Recent Storm Damage Posts

How Significant Is the Biohazard Threat After Flood Damage Affects a Columbia Falls Home?

9/7/2021 (Permalink)

many yellow 'safety first' signs lying flat on top of each other Did you know that floodwater contains contaminants? SERVPRO is equipped to safely remove the water.

SERVPRO Provides Comprehensive Biohazard Management while Performing Water Damage Repairs

Many effects of a flooding incident are readily identifiable, whether it is soiled surfaces, inundated floors, or deteriorated structural materials. However, other equally devastating aspects can be easily missed. The proliferation of biohazards within the property is one such aspect of flood damage.

The issue of biohazards in Columbia Falls homes after flood damage arises since groundwater is laced with various harmful materials, including raw sewage and bacteria. Another reason is that stagnation of water promotes microbial growth processes leading to the proliferation of biohazards. SERVPRO uses physical and chemical approaches to remove harmful substances from the flooded property.

Biohazard Management is Also Necessary During Normal Flood Removal Processes Such as:

  • Water cleanup
  • Water removal services
  • Cleaning up after a sewer backup

After our SERVPRO team evaluates the property loss, we can establish where to focus biohazard removal and management efforts. Contamination is high in areas affected by groundwater. Removal of porous materials from those areas is the best approach. Our technicians make flood cuts for the orderly removal of drywall, insulation, and other wall materials. We also remove carpets and pads from the floors.

Removing heavily contaminated materials from the house is not an adequate solution when addressing biohazards. Cleansing or decontaminating surfaces is also required to restore sanitary conditions in the entire home. Cleaning with detergents and specialized chemical agents helps. Our SERVPRO technicians use antimicrobials, sanitizers, and disinfectants to inhibit or stop growth.

SERVPRO of Flathead County has the expertise to handle any flood damage incident, “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (406) 300-0435.

Have You Ever Needed Flood Restoration After a Storm Strikes in Columbia Falls?

7/21/2021 (Permalink)

hail damaged roof Wind and Hail Storms Can Damage Your Columbia Falls Roof. Call SERVPRO for Emergency Board Up and Restoration

SERVPRO can help you repair things like a leaking roof from storms in Columbia Falls

During the late spring and summer seasons, Montana often sees heavy rainstorms that come in fast. And sometimes, these vicious storms can bring with them large-sized chunks of hail. The hail can fall from the sky quickly and cause damage to your home, vehicle, and other elements on your property. If large pieces of hail hit your roof, it could damage shingles and cause your roof to leak.

When dealing with flood damage in Columbia Falls, our SERVPRO technicians know that a roof leak can cause damage to your ceiling, walls, and possibly even your floors. When dealing with ceiling leaks, the first step we take is to use penetrating and non-penetrating meters to determine which of your building materials got affected. Once we know where the water went, we can conduct the following services:

  • Repair leaking roofs from storms or hail
  • Ceiling repairs from water damages
  • Water damage restoration
  • Water removal services
  • Flood restoration

If your ceilings got saturated because of your roof leak, we might have to remove portions of your ceiling. Once your ceiling cavity gets opened up, we can then use air movers to dry out your roof trusses. Depending on how wet your walls got, we can save them by drilling holes in the drywall and using an injection drying system to push air into the wall cavities.

If your roof ever starts to leak after a hailstorm strikes your neighborhood, call SERVPRO of Flathead County at (406) 300-0435.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Type Of Pumps Are Used To Remove Floodwaters in Kalispell?

9/26/2020 (Permalink)

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

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.

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

8/18/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What About my Carpets and Furniture?

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

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

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

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.

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

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

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

Connections Between Fire And Flood Damage In Kalispell

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

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

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

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

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

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

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