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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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Why We Use High-Tech Instruments to Locate and Test Areas with Water Damage in a Kalispell Residence

6/24/2019 (Permalink)

Trust our SERVPRO team and equipment for all your water damage needs.

Water Damage in Kalispell Residences

Because water can hide within structural elements in your Kalispell property, SERVPRO technicians learn through our in-house training to rely on specialized equipment instead of only their eyes. While visible signs do reveal deteriorating areas, water's ability to hide does not reduce the amount of damage that can occur in hidden or difficult to access spots.

The data needed when inspecting a home is why SERVPRO's specialists use these highly accurate devices to obtain more information about water damage affecting the Kalispell property. If we did not have such instruments to detect hidden moisture, we might miss water damage, letting it worsen. Extensive damage can develop into situations involving weight-bearing structures and cause problems with your home's foundation. A slow leak can cause thousands of dollars in damage to a home before anyone discovers it through visible signs.

Our SERVPRO equipment includes cameras that show where materials in a home contain moisture that should not exist. The red, green, blue, and yellow colors on an infrared camera depict the variations in the surface temperature of walls, ceilings, and other structures. Cooler temperatures indicate excessive moisture.

Because our cameras show these differences in real-time, we can use the camera to trace moisture to its source. When we find that the source comes from a dripping water line, tightening a hose or applying more tape to the threaded end often suffice. More extensive problems, like cracks in the foundation or gaps in between the roof's shingles, require the additional help of a qualified contractor.

We partner with several in the area, so we can help save our customers additional money and time while also ensuring that the repairs meet code requirements. Mitigating water damage with an ongoing leak only wastes our customers' money, which is something we want to avoid.

Making sure our air movers and other drying equipment succeed, we also use moisture meters. These small devices can detect the amount of moisture in at-risk structures. Because the percentage should decrease at a predictable rate, we keep records of these amounts, beginning with an initial baseline number. We compare the acceptable amount of similar materials to industry-accepted standards, helping us determine the amount of drying time and number of machines to do the job adequately.

SERVPRO of Flathead County is always ready to help homeowners in Whitefish, Marion, and Hungry Horse in locating and mitigating water damage. Call us at (406) 300-0435 for assistance that effectively protects your property.

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We Help You Get Back To Business In Columbia After A Water Cleanup Emergency

6/10/2019 (Permalink)

Our state-of-the-art equipment and advanced cleaning techniques can restore your business right away.

Professional Water Cleanup a Must for Columbia Falls Businesses

Most of the day to day cleaning tasks your Columbia Falls business requires completed fall on the capable shoulders of your in-house or contracted cleaning crews. Some cleaning scenarios call for specially trained technicians and state of the art equipment not usually provided by your typical cleaning staff. We invest in both targeted employee training and cutting edge hardware to deliver superior water removal and structural drying results in a commercial setting.

When your Columbia Falls business has a significant need for water cleanup, our team's professionally trained Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRT) have the knowledge base and the experience to evacuate the water rapidly and dry your premises thoroughly. Each of our service vehicles holds multiple high-efficiency pumps and water extractors, ensuring we get on the job with sufficient response capacity immediately.

If your business property includes several buildings or more than one location, SERVPRO can increase the scale of our response. We combine a local presence with a nationwide network of affiliated water cleanup professionals upon whom we can call if the need is great. Water removal must be accomplished within 24 to 48 hours to avoid increasing the risk of mold growth and damage.

Modern construction materials are susceptible to accelerated deterioration if water incursions remain unabated. The SERVPRO crew understands that water cleanup for a business must proceed quickly and employ the principles of psychrometrics--the science of drying.

Air temperature and RLT (the temperature of materials relative to air) directly influences evaporation of surface moisture. SERVPRO technicians use these factors to plan the positioning of air movers and heaters, facilitating the movement of water from structural components into water vapor that can be captured by our evaporative and desiccant dehumidifiers. Our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained employees have the background to make adjustments during the applied structural drying phase to make sure your business is up and running again fast before your customer base looks for alternatives for your goods and services.

Line up our team of water cleanup professionals when commercial flooding or other incursion brings your business to a halt. Call SERVPRO of Flathead County at (406) 300-0435 day or night, 365 days a year.

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We Follow Industry Standards When Restoring Your Kalispel Home After Flood Damage Has Struck!

6/5/2019 (Permalink)

Our storm damage technicians are standing by 24/7 to respond to your emergency. We have advanced training, and specialized equipment to handle any job

Restoration of Homes from Storm and Flood Damage in Kalispell

When the winds from intense storms in the Kalispell area knock down trees onto roofs, large tears can start letting in the rain. Soaking a house from the top down like this can leave floors soaking wet. Floors, walls, stairs, and even ceilings can hold water.

Stagnating water that sits inside your house can act very much like water related to flood damage in Kalispell.  Storms that carry clean rain into our community wash dust and any other substances down through whichever path the water takes as it travels through your house.

Under cabinets, inside furniture, and many other locations can hold water that quickly changes from clean rain, which is considered Category 1, to dirty, or Category 3. Category 2, commonly called gray water, includes water from showers, washing dishes, and similar sources.

Category 2's in-between classification of water rarely causes unwanted health effects in people after coming into contact with it or materials saturated by it. When water can cause illness, SERVPRO follows industry standards as per the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), (where our employees receive their training) and we consider the water contaminated. We handle flood damage as if all of the water we encounter can cause unwanted health effects.

When rain enters into and floods the area near an open window or patio door, treating such an area does not always require the use of phenolics or quaternary compounds to disinfect the area. Our team can often get right into extracting the excess water and then setting up air movers and desiccant machines to absorb any remaining moisture.
Smaller areas where localized flooding exists can get dry faster when we build a containment system around the wet materials. Our training ensures that our customers always receive proper mitigation and restoration assistance when you need to protect your home.

When your house sustains flood damage during a storm, call SERVPRO of Flathead County, a locally owned and operated company by dialing (406) 300-0435. We serve the communities around Evergreen, Big Fork, and Whitefish, day or night, year-round.

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Prevent Further Fire Damage in Your Kalispell Home through Fast Restoration

5/22/2019 (Permalink)

Help SERVPRO help you, by calling as soon your home has fire damage. Call us 24/7 at (406) 300-0435

Thorough fire damage restoration helps you restore your home.

Fireplaces and chimneys can cause a fire to start in a home. Structural defects in fireplaces may cause temperatures to rise too high. Detached or loose chimney liners can cause ash and burning embers to escape to combustible areas in roofs, walls, and attics, starting a fire in the process.

If your Kalispell home has fire damage, seeking restoration services quickly can prevent additional damage. The fire restoration professionals at SERVPRO can start work in your home soon after the fire is extinguished. If the fire was small, our technicians can restore your house without displacing your family. One of the initial steps we take in the fire mitigation process is carefully inspecting the affected areas to locate smoke residues. We begin the inspection from near the source of the fire and trace how far the smoke moved through a home.

Various types of residues can be present in the same damaged area. Our restorers identify the residues present and choose an effective cleaning method. We also consider the surface since it determines which cleaning products and methods to use to remove the smoke residues. We take care to preserve the materials or surfaces we are cleaning. Smoke residues usually bond with the surfaces they contact. We use dry and wet cleaning methods to remove residue particles from the loss environment. Our technicians then dispose of the debris and cleaning waste appropriately.

If there are unpleasant odors in your home, our SERVPRO technicians can use a hydroxyl generator to eliminate them. Hydroxyl generators are safe to use, and they can neutralize a wide range of odors and volatile organic compounds. They have HEPA filters and charcoal filters that capture odor-causing airborne particulates. If the odors are stubborn and intense, we can opt to use an ozone machine as a last resort. This machine emits ozone gas, which chemically reacts with the offensive-smelling particulates at the molecular level. We can place the ozone generator overnight at your home when no humans, pets, and plants are inside since ozone gas is potentially toxic.

After a fire has damaged your home, you can count on SERVPRO of Flathead County to assist you with the restoration efforts. We can make the destruction seem “Like it never even happened.” Call us 24/7 at (406) 300-0435 for quick restoration services.

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Stop Wasting Time and Contact SERVPRO For Water Damage Remediation in Kalispell

5/18/2019 (Permalink)

A leaking pipe can cause large water damage problems. Contact SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Safety First During Water Damage Restoration in Kalispell Home

When looking for water damage, it is common to look down, knowing that water follows the path of least resistance and gravity. Sometimes water collects in surprising and dangerous places in a home.

SERVPRO received a call to address water damage at a home in Kalispell. The homeowner got up like any other morning, and when she turned on the light in her kitchen, nothing happened. She thought it was a burned-out bulb, but she noticed the light fixture and the light bulb, had water in it. We advised her to turn off the electricity and await our emergency response team’s arrival.  

The technicians traced the leak to a pipe under the vanity in the bathroom above the kitchen. The ceiling was soft but not yet sagging, so we drilled weep holes to let airflow in to dry both the ceiling and the floor joists.  

We scoped the bathroom and found the only area of elevated moisture was around the leak at the back of the vanity. The sheetrock was in an unsalvageable state, and we used controlled demolition techniques to carefully remove it to let adequate airflow within the wall cavity.  

Since the electricity in the home was off, we powered our air movers and dehumidifiers from our generators. The air movers concentrated airflow within the ceiling area, floor joists and the wall behind the vanity while the dehumidifiers ported the captured excess moisture out of the room. Afterward, SERVPRO technicians cleaned and disinfected the surfaces.  

Once we completed the mitigation of the water loss in the home, it was still not safe to turn the electricity or water on in the house. Our technicians consulted with the homeowner and recommended the repairs necessary for the light fixture, ceiling and leak behind the vanity to bring the home back to its preloss condition. Since our location offers building services, she chose to have us complete the restoration to make the full restoration process seamless.  

Call SERVPRO of Flathead County at (406) 300-0435 when you need assistance with water damage in your home. Our technicians have the training and equipment to mitigate any size water loss and make it “Like it never even happened.”

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