Recent Storm Damage Posts

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

8/17/2021 (Permalink)

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

The Storm is Over--Now What?

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

After securing your own and your family's safety first, it's time to call a professional restoration company like SERVPRO of Spokane Valley to help with severe storm damage. Our experts will be able to assess roof damage and structural problems after flooding or hail damage. People should not try to fix a roof leak or do roof repair if they are not qualified. Attempting to could result in accidents or even death. 

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

flooding
storm damage
wind damage
roof repair
roof leaks

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

Storm restoration is a process. Standing groundwater can cause a need for a water restoration specialist to be called in. Flooding, a roof leak, and roof damage are all reasons to phone for help with storm remediation. Water restoration after storm damage can be tricky. Sure, the water may flow from the taps, but is it safe to drink? It's better to let the professionals handle that during storm remediation.

Immediately after the storm call for help. Keep these numbers on the emergency contact list:

SERVPRO of Spokane Valley 509-926-6140

Our storm restoration teams will bring flood pumps to remove groundwater and flood water, storm damage, roof repair, ice dam, hail damage, ice damming and wind damage can be handled by our experts.

Call for assistance with:

roof repair
roof leak
frozen pipes
ice damage
ice dam

Frozen pipes, roof damage, and groundwater are serious damages that are better handled by the pros.
Visit www.SERVPROspokanevalley.com for more information on storm damage remediation.

Storm Damage Suggestions for the Spokane Valley

7/28/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

Check If It’s Safe

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

Call for Restoration Help

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

Talk to Your Insurance Firm

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

List the Damage

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

Keep All the Receipts

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

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

What to Do After a Storm

7/15/2021 (Permalink)

Bedroom ceiling with tree branches protruding When a major storm hits you never know what kind of damage you might encounter.

When a storm happens, your first priority is ensuring that everyone is safe. Once you are safe, your next call needs to be to a company that can handle the cleanup and restoration work.  SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley is just such a company. When you have storm damage, there are several types of help SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley can offer.

Water Management

One of the first steps is to ensure your home is safe from ongoing water damage. That may mean cleaning out any standing water. It may mean drying out spaces. You may also need holes in the roof patched or help with a flooding basement.

Storm Damage Cleanup

After the water is removed, the next step is to remove damaged materials. This includes anything that cannot be properly cleaned and sanitized. It also includes tree limbs or any type of damaged structural components of your home.

Mold Remediation

Even if there is water present only for a short amount of time, it is necessary to have the location properly cleaned and sanitized. In some situations, this means going further and getting mold remediation support.

Rebuilding

When you have storm damage, that damage can be extensive. It may mean rebuilding damaged drywall and replacing flooring or even roof trusses.

When you need any of these or other services after a storm, call SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley anytime 24/7. Our team can be there right away to handle anything related to your storm damage. Call us at 509-926-6140

Do You Need Professional Storm Damage Repair?

7/15/2021 (Permalink)

In some situations, it's easy to spot damage to your home. You can see damage on your roof, your basement has water rushing in, or you have broken windows from hail. Other times, the damage is not always that easy to see. And, if you do not deal with this unseen damage right away, these problems can become very expensive. Could you have storm damage that should be repaired?

Invest in a Full Inspection

After a storm comes through, it is best to have a professional inspect your home if you suspect any damage. For example, if a large tree branch hits the roof of your home, it is helpful to look at the roof carefully for signs of damage. This includes missing or damaged shingles, pot marks from hail, or areas of flashing damage, or even broken roof trusses. If you suspect storm damage call the professionals at SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley.

Pay Attention to Concerns

You may notice the development of moisture in your home. You may have areas of noticeable leaks. In some situations, you may start smelling mold. These are all indications that there is significant damage present which may not be readily apparent. You may need to remove the damaged elements. You may also need to consider mold remediation to ensure that the problem is well under control.

Call the Experts

When you have storm damage, it is very important to be aggressive at repairs. The sooner you have those repairs taken care of, the more likely you are to tackle concerns before they become expensive repairs. Our team at SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley can help you find the concerns fast. Call 24/7 at 509-926-6140.

Don't Hesitate to Call the Pros When Storm Damage Strikes

5/21/2021 (Permalink)

Fallen tree damages home Strong storms can impact Spokane Valley causing major structural damage.

When a storm damages your home or business, you need to take action right away. There are several important steps you need to take to ensure you and your property are safe. First, it’s important to leave if the situation becomes dangerous. If possible, cover openings to avoid further damage. Holes in the roof or broken windows should be covered if you can. However, most property owners are not prepared for these situations--another reason to be quick in calling for help.

Call a Professional Right Away to Lessen the Damage

The first step is to ensure no additional damage occurs. To do that, your storm damage team comes to your property prepared to properly cover exposed areas to keep additional water from invading the space. Once this is done, and the storm passes, it is time to clean up.

Hiring a Pro for the Clean Up

Storm damage restoration is critical. If not done well, it can allow even more damage to the property, including mold development within a matter of hours. A well-trained specialist will work quickly to help handle the cleanup, including removing damaged materials, clearing out all types of debris, and then working on proper cleaning methods. Your SERVPRO team is skilled in rebuilding damaged structures, such as the roof, drywall or flooring in the property.

Call for Immediate Help for Any Needs You Have

When you have storm damage, do not put off getting help. Call SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley today. We are available 24-hours a day to help you. Just call 509-926-6140. We'll be there to help.

Windstorm Topples Trees, Damaging Homes Throughout Spokane

2/4/2021 (Permalink)

Windstorm Lands Tree on Spokane Home Windstorms can cause tremendous damage in the Spokane area as pine and spruce trees often fall on nearby homes. Photo credit--Ginny Campbell.

Spokane area windstorms, while not especially rare, can sometimes prove to be very dangerous. Recent 70+ mph winds caused extensive damage throughout the Inland Northwest. Many of our stately old pine and spruce trees ended up on top of homes. Naturally, this has resulted in many insurance claims.  Here are some facts you should know when dealing with your insurance company. This list of your rights has been compiled from various Washington State insurance and consumer rights organizations. 

Washington State Insured Bill of Rights

  • YOU MAY TAKE AND BE FULLY COMPENSATED FOR THE COST OF EMERGENCY STEPS TO SAFEGUARD YOUR PROPERTY FROM FURTHER DAMAGE AFTER A LOSS.
    In fact, you have the obligation to do so under the terms of your policy. The insurance company may not be liable for additional expenses if you fail to provide such protection.  
  • IF YOU HAVE SECURED ADEQUATE COVERAGE, YOU ARE ENTITLED TO BE PAID FOR THE FAIR COST OF FULLY RESTORING YOUR HOME TO ITS PRE-DAMAGED CONDITION.
    You are, however, not insured for the repair of unrelated problems such as code deficiencies and or prior damage.
  • YOU ARE ENTITLED TO EMPLOY AND SHOULD INSIST UPON A FULLY LICENSED AND INSURED REPAIR FIRM OF GOOD REPUTATION.
    If you choose not to employ such a firm, the consequences, and liability for any injury, damage or other actions will rest with you. 
  • YOU ARE ENTITLED TO EMPLOY A FIRM WITH SUFFICIENT EXPERIENCE AND STABILITY IN THE COMMUNITY TO STAND BEHIND ITS WORK AND WARRANTY RESPONSIBILITIES.
    The repair contract and its execution is strictly between you and the contractor. Your insurance company does not warrant or guarantee the performance of any firm you hire.
  • YOU ARE ENTITLED TO MATERIALS AND WORKMANSHIP FULLY EQUIVALENT TO YOUR EXISTING INSTALLATION IN “LIKE KIND AND QUALITY”. The insurance company has no obligation to improve your existing installation. 
  • YOU ARE NOT REQUIRED TO ACCEPT THE LOWEST BIDDER. NOWHERE IN YOUR POLICY DO THE WORDS “CHEAPEST”, “LOW”, OR “LOWEST PRICE” OCCUR.
    Repair rates should correspond to prevailing standards in your area for work of good quality. 
  • YOU ARE ENTITLED TO RECEIVE A DETAILED LISTING OF THE SCOPE OF REPAIRS AND QUANTITIES OF MATERIALS TO BE PROVIDED BEFORE WORK BEGINS.
    Provision for hidden or latent problems relating to the damage should be spelled out in as much detail as possible. 
  • YOU ARE ENTITLED TO AND SHOULD REJECT ANY CONTRACT THAT DOES NOT INCORPORATE ALL FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL REQUIREMENTS FOR RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION WORK.
    You must be familiar with these requirements in order to enjoy the protection the law provides. Contact a Professional Restoration Contractor for this important information. 
  • YOU ARE ENTITLED TO SELECT A FIRM WHO CAN DEMONSTRATE SKILL AND EXPERIENCE IN INSURANCE DAMAGE REPAIR AS A FULL-TIME PROFESSIONAL SERVICE.
    Ask for references, credentials, and association memberships that indicate professional training and status in insurance repair, as contrasted with ordinary home improvement work.
  • IF SUBSTANTIAL DISAGREEMENT ARISES BETWEEN YOU AND THE INSURANCE COMPANY OVER THE AMOUNT OF THE LOSS, YOU ARE ENTITLED TO REQUEST ARBITRATION (APPRAISAL) AS DESCRIBED UNDER THE TERMS OF THE POLICY LINES 123-140 OF THE STANDARD HOMEOWNERS FORM WHICH SPELLS OUT THE PROCEDURES FOR SETTLING DIFFERENCES WITHOUT RESORTING TO LAWSUIT. The insurance company is also entitled to this provision, which may be invoked at any time prior to settlement, regardless of whether or not you have received advanced payments.  
  • YOU ARE ENTITLED TO RECEIVE PAYMENT FROM THE INSURANCE COMPANY WITHIN THE TIME SPECIFIED BY THE POLICY AND YOUR STATE INSURANCE REGULATIONS, WHICH ARE DESIGNED TO PREVENT INSURANCE COMPANIES FROM USING DELAY AND PERSONAL HARDSHIP TO COMPEL A LOWER SETTLEMENT.
    The policy also has time requirements for the policyholder, within which you must prepare and submit your claim. Ask your adjuster about these requirements at the outset so that you can be in compliance.

For more details you can visit the following website:

https://www.insurance.wa.gov/your-homeowner-claim-responsibilities-and-rights

SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley knows how to work with your insurance company to make sure your claims are handled quickly and efficiently.  We're here 24/7 to help you with any of your property damage issues. From fire, storm, and water damage to biohazard and even COVID cleaning, we're ready to serve you. Just call 509-926-6140.

Helpful Suggestions for Storm Damage Restoration in the Spokane Valley

7/22/2020 (Permalink)

Fallen tree crushes house Storm damage can be severe, but cleanup and restoration is within reach. Just call SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley.

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

Check If It’s Safe

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

Call for Restoration Help

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

Talk to Your Insurance Firm

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

List the Damage

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

Keep All the Receipts

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

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

Dealing with Storm Damage: 5 Steps

7/22/2020 (Permalink)

Fallen tree damages property The beautiful trees we enjoy in the Spokane Valley can cause tremendous property damage during severe storms.

Dealing with storm damage can be devastating, especially if your property suffered significant damage. Here are some of the steps that you can take to help you deal with the problem.

Stay Safe

Don’t take unnecessary risks. Once the storm has passed, have the home checked for damage. You’ll want to hire an expert for that. Look for a trusted storm damage restoration service to inspect your home thoroughly. Don’t enter your home until you get the go-ahead or green light from the expert you hired.

Review and Assess the Damage

Once you’ve hired a professional, you have someone to look over the damage and determine the extent of the destruction that has happened. That matters. You’ll need that information when you file a claim with your insurance company.

Determine the Costs

An established damage restoration firm can provide you with an accurate estimate of the costs that the repairs will take. From the labor fees to the cost of the materials to be used for the project and more, pros can help you get a sense of how much it will cost to restore your property.

Remove the Clutter

Removing clutter and debris from your home is a must. If you have a sump pump and a power outage happens, remember not to step in standing water before you make sure that the power is turned off. Pros know how to deal with this situation, though, so it’s best that you call them in as soon as you see that kind of water damage in your home.

Choose the Right Contractor

Do your homework and find a trustworthy contractor. Look for experience and credentials. Check the service lineup to find out what other options or assistance you can expect from the firm. Be sure to read client feedback as well.

SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley is the Right Choice

When you call SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley you’ll have a team of trained professionals by your side during your cleanup and restoration process. Their decades of experience will be valuable as you deal with all of the issues associated with property damage. This may be your first time having such an experience, but this is an everyday job for the professionals at SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley. Call them 24/7 at 509-926-6140.

What Do You Need After a Storm?

6/23/2020 (Permalink)

Tree branches protruding through bedroom ceiling Imagine waking up to tree branches protruding through your bedroom ceiling! Call SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley.

When a storm happens, your first priority is to yourself and your family. Ensuring that everyone is safe is critical. Once you are safe, your next call needs to be to a company that can handle the cleanup and restoration work.  SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley is just such a company. When you have storm damage, there are several types of help SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley can offer.

Water Management

One of the first steps is to ensure your home is safe from ongoing water damage. That may mean cleaning out any standing water. It may mean drying out spaces. You may also need holes in the roof patched or help with a flooding basement.

Storm Damage Cleanup

After the water is removed, the next step is to remove damaged materials that need to go. This includes anything that cannot be properly cleaned and sanitized. It also includes tree limbs or any type of damaged structural components of your home.

Mold Remediation

Even if there is water present only for a short amount of time, it is necessary to have the location properly cleaned and sanitized. In some situations, this means going further and getting mold remediation support.

Rebuilding

When you have storm damage, that damage can be extensive. It may mean rebuilding damaged drywall and replacing flooring or even roof trusses.

When you need any of these or other services after a storm, call SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley anytime 24/7. Our team can be there right away to handle anything related to your storm damage.

Signs You Need Storm Damage Repair

6/22/2020 (Permalink)

In some situations, you know when there is damage to your home. You have damage to your roof, your basement has water rushing in, or you have broken windows from hail. Other times, the damage is not always that easy to see. And, if you do not deal with this unseen damage right away, these problems can become very expensive. Could you have storm damage that should be repaired?

Invest in a Full Inspection

After a storm comes through, it is best to have a professional inspect your home if you suspect any damage. For example, if a large tree branch hit the roof of your home, it is helpful to look at the roof carefully for signs of damage. This includes missing or damaged shingles, pot marks from hail, or areas of flashing damage. If you suspect storm damage call the professionals at SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley.

Pay Attention to Concerns

You may notice the development of moisture in your home. You may have areas of noticeable leaks. In some situations, you may start smelling mold. These are all indications that there is significant damage present. You may need to remove the damaged elements. You may also need to consider mold remediation to ensure that the problem is well under control.

Call the Experts

When you have storm damage, it is very important to be aggressive at repairs. The sooner you have those repairs taken care of, the more likely you are to tackle concerns before they become expensive repairs. Our team at SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley can help you find the concerns fast.

When Should You Call for Storm Damage Help in Spokane Valley?

5/22/2020 (Permalink)

Fallen Tree Damages Roof When Storm Damage Occurs Calling a Professional Right Away Can Save You From Further Damage.

When a storm comes through damaging your home or business, you need to take action right away. There are several important steps you need to take to ensure you and your property are safe. First, it’s important to leave if the situation becomes dangerous. If possible, you also want to minimize further damage by covering openings if you can, such as holes in the roof or broken windows. However, most property owners are not prepared for these situations.

Call a Professional Right Away to Lessen the Damage

The first step is to ensure no additional damage occurs. To do that, let a storm damage team come to your property to properly cover exposed areas to keep additional water from invading the space. Once this is done, and the storm passes, it is time to clean up. Your

Hiring a Pro for the Clean Up

Storm damage restoration is critical. If not done well, it can cause extensive damage to the property, including mold development within a matter of hours. A well-trained specialist will work quickly to help handle the cleanup, including removing damaged materials, clearing out all types of debris, and then working on proper cleaning methods. Your SERVPRO team is also skilled in rebuilding damaged structures, such as the roof, drywall or flooring in the property.

Call for Immediate Help for Any Needs You Have

When you have storm damage, do not put off getting help. Call SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley today. We are available 24-hours a day to help you.

Why Professional Storm Damage Cleanup Is So Important in Spokane Valley

5/15/2020 (Permalink)

When a storm rages through your property, leaving behind damage and flooding your home, it is critical to take action quickly. Storm damage, especially in-home flooding, can create dangerous living conditions. The sooner you act, the better.

The Risk of Mold

Within a matter of 12 to 18 hours under the right conditions, mold can form on surfaces. If your basement is flooded or you have furniture that is wet, it is critical to remove these from the home or properly clean them. Mold growth not only damages the actual furniture, carpeting, and drywall, but it also can get into your HVAC system if left too long. That allows it to spread throughout the home and can cause serious heath issues. You can prevent this by getting professional help right away for storm damage.

What Do You Need After a Storm?

When you have storm damage, react quickly. Have a professional come to your home to inspect what has happened. Then, consider the types of services you need. This may include the removal of any standing water. It may also include sewage cleanup. The next step is to remove all of the damaged and wet material from the space. Drying out your home is necessary to prevent mold growth. And, from there, many homes also need help with repair and rebuilding.

Get Fast, Reliable Help Today

If you have storm damage in the Spokane Valley, call SERVPRO of The Spokane Valley today. We’re available to help you right away with 24-hour service. Our team is ready to help protect and clean up your home.

Dropping Temperatures & Freezing Pipes

2/27/2019 (Permalink)

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?

  1. Turn off the main water valve.
  2. Call a professional plumber.
  3. 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?

2/27/2019 (Permalink)

Be Prepared!

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

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

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?
Call Us Today (509) 926-6140

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. 

(509)926-6140 Always Open

Effects of Wildfire Smoke Damage on your Spokane Valley Home

8/21/2018 (Permalink)

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.

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

Storm Damage Can Drastically Affect Your Home

12/31/2017 (Permalink)

Collapsed flat roof Collapsed flat roof after storm damage in Spokane

Severe weather can take a toll on your home. It’s not unusual for storm damage to seriously impact your home’s exterior, leading to serious problems in not only the appearance of your home but the structural integrity and function of your home. SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley provides 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. Here are three of the issues that could impact your home after a storm hits:

  • Roof Damage: Roofs are susceptible to damage during any major storm, from heavy winds and torrential rains or hail to snowstorms. Moisture can further weaken already insecure areas of the roof. Strong winds can loosen shingles or cause damage to them. resulting in a leak in your attic or ceiling.
  • Windows Are Vulnerable: Older windows that haven’t been replaced recently could develop problems if it rains. Moisture can seep into openings around the window, resulting in leakage in the house. Rain can also lead to wood rot and mold developing in the window area. Rugs and carpets under the window could also be susceptible to water damage. Basement windows are extremely vulnerable if they aren’t protected, which leads to flooded basements and damaged property.
  • Gutters Can Become Clogged: Clogged gutters may not be immediately apparent. Rain washed debris can collect in them, and they are no longer able to direct water away from your home. The result could be severe water damage to your home.

Storm damage can impact more than just the trees around the house. It can also have an impact on your home’s foundation. After a major storm, inspect your home and notice any potential issues. If you discover storm damage, call the restoration service team at SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley (509) 926-6140 We're available 24/7 to help you with your storm damage restoration.

What To Do After a Storm In Spokane Valley

12/29/2017 (Permalink)

Tree fallen on two story brick home in Spokane Storm Damage South Hill Spokane

After the Storm - What Now?

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

Call a professional like SERVPRO of Spokane Valley. DIY home restoration or learning to use a flood pump is not, particularly efficient after a disaster. Our experts will be able to assess roof damage and structural problems after flooding or hail damage. People should not try to fix a roof leak or do roof repair if they are not qualified. Attempting to could result in accidents or even death. Call us for your storm remediation needs.

In Spokane, there are the winter hazards of blizzards, extreme snowfall, ice dams, 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. The weather may be pleasant right now, but as winter approaches in the Spokane Valley you should be prepared for the possibility of:

ice dams
frozen pipes
hail damage
ice damage
wind damage 

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

flooding
storm damage
wind damage
roof repair
roof leaks

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

Storm restoration is a process. Standing groundwater can cause a need for a water restoration specialist to be called in. Flooding, a roof leak, and roof damage are all reasons to phone for help with storm remediation. Water restoration after storm damage can be tricky. Sure, the water may flow from the taps, but is it safe to drink? It's better to let the professionals handle that during storm remediation.

Immediately after the storm call for help. Keep these numbers on the emergency contact list:

SERVPRO of Spokane Valley 509-926-6140

Our storm restoration teams will bring flood pumps to remove groundwater and flood water, storm damage, roof repair, ice dam, hail damage, ice damming and wind damage can be handled by our experts.

Call for assistance with:

roof repair
roof leak
frozen pipes
ice damage
ice dam

Frozen pipes, roof damage, and groundwater are serious damages that are better handled by the pros.
Visit www.SERVPROspokanevalley.com for more information on storm damage remediation.

Heavy Snow Storms in Spokane can lead to heavy flooding when it melts.

12/29/2017 (Permalink)

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)

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