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Put Help in the Palm of Your Hand

9/5/2019 (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 to get started using your computer, tablet, or smartphone.

The Benefits of HVAC and Air Duct Cleaning

8/14/2019 (Permalink)

Air Flow from an in-wall A/C system 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.

Simple Steps for an Insurance Home Inventory

5/6/2019 (Permalink)

You might have already taken stock of the big things, but in an emergency, could you do a mental household inventory list and name all your valuables? That's why it's important to do a home inventory. For peace of mind, and for insurance purposes, a home inventory is just a smart move. It can help you decide how much and what type of homeowners' insurance to buy and help speed up the claims process. It may sound like a daunting task, but it is one that will be worth the time should you ever need it. Where do you start?

  1. Starting a Household Inventory –Get organized, have a method to the madness

You'll want to document things like the insides of your tool boxes and closets and it will be easier to do when they are tidied up. Map out your course by move through your household methodically, this will decrease your chances of missing important items. Don’t forget to include your attic, garage and sheds.

  1. Making a Home Inventory List- Document Everything

Photography is your friend; go from room to room, taking pictures or even a video to help you as you go. Make special note of your most valuable items (jewelry, antiques, electronics) and where you keep them. It's also helpful to keep receipts and to note the serial numbers for items that have them.

There are also many apps available to help you do this. Your insurance may have offer and app or a free tool to help collect the information you will need.

The type of items you’ll want to include on your household inventory list would be:

Furnishings, Appliances, Electronics, Lawn and Garden, Antiques and Collectibles.

Details to include about the items on your household inventory list:

  • Provide a general description of the inventory item
  • List the quantity of those items
  • Note the date each item was purchased
  • Specify how much you paid for each item on your inventory list
  1. Store It Somewhere Safe

Resist the urge to keep your inventory list at home. Some safer alternatives would be to print a copy and keep it in a safety deposit box, or on the Cloud. Whatever you do, don't put your home address on your inventory list (in-case it falls into the wrong hands), and don’t keep your only record of your possessions on your property.

  1. Maintaining Your Home Inventory List- Update it Frequently

Whenever you make a big purchase, or even just every couple of years, reevaluate. This is also a good excuse to de-clutter as you go. Remember, an out-of-date home inventory could hold up the claims process at a time when that's the last thing you need.

Clean Homes Sell Faster

2/27/2019 (Permalink)

A clean, fresh smelling home sells faster. SERVPRO can help get your home ready to sell.

It is a fact that a clean, fresh smelling home sells faster. Unfortunately, not all homes are maintained in the same way. Nearly all realtors are faced, at some point, with a difficult listing to show.

Veteran realtors encourage clients to keep their homes in top condition for the following very important reasons:

  • Increased market value
  • Shortened list to sale conversion times
  • Enhanced reputation for quality listings and quick sales

SERVPRO of Missoula offers a variety of services that can help revive your Western Montana home to top show condition and ready to sell:

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

Our technicians have the training, equipment and products to help identify the source of and eliminate offensive odors. We have odor removal products capable of penetrating surfaces to neutralize an unpleasant odor thoroughly. You 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." Call us at 406-327-9500.

Did You Know SERVPRO Offers Building & Reconstruction Services?

2/26/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO can simplify the entire process for you, from initial damage mitigation to rebuild.

The immediate concern whenever a Western Montana home or business is damaged by fire, water or a storm should be to secure temporary protective measures such as placing roof tarps to prevent additional damage, boarding up to secure the property, then remove the water and debris.

Not only can SERVPRO of Missoula help stop the damage caused by fire, water or a storm, did you know we can provide building and reconstruction services as well? Let us help simplify the restoration process by handling both the initial damage mitigation and also rebuilding the affected areas.

We can provide continuity by supervising a full range of restoration services listed below, that will bring a property back to full functionality.

Board Up

Carpet Repair and Installation    

Document Drying

Dry Cleaning

Drywall Installation

Drywall Removal


Electronics Restoration

Fine Art Restoration

Furniture Restoration

General Contracting Hardwood Floor Repair

HVAC Services

Move Out



Portable Power

Roofing Services

Roof Tarp

Scalable Resources

Temporary Fencing

Temporary Warehouse Space

Having one qualified cleanup & restoration company like SERVPRO of Missoula, for the entire process can save time and keeps costs low. With our expertise, trained professionals and specialized equipment, we’ll make it look “Like it never even happened.” 

When disaster strikes you can be ruined or you can be READY!

1/21/2019 (Permalink)

According to the latest research, an estimated 50% of businesses that close due to a disaster, such as fire and flood never reopen. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority had an emergency preparedness plan in place.

SERVPRO of Missoula can work with your business to develop an Emergency READY Profile to minimize your interruption by providing you with an immediate plan of action. Your profile is a startup approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. It’s designed to be a quick reference of important building and contact information.

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile Advantage:

  • Provides a no cost assessment of your facility. No need to allocate funds, giving you great value at no cost.
  • Gives you a concise profile document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency. It only takes a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects, but it will save a lot of time if ever needed.
  • You have 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 your local SERVPRO of Missoula Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider. You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and is close by.
  • Identifies the line of command for authorizing work to begin. This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.

The Emergency READY Profile is a tool for property managers and owners in Western Montana. 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 emergency you are “Ready for whatever happens”. No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can plan for it and SERVPRO of Missoula can help. Call us at 406-327-9500 today.