Recent Fire Damage Posts

Smoke Odors After a Fire Can Be Stubborn. Let SERVPRO Help!

8/2/2022 (Permalink)

man with clothespin on nose With the training and the technology to handle tough smoke odors, your best call is to SERVPRO of South & West Spokane County.

Smoke Odor in Your Spokane Home? SERVPRO Can Help

Smoke odor is a stubborn and pervasive odor which lingers a long time after the flames of a fire are out. Whether it was caused by a nearby fire, a natural disaster, or from an accident such as an out of control cooking fire or a fireplace left unattended, the smoke odor can be a challenge to remove, even for experienced restoration professionals. 

There are various factors which influence the severity of smoke odor from fire damage in your Spokane home. The first is obvious – the size of the fire. The bigger the fire is and the more materials which have burned, the more smoke there is. How long the affected area is exposed to smoke matters as well. Smoke odor embeds itself deeper into porous materials the longer it has a chance to sit. 

Our technicians at SERVPRO know that after a fire, time is of the essence to prevent additional damage, which is why once you call us, we are out to your home quickly. We clean up the smoke odor, sanitize the area, and repair any salvageable items. 

Another factor which impacts the smoke odor is how large the room which is affected is. The smaller the room is, the more concentrated and intense the smoke odor can become. Materials which have burned is also important. Different materials leave behind different odors. A fire which burned wood smells different than a fire which affected mostly plastics or a protein fire. The kind of materials affected can influence the products SERVPRO technicians use to get the smoke odor out. 

Our technicians have a large selection of equipment and products which are designed specifically to remove stubborn smoke odors. From hydroxyl generators to ozone machines, eco-friendly odor-busters to powerful odor-destroying chemicals, we are your answer to all your smoke odor removal needs. Our experienced professionals help you pinpoint the problem and figure out the best solution after we arrive at your home.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

Think of SERVPRO of South & West Spokane County when your home has suffered from a fire of any size. We can get the smoke odors out of your home and prevent additional damages. Call us anytime 24/7 at (509) 534-0566.

Fire Danger Doesn't Stop When the Flames Are Out

6/12/2022 (Permalink)

It is traumatic to experience a fire in your home or business. And the dangers don't present themselves only during the fire. They can appear after. It is important to take specific actions to minimize hazards.

One of the biggest concerns after the fire is out is air quality. It is likely that materials caught fire and debris were sent airborne. These could be toxigenic. Without proper respiratory protection you will be breathing these items.

Another big concern has to do with "slip and fall" hazards. If you must go into the structure, make sure to wear proper shoes, and avoid areas that may be wet from the water that was sprayed to put out the blaze.

Use the buddy system.  Only do activities that are safe for you to perform. Use your legs to lift things -- don't use your back!  Be very careful.

There are some things you should do, following a fire.

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

Most of all, remember that the contents can be replaced. Take care of your health and the health of your loved ones. Getting injured after the fire is something that can be avoided!

For help in cleanup and restoration after a fire, your best option is to call SERVPRO of South & West Spokane County. We are ready for your call 24/7. And we work with your insurance company.  Call us at 509-534-0566.

The Fire is Out, But That's Far From the End of Troubles

6/5/2022 (Permalink)

Smoke billowing from windows Even when extinguished quickly, damage from a fire can be extensive and not readily apparent.

A quickly extinguished fire may seem like the end of your troubles, but the reality is the fire’s aftermath causes far more destruction than the typical homeowner expects. An assessment by a reliable restoration company is a good investment, making certain the cleanup plan does not exacerbate the situation. SERVPRO of South and West Spokane County specializes in restoration of the damage done by fires large or small.

For example, after smoldering for several hours, an old, poorly functioning surge protector covered by an old rug shorted out, causing fire damage to your Spokane home. Little actual charring is present, and you discovered the problem, shut off the circuit, and removed and disposed of the cord without calling the fire department. Calling a restoration firm helps you determine the extent of damage caused by smoke and soot and devise a plan to return all areas of your house to preloss condition. We are eager to help.

SERVPRO technicians inspect all areas of your home for soot, including your HVAC system. The cord smoldered for an extended period, causing a significant amount of potentially toxic materials to spread throughout the dwelling. The heat and incomplete burning of plastics and fabric release fine and sometimes sticky substances that coat surfaces and lodge in clothing, furniture, and linens. If it is pulled into the heating and cooling system, it recirculates until the ducts are cleaned and sealed.

Our crew deep cleans the soot away, using a variety of methods depending on the texture of the contaminated surfaces and the characteristics of the debris. We match professional cleaning products to the tasks; expect different techniques for the varying soot presentations. We also evaluate foods, documents, and personal belongings, identifying items that can be restored, and recommending disposal of those that cannot. It is likely professional sorting saves you money as an overwhelmed homeowner may throw everything away. SERVPRO team members are also proficient at eliminating odors, a significant lingering effect after a smoldering fire.

SERVPRO works with your home insurance company, making certain you receive compensation for destroyed items and at least part of the cost of our services. Our familiarity with proper fire damage restoration decreases the time your home is filled with soot and smells, quickly returning your living areas to a fresh and comfortable condition, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of South & West Spokane County offers the workforce, professional products, and equipment to restore your home after fire damage. Call (509) 534-0566 to schedule an assessment.

Even a Small Fire Needs Professional Cleanup

3/28/2022 (Permalink)

Even a small fire can spell trouble in the aftermath. Cleanup by professionally trained technicians is critical to prevent even more damage. An assessment by a reliable restoration company is a good investment, making certain the cleanup plan does not exacerbate the situation. SERVPRO of South & West Spokane County specializes in restoration of the damage done by fires large or small.


Smoldering for several hours, an old, poorly functioning surge protector covered by an old rug shorted out, causing fire damage to your Spokane home. Little actual charring is present, and you discovered the problem, shut off the circuit, and removed and disposed of the cord without calling the fire department. Calling a restoration firm helps you determine the extent of damage caused by smoke and soot and devise a plan to return all areas of your house to preloss condition. We are eager to help.

SERVPRO technicians inspect all areas of your home for soot, including your HVAC system. The cord smoldered for an extended period, causing a significant amount of potentially toxic materials to spread throughout the dwelling. The heat and incomplete burning of plastics and fabric release fine and sometimes sticky substances that coat surfaces and lodge in clothing, furniture, and linens. If it is pulled into the heating and cooling system, it recirculates until the ducts are cleaned and sealed.

Our crew deep cleans the soot away, using a variety of methods depending on the texture of the contaminated surfaces and the characteristics of the debris. We match professional cleaning products to the tasks; using different techniques for the varying soot presentations. We also evaluate foods, documents, and personal belongings, identifying items that can be restored, and recommending disposal of those that cannot. Professional sorting saves you money as an overwhelmed homeowner may throw everything away. And SERVPRO team members are also proficient at eliminating odors, a significant lingering effect after a smoldering fire.

SERVPRO works with your home insurance company, making certain you receive compensation for destroyed items and at least part of the cost of our services. Our familiarity with proper fire damage restoration decreases the time your home is filled with soot and smells, quickly returning your living areas to a fresh and comfortable condition, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of South & West Spokane County offers the trained technicians, professional products, and specialized equipment to restore your home after fire damage. Call (509) 534-0566 to schedule an assessment.

Safety Should Be On Your Mind--Even After a Fire

3/28/2022 (Permalink)

Technician cleaning wall of soot after fire If there's this much soot on the walls, it's likely in the air too. Don't go in without proper respiratory protection!

It is traumatic to experience a fire in your home or business. And the dangers don't present themselves only during the fire. They can appear after. It is important to take specific actions to minimize hazards to your health after the flames are gone.

One of the biggest concerns after the fire is out is air quality. It is likely that materials caught fire and debris were sent airborne. These could be toxigenic. Without proper respiratory protection you will be consuming these items.

Another big concern has to do with "slip and fall" hazards. If you must go into the structure, make sure to wear proper shoes, and avoid areas that may be wet from the water that was sprayed to put out the blaze.

Use the buddy system.  Only do activities that are safe for you to perform. Use your legs to lift things -- don't use your back!  Be very careful.

There are some things you should do, following a fire. Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets. Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork. Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas. If electricity is off, empty your freezer and refrigerator and prop the doors open. Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil. Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves. Change HVAC filter. Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

Most of all, remember that the contents can be replaced. Take care of your health and the health of your loved ones. Getting injured after the fire is something that can be avoided!

And most important, call the professionals at SERVPRO of South & West Spokane County for certified cleaning and remediation. Contact us 24/7 at 509-534-0566.

Fire Damage Restoration Can Be Complex

12/30/2021 (Permalink)

Fire damage in a home or business is a complex situation. The damage is often much more than the things you can initially see. If you have a fire, you want to ensure all of the damage is removed, so your family is safe to enter. In a business, you need to be sure it is safe to open your doors. That is where we come in to play.

Restoration Starts with Assessment

The first step in restoring your property is knowing where the problems are. We will work closely with you to pinpoint concerns. This includes structural damage, areas of electrical or plumbing damage, and concerns with your home’s water damage, if any. It is necessary to have a full picture of the problem in hand before moving forward.

Exploring the Best Outcome

Restoration work means cleaning away what is damaged and creating new solutions to move forward. That may include repairing drywall, managing replacement of flooring and properly sanitizing your home’s HVAC system. Your home may have smoke damage in other rooms, too, so everything needs to be checked carefully. Our goal is to tackle it all for you so you do not have to worry about the cleanup on your own.

To Find Out What Your Next Steps Are, Call Us

Fire damage restoration can be rather complex. With many steps to manage, you want to ensure you only have the best professionals on hand to handle the concerns. SERVPRO of South & West Spokane County can do the work for you. Call us anytime 24/7 at 509-534-0566.

Worried About Wildfire Smoke in Your Indoor Air?

8/3/2021 (Permalink)

Hazy, smoke-filled sky Smoke from wildfires is everywhere. Clean the indoor air in your home or office with air scrubbers from SERVPRO of South & West Spokane County.

Wildfire season is in full swing in the Inland Northwest. It seems to have started earlier this year and has only become worse as the summer has progressed. Many of our customers are concerned about the effects of exposure to smoke during this troublesome time of the year.

 Wildfire Smoke Contains Gases and Particulates

Wildfire smoke often contains gases and particulate matter from burning vegetation and other materials. This can even be a problem for people who are well outside the immediate area of the fire as the smoke and particulates can spread for hundreds of miles. When smoky conditions persist in your outdoor environment it’s very likely that the same smoke is penetrating your home or office.

If you feel that poor air quality from wildfire smoke—or any other source—is impacting your home or place of business, you have a solution right at your fingertips. A quick phone call to SERVPRO of South & West Spokane County will give you access to professional, industrial strength air scrubbers.  These devices can be deployed in your home or office to clean your indoor air and restore it to pristine quality. Our air scrubbers feature a two-stage filtration system that captures larger particulates such as household dust, followed by a professional HEPA filter that captures 99.7% of the small particles down to 0.3 microns. This effectively removes wildfire pollutants.

The Difference Between Air Purifiers and Air Scrubbers

You might be thinking that you don’t have to worry about your indoor air quality because you have an air purifier. While air purifiers and air scrubbers both use negative ions to do their work, the air scrubber has a decided advantage in that it can not only clean particles from the air, but can also remove settled dust and bacteria. As a result, air scrubbers are much more efficient at creating an indoor air environment that is free not only of wildfire smoke, but other odors and pollutants that may be in your home or office.

Call Now to Get Air Scrubbers and Clean Your Air!

SERVPRO of South & West Spokane County has technicians on staff who are IICRC certified and trained in the use of this specialized equipment and can quickly create a solution for your indoor pollution issues. Just give us a call at 509-534-0566 anytime 24/7.

The Fire is Out, But Your Troubles Are Not Over

6/11/2021 (Permalink)

Smoke billowing from a building on fire. When the fire is out, you still need the help of professionals to properly handle the cleaning and restoration.

A quickly extinguished fire may seem like the end of your troubles, but the reality is the fire’s aftermath causes far more destruction than the typical homeowner expects. An assessment by a professional restoration company is a good investment, making certain the cleanup plan does not exacerbate the situation. SERVPRO of South & West Spokane County specializes in the restoration of the damage done by fires large or small.

Calling a restoration firm helps you determine the extent of damage caused by smoke and soot and devise a plan to return all areas of your house to preloss condition. We are eager to help.

Technicians inspect all areas of your home for soot, including your HVAC system. The heat and incomplete burning of plastics and fabric release fine and sometimes sticky substances that coat surfaces and lodge in clothing, furniture, and linens. If it is pulled into the heating and cooling system, it recirculates until the ducts are cleaned and sealed.

Our crew deep cleans the soot away, using a variety of methods depending on the texture of the contaminated surfaces and the characteristics of the debris. We match professional cleaning products to the tasks; expect different techniques for the varying soot presentations. We also evaluate documents, and personal belongings, identifying items that can be restored, and recommending disposal of those that cannot. It is likely professional sorting saves you money as an overwhelmed homeowner may throw everything away. SERVPRO team members are also proficient at eliminating odors, a significant lingering effect after a smoldering fire.

SERVPRO works with your home insurance company, making certain you receive compensation for destroyed items and at least part of the cost of our services. Our familiarity with proper fire damage restoration decreases the time your home is filled with soot and smells, quickly returning your living areas to a fresh and comfortable condition, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of South & West Spokane County offers the workforce, professional products, and equipment to restore your home after fire damage. Call (509) 534-0566 anytime 24/7 and we'll be there to help.

Conquering the Devastation of Fire Damage

6/3/2021 (Permalink)

Kitchen with heavy fire damage Fire damage can be devastating, but do not lose hope. The professionals at SERVPRO of South & West Spokane County can help.

When you have fire damage to your home, you feel overwhelmed, sad, and scared about what the future holds. Having a professional help you to restore your home can give you some hope for the future. There are several things to know about this type of help.

Learn What Can Be Saved

Hiring an IICRC certified professional to handle the restoration work will ensure anything that can be saved will be saved. Often, items with fire damage, in addition to items damaged by water or smoke, must be thrown out. A professional can help you to determine if something can be cleaned and kept.

Get Insurance Support

Often, after a fire, you can get help from your insurance company. Licensed fire specialists are available to work with you and your insurance company to ensure the process of getting compensation is done well. They can also help you to know what your options are for replacing what is damaged.

Get Support at Your Most Vulnerable Time

With the help of a highly trained fire restoration technician, you will feel more confident moving forward. These pros do the best job to ensure your home is restored to the level it was.

Secure the Support You Need to Get Started

At SERVPRO of South & West Spokane County, we understand fire damage is devastating. It can be hard to overcome what you are facing, but we can help you to get the process started. Call us, 24-hours a day, for immediate help. Call 509-534-0566.

Safety is Important Even After a Fire

9/16/2020 (Permalink)

Walls covered in soot If the soot is this bad in your home after a fire, you should not be entering without a respirator.

It is traumatic to experience a fire in your home or business. And the dangers don't present themselves only during the fire. They can appear after. It is important to take specific actions to minimize hazards to your health after the flames are gone.

One of the biggest concerns after the fire is out is air quality. It is likely that materials caught fire and debris and particles were sent airborne. These particles could easily be toxic. Without proper respiratory protection, you will be inhaling these potentially toxic particles.

Another big concern has to do with "slip and fall" hazards. If you must go into the structure, make sure to wear proper shoes and avoid areas that may be wet from the water that was sprayed to put out the blaze.

Use the buddy system.  Only do activities that are safe for you to perform. Use your legs to lift things -- don't use your back!  Be very careful.

There are some things you should do, following a fire.

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls, and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery, and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty your freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with a light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change your HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

Most of all, remember that the contents can be replaced. Take care of your health and the health of your loved ones. Getting injured after the fire is something that can be avoided!

The smart thing to do is hire professionals to handle the cleanup and restoration after a fire. SERVPRO of South & West Spokane County is ready to help. Our teams of IICRC certified professionals are available 24/7. Just call us at 509-534-0566.

4 Ways to Deal with Fire and Smoke Damage

8/26/2020 (Permalink)

If your home or facility needs to undergo a fire smoke damage restoration, make sure you take the proper steps. The following tips will help you minimize your losses and prevent the total destruction of your property and belongings that could be the result of smoke damage.

Assess the Property

The first step is to find out the amount of damage that the property suffered from. Determining the extent of the destruction is paramount. How much soot and smoke damage is there? How much of your walls are covered? What about your fixtures and furniture? Do they show any signs of smoke or fire damage?

Removal of Belongings

After a thorough and comprehensive assessment of your property and the damage it sustained, the next step is to record and document everything. You’ll need that documentation when you file a claim with your insurance provider. If there are any untouched items or furniture, they need to be moved out of there as soon as possible. Doing so will improve the chances of those belongings surviving or being restored fully to their pre-damaged condition.

Cleanup of the Property

The property needs to be cleaned by professionals. Hire a professional fire and smoke damage crew right from the get-go to handle the assessment, removal of your belongings, and the cleanup. Only professionals have the experience and know-how to handle the restoration work.

Look for Trusted Options

Find a company that you can trust. Pick a company that offers a wide range of services as it convenient to hire the same firm to handle the cleaning and restoration of the property and of your items or belongings. SERVPRO of South & West Spokane County has long been a trusted resource for smoke and fire damage restoration. Their teams are IICRC certified which means they have both the training and equipment to quickly and efficiently handle your smoke and fire damage restoration. Call them anytime 24/7 at 509-534-0655.

Steps to Take After Fire and Smoke Damage

8/26/2020 (Permalink)

If your property needs fire smoke damage restoration, here are some of the steps involved. Aside from the assessment, removal of your belongings, and cleanup of the debris, you’ll want to be familiar with all the other steps too, especially when you hire a team to do the restoration work. Here’s what you can expect.

Secure the Foundation

To get started, the crew will need to secure the foundation to prevent any more damage from happening. That typically involves plugging up the holes or any of the weakened structures. If any part of the structure has been singed—whether the floors, walls, or roof—then an inspection is necessary to check whether these should be repaired or replaced. Don’t rely on an ‘eyeball test’ of your interior. Hire pros to check for potential leaks, mold, and other problems.

Clean and Remove Soot

Don’t tackle the smoke and soot damage on your own. These leave stains behind. Pumping and airing out the moisture left behind after fire suppression is an essential step in the cleanup process. Pros have specialized equipment such as heaters and fans to make that happen. With expert assistance, you can prevent mold growth with ease.

Perform the Repairs

Repairs must be done right away. This goes for both the structure and your belongings. Do you have heirloom pieces among your furniture? Some of the items might be impossible to restore if they’ve been subjected for too long to the soot and smoke. Talk to the restoration firm to learn more about the workaround solutions they offer.

Do the Renovation

A lot of people opt for a complete renovation, though. That’s often because of extensive damage. Talk to the restoration firm. Experienced restoration contractors such as SERVPRO of South & West Spokane County know when property owners are much better going for a renovation. SERVPRO of South & West Spokane County has professional restoration teams that have experience in fire and smoke damage restoration. These IICRC certified teams have the training and equipment to deal with your fire and smoke damage problems and restore your property. Call them anytime 24/7 at 509-534-0566

What Happens During Fire Restoration Work?

8/25/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damage in a home or business is a complex situation. The damage is often much more than the things you can initially see. If you have a fire, you want to ensure all of the damage is removed, so your family is safe to enter. In a business, you need to be sure it is safe to open your doors. That is where we come in to play.

Restoration Starts with Assessment

The first step in restoring your property is knowing where the problems are. We will work closely with you to pinpoint concerns. This includes structural damage, areas of electrical or plumbing damage, and concerns with your home’s water damage, if any. It is necessary to have a full picture of the problem in hand before moving forward.

Exploring the Best Outcome

Restoration work means cleaning away what is damaged and creating new solutions to move forward. That may include repairing drywall, managing replacement of flooring and properly sanitizing your home’s HVAC system. Your home may have smoke damage in other rooms, too, so everything needs to be checked carefully. Our goal is to tackle it all for you so you do not have to worry about the cleanup on your own.

To Find Out What Your Next Steps Are, Call Us

Fire damage restoration can be rather complex. With many steps to manage, you want to ensure you only have the best professionals on hand to handle the concerns. SERVPRO of South & West Spokane County can do the work for you. Call us anytime 24/7 at 509-534-0566.

3 Benefits to Hiring a Professional for Fire Damage

6/6/2020 (Permalink)

House with outside porch on fire FIre is physically and emotionally devastating. Pick the professionals at SERVPRO of South & West Spokane to help restore your home.

After a fire, working to restore your home can seem like a challenge. With the help of a professional, the work can be done efficiently to restore the home from fire damage. There are several benefits to turning to a team like this to get the work done.

#1: Emergency Service Is Available

The most important step is to get out of the home until the repairs are done. Since 24-hour service available, you do not have to worry about leaving your home even if it is the middle of the night.

#2: It Is Faster to Get Help and Repairs Started

Fire is also devastating emotionally. As you focus on restoring your sense of well being, the team can get to work for you. This means processing any claims with insurance companies sooner. It also means the time it takes for you to move back into your home will be shorter.

#3: A Trained Professional Is Working for You

Because you will have a fire restoration technician working on your fire damage repair, you know the work will be comprehensive and complete. You also know it will be safe for you to move back into your home after the work is done.

Expect Exceptional Service from Our Team

Hiring a licensed and experienced fire damage repair and restoration team is the best move you can make. At SERVPRO of South & West Spokane County, we can help you. Contact our professionals to learn more about how you can clean up after a fire quickly and efficiently.

Overcoming Fire Damage: How Can You Get Beyond This Point?

6/4/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged kitchen Fire damage can be devastating physically and emotionally. Working with a professional from SERVPRO of South & West Spokane County is the best option.

When you have fire damage to your home, you feel overwhelmed, sad, and scared about what the future holds. Having a professional help you to restore your home can give you some focus on the future. There are several things to know about this type of help.

Learn What Can Be Saved

When you hire a professional to handle the restoration work, they will ensure anything that can be saved is. Often, items with fire damage, as well as those items damaged by water or smoke, must be thrown out. A professional can help you to determine if something can be cleaned and kept.

Get Insurance Support

Often, after a fire, you can get help from your insurance company. Licensed fire specialists are available to work with you and your insurance company to ensure the process of getting compensation is done well. They can also help you to know what your options are for replacing what is damaged.

Get Support at Your Most Vulnerable Time

With the help of a highly trained fire restoration technician, you will feel more confident moving forward. These pros do the best job to ensure your home is restored to the level it was.

Secure the Support You Need to Get Started

At SERVPRO of South & West Spokane County, we understand fire damage is devastating. It can be hard to overcome what you are facing, but we can help you to get the process started. Call us, 24-hours a day, for immediate help.

Fire Damage Restoration Process

9/9/2019 (Permalink)

After the fire trucks leave, your home likely suffers from fire and smoke damage and extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO of Spokane have the specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your home to pre-fire condition. Every fire damage event is a little different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage emergency.

Step 1: Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us respond immediately with the appropriate equipment and resources. 

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

We carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action. 

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, we can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs. 

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process. 

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

We use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces. 

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. We’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration

Restoration is the final step-getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Safety - After You've Had a Fire

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

If there's this much soot on the walls, it's likely in the air. Don't go in without proper respiratory protection!

It is traumatic to experience a fire in your home or business. And the dangers don't present themselves only during the fire. They can appear after. It is important to take specific actions to minimize hazards to your health after the flames are gone.

One of the biggest concerns after the fire is out is air quality. It is likely that materials caught fire and debris were sent airborne. These could be toxigenic. Without proper respiratory protection you will be consuming these items.

Another big concern has to do with "slip and fall" hazards. If you must go into the structure, make sure to wear proper shoes, and avoid areas that may be wet from the water that was sprayed to put out the blaze.

Use the buddy system.  Only do activities that are safe for you to perform. Use your legs to lift things -- don't use your back!  Be very careful.

There are some things you should do, following a fire. Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets. Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork. Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas. f electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open. lean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil. Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves. Change HVAC filter. Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

Most of all, remember that the contents can be replaced. Take care of your health and the health of your loved ones. Getting injured after the fire is something that can be avoided!

Why You Should Call The Pros After “Just A Little Fire” In Your Spokane Home

7/20/2017 (Permalink)

A quickly extinguished fire may seem like the end of your troubles, but the reality is the fire’s aftermath causes far more destruction.

Contact The Pros Immediately After A Fire

A quickly extinguished fire may seem like the end of your troubles, but the reality is the fire’s aftermath causes far more destruction than the typical homeowner expects. An assessment by a reliable restoration company is a good investment, making certain the cleanup plan does not exacerbate the situation. SERVPRO specializes in restoration of the damage done by fires large or small.

Smoldering for several hours, an old, poorly functioning surge protector covered by an old rug shorted out, causing fire damage to your Spokane home. Little actual charring is present, and you discovered the problem, shut off the circuit, and removed and disposed of the cord without calling the fire department. Calling a restoration firm helps you determine the extent of damage caused by smoke and soot and devise a plan to return all areas of your house to preloss condition. We are eager to help.

SERVPRO technicians inspect all areas of your home for soot, including your HVAC system. The cord smoldered for an extended period, causing a significant amount of potentially toxic materials to spread throughout the dwelling. The heat and incomplete burning of plastics and fabric release fine and sometimes sticky substances that coat surfaces and lodge in clothing, furniture, and linens. If it is pulled into the heating and cooling system, it recirculates until the ducts are cleaned and sealed.

Our crew deep cleans the soot away, using a variety of methods depending on the texture of the contaminated surfaces and the characteristics of the debris. We match professional cleaning products to the tasks; expect different techniques for the varying soot presentations. We also evaluate foods, documents, and personal belongings, identifying items that can be restored, and recommending disposal of those that cannot. It is likely professional sorting saves you money as an overwhelmed homeowner may throw everything away. SERVPRO team members are also proficient at eliminating odors, a significant lingering effect after a smoldering fire.

SERVPRO works with your home insurance company, making certain you receive compensation for destroyed items and at least part of the cost of our services. Our familiarity with proper fire damage restoration decreases the time your home is filled with soot and smells, quickly returning your living areas to a fresh and comfortable condition, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of South & West Spokane County offers the workforce, professional products, and equipment to restore your home after fire damage. Call (509) 534-0566 to schedule an assessment.

Visit https://my.spokanecity.org/ to learn more about Spokane, Washington.

Commercial toaster fire

2/9/2016 (Permalink)

When the wonderful folks at Pearson Weary Chiropractic had a toaster fire in their break room, we were there to get them back in business quickly.  They were kind enough to post the following message to our Facebook page:


A well deserved shoutout to SERVPRO.  Friday Jan 29th was a day in which our devoted toaster decided to give us a clear message about the dangers of Gluten.  To our surprise rather than cooking it decided to ignite a flame sending a clear message.  Sadly in the end it meant a loss of that said toaster and the damage was one very smoke filled clinic.  Thank you Patients for your patients with us as SERVPRO of South & West Spokane County took charge and cleaned out our office.  Project Manager Jason Taylor and assistant Denine made the place look "Like it never even happened".  We thank them for their efforts.  Everything is bright and shiney and we are so grateful for thie kindness, amazing work and outstanding customer service.  Moral of the story: Yet one more reason not to eat gluten!