can clean items on-site, but we can also transport them to our facility if necessary. 

We can also use spot-cleaning to tackle tough stains on delicate fabrics, and we can use ULV fogging to deodorize furniture.

Do not give up on your textiles and soft furnishings after fire damage. Contact SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane at (509) 474-9144.

Helping Historic Buildings with Water Damage

2/9/2021 (Permalink)

Spokane Flour Mill Our city boasts many beautiful, historic buildings. SERVPRO has the knowledge to restore water damage in old and new buildings alike.

Spokane’s Architecture is in Safe Hands with SERVPRO

Spokane is a thoroughly modern city that features plenty of gorgeous historic architecture. Spokane has a population of 222,081 and is famous for being the birthplace of Father’s Day. It is also celebrated as the lilac city, thanks to the proliferation of lilacs that grow there. There is even a double-cultivar pink lilac named after the town. 

Explore Beautiful Spokane 

At first glance, Spokane is a very modern city, with a rich arts and sports culture, plenty of community events, and a thriving business district. However, it is also home to some impressive historic buildings, mostly in the Romanesque-revival style, although you can see buildings in various styles all over the city. The Romanesque-revival type is especially prevalent in the downtown historic district, where many buildings were destroyed following the great fire of 1889.

The self-taught architect Kirtland Kelsey Cutter designed many of Spokane’s notable buildings as part of the effort to rebuild after the blaze. Cutter was born in 1860, and when he was 26, he moved to Spokane. Although he initially worked for his uncle, a banker, Cutter quickly began designing buildings. By the 1920s, he had created hundreds of facilities and helped Spokane gain a reputation for beautiful architecture that rivaled bigger cities such as Chicago and Seattle.

The romanesque-revival style draws heavily from Romanesque architecture and includes thick walls, round barrel vaults, sturdy pillars, and decorative columns. The type gives downtown Spokane its unique look. Much of Cutter’s work is now on the National Register of Historic Places. Some of the gems you can see around Spokane include:

  • The Davenport Hotel is an imposing hotel that some local businessmen commissioned. It features many touches that were unique when Cutter designed it in 1914. It was the first hotel in the United States to feature a pipe organ, a central vacuum system, and air conditioning.
  • The Patsy Clark Mansion is a distinctive home that Cutter designed in 1897. It was commissioned by Patsy Clark, who was a mining millionaire and has also done duty as an office building and a hotel. These days it is the home of a law firm, though you can still rent out some parts for private functions.
  • Campbell House is another private residence that Cutter designed in 1898. The Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture provides tours of the house as part of their regular programming. 

Spokane offers a wealth of parks and walking trails to enjoy alongside its many beautiful buildings. Be sure to stop by Riverfront Park, conveniently located in the downtown area and offers stunning views of Spokane Falls. You can even take a Skyride or gondola lift to look at the falls better.

Taking Care of Historic Businesses 

Businesses located in one of downtown Spokane’s historic buildings need special care in the event of water damage. Older buildings often feature intricate carvings and moldings and are also more prone to dampness, which is a concern in the case of water damage. 

Thorough and swift drying is key to protecting historic buildings during water remediation. SERVPRO teams come equipped with:

  • A range of pumps and extraction tools to remove water.
  • Air movers, dehumidifiers, and portable heaters to dry buildings.
  • Monitoring equipment to test water and humidity levels throughout remediation.

Monitoring is essential when working in old buildings to check for hidden damp patches and dry the structure effectively.

We are here to help Spokane businesses with water damage. Contact SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane at (509) 474-9144.

Can You Ever Be Too Cautious When Keeping Your Kids Safe in Colbert?

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle outside job site. 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 

Safe Start

10814 E. Broadway Ave.

Suite 004

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.

Interested in Exploring Your Creative Side Near Spokane?

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle outside job site. 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?

1/12/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle outside job site. 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

12/23/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO restoration vehicle in front of commercial building 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.