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Black Mold

9/30/2018 (Permalink)

Potentially dangerous, black mold can make anyone become weary. Being able to identify black mold is the first step in being able to control the growth and hopefully rid your home of black mold.

Black mold is more likely to show up in warm, humid, and damp areas of your home. Under sinks, in basements, and also crawlspace are all susceptible for a black mold outbreak. Especially if they leaks or other moisture.

Black mold is dangerous and can cause an array of allergies and health concerns so make sure you look on the EPA website for more information.

Removing black mold is a step-by-step process that usually requires professional assistance. Some of these steps include...

1. You must remove the source of any moisture from the affected surface.

2.  Seal any doorways and other openings leading to other areas of the home that were not infected.

3.  Use commercial black mold removal.

Make sure to give SERVPRO a call today if you suspect black mold or any other mold in your home.

Emergency Bags

8/30/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is hoping to find businesses that would be willing to donate items for our emergency bags. Once the bags are filled, they will be donated to the fire departments and handed out to families who have been displaced from their homes due to fire disasters.

Between 2011-2015 there were a reported 358,000 structure fires in the United States. 6.7 billion in direct damage! As a community we feel that we should be giving back to those who have suffered major devastation.

We want to give these families hope! We want to show them that SERVPRO cares. Which is why we are asking our community to come together and donate for this amazing cause. These families that have endured this kind of tragedy deserve so much. We are hoping that by providing these bags that it gives them just a little bit of hope. Below are items we feel would be most beneficial to these families in need.

*Coloring books

*crayons

*baby wipes

*lotion

*cotton swabs

*shampoo

-*conditioner

*soap

*chapstick

*toothbrushes

*toothpaste

*rags

*towels

*hand sanitizer

*razors

If you or someone you know would like to donate please give us a call today!

If you happen to have a disaster please give us a call at (208)523-5365. We are open 24 hours a day 7 days a week for all your cleaning and restoration needs. We are on call so your disaster will always get taken care of right away.

Winterizing

8/30/2018 (Permalink)

Fall is coming soon and winter will be following closely behind. Winterizing your yard is probably something you may want to start thinking about.

What is winterizing? Winterizing is when you prepare you home for the winter months to come. The process prepares the plumbing system and components to not be affected by the temperature extremes. Basically so the pipes don't burst. This process should be preformed before winter is actually here. When finished, the house should be able to sit safe through winter.

Why is it so important to winterize your home? It is always important to protect your home from outside weather and potential disasters. Winterizing your home helps defend it from freezing temperatures, snow and ice. The outside of your home is especially important to winterize since it will be completely exposed to the elements.

Your should always be prepared for the unthinkable. Here are a few suggestion we found to be helpful.You can find even more online.

*buy a snow shovel

*have extra water and canned food in storage just in case

*clean your gutters nd downspout in mid fall

*test run your thermostat

*check your fire place for nests or animals and get a sweep if necessary

*check all windows for air leaks

*check roof for missing or damaged shingles

*make sure you winterize your sprinklers

If you happen to have a disaster please give us a call at (208)523-5365. We are open 24 hours a day 7 days a week for all your cleaning and restoration needs.

There is mold in the walls

7/25/2018 (Permalink)

Mold can be extremely hazardous if not taken care of and dealt with right away and in the correct manner. It is always a good idea to call a professional so they can asses the problem. We here at SERVPRO offer free mold testing to residential and commercial properties.

Because drywall is a substance high in cellulose (an organic substance), It is one of the most common materials mold grows on in your home. As there is no practical way to completely remove mold from drywall, you will have to cut out and dispose of any drywall you discover which has mold growing on it.

Mold is an incredible hider and usually grows behind the walls and out of sight. The mold likes these spaces because they hold large amounts of humid moist air. To find this hidden mold you will need to have a professional preform an invasive inspection.

The most common reasons for mold growth is humidity, water leaks, and condensation. Condensation is the change of water from water vapors into liquid water. Condensation generally occurs in the atmosphere when warm air rises, cools, and loses its capacity to hold vapor. As a result, excess water vapor condenses to form cloud droplets.

If you suspect you may have a fire, water, mold or asbestos problem call the professionals at SERVPRO today so we can take care of you. We are available 24 hours a day and always available for our customers.

Boiler Room Blog

7/11/2018 (Permalink)

A boiler room leak can be a huge problem. Not only can it lead to rust and corrosion, but any other issues. Four main reasons it can be quite possibly be is pressure issues, damaged seals, cracks in the body and loose joints. Corrosion will cause pipes and tanks to weaken overtime allowing water to leak. If water is to leak, that will open your building up to a whole new batch of issues.
 
No matter what the reason, having water leaking in the building is always a bad sign. If you let it go untreated it can lower the value of your property and possibly make it harder to sell. It can be an eyesore and extremely hard to cover up with paint. An inspector can spot it easily and report it which in turn can make a potential buyer less interested in purchasing your property. It can also cause a ton of external damage as well.
 
It can also damage ceilings. The longer you wait to hire a company to clean it up, the bigger your problem will become. Paint on the ceilings can discolor and plaster may bulge. It can also lead to holes in you concrete, ruin your electricity, break down carpet, ruin your drywall, and cause health hazards.
 
If you suspect any leaking please call the professionals at SERVPRO so we can help make it look “Like it never even happened.”

Fire Season is here!

7/11/2018 (Permalink)

With these hot temperatures warming up the Eastern Idaho region, you will need to be very careful with all of your outdoor activities. If it becomes very hot, windy, and dry it is probably a good idea to limit your outdoor activities that might possibly result in a wildfire. Burning debris and target shooting are a couple activities that need to be rethought if the weather is too hot.
 
Because of the lack of snow pack this year there is a higher risk of fires. Snowpack keeps the ground and soil moist by covering it longer into spring and summer which in turn influences the onset of fire season as well as the widespread and seriousness of wildfires.
 
As many as 90% of wild fires in the United States are caused by burning of debris, campfires being left unattended, throwing out cigarettes, and simply people intentionally starting fires, aka arson.
 
Because of this, wildfires threaten thousands of homes a year. www.readyforwildfire.org
suggests these steps.
 
1.       Review your evacuation plan checklist
2.       Ensure that your emergency supply kit is in your vehicle
3.       Cover-up to protect against heat and flying embers. Wear long pants, long sleeve shirts, heavy shoes and boots, and goggles or glasses. 100% cotton is always preferred
4.       Locate your pets and take them with you to safety
 
Always remember that if you are evacuated and then able to return home to be alert and look over a few things.
1.       Always be alert for downed power lines and other hazards,
 
2.       Check propane tanks, regulators, and lines before turning on your gas
 
3.       Check your residence carefully for any hidden embers or smoldering fires
 
 
If you do unfortunately happen to have fire damage on your home make sure to call a professional like SERVPRO to help with your disaster.

Fire season is here!

7/11/2018 (Permalink)

With these hot temperatures warming up the Eastern Idaho region, you will need to be very careful with all of your outdoor activities. If it becomes very hot, windy, and dry it is probably a good idea to limit your outdoor activities that might possibly result in a wildfire. Burning debris and target shooting are a couple activities that need to be rethought if the weather is too hot.

Because of the lack of snow pack this year there is a higher risk of fires. Snowpack keeps the ground and soil moist by covering it longer into spring and summer which in turn influences the onset of fire season as well as the widespread and seriousness of wildfires.

As many as 90% of wild fires in the United States are caused by burning of debris, campfires being left unattended, throwing out cigarettes, and simply people intentionally starting fires, aka arson.

Because of this, wildfires threaten thousands of homes a year. www.readyforwildfire.org suggests these steps.

  1. Review your evacuation plan checklist
  2. Ensure that your emergency supply kit is in your vehicle
  3. Cover-up to protect against heat and flying embers. Wear long pants, long sleeve shirts, heavy shoes and boots, and goggles or glasses. 100% cotton is always preferred
  4. Locate your pets and take them with you to safety

Always remember that if you are evacuated and then able to return home to be alert and look over a few things.

  1. Always be alert for downed power lines and other hazards,
  2. Check propane tanks, regulators, and lines before turning on your gas
  3. Check your residence carefully for any hidden embers or smoldering fires

If you do unfortunately happen to have fire damage on your home make sure to call a professional like SERVPRO to help with your disaster.

Contamination

6/12/2018 (Permalink)

When taking or removing materials from a home, cleanliness and containment are two of the most important aspects to consider. Containing surfaces not only reduces clean up, it also keeps items safe from contamination.

There are a lot of different ways your items and home can get contaminated. One way is through water contamination. Your home can have a pipe burst, there can be a flood, or there can be a leaky area in your house letting water in. No matter what way it happens, water contamination needs to be dealt with as soon as possible. If you find the problem in time there is a chance you can save your items as well as reduce the cost of repairs.

SERVPRO is always here to help when you need us. We have trained employees who know how to deal with this very problem.

It was just so wonderful

6/12/2018 (Permalink)

We are always so thrilled to get reviews from our customers. Whether they are amazing or something we need to improve on, we always appreciate to hear our customers honest opinion. This recent review that we received put a HUGE smile on all of our faces.

Zach was just so pleasant. I had no issues with him at all. They have all been just wonderful to me and very accommodating and would do anything for me.  You couldn’t not be pleased with them and their work. I am just amazed that they treated me so good. They do just wonderful work and I am so impressed. They are wonderful. All of them have been nice. The great big guy was just wonderful. They are all wonderful! Look at Martin. He is always smiling and whistling. They make it fun. We have a lot of fun. Hey you might as well go with it then fight it! I leave the house and leave the door unlocked. They just come and go. I have no problem with it. I trust them completely. They just come and work and leave. I tell them exactly what to do and they do it. Martin and the other guys that were with him found out it was my birthday and they all sang Happy Birthday to me. It was just so wonderful.

-Gloria

A Day of Remembrance

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

Memorial Day, was inaugurated in 1868. It was previously designated Decoration Day, for the purpose of decorating the graves of Civil War veterans. Memorial Day has since become a day on which all war dead are commemorated. On Memorial Day, we remember those among us and those who have gone before, who secured for us the precious freedoms that we enjoy today. It is a day to once again acknowledge the price for which our freedom was purchased--a cost beyond measure.

Let us consider briefly the price that has been paid for us to breathe the air of a new morning, to assemble in the park to enjoy a summer concert, to attend worship services in the church of our choice, and to dream the American dream without limitations. Then, let us pause to remember those who have cultivated and tended our land of freedom--with their courage, their tears, their blood and their very lives.

   

Our fallen heroes still whisper to us from the grave. If we listen carefully, even today, we can hear the muffled sounds of their call to arms in defense of our nation. This same spirit of freedom is carried in the wind and echoes down through the ages. It is everywhere you look. It can be found in the voices of our children playing in the school yards, in the bountiful goods offered for sale in privately owned places of commerce within our community and in the faces of our citizens in polling places on Election Day.

This spirit can be found in abundance in every corner of every community in this great nation of ours. For this spirit is like an eternal flame. It was lit by the courage and blood of our founding fathers, fanned by the winds of patriots to a brightness beyond description, and then sheltered and protected by members of our Armed Forces from the storms of tyrants and dictators who feared and were blinded by the intense light of liberty and freedom.

 

Our heartfelt prayers and thanks go out to all of those brave men and women who have stepped forward without hesitation to serve our nation so valiantly in its time of need. These are the qualities that heroes are made of. They are the same qualities that made and have kept America great and free since our founding fathers landed at Plymouth Rock, dedicating their lives to raising up a great republic that would forever be a beacon of freedom to the entire world. We are the land of the free because we are the home of the brave.