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Carefully Addressing Mold Damage Threats in Helena Properties

1/23/2023 (Permalink)

warehouse with SERVPRO equipment, a technician, and a van Regardless of which room is affected, complete mold damage remediation is essential. Contact SERVPRO for certified technicians and the right equipment

Mold Damage Cleanup and Restoration with SERVPRO in Helena Gets Results

Along with the water or moisture issues that brought it on, black mold can significantly impact your Helena property. Once you suspect mildew and mold development, it requires various actions, including remediation with detailed cleaning and repair. The threat to your property worsens the longer that possible microbial threats are unresolved, leading to the potential for costly secondary damage. The good news for area homeowners and businesses is that SERVPRO is available with a whole team of experienced mold remediation technicians that work to clean up the damage and mitigate loss. Once we get finished, your property will receive the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned seal of approval.

Why Call on SERVPRO with Suspected Mold Damage?

It is not usually not easy to recognize mold issues within your home or business. Should you suspect mold damage in Helena, it is recommended to call in the help of skilled professionals to begin the assessment and cleanup. SERVPRO understands the power of an active mold colony, and we have the best tools, methods, and IICRC-certified technicians to handle your project. In the meantime, the following things that you can look for that may be telling you mildew or black mold is present:

  • Visible Patches – Carpeting, drywall, ceilings, and cabinet interiors may show visible signs of mold colonization. Mold comes in many forms, including black spots, fuzzy gray patches, or pink and green mold (often found in bathrooms near showers and tubs).
  • Dampened Surfaces – Any surfaces located in areas of your home with excessive humidity or stay wet to the touch are prone to microbial growth.
  • Musty Odors – The primary indicator that mold is developing will be musty, foul odors in certain areas of your home. This may include closets, kitchen or bathroom cabinetry where plumbing is located - around tubs, showers, toilets, etc. 

Why Does Mold Damage Cause Destruction in My Home?

Many homeowners remain unaware that mold is developing until it has already taken hold. All mold needs the proper temperatures, humidity levels, and organic food sources to survive and thrive. Because some optimum food sources include drywall and wood particles, it can lead to substantial damage to your interior and even structural elements if not controlled.

SERVPRO Has Proven, Efficient, And Safe Mold Remediation Solutions

We arrive on your property to begin an assessment, mitigation, and cleanup. Containment barriers get put into place using poly sheeting and negative air pressure. This gets done to keep spores from traveling into unaffected areas of your home during mold cleanup. We also have to address mold spores on a surface level, including options such as:

  • Surface cleaning – We have sporicidal solutions and chlorine products to help address active mold threats.
  • Abrasive cleaning – In some instances, we have other mediums such as soda blasting to help remove surface mold without causing damage to the building materials. 
  • Mechanical actions – Our technicians may use sanding methods to remove a small surface layer from wood framing, often eliminating the need for removal and reconstruction.
  • Controlled demolition – With the help of trusted area contractors, building materials deemed unsalvageable due to mold infestation get removed and replaced with all-new materials. In some instances, partial removal of drywall, flooring, carpeting, and other materials can help to lower your mold remediation costs.

We are Here for Both Residential and Commercial Mold Remediation Efforts

With our ability to scale to meet the needs of each customer, SERVPRO is there for small household mold infestations or more significant commercial properties. We get to work quickly to return your property to pre-mold condition, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Helena & Great Falls is here whenever you have issues with mold damage. We get there quickly and work safely and efficiently to get you results. Call us at (406) 458-6008 or request help online.

Helena Residents Deserve Safe, Efficient Water Damage Cleanup

1/23/2023 (Permalink)

ceiling paint bubbling in a kitchen with water damage Have water damage in your Helena home? SERVPRO is prepared with restoration equipment and experienced technicians. Call us today!

Call SERVPRO 24/7 in Helena for Water Damage Restoration Assistance

Even with precautions in place, there can be times when your home or business sustains water damage. This could be a malfunctioning appliance, failing plumbing with a hidden water leak, burst pipes, or a significant water spill. Secondary damage and black mold growth are possible when you do not promptly address the water issue. SERVPRO is there whenever Helena property owners require assistance with water restoration, working to restore versus replace whenever possible. With our 24/7 availability, We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

You could face many common challenges in terms of water damage in Helena. SERVPRO features skilled water restoration technicians (WRT) who know how to adapt to meet such challenges based on each project. With our scalability and elite disaster response team, you can also look to us for sudden flood damage from storms and other disastrous events. 

We are a Trusted Name in the Restoration Industry

Just a sampling of things that you can count on when you contact us for water removal services and restoration include:

  • Rapid response times – we are available around the clock, all year long
  • Reputation – we are a trusted name in the restoration industry
  • Community – we are locally owned and operated with a vested interest in the greater Helena area
  • Scalability – we are there for residential and commercial customers, regardless of the size and scope of the water damage restoration project

What Training Does a SERVPRO Technician Have?

To be successful with water damage calls requires a great deal of training in the science of drying, known as psychrometry. Our team members receive ongoing training in water mitigation, damage assessment, and all related areas as set forth by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Each team that heads out contains specialists in one or more of the following areas:

  • Water damage restoration
  • Advanced structural drying (ASD)
  • Mitigation awareness
  • Mold cleanup
  • Carpet and upholstery cleaning
  • Odor control and more

Never Wait When a Water-Related Emergency Happens

No matter the source of the water damage, water removal services must begin as soon as possible. Failing to do so could bring costly secondary damage or mold and mildew growth. SERVPRO arrives fast to start the assessment of the damage so we can select the best tools for the job. We have an extensive inventory of equipment at our warehouse, including:

  • Water pumps and extractors scalable to each size and type of project
  • Generators to ensure a power source should your electric supply become compromised
  • Air movers and industrial-grade dehumidifiers to speed drying and restore relative humidity (RH)
  • Air scrubbers with HEPA filtration to tackle musty odors and remove airborne particulates
  • EPA-registered antimicrobial and cleaning agents

What About Contents that Come Into Contact With Water?

Our pack-out services help relocate affected contents for drying/cleaning or safe storage if you have contents or inventory impacted by water. Our specialized technicians carefully assess, sort, label, and list everything to ensure a paper trail for each item. Some items may get moved to staging areas or our warehouse for further cleaning, while others get packed up and moved out to reside in our climate-controlled warehouse during the restoration project. Moving items out to get stored helps free up space for our technicians to work.

SERVPRO is Here for Helena Commercial Properties Dealing with Water Damage

Water issues call for a prompt response, whether you have a small eatery or a large-scale manufacturing company. We are available for our area commercial customers to handle any size or type of water-related emergency so that you can feel confident your business does not miss a beat. Be sure to talk with us about developing your Emergency READY  Profile (ERP) to prepare for an emergency on your commercial property!

SERVPRO of Helena & Great Falls is there whenever you require help with water damage. Request help online or give our customer care team a call at (406) 458-6008 for more details.

Fire Damage Restoration with Skilled Technicians in Helena

1/23/2023 (Permalink)

kitchen with fire damage and insulation falling from the ceiling House fire cleanup in Helena starts when SERVPRO demolishes and removes non-salvageable materials. The first step in fire damage mitigation.

SERVPRO is Available in Helena 24/7 with Effective Fire Damage Restoration

Commercial and residential fires, while different, have many things in common. Any fire event creates challenges regarding smoke remediation and fire damage cleanup. If you have been through a recent fire on your Helena property, you deserve to get results fast in terms of cleanup and restoration. SERVPRO understands not only the basic principles of cleaning and repair but also brings innovative methods to each project we get called to address. We take the time necessary to do it right to get back to life as you knew it before the fire. With our fire and smoke restoration technicians (FSRT), your property will be “Like it never even happened.”

It is normal to become stressed and overwhelmed when starting the process of handling your fire damage in Helena. SERVPRO features IICRC-certified technicians who can work on assessing the damage as soon as first responders on the scene deem your property safe for entry. Our crew chief uses the findings from the inspection to select the best equipment and processes for the job, and we adjust as we go to achieve the best results. This includes scalability for our sizable commercial clients in the Greater Helena area.

What Everyone Should Know About the Impact of Fire Damage

  • Fire affects more than just the materials burned
  • Structural elements must get inspected for safety and integrity
  • Smoke and soot residue infiltrate belongings and materials
  • Water damage is often present due to the process of extinguishing the flames
  • Multiple cleaning and restoration efforts might be required to achieve the best results

How Soon can SERVPRO Arrive to Begin House Fire Cleanup?

Fire impacts many areas, not just where it originated or spreads. Smoke particles are intrusive and often make their way throughout your home on air currents or your HVAC system. SERVPRO gets there fast, with our Green Fleet at your door within four hours of your initial contact with our customer care representatives. This allows us to start the assessment to begin removing unsalvageable materials and charred debris. 

  • Our technicians are trained and ready to handle fire-damaged homes and businesses, including immediate tarp-up and boarding services to protect your property during restoration.
  • We select the proper solutions based on the layout of your home or business, the types of materials burned, and any unique challenges.
  • SERVPRO smoke remediation involves handling the removal of soot residues and ash while having containment barriers in place to keep particles from getting tracked into unaffected areas of your property.

Industrial-Grade Tools and Equipment Make All the Difference

SERVPRO has access to an immense inventory of equipment in our warehouse, allowing us to select the correct number of pieces for any job we get called to. Some of the tools of the trade you may see us using during your fire damage restoration project include:

  • Pumps and extractors to handle standing water from extinguishing the blaze
  • Air scrubbers with HEPA filtration
  • Hydroxyl generators and ozone technology
  • Ultra-low volume (ULV) foggers
  • Thermal fogging equipment
  • Odor counteractant beads, granules, or pellets

Could Commercial Fire Restoration Save Time and Money?

As a business owner, you want to save time while remaining prudent about finances. Let the trained professionals handle everything for you rather than having your in-house maintenance team attempt DIY fire cleanup. Not only do we thoroughly inspect all areas for safety risks and possible hazards, but we have the manpower to get your restoration project completed in a fraction of the time. Ask us about putting together your Emergency READY Profile (ERP) to help you remain prepared in the future for any fire or water restoration needs!

When faced with fire and smoke damage, SERVPRO of Helena & Great Falls is available to help 24-hours a day. Call us at (406) 458-6008 or request assistance online.

Low Point in Helena - Fire Damage During the Holiday Season

1/22/2023 (Permalink)

a fire damaged hallway with soot covering the walls Dealing with the remains after a fire can be quite stressful. Call SERVPRO for fire damage remediation services.

We Easily Resolve Problems Caused by Fire Damage

Having a house fire can become one of the most stressful events in a lifetime, but having one over the holidays can ruin so much more than just your Helena area home. Regardless of when a disaster like this happens, SERVPRO is nearby to help with fire damage cleanup, restoration, and rebuilding.

The after-effects when your home in Helena sustains fire damage can impact your family for months. Because SERVPRO has extensive experience in the community, we can provide information to our customers regarding resources to help them recover even faster.

There are different ways that fire can affect your home:

  • Accumulation of soot and other contaminants,
  • New, foul odors, and
  • Destruction of interior structures, framework, and personal belongings

The slower a fire burns, the more soot it produces because it never gets hot enough. Higher temperatures make less soot (does depend on the material combusted.) Other by-products of fire include gases and oils. Soot requires a lot of elbow grease to eliminate, making SERVPRO's teamwork essential for a fast recovery.

Those by-products continue to break down into smaller pieces. They become so small that air currents can pick them up and carry them around. When you breathe them into your nose, your brain detects them as a disagreeable odor. Removing the source of such odors happens as we eliminate soot, but we go the extra step with thermal fogging that encapsulates soot particles that we cannot reach with cleaning tools. We also use other methods of odor control. Mechanical means like HEPA-filtered air scrubbers outfitted with activated charcoal filters help to eliminate malodors.

Heat weakens many things, including the wooden frame supporting your home. Our building crew can check for weak areas and take steps to strengthen the framework of your house. Other materials, such as paneling and drywall, carpeting, and furnishings that became charred from the flames, need us to remove and rebuild that area.

When a fire turns your home into a disaster area, call SERVPRO of Helena & Great Falls at (406) 458-6008. We'll work with you to make it "Like it never even happened."

Challenges Water Restoration Poses in Large Helena Facilities

12/28/2022 (Permalink)

Water damaged home. Water damage restoration services by SERVPRO are top-notch. We are ready at a moment's notice.

 SERVPRO Responds Appropriately to Water Damage in Helena

Running extensive facilities requires almost perfect skills to organize people and schedule daily activities. When an unexpected event, such as water intrusion from a burst plumbing line or missing shingle, interferes with any aspect, operations can halt. Timely water restoration is essential to reinstate entire operations.

The water restoration processes your Helena facility requires may challenge you, especially if you choose to handle them in-house rather than involve a professional. SERVPRO provides the tools, trained staff, and necessary experience to respond to challenges leading to better outcomes.

Restoration Challenges Posed by a Large Facility

  • Moving water or air over vast distances
  • Difficulty reaching elevated areas
  • Challenges in executing drying procedures

Removing spilled water is one of the main restoration procedures to undertake. Such water may be spread over the vast floor surfaces or trapped in an interior wall deep within the facility. Extracting and properly disposing of it is critical. The extractors our technicians use have storage tanks, thus easing transfers. Alternatively, we use large, wheeled trashcans as receptacles during the extraction.

Ventilating the Property

Circulating air in the property is essential to facilitate faster evaporation, thus drying wet areas faster. Unlike dealing with water, where movement is directional from the structure to the exterior, air movement requires more control. For instance, isolating the affected areas is essential before circulating dry air to ensure no interference from the air in the surrounding regions or the exterior of the building. Our technicians can establish a closed drying system by installing containment and using air movers and dehumidifiers.

Essential Drying Equipment

  • Direct expansion units for heating and cooling
  • Desiccant dehumidifiers
  • Indirect fired furnaces

Another problem that might afflict restoration is the need for more power or lighting to facilitate the repair. SERVPRO is well prepared with portable or industrial generators to supply sufficient electricity to run all the equipment. We also have a stand, string, and wobble lights to illuminate all the dark areas.

SERVPRO of Helena & Great Falls can tackle any challenging water restoration task limiting interruptions to your daily schedules. Call (406) 458-6008. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Drywall Water Damage Repair in Helena Homes

11/15/2022 (Permalink)

Water Soaked Carpet Call SERVPRO of Helena & Great Falls today if you need help with professional water damage restoration.

SERVPRO Restores the Interior Condition of Your Helena Home

In the event of moisture intrusion in your Helena home, it is highly likely to affect drywall surfaces. Water damage worsens as time passes and creates the ideal conditions for mold growth. You must rapidly extract excess moisture in a structure to prevent the drywall from encouraging mold growth and experiencing severe structural harm.

The period it takes to repair water damage in your Helena home can vary. Factors such as affected materials and areas significantly impact the restoration timeline. For example, a small home damaged by a substantial amount of water may take longer to restore than a large house with only minor moisture damage. Larger areas may require longer drying times. Regardless of the size, specific protocols are necessary to restore your home’s interior quality completely. That is why having a company such as SERVPRO perform restoration eases the process for you.

Other variables that determine how long the process may take:

  • How long has the water been in contact with the property
  • The volume of water inside the house
  • Whether the water leaks impacted building materials
  • Whether the water is contaminated

Factors Affecting Drywall’s Drying Time

In some situations, drywall can dry out on its own, but this may take longer, and you would want to avoid risking the chances of dealing with mold.

Factors determining drying time:

  • Extent of damage
  • Drying method
  • Moisture barriers on the wall

Wet drywall would dry slower the more moisture it has absorbed. By using drying methods and equipment such as dehumidifiers, air filtration devices, and structural drying cavity equipment, SERVPRO crews can speed up the drying process.

Whether just one area of your drywall needs water damage repair or an entire floor is affected, SERVPRO of Helena & Great Falls can help. Call us at (406) 458-6008 to thoroughly clean and dry your affected properties. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Why Should Homeowners Seek Professional Help When There’s Flood Damage in Their Homes?

9/21/2022 (Permalink)

Drawing of drop of water with home floating in flood Flooding quickly causes flood damage. Contact SERVPRO for water removal and remediation services.

A Professional Flood Restoration Team Helps Dry, Clean, and Disinfect Your Home in Great Falls

Addressing the consequences of floodwaters in your Great Falls home is a job for a professional crew. Recovering from a flood goes further than extracting water and wiping surfaces clean. Experienced water restoration technicians (WRT) can explain the importance of drying, disinfecting, and deodorizing your home following a flood. Whether your whole house is victim to the debris brought in by the flood or it's contained in just one area, rely on the experts for assistance.

In Great Falls, flood damage assistance is available through our SERVPRO crew. Call our 24/7 hotline to access a team of experts who train with industry leaders to provide high-quality remediation services. As we inspect your home to assess the damage, we focus on mitigating your loss and optimizing the resources available to bring your home back to mint condition. With industrial-grade equipment at our disposal, we arrive quickly and jump into action as soon as it is safe.

What is the Best Equipment to Address Flood Damage?

Our SERVPRO team not only has the latest in technology, but we also have the training and experience to use it. We can complete your home's restoration within a reasonable timeframe using an array of water-extracting, deodorizing, and disinfecting techniques. To do so, our staff may bring some of the following into your home:

  • Truck-mounted and submersible pumps to extract large volumes of water
  • Ultra-Low Volume Foggers to disseminate antimicrobial solutions
  • Industrial dehumidifiers and air circulators to promote water evaporation
  • Specialty equipment such as drying mats to address the drying of specific materials 

Flooding is sometimes inevitable where you live, but how you react to it can make all the difference. When it happens, call SERVPRO of Helena & Great Falls at (406) 458-6008 and let our crew leave your residence "Like it never even happened."

How Can I Recover my Home After a Storm?

8/15/2022 (Permalink)

thunderstorm caution sign SERVPRO professionals are trained to handle all types of water damage.

Violent Weather Events Can Lead to Flood Damage in Your Helena Home. SERVPRO has Experience Controlling Water Intrusion after Storm Events

How Does Water Intrusion Affect a Property?

Flooding can cause severe harm to your Helena residence by bursting through doors or windows and migrating quickly through rooms. Water migration affects properties in two ways. The first is from direct contact with materials that absorb moisture and can warp, bleed, or distort. The second is by increasing the amount of water in an indoor environment's air. High levels of humidity, and the resulting condensation, can lead to expensive losses as well as wall and ceiling damages. Stopping the spread of standing water and bringing in controls to the humidity is essential to recovering your property after a flood event. SERVPRO technicians have extensive experience working with flooded properties and can implement an efficient drying method to mitigate further losses. 

How quickly does floodwater damage a property?

Water begins to cause flood damage as soon as it enters your Helena home. While it may appear as though standing water remains in place, it rapidly increases indoor humidity while seeping into baseboards, wall cavities, or subfloors. The presence of moisture not only exerts pressure on the structure of your home through water weight but can also increase the chances of mold growth or condensation damage. Quick response within the first three days of flooding is vital to recovering the majority of losses in your property. SERVPRO operates twenty-four hours a day and can perform essential emergency mitigation to prevent flooding from causing irreversible harm. 

How does water move through a home?

  • Liquid flow occurs from plumbing malfunctions, groundwater flooding, roof leakages, and flash flooding and is commonly observed in properties with storm damages.
  • Air movement occurs when bodies of water evaporate and enter into cracks, crevices, or cavities, causing water infiltration 
  • Capillary suction occurs when water moves into porous materials like upholstery or carpeting and spreads rapidly
  • Vapor diffusion causes lower level flooding to affect upper levels without an appropriate vapor barrier installed

How does flooding affect ceilings, walls, and flooring?

Experience is central to efficient restoration. Water moves through materials differently, which can complicate drying or invalidate a stock drying method. SERVPRO technicians work in the local area, which gives us a first-hand understanding of the typical material construction of residential communities. Knowing the floor, ceiling, or wall assembly of a building helps us to understand where to look for moisture and what methods your home requires to dry efficiently. If water affects the first floor of your property and migrates to the basement or cellar, there may be a cavity in-between the two rooms. Drying each room individually without inspecting the ceiling cavity could lead to mold or water damage that reveals itself several days into restoration.

SERVPRO technicians use borescopes, moisture probes, and our knowledge of floor assembly to ensure the drying procedure takes into account your home's unique architecture. 

What building materials absorb the most water during flooding?

  • Carpeting, textiles, and upholstery can absorb large amounts of moisture in a short period
  • Unfinished natural materials like the wood used in the frame of a building can become saturated with floodwaters
  • Gypsum board, fiber-glass, or insulation

Are stone and masonry affected by water intrusion?

Concrete and bricks are semi-porous materials and can become adversely affected by water absorption. These materials typically take longer to absorb moisture. However, the resulting damage is much more severe than porous materials due to expansion or cracking. Drying concrete floors focuses on raising the temperature of the surface level to draw out moisture. Placing moisture sensors directly onto the surface of concretes can help SERVPRO technicians to ascertain how much water remains in the material and allows us to ensure floors are at low risk of damage after flood restoration

When is it safe to return home after flooding?

Flooded properties can have severe structural issues as well as water contamination. SERVPRO conducts a walkthrough with you to inform you of the drying procedure and the outcomes of our restoration. After a walkthrough, it is safe for you to return to the property because it is thoroughly dry and safe from microbial infestation. Walkthroughs occur once mitigation is complete, and any damaged items or structure returns to their preloss condition.

Understanding your home's unique architecture and building materials is vital to performing a comprehensive restoration. Contact SERVPRO of Helena & Great Falls at (406) 458-6008 to mitigate losses.

What Can I Do to My Fire Damaged Kitchen in Helena?

8/15/2022 (Permalink)

fire damaged room The service crew from SERVPRO of Helena & Great Falls understand that fire accidents can strike any time of the day.

Experts from SERVPRO can Help Restore Your Fire Damaged House in Helena

It’s only a few days after your kitchen accidentally caught fire as you prepared dinner for your family in Helena. Although you could stop it before spreading to other parts of the house, the kitchen is still in disarray. Everything has soot, and the ceiling and walls in the house have blackened. A pungent smell that permeates the entire residence is unbearable.

What Help can Experts Offer to Restore Your Kitchen Back to Normal?

It may be hard to restore your fire-damaged kitchen in Helena to its previous condition. Luckily for the residents, SERVPRO technicians are always on standby to help families handle the situation “Like it never even happened.” In case of such an incident, the competent crew arrives promptly to mitigate the damage. All you do is take them through the affected area as they evaluate the extent of the damage.

How do Technicians Mitigate Fire Damage?

After assessing the damage, the crew assembles the necessary equipment to start work immediately. Our team will do the following things to return your kitchen or the entire house to the comfort it had before.

  • Cleaning the structures – All the walls, floors, ceilings, and other structural items are first cleaned
  • Cleaning the contents – The crew checks out what can be restored and cleans those items. This can include things like sooty items in the kitchen
  • Removing off-odors – Our technicians will not just mask the pungent odor but will eliminate it completely using molecular-level solvent deodorizers

What is Outstanding About our Fire Damage Professionals?

Apart from helping you restore order to your burnt-up kitchen, our team of professionals has much more to offer. They can help you with insurance claims for items that cannot be restored. Our techs handle fire-damaged homes with dignity, respect, and professionalism.

How can I Reach out to the Experts in Case of a Fire Emergency?

The service crew from SERVPRO of Helena & Great Falls understands fire accidents can strike any day. As such, they are ready to come to your rescue on a 24-hour basis. Call (406) 458-6008 for expert cleaning and restoration if you face a fire outbreak or any fire-related damage.

Why Is Drying So Vital After Mold Damage?

8/15/2022 (Permalink)

crawlspace mold damage 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 we cannot wholly prevent mold from returning when it comes to mold damage in Great Falls homes. The fungus is always present in nature, meaning 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: 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.

Our IICRC trained techs 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.