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

9/21/2018 (Permalink)

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

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Spokane and Spokane Valley Fire Departments giving out free Smoke Alarms

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Spokane and Spokane Valley Fire Departments giving out free Smoke Alarms 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

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

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)

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. 

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.


 

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

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