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SERVPRO of Missoula creates customized Emergency Ready Profiles for local businesses, for free!

9/22/2022 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO employee shows business owner data on a tablet. Call SERVPRO of Missoula today to start your free Emergency READY Profile.

According to FEMA*, as many as 50% of small businesses close down following a disaster. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind, and lets your employees and patrons know that your business is “Ready for whatever happens.”

By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

What is a SERVPRO Emergency READY profile?

  • A no-cost assessment of your facility.
  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency. It will only take a little time to complete and it will save a lot of time if ever needed.
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster. This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.
  • Establishes SERVPRO of Missoula, a recognized industry leader, as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin. This saves time so we can start the work of mitigating the damage, which can save you time and money.

Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it, and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the chaos you are “Ready for whatever happens” No one plans on a disaster, but you can prepare for one, and SERVPRO of Missoula can help. Call us at 406-327-9500 today to schedule your free facility assessment.

*Federal Emergency Management Agency

SERVPRO of Missoula creates customized Emergency Ready Profiles for local businesses, for free!

9/22/2022 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO employee shows business owner data on a tablet. Call SERVPRO of Missoula today to start your free Emergency READY Profile.

According to FEMA*, as many as 50% of small businesses close down following a disaster. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind, and lets your employees and patrons know that your business is “Ready for whatever happens.”

By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

What is a SERVPRO Emergency READY profile?

  • A no-cost assessment of your facility.
  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency. It will only take a little time to complete and it will save a lot of time if ever needed.
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster. This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.
  • Establishes SERVPRO of Missoula, a recognized industry leader, as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin. This saves time so we can start the work of mitigating the damage, which can save you time and money.

Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it, and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the chaos you are “Ready for whatever happens” No one plans on a disaster, but you can prepare for one, and SERVPRO of Missoula can help. Call us at 406-327-9500 today to schedule your free facility assessment.

*Federal Emergency Management Agency

Putting Help in the Palm of Your Hand

9/15/2022 (Permalink)

The homepage of the SERVPRO Ready Plan app displays on a smart phone.  The SERVPRO Ready Plan App gives quick access to important information with just a few simple clicks.

Our SERVPRO Ready Plan App is a no-cost tool that puts essential information at your fingertips in the event of an emergency.

When your property is affected by water, fire, or mold damage, safety should always be your top priority. This often means restricting access to certain parts of your property or even temporarily vacating it altogether, which, in turn, can make it difficult to gather important contact information you keep there. After you’ve added your home or business address to the SERVPRO Ready Plan App, the app will create an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) for you to fill in the types of contacts you’re likely to need in the aftermath of a large loss due to water, fire, or mold. For example, there’s a section in the ERP for insurance information, as well as a place to list the companies that provide your utilities in case water or gas lines need to be shut off during mitigation or restoration. There’s even a place in the ERP to put pictures of the parking area and access doors of your property, to aid SERVPRO professionals in getting to you as quickly as possible if you ever request our services. The app also allows you to create unique ERPs for multiple locations, making it a great option for property managers and commercial property owners!

Having a plan before disaster strikes is the key to timely mitigation and minimizing the extent of damage to your home or business. To learn more, contact SERVPRO of Missoula at 406-327-9500, or head to https://ready.SERVPRO.com/home/mobileapp to get started using your computer, tablet, or smartphone.

How to protect your Missoula Commercial Space

9/8/2022 (Permalink)

A businessman consults a SERVPRO technician next to an open maintenance closet. Routine building maintenance is the first step to preventing water damaging in your commercial structure!

It goes without saying that commercial spaces are used differently than residential spaces. Usually, commercial spaces see a lot more daily foot traffic than a home does, and the wear and tear on a commercial building can differ depending on the type of business conducted there. And while many of the same causes of water damage commonly affect commercial and residential buildings, the damage is often more extensive in a commercial space, and mitigation met with more time constraints and special regulations. As a commercial building owner or manager, you can protect your business by knowing the common causes of water damage, keeping an eye out for early signs of a problem, and scheduling regular maintenance in key spaces.
There are at least five areas in a commercial building where you can combat water damage with prevention: windows, outdoor water drainage systems, HVAC systems, sprinkler systems, and the building’s roof. Windows that don’t seal properly can lead to indoor moisture build-up over time, which also creates a risk for mold. Clogged gutters or drainage systems in disrepair can cause water to build up on the roof and around the foundation of your building, increasing the chances of water finding its way inside; sprinkler systems pose the same risk if not attended to according to the seasons (for example, having water blown out of the system before winter to prevent freezing). HVAC systems collect both particles and condensation, which means they need to be cleaned regularly (call SERVPRO of Missoula to schedule an HVAC cleaning no less than every five years) to prevent leaks or malfunction. Finally, roofs take the brunt force of the seasons to keep your building safe; in the winter, snow and ice build-up can compromise the integrity of the roof if not removed in a timely manner.
By ensuring that the windows in your commercial building seal properly, water has an unobstructed path to drain away from the roof and foundation, the HVAC and sprinkler systems are routinely cleaned and maintained, and the roof is cleared off according to the seasons, you’re five steps ahead of water damage in your commercial building. But if the unexpected does occur, call (406) 327-9500; SERVPRO of Missoula will make it “Like it never even happened.”

When and why asbestos testing is necessary in your Missoula home

9/2/2022 (Permalink)

Danger, Asbestos Hazard Asbestos testing keeps you, your family, and the restoration professionals working in your home safe.

Even if you don’t know exactly what asbestos is, you probably know it’s bad news. That’s because asbestos, which is a naturally occurring fibrous material, becomes permanently trapped in the body when inhaled, and over time can lead to a multiplicity of negative health effects.
Before the negative health effects of asbestos were known, it was used widely in construction for its strength and its heat-resistant qualities. According to the Asbestos Network, “Asbestos was used in almost every public and commercial building constructed before the 1980s in the United States,” and even after the discovery of the possible side effects of asbestos exposure, it took several years to phase-out widespread use in the U.S.
That’s why today, it’s standard practice in the restoration industry to test for asbestos in materials that need to be disturbed during the restoration process, in most homes built before the 21st century. If asbestos is found in materials such as insulation, adhesives, or drywall, SERVPRO of Missoula will bring in a certified abatement professional before the necessary demolition. Doing so keeps you, your family, and our employees safe while we work on making your water, fire, or mold damage “Like it never even happened.”

Should I have a fire extinguisher in my Missoula home?

8/25/2022 (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 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!

What to do when a lightning storm strikes Missoula

8/18/2022 (Permalink)

Just as snow is expected during a Montana winter, so are thunderstorms expected during a Montana summer. Here in the Missoula Valley, it is not uncommon for hundreds of lightning strikes to occur over the course of a single stormy weekend. And while lightning against the backdrop of the Bitterroot Mountains can offer some of the most stunning sights of summer, they are also causing for education and preparation.
The National Weather Service estimates that 49 people are killed by lightning in the United States each year, and thunderstorms are also often accompanied by harsh winds, hail, and even flash flooding. For these reasons, it’s important to remember the slogan “When thunder roars, go indoors!” Take refuge in a car or building for the duration of the storm, check for alerts and updates from local authorities, unplug appliances, and do not use landline phones. Once it’s safe to go outside, be on the lookout for downed power lines and trees, and report them immediately.
To better prepare your home and your family for future thunderstorms, Ready.gov recommends signing up for emergency alerts (check out our other Storm blog “Missoula County Emergency Alerts”), cutting down or trimming trees that could fall under the force of powerful winds, and buying surge protectors to protect your appliances and electronics from power surges.
And if your home suffers damage from a lightning-caused fire or water damage from a flash flood, call SERVPRO of Missoula to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Other resources:

https://www.SERVPROmissoula.com/blog/storm

https://www.ready.gov/thunderstorms-lightning

How SERVPRO of Missoula makes water damage “Like it never even happened”

8/11/2022 (Permalink)

Two stacks of SERVPRO air movers standing side-by-side.  SERVPRO of Missoula has the knowledge and equipment to mitigate water damage of any size.

When a pipe bursts in your home or you find that your A/C has been leaking onto the hardwood, your first instinct might be to throw down some towels and let nature take its course. While the environment does seek equilibrium wherein water molecules in material will naturally evaporate over time until the material has reached the same dry levels as the air around it. Secondary damage can occur in the time it takes for materials to dry naturally, especially if you live in a humid area.
That’s where the science of drying comes in. The science behind drying is called psychometrics and takes into account all three sides of the drying triangle: airflow, heat, and dehumidification. So, if you also pointed a fan at the wet materials, you were thinking of airflow. If you turned up the thermostat, you were thinking of heat. But what happens when you push the wet air around without the right equipment or inadvertently make the area more humid by turning up the heat?
At SERVPRO of Missoula, our IICRC* certified technicians are trained in the science of drying, so you don’t have to worry about the effects of improperly dried water damage in your home. We use professional-grade fans and dehumidifiers to make sure your home is dried quickly and completely, and we continue to monitor the area until moisture is no longer detected.

*Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification

The Benefits of HVAC and Air Duct Cleaning

8/4/2022 (Permalink)

Air conditioner mounted on a wall  moving air around room.  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 airborne particles. Over time, these contaminants can build up inside the ducts, reducing airflow 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 airflow 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.

How SERVPRO of Missoula makes commercial water damage “Like it Never Even Happened”

7/28/2022 (Permalink)

before and after of a category 3 water loss in a gym. SERVPRO of Missoula makes water damage “Like it never even happened!”

If water damage occurs at your business, chances are you will want to try to remediate the problem yourself, thinking that will create less of a disturbance to your business operations than a professional restoration company would. On the contrary, SERVPRO of Missoula’s highly trained team of restoration technicians responds to emergency water losses quickly to minimize the extent of damages and uses specialized equipment to speed up drying time.
SERVPRO of Missoula engages all three sides of the drying triangle (see our other water remediation blogs) by using air movers, temperature control, and dehumidifiers to create the ideal drying environment for your business’s unique space. In addition, our project managers have extensive experience speaking with insurance adjusters and will be there every step of the way to help you navigate your claim so you can get back to business as soon as possible.
While emergency water losses are often covered by insurance, long-term losses or damage that could have been prevented with proper intervention are usually not covered. That’s why it’s important to get it right the first time. If a burst pipe, flooding, or other water emergency occurs at your business, call the team that’s “Faster to any size disaster” – SERVPRO of Missoula 406-327-9500.