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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.

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