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What Builds Confidence That Fire Damage in Helena Properties Can Be Fully Restored?

11/26/2021 (Permalink)

firemen standing on a ladder as they try to extinguish flames on the outside of a house Dealing with fire damage doesn’t have to be difficult. Contact our certified team to quickly assess and then start the remediation process.

SERVPRO Capitalizes on Better Organization To Reassure Homeowners Affected by Fires

After your property survives a fire incident, a confidence crisis might be your next challenge. You might wonder what the long-term impact of the fire damage might be or the immediate costs you have to foot to restore preloss conditions at your Helena home.

One of the roles played by a professional fire damage restorer in Helena is providing the reassurance that you need after such an incident. SERVPRO technicians have the people skills necessary to provide such assurance. Also, the way we plan and run the restoration process helps build confidence among homeowners since we are greatly organized.

Building confidence takes simple things that you might easily dismiss like:

  • Getting straight answers from the restoration team
  • Availability of sufficient restoration resources
  • Steps taken to protect the damaged property

Although seeking help means handing over the responsibility of fixing broken things to somebody else, it does not mean you should not be involved in any way. Getting clarifications on any aspects is essential rather than being patronized with empty reassurances. Our SERVPRO IICRC-certified technicians ensure you are involved from the start.

Some typical actions that help guarantee this include:

  • Identifying pre-existing issues
  • Asking about your preferences on any hazy issues
  • Explaining various procedures necessary for the restoration

Although fire leaves significant damages around the structure, it does not mean that additional damages are okay. If the restoration team can forestall secondary damages, it can save you unnecessary costs or inconveniences. Since SERVPRO prioritizes the protection of the structure by boarding up or installing roof tarps, you can rest assured that your damaged house is safe from interference by weather elements or vandals. In addition, seeing our teams bring sophisticated equipment into your house creates confidence that all aspects of the damage caused by fire can be fully addressed. 

SERVPRO of Helena & Great Falls understands the emotional impact fire damage has on property owners and thus provides solutions that make it "Like it never even happened." Call us at (406) 458-6008 for assistance.

How Can Water Damage Influence the Energy Efficiency of Your Helena Home?

11/21/2021 (Permalink)

a water damaged ceiling with water marks on it When water damage affects your home, deterioration continues to occur. Call SERVPRO to investigate and start the water damage remediation process.

SERVPRO Executes Water Removal To Address Immediate and Forestall Future Issues

When water is introduced into a structure, it changes many materials. Some of these changes may be subtle, but they can significantly impact your Helena home. One such case is moisture reaching wall cavities and affecting the insulation, which can create energy inefficiencies.

If you do not understand such impacts of water damage in your Helena home, you may end up footing hefty power bills long after the water intrusion is dealt with, thus leading to unnecessary losses. SERVPRO can help you resolve the initial water intrusion without leaving long-term issues. Apart from larger bills, you might encounter other problems.

Some of the problems associated with water intrusion in insulated areas include:

  • Reduced fire resistance
  • Compromised antimicrobial qualities
  • Matting or rusting 

Resolving water damage around the affected areas without leaving long-term issues requires proper planning. Devising a plan is only possible if you know what you are facing. Our SERVPRO technicians evaluate the type of insulation you have to determine the right action.

The common types of insulation include fiberglass, cellulose, and Rockwool. Each of these types of insulation presents unique challenges after moisture exposure. Cellulose and Rockwool mat when wet, so removal is the only solution. Fiberglass is more resilient, but it is not always possible to restore it because the vapor barriers in the material slow down drying.

Drying insulated walls requires:

  • Removing baseboards
  • Drilling holes between wall studs
  • Forcing warm, dry air into the cavities to improve evaporation

SERVPRO of Helena & Great Falls considers every water damage incident significant, thus deploying sufficient resources to make it "Like it never even happened." Call us at (406) 458-6008

Who Can I Call for Flood Restoration in Great Falls?

11/10/2021 (Permalink)

a flooded kitchen with chairs floating around Regardless of which room is affected, quick water removal is essential. Contact SERVPRO for certified technicians and the right equipment for the job.

SERVPRO Can Help with Ceiling Repairs from Water Damages in Great Falls

Being in the Rocky Mountains, people in Montana know that the area sees inclement weather pretty much any time of the year. In the summer and early fall seasons, rainstorms and thunderstorms tend to strike the state from time to time. In late fall and throughout the winter and spring, snowstorms and blizzards are rather common. Unfortunately, both rainstorms and blizzards could cause damage to your home.

During several cases of flood damage in Great Falls, the source of the problems is water entering after a thunderstorm or vicious blizzard. Rainstorms can bring about wind and hail that can cause holes in your structure or broken roof shingles. Blizzards also can bring about issues with wind, or an ice dam could form, causing your roof to leak. If any of these problems occur during any time of the year and moisture gets into your house, our SERVPRO technicians can help you with the following:

  • Repair Ceiling Leaks
  • Flood Restoration
  • Remediate Basement Flooding
  • Water Clean Up 
  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Water Removal Services

One major problem with moisture entering your house from the outside due to a storm is that there is a chance the water can be contaminated. Therefore, we use special protocols to prevent the spread of contamination. For example, if porous materials such as your carpets get wet, we can remove them. Before removing items, we can also contain the affected area with plastic to prevent contaminants from spreading during the work process. Once your damaged carpet and pad get pulled out, we can then treat your subflooring with an antimicrobial solution to kill any viruses, bacteria, or fungi present.

If you ever notice that any amount of water entered your home after a thunderstorm or a blizzard, call SERVPRO of Helena & Great Falls at (406) 458-6008.

Are There Any Mold Specialists in the Great Falls Area?

11/3/2021 (Permalink)

mold growing on the walls and ceiling of a room Finding mold does not need to cause a fright! Contact SERVPRO to investigate the cause and remediate the mold damage in your home.

SERVPRO Can Provide Mold Inspections, Remediations, and Removal in Great Falls

When most people hear that black mold is present in their homes, they think of places on the east coast and the south with high humidity levels. Mold is more of a problem where the relative humidity stays high, but it can also be prevalent in more arid climates. In Montana, relative humidity levels range from 71 to 45 compared to Florida, which averages 81 in the morning to 51 in the afternoons. However, even though it is much drier in the Rocky Mountains, fungi can still grow inside your structure. 

Once there is mold damage inside your Great Falls home, the fungi releases spores to help it spread and grow in other places. Since mold can cause health effects, it is wise to use a company like SERVPRO that considers themselves mold specialists. If you notice attic mold or the presence of any other type of fungi in your structure, we can provide the following:

  • Black Mold Remediation
  • Mold Inspections
  • Basement Mold Remediation 
  • Bathroom Mold Remediation
  • Attic Mold Remediation
  • Black Mold Damage Repairs

Whenever we deal with fungi, our procedures change based on the severity. Once a fungus develops, it grows structures called hyphae in all directions. These structures then release the seed-like spores that can travel around your home until they find other wet, organic materials to grow on.

No matter how bad the issues are, our highly trained, IICRC certified SERVPRO team always follows the same procedures each time that have been proven effective. We can provide fast, 24/7 service and utilize advanced technology such as the industry's best moisture censors and air scrubbers.

If you happen to notice even a small patch of black mold growth in your house one day, it is wise to call SERVPRO of Helena & Great Falls at (406) 458-6008.

Who Can Repair Fire Damaged Homes in Helena?

10/29/2021 (Permalink)

a plug in a wall that is on fire Electrical fires can spread quickly through your home. Contact SERVPRO to remediate any resulting damage. We are here 24/7 365 days a year to help.

SERVPRO Can Provide Water & Fire Damage Restorations in Helena

One common source of structural blazes has to do with electrical shorts or appliances malfunctioning. One day things can be working fine, but then suddenly, a short occurs, and it ignites your building materials and contents near it. Once the flames ignite, they can spread to other sections of your home as it uses the items in your house as fuel.

Whenever we mitigate fire damage in your Helena home, our SERVPRO technicians start inspecting potential problems at the source. We can then begin working our way out from the source to see which parts of your house got affected. Once we determine where the damage is inside your building, we can conduct the following services:

  • Fire and Smoke Damage Remediation
  • Water & Fire Restorations
  • House Fire Clean Up
  • Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration and Clean Up
  • Fire Damage Restoration

In most cases, the damage will be worse, close to where it started. For example, there could be burnt building materials such as your ceiling if the electrical short occurred above it. If this is the case, we can remove any severely charred materials, including wall studs and roof trusses, if they have more than a quarter-inch of charring.

Further away from the source, the charring on your contents and building materials may not be as severe. If there is less than a quarter-inch of charring on wooden items, they can be saved with sanding or sandblasting. 

After we handle the major structural issues, we can then work towards removing smoke residues and odors. To clean residues, we can use different methods based on the severity and type of smoke. 

If you ever have an electrical fire at your house, call SERVPRO of Helena & Great Falls at (406) 458-6008 24/7.

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.