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Could You Be Making a DIY Mistake in Kalispell When Dealing with Flooding in Your Home?

6/28/2021 (Permalink)

water damaged floor; carpeting removed to dry subflloor; water stains seen on wall Storms frequently cause water damage. Sometimes our techs need to remove water damaged items to completely dry your property.

Partner with the Professionals When a Flood Damages Your Kalispell Home

The Flathead River watershed can expose the Kalispell area to the risk of flooding due to various factors, including clogged-up waterways. Montana experiences the most frequent ice jams in the continental United States, increasing the chance of overland flooding. The water incursions can develop quickly and devastate a home and outbuildings. Management of these potentially catastrophic scenarios is best left to a trustworthy water mitigation company.

Trained IICRC Flood Damage Restoration Technicians

Our crews of trained technicians are ready to respond to all aspects of flood damage to your Kalispell home. Concerns include contamination of the water flowing around and into your house. Mud and sediment can be part of the flooding, sweeping vegetative, chemical, insect, and animal waste and debris into your property with the water. Municipal stormwater systems often become overwhelmed, adding the possibility of sewage backing up into basements and foundations.

SERVPRO technicians categorize the floodwaters from clean to gray to black. Gray and black indicate increasing contamination, indicating the need to clean up severe hazards, including human waste and pathogens. Our team is familiar with regulatory requirements intended to keep both your family and our restoration workers safe during the floodwaters' collection, containment, and disposal.

Flood Damage Restoration Equipment

Our service vehicles contain pumps, extractors, and cleaning and EPA-registered disinfectant products. Members of the SERVPRO team don personal protective equipment (PPE) for their safety and to prevent the spread of contaminants into unaffected areas of your home during clean-up. We use thermal scanners and moisture meters to locate flood water that migrated into building cavities to ensure the standing water's evacuation.

Disinfection and applied structural drying are the next steps in flood damage restoration. SERVPRO uses air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers to move water from saturated structural components into the drier air, ready for containment by evaporative or desiccant dehumidification units. We often use strategies like flood cuts to gain access to damp areas behind walls during the drying phase.

SERVPRO might recommend a pack-out of stored items and furnishings to our production facility during the flood damage abatement. Skilled technicians clean and dry items you might have feared were lost using specialized equipment and techniques.

SERVPRO of Flathead County is eager to work with you to make your flood-damaged property "Like it never even happened." Call round the clock at (406) 300-0435 to get your restoration project moving.

Need Fire Damage Restoration Done at Your Kalispell Home? You can Count on SERVPRO

6/23/2021 (Permalink)

Smoke coming under door fire seen under door. Even small fires send smoke, soot, and debris throughout the house. You can trust SERVPRO for fire damage remediation done right!

SERVPRO Offers Fast and Efficient Fire Restoration Service to Kalispell Residents

Fire damage restoration of your Kalispell home is not something you want to start on your own. You need professionals from SERVPRO to get things under control and have your home restored "Like it never even happened."

One of the most crucial aspects of fire damage restoration of your Kalispell home the SERVPRO restorers have to deal with is combating the foul odor left behind by the smoke and soot. The smell can linger on even after completion of any cosmetic and structural fire and smoke damage restoration. SERVPRO technicians use various deodorizing techniques and equipment to have your Kalispell home smelling like usual in no time. Deodorization is a process that involves multiple meticulously planned steps to eliminate both real and imaginary odors left behind in fire-damaged homes.

How SERVPRO Restoration Experts Tackle Odor Problems During House Fire Cleanup in Kalispell?

SERVPRO technicians combat odors after a fire and smoke damage incidence with a multi-step process:

  • Removal of the odor source- Burnt debris can continue to produce odor if they are not promptly removed from the premises. Hence, the first thing SERVPRO technicians do during smoke remediation is remove the charred material and dispose of them properly.
  • Cleaning the surfaces- SERVPRO experts remove the odor-causing residue covering the surfaces after a fire and smoke damage in the next step. We use various cleaning techniques to eliminate wet smoke residue and protein residue promptly.
  • Using thermal foggers- These create a heated mist of a deodorizer that can penetrate surfaces where the odor-causing particles reside. Once there, the molecules of the deodorizer can neutralize the foul-smelling molecules in no time.

Call SERVPRO of Flathead County at (406) 300-0435 for 24/7 fire damage restoration service.

How Does Disaster Recovery Teamwork Help Restore Both a Damaged Home and the Affected Residents’ Peace of Mind?

5/25/2021 (Permalink)

Thank you card and hand written note inside This is one of the many reasons why we do what we do. Our client’s confidence, comfort, and wellbeing are our top priority.

SERVPRO of Flathead County partners with a caring insurer to strike a balance of compassion and professionalism during the restoration of a family home

Most homeowners experience a storm, water, fire, or mold disaster without a previous personal context. The aftermath of the crisis can feel oppressively overwhelming, sometimes exacerbated with a sense of guilt if the damage appears linked to deferred maintenance or avoidable mistakes. Frustrated residents quickly realize the damage is beyond their ability to resolve, adding worries about:

  • The cost of restoration
  • The level of disruption caused by professional interventions
  • The uncertainty of finding and hiring skilled contractors

Can SERVPRO Meet the Dual Challenge of Expert Restoration and Customer Support?

Unfortunately, as families already struggle with the stress and fear of the crisis, their anxiety levels can increase when the restorers arrive. Tension builds if professionals leap to blame rather than explain or limit information because of a misguided and condescending belief that the resident cannot understand the extent of the harm or the steps needed to return a property to preloss condition. SERVPRO of Flathead County discards this unconstructive approach and chooses instead to: 

  • Listen attentively and respectfully to customer’s concerns and questions
  • Provide transparent communication during planning and implementation of restoration phases based on industry best-practices 
  • Go the extra mile to address customer requests  

Who Attests to SERVPRO’s Reliability and Integrity as a Local Restoration Leader?

To reach a successful outcome, many individuals from different disciplines come together after a household catastrophe. Homeowners naturally turn to their insurance company and adjusters to file claims and obtain the best contractor to complete the needed recovery work. Recently SERVPRO of Flathead County received a heartfelt endorsement from the insurance adjuster facilitating damage resolution for our joint customer. In a handwritten thank you note to our project manager, the insurance staff person related:

“I left the insured last week and was very happy. Despite the conditions we had to work in, you and your teams’ efforts went above and beyond expectations. 

The note explains that although the homeowners were “embarrassed” at first, they were encouraged by the process and progress of the restoration over the course of just a few days. After four days of SERVPRO interventions, the insurance liaison reported the homeowners “were beyond words” in appreciation of the work of both the insurance company and our technicians and “very happy” with the improving condition of their home. The insurance representative stressed we were “one of the few SERVPROs I have worked with who actually work with the insured (and) gave extra help when requested.”

SERVPRO of Flathead County looks forward to collaborating with all professionals associated with rapid and expert restoration of your damaged home. Call (406) 300-0435 day or night to learn how we can partner respectfully with your and your insurance company to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Contractor Licenses:
Residential: 247200
Commercial: 247200

Kalispell Residents Trust SERVPRO for Mold Damage Remediation

5/20/2021 (Permalink)

mold on wall Mold remediation in your home is very dangerous. SERVPRO is the team of experts to call for the help you need for your home.

Why Should Kalispell Home Owners Trust SERVPRO for Mold Damage Remediation? 

Mold damage at your Kalispell home can be an overwhelming discovery. It might be tempting to remedy the situation yourself by using consumer-grade cleaners. However, mold that shows up on the ceiling or drywall can have health effects and needs professional SERVPRO mold specialists for mitigation. 

Kalispell residents seeking mold damage mitigation can contact SERVPRO round-the-clock for fast and efficient service. The presence of mold often indicates an underlying issue such as water damage. 

What is the SERVPRO Mold Remediation Process? 

Several steps are necessary during the mold remediation process. Some of the steps that SERVPRO mold specialists can take during mold inspections, remediations, and removal are as follows-

  • Establish containment- Restorers install barriers such as plastic sheets to contain the damage in your Kalispell home. They also establish negative air pressure in the affected area to limit the spread of the spores.
  • Removing mold contamination- We use HEPA vacuums to remove mold from dry surfaces. Materials that have a heavy long-duration exposure are discarded. 
  • Drying the Materials- Residual moisture can promote mold growth. SERVPRO technicians use dehumidifying equipment to get the moisture content back to the preloss state. 

Call SERVPRO of Flathead County at (406) 300-0435 for reliable and fast mold remediation service.

SERVPRO Is a Trusted Name for Water Damage Restoration in Columbia Falls

5/12/2021 (Permalink)

Burst main water line Burst main water lines cause havoc on a home. SERVPRO will be on-site within 4 hours of the initial call. Water damage restoration is a specialty.

Water Damage Cleanup Needs to Happen Fast in Columbia Falls

Water damage restoration at your Columbia property involves much more than merely removing the standing water due to burst pipes or ceiling leaks. If the mitigation process is not done efficiently, there is a risk of secondary damage that can prove to be costly and time-consuming to repair. SERVPRO's professional water restoration experts use a multi-faceted approach to mitigate water damage to save you both time and money. 

SERVPRO’s water damage restoration experts of Columbia Falls understand the science behind the drying process and utilize state-of-the-art equipment to enhance evaporation and control humidity. 

What are Key Factors Affecting Drying During Water Cleanup? 

The three most important factors that the restorers look to control for efficient drying of your water damaged Columbia Falls home are-

  • Humidity- Lowering the humidity ratio by employing a combination of dehumidifiers and heating systems can significantly speed up drying during water damage remediation of your Columbia Falls home 
  • Airflow- As water evaporates from a wet material, air above the material becomes cool and saturated. SERVPRO technicians employ air moving equipment to replace this air with warmer, drier air to accelerate drying
  • Temperature- Increasing the temperature of the material also quickens the evaporation during the water damage repair process

SERVPRO technicians can significantly shorten the drying time by manipulating these three conditions abbreviated as HAT.

Call SERVPRO of Flathead County at (406) 300-0435 for 24/7 water damage restoration of your Columbia Falls home.

SERVPRO Helps Kalispell's Finest Businesses in Fire Damage Restoration

5/7/2021 (Permalink)

smoke from fire Fire damage restoration for your commercial building needs help from SERVPRO. We have IICRC certified techs and manpower for any size disaster.

Kalispell Businesses Reach Out to SERVPRO for Fast and Efficient Fire Restoration

Nestled in the Flathead Valley, the city of Kalispell was founded by Charles E. Conrad, a businessman, and banker, in 1891. The city was incorporated in 1892 and has witnessed remarkable growth since then, with nearly 20,000 people calling it home. It is the largest city in Northwest Montana and is just 31 miles from Glacier National Park. 

The area around the city has some of the best skiing resorts in the state, including Whitefish Mountain Resort and Blacktail Mountain Ski Area. Both the resorts have plenty of facilities, including ski lifts and equipment rentals.

Kalispell has a ton of things on offer for the visitors. Some ways of spending time in the city include-

  • Conrad Mansion Museum- Once the home of the founder of the town, the Conrad Mansion now serves as a glimpse into the town's history. The beautiful Victorian-style palatial estate features 26 rooms maintained in almost pristine condition for 100 years. The curators have done an excellent job in preserving the original furniture and even the fixtures of the mansion. You can even see original Edison light bulbs and even a very early version of an automatic dishwasher. 
  • Northwest Montana History Museum- Features permanent exhibits showcasing the glorious history of Montana's First Nations. The 22,000 square feet space also features exhibits showcasing the modern history of Montana and the guts and glory of homesteaders. 
  • Hockaday Museum of Art- The building that houses the Museum today was once Kalispell's first public library. The classical-revival style building was funded by none other than Andrew Carnegie himself. The Museum hosts many world-renowned rotating exhibits; one of the most popular ones is called 'The Crown of the Continent.' It features artworks of some of Montana's most celebrated artists, including O. C. Seltzer and Charlie Russel. 
  • Lower Valley Driving Tour- A 62-mile-long road trip that takes you past some of the notable and famous monuments and landmarks around Kalispell and lower Flathead Valley. 

SERVPRO's Fire Damage Cleanup Strategy for Kalispell Businesses

Fire and smoke damage to your Kalispell commercial property can result in a lot of destruction and chaos. The accumulation of smoke and soot residue can cause permanent damage if not eliminated promptly. SERVPRO technicians use multiple cleaning techniques to get rid of these residues during the fire restoration process. 

SERVPRO's cleaning strategy revolves around using methods to loosen the bonds between the residue and the surfaces. We use the following actions to loosen this bond and clean the residue during fire and smoke damage restoration and cleanup. 

  • Mechanical action- Agitation using brushes and cleaning agents can dislodge soot in many cases. This method is also used as a precleaning method when dry, and the non-greasy residue is present. 
  • Lubrication- Detergents can act as lubricants and help the residue slid right off the surfaces and into the cleaning solution. Fire and smoke damage can result in sticky residue that can benefit from the lubricating action of detergents. 
  • Chemical action- Chemical agents alter the nature of the residue making the bonds with the surface lose. 
  • Suspension and dispersion- Some oily and greasy residues must be dissolved or emulsified into a cleaning solution before fire damage cleanup. 

Call SERVPRO of Flathead County at (406) 300-0435 for 24/7 assistance. 

Is It Advisable To Handle Flood Damage At Your Kalispell Home On Your Own?

4/20/2021 (Permalink)

a SERVPRO vehicle parked outside of a business Got flooded? Contact our certified SERVPRO team for water removal and flood damage remediation services right away.

For Safe and In-depth Water Damage Repairs in Kalispell Call SERVPRO

Although flooding might only take a few minutes to damage your property, the restoration process is usually tasking. It might also expose you to various hazards, including physical injury from sharp objects such as tack strips when you remove carpets or exposure to harmful chemicals and biohazards. Whenever possible, the process should be handled professionally.

Handling flood damage in Kalispell properties requires considerable preparation to ensure adequate equipment to address various damages. Preparation also helps in understanding the full extent of damages and any hazards at the loss site. SERVPRO is always ready with production trucks stocked with everything from professional cleaning agents, restoration equipment to backup power generators since we handle various situations, including:

  • Water damage remediation
  • Flood restoration
  • Burst pipes
  • Ceiling leaks 

Being prepared ensures safety and convenience in addressing the loss. For instance, since our SERVPRO technicians bring ground fault circuit interrupters, we can use electrical equipment to clean up or dry the area without the risk of damaging them. Our technicians also wear various protective equipment like rubber boots, splash goggles, and even respirators allowing them to wade into flooded sections immediately when they arrive at your property. 

SERVPRO of Flathead County shoulders the burden of flood damage restoration so that property owners do not have to fret. Call us at (406) 300-0435 if your property is affected.

Can Fire Damage Restoration Procedures Save Books or Artworks in Columbia Falls Homes?

4/16/2021 (Permalink)

a SERVPRO vehicle parked in front of a business Facing fire damage in your home? Our SERVPRO team has the know how and access to resources to get the restoration done well. Call immediately!

SERVPRO Addresses Any Challenging Aspect of House Fire Clean-Up in Columbia Falls

Sometimes the greatest challenge in the restoration of fire-damaged homes is posed by the contents. Restoring books and artworks is one of those delicate procedures since the materials they are made of cannot survive the standard restoration procedures used on the structure or house contents such as furniture.

When fire damage restoration in Columbia Falls involves books or artworks, several dynamics play a role in deciding whether to attempt restoration and the methods to use. The value is the most significant consideration because there is no need to waste time and money trying to restore items that can be cheaply replaced. 

Other factors that affect the decision include:

  • The age of the items
  • Pre Existing issues
  • The type of material

Older items might be delicate since paper becomes brittle or discolored with age. The medium used to make or finish the item also matters. For instance, uncoated paper absorbs more smoke particles. In artworks, canvas paintings with acrylics or oil pigments are easier to handle, unlike watercolors. Our SERVPRO technicians evaluate all these issues before determining the best course of action. Our service can help with: 

  • Fire damage restoration
  • Fire and smoke damage
  • Smoke remediation

SERVPRO of Flathead County is a reliable fire damage restoration service. Call us at (406) 300-0435 for quick assistance.

How Helpful are Water Restoration Companies in Kalispell?

4/11/2021 (Permalink)

a SERVPRO vehicle parked in front of a sign for a business Does your home need water removal services? Call our SERVPRO team immediately for best results. We are standing by 24/7 for your emergency call.

SERVPRO Offers Comprehensive Water Removal Services Restoring Kalispell Homes Fully

Most people know Kalispell as the place to shop or seek accommodation when exploring the Glacier National Park, Flathead Lake, or other Western United States attractions. This is partially true since the surrounding areas are attractive to thrill-seekers any season of the year. Hikers explore different Flathead Valley trails in fair weather while winter offers a perfect opportunity for snowshoeing or snowmobiling in the mountain ranges surrounding the Glacier National Park.

One of the best ways to explore the area is to visit the resorts. You can have the best skiing experience by visiting the Whitefish Mountain Resort or Blacktail Mountain. Whitefish is located north of Kalispell, about 25 miles, while Blacktail is on the opposite end, 28 miles from the city. The two resorts have various facilities, including different ski lift types and rental equipment to facilitate your skiing experience. 

What the City Has To Offer

Apart from visiting surrounding areas, there is much to enjoy within the city limits. For people looking for unique shopping experiences, there are specialty shops that offer one-of-a-kind items. For instance, Think Local has exclusive items ranging from natural soaps, home décor, and art all made in Montana. 

Recreational parks such as the Woodland Water Park offer a perfect opportunity to spend time with family or friends. The facility has a giant pool, water slides, and a lazy river to cool off during hot summers. The pool accommodates up to 400 people at a time. The park has separate play areas for small and bigger kids and trails for biking or walking. The art park near the bridge connecting the two sections of the park completes the experience.

Museums and Historical Places

If your visitors want to explore the art and history of the town, there are several facilities where they can do so, including:

  • The Conrad Mansion Museum, built by the founding father of Kalispell. It features 26 rooms with the original furniture and accessories. Guided tours are available where you can learn in detail how the area changed over time
  • Northwest, Montana History Museum, housed in the former Central School building. The school was constructed in 1894, and the restorations and conversion to a museum were done in the 1990s.
  • Hockaday Museum of Art is housed in a former Carnegie Library. It showcases exhibits and galleries of regional art.  

How Does SERVPRO Complete Water Restoration in Kalispell Homes?

Water intrusion affects properties in different ways, including creating hazards such as slippery surfaces, inconveniencing bad odors, and deterioration of various materials. The intrusion can be a bigger bother when you have guests around. 

SERVPRO takes steps to address immediate dangers before resolving long-term problems. We inspect the property to establish whether there are risks such as electrical hazards. We attempt to remove standing water from surfaces fast or set warning signs to minimize slip and fall accidents. 

Apart from addressing immediate problems, SERVPRO also takes steps to resolve any deterioration caused by water exposure.  We use various drying techniques depending on the level of wetness and type of material. For carpets and upholstery, we use air movers and dehumidifiers to boost evaporation and drying rate. For other materials such as hardwood floors, we use drying mats.  Our services help resolve different issues, including:

  • Basement flooding 
  • Burst pipes
  • Ceiling leaks 

Call SERVPRO of Flathead County whenever you need assistance from water restoration companies. You can reach us at (406) 300-0435.

Where Can I Find Mold Removal Services?

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

mold damage ceiling and door Mold will spread like wild fire within 24 to 48 hours. SERVPRO technicians are IICRC certified for any size mold remediation service needed.

Trust SERVPRO's Mold Remediation Services for Your Pantry

It is possible to have mold damage in your home without being aware of its presence. For example, a water accident you thought you cleaned up could cause trouble. Picture that your fridge has been leaking against your pantry wall for months, and you were none the wiser until you noticed a musty smell. 

No matter what puts your home in need of professional Kalispell Mold Removal services, SERVPRO is here for you. Following the example above, once our technicians arrived, we would begin an inspection in your pantry and then: 

  • Remove all food products that are opened and exposed to the air 
  • Store canned food and other supplies in boxes elsewhere in your home
  • Close vents and set up plastic sheeting in the doorway to ensure no spores escape

You can trust our technicians to be thorough and professional. We are here every step of the way with you and are willing to help you understand everything we need to do to get your home to its preloss state. Once we remove shelving and make flood cuts (if necessary), our technicians can:

  • Remove molded insulation as well as the colony inside of it
  • Determine if any framing needs to be removed and replaced
  • Use drying equipment to ensure the moisture levels are returned to normal  
  • Applying an antimicrobial agent

 Remember, if mold strikes your home, get help as soon as you realize it. Call SERVPRO of Flathead County by dialing (406) 300-0435. We're here to help. 

The Best Water Restoration Services Near Me?

3/8/2021 (Permalink)

water leaking pipes When water damage occurs you need the help of a professional outfit. SERVPRO has the man power and experience for any water restoration service needed

Our SERVPRO Techs Provide Friendly and Expert Kalispell Water Restoration Services!

No one wants to come home after a long day of work to an emergency. After years of use, water supply lines can give out suddenly and without warning. The best way to overcome the surprise is to react quickly and without panic. 

Swiftly providing your home with Kalispell water restoration services can prevent thousands of dollars in damages. While the cleanup isn't free, allowing water to sit can only cause more problems in your home. Imagine finding flooding in your laundry room. If left too long, you may find yourself paying for the time because:

  • Impacted clothing may need professional cleaning
  • The resilient tile flooring could become damaged from the excess moisture.
  • Water could sink into places you cannot see and cause issues even when you think the mess is gone.

Getting our SERVPRO techs into your home immediately can turn a complicated situation into a straightforward restoration. After your first call, we do our best to arrive as swiftly as possible. Once inside, we can: 

  • Cleanup the pooled water from your floor using advanced technological devices
  • Move your washing units to ensure that all puddled water is addressed
  • Use infrared cameras to search for hidden pockets of water 

When it comes to your home, don't take any chances. Dial (406) 300-0435 to speak with SERVPRO of Flathead County. We can help you solve the problem!

What Can I Do When Snowmelt Causes Flood Damage to My Home?

3/2/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle outside job site. Flooding from a snow storm is no DIY project. Call the professionals at SERVPRO for the storm mitigation services needed for your home.

Reach Out to Professional Kalispell Flood Damage Remediation Services!

Kalispell Montana finds itself situated between one national and one state park. Its name comes from a Salish language and means "flat land above the lake." In the distance, a scenic mountain range decorates the small city. The sights to behold are genuinely breathtaking and could put Kalispell on any traveler's bucket list. 

The Origin of Kalispell

During the late 1880s, a banker formed the Kalispell Townsite Company with the help of three others. By 1891, land plots began to sell before spring had settled. My 1892, Kalispell was considered a city.

Notable Places: 

Kalispell is considered a quiet and peaceful city to its natives. Because of this, many people come to the area for family activities in the parks nearby. 

Flathead Valley Mint Farm:

The soil in Flathead Valley is considered extremely fertile. However, mint is a fickle crop. There are two mint farms in the area as of 2014, as many farms have changed to grow other crops. From dozens to just two, this mint farm is a special place. 

Glacier National Park:

Have you dreamed of crystal clear lakes and scenic mountains? Then visit Glacier National Park. Pictures do not do the fairy tale landscape justice. This park seems to capture the essence of real peace. 

Lone Pine State Park:

This state park has several miles of trails, which visitors can travel in various ways. Take your bike or some snowshoes, and make your way through the tracks. Some people even choose to ride horses through the park. It is truly a place where you can enjoy the outdoors as you see fit. 

What to Do About Snow Melt Causing Flood Damage in Your Kalispell Home 

Living at the base of a mountain is certainly a beautiful place to live. However, it means you are right in the way of snowmelt as the spring and summer come. Imagine the base floor of your home flooding due to a sump pump's failure, which is supposed to direct the water away from your house. 

Calling for professional help as quickly as possible can make a monumental difference in the remediation process. If you call SERVPRO for flood damage remediation services, our technicians can: 

  • Pack up any belongings and store the boxes at our facility 
  • Remove furniture from your home and have it expertly cleaned on-site
  • Remove standing water from your home using extractors and wet/dry vacuums

Your house may look a bit overwhelming as we set up drying equipment. There may be many daisy-chained cords, drying devices, and many of our technicians on site. However, we always strive to return your home to its preloss state. Some restoration techniques we may have to do in your home include:

  • Flood cuts to drywall for drying the voids and preventing mold growth
  • Drilling small holes to feed warm air blasters between walls or under floors

If your home needs flood damage remediation, do not wait. Contact SERVPRO of Flathead County by dialing (406) 300-0435. Our techs are here for you. 

Can Your Protect Staff and Customers When Fixing Mold Damage?

2/17/2021 (Permalink)

a SERVPRO car parked in front of stores Spotted the tell-tale signs of mold damage? Team SERVPRO is standing by 24/7 for your emergency call.

For Safe Abatement of Mold Damage in Kalispell Business Premises Call SERVPRO

Mold develops easily when the conditions are favorable. Since mold spores are omnipresent, it takes the right temperature of about 68º and 86º F and sufficient moisture to spark the growth. Mold attacks many materials, including wood, drywall, insulation, and other fibers. The residues released when attempting to clean up or remove materials from affected areas can cause health issues, so precautions are necessary.

When dealing with mold damage in Kalispell, SERVPRO prioritizes safety for everyone venturing into the property, including the professionals handling the restoration, the staff, and customers who may visit the property. Setting up containments helps limit the spread of materials from contaminated areas to uncontaminated areas. We also secure any waste materials removed from the property. The top containment steps we take include:

  • Sealing HVAC ducts to halt the circulation of mold residues through the duct system
  • Setting up plastic sheets on doors and other openings to act as containment barriers
  • Setting up decontamination rooms for people entering or leaving the affected areas
  • Sealing moldy materials removed from the site in heavy-duty trash bags before disposal

SERVPRO of Flathead County can help ensure safety when dealing with mold damage incidents. Call us at (406) 300-0435.

Does the Equipment Used Influence the Outcome of Flood Damage Restoration?

2/12/2021 (Permalink)

a SERVPRO car outside of a building Facing flood damage difficulties? Contact our certified team right away at (406) 300-0435 for water removal and remediation services.

SERVPRO Teams are Supplied with Sufficient Equipment to Ease Restoration in Columbia Falls

Restoring a flood-damaged property requires various tools to handle different tasks, including extracting pools of water, checking the wetness level in different materials, and drying them. Some equipment also helps enhance safety for the people doing the restoration.

The types of tools chosen to restore flood damage in a Columbia falls property can also affect the restoration process speed. SERVPRO teams are equipped with state of the art equipment for faster turnaround. For instance, in water removal, we use high-efficiency water extractors, which can remove water faster. Such extractors also remove a significant percentage of moisture, thus simplifying the drying process. Some of the sophisticated restoration equipment we use include:

  • Infrared cameras which simplify moisture detection over vast areas and do not cause physical damages to the structure
  • Self-priming trash pumps which simplify removal of water containing solid materials 
  • Structural cavity drying equipment which eases moisture management in walls or other assemblies

SERVPRO of Flathead County helps ease restoration of properties to their preloss state after flood damage. Call us at (406) 300-0435 whenever the need arises.

Handling Fire Restoration in Kalispell Properties

2/7/2021 (Permalink)

a fire damaged house with a roof caving in Don’t panic when facing fire damage. Contact SERVPRO at (406) 300-0435 right after the fire fighters leave for emergency services.

SERVPRO Tackles Fire Restoration after Major or Minor Incidents

Should you decide to explore crystal-clear rivers, spectacular mountains, and lakes, Kalispell is a perfect destination. Tucked away in the middle of forests and reservations in Western Montana, it is a perfect destination for outdoor activities. The major forests located close by include Flathead National Forest and Kootenai National Forest, while reservations include Black Indian Reservation and Flathead Reservation. 

The name Kalispell is derived from the Salishan languages spoken in the Pacific NorthWest. It means flat land above the lake. The initial development of the town can be attributed to the personal effort of Charles Edward Conrad, a banker, and businessman who hailed from Fort Benton in Montana. He used his capital to form the Kalispell Townsite Company in 1891. After creating the townsite plan, lots started selling immediately. The city was officially incorporated in 1892.

Famous People from Kalispell

Many people from the city have excelled in different aspects of life, gaining national and even global recognition. Some of the notable names include:

  • Andy Stumpf, a former member of SEAL Team Five.  He joined the military in 1996 and later progressed to the SEAL Teams, serving in both West and East coast SEAL Teams in his 17-year career. Stumpf is renowned nationally for working with managers and leaders of corporate America, teaching them lessons learned over a decade in Special Operations combat.
  • Michelle Williams, an actress. She was born in 1980 is famous for taking roles in independent productions with tragic or dark themes. She has received various accolades over the years, including a Primetime Emmy Award and two Golden Globe Awards.
  • Tomar Jacob Hileman, renowned for his photos of Blackfoot people and Glacier Park in Montana. He was born in 1882 and died in 1945. His 1938 Grinnell Glacier photo is referenced as a starting point in documenting the steady retreat of the glacier.

Fascinating Places to Visit

Kalico Art Center

The contemporary space is accessible to people of all ages and abilities who want to experience, create or connect through art. Some of the typical activities include Drink n' Draw events in the evenings, community-created mosaic murals, and 'paint your own pottery.'

Conrad Mansion Museum

The massive Victorian mansion Charles Conrad constructed in 1895 is now a museum.  Visitors enjoy guided tours through the mansion and learn the history of the family and the area. 

Woodland Water Park

The summer park has various resources, including ponds, slides, a play area for little kids, and a lazy river. Several ducks and geese roam the property. 

How Does SERVPRO Handle Different Fire Incidents?

When a fire affects a property, the outcomes differ depending on the intensity of the blaze and the time it takes to control it. Despite the variances in different incidents, some aspects of the damage are common. For instance, smoke residues tend to collect on structure and content surfaces requiring extensive cleaning. 

When SERVPRO responds to a fire incident, our technicians use established approaches to restore damaged areas. A typical restoration involves:

  • Locating all areas where residues settle
  • Identifying different residue types
  • Identifying surface types
  • Capturing or removing residues and damaged materials

SERVPRO of Flathead County helps with fire restoration exercises in all kinds of properties. Call (406) 300-0435 for quick assistance. 

Take a Driving Tour Through Columbia Falls' Glacier State Park

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle outside job site. Home contents can rapidly decline from water damage if not handled properly. SERVPRO technicians are IICRC certified for this exact problem!

These January Columbia Falls-Based Glacier Jeep Rentals Provide Ample Exploration of a Stunning State Park

The Glacier State Park expands over 1 583 square miles with ravines, peaks, and valleys. Alongside the sublime national scenery are over 700 miles of walking trails. Glacier Jeep Rentals on 9th Street provides equipment rentals for those looking to experience the State Park and gain access to some hidden trails that exist further from the entrance ways. Some of the most stunning trails like Logan Pass and the Virginia Falls require regular back and forth to experience, which makes renting a large, park-ready Jeep a must. This local company owners provide expert tuition on using the Jeep and guidance on some of the finest spots that may not be in your tourist guide.

  • Jeeps come fitted with the necessary camping equipment
  • Equipment can be delivered to RV campsites and are flexible to your schedule
  • Local guidance of some of the less-traveled trails in Glacier State Park is a must.

Water damage can deteriorate your home and contents rapidly. Contact SERVPRO of Flathead County at (406) 300-0435 now.

Kalispell Tasting Rooms Open For January

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle outside job site. Fires can cause extremely bad smoke and soot damage during and after a fire. The technicians of SERVPRO have the equipment and know how to handle it.

Sunrift Brewery Provides a Tasting Sessions with the Master Brewers this January

If you have ever wondered about the unique processes that create delicious, locally-brewed beers, then a tasting session this January is on your wishlist. Sunrift Brewery is an independent company based in Kalispell, Montana, crafting beverages from their ten-barrel brewhouse for decades. Inspired by the surrounding Flathead lakes, Glacial Park, and its mountains, the independent business is a local favorite. Tasting rooms offer live music on Mondays and sampling sessions with master brewers every Thursday through January. While there is no kitchen in the taproom, many excellent food trucks are dotted around the brewery, and bringing food in is welcome. 

  • Take the opportunity to see local live music from Northern Montana
  • Get a tasting session to sample seasonal craft beers this January
  • Learn about the process of making stouts, pale ales, and lagers from master brewers

A property fire can cause significant odor and staining in your property. Contact SERVPRO of Flathead County at (406) 300-0435 for expert advice on restoring your home after a fire.

Protect the Contents and Structure of your Columbia Falls Business From Water Exposure

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle near a body of water Is your business suffering from water damage? Call SERVPRO for the water remediation services needed to get you back into the game.

SERVPRO Helps Columbia Falls Businesses Restore their Homes After Water Intrusion

Columbia Falls is just a few miles from the stunning Glacier National Park and has a small population of only 4 710 residents. The city, which is in the broader region of Flathead County, is famed for its breathtaking scenery, mountains, plateaus, and lakes. The glacier-formed scenery is a central part of this area in Montana. Flathead River, Lake, and Valley have geological significance, with the area being a key location for students seeking to advance their knowledge of rock formations and waterways. Despite its relatively small population, Flathead County covers a roomy 5256 square miles. Of this area, 269 square miles is made up of water, which provides the district with a well-earned reputation for some of the finest vistas in the United States, which are rightly considered a national treasure. Columbia Falls is a superb destination for back-to-nature getaways, hiking, fishing, and biking. The numerous rentable log cabins and local breweries provide a welcome break from a day of outdoor activities.

Perhaps the most prominent identity of Columbia Falls is its hospitality. Tourists are greeted warmly all year round, with many stopping over before exploring the 2 million acres of forestry. The area is home to many nationally-recognized golf courses. Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort. The ski resort splits the Whitefish Mountain, the largest in the Glacial State Park, into three different faces. The world-class ski courses feature two high-speed routes in the Big Creek Express and the Big Mountain Express. The third face features the Swift Creek Express, which is aimed at beginner and intermediate skiers or those taking lessons. During certain times of the week and season, more mountain face areas open up, including tree routes, cross country skiing, and jumps. The most experienced riders can take on the Hell Roaring Basin, an expert course on the Western face, replete with chutes, cliffs, and tree skiing. The region is famous for Olympic medallist Tommy Moe who learned to ski on the trails before winning a gold and silver medal at the 1994 winter Olympics. 

  • The Apgar Lookout Trail is a pilgrimage for hiking enthusiasts who take the 7.1-mile track past the Flathead River and up 567 meters along the mountainside. The trail itself is rated as challenging and only suited to experienced hikers with a planned route and supplies. The prime season for taking this route is between June and October, when clear weather allows trail-goers to admire the incredible views.
  • Thrill-seekers in Columbia Falls can trek into the Whitefish Mountain Resort and take advantage of the fantastic Aerial Adventure Park. Suitable for seven and above children, the supervised zip lines, climbing points, and trapeze provide a high-octane thrill to young adventurers and adults. Tickets are purchasable from the Base Lodge on entry to the Glacier State Park.
  • The Apgar Cross Country Ski Trails are ideal for combining skiing with exploration, and several highly trafficked routes range from intermediate to expert. Popular routes include the Lower Mcdonald Creek and Rocky Point, while experienced practitioners can take the Macgee Meadows or the Site of Old Flat Head Ranger Station for longer climbs. The trails also allow access to the stunning Apgar Lookout.

Resting Spots and Accommodation in Columbia Falls Montana

  • Backslope Brewing is a warm and welcoming stopover for visitors in the Glacier State Park. The food menu includes traditional American burgers, steaks, and platters. However, the drinks shine here with a rotating selection of craft brews and four standard brews on tap. Some of these beers are brewed right here in Columbia Falls using freshwater from the Flathead Glacial Lake.
  • Nite Owl Restaurant on 9th Street serves up huge breakfasts for those needing a quick fill before taking the day out on a hike at the nearby national park. Daytime breakfasts offer generous portions with a menu that hits all the right spots in traditional American food. From 5 pm, the Nite Owl's backroom opens where guests can get excellent bbq foods and craft beers.
  • The North Forty Resort is a set of log cabins just five minutes away from Whitefish, Montana. There are a considerable amount of log cabins, with some including hot-tubs and a full commercial kitchen. The West Entrance to the Glacial National Park is about 20 miles away along the Mountain Highway. Each cabin can host up to eight people, making it ideal for family vacations or group trips.

SERVPRO Assists Columbia Falls Businesses Following Water Intrusion Events

An unexpected water intrusion can play havoc with your Columbia Falls business. We are a no-nonsense restoration service that specializes in repairing commercial premises. Our technicians are experts at identifying water problems in a property, reducing water exposure, and mitigating the extensive losses resulting from water intrusion. In addition to our industry-leading training, SERVPRO technicians have access to industrial equipment, which is essential for restoring larger businesses or holiday resorts. Our crew chiefs can communicate with you and your insurance adjuster throughout the service to deliver a speedy restoration. By using anti-microbial chemicals and quick-drying techniques, we can help to reduce the secondary losses that usually occur with water damage. You can arrange a commercial callout by reaching us at our twenty-four-hour emergency contact center. After receiving a notification of loss, our technicians can be with you within just four hours.

  • SERVPRO can mobilize industrial-standard equipment like DX generators for large commercial properties or in multiple resort centers. 
  • Our team has a solid-understanding of complete drying techniques, which can help mitigate secondary damages in your premises.
  • Crew chiefs can communicate with the property manager throughout restoration to deliver a smooth and acceptable service, all year-round.

If your business suffers from water issues, contact SERVPRO of Flathead County at (406) 300-0435 for professional assistance. 

Sip Wine and Paint Gnomes in Kalispell

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

three Christmas gnomes SERVPR0 SAYS: There's "Gnome" Place Like Home for the Holidays during Stormy Weather!

Learning How to Paint Gnomes in Kalispell while Enjoying the Holiday Spirit

For many, the holiday season can a stressful time--what gifts to buy, decorate, and schedule family gatherings; sometimes people need to fit in some time in to relax. Luckily there is a local painting studio that is offering a special event just before the holiday season. There appears to be no better way to get some personal relaxing time than to enjoy some wine and relax.

On December 19, the Tipsy Brush Studio located at 860 North Meridian Road Unit B6 offers a special Christmas event where people can bring a bottle of wine and a friend or meet friends while they learn how to paint. The studio provides the following during this paint and sip event:

  • Event attendees get the chance to socialize, drink some wine, and learn how to paint a beautiful gnome painting.
  • The cost is only $35, and all painting supplies are included, but everyone is encouraged to bring their own colors.
  • No experience is required as step by step instructions will be given.

SERVPRO of Flathead County proudly serves the region with all of its snowmelt flooding restoration needs. Call (406) 300-0435 for emergency restoration services.

Come See a Drive-In Movie in Columbia Falls

12/7/2020 (Permalink)

car view of drive-in movie with snow You can "ELF" around watching the movie at the drive-in as SERVPRO restores your fire damaged Columbia Falls home!

Columbia Falls Residents Can Get into the Christmas Spirit by Watching a Classic Movie

This year, it may be hard for many to force themselves into the happy-go-lucky Christmas spirit. However, the holiday season can be an excellent way to distract people from the world's problems. Going out to watch a holiday-themed movie can prove to be a good distraction and a way to cheer people up.

On December 11, the Columbia Falls Area Chamber of Commerce offers a chance to watch the hilarious movie "Elf" in a drive-in setting. The event is limited to 100 people, so it is wise to purchase tickets on the chamber's website as soon as possible. Families wishing to attend should note the following:

  • The price is $10 per vehicle.
  • The movie starts at 6:30 p.m., and the parking begins at 6.
  • The film will be shown in the Columbia Falls High School Parking lot located at 610 13th Street West, Columbia Falls.

SERVPRO of Flathead County can provide prompt fire cleanup services 24 hours a day and seven days a week. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster, and we can be reached at (406) 300-0435.

Mold Removal Specialists Can Provide Services in the Kalispell Area

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO sales vehicle in mountain snow SERVPRO can remove the mold, but not the snow, from your Kalispell home. Why Not give us a call?

SERVPRO Can Remove Mold Inside Kalispell Homes and Prevent Issues in the Future

Kalispell, Montana is one of the country’s most picture-perfect, old-fashioned mountain towns. The location in the center of the Rocky Mountains gives residents and visitors beautiful views of snow-capped mountain peaks and the opportunity to participate in several outdoor adventures.

As of the 2010 census, the city had a relatively small population of nearly 20,000 people. However, Kalispell is considered the biggest city in northwest Montana and is the commercial hub and county seat of Flathead County. Even though the town itself is not that big, it has a “Micropolitan Statistical Area” covering over 93,000 people. The city is also recognized as a secondary trade center as the trade area has approximately 130,000 people inside it.

The seat of Flathead County is also the home to one of the largest media markets in Montana. Kalispell has the second-largest over-the-air radio market in the state, sitting behind its biggest city, Billings that has around 110,000 people. The city also houses the Kalispell Regional Medical Center, one of the biggest hospitals in the region with 150 beds. Most visitors get to the town via the Glacier Park International Airport located about 8 miles northeast. Still, there is a smaller airport in the southern part of town called the Kalispell City Airport that provides some aviation services to the region

The History of the Largest City in Northwest Montana

The city was first founded by a group of settlers that noticed a perfect area to put a town. The city’s name comes from a Salish word that means “flat land above the lake.” Salish is a language spoken by Native American tribes in the northwestern part of the country. There is also a Salish language school and training center located nearby in Arlee.

The first people to set their eyes on the area were Charles Conrad (a businessman and banker from Fort Benton) and a few of his associates. The four men formed the Kalispell Townsite Company and started platting lots that began to sell in early 1891. After the area proved to be a place where people wanted to live, the town was quickly incorporated in 1892. Conrad then built a mansion in the city to call it his home in 1895.

Plenty to Do in and Around Kalispell

The northwestern Montana area is most known for the mountains that inhabit the region and all of the activities associated with being outdoors in the Rocky Mountains. The town itself is surrounded by many popular outdoor recreation sites, including:

  • Glacier National Park- This national park is only about 30 miles away from Kalispell, it covers over one million acres, and it sits on the Canadian border.
  • Hungry Horse Dam- This site is located about 22 miles away from Kalispell, and the construction was finished in 1953. Its primary purpose is flood control and it generates hydroelectric power, but exquisite views can also be seen.
  • Flathead Lake- This lake is only seven miles south of the city, and it is the largest natural freshwater lake by surface area west of the Missouri River in the United States.
  • Whitefish Mountain Resort- This resort is only about 20 miles away, and it allows skiers to ride down Montana’s famous Big Mountain.
  • Blacktail Mountain Ski Area- This ski area has a restaurant and ski rental shop with four lifts and 26 runs geared mainly towards intermediate skiers.
  • Buffalo Hill Golf Club- This club was founded in 1918, and the land that used to be a buffalo pasture is now the home to a 27-hole public golf course.

Enjoy Everything Glacier National Park Has to Offer

This gigantic, famous national park is the home to exquisite sites in the Rocky Mountains and it has the following recreational activities to offer:

  • Hiking: The park has over 700 miles of trails that are perfect for either short full-day or half-day hikes and extended backpacking trips.
  • Camping: It is easy to stay the night in the park in one of its 13 campgrounds that have over 1,000 sites to choose from.
  • Guided Tours: If getting a professional tour is preferred, it is possible to take guided boat trips in four of the park's lakes, go on a bus tour, rafting trip, or a horseback ride.
  • Photography: Depending on the time of the year, photographers have the chance to catch sunsets and sunrises over the gorgeous mountain lakes, waterfalls, wildlife, glaciers before they melt, and wildflowers scattered across Logan Pass.

How Can SERVPRO Mitigate Mold

All of our technicians at SERVPRO are certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) program and have a vast amount of experience removing fungi. We know that if the problems are not treated promptly that they can get much worse. Mold can create spores that can get airborne inside your house, enabling them to travel to previously unaffected areas.

Our SERVPRO team can take the following steps to remove mold from your home:

  • We start by finding the source of the issue and repairing the leak. For example, if the problem is with a window seal, we can fix the leak and make sure no more water can enter.
  • We can then remove any contaminated material from your house if we don’t think we can save it. If the fungus has grown deep into your drywall or on your carpet, we may have to remove the affected building materials.
  • If there is mold on your wooden subfloors or wall studs, we can use abrasive methods to remove the contamination, such as soda blasting, sanding, scrubbing, or sandblasting.
  • We also can set up a containment chamber and attach an air scrubber to it. The air scrubber will create negative air pressure inside the chamber and pool any contaminated particles in the air through a High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter.
  • During the process, we can also apply antimicrobial products to the affected areas that will help eliminate the fungus and the spores it creates.

If you ever need any water, fire, or mold damage restoration services, it is wise to call SERVPRO of Flathead County at (406) 300-0435. We are open 24/7, and We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Columbia Falls Residents Can Enjoy Glacier National Park for Free

11/17/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle parked in front of resort and restaurant sign Don't let fire damage dampen your resort's business. SERVPRO is always on call.

Don’t Sit Home in Columbia Falls - Head to the Great Outdoors and Spend the Day Exploring 

Glacier National Park has so much for visitors to see and do. On Wednesday, November 11, you can enjoy all of it for free. You will want to leave early and plan your day because no one can see it all in one day. Here are some favorite areas to visit in the park: 

  • Going to the Sun Road 
  • Lake McDonald Valley
  • Logan Pass 
  • Many Glacier
  • Mary
  • Two Medicine
  • North Fork
  • Goat Haunt 

Glacier National Park has so much to enjoy that no one feels left out. It’s an outdoor lover’s paradise. The scenery alone is worth the trip. You can enjoy: 

  • Hiking & Biking
  • Backcountry & river camping
  • Guided tours
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Fishing & Boating
  • Special events
  • Photography opportunities 

The team at SERVPRO of Flathead County loves outdoor activities like this, and we know you do too. We have been serving the Columbia Falls business community for many years. If your company requires fire damage cleanup, call us at (406) 300-0435.

Kalispell Holiday Extravaganza 2020

11/10/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle parked in front of state park sign Our SERVPRO team is out and about in the community. We are looking forward to seeing you at upcoming events!

Kalispell Residents Can Get Their Christmas Shopping in Early with This Fun Event 

The holidays will be here soon, and nothing is more enjoyable than spending a day holiday shopping. Kalispell folks can get a jumpstart on their Christmas list at the Holiday Extravaganza. You can enjoy three days of not only shopping but sampling holiday foods as well. With over 100 vendors from the Pacific Northwest, the offerings include: 

  • Jewelry
  • Western wear
  • Fine art
  • Pottery
  • Holiday themed gifts
  • Handcrafted items 

And that is just a sampling. There will be food vendors as well. The fun was scheduled to begin on November 13, but has been delayed due to the existing concerns for our citizens. So head on over to the Majestic Valley Arena at 3630 Highway 92 North in Kalispell after the rescheduling. It is a fantastic event the whole family can enjoy. 

SERVPRO of Flathead County is proud to be a premier restoration company in Kalispell. We provide a variety of services include water removal basement service. Contact us at (406) 300-0435 for more information. If you see us at the extravaganza, be sure and say hello.

Storm Water Extraction Provided by Kalispell Restoration Experts

11/2/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle in front of Glacier National Park Sign Our SERVPRO team enjoys our the trails and sights in 'our big back yard.'

SERVPRO Can Remove Floodwaters and Restore Kalispell Homes to Pre-Loss Condition 

Kalispell is a beautiful city in the wide-open state of Montana. It is the gateway to Glacier National Park, which is a wonder in itself. Snow-capped peaks, abundant wildlife, and alpine trails are part of the scenery. When you visit Kalispell, you will want to check out the downtown area. Many of the 1800s buildings have been restored, and it is like stepping back in time. You will not want to miss visiting: 

  • Conrad Mansion Museum– Dedicated to preserving the Conrad Family Estate, lovely period furnishings and gardens can be seen.
  • Charles E. Conrad Mansion– Victorian-era home of Charles E. Conrad. He was a Kalispell pioneer and shipping magnate.
  • The Sassafras Building– One of the first brick structures. Charles and Henry Lindlahr's Brewery Saloon resided there.
  • Heller Building– Began as the Heller Saloon in 1900 and featured the town's first cement sidewalk.
  • Snyder House –Built by stonemason Joseph C. Snyder, it is a transitional Colonial Revival style home.
  • Beaman House– A lovely Queen Anne style home built in 1895.
  • Scandinavian Methodist Church– Started in 1896, it is a restored wood building.
  • Fisher House– Built in 1892, it was created in the Stick/Eastlake architectural style. Reverend Fisher, his wife Mary, and their six children lived in the home.
  • Charles Boles House– A Tudor style home built in 1932 is a lovely building. 

Skiing, hunting, fishing, and other out-of-doors activities are all part of the charm of this stunning region of the United States. But life in this part of Montana can also have its dangers, and not just from grizzly bears. Heavy snows combined with heavy rainfall can cause torrential flooding. 

1964 Northwestern Montana Floods 

The winter of 1963 had seen heavy snowfall with many memories of shoveling snow in late May. On June 7, 1964, rain began to fall. The ground was still snow-covered in many areas and saturated from the winter's snows and spring rains. Streams and rivers were already high due to the spring thaw. The rain continued for twenty-four hours and produced one of the most devastating floods to hit Montana. 

The Continental Divide 

The Continental Divide splits the east from the west. The flooding impacted lands on both sides of the Divide. The Flathead River is on the west side and directly impacts Kalispell. It overflowed and sent record-breaking flows into towns and cities. East of the Divide, the Dearborn, Tetons, Sun, and Marias River spilled over as well. Other areas that got hit included: 

  • Glacier National Park
  • Waterton Lakes National Park
  • Gibson Dam – overtopped
  • Swift Dam – breached
  • Two Medicine River Dam - breached 

The dams spilled large amounts of water into nearby towns with minimal warnings to the residents. The floodwaters from the Flathead River through Columbia Falls reached over 25 feet, breaking the record from 1894, where floodwaters reached a height of 19.7 feet. 

"All Hell Came Down the Mountains" 

That was how residents described the flood. The damage in Montana amounted to approximately $55 million. Over 8,000 people needed shelter, and 31 people died. The repercussions were felt in Canada as well, with $1 million in American dollars damage there. It was an extreme flood that had happened before and could happen again. 

Flathead County, while it suffered no deaths, ended up with $28.4 million in damages. Cattle and wildlife swept through the towns, and homes were destroyed. The raging water took out five bridges in the area and six miles of railroad track plus roads. 

What Homeowners Can Do to Prepare 

Because flooding can happen at any time, being prepared is the best thing homeowners can do to reduce damage. SERVPRO recommends the following steps: 

  • Have a family emergency plan in place. Know where to meet, what to do, and who to call in case a disaster occurs.
  • Prepare emergency kits for the family with needed supplies like bottled water, flashlights, and extra clothing.
  • Move treasured items to higher levels.
  • Keep copies of the necessary paperwork in a waterproof file. Store originals in a fire and waterproof location.
  • Obey evacuation orders.
  • Make sure you have flood insurance as part of your homeowner policy.
  • Do not enter the home until given the go-ahead. Floodwaters are highly contaminated.
  • Know your local SERVPRO number to call when the ok is given for cleaning and repairs. 

SERVPRO of Flathead County is dedicated to helping homeowners when a disaster happens. We provide storm water extraction and help clean up the damage that storms can bring. We stress safety, above all else, to our customers. Never risk your life for possessions. Things can be replaced; people cannot. 

How Does SERVPRO Mitigate Flood Damage? 

Our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certified technicians are well-trained in storm water extraction and other needed services. Because floodwater is contaminated, that is one of the first areas addressed. Water extraction is crucial as standing water can damage structural elements, causing them to deteriorate. The home and its content are subject to mold the longer the moisture remains. 

Never attempt floodwater cleanup on your own. Our Kalispell technicians have the proper PPE and experience. They know what needs done and get to work immediately. The following takes place when dealing with flood damage: 

  • Storm water extraction with trash pumps and other powerful pumps
  • Sanitizing using EPA-registered biocides, antimicrobials, and antifungal agents
  • Drying the structure and the content using air movers and dehumidifiers
  • Cleaning the content off-site if necessary.
  • Controlled demolition if needed to help with sanitizing and drying.
  • Repair and restoration as required. 

SERVPRO of Flathead County understands the needs of local folk. We are homeowners too. We know how devastating any type of disaster can be and want to help you get back to normal as quickly as possible. 

Our company is licensed and bonded – Contractor Licenses: Residential: 247200 & Commercial; 247200. Contact SERVPRO of Flathead County at (406) 300-0435 for all your fire, flood, and water damage restoration. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

What Do Restoration Companies Have That Homeowners Don’t?

10/27/2020 (Permalink)

house drawing for insurance Why Choose SERVPRO? We gladly work with you and your insurance company to expedite the water damage restoration to your Columbia Falls home

Skilled Water Restoration Companies Make Sure That Your Columbia Falls Interior Gets Brought Back to Pre-Loss Condition Quicker and Better Than DIY Methods Alone

A burst pipe or a hidden leak within your home often brings immense damage. You want your family routine back to normal quickly, so calling in the help of trained technicians is the only way to get results without hassle. SERVPRO is available 24/7, and We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. This ensures you get the prompt attention you need to handle cleanup and removal of water and subsequent damage to your Columbia Falls property.

What Do I Do Until You Arrive?

It is essential to try to turn off the water to the area of the incident until water restoration companies in Columbia Falls have the chance to arrive. SERVPRO will assess the damage and formulate a plan upon arrival that facilitates rapid water extraction meshed with industry-proven drying methods. When you work with our IICRC-certified water restoration technicians (WRT), you can expect:

  • Lightning-fast response times
  • Cost and time savings
  • Industrial-grade equipment
  • EPA-registered products for cleaning, sanitizing, and deodorization
  • Mold mitigation and remediation
  • Assistance with insurance claim filing
  • Controlled demolition
  • Pack-outs, and more

Along the way, each step of our water removal and drying ensures we follow best practices to get the results you deserve. We work to restore and repair rather than replace, including salvaging contents and building materials. The SERVPRO crew adjusts our processes as we move through each phase so that we can ensure you have the prompt, reliable restoration required to bring your interior back to preloss condition. It is vital you get in touch with us for water restoration if you have issues with:

  • Burst or leaking pipes
  • Storm floods
  • Water intrusion from a damaged roof
  • Leaks from a faulty appliance
  • Bathtub, toilet, or sinks overflowing
  • Sewage backups, and more

With prompt response and skilled contractors to handle any required controlled demolition, we ensure that you get results. Residential contractor license #: 247200. Call SERVPRO of Flathead County today at (406) 300-0435 to enjoy the services that only trusted water restoration companies provide.

Who to Call About Fire Damage in the Laundry Room?

10/13/2020 (Permalink)

Outside view of dryer vent Clogged dryer vents are a common source of fires each year. Clean your vent often.

SERVPRO Can Help You Restore the Fire Damage in Your Kalispell Home! 

Neglecting to clean the lint tray in your dryer could lead to fire damage in your Kalispell home. Unfortunately, many homeowners work tirelessly to afford their home and lifestyle. Working forty-hour weeks can make it easy to forget the small things.  

The truth is that many Kalispell homes face fire damage at some point in time. Accidents can crop up from many sources, including unattended candles, faulty electrical sockets, and cooking. It does not matter how the fire damage occurred inside of your home. What matters is how fast you reach out for professional help. 

What Can I Do About the Fire Damage in My Laundry Room? 

Calling for skilled and experienced help as soon as possible makes the fire damage remediation process quicker and smoother. In the meantime, while waiting for SERVPRO to arrive, consider:  

  • Putting any pets away so our technicians can move freely
  • Leaving the laundry room as it is so we can decide the best course of action
  • Waiting for our technicians somewhere with fresh air  

Here at SERVPRO, we don't want you to worry about a thing. Once the fire has been put out, give yourself some space from the damage.  

Can My Dryer Be Saved? What About My Clothes?  

Fire damage has a way of making a huge mess to clean up. We can do our best to return your home to its preloss state from remediating ashes to malodor. Our technicians can use advanced technology to: 

  • Remove any unsalvageable items, such as clothing that caught fire.
  • We can send smoke-damaged laundry to our facility to be professionally cleaned. 
  • Check your washer and dryer's functionality. 

Here at SERVPRO, we can use state-of-the-art technology to remediate smoke and fire damage. Hydroxyl generators work well for removing malodors from the area. Furthermore, we make our cleaning agents for removing soot stains. We can help you make a claim with your insurance adjuster for anything that cannot be saved.  

Call for help right now if fire damage is a problem on your property. Get in touch with SERVPRO of Flathead County by dialing (406) 300-0435. We're ready to help!

How Long Will Commercial Water Cleanup Take?

10/9/2020 (Permalink)

A man standing in water looking through files. Water damage to your business can cost you more than money, let SERVPRO come in and assist you through the water.

For Your Columbia Falls Office, SERVPRO Streamlines Water Restoration with Fast Action and Industrial-Grade Equipment

Many water events could occur within your commercial space that leads to water damage of some sort. It may have been a leaky roof, storm damage to windows, faulty appliances, or a burst pipe. However, how you act makes a difference in the overall time and costs involved with the cleanup. Your Columbia Falls business is always in good hands when you contact our friendly team at SERVPRO. Rather than leaving the cleanup to your in-house crew, we have the powerful cleaning agents, extractors, and drying equipment to speed up the process for you. We are Faster to Any Size Disaster!

What is Involved in Water Cleanup and Restoration?

Removing standing water from the equation is imperative with any water incident at your place of business. When called for water restoration in Columbia Falls, our crew arrives quickly to cut back on the loss's severity. We assess the damage to your office space and any rooms around the loss zone, which allows us to formulate a plan with the best next steps. Our equipment allows us to quickly and efficiently pull up standing water, but we suggest having the water supply turned off to lessen the impact until we arrive.

It Seems as Though Water Moved into Other Rooms, Now What?

During a water incident, it is not all that uncommon for the water to migrate. If you had a pipe burst near the kitchen or employee lounge, it might follow the path of least resistance. In some cases, this means traveling along baseboards and into other rooms. This is another reason why professional intervention is critical to ensure you restore your commercial space's interior to preloss condition. We have the latest moisture detection tools to eliminate hidden pockets that can bring secondary damage or mildew growth. 

If a substantial amount of water made it behind walls and within cavities, we may need to perform flood cuts or place holes so that water removal and drying can take place. Of course, our staff follows best practices, and we have skilled technicians ready to handle any controlled demolition or major reconstruction required. Commercial Contractor License #: 247200

What Can Lingering Moisture Do to The Office Space?

Several problems can arise if you fail to address moisture throughout your commercial property, including:

  • Staining of ceilings, walls, and carpeting
  • Strong, musty odors
  • Physical deterioration of building materials and some contents
  • Mold and mildew infestation, which can cause potential health effects

After water saturates various surfaces and materials, deterioration begins. There may be immediate damages, while others take some time to present themselves. By removing any standing water and going through the motions of moisture detection within the first 48 hours of the water incident, you have a better chance of long-term results and salvaging the majority of your materials and contents. 

Several crucial steps are always part of our water restoration efforts, including:

  • Thorough drying of any wet contents or office furnishings
  • Dealing with the relative humidity levels throughout the space
  • Total extraction of all standing water
  • Preventing moisture transfer from the loss zone to unaffected areas
  • Ensuring the condensation does not develop to exacerbate the situation further

What Should I Do Until You Arrive at My Office?

Even with the rapid response that our SERVPRO crew is known for, it can still be a few hours until we can arrive and get set up for cleanup to begin. Until that time, as the owner, you can have your staff work on the following tasks:

  • Turn off the water to your unit or the area where the incident is taking place. You should be able to find a switch or cut-off valve. If you cannot find it, a quick call to the local Columbia Falls water department will do the trick.
  • Try to open up any nearby doors or windows to the outdoors. This helps to get some of the moisture out with a boost in airflow that improves the evaporation rate.

What Happens with Saturated Paperwork?

Offices are known for having vast filing systems housing essential documents. In some cases, water damage is final when it causes matting or smudging of the ink. SERVPRO does have a variety of specialized techniques that help us to prevent further deterioration from taking place. Some actions that we can try will include:

  • Specialized drying techniques
  • Separating and removing saturated papers from dry paperwork
  • Freezing wet documents to stop the dissolution of ink and disintegration of papers

We take each project we are called to for water restoration and tailor a plan to your needs. When you have a water incident at your commercial space, you can trust SERVPRO of Flathead County to quickly and efficiently get the job done. Call us when you need us at (406) 300-0435.

What Type Of Pumps Are Used To Remove Floodwaters in Kalispell?

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If Your Kalispell Home is Flooded, SERVPRO Has the Proper Equipment to Mitigate the Damage

The Kalispell area is full of rivers, lakes, and streams which are prone to flooding when heavy rains occur. This can bring floodwaters surging into local residences. This water then needs to be removed, and SERVPRO has the technicians and equipment to get the job done right.

Are Floodwaters Dangerous in the Home?
Flood damage in Kalispell brings with it contaminated waters. Floodwater is classified as category three or blackwater. It is not safe to enter without the proper PPE. All kinds of sewage and debris are present in the water, making it a bio-hazard. Flooding should be handled by professionals who have the needed protection and training. Our technicians are trained to mitigate flood situations and understand the risks.

How is Floodwater Removed?
SERVPRO has several types of pumps that get used for different types of water intrusions. Because of the debris and silt that accompanies flooding, the standard pumps cannot always be used. Trash pumps are used in this case. If the standing water is more than 2”, a submersible pump is needed rather than the standard deep action pump.

Submersible pumps – pulls up water and pushes it to the top for removal. It is used in water that is more than 2” deep.

Trash pumps – removes water that has debris and solid material in it. They can be classified as:
    •    Semi-trash
    •    Full trash
    •    Slurry

The type of pump used is determined by the situation. The depth of the water, how far the liquid needs to travel to the pump, and the amount of debris all affect the choice of the pump. Bigger pumps have a higher GPM (gallons per minute) or GPH (gallons per hour), which means swift water extraction.

Trust Your Home to SERVPRO
What you can depend on is our technicians knowing precisely what is needed to mitigate the flood damage to your home. Our company has years of experience, the necessary certification, and training for flood damage restoration. We are licensed and bonded.

Contact SERVPRO of Flathead County at (406) 300-0435 for equality flood damage service.

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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

"Contact us" Let our experts at SERVPRO take care of your homes Fire damage. We are always available.

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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Is There a Way to Eliminate Water Corruption in my Home?

6/3/2020 (Permalink)

"We can help" Our professionals have state of the art equipment to clean up and restore your home so you can return safely after a water incident.

Homeowners with Water Damage Rely on SERVPRO to Restore Their Home to a Pre-loss Condition.

Why is water intrusion challenging to remove?

Most Kalispell residents use a professional restorer to tackle water deterioration in their homes. When a slow leak occurs in your home, it can spread quickly into parts that are challenging to access. It may also be challenging to trace the flow of water from the source and pick up all remnants of impairment. SERVPRO technicians are qualified experts with experience working on the infrastructure and architecture of residential properties in this community. Our team can perform safe demolition of building materials as well as the reinstallation of new materials once the water emergency is under control. But we are also experts at dealing with odors, microbial growth control, and inspection. Working with us gives your home a strong chance of recovering to a preloss condition without further risking secondary damages down the line.

How can I tell when a water intrusion emergency is under control?

The surest way to mitigate water damage in your Kalispell home is to perform a thorough inspection. Water can migrate invisibly through the structure of your home without you realizing until it is too late. Residential architecture is a labyrinth of floor spaces, wall cavities, attics, lofts, basements, garages, and crawlspaces. All of these areas can be adversely affected by exposure to moisture. Our technicians use moisture sensors to place on the exterior surface of walls and floors. These devices measure the relative temperature of the surface. Cooler surfaces are often an indication of residing water inside the cavity. If the readings are suggestive of water migration, technicians can drill small holes into the baseboard to feed borescopes into or use infrared thermal imaging cameras to confirm the presence of water in cavities.

How can I access wall cavities without destroying the wall?

- Using a trim puller carefully remove the baseboard from the bottom of the wall

- Test the wall for potential pipes or wiring along with the trim before drilling to ensure you do not cause further harm 

- Boreholes into the wall using an electric drill and be careful to go too far beyond the thickness of the drywall (usually half an inch)

- Allow the holes to ventilate the cavity or attach flex hose to ventilation equipment to enhance ventilation further

What types of equipment are there for drying wall cavities?

There is a range of equipment that technicians are capable of using or adapting when it comes to drying cavities. Necessary equipment may include a box fan or, if water has penetrated drywall only, placing a powerful dehumidifier close to the wall can be an effective drying method. When water penetrates cavities or comes from inside the cavity- for example, with internal plumbing issues- requires advanced equipment to dry the cavity. SERVPRO technicians can adapt air-moving equipment and dehumidifiers using flex hose, which can then be fed into the wall cavity to circulate warm air currents. We can also use specific cavity drying restoration equipment like injectidry systems, which work in a similar method to air-movers. Still, We can be more time-efficient for both setup and drying.

How do I reverse wall damage from water?

- Inspect the cavity for further moisture residing behind the wall 

- Thoroughly dry the wall using a dehumidifier and air mover

- Repaint the wall using a moisture-resistant, antimicrobial primer

Are my walls capable of restoration?

The length of exposure generally dictates the success of the restoration procedure. When there is significant exposure, the likelihood of microbial growth or saturation increases, sometimes it may not be cost-efficient to restore drywall or other building materials. In these circumstances, SERVPRO can remove the affected area altogether and reinstall drywall. One benefit of demolishing drywall is the ability to dry the cavity efficiently while also performing a visual inspection of plumbing and the sanitizing the cavity itself. Sanitation can help to reduce mold growth or odors from an affected cavity. Drywall is typically resilient to moisture exposure in the first three days, which means that there is a strong chance of restoring the cavity. 

Do I need to deodorize the property to rid it of water smell?

The most effective measures of odor control are drying and cleaning the cavity. In some situations, an odor may persist. Our technicians can prevent odor by using odor sealing primers, placing odor pellets inside cavities or crawlspaces, as well as using a fogger in the affected area. To minimize inconvenience, most odor control is contacted on an isolated area of the home rather than full fumigation.

Repairing walls and building materials is efficient, providing you have the right equipment. Contact SERVPRO of Flathead County at (406) 300-0435 now.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in Kalispell, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Flathead County today at (406) 300-0435 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

How Does a Professional Water Cleanup Service Protect my Columbia Falls Home?

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

Model home in water When your home suffers from water damage, you need the experts at SERVPRO. We are available 24/7.

Calling SERVPRO for Water Cleanup Measures Protects Your Home from Experiencing Several Costly Problems

Our crews arrive Faster To Any Size Disaster, giving our customers the added benefit of a rapid response to an unexpected crisis. We use different pieces of equipment in Columbia Falls to scale our water cleanup services to the specific needs of our customers. Using only the machines needed to clean up messes saves you money through lower utility expenses, adding to the value already gained from using proper extraction techniques.

What Type of Damages might Happen if I Let Things Air Dry? 

  • Dampened wood can suffer delignification (the chemical dissolving of the natural glue that holds wood fibers together) or structural changes (warping, buckling, splitting, and cracking)
  • Slowly-dried furnishings can emit very strong wet, musty odors,
  • Microbes can significantly grow in size, and
  • Humidity levels can dramatically spike.

SERVPRO’s water cleanup includes extraction and rapid drying. We use standardized moisture content calculations, making sure each job always leaves each customer’s house “Like it never even happened.”

How Does SERVPRO Check My Home?

We use different methods depending on the situation. 

  • Infrared cameras tell us where hidden water exists.
  • Moisture meters accurately determine the amount of moisture remaining in solid materials.
  • Hygrometers show how much humidity the air holds.
  • Our building services team (Residential Contractor License # 247200) inspects for damage to electrical, plumbing, and HVAC systems.

Both cameras and moisture detecting devices provide us with a baseline at the start of a water cleanup job, allowing us to adjust our efforts as the work progresses and also ensures us and our customers that all areas become dry.

Measured and controlled drying keeps your house’s wooden components from sustaining disintegration from delignification and physical damage. A house with normal humidity levels becomes less likely to sustain odors or microbial infestations.

SERVPRO of Flathead County, at (406) 300-0435, also covers areas around Whitefish, MT, and Lakeside, MT. Call for the high standard of water cleanup service you expect for your home when disasters like overflows and broken lines happen.

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Can I Find a Wrap-Around Flooding Restoration Company in My Area?

5/12/2020 (Permalink)

flood cut SERVPRO can mitigate your flooded home Kalispell. Hands down the best service.

Comprehensive Experience and Training in All Phases of Flood Damage Restoration Is Why SERVPRO Gains Residents’ Confidence in Kalispell

Spring to early summer can be a time of heavy rains, high winds, and hail in the Flathead Valley. Precipitation in the higher elevations collects and starts a rapidly increasing torrent of waters that can inundate your home with overland flooding. Silt and other contaminants, some hazardous, invade with the water, why trained professionals need to plan and implement safe and thorough removal, disinfection, and drying.

Why Do Restorers Do Demolition?

During the restoration planning process, you could be surprised by our inclusion of a controlled demolition phase to support your Kalispell’s home’s flood damage recovery. Failing to remove flooding that migrated into spaces between walls, under floors, and above ceilings expose your home to progressive water damage complicated by potential microbial growth from contaminants. This risk is why our experienced managers guide technicians to make flood cuts in drywall, punch weep holes in ceilings, or drill into mortar joints or under baseboards to:

  • Release trapped water
  • Facilitate access to wet building cavities for structural drying

Who Takes Responsibility to Repair and Rebuild After the Necessary Demolition?

Perhaps the only thing more distressing than dealing with the fear and mess of the floodwaters is the realization that before the damage can be wholly restored significant repairs or rebuilding to your home could be necessary. Our dedication to customer service and satisfaction is why SERVPRO streamlines the final steps of the restoration process. As fully licensed residential contractors, we offer turn-key build back options, saving customers time and money while avoiding the need to line up multiple companies or individuals to complete the job.

Our capability to handle everything from assessment through rebuilding is why SERVPRO of Flathead County is the flood damage restoration industry leader in our community. Get the ball rolling with a call to (406) 300-0435.

Contractor Licenses:

Residential: 247200

Commercial: 247200

My Kalispell Clinic Took on Flood Water, How Can I Clean it Up Safely?

5/8/2020 (Permalink)

water causing damage, peeling paint and mildew SERVPRO of Flathead County understands that you need prompt action when dealing with commercial flood damage.

SERVPRO’s Disaster Team Addresses Flood Damage Quickly to Ensure your Kalispell Clinic Stays Up and Running

Severe weather or flooding in the area leaves your clinic susceptible to water damage that must get addressed fast. The good news is that SERVPRO has the equipment, experience, and trained technicians to ensure everything is taken care of quickly so that your clinic does not miss a beat. We are highly trained water restoration technicians (WRT), and you can always count on our crew to arrive promptly, working hard to ensure your commercial property gets restored to preloss condition. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

How Do I Know Where to Begin?
When it comes to commercial flood damage in Kalispell, it is essential to have a solid plan in place for proper restoration to take place. Our trained team at SERVPRO has a unique process for developing the best possible steps to ensure your clinic is cleaned up quickly to hinder the chances of secondary damage. Even if you and your staff understand the risks involved with a water restoration situation, leaving it to our trained crew helps to ensure all areas get addressed, and no stone is left unturned.

When you need prompt water cleanup and flood damage mitigation, you can count on us for:

    •    Training fully compliant through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)
    •    Advanced water extraction technology
    •    Efficient material removal and controlled demolition
    •    Professional moisture detection equipment
    •    Commercial-grade, EPA-registered products for cleaning and disinfecting

Can My Sanitation Team Handle the Cleanup?
Allowing trained technicians to handle the job is best, but we always want our clients to know what to look for following a water loss:

    •    Water should never be left to linger. The faster water gets removed from the building, the less the cost is for restoring it to the preloss condition.
    •    Floodwaters bring it any number of contaminants, including silt, debris, fuel residue, fecal matter, and other harmful bacteria. If possible, cordon off the area of loss until our team can arrive to start the assessment.
    •    Always have an emergency plan mapped out to handle such a water damage situation in the future. High quantities of water can be devastating, so it is better if your employees and cleaning team understand how to act until our cleanup crew arrives to get to work. Ask us to provide our ERP Emergency READY Profile Plan to prevent and mitigate surprise problems arising from water, fire, or mold.

What Harm Can Come to the Interior of the Clinic After a Flood?
There could be a number of issues that arise after a flood event, all depending on the time and exposure. Such effects could include:

    •    Structural material breakdown. The longer the water lingers, any wood can warp, crack, and swell. Any drywall that becomes saturated and may crumble or warp. Paint on your clinic walls might bubble and peel, or there could be musty odors and discoloration sprouting up on the walls or floors. If your floors are carpeted, they must be removed and entirely replaced due to the dangers potentially present in the floodwater.
    •    Potential mold and mildew growth. Any porous or organic materials like drywall or subfloors take on water, which creates a moist atmosphere for microbial growth. Mold thrives while feasting on organic materials when the relative humidity and temperature are just right throughout the building.

When we arrive to get to work, SERVPRO uses commercial-grade drying techniques along with OSHA-approved biocides to inhibit mold growth.

What is Your Commercial Cleanup Process?
We understand that your Kalispell clinic houses high-tech equipment, supplies, and electronics that you count on for regular operation. Our team knows how to inspect every facet of your interior to determine what must be replaced and what can be salvaged with our cleaning techniques.

    •    A thorough inspection takes place, including moisture measurements of surfaces using both non-penetrating and penetrating meters and sensors.
    •    Water extraction commences with the help of truck-mounted extractors, wet-dry vacuums, rovers, and suction pads.
    •    Drying then begins using the careful placement of fans, centrifugal air movers, and dehumidifiers.
    •    After drying is complete, our team then focuses on odor control and sanitation using our specialized cleaning agents and anti-microbial solutions.
    •    If necessary, our crew performs restoration tasks and structural repairs to ensure your clinic gets returned to the preloss condition.

How Can You Be Sure All Moisture is Gone?
We come back to your clinic for follow-up visits to take readings to ensure all moisture levels are where they should be. Thermal imaging technology and moisture sensors allow our team to locate any hidden moisture pockets that could pose a problem for mold and mildew growth. Since this is a medical facility, you may be required to call in a third-party IH Industrial Hygienist to check for contamination. Our job is not complete until the final sign-off.

SERVPRO of Flathead County understands that you need prompt action when dealing with commercial flood damage. This is why we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to handle your restoration needs. Call (406) 300-0435 to have a crew deployed to your location.

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Who Can Help Me Remove Floodwater from My Kalispell Home?

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

thunderstorm warning sign It's spring storm season which brings flooding. Should you experience a water loss event, call SERVPRO!

Kalispell Residents Can Count on SERVPRO to Remove Floodwater from Their Homes

Copious rain can wreak havoc on a whole community. The force of the water of an overflowing creek or river can be devastating and can erase everything in its path. However, less intense storms can also cause damage that is less devastating but still disruptive to daily life. When your home fills with outside water, calling a professional group for remediation services is your best option.

In Kalispell, neighbors with flood damage to their homes can call our SERVPRO crew for assistance. As soon as the area is safe to enter, we can dress in personal protective equipment and assess the extent of the damage to your home. Throughout the process, we document each step and can share our documentation with you should it be helpful in the insurance claim process.

What should I know about the dangers of floodwater?

Our SERPVRO team knows how to handle water damage to many levels. Some water events involve clean water in your home, which requires extraction and drying services. However, floodwater, or black water, requires specific treatment due to the bacteria it brings into your home. When we develop an action plan, we take into account their characteristics and how vulnerable they are to the damage. Deciding which items to salvage and which pose a health threat is part of the process as well. At its most basic level, the restoration process after storm waters damage your home includes-

  • Water extraction- pumps, air circulators, and dehumidifiers all assist in restoring moisture levels
  • Disinfecting and sanitizing- we apply cleaning solutions that kill and remove bacteria from your home
  • Removal of items such as upholstered furniture, carpet, and other porous materials could become a health hazard in time

Our community knows that SERVPRO of Flathead County is here to help. A call to (406) 300-0435 gives you access to our knowledge and expertise, and we use it to protect your home. Together, we can leave it "Like it never even happened."

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Who Can Help with Damage to My Home?

4/17/2020 (Permalink)

natural elements that can damage your property, weather plus more SERVPRO Helps When Your Kalispell Property Suffers from Any of These Occurances.

Contact SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration when Your Kalispell Home Suffers Content or Structural Damage

In our inaugural year, we have affirmed our position as a local leader in restoration services and remediation efforts for Kalispell homes and businesses. Wherever disasters struck Flathead County, we were a team trusted to manage these losses and restore the properties to preloss condition. With the support of our parent brand, our growing team has managed to handle jobs of even substantial size in all of the restoration niches we have gotten trained to address.

Water

Waiting on water restoration can become a costly decision, as even small disasters can have expensive consequences for your Kalispell home. Water losses migrate quickly from their origin point, which can become a challenging thing for homeowners to address on their own – especially when the damage is no longer exclusively on the surface of affected materials. We have sophisticated inspection tools that can help to identify moisture pockets and the concentration of damp areas so that these points can get addressed quickly and efficiently during the application of drying equipment like air movers and dehumidifiers.

While we have hundreds of air movers and dehumidifiers of varying types and sizes, that is only the start of the premier drying and extraction equipment available to our SERVPRO team. We have industry-leading specialty drying tools like mats, positive pressure systems, and desiccant dehumidifiers. For extraction, we have ride-on motorized weighted extraction units that can help to protect wet carpet from requiring removal. These advanced tools work to make our restoration of water losses in Kalispell homes more efficient and cost-effective.

We offer a comprehensive approach to water restoration that encompasses both the administrative work required to secure insurance provider damage claim approval and an in-house reconstruction and remodeling team to help rebuild areas of your Kalispell home after mitigation steps have completed.

Fire

Fire losses can be a devastating experience for Kalispell homeowners, and even more so when you see how the disaster has ruined your personal belongings, keepsakes, and collected treasures. We specialize in content management after fire losses, keeping an accurate record of unsalvageable items we encounter in the home and working to remove and protect at-risk belongings that our restorative practices can save. We put the same care into our pack-out procedure as we do into the staging and return of these items once restoration work has completed.

Among the chief damages that our SERVPRO team must overcome when we first begin mitigation and recovery of Kalispell homes are water loss from firefighting, soot residues on surfaces and contents, and smoke odors throughout the entire property. All of these can have disastrous effects if left unchallenged. We have emergency services that can begin immediately upon arrival to begin drying up this water damage, removing damaged contents and materials to reduce harsh odors, and employing air filtration tactics to reduce hazardous particles circulating in the environment.

As with any structure fire, the possibility of requiring controlled demolition and ultimate reconstruction is more likely than you might think. We are working towards preferred vendor status with insurance companies because of our in-house licensed general contractors (#247200) that can oversee both the focused demolition the house needs as well as the full-scale reconstruction and necessary repairs to Kalispell homes.

Storm

Every winter in Montana has the potential to be a hard one, and Kalispell residents know how quickly heavy snow can buckle weak roof joists and materials to allow for leaks and flooding. Extreme temperature drops can also have a damaging effect on areas of your home as flash freezing can damage the integrity of eaves, shingles, and siding. The spring and summer months have the potential to be equally damaging in the right conditions, so our SERVPRO team immediately understood the importance of fast and confident response to storm damages.

Flooding is one of the typical and unfortunate side effects of structural storm damage to Kalispell homes. With vulnerabilities in the building, water penetration happens unabated, which can quickly become a devastating situation during heavy precipitation. Our general contractors can work to fully repair and rebuild these damaged areas. However, first, they begin with roof tarping and board up services so that our restoration specialists can get started on flood removal and drying.

Flood cuts can allow us to get a better angle on the drying that your Kalispell home needs without causing our customers excessive bills with reconstruction. These controlled demolition practices allow for thorough extraction throughout these affected cavities and direct drying with low profile centrifugal air movers to dry out all remaining moisture pockets.

Mold

One of the alarming aspects of mold colonization is that it can happen at any time. With naturally occurring mold spores in almost every environment, these microorganisms are only waiting for conditions to be right to seat and thrive into colonies that can spread quickly and hazardously throughout your Kalispell home. As a leading local mold remediation provider, we have proven practices to address these threats in your house, beginning with containment protocols.

We can establish a perimeter of thick plastic sheeting around a mold damage zone in Kalispell homes to regulate the temperature, drying, and airflow/filtration of this area. The better we can regulate aspects like drying and recovery, the better able to protect the affected materials and avoid the need for removal and reconstruction. Within this zone, we can implement practices like sanding and soda blasting to attempt to remove mold damage where colonies have formed. If unsuccessful, we can resort to controlled demolition practices to remediate the colonies.

Air quality and odors are two other essential aspects of the remediation process, and many of our advanced machines can address both of these aspects in part. Hydroxyl generators and air scrubbers can both run air through a HEPA filter to trap particulates as small as 0.3 microns. This process can also help to reduce musty odors typical of mold damage in Kalispell properties as well.

No matter what threats your home faces, our SERVPRO of Flathead County team can help with a comprehensive and thorough restoration approach. Give us a call whenever disasters strike at (406) 300-0435.

What Should I Do When I Return Home to Standing Water in My Basement?

4/17/2020 (Permalink)

People standing in puddles of water in rain boots Water damage in your home? SERVPRO can make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Can Help with Efficient Water Removal Tools and Drying Equipment to Help Your Columbia Falls Home. 

Finding standing water in any part of your home can be devastating and overwhelming, especially when you are not sure where to begin with restoration and recovery. While many might seek to reach out to their insurance companies, there are many reasons that it might benefit you to seek our SERVPRO team first.

When you need water removal in your Columbia Falls home, many property owners have trusted the fast and reliable response of our technicians. We keep ready trailers stocked with premier restoration equipment and tools to efficiently manage standing water beginning as soon as we arrive at your damaged residence. Between our commitment to accomplishing restoration projects quickly and our premier equipment for water removal and drying, we can make it “Like it never even happened.”

What Should I Expect from Restoration Professionals After a Water Loss? 

  • Fast Response
  • Trained and Knowledgeable Experts
  • Content Recovery and Management

What Tools Work Best to Remove Surface Water in My Home? 

The right tool is critical to providing a fast and efficient extraction in your house after water losses. While we have many machines that can do the job, some of the most common include:

  • Wet Vacuums – Runs on electricity and has high portability. It can get used as a continual extraction tool or spot removal with the built-in storage tank.
  • Truck-Mounted Extractors – These are the most powerful removal tools in our arsenal, capable of reaching a consistent 300 psi extraction rate. These tools are ideal for substantial water losses spread throughout a large open area. 
  • Submersible Pumps – Sump pumps are the backbone of our extraction efforts, as they can work to remove water from basements quickly with a long discharge line.

Come home to a flooded basement? Our SERVPRO of Flathead County team can help when you call (406) 300-0435.

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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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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)

SERBPRO vehicle in front of Glacier National Park sign 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)

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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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A Quick Response Is Crucial When Water Has Damaged Your Kalispell Home

3/14/2019 (Permalink)

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Fast Responding Technicians To Water Damage In Kalispell Homes

Whenever disaster strikes your Kalispell home in any capacity, you want assurances that the right qualified professionals can respond quickly to help limit damaging effects. Especially with circumstances like water loss incidents that can occur from many potential sources in your home, this water can spread quickly throughout the exposed region to affect neighboring rooms and other floors of your house simultaneously. You need fast responding professionals with the expert tools to make a difference quickly in your damaged property.

While there are many professional restoration companies that all might claim to be the best choice for the water damage in your Kalispell home, you have to make this decision for yourself. Our SERVPRO professionals offer a 24-hour response to all emergencies that can threaten properties. We have proven mitigation methods that can help our team to limit out of pocket expenses to our customers when we begin restoring damaged homes.

Our emergency response team is not just available at a moment’s notice for substantial natural disasters that might affect homes and businesses throughout the area, but even smaller situations that could still pose threats to your home if not cared for immediately. Water loss incidents can occur in a variety of sizes from numerous sources, and our SERVPRO professionals have extensive training and experience to handle them all.

We keep a production vehicle stocked with water restoration equipment that can help with effective water removal, drying, cleaning, deodorization, and even preventative care for potential mold growth. We arrive at your home with the full measure of our industry-leading equipment including our thermal imagery cameras to determine the spread of moisture throughout your property to ensure that our later drying efforts are entirely effective.

Knowing who you can trust in an emergency is a powerful tool to help protect the investment you have made in your home. You can count on the fast response and the experience of our SERVPRO of Flathead County professionals. Give our crew a call anytime you need us at (406) 300-0435.

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Call Our Reliable Professionals For Your Fire Restoration Needs In Kalispell

2/25/2019 (Permalink)

Call our experts as soon as you can after a fire. We are available 24/7 for all your restoration needs.

Professional Fire Damage Restoration Is Crucial For Your Kalispell Home

The damage done by fire is unlike any other cleaning and restoration challenges a Kalispell homeowner encounters. Engaging a reliable professional company to provide a comprehensive range of tasks needed to return your dwelling to preloss condition is essential. Ordinary cleaning companies or a do-it-yourself effort cannot manage all aspects presented by even a quickly controlled blaze. Our highly-qualified and well-equipped team is up to every fire restoration challenge.

Fire damage residues deposited in your Kalispell home are incredibly toxic, requiring specialized cleaning techniques for safe and efficient removal. Our employees complete extensive training mastering Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) protocols. These best practices ensure your family is shielded from harm during restorative efforts we must complete, transforming devastation to “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO structures your fire damage restoration project to minimize disruption as much as possible to your day to day life. We employ innovative equipment to contain the work area, using negative pressure air scrubbers to seal off damaged areas, filtering and exhausting contaminants to prevent their spread to the portion of your home still inhabited.

Our technicians assess the soot covering surfaces, often far from the original fire site. Depending on the different fuels burned by the fire as it moved through your home, the characteristics of the soot vary. SERVPRO matches appropriate cleaning products, techniques, and tools to types of sooty soiling on walls, floors, and other surfaces. Loose, ashy debris we vacuum while thick, sticky residues we loosen with wetting agents and surfactants before wiping them away. Protein-based soot from grease and kitchen fires might need solvents and agitation to remove the varnish-like bond it creates.

The remnants of fire-fighting efforts complicate the overall restoration plan, requiring water removal and structural drying before smoke and soot cleanup. SERVPRO is a full-service restoration company, capable of mitigating water damage and then moving seamlessly into the fire residue abatement. We work with your insurance carrier every step of the way, ensuring that documentation for claims is complete and your out of pocket expenses are minimized.

As soon as your fire-damaged home is released for restoration assessment, contact SERVPRO of Flathead County. We respond to request for assistance day or night, year-round at (406) 300-0435.

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Why it is Important to Quickly Remediate Water Damage in Your Kalispell Home

2/14/2019 (Permalink)

Water loss events can quickly damage your home, and time is of the essence prevent damage.

The Need for Speed When Water Damages Your Kalispell Home

Causes of Kalispell residential water crises vary. Storms with heavy rains, winds, and snow can damage building components, allowing water inside. Flash flooding or municipal water main breakage can put your home several feet underwater in a matter of minutes or hours. Catastrophes like these are what many homeowners fear when planning for water damage. No matter how severe the consequences we are poised to respond fast. 

Water damage in your Kalispell home is more likely to stem from more mundane circumstances. A slow leak under a sink, loose caulk around a bathtub, or a broken hose inside a dishwasher are common reasons to ask for professional water mitigation help. Regardless of the reason for the water loss, quickly responding is critical. Our crew can be on site within hours of your first call, assessing the damage and moving directly into the implementation of a restoration plan based on industry best practices. 

SERVPRO Franchise professionals complete comprehensive training provided through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Moisture is very destructive, crumbling drywall, swelling and warping wood framing and floors, destroying insulation, and fueling secondary damage such as microbial growth among other unfortunate outcomes. Our team masters IICRC strategies that halt the harm water inflicts on all types of building materials, returning a broad range of structural components and contents to preloss condition. 

Expect our employees to arrive in fully-equipped service vehicles, stocked with the pumps and extractors needed to remove water and the air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers needed to dry out your property. SERVPRO’s commitment to training and investment in cutting edge equipment means your project begins without delay, following a protocol proven to deliver positive results. 

You can rely on our expertise in moisture metering, our trained technicians testing affected structures with sensitive devices to establish baselines to help establish drying goals. SERVPRO Franchise professionals use thermal imaging to detect hidden caches of water behind walls, under floors, or in other cavities or recesses. Releasing the trapped water and then containing and discharging it ensures our restoration efforts succeed, “Like it never even happened.” 

SERVPRO of Flathead County sends crews to your home quickly, enhancing the likelihood we mitigate any water damage. Call us 24/7 at (406) 300-0435 to schedule an assessment of your water disaster. 

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