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How SERVPRO Determines the Right Commercial Cleaning Method for Businesses in Nampa

12/11/2019 (Permalink)

Upholstered blue chairs sitting on carpeted floor in waiting room Your office creates an impression of your business. Who wants to sit on dirty upholstry? Call SERVPRO for our Commercial Cleaning Services.

The Science of Identifying Materials When Preparing for Commercial Cleaning in Nampa 

When searching for a reliable commercial cleaning service provider in Nampa, our team’s mastery of the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training offers a discernible difference to local businesses. Our managers and technicians understand the science behind safe and efficient cleaning methods, ensuring that we match appropriate techniques and products to the cleaning challenges we face at your commercial property. 

The Importance of Identifying the Composition of the Surface 

When we evaluate your Nampa commercial cleaning needs, one of the essential steps is determining what type of materials we expect to clean. You might think you know the composition of the carpeting and upholstery in your office space. Memory can fade, and our crews know how critical it is to identify whether fibers are synthetic or organic as we prepare to clean thoroughly but without harming materials.  

Natural Fibers  

Natural fibers are prone to shrinkage and color transfer. If cellulosic fibers are present, one challenge to overcome is a tendency toward discoloration or browning. When the SERVPRO team cleans natural fibers, we take the time to pretest the effects of products and methods in an inconspicuous place. We also protect the material cleaned and nearby articles from color bleeding during processing. 

Synthetic Fibers  

Synthetic fibers are not as reactive to different cleaning approaches. Typically synthetic fabrics show favorable results when treated with a wet cleaning method. Ease of care is a selling point for businesses considering synthetic fabrics. 

Hybrid Fabrics 

Blends of several different fibers, both natural and synthetic, create fabrics. These hybrid materials can pose a puzzle for our SERVPRO team as we plan for the most successful cleaning result.  

Fiber Testing  

We perform three tests to identify the types of fibers present in your business space. Once we determine the makeup of the fabrics needing cleaning, we can use our training and experience to select from among the cleaning products and methods we have available. SERVPRO employees remove samples of the fabric or carpet from a hidden place to complete the testing. 

Burn Test 

We train our SERVPRO technicians to evaluate distinguishing characteristics when fiber burns. We observe the type of flame, odor, ash, and smoke to pinpoint the likely fiber. 

Chemical Test 

Applying different chemicals to samples identifies fiber type depending on whether the material dissolves. SERVPRO professionals are aware of which chemicals dissolve particular fibers to confirm the determination. 

Specific Gravity Test 

We place fibers in a container of water and wait for saturation. Only one type of fiber has a specific gravity of less than 1, proving that floating fibers are Olefin, a synthetic. 

Count on the team at SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell to determine how best to clean the fabrics in your commercial building. Whether you need carpet or upholstery cleaning, call (208) 466-5000 with confidence to set up an appointment. 

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Our Experts Discuss Steps To Efficient Flood Damage Cleanup In Cadwell

11/23/2019 (Permalink)

flooding in home after a storm Addressing flooding promptly helps prevent severe destruction to a home.

Steps to Efficient Flood Damage Cleanup in Your Cadwell Home

When flooding occurs in your property, it can start ruining building materials and the possessions in it within a short time. The aftermath of flooding is also often as damaging as or even worse than the flooding itself. Flooding may slowly weaken the frames and foundation of your home or cause septic materials to back up into it.

If you are dealing with flood damage in your Cadwell home, it is essential to hire skilled professionals to remove the water, dry, and sanitize the property. A trusted restoration firm like SERVPRO has the equipment and workforce to clean up your home. We recognize the need for decisive and quick action, and that’s why we are highly responsive and easily accessible when you need our services.

Floodwater can pose a bacterial threat to you, your family, and pets because it collects many hazardous substances as it flows. We classify it as category 3 water. Our restorers can take steps to ensure that the water does not endanger your health by removing it quickly, using chemicals to destroy contaminants, and throwing away ruined items that are impossible to salvage. We can also use a luminometer to test surfaces for organic contamination.

To remove the water, our technicians can use self-priming trash pumps or electric submersible pumps. Removing as much water as possible from your home can quicken drying time. The main problem in a flooded house is that even after removing the water, there could be moisture in the walls, floors, ceiling, and furniture, among other items. If you assume that the affected parts of your house are dry when they are not, serious consequences can happen. For instance, mold can grow one or two days after the floodwater has entered your home, causing health effects. It is crucial to dry the house thoroughly to pull out the absorbed moisture.

Our SERVPRO technicians have advanced devices that can detect moisture in different materials. This equipment enables us to address all the water-damaged areas of your house that you might miss. Some tools we can use to track moisture within your home include:

    •    Infrared cameras
    •    Moisture sensors
    •    Moisture meters
    •    Thermal-hygrometers

We can remove moisture using air movers and dehumidifiers. Our technicians can then clean and sanitize your home using antimicrobial products to eliminate microbes. After completing the restoration work, we can leave your home in a suitable condition for rebuilding work. We can subcontract the work to licensed contractors who can use materials that match the design and finishes of the building materials in your home.

Addressing flooding promptly helps prevent severe destruction to a home. You can turn to SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell for prompt and professional services in Nampa and neighboring areas. You can reach us at (208) 466-5000.

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How SERVPRO Uses a Drying System to Restore your Nampa Home

11/14/2019 (Permalink)

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Selecting A Drying System To Limit Water Damage In Your Nampa Area Home 

The evaporation of water on your Nampa area property typically adds moisture to the air as it moves from wet materials into the air. Dehumidification should always remove moisture from the air as fast as evaporation occurs. To dry a structure correctly, technicians must use a perfectly balanced drying system. 

If the drying system technicians use to address water damage in your Nampa area home is not balanced, secondary damages may occur. However, by balancing the rate of evaporation with dehumidification, the technician can use rapid drying methods to speed up the entire process. 

There are two types of drying systems SERVPRO technicians can use when addressing water damage on your property. An open drying system exchanges moist air inside for drier air outside of the structure. To exchange air, technicians open windows and use box fans or air movers to ventilate the area. 

An open system only works when the outside air has fewer grains per pound (GPP) than the inside air. For the most effective drying conditions, outside air should offer high temperatures and low relative humidity (RH). The difference between the specific humidity of inside air versus that of outside air is also significant. 

SERVPRO technicians only use an open drying system when the outside air is at least 20 GPP less than measurements for inside air. Using an open system also has certain disadvantages: 

  • Leaving windows open creates a security risk.
  • Energy costs are high since this system effectively heats the outdoors.
  • The weather may change.
  • Additional monitoring is required. 

A closed system uses containment to cordon off the affected area from both the outside air and air from unaffected areas of the structure. SERVPRO technicians then use dehumidification equipment to remove moisture from the inside air. For this system to work, technicians use air movers and dehumidifiers to control the indoor environment, maintaining an RH of 40% or lower. 

SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell has qualified technicians with the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, to perform quality cleanup and restoration services throughout the area, call today. (208) 466-5000 

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Move Back After Content Cleaning and Fire Recovery in Nampa

11/10/2019 (Permalink)

A bedroom with smoke and fire damage. SERVPRO has your Nampa contents covered after a fire damage.

We know what to do for your Nampa fire recovery.

While content management can be a decisive element to the fire recovery services that we can offer Nampa homes, the move back process is critical to making it “Like it never even happened.” With move-back being the final result of often weeks of hard work, cleaning, and restoration of your belongings in our nearby SERVPRO facility, we ensure that your belongings stay safe and well cared for during these remaining steps.

Because so many individual items can succumb to spreading fire damage in Nampa residences, appropriate attention is necessary for your home to protect personal belongings, furniture, and other items recovered from the damaged property. During the time your possessions remain in our care, they get stored in a climate-controlled facility for the cleaning, deodorization, and other restorative approaches. Once fire losses have been sufficiently addressed in your household, we can begin the process of returning these belongings to their original location.

This process is more involved than many homeowners might believe. Our SERVPRO team prepares for the return of your furniture and belongings by reaching out to the customer. Scheduling this move back effort as far in advance as we can ensure there are no delays in getting your life back to normal. We can work around your schedule throughout this phase to minimize our impact on your daily life.

Staging all of your possessions and furniture by room can showcase each of these items as they get arranged throughout the household. The showcasing of these objects days before the move back officially occurs allows for a final inspection for cleanliness, neutralize odors, and to verify there are no other marks or stains present. With a green light from our content management professionals, we can return these objects to your residence at the designated time and date discussed with the customer.

As overwhelming as fire loss incidents can become, each certified technician of our fire loss team is capable of doing their part to help your damaged home and belongings through the phases of recovery. Give our SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell team a call today at (208) 466-5000.

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Premier Cleaning Can Help Save Your Nampa Law Firm

10/26/2019 (Permalink)

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Helping Your Nampa Firm Look Its Best with Premier Cleaning

How your property looks on the inside is a critical first impression that you can make with loyal clients and first-time visitors to your Nampa law firm. The maintenance of your facilities is a subconscious statement about how you can handle the needs and cases of your customers, and also helps to provide an element of prestige expected from a successful firm. While you might have a custodial staff ready to help with spills and unexpected messes, the revitalization and continued upkeep of your building are ideal for our trained cleaning and recovery technicians.

While many can recognize our SERVPRO brand for our fast response and expertise in restoration, we are also growing a positive reputation for commercial cleaning of Nampa businesses. We have put our restoration training to use in helping area facilities consistently put their best foot forward and get ahead of damaging situations before they get out of control. Our team has multiple approaches to helping your business look its best.

Our premier line of potent cleaning products provides a concentrated formula to handle common threats to commercial properties. Elements like lingering foul odors, residues, and soiling of waiting area carpeting are all expected battles your firm might face. We have refinishing products to improve the aesthetic appeal of hardwood surfaces, as well.

Most of the work that we do, except emergency cleaning needs that you might have, can get scheduled after hours to reduce any interaction with your sensitive clientele or disrupt your business with the noise or acute odors of our cleaning process. Even with our hot water extraction carpet cleaning, we can get everything ready for foot traffic the following morning.

While you might have a small cleaning staff to handle the everyday spills and situations that can arise, our SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell technicians have extensive education and cutting-edge equipment to do this job quickly and correctly. We can provide scheduled off-hours comprehensive cleaning and disinfecting services upon request. Give our skilled professionals a call anytime that you need us, or whenever your firm can use an aesthetic pick-me-up, by calling (208) 466-5000.

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Inspecting and Repairing At-Risk Plumbing in Nampa this Winter.

10/20/2019 (Permalink)

Pipe with ice cicles on it. SERVPRO will help your Nampa home get away from water damage from freezing pipes.

This winter don’t let the cold take over your Nampa home with water damage.

Cold snaps might be profitable for the restoration business because of the water damage they can cause when Nampa residences contend with frozen pipes, but we would prefer that our customers stayed prepared for these damaging circumstances instead. Every year homeowners get surprised by the sudden extreme temperature drops that can freeze interior pipes and flood a home when this pipe succumbs to a pressure build and bursts at a weak point.

Instead of waiting for these frozen pipes in Nampa homes, property owners can and should take preventative actions before the worst portions of the winter season to have the system inspected for potential concerns. While you cannot always access the entirety of your plumbing network, large portions of this system can get inspected from hub areas like the basement – and this is also where much of the freezing of pipes takes place as well.

An inspection of the pipes should indicate areas where insulation is insufficient so that you can work to improve these areas before they become a costly problem. Re-insulating your pipes can be a very cost-effective solution compared to the estimated restoration costs that you might receive from our SERVPRO team, who must extract standing water and dry out saturated materials and contents. You might also discover areas where the plumbing has never gotten insulated. A good rule of thumb is to cover every exposed portion of pipe, regardless of how guarded you believe it might be from the cold air of winter.

Weakened areas of plumbing are also more susceptible to these issues, and breaches after freezing happen at the most compromised point on the plumbing lines nearby. If you discover leaks, areas of scaling and erosion, or rusting pipes, you should allow our SERVPRO licensed contractors to help you address these concerns with new portions of plastic pipes before they become a catastrophic situation.

Winter is seemingly always just around the corner here, and even though it can offer some picturesque scenery, it can leave your home a flooded mess as well. Let our SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell team help you safeguard your house or quickly manage a damaging water loss situation when it arises. Give us a call anytime at (208) 466-5000.

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We Can Save Your Nampa Office After A Disaster

10/5/2019 (Permalink)

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Improving the Appearance of Your Nampa Office After a Disaster

The aesthetic appeal of your business is vital to the retention of clients and the attitude and morale of the workforce hired to your Nampa office. With much of the day spent within the building, an appreciation for the facility’s appearance can help put your best foot forward both with your staff and the customers that need your services. After a disaster, your building can suffer substantial loss effects, but our SERVPRO team can help you to recover.

Commercial cleaning in Nampa businesses involves the qualified professionals of our team and the potent line of cleansing agents, disinfectants, and germicides in our inventory. Our technicians undergo extensive training to become accredited cleaning specialists through the prestigious, standard-setting Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC.) Because of this training and the hands-on experience, we can offer our customers a fast turnaround that continually seeks to exceed expectations.

Disasters like water and fire losses can present some widespread and destructive symptoms throughout the facility, and more can make it unsafe or unwise to continue operation until the building gets restored. With a full division of IICRC-Certified restoration technicians accredited in every facet of the recovery industry, we can make even widespread losses “Like it never even happened.”

We understand how inconvenient it can be waiting on recovery and restoration to occur, so we have efficient practices that ensure we can clean up residues and remove surface staining. Chemical sponges and select cleaning products can prove vital in addressing specific residues left behind after combustion or smoke effects.

Even without a disaster, we have advanced tools and equipment to help improve the aesthetic appeal of your building. Vandalism like graffiti cannot stand up to abrasive cleaning methods like media and soda blasting, which can be practical approaches to remove the paint without damaging the substrate of the surface beneath it.

Every business needs something different regarding cleaning and recovery, and your office is no different. If you want to improve the look and feel of your business, our SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell team can help. Give our crew a call anytime at (208) 466-5000.

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The Solution to Flood Damage in Your Nampa Residence is Professional Restoration

9/24/2019 (Permalink)

Laundry room with standing water. We know how bad a water damage in your Nampa home can get without professional help.

Let SERVPRO save you from further damage in your Nampa home from water damage. 

Heavy rains saturate the ground and can cause the water table to rise to dangerous levels. When flooding occurs in your home, it can ruin some of its structures and disrupt your daily activities. After such an incident, professionals can help you restore your property to its normal state. 

Floodwater can destroy your carpets, upholstered furniture, and hardwood floors quickly. If your Nampa home has flood damage, handling it quickly can prevent further destruction. SERVPRO offers a full-service flood damage restoration solution. We are open about the restoration process and always let our customers know what happens next. The few steps we follow during the restoration process include:

Inspection

Our crew assesses the flood damage and then creates a plan on how to handle the situation.

Debris and water removal 

Floodwater can bring a large amount of debris in your home, such as leaves, building rubble, soil, and sharp objects like broken glass. You may also need to dispose of water-damaged items. Our technicians can remove such debris safely. We can use different pumps to get rid of all the standing water such as electric submersible pumps, high-pressure pumps, and self-priming trash pumps. 

Drying 

Once we remove as much flood water as possible, we can dry out the home. Drying requires heat, air movement, and low humidity. We use air movers to achieve air movement and portable heaters to heat the affected areas to 70 to 90 degrees. Our crew also uses dehumidifiers to remove water vapor from the air, ensuring no moisture remains in the walls, ceilings, floors, and other surfaces. We also look for areas in a building where structures and contents could have absorbed moisture beyond normal levels. We can track moisture within your home using:

  • Thermal imaging cameras 

  • Moisture sensors 

  • Moisture meters

  • Thermal-hygrometers 

Sanitizing and deodorization

Floodwater is hazardous because it may contain livestock and human waste, industrial wastewater, and medical waste. Our SERVPRO technicians can apply disinfectants in the affected surfaces to eliminate microorganisms. We can also remove the unpleasant odors associated with flooding in a home using air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

After a flooding disaster, SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell can help. Call us 24/7 at (208) 466-5000. We can handle the damage to make it seem, “Like it never even happened.”

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SERVPRO Experts Can Handle Interior and Exterior Fire Damage In Nampa

9/11/2019 (Permalink)

a room completely covered in soot and smoke damage after a fire with debris everywhere We are Faster to Any Size Disaster. Our fire damage specialists are certified by the IICRC in fire restoration, carpet and upholstery cleaning.

Burning Leaves, Brush, and Weeds can Lead to Preventable Fire Damage to the Exterior of Your Nampa Home

Fall weather includes outdoor activities like cleaning up the yards and adjacent fields, as well as along the borders, of your Nampa property. Much of this debris might get burned to save time over other disposal methods. Even if your family does not do this, neighbors close to you might. We are always here for you, no matter the source of the problem affecting your home.

If the wind picks up burning things or still-hot ash and pushes it near your Nampa house's exterior, fire damage can happen. An open door at the house, garage, or a shed can let the fire spread. SERVPRO specialists can handle both interior and exterior damage to your residence and make things like they were before. Taking safety into consideration can help prevent injuries and property damage to both your own house and to neighbors' homes, as well.

Instead of burning piles of leaves in an open area, we find that using a metal container with a mesh screen prevents many accidents. Smaller amounts of ash can escape, of course, so placing the container at a distance from your house means these smaller ashes burn out before coming into contact with anything.

Where you place the container should also be far away from gas grills, gardening supplies, vehicles (including farming equipment), and anything else slightly flammable. Checking overhead to make sure of an absence of power lines and other cables can prevent dangerous situations and fire damage

While our building department can help repair damage to your roof, preventing it costs much less. Such damage can come from either power lines that catch fire, or dead trees that ignite from a fire burning too close to their branches. A mesh top to the container can help keep flames from growing too tall. We can also remove such trees, freeing up your lawn from broken branches and other debris.

Regarding flammable items, you must never burn containers that held gas, oil, or other chemicals. Even if these do not explode inside the burning container, they can release highly toxic fumes and gases when they reach certain temperatures. This is also true when burning plastics and other synthetic materials. While many items produce different colors that might tempt teenagers to add such items for their visual effects, the by-products make this a dangerous activity.

Residents in our area can contact SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell by calling (208) 466-5000. We are always ready to respond to your emergency and make things “Like it never even happened” to your property's exterior, interior, and outbuildings. Fire damage also brings smoke and soot deposits, as well as foul odors, into your environment.

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Steps for Handling Water Damage in Your Nampa Property After a Pipe Bursts

9/9/2019 (Permalink)

Pipe leaking water. We know the step by step process to handle your Nampa water damage.

We know the step by step process to handle your Nampa water damage.

Water damage can occur in Nampa homes because of broken pipes. A burst pipe that is hidden in the ceiling or walls can deposit several gallons of water quickly throughout your home, and this can cause panic. Water is destructive and it can warp wood, shrink furniture, and ruin carpeting within a short time.

When you find water damage in your Nampa home, you can take a few steps to prevent additional destruction. The first step is figuring out where the water is coming from. This can be tricky, depending on the location of the water loss. For instance, it can be challenging to identify precisely where the water is coming from if the ceiling is soaked. If you cannot identify the source of the water, call a professional.

If you find the source of the water, shut it off. If any electronics are present in the affected areas, turn off the electricity or remove the electronics from the room. You should also move any possessions sitting in the water to prevent secondary damage that could make them unsalvageable. There may be heavy furniture that you cannot move. In that case, restoration experts can place the furniture on blocks to keep it out of the water. You may also have immovable vanities and cabinets. You need the help of SERVPRO franchise professionals to determine if there is water behind the items.

The other step is to remove the standing water. If the volume of water is low and the affected area is relatively small, you can use a shop vac to remove it. If the affected area is over 100 sure feet, getting help from professional restorers is vital. Our Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRTs) can determine the spread of the water and remove it using portable pumps.

After removing the standing water, there are damp building materials that should be removed or dried in place. Failing to dry your home effectively can lead to mold growth, which can ruin your home further or cause health problems. It is crucial to use moisture detecting equipment to find hidden water damage. Some equipment we use to check for moisture in a building includes:

  • ·        Thermal imaging cameras

  • ·        Moisture sensors

  • ·        Penetrating and non-penetrating moisture meters
  • ·        Thermo-hygrometers

We also have professional drying equipment, including air movers and dehumidifiers. We place several air movers in a home to get the water granules into the air through evaporation. Our WRTs then run dehumidifiers to remove this humidity from the air. We monitor the specific humidity of the air in a building and the air coming from a dehumidifier. The specific humidity is the actual amount of moisture in the air, and it should decrease as your home dries.

Water loss incidents are a significant inconvenience to homeowners.  If water has pooled in your home, call SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell (208) 466-5000 for immediate restoration services. We can solve your water loss problem to make it “Like it never even happened.”

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