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Shower Mold

12/24/2020 (Permalink)

Your bathroom provides an ideal environment for black mold because of the constant use of water and the high levels of humidity. The good news is that you can clean up some of that unsightly shower mold between visits from Wood River Valley Idaho, mold remediation professionals. Before you get started, remember a few vital tips:

Vital Tips to Clean Up Unsightly Shower Mold

  • Never mix bleach, vinegar, and other cleaning products.
  • When you treat the surface mold, hidden growth is still present behind the tiles where you can't reach.

It's good to conduct surface cleaning regularly, but it's still necessary to have professionals visit to get rid of mold hidden by the shower walls, the ceiling, and the floor.

Use a Homemade Solution


You can use undiluted vinegar in a spray bottle. Full-strength vinegar is the most effective, and you don't need to wipe the vinegar away. Within an hour or two, you shouldn't be bothered by vinegar smell anymore. Alternatively, you could mix 1 cup of Borax or bleach with a gallon of water and put this mixture in your spray bottle. The Borax spray doesn't need to be rinsed off, but the bleach spray must be rinsed away. Remember that bleach releases toxic fumes.

Wipe and Scrub Affected Surfaces

It's important that you get the right amount of spray on the shower mold, so that there's an even coating, but not so much liquid that you increase the potential for mold growth. Use a clean cloth or sponge to wipe the area down. Pull out a scrub brush for stubborn areas. Don't use that brush for anything else, or you'll risk spreading mold throughout your home. Moldy grout can be particularly hard to clean.

Replace Grout, Tiles, and Other Surfaces

If you can't get rid of mold stains, there's probably a deeper problem. This should be addressed by professionals. Removing wallboard, tiles, or wallpaper can release mold spores into the air, allowing them to float into other rooms of your home.

Shower mold may be a common occurrence, but this doesn't lessen the severity of this risks of associated with this fungus in your home. Make sure you take steps to clean up and treat mold as soon as you see or suspect its presence.

Commercial Water Loss

12/8/2020 (Permalink)

All flood water is not created equal — even if it’s all equally frustrating. When a flood strikes your Wood River Valley commercial property, it’s important to know which category of water you’re dealing with, especially if that water is black water.

Category 1 Water

Water from a flood is classified into one of three categories, and of the three, this is the most benign. Category 1 water comes from a clean source, such as the following:

  • Drinking fountains
  • Toilet tanks
  • Faucets
  • Water supply lines


This type of water is free from contaminants and is generally safe for you to clean up on your own if you have the time and equipment. That said, if left untouched, Category 1 water can easily turn into Category 2 water.

Category 2 Water

Often referred to as “gray water,” this type of flood water likely contains bacteria that could make you sick if you ingest it. Category 2 water is the product of a variety of sources:

  • Sink drains
  • Failed sump pumps
  • Dishwashers
  • Washing machines
  • Toilets containing urine only
  • Seepage


Because of its unsanitary nature, it’s best to contact a flood damage restoration company to help you clean up after Category 2 flooding.

Category 3 Water

Category 3, or "black," water gets its name from the elevated level of contamination present. This type of water is typically highly toxic and should always be managed by professionals since contact with it can lead to considerable illness and other health problems. Its sources typically include the following:

  • Rivers and streams
  • Toilets containing liquid and solid waste
  • Sewer backup
  • Seawater
  • Storm surge
  • Stagnant water (where bacteria has likely begun to grow)


When in doubt, enlist the help of your local flood and storm damage mitigation company to help you clean up flood water. In addition to being the safest course of action, it’s also often the quickest way to return your property to its pre-flood state.

Common Consequences of Water Damage

12/7/2020 (Permalink)

When people think of water, it is often in regards to sandy beaches or long, relaxing soaks in the tub. Hardly any homeowner thinks about water damage unless they actually experience it first-hand.
However, when a homeowner experiences such damage or threat of it, they likely fear the worst. Thankfully, water problems vary in the degree of challenges, and while there are significant and costly issues that may arise, the three most likely are as follow:

  • Wallboard and ceiling tiles
  • Flooring
  • Cabinets and furniture

3 Common Consequences of Water Damage


1. Wallboard and Ceiling Tiles

Many people realize they need a plumbing repair because they find staining on wallboards or ceilings tiles. The staining is an indicator of where the problem is, but it doesn't always mean there is a significant problem. Sometimes, a large stain can stem from a small leak, meaning repairs are minor.

2. Flooring

Pipes also run under your flooring, which can lead to significant problems in the event of a pipe break. However, even water damage stemming from a sink leak can lead to issues with your flooring. While water may cause irreversible damage to laminate and other flooring types, hardwoods can often be sanded down and refinished. However, you will need to inspect the subfloor, and you might want to hire a mitigation service in Wood River Valley, for such an inspection.

3. Cabinets and Furniture

A supply line break can also damage cabinets and furniture, depending on its location. The quality of the furniture and cabinetry will also play a role in the salvageability of the materials. If made from hardy woods and materials, the pieces can likely be restored, but if the furniture or cabinets use particleboard and MDF, the damage is likely permanent.

As a homeowner, it is vital to familiarize yourself with common water damage issues. Knowing about the possible problems can help you in your preparation and home management.

3 Services That Help Fire Restoration

12/7/2020 (Permalink)

3 Services That Help With Fire Restoration 


Dry-Cleaning Companies

Dry cleaners can help to clean porous items, like carpets ad other fabrics. Smoke damage tends to make these materials smell, and the potentially carcinogenic chemicals from the smoke are not safe for workers to breathe in. Therefore, the cleaning service will put the fabrics through steam washes to clean them, making them sanitary and safe.

Remediation Specialists

Remediation companies are great for content cleaning of permanent fixtures and removing damaged content from the premises. The team will use chemical cleaners and steam machines to restore smoke damaged non-porous items. They will also use technology, like ultrasonic systems. The primary goal of these companies is to ensure that the building is sanitized and deodorized before the restoration process.

Specialized Cleaners

If your business has unique documents that were damaged in the fire, then you may need the expertise of specialized cleaners. There are specific restoration experts that can salvage porous items, like paper and photos. If the fire damaged your files, then reach out to one of these specialists. Also, if computer systems or other content storage devices were damaged by smoke, many tech experts claim to be able to clean and restore electronic systems.

Whether you need dry-cleaning services or you want a specialized cleaner for your computer systems, you can salvage more than you think from a fire. Reach out to a restoration company to discuss the cleaning methods they use.

Commercial

11/10/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial fires in the Magic Valley are often the most devastating reality that a property owner will have to oversee. Fires are not limited to burn damage and smoke invasion on your property. Fires can force you to relocate temporarily so you can maintain running your business while the restoration process is completed. However, property owners who access and implement high-quality safety practices can often avoid the devastation and destruction that results from commercial fires. Read the brief outline provided below to learn how you can protect your property: 

1. Install Automatic Fire Sprinklers.

As many authorities know, having an automatic fire sprinkler on your property can reduce the risk of fire by up to 71%. Additionally, sprinklers can decrease your insurance premium. To keep your sprinkler in excellent condition, be sure that it is not blocked by dirt or paint. Also, be sure to inspect regularly your main control valve so that it is not left off. 

2. Conduct Fire Emergency Training.

The training can help prevent your staff members from being victimized. Here are a few subjects that should be covered in the emergency training: 

Hazard Recognition

Keep all combustible chemicals and materials away from heat-generating and electrical equipment. 

Prevention

Inspect your power sources regularly and don't overload your extension cords and outlets.  

Water Damage

11/10/2020 (Permalink)

Most Common Causes of Water Damage in Commercial Bathrooms

  • Faucet leaks. A simple faucet leak can waste thousands of gallons of water per year, which can lead to higher utility costs. A pipe leak below the sink can also damage structures. 
  • Running toilets. Small leaks can cause toilets to run continually, which can mean paying more on your water bill. Without fast mitigation, this can eventually lead to clogging. 
  • Silent pipe leaks. Keep an eye on your water bill. An undetected pipe leak behind a wall, underneath the floors, or in the ceiling is the most likely source of your increased expenses. 
  • Low water pressure. This problem in your sinks, toilets, or showers can be caused by sediment buildup on pipes or aerators. It can also indicate a more critical problem like a break in your water line. 
  • Temperature irregularities. Not able to keep the hot water in the showers on as long? This can indicate buildup or leakage in your water heater. 

Water Damage

11/10/2020 (Permalink)

DO-

  • Shut off the source of water if at all possible or contact a qualified person to stop the water.(city water department, plumber)
  • If water has affected anything electrical, turn off the power to the affected area at the breaker box if it is safe to do so.
  • Remove as much water as possible by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water off of wood furniture after removing table top items.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and flooring.
  • Remove any paintings, documents, computers or any other materials that are valuable or sensitive and store them in an unaffected, dry area of the house.
  • Hang curtains and/or draperies off of the floor.
  • Take and furs and/or leather items to a separate dry space at room temperature.

DON’T-

  • Enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist.
  • Enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches or any other electrical equipment has been exposed to water.
  • Leave books, magazines, newspapers or any other colored items on wet flooring and/or furniture to prevent staining.
  • Leave wet Oriental rugs or any rug, on a carpeted surface to prevent staining.
  • Use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water.
  • Use TVs or any other appliance while sitting in wet material.
  • Enter rooms or turn on light fixtures in a room where the ceiling is wet or sagging from retained water.
  • Wait to call our team. The longer you wait to call, the more secondary damage is occurring.  

Winter Freeze

11/10/2020 (Permalink)

Cold Temperature Challenges

Lower temperatures can make water removal and structural drying trickier. Even though the water seeping into your home is just above freezing, it still has the potential to carry contaminants, including chemicals and human waste, into your home. The municipal stormwater system is likely overwhelmed, and street drains can be blocked with ice and slush. Our employees might need to start by shoveling frozen water out of your basement or lower levels if the pressure of meltwater and snow washed out foundation walls. Our extraction equipment contains the contaminated liquid, and SERVPRO’s familiarity with local hazardous waste disposal requirements assures we manage it for you properly.  The team of certified technicians is prepared to handle any size loss and get your home back to pre loss condition.

Storm Damage with Water

11/10/2020 (Permalink)

When unanticipated thawing of snow results in flood damage at your Wood River Valley Sun Valley Home, our year-round assistance is crucial. Unlike some flooding recovery companies that move with disasters, we are a local business available to help at all times and respond to concerns and questions after we complete a job for you. Our managers and crews master a broad range of flooding mitigations and remediation strategies during the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training. We arrive as soon as practical with all the needed state-of-the-art equipment on our service vehicles. The team of certified technicians are ere to help take care of any type and size of loss. The team will will work to get your home back to pre loss condition.

Fire Damage Restoration

11/10/2020 (Permalink)

-Fire and its devastating effects

Fire is one of the most devastating disasters a family can face. It can both destroy your home as well as your belongings in two stages. The original fire and then the damage caused by smoke and soot. We at SERVPRO have the products and training to help restore as much of your loss as possible. 

-secondary damages from smoke

Secondary damages from smoke can cause up to 75% of the total loss. Combustion of home building materials such as PVC can produce an acidic smoke and residue. This can cause etching of glass, deterioration of electronics and many other secondary issues. One important thing to remember is how quickly secondary damages will occur. Within hours, plastics will begin to yellow, clothes may become stained or deteriorated, and the same may happen to other soft goods like couches or rugs. It’s very important to move quickly so we can restore items first before having to replace them.

-Our cleaning process

Our highly trained and certified staff know how to respond to a fire. Some important steps would be to clean what we can inside the structure ASAP to prevent tarnishing of metals and etching of glass, pack out affected materials to be restored, isolate those materials, use an ozone machine to chemically remove odors, and use vacuums equipped with hepa filters to remove much of the soot. We use many of our own chemicals and cleaners that are made by and specifically for SERVPRO in order to clean structures efficiently.