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

11/16/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Muddy Storm Water in Residential Homs Is A Big No No! 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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Flood Damage Cleanup in Your Nampa Home Can Make a Big Difference

9/16/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Cleanup in Your Nampa Home Can Make a Big Difference 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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How Properties of Materials Affect Flood Damage Restoration in Nampa

7/15/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How Properties of Materials Affect Flood Damage Restoration in Nampa 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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We Can Sanitize Flood Damage Homes In Nampa

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage We Can Sanitize Flood Damage Homes In Nampa 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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Natural Springs Could Flood Your Caldwell Home Regularly

5/4/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Natural Springs Could Flood Your Caldwell Home Regularly 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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Remediating Flood Damage In Nampa

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Remediating Flood Damage In Nampa 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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Disinfecting Household Items After Flood Damage in Caldwell

1/20/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Disinfecting Household Items After Flood Damage in Caldwell 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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What Flood Damage Does to Caldwell Homes

11/13/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What Flood Damage Does to Caldwell Homes 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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Flood Damage Linked to Heavy Precipitation in Caldwell

9/30/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Linked to Heavy Precipitation in Caldwell 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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Flood Damage from Stormy Weather in Caldwell Brings More than Water

8/22/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage from Stormy Weather in Caldwell Brings More than Water 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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