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Hepa Filter

10/29/2018 (Permalink)

When dealing with mold it is always important to remove as much signs as possible to prevent contamination or sickness. There are many ways that we do this and many machines and products that we use. One machine in particular is called a HEPA Filter.

What Do HEPA Filtration Devices Do?

HFDs help control airborne contaminants during every restoration job, and are absolutely essential for water loss jobs, particularly those involving black water or structural mold contamination. Their most critical task is capturing microscopic bacteria and mold spores released into the air during the drying process, but can also capture larger particles like drywall dust stirred up during demolition and construction activities and, when equipped with carbon filters, odors off-gassed from microbes, paints and other chemicals. 

If you suspect mold in your home or business give SERVPRO a call today. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! (208) 523-5365

Halloween is almost here!

10/29/2018 (Permalink)

With Halloween fast approaching it is important to take every safety precaution. Here are a few tips and tricks to practice to keep yourself and your children safe.

  1. Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
  2. Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross. 
  3. Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.
  4. Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
  5. Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.  Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
  6. Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.

Trick or Treat With an Adult

  1. Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.

Keep Costumes Both Creative and Safe

  1. Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.
  2. Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
  3. Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers. 
  4. When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls. 

Drive Extra Safely on Halloween

  1. Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
  2. Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
  3. Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
  4. Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
  5. Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.
  6. Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.

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.