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Types of Storm Damage that Can Drastically Affect Your Home

12/31/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Types of Storm Damage that Can Drastically Affect Your Home Storm Damage Spokane

Severe weather can take a toll on your home. It’s not unusual for storm damage to affect your home’s exterior, leading to serious problems in the aftermath of the weather. SERVPRO of Spokane Valley provides 24-hour restoration services for weather-related damage to homes.

When a storm strikes, it’s important to be aware of the potential problems that can develop. You can’t control the weather, but you can control how you respond in the immediate aftermath. Here are three of the issues that could afflict your home after a storm hits:

  • Roof Damage: Roofs are susceptible to damage during any major storm, from heavy winds and torrential rains to snowstorms. Moisture can weaken already vulnerable areas of the roof, and strong winds can knock down loose shingles or cause visible damage to them. You may notice a leak in your attic or ceiling if a storm damages your roof.
  • Windows Are Vulnerable: A thoroughly sealed and weather-stripped window is unlikely to suffer severe storm damage, but old windows that haven’t been catered to recently could develop problems if it rains. For example, the moisture can seep into openings around the window, causing a leak inside the house. Rain can also cause wood to rot and mold to develop in the window’s vicinity. Rugs and carpets in the area could also be susceptible to water damage. Windows in the basement are extremely vulnerable if they aren’t protected, which leads to flooded basements and potentially damaged property.
  • Gutters Can Become Clogged: Gutters aren’t immediately obvious problems because you have to inspect them to see if they’ve become clogged after the storm. Rain can wash all kinds of debris into them, and once they become congested, they no longer filter water away from your home. The result could be water damage to your property, and the gutters could also suffer damage later since the excess weight of debris can cause them to sag.

Storm damage affects more than just the trees around the house. It can also have an impact on your home’s foundation. After a major storm, take a close look at your home and investigate for problematic signs. If you discover anything, call the restoration service team at SERVPRO of Spokane Valley (509) 926-6140 They’ll manage the situation and restore your home back to normal. 

Do You Think You Have A Mold Issue in Your Spokane Home

12/29/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Do You Think You Have A Mold Issue in Your Spokane Home Mold damage Spokane Valley home

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to re mediate your mold infestation. (509) 926-6140

Tips for preventing frozen pipes in your Spokane Valley Apartment

12/29/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Tips for preventing frozen pipes in your Spokane Valley Apartment Broken pipe Spokane Valley

Frozen pipes are a real danger during the winter. When frozen pipes burst, you could be looking at flood damage and ruined possessions. And worse, depending on your renters insurance coverage, you may not be covered for reimbursements and repairs. That’s why renters should be especially vigilant about preventing frozen pipes during the Spokane winters. After all, the last thing you want is to come home from a hard days work to a dripping wet apartment.

Fortunately, there are several things you can do to avoid the perils of frozen pipes. Protect your pipes from freezing by using these 5 simple tips.

1. Set your thermostat.

Whether you are simply at work all day or are gone for a week-long vacation, never turn your heating off completely when you are gone from your apartment for an extended period of time. Your minimum thermostat setting in winter should be 55°F.

2. Open your cabinet doors.

Pipes that are located in cabinets are isolated by closed cabinet doors, making it harder for them to stay warm. Open your cabinet doors so that the warm air in the rest of the apartment can circulate around the pipes to help keep them from freezing.

3. Clear your gutters.

If your apartment is located on the top floor, you or your landlord should make sure gutters are clear so icicles or dams won’t form. If you’re concerned about doing it yourself, contact your apartment’s maintenance team.

4. Keep your garage door closed.

If your apartment has a garage, make sure you keep the door closed when temperatures are freezing. This prevents exposing water supply lines that run through the garage.

5. Let your faucets drip.

If you know temperatures will reach freezing, let your faucets drip, whether you’re at home or away. Even a small amount of water running through an exposed pipe helps prevent it from freezing.

Plan ahead for leaks and mold damage in your Spokane Valley Restaurants

12/29/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Plan ahead for leaks and mold damage in your Spokane Valley Restaurants Spokane restaurant

Leaks can happen in any business. Your Spokane restaurant maybe at risk from leaking appliances such as dishwashers, seepage from windows or roofs, or burst pipes. After a leak, there is a genuine risk of mold damage, which is something no business owner wants. In particular, there is a risk of mold growing in food storage spaces which could lead to spoilage and the costly loss of your stock. That is why it is important to plan to prevent leaks and therefore mold damage in your business.

Mold Damage is unsightly, and naturally, you want to take all the steps you can to prevent it happening in your Spokane Valley restaurants. One way you can plan is by carrying out a risk assessment and putting guidelines in place for what to do in the event of a leak. The sooner you deal with water in your premises, the less chance there is of damp settling in and giving mold a place to grow.

The first step is a risk assessment. Contact SERVPRO of Spokane Valley (509-926-6140) and a representative will provide a free Emergency Ready Profile (ERP). It only takes a short time to have a professional do one. 

Take a look at all the places water could enter, or leak or spill: Appliances, windows, doors, the basement, sinks, and faucets. Check for leaks or damage, and get necessary repairs done as soon as possible. Get your staff into the habit of cleaning up spills immediately.

Check out where your food is stored and make sure it is dry, so mold cannot form (the spores need moisture to grow). Plan how to keep food safe from damp in the event of a leak, perhaps by moving it to a different location in your store, or even to another location in the area.

SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley is on hand to help dehumidify and dry your premises before mold has the chance to grow. Our IICRC-certified technicians use moisture probes and penetrating moisture meters to look for hidden patches of damp and make sure your premises is thoroughly dry. 

 SERVPRO of Spokane Valley (509) 926-6140.

What To Do After a Storm In Spokane Valley

12/29/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What To Do After a Storm In Spokane Valley Storm Damage South Hill Spokane

After the Storm - What Now?

Whether it's a hurricane or ice damming, nature can throw some terrible storm damage at people. Frozen pipes, flood water, roof damage - anything can go wrong during a storm. Where does the clean-up start after a storm?

Call a professional like SERVPRO of Spokane Valley. DIY home restoration or learning to use a flood pump is futile after a disaster. Our experts will be able to assess roof damage and structural problems after river flooding or hail damage. People should not try to fix a roof leak or do roof repair if they are not qualified. Attempting to could result in bodily harm or even death. Call us for your storm remediation needs.

In Spokane there are the winter hazards of blizzards, extreme snowfall, ice damming, etc. Ice damage can come in many forms - roofs collapse, pipes burst and power lines fall. An ice dam can cause major damage by blocking water from running off of the roof. Wind Damage usually accompanies a severe blizzard. Trees topple over, vinyl siding is blown off and telephone lines are blown down. As winter approaches in the Spokane Valley be prepared for the possibility of:

ice dam
frozen pipes
hail damage
ice damage
wind damage 

Let SERVPRO of Spokane Valley, who specialize in storm restoration do their job. Our water restoration specialists can put a flood pump inside to empty the home of flood water. Our home restoration specialists can apply tarps and plywood until roof repair can be completed. These professionals know what needs to be done in order to get homes back to livable conditions. Professionals can help with:

river flooding
storm damage
wind damage
roof repair
roof leaks

Depending on geographic locations, some people may have hurricane damage or flooding in their areas. As water levels rise and storm surges swell, homes can sustain devastating blows. Ground water can become contaminated with bacteria and mosquitoes. River flooding can soak basements and ground-level rooms with mud, water and snakes. Each natural disaster brings it's own set of problems. Home restoration companies know how to handle different disasters in different regions.

Storm restoration is a process. Standing ground water can cause a need for water restoration specialist to be called in. Flooding, a roof leak, roof damage and hurricane damage are all reasons to phone for help with storm remediation. Water restoration after storm damage can be tricky. Sure, the water may flow from the taps, but is it safe to drink? It's better to let the professionals handle that during storm remediation.

Immediately after the storm call for help. Keep these numbers on the emergency contact list:

SERVPRO of Spokane Valley 509-926-6140 24/7

Our storm restoration teams will bring flood pumps to get up ground water and flood water. Hurricane damage, storm damage, roof repair, ice dam, hail damage, ice damming and wind damage can be handled by our experts.

Call for assistance with:

roof repair
roof leak
frozen pipes
ice damage
ice dam

Frozen pipes, roof damage and ground water are serious damages that are better handled by the pros.
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Heavy Snow Storms in Spokane can lead to heavy flooding when it melts.

12/29/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Heavy Snow Storms in Spokane can lead to heavy flooding when it melts. Spokane Valley Homes Scramble to prevent flooding

Homes in the Spokane area can sustain tremendous damage when melting snow cannot flow away correctly. Many reasons exist for this problem. One of the most common reasons, clogged storm drains, can prevent water from draining away after accumulating in the street. Gutters around your home, if you fail to maintain them properly or they become damaged, can allow rainwater to collect too closely to your home and cause flooding that way. 

When Spokane Valley homeowners face water damage from melting snow or floods, experts should perform the much-needed mitigation. The SERVPRO of Spokane Valley professionals receive training and ongoing education, becoming certified by the IICRC in several types of post-disaster home restoration. This training includes the latest technological advances while covering the high-tech equipment used during the mitigation process. We invest in the purchase of top of the line pieces of equipment to serve your all your mitigation and restoration needs. 

Because flooding can happen slowly or rapidly, past floods can provide you with only scant information about current conditions. Homes that have always remained dry can suddenly become swamped with water. Your home might flood for entirely unpreventable reasons. However, SERVPRO of Spokane Valley's technicians are always ready to remove the water, get your home dry again, and restore it so your family can enjoy it once more, “Like it never even happened.” 

Flooding, even when localized and solely affecting your home, brings parasites and pathogens into your home. A cleaning regimen that includes sanitizing and proper treatment to eliminate living microorganisms makes it safe for your family. Other hazards like sharp objects that can cut or puncture the skin, allowing those microorganisms to cause possible health hazards. We remove these by bagging and disposing of them properly, so you never need to worry about children discovering them later. 

Drying your home out thoroughly with the use of air blowers, heaters, and air scrubbers restore humidity levels to normal while also eliminating airborne microorganisms. Heated pads that also suction up moist air can dry floors out more rapidly than other devices are capable of doing. Because carpeting rarely survives a flood and acts as a sponge, removal, and disposal of carpets and pads always occur first, before drying floors can begin. This removes contaminated water from the premises and also some of the excess moisture--less drying time.

SERVPRO of Spokane Valley is a locally owned and operated service, dedicated to serving our neighbors for over 25 years. Contact us at (509) 926-6140 for 24-hour service that can restore your home after any size flood damage event.

Deodorizing your Spokane home after the Canada Fire storms

8/5/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Deodorizing your Spokane home after the Canada Fire storms Smoke damage. Deodorization. Spokane Valley 08/05/2017

As we know, Spokane is being choked by the smoke from the BC Fires storms in Canada. Breathing is extremely difficult and the smoke is trapping the hot summer air in. Spokane is a neighborly and family oriented community. Be sure to keep an eye on the children and the elderly. Knock on your neighbors door to make sure they are alright, especially if they do not have Air conditioning and cannot open the windows due to the smoke in the air.

 On the business side, SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley is here to help you with just a phone call. The smell of smoke and the trail of ash from the fires can linger long after the fires storms are over and the smoke has passed. Not only are we experts in fire restoration, we are also experts in deodorization, SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley is trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors like smoke. These odors can come from a number of sources both inside and outside a structure.

 SERVPRO teaches IICRC technical classes in the proper removal of odors. Masking and other short cuts don't work when your odor problem is serious or persistent.

SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley (509) 926-6140 24/7

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.