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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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Leave Mold Remediation To The Experts In Caldwell

7/23/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Leave Mold Remediation To The Experts In Caldwell SERVPRO Remediates Many Mold Species in Your Caldwell Home

Caldwell Homes Benefit from the Mold Cleanup Offered by SERVPRO

It is tempting to research a bit and then try to remove household mold colonies without professional help. There may be some embarrassment involved or a misunderstanding of what kinds of procedures and agents successfully rid a home of mold. Save yourself the frustration and be confident that the microbial infestation in your house is abated properly with a call to your local SERVPRO.
 
Mold damage to your Caldwell home is not a reflection upon housekeeping practices or general cleanliness. Mold spores are always in the air, indoors and out, awaiting the perfect conditions to activate and grow. Our mold remediation specialists have advanced training in the life cycles of the more than 100,000 strains of fungi waiting to feed and grow in your home. Understanding mold is the key to resolving a mold proliferation.
 
When you smell an earthy, musty odor or see streaking and staining of surfaces, ask SERVPRO to investigate. Mold spores need water and a source of organic matter to transform from specks floating in the air to rapidly expanding colonies. Mold comes in a rainbow of colors and textures from fuzzy to leathery. It slowly destroys building structures and personal belongings if not remediated by our trained technicians. Susceptible individuals with allergies or other sensitivities report health issues when a mold is on the upswing, but only a health care practitioner appropriately advises in those cases.
 
SERVPRO crews receive certification in remediation techniques developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA,) and use these efficient protocols to almost rid your home of current infestations and avoid future problems. However, total extermination and elimination of these fungi are not possible. The first task is to contain the mold. We use physical barriers like plastic sheeting when the mold outbreak is small. Negative air pressure machines arrive with us when larger colonies present. They filter the air and vent residues outside of living areas, ensuring that spores and other particulates do not circulate in your home’s atmosphere.
 
Next, the moldy material, including any porous surface infiltrated, is removed and bagged for proper disposal. Our staff wears personal protective equipment (PPE) throughout for safety during each step. We apply professional-grade antimicrobials to the affected area and vacuum up debris using equipment with HEPA filtration systems. The crew replaces any building material removed with the mold, and paints, stains or otherwise finish the area to look “Like it never even happened.”
 
No remediation is complete until we find and arrange for the repair of the water source causing the mold to grow in the first place. Plumbing or roof leaks are common reasons, but even high humidity encourages mold growth.
 
SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell is your answer when the question is who offers quality mold remediation. Call (208) 466-5000 to schedule an inspection.

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Fire Damage In Nampa Is Restored With Professional Help

7/23/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage In Nampa Is Restored With Professional Help Nampa Fire Damage Cleanup and Restoration is a SERVPRO Forte

SERVPRO Provides Cleanup for Fire-Damaging Events to Your Nampa Property

Many homeowners go years managing their own housekeeping tasks, rarely if ever call anyone in to help. A catastrophic event like a house fire understandably changes that feeling of confidence and competence to doubt and inadequacy. SERVPRO focuses on providing high-quality fire damage restoration services, meeting the needs of our community.
 
You threw a load of clean laundry into the dryer and then ran a few errands, coming back to find the fire department cleaning up after extinguishing a blaze in your utility room. Lint-clogged venting was the culprit, and now you need to respond to fire damage to your Nampa home. You are overwhelmed by the smoky, sooty laundry area, as well as the issues caused by water used to put out the fire. We have water, soot, and smoke damage restoration experts available to assist within hours of your emergency call.
 
A SERVPRO project manager arrives quickly, and with agreement from you and your insurance adjuster, puts together the restoration plan that guides the crew assigned to the steps needed to cleanup and then restore your home to pre-fire loss condition. Water removal is part of almost every fire restoration job, and our crews receive ongoing training and certification in dealing with water damage as well as other task related to home fires. Once any residual water is extracted, and the area is dried with air movers and dehumidifiers, our attention turns to cleaning up the fire residue. If feasible, we can immediately set up hydroxyl generators to begin the elimination of noxious odors.
 
SERVPRO team members are familiar with current fire restoration industry standards and follow the guidelines of the IICRC. and the use of products and equipment that meet or exceed the standards. We evaluate the structure and contents throughout your entire home soiled with residue and select appropriate and effective tools and cleaners to remove the soot and debris. Charred areas may be sanded down and refinished or replaced, if necessary. Restoration is our mission, to save time and money, and to reduce the disruption to your household. After the visible effects of the fire disappear we resolve any odor issues with strategies ranging from thorough cleaning through spray neutralizers to thermal fogging, in extreme cases.
 
If you are one of the more than 15,000 homeowners with a lint fire this year, SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell stands ready to help. We can even clean the lint-filled vent and your home HVAC system and duct work. Call our offices at (208) 466-5000 to schedule an inspection and restoration planning session.

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Emergency Water Damage in Downtown Caldwell Historic District

10/6/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Emergency Water Damage in Downtown Caldwell Historic District SERVPRO of Nampa Caldwell on the Scene of a Commercial Water Damage in the Downtown Caldwell Historic Preservation District

SERVPRO of Nampa Caldwell was called to the scene of a commercial emergency water damage restoration in Downtown Caldwell. The loss occurred near the Farmer’s Market, in the Caldwell Historic Preservation District. A broken pipe flooded all nine rooms in the basement of a historic office building, occupied by several local businesses. The City of Caldwell called us out to the scene. We arrived within an hour of receiving the call and began extracting immediately to stop the progression water and prevent further water damage. Once the extraction was complete and non-salvageable floor materials were removed, the businesses were able to resume operations partially, for which they were grateful.

Water damage restoration in older buildings can be tricky. The materials from which they were constructed, such as plaster and composite tile flooring, can be difficult to dry and laden with asbestos. It requires knowledge of specialized structural drying techniques. SERVPRO of Nampa Caldwell is certified by the IICRC in Applied Structural Drying. We are trained, equipped and experienced to handle large, complex commercial drying jobs in any structure: new, old, or unique in any way. We will begin the job immediately and work night and day, holidays and weekends, to get your business back up and operating as quickly as possible. An immediate response with the best equipment and training available is critical, and those are the hallmarks of SERVPRO of Nampa Caldwell’s Commercial Division.

Many businesses are not prepared for a property damage emergency, which can result in a serious disruption or interruption of their operations. In fact, almost 50% of businesses fail in the event of a significant fire or water damage emergency, because they have failed to plan. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation, and SERVPRO has developed a simple way to have an Emergency Ready Plan for your business or commercial property in the palm of your hand at that critical moment. We will help you to download our Ready Plan App to your mobile device and enter detailed information about your property, including photographs. By having this information organized and readily available before an event occurs, you can minimize business interruption with an immediate plan of action.

Our Ready Plan App and our services to assist you in gathering and uploading the information are free of charge. So call SERVPRO of Nampa Caldwell to arrange for our Customer Service Representative to come out and meet with you to set up your Emergency Ready Plan today, at 208-466-5000

Reducing the Cost of Your Water Damage Repair in Middleton

10/5/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Reducing the Cost of Your Water Damage Repair in Middleton Our Floor Mat Drying System, Restoring a Hardwood Floor in Middleton

One of the keys to keeping costs down on a water damage repair is to call us immediately.

 

That way we can get started extracting and drying as soon as possible. We will deploy our state of the art equipment and Certified Water Restoration Technicians to save and restore your home and valuables before costlier damage can occur.

If water remains in the materials of your home for an extended period, it will migrate into cracks and crevices and deeper into materials. If the materials remain wet more than 48 hours, it is likely that mold will begin to grow. Mold makes property restoration more difficult and more expensive, and can render some materials unrestorable.

Our professional water restoration equipment is much more powerful and effective than wet-dry vacs or home dehumidifiers. Our extractors draw a much higher vacuum than a wet dry vac is capable of, and our low-grain refrigerant (LGR) dehumidifiers reduce humidity to much lower levels than conventional dehumidifiers.

The photograph at right illustrates our floor mat drying system in action at a residential water damage in Middleton last week. The system can extract moisture and restore even deeply saturated hardwood flooring. While the flooring may still require refinishing, refinishing is less expensive than replacing your hardwood floor by orders of magnitude.

Another key to reducing the cost of a water damage repair is in making sure you find all of the moisture, and then only drying the areas that need to be dried. This requires specially designed moisture probes and thermo-hygrometers. These measurement devices enable the technician to identify what materials are wet, how wet they are, and then use formulas to determine the size and type of equipment that will be required to achieve "drying goals." Drying goals are established by testing the moisture content of materials that are unaffected. This helps reduce cost by giving the technician a known stopping point at which the size and number of equipment items can be reduced or removed entirely.

Time is a critical factor in the repair cost of a water damage emergency. So don't wait to call us if you experience a water leak, flood or sewer backup.  We guarantee we will be on the job within no more than 4 hours of receiving notice of your loss, but our goal is to make it within 1 hour, and we often do.

How Much Will My Property Damage Restoration Job Cost?

9/6/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage How Much Will My Property Damage Restoration Job Cost? Questions About the Cost of Your Property Damage Restoration Job in Nampa, Caldwell, Middleton, Homedale or Parma? Call SERVPRO at 208-466-5000

Each property damage restoration situation is unique, and there is no "standard" cost. It is common for there to be concealed damage, or for the job to take longer than initially expected. Each job must be estimated individually, but often the actual total cost cannot be known until the job is complete.  The rates for equipment and labor charges are often negotiated in advance with the insurance companies, much like the charges for medical services. 

The Cost of Water Damage Restoration in and around Nampa

Much of our water damage restoration work consists of drying, cleaning and restoring building materials after we have removed the non-salvageable materials. The equipment used to remove the water and dry out the materials consists primarily of extraction tools and drying equipment such as commercial grade dehumidifiers, low grain refrigerant dehumidifiers, and air movers (ducted fans). Water extraction and cleaning costs are based on the size of the affected area (cost/sq. ft.). Drying equipment is billed on a daily rental basis, and the number and size of equipment items required are based on the size (in cubic feet) of the affected area, and severity, and the number of days it takes to dry. A good rule of thumb for the industry is three days of drying time. It can take longer for deeply saturated materials. Some materials, especially when saturated, are harder to dry than others (such as large structural wood members, concrete or plaster) and may require additional drying time and more expensive equipment, such as heaters or desiccant dehumidifiers. If there is a power outage or insufficient power to run the equipment, power generators may be necessary, and they are also billed at a daily rate.  Water restoration can range from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars for a typical home.  For larger jobs, including commercial restorations that involve entire buildings that are flooded, the cost can be much higher. 

The Cost of Mold Remediation in and around Caldwell

Mold remediation is usually more expensive than water restoration. Normally it requires the construction of a containment barrier, special protective clothing, and air scrubbing equipment. The contents in the affected area must usually be removed and cleaned, and then stored until the remediation is complete and it passes a clearance test.  The typical price ranges from one or two thousand dollars to tens of thousands of dollars.   Mold growth can begin within 48 - 72 hours, So if your building is wet, it's much better to get started on drying it out immediately, before mold growth can begin.  

The Cost of Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration

Fire and Smoke Restoration costs tend to range from a few thousand dollars to tens of thousands of dollars. Normally every square inch of the building and contents that were not destroyed by heat or flames must be thoroughly cleaned and deodorized. The building contents must usually be removed from the building, cleaned and then stored.  Once the restoration is complete, and the building has been approved for occupancy, the contents are returned.  Access can be provided to a customer’s stored contents by request during normal business hours. 

The Cost of Trauma or Crime Scene Cleaning and Restoration

Crime scene or trauma scene restorations, also called biohazard cleanup, typically range from the low thousands up twenty-five or thirty thousand dollars, depending mostly upon the size of the affected area and how long it has  been exposed.

The Cost of Reconstruction

Since reconstruction cost is directly related to how much is affected and how much material was saved and restored, there really isn’t a typical reconstruction cost.  There are some restoration jobs that require no reconstruction at all, and others where the structure is destroyed and must be rebuilt from the ground up.  

If you have more questions about the cost of restoring your damaged home or business, please call SERVPRO of Nampa Caldwell at 208-466-5000, and we will be glad to come out and give you a free estimate.  

Mold is Common in Idaho Resort Areas

8/24/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold is Common in Idaho Resort Areas Mold remediation in progress at a resort condominium in Cascade.

SERVPRO of Nampa Caldwell has extensive experience with mold removal in Canyon County.

Our employees have received many hours of specific mold remediation training, and we are well equipped and staffed for mold remediation and removal.

Molds and other fungi are a unique classification of life called eukaryotes, which are neither plant nor animal.  They reproduce by emitting microscopic spores which are similar to the seeds of a plant and can survive dormant for many years.  The slightest bit of air movement can carry the spores great distances, which is why mold can spread quickly.  This propensity for the spores to spread is why they are ever present in both indoor and outdoor environments. All that is necessary for them to take root and grow is for a suitable growth medium to remains wet for 48 to 72 hours.  If this occurs in a dark room, with high humidity and warm temperatures, growth can accelerate significantly.  Food residue, a layer of dust or soil, or cellulosic materials such as insulation, drywall or fabric, can all be suitable growth mediums.  

Since some types of mold can be harmful to human health or cause damage to property,  it is important to keep surfaces and materials in indoor environments clean and dry.  However, mold spores are so pervasive that even the best housekeeping cannot prevent them from growing when indoor environments remain continuously wet for more than a couple of days. 

Mold is common in resort areas, such as McCall and Cascade, ID, where structures are often unoccupied and can remain wet for extended periods.  Attics, basements and crawlspaces are areas of occupied structures that are more frequently affected.  In order to prevent mold in your home or business, call us immediately when you identify wetness in your building. Water damage restoration is both less expensive and less intrusive to both your life and your home or business than mold restoration.