Winter Preparedness for Idaho Weather 2018
The 2017-2018 for the Idaho Falls, Idaho region is expected to have above normal precipitation due to La Nina in the ocean by the equator. SERVPRO of Idaho Falls, ID would like to offer a few suggestions in order to prepare your home for the upcoming season.
1. Invest in weather stripping. This is very inexpensive, but will help keep the warm air in and the cold air out.
2. Clean your gutters. Filled gutters will be slower to drain and can cause water/ice build up resulting in ice dams. Ice dams can cause a significant amount of water damage to a structure.
3. Evaluate roof to prevent ice dams.
4. Buy a roof rake.
5. Prune trees around the house.
6. Stock up on supplies in case you need them!
7. Protect pipes from freezing. Broken pipes are the leading cause of water damage through the winter.
For all your restoration needs, please consider SERVPRO of Rexburg/Rigby.
Fire Causes Smoke Damage in Ducting System
Smoke Damage to Ducting
SERVPRO of Idaho Falls employees have been working to restore a local restaurant that had been damaged due to a grease fire in its kitchen.
Getting the smell of smoke out of any structure regardless of the cause can be challenging. It can require extensive demolition to parts of a structure that did not receive any damage from the fire its self. However, in this case there was smoke damage throughout the ducting.
Once smoke permeates certain materials, getting that smell out permanently is impossible. Knowing the difference between what can be cleaned and what cannot be cleaned comes with training and experience and will save the client thousands of dollars. SERVPRO invests a lot of time and money ensure you have the best of both. If you have had smoke damage to your structure, SERVPRO is here to help.
Winterize Your Home Before Colder Temps Arrive
Broken Pipe Causes Damage
During a recent storm event SERVPRO of Idaho Falls responded to a call that was a result of a frozen water pipe.
The homeowner had an air conditioner in the window that was hooked up to a water spigot on the outside of the home. The water line to the air conditioner froze and broke. The water from the spigot then ran into a nearby window well.
Temps have started dropping and winter is knocking on the door. Take the time to walk around your home and ensure that your home is ready for winter. If it’s the first winter you have been in your home take extra time ensure its ready for those subzero temperatures that are standard in Idaho winters.
Local Church has Sewage Back-up in Idaho Falls, ID
Church Sewage Loss
Sewage backup is unsightly as it sounds. SERVPRO of Idaho Falls responded to a sewer back up in the basement of a local church.
Proper cleanup is critical to avoid getting sick from the waste. When our employees respond to sewage back up first thing is to ensure safety of the homeowner and our technicians.
The technicians will use personal protective equipment such as gloves, respirators, boots, and Tyvek body suits. We also set up containment around the loss and place a negative air machine with a HEPA filter and a charcoal filter to help protect the property owner and anyone in the building.
Sewage back up is not always the fault of the property owner. The best line of defense for you and your property is having a plan when something does go wrong. If disaster does strike, let SERVPRO of Idaho Falls put its training and experience to work for you.
Cold 2018 Winter Forecast for Idaho Falls, ID
La Nina pattern occur when the ocean water surface is colder than normal near the equator. This is the situation in this year's Pacific Ocean. As a result, the winter for the 2017-2018 Idaho Falls area is a colder than normal forecast with above normal snowfall.
The combination of higher precipitation and lower temperatures means potential water damage. Before winter really ramps up, take precautions to help remove potential unforeseen emergencies.
SERVPRO of Idaho Falls is here to help with our free Emergency Readiness Plan (ERP) for your business. As a home owner some simple tasks can make all the difference. Remove outside hoses from spigots, keep those home spaces not currently in use above a freezing temperature, put a heating system on roofs to avoid ice dams from forming.
If disaster does strike, call SERVPRO of Idaho Falls for your restoration needs.
Commercial Fire Damage in Kellogg, Idaho
Century Old Hotel Destroyed by Fire
SERVPRO of Idaho Falls had crews up in northern Idaho accessing fire damage caused by a four-story historic hotel that burned down. The heat from the hotel fire was so intense that it damaged several buildings surrounding the hotel.
In order to keep the other buildings from total destruction, fire crews kept a constant stream of water on them. The result was significant water and smoke damage.
It took four days for crews to walk through the surrounding buildings and evaluate the fire, soot, smoke, and water damage. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. If you have had fire damage to your home or property call SERVPRO and let us put our experience and expertise to work for you.
Commercial Biohazard Cleanup
SERVPRO of Idaho Falls is an experienced leader in biohazard clean up. “Biological hazards, also known as biohazards, refer to biological substances that pose a threat to the health of living organisms, primarily that of humans.” Today we are at a local iconic bell tower cleaning up pigeon feces that have cause a lot damage. Our first priority when we clean anything like this up is safety for our employees and the customer. Containment and personal protective equipment is vital from the very beginning of our process. Biohazards are not something that comes to mind when considering potential risks to commercial property. Any type of feces can pose a potential risk to your employees and customers and should be handled appropriately. Let SERVPRO put its experience and knowledge to work for you.
Commercial Fire in Rexburg Idaho
SERVPRO of Idaho Falls responded to a request to help restore a local family restaurant that was badly damaged from a grease fire in the kitchen.
Grease fires can be especially intimidating because they can happen so fast. If not responded to quickly and appropriately the damage can be extensive. Thankfully this fire was handled correctly and now SERVPRO can begin the restoration process and allow this business to get up and running as fast as possible.
On this job, SERVPRO will be able to employ the employees of this restaurant to help with the restoration process helping them to continue to have an income for their families. When a fire happens let SERVPRO put its experience to work for you.
Deer Park Idaho Fire Gives Homeowners a Scare
Menan Idaho Fire
The recent Deer Park fire that burned nearly 20,000 acres north of Menan and put several homes on evacuation was a clear reminder that disaster can strike at any time. This time of year, poses and an even greater threat because of hot dry conditions. Those conditions can turn brush around your home into tinder that can increase your chances of fire, especially if you live in a rural area with natural habitat surrounding your home. No matter the time of year or where you live take the time to help protect your home.
- Check for fire dangers and minimize them
- Verify you have smoke detectors and they are in working condition
- Create a family emergency plan and make sure everyone understands it
Soot and Smoke Will Linger if Not Treated Properly
Lingering Smoke Damage
If you have had fire damage affect your home you know how scary and intrusive it can be. Long after the fire has been put out the smell of smoke can linger. SERVPRO of Idaho Falls and Rexburg is an expert in cleaning and restoration.
As you can see in the this picture the walls and ceiling of this basement have been stained with soot. The smell of smoke will continue even after its rebuilt if the soot isn’t removed and all the surfaces treated. Many people do not realize concrete is a porous material and will absorb the smell of smoke. It will take Soda blasting and several different treatments in order to remove the smell from this structure.
After you have rebuilt or repaired your home from a fire the last thing you will want is the smell of smoke in your home as constant reminder of what happened. If you have had a fire in your home let us put our experience to work for you.