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Time to change the insulation

1/24/2020 (Permalink)

Insulation from a fire insulation being changed from a fire disaster
  1. Zach and Justin stopped by one of our jobs this week which was a commercial building in Wilson today to put the insulation back in the walls and close all the vents after a terrible fire that had broken out earlier this week.

The importance of insulation is that Insulation will help you keep the desired temperature in your house all year round, protecting it against cold in winter and excess heat in summer. Insulation is also useful to reduce noise pollution. A well-insulated house is very energy efficient and will need very little additional heating and cooling.

Besides fire disaster, these are other reasons why insulation would need to be replaced:

  1. Changing Indoor Temperatures. If the indoor temperature of your home is constantly changing, that's a sure sign that your crawl space and attic insulation should be replaced. ...
  2. High Energy Bills. ...
  3. Animal Infestation. ...
  4. Wet Insulation. ...
  5. Indoor Drafts.

If you have a fire, water, mold or asbestos disasters give SERVPRO a call today at (208) 523-5365.

Dirty ceilings are a no no

1/24/2020 (Permalink)

ceiling in a commercial kitchen Ceiling in a commercial kitchen we are about to clean.

Justin, Zach & Austin went and cleaned the ceiling tiles in the kitchen at a restaurant in Idaho Falls Wednesday night after they closed from 9:00 pm to 5:00 am. The importance of having your ceiling cleaned is simple… it’s sanitary! If your restaurant is not clean you are risking getting violations on your next health inspection and no one wants that. If violations happen than comes fines and possibly even closures. Even worse than that though, a dirty place of business can lead to food-borne illnesses.

More simply though cleaning can brighten up your work space and help prolong the kitchen life. With a clean ceiling and work place comes a professional image of your place of business. If you are interested in getting the ceiling cleaned at your restaurant or businesses give SERVPRO a call today so we can provide you with a quote!

If you have a fire, water, mold or asbestos disaster give SERVPRO a call today at (208) 523-5365. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Water leak from the ceiling

1/17/2020 (Permalink)

Water leaking from the roof. Water leaking from the roof because of a storm.

We recently had a job at a local federal building with the cause being a water leak from the ceiling. With all these storms hitting hard and fast they are doing quite some damage to our roofs. There are definitely some sure fire ways to see if any damage had been done to your roof.

There are certain things we should all look for after a storm takes a toll on our homes or businesses. Check the condition of the shingles. Missing shingles are one obvious sign, but pay attention to the granule buildup. Also, look for missing flashing along the edges of the roof and along the chimneys and vents. And finally look for water damage in the attic or along the ceiling.

We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for all of your fire, water, mold or asbestos needs. Give us a call today at (208) 523-5365.

Dangerous candles

1/17/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damage due to candle Our team cleaning up the fire damage from a candle.

This disaster happened because of a candle that caught a couch on fire! The candle happened to be extremely too close and set the couch a blaze. Candles caused 2% of reported home fires, 3% of home fire deaths, 6% of home fire injuries, and 4% of the direct property damage in home fires. Roughly one-third (37%) of home candle fires started in bedrooms. These fires caused 33% of the associated deaths and 51% of the associated injuries.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, U.S. fire departments responded to about 9,300 home structure fires started by candles between 2009 and 2013. Those fires led to 86 deaths, 827 injuries, and $374 million in direct property damage. Fires do so much damage to homes and businesses.

If you have a Fire, Water, Mold or Asbestos Disaster give SERVPRO a call at (208) 523-5365. We are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

When it rains it pours

1/17/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage Water damage on the floor

It's raining its pouring....

Did you know that one of the most common sources of water damage is rainwater that will pool around the foundation of the home?

After a while the water can and will seep into the concrete and form cracks and weak points that will let the water pass through. The ground under your home can be compromised leading to settling. A building that has settled too much has creaks in the floors and sticky doors. Water can ruin the exterior and interior of your home. Your foundation can be discolored, and prematurely aged. Not to mention if the water gets through the cracks of your foundation.

If you have a water, fire, mold or asbestos disaster give SERVPRO a call today at (208) 523-5365. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and we are dedicated to making your disaster look "Like it never even happened."

Damaged shingles

1/15/2020 (Permalink)

Damaged shingles on a house. Damaged shingles on a house due to hail.

Every year in Eastern Idaho we prep for the storm season lurking right around the corner. Although every year the amount of snow, hail, rain or wind we get can be anyone’s guess, it is still very important to prepare for the worse and hope for the best.

Damage to siding seemed to be a common theme last winter with the hail in full destroy mode. It took no prisoners while it laid its destructive ice balls into unsuspecting home owners beautiful homes. The amount of damage is still unknown but if I can guess it was definitely a pretty penny.

Basic upkeep is necessary to prepare for the storms to come. Replace any missing or damaged shingles, repair loos siding, keep your gutters clean to ensure water is able to flow, and ensure proper sealing of your doors and windows.

If you have a Fire, Water, Mold or Asbestos disaster give SERVPRO a call today at (208) 523-5365.

Ice Dam Damage

1/15/2020 (Permalink)

Ice dam on a roof Ice dam forming on the roof of a house.

Ice Dams are common in areas with cold snowy winter months. It is something that every home owner dreads and cringes when they look outside to see an ice-skating rink forming on and under their shingles.

There are however some preventative measures to take so that you can avoid the dreaded ice dam! The website www.familyhandyman.com suggests these tips and tricks.

  1. Close up attic bypasses
    In the average home, about one-third of the heat loss is through the ceiling into the attic. And most of that loss comes from air leaks caused by unblocked walls, gaps in drywall, and cracks around light fixtures, plumbing pipes, chimneys, access hatches and other ceiling penetrations.
  2. Measure your attic insulation level
    While you’re in the attic, check the depth of your attic insulation.
  3. Add roof and soffit vents
    Attic ventilation draws in cold outdoor air and flushes out warmer attic air, cooling the attic and the roof in the process.

If you have a Fire, Water, Mold or Asbestos disaster give SERVPRO a call today at (208) 523-5365.

Winter emergency kits

1/3/2020 (Permalink)

Winter emergency kit prepardness When the weather is bad and unpredictable you should always carry a winter emergency kit.
  1. With the winter storms in full bloom we need to all be very careful with driving long or even short distances. You never know when the weather can and will take a turn for the worse so it is very important to always have a winter emergency pack inside your car.

Per www.wsdotcom they suggest the following:

Winter travel can be tough on car and driver, to prepare:

  • Check your tires and make sure your chains fit before the first winter storm and check tire pressure during cold weather. Remember, tire shops and mechanics are busiest just before and during winter storms.
  • Get a vehicle winter maintenance check-up. Don't wait to check your battery, belts, hoses, radiator, lights, brakes, heater/defroster and wipers.
  • Keep your fuel tank full. Don't let it fall below half a tank on winter trips.
  • Program your radio for traffic reports and emergency messages (for WSDOT radio: 530 and 1610 AM).

What to carry on winter trips:

  • Keep a basic winter survival kit in your vehicle: flashlight, batteries, blanket, snacks, water, gloves, boots, first-aid kit.
  • Load your car with winter travel gear: tire chains, ice scraper/snowbrush, jumper cables, road flares.
  • See more winter preparedness tips at Take Winter By Storm website.

If you find yourself stranded, be safe, stay in your car, put on your flashers, call for help and wait until it arrives.

Mold in Jackson

11/2/2019 (Permalink)

Insulation hanging from the crawl space Mold in Jackson, Wy from a hot water line

Today we are just outside of Jackson working in the crawl space of this beautiful home. There was a pin hole in a hot water line which leaked for an unknown amount of time. We will be pulling all the insulation out mitigating the mold and drying the affected materials.

www.cdc.gov states that Exposure to damp and moldy environments may cause a variety of health effects, or none at all. Some people are sensitive to molds. For these people, molds can cause nasal stuffiness, throat irritation, coughing or wheezing, eye irritation, or, in some cases, skin irritation. People with mold allergies may have more severe reactions. Immune-compromised people and people with chronic lung illnesses, such as obstructive lung disease, may get serious infections in their lungs when they are exposed to mold. These people should stay away from areas that are likely to have mold, such as compost piles, cut grass, and wooded areas.

Are your ducts dirty?

11/2/2019 (Permalink)

Duct Machine Maintenance Maintain our duct machine so it is ready for our next customer.

Is it time for you to have your ducts cleaned? It is very important to have your commercial ducts cleaned.

Ventilation systems are often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality. Make it a priority to inspect the ductwork of your home or business.

If your HVAC has been operating for some time without attention, it could be circulating odors, dust and other contaminates.

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals routinely inspect the heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit (HVAC).  Keeping them clean can extend the life of the equipment. This can in turn save you money and give you cleaner air to breathe.

However, duct cleaning is not always necessary. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals will make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. This can save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your system.

The benefits of servicing your HVAC unit include:

  • Helps to restore peak energy efficiency.
  • May help to eliminate offensive odors.
  • Helps reduce the potential for mold growth.