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When Storm Damage Strikes, Call a Pro

3/27/2023 (Permalink)

Even the strongest, best-built Spokane home can suffer significant damage after a storm. If you have damage, it is best to hire storm damage restoration professionals to provide support and cleanup guidance. Hiring a trained and certified team can help ensure the work is done properly so you can return to your home with confidence. What can a storm damage professional do for you?

Determine Where the Problems Are

Sometimes the damage from a storm is easy to spot. This may include larger holes in the roof or a flooded basement. In other cases, you may not see the damage initially. You may have foundation issues, problems with the siding, or damage to the drywall in your living room. Storm damage professional technicians are trained in how to spot concerns fast.

The Right Type of Drying

Storm damage often leaves a wet mess to clean up. Fast, reliable drying is a key component to protecting your home and minimizing mold risk. Technicians at SERVPRO of South & West Spokane County use scientific drying techniques and specialized equipment to ensure proper care and monitoring for mold growth or other risks. They also provide the necessary monitoring and documentation you need to know your home is safe.

Finding the Right Help Matters – Call Us First

At SERVPRO of South & West Spokane County, our team understands what you are up against when it comes to storm damage cleanup. That is why our IICRC certified restoration professionals are available to you anytime day or night. To get help, call us 24 hours a day for immediate support. Just call 509-534-0566 and we'll be there.

Water Damage in Your Business? Leave it to the Pros for Fast Reopening

3/7/2023 (Permalink)

photo of room with water damage When water damage hits your business you need professionals who can act fast! That's why businesses in Spokane count on SERVPRO.

Flooding and water damage events at Spokane-area commercial properties are often complex, with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, SERVPRO of South & West Spokane County will work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area.

Business owners understand that the business downtime can be more devastating than the property damage -- we understand that too. Many times the most important thing to Spokane-area businesses is to get back in business . . . fast. It is critical that business owners be put in a position where revenue-generating activities can begin again as quickly as possible.

The professional technicians at SERVPRO of South & West Spokane County are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area quickly while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of South & West Spokane County

SERVPRO of South & West Spokane County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is IICRC Certified and highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Call us 24/7 at (509) 534-0566.

When Property Damage Impacts Your Business You Need the Experts Now!

8/25/2022 (Permalink)

Don’t let fire and smoke damage, water damage, or storm damage put your facility out of commission for too long. Here are sound suggestions on what you can do.

Hire Pros

Whether you have a large or small restoration project, it’s better to get pros to handle it. A commercial restoration cleaning service works quickly and efficiently. That makes a huge difference, especially since a great deal of restoration work is essentially a race against time. The longer your property or belongings are subjected to smoke, fire, or water damage, the harder it will be to restore them. By hiring pros, you have a better chance of restoring them to their pre-damaged states.

Confirm It’s Safe

Enter the property only after you’re certain that it’s safe. Avoid wading into standing water, for instance. Have a professional team come in to check for structural damage that compromises the facility in any way. It’s especially important that you don't try to take any of your belongings out yet. Wait until you get the go-ahead from pros.

Remove Debris and Soot

Before restoration can start, your restoration team will need to handle the removal of the soot and debris from the property. Soot might not seem to leave a huge impact, but the longer it stays on the surface, the greater the damage it leads to. Removing it will improve the quality of the air inside the facility and cut down on the airborne odors.

Remove Possessions

The restoration team will start taking your possessions out of the property. This is when you’ll find out which items are too damaged to restore, or which parts of your home will need to go. 

Let the Professionals at SERVPRO of South & West Spokane County Handle It For You

In Spokane you have access to a team of highly trained professionals at SERVPRO of South & West Spokane County. These pros are IICRC certified and have the latest equipment and technology to make sure you have the best possible outcome when dealing with your property damage. Call anytime 24/7 at 509-534-0566

Don't Let a Kitchen Fire Keep Your Restaurant Out of Business

8/25/2022 (Permalink)

Commercial kitchen fires are more common than you think. They mostly happen as a result of grease buildup, but fires can also occur due to employee mistakes, or simply as a result of an electrical problem. In every situation, these are complex fires that require experts to handle them properly. 

Cleaning Up Your Space

Our commercial kitchen restoration team works to clean out and remove all of the debris after a fire. We ensure the work is done properly and thoroughly, which includes documenting the process. After this process, the next step is to clean the area properly. We need to be aggressive here, to ensure that all potential mold risk is removed from the space. If this is not done properly, it can create years of cleanup problems and concerns for you.

Rebuilding Your Space

Getting your doors open again is always a priority. To do that, we need to properly restore the space to good condition. We can work with you to do this within all building codes and requirements. This can ensure the best possible outcome.

Seek Out Trusted Help from an Experienced Company

When there is damage in your commercial kitchen from a fire, speedy help is available. Our team at SERVPRO of South & West Spokane County can help you to get the space cleaned up and back in good condition in no time. Call us immediately for help. You can reach us anytime 24/7 at 509-534-0566.

Smoke Odors After a Fire Can Be Stubborn. Let SERVPRO Help!

8/2/2022 (Permalink)

man with clothespin on nose With the training and the technology to handle tough smoke odors, your best call is to SERVPRO of South & West Spokane County.

Smoke Odor in Your Spokane Home? SERVPRO Can Help

Smoke odor is a stubborn and pervasive odor which lingers a long time after the flames of a fire are out. Whether it was caused by a nearby fire, a natural disaster, or from an accident such as an out of control cooking fire or a fireplace left unattended, the smoke odor can be a challenge to remove, even for experienced restoration professionals. 

There are various factors which influence the severity of smoke odor from fire damage in your Spokane home. The first is obvious – the size of the fire. The bigger the fire is and the more materials which have burned, the more smoke there is. How long the affected area is exposed to smoke matters as well. Smoke odor embeds itself deeper into porous materials the longer it has a chance to sit. 

Our technicians at SERVPRO know that after a fire, time is of the essence to prevent additional damage, which is why once you call us, we are out to your home quickly. We clean up the smoke odor, sanitize the area, and repair any salvageable items. 

Another factor which impacts the smoke odor is how large the room which is affected is. The smaller the room is, the more concentrated and intense the smoke odor can become. Materials which have burned is also important. Different materials leave behind different odors. A fire which burned wood smells different than a fire which affected mostly plastics or a protein fire. The kind of materials affected can influence the products SERVPRO technicians use to get the smoke odor out. 

Our technicians have a large selection of equipment and products which are designed specifically to remove stubborn smoke odors. From hydroxyl generators to ozone machines, eco-friendly odor-busters to powerful odor-destroying chemicals, we are your answer to all your smoke odor removal needs. Our experienced professionals help you pinpoint the problem and figure out the best solution after we arrive at your home.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

Think of SERVPRO of South & West Spokane County when your home has suffered from a fire of any size. We can get the smoke odors out of your home and prevent additional damages. Call us anytime 24/7 at (509) 534-0566.

What to Do About Storm Damage in Spokane County

6/24/2022 (Permalink)

fallen tree smashes roof of home Sometimes storm damage causes urgent and significant issues for homeowners. Make SERVPRO of South & West Spokane County your first call.

When heavy rains and high winds hit hard, property destruction and loss can be devastating to you as a homeowner. Structural damage to the exterior of your home is followed by interior devastation from water and winds. Storm damage is rarely isolated to just a few buildings in an area adding the challenge of finding a restoration company that can respond swiftly to your needs to an already anxiety-filled situation. SERVPRO of South & West Spokane County delivers the help you need swiftly even when a local disaster is widespread, as we are able to call upon a network of over 2,000 franchises nationwide to respond if the need is great. 
Storm damage in Spokane can feel overwhelming, but your fear and panic will disappear when our team of professionals responds to your water, wind and flooding repair and restoration needs. Your particular situation is of paramount importance to us, and you need not worry that your repairs and restoration will take a back seat even when many in your area are struggling to recover from the same issues you face. Choosing our company puts in motion a vast support system, but our local ownership means you will receive a personalized approach to your particular situation, efficiently returning your home back to its pre-storm condition just “Like it never even happened.” 
Placing your trust in SERVPRO for your storm damage needs will bring you benefits that less qualified companies simply cannot deliver. We use state of the art equipment to clean, repair and restore your home and in the process, we also restore your and your family’s peace of mind. Our technicians are highly trained and qualified, current in Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IIICRC) for any procedure needed to bring your home back to the safe and comforting refuge you deserve. We also work closely with your insurance company, ensuring that all the work necessary is approved and compensated according to the terms of your policy. Our high standards and relentless drive to do the job on time while meeting local specifications means you and your family will quickly return to the quiet enjoyment of your house and neighborhood. We are not satisfied until you are happily back in your restored dwelling. 
Once you make sure that your family is safe after a major storm, your first call should be to SERVPRO of South & West Spokane County. Dial (509) 534-0566 anytime 24/7 and begin the road to recovery by scheduling an inspection with our storm damage experts.

Don't Make These Water Damage Cleanup Mistakes

6/24/2022 (Permalink)

Water damage cleanup mistakes can lead to a lot of headaches and stress. If your property needs water damage restoration, here are a few of the mistakes you’ll want to avoid.

Waiting Before Cleanup

Water damage can lead to a lot of problems. The first rule of cleanup is to do it as soon as possible. Every minute that your belongings and property stay submerged lessens the chances of you getting that item or property back to its pre-damaged state. If you wait until it’s convenient to perform the cleanup, you’ll only end up with bigger problems.

Wrong Equipment

Using the wrong equipment will only aggravate the problem. Plus, the kind of equipment or tools you have might not be suitable for handling the water in your home. That means you won’t succeed at drying your home completely, which will leave your home at the mercy of mold and mildew growth. Don’t let that happen. Hire pros to handle this for you. They have specialized equipment to ensure the fast and efficient drying of your belongings and property.

Neglecting Important Details

Most of the time, people forget about the items they slog through when they wade through water damage. But there could be an electrical problem, broken glass, and other items that could injure you. It’s best that you hire pros instead of tackling this on your own. Restoration experts know what to look out for and how to do this in the safest way possible. They’re much better equipped to handle this than you with your makeshift tools.

Not Doing Your Homework

When you look for a restoration service, don’t hire the first company that you find. Look at the company’s history and background. SERVPRO of South & West Spokane County is your trusted resource for cleaning and restoring water-damaged property. Our teams are IICRC certified. We have the latest advanced equipment and training to make sure your water damage problems are solved completely.

If you have water damage to your home or business property, call us anytime 24/7 at 509-534-0655. We'll be there to help!

Fire Danger Doesn't Stop When the Flames Are Out

6/12/2022 (Permalink)

It is traumatic to experience a fire in your home or business. And the dangers don't present themselves only during the fire. They can appear after. It is important to take specific actions to minimize hazards.

One of the biggest concerns after the fire is out is air quality. It is likely that materials caught fire and debris were sent airborne. These could be toxigenic. Without proper respiratory protection you will be breathing these items.

Another big concern has to do with "slip and fall" hazards. If you must go into the structure, make sure to wear proper shoes, and avoid areas that may be wet from the water that was sprayed to put out the blaze.

Use the buddy system.  Only do activities that are safe for you to perform. Use your legs to lift things -- don't use your back!  Be very careful.

There are some things you should do, following a fire.

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

Most of all, remember that the contents can be replaced. Take care of your health and the health of your loved ones. Getting injured after the fire is something that can be avoided!

For help in cleanup and restoration after a fire, your best option is to call SERVPRO of South & West Spokane County. We are ready for your call 24/7. And we work with your insurance company.  Call us at 509-534-0566.

Commercial Storm Damage Restoration

6/12/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle with high-rise building in background Even large commercial structures can suffer storm damage. Call SERVPRO of South & West Spokane County for cleanup and restoration.

Storm Damage to Commercial Properties

Storms and dangerous weather can be devastating to any business. Wind damage, heavy rain, and flooding can occur suddenly and cause substantial damage in a matter of minutes. There’s never a convenient time for flooding or storm damage to strike your business. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour lost revenue and productivity. So, when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there as fast as we can with the help you need.

Commercial Restoration Presents Unique Challenges

SERVPRO has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial storm or water damage emergencies. Regardless of your property type or size, we will respond quickly to clean the property and manage the restoration project through to its completion.

We're ready to take your call. The IICRC trained and certified staff at SERVPRO of South & West Spokane County can handle cleanup and restoration of your commercial property and help you get back in business fast. Call us 24/7 at 509-534-0566

The Fire is Out, But That's Far From the End of Troubles

6/5/2022 (Permalink)

Smoke billowing from windows Even when extinguished quickly, damage from a fire can be extensive and not readily apparent.

A quickly extinguished fire may seem like the end of your troubles, but the reality is the fire’s aftermath causes far more destruction than the typical homeowner expects. An assessment by a reliable restoration company is a good investment, making certain the cleanup plan does not exacerbate the situation. SERVPRO of South and West Spokane County specializes in restoration of the damage done by fires large or small.

For example, after smoldering for several hours, an old, poorly functioning surge protector covered by an old rug shorted out, causing fire damage to your Spokane home. Little actual charring is present, and you discovered the problem, shut off the circuit, and removed and disposed of the cord without calling the fire department. Calling a restoration firm helps you determine the extent of damage caused by smoke and soot and devise a plan to return all areas of your house to preloss condition. We are eager to help.

SERVPRO technicians inspect all areas of your home for soot, including your HVAC system. The cord smoldered for an extended period, causing a significant amount of potentially toxic materials to spread throughout the dwelling. The heat and incomplete burning of plastics and fabric release fine and sometimes sticky substances that coat surfaces and lodge in clothing, furniture, and linens. If it is pulled into the heating and cooling system, it recirculates until the ducts are cleaned and sealed.

Our crew deep cleans the soot away, using a variety of methods depending on the texture of the contaminated surfaces and the characteristics of the debris. We match professional cleaning products to the tasks; expect different techniques for the varying soot presentations. We also evaluate foods, documents, and personal belongings, identifying items that can be restored, and recommending disposal of those that cannot. It is likely professional sorting saves you money as an overwhelmed homeowner may throw everything away. SERVPRO team members are also proficient at eliminating odors, a significant lingering effect after a smoldering fire.

SERVPRO works with your home insurance company, making certain you receive compensation for destroyed items and at least part of the cost of our services. Our familiarity with proper fire damage restoration decreases the time your home is filled with soot and smells, quickly returning your living areas to a fresh and comfortable condition, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of South & West Spokane County offers the workforce, professional products, and equipment to restore your home after fire damage. Call (509) 534-0566 to schedule an assessment.