Recent Water Damage Posts

Take These Steps to Prevent Water Damage

9/7/2021 (Permalink)

home with water damage No matter how serious or extensive the water damage is in your Spokane Valley home, SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley can handle it for you.

There are a few steps you can take to help prevent water damage to your Spokane Valley home. Here are a few:

1. Carefully Inspect Your Roof

Your roof is constantly exposed to sunlight and precipitation. If your shingles begin to fall apart, roof leaks can develop without your knowledge. Stay ahead of water damage by inspecting your roof regularly — especially after big storms.

2. Make Sure Your Gutters Are Clean

Good drainage is essential to protecting your home from water damage. Bad drainage can weaken your foundation, leading to cracks, uneven settling and can open paths for water to find its way inside. Your gutters are key to this. Clogged gutters may direct water into window wells or other areas which allow water to seep into the house.

3. Caulk and Seal Your Windows

Caulking and sealing your windows regularly is one of the easiest ways to protect your home from water damage. You can also apply caulking to bathtubs, ceiling fixtures, drains, faucets, and other plumbing fixtures to keep water from seeping in where it doesn’t belong.

4. Check Your Pipes

It’s a good idea to inspect all the pipes in your home at least once a year. Over time, pipes gradually corrode, rust, decay, or develop cracks, all of which can result in leaks. In severe cases, you could be facing a flood of water or even raw sewage into your home, causing extensive—and expensive—damage.

5. Got a Sump Pump? Test It!

A sump pump is your first line of defense against basement flooding. They’re used to pump water that has accumulated in a sump basin away from a home to a municipal storm drain or dry well.

When your Spokane Valley home has water damage, you need the company that can respond immediately and has the expertise and equipment to properly restore your property.

SERVPRO of Spokane Valley uses advanced water damage inspection and extraction equipment to help them find the moisture and to remove it as quickly as possible. Our IICRC certified technicians will monitor and document the drying process so that you know your property is back to normal.

SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley is a trusted resource with decades of experience dealing with water damage as well as fire, smoke, mold, biohazard, and other types of property damage. We are here or you anytime 24/7. Just call 509-926-6140. 

How to Tell if You Have a Slow Water Leak

8/17/2021 (Permalink)

Ceiling with blistering paint from water leak Water damage can sometimes be hard to spot unless you know what you're looking for. Call the experts at SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley.

When a slow leak starts inside your home’s walls, it doesn’t attract attention, but it does leave solid clues. If you know how to detect water leakage in walls, you can minimize potentially serious damage. Be on the lookout for these six signs of water leaks behind your sheetrock.

1. Persistent Musty Odors

As water slowly drips from a leaky pipe inside the wall, flooring and sheetrock stay damp and develop an odor similar to wet cardboard, generating a musty smell that can help you find hidden leaks.

2. Mold in Unusual Areas

Mold usually grows in wet areas like kitchens, baths and laundry rooms. If you spot the stuff on walls or baseboards in other rooms of the house, it’s a good indicator of undetected water leaks.

3. Stains That Grow

When mold thrives around a leaky pipe, it sometimes takes hold on the inside surface of the affected wall. A growing stain on otherwise clean sheetrock is often your sign of a hidden plumbing problem.

4. Peeling Wallpaper or Paint

This clue is easy to miss in rooms that don’t get much use. When you see wallpaper separating along seams or paint flaking off the wall, blame sheetrock that stays wet because of an undetected leak.

5. Slowly Warping Sheetrock

Over time, sheetrock wicks up moisture from a slow leak, and that can cause the wall to develop bends and curves. Warped sheetrock is a sure sign of a slow water leak.

6. Buckled Ceilings and Stained Floors

If ceilings or floors in bathrooms, kitchens or laundry areas develop structural problems, don’t rule out constant damp inside the walls. Wet sheetrock can affect adjacent framing, flooring and ceilings.

If you have any kind of water damage, slow or not, you'll want to call the IICRC certified water damage experts in the Spokane Valley. SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley can be on the scene at your property anytime 24/7 to help you with your water damage issues. Just call 509-926-6140.

Take These Steps Immediately If You Have Water Damage

7/15/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Water Damage Equipment No matter how large your water damage problem, SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley has the resources to help.

When you have water damage at your home, there are a few important steps you need to take right away. Doing this helps to protect your property as well as your family’s health. Water or any type of moisture can create the risk of mold within a short time. In many cases, it takes just 12 hours of exposure – or less – for mold to begin to grow. That’s why it’s important to contact the specialists at SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley immediately.

What Needs to Happen

It is critical to remove all standing water from a home or space as quickly as possible. This may be done by mopping it up or, when there is a lot of it, it is important to extract it using pumps. Speed is important when drying out the space as fully as possible.  The team at SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley has specialized training and equipment that can quickly remove water and dry out your home to prevent further damage.

Unfortunately, it’s possible that a lot of materials that cannot be cleaned will need to be removed and thrown out. This includes damaged drywall, carpeting, paper, and other items you cannot clean. It may include some furniture.

Once all of the wet materials are gone, your team will need to determine if mold remediation is necessary. This depends on the conditions and the length of time it took to try out the property. You may also need to consider restoration work to rebuild and restore the home to the way it was prior to the incident.

When you have water damage, you need immediate help. SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley can help you. Call us at 509-926-6140 anytime 24/7.

Four Things to Remember After Flood Damage in Your Home

7/15/2021 (Permalink)

Home in the process of repair after flooding After a flood, you should trust repair and restoration to the professional team at SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley.

Flooding poses serious property damage and personal safety issues. Make sure you are aware of these issues and act accordingly after a flood.

  1. Document the Full Extent of the Damage

You will be tempted to begin undoing the damage immediately, but don't. Make certain to photograph or video the full extent of the damage for your insurance company.

  1. Stay Out of the Flood Water

Floodwater can contain dangerous chemicals and even human waste. This may be dangerous to your health. If you must get into the water make certain you have waterproof boots or hip waders, waterproof gloves, and other safety equipment.

  1. Don't Mess with Electrical Power

You are taking a significant safety risk if you attempt to shut off power in a flooded home or office. Your best option is to trust this to a professional.

  1. Don't Postpone Cleanup

Once the damage has been documented and you have contacted your flood insurance provider, you should begin cleanup immediately. If you have not already done so, this would be a great time to call SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley.  They will come quickly to your flooded home or office and can begin immediate cleanup. Leaving standing water or mud and debris can make the damage worse and can lead to the development of potentially dangerous mold.

Avoiding these common problems will speed up the restoration process and will help you as a homeowner to effectively deal with the problems presented when you experience flooding in your home. Don't forget that you have trusted team members in this process when you call SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley to help you. Call them anytime 24/7 at 509-926-6140.

The Water Damage Restoration Process

5/21/2021 (Permalink)

Extensive Water Damage in Home Flooding can cause severe and extensive water damage to your home.

Flooding, broken pipes, or backed-up drains, or clogged sewer lines are common causes of water damage in residential or business properties. No matter what the cause, smart property owners rely on professionals to handle the cleanup process. 

Assessing the Problem

The first step is to evaluate the extent of the water damage. Your SERVPRO professionals will do a damage assessment to better understand what is going to need to be done to ensure the property is safe again.

Removing Water and Debris

The next step is to ensure all water is extracted. This can often require specialized equipment and techniques to make sure all of the water is removed. Then, any damaged debris and material around the property will need to be removed as quickly as possible to prevent the buildup of mold.

Drying Out and Dehumidifying

Drying out the property is a bit more complex than it seems. The goal is to discourage the movement of any mold spores during the drying process. Professional dehumidification equipment can help with this process.

Cleaning, Repair, and Restoration

From here, the water damage cleanup continues with proper cleaning of existing surfaces and making any necessary repairs, including repairs to flooring, drywall, and ceilings. Then, rebuilding is done if needed to improve the existing space and ensure structural integrity.

Seek Out the Help You Need Today

When you have water damage, you need help cleaning it up fast. Expect the team at SERVPRO of The Spokane Valley to help you. We provide fast, same-day help to ensure your home is safe and secure. You can reach us anytime 24/7 at 509-926-6140. Call us for help today.

How To Handle Water Damage in Your Spokane Valley Home

5/20/2021 (Permalink)

Water pouring in from basement window The water damage depicted here was caused by a broken exterior water pipe.

Whether a pipe burst or the washing machine overflowed, water damage is significant and needs to be dealt with right away. Storms and sewers can also be common causes of damage. When this happens, there are a few things you should do without delay.

After Flooding Occurs

When it is safe to do so, the first goal will always be to stop the flow of water into the home. Then, work to remove the water that is there. In some cases, this can be done by mopping or blotting the floor. In other cases, especially when there is standing water, it may need to be extracted mechanically. Then, the next steps involve removing wet materials, including carpeting, upholstery, cushions, and other damaged furnishings.

It will be necessary to remove any wet furniture from the space, if possible. Then, properly dry and clean these surfaces. Your flooring, whether it is carpeting or wood, needs to be removed and cleaned, or replaced. There is a lot of work to do to get your home back to a safe condition again.

Many of the processes and techniques needed to restore a water-damaged home require specialized equipment, training, and experience. This is where SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley can help you.

Taking Fast Action Helps – We Can Help You

With 24-hour availability, you can trust SERVPRO of The Spokane Valley to provide you with immediate help. If you have water damage—regardless of severity--let our team take care of the problem for you immediately.

Water Damage: It Doesn't Have to Happen to You

9/4/2020 (Permalink)

Hallway with heavy water damage If you have flooding or other water damage to your home or office, call SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley at 509-926-6140.

There are a few steps you can take to help prevent water damage to your home. Here are a few:

1. Carefully Inspect Your Roof

Your roof is constantly exposed to sunlight and precipitation. If your shingles begin to fall apart, roof leaks can develop without your knowledge. Stay ahead of water damage by inspecting your roof regularly — especially after big storms.

2. Make Sure Your Gutters Are Clean

Good drainage is essential to protecting your home from water damage. Bad drainage can weaken your foundation, leading to cracks, uneven settling and can open paths for water to find its way inside.

3. Caulk and Seal Your Windows

Caulking and sealing your windows regularly is one of the easiest ways to protect your home from water damage. You can also apply caulking to bathtubs, ceiling fixtures, drains, faucets, and other plumbing fixtures to keep water from seeping in where it doesn’t belong.

4. Check Your Pipes

It’s a good idea to inspect all the pipes in your home at least once a year. Over time, pipes gradually corrode, rust, decay, or develop cracks, all of which can result in leaks. In severe cases, you could be facing a flood of water or raw sewage into your home, causing extensive—and expensive—damage.

5. Got a Sump Pump? Test It!

A sump pump is your first line of defense against basement flooding. They’re used to pump water that has accumulated in a sump basin away from a home to a municipal storm drain or dry well.

When your Spokane Valley home has water damage, you need the company that can respond immediately and has the expertise and equipment to properly restore your property. SERVPRO of Spokane Valley uses advanced water damage inspection and extraction equipment to help them find the moisture and to remove it as quickly as possible. Our highly trained technicians will monitor and document the drying process so that you know your property is back to normal.

SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley is a trusted resource with decades of experience dealing with water damage as well as fire, smoke, mold, biohazard, and other types of property damage. We are here or you 24/7. Just call 509-926-6140. 

Don't Make These Water Damage Restoration Mistakes

7/22/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage has the potential to turn into extensive property damage. You’ll need to find the right way to deal with this situation. A wrong decision will doom your chances of restoring your property to its pre-damaged condition. That’s why you’ll want to do your best to avoid the following mistakes.

Waiting Too Long

When your property is flooded, you’re already in a race against time to reduce the damage to your property. This is no time to wait. Get professional help right away. Look for a water damage restoration team to help you. The sooner they get there and start fixing the problem, the better chances you have that parts of your home and many of your belongings might be salvaged and restored.

Dismissing the Hidden Dangers

Don’t wade into any standing water you find. If it has submerged the floor of your property, stepping into the water may be dangerous especially if there’s an electrical problem. Also, if you have broken plumbing, then the water is going to present a sanitation issue. There are also other problems such as unseen debris that you might step on like glass or metal objects. All in all, there may be some serious risks in wading into this water. Hire a professional restoration service to check your property and handle this for you.

Doing It on Your Own

Using a DIY approach to water damage control and restoration is far from the ideal solution. If you haven’t got the tools, experience or knowledge to pull this off, then you may not only put yourself in danger but may miss hidden damage which may cause more problems down the road. And the time it will take you to realize that after a few failed attempts is time that you’ve let the problem get worse. Keep that from happening by hiring pros from the get-go.

Not Doing Your Homework

Avoid hiring mistakes. Look for trusted contractors to do the job. Check for credentials and qualifications. Consider the firm’s reputation, background, and consumer reviews.

If you’re interested in getting your restoration done by an experienced professional team, your first call should be to SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley. They are IICRC certified so you know that you’re getting the best and most highly qualified technicians available to help with your property damage. They are ready to take your call anytime 24/7 at 509-926-6140.

Four Things NOT to do After a Flood

6/23/2020 (Permalink)

Damaged drywall and carpet being replaced Carpet and drywall need to be removed immediately following water damage.

Flooding poses serious property damage and personal safety issues. Make sure you are aware of these issues and act accordingly after a flood.

  1. Document the Full Extent of the Damage

You will be tempted to begin undoing the damage immediately, but don't. Make certain you photograph or video the full extent of the damage for your insurance company.

  1. Stay Out of the Flood Water

Floodwater can contain dangerous chemicals and even human waste. This is dangerous to your health. If you must get into the water make certain you have waterproof boots or hip waders, waterproof gloves, and other safety equipment.

  1. Don't Mess with Electrical Power

You are taking a significant safety risk if you attempt to shut off power in a flooded home or office. Your best option is to trust this to a professional.

  1. Postponing Cleanup

Once the damage has been documented you have contact your flood insurance provider, you should begin cleanup immediately. If you have not already done so, this would be a great time to call SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley.  They will come quickly to your flooded home or office and can begin immediate cleanup. Leaving standing water or mud and debris can make the damage worse and can lead to the development of dangerous mold.

Avoiding these common problems will speed up the restoration process and will help you as a homeowner to effectively deal with the problems presented when you experience flooding in your home. Don't forget that you have trusted team members in this process when you call SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley to help you. Call them anytime 24/7.

It Is Critical to Be Proactive When You Have Water Damage

6/22/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment stacked in rows No matter how large your water damage problem, we have the resources to help 24/7.

When you have water damage at your home, there are key steps you need to take right away. Doing so helps to protect your property as well as your family’s health. Water or any type of moisture can create the risk of mold within a short time. In many cases, it takes just 12 hours of exposure – or less – for mold to begin to grow. That worsens health and can lead to structural damage. That’s why it’s important to contact the specialists at SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley.

What Needs to Happen

As soon as possible, it is critical to remove all standing water from a home or space. This may be done by mopping it up or, when there is a lot of it, it is important to extract it using pumps. Speed is important when drying out the space as fully as possible.  The team at SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley has specialized training and equipment that can quickly remove water and dry out your home to prevent further damage.

Unfortunately, it’s possible that a lot of materials that cannot be cleaned well need to be removed and thrown out. This includes damaged drywall, carpeting, paper, and other items you cannot clean. It may include some furniture.

Once all of the wet materials are gone, your team will need to determine if mold remediation is necessary. This depends on the conditions and the length of time it took to try out the property. You may also need to consider restoration work to rebuild and restore the home to the way it was prior to the incident.

When you have water damage, you need immediate help. SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley can help you.

Steps to Water Damage Cleanup

5/22/2020 (Permalink)

Water Damaged Home When flooding or other water damage occurs it is critical to have professional expertise in the cleanup process.

Flooding, broken pipes, or backed-up sewer lines are common causes of water damage. No matter what the cause, smart property owners rely on professionals to handle the cleanup process. The right team ensures the entire process is done properly.

Assessing the Problem

The first step is to determine the extensiveness of the water damage. During this process, the professionals will do a damage assessment to better understand what is going to need to be done to ensure the property is safe again.

Removing Water and Debris

The next step is to ensure all water is extracted. Then, any damaged debris and material around the property needs to be removed as quickly as possible to prevent the buildup of mold.

Drying Out and Dehumidifying

Drying out the property is a bit more complex than it seems. The goal is to not encourage the movement of any mold spores during the drying process. Dehumidification can help with this process.

Cleaning, Repair, and Restoration

From here, the water damage cleanup continues with proper cleaning of existing surfaces and making any necessary repairs, including to flooring, drywall, and ceilings. Then, rebuilding is done if needed to improve the existing space and ensure structural integrity.

Seek Out the Help You Need Today

When you have water damage, you need help cleaning it up fast. Expect the team at SERVPRO of The Spokane Valley to help you. We provide fast, same-day help to ensure your home is safe and secure. Call us for help today.

What to Do if You Have Water Damage in Your Spokane Valley Home

5/21/2020 (Permalink)

Home With Significant Water Damage This water damage was caused by a broken exterior water pipe.

Whether a pipe burst or the washing machine overflowed, or you experienced a once-in-a-century flood, water damage is significant and needs to be treated right away. Storms and sewers can also be common causes of damage. When this happens, there are a few things you should do without delay.

What to Do After Flooding Occurs

If it is safe to do so, the first goal will always be to stop the flow of water into the home. Then, work to remove what is there. This may be possible by mopping or blotting the floor. In other cases, especially when there is standing water, it may need to be extracted mechanically. Once this is done, the next steps involve removing all wet materials, including carpeting, upholstery, cushions, and other damaged furnishings from the space.

It will be necessary to remove any wet furniture from the space, if possible. Then, properly dry and clean these surfaces. The surface of your space, whether it is carpeting or wood flooring, needs to be removed if damaged, cleaned, or replaced. There is a lot of work to do to get your home back to a safe condition again.

Many of the processes and techniques needed to restore a water-damaged home require specialized equipment, training, and experience. This is where SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley can help you.

Taking Fast Action Helps – We Can Help You

With 24-hour availability, you can trust SERVPRO of The Spokane Valley to provide you with immediate help. If you have water damage—regardless of severity--let our team take care of the problem for you immediately.

Flooding: What To Do and Not To Do

9/6/2019 (Permalink)

Things To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting
  • Remove lamps and items on tabletops
  • Wipe away water from wood and furniture
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting
  • Turn AC on for maximum drying in summer
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting
  • Remove any objects to a sage and dry place
  • Gather any loose items from the floors

What Not To Do After Flooding

  • Don’t leave wet fabrics in place
  • Don’t leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpets or floors
  • Don’t use your household vacuum to remove water
  • Don’t use television or other household appliances after if they are in the affected area
  • Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging

Tips To Prevent Water Damage to your Spokane Valley home

10/12/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Broken pipe Spokane Valley

1. Inspect Your Roof

After all, your roof is constantly exposed to sunlight and precipitation. If it begins to deteriorate, roof leaks can develop without you noticing. But you can stay ahead of water damage by inspecting your roof regularly — especially after big storms.

2. Clean Your Gutters

Ensuring good drainage is essential to protecting your home from water damage. Poor drainage weakens your foundation, leading to cracks, uneven settling and pathways for water to find its way inside.

3. Caulk and Seal Your Windows

Caulking and sealing your windows regularly is one of the easiest ways to protect your home from water damage. You can also apply caulking to bathtubs, ceiling fixtures, drains, faucets and other plumbing fixtures to keep water from seeping in where it doesn’t belong.

4. Check Your Pipes

It’s a good idea to inspect all the pipes in your home at least once a year. Over time, pipes gradually corrode, rust, and decay, all of which can result in leaks. In severe cases, you could be facing a flood of water or raw sewage into your home, causing extensive—and expensive—damage.

5. Test Your Sump Pump

A sump pump is your first line of defense against basement flooding. They’re used to pump water that has accumulated in a sump basin away from a home to a municipal storm drain or dry well.

When your Spokane Valley home has water damage from flooding or leaks, you need the company that can respond immediately and has the expertise and equipment to properly restore your property. SERVPRO of Spokane Valley uses advanced water damage inspection and extraction equipment to help them find the moisture and to remove it as quickly as possible. Our highly trained technicians will monitor and document the drying process so that you know your property is back to normal.

Have Water or Flood Damage?

Call Us Today – (509) 926-6140

Open 24 hours/ 7 days a week

SERVPRO Can Deorderize Your Spokane Valley Home of Musty Smells

10/4/2018 (Permalink)

HEPA Air Scrubber Spokane Valley

Water damage to your Spokane Valley home happens in the blink of an eye. It only takes a leak from an upstairs bathroom, and before you know it, you are struggling with water-logged carpets, wet furniture, and damp walls and floors. 

 
SERVPRO is on hand to remove water immediately and remediate the water damage to your Spokane Valley home so you can resume daily life “Like it never even happened.” However, there is more to remediation than drying out the affected area: There is also the question of how to remove the unpleasant damp smell afterward. 
 
Although water is odorless, water-logged rooms can soon start to give off a nasty, musty odor that makes the house smell bad. Clients have told us their biggest challenges following a water damage event is the lingering smell. That is why we train our technicians to tackle any residual odors and leave your home smelling as fresh and clean as it did before the incident. 
 
Air scrubbers are very useful for dealing with damp smells. The machine draws in contaminated air and passes it through true HEPA filtration. HEPA filters are capable of catching particles down to 0.3 microns, thus removing smells and releasing clean air back into the room. 
 
Wet fogging is useful for getting into all the little nooks and crannies where odors hide. We choose the most appropriate product to deodorize your affected areas, and the fogging machine releases the product as a very fine mist which penetrates even hard to reach corners. 
 
Our IICRC-certified technicians know that it is important to check for small, hidden sources of damp smells. Sometimes there is a patch of carpet or a couch cushion that, despite being completely dry, smells a little bit musty. In such cases, we can hand spray disinfectant onto the affected area, or even inject small amounts of the product if spraying or other methods are not practical. For example, if it is not possible to lift up a wet carpet, it is possible to inject deodorization products into it to remove the smell and freshen the carpet. 
 
SERVPRO of Spokane Valley understands the importance of restoring your home quickly. That is why we end every deodorization session by positioning powerful venting box fans to help remove odors and ensure your room smells fresh once more. 
 
For help removing damp and musty smells from your home, call SERVPRO of Spokane Valley at (509) 926-6140 today. Over 25+ years in your community!

Top Causes of Water Damage Basement Flooding During the Winter In Your Spokane Home

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

Basement flood Spokane

Basements can flood just about any time of the year, and you might be surprised that it can even happen during the winter. The reality is that winter can present the most risk and only some of these are preventable. It is never a bad idea to have a water damage restoration company as part of your home maintenance list of providers, so you can respond quickly if you experience a problem.

The main causes of water damage basement flooding are ice floes, frozen concrete, blocked drains, and faulty plumbing. If you live near a river, such as the Catawba River west of Charlotte, North Carolina’s city limits, you could find that an ice floe has blocked water flow and caused flooding in your neighborhood. This is not a common occurrence, but can happen. The other causes are more common.

The most common is a pipe break due to faulty plumbing or not having proper precautions in place to avoid pipes freezing. When water freezes, it expands and can cause a burst pipe. This is more common when pipes are weakened but can happen even with newer plumbing. Freezing water can also cause a problem in your home’s concrete foundation. Additionally, concrete expands and contracts during seasonal temperature changes, which can result in cracks that let water seep in, sometimes rapidly.

A blocked or slow drain is a problem any time of the year, but it can be a real problem during warmer periods during the winter when snow is melting and needing a place to drain.

During warmer months, you should take the time to check your property for good drainage and any cracks you might notice in your home’s foundation. Check your basement and plumbing throughout the year to reduce the chances of water damage from the causes you can control.

If your Spokane Valley property has been damaged by water caused by flooding or water leaks, we have the experience, expertise, and equipment to restore your property properly. Our water removal and cleanup process also provides validation and documentation that your property is dry.

Please follow our tips outlined in the Water Damage Tips—Until Help Arrives Guide to protect yourself and your property.

Have Water or Flood Damage?

SERVPRO of The Spokane Valley

Call Us Today – (509) 926-6140

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Call SERVPRO of Spokane Valley BEFORE you call your Insurance Company

5/21/2018 (Permalink)

Flood Damage Home in Northwest Spokane

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

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

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

Step One: Safety First! 

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

Step 2: Assess…But Don’t Clean

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

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

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

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

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

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

Step 3: Contact SERVPRO of Spokane Valley

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

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

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

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

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

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

Step 4: Contact Your Insurer

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

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

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Tips to prevent a Sump Pump failure in your Spokane home

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage failed sump pump in Spokane

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SERVPRO of Spokane Valley is owned and operated for over 25 years, so we are part of this community too. When you have a flooding or water 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.

Clues of a Slow Leak behind walls in your Spokane Home

3/23/2018 (Permalink)

Waterleak from a leaking pipe from the floor above in Spokane

When a slow leak starts inside your home’s walls, it doesn’t attract attention, but it does leave solid clues. If you know how to detect water leakage in walls, you can minimize potentially serious damage. Be on the lookout for these six signs of water leaks behind your sheetrock.

1. Persistent Musty Odors

As water slowly drips from a leaky pipe inside the wall, flooring and sheetrock stay damp and develop an odor similar to wet cardboard, generating a musty smell that can help you find hidden leaks.

2. Mold in Unusual Areas

Mold usually grows in wet areas like kitchens, baths and laundry rooms. If you spot the stuff on walls or baseboards in other rooms of the house, it’s a good indicator of undetected water leaks.

3. Stains That Grow

When mold thrives around a leaky pipe, it sometimes takes hold on the inside surface of the affected wall. A growing stain on otherwise clean sheetrock is often your sign of a hidden plumbing problem.

4. Peeling Wallpaper or Paint

This clue is easy to miss in rooms that don’t get much use. When you see wallpaper separating along seams or paint flaking off the wall, blame sheetrock that stays wet because of an undetected leak.

5. Slowly Warping Sheetrock

Over time, sheetrock wicks up moisture from a slow leak, and that can cause the wall to develop bends and curves. Warped sheetrock is a sure sign of a slow water leak.

6. Buckled Ceilings and Stained Floors

If ceilings or floors in bathrooms, kitchens or laundry areas develop structural problems, don’t rule out constant damp inside the walls. Wet sheetrock can affect adjacent framing, flooring and ceilings.

Ice Dams: Tips on preventing winter water damage for your Spokane home

5/11/2017 (Permalink)

Water damage. Soaked interior wall corner. Spokane Valley Feb 2017

What are Ice Dams?

Icicles and Ice Dams can form when heat escapes through the ceiling into the attic. This can melt the snow that is on the roof and allow water from the melted snow to flow to the eaves. Pool of water forms that can leak under the shingles. The water may then enter the attic causing damage as well as the interior ceilings and walls.

Tips for preventing damage caused by ice dams in your Spokane Valley home:

Ventilation: Adequate ventilation will reduce the amount of warm air that can lead to the formation of ice dams.

Insulation: Homes are recommended to insulation of R-38 (12 inches of fiberglass or cellulose). This will reduce the amount of warm air that can rise to the attic.

Creating an Air Tight barrier: Make the ceiling airtight. Use silicone caulk, foam sealant to stop airflow around vent pipes, exhaust fans, chimneys, etc. 

When your Spokane Valley home has water damage from flooding or leaks, we have the expertise and equipment to properly restore your property. The water removal and water cleanup process is completed by our highly-trained technicians who will document the drying process. This validates that your property has been dried properly and thorough.

(509) 926-6140. "Like it Never Even Happened"

"What is happening to your property" A detailed water damage timeline for your Spokane or Spokane Valley home

4/7/2017 (Permalink)

damage left untreated for 6 days. Molded carpet and walls. Spokane Valley 2016

Flooding and water emergencies have a schedule, they can happen at any moment SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24/7—including all holidays 


(509) 926-6140


Water Damage Timeline


Within Minutes



  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.

  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.

  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.

  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.


Hours 1 - 24:



  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.

  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.

  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.

  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.

  • A musty odor appears.


48 Hours to 1 Week:



  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.

  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.

  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.

  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.

  • Paint begins to blister.

  • Wood flooring swells and warps.

  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.


More Than 1 Week:



  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.

  • Structural safety, mold growth, and bio-hazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.


Since every flood and water damage scenario is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. However, the overall water restoration process remains the same. The steps below detail our restoration process for the typical water-damaged property.


Step 1: Emergency Contact


Step 2: Inspection and Damage Assessment


Step 3: Water Removal/Water Extraction


Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification


Step 5: Cleaning and Repair


Step 6: Restoration


SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley is locally owned and operated, a proud member of this community for over 25 years. When you have a cleaning or restoration need, we’re already nearby and ready to help. We take pride in being a part of the Spokane Valley, WA community and want to do our part in making it the best it can be.


 


 


 

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

4/6/2017 (Permalink)

Flooded Utility room Spokane Valley March 2017

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


Before the Flood:



  • Know if your property is in a flood zone

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Learn if your community has a flood alert signal.

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

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

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

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


During the Flood:



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

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

  • Stay away from downed power lines and electrical wires.


After the Flood:



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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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




 

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

3/17/2017 (Permalink)

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  • What to Expect


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


    Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions: 



    • Your name and contact information

    • Your insurance information (if applicable)

    • The street address of the water-damaged home

    • When did the flooding or water damage occur?

    • What caused the water damage (if known)?

    • Is there electricity available (on-site)?


    Faster to Any Size Emergency


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


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



Water Damage - Get Help Immediately!

2/16/2016 (Permalink)

Water damage to your home or business can happen very quickly--and with disastrous consequences. That's why you need to get help from a certified professional restoration company like SERVPRO of the Spokane Valley. We are IICRC certified and can respond to your water damage emergency anytime 24-hours a day.

Please call if we can serve you! Water Damage to your home or business in Spokane Valley, Liberty Lake, Greenacres or Otis Orchards home?  Call our 24-hour emergency service line (509) 926-6140.

  • We can be on-site within one hour of receiving your call
  • We are a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We bill the insurance company directly, giving you one less thing to worry about
  • Our technicians are highly trained in Water Restoration techniques
  • We employ advanced inspection and extraction equipment 
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards 

Spokane Residents - Water Damage Prevention

2/10/2016 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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