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Can Fires Affect the Structure of a Nampa Home?

10/25/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged interior of a house revealing the inner framework Dealing with fire damage is a tedious job. Contact SERVPRO for remediation and mitigation services for your home.

Housefires Can Cause Extreme Harm to your Nampa Home. SERVPRO Fire Damage Restoration Services Can Aid the Recovery.

What is structural damage caused by fire?

When a house fire affects your Nampa home, the first materials to combust are likely to be contents or structural components like cabinets or fittings—usually building assembly guards against fire, preventing the heat from affecting the structural frame of the building. In situations where a fire burns long enough, and at a high enough temperature, it can begin to affect the property's structural integrity. Heat damage can lead to charring of the internal structure, but it is usually better to restore these issues than replace load-bearing materials.

How is wood frame restoration conducted?

  • When frames need replacing, we consult a structural engineer or building inspector before performing the necessary tasks.
  • Scraping smoke residues from the frame before installing new wood is essential to preventing odor.
  • After sandblasting or installing a new frame, it is vital to finish the wood with a lacquer or varnish to protect it from future harm.

When is it necessary to replace a structural framework after a property fire?

We endeavor to perform fire damage restoration in your Nampa home before opting for replacing materials. The cost of sourcing and reinstalling the wooden framework can be high. Our technicians first attempt to return the materials to a preloss condition. First, we inspect the frame and perform a pre-test to judge whether damages are a sign of scorching or charring rather than smoke residue soiling. In most situations, fires affect the visual appearance of structure but not its integrity. If the structure is significantly weakened, we can consider a replacement.

What techniques are used for structural frame restoration?

    Light to moderate residues can often benefit from dry cleaning or wet cleaning using detergents.

    Significant smoke residues may require an abrasive technique using blasting equipment to remove wood layers.

    The sealing damaged frame can help to control odors and is often the preferred method of restoration.

Addressing the structural framework of a fire-damaged home relies on experience and expertise. Contact SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell at (208) 466-5000.

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How Serious Are Safety Hazards During Water Restoration, and Who Can Assess and Manage the Risks?

10/12/2020 (Permalink)

young family holding umbrella by their damaged home SERVPRO ensures great water damage restoration to policy-backed Nampa properties. We have you covered!

Water Damage Restoration Is a Complicated Process, but SERVPRO Crews Are Highly Qualified and Prepared for Both Anticipated and Unexpected Issues Affecting Nampa Residents

Water is used for so many practical purposes in our lives that it seems strange that a leak, hose rupture, or overflow of this essential fluid in your Nampa residence causes almost instantaneous and potentially permanent damage to building materials. The best restoration outcomes occur when trained and well-equipped Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRT) arrive onsite quickly, ready to begin mitigation strategies immediately after a safety hazard assessment completes, and a control protocol is implemented.

Why Are Water-Damage Caused Hazard Inspection and Evaluation Restoration Project Priorities?

When you envision water restoration unfolding in your Nampa home, a crew wielding pumps and water extractors perhaps is the first thing that comes to mind. Upon arrival, our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained crews await word from the project manager that they can begin to secure spaces and proceed with initial water mitigation. The manager’s decision depends on an assessment of imminent structural damage and other water damaged-based risks that could expose either or both the integrity of the structure and the health and well-being of your family and restoration workers to injury, illness, or even death. Examples include:

  • Personal hazards such as --
    • Increased slip, trip, and fall possibilities
    • Blunt head or body injury in tight or confined spaces
    • Exposure to chemical water contaminants
  • Environmental hazards such as --
    • Weakened building materials, including supports that could collapse because of trapped water or damage related to water pressure or corrosion of metals and crumbling of wood products
    • Exposure to live electrical current, especially electricity conducted through water or damp materials, that could cause shock or electrocution and could start a fire
  • Exposed biohazards among damaged building structures such as previously encapsulated but now disturbed asbestos-containing materials and surfaces containing lead-based paint or other toxic amalgams or coatings
  • Contaminants in water or on damp materials such as infectious human waste, if sewage mixes into the fluids, and molds and mildews newly exposed or currently growing and multiplying

What Strategies Control the Hazards So Water Loss Restoration Can Commence?

SERVPRO managers use their training and experience to craft an effective and efficient plan to limit harm during mitigation, remediation, and restoration efforts. Some control strategies also result in partial or full mitigation and remediation of the water damage, paving the way for final restoration interventions.

  • Temporary Shut Off of Electricity and Other Utilities

Turning off electricity, natural gas, and oil burners dramatically reduce the risk of shock or fire during water removal and drying. SERVPRO anticipates the probability of at least a short-term loss of onsite power by stocking gas-powered submersible pumps and truck-mounted extractors, using generators or fuel alternatives to prevent water evacuation delays.

  • Rapid Water Removal, Containment, and Lawful Disposal

The extraction of the water eliminates the wet surface hazards and the electrocution possibility. Using our truck-mounts and later portable units to extract the water into tanks provides the containment needed to prevent contaminated water contact with skin and dumping into untreated areas. SERVPRO is familiar with local hazardous waste disposal rules, following them as we haul away the fluids for lawful discharge.

  • Detecting and Releasing Trapped Water

Once the bulk of the unwanted water exits your home, we use advanced technologies like floor mats and Injectidry systems to remove trapped water under floorboards or tile or behind walls. To locate the hidden fluids, SERVPRO technicians use:

  • Infrared imaging
  • Moisture detectors
  • Moisture meters

On occasion, we employ controlled demolition tactics to release the water, such as:

  • Weep holes, especially where ceilings hold water
  • Drainage holes drilled or sawn in mortar joints or at the bottom of walls
  • Flood cuts that span the area between wall studs several inches above the water line, removing wet drywall and opening up the space for effective drying
  • Remediating Biohazards

Suppose we discover microbial growth like mold or mildew or hazardous heavy metals like lead or minerals like asbestos. In that case, we halt activity until SERVPRO biohazard specialists evaluate the circumstances and craft a response. Our team includes technicians certified to contain and remove these hazards safely. If needed, we can arrange for additional testing or contractors to eliminate the materials contaminated with these organisms or toxic materials.

Put your trust in SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell after a significant water loss. We have the training, experience, and equipment to address any hazards that arise as we make it “Like it never even happened.” Call for prompt assessment and water restoration planning at (208) 466-5000.

What is the Best Way to Remove Mold From My Nampa Business?

9/27/2020 (Permalink)

a person peeling back wallpaper to reveal mold Mold can grow in your business without you even knowing. Contact SERVPRO for commercial mold remediation and mitigation services for your property.

SERVPRO technicians have access to state-of-the-art equipment to remove the signs and root cause of commercial mold damage within your Nampa property

The removal of mold is a lofty promise, mainly because it is almost impossible to remove naturally occurring airborne mold spores unless you are in a hermetically sealed environment. Unless the conditions are right for temperature, interior humidity levels, and something to eat, there is no danger of these spores germinating and spreading. A leak within a wall in an employee breakroom or a fire suppression system can create a friendly place for an infestation to start. Once discovered, it is best to get the problem professionally remediated to ensure not only are the existing colonies eradicated, the reason sustaining their existence gets found and corrected.

What Can Commercial Mold Companies Do That I Cannot Do Myself?  

When you need the assistance of commercial mold removal companies in your Nampa business property, it is best not to try DIY methods for stopping the mold, and there are many reasons why including:  

  • Without containment measures, you can accidentally spread spores throughout your building  
  • The use of some solutions such as bleach is corrosive to surfaces and can do more damage while doing nothing about the infestation
  • Mold grows for a reason, and the cause of the mold needs to get identified and repaired 
  • The mold you see may only be the tip of the iceberg for the number of colonies growing within your commercial structure

The SERVPRO techs have not only years of experience and training in mold remediation, but also specific equipment to remove ruined building materials and bring the interior air moisture levels under sustainable levels for the continuation of the mold problem.

SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell at (208) 466-5000 is one of the premier commercial mold removal companies. The trained, certified technicians work to restore your property and contents from any size infestation through the use of their advanced equipment and cleaning methods. 

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If Homeowners Don’t Have Flood Insurance, Why Should They Use a Professional Restoration Company?

9/18/2020 (Permalink)

cloud to ground lightning in night sky; trees in foreground Storms in Nampa can bring a lot of rain and flooding. Should water invade your home, call SERVPRO for fast, effective remediation.

SERVPRO has the Equipment and Manpower for Complete Flood Damage Restoration in Nampa

Floodwaters can inundate a home in minutes, bringing water, debris, and toxic chemicals/materials into your Nampa home. Many homeowners do not have flood insurance due to the expense, or insurance coverage is not offered. When a flood occurs, many try to do the cleanup themselves to save money. However, there can be severe impacts taking this approach.

SERVPRO has been providing flood damage recovery and restoration in the Nampa area since 2009. We have seen the results and the damage caused by floods. We bring a team of experts and high capacity equipment to extract the water, remove damaged materials, and disinfect all affected areas. Unsalvageable materials are removed, and anything that can be salvaged is saved. Our equipment is set up in specific patterns to efficiently remove humidity and dry your home, including difficult to reach areas.

How Long Does it Take to Dry My Home?

The amount of damage and flooding can vary a great deal. The size and the scope of the loss, how long the water was in place, and the kind of building materials will determine how long it takes to dry your home. Shop vacs and room fans cannot correctly dry materials and structure before mold begins to set in.

SERVPRO utilizes high volume air movers and dehumidifiers to dry the affected area properly. A home or office can be dried within two or three days from the initial event. However, homeowners who initially tried to dry their homes before calling our team may find more water damage caused by the long exposure. Wood products absorb moisture and swell. Moisture can seep into concrete walls, which takes longer to dry. Mold colonies may have also begun to grow.

Don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO to help avoid additional water damage by allowing water to penetrate structures and building materials.

Call SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell (208) 466-5000 to assist with flood damage cleanup and restoration of your home or business.

How Sensitive Are Wood Floors to Water Damages in Nampa?

9/12/2020 (Permalink)

water damage in home Water disasters can quickly get out of control and pool along flooring surfaces.

Standing water and moisture threats can become destructive to exposed wood flooring in your Nampa home, ultimately requiring removal and replacement.

The flooring in your Nampa home can often be one of the worst affected areas after a water disaster. The pooling of water can often occur along these materials, allowing for absorption in sensitive surfaces like wood and carpeting. Low permeance materials for flooring and other construction needs are often expensive, making their use sparse when building modern homes. Exposure to wood flooring can be destructive without immediate attention from water restoration companies like our SERVPRO team. Our fast response in these crises ensures the structural elements receive the attention they require after a water disaster.

When any of the structural elements in your home become impacted by exposure, water damage repair for Nampa properties becomes inevitable. Before we can determine what steps might be necessary to restore or repair damaged wood flooring, we must first understand how severe it has become. We use advanced technologies and devices like thermal imagery, hygrometers, and moisture meters to identify damp pockets and the concentration of water damage beyond the surface. This is vital to determine when the water has moved beyond wood planks and affects subflooring material. Understanding the collected data hinges on a knowledge of the three primary water states when damaging wood flooring or framework.

Free – Surface damages are often the easiest to address and can get removed with conventional extraction and specialty squeegee wands. In this state, water has yet to alter any aspect of the wood.

Trapped – When water begins to absorb into the individual planks that make up flooring, this penetration can become the initial stages of more destructive damage. Trapped moisture can also often get removed with specialty equipment like floor mat drying systems.

Bound – When water molecules bond with the composition of wood, swelling, and other distortion occurs. Often, the initial signs for wood flooring are warping around the seams at the individual plank's edges. Once moisture has become bound to the wood, there are no other options than to remove the damaged materials and replace them.

Do Finishes on Floors Affect Permeance?
Coatings and finishes on wood flooring can often add a layer of protection against moisture penetration and absorption. Finished flooring becomes less permeable to water based on the material used to provide a polished finish. Over a prolonged period, the exposure of water can dull a sheen on plank flooring, requiring cleaning with thymol or citrus-based cleansers to restore its shine. Some of the most common finishes on the hardwood flooring and other wood surfaces include:

    •    Varnish
    •    Oil-Based Finish
    •    Polyurethane
    •    Shellac

What Are Signs Wood Flooring Needs Replacing?
Your flooring can tell you a lot about the damage that it receives from saturation and water exposure. Regardless of the restorative actions required to recover the rest of the property, more extended periods of exposure with the flooring materials often require removal and replacement. The damage to your floors can be more easily identified with understanding the severity of present water and moisture. While discovery devices like moisture meters are vital in the job scoping phase, they can also help to continually monitor the progress of drying and even the deterioration of materials based on longer periods of oversaturation. Physical signs that bound water exists can be:

    •    Swelling
    •    Distortion
    •    Warping

Can Controlled Demolition Save Money?
The practice of only removing the damaged portions of flooring and wall systems can reduce the number of materials that must get replaced. Ultimately, controlled demolition practices can make reconstruction and repair more efficient by preparing the installation site entirely for the build-back with defined moisture drylines.

Is Mold a Threat After Water Damages?
With any water loss situation, the threat of mold and microbial growth should not get ignored. In as little as 48 hours of exposure, sensitive organic matter like drywall, wood flooring, and underlying materials can facilitate colonies. Drying can take several days, especially with hardwoods, making the possibilities of fungal colonization something our SERVPRO team must prepare to face. We have a roster of qualified mold remediation specialists who can respond with our water restoration technicians. In some situations, further demolition might be required even without oversaturation concerns when mold colonies have become a severe threat.

Water disasters can quickly get out of control and pool along flooring surfaces. With semi-porous wood materials, it is not unlikely for these elements to become damaged after a disaster. Give our SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell team a call to help anytime at (208) 466-5000.

How Can a Restoration Service Fix My Water-Damaged Store?

8/31/2020 (Permalink)

Grey tile with water pooling on them When you find water damage in your store, contact SERVPRO

Local Nampa Companies, Like SERVPRO, Can Restore Your Business With High-Tech Equipment and Innovative Techniques. 

When a water leak develops and impacts your Nampa business, your first concern is returning it to operational condition as soon as possible.  This process involves limiting damage, preserving vital business records, equipment, and inventories, and making the business safe for both customers and employees.  To do all of this effectively, a service often needs to be capable of removing large quantities of water in a short period of time.  Its workers also need to be skilled in restoring commercial-grade structural elements, equipment, and various business-related materials.  If a service does not have the necessary expertise and equipment to handle your job, it could decimate your business and ultimately lead to its demise.  

What Are the Usual Causes of Commercial Water Damage?

Commercial water damage in Nampa usually results from one or more of a handful of causes.  None of these is extraordinary, so you should anticipate water issues from one of them someday.  With that said, the common things that lead to water leaks are:

  • Storm-damaged roofs
  • Clogged rainwater drainage systems
  • Leaky or ruptured pipes
  • Defective or malfunctioning equipment
  • Deteriorated water storage containers

The speed at which a leak can harm your business depends on what causes it.  Ruptured pipes generally cause the most rapid catastrophic damage, while the other causes range in speed and magnitude of impact.  Many leaks are slow and almost unnoticeable until they have already done substantial damage.  It is for this reason that you should have your commercial site periodically inspected for water-related issues.

How Can A Company Like SERVPRO Find Small Hidden Leaks?

As previously explained, smaller leaks often go unnoticed by business owners for months or even years.  These water sources can be more destructive than larger leaks because they usually go undetected until they have already done substantial or even catastrophic property damage.  Therefore, you need to have your business periodically inspected for less noticeable water problems.  When performing these inspections, SERVPRO technicians employ the following state-of-the-art detection tools:

  • Infrared cameras that can visualize leaks through structural elements like walls, baseboards, and ceilings
  • Sensors to identify surfaces and materials affected by water and excess airborne moisture
  • Meters that precisely measure moisture levels in various materials around your home

Some of the issues routine inspections help avert are the gradual warping of wooden structural elements, the rusting and corrosion metallic surfaces, the growth of harmful, smell-producing microbes, and the deterioration of drywall.   

What Specialized Equipment Does SERVPRO Have to Remediate Commercial Water Damage?

As you can imagine, commercial restoration jobs are usually much bigger in magnitude and more complicated than typical residential cases.  They often involve considerably larger structures and volumes of water to be cleaned up, as well as dealing with more complex appliances, systems, and networks.  Some of the high-end equipment SERVPRO technicians employ to handle commercial water damage effectively are:

  • Truck-mounted industrial-strength extractors that can rapidly remove large pools of standing water from expansive commercial structures
  • Advanced air blowers and high-velocity fans to quickly exchange moist air for drier air
  • Powerful, trailer-mounted desiccant dehumidifiers that swiftly dry out interior air and surfaces
  • Commercial-grade low-grain refrigerant (LGR) dehumidifiers that can efficiently condense large amounts of excess moisture out of large commercial buildings
  • Innovative injectidry systems that can remove moisture from hidden and hard-to-reach places in your business

Ultimately, this super gear helps our professionals efficiently dry massive commercial sites, like office towers, large hotels, and big-box stores, in as little time possible.  Some of these tools, because they help maintain interior climates, also enable workers to limit further damage as work is being completed.

Problems related to clean water, unless they are sudden catastrophic events, may not seem like a major concern to business owners, but they can soon morph into business-destroying issues.  It is for this reason that you should always remain vigilant against potential leaks and other water-related troubles.  Part of this attentive mindset is remembering to have your business periodically inspected by water damage remediation experts.  If contacted soon enough, companies like SERVPRO can generally preserve your commercial buildings' structural integrity, limit or prevent the proliferation of harmful microbes, and complete their work as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible.  In doing their work, our skilled technicians save you time and money by first trying to restore whatever they can, rather than merely replacing everything.  

If and when you are ever faced with a leak that threatens your livelihood, remember that there are steps you can take to limit your losses and recover more swiftly.  Call SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell at (208) 466-5000 if you ever need an inspection or your business experiences water damage.

How Can I Clean My Soiled Furniture in Nampa After I Suffer Smoke Damage?

8/29/2020 (Permalink)

burnt ceiling of house Fire damage in your home needs to be dealt with quickly so you and your family can get back in. Contact SERVPRO for professional remediation services.

For Fire Damage Mitigation and Cleaning Inside Your House in Nampa Call SERVPRO

Some of the most common types of issues that can take place after you suffer from a structural burn in your Nampa house, are those related to smoke. These partially combusted particles get released during a blaze, and they can travel to places in your home that are far from where the flames initially started.

Can items of mine that are covered in soot be saved?

During fire damage mitigation in Nampa, our SERVPRO team always follows the same set of procedures using these basic principles:

  • Locate affected areas.
  • Determine what kind of residues exist.
  • Identify the types of surfaces affected.
  • Capture the residues either dry or in a cleaning solution.
  • Remove and properly dispose of the residues.

We can also combine these principles with the four elements of cleaning to successfully clean your contents and building materials. The things that affect how well soils get suspended in a cleaning solution are temperature, agitation, chemical action, and time. Depending on the type of material affected, one or more of the basic cleaning actions can be used to remove most soot residues.

What are the different cleaning actions?

  • Mechanical Action: This action describes how agitating an affected surface can be an effective way to dislodge soot residues.
  • Lubrication: To lubricate is to make a surface slippery so that soils can be pushed off and immersed into a cleaning solution.
  • Chemical Action: This takes place when one substance chemically alters another one such as a chemical dissolving the soot's bond to your affected surfaces.
  • Suspension: This occurs when a chemical is applied to an affected surface, and the residues get suspended into the solution and released from the surface.
  • Dispersion: Once the cleaning product suspends the soot residues into the solution, the soils get dispersed into the product so that they can be removed and discarded.

If you ever suffer from smoke-related issues after even a small fire ignites in your house, call SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell at (208) 466-5000 any day of the week.

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My House Has Water Damage After a Pipe Burst. Who Can Help Me to Restore it?

8/20/2020 (Permalink)

Burst pipe animation Property owners breathe a sigh of relief when the SERVPRO green fleet swiftly arrives for water loss mitigation.

Call SERVPRO Technicians in Concord Nampa to Complete the Water Damage Restoration Process.

A burst pipe has the potential to spew a lot of water in your home, which can lead to damage to building materials and items like electronics, appliances, and furniture. After a water intrusion incident, it is essential to call a competent water damage remediation firm like SERVPRO to remove the water and dry your Concord home.

Why should I hire restorers quickly?

Hiring professionals to perform water damage restoration in your Concord, Nampa home soon after noticing the water intrusion, can prevent costly secondary destruction. The longer water sits in a house, the higher the opportunity it has to ruin walls, wood, and carpets, among other materials.

What are the typical effects of water damage?

When water pools in a home, it can create a wide range of unwanted secondary effects. They include:

Decreased value of your property

Chipping of paint and wallpaper

Destruction of carpets

Rotting of wood flooring

Mold infestation

Multiplication of bacteria

My crawl space is flooded. How can you fix it?

If the crawl space of your home is flooded, our water remediation experts can take different steps to restore it based on the severity of the damage. A water-damaged crawl space is challenging to enter because the access door is often small. Some water restoration equipment cannot pass through the door, or there may be inadequate room for dehumidifiers to stand. If necessary, our restorers can remove the insulation to create room for restoration equipment.

Our restorers can identify the lowest point in the affected area and use a suitable submersible pump to extract most of the stagnant water. After water removal, the next step is to use the most effective method to dry the floor’s structural components. If mold is growing in the crawl space, we can remove it and eliminate harmful spores from the air.

Is it possible to salvage my wet furniture?

The factors that can determine if our restorers can salvage your wet furniture include the materials used to make it and the severity of the damage. Our SERVPRO team can use the latest techniques and tools to restore your water-damaged furniture.

Why is there a foul smell in my home?

A majority of building materials are designed to absorb a specific degree of moisture. However, if the limit is exceeded, the materials start eroding, and they release minute organic compounds into the air. The decay is an ongoing process that continues until the moisture is allowed to escape or dry. Therefore, the smell can linger in your home for some time. We can remove the odor using deodorization equipment and products.

After a water intrusion incident, hiring water remediation experts is vital. Call SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell at (208) 466-5000 for effective restoration.

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How Do I Get Flood Water Out of My Nampa Home?

7/27/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Nampa Can Safely Remove Flood Damage From Your House!

Flood damage can make many Nampa homeowners feel like they're not in control of their lives. Suddenly finding water rushing into your home from your front door during a storm can make you question, "why me?" However, even when disaster hits, try to remember there is always help nearby.

Here at SERVPRO, we specialize in flood damage extraction in Nampa. Imagine a scenario where a massive storm brought a flash flood to the street where your home is located. In just moments, the living room of your home goes from dry to soaked. Even though it seems impossible, the best thing you can do for your home is to get help immediately.

How Can SERVPRO Even Get to My Home if There Are Floods?

You may find yourself wondering how our technicians expect to arrive at your home when flash floods are occurring. We have our ways to reach your home as soon as we possibly can. Our technicians can:
    •    Use roads that are not flooded to our knowledge to get as close to your home as possible
    •    Travel in pre-packed vans, so we're ready to go as soon as you call
    •    Keep you informed, so you know when we're close to your home and guide you about what to do until we arrive

Floodwaters are not always safe for contact. Keep your distance until our knowledgeable technicians identify the class of the water.

What Can SERVPRO Do to Remove the Water From My Home?

We use advanced technological devices at SERVPRO. When we're removing the water from your home, we can use:
    •    Truck-mounted pumps, designed to remove large volumes of water quickly
    •    Submersible pumps, which can redirect water away from your home
    •    Water/dry vacuums

Our technicians are experts. When it comes to flood damage inside of your home, trust us to remove it quickly so you can return to your life, “Like it never even happened.”

If your home needs flood damage remediation, call us now. Dial (208) 466-5000 to speak with SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell. We are always ready to answer your call.

Are There Any Risks When Doing Fire Damage Restoration?

7/16/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO helps Nampa homeowners get cleaned up with minimal health risks

Soot and fire damage can leave a previously beautiful home ravaged with black residue everywhere, and many items warped or destroyed. Seeing the after-effects of a blaze is very upsetting for Nampa homeowners.

It's only natural to want to start fire damage restoration in your home as soon as possible. However, there are several health risks associated with cleaning up fire damage in Nampa, which is why SERVPRO recommends homeowners call in professional help. It isn't a good idea to tackle soot cleanup yourself, no matter how eager you are to get your home liveable once more.

What is soot?

We all know what soot looks like – it's a black residue that sticks to multiple surfaces after a house fire. But what exactly is soot?

Soot is a black residue left behind after a fire. When materials don't burn cleanly, the leftover residue forms soot. While some substances such as oil and wood burn cleanly, other materials do not, and when those materials burn, they create soot. 

Our modern homes are filled with substances that do not burn completely, including synthetic plastics, wool, plastics, wood compounds, and foam. After a fire, the soot left behind from the burning of these items poses a health hazard.

Can you always see soot damage?

No – soot damage isn't always visible to the naked eye. Of course, it's easy to spot the grimy black coating that soot leaves on surfaces, but soot particles themselves are microscopic, and these tiny particles can travel far from the source of the flame.

Tiny soot particles can settle into all the corners of your home, and even though you can't see them, they are still a real and present health hazard. Sometimes you don't get any indication that there is still soot present, but occasionally you might notice a faint smoke smell, which is a sure clue not all the residue has gone. That's why SERVPRO recommends always getting professional help after a fire because trained cleanup professional know-how and where to locate and clean even tiny soot residues.

How does SERVPRO protect my home during fire damage cleanup?

We train our technicians to assess and clean your home in the most effective way possible. 

As soon as they arrive on the scene, our technicians will assess the damage to your home. SERVPRO technicians know what to prioritize, and we also have an expert eye for which items can be saved or restored. That means you are less likely to discard damaged items thinking they are too far gone to rescue – don't throw anything away until SERVPRO has assessed it.

Our first step is to secure your home with tarps and boards if necessary. Then our team will set to work cleaning every corner of your home. We equip our teams with all the professional equipment they need to mitigate fire damage and clean up any water damage from the fire extinguishing efforts.

After our team finishes the cleanup phase of work, we will deodorize your home, so there's no lingering fire scent.

If the damage is extensive enough to require you to move out for a spell, our team is trained to help with pack-outs and move-outs. We get your home empty, so we can set to work restoring it. 

Don't try to carry out fire damage restoration yourself. Call SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell on (208) 466-5000 for a professional touch.