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How Can Original Wiring on Antique Lamps Can Cause Fire Damage in Nampa?

4/20/2020 (Permalink)

An outlet with cords on fire Inspect your appliances often for signs of wear and tear to help prevent fires.

Mitigating Vintage Lamp Fire Damage in a Nampa Home 

Whether you want a vintage lamp to accentuate your decor or you are an avid collector of such items, vintage electrical appliances can pose some hefty fire risks. A UL-certified vintage lamp does not guarantee its safety, and typically means Underwriter's Laboratory certified the light at the time of its manufacture. In many cases, these types of lights need rewiring by a certified professional.  

If your vintage lighting or other electrical fixtures have caused fire damage to your Nampa home, SERVPRO technicians are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, to mitigate disaster. These technicians use a broad spectrum of mitigation tools, from EPA-registered wet and dry cleaning solutions to deodorizing solutions crafted to combat soot odors and residues, to restore your structure after incurring fire-related losses. SERVPRO can also help you find licensed local specialists that can rewire or replace components in your vintage fixtures, so they are fire-safe by today's standards. 

Handling Vintage Electronics & Fixtures

Finding a well-built vintage light fixture can be exciting for any decorating opportunity. However, there are some considerations you need to take into account before you purchase: 

  • Has the fixture been rewired? Correct wiring is vital for avoiding fire hazards from brittle wiring.
  • Does it have the US or European wiring? A foreign appliance needs to rewiring for US voltage requirements.
  • Has the fixture recently been UL-certified?If your light needs servicing or installation by an electrician, it must be UL-certified. Passing an electrical inspection helps increase your home's safety.  

SERVPRO Restores Charred Furniture

If an electrical fire from old lamp wiring has charred nearby fixtures and furniture, SERVPRO technicians can remove charred debris and focus on cleaning and restoring structural materials, and prepare the area for replacement of drywall and insulation. A wood nightstand or end table is salvageable if the charring is not overly extensive. Restoration techs can apply Wood Creme Paste to remove discoloration from wood and finishes on furniture.  

SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell provides a mitigation service that can make your home look, "Like it never even happened." Call (208) 466-5000 for a cleanup that restores your home fast. 

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Can I Protect My Nampa Business by Having It Professionally Cleaned?

4/14/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO’s Proactive Cleaning is Key to Prevention

In Nampa, we have been proactive about trying to prevent the spread of germs in our community. As we attempt to protect ourselves from this unprecedented health impediment, it is crucial to understand the role of having safe and clean buildings to prevent the transmission of the virus from person to person.

SERVPRO has been deemed an essential service by the federal government because the restoration and cleaning industry can contribute to the slowing of the viral spread by providing cleaning services and the application of disinfectants. By its very definition, essential means “something necessary or indispensable.” We think every employee of every business is indispensable, and that is why we are proud to serve all of our customers! We can arrive and apply disinfecting agents to your Nampa business.

We want you to know we are here to keep you safe, no matter where you work, but especially in this time of ambiguity for businesses that are open and serving the public during this time of need. SERVPRO is available to help maintain the health and welfare of the community. We can customize a specific cleaning schedule or handle one-time complex remediation.

Our technicians are well-versed in the use of EPA-registered cleaning solutions, which provide thorough cleanup and help to eliminate or greatly reduce pathogens and bacteria of all types. Industry-grade cleaners and their correct application, along with our advanced equipment, can make the difference by improving the air quality of your commercial property or small business.

SERVPRO of Nampa/Caldwell is at your service by calling (208) 466-5000. Unconventional times call for alternative measures for cleaning, and our certified crew is up to the challenge.

Advice from the medical and scientific community regarding how to deal with the coronavirus is based on present knowledge, which is subject to change as the situation continues to develop. There can be no assurance that disinfectants alone will be adequate to eliminate the virus fully. We are not physicians or infectious disease professionals. Consult your medical professionals for individual medical advice.

We Act Fast In Nampa After A Flood

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

A photo of four of our air movers We have the state of the art equipment necessary to restore your home after a flood. We are available 24/7, so don't hesitate and call right away.

How Can I Handle Flood Water Coming into My Home?

SERVPRO Can Help with Mitigating Loss from Flood Damage to Restore Your Nampa Home 

When you are dealing with any amount of floodwaters entering your home, this is the type of emergency that you want to address as soon as possible. Once flooding from outside begins to fill your basement or the lower level of your home, the water can be filled with various contaminants. Instead of thinking that a do-it-yourself cleanup project is enough to take care of it, you need to remember that this water can be dangerous. Additionally, excessive water in the home can leave lingering moisture that may transform into hazardous mold and mildew.

What Can I Do Until the Experts Arrive to Handle Water Removal?

As a homeowner, there are specific actions you can do before the time that SERVPRO arrives to address your flood damage in Nampa, including:

• Ensuring that the flood-damaged area is closed off from the rest of your home

• If possible, try to have the power shut off to the area to limit the potential for danger

• Do not touch the water loss area to avoid contact with potentially contaminated water

When Our Team Arrives at Your Property, We Get to Work Fast!

Once we arrive at your Nampa home, we start with a full assessment of the water loss, which may include testing the water. This helps us determine whether or not bacteria, chemicals, or other contaminants are in the water. What this does, is it allows us to select the best antimicrobial treatments for the water, if necessary.

Another step our technicians may take it containment, allowing us to stop cross-contamination throughout your home while we are extracting water and drying the area. Any airborne water droplets could contain harmful bacteria that may be dangerous to breathe in. We always take the right precautions, ensuring all of our team is outfitted with personal protection equipment (PPE). It is also vital that we use air scrubber equipment, which allows us to capture various airborne elements while improving overall air quality throughout our mitigation efforts.

Why is it Dangerous To Deal With Flood Water?

Flood water is filled with unknown contaminants and often large amounts of debris. It is important to note that non-porous items in the impacted area of your home have the highest potential for restoration. For this, SERVPRO technicians often use immersion cleaning to get the best level of clean. 

When it comes to water loss incidents such as a flood, mold can start to grow in as little as 24 hours from infiltration, then spreads rapidly. Our skilled technicians are trained to spot the warning signs that mold and mildew infestation may take hold, so we work proactively to stop the microbes before they can multiply. 

Some of the issues that you may have in a flood loss event will include:

• Damaged sheetrock from water wicking, which calls for flood cuts or full replacement

• Total loss of carpeting and the padding below if all restoration efforts are exhausted

• Tile flooring in the water loss area that fully delaminates

• Partial or complete replacement of hardwood flooring – we understand each case is different, so we do everything possible to salvage your materials

Odor Control is Imperative Post-Water Cleanup

Once our team extracts all of the water and the area is visibly dry, there is still the potential for foul odors. Flood loss often comes with odors that linger within porous materials throughout the home, so we have specialized cleaning and deodorizing techniques to address them. We use advanced formulas to help disinfect surfaces, including powerful antimicrobial and antibacterial cleaning agents. There are some situations that may call for more involved applications to reduce more robust odors.

In the event that odors linger, our team may use thermal fogging techniques. This is an option that works well with embedded odors. A special solvent is heated until it turns into a fog that covers all areas of the water loss. As the fog makes contact with odor molecules, it adheres to them and breaks the odor chain to eliminate pungent smells.

Another option is hydroxyl generators that utilize ultraviolet rays to move all airborne molecules that cause odor. While these machines are tough on odors, they are safe to use around your pets, family, and your houseplants.

You should never feel as though you have to go it alone when you are dealing with flood damage in your home. With a simple phone call to our team at SERVPRO of Nampa/Caldwell, we will send a restoration team out to get started. You can reach us 24/7 at (208) 466-5000  for all of your mitigation and water removal needs so that we can make it “Like it never even happened.”

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What Can Cause Water Damage to your Nampa home?

4/10/2020 (Permalink)

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Avoid Hazardous Conditions and Severe Damage to Your Nampa home, Call the Water Loss Professionals at SERVPRO

The chaos that ensues after a dramatic bursting of a pipe or rupture of a water heater has one silver lining--the source of the water damage is clear. A more frustrating but just as destructive scenario faces you when you see subtle signs of water loss, but the cause is unknown. When you see the peeling of paint or staining on a ceiling, you have a water problem, but many questions remain, and a cure is elusive.

How Do You Figure Out Where Water Damage Comes From?
Your ceiling is telling you a story, and you need a translator to explain where the water damage in your Nampa house originated. Hiring trained and certified Water Restoration Technicians (WRT) is the most reliable way to investigate the mystery. Our company has training and more than ten years of experience in tracing water damage to the leak, spillage, malfunction, or another event that set the destruction in motion, why our crews are leaders in the industry.

Why Does the Reason for Water Damage Matter if the Damage is Fixed?
Cosmetic fixes and coverups can make your ceilings look better, but only when the SERVPRO team identifies the real problem is the solution permanent. Failure to take the time and steps needed to discover the underlying issues guarantees the continuing destruction of building materials and the risk of severe secondary damage like mold growth.

What Are Some Top Reasons for Residential Ceiling Damage?
Shower and Tub Overflows
An incompletely closed shower door or curtain can send water across a bathroom floor. Even after mopping up, the moisture can seep through cracks in grout lines or down through the joint between the side of the tub and the floor. It might look great upstairs, but a day or two later brown spots and flaking paint on the kitchen ceiling pose the query to you and the SERVPRO crew--when did this water damage happen? We work hard to figure out the cause and then dry the structures.

Upper-Level Laundry Rooms
Why are laundry rooms increasingly located on the upper levels of homes? Washing bed linens and clothes are far easier, and the stashing of dry and clean items is much more straightforward when the equipment is handy. What is the downside of an upstairs laundry room? Any of the following can happen:

    •    Broken hose
    •    Defective pump
    •    Clogged utility sink drain

These events can spew gallons of water that have nowhere to go but percolating through floors to collect above ceilings. If you see a sagging bulge in the ceiling tiles or drywall above you, call for help from the SERVPRO team. Why? Managing a water-loaded ceiling is a significant safety hazard, and a job for our professionals trained to complete appropriately.

Ice Dams
Why are icicles a sign of potential interior water damage? Snow, ice, and the tendency of heat to rise are all answers. During our cold winters, any precipitation can collect in a gutter, especially one that is clogged with leaves or other debris. If your attic has inadequate insulation or the roofline is not sealed where it meets the house, warm air rises to melt the icy mix in the gutters.

When it melts, the liquid water leaks inside, and then as the temperature plunges, the ice forms again. Expansion during the freezing opens the joints between roof and house even further and contributes to damaging shingles and flashing. Rely on SERVPRO to locate areas of your roof showing melt and thaw cycles. We can help with insulation evaluation and upgrade as well as sealing the holes that release the warm air.

Chimney Leaks
A fireplace is a favorite spot in the home for family and friends to gather. Cozy crackling and warm, fragrant odors signal all is well inside your world, and the fireplace. If unpleasant, musty smells or unexplained staining on wall surfaces above the firebox occur, you have cause for concern. Dripping heard or water seen in the fireplace or staining on the ceiling around the chimney stack should sound an alarm.

Water damage has so many causes, you might not make the connection that the staining and dampness you see is because of your chimney leaking into the ceiling. How can a professional tell if a chimney leak is a reason for ceiling water damage?

    •    The chimney cap is absent or poorly fitting
    •    The chimney crown is cracked
    •    Condensation occurs because the interior of the chimney is unlined or poorly waterproofed
    •    The flashing around the chimney has damage

Have our SERVPRO experts examine the construction of the chimney to see if repairs are needed. We can refer any repair, refitting, or rehabbing to our construction division or to the chimney contractor or mason of your choice.

Reliable and full-spectrum investigation and solutions for water damaged ceilings are why SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell is the restoration company you can trust. Call us at (208) 466-5000 to get answers and solutions.

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Flood Damage In Nampa

3/13/2020 (Permalink)

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Water Filled Basements In Nampa

A flash flood can be devastating to many homeowners. Their basement may be full of water, and all of their belongings are damaged beyond repair. If the homeowner was in the home at the time, many feel lucky to have survived. Many wonder how long it is going to take to recover and does their home insurance provide sufficient coverage?

SERVPRO has been providing flood damage services in Nampa and surrounding areas since 2009. Since inception, we have focused on providing exceptional service to our clients, training our technicians in the latest IICRC techniques and processes to manage and process flood damage events, water damage, fire damage, and damage from mold infestations. Our crew chiefs are available 24 hours a day / 7 days a week. We are usually on-site in less than four hours.

Basement Flooded
During a flash flood, water often pours in through basement windows carrying mud, debris, and contaminated materials. Once the flooding subsides, residents are left to clean up the mess and remove standing water. SERVPRO can quickly deploy submersible pumps to remove the standing water and then begin removing the mud and debris that may have entered your basement.

Many hard surface items can be recovered. We clean and sanitize these items before storing everything in a staging area in a safe area of your home or at our facility. Porous items usually have to be destroyed. Carpets, underpad, drywall, and furniture are usually too difficult to clean. We document every item removed from your basement. SERVPRO works closely with your insurance adjuster to manage the project and meet the terms of your insurance coverage.

After we remove everything, SERVPRO cleans the structure, de-sanitizes, and dries the basement. We deploy air movers and dehumidifiers to remove the remaining moisture and return humidity levels to normal levels. Once your home is ready, subcontractors can begin the repair and reconstruction phase of the job to return your basement to its original condition, “Like it never even happened.”

Call SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell at (208) 466-5000 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Nampa, Caldwell, and surrounding areas. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Some Tips to Help You Combat Flood Damage in Your Nampa Hotel

3/8/2020 (Permalink)

hotel reception area Quick action is required when your hotel sustains damage. Contact our certified technicians for effective flood damage remediation efforts.

Cleaning and Drying Flooded Rooms of Your Nampa Hotel

Floods do not always affect the whole main levels of your Nampa hotel, but the rooms that do get affected must receive immediate attention from competent professionals. Because structural assemblies contain numerous construction materials, many areas of your flood-damaged guest rooms must get restored using our advanced technologies, practices, and equipment.

While it might appear from the outside as a flurry of green uniforms and equipment moving in and out of the damaged areas, restoring flood damage to your Nampa hotel rooms is a much more calculated procedure. We strive to determine the spread and migration of the intruding water and work to determine how deeply into these surface materials the moisture has gone before extraction, controlled demolition, and drying efforts begin.

After you have relocated guests away from the rooms and our SERVPRO team has started to assemble containment barriers to limit traffic into the damaged areas, we can focus on several key areas likely to be severely damaged by standing water and contamination.

Floor Assemblies 

Carpets are a high porosity material that can quickly absorb water and moisture, making it difficult to prevent the complete saturation of these layers in the early stages of floodwater exposure. Carpets must get removed to prevent the spread and increased concentration of contamination. If subflooring is unreached by migrating floodwater, it is possible to disinfect these materials and only replace the carpet and padding.

Drywall, Insulation, and Metal Framing 

When the building was first constructed, metal framing became the skeleton of the structure. With flooding infiltrating the guest rooms, wood trim and drywall are among the first surfaces affected in the wall assembly, and moisture can move through materials with higher permeance quickly. Portions of drywall and even wet insulation must get discarded, but metal framing can get thoroughly cleaned and disinfected for new drywall to get attached to when rebuilding.

There is much work to be done when floodwaters penetrate portions of your hotel. Even though you can keep the guests from most of these inconveniences when smaller areas get damaged, it is still vital to get back to business as usual as soon as possible. Give our SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell team a call today at (208) 466-5000.

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How Ozone Machines Deodorize Fire-Damaged Nampa Homes

2/17/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Teams Deodorize and Improve the Air Quality in Your Nampa Home Using Ozone Machines

Ozone generators are a commonly used deodorizer for Nampa homes following smoke odors and other harsh lingering scents. While there are multiple options for our SERVPRO team when neutralizing odor molecules is the objective, ozone machines can win out in many scenarios where the family and pets have become displaced from the property until restoration work completes.

Understanding how this deodorizer works to help address fire damage in Nampa homes can help a customer be more at ease with the process. Foreign machines and tools, especially those as misunderstood as the ozone machine, can use some explanation. The technicians of our team can rely on these powerful devices to react with the odor molecules present in the fire-damaged house after extinguishment, and we can even utilize this same technology on a larger scale for the ozone chamber that we have at our nearby warehouse for multi-item deodorizing.

What Does an Ozone Machine Do? 

Ozone generators pull traditional oxygen molecules apart into single atoms, which then can bond with untouched oxygen compounds and form a new molecular structure: ozone. These new compounds share three molecules of oxygen, making them able to chemically bond with present odor molecules and neutralize them.

Why Do They Get Used? 

Apart from their immediate ability to neutralize odors the ozone gas encounters, these generators also have the capability of helping a broad area of a residence or business without requiring relocation. The production of the ozone gas is also vital for penetration into damaged surfaces where odors can get trapped once the house cools following a fire.

Why They Are Not Exclusively Used

Though the ozone machine and chamber at our SERVPRO facility are both excellent tools for deodorization, their alteration of breathable air makes it dangerous to be around for humans and pets. This deodorization is ideal for empty houses as generators can run on a timer. If a family did not get displaced by a fire, alternate deodorization methods might be necessary.

Ozone generators can be a helpful tool in eliminating noxious odors after a fire loss incident. Our SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell team can help you overcome harsh scents and other fire damages by calling (208) 466-5000.

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Protecting Your Nampa Property After A Flood

2/14/2020 (Permalink)

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Protecting Your Nampa Property From Flood Damage and What to Do If It Happens

It is easy to become immune to worry when a flash flood warning gets issued in your area when flood damage has not occurred previously. Flood damage is one of the most costly events that can happen to a residence as only a couple of inches of water can wreak havoc on a structure.

SERVPRO technicians restore Nampa homes from flood damage; the critical element is time. The longer the exposure occurs, the higher the loss from the water and the potential for mold occurs.

Protecting Your Property from Flash Floods
Some flash floods happen from predictable river crestings from the Boise, Snake, and Payette Rivers. More often, though, flash floods are simply the result of more rain than the ground can absorb. Homeowners need to ensure proper drainage, the grade points away from your property, and gutters are not clogged are all steps towards helping prevent flooding.

Why Floodwater is Worse Than a Plumbing Problem
The biggest problem with floodwater is it picks up everything it encounters along the way. This includes dirt, debris, chemicals, and often sewage. This is why it is essential to engage a professional restoration company because of the contaminated nature of the water.

Safety During Flood Cleanup
SERVPRO technicians test the water to determine any bacteria or toxins present and take the appropriate action to treat areas they are working on. It not advisable to remain within the premises during this type of cleanup due to the potential to aspirate airborne pathogens that may be present. The techs wear personal protective gear, including respirators, to limit the chances of this occurring during mitigation.

Common Actions During Floodwater Cleanup
Building materials that wick water generally have a poor prognosis for restoration and get removed cleanly through a controlled demo technique knows as flood cuts. This action opens the walls cavities for drying and leaves a clean line for easy restoration once the cleanup efforts complete.

SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell at (208) 466-5000 restores homes with flood damage using their equipment and intensive training to make the water loss in the property, “Like it never even happened.”

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Nampa Commercial Property and SERVPRO's Emergency Service to Mitigate Flooding

2/1/2020 (Permalink)

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Freezing Pipes Outside Your Nampa Motel  

Temperature drops outside might not slow down the business rolling into your Nampa motel, but the extreme conditions might have adverse effects on utilities outside of the building. In commercial districts, it is customary for larger water lines to supply service to properties spanning the entire length of the main streets. Freezing and thawing of the ground can cause shifts against these highly pressurized lines, which can cause vertical splits.

Ductile iron, which is still the most commonly installed material for water lines at this time, can be highly sensitive to these ground shifts and burst – leading to flooding damage for Nampa businesses nearby. With twelve and fifteen-inch water lines that can supply most of the demanding areas of the city, a breach on this line is noticeable immediately by substantial water blowing up from the ground. Your nearby motel can be in the path of this migrating water and continue to be at risk for continued losses until the municipality water department can shut down available valves to stop the water flow.

Depending on the layout of your motel, only some of the rooms that are closest to the physical break might be susceptible to invading water damage. This flooding during already extreme temperature drops can present hazardous conditions for your guests, and to make matters worse, the water forced into your property also brings mud, debris, and other potential contaminants as well.

Our SERVPRO professionals must begin cleanup of this damage along with the extraction when we first arrive in force after a scoping of the job to get done. In many cases, this assessment must occur beforehand so that the municipality's insurance company can get involved with comping costs of the restoration to come.

Standing water concerns can get resolved with our gas-powered trash pumps, which can expel the surface water and smaller debris and sediment to the drainage points such as the sanitary sewer system. Muddy carpets might not be salvageable, especially when contamination threats cannot get ruled out entirely. Our team of in-house contractors can help with controlled demolition and replacement of this flooring and other areas of concern.

Freezing temperatures can damage utilities outside of your motel but could bring this muddy water to the doors of some of your guest rooms when pipes break. Our SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell technicians can help. Give us a call anytime at (208) 466-5000.

Flood Damage in Nampa

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

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Technicians Mitigate Flood Damage in Nampa

Basement floods are common occurrences, but homeowners may be surprised to know that this type of disaster happens in up to 98% of basements. While there are many preventive measures that can be taken to minimize exposure and damage, those tactics cannot always adequately address the issues that come with such a disaster. Not only does flooding cause tens of thousands of dollars in damages, but it can also bring in microbes and other contaminants that can put occupants at risk.

If your Nampa home's basement needs flood damage removal, you can count on the IICRC-certified technicians at SERVPRO to clean up your home and restore it to its preloss condition. SERVPRO serves homes struck by disaster with emergency response services to minimize exposure to moisture and contaminants. On top of that, technicians' efforts can assist you in the claims process by coordinating with both you and your insurance adjuster.

SERVPRO's State-of-the-Art Technologies
    •    Multifaceted moisture measurement tools, including infrared cameras, penetrating and nonpenetrating sensors and meters, and thermohygrometers to detect air temperature and relative humidity.
    •    Industrial-grade extraction equipment, including submersible gas-powered pumps, truck-mounted or portable extraction units, mops, squeegees, and wet/dry vacuums.
    •    Drying equipment, including high-speed air movers and commercial grade dehumidifiers that either operate using refrigerant coils or desiccant materials.
    •    Odor control equipment such as air scrubbers with HEPA filters, odor counteractant beads, EPA-registered antimicrobials, thermal or ultra-low volume foggers, and spray pumps.

SERVPRO's Emergency Response
Did you know that SERVPRO can help you keep an electronic inventory of the items in your basement after a flood? This team uses a comprehensive nine-step process for moving homeowners out of flood-damaged homes and takes thorough documentation of items in the affected area. Technicians use tablets for easy photographing as well as electronic content management. Not only does this aid technicians in determining what can be salvaged, but it can also help homeowners with the claims filing process.

SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell is a team that you can count on to be Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (208) 466-5000 to get disaster cleanup service any time of the day or night.

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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)

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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)

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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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Need Commercial Cleaning Services in Nampa? Call SERVPRO!

8/19/2019 (Permalink)

Did you know that SERVPRO provides commercial cleaning services? Call us today for more information!

How Using Professional Commercial Cleaning Services in Nampa Saves Time and Money and Keeps You Focused

You opened your Nampa business to pursue a passion, providing goods or services to other businesses and the general public. Unless your endeavor is a cleaning business, hiring a cleaning staff can be one of the more counterproductive choices you can make. Consider making a change and hire us to set up a cleaning schedule while you concentrate on what you know best. 

Avoid Investing in Expensive Cleaning Equipment 

The commercial cleaning industry in Nampa and elsewhere rely on industrial-grade cleaning equipment, supplies, and products. Purchasing the hardware ties up money you could be using for your research and development or for attracting qualified individuals to work with you in your industry of choice. Maintenance and storage of the often bulky and unattractive equipment is another drain on your space and budget. 

Limit Human Resource Distractions 

Hiring, training, and paying for benefits for your in-house cleaning crews are not insignificant expenditures of money or your time. To ensure the proper completion of cleaning jobs, you or another of your management staff need to supervise the work. Someone in your business must become a cleaning expert, taking their attention away from your core mission. Sick time, vacations, workers compensation issues, hiring, firing, mediation of disputes for a cleaning staff all become essential functions and obligations. 

Hiring an Outside Contractor Permits Scaling Up and Down 

Depending on your industry and climate, there may be times of the year when your need for commercial cleaning ramps up or becomes less intense. Using our services permits you to purchase the services you need when you need them rather than contemplating laying off staff or hiring temporary help as your requirements change.

Researching New Products and Keeping Up with Regulations 

Let our dedicated team find better ways of delivering high-quality cleaning services. Environmentally friendly options must comply with applicable codes and regulations, and we are always in the vanguard of these changes. Evolving tools, cleaners, disinfectants, and more can be beneficial, and we pledge to keep you informed without you spending your precious time doing the research. 

SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell offers high-quality cleaning services to businesses who prefer to focus on what they know best. Call us at (208) 466-5000 to discuss your cleaning needs and start work on a quote.

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We Provide Fast Action to Your Nampa Water Damage Restoration Needs

8/14/2019 (Permalink)

Don't handle your water damage alone. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Professional Restoration For Water Damaged Nampa Homes

Nampa residents are probably a little too used to flood warnings what with the waterways running through town. When a pipe breaks or a water heater rusts out though, no one is ready for that.

Remediating homes with water damage in Nampa requires a professional service with up-to-date training and equipment. Every SERVPRO restoration team has both. Each home is different, but the example here has many of the services our technicians routinely perform.

After the team finished removing the standing water, they immediately began pulling out property too damaged for restoration. It consisted mostly of books and newspapers that were stored in the basement and on the bottom shelf of two bookcases. The team also threw out the bookcases in the basement since they were composite wood which absorbed much water and became so warped that could no longer stand upright.

Next, our technicians took care of the floors, carpets, and rugs. For the wood floor in the master bedroom, they directed air movers to blow warm air across the hardwood to carefully dry them without causing any further issues like splintering along the edges of the floorboards.

For the carpets and rugs, SERVPRO team members used extraction wands to draw out the water. They hung the rugs outside since there was no rain expected, and allowed them to dry in the sun. For the carpets, technicians had to roll them up to dispose of the pads underneath since they had already begun to flake and crumble.

Specialists then cleaned the concrete floors underneath and dried them with air movers. Next, they laid down a new carpet pad, but the owner preferred to have a separate agency stretch the carpet back in place.

The cause of all this damage was a split hose that ran into the dishwasher. After the team pulled the dishwasher out, technicians discovered it had been leaking for a long time before finally splitting apart. Over the previous months, the water crumbled the drywall behind it and rotted the floor trim. Fortunately, the wall framing behind it was undamaged, so replacing the panel and the floor trim went very quickly, and we returned the home to the owner right on schedule.

Here at SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell, our goal is to restore or replace every item damaged by the water intrusion into your residence. We are here for you and your home, so if you need our services, call us today at (208) 466-5000 to get started.

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Our Experts Provide Top-Notch Service In Nampa

8/3/2019 (Permalink)

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Commitment To High-Quality Customer Service Is Why SERVPRO Stands Out In Nampa

All members of our disaster recovery team are invested in many aspects of the Nampa area, proud to be involved in local charities and business organizations. We give back to the communities that nurture us by striving to become the premier cleaning and restoration company available to residents of The Heart of the Treasure Valley. Our Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained managers and technicians reliably deliver mitigation and remediation services that meet or exceed the industry's best practices.

Water Damage
Residential customers know how frustrating unexpected water damage in Nampa can be.  If a water loss resolves incompletely, the corrosive effects continue, destroying building materials and exposing your home to secondary damage such as mold infestation and persistent odors. Knowing this, you might feel inadequate to tackle the tasks on your own. Unlike ordinary cleanup jobs, water incursions need professional assessment and recovery efforts. SERVPRO is available for consultation 24/7.

We arrive with all the equipment, tools, and products necessary for water mitigation and remediation stocked on our signature green service vehicles. As our crew leads design a personalized mitigation and remediation plan, technicians stand ready to roll out the water removal and drying equipment without delay. Speed is essential when dealing with water loss. Many structural components can be saved if water removal proceeds promptly, in accordance with our restoration over replacement focus.

Once the pumps and water extractors complete their jobs, the structural drying phase begins. Moisture levels are obtained using sensitive devices and a drying plan implemented. Our technicians understand psychrometry, the science of drying, from IICRC coursework in Applied Structural Drying (ASD). A balance of temperature, humidity, and air movement allows our team to force water out of structures as a vapor. That vapor is condensed or absorbed by dehumidifiers for permanent removal from your home.

Fire Damage
Recovery from fire damage to your Nampa home is a complicated process. Partnering with our IICRC-trained and experienced managers and technicians can make this experience easier to bear for you and your family. After you are sure your loved ones are safe, and the firefighters are nearing the end of their job,  calling our emergency number should be your highest priority. We answer day or night, scheduling a fire assessment as soon as possible.

Resist the temptation to start cleanup on your own. SERVPRO technicians have personal protective gear and specialized equipment, tools, and products to manage a fire scenario effectively and safely. Large quantities of water and chemicals from extinguishing efforts are likely present. Electrocution and slip and fall risks are high on the scene. We know how to proceed, and take care to start the water removal and structural drying immediately after arriving.

We complete tasks systematically, aiming toward returning your home to pre-fire condition. Technicians complete soot removal, charring remediation, and deodorization, steadily working while following the fire restoration industry's best practices. If only a small space is severely compromised, we can contain the affected area while you and your family live in other rooms during the projects. Throughout, we are in constant communication with you and your insurance carrier to ensure proper documentation of claims and minimization of your out of pocket expenses.

Mold Remediation
Even in a relatively arid climate like that of Nampa, mold damage is possible and stressful for a homeowner to manage. Mold spores are everywhere in the environment, indoors and out. They primarily float on air currents or settle on surfaces, invisible to the eye and benign in effect. The problems with mold arise when even one spore encounters a source of moisture. After absorption, rapid growth follows, often in hidden cavities where small leaks in plumbing or exterior structures occur.

A musty smell is frequently the first sign; something is amiss. Staining or feathery growth follows on organic surfaces or places where bits of organic matter collects, like on tiles with soap scum. If you even suspect mold activity in your home, give SERVPRO a call for an assessment and remediation plan based on the protocols developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

We do not encourage panic if mold establishes colonies inside your home. Although some susceptible individuals suffer irritation of allergic reactions to mold, the building materials comprising your home are clearly at risk as mold consumes the surface upon which it grows. Our reputable mold remediation crews contain the moldy area with physical barriers, sealing the perimeter with air scrubbing equipment. We then remove the mold by scraping, brushing, or mild abrasives like soda blasting. After we dispose of the moldy waste per local regulations, we disinfect the area with EPA-registered antimicrobials to inhibit further growth. If you eliminate the water source as well, mold rebound is far less likely.

Storm Damage
Extreme weather is always leading the news, and if flood damage afflicts your Nampa home, you are not alone. Our IICRC-trained team of Water Damage Restoration (WRT) and Applied Structural Damage (ASD) technicians are ready to help you overcome even a catastrophic storm damage event affecting your home.

Even though the average precipitation in our area is below the national average, when high winds, torrential rains and flash-flooding top off the yearly total in a brief period, your dwelling can be in trouble. SERVPRO offers a range of services starting with securing your wind-damaged exterior with boards and tarps. As that activity progresses, crew leads assess interior flood damage, planning for rapid water removal, containment, and legal disposal of the highly contaminated fluid.

Trapped water releases when we use controlled demolition techniques like flood cuts. Once all water evacuates, we use EPA-registered cleaning and disinfecting agents to eliminate the growth of blood, or waste-borne pathogens floodwater carries. Thorough drying with our commercial-grade air movers and dehumidifiers completes the mitigation and remediation work. We work with your insurance company, keeping you informed as we arrange for interior and exterior repairs and rebuilding.

When the owners of a business call the communities they serve home, customers benefit. Let SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell demonstrate the proof of our commitment to excellent customer service when you schedule a disaster assessment by calling (208) 466-5000.

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The Easy Way To Complete Storm Damage Remediation in Nampa

7/23/2019 (Permalink)

Don't let your basement get inundated with flood and water damage. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Water Removal Tools to Use on Your Flooded Nampa Home

Having the right tools for a restoration job in your Nampa home increases your success rates and the time you spend working on the project. Flooding can be a particularly challenging situation to overcome, especially when you either do not have the right equipment or do not know what tools and devices can make the task easier to accomplish. As much as our SERVPRO professionals strive to be there for you quickly in an emergency, we also want to make sure that homes in our area get well informed in ways to limit damage to their property and begin recovery after flooding on their own. 

Overcoming flood damage in Nampa residences begins with having the right mitigation equipment. Water removal is such a critical element of flood recovery, so ensuring that you have a machine powerful enough to handle the standing water in your house can make a substantial difference. Our SERVPRO team utilizes many units, including truck-mount pumps for high volume extractions, but here are some options that you can likely use for your property: 

  • Wet/Dry Vac 

These are often tools that many homeowners already have and can help to begin quickly removing standing water from the house. Most units collect the water in a tank, and the user disposes of it in the appropriate place. 

  • Engine Driven Pump (Gas)

While you can purchase these, and many homeowners have them, they are much less common than wet-vacs and portable pumps. These are much heavier units, but also far more powerful than both of the other options listed here. These can get rented from hardware stores as needed, and because they run on gasoline, do not require power in your home to get started. 

  • Portable Sump Pumps (Electric) 

These are submersible units, and depending on their size and strength, can make a significant impact on the standing water in a property. To discharge outside, you might need multiple lengths of the outlet hose. 

Understanding some of the tools that you can acquire to remove standing water from your property can help you to protect your house during a flooding scenario better. If things get to be too much, you can count on our SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell to make it “Like it never even happened” by calling (208) 466-5000.

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A Primer on How to Remove Smoke Odors From Your Fire Damaged Nampa Home

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke damage is as lingering effect of fires. SERVPRO has the equipment to neutralize the odors quickly.

Fire Damage Experts In Nampa Describe The Operations Of Deodorization Equipment

Over 25 percent of all the fires reported in the United States take place in home environments just like yours in the Nampa area. One out of every 326 households per year report fire damage, which results in over 300,000 structural blazes occurring in the U.S. every year. These burns cause over six billion dollars in direct property damage each year across the country.  

If fire damage in your Nampa residence occurs after an inferno, it is judicious to call in a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO. The owners of the local SERVPRO company that services Caldwell and surrounding areas, Brian and Kelly Reed feel that the customers are the essential part of the property restoration and recovery business. I (Brian Reed) am a third-generation Idahoan, and myself and my wife Kelly have been working in the region for over a decade. Our business has also received several awards for Outstanding Sales Performance.  

Our fire and smoke restoration technicians or FSTs get certified by the Institute for Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification or IICRC. We have training in using the industry's most advanced techniques and equipment during the entire process. A significant part of any project is the deodorization process and the equipment used to eliminate foul odors.  

Pressure Sprayer/Electric Sprayer: We can utilize handheld sprayers to apply deodorization chemicals that both mask and pair with malodor particles.  

Ventilation Box Fans: These high-velocity air movers can help ventilate the area with smoke damage by pushing out malodor particles.  

Air Scrubbers: Air scrubbers can remove odors and gases from the air by pulling air inside the affected area across a HEPA filter. 

Injection Devices: Using injectors, our FST can insert deodorants into small areas of affected carpet or upholstery.  

Duct Cleaning Systems: These advanced systems contain all of the items necessary to clean out the entire heating and ventilation system inside your home.  

Ozone Machine: These machines send out charged O3 particles that attach to malodor molecules and chemically oxidize and neutralize them.  

We implement one or more of these types of equipment when foul aromas still exist after all soot residues and burnt materials have been removed. If you ever suffer from a fire burning on your property, call SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell at (208) 466-5000 immediately.

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Get Rid of Fire Damage In Nampa For Good

7/3/2019 (Permalink)

Don't let your Nampa business be overcome by water damage. Contact the professionals at SERVPRO today for help.

Shoe Stores with Commercial Water Damage in Nampa Need Cleanup, Repairs, and Restoration of Floors

The fit of someone' shoes affects how they walk, their posture, and also their confidence. Providing customers in Nampa with high-quality shoes and boots means potential buyers want to try out different pairs of footwear before they decide to buy something. Shoe stores choose flat, low-pile carpet making it easier to feel how a pair of shoes genuinely fit when walking. Ripples and bubbles in the carpet can affect customer and employee safety, as well as your profits.

When wrinkled areas on the floor put customers and employees at risk of tripping, it might indicate that your shoe store in Nampa has commercial water damage. This type of damage can stay hidden under different circumstances, only to affect increasingly larger areas. When different materials come into contact with water that slowly seeps from an area and into another, it often leads to the discovery of older damage. 

When pipes leak onto floors, carpets can end up with thinned-out portions of padding, and the carpet fibers themselves can stretch, especially in high-traffic areas. Moisture can also spread within the components of the flooring, and as it evaporates into the air, it passes through the pad and then the carpet. Soiling increases the amount of damage, of course, so proper maintenance in the past can decrease the severity of destruction experienced.

SERVPRO's team can handle water damage involving your floors. We handle not only carpeting, but our specialists are also skilled in four other types of flooring repair and installation. Tile, linoleum, wood, and marble floors all require professional care from time to time. When your store's walking surface becomes damaged from lost water, our experts can provide you with trusted guidance gained from preparing for certification from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).   

When business owners need aspects of their retail shop or storage facilities restored, our building services can decrease the time involved. Water damage can take a toll on any building's interior and its contents. Relying on a company that can handle all facets of the necessary work reduces many of the negative aspects involved in getting a shop's condition how you want. 

When water damage affects your shoe store and ruins flooring, walls, or other areas leading to safety issue and lost profits, call SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell at (208) 466-5000. Our highly trained and skilled team is always ready, 365 days a year, day or night.

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Drying Out Carpeting in Nampa Homes After Water Damage

6/30/2019 (Permalink)

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Water loss incidents can spread quickly through a Nampa home, and without a fast reaction to the situation, more than just the immediate areas around the source can become affected. With the tendency for water to collect and pool along the flooring of the property, materials like carpeting can become magnets for saturation. Without the appropriate equipment, homeowners cannot hope to remove all of this moisture from the flooring, which can ultimately lead to secondary effects and further degradation of the carpet and subflooring.

To overcome water damage in your Nampa residence, that has specifically targeted your carpeting, you need experienced professionals with advanced tools and equipment. Our SERVPRO team has extensive experience in water loss recovery, along with training and certifications from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in both Water Restoration (WRT) and Applied Structural Drying (ASD.) Our skilled professionals can arrive with the tools to begin removing standing water and drying out saturated elements right away.

Specialized equipment like our weighted extractors plays a role in removing saturation from both the carpets and the subflooring beneath. With a heavy roller with a vacuum attached, we can remotely navigate the machine over every portion of exposed carpeting. The machine forces water to the surface for collection by the vacuum, allowing drying efforts to follow to be more efficient and successful.

Whether we can float the carpets and clean them to return your flooring to its original condition or it needs to get replaced by our experienced SERVPRO professionals, we stand behind our work. We offer a full five-year guarantee on the work that we do to ensure that our customers have peace of mind in the work that gets done in their residence.

No matter how severe water loss incidents might be in your home, flooring like your carpets is always the most susceptible to the worst of the saturation. Our SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell can help with effective extraction and drying solutions. Give us a call anytime at (208) 466-5000.

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How to Dry Your Water Damaged Nampa Basement

6/13/2019 (Permalink)

Moisture is an ongoing issue for basements. SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell has solutions. Call us!

Solutions for the Wet Basement in Your Nampa Home 

Many Nampa basements battle dampness and moisture, and many homeowners have unfortunately given up trying to fight these effects and chosen to avoid this lower level of their home and its potential problems instead. With so many homes throughout the area with these subterranean levels, many factors can affect the blockwork of the foundation to allow moisture to penetrate the room. Additionally, concrete flooring, even poured to the adequate thickness, can become susceptible to moisture leeching from the damp ground beneath it. 

Many Nampa homeowners might believe that this level of water damage is a common component to living in this area of the country, but there are steps you can take to keep your property and its occupants safer. Our SERVPRO professionals have witnessed firsthand how easily moisture and dampness in lower levels of area homes can turn into worse effects like mold and microbial growth, not to mention, how damaging persistent dampness and moisture can be to structural elements. 

Even if you are unaware of how the water can penetrate your basement, we have experienced professionals with sophisticated tools that can help. With thermal and infrared cameras, as well as moisture content readers and hygrometers, our team can quickly note the source of the dampness in your basement and devise practical solutions to address these concerns. We have a full-service team of contractors that can install sump pumps, regrade basement flooring, and apply waterproofing materials and hydraulic cement over compromised portions of the block wall. 

Our SERVPRO team works quickly to ensure that the dampness and moisture of your basement do not become a detrimental presence to your entire house. It does not take much for these effects of spreading to more heavily trafficked areas, which can lead to a spread in structural compromise and the potential for health hazards like fungal growth in areas where exposure to humans and pets is much more likely. 

While there are multiple ways that water damage can occur in your basement, our SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell team can help. With a full-service team of contractors and water restoration specialists, we can offer effective solutions to make these effects “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime at (208) 466-5000.

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Who Wants to Handle Flood Damage Remediation in Nampa Alone?

6/8/2019 (Permalink)

Storm damage in your Nampa residence can be devastating. Contact SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

SERVPRO Handles Flood Damage in Nampa Home from Strong Storms

This area of Idaho is no stranger to wild weather, especially intense storms resulting in flash floods. The problem with groundwater when it enters your home is that it can bring a myriad of issues with it, including silt, debris, chemicals and even sewage.

A homeowner in Nampa contacted our SERVPRO location for assistance with flood damage in his home. He stated he used towels to blot up the water that came in from a worn seal around his storm door, however water seeped back out around the walls, and he wanted help cleaning it up.

Because groundwater rates as a category three biohazard, sometimes referred to as "black water" professional mitigation is vital for health and sanitation reasons. We arrived quickly and scoped the room using moisture detection equipment to see all the areas the water migrated into. Thanks to the homeowner's fast response to the initial incoming water, he had moved out everything on the floor before it got wet, and we found no excess moisture in the subfloor or wicked into the sheetrock.

There were high areas of moisture behind the baseboards around the room and our technicians removed the baseboards so we could use our portable extractors and made several passes over the open wall cavities to extract all the excess moisture possible before we set up air movers to dry the wall cavities.

We have specialized drying equipment for situations such as this. The Injecti-Dry forces warm, dry air into tight spaces and delivers a faster drying time than using air movers on the outside of the wall only.

Because mold spores potentially activate as fast as 48-hours after a water loss if conditions are right, we strive to inhibit those conditions. Our drying goals usually hover around 40% humidity or less, slightly more or less depending on the readings for unaffected areas of the home to ensure we maintain standard humidity levels unique to the property. Afterward, SERVPRO technicians thoroughly clean and disinfect all affected surfaces with our powerful antifungal cleaners.

SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell has the training and equipment to handle any size flood damage in your home. We respond 24/7 at (208) 466-5000 and make your water loss "Like it never even happened."

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The Ultimate Guide to Fire Damage Remediation in Nampa

5/24/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage remediation can be exhausting when trying to manage it alone. Contact SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Safe Damage Assessments After Fires in Nampa Homes

Among the first steps that any Nampa homeowner must begin after a fire loss incident is a damage assessment of the property. As tempting as this might be to do alone to both save time and money, there are considerable risks for untrained and uneducated homeowners unfamiliar with these hazards. For this reason, it has always been a priority of our restoration team to respond quickly to fire emergencies to ensure that this step happens with competent professionals and so work can get started in your damaged home immediately.

We can appreciate how traumatic and stressful fire damage can be in your Nampa home, and how it can be taxing to not fully understand how involved these effects are when working to recover your house. Our SERVPRO team arrives quickly to a damaged address with our estimator and project management to walk through the affected areas of your house safely to determine the full extent of damage and loss.

Our team understands how important it is to get effective restoration started immediately, and this often involves getting the right information and evidence to your insurance company. Many loss incidents can get covered with traditional home insurance, but to fully understand the specifics of your plan, you need to reach out to your provider after our team has started collecting the evidence and documentation they need to approve a damage claim.

The SERVPRO professionals at your home work with your insurance company to contend with any red tape or hurdles to overcome in the approval of this claim. We can listen and adhere to budgetary confinements and restrictions to ensure that we meet the demands of your provider and insurance adjuster to provide our customer with the best possible service.

Damage assessment might seem like something that any homeowner could do on their own, but there are many pitfalls and hazards to this approach. Also, when most insurance companies require professional inspection and assessment, you can save time and money by contacting our SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell first. Give us a call anytime at (208) 466-5000.

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Our Crew Will Respond Immediately To Your Nampa Flood Damage Restoration Needs

5/16/2019 (Permalink)

Our team members used a dehumidifier and several air movers to restore this home after water damage hit.

Moisture Wicking from Flood Damage in Nampa Home

Direct exposure of moisture and dampness following flooding incidents around your Nampa home can often be destructive enough, but materials that can wick moisture can add another level of damage for professionals to contend with when it comes to restoration and recovery. With the conventional installation of drywall throughout finished basements and living spaces of your property, these surfaces are often among the most susceptible to the wicking phenomenon. Our team can help to protect these surfaces with a fast response and the use of our advanced equipment and modern practices.

With any flood damage situation that occurs in your Nampa home, our professionals understand the importance of responding immediately. We have ready trailers and service vehicles ready to roll out from our SERVPRO facility 24/7 with the capable mitigation equipment and our experienced personnel to make a significant difference for your damaged property. With flooding, often the most significant threat is the standing water and how far from the source that this water damage can travel. We work quickly to implement containment strategies and extraction equipment to get the situation under control.

Drywall can quickly absorb standing water, especially from its bottom against the framing baseboards. As this problem persists, the moisture and saturation can begin to wick up from the base of the wall towards the ceiling. Depending on the length of exposure and the height of the standing water, this problem can spread several feet from the floors. We have multiple devices that can work to determine the severity of this exposure, including infrared and thermal imagery. With the use of this equipment, we can determine how high wicking has occurred and can use this as a literal line to remove exposed drywall for later replacement.

Wicking is a common occurrence with materials in your flood-damaged home, and drywall is among the most susceptible of these surfaces. To reduce the time of recovery and cost of materials, our SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell can work quickly to remove oversaturated portions of drywall to prepare your property for repairs. Give our experienced recovery team a call anytime that you need us at (208) 466-5000.

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The Short Answer for a Good, Clean Commercial Space in Nampa is SERVPRO

5/2/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Commercial Cleaning in Nampa Impresses Both Clients and Their Clientele!

What Guarantees Good Results from Commercial Cleaning in Nampa?

Whether it is a loss event or higher than usual activity that leaves your Nampa retail outlet dirty, there is a need to clean it properly to continue serving your customers as usual. The vast areas requiring cleaning and the presence of different surface materials including terrazzo, granite, carpets, and tiles can complicate the cleaning process. We offer professional commercial cleaning services that not only leave your premises sparkling but also protect the materials used in different sections.
 
The need to get fast results from commercial cleaning in Nampa can hamper the outcome because different cleaning aspects may not get enough attention. Such issues usually affected cleaning services with limited resources in the form of training, equipment, and workforce. Our SERVPRO technicians use sophisticated equipment including multi-surface scrubbers, steam cleaners, and power washers to remove soiling from different surfaces faster creating an opportunity to focus on areas that require additional time such as stain removal. We can offer a one-time deep cleaning or an on-going scheduled service, even off- hours, to maintain your commercial property looking neat and clean.
 
Some of the soils or the cleaning agents used when cleaning up premises can leave undesirable odors for the workers or customers that patronize the premises. While most of the odors disappear over time, it might be advisable to take control measures for the comfort of your customers and staff. Our SERVPRO technicians can help through deodorization. We can mask any irritating smell if we expect it to disappear naturally over time. In most cases, we use time-release beads with a sweet scent. We can also use deodorizing agents that combine with odor particles and neutralize them.
 
Cleaning up retail outlets can leave several areas wet, or increase the relative humidity levels, which can harm your products or cause mold development. Our SERVPRO technicians take various steps to control moisture. We use moisture detection devices such as moisture sensors to check moisture levels in different materials. We also use drying equipment such as air movers and dehumidifiers to remove excess moisture.
 
In case you want to clean up your store, call SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell to help you get the right outcome. You can reach us at (208) 466-5000 any time.

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Are You Plugging Fire Damage into Your Nampa Home?

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

Overloaded plugs and frayed wires are common causes of house fires.

Fire Damage Cleanup for Your Nampa Home

Electricity is one of the most important inventions, and modern gadgets have made life in Nampa a lot easier, giving us time to indulge in other kinds of activities. However, do we think much about the electrical cords that go to all of our devices? We might have furniture or heavy boxes resting on them, or the wiring might run underneath a carpet and get overheated. These things can also result in frayed wiring which needs repair or replacement immediately to avoid a fire hazard.  

When a frayed wire has sparked a fire and left fire damage in your Nampa home, you want to call the professionals of SERVPRO for help restoring your structure right away. Even a small fire needs to be cleaned up properly, so more damage does not occur. Settled soot from any fire is acidic and continues to do damage until removal from your home and possessions.  

When the fire was small with no structural damage, SERVPRO techs still need to take care of the smoke odors left behind. You might not even be able to see the smoke residues, but they are still present. Getting rid of the source of odors if possible is our first step. We ventilate the area affected by the odors, and then we clean any surfaces which have smoke residues with a deodorant/detergent solution. Most of the cleaning is typically done in the room that had the fire and in the adjoining rooms. Areas that are farther from the source should only need minimal cleaning.  

We ventilate the area once more and then reassess if any odors remain. If they do, we distribute deodorizers in various phases of odor control. Our team controls vapor odors by applying odor counteractant beads, and we also thermal-fog the area affected. We start the fogging in the source area and then dispense less fog as we move away. We also check for any odor pockets in wall cavities or spaces above suspended ceilings and fog them if needed.  

If your HVAC system was operating during the fire, that gets inspected as well. Putting a cheesecloth over the vents can detect whether there is smoke contamination coming from the ventilation system. The cheesecloth also keeps your HVAC system from getting dirty again while we are cleaning the rest of your structure.  

Even after a small fire in your home in Cadwell, Nampa, or the surrounding areas, you can trust SERVPRO of Nampa/Caldwell to take care of the smoke odors and residues left behind. Instead of trying to clean it yourself, call us at (208) 466-5000. We ensure a thorough job so your home is clean and safe again.

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Our Certified Professionals Have The Right Tools To Restore Your Nampa Home After A Flood

4/16/2019 (Permalink)

We make your home safe to live in again after a flood. We have the experience, expertise and equipment and we are in service to you 24/7.

Flood Damage Restoration After a Sewage Backup in Your Nampa Home

Flooding of any kind entering your Nampa home can be devastating, but flooding from sewer backup can be much worse. It happens when water is pushed into your residence from the drainage or sewer systems and is very unpleasant. It involves dirty water from sewers that not only destroys your personal property but can also impact the health of you and your family since it is unsanitary.

When you have flood damage from sewer backup in your Nampa home, you need help right away. At SERVPRO, our staff is professionally trained remediation specialists who have the tools and experience to help you restore your home to the safe and cozy state it usually is.

One cause of a sewage backup into your home is if the city main becomes blocked. A blockage like this can cause water to back up into your home through the pipes. Aging sewer systems which require repair or updates can also cause issues for you.

Because of the nature of the water, SERVPRO techs must do a biohazard cleanup in your home, other than just regular flood water damage remediation. We always wear PPE or personal protective equipment to avoid contaminants in the water touching our eyes, skin, or mouth. Boots, gloves, splash goggles, full body suits, and respirators round out our protective gear. We have to remove any carpeting and padding which was affected, and depending on how much water there is we may need to cut away sections of drywall and walls that were soaked and contaminated. The whole area is also disinfected.

Another reason for a sewage backup into your home can be tree roots which find their way into older sewer lines and pipes, creating blockages. You can check for this problem in your lines by having a plumber check your pipes and doing some preventative maintenance.

Pipeline issues which are city-related such as combined pipelines or issues in the sanitary main can cause you problems in your own home. When the system you use combines the stormwater and sewage into one pipeline instead of separate lines for each, they are combined pipelines. Because of this, the system can get overwhelmed during a storm, backing the water up into your home.

SERVPRO of Nampa/Caldwell can help you anytime you have a flooding situation in your home in Caldwell, Nampa, or the surrounding areas due to a sewage backup. It is not safe to try and clean it yourself, so please give us a call right away at (208) 466-5000, so we can help you.

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Call Us When Your Commercial Property In Nampa Requires Professional Cleaning Services

4/13/2019 (Permalink)

Contact SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell at (208) 466-5000.

A Time Efficient Solution To Commercial Cleaning In Nampa

There may be times as a commercial property manager when the breadth and scale of cleaning task go beyond your in-house janitorial team. Many businesses choose to outsource these jobs to a professional provider to guarantee a thorough, professional and timely service. We operate locally with a team of dedicated technicians who are experienced in dealing with larger commercial projects.

The team is capable of carrying commercial cleaning in Nampa properties using a range of different cleaning agents and techniques. You can contact us using our twenty four hour line to request a service. Depending on the size of your property, we can then send you a team of professional cleaners headed by an experienced commercial project manager who communicates with you every step of the way.

Over time, a property begins to show natural signs of wear and tear. These could include damages to paintwork, or the buildup of grime or bacteria in tight to reach areas. SERVPRO provides technicians with a full range of cleaning agents including biocides, sanitizers, and anti-microbial treatments. These not only remove residual dirt but can also guard against expensive secondary damages like mold growth.

Working quickly to sanitize a property can also have a positive effect on odors. This is not always the case, but SERVPRO odor control technicians (OCT) are adept at finding the source of an odor and removing from the property. Once we have tackled the source, we can treat surfaces with deodorants and use thermal fogging equipment to neutralize any remaining particles.

After fogging a structure, we can create an open system by allowing air from outside to be exchanged with indoor air. Using rapid air-movers can help to speed up the process creating a clean, natural indoor environment. Throughout service, your crew chief can create an itinerary of works carried out and answer any questions you may have.

Professional cleaning is a time efficient solution for your commercial property. Contact SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell at (208) 466-5000.

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How Water Damages Hardwood Floors in Nampa

3/25/2019 (Permalink)

Hardwood and water do not mix. SERVPRO's trained professionals can mitigate the water damage.

Drying Saturated Waterproofed Floors in Your Nampa Home

Hardwood floors present aesthetic appeal to your Nampa home, but it can also be susceptible to saturation and the absorption of water loss effects when they occur. From burst pipes to overflowing toilet reservoirs, these loss incidents can happen with no warning and leave you contending with several inches of standing water in the affected areas. With many homeowners choosing waterproof wood flooring materials for areas like their bathroom, they unknowingly assume that the material is impervious to penetration from standing water and exposure.

While these waterproofed materials installed in your home might get designed to resist moisture and direct penetration better than other options, without effective water removal from trained professionals in Nampa, your home is still susceptible to widespread water damage. Our SERVPRO professionals have highly effective extraction equipment that can remove standing water fast from the affected areas of your home.

Waterproof plank flooring does have a specific density, composition, and an added coating to prevent direct penetration from standing water. However, areas like the tongue and groove where these planks seam together present penetration points and vulnerabilities for the standing water to bleed through over a brief exposure. As the planks become exposed to this moisture, they can begin to distort and swell, allowing moisture to penetrate even further to impact the subflooring.

Our SERVPRO professionals arrive with powerful extraction equipment for the bathroom such as portable sump pumps and wet-vacs with extraction wands. Once the excess gets removed, our team can utilize thermal imagery to gain perspective on moisture penetration and damage to the flooring and other structural elements surrounding the affected area. We can set up our high-efficiency drying equipment to begin removing this moisture content from exposed materials to preserve both the flooring and construction elements like your drywall, vanity, and cabinetry.

While waterproof flooring in water-prone rooms of your home is a wise investment, they are not entirely able to prevent moisture exposure and damage without prompt action from trained professionals like our SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell team. Let us help you make it “Like it never even happened” by calling (208) 466-5000.

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Are Waterborne Pathogens A Concern After Water Removal In Nampa?

3/22/2019 (Permalink)

Nampa Homes Get Water Removal from SERVPRO, Helps to Prevent Waterborne Pathogens Issues

SERVPRO Extracts Water and Disinfects Damaged Properties

Sometimes you need water removal in your home. All it takes is a broken appliance or a leaking pipe to cause a surprisingly large flood. Luckily SERVPRO is on hand to deal with the situation in your Nampa home quickly and professionally. 
 
Something our customers sometimes worry about when it comes to water removal in Nampa is whether they need to be concerned about waterborne pathogens. It is an unfortunate fact that water can carry a range of different pathogens. 
 
Some of the most common waterborne diseases include cholera, hepatitis, shigellosis, amebiasis, typhoid fever, and viral gastroenteritis. It is a hair raising list to be sure. Bacteria, viruses, and protozoa in water all cause diseases, and the conditions listed here have a range of highly unpleasant symptoms. 
 
However, do not panic quite yet. Outbreaks of waterborne diseases are relatively rare and are unlikely to happen as a result of your leaking pipe or broken dishwasher! Most waterborne diseases are caught by drinking contaminated water – they are not transmitted through the skin. Therefore, even if there is a disease present in your water leak, it is unlikely to harm you. 
 
Water treatment plants also go to great lengths to ensure the water they deliver is safe for the purpose. Filters, flushing programs, and the use of disinfectants are all part of the effort to ensure the water piped to your home is safe for you and your family. 
 
So, it seems that waterborne pathogens are not an immediate risk after a leak in your home. Naturally, you still want to get the water removed as quickly as possible, just to be on the safe side and also to restore your home and make it habitable again. 
 
That is where SERVPRO comes in. Our IICRC-certified technicians arrive with pumps, extraction tools, dehumidifiers, air movers, and moisture meters, ready to remove the water from your home. We also establish a drying goal and do not leave until we meet that goal and restore your home “Like it never even happened.” 
 
For water removal in Nampa / Caldwell and the surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell at (208) 466-5000 today.

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Stopping and Removing Mold Damage in Nampa

3/22/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Can Remove Moisture as Part of a Mold Remediation Service in the Nampa Area

Understanding Moisture and a Food Source Help to Prevent Mold Growth

Mold spores are common to every home in Nampa. In their dormant state, they are no more of a threat than common dust. It is only when the spores are affected by the right factors, do they become a problem in area homes. 
 
Nampa mold damage can only happen when spores have enough moisture to grow within a range of 68 to 86 degrees and find a suitable food source. SERVPRO understands that since that is the normal range for most homes year-round, the best way we can eliminate mold and remediate the damage is to remove the water that provides a starting point and the food source spores need to grow the colony further. 
 
Our primary task then is to find and eliminate the leak or another source of moisture. Most mold growth in a home begins due to a problem with a pipe or a faulty appliance that leaks or seeps water like a dishwasher or a poorly connected garbage disposal. If we find the growth began inside a wall or a crawlspace, then the source is more likely a leak in the roof or an outside wall that allows water into the home. SERVPRO technicians are trained to find and repair these leaks if they are minor.
 
After stopping the water, we spray anti-microbial agents on all visible mold. These chemicals kill mold on contact, making it harmless once more. If the mold has had enough time to extend hyphae into building material like drywall, we remove what is now a food source. Hyphae look like roots and serve the same purpose for mold: Search for food. These mold extensions quickly burrow into drywall and other natural fibers like cotton and wool. Some spores even feed on home insulation. Since many of these building materials are difficult to clean, it is often cheaper to replace infested material than to try and clean it. 
 
SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell has removed and remediated mold damage for Idaho residents over the last twenty years. For more information about what SERVPRO can do to help you return your home to safe, dry environment, call us today at (208) 466-5000. We are here for you.

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Fire Damage Can Have Multiple Side Effects in Your Nampa Home

3/12/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage infiltrates your entire home. Call SERVPRO for help fixing any fire damage in your home.

Fire Odor Damage Technicians In Nampa Describe Various Deodorization Methods


Whenever something burns inside your Nampa townhome, the heat and the flames might not be the biggest problem. In many cases, fire odor damage becomes a more significant portion of the mitigation project than the removal of burnt materials. Smoke coming from a fire can cause many issues even in rooms far away from the source. Smoke can cause soot residues to develop on surfaces inside your home and create unpleasant aromas. In some cases, further steps must be taken to mitigate your fire odor damage even after all soot residues and soils get cleaned and removed.

Whenever removing odors from a building, our SERVPRO technicians utilize various types of equipment. When restoring fire odor damage in Nampa, we utilize chemicals and techniques that either mask or neutralize malodor particles. Masking occurs when more pleasant aromas are put into the environment in an attempt to cover up burnt smells. Other deodorization techniques use chemicals or ozone particles to pair with and chemically neutralize the malodor particles. The idea when using masking or pairing agents is to break chemicals down into microscopic particles that mimic the way the smoke moved through your townhouse.

Fogging methods such as using an ultra-low volume fogger breaks down the chemicals into tiny particles in the form of a fog. The deodorant fog can then penetrate deep into porous materials like fabrics. In more severe situations, our SERVPRO technicians can implement thermal fogging equipment. Thermal foggers heat the chemicals and break them down into even smaller microscopic particles. Thermal fogging does the best job of mimicking smoke behavior due to the heat applied during the process.

Another method used when deodorizing a building, is setting up an ozone machine. Ozone generators send unstable O3 molecules into the air. The extra oxygen atom in the O3 compound attaches to malodor particles and oxides them making them neutral thus removing burnt aromas. If you ever notice any types of foul smells after something burns inside your home, call SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell at (208) 466-5000 seven days a week.

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How Ice Dams Cause Water Damage in Nampa

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

Icicles are often an indicator of ice dams forming.

Let SERVPRO Handle Ice Damming on Your Nampa Roof

When the weather is at its coldest, heat can cause unexpected problems in your home. Prevention is your best bet, but not every obstacle can be avoided. When heat from inside your home leaks out and causes snow and ice to melt and run down the roof, it may refreeze as an ice dam. Keep an eye out for telltale indicators like icicles on the soffits, particularly if they look dirty. Seeing water and ice behind your gutters can also help you identify a potential issue. If you find signs of ice dam related problems SERVPRO can help you assess and remediate damages.  

It can be an issue of too little insulation, or other hidden roof damage letting warmth out. Ice damming can cause many problems for Nampa homeowners. Water pooling behind the dam can force its way inside your home. Regardless of whether the problem is water stains and removal in the attic or seepage in the siding our technicians come prepared to remedy the situation.  

Other secondary issues from the water damage can crop up unseen. Mold in the insulation or structural damages from frozen pipes can create the need to remove, replace or even demolish damaged areas. SERVPRO specialists can help quickly mitigate these dangerous conditions and get you back in control of your property. We look deeper and take the time to find hidden pockets of moisture that can cause ongoing damage and odors. Our dedicated staff can handle deodorizing along with all your other needs so that you can get back to feeling cozy right away.  

Trying to remove moldy insulation or demolish sheetrock yourself may cause more damage. Never ignore mold; it can cause health effects. SERVPRO can send IICRC certified professionals with specialized equipment to assess and mitigate your ice dam-related issues. We practice ongoing education and keep up to date on advances in technology to safely make it “Like it never even happened.”  

When you need someone to help get you out of a chilling situation, call SERVPRO of Nampa/Caldwell. We are available 24 hours a day at (208) 466-5000.

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Professional Cleaning Is Beneficial To Your Office Building In Nampa

2/25/2019 (Permalink)

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Regular Upkeep And Cleaning For Your Nampa Office Building

While many might recognize the need for professional cleaning or restoration after a disaster or emergency has damaged their Nampa office building, that same level of care and consideration can go into ongoing scheduled cleanup and upkeep for your facility as well. Our professionals have unique training and equipment designed to improve the efficiency of our restoration work, and these same tools can prove instrumental in keeping your business in top form.

While there are many facets to examine when it comes to cleaning your Nampa office building, there are some areas of this upkeep that could benefit from our advanced techniques and equipment. While you no doubt have a custodial staff on hand to contend with small spills and general cleaning duties, our SERVPRO team can offer efficient and effective cleaning ranging from your carpets to your HVAC system.

Carpet cleaning is often one of the most sought after cleaning services that we provide because it does not take long for this flooring in your facility to get soiled and compromised. Even with regular vacuuming and spot cleaning, the fibers of the carpet can still act as a magnet for debris, dust, contaminants, germs, and other particulates. The only effective method of cleaning these areas is through penetrative machines like steam cleaners and dry cleaning efforts.

In the same way, our SERVPRO team can offer this same type of dry cleaning to restore the appearance and vibrancy of office furniture, drapery, and other fabrics that make up the décor of the office space.

Our services can even get scheduled around your operating hours so that our efforts do not intrude on your productivity. You can secure our services on an as-needed basis or as an ongoing scheduled upkeep routine depending on the needs of your facility.

While many consider restoration companies to be vital after an emergency has occurred, many can also benefit from the same cleaning and professional result of our training and advanced equipment to maintain the appearance of their business. Give our SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell professionals a call today at (208) 466-5000.

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Let Our Team Mitigate Your Loss After A Nampa Flood

2/14/2019 (Permalink)

We have the right tools to remove ice preventing further buildup after a flood. Give us a call right away so we can begin prevention and restoration.

Can Ice Damming Cause Flooding in Your Nampa Home?

Through the harshest points of the winter, the temperature around your Nampa home can drop considerably. Combined with heavier snowfall throughout this season, many homes experience ice damming. With many roofs shingled, ice damming can allow for leaking when a growing dam on the edge of the roof penetrates beneath the shingles and melts. Often this is a result of thawing from warm spots on the roof while the temperature is still well below freezing. The situation is even more critical when the dam becomes large enough to restrict melt off from escaping the roof, and it finds a weak point in the roof to exploit and leaks inside.

Preventing a flood from an ice dam in your Nampa home can be as simple as readily checking your roof for signs of buildup. However, without the appropriate tools and safe anchoring, it might prove dangerous to remove ice dams on your own amid freezing temperatures.

Worse still, many homeowners do not recognize the potential of flooding for their homes until these dams have already allowed water to begin flowing into the home unabated. While this might be a finite amount of flow, depending on the buildup on the roof, it can still spread quickly causing considerable damage to the attic and floors below. Our SERVPRO rapid response team can arrive quickly to help mitigate your loss in this situation and offer effective solutions for drying and extraction.

One of the most severe concerns for the attic space is further penetration and mold production, as your attic is often one of the warmest areas of the house. Drying out the flood damage is vital to prevent the colonization of mold, and our SERVPRO team can also identify water penetration points and seal over these areas to prevent further flow.

While ice damming continues to be a problem for many homes throughout the winter season, many homeowners learn about this phenomenon when flooding has already affected their property. Let our SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell team clean up the mess and dry up the damage. Give us a call 24/7 at (208) 466-5000.

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How Professionals Remediate Mold From Your Nampa Home

2/5/2019 (Permalink)

Call your SERVPRO Franchise professionals to remediate mold damage in your home.

How SERVPRO Specialists Use Mold Remediation Techniques to Protect Homes in Nampa

Your Nampa home protects you and your family from the outside world, and you want to ensure that it stays protected from anything that can bring harm to it, as well. Microbes live everywhere, although in small numbers.  

Once microbes multiply, they can cause your home in Nampa to require mold remediation specialists like the ones from SERVPRO Franchise professionals. We take our IICRC-certification seriously, as well as the way we provide services to our customers. We always take pride in our work, how we communicate with those who rely on our expertise, and our ability to make things “Like it never even happened. "

When we receive a call from a homeowner requesting mold remediation, we ensure that our tools, supplies, and equipment all are ready for the work ahead. Our Green Fleet stays loaded with the basics needed for the majority of mitigation, remediation, and restoration work, so we have very little to do before we leave our facility. We are always Faster To Any Size Disaster, and mold growing in your home, out of control, ruing your belongings, can become a disaster quickly.  

We combat mold in ways that it cannot work around. We contain it with both barriers and filters and remove it so it cannot grow elsewhere. Plastic barriers that work to suction spores out of the area keep it from spreading to other areas of your home. Using dry ice pellets kills it by freezing it, and our liquid antimicrobial agents crush it as it dries, keeping it from ever becoming a problem for you or anyone else ever again.  

These are only a few of the ways we perform remediation of mold and mildew infestations. Sometimes, cleaning with a damp cloth removes microbes adequately from hard, non-porous surfaces. Damp cloth and ultrasonic cleaning can bring mold-covered items back from certain disposal in the garbage. Learning the most effective methods during our training means we can save more of your home and more of your belongings when mold and mildew try to take over.  

When you find mold in your home, call us, SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell, at (208) 466-5000. We can help make your home a less inviting place to pesky microbes, and make things more hospitable for you and your family.

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How Contamination Can Spread After A Nampa Flood

1/25/2019 (Permalink)

Flood water can contaminate your home call our experts to restore your home so you can safely return.

Why SERVPRO Deals with Contamination from Flood Damage in Nampa Effectively

A flooding incident in Nampa comprises of many aspects including soiling the structure and its contents with silt, mud and other waste materials. It can also cause structural damages by sweeping away some sections of the building or by soaking materials leading to compromised structural integrity. Perhaps the most distressing aspect of floods is contamination which even though not visible can have serious health implications. Our professional restoration services help property owners deal with contamination from flooding “Like it never even happened.”

Limiting the spread of contamination after flood damage in Nampa is essential. Contamination can spread in different ways including the transfer of floodwaters to previously unaffected areas or extended exposure which fuels microbial growth. Our SERVPRO technicians avoid these outcomes by taking proactive measures. We spray EPA-registered disinfectants in all the flood damaged areas to limit contamination. We also follow standard wastewater disposal procedures when removing the floodwaters to avoid spreading contamination. For example, our truck-mounted water extractors can hold up to 100 gallons allowing us to remove wastewater and dispose of it properly.

Removing all waste materials from the affected area helps eliminate all contaminants. Such removal must also include any affected porous materials because cleaning them might not eliminate all contaminants. Our SERVPRO technicians remove and dispose of the affected carpets and pad. We also perform flood cuts on the walls two feet above the waterline allowing us to remove insulation and other porous materials on the walls.

Cleaning the property is necessary because apart from removing soils and other debris, it also helps remove contaminants. Our SERVPRO technicians use pressure washers during cleaning. Our water extractors also have heating capabilities which help in restorative cleaning as well. We also use different types of professional cleaning agents including antimicrobial agents which limit the development of microorganisms and disinfectants which destroy microorganisms.

Controlling contamination is straightforward when a professional is involved. Call SERVPRO of Nampa/Caldwell to help. You can reach us at (208) 466-500 any time.

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Trust The Experts To Restore Your Caldwell Home After A Fire

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

Only the experts can help you restore your home after a fire like this has hit.

Professional Help Needed To Remediate Fire Smoke Stains In Caldwell The most effective

Caldwell fire restoration companies invest in extensive training of the teams of technicians assigned to residential recovery efforts. Remediating the soiling and staining from fire damage depends on accurate identification of many variables in each fire damage scenario. The materials combusted during a fire deposit different types of sooty residue and our crews know how to match the soots and staining to effective cleaning products and efficient cleaning methods. 

Fire smoke stains in your Calwell home need expert assessment before our technicians begin cleaning. The stains affect both structural components and the contents of your home. Some must be managed on-site, evident with the soling of walls, floors, ceilings, and fixtures. Often smoke damaged household and personal items benefit from a pack-out, inventoried and transported to our production facility.

SERVPRO crews approach each type of smoke staining in a research-based manner, using techniques mastered during Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) classes. Loose, dry ash deposited after a hot, paper or wood-based fire responds well to dry sponging and HEPA-filtered vacuuming. Liquid cleansers or wet sponging smears and spreads this type of stain. 

Slow-combustion fires such as electrical-based or smoldering fabrics leave a thick, sticky residue. Wet cleaning or a spray and wipe technique works well to loosen this staining. Adding a specialized smoke stain-removing product formulated with surfactants and wetting agents helps dissolve this kind of soiling, and our SERVPRO technicians also might choose to use abrasive tools to address these stains more aggressively. 

Protein-based fires like those in a kitchen or dining area lay down a thin, odiferous coating that is difficult to remove. SERVPRO technicians use appropriate solvents or other products to dislodge the protein staining from food and grease fires.   

Specialized techniques like foam cleaning, immersion cleaning, and ultrasonic cleaning come in handy for our production facility technicians. Upholstery, window coverings, clothing, toys, books, and electronics, to name a few, need professional attention. SERVPRO has industrial washers, access to dry-cleaners, immersion and ultrasonic tanks, and many more options available to take items that appear stained and damaged beyond redemption back to preloss condition. 

Rely on the experts at SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell to resolve fire stains and residues, restoring your home and possessions “Like it never even happened.” One call to (208) 466-5000 mobilizes our team of fire restoration specialists.

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SERVPRO Wants To Help You Restore Your Nampa Home

1/4/2019 (Permalink)

Call the experts at SERVPRO when you are hit with flood damage.

What to Expect to Clean Up Your Nampa Home After a Flood

When choosing a restoration company for your Nampa property after a natural disaster, you might be overwhelmed by the look of your property and unsure of what restoration entails. From the initial scope of the work to the technicians on site bringing that vision to fruition, what can you expect when our professionals begin cleaning up flood damages to your property? 

While it might initially seem troublesome to choose a company to overcome the flood damage to your Nampa home, there are many reasons that SERVPRO is a wise choice. One of the first of these is our rapid response amid an emergency to help mitigate your losses. With a team that remains prepared for any threats to your home 24 hours a day, we can offer our customers a fast response that makes a difference in protecting the belongings that matter the most. 

From the time that our team arrives, we begin our damage assessment and estimation. We do this to ensure that any insurance claims that must get filed with your provider can happen as efficiently as possible to ensure that there are fewer delays in getting our professional work started in your home. This assessment involves documentation, photographic evidence, and other proof necessary to showcase the full extent of the damage to your house and the work that must occur to restore it entirely. 

Our mitigation efforts can work to help clean up your home quickly after a flood by first removing the excess water with our industry-leading extraction equipment such as truck-mounted and gas-powered pumps. This fast extraction can get our SERVPRO professionals working soon after on the necessary drying efforts to preserve wood framing and studs to avoid unnecessary tear out. 

While there might be many steps to restore your home after a flood, choosing the right professional restoration service can make it less of a burden on your shoulders. Our SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell rapid response team is available 24/7 to help you through every facet of water restoration following flooding to your property. Give us a call today at (208) 466-5000.

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Our Team Can Restore Your Home In Caldwell After A Mold Infestation

12/18/2018 (Permalink)

Mold remediation is not the same for every home, as the effects and the spread of the organism are not the same.

How Long Will Mold Remediation Take In Your Caldwell Home?

As a Caldwell homeowner, you can often concede when certain damaging elements to the property are beyond your skill set to restore and overcome. Choosing professional services to remediate mold growth in your home is a wise decision, though many homeowners are unclear as to what to expect once they have conceded that this choice is best for their property. Homeowners want to know how long they can expect the remediation and restoration to take, but that tends to rely on specific factors.

One of the first factors that affect how long it takes to overcome mold damage in your Caldwell residence is how widespread the problem has become. For those that call our SERVPRO professionals immediately upon discovering mold might have a significantly shorter time with remediation and restoration than someone who has allowed mold to grow and spread for a month or more. It is relative to the extent of the damage throughout your property.

Another factor that plays a role in how long remediation services should take in your home is where the affected areas are throughout the property. It takes less time to clear up localized basement mold affecting wood framing in that region of your home than cleaning up a large portion of the HVAC system affected by a different variety of mold altogether. We strive in every capacity to offer our customers the most efficient service possible to limit our impact on your life.

Ultimately, how long remediation takes is going to be different for every homeowner, as no two mold growth scenarios are the same. Our SERVPRO professionals can arrive fast with the tools and resources to help make the process go as quickly as possible without compromising the quality of the work that we do to protect your home and restore it entirely.

Mold remediation is not the same for every home, as the effects and the spread of the organism are not the same. Our specialists are available 24/7 to help you assess the full scope of the damage and offer efficient, real-time solutions to remove the organism. Give our SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell team a call today at (208) 466-5000.

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Become Familiar With How to Detect a Pipe Break in Your Nampa Home

12/16/2018 (Permalink)

When pipes freeze or break in the walls of your home, contact SERVPRO to investigate the extent and remediate the damage.

Frozen Fixtures Cause Water Damage in Nampa Homes

Frozen pipes are an ever-present concern for Nampa residents as the winter begins. With sometimes extreme temperature drops throughout the season, outside fixtures like hose bibs can become susceptible to freezing. With a blockage in the line, pressure can build throughout the internal plumbing in your home and burst just inside of this fixture, affecting the inside of your house.

Many homeowners do not even know they have inadequate insulation on these pipes and fixtures until water damages in Nampa occur. Often there are shutoffs for these pipes independent from the total plumbing network, but without shutting these down before the winter sets in, these pipes close to the outside of your home (and most susceptible to the freezing temperatures) remain full of water.

When a pipe bursts in the walls of your home, you need an immediate response from professional restorers like our SERVPRO team. We can arrive quickly to identify where the break has occurred using our leak detection equipment. These tools search for audio cues inside of the walls to identify the precise point of the break so that our professionals do not have to remove more of the wall than necessary to repair the damage that has occurred.

With fast extraction equipment designed to pull excess water from the floors and wall cavities of your home quickly like our extraction wands and portable pumps, we can get your home prepared for the critical drying stage as efficiently as possible. Our moisture detection equipment can help to identify the highest concentrations of dampness and moisture in the affected area to show our SERVPRO technicians where to set up the air movers and dehumidifiers for optimal results.

Frozen pipes are unfortunately something that many homeowners in the area must contend with when insulation is inadequate for the lower temperatures. Our SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell rapid response team can quickly identify the break and has the industry-leading equipment to restore your home fast. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (208) 466-5000.

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Our Commercial Cleaning Services Can Save Your Nampa Tool Shop

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

After an accident involving solvents or other strong chemicals, tool shop employees in Nampa need to stay safe.

Commercial Cleaning Professionals Keep Your Nampa Tool Shop's Employees Focused On Productivity

After an accident involving solvents or other strong chemicals, tool shop employees in Nampa need to stay safe. Such chemicals can cause severe health effects in employees who inhale vapors or come into contact with residues. Cleaning spills up quickly protects your equipment, also. Our multiple IICRC certifications prepare our employees for various settings and situations.

Commercial cleaning services in your Nampa factories can be beneficial. Regular cleaning of equipment can extend the lifespan of expensive machinery. Cleaning services are especially beneficial when small spills and splashes occur regularly on equipment and machines.

Many machines create fine dust and shavings during their operation. We can remove this debris from the interior environment and improve the air quality your employees breathe. Air scrubbers quickly pull the dust out of the air, which protects your employees and also helps keep interior parts on machines from wearing down at a slower rate than they might otherwise experience.

Regular cleaning of areas between stations can also track debris, oil, and chemicals from one location to another. Just like we use specialized agents to cut through spills, we can do the same with your floors. Clean floors and other surfaces reduce the possibility of slips and falls as well as increasing overall worker safety. Safer conditions keep production levels high and decrease the number of lost hours.

SERVPRO makes it easy to customize our cleaning services to your company's specific needs and time constraints. We discuss specific needs and care of your equipment and how we can best help you maintain everything. Regular cleaning of your restroom facilities, break room, meeting areas, office spaces, and other areas also require ongoing cleaning.

SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell wants to help you improve your business by providing you with the services that can help you maintain clean and healthy conditions throughout your facility. Call us at (208) 466-5000 to discuss how we can help you achieve your goals at improving safety and indoor environmental conditions.

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Nampa Biohazardous Removal and Disinfecting Are Best Left to the Professionals from SERVPRO

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

Mr. SERVPRO Is the Answer for Biohazardous Cleanup in Nampa

Sensitive and Efficient Biohazard Cleaning for Nampa Homes

From our successes with the cleaning services that we provide many Nampa homes and commercial properties, we have extended this same premier cleaning and efficient result to dangerous or hazardous conditions present within the property. Our Biohazard Department offers compassionate and efficient service for homeowners looking to recover their properties from crimes, vandalism, infestations, hoarding, bacteria or viral pathogens, and sewage.

Regardless of the reason that you require biohazard cleanup services for your Nampa property, you need a team of certified professionals that can arrive quickly and restore the home entirely. The sooner that this service gets completed successfully, the sooner that you can move on from these unfortunate circumstances and move forward with the property itself.

Our SERVPRO professionals have advanced technology available to all of our technicians to help them better assess the conditions of the house and conquer any of the damaging effects they encounter. For example, many of the situations that require our specially trained biohazard cleaning technicians share a common element of a foul odor. Overcoming this effect and improving the overall indoor air quality is critical to making the home safe for our technicians to work in without the full measure of our personal protective equipment-PPE. The root cause of the odors must be removed from the premises according to OSHA, EPA, and local regulations. Our skilled technicians can set up containment barriers to help prevent the spread of unwanted organisms throughout the structure.

The air scrubber machines that we use can help to clean the environment throughout your property by trapping particulates and microscopic organisms as small as 0.3 microns. After this machine can clear out some of the airborne threats and hazardous particulates, the SERVPRO technicians on site can focus on deodorization through the use of our thermal fogging. These machines feature a dense OSHA approved chemical compound that neutralizes noxious odor molecules on contact to permanently remove the formidable scent from your property. Carbon filters also attached to the air scrubbers help with smells.

The crucial application of antimicrobial products to all exposed or contaminated areas ensures that our customers can once again enjoy a safe and clean home envi.ronment.

Regardless of why you need the biohazard team, you can remain assured that our technicians arrive prepared to handle any facet of cleaning and recovery required to make the traumatic situation “Like it never even happened.” Give our SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell IICRC certified technicians a call today at (208) 466-5000.

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Muddy Storm Water in Residential Homs Is A Big No No!

11/16/2018 (Permalink)

Muddy water can cause substantial damage to your Caldwell residential home.

Caldwell's Flood Damage Restoration Team Discuss Problems With Muddy Water

If a violent thunderstorm ever makes its way into the Caldwell area, a lot of rain could come down very quickly. If rainwater builds up outside, it is likely that it makes its way into your house and causes extensive flood damage. Whenever water comes in from the outside, there are several issues that could arise. Moisture coming from the outdoors can also bring things in with it such as dirt or bacteria. Our SERVPRO technicians often use different methods during flood damage mitigation depending on how contaminated the water is.

When dealing with problems associated with water in the restoration industry, each situation gets a category one, two, or three classification. During most flood damage projects in Caldwell, the water is either grey (category two) or black (category three.) If it is only rainwater that enters your structure, the water is not clean and might be contaminated, so it receives the category two label. If the moisture coming in from the outside has mixed with dirt and is very muddy, then it can be considered the same as highly contaminated sewage water and treated as a category three situation. Category one projects are those that deal only with clean water sources and could take place if your plumbing somehow gets broken during the storm.

If your neighborhood got flooded as a result of the thunderstorm, then there is a good chance mirky, muddy water made its way into your home. This "black" water is treated differently by our SERVPRO technicians because the chances that it is contaminated by harmful bacteria are very high. When black water gets into your home, we are forced to replace just about every material that the water directly contacted. In many situations, this includes carpet and other flooring materials and sometimes even sections of your drywall. Once the affected materials are removed, the subfloor and studs get treated with antimicrobial solutions or painted with a sealant.

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If you ever notice muddy water entering your home during a storm, call SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell at (208) 466-5000 immediately.

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How The Team At SERVPRO Handles Your Fire Damage Disaster In Nampa

11/5/2018 (Permalink)

Several challenges need to be addressed during fire damage restoration as we work to return your home to preloss condition.

Addressing The Unique Fire Damage Restoration Needs In Your Nampa

Several challenges need to be addressed during fire damage restoration as we work to return your items and building to its preloss condition. For the smoke residues to form, different proportions of moisture, heat, oxygen and other gases must interact. Cleaning and restoration services are meant to reduce the necessity to replace and resurface contents and surfaces within the loss environment. Let us look at the elements of cleaning that we employ to suspend and remove smoke residues from your Nampa property.

Some incidents may force our SERVPRO technicians to agitate surfaces during fire damage restoration in Nampa. For instance, when residues are sticking to the walls and floors, we may use brushes, towels, sonic vibrations, as well as water and air pressure to perform the agitation. By using this technique, we can distribute the cleaning product and dislodge particles from surfaces. Some area cannot withstand particular mechanical actions, so we have to choose a cleaning method that preserves the surface or item.

Our SERVPRO technicians understand that the rate of some chemical actions increases as the heat increases. The preferred cleaning agent and the item to clean allow us to settle on the most suitable temperature. Bleaching, oxidization, pH change, digestion, emulsification, and dissolving are some of the chemical actions that the right temperature triggers. For instance, the bleaching action may be necessary when removing stains from wool and cotton carpeting.

The dwell time that each cleaning and deodorization procedure demands can be different, and it is determined by the type of residues and the cleaning product that our SERVPRO technicians are using. From what our technicians have seen so far, the loss environment has very many variables, and that makes it difficult for our team to have a defined way of restoring your property. All the same, we have to use a procedure that efficiently releases and carries the smoke residues from the affected area. We also must dispose of the wastes as per the local and state regulations.

SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell understands that all residential or commercial properties have unique cleaning and restoration needs after the disaster. Our highly trained experts have the skills and equipment to do the job right the first time. Call us at (208) 466-5000 Residential Services to work with a proven leader in the restoration industry.

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Leave Nampa Water Damage Restoration to the Professionals at SERVPRO!

10/26/2018 (Permalink)

Our team will work nonstop until the damage in your home is "Like it never even happened."

Water Removal Technicians In Nampa Talk About The Emergency Extraction Phase

Water is a necessity that all humans need for life, but it can also be a destructive force if it leaks inside your Nampa home. It is bound to happen every few years or so that a pipe breaks or an appliance malfunctions flooding your home requiring that you call in water removal experts such as our SERVPRO team. As soon as you notice moisture where it is not supposed to be, it is important that you pick up the phone and call us. If moisture affects any organic materials inside your home like wood or paper, then mold can form in 48 to 72 hours. When you call us, we come out immediately and begin the water removal process so that secondary problems with fungi do not develop in the future.

Our SERVPRO technicians are available 24 hours a day because we know that starting mitigation promptly is essential. After we make sure the affected area is free of any safety hazards, we begin conducting water removal inside your Nampa residence. The first stage to mitigating excessive moisture issues is to extract as much standing water and moisture that exists inside porous materials like carpet as possible.


If there are more than two inches of standing water somewhere inside your home, then our SERVPRO team uses a submersible pump to pull out the majority of the water. The water then gets disposed of properly into a sewage drain. If the carpets inside your home are saturated, we can use heavy duty extractors to pull out the moisture.

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We have both portable extraction units for those tight spots and truck-mounted systems that have serious suction power. On some carpets, we use a weighted extraction tool that the technicians stands on while operated. The tool uses the body weight of its operator to squeeze thick, wet carpets so that more moisture can get sucked out of it. If furniture items such as your couches get wet, then we can use small handheld extraction wands to remove moisture in all of the cracks inside the couch. If you ever notice water where it is not designed to be, call SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell at (208) 466-5000 24 hours a day.

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SERVPRO Can Help You Recover From A Commercial Cleaning Emergency To Your Nampa Store

10/8/2018 (Permalink)

Our experts provide a full range of services to our customers, and your repeat business allows us to make a tailored schedule that meets your needs.

How Commercial Cleaning Professionals Can Help Protect Your Nampa Store From Developing Problems

Running a store of any kind requires employees, inventory, and a stable customer base. Your building in Nampa also requires upkeep and proper maintenance. When your building is large, keeping track of everything that takes place can become a job of its own. Many businesses prefer to hire outside assistance for such work. Doing so ensures that maintenance continues regardless of busy holiday seasons, employee overturns, or other emergencies.

Business owners in Nampa who want to simplify everything by ensuring employees tend to the store's business while still making sure things are well-maintained typically opt to have a professional commercial cleaning service. SERVPRO's professionals provide high value for the money invested because we also hold IICRC certificates in many restoration and mitigation services. When situations in your store develop that eventually require restoration later, our employees know that bringing this to your attention can save your company from significant losses and expenses.

Our experts provide a full range of services to our customers, and your repeat business allows us to make a tailored schedule that meets your needs. We also provide regular cleaning services of carpets and wood flooring, walls and ceilings, windows and doors, heavy curtains and window blinds, and shelving, other services can help keep your business running smoothly.

Air quality is a crucial aspect of indoor occupancy. Keeping your HVAC system clean and running efficiently can help keep customer satisfaction high, as well as employee morale. After a fire or other odor-producing crisis, having a thorough cleaning usually follows. Cleaning up after a disaster, including your air system, happens much more quickly when you already know whom to call. A fast recovery also increases your chances of surviving such a disaster.

Vandalism is also on the increase in many areas. When your store sustains an assault like this, our professionals can quickly undo the damage, regardless of how offensive. Other dangerous situations, like flooding or sewer backups, can cause your store to close immediately. Until someone eliminates the hazard, your store cannot reopen. We can make sure the time your doors must remain close is as short as possible.

SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell can provide all of the cleaning services your business needs. We work with our customers to provide detailed and specialized services, on their schedule, to make running a business that much easier. Call our crew to discuss how we can help you. Our number, (208) 466-5000, is always available, 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

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Are You Making These Kinds of Moisture Mistakes in Your Caldwell Bathroom?

10/7/2018 (Permalink)

Finding mold in any part of your home, especially the bathroom, can make for a difficult situation. Contact SERVPRO for mold damage remediation.

Preventative Measures are Part of Mold Damage Restoration in Caldwell

Due to excessive moisture in you Caldwell bathroom, there are greenish, blackish and grayish mold spots on the shower walls in your bathroom. Mold can turn into an active infestation if you do not handle the problem right away. Plus, mold can cause health effects if it is not dealt with by professionals. We can arrive at your home within hours after you contact us to begin the mold removal process. Our skilled crew is well trained and can restore your bathroom back to its pre-mold condition when possible.
 
Our SERVPRO mold damage restoration team in Caldwell works fast to contain mold colonies. We take safety precautions to keep mold from spreading to other areas of your residence. After inspecting the area, the team uses polyethylene plastic sheeting to seal the affected areas. Sealing entryways to your bathroom such as the door and windows and sealing off exhaust fans and vents effectively contain mold spores. Our crew may need to set up another room in your home to store the clothing they wear during the cleanup phase and to clean and sanitize any items and equipment they use during the restoration process.
 
Once we seal the structure, the team can begin the mold removal process. The crew can use a professional grade disinfectant cleaner to wipe down the shower walls and to eliminate mold colonies. The team may also apply an antifungal agent on the affected areas to stop mold from growing back. If necessary, the crew may need to use agitation techniques such as damp sponge wiping, wire brushing or sanding to remove mold spots. The team may also utilize air scrubbers to reduce mold odors and to remove airborne mold spores.
 
If mold is present in your home, do not wait to call us. SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell is nearby and can restore your home when possible. You can rely on us to work fast. Call us at (208) 466-5000 at any time of the day or night. We are here to help.
 
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How To Handle Water Cleanup In Nampa

9/19/2018 (Permalink)

Since water cleanup in Nampa is a combination of different actions, it is vital to know what to prioritize.

How To Handle Water Cleanup

It is ironical that water, which is synonymous with cleaning, causes damages that require thorough cleanup if it reaches unwanted areas of a property. Just like you use the water for all kinds of cleaning procedures, the damages it causes in the affected Nampa property vary. For example, it can dissolve colors causing transfer of stains between materials such as curtains to carpets. It also causes rusting which also leads to staining, and if standing water is left in place too long, mold develops. We offer professional cleanup services that make it easier to deal with any of these problems.

Since water cleanup in Nampa is a combination of different actions, it is vital to know what to prioritize. Because it might be your first incidence of loss, you might not know what to prioritize unlike when working with a professional restoration team like SERVPRO. When dealing with different materials such as wood and carpet, the higher priority goes to wood because if left to absorb water, other problems like warping can occur. We create a hierarchical to-do list immediately after arriving at your property thus preventing unnecessary damages.

A bad odor is typical after an incidence of water damage. Sometimes the water might dissolve chemicals or even everyday deposits such as pet waste within the home leading to the bad odor. Removing what dissolved in the water is the only way to get rid of such odor. Our SERVPRO technicians use various professional grade products to clean up affected areas. Sometimes such waste might be deposited in areas hard to reach, but with our extensive experience, we can deal with it. In case the odor does not disappear immediately after cleaning, we can also provide masking agents to conceal it until it clears.

Proper drying after a cleaning exercise is also crucial because leaving excess moisture in the property leads to mold development and rotting. Depending on the situation, our SERVPRO team uses different equipment including air movers, dehumidifiers and drying mats to dry your property effectively.

For proper water loss cleanup call SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell at (208) 466-5000. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Flood Damage Cleanup in Your Nampa Home Can Make a Big Difference

9/16/2018 (Permalink)

When flooding hits our area after a storm, contact the certified technicians at SERVPRO to effectively dry out your home.

SERVPRO Technicians Thoroughly Search for Hidden Pockets of Water in Your Home After Flooding

From experience, we expect to deal with three types of contents when attending to flood damage incidents. There are those contents which are salvageable, those that we have to discard, and the garbage that flood waters carry along. While it is possible to identify the garbage, sometimes you need to work with professional to know what you can restore and what unsalvageable. Also, it is necessary to take the right measures immediately since as time goes by, what was restorable may end up being unsalvageable. Let us look at some of the restoration measures we put in place addressing such incidents in Nampa.
 
Sagging ceilings are a concern in your home, and we have to drain them carefully during flood damage restoration in Nampa. We replace ceiling made of wallboard when the floodwaters go above the ceiling. Though plaster ceilings eventually dry, if they have sags or cracks we tear them down and make a replacement. Our SERVPRO technicians also remove wet insulation from the ceilings to speed up drying around the joints.
 
It is necessary to check if water is trapped in the walls. To do this, our SERVPRO technicians remove the baseboard and stick an awl into the wall - preferably a point that is 2 inches above the building's floor. If some water drips out, then we can use a cordless or hand drill to drill holes into the wall for the water to freely come out.
 
Some walls have some vinyl wall covering seals that can prevent or slow down drying. Also, if the wallpapers remain in place, they can form suitable conditions for mold growth. Our SERVPRO technicians remove all wall covering and discard them off. We must also remove the floor covering the allow air movement around flooded floors. We keep a sample of the discarded covering to make it easy for the adjuster to do the correct valuation.
 
SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell is available 24/07 and committed to offering both residential and commercial cleaning and restoration services. Call us at (208) 466-5000 so that we can make your disaster-struck home to feel like home again.
 
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Surface And Saturation Techniques To Clean Your Caldwell Property After A Fire Damage Incident

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning is part of the fire damage restoration process, and we have to vary the aggressiveness we use when applying the cleaning products.

Techniques To Clean Your Property After A Fire

Cleaning is part of the fire damage restoration process, and we have to vary the aggressiveness we use when applying the cleaning products. It is also vital to use the right concentrations of the cleaning product to avoid subjecting some materials to additional damage. We're going to cover some of the surface and saturation techniques we use when salvaging your Caldwell property.

When cleaning contents with a hard surface such as furniture during fire damage restoration in Caldwell, our SERVPRO technicians may decide to use the spray and wipe technique. Before we start this process, we may vacuum off the loosely attached soot residues. We are careful not to strip off your furniture's finish or grind the smoke particles into the wood. We usually use a sponge when wiping and do it along the grain. At the end of our cleaning process, our experts apply a wood polish to leave the furniture shining.

Limiting the amount of moisture when cleaning some items may be necessary, and our SERVPRO technicians may decide to use foam cleaning as an option. We can derive the foam from the cleaning product using a pump-up sprayer or a natural sponge. When generating the foam using the sponge, we start by dipping it into the cleaning product and then squeeze it several times until the foam develops.

Some cleaning needs may require a more dissolving action and the need to apply a greater quantity of the cleaning agent. We prefer saturation techniques when overwetting is not likely to cause color loss or any changes to the materials. It also means we have to dry the materials thoroughly at the end of the cleaning. The wash and rinse processes using an upholstery cleaning machine or a hand are examples of saturation techniques. We use the method to clean fabrics which are heavily soiled, and we have to select whether to use solvent or water-based cleaning products.

Our team at SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell is highly trained and has the knowledge to use advanced cleaning and restoration equipment. Call us at (208) 466-5000 to work with a trusted leader in the restoration industry.

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A Bad Exhaust Fan in Your Caldwell Bathroom Can Cause Mold Damage

8/26/2018 (Permalink)

Bathroom mold can form rather quickly if the ventilation is not set up correctly. Contact SERVPRO to investigate.

SERVPRO Technicians Remediate a Current Mold Infestation While Offering Tips to Prevent a Recurrence 

Without a good exhaust fan inside of your bathroom, it is easy enough for all of the excess moisture and humidity to cause a problem like mold damage. When you shower, the exhaust fan helps remove the steam from the room, therefore minimizing the moisture that clings to your walls. Without it, that condensation has nowhere else to go and can settle on the walls instead.
 
You may begin to notice speckled green, gray, or blackish spots along the walls inside of your bathroom, and it is most likely mold damage in Caldwell. The excess moisture is the perfect feeding ground for mold spores. On their own, spores are not harmful, in fact, they are omnipresent and impossible to get rid of. However, when they multiply and grow into a colony, they can cause health effects and damage to your home. When you find mold, it is best to reach out for professional help.
 
SERVPRO can swiftly travel to your home after receiving your call. After investigating your bathroom and only finding mold on the walls, our technicians can get to work. Often, mold damage does not require intense or expensive techniques to remove, and in this case, it is relatively easy to remediate.
 
First, our SERVPRO technicians can take steps to ensure that the mold damage cannot spread to other parts of your home while the colony is being agitated. We use polyethylene plastic sheeting to create a barrier. Sealing the entryways to your bathroom, such as your door, vents, and over the exhaust fans allows us to deal with the mold without it spreading anywhere else.
 
After we have set up the quarantine, SERVPRO can use a disinfectant solution to wipe down your walls and remove the colonies. To be sure no colonies are forming that we cannot see yet, we can wipe down the entire wall. Afterward, we can use an antifungal agent to help prevent regrowth. Once we finish, SERVPRO can remove the plastic sheeting and then leave your bathroom feeling like it did before the mold.
 
If mold damage finds its way into your home due to faulty equipment, do not delay. Call for SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell's help by phoning (208) 466-5000. Night or day, we can help keep the mold away.

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Better Understanding Commercial Cleaning Services For Your Nampa Firm

8/13/2018 (Permalink)

If you find your own Nampa facility facing these same concerns, it might be wise to consider cleaning services from our professionals at SERVPRO.

Understanding Commercial Cleaning Services

Your Nampa firm has a staff of individuals intended to keep up with the cleaning and maintenance of the building that you run. Sometimes, the scope of the work that needs to happen is out of their abilities, or the situation has compounded to the point that choosing professional services to assist in the efforts can be more cost-effective and time friendly.

If you find your own Nampa facility facing these same concerns, it might be wise to consider cleaning services from our professionals at SERVPRO. SERVPRO offers a wide range of options tailored to what you need and can get the job done quickly and thoroughly. It could be beneficial to understand the wide range of this branch of our restoration company so you can better appreciate how it can benefit your office.

Many times, your maintenance department does not have the equipment or expertise to keep up with the HVAC system going through your entire building. From the center of this network at the appliance itself, through a maze of ductwork and air shafts, a buildup occurs. Over years of operation, these ducts can get matted with dust, debris, dirt, contaminants and even bacteria. Our SERVPRO professionals have the tools and expertise to clean out these ducts, allowing them to work better and potentially save you money on utility bills as well.

Carpet cleaning is another aspect that your janitorial staff might not have the tools or expertise to do on their own. While they can keep up with the recommended daily maintenance of these areas, deep cleaning the carpets themselves requires specialized equipment, not to mention the expertise to understand what kind of cleaning best suits the carpets you have in various areas of your firm.

These two examples are just the beginning of the kind of work that our experienced SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell cleaning and restoration technicians can do. If you find yourself overwhelmed with any aspect of upkeep in your facility, never hesitate to give our rapid response team a call today at (208) 466-5000.

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A Burst Pipe Can Put Your Nampa Reading Room In Urgent Need of Water Removal Services

8/1/2018 (Permalink)

Our SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell team will take care of your reading room and restore it back to preloss condition.

Need Fast Water Removal Services in Nampa? SERVPRO is The Answer.

Needing urgent water removal services for your personal reading room is a nightmare. Books and water tend not to go hand-in-hand. In reality, freak accidents seldom are convenient about where they occur. However, it is essential that when these situations happen, you call for professional help as soon as you possibly can. The quicker that you can get the standing water away from your books, desk, lounging furniture, and shelving, the more likely you are to have a successful remediation.

When it comes to needing water removal services in your Nampa home, our goal is to arrive as swiftly as we can. We make it a priority to arrive at your home in less than two hours. In order to combat the threat of microbial growth, we know how vital it is to remove the stagnating water from your residence at once.

At SERVPRO, the first employee that we send to your home is our Estimator. They are the bridge between our team and you. They perform the first investigation of the damage and then can go over it with you. Throughout the restoration, they can keep you informed and involved.

When it comes to flood damage, the first thing that SERVPRO can focus on is getting the flooded water away from your books. We can use tools such as wet/dry vacuums, portable submersible pumps, and extractors to remove the standing water. Once the water has been removed, SERVPRO can box up your damaged books and attempt to dry them out with our standing Lyophilization unit. However, because this is not always successful, our team can also make a list of lost belongings to make insurance claims easier for you.

Once the stagnant water has been removed, SERVPRO can focus on cleaning up any of the mess that the burst pipe caused. Additionally, we can focus on drying out your reading room. Our technicians can set up trade tools such as dehumidifiers and air movers to create an environment which encourages evaporation. We can also use extractors to help remove the water from the fabric upholstery of your lounging furniture.

Finally, the last thing SERVPRO can do for you is to bring any books that we successfully restored back to your reading room and unpack them, returning them to their shelves. Our ultimate goal is to make you feel "Like it never even happened."

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If a burst pipe floods any room in your home, do not delay. Phone SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell by dialing (208) 466-5000. Night or day, we are ready and able to take your call.

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Water Removal Gets Your Nampa Home Back to Normal Again

7/23/2018 (Permalink)

Drying out water after it has gained entry into your home is key to helping prevent mold. Contact SERVPRO right away.

Team SERVPRO Arrives with BOTH the Certified Technicians and the Equipment to Dry Out Your Water Damaged Home


As soon as a house's materials become wet in Nampa, restoring dry conditions again as quickly as possible becomes crucial to keep damages minimal. Damage to materials and electrical wiring continue to steadily worsen and mold growth becomes more likely as each day passes. SERVPRO's highly trained technicians are always on call to respond to such emergencies.
 
Helping homeowners restore their homes by performing the necessary water removal methods in Nampa to extract both large and small amounts of water. Our technicians use moisture-detecting equipment to find any hidden water or moisture that you cannot see. We receive our certifications from the IICRC, helping to ensure that all aspects of home restoration become like second knowledge to our employees.
 
We want to assist you in every way possible to live in a home "Like it never even happened." Our extensive knowledge and training help make this a reality for many homeowners, so their lives remain unaffected by a multitude of disaster types.
 
Using extraction units as large as truck-mounted pumps and as small as hand-held units, we remove liquid water and evaporated moisture. Heat increases the ability of the air to hold more water vapor, so we raise the temperature until the air reaches the temperature needed to help us meet our goals.
 
When the water came from a cleaner source, we can save often save the homeowners from replacing their carpeting. Dirty water requires replacement of this significant furnishing, no matter how many times we might clean it up, so insurance policies generally require its removal and replacement. Otherwise, health risks remain high, as well as potential damage to the home continues.
 
Restoring dry conditions to your home means the risks of mold and other microbial issues remains low, as well as do other issues stemming from the invasive water. SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell is always ready to help you with our water removal services. Just call us, 24/7, at (208) 466-5000, and we can start almost immediately.

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How Properties of Materials Affect Flood Damage Restoration in Nampa

7/15/2018 (Permalink)

When moisture from flooding saturates many items in your home, call SERVPRO for effective drying out services. Call right away for best results.

SERVPRO Technicians Have the Training and Experience to Understand How Different Materials in Your Home Respond to Moisture

Different materials are affected differently by the moisture. For a successful restoration, it is essential to understand the relationship between moisture and different contents. Different materials are affected differently by the moisture. For a successful restoration, it is necessary to know the relationship between moisture and different contents. The goal is to choose the most suitable method to restore materials and prevent further damage to your Nampa property.
 
Permeance is one of the critical factors that our SERVPRO technicians look at when restoring materials after a flood damage incident in Nampa. The property determines the amount of moisture which can pass through a material. Items such as upholstery and carpets are highly porous, which means their permeance is so high. Materials such as vinyl, glass, and plastics have low permeance and absorb little or no water vapor.
 
Our SERVPRO team also determines whether materials are hygroscopic - whether they can readily absorb and hold moisture from the surrounding air. The good with such materials is that they easily release the vapor when dried properly. Since they have a high permeance factor, they are quickly damaged when exposed to moisture for a long time. We can conclude that materials which easily absorb and release water are more straightforward to dry when compared to those that moisture finds it hard to penetrate.
 
During the restoration process, our SERVPRO technicians dry your items until we reach a condition known as EMC (Equilibrium moisture content). At this condition, there is no moisture moving from wet items to the dry air. To fasten the rate of evaporation, we use air movers to sweep the saturated air from surfaces and replace it with drier air. If the air becomes highly saturated with moisture, we use dehumidifiers to absorb the water vapor. The number of dehumidifiers set up must be in a position to absorb the moisture content that air movers sweep into the surrounding air. We do calculations to achieve that balance.
 
At SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster whether it is mold, fire, water, or storm damage related. Call us at (208) 466-5000 at any time of the day for a stress-free restoration process.

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Fire Damage Technicians In Caldwell Talk About Problems With Wall Studs

7/3/2018 (Permalink)

If a fire ever starts inside your home in Caldwell the damage caused by the burn can be devastating.

Fire Damage Experts Talk About Problems With Wall Studs

If a fire ever starts inside your home in Caldwell the damage caused by the burn can be devastating. Once a blaze ignites, it can spread quickly using anything inside the house as fuel to keep burning. The longer a fire stays burning, the more things inside your home it can ruin. In many situations, after a burn takes place, the homeowner finds that many items got damaged including contents and building materials such as flooring, drywall, and other structural components.

Drywall is made to withstand heat and to protect the studs inside the wall cavities. However, during extreme fire damage cases in Caldwell, both the drywall and wooden studs can get burned. The drywall usually works as a barrier and does block some of the heat. In some scenarios, the drywall gets completely burnt, while the wood only gets slightly charred. Other times both the drywall and parts of the wall's structure must be removed and replaced.

Any time drywall gets affected by an indoor fire, the drywall gets removed, and the wooden structure inside the wall is checked. Our SERVPRO technicians then inspect how severely the wooden studs got charred. We test burnt wood by measuring how deep the charring goes into the substance. If the burning is only present on the surface and less than a quarter inch deep, then the studs may not have to be removed.

In these cases where only the surface of the wood is charred, our SERVPRO crew can save the studs by treating them. First, we remove all of the affected drywall so that the burnt studs are exposed. Next, we sand all of the black material off of the wood until fresh, unaffected wood can be seen. Lastly, we coat the affected wood with a specialized sealant paint.

If the wood inside your wall shows charring that is deeper than a quarter inch, then we remove the burnt pieces from the structure. Afterward, the missing studs get reinstalled during the reconstruction phase. If charring is present on the inside of the exterior walls they too can get sanded down and painted with a sealant.

Removing burnt material is essential so that the structural components keep their strength. If you ever need help with charred materials or contents inside your home, call SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell at (208) 466-5000 any day of the week.

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We Can Sanitize Flood Damage Homes In Nampa

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO offers reliable flood damage restoration in Nampa.

Flood Damage In Your Home

Flooding is relatively frequent in specific areas in Caldwell. Storms, at times, can be substantial and may last for days. Over the course of those few days, water can flow into homes. The water may cause damage to walls, floors, carpeting, cabinets and other items inside the residence. We strongly advise calling experienced professionals to deal with the situation.

SERVPRO offers reliable flood damage restoration in Nampa. We remove standing water quickly, which may reduce damages to your home. Plus, we dry affected items and surfaces in the home fast and efficiently. When possible, our crew can restore them to their original condition. Our IICRC-certified technicians are available around the clock and for seven days a week. After you contact us, we send a trained crew to your residence to deal with your water emergency.

Flood water always has some level of contamination, which is why we take the necessary steps to clean and sanitize the affected areas. SERVPRO technicians use professional products to disinfectant the home. Also, the crew may use antimicrobial solutions, which eliminates approximately 99 percent of contaminants on surfaces inside the home. In addition to cleaning the house with professional products, flood damage restoration may also include cleaning and drying materials in the home and discarding any contaminated items.

Our skilled crews clean and sanitize infected areas with biocides twice. First, they disinfect the affected areas before the restoration stage begins. This step helps protect the team during the cleanup phase. The second disinfection is performed to cleanse the environment, which may reduce health risks and possible exposure to the occupants in the home. It's important to note that the moment flood water from a storm enters the home, the environment inside the residence becomes vulnerable to various microorganisms that can cause health effects. Contacting us right away is a vital step towards making your home safe to live in once again.

SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell flood damage services can restore your home when possible. Plus, we can make it look “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (208) 466-5000 at any time.

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Fire Damage To Rental Housing In Caldwell

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

Caldwell Rental Complexes Get Fire Damage Cleanup and Restoration from SERVPRO--FAST

The SERVPRO Team Offers High-Quality Cleanup and Restoration After a Fire, Smoke, and Water Damaging Event

A fire in any Caldwell business presents troubles, but when the structure affected is a rental property you as the landlord have enhanced responsibilities to the tenants. Every moment that your renters cannot call the unit you leased them home means a drop in your income and perhaps a cost to you if you must move them to temporary housing. Our trained crews, effective cleaning products, and specialized equipment help with restoration after a fire.
 
When fire damages an apartment complex in Caldwell, fast action is necessary for the safety of the tenants and the security of the building. If roofs or exterior walls sustained damage, the premises must be secured with boards or tarps to protect from the elements. Water damage, common as a side-effect of firefighting efforts, needs immediate attention as water damage can be even more devastating than that due to fire itself. It can also prove to be a slip and fall hazard and threatens all with electrical shock if the power is still engaged. Our crews can manage both water and fire damage with expertise.
 
Your tenants have urgent concerns, so it is crucial for you to arrange for SERVPRO management to assess the scenario as soon as the authorities release the property. After an inspection, we devise a comprehensive plan that addresses all aspects of returning the rental units to preloss condition. Our crew secures the property and then begins to work through the list of tasks directly. SERVPRO service vehicles stock equipment and products that extract water, dry structures, and clean a wide range of charred and smoke and soot damaged surfaces.
 
As the restoration proceeds, we work closely with your insurance carrier and any policy you renters might hold. We also make arrangements to inventory and pack out possessions to clean and keep them safe during recovery efforts. SERVPRO technicians train not only in cleaning and restoration but also in accurate bookkeeping methods that preserve a chain of command for the possessions of one or more households of tenants displaced during fire damage restoration. Our CCIS documents non-salvageable items in a concise catalog to simply claims.
 
SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell offers a range of fire damage reclamation services for landlords and their tenants in the aftermath of a blaze. Call immediately at (208) 466-5000 to get the process moving, calming the fears of your renters and protecting property for all.

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Removing Mold Damages from Your Nampa Residence

6/6/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Suggests to Nampa Area Homeowners to Call Us for Mold Remediation

Rely on the Professionals from SERVPRO for Mold Remediation

While many factors can cause water loss incidents in your Nampa home, the damage that is caused by these events can often be widespread and challenging for the homeowner to clean up on their own. Mold growth may be an eventual issue. Even with concentrated efforts and professional grade equipment, many homeowners lack the industry experience to fully and adequately remove all of the moisture and dampness from specific areas of their home following significant water loss occurrences.

While this recent event might have been traumatic enough, it often takes no more than 72 hours for microbial and mold growths to form in your Nampa home from the lingering moisture and warmth of your home's interior. Mold damages are nothing that the average homeowner is usually equipped to handle, and your residence can have a widespread colony in a very brief period. EPA suggests mold infestations that are greater than ten-feet square should be handled by professional mold remediators.

Fortunately, our certified technicians at SERVPRO have the expertise, training, and tools to overcome even the most severe of mold damage incidents in your home. Our mission is to return your home to its original condition through multiple potential remediation approaches (depending on the present damage and effects from the colonization), making us an excellent choice to help you overcome the situation you face.

Removing the mold colony itself is much more than merely cleaning off the surface of where the spores have seated and grown into visible patches. Our SERVPRO professionals often require sanding or soda blasting to penetrate beyond the exposed layer to effectively reach the entire hyphae. An antimicrobial solution is often applied to porous materials to penetrate well below the visible layer and affect the entire present organism beyond what the eye can see.

Mold growth in your home is a little more common to the area than you might have believed. Fortunately, with the right professional assistance, it does not have to be something that you battle for very long. Trust in the experience and expertise of our certified applied microbial remediation technicians at SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell to help you win the fight against the mold that wages war with your home. Give our rapid response team a call anytime that you need us at (208) 466-5000.

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Caldwell’s Fire Damage Technicians Explain Cleaning Clothing

5/29/2018 (Permalink)

Hurry and Call SERVPRO for Fire & Smoke Restoration in Caldwell

SERVPRO Can Offer Limited Help In Deodorizing Clothes As the Structure is Mitigated After a Fire

If a fire ever starts inside your Caldwell home, your possessions are at risk of getting ruined. The heat coming from the fire can burn many items such as contents or building materials that were close to the source or in the path of the blaze. All burns do not fully combust all substances, so partially consumed particles are sent into the air like smoke.

If items inside your home get charred or burned, they can at times be sanded down to bare wood or refinished. Most fire damage projects in Caldwell also grapple with problems from the smoke. Soot residues and burnt odors can remain after a fire is extinguished needing professional attention.

Porous materials hold onto malodor particles because smoke can penetrate them deeply. Materials that make carpet, upholstery or fabrics are porous materials that must be cleaned well to prevent odors in the future. Our SERVPRO technicians, pay particular attention to your building materials and contents that contain smoke affected fabrics. One possession that can receive smoke damage is your clothes.

Everyone has a closet full of sets of clothing that can get damaged by smoke from a fire. Since people wear clothes on their bodies our SERVPRO crew, goes through several processes to ensure the clothing gets cleaned and odors get eliminated. First, we organize all of your items of clothing according to which ones you want to wear soon and which ones you do not. Depending on the amount of smoke, odor, and water from extinguishing SERVPRO technicians can set up hydroxyl generators and air scrubbers fitted with both HEPA and activated carbon filters to do an immediate purge of the foul air. We then remove any metal hangers from the clothing before packing it up. Soot residues can oxide metal coat hangers causing them to stain your clothes. We then pack up your clothing in labeled boxes before moving to our cleaning location or quite often to a partnered dry cleaning company. Our main goal at SERVPRO is restoring your structure to its preloss condition.

If you ever need help cleaning and deodorizing clothes after a fire, call SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell at (208) 466-5000 any time of the day.

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Commercial Water Damage Affects Building Structure And Places Inventory At Risk In Caldwell

5/15/2018 (Permalink)

Caldwell area retailers know that fire and floods can both damage a building quickly, but both leave water behind.

Commercial Water Damage

Caldwell area retailers know that fire and floods can both damage a building quickly, but both leave water behind. Leaks in plumbing and roofing can do the same.

Businesses in Caldwell do not need to become saturated visibly before commercial water damage takes place. Small amounts of water can also create problems by matting insulation down compactly, which causes it to lose its ability to perform well.

Electrical components can become compromised and dangerous to use when even slight amounts of moisture accumulate inside. When power fluctuates or fails altogether, staying open during regular business hours becomes difficult. Not only does it create safety issues for your customers, but on-duty employees risk increased injuries.

At SERVPRO, we take preserving the integrity of other businesses very seriously. Without your presence, our economy suffers and becomes less diverse. Keeping the buildings in excellent shape within our local communities helps gain the outside commerce that additionally strengthens our area. Our technicians can mitigate water damage wherever it occurs in your retail business, and help ensure that such loss does not reoccur in the future.

We use infrared imaging devices to help detect the smallest amounts of water that can remain present from minor leaks. These identify the presence of water because of the changes in temperature. Other devices designed to detect the presence of moisture assist us during the drying process, so we can more easily determine our progress. Steadily removing the humidity can prevent water damage from becoming too severe.

If water damage already exists, mitigating it should begin immediately. It can only become worse with time, as many property owners often discover after waiting to start mitigation of the damage. Increased costs as well as lengtheir closures to repair the additional damage often follow a decision to wait 'until a better time.

SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell can help your business through prevention of commercial water damage after an incident involving water, help you discover where undetected water intrusions take place and mitigate any amount of damage present. Helping determine losses for insurance purposes include your building, equipment and supplies, and your inventory. Call us at (208) 466-5000 for assistance that can help make everything "Like it never even happened." and get your business back on track quickly.

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Natural Springs Could Flood Your Caldwell Home Regularly

5/4/2018 (Permalink)

If your home suffers flood damage, call the professionals at SERVPRO to restore your home and help prevent future problems.

SERVPRO is Experienced and Trained in Flood Damage Restoration

Caldwell homeowners are all too familiar with the possibility of encountering underground springs on their property. What you might not realize is that with a slight shift in the earth around these underground cavities, they can route towards the foundation of your home. Suddenly, with every passing storm, your home's exterior allows water through the blockwork that has degraded over time.

While you might not be familiar with flood damages in your Caldwell home, finding the right professional team to help you sort out the mess and to help you find a solution to prevent recurrences is critical. When you call our SERVPRO team, our initial inspection can determine the full scope of the damage that you face as well as locate the potentially vulnerable access points for water to make it into your basement.

One of the crucial components of the process of restoring this damage to your home is extracting the present water through the use of portable pumps. Our SERVPRO technicians might recommend the installation of a sump pump if the spring water affecting your home can be drawn away using one of these devices successfully.

While our team works to remove the present water in the basement of your home, we also assess the need for repairing aspects of your vulnerable blockwork through the use of hydraulic cement. Other actions might also need to be taken to ensure that new installations like sump pumps serve your home better. These needs could include grading the floor or installing drains.

Ensuring that the area gets thoroughly dry is vital for avoiding conditions like mold growth. While several pieces of equipment could get used for this process, the job typically falls to dehumidification machines and industrial strength air movers.

While no one wants to have a wet, flooded basement, finding a solution so that this problem does not persist is equally essential to SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell. Our experienced technicians can help you clean up the current mess and work to find a feasible solution to prevent future recurrences. Give us a call 24/7 at (208) 466-5000.

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What Can Be Done To Confirm A Mold Damage Problem In Caldwell?

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

Mold can cause significant damage to your home.

Mold Damage Problem In Your Home

While you may be able to identify several warning signs of mold damage in Caldwell, knowing for sure if and where mold is present can be a much more difficult process. In some cases, the infestation may be evident and apparent even to untrained eyes, but most colonies are far more subtle and difficult to identify. You may have been looking at mold in your home for years and never realized the extent of the problem until recently. SERVPRO can help you to identify whether mold has taken root and where it has spread through our advanced detection tools, but the solution could also be much simpler than that.

Visual identification of mold damage in your Caldwell home can sometimes be difficult or impossible but remains one of the most important methods by which homeowners nationwide find tens of thousands of infestations every year. Most species prefer to live in dark, undisturbed conditions that tend to lie out of sight, making even the most massive colonies difficult at times to spot. However, if you find spots of green or dark discoloration around the home, these may be indicative of a mold problem. Note that staining can come from other issues as well: try to identify other key characteristics as well, such as a fuzzy appearance or atypical moisture levels in the immediate surrounding area.

Should the fungus lie behind a wall, ceiling, or other visual blocks, you may still be able to pick up on other warning signs (most notably foul and musty odors around the house). With these in mind, you can direct SERVPRO professionals to the general location of potential damage where they can use moisture detection and damage analysis models to accurately measure and predict the size and extent of growth across your home.

SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell is a locally owned and operated provider of expert mold damage remediation and restoration services for homeowners in the area. Call us at (208) 466-5000 for our services or a quote.

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Our Move Out Process Can Restore The Contents of Your Caldwell Home Following a Fire

4/15/2018 (Permalink)

Each instance of fire damage has particular needs when it comes to remediation. Contact SERVPRO to discuss your current scenario.

SERVPRO Technicians Customize the Fire Damage Remediation Plan to Your Particular Situation


When a fire affects your Caldwell home, you might find yourself overwhelmed with the degrees of damage that spread out to not only the structural components of your residence but the contents of these affected areas as well. The objective of our professional restoration outfit is to bring your home back to preloss conditions, and in many cases, this requires some added legwork on our part to affect the final product.
 
Significant fire damage to your Caldwell home might look and feel differently from house to house. This fact is part of the reason why our SERVPRO professionals get specially trained in all facets of fire restoration from cleanup to demolition. Of course, every fire affects every home differently, so your list of needs to fully restore your home following a blaze is likely very different from someone else.
 
That is why our SERVPRO technicians take a great deal of effort and attention towards a complete assessment of the damage that your home faces. This assessment not only helps our professionals to formulate the best strategy for restoring the damage to your home but also coincides with the needs of your insurance company to help you file the claim and have one less burden to worry about in this traumatic time.
 
Move-outs are a process in which our team can take contents of your home in the affected areas to a nearby facility to work more closely with restoring them on an individual basis. These items could be furniture, fabrics, electronics, framed items and much more. The objective of this process is to take each item and clean it, deodorize it, and prepare it for reintroduction into your fully restored home once the project gets completed.
 
While this might be a small facet of our broader restoration approach, it is something to show the level of care and dedication that we have to the satisfaction of our customers and the quality of the work that we do. You can always trust SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell to help you whenever you need it. Give us a call today at (208) 466-5000.

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Your Caldwell Home Can Always Be Affected By Water Damage

4/3/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Cleanup and Restoration in Nampa Needed? Call SERVPRO for Drying and Restoration Services

Be Prepared, Be Connected with SERVPRO to Mitigate Harm Caused by Water to Your Caldwell Residence

Your Caldwell home might get well guarded against the natural disasters and emergencies that you can adequately plan for, but the world does not always work that way. In fact, most of the potential water emergencies and subsequent damage comes without a moment’s notice. So, the best thing for you to do as a homeowner is to stay prepared for cleaning up these messes and restoring the damage by having the right professional company on the other end of the phone when disaster strikes.
 
Given the unpredictability and multiple sources of water damage to your Caldwell home, professional restoration services like SERVPRO are available 24 hours a day to be available when you might need us. An assessment when our time arrives helps to determine the source and supply of the current water damage so that the issue can get repaired, but this inspection also helps our professionals to understand the full scope better and reach of the damage they intend to face.
 
As with many water damage situations, walls, ceilings, and floors tend to take and hold most of the damage away from immediate view. Fortunately, our technicians have the top of the line equipment for water damage restoration to help thoroughly dry the affected areas, even if they are inside of walls, or in between floors. An excellent example of this drying process would be SERVPRO’s Injectidry system, which allows for concentrated drying power to get pushed in the openings between walls.
 
Locating the source of the water damage to your home is a critical component of the restoration process, as this process allows for repairs to happen simultaneously. It ensures that when the restoration gets completed in your home, that the same issue is not going to threaten it again.
 
You might not ever completely get prepared for water emergencies that could threaten your home from bursting pipes or leaky appliances, but SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell can be there when you need us to help you clean up the mess and return your house to the way that it used to be. "Like it never even happened." You can reach our emergency response team 24/7 at (208) 466-5000.

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Prepare For Water Removal Emergency At Your Nampa Business

3/28/2018 (Permalink)

For Rapid Water Removal and Mitigation in Nampa Businesses Rely on SERVPRO's ERP Plan

SERVPRO Provides the ERP Plan to Prevent or Mitigate Water Damage

Nampa is growing steadily as a residential area to the west of Boise, with new infrastructure and businesses supporting this growth. Business owners enjoying the boom reap the benefits of their research and planning. One variable a company might not have yet considered is water disaster readiness. We can help businesses ready themselves and then implement the water abatement plan if the worst happens.
 
It is hard to imagine the need for water removal when you first move your Nampa company into a new or remodeled space. Water incursion is unpredictable and can be devastating when it happens to your business. Fast, targeted action is necessary from our trained technicians to minimize the damage when water intrudes. We can provide this customized response if you work with ahead of time.
 
SERVPRO professionals not only offer help when a catastrophe happens, but we also are eager to assess your property for potential problem areas if a pipe bursts or appliances malfunction. Our Emergency READY Plan and Profile (ERP) includes a no-obligation evaluation by one of our experienced project managers. We review your physical plant, including public and private areas. Based on our training and years in the business we suggest ways to safeguard essential documents and crucial equipment from water damage. Other recommendations are offered to protect your business and improve our response should a water loss occur.
 
You then use our mobile app to designate those among your staff who can make decisions if you are unavailable during a disaster. Note SERVPRO as the recovery company you prefer, and list vendors and other contractors who have vital information to assist during a water removal scenario. You locate the utility shut-offs and rank your restoration priorities so that we can begin work immediately and safely after notification.
 
Putting an ERP in place ensures that water removal proceeds quickly. Our equipment is second to none, efficiently pumping and suctioning standing and lingering moisture. Once the water evacuates, we position drying tools such as air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers. Because we viewed the property before the event, we know where to find hidden pockets of water and have a plan to manage that complication. Preparedness saves time and money and protects your business property from the progressive effects of saturation. Removing water fast halts the deterioration and avoids secondary issues like mold damage.
 
Proactive business decisions include devising a disaster management plan with SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell. We look forward to partnering with you. Call (208) 466-5000 to start the process.

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Remediating Flood Damage In Nampa

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

Dealing with the effects of flood damage in Nampa requires a professional team of restoration experts.

Remediating Flood Damage

With its proximity to Lake Caldwell, Nampa homes are at more risk from storms and flooding than some other towns and cities in Idaho. Several days of continuous, heavy rain can force it and local creeks over their banks and into nearby living rooms and kitchens.

Dealing with the effects of flood damage in Nampa requires a professional team of restoration experts. SERVPRO maintains a 24-hour response team that can quickly arrive not just to remove flood water, but starts to immediately remediate and reduce the damage it can cause in each home.

Our team members start with commercial pumps and water extraction wands. For deeper water, we use the pumps to draw out the bulk of the water. This procedure also lets one of our inspectors look through the home and prioritize where we need first to begin other efforts. Once the water is too low for the pumps to operate efficiently, we use the wands to draw water from surfaces and begin the process of removing it from inside carpets and out from between the floorboards.

As we draw out the water, other team members remove furniture as soon as it is safe to do so. We perform this task to prevent varnish, paint, and color from upholstered furniture and carpets from leeching into the water. If we do not, these can stain carpets, drywall, and anything else still in the water.

Next, SERVPRO technicians reduce the air moisture content, or humidity level, inside the home. We do this to reduce the chance of floorboards warping and to dry out carpets, furniture, and building material like drywall and wood paneling. Team members start by installing dehumidifiers throughout the home. These devices can draw over 20 gallons of water out of the air, depending on the moisture content, every 24 hours. We also use air movers to force warm, dry air across floors and walls to push out any trapped moisture. These devices are also useful in drying furniture.

The next week shows rain for our area nearly every day. If you are already dealing with flooding in your home, or want to know how to reduce the effects before the first drop falls, call SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell at (208) 466-5000. We’re Here to Help!

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Tips to Prevent Mold Damage from Ruining Your Nampa Home

3/9/2018 (Permalink)

It is important to thoroughly check your home for mold growth regularly to remediate and stop it from spreading to other areas of your home.

Seek the Help of Professionals When You Discover Mold Damage in Your Home

Mold damage can wreck your home if you do not act fast. Mold spores are notoriously fast to spread, and if you ignore the early signs, you can have a catastrophe on your hands before you realize it.

The most important thing to remember about mold damage to your Nampa property is never to ignore it. Seeking professional help as soon as you can, is your best defense against the mayhem that can potentially be caused by mold damage. That said, there are a few things that you can do to prevent the damage from getting out of hand. Here are a few useful tips that SERVPRO professionals recommend.

Look for Problem Areas in Your Home and Correct Any Problem

When it comes to mold, moisture is perhaps the most important factor promoting the growth. Any areas in your home that have excess humidity, including crawl spaces, basements, bathrooms, and attics need to be inspected thoroughly for any signs of mold growth. These areas can easily be missed during routine cleaning. If there is excessive moisture in these places due to leaky pipes, faucets or any other reason, they can be breeding grounds for the spores. Make sure that you are paying close attention to these areas and if you see or smell any signs of growth, seek the help of IICRC certified SERVPRO professionals to remedy the situation.

Make Sure Your Home Has Good Ventilation

Simple activities such as cooking, showering or doing the laundry can create a situation of high moisture content in specific areas of your home. Proper ventilation can efficiently dissipate this extra moisture in a matter of minutes. Make sure that these areas are as dry as you can keep them.

Improve the Air Flow

Improving the air flow in your home can work wonders in preventing accumulation of residual moisture. It is even more critical during the winter months as when the temperature of the air decreases, it can hold less water and often deposits excess moisture on surfaces such as walls and ceiling. Improving the air flow can significantly reduce this process.

Call SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell at (208) 466-5000 today to schedule a free consultation.

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Caldwell's Fire Damage Restoration Specialists

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

After These Guys Leave Your Home, Call SERVPRO for Fast Fire Damage Cleanup in Caldwell

Fire & Smoke Cleanup is a Cornerstone of SERVPRO Services in Caldwell

Accidents do happen, and sometimes they come in the form of a house fire. It does not matter whether the fire that started inside your Caldwell townhome was large or small, damage likely occurs. Flames and heat can burn contents and building materials, but smoke sometimes causes more problems than the fire itself.

Smoke coming from an indoor fire spreads all over your townhouse leaving deposits of soot on various surfaces. Whenever you are dealing with any smoke damage, it is wise to call SERVPRO's fire damage technicians in Caldwell. Our crews are IICRC certified and know where smoke travels inside a structure.
 
Our crews understand the behavior of smoke well to aid them in the fire damage restoration process. Some factors affect how much soot gets deposited on your home's walls and ceilings and where the soot collects. Our skilled professionals at SERVPRO have the necessary training and experience to track where smoke travels and what surfaces it soils with soot.
 
Two main factors that affect where the smoke goes are the temperature of the smoke and the temperature of the surface. Heat rises as cooler air pushes downward causing smoke to move upward and stick on colder surfaces first. Smoke then travels with the natural airflow of the building bouncing off and going through objects like closed doors. Soot residue sometimes builds up in small areas the smoke travels through such as door cracks.
 
Often ionization and magnetism cause soot to build up thicker than in other places nearby. Some smoke particles such as those that come from burnt plastic materials get electrically charged causing them to stick to metal objects. Many times electrically charged smoke particles create smoke webs that look like black spider webs. Other times magnetism causes soot particles to stick to drywall nails causing nail pops that make it look like the nail is extending out of the drywall when it is not.
 
When restoring your home after a fire, our professionals make sure they mitigate all the places smoke damaged. Make sure all of the smoke damage present in your dwelling gets remediated correctly and call SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell at (208) 466-5000 for help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Appliance Malfunctions Cause Flood Damage to Your Nampa Residence

2/25/2018 (Permalink)

Washing machines and other types of appliances can wear down or malfunction. Should your home face water damage after such an event, call SERVPRO.

Team SERVPRO Responds Quickly to Your Call About Flooding in Your Home

When you think of flooding to your Nampa home, many people visualize high rising waters that force their way into the lower levels of your house. While this is indeed something worth warding your home against, it is by no means the only scenario that could flood areas of your home. In fact, it might not even be the most common cause of flooding at all. You might not even realize it, but with specific choices that you have made, you have inadvertently put your home at risk for potential flooding.
 
Appliances that you have in your home are a reasonably typical cause of flood damages in Nampa. When these machines (that already get supplied with water) malfunction, their damage could allow water to flow out onto the floors unabated. When you consider that you do not continuously monitor appliances like washing machines and hot water tanks, by the time that you notice the machine has broken down, you could be dealing with substantial flood damages.
 
Of all the emergency situations that our SERVPRO team faces on a regular basis, we get thoroughly trained to the highest of professional standards in restoration practices for flood damage, water removal, and necessary repairs. Our technicians can quickly assess the extent of the damage and get to work on extracting the water with the use of pump trucks or portable pumps (depending on the severity of the pooled water).
 
If the source of the flooding has not gotten stopped by the time that our SERVPRO professionals arrive, we prioritize shutting this portion of plumbing down to prevent further damage. Once this has gotten accomplished, and the water has gotten removed from the affected area, our restoration specialists set sights on drying with a combined effort of air movers and dehumidification equipment.
 
You cannot realistically remove all of the appliances from your home or work on them regularly enough to completely prevent the possibility of breaking down. Fortunately, when you get posed with substantial flood damage, you can always count on SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell. You can reach our emergency response team anytime by dialing (208) 466-5000.

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Faulty Sprinkler Systems Can Create Water Damage To Your Nampa Clothing Store

2/6/2018 (Permalink)

Sprinkler systems in your store can be life saving in case of emergency but they can also fail leaving you with water damage. Contact SERVPRO.

SERVPRO Technicians Assess and Remediate Damage at Your Business Facility

Aging sprinkler systems that are networked throughout the building you use as a clothing store might seem like they were built to last forever, but that is rarely the case. While it is true that antifreeze is often used in these pipes to keep them from freezing over several years of not being used, there are other factors at play that could jeopardize the integrity of the piping throughout your Nampa clothing store.

As water sits in a pipe (in this case for years at a time), the molecules within the water are continually looking for something to create a reaction. With a primary material like ductile iron, water does not have travel far to be able to get a reaction from the iron. Over time, the water molecules create enough of a reaction to weaken the integrity of the pipe from the inside out. Since this volume of water is under pressure and tied to an unending supply of fresh water, even a small break can leave considerable commercial water damage to your Nampa store.

If this rupture happens after hours, it can leave untold amounts of water pouring out onto the affected area. Given that your clothing store gets split into either a sales floor or a storeroom, either one could have equally damaging financial implications for your business. Contacting our SERVPRO team is a wise decision to help you mitigate your losses and restore the damage to keep your business going strong.

With the highly pressurized water coming in from the ceiling plumbing network for the sprinkler system, the first objective is to turn off that water and prevent further damages. Extraction is the next step to follow, and this can typically get accomplished with the use of portable pumps and vacuums. Provided that our SERVPRO technicians were able to reach the site shortly after the break occurred, drying should be one of the final steps to the restoration process. A thorough assessment of potential structural damage along with the damage to stock and contents guides the team in what actions to take beyond these primary steps.

Time is of the essence when you have a water emergency in your store. Give SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell a call whenever disaster strikes and we can help. Our emergency response team is available 24/7 at (208) 466-5000.

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High Humidity and Mold Damage in Nampa

2/2/2018 (Permalink)

Using humidifiers and vaporizers during winter months can be beneficial, but if too much moisture is released mold can begin to grow in your home.

The Dangers of Humidifiers and Vaporizers During Winter Months

If you research mold issues because of concerns about its presence in your Nampa home, you look to rid the spaces of sources of water, limiting the possibility of fungal growth. It may come as a surprise that mold is even more opportunistic than you believed, and you might need to look for another way the mold spores find enough moisture to swell and multiply.

Especially during the winter months, Nampa homeowners choose to increase the interior humidity. Mold damage can trace to this practice, which takes an honest effort to make the air more comfortable and turns it into an incubator for microbial growth. We are well aware of the connection between higher humidities and mold growth and have the best practices to remove the mold and help you prevent it from recurring.

Some strains of mold spores gain enough moisture for growth when ambient humidity tops 60 percent. This can happen in a home where the HVAC system has a built-in humidification feature or where the homeowner adds free-standing humidifiers. The dry heated air of an Idaho winter contributes to dry skin, nosebleeds, and damage to furnishings. Adding moisture helps eliminate static electricity and makes it easier to breathe. SERVPRO finds that a careful balance is critical. Excessive water vapor in the air can diminish air quality and damage structures by encouraging mold growth.

One common scenario is where a parent runs a vaporizer in a young child’s room to help with upper respiratory infections during the cold months. Adding too much moisture to the air invites mold spore to absorb the water, find a likely surface made of or coated with organic matter, and begin to form a colony.

The protocol of mold remediation is the same as with other causes. SERVPRO employees contain and remove the mold, and then sanitize the area. We then address the humidity levels, using precise moisture meters to help you reduce interior levels to a range of 30 to 50 percent. If an HVAC system is involved, we inspect and clean it if necessary, especially if we find moisture or mold colonies inside.

SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell is ready to help with the remediation of mold damage in your home. Call (208) 466-5000 to schedule an assessment, and then rest assured when our crews arrive to take care of the rest.

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Disinfecting Household Items After Flood Damage in Caldwell

1/20/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO uses professional products to sanitize your home and keep it safe for you and your family after flood damage.

Effective Flood Damage Restoration Services

Many people in Caldwell live in areas that are at risk of flooding. Storms, in particular, are notorious for causing heavy rains that go on for days, ultimately leading to water leakages into the house. Some of this water streams down the walls and finds its way onto the carpet, cabinets, drapery and other items. In extreme cases, the flood can overwhelm the house completely, soaking up whole pieces of furniture and house appliances.

SERVPRO is one of the most effective flood damage restoration services in Caldwell for a good reason. We remove excess water and dry water-damaged items and surfaces quickly and efficiently, restoring them to their original state in no time. Our professionals are on call 24 hours a day, every day of the week. As soon as you contact us, we dispatch a team of highly trained, IICRC-certified technicians immediately to deal with the emergency.

The type of water damage involved dictates the next steps we take. The three main types of flood damage are clean, gray, and black, depending on the quality of water. In any case, we may have to move and block the large items as needed.

When the site is unsanitary, SERVPRO flood damage technicians use professional products to create a safer working environment. These include disinfectants and antimicrobial solutions. The former are antimicrobials that kill about 99 percent of all organisms they meet on surfaces, while an antimicrobial agent refers to any chemical that has the ability to stop microorganisms from developing.

Apart from applying professional products, the mitigation process also involves removing water by drying the materials and getting rid of contaminated items. When dealing with sewage-contaminated environments, SERVPRO flood damage experts apply biocides two times. The first treatment occurs before work begins to protect the workers during the cleanup process. It serves to decontaminate the materials and surfaces, but it is not completely effective at disinfecting the environment. The second treatment, which is applied after cleaning, helps to minimize exposure that may present health effects. 

The moment your home experiences flood damage, your family becomes vulnerable to numerous microorganisms which can cause health effects. Every second counts, but you can bet on SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell to reverse the flood damage in no time, “Like it never even happened.” Call us anytime at (208) 466-5000.

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Preparing Your Caldwell Home For Reconstruction Following Fire Damages

1/8/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Can Cleanup a Fire Damaged Home in Caldwell in Preparation for a Rebuilding

SERVPRO Professionally Prepares Your Caldwell Home for Rebuilding After a Fire

While you might consider it to be nearly exclusive to the holiday season, people overload their electrical sockets all the time. When the demand significantly exceeds the supply of electrical power in an outlet of your Caldwell home, this can sometimes spark a fire. These events are often traumatic and make it difficult for you to thoroughly think through what has to happen to restore your home from the damages it received.
 
There is a range of what is deemed fire damage to your Caldwell home after an incident like this. While it is evident that any structural damages take priority to some of the aesthetic and irritating symptoms of your recent blaze, it should be the primary concern of the professional restoration team you choose to be thorough and restore your home entirely. That is what makes our SERVPRO team an excellent choice to make.
 
From the moment that our technicians arrive on the scene, our priority is assessing the damages and ensuring that no current condition gets worse when work begins on your home. To substantially reduce the risk of further damages from the elements outside, our SERVPRO professionals board up or tarp over any holes in your walls or roof, and close off any broken windows as well. The process prevents any prevailing issues from getting worse from disagreeable weather or conditions outside and aids in the restoration procedures as a whole.
 
If reconstruction is a requirement beyond the replacement of drywall in the affected area, our team of restoration specialists works to prepare the area for a contractor to get started right away. The preparation involves controlled demolition of the damaged areas of your home and clearing out damaged structural components that require replacement. The process ensures that a contractor hired out in conjunction with your insurance or personal preference can begin their work immediately.
 
Ultimately, our restoration process involves a significant number of processes to make it “Like it never even happened.” If you are dealing with fire damages to your home, call a restoration company that goes the extra mile and call SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell anytime at (208) 466-5000.

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Are Move-outs Essential After Water Damage to Your Caldwell Property?

1/3/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Offers "Pack-Out" Options to Mitigate Water Damage in Caldwell

SERVPRO Assists to Mitigate Damage to Your Home After Water Intrusion

Move-outs are challenging projects for a homeowner after water damage. It is a complicated process that involves many steps. However, if the damage is too extensive, a vacating of the premises is the best option.

Thankfully, here at SERVPRO, we have a team of technicians that can help you prepare for move-outs after water damage to your Caldwell property. The most important things that our technicians consider during move-outs is your satisfaction. However, what does a move-out involve? Let us find out.

What is a move-out?
A move-out involves transporting the contents of your water-damaged home to a remote location. Our facility offers an excellent "pack-out" and clean up service for our customers. Moving the content to such a remote location can significantly speed up the process of restoration. SERVPRO technicians are experienced to handle move-outs like the pros that they are. We make sure that your stuff is handled with care and there is no secondary damage to your belongings during the process.

When are move-outs essential?  
Many reasons warrant move-outs. Some of the reasons are as follows.
1. If the water damage is due to structural damage to your property, move-outs can help fasten the remodeling process. In many cases, remodeling is the critical step that prevents the family from occupying their home, and if they are initiated quickly, they can come back sooner.

2. The other reason for a move-out is to protect the belongings from secondary damage. SERVPRO technicians help you to decide the pack-outs based on the extent of the damage and also the value of your belongings. For instance, if you have expensive paintings or antique furniture, this is a good option. We can also partner with outside contractors for the specific restoration of artwork and the rebuilding of parts of your property when necessary.

3. If the flooding is extensive, the SERVPRO technicians work rapidly to extract the damaging water. The high residual moisture can cause secondary mold damage to the property if not efficiently dried. Having the family move-out can help out technicians dry the property better and prevent secondary damages.

We are here to help you get any water damage under control. Call SERVPRO at Nampa/ Caldwell today at (208) 466-5000 to discuss your situation.

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Commercial Water Damage Can Turn a Caldwell Family Restaurant into an Eyesore

12/14/2017 (Permalink)

A clean environment is key to the success of your business, rely on SERVPRO to restore your restaurant "Like it never even happened."

Rely on SERVPRO to Restore Your Business After Water Damage

You know how important it is to the success of your restaurant in Caldwell to create an atmosphere that sends the message that your restaurant serves quality food by a hardworking waitstaff in a clean and wholesome setting. All three elements require your constant attention.

A deficit in any of these attributes can harm your Caldwell restaurant, but commercial water damage affecting the interior of your establishment poses unique issues and concerns. You can quickly change menu items or work around problems affecting waitstaff, but when your building starts showing issues caused by water and moisture, patrons notice quickly.

Because water damage takes many different forms, each business can expect to suffer unique circumstances, particular to their building's construction and the source of the water creating the damaging effects. Water that came in during a flood differs significantly from water from a leaky roof. Kitchen appliances, in addition to sinks and drains, can also permit water to enter areas that should stay dry.

Regardless of the type of water damage that your restaurant contains, SERVPRO's technicians can help. From stripping paint and cleaning grungy spots to repainting walls and trim, we restore water damaged areas more easily than some other places. Water can bring about substantial problems to wood of all types and grades, finished or unfinished. When stagnant water accumulates long enough, even treated lumber can become affected and deteriorate.

Removing wood and other damaged materials prepares your restaurant for repairs and any needed reconstruction. However, mitigation of water damage before it reaches this point saves significant time and money, so its importance makes it a priority. It is impossible to determine precisely how water might damage any building in the future, making preventative measures crucial. Damages might remain slight, or become extreme.

When water damage affects the environment in a restaurant, you can expect the dining experience of your patrons to suffer. Water often creates a humid environment, along with a musty, distinct odor. Both can affect diners' experiences without any visible signs of water damage.

Our goal is to restore each business with water or other kinds of damage, so it is “Like it never even happened.” SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell can be reached at (208) 466-5000 24 hours every day of the year. Our round-the-clock service ensures a timely response by caring professional and IICRC-certified technicians who can provide the services your restaurant requires.

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Cleaning & Restoration Services Available Throughout The Caldwell Area

11/20/2017 (Permalink)

Keep Pooling Water and Elephants Out of Your Caldwell Home--Call SERVPRO

Water Damage Mitigations by SERVPRO Save Possessions and Money

It only takes a small amount of water entering your Caldwell area home to cause significant damage. The materials used to regulate your indoor temperature, framing materials, and even the quality of air entering your home can be affected by water exposure.

Without the proper ventilation, many of the appliances in your Caldwell home can produce water damage that allows corrosion, rot or even mold to develop. Since many of these conditions occur out of sight, it takes specialized training and equipment to locate and repair them properly.

IICRC-industry certified technicians available at SERVPRO have access to water extractors of all shapes and sizes that make removing excess water faster. We also use infrared moisture detectors to locate hidden pockets of water and hygrometers to help determine water levels of particular items or locations.  
SERVPRO technicians understand how water migrates through your home, finding the path of least resistance, driven by gravity to reach the lowest level of your home, doing significant damage to various materials along the way. Using years of experience and training, our technicians can inspect each area for damage, remove excess water, and dry, repair, or replace any damaged materials.

Calling SERVPRO also gives you access to advanced cleaning and deodorization methods, proven to return your property to a quality pre-damage condition. We have a variety of services designed to give each item found in your home the attention needed to make them like new again. Depending on your circumstances, clothing, toys, books, pictures, and relevant documents may all remain salvageable.  

We can also help save many electronic devices such as personal computers, tablets, laptops, printers, gaming systems, lamps, and appliances affected by water exposure through mitigation. We can partner with tradesmen to restore circuit boards and related electronics. It has never been easier to obtain the assistance you need to recover after a flood or significant water event in your home.  

Contact SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell for access to quality cleanup and restoration services available 24/7 for your convenience. Get the help you deserve, today. (208) 466-5000

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What Flood Damage Does to Caldwell Homes

11/13/2017 (Permalink)

A few inches of flooding can reach many parts of your home and feel like your entire house is floating away. Contact SERVPRO for a quick response.

SERVPRO Technicians Arrive Ready to Dry Out Your Flooded Home

Anyone living in Idaho knows that the state has a long history of flood damage. It only takes the Boise river to rise, and suddenly there is water in the streets and homes. Residents of the area know that the most sensible thing is to prepare their homes for floods before anything happens. However, even with the best preparation, sometimes water cannot be prevented from damaging Caldwell homes.
 
It seems somber to talk about what flood damage does to Caldwell homes, but sometimes understanding the risks makes it easier to prepare for them and decide on the best course of action. Flooding often seems to start slowly – you see there is much rain or the roads look very wet. Then before you know it water is seeping into your door and perhaps rising as high as your window.
 
SERVPRO recommends that in the event of flooding, you keep an eye on news outlets as much as you can so you can stay up to date on the latest developments and any official advice on what to do. It is also a good idea to move hard to replace valuables, including necessary paperwork, to the highest point of the house.
 
What many people do not realize is that they may be safer on the roof than inside their home. It is not easy to escape from a flooded attic or upper bedroom. If you are on the roof, rescue teams can see you.
 
It only takes a few inches of water to damage your home. Water seeps into wood and fabric, damaging the structure of your house and warping wooden door and window frames. Upholstered furniture, mattresses, drapes and carpets or rugs quickly wick up water and become water-logged. There is also a risk of mold growth in wet items. Electronic items do not usually fare well in floods.
 
Seeing the aftermath of a flood is upsetting. When the immediate crisis passes, put in a call to SERVPRO as soon as you can – We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. Our IICRC-certified teams arrive ready to extract water from your home and dry water-logged furniture, carpets and structural elements to help make your home livable once more.
 
For help with flood cleanup in Nampa, Caldwell and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell at (208) 466-5000 today.

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Cleaning Smoke Odor from Carpeting After Fire Damage in Your Caldwell Home

11/2/2017 (Permalink)

Soot and Odors Removed and Deodorized by SERVPRO to a Caldwell Carpet After a Fire

Fire & Smoke Cleanup and Deodorization Services By SERVPRO Makes Your Home Yours Again

When there has been a major fire in your home, there is much damage that needs to be taken care of before more occurs. Other than the apparent fire damage, you have water from fire-fighting efforts, and soot and smoke odors. Such an enormous task is no match for the typical homeowner in Caldwell, as it takes the right equipment and training to perform the job correctly.
 
Fire damage in your Caldwell home can require a lot of cleanup and repair. Perhaps the most challenging factor is to get rid of the smoke smell from items such as carpeting, which is why you should contact us at SERVPRO for help. We know what techniques to use to get the odor out to leave your home clean and fresh again.
 
Deodorization which is effect requires a combination of several techniques. The same product or process does not solve all odor problems. Some odors need direct spraying, some fogging, other activated oxygen chemical reactions. Our techs use a variety of equipment, depending on the odor situation.
 
Powered or hand-pump sprayers dispense chemicals at around 50 psi. SERVPRO staff uses them to spray applications directly onto the surface such as your carpeting. An ozone machine eliminates a variety of odors caused by fire damage. It generates ozone, an unstable gas of oxygen molecules. It chemically reacts with the molecules which are odor-causing to oxidize residues and get rid of odors. Once the process of deodorization is complete, ozone reverts quickly to the normal oxygen molecule, leaving behind no residues. However, this device has its limitations due to the potentially lethal effects of ozone. The structure must be empty of people, pets, and plants. Airborne particulates are neutralized when this technique is used.
 
With injection devices, a needle and syringe, or pump and injection needle, are used to inject reasonably small amounts of deodorant into confined spots on upholstery or carpeting. It is a useful method in situations where we cannot easily lift your carpeting to get to the padding or backing material.
 
SERVPRO of Nampa/Caldwell are the ones to trust after a fire in your home. Residents in Nampa, Caldwell, or surrounding areas can reach us any time of day or night at (208) 466-5000.

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Where Unclean Water Damage Can Come From

10/20/2017 (Permalink)

Storm flooding is one of many ways gray or black water can enter your home.

Three Ways Gray or Black Water Can Enter Your Home

Water damage can be categorized by several determiners, one of the most important being water quality. Water can be defined as clean, gray, or black, with each category respectively being more unclean than the last. Gray and black water damage in Caldwell can come from several sources, most of them being particularly severe compared to clean water sources. Here are a few ways gray or black water can find its way into your home.

Storm Flooding

Storms cause some of the worst water damage in Caldwell and surrounding areas, as the elements have few hampers on their power and come from outside the home. Thus, when water comes into the building, it often carries with it debris and contaminants picked up from elsewhere. Floods and other forms of storm damage can cause highly visible staining and coat your floors in mud and debris. Most storm floodwaters are thus classified as black due to their high rates of contamination.

Sewage and Unclean Water

Most homes have at least one avenue for unclean water running through them, the most common being septic and sewage systems. These can rupture or overflow and create hazardous conditions in the home. Other water sources, such as non-potable water containers and storm gutters, can also produce gray water damage. Floods and damage of this type can become dangerous biohazards, so exercise caution around them until SERVPRO technicians arrive.

Clean Water and Time

In some cases, clean water flooding can become gray and black water over time. Standing water can foster the growth of mold and bacterial colonies, algae, and some types of insects, all of which can potentially cause health effects without careful precautionary measures. To avoid clean water damage worsening into a more severe state, be sure to contact SERVPRO quickly for faster water removal.

SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell has the tools and training to handle all varieties of water damage and can ensure that your home returns to its original state with as little risk, energy, and cost as possible. Call us at (208) 466-5000.  

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Finding Hidden Mold Damage in Your Caldwell Residence

10/16/2017 (Permalink)

Don't Let Mold Make a Rotten Tomato of Your Caldwell Home--Call SERVPRO

SERVPRO Remediates Mold from Walls and Even Plants

Gardening sometimes requires caring for plants even during the colder months. During the winter, taking care of the cuttings and small seedlings that you want to prepare for next spring requires some dedicated space. If this space safeguard inside your Caldwell home, you should always ensure it stays protected from any water that might escape from your potted plants and other specimens.
 
Caldwell gardeners can help protect their homes from mold damage just like they protect their plants from extreme fluctuations in the environment. Dry spells warrant extra watering while insects voraciously feeding on tender young plants brings out different remedies to thwart them and drive them away. Mold and other microbes grow wherever they find themselves, being much less picky than fruits and vegetables.
 
Like you, we use education and the latest information to perform the tasks we face. While yours may involve boosting growth, ours is quite the opposite. We strive to ensure that mold quits growing inside your home wherever it is, including around your plants. The spray we use to destroy microbial growth is safe enough for use around children, pets, and your plants. Concrobium (one such product we utilize) crushes mold and spores as it dries, rendering it inert.
 
It is always recommended to clean damaged mold areas before they can spread to other parts of your home. Allowing this microbe to have free rein in your home is only asking for a major disaster to develop. In locations where damage becomes more pronounced, we clear the damaged materials away, ensuring the proper transport out of your home and quick disposal of them.
 
Because spores spread through the air so easily, we implement HEPA filtered devices that scrub the air clean. Removing spores and living microbes significantly reduces their ability to start new colonies elsewhere in your home. Because your indoor gardening may have allowed moisture to accumulate inside the materials in your home, a dehumidification system might also prove useful during our work, and long afterward, as well. Restoring proper humidity levels can keep microbes from becoming active again.
 
SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell's technicians can help you restore your home's beauty and healthy state after a problem with mold damage. Contact us by calling (208) 466-5000, at any hour, 365 days a year.

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Top 4 Fire Damage Risks For Caldwell Offices

10/13/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO has the equipment and the expertise to restore your fire damage "Like it never even happened."

Check out The Four Fire Damage Risks That Can Happen in Your Caldwell 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. All Caldwell business owners know is better to avoid a fire if at all possible.

SERVPRO is on hand to help with fire cleanup – and we are also passionate about fire damage education and prevention in the Caldwell area. Here are the top 5 fire damage risks for local business.

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 blaze.

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

2. Electrical Equipment

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

3. Lack Of Training

Your employees need to know how to avoid fire damage risks, for example 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 a fire blaze and share the information with your team.

4. Combustible Materials

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

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

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Flood Damage Linked to Heavy Precipitation in Caldwell

9/30/2017 (Permalink)

Contact SERVPRO for remediation services whether the flooding is a result of external or internal factors. You'll be happy with the services.

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, or the snowpack is significant. 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 bring significant flood damage to your Caldwell home. Rains deliver a faster consequence, but snowmelt cannot be diverted. 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 waters 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 then remove the water inside with pumps or extractors. As power is often knocked out by the weather, 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.
 
Flood waters 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, and 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 crews train in effective 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 flood waters damage your home and possessions. Call us at (208) 466-5000 as soon as you are able. We dispatch an experienced team within hours.

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Soot, Smoke and Fire Damage Restoration Services in Caldwell Properties

9/3/2017 (Permalink)

Smoke Alarms and Rapid Cleanup Mitigate Losses to Life and Property in Caldwell--Says SERVPRO

Correct Removal of Fire and Soot Related Stains Is a SERVPRO Area of Expertise

Fire is an essential part of the lives of Caldwell residents. It is necessary for cooking, heating, and even burning certain substances. However, when it goes out of control, the results can be very destructive to your property. Soot and smoke particles from the fire can land and stick to different surfaces in the structure. Restoration involves getting rid of these residues. The process requires a professional who understands the behavior of smoke during a fire and knows where to locate the heaviest deposits when inspecting the damage.
 
If your home sustains soot and smoke damage, you can rely on SERVPRO to restore your property. Our technicians are highly trained and experienced and can respond quickly to your fire damage emergency in Caldwell. As usual, we are dedicated to bringing back your contents to preloss conditions, "Like it never even happened."
 
Soot residues come in different forms - some are easier to clean while others tend to be stubborn. SERVPRO fire damage technicians are trained to deal with various types of soot, namely protein smoke residues, wet smoke residues, fuel oil smoke residues, and dry smoke residues. Factors that determine whether the smoke residue is wet or dry include, the type of substance or material burning, the level of oxygen present, and the rate of combustion.
 
These types of combustion byproducts require different cleaning methods. For dry smoke, we use mild cleaning procedures because it does not cause embedded stains and has relatively less pungent odors. Natural materials often produce dry smoke when they sustain fire damage. Getting rid of wet smoke residues is more difficult because it is packed with aerosols such as solvents, varnishes, and other components. You can expect wet smoke if any synthetic materials are burning in the structure.
 
Ignoring smoke damage can lead to permanent consequences. Furniture, carpeting, and personal items with severe soot and fire damage could become irreparable. The soot can irreversibly discolor porous materials within minutes. After a few hours, it can rust or corrode metallic furniture and even damage your flooring. In the end, this can cause greater cleanup and replacement costs. Odors resulting from fires, how to eliminate them, and restore good indoor air quality can be covered in a future article.
 
SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell is on call 24/7, every day of the year to offer fire damage restoration services in your Caldwell community. For assistance with soot and smoke damage due to a fire accident in Caldwell and Nampa, call us at (208) 466-5000.

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Flood Damage from Stormy Weather in Caldwell Brings More than Water

8/22/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage and Flooding Effects in Caldwell Get Help from SERVPRO

Contaminants From Tainted Flood Waters Needs SERVPRO for Extraction and Cleanup

A storm is one thing that can scare many young children, but if rising water becomes a part of the situation, many adults often find themselves worried and fearful. This fear runs from the dangers of drowning to damage to their homes in Caldwell and other property, including their vehicles. When there is enough time to escape serious flooding, authorities often evacuate in areas expected to see the worst. Other times, there is little warning, or flooding ends up much worse than anticipated, stranding people in their homes.
 
When the Boise River crests and overflows its banks, Caldwell is one of the areas hardest hit with subsequent flood damage. However, the problems brought on by flooding do not solely pertain to the water alone. The contamination levels in the River have been the reason for recent lawsuits and the focus of environmental groups.
 
Many people feel great relief when flood waters recede, but discovering the amount of harmful deposits and sediments remaining reveals the awful state their home is in now. Saturation of walls and waterlogged floors is one problem, but unsanitary conditions, including those that can pose life-threatening risks to occupants, is an entirely different one. Post-flood situations can render homeowners completely unprepared and at a loss of what to do first and how to protect themselves and their children. One concern is if restoration of their home's safety at a microbial level is possible.
 
The technicians at SERVPRO can restore homes damaged by flooding, at every level, from the support system that forms your home's framework to the tiny nooks and crannies where dangerous microbes and other pathogens settle and hide. We have the tools to measure microbial populations, saving you from the worry that these unwanted health risks might linger in your residence. SERVPRO removes more than water after a flood. Removal of pathogens, sediment, fish and other life from the river, and larger debris is conducted so that your home is once again “Like it never even happened.”
 
As we are working on your home, we measure the level of moisture to ensure that restorative work goes hand in hand with the many other required aspects of reclaiming your home. Disease-causing pathogens are not the only risk, as mold and mildew can also find a post-flood home the ideal breeding ground. Preventing future damage is an important part of our work in protecting local homeowners' investments.
 
Always ready to help you, SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell can be reached at (208) 466-5000, whenever you need us, day or night, every day of the year. There is no job too large, or too small, for SERVPRO to successfully handle.

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Professional Water Removal For Nampa Care Center

8/10/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Removes Water from Facilities in Nampa with No Disruptions

Trust SERVPRO for Minimal Disruptions to Water Damaging Events

Plumbing fails without regard to the essential uses of a building in Nampa. When vulnerable individuals live in a building that suffers flooding from a broken pipe, speedy removal of the water is of the utmost importance. SERVPRO has exceptionally qualified workers who are fully trained to use our up to date equipment to remove water fast before the residents come to any harm.
 
A broken water main in the dining hall necessitates emergency water removal in the Nampa memory care home you manage. The patients depend on a calm and structured environment for optimal health and well being. You need a water removal and restoration service that combines compassion with efficiency to minimize disruption to the routine. We offer both swift action and careful attention to the details that keep your residents safe and soothed while we work.
 
SERVPRO crews often respond to water removal emergencies, so just a quick assessment of the situation and layout is needed before the process begins. Our truck-mounted submersible pumps move the water out of the affected areas. Any carpeting is managed. Next, heavy-duty water extractors operated skillfully by our team members, pulling the moisture out without stretching or ripping the carpets. Air movers and dehumidifiers take over the job of removing the rest of the wetness, always following the drying goals established when we took readings of the air humidity and the moisture levels in floors and walls.
 
The tile floors of the memory unit respond well to the removal techniques. SERVPRO workers look for any hidden areas of water retention because mold can grow out within 24 to 48 hours of the plumbing fail event. Because of the various health conditions of the memory care center’s residents, it is crucial that microbial activity is avoided. Our team applies professionally developed antimicrobial agents to the surfaces saturated with water to make certain that mold spores do not find an easy pathway to growth. The relatively clean water comprising the floor and our fast response make mold growth unlikely.
 
SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell is a committed member of our community, and we are ready to help 24 hours a day. A call to our staff at (208) 466-5000 sends a fully equipped emergency team to your care facility as soon as possible to remove water and restore the premises.

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Leave Mold Remediation To The Experts In Caldwell

7/23/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Remediates Many Mold Species in Your Caldwell Home

Caldwell Homes Benefit from the Mold Cleanup Offered by SERVPRO

It is tempting to research a bit and then try to remove household mold colonies without professional help. There may be some embarrassment involved or a misunderstanding of what kinds of procedures and agents successfully rid a home of mold. Save yourself the frustration and be confident that the microbial infestation in your house is abated properly with a call to your local SERVPRO.
 
Mold damage to your Caldwell home is not a reflection upon housekeeping practices or general cleanliness. Mold spores are always in the air, indoors and out, awaiting the perfect conditions to activate and grow. Our mold remediation specialists have advanced training in the life cycles of the more than 100,000 strains of fungi waiting to feed and grow in your home. Understanding mold is the key to resolving a mold proliferation.
 
When you smell an earthy, musty odor or see streaking and staining of surfaces, ask SERVPRO to investigate. Mold spores need water and a source of organic matter to transform from specks floating in the air to rapidly expanding colonies. Mold comes in a rainbow of colors and textures from fuzzy to leathery. It slowly destroys building structures and personal belongings if not remediated by our trained technicians. Susceptible individuals with allergies or other sensitivities report health issues when a mold is on the upswing, but only a health care practitioner appropriately advises in those cases.
 
SERVPRO crews receive certification in remediation techniques developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA,) and use these efficient protocols to almost rid your home of current infestations and avoid future problems. However, total extermination and elimination of these fungi are not possible. The first task is to contain the mold. We use physical barriers like plastic sheeting when the mold outbreak is small. Negative air pressure machines arrive with us when larger colonies present. They filter the air and vent residues outside of living areas, ensuring that spores and other particulates do not circulate in your home’s atmosphere.
 
Next, the moldy material, including any porous surface infiltrated, is removed and bagged for proper disposal. Our staff wears personal protective equipment (PPE) throughout for safety during each step. We apply professional-grade antimicrobials to the affected area and vacuum up debris using equipment with HEPA filtration systems. The crew replaces any building material removed with the mold, and paints, stains or otherwise finish the area to look “Like it never even happened.”
 
No remediation is complete until we find and arrange for the repair of the water source causing the mold to grow in the first place. Plumbing or roof leaks are common reasons, but even high humidity encourages mold growth.
 
SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell is your answer when the question is who offers quality mold remediation. Call (208) 466-5000 to schedule an inspection.

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Fire Damage In Nampa Is Restored With Professional Help

7/23/2017 (Permalink)

Nampa Fire Damage Cleanup and Restoration is a SERVPRO Forte

SERVPRO Provides Cleanup for Fire-Damaging Events to Your Nampa Property

Many homeowners go years managing their own housekeeping tasks, rarely if ever call anyone in to help. A catastrophic event like a house fire understandably changes that feeling of confidence and competence to doubt and inadequacy. SERVPRO focuses on providing high-quality fire damage restoration services, meeting the needs of our community.
 
You threw a load of clean laundry into the dryer and then ran a few errands, coming back to find the fire department cleaning up after extinguishing a blaze in your utility room. Lint-clogged venting was the culprit, and now you need to respond to fire damage to your Nampa home. You are overwhelmed by the smoky, sooty laundry area, as well as the issues caused by water used to put out the fire. We have water, soot, and smoke damage restoration experts available to assist within hours of your emergency call.
 
A SERVPRO project manager arrives quickly, and with agreement from you and your insurance adjuster, puts together the restoration plan that guides the crew assigned to the steps needed to cleanup and then restore your home to pre-fire loss condition. Water removal is part of almost every fire restoration job, and our crews receive ongoing training and certification in dealing with water damage as well as other task related to home fires. Once any residual water is extracted, and the area is dried with air movers and dehumidifiers, our attention turns to cleaning up the fire residue. If feasible, we can immediately set up hydroxyl generators to begin the elimination of noxious odors.
 
SERVPRO team members are familiar with current fire restoration industry standards and follow the guidelines of the IICRC. and the use of products and equipment that meet or exceed the standards. We evaluate the structure and contents throughout your entire home soiled with residue and select appropriate and effective tools and cleaners to remove the soot and debris. Charred areas may be sanded down and refinished or replaced, if necessary. Restoration is our mission, to save time and money, and to reduce the disruption to your household. After the visible effects of the fire disappear we resolve any odor issues with strategies ranging from thorough cleaning through spray neutralizers to thermal fogging, in extreme cases.
 
If you are one of the more than 15,000 homeowners with a lint fire this year, SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell stands ready to help. We can even clean the lint-filled vent and your home HVAC system and duct work. Call our offices at (208) 466-5000 to schedule an inspection and restoration planning session.

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Emergency Water Damage in Downtown Caldwell Historic District

10/6/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Nampa Caldwell on the Scene of a Commercial Water Damage in the Downtown Caldwell Historic Preservation District

SERVPRO of Nampa Caldwell was called to the scene of a commercial emergency water damage restoration in Downtown Caldwell. The loss occurred near the Farmer’s Market, in the Caldwell Historic Preservation District. A broken pipe flooded all nine rooms in the basement of a historic office building, occupied by several local businesses. The City of Caldwell called us out to the scene. We arrived within an hour of receiving the call and began extracting immediately to stop the progression water and prevent further water damage. Once the extraction was complete and non-salvageable floor materials were removed, the businesses were able to resume operations partially, for which they were grateful.

Water damage restoration in older buildings can be tricky. The materials from which they were constructed, such as plaster and composite tile flooring, can be difficult to dry and laden with asbestos. It requires knowledge of specialized structural drying techniques. SERVPRO of Nampa Caldwell is certified by the IICRC in Applied Structural Drying. We are trained, equipped and experienced to handle large, complex commercial drying jobs in any structure: new, old, or unique in any way. We will begin the job immediately and work night and day, holidays and weekends, to get your business back up and operating as quickly as possible. An immediate response with the best equipment and training available is critical, and those are the hallmarks of SERVPRO of Nampa Caldwell’s Commercial Division.

Many businesses are not prepared for a property damage emergency, which can result in a serious disruption or interruption of their operations. In fact, almost 50% of businesses fail in the event of a significant fire or water damage emergency, because they have failed to plan. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation, and SERVPRO has developed a simple way to have an Emergency Ready Plan for your business or commercial property in the palm of your hand at that critical moment. We will help you to download our Ready Plan App to your mobile device and enter detailed information about your property, including photographs. By having this information organized and readily available before an event occurs, you can minimize business interruption with an immediate plan of action.

Our Ready Plan App and our services to assist you in gathering and uploading the information are free of charge. So call SERVPRO of Nampa Caldwell to arrange for our Customer Service Representative to come out and meet with you to set up your Emergency Ready Plan today, at 208-466-5000

Reducing the Cost of Your Water Damage Repair in Middleton

10/5/2016 (Permalink)

Our Floor Mat Drying System, Restoring a Hardwood Floor in Middleton

One of the keys to keeping costs down on a water damage repair is to call us immediately.

 

That way we can get started extracting and drying as soon as possible. We will deploy our state of the art equipment and Certified Water Restoration Technicians to save and restore your home and valuables before costlier damage can occur.

If water remains in the materials of your home for an extended period, it will migrate into cracks and crevices and deeper into materials. If the materials remain wet more than 48 hours, it is likely that mold will begin to grow. Mold makes property restoration more difficult and more expensive, and can render some materials unrestorable.

Our professional water restoration equipment is much more powerful and effective than wet-dry vacs or home dehumidifiers. Our extractors draw a much higher vacuum than a wet dry vac is capable of, and our low-grain refrigerant (LGR) dehumidifiers reduce humidity to much lower levels than conventional dehumidifiers.

The photograph at right illustrates our floor mat drying system in action at a residential water damage in Middleton last week. The system can extract moisture and restore even deeply saturated hardwood flooring. While the flooring may still require refinishing, refinishing is less expensive than replacing your hardwood floor by orders of magnitude.

Another key to reducing the cost of a water damage repair is in making sure you find all of the moisture, and then only drying the areas that need to be dried. This requires specially designed moisture probes and thermo-hygrometers. These measurement devices enable the technician to identify what materials are wet, how wet they are, and then use formulas to determine the size and type of equipment that will be required to achieve "drying goals." Drying goals are established by testing the moisture content of materials that are unaffected. This helps reduce cost by giving the technician a known stopping point at which the size and number of equipment items can be reduced or removed entirely.

Time is a critical factor in the repair cost of a water damage emergency. So don't wait to call us if you experience a water leak, flood or sewer backup.  We guarantee we will be on the job within no more than 4 hours of receiving notice of your loss, but our goal is to make it within 1 hour, and we often do.

How Much Will My Property Damage Restoration Job Cost?

9/6/2016 (Permalink)

Questions About the Cost of Your Property Damage Restoration Job in Nampa, Caldwell, Middleton, Homedale or Parma? Call SERVPRO at 208-466-5000

Each property damage restoration situation is unique, and there is no "standard" cost. It is common for there to be concealed damage, or for the job to take longer than initially expected. Each job must be estimated individually, but often the actual total cost cannot be known until the job is complete.  The rates for equipment and labor charges are often negotiated in advance with the insurance companies, much like the charges for medical services. 

The Cost of Water Damage Restoration in and around Nampa

Much of our water damage restoration work consists of drying, cleaning and restoring building materials after we have removed the non-salvageable materials. The equipment used to remove the water and dry out the materials consists primarily of extraction tools and drying equipment such as commercial grade dehumidifiers, low grain refrigerant dehumidifiers, and air movers (ducted fans). Water extraction and cleaning costs are based on the size of the affected area (cost/sq. ft.). Drying equipment is billed on a daily rental basis, and the number and size of equipment items required are based on the size (in cubic feet) of the affected area, and severity, and the number of days it takes to dry. A good rule of thumb for the industry is three days of drying time. It can take longer for deeply saturated materials. Some materials, especially when saturated, are harder to dry than others (such as large structural wood members, concrete or plaster) and may require additional drying time and more expensive equipment, such as heaters or desiccant dehumidifiers. If there is a power outage or insufficient power to run the equipment, power generators may be necessary, and they are also billed at a daily rate.  Water restoration can range from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars for a typical home.  For larger jobs, including commercial restorations that involve entire buildings that are flooded, the cost can be much higher. 

The Cost of Mold Remediation in and around Caldwell

Mold remediation is usually more expensive than water restoration. Normally it requires the construction of a containment barrier, special protective clothing, and air scrubbing equipment. The contents in the affected area must usually be removed and cleaned, and then stored until the remediation is complete and it passes a clearance test.  The typical price ranges from one or two thousand dollars to tens of thousands of dollars.   Mold growth can begin within 48 - 72 hours, So if your building is wet, it's much better to get started on drying it out immediately, before mold growth can begin.  

The Cost of Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration

Fire and Smoke Restoration costs tend to range from a few thousand dollars to tens of thousands of dollars. Normally every square inch of the building and contents that were not destroyed by heat or flames must be thoroughly cleaned and deodorized. The building contents must usually be removed from the building, cleaned and then stored.  Once the restoration is complete, and the building has been approved for occupancy, the contents are returned.  Access can be provided to a customer’s stored contents by request during normal business hours. 

The Cost of Trauma or Crime Scene Cleaning and Restoration

Crime scene or trauma scene restorations, also called biohazard cleanup, typically range from the low thousands up twenty-five or thirty thousand dollars, depending mostly upon the size of the affected area and how long it has  been exposed.

The Cost of Reconstruction

Since reconstruction cost is directly related to how much is affected and how much material was saved and restored, there really isn’t a typical reconstruction cost.  There are some restoration jobs that require no reconstruction at all, and others where the structure is destroyed and must be rebuilt from the ground up.  

If you have more questions about the cost of restoring your damaged home or business, please call SERVPRO of Nampa Caldwell at 208-466-5000, and we will be glad to come out and give you a free estimate.  

Mold is Common in Idaho Resort Areas

8/24/2016 (Permalink)

Mold remediation in progress at a resort condominium in Cascade.

SERVPRO of Nampa Caldwell has extensive experience with mold removal in Canyon County.

Our employees have received many hours of specific mold remediation training, and we are well equipped and staffed for mold remediation and removal.

Understanding Mold

Molds and other fungi are a unique classification of life called eukaryotes, which are neither plant nor animal.  They reproduce by emitting microscopic spores which are similar to the seeds of a plant and can survive dormant for many years.  The slightest bit of air movement can carry the spores great distances, which is why mold can spread quickly.  This propensity for the spores to spread is why they are ever present in both indoor and outdoor environments. All that is necessary for them to take root and grow is for a suitable growth medium to remains wet for 48 to 72 hours.  If this occurs in a dark room, with high humidity and warm temperatures, growth can accelerate significantly.  Food residue, a layer of dust or soil, or cellulosic materials such as insulation, drywall or fabric, can all be suitable growth mediums.  

Since some types of mold can be harmful to human health or cause damage to property,  it is important to keep surfaces and materials in indoor environments clean and dry.  However, mold spores are so pervasive that even the best housekeeping cannot prevent them from growing when indoor environments remain continuously wet for more than a couple of days. 

Mold Problems are Common in Resort Areas

Modern buildings of every kind contain many plumbing fixtures and water based appliances that all offer opportunities for leaks, as well as roof leaks. In resorts, buildings leaks can go undetected until they become a big problem. Mold is common in resort areas, such as McCall and Cascade, ID, where structures are often unoccupied and can remain wet for extended periods.   Attics, basements and crawlspaces are areas of occupied structures that are more frequently affected.  

Mold Remediation Can Be Complicated

Successful remediation of a severe mold infestation is no small task.  It requires specialized equipment and techniques to prevent the mold from spreading and protect the health of the workers and surrounding inhabitants. In most cases of severe mold infestation, the area must be inspected and tested by an environmental hygienist, who then develops a protocol for the remediation. The protocol normailly requires the affected area must first be contained and negative air pressure established within the containment. Powerful air scrubbers with HEPA filtration will be deployed, both inside and outside the containment area. HEPA filters can trap particles from the air down to .3 microns, including mold spores.  Porous materials such as drywall, carpet, and upholstered furniture within the affected area must usually be discarded. Most non-porous surfaces can be cleaned.  Wood structure often requires sanding to remove mold growth to a certain depth in the material. All materials to be discarded must be bagged within the containment area and then properly discarded. When the protocol has been completed the hygienist must return for clearance testing, and it is not uncommon for some aspects of the remediation to fail and need re-cleaning. 

In order to prevent mold in your home or business, call us immediately when you identify wetness in your building. By drying out a wet structure quickly you can avoid mold growth altogether. Water damage restoration is both less expensive and less intrusive to both your life and your home or business than mold restoration.

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