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Dropping Temperatures & Freezing Pipes
Do NOT Let Your Pipes Freeze!
Which Pipes Are Vulnerable to Freezing?
- Pipes located on the outer walls of the home
- Pipes located in unheated garages, attics, crawl spaces and basements
- Copper pipes
- Galvanized pipes
- Uninsulated pipes
So What if Your Pipes Freeze?
When temperatures drop, water freezes and expands causing pipes to burst.
A burst pipe can result in a water leak. Ruptured pipes and water damage can cost thousands of dollars to repair. The amount of damage depends on where the burst occurs, how long it takes to catch the problem, and how much water is leaking from the pipe.
Prevent Your Pipes From Freezing.
- Install Insulation.
- Insulate pipes on the outside of your home .
- When temperatures drop, open your faucets to a slow dribble.
- Open cabinets for warm air to circulate through your home.
- Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature during the night and day.
- If you leave your home for extended periods of time leave your heat on at 55 degrees.
What Do You Do if Your Pipes Freeze?
- Turn off the main water valve.
- Call a professional plumber.
- Call an IICRC certified restoration & mitigation company.
SERVPRO's Water Restoration Process:
Step 1 - Emergency Contact
The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will guide you through the crisis and may ask several questions to help us better understand the equipment and resources.
Step 2 - Inspection and Water Damage Assessment
We determine the scope of your water damage at this stage. We inspect and test to determine the extent of damage and how far the moisture has traveled to ensure proper and complete restoration.
Step 3 - Water Removal / Water Extraction
The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We use powerful pumps and vacuum units to quickly remove hundreds or thousands of gallons from your property, which helps prevent secondary water damage and mold growth.
Step 4 - Drying and Dehumidification
We use specialized equipment to remove the remaining water that is harder to access. Our Professionals will use room measurements, temperature, and relative humidity to determine the optimal number of air movers and dehumidifiers needed to dry your home or business.
Step 5 - Cleaning and Sanitizing
We clean all of the restorable items and structures damaged by the water. We are adept at cleaning contents using a number of techniques. Our professionals are trained to provide sanitizing treatments and to remove odors and deodorize your property.
Step 6 - Restoration
Restoration is the process of restoring your home or business to its pre-water damage condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall and installing new carpet, or may entail major repairs, such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.
Call us at 509-926-6140 if you have any questions or concerns.
Are You Prepared for Winter Weather?
Prepare Your Business for Winter Weather
- Check your business property for low hanging tree limbs and branches. Weather, such as wind, heavy rain, ice and snow, can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries.
- Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviated flood hazard potential.
- Inspect handrails, stairways and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water could be present .
- Ask our highly trained SERVPRO professionals about starting an Emergency Ready Profile for your business.
Prepare Your Home for Winter Weather
- Keep cabinet doors open during cold spells this allows warm air to circulate around pipes.
- Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets , especially if the pipes for faucets run through unheated or uninsulated areas of your home.
- Consider shutting off outdoor faucets. Find the shut-off valve in the basement or crawl or crawl space and turn it to “off”.
- If you follow the previous step, then open the outdoor faucet to help ensure it drains completely and the inner valve is shut off.
- Ensure gutters are clean and secure. Leaves and debris accumulate, causing a damming effect on gutters, which could lead to roof problems and water damage
How to Find the Source of your Basement Leak After a Heavy Rain Storm in your Spokane Valley home
Storm Damage basement in Spokane
There are few things worse for a homeowner than finding water in the basement, especially when it’s not entirely clear where it’s coming from. Fortunately, water seeping through your basement walls isn’t always a cause for alarm.
There are a number of potential causes for basement leaks, some of which have easy and relatively inexpensive solutions.
As soon as you notice wet spots on your basement floor or wall, investigate the area around it to see if there are any obvious sources.
Signs of a basement water problem include small streams of water, damp walls, and puddling on the floor. The most common way that water enters a basement is through the foundation wall-floor joint.
The wall-floor joint, also known as a cove joint, is one of the most common culprits of basement leaks due to the gap between the wall and floor. As the amount of groundwater builds up, such as during a heavy rainstorm, more pressure is placed on the joint, allowing water to seep in.
Apart from wall-floor joints, here are a few other common sources of basement leaks:
- The tops of your walls: Water can seep over the top of your basement walls when the ground surrounding your home is level or sloped towards your home.
- Wall cracks: Cracks in the wall are one of the most serious causes of basement leaks and often become apparent when it rains. These are fairly noticeable in unfinished basements, but in unfinished basements you’ll have to inspect the outside of the foundation for cracks that run through the wall.
- Floor cracks: As with wall cracks, cracks in your basement floor can also be a sign of a serious problem. Cracks smaller than an 1/8 of an inch wide are normal, but anything wider should be sealed.
- Tie rod holes: More common in older homes, these holes appear in poured concrete foundations where tie rods were used to hold wood planks together. Luckily, plugging these holes is a quick and easy repair.
- Window wells: The wells outside your basement windows may let water in when there’s insufficient drainage around your property or when your gutters aren’t working properly.
- Honeycombs: Poorly mixed concrete can sometimes create air pockets within basement walls, resulting in “honeycomb” marks along the wall. These bubbly patches are usually a minor problem and can be sealed up.
- Leaking pipes: Drain pipes are another possible culprit for basement leaks. Check your ceiling and walls for stains or mold.
Have Storm or Flood Damage?
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As water and storm damage specialists, SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley has the experience and advanced training that enables us to restore your property quickly. We use scientific drying principles and provide validation and documentation that your property is dry and the job is complete.
- Water Damage Restoration Technician
- Applied Structural Drying Technicians
When a major storm hits, it may overwhelm local restoration companies. SERVPRO Spokane Valley can scale our resources by accessing the equipment and personnel of 1,700 Franchises. We can also access Disaster Recovery Teams that specialize in major storms and catastrophic events.
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Effects of Wildfire Smoke Damage on your Spokane Valley Home
Fire Storm smoke damage Spokane
Forest Fire smoke or wildfire smoke directly impacts you and your home. If you live in an area prone to wildfires, it's best to plan ahead and know what safety measures to take to protect your health and your home. As we know, smoke can be a serious health hazard. It can cause eye, nose, throat and lung irritation as well as breathing issues and even heart palpitations in people suffering from heart disease. Children, older adults, and anyone with allergies, asthma, respiratory conditions or compromised immune systems need to take special care when wildfire smoke gets close to home. If you or a loved one meets any of these requirements, talk with your doctor before a fire hits and have a plan. Know what your limits and restrictions are regarding smoke exposure. For most people without specific health conditions including lung or heart disease, the following protocols can be followed:
- Don't mow the lawn or allow kids to play outdoors when the air quality is compromised by wildfire smoke, even if that smoke is in the distance.
- Be aware of your area's Air Quality Index. Ratings of 51 and below are good. 51 to 100 is a moderate risk, while anything over 100 is unhealthy. If the Air Quality Index reaches 301+ it's hazardous.
- If your local authorities recommend staying indoors, stay indoors.
- Keep windows and fire place dampers closed and window air conditioning units on re-circulating mode.
- If told to evacuate, don't hesitate. Grab a limited amount of essentials and evacuate your area.
Tip: A dusk mask will not protect you from breathing in smoke particles.
Effects of Forest Fire Smoke on Homes
The damage from a burning fire is easy to see on a home. The smoke from a wildfire can be equally damaging, but may not be as easily seen. However, it almost always can be smelled. Smoke damage to the exterior and interior of your home from a wildfire can be in the form of smoke stains as well as deeply permeating odors. Smoke odors can seep into drywall, woodwork, fabrics, carpet, books and other personal items.
After the danger of the wildfire has passed and you're able to return to your home, it's time to call your insurance agent and the professionals at SERVPRO of Spokane Valley. Our trained teams will assess the smoke damage as well as any fire/water damage that your home may have suffered during the wildfire. We can determine an action plan for cleaning, restoration, and smoke removal. With state-of-the-art equipment, proprietary products, and professionals with years of expertise, SERVPRO of Spokane Valley can safely and effectively remediate wildfire smoke damage for your home.
Locally Owned Company with National Resources
SERVPRO Spokane Valley is locally owned and operated for over 25 years, so we are part of this community too. When you have a smoke or fire damage emergency, we’re already nearby and ready to help. We take pride in being a part of the Spokane Valley community and want to do our part in making it the best it can be.
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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.
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:
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:
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:
Frozen pipes, roof damage and ground water are serious damages that are better handled by the pros.
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Heavy Snow Storms in Spokane can lead to heavy flooding when it melts.
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
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.
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