Recent Fire Damage Posts

Restoring Homes Quickly After Kalispell Fire Damage

3/6/2023 (Permalink)

SERVPRO car on the side of the road in front of mountains Fires can cause terrible smoke and soot damage after a fire in Kalispell. The technicians at SERVPRO have the equipment and know-how to handle it.

SERVPRO Helps All Phases of Fire Damage Recovery

As our offices' second most common callout, we must have suitable solutions to manage fire emergencies and their impact on a structure rapidly. Long contact times with post-fire effects can be detrimental and require more direct attention to restoration.

Addressing Kalispell fire damage requires the team to be ready for any obstacles and hurdles common to restoration and reconstruction. Our mobilization with the SERVPRO Green Fleet, and our expertise in setting up staging areas for faster distribution of equipment and products, help us improve recovery times for affected households.

Post-Fire Damage Threats

Fires and their combustion processes can create a volatile environment. In many cases, structure fires force occupants out temporarily so that insurance reconstruction and restoration can be completed. Even before much of the claims approval red tape and submitting necessary documentation, specific mitigative actions and emergency services can help. Some of the focal points of our earliest efforts include:

  • Air Quality – This is the step taken to improve the environmental condition with HEPA air scrubbers. The objective is to trap and remove carcinogens, smoke particles, and other contaminants.
  • Structural Damage – We must evaluate what portions of the house require attention, like controlled demolition or temporary construction.
  • Standing Water – Extinguishment introduces high volumes of water into the structure that must be removed to continue the efficient restoration.

Protecting Contents from Harm

Contents get in the way of the restoration process and slow it down. Also, leaving personal belongings and sensitive materials in harm’s way causes damage that could have otherwise been avoided. Our SERVPRO IICRC FSRT-certified team attempts first to relocate at-risk contents elsewhere around the house where it is safe to be stored. Damaged belongings are relocated to our SERVPRO facility or staging areas for focused cleaning and recovery.

Soot and Smoke Damage

Multiple factors can impact the kind of restoration necessary, the required equipment, and how long cleanup will take. The most significant influential factor can be the type of smoke damage present in most situations. Soot can be a hazard regardless of the restoration approach, so filtration is needed to improve indoor air quality while surface cleaning strategies get underway. Smoke and fire damage can appear in three main ways:

  • Wet Smoke – This is one of the most challenging types of smoke damage to clean because it results from lower temperatures, allowing billowing smoke that deposits soils on almost all surrounding surfaces.
  • Dry Smoke – Higher heat fires that nearly burn structural materials completely result in thinner and more manageable residues on other surfaces. Many soils can be removed from the affected substrate using dry vacuums, brushes, and chemical sponges.
  • Proteins – Kitchen fires are a common threat to residences, and in situations like grease fires, moist deposits can adhere to counters, cabinets, and walls. We use solvents to break down oily soils and preserve underlying materials.

Where Are Smoke Odors?

Physical smoke residues might be one of the more formidable obstacles, but another challenge of the fire damage restoration process is neutralizing harsh malodors. Combustion can impact dozens of material types, some of which produce compounds and offensive smells. Cleaning can reduce the severity of these odors in the structure, but thermal fogging and ozone can have the most direct and prolonged impact.

Kalispell fire damage incidents are among the most threatening and destructive situations when it happens to your property. It is vital to get professionals like our SERVPRO of Flathead County team moving as soon as possible to help with the limited timelines projected to preserve certain building materials and contents. Call us now at (406) 300-0435.

Working on Fire Damage Restoration in Kalispell

3/3/2023 (Permalink)

blazing kitchen frying pan Let SERVPRO restore your grease-fire damaged kichen in Kalispell.

SERVPRO Offers Assistance with Fire Damage Mitigation in Kalispell

When most people think about issues created by structural blazes, they immediately think of large fires burning most of the building. However, most insurance claims involve fire repair problems caused by small, minor blazes. The most common place a fire can start is inside your kitchen. Most kitchen fires start mainly due to cooking food and not paying attention.

Many of the fire damage claims in Kalispell our SERVPRO technicians deal with have to do with grease fires. Most people have been in a situation where they are heating some grease to cook something, and the phone rings or something else distracts the cook. Leaving the kitchen while grease is on the stove is never a good idea. One minute everything can be going well as usual, and then the grease gets too hot the next instant, and flames can be seen coming out of your pan.

Grease fires can create different issues than other structural blazes. For one, grease fires are hard to extinguish, as most know that putting water on one is not a great idea. A fire extinguisher or baking soda is a better solution to put out the fire, but these methods can also cause a mess and further damage. The smoke coming from grease fires is usually different than other types of smoke, and it can leave behind thick, greasy residues that are hard to remove from the surfaces in your home. And since most grease fires get extinguished quickly before spreading to other rooms, we usually concentrate on removing unpleasant aromas and cleaning contents and building materials coated with soot residues.

Methods we can use to clean soiled items:

  • Immerse contents into a cleaning solution
  • Use water-based solutions to remove soot
  • Use dry sponges to remove soot
  • Pack out contents and clean them in a separate location

If you ever suffer from even a small grease fire in your kitchen, call SERVPRO of Flathead County at (406) 300-0435.

Schedule An Assignment With Us Today In Columbia Falls

9/4/2022 (Permalink)

a fire damaged kitchen with soot covering the walls and debris covering the floors Regardless of how the fire started, team SERVPRO can help. Contact us for knowledgeable technicians and equipment to handle the fire remediation.

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.

Providing Effective Fire Damage Cleaning in Kalispell Homes

8/2/2022 (Permalink)

B&A fire damage reconstruction Fore a seamless fire damage to a reconstructed home in Kalispell--Call SERVPRO

Fire Damage Cleanup Involves Several Steps

Fire damage can be heavily destructive to homes and businesses, spreading soot and smoke solids across multiple surfaces. Under pressure, these soils can also become affixed to vertical planes, providing a challenging restoration obstacle for even experienced professionals like our SERVPRO team. Fire cleanup is a product of several stages, beginning with the choice of the cleaning agent.

Using Solvents on Wet Smoke

Moist environments create wet smoke fire damage in Kalispell homes, which can be a substantial hurdle for surface cleaning. Wipe cleaning is rarely possible right away, as moist residues require dissolving or emulsifying to separate contaminated soils from the underlying surface. Solvents use similarly composed cleaning products to dissolve oily residues.

Mechanical Actions Can Help

The application of solvents and detergents is not typically enough to clean the affected areas alone. Early light mechanical action can remove loose debris before applying surface cleaning agents. When products get used, they work on the more challenging deposits rather than easily removed loose settled particles. Some of these actions can include:

  • Brushing
  • Wiping
  • Dusting
  • Dry HEPA Vacuuming

Abrasive Cleaning Actions

Early mechanical actions can also fall short of achieving preferred cleanliness. Abrasive measures can help to agitate cleaning products on the surface, such as scrubbing with hard-bristled brushes or steel wool. Aggressive methods could also include the use of media blasting equipment.

When is Demolition Preferred?

When substantial damage overwhelms building materials, permanently marring the surface or causing structural weakening, controlled demolition is needed. Our SERVPRO professionals have a contractor license (Residential Contractor License #: 247200) to complete this work, saving time and money on fire restoration efforts.

Surface cleaning is an essential element of fire restoration and recovery and occurs over several steps. With the fast response of our SERVPRO of Flathead County team, we can mitigate loss with effective cleaning solutions. Call us at (406) 300-0435.

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

6/1/2022 (Permalink)

before and after fire damaged trusses and ceiling We use our Residential Contractor License #: 247200 to restore and rebuild your fire damaged Kalispell home, "Like it never even happened."

Are Professional Pack-Outs 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 house fire. Our technicians are experts 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 preserves 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 “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. 

Call Our Reliable Professionals For Your Fire Restoration Needs In Kalispell

5/13/2022 (Permalink)

Roof Fire 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 a 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 pre-damaged 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 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 moving seamlessly into fire residue abatement. We work with your insurance carrier every step, 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 requests for assistance day or night, year-round, at (406) 300-0435.

Prevent Further Fire Damage in Your Kalispell Home through Fast Restoration

4/12/2022 (Permalink)

People holding one another After a Fire 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 could 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 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 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 clean 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, or 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.

3 Tips About Kalispell Fire Damage Restoration You Can't Afford To Miss

2/3/2022 (Permalink)

Walls After Fire Don’t let fire damage overwhelm you, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Flathead County (406) 300-0435.

Kalispell SERVPRO Techs Have Specific Training for Fire Damage Cleanup

When the need for house fire cleanup occurs, there are often more articles than initially thought that can be reused. The dependent factor is how cleanable the building materials and articles affected by smoke damage are using SERVPRO's advanced methods. 

There are three factors to consider when outsourcing fire damage restoration in a Kalispell property that affects the outcome, and they are:

  • Time
  • Restoration
  • Odor Removal

Time Needed for Housefire Cleanup

Cleaning up a property post-fire is a time commitment. Along with that is the knowledge needed for the proper removal of smoke damage and charred materials and articles within the structure. It is wise to hand off this task to a professional restoration service company.

Professional Restoration Tactics

SERVPRO technicians bring some of the most advanced equipment used in the restoration service industry to every job. Plus, they have the training to tackle the toughest residues. The technicians can bring items into their facility for cleaning with tools such as ultrasound. 

Heavy Agitation Tools

Depending on the surface the soot is upon and the nature of the residues, the technicians have several strong applications to remove the smoke damage. Abrasive powders can be beneficial in lifting away stuck-on soot on surfaces that do not scratch easily, such as stainless steel appliance fronts.

Smoke damage-covered flooring can get new life by using abrasive methods using roto-pads and stiff brushes. Blast cleaning is another method, and the media used can range from baking soda to ice. The latter turns into vapor and leaves no messy water or particles to clean up besides what is removed from the surface applied upon. 

Smoke Odor Removal

Odor control is a large part of the mitigation process. SERVPRO technicians can tackle any odor issue with their special-use equipment.

SERVPRO of Flathead County at (406) 300-0435 stands ready to assist Kalispell residents with all levels of fire damage restoration.

What Causes Challenges During Fire Damage Restoration in Columbia Falls Properties?

11/1/2021 (Permalink)

house model, open side showing a/c unit SERVPRO inspects and cleans when necessary smoke and fire damaged HVAC systems in Columbia Falls.

SERVPRO Resolves Fire Damaged Related Problems in Columbia Falls

After putting out a fire at your Columbia Falls home, you should embark on restoration immediately. For the most part, restoration is a straightforward process that requires cleaning soiled areas and removing unsalvageable materials. However, some items can lead to confusion since they do not conform to the expected norms.

Every home requiring fire damage restoration in Columbia Falls has at least one type of item that presents an unusual set of challenges. SERVPRO has fully trained and highly experienced technicians who anticipate such problems and thus prepare the necessary resources to resolve them.

Restoration challenges are common when dealing with:

  • HVAC systems
  • Countertops and other stone surfaces
  • Various appliances

HVAC systems present many challenges, especially if the fire burns while the unit is operational. For instance, even when the fire does not damage the system, it can collect soot and other residues then recirculate them back into cleaned sections of the house. Inspection is necessary before deciding to clean the HVAC system to establish the types and concentration of residues in the system.

HVAC restoration after a fire involves:

  • Cleaning or replacing the filters
  • Vacuuming dust and soot from inlet plenum and outlets
  • Duct sealing sections where cleaning is impossible

Polished stone can be challenging to deal with after a fire incident. Although the flames may not burn such materials, deep stains can develop from the soot residues deposited on such surfaces. Our SERVPRO technicians pre-clean countertops or other polished stone surfaces to prevent stains. In the case of appliances, the challenge arises because they are made of different materials. The covers, made from plastics, metal, or glass, are easy to clean. However, moisture can ruin internal components, so any cleaning effort must be applied carefully.

SERVPRO of Flathead County can help you deal with regular or challenging fire damage restoration. Call us at (406) 300-0435. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Where Can Homeowners Get Fire Restoration Services in Kalispell?

10/12/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Vehicle parked at state farm office SERVPRO provides fire damage restoration for our Kalispell neighbors, both residential and commercial

They Can Call the SERVPRO Fire Restoration Experts in Kalispell

Few events can match the damage that a house fire can cause. If a fire has ruined your property, turn to SERVPRO to complete the fire restoration process. Several things should be handled regarding fire damage restoration so that a home can be habitable once more. Our team can implement the proper steps to ensure that there are no harmful or lingering effects from the flames. We even work with your insurance company for budgeting and timelines.

SERVPRO is insured, certified, and holds the required licenses to offer fire restoration services in Kalispell. Our technicians observe the mandated codes needed to perform fire damage mitigation. After a fire, there are materials, wreckage, and debris that require elimination. Our team can evaluate the degree of the destruction a fire has caused and begin our mitigation and removal operations from there. We communicate well so that you can know what to expect from our restoration process.

SERVPRO uses eco-friendly methods to eliminate smoke, soot, and odors. Before choosing a cleaning process, we can perform pre-cleaning and preconditioning steps. Pe-cleaning involves removing excessive soils and residues so that the typical cleaning process can better restore affected materials or surfaces. Some dry-cleaning methods we can use for pre-cleaning include:

  • Vacuuming – This involves using a vacuum device to eliminate particulate soiling and light debris. We usually perform it before using another cleaning method to eliminate excess residues.
  • Compressed air – This is a means of agitation that is mildly aggressive based on the pounds per square inch (psi) of air pressure. The force of pressurized air eliminates the particulate residues.
  • Brushing – It offers agitation that ranges from mild to aggressive. Soft brushes can eliminate certain loose residues, and they are ideal for delicate surfaces that stiffer-bristled brushes can scratch. If a surface is hard, our SERVPRO team can use wire brushes because they offer vigorous agitation.

We ensure that a home and its possessions are protected while completing the job with meticulous attention to detail.

SERVPRO of Flathead County is a fire restoration company with first-rate craftsmanship. Call us any time at (406) 300-0435 when you need expert fire restoration services.

Fire and Smoke Odor Removal from Columbia Falls Properties

8/12/2021 (Permalink)

bills burning with black background Save money while improving your Columbia Falls's indoor air quality after a house fire--Call SERVPRO

Eliminating smoke odors from Columbia Falls homes requires several strategies beginning in early fire mitigation.

Smoke odors can penetrate porous materials, fabrics and migrate using pathways like the HVAC system in area homes. Removing these harsh smells is often one of the final steps of fire restoration but requires strength-reducing measures among the first steps that our responding technicians take.

Removing Fire Debris in Early Fire Mitigation Efforts

Debris removal is one of the most direct methods that fire and smoke cleanup in Columbia Falls can be made more efficient. Charred remnants of building materials and contents can produce overwhelming odors and soot damage. With the appropriate disposal of these blistered elements, the lingering smoke odors can be reduced and more easily managed.

Odor Counteractant Products Reduce Strength

It can be vital for our professionals to reduce the severity of present odors as quickly as possible. Proactive steps in this vein ensure that later deodorization measures are faster and more thorough. Some of the many odor-reducing measures possible include:

  • Counteractant beads/granules
  • Surface cleaning
  • HEPA air filtration
  • Hydroxyl generators

Deodorization Equipment Eliminates Lingering Smoke Odors

When the odors present in the property have been reduced using various counteractant methods, the complete deodorization process must follow. Given the far-spread nature of strong smells, units must be placed in multiple locations for successful neutralization. Depending on the materials combusted, these smells can be a formidable presence requiring several deodorization devices in our recovery inventory like foggers, ozone machines, and hydroxyl generators.

Fire and smoke cleanup can involve many steps and stages. Smoke can overwhelm homes and businesses after a fire gets extinguished, from surface soiling to airborne particles. Our SERVPRO of Flathead County team can help restore these properties with efficient mitigation and house fire clean-up services. Give us a call at (406) 300-0435.

What is Involved in Fire Damage Restoration in Kalispell?

7/13/2021 (Permalink)

servpro suv sales vehicle We arrive with the speed of SERVPRO to mitigate fire damage to your Kalispell property

SERVPRO can take several steps to conduct fire restoration in your Kalispell home

If a fire occurs in your home, it could damage your contents and building materials and make your house unlivable. If this is the case, then your insurance company will have to provide you temporary housing. However, when dealing with smaller blazes, the work can be conducted while you remain in your house.

When handling fire damage restoration in Kalispell, our SERVPRO crew first inspects your entire home. We look at your whole structure to see what the flames and the smoke affected. If there is no major structural damage present, then you can remain in your house while we conduct the following services:

  • Smoke Remediation
  • House Fire Clean Up
  • Fire Restoration
  • Water & Fire Damage Restorations

If you do remain in your house while we repair the fire and smoke damage, then we can conduct emergency procedures to make your home more pleasant to live in during the process. For example, if the fire source was protein, we can complete deodorization procedures to eliminate the strong odors. Charcoal and HEPA filtration units get the job completed along with a ULV ultra-light fogging.

We can also conduct immediate cleaning of the areas you need to utilize during the fire restoration process, such as your kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom. If required, we can also get clothing cleaned by a dry cleaner qualified to wash smoke-damaged garments. And, if only part of your structure contains fire and smoke damage, we can seal off the affected area.

If you ever need water & fire damage restorations on your property, it is wise to call SERVPRO of Flathead County at (406) 300-0435.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

Does a Home Have to Be Vacated After a Fire?

9/18/2020 (Permalink)

Matchstick house on fire SERVPRO is quick to get your fire damage under control. Call us for swift action recovering your property after a fire.

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." 

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 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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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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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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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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