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Winter Woes and Water Damage from Ice and Snow? Call SERVPRO for Help in Mountain Home!

2/17/2020 (Permalink)

Frosty the Snowman SERVPRO and Frosty Say--Insulate Your Pipes to Prevent Winter Freezing and Water Damage in Mountain Home

Mountain Home With Frozen Pipes Needs Water Cleanup

Water damage from pipe bursts due to frigid weather is not uncommon in Idaho. Many homes built in the last 50 years tend to have the water pipes located within the structure away from exterior walls and well-insulated from freezing.

Because winter temperatures often dip into the single digits in Mountain Home, frozen pipes and water cleanup assistance is a frequent call SERVPRO receives. Temperatures below 20 degrees Fahrenheit or lower can be the cause of any pipe burst because when water freezes, it expands and has nowhere to go within the confines of the plumbing.

Why SERVPRO?
The equipment makes the difference for lessening loss in every home disaster situation. Consumer-grade wet/dry vacs have no comparison to the portable pumps, ride-on Rover units, and truck-mounted power for expedited water removal. Equally, unmatched is the array of drying equipment that brings down the interior humidity rapidly and helps homeowners avoid secondary issues such as mold growth or foul odors.

Preventing Frozen Pipes
·      There are steps homeowners can take against freezing pipes such as:
·      Keep the heat on in the property, at least above 50 degrees Fahrenheit
·      Turn the water for both hot and cold taps on just a bit and let the water drip
·      For pipes by an outside wall within cabinets, open the cabinet doors
·      Seal gaps and cracks around pipes where the cold area can enter
·      Heating tape is a solution some homeowners use for short sections of pipe that at risk of freezing
·      Insulate pipes where the home is not heated, particularly in basements or attic spaces

Water Extraction and Drying
SERVPRO technicians arrive quickly to extract the water from the property. They can arrange for a qualified plumber to make the repairs needed to assist the home getting back to normal if the homeowner desires. The drying of the property uses air movers that blow high-velocity warm air that speeds the drying process.  Afterward, the techs wipe down surfaces affected by water loss with antimicrobial and deodorizing cleaning agents to ensure no residual water odors get left behind.

SERVPRO of Wood River Valley at (208) 788-0183 handles water cleanup from frozen pipes in properties and makes the loss, "Like it never even happened."

Our Crew Can Save Your Fire Damaged Home In Burley

2/11/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged home We can help after a fire loss, give our SERVPRO of Wood River Valley team a call at (208) 788-0183.

Structural Damages Following Burley Housefires

Not every restoration team can offer an inclusive approach to nearly all aspects of recovery that your Burley home might need after a fire loss. Structure fires can be a destructive force that can affect much more than the contents of your residence, and instead, attack supports and framework of your property. Our SERVPRO team can help with the restoration of your home after a fire loss, but also can help to offer a full team of residential contractors to help rebuild and remodel after catastrophic structural compromise.

Scoping a job is one of the methods that our professionals have of identifying significant structural ruin and other fire damage to Burley homes. Because we have a full team of licensed residential contractors to assist our team through the early mitigation stages and beyond, we do not have to be overly critical of areas that might be costlier to restore than to remove and replace. The advantage of having a reconstruction team with a restoration crew is the ability to make real-time decisions based on saving a customer money and disruptions.

Fire losses can displace the occupants of a damaged house, so our professionals can appreciate how vital efficiency is. We can work with your insurance provider to ensure that all of the approvals are gathered to begin all phases of restoration and recovery as they are necessary. Controlled demolition, for example, must happen during the debris removal and mitigation phases to prevent structural failures that could injure bystanders or working technicians.

In many situations, widespread fire loss presents a unique situation for homeowners to remodel and renovate while their property is an essential clean slate. In many structure fires, walls must get torn down to the framework, making modifications and new layouts much more cost-effective for the customer – primarily when the rebuilding costs exist either way.

Restoring your home after a fire loss incident does not always mean demolition and rebuilding, but when it does, you can take advantage of the simplicity of having both restoration and reconstruction services under the same roof. However, we can help after a fire loss, give our SERVPRO of Wood River Valley team a call at (208) 788-0183.

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Flood Damage Restoration In Your Burley Residence

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

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Seeking Flood Damage Restoration for Your Burley Residence Can Prevent Further Losses

Floods from natural disasters, such as winter storms and hurricanes, can cause overwhelming effects to homeowners. Water from heavy rain can get into your property through a broken window or a leaking roof, and it can ruin different contents, including electrical appliances, furniture, and vital documents. If you find yourself in such a dilemma, hire a reputable restoration firm like SERVPRO to restore your property to its preloss state.

We can deal with any magnitude of flood damage in your Burley property. Our team of technicians have access to advanced equipment and use it appropriately. Calling us immediately after the flooding incident can prevent further losses.

Ways flooding can ruin your property:

Causing cracks in the foundation
During flooding, the water can saturate the soil that your house sits on, making it loose. The loose soil can cause the concrete slab to lift or crack. In severe cases, the shifting can cause cracks on exterior walls.

Ruining drywall
Drywall and water are great enemies since water weakens it and creates a conducive environment for mold growth. Floodwater can also damage insulation since the materials used to make it are porous.

Mold growth
After water dampens an area, there are high chances of mold growth occurring within 24 to 48 hours. Mold can cause health effects for the occupants.

Our SERVPRO team is skilled in flood damage restoration, which involves more than just removing the water. To restore a property safely and effectively, we also perform drying and deodorizing processes that require advanced equipment and special procedures.

Floodwater may rise to almost a few feet from the ground, especially in the basement. Since floods bring along all kinds of debris, we can use a self-priming trash pump to extract the water and waste. If these devices become clogged, accessing the pump body is easy. They are ideal for use when restorers need to transfer water horizontally or when little lift is required. Like many homeowners, you may use your basement to store items. If you have water damaged contents, we can take them to our facilities for a thorough cleaning, drying and sanitizing.

The surfaces of your home and its environment may have high humidity levels after the extraction of water. We can use several axial air movers to lower the humidity in the property. These machines speed up the evaporation process so that the affected area dries thoroughly.

The flooding incident may have affected the power supply in your area. If that is the situation, our experts can use portable generators to power our restoration equipment and light our string lights and stand lights. We come fully equipped, and no situation can hinder us from restoring your property.

When dealing with flooding, SERVPRO of Wood River Valley can assure you of an efficient, thorough, and prompt restoration process. Talk to us at (208) 788-0183 for immediate assistance. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Become Familiar With SERVPRO’s Fire Damage Remediation Efforts in Rupert

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged photo frame and other residues Don't let fire damage claim all of your memories. Contact SERVPRO for effective remediation services 24/7 365 days a year.

Balancing Factors for Effective Fire Soil Cleaning in Rupert Homes

Cleaning is a critical process for every fire loss event in a Rupert residence and involves a balance of multiple factors working together towards the common goal. As challenging as the restoration of your home might be, our technicians have cleaning and recovery down to a blend of elements. Better known as TACT, cleaning and surface restoration involves a combination of temperature, agitation, chemical action, and time.

Every cleaning need following fire damage in Rupert homes involves the intricate balance of all four of these factors. Compromising in any one area requires the other areas to pick up the slack. The more that our professionals can address these concerns in real-time, the better able we are to manipulate these factors for adequate recovery.

Temperature

Now, it is well understood that heat makes molecules move faster. The quicker particles are moving, the more effective chemical processes are on damaged surfaces. Considering that every cleaning product that our SERVPRO team uses works best at specific varying temperatures, our understanding of our products can ensure the appropriate temperature conditions get reached.

Agitation

Mechanical actions taken before the application of chemicals and cleansing agents can help to remove soiling and sediment from the surfaces of affected materials. Depending on the severity of these residues, various practices can help to remove loose particulates or loosen them from their bond with the surface. Brushing, vacuuming, and compressed air are all practical approaches.

Chemical Actions

This step involves the application of chemical agents to begin removing or dissolving residues from affected surfaces. Multiple agents can adequately address threats like soot and smoke residues through neutralizing their acidity and wiping away the layer of damage.

Time

While every element in this balance is critical, time is one that can often get compromised from an effort to make the restoration as efficient as possible. Our SERVPRO team understands that a quality result after a fire loss cannot get rushed.

Cleaning up after fire loss effects can be a considerable challenge, even for our experienced SERVPRO of Wood River Valley team. Utilizing this balance of crucial factors, premier equipment, and potent cleaning agents, we can make fire disasters “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (208) 788-0183.

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SERVPRO Keeps Your Coffee Hot during Water Loss Services in Burley

1/28/2020 (Permalink)

small shop with red and white awning, hanging blank sign on door Burley Cafes and Shops Stay Open for Business When SERVPRO Responds Rapidly to a Water Loss

Keep Your Burley Café Open by Calling the Experts for Commercial Water Removal

Whenever you have a leaky roof and water spilling into your Burley business, it is never a good day. The last thing you want is for water to drip down onto your customers or onto food preparation areas, which quickly becomes an unsafe and unsanitary situation. This is when calling the professionals to help with commercial water removal is your best course of action.

Contacting the SERVPRO skilled technicians to come out to address your leaking roof due to damage or an overhead pipe bursting helps to ensure you have the water removal in Burley that you need, and fast. The faster that trained technicians arrive, the easier it is to reduce the amount of damage inside your café. Ignoring the problem or trying to tackle restoration on your own can cause a much bigger, costlier issue if your business has to close for any length of time.

Once you call SERVPRO, we send out technicians that understand the water removal and restoration process. We work around your schedule and help you keep your business open, all while protecting your equipment, pastries, and all other products inside. We can work off-hours if that is feasible to minimize disruptions to foot traffic in your eatery.

Whenever there is water damage to the ceiling inside your café, our WRT water damage restoration technicians remove any stained, water-soaked materials. We use advanced technology to enhance airflow throughout the ceiling above, including air movers, ventilation fans, and dehumidifiers. This creates an environment that enhances water evaporation for the best and most efficient result. Pulling out whatever moisture levels possible helps to leave your café up and running, and reduces the chances of any further damage happening. We understand that a retail shop dealing in consumable products may also need the okay of food inspectors before reopening in the case of significant water damage or flooding.

Once your business suffers water damage of any kind, it is best not to wait to get the help that you need. SERVPRO of Wood River Valley is available whenever you need us for cleanup and restoration. Give us a call at (208) 788-0183 for commercial water removal, and we make it “Like it never even happened.”

What is the Best Way to Keep Water Damage from Affecting Your Burley Home’s Subfloor?

12/29/2019 (Permalink)

standing water on hardwood bedroom floor Wow! This is a lot of water! We were able to remove the water and restore this home.

Conducting Water Removal Services on the Subfloor of your Burley Home

Transporting large volumes of water from one area, like your home, to another is time-consuming without the correct equipment. While industrial equipment is rentable, you should only consider using it if you have prior experience as well as a working knowledge of safe usage. Dealing with large quantities of water is an urgent task. However, it is vital to conduct restoration with professional expertise and calmness. It is easy to cause more harm than good when it comes to property restoration.

There are local, professional water removal companies in Burley. We are here to help homeowners that are struggling with burst pipes, leaking ceilings, or malfunctioning heating ventilation and air-conditioning units. Our priority is always to stop the damage at the source. From there, SERVPRO can work methodically to mitigate losses and restore any infrastructure or contents. At the beginning of service, we can communicate with you and record any losses for passing onto your insurer at the end of service.

Water rarely confines itself to one area. In fact, over time, water enters other areas of the home. A large amount of standing water has a significant weight and mass. This weight means that moisture may soak into carpets, your subfloor pad, or even the subfloor itself. SERVPRO use large moisture sensors to probe beneath carpets and assess the likelihood of water damage affecting your subfloor before removing materials like subfloor and pad.

For some homeowners, it is possible to extract moisture without removing obstacles. For other homeowners, SERVPRO technicians must temporarily remove a carpet to gain access to the subfloor. Subfloors pads break apart easily when in contact with water. We can remove and replace these pads to prevent mold growth or other recurring moisture issues. By channeling hot air underneath your floor, we can effectively dry it, before replacing new subfloor mats and clean carpet on top.

Water incidents in your home are urgent, and you should seek professional help immediately. Contact SERVPRO of Wood River Valley at (208) 788-0183 now.

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Water Damage Remediation In Burley

12/21/2019 (Permalink)

water damaged home Once you call us, we can send a team of trained technicians out to your location as soon as possible.

Why Choose SERVPRO for Water Damage Remediation in Burley?

If the plumbing in your Burley home suddenly malfunctions and you have a water leak, you need to act fast to keep it from ruining your flooring, carpets, furniture, walls, and more. Calling the professionals to get to work immediately is the best way to make sure that cleanup begins and the loss is kept to a minimum. This is where our friendly and highly-trained team at SERVPRO is here to help!

Water damage in Burley can happen for a variety of reasons, and you need to know that each situation is unique. We employ a variety of techniques, equipment, and products to make sure that your water cleanup is performed in a timely, efficient manner. It is crucial that we minimize the water loss so that you can get your property back to normal.

Why SERVPRO?
When it comes to the handling of water restoration in your home, communication is critical. We have a project manager or an SMR, a sales and marketing rep who works with you and the insurance adjuster to discuss services along with the timeline for the steps to complete the extraction, cleanup, drying, restoration, and disinfection phases.

Drying After Thorough Extraction
We have trained technicians at SERVPRO who employ various types of extraction techniques using specialized equipment to pull moisture from your upholstery, carpeting, and the padding underneath as well as other areas that are hard to dry. We make sure that we take several passes to pull out as much water as possible before our crew moves forward to the next phase of the process of restoration.

Equipment
Instead of merely using fans to blow air over a wet surface, SERVPRO technicians use high-powered air movers to circulate the air, speeding up the drying process. We also have industrial-strength dehumidifiers that lessen drying times significantly as they capture moisture from the air to transport it out of the building. Using both air movers and dehumidifiers in unison helps with the rapid remediation of the water loss area.

Do you have water damage that you need to address? Our team at SERVPRO of Wood River Valley is here to help! We're available 24/7 for emergency services by calling (208) 788-0183.  Once you call us, we can send a team of trained technicians out to your location as soon as possible.

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We Act Fast In Burley When You Need Water Damage Restoration

12/13/2019 (Permalink)

Our drying equipment machine restoring the moisture content levels on this concrete pad We removed the padding and carpet and set up drying equipment to restore standard moisture content levels for the concrete pad in this property.

Debris Removal for Flooded Burley Apartment Buildings

Substantial water loss incidents can leave dust, dirt, debris, and other particulates throughout your Burley apartments. Not only is the removal of this water something that is often out of the capabilities of property owners, management groups only entrust the general upkeep and maintenance of the apartments to designated employees. Extensive restorations encompassing multiple units often falls to the experience of trusted preferred vendors like our SERVPRO team.

Burst pipes or faulty appliances are conventional catalysts to substantial loss incidents that leave you needing water cleanup for a Burley apartment building. Though you are often informed of these emergencies immediately from the residents of the building, any time where heavy flow engages sensitive materials like drywall and ceiling tiles could be enough for a destructive result. The professionals you secure to help must have extensive water restoration experience, not to mention the education to safely remove debris and repair damaged structural elements.

Through the movement and path of the water damage as it migrates through the building, it can pick up considerable dust, debris, and dirt. Rubble and deteriorated structural surfaces are also a common element to encounter in the apartments that experience the worst of the water damages, as saturated ceiling and wall materials can buckle under the weight and collapse. Our SERVPRO professionals can address these concerns by shoveling out the heaps of debris and vacuuming up other loose particulates after extraction completes.

With the area somewhat cleaned, our team can finish controlled demolition efforts on areas that have not structurally failed but are too severely damaged to remain. Flood cuts and material removal permits direct access to our centrifugal air movers and desiccant dehumidifiers. With shared wall cavities that can affect multiple properties simultaneously, thorough drying of your building can prevent lingering moisture ideal for microbial development.

Many people depend on a fast and experienced response to any emergency that threatens the apartment building where they live. As the building manager, you should seek out the expertise and the fast response of our SERVPRO of Wood River Valley team. We can help you to make these losses “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime at (208) 788-0183.

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A Plan for Flood Damage in Burley

11/30/2019 (Permalink)

Snowflakes with tree limbs in the back.  We know first and foremost what your Burley home needs. Let SERVPRO help you get prepared for your flood damage.

Let SERVPRO get you prepared for the flood damage to your Burley home.

With massive amounts of snow hitting Burley, flood damage in the spring is a real possibility. Magic Valley residents should have a plan for when disaster hits, considering the historical instances of flooding in the spring. If you find your home with flood damage, you may be in a state of shock, not knowing what to do first. A pre-established plan helps you know what to do without having to do research. Some things you can plan to do on your own, others require professional assistance.  

Before flood damage occurs in your Burley home, it is essential to understand your coverage. When purchasing your insurance, you need to understand what is covered in the case of a flood. Learning that you are under-insured at a time of crisis makes a terrible situation even worse. If you are renting and have renters insurance, be sure to read your policy thoroughly. Most renters insurance does not cover natural disasters, including flooding due to weather. 

In the case of a flood, be sure to document everything. Take photos of all the damage, including structural, your belongings, and the actual flood water and remaining sludge in the home. This type of documentation helps the SERVPRO technicians when they arrive on the scene. It also assists you when you go to file a claim. 

Next, plan to contact the professionals at SERVPRO. Technicians come to your home as soon as possible to mitigate secondary damage and firstly provide a scoping of the damage and a written estimate. We are available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. We are Faster To Any Size Disaster. Prompt attention is crucial for keeping damage to a minimum.

Lastly, understand waste removal as part of your disaster plan. SERVPRO professionals clean up and restore your home. If you have carpet, it is always discarded. The sludge remaining when the flood water recedes could contain bacteria, viruses, and other unknown dangers. Carpet can never be 100 percent cleaned after a flood. Depending on the severity of the damage, technicians may need to dispose of furniture and demolished drywall. Understand the city codes to determine whether or not technicians can leave it curbside. 

Although you can never fully prepare for a disaster like flooding, it is crucial to understand what to do in the case of flood damage hitting your Burley home. Contact SERVPRO of Wood River Valley (208) 788-0183 to make it "Like it never even happened."

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How SERVPRO Removes Smoke Damage in Burley Homes

11/18/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damaged garage in home When fire damages your home, call SERVPRO. We can help!

No Whiff of Bad Smell After SERVPRO Restores Fire Damage in a Burley Home

It is common for the odors associated with fire incidents to linger in a property even after restoration. Such odors can make it uncomfortable to stay in the house. Odors can also lead to respiratory issues if caused by particulate matter suspended in the air. The decision to involve SERVPRO in the restoration helped eliminate all traces of bad smell from a Burley home.

Removing Odorous Materials

The materials charred or wholly burnt in a fire damage incident in Burley continue to emit odors long after the flames go out. Our SERVPRO team, therefore, focused on removing all charred materials from contents, surfaces, and structural components such as frames to serve the duo purpose of restoring the visual appeal and removing all malodor reserves. Our FSRT, Fire, and Smoke Restoration Technicians are familiar with different cleaning methods, including sanding, abrasion, and soda-blasting, which remove all traces of charring from materials.

Odor Modification

Although odor is invisible, it is made up of molecules that evaporate into the air due to their volatile nature. Some areas of the property were still odorous even after thorough cleaning efforts. Our SERVPRO technicians are prepared to tackle such challenges through odor modification methods. In some areas, we used a ULV fogger to deliver a water-based odor counteractant to neutralize the odor. In other areas, we used thermal foggers to deliver solvent-based deodorizers vaporized to particles as small as half a micron that penetrate deep into materials. Thermal fogging delivers the deodorizer just like the smoke that causes the odor in the first place, thus allowing better interaction.

Masking Some Odor

Even after dealing with malodors caused by the combustion processes, we still had to ensure the residents would feel comfortable once they moved back into the property. Some processes, such as refinishing surfaces through painting, left some temporary odors that could diminish comfort. Our team chose to mask these odors using time-release beads, which provide a sweet scent.

Full restoration of a fire damaged property should leave no traces of bad odor. Call SERVPRO of Wood River Valley at (208) 788-0183 to help. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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