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Repairing Storm Damage and Removing Floodwater from Helena Homes

10/8/2021 (Permalink)

a flooded laundry room with water everywhere When you are facing a flooding situation, contact our SERVPRO team for effective services. Our technicians are standing 24/7 by to take your call.

As a Trusted Full-Service Contractor, We can Help with the Restoration and Repairs of Helena Homes

From wet snow heaping on an aging roof to creeks and streams rising from torrential rainfalls, the possibilities of storm and flood damage cannot be ignored in Helena area homes. With how quickly situations can develop and become a hazard for occupants of the residence, we have a team of professionals prepared to respond 24/7.

Emergency Services to Mitigate Losses

  • Water Removal – Extraction is vital for overcoming flood damage in Helena homes, as pooling water can absorb into materials and cause costlier restoration needs.
  • Controlled Demolition – As a trusted contractor in the state, we can assess the structural concerns and safety hazards to quickly begin controlled demolition.
  • Content Relocation – Protecting what matters most means relocating contents to an undamaged area of the house while restoration gets underway

Assessing Structural Damage to a Home’s Envelope

Knowing the extent of the damage to the property can help our IICRC-certified technicians prepare for the needed mitigation, restoration, and reconstruction actions. Identifying the vulnerabilities to areas like the roof or foundation allows us to provide repairs promptly to prevent further water penetration.

Repairs and Reconstruction Vital to Restoring Storm-Damaged Properties

We can provide the needed build-back services to repair and reconstruct compromised structural elements with a general contractor license. Damaged roofs can be common with situations like prolonged heavy snowfall, so we replace or reinforce damaged joists and replace underlayment and shingles “Like it never even happened.”

Storms can be a threatening situation for homes in our vast service area. When weather leads to structural vulnerabilities and flood damage, our SERVPRO of Helena & Great Falls team is ready to help 24/7. We have a team ready to mobilize when you need it at (406) 458-6008.

Why Are Wet Vacuums a Preferred Water Removal Tool in Great Falls Homes?

10/1/2021 (Permalink)

a flooded kitchen with chairs floating Regardless of the room affected, water damage needs to be dealt with properly. Contact our certified team for water removal services.

With their Versatility and Portability, Wet Vacuums can Quickly Manage Water Damage in Great Falls Properties

Emergency services often have the greatest impact on the overall restoration process, as this is set to overcome pressing concerns in a damaged home. Standing water can require several tools and approaches to remove. While we lean heavily on the versatility of wet vacuums, our SERVPRO team can also choose:

  • Truck-mount pumps
  • Submersible units
  • Traditional toweling/mopping

Shallow Damage and Inaccessible Areas

Wet vacuums are among the most heavily used for water removal in Great Falls homes because many water pooling situations do not exceed several inches. Furthermore, the portability of these units and their typical lighter weight makes them ideal for less accessible areas when combined with attachments like light wands.

Deep Extraction of Carpets

Carpets can be a common flooring element of homes and businesses throughout our service area, so having a portable unit strong enough to run a carpet wand is efficient for restoration. This extraction effort can protect the upper layer of carpeted floors, padding, and subflooring from permanent damage by pulling trapped moisture.

Low Demands on Portable Power

Another one of the advantages of choosing a wet vacuum for much of the extraction needs is the low-draw demands of the unit. Flood and water damage can leave the property without an adequate power supply, so our SERVPRO team uses generators and spider boxes to have the needed outlets and electricity to power the recovery tools.

Extraction is a vital element of mitigating water damages in your home. With tools like wet vacuums, this process can be more efficient and cost-effective. Our SERVPRO of Helena & Great Falls team can help with post-water damage recovery 24/7 at (406) 458-6008.

Restoring Fire-Damaged Helena Homes to Pre-Loss Condition

9/26/2021 (Permalink)

a house on fire with smoke billowing from the windows Recent fire? Team SERVPRO is standing by with the certified technicians and effective equipment to tackle the fire damage situation in your home.

We Have Several Obstacles Between a Damaged Helena House and Making it Feel Like Home Again

Determining preloss conditions and pre-existing conditions come from our experienced technicians inspecting the property and its damage before mitigation and recovery start. Our prompt arrival after extinguishment can get this inspection happening fast for work to begin.

Clean and Safe Environmental Conditions

Returning to preloss conditions after fire damage in Helena homes means interfacing with the customer to establish a baseline of pre-existing conditions and conditions in the house before the fire occurred. While air quality improvement should always be a priority with our HEPA air scrubbers and other products, we determine a specific benchmark to achieve or exceed before mitigation and restoration services complete.

Malodor Management in the House

Identifying the pre-fire condition for harsh odors is not complicated. Most homes do not contend with burning smells regularly, so the objective is to reduce and neutralize smells to the point where normal conditions are restored. With counteractant products to start, we can lean on several deodorization tools to finish odor removal, such as:

  • Thermal foggers
  • Air scrubbers
  • HEPA vacuums
  • Hydroxyl generators
  • Ozone machines

Repairs and Reconstruction Necessary After a Fire

Fire losses can leave a considerable need for demolition, build-back, and repairs. Our general contracting license makes this process more seamless, as we can transition directly to these vital processes after much of the restoration and recovery efforts are complete.

It is our ambition to treat your home or business with the urgency and care you expect, which leaves your property looking “Like it never even happened.” To achieve this, we carefully evaluate preloss conditions to ensure that we are fully meeting a property's needs. Our SERVPRO of Helena & Great Falls team can help with prompt mitigative actions and restoration solutions when you call (406) 458-6008.

How Rapidly Does Mold Damage Spread Through a Helena Residence?

9/6/2021 (Permalink)

mold on a wall Mold is tricky! SERVPRO of Helena & Great Falls is here for it. Call us today.

SERVPRO Mold Damage Remediators in Helena Can Help Prevent the Spread of Mold and Remove Contaminated Materials

Molds can make an indoor environment unsanitary by producing unpleasant odors, harmful materials and releasing microscopic spores. While some areas of home restoration are appropriate for homeowners to take on themselves, the discovery and abatement of a mold issue are not one of them. Molds can have complex consequences for your properties which is why most homeowners rely on a professionally qualified and experienced mold remediator to carry out:

  • Mold inspection
  • Basement mold remediation
  • Bathroom mold removal

Infested materials suffering mold damage in your Helena home can be hazardous. It is vital to control mold spread by removing these infested materials and disposing of them safely. Sometimes it may be necessary for mold remediation technicians to use razor cutters to remove sections of infested drywall or replace insulation within walls. There is a high risk of accidentally causing damage to the building assembly when removing drywall or reinstalling. SERVPRO technicians have years of experience working in residential properties and can safely remove infested materials. 

  • Drywall is a relatively inexpensive material which makes the removal of infestation sections a prudent choice. 
  • Addressing the source of microbial growth, usually, a moisture problem is achieved using industrial drying equipment. 
  • Technicians can deploy air filtration devices in the home to clean your indoor air and reduce the risk of health effects from mold.

To overcome microbial growth issues in your property, contact SERVPRO of Helena & Great Falls for mold damage remediation at (406) 458-6008.

How does Great Falls Business Recover their Premises Following Commercial Fire Damage?

8/23/2021 (Permalink)

A building with fire and smoke blowing out of windows. Let SERVPRO of Helena & Great Falls help get your business back to work after a fire damage.

SERVPRO of Great Falls is an Expert in Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

Ash, soot, dust, and charred materials may be considered hazardous waste, which could affect the safety of your business for both staff and customers. It is vital to have a planned procedure for removing these materials from a premise without causing toxins to spread. It is just as important to correctly dispose of these substances by first identifying them and following guidelines from the environmental protection agency (EPA). After a business fire, most premises managers enlist the assistance of a professional restoration firm to help them quickly overcome:

  • Water & fire damage restorations
  • Smoke damage 
  • Fire restoration

A team of commercial fire damage technicians in Great Falls can help your business to reduce temporary closure following a fire. For many types of ash and charring, it is possible to contain these materials using double-sealed polyethylene bags and transport them to a municipal solid waste landfill. However, for some businesses, there may be toxic or chemical materials on site that could lead to ashes being unsuitable for transport to a landfill. These may include items like bulk pesticides, fertilizers, and larger air conditioning systems (HVAC). 

  • We can help identify specific types of waste by enlisting indoor environmental scientists or assistance from the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC).
  • Pre-testing of materials and thorough assessment of the structure by a qualified technician can help to identify hazardous materials further. 
  • We can seal, transport, and dispose of any potentially biohazardous substances on-site included within the restoration service. 

If your business suffers a premises fire, contact SERVPRO of Helena & Great Falls for commercial fire damage at (406) 458-6008.

How Do I Know if I Need Flood Restoration After a Storm Hits Helena?

8/17/2021 (Permalink)

a flooded house with water up to the stairs outside When a storm causes flooding in your home, calling the certified technicians at SERVPRO is your best recourse. We are standing by 24/7.

SERVPRO is Available 24/7 for Water Damage Restoration in Helena

Anyone who lives in the Rocky Mountains knows that thunderstorms can come in fast and furious in the summer. It could be nice and sunny for most of the day, and then suddenly, a fierce storm can strike your neighborhood. Mountain rainstorms often bring with them high-speed winds and sometimes even hail or grapple. This combination of negative weather occurrences could create a situation where your structure gets breached. 

During flood damage restoration in Helena, our SERVPRO technicians often find that a branch or a rock that blew from the wind gets thrown into your house and breaks a window or part of your roof. Once the inside of your structure gets exposed to the elements, more issues could take place. For example, if it is still raining heavily after one of your windows breaks, moisture can leak in from the hole and damage your building materials and contents.

If items inside your house ever get wet after a storm, our SERVPRO can help you by providing the following services:

  • Emergency Services after Water Damage
  • Leaking Roof from Storms
  • Ceiling Repairs from Water Damages
  • Flood Restoration
  • Water Removal Services
  • Water Clean Up

Since rainwater comes from the outdoors, there is a chance it is contaminated, so we classify it as a category two water damage, and we take extra steps to get rid of contaminants. If any of your carpets or other porous materials got wet, we can remove them and then spray antibacterial disinfectants on your non-porous building materials like floorboards and wall studs.

If water ever comes into your house after a branch shatters one of your windows, call SERVPRO of Helena & Great Falls at (406) 458-6008.

Is Water Cleanup Important for Helena Residents to Avoid Contaminated Substances?

8/17/2021 (Permalink)

flood damage in a bathroom SERVPRO of Helena & Great Falls knows how important every room in your home is. Call us today for water damage issues.

SERVPRO in Helena Can Provide Expert Water Cleanup for Biohazardous Substances

When water enters your home, it immediately begins to make the surfaces, fixtures, and contents unsanitary. The longer water remains in the house, the more likely it is to migrate deeper into the building assembly. Drying a room with surface water intrusion is much easier than drying interior drywall, plasterwork, insulation, or foundations. Equally, the longer water remains in the property, the more likely it is to attract micro-organisms. Micro-organisms can include bacterias, molds, or viruses, which can prosper in wet, humid environments. Professional technicians are capable of performing:

  • Water damage restoration
  • Water clean up
  • Ceiling repairs from water damages

Maintaining a healthy home is the core principle of water cleanup professionals in Helena. There are possibilities for homeowners themselves to carry out water mitigation tasks and cleanup. However, suppose these circumstances involve dangerous materials like lead paints or asbestos and hazardous substances like mold or sewage. In that case, it is vital to use a fully qualified restoration technician. When biohazardous implications are present controlling ventilation is necessary to prevent the spread of sewer gases throughout the home or contaminate other materials. 

  • Areas of the home that show no signs of damage can be sectioned off or used as a temporary storage and cleaning space for wet possessions. 
  • Usually, these cleaning rooms are sealed using a polyethylene sheet to prevent water or water vapor from affecting walls, floors, and ceilings. 
  • Brickwork, timber, plasterboard, and drywall can all be adversely affected by exposure to moisture and usually require professional assistance with correct drying equipment to return to a preloss condition. 

If you need the help of a professional water restoration technician, contact SERVPRO of Helena & Great Falls for water cleanup at (406) 458-6008.

Who Can Help with Basement Flooding Cleanup in Great Falls?

8/10/2021 (Permalink)

a flooded basement with water covering the floor Water backup in your home? Team SERVPRO has the water removal equipment and certified technicians to mitigate the situation.

SERVPRO Offers Flood Restoration Services in Great Falls

Everyone who lives in the great state of Montana knows that this is the time of year where the region can see heavy rainstorms. If enough rain comes down quickly, it is possible that flash flooding conditions could exist. Once the water starts building up outside, it could shoot down a hill and threaten your home. If enough water builds up around your house, groundwater could begin to get into your house.

During flood removal in Great Falls, our SERVPRO technicians can take extra steps to keep your home from getting contaminated by harmful bacteria, fungi, viruses, and parasites that live outdoors. If the moisture enters your house from the ground, it is considered black water or a category-three water damage scenario. When dealing with category-three projects, we use all of the same precautions as if we were conducting sewage cleanup.

Once we figure out the source of the water and where it went, we can conduct the following:

  • Water Clean Up
  • Water Damage Repairs
  • Water Removal Services
  • Basement Flooding Cleanup
  • Fix a Leaking Roof from Storms
  • Ceiling Repairs from Water Damages

When black, muddy water from the outside gets into your house, one of the first things we can do is set up a containment chamber in the affected area. We can then hook up an air scrubber to the section to cause negative air pressure to pull contaminants out of the air.

If your carpets or walls ever get wet after a storm, they could be contaminated by the dirty water. Therefore, it is wise to call SERVPRO of Helena & Great Falls at (406) 458-6008 24/7.

What Needs to Be Done if I Suffer from Burst Pipes in Helena?

8/5/2021 (Permalink)

a broken white pipe with water leaking from it Facing a burst pipe situation? Have no fear. Contact SERVPRO right away for effective water removal and remediation services.

SERVPRO Can Provide Water Removal Services in Helena

If your house has a basement, there is a good chance that you have water pipes running between the two floors. Therefore, if one of the pipes breaks, you could suffer from damage on both of your levels. Water leaking into your basement can cause several problems to your building materials and structural components since moisture will be coming down from the ceiling.

If you ever happen to suffer from water damage in Helena, our SERVPRO team can help with even the most severe incidents. Our highly trained team is certified by the International Institute for Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) program. We have access to the industry's most advanced technology that can help us with your project. We are located nearby, and we can provide fast 24/7 service.

Especially if you have a major issue like your basement flooding, we can help you by providing the following:

  • Ceiling Repairs from Water Damages
  • Basement Flooding Cleanup
  • Cleaning Up after a Sewer Backup
  • Water Damage Repairs
  • Water Removal Services

If an excessive amount of water enters your basement, your ceiling and drywall could get saturated. In some cases, we might have to remove your basement ceilings and walls if the moisture destroys their structural integrity. When this is the case, we can then set up a combination of air movers and dehumidifiers to dry out your main level floors from below and your basement's wall studs.

If you ever have a major water leak that floods a large section of your home, it is wise to call SERVPRO of Helena & Great Falls at (406) 458-6008.

Where to Find Commercial Fire and Smoke Remediation Services in Helena?

7/7/2021 (Permalink)

suppression system water dripping red background When your Helena Business suffered fire damage plus powder or water sprinkler injury to insult--Call SERVPRO for cleanup

SERVPRO’s Business is to Keep Your Helena Fire-Damaged Shoppe Open

Giving up a day job to open a business is no easy task. Opening a restaurant takes a lot of money, wit, and even some luck to get your idea off the ground. However, once you can serve customers and see their happy smiles, the stress, and second-guesses fall by the wayside.

When your restaurant finds itself in need of local Helena fire and smoke remediation services, don't hesitate to get help as soon as possible. Accidents happen, after all, we cannot predict the future. What matters most is how fast you respond- action is the best remedy. As fire cools, it is harder to remediate the damage, thus why action is so important. It is best to call for professional remediation services after you call for firefighting services. The quicker SERVPRO can get to your restaurant, the faster we can take care of the emergency services water damage, as well as the fire and smoke damage.

Our expert technicians work when you need us to. Should an electrical fire spark at midnight, we can be there. If a grease fire gets out of hand during dinner service, we already have a truck full of advanced technology ready to go. We understand fire damage waits for no one, so we make a habit of getting to you fast.

At SERVPRO, our technicians have access to the newest advanced technological devices, designed for fire and smoke damage restoration and cleanup. Some of the devices we can use to help you are:

  • Hydroxyl Generators
  • Soot-dissolving cleaning agents
  • Vacuums for powder suppressant
  • Thermal Foggers

Every device we use has a special purpose, and they range from neutralizing malodorous smoke particles, to breaking down soot. Abandon guesswork and trust experts. Our goal is always to return your restaurant to you in its pre-fire condition.

If you need fire and smoke damage restoration, never wait. Speak with SERVPRO of Helena & Great Falls by calling (406) 458-6008. We're eager to help you!