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Take These Steps to Prevent Water Damage

9/7/2021 (Permalink)

home with water damage No matter how serious or extensive the water damage is in your Spokane Valley home, SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley can handle it for you.

There are a few steps you can take to help prevent water damage to your Spokane Valley home. Here are a few:

1. Carefully Inspect Your Roof

Your roof is constantly exposed to sunlight and precipitation. If your shingles begin to fall apart, roof leaks can develop without your knowledge. Stay ahead of water damage by inspecting your roof regularly — especially after big storms.

2. Make Sure Your Gutters Are Clean

Good drainage is essential to protecting your home from water damage. Bad drainage can weaken your foundation, leading to cracks, uneven settling and can open paths for water to find its way inside. Your gutters are key to this. Clogged gutters may direct water into window wells or other areas which allow water to seep into the house.

3. Caulk and Seal Your Windows

Caulking and sealing your windows regularly is one of the easiest ways to protect your home from water damage. You can also apply caulking to bathtubs, ceiling fixtures, drains, faucets, and other plumbing fixtures to keep water from seeping in where it doesn’t belong.

4. Check Your Pipes

It’s a good idea to inspect all the pipes in your home at least once a year. Over time, pipes gradually corrode, rust, decay, or develop cracks, all of which can result in leaks. In severe cases, you could be facing a flood of water or even raw sewage into your home, causing extensive—and expensive—damage.

5. Got a Sump Pump? Test It!

A sump pump is your first line of defense against basement flooding. They’re used to pump water that has accumulated in a sump basin away from a home to a municipal storm drain or dry well.

When your Spokane Valley home has water damage, you need the company that can respond immediately and has the expertise and equipment to properly restore your property.

SERVPRO of Spokane Valley uses advanced water damage inspection and extraction equipment to help them find the moisture and to remove it as quickly as possible. Our IICRC certified technicians will monitor and document the drying process so that you know your property is back to normal.

SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley is a trusted resource with decades of experience dealing with water damage as well as fire, smoke, mold, biohazard, and other types of property damage. We are here or you anytime 24/7. Just call 509-926-6140. 

Storm Damage in the Spokane Valley? Here's What to Do.

8/17/2021 (Permalink)

Home with wind blown tree down Storm damage in the Spokane Valley comes in all varieties. Wind, rain, hail and more can cause major problems on your property. Call the experts!

The Storm is Over--Now What?

Nature can throw some terrible storm damage at people here in the Spokane Valley. Frozen pipes, floodwater, roof damage - anything can go wrong during a storm. Where does the clean-up start after a storm?

After securing your own and your family's safety first, it's time to call a professional restoration company like SERVPRO of Spokane Valley to help with severe storm damage. Our experts will be able to assess roof damage and structural problems after 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 accidents or even death. 

Let SERVPRO of Spokane Valley, who specializes in storm restoration do their job. Our water restoration specialists can put a flood pump in your home to empty it of floodwater after a storm or broken pipe. Our home restoration specialists can apply tarps and plywood until more permanent roof repair can be completed. These professionals know what needs to be done in order to get homes back to livable conditions. Our professionals can help with:

flooding
storm damage
wind damage
roof repair
roof leaks

Flooding of nearby rivers can soak basements and ground-level rooms with mud, water and other debris. Each natural disaster brings its own set of problems. Our specialized technicians have experience in handling storm damage in the Spokane area.

Storm restoration is a process. Standing groundwater can cause a need for a water restoration specialist to be called in. Flooding, a roof leak, and roof 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

Our storm restoration teams will bring flood pumps to remove groundwater and flood water, 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 groundwater are serious damages that are better handled by the pros.
Visit www.SERVPROspokanevalley.com for more information on storm damage remediation.

How to Tell if You Have a Slow Water Leak

8/17/2021 (Permalink)

Ceiling with blistering paint from water leak Water damage can sometimes be hard to spot unless you know what you're looking for. Call the experts at SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley.

When a slow leak starts inside your home’s walls, it doesn’t attract attention, but it does leave solid clues. If you know how to detect water leakage in walls, you can minimize potentially serious damage. Be on the lookout for these six signs of water leaks behind your sheetrock.

1. Persistent Musty Odors

As water slowly drips from a leaky pipe inside the wall, flooring and sheetrock stay damp and develop an odor similar to wet cardboard, generating a musty smell that can help you find hidden leaks.

2. Mold in Unusual Areas

Mold usually grows in wet areas like kitchens, baths and laundry rooms. If you spot the stuff on walls or baseboards in other rooms of the house, it’s a good indicator of undetected water leaks.

3. Stains That Grow

When mold thrives around a leaky pipe, it sometimes takes hold on the inside surface of the affected wall. A growing stain on otherwise clean sheetrock is often your sign of a hidden plumbing problem.

4. Peeling Wallpaper or Paint

This clue is easy to miss in rooms that don’t get much use. When you see wallpaper separating along seams or paint flaking off the wall, blame sheetrock that stays wet because of an undetected leak.

5. Slowly Warping Sheetrock

Over time, sheetrock wicks up moisture from a slow leak, and that can cause the wall to develop bends and curves. Warped sheetrock is a sure sign of a slow water leak.

6. Buckled Ceilings and Stained Floors

If ceilings or floors in bathrooms, kitchens or laundry areas develop structural problems, don’t rule out constant damp inside the walls. Wet sheetrock can affect adjacent framing, flooring and ceilings.

If you have any kind of water damage, slow or not, you'll want to call the IICRC certified water damage experts in the Spokane Valley. SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley can be on the scene at your property anytime 24/7 to help you with your water damage issues. Just call 509-926-6140.

SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley Can Help You Deal With Wildfire Smoke.

8/17/2021 (Permalink)

When wildfire smoke directly impacts you and your home you need to take some action to remediate smoke indoors. SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley is uniquely qualified to help you with your smoke damage and odor problems.

If you live in an area prone to wildfires, it's best to plan ahead and know what safety measures to take to protect your health and your home. For most people without specific health conditions including lung or heart disease, the following protocols can be followed:

  • Don't mow the lawn or allow kids to play outdoors when the air quality is compromised by wildfire smoke, even if that smoke is in the distance.
  • Be aware of your area's Air Quality Index. Ratings of 51 and below are good. 51 to 100 is a moderate risk, while anything over 100 is unhealthy. If the Air Quality Index reaches 301+ it's hazardous.
  • If your local authorities recommend staying indoors, stay indoors.
  • Keep windows and fire place dampers closed and window air conditioning units on re-circulating mode.
  • If told to evacuate, don't hesitate. Grab a limited amount of essentials and evacuate your area.

Tip: A dusk mask will not protect you from breathing in smoke particles.

Air Scrubbers Can Be Deployed in Your Home

SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley has industrial strength air scrubbers which can efficiently remove smoke from your home and restore a clean breathing environment for your family. These specialized units are uniquely suited for removing smoke, dust and odors from your home. They can be deployed quickly and work quietly to restore your indoor air.

Effects of Forest Fire Smoke on Homes

The damage from a burning fire is easy to see on a home. The smoke from a wildfire can be equally damaging, but may not be as easily seen. However, it almost always can be smelled. Smoke damage to the exterior and interior of your home from a wildfire can be in the form of smoke stains as well as deeply permeating odors. Smoke odors can seep into drywall, woodwork, fabrics, carpet, books and other personal items.

After the danger of the wildfire has passed and you're able to return to your home, it's time to call your insurance agent and the professionals at SERVPRO of Spokane Valley. Our trained teams will assess the smoke damage as well as any fire/water damage that your home may have suffered during the wildfire. We can determine an action plan for cleaning, restoration, and smoke removal. With state-of-the-art equipment, proprietary products, and professionals with years of expertise, SERVPRO of Spokane Valley can safely and effectively remediate wildfire smoke damage for your home.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO Spokane Valley is locally owned and operated for over 25 years, so we are part of this community too. When you have a smoke or fire damage emergency, we’re already nearby and ready to help. We take pride in being a part of the Spokane Valley community and want to do our part in making it the best it can be.

Have Questions? Call Us Today – (509) 926-6140

SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley Helps with Hoarding Cleanup

8/17/2021 (Permalink)

Home of a hoarder with piles of garbage. Hoarding is not only health issue, it's an emotional issue. When you need help, call the experts at SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley.

SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley cares about individuals and families that are struggling with hoarding. Our highly trained experts are discreet and compassionate when dealing with sensitive issues. While we are trained in the technical aspects of cleaning potential biohazards we also recognize that there are emotional issues happening in individuals and families at this time. We are experienced in helping families deal with these challenges.

If you or a loved one has a home filled with stuff that you need help removing, SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley can help. We understand the business of cleaning hoarder homes. Our crews and technicians have the experience and knowledge necessary for cleaning homes that could have biohazard issues like toxins and molds. 

Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences. A failure to properly remove such substances can contribute to unhealthy and dangerous environments. SERVPRO Spokane Valley is trained to safely remove biohazards and dispose of them properly in accordance with OSHA and health regulations.

Equipped with the necessary safety apparatus and cleaning products, we can help transform these unhealthy environments back into clean, safe home.

If you have a hoarding problem that needs to be cleaned, we are standing by for your call. We are available 24/7. Just call us at 509-926-6140. We'll be ready to help.

Worried About Wildfire Smoke in Your Indoor Air?

8/3/2021 (Permalink)

Hazy, smoke-filled sky Smoke from wildfires is everywhere. Clean the air in your home or office with air scrubbers from SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley.

Wildfire season is in full swing in the Inland Northwest. It seems to have started earlier this year and has only become worse as the summer has progressed. Many of our customers are concerned about the effects of exposure to smoke during this troublesome time of the year. 

Wildfire Smoke Contains Gases and Particulates

Wildfire smoke often contains gases and particulate matter from burning vegetation and other materials. This can even be a problem for people who are well outside the immediate area of the fire as the smoke and particulates can spread for hundreds of miles. When smoky conditions persist in your outdoor environment it’s very likely that the same smoke is penetrating your home or office.

If you feel that poor air quality from wildfire smoke—or any other source—is impacting your home or place of business, you have a solution right at your fingertips. A quick phone call to SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley will give you access to professional, industrial strength air scrubbers.  These devices can be deployed in your home or office to clean your indoor air and restore it to pristine quality. Our air scrubbers feature a two-stage filtration system that captures larger particulates such as household dust, followed by a professional HEPA filter that captures 99.7% of the small particles down to 0.3 microns. This effectively removes wildfire pollutants.

The Difference Between Air Purifiers and Air Scrubbers

You might be thinking that you don’t have to worry about your indoor air quality because you have an air purifier. While air purifiers and air scrubbers both use negative ions to do their work, the air scrubber has a decided advantage in that it can not only clean particles from the air, but can also remove settled dust and bacteria. As a result, air scrubbers are much more efficient at creating an indoor air environment that is free not only of wildfire smoke, but other odors and pollutants that may be in your home or office.

 Call Now to Get Air Scrubbers and Clean Your Air!

SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley has technicians on staff who are IICRC certified and trained in the use of this specialized equipment and can quickly create a solution for your indoor pollution issues. Just give us a call at 509-926-6140 anytime 24/7.

Got Fire Damage? Hire a Restoration Firm with Experience in Smoke Damage Restoration

7/28/2021 (Permalink)

If your home has had fire damage, you’ll be best served by hiring a restoration firm with smoke damage restoration experience. Here are a few reasons why getting help from pros is your best bet.

Quick Response Times

Restoration professionals understand how urgent the job is. They’re basically running against the clock if they want to restore your property to its pre-fire condition. That’s also why you’ll want to hire a service provider that offers 24/7 emergency response.

Specialized Equipment and Processes

Established smoke damage restoration experts have tools that make the cleanup process faster and much more effective. With the right tools and cleaning products, the crew can restore your property and belongings much faster, which means better chances of getting them back to their pre-damaged condition.

Thorough Check

A thorough inspection of your home is crucial, especially after a fire. Pros know how to perform this task. They can assess the extent and level of damage that your property suffered. Once that’s done, the firm will come up with a plan to restore your property.

Trained Team

Hiring the services of a professional team means you can count on skilled technicians to get the job done and done right. Team members also have the experience and knowledge to ensure efficient results. With their help, you can go back to your home as soon as possible. Their knowledge of and expertise in cleaning is a major contributing factor in effectively reversing the smoke damage.

That’s why your first call after the fire is out should be to SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley. Our experienced professionals are IICRC certified and are up to date with the latest equipment and technologies that will help to make your restoration go quickly and efficiently. Call us anytime 24/7 at 509-926-6140. We’re here for you.

Make Sure You Hire an Experienced Fire Damage Restoration Firm

7/28/2021 (Permalink)

Home interior with significant fire damage No matter the size or scope of your fire damage, the experienced team at SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley can help!

Regardless of the cause, a house fire can lead to enormous damage. If it does happen, make sure you hire professionals to help with the cleanup and restoration. Before you pick a crew, look at several of the important considerations you’ll want to keep in mind when you choose the best service provider.  

A Proven Track Record

A firm with a lot of references makes for a sound option. Local references are also ideal since the proximity means that if there’s an emergency, they can get to your address as soon as possible.

Detailed Repair Plan

When you look for a service provider, ask about what they intend to do. How will they go about the cleanup and restoration? What steps will they take? If they don’t have a solid plan of action to show you, that’s a red flag. You’ll want to look for help elsewhere. Also, the plan must be customized to your needs and specific situation or budget. Don’t be afraid to sort out those details with the firm.

Navigate Insurance Claims

An experienced fire damage cleaning and restoration firm can help you file a successful insurance claim. They know the ins-and-outs of the process, can provide you with the details needed to fill up forms and make it easier for you to file claims with the proper documentation.

Respect for Your Home

The best part about hiring trusted pros is that you can count on them to treat your home and belongings with respect. Dealing with fire and smoke damage can be devastating for anyone. Hiring a team that knows how to provide competent and compassionate assistance is a must.

These reasons and more are why a call to SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley is your smartest move. Our technicians are highly trained and experienced. We have the resources to tackle your fire damage, regardless of size or scope—and we’re IICRC certified so you can be confident that we’re up to date on the latest techniques and equipment to resolve your damage. Call us at 509-926-6140 any time 24/7.

Storm Damage Suggestions for the Spokane Valley

7/28/2021 (Permalink)

Fallen tree on Spokane Valley home Storm Damage in the Spokane Valley can be serious. You need a professional firm to help with restoration and repair.

Severe weather conditions often result in a massive cleanup project. If there’s property damage, you’ll need to be careful about how you proceed. Here are a few tips to help you deal with the aftermath and how to sort things out.

Check If It’s Safe

Don’t reenter the premises until you’re certain that it is safe to do so. In this case, it would be smart to hire an experienced storm damage restoration firm to inspect your residential or commercial property. An expert knows what signs to check to determine if the structure is sound or not.

Call for Restoration Help

It’s best to hire a restoration service as soon as you can. With a professional cleaning and restoration firm working on cleaning or saving your belongings, you have a much better chance of getting those items back to their pre-storm damaged condition.

Talk to Your Insurance Firm

You’ll want to start a conversation with your insurance company right away. Know the steps on how you can successfully file for a claim. Documentation from the storm damage cleaning and restoration experts you hire will help you answer those insurance questions.

List the Damage

Documentation of all the damages to your property is essential. A professional restoration service can provide much-needed help with this. You can get a detailed report from them that lists all of the damage they find. Because they’re experienced, they may see damage where you may think there is none. It’s best to defer to their experience.

Keep All the Receipts

Storm damage isn’t something you can’t sit on. Waiting until your insurance provider fixes the damage isn’t a viable option. You’ll need to get this done soon or the damage will only worsen. Hire a restoration expert to handle the work and keep all the receipts. A trusted service provider may not be the cheapest one but that hiring decision provides excellent value for your money. 

In the Spokane Valley, the preferred damage restoration resource is SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley. Experienced professionals are available to you anytime 24/7 with just a phone call. You can contact them at 509-926-6140.

When Your Spokane Valley Business Suffers Property Damage, We Can Help Now!

7/21/2021 (Permalink)

Regardless of whether it's a fire, storm, or flood studies show that up to 50% of businesses never recover from a disaster. SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley can get you back in business quickly.

SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley can help protect your business's financial health by cleaning and restoring your damaged property and get you back in business quickly. This restoration can include your inventory, the building's internal structure, and even the furnishings.

Our trained technicians are IICRC certified and have experience in all aspects of damage clean up and restoration. As a result, most insurance companies are eager to work with us in getting your business back to normal after a flood, fire, or other disasters. 

We do a comprehensive inventory, then securely place your items in crates for transport back to our facility for restoration work. When that is complete we return your items in restored condition. Of course, some large items cannot be moved for restoration and will need to be restored in place and then sanitized to make certain you have a healthy environment for your employees and customers.

We are not only worried about the appearance of your business. There are concerns that may be hidden from view. For example, after a flood, an important part of restoration is eliminating the odors that invariably happen in a flood situation. If the odor persists, we'll work to find the source of the odor and remove it.

When flood, storm, or fire damage is affecting your business, call SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley @ (509)926-6140. We're there for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week including holidays.