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Do your employees in Spokane Valley know what to do if there is a disaster?

5/22/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Do your employees in Spokane Valley know what to do if there is a disaster? Restaurant on fire in Spokane Valley 2017. Kitchen fire damage.

Many businesses never reopen after a disaster, as many as 50% of businesses affected by a disaster will not reopen their doors. Unexpected emergencies can happen at any time and being prepared for these unfortunate events can help minimize interruption and get your business back up and running in relatively short order.

Contact SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley and they will create an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP):

  • A no cost assessment of your facility
  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
  • Establishes your local SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.

SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley is locally owned and operated, we have been part of this community for over 25 years. When you have a cleaning or restoration need, we’re already nearby and ready to help. We take pride in being a part of the Spokane Valley, WA community and want to do our part in making it the best it can be.

(509)926-6140 . Open 24 hours a day/ seven days a week.

“Like it never even happened.”

Steps You Can Take To Prevent Cooking Fires in your Spokane Home

5/18/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Steps You Can Take To Prevent Cooking Fires in your Spokane Home Kitchen fire damage caused by leaving the room wile cooking. Spokane 2017

According to the NFPA, Cooking fires are the number 1 cause of home fire injuries in the USA and Canada. Most fires can be prevented by following these simple safety tips:



  • Keep cooking area Clean. Always wipe appliances and surfaces after cooking to prevent grease buildup.

  • Never leave cooking unattended. 2 out of 5 deaths in home cooking fires occur because the cooking was unattended.

  • Do not store combustible objects near the stove. Items like curtains, potholders, dish towels, and food packaging can easily catch fire.

  • Always turn pot handles inward toward the center of the stove. Turning pot handles inward can prevent pots from being knocked off the stove or pulled down by small children.

  • Wear short or close-fitting sleeves when cooking. Fires can occur when clothing comes in contact with stovetop burners.

  • Do not overheat cooking oil. Heating cooking oils too high can easily start a fire.

  • teach children safe cooking. Young children should be kept at leas 3 feet away from the stove. Explain to children the potential dangers of cooking.


If a cooking fire has occurred and there is fire damage or smoke damage, SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley for your restoration needs.


Fire damage can be devastating for you and your family. Feelings of confusion and stress are common, and you need a caring expert to guide you through this crisis. We always treat your family with the greatest empathy and respect, and we’ll treat your property with great care.


(509)926-6140 open 24 hrs a day/ 7 days a week.


"Like it never even happened."


 

Fire Prevention: Smoke Alarms can save lives in your Spokane Valley home

5/15/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Prevention: Smoke Alarms can save lives in your Spokane Valley home Smoke Alarm. Spokane. 2017

Working Smoke Alarms Saves Lives.


By properly selecting, placing, testing, and maintaining your smoke alarm, you will greatly increase your chances of surviving a home fire.


*Alarm Selection*


there are many types of alarms on the market:



  • standard battery-operated alarms

  • 10 year battery-operated alarms

  • alarms that are connected to your homes electrical system

  • special alarms for people with hearing impairments (these have both audible alarm and intense flashing lights)


Regardless of the type of smoke alarm you purchase, make sure it is listed or approved by an independent testing laboratory, such as the Underwriters Laboratories.


*How Many per home 1,2,3? more?*


The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Life Safety Code 101 should be followed. Most codes require a minimum of smoke alarm on every level, including basements, and within 15 feet of each sleeping area. If a door to the sleeping area is kept closed, it is recommended that a smoke detector be placed inside the bedroom.


In new construction, the code requires hard-wired smoke alarms to be interconnected. This means that if one smoke alarm is activated, all alarms will sound.


In Spokane Valley, your local fire department will come to your home free of charge and evaluate current safety conditions like:



  • Smoke Alarms

  • Heat Sources

  • Evacuation plans

  • fire hazards

  • Carbon monoxide detectors


The Spokane Valley Fire Dept will install free detectors for those who qualify. 

Ice Dams: Tips on preventing winter water damage for your Spokane home

5/11/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Ice Dams: Tips on preventing winter water damage for your Spokane home Water damage. Soaked interior wall corner. Spokane Valley Feb 2017

What are Ice Dams?

Icicles and Ice Dams can form when heat escapes through the ceiling into the attic. This can melt the snow that is on the roof and allow water from the melted snow to flow to the eaves. Pool of water forms that can leak under the shingles. The water may then enter the attic causing damage as well as the interior ceilings and walls.

Tips for preventing damage caused by ice dams in your Spokane Valley home:

Ventilation: Adequate ventilation will reduce the amount of warm air that can lead to the formation of ice dams.

Insulation: Homes are recommended to insulation of R-38 (12 inches of fiberglass or cellulose). This will reduce the amount of warm air that can rise to the attic.

Creating an Air Tight barrier: Make the ceiling airtight. Use silicone caulk, foam sealant to stop airflow around vent pipes, exhaust fans, chimneys, etc. 

When your Spokane Valley home has water damage from flooding or leaks, we have the expertise and equipment to properly restore your property. The water removal and water cleanup process is completed by our highly-trained technicians who will document the drying process. This validates that your property has been dried properly and thorough.

(509) 926-6140. "Like it Never Even Happened"

Basic Principles of Mold Removal and Mold Remediation SERVPRO of Spokane Valley follows for your Spokane home.

5/10/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Basic Principles of Mold Removal and Mold Remediation SERVPRO of Spokane Valley follows for your Spokane home. mold remediation in progress in Spokane basement May 2017

There are five basic principles of all successful mold removal and mold remediation projects:

  1. Safety – Protect all workers and occupants. Proper safety gear should be worn when dealing with mold. A high quality, high filtration face mask is a must, as are vinyl or neoprene gloves. A full protective suit is recommended
  2. Assessment – Make a preliminary assessment, an assessment during mold remediation and an assessment after mold remediation.
  3. Contamination Control – Prevent cross-contamination and the spread of mold from contaminated areas to areas absent of or with less contamination. SERVPRO trained professionals seal off the work area, usually using plastic sheeting, so that mold spores do not become dispersed throughout the home. SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley’s trained professionals use “negative air” containment, which is created by positioning blower fans and using air pressure machines to bring clean air into the contaminated space and push contaminated air outside the home.
  4. Source Removal – Physically remove the mold at its source. SERVPRO discard moldy porous building materials such as drywall, insulation and baseboards and use some sort of antimicrobial chemical to actually clean the mold and mold stains.
  5. Moisture Removal – Eliminate the moisture problem that caused the mold outbreak in your Spokane home.

Every mold infestation is different, from the amount of mold to the types of materials affected. Each scenario requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same.

We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO Spokane Valley is close by and ready to help with your mold-damaged property

(509) 926-6140 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week

What To Do If A Cooking Fire Starts in your kitchen in Spokane or Spokane Valley

4/25/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What To Do If A Cooking Fire Starts in your kitchen in Spokane or Spokane Valley Kitchen Fire Spokane January 2017

According to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) , cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home fire injuries.


Here are a few ideas of what to do if a cooking fire breaks out in your Spokane home.



  • Put a lid on it- If a pan catches fire, carefully slide a lid over the pan. Leave the lid on until completely cooled. DO NOT care the burning pan to the sink or outside. Movement can reignite the fire or cause serious burns.

  • Keep the microwave or oven door shut- Turn off the heat. If flames do not go out immediatley, call the fire department (911).

  • Know how to use a fire extinguisher- Not all are alike. They are designed for specific types of fire. There are 3 different types of fire extinguishers: 


         1) Class A : fires involving ordinary combustibles such as wood,cloth or paper.


         2) Class B: fires involving flammable liquids like greases and gas.


         3) Class C: electrical fires



  • Water and grease do not mix- Never pour water on a grease fire, water will cause is to flare and spread.

  • Know the emergency number for your local fire department ( In Spokane or Spokane Valley, that's 911) If possible call from the outside.


After the fire trucks are gone, your home and belongings likely suffer from not only fire and smoke damage, but also extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley has the specialized fire and water damage cleanup and restoration training and experience to quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition. We also have specific training and equipment for odor removal and deep cleaning of upholstery and carpet. 


Fire damage can be devastating for you and your family. Feelings of confusion and stress are common, and you need a caring expert to guide you through this crisis. We always treat your family with the greatest empathy and respect, and we’ll treat your property with great care.


"Like it never even happened."


509-926-6140 24 hours a day 7 days a week including holidays.


 

Hoarding and Fires: Reducing the Risk in Spokane

4/25/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Hoarding and Fires: Reducing the Risk in Spokane Hoarding Spokane Valley March 2017

Do you have a person in your life who may be a hoarder in Spokane? Hoarding is a condition where a person has persistent difficulty discarding personal possessions. The large amount of possessions fill the home and prevent the normal use of the space. Living space becomes cluttered. It may be unusable. Hoarding brings distress and emotional health concerns.

  • When talking a person who hoards, focus on safety rather than the clutter. Be empathetic. Match the person’s language. If they call it hoarding, then you can call it hoarding. 
  • Help the residents make a home safety and escape plan. Stress the importance of clear pathways and exits. Practice the plan often. Exit routes may change as new items are brought into the home.
  • Install working smoke alarms in the home. Test them at least once a month. Reach out to community resources.
  • Talk to members of the fire department to alert them of your concerns. They may be able to connect you with members of a hoarding task force for additional help.

Why Hoarding can increase fire risks :

  • Cooking is unsafe if flammable items are close to the stove or oven.
  • Heating units may be too close to things that can burn. They might also be placed on unstable surfaces. If a heater tips over into a pile, it can cause a fire. 
  • Electrical wiring may be old or worn from the weight of piles. Pests could chew on wires. Damaged wires can start fires. 
  • Open flames from smoking materials or candles in a home with excess clutter are very dangerous. 
  • Blocked pathways and exits may hinder escape from a fire

How Hoarding May Impact First Responders in an emergency:

  • Hoarding puts first responders in harm’s way.
  • Firefighters cannot move swiftly through a home filled with clutter.
  • Responders can be trapped in a home when exits are blocked. They can be injured by objects falling from piles.
  • The weight of the stored items, especially if water is added to put out a fire, can lead to building collapse. 
  • Fighting fires is very risky in a hoarding home. It is hard to enter the home to provide medical care. The clutter impedes the search and rescue of people and pets.

Identifying the Different types of smoke damage in your Spokane home

4/24/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Identifying the Different types of smoke damage in your Spokane home Ceiling and wall smoke and soot damage. Spokane August 2016

A house fire is a serious emergency. Once the fire has been put out, you will be faced with a major cleaning project. While the flames of a fire can cause extensive damage to your home, smoke is also a primary cause of damage during a fire. SERVPRO of Spokane Valley will restore your home "Like it never even happened." If you are facing a fire damage restoration project for your home, here is a look at how to identify smoke damage.


Smoke damage can appear in two forms:



  • In the case of a slow, smoldering fire, the resulting smoke residue , or soot, will be sticky, wet and strong smelling. Wet soot has an oily texture that stains carpets, furniture and any cloth furnishings in the house.

  • A fast burning fire, however, leaves behind dry soot that smears and stains less—but the dry soot often becomes damp due to the moisture from the fire hose.


In order to ensure that all of the smoke damage has been removed from your home, it is a good idea to contact SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley as soon as possible. Our team of trained professionals can provide you with expert smoke damage repair. After your fire damage restoration project has been completed, your home will be restored to its original clean and healthy condition.


Smoke damage remediation varies and every situation is different. It can involves the use of industrial-strength vacuuming to suck up the soot without smearing it. Attempting to brush off soot only embeds it deeper into the fabric. As the pros vacuum the room, each area is covered with a drop cloth to protect it.


Smoke odor can linger in fabrics and is not as straightforward to remove. Professional cleaners use different chemicals to break down smoke molecules. Other methods including ozone treatment and applying specially formulated paint that seals up the source of smoke odor.


As water and fire damage specialists, we have the experience, the expertise, and the advanced training that enables us to get your property restored quickly and thoroughly.



  • Fire & Smoke Restoration Technician

  • Odor Control Technician

  • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician


SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley is open 7 days a week 24 hours a day including all holidays. 


(509) 926 6140

Simple tips to limit mold growth in your Spokane or Spokane Valley home

4/20/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Simple tips to limit mold growth in your Spokane or Spokane Valley home Bathroom Mold in a Spokane Valley home March 2017

        Mold thrives in damp and dark places, making bathrooms an ideal environment for it to grow. Showers and baths keep the room moist, and various crevices provide perfect spaces for mold to flourish. However, you can help prevent mold growth in your bathroom with these simple tips.

 

  • Washing Your Rugs and Shower Curtain regularly. These items retain water longer than other surfaces in the bathroom, so they are perfect targets for mold. Some fabric curtains and certain rugs can go in the washing machine, but read their tags for specific instructions. To clean plastic liners, simply soak them in your tub in either a mix of water and all-purpose cleaner or water and bleach for a half an hour. Consider replacing when necessary
  • Turning on and keeping on the Ventilation Fan. Whenever you bathe or shower, make sure to turn on the bathroom ventilation fan and keep it on until your bathroom is dry. The bathroom can dry even faster when leaving the door open.
  • Air Out the Curtain and Towels. After showering, make sure to extend your shower curtain. If it’s scrunched up, it will take longer to dry, and mold may start to grow in the folds. Hang up your towels and pick up any clothes off the floor so they will dry faster as well.
  • Check for Leaks Regularly. Examine all bathroom fixtures. Don’t forget the pipes under the sink. Water from small leaks provides the perfect and ideal breeding ground for mold.
  • Wipe Down Bathroom Surfaces. If you have a glass shower, make sure to squeegee the excess water off the glass panes before you hop out of the shower. Wipe any moisture accumulation off the bathroom walls and flooring as well.
  • Manage Household Humidity Levels. If your house is already humid, it will be more difficult for your bathroom to dry out after a shower. If your house feels humid you can use the AC or a dehumidifier to help.
  • Keep the Clutter Out of the Shower/Tub. Avoid storing toys, shampoo bottles, loofahs, and washcloths in the shower. These items often help retain moisture in the bathroom and all give mold an ideal location to grow and hide. Try storing bottles, washcloths, toys, etc. in wire hanging baskets, in mesh nets, or on hooks that will allow everything to drip dry.
  • Clean the Bathroom Weekly. Mold spores can remain dormant for quite some time while waiting for the right circumstances to grow. It’s important to regularly clean your bathroom even if there are no visible signs of a problem. Scrub your toilets, counters, sinks, tub, and walls. Don’t forget to dust as well. Clear out your drains as needed so water remains in sinks and bathtubs for less time.
  • Seal all Grout Lines. If you have tile, it’s important to seal grout lines once a year. This will prevent mold from growing in between your tiles.

Mold can grow almost anywhere, these tips can help prevent mold growth but be aware, mold is persistent. If you find mold on your property, call SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley immediately so we can start the mold remediation process.

 SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley are skilled technicians available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week- Including all holidays. (509) 926-6140

"What is happening to your property" A detailed water damage timeline for your Spokane or Spokane Valley home

4/7/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage "What is happening to your property" A detailed water damage timeline for your Spokane or Spokane Valley home damage left untreated for 6 days. Molded carpet and walls. Spokane Valley 2016

Flooding and water emergencies have a schedule, they can happen at any moment SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24/7—including all holidays 


(509) 926-6140


Water Damage Timeline


Within Minutes



  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.

  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.

  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.

  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.


Hours 1 - 24:



  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.

  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.

  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.

  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.

  • A musty odor appears.


48 Hours to 1 Week:



  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.

  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.

  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.

  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.

  • Paint begins to blister.

  • Wood flooring swells and warps.

  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.


More Than 1 Week:



  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.

  • Structural safety, mold growth, and bio-hazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.


Since every flood and water damage scenario is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. However, the overall water restoration process remains the same. The steps below detail our restoration process for the typical water-damaged property.


Step 1: Emergency Contact


Step 2: Inspection and Damage Assessment


Step 3: Water Removal/Water Extraction


Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification


Step 5: Cleaning and Repair


Step 6: Restoration


SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley is locally owned and operated, a proud member of this community for over 25 years. When you have a cleaning or restoration need, we’re already nearby and ready to help. We take pride in being a part of the Spokane Valley, WA community and want to do our part in making it the best it can be.