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Does a Home Have to Be Vacated After a Fire?

9/18/2020 (Permalink)

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Each Fire is Different, Let a Professional Fire Restoration Team in Kalispell Guide The Next Steps After a Home Fire.

Observing flames inside your Kalispell home can be daunting, and the aftermath may become overwhelming. The uncertainty of just how much the fire's effect spreads throughout your home may drive homeowners to underestimate the need for professional help. However, a sensible approach should have you calling your local restoration company and seeking their advice for returning your home to its pre-fire condition.

In Kalispell, the experts in fire damage restoration are a phone call away. Our SERVPRO team responds to your call 24/7, whether the incident seems large or small. Our job starts with using state-of-the-art technology that allows us to follow the smoke path and identify any dangers lingering in your home. Safety is always at the forefront, which is why we resort to certified professionals if there is an electrical threat or other structural deficiency. Once it is safe to do so, we can address the soot and debris in your home, including whatever results from fire extinguishers and firefighters.

Will a fire restoration technician also eliminate the pungent odor the fire left behind?

Part of our commitment to you is to minimize your exposure to fire damage, including eliminating its foul smell from your home. Our SERVPRO team trains with industry experts to understand the theoretical framework behind a fire, including how it travels, how different materials burn, and which cleaning solutions yield the best results. We apply all this knowledge when we arrive at your home and develop a plan of action accordingly. When it comes to removing the smell from your home, you may see us perform some of the following-

Use of HEPA filters to purify the air through your ventilation system

Thermal foggers to spray counteractant odor solutions

Paint surfaces with sealants that trap odor molecules

Fans, ozone generators, and air movers also have a place in removing the smell of smoke from your home, but it all starts with our SERVPRO of Flathead County team. Call us at (406) 300-0435 when disaster strikes and let us leave your home, "Like it never even happened." 

Why Should You Choose A Company That Uses Air Scrubbers During Mold Remediation in Kalispell ?

9/4/2020 (Permalink)

A cream colored wall with mold on it. Mold can become very inconvenient quickly, call SERVPRO today to help in your Kalispell home.

Kalispell Residents Need Industry-Standard Mold Remediation

Anyone living in Kalispell knows how inconvenient it is to hire contractors to deal with home maintenance. Even though it is necessary to call in the professionals, it still means spending time and money. That is why it is essential to choose companies you can trust, and whose staff are fully trained, with the correct equipment.

SERVPRO of Flathead County is a Neighbor You Can Trust for Mold Removal

If you are looking for mold inspection or remediation in Kalispell, you want to ensure the remediation team comes with industry-standard equipment. It is not pleasant when you discover fungus growing in your home, and you want the team to remove it efficiently.

SERVPRO of Flathead County is Faster To Any Size Disaster, and we have trained specialists waiting to take your call.

How does a mold get inside a property?

Mold is a naturally-occurring fungus. There are mold spores present throughout nature, which means they can quickly enter your home. Mold has tubular cells known as hyphae that form a colony and release spores that break away from the colony and look for new places to grow.

Because mold occurs naturally, it can enter your home through doors, windows, shoes, and clothes, or even your pets. Unfortunately, if the mold finds a place inside your home where there are moisture and a food source such as paper or natural fibers, it can start a colony.

Common Concerns Property Owners Have about Mold

SERVPRO recommends you deal with mold as soon as you spot it. If you do not, mold can cause problems:

  • The fungus can damage drywall and plaster so that you need to replace them
  • Mold can cause wallpaper to warp and peel away
  • Spores can grow in upholstery, carpets, and drapes – these objects will need deep cleaning and in the worst-case scenario may be unsalvageable 
  • Mold can cause health effects
  • The fungi cause unsightly black or greenish patches, damp stains, and nasty odors

What is an air scrubber, and how does it work?

An air scrubber is a unit that draws in air, traps unwanted particles in its filters, and then recycles the cleaned air into the room. The particles stay stuck in the filters and do not re-enter the atmosphere.

Air scrubbers can contain several filters, including genuine HEPA filters. HEPA filters can trap 99.97% of spores 0.3 microns or bigger. Most mold particles are considerably bigger than 0.3 microns, so HEPA filters can catch them and keep them from re-entering the air.

SERVPRO trains our teams in the correct positioning and use of air scrubbers.

Why is air scrubbing an essential part of mold remediation?

Because mold spores are microscopic, our technicians cannot see whether there is mold in the air. Mold remediation includes wiping, scrubbing, and sometimes blasting, mold-encrusted surfaces, to remove spores. This remediation process releases spores into the air, and if we do not trap those spores, they can move to other parts of your home and set up new colonies. The fungus can also settle on furniture in the affected area, or enter the HVAC system and travel that way.

Air scrubbers pull in loose spores and stop them spreading. SERVPRO believes air scrubbing is an essential part of mold remediation because it makes it much harder for spores to spread throughout your home.

Air scrubbers also help remove traces of cleaning chemicals or blasting media such as baking soda and dry ice after surface cleaning.

Because scrubbers remove mold spores, they help deodorize your home after remediation, too, leaving it smelling fresh. Some air scrubbers include activated charcoal to help with odor control. We understand that a moldy-smelling room is very unpleasant, so deodorization is a crucial part of our process.

How does SERVPRO make sure air scrubbing is effective?

Our technicians understand that to be truly useful, they must use air scrubbers in conjunction with other techniques:

  • Thorough cleaning so there is as little mold as possible left on affected surfaces
  • Creating physical barriers around the area to prevent spores escaping
  • Removing unsalvageable materials such as damaged drywall, so they do not become a source of new mold colonies
  • Cleaning mold-damaged carpets, drapes and soft furnishings
  • Switching off HVAC systems and covering vents, so they do not provide an escape route for spores

In some cases, our technicians also use negative air machines. Negative air machines pull contaminants from the air and then vent those contaminants safely outside the workspace.

We also use dehumidifiers and fans to dry out the area. Because mold loves moisture, drying is an essential part of remediation.

Our technicians take care of every stage of mold remediation, from the initial examination to cleanup. Our technique is focused on removing mold and doing everything we can to reduce the risk of it coming back.

For mold remediation you can rely on, call SERVPRO of Flathead County at (406) 300-0435.

How Can I Keep Water Damage Recovery Work Contained in My Commercial Building in Kalispell?

8/27/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged property Call (406) 300-0435 to explore what our team can provide your business.

SERVPRO Employs Best Practices that Limit Water Migration and the Drift of Debris and Odors So You Can Operate Your Kalispell Business During Water Damage Restoration

When a burst supply pipe or leaking flat roof puts a part of your Kalispell commercial property on unwanted water alert, you need not only extraction for the standing and migrating water but also a plan that permits your operations to continue. At the same time, the wet space receives professional restoration. Our professionals have strategies that allow the highest quality disaster recovery response while your company pursues business as usual.

Can Business Spaces Be Partitioned for Efficient Water Damage Restoration?

The challenge facing business owners and Kalispell water damage restoration companies is to complete mitigation and remediation phases without shutting you down. Statistics suggest that businesses closing their doors because of a disaster likely will shutter operations permanently close to 50 percent of the time. One way to avoid this unacceptable outcome is to contain the areas where the water intruded to prevent fluids and other debris and residues from moving into areas where you and your staff continue to conduct business.

How Are Work Areas Partitioned to Balance Your Dual Business Interests?

SERVPRO leverages our construction division when planning how to keep your business open while completing mitigation and remediation work. These technicians assist in building containment areas for our water damage recovery tasks and more:

    •    Heavy-duty 1.6 mil polyethylene barriers create chambers within which our crews do the work of extracting water and drying out structures.
    •    Installation of negative pressure air scrubbers seal the perimeters of the chambers and control debris and odor spread during the restoration.
    •    We might recommend moving some of your business’s contents into smaller, storage chambers inside your commercial building or off your site for specialized cleaning and drying attention at our production facility.

The combination of top-notch water mitigation and remediation technicians with our licensed build back contracting specialists allow SERVPRO of Flathead County to offer wraparound restoration services. Call (406) 300-0435 to explore what our team can provide your business.

What Can I Do When a Storm Causes Flood Damage in Columbia Falls?

8/18/2020 (Permalink)

The modern home interior If you suspect your home requires flood damage remediation services, get help today.

SERVPRO Can Provide Flood Damage Remediation to Your Columbia Falls Home!

For many people in Columbia Falls, flood damage is a somewhat rare phenomenon. When people picture floods, they imagine tsunamis and hurricanes, not thunderstorms. However, heavy rain has the potential to cause flooding inside your home as well.

For example, picture finding flood damage in your Columbia Falls home after a long day of work. On the drive home, you noticed the rain became heavier and heavier. As you enter your driveway, the realization of your home sitting at the bottom of a hill grew. You can see the pooling around the base of your home, searching for some way to go. Unfortunately, an event like this could leave your home flooded with a few centimeters of water. The best thing you can do for your home when water strikes are to reach out for help. The quicker restoration happens, the better.

Can I Buy a Wet/Dry Vacuum and Remove the Water Myself?

Of course! Here at SERVPRO, we understand some people want to do the job themselves. However, when it comes to floods, there are some factors to consider before choosing to do the work yourself.
    •    Water can sink into unseen crevices and cause damage
    •    Buying equipment suited for remediation can be expensive
    •    Mistakes can lead to further damages

One of the advantages of working with professionals is knowing your home is in good hands. We can use advanced technology to root out excess moisture and remediate it. Furthermore, we always aim to leave your home in its preloss state.

What About my Carpets and Furniture?

Our SERVPRO techs can understand you might have some concern regarding your home and your possessions. Besides using advanced equipment to remove the water from your home, we can:
    •    Remove water from your carpeting with extractors
    •    Use flood drying mats on hardwood floors
    •    Send your furniture to our facilities for specialized care

We are committed to making you feel, “Like it never even happened.”

If you suspect your home requires flood damage remediation services, get help today. Communicate with SERVPRO of Flathead County by calling (406) 300-0435. We're ready to help you now!

What Can I Expect to Start to Finish from Professional Fire Damage Recovery in Kalispell?

8/7/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged property The SERVPRO of Flathead County team is an industry leader in fire damage response and offers assessment to build-back services.

Robust Training in International Fire Damage Mitigation and Remediation Standards and Adherence to Industry Best Practices Ensure that Kalispell Residents Receive the Highest-Quality Results from SERVPRO

Fire damage recovery in Kalispell is a process. The length and intensity of the interventions depend upon dozens of circumstances specific to how and where the fire began and the type of building materials and contents in your home. Successful mitigation and remediation require a highly skilled workforce and heavy-duty, sophisticated equipment. Proprietary products developed to effectively and efficiently clean, disinfect, and deodorize the unique residues caused by flames, heat, smoke, and soot are essential.

What Kind of Training Do the Best Fire Damage Restorers Have?

SERVPRO invests in comprehensive training of our managers and technicians, requiring certification from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). The IICRC is an international standard-setting and educational organization. It prepares restoration professionals in a wide range of water, fire, and hazardous materials cleaning and restoring specialties. The best practices learned and implemented on our job sites are based on the latest research and proven to be effective strategies.

What Are the First Steps of Fire Damage Restoration?

When we arrive at your home, we must inspect for safety issues before giving the go-ahead to start emergency services. Fire damage sites in Kalispell commonly present with the following concerns which our crews control and manage to begin fire damage cleanup:

    •    Overhead hazards, including charred ceilings, stairs, and walls that might collapse
    •    Electrical shock hazards if wiring melted or burned and if firefighting water intruded
    •    Slip, trip, and fall risks because of wet floors and scattered debris
    •    Poor lighting
    •    Exposure of previously contained biohazards such as asbestos or lead (usually in paint)
    •    Occupant and bystander safety

We secure the affected areas and control the hazards to ensure a safe work and home environment.

What Are Fire Damage Emergency Services?

After the safety check, we begin the process of returning your home to preloss condition. We need to mitigate the forces actively damaging your home’s structural components:

Water Damage Issues
It can be a surprise that nearly all fire loss scenarios include water damage, but it makes sense once you consider how firefighters knock down the flames. Water is a corrosive substance, very damaging to building materials already compromised by the heat, charring, and residues of the fire. Contaminants are nearly always present in firefighting water. It is urgent to:

    •    Remove the water using pumps and extractors
    •    Contain the water and its contaminants
    •    Dispose of the water according to local hazardous-waste regulations
    •    Dry out the affected areas with air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers to prevent secondary damage

Debris and Residue Removal
As fire races through your home, many items and structures are burned through or partially charred. The heat and flames cause chemical changes, transforming ordinary household goods, and building materials into toxic waste. Burned items also carry malodors, whether the pieces of debris are chunks or the tiny incompletely combusted bits called soot (also referred to as fire residues).

How Do Professionals Manage Debris?
Our technicians first gear-up in personal protective equipment (PPE) and shovel, sweep, and hand-pick debris. We bag or otherwise contain the waste for hazardous disposal. We take care to check with the homeowner and insurer to see if some debris might profit from restoration efforts.

How Do Professionals Manage Residues?
The soot residues are categorized by our IICRC-trained team to help match the soot with appropriate cleaning agents, tools, and removal methods. Loose items might be better managed at our production facility, where we have specialized resources.

What Interventions Help with Deodorization?
If deep cleaning and debris removal do not eliminate odors, our Odor Control Technicians (OCT) assess and consider advanced options. Innovative products and equipment can help eliminate persistent odors by altering the odor-bearing soot particles at the molecular level:

    •    Thermal fogging
    •    Hydroxyl generators
    •    Enzyme treatments

Do I Need to Hire Additional Contractors to Repair and Rebuild Structures Damaged by the Fire?
Our crews use a multitude of strategies to avoid the need for rehabbing. If the damage is severe enough to prevent the restoration of the appearance and function of structural components, our construction division can build back those elements. Our licensing as a residential contractor means you save the time and bother of lining up additional help, instead relying on our streamlined services to make it “Like it never even happened.”

The SERVPRO of Flathead County team is an industry leader in fire damage response and offers assessment to build-back services. Contact us at (406) 300-0435 to schedule a fire damage crew to check out the damage and plan a comprehensive professional response.

How Will SERVPRO Save My Kalispell Home From Fire Damage?

7/27/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Technicians Are Experts At Restoring Kalispell Homes Affected By Fire

Once the fire inside your Kalispell home is extinguished, you face the daunting problem of restoration. Fortunately, our experts have experience with eliminating these odors and can make your house feel, “Like it never even happened.”

Can I Do Anything to Help Begin the Cleaning Process?

We recommend that you leave the cleaning to the trained professionals. If you try to begin scrubbing away fire residues on your own, you run the risk of further damaging your home. Fragile surfaces and materials in your home may tear or stain as a result of aggressive cleaning. Our technicians can use special absorption powders to harmlessly extract residues from your home.

Are Smoke Residues Permanent?

Smoke residues in your Kalispell home are not permanent, and our highly trained experts use four types of cleaning actions to remove these residues:

    •    Mechanical action: This method is used to scrape away dry residues from your home.
    •    Lubrication: Some residues can be detached from surfaces by lubricating them to the point where they slide off. To achieve this, technicians apply detergents to affected areas.
    •    Chemical action: This technique utilizes different types of cleaning products to chemically alter the residues to loosen their grip on surfaces.
    •    Suspension and dispersion: For more oily residues, our team uses hydrophilic and lipophilic solutions to dissolve and then rinse away the residue particles.

The Fire Left An Odor, Can SERVPRO Technicians Eliminate it?

Yes, to deodorize your house, our technicians can use:

    •    Sprayers to disperse deodorizing chemicals on heavily damaged surfaces
    •    Dust cleaning systems to clean odors from your HVAC system
    •    Air scrubbers to pull odor particles from the air
    •    Foggers to disperse deodorizing particles throughout your house.

Throughout this process, we will document the damages to your home to assist you in working with insurance adjusters.

If you need rapid assistance after a fire, contact SERVPRO of Flathead County at (406) 300-0435 to begin the cleaning process as soon as possible!

Are Tree Roots Putting Your Columbia Falls Home At Risk Of Water Damage?

7/18/2020 (Permalink)

Flooding Bedroom Interior For advice and help, call SERVPRO of Flathead County at (406) 300-0435.

Columbia Falls Homeowners Need To Be Aware Of Water Damage Risks

Lots of homes in Columbia Falls have beautiful trees in the yard. Trees are popular for a good reason – they look lovely, provide shade to sit under, and increase the value of your property.

However, homeowners should be aware that trees also pose a water damage risk in Columbia Falls. Tree roots can grow into and around pipes and sewer systems, and cause damage. SERVPRO technicians have encountered burst or cracked pipes, due to robust root systems growing around and into them.

How do I know if my trees are damaging my pipes?

There are some telltale signs that the trees in your yard are wreaking havoc with your water or sewer pipes:

    •    Visible cracks on your driveway
    •    Slow-flowing drains
    •    Gurgling noises from the toilet
    •    Frequent drain clogs even if you clean them regularly

If you notice any of these signs, don’t delay – have a plumber come and assess the situation. Be sure to tell them that you’re concerned about tree root growth, so they know what to look for.

What can I do to prevent tree roots causing water damage?

Of course, prevention is better than cure. Here are some easy ways to prevent roots from damaging your pipes:

    •    Don’t plant trees or shrubs with extensive root systems near your home
    •    If you are going to plant a large tree make sure there is plenty of space between it and your sewer lines
    •    If you must plant trees near your lines, choose ones that grow slowly and have a small root ball
    •    Protect sewer lines with wood or metal barriers planted 6 – 12 feet deep so that root cannot reach the pipes
    •    Clean sewer lines regularly to break though any errant roots

If you are unfortunate enough to have a damaged water pipe or sewer line, give SERVPRO a call as soon as you can. We train our technicians to assess the situation, evacuate the water, and undertake thorough drying and deodorizing. By the time our team is finished, it will be like the water damage never occurred.

For advice and help, call SERVPRO of Flathead County at (406) 300-0435.

When Should Flood Recovery Start in My Kalispell School?

7/7/2020 (Permalink)

"We can help" Our experienced professionals have state of the art equipment to clean up and restore your school so your students can return safely after a flood.

There is no time to waste when flood damage exists, as the situation only gets worse the longer you wait to secure competent restoration professionals to help. 

After a flood breaches your Kalispell school, there is a finite timeline for preserving and protecting exposed structural elements and contents within the building. With so many controlling bodies overseeing the well-being of the structure, its staff, and the students, there can be some delays in reaching out to professional restorers as quickly as you should. Our SERVPRO professionals are ready to respond 24/7 to make flood losses “Like it never even happened.”

Flood damage in Kalispell schools and institutions threatens more than construction materials. Widespread flooding can compromise numerous areas of the school, including offices, performing arts areas, the gymnasium, and the library. Despite much of the school being constructed of low-permeance materials like tile, concrete, and masonry units, many sensitive materials can absorb flood waters like drywall and carpeting. Even with clean water flooding scenarios, this overexposure of structural elements and contents can be a costly repair to make.

What Can Flood Damage Do to a School? 

These emergencies can have widespread and catastrophic effects in the school. Understanding all of the damage that flooding can do can help you to appreciate the need for professional restoration technicians like our SERVPRO team. With the skilled experts that we have on our roster, including a division of commercial contractors for demolition and build back, we can work fast to overcome:

  • Structural Deterioration – Carpet, drywall, wood framing, and other materials are sensitive to water absorption when flooding occurs. After prolonged exposure, this moisture and trapped water can deteriorate the involved areas. 
  • Microbial Threats – Lingering moisture in any area of the school can facilitate mold growth. Spores exist naturally in nearly every environment but become a threat in the form of colonies when damp conditions allow for these spores to spread on the surface of structural elements. 
  • Contamination - In the event of natural flooding, your school building can become exposed to bacteria, debris, and other contaminants. Our objective in these situations is to offer thorough cleaning solutions for structural elements and contents not getting removed from the property.
  • Residues and Debris – Debris and residues can get left behind on many surfaces and the flooring after natural flooding. Muck-out services address this concern by shoveling out mud and other solids left behind on flooring where flooding had been.

What Emergency Services Are Necessary? 

Emergency services are one of the backbones of our past response to flooding emergencies. These efforts often precede mitigation and even the job scoping phase. The objective of these actions is to limit the immediate loss and estimated cost of restoration and recovery for the school building. Success in this regard can help to ensure that students and faculty can return to the property much more quickly than might have been initially perceived. The general categories of emergency services after a flood in the school include:

  • Temporary Construction – Flooding can lead to structural compromise, and these breaches and vulnerabilities and the building must get addressed as quickly as possible. We have a team of in-house contractors that can help to provide temporary construction solutions such as roof tarping and board up services.
  • Extraction – Water removal is a vital element to every restoration process that our technicians undertake after a flood loss. We have multiple extraction tools that can help in this regard, including submersible pumps and wet vacuums.
  • Content Management – Your school has made substantial investments in books, materials, and other contents like computers and electronics. Our cleaning technicians can devote focus and attention to the relocation and restoration of these items when possible.

How Does the Damaged Area Get Clean? 

Contamination can be an unexpected threat after natural flooding penetrates the building. While many of the structural services exposed can still be protected, this can only happen after a thorough cleaning. Contaminants such as bacterial and viral pathogens can move quickly throughout the building despite the actual loss area. Overcoming hazardous conditions and unappealing conditions for the look and feel of exposed materials involves several practices:

  • Surface Cleaning
  • Deodorization
  • Floor Refinishing
  • Controlled Demolition
  • Applying Disinfectant and Antibacterial Products

Disasters like flooding can displace your staff and students until the appropriate restoration and cleaning occur. Our SERVPRO of Flathead County team can help with fast extraction and recovery practices that begin as soon as we arrive. Give us a call anytime at (406) 300-0435.

Can My Basement Contents Be Recovered After Storm Flooding In Columbia Falls?

6/29/2020 (Permalink)

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Immediate Water Removal is Critical to Preventing Further Damage to Your Columbia Falls Home and the Content

If your Columbia Falls basement has experienced flooding from a storm SERVPRO’s Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), technicians can handle the problem with ease. The contents will be cleaned, restored, and treated with care.

What processes are involved in content restoration?

Flood damage in Columbia Falls can cause problems not only to the structure but also to your belongings. Things such as clothing, furniture, tools, and holiday treasures get put in the basement. Water removal is the first line of defense before content cleanup. Here are some of the methods we use to “Like it never even happened.”

• Pretesting – this determines what gets restored to pre-flood condition
• Abrasive Cleaning – “agitates” the surface to get results
• Dry Cleaning – used to pre-clean or to remove light residues
• Foam Cleaning – used if upholstery fabrics would bleed or shrink if cleaned
• Immersion Cleaning - cleaning product is used in a bath in which contents get dipped
• Spray & Wipe – used on items that need a gentler treatment
• Wet Cleaning – used to deal with moderate to heavy residue

SERVPRO Can Restore More Than You Think

Many people understand flood damage cleanup means restoring the structure, floors, walls, and carpeting. But we are experts at restoring and repairing much more. Here is a partial list of items we can clean and save:
• Furniture – including upholstered pieces
• Clothing
• Documents – including papers, pictures, books and more
• Electronics – TV sets, computers, DVD players
• Linens and draperies
• Toys and other personal items

Electrical equipment like washers and dryers often reside in the basement. For this reason, no matter what you want to save, never enter a flooded basement unless you know the electricity is completely off. Let our IICRC team take care of the situation.

Contact SERVPRO of Flathead County at (406) 300-0435 and let us help make your house a home again. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

How Do I Start Cleaning My Kalispell Home After a Fire?

6/8/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Technicians Prepare Your Home for Proper Restoration

After you make sure everyone in your home is safe, one of your next concerns is how to go about restoring your home. Contacting professional emergency mitigation services in Kalispell and your insurance company is usually at the top of your list. Our fire restoration specialists come to scope the damage, documenting everything to assist in insurance claims. 

Can I Start Washing Walls or Cleaning My Carpet While I Wait for Help to Arrive?

No, Improper Cleaning Techniques Can Cause More Damage

If you attempt to clean your Kalispell home after fire damage, you may cause longer-lasting damage than if you waited for professional assistance. For example, some residues should not be wet washed from your walls. Washing certain residues may make them spear and become more difficult to remove.

What Are Some Things I Can Do While I Wait for SERVPRO to Arrive?

  • Put old linens or towels on damaged furniture to prevent further damage.
  • If your home lost electricity, empty your refrigerator and freezer and place food in a cooler to prevent it from spoiling.
  • Clean your houseplants, both front and back of leaves.
  • Tape cheesecloth over vents if your HVAC system was running.

What Are Some of The Initial Steps the Professionals Take to Clean My House?

  • Secure the structure by boarding up windows and doors.
  • Check the structural integrity of the building to make sure that it is safe for residents and technicians.
  • Section off parts of the home that were not impacted to prevent smoke residue from reaching anywhere in your home.
  • Restore the power, or use outside power sources to begin restoration.
  • Determine if technicians need to perform water mitigation due to firefighting efforts.

After the initial scoping, technicians go about the detailed task of cleaning, deodorizing, and restoring your home to preloss conditions. At that time, they determine whether or not it is safe for the inhabitants of the structure to remain inside. 

For 24/7 assistance after a fire, contact SERVPRO of Flathead County at (406) 300-0435. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

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