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What Bothers You Most About Mold In Your Nampa Home?

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

mold on tile Mold remediation is tricky. Because it deals with your health. SERVPRO IICRC certified techs are trained and experienced with the job at hand.

Assistance from Mold Removal Companies like SERVPRO Ensures Convenience

Mold can be bothersome whether it develops in your property once or keeps recurring after your efforts to remove it. For most people, mold infestations exhibit several signs. However, some issues stand out and can be disturbing, especially if the mold keeps recurring. 

One of the advantages of hiring mold removal companies in Nampa is the immediate assistance in dealing with the infestation's annoying aspects. Among the issues readily dealt with include:

  • Musty odors
  • Patches on surfaces
  • Darkened grout lines on tiled surfaces
  • Weakened materials or finishes 

After inspecting your property, SERVPRO uses different approaches to tackle the problem, ensuring a positive outcome. For instance, the musty odor that bothers you may be restricted to specific property sections where most of the growth is concentrated. When we seal off the section in preparation for removal, you may notice a reduction of the odor. 

For the visible signs such as patches on surfaces and darkened grout lines, cleaning helps restore them to their preloss state. Our SERVPRO technicians can also take additional steps, such as refinishing the area with mold-resistant paints. 

SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell is one of the seasoned mold removal companies that you can rely on. Call us at (208) 466-5000.

Mold Problems in Nampa?

2/14/2021 (Permalink)

mold growing on the walls of a room Spotted the tell-tale signs of mold? Call SERVPRO to determine the cause and remediate any mold damage.

If You Ever Need Mold Remediation in Nampa, Call SERVPRO.

Nampa, Idaho, is located in the Boise metro area and has nearly 100,000 people. Over the years, the city has grown to attract both more residents and businesses. The location near Boise and in the middle of vast vineyards and wineries has made the city a popular place.

The History of a Town Built on a Railroad

Nampa's history goes back to the 1880s when a Union Pacific subsidiary started building railroad tracks to the west. In 1883, the Oregon Short Line Railway subsidiary endeavored to construct rails from Granger, Wyoming to Huntington, Oregon. The railways would now give travelers from the east a much safer way to get out to the country's far western part.

Once the tracks were in place, different towns started popping up about every 10 to 15 miles on the railway. Nampa was one of these several towns that served as railroad stops. To this day, nobody can be sure how the city got its name, but it was well-known that many of the towns along the Oregon Short Line were given peculiar names. 

Some historians think that the name may have come from the Native American word "namb," which means "moccasins" or "footprints." The native people of the region were known to fill their moccasins with sagebrush during the cold winters, making their footprints larger than usual. 

In 1885, Alexander and Hannah Duffes homesteaded on a 160-acre plot of land east of Caldwell to turn the land into a town. In 1886, Duffes, with help from his friend James McGee formed the Nampa Land and Improvement Company and divided the land into multiple lots. Since Duffes was a very religious man, he originally wanted a town that had no saloons. In the early days, Duffes refused to sell lots to anyone who wished to build a tavern on the property. In 1888, a local newspaper cited that the town had 28 businesses, including three saloons.

Things to do in Nampa

  • Visit the town's breweries: Nampa is now the home to breweries, including the Crescent Brewery, Messenger Pizza and Brewery, Mother Earth Brew Co., and the Prefunk Beer Bar.
  • Check out the region's natural attractions: Nampa is the home to the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge, and several recreational opportunities exist at the Bogus Basin, Lake Lowell, and the Boise River.
  • Tour Idaho's wine country: The region consists of several vineyards and over a dozen wineries, including the Annadelle Winery, Bitner Vineyards, and the Fujishin Family Cellars.

SERVPRO Can Help with Any Mold-Related Issues

Once mold forms inside a building, it can then spread to anywhere else in the house with elevated moisture levels. Our SERVPRO technicians can utilize the following to remediate problems created by fungi:

  • Fast service 24 hours a day and seven days a week: To keep mold from spreading previously unaffected areas of a building, we can promptly arrive at your property after you notice an issue.
  • Industrially advanced technology: For example, we can use infrared cameras to detect where moisture could be entering your home to fix the mold source. 
  • Training and experience: Our team has a vast amount of experience dealing with fungi, and our technicians are certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) program.

Anytime you notice mold, call SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell at (208) 466-5000.

Caldwell Residents Turn Toward the Holiday Season Events From November Through December.

11/17/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO van in driveway Get hands on with DIY gifts this holiday season, while SERVPRO takes care of your homes mold troubles.

This Year the Adult Take & Make Initiative for Caldwell Residents at the local Library

The Take and Make Initiative is a DIY course of hand-made items with a seasonal theme for residents to make their unique gifts this Christmas. Taking place a short distance from Caldwell at the Nampa Library on 12th Avenue, residents can collect supplies to create their arts and crafts. Suitable for adults and children, you can gather ideas from the Creative Bug website and begin working right away. Finished projects can be uploaded for public review with November's creative theme focusing on napkin folding and Pumpkins or Tomatoes' crocheting. Prize draws are available, with winners being selected on the 25th of November.

  • Take and Make is a creative arts course designed to encourage local Caldwell residents to take up new hobbies and skills
  • The scheme works in combination with the Nampa public library and Creative Bug arts & craft website.
  • Monthly winners prize draws take place on the 1st and 25th of each month. 

Musty odors in your home could be a sign of a mold growth problem. Contact SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell at (208) 466-5000 for applied microbial remediation technicians (AMRT.)

How Does SERVPRO Mitigate Contaminated Surfaces After a Flood in Nampa?

10/31/2020 (Permalink)

flood damaged home Contact SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell at (208) 466-5000 for expert flood damage service.

Our Technicians Use a Variety of Proprietary Cleaning Agents to Restore Nampa Homes

No matter where you live, it can flood. Severe weather, torrential rainfall, and even melting snow can cause flooding. When floodwaters rage through Nampa, they invade homes, leaving disaster in its path. Water extraction and cleanup are a primary concern.

How are Homes Affected by Floodwater?
During natural disasters, 90% of the damage is caused by flooding. Floodwater is Category III, meaning it is highly contaminated. Sewage, bacteria, debris, and medical waste can all be found in the water pouring into your home due to flooding. Standing water is not only a biohazard, but the moisture alone can damage structural elements and the contents of the residence. Flood damage in Nampa homes needs professional mitigation.

Decontaminating the Premises
Water extraction and sanitation are dealt with before structural drying begins. Preventing the spread of microbes is an immediate concern. Our EPA-registered proprietary cleaning agents remove contaminants and help with foul odors. We employ the following:
    •    Antimicrobials – These products inhibit microbe growth and development, preventing them from spreading.
    •    Biocides –Chemical agents that mitigate living organisms. Viricides and fungicides are in this group and deal with microbial sanitary concerns.
    •    Disinfectant – Common disinfectants include quaternaries, alcohol, chlorines, and phenols. This class of antimicrobials kills up to 99% of germs.
    •    Sanitizers – Cleaning agents that reduce microbial levels to safe levels.
    •    Sporicides – remediate bacterial growth and fungus. Used for mold.

Contaminated surfaces get treated with the appropriate cleaning agent. As cleanup and restoration move forward, items are re-treated as needed. Our technicians are experts in flood damage control. Our goal is to return your home to preloss condition, if possible.

Contact SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell at (208) 466-5000 for expert flood damage service. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

Can Fires Affect the Structure of a Nampa Home?

10/25/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged interior of a house revealing the inner framework Dealing with fire damage is a tedious job. Contact SERVPRO for remediation and mitigation services for your home.

Housefires Can Cause Extreme Harm to your Nampa Home. SERVPRO Fire Damage Restoration Services Can Aid the Recovery.

What is structural damage caused by fire?

When a house fire affects your Nampa home, the first materials to combust are likely to be contents or structural components like cabinets or fittings—usually building assembly guards against fire, preventing the heat from affecting the structural frame of the building. In situations where a fire burns long enough, and at a high enough temperature, it can begin to affect the property's structural integrity. Heat damage can lead to charring of the internal structure, but it is usually better to restore these issues than replace load-bearing materials.

How is wood frame restoration conducted?

  • When frames need replacing, we consult a structural engineer or building inspector before performing the necessary tasks.
  • Scraping smoke residues from the frame before installing new wood is essential to preventing odor.
  • After sandblasting or installing a new frame, it is vital to finish the wood with a lacquer or varnish to protect it from future harm.

When is it necessary to replace a structural framework after a property fire?

We endeavor to perform fire damage restoration in your Nampa home before opting for replacing materials. The cost of sourcing and reinstalling the wooden framework can be high. Our technicians first attempt to return the materials to a preloss condition. First, we inspect the frame and perform a pre-test to judge whether damages are a sign of scorching or charring rather than smoke residue soiling. In most situations, fires affect the visual appearance of structure but not its integrity. If the structure is significantly weakened, we can consider a replacement.

What techniques are used for structural frame restoration?

    Light to moderate residues can often benefit from dry cleaning or wet cleaning using detergents.

    Significant smoke residues may require an abrasive technique using blasting equipment to remove wood layers.

    The sealing damaged frame can help to control odors and is often the preferred method of restoration.

Addressing the structural framework of a fire-damaged home relies on experience and expertise. Contact SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell at (208) 466-5000.

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How Sensitive Are Wood Floors to Water Damages in Nampa?

9/12/2020 (Permalink)

water damage in home Water disasters can quickly get out of control and pool along flooring surfaces.

Standing water and moisture threats can become destructive to exposed wood flooring in your Nampa home, ultimately requiring removal and replacement.

The flooring in your Nampa home can often be one of the worst affected areas after a water disaster. The pooling of water can often occur along these materials, allowing for absorption in sensitive surfaces like wood and carpeting. Low permeance materials for flooring and other construction needs are often expensive, making their use sparse when building modern homes. Exposure to wood flooring can be destructive without immediate attention from water restoration companies like our SERVPRO team. Our fast response in these crises ensures the structural elements receive the attention they require after a water disaster.

When any of the structural elements in your home become impacted by exposure, water damage repair for Nampa properties becomes inevitable. Before we can determine what steps might be necessary to restore or repair damaged wood flooring, we must first understand how severe it has become. We use advanced technologies and devices like thermal imagery, hygrometers, and moisture meters to identify damp pockets and the concentration of water damage beyond the surface. This is vital to determine when the water has moved beyond wood planks and affects subflooring material. Understanding the collected data hinges on a knowledge of the three primary water states when damaging wood flooring or framework.

Free – Surface damages are often the easiest to address and can get removed with conventional extraction and specialty squeegee wands. In this state, water has yet to alter any aspect of the wood.

Trapped – When water begins to absorb into the individual planks that make up flooring, this penetration can become the initial stages of more destructive damage. Trapped moisture can also often get removed with specialty equipment like floor mat drying systems.

Bound – When water molecules bond with the composition of wood, swelling, and other distortion occurs. Often, the initial signs for wood flooring are warping around the seams at the individual plank's edges. Once moisture has become bound to the wood, there are no other options than to remove the damaged materials and replace them.

Do Finishes on Floors Affect Permeance?
Coatings and finishes on wood flooring can often add a layer of protection against moisture penetration and absorption. Finished flooring becomes less permeable to water based on the material used to provide a polished finish. Over a prolonged period, the exposure of water can dull a sheen on plank flooring, requiring cleaning with thymol or citrus-based cleansers to restore its shine. Some of the most common finishes on the hardwood flooring and other wood surfaces include:

    •    Varnish
    •    Oil-Based Finish
    •    Polyurethane
    •    Shellac

What Are Signs Wood Flooring Needs Replacing?
Your flooring can tell you a lot about the damage that it receives from saturation and water exposure. Regardless of the restorative actions required to recover the rest of the property, more extended periods of exposure with the flooring materials often require removal and replacement. The damage to your floors can be more easily identified with understanding the severity of present water and moisture. While discovery devices like moisture meters are vital in the job scoping phase, they can also help to continually monitor the progress of drying and even the deterioration of materials based on longer periods of oversaturation. Physical signs that bound water exists can be:

    •    Swelling
    •    Distortion
    •    Warping

Can Controlled Demolition Save Money?
The practice of only removing the damaged portions of flooring and wall systems can reduce the number of materials that must get replaced. Ultimately, controlled demolition practices can make reconstruction and repair more efficient by preparing the installation site entirely for the build-back with defined moisture drylines.

Is Mold a Threat After Water Damages?
With any water loss situation, the threat of mold and microbial growth should not get ignored. In as little as 48 hours of exposure, sensitive organic matter like drywall, wood flooring, and underlying materials can facilitate colonies. Drying can take several days, especially with hardwoods, making the possibilities of fungal colonization something our SERVPRO team must prepare to face. We have a roster of qualified mold remediation specialists who can respond with our water restoration technicians. In some situations, further demolition might be required even without oversaturation concerns when mold colonies have become a severe threat.

Water disasters can quickly get out of control and pool along flooring surfaces. With semi-porous wood materials, it is not unlikely for these elements to become damaged after a disaster. Give our SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell team a call to help anytime at (208) 466-5000.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in Nampa, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Nampa / Caldwell today at (208) 466-5000 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

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

4/14/2020 (Permalink)

yellow gloved hand wiping a blue wall with a pink rag SERVPRO cleans and disinfects following the guidance of the CDC.

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.

Flood Damage in Nampa

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

flooding causing damage in home Call (208) 466-5000 to get disaster cleanup service any time of the day or night.

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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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)

fire causing damage “Like it never even happened.”

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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How SERVPRO Uses a Drying System to Restore your Nampa Home

11/14/2019 (Permalink)

Water on floor in living room SERVPRO is always ready to dry your water damaged home. Call us today!

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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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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Our Experts Provide Top-Notch Service In Nampa

8/3/2019 (Permalink)

Let SERVPRO demonstrate the proof of our commitment to excellent customer service.

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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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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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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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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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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