Recent Fire Damage Posts

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.

Taking the Right Steps After Fire Damage is Critical to Proper Restoration

7/15/2021 (Permalink)

Home with significant fire damage No matter how serious the fire damage, SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley has the experience and training to help you.

It is very common for property owners to be uncertain what their first step should be after a fire. After the fire is out and the fire department allows you to go back into the home, what should you do? At this point, it is important to take steps to ensure the property is secure and that no further damage happens to it. That means working with a professional repair and restoration team.

Cleaning Up the Damage

Fires leave a huge mess behind. There is water damage – which is quite commonly associated with fires – as well as burned materials and smoke damage to clean up. Any furnishings that are damaged beyond repair need to be safely removed from the property. This process does take some time but needs to be done as quickly as possible.

Cleaning and Rebuilding

You may also have plumbing and electrical repairs that need to be handled. There are likely to be problems associated with your HVAC system as well. Sanitizing the home and removing odors is also important. There is often rebuilding that needs to be done as well, which may include making extensive repairs to the areas where the fire occurred.

There is a lot of work to do after a fire. Our team at SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley can provide you with the guidance and support you need. All you need to do is to call our team after a fire to get the help you need. Call us 24/7 at 509-926-6140

When Fire Damage Strikes Your Spokane Valley Home

5/20/2021 (Permalink)

kitchen with blackened walls and cabinets and major fire damage Fire damage can be much more extensive than what you actually see. Call the professionals to help with your fire damage.

If you have a fire in your home, you may assume all you need to do is to remove the charred materials and then move on. But, fire is much more destructive, even in areas you cannot see. That is why it is so important to call a professional for proper fire damage cleanup and restoration.

What Does Fire Cause?

Fire damage can impact not just the area where the fire is present, but it can travel through the HVAC system. It can burn wiring up the walls behind the drywall. It can also cause structural weaknesses in your flooring. The damage can be far more than what you see, and without proper care and restoration, you could face extensive problems.

What Does Cleanup Entail?

When you have professional fire damage cleanup services, the goal is to get rid of all vestiges of the fire. This includes the smoke damage, the existing fire damage, the odor, and even the water damage brought on by putting out the fire. You also need to ensure the area is properly remediated for any mold risks if water damage is extensive. Professional technicians can make sure this is done properly.

Get Immediate Help for All Types of Risks

When it comes to fire damage, you need a team of licensed professionals to help you get the area cleaned up properly. Our team at SERVPRO of The Spokane Valley is available to help you. Call us 24-hours a day for immediate help. Reach us quckly at 509-926-6140.

The Fire Damage Cleanup Process

5/20/2021 (Permalink)

Fire damage can be extensive. In all cases, it helps to have a professional take a look at what has happened and to properly clean surfaces. Your first step is to have a team of professionals from SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley assess the situation after the property is cleared as safe to access.

Determining the Extensiveness of the Damage

Fire damage can be much more than what you see. The SERVPRO team will look for signs of damage in the living space, the adjoining areas, the rooms above and below, and any other connected space. This includes smoke damage which is sometimes not visible, as well as any water damage that occurred when the fire was extinguished. After the initial assessment, a plan is created.

Then The Cleanup Begins

The cleaning process includes removing all of the damaged material from the space. It is then necessary to consider cleaning HVAC systems and all surface areas. The smoke and soot that traveled through the home could have impacted ceilings and walls throughout the space. It is nearly impossible to get these completely clean on your own. It is likely they will need to be treated with professional odor control techniques. In addition, it may be necessary to rebuild some structures, including damaged drywall, flooring, and structural components.

Restoring the Space

Some fire damage can be hard to pinpoint at first, but—barring total destruction--it is possible to have the home restored to a safe level again. The key is to be aggressive at getting professional help to clean the damaged areas.

Now Is the Best Time to Take Action

When you have a fire, it is critical to take immediate action to get surfaces clean. That is why it is beneficial to call on a professional team like SERVPRO of The Spokane Valley. Let our professionals help to clean and remove debris and odors from the home quickly and restore your property to its pre-fire condition. Call us 24/7 at 509-926-6140.

Fire, Smoke and Water Damage Require Quick Action

8/27/2020 (Permalink)

We fix fire damage When you have a fire in your home, you can also count on smoke and water damage too.

A house fire is one of the most frightening things anyone can experience. Kitchen fires, electrical fires, candles left burning--no matter how the fire starts, it can spread quickly and be life-threatening.

If you have a house fire, the fire isn’t the only thing that will cause damage. Smoke damage from the fire and water damage from fire suppression efforts can be significant and widespread. 

It is important to act fast once the fire is out and it is safe to enter your home. Your first call should be to SERVPRO of The Spokane Valley. We can be on the scene quickly to get a handle on the damages.  Removing your personal belongings and important keepsakes before they are affected will help lessen the damages.

We are available 24/7 to make sure we are there as soon as you need us. We can not only restore and store your belongings but also, we can do the fire and smoke restoration. We also specialize in removing the odor that is left behind. We also handle the cleaning plus demolition of what was affected. We also have a whole department for restoration and construction as well. We can do the job for you from start to finish. 

Just call SERVPRO of The Spokane Valley anytime 24/7 at 509-926-6140

Four Reasons to Hire Smoke Damage Restoration Experts in the Spokane Valley

7/22/2020 (Permalink)

If your home has had fire damage, you’ll be better off hiring the services of an established firm that offers smoke damage restoration assistance. 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. They need to work fast if they want to reduce the damage to your property. That’s also why you’ll want to hire a service provider that offers 24/7 emergency response.

Specialized Equipment and Tools

Established smoke damage restoration experts have tools that make the cleanup process faster and much more effective. That’s the kind of firm you’ll want to hire to take care of the job. 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 assets.

Trained Team

Hiring the services of a professional team means you can count on skilled contractors 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.

Some Considerations Before Hiring a Fire Damage Restoration Firm in Spokane Valley

7/22/2020 (Permalink)

heavily fire damaged home interior No matter the size or scope of your fire disaster, SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley is your best resource for cleanup and restoration.

Whether it’s the result of an electrical problem or a kitchen accident, 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. Word-of-mouth referrals provide you with a wonderful way to get leads and hiring suggestions. 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.

What to Do After a Fire

6/22/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Damaged Home, green with woods in the background When fire damages your home you need to quickly call SERVPRO of Spokane Valley.

It is very common for property owners to be uncertain what their first step should be after a fire. After the fire is out and the fire department allows you to go back into the home, what should you do? At this point, it is important to take steps to ensure the property is secure and that no further damage happens to it. That means working with a professional team.

Cleaning Up the Damage

Fires leave a great deal of mess behind. There is water damage – which is quite commonly associated with fires – as well as burned materials and smoke damage to clean up. Any furnishings that are damaged beyond repair need to be safely removed from the property. This process does take some time but needs to be done as quickly as possible.

Cleaning and Rebuilding

Fire damage does not stop there. You may have plumbing and electrical repairs that need to be handled. There are likely to be problems associated with your HVAC system as well. Sanitizing the home and removing odors is also important. There is often rebuilding that needs to be done as well, which may include making extensive repairs to the areas where the fire occurred.

There is a lot of work to do after a fire. Our team at SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley can provide you with the guidance and support you need. All you need to do is to call our team after a fire to get the help you need.

How to Handle Fire Damage in Your Spokane Valley Home

5/21/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Damaged Home Faulty wiring is the cause of many devastating house fires.

If you have a fire in your home, you may believe all you need to do is to remove the exposed areas, throw away what burned, and then move on. Yet, fire is much more destructive even in areas you cannot see. That is why it is so important to call a professional for proper fire damage cleanup and restoration.

What Does Fire Cause?

Fire damage can be extensive. It can impact not just the area where the fire is present, but it can travel through the HVAC system. It can burn wiring up the walls behind the drywall. It can also cause structural weaknesses in your flooring. The damage can be far more than what you see, and without proper care and restoration, you could face extensive problems.

What Does Cleanup Entail?

When you get fire damage clean up services, the goal is to get rid of all vestiges of the fire. This includes the smoke damage, the existing fire damage, the odor, and even the water damage brought on by putting out the fire. You also need to ensure the area is properly remediated for any mold risks if water damage is extensive. The right help can ensure this is done properly.

Get Immediate Help for All Types of Risks

When it comes to fire damage, you need a team of licensed professionals to help you get the area cleaned up properly. Our team at SERVPRO of The Spokane Valley is available to help you. Call us 24-hours a day for immediate help.

What Happens During Fire Damage Cleanup?

5/21/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damage can be extensive. In all cases, it helps to have a professional take a look at what has happened and to properly clean surfaces. Your first step is to have a team of professionals from SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley out to assess the situation after the property is cleared as safe to access.

Determining the Extensiveness of the Damage

Fire damage can be much more than what you see. The team will look for signs of damage in the living space, the adjoining areas, the rooms above and below, and any other connected space. This includes smoke damage which is sometimes not visible. After the initial assessment, a plan is created.

Cleanup Begins

The process includes removing all of the damaged material from the space. It is then necessary to consider cleaning HVAC systems and all surface areas. The smoke and soot that traveled through the home could have impacted ceilings and walls throughout the space. It is nearly impossible to get these completely clean on your own. They may need to be treated with professional odor control techniques. In addition, it may be necessary to rebuild some structures, including damaged drywall, flooring, and structural components.

Restoring the Space

Some fire damage can be hard to pinpoint at first, but—barring total destruction--it is possible to have the home restored to a safe level again. The key is to be aggressive at getting the necessary help to clean these surfaces.

Now Is the Best Time to Take Action

When you have fire damage, it is critical to take action to get surfaces clean. That is why it is beneficial to call on a professional team like SERVPRO of The Spokane Valley. Let our professionals help to clean and remove debris and odors from the home quickly.

Fire Disaster

8/30/2019 (Permalink)

Fire’s are one of the scariest things that can happen to you and your home. They can start easily and spread quickly. This time of year, fires usually start from outdoor activities or cooking. Once a fire has started the fire isn’t the only thing causing damage. The smoke from the fire and the water from either a fire extinguisher or hose from a fire truck can cause immense damage also. That is why it is so important to act fast after a fire is out. We want to make sure to get a handle on the damages and take out all personal and important belongings before they are affected and restore what needs restored. We are available 24/7 to make sure we are there as soon as you need us, whatever time or day. We can not only restore and store your belongings, but also, we can do the fire and smoke restoration, take control of the odor that is left behind. We can do the cleaning and manipulation plus tear down of what was affected. We also have a whole department for construction as well, that way we can do the job for you start to finish without you having to hire multiple different companies.

"Do It Yourself" Quick Home Mainenance Tips to help prevent fires and floods in your Spokane Valley home

9/21/2018 (Permalink)

Spokane Valley Home
  1. Snake your dryer duct at least once a year to prevent lint buildups that can cause fires. You'll want to clean off the lint screen after every cycle, and snake the dryer duct annually. This little brush kit will push the lint from one end of the duct to the other, making it a relatively easy job. You can also attach it to your drill if you want to give the duct a really good scrub.
  2. Inspect all the trees that surround your home for damage or bending that may point to a future break.  a heavy branch can cause severe damage to your home.  Be sure to prune trees (except during fall or when they are wet) to keep the weight evenly distributed, and examine the trees for cracks, awkward leaning, exposed roots, or irregularly browning leaves, which may be symptoms of illness or instability.
  3. Recaulk your bathroom every few years to prevent water damage. After about five years, you'll probably notice the caulk in your bathroom peeling, cracking, or breaking off completely. Once that happens, it's important to replace it in order to prevent mildew, mold, and water damage.
  4. Clean out your gutters twice a year to prevent water damage and pest infestations. You may need to clean the gutters more often based on the landscaping, but doing it during spring and fall is a good rule of thumb. It can be dangerous to do the job yourself, so you may want to hire a professional if you don't feel confident or safe about the process.
  5. If your pipes are prone to freezing, protect them with heating cables. Frozen pipes can split and crack, so prevention is a way less aggravating chore. Tape heat cables to exposed pipes, then wrap them in fiber glass. It's also a good idea to leave a tap dripping when it gets especially cold so the water stays in motion.
  6. Check to make sure smoke alarms are working and fire extinguishers are charged so you're always prepared for the worst. At very best, house fires are expensive to deal with and at worst, they can be deadly. Best practice is to check the charge on your fire extinguisher once a month. Around the same time, you should hit the test button on smoke alarms so you know they're working. Once a year, you should replace the batteries, vacuum around the vents, and spray the outside of the alarm with insect repellent.
  7. And scrub down the range hood to keep your air clear and prevent a grease fire. The range hood does a lot of hard work in the kitchen, sucking up all the smoke and airborne grease droplets — or at least, that's what it's supposed to do. If it's not, you definitely want to give it a thorough cleaning. Start by wiping down the outside of the hood with soapy water whenever you clean the rest of your surfaces, then clean the filter every second month. To do so, just swish it around in hot, soapy water, then rinse it off and let it air-dry before re-installing it. While that's drying, spray the underside of the hood with an all-purpose cleaner, leave it to soak for a few minutes, then wipe it off with a wet sponge.

SERVPRO of Spokane Valley specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage. We can also mitigate mold and mildew from your home or business, or simply clean your home or businesses carpets.

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration from water damage, fire damage, smoke and soot damage,  mold damage and storm damage. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. With a nationwide system of qualified Franchises, no damage is too large or too small for SERVPRO of Spokane Valley.

(509) 926- 6140 Always Open!

Spokane and Spokane Valley Fire Departments giving out free Smoke Alarms

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke Alarm Program Spokane Valley / Spokane

If you don’t have a smoke alarm or aren’t sure yours still works properly, most fire departments will happily do a home visit to check.

The Spokane and Spokane Valley fire departments both have programs to give out free smoke alarms, which a firefighter can install.

Spokane Assistant Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer said the program is intended for low-income people, but there are no screening criteria.

“It’s an honor system. If somebody calls and says that they need one, they need one,” he said. Firefighters also check smoke alarms when they go on medical calls to private homes.

“If they need a new one or the battery’s bad, we install them right then and there,” Schaeffer said.

In Spokane Valley, residents can request a home inspection, which includes inspection of heating sources, fireplaces, exit routes and carbon monoxide detectors. If new smoke alarms are needed, firefighters will install them during the visit.

Both departments have special strobe light detectors for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

For more information or to get a smoke alarm:

  • In Spokane, call (509) 625-7000 to request a free alarm or inspection
  • In Spokane Valley, call (509) 892-4153 or fill out this form to request a home visit

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

Should you ever experience a fire and have fire or smoke damage. 

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.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (509) 926-6140

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Fire Damage and Restoration: Minimize Fire Damage to Your Home with These Tips In Spokane Valley

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Spokane Valley

A fire in your home is a devastating experience, both for your family and all your personal belongings. You may be wondering what you can do to further protect your home, or if you should only let a professional take care of the area. Smoke and fire damage is a tricky thing to deal with, so it is very important to have a professional restoration company like SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley handle that aspect of fire damage restoration.

Before the professionals start your fire damage restoration project, here are some things to do after a fire:

  • Call SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley (509) 926-6140
  • Limit activity and foot traffic in your home. Staying off of carpet, furniture, and upholstery is key to preventing soot, dirt, and other particles from getting trapped all around your home.
  • If you do need to get around your home quite a bit, put down clean towels or sheets on the floor and furniture.
  • If possible, change filters in your home to keep dirt and soot from circulating.
  • Don’t try to wash the walls or carpet — leave that for the professionals to avoid permanent damage.
  • Don’t try to clean kitchen appliances yourself. After a fire, electrical connections and wiring may be damaged and could cause further problems if not cleaned carefully and correctly.
  • Don’t eat any food that may have been exposed to the fire and smoke.

With these tips and professional fire damage restoration services, you can minimize fire damage to your home and make the restoration process easier

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

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.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (509) 926-6140

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

5/21/2018 (Permalink)

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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Locally Owned Company with National Resources

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.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (509) 926-6140  Always open 24/7

Fire Damage Cleanup by SERVPRO of Spokane Valley

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

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.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
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Steps You Can Take To Prevent Cooking Fires in your Spokane Home

5/18/2017 (Permalink)

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)

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. 

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

4/25/2017 (Permalink)

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.


 

Identifying the Different types of smoke damage in your Spokane home

4/24/2017 (Permalink)

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

Be Prepared for a Wildfire

3/28/2017 (Permalink)

Property blackened by wildfire Wildfires move quickly. Spokane homeowners were not able to move these vehicles from the path of the fire.

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:

  • Make sure you have an emergency supply kit. The kit should include non-perishable food, water, radio (hand-powered preferred), extra flashlights, and batteries.
  • Make a Family Emergency Plan. Wildfires do not happen on a preset schedule. You and your loved ones could become separated during the chaos that often occurs at the time of a disaster. Plan how or where to contact.
  • Do a fire drill with your family at least once per year. Make sure everyone knows what should be done and in what order.
  • Design your landscaping with wildfire safety in mind. This means keeping a safe distance between your home and flammable underbrush or even landscaping.
  • Find out about community emergency plans that have been established in your area. Be certain to follow the instructions given by local emergency management officials.
  • If you're a business owner in an area prone to wildfires, contact SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley about developing a Disaster Recovery Plan customized for your business.

SERVPRO of the 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