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Floods Can Cause Extensive Damage in Nampa – Call SERVPRO for Help

4/18/2021 (Permalink)

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Cleaning Up After a Storm Sewer Backup in Nampa

Nampa has a population of approximately 100,000 people and is the third-largest city in the state of Idaho. Nampa began as a railroad town in the early 1880s and became incorporated in 1890. Four tracks run through the city, and the city has grown up around the railyards. There are 24 parks, a recreation center, golf courses, the Boise State University, and the Snake River Stampede Rodeo is hosted at the Idaho Center arena every year, along with many other scheduled events.

The Nampa area offers lots of attractions that appeal to indoor and outdoor enthusiasts. They include:

  • Warhawk Air Museum
  • Wilson Spring Ponds
  • Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge
  • Sawtooth Winery
  • Nampa Green Belt
  • Ford Idaho Center
  • Snake River Stampede Rodeo
  • Farmers Market
  • Canyon Country Historical Museum
  • Northwest Nazarene University
  • Nampa Civic Center

Warhawk Air Museum

The Warhawk Air Museum began in 1989 in a hanger in the Caldwell airport where John Paul began restoring WWII planes. Many residents donated various items from the war. By the year 2000, he had so many donations that they decided to relocate to Nampa and start the Warhawk Air Museum. While it was initially focused on WWII, the museum has many items today from the Iraq War, the Vietnam War, the Persian War, and the Korean War. Currently, there are 13 planes on display and many artifacts from the above-named wars. They are a not-for-profit organization and are funded by generous donations from public and private foundations.

Wilson Spring Ponds

Wilson Spring South Pond covers 1.1 acres and offers paved pathways to several fishing areas. There are unimproved trails popular with local anglers and families.

There is a daily bag limit for any fish caught in the pond. Game fish are stocked and include – Bluegill, Pumpkinseed, Sunfish, Largemouth Bass, and Rainbow Trout.

Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge

The refuge visitor center is at the Lake Lowell site just outside Nampa. It is considered an important breeding area for many mammals and birds, a wintering and resting area for many birds, including Canada Geese. The refuge covers 42.69 square kilometers or about 16 square miles.

Nampa Farmers Market

Located at 13th Avenue South Lloyd Square - 13th &, Front St, at Lloyd Square offers wares by local farmers, local food, vendors, artists, and bakers. There often local musicians playing while you browse the market stalls.

Floodwaters and Sewage Cleanup May Require Biohazard Remediation

Floodwaters raging down your street can cause all kinds of damage, including water from storm sewers and raw sewage entering your home or business. These floodwaters carry bacteria, viruses, human waste, and chemicals that may cause health effects.

Cleaning up after flood damage in Nampa can be messy, especially with sewage overflows mixing with floodwaters. SERVPRO takes all of the appropriate precautions to protect our team and our clients from all potential health effects. Call SERVPRO for all of your needs for:

Call SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell for flood damage restoration in Nampa and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (208) 466-5000.

Restoring Draperies after Fire in Nampa?

3/22/2021 (Permalink)

Drapes caught on fire by space heater Drapes and fire don't mix. But when it does call SERVPRO for the fire restoration services needed for your property.

Call SERVPRO for Convenience during Fire Damage Restoration

Draperies collect significant amounts of soot, ash, and other residues during fire incidents. You can tell by checking for changes in the fabric's colors or the smoky odor they emit. If there is no charring, cleaning can help restore materials to their preloss condition.

If cleaning draperies as part of fire damage restoration in Nampa properties, it is vital to consider the dominant factors to ensure the best outcome. Some of the steps to take might include:

  • Pretesting and pre-inspecting fabrics
  • Testing the residues to establish their physical properties
  • Establishing existing issues like spots, watermarks, stains, or sun damage

SERVPRO technicians are well versed in the cleaning processes. For instance, we understand that the age of the drapes affects cleaning outcomes. If they are older than two years, there is a high chance of physical damage during cleaning since the material is fragile.

When cleaning, we use various approaches to ensure a positive outcome. For instance, pre-vacuuming helps remove loose combustion residues as well as natural soils such as dust. We also use hot water extraction or machine dry cleaning

SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell can help you tackle any aspect of fire damage restoration. Call us at (208) 466-5000.

What Bothers You Most About Mold In Your Nampa Home?

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

mold on tile Mold remediation is tricky. Because it deals with your health. SERVPRO IICRC certified techs are trained and experienced with the job at hand.

Assistance from Mold Removal Companies like SERVPRO Ensures Convenience

Mold can be bothersome whether it develops in your property once or keeps recurring after your efforts to remove it. For most people, mold infestations exhibit several signs. However, some issues stand out and can be disturbing, especially if the mold keeps recurring. 

One of the advantages of hiring mold removal companies in Nampa is the immediate assistance in dealing with the infestation's annoying aspects. Among the issues readily dealt with include:

  • Musty odors
  • Patches on surfaces
  • Darkened grout lines on tiled surfaces
  • Weakened materials or finishes 

After inspecting your property, SERVPRO uses different approaches to tackle the problem, ensuring a positive outcome. For instance, the musty odor that bothers you may be restricted to specific property sections where most of the growth is concentrated. When we seal off the section in preparation for removal, you may notice a reduction of the odor. 

For the visible signs such as patches on surfaces and darkened grout lines, cleaning helps restore them to their preloss state. Our SERVPRO technicians can also take additional steps, such as refinishing the area with mold-resistant paints. 

SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell is one of the seasoned mold removal companies that you can rely on. Call us at (208) 466-5000.

Seeking Assistance after Water Damage in Your Brewing Business?

3/10/2021 (Permalink)

burst pipe in building Water damage done to your business is a drag. Call SERVPRO and let their techs handle the job for you.

SERVPRO Helps Manage Moisture Issues in All Nampa Establishments 

In Canyon County, Idaho, Nampa is the largest City. It is also the 3rd most populous urban center in the state. The story of the City's development is fascinating since there was nothing unique about the area in the formative stages. It was one of the scattered rail towns that developed after the Oregon Short Line Railway connected Huntington, Oregon, to Granger, Wyoming. Such towns were spread out every 10 to 15 miles along the rail tracks. 

The rail track was popular since it provided a safer route for emigrants heading east. The origin of the City's name is a bit hazy, but it was not uncommon for the stations along the track to have unusual names. Most were associated with the Native American inhabitants in the area. For instance, the name Nampa is associated with the Shoshoni Indian word 'namb' that means 'moccasin' or 'footprint,' which is appropriate because, during the cold season, Indians in the region were known to stuff their moccasins leaving larger than usual footprints. 

Love-hate Relationship with Alcohol

James McGee, Alexander, and Hannah Duffes are recognized as the top contributors in the City's founding when they established the Nampa Land and Improvement Company in 1886, divided and sold lots to people who wanted to establish businesses. Duffes was very religious. His desire to establish a saloon-free town was so strong that he refused to sell lots to those intending to build saloons earning the town the moniker "New Jerusalem" because of strictness. However, economics prevailed because, by 1888, there were 28 businesses in Nampa, and three were saloons. Even in modern times, laws on alcohol sales have led to some conflict, especially regarding the proximity of businesses selling alcohol to schools and churches, which should be at least 300 feet apart. Ironically, the Duffes home was moved to pave the way for the establishment of a brewery.

Notable Breweries in Nampa

  • Crescent Brewery, a craft brewing facility located on Front Street. It is famous for its laid-back atmosphere and a wide selection of beers.
  • 2C Family Brewing Company specializes in old-world beers. The facility also offers food and snacks such as Chorizo, smoked Brats, and Hot Dogs. Homemade sodas are also available. For people interested in hanging out with family or friends, there is a section for games.
  • Mother Earth Brew Co. Unlike the others, which are strictly local operations, this is a multi-state operation. They have excellent tasting rooms.

How Does SERVPRO Help Breweries after Water Damage

Water leaks affect many businesses and can halt operations or even ruin the reputation proprietors have worked hard to establish over time. Breweries are at a higher risk of damage since considerable amounts of water are used in the brewing processes. According to statistics from the Brewers Association, approximately seven barrels of water are necessary to make one beer barrel.

Typical reasons for water damage in a brewery can range from:

  • Clogged floor drainage
  • High levels of humidity in the air
  • Burst pipes

SERVPRO technicians can help remove standing water from the facility fast. We have powerful equipment, including truck-mounted water extractors. We also help evaluate the property to establish whether there is a humidity problem or whether you have the right pipes to withstand the brewery wastewater's pH levels.

SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell is well suited to resolve water damage on business premises. Call us at (208) 466-5000.

Do you Have a Water Leak in Caldwell?

2/24/2021 (Permalink)

puddles of water on the floor of a room Excess water in your home? Contact our certified technicians for water removal equipment and services right away.

Any Time Moisture Enters Your Home, Call SERVPRO for Water Cleanup

Moisture can enter a structure in various ways, including a pipe breaking, a roof leaking, or an appliance malfunction. Once your building materials and contents inside a building get wet, other secondary issues can occur. 

Whenever our SERVPRO team conducts water cleanup in Nampa, our primary goal is to prevent secondary damage from taking place. To figure out how to utilize the equipment to achieve the best results, our technicians must use the following three levels of understanding:

  • Be aware of the proper equipment to accomplish the task: In different situations, some types of dehumidifiers, for example, may work better than others.
  • Know how to operate the equipment properly: If the equipment is not implemented correctly, then the results might not be as good as they could have been.
  • Know how to effectively and efficiently operate the available equipment: We always try to figure out the best ways to use what we have available to accomplish the task at hand. 

If you ever need help after a water leak, call SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell at (208) 466-5000. 

Did a Fire Start in your Nampa Home?

2/19/2021 (Permalink)

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Call SERVPRO for Fire Damage Restoration in Nampa

If a fire ever ignites inside your home, many safety hazards could exist even after the flames are extinguished. Burnt materials could pose fall or trip hazards. Or, water could intrude and damage wiring, which could cause electrical hazards. 

Whenever we work towards fire damage restoration in Nampa, our SERVPRO technicians first identify any potential hazards before any work begins. Once we determine any potential risks, we then assess the threats and control the potential safety issues. We can effectively implement controls to eliminate safety hazards using the following methods:

  • Elimination/Substitution: If we can, we avoid the task altogether or find a safer way to complete the work needed.
  • Engineering: If possible, we can redesign the work environment or activity to eliminate the safety hazard.
  • Administrative: We can use training or work schedules to reduce risks during the project.
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): In many cases utilizing PPE can lower the risk of hazards present in the work environment.

Whenever you suffer from a fire, contact SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell at (208) 466-5000. 

Mold Problems in Nampa?

2/14/2021 (Permalink)

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If You Ever Need Mold Remediation in Nampa, Call SERVPRO.

Nampa, Idaho, is located in the Boise metro area and has nearly 100,000 people. Over the years, the city has grown to attract both more residents and businesses. The location near Boise and in the middle of vast vineyards and wineries has made the city a popular place.

The History of a Town Built on a Railroad

Nampa's history goes back to the 1880s when a Union Pacific subsidiary started building railroad tracks to the west. In 1883, the Oregon Short Line Railway subsidiary endeavored to construct rails from Granger, Wyoming to Huntington, Oregon. The railways would now give travelers from the east a much safer way to get out to the country's far western part.

Once the tracks were in place, different towns started popping up about every 10 to 15 miles on the railway. Nampa was one of these several towns that served as railroad stops. To this day, nobody can be sure how the city got its name, but it was well-known that many of the towns along the Oregon Short Line were given peculiar names. 

Some historians think that the name may have come from the Native American word "namb," which means "moccasins" or "footprints." The native people of the region were known to fill their moccasins with sagebrush during the cold winters, making their footprints larger than usual. 

In 1885, Alexander and Hannah Duffes homesteaded on a 160-acre plot of land east of Caldwell to turn the land into a town. In 1886, Duffes, with help from his friend James McGee formed the Nampa Land and Improvement Company and divided the land into multiple lots. Since Duffes was a very religious man, he originally wanted a town that had no saloons. In the early days, Duffes refused to sell lots to anyone who wished to build a tavern on the property. In 1888, a local newspaper cited that the town had 28 businesses, including three saloons.

Things to do in Nampa

  • Visit the town's breweries: Nampa is now the home to breweries, including the Crescent Brewery, Messenger Pizza and Brewery, Mother Earth Brew Co., and the Prefunk Beer Bar.
  • Check out the region's natural attractions: Nampa is the home to the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge, and several recreational opportunities exist at the Bogus Basin, Lake Lowell, and the Boise River.
  • Tour Idaho's wine country: The region consists of several vineyards and over a dozen wineries, including the Annadelle Winery, Bitner Vineyards, and the Fujishin Family Cellars.

SERVPRO Can Help with Any Mold-Related Issues

Once mold forms inside a building, it can then spread to anywhere else in the house with elevated moisture levels. Our SERVPRO technicians can utilize the following to remediate problems created by fungi:

  • Fast service 24 hours a day and seven days a week: To keep mold from spreading previously unaffected areas of a building, we can promptly arrive at your property after you notice an issue.
  • Industrially advanced technology: For example, we can use infrared cameras to detect where moisture could be entering your home to fix the mold source. 
  • Training and experience: Our team has a vast amount of experience dealing with fungi, and our technicians are certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) program.

Anytime you notice mold, call SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell at (208) 466-5000.

Story Time Skating for Caldwell Kids at the Indian Creek Plaza

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

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Animal Stories, Skating and Other Fun Activities for Kids in Caldwell

Children love stories that bring out laughter, excitement, courage, or joy. Kids not only listen to stories but also experience the action. Therefore, storytelling that incorporates some physical activities can have a lasting impression on kids. Caldwell pre-school kids can enjoy Storytime hosted by Destination Caldwell and Indian Creek Plaza. The Storytime includes animal-themed tales like Bear vs. Mouse, Silly Chicken, Tricky Fox, and Wolves vs. Pigs. 

Those preparing to attend the event should note that:

  • Storytime begins at 11 AM on February fifth, 2021
  • Each session lasts around 30 minutes, ensuring the kids have fun but do not get bored.
  • No charges or registration is required to attend the Storytime. 

The Indian Creek Plaza is transformed every winter into Idaho's top ice-skating ribbon.

SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell provides various resources necessary for groundwater extraction from Caldwell residences. For instance, we have various extraction equipment, including self-priming trash pumps that simplify the removal of water containing solid residues. Call us at (208) 466-5000 to assist.

3-D Animal League at the Nampa Bow Chiefs Shooting Range

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO crew ready to go. Properties in Nampa with water damage needs the help of a professionals. Call SERVPRO and their team for the service you need.

Experience the Thrill of Bow Hunting Virtually at the Nampa 3-D Animal League 

The 3-D animal league organized by the Nampa Bow Chiefs archery club is a periodic event for archery lovers. The club offers outdoor and indoor shooting ranges for people to have fun or hone their shooting skills. 3D shooting creates a dynamic aspect that increases the challenge and thrill of shooting than using regular targets. The Archery club caters to people of all ages interested in bow hunting and target shooting. 

If interested in exploring the sport, you can visit the Bow Chiefs facility on January 29th, 2021, for some archery games. Some highlights of the event include:

  • Shooting sessions last for two and a half hours
  • The number of shooters is limited to 20 per session because of COVID-19 safety precautions
  • Participants must book a spot ahead of the event date
  • Archery games for prizes organized after the league

SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell performs water mitigation exercises in Nampa properties after accidental intrusions. Call us at (208) 466-5000 to start extraction, drying, and other restorative procedures in time.

Ease Flood Removal from Nampa with Help from Local Mitigation Service

1/12/2021 (Permalink)

Nampa Idaho seal SERVPRO has a wide range of services when it comes to flooding. No job is to big or small for us.

SERVPRO has the Resources to Handle Challenging Processes during Flood Removal in Nampa Properties

Nampa is an impressive city known for its prosperous food processing, manufacturing, and agribusiness companies. It is situated on the western tip of the state of Idaho, about 20 miles from Boise. It lies along interstate 84 and is the third-most populous city in the state. It is also part of the Boise-Nampa metropolitan area, which is also known as Treasure Valley. The name was coined in 1959 by Pete Olesen, the president of the valley's chamber of commerce, signifying the treasure chest of opportunities and resources the region offers. It includes various areas, including Boise, Ada, Gem, Canyon, and Owyhee. 

The city started around the early 1880s with the construction of the Oregon Short Line Railroad that runs from Granger, Wyoming, to Huntington, Oregon, passing through Nampa. Other Railroads also passed through Nampa, making it a crucial railroad town. The name Nampa is thought to have originated from a Shoshoni word meaning footprint or moccasin. Shoshoni is a Numic language from the Uto-Aztecan family mostly spoken in the Western United States.

The early settlers referred to their town as New Jerusalem since most of its residents had a strong religious focus. The town was also unique from others started in the same era because its roads ran at right angles to the train tracks, which run in the northwest to southeast direction. In other towns, historic roads were designed facing true North and South. 

Historical Changes in Nampa 

  • Alexander and Hannah Duffes built the first homestead in the railroad town at around 1885. Alexander decided to put up the home while passing through the area to his old home in Canada when he saw the possibilities it presented for developing a town. 
  • After the first home was built, the number grew from 15 to 50 within the first year. 
  • The town was incorporated in 1890. The first elementary school, Lakeview School, was built soon after. After the 100th anniversary of the school, the building housing it was condemned. 

Many people visiting Nampa today might wonder why there is a park named Lakeview, even though there is no lake in sight. However, in the early days, there was a man-made lake that stored water drawn from Mason Creek for irrigation. Lake Ethel was also famous for recreation since residents used to fish, swim, boat, and ice-skate during winters. The lake was initially owned by O.F. Persons but was later bought by E.H. Dewey. However, Dewey had to drain it after occasional flooding led to a series of neighbors' lawsuits. 

Apart from the flooding caused by artificial alterations to the landscape, natural flooding is typical in Idaho. The Boise Valley Great Flood of 1862 was the earliest recorded instance by settlers in Southern Idaho. It covered the entire valley forming a lake, miles wide and stretching from the Northern foothills to the Bench in the south. Such incidents were common annually. Today, most of North Nampa is classified as a floodplain. 

Interesting Places to Visit in Nampa

Although the city is famous for work and business opportunities, it also provides an environment rich in widespread natural beauty, culture, and local history. Some of the sites worth visiting while in town include:

  • Warhawk Air Museum

The unique museum located on Municipal Drive displays planes and various flying memorabilia collected from World War I to the jet era. The museum was set up in 1989 by John and Sue Paul as a tribute to veterans of the two world wars. Over time it has expanded its collections to include items from the Korean War, Cold War, Vietnam, Iraq, and Persian Gulf War. Apart from the items on display, the museum also organizes events such as airshows. 

  • Sawtooth Winery

The expansive vineyard and estate started in 1987, provides a perfect opportunity to explore the laid back atmosphere of Treasure Valley. Visitors can taste grapes direct from the vines and the wine they produce. The facility offers general high-quality wines and limited-production club wines. There is a tasting room, and visitors can reserve indoor or outdoor space for events or when visiting as a group.

  • Canyon County Historical Museum

The facility, which features a one-story brick and sandstone building, was a train depot opened in 1903 and operated until 1927 when they converted it to an office for railroad employees. In 1972, it became the headquarters of the Canyon County Historical Society. A visit to the museum gives people a chance to explore local history since most of the exhibits are donations from local families. There are various train-related exhibits, and visitors can explore a restored caboose.

Which Flood Removal Resources Does SERVPRO Offer Nampa Residents?

Property owners need to take decisive action after a flooding incident. Such action should be timely and must address all the problems flooding causes. For instance, floodwaters soil building materials and contents heavily, necessitating thorough cleaning. Extensive contamination, especially of porous materials, necessitates teardown, and rebuilding of some sections of the property. It takes various resources, including equipment and skills, to respond to such incidents. SERVPRO eases the process for Nampa homeowners by handling problems such as:

  • Safe carpet removal and installation since carpets and pad and porous and thus absorb significant amounts of contaminants. Apart from taking the necessary precautions to dispose of the materials safely, SERVPRO technicians also ensure no damage to parts of the structure such as wall plates and door trims during removal.
  • A thorough decontamination of all sections of the property. Since floodwaters contain a cocktail of chemical and biological contaminants, our technicians apply broad-spectrum and EPA-registered disinfectants on all surfaces to neutralize all harmful substances.
  • Drying all materials affected during the flooding incident is essential to prevent microbial growth and bad odors, among other problems. Our technicians have advanced detection equipment to trace moisture migration patterns. We also have sophisticated drying equipment, including LGR and desiccant dehumidifiers, as well as cavity drying equipment.

SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell offers a wide range of mitigation services for Nampa residents seeking flood removal services. Call us at (208) 466-5000 for expedited assistance.