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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.”

Why SERVPRO should be your restoration provider

8/23/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Missoula is here to help you with your loss. Whether you are staring down a flooded basement, a leaky supply line or smoke damage from a neighboring forest fire, we are prepared to help you with any loss!  From a multi-story commercial fire damage to a one room mold damage SERVPRO has the experienced technicians and high tech, commercial grade drying equipment to get you back to normal.

SERVPRO of Missoula is available 24 hours, 7 days a week.  Our immediate, professional response helps to minimize any secondary damage that may occur. We know how nail-biting, hair-pulling and overwhelming losses can be. We work hand in hand with your insurance company from the beginning of the claims process through to final billing and paperwork so you don’t have to.  We will always keep you informed of the job process and schedule – we will be there when we say we will!

SERVPRO of Missoula can only be as good as our people.  Our technicians are extensively trained on the most current industry standards and our number priority on any loss is safety!  All of our employees are also required to undergo intensive screening during the hiring process so you can rest assured that we only hire the highest quality staff.   It’s difficult enough to deal with a loss without the added stress of wondering who you are entrusting to be in your home or business.

It’s important to choose a company who is well versed in all types of losses and has the proper experience, training and equipment to help make your loss, “Like it never even happened.”  SERVPRO is here for you when you need us! Until then, we will always have this blog for you to read!

Handling Water Damage

8/15/2017 (Permalink)

When you experience a water damage in your home or business, make sure the company you call to address the problem has the proper technology and training to go along with it.  A professional restoration vendor will have all the available tools at their disposal to accurately and quickly assess the damage.  Water can travel in six directions when a leak occurs – even wicking up wallboard in many cases.

SERVPRO uses several different types of moisture detection tools.  We have both penetrating and non-penetrating meters capable of determining the extent of moisture within any building assembly.  We also use infrared cameras to locate hidden moisture quickly, and with a minimum of disturbance to affected materials.

After the extent of the damage has been determined SERVPRO will determine the most effective method and technology to dry the structure.  Interior wall and ceiling cavities can almost always be dried in place, with minimal repair required.  Base trim can be removed and ½” holes drilled in to each bay of an affected assembly where we can duct warm, dry air inside of the wall to effectively and completely dry wallboard and affected framing.

Hardwood floors can usually be dried in place as well.  Depending on the severity of cupping that occurs prior to the start of drying, many wood floors can be dried well enough that sanding and refinishing may not be necessary.  SERVPRO of Missoula is very experienced with drying wood floor systems and has successfully dried countless residential and commercial floors including gymnasium floors in some of our local schools!

If you experience the unfortunate situation of a water damage in your home or business call SERVPRO to see how our experience and technology can help get your life back to normal, "Like it never even happened."

Where there is smoke, there is fire

8/2/2017 (Permalink)

Fire season is back in Montana and throughout the West. A wildfire can cause more than just the damage that you see. If fire damages your property, it can throw your life into chaos. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are dedicated to restoring your damaged property back to preloss condition and helping your life get back to normal.

Even if your property didn’t suffer fire damage, there may be soot particles and residues left to clean up. If cleaned improperly, the odor and effects can linger long after the fire has been put out. From the structure itself to the contents inside, your Franchise Professionals use the latest technology and training to leave your property smelling fresh and clean.

Tips from FEMA for when wildfire threatens:

  • Wear protective clothing.
  • Take your Emergency Supply Kit.
  • Lock your home or business.
  • Tell someone when you left and where you are going.
  • Choose a route away from fire hazards.
  • Close windows, vents, doors, blinds, or noncombustible window coverings.
  • Shut off all utilities, if possible.
  • Open fireplace damper. Close fireplace screens.
  • Move flammable furniture into the center of the home.
  • Turn on a light in each room to increase the visibility of your home.
  • Seal attic and ground vents with precut noncombustible coverings.
  • Turn off propane tanks.
  • Place combustible patio furniture inside. Connect the garden hose to outside taps.
  • Place lawn sprinklers on the roof and near above ground fuel tanks.
  • Wet or remove shrubs within 15 feet of the home or business.
  • Gather fire tools.

For more detailed wildfire safety tips visit FEMA’s website at www.ready.gov

When wildfire takes control of your life, SERVPRO is here to help you take it back. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can give you peace of mind by helping make it “Like it never even happened.” Don’t fear, we are here! Call us today at 406-327-9500 to see how SERVPRO can help you.

Summer School: Mold 101

7/27/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Summer School: Mold 101 This is a residential project from the North side of Missoula caused by an undetected slow leak in a supply line.

Fungi and mold naturally occur in our environment. In fact, over 100,000 kinds of fungi have been identified. Yeast is a great example of how some molds and fungi enrich our lives. Yeast is used to make bread. Yeast helped create those refreshing Kombuchas you have sampled at Farmer’s market. Yeast is also present in the fine wine and bleu cheese you are enjoying on your patio this summer!

Sadly, there is also a dark side to fungi and mold. Some molds are harmful to your health. An intrusion of water into your home or place of business can result in mold growth. Water intrusions can result from storm damage, plumbing or equipment failures, long-standing leaks (that small leak under the sink) and poor humidity control (tenants/family members not turning on the fan while showering). If water intrusions are not addressed right away, the resulting damage can present increased risk of harmful mold growth. Health concerns may arise when excessive mold grows indoors. This website helps determine how to address any mold issues you may have. https://www.epa.gov/mold/mold-cleanup-your-home

If there is an ongoing moisture problem in your building, be alert for:

  • The presence of visible mold.
  • Strong musty odors, which may indicate mold is present.
  • Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold growth.
  • Excessive humidity

If any of these signs are present let SERVPRO know. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals care about proper restoration of your structure and, in most water damage situations, can safely restore your building to preloss condition.

 Don’t fear, we are here! Call us today at 406-327-9500 to see what SERVPRO can do for you.

Fire Prevention - Heating Sources

10/31/2016 (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.

Winter is on the way!

10/11/2016 (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 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.