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Idaho

2/2/2021 (Permalink)

Idaho is known for its crazy weather and this announcement from the US national weather association in Pocatello is no real surprise. If you live in Southeastern Idaho you should prepare for all real storm possibilities.

Us National weather service Pocatello, Idaho:

"Confidence is increasing in heavy snowfall for portions of East Idaho. The Winter Storm Severity Index graphic shows the areas expected to have the greatest impact through Thursday, in this case, a combination of heavy snow and blowing snow. The areas not highlighted in this graphic are expected to be warm (rain or mix of rain/snow) or receive little precipitation. The Snow Amount graphic includes snowfall through Friday.

We are here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  We have highly trained and certified professional ready to help! If you do have a fire, water, mold or asbestos disaster give SERVPRO of Idaho Falls & Rexburg/Rigby a call today (208) 523-5365.

Hood cleaning

2/2/2021 (Permalink)

Did you know that cleaning your restaurant vents is actually something that should be done routinely?! Well it is! The importance is so that the ventilation will ensure that the air inside your restaurant stays fresh. Your exhaust system will take greasy and food particle filled air coming off of your grille and whisk it away through your systems ductwork.

This month we are offering Southeastern Idaho Restaurants a 10% off discount on their first vent cleaning. We know that dirty vents can lead to fires which will leave your restaurant in more than just a greasy mess.

We are here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  We have highly trained and certified professional ready to help! If you do have a fire, water, mold or asbestos disaster give SERVPRO of Idaho Falls & Rexburg/Rigby a call today (208) 523-5365.

It's storm season

2/2/2021 (Permalink)

Storm season is upon us and you know what that means... Cold, hard and unforgiving hail is about to show its unforgiving face. Here in Southeastern Idaho the hail can become pretty intense at times. In 2018 the hail storm got so bad it caused thousands of dollars in destruction. From shingles on homes that looked like they got a hundred tiny rocks thrown at it to cars that had paint and glass damage.

Thankfully there are ways to help prepare for a hale storm if one is headed your way.

  1. Inspect your roof for cracks or missing shingles.
  2. Keep your trees and shrubbery well trimmed
  3. Maintain your outdoor area to avoid any dangerous materials getting thrown around.
  4. Keep your gutters and drains clean and clear so debris can easily flow down.

If you have a fire, water, mold or asbestos disaster call the professionals at SERVPRO today. We are here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Christmas Tree Danger

1/22/2021 (Permalink)

Thank you to Ammon fire department for helping us with this demonstrations. We wanted to help to educate the public on how quickly a happy holiday tradition can go wrong.

Be sure to keep your trees watered and away from any heat source such as candles, heaters, etc.

According to nfpa.org:

  •  Between 2014-2018, U.S. fire departments responded to an average 160 home fires that started with Christmas trees per year. These fires caused an average of two deaths, 14 injuries, and $10 million in direct property damage annually.
  • Electrical distribution or lighting equipment was involved in almost half (45%) of home Christmas tree fires.
  • More than one-fifth (22%) of the Christmas tree fires, some type of heat source, such as a candle or equipment, was too close to the tree.
  • Fifteen percent of Christmas tree fires were intentional. 
  • Roughly three-quarters of Christmas tree fires occurred in December or January.
  • More than two of every five (42%) home Christmas tree fires started in the living room

We here at SERVPRO know how important it is to get your businesses back up and running as soon as possible.  We have highly trained and certified professional ready to help If you do have a fire, water, mold or asbestos disaster give SERVPRO of Idaho Falls & Rexburg/Rigby a call today (208) 523-5365.

Candle Dangers

1/22/2021 (Permalink)

Did you know that every year candle fires destroy tons of homes! According to the www.nfpa.org

During the five-year period of 2014-2018:

  • 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 40% of the associated deaths and 49% of the associated injuries.
  • Falling asleep was a factor in 10% percent of the home candle fires and 15% of the associated deaths.
  • On average, 21 home candle fires were reported per day. 
  • Three of every five (60%) of home candle fires occurred when some form of combustible material was left or came too close to the candle.
  • December is the peak time of year for home candle fires. In December, 12% of home candle fires began with decorations compared to 4% the rest of the year.

We here at SERVPRO know how important it is to get your businesses back up and running as soon as possible.  We have highly trained and certified professional ready to help If you do have a fire, water, mold or asbestos disaster give SERVPRO of Idaho Falls & Rexburg/Rigby a call today (208) 523-5365.

Leaky mattress

1/21/2021 (Permalink)

Recently SERVPRO was called out to a local mattress store that unfortunately had a pipe that leaked.  Leaking pipes are common whether it be residential or commercial. If you feel like you may have a leaking pipe there are proper steps to take.

  • Look for the signs of a leak
  • Visually inspect plumbing leaks such as puddles or wet carpet
  • Turn of water supply if leak is continuous
  • Call a professional restoration company to come clean up and fry out the space if the leak is too large or you feel damage has been done.

We here at SERVPRO know how important it is to get your businesses back up and running as soon as possible.  We have highly trained and certified professional ready to help If you do have a fire, water, mold or asbestos disaster give SERVPRO of Idaho Falls & Rexburg/Rigby a call today (208) 523-5365.

Fire Suppression Line

1/21/2021 (Permalink)

We recently were called out to an apartment complex that had frozen fire suppression lines. In the cold Southeastern Idaho winters frozen lines are really no surprise to home owners as well as business owners. But if you do not catch it and correct it in time it can become a huge hassle. Proper insulation is a great way to slow or even stop the lines from freezing.

Fire Suppression Systems are used to extinguish, contain, or in some cases, entirely prevent fires from spreading or occurring. Fire Suppression Systems have an incredibly large variety of applications, and as such, there are many different types of suppression systems for different applications being used today.

If you do have a fire, water, mold or asbestos disaster give SERVPRO of Idaho Falls & Rexburg/Rigby a call today (208) 523-5365.

Basement Flooding

1/21/2021 (Permalink)

Flooding in a basement can occur after a large storm. If your foundation has a crack water is sure to sneak its way right in. That can cause more serious problems like mold!

There are ways however to try and keep your basement clean and dry.  One way is to add gutter extensions. This way the downspouts are dumping water a certain amount of feet away from your home. A second way is to plug the gaps. That means that you if you notice water coming through to your basement you can plug them with certain cements or caulking’s.  A third way would be to fix your landscaping. Beams are usually a good choice and with the help of a landscaper you can help redirect that water in a flash.

If you do have a fire, water, mold or asbestos disaster give SERVPRO of Idaho Falls & Rexburg/Rigby a call today (208) 523-5365.

Leaking in the kitchen

1/12/2021 (Permalink)

Flooding in the kitchen can become a very real and very quick disaster! When installing new hardware under your sink be sure it is always properly fitted. If lines are loose or the proper connections are not correct than water can leak OR worse start flowing out very quickly or rapidly.

If you are not home, heaven forbid, to turn off the main water shut off the water can come pouring out and leak into other rooms of your home as well as your basement. If that happens you will most likely need to call a professional to come out and clean up and dry all the excess water.

If you do have a fire, water, mold or asbestos disaster give SERVPRO of Idaho Falls & Rexburg/Rigby a call today (208) 523-5365.

Icy Inferno Christmas Tree Bonfire

1/12/2021 (Permalink)

We are so lucky to be able to get to do so much work and event with our local Fire Departments. One event that is coming and hosted by the city of Ammon, ID as well as Bonneville Country Fire District is called the Icy Inferno. Details from City of Ammon are:

The City of Ammon is very excited to announce a new event, the Icy Inferno Christmas Tree bonfire and fireworks show. As indicated on the poster, this event is strictly contingent upon the COVID environment as well as the wind. As such the event is subject to rescheduling, adjusting, or cancellation.

Lots more information is on the way, including prizes and giveaways from local businesses, a map, details about parking, etc.Please help us by dropping off your Christmas Trees beginning December 26th through January 23rd. A map will be posted before Christmas and the spot will be clearly designated at the location. This will be a lot of fun and we hope to see you as we light up the cold night! 

Stormy weather

1/7/2021 (Permalink)

Even in the worst stormy weather SERVPRO will travel near and far to be there in your time of need! Our franchise travels all over Southeastern Idaho and the weather out here can get pretty treacherous at times. Last year alone we saw an average of 38.9 inches of snow. The US averages at 27.8. So needless to say, our winters are pretty chilly.

Road conditions are not always the best so we always urge our employees to take these steps while driving in stormy weather.

  1. Slow down. Even if you have all-wheel drive, reduce your speed about 10 miles per hour below the speed limit
  2. Beware of black ice
  3. Avoid tailgating
  4. Don't brake during a turn
  5. Turn into a skid

These tips can make a huge difference while driving in adverse weather conditions. If you do have a fire, water, mold or asbestos disaster give SERVPRO of Idaho Falls & Rexburg/Rigby a call today (208) 523-5365.

Water in your basement

1/7/2021 (Permalink)

Storms can cause a variety of different issues with your home. Damage to your roof is one of the more common issues that could happen during a storm. Damage To your roof can come from heavy hail, tree branches, or even too much weight on your roof from heavy snow. There are ways however to help prevent damaging affects to your roof.

  1. Make sure to monitor your trees. If you have trees around your home with long hanging limbs or hedges that are growing out of control, make sure to maintain them.
  2. Always do thorough inspections to your roof or hire someone else to do them.
  3. Make sure you ass insulation
  4. And always ventilate your roofs.

If you do have a fire, water, mold or asbestos disaster give SERVPRO of Idaho Falls & Rexburg/Rigby a call today (208) 523-5365.

Mold can be almost anywhere

1/7/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial buildings have to deal with almost everything a home would have to including mold. Mold is a touchy subject because unless tested or viewed by a professional you can’t tell how dangerous it can really be. Mold occurs primarily because mold loves damp, dark, wet and isolated spaces. So really almost just about anywhere. Below are some tips on helping to prevent a mold disaster in your business.

  1. Always stay vigilant. Mold is very tricky and sneaky and can hid almost anywhere that is even the tiniest bit damp
  2. Make sure to always make the proper repairs to foundation cracks, leaky roofs, etc.
  3. Dehumidifiers are always a great idea to combat mold growth
  4. Clean clean clean! Try your best to keep your property clean!

If you do have a fire, water, mold or asbestos disaster give SERVPRO of Idaho Falls & Rexburg/Rigby a call today (208) 523-5365.

Ice dam danger

1/2/2021 (Permalink)

According to www.almanac.com "November 2020 to October 2021. Winter temperatures and precipitation will be slightly below normal, on average. The coldest periods will be in early to mid-December, late January, and late February. Snowfall will be near normal, with the snowiest periods in early and late December, late January, and late February."

With snow come ice and with ice comes the possibility of ice dams. There definitely ways to help prevent ice dams.

1. Roof rakes
2. Ice Melting Heat Cables
3. Blown-in Attic Insulation
4. Ventilation Upgrade
5. Ice Belt Metal Panels
6. Metal Roof
7. Integrated Heating/Ice Melting Panels
8. Caulk to Seal Air Leaks

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

Commercial buildings have mold too

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

Mold on wood Mold on a wood surface at a commercial location.

This mold was found at a commercial building we were working on this week. Water damage in an attic can increase to mold growth within 72 hours given proper conditions. The quicker we can respond the greater the chance we can save the materials and not have to tear out.

When a commercial property develops mold, they have to work fast to get it treated and removed so they don’t lose out on any income. It is important especially now in these rough times that businesses are able to remain open and functioning normally. That is where SERVPRO comes in and saves the day! We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for all of your disaster needs!

Our highly trained team of professionals are ready to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We strive to always be up to date on the newest training and techniques as well as CDC guidelines. If your business has a fire, water, mold, asbestos, biohazard or COVID disaster, give SERVPRO a call today at (208) 523-5365.

Ice makers can create mold

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

Mold on the ceiling Mold on the ceiling of at attic.

slow leak from the ice maker supply line of the refrigerator caused the wood floor in the kitchen to lift and buckle. The water also leaked into the bedroom next to the kitchen and the crawlspace causing mold damage. It is important to check your supply lines regularly to make sure there are no leaks and to avoid serious damage.

Water damage can increase to mold growth within 72 hours given proper conditions. The quicker we can respond the greater the chance we can save the materials and not have to tear out.

Our highly trained team of professionals are ready to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We strive to always be up to date on the newest training and techniques as well as CDC guidelines. If your business has a fire, water, mold, asbestos, biohazard or COVID disaster, give SERVPRO a call today at (208) 523-5365.

There's a new business in town!

8/20/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO was at the opening of the new Costco bright & early to show our support to our newest business in town! As a franchise Veteran owned business, we feel that it is extremely important to be active members of our community and to get to know other businesses in town.

As an active member of our community we find it is very important to introduce ourselves around town so that other businesses know who we are. When businesses have water or fire disasters, we want them to know our owners by name so they can feel comfortable in such a tragic time. It is so important that during a disaster they know that the end result will eventually be a successful one.

Our highly trained team of professionals are ready to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We strive to always be up to date on the newest training and techniques as well as CDC guidelines. If your business has a fire, water, mold, asbestos, biohazard or COVID disaster, give SERVPRO a call today at (208) 523-5365.

New construction = New problems

8/20/2020 (Permalink)

This damage was the cause of extreme rain fall that came through the roof of new construction that resulted in a flooding disaster.

A leaky roof can cause as a problem in any sort of weather, but a leaky roof in a rainstorm or snowstorm can become a huge problem very fast. There are ways however to prevent water from leaking through your roof.

  1. Have Your Roof ...
  2. Fix Any Loose Shingles or Tiles. ...
  3. Secure Any Yard Furniture. ...
  4. Survey Fascia and Soffit Boards. ...
  5. Trim Any Trees That Overhang the Roofand Trim Dead Branches off All Trees. ...
  6. Purchase a Tarp and Store as Needed. ...
  7. Clean Debris from Valley and Gutters.

If you have a FireWaterMoldAsbestosBiohazard or COVID disaster make sure to give SERVPRO a call today! We have trained professionals available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! (208) 523-5365

Leaky fridge

7/16/2020 (Permalink)

Our production manager Justin was in Driggs this past week monitoring a water loss and updating a mitigation estimate for a home that had recently experienced flooding due to a leak in the fridge hose.

There are many reasons why a fridge water line would leak. The refrigerator water inlet valve may be loose, faulty, or clogged. This is the valve at the back bottom of the refrigerator where the water line attaches into. ... If this valve is damaged, cracked, or the water line is not fully connected, it will leak.

It is very important to call a professional immediately after this kind of disaster occurs to avoid any other issues such as mold growth.

If you have a Fire, Water, Mold, Asbestos or Biohazard disaster call SERVPRO. We are available 25 hours a day, 7 days a week with trained and friendly professionals ready to help! (208) 523-5365

Beware when towing

7/16/2020 (Permalink)

Did you know that chains dragging from a trailer that you are pulling could be the cause of a forest fire? It can! If you are towing a trailer for camping or other recreational reasons, make sure the chains on the tow assembly are NOT dragging on the ground. Dragging chains could cause sparks on the roads surface. It only takes just one spark to possibly burn thousands of acres of land.

According to nifc.gov, As of today, nationally, 43 large fires have burned more than 391,000 acres. Four new fires were reported. Several fires in California, Nevada, and Utah displayed extreme fire behavior yesterday. Residents near the mineral, Coyote, Big Summit, Turkey Farm Road and Veyo West fires are under evacuation orders. If you spot a fire starting to burn make sure to call 911 to report a forest fire!

If you have a Fire, Water, Mold, Asbestos or Biohazard disaster call SERVPRO. We are available 25 hours a day, 7 days a week with trained and friendly professionals ready to help! (208) 523-5365

Volunteering our time

7/16/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO has been teaming up with our local Fire Departments and EMTs to volunteer our time in helping prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The CDC describes Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an illness caused by a virus that can spread from person to person.

  • The virus that causes COVID-19 is a new coronavirus that has spread throughout the world.
  • COVID-19 symptoms can range from mild (or no symptoms) to severe illness.

We have been volunteering our time and products by going out to our local Fire Departments and cleaning all emergency vehicles. We also went to our local hospitals and held an event where we fed them as well as cleaned and fogged their personal vehicles free of charge. We hope that by doing this we can help to keep our first responders safe and able to continue to be there for our community.

If you have a fire, water, mold, asbestos, biohazard or COVID-19 related disaster, give SERVPRO a call today at (208) 523-5365. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We have highly trained professionals ready when you need us!

Cleaning and Sanitizing Fire Departments

5/13/2020 (Permalink)

We are so blessed to have the resources available to help assist in keeping our local first responders safe. SERVPRO of Idaho Falls & Rexburg/Rigby has decided to support our local heroes by going to all of our local fire departments and offering to clean and fog all of their emergency response vehicles to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. We wipe down everything very thoroughly and make sure to sanitize every spot that could have possibly been affected.

This week we went to Central Fire District and cleaned and fogged all of their vehicles. We are so happy that we are able to give back to our community. We are so lucky to have such amazing heroes in our community!

If you have a Water, Fire, Mold, Asbestos or Biohazard Disaster give SERVPRO a call today. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! We have trained professionals ready to help.

Tanning salon issues

5/13/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle parked out in front of residential business SERVPRO vehicle parked out in front of residential business

Last week SERVPRO of Idaho Falls & Rexburg/Rigby was called to a local tanning salon in Idaho Falls. They had a water loss affecting over 20 rooms! Within an hour we had employees onsite extracting water, moving contents, and getting equipment set.

It is very important when you have a water leak to get it taken care of as quickly as possible to prevent any other issues such as mold. Because they digest materials such as wood, the spread of mold due to leak throughout a building can cause damage to the floor and ceiling. Mold thrives under humid conditions, which is why water leaks from leaking water pipelines often contribute to the growth and spread of mold.

If you have a Water, Fire, Mold, Asbestos or Biohazard Disaster give SERVPRO a call today. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! We have trained professionals ready to help.

Thank you to our first responders

5/5/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO jeep parked next to a Police Vehicle SERVPRO jeep parked next to a police vehicle while Megan and Jared clean emergency response vehicles.

SERVPRO of Idaho Falls & Rexburg/Rigby has decided to volunteer their time to help our first responders in our community. We decided to get into contact with the local Fire departments and Police Stations and set up appointments to come out to clean and fog their emergency response vehicles in order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Per CDC Guidelines they suggest these preventative measures everyone should take.

Everyone Should

Wash your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact

Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others

  • You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
  • Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.
    • Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
  • Do NOT use a face mask meant for a healthcare worker.
  • Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.

Cover coughs and sneezes

  • If you are in a private setting and do not have on your cloth face covering, remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Water & Ice Dams

4/10/2020 (Permalink)

Window that was re-done as of a result of an ice dam A window that had to be replaced as a result of an ice dam leak.

Yesterday we finished construction on a water job we were working on. Water had come into the home due to an ice dam and causing water damage to the home. When the temperature in your attic is above freezing, snow on the roof will likely melt. When the snowmelt runs down the roof and hits the colder eaves, it refreezes.

If this cycle repeats over several days, the freezing snowmelt builds up and forms a dam of ice, behind which water pools up into large puddles, or "ponds". The ponding water can then back up under the roof covering and leak into the attic or along exterior walls.

The right weather conditions for ice dams are usually when outside air temperatures are in the low 20's (°F) for several days with several inches of snow on the roof.

There are no jobs too big or too small. Call SERVPRO today for all of your Fire, Water, Mold and Asbestos disasters (208)523-5365.

We are Cleaning Experts

4/10/2020 (Permalink)

The owners of our franchise with their children The owners of our franchise posing on a couch with their children.

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today SERVPRO of Idaho Falls & Rexburg/Rigby

Buckled wood floors

4/3/2020 (Permalink)

Our employee Kale removing a wood floor Our employee Kale removing a customers wood flooring due to buckling caused by water damage.

This week Carlos and Kale were in Island Park responding to a water loss and taking a moment to enjoy the beautiful views!!They are removing the hardwood floors because the floor had buckled causing doors and walls to shift.

According to www.nydreeflooring.com “Water is the enemy of hardwood flooring. Due to the porous nature of wood, moisture can be easily absorbed into the material. ... The wet floor may also begin to buckle and cup when large amounts of water are absorbed as the planks swell.”

Make sure to call a professional if you feel there has just been too much damage done to your flooring. The last thing you need is for the damage to continue and turn into mold. Which is a whole other issue on its own.

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 with highly trained professionals ready to help you in your time of need.

Our Peeps

3/26/2020 (Permalink)

Our SERVPRO crew getting suited up in yellow hazmat suits Our SERVPRO crew getting suited up in yellow hazmat suits ready to fog an airport.

Our Peeps were suiting up prior to fogging an airport in Wyoming. Disinfectant fogging is a great step we can take to help provide you and those around you with an extra level of peace of mind.

We are dedicated to making sure that we can assist in helping to combat the spread of Coronavirus by offering cleaning fogging services.

Remember to continue to follow the CDC guidelines on social distancing & quarantine measures.

  • Wash hands 
  • Avoid touching face 
  • Clean and sanitize house 
  • Clean and sanitize office 

As a responsible business and member of the community, we are asking the same question that you are: How can we keep our customers and community safe?

At SERVPRO we can help minimize the spread of germs with proactive cleaning and/or fogging. We are trained to adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitization standards, making us the #1 choice for cleanup and restoration.

In addition to Proactive Deep Cleaning, we also offer the following:

A fogging process delivered with a mechanical system that atomizes electro-statically charged droplets of SERVPROXIDE that can get it to the hard to reach cracks and crevices of the treated area. SERVPROXIDE is a proprietary hospital grade disinfectant that has demonstrated effectiveness against viruses similar to the SARS-Coronavirus (COV-2).

  • SERVPROXIDE is NON-TOXIC and is not considered hazardous by OSHA. It is as safe or safer than many household cleaners.
  • SERVPROXIDE has a mild smell and areas treated can be inhabited as soon as 15-20 minutes after being treated.
  • SERVPROXIDE DOES NOT cause any respiratory or skin irritation.

From a business point of view, doesn’t it make sense to put yourself in a position to say you have taken all reasonable precautions to take care of your customers and staff?

We are also offering Fogging and Extensive Cleaning to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus. SERVPRO is an essential business and is here to help you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for all of your Fire, Water, Mold and Asbestos Disasters. Give us a call today at (208) 523-5365.

We are here to help

3/13/2020 (Permalink)

News article showing our SERVPRO truck News article about Coronavirus showing our SERVPRO truck in the background.

SERVPRO's all over the US have been working tirelessly to help minimize the spread of Coronavirus. We have assisted in cleaning the Amazon and Nike headquarters as well as Princess Cruise Ship and entire school districts.

Call us today at (208) 523-5365 to discuss how we can help protect your home and business.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/…/grand-princess-cruise-shi…/

“Two green SERVPRO disaster recovery trailers were in the area with labels that read, “Ready for whatever happens.” Workers wearing vests from the same company roamed the grounds. Other trailers were labeled, “California disaster medical support.”

https://pamplinmedia.com/…/454621-370957-forest-hills-is-re…

“While the building was closed, SERVPRO, an industrial cleaning company, was brought in to deep clean the premises. PBS Environmental, the district's industrial hygienist, provided third party oversight to make sure protocols were followed.

SERVPRO disinfected all hard surfaces such as doors, bathrooms, desks, chairs and countertops, using a registered hospital grade disinfectant called Benefect Decon 30. In addition to the manual wiping and disinfecting, electrostatic sprayers — which create a bond between the surface and the spray and don't have to be wiped — were used.

SERVPRO started their assessment Saturday morning and finished cleaning Monday afternoon.

SERVPRO used these same methods to clean all other LOSD facilities. “

Wash your hands

3/13/2020 (Permalink)

Flyer regarding the coronavirus and how SERVPRO can help Flyer regarding the coronavirus and how SERVPRO can help.

We can help minimize the spread of germs with proactive cleaning! At SERVPRO, we’re trained to adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitization standards, making us the #1 choice for cleanup and restoration. Call (208) 523-5365 or email us at SERVPRO9647@gmail.com to see how we can help clean your home or business.

Stop the spread of germs with a professional cleaning for your home or business. As the #1 choice for cleanup and restoration, we have the resources to help you immediately. Call (208) 523-5365 or email us at SERVPRO9647@gmail.com to see how we can help clean your home or business.

  • Wash hands
  • Avoid touching face
  • Clean and sanitize house
  • Clean and sanitize office

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration, we can minimize the spread of germs with a proactive cleaning for your home or business. Give us a call at (208) 523-5365

As painless as possible

3/12/2020 (Permalink)

One of our crew chiefs Carlos standing in front of a SERVPRO truck Carlos our crew chief posing in front of our SERVPRO truck

Here at SERVPRO we strive to make every disaster as painless as possible for our customers. Here are some customer reviews that put a huge smile on our faces.

Megan

We have had some mold problems in our garage. Skylar was the first person I called. He sent someone out immediately to take a look and then personally came out and looked as well. Very professional, very helpful and I would call again when something else comes up! Thanks so much!!!

Shawn

Marci and Carlos were magnificent to work with. I will absolutely work with SERVPRO again. It really made a difference, the wonderful customer service these two provided. THANKS!

Raquel

Skyler was very professional and very willing to answer any and all questions I had. I had some flooding in my house a while back and everyone who's come through has been very friendly and very kind. I would be happy to have them work on my house again (though I'm hoping to avoid that!).

We love our customers' Reviews

3/12/2020 (Permalink)

One of our crew chiefs Zach standing in front of a SERVPRO truck One of our crew chiefs Zach posing in front of a SERVPRO truck

We really do love reviews from our customers. Here is one that really made our day!

Robert

Upon returning from SOCAL on the 27th of August, we found our basement flooded. We called Farmers Insurance and told them what happened and they in turn called SERVPRO and they had two men at our home within an hour. They worked till past 2 am attempting to get as much water removed as possible. Zach, the team leader said that another team would be back in several hours to continue the clean up. By 8 am Carlos and his crew arrived and continued the water removal process and begin the drying out process. Between Zach’s crew and Carlos’s crew the basement was dried and prepared for the restoration process. These two young men were not only very efficient, but very helpful in explaining everything thing that was happening, and also what the whole process would entail. Thank you both along with your crews for helping us to get through all of this. Robert and Susan Robinson

We strive to make our customers happy

3/12/2020 (Permalink)

One of our crew chiefs  standing in front of a SERVPRO truck Our crew chief posing in front of the SERVPRO truck

Here at SERVPRO we strive to make our customers happy! Our reviews mean everything to us! Here are a few of our favorites.

Brandon

Very helpful and mindful of my situation. I am glad I didn’t have to spend a whole bunch of money to have them fix what I was capable of doing with a little bit of guidance. It is is nice to know that they are in business to help others and not force them into expensive repairs just to help their bottom line. Thank you for the help!

Rebecca

We are very appreciative of SERVPRO and all of their crews. They are responsive and communicated with us every step of the way. Carlos and Josafat worked on the drywall repair and I would venture to say that it is the best drywall texture we have seen in a repair! They also trained our maintenance team to be able to detect water leaks behind the walls and use the hygrometer to get a reading. We will use them again!

Water in the attic

2/14/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee cleaning up water SERVPRO employee cleaning up after a water disaster.

We recently got called out to a water loss at a commercial building in Idaho Falls. The winter storms had crept into the attic and partially flooded two apartments and two hallways.  With the winter months being long and wet there is always a chance for a water disaster.

One of the ways to stop the water from creeping in would be roof maintenance. These tips and tricks may help.

  1. Remove snow asap. Although, snow on the roof looks nice, it can lead to a array of issues if left sitting too long.
  2. Repair and flashing. Make sure to take a look at existing flashing. Check if it was installed correctly or if it needs to be replaced.
  3. Check your attic ventilation. Attic performance is directly related to your roof.
  4. Make sure all debris is cleared from your gutters.
  5. Call a professional if you need help!

If you have a Fire, Water, Mold or Asbestos disaster give us a call today! We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. With trained professionals ready to help (208) 523-5365.

Leaky fridge in the breakroom

2/3/2020 (Permalink)

Back of a fridge that caused a leak back of fridge from a breakroom that caused a leak

This disaster was caused by a refrigerator leak in the break room. One of the most common culprits for leaks in the kitchen area are fridges. There are many things that can attribute to a fridge leak.

Water filters can be installed incorrectly or there could be a poor connection. The drain pan can have cracks in it which could cause major leakage. And finally, the defrost drain. The defrost drain is one of the most common causes of a leaking fridge. When the defrost drain is blocked by food particles or ice, it prevents the water accumulated during the defrost cycle to properly drain into the pan. Eventually, water will start to build up. Without anywhere to drain, water will begin to flow right onto your floor.

If you have a fire, water, mold or asbestos disaster give SERVPRO a call today. Our specialized technicians are available for all your disaster needs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

Storms cause water leaks too

2/3/2020 (Permalink)

Floor that has water damage Floor that has water damage due to a storm

This disaster was caused by a water leak from a storm we had recently had here in Southeastern Idaho. It’s winter time and that means the storms are here and ready to wreak havoc on unsuspecting home owners and renters.

Blizzards can cause all types of serious issues to our homes. One of the most dangerous ones are high winds breaking off tree branches that then come crashing into and through our homes. Another one is flooding. Flooding can occur during a heavy storm as well as after. Snow build up on your roof will eventually melt. That’s when the water will try and find any way into your home that it possible can. After it finds its way into your home that is when the disasters start. Mold and water damage can severely take over your home.

If you have a fire, water, mold or asbestos disaster give SERVPRO a call today. Our specialized technicians are available for all your disaster needs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

Water Condensation

1/27/2020 (Permalink)

Water condensation Water condensation in a home.

Water condensation from a storm can lead to secondary damage and cause more damage than the original loss.  Speed is key to ensure you are able to reduce the humidity in the environment and stop the loss.  

So, what is relative humidity? Relative humidity is the amount of water vapor in the air. Relative Humidity refers to the amount of water in the air compared to the total amount it could contain at a specific temperature. For example, 100% relative humidity during the summer would feel like the air is made of pea soup. However, 100% relative humidity during winter would feel less uncomfortable. This is because 80°F air can hold more water than, say, 20°F air.

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 for all of your cleaning and restoration needs.

Emergency Board Up

1/27/2020 (Permalink)

Local business caught on fire Local business caught on fire and two other buildings as well

Over the weekend a local business caught fire affecting 2 other businesses within the building. SERVPRO was able to respond and provide Emergency Board up for all 3 businesses. Here are four reasons to board up after a fire.

  • In a commercial setting, there may still be viable stock on the premises. If products that appear viable remain in the building, you should consider boarding up. These items may require assessment and cleaning and may not be fit for sale, but having them properly processed rather than stolen can be helpful for insurance purposes.
  • You want to protect electronics and other valuables. Depending on the extent of the fire damage, you may be able to restore some electronics or other valuable property to working condition.
  • You need to keep out the elements. If the structure of your property has sustained extensive damage, you should try to keep the elements out to prevent additional damage. Exposure to additional water, wind, or sunlight can compound the damage caused by smoke residue and soot.
  • You want to limit soot damage. It is generally a good idea to reduce foot traffic on the scene of a recent fire. When soot gets embedded into carpeting or upholstery, it can be much more difficult to restore these materials to a pre-fire condition.

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.

After a fire cleanup

1/27/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damage aftermath Fire that broke out and we did a board up

SERVPRO is usually one of the first people to come out right after a fire disaster. Our job is to clean up after the disaster and help salvage any contents we possibly can. We know that after a fire disaster occurs the results can be devastating. Although, the longer you wait the more things can go bad. We like to get in right away so that we can get a game plan going to help salvage anything we possibly can.

www.statefarm.com suggests these steps after a fire disaster:

  1. Find a safe place to stay. No matter the amount of damage, you likely can't stay in your own home.
  2. Contact your insurance agent. You'll need to start a claim and address your immediate needs. "Loss of use" funds from your insurance policy will cover living and other daily expenses.
  3. Address your finances. You'll still need to make mortgage payments — even if your home is destroyed. Your insurance policy, which should cover your home's value and mortgage, will make payments to you and your mortgage lender.
  4. Recover your possessions. Items destroyed in a house fire are usually covered by insurance.

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

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.

Bathtub fails

8/26/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO was called out to a water loss at a home in Victor, ID. The main valve on one of the bathtubs failed and flooded the bathroom. They had to remove the tile and backed board so they could remove the affected subflooring.

It is very important that whenever there is a leak you are always sure to check for moisture or mold. Moisture that is left untreated can result in mold. If mold occurs then there will be a hole new set of obstacles that will arise. Mold is very dangerous to your health and can form fairly quickly. It takes 24 to 48 hours for mold to germinate and grow. Typically, the spores begin to colonize in 3 to 12 days and become visible in about 18-21 days.

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

We are available 24hours a day, 7 days a week!

Ride for 22

8/26/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is so excited to be a part of this amazing event this upcoming Labor Day weekend! The UTV Invasion happens every year around Labor Day in the St. Anthony’s Dunes. There are thousands of people who attend this 5-day event and it is growing every year. SERVPRO has decided to set up a charity raffle in honor of an amazing organization that means so much to all of our employees called Ride for 22.

 Ride For 22® is a non-profit 501c3 organization who cares deeply and passionately about serving our nation’s military and their families. Our mission states we will do three things: spread awareness of PTS and educate the public, serve as a living memorial and provide support and comfort to the loved ones left behind. We hope to accomplish this mission in several ways; participating in ride events, recruiting other riders to join us in raising awareness, being visible at events such as ride’s and health expos, networking families to help each other through the grieving process, help with ride registration fees for veterans battling PTS or the families of those who have lost the battle, share helpful resources to help those suffering or dealing with loss, and much more. Our hope by raising awareness and educating the public is that we can help eliminate some of the stigma that surrounds military PTS and allow for veterans to seek and receive the help and social support they so desperately need and reduce the number 22 to 0.

Mold in the drywall

7/10/2019 (Permalink)

Eric and Justin went to Alpine over the weekend to look at the crawl space in a home that’s still under construction. Because the floor joists were not sealed correctly when they were installed by a different company, mold had begun to grow and water was beginning to seep in through the foundation.

Mold can be very dangerous and go almost unnoticed in some instances. Mold will grow in places with a lot of moisture, such as around leaks in roofs, windows, or pipes, or where there has been flooding. Mold grows well on paper products, cardboard, ceiling tiles, and wood products. Mold can also grow in dust, paints, wallpaper, insulation, drywall, carpet, fabric, and upholstery.

If you suspect you may have mold growth in your home or business please give SERVPRO a call today at (208) 523-5365. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for all of your fire, water, mold and asbestos needs.

4th of July

7/9/2019 (Permalink)

It’s that time of year again… the 4th of July!! As much fun as this holiday can be, it can also cause a lot of disasters. Did you know that  thousands of people every year, mostly children and teens, are injured while using or being around fireworks. www.nfpa.com has some scary but useful facts we should all be aware of.

Fireworks by the numbers
  • Fireworks start an average of 18,500 fires per year, including 1,300 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires, and 16,900 outside and other fires. These fires caused an average of three deaths, 40 civilian injuries, and an average of $43 million in direct property damage.  
  • In 2017, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 12,900 people for fireworks related injuries; 54% of those injuries were to the extremities and 36% were to the head. Children younger than 15 years of age accounted for more than one-third (36%) of the estimated 2017 injuries. These injury estimates were obtained or derived from the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s 2015 Fireworks Annual Report by Yongling Tu.

Fire = Soot

7/9/2019 (Permalink)

Fire disasters not only cause FAST damage but it also causes lasting damage. When you have a fire in your home or business it is not just the flames that are dangerous, it is the smoke as well. We have specialized trained employees who take their time to make sure there is absolutely no remains of soot on your personal belongings after your fire disaster.

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.
  • Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
  • Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning.
  • Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.
  • Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned.
  • Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.

We here at SERVPRO know how devastating a water, fire, mold, or asbestos disaster can be and we are dedicated to helping you get through it. Give us a call today at (208) 523-5365. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Flood cuts and drywall

7/9/2019 (Permalink)

Hanna and Justin were doing flood cuts on the drywall and will be pulling the wet insulation out of a house in Rexburg. It happened after the rain storm we had last week.

Rain storms can cause a lot of damage for home owners and it can come so fast and so unexpected you may not know what to do. On www.hunker.com they reveal why it is a good idea to do a flood cut if your drywall gets wet.

Heavy Dampening

If the drywall is exposed to a large amount of water over an extended period, it will become irreparably ruined. A steady leak or flood damage are common examples. Even after it dries, the drywall will not return to its original shape. Instead it will be clearly warped and discolored. Applying firm pressure will cause it to crumble into a dense, chalky powder. Remove the drywall promptly, dry the surroundings and then install a new sheet. Moisture-damaged drywall is not simply an eyesore, but it's also a health hazard.

Mold

With a little bit of water, drywall can become an ideal environment for mold. Even after drying it out, if mold has taken root, it will persist. In mild cases, the mold will cause discoloration and an unpleasant smell. In extreme cases, such as with black mold, it can negatively affect the health of those nearby. Symptoms include red and irritated eyes, sneezing, headaches and a host of respiratory problems. If drywall shows signs of mold infestation, remove it immediately.

Cleaning Contents

6/4/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is not only known for their restoration skills but we also clean the homes and businesses contents that go through a fire, water, mold and asbestos disasters.

Cleaning contents is an extremely important part of the entire process. Our first step in this process is taking a complete detailed inventory of all belongings affected. We safely pack them and bring them to our facility where we start the next process. We then meticulously and carefully clean every item by hand until we are 100% satisfied with the item. We also have products we use to neutralize odors like smoke smell so that there are no odors left on the items.

SERVPRO is dedicated to making your home or business look as if your disaster never happened. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you have a fire, water, mold or asbestos disaster give SERVPRO call today.

Easter Egg Hunt

6/4/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Idaho Falls is dedicated to being their for our community whenever we are able to do so. Recently we donated a bike to an Easter event in Rexburg, ID.

Rexburg Community Easter Egg Hunt 2019

 The Rexburg Area Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Rexburg Kiwanis and First American Title will host the annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 20th.

Taking place at Porter Park, The Easter Egg Hunt will begin at 10 a.m. and will feature 19,009 eggs for children ages 12 and under to collect.

Easter Eggs will include candy and certificates for up to 865 prizes. Some of the awards can consist of kites, puzzle games, punch balloons, and bicycles donated by various businesses and individuals.

In addition, the Easter egg bunny will be making an appearance during the event starting at 9:15 a.m. At 10:00 a.m. Guests are encouraged to arrive 15-20 minutes early as to avoid missing out on this wonderful event.

Gotta clean those floors

5/7/2019 (Permalink)

In this photo Carlos and Adrian were pulling out a cabinet on a water loss job. They did this so they could pull the flooring and dry the affected areas.

www.lowes.com suggests that the damage that water causes, it can encourage the growth of mold on walls and floors — where it's readily visible — and in ductwork, attics and crawl spaces — where you might not notice it. A musty odor is a sign that mold may be present.

Additional Tips to Avoid Water Damage

  • Have your attic ventilation and insulation inspected annually and seal gaps that allow warm air into the attic — such as those around access doors and light fixtures. When warm air collects in the attic, it can lead to the formation of an ice dam — ice around the eaves that causes water from melting snow and ice to back up under the shingles and leak into your home.
  • If you have a sump pump, test it several times during the year. Follow the manufacturer's maintenance instructions.
  • Check your water pressure with a pressure gauge; typically these screw onto a hose bib. The pressure in an average home is around 50 to 70 pounds per square inch (psi). Higher pressure causes extra stress on pipes and fittings and can lead to leaks.
  • Inspect tile and grout around showers and tubs. Make any necessary repairs. Read Replace a Broken Ceramic Tile and Repair Tile Groutfor step-by-step instructions.
  • Check for leaks around windows during rains and seal any you find.
  • Use exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathroom to move excess moisture out of the house. Moisture in the air can condense on cool surfaces and cause problems. Read Controlling Moisture and Humidity in the Home for more ways to reduce indoor moisture.
  • Locate your water shut-off valve so you can quickly turn off water to the home in an emergency. See Shut Off Your Home Water Supply for instructions on locating the valve.

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

Fire Bags

5/7/2019 (Permalink)

This photo shows one of our Marketing/Sales Reps Corey got to go around to local fire departments and hand out these amazing Fire Bags our Marketing Department has put together for families in need! SERVPRO knows how unexpected fires can be and wanted to find a way to help families in our communities. We decided to put bags together that the fire departments could hand out to families after they have a fire disaster. With the help of donations, we have been able to put together more than 100 bags so far!

The contents of these bags include toiletries, towels, paper, pens, Chapstick, coloring books and many other items families may need if they experience a fire disaster in their home.

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!

mold growth!

5/7/2019 (Permalink)

Jared and Mike were at a new water loss job this morning. The water came from an overflowing toilet!

Water is bad enough on its own but when left unattended it can cause the dreaded… MOLD! www.moldepedia.com states that moisture is really the key cause of mold growth since the other conditions on the list are always going to be present in homes. So, essentially, the difference between whether mold grows in your home or not comes down to whether you have a moisture problem.

What Mold Needs to Grow

Mold needs these conditions before it can begin to grow in a home:

  • Mold spores
  • A food source (eg wood, drywall, cotton)
  • Darkness (mold can't grow under ultraviolet light)
  • Warmth (mold can't grow in freezing temperatures)
  • Oxygen
  • Moisture (eg water leaks, humidity)
  • Enough time (most molds can begin to grow in 24-48 hours if the conditions are right)

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

Spring Brew Fest

5/1/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO was lucky enough to be able to volunteer our time with the City of Idaho Falls downtown development Spring Brew event. Downtown Idaho Falls is currently raising money to help with the development on Downtown Idaho Falls. Their Mission is: The Idaho Falls Downtown Development Corporation is a non-profit corporation dedicated to establishing Historic Downtown Idaho Falls as the regional center for commercial, cultural, and leisure activities for residents and visitors alike.

The beer fest was a community event and SERVPRO was out there helping to raise money. Our marketers Megan, Corey, and Danielle along with the owner himself, Skylar Price, donated their time and service to help make our beautiful city of Idaho Falls even better. Our franchise is huge on volunteer work and have lined up many different events throughout the year from Idaho falls to St. Anthony’s for us to attend. We couldn’t be more excited and cannot wait until the next event.

Ducts cleaned anyone?

5/1/2019 (Permalink)

Did you know that SERVPRO of Idaho Falls now offers Duct Cleaning? You can call our office between 8:00am – 5:00pm for your estimate and we work with residential and commercial businesses. So what is duct cleaning? According to the EPA website Duct cleaning generally refers to the cleaning of various heating and cooling system components of forced air systems, including the supply and return air ducts and registers, grilles and diffusers, heat exchangers heating and cooling coils, condensate drain pans (drip pans), fan motor and fan housing, and the air handling unit housing.

SERVPRO has highly trained professionals ready to help you and your home and business get those ducts cleaned and back in working order. We also offer free estimates Monday through Friday between 8:00am – 5:00pm mountain time. If you feel like you may possibly need your ducts cleaned call a SERVPRO professional today at (208) 523-5365 and we will help you every step of the way.

Spring Showers

4/10/2019 (Permalink)

With all the recent storms Southeastern Idaho has been having, it is a good idea to know how to prepare your house for these Spring showers. On www.hometips.com they offer these tricks and tips for a worry free spring.

  • Inspect the house siding. Check for damage, cracks, and holes. Seal up leaks with paintable or clear caulk. Make sure the paint is in good condition. If it isn’t, consider getting the house painted before winter really sets in.
  • Weatherstrip windows and doors to seal out drafts and minimize heat loss. For more, see Weatherstripping Windows and/or Door Weatherstripping Options.
  • Prepare or install storm doors and windows. If your home has a combination storm/screen door with interchangeable glass and screen panels, switch from screens to glass (see Screen & Storm Door Buying Guide). Spray a little WD-40 on the storm door’s hinges and latches. Be sure the door closer is adjusted and working smoothly.
  • Clean your gutters and downspouts. When gutters and downspouts clog with leaves and debris, water overflows and spills down where it can damage walls and footings. Please see Rain Gutter Cleaning & Maintenance.  If your house is beneath many trees, it’s smart to clear the gutters at the beginning of the season, and then clean them again after the first rain to remove leaves and debris that wash down from the roof.
  • Check your roof, skylights, and flashing. The roof is the most obvious point of entry for rain. Please see How to Find & Fix a Roof Leak.  If checking your roof is more than you want to handle yourself, please see our affiliate partner, HomeAdvisor, to receive free bids from local asphalt shingle roof repair pros.
  • Repair gutters and downspouts. Fix loose, sagging, or leaking gutters and make sure downspouts carry drainage well away from the house. For more, see How to Fix Rain Gutters & Downspouts.

Flowers are starting to bloom!

4/3/2019 (Permalink)

With the Spring months upon us most of the region will soon be, if not already, facing lots and lots od downpours. This is the time for you to start getting your house ready to transition from stormy skies to warm sunny weather.

On www.thenest.com they suggest these tips and tricks to keep you ahead of the game.

Repair the Walkways - Snow and cold can wreak havoc on your walkway. With warmer weather approaching, take this time to patch cracks and replace loose bricks and pavers. Rent a power washer or purchase a chemical treatment to clean up embedded stains in concrete, stone or asphalt.

Prune and Mulch - Prune dead branches, trim back overgrown shrubbery and remove any obstructive plantings. Spread mulch or bark around trees, shrubs and flowers for a weed-free, well-kept look.

Freshen up your furniture - Spray a fresh coat of paint on furniture and replace the cushions. Fill an empty spot on the porch or stoop with a modern bench or porch swing

Keep it clean - Sweep the sidewalk and stoop, clear away cobwebs, tighten wobbly railings, and repaint posts and supports.

Clean Gutters - This can save you a lot of money on repair costs. Inspect your downspouts and gutters just before the spring rains start to be sure they’re clear of leaves, tree limbs and other debris that might cause problems later on. Clogging usually occurs at the elbow in a drainage system, where the downspout connects to the gutter. Since this elbow is relatively easy to remove, take it off and inspect for clogging.

Reviews help us grow!

3/26/2019 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO we feel like we are only as good as the feedback we receive from our customers. We train our employees to always try and go above and beyond for our customers. Below is a real life review we received this week!

Dear Skylar and Jared

 Thank you both so very much for your careful and professional attention to the recent water loss at my home in Jackson, Wyoming. You and your team have done a very neat and thorough job of caring for the home as well as making me feel comfortable with the entire process. I very much appreciate the time you’ve spent reviewing the estimates so I know we’ve captured everything correctly.

 I look forward to receiving your final report – we’ll use that to get the remaining bids and info needed to complete this process. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you need anything further from me at this time.

 Wishing you a successful year!

 With gratitude,

 Robin Suydam

Toys for Tots

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Idaho Falls is huge in helping out our community! We love being involved in as many organization projects as possible. This last Christmas were lucky enough to be able to show our support and assist Toys for Tots in raising over $350 as well as two boxes of toy donations.

Toys for Tots is a program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve which distributes toys to children whose parents cannot afford to buy them gifts for Christmas. The program was founded in 1947 by reservist Major Bill Hendricks.

Our Marketing/Sales Rep Corey was able to go around to over 10 businesses in town and get donated items such as gift cards and gift baskets. All proceeds from those raffles went straight to Toys for Tots.

We went to Black Bear Diner as well as Cal Ranch to set up booths and inform people about this wonderful organization. People were wonderful and really helped out their community and all of the wonderful children in it. We cannot wait to be involved again Christmas 2019 and raise as much money and toys to help out our community as we can!

Veteran Owned

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Idaho Falls is a veteran owned and operated business. Our owner Skylar price served in the Army for 9 years.

This last year we were able to be a part of a Veteran motorcycle ride called Ride 22. On their website, this is how Ride 22 is described.

Ride For 22® is a non-profit 501c3 organization who cares deeply and passionately about serving our nations’s military and their families. Our mission states we will do three things: spread awareness of PTS and educate the public, serve as a living memorial and provide support and comfort to the loved ones left behind. We hope to accomplish this mission in several ways; participating in ride events, recruiting other riders to join us in raising awareness, being visible at events such as ride’s and health expos, networking families to help each other through the grieving process, help with ride registration fees for veterans battling PTS or the families of those who have lost the battle, share helpful resources to help those suffering or dealing with loss, and much more. Our hope by raising awareness and educating the public is that we can help eliminate some of the stigma that surrounds military PTS and allow for veterans to seek and receive the help and social support they so desperately need and reduce the number 22 to 0.

Excellent Customer Service

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO we try and take the absolute best care of our customers. We make sure to implement proper training for all new hires that starts and ends with proper customer service.

We believe that the customer should be more than happy with the job and job process so we make sure to check in with them throughout the job to make sure that they are satisfied with the work we are preforming.

We believe that having excellent customer service is key. On www.myperfectresume.com they define what excellent customer service means.

What does it mean to provide excellent customer service?
Providing excellent customer service means going the extra mile in making sure a customer is happy and satisfied with a company’s products or services. It also involves providing service to a customer in a timely, pleasant manner. In order to provide excellent customer service, one needs superb communication and problem resolution skills.

24 hours a day, 7 days a week

3/6/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO? Because SERVPRO prides themselves in being faster to any disaster. With over 1,500 franchises nationwide, we can be anywhere you are. We know that when disaster hits the last thing anyone wants is to have to wait for help. We are confident that we will be there for you in a timely manner and to be able to start helping right away.  

To make sure that we stand true to our promise, we are open twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. We have on call managers and technicians to make sure we are able to help whenever disaster may hit. We know that disasters are not planned and we want our customers to feel secure and to know that we are available 100% of the time.

If you have a fire, water, mold, or asbestos disaster, give SERVPRO a call today at (208) 523-5365. We also offer duct cleaning!

Employees are everything!

3/6/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO? When I began working for SERVPRO I knew close to nothing about the franchise that I got hired on to. I learned quickly that it wasn’t just another “restoration company franchise” but a family. This SERVPRO is independently owned by two of the nicest, hardest working, wonderful individuals I have ever met. They don’t just treat this like a business but like a family. They care about their employees and are there for them whenever we need them.

We have monthly company meetings and the marketing department gets to spoil the other employees with a HUGE yummy breakfast as well as treats most months. Every employee is required to attend these meetings because at our franchise they want to hear everyone’s suggestions, opinions, questions, and concerns.

I believe that a successful business treats their employees with respect and that is exactly what they do. I am extremely proud to be working for a company as amazing as this one.

What's down in the basement?

2/14/2019 (Permalink)

Our crew was at a new water loss in Mackay, ID. The owners were gone for two months. They came home to find their flooring was severely buckled and there was standing water in the basement.

The loss was from a water line that was going to the kitchen sink that had frozen and then broke. Our crew had to pack out all of the contents before they were able to start the demolition process.

According to www.consumerreports.com they have a few ideas to possibly help avoid a freezing pipe.

Keep garage doors closed, especially if there are water supply lines in the garage.

Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing, especially if your sinks are on an exterior wall. (If you have small children, be sure to remove any harmful cleaners and household chemicals.)

Let the cold-water drip from a faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe—even at a trickle—helps prevent pipes from freezing.

Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature during day and night. Again, during a cold snap is not the time to set back the thermostat at night to save a few bucks on your heating bill.

If you plan to be away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.

For the long term, add insulation to attics, basements, and crawl spaces. Insulation will maintain higher temperatures in those areas and prevent drafts, seal cracks and openings around windows, doors, and at sill plates, where the house rests on its foundation.

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

A storm is comming

2/12/2019 (Permalink)

Winter storms whether it be snow, hail or rain can cause substantial damage to your home. There are plenty of checklists online you can search for to make sure parts of your home weren’t damaged during a storm.

On www.propertycasualty360.com they list seven different areas they feel are important to check over.

  1. The roof

Ice dams and winter storms can do a lot of damage to your roof.

An ice dam occurs when snow on the roof melts, runs to the edge and refreezes there, forcing water back up under the roof where it can cause leaks and shingles deterioration.

At the same time, high winds, hail and winter storms can tear off shingles or drive moisture beneath them, causing further damage.

  1. Gutters

Ice dams can do damage not only to your roof, but to gutters as well.

That’s because the heavy ice building up on the edge can pull gutters away from the roofline.

At the same time, water freezing inside the gutters and downspouts themselves can lead to separations in some areas, which means that they’ll need to be replaced.

  1. House exterior

Cold, snow and hailstones can also take a toll on the outside of a house.

This can result in peeling paint, which if left long enough, could mean that your siding can become susceptible to moisture infiltrating it, which in turn can lead to wood rot and future repairs.

Repainting your exterior in the spring can help prevent these problems.

  1. Siding

If the paint has peeled enough on the siding of the house, moisture can begin to infiltrate, causing the wood to begin rotting.

In addition, hail stones or fallen tree limbs can damage siding, whether denting aluminum siding or cracking vinyl. Because the siding is a home’s first line of defense against the elements, it needs to be repaired in a timely way.

  1. Driveway

A little known problem that can occur during the cold winter months is damage to a driveway.

Small cracks that develop naturally over time are the perfect place for water to collect. When that water freezes, it expands, causing what’s known as a frost heave. Frost heaves are responsible for large cracks, as well as potholes in your driveway, making just getting home a bumpy adventure.

Repaving your driveway can correct these issues and help prevent additional damage by eliminating those small cracks as well.

  1. The foundation

The same freeze/thaw cycle that causes cracks and potholes in a driveway can also affect a foundation.

Hairline cracks in the concrete of a foundation that develop naturally over time because of a home settling can expand during the winter months, causing major structural issues if they aren’t taken care of in a timely way.

Getting a foundation repaired in the spring can help prevent more problems from developing as time goes by.

  1. Trees

Your home isn’t the only area that can sustain damage during a winter storm. Trees in your yard can also take a hit.

Heavy snow and high winds can knock down tree limbs, taking out power lines, damaging siding, and generally making your landscaping look a mess.

Getting your trees trimmed can help prevent this type of damage, as well as keep your trees healthy and looking great.

Duct not Duck

2/1/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is now offering duct cleaning to commercial businesses! We are so excited to be able to offer this service and educate business owners on the importance of making sure your ducts are cleaned.

It is very important to make sure you have you vents cleaned for numerous different reasons. Two reasons in particular would be dust buildup and allergens. You may suspect that your ducts are dirty if sneezing occurs every time you walk into the building. If that is the case than you might want to consider duct cleaning as a possible solution.

A lot of people ask us “how long should I wait between cleanings”? Our answer to that is that it depends on what kind of business you are running. For example, an automotive repair shop may have a substantial amount of dust buildup compared to an office building.

If you suspect that you may need your ducts cleaned give SERVPRO a call today at (208) 523-5365

We love reviews!

1/24/2019 (Permalink)

I know a few people who have used SERVPRO, they have excellent customer service, do a great job, are fast and efficient.

-Catherine M.

This is a great company! I needed work done in my house after a leak and water damage and they were wonderful to work with. Very professional and punctual. would definitely recommend SERVPRO of Idaho Falls & Rexburg/Rigby to our friends and family.

-Danielle P.

My older brother and father both had the opportunity to work for SERVPRO a few years ago. I have always been impressed with the quality work this business cranks out. Great business and even greater owners!

-Tiffany R.

Britten Hafen was on time, very professional, quick and a complete pleasure. My dishwasher broke and flooded into the living room carpet. We cleaned it but had them come check for mold. Once she arrived she took care of everything, I didn't have to do anything after that. Next time I will call them quicker and just have them take care of everything!

-Stew DBD

We take pride in ourselves

1/24/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO prides itself in always making sure the customer is happy with our work as well as being happy with the customer service we provided to them. It starts from the first call the front office staff, then to our estimators, followed by our crews, and finally to our Marketing team and our Production managers. We train every one of our SERVPRO employees to know the importance of great customer service and strive to always to our best!

SERVPRO has gone above and beyond to make us whole despite our insurance companies lack of co-operation. There employees have been considerate, and professional. The office staff is fantastic with follow up and follow through. The owner Skylar exceeds expectations and strives to provide quality work for his clients. I highly recommend them for any home repairs or renovations.

-Tracy M.

Great company!!! Highly recommend.

-Rebecca C.

SERVPRO did a great job cleaning up the fire in Mud Lake, Idaho. They were friendly and efficient while cleaning the museum and demoing the Painted Pony Bar and Grill. Pretty much the best people for any job!!

-Tiffany R.

Stormy weather or sunny sky's?

1/24/2019 (Permalink)

Snow Birds! This is a term I’m sure we have all heard but may not know what it means. According to Wikipedia, Snowbirds are typically retirees who wish to avoid the snow and cold temperatures of northern winter, but maintain ties with family and friends by staying there the rest of the year. In recent years, younger people with jobs tied to seasonal tourists often migrate southward, following the tourist season to southern resorts. Some are also business owners who have a second home in a warmer location or whose business can be easily moved from place to place. Many families in the United States often spend their Christmas holiday time (up to 2 weeks) at beach resorts in Florida and California.

Getting away from the winter definitely sounds amazing from time to time but make sure you take the proper steps before running away from Jack Frost and properly prepare your home. According to www.filterbutler.com they suggest a few things whether you are running from snowflakes or running from sunshine.

Make a List. Check it Twice

Look carefully at the interior and exterior of your property and make note of everything that needs to be done. Come up with an action plan that will also come in handy once you open the house again. When you return to your home at a later date, you more than likely will have forgotten several tasks that will now need to be undone.

Turn Off Your Water at the Exterior

Don’t just turn off your water sources inside. If your furnace fails while you’re away, water in the pipes could freeze and potentially burst the pipes causing extensive damage. After you have turned off the main source, open up every faucet and drain the water lines. Go through your home and make sure the toilets, water heater (turn off the gas or electric supply first), and the expansion tank have all been drained.

Safety Checks

Walk around the home and unplug any appliances or gadgets including microwaves, TVs, and even your oven.  This will avoid the risk of fire in the event of a faulty switch or a rodent gnawing on the wires. For a very long absence, experts suggest turning off gas hot water heaters completely. Hot water heaters use a lot of energy, just keeping water in the tank hot. For gas water heaters, the simplest option is to switch the unit to “pilot”.

Clean It Up

Don’t keep any food that is likely to go bad while you’re away. Empty your freezer. If the electric fails in your absence and then is restored, the food in your freezer will thaw and refreeze, which is very dangerous. If you must keep food in your freezer, place a coin on top of a frozen ice cube tray. If the ice cube melts while you’re away, the coin will sink into the ice cube and will freeze inside of it once the power kicks back on. If this happens you will know that there was a power outage while you were away and now you can discard any frozen foods.

Remove any items that could freeze in your absence such as beer bottles, paint containers, sodas, and mineral water. These items could burst and cause damage to your home.

Handle the Outside

Store outdoor furniture such as tables, chairs, hammocks, and delicate garden ornaments inside a garage, shed or storage unit. A strong wind could blow these pieces away or they can become damaged in a storm.


Tips and tricks to help avoid a fire

1/21/2019 (Permalink)

How to avoid fire damage in your home?

Having a fire in your home or business can happen fast and unexpected. There is something little or no warning so knowing how to help avoid it is a very smart idea.

On www.safewise.com, they offer several tips and tricks on how you can help to prevent a house fire.

Test your smoke alarms.

Properly maintain your smoke alarms by testing the batteries once a month. If they’re not working, replace them immediately.

Inspect heating sources.

Regardless of what kind of primary heating you have in your home, an annual inspection will reduce your risk of fire.

Keep the stove and oven clear.

Don’t leave anything flammable near the stove or oven. Make sure curtains don’t hang over the stove, and never rest towels or a cookbook on the stove.

Stay in the kitchen.

Don’t leave a hot cooking surface unattended. Whether it’s a pot on the stove or an electric griddle, you need to be close by. If you have to leave the room, take the pot off the stove or turn off the griddle first.

Check the dryer.

If you have a gas-powered dryer, have it inspected once a year to make sure all connections are secure. No matter what type of dryer you have, always clean out the lint trap after a load is finished. Regularly check behind and around the dryer for pockets of lint or items of laundry that have fallen under or behind.

Maintain cords.

Regularly check the condition of cords and watch out for frayed wires: repair or replace cords with frayed wires immediately. Electrical cords can produce heat, so don’t trap them under a rug or between furniture and the wall.

Store flammable products properly.

Many household cleaners and cosmetic products like shaving cream and hair spray are flammable. Keep flammable products away from heat, including exposure to sunlight. Designate a cool, dark cupboard for flammable products and make sure all family members know where they go.

Be careful with candles.

Never leave candles unattended and always keep them away from flammable items like blankets and curtains. Place candles in secure, tip-proof holders and extinguish them before leaving or going to sleep.

Use the fireplace responsibly.

To keep errant sparks from escaping, install a durable metal fire screen in front of your fireplace. Don’t leave a fire unattended, and give ashes ample time to cool down before disposing of them. Always place fireplace ash in a dedicated metal container that isn’t used for any other household refuse.

Keep fire extinguishers handy.

Stock key areas of your home with fire extinguishers. At the very least, keep one in the kitchen and others near high-risk areas like a fireplace. Regularly review the instructions and make sure all members of the home know how to properly use the extinguisher.

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

Are your alarms ready?

1/21/2019 (Permalink)

Having fire alarms in your house and working is one if the most important things you can do to stay prepared if a fire did happen. It is a small items that seems to be overlooked quite a bit but with just a few minutes of your time it could save yours and your families lives.

According to www.cpsc.gov, they indicate why smoke alarms are important and also where smoke alarms should be installed in your home.

Why Are Smoke Alarms Important?

Every year in the United States, about 2,000 people lose their lives in residential fires. In a fire, smoke and deadly gases tend to spread farther and faster than heat. That's one reason why most fire victims die from inhalation of smoke and toxic gases, not from burns. A majority of fatal fires happen when families are asleep because occupants are unaware of the fire until there is not adequate time to escape. A smoke alarm stands guard around the clock, and when it first senses smoke, it sounds a shrill alarm. This often allows a family the precious, but limited, time needed to escape. About two-thirds of home fire deaths occur in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.  Properly installed and maintained smoke alarms are considered to be one of the best and least expensive means of providing an early warning of a potentially deadly fire and could reduce by almost half the risk of dying from a fire in your home. 

Where Should Smoke Alarms be Installed? Smoke alarms should be installed on every level of the home, outside sleeping areas, and inside bedrooms A smoke alarm should be installed and maintained according to the manufacturer’s instructions. When installing a smoke alarm, many factors influence where you will place the alarm, including how many are to be installed.  Consider placing alarms along your escape path to assist in egress in limited-visibility conditions. In general, you should place alarms in the center of a ceiling or, if you place them on a wall, they should be near the ceiling.

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

Mold at your business

1/18/2019 (Permalink)

Mold isn't just in homes, it can be in commercial buildings as well. Small leaks under sinks and in crawl spaces can cause a lot of damage and over time that damage can be severe and double or triple in cost. 

According to www.safetyandhealthmagazine.com suggests If mold of any type is discovered in a workplace, it is a potential health risk to employees and should be removed as soon as possible. According to NIOSH, the following health conditions are associated with mold exposure:

  • Allergies: Symptoms include sneezing; irritation of the nose, mouth or throat; nasal stuffiness and runny nose; and red, itchy or watery eyes. For employees who already have allergies, mold can trigger asthma-related symptoms such as shortness of breath, wheezing or coughing.
  • Hypersensitivity pneumonitis: HP is lung inflammation that occurs in people who develop immune system sensitization to inhaled organic dust. It can be mistaken for pneumonia, but cannot be treated with antibiotics. With continued exposure, the persistent lung inflammation may cause permanent damage.
  • Asthma: With this lung disease, the airways develop inflammation in response to sensitizing or irritating exposure. Asthma sufferers may experience shortness of breath, coughing, chest tightness and wheezing.

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

How to prevent a large loss

1/18/2019 (Permalink)

A thorough routine scheduled investigation of your building can help reduce a large loss at your home or business. This is an example of a rusted pipe causing sewage to flow into a basement of a commercial building.

According to www.cchos.ca this is why workplace inspections are effective and important.

Why are workplace inspections important?

Workplace inspections help prevent incidents, injuries and illnesses. Through a critical examination of the workplace, inspections help to identify and record hazards for corrective action.

What is the purpose of inspections?

Inspections are important as they allow you to:

  • listen to the concerns of workers and supervisors
  • gain further understanding of jobs and tasks
  • identify existing and potential hazards
  • determine underlying causes of hazards
  • recommend corrective action
  • monitor steps taken to eliminate hazards or control the risk (e.g., engineering controls, administrative controls, policies, procedures, personal protective equipment)

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

Water in the crawlspaces

1/17/2019 (Permalink)

Water affects crawlspaces affecting materials in the flooring and supports.  If you have a water damage in a business, the quicker you can dry the structure out the quicker less of a chance there is for mold growth and better chance to keep the doors open.  

According to www.thespruce.com the give you details on how to asses the issues.

Assess If Water Is Coming From Below Grade 

Imagine that you live in a very wet area. Under your house, in the crawl space or unfinished basement, is a permanently wet area. After a hard rain, the wet area's diameter expands from inches to several feet. The ground, instead of merely being muddy and spongy, begins to pool up with water. During the dry months of June to October, the pool of water shrinks, but it never completely goes away.

If this type of moisture problem sounds familiar, the water is coming up from the ground. Though seasons can affect it, it mostly transcends seasons. 

If Water Is From Above Grade, It May Be a Plumbing Issue

The water might be attributed to a leaking water supply or drain pipes. If a water-related action happens within the house and more water develops in the crawl space, that is your likely culprit. Water-related actions might be when someone takes a shower; when the dishwasher runs; when a toilet flushes; or when a bathtub drains.

Water Plus Lack of Light Creates Mold

With excessive water in the crawl space, you have the related problem of mold. Mold loves to grow in places that have moisture and lack of light. Both conditions perfectly describe a crawl space.  

Mold will grow on the piers, joists, ducts, and other hard surfaces. But mold also grows on soft materials, such as fiberglass insulation and on the plastic vapor barrier. These surfaces are difficult to repair because the mold cannot be cleaned off. The only solution is to remove the material and replace it.

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

Facts about mold

1/17/2019 (Permalink)

Hearing the word mold can make anyone cringe. It is a word that everyone seems to know but most know little about. After reviewing www.epa.gov website, they share 10 things that everyone should know about mold.

  1. Potential health effects and symptoms associated with mold exposures include allergic reactions, asthma and other respiratory complaints.
  2. There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment; the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture.
  3. If mold is a problem in your home or school, you must clean up the mold and eliminate sources of moisture.
  4. Fix the source of the water problem or leak to prevent mold growth.
  5. Reduce indoor humidity (to 30-60%) to decrease mold growth by:
    • Venting bathrooms, dryers and other moisture-generating sources to the outside
    • Using air conditioners and de-humidifiers
    • Increasing ventilation
    • Using exhaust fans whenever cooking, dishwashing and cleaning
  6. Clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.
  7. Clean mold off hard surfaces with water and detergent, and dry completely. Absorbent materials such as ceiling tiles, that are moldy, may need to be replaced.
  8. Prevent condensation: Reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces (i.e., windows, piping, exterior walls, roof, or floors) by adding insulation.
  9. In areas where there is a perpetual moisture problem, do not install carpeting (i.e., by drinking fountains, by classroom sinks, or on concrete floors with leaks or frequent condensation).
  10. Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any substance, providing moisture is present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, and foods.

If you think you have a problem with mold, give SERVPRO a call today at (208) 523-5365. We are available 24hours a day, 7 days a week.

Fire in the attic

1/16/2019 (Permalink)

Fires can be very serious and cause damages that are hidden within the walls.  Fires in attics can burn through supports leaving structures unsafe and potentially dangerous to those that are in the structure.  

The U.S.Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA), there are over 10,000 attic fires each year, resulting in an average of 35 deaths, 125 injuries, and $440 million in property damage. And even with all of the newly updated building codes and flame-retardant building materials, the number of residential attic fires isn’t declining.

On their website they list 3 major causes. These causes include:

Electrical Malfunction

The single most common cause of residential attic fires is electrical malfunction. When circuits are overloaded and the breaker fails to respond appropriately, the excess “draw” could result in a fire. The FEMA document previously mentioned states that a whopping 43% of all residential attic fires are caused by electrical malfunction.

Heating

Another common cause of attic fire is heating. Roughly 5% of residential attic fires are caused by home heating systems.

Natural

An estimated 13% of residential attic fires are caused by natural sources. So, what constitutes a “natural” source? Well, this may include lighting, fallen trees or even rain water dripping onto electrical outlets and wires.

The dreaded Ice Dam

1/15/2019 (Permalink)

Just hearing the words “Ice Dam” has a very scary ring to it. Absolutely NO home owner wants to hear those two words. Now an ice dam itself looks very inviting. Who doesn’t love the looks of pretty icicles hanging from your roof? However, those same conditions that make icicles hang the way they do also allow the ice dams to form.

According to www.thisoldhouse.com, ice dams can tear off gutters, loosen shingles, and cause water to back up and pour into your house. When that happens, the results aren’t pretty. It can cause peeling paint, warped floors, stained and sagging ceilings.

Ice dams form when heat collects in the attic and warms the roof. Then the snow melts on the warm roof and then freezes on the cold eaves. Finally, ice accumulates along the eaves, forming a dam. Meltwater from the warm roof backs up behind it, flows under the shingles, and into the house.

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

Removing that ice dam

1/15/2019 (Permalink)

Hearing that you have an ice dam problem is a pretty scary thing to hear. Ice dams form when heat collects in the attic and warms the roof. Then the snow melts on the warm roof and then freezes on the cold eaves. Finally, ice accumulates along the eaves, forming a dam.

According to www.travelers.com the are ways to remove an ice dam. Here is what they suggest.

How to Remove an Ice Dam

Removing an ice dam from your roof immediately after spotting the signs can be critical to helping prevent damage to your home. One way to remove an ice dam is to melt it using calcium chloride ice melt.

Step 1. Using a roof rake, remove snow 3-4 feet from the edge of your roof, being careful not to damage the roof covering or to allow snow to build up around walking paths or to block emergency exits.

Step 2. Use a calcium chloride ice melt product, which you can generally purchase from your local hardware store. Be sure not to use rock salt or sodium chloride, which can damage your roof.

Step 3. Fill a nylon stocking with the calcium chloride ice melt.

Step 4. Safely place and position the calcium chloride-filled nylon stocking vertically across the ice dam so that it can melt a channel through the ice.

Step 5. Cover and protect any shrubbery and plants with lightweight tarps near the gutters or downspouts for the duration that the calcium chloride stockings remain in place. This is important because the calcium chloride-saturated water dripping from the roof may damage the shrubbery and plants.

REMEMBER: Using a ladder in snowy and icy conditions may be dangerous. If you cannot safely reach the roof, consider hiring a contractor.

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

Freezing Pipes

1/11/2019 (Permalink)

Today one of our crews are out in Alta, Wyoming removing drywall, insulation and packing out contents after a pipe burst in an apartment above a garage.

With the weather being as cold as it is, pipes are known to burst at any given moment. There are definitely steps you can take in order to avoid this disaster. Acording to www.thebalancesmb.com they have six tips that may help you avoid a major headache.

Tip #1: Keep the Heat On

If you or your tenants are leaving for a long period of time, make sure that the heat is kept on in your property.

Tip #2: Allow the Faucet to Drip

If you are afraid a pipe will freeze, you can open the faucet fed by that pipe just a bit so the faucet drips slightly. Allowing the faucet to be open like this relieves pressure in the system.

Tip #3: Keep Interior Doors Open

Pipes are often located in cabinets. When the temperature drops, it is a good idea to keep these cabinet doors open so that the heat from the rest of the house can keep the pipes warm as well. You should also keep all interior doors open so that the heat can flow throughout the home.

Tip #4: Seal up Cracks and Holes

Seal gaps around holes where pipes run through walls or floors, especially where the hole is letting in cold air.

Tip #5: Apply Heating Tape

Heating tape works like an electric blanket for pipes, supplying heat directly to the pipe to keep it warm curing cold spells.

Tip #6: Add Extra Insulation

Pipes that are located in areas that do not have proper insulation, such as basements or attics, may need extra insulation to keep from freezing. Pipes in basements or attics are not the only ones that may not be properly insulated from the cold. If you have had a problem with pipes freezing anywhere in your home, extra insulation could be the cure.

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

Bathroom problems

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

Mold can affect all areas of the home. One of the major areas is within the bathroom. If your fan is not producing enough air exchange while showering moisture that’s left behind can cause serious issues like this one in this apartment building.There are plenty of things you can do to avoid having water damage in your bathroom. On houselogic.com they have five simple steps in helping to prevent mold in your bathroom.

Preventing Mold

The best defense is preventing mold from occurring in the first place. Yashira Feliciano, director of housekeeping for Conrad Conado Plaza Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico, offers the following tips for keeping mold out of your bathroom:

  • Use your bathroom ventilation fan when you shower or bathe, and leave it on for 30 minutes following the end of your bath; if you don’t have an exhaust fan, install one.
  • Keep household humidity levels below 50%; an air conditioner or dehumidifier can help.
  • Use a mildew-resistant shower curtain, and wash or replace it frequently.
  • Don’t keep bottles of shampoo or shower gel, toys, or loofahs in the shower, as they provide places for mold to grow and hide.
  • Wash your bathroom rugs frequently.

If you have a cleaning or restoration disaster give SERVPRO a call today!

High school drama

1/1/2019 (Permalink)

Thunder Ridge High Schools pipes froze and broke! Bursting water pipes can be a major concern when the winter weather temperature drop to below freezing.

When water freezes, its molecules crystalize into an open hexagonal form, which takes up more space than when the molecules are in their liquid form. Then the water molecules expand as they freeze.

When the ice then expands, it pushes the water towards the faucets and in turn causes a lot of pressure to build between the ice faucet and the faucets. Eventually the pipe will burst under the pressure leaving a huge mess behind.

There are ways to try and make sure this disaster doesn’t happen. The consumer report website gives these tips…

Keep garage doors closed, especially if there are water supply lines in the garage.

Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. (If you have small children, be sure to remove any harmful cleaners and household chemicals.)

Let the cold-water drip from a faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe—even at a trickle—helps prevent pipes from freezing.

Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature during day and night. Again, during a cold snap is not the time to set back the thermostat at night to save a few bucks on your heating bill.

If you plan to be away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.

For the long term, add insulation to attics, basements, and crawl spaces. Insulation will maintain higher temperatures in those areas. And to prevent drafts, seal cracks and openings around windows, doors, and at sill plates, where the house rests on its foundation.

If you happen to have a Fire, Water, Mold or asbestos disaster give SERVPRO a call at (208) 523-5365

Storming in the basement

1/1/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is teaming up to get the affected materials taken care of down in this home’s basement. Unfortunately, it was affected by water damage from a recent storm so we are working hard to put this family's home back together before the holidays.

There are a lot of different signs of water damage in the basement. Resolve.com listed these signs.

  • Changes in color/texture of surfaces – Both walls and floors can show signs of water damage. In a finished basement, wallpaper or paint may peel or appear discolored (usually a yellow or brown color which indicates water stains). Walls may also warp or become bowed as a result of prolonged seepage. In an unfinished basement, a white, salty substance called efflorescence appears on foundation walls and indicates how high water has risen in the basement. If a basement has flooring, it may be swollen or removed from the subfloor. The under-padding in flooring (usually carpet) may also feel spongy, which is an indicator of water damage.
  • Cracking – This will usually occur in the foundation and/or floor and can happen both inside and outside the home. The most common reasons cracking occurs from water damage is due to excessive moisture (from weather and climate) and inadequate drainage (oftentimes from expanding and/or soggy soil). Pay attention to cracks in window seals and door panes too, as this could point to water damage and also lead to bigger problems – like emergency flood repair – if not properly sealed to prevent any further moisture or water from leaking into the basement.
  • Odor – While basements and crawl spaces usually have a certain smell, it doesn’t necessarily mean there is a water problem. Pay attention to a strong damp, musty odor that doesn’t go away (even after a storm or wet weather). In most cases, it is mold or mildew that you smell, which means you’ve got moisture or water damage on your hands.
  • Mold – If you can’t spot mold, you can sometimes smell it, so that’s why it’s important to pay attention to distinctive odors in the basement. Mold will appear on furniture, wood and other organic materials, walls and other surfaces either as dark green or black in color or sometimes a white powdery substance.

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

 

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.

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.

Can we match it? Yes we can!

5/16/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage is never fun, especially when it makes a room or item in your house turn into a complete eyesore. Fortunately SERVPRO has employees who are experts in matching colors and stains so we can make it look like it never happened.

These cabinets had to be sanded, stained and varnished. Our employee had to stain the wood to match and look exactly as it did before the water damage happened. We think he was spot on!

Make sure to call SERVPRO for all of your Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration needs.

Knicknack pattywack please clean up my home

5/9/2018 (Permalink)

If having a fire happen in your home isn't detrimental enough, there is still the aftermath of cleanup that has to be addressed. Fire not only affects the home but the smallest of items. We here at SERVPRO understand this process can be difficult but we are dedicated to making it go as smooth and painless as possible. 

With fire comes soot and ash which in turn may engulf some or all of your personal belongings including sentimental items such as Knick knacks. We always go into each job with the mindset that we would rather restore than have you replace. We have many different cleaning methods that we use to restore your most valuable of items. These methods include...

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.
  • Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
  • Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that withstand wet cleaning.
  • Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.
  • Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned.
  • Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.

When special care is needed SERVPRO will be there.

 

Mold Testing

5/9/2018 (Permalink)

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.

If you need any help please give SERVPRO a call so we can return your home to its pre-infested state. We are here to help.

Microscopic Danger... aka Asbestos!

5/2/2018 (Permalink)

At this property there was trace amounts of asbestos found in the ceiling. Years ago using asbestos in popcorn ceilings was a very common practice so the technicians had to be extra cautious. Before removing the asbestos contaminated popcorn ceiling the entire interior had to be completely contained so that no asbestos got onto any other surfaces.

Asbestos is a very dangerous mineral that should always be avoided. Its microscopic fibers cannot be seen, smelled, or tasted and it usually does not cause any immediate symptoms at all. Actually, symptoms may not be seen for 10-40 years after exposure to asbestos. However there are some symptoms that should be looked out for. If you feel you may have been exposed to asbestos You can find out more information on the EPA website at https://www.epa.gov/asbestos.

If you suspect you may have asbestos in your home or business give SERVPRO a call and we will come out and check for you!

Here a mold, there a mold, everywhere a mold mold!

4/30/2018 (Permalink)

These duplexes were poorly built which unfortunately created an oasis for mold, LOTS and lots of mold. There was also damage to a large portion of the exterior as well as some interiors on every building within this subdivision. In this instance we came in after the initial tear out. We hepa vacuumed, disinfectant sprayed, and painted to seal. This was a very time consuming project and on top of that we had to deal with the weather elements to make sure everything dried properly. There were a lot of extra expenses on this job that could have been avoided if it was just done correctly the first time.

What the HAIL!!!!

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

We here is Southeast Idaho have seen the weather change from sunny to rain to snow within a matter of hours but the hail storm that hit Idaho Falls on April 7, 2018 was something we have never seen.  Oh yes, the occasional hail storm is expected every year but this one came out of no where and brought with it a VERY RARE occurrence in our area, a TORNADO WARNING.  The hail storm ripped through Idaho Falls last weekend causing havoc with vinyl siding on many homes.  Many were wondering if their homeowners insurance would cover the damage.  Under a standard policy Hail that causes property damage is a ‘named peril’ and most will typically cover the damage.  Be sure to check your policy to be certain.  SERVPRO of Idaho Falls can help direct you to various companies around town that specialize in this type of weather related damage.  

Why use a professional to remove water in home?

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

If you are dealing with the serious after effects of water damage in your Idaho Falls home, you may be wondering if your home is worth saving. Keep your chin up. Water damage can wreak serious havoc on a building and render it unsafe for human habitation in a very short period. Whether the damage is due to flooding, sewage system malfunction, a burst frozen water pipe, or a badly behaving appliance, the result is the same: a mess that needs cleaning in a hurry before damages multiply and mold growth takes over and affects the integrity of the building.

Once the damage has occurred, the fastest way to remove excess water is to rely upon the services of a local restoration company like SERVPRO that can get to the site quickly and begin a fast water extraction program. We have industrial grade pumps, wet-vacs, and even mops and buckets to remove the bulk of the standing water.

The sooner you get your emergency taken care of, the better. Every hour that goes by is an hour during which your family is potentially out of their home SERVPRO can help mitigate the losses and get you back into a safe home environment.

Once you contact us, we can begin a full program of property restoration.

First, an immediate inspection and assessment of the damage and adjacent areas and then an estimate of the costs involved recovery are given to you. If you agree to the service, the professionals will then extract all of the remaining water in the building, checking especially for voids where water can go without being detected in most cleanup efforts. Our trained staff can make sure the building is completely dry.  The use of moisture meters, infrared cameras and hygrometers enhance our ability to guarantee dryness.

When all of the excess water and any mold growth is removed from the building, our technicians will then take care of secondary concerns, such as removing any nasty stains or blemishes left over from the accident. Our  professionals will clean and restore any furniture or other implements that water has damaged. A full check will be performed to make sure your building has not sustained any structural damage.

When you need prompt and efficient service for water damage, SERVPRO of Idaho Falls/Rexburg is here for you. We also serve clients in nearby areas, such as Victor, Ashton, St. Anthony, and Sugar City. Call us at (208) 356-0263

Dealing with mold in SE Idaho

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

Mold should always be considered as a matter left to the professionals. These fungi develop into large colonies from mold spores which are in nature all around you. Spores are in virtually every household, lying dormant, waiting for the right conditions to start a bloom. Mold removal and remediation from your SE Idaho home should be looked into quickly when discovered. 

This mold can take over large areas if allowed to remain after it has been detected. Contrary to popular lure, mold species, there being thousands, are not often harmful to humans or animals. They can cause negative health effects, but usually in the old, the very young, and individuals with immune system disorders. Some people are sensitive to the allergens and mycotoxins which can be produced by mold colonies.  

Mold requires three factors to flourish into colonies: a food source which may be cellulose products like wood, and most other organic laced products around the home. Also, a fair amount of moisture, and shaded cool areas away from direct sunlight. This means that the only indicator you may have is a musty odor coming from a closet or the basement if not a crawlspace. One of the reasons you may be getting molds, now, after all of this time, is that you may have had a leaking faucet or pipe, somewhere in your house. That leaking pipe, appliance or water heater could be the cause for activating any mold spores you do have, and this is the time that growth gets started.  A call to SERVPRO of Idaho Falls/Rexburg is a wise decision to make. An infestation takes 48-72 hours to start to gain steam. It can then grow at a good rate, especially in dark, undetected voids within your SE Idaho home. 

The entire home should be inspected to locate, not only molds but spaces that are the perfect environment for their growth. This means those closed areas, under sinks, and behind walls and above ceilings. The professionals from SERVPRO have the equipment such as infrared cameras to distinguish heat variations inside walls which help determine the possibility of a mold infestation. 

Several actions that you should not take before a professional gets there: 
Do not allow elderly folks or kids into visible infestation points
Do not expose the mold to a fan as this can spread it around the house.
Do not disturb or touch the mold in any way.
Do not use bleach on it.
Do not try to dry it out yourself as the spores can become airborne and contaminate more areas of your home. If your HVAC system is on, turn it off immediately to prevent circulation through the duct work.

During a complete inspection, the mold remediation and restoration experts from SERVPRO can locate, contain and remediate the molds. The source of the moisture must be identified and fixed or else the mold growth can return. The techs will use foggers to broadcast antifungal, antimicrobial, and deodorizing products in the required sequence. Air scrubbers can also be employed to purge the air of many mold spores. HEPA filtration systems, protective clothing, and gear, along with specialized equipment and chemical products can remediate the mold infestation in your Ririe home and restore your space to a safe condition "Like it never even happened."

Why is there water in my basement!?!?!?

3/19/2018 (Permalink)

If you discover standing water, slimy surfaces, or developing mold patches on a basement wall, it is crucial that you do not leave them untreated. The longer water damage is neglected, the harder it will be to repair and restore, and the costs can escalate.

FIRST:  Find the source of the water damage. Moisture can make its way inside a house from several different routes. Once you locate the source, you can start to think about a solution, but your first response should be one of investigation and examination. You can't fix what you don't see.

Most reported reasons why basements develop signs of water damage are;

Water Damage from Outside
- A leak in a home's roof can lead to a water problem in the crawlspace, as strange as that sounds. If a broken tile or other components let water in, it runs down the internal walls and through to the basement.
- For those of us living with Idaho snowstorms, basement windows need internal an internal drainage system.  Otherwise, the snow will just accumulate, melt, and seep into the basement.
- When landscaping, make sure that grades are designed to run away from the property. That way, the water cannot pool and seep through the foundation walls.
- If damp is only ever an issue following a rainstorm, the problem could be a poor quality sealant. This is an easy problem to fix. All that is needed is to replace the interior barriers around doors and windows. Sealants dry out, so you may have to keep replacing it every few years.
- Obstructed, ice dams, or cracked guttering could also be the culprit as overflowing water ends up right above the foundation of the house and the basement.
- You might simply have a high water table. If this is the case, the obstacle will unfortunately persist. There is not much that can be done to change it, but installing a sump pump will significantly decrease the chance of flooding leading to water damage.

Water Damage Inside:
- Interior plumbing, appliance malfunction, leaky faucets, frozen pipes, and condensation buildup may result in structural or water damaged personal items.
- If you can spot water making its way up through drains, the municipal sewer system may be under too much strain. You can alleviate this in your home by investing in a backflow valve. These are inexpensive and easily available. If a septic tank backs up, be sure to call SERVPRO to safely and quickly remove waste products from your water damaged Idaho home. "Like it never even happened."

Don't Know Why, There's No Clouds Up In The Sky.....

2/5/2018 (Permalink)

As a native Idahoan, I have been trained to GET READY FOR WINTER!!!!  From insulating my water lines and pipes to making sure the roof wire was plugged in so Ice Damns don't build up on my roofs edge. 

The winter of 2016-2017 brought so much snow to my sidewalks I swore that a snowblower was going to be purchased this year, and it was. 

But this winter has been unusual for us Idahoans.  There has been very little snowfall, and the temperatures have dipped in the below zero numbers very rarely, and even then, not for very long.  

So we wait with our skis in hand, and our snowmobiles in the garage but at the ready for the significant snowfall that allow us to enjoy the outdoors and yet for me, hate it at the same time.

My snowblower has graced my sidewalks only twice this year, the second time because I felt I needed to justify spending so much.  For what I paid I could have had a local kid shovel the whole year AND give him a good tip and Christmas bonus.

But this is also where Idahoans get a bit cocky. We think that winter will not come this year (maybe it will maybe it wont) and then we begin to think that we are immune to the powers of Mother Nature because we don't get hurricanes or tornadoes or it would appear, even winter.  

So we let our guards down and we let the motto BE PREPARED slide a little bit here and a little bit there, but sooner or later Mother Nature remembers our little corner of the world and the forces gale upon us.

Thunderstorms bring major mudslides burying homes in both water AND mud; Heavy snows fall on trees full of leaves that have not fallen yet causing power outages and home damages; Hail storms come out of nowhere to pock the roof and hood of your car; and the Wind storms blow everything hither and yon until your chaise lounge becomes a permanent fixture in a ditch.  

SERVPRO has responded to most of the above in the past year and will most likely respond again when we let our guards down.  So stay vigilante and always be prepared.  But when Mother Nature sneaks up on you, remember SERVPRO is here to make it "Like it never even happened."

Idaho Falls Apartment Building Pipe Burst

1/30/2018 (Permalink)

Sometimes it is just not always possible to forsee impending disaster especially when it comes to water.

An Idaho Falls apartment building recently found this out when a supply line burst underneath the bathroom sink.  Since the renters were not at home, the water was allowed to run without being stopped for a few hours, flooding not only the initial apartment but 3 others as well.

SERVPRO responded quickly when called and was able to mitigate the problem areas

Water damage is one of the most common reasons people make claims to their insurance agencies.  Everything from failed washing machine hoses, dishwasher hoses, appliances developing a leak to sump pump failure from heavy rains causing your basement to flood

If these are a real concern for you as a homeowner or especially as an apartment property manager, call your local plumbing supply house and inquire about the products on the market that help to prevent flooding

Heavy Rains Seep Through Foundation Crack in Idaho Falls

1/22/2018 (Permalink)

This homeowner found water seeping in from a recent storm right away because the damage occurred in a basement right at the bottom of a highly used stairwell. 

Water issues in a location that is a high traffic area allows owners to be more aware of a water loss sooner than in areas of the house where they don’t often go.

Right away the owner pulled up the carpet and pad to dry both of them with all the fans she had in her home.  By doing so she was actually able to dry out the carpet, but the pad still needed to be replaced.

By contacting SERVPRO we were able to give her a FREE evaluation of the damage which helped her from having any secondary damages and prevented mold growth as well.

Upon inspection it was discovered that due to recent heavy rainfall a crack that was in the foundation of the wall allowed water and mud to seep into the house.  The crack looked as if there had been an attempt to repair it previously but it obviously wasn’t enough to stop the water and mud from coming through.

The First 24 Hours After A Fire

1/12/2018 (Permalink)

A fire can be a devastating event to a home now matter how small.  SERVPRO understands that your home is more than four walls.  It includes your memories and personal belongings.

By responding quickly with our full line of fire cleaning and restoration services, SERVPRO can help to restore your home and personal belongings.

The first 24 hours can make a difference between restoring versus replacing your property and personal belongings.

Things To Do:

  1. Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from spreading and additional damage from occurring
  2. Place clean towels or old linens on rugs and high traffic areas and upholstery
  3. Coat chrome faucets, trim and appliances with petroleum jelly or oil.
  4. Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet.

Things To NOT Do:

  1. Wash any walls or painted surfaces
  2. Shampoo carpet or upholstery
  3. Clean any electrical equipment
  4. Send clothing to dry cleaner since improper cleaning may set smoke odor

Amazing What Can Start A Fire

1/4/2018 (Permalink)

A Driggs Idaho restaurant owner was quite surprised when he arrived at his place of business one morning.  

When he arrived at his restaurant he knew there was a problem due to the black soot on the outside wall of his restaurant.  Immediately he thought there was a fire inside and call the fire department.

When they arrived and opened the doors there was no fire burning, however, there was considerable heat damage.

It appeared that cleaning rags with powerful chemicals placed in a laundry hamper had ignited at some point in the evening.  As the fire tried to take hold it consumed all of the oxygen in the room and eventually is had burned itself out.  

This did not stop it from smoldering however and the intense heat in the room caused everything plastic to eventually melt to a point of unrecognizability.

SERVPRO was called to estimate losses and repairs.

Theres Mold Under Here

12/22/2017 (Permalink)

This SERVPRO loss was reported in a home that is under construction and did not have any house wrap on it. This lack of preparation naturally exposed all of the framing and plywood to the outside elements.

The area had received a large amount of rain during the building process and as such, the main floor had soaked up a significant amount of water.

As winter approached and temperatures became cooler the floor was unable to dry out. The combination of the wet flooring along with the crawlspace not having the proper ventilation needed encouraged mold to start to grow on the bottom of the sheeting.

The SERVPRO inspection showed that the whole main level had mold on the bottom side of the plywood.  Mold Remediation was necessary but the contractor was instructed to wrap the house correctly before any work began.

Monitor your Work Especially with Water

12/22/2017 (Permalink)

This SERVPRO loss occurred in an unoccupied home and was caused by lack of attention from a property manager

Due to forecasted freezing temperatures, the property manager was trying to do preventative maintenance by running water through the lines to prevent frozen pipes.

Unfortunately he did not monitor the sink in which the water was flowing, and the basin overflowed causing water to run under the flooring.

The water ran long enough that eventually it caused the wood flooring to begin to bow and then mold started to grow on the subfloor.

It was also discovered that enough water had spilled out of the sink that the ceiling of the bedroom directly below had standing water above the drywall.

SERVPRO tip, always keep your eyes on running water, especially in the home.

Grease Fire Tips

12/22/2017 (Permalink)

This SERVPRO reported loss was caused by a careless cook. 

A basement apartment was recently rented to a first time young resident with little cooking skills.

The resident was cooking bacon for the first time on her new stove.  The bacon grease caught on fire and the ensuing flames rose towards the ceiling. 

The heat from the fire melted the face of the microwave above the stove and the cabinets began to smolder. 

The ceiling had acoustic cork tiles that absorbed a lot of the smoke and needed to be removed.

While the fire was contained to the stove area the smoke traveled through each of the basement bedrooms and also in the stairwell leading up to the main level.

SERVPRO tips for grease fires

  • NEVER TRY TO PUT OUT A GREASE FIRE WITH WATER
  • Cover the fire with a large metal lid
  • If there's no lid nearby, douse the fire with salt or baking soda
  • Turn off the heat source if possible
  • As a last resort, use a fire extinguisher

Tips To Heating Your Garage With Space Heaters

12/22/2017 (Permalink)

A recent SERVPRO loss occurred after a homeowner reported a space heater had caused a fired in their garage.

During these cold Idaho months we are tempted to keep our garages as warm as our homes with space heaters but the reality is that unless you have super duper insulation, which most garages dont due to the cost during construction, it is just not realistic.

If you must put a space heater in your garage for any purpose, here are a few SERVPRO tips

* Do not leave space heaters unattended.  If you cannot monitor it, turn it off and for extra safety, unplug it.

*Place it on a hard stable surface so that is does not fall over

*Leave plenty of space around the heater so avoid items catching on fire

*Do not block intake or exhaust vents

*Do not try to dry articles of clothing on them

Dangers of Asbestos in a Business

12/22/2017 (Permalink)

Although asbestos is for the most part no longer used in construction and manufacturing, many buildings today still retain traces or even large quantities of asbestos. Particularly in older buildings, testing for and identifying this asbestos is an important job, but one that is unfortunately neglected by many business owners. Failing to test for asbestos when making renovations or restorations to a building can cause long-term negative health effects for restoration professionals, customers, and even yourself, creating a legal and financial disaster large enough to ruin most businesses. There are specific Federal regulations mandated by the EPA regarding renovating buildings, and asbestos abatement. SERVPRO provides certified asbestos testing to ensure the safety of our technicians and your customers alike.

Asbestos testing for a business is not only advisable for practical reasons, but also for legal ones. Failing to test for asbestos can lead to steep fines and regulatory penalties, regardless of whether or not the substance is present. OSHA has explicit guidelines in place regarding demolition or renovations of commercial structures, especially schools, and other municipal buildings. Furthermore, if a customer or employee gets sick as a result of untested asbestos, you may be at risk of a costly and difficult lawsuit. Federal and state authorities alike take this process seriously, which is why it is always recommended to hire a certified company like SERVPRO to complete the task. 
 
Health Reasons 
In addition to laws on the subject, testing for asbestos should be a major consideration for your health. Asbestos can cause many negative health effects, some of which can shorten your lifespan or lead to long-term illness. Asbestos is a known carcinogen.The longer you are exposed to it, the more likely many of these side effects are to manifest, meaning that valued employees and regular customers may also be at risk. Just as the removal of mold growth can help to avoid a medical emergency in your business, so too can asbestos testing prevent a host of serious medical issues. 
 
Your local SERVPRO is certified in asbestos testing and guarantees a fast and efficient process for your business. Call us today for our services or a quote.

Restoring Commercial Property after Water Damage

12/22/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage at commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether SERVPRO is dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you eed.

SERVPRO specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at the SERVPRO corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Wet Basement Helpers

12/22/2017 (Permalink)

Do you find that your basement is always wet after a small storm? Are you having to deal with continuously drying your basement during snow season? You are not alone, the majority of homeowners have issues with excess water or moisture intrusion into their basements during poor weather situations and are looking for a solution to their problem.

SERVPRO technicians understand that a wet basement can cause multiple problems. As a finished living space, any moisture intrusion into your basement can ruin carpet, drywall, insulation and framing.

Water getting into a cellar you use for storage can warp flooring one level above and encourage the spread of mold to other areas of your home. 
 
Inclement weather events such as rainfall and melting snow have the ability to produce thousands of gallons of water and can cause major problems you simply aren't ready to handle.

Maintaining clean gutters and making sure that you provide the proper soil slopes in your landscaping can channel excess water away from your home. Correct R-rated attic insulation can help prevent ice damming on the roof and gutters leading to more harm.
 

Ice Storms on Their Way Prepare Pipes Now

12/22/2017 (Permalink)

The truth is, living in this area can be rough and even though you take the time and effort to prepare for the worst, bad things can still happen.

Temperatures can drop rather fast and take you and your pipes by surprise, leaving you with a rather dangerous and expensive mess to clean up.
 
At SERVPRO we recommend taking the time to insulate any piping exposed to outside elements, include adding heat tape or heat cables where frozen pipes are likely to happen, this will assist you in preventing this sort of damage. 

Other helpful suggestions:
 
1.) Disconnect and properly store any outside hoses.
 
2.) Make sure that your outside faucets are in good working order, no leaks or drips, and that they are prepared to resist the coming weather.
 
3.) Leave both your hot AND cold water dripping overnight to maintain a steady flow through your pipes.
 
4.) Leave cabinet and storage doors open to allow heat to enter into those areas to assist in heating uninsulated pipes running through them.
 
5.) Never shut off your indoor heat, maintain at least 65 degrees indoors at all times, even if you aren't going to be home.
 

Weekend Water

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

Recently a local tax company came in to work on a Saturday morning to find water in various rooms but no sign of leakage that they could immediately see. 

Using their SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan they turned off the main water line and contacted our local franchise.  While they waited for the arrival of SERVPRO the business owner was dismayed to find that the water still seemed to be coming into their building. 

Upon their arrival our technicians discovered that the CITIES main waterline had burst and was flooding not only the current structure but two other businesses in the complex as well. 

A quick call to City Dispatch and the other tenants helped to ward off what could have been a costly weekend disaster.  Although the damage was certainly significant it could have been even worse had the tenants not found the damage until Monday morning.

So a good tip is to make sure that your ERP also includes the phone numbers for your local City Dispatch or Water Works Department, and, other business tenants sharing your building space.

Have your home checked during extended holidays

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO responded to a call last week about a vacation home that had water damage from a broken pipe.  

SERVPRO later discovered that for the amount of water that had been displaced into the basement, the pipe must have been broken for close to 3 weeks before anyone realized the damage.

A few tips for those of you taking extended holiday trips.

*Ask a trusted friend or neighbor to monitor your home on a daily basis, ESPECIALLY if there are freezing temperatures

*Hire someone to come and house sit for you.  There are services online or you can contact your local House, Apartment Rental Agencies.

*If you do have someone watching the house, make sure they know where the Main Water Shut Off Valve is.  SERVPRO can provide you with a free Main Water Shut Off Valve tag for easy identification.

*Depending on how long you will be gone, monitor the temperatures coming up during your vacation and set the thermostat at a level that helps to ensure pipes will not freeze.

Should you have a problem of course call SERVPRO immediately

Get Ready now for snowstorms in Idaho

12/8/2017 (Permalink)

NOW is the time to prepare for severe winter weather despite warm temps outside

<article499801">It may not feel like it outside but winter snow storms are coming and SERVPRO wants to make sure you’re prepared for the worst. This is the time to get ready. Too many people wait until the last minute to stock up on needed winter weather supplies.   For those of you who are native Idahoans you know what is coming but still there are many who are ill-prepared for it. When it is warmer outside nobody is thinking about ice melt. But help you when we first get a half-of-inch of ice you can’t buy it because it’s all sold out. But just as important is to prepare a 72 hour emergency kit to get you through a large snowstorm or - lets hope not- an ice storm that takes out the electricity for a few days.   When ice is forming it overcomes the trees we have and the branches fall and the power lines fall so then we are without power. We’re also dealing with ice on the road. If you’re on a well, you need to store water somewhere, but you need to have warm clothing, you need to have blankets, flashlights, and maybe an alternative source of heat. It is also a good idea to check your heaters and generators and stock up on extra fuel for those heating sources. Last but not least keep the SERVPRO emergency number close at hand to help you through any home disasters that may hit  

Is Mold Bad For Your Health?

12/7/2017 (Permalink)

When SERVPRO is out on a mold inspection most questions revolve around the health concerns associated with having mold present in the home.

We tell our customers if they are truly concerned that its always a good idea to seek medical attention.

When SERVPRO removes any amount of mold from a home or place of business, the health and safety of the customer, and SERVPRO employees is the top priority.

SERVPRO has certified crew chiefs and production mangers to ensure that proper protocol is followed to prevent the spreading of mold spores through out the facility. 

The training SERVPRO employees receives also helps to determine if affected materials can have the mold removed or will need to be discarded entirely. 

If you are have mold in your home let us put the SERVPRO training and experience to work for you.

Water Damage from Your Washing Machine

11/28/2017 (Permalink)

Washing Machine Damage

Washing machines have been the cause of countless water losses and mold in homes.  SERVPRO responds to dozens of water and mold losses monthly.

On a recent call, SERVPRO responded to an owner whose washing machine leaked into the floor and to the room immediately below causing extensive damage to the floors, drywall, and insulation.  As a rule, every home owner should make a regular habit of checking the drain and hoses from their washing machine to ensure they are dry.

Hard water buildup on the hoses and fittings can also lead to water issues as it is a sign there is damage to the hardware.  In addition to the hoses, look for water on the floor surrounding your machine to ensure the machine it’s self is not leaking.

Winter Preparedness for Idaho Weather 2018

11/13/2017 (Permalink)

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

11/10/2017 (Permalink)

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

11/10/2017 (Permalink)

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

11/10/2017 (Permalink)

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

11/10/2017 (Permalink)

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

10/1/2017 (Permalink)

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

9/29/2017 (Permalink)

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

9/29/2017 (Permalink)

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

9/16/2017 (Permalink)

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

9/16/2017 (Permalink)

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.

Mold in Your Commercial Property Can Be Bad for You and Your Business

9/16/2017 (Permalink)

If you have had a water damage on your property it only takes 48-72 hrs for mold to start growing.  It is easy for you or tenants to take a quick look and think “I’m good, I don’t see any mold”. Unfortunately, that is not always the case and one of our recent jobs was a good reminder of that. Mold can grow in your walls, behind your baseboards, and under flooring. It’s dark and can often times take longer to dry.

When mold is discovered it cause several problems you and your business if not handled correctly. If you have had water damage large or small SERVPRO of Idaho Falls is here to help.  Our mold certified workers bring the knowledge and experience needed for any mold job.

Ice and Water Damage in September?

9/16/2017 (Permalink)

Ok so we don’t have to worry too much about ice causing damage this time of year.  But that is exactly my point, it’s time to prepare. Ice can cause home damage in many ways. For now, let’s focus on ice dams. Ice buildup a long your eves (edge of your roof) is what we refer to as an ice dam. The ice builds up and won’t let the water run off your roof forming a large puddle on your roof! Roofs are great for shedding water off your home, but they are not designed to hold water. That damned water will then run into your home causing a lot of damage. Last year was a very bad year for ice dams because of the cold and amount of snow we got. We multiple homes and businesses with water and mold damage from ice dams.  While the last bit of warm weather is still here it’s a perfect time to prepare.

  • Be aware of areas on your roof where ice generally builds up.
  • Have the insulation in your home or building inspected to ensure its well-insulated.
  • Consider having heat cable and rain gutters installed in areas that tend to build up ice to help ensure you don’t have any problems.

If disaster does strike, SERVPRO of Idaho Falls is has the training and experience to fix the problem for you.

Professional Water Damage Mitigation Available For Your Business In Idaho Falls

5/22/2017 (Permalink)

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


Information about Idaho Falls: https://www.idahofallsidaho.gov

Idaho Falls Mold Testing Only When Needed

5/10/2017 (Permalink)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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.

Why Testing in a Ucon Business for Mold Now Saves Money Later

12/20/2016 (Permalink)

Ucon Mold Testing May Save the Business

Mold Testing Can Prevent Expenses from a Closed Enterprise

Testing for mold is a time-consuming and somewhat costly procedure that most businesses understandably try to avoid. In addition to the direct costs of the procedure, many customers may feel uneasy about the process, even if the building turns up completely clean. However, SERVPRO knows that mold testing is vital for the survival of business for multiple reasons, and if the process is not completed when necessary, serious consequences can result. This is true especially for service-sector companies, which directly rely on customers coming in the door and safety inspections turning up positive. Ultimately, while mold testing is a complicated process for most businesses, it far outclasses the costs associated with the consequences of its neglect.

Most importantly, mold testing in Ucon stores and restaurants is necessary to pass regular safety inspections. The U.S. government takes mold damage in businesses very seriously, issuing steep fines to those who choose to ignore it or go through improper channels. SERVPRO has a lengthy list of certifications and licenses which are necessary for completing mold remediation and testing jobs according to all regulations, as, without them, our clients could find themselves in legal trouble. If mold is ignored or goes unnoticed long enough, a store may even be condemned and closed by court order, often permanently.
 
Apart from legal costs and fees, there are other financial reasons to opt for mold testing when necessary. If our testing finds a source of mold growth in its early stages, removal and remediation will be far less costly than if you waited to find it on your own. Our sensor technology, much of which utilizes delicate thermal imaging, can identify mold before it becomes noticeable by smell or even by sight. Without formal testing, the most mold is only found long after it's had a chance to grow into large spreading colonies.
 
SERVPRO of Idaho Falls provides licensed and certified mold testing for local businesses, to avoid more dire consequences later. Call us 24/7 at (208) 523-5365.

Wet Basement Solution In Ammon

12/4/2016 (Permalink)

Preston Hollow Sump Pump Mitigates Storm Damage

SERVPRO Restores Water Damaged Basements

Do you find that your basement is always wet after a small storm? Are you having to deal with continuously drying your basement during snow season? You are not alone, the majority of homeowners have issues with excess water or moisture intrusion into their basements during poor weather situations and are looking for a solution to their problem.

We have expertly trained professional technicians who have years of experience dealing with wet basement issues in Ammon. We can provide you with the services that you need to battle this type of moisture issue.
 
SERVPRO technicians understand that a wet basement can cause multiple problems. As a finished living space, any moisture intrusion into your basement can ruin carpet, drywall, insulation and framing. Water getting into a cellar you use for storage can warp flooring one level above and encourage the spread of mold to other areas of your home.
 
Inclement weather events such as rainfall and melting snow have the ability to produce thousands of gallons of water and can cause major problems you simply aren't ready to handle. While rising groundwater situations present even more problems that could affect your property in various ways. Maintaining clean gutters and making sure that you provide the proper soil slopes in your landscaping can channel excess water away from your home. Correct R-rated attic insulation can help prevent ice damming on the roof and gutters leading to more harm.
 
The expertly trained staff at SERVPRO are ready to assist you with preparing to deal with these types of situations. We can install perimeter drains and sump pumps to help you keep ahead of the water flowing into your basement and provide you with services to maintain a dry, hazard free environment.
 
We have technicians at SERVPRO that can help with restoring your basement after a major storm or leaky pipes that flood your basement entirely. We will provide you with the knowledge and equipment to return your basement to a quality pre-damage condition and perform all of the restoration services ourselves.
 
With stress-free insurance claims and professional staff that help manage all of the paperwork involved throughout the entire process, we are here to assist in any way we can.
 
Give SERVPRO of Idaho Falls a call today. (208) 523-5365

SERVPRO Mold Inspection Ammon Includes Remediation

11/19/2016 (Permalink)

Ammon Mold Remediation? Call SERVPRO

Count on the Pros to Secure Your Property Against Mold

Mold growth is a common problem. It can start from a simple leak of the outside gutters into your home and result in a growing colony between interior and exterior walls. It can cause certain health effects as well as cause extensive property damage if not discovered and dealt with promptly.

Most property owners don't realize they need a mold inspection or an assessment for their Ammon home until growth has already begun to spread. That's because the moisture that first allows mold spores to expand and grow is usually not noticed unless a family member steps in a puddle or notices a leak. The first sign of mold growth usually noticed is the musty odor it gives off as the patch proliferates and spreads. Not all mold species produce that musty odor, visual inspections often quickly discover a fungi issue. Regardless of how far the problem has grown, SERVPRO is ready to stop it.

Once called in, our inspectors use specialized moisture meters to examine air quality, identify the source of the mold and how far it has grown. This allows us to develop a remediation plan that will destroy the mold, remove most of the spores and reduce the moisture level to normal. Without this information, any effort to remove the mold is a half-effort at best, and the chances for new mold growth are fairly high.

With a plan in hand, our technicians will first remove any standing water that has been discovered. Then, they will isolate the infected areas. This prevents any further spread of mold and provides an area where technicians can remove work clothing and leave tools without worrying about accidentally contaminating other parts of the home.

Chemical cleaners and anti-fungal agents will be used to destroy growing mold spores and stop the spread. Once that is completed, industrial vacuums with HEPA filters are then used to remove spores from the infected areas. Our inspectors will then return to ensure the areas are as free of mold as is possible. Total mold eradication is not possible, in spite of what some companies may claim.

Before we depart, we will conduct a complete walk-through with you. This is to ensure your satisfaction before handing back the keys. As a local franchise with national support, SERVPRO of Idaho Falls is dedicated to helping our neighbors with an extensive inventory of equipment and training not available to all remediation companies. Call us at (208) 523-5365 to begin.

Suggestions For Dealing With Frozen Pipes In Iona

11/9/2016 (Permalink)

Temperatures can drop rather fast and take you and your pipes by surprise, leaving you with a rather dangerous and expensive mess to clean up.

Dealing With Frozen Pipes

The truth is, living in this area can be rough and even though you take the time and effort to prepare for the worst, bad things can still happen. Temperatures can drop rather fast and take you and your pipes by surprise, leaving you with a rather dangerous and expensive mess to clean up.
 
Our professional technicians want to assist you with preventing frozen pipes from damaging your Iona home or commercial property. When that isn't enough, we want to be the place you call to assist you with repairing the damage to your property.
 
There are a few suggestions that our expertly trained SERVPRO technicians would like to recommend for you to avoid frozen pipes this winter. We can't say that these precautions will prevent accidents from happening, but it will sure improve your chances.
 
At SERVPRO we recommend taking the time to insulate any piping expose to outside elements, include adding heat tape or heat cables where frozen pipes are likely to happen, this will assist you in preventing this sort of damage. However, there are a handful of other things that you can do to actively prevent frozen pipes from being your number one concern this winter.
 
1.) Disconnect and properly store any outside hoses.
 
2.) Make sure that your outside faucets are in good working order, no leaks or drips, and that they are prepared to resist the coming weather.
 
3.) Leave both your hot and cold water dripping overnight to maintain a steady flow through your pipes.
 
4.) Leave cabinet and storage doors open to allow heat to enter into those areas to assist in heating uninsulated pipes running through them.
 
5.) Never shut off your indoor heat, maintain at least 65 degrees indoors at all times, even if you aren't going to be home.
 
Most importantly, if you go to turn on your water and nothing happens, call in the professionals at SERVPRO. We have specialized equipment to get your water flowing again without causing further damage to your property. There's no reason for you to face this situation alone. Our professionally trained staff at SERVPRO of Idaho Falls has a ton of experience dealing with this situation, call us today. We're available anytime 24/7 - (208) 523-5365.

Idaho Falls Water Damage to a Basement

10/21/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Resolves Water Problems in an Idaho Falls Basement

SERVPRO Restores a Wet Basement Idaho Falls

With the word "Falls" in our name, flooding or other water problems is a given. A number of folks tend to forget about their basement as anything other than a storage room until it floods or they begin to see moisture appear on the walls.

Having a wet basement in Idaho Falls can mean a whole lot more than just damp walls or a musty odor that lingers. That odor may indicate that mold is present in your basement. If left unattended, it can ruin property and eventually become a health hazard. Fortunately, SERVPRO is ready to take care of the problem and help you prevent it from happening again in the future.
Damp walls indicate that your overall moisture level is too high. The first thing we'll do is try to use a combination of exhaust fans and dehumidifiers to bring the level down to a reasonable point that will keep you comfortable and reduce any noticeable moisture. You may want to install a dehumidifier upon completion of our service. A waterproof coating to the exterior wall may also help to prevent future seepage and dampness.

Next is the carpet. If it isn't tacked down, we can remove it, clean it and dry it at our facility or your home. We'll use cleaning agents to remove any mold that might be on the floor and make sure it is dry before we put it back. If the padding harbors mold, we firmly suggest allowing us to discard it and replace with new material. While the carpet is outside the basement, one of our inspectors will examine the walls and floor trim (if there is any) to make sure there is no water or mold damage.

If it is tacked in place, our technicians will use one of our anti-fungal cleaners to kill any mold spores in the carpet and the pad underneath. This process may not be successful, and we will monitor the results. The next step is to use a water extractor to remove the cleaning agent and the remaining moisture and water. If there is still moisture in the carpet or the pad, we have a heater that is designed to dry the carpet without damaging the fibers or the pad under it.

A wet basement is a nuisance, but it is much more than that. If you notice a smell or see any moisture on the walls of your basement, call SERVPRO of Idaho Falls at (208) 523-5365 today. We're ready to help.

Water Damage and Commodes

10/8/2016 (Permalink)

Commode Backup Should Get Professional Sanitary Service in Ammon

SERVPRO Restoration Advice After An Overflowing Toilet

It happens at the absolutely worst time and cannot be ignored -- your toilet has overflowed, and you have a major mess on your hands. You may feel this is a problem you can manage by yourself with a mop and a bucket. It is wise to have the experts from SERVPRO assess the damage. Debris and water from a backed up toilet is a potential biohazard, and as it spills into your bathroom, the proper steps need to be taken to ensure the safety and health of your family and guests. You need an expert at your side when assessing the magnitude of this problem, and we are ready to help.

An overflowing toilet in Ammon can spread urine and fecal matter across a large area depending on how long it takes to stop the flow. Even if the majority of the spill appears to be clean water, the possibility of infectious contamination is real when a household toilet overflows. After examining the materials surrounding the toilet some steps may need to be taken to ensure no hazardous residues remain to imperil your family after repair and clean up. Homeowners who contact us can rely upon the experience and training of our technicians to contain and remove the contaminated water as well as choose proper disinfecting products and techniques to restore your bathroom to a hygienic state.
 
When assessing the damage done by an overflowing toilet SERVPRO technicians will inspect the walls and floor surrounding the toilet. Often ceramic or porcelain tile is used in the bathroom so our employees will search for any cracks or breaches in the tiling that could lead to the contaminated water seeping into subflooring or a ceiling below. If the water reached a porous floor, rug or carpeting, it is likely industry standards may recommend removal and replacement of these items as the contaminated water are highly infectious. In other situations, it may be possible to use chemical disinfecting agents to eradicate the pathogens. You will appreciate the comprehensive knowledge base and the experience we offer as we consult with you always looking for the most efficient and safest resolution of your toilet backup challenge.
 
When an overflowing toilet creates an unhealthy mess, call SERVPRO of Idaho Falls without delay. Reach dispatchers at (208) 523-5365 for immediate scheduling of a service from our technicians to help you choose the proper response to this unpleasant problem.

Crime Scene Cleanup Takes Empathy and Skill

9/19/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO, with Empathy, Will Cleanup an Ammon Crime Scene

Allow SERVPRO to Gently Restore Your Crime Scene Property

Did you know that your homeowner's or commercial insurance will pay for weather-related damages to your home? But, did you know that it will also cover a meteor falling from the sky onto your home or some other space junk? Interestingly, look at your policy because you may also be covered in the case of a grisly crime scene. When you watch TV, you often see people whose job it is to clean up crime scenes. Well, who pays for that? If a crime occurred in your home or office, your policy might likely cover the remediation clean up services.

Crime scene cleanup is a service that we don't think about until we have to. When there is blood loss or human decomposition as part of a crime scene clean up in Ammon, a professional cleanup company is required to properly clean and disinfect the area to prevent any health risks. The odor and fluids that can be part of a crime scene are unsafe and offensive. Unfortunately, if a crime did occur at your residence or business, you are responsible for its cleanup costs. The language may be a part of the biohazard coverage in your policy.
 
Only a highly trained or qualified professional should cleanup a crime scene event. We at SERVPRO are licensed and skilled to get rid of potentially harmful bacteria, pathogens, body fluids, and other contaminants that could cause structural damage and ruin your personal belongings. A crime scene and its aftermath are already stressful and traumatic. Therefore, call us so that we can help you through this tragedy. Our technicians follow OSHA and EPA protocols to help transform an unsafe environment back into a clean, sanitary home or business.
 
In some cases, a residential or commercial insurance policy will pay all or part of the charges for a crime scene or bio-hazard cleanup. Insurance companies in Idaho state that there are several factors that determine whether the charges are covered and you may have to pay some part of the bill. Also, if your insurance does not cover crime scene cleanup, there are state compensation programs that will help. If you do have insurance, we can assist you with filing your claims. We provide expert documentation including photos and video taped activity.
 
Our Idaho families and businesses should not be left alone to deal with traumatic cleanup scenes.  of Idaho Falls can assist you with many services in restoring your home or business to its normal condition. We understand tragedy; we see it in helping our community with crime scenes, fire, water, mold and storm damages. We are Faster to Any Size Disaster, and we don't leave when the police and other responders have left. We will treat you with dignity and empathy as we restore your property.
SERVPRO 
Call us at (208) 523-5365 if you are ever struck with a dangerous cleanup task. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We are trained to clean, disinfect and deodorize your home or office in all types of disasters. Let us help you!

Signs That Your Home Needs Mold Testing

9/7/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Idaho Falls is here to break the mold and save your home.

Warning Signs That Mold May Be Inside Your Home

While some people know their home has mold simply because they can see it along the walls or behind sinks, others aren't so sure because there's no visible sight of an infestation. Whether you're suspicious of your home's condition, or you're buying a new home and want to cover all of your bases, mold testing may be a smart move.

Mold testing in Idaho Falls is necessary if you even suspect that your house has mold problems. Not only is it a potential threat to the health of your family members and pets, but mold can also destroy your home's structure and its contents. Here are some ways to know that your home should be mold tested.

1. You're suddenly experiencing congestion or allergy symptoms. Allergies often correlate with the season, but if you find that you or your family members get headaches, a scratchy throat, or runny nose inside of your home more than you do outside of it, mold may be the culprit.

2. You can smell a definite musty or moldy odor. These smells are indicative of mold presence, even if you don't see any mold around your home. If this is the case, it's best to call SERVPRO for mold testing.

3. The humidity inside of your home has increased in the past few weeks or months. Indoor humidity can increase for some reasons, and the combination of humidity and dark areas helps mold thrive. Excess moisture during the warmer months of the year is a particular concern and calls for professional mold testing.

4. You see something in a small spot that may be mold, but you're unsure. If you think you've caught sight of mold in your home, but you aren't 100 percent certain because of its location or the amount present, call the experts at SERVPRO to conduct a test.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Idaho Falls will complete your home's mold testing quickly and deliver accurate results so you can have peace of mind. To get a quote or for more information about our mold testing and remediation services, call us at (208) 523-5365.

Water Extraction is a Cruicial Step in Water Remediation

8/7/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Vacuums Are Used to Extract Excess Water

SERVPRO Technicians are Certified to Remediate Your Water Damage

When water damage strikes a home or business, the first step is to remove it as quickly as possible. This reduces the risk of permanent damage to floors (concrete and wooden), carpets and walls.

Water extraction in Iona and the surrounding areas takes removal a step further. This is the process of using commercial vacuums and other specialized equipment to draw flood water trapped in fibers or in cracks between floorboards and concrete pads that standard pumps cannot reach. SERVPRO of Idaho Falls has extensive experience with the process and how to accomplish it quickly and effectively.

One of our specialties is to come in after extraction and use a series of heaters that are designed to dry carpet and wooden floors quickly but without causing burn or heat damage. This also helps to prevent the warping of floorboards caused by excess water or improper drying.


In addition to preventing physical damage, this process also reduces the risk of mold. With no standing water or a damp area to serve as a breeding ground, the odds of having hidden damage behind walls or beneath floors is greatly diminished. Remember that when you first start to smell a musty odor, mold has already begun growing somewhere in your home or business. That first whiff is when you should reconsider this additional process to augment simple removal.


Before that happens, you can also contact us for a free inspection of your facility. We have experts that will be able to help you to prevent water damage before the rain comes or pipes burst.

If you have had to deal with flooding or other water damage in your home or business and are concerned about possible damage, contact us here at SERVPRO of Idaho Falls at (208) 523-5365. We have a team of technicians that will be able to help with this and any other type of damage that you may be dealing with.

Area Residents: Don't Let Fire Damage Ruin Your Next Vacation!

7/21/2016 (Permalink)

Smoke and Soot Create Damage

SERVPRO Can Remediate All of Your Smoke and Soot Damage

From smoke damage caused by campfire smoke that the wind blew on your sleeping bags while they were airing out in the great outdoors to cooking disasters on the inside of your camper or cabin and beyond, we can help you eliminate those smelly odors and other types of fire damage. 

Fire damage isn't just the burnt materials but is also smoke damage. Smoke damage has other sources in addition to fires, such as blocked chimneys and malfunctioning furnaces. If your cabin has a furnace, you should be aware that puff-back can cause smoke damage in a home or cabin. 

Smoke and Soot Bring Microscopic but Highly Damaging Particles with Them

Blocked chimneys can create the same type of fine mist of smoke and soot to settle throughout your cabin as puff-back will produce, but if materials placed in the fireplace have been limited to only wood and paper, the soot is much easier to clean up. Wood- and paper-only fires have much less oily residue in them than other types of smoke have. However, the particles are microscopically tiny and can travel through the entire cabin before settling on something.

Puff-back happens when the furnace's supply of oil or gas is not timed correctly with the ignition of the fuel, and too much of that fuel is present or in the wrong location. When the fuel is ignited to begin a heating cycle, an explosion occurs. This explosion forces smoke and soot out of the furnace and through all areas of your home. Even the particles present in oily smoke are extremely small and can remain airborne for rather long periods of time before settling on something in your vacation home. 

Cleaning and Eliminating that Horrible Smell in Your Cabin or Camper

Smoke and fire damage to your Ammon area property can quickly be removed by our professionals. We have earned the right training and certifications and have the extensive experience your cabin or camper deserves. At SERVPRO, we understand you want to live in, and also vacation in, a healthy environment. This is why we don't stop at just the cleaning-up stage but continue on with the odor elimination techniques needed to fully eliminate the aroma of burnt materials, including that of gas and oil from puff-back.

We clean textiles and upholstery in your cabin or camper, including upholstered furniture, curtains, rugs, wall hangings, and mattresses using several different methods. The techniques used depend on the type of soot and the material we are cleaning. When finished, we employ ozone-producing equipment to reduce the levels odor-causing soot particles found in your cabin's interior to non-detectable. These particles can exist in places that are nearly impossible to clean – however, the ozone employed is also microscopic in size and can eliminate bad odors in only a few hours.

 If you've noticed the smell of fire damage in your cabin, call us – we are available 24/7 to take your call at SERVPRO of Idaho Falls at (208) 523-5365. We can help you save your vacation plans and get your cabin ready for your upcoming vacation.

Moving Beyond Water Damage

6/7/2016 (Permalink)

If a Burst Pipe Causes Water Damage to Your Palisades Property, Quickly Call SERVPRO to Restore Your Home.

Call SERVPRO for Water Damage Repair Services In All Areas

If you have discovered Palisades residential water damage in your property, it's understandable to feel overwhelmed. Once water has negatively impacted the condition of your property, you may wonder what it will take to get the damage repaired. By taking the right actions promptly, you may be able to keep damage to a minimum and prevent mold growth from developing.

The most important initial step to take when you discover water in your home is to address the source if possible. For example, if there is a burst pipe causing the leak, you need to turn off the main water valve to the home to stop the water from flowing into the structure. In other cases, such as if the flood is caused by a heavy rainstorm, you may not be able to stop the flow of water. As soon as the storm ends, you can begin the water extraction process. This is a process in which water will be professionally extracted by our skilled technicians at SERVPRO, in an efficient manner. Then, the drying out process will begin with dehumidifying fans. Once the property is completely dry, and the air has returned to a healthy humidity level, we can tackle repairing the water damage to the home.

Each of these steps is vital to the water damage repair process, and the team at SERVPRO of Idaho Falls can help you. As a locally owned firm that specializes in Palisades residential water damage repair, you can rest assured that we have what it takes to get the job done to your satisfaction. If you are ready to move forward with your repair process, call us today at (208) 523-5365.

Restoring Your Idaho Falls Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

5/17/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges

Flooding and water damage events at Idaho Falls commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of IDAHO FALLS

SERVPRO of Idaho Falls specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Ucon Water Damage-Fast Water Removal is Critical

5/10/2016 (Permalink)

Consider SERVPRO for Ucon Water Removal to Preserve Your Carpets

SERVPRO Rapidly Removes Water to Mitigate Damage in Ucon

There are many reasons why you could experience water damage and the need for water removal in Ucon. Whether it was a sink or bathtub that overflowed, a storm which flooded your basement or a leaky toilet, it can be a very upsetting event for any homeowner. Your home can sustain damage from the moisture build-up from any of these incidents which can harm the overall structure.

You need to start the process of removal as soon as you can since mold and mildew can begin to grow rather quickly after the water starts flowing, even if you cannot see it. The way in which you start all depends on upon what type of interior surfaces your home has. If you have carpeting which gets wet, then a dry/wet vacuum will be necessary so you can suction up the excess water. After you’ve taken all the water you can out of the carpeting, you can use some large fans to help finish the process of drying. This may be sufficient for a small puddling area, not for large volumes of water.

If you have tile or concrete which has become wet, then you can use a mop, towels or a wet/dry vacuum. You might even want to use a combination of these things. The method which is the most suitable will many times have to do with how much water has flooded into the room or rooms. Standing water, over the surface of a room, whether on tile, concrete, or carpeting requires the services of a professional company like SERVPRO. Evaporation rates dictate the heavy duty industrial equipment that will be utilized for water removal and the drying out of moisture.

A lot of people believe that using heat will help in the drying process as well. It can help somewhat. However, too much heat will worsen the problem. If your home is flooded, then heat will help the water to recede to a certain extent, but the humidity increase can encourage the growth of mildew and mold. To stop this from occurring, you can use dehumidifiers to dry the wet area more. Using a dehumidifier will remove the moisture which has started to build in the area.

The process of Ucon water removal needs to start right away. You cannot let one day go by doing nothing about it, as time is of the essence in such a case. If you let your carpet stay wet and saturated for too long of time, you’ll notice an unpleasant odor in it. The smell is caused by mildew which you will want to prevent. In a majority of cases, the smell will go away as soon as the carpeting has dried completely, but if the water damage was very extensive, you might need to replace the carpet altogether or hire a professional to help you deal with the added damage.

Any Ucon water damage can be time-consuming to remedy, but if you know ahead of time what to do to begin cleaning it up, it can make the difference between a minimal or extensive amount of damage. The best solution is fast action when any water invades your home.

If you do experience any water damage in Ucon, Idaho Falls or Iona, you can contact SERVPRO of Idaho Falls to help you clean it up even faster and more efficiently with our professional equipment and services. Rely on us to restore your home "Like it never even happened."  We can be reached 24/7 by calling (208) 523-5365.

Blackfoot Mold Remediation--Leave It to the Pros

4/4/2016 (Permalink)

Ceiling Mold in a Blackfoot Residence Should Receive Professional Remediation from SERVPRO

SERVPRO Remediates Mold Damage to Blackfoot Homes


Mold remediation in Blackfoot occurs quite often. The source of the molds, the spores themselves, can float into your home in the air, on pets' fur or hair and peoples' clothing. It can already be inside if there are moist places, hidden away in closets, utility or laundry rooms and even under the sinks in the kitchen or bathrooms. Air ducts are a favorite collection point of mold spores since being airborne organisms; they readily are circulated throughout your home. SERVPRO recommends keeping the RH-relative humidity of your home below 45%. This does inhibit the proliferation of mold colonies.

Mold can impact people with negative health effects. It can undermine building materials as it consumes the cellulose food source. The fuel for molds can be anything that is organic. Including wood, that wallboard, and furniture as well as clothing and fabric on the furniture. It needs moist spaces and relatively stale air. It thrives inside walls, especially when a leaking pipe creates the perfect conditions for moisture, warmth, and lack of sunlight.

Certain precautions must be exercised in mold remediation servicing. If you are not in a situation to handle this in a certified, safe way, and few homeowners are, calling a mold remediation and restoration company like SERVPRO is the best defense against a mold attack. Mold remediation is not a wise DIY project. Let the pros resolve the issues.

All A/C and heating systems will be turned off to stifle the circulation of mold spores. Skilled SERVPRO  technicians, following IICRC industry standards, will vacuum out the air ducts using an HEPA filtration system. Antifungal, antimicrobial, and disinfecting products will be introduced within the HVAC unit to destroy mold and mitigate the chance of reoccurrence. Bear in mind, it is unprofessional, and inaccurate, to claim total elimination of mold and mold spores from a household. Properly conducted mold remediation will return the interior environment of your home to a safe and sanitary condition.

Containment is critical to keeping the dislodged spores from floating into otherwise uncontaminated areas. The process of finding and removing molds may require the tearing out of building materials that have been contaminated. This means the demolition of walls, ceilings or floors if grossly affected. Specialty sponges are used by the SERVPRO experts to help wipe down and remove mold growth. It extreme cases, porous materials like drywall may require bagging and disposing of in certified centers for contaminated and biohazardous materials.

These fungi are not something to treat as an afterthought, so if you detect or suspect the presence of this mold growth in your Blackfoot home, call SERVPRO of Idaho Falls 24/7 at (208) 523-5365 for quick and safe mold remediation.

Palisades Fire Damage - Fire Damage in Palisades and the Role that Fire Damage Professionals Play in the Recovery Process

4/4/2016 (Permalink)

Fires can cause major Palisades Fire Damage to your property.

Fire Damage Palisades - Fire Damage in Palisades and the Role that Fire Damage Professionals Play in the Recovery Process

Displacement for months at a time is not uncommon for people when a fire has occurred in their homes. Based on the severity of the Palisades Fire Damage, the family may need to make other living arrangements temporarily until they can move back into the home after all of the repairs are complete. In some cases, the timing for making the repairs may be only a couple of months while other situations the timing of the repairs can range as much as six months or more. Therefore, it is essential that the family gets started with initiating the recovery process as soon as they can.
 
With this said, if the Palisades fire damage from the fire is severe, most families need to contact a fire restoration company to help them with the entire process. Once contacted, they have the proper expertise to advise the owner on what needs to be done first. The role that they play involves numerous critical activities, some of which are listed below.
 
#1. Makes Sure Unauthorized Entry is taken care of
After the fire, most people find that they may be distracted by the fact that they have just entered into a devastating situation. In fact, in some cases, people may lose everything that they own, and may be left with solely the clothes that they were wearing at the time of the incident. Therefore, they may not be thinking clearly enough to ensure their property is not disturbed by those who are unauthorized. In fact, when this team enters the property, they are responsible for coordinating these and many of the activities that take place.
 
#2 – Begin the Process of Clean-up
As stated above, if the damage is severe enough, a significant part of the recovery process is cleaning up. Therefore, the team visits the site carrying the appropriate equipment and tools for these jobs. They also wear the appropriate gear so that they are not affected by smoke damage or any other related hazards related to the fire.
 
#3 – Provide an Assessment of What to do Going Forward
Because the fire damage is different in each circumstance, some somethings may or may not need to be done. Therefore, these professionals are also trained to provide the information that’s required to guide the family through the recovery process.
 
So, for those of you who need a contact for your situation, you should call SERVPRO of Idaho Falls at (208) 523-5365 today.

6 Signs that Water Is Damaging Your Foundation in Idaho Falls

2/23/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Says Condensation on a Room's Window is a Bad Sign for Water Damage

Water Damage in Idaho Falls Can Be Restored by SERVPRO

Idaho Falls water damage may be fairly simple to spot, especially if you are a hands-on homeowner, who fixes and repairs things as they crop up. The problem is that water damage to foundations is not an easy water damaging problem to identify.

Nevertheless, the key to minimizing the extent of the damage is always to spot it quickly and address it as soon as possible. How are you supposed to achieve this if you don’t know that there is water damage in the first place? This guide, provided by SERVPRO, to some of the most common symptoms of water damage within foundations will help you spot any problem areas.

Symptom One: Water Below Ground
If you are routinely dealing with standing water in the basement, you are probably getting a little stressed out. As a consolation, however, it does mean that you can be reasonably sure of a foundation problem. Standing water only accumulates and sits in a basement if drainage systems are not functioning properly.

Symptom Two: Overly Damp Soil
If you speculate that there could be an issue with moisture, take a look at the soil around the foundations of the property. If it is unusually wet (even after days without rain), there is a good chance that groundwater is seeping into the foundation.

Symptom Three: Water in the Crawlspace
Standing water or condensation and moisture building up within a crawlspace is a pretty good sign that something is wrong with the foundation, circulation of air, lack of adequate insulation, or burst pipe. If it is too damp in this area, the quality of the air in your house can decline, and it may give off a musty odor.

Symptom Four: Sagging and Bowing Floors
A lot of homeowners walk up and down uneven floors for years before they spot a problem. You can test the level of your own with nothing more than a small rubber ball. Unless you know of a reason the foundation is or could be unlevel and not caused by water damage, imbalances should be checked out immediately. They can indicate soil erosion due to water.

Symptom Five: Slimy Patches Outside
When the water from rains and storms is draining away from the property in a secure and efficient manner, it never spends enough time close to the building to have a lasting impact. On the other hand, if groundwater is pooling, you may be able to spot slimy and moldy patches on the outer walls of your home.

Symptom Six: Mal-functioning Doorframes or windows
This might sound like a surprising sign, but if your doorframes used to open and close correctly, but have recently started to stick, the problem could be moisture related. It may be a sign that the doorframes have begun to warp, from excessive water absorption.

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