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Water Restoration for Kalispell Historic Homes

5/7/2023 (Permalink)

water damaged hardwood floor Quick action is required to dry wood damaged floors. Contact SERVPRO to evaluate the situation and start the restoration task.

SERVPRO Restores Water Damaged Hardwood

Property owners appreciate the warmth and beauty of hardwood floors in the residences of the East Side Historic District. When floods, leaks, or appliance ruptures threaten century-old building materials, it is a relief that highly-qualified technicians invested in our community are available to mitigate and remediate the effects of water damage. Recovery of wet hardwood's function and appearance is achievable when an Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-certified company and its experienced workers respond quickly.

Saving Hardwood Floors

When hardwood is water damaged, quickly reaching out for professional water restoration is Kalispell property owners' best response. Whether the damage is from spills, seepage, or standing water after a burst pipe or storm activity, SERVPRO's IICRC-certified technicians and specialized equipment save rather than tear out and replace affected floors. If emergency services are delayed, expect to see some or all of the following issues:

  • Staining and deterioration of finishes
  • Swelling and warping of wood, which dangerously distorts the surface, described by experts as:
  • Crowning and cupping--strips and planks either rise along the middle (crowning) or push against adjoining wood with edges rising and the centers sagging (cupping)
  • Buckling, where the swelling is so extreme that hardwood pieces pull away from the subfloor and rip up nails or other fasteners
  • Weakening of the floor if underlying unfinished sublayers are wet and breaking apart--floors may squeak excessively and bounce when walked on

How Does SERVPRO Restore Hardwood?

Our technicians immediately remove standing water using powerful extraction equipment. Because floors are multiple-level structures, it is essential to pull moisture from underlying materials during water restoration. We use strategies such as:

  • Loosening the ends of strategically chosen planks to direct warm, moving air beneath
  • Drilling tiny holes through the finish to speed up evaporation
  • Using negative pressure (suction) equipment to extract moisture from the top down--floor mats attached to the floor connect to hoses that apply the suction
  • Placing air movers and dehumidifiers in the space to increase the moisture evaporation rate to complete restoration efforts

SERVPRO of Flathead County specializes in IICRC research-based water restoration, including returning damaged hardwood to a dry and beautiful condition. Call (406) 300-0435 to schedule a consultation to discuss your options.

For Effective Mold Remediation in Kalispell, Hire the SERVPRO

4/17/2023 (Permalink)

Flakey Paint with Mold on Wall Don't let mold damage take over your property, Call SERVPRO of Flathead County at (406) 300-0435.

Experts Offer Efficient Mold Remediation in Kalispell Homes

Mold growth takes place in damp areas, building up over time. Mainly, mold grows in areas you pay little attention to, making it tough to recognize. The damage is likely beyond a simple repair when you notice the vast mold colonies. Mold creates an unaesthetic site to look at and may cause significant damage to structures and contents. 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that the homeowner can remediate an area infested by mold that does not exceed 10 square feet. Beyond that, you must contact experts who offer mold remediation in Kalispell. SERVPRO is on the ground to ensure that nothing goes awry. We have found out that the areas where mold is most likely to be found include under the air conditioning units, around the chimney, in the attic, on ducts, around the air vents, under the sink, on wall interiors, and in the basement, to name a few.

This knowledge is valuable to you and SERVPRO technicians, making detecting mold growth easier. Our mold remediation strategies include the following:

  • Installing containments. 
  • Sealing removed items in doubled 6-mil polyethylene bags.
  • Cleaning following remediation work. 

To formulate the technical specifications and protocol that is to be followed in the remediation process, SERVPRO's indoor environment professionals are usually under the guidance of the following standards and guidelines:

  • IICRC S520 Mold Remediation Standard
  • EPA Mold Remediation Guidelines

Containment is vital in SERVPRO's action plan since it ensures the uncontaminated areas remain and the house's occupants are protected. Our containment measures include sealing HVAC vents to avoid duct system contamination, installing plastic sheeting, and establishing negative air pressure. We also establish decontamination and clean rooms through which we enter, leave, and decontaminate materials and equipment.

Quick action and contacting professionals capable of performing complete mold remediation are among the things that determine whether your home recovers or not. For effective mold remediation, contact SERVPRO of Flathead County at (406) 300-0435. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Kalispell Water Damage Restoration Services Explained

3/6/2023 (Permalink)

water damage on a white ceiling Does your Kalispell home need water removal services? Call our SERVPRO team immediately for restoration. We are standing by 24/7 for your call.

Fast Water Damage Recovery After Disasters

Most water emergencies feature an unspoken 48-hour rule where irreparable damage results if specific restoration actions are not occurring within this designated time frame. Conditions like mold growth can occur outside of this window as well. Arriving technicians must prioritize the management of:

  • Standing water
  • Saturation
  • Content damage
  • Structural weakness

Successfully addressing Kalispell water damage mitigation as described requires a team of professionals capable of mobilizing fast. Given some stretches of our state have miles between potential customers, we have multiple warehouses with Green Fleet vehicles and equipment to provide the shortest possible wait time.

Where Does Water Damage Occur?

Water emergencies start in dozens of places, so several types of damage might result. The movement and migration of moisture can be instrumental in determining where direct drying and restoration actions are needed. With burst pipes, numerous structural elements might be impacted simultaneously. SERVPRO restorers can help with damage to:

  • Flooring
  • Wall Assemblies
  • Ceiling Systems

Objectives of Mitigation

Mitigation efforts combine the earliest actions SERVPRO professionals take to secure the house, protect its contents, and prevent more significant damage to the structure. These steps are vital in making later restoration and recovery approaches more efficient and successful. Some of the focal points of mitigation and emergency services include:

  • Water Removal Services - Extraction ranks highly among necessary mitigation actions, as pooling water can destroy exposed materials when this contact time extends for long periods. We use both pumps and vacuums to eliminate standing water threats.
  • Content Relocation - Protecting personal belongings is a valuable undertaking during the mitigation phase. For many property owners, preserving their possessions ranks as highly as saving the structure itself. We can begin protecting at-risk items by relocating them to a dry and stable nearby location.
  • Controlled Demolition - As much as temporary construction is necessary for any structural vulnerabilities, we must also work fast to remove sagging materials and ruined construction elements. Loose installations pose safety concerns.
  • Mold Prevention - Removing moisture is not always enough to prevent processes in motion to facilitate mold colonies. The best and most successful method of controlling microbial threats after water damage is to apply antimicrobial inhibitors to surfaces capable of supporting a colony.

Necessary Drying Tools

The general term drying describes several of the actions necessary to eliminate water and moisture from areas of the house. Using a combination of equipment, we can achieve a balance of three primary drying principles essential for efficient recovery. Air movers, heaters, dehumidifiers, light wands, drying mats, and positive pressure systems help with:

  • Airflow – This is the effort of instruments like air movers to push dry air across wet surfaces and evaporate moisture. Centrifugal and axial air movers are both used in these actions.
  • Temperature – This principle describes the warmth of the drying zone, including wet surfaces. Directing portable electric heaters at work zones ensures that molecules move fast and drying is more efficient overall.
  • HumidityEvaporation increases the moisture content in the environment. Fortunately, increasing the room’s temperature increases the capacity of humidity. We can remove environmental moisture using sufficient dehumidification as air movers create it.

Water Damage Repairs

Many of the damage incidents we help restore come with destruction to the property and deterioration of affected building materials. With our general contractor license (#247200) and years of experience and knowledge at our disposal, we can complete the needed build-back services after much of the restoration completes.

After Kalispell water damage, there is a finite timeline to start restoration and mitigation. Because we have such a large service area, our two main facilities ensure we can reach your residence quickly in a crisis. Call our SERVPRO of Flathead County team today at (406) 300-0435.

Restoring Homes Quickly After Kalispell Fire Damage

3/6/2023 (Permalink)

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

SERVPRO Helps All Phases of Fire Damage Recovery

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

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

Post-Fire Damage Threats

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

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

Protecting Contents from Harm

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

Soot and Smoke Damage

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

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

Where Are Smoke Odors?

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

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

Addressing Kalispell Mold Damage with Skilled Remediators

3/6/2023 (Permalink)

mold damage in the corner of a room When you find mold damage in your Kalispell home, SERVPRO is the team of experts to call for the help you need.

SERVPRO Addresses Mold Damage on Every Front

When persistent moisture is a threat to your home, mold can develop. With several hosting materials and contents available in the average household, the organism can spread rapidly across several rooms using pathways like structural openings and the HVAC system. When addressing these concerns, remediators must clear out active colonies and restore the damage the microbial growth caused.

As with any disaster situation, Kalispell mold damage threats are easier to manage and clean when experienced professionals respond to the problem fast. For this reason, our roster of AMRT-certified technicians is available 24/7. We cross-train these experts in related fields like structural drying and water restoration to help manage mold development in:

  • Attics
  • Crawlspaces
  • Basements
  • Kitchens
  • Bathrooms
  • Utility Rooms

Why is Mold a Hazard?

There are hundreds of residential molds. The presence of mold is destructive in multiple ways. Hosting materials are used as a food source when active colonies are growing and spreading, making deterioration of these construction elements likelier the longer mold exposure persists.

Is Mold Growing in Your Home?

The suspicion of mold damage should be enough to inspire property owners to investigate the situation further. Allowing mold to grow and move uninhibited can let the threat get out of control. Some signs could help show where mold growth is likely in a residence:

  • Physical Spotting – This is the actual presence of mold forming on surfaces. It initially begins as irregular spotting and discoloration of the affected host material.
  • Malodors – Strong, musty smells can indicate an active colony is nearby.
  • Persistent Dampness – Moisture damage in the house that persists for several days or more provides the appropriate conditions for mold growth.

Removing Mold Can Happen in Several Ways

  • Surface Cleaning - Antimicrobial products and sporicidal solutions in our inventory are vital in eliminating active spores and organisms starting to colonize on susceptible surfaces in the house. These potent chemicals can be effective for early mold threats.
  • Aggressive Measures - However, surface cleaning does not always remove all the mold organisms impacting a material. When penetration moves beyond the outermost layer, sanding and media blasting strategies are necessary to help.
  • Controlled Demolition - When other strategies like blasting and surface cleaning do not address the full measure of the mold infestation, the material should likely be removed and discarded. Elements like drywall can be quickly impacted in this manner.

Because our general contractor license allows us to do needed controlled demolition, we can also perform necessary mold damage repairs. Structural deterioration is common with prolonged mold exposures, so build-back services are often required for the full remediation process. We carefully evaluate these vulnerabilities in your home’s construction and remedy them with new installations or repairs.

The Lingering Odor of Mold Damage

Odors can be one of the more overwhelming conditions of active colonization. Structural concerns aside, odors are a widespread and stressful byproduct of spreading colonies. The remediation process can often reduce the severity of these smells in their most concentrated areas but rarely do enough to remove the odor entirely. Fogging is a preferred method of neutralization, as this turns concentrated deodorants into vapors to penetrate porous materials holding onto musty scents.

With the proximity to Flathead River for many homes around the city, groundwater, and humidity are ongoing concerns that could cause Kalispell mold damage disasters. Our SERVPRO of Flathead County team is ready to help with needed remediation solutions when you discover this threat in your home. Call anytime at (406) 300-0435.

Working on Fire Damage Restoration in Kalispell

3/3/2023 (Permalink)

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

SERVPRO Offers Assistance with Fire Damage Mitigation in Kalispell

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

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

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

Methods we can use to clean soiled items:

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

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

Kalispell Industries Recover with Water Damage Restoration

2/1/2023 (Permalink)

erp app on tablet SERVPRO offers preventative and restorative actions for water damaged businesses in Kalispell.

Water Damage Restoration Creates a Fresh Start

The failure rate of businesses, including those in Kalispell, dramatically rises after encountering a disaster. However, when a business owner responds quickly to start water damage restoration, that business's chances of recovering improve significantly.

SERVPRO wants to be an essential part of the water damage restoration services your Kalispell business relies on after a water pipe breaks or a heavy downpour leaves your building soaked. Our experience and ability to scale, up or down, our services make us the perfect fit for your business's emergency.

Everyone understands that a helping hand can make all the difference, but here are some more precise ways that SERVPRO can help:

  • We have dedicated high-tech equipment,
  • Our IICRC training, and
  • We can rely on other SERVPRO franchises.
  • We are a Large Loss unit.
  • ERP-Emergency READY Profile Plan mobile app to help prevent or mitigate damages

Water saturating a business's interior enters a cycle where it affects porous solids like walls and flooring materials, only to evaporate into the air. Then it condenses on surfaces, only to become absorbed again. Our equipment, from air movers to desiccant machines, is designed to break that cycle and trap the moisture that escaped our extraction equipment.

The training we complete through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) prepares us for using different methods and techniques. Contributors to this organization come from all across the globe, helping ensure that the care and restoration of all types of construction materials and structural elements are covered. If your building contains it, we can mitigate any damage, protect, and restore it for you.

When a customer's emergency is extensive and requires extra equipment, we rely on nearby franchises to scale up to meet the challenge. Because we all follow the same protocols, each franchise's technicians know how to work alongside those from the other franchise.

Call SERVPRO of Flathead County at (406) 300-0435. Our expert technicians know how to handle water-related emergencies and get your business back to normal.

SERVPRO Provides Water Damage Repair Services in Kalispell

1/16/2023 (Permalink)

puddles on the floor of a basement Water damage and mold often go hand in hand in our experience. Contact SERVPRO to deal with a remediation company that handles it all!

Need Emergency Water Damage Repairs in Kalispell – Call SERVPRO

Hail, wind, and lots of rain can cause extensive water damage to homes and buildings in Kalispell in minutes. Broken windows allow rain to pour through the window. Shingles are ripped off the roof, causing leaks into attics and living areas. Even small undetected leaks can lead to mold infestations causing further damage to contents and structure.

SERVPRO provides water damage repair services in Kalispell and the surrounding area. Our team can be onsite in less than four hours from your call, assess the damage, and immediately take action to protect your home from further damage. We install temporary tarps over the roof to protect your home from water leaking through openings in the roof. Broken windows and doors are sealed until permanent replacements are available.

We remove all excess water using high-capacity water pumps, weighted extractors on flooring materials, and vacuum wands to remove water from crevices and inside walls. Our high-capacity dehumidifiers and air movers return moisture levels to normal and dry all content and structure affected by rainwater.

Mold begins growing in as little as twenty-four hours with the right conditions – moisture, warmth, and a food source. Don’t delay. Call SERVPRO immediately so we can begin drying your home before mold spores have a chance to cause an infestation.

The damage caused by a storm can vary a great deal. Our building and remodeling services team can coordinate the repairs and restoration after a storm causes extensive water damage. Drywall installation and repair, floor repairs, electrical and plumbing, etc., are managed by SERVPRO, reducing the time needed to return your home to its original condition “Like it Never Even Happened.”

SERVPRO provides the following services to help our clients deal with water and storm damage:

  • Leaking roof from storms
  • Water removal services
  • Water damage repair and remediation

Call SERVPRO of Flathead County for water damage repair services and restoration. We provide service to Kalispell and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (406) 300-0435.

Need Water Damage Restoration in Kalispell – Call SERVPRO

12/6/2022 (Permalink)

Pipe Leak Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Flathead County when your pipes leak.

SERVPRO Provides Water Damage Restoration and Repair Services in Kalispell

Water leaks inside walls caused by broken plumbing cause extensive water damage in Kalispell homes before many consumers notice the damage. They may see the carpet near the leak is wet or that a strong, musty odor emanates from the area near the leak location. Further investigation by the homeowner often reveals wet drywall, damaged subfloors, and mold growing inside the wall or the ceiling in rooms below the leak!

SERVPRO provides water damage restoration services in Kalispell and surrounding areas. Our teams arrive at your home or business in less than four hours and begin addressing the damage caused by the leaking water. Our first objective is to identify the water leak and arrange repairs to the plumbing leak. Controlled demolition techniques are used to remove wet drywall, damaged subfloor, and flooring materials damaged by leaking water. We also check the ceiling in rooms below the leak for damage to ceiling tiles or finished ceilings.

We use high-capacity air movers and dehumidifiers to dry the area. Specialized blowers direct dry air inside walls and ceiling areas to completely dry the area. We use old remediation techniques to remove any mold infestation. We also install containment barriers for severe infestations to prevent mold spores from migrating to other areas of the home.

SERVPRO contractor licenses - Residential: 247200 and Commercial: 247200 allow us to restore your home after drying without delay. We provide a full suite of services. For example, we provide plumbing, drywall, flooring, and general contracting services to help our customers return their homes to their original condition “Like it Never Even Happened.”

The services provided by SERVPRO include:

  • Mold inspections, remediation, and removal
  • Ceiling repairs from water damage
  • Water damage repairs and restoration

Call SERVPRO of Flathead County for water damage restoration services. We provide service to Kalispell and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (406) 300-0435.

After Mold Inspection, You Need Careful Remediation in Kalispell

11/4/2022 (Permalink)

mold spelled on wall Looks like Mold in this Kalispell house. Call SERVPRO for cleanup and remediation.

Safe Mold Inspection and Cleanup in Kalispell

When you are concerned that your Kalispell home may have developed a mold problem, the last thing you want to worry about is sloppy inspection and remediation work that could potentially make things even worse. Such situations, therefore, require the assistance of highly experienced and professional crews that know how to take the necessary precautions to ensure safe service.

As a leader in its industry, SERVPRO is well-acquainted with all of the best safety practices for Kalispell mold inspection and restoration firms. Company mold specialists routinely employ them, regardless of whether they are doing simple mold inspection work, attic mold removal, basement mold remediation, or black mold damage repairs. Once at your residence, SERVPRO technicians remain forever mindful of your family’s well-being and carefully avoid exposing anyone to mold-related pollutants. So, our professionals usually do the following things to protect residents:

  • Before containment measures have been employed, workers try not to disturb mold-impacted places and warn occupants about areas with potentially hazardous mold issues
  • Inspectors document mold-damaged rooms and contents, listing the extent of interior damage and moisture saturation levels
  • Technicians seal off affected rooms with heavy sheeting and duct tape, cover heating and air conditioning vents, and establish negative air pressure so that mold-fouled air is sent outside and not into unaffected spaces
  • Unsalvageable furnishings are discarded, mold spores are drawn up into HEPA filters, and soiled surfaces are cleaned off with detergents and damp sponges
  • As these efforts are taking place, any discovered leaks and other water sources are dealt with, and interior moisture levels are actively reduced to normal levels so that fungus-related problems do not recur.

As you can see, your neighbors at SERVPRO of Flathead County are dedicated to providing quality mold inspection services and safely restoring mold-damaged homes. With that in mind, don’t hesitate to call us whenever you need remediation assistance. Call us anytime at (406) 300-0435 for help.