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Don't Make These Water Damage Cleanup Mistakes

6/24/2022 (Permalink)

Water damage cleanup mistakes can lead to a lot of headaches and stress. If your property needs water damage restoration, here are a few of the mistakes you’ll want to avoid.

Waiting Before Cleanup

Water damage can lead to a lot of problems. The first rule of cleanup is to do it as soon as possible. Every minute that your belongings and property stay submerged lessens the chances of you getting that item or property back to its pre-damaged state. If you wait until it’s convenient to perform the cleanup, you’ll only end up with bigger problems.

Wrong Equipment

Using the wrong equipment will only aggravate the problem. Plus, the kind of equipment or tools you have might not be suitable for handling the water in your home. That means you won’t succeed at drying your home completely, which will leave your home at the mercy of mold and mildew growth. Don’t let that happen. Hire pros to handle this for you. They have specialized equipment to ensure the fast and efficient drying of your belongings and property.

Neglecting Important Details

Most of the time, people forget about the items they slog through when they wade through water damage. But there could be an electrical problem, broken glass, and other items that could injure you. It’s best that you hire pros instead of tackling this on your own. Restoration experts know what to look out for and how to do this in the safest way possible. They’re much better equipped to handle this than you with your makeshift tools.

Not Doing Your Homework

When you look for a restoration service, don’t hire the first company that you find. Look at the company’s history and background. SERVPRO of South & West Spokane County is your trusted resource for cleaning and restoring water-damaged property. Our teams are IICRC certified. We have the latest advanced equipment and training to make sure your water damage problems are solved completely.

If you have water damage to your home or business property, call us anytime 24/7 at 509-534-0655. We'll be there to help!

It is Critical to Act Fast in the Face of Water Damage

6/5/2022 (Permalink)

When you have water damage in your home, acting quickly to manage it is very important. The first goal is to remove the water and ensure mold does not grow. For that to happen, though, you need to dry out surfaces quickly and ensure proper cleanliness along the way. Yet, even in these situations, mold growth is a risk. Hiring a professional water damage and mold remediation company can help you to reclaim your home.

When Do You Need More Detailed Cleaning?

The mold remediation process is a higher level and a more in-depth cleaning process for removing mold. It involves containing the mold as much as possible, using air filtration to pull out spores from the air, and then removing all mold and mold-infested materials properly and safely.

Because this is a complex situation, it is best left to those who have extensive training in water damage cleanup. Our team works closely with you to find all areas of potential mold so it can be safely contained and removed in the proper manner. Taking these extra steps is necessary when you want the best level of protection against mold growth.

Finding the Right Help Is Critical: We Can Help You

When you have any type of water damage, remember you do not need to handle the problem on your own. Our team at SERVPRO of South & West Spokane County is available to you 24/7 Just call 509-534-0566.

Water Damage Often Results in Mold Growth and Damage

3/29/2022 (Permalink)

If you've had any water damage or even excess moisture in your home, there is a real possibility that you also have hidden mold.

Assessing mold growth isn’t easy. But if you think there’s a stale smell in your home, or if you or a family member keep suffering from respiratory and breathing problems, then those are some of the signs that you might have a mold problem. Here are a few steps you can take on how to resolve the issue.

Learn More About Moisture

How does moisture result in mold growth? Knowing how moisture affects the structural integrity of your property will help you get a better understanding of just how problematic moisture is. And why you’ll need to put in measures to keep it out of your home.

Document Everything

If you see mold anywhere, document the problem. Take photos, write down descriptions, dates, and when you can, take videos of the affected sites. These will all make it easier for mold remediation experts to assess the condition of your home. With the documentation, they can come up with a remediation plan in the quickest way possible. If you’re a commercial property owner you’ll also need the documentation to manage the liability for your facility.

Know the Extent of the Issue

How much of your property is contaminated with the mold? How bad is the problem? The extent of the contamination will determine the mold removal measures to be undertaken. The goal is to remove all the mold. That’s where pros come in.

Hire Mold Removal Experts

Don't try to do this on your own. Pros have the expertise, tools, and resources to get the job done and done right. They know what signs to look for. They are in a better position to find and remove the mold in the best and safest way possible.

Pick a Trusted Crew

Make sure you hire a trusted firm. SERVPRO of South & West Spokane County is IICRC certified. That means that have the training, tools and know the proper processes to solve your water damage and mold problems. Call them anytime 24/7 at 509-534-0566.

When Water Damages More Than Just Your Home--Your Keepsakes and Belongings

3/29/2022 (Permalink)

Books and documents under water When your treasured keepsakes and important documents have water damage, SERVPRO of South & West Spokane County has the expertise to help.

Water damage can happen from a range of different reasons, with it brings immense stress and worry for you, not to mention extreme damage and risk to your home. On top of that you have your personal belongings that could also be affected by such tragedy. Luckily SERVPRO of South & West Spokane County has the skill and methods of restoring items that could be considered irreplaceable or just too expensive to replace.

Our contents team specializes in restoring your personal and sentimental belongings. We can also securely store items that need to be taken out of the home and clean most items affected by the water. These items include clothes, furniture, even photos. Our crews try and focus on restoring rather than replacing because it helps you save money, plus they can preserve your sentimental keepsakes that can’t be replaced.

Knowing that your treasured heirlooms and keepsakes are in good hands takes much of the stress out of having water damage in your home. When water damage happens, give us a call 24/7. We're here to help you. Call 509-534-0566.

When Water Damage Happens Call SERVPRO of South & West Spokane County

1/5/2022 (Permalink)

Water Damage Requires Your Immediate Attention

If you experience water damage on your property it's critical that you call a restoration and mitigation specialist right away. The longer you wait the bigger the problem you will have. 

ONE HOUR:

Within one hour your call, SERVPRO of South & West Spokane County Professionals will contact you to arrange for service. You'll know help is on the way!

FOUR HOURS:

Within four hours of loss notification, SERVPRO of South & West Spokane County Professionals will be on-site to start mitigation services. The key to reducing damage and saving money is responding quickly to your damage.

DETAILED EXPLANATION:

A trained, uniformed and equipped SERVPRO of South & West Spokane County Professional will walk through the job process step-by-step, explaining what to expect and the anticipated outcome.

PRETESTING:

SERVPRO of South & West Spokane County Professionals will begin pretesting for restorability, working from the source of the damage outward.

EIGHT HOURS:

Within eight hours of on-site arrival, a verbal briefing of the scope will be communicated to the appropriate person, normally your adjuster or property manager.

CLEANING & RESTORATION:

SERVPRO of South & West Spokane County Professionals will work neatly and efficiently to help to regain control of your property when a damaging event has taken over. They will use state-of-the-art restoration techniques to ensure your property is taken care of right the first time.

FINAL WALK-THROUGH:

After the work has been completed, a final walk-through will be conducted with you to help ensure your satisfaction.

SERVPRO OF SOUTH & WEST SPOKANE COUNTY IS HERE TO HELP!

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT WATER DAMAGE OR YOU THINK YOU MIGHT HAVE A WATER DAMAGE DO NOT HESITATE TO CALL US @ 509-534-0566!

Fast Water Damage Clean Up Helps Prevent Mold Growth

1/5/2022 (Permalink)

When you have water damage in your home, acting quickly to manage it is very important. The first goal is to remove the water and ensure mold does not grow. For that to happen, though, you need to dry out surfaces quickly and ensure proper cleanliness along the way. Yet, even in these situations, mold is a risk. Hiring a professional water and mold remediation company can help you to reclaim your home.

When Do You Need More Detailed Cleaning?

After the water is removed and the space has been professionally dried, mold often follows. The mold remediation process is a higher level and a more in-depth cleaning process for removing mold. It involves containing the mold as much as possible, using air filtration to pull out spores from the air, and then removing all mold and mold-infested materials properly and safely.

Because this is a complex situation, it is best left to those who have extensive training in water damage cleanup. Our team works closely with you to find all areas of potential mold so it can be safely contained and removed in the proper manner. Taking these extra steps is necessary when you want the best level of protection against mold and the health effects it creates.

Finding the Right Help Is Critical: We Can Help You

When you have any type of water damage, remember you do not need to handle the problem on your own. Our team at SERVPRO of South & West Spokane County can provide guidance on hold to handle water, mold, and remediation efforts. Contact us today for an immediate consultation. Call 24/7 at 509-534-0655.

Call the Experts for Water Damage Restoration

6/11/2021 (Permalink)

Graphic illustration of water flooding books and other paper items When water damage impacts your home or business you need trained experts to help you restore the damage.

Water damage can happen for a wide variety of reasons. Invariably, it brings with it intense stress and worry for you, not to mention heavy damage and risk to your home. In addition, you have your personal belongings that could also be affected by such an event. Luckily SERVPRO of South & West Spokane County has the skill and techniques for restoring items that could be considered irreplaceable or just too expensive to replace.

Our contents team specializes in restoring your personal and sentimental belongings. Often, items that you might consider completely destroyed can be rescued using specialized equipment and advanced technology.  We can also securely store items that need to be taken out of the home and clean most items impacted by the water damage. These items include clothes, furniture, and even photos. Our crews try to focus on restoring rather than replacing because it helps you save money, plus they can help preserve your irreplaceable sentimental keepsakes.

When you have water damage in your home or business it is a good idea to call the IICRC certified team of experts at SERVPRO of South & West Spokane County. Specialized equipment and trained technicians are available for you 24/7. Just call 509-534-0566.

First Things to Do in the Event of Water Damage in Spokane

6/3/2021 (Permalink)

Home with standing water Most types of water damage is best handled by trained professionals with specialized equipment.

Whether it is a broken pipe or flooding from a storm, knowing what to do when you have water damage is critical. Your first question should always be whether or not it is safe to stay in your home. Electrical hazards may warrant leaving the home until the water is removed. You also want to ensure you are not doing anything that puts you at risk. Wet materials are heavier than you might expect, so attempting to lift them could cause injury.

When You Have Flooding

If you have water damage, your first goal will be to remove the water. This may be done by mopping, but when there is excessive standing water, other extraction methods are a better option. Any type of wet upholstery or fabric needs to be removed from the space. You also want to remove any wood furniture so it can be properly cleaned.

Next, tackle the floors. Pull up any wet carpeting, rugs, or damaged laminates. If you have hardwoods, tile, or other solid surfaces, you may not have to remove these as long as they remain in good condition. To find out what your best steps are, just work with a licensed professional like those at SERVPRO of South & West Spokane. They have the training and the equipment to make your water damage “Like it never even happened.”

Do Not Wait to Call Our Licensed Professionals for Help

When you have water damage, the most important step to take is to call our team. At SERVPRO of South & West Spokane County, we can provide fast, even immediate help to you. Contact us 24-hours a day for immediate water restoration and cleanup services. Call 509-534-0566.

Water Damage to Your Belongings Can be More Stressful Than Damage to Your Home

8/27/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage can happen for a variety of reasons. But no matter what the cause, water damage is always stressful. Not only do you worry about your home and structures, but your personal keepsakes can also be affected. 

Oftentimes the destruction of your sentimental personal belongings can be more stressful than the damage to your home. 

Luckily our team at SERVPRO of South & West Spokane County has the skill and techniques of restoring items that could be considered irreplaceable or just too expensive to replace.

Our dedicated Contents Team specializes in restoring your personal and sentimental keepsakes. Things like clothes, furniture, even photos. Our crews concentrate on restoring rather than replacing, not just because it helps you save money, but because they can help you preserve your sentimental keepsakes that can’t be replaced.

If you find yourself in this situation, give us a call 24/7 at 509-534-0655 and we'll be there to help.

If You Have Water Damage--Mold is Not Far Behind

8/26/2020 (Permalink)

If you've had any water damage or even excess moisture in your home, there is a real possibility that you also have hidden mold in your property.

Assessing mold growth isn’t easy. But if you think there’s a stale smell in your home, or if you or a family member keep suffering from respiratory and breathing problems, then those are some of the signs that you might have a mold problem. Here are a few steps you can take on how to resolve the issue.

Learn More About Moisture

How does moisture result in mold growth? Knowing how moisture affects the structural integrity of your property will help you get a better understanding of just how problematic moisture is. And why you’ll need to put in measures to keep it out of your home.

Document Everything

If you see mold anywhere, document the problem. Take photos, write down descriptions, dates, and when you can, take videos of the affected sites. These will all make it easier for mold remediation experts to assess the condition of your home. With the documentation, they can come up with a remediation plan in the quickest way possible. If you’re a commercial property owner you’ll also need the documentation to manage the liability for your facility.

Know the Extent of the Issue

How much of your property is contaminated with the mold? How bad is the problem? The extent of the contamination will determine the mold removal measures to be undertaken. The goal is to remove all the mold. That’s where pros come in.

Hire Mold Removal Experts

Don't try to do this on your own. Pros have the expertise, tools, and resources to get the job done and done right. They know what signs to look for. They are in a better position to find and remove the mold in the best and safest way possible.

Pick a Trusted Crew

Make sure you hire a trusted firm. SERVPRO of South & West Spokane County is IICRC certified. That means that have the training, tools and know the proper processes to solve your water damage and mold problems. Call them anytime 24/7 at 509-534-0566.

Water Damage Restoration: 4 Things to Avoid

8/26/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage cleanup mistakes can lead to a lot of headaches and stress. If your property needs water damage restoration, here are a few of the mistakes you’ll want to avoid.

Waiting Before Cleanup

Water damage can lead to a lot of problems. The first rule of cleanup is to do it as soon as possible. Every minute that your belongings and property stay submerged lessens the chances of you getting that item or property back to its pre-damaged state. If you wait until it’s convenient to perform the cleanup, you’ll only end up with bigger problems.

Wrong Equipment

Using the wrong equipment will only aggravate the problem. Plus, the kind of equipment or tools you have might not be suitable for handling the water in your home. That means you won’t succeed at drying your home completely, which will leave your home at the mercy of mold and mildew growth. Don’t let that happen. Hire pros to handle this for you. They have specialized equipment to ensure the fast and efficient drying of your belongings and property.

Neglecting Important Details

Most of the time, people forget about the items they slog through when they wade through water damage. But there could be an electrical problem, broken glass, and other items that could injure you. It’s best that you hire pros instead of tackling this on your own. Restoration experts know what to look out for and how to do this in the safest way possible. They’re much better equipped to handle this than you with your makeshift tools.

Not Doing Your Homework

When you look for a restoration service, don’t hire the first company that you find. Look at the company’s history and background. SERVPRO of South & West Spokane County is your trusted resource for cleaning and restoring water-damaged property. Our teams are IICRC certified. We have the latest advanced equipment and training to make sure your water damage problems are solved completely. Call us anytime 24/7 at 509-534-0655.

What Happens After Water Damage?

8/25/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage can create a number of complications for property owners. This type of damage can create both obvious repair needs and hidden concerns. Without the help of an experienced professional, it can be very hard to know what steps you need to take to get your home back to a safe level. We can help you.

Assessing What Needs to Be Done

At the heart of the process is understanding what needs to be done after water damage occurs. Our team works closely with you through this. That includes providing a full inspection to find areas of damage. This may include drywall, flooring, furnishings, and even ceiling tiles in some cases. You may need help with hidden moisture that has built up in your walls. Our specialized moisture detection equipment is vital to locating hard to find pockets of moisture so drying can be thorough.   

Rebuilding Is the Next Step

With a clear idea of what needs to be done, we work carefully with you to remove debris, clean what can be saved, and then rebuild what needs to be replaced. There is also the likelihood that you will need some help with mold remediation. This can happen if the property does not dry out soon enough.

Get the Help You Need from Our Team

When you have water damage, it is worrisome. With the help of our team at SERVPRO of South & West Spokane County, you can have the confidence of knowing that IICRC certified professionals are on the job. Let us get your home back to a safe and cozy place again.  Call us anytime 24/7 at 509-534-0566.

Water Damage and Mold: When You Need More Help

6/6/2020 (Permalink)

When you have water damage in your home, acting quickly to manage it is very important. The first goal is to remove the water and ensure mold does not grow. For that to happen, though, you need to dry out surfaces quickly and ensure proper cleanliness along the way. Yet, even in these situations, mold is a risk. Hiring a professional mold remediation company can help you to reclaim your home.

When Do You Need More Detailed Cleaning?

The mold remediation process is a higher level and a more in-depth cleaning process for removing mold. It involves containing the mold as much as possible, using air filtration to pull out spores from the air, and then removing all mold and mold-infested materials properly and safely.

Because this is a complex situation, it is best left to those who have extensive training in water damage cleanup. Our team works closely with you to find all areas of potential mold so it can be safely contained and removed in the proper manner. Taking these extra steps is necessary when you want the best level of protection against mold and the health effects it creates.

Finding the Right Help Is Critical: We Can Help You

When you have any type of water damage, remember you do not need to handle the problem on your own. Our team at SERVPRO of South & West Spokane County can provide guidance on hold to handle water, mold, and remediation efforts. Contact us today for an immediate consultation.

Water Damage Management Tips: What to Do Fast

6/4/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage to flooring in hallway leading to family room Even a small amount of water can cause damage to your home. It's always best to call the professionals at SERVPRO of South & West Spokane County.

Whether it is a broken pipe or flooding from a storm, knowing what to do when you have water damage is critical. Your first question should always be whether or not it is safe to stay in your home. Electrical hazards may warrant leaving the home until the water is removed. You also want to ensure you are not doing anything that puts you at risk. Wet materials are heavy.

When You Have Flooding

If you have flooding and resulting water damage, your first goal will be to remove the water. This may be done through mopping it up, but when there is excessive standing water, other extraction methods are a better option. Any type of wet upholstery or fabric needs to be removed from the space, including cushions. You also want to remove any wood furniture to be properly cleaned.

Next, tackle the floors. Pull off any wet carpeting, rugs, or damaged laminates from the space. If you have hardwoods, tile, or other solid surfaces, you may not have to remove these as long as they remain in good condition. To find out what your best steps are, just work with a licensed professional like us. We have the training and the equipment to make your water damage “Like it never even happened.”

Do Not Wait to Call Our Licensed Professionals for Help

When you have water damage, the most important step to take is to call our team. At SERVPRO of South & West Spokane County, we can provide fast, even immediate help to you. Contact us 24-hours a day for immediate water restoration and cleanup services.

Water Damage and Your Personal Belongings

8/29/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage can happen from a range of different reasons, with it brings immense stress and worry for you, not to mention extreme damage and risk to your home. On top of that you have your personal belongings that could also be affected by such tragedy. Luckily our SERVPRO franchises have the skill and methods of restoring items that could be considered irreplaceable or just too expensive to replace. Our contents team specializes in restoring your personal and sentimental belongings. We can also securely store items that need to be taken out of the home and clean most items affected by the water. These items include clothes, furniture, even photos. Our crews try and focus on restoring rather than replacing because it helps you save money, plus they can preserve your sentimental keepsakes that can’t be replaced.

Emergency Water Damage Process

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

ONE HOUR:

Within one hour from notice of loss, SERVPRO of South & West Spokane County Professionals will contact you to arrange for service. You'll know help is on the way!

FOUR HOURS:

Within four hours of loss notification, SERVPRO of South & West Spokane County Professionals will be on-site to start mitigation services. the key to reducing damage and saving money is responding quickly to your damage.

DETAILED EXPLANATION:

A trained, uniformed and equipped SERVPRO of South & West Spokane County Professional will walk through the job process step-by-step, explaining what to expect and the anticipated outcome.

PRETESTING:

SERVPRO of South & West Spokane County Professionals will begin pretesting for restorability, working from the source of the damage outward.

EIGHT HOURS:

Within eight hours of on-site arrival, a verbal briefing of the scope will be communicated to the appropriate person, normally your adjuster or property manager.

CLEANING & RESTORATION:

SERVPRO of South & West Spokane County Professionals will work neatly and efficiently to help to regain control of your property when a damaging event has taken over. They will use state-of-the-art restoration techniques to ensure your property is taken care of right the first time.

FINAL WALK-THROUGH:

After the work has been completed, a final walk-through will be conducted with you to help ensure your satisfaction.

SERVPRO OF SOUTH & WEST SPOKANE COUNTY IS HERE TO HELP!

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT WATER DAMAGE OR YOU THINK YOU MIGHT HAVE A WATER DAMAGE DO NOT HESITATE TO CALL US @ 509-534-0566!

Water Damage Restoration Services Available Throughout The Spokane Area

7/9/2017 (Permalink)

Drips Lead to Money Loss and Water Damage to Your Spokane Property--Call SERVPRO for Service

Rely on the SERVPRO Experts for Water Removal and Cleanup

It is curious to find that wood homes deteriorate at about the same rate as brick homes, due to water damage. Water is extremely relentless and rather fanatical when it penetrates areas where it was never meant to be, spreading without remorse if given the opportunity.

When you have water damage issues developing in and around your Spokane area home, a qualified restoration company on your side can make a huge difference. We can locate water problems before they cause significant damage, help prevent loss, and even be there for you when emergency situations occur.
 
You may think that your property is safe and secure. However, it only takes a small hole on your roof to allow cold, dry air to enter. When this cold air mixes with the warm, humid air in your attic, cellar, basement, and other crawlspaces, condensation forms that can lead to dangerous situations.  
 
Your windows, even if installed correctly by your contractor, were only designed to last 25-years or so, about as long as your roof lasts after initial installation. Moisture finds its way through even seemingly solid objects like brick or stone. Gaps or cracks between brick walls that connect to wood structure left unattended can allow moisture to enter your home.
 
At this point moisture damaging your paint or wallpaper is the least of your worries. You end up with major structural damages that need to be taken care of by a professional. Since your home already exists, your best support for these situations comes in the form of water damage restoration companies, like SERVPRO.  
 
SERVPRO gives you IICRC certified professional technicians, with many years of experience, access to advanced equipment and resources that help protect your home. We do far more than repair water problems found on your property. Our technicians make every effort to return your home to a quality condition so that you and your family remain safe. "Like it never even happened."
 
Contact SERVPRO of South & West Spokane County for additional information about our services or to schedule your home inspection, today. (509) 534-0566

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