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Should I have a fire extinguisher in my Missoula home?

9/17/2020 (Permalink)

A fire extinguisher hangs on a wall. Quick use of a fire extinguisher can suppress a small fire before it spreads throughout the home.

Home fire safety should start with a working smoke detector and a fire safety plan. If you already have those in your home, though, you may consider a fire extinguisher as the next step in fire preparedness.

A fire extinguisher works to put out a small fire by removing one of the three components of the fire triangle: heat, oxygen, and fuel. The most common fire extinguisher removes oxygen from a fire by smothering it in a dry chemical foam. In a way, it’s a high-powered version of pouring baking soda on a grease fire, which makes it particularly relevant in the kitchen.

But if you’re going to invest in a fire extinguisher to help protect your home and family—which luckily isn’t a huge investment, with most home units coming in between $10 and $40—you don’t want a one-hit wonder. The National Fire Protection Association recommends a multipurpose extinguisher, which works to suppress fires from ‘ordinary combustibles,’ grease fires, and electrical fires. On the market, this translates to a fire extinguisher that is ABC rated, such as a unit with a 3A:40-B:C rating, or the slightly smaller 2A:10-B:C rating. Units with these ratings can be found at almost any home improvement store.

Once again, having a working smoke detector in each room of your home should be your first priority in home fire preparedness. Two-thirds of home fire deaths occur in homes without working smoke alarms. The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) recommends checking the batteries in your smoke detector once a month, changing them at least once a year, and replacing the unit altogether once it is 10 years old. Once you’re confident with this routine, you can consider adding a fire extinguisher to your home arsenal!

Wind-Damaged Property in Missoula?

9/15/2020 (Permalink)

A fence surrounding the perimeter of a home has been knocked down by high winds in Missoula. We are storm damage restoration specialists.

High Winds and Hail Damage Properties in the U.S.  

According to a report by the Institute of Insurance Information, in the five years between 2014 and 2018, 5.6 percent of insured homes had an insurance claim. Wind and hail accounted for the largest share, with 2.3 percent of insured households having such a loss, followed closely by water damage and freezing with 2.1 percent of homes having a loss. SERVPRO® of Missoula has been helping the residents and business owners of Missoula by restoring storm damage done to their homes and properties for years and we can respond to any storm, flood, and water damage emergency immediately. Depending on the nature of your property damage, we may utilize any combination of services, including:

Commercial Large Loss Division

We have divisions strategically placed throughout the nation designed to mobilize quickly in the event of a large disaster. Clients of this division include:

  • The Hospitality Industry
  • Property Managers
  • Universities
  • Municipalities
  • The Pentagon

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No matter what size storm damage emergency you have, SERVPRO® of Missoula is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 406-327-9500. We’ll restore your storm damaged property in Missoula “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Missoula is Independently Owned and Operated.

How SERVPRO of Missoula makes storm damage "Like it never even happened."

9/10/2020 (Permalink)

rain water on a window makes the view outside blurry. Heavy rain storms can cause flooding in your Missoula home.

When your home falls victim to storm damage, the hours and days immediately following can seem chaotic and even a bit hopeless. However, one of the worst things you can do in this event is to wait. The longer it takes cleanup & restoration professionals to arrive, the more mitigation and repairs may be necessary. Acting quickly and having an idea of what to expect will help ease your mind. 

Our technicians here at SERVPRO of Missoula are trained in a number of storm damage cleanup and restoration services, including the most common type of property damage caused by storms: flooding. Here’s what you can expect when you call SERVPRO of Missoula after a storm has brought flood waters into your home or business:

  • If there is standing water, our technicians will remove any affected contents to prevent further damage, and then use pumps to extract the water.
  • For carpeted areas, our technicians will lift the carpet and pull the pad underneath before relaying the carpet and placing drying equipment (fans and dehumidifiers). For tile and hardwood surfaces, we use extraction mats to help pull water from the material.
  • After removing any standing water, our technicians will use a Moisture Meter to perform a moisture inspection of the affected rooms, and continue to run drying equipment and to monitor your home until everything is confirmed to be dry.
  • For unsalvageable materials (such as affected drywall or flooring), our technicians are trained to complete the repairs necessary to make the storm “Like it never even happened.”

If a storm causes damage to your home, you do not need to feel helpless. Not only do our technicians carry the knowledge and tools to restore your home, they will work directly with you and your insurance company to make the process as easy for you as possible. Call SERVPRO of Missoula, we’re here to help.

Smelly Skunk Odor Scaring Customers in Missoula?

9/8/2020 (Permalink)

A cute little skunk faces the camera, holding his tail up to spray the photographer. We are odor removal specialists.

Bad Odors Happen

The Montana Striped Skunk has been known to visit homes and businesses in the Missoula area. These cat-sized critters emit a very strong odor from their well-developed scent glands that often precedes itself. You won’t see them very often during the daytime as they are nocturnal. They survive by reputation alone, and when they are frightened or feel threatened, they will spray their malodorous, cloying scent. SERVPRO® of Missoula’s team of technicians are certified in odor removal and have the training and equipment to identify and eliminate offensive odors from your office, warehouse, or home.

Advanced Technologies and Techniques

Bad odors can be caused by a variety of sources including fire and water damage and animal infestations. We use advanced techniques and technologies to identify the location and type of odor and will use one of a variety of odor removal products that are capable of penetrating surfaces to effectively neutralize the odor.

Call Us Today

There may not have been a skunk in our commercial building or home, but sometimes bad odors happen and when they do, SERVPRO® of Missoula is Here to Help.® Call us today at 406-327-9500. We’ll clean and deodorize your property in Missoula “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Missoula is Independently Owned and Operated.

The Aftermath of Wildfires around Missoula: Flash Floods

9/3/2020 (Permalink)

A flash flood racing through a state park. Wildfires increase the risk of flash floods for valley towns.

Summer in Missoula always promises long lines at the local ice cream shops, river surfers at Brennan’s Wave, and the treasured huckleberry season along our most-loved hiking trails, but it also often brings about two natural hazards that can cut down our summer fun: thunderstorms and forest fires.

Even on years like this, where the wildfire smoke we’re experiencing is coming mostly from neighboring states instead of our own, the damage our mountains routinely see from wildfires makes the Missoula and Bitterroot Valleys particularly susceptible to flash flooding. Fire changes the landscape through which it burns, greatly reducing or even eliminating ground vegetation. That vegetation typically plays an important part in helping to absorb water from rainfall, and with it gone, water is left to flow freely and rapidly down steep terrain. Fires also leave behind ash and debris which, combined with heavy rain, can create mudflows that may reach structures miles away from the original site of the fire.

Because the risk of flash flooding is ongoing – an area affected by wildfire can take up to five years to adequately begin to recover ground vegetation – knowledge and prior planning are the most important components of your family and your home’s emergency toolkit. According to the National Weather Service, “half an inch of rainfall in less than an hour is sufficient to cause flash flooding.” You don’t want to wait until those summer thunderstorms strike to think about flood insurance, and you should always have an evacuation plan in case your home is affected. provides more information on how to build an emergency supply kit, and in the event that your home is damaged by flash flooding this summer, SERVPRO of Missoula is here for you.

The benefits of HVAC and air duct cleaning in your Missoula home and business

8/27/2020 (Permalink)

illustration of an HVAC unit blowing air Keeping ducts free of dust and debris may help reduce your energy bill and improve air quality in your home.

HVAC systems are often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality. The air inside your Western Montana home is full of tiny particles like dust, pollen and pet dander. When your furnace or air conditioner draws air, it also pulls in airborne particles. Over time, these contaminants can build up inside the ducts, reducing air flow and re-circulating throughout your living space.

Like furnaces and air conditioners, air ducts require proper cleaning and maintenance to perform at their best. Keeping ducts free of dust and debris can also help reduce your energy bill and improve air quality in your home. More frequent duct cleaning is recommended if you have indoor pets, or are sensitive to indoor air quality. You should also have your ducts cleaned if you have recently renovated your home, as this will increase the amount of dust in your forced air system.

Air duct cleaning clears debris from your HVAC air ducts, registers, grilles, and other components of an HVAC system and provides these benefits for you and your home:

  • Creates a cleaner living environment
  • Reduces allergens and irritants
  • Helps your family breathe easier
  • Removes unpleasant smells and odors
  • Improves air flow efficiency

Duct cleaning is not an easy job. Doing it right takes specialized equipment in the hands of skilled professionals like ours at SERVPRO of Missoula. Call us at 406-327-9500 for more information.

Storm Damage in Missoula?

8/24/2020 (Permalink)

A windblown pine tree is shown laying next to a mountain lake. We respond to any size storm damage emergency in the Missoula area.

Unexpected Severe Weather in Montana

Last year, Montana’s severe weather storms included severe snowstorms, storms with baseball-sized hail, 80 miles per hour wind gusts, severe thunderstorms, tornado forecasts, and significantly higher precipitation than normal. With severe weather comes the potential for property damage caused by storms. The good news is that SERVPRO® of Missoula has been restoring storm-damaged properties in the Missoula area for years, and has some of the most highly trained and certified technicians in the state, with certifications from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, (IICRC) including:

  • Water Restoration Technician
  • Advanced Structural Drying
  • Commercial Drying Specialist
  • Fire / Smoke Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Contents Science and Theory
  • Building Science
  • Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
  • Health and Safety Technician
  • Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • Upholstery and Fabric Technician
  • EPA RRP Lead Certification
  • OSHA 10 Hour
  • OSHA 40 Hour
  • Master Water Designation
  • Master Fire Designation

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We are locally owned and operated and have extensive experience in mitigating storm damage of all kinds. SERVPRO® of Missoula has a team of highly trained professionals that can be onsite within 60 minutes of your call to respond to storm and flooding conditions. Call us today at 406-327-9500. We’ll clean and restore your storm damage in Missoula “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Missoula is Independently Owned and Operated.

Dryer Fire in Missoula?

8/24/2020 (Permalink)

A hand is shown removing the lint form a clothes dryer lint trap. Dryer fires are common in East Missoula.

Clothes Dryer Fires

In a research report published by the National Fire Protection Association, (NFPA), between 2010 and 2014, fire departments responded to about 15,970 home structure fires connected to washing machines and clothes dryers, with 92 percent of these fires being attributed to clothes dryers. The ignition source in the majority of these fires was lint. SERVPRO® of Missoula offers these dryer safety tips to Missoula residents from the NFPA:

  • Clean the dryer’s lint filter each time before use
  • Remove the accumulated lint from around the drum
  • Do not operate the dryer without a lint filter in place
  • Clean lint out of the vent pipe once a year
  • Have a qualified service person clean the interior of the dryer chassis periodically to reduce lint accumulation
  • Keep the dryer area clear of combustible items
  • Never leave the dryer running when you are not home
  • Use the lowest heat setting and drying cycle that has a cool-down period
  • Make sure your machines are properly grounded
  • If a fire occurs inside the dryer do not open the door as the outside air will flame the fire and make it worse

Call Us Today

If your home experiences fire damage, SERVPRO® of Missoula wants to help. We have a team of highly trained professionals that can be onsite within 60 minutes of your call in the Missoula area. Call us today at 406-327-9500. We’ll clean and restore your fire damage “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Missoula is Independently Owned and Operated.

What to do if a fire starts in your Missoula home

8/20/2020 (Permalink)

close-up of a smoke detector, with a family and smoke in the background If a fire starts in your home, the most important thing to remember is “Get out, Stay out!”

Sometimes fires happen. Despite common preventative measures, despite early warning systems, approximately 370,000 residential fires occur in the U.S. each year. In the event of such an emergency in your home, it is important to think and act quickly, and talking with your family now about what to do during a fire can help ensure their safety if the unexpected does occur.

The number one thing to remember if a fire starts in your home (and becomes too large for a fire extinguisher) is to get out. The American Red Cross also advises to shout “Fire!” several times as you are evacuating, to alert any others in the residence. Check closed doors on your escape route to make sure they’re not warm. If a door in your path is warm to the touch, do not open it; use your secondary route, or place a wet towel under the door and call 9-1-1 if you cannot evacuate safely. If your evacuation route is filled with smoke, stay low and close doors behind you until you reach an exit. As soon as you are outside, call 9-1-1 and go to your family’s emergency meeting place.

Once your family is safely evacuated and the Missoula Fire Department has responded to the fire in your home, call SERVPRO of Missoula as soon as possible to begin the process of making the fire “Like it never even happened.”

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SERVPRO of Missoula wants Frenchtown to be free from fires

8/18/2020 (Permalink)

 daytime view of a wildfire nearing a paved road SERVPRO of Missoula recommends building defenses between urban lands and fire

Fire Season in Montana

The Missoula Fire Prevention Bureau notes that wildfires are a risk all year long, but we usually think of summer as being fire season.

Because summer weather has been lasting for a longer time, the fire season is lasting for a longer time.

We all need to be alert to the possibility of wildfires at any time.

Call SERVPRO® of Missoula for restoration after fire or smoke or soot damage

If any type of fire causes damage in a Frenchtown home or business, SERVPRO of Missoula has 24-hour emergency service. Call (406) 327-9500 to start disaster recovery.


SERVPRO of Missoula and the Missoula Fire Department hope that no one will have to cope with the damage caused by fire, no matter whether the fire started from the outdoors, or it started from faulty wiring, unattended candles, or another indoor source.

The Missoula Fire Department offers free consultations for homeowners and businesses on how to establish fire-defensible spaces between urban areas and the wildfire-prone outdoor spaces.

The fire department also provides information about safety for families and their pets.


Ready, Set, Go is a program that has resources for creating defensible spaces, mitigating wildfires, and preparing for emergencies.

The program has information for home-owners and for businesses.

Stay Safe, Frenchtown and Missoula

We are your neighbors. We want to keep this area free from any losses.

SERVPRO of Missoula is Independently Owned and Operated.