Build an Emergency Kit
Be prepared at your home or business with an Emergency Kit. Ready.gov suggests you
have enough supplies to last for at least three days. Below are some suggested items to
include in your kit:
- 3-day supply of nonperishable foods
- Water (one+ gallon per person per day)
- First-aid kit
- Prescription medication
- Sleeping bag or blankets
- Fire extinguisher
- Hygiene products
- Extra batteries
- Cell phone charger
- Change of clothes
- Matches in waterproof container
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Whistle to signal for help
- Pet supplies
- Infant formula and diapers
- Important documents such as insurance policies, IDs, and bank records in a plastic container
You can also keep a condensed emergency kit in your vehicle as well. For a more extensive list,
check out Ready.gov.
Calling the CLEANUP TEAM!
Did you know heating equipment is the leading cause of home fire deaths? According to the National Fire Protection Association, heating equipment fires cause an estimated $1 billion in direct property damage annually. Keep the following safety tips in mind to help reduce your risk of a heating related fire.
- Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. -
- Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.
- Test smoke alarms monthly.
- If your property does suffer fire damage, contact SERVPRO of Missoula professionals to help make it “Like it never even happened.” We can be reached at 406-327-9500 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.
The Mold Mitigation & Remediation Process
Stormy and Blaze proudly displaying their moisture meter. They use this to measure the amount of moisture in the air and in the affected materials.
The Mold Mitigation & Remediation Process
When there’s a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business. Mold can affect your health and can also cause significant damage to your property. Fortunately SERVPRO of Missoula professionals have the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem. Although every mold damage scenario is different, requiring a unique solution, the general mold remediation process stays the same. The following step illustrates a typical mold removal process.
Call SERVPRO of Missoula professionals
The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call SERVPRO of Missoula professionals. A representative will ask you a series of questions to help determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel needed.
Inspection & Damage Assessment
Your property will be carefully inspected for signs of mold using technology designed to detect hidden water sources. Mold feeds on cellulose or other organic material and water which can be hidden in plain view.
Various containment procedures will be placed to prevent the spread of mold and isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the clean up process.
Specialized filtration equipment captures microscopic mold spores out of the air. SERVPRO of Missoula technicians utilize powerful air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in progress.
Removing Mold & Mold Infested Materials
The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. Antifungal and antimicrobial treatments will be used to eliminate mold colonies and help prevent new colonies from forming. Removing and disposing of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and flooring, may be necessary to remediate heavy mold growth.
Cleaning Contents & Belongings
SERVPRO of Missoula professionals may be able to clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains and other restorable items affected by mold. They use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and sanitize your belongings. They are also trained to remove odors and deodorize using fogging equipment.
Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors and other building materials may be removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs such as 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.
SERVPRO of Missoula understands mold and mold growth and have the training and equipment to remediate mold in your home or business. Call us at 406-327-9500 to make it “Like it never even happened.”
The Behavior of Smoke
Stormy and Blaze inspecting our fire extinguisher.
The damage to your property following a fire can often be complicated due to the unique behavior of smoke. There are two different types of smoke- wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire.
SERVPRO of Missoula professionals are thoroughly trained in fire cleanup and restoration and know the different types of smoke and their behavior patterns. Knowing this information is vital to proper restoration. Before restorations begins, SERVPRO of Missoula will survey the loss to determine the extent of impact from the fire, smoke, heat and moisture on the building materials and contents. The soot will then be tested to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. Pretesting determines the proper cleaning method and allows your SERVPRO of Missoula professionals to focus on saving your precious items.
SERVPRO of Missoula professionals know smoke can penetrate various cavities within the structure, causing hidden damage and odor. Their knowledge of building systems helps them investigate how far smoke damage may have spread. The following are additional facts you may not know about smoke.
- - Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
- -Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
- -The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.
Types of smoke:
Wet smoke (Plastic and Rubber)
- -Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.
Dry smoke (Paper and Wood)
- -Fast-burning, high temperatures; heat rises, therefore smoke rises
Protein Fire Residue (Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire)
- -Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.
Fuel Oil Soot (Furnace Puff Backs)
- -While “puff backs” can creat havoc for homeowners, SERVPRO of Missoula professionals can, in most cases, restore the contents and structure quickly.
Other Types (Tear gas, fingerprint powder, and fire extinguisher residue)
- -Special loss situations require special care.
SERVPRO of Missoula professionals are trained to handle even the toughest losses. If your home or business suffers fire or smoke damage, contact SERVPRO of Missoula at 406-327-9500 to help make it “Like it never even happened.”
Destroy Odors with Deodorization
Even a small fire can cause odors for years to come if the affected areas are not properly cleaned and deodorized. Fire, smoke and soot damage in your home or business can create unpleasant and potentially permanent problems.
With technicians certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC), SERVPRO of Missoula professionals provide specialized services that can rid your home or business of offensive odors left by fire or smoke damage. SERVPRO of Missoula professionals do not coverup lingering odors with fragrance; they seek out and remove the sources of the odor. Once the source is found, SERVPRO’s own proprietary line of cleaning products is used to treat and prevent the odor from returning. Any restorable item in affected areas will also be professionally cleaned and deodorized, including furniture, draperies and upholstery, electronics, art, flooring, walls, ceilings, HVAC air ducts, and more.Ask your SERVPRO of Missoula professional to explain the various deodorization methods available and which will work best for you. If you suffer a fire damage or some other accident and require deodorization services, contact us at 406-327-9500. Whether it’s fire, water, or mold damage, or just a stubborn odor that refuses to go away, we’ll help make it “Like it never even happened.”
Sage Advice on Fire Extinguishers
Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire. Sweep the nozzle from side-to side. Read the instructions on the fire extinguisher and become familiar with them before a fire breaks out. Remember, extinguishers do have limitations. It is also important to ensure you have the correct type of extinguisher for your facility. To find more information on choosing the appropriate class of extinguisher, please visit the NFPA website at nfpa.org.
Missoula, The Snow Storms Are Coming. Dangers of Extreme Cold
Stormy and Blaze, blazing a trail through the snow fall.
According to the National Weather Service, $2.84 million dollars in property damage was caused by extreme cold in 2015. Even scarier? Fifty three people died and three were injured due to extreme cold the same year.
It is important to be aware of the effect extremely cold temperatures can have on you. The two main conditions to be aware of are frostbite and hypothermia. Frostbite is caused when your skin is exposed to extremely cold temperatures. Physical symptoms are white or grayish-yellow skin, skin that feels unusually firm and/or numbness.
Hypothermia is when your body temperature falls to an abnormally low temperature, caused from long exposure to cold weather. Signs of hypothermia include shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech, and drowsiness. If someone’s body temperature is below 95 F, Seek medical attention immediately. To avoid these conditions, stay indoors if possible. If not dress warm in layers and try to keep dry.
Carbon Monoxide: The Silent Cold Weather Killer
Carbon monoxide is a gas you cannot see, taste or smell. According to ready.gov an average of 430 American's die each year from unintentional carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Often it is the result of faulty, improperly used or vented consumer products like furnaces, ranges, water heaters, space heaters, and combustion engine-powered equipment, such as portable generators.
However, there are precautions you can take to help protect yourself, your family and your employees from deadly CO fumes.
-Reduce the chance of CO exposure in your workplace by performing regular maintenance on equipment and appliances that can produce CO.
-Install carbon monoxide detectors on every level of your home, including outside of all bedrooms.
-Consider having all fuel burning heating equipment and chimneys serviced annually by a professional.
-Use portable generators only outdoors away from doors, windows, vents or any other openings to prevent fumes from entering the home.
For additional CO safety information, visit usfa.fema.gov or osha.gov
The Science of Drying
Stormy and Blaze checking on our top of the line equipment.
Did you know there is actually a science behind the process of drying? The knowledge of psychrometrics is essential to restoring a water damaged structure to its preloss condition. While your initial reaction may be to grab a few towels to mop up the mess and place a fan or two around the damaged area, your Missoula SERVPRO is trained to the science of drying and follow strict industry approved standards to help lower the chances of any secondary damages. If your business suffers a water damage, your Missoula SERVPRO Franchise Professionals will:
- Inspect the building to detect every component that is wet, to help prevent secondary damage from happening.
- Measure how much moisture is in wet material and monitor whether the materials are drying properly.
- Speed up Mother Nature by using professional drying equipment.
What exactly does “speed up Mother Nature” mean? A wet building can often dry naturally because the environment always seeks equilibrium. When materials are wet, moisture will naturally move to drier air at the surface of the material – but only if the air is indeed drier. The only problem is nature often takes too long and secondary damages may occur while the building is drying out. For this reason your Missoula SERVPRO is trained to use top of the line equipment to help Mother Nature along, including equipment to help dry hardwood floors, tough-to-reach spaces inside walls and much more.
SERVPRO also uses state of the art monitoring equipment and a proven scientific process to help speed the drying of your home or business. The bottom line? SERVPRO of Missoula has the training and equipment to help make it “Like it never even happened.” We are available to help 24 hours / 7 days a week! Give us at a call at 406-327-9500.
Snowflakes- Double Edged Swords
Are you prepared for the coming winter weather? Cold weather can have a large impact on your home or business if you are not ready for it. From heavy rain and freezing temperatures to sleet or snow, all can cause costly property damage.
While you can't control the weather, you can take steps to be prepared and help take the bite out of the winter weather.
To help prevent costly damages due to weather, consider taking the following precautions to protect your property before colder weather hits.
- Check your business property for downed tree limbs and branches. Wind, heavy rain, ice, and snow can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to property and potentially cause personal injuries.
- Roofs, down spouts and gutters should all be inspected to ensure they are in working order. Gutter downspouts should be directed away from the building. Clear gutters of debris that has gathered. Leaves can cause a damming effect which can lead to roof damage and interior water problems.
- Inspect property, walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential.
- Inspect all handrails, stairwells, and entryways to correct any potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces where water could be present.
- Protect water pipes from freezing by simply allowing water to drip when temperatures dip below freezing. If pipes are under a cabinet, leave the cabinet doors open, allowing warm air inside to circulate. If the building has outdoor faucets, consider shutting water off at the main valve in the basement or crawl space. Once the valve is off, open the outdoor faucet to ensure it drainspreventing any remaining water from freezing in the pipe.
When winter weather strikes your home or business, call SERVPRO of Missoula at 406-327-9500 to strike back! We are available 24 hours, seven days a week.