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

6/3/2020 (Permalink)

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

Why is water intrusion challenging to remove?

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

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

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

How can I access wall cavities without destroying the wall?

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

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

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

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

What types of equipment are there for drying wall cavities?

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

How do I reverse wall damage from water?

- Inspect the cavity for further moisture residing behind the wall 

- Thoroughly dry the wall using a dehumidifier and air mover

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

Are my walls capable of restoration?

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

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

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

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

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

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

How Does SERVPRO Check My Home?

We use different methods depending on the situation. 

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

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

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

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

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

4/17/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Why We Are The Leader In Columbia Falls Water Damage Restoration

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

A floor covered in water When you find yourself facing a water damage disaster call our experts right away, we are available day or night.

Learn the Best Way to Deal with Water Damage In Your Columbia Falls Home

Water damage is an issue that affects most properties. Whether it is from a plumbing leak, bathtub or sink overflow, or the water that firefighters use to put out a fire, water can affect your property significantly if it is not restored correctly. After a water intrusion problem in your property, you need to take immediate action by seeking professional help from SERVPRO. Our priority is to handle the incident to make it “Like it never even happened.”

When water pools in your residence, it can seep in your carpeting, upholstery, drywall, and other areas. With high-tech equipment and a highly trained team of experts, we can handle any magnitude of water damage in your Columbia Falls property. We respond fast to emergencies since we understand that water loss incidents can toss the lives of homeowners off-balance.

After your property is exposed to water, some electrical equipment may cause electrical hazards or malfunction. Water often causes electronic equipment to corrode. If the damage is not severe, we can work with an electronic mitigation technician to repair the affected appliances. However, if the damage is severe, we can properly dispose of the electrical equipment and help you file an insurance claim.

If your carpeting and padding are saturated, it is necessary to remove the water quickly so prevent discoloration, delamination, or rotting of carpeting. Our crew can use light wands to extract the water. The equipment is suitable for removing water damage initially and extracting water from glue-down carpeting. Light wands are also useful for extracting residual water on the surface of carpeting after restorers have used a stationary tool.

We can also inspect your carpet to choose an efficient cleaning process. Our restorers can identify different fibers used to manufacture carpeting by performing various tests, which include the burn test, specific gravity test, and chemical test. Pretesting helps our SERVPRO technicians to avoid running carpets or area rugs during the restoration process. It enables us to select the appropriate cleaning products and methods.

Proper drying of your property is essential to prevent wood rot and mold growth, which can be hazardous to your health. Drying requires advanced equipment since it is more of a delicate balancing act. We can use structural cavity drying equipment that enables us to direct airflow into cavities to replace cold, moist air with warmer dry air. The machine increases the temperature of the surface, lowers vapor pressure, and speeds up the rate of evaporation.

At SERVPRO of Flathead County, we aim to earn the trust of our customers by serving them well. Call us today at (406) 300-0435 for effective water damage restoration services in Kalispell, Whitefish, and Lakeside.

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Kalispell Hardwood Flooring Benefits from SERVPRO Drying Methods 

11/19/2019 (Permalink)

View of the foyer of a home with hardwood flooring This is how your Kalispell home can look after SERVPRO restores water-damaged hardwood floors.

How Tenting Maximizes Concentrated Drying in Kalispell Homes

Drying up specific materials is a standard practice of our water recovery team when dispatched to Kalispell addresses. With a fast response to specific situations, we can often limit how many structural elements become exposed to water damage. When we can reduce water losses to drying out flooring materials and baseboards, approaches like tenting are highly effective.

Tenting is a practice that can amplify the concentrated effects of drying water damage in Kalispell residences. By reducing the area to get dried, our SERVPRO technicians can better regulate the draw of moisture and maintain better monitoring of the moisture content to ensure that materials do not become overly dry and damaged on the other side of this spectrum. Flooring materials like hardwood are particularly susceptible to excessive dryness leading to splintering, which can be as destructive to the flooring as oversaturation.

The process of tenting utilizes 6-mil plastic sheeting for large areas that can be secured to keep a good seal with painters tape and, if needed, also sandbagged to the dry perimeter around water-damaged flooring. Lay-flat poly tubing may be attached to the covering and works as a duct for air circulation. Depending on the conditions present, we can utilize dehumidifiers and drying mats within this zone to draw out moisture for removal. We establish a quick-access monitoring device within this tented area to continually note the changing moisture conditions and modify the approach as we reach the ideal moisture content recommended for the specific type of flooring affected. The moisture content measurements follow the guidelines of psychrometrics tables. Different areas of the country have varying levels of average moisture content levels. Hardwood planks are 6% in Arizona but 12% in Florida or Washington.

Because of this thick plastic sheeting around the work area, our drying processes are more effective and efficient. A concentrated drying effort can even protect supports and joists beneath the main planking of the floor from becoming overly saturated. Moisture pockets get determined during the initial inspection phase, where our SERVPRO crew chief or production manager works with our customers to gain an understanding of the source and spread of water loss. 

Many potential threats can exist when moisture and dampness threats get inadequately controlled after a water loss incident. We can work quickly to protect damaged flooring after a water emergency. We work hard to protect and preserve through restoration these expensive flooring materials.

We have advanced practices that can maximize efficiency and get your property back to preloss condition. Give our SERVPRO of Flathead County technicians a call today at (406) 300-0435.

Stop Wasting Time and Contact SERVPRO For Water Damage Remediation in Kalispell

5/18/2019 (Permalink)

A leaking pipe can cause large water damage problems. Contact SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Safety First During Water Damage Restoration in Kalispell Home

When looking for water damage, it is common to look down, knowing that water follows the path of least resistance and gravity. Sometimes water collects in surprising and dangerous places in a home.

SERVPRO received a call to address water damage at a home in Kalispell. The homeowner got up like any other morning, and when she turned on the light in her kitchen, nothing happened. She thought it was a burned-out bulb, but she noticed the light fixture and the light bulb, had water in it. We advised her to turn off the electricity and await our emergency response team’s arrival.  

The technicians traced the leak to a pipe under the vanity in the bathroom above the kitchen. The ceiling was soft but not yet sagging, so we drilled weep holes to let airflow in to dry both the ceiling and the floor joists.  

We scoped the bathroom and found the only area of elevated moisture was around the leak at the back of the vanity. The sheetrock was in an unsalvageable state, and we used controlled demolition techniques to carefully remove it to let adequate airflow within the wall cavity.  

Since the electricity in the home was off, we powered our air movers and dehumidifiers from our generators. The air movers concentrated airflow within the ceiling area, floor joists and the wall behind the vanity while the dehumidifiers ported the captured excess moisture out of the room. Afterward, SERVPRO technicians cleaned and disinfected the surfaces.  

Once we completed the mitigation of the water loss in the home, it was still not safe to turn the electricity or water on in the house. Our technicians consulted with the homeowner and recommended the repairs necessary for the light fixture, ceiling and leak behind the vanity to bring the home back to its preloss condition. Since our location offers building services, she chose to have us complete the restoration to make the full restoration process seamless.  

Call SERVPRO of Flathead County at (406) 300-0435 when you need assistance with water damage in your home. Our technicians have the training and equipment to mitigate any size water loss and make it “Like it never even happened.”

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

3/18/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2/14/2019 (Permalink)

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

The Need for Speed When Water Damages Your Kalispell Home

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

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

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

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

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

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

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