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5 Common Causes of House Fires

7/28/2022 (Permalink)

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Fire damage can be catastrophic for your home, in some cases even leaving your house uninhabitable. It’s important to know what causes house fires so you can stay on top of things in your home.

Cooking 

Cooking, whether on a gas or electric heater can cause fires to flare up in your home. One common cause of this is water being introduced to hot oil in a pan, so make sure to cook with caution!

Electrical Issues

If your electronic belongings have shoddy wiring or the outlets have started to malfunction, you could be at risk of causing a house fire. Always have a home thoroughly inspected before you move in and keep an eye on your devices throughout your time there.

Heating

Heaters, especially space heaters and things of the sort are a common cause of house fires. Make sure to follow any spatial allowance guidance with anything like this.

Candles

The candle is one of the only times we actually like to see fire in the house, but remember that if you don’t give them plenty of space and make sure to blow them out properly, they could cause something much less pretty.

Smoking

This one is simple enough. Just smoke outside when you can, your furniture will thank you for the lack of odor, and you might save your own life.

If you have the bad fortune of suffering fire damage at home call us today and we’ll make it "Like it never even happened."

The 7 Steps for Water Damage Restoration

7/24/2022 (Permalink)

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When water damage affects your home or business, you need to get in touch with professionals as quickly as possible. This blog explains the steps that should be taken after you’ve gotten in touch with the right team.

Inspection & Damage Assessment

In the first step, your team should visit your space, assess the damage, figure out the hazards, decide what can be salvaged, and work to stop the cause of the damage.

Water Removal

Once the initial assessment comes the first step in recovery - pumping however many gallons of water out of your home thoroughly.

Damaged Material Removal 

The next step in cleaning water damage is removing any damaged materials, be it furniture, or parts of your home’s structure.

Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Deodorization

Once the damaged materials have been removed, the team should work to clean, sanitize, and deodorize whatever’s left, to make sure it’s still liveable in the future.

Drying

Just because the bulk of the water is gone, that doesn’t mean dampness isn’t still a problem, which is when industrial drying equipment comes in.

Monitoring

Throughout the process, professionals should visit your property daily, to see how the drying is coming along.

Repairs & Construction

After the property has been neutralized and any items have been removed or restored, your home may need real structural attention, which should come only at the end of the process.

If your home suffers severe water damage, call us today and we’ll follow these steps to make it "Like it never even happened."

How to Recover from Commercial Water Damage (or any other damage)

7/21/2022 (Permalink)

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Suffering damage to your commercial space can greatly impact your income, public awareness, and even staffing numbers. That’s why we’ve put together this guide offering two simple tips for recovering from commercial water damage, fire damage, or any other massive incidents.

Commercial Damage Restoration

The cost of this one might sting a little bit, but it’s the most important thing to do when it comes to getting things back up and running. If you choose the right team, you can have things back in motion in no time, and the quick investment could ultimately save you thousands.

Promotions!

After you’ve rebuilt the venue for your business, it’s time to drum up some of the momentum and goodwill that you lost in the time spent getting the repairs done. While promotions cost money and often take the form of things like discounts, it’s important to make a statement on your return to remind people who you are and what you’re about. Draw them in quickly, and they’ll stay for the quality of your product/service.

If you’ve suffered commercial damage, call us today and we’ll work tirelessly to make it "Like it never even happened."

How to Prepare for Severe Weather - 3 Simple Steps

7/14/2022 (Permalink)

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If you live in an area known for severe weather, there’s a good chance that your home could be under attack by the elements at some point in the foreseeable future. We’ve put together this short guide to give you three simple things you can do to prepare for severe weather conditions.

Secure Extremities

One thing that you should make sure to do if there’s a storm warning coming in is securing the extremities of your home. This means packing your trashcans into the garage, boarding up windows, and battening down your shutters. It’s all about damage control.

Move Your Car

If you drive, make sure to get your car into a more secure space. If you’re parked under trees, electrical lines, or anything else that strong winds could knock over, get your car out of there and into the safety of shelter.

Prepare a Pack

You don’t know when the storm’s going to finish, so you should be prepared with plenty of stuff to ride out the danger. Food, water, and a first aid kit are all essential things that your emergency pack should have ready.

If your home suffers in severe weather and you need storm damage restoration, get in touch with SERVPRO of Wood River Valley – "Like it never even happened."

Why SERVPRO?

7/14/2022 (Permalink)

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If you’re looking for damage restoration services after a disaster has struck your business or home, look no further than the expert team at SERVPRO. We’re the best people for the job, for a number of reasons, and here are just a couple of them.

24/7 Responses

One of the best things about working with SERVPRO is that you can expect responses to your calls all around the clock. A fire, storm, or flood won’t wait until it’s convenient for you, which is why our Customer Care Center is there 24/7 to answer your calls and provide you with immediate assistance.

Wherever You Need Us

We pride ourselves on having two locations covering almost all of Southern Idaho. With our services available within two hours, that means wherever you are in the area, we can come to your assistance.

So if you’re asking “why SERVPRO?” our only response is why not? SERVPRO is on call 24/7 with our damage restoration services that will make any disaster "Like it never even happened."

The Costs of Commercial Damage to Your Business

6/27/2022 (Permalink)

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There are countless ways that your business space can become damaged, whether through natural disasters, technical malfunctions, or vandalism. There are a number of other drawbacks that commercial water damage, fire damage, or storm damage can have to your business.

Lost Income:

Whether you work from an office space, an events venue, or a shopfront, damage causing your doors to close will put a stop to business as usual, so repairs should be prompt to avoid incurring too much loss of income.

Lost Relevance:

The longer your business is shut means the longer that your current and potential customer base aren’t able to access your goods or services. This opens up time for competitors, so reopen quickly to stay relevant.

Lost Staff:

Even if the business has to be put on hold, people still need to eat and your staff will still need to be paid. If you can’t afford to do so while the business is shut they’ll have the right mind to find new employment.

With a good insurance policy, commercial damage restoration shouldn’t be too hard to organize, so just contact SERVPRO of Wood River Valley to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Common Causes of Water Damage in Homes

6/20/2022 (Permalink)

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A flood in your house can cause all sorts of damage to your belongings, electronics, and even the structural integrity of your home. We know the risks that water damage can bring with it, but it’s important to know what causes that damage in homes, so we can best prepare for it.

Common Causes of Water Damage

  • Damaged Pipes: This is especially common in older homes where plumbing systems can become rusted and worn down over time. Watch out for cracks and bulges in the floors and ceilings to stay one step ahead of pipe failure.
  • Kitchen Appliances: After being used for a long time, or used improperly, your white goods can start to flood the floors. Common culprits are overfilled fridges, clogged up dishwashers, and leaky washing machines.
  • Natural Disasters: Maybe there has been a hurricane, a nearby dam has broken, or your home has been caught in a major snowstorm. There are a number of possibly harmful natural occurrences that mean floodproofing your home against these eventualities is always a smart move.

If you can’t get ahead of water damage and find yourself having to deal with the fallout, don’t take it on yourself, call SERVPRO of Wood River Valley, and we’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”

Storm Damage and Severe Weather

6/13/2022 (Permalink)

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Due to climate change, storm damage today has the potential to be more catastrophic than ever before. There are various forms of severe weather that can cause storm damage, each of which is more or less common in different parts of the USA.

Hurricanes & Tropical Storms - Southeast:

Hurricanes and tropical storms are extreme winds that occur in random directions, usually coupled with masses of precipitation. Hurricanes have winds of at least 74mph, while tropical storms fall between 39-73mph. These storms occur in tropical regions, such as the Atlantic Basin, near the Caribbean Sea, and around the Gulf of Mexico.

Tornadoes - Midwest:

A tornado is a rapidly rotating column of wind that can reach speeds of up to 300mph, which can absolutely decimate flimsier properties. They usually occur around “Tornado Alley” which includes South Dakota, Kansas, Iowa, Northern Texas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma.

Blizzards - North:

Blizzards and winter storms occur in colder weather, with a blizzard having winds of at least 35mph and generally carrying masses of snow. You’ll find blizzards in areas such as Vermont, New Hampshire, Idaho, Michigan, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, and Wisconsin.

If you live in any of these areas, there are structural and additional precautions you can take to combat the effects of severe weather, however, it won’t always be enough. For a proper storm damage restoration, contact SERVPRO of Wood River Valley, we’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”

Why SERVPRO?

6/8/2022 (Permalink)

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Whether your home or commercial space is damaged, you need your repairs to be completed by professionals with the right level of expertise and experience. SERVPRO of Wood River Valley are the people for the job.

Along with our team’s extensive technical skills, knowledge, equipment, and versatility when it comes to damage restoration services, there are plenty of other reasons that you should choose us. We’re about much more than handling the big picture, understanding that losses can be the largest in the smallest of elements.

Along with larger-scale cleanups and construction projects, our skills lie in the details, with our team adept in odor removal, dealing with graffiti, cleaning up biohazards/crime scenes, restoring soft furnishings, and even salvaging important damaged documents.

We also pride ourselves on being insurance experts, partnering with firms to provide the most excellent service possible to clients and policyholders. We do what we can to reduce claim costs, create low loss ratios, and help customers feel satisfied with their policies.

So, if your home or business space suffers from major damage, come to SERVPRO, and we’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”

The Advantages of Professional Storm Damage Restoration

5/16/2022 (Permalink)

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Whether your home suffers damage due to a storm, blizzard, or any other form of “disaster”, in many cases there will be a lot that you can effectively salvage. However, you shouldn’t embark on a rescue mission for your home without the assistance of professional storm restoration services, and here’s why.

Using professional services will undoubtedly get the job done a lot quicker and of a higher quality. Things like repairing structural and roof damage aren’t small tasks to undertake, and with a professional team using the right equipment you can expect things to be back to normal a lot sooner. By using a professional service, you’re also likely to reduce your overall costs, because you’ll be consolidating parts and labor into complete transactions rather than attempting to pay for things bit by bit and by yourself. Along with all this, you can minimize the risks of lingering damage by using a team that has true expertise. 

At SERVPRO of Wood River Valley, we work with an extremely capable team of technicians, with the equipment and knowledge at their disposal to ensure that homes recover effectively from “disasters” such as storms.

In these situations, you should call SERVPRO of Wood River Valley, and we’ll get to you as soon as possible to make your home feel “Like it never even happened.” with our storm damage repair team.