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Water Removal is Key When It Comes to Restoring Spokane Properties

2/11/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

2/11/2019 (Permalink)

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

Preventing Frozen Pipes in Your Spokane Home

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

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

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

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

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

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Rely On SERVPRO To Restore Your Spokane Home After Water Damage

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Rely On SERVPRO To Restore Your Spokane Home After Water Damage Act fast when you see water damage and call SERVPRO.

Water Damage In Spokane -- Do Not Ignore What We Can Restore

The damage water can do to a residential property in Spokane ranges from minor inconvenience to devastation that might make a home permanently uninhabitable. Failing to resolve gradual water damage over time can become just as difficult for a homeowner to manage as the more immediate crises of floods, storm damage, sewer backups, and overflow, or sudden breakage of pipes or appliances. Get professional help when water invades sooner rather than later regardless of the cause or level of harm.

Spokane property owners usually react quickly to water damage that floods through a home, soaking both building materials and personal possessions. For example, an older water heater that cracks or rusts through can send hundreds of gallons to spread on one or more levels of a home if the water supply line remains open for even an hour or two. If our water mitigation team arrives within hours, the harm can be halted and the affected space dried out completely with minimal residual effects.

Any delay in engaging our restoration services complicates the turnaround of water damage greatly. If a homeowner tries to mop up this amount of water as a do-it-yourself project success is unlikely. SERVPRO has commercial grade equipment to remove water and complete even extensive structural drying swiftly. Our crews are trained to measure moisture levels and scan for hidden caches of water with sophisticated thermal imaging devices. We also bring experience in the science and art of detecting where water migrates after an event.

Our crews are compassionate but professional as they perform their water remediation procedures. SERVPRO can focus on the water damage and research-based and proven solutions to get both structural components and personal possessions on the road to recovery. Homeowners have dozens of concerns during a water catastrophe, including missing work, protecting vulnerable family members and pets, and dealing with the emotional and financial worries that accompany a disaster that threatens comfort and well-being.

Time is of the essence for any response to a water loss. Even with the extensive training each SERVPRO crew member possess, the team approach our experts deliver is the only way to manage the dozens of issues water damage presents. Another common residential scenario is storm damage that allows water to flow into a home unimpeded. When our professionals arrive after trees smash through roofs and siding or high winds rip off shingles or break windows we employ restoration industry best practices to tick the boxes in a predictable order to bring the chaos under control.

We begin by securing the property, boarding up windows and tarping roofs to limit continued incursions of water. This can be a huge task, but we have scalable resources available even in cases where many of your neighbors experience the same issues after severe weather or other cataclysmic events. Our local presence means we bring the care and concern expected from members of the same community, but our nationwide network of other SERVPRO partners means we can put you and your water damage needs at the head of the line.

Once your storm damaged Spokane property is protected our experienced crew chiefs and project managers assess the interior of your home. Water moves swiftly from top to bottom and collects in recesses and cavities a homeowner might not realize exist. Now is when the focused training SERVPRO technicians receive from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) provides the support needed to mitigate and restore any level of water damage experienced.

Again, our cutting-edge equipment delivers the results needed when massive quantities of stormwater invade a home. Submersible pumps and truck-mounted extractors get the water removal rolling even if the power is out. Each SERVPRO service vehicle is a rolling water damage rescue machine. We understand our business, and the tools needed, and do not cause delays in the implementation of water disaster restoration plans, committed to being Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Storms also expose a Spokane home to other forms of water damage, even if the exterior of your property maintains its structural integrity. If storm sewers are overwhelmed by heavy rains sewage can back up into your property. This situation requires the expertise of SERVPRO’s workforce as the water now collecting in your basement or lower level is by definition contaminated, often known as black water in restoration circles.

Both human and animal wastes, as well as chemicals and other pathogen-carrying debris, enter your home when a sewer backs up. The water not only needs to be removed, but it also needs to be contained and disposed of following local hazardous waste rules and procedures. SERVPRO crews are experts in this specialized area of water damage management.

We evaluate the need for and provide appropriate disinfection of the surfaces affected after this type of event. SERVPRO crews employ required personal protective equipment protocols and take all precautions to keep other spaces in your home untainted during waste removal and remediation. A sewage backup adds complexities such as odor management and mold growth risk that we respond to with effective and professional solutions.

Do not make the mistake of calling on SERVPRO only when the water damage is sudden and overwhelming. Failure to detect and react to slow leaks in roofs, pipes, and plumbing fixtures also cause issues that grow from a nuisance to devastating if not addressed. Be mindful that even small amounts of moisture can fuel mold growth. Extensive colonies of mold and mildew might be found in structural cavities, attics, and foundations when small amounts of water soak in over time. Water also erodes common building materials like wood framing, drywall, lath and plaster, and ceiling tiles.

SERVPRO also helps provide the documentation needed for insurance coverage. We support our customers struggling with claims for water damage, inventorying possessions and keeping extensive records about the harm a done and the restoration efforts provided.

SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane is your full-service water damage restoration resource. Call us at (509) 474-9144 when you note the first signs of moisture-related trouble.

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When Water Has Damaged Your Floors In Spokane, We Are The Team To Call!

12/4/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage When Water Has Damaged Your Floors In Spokane, We Are The Team To Call! SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane is ready to assist with your water cleanup needs, including working with a broad range of wet flooring.

Water Can Destroy Your Floors In Spokane

Water naturally flows to the lowest points in your Spokane home after a plumbing break, appliance mishap, or another water incursion. The floors in the path of the water can take a real beating, requiring the assistance of professional water mitigation specialists to recover both function and appearance. Our crews of IICRC-trained technicians and the investment we have made in state-of-the-art water removal and drying equipment can help.

Depending on the kind of floors in your home, water cleanup in Spokane can vary. When flooding occurs over a relatively durable floor like vinyl, ceramic tile or concrete the long-term result can be minimal or no permanent damage. Even these hard-working floors need complete water removal and basic drying strategies for the best results. Evaluation of any underlying floor layers is crucial as moisture retained by a subfloor can resaturate the top layer, repeatedly putting that visible flooring at risk of permanent damage.

Hardwood floors are popular, beautiful, and somewhat durable if spills and minor flooding are mitigated quickly. SERVPRO invests in specialized drying equipment that offers superior outcomes with water cleanup of hardwood floors. The Injectidry System uses a series of panels laid flat to pull moisture out of a wet floor. Each panel connects via hoses with the primary negative pressure source, creating a powerful suction that moves water from the subfloor through joints, drying all layers with that action.

Tile floors sometimes suffer from the effects of cracked or worn grout lines. The Injectidry System can help with that scenario as well, suctioning the moisture up through the porous grout. Whatever type of flooring is involved, the SERVPRO technicians use the technology carefully, monitoring the moisture levels of the flooring materials at all levels. This consistent monitoring ensures that drying goals are met evenly across the expanse of flooring needing water cleanup.

Some contemporary flooring options do not fare as well during water cleanup. Laminates often must be considered for removal and replacement, their synthetic materials peeling, splitting and delaminating. SERVPRO technicians can help you make the best decision in these cases. Most importantly, even though you might discard the laminate, the subfloor needs water removal and drying before an alternative flooring is applied.

SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane is ready to assist with your water cleanup needs, including working with a broad range of wet flooring. Call us at (509) 474-9144 for an evaluation as soon as the water loss occurs.

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Our Experts At SERVPRO Explain Our Water Damage Restoration Process For Your Spokane Home

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Our Experts At SERVPRO Explain Our Water Damage Restoration Process For Your Spokane Home Step one in any water damage remediation in Spokane is a speedy response.

Step By Step Water Damage Restoration In Spokane

Water serves as a convenience and comfort in your Spokane home assuming sound plumbing and well-working and maintained appliances. The friendly relationship you have with water can change in an instant when a pipe cracks or your hard-working dishwasher, water heater, or washing machine experiences a pump breakdown, rusted bottom, or a supply line breach. Our highly-qualified work crews are familiar with all aspects of professional water damage mitigation regardless of the water source.

Step one in any water damage remediation in Spokane is a speedy response. Water soaking into structural components, spreading across and into fixtures like carpeting and cabinets, and saturating containers of personal possessions immediately begins a severe destructive process. The faster expert water mitigators attend to the problem the more likely that structural damage halts and the water-logged personal possessions stand a good chance of restoration to function and appearance.

The SERVPRO team strives to arrive within a few hours of the water event, and the crew chief completes the second step -- a thorough assessment and restoration plan. Moisture measurements and scanning for trapped water caches are step three, defining the work area and establishing baselines for eventual drying goals.

Step four is water removal, and our familiar green SERVPRO vehicles have all the equipment necessary to pump and extract water. If the electricity is shut down for safety, our trucks carry power generators, so no delay is necessary for our employees to start the water exiting your dwelling. Our crew members bring their IICRC training to every job, using effective strategies to get the water out even in hard to reach areas between walls and in cavities.

Once the water evacuates, step five, structural drying, commences. Our team masters the principles of psychrometry, or the science of drying, during mandated training. SERVPRO vehicles again boast all the equipment needed -- air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers. Getting the balance of air movement, heat, and lowered humidity right is indeed a science, causing the liquid moisture to vaporize and then condense or absorb within evaporative or desiccant dehumidifiers for disposal.

Cleaning and sanitization is step six, ensuring that any lingering moisture does not fuel a mold outbreak and that debris dislodged during the flooding and water removal is cleared. If odors are a problem, SERVPRO deodorant specialists use a variety of methods to eliminate the smell, leaving your home fresh.

Finally, step seven encompasses the tasks needed to restore structures and possessions to “Like it never even happened.” Repair and sometimes rebuilding might be required, services provided by SERVPRO or affiliated contractors.

SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane provides the technicians and equipment necessary to restore a home suffering from internal water damage. Contact our team at (509) 474-9144 as soon as possible after a water event for best outcomes.

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3 Ways You Can Prepare for an Insurance Adjustor’s Visit After a Flood

10/12/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage 3 Ways You Can Prepare for an Insurance Adjustor’s Visit After a Flood Flooding damage after storm in a Spokane,WA home

Flooding can cause a surprising amount of damage to your Spokane,WA, home. From having contaminated water drained away to assessing structural damage, the road to recovery and restoration can be difficult. However, knowing how prepare for a visit from your insurance company’s home adjuster can make filing a claim simpler and get you the money needed to cover the cost of repairs without frustrating delays.

1. Leave Items Where They Are

While it might be tempting to retrieve treasured items from flooded rooms or throw away damaged ones, it is a good idea to leave them where they are until the adjuster arrives. This allows him or her to see the damage as is. Take photos beforehand or take a video tour of the damage if it is safe to do so. It may be difficult to face the damage; however, leaving your home untouched after a flood can result in a more accurate repair estimate.

2. Create an Inventory

Once you tour your home, you can help the home adjuster by creating an inventory of damaged items and their worth. Include electronics, furniture or collections that have been appraised previously, such as sports memorabilia. Include prices if you can, but if any receipts have been destroyed by the flood, you can list amounts from memory or by pricing similar items. A flood damage and restoration company may be able to help you with the removal and estimated costs of repair for some items.

3. Get Contractor’s Estimates

You may be able to file an insurance claim with your adjuster with more speed if you reach out to a few building contractors and get estimates for repair costs. Make copies of their findings and submit one to the adjuster so he or she can include it in the detailed report.

Flood damage to your Spokane,WA, home can be difficult to handle. However, when you understand effective ways to help your home adjuster, the road to recovery can be a smoother one.

How To Unclog a Drain in 4 Steps

8/21/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage How To Unclog a Drain in 4 Steps Clogged pipes is an inconvenience in your Spokane home or business

Just about everyone has been there. You turn on the faucet to brush your teeth, and the water doesn't drain properly. You step out of the shower to dry off, and there is still water standing. When you have a clogged drain in your home in Spokane, WA, you may have to use a drain snake to release it. Follow these four steps to use a snake effectively.

1. Insert the tip of the snake into the drain and thread it slowly. The snake, otherwise known as an auger, works by breaking up a clog or attaching to it so that you can pull it out of the drain. To avoid a pipe break, you want to thread the snake into the drain slowly at first. Hitting a clog with too much force might put undue pressure on the pipe.

2. When you feel resistance, increase pressure. You will know you need to increase the pressure you're applying to the auger when you feel it touch something that impedes its progress. It could be the bend in the pipe, in which case more pressure will help it ease its way through. It could also be the clogged area.

3. Once the tip of the snake touches the clog, rotate the snake. The rotating motion may break up debris that has stopped up the pipe, causing it to drain. It also may help the snake grab onto the clog, allowing you to pull it out. Either way, the motion helps you move the clog that is obstructing your pipe.

4. After the clog is removed, run water on high. This is the test that lets you know the clog is gone. If you notice a leak when you run the water, call water restoration specialists to fix the problem.

A clogged pipe is an inconvenience that is easily resolved. All you need are the right tools and the knowledge of how to use them.

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What’s the Best Way To Handle Toilet Overflow?

6/25/2018 (Permalink)

It’s happened to everyone. You think all you need to do is jiggle the handle and that messy toilet clog will clear right up, but the next thing you know the water level is rising and you’ve got smelly, foul black water flooding your Spokane, WA bathroom and leaving behind a mess of sewer damage. While it might be tempting to just grab a mop, in truth a flooded toilet can be a much bigger issue when it comes to cleanup and mitigation.

Examine the Issue

For small spills, a few towels and a good spray with sanitizing bathroom cleanser may be all you need. But larger spills can be indicative of a deeper problem requiring the aid of a sewage company or remediation specialist. To determine what kind of issue you’re dealing with, assess the situation:

• How bad is the flooding? Can it be cleaned safely, or does it require a sanitation professional to fully recover the flooded area from sewer damage?
• Has the toilet expelled more water than would normally refill the bowl and tank on flushing? What could be the source of the water?
• If the water is black water, does it seem contaminated with something other than the matter causing the initial clog?
• When flushing previously, have you noticed problems with the bowl draining and refilling in a timely fashion?
• Have these overflows been occurring with more and more frequency, indicating a recurring and possibly worsening problem?

Deal With the Problem

Asking yourself these questions when assessing sewer damage can help you create a safe plan for removing any black water and restoring your bathroom. You may need to use a water vacuum to safely funnel the contaminated water out, as well as looking into replacing linoleum if dirty water has gotten beneath it. A plumber can help you find the source of those clogs and deal with a faulty toilet or any faulty plumbing. Visit http://www.SERVPROnortheastspokane.com for more information on water damage

Water Damage in Spokane, Washington

3/31/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage in Spokane, Washington Water Damage in Spokane. SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane to the rescue!

Water Damage in Spokane, Washington

Spokane, Washington offers some of the best forms of water damage that one can attain. Water damage is an unfortunate scenario that often occurs in homes or businesses from pipe bursts, broken drains, and leaky pipes. In order to prevent water loss, one will want to ensure their drains, pipelines, and any other source of water that may be in a home are sealed to where the water does not get out. If such steps are taken, whether precautionary or in that present moment, water loss will no longer occur, at least from the sources in which preventive measures have been taken.

Flood damage may cause a lot of scare, but it is something that a professional of Spokane, Washington will be able to assist with. When water cleanup affects a home's interior aspects negatively, drying will be required. If a drying process is not conducted, then it may be likely that severe instances of mitigation will occur. To prevent such potential instances of mitigation, water cleanup when there is water in home or water in business is recommended as immediate action. Natural disaster is never something that anyone expects as it occurs all of a sudden. By tending to a property's flood damage, the natural disaster that has occurred may potentially be able to be stopped by implementing preventive measures of continuance. Restoration is often a viable choice of property value preservation. When the home or business owner does not tend to their needs of recuperating their properties, they may be quick to find out that their values have significantly diminished. By getting rid of water in business, an owner will be able to operate it as they normally would as long as drying and an effective cleanup process has occurred.

If you have seen your home's value dwindle due to damage of any of the above listed natural disasters, then it may not be too late to act upon the incidents as long as restoration is conducted. Most business owners are well aware of what the impact of a damaged aspect of their property can have on not only the property's value, but also the value of the business. These are things that a business or homeowner need to take into consideration when it comes time to hire a restoration expert. If you are unsure about who you can hire, then please do not hesitate to find a company that offers their services while receiving high ratings from accreditation institutions and/or prior customers. Prior customers who leave positive comments about the services that they have received can more often than not be relied upon to provide their insights on the quality of a business. In this case, such reviews are quite valuable as the service that you will be acquiring is also valuable. Restoring a home's amenities and appliances will have quite a positive effect on the property as aspects of its utilization will be done so efficiently and effectively. Preserving your home's value should always be considered to be one of your first priorities. 

Spokane, Washington offers some of the best forms of water damage that one can attain. Water damage is an unfortunate scenario that often occurs in homes or businesses from pipe bursts, broken drains, and leaky pipes. In order to prevent water loss, one will want to ensure their drains, pipelines, and any other source of water that may be in a home are sealed to where the water does not get out. If such steps are taken, whether precautionary or in that present moment, water loss will no longer occur, at least from the sources in which preventive measures have been taken.

Flood damage may cause a lot of scare, but it is something that a professional of Spokane, Washington will be able to assist with. When water cleanup affects a home's interior aspects negatively, drying will be required. If a drying process is not conducted, then it may be likely that severe instances of mitigation will occur. To prevent such potential instances of mitigation, water cleanup when there is water in home or water in business is recommended as immediate action. Natural disaster is never something that anyone expects as it occurs all of a sudden. By tending to a property's flood damage, the natural disaster that has occurred may potentially be able to be stopped by implementing preventive measures of continuance. Restoration is often a viable choice of property value preservation. When the home or business owner does not tend to their needs of recuperating their properties, they may be quick to find out that their values have significantly diminished. By getting rid of water in business, an owner will be able to operate it as they normally would as long as drying and an effective cleanup process has occurred.

If you have seen your home's value dwindle due to damage of any of the above listed natural disasters, then it may not be too late to act upon the incidents as long as restoration is conducted. Most business owners are well aware of what the impact of a damaged aspect of their property can have on not only the property's value, but also the value of the business. These are things that a business or homeowner need to take into consideration when it comes time to hire a restoration expert. If you are unsure about who you can hire, then please do not hesitate to find a company that offers their services while receiving high ratings from accreditation institutions and/or prior customers. Prior customers who leave positive comments about the services that they have received can more often than not be relied upon to provide their insights on the quality of a business. In this case, such reviews are quite valuable as the service that you will be acquiring is also valuable. Restoring a home's amenities and appliances will have quite a positive effect on the property as aspects of its utilization will be done so efficiently and effectively. Preserving your home's value should always be considered to be one of your first priorities. Visit http://www.SERVPROnortheastspokane.com for more information on water loss.

Burst Pipes and Wet Floors? Here Are 3 Things To Consider

3/18/2018 (Permalink)

Finding out that your carpet floor has been flooded because of a pipe break in Spokane, WA can be terrible news, but reacting quickly to such a circumstance is often key to preventing further problems. Having homeowner’s insurance can be very helpful, especially in the event of a pipe burst, but there are things you can consider if replacing your floors is a concern. Deciding whether or not your floor will need to be replaced depends on a number of factors.

1. The Cleanliness of the Water Source

Water going to sinks, dishwashers, and water heaters is clean and should not have the kind of bacteria and other microbes that would be a hazard if the carpet is properly dried. A pipe break from these sources is considered a category one, clean water damage, and can often be saved by a restoration company instead of needing to be replaced.

2. The Speed of Drying

Getting floors dried quickly after clean water damage is typically very important, as it can prevent the formation of mold and keep from attracting moisture-loving creatures and critters. Opening the windows to keep air circulating, as well as setting up large fans, should help the water evaporate faster.

3. The Choice of Replacement or Restoration

Water damage on flooring can be a tricky situation, depending on the size of the affected area. Often, getting water damage dried up quickly circumvents the need to replace carpets entirely. Sometimes, however, either the drying takes too long or the water is not clean enough. Either way, finding a professional to help with the issue will likely save money rather than trying to handle it alone.

Keeping a cool head and knowing what to do in the event of a pipe break should go a long way to easing a homeowner’s mind. Being aware of the options available and what steps to take in the aftermath can keep panic from arising and hasty decisions from being made.
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How to repair drywall in Spokane, Washington

3/8/2018 (Permalink)

Unfortunately, when you have a problem with a leaky plumbing fixture or roof, this can lead to drywall water damage or stains on the drywall. Fortunately, minor Spokane water damage and stains are relatively easy to repair if a person takes the time to learn about the process and then has the tools and materials that are needed to do the job. However, there are times when the Spokane water damageis so severe that the drywall needs to be completely removed and then replaced. Before any kind of repair work is done to the drywall, it would be important for the homeowner to fix the problem with the roof or the plumbing fixture. If they do not do this, they are just going to experience drywall water damage once again.

The first sign of drywall water damage in Spokane is stains that appear on the drywall. After fixing the water leak, a person may simply be able to apply a coat of paint that is designed to seal the drywall. This can be purchased at local hardware stores and applied very easily. You can apply this using a roller. A brush may be needed to get into hard to reach areas. Normally, two coats of this sealing paint are applied. This is a quick and inexpensive fix.

If the drywall is sagging or there is mold growth, further steps may need to be taken to replace the drywall that has already been damaged. Depending on the extent of the mold growth, a mold remediation company may need to be hired. Mold is very dangerous and can harm the health of individuals who live in the home or work around the mold trying to get rid of it.

If the home was completely flooded or the damage is extensive, it may be necessary to completely gut the area, getting rid of the drywall and allowing the framing to dry completely. There are instructional pages on the Internet that can help a person to do this job on their own. However, if a person has absolutely no experience hanging drywall or doing other construction projects, it may be better for them to hire a drywall contractor to do the job.

Most homeowners are unprepared for a flood in that is caused by a natural disaster or a broken pipe. One of the best ways that they can get prepared for a situation like this is by purchasing insurance that will cover Spokane flood damage. This is going to ensure they have the money to properly restore their home.

Water Damage Restoration

Basement flooding or storm damage doesn't wait for regular business hours and neither do we. We respond to your residential or commercial water removal and cleanup needs. Our fast response time and advanced drying methods help prevent secondary damage and mold. Common causes of water damage are:

Mold Remediation

SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane Professionals utilize proven mold remediation techniques and state-of-the-art equipment to protect you and your property. SERVPRO Professionals can assist you with:

How to make sure your new home doesn't have water damage?

3/8/2018 (Permalink)

When purchasing a new home, most people expect to find things in near-perfect order. However, recently, many people are turning to fixer-uppers to save substantial amounts of money. If you have found what seems to be an excellent choice but at a discount because of disrepair and neglect, or even vandalism, you should hire professionals who are trained to deal with the hidden hazards of water damaged home interiors. What may seem like a mess of crumpled drywall and peeled off wallpaper can harbor molds and other pathogens that can pose adverse health effects. 
 
Reasons Why Some Homes for Sale are Damaged by Water 
Some homes have water damage to their Newman Lake's interiors because they have been vacant for extended periods of time. When left vacant, homes are often subject to vandalism or simple neglect. Windows left open or broken allow rain and snow to enter. If the roof is damaged by heavy snow or storms, this can also create water and humidity levels to increase inside. Faulty plumbing could be the culprit in an on-going leak. Sometimes, previous tenants or homeowners will attempt to destroy the value of a house because they are angry they have been evicted. In such cases, at times they will purposely overflow tubs and sinks. 

Water Damage can also have Accidental Causes 
Sometimes an occupied home also has a structural breakdown that creates a way for exterior water to enter. One such situation is if a tree damages the roof during a winter storm. Snows entering the attic will slowly melt and drip downwards into your living areas below. Freezing temperatures outside can cause pressure to become so great that interior pipes burst apart due to the expansion of water to ice, creating instant water damage in your living space. 
This in addition to other causes that involve leaking pipes and drains, and unattended overflowing tubs and basins from clogged drains. Washing machines and dishwashers can also malfunction and create water damage. The addition of soil in the water from garments and food particles from plates and dishes can create additional problems in addition to warped floorboards or separation of vinyl flooring from the underlay. No matter the source of water damage, professionals from SERVPRO are available to help you make it right again. 

Professionals with Experience and the Proper Equipment can Save Your Investment 
No matter what type of investment you've made in the house that is suffering from water damage, you owe it to yourself to get the advice and experience only qualified professionals can bring. At SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane, we're ready 24/7 to help you either get off on the right foot or to get your home back to its preloss condition "Like it never even happened." Call us at (509) 474-9144 and we will help.

Top Tips for Avoiding Secondary Flood Damage

1/24/2018 (Permalink)

When water rises in your home, that can be scary enough. The water on the ground is not the only concern for homeowners dealing with flooding, however. You should also take steps to avoid secondary damage like black mold. While the water itself is the primary problem, other issues include:

• Mold on the walls and floor
• Mold in porous belongings, like furniture
• Mildew in any part of the room
• A musty odor

Quick thinking can save you from having to deal with these problems after a flood. Here are a few tips for avoiding secondary damage.

1. Call a Restoration Crew Immediately

There are professional restoration companies in Spokane, WA that are open 24/7 and ready to help. As soon as you notice flooding in your home, you should give them a call. Every hour that passes until someone removes the water allows black mold to spread.

Why is it important to call immediately? As the water sits in the room, it causes high humidity. The water evaporates into the air and has nowhere to go so that it can get into the walls and other porous areas. This moisture can cause mold in places that the original flood never touched.

2. Remove Porous Belongings

Once the restoration crew has removed the water and says that it is safe for you to enter the room, you should remove clothing, upholstery, and any other soft items. Allow these belongings to air dry either outside or near an open window.

3. Clean Thoroughly

The restoration crew in Spokane, WA should clean the room where the flooding occurred. However, you may need to ensure that mold and mildew are not on the items you removed. Once these belongings are dry, you can clean them with disinfectants. If you had any hard surfaces in the room, you might wish to clean those as well.

Flood waters are a problem, and the potential secondary damage can be a nightmare. Prevent the black mold from high humidity with these tips. Visit http://www.SERVPROnortheastspokane.com for more information on water damage.

How to Prepare for Water Damage

9/27/2017 (Permalink)

How to Prepare for Water Damage

Water damage is a serious concern of every property owner. While other causes of damage are well understood, such as the risks posed by fires or wind, flood damage can often also be one of the most insidious forms of property damage. Many homeowners do not appreciate how severely a property can be damaged, even by a little flood water.

For this reason it is imperative that any time a property owner notices potential water damage they call in a professional restoration company to assess the flood damage. While some forms of flood damage, such as water damage caused by a hurricane, can be extremely obvious, others, such as water damage caused by a supply line break or pipe break, can be much less obvious. Experts say that even a little flood damage, amounts greater than around one gallon, can potentially lead to lasting damage to the property if proper mitigation and restoration efforts are not immediately undertaken.

In this article, we cover some of the things involved in the flood damage mitigation and restoration process. A supply line break or pipe break can be a serious event, but it should never result in permanent damage to a flooded home or business.

The water damage mitigation and restoration process


Over the last 100 years, the typical American water cleanup and restoration company has seen just about every type of flooded home and business there is. This has led to an established, proven method of dealing with water cleanup.


What to do when a flood event occurs


The first step, whenever a property owner notices water in their business or water in their home, is to make a call to their local water cleanup and restoration company. This call should preferably made as soon as possible after the first signs of water in a home or water in a business have become apparent. Time is always of the essence. In almost all cases, mitigation or restoration efforts that are begun within the first 24 hours of a flood event will result in the complete restoration of the property and mitigation of the damage. However, whenever water cleanup is initiated after the first 24 hours, the risk of the property incurring permanent damage begins rising substantially.

For this reason, making the call to the restoration company as soon as possible is imperative.

The team arrives on the scene


The water cleanup team will usually arrive on scene within 30 minutes of the initial call being placed. Once there, they will immediately begin assessing the extent of the water in the home or water in the business. If the original pipe break or supply line break still has an active leak, it will be fixed.

The team will survey the water in the business or water in the home, noting the quality and classification of the water. The area around the original supply line break or pipe break will be assessed for evidence of water that has seeped into structural components.

Water removal begins


The next step will be removing any standing water from the flooded home or business. This is accomplished through the use of heavy-duty vacuum equipment. The water removal process usually takes just a few minutes, as the equipment is able to remove thousands of gallons of water per hour.

The team beings drying the premises


After the water has been removed, the drying process begins in the flooded home. Drying is carried out using industrial drying equipment, similar to that seen in car washes. The drying process is the longest portion of the cleanup. It usually lasts between two hours to an entire day.

The final cleanup begins


The final step in the cleanup process is the thorough cleansing of all surfaces and furniture exposed to the flood water. At this point, the property will be restored to its original condition.
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Why You Must Call A Professional For Water Damage

8/21/2017 (Permalink)


Why You Must Call A Professional For Water Damage

Water damage is a commercial and residential nightmare. The source of the water floods into an important area of the home or business and immediately begins to create a troublesome amount of damage in the water or home. Mitigation and water cleanup is the answer. There needs to be something between the water in home or water in business and the important objects in those spaces. A restoration company should ALWAYS be called when there is a significant amount of flooding. No matter what the source of the water, professionals are the only people properly equipped and trained to work in mitigation, water cleanup, and restoration.

Common causes of water damage

It's amazing how much water plays a part in the structure of buildings. Some water in home and water in business will be coming from an internal supply line break or pipe break, while other water, such as that found in a flooded home, come from an external source that is easily visible. Appliances, for example, can be to blame for a flooded home. You'll be able to see the water leaking out onto the floor and perhaps quickly shut off the source of the leak. A pipe break or supply line break won't be as visible. You'll see the horrifying water in home or water in business, but not the source.

When a restoration company arrives on the scene, they will inspect the area and quickly determine the source of the water in home or water in business. Flood damage coming from flooding, so these are easy to spot, even for home and business owners. What home and business owners lack is expertise on mitigation, water cleanup, and restoration, as well as the industrial grade equipment that is required to do a sufficient job in water cleanup. To recap, the most common causes of water damage are:

- Flood damage
- Damage from a pipe leak
- Supply line break damage
- Appliances overflowing

All of this water damage requires speedy mitigation and a skilled professional to take care of drying, cleanup, and restoration. Drying generally begins with industrial grade fans that the average homeowner or business owner just wouldn't have on hand. A supply line break or pipe break is going to require heavy equipment for cleanup that you just won't have to use or know how to use.

Types of damages are categories into 1, 2, or 3, all of these categories based on the cleanliness of the water. For example, water from a clean appliance is going to be different than flood water, which can be much more damaging when it touches furniture and areas of the home.

Calling on the professionals

A flooded home can understandably cause panic, especially if you're unaware of where the water is coming from. When professionals arrive on the scene, they quickly take control of a situation and begin planning the cleanup. Whether you know the source of the flooded home or business, it's important to get a restoration company on the scene as quickly as possible. The restoration will company mitigate the situation and haul out the heavy industrial tools of the trade that will take care of drying and cleanup. Whether it's a pipe break or flood damage, they will know what to do to make sure that your home or business doesn't amass thousands of dollars worth of damage.

Keep in mind that any kind of standing water in the home, or an unseen leak, is going to cause flood damage over time. Drying and restoration should never be left for later. If you don't immediately call professionals, in as little as 48 hours you could begin to collect mold in the home. That's how quickly this damage rushes through a home or business. Attempting to do the cleanup yourself can cause an unheard of amount of damage that you'll realize is much more costly than hiring the pros.
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Handling Water Damage By Educating Yourself

6/30/2017 (Permalink)


Handling Water Damage By Educating Yourself

Summer is known in many parts of the country for severe weather. The south and any states along the coast are always at risk of a tropical storm or hurricane making landfall or sending torrential rainfall and heavy winds. Many people mistake these storms as dangerous because of specific reasons, but it’s often the flood damage that occurs along coastal and low-lying areas that creates the most havoc. Water damage is not a joke. When storms cause damage due to water in the home or water in the business, it makes life miserable for those who are living it. Flood damage and storm damage are not the only causes of water damage, but they’re among the most common reasons water in the home and water in the business are so prevalent this time of year.

Preparing for Storm Season

Finding water in the home or water in the business is something that happens more than once in a lifetime for many homes and businesses. Those who live along the coast suffer largely from storm surge when bad weather occurs, and it’s often this forceful push of water onto the land that causes the most water damage.

Avoiding water in the home or water in the business when a dwelling is this close to the shore or in a low-lying area is difficult. The best people can do to prevent water in the home or water in the business from flood damage or other storm damage is to remove the threat of major damage. This involves laying sandbags at the entry points of any building. It also involves moving everything off the lower level and onto higher ground. Saving furniture and other personal items is cost-effective and relatively simple, and it’s one way to speed up the water cleanup process following flood damage.

Water Cleanup and the Drying Process

Water cleanup and the drying process are both necessary when water damage occurs. It’s not an option for anyone, and it requires calling for professional restoration. Those who work in the field of professional water restoration are equipped with professional grade tools and equipment that makes drying and water cleanup easier and more effective. Professional restoration is what keeps mold from growing, and mitigation allows homeowners and business owners to learn how to prevent future flood damage and other water issues.

Following floods, leaking or burst pipes, or any other instance in which water enters the home or office, it’s imperative to call for insurance information. This is going to require speaking with an adjuster to get the ball rolling and the process started. Then it’s time to call for professional restoration and mitigation.

Leave it Alone

Water cleanup and drying our personal belongings is important, but staying alive is also important. Never enter a flooded building without first being sure the electricity is turned off. Mitigation is important, but it’s not as important as avoiding electrocution. Once the electricity is turned off, it’s imperative people realize there could be alligators, snakes, fish, or other living creatures inside the water that feel threatened or attacked following their own displacement and confusion. It’s never safe to entire a flooded building without it being checked out by a professional and deemed safe.

Now that people know more about the water damage process, how it works, what it entails and how to handle things in the proper manner, it’s a little easier to deal with this issue. It’s possible to prevent major damage by hiring a professional and by learning how to prevent water from damaging the home or business when possible. Education is a great tool when for those who want to learn more about floods and other potential sources of water that might damage their home or office, and it always helps to minimize damage and maintain proper control in any situation. Mitigation is a helpful tool to add to this.
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Water Damage Restoration Process Explained

5/30/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Restoration Process Explained

Approximately 15,000 home and business owners in the United States are affected by water damage every day. The damage caused by water in home or business, therefore, costs the insurance industry over two billion dollars annually where the average cost of commercial or business damage coverage claim is $6,900. Part of these damages in the United States is caused by water leaks which total to one trillion gallons per year. No matter how small a leak is, it can cause immense water damage in business or home.

Business and homeowners living in flood-prone areas also experience flood damage. It is important for them, therefore, to know the essential tips that can help them in the mitigation and restoration process. Depending on the extent of water or flood damage, the home or business owner may need the help of a professional or do the work individually. In either case, the following tips are important when there is water in business or home.

Disconnect the Electricity and Remove Electronics

The immediate action to take when there is water in home or business is to disconnect the power source in the water or flood damage places. The expert or property owner should also remove items such as electronics from the flood damage areas to avoid destruction by water in business or home.

Investigating the Extent of the Damage

Thorough investigation and assessment of the damage is an important step when dealing with water in business or home. This will help in knowing the affected areas including determining whether the water has seeped into the walls or infiltrated into the wood. The procedure will also assist in planning the home or business restoration process.

Mitigation of Water Damage

The professional or property owner has to mitigate the water in home or business. This will involve the use of appropriate equipment and protection gear to avoid injuries during the water mitigation process. The more the water stays in the house, the greater the damage; hence, the use of a pump for water cleanup is better than manually removing the water in business or home premises. The water cleanup should include any signs of moisture in business or home, and fix holes that can cause more leaking.

Drying Out Water in Home or Business

The items that have been rendered useless by water or flood damage should be disposed of. These include furniture, carpets, and rusting metallic items. Alternatively, recyclable items can be sorted and taken to the recycling plant after drying. Other useful items should be dried and restored to their rightful place to avoid unnecessary expenditures. Additionally, the restoration process may require proper drying equipment to aid in mitigation of secondary water damage, and ensure that every site is free from moisture.

Eliminating the Smell and Mold

Stagnant water in home or business can cause bad odors that the growth of mold. The damage can worsen if the mold is not dealt with immediately. This is because mold spores can develop and spread in less than 48 hours from the time they get the right condition including moist places. Therefore, the restoration expert or property owner will have to deodorize and disinfect all the areas affected by water in business or home. If the process involves mitigation of flood damages, drying, disinfecting, and deodorizing the entire place is appropriate since flood covers a wider area than expected.

Flood and water damage can spread and worsen if water cleanup process does not begin immediately. The earlier the necessary steps are taken, therefore, the higher the chances of total mitigation of the damage. Hence, the property owner should finish the water cleanup process before claiming the insurance coverage from the insurance agency. Visit http://www.SERVPROnortheastspokane.com for more information on water damage.

Water Damage Restoration in Spokane

3/24/2017 (Permalink)

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Water Damage Restoration in Spokane


Whether caused by a natural disaster or some other reason, water damage can have devastating consequences. The key to minimizing losses associated with flood damage is accessing a reliable, reputable Spokane, Washington, water in home or water in business mitigation specialist. SERVPRO is a prime example of this type of water cleanup and restoration specialist.

Rapid Emergency Response Mitigation Matters

A person faced with an emergency water in home or water in business situation needs immediate assistance. The cold, stark reality is that water damage literally can worse in a very short time. Minutes matter when it comes to effective water loss damage control.

In and around Spokane, Washington, SERVPRO has gleaned a reputation for the quality of rapid emergency response it provides to area residents and business owners. Even in the immediate aftermath of a natural disaster, a skilled SERVPRO cleanup can be on the scene of a residential or commercial property in need of emergency flood loss mitigation assistance.

Comprehensive Flood Damage Restoration Services

A firm like SERVPRO provides residential and commercial property owners a comprehensive set of flood recovery services. This includes immediately containing water-related issues to halt the progression of damage to complete drying and cleanup services, using the latest technology.

The specialists at SERVPRO are adept at addressing the recovery needs of the premises itself, but also at dealing with the drying and water cleanup associated with personal property on the premises of a water loss event. In any water-related damage situation, valuable and meaningful personal property is likely to be exposed to water.

Highly Trained Flood Damage Specialists

All of the recovery specialists on the SERVPRO team are well trained and highly experienced. They are appropriately bonded and have been thoroughly screened.

Each team member makes customer satisfaction job one. Each member of the team is committed to containing a the extent of a customer's losses associated with a water-related catastrophe.

Top-Quality Equipment

In addition to a highly experienced team of specialists, SERVPRO utilizes only the latest and most effective equipment and technologies when it comes to water recovery at a home or business. The company knows a home or business owner is putting a very important part of that individual's live into the hands of a SERVPRO specialist. The professional team of recovery specialists at SERVPRO absolutely does not want to disappoint a customer because of this trust and reliance.

Reliable Estimates and Reasonable Pricing

There is no doubt that a home or business owner facing a water-related emergency is somewhat over a barrel when it comes to seeking professional intervention. Typically, a business or home owner is not in a position to shop around or dicker over prices. Such an individual really needs to connect with a honest, trustworthy, reputable, and reasonably priced service provider in the first instance.

SERVPRO of Spokane, Washington, has established a solid track record for fairness when it comes to the estimate process. In addition, the company is committed to 100 percent client satisfaction when it comes to its water damage cleanup and restoration services. Visit http://www.SERVPROnortheastspokane.com for more information on water damage.

Water Loss Repair in Spokane, Washington

3/24/2017 (Permalink)

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Water Loss Repair in Spokane, Washington


There can be a slew of situations that might cause water damage to inflict it’s wrath upon a homeowner’s property. If a homeowner cares deeply about the general value of the property but have only just had the unexpected occurrence of water damage, it is probably the right time to get in touch with one of the service professionals at a water cleanup agency in Spokane, Washington. The actions of a water cleanup service, are designed to support the homeowner beyond the mere occurrence of water in home or when there is water in business. Their services are capable of providing the homeowner with help in mitigation stemming from a great variety of many unanticipated manifestations of disasters.


Drying out the items and the structure of the home might be necessary if the homeowner has just experienced a natural disaster in the home. There are drying services located in Spokane, Washington that are capable of providing the homeowner with a multitude of restorative solutions that could produce an outcome of saving the home’s value, as well as actually increasing it. Any Flood damage in Spokane, Washington needs to be dealt with promptly because when situations like these are not handled in correctly, the resident’s value could incur an monetary decline. When the residence undergoes the necessity for a lot of mitigation tactics, it is best to contact a qualified restoration company that is specially equipped to handle flood damage as well as the knowledge to produce correct amounts of air movement inside of the structure of the residence at very affordable costs.


The avoidance of drying off the property can have a massive impact on the health of residents. If the homeowner is in need of that air quality within the home or even a business enhanced due to smoke from fire remaining in the structure, it may be possible that there has been bacteria spread around the structure from the water loss. A specialist will be capable of providing the homeowner with the help that is required to reclaim the nature of the residence to its former state. A great many residents do not know what can be done, to enact repairs to their residence. In this situation, if the homeowner is wanting to produce a safe residence, they need to contact a professional restoration agency. These services can provide the homeowner with the proper counsel to get the job accomplished correctly, whether it is water in business or water in home.


Properly dealing with water loss should not be as problematic as it may seem. The homeowner should get in touch with a professional company that is geared to handle such problems at affordable pricing. If the homeowner is to able to locate a quality company to handle a natural disaster, try contacting your friends and family for recommended services to contact. Airing out your home is probably necessary and they will own the machines that are capable of arriving at the best outcome. Visit http://www.SERVPROnortheastspokane.com for more information on water damage.

Spokane - World Record Largest Water Balloon Fight

7/28/2014 (Permalink)

Water Damage Spokane - World Record Largest Water Balloon Fight Massive potential for water damage when Spokane attempts to break world record.

Huge potential for water damage and water cleanup.

The folks in Spokane, Washington will attempt to break the current world record held by the Christian Student Fellowship at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky. They had a water balloon fight with 8,957 participants. Spokane will attempt to have 13,000 people tossing some 300,000 balloons to try to break the record. SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane salutes the effort and wishes them all the best. SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane says, "Make sure that you do not cause too much water damage or we may have to step in."

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