Recent Water Damage Posts
Not so bad to serious
When you believe you may a water leak in your home it is extremely important to locate the source of the leak and take care of it right away. With water comes mold and that’s when things can go from “not so bad” to “serious” in a matter of days.
If you suspect you may have a water leak, here are a list of things you should do after a major water leak at your home. If you have a fire, water, mold or asbestos disaster, give SERVPRO
- Turn off your water. As soon as you notice the leak, turn off the main water valve. ...
- Turn off utilities. ...
- Mop up excess water quickly. ...
- Move and clean clothes and rugs. ...
- File your insurance claim as quickly as possible. ...
- Document all items that have been damaged.
If you have a fire, water, mold or asbestos disaster, give SERVPRO a call today at (208) 523-5365. We have highly trained professionals ready to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for all of your disaster restoration needs.
Fire Suppression System
Winters in Idaho are always unpredictable but the one thing you can count on is below freezing temperatures. Over the weekend we were called to a huge loss at an apartment building because their fire suppression system broke due to frozen pipes. This caused a category 2 loss that affected four stories and over 8 apartments. SERVPRO got right to work setting up our machines to get these units dried out as fast and efficiently as possible.
To avoid this kind of disaster from happening there are steps you can take. For example, you can make sure that all your pipes are fully insulated. You can seal or caulk any cracks you find, winterize your home or business and start a small drip on your kitchen and bathroom faucets.
If you have a fire, water, mold or asbestos disaster give SERVPRO a call today! We have highly trained professionals ready to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!
Water Disasters in the home
Water disasters are never an easy thing to deal with especially when you don’t have a plan in place. Water disasters can happen because of many different reasons. Some reasons include weather related, broken pipes or even appliance malfunction. For example, a water hose attached to a fridge can break, crack or disconnect and cause a water leak in your kitchen. Now think if one of these disaster occur when you are out of town or even at work for 8 hours. That can be a large amount of water damage happening in an 8 hour window. With that amount of time the water will flow and then sit and saturate cabinets, flooring or personal belongings. That will give the water ample time to cause water damage and even give mold the opportunity to grow. Mold only needs 24-48 hours to start its growth process.
If you have a water, fire, mold or asbestos disaster, give SERVPRO a call today. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for all of your cleaning and restoration needs.
Hot water heaters
- Hot water heaters are in many homes and are extremely beneficial. They heat your showers you take, your dishes you do and your laundry you wash. They also have their own hidden dangers that you may never even know about. Leaking from the bottom is more common that you want think.
Tanks can get damage in many ways. The most obvious one being it is a faulty tank. So what should you do if a hot water tank is leaking? First, you should start by turning off the water to your tank. The water heater tank should have a dedicated shut off valve. It is important to get your water leak stopped as soon as possible. A leaky water tank can cause a large amount of damage to your floors and walls.
If you have a fire, water, mold or biohazard loss give SERVPRO a call today at(208) 523-5365. We have highly trained professionals ready to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!
The sounds of rain
The sounds of rain can be extremely refreshing and relaxing. It can also be the sound of disaster. When we do get a big down pour the rain will make puddles around your home. The water then may seep through the cracks in your foundation causing water to start to sneak into your home. Once the water has found its way into your home it can cause flooding. The flooding can then cause mold and mildew that could become extremely dangerous.
A few ways to help prevent water include:
- Add gutter extensions
- Plug gaps
- Reshape the landscape
- Waterproof the walls
Once the water gets through the foundation and starts to flood your basement, it may be best to call a restoration company to come and help. Water may need to be extracted and mold testing may need to be conducted. If you think you may need cleaning and restoration services give SERVPRO a call. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Flash Flooding can cause more damage than you think
According to the National Weather Service flash flooding is the #1 weather-related killer in the United States.
If the rushing of unexpected water wasn't dangerous enough, you have to also worry about the random debris that literally will come out of no where. Flash floods can cause large amounts of debris to travel extremely far and cause a lot of damage. Large and dangerous examples of debris that a flash flood can cause to travel may include vehicles and large boulders for just a few example.
Water damage to your home and business is also a very real possibility during a flash flood. In the worst situations some properties may not even be salvageable after a disaster as big as this. Water can seep into the cracks in your foundation and if not taken care of quickly and properly it can lead to mold or your property quickly deteriorating. In that case it is always best to call a Cleaning and Restoration professional to
If you have a fire, water, mold or asbestos disaster give SERVPRO a call today at (208) 523-5365. We have highly trained professionals ready to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!
HVAC systems may seem like the last thing that would cause a severe water disaster in your home but they definitely can do their fair share of damage if not being looked after properly. The most common causes of HVAC issues include frozen evaporator coils, clogged drains and pipes that may not be connected properly.
You should always do these simple things to make sure you help to prevent any water damage caused by your HVAC unit.
- Change the HVAC filter regularly
- Clean the condenser
- Maintain the condensation drain line
- Install a condensation pump
- Maintain the overflow drain plan
- And always have your HVAC system inspected professionally
If you have a fire, water, mold or asbestos disaster give SERVPRO a call today. Our highly trained professionals are ready to help day or night. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for all of your cleaning and restoration needs.
A pool in your kitchen
Dishwashers are one of the many dangers that are lurking in your kitchen. When a water line is not properly installed or a dishwasher is uneven it can really cause you a horrendous headache! When a water line is attached incorrectly it can result in a huge mess that will or can destroy your kitchen in a matter of minutes.
As soon as that dishwasher comes on water will begin to flow. If the lines are not installed correctly it will either start with a gradual leak or turn into a pool right before your eyes. When the water line comes off while the dishwasher is on and washing it can cause a huge flow of water that in seconds will start to fill up the kitchen. You will need to quickly go to your water supply line and turn it off if it's safe to do so. After that you can assess the damage and decide if it's bad enough to call a restoration company. Water can become mold very quickly if not taken care of and dried up quickly.
If you have a fire, water, mold or asbestos disaster give us a call today at (208) 523-5365.
Water damage in the kitchen
Recently we went to a home where the home owner had just installed a new water softener under their sink. They decided to do it themselves. Everything seemed to be working correctly and it seemed that they installed it correctly. That is until they woke up to the sound of roaring water in the kitchen.
What had happened was that the hose they connected to the main water supply line had not been tightened correctly and had slipped off causing water to flow out everywhere. Their entire kitchen was completely flooded! Thankfully SERVPRO is available 24 hours a day. They were able to call us and we came out right away. We were able to assess the damage and get them dried up right away!
If you have a fire, water, mold, asbestos or biohazard disaster call SERVPRO today! We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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
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.
New construction = New problems
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.
- Have Your Roof ...
- Fix Any Loose Shingles or Tiles. ...
- Secure Any Yard Furniture. ...
- Survey Fascia and Soffit Boards. ...
- Trim Any Trees That Overhang the Roofand Trim Dead Branches off All Trees. ...
- Purchase a Tarp and Store as Needed. ...
- Clean Debris from Valley and Gutters.
If you have a Fire, Water, Mold, Asbestos, Biohazard 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
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
Tanning salon issues
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.
Buckled wood floors
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.
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.
When it rains it pours
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."
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!
Flood cuts and drywall
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.
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.
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.
Gotta clean those floors
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.
Flowers are starting to bloom!
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.
What's down in the basement?
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.
Water in the crawlspaces
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.
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.
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.
Boiler Room Blog
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.”
Can we match it? Yes we can!
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.
Why use a professional to remove water in home?
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
Why is there water in my basement!?!?!?
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."
Monitor your Work Especially with Water
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.
Have your home checked during extended holidays
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
Cold 2018 Winter Forecast for Idaho Falls, ID
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.
Ice and Water Damage in September?
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.
Sewer Spill In Idaho Falls
Cleaning up sewage after a ruptured sewer line or septic tank is much more important than just getting rid of a bad smell.
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
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
Idaho Falls Water Damage to a Basement
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 Extraction is a Cruicial Step in Water Remediation
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.
Moving Beyond Water Damage
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.
Ucon Water Damage-Fast Water Removal is Critical
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.
6 Signs that Water Is Damaging Your Foundation in Idaho Falls
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.
Call SERVPRO of Idaho Falls for any unwanted water damaging situations that may occur on your property. We are experts in water removal, cleanup, and water damage restoration. We will recondition your home "Like it never even happened."
We’re Highly Trained Water Damage Specialists
As leaders in the water damage industry, SERVPRO of Idaho Falls has advanced expertise and training, not to mention a tremendous amount of hands-on experience. We proudly serve the communities of Idaho Falls, Palisades, and Ammon. Call us 24/7 for help. (208) 523-5365