Recent Storm Damage Posts

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.


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

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

 

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.  

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."

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.

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.
 

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  

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.  

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.

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.

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

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

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.