Recent Storm Damage Posts

How Do I Get Flood Water Out of My Nampa Home?

7/27/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Nampa Can Safely Remove Flood Damage From Your House!

Flood damage can make many Nampa homeowners feel like they're not in control of their lives. Suddenly finding water rushing into your home from your front door during a storm can make you question, "why me?" However, even when disaster hits, try to remember there is always help nearby.

Here at SERVPRO, we specialize in flood damage extraction in Nampa. Imagine a scenario where a massive storm brought a flash flood to the street where your home is located. In just moments, the living room of your home goes from dry to soaked. Even though it seems impossible, the best thing you can do for your home is to get help immediately.

How Can SERVPRO Even Get to My Home if There Are Floods?

You may find yourself wondering how our technicians expect to arrive at your home when flash floods are occurring. We have our ways to reach your home as soon as we possibly can. Our technicians can:
    •    Use roads that are not flooded to our knowledge to get as close to your home as possible
    •    Travel in pre-packed vans, so we're ready to go as soon as you call
    •    Keep you informed, so you know when we're close to your home and guide you about what to do until we arrive

Floodwaters are not always safe for contact. Keep your distance until our knowledgeable technicians identify the class of the water.

What Can SERVPRO Do to Remove the Water From My Home?

We use advanced technological devices at SERVPRO. When we're removing the water from your home, we can use:
    •    Truck-mounted pumps, designed to remove large volumes of water quickly
    •    Submersible pumps, which can redirect water away from your home
    •    Water/dry vacuums

Our technicians are experts. When it comes to flood damage inside of your home, trust us to remove it quickly so you can return to your life, “Like it never even happened.”

If your home needs flood damage remediation, call us now. Dial (208) 466-5000 to speak with SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell. We are always ready to answer your call.

Where Can I Get Emergency Storm Repair at Short Notice?

6/2/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Operates Twenty-Four-Hours a Day for Residents with Storm Damage in Nampa.

What Classifies as Storm Insurance?

Weather surges include violent winds, rainfall, hail, snow, or flash flooding that impact the Nampa community. Many home insurance policies provide coverage for storm-related harm to a property, although some may exclude particular types of flooding. Restoration frequently focuses on controlling water impact as well as cleanup for properties adversely affected by extreme weather conditions. SERVPRO has out-of-hours technicians who are available for emergency call-outs during violent weather emergencies and can significantly reduce the impact of storms.

Is home repair urgent after a storm surge?

The physical impact of storm damage to your Nampa home can affect the structural integrity of your building. While total collapse is rare, exposing parts of the property to rainwater intrusion and debris can lead to lasting harm and excessive repair expenses. Most insurers delineate between emergency services and secondary damages. Failure to prove appropriate action taken against water intrusion or mitigating secondary issues, like structural exposure, could complicate your claim. Our technicians are ready to perform emergency mitigation tasks at your home within four hours of notification of loss.

What Is Emergency Mitigation in Restoration?

  • Scoping the property for safety hazards
  • Limiting structural exposure by installing temporary tarpaulin to prevent water intrusion
  • Drying out the property
  • Boarding up broken doors or windows

Is emergency mitigation necessary after a storm surge?

Controlling losses is successful when protection is put in place on the first day. In a storm scenario, your property can continue to sustain harm from wind and rainwater without appropriate intervention. The longer a property remains exposed to the elements, the more expensive it becomes to restore. Our crew chiefs work with a restore rather than replace mentality, which relies on emergency mitigation and intelligent planning to ensure that we can salvage as much as possible from your structure and contents.

For an effective response to storm surges, contact SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell at (208) 466-5000.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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