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What Flood Damage Does to Caldwell Homes

11/13/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What Flood Damage Does to Caldwell Homes A few inches of flooding can reach many parts of your home and feel like your entire house is floating away. Contact SERVPRO for a quick response.

SERVPRO Technicians Arrive Ready to Dry Out Your Flooded Home

Anyone living in Idaho knows that the state has a long history of flood damage. It only takes the Boise river to rise, and suddenly there is water in the streets and homes. Residents of the area know that the most sensible thing is to prepare their homes for floods before anything happens. However, even with the best preparation, sometimes water cannot be prevented from damaging Caldwell homes.
 
It seems somber to talk about what flood damage does to Caldwell homes, but sometimes understanding the risks makes it easier to prepare for them and decide on the best course of action. Flooding often seems to start slowly – you see there is much rain or the roads look very wet. Then before you know it water is seeping into your door and perhaps rising as high as your window.
 
SERVPRO recommends that in the event of flooding, you keep an eye on news outlets as much as you can so you can stay up to date on the latest developments and any official advice on what to do. It is also a good idea to move hard to replace valuables, including necessary paperwork, to the highest point of the house.
 
What many people do not realize is that they may be safer on the roof than inside their home. It is not easy to escape from a flooded attic or upper bedroom. If you are on the roof, rescue teams can see you.
 
It only takes a few inches of water to damage your home. Water seeps into wood and fabric, damaging the structure of your house and warping wooden door and window frames. Upholstered furniture, mattresses, drapes and carpets or rugs quickly wick up water and become water-logged. There is also a risk of mold growth in wet items. Electronic items do not usually fare well in floods.
 
Seeing the aftermath of a flood is upsetting. When the immediate crisis passes, put in a call to SERVPRO as soon as you can – We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. Our IICRC-certified teams arrive ready to extract water from your home and dry water-logged furniture, carpets and structural elements to help make your home livable once more.
 
For help with flood cleanup in Nampa, Caldwell and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell at (208) 466-5000 today.

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Cleaning Smoke Odor from Carpeting After Fire Damage in Your Caldwell Home

11/2/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Cleaning Smoke Odor from Carpeting After Fire Damage in Your Caldwell Home Soot and Odors Removed and Deodorized by SERVPRO to a Caldwell Carpet After a Fire

Fire & Smoke Cleanup and Deodorization Services By SERVPRO Makes Your Home Yours Again

When there has been a major fire in your home, there is much damage that needs to be taken care of before more occurs. Other than the apparent fire damage, you have water from fire-fighting efforts, and soot and smoke odors. Such an enormous task is no match for the typical homeowner in Caldwell, as it takes the right equipment and training to perform the job correctly.
 
Fire damage in your Caldwell home can require a lot of cleanup and repair. Perhaps the most challenging factor is to get rid of the smoke smell from items such as carpeting, which is why you should contact us at SERVPRO for help. We know what techniques to use to get the odor out to leave your home clean and fresh again.
 
Deodorization which is effect requires a combination of several techniques. The same product or process does not solve all odor problems. Some odors need direct spraying, some fogging, other activated oxygen chemical reactions. Our techs use a variety of equipment, depending on the odor situation.
 
Powered or hand-pump sprayers dispense chemicals at around 50 psi. SERVPRO staff uses them to spray applications directly onto the surface such as your carpeting. An ozone machine eliminates a variety of odors caused by fire damage. It generates ozone, an unstable gas of oxygen molecules. It chemically reacts with the molecules which are odor-causing to oxidize residues and get rid of odors. Once the process of deodorization is complete, ozone reverts quickly to the normal oxygen molecule, leaving behind no residues. However, this device has its limitations due to the potentially lethal effects of ozone. The structure must be empty of people, pets, and plants. Airborne particulates are neutralized when this technique is used.
 
With injection devices, a needle and syringe, or pump and injection needle, are used to inject reasonably small amounts of deodorant into confined spots on upholstery or carpeting. It is a useful method in situations where we cannot easily lift your carpeting to get to the padding or backing material.
 
SERVPRO of Nampa/Caldwell are the ones to trust after a fire in your home. Residents in Nampa, Caldwell, or surrounding areas can reach us any time of day or night at (208) 466-5000.

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Where Unclean Water Damage Can Come From

10/20/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Where Unclean Water Damage Can Come From Storm flooding is one of many ways gray or black water can enter your home.

Three Ways Gray or Black Water Can Enter Your Home

Water damage can be categorized by several determiners, one of the most important being water quality. Water can be defined as clean, gray, or black, with each category respectively being more unclean than the last. Gray and black water damage in Caldwell can come from several sources, most of them being particularly severe compared to clean water sources. Here are a few ways gray or black water can find its way into your home.

Storm Flooding

Storms cause some of the worst water damage in Caldwell and surrounding areas, as the elements have few hampers on their power and come from outside the home. Thus, when water comes into the building, it often carries with it debris and contaminants picked up from elsewhere. Floods and other forms of storm damage can cause highly visible staining and coat your floors in mud and debris. Most storm floodwaters are thus classified as black due to their high rates of contamination.

Sewage and Unclean Water

Most homes have at least one avenue for unclean water running through them, the most common being septic and sewage systems. These can rupture or overflow and create hazardous conditions in the home. Other water sources, such as non-potable water containers and storm gutters, can also produce gray water damage. Floods and damage of this type can become dangerous biohazards, so exercise caution around them until SERVPRO technicians arrive.

Clean Water and Time

In some cases, clean water flooding can become gray and black water over time. Standing water can foster the growth of mold and bacterial colonies, algae, and some types of insects, all of which can potentially cause health effects without careful precautionary measures. To avoid clean water damage worsening into a more severe state, be sure to contact SERVPRO quickly for faster water removal.

SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell has the tools and training to handle all varieties of water damage and can ensure that your home returns to its original state with as little risk, energy, and cost as possible. Call us at (208) 466-5000.  

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Finding Hidden Mold Damage in Your Caldwell Residence

10/16/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Finding Hidden Mold Damage in Your Caldwell Residence Don't Let Mold Make a Rotten Tomato of Your Caldwell Home--Call SERVPRO

SERVPRO Remediates Mold from Walls and Even Plants

Gardening sometimes requires caring for plants even during the colder months. During the winter, taking care of the cuttings and small seedlings that you want to prepare for next spring requires some dedicated space. If this space safeguard inside your Caldwell home, you should always ensure it stays protected from any water that might escape from your potted plants and other specimens.
 
Caldwell gardeners can help protect their homes from mold damage just like they protect their plants from extreme fluctuations in the environment. Dry spells warrant extra watering while insects voraciously feeding on tender young plants brings out different remedies to thwart them and drive them away. Mold and other microbes grow wherever they find themselves, being much less picky than fruits and vegetables.
 
Like you, we use education and the latest information to perform the tasks we face. While yours may involve boosting growth, ours is quite the opposite. We strive to ensure that mold quits growing inside your home wherever it is, including around your plants. The spray we use to destroy microbial growth is safe enough for use around children, pets, and your plants. Concrobium (one such product we utilize) crushes mold and spores as it dries, rendering it inert.
 
It is always recommended to clean damaged mold areas before they can spread to other parts of your home. Allowing this microbe to have free rein in your home is only asking for a major disaster to develop. In locations where damage becomes more pronounced, we clear the damaged materials away, ensuring the proper transport out of your home and quick disposal of them.
 
Because spores spread through the air so easily, we implement HEPA filtered devices that scrub the air clean. Removing spores and living microbes significantly reduces their ability to start new colonies elsewhere in your home. Because your indoor gardening may have allowed moisture to accumulate inside the materials in your home, a dehumidification system might also prove useful during our work, and long afterward, as well. Restoring proper humidity levels can keep microbes from becoming active again.
 
SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell's technicians can help you restore your home's beauty and healthy state after a problem with mold damage. Contact us by calling (208) 466-5000, at any hour, 365 days a year.

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Top 4 Fire Damage Risks For Caldwell Offices

10/13/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Top 4 Fire Damage Risks For Caldwell Offices SERVPRO has the equipment and the expertise to restore your fire damage "Like it never even happened."

Check out The Four Fire Damage Risks That Can Happen in Your Caldwell Office



Fire damage is a risk for any business. Whether your office is an insurance agency or law firm, or the HQ of a catering company or clothing catalog, the problem is the same: A blaze quickly decimates your building and puts your staff in danger. Flames also damage costly equipment and vital paperwork. All Caldwell business owners know is better to avoid a fire if at all possible.

SERVPRO is on hand to help with fire cleanup – and we are also passionate about fire damage education and prevention in the Caldwell area. Here are the top 5 fire damage risks for local business.

1. Outdated Fire Safety Equipment

Up to date fire safety equipment is a must. Having the correct tools on hand means you can act faster in the event of a blaze.

Every office needs a fire alarm system and appropriate fire extinguishers on every level. Different extinguishers are suited to different types of fire, so SERVPRO recommends researching which sorts are most suitable for your office.

It is also a good idea to fit a sprinkler system and to test fire alarms and sprinklers regularly.

2. Electrical Equipment

Offices have plenty of electrical equipment including computers, xerox machines, phones, fax machines, and servers. Electrical equipment is vital to the running of an office, but it is also a severe fire hazard.

It does not take much for electronic items to spark and start a fire. Damaged or frayed cords, or worn out devices, are also a problem.

Keep all electric devices in good working order and do not leave them switched on or plugged in if you can avoid it.

3. Lack Of Training

Your employees need to know how to avoid fire damage risks, for example by being careful with flammable liquids and not overloading sockets. Your staff also needs to know what to do in the event of a fire.

SERVPRO recommends every local office sign up for our Emergency Ready Plan. Emergency Ready Plan is a free app that helps you plan what to do in the event of a fire blaze and share the information with your team.

4. Combustible Materials

Every office has combustible materials such as paper and card. Waste paper and old boxes seem like harmless junk, but they quickly burn once alight. Put a protocol in place for regular rubbish clearing, and store waste away from main working areas.

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For help with fire damage cleanup in Caldwell, Nampa and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell today at (208) 466-5000.

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Flood Damage Linked to Heavy Precipitation in Caldwell

9/30/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Linked to Heavy Precipitation in Caldwell Contact SERVPRO for remediation services whether the flooding is a result of external or internal factors. You'll be happy with the services.

Our SERVPRO Technicians are Trained to Dry Out Your Property Correctly Without Causing Additional Damage

Backdropped by mountains and bordered by the Boise River, Caldwell and Canyon County are always aware of the threat of flooding when rains are heavy, or the snowpack is significant. As the rivers swell, residents prepare for waters that come seeping or flowing into the lower levels of their dwellings. We await the call to help remove the waters and restore the extraordinary damage flooding brings.
 
Extreme weather patterns bring significant flood damage to your Caldwell home. Rains deliver a faster consequence, but snowmelt cannot be diverted. When the waters invade your home, the damage feels overwhelming. Ordinary cleaning tactics fall short, and the tools you may try to use are inadequate for the challenge. Our mission is to rescue homeowners from the crushing damage possible when flooding occurs, restoring both your home and your peace of mind with our trained work crews and heavy duty equipment.
 
Flood waters seep through the saturated ground, flow into foundation windows, or pour in through storm damage to roofs and siding. Our first task is to stabilize the exterior damage and then remove the water inside with pumps or extractors. As power is often knocked out by the weather, our truck mounted equipment makes this initial step possible even before utility crews complete their work. SERVPRO flood teams are familiar with necessary safety procedures to ensure our work does not make your structure even more dangerous.
 
Flood waters are almost always at risk of contamination, and we collect and dispose of it by following local regulations. Substances such as fertilizers and pesticides and infectious waste including deceased animals, raw sewage, and fuel oil or natural gas may taint the waters. After most of the water exits, our team then evaluates your structure and contents to determine what to restore and what is too polluted to save. We work to sanitize non-porous surfaces and are vigilant concerning signs of microbial growth. SERVPRO crews train in effective inventory and off-site staging techniques so you can review damaged items affected by the flooding carefully. Throughout we maintain contact with your insurer to limit your out of pocket liability for the flood restoration.
 
Partner with SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell when the flood waters damage your home and possessions. Call us at (208) 466-5000 as soon as you are able. We dispatch an experienced team within hours.

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Are Waterborne Pathogens A Concern After Water Removal In Nampa?

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Are Waterborne Pathogens A Concern After Water Removal In Nampa? Nampa Homes Get Water Removal from SERVPRO, Helps to Prevent Waterborne Pathogens Issues

SERVPRO Extracts Water and Disinfects Damaged Properties

Sometimes you need water removal in your home. All it takes is a broken appliance or a leaking pipe to cause a surprisingly large flood. Luckily SERVPRO is on hand to deal with the situation in your Nampa home quickly and professionally.
 
Something our customers sometimes worry about when it comes to water removal in Nampa is whether they need to be concerned about waterborne pathogens. It is an unfortunate fact that water can carry a range of different pathogens.
 
Some of the most common waterborne diseases include cholera, hepatitis, shigellosis, amebiasis, typhoid fever, and viral gastroenteritis. It is a hair raising list to be sure. Bacteria, viruses, and protozoa in water all cause diseases, and the conditions listed here have a range of highly unpleasant symptoms.
 
However, do not panic quite yet. Outbreaks of waterborne diseases are relatively rare and are unlikely to happen as a result of your leaking pipe or broken dishwasher! Most waterborne diseases are caught by drinking contaminated water – they are not transmitted through the skin. Therefore, even if there is a disease present in your water leak, it is unlikely to harm you.
 
Water treatment plants also go to great lengths to ensure the water they deliver is safe for the purpose. Filters, flushing programs, and the use of disinfectants are all part of the effort to ensure the water piped to your home is safe for you and your family.
 
So, it seems that waterborne pathogens are not an immediate risk after a leak in your home. Naturally, you still want to get the water removed as quickly as possible, just to be on the safe side and also to restore your home and make it habitable again.
 
That is where SERVPRO comes in. Our IICRC-certified technicians arrive with pumps, extraction tools, dehumidifiers, air movers, and moisture meters, ready to remove the water from your home. We also establish a drying goal and do not leave until we meet that goal and restore your home “Like it never even happened.”
 
For water removal in Nampa / Caldwell and the surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell at (208) 466-5000 today.

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Soot, Smoke and Fire Damage Restoration Services in Caldwell Properties

9/3/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Soot, Smoke and Fire Damage Restoration Services in Caldwell Properties Smoke Alarms and Rapid Cleanup Mitigate Losses to Life and Property in Caldwell--Says SERVPRO

Correct Removal of Fire and Soot Related Stains Is a SERVPRO Area of Expertise

Fire is an essential part of the lives of Caldwell residents. It is necessary for cooking, heating, and even burning certain substances. However, when it goes out of control, the results can be very destructive to your property. Soot and smoke particles from the fire can land and stick to different surfaces in the structure. Restoration involves getting rid of these residues. The process requires a professional who understands the behavior of smoke during a fire and knows where to locate the heaviest deposits when inspecting the damage.
 
If your home sustains soot and smoke damage, you can rely on SERVPRO to restore your property. Our technicians are highly trained and experienced and can respond quickly to your fire damage emergency in Caldwell. As usual, we are dedicated to bringing back your contents to preloss conditions, "Like it never even happened."
 
Soot residues come in different forms - some are easier to clean while others tend to be stubborn. SERVPRO fire damage technicians are trained to deal with various types of soot, namely protein smoke residues, wet smoke residues, fuel oil smoke residues, and dry smoke residues. Factors that determine whether the smoke residue is wet or dry include, the type of substance or material burning, the level of oxygen present, and the rate of combustion.
 
These types of combustion byproducts require different cleaning methods. For dry smoke, we use mild cleaning procedures because it does not cause embedded stains and has relatively less pungent odors. Natural materials often produce dry smoke when they sustain fire damage. Getting rid of wet smoke residues is more difficult because it is packed with aerosols such as solvents, varnishes, and other components. You can expect wet smoke if any synthetic materials are burning in the structure.
 
Ignoring smoke damage can lead to permanent consequences. Furniture, carpeting, and personal items with severe soot and fire damage could become irreparable. The soot can irreversibly discolor porous materials within minutes. After a few hours, it can rust or corrode metallic furniture and even damage your flooring. In the end, this can cause greater cleanup and replacement costs. Odors resulting from fires, how to eliminate them, and restore good indoor air quality can be covered in a future article.
 
SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell is on call 24/7, every day of the year to offer fire damage restoration services in your Caldwell community. For assistance with soot and smoke damage due to a fire accident in Caldwell and Nampa, call us at (208) 466-5000.

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Flood Damage from Stormy Weather in Caldwell Brings More than Water

8/22/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage from Stormy Weather in Caldwell Brings More than Water Storm Damage and Flooding Effects in Caldwell Get Help from SERVPRO

Contaminants From Tainted Flood Waters Needs SERVPRO for Extraction and Cleanup

A storm is one thing that can scare many young children, but if rising water becomes a part of the situation, many adults often find themselves worried and fearful. This fear runs from the dangers of drowning to damage to their homes in Caldwell and other property, including their vehicles. When there is enough time to escape serious flooding, authorities often evacuate in areas expected to see the worst. Other times, there is little warning, or flooding ends up much worse than anticipated, stranding people in their homes.
 
When the Boise River crests and overflows its banks, Caldwell is one of the areas hardest hit with subsequent flood damage. However, the problems brought on by flooding do not solely pertain to the water alone. The contamination levels in the River have been the reason for recent lawsuits and the focus of environmental groups.
 
Many people feel great relief when flood waters recede, but discovering the amount of harmful deposits and sediments remaining reveals the awful state their home is in now. Saturation of walls and waterlogged floors is one problem, but unsanitary conditions, including those that can pose life-threatening risks to occupants, is an entirely different one. Post-flood situations can render homeowners completely unprepared and at a loss of what to do first and how to protect themselves and their children. One concern is if restoration of their home's safety at a microbial level is possible.
 
The technicians at SERVPRO can restore homes damaged by flooding, at every level, from the support system that forms your home's framework to the tiny nooks and crannies where dangerous microbes and other pathogens settle and hide. We have the tools to measure microbial populations, saving you from the worry that these unwanted health risks might linger in your residence. SERVPRO removes more than water after a flood. Removal of pathogens, sediment, fish and other life from the river, and larger debris is conducted so that your home is once again “Like it never even happened.”
 
As we are working on your home, we measure the level of moisture to ensure that restorative work goes hand in hand with the many other required aspects of reclaiming your home. Disease-causing pathogens are not the only risk, as mold and mildew can also find a post-flood home the ideal breeding ground. Preventing future damage is an important part of our work in protecting local homeowners' investments.
 
Always ready to help you, SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell can be reached at (208) 466-5000, whenever you need us, day or night, every day of the year. There is no job too large, or too small, for SERVPRO to successfully handle.

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Professional Water Removal For Nampa Care Center

8/10/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Professional Water Removal For Nampa Care Center SERVPRO Removes Water from Facilities in Nampa with No Disruptions

Trust SERVPRO for Minimal Disruptions to Water Damaging Events

Plumbing fails without regard to the essential uses of a building in Nampa. When vulnerable individuals live in a building that suffers flooding from a broken pipe, speedy removal of the water is of the utmost importance. SERVPRO has exceptionally qualified workers who are fully trained to use our up to date equipment to remove water fast before the residents come to any harm.
 
A broken water main in the dining hall necessitates emergency water removal in the Nampa memory care home you manage. The patients depend on a calm and structured environment for optimal health and well being. You need a water removal and restoration service that combines compassion with efficiency to minimize disruption to the routine. We offer both swift action and careful attention to the details that keep your residents safe and soothed while we work.
 
SERVPRO crews often respond to water removal emergencies, so just a quick assessment of the situation and layout is needed before the process begins. Our truck-mounted submersible pumps move the water out of the affected areas. Any carpeting is managed. Next, heavy-duty water extractors operated skillfully by our team members, pulling the moisture out without stretching or ripping the carpets. Air movers and dehumidifiers take over the job of removing the rest of the wetness, always following the drying goals established when we took readings of the air humidity and the moisture levels in floors and walls.
 
The tile floors of the memory unit respond well to the removal techniques. SERVPRO workers look for any hidden areas of water retention because mold can grow out within 24 to 48 hours of the plumbing fail event. Because of the various health conditions of the memory care center’s residents, it is crucial that microbial activity is avoided. Our team applies professionally developed antimicrobial agents to the surfaces saturated with water to make certain that mold spores do not find an easy pathway to growth. The relatively clean water comprising the floor and our fast response make mold growth unlikely.
 
SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell is a committed member of our community, and we are ready to help 24 hours a day. A call to our staff at (208) 466-5000 sends a fully equipped emergency team to your care facility as soon as possible to remove water and restore the premises.

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