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Can SERVPRO Overcome Flood Damage in Great Falls with Water Removal Services?

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

a flooded laundry room Regardless as to why flooding occurred, water removal is essential. Call us at (406) 458-6008 for effective water removal and remediation services.

Standing Water Can be a Threatening Condition After Flooding in Great Falls Houses

Flooding is not an uncommon scenario for homes and businesses in the area, making the fast response of SERVPRO professionals vital to protect the property and its contents. Our Great Falls team works to begin flood restoration and mitigation services as soon as possible.

What Tools Are Ideal for Water Clean Up in Great Falls?

Flood damage for Great Falls homes often requires water removal services first before other flood restoration efforts can begin. Basement flooding cleanup starts by removing any surface pooling, which can be more complicated and involved than clean water removal. Because of floating debris and solids in floodwater, only specific extraction tools our SERVPRO team uses can be effective. Some of these include:

  • Trash pumps
  • Truck-mount extractors
  • Wet vacuums

Because of how quickly flood damage can spread in area homes, extraction and debris cleaning is critical. Our SERVPRO of Helena & Great Falls team is ready to help 24/7 at (406) 458-6008.

How Can SERVPRO Overcome Bound Water in Materials of Your Great Falls Home?

4/28/2021 (Permalink)

a woman holding buckets to catch water falling from her ceiling Burst pipes behind walls can make water damage that much harder. Contact team SERVPRO to investigate the situation and remediate the damage.

Burst Pipes and Leaks Can Lead to Water Trapped in Building Materials of Great Falls Properties

Because so many potential causes for water damage exist in area homes and businesses, water clean up is among the most common service callouts our SERVPRO team receives. We offer fast and reliable service to begin mitigation work in these situations, showcasing years of experience that our restoration team has for water damage remediation. Water disasters of varying types present unique obstacles for restorers, so establishing the kind of damage and the necessary restoration and recovery steps as soon as possible is critical to help with:

  • Burst pipes
  • Ceiling leaks 
  • Basement flooding
  • Emergency services water damage 
  • Flood restoration
  • Water damage remediation 

Water Removal Services for Standing Water Concerns

After burst pipes, ceiling leaks, and other types of water damage in Great Falls homes, water removal services are necessary. Often, professionals cannot calculate the full extent of a disaster's damage until surface water concerns are addressed by responding technicians from our SERVPRO team.

There are numerous machines and instruments in our recovery inventory to efficiently remove pooling water and begin subsequent water clean up and flood restoration, including truck-mount extractors, electric submersible pumps, trash pumps, and wet vacuums. Specialty weighted extractors and carpet wands can also help to prevent trapped water from becoming bound.

Drying Tools for Appropriate Water Clean Up

There is no mistaking that drying is among the most important steps to overcome water damage, which can also happen in several ways. Bound water can be a challenging obstacle for responding technicians, primarily because the composition of the affected material begins to degrade and deteriorate at this stage. Axial and centrifugal air movers directed at impacted surfaces can promote surface drying and evaporation. However, more direct measures are often necessary to overcome trapped moisture and water beyond these visible points.

The Injecti-Dry system and other positive and negative pressure systems work to infuse warm, dry air into structural cavities to promote evaporation and better protect exposed materials. The objective of using this multi-hose system and directly blasting air into these cavities is to reduce the need for tear-out and reconstruction.

Water Damage Repairs and Controlled Demolition

Despite the efficiency and efficacy of drying tools and devices to promote evaporation in structural cavities, there are circumstances where too much damage and degradation has occurred. Our general contractor license allows us to complete multiple water damage repairs and reconstruction services your home might require. Beginning with controlled demolition to remove ruined materials, we can begin reconstruction and build-back as soon as water clean up completes.

Bound water can often only get resolved by removing and replacing drywall, flooring, and other affected building materials. Between our general contractor license and our highly experienced Water Restoration Technician (WRT) team, you can count on SERVPRO of Helena & Great Falls to help. We are available 24/7 at (406) 458-6008.

How Can SERVPRO Remove Smoke Odors from Great Falls Homes?

4/1/2021 (Permalink)

a fire damaged roof Home damaged by a fire? Our SERVPRO team is standing by with fire damage remediation equipment.

Fire damage restoration in Great Falls hinges on appropriate cleaning and deodorization tactics

We appreciate how fast fire and smoke damage can spread through fire damaged homes and mobilize quickly after these emergencies to help. Often efficient mitigation and emergency services can limit the irreparable damage and destruction that post-fire effects can cause.

  • Fire damage restoration
  • Fire damaged homes
  • Smoke remediation
  • Fire and smoke damage

How Can Smoke Remediation Help Fire Damaged Homes in Great Falls?

The need for smoke remediation after fire damage in Great Falls homes and businesses is often universal.

Between partially combusted fuels that generate smoke and soot particles coating surfaces in the damaged portions of the property to lingering odors, we have multiple tools and products explicitly designed for remediating, neutralizing, and cleaning smoke damage and soil.

Regardless of how damaging a fire might become, our SERVPRO of Helena & Great Falls team has extensive training and experience in making it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime that you need us at (406) 458-6008.

Can SERVPRO Handle All Aspects of Complicated Water Mitigation and Asbestos Abatement in Helena?

3/29/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Streamlines Water Damage Cleanup and Hazardous Material Remediation Much to Our Customer’s Relief

The types and intensity of a Helena homeowner’s water emergency services requirements vary with each scenario. SERVPRO’s commitment to speedy service from highly-qualified licensed and certified technicians enables us to provide wrap-around strategies that:

  • Minimize the disruption caused by the event
  • Avoid the need to hire several contractors
  • Ensure the tasks completed meet or exceed all applicable rules and regulations

How Does SERVPRO Respond to a Helena Resident’s Request for Water Damage Help?

Let one of our valued customers answer this  question with a recent testimonial:

Dear Jesse,

I’m writing this letter to let you know how much I have appreciated the wonderful service that Josh Wittenberg and Josh Forrest have provided. From the morning they arrived, they have been hard-working and so very courteous. I have so appreciated their work ethic and their attention to detail as they worked to clear up and clean up the water mess in my home. I also appreciated their sensitivity to the stress I was under. SERVPRO is fortunate to have these two fine employees and I was fortunate to have them at my house to solve my problem.

Sincerely Mary S.

P.S. Nathan M and Logan from Helena did a wonderful job on asbestos abatement today (March 16th). They were also so courteous, friendly and hard working.

What Resources Does SERVPRO Call Upon to Deliver Comprehensive Water and Asbestos Abatement?

Helena water emergencies demand workers complete proper training from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), and evidence an exemplary work ethic. Compassion for the worry and fear experienced by customers is a must. The team responding to Mary S’s disaster illustrates the certifications, skill, kindness, and dedication of our crew chiefs and workers.These gentlemen brought a wealth of knowledge and experience to this job with their IICRC certifications as

  • WRT (Water Restoration Technician)
  • OCT (Order Control Technician)
  • CCT (Carpet Cleaning Technician)

Advanced training and certification from the state also allowed a smooth transition to the needed asbestos remediation. The crew members hold Montana Project Contractor/Supervisor Certificates for Asbestos Abatement, so discovering hazardous asbestos-containing materials did not delay or slow the completion of the project.

No matter what unexpected issues occur, SERVPRO of Helena & Great Falls has the workforce prepared to take your water restoration challenge from start to finish. Call (406) 458-6008 to ensure your water damage remediation is in our capable hands.

How Does Containment Help Overcome Helena Water Damage?

3/26/2021 (Permalink)

a man and a woman holding buckets to catch water falling from the ceiling Water damage cleanup needs to happen very fast. Team SERVPRO is standing by with the water removal equipment and the know how.

Water mitigation and containment work to prevent irreparable damage to Helena area businesses during restoration.

Mitigation can be one of our restoration team's vital efforts after a water disaster, namely to remove any surface water concerns or trapped moisture in sensitive materials. The less these potential situations exist, the faster the later cleaning and drying goes. We can help with:

  • Water damage remediation
  • Flood restoration
  • Basement flooding
  • Emergency services water damage
  • Ceiling leaks
  • Burst pipes

How Can Water Damage Remediation Work for Your Business?

Our technicians' prompt response plays a critical role in the flood restoration and emergency services water damage for Helena businesses we can implement.

Remediating and cleaning up after these disasters can require multiple tools in our recovery inventory but hinges most on appropriate containment when possible to keep your business going when water damage restoration gets underway.

Because water damage can spread so quickly, the 24/7 response of our SERVPRO of Helena & Great Falls team can keep you going. Give us a call anytime at (406) 458-6008.

Why Should Asbestos Cleaning Be Professionally Done in Helena Homes?

3/21/2021 (Permalink)

yellow caution tape that says danger asbestos Was asbestos found in your home? Contact our certified team for more information about asbestos cleaning.

Asbestos can be a highly hazardous material for your Helena home that requires immediate attention and careful removal.

Why Should Homeowners Seek Professional Asbestos Abatement?

Our SERVPRO team trained professionals on our roster for asbestos cleaning in Helena homes to meet the demand for a reputable removal contractor for our vast service area. Because so many Montana homes were constructed before the 1980s, many common building materials and insulating elements were partly or wholly asbestos-based.

Some of these include:

  • Roof shingles
  • Vinyl flooring and mastic
  • Textured paint
  • Heat-resistant materials
  • Air duct coverings
  • Attic insulation

This carcinogenic substance can be hazardous to those directly exposed, and once fibers exist in an environment, they can become a long-term threat to the property. Once testing confirms that asbestos exists, our team can:

  • Establish work zones 
  • Begin air filtration
  • Remove necessary materials
  • Safely and legally discard them 

Containment Protocols to Protect Occupants of Your Helena Home

Containment is a vital aspect of asbestos cleaning in Helena. Not only do physical barriers need to be installed with thick plastic sheeting, but pathways that could allow fibers to travel to other areas of the property must get sealed off as well. These pathways include:

  • Vents
  • Registers
  • Doorways

Preventing the movement of potentially carcinogenic asbestos fibers begins with ensuring the HVAC system is shut down not to agitate work zones our SERVPRO team has established. These sealed construction zones allow better regulation of fibers and hazardous particulates with HEPA vacuums and air filtration equipment regularly used in conjunction with wet demolition.

Asbestos Cleaning and Removal in Your Helena Household

Once a thorough inspection has been conducted in the property and work zones have been established, our contractors understand the specific materials that must be removed and the potential risks of agitating these surfaces. The demolition process can widely spread fibers and asbestos particles when proper containment methods are not instilled. We meticulously and carefully remove problematic materials using wet strategies and bagging methods to reduce contamination. HEPA-filtration products can be instrumental in capturing possible circulating fibers from posing health effects. Some of these tools in our inventory include:

  • Negative pressure machines 
  • Air scrubbers
  • Hydroxyl generators

Appropriate Handling and Discarding of Hazardous Materials

Asbestos cleaning requires intricate removal practices that reduce the spread of harmful carcinogenic particles. Wet tactics can keep known ACBM products and materials damp to reduce the circulation of fibers. The appropriate handling of these materials protects your home and our abatement professionals while transporting it to a facility for elimination. We abide by state and federal regulations for the handling and specific disposal of hazardous materials.

Final Asbestos Cleaning in Your Helena Residence

Our SERVPRO team does not stop at discarding hazardous materials removed from your home. An asbestos abatement project is not complete until the work surfaces have been reinstalled, and any surfaces not involved with controlled demolition and calculated removal get cleaned with wet products, and the full exposure area has been thoroughly filtered using HEPA products and air quality control measures. We ensure that we have met the appropriate guidelines and criteria in the removal process before deconstructing containment barriers. 

If you suspect aging materials in your home might contain asbestos, let our SERVPRO of Helena & Great Falls professionals help clean and restore these hazardous conditions. We are available 24/7 at (406) 458-6008.

Why Is Drying So Vital After Mold Damage?

3/1/2021 (Permalink)

Drywall removed to exposed studs; mold damage showing Don’t let you home become a moldy oldy. Call SERVPRO to remediate your mold damage.

SERVPRO Helps Prevent Mold Regrowth 

Mold spreads quickly throughout your home. One patch of mold can easily produce microscopic spores that enter the air and drift throughout your house, looking for a new place to set up camp. 

SERVPRO understands that when it comes to mold damage in Great Falls homes, we cannot wholly prevent the mold from coming back. The fungus is always present in nature, which means it can continually re-enter your home.

However, we can make it harder for mold to regrow, and one way to do that is by thoroughly drying the affected area. Mold needs several things to grow, including an organic food source, the correct temperature, and moisture. Our drying process includes:

  • Regular and accurate readings so we can assess the situation.
  • A professional drying plan tells us where to place fans and air movers for maximum effect.
  • Use of dehumidifiers to reduce air moisture levels.

We can dry the walls and floors, behind baseboards, crawl spaces and attics, and even personal belongings such as furniture and linens.

For professional mold damage help, call SERVPRO of Helena & Great Falls at (406) 458-6008.

What Happens to Wooden Furniture After Flood Damage?

2/22/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Helps Protect Your Belongings 

When a storm brings flood damage to your home, one of the biggest concerns is how to rescue any water-damaged furniture. Unfortunately, it does not take long for water to seep into furniture and cause problems. Thankfully, SERVPRO is here to help. 

If you are worried about flood damage in Great Falls, it is vital to call us immediately. Water can damage furniture in several ways:

  • Wood can swell and warp as it absorbs moisture.
  • Upholstery can be left with stains.
  • There is a risk of wood cracking during drying.
  • Wet wood and upholstery provide a breeding ground for microbes.

SERVPRO uses moisture meters, probes, and hygrometers to measure moisture and humidity while drying your flood damaged furniture. Proper readings mean we can tweak the drying process to suit the furniture and minimize the risk of cracking or permanent damage. We can also apply anti-microbial and odor eating treatments to restore furniture “Like it never even happened.” 

If you need help rescuing your furniture from flood damage, call SERVPRO of Helena & Great Falls at (406) 458-6008.

Do You Need Help with Water Removal in Helena?

2/15/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO tech standing in front of Action Heroes picture Our action heroes are standing by and ready to restore your water damage.

SERVPRO Helps Protect Helena Businesses from Water Problems

Helena is one of the least populated state capitals in the United States, with just 28,190 people. The size makes Helena the perfect city for a relaxing vacation. There are plenty of activities for all the family, including shopping and restaurants. Yet the town is small enough that you are never far from a view of Montana's big skies and rugged landscapes.

Helena grew to prominence during the gold rush. During the mid-nineteenth century, so many people flocked to the area around Alder Gulch and Grasshopper Creek that the local government created a whole new site and called it "Montana." Helena started life as a small camp named Last Chance Gulch. However, some of the townspeople thought the name was too crass, especially as the base was rapidly becoming a thriving small town. A group of seven townspeople met to discuss the town layout and plan its future – and they gave it the name Helena.

The gold rush brought good fortune to the town. There were around millionaires living there by 1888, more per capita than anywhere else. In today's figures, Helena's wealth would be in the billions. The freely available wealth directly contributed to Helena's stunning Victorian architecture, including a vast, imposing cathedral and a very striking state capitol building.

Helena continued to thrive beyond the nineteenth century, and nowadays, it houses many government departments. It is popular with those who want to get close to nature and offers everything from hiking and skiing to white water rafting and hang gliding.

Enjoy the Arts in Helena

Among its many other attractions, Helena has a great arts scene. If you are seeking a cultural encounter, you might like to check out: 

  • The Holter Museum of Art features a range of fascinating modern art exhibits. It aims to foster healing through art, and it hosts regular exhibitions, classes, and talks to encourage residents and visitors to immerse themselves in the arts.
  • Grandstreet Theater is one of the most prominent community theaters in Montana. Grandstreet performers have been putting on excellent shows for over forty years, and the theater is staffed entirely by volunteers. They also run a renowned young person's theater program.
  • The unusually named 1+1=1 Gallery started life as a tiny pop-up art gallery and now has a brick and mortar space. The gallery features painting, sculpture, ceramics, and furniture by local artists and holds all-age art classes and gatherings.

How can You Protect Art Before Water Removal?

Anyone who has a gallery or theater knows that water can wreak havoc with canvas, paper, and costumes. SERPVRO is sensitive to the local arts community's needs and understands that fast action is a must for water removal. 

If you need water removal, there are some things you can do while waiting for our teams:

  • Remove printed and painted materials from rugs and carpets to prevent bleeding onto the floor coverings.
  • Wipe down any surfaces that are not at risk of color bleeding, such as metal and wooden furniture, and some sculpture and ceramics (use good judgment here.)
  • Place aluminum foil under furniture legs if you can (you might also do this for display tables and cabinets if they are not too heavy.)

If you need help with water damage in your business, contact SERVPRO of Helena & Great Falls at (406) 458-6008.

Structural Fire Damage in Helena?

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

a burned picture frame among more burned rubble Call SERVPRO of Helena & Great Falls today at (406) 458-6008 if you need help with professional fire damage restoration.

If a Fire Starts in Your House in Helena, Call SERVPRO

Every year, structural burns account for a large percentage of residential insurance claims. The most common cause of blazes is cooking mishaps. Once the flames ignite, the smoke coming from it can travel through your home and cause several other issues.

During many fire damage projects in Helena, our technicians find that smoke causes issues, including residue-coated surfaces and unpleasant smells. To completely restore your structure after it suffers from smoke damage, our SERVPRO team can take the following measures:

  • Removal of Residues: Depending on the surfaces that got affected, we can use water-based solutions or dry methods to clean off of your walls, ceilings, or contents.
  • Fogging Procedures: If burnt aromas are still prevalent after all surfaces have been cleaned, then we can utilize either an Ultra-Low Volume (ULV) or thermal fogger that dispenses deodorants into the form of a mist or fog.
  • Ozone Generation: We can also use a machine that dispenses O3 into the air that oxidizes malodor molecules.

If you ever have a cooking mishap and a fire starts inside your house, call SERVPRO of Helena & Great Falls at (406) 458-6008.