Recent Commercial Posts

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.

For more about Kalispell click here.

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.

For more about Kalispell click here.

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.

For more about Kalispell click here.

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.

Columbia Falls has a wide array of park properties to enjoy, each with a unique set of facilities and terrain, click here for more information.

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.

Read about Kalispell here.

When Water Causes Significant Damage To Your Kalispell Business The Crew To Call Is SERVPRO!

3/4/2019 (Permalink)

Give SERVPRO of Flathead County the opportunity to help you prepare for a water or other crisis with our ERP.

Help Your Business Survive A Commercial Water Disaster In Kalispell

Your dreams, hopes, and capital are invested in your Kalispell business. As a savvy business person, you have backup plans for a broad range of issues that might arise as your company grows and thrives. Often these contingency strategies including substitute suppliers, a line of credit, reserve workers for busy times, and a host of other ways to catch a break if something goes wrong.

Missing from this proactive blueprint might be a vision for recovery from a natural or human-made disaster affecting your commercial property. Water damage in Kalispell from overland flooding, roof or plumbing leaks, appliance malfunctions, and operator error can put the future of your business at risk. Companies that close even temporarily to recover from a water loss face a 50 percent possibility of permanent shut down.

SERVPRO offers commercial customers a proven antidote to financial ruin because of water damage. Our Emergency Ready Plan and Profile (ERP) permits you to partner with our team of disaster remediation professionals before a drop of water puts your property in peril. An experienced project manager comes to your property to assess its vulnerabilities and strengths if disaster strikes. We develop a digital restoration plan based on your layout and after discussing your operations.

Expect recommendations to minimize damage if a water crisis occurs, including storage options, inventory protection, and suggestions on equipment placement. Use the SERVPRO ERP app to complete your Profile, personalizing our joint strategy by listing your priorities, sharing the contact information of contractors and vendors supplying your equipment and systems, and designating one or more trusted employees or family members to act on your behalf if you are unavailable when a water crisis happens.

The SERVPRO ERP gives you, and your clients and customers confidence that the damage and interference in business operations a water catastrophe could create is short term. Demonstrating a clear path from water damaged to “Like it never even happened.” calms concerns and makes sure your company continues. We diligently devise ERPs that permit partial operation even during the restoration process, a lifesaver for your brand and your base.

Give SERVPRO of Flathead County the opportunity to help you prepare for a water or other crisis with our ERP. Call (406) 300-0435 to set up a complimentary, no-obligation assessment.

Click here for more about Kalispell.