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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)

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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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Our Experts Explain Why We Include Decontamination During Our Water Damage Restoration Process In Kalispell

5/3/2019 (Permalink)

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Why SERVPRO Water Cleanup Specialists Include Decontamination Methods In Kalispell

Water loss events that affect the inside your Kalispell property from a broken pipe, open window during a storm, or flooding rapidly make your home a hazardous, and possibly unlivable, place. While clean water does not immediately carry the risk of contamination, microbes multiply at extremely rapid rates in such situations.

The presence of microbes, including bacteria, is why SERVPRO's water cleanup technicians in Kalispell begin such jobs with decontamination methods. While we use PPE (personal protection equipment) that keeps us safe, cross-contamination can infect previously unaffected areas with these microbes. Later, this can become a problem for us and your family. Stopping such cross-contamination protects everyone from unwanted health effects that contact with such microbes can cause.

When flooding occurs, we know that such contamination exists. Black water, or Category 3, always contains such microorganisms. Clean water rarely contains anything that can cause harm, and gray water, also known as Category 2, contains some but not in the enormous amounts that black water holds. With time passing, the microbes already present in gray water, as well as in clean water, steadily multiply, eventually leading to black water conditions.

The inevitable changing of clean and gray water to Category 3 does not need to occur. When homeowners call us about such situations, SERVPRO is Faster to Any Size Disaster, making it possible for us to stop the water present in your home from ever reaching more contaminated stages.

Removing the water left with small-sized extraction wands, using our drying equipment, airing out heavy furniture, and starting the cleaning process on your carpeted areas and other flooring types make it possible to save your home from worsening microbial populations. Drying things out keeps water damage from increasing in both area and degree.

Our water cleanup crews know how to stop the effects from happening inside your home, including those that protect your home's air. Call SERVPRO of Flathead County at (406) 300-0435, so we can protect your home for you.

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SERVPRO Talks About Commercial Water Removal in Kalispell

4/16/2019 (Permalink)

Issues from aging plumbing fixtures are a common source of water damage.

Commercial Water Removal in a Kalispell Travel Agency

Plumbing mishaps are always stressful to deal with, especially in businesses that frequently interface with customers in person. If a water supply line leak from an employee restroom causes water to run out into the waiting room of your travel agency, it can be overwhelming to consider the amount of cleanup that needs to take place.  

If a plumbing failure causes your small business to require commercial water removal in Kalispell, SERVPRO professionals are ready to come to your business and restore it to its pre-existing condition. We can handle everything from measuring moisture levels to cleaning and drying water-affected furniture, walls, and flooring to ensure that your waiting room is safe and free from long-term structural issues such as warped flooring or subflooring.  

Removing water from carpeting in your agency takes high priority, and our SERVPRO professionals can use portable vacuums to suck up excess moisture from isolated areas of carpet that have been affected by water. Furniture and other items near the water-damaged area can be moved to a dry area in your business to prevent further exposure and prepare for drying. Moisture sensors poke into the carpet and other porous surfaces to evaluate moisture levels, and secondary measures of moisture such as moisture meters can be used to assess moisture levels directly on surfaces.  

When drying fixtures, we use a combination of industrial-grade air movers and dehumidifiers to pull moisture out of surfaces and separate it from the air to accelerate drying. Equipment such as centrifugal air movers and desiccant dehumidifiers are used in tandem to turn surface moisture into moist air. Air movers pull moisture out of wet surfaces for dehumidifiers to absorb and turn into dry air. Desiccant dehumidifiers pass this air over a desiccant material such as silica gel, which attracts and captures water, and pours the excess liquid off into a port for removal.  

SERVPRO of Flathead County is available to clean up residential or commercial disasters 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our team can be at your home or business within just a few hours if you call (406) 300-0435 today.

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Our Experts Explain The Connections Between Fire And Flood Damage In Your Kalispell Home

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

Call (406) 300-0435 for a quick response from our trained and experienced team, ready for any challenge flash flooding can present.

Connections Between Fire And Flood Damage In Kalispell

Fortunately, many homeowners in Kalispell live for decades without needing to cope directly with the challenges of flooding. If lucky enough to dodge a crisis in the past, you might not have a firm grasp on the broad range of causes and complications related to overland or interior flooding that can end up inside your home. As weather patterns become more unpredictable and dry conditions fuel wildfires that destroy natural water barriers, a household flood might be in your future.

Dry conditions in our region, including nearby forested areas, can contribute to wildfires that impact later flood damage in Kalispell. The natural tendency of densely vegetated areas to soak up and retain water is minimized greatly when a fire destroys large swathes of forest and underbrush. Heavy rains that follow even months or a season after uncontrollable fires find nothing standing their way to stem the flash flooding that can occur.

If your home is in the path of one of these unforeseen and overflowing waterways the damage is often severe. SERVPRO’s experienced managers and highly-trained technicians can help with everything from securing the property to digging out mud and then removing the flood water. Structural drying follows, readying your home for any further restoration needed to bring it back to pre-flood condition.

One serious problem a homeowner might not anticipate when the debris-filled floodwaters fill the basement or foundation is a heightened risk of home fires and other utility-related hazards. SERVPRO crews know the thick, sticky mud and silt that often sweeps into your home can clog the sensors and other operating parts of various oil, gas, or electric-powered appliances and heating and cooling systems frequently housed in the lower levels of a home. Overheating and fire can result as the equipment tries to continue working.

Electrical equipment, including cords, breakers, fuse boxes, and more, can spark a fire or increase the chances of electric shock in the flooded area. Experienced SERVPRO crews work with local utilities to ensure other hazards do not compound the flooding disaster.

You can rely on the full-service capability of SERVPRO of Flathead County when a complex flooding crisis strikes on your property. Call (406) 300-0435 for a quick response from our trained and experienced team, ready for any challenge flash flooding can present.

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Use SERVPRO'S Professional Pack-Out Service For Fire Damage Remediation in Kalispell

4/1/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can store and clean your fire damaged belongings at their facility.

Professional Pack-Out a Smart Strategy for Fire Damage Remediation in Kalispell

A typical fire restoration project in Kalispell requires dozens of tasks, taking place in spaces of your home compromised by the disaster. One way to streamline the plan is to take the time in the beginning to pack-out furnishings, household goods, and personal possessions. Moving these items to our production facility permits us to evaluate their damage and choose the appropriate approach to clean and restore them. At the same time, moving contents from the damaged structure permits faster on-site remediation. 

Deciding to employ our Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) protocol when managing fire damage in Kalispell is useful for proving insurance claims as well. We use a detailed inventory process that records what we move, from where in your home it originated, its condition, and the results of the restoration work done by our production facility technicians. Lists, digital pictures, and barcoding all help us keep track of the fire-damaged items. 

At your house, the SERVPRO team works on removing contaminated firefighting water, soot, and other debris and residues from the fire. Our technicians are expert at matching different types of soot with products and tools that deliver the best results. We diligently work through each room affected by the fire with our restoration philosophy front and center. Expect our hard work to deliver exceptional results.

At our production facility, the SERVPRO team uses specialized equipment and methods to clean and deodorize the contents now stored in our climate-controlled space. We can transform items homeowners might believe were ruined back to the function and appearance they had immediately before the fire. The decision to pack-out saves both time and money as well as retaining treasures and memories. 

When the SERVPRO technicians complete the restoration of your home, the packed-out items are transported carefully back to their former locations. Throughout the process at both your home and our production facility expect us to work with your insurance company. We also help with local rules, regulations, and inspectors, supporting you and your family on your journey to  “Like it never even happened.” 

Rely on SERVPRO of Flathead County to transform the chaos and misery of a fire damaged home back to the calm and comfort you enjoyed before the crisis. Call us at (406) 300-0435 immediately after the firefighters complete their job. 

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SERVPRO, for Kalispell Homeowners, Provides Fast Water Removal to Mitigate Damages

3/18/2019 (Permalink)

Don't Delay!! Call SERVPRO to Remove Water from Floors in Kalispell

How Really "Waterproof" is the Waterproof Flooring in Your Kalispell Bathroom?

Certain areas of your Kalispell home have waterproof flooring installed to help safeguard your property against pooling water threats that can result in areas like the bathroom and kitchen. While these materials can help to slow the penetrative ability of water vastly, they are not entirely impervious to damage or absorption. Whenever water loss incidents occur, you need a professional restoration team that can respond fast to the situation to help ensure that your water-resistant flooring does not get asked to endure more than it can handle.

Pooling can present water damage that extends far beyond just the flooring in your Kalispell home. While the most immediately affected area is the hardwood or the tile work throughout these points in your house, excess water can also wick into drywall and cabinetry throughout these areas. Our SERVPRO professionals can arrive quickly, even during an emergency, to offer effective mitigation services to help reduce the spread of damage throughout your home. The obvious thought is that you can quickly mop up a spill on a water-resistant floor surface. But, did you get it all without any leakage to undetected locations?

It is essential to appreciate the role of SERVPRO restoration technicians in restoring your water damaged kitchen or bathroom. With so many structural fixtures like cabinetry, having the right extraction and drying equipment on site can help to preserve these affected elements to reduce tear out and replacement. If the damage has remained on the hardwood or tile floors in the affected room, we can work to sop up water with conventional approaches like mopping and wet-vacs with extraction wands. For more severe situations, we can utilize tools like portable sump pumps and gas-powered portable options.

While the flooring itself has been designed to withstand a direct onslaught of water damage, prolonged exposure can begin to exploit the weakest points of the installation. For tile, the weakest points are the grouted joints. For waterproof hardwood flooring, the seams between planks are the penetration points that ultimately allow moisture and dampness to seep into the wood and subflooring. We can place drying mats and erect "tenting" sheets to isolate and extract hidden moisture.

With the fast response of our SERVPRO of Flathead County water restoration specialists, we can protect your waterproof flooring and other exposed structural elements throughout your house. Give our professionals a call anytime at (406) 300-0435.

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