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Causes of Mold in your Spokane Valley home

6/15/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Causes of Mold in your Spokane Valley home Mold Growth Wall Cavity Spokane Valley

Mold needs dampness, water, or mugginess to flourish. Mold spores can start developing inside as soon as they make contact with a wet surface. Some basic spots mold can flourish include:

  • Showers, baths, sinks, and toilets are normal spots for mold development. These regions have a tendency to be clammy, and without sufficient ventilation they give the ideal conditions for mold growth.
  • Air conditioners and heating ventilation.
  • Fireplace and stack. When not being utilized, chimneys and smokestacks are cool, moist, and dim—prolific ground for mold spores.
  • In the event that your rooftop has even the smallest of breaks, mold can develop and spread through the framework in the upper room. It can likewise flourish in the insulation and soffit vents.
  • In the cellar. That very old storm cellar smell is proof of dampness,humidity, and—more than likely—mold.Generally, it can be found around channels and pipes, or close to the foundation, sump pump, windows, or vents.

Indoor mold development can and ought to be anticipated and controlled by killing the sodden conditions inside. In the event that there is mold development in your house it's critical to manage it quickly and efficiently. The issue must be stopped at the source as well. In the right, or wrong,circumstance mold will spread rapidly—in as few as 24–48 hours.

Every mold damage scenario is different, and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our “typical” process:

  1. Emergency Contact - (509) 926-6140
  2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  3. Mold Containment
  4. Air Filtration
  5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  7. Restoration

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SERVPRO Spokane Valley is locally owned and operated for over 25 years—so we live and work here too and are proud to be part of this community. We are proud to provide mold remediation services in our local communities

What You Should Do When Dealing with A Fire Damaged Home in Spokane

5/21/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What You Should Do When Dealing with A Fire Damaged Home in Spokane Fire Damage Spokane Valley

What You Should Do When Dealing with Fire Damage in Your Spokane Home

Life has enough interruptions and bumps along the way without the unwanted disaster of a house fire. The aftermath is almost as bad but much longer-lasting. Even small fires can use the assistance of a professional cleanup/restoration company. Cooking fires that spread beyond the stove, barbecue grills that go up in smoke, and even small appliances that catch fire can cause damage to surrounding areas. 

Small Fires can Pose High Risks 

While you should never pour water on a grease fire, nor on an electrical one, many times that is a person's first reaction anywhere. This can cause even more damage. Cooking fires and electrical shorts are common causes of Spokane home and business fire damage.  It can also create physical risks to people standing nearby. With grease fires, baking soda should be poured into the pan and any grease or oil that has caught fire outside of the cooking pan or skillet instead of water. 

With electrical fires the appliance should be unplugged if it can be safely done, but not by pulling on the cord. This can cause the cord to snap, leaving the plug, without the cord, still in the outlet. The power to the area where this is happening should be shut off at the fuse box as quickly as possible to eliminate the hazard. 

After the Fire is Out, It's Time to Repair the Damage 

When there's been a localized fire, you should have someone assess the damages for you. This can often help with insurance documentation.

Damage can range from blackened walls and countertops to heavily burned surfaces, electrical wires being damaged and requiring replacement, to floors suffering damage so severe they must be replaced to be safe again. Having experts conduct the repairs needed can expedite insurance claims being resolved, as well. 

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Our Restore vs. Replace Mentality

Our “restore first” mentality helps to lower costs and get you back in your home or business sooner. This focus relies upon our specialized training and equipment to restore your property back to pre-fire condition.

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As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO Spokane Valley is strategically located to respond quickly to your smoke or fire damage event. When a major fire or disaster event occurs, we can call upon our national network of 1,700 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams if we need additional resources or personnel.

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Crawlspace Mold in Spokane Valley

5/21/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Crawlspace Mold in Spokane Valley Crawlspace Mold in Spokane Valley

Do you have problems with moisture in your crawlspace? Has a water leak caused mold, mildew or wood rot?

Crawl spaces in Spokane are prone to mold growth due to the high levels of moisture and humidity in these areas. Some of the most common causes of increased levels of humidity in the crawl space include water leaks, damaged insulation, and inadequate ventilation. To get rid of a mold problem in the crawl space, you have to control the moisture and humidity levels. Review our tips for how to prevent mold issues;

  • Check for water leaks in the foundation walls and crawl space ceiling — make sure there are no cracks that allow water to leak inside the crawl space. While checking for cracks, be sure to also inspect the HVAC ducts and plumbing components for leaks.
  • Ensure that the gutters and downspouts direct water away from your home’s foundation. Water that flows toward your house could enter your crawl space and basement.
  • Make sure your crawl space is properly ventilated — for every 150 square feet of crawl space area, there should be 1 square foot of ventilation. However, consult a professional to determine if you should keep the crawl space vents closed and, if so, find other ways to control the humidity in the crawl space.
  • Use plastic sheeting covers to insulate/encapsulate the crawl space floor and foundation walls. Vapor barriers like plastic sheeting covers trap the moisture that is evaporating from the soil and walls.
  • If your crawl space is already insulated, inspect the insulation once or twice a year. Make sure the insulation is not missing or sagging, which indicates that there could be a water problem.
  • Make sure dryer vents always discharge to the outside and not into the crawl space, attic or other area of the house. If they don’t, this can lead to a major increase in humidity.If you have a mold problem in your home or business, consider the following facts:
  • Call SERVPRO of Spokane Valley at 509-926-6140. Our trained and certified mold remediation technicians can diagnose your crawlspace moisture problem and get your crawlspace dried out in no time. Our technicians will remove any wet insulation in your crawlspace, treat the mold and mildew with an anti-microbial solution, dry the wet floor joists or subfloor, and remove and reset the vapor barrier so that you have no more problems of moisture damaging your home environment.
  • Significant mold growth can occur in 48-72 hours.
  • Mold may present a greater risk to children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory problems.
  • A strong, musty odor may indicate hidden mold behind drywall or under carpeting.
  • What to Do:
  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Spokane Valley for mold remediation services.
  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

Call SERVPRO of Spokane Valley BEFORE you call your Insurance Company

5/21/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Call SERVPRO of Spokane Valley BEFORE you call your Insurance Company Flood Damage Home in Northwest Spokane

After a fire or flood, it’s common for people to pick up the phone to call the insurance company first; but there’s a better way to manage the relief process.

SERVPRO of Spokane Valley has been providing disaster cleanup and restoration for more than 25 years. We’ve seen it all and helped hundreds of individuals through the overwhelming claims process.

Below, we explain the steps you should take to ensure the best outcome for your claim and why contacting SERVPRO of Spokane Valley could save you time and money.

Step One: Safety First! 

Before you call anyone about a home fire or flood, respond to emergencies and make sure all home or building occupants are safe. Responding may also include calling the fire department or shutting off the main water valve.

Step 2: Assess…But Don’t Clean

Once the home or building is safe to visit, it’s time to assess the damage. During this step, homeowners may feel inclined to clean or salvage personal belongings; however, this can lead to problems with an insurer.

Insurance companies could require detailed proof of a disaster as well as any claimed property damage. Homeowners mistakenly think they’re helping when they clean, but they’re actually destroying important evidence that could significantly impact a claim, or get the claim denied altogether.

A broad assessment of damages will help homeowners communicate the disaster more effectively to an insurance agent as well as a disaster relief company.

Here are some general questions you should be able to answer once you’ve assessed the damage:

  • What kind of disaster occurred? (i.e., flood, fire, mold, etc.)
  • Where is most of the damage?
  • Is the home or building secure? Are there broken windows, holes in the roof or walls, etc.?

Whatever you do, resist the urge to clean or tidy up. If the scene is safe, feel free to take pictures of the damage; however, your insurer and SERVPRO of Spokane Valley will document the damage fully, so it’s not always necessary for homeowners to document the damage at this stage.

Step 3: Contact SERVPRO of Spokane Valley

Homeowners typically call their insurer at this stage, but calling SERVPRO of Spokane Valley first at (509) 926-6140- offers clear advantages.

For example, it may be less expensive to pay directly for the cleanup and restoration. Some insurance policies have high deductibles. It might be   and pay for the damage out-of-pocket. SERVPRO of Spokane Valley can help determine if insurance is the wisest course of action.

If you’ve made claims in the past, you might not want to use insurance for minor damage or cleanup. Furthermore, the number of claims you make will impact your future insurance rates.

Another advantage of delaying a call with your insurance company: you get to pick your preferred restoration company without hassle. By law, it’s a homeowner’s right to choose whatever disaster relief company they want. 

Finally, working with a trusted, local restoration company could help reduce the overwhelming stress of the disaster. Good restoration companies work with homeowners to ensure the best insurance outcome. This includes detailed documentation of the disaster, generating accurate estimates, and being available to negotiate with insurance companies. They can also help determine if you should work with insurance or pay for the damages directly.

SERVPRO of Spokane Valley has been locally owned in operated for over 25 years. Always open (509)926-6140.

Step 4: Contact Your Insurer

Don’t wait too long to contact the insurance company. A claim could be denied if you don’t report the damage in a timely manner. 

At SERVPRO of Spokane Valley, we pride ourselves on excellent customer service, speedy relief 24/7, and insurance experience our customers can count on.

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Fire Damage Cleanup by SERVPRO of Spokane Valley

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Cleanup by SERVPRO of Spokane Valley Fire Damage in Spokane Valley

Nobody ever plans on it happening, but sometimes fires start inside a building. If a fire ever starts inside your Spokane Valley home, the first thing to do is make sure everyone is safe. Next, either you or the fire department puts the fire out so that the danger gets eliminated and your home is safe to re-enter.

After the fire is extinguished and it gets confirmed that everyone is safe, it is now time to assess the damage caused by the fire. The best call is to SERVPRO of Spokane Valley fire damage experts to assess and mitigate the damage present. Our technicians are IICRC certified and have experience in dealing with all types of fire damage. 
 
Anytime a fire burns inside a structure, both the heat and smoke ruins contents and building materials within your home. SERVPRO of Spokane Valley trains all of their staff to know how fire and smoke behave so that all of the damage created by the fire gets found and mitigated. Sometimes smoke coming from fire affects areas of the home that are not in the direct location of the fire's source. 
 
Due to convection smoke initially rises straight up as the less dense hot air rises and cold air falls. Smoke then heads to other rooms of the structure leaving behind less and less soot the further it travels from the source. The longer a fire burns, the more evenly soot gets deposited onto the walls and ceilings. Smoke often follows the natural air flow inside a building and gets attracted to colder surfaces first. At times the partially combusted particles can ionize and attached to objects like iron filing to a magnet. People often mistake smoke tags (webs) as spider webs. This is often the case with furnace puff back in colder climes. 
 
Sometimes soot collects heavier in some areas of the home than others. As smoke follows the building's airflow, areas near intake vents and cavities above suspended ceilings sometimes attract more soot than in other places. Smoke travels through closed doors and leaves thicker soot deposits in cracks where smoke gets concentrated as it travels past the door. 
 
As a locally owned and operated business for over 25 years and counting, SERVPRO of Spokane Valley is strategically located to respond quickly to your smoke or fire damage event.

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What to know about mold in Spokane Valley

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What to know about mold in Spokane Valley Attic mold damage- Veradale community in Spokane Valley

Mold affects more homes and businesses than you think - it’s everywhere in Spokane.  In fact, there’s a pretty good chance that you’re breathing it in as you’re reading this blog.  Mold spores are ever present in nature and wet, damp environments are ideal breeding grounds for mold spores to grow and flourish.  Left unchecked, the mold will get out of control and an expert mold remediation service company, like SERVPRO of Spokane Valley, will be needed to get rid of the problem. 

Following are some mold facts in order to help you learn to understand the basics:

  • Bleach does not kill mold and industry leaders do not recommend it. It usually grows back within weeks after being sprayed with bleach.
  • All home buyers should require an inspection before buying a home. Even newly built homes can report active growth.
  • Mold spores exist almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors. It only becomes a problem when large amounts of spores exist in an area. No one knows how many species of fungi exist but estimates range from tens of thousands to perhaps 300,000 or more.
  • Often times, homeowner insurance policies do not cover damages directly related to mold.
  • Organic and/or porous materials only have to be exposed to excessive moisture for 24-48 hours before mold can begin to grow.
  • Mold growth usually does not happen directly on glass or concrete. However, it can grow on the dust that accumulates on these materials.
  • Serious infestation reduces property values.
  • Infestation usually means that there is a structural defect that’s allowing moisture access.
  • Live Christmas trees can be a significant source of mold spores.
  • Humidifiers can cause moldproblems because they could significantly increase indoor humidity making conditions right for mold growth. 
  • If you try to paint over porous surfaces, mold will grow through the paint.
  • Outdoors, it plays an important role in nature. It breaks down toppled trees, fallen leaves, and dead animals.

Things that you can do to minimize the risk of mold contamination include promptly mitigating any water damage that occurs in your home.  Drain backups, toilet overflows, leaky pipes and roof leaks, if not properly cleaned, disinfected and dried will create the wet environment that mold spores seek.  A dehumidifier placed in an overly humid environment will help reduce the humidity levels which will preclude and minimize the spread of mold. 

It is vital that you be continually look around your home or business for mold as well as follow your nose.  Oftentimes the damp, musty smell is a good indicator that a problem is developing.  Should you find yourself concerned about mold, please contact us here at SERVPRO of Spokane Valley.

SERVPRO Spokane Valley is locally owned and operated for over 25 years and counting—so we live and work here too and are proud to be part of this community. 

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Tips to prevent mold growth in you local business in Spokane

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Tips to prevent mold growth in you local business in Spokane Mold damage Spokane Valley

The very idea of mold can make any home or business owner cringe. it can also be a really big problem when it is growing undetected somewhere on your business or belongings.

It can grow just about anywhere: on clothing, food, paper, carpet and the backside of drywall, just to name a few spots. It can produce allergens and irritants and, in some cases, toxins that are dangerous to your health.

Here are four steps you can take to protect your business and employees from a mold issue:

  • Do an audit of your property. Are there any areas that are full of moisture much of the time? Seepage into storage areas or accumulation from leaky pipes should be dried within 48 hours to avoid mold damage. Encourage workers to keep wet items picked up, hanging wet coats up and keeping rain boots and wet shoes in an area that won’t soak up moisture. Take steps to keep floors and windows dry at all times, but especially during wet weather.
  • Proper ventilation is a good way to keep mold at bay. Keeping bathroom and kitchen doors open can help, increasing air circulation and aiding in the drying process. Using dehumidifiers keeps areas dry and pleasant, and always keep an eye on them to make sure they are in good repair and not contributing any moisture themselves; the manufacturer’s information provided will give directions on cleaning and care of your unit.
  • Many products today contain mold-resistant materials, such as sheet-rock or paint. Shop around for helpful products when doing any renovation or repair to your Spokane business, especially in areas that will experience moisture, such as kitchens, break rooms, and bathrooms.
  • Monitoring the humidity indoors in your Spokane business can go a long way to mold prevention. The EPA recommends keeping indoor humidity between 30 and 60 percent; you can measure this with a moisture meter easily found at your local hardware store.

SERVPRO of Spokane Valley is owned and operated locally for over 25 years—so we live and work here too and are proud to be part of this community. We are proud to provide mold remediation services in our local communities. Always open (509)926-6140

Tips to prevent a Sump Pump failure in your Spokane home

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Tips to prevent a Sump Pump failure in your Spokane home Water damage failed sump pump in Spokane

The best way to prevent sump pump failure is with planning and maintenance. It’s true that your sump pump could be defective, but more often than not, problems arise due to a lack of maintenance or careless installation.

There are several reasons why your sump pump might be failing, and identifying these problems is key to preventing them. The most common cause of sump pump failure is a power outage. Sump pumps depend on your house for power, and blackouts can be problematic.

There are two ways to deal with this problem. First, it’s never a bad idea to have a backup generator in your home, specifically for instances like this. The other, less costly way to prevent sump pump failure during blackouts is to purchase a sump pump battery backup that operates when your power is out. Sump pump battery backups can cost anywhere between $275 and $500 plus labor to install. While the initial cost might not be attractive, they’re the best way to prevent basement flooding during a power outage.

Your sump pump might also be failing due to improper installation. Your unit could be too big or small for your house, which makes your pump more prone to failure. Make sure that your pump is the right for your home and the amount of ground water it will need to pump.

You may also have a sump pump switch problem, which is common because the float switch the moving part that gets the most use on a sump pump so it is often the part that wears out first.

Finally, maintenance is key to preventing sump pump failure. If you haven’t heard your pump run recently, test it by running a water hose into the sump pit or pouring in a five gallon bucket of water. When the water reaches a predetermined level, the pump should turn itself on, pump out most of the water then turn itself off again. If you have a backup pump, test it a few times each year to determine if it will work in the event of a blackout. And make a note of when the battery is due to be replaced. The backup pump won’t work if the battery dies. When testing your pump, make sure the discharge line’s air hole is clear. The float switch on the pump shouldn’t be restrained so make sure electrical cords aren’t tangled around the switch. Finally, remove any gravel in the sump pit and check that the screen that covers the sump pump’s water intake is clear of debris.

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Way to help a loved one with a Hoarding disorder in Spokane

3/27/2018 (Permalink)

Biohazard Way to help a loved one with a Hoarding disorder in Spokane Hoarder in Spokane Valley

First, take some time to learn about the disorder. Hoarding is a serious condition that can have emotional, social, financial and even physical effects on a person. The behaviors and situations below are hallmark signs of compulsive hoarding:

  • Avoids throwing away possessions that have no value to them or anyone else
  • Experiences mild to severe anxiety about getting rid of anything.
  • Repeatedly adding to the hoard without recognition that there is a problem.
  • Rooms in their home can no longer be used for their intended purpose
  • Possessions are negatively impacting their safety, health or hygiene.

Step 1: Talk About Cleaning and Organizing

The first step to cleaning a hoarder’s home is starting a conversation with your loved one who is challenged with a hoarding disorder. Talk about your plans and emphasize the ideas of safety and confidentiality. Discuss how organizing their home will make it safer to live in and communicate that you’re only there for support, not to judge.

Step 2: Make a Plan

  • Determine criteria for getting rid of items: Sit down with your loved one and help them create a list of criteria to determine if something can be thrown away. Remember that these are their belongings and they are in charge of this process
  • Make a schedule: Decide the order you will tackle the rooms and how much time you’ll plan to spend in each room.
  • Set goals: Setting goals is an important step in helping someone with hoarding tendencies. Set concrete and attainable goals to keep everyone motivated.

Step 3: Develop a Strategy for Waste Removal

When working with someone who has a hoarding disorder to clean their home, you will most likely be throwing away a lot of waste. Keep in mind that someone with a hoarding disorder may be tempted to remove items from the debris pile if left alone.

Step 4: Begin Organizing the Home

With your plan and waste removal strategy in place, you are ready to being cleaning and organizing the home. Follow your plan and go room by room. Using your pre-determined list of criteria, identify and throw away worthless clutter and create piles for items to be kept and items to be donated.

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The decontamination of a home or business due to trauma, sewage backups, chemical spills, hoarding or other biohazards can be both dangerous and emotional. Specialized training and experience is key when choosing a cleanup company to resolve these circumstances.

Clues of a Slow Leak behind walls in your Spokane Home

3/23/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Clues of a Slow Leak behind walls in your Spokane Home Waterleak from a leaking pipe from the floor above in Spokane

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.

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:

flooding
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.
Visit www.SERVPROspokanevalley.com for more information on storm damage.

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. 

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.


 


 


 

Getting your business up and running after a disaster in Spokane or Spokane Valley

4/7/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Getting your business up and running after a disaster in Spokane or Spokane Valley flooded office Spokane Valley July 2016

When your commercial business is flooding or has flooded, damage caused by the water can seem to keep on mounting.It can end up feeling like it's the end of your business. Up to 50% of businesses never recover from a disaster. SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley can help your business recover.

SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley can meet, and even exceed, your expectations for cleanup after you've had commercial flood damage in Spokane. We can help protect your business's financial health by undoing the damage caused by the water that invaded your property. This includes your inventory, the internal structure, and the furnishings. Because we are experts in restoring many different types of items, many insurance companies are willing to work with us in getting everything back to normal for businesses who have had flooding and other disasters. We want to get your commercial business open again. Every hour and every day is lost revenue for you. We know this.

 We can inventory then vault your items in crates on your site, take these back to our facility and then return them to you in better condition. Other items that are fixed in place, such as equipment, can be cleaned at your site, and then sanitized to ensure a healthy environment is restored.

Appearances are only on the surface; we want to restore your business to a healthy state. Another aspect of our cleaning is eliminating the odors that also come with flood damage. If odor remains, we know that there is something remaining that is causing it. We'll work to find the source of the odor, remove it, and if the odor remains, as it sometimes does, we'll deodorize, as well. For structural damage, we have professionals who can restore the interior areas that were damaged by the flood waters, such as drywall. Our technicians can decrease the drying time of other materials by increasing the ventilation in conjunction with raised temperatures.

When commercial flood damage is affecting your business, call SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley @ (509)926-6140. Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week including holidays.

Help for Hoarders Clean Up in Spokane or Spokane Valley

4/7/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Help for Hoarders Clean Up in Spokane or Spokane Valley Hoarding Spokane Valley 2016

Hoarding disorder is a persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions because of a perceived need to save them. A person with hoarding disorder experiences distress at the thought of getting rid of the items. Excessive accumulation of items, regardless of actual value, occurs.


Although not officially recognized as a distinct psychological disorder according to DSM-IV classifications, compulsive hoarding disorder is believed to be related to or interconnected with other disorders. These include bipolar disorder, social anxiety, and depression.


SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley cares about the ones in our Inland community that struggle with hoarding. 


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


24 Hour Emergency Service


We are available 24 hours a day—our highly trained technicians are standing by. We have the qualified trained professionals who are ready to respond to these incidents. We will always treat your property and the people involved with the greatest empathy and respect in the face of trying circumstances.


Just call us (509)926-6140


 

Tips to Protect Your Property Before, During and After a Flood in Spokane or Spokane Valley 2017

4/6/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Tips to Protect Your Property Before, During and After a Flood in Spokane or Spokane Valley 2017 Flooded Utility room Spokane Valley March 2017

While fire may be a more common concern among homeowners, your home could in fact be as much as ten times more likely to be damaged by water than by fire.* Significant sources of water damage to one’s property can come from weather-related moisture or flooding, including flooding from heavy rains, flash floods. Pipe freezing/broken pipes/ splitting pipes can also increase the potential for flooding. If in any doubt or if you have questions about prevention call SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley (509) 926-6140


Before the Flood:



  • Know if your property is in a flood zone

  • Check that your permanent equipment like furnaces, water heaters are elevated

  • If your property uses a sump pump, be sure to check periodically for proper function

  • If you own a generator, have a licensed electrician provide a transfer switch to your sump pump so you can operate it in the event of flooding.

  • Have a licensed plumber install an interior or exterior backflow prevention valve. This can help prevent sewage backup.

  • If flooding can occur outside, Keep sandbags on hand to help divert  water away from your foundation.

  • If you live is a snowy climate, flag drains to avoid plowing snow on top of them.

  • Learn if your community has a flood alert signal.

  • Collect emergency building materials if you live in a frequently flooded area. These may include plywood, plastic sheeting, lumber, nails, shovels and sandbags.

  • Plan and practice an emergency evacutation route if you reside in a flood zone. Designate a place for family members to meet in the event they become separated.

  • Teach all family members the proper and correct way to turn off utilities.

  • In case you are forced to leave your home, have a survival kit with all important documents, including insurance documents, medications and critical items.


During the Flood:



  • Listen to a battery-operated radio or television for the latest storm information from local officials or authorities. If advised to evacuate, shut off all utilities and evacuate immediately.

  • Move to high ground, avoid rising waters and do not walk or drive through any floodwaters.

  • Stay away from downed power lines and electrical wires.


After the Flood:



  • Listen to the radio and do not return home until authorities indicate it is safe to do so.

  • Once allowed back into your home, inspect it for damage. If your property has been damaged, call SERVPRO of Spokane Valley for assistance and they can assist you with an insurance claim if one is needed

  • Be watchful of rodents that may have found their way into your home.

  • Throw away all food that has come in contact with floodwaters.

  • Call SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley to remove standing water as quickly as possible.

  • To prevent potential mold growth Properly dry or remove soaked carpets, padding and upholstery within 24-48 hours. Discard anything that cannot be properly dried.

  • Call SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley to wash and disinfect all areas that have been flooded. This includes walls, floors, closets and shelves, as well as heating and air-conditioning systems. Do not energize electrical or electronic equipment that may have suffered water damage without first having a qualified electrician inspect and/or test it.


Whether you home has suffered flood damage or you just want your upholstery cleaned, SERVPRO has 1,700 Franchises in the U.S. and Canada ready to help. SERVPRO Spokane Valley technicians are highly trained to properly clean and restore your house so that it feels like home again. You can depend on SERVPRO Spokane Valley for these residential services:




 

Mold in Spokane, Health Issues in 2017

3/29/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold in Spokane, Health Issues in 2017 Mold in Crawlspace March 2017 Liberty Lake

Spokane has mold! To be exact mold is everywhere. SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley has fielded an overwhelming amount of services calls regarding the existence of mold in homeowners residences in recent weeks.

Spring is here. Spokane has experienced a heavier than normal snowfall this winter and mixed with the recent amount of rain, mold is thriving in places like attics and crawlspaces. It is important to be alert for:

  • The presence of visible mold
  • Musty odors that may indicate mold is present
  • Any evidence of past moisture problems that have caused undetected mold growth
  • Excessive humidity

Mold is no match for SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley. Our certified professionals use advanced water detection equipment to locate the source of the problem and remediate any mold or water damage.

Health Concerns-

Health concerns most likely arise from "at risk" people:

  • infants and children
  • pregnant women
  • elderly
  • people with respiratory systems or asthma and allergies.
  • People with weakened immune systems

Anyone can experience health problems associated with exposure to mold in damp buildings. Effects may include runny nose, coughing,sneezing, sore throat, and the inflammation of sinuses.

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.

 We are proud to serve our local communities:

  • Spokane Valley, WA
  • Liberty Lake, WA
  • Millwood, WA
  • Spangle, WA
  • Fairfield, WA
  • Latah, WA
  • Spokane, WA

Be Prepared for a Wildfire

3/28/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Be Prepared for a Wildfire Spokane Wildfires August 2016

A wildfire can throw your life into complete chaos. It can strike anywhere, especially in the hot and dry times of the year. Keep in mind a few ideas to be prepared:

  • Invest in an emergency supply kit. These items include non-perishable food, water, radio (hand powered preferred), extra flashlights and batteries.
  • Make a Family Emergency Plan in advance. Wildfires do not happen on a preset schedule and your loved ones could be separated at the time of the disaster. Plan how or where to contact.
  • Design your landscaping with wildfire safety in mind.
  • Learn about emergency plans that have been established in your area. Always listen to the instructions given by local emergency management officials.
  • Contact SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley about starting a Disaster Recovery Plan for your business.

SERVPRO Spokane Valley is locally owned and operated, so we are part of this community too. 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.

 We are proud to serve our local communities:

  • Spokane Valley
  • Liberty Lake
  • Millwood
  • Spangle
  • Fairfield
  • Latah
  • Spokane

 

How to Deal with a Flood - Video link - KXLY News Channel 4 featuring SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley

3/17/2017 (Permalink)

https://shar.es/1UDkTT




  • What to Expect


    When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed. 


    Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions: 



    • Your name and contact information

    • Your insurance information (if applicable)

    • The street address of the water-damaged home

    • When did the flooding or water damage occur?

    • What caused the water damage (if known)?

    • Is there electricity available (on-site)?


    Faster to Any Size Emergency


    In many cleaning and restoration situations, immediate action is needed. Water is particularly invasive, quickly spreading throughout your property and being absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, etc. SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. 


    For help restoring your home after a water loss, call SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley  at (509) 926-6140. We’ll make it “Like it never even happened."



Spokane, Spokane Valley, Greenacres, Liberty Lake - Emergency Water Damage Services

3/28/2016 (Permalink)

General Spokane, Spokane Valley, Greenacres, Liberty Lake - Emergency Water Damage Services Water Damage or Fire Damage - Call SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley. Honored to be a BBB Accredited Business.

SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Spokane, WA. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment

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

Residential Services

Whether your Laguna home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your Laguna commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we has the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services:

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

Water Damage - What You Need to Know

2/16/2016 (Permalink)

The IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) recently posted a short but great article about water damages and why you should call certified professionals like SERVPRO of Spokane Valley to help.

http://www.iicrc.org/blog/damage-water-133.html

Please call with any questions or if we can serve you!Water Damage to your home or business in Spokane Valley, Liberty Lake, Greenacres or Otis Orchards home?  Call our 24 hour emergency service line (509) 926-6140.
  • We can be on site within one hour of receiving your call
  • We are a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We bill the insurance company directly, giving you one less thing to worry about
  • Our technicians are highly trained in Water Restoration techniques
  • We employ advanced inspection and extraction equipment 
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards 

Spokane Residents - Water Damage Prevention

2/10/2016 (Permalink)

Leaking roofs and frozen pipes are the two main causes of many of the water damage calls coming in, many of which were caused by the Spokane wind storm on November 17th.  Obviously that was an event nobody could predict.  However, in the last month we have received about a dozen phone calls from homeowners who have discovered leaking refrigerator water lines and ice makers.  In some cases the event could have been avoided.

Routinely inspecting the area behind and underneath the refrigerator is a good start.  Rolling the refrigerator away from the wall when you sweep or clean your floor takes just a little time and is helpful for keeping your refrigerator motor operating safely and efficiently. This Old House recommends inspecting water lines every 6 months for visible signs of wear and replacing water lines every 5 years regardless of condition.

If you see standing water or evidence of water under the refrigerator shut off the water, place towels down to sop up the water and contact a water damage and restoration specialist immediately.  More often than not leaks from refrigerators are discovered days, sometimes weeks after the leak first started, causing more materials to become affected than what you can initially see.  The sooner the water mitigation begins, the better your chances of minimizing the damage and risk of mold.

If you have questions or need help, contact SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley at 509-926-6140.

WE ARE WATER DAMAGE MITIGATION SPECIALISTS
  • We are available 24 hours/7 days a week
  • We are a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We bill the insurance company directly giving you one less thing to worry about
  • Our service technicians are highly trained in Water Restoration techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards 
  • We use advanced inspection and water extraction equipment to abate the water damage and speed drying time
 To learn more about us, please visit our website at www.SERVPROspokanevalley.com.

Thank you to those who attended the mold C.E. course!

8/11/2015 (Permalink)

General Thank you to those who attended the mold C.E. course! Course flyer with the class information and location!

SERVPRO of The Spokane Valley would just like to say THANK YOU to those who attended the understanding mold in the restoration industry continuing education course! It is because of people like YOU that we do what we do. When good people come together, good things happen!

Again, thank you!

All of us here at SERVPRO.

SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley pays it forward

8/11/2015 (Permalink)

Community SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley pays it forward SERVPRO Heros pay it forward!

SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley pays if forward

All of us here at SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley would like to say a huge thank you to the Good Samaritan who didn’t think twice about going above and beyond in this situation. We like to believe that any one of us in this community, if faced with this same scenario, would also be so humble and kind as to do the same. This is a wonderful community that we love to call home.

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