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Missoula Dryer Fires: Clean Lint Traps Save Lives

6/17/2021 (Permalink)

A hand removing lint from a dryer’s lint trap. A clean lint trap saves lives!

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, an average of 2,900 residential dryer fires are reported each year, and nearly 1,000 of those (34%) are caused by a failure to properly clean either the lint trap or the vent ductwork. The good news is: it takes just a few simple steps to keep your clothes dryer clean and protect your home from a dryer fire.

The most important step that you and your family can take in preventing dryer fires is to clean the dryer’s lint trap – not once a month or once a week, but every day, after every single drying cycle. Not only will a clean lint trap reduce the risk of a dryer fire in your home, it will also help keep your dryer running efficiently to dry your clothes in less time. Then, do a quick check of the following areas at least once a month: the back of the dryer for lint built-up; the venting system, to ensure it isn’t damaged or restricted; and the outdoor vent covering, to ensure it is unobstructed and opens when the dryer is in use. Once a year, clean the vent system.

If a fire—dryer or otherwise—does occur in your Missoula home, call SERVPRO of Missoula to help. Our team of highly trained fire restoration technicians can help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Trying to sell your Missoula home? Call SERVPRO of Missoula for a professional cleaning!

5/6/2021 (Permalink)

A home owner and a SERVPRO employee standing next to a “Sold” sign. Clean homes sell faster – SERVPRO of Missoula can help!

It should go without saying, but we’re going to say it anyway: clean, fresh smelling homes sell faster than dirty, musty homes. Unfortunately, though, not all homes are maintained in the same way, and nearly all realtors are eventually faced with a difficult listing to show. If you’re getting ready to sell your Missoula-area home, make the whole process easier for yourself (and your realtor!) by scheduling a professional cleaning. Not only will a clean home lead to a shorter list-to-sale conversion time, but it could actually increase the market value of your home.

SERVPRO of Missoula offers a variety of services that can help revive your home, ensuring that it is ready to show and ready to sell. Our services include the following:

  • Carpet, Upholstery, Drapes and Blinds
  • Ceilings, Walls and Hard Floors
  • Air Ducts and HVAC
  • Deodorization
  • Mold Mitigation and Remediation

Our technicians have the training and equipment to help identify the source of offensive odors, and specialized products capable of penetrating surfaces in order to thoroughly neutralize them. You probably know SERVPRO as a leader in fire and water cleanup and restoration, but our professional residential cleaning services can also make a dirty home "Like it never even happened." Give us a call at 406-327-9500 to schedule your professional cleaning.

SERVPRO of Missoula is with you every step of the way

3/25/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician talking to a customer outside a house. From mitigation to repairs to final cleaning – we handle all the steps to making your loss “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO isn’t the only restoration service out there, and not even the only restoration service in Missoula. With a few options to choose from, you may ask “Why should I choose SERVPRO of Missoula in the event of water, fire, or mold damage in my home?”

The answer lies not only in our highly trained team and specialized technology, but also (and perhaps more so) in our commitment to our customers from the very first call all the way through to final repairs and cleaning. Our promise to make water, fire, and mold damage “Like it never even happened,” is not an empty one.

SERVPRO of Missoula technicians are on call to respond to emergencies 24/7, because we know emergencies rarely occur at a ‘convenient’ time. If you have a flood in your home, our team will be onsite that same day to extract water and begin drying out affected materials. Once your home reaches dry standard, we don’t just leave you to figure out the rest. SERVPRO of Missoula also works with your insurance company to make the process as easy for you as possible, and provides repair services as well as contents cleaning; our team’s collective experience ensures that we’ve covered all the small details, so you don’t have to

SERVPRO of Missoula isn’t only a restoration company; it’s a residential and commercial mitigation, repair, and cleaning company ready to take on a project of any size; and in the event of a loss in your home or business, it’s also a support system. If you call SERVPRO of Missoula for water, fire, or mold damage, you can rest assured we’ll be with you every step of the way.

Fast Emergency Response Time in Missoula?

2/22/2021 (Permalink)

The city of Missoula is shown as the sun sets over the mountains. We are on-call 24-hours a day to respond to fire and water damage emergencies in Missoula.

Faster to Any Size Disaster in Missoula

When disaster strikes your home or commercial business, fast response to your call means everything. As one of our customers, Coleman, relates on our testimonial page, he called us in because snow had melted into his in-law’s house basement, causing water damage. We answered his call within two rings, arrived within two hours of his call, and immediately extracted the water, removed all of the water-saturated drywall, and began the drying process. As Coleman states in his testimonial, he was very pleased with our customer service, and how responsive we were throughout the restoration process.

One, Four, Eight Rule

SERVPRO® of Missoula follows the one, four, eight-hour rule. This means we will respond to your call in one hour or less, arrive on-site within four hours, and contact your insurance adjuster within eight hours. When dealing with any fire or water damage emergency, time is critical because the damage can worsen over time, and the restoration time and the cost of restoration can increase significantly.

            Call Us Today!

Every minute counts when responding to a water or fire damage emergency, and SERVPRO® of Missoula is ready to respond to your call 24-hours a day. Call us at 406-327-9500. We’ll restore your property damage in Missoula, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Missoula is Independently Owned and Operated.

Training Matters: SERVPRO of Missoula's Certifications and Commitments

2/16/2021 (Permalink)

A project manager briefs Servpro technicians in full PPE on work to be done. SERVPRO technicians have the training to get the job done!

The SERVPRO of Missoula website has a lot to say about the training that our technicians and project managers receive. This is because when the need for a remediation and restoration professional arises, the need is often urgent, and we want our customers to know right from the start that our technicians have the training to get the job done right.

We often specifically mention IICRC and RIA certifications. And why are these important? The IICRC—the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification—is a non-profit organization that has provided the most utilized information for the cleaning and restoration industry in the U.S. for more than forty years. The RIA—the Restoration Industry Association—is the oldest restoration trade association in the country and works with the IICRC to develop industry standards. The trainings our team leaders receive from these two organizations, in conjunction with specialized training provided by our corporate training facility, equip them with the expertise to address water, fire, or mold damage of any scope or scale. This is due to vigorous courses in all aspects of remediation—from advanced safety training to classifying categories of water damage to understanding microbial growth.

When we speak of our highly trained team here at SERVPRO of Missoula, it isn’t just idle chatter. Our team members are trained not only at the beginning of their SERVPRO careers, but via additional and refresher trainings throughout each year to ensure that we can deliver on our promise to make the water, fire, or mold damage in your home or business “Like it never even happened.”

Steps for an Insurance Inventory in your Missoula Home

12/31/2020 (Permalink)

A hand holding a smart phone, taking a picture of objects on a table. A home inventory can help you determine the kind of homeowners’ or renters’ coverage that’s right for your lifestyle!

Here at SERVPRO of Missoula, we work to make water, fire, and mold damage “Like it never even happened.” Restoring your home after damages of these kinds occur often means replacing items that were affected, so an up-to-date home inventory can be a big help for both restoration professionals and insurance adjusters working on your claim. Also, home inventories aren’t just for home owners or for people who already have insurance; they can be a great first step in determining what level of coverage you might need, and are also valuable in seeking renter’s insurance or filing a claim as a renter.

While perhaps time-consuming at first, building a home inventory is a simple process. To get started on yours, just follow these steps:

  • Go through your home room by room and take pictures of the entire room, as well as close-up pictures of individual items you would want replaced in the event of a loss
  • For each item, record a description of the item, the serial number if applicable, when and where the item was purchased, and the cost at time of purchase (or appraisal of cost if actual cost is unknown)
  • Add new items to your inventory as they’re added to your home, and keep copies or pictures of receipts whenever possible
  • For antique items or collections, check with your insurance agent to determine if special coverage is needed

In our increasingly digital world, home inventories are easier than ever to create. You can organize one in an online spreadsheet, or check out several free app options to use directly on your phone or a tablet. In the event of an emergency at your home, your inventory can then be accessed off-site. Finally, as an extra preparedness step you can add important contact information to the bottom of your document, like the numbers for your insurance agent and for SERVPRO of Missoula!

Contents Restoration Services in Missoula?

12/28/2020 (Permalink)

A laptop and old photographs sit on a desktop. We provide many contents restoration services in Missoula.

Contents restoration services

When dealing with the aftermath of a fire or water damage emergency in Missoula, there will be items in your home or business that will need special handling and conservation efforts to restore them to preloss condition. SERVPRO® of Missoula are fire and water restoration specialists and offer many contents restoration services to restore your furniture, clothes, electronics, documents, and photographs to preloss condition. We use several methods to clean damaged contents, including:

  • Dry Cleaning 
  • Wet Cleaning
  • Spray and Wipe 
  • Foam Cleaning 
  • Abrasive Cleaning
  • Immersion Cleaning 

Electronic cleanup

When fire damages electronics, they can become very dangerous to operate. We will coordinate the inspection and cleaning of your electronics by a qualified electronics technician to prevent further damage, including:

  • Television sets
  • DVD players
  • Computers
  • And more

Document and photograph drying

Some documents and photographs may not be able to be completely restored to pre-fire damage condition, but we will do our best to save and minimize further damage. We may use any of these restoration techniques depending on the level of fire damage:

  • Air Drying
  • Dehumidification
  • Freezer Drying
  • Vacuum Freeze Drying
  • Vacuum Thermal Drying

Call Us!

SERVPRO® of Missoula is ready to assist you with all of your contents restoration needs. Call us at 406-327-9500. We’ll clean and restore your fire-damaged belongings in Missoula, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Missoula is Independently Owned and Operated.

Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning in your Missoula home

11/19/2020 (Permalink)

A carbon monoxide detector attached to wood plank ceiling. Half of carbon monoxide-related deaths are preventable with an audible carbon monoxide alarm!

In the movies, the most dangerous kind of villain is one the protagonist never sees coming. In your home, carbon monoxide is one such villain.

Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless gas produced whenever fuel is burned, and is dangerous to humans and animals because when inhaled, it starts to replace the oxygen in red blood cells and can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning or death. According to the CDC, carbon monoxide poisoning causes over 400 deaths each year, and more than 24,000 trips to the hospital, with the most incidents occurring in January and December (in direct correlation to the use of in-home heating systems).

You can typically run furnaces and use fireplaces in your home without the worry of carbon monoxide poisoning because fuel-burning appliances meant for in-home use are always designed with ventilation systems, like pipe vents for furnaces and chimneys for fireplaces, to direct emissions outside. However, a clogged chimney or poorly maintained furnace (or gas water heater, stove range, oven, etc.) can cause your home to fill with carbon monoxide. To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, the CDC recommends: having your heating system, water heater, and any other gas, oil, or coal-burning appliances serviced by a qualified technician annually; having your chimney cleaned prior to winter each year; never burning charcoal or using a portable gas camp stove or a generator indoors; and installing carbon monoxide detectors on each level of your home and checking their batteries every six months (the EPA estimates that approximately half of carbon monoxide-related deaths are preventable with the use of an audible CO detection unit).

By taking these precautionary steps, you can be comfortable in the knowledge that your family will be safe, warm, and CO-free this winter. For more prevention guidance, you can also visit cdc.gov/co/guidelines.htm

SERVPRO of Missoula gets the lead (paint) out of Missoula

10/19/2020 (Permalink)

fence that has a sign warning of lead paint Count on SERVPRO of Missoula to remove hazardous lead paint.

Questions & Answers

Q: Why do firefighters wear red suspenders?

A: To hold up their trousers.

Q: Why did the cookies go to the hospital?

A: They felt crummy.

Q: Why hire SERVPRO® of Missoula?

A: Hire SERVPRO® of Missoula because we’re great!

Specifics on “great”

SERVPRO of Missoula is a local business that has expertise in remediation and restoration from all kinds of disasters, including storms, water damage, soot and smoke, fire, vandalism, and anything else that makes a building a difficult place to live or work.

We have 24-hour emergency service every day, so if there’s a disaster, call us at 406-327-9500.

We also provide non-emergency restoration and cleaning services.

SERVPRO® of Missoula is a leader in cleaning and restoration from hazardous materials. Trust us to safely remediate

  • Lead paint
  • Microbial growth (including mold)
  • Biohazards, including viruses
  •  Sewage
  • Rainwater or outdoor runoff
  • Soot-weakened or water-weakened structural materials
  • Chemical spills

 The owners and employees of SERVPRO® of Missoula have earned certifications in restoration, water extraction, and damage remediation, but we don’t stop learning. Continuing education keeps us learning the newest techniques and how to use the latest technology.

Give us a call at 406-327-9500 to find out what else SERVPRO® of Missoula can do for homes or businesses around Missoula.

SERVPRO of Missoula is Independently Owned and Operated.

Put SERVPRO of Missoula in the Palm of Your Hand

10/8/2020 (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.

Lead-Based Paint Removal in Missoula?

9/29/2020 (Permalink)

A white wall is shown partially covered with lead-based paint. We are certified to remove lead-based paint in Missoula.

Lead-Based Paint in My Home?

My home was ravaged by high winds, and upon further inspection of the structural damage, they discovered lead paint covering the damaged section. I knew that lead-based paint is toxic to people and the environment, but I didn’t realize that there was a specific procedure for the safe removal of the lead contaminants. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires restoration firms to be certified through an approved state program to provide this service as it is essential to reduce exposure to lead dust from restoration projects. Fortunately, SERVPRO® of Missoula is certified to safely remove lead-based paint in Missoula by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). They completed the repairs and restoration to the preloss condition quickly and efficiently.

Here are some guidelines from the EPA to help you determine if your home may contain lead-based paint:

  • 87 percent of homes built before 1940 have some lead-based paint
  • 24 percent of homes built between 1960 and 1978 have some lead-based paint
  • Purchase a test kit to check for lead-based paint in your home

Call Us Today

SERVPRO® of Missoula has a team of highly trained restoration specialists ready to safely remove hazardous contaminants like lead-based paint from your home or business in Missoula. Call us today at 406-327-9500. We’ll restore your property damage “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Missoula is Independently Owned and Operated.

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.

SERVPRO of Missoula rushes to help its neighbors in Frenchtown

7/20/2020 (Permalink)

aerial view at sunset Count on SERVPRO of Missoula to get rid of damage in Frenchtown

Delays Deepen Disasters: 24-Hour Emergency Service

In emergencies, next-day service is too-late service. SERVPRO® of Missoula is Faster to any size disaster, preventing damage from setting in. If a deep-fry experiment goes wrong, leaving soot on the ceiling and filling the kitchen with smoke, or a storm floods a Frenchtown office park, call SERVPRO of Missoula at  (406) 327-9500. In emergencies, we will stop, prevent, and remediate damage no matter what the hour, no matter which day, and no matter how large or small the disaster.

Part of the Community

The owners and employees at SERVPRO of Missoula live and work in Frenchtown. We provide the best for our friends and neighbors. We’re conveniently located, making it easier for a SERVPRO of Missoula team to rush to the site of a disaster.

The Best Training, the Best People, the Best Equipment

Technicians at SERVPRO of Missoula earn certification through coursework and hands-on experience. Continuing-education programs ensure that we always have a handle on the latest techniques.  Advanced training and state-of-the-art equipment allow SERVPRO of Missoula to find hidden moisture, eradicate odors, and remediate damage to delicate upholstery as well as to metal surfaces, buildings, and electronics.

SERVPRO of Missoula is Independently Owned and Operated.

Link:

https://www.SERVPROmissoula.com/

Missoula Dryer Fires: Clean Lint Traps Save Lives

7/16/2020 (Permalink)

A hand removing lint from a dryer’s lint trap. A clean lint trap saves lives!

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, an average of 2,900 residential dryer fires are reported each year, and nearly 1,000 of those (34%) are caused by a failure to properly clean either the lint trap or the vent ductwork. The good news is: it takes just a few simple steps to keep your clothes dryer clean and protect your home from a dryer fire.

The most important step that you and your family can take in preventing dryer fires is to clean the dryer’s lint trap – not once a month or once a week, but every day, after every single drying cycle. Not only will a clean lint trap reduce the risk of a dryer fire in your home, it will also help keep your dryer running efficiently to dry your clothes in less time. Then, do a quick check of the following areas at least once a month: the back of the dryer for lint built-up; the venting system, to ensure it isn’t damaged or restricted; and the outdoor vent covering, to ensure it is unobstructed and opens when the dryer is in use. Once a year, clean the vent system.

If a fire—dryer or otherwise—does occur in your Missoula home, call SERVPRO of Missoula to help. Our team of highly trained fire restoration technicians can help make it “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Missoula is Independently Owned and Operated.

Our Community has a friend in SERVPRO of Missoula

7/13/2020 (Permalink)

Bright green foliage, pink flowers SERVPRO of Missoula keeps our community fresh

No job is too small. No job is too large.

Any size disaster is a major one for the people experiencing it. SERVPRO® of Missoula knows that, so we are available for emergencies 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Call (406) 327-9500 for immediate and high-quality help.

No matter what the disaster, or whether it’s large or small, SERVPRO of Missoula will arrive quickly to start work to stop the damage before the disaster gets bigger.

Remove Mess and Decrease Stress

SERVPRO of Missoula takes care of all the details, including

  • Assess damage
  • Photograph structures and contents before and after restoration
  • Keep owners informed of all steps
  • Document every procedure
  • Work directly with most insurance companies 
  • Make referrals to experts for specialized services (including art restoration and document recovery)
  • Clean all surfaces
  • Clean contents, including upholstery, wood, marble, drywall, carpets and carpet pads and other materials
  • Decontaminate all of the surfaces as well as all of the contents
  • Remove water, soot, or other contaminants from electronics
  • Promote restoration over replacement
  • Arrange for the pack-up, move-out, and storage of contents when it is necessary

SERVPRO of Missoula is Here to Help.

If you have any questions, please call us at (406) 327-9500.

SERVPRO of Missoula is independently owned and operated