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How a Smoke Detector Can Save Your Life

9/2/2021 (Permalink)

Smoke alarm on ceiling. When Was the Last Time You Checked Your Smoke Alarm? It Could Save You and Your Families Life!!!

Smoke Alarms Can Save Lives:  When Was the Last Time You Checked Yours?


When installed and adequately maintained, smoke alarms can dramatically reduce the risk of injuries and even death caused by fires. According to data by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA):

  • Smoke alarms were present in three-quarters (74%) of reported home fires in 2014–2018.
  • Almost 3 out of 5 home fire deaths were caused by fires in properties with no smoke alarms (41%) or smoke alarms that failed to operate (16%).
  • When smoke alarms were present in reported fires considered large enough to activate them, they operated in eighty-nine percent of the fires, seventy-three percent of the deaths, and eighty-two percent of the injuries.
  • The risk of dying in reported home structure fires is fifty-five percent lower in homes with working smoke alarms than in homes with no alarms or none that worked.
  • When present, hardwired smoke alarms operated in ninety-four percent of the fires considered large enough to trigger a smoke alarm. Battery-powered alarms functioned eighty-two percent of the time. Power source issues were the most common factors when smoke alarms failed to operate.

If you'd like to read more on the report, you can do so here.  The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) also recommends the following:

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home and in every bedroom. Do not install the smoke alarm where it could be blocked or damaged.
  • Smoke alarms should be installed away from the kitchen and shower to prevent false alarms and should be at least around ten feet from a cooking appliance.
  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month using a test button.
  • Replace batteries in all smoke alarms at least once a year, though twice would be best. Daylight savings time can be good dates to set for this task.
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are ten years old.  Don't forget to write the date on the alarm when it was installed.
  • Newer alarms on the market also offer carbon monoxide detection and voice alarms, which have shown to be more effective in waking children up.


Should fire damage happen in your home, our team of certified experts at SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane stands ready to help make it "Like it never even happened."®  Let us know how we can help at 509-474-9144.

How Long Should I Wait To Clean Up After Fire Damage?

8/4/2021 (Permalink)

Fire Damaged Dryer Sitting on a Lawn Fires can be devastating and dangerous to your health. Give our SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane team a call to help restore your fire-damaged property.

Waste No Time Calling Your Local SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane Team After Fire Damage in Your Home

The speed with which a fire affects your home and contents is surprising to most. Stress and uncertainty can make waiting to act for a few days feel like a smart move, but every second counts. Damage to building materials, furnishings, household goods, and personal belongings can start immediately.

What Is the Typical Timeline for Damage From a Fire?

Fire damage in the Spokane area follows a highly predictable pattern, and we respond quickly because our trained technicians know that mitigation efforts can slow or halt the damage.


Fire Damage Timeline:  What Can Occur Within Minutes?

  • Plastics yellow and absorb odors
  • Porous materials can begin to corrode and discolor
  • Soot particles infiltrate soft goods like fabrics, carpeting, and area rugs

Fire Damage Timeline:  What Can Occur Within Hours?

  • Finishes on wooden surfaces and grout darken
  • Surfaces on appliances and fiberglass discolor

Fire Damage Timeline:  What Can Occur Within Days?

  • Metals start to tarnish and corrode
  • Fabrics permanently stain
  • Paint on walls discolors and stains
  • Wood floors and furniture deteriorate and need often refinishing
  • Vinyl flooring can crumble

Fire Damage Timeline:  What Can Occur Long Term?

  • Glass and china etches and pits
  • Synthetic fabrics yellow
  • Building materials like drywall deteriorate and start breaking down

How Do Disaster Fire Recovery Professionals Stop the Damage From Continuing to Occur or Spread?

SERVPRO technicians take speedy action to reduce the corrosive residue load on surfaces. We open up the space for ventilation and use air movers stocked on our service vehicles to exchange air. To prevent soot contamination into unaffected areas of your home, we set up containment barriers using plastic sheeting and air scrubbers positioned inside that force airborne contaminants into HEPA filtration.

Why Is a Fast Response With the Right Team Important for Fire Damage Cleanup?

Removing the soot from surfaces promptly is essential to stopping the corrosive action of smoke particulates. Our SERVPRO team schedules enough technicians to rapidly clean walls, ceilings, and other surfaces, and our focus is to restore. If soot is not removed before the underlying materials weaken or stain permanently, portions of your house might need demolition and rebuilding, a disruptive, costly, and avoidable result.

Obtain the help of the expert fire recovery crews at SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane when fire or smoke damages your home. We are available 24/7/365 with one call to our team at 509-474-9144.

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Our Professionals Explain The Secondary Effects Of Fire Damage In Spokane

6/17/2021 (Permalink)

Chair on fire Our IICRC certified technicians are prepared to assist with any level of fire damage in your home. Call us right away.

Secondary Effects Of Fire Damage In Spokane Homes

After first responders have done their job for your Spokane residence and put out the blaze, you get to start working on the steps it takes to return your property to preloss condition. The trouble is, you have no accurate understanding of how severe the damage is in areas of the property without a proper assessment from professionals like SERVPRO. Overcoming all of the effects of fire damage is rarely as simple as the structural damage, smoke, and soot that comes with this incident.

Water & Fire Damage Restorations

While these effects must also get addressed throughout the fire damage restoration process for your Spokane residence, secondary effects and incidental damages can often prove more pressing to resolve. Water damage is an excellent example of this, as it usually requires a large volume of water to quell spreading fires. This pooling occurs in all of these affected areas and requires professional restoration technicians like our SERVPRO team to work quickly to restore.

With the severity of the situation in a widespread structure fire, homeowners might believe that water damage is the least of their concerns. The longer that moisture persists in affected areas, the more likely situations like mold growth become. The saturation of material can affect places like the basement or crawlspace. If it goes unnoticed, it can allow severe mold colonization that can present health effects to occupants of the house and further structural degradation.

Mold Damage Inspection

Our initial assessment of the property when our SERVPRO professionals arrive addresses the full spread of the damage and secondary effects throughout the house. This inspection can help our technicians to identify areas like the basement and crawlspace that could have become susceptible to water damage and mold growth and take preventative steps to keep microbial growth from occurring in these areas if it has not already begun.

Fire damage is rarely simple to overcome, but it can get accomplished promptly and thoroughly with the right professional assistance. Our SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane fire restoration technicians are available 24/7 by calling (509) 474-9144.

What is the Essential Equipment for Fire Damage Restoration in Spokane?

4/30/2021 (Permalink)

a SERVPRO vehicle parked outside of a house Has your home suffered from a recent fire? Contact our certified SERVPRO team for fire damage remediation and clean up services.

SERVPRO in Spokane Can Help your Restore your Property after Fire Damage

Property fires present several challenges for restoration technicians, so we use a multitude of equipment and cleaning agents to tackle them. Some of the equipment we use may be found around your household, such as vacuum cleaners. Other equipment such as abrasive sandblasters may be difficult to source by yourself. 

  • SERVPRO uses equipment to perform:
  • Fire damage restoration 
  • Fire and smoke damage restoration and cleanup

Smoke remediation

Some equipment used in fire damage restoration for your Spokane home may appear familiar. Often, these equipment are industrial versions of household cleaning equipment. Our air-filtration devices, for example, work in a similar way to air-conditioners, albeit with more filters designed to catch even the smallest particles of soot, dust, and odor. 

  • Light-vacuums are designed to sustain particle dust and soot without damaging filters or suction. 
  • Dry sponges are specially designed to collect even the smallest dust particles from natural surfaces.
  • Soda and sandblasting equipment can help to return semi-porous materials like wood to preloss conditions. 

We are a leading provider of restoration services. Contact SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane for fire damage cleanup at (509) 474-9144 now.

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.

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. 

Come To The Spokane Blue Zoo And Watch Live Feeding Sessions

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

truck in front of property We are looking forward to seeing you at The Spokane Blue Zoo!

Kids Will Love Getting Up Close And Personal With Spokane Aquatic Creatures

Blue Zoo is a popular Spokane attraction where children can see, learn about, and even touch all kinds of sea creatures.?

If you are looking for some indoor fun in this cold season, why not come along to one of Blue Zoo’s daily live feeding sessions? Kids will love learning more about the exotic creatures that live in the aquarium and seeing what happens at mealtimes. The sessions are held every day. Bring your kids so they can:

    •    Learn all about what the sea creatures eat and why
    •    Ask questions of aquarium experts
    •    Get up close with shrimp, eels, sharks, geckos, and more

Feeding sessions are free with regular entry tickets and take place at 1 PM and 3 PM daily.?

Even in the wet months, fire is still a risk in the home. If you need to find fire cleanup companies near you, look no further. SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane is here to help. Call us at (509) 474-9144.

My Spokane Kitchen Caught on Fire, Do I need a Fire Restoration Technician?

9/2/2020 (Permalink)

Burnt mansion interior after fire At SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane, we are here to help.

Protect your Spokane Home by Calling a Fire Restoration Company to Contain the Damage

You may protect your Spokane home by ensuring your fireplace is clean and your gutters are free of leaves. In reality, many home fires begin in the kitchen, and with sound advice, you can try to contain the damage only to that area. Controlling cross-contamination, timely repairs, and debris removal can all contribute to making the fire a distant memory and not an ongoing nuisance.

Homeowners in Spokane needing fire cleanup services can rely on our expert advice. Our SERVPRO team trains for fire disasters of all magnitudes, and our expertise is at your service as soon as you call our 24/7 hotline. Our deep understanding of how fire and smoke travel through your home allows us to apply industry best practices for the restoration of your home while mitigating your loss. Now that keeping your house in order and free of undesirable microbes is increasingly essential, reaching out to the right resource when disaster strikes are of utmost importance.

Is the fire cleanup process the same for all homes?
Each fire is unique and presents differently. Inorganic materials such as plastics and vinyl burn different from natural materials such as wood, and that difference partially dictates our cleanup efforts. Firefighters often track soot through your home and leave behind wet residue, both of which damage your home. Our SERVPRO crew can extract water, dry and disinfect your home by using some of the latest techniques in the industry, including the following:

    •    Injectidry technology to dry behind cabinets and baseboards
    •    Fogging to spray disinfecting solutions
    •    Purifying the air in your home by using ozone generators

The scale of the fire damage and the contents of your home plays an essential role in the decisions we make. Whenever we can, we perform repairs ourselves, such as replacing drywall, which minimizes the need to coordinate with several different contractors and their schedules.

At SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane, we are here to help. Call us at (509) 474-9144 and let our team leave your home “Like it never even happened.”

I am Dealing With Fire Damage in My Spokane Home. Where Should I Seek Help?

8/9/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged interior of a home with soot covering it Fires in your home can lead to water damage and without restoration your home can be left in shambles. Contact SERVPRO for fire damage services.

Hire SERVPRO Experts in Spokane to Handle the Fire Damage in Your Property.

A fire loss incident can have a significant impact on your life. Apart from coping with the loss of some of your prized possessions, you also have to deal with the subsequent water damage that occurs as the firefighters extinguish the flames. Thankfully, if you hire a restoration company like SERVPRO, you can restore your Spokane home within a short time.

What are the precautions to take after a fire?

Fire damage in your Spokane home can severely impact the structure. The smoke and soot residues can discolor porous surfaces such as carpets and drywall. However, after the unfortunate incident, you can set things in motion and get back in order. With that, you can help prevent further damage. After the incident, it is crucial to take some precautions, including:

  • Contacting your insurance company.
  • Securing the affected area
  • Securing your documents
  • Avoid touching the affected surfaces.

Can I clean the affected area?

It is common for homeowners to try cleaning up the affected area to avoid the restoration cost. However, due to the lack of proper skills and access to the right equipment and tools, they end up incurring costly damages.

SERVPRO technicians can clean surfaces that moisture can damage, such as upholstery and furniture, using unique techniques. We can use deep sponge and shampoo super concentrate to remove the smoke residues.

Do you handle the water damage as part of the fire restoration process?

Firefighters often use lots of water to combat the flames, which could lead to water damage. We can extract the water and dry your property effectively. Our technicians can use a self-propelled extraction tool to remove water from your carpet and pad. The equipment squeezes out the excess water from the porous surface, leaving only moisture. We can eliminate the moisture using air moving and dehumidifying equipment.

How do you deal with odors?

Removing odors is an essential aspect of most restoration projects. It is challenging to eliminate the odors because each project is unique. Fire and soot restoration jobs are tricky because fire ruins more than just the charred and burned areas you can see. Smoke and soot and ruin documents, furnishings, electronics, ventilation systems, and equipment if you do not take action quickly. We can use different products to combat smoke smells. Some of them include:

  • Masking agents
  • Thermal foggers
  • Hydroxyl generators

After the restoration process, our technicians can perform a thorough inspection to ensure it is safe.

A small fire may cause insignificant primary damage, but secondary destruction can lead to costly repairs. To avoid this, call SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane at (509) 474-9144 to help you restore your property after a fire. "Like it never even happened."


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How Do Thermal Foggers Work to Remove Smoke Odors?

6/24/2020 (Permalink)

Fog After your home suffers fire damage, you need a team of professionals to assist you. Call SERVPRO right away! We are always available.

Smoke and burning odors can spread quickly through your Spokane home after a structure fire, but we have efficient removal tools to help. 

As with many of the fire loss effects that your Spokane home can experience after a disaster, odors can spread quickly from the ignition point throughout adjacent property areas. Even with a prompt extinguishment of the blaze, conditions like scents and soot can continue to spread throughout the house until professional restoration practices can address these concerns.

While much of the fire damage in Spokane homes must get resolved as quickly as possible, odors are often not as pressing of a concern in the earliest stages of recovery. Cleaning and restoration actions can agitate existing trapped odors and harsh conditions in the house, making deodorization more effective and permanent when completed near the end of the premier cleaning phase. Thermal fogging is often one of the first choices in deodorization, as it is a versatile and lightweight unit that can easily move from one damaged area of your house to another. By superheating odor removal solutions to a mist/vapor, the result can penetrate porous materials like fabrics and drywall to neutralize trapped odors. 

Are There Other Odor Removal Tools that SERVPRO Technicians Use? 

While thermal foggers might be a popular choice by our SERVPRO technicians, it is by no means one of the only options. There are varying degrees of odor neutralization based on where the damage is, how severe the situation has become, and if the occupants of the house are still present. Some of the other odor removal tools that we can utilize include:

  • Hydroxyl Machines
  • Ozone Generators
  • HEPA-Filtration Air Scrubbers

Removing or neutralizing odors that fires can leave behind might seem like a considerable task, but our SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane team can manage these conditions quickly. We have several deodorizing tools to remove smoke and burning scents permanently. Give us a call anytime you need us at (509) 474-9144.

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How Do You Clean Up After a Fire in Spokane?

5/4/2020 (Permalink)

House fire in Daytime SERVPRO has the advanced training and equipment to perform fire cleanup in local properties.

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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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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Major Fire Mitigation in Spokane Needed? Better Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration

2/11/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO boxtruck at a fire cleanup parked Fire Damage Mitigation in Spokane Begins As Soon As the SERVPRO Box Truck Arrives

Why You May Not Be Able to Remain in Your Spokane Home During Fire Damage Restoration

The majority of residential fires leave behind some amount of fire damage, but often only a portion of the home gets affected. Many homeowners assume they can stay in other areas of the property, and it should be okay. But it often is not the case.

One of the questions SERVPRO techs ask during the initial call to address fire damage in Spokane homes is if the fire department said the structure was safe for residents to remain on the property. Because breathing smoke residue and soot particles are unhealthy, homeowners find themselves suddenly needing to relocate during mitigation.
?    If family and friends are not available, the Red Cross and Salvation Army can offer support.
?    You may need to pause services such as paper delivery
?    Have your mail forwarded or rent a temporary PO box

Security During Fire Loss Remediation
SERVPRO techs take care to ensure the property remains safe during the restoration services. Actions such as tarping damaged roofing or broken windows are standard. Boards get securely attached over windows and doors to keep unauthorized persons off-site. Temporary fencing may be another option for property security.

Communication During Cleanup
The techs maintain contact with both the property owner and adjuster during the remediation process to ensure no actions taken are outside the scope of coverage. Items that are too charred for restoration get disposed of only with the approval of either the homeowner or insurance rep and are documented in a report detailing their condition, including a photograph to assist with expediting claims and justifying our efforts.

Air Quality Concerns on Moving Back In
Once the fire loss restoration efforts complete, the techs will have cleaned all the smoke and soot residues off surfaces. Air scrubbers capture and remove airborne soot particles, and the process often includes duct cleaning to make sure the HVAC is not spreading residual soot through the vents once the residents move back in. Final deodorization methods neutralize any remaining particulate matter, so there are no reminders a fire occurred on the property.

In cases where build back is needed, and in this scenario, extensive damage had occurred, SERVPRO can help. We partner with Maas Construction for making your fire-damaged property a home again. Positive results and reviews are why we suggest this company when our customers need extensive reconstruction or remodeling.

SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane is ready to assist local homeowners with the cleanup and restoration from fire damage. Contact the certified techs 24/7 at (509) 474-9144, and the fire loss in your home will be "Like it never even happened."

Our Professionals Provide Reliable Electrical Fire Damage Cleanup In Spokane

11/23/2019 (Permalink)

Electrical fire in a home Call (509) 474-9144 to have a team get to work restoring your residence within hours.

Reliable Electrical Fire Damage Cleanup in Spokane

Every year, lighting sources catch fire and cause damage to thousands of homes. Electrical fires cause more than $1 billion in property losses in the US alone. Not only can this be stressful for homeowners, but the damages that can be difficult to bounce back from, even with quality insurance.

If your home requires professional fire damage cleanup in Spokane, SERVPRO is only a phone call away from providing you with the assistance that you need. These technicians receive continuous education on mitigation techniques and tools so that you can benefit from their knowledge and field experience. Franchise owners are also required to receive comprehensive education about these disasters so that they can help you in getting the service you need.

Common Home Electrical Fire Risks
Almost half of home electrical fires are caused by failures or malfunctions that are surprisingly common. These can include:

    •    Outdated appliances or faulty outlets
    •    Using damaged extension cords, or using these cords as a permanent outlet for appliances
    •    Light bulbs that exceed the wattage for the fixture they occupy
    •    Defective or outdated wiring
    •    Clogged or unsafely-positioned space heaters

20% of residential structure fires are caused by lighting like lamps, light bulbs, and flush mount lights, while 6% include damages from ceiling fans.

SERVPRO Saves the Day
Depending on the wall material and types of soiling present, SERVPRO has a variety of tools available to clean your structure out after an electrical fire. Dry cleaning sponges are often the tool of choice for cleaning ceilings with light-to-medium amounts of damage. Wet cleaning with EPA-registered antimicrobials is the method of choice for heavier damage to walls, particularly those that are metal, wood, or painted. Non-porous ceiling surfaces may benefit more from peroxide active cleaning, but this technique is often saved for surfaces that would be damaged by thorough wet cleaning. Technicians work from ceiling to floor to clear out your structure and render it safe once more.

SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane is committed to leaving your home looking, “Like it never even happened.” Call (509) 474-9144 to have a team get to work restoring your residence within hours.

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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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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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We Are Your Best Option To Restore Your Fire Damaged Home In Chattaroy

6/24/2019 (Permalink)

Give us a call today at (509) 474-9144.

Working With Insurance For Efficient Fire Recovery In Chattaroy

Most of the work that must happen after structure fires in Chattaroy relies on either out-of-pocket expense from the homeowner or through the damage claims approval process of a home insurance company providing coverage to the property. With so many homeowners unfamiliar with the claims and how to successfully file one to get it approved, you need a professional restoration company not only well-equipped to handle the effects the fire causes in the property, but also one that can help you through the often intricate and involved claim approval path.

For many years now, property owners have looked to our SERVPRO team for their experience with addressing fire damage in Chattaroy and helping properties through the claims process. We know what insurance companies need and want when you go to file, and that is what makes reaching out to our team first a wise and cost-effective solution. We can work to prepare what your insurance adjuster needs to confirm the damage beforehand, speeding up the overall approval process, and getting work started in your home quickly.

Our SERVPRO professionals have an entire assessment team led by our estimator and project management staff. These individuals can walk through a property with the customer if it is safe to do so and begin cataloging all of the loss and damage. Also, determinations get made at this point as to what personnel and equipment are necessary to restore the property entirely – and this becomes part of the estimated costs of restoration and recovery.

Insurance companies require documentation of this damage as well as an accurate catalog of content loss. Our contents department can not only make a record of these losses and damages but also remove compromised belongings and at-risk items to our facility during the debris removal phase of mitigation. There we can thoroughly clean, disinfect, and store these items until the house gets restored and they can get returned.

We have strong working relationships with insurance companies serving homes and businesses throughout our region. When you want to get your home restored quickly after fire loss effects, trust our SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane team to work quickly to make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (509) 474-9144.

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Professional Pack-Out Services Helps Restore Fire Damaged Family Treasures in Spokane

6/5/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO can make your fire damaged home "Like it never even happened."

Save Your Memories as Well as Your Spokane Home with a Post-Fire Damage Pack-Out 

After a fire, cleaning surfaces and evaluating whether charred structural components can be restored or need tear out and replacement takes center stage in your Spokane home. The contents of your home are damaged as well. Many homeowners feel that household goods, furnishings, and personal possessions need replacing, prepare to toss out a lifetime of memories because the disaster feels so overwhelming.

We recommend considering a pack-out of the fire damaged contents in your Spokane dwelling before giving up treasured items as lost. Our crew follows an established protocol when moving articles to our production facility. The Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) details through lists, digital photos, and barcoding the household and personal property we transport out of your house. Specially trained technicians evaluate the condition of each item and plan for its cleaning, drying, and restoration.  

SERVPRO keeps your insurance company in the loop, supporting consistent payment of your claims on the strength of our expertise and documented results. Innovative strategies and equipment take seemingly ruined items back to the utility and appearance you remember. Books, documents, and photos respond well to freeze drying. Clothing, linens, and window treatments return to pre-fire condition after laundering in our industrial machines or dry cleaning by experienced vendors. 

Intricately detailed items hold soot, but the immersion or ultrasonic tanks housed at SERVPRO headquarters loosen and clear the residue. Fire damaged furniture cleaning involves different materials that might need different techniques. Wood and metal legs and frames require spray on, wipe off cleaners, perhaps with carefully controlled agitation or abrasive tools or additives. Upholstery does best with foaming cleaners, dabbed on to lift the sooty debris. 

SERVPRO crews at your residence take advantage of the cleared spaces to remove the firefighting water, dry the space, and clean surfaces in every space showing sooty coatings. As your possessions approach recovery so do the damaged areas of your home. Moving the contents home back is the final touch, providing not only a clean, dry, and sanitized place to live but also reuniting you and your family with the treasures that make a house a home. 

SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane helps recover from all aspects of the devastation of a household fire. Call us at (509) 474-9144 to set up a consultation as soon as the firefighters depart.

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Top 4 Things You Need To Do To Prepare for a Fire

10/23/2018 (Permalink)

Install a smoke alarm in your Chattaroy,WA home

As a homeowner in Chattaroy,WA, you need to prepare yourself for a variety of worst case scenarios. You may make plans for bad weather, faulty plumbing and house fires to ensure you can bounce back from any unexpected event. Fire preparation should include preventative measures as well as practicing what to do in case of an emergency.

4 Preventative Measures in Case of an Emergency

1. Have a fire drill. Making sure your entire family knows what to do in the case of an emergency is a must. During a fire drill, you should show everyone what the alarm sounds like, how to safely exit a room and where to meet outside of the home. For the highest level of fire safety, you may want to encourage everyone to have at least two exit strategies in mind for each room in the house. For example, you could leave a bedroom through the door or a window.


2. Install smoke alarms. A home fire is often detected by smoke alarms. If you do not have this safety equipment properly installed throughout your house, a fire may blaze without you knowing.

3. Check smoke alarms. Once the alarm is in place, your fire preparation is not over. You also need to make sure it can work. You should do an alarm check at least once every month. If you don't, the batteries inside may die without you realizing it.

4. Figure out who to call. Everyone knows to call emergency responders after a home fire, but you may also want to decide what type of residential fire remediation team you would like to work with if flames engulf your house. Getting in touch with these experts prior to a fire can speed up the restoration process.

Being proactive in your fire preparation ensures your entire family will know what to do if there ever is a fire in your house. Once you have made the preparations, you can sit back and hope to never put them into action.

Fire Sprinkler Checkup: A How-To

8/26/2018 (Permalink)

Check your sprinklers periodically to ensure they work incase of a fire

If you are a Spokane, WA, business owner, chances are that a few worrisome “what ifs” regarding the safety of your property in a fire have crossed your mind. You want to be prepared when it comes to disasters such as fires, but might not know what you can do to enhance your fire suppression plan. Doing a checkup of your fire sprinkler system is a great start. Not sure where to begin? Follow the advice below.

Warning Signs

How can you perform a checkup on your sprinkler system? A business owner is not necessarily a fire safety expert, so identifying a damaged or failing sprinkler may seem like an unsurmountable puzzle. If the system is being properly maintained and is ready for use in a fire emergency, you will not notice any glaring issues. However, the warning signals below may mean that you will need to repair, replace or complete maintenance on your fire sprinkler system:

• Leaking
• Corroded pipes
• Any other damage to the system’s pipes

Act Now

These warning signals should not discourage you about your commercial property’s system. Instead, your newfound awareness of these existing issues should prompt you to take action to put a sprinkler repair or replacement plan in place so you can increase the chances of having any future fires put out more quickly by your properly working system and avoid as much fire restoration as possible. There are many experts who can help you figure out whether repair or replacement will be the best solution for the safety and financial needs of your Spokane, WA, business.

You will also be more motivated to put a maintenance plan in place if you have not already done so, rather than continue to leave the fire sprinkler system unchecked as it has been. There is one more positive outcome that can be gained from this process: you now know how to identify future issues so you can fix them sooner and more efficiently. Having a better, stronger fire sprinkler cleanup plan in place, or a brand-new one if one did not exist before, will help keep you, your employees and your building safer than ever.

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Grease Fire Do’s and Don’ts

7/18/2018 (Permalink)

Mouthwatering, salty, greasy French fries cook on your stovetop in Spokane, WA. All of a sudden, the smell turns from delectable to dangerous as the smoke fills your home. What happened? When oil gets too hot and is unattended, a grease fire can occur.

Do

Know the correct actions to take:

• If the fire has spread beyond the pot or appears out of control, immediately get to safety and call 911. Inform the operator that you suspect a grease fire.
• If the fire is small and contained, first turn off the heat source.
• Use a metal lid to cover the pot. It is a good idea to keep this handy on the counter every time you cook with oil. Cutting off the fire’s oxygen supply is the quickest way to stop the blaze in its tracks.
• Pour baking soda or salt on the fire. This works best on a small, contained fire.
• A Class B or Class K fire extinguisher may be used. A multipurpose extinguisher is acceptable if it includes B, such as ABC.

Don’t

Some actions do not work or make the situation worse:

• Never use water to douse the flames. Water may be your first thought when you see a fire, but in this case it is the absolute wrong choice. Water does not mix with oil, and this mistake causes an explosion of grease and fire.
• Do not pour flour on the fire.
• Do not try to fan the fire out. Fire craves oxygen, and this action feeds the flames and causes the oil to splash to other areas.
• Do not try to move the pot that is on fire, as this might spread the grease onto you or other surfaces of your home.

If you experience a grease fire at your home in Spokane, WA there is more at risk than just burnt French fries. Know the correct actions to take, and which to avoid. After a fire, if there is damage to your home contact your insurance agent to ensure coverage. As soon as possible, call a fire restoration specialist to begin the process of fire cleanup and recovery. Visit http://www.SERVPROnortheastspokane.com for more information on fire damage. 

Ditch the Candles and Use One of These Five Alternatives Instead

5/14/2018 (Permalink)

People in Spokane, WA may have used candles as their main source up until as recently as this past century, but that does not mean that they should continue to use them today. Candles smell good and look nice, but they are dangerous. If you’re someone who enjoys the ambiance created by candles, or if you just want a light source for when the power goes out, consider using one of these five candle alternatives:

• Flameless candles
• Flashlights
• Electric lanterns
• Solar lamps
• Glow sticks

Electric Candles

Electric candles still give off the same ambiance as the real deal, except they are far safer. If you still want the nice smells afforded by candles, look into oil diffusers or even glade air fresheners. There are dozens of ways that create a calming atmosphere without creating the risk of a candle fire.

Flashlights

If you don’t have a couple of flashlights that are fully stocked with batteries on hand, run out to your local hardware store and get one. Flashlights are convenient, affordable and great candle alternatives for when the power goes out.

Lanterns

Battery powered lanterns are strong enough to light up a campsite, so they can be especially useful in a power outage. If you want to light up an entire room in a safe way, invest in a couple of flameless lanterns.

Solar Lamps

Solar lamps can work for up to 12 hours on just a single charge, so even if the power is out for days, you can still have light at night. Just recharge the lamp each morning and bring it in at night. More complex models offer a port via which you can charge your cell phone and other devices as well.

Glow Sticks

Glow sticks are a fun alternative to candles that the whole family can enjoy. They also last for up to 12 hours and are affordable. Turn some into a necklace so that you can keep track of all family members at night.

Candles are dangerous and should not be used unless absolutely necessary. Stock up on one or more of the above candle alternatives before the next big power outage, or talk to your Spokane, WA fire restoration team about other options. Visit http://www.SERVPROnortheastspokane.com for more information on fire damage

Fire Damage Companies for Colbert: What You Need To Know

3/31/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Restores Your Home In Colbert from Fire and Smoke Damage

Fire Damage Restoration by SERVPRO for Your Colbert Home

When Colbert fire damage has occurred to your residential home, you should secure professional fire damage restoration services. However, many property owners are uncertain about how to find a fire damage restoration company, and what to expect. However, reading the short outline below provided by SERVPRO offers you the information and advice necessary to hire a service that looks out for you.

Fire Damage Companies Remove Smoke Odors. One of the peskiest and most damaging forms of fire damage is smoke damage. Unfortunately, the smoke from the fire can leave your personal belongings and furniture with an unpleasant smell that is hard to remove. However, a fire damage company like SERVPRO possesses the tools necessary to eliminate quickly smoky odors so that you can salvage more of your personal items and household materials. One method that restoration experts will use to realize this objective is the use of an ozone machine. These machines can run throughout your sealed property for days. We do not mask smoke odors; we eliminate them. Soot, a form of oily-based smoke can layer on surfaces. IICRC certified technicians have the training and specialized equipment and cleaning products for this type of cleanup. It is critical that this wipe down be done professionally to prevent the soot from setting. SERVPRO can prepare surfaces for repainting, much more cost effective than replacing porous materials or upholstery.

Fire Damage Companies Prevent Mold

In addition to eradicating unwanted smoke, fire damage companies prevent mold from accumulating on your property. In many cases, the extinguishing work completed by firefighters leaves excessive water inside rooms, walls, or basements. This accumulated water creates the moist environment that invite fungi to grow. The mold spores that are present in your home can now, with the moisture's help, settle and grow on hard and porous surfaces within your home. However, the SERVPRO experts will utilize advanced mold remediation tools and techniques to exterminate, most if not all, of the fungi from spreading within your property. Some of the equipment that remediation experts will utilize to realize this objective include air movers, dehumidifiers, and foggers.

Some Attributes of a Superior Fire Damage Restoration Company.
• 24/7 emergency services
• IICRC-certified professionals
• a good reputation
• industry experience
• an A rating from the Better Business Bureau (BBB)

Call SERVPRO Immediately. Although fire damage to your Colbert home is a serious issue, hiring professional fire damage restoration services can get your property back to pre-fire loss condition promptly. Our IICRC-certified professionals possess the advanced knowledge necessary to complete each aspect of the fire damage restoration process with expedience and excellence. A final walk through guarantees your satisfaction with your restored Colbert home.

Faster to Any Size Fire Emergency

SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane is dedicated to responding immediately to your Colbert fire damage emergency. A faster response is the key to help prevent additional damage and to help reduce the restoration cost. Call us 24/7 for immediate help. (509) 474-9144

Mold Remediation in Your Spokane Home

3/31/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation in Your Spokane Home

Harmful decay in your home can produce irritants and allergens that result in adverse health effects to you and your family members. It occurs naturally in the environment and can be found indoors as well as outdoors. Some of the spores are not detrimental, and the environment benefits from them. Some spores are harmful especially if they are many. Animals and humans should not inhale some of the types, such as black molds since they are harmful. They lead to different respiratory diseases.

It is not guaranteed that all microbial growth is spores. Once you discover some dark growth especially in a damp or wet area of your home, you should not always conclude that it is a dangerous type of spores. Microbial growth ranges from mildew, fungus, and algae. Some of these growths are not easy to get rid of. It is not easy for you to differentiate between harmful and harmless microbial growth in and around your home. Do you sense some smelly odor from the growth? It is now the highest time you contacted an environmental hygienist. They will advise you whether to acquire an expert in cleanup services or get rid of it yourself.

Are you a Spokane, Washington resident? You are advised to seek proper treatment for any spores that you trace around your home. Without proper treatment of molds, they will keep growing again each time they are removed.

Do you know why it is necessary to get cleanup professionals to help you eradicate this issue once and for all? Mildew has the ability to reproduce continuously within a day when pods burst and release spores into the environment. The reproduced spores then attach themselves to any source of food, and the reproduction process continues. They reproduce very fast because they survive on any porous material or surface. These organisms grow in areas that are difficult to notice.

Therefore, the first sign will be some smelly odor. It is also a sign that an environmental hygienist should inspect your house to troubleshoot the problem. Once they confirm that it is not the fungus, they will advise you on the best possible treatment.

Only allow a cleanup professional to do this work. They use effective tools that eliminate spores completely from your home. You will not have to suffer the physical damage that spores can do. Your family, as well as pets, will be safe from the health issues caused by spore contamination.

As professionals treat your home in Spokane Valley, you can clean any of your items that could have been exposed to mildew. You will have to clean anything that you rescued before taking it back to the house. Washington firms should also clean their workspaces once advised by the environmental hygienist to do so. Companies in Spokane should ensure that every building suspected or confirmed to have fungus is well treated by a professional. Always remember that the first thing to do when you suspect mold damage in Spokane Valley is to inform a cleanup professional near you soonest possible. Visit http://www.SERVPROnortheastspokane.com for more details on mold remediation.

How to handle a fire loss in Colbert Washington

3/8/2018 (Permalink)

When it comes to firedamage in Colbertthings can get pretty ugly relatively quickly if you've dealt with a fire. Even after the fire is put out, you'll still have residual damage that can get worse if it is not taken care of by a fire restoration company like SERVPRO. The way that our company works is by helping to restore the original glory of your home and remove any and all damage that might be present. Whether you have fire damage, or you have water damage because of the fire being put out, SERVPRO is there to assist you.When you first make the decision to hire SERVPRO for yourColbert fire damageand fire restoration, you'll want to contact us so that we can come out and assess the damage. Our professional will take a thorough look at the area to see what type of damage is present and what is needed for restoration. This could be anything from replacing walls to replacing piping and flooring. You will love the fact that SERVPRO takes care of all of the heavy work for youBecause damage left after afirecan leave years worth of damage to your home, it is important to hire a professional as soon as you can. SERVPRO can prevent the damage from becoming much worse, and it is especially important for the overall health of your family. It can be unhealthy to live around water damage, mold growth and even soot that might have been left over by the fire that has since been put out by the local fire department.When you haveColbert fire damagein your home, fire restoration by SERVPRO is your next step. This ensures that you have a beautiful home that is well taken care of and one that will leave you free from worry. Restoring a home or business after afirecan be a daunting task, but it is nice to know that the entire job can be left to our experts.Be sure to contact SERVPRO if you need more information on the services that we can offer to you.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Northeast Spokaneis locally owned and operated—so we are part of the Colbert community too. We are also part of a national network of over 1,650 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country to respond to large-scale disasters.

Damage caused by a fire is devastating for your home and your family. SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane has the fire and water damage expertise and training to help you through this tough time. Please call us. (509) 474-9144

What do you do if you have a fire in your home in Spokane?

3/8/2018 (Permalink)

Leave Fire Damage Repairs to a Pro

Whether a home is affected by an electrical incident, a fire resulting from a storm, or a wildfire, it's always a devastating event that often leaves homeowners at a loss. On top of losing possessions and dealing with the sheer destruction of such an event, the last thing homeowners want to think about after a fire emergency is the cost of fixing the damage done to their houses.
 
Homeowners who experience fire damage in Mead will no doubt question whether they should handle repairs on their own to save money or leave the job to a contractor. If you're facing this dilemma, here are some reasons why contacting a professional fire damage restoration company is best.

    •    Homeowners typically aren't aware of how to remove smoke contamination from their homes. This alone, if left untreated, will permanently damage your clothing, flooring, walls, and furnishings. SERVPRO handles smoke removal with the aim of preventing any long-term damage or the loss of your possessions.
 
    •    The restoration process is difficult and unsafe to take on by yourself. It involves removing hazardous debris, soot, and smoke removal, and fixing structural damage. Our specialists will take care to ensure your home is properly repaired and safe to occupy after a fire.
 
    •    Depending on your home insurance company, they may only pay for repairs completed by professionals. SERVPRO knows how to navigate the claims process, and you won't have to worry about our repairs meeting your insurance company's standards -- we'll exceed them.
 
    •    The cost of hiring a skilled contractor to repair fire damage is less expensive when they're called early on. After smoke and fire contamination are allowed to sit, repairs become much more challenging, and restoration takes even longer.
 
At SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane, our team of experts is equipped with the tools and knowledge to repair quickly and efficiently homes and commercial buildings affected by a fire. For more information about the fire damage restoration services that we offer or to get a quote, call us 24/7 at (509) 474-9144.

Why an Ozone Generator Helps Remove Cigarette Odor

2/5/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke on black background with ozone generator and text that reads 'Cigarette odor deodorization using ozone'. An ozone generator is one of the only devices capable of removing all of the components found in cigarette smoke. Find out how SERVPRO team can help!

Whether someone has been smoking in your house for one week or several years, the smoke will quickly leave behind an unmistakable odor. After a while, you may become acclimated to the smell and not even notice it is there. This is dangerous because cigarette smoke contains many toxic chemicals you do not want to breathe in on a regular basis, even if you are not the one smoking. Home deodorization in Spokane, WA is a worthwhile process. After you have undergone cigarette removal from your home, it is time to tackle the odor. An ozone generator is one of the best tools to accomplish this.

Ozone Generators Are Used by Commercial Buildings

A number of different businesses rely on ozone generators to eliminate the smell of tobacco. These generators are commonly used by:

• Apartment buildings
• Hotels
• Casinos
• Smoking bars

The reason these businesses use an ozone generator is that it is one of the only devices capable of removing all of the components found in cigarette smoke. More traditional home deodorization products are not capable of handling the array of gases found in cigarettes, which includes ammonia, phenol and carbon monoxide.

Ozone Generators Can Remove Odors in a Quick Turnaround

While the ozone generator is working, you will need to vacate your home for the time being. Professionals will tell you how long the process should take. It can range anywhere between a few hours and a couple days. If someone has been smoking in your house for years, then you should expect the process to take two to three days.

The experts will ensure the air conditioner runs throughout the process to keep air circulating while the generator runs. Home deodorization is fairly easy to carry out, and all you need to do is contact a professional odor removal service. You will feel better after the process and definitely notice a difference. Visit http://www.SERVPROnortheastspokane.com for more information on fire damage.

Three Steps in Fire Cleanup

12/13/2017 (Permalink)

Three Steps in Fire Cleanup

When you have a fire in your home, you will probably first worry about finding a place to stay and contacting your insurance company. However, you will eventually have to focus on the cleanup and dealing with smoke damage. While you may want to try to do the cleaning yourself, it is recommended by experts that you hire a professional restoration company in Spokane, Washington for help. Fire remediation technicians have the training and tools needed to ensure the job is done correctly. However, learning about the process can make it easier for you to understand what the specialists will be doing.

1. Assessing the Damage

During the assessment, the company will look over your home before they begin. This will allow them to get an idea of the type and extent of the damage. They can then begin to formulate their plan for cleaning.

2. Securing the Structure

The next step is to fortify any areas that may have been weakened by the fire. This includes boarding up windows and doors that were broken. It also includes stabilizing beams and walls that may not be structurally sound.

3. Cleaning Smoke Damage and Soot

Smoke and soot create a lot of the damage in a fire. Both cover many surfaces and may reach areas of your home that were untouched by the actual fire. They cause messes and smells that you will want to get rid of. Soot damage needs to be cleaned carefully because it can sometimes be made worse by incorrect cleaning methods. Smoke cleaning has to be done using special equipment and processes that can remove odors.

Cleaning up after a fire is a tedious process. However, when it is done correctly, you can get your Spokane, Washington home back to the way it was before the fire without smoke damage acting as a lingering reminder of what happened.
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Steps To Take After a Fire

12/13/2017 (Permalink)

Steps To Take After a Fire

Losing your home in Spokane, Washington to a fire is a tragic event that may leave you numb and bewildered. Before you begin the fire restoration and recovery process, here is a list of specific steps you can take that will help you salvage some of your belongings.

Find a Place To Stay

The first priority is to make sure everyone who lived in the home has food, clothing, and a place to sleep. The Red Cross or Salvation Army can help you find shelter and other necessities. Don’t forget pets. They will need a temporary home as well.

Call Your Insurance Company

Inform your insurance company about the fire and ask them what they would like you to do first. Inform them of any immediate needs, such as pumping out water or covering doors and windows.

Don’t Touch Anything

It may be tempting to get into your home and begin cleanup procedures right away, but the home may not be structurally sound. There are likely hazardous chemicals in the dirty water left behind. It’s a good idea to talk to a fire restoration specialist in Spokane, Washington before entering your home. They can give you a professional analysis of what can and cannot be saved.

Fix Your Finances

Talk to your landlord or mortgage holder immediately. If you lost credit cards in the fire, call the companies and ask for replacement cards. Save all receipts from repairs and cleaning for your tax records. If you have fire insurance, talk to your agent and get in writing what the insurance will cover and what it will not.

Clean Up the Damage

Decide if you will tackle smoke cleaning yourself or hire a fire restoration company. In either case, the sooner the work is completed, the greater the chances that the cleaning will be successful. Smoke and soot left on too long leave permanent, corrosive stains. Visit http://www.SERVPROnortheastspokane.com for more information on fire damage.

What Is Fire Damage Restoration?

7/25/2017 (Permalink)


What Is Fire Damage Restoration?

A fire can be devastating to any home and cause incalculable amounts of damage both financial and emotional. Fire damage can destroy furniture, upholstery, floors, and other personal items. It can also leave an undesirable odor of smoke in the property that persists well after the fire trucks are gone. Some homes become flooded due to water damage from fire fighting. Attempting to reverse fire damage, smoke damage, or soot damage without professional guidance is not advised as a restoration company is the only way to guarantee that a certified technician does his or her best to make a reverse a disaster. Luckily, most fire damage can be restored with a professional fire damage restoration service, which can return most homes to pre-fire status.

The first step to fire cleanup is to contact a restoration company and set up and appointment for evaluation. It is imperative that a professional determine the extent of the fire damage, smoke damage, or soot damage a home has suffered. A fire in home or fire in business can come on unexpectedly, and a restoration company should respond just as quickly. The company will then provide an estimate for complete fire cleanup and generally provide a time frame for full recovery. Fire cleanups can vary depending on the extent of the damage and the size of the business or home affected. Commercial fire damage may also require a different set of specialists.

After the inspection, if windows or doors have been damaged, the company should arrange for to board up any entry points fore safety. This will be temporary until they can be repaired and the board up can be removed. This is particularly important for a commercial fire to protect any assets remaining in the property. A professional restoration company can board up any type of property regardless of whether they are dealing with a fire in a home or a fire in a business. Boarding up a business after extensive commercial fire damage might be the only way to ensure that it is not ruined.

Before any fire damage, soot damage, or smoke damage can be restored, any water or flooding must be dried up by a professional who will employ dehumidifiers and drying agents in order to prepare for restoration. Water can be a major source of commercial fire damage and must be dealt with immediately. A fire in a business can lead to it being flooded by firefighters and will need extensive water extraction and a complete removal of the smoke smell.

Fire cleanup can begin with the removal of all soot or smoke from any surfaces that have absorbed them during the fire. A fire in a home can leave a smoke smell that is both irritating and dangerous. A soot and smoke removal specialist as well as an odor control technician will ensure that all soot damage and smoke damage is no longer noticeable. An upholstery and fabric cleaning technician is employed to completely extinguish the smoke smell from any carpeting or furniture.

Fire damage restoration continues with the removal of personal items that were left intact and free of damage. Once undamaged items are removed, the property can be remodeled and reconstructed to resemble its pre-fire status. The smoke smell can be removed from these items by the appropriate technician.

Disinfectants and antimicrobials are applied liberally to prevent mold and mildew that may arise from the residual moisture from water, preventing further commercial fire damage. A restoration company will provide further instruction on maintaining a home that has been restored after a fire so as to prevent any further damage.

Fire damage restoration is a multistep process that requires years of training and multiple professionals. A fire in a home or a fire in a business can be difficult to manage by itself. A professional fire damage restoration team can ease the recovery of at least the physical part of a disaster.
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The Process of Fire Damage Restoration in a Home or Business

6/30/2017 (Permalink)


The Process of Fire Damage Restoration in a Home or Business

Until a fire tragedy strikes a home or a business set-up without warning, it is hard to figure out what to expect. Fire in business or fire in home calls for the intervention of a professional fire damage restoration team quickly to ensure the residents get back to some degree of normalcy. Here are vital processes employed in a fire damage restoration process.

Emergency Fire Damage Contact

Most commercial fire damage companies have emergency services 24/7 allowing the affected to contact them in occurrences of residential or commercial fires for immediate relief. The services are available in incidents of fire in home or fire in business, the reason property owners must save the contact details of reliable soot damage companies. It is the job of professional emergency services to put out fires and eliminate smoke smell. Professional companies understand that the longer the smoke smell and soot sit unattended, the harder it becomes to fix the problem. Rather than waiting for the fire damage to aggravate, it is reasonable to use emergency services.

Damage Assessment

After contacting the fire damage restoration team, the situation should be assessed immediately since soot damage and smoke damage tend to increase as a result of water present in the property. Fire cleanup teams can only design a proper plan of action once they have assessed the extent of fire and soot damage. This step involves how far the fire and the soot have extended, to enable the company to figure out how to handle the problem, and the estimate of the amount it will cost for a thorough fire cleanup process.

Sealing

Commercial fire damage service providers look for possible avenues the fire and smoke damage would use to worsen the problem. To avoid the chances of water leaking into a property, for instance, the team begins by sealing all holes on the roof or the wall. It would be particularly necessary if the fire in home or fire in business led to the bursting of water pipes.

The Fire Cleanup Process

The next step a commercial fire damage team undertakes is the fire cleanup process. Here, smoke, soot, and dust are cleaned from the surfaces of the property. Normally, occurrences of fire in home or fire in business leave a property charred, stained, and with smoke smell. This is where the fire damage restoration process is put into test since all standing pools of water must be removed and the area sanitized. Due to the contamination left behind by the damage and smoke smell, there are high chances of developing health problems if the cleanup process is not done professionally. During this step, the commercial fire damage team disposes of items that are severely damaged and eliminates smoke smell that tends to linger after smoke damage.

Fire Damage Restoration

The smoke damage and soot damage restoration does not stop at the cleanup stage but goes further to have the property items repaired and restored. For instance, if the carpet has been burned beyond repair, the fire damage service team gets new ones for replacement, repaints the walls and repairs furniture. Most commercial fire damage companies help in the renovation of a property to get the owner settled back as soon as possible. In fact, the fire damage-restoration service provider should advise the affected on ways to avoid another occurrence of fire in home or fire in business in the future. Also, they help owners to find the best smoke and soot damage detectors alongside other means to get fire alerts early.

Fire damage can be highly destructive, making it necessary to use the help of fire damage restoration companies for professional cleaning. While the full range of fire cleanup and smoke damage services may vary by company, most of them will essentially follow the same process. When left unhindered, smoke and soot can result in lingering odors, etching, and discoloration, as well as extensive corrosion.
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Understanding the Process of Fire Damage Restoration

5/30/2017 (Permalink)

Understanding the Process of Fire Damage Restoration

When there is a fire in a home or a fire in a business, it will be devastating for everyone involved. However, once the fire is extinguished, it is important for everyone to begin the recovery process. After the building has been saved from the fire, the next step should be to contact a fire damage restoration company and the insurance company. It is important to contact these individuals immediately because the structure can continue to be damaged once the fire has been extinguished. Commercial fire damage can be extensive. For example, pipes may burst, and rain may enter the building from a damaged roof. Also, the smoke smell can stay in the business for a long time. By calling the fire damage restoration company immediately, the owners will have a better chance of salvaging additional items.

Secure Restoration

It is important the people look for a fire damage restoration company that specializes in emergency response and is willing to begin work at a short notice. Once the company arrives, the first step will be to prevent any additional damage to the building. Therefore, the repairmen will begin to seal any holes or gaps that have been caused by the fire or water. After all holes and gaps have been sealed, the company’s repairmen can begin to assess the extent of the damage to the home. If there is commercial fire damage, it is important to salvage business documents. With the equipment that is used, the company will be able to determine what is fire damage, smoke damage, soot damage, or water damage. Once this is determined, the homeowner will work with the company to determine a plan of action.

The Process

Once the initial restoration begins, any unsalvageable items will be completely removed and disposed of properly. Most items that have lots of smoke damage or soot damage will need to be removed. This can include items that the homeowner desires to keep. However, if the items have received smoke damage, water damage, or fire damage, it is important that these items are removed. Windows should be open throughout the process to help eliminate the smoke smell.

In most cases, there will be water left in the home or business from the fire department. In order to remove the water, the company will most likely use water pumps. These pumps are specifically designed to remove excess water from floors. Additionally, the company will probably need to use dehumidifiers to dry the remaining water from the home. After the water is removed, the company can begin the process of cleaning all salvageable surfaces and looking at the extent of the fire damage. The cleaning will involve removing all smoke and soot from the different items in the building and eliminating the smoke smell. When it comes to cleaning the home or business, a variety of cleaning equipment must be used. In most cases, all carpet will have to be professional cleaned. Commercial fire damage is often more extensive because of the size of the building; also, with commercial fire damage, the cleanup will probably take longer.

Once the restoration company has finished its fire cleanup, the owner should be able to tell the difference. The fire cleanup should allow the home to look damaged; however, the damage will not look like fire damage, smoke damage, or soot damage. The smoke smell should be gone at this time as well. The company will begin to paint, repair, and install different portions of the home. This may include carpet, cabinets, and wallpaper. Salvaging furniture will also be dependent on the amount of soot damage and smoke damage. In some cases, the furniture can be cleaned and repaired, but in other cases, the furniture will need to be replaced.

When there is a fire in a home or a fire in a business, it is important that homeowners take their time when searching for a fire damage restoration company. A great company will be able to renovate and remodel the home, and in a lot of cases, the company can improve the home from its original look.

After the restoration is complete, the property owner should make sure steps are in place to prevent a fire in a home or fire in a business from happening again. It is also important to make sure that if a fire in a home or fire in a business does happen, the owner knows the steps to deal with the fire cleanup as quickly and efficiently as possible. The owner should have the number to a fire damage restoration company ready to make sure fire cleanup can begin as soon as possible. Visit http://www.SERVPROnortheastspokane.com for more information on fire damage.

Cleaning Up Fire Loss in Spokane, Washington

3/24/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage in Spokane, WA

Cleaning Up Fire Loss in Spokane, Washington


Property owners in Spokane Washington are always looking to keep their properties in the best possible condition. With properties in good condition, people in Spokane Washington will also be in position to help preserve the air quality. An area with good air quality will make the environment and more sanitary. While good air quality is very beneficial, it can sometimes go in decline. This is due to things such as properties getting on fire. There are times when a property owner might expose the property to flammable things and the property becomes damaged by fire. As a result there can be a number of troubling affects such as water damage from fire. The best thing to do when your property gets on fire and incurs water damage from fire is to contact a home restoration company immediately.

One of the things that a fire can cause is smoke damage. With smoke damage, a property in Spokane Valley will become weakened and start to deteriorate due to excess smoke in the environment. As a result, smoke damage can be one of the most troubling things for Spokane Valley property owners whenever there is a fire. As well as damage caused by smoke, soot is also another thing that can damage a property. Soot are tiny black particles that are likely to emit hazardous fumes and therefore make the air less safe to breathe in. It will also cause soot damage which consists of the property breaking down from the various particles. Whenever your property experiences soot damage, it is a great idea to notify a home restoration company in order to restore the property.

Anytime there is a fire on a property, the most troubling kind of damage is fire damage. This entails a property structure falling apart due to excess exposure to the actual flames. The affects of fire damage care quite significant as the property will begin to collapse as well as leaving some very hazardous particles and fumes in the air. If your property ever gets damaged by fire, you will need to get professional assistance so that the damage can be minimized. It will also benefit you as a home restoration company can repair your home and eliminate the hazardous fumes and particles left over.

Whenever a property owner experiences the damaging effects of a fire, it will always help to use a home restoration company. This kind of organization is available to help property owners recover from the devastating effects of a fire. A home restoration company will be able to provide lots of assistance such as an initial consultation, assessment of the damage and also ways to clean out the property and make it safe to be in again. Any property owner that has just experienced a fire will want to contact a home restoration company so that they can get their property back into its best possible condition. Once your property is back in top condition, you will likely recover from the fire and resume a good quality of life. Visit http://www.SERVPROnortheastspokane.com for more information on fire damage.

Fire Damage Restoration in Spokane, Washington

3/24/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Loss in Spokane, WA

Fire Damage Restoration in Spokane, Washington


Preserving the air quality is one of the top priorities of the residents of Spokane Washington. By keeping the air quality at its best, the entire community of Spokane Washington will be able to enjoy a great quality of life. In most cases, the residents of the area will be able to enjoy living in an area that is very clean and sanitary. However, there are times when a building or home might catch on fire. When this happens, things such as water damage from fire can occur. If a property gets water damage from fire, it will likely begin to deteriorate and break down. As a result, property owners in the area will want to enlist the services of a dependable home restoration company.

If your property ever has a fire, one of the things you will have to deal with as a property owner in Spokane Valley is smoke damage. This is when smoke begins to wear down and damage the structure of a given property. After while smoke damage from an excess of smoke exposure will eventually ruin your property as well as making it unsafe to be in. Another thing you will need to consider is soot and the resulting soot damage. Like smoke, soot can break down the property and cause a hazard. Whenever you are facing soot damage, it will benefit you to contact a quality home restoration company. They will gladly assist you in helping your restore your property in Spokane Valley.

Another type of damage that you will need to deal with as a property owner is fire damage. This is when the property will begin incurring damage to the structure during and after a fire. Whenever your property incurs fire damage, it will likely cause a serious problem. Not only will it break down the structure of a home or building, but it will also emit fumes that can be quite hazardous. As a result, you will need to get a home restoration company to help clean up the property and get rid of the fumes.

Anytime a property owner experiences a situation where fire has damaged their home, they will greatly benefit by using a home restoration company. This type of company is available to help property owners get feedback, advice, and assistance with eliminating debris from the effects of a fire. With a home restoration company, a property owner can also have their property cleaned up and restored to a completely sanitary state.

Whenever a property owner decides to hire a home restoration company, they will first receive a consultation where they will discuss the extent of the damage caused by a fire. They will then set up an appointment to have a professional come to the property and evaluate the nature of the damage. A home restoration professional will then begin assessing the damage and then using equipment and chemicals to get rid of the particles and debris left over from the fire. After cleaning up the property, the home restoration professional will then provide instructions on how to best manage the effects of a fire if one takes place again. Visit http://www.SERVPROnortheastspokane.com for more information on fire damage.

Fire Loss and Restoration in Spokane, Washington

2/21/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Loss and Restoration in Spokane, Washington

The destruction a type of fire damage can cause to any home is very devastating. The effect it has on the lives of the home's residents can be quite terrifying. However, the unfortunate incident of fire damage that has occurred does not mean that it is an end to everything by any means. By contacting a representative of Spokane Valley in Washington, you can set up an appointment for remediation services in which you can ask for them to visit your home for an appointment. Then, they will give you a competitively priced quote from which you can decide if you would like to take or reject. They will definitely be giving you one of the best prices you can find in the market of home remediation services.

Water damage from fire is a common issue that affects many homes. Smoke damage that may exist within a property after an unfortunate fire accident should be cleared immediately as it can have detrimental impacts on the residents' health. Spokane offers some great services of soot damage recovery in the area, some of which should be acquired by homeowners because when soot exists, there can be potential opportunities for different types of bacteria to form and spread throughout the household, which will ultimately be hazardous for residents to be around and live in. Smoke should never be allowed to stay in a house for too long as they can travel into the ventilation components and stay trapped until they are utilized, at which point they will be pushed back into the home and circulate throughout the rooms, causing residents to breathe it in. An air quality expert of Spokane Valley will be able to tend to your very needs of recuperating from water damage from fire.

If you are in Spokane, Washington and would like to contact an air quality specialist, please do not hesitate to make the right phone call, one which you can feel confident about as they've receive numerous amounts of positive ratings, feedback, and reviews from customers who have received the services that are offered by them in the past. Should you experience smoke damage in your home, it is recommended for you to provide the representatives of the soot damage experts with pertinent details to the scenario that you are facing.

Soot may accumulate within your home's floor after fire damage has occurred. If smoke is having an effect of lingering around in your property, you will need to hire an air quality professional so that they can arrive and clear it out so that you will be be living in such a hazardous environment. Please do not make the mistake of being negligent to smoke lingering around in your property as you will quickly realize that it is going to be detrimental to your lungs, possibly even to the extent that it becomes painful. If you would like to take advantage of optimal services that are provided by a group of proficient professionals in the Spokane area of Washington, please make the necessary phone call today. Visit http://www.SERVPROnortheastspokane.com for more information on fire damage.