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Fire Damage In Your Kalispell Basement

2/12/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged home Call (406) 300-0435 for cleanup that can begin within hours of your initial contact.

Remedying Fire Damage in a Kalispell Basement

While basement fires are not the most common occurrences, homeowners still need to be prepared. Basement fires alone cause between 1% and 3% of all one- and two-family residential building fires. Each year, these types of basement fires cause an average of $278 million in damages. Families who endure these disasters need a team that quickly clean up debris and make their home a safe place to dwell once more.

If your Kalispell home requires fire damage cleanup and restoration, you can count on the team at SERVPRO to give your home the treatment it needs. SERVPRO uses the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) techniques and standards for its cleanup protocols while focusing on saving possessions and structures whenever it is safe and feasible to do so. If you need additional restoration services for your home, your local SERVPRO is licensed for residential contracting services (#247200).

Filing a Claim for Fire Damage
    •    Do not throw anything away. This is a crucial step for filing your claim. It is essential to wait to dispose of items until the claims adjuster has seen them. Keep detailed lists and, if you choose SERVPRO for cleanup, they can also take records of affected items with software or on paper. The key is to be able to prove that you lost these items.
    •    File ASAP. Not only is it essential to file your claim as soon as possible after a disaster, but also to stay prompt so that the insurance company acts quickly on your behalf. Be sure to include information like the date that the loss occurred, types of damage, location, condition of the home, description of contents, and list any temporary repairs needed for the home. Expect lots of phone calls, emails, and letters during the claims process.
    •    Keep everything. Receipts, letters, printouts of emails, notes on phone conversations, permits, bills, contracts--everything you need to prove your case and get compensated for your claim.

How SERVPRO Restores Your Home
After a basement fire, there can be a significant amount of damage, most frequently to electrical components and HVAC systems. SERVPRO technicians use a variety of tools to address damage to ventilation. HVAC systems are most salvageable after a fire if made of sheet metal, though insulated HVAC systems can pose unique challenges. Flex duct, on the other hand, may require replacement due to the numerous pleats in the material.

SERVPRO of Flathead County serves the community by being Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (406) 300-0435 for cleanup that can begin within hours of your initial contact.

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Your Kalispell Office Building Can Be Restored After A Flood

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

flood damaged property As damaging as a flood can be to your office building, the right professionals can help to save the owner time and money.

Addressing Widespread Flooding in Your Kalispell Office Building

The bathrooms next to the large open area containing the bulk of cubicles and workspaces in your Kalispell office building can be the cause of widespread flood losses. When natural flooding conditions get met outside of the building, sanitary sewers cannot always keep up with the influx of rushing waters. Large culvert networks connected to bathroom drainage systems in your office building can become clogged with debris, allowing floodwater to back up into the office from the bathrooms.

Because you have likely vacated the office building with the flood damage in Kalispell neighborhoods, the management of the facility does not get their first look at the extent of the damage until much of this water has started to recede or at least stopped rising and worsening. Our SERVPRO professionals can help you to make sense of the work that must happen in the building to return your business to preloss condition, beginning with the extraction.

We have multiple cutting-edge tools ideal for fast and thorough extraction of your flooded office space. Because your main floor of the facility is open air, you can have a considerably sized damage area to address with electric sump pumps and light wands.

Because of the potential contamination of the floodwater, exposed materials like the short pile carpeting on the main office floor must get removed and later replaced by our licensed (#247200) commercial contractors. Depending on the office furniture exposed, some of these items can get cleaned and dried and remain usable in the space. Wooden dividers made of laminated particleboard can delaminate and swell within a short period, requiring replacement.

Drying out the damaged areas is vital to reduce the likelihood of mold colonization. Because humidity levels within the building are exponentially higher following flooding, we can work to utilize air movers for evaporative drying techniques along with refrigerant dehumidifiers to pull moisture from the environment to improve drying efficiency.

As damaging as a flood can be to your office building, the right professionals can help to save the owner time and money. It is our business to get you back in business, and you can trust the experience of our SERVPRO of Flathead County team to do just that. Give us a call anytime at (406) 300-0435.

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Call SERVPRO the Minute You Need Help with Flood Damage in Kalispell

1/19/2020 (Permalink)

A neighborhood with standing water surrounding the houses. Flood damage can take over every aspect of your Kalispell home, let SERVPRO HELP.

SERVPRO wants to get your Kalispell home back to normal after a flood damage.

Throughout the winter, homes in Kalispell sometimes fall victim to the devastation that comes with wintry weather conditions. This can often include freezing rain and heavy snowfall, both of which can lead to roof damage that brings about interior flooding. Hiring the professionals at SERVPRO to address such damage helps you to ensure you get the prompt cleanup and restoration you need to get your household back to normal once again.

To halt flood damage in Kalispell, SERVPRO offers a full team of technicians to work on addressing your loss. No matter the overall size or scope of the project, we take the necessary steps to prevent more damage from taking place. Our technicians stop the migration of floodwater from storm damage to ensure everything is under control as quickly as possible. We have a trained team ready to mitigate the damage while setting up all of the best methods for drying your interior.

SERVPRO has the experience you want on your side when your home suffers from damage due to flooding on any level. We have valuable relationships with local contractors to ensure your job is completed on time. Once you call us, we deploy a team as soon as possible to begin an assessment of the loss. From there, we put a clear plan of action into place to seal off the damaged area so that we can start with water extraction using high-powered vacuums. Once we pull up as much standing water as possible, we then bring in industrial-strength air movers and use dehumidifiers to finish the drying process.

The equipment that we bring in depends on the level of saturation as well as the moisture content in the air. We use thermal imaging tools to look for moisture unseen by the naked eye. Air movers positioned within the upper levels of your home help to circulate the air while smaller dehumidifiers draw every last bit of moisture out of the tightest spaces. 

If any materials have been compromised and too far gone to salvage, we remove and replace them with all new materials. It is essential that we implement whatever steps possible to ensure your home looks “Like it never even happened.”

Do you need help with flood damage after a winter storm? All you have to do is give us a call at SERVPRO of Flathead County, and we can send a trained team of technicians to your property. You can reach us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling (406) 300-0435.

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We Have The Advanced Equipment To Properly Restore Your Kalispell Home After A Fire

1/9/2020 (Permalink)

A room with burnt materials and fixtures all over the floor after a fire SERVPRO technicians offer an inspection and extensive cleanup discarding lost materials and fixtures. We are available 24/7 so call us right away.

Minimizing the Degree Air Quality Suffers after Fire Damage in Your Kalispell Home 

The high number of synthetic products in the typical Kalispell residence produce more than just soot when they burn. Toxic gases also begin entering the air when these materials become intensely heated from nearby flames. Direct contact with fire does not need to happen for off-gassing to occur. When such synthetics do catch fire, they also melt, forming thick black soot that often feels oily or sticky to the touch.

To clear this and other types of soot out of your Kalispell home's interior, fire damage experts from SERVPRO use air scrubbers equipped with HEPA filters. We use these grade filters because soot particles come in such microscopic sizes that people only notice them as smells and odors. However, lung tissue is much more delicate and sensitive to the sharp edges of soot particles. Removing them from the air helps minimize any possible health effects experienced by your family members.

One area of your home that needs specific measures to complete the task of soot removal is your ventilation system. Our HVAC specialists, working under Residential Contractor License # 247200, can inspect and clean the ducts, furnace, and other components to remove soot. The cleaning process also strips away any oils and other liquids adhered to the interior of ducts and vents. When removing of such deposits proves impossible, we can apply sealants that keep smoke and fire damage residue from entering your house's living space.

Contents and surfaces in your residence can become coated with soot, also. We clean these with specific cleaning agents that can cut through the soot and leave the surfaces free of any film that might feel sticky. Some items might require rinsing to achieve this. We work carefully with your home and belongings, like they were our own, to provide you with the results you want.

SERVPRO of Flathead County helps homeowners in Columbia Falls, Whitefish, and Lakeside by mitigating fire damage and eliminating its effects, making their homes “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (406) 300-0435, 24/7, any day of the year, for experts who understand how disruptive disasters can be to your family.

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Some Ways to Combat Flood Damage in Kalispell After an Event

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

Mold on the ceiling If your home has experienced flood damage don't clean it up alone. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today for remediation assistance!

Why You Should Invite SERVPRO to Clean Your Home after Flood Damage Incidents in Kalispell

You should never underestimate the propensity of flooding to soil and contaminate a property. The soiling can reach into wall cavities and other hidden locations. Contaminants, on the other hand, penetrate deep into porous materials. When your Kalispell property is affected, you should consider involving a professional team to clean up the mess, restoring the home to its preloss state.

We Ensure the Place Looks Clean

Most of the soils left by flood damage incidents in Kalispell are an eyesore. Soils might include mud and silt on floors or stains on walls and fabrics such as curtains or even upholstery. Cleaning all the soiled areas requires considerable effort and time. Our SERVPRO crews have access to sufficient resources to ensure the place looks clean when we finish the job. IICRC training equips our technicians with the skills to combine aspects such as agitation, chemical action, and temperature in the cleaning process to leave contents and building materials looking clean.

We Ensure the Place Smells Clean

The different types of soils in the floodwaters can leave a bad odor in a property. Floodwaters are typically laced with chemicals and biohazards. Microbial growth, such as mold formation, can also happen, especially if the water sits in the property for a couple of days. Our SERVPRO technicians take steps to neutralize malodors leaving the property smelting fresh. Our deodorization efforts are aimed at removing the odor source and adding a pleasant fragrance. We use processes such as ULV fogging to deliver a pairing agent that pairs with odor molecules, neutralizing them. Alternatively, we mix deodorizers with cleaning agents to neutralize odors during the cleaning process.

We Take Steps That Help Things Stay Clean

All the cleaning effort put into restoring your property may be a waste if the place is soiled immediately after the job. Our SERVPRO crews take precautions to prevent such an eventuality. We take steps to ensure contents, materials, and surfaces are dry before declaring the property ready for access because it is harder to soil dry materials. We also clean and deodorize any contents moved out of the property before returning them, ensuring they do not soil the house.

Restoration is only complete when a property looks and feels clean. Call SERVPRO of Flathead County at (406) 300-0435 to help. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Why We Are The Leader In Columbia Falls Water Damage Restoration

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

A floor covered in water When you find yourself facing a water damage disaster call our experts right away, we are available day or night.

Learn the Best Way to Deal with Water Damage In Your Columbia Falls Home

Water damage is an issue that affects most properties. Whether it is from a plumbing leak, bathtub or sink overflow, or the water that firefighters use to put out a fire, water can affect your property significantly if it is not restored correctly. After a water intrusion problem in your property, you need to take immediate action by seeking professional help from SERVPRO. Our priority is to handle the incident to make it “Like it never even happened.”

When water pools in your residence, it can seep in your carpeting, upholstery, drywall, and other areas. With high-tech equipment and a highly trained team of experts, we can handle any magnitude of water damage in your Columbia Falls property. We respond fast to emergencies since we understand that water loss incidents can toss the lives of homeowners off-balance.

After your property is exposed to water, some electrical equipment may cause electrical hazards or malfunction. Water often causes electronic equipment to corrode. If the damage is not severe, we can work with an electronic mitigation technician to repair the affected appliances. However, if the damage is severe, we can properly dispose of the electrical equipment and help you file an insurance claim.

If your carpeting and padding are saturated, it is necessary to remove the water quickly so prevent discoloration, delamination, or rotting of carpeting. Our crew can use light wands to extract the water. The equipment is suitable for removing water damage initially and extracting water from glue-down carpeting. Light wands are also useful for extracting residual water on the surface of carpeting after restorers have used a stationary tool.

We can also inspect your carpet to choose an efficient cleaning process. Our restorers can identify different fibers used to manufacture carpeting by performing various tests, which include the burn test, specific gravity test, and chemical test. Pretesting helps our SERVPRO technicians to avoid running carpets or area rugs during the restoration process. It enables us to select the appropriate cleaning products and methods.

Proper drying of your property is essential to prevent wood rot and mold growth, which can be hazardous to your health. Drying requires advanced equipment since it is more of a delicate balancing act. We can use structural cavity drying equipment that enables us to direct airflow into cavities to replace cold, moist air with warmer dry air. The machine increases the temperature of the surface, lowers vapor pressure, and speeds up the rate of evaporation.

At SERVPRO of Flathead County, we aim to earn the trust of our customers by serving them well. Call us today at (406) 300-0435 for effective water damage restoration services in Kalispell, Whitefish, and Lakeside.

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Mitigating Commercial Water Damage In Kalispell

12/4/2019 (Permalink)

water damaged office after incident SERVPRO of Flathead County is here to ensure that your property looks “Like it never even happened.”

Mitigating Damage with Commercial Kalispell Water Removal Services

A 1/8" crack in a pipe is all it takes to have gallons of water spilling into your business every day, potentially soaking the carpet and walls, even behind structures like mirrors, cabinetry, and shelving. Not only can this be difficult for employers and their teams to tackle on their own, but it can be very costly without fast, professional cleanup.

If your business requires commercial water removal in Kalispell, certified SERVPRO technicians are ready to come to your facilities and restore them to a preloss condition. No matter how small or large the source of the damage is, SERVPRO tools are sure to get the job done. This team uses OSHA-approved, EPA-registered antimicrobials to further enhance the cleanliness of your space after a disaster. If your facilities require restoration after cleaning, your local SERVPRO also has a commercial contracting license.

Tips for Commercial Plumbing Disaster Prevention
Prevention is vital. Here are some tips for minimizing commercial plumbing disasters throughout the year:

    •    Upgrade fixtures and hoses. If water-related appliances used in your business come with rubber hoses, like a dishwasher, consider replacing them with metallic ones.
    •    Maintaining sink drains. Whether it is an office kitchen sink or a commercial bathroom sink, make sure that regular cleaning includes mitigation of clogs and gentle drain cleaning with chemicals that do not eat away at pipes.
    •    Cleanliness is key. Keep communal kitchen and bathroom spaces clean and minimize the potential of potentially clogging substances like oils being poured down drains.
    •    Tune-up plumbing components regularly. At least once or twice a year, consider hiring a master plumber to inspect the plumbing system in your business. A trained eye can detect complex issues well before they become costly problems that require repair.

How SERVPRO Can Help
In the event that a plumbing mishap in your commercial space has affected carpeting, SERVPRO technicians have the tools necessary to remove moisture while preserving carpet in many cases. After being affected by water, carpet and pad can weaken as much as 50%, so time is of the essence when removing water. Crew members can begin water removal with equipment such as back-mounted extractors, rovers, and extraction mats. In the event that odors have started to affect carpeting, technicians can utilize materials like time-release tablets, as well as antimicrobials, to eliminate odors at the source.

SERVPRO of Flathead County is here to ensure that your property looks “Like it never even happened.” Call (406) 300-0435 today for rapid disaster cleanup.

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Our Professionals Discuss Why Thorough Cleaning Is Necessary After A Flood In Kalispell

11/23/2019 (Permalink)

flooding after a storm Restoring sanitary conditions to a flooded property is crucial.

Thorough Cleaning Necessary after Flood Damage Incidents in Kalispell

Flooding incidents cause a wide range of issues in the Kalispell homes they affect. Material deterioration from water intrusion and failure of utilities such as power cables is likely. However, soiling and contamination create a significant inconvenience or even pose health risks to the occupants.

Preparing for the Cleanup
By thoroughly cleaning flood damage sites in Kalispell, it is possible to eliminate the risks such incidents create. Before starting the actual cleaning, there is a need to scope the areas the water reaches to establish the materials present. It is impossible to clean porous materials to sanitary levels after contamination by flooding. Our SERVPRO technicians check whether carpets, insulation, and other porous materials are affected so that we can remove them for disposal before starting cleaning.

Improving the Effectiveness of Cleaning Products
Disinfectants and antimicrobial agents cannot work well in dirty areas. Cleaning the affected areas to remove soils before starting any sanitization process helps in the removal of contaminants. Our SERVPRO teams use both mechanical and chemical processes for the cleanup. We have automated sweepers, scrubbers, and pressure washers, among other equipment, to help clean the soiled areas. Removing the soils allows the disinfectants and antimicrobial agents we apply to work, restoring the preloss sanitary levels.

Moisture Control
Microbes develop in wet conditions, so cleaning is not sufficient if the property is left wet. If water extraction is done thoroughly, drying the property should be easy. The rate of drying depends on air movement, temperature, and humidity levels in the air. Our SERVPRO technicians use centrifugal air movers, which provide higher static pressure to improve air movements when drying property. We also have LGR dehumidifiers for humidity control. Exhausting the warm air from dehumidifiers back into the property helps raise the temperature. We also make calculations to determine the right number and set up of equipment to achieve the desired drying goal.

Restoring sanitary conditions to a flooded property is crucial. Call SERVPRO of Flathead County at (406) 300-0435 to help you. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Kalispell Hardwood Flooring Benefits from SERVPRO Drying Methods 

11/19/2019 (Permalink)

View of the foyer of a home with hardwood flooring This is how your Kalispell home can look after SERVPRO restores water-damaged hardwood floors.

How Tenting Maximizes Concentrated Drying in Kalispell Homes

Drying up specific materials is a standard practice of our water recovery team when dispatched to Kalispell addresses. With a fast response to specific situations, we can often limit how many structural elements become exposed to water damage. When we can reduce water losses to drying out flooring materials and baseboards, approaches like tenting are highly effective.

Tenting is a practice that can amplify the concentrated effects of drying water damage in Kalispell residences. By reducing the area to get dried, our SERVPRO technicians can better regulate the draw of moisture and maintain better monitoring of the moisture content to ensure that materials do not become overly dry and damaged on the other side of this spectrum. Flooring materials like hardwood are particularly susceptible to excessive dryness leading to splintering, which can be as destructive to the flooring as oversaturation.

The process of tenting utilizes 6-mil plastic sheeting for large areas that can be secured to keep a good seal with painters tape and, if needed, also sandbagged to the dry perimeter around water-damaged flooring. Lay-flat poly tubing may be attached to the covering and works as a duct for air circulation. Depending on the conditions present, we can utilize dehumidifiers and drying mats within this zone to draw out moisture for removal. We establish a quick-access monitoring device within this tented area to continually note the changing moisture conditions and modify the approach as we reach the ideal moisture content recommended for the specific type of flooring affected. The moisture content measurements follow the guidelines of psychrometrics tables. Different areas of the country have varying levels of average moisture content levels. Hardwood planks are 6% in Arizona but 12% in Florida or Washington.

Because of this thick plastic sheeting around the work area, our drying processes are more effective and efficient. A concentrated drying effort can even protect supports and joists beneath the main planking of the floor from becoming overly saturated. Moisture pockets get determined during the initial inspection phase, where our SERVPRO crew chief or production manager works with our customers to gain an understanding of the source and spread of water loss. 

Many potential threats can exist when moisture and dampness threats get inadequately controlled after a water loss incident. We can work quickly to protect damaged flooring after a water emergency. We work hard to protect and preserve through restoration these expensive flooring materials.

We have advanced practices that can maximize efficiency and get your property back to preloss condition. Give our SERVPRO of Flathead County technicians a call today at (406) 300-0435.

Schedule An Assignment With Us Today In Columbia Falls

11/18/2019 (Permalink)

A ceiling covered in soot damage after a fire Our industry certified crew uses dry sponge treatments to remove soot from the walls in this home after a fire.

Appliance Cleaning Challenges After Kitchen Fire Damage in Columbia Falls

Roughly half of household fires start during cooking, so you are not alone in seeking professional help for your smoke and soot damaged kitchen in Columbia Falls. Ovens, range tops, microwaves, exhaust hoods, dishwashers, refrigerators, trash compactors, and more appliances risk exposure to the heat and residues of a protein-based blaze. Research-based protocols and professional-grade cleaning products ensure a successful outcome when we carefully assess, plan, and carry out the project.

What to Expect as First Steps

Our project manager looks for any pre-existing issues during the initial assessment of fire damage in your Columbia Falls kitchen. This inspection is essential as we pretest cleaning strategies, making sure that we do not let non-fire related wear and tear trick us into thinking our efforts caused additional permanent fire damage. We then use dry-cleaning methods like feather dusters and sponges to clear excess residues.

Most Appliance Finishes Are Non-Porous and Resilient 

The glass, metal, plastic, composites, Formica, and painted surfaces of most appliances are non-absorbent and durable enough to handle water-based cleaners applied with non-abrasive tools. As long as the residues dissolve after a short dwell time from an all-purpose, ready-to-use detergent solution, SERVPRO technicians find that a spray and wipe technique is effective.

Heavy, Greasy Soot Needs More Aggressive Products and Techniques  

The protein-based coatings deposited on appliances after food and grease combust often need an increase in the alkalinity of the cleaning solution for thorough removal. SERVPRO’s skilled crews take care to avoid over-spraying these products onto wood and use personal protective equipment (PPE) to minimize skin and eye contact. Some surfaces such as aluminum or chrome can pit if high pH products are not rinsed off quickly. 

Abrasive Products or Tools Require Expert Application

Great care when using abrasives is a must. Although yellowing of appliance surfaces from heat can reduce with the application of a creamy paste containing gentle abrasives, overzealous scrubbing can mar the surface. Likewise, shiny surfaces can dull if abrasives remove a layer of the finish. SERVPRO technicians limit scratching and blurring by keeping the surface well-lubricated during cleaning, using clean, soft white towels to apply the chosen cleanser and remove the residues.

SERVPRO of Flathead County has your appliance cleaning needs covered after kitchen fire damage. Schedule an assessment and project plan by contacting us at (406) 300-0435.

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