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Fire Damage In Your Caldwell Property

1/14/2020 (Permalink)

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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 the 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 the professionals ensures all essential areas are covered so that your living space is back to normal as soon as possible. These are some of the 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 can 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 to safe from vandals and theft.

Once you are ready to have the restoration begin, SERVPRO technicians arrive for a full assessment of the interior as well as 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.

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 make it seem, “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.

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We Are The Right Choice For Commercial Cleaning In Nampa

1/7/2020 (Permalink)

A long hallway with soaked carpet needing restoration Our specialists are standing by to answer your call 24/7. We have the training, experience, and equipment to restore your home right away.

Niches of SERVPRO Cleaning in Your Nampa Municipal Building

When you consider the level of cleaning that our SERVPRO team does for Nampa structures, the common belief is that this has to coincide with some form of disaster or emergency. In truth, the same premier cleaning service that we provide commercial buildings after water and fire loss events is available at any time to revitalize the look and feel of your business for your employees and customers.

There are many levels of commercial cleaning for your Nampa municipal building, and some of these actions get taken daily by the custodial team hired by the municipality. With a lack of cutting-edge equipment, powerful products, and practical techniques, this group of workers in your building can only do so much to improve the appearance and function of your facility. Our restoration technicians can help your business in many areas.

Carpet Cleaning 

One of the areas where our SERVPRO team gets most utilized in municipal structures is with the cleaning and revitalization of carpeted areas. Even in this limited niche, we have multiple approaches, including bonnet cleaning, hot water extraction, and deluxe preconditioning and rinsing. The objective is to complete this cleaning after hours to limit traffic to maximize results.

Wall & Surface Cleaning 

We have multiple products that can help with wipe and foam cleaning approaches when soiling and staining have become factors in your facility. The products we use depend on the specific materials affected and the type of damage that exists.

Deodorization 

Areas like the bathroom and poorly ventilated rooms in the municipal building can sometimes begin to hold a stale or unpleasant smell. Deodorization practices like our thermal fogging can neutralize these unwelcome odors efficiently. For small enclosed areas and recesses, along with large attic crawl areas, we can place odor-killing beads that work to provide continuing protection.

Graffiti Removal 

As a municipality, you are always going to have to deal with unfortunate circumstances like vandalism. A common structural concern is graffiti. Our IICRC-Trained Technicians can utilize abrasive cleaning techniques to remove spray paint and other substances from exterior walls. Our specially formulated cleaning products typically can restore walls and other elements of your building to preloss condition, “Like it never even happened.”

Our SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell team can help your structure to look its best, even when disasters or unforeseen mishaps have not occurred. You can reach our professionals anytime at (208) 466-5000.

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Our Experts Discuss How To Avoid Fire Damage In Your Caldwell Home

12/27/2019 (Permalink)

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Avoiding Fire Damage in Caldwell Homes with Christmas Trees

During the holidays, many people put up trees and other decorations of the season. Misuse and malfunctions can lead to fire damage with tragic results.

In Caldwell homes, avoid fire damage by inspecting your tree every day during the holiday season. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), electrical failures and malfunctions were responsible for nearly 30-percent of tree fires.

Why SERVPRO?
The technicians know any home disaster, but particularly fire damage is devastating for homeowners, and they approach the situation with both compassion and professionalism. Through the use of their advanced restoration techniques and state-of-the-art equipment, in many cases, they can save items from being counted as a fire loss.

Tips for Avoiding Fire Loss During the Holidays
If you have a live tree in your home, be sure to water it every single day. According to the NFPA, a dry tree burns more rapidly than newspaper. Also, if the water in the container goes below where the cut on the trunk, a seal forms, and the tree cannot absorb water after that.

Safety with Lights Indoors
Check string lights to ensure there are no loose connections or frayed cords. If you must use an extension cord, use only one and make sure any lighting used carries UL-approval. Make sure lights are off before turning in for the night.

Outdoor Lighting Tips
When hanging lights outdoors, make sure connectors are off the ground and located away from metal gutters. Use only lighting designed for exterior use.

Candle Use
While the soft light emitting by a candle is beautiful, it is dangerous for use on a Christmas tree. When burning candles, it is a good practice to keep them at least 12-inches away from items that can catch fire. Candles are responsible for 2 out of 5 fires that started from home decorations.

SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell at (208) 466-5000 is ready to help homeowners with fire damage 24/7 and use their equipment and expertise to make it, “Like it never even happened.”

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SERVPRO Says to Nampa Property Owners--When Water Damage Occurs--Call Us!

12/16/2019 (Permalink)

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Mitigating Closet Water Damage in a Nampa Home

Water damage is one of the most common disaster occurrences in any home and can be exceptionally costly in areas like bedroom closets and other storage areas. While carpet and pad can usually dry within 24 to 48 hours of minor incidents, mold can also proliferate in that much time, which can create further damage and potential structural issues.

If your Nampa residence has suffered water damage, SERVPRO technicians can be at your home within hours of your call to restore your home to a preloss condition. This crew is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year to address disasters quickly. SERVPRO works with homeowners and insurance adjusters alike to restore structures and salvage possessions when it is safe and feasible to do so.

Minimizing Damage to Closet Items
?    Allow clothing, linens, and other items to dry completely before storing. Ensure that these possessions are clean to minimize the risk of mold and mildew. Allow air to circulate by not packing items too tightly.
?    Keep the door closed if the room is in a high humidity area like a bathroom, especially after using the shower.
?    If you notice odors in your closet, keep the door open as much as possible. Air out your closets periodically by removing items before thoroughly cleaning and drying the closet.
?    Use vinyl-coated wire shelving to improve air circulation. Keep shoe boxes and storage materials on wire shelves rather than on the floor to prevent trapping moisture.
?    Use a low-hanging, low-wattage light source. This type of lighting adds heat to the environment. To maximize safety, make sure that this light source is kept away from flammable items.

How SERVPRO Can Help
When a SERVPRO team comes to your home after a disaster, technicians can begin by measuring moisture levels in flooring and walls with both penetrating non-penetrating moisture sensors and meters. If there is moisture present behind walls and baseboards, they can also use infrared cameras. Tools like Thermo-hygrometers are used to measure relative humidity and determine drying goals. If your carpet has been affected by closet water damage, technicians can use portable, back-mounted extractors to thoroughly remove water and prepare the area for drying with centrifugal air movers and industrial-grade dehumidifiers.

SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell can ensure that your home looks, "Like it never even happened." Call (208) 466-5000 for cleanup you can count on every time.

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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