Recent Water Damage Posts

My Water Bill Is Too High — I Think I Might Have a Water Leak

9/2/2021 (Permalink)

Water leaking out of a busted copper pipe. If you have a leaking pipe causing water damage, call the trusted experts at SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane.

Is your water bill too high in Spokane?

What can you do if you think you might have a water leak but cannot locate the source?  There are some ways to narrow down the problem. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has some tips to help you determine if you have water leaks in your home:

  • Pull out your water bill and take a look at the usage during a colder month, such as January or February. If a family of four exceeds twelve thousand gallons per month, there are serious leaks.
  • Monitor your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter changes at all, you might have a water leak.
  • Identify toilet leaks by placing a drop of food coloring in the toilet tank. If any color shows up in the bowl after 10 minutes, you have a leak.
  • Examine faucet gaskets and pipe fittings for any water on the outside of the pipe to check for surface leaks.

SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane has a team of highly trained water damage cleanup technicians on-call 24-hours a day to respond to water damage emergencies. Call us today at 509-474-9144 and allow us to help make your water damage "Like it never even happened."®

SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane is Independently Owned and Operated.

Help! I Just Got Home From Vacation and There Is Water Everywhere!!!

8/30/2021 (Permalink)

Wet drywall has fallen from the ceiling onto a curio cabinet and floor of a living room causing extensive water damage. Water from a broken upstairs bathroom toilet supply line flooded and damaged this entire house. What would you do if you walked into this scene?

An Unwelcome Surprise

Imagine coming home from vacation, walking in your front entrance, and seeing water on the floors and drywall falling on your furniture and personal belongings because the ceiling is crumbling down. As you examine your home, you quickly realize your whole house is flooded.

Your house is where you take refuge from the outside world. Home is where happy memories should surround you. When it's threatened by water damage, that can often be quite traumatic.

When asked, the one-word SERVPRO customers use to describe our team was 'heroes.' We are here to help with compassion, expertise, and urgency.

About SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane

SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane is a full-service disaster restoration company. We offer emergency 24/7 mitigation services and complete reconstruction services. So when an emergency arises in your home or business, give us a call, and we'll be there fast with the assistance you need.

SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane focuses on the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage disaster. Our team is exceptionally trained in property damage restoration. No matter what size disaster, from a single story and an entire high-rise, rest assured that we have the knowledge and resources to restore your property "Like it never even happened."

Real Quotes from Real Customers: Listen to what Spokane area residents are saying about SERVPRO

7/28/2021 (Permalink)

Person holding electronic tablet leaving an online review SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane puts customer satisfaction as a top priority!

At SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane, we strive every day to ensure that our quality of work is up to the highest of standards and are always so happy to get positive feedback from our customers.

Here are some recent quotes from real customers:

"They were here in a few hours for an emergency flooding situation.  They did an awesome job on both units and were very knowledgeable regarding the situation at hand.  The tenants were also very happy with the outcome and the service! Great Job!" -Spokane Area Property Manager

"We had a leak in our basement over the holiday weekend and Brittany and Cole were great. Everyone was very helpful, and got us taken care of. Great customer service for a not so great situation." -Chris in Spokane, WA

"Couldn't be happier with the level of professionalism and work ethic of the SERVPRO team that came to help clean up our house.  Jessica and Cole worked tremendously together and communicated with us phenomenally through the clean up process, lifting so much weight off of our shoulder in a very difficult, highly stressed time for us.  If we could give more than 5 stars, we definitely would.  I highly recommend SERVPRO to anyone needing clean up services.  They have set very high standards and will definitely be using them again, for anything needed in the future.  We seriously cannot thank them enough." -Brandon in Spokane, WA

From the smallest toilet overflow to a whole house flood from a pipe burst, water damage can happen at any time, so when it does, give us a call at 509-474-9144.  Our team is here to help, and we care not only for your home or office but for you as an individual.  We know that each job is not simply a job but someone allowing us to come into their lives during a very stressful event.  Our ultimate goal is to help make it a little less stressful and help you get back to normal.

How Much Does Water Damage Restoration Cost and Other Frequently Asked Questions

7/20/2021 (Permalink)

Black background with white text and male character asking common questions regarding water damage. Water Damage Frequently Asked Questions

After receiving a call from a homeowner who has had water damage in their home, here are some of the most frequently asked questions asked.

Q:  How much does water damage restoration cost?
A:  Unfortunately, we cannot give you an estimate on water damage restoration over the phone due to the complexity of the situation.  We can, however, provide you with a professional estimate after inspecting your home.  Some of the factors that affect the restoration estimate are the length of time that the restoration will take, the equipment needed to clean and dry the structure, the labor hours required, any personal protective equipment or containment that might be needed, and whether any demolition or removal of wet materials are required.

Q:  How soon can you get here?
A:  On average, our teams can be equipped and ready to begin the mitigation process to your home within 2 hours of your call.

Q:  How quickly does mold begin to grow after water damage?
A:  Under the right conditions, mold can start to grow in as little as 48 hours, so it is essential to get the water damage restoration process started as soon as possible.

Q:  What products might you be spraying in my home?
A:  When necessary, we may use SERVPRO's proprietary decontamination products on the affected areas reducing the likelihood of microbial growth.  The most common product that we use is SERVPROXIDE™; an EPA registered stabilized chlorine dioxide-based disinfectant and sanitizer. Our customers appreciate that this product is safe for use on all surfaces and is not harmful to people or their pets as it carries the EPA's lowest toxicity rating for a disinfectant and is also NSF rated for food contact surfaces.

Q:  Can I remain at home during the drying process?
A:  The majority of our customers can stay in the home during restoration. There are cases where the house is deemed hazardous due to toxic conditions, a lack of heat, or structural damage. In these cases, your insurance company might pay for you to be temporarily relocated.  Additional Living Expenses (ALE) or Loss of Use coverage is a form of coverage typically included in most homeowners and renters insurance policies that allows you to live elsewhere while your home is being repaired or rebuilt.

Q:  Will my claim be covered under my insurance policy?
A:  Although we see hundreds of claims a year and might have a good idea of whether or not your water damage will be covered, only your insurance company can truly answer that question.  Our team is highly experienced in interacting with insurance adjusters and will work directly with your provider, including submitting the necessary documentation to assist in this process.

Do you have any other questions about the water damage restoration process?  Call our SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane team at (509) 474-9144 and let us know how we can help.

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

6/25/2021 (Permalink)

Water on floor SERVPRO knows how your flooring can be damaged from water. We come prepared with the equipment your home needs after a water damage occurs.

Water Can Damage 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 water path 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 saturate the top layer, repeatedly putting that visible flooring at risk of permanent damage.

Water Removal Services

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 and suction 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. 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 to evaluate as soon as water damage occurs.

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

5/26/2021 (Permalink)

a broken pipe that is leaking water Quick action after a water damage event is key. Contact SERVPRO immediately for certified technicians and the equipment to do the job right.

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 pipes crack, 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.

Fast Response Time

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 structural damage halts, and the water-logged personal possessions stand a good chance of restoration to function and appearance.

Assessment and Planning

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 is step three. Our team defines the work area and establishes baselines for eventual drying goals.

Water Damage Restoration

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 needed 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.

Structural Drying

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. This caused the liquid moisture to vaporize and then condense or absorb within evaporative or desiccant dehumidifiers for disposal.

Deodorizing and Cleaning

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 various methods to eliminate the smell, leaving your home fresh.

Rebuild and Repair

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 damage event for best outcomes.

Emergency Services Water Damage Procedures for Spokane Houses

5/16/2021 (Permalink)

water leaking into a room under the door Excess water can damage both the structure and the contents of your home. Call team SERVPRO for tailored remediation for the water damage.

These water damage repairs happen even before most drying services

When water damage strikes at a local home in Spokane, SERVPRO leaps into action to bring a rapid response to the situation. These are some of the first things we do in an emergency before we even begin drying out the area.

Hazard Removal

One of the first actions we take in a Spokane home with water damage is to remove hazards from the area. Our experienced technicians know how to identify and safely handle electrical hazards, contaminated materials, sharp objects, and other hazardous elements. As part of this process, we perform:

  • Water clean up around electronics and wall plugs
  • Sewage cleanup, if applicable
  • Chemical and UV sterilization of surfaces

Furniture Stain Removal

SERVPRO can often remove furniture stains, but we must act fast. In many cases, we begin anti-stain treatments before even drying out carpets and other materials. We accomplish this through purpose-made sanitizing and cleaning chemicals for upholstery.

Removing Carpet Pads

We may need to remove carpet padding before proceeding to water removal services. Our technicians do this frequently across Spokane and work fast to minimize damages throughout the process. We can often replace the pad alone while saving the carpet layer.

SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane can handle your water damage emergency. Call us at (509) 474-9144.

Are Ceiling Leaks Expensive to Repair in Spokane?

4/21/2021 (Permalink)

water leaking from ceiling tiles Affected by excess water? Call our SERVPRO team for water removal and remediation services today. We are standing by 24/7 365 days a year.

SERVPRO Uses a Restore over Replace Mentality for Ceiling Leaks in your Spokane Home

Spokane is the second-largest city in Washington State with the largest urban waterfall in the US. The Riverfront Park is among the top attractions, which houses some of the city's finest museums, trails, and history. Initially constructed for the World Fair of 1974, the park is well maintained and includes the Spokane falls. At the center of the park is the United States Pavilion which supports huge crowds during Spokane's annual festivals and events. Despite enjoying a reputation as one of the leading urban natural retreats in the Pacific Northeast, Spokane is also a thriving cultural region with contemporary art museums and modern architecture, making the city one of the better places to take a stroll and unwind. 

Outdoors enthusiasts can find a plethora of activities inside the city limits. Spokane national park is a thriving ski resort that is just a twenty-minute drive from the city center. The centennial trail is a delight for hikers who can explore nearly forty miles of conservation grounds and wetlands. The John A. Finch Arboretum is also a highlight featuring over 2,000 species of flora, fauna, and trees. After a long day's walking, the Northwest Museum of History is perfect for learning about the early modern period of Washington state and the indigenous heritage sites; Spokane earns its name from the Native American Spokane tribe, which means children of the sun. The downtown center is the heart of Spokane's modern culture, with cinemas, restaurants, and craft breweries aplenty.

  • The Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture features several subterranean exhibits that rotate throughout the year and complement its permanent collection. The outdoor cafe and tours of surrounding grounds are a must for tourists. The center runs regular workshops for patrons throughout the year.
  • Riverfront Park is home to some of Spokane's leading attractions. Inside the 100-acre park is the Looff Carousel, built in the early twentieth century, the 1902 clock, and the centennial trail's starting point. The U.S Pavilion features an IMAX cinema and ice skating rink during the winter season.
  • The Davenport Hotel is on the National Register of Historic Places and was initially constructed in 1914. The hotel remains in operation and is just around the corner from the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, which was opened in a similar era and hosted orchestral renditions and plays.

SERVPRO Can Identify the Root Causes of a Ceiling Leak in your Home

Ceiling leaks can occur due to an exterior structural fault or insufficient sealant below wetrooms and plumbing issues. SERVPRO can help reduce losses. We provide help with:

  • Ceiling leaks
  • Ceiling repairs from water damages
  • Water damage remediation

A tell-tale sign of a ceiling leak is cracking or bubbling of the paintwork. You may also notice liquid water dripping from the ceiling, although this is usually a more severe sign. Without intervention, ceiling leaks can affect the structural integrity or lead to extensive mold growth. 

  • SERVPRO can use advanced water measuring devices to discover the source of a leaking ceiling.
  • By opening up the ceiling cavity, we can apply rapid air-movement, heating, and drying to the inner.
  • Restoring over replacing is often more cost and time-efficient when performing the restoration. 

For assistance with ceiling leakage, contact SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane for water damage at (509) 474-9144.

Why are Calculations an Important Part of Water Damage Remediation?

10/13/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO restoration equipment drying water damaged room Did your home experience a water loss event? No Worries! SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane can bring restore your home.

Spokane Homeowners Need A Water Damage Service That Works  

Keeping your Spokane home clean, tidy, and welcoming takes a great deal of effort sometimes. You want your home to be somewhere you can relax. That is why, if a disaster strikes your house, you want to fix it quickly.  

A leaking appliance, frozen pipes, or burst pipes can cause water damage in your Spokane home. In the event of a water emergency, the best thing is to call SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane as soon as possible. We are available 24 hours, which means We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

Why is time so crucial after water damage? 

You must get help swiftly, even if the water damage does not seem extensive. Moisture that is left untreated can:

  • Cause water stains on delicate upholstery or textiles such as cushions
  • Soak into drapes or carpets and cause them to smell damp
  • Increase the risk of mold growth in and on any organic materials
  • Soak into walls and cause the drywall to swell and the paper to lift away from the surface
  • Damage wood floors by making them warp or buckle

SERVPRO is waiting for your call, so do not delay. 

What training do we provide? 

We equip our teams with various equipment to tackle Spokane water damage situations, both big and small. The equipment, however, is only as effective as the team that wields it. We do not recommend you try to handle water damage yourself because the best way to remediate it is with specialist equipment and calculations.  

We train our team members to the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards, and offer ongoing e-learning to keep them up to date. Our extensive training means you can trust SERVPRO technicians to use drying equipment most effectively. To carry out drying calculations, we must ask:  

  • How many pieces of equipment (such as pumps, air movers, and dehumidifiers are needed)?
  • How long do we need to operate the equipment?
  • If using dehumidifiers, how big should the units be? 

What are some calculations SERVPRO technicians need to make? 

Some of the most critical calculations we need to make include: 

  • Pump needs. If there are more than two inches of standing water, we need to use a submersible pump to extract it. We calculate the cubic feet of standing water and use it to figure out how long we will need to run pumps and how many pumps we will need.
  • Air Mover Needs. The IICRC suggests starting with one air mover per room and adding extra units depending on the square feet of wet floor, walls, and ceiling in each room.
  • Dehumidifiers needs. We use the number of cubic feet of air each unit can condition in a minute plus how many pints of water it can remove in 24 hours, to calculate how many to use. 

What else affects the dehumidifier calculation? 

Other factors affect our dehumidifier calculations. Our technicians must consider how much porous material, such as wood, carpets, clothing, paper, and upholstery, is present. Porous material takes on more water, so we must add enough dehumidifiers to allow for that. We must also be mindful of whether there is water trapped in wall and ceiling cavities.   

Why is the balance between air movers and dehumidifiers critical? 

The correct balance between air movers and dehumidifiers is vital to an effective and swift drying process. 

If there are too many dehumidifiers for the number of air movers, this will slow the drying process down, as they will be trying to dry the air more quickly than the air movers can evaporate it. 

However, there is a risk of secondary water damage if there are too many air movers in relation to dehumidifiers. Because the dehumidifiers cannot handle the amount of water the air movers are evaporating into the air, the humidity level rises, and so does the risk of secondary water damage. 

Why is it vital that we understand the nature of the water damage? 

The nature of the water damage means understanding how much material water has damaged. Understanding water damage's spread allows our technicians to calculate how quickly water is likely to evaporate when drying begins. Faster evaporation means we need more dehumidifiers to remove the evaporated moisture from the air.  

We do not just use our eyes to assess the situation and make our calculations. We use moisture probes, moisture meters, and thermal imaging to evaluate the spread of water damage. We also use thermo-hygrometers to measure humidity before we start. You can rest assured our drying process is carefully calculated and based on measurable data. 

For water damage remediation you can trust, call SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane at (509) 474-9144.

How Do Inspection Devices Help to Restore Water-Damaged Spokane Homes?

9/8/2020 (Permalink)

thermal imagery device SERVPRO's state of the art equipment helps us to provide excellent service. We leave your home only when it is dry and ready for a build back.

Understanding the migration and path of moving water and absorption in your home can ensure that drying is as efficient as possible.

It is not always easy to understand the full extent of the damage to your Spokane home or business after a water disaster. There are dozens of factors dictating the movement of water, absorption, and moisture pockets existing in spaces beyond surface materials. While conventional drying approaches are always the ideal solutions, these efforts must often get modified to suit individual circumstances for more efficient results. 

To many, water damage in Spokane homes stops at the surface where the pooling or wet areas are easily spotted. Property owners assume that construction materials act as a deterrent for water migration, when in actuality, many of these structural elements are highly sensitive to absorption. When materials like drywall and carpeted floors become overexposed to standing water, moisture can move through surface layers to impact underlying elements like subflooring or wood framing. 

What Is Job Scoping? 

After a water disaster, job scoping for the upcoming restoration looks to identify areas in the structure where water has impacted. Also, the devices and technologies used for this identification can help to determine concentrations that show how much moisture has been absorbed. The overall objective of this assessment of the property is to create a tailored plan to efficiently and thoroughly restore and recover damaged residences with minimal tear-out and reconstruction by using specific equipment from our large inventory. Data collected through pre-job evaluations include:

  • Existing Conditions – Understanding the immediate damages caused by the water disaster shows the necessary work to return the property to a preloss condition.
  • Content Damage – Your personal belongings are often as impacted by saturation and water damage as structural elements. Identifying items that can get restored on-site or through relocation makes efforts like pack-out focused and deliberate. 
  • Moisture Pockets – With various detection devices, we can identify damp areas beyond the surface materials to focus drying in the appropriate places. 

Do Thermal Imagery Cameras Work Best for Inspections? 

Thermal imagery, or infrared cameras, is a vital tool to gather information about your residence's potentially damp areas. While infrared technology does not directly identify moisture, temperature differentials exist when materials become saturated versus unaffected by water. As commonly used as these devices are, they are not without their flaws and potential false positives. Misleading conditions that could indicate water damage without a pressing threat include:

  • Evaporative Cooling (Colder Materials During Drying)
  • Thermal Capacitance (Storage of Thermal Energy)
  • Atmospheric Changes 

How Do Moisture Meters Differ from Other Detection Devices? 

Unlike technologies like infrared and thermal imagery cameras common to job scoping, varying moisture meters often have a shared role in discovery and detection. We have multiple types of moisture meters, meaning that we can find more reliable information based on the affected materials, the location of the water damage, and how moisture readings should get collected. The choice in the technologies used during the job scoping phase is at the discretion of our experienced project manager, but can often include one or more of the following types:

  • Penetrating Moisture Meters – These devices function based on conductivity. This aspect is measured with two probes on the unit itself and a reading based on how readily electricity can pass between these two points. With only the probes' tips capable of collecting this data, individual layers of wall systems can get tested.
  • Non-Penetrating Moisture Meters – These units are also known as surface meters, and that is because no probing is necessary. These can measure moisture concentrations in damaged surfaces, and because of their non-penetrative design, they can be ideal for sensitive building materials like drywall or plasters.
  • Thermo-Hygrometer – Hygrometers are ideal for measuring moisture content and relative humidity in specific environments. The determination of moisture content in damaged and undamaged areas can be a point of measurement for drying successes. 

When Is Controlled Demolition Necessary? 

It is always a priority of our technicians to restore before replacing, making the data collected through moisture detection devices all the more beneficial. When oversaturation and degradation of materials exists, our in-house contractors can work to remove the compromised portions without discarding all of it. 

Water disasters can have an immediate impact on your household. However, with the right information collected with moisture meters and detection devices, our SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane team can be prepared. We can arrive with the appropriate tools and technologies to provide properties with the most efficient drying possible. Give us a call anytime at (509) 474-9144.

Water Mitigation -- What Does that Term Mean for my Spokane Home?

8/13/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO drying equipment being used in water damaged bathroom After a water loss, we completely restored this bathroom and made it, "Like it never even happened."

Many New Terms and Concepts Can Make for Fear and Confusion for Homeowners After a Disaster -- SERVPRO Commits to Keeping You Informed and Part of the Decision- Making During Water Mitigation and Remediation in Spokane 

Spokane's response to a water loss emergency can be divided into two major parts -- water mitigation plus remediation, followed by the repairs and rebuilding needed to complete restoration of a building to preloss condition. The distinction can be blurry, as mitigation (reducing or stopping the damaging effect) often moves seamlessly into remediation (attempting to return damaged materials to their preloss condition), usually without an apparent stoppage of the work crews. Learning about the differences between these phases of water damage restoration helps homeowners understand the reasoning supporting the order and inclusion of various interventions. The mitigation and remediation support and complement each other and contribute to the desired result of returning your wet home and contents to "Like it never even happened." 

What Is Water Mitigation? 

Although water mitigation inside your Spokane home might include other actions depending on circumstances, generally, the term refers to emergency measures to halt or slow the ongoing water damage. One focus is on getting loose items out and away from the standing water and humid conditions. Other priorities include efforts to impede initial or continuing contact between the water and structural components or fixtures. Examples of mitigation at the onset of a water loss project might consist of: 

  • Shutting off the main water supply line
  • Positioning barriers like sandbags or baffles to contain water and keep it from causing additional damage
  • Raising furnishings off wet floors onto blocks
  • Packing-out furnishings, household goods, and personal possessions, first to stop water from damaging the articles, and second to reduce the water and humidity-soaked contents from adding to the moisture load inside a home (secondary damage)
  • Using extractors with wands to arrest the absorption of additional water into dry areas of carpeting and underlying padding 

What Kinds of Interventions Are Added as Mitigation Moves into Remediation? 

Release of Hidden Water 

Once the SERVPRO crew stabilizes the Seattle water incursion, we ensure supports are in place for weakened structural materials. If testing with moisture detection and metering equipment reveals hidden fluids, mitigation efforts turn to execute the planned and controlled release of hidden water: 

  • Weep holes are punched into a ceiling holding water, starting at the edge of a room, and moving to the center as water drains.
  • Baseboards, paneling, and bead boards are pried off to allow for the cutting or drilling of release holes near the floor level.
  • Release holes are drilled in mortar joints between cinder blocks or bricks.  

Aggressive Extraction 

We term extraction "aggressive" as it is a critical part of mitigating (reducing or inhibiting) the amount of water in contact with building materials and fixtures. The water must leave the premises fast to return the surfaces and spaces of your home as close to preloss condition as possible (remediation): 

  • By pumping when water is more in-depth than two inches
  • By extracting with truck-mounted units, highly efficient and able to handle up to 36,000 gallons a day
  • By extracting with portable units, an excellent choice for spaces far from an outside door or window or confined spaces 

Why Is Extraction Completed Before Active Drying? 

We delay active drying activities (moving to remediation) until we make every attempt to remove all liquid water. It is much more challenging to dry spaces when liquid water is present. Extraction is 1200 times more efficient than drying alone, so we give the drying phase a boost by mitigating the water quantity. 

What Does Professional Structural Drying Involve? 

Structural components are tested for moisture content both in the water damaged area and in an unaffected space. This data informs our technicians as they work on determining appropriate drying goals. We position air movers and dehumidifiers to mitigate the ongoing harm moisture does to building materials as we aim to remediate the spaces to preloss environmental conditions. The air movers, and heaters in some instances, increase the rate of evaporation. The dehumidifiers then capture the water vapor for disposal. We monitor the progress, adjusting the angles and numbers of each type of equipment to mitigate and remediate the water damage before any needed repairs or rehabbing. 

You can count on SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane's integrity and honesty as we plan together with you to stop the damage water can do and return your home to preloss condition. Call (509) 474-9144 for a candid assessment and workable plan to mitigate and remediate water loss.

What Safety Concerns Do I Need to Think About After Water Damage?

7/28/2020 (Permalink)

green SERVPRO box truck parked at house We love to let our customers in Spokane relax while we cleanup and restore their water damaged properties

SERVPRO Takes Your Safety Seriously While Restoring Your Spokane Home

As with any calamity, a water leak may cause dangerous situations in your Spokane property. An unknowing person could walk into a slip and fall situation or an increased chance of an electrical hazard. Our technicians understand that your safety is of utmost concern, and take the proper precaution for you, your family, including pets, and restoration workers.

How Do I Help Make Sure My Home Is Safe?

SERVPRO Makes Every Attempt to Eliminate Safety Hazards during water extraction from your Spokane home.

The first IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification) principle in the water restoration guide is to keep occupants and workers safe. Our Spokane team uses different engineering tactics to make sure that your home is secure. As the property owner, you can sop up as much water as possible from the impacted area with old towels, rags, and mops. You can also turn off the power main while you wait for your team to arrive. Using common sense and avoiding the area should help ease your mind.

What Specific Safety Measures Does Your Team Take in Water Damage Situations?

  • Locate the leak and shut off the water to make sure there is no further damage.
  • Technicians create drying zones using 6-mil polyethylene to section off impacted areas, minimizing risk.
  • Provide appropriate lighting and electricity so occupants and workers can see around them.
  • Work on drying your home through the use of extraction, air moving, and dehumidification equipment.
  • Returning your home to its preloss condition ensures safer living conditions as you can return to your regular routine.

Please always use safety precautions when attempting to turn off a water main or electricity in your home. If not sure, wait for our skilled technicians to assist you.

For 24/7 assistance for water leaks, contact SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane at (509) 474-9144. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

How Long Will Water Removal Take For My Spokane Property?

7/17/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Works Fast to Facilitate Water Removal to Ensure Your Spokane Property is Restored

Any water from large-scale flooding or small leaks within the home can bring on significant damage to your Spokane property. Mold can begin to grow within 48 hours, so it is better to work quickly to keep it from turning into a potential health hazard. Whenever you have any degree of water infiltration inside your home, it is best to take action as soon as possible. SERVPRO is available 24 hours a day to bring your interior back to preloss condition. 

Why Call for Skilled Restoration Services?

For prompt, reliable water removal in Spokane, hiring skilled technicians is the smart route to take. We have the latest equipment and state-of-the-art technology to first identify the issue before working to remove moisture and finally drying everything thoroughly. 

We Handle All Types of Water Damage

There are many different causes of water damage within the home that calls for prompt, reliable removal, including:

  •   Leaky, frozen, broken, or burst water pipes
  •   Hot water tank failure
  •   Basement flooding
  •   Sinks, toilets, or bathtubs overflowing
  •   Water filling your crawlspace
  •   Failed sump pumps
  •   Washing machine or dishwasher malfunction or overflow
  •   Drains that become logged or malfunction
  •   Leaking windows or roofs
  •   Heavy rainstorms, and more

How Much Loss Am I Looking At?

It is natural to worry about the level of loss when it comes to water damage. Our crew chief assesses the loss zone to put a plan into action quickly. This allows our crew to get to work to begin extraction to limit the amount of loss. When you call SERVPRO, you can count on:

  •   Friendly, courteous team members ready to answer your questions and concerns
  •   Our Green Fleet arrives in as little as four hours or less after your initial phone call
  •   Vehicles loaded with extractors, pumps, fans, air movers, and dehumidifiers to tackle moisture throughout the loss zone and the rest of your interior
  •   Professional-grade products registered by the EPA for cleaning, deodorizing and sanitizing

What About Insurance?

In many instances, your water removal and restoration project will be covered by your insurance agency. We take the time to carefully log each detail of your project to ensure that your claim goes as smoothly as possible. 

We Leave No Area Untreated

Water loss in the home impacts your life's most significant investment while also potentially disrupting your daily activities. Our team is:

  •   Quick to respond
  •   Mindful while assessing the damage
  •   Ready to begin the cleanup
  •   Trained to handle controlled demolition
  •   Experienced in every facet of restoration to return your home to preloss condition

We have IICRC-certified water restoration technicians (WRT) to ensure your project is not only done correctly but also while following tight timelines. This understanding of the water extraction process is elemental when handling any water loss project that comes our way. We never take shortcuts and stand by our proven methods to ensure that your home is free from hidden moisture.

Whenever any water damage occurs within the home, it is essential to:

  •   Use water extraction and removal in unison with drying and dehumidification for best results
  •   Look for any hidden moisture under cabinets, behind walls, and within the insulation
  •   Implement disinfection measures according to industry standards to not only inhibit the onset of mold and mildew but also to keep foul odors from developing.

Why Will Building Materials Be Removed?

There are certain situations during a water removal project where controlled demolition must be done to remove unsalvageable materials. Decisions like these must be made to remove drenched carpets and the padding below, saturated sheetrock, or warped flooring and baseboards. This gets done so that all-new materials can be installed to make your interior "Like it never even happened."

We are always available to help make important decisions when it comes to saving material versus replacement. Along the way, we take care of all documentation to detail each step for water removal, cleanup, controlled demolition, manipulation of contents, and deodorizing.

Final Inspection

After all standing water gets removed, moisture is addressed, and final steps for drying and dehumidification are complete, a final inspection is done. This includes a visual inspection of all work along with testing techniques to ensure relative humidity is back to normal within your home. To help ensure drying is complete and there are no hidden moisture pockets, we use:

  •   Thermal imaging technology
  •   Moisture sensors
  •   Moisture meters

SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane understands that this is a trying time for your family when dealing with water removal. We are here to walk you through every step to help you understand how the project-flow works, and you can count on us to be available 24/7 for emergency service. To have a crew deployed to your property as soon as possible, give us a call at (509) 474-9144.

How Can I Speed Up the Drying Process During Water Restoration in My House?

6/4/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Can Set Up Drying Equipment Inside Your Spokane Home to Speed up the Natural Drying and Evaporation Process

A pipe burst occurring on the second floor of your Spokane house can cause moisture to follow gravity and flood out your building's lower level. As a first step, our SERVPRO technicians can utilize extraction procedures to remove all liquids before setting up drying equipment to expel the moisture's remainder in your air and building materials.

What can you do to dry out my wet building materials and possessions?

During water restoration efforts in Spokane, we can set up a combination of air movers and dehumidifiers. The air movers aid in speeding up the natural evaporation process by pushing dry air away from wet surfaces so that more moisture can evaporate into the air. The dehumidifiers then accelerate nature's drying process by removing moisture from the air. These devices output the water vapor into liquid and exhaust out warm, dry air that gets used in the air circulation created by the air movers.

How does the drying equipment work?

  • Condensation- This process occurs when water vapor turns into a liquid. Some dehumidifiers have a cold coil so that moisture from the wet air condenses when it contacts the metal that is below the dew point temperature.
  • Dew Point- The dew point is the temperature when H2O in the gas turns into a liquid. When drying out a structure, it is essential to keep the temperature inside your house higher than the dew point, or moisture can condense on surfaces inside your home.
  • Evaporation- Evaporation is the process of moisture moving from wet materials into the air. Since everything in nature wants to seek equilibrium, water vapor in wet materials will move into the air on its surfaces if the air is drier than the item.

Pipes breaking on the second floor of your house in Chattaroy or Mead can cause excessive moisture to flow into your first floor from the ceiling. If you ever notice several wet materials inside your home, call SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane at (509) 474-9144.

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Water Damage Spokane – Why Keep Crawl Spaces Dry

12/17/2019 (Permalink)

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Many homes have crawl spaces under the main floor of the home. These areas are generally not used for storage or other uses, although in some cases, a hot water tank or furnace may be installed in the crawl space. Many homeowners seldom go into the crawl space or even open the access door to the area. A damp or wet crawl space can cause problems within the livable parts of the home, occasionally causing health issues for anyone living there.

SERVPRO provides water damage services in Spokane and surrounding areas. A damp or wet crawl space can be a source of mold and high humidity that may permeate the rest of the home. For example, high humidity in the crawl space can cause hardwood floors to expand, causing cupping and even splintering. Mold spores can also grow, causing a musty odor throughout the home.

Many crawl spaces are damp while some can have standing water because a sump pump failed to work, or the water table was higher than usual, and water found its way into the crawl space. In these situations, SERVPRO has the equipment and knowhow to deal with these situations. We can install large capacity sump pumps to remove standing water and deliver it to the storm sewer on the street.

SERVPRO can install dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining humidity. Blowing moist air out of the crawl space, providing there is adequate access, also helps to lower the humidity. Dry air can be drawn into the space to absorb more moisture.

The homeowner may have to install a permanent sump pump to remove any water. This pump ensures the crawl space is not flooded again. If there is an ongoing problem with high moisture levels, SERVPRO may suggest installing a permanent dehumidifier to control the humidity level.

Call SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane at (509) 474-9144 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Otis Orchards, Hillyard, Mead, and the surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Water Cleanup Spokane – Avoid Creating Mold Infestations

11/30/2019 (Permalink)

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Call SERVPRO for your Spokane water damage to avoid mold growth.

Many consumers unintentionally create the right conditions that foster mold infestations. It begins with a water leak somewhere or perhaps an overflowing sink. Water spreads across the floor, into other rooms, soaking carpets and under padding. The leak is repaired, and the visible water is mopped up, and the flooring is allowed to dry naturally. These consumers may have created the perfect conditions for mold growth.

SERVPRO receives calls from consumers all of the time about water cleanup in Spokane. A mold infestation has appeared, there is a musty smell in the area, and family members are experiencing adverse health impacts. We can help manage the initial water event, clean up the water, and dry all areas affected to avoid future mold infestations.

Stop the Leak and Remove the Water

SERVPRO recommends that consumers manage the leak first. Turn the tap off, or shut off the main water supply, and make repairs if there is a water leak. Call SERVPRO for help. We can respond in less than 4 hours. We are available on a 24/7 basis. Begin mopping up as much of the water as possible. This limits the overall damage and controls the area that may become soaked with water.

Extracting the Moisture

SERVPRO has the equipment to remove every last drop of water and dry your floors, including hardwood, carpeting, and subfloors. We use a weighted water extractors to squeeze every last drop of moisture from the carpet and underpad. Hand operated vacuums remove water from hard surfaces such as hardwood, tile, and linoleum floors.

Dehumidifiers and Air Movers

We also want to avoid any opportunity for mold growth. We use desiccant air dryers to remove moisture from hard surfaces such as hardwood floors. Carpets are sometimes lifted to expose the underpad and subfloors. Air movers are used to blow air into these areas to absorb moisture, and dehumidifiers are used to remove humidity from the air. SERVPRO ensures that there is no moisture left to support the growth of mold.

Call SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane at (509) 474-9144 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Colbert, Chattaroy, Spokane Valley, and the surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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You Can Count On Us for Water Removal In Spokane

10/25/2019 (Permalink)

Our drying equipment drying the floor in the kitchen of a home We have state of the art equipment necessary to dry the water damage in your home. Call us right away to prevent further damage.

Cleaning Up a Ruptured Water Heater in Your Spokane Home

Tank-style water heaters are still a typical element you can find in most Spokane homes. Many factors begin to work against your water heater from the date it gets installed, including minerals present in the public water systems and consistent minute pressure fluctuations that can stress connectors, threading, and the tank itself. Over the years, your system can throttle down its effectiveness as scaling and buildup occur within the pipes, which can lead to eventual malfunctions.

Between a natural degradation of your water heater and instances like freezing when cold snaps occur, the emptied contents of your tank requires fast water removal for Spokane homes. Whenever these emergencies occur, you need a team that you can trust to arrive quickly and begin extraction and drying efforts. The sooner these processes can begin, the better protected your basement area or main floor in the house can be.

Addressing the standing water damage before it can penetrate drywall and other materials to affect structural cavities is an important step as well. Once the damage has spread a considerable distance, it becomes more and more challenging not to require controlled demolition and reconstruction efforts. While we have a team of licensed contractors that can help with these needs, we are always looking to keep costs as low as possible for our customers.

Cleaning up after a water loss incident like this often requires the use of our wet-vacs and extraction wands, as standing water is unlikely to exceed the two inches in depth ideal for more powerful extraction tools in our inventory. Once the excess water has gotten removed, we can set up multiple air movers along with our dehumidification units to draw out moisture and dry up damaged materials and environments before mold growth or structural deterioration can begin.

With many homes still using tank water heaters, the threat of this substantial water loss incident always exists. If losses do occur, you can count on our SERVPRO of Northeast Spokane team that has proven that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. Give us a call anytime at (509) 474-9144.

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

9/20/2019 (Permalink)

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

Let SERVPRO worry about the damage in you Colbert home.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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When Submersible Pumps are Necessary for Water Removal in Cobert

9/6/2019 (Permalink)

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

How Submersible Pumps Influence Recovery in Colbert Homes 

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

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

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

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

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

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

7/24/2019 (Permalink)

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

Water Removal Spokane – Leaking Water Heater

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Water Removal is Key When It Comes to Restoring Spokane Properties

2/11/2019 (Permalink)

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)

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

10/12/2018 (Permalink)

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)

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 for more information on water damage

Water Damage in Spokane, Washington

3/31/2018 (Permalink)

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 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

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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 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 for more information on water damage.

Water Damage Restoration in Spokane

3/24/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage in Spokane, WA

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 for more information on water damage.

Water Loss Repair in Spokane, Washington

3/24/2017 (Permalink)

Water Removal, Spokane, Washington

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 for more information on water damage.

Spokane - World Record Largest Water Balloon Fight

7/28/2014 (Permalink)

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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