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How Can Post-Fire Residues Get Removed from Caldwell Homes?

10/22/2021 (Permalink)

EPA- stamp of approval SERVPRO uses EPA-registered biocides for all fire damage restoration projects. Our techs are ready to help.

Soils and deposits can be a considerable challenge for Caldwell housefire recovery.

Post-fire cleanup involves a range of immediate actions that must occur. While a focus ultimately lies in the removal of harmful soot and smoke residues, our SERVPRO team also provides effective mitigation such as:

  • Water removal services
  • Content relocation
  • Air filtration
  • Fire debris removal

Soot and Smoke Residues 

One of the most common types of needed fire damage restoration for Caldwell homes is overcoming smoke and soot residues. With how rapidly these conditions develop and change, true soot removal involves several approaches ranging from chemical sponges to wet cleaning. Concentrations of soot damage can also amplify smoke odors and superficial harm that must get resolved as soon as we can. 

Fire Suppression Deposits

There are times when putting out the fire can cause similar damage to the soot and smoke deposits our SERVPRO team already combats when reaching your home after a fire loss event. Fire extinguishers in your home might handle a large variety of threatening situations and require surface cleaning after they get used. Wet and dry cleaning approaches work in this regard as well to protect homes and contents against worsening damage. 

Protein Fire Soils 

Kitchen fires can be disruptive to your life, even when they do not extend beyond this room. Situations like grease fires can leave formidable protein residues on cabinets, countertops, and other surfaces. Water-based solvents are helpful against oily deposits from burned food.

Restoring homes and businesses after fire damage is not a one-size-fits-all solution for the property. Many look to our SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell team to help with fast cleaning and mitigation. With experience and a rapid response, our professionals can make it "Like it never even happened." Give us a call today at (208) 466-5000.  

What Steps Restore Flooding in Nampa Basements?

10/12/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo Storm damage restoration for your basement is no easy task. SERVPRO has the manpower and equipment for any size of disaster.

There are multiple approaches to recover flood-damaged Nampa homes. 

The basement level is often an area where flooding can occur, especially in lower-lying flood plain areas. Natural flooding is destructive and damaging to property, so our SERVPRO team acts quickly to help clean up any contaminants and protect contents and structural elements of this lower level. 

Water Removal Services 

Heavy storms and threatening weather events can leave flood damage in Nampa homes quickly. The longer standing water remains a threat in these situations, the more destructive flooding events become. We have powerful extraction tools designed to overcome substantial deep water removal needs. This process is often a combination of submersible pumps and wet vacuums. 

Debris and Muck-Out Cleanup

Natural flooding can introduce harmful debris to areas of the house. As water makes its way to the lowest levels of the property, solids find their way into this damaged area as well. Cleanup and restoration after a flood mean overcoming the muck to protect the underlying materials. We remove: 

Content Protection and Relocation

Because basement levels might be either finished living space or an area for storage, standing water and flooding in neither of these scenarios is problematic. We relocate contents and items in harm's way to mitigate losses as restoration continues. 

Needed Repairs and Reconstruction

An advantage of choosing our SERVPRO team is our general contractor license. Water damage penetration in this lower level of your home can show structural vulnerabilities that must be repaired or rebuilt to prevent recurrences. 

Many have trusted our SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell team to help after disaster strikes with a full-service approach to flood restoration and cleanup. We are ready 24/7 when you call (208) 466-5000.

How Fast Can My Nampa Business Reopen a Water Damage Incident?

9/29/2021 (Permalink)

main water line broke Commercial water damage restoration is a job for SERVPRO. We specialize in all forms and sizes of any disaster.

SERVPRO Technicians Arrive Quickly and Have the Tools and Methods to Restore Nampa Properties to Their Pre-loss Condition

There are a vast number of factors that determine that outcome for a commercial structure and contents after water damage in Nampa. Two of the most important are the type of water within the building and how quickly the mitigation efforts started. After 48-hours, the water degrades to the point it requires handling as a biohazard. Due to the potential to miss areas of water, it is vital to bring in a professional restoration services company with detection equipment to locate all areas of water migration.

What is the Fastest Way to Get Commercial Water Cleanup?

It can be disheartening to walk into your business and find it needs water clean up from a Nampa water damage restoration team. SERVPRO techs know you want to reopen as rapidly as possible, but the techs also put safety first. Unsafe elements during water mitigation include: 

  • The danger of slip and fall accidents
  • Hazardous contaminants present in the water
  • Possibility of shock from wet outlets or electronics

When only a portion of the Nampa structure gets affected by water damage, SERVPRO techs often separate the damaged area with yellow safety tape and, in the case of contaminated water, plastic barriers over the area to stop the potential for anyone aspirating or coming into contact with the water.

Winning Tactics for Limiting Damage to a Professional Space

Equipment is a big investment for a business, and there are essential documents that need protection. If these items are unable to get removed preceding the arrival of the technicians on-site, all you need to do is inform the SERVPRO Crew Chief. That person will ensure anything needed gets priority.

Computer equipment such as routers, switches, and servers tends to react poorly to exposure to highly humid conditions. These items should never get tested on-site. If there are any concerns about the operational ability of any equipment, the techs can arrange for an industry professional to inspect and test the devices to ensure they are safe for reuse.

Elements of an Organized Pack-Out

Working around desks, chairs, and cubicles is a possibility during water mitigation efforts. In some situations, the process can get sped up if the items get removed and taken to another area for inspection and safe storage. This may either be on-site or at a secure location used by SERVPRO. It works like this: 

  • Technicians photograph and note the location of each item
  • Anything needing cleaning or drying gets moved to a cleaning station first
  • The final spot in the temporary storage gets documented
  • After mitigation efforts, everything down to the smallest item gets returned to its original location 

What Are Some Common Issues During Commercial Water Damage Cleanup?

When a pipe bursts or there is a bathroom backup, the flooring tends to bear the brunt of the damage. In offices with glue-down carpets or tile, the process of delamination begins quickly. While these materials get inspected for the potential for reuse through cleaning and drying, in the majority of cases, they require disposal. When the water damage includes sewage, most porous items have no restoration potential due to the contaminated nature of the water.

Concrete is a porous substrate and needs drying applications that assist in pulling embedded water out of it. Afterward, a white powdery substance known as efflorescence may get left on top from the salts and minerals, also coming to the surface, but this gets easily cleaned away.

Sheetrock and baseboards are other areas that need a good deal of attention after a commercial water damage. While baseboards often can get removed, dried, and reinstalled, sheetrock is another story. When exposed to water, it wicks it rapidly upwards and quickly begins to warp or buckle. Once this reaction happens, the techs measure several inches above the highest mark and cleanly cut off the damaged area. This makes the repairs easy as a new piece of sheetrock needs to get put in and then sealed with a joint compound and sanded down. After repainting, there are no signs of the controlled demolition needed.

The final issue in most water damage events is the odor. No one wants to frequent a business or work in an environment that smells musty. SERVPRO techs have various applications for odor control to eliminate odors at the molecular level.

SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell at (208) 466-5000 is available 24/7 to handle any size of commercial water cleanup on your property. Call as soon as the event happens to get the best outcome.

Fire Damage In Your Caldwell Property

9/21/2021 (Permalink)

fire extinguisher in front of fire background Fire damage to your home can be devastating. Call SERVPRO for fast and immediate service. We will have your home back to preloss condition ASAP.

Lessen the Impact from Fire Damage in Caldwell with Help From SERVPRO

A house fire on any level is a traumatic event that leaves the occupants with a whirlwind of emotions. In addition to the turmoil you go through, you have to think about the best way to address the damage from the fire to get your household back into shape. Hiring professionals at SERVPRO for cleanup is the best way to ensure that everything is done in a timely fashion.

If you are burdened with fire damage in Caldwell, addressing moisture and odors is vital. Hiring professionals ensure all essential areas are covered so that your living space is back to normal as soon as possible. These are some crucial steps to follow to make the assessment and cleanup go smoothly:

  •   Talk with the authorities to ensure the fire is fully extinguished and it is safe to re-enter the home. Your fire department informs you when it is safe enough to have the professionals begin the assessment process.
  •   Get in touch with close family to let them know about the fire and that everyone is safe. You can also discuss hiring SERVPRO with your insurance provider to get the ball rolling. Our team will help with all of the necessary claim forms to expedite the fire restoration process.
  •   Obtain a report from your local fire department, which includes details of the fire, the structure of the home and fire location, the time, and the date.
  •   SERVPRO also recommends having your property boarded up until the full cleanup and restoration process begins to keep it safe from vandals and theft.

Once you are ready to have the restoration begin, SERVPRO technicians arrive for a full assessment of the interior and to the exterior of your home. We use innovative technology to remove any water from extinguishing the fire and ensure that all odors and soot residue are thoroughly cleaned up and surfaces are disinfected. To determine your home is completely dried, we use thermal imaging to locate any stray areas where moisture is present.

Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration and Cleanup

Our SERVPRO technicians go through regular training and certification to ensure we exceed industry standards for inspection, cleaning, and restoration of all fire-damaged structures. We know how to handle any fire damage situation, and you can count on us to leave it looking, “Like it never even happened.”

Give us a call at SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell at (208) 466-5000 if you need assistance with fire damage cleanup and restoration. We're always available 24/7 for emergency service.

Why Should Caldwell Residents Call for Flood Damage Assistance Right Away?

9/14/2021 (Permalink)

Storm damage to ceiling and roof, rain water pouring into home When a storm floods your property don't worry. SERVPROs fast action will be the savior once again. Call now!

Waiting Too Long to Handle Flood Damage Could Lead to Costly Damage and Mold Growth in Your Caldwell Home

Water damage of any kind is frustrating to deal with as a homeowner. However, flooding is a whole other experience, which may come with a series of complex challenges. Even if you experience a clean water flood event within your home, that water may come into contact with materials and chemicals that turn it into a gray or black water event. SERVPRO has the experienced water restoration technicians (WRT) you need to get the job done as quickly as possible. The sooner you reach out to our office, the sooner we can deploy our Green Fleet and have a team beginning the assessment and water damage restoration.

Secondary damage and the potential for mold growth are two areas we watch whenever we get calls for flood damage in Caldwell. With any flooding event, you may have:

  • Saturated drywall, carpeting, flooring/subfloor, baseboards, and more
  • The longer standing water is left to fester, the more secondary damage sets in
  • Within hours, building materials can break down, and excessive moisture creates the ultimate breeding ground for bacteria and mold colonization

Why is Mold Treatment Necessary for Water and Flood Damage Remediation?

Mold is everywhere. It is around us in the air we breathe, on various surfaces, and always lurking. When given the right temperature, an increase in moisture, and organic food sources, mold is known to thrive. At SERVPRO, we will:

  • Work fast to begin drying and cleaning of the flood zone
  • Take out any wet materials and items to dry outdoors or off-site
  • Remove and replace any soaked materials that are unable to dry completely
  • After the interior is dry and clean, our crew remains vigilant when it comes to mold remediation and foul, musty odors

Don’t let your flood damage turn into costly mold and mildew growth. Call SERVPRO of Nampa/Caldwell at (208) 466-5000 for help from our skilled IICRC-certified technicians!

My Caldwell House Fire Left Extensive Damage, Can It Be Cleaned Up?

8/24/2021 (Permalink)

fire damaged room; smoke and soot residue on walls Smoke and soot damage is challenging to remove. SERVPRO is your one-stop fire damage restoration company.

Our SERVPRO Crew Will Restore Your Caldwell Home to Pre-Loss Condition After Fire Damage

Flames that went ripping through your Caldwell home leave behind a path of destruction that seems impossible to clean up. However, SERVPRO has the technology and the training to ensure that the restoration process on your property goes as smoothly as possible. We will take the time necessary to rigorously assess your belongings and interior but also the structural elements to your home to ensure everything is safe.

How Does Restoration Work?

Our team specializes in mitigating fire damage in Caldwell. All of our crew members are extensively trained and have plenty of experience when it comes to addressing the damage left from flames inside your home. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster, you can count on us to assist you in your time of need.

What About Soot Stains All Through My Home?

Soot has a complicated chemical composition, and it is composed of whatever is burned within your home. Our IICRC-certified technicians are trained to determine what type of soot is on each surface area so that we can apply the best techniques for prompt, efficient cleaning. We will:

  • Utilize abrasive measures for cleaning tough patches of soot on surfaces that can withstand
  • Use lubricative or chemical-based cleaning agents that are specially formulated to cut through stubborn residue.
  • Execute any necessary controlled demolition measures to ensure unsalvageable materials are replaced with brand-new materials.

Will Any Fire Smells Still Linger When You are Done?

We are skilled experts in the field of fire damage restoration, making it easy for us to erase every trace of the fire quickly. To help with smoke damage, our crew uses tools and products such as:

  • Air scrubbers with HEPA filtration
  • Sealant paints
  • Hydroxyl generators
  • Thermal fogging machines

We have the advanced technology necessary to make your fire damage “Like it never even happened.” Call SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell today at (208) 466-5000.

How Can Problems with My Furniture Get Fixed During Water Cleanup in my Nampa House?

8/16/2021 (Permalink)

Furnished water damaged room; SERVPRO restoration equipment being used Water damages furniture. SERVPRO is standing by to restore your home.

SERVPRO Can Mitigate Several Issues That Occur When the Furniture in your Nampa House Gets Wet

If you suffer from a water leak on the top floor of your house, water can pour down to your lower level from the ceiling and saturate many of your structural components and possessions. Moisture coming from the top of one of your rooms and running down can affect items like your ceiling, drywall, and possibly your furniture.

What problems can occur to my furniture if it gets wet?

  • Water Spotting- During water cleanup in your Nampa house, our SERVPRO experts can fix water spots that develop on dry clean only fabrics by wetting the entire piece of furniture.
  • Color Bleeding- Colors from the fabrics, metal, or wooden legs can bleed and cause staining to your carpets that we can sometimes remove.
  • Swelling- Since most furniture has wooden frames, the wood can swell and cause the joints to become weak. Moisture can also cause the glue to break down and the joints of the frame to become damaged.
  • Mildew Growth- To reduce the chances of mold forming, we can use air movers and dehumidifiers to rapidly dry out your affected pieces of furniture.

What happens to my wooden furniture when it comes into contact with moisture?

Water spots can form on some types of finished wooden furniture. Moisture can also cause the joints in furniture to weaken and come loose. Furniture with laminated particleboard can become warped because the laminate can work as a vapor barrier and trap moisture in the wood underneath it.

How can you dry upholstered furniture?

  • First, we extract the wet upholstery with a handheld extraction tool.
  • We can then dry any buttons or zippers on your furniture.
  • We can also put your wet cushions in a tent formation so that the air movers and dehumidifiers can dry them out more quickly.

If any of the furniture inside your house ever gets wet when a pipe leaks on your second floor, call SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell at (208) 466-5000 24/7.

Who Offers No-Hype Mold Damage Remediation in Nampa?

8/10/2021 (Permalink)

hand pulling back wallpaper revealing mold Did you find mold in your home? Call SERVPRO!

Honesty, Practical Tips, and Adherence to the Science of Moisture Control are Why SERVPRO Delivers Reliable Mold Abatement to Nampa Residents 

Perhaps one of the most unsettling problems residents of Nampa face is mold damage. Concern about black mold, in particular, can be rampant, and if you fear your home has an infestation, panic can rise.

Should Nampa Homeowners Complete Black Mold Repairs without Professional Assistance?

Finding bathroom, basement, or even attic mold can feel embarrassing, making you want to try DIY mold removal options. Reaching and maintaining a mold-free environment using consumer mold elimination products alone is not a reasonable goal. Mold spores are everywhere. Keeping them from growing into waves of colonies is a job for professionals, why SERVPRO offers Nampa residents mold remediation services based on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) model.

How Does the EPA Mold Remediation Model Work?

The EPA protocol does not promise to eliminate all mold spores, why SERVPRO’s mold specialists are called mold remediators, not removers. The process includes the following services:

  • Mold location
  • Physical containment of the affected space, wrapping the areas in 1.6 mil polyethylene
  • Installation of negative pressure air scrubbers to filter and exhaust floating contaminants
  • Mechanical removal of mold colonies using brushes and scrapers
  • Tear out of mold-ruined porous materials if innovations like soda and dry ice blasting are ineffective at removing the visible colonies and incapacitating the embedded hyphae
  • Clean up of residues and then bagging and disposing of moldy materials as hazardous waste
  • Applying surface EPA-registered antimicrobials

Will Mold Damage Return After Remediation?

Avoiding the need for repeated mold remediation in Nampa requires moisture management. Spores grow and multiply in damp areas within 24 to 48 hours. Avoiding mold growth is a primary reason why SERVPRO stresses that water damage in any area of your home needs immediate mitigation and remediation.

Mold remediation expertise is why SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell awaits your call. Contact us 24/7 at (208) 466-5000. 

Top 4 Fire Damage Risks For Nampa Offices

7/30/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo A fire in your building isn't any good for business. SERVPRO will have your business up and running in no time. We do all fire restoration.

Check out The Four Fire Damage Risks That Can Happen in Your 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. As a result, all Nampa business owners know it is better to avoid a fire if at all possible. 

SERVPRO is on hand to help with fire cleanup in Nampa – and we are also passionate about fire damage education and prevention in the area. Here are the top 4 fire damage risks for local businesses. 

  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 fire. 

Every office needs a fire alarm system and appropriate fire extinguishers on every level. However, 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. 

  1. Electrical Equipment 

Offices have plenty of electrical equipment, including computers, copy machines, phones, fax machines, and servers. Electrical equipment is vital to running 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. 

  1. Lack Of Training 

Your employees need to know how to avoid fire damage risks 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 fire damage and share the information with your team. 

  1. Combustible Materials 

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

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

Flood Damage Linked to Heavy Precipitation in Caldwell

7/22/2021 (Permalink)

reading in the rain in the kitchen A storm may devastate your home and property. SERVPRO has the manpower and equipment for any size storm restoration needed.

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. 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 can bring significant flood damage to your Caldwell home. Rains deliver a faster consequence. 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 Damage Restoration Equipment

Floodwaters 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 remove the water inside with pumps or extractors. As the weather often knocks out power, 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.

Floodwaters 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, 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 IICRC crews train ineffective 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 floodwaters damage your home and possessions. Call us at (208) 466-5000 as soon as you are able. We dispatch an experienced team within hours.