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Safety First this Thanksgiving in Missoula

11/13/2017 (Permalink)

November is alive and well in Missoula! The fall festivities have officially begun. The leaves have changed colors and snow has made its first appearance. Friendsgivings and Thanksgivings are currently being planned. SERVPRO of Missoula would like you to have an amazing Thanksgiving! We would like to talk a little safety during this holiday!

While you’re busy creating all those culinary delights for the holiday. Staying in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling or broiling food is must. Cooking fires are the leading cause of homes fires and home -fire related injuries in the U.S.  The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports, “Cooking equipment was involved in almost half (48%) of all reported home fires. It was also tied with heating equipment for the second leading cause of home fire deaths.”

The other delicious and yet dangerous method of preparing the turkey is the daredevil method of deep frying!  We would like to highlight five dangers of deep-frying.

1.Turkey fryers can easily tip over, spilling hot oil over a large area.

  1. Even a small amount of cooking oil spilling on a hot burner can cause a large fire.
  2. Overfilled cooking pot will cause cooking oil to spill when the turkey is put in. A partially frozen turkey will cause cooking oil to splatter when placed in the pot.
  3. The sides of the cooking pot, lid and pot handles can get extremely hot.
  4. Without thermostat controls deep fryers can overheat oil to the point of starting a fire.

Your SERVPRO of Missoula professionals want you, your family, friends and property to stay safe. Should you experience a fire or water damage, SERVPRO of Missoula is here to help make it “Like it never even happened.” SERVPRO of Missoula is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

Water Damage 101: What Color is Your Water Damage, Missoula?

11/13/2017 (Permalink)

When water damage occurs, understanding what kind of water you are dealing with is vital to ensuring proper clean-up. There are three types of water which you will be dealing with.  Today, we will touch on clean water and tips to help with minimizing damage from clean water.

  1. Clean water: Water from a broken pipe or other water source. Rainwater can also be considered clean water.
  1. Gray water: Is classified as slightly contaminated water. Clean water transforms into gray water when left untreated. It makes for a breeding ground for bacterial and other contaminates making the water hazardous.
  1. Black water: Highly contaminated, filled with bacteria, fungi, chemicals and others. Black water is usually caused by sewage damage, flooding or any other type of natural disaster. Black water should always be handled by trained professionals.

These precautions can help minimize damage from clean water while waiting for help to arrive.

  • If possible shut off the water. If you can’t shut it off, contact a qualified professional to do so.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building. Don’t enter rooms with standing water, as electrical shock hazards may exist.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping or blotting.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions to allow more even drying.
  • Don’t leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or flooring as they may cause staining.
  • Don’t use household vacuums to remove water as there is potential for electrical shock. It can also cause damage to the vacuum.
  • Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet; Don’t enter rooms where ceilings are sagging.

When you have water damage, call SERVPRO of Missoula. We will make your water damage “Like it never even happened”. SERVPRO of Missoula is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We can be reached at 406-327-9500.

Water Damage 102: Gray and Black Water

11/13/2017 (Permalink)

When water damage occurs, understanding what kind of water you are dealing with is vital to ensuring proper clean-up. There are three types of water which you will be dealing with.  Today, we will touch on clean water and tips to help with minimizing damage from clean water.

  1. Clean water: Water from a broken pipe or other water source. Rainwater can also be considered clean water.
  1. Gray water: Is classified as slightly contaminated water. Clean water transforms into gray water when left untreated. It makes for a breeding ground for bacterial and other contaminates making the water hazardous.
  1. Black water: Highly contaminated, filled with bacteria, fungi, chemicals and others. Black water is usually caused by sewage damage, flooding or any other type of natural disaster. Black water should always be handled by trained professionals.

These precautions can help minimize damage from gray and black water while waiting for help to arrive.

  • Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage. Make sure to wash your hands if you come into contact with contaminated items.
  • Avoid walking through contaminated areas, as you can spread damage to unaffected areas.
  • Don’t turn on HVAC system, if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.
  • Refrain from using household fans to dry the structure; air flow could spread contaminates.
  • Discard any food and products for hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to contaminated areas.

When you have water damage, call SERVPRO of Missoula. We will help make your loss, “Like it never even happened”. SERVPRO of Missoula is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We can be reach at 406-327-9500.

Prevention Tips For This Coming Winter Season

10/25/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Missoula is here to help! Here are some tips to help you enjoy the upcoming winter wonderland weather.

- Clear your gutters of leaves and other debris. Clogged gutters as well as inadequate or inconsistent attic insulation can cause a damming effect which can lead to roofing issues and water damage.
- Ice dams can be a major issue during the winter season. They form when heated air melts roof snow downward into water dammed behind still-frozen ice. When the trapped water can’t flow or run into the gutter system, it can backflow under the roof’s shingles and into the structure’s interior. SERVPRO of Missoula can help mitigate water damage caused by ice dams.
- Keep cabinet doors open during cold spells. This allows warm air to circulate around the pipes.
- Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets, specifically those pipes are located in uninsulated or unheated section of your home.
- Frozen pipes can burst at the point where the ice blockage inside the pipe is located, however sometimes the rupture is caused by the pressure of the water as it builts between the water source and the blockage. A burst pipe can cause excessive amounts of damage if not addressed swiftly.
- Proper maintenance of your oil burning furnace can help reduce the risk of puffbacks.
- A puffback is a messy furnace malfunction that occurs when an oil burner backfires, sending soot throughout your home or business. It can happen all at once, covering an interior in soot, or it can leak soot particles more gradually. SERVPRO of Missoula is here to restore your home or business from any fire or smoke damage!
SERVPRO of Missoula is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We are here to help make your water & fire losses like they “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 406-327-9500.

'Tis The Season For Fire Prevention Tips

10/23/2017 (Permalink)

The National Fire Protection Association reports that 1,345,500 fires were reported in 2015, up 3.4% from the previous year. Those fires led to 3,280 civilian fire deaths and 15,700 injuries and causing $14.3 billion in property damage. A fire department is responding to a fire every 23 seconds. Keep those statistics in mind as we move into the colder part of the year. Staying warm during the winter months means more people are turning up furnaces, space heaters and firing up those wood stoves. Keep the following tips in mind for keeping your family safe and warm this winter:

-Avoid using extension cords to power any unattended heating source. Voltage drops through undersized extension cords can cause a dangerous fire hazard. Always use UL approved, gauge appropriate cords and make sure space heaters are not left unattended.

-Always keep at least a three foot perimeter around any heating source clear of any combustible material. Make sure doors / fireplace screens are in place and functioning properly to keep sparks and burning material where it belongs. Make sure to have chimney flues inspected and cleaned annually. Avoid leaving candles or any open flame unattended, even for a short period of time.

-Test all smoke and CO alarms monthly to make sure they are working properly. It’s also a good idea to develop and practice an evacuation plan in case the unexpected does happen. Having multiple escape routes and a designated meeting place in the event of a fire will help you and your family stay safe.

As always, if the unexpected does happen you can always count on SERVPRO of Missoula to respond to any fire or smoke damage. We have the knowledge, experience and top of the line equipment to help make any fire damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 406-327-9500 to see what SERVPRO can do for you.

From Pumpkin Spice to Winter Wonderland

10/16/2017 (Permalink)

Temperatures are starting to drop this week in Western Montana! There are several things that are important for homeowners to as we move in to winter. Below are just a few tips to help keep your home as prepared as possible for the cold season.

Keep those gutters are clean and draining properly away from the structure. Keep an eye on the roof throughout the winter to make sure ice dams aren’t forming. Ice dams are caused by a build-up of snow and ice that can trap melting snow and even rain, forcing water up underneath the shingles and through roof sheathing. It’s also a good idea to shovel snow away from the house to keep it from seeping inside or melting and filling window wells.

Be sure to maintain your furnace and change the filter at least every other month. Annual furnace service from a qualified HVAC technician can help prevent a potentially dangerous failure later in the season. Annual boiler inspections are also a good idea to help keep your hot water heat system running efficiently.

Make sure to disconnect and drain all hoses to prevent freezing. Make sure any potentially exposed pipes receive enough heat and pipe wrap insulation to prevent freezing as well. A few small fixes early in the season can help avoid a costly disaster later in the year. If you plan on being away from your home for an extended period of time, make sure the thermostat is set high enough to prevent frozen pipes. It’s also a good idea to shut off the water main valve, just in case something does go wrong while you’re away.

However if the unexpected does happen, you know you can count on SERVPRO of Missoula to make it "Like it never even happened." We are standing by 24/7/365 to respond to any fire or water emergency. With highly trained, professional service technicians and crews and the best equipment in the industry we’re Faster To Any Size Disaster! Visit www.SERVPROMissoula.com today to see what we can provide in case a disaster strikes your home or business.

Meet SERVPRO of Missoula's Stormy & Blaze

9/15/2017 (Permalink)

General Meet SERVPRO of Missoula's Stormy & Blaze Stormy is the tall, dark, and handsome gentlemen. Blaze is the fun-loving, spunky ginger.

Stormy and Blaze are SERVPRO of Missoula’s local superheroes. They rarely sleep in anticipation of a client in need. They understand losses can strike at any time!  They have chosen to work with SERVPRO of Missoula because SERVPRO is Faster to Any Size Disaster!  Blaze's passion is to help make soot, smoke damage and fire restoration “Like it never even happened”.  Stormy’s specialty lays in flood mitigation and mold remediation. Stormy and Blaze are a remarkable addition to this SERVPRO of Missoula team. Blaze and Stormy also enjoy the other services SERVPRO of Missoula offers such as general cleaning.  Blaze finds great joy in carpet and upholstery cleaning! Stormy enjoys the elbow grease and hard work of cleaning ceilings, walls and hard floors. Together, Stormy and Blaze helps make this SERVPRO of Missoula client’s loss “Like it never even happened.” 

Smoke damage? Call SERVPRO of Missoula!

9/15/2017 (Permalink)

With all of these wildfires throughout our beautiful Montana, it’s time to talk about smoke damage. SERVPRO of Missoula is here to help with soot, smoke or fire damage your property may have incurred. There are different types of smoke damaged losses. Wildfires will burn mostly natural materials, but sometime when wildfires burn man-made materials, it can leave soot particles which are more difficult to remove.  Our highly trained technicians will pretest all soot residues to determine the best method of cleaning to help ensure no lingering odors.

Even if your property didn’t suffer fire damage, there may be soot particles and residues left to clean. If cleaned improperly, the odor and effects can linger long after the fire has gone. Our technicians use the latest technology to ensure your property is smelling fresh and clean. Soot is sneaky and can get inside your home even when windows and doors are closed. Your HVAC unit and air ducts usually hold large amounts of soot and disperse it throughout the house. Our technicians will thoroughly inspect your HVAC units along with your air ducts for soot particles and remove the particles so no further damage is incurred. SERVPRO of Missoula wants to help you and your property’s damage to make it “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO Is Here For You

8/25/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Missoula provides a multitude of different services throughout western Montana. We are the leading professionals in restoration and cleaning. SERVPRO of Missoula is equipped to handle any job small or disastrous.  Below are the services we will gladly provide in your time of need.

Restoration:

-Fire, smoke and soot

- Water removal and dehumidification

- Mold mitigation & remediation

- Catastrophic storm response

-Move outs and contents restoration

-Electronics and equipment

-Document drying

-Contents claim inventory services

Cleaning:

-Air ducts and HVAC

-Carpet, upholstery, drapes and blinds

-Ceilings, walls and hard floors

-Odor identification

-Deodorization

Whether you need your carpets cleaned or you need help with smoke damage from a neighboring forest fire, SERVPRO of Missoula is here to make it “Like it never even happened” for you.

Why to choose SERVPRO

8/25/2017 (Permalink)

When disaster strikes, most people are unsure who to turn for help.  So naturally, they turn to google and let the search begin.  Sure, SERVPRO of Missoula is #1 on the google search list and has a five-star rating!  However, how can you be sure SERVPRO of Missoula is the right restoration company to handle your loss?

SERVPRO of Missoula operates within the IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification) standards for every job!  All of our estimators and lead technicians are IICRC certified. Our technicians undergo extensive corporate training exceeding 40 hours.  Our estimators work directly with your insurance carrier to verify coverage so are no added surprises.  SERVPRO of Missoula will ensure your loss is completed professionally in a timely and thorough manner.

It’s imperative to choose the right restoration company. If restoration isn’t completed properly it can lead to further damages.  Improper restoration can affect your family’s health and it can even impact the resale value of your home.  Finding mold from an incomplete restoration project can have a negative impact on the sale of your home, even cause a loss of sale altogether. 

When disaster strikes be sure to call SERVPRO of Missoula, we will make it “Like it never even happened.”