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Professional Water Damage Mitigation Available For Your Business In Idaho Falls

5/22/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Professional Water Damage Mitigation Available For Your Business In Idaho Falls Idaho Falls Stays Clean with SERVPRO Water Damage Restoration and Cleanup

Idaho Falls Commercial Water Damage Get the SERVPRO Restoration Treatment

Having to maintain all of the washing machines and dryers in your laundromat takes time. Between dealing with customers, malfunctions, and supply issues getting time to address breakdowns or servicing problems can be hard.
For water damage to your Idaho Falls laundry business, you have a company who wants to help you, see you succeed, and can provide you with the assistance you need to keep your forward momentum. It takes a single phone call to get the help you need to prevent problems that could cause your doors to close permanently.
SERVPRO technicians can help you stay focused on protecting your property, provide you with emergency services, and limit the losses you experience when accidents occur. Maintaining control over the water sources in your building gives you a way to prevent additional damages from forming.  
The staff at SERVPRO works with each customer to provide unique solutions to problems that exist on their property. Everything from maintenance schedules, to performing repairs and restorations to existing damage, staying within budget and keeping costs down.
Professional SERVPRO teams put several years of experience to work for you, using access to industrial grade equipment and other resources to tackle even larger problems quickly. We have a variety of resources available that turn a stressful situation into an opportunity for making improvements.  
Everything at our disposal makes performing restorations on your property and managing the entire experience easier. This frees you up to concentrate on what matters most, and peace of mind knowing that your property is in the hands of SERVPRO.
We can be there for you, should disaster strike on your property and make ourselves available to take alternative measures that lead to saving you both time and money. Leave you business in the hands of professional water damage restoration personnel.
Never take chances by using a second-hand company, one with workers that might cause more harm than good. You deserve to receive the best possible results, continuing support, and a lasting relationship that keeps giving back.
At SERVPRO of Idaho Falls, we make ourselves available when you need us and provide you with the services you deserve. Call today. (208) 523-5365

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Idaho Falls Mold Testing Only When Needed

5/10/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Idaho Falls Mold Testing Only When Needed Idaho Falls Mold Testing May Be Needed

SERVPRO Offers Remediation Post Mold Testing After Positive Results

The threat from mold growth is multiple. There is the visual infestation that covers ceilings, walls, and other structural property. If the visible signs go unchecked, the mold grows into drywall, wood beams and other parts of the home. In addition to physical damage, there are the health effects that mold can have on some people. Each of these threats requires remediation to remove them; this may involve cleaning only, but cases that went unnoticed for an extended period require removal and replacement of damaged property.

Testing for mold at the first suspicion is the best way to go. SERVPRO performs a mold testing check for our Idaho Falls neighbors. Our office is licensed to perform mold inspections and has developed a protocol that includes the following:

We perform a visual inspection that includes photo documentation of all mold growth. If the visual inspection uncovers mold growth, no further testing is needed. If the fungi are present, they need removal and remediation. Air and surface samples from every room in the house or apartment along with a laboratory report to explain the findings, only if needed. After completion, one of our inspectors sits down with each customer to explain not just the results, but every step we took during the inspection.

Also, we provide an estimate of what steps we take to treat and remove the mold along with how much each task costs. If we do not find mold, our inspector gives the homeowner a report that states the house or apartment was tested and found to have no excess mold that poses a threat.

We have some of the best training and the latest equipment in the restoration industry, but it is our reputation that matters the most. If we uncover mold, and before we start the remediation process, we recommend that you hire a third party to perform the same tests. The second round of testing provides you with peace of mind by removing any potential conflict of interest.

Finally, if you see mold, there is no need to contact SERVPRO of Idaho Falls or anyone else for testing. Instead, call us at (208) 523-5365 to return your home to its pre-infested state. We are here to help.

How are Electrical Outlets Affected During a Flood in Idaho Falls?

5/8/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How are Electrical Outlets Affected During a Flood in Idaho Falls? If flooding reaches your outlet and causes a fire, make sure that you call SERVPRO to remediate your propery quickly before secondary damage sets in.

SERVPRO Technicians Can Remediate Both Fire and Flood Damage After a Disaster

When flooding rises high enough to enter an electrical outlet, the usual result is usually just a loss of power. In some cases, however, the resulting sparks and damage can start a fire in a house, apartment, or commercial building.

There are restoration companies that specialized in water damage, but very few have the experience and knowledge to handle the effects of both fire damage and flood damage in Idaho Falls. SERVPRO has decades in the business of returning your home to its original condition; our response teams can pump out a basement and scrub away smoke residues with equal ease.

Fortunately, fire damage caused by a flooded outlet is generally small and primarily smoke damage in nature. Drywall affected by either type of disaster requires removal, so the workload for our team members is not increased by dealing with two disasters on one job site. The rising smoke, however, leaves smoke residue higher up the walls which means that more wall panels require removal. Ceiling tiles may have to be cleaned or replaced as well.

Water damage to an outlet means a replacement from the hardware store; normally less than $5 apiece. The point of ignition is where the fire begins, and in this case, the electrical outlet is only the start of the damage. The wires leading to the outlet are melted to the outlet box and require cutting above any visible damage. An additional inspection is necessary to make certain that the burned wires did not compromise other building material.

If the damage runs very far back along the wires, then they require replacing, so the new outlet is set in the original location. Our technicians can run new wiring from any point in the structure back to the breaker box if needed to rebuild your home’s wiring system. This task is simpler once other team members finish removing the flooded drywall; exposing the electrical system for easier access.

Dealing with damage from a fire or flood is a long, complicated process. Restoring your home and property from both requires a professional service with access to a nationwide support network of equipment and training. SERVPRO of Idaho Falls is proud to call this area home and stands ready to help you whenever a disaster strikes. Call us today at (208) 523-5365.

Idaho Falls - Asbestos Removal Requires a Cautious Approach

4/11/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Idaho Falls - Asbestos Removal Requires a Cautious Approach SERVPRO Safely Abates Asbestos Contamination from Idaho Falls Structures

SERVPRO Has Qualified Technicians for Asbestos Abatement

Restoring your home after a disaster brings multiple issues. There are the physical matters such as weakened ceilings and sub-floors after a storm. The atmosphere after a fire is often toxic with odors. A common problem after many disasters is the presence of asbestos. While it is safe to use, and have in your home, once it is damaged, there is a risk to everyone who steps inside.

Asbestos removal from your Idaho Falls home is a breathing hazard and is not a clean-up issue that can be handled wearing rubber gloves and a surgical mask. SERVPRO knows which structure materials are a risk and should be either cleaned or removed depending on their condition.
Asbestos is a great material for decoration. It provides texture to paints which make for more attractive walls and ceilings. It also is mixed with plaster which makes for a stronger surface. It also is an excellent additive to acoustical sprays which help provide sound-proofing. It only becomes unsafe when it is cracked, burned, or otherwise damaged which releases asbestos into the air and the thread-like strands are a threat to anyone in the structure.

As an insulator, asbestos is used to reduce heat transfer in heating tanks and HVAC ducts. It is superb for wrapping pipes, blanketing large areas and even mixed with cement. Water does not cause harm in these uses, but fire and storm winds can tear or break it, releasing material into the air.
Our technicians first examine to see if removal is required. Paints that have a layer of smoke residue can be wiped down or cleaned and left in place. Asbestos blankets and wraps that are intact remain in situ. If we find building material that is damaged, then our response team dons masks with asbestos filters and perhaps even breathing gear if they determine the amount of released asbestos to be a significant enough problem.

Next, we physically remove every piece of damaged material that contains asbestos. We dispose of it per local and state regulations. If there is asbestos dust or other small pieces, we use vacuums with special HEPA filters to catch the circulating debris

Removing asbestos is time-consuming, but a necessary process. In many cases, SERVPRO of Idaho Falls performs this task in conjunction with other restoration procedures, but we check every possible threat and remove it if needed. If you suspect that you may have an asbestos issue, call us today at (208) 523-5365. We are here to help.

Sewer Spill In Idaho Falls

4/3/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Sewer Spill In Idaho Falls Cleaning up sewage after a ruptured sewer line or septic tank is much more important than just getting rid of a bad smell.

Sewage Cleanup

A sewer spill is one of the most unforgettable events to happen to a homeowner or renter. Depending on the amount and source (septic tanks usually being worse), the smell can not only drive a person from their home but empty out an entire neighborhood if the spill is outside the home.

Cleaning up sewage after a ruptured sewer line or septic tank is much more important than just getting rid of a bad smell. Even when there is only contaminated or ‘gray’ water, the health threat to your family makes your home unlivable because of the bacteria and fungi that reside in every sewer line. SERVPRO has the knowledge and experience needed to remove this threat.

First, we identify the source of the contamination. If it is a backed-up or ruptured sewer line pushing waste back into your home, our technicians cap it to prevent further contamination. In the case of a cracked septic tank, our personnel can seal it off within a few hours. As this happens, other team members begin removing contaminated water and waste. We have a series of pumps designed for use in a home that draws out standing water in a few hours. Even a large home can be pumped out in less than a day.

Disinfecting your home is now the priority. Any spill involving human waste is a biohazard. This type of contamination cannot be washed away with a bucket of warm water and bleach. Carpets contaminated with ‘gray’ water must be removed and thrown out. It is simply not safe to try to clean and dry them for continued use in your home. Furniture can be cleaned and returned to the home. We use a variety of disinfectant sprays to kill any bacteria on wood, metal, or glass. It might be necessary to remove the veneer from wood furniture to ensure removal of all the bacteria.

An outside spill is simpler to clean-up but can be very labor intensive. Contaminated soil cannot safely remain in the ground. We use backhoes and other earth moving equipment to remove the dirt and haul it away to break down the contamination. Once the soil tests are clean, we return it to your home and fill in the excavation.

Cleaning up after a sewer spill is an event no one soon forgets. While the cost is usually less than in other disasters, failing to do it correctly means a continuing health threat and further damage that can render your home unlivable. SERVPRO of Idaho Falls is here to help you stop that from happening. Call us today at (208) 523-5365.

Services Available To Combat Sewage Leaks In Idaho Falls

3/13/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Services Available To Combat Sewage Leaks In Idaho Falls Want Safe Sewage Cleanup in Idaho Falls? Call SERVPRO

Idaho Falls Sewage Problems Call for Knowledgeable Help from SERVPRO

As a form of wastewater management, the sewer system in your home delivers contaminants (human waste) produced by our community to a wastewater treatment facility for processing. Making various liquid and solid sludge suitable for refining and safe for reuse in our environment is critical.

When you have a sewage system in your Idaho Falls home that has existed longer than its expected life cycle, problems arise. Issues from poorly maintained, or improperly installed systems and time cause degradation of your sewer lines, leading to backups, overflows, improper drainage, and contamination in your home.
The water produced by the sinks, tubs, showers, dishwashers, and clothes washers consist of what professionals call Grey Water. Water from your toilets, which contains feces, urine, toilet paper, and flush-water, is what we call Black Water. Both contain biohazards that pose dangerous health risks to workers and occupants if exposed to large amounts.
When a restoration company, like SERVPRO, responds to any water damage or flood damage situations on your property, they follow IICRC Standards for Professional Water Damage Restoration (S500). These standards provide microbiological information concerning the handling and disposal of wastewater at the residential or workplace level and their possible harmful effects on our environment.
SERVPRO treats all sewage and flood waters as highly infectious waste materials, including all of the items that they come into contact with during an event. Sewage sources may contain a variety of communicable diseases including cholera, tetanus, typhoid, polio, and hepatitis, all of which require special safety precautions to prevent infection. Pathogens and bacteria must be dealth with in a careful manner.
SERVPRO technicians use the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) to use such as respirators, chemical-resistant gloves, rubber boots, splash goggles, and even full-body suits when necessary. We also set up the proper containment areas to prevent the spread of waste while attempting to move materials and equipment into and out of the affected area.
Our cleaning technicians use an EPA-registered disinfectant on all waste materials and any surfaces exposed to infectious waste, following specific dwell times and reapplying disinfectants as needed to remove all of the waste from different types of material.
Wastewater disposal improperly causes significant issues for our environment, making the process critical. Our technicians use the proper disposal methods and test the entire area after performing a restoration on your property.
Often, third-party evaluations in day-care facilities, nursing homes, or hospitals, are employed. Regulations dictate that where public health issues, microbial contamination, or high-risk contamination may occur in the environment we have created, no precaution is exaggerated.
Do not take any chances when dealing with this kind of issue. Contact SERVPRO of Idaho Falls today and put our expertly trained technicians to work for you. (208) 523-5365

Flooded Basements Plaguing Homeowners In Ucon

2/27/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flooded Basements Plaguing Homeowners In Ucon Inclement weather, cracks in your foundation walls, improper grading, broken appliances and plumbing leaks can cause flood damage.

Basement Flooding

Believe it or not, having flooding issues in your basement is a pretty common issue for many homeowners. Rainstorms or melting snow after inclement weather, cracks in your foundation walls, improper grading, broken appliances and plumbing leaks all have an opportunity to cause a variety of problems.
Trying to avoid having a flooded basement in your Ucon area home again this year? A quality restoration company can assist with preparing your home to resist issues that cause flooding or help you recover after the situation occurs. If your basement is prone to flooding issues, you should have a plan in place and contact someone to help you keep things under control that you trust.

Start by having your property inspected by an IICRC certified professional, like those available at SERVPRO. Our technicians can help you locate issues before they become a problem and assist you answering a variety of questions you may be asking yourself.
Does your property have the proper grading to direct water away from your foundation? SERVPRO can provide you with the services you need to correct the issue and further prepare your property by sealing cracks in your foundation as well.

Would you benefit from the installation of a sump pump with power backups, backflow valves, or additional drainage? SERVPRO can install submersible pumps to help prevent standing water from becoming a problem, combining efforts with backflow valves and optimized drainage to ensure things do not get out of control.

If you have the ability, you can perform some maintenance issues on your own such as cleaning your gutters or adjusting the position of your downspouts. However, you should never attempt water extraction on your own. The water itself could contain a variety of hazards that present additional risks you are unaware of, that you could easily spread throughout your home without knowing it, that causes harm to you or your family. Not to mention the possibility of fines associated with dumping wastewater or contaminated materials illegally.
Your protection begins with a call to SERVPRO of Idaho Falls; our professional staff is waiting to assist you with gaining the knowledge you need to protect your home properly during an emergency (208) 523-5365.

How Bad Habits Can Lead to Water Damage in Idaho Falls Restaurants

2/8/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial How Bad Habits Can Lead to Water Damage in Idaho Falls Restaurants SERVPRO is Plan B When Your Idaho Falls Business Suffers Water Damage

Idaho Falls Damage Is a Common Occurance in Water Backups

It is easy to forget that restaurants can be quite dangerous places. Every day, they deal with heat, water, and smoke. While steps can be taken to minimize the risk of accidents and emergencies, businesses can still be taken by surprise.

Clogged drains are a common cause of water damage in Idaho Falls restaurants. Usually, problems develop because employees have been following bad habits. For instance, repeatedly pouring cooking oil or food remnants down a kitchen drain can quickly lead to blockages. Grease traps shuld always be the means of disposing of liquids and oils. Where there is a blockage, there is a danger of flooding.

Fortunately, the experts at SERVPRO have lots of experience dealing with flooded businesses. Even in the worst circumstances, they can bring your restaurant back to life.

The Immediate Aftermath
The faster you call in the restoration experts, the quicker they can reverse the damage done by flooding. Kitchens are designed to be waterproof and dirt resistant. It makes them easy to dry out and repair. However, water pump extractors and dehumidifiers are still needed to deal with excess moisture, and for rapid removal to limit secondary damages.

The first step is removing standing water. Overflowing drains can produce a surprising amount of liquid, so the water in your kitchen may be ankle deep or even higher. The SERVPRO technicians use portable water extractors (often motorized) to remove standing liquids quickly. They are agile, flexible, and multiple extractors can be used to empty large kitchens.

Responding to Grey Water
The water from a blocked drain may contain elements which can harm you. Usually, it is made up of a combination of clear and gray water. Grey liquids are those which contain food, cleaning chemicals, or detergents. While they are not typically toxic, you should take care when handling them. Always sanitize your hands by washing with soap and hot water after contacting this type of standing water.

Grey water often requires cleaning as well as thorough drying. So, the SERVPRO team may need to remove some damaged materials. Carpeting is the most common. Tiles can be easily lifted and taken to specialist drying chambers for restoration. Traditional carpets can be a little trickier, but we can lift them a few inches from the ground and use fans to direct clean, dry air throughout the subflooring. Generally, these above problems are in the dining area, not the kitchen.

A Little Spring Cleaning
Most commercial kitchens do not take long to dry. Most have water resistant flooring already and, if water has intruded into the restaurant carpets, dehumidifiers and air movers can be set up to remove all evidence of moisture. Temperature control is important for this, so we may require you to vacate the space for a while. Large kitchens are often split into multiple drying chambers because it is easier to control conditions in smaller areas. We know the importance of your establishment to you and your customers; we can work through the night to try to keep your doors open for service.

If your commercial kitchen has experienced flooding recently, due to blocked drains or faulty appliances, get in touch with the experts. SERVPRO of Idaho Falls is on hand to help businesses in this region carry out effective water damage repairs. Call us 24/7 at (208) 523-5465.

When Dual Damage Restoration Services Are Required In Your Iona Home

1/21/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Dual Damage Restoration Services Are Required In Your Iona Home When Storms, Floods, and Fires Strike Your Iona Home, Call SERVPRO

Rely on SERVPRO to Restore Water and Fire & Smoke Damaged Properties

You recently experienced flooding due to torrential rainstorms in the area. If that was not bad enough, pressure from the additional weight caused a gas line to burst, and fires to break out on the second floor, leaving behind, even more, damages.

hen these kinds of dual loss situations affect your Iona home, fire and flood damage restoration services both become necessary; you should consider calling our staff. We are available 24-7, 365 days a year, including holidays and, have access to everything needed to restore your home to a quality pre-damage condition, "Like it never even happened."
SERVPRO technicians have several years of experience dealing with situations just like yours. We are there, on your property, within four hours of your initial call and begin work immediately upon securing a signed agreement.  We start by securing the structure, ensuring that there aren't any immediate hazards by shutting off the electricity and gas supply to the structure.
Once it is safe to enter, our onsite manager performs an initial assessment, identifying each affected area that needs attention and plans each step of your restoration process. We tailor our fire and flood damage restoration services to fit your unique situation, providing you with expertly trained personnel to tackle each type of repair separately.
Each SERVPRO technician performs their individual jobs with precision, removing any standing water with various water extraction equipment. The process may take some time to determine the extent of water penetration using infrared detection devices to locate pockets of hidden moisture while removing any unrestorable wet or damaged materials from the building and disposing of them properly to avoid secondary damages from developing. When appropriate, we deploy equipment to remove smoke, soot, and their accompanying odors.
We also move any salvageable items including your furniture, to a safe, dry location, to be handled separately. Each item receives specific attention, depending on the type of material and extent of exposure, we have had much success in restoring many personal belongings that may have otherwise remained a loss. Our IICRC certified technicians, with our extensive array of equipment and products, can overcome most any problem that can occur.
After deploying the proper amount of air movers and dehumidifiers to dry the entire structure thoroughly, SERVPRO's cleaning technicians can begin performing their services. We check all surfaces for additional damages, including your carpeting, and make recommendations for any needed repairs or replacement. We strive to provide you with the best possible service to grapple with fire, smoke, and water damaging events to your home with the highest level of professionalism.
Contact SERVPRO of Idaho Falls anytime. (208) 523-5365

Preventing a Grease Fire in Idaho Falls

1/12/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Preventing a Grease Fire in Idaho Falls Grease Fires in Idaho are a High Fire Alert

SERVPRO Suggestions Concerning Grease Fires

Most often, grease fires happen when a pan is left on the stove unattended and for too long. Another way a grease fire can occur is when extra grease on the stove top or drip pan catches fire accidentally. Keeping these fires from happening is not hard if you stay in the kitchen while you are cooking, and take a few safety measures. A small mistake, however, can lead to the need for fire damage restoration from professionals such as SERVPRO. If the unthinkable does happen, our trained staff can help you to restore your home back to normal quickly.

Steps to Prevent Grease Fires
Always have a Class B Dry Chemical Fire Extinguisher close at hand, under the sink base cabinet, or in another reachable place. A small investment may save you a lot of money and also mitigate dangers caused by fires. As mentioned above, stay in the kitchen at all times when you are heating oil for pan-frying or deep-fat frying to prevent a grease fire. Leaving cooking unattended in your Idaho Falls home is the biggest reason for fires in the kitchen. Before you turn the heat on, also make sure that the burner on the stove top is cool. Clean any excess oil or grease spills from the drip pan around the burner, too.

Before you start, check out the heat ratings of the cooking oil. These indicate the maximum temperature the oil can be cooked at before it catches fire. For most vegetable oils, for example, this temperature is around 450 degrees Fahrenheit, while for animal oils this temperature is around 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Attach a thermometer to the side of the pot to keep track of the temperature of the oil. When it is close to its burning point, it will let off smoke and ruin the taste of your food. Turn off the heat if this happens, and carefully remove the pan from the burner to let it cool off.

Be careful when you are putting food into oil that is already hot. Use long utensils like tongs which let you gently insert the food without dropping it and splashing oil on yourself. Use a cover or lid to stop hot oil from splattering. Remove the lid carefully if you do have to stir the food, and put it back when you’ve finished. Also, as soon as any food or oil spills happen, clean them up.

If the grease does catch fire, do not ever try to move the pot or pan. Use a metal lid to cover the pan and shut off the supply of oxygen to the fire. A small fire contained inside the pan can be extinguished by putting baking soda on the fire until it burns out, but if you do not feel safe controlling it by yourself, exit the house immediately and call 911 for help. If your home does sustain fire damage, remember to give our technicians at SERVPRO a call right afterward. Remember, do not ever use water to put a grease fire out! This can cause the grease to splash and spread the fire further.

Accidents do still happen. If you experience a grease fire in your home and need fire damage repair, contact SERVPRO of Idaho Falls right away once the fire is out. We can be reached at any time by dialing (208) 523-5365.