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Why Preparation is Necessary for Successful Commercial Flood Remediation in Twin Falls

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

Thunderstorm Warning Sign Preparation is the first step for successful remediation. Let SERVPRO create an Emergency Ready Plan Profile for your business.

How You Can Prepare Your Youth Center for Commercial Flood Damage in Twin Falls  

While your youth center might not feel like one of Twin Falls' many businesses, it still features many of the same structural components. Flooding and other disasters can affect it, causing you to close the center and cancel all activities until some future date. SERVPRO can help you move that date closer, starting before a flood even happens in our area. 

The primary way we help businesses and others in the communities around Twin Falls prepare for commercial flood damage is through our READY Plan Profile. We offer this to those in the community, free of charge, to help make things as organized as possible during the hectic activity following such crises. We also assist in completing the Profile, if someone requests such help.  

The Profile helps you mark exits, valuable pieces of equipment, utilities' shut-off locations, stairways, and other detailed information that our crews receive en route. This information helps them set up and begin mitigating flood damage and preventing other areas from ever sustaining contact with filthy floodwater.  

Knowing that you have only one phone call to make when you notice flooding beginning can help you feel more confident and in charge of an otherwise frightening situation. During the winter, abnormally warm days can melt snow and cause localized flooding. Either can cause damage to your center. We respond to both, as no job it too large, nor too small.  

Other things you might find productive in keeping flood damage to a minimum include keeping a backup of any records on office computers. You might want to consider keeping copies of programs that patrons use on youth center computers in the teens' or children’s' tutoring labs.  

Other things, like foodstuffs, cannot be served if they contact floodwater. Storing these only in higher sections of the pantry instead of the lowermost portions can prevent food waste. Larger pots and pans can take up space below, as we can clean these sufficiently, allowing your staff to use them once your center reopens. 

Placing books and other paper-based materials, including art supplies, up and away from the floor can save not only the center's costly book collection but also the artwork that your younger patrons proudly created. Flood damage can destroy such masterpieces in seconds, making the prevention of such disasters highly important to the youngest members of the neighborhood. 

SERVPRO of Twin Falls & Jerome Counties is always available to help out in our communities, serving Buhl, Kimberly, and Filer with expert guidance and mitigation skills that meet international standards. Call us at (208) 735-1447 to make everything "Like it never even happened." 

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We Will Drying And Refinish Your Hardwood Floors After A Flood In Twin Falls

11/17/2019 (Permalink)

flooding in home after a storm Contact SERVPRO of Twin Falls & Jerome Counties at (208) 735-1447 for hardwood restoration.

Drying and Refinishing Hardwood Floors after Flood Damage in Twin Falls

Wooden flooring can be at an exceptionally high risk of loss when exposed to large amounts of water for a prolonged period. However, hardwood flooring tends to stand-up better against moisture than softwoods, and you may be able to rescue your floorboards using specialty drying methods. When in the presence of moisture, hardwoods naturally buckle, warp and cup. Using the correct restoration procedures, you may be able to avoid buckling from becoming a permanent issue and significantly reduce the expense of your claim.

When hardwood floors are exposed to flood damage in your Twin Falls home, reaching out for professional restoration is essential to rescuing, and reversing the visible damage. The buckling of floorboards in the presence of moisture occurs because woods absorb moisture. A natural equilibrium for moisture in wood is around 12%, so the key to preventing damage is to bring the moisture content down as quickly as possible. The longer woods are exposed to moisture, the higher the chance of permanent damage. Mold growth and rot can appear when moisture content levels exceed 20% in natural woods.

Removing moisture from inside natural materials relies on dehumidification. Dry surrounding air can draw out moisture. SERVPRO technicians can use desiccant dehumidifiers to reduce relative humidity to 30% to 45%. When the moisture content of hardwood drops below 16%, we can place air-moving equipment above and below floorboards to reduce drying times. In some situations, varnish can slow drying by acting as a vapor barrier and require removal to dry wood effectively.

Larger rooms with high ceilings can make dehumidification tricky. SERVPRO can erect polyethylene tents above the floor to create a smaller drying chamber and increase efficiency. During the drying procedure, technicians can regularly assess the subfloor using Teflon coated moisture probes. The process of acclimatizing hardwood flooring can be long and take over a month before the floor can be sanded to remove buckling. Sanding while the floor is still wet may result in permanent harm. Once the floor restoration is complete, we can refinish the wood its preloss condition.

Hardwood floors do not necessarily sustain permanent damage when cupping. Contact SERVPRO of Twin Falls & Jerome Counties at (208) 735-1447 for hardwood restoration.

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Are You Equipped for DIY Flood Damage Restoration in Twin Falls?

11/5/2019 (Permalink)

water damaged floor and wall; drywall and flooring removed Water damaged drywall must be discarded. We make flood cuts to remove the damaged material and dry the structure.

What is the Difference Between Self and Pro Cleanup of Storm Damage or Flooding in Twin Falls Homes? 

When storms strike in Idaho, damage can come from above and below. Tree limbs and high winds damage roofing and break windows allowing water in while flash floods bring in groundwater.  

Storm damage and flooding in Twin Falls homes require fast action by homeowners to limit the loss in their homes. Cleaning up with towels and mops can go so far. In the case of a damaged roof or broken window, temporary repairs such as tarping the roof or covering broken windows need to happen to stop any further water from entering the property. 

Home Water Cleanup Compared to Professional

A wet/dry vacuum does not have the pulling power that SERVPRO extraction units have. They also have specialized attachments for working on different types of flooring, including hardwood floors and tiles. Weighted extractor heads assist with pushing water to the surface of the carpet for a more thorough removal.  

Consumer-Grade Fans Compared to Professional Air Movers and Dehumidifiers

There is almost no comparison. Fans are designed to stir the air and cool a room. SERVPRO air movers have a design based on the science of psychrometry. When a fan blows on a wet surface, it eventually dries the surface. If an air mover blows over the same surface, the high velocity of airflow causes embedded moisture to come to the surface. Once there, the dehumidification equipment captures it and ports it away. The cycle continues as progressively drier air circulates, thoroughly drying the water loss area.  

Wet, Buckled Sheetrock Needs to Go

When water enters a home and encounters sheetrock, the core wicks water rapidly, and half an inch of groundwater may travel several inches upward into the wall and require removal through controlled demolition. No amount of drying can restore water damaged, soggy sheetrock, and unless removed, may invite the setup of mold colonies. 

SERVPRO of Twin Falls & Jerome Counties at (208) 735-1447 stands ready to assist local homeowners with storm damage and flooding in their homes to make the water loss, "Like it never even happened." 

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Why Hire Experts to Handle Fire Damage in Your Jerome Residence

11/5/2019 (Permalink)

Burnt wood. We will tell you Why SERVPRO is the way to go with your Jerome fire damage.

Fire damage is no game, call SERVPRO for help today.

After a fire disaster, your home needs thorough and urgent restoration. The flames, soot residue and water from firefighting efforts can cause immense damage to personal items and building materials. Fire damage can be overwhelming, and you may think your home is hopelessly lost. However, this is not always the case.

An experienced restoration firm can assess the damage quickly and take measures to help you restore normal living conditions and avoid secondary damage. When your Jerome home has fire damage, you can hire SERVPRO franchise professionals to perform the cleanup work.

If left unattended, fire damage in your home may increase. Problems such as mold growth underneath floors and lingering odors in porous materials can become expensive to fix. We offer emergency services meant to prevent fire and smoke damage from getting worse, provide a safer work site for individuals who enter a home, and prepare the house for mitigation and restoration work to start. We can provide you with several emergency services to meet those needs. One of these services is evaluating the loss site for any health or safety hazards.

We can also pre-clean your furniture and carpets to eliminate heavy soot and wipe acidic soot residues from metals and porcelain to prevent corrosion. Our restorers can also remove the charred materials that remind you of a fire loss. Restoring your home to its normal state requires the right approach and equipment. Our crew has the appropriate equipment to deal with the damage effectively.

Most times, firefighters use water to extinguish fires. If there is water in your home, we can extract it using wet/dry vacuums or pumps. We can then set up drying equipment and monitor moisture content and humidity levels using equipment like infrared cameras and moisture meters. Infrared cameras offer a big picture of where moisture may be present quickly. We then use the moisture meter to inspect the problem areas the camera has displayed and measure moisture level or content. Smoke odors can linger in your property after a fire. We can deodorize your home to make it habitable using equipment like:

  •         Thermal foggers
  •         Air scrubbers
  •         Hydroxyl generators

We have dealt with fire disasters for many decades and can, therefore, tackle any problem. Apart from cleaning up homes, we also offer rebuilding services. Our SERVPRO technicians can also help you document the losses so you can get a fair settlement amount and avoid disputes or discrepancies with your insurance company.

When you have a fire loss in your home, SERVPRO of Twin Falls & Jerome Counties is the right restoration company to call. We can make the fire loss seem, “Like it never even happened.”  Contact us 24/7 at (208) 735-1447.

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Our Water Damage Professionals Can Return Your Twin Falls Home To Pre-Damage Condition

10/31/2019 (Permalink)

water covering floor after a leak We are available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

Water Cleanup in Twin Falls to Restore Your Property

Homeowners today like to purchase modern appliances to save time and money while making life a bit easier. With most of today’s appliances utilizing water, any malfunction of the hoses, connections, or pumps can spell trouble. If the structure of your home is exposed to water, calling the professionals at SERVPRO to clean it up fast is an excellent choice to make.

If you find a water leak in your home, initiating water cleanup in Twins Falls reduces the risk of excessive damage. You may have water leaking under the flooring from a faulty dishwasher, or there is a hidden leak underneath your refrigerator with water filtration. The professionals can access the area quickly and employ the latest techniques for detection to pinpoint the source.

Once our team of technicians arrives at your property, we can disconnect the faulty appliance and remove it from the area. Water tends to flow across the surface of the floor, but it may seep down in between the flooring material and into your subfloor. In such a situation, SERVPRO technicians can devise a plan to preserve your flooring and dry up the moisture in your subfloor. We can then assess the floor or crawlspace below, along with any supporting structural elements.

Your flooring must be addressed to quell moisture levels to prevent distortion from setting in. We can get into the subflooring and the crawlspace to perform water removal and work on speeding up the drying process. Our team can remove any necessary planks to start moisture removal using specialized equipment.

Once moisture readings are taken and the area is contained, we can implement the use of heaters and air movers that help to pull moisture out of the subflooring. Such equipment also creates ample circulation throughout your crawlspace below. Dehumidifiers may also be used to help remove any water vapors remaining in the air. Any impacted surfaces can also be disinfected using products that are registered through the EPA. After the area is adequately dried, we can then replace the flooring to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Give our team a call at SERVPRO of Twin Falls & Jerome Counties at (208) 735-1447 should you need water cleanup assistance. We are available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

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Our Water Damage Experts Can Save Your Buhl Home

10/4/2019 (Permalink)

water damaged room If you have any water in your home, call us today at (208) 735-1447 for fast and professional restoration.

Professional Water Cleanup And Restoration For Buhl Homes

Buhl residents get to enjoy the benefits of living close to the Snake River without excessive flooding. That’s not to say water intrusions don’t happen; every home is vulnerable to failed plumbing, cracked pipes, and broken appliances.

Water cleanup in Buhl homes after one of these incidents can take anywhere from a few hours to several days. At SERVPRO, our restoration technicians can remove any standing water, perform minor repairs, dry the home, and return it to its original condition.

As an example, take a home one of our teams restored several months ago. A family departed for its summer vacation, had a wonderful time, then returned to find a broken toilet had sent water flooding through the entire first floor and into the basement. Team members replaced the broken toilet in less than an hour, but removing the water took a bit longer.

Fortunately, it was clean water from the tank and not the bowl. SERVPRO technicians removed it from the first floor and the basement in a couple of days then used a series of fans and air movers to dry out the carpets. Unfortunately, delamination had already set in, separating the top and bottom layers in the living room and master bedroom. That meant throwing them out and installing new ones after drying the floor.

After cleaning up and drying the home, we can rebuild it too. As a licensed residential contractor (RCE-43137), team members not only returned the home to its original condition but made some improvements as well. For this home, that meant tearing out and installing a new set of stairs leading into the basement.

Since our carpenters were down there, the owner also had us complete the task of finishing the basement. They installed framing and hung sheetrock that created a pleasant game room and divided off a laundry room to reduce noise. As they completed work, other technicians lowered the humidity to a comfortable level by using dehumidifiers to remove moisture directly from the air.

Here at SERVPRO of Twin Falls & Jerome Counties, our goal is to provide the same effort and results to every home here and in surrounding communities like Filer, Kimberly, and Rock Creek. If you have any water in your home, call us today at (208) 735-1447 for fast and professional restoration.

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Fire Damage Gurus In Jerome Examine Ways To Deodorize Smoke Odors

10/1/2019 (Permalink)

Man holding a pan in the kitchen that is smoking. Let SERVPRO take the smoke off of you when it comes to your Jerome home fire.

We can take on the odor damage of your Jerome home.

Even a small blaze that starts in or near your Jerome residence can cause your structural components and possessions problems. According to our SERVPRO experts, fire damage can come in many forms, including issues with light smoke. Smoke coming from an inferno consists of particles that did not completely turn into a gas when heated or combust. These partially combusted particles can float around your house and contaminate it with soot residues and unpleasant aromas.

During some fire damage situations in Jerome, smoke can penetrate deeply into the more porous materials inside your residence. When this occurs, removing all foul odors can prove to be difficult. In many cases, burnt smells get eliminated when all torched substances, soot residues, and soils get cleaned and removed. However, in some cases, tainted aromas can still be prevalent even after cleaning procedures.

If items still smell burnt after cleaning, our highly trained team of SERVPRO fire and smoke restoration technicians or FSTs can utilize a variety of pieces of specialized equipment and techniques. The advanced technology at our disposal enables us to mimic the behavior of smoke with deodorants and chemically neutralize burnt odors. We also offer fast 24/7 service so that we can immediately begin restoration operations right away, which can help reduce the number of unpleasant smells prevalent.

First off, before using any deodorization equipment, we make sure our team has the necessary safety equipment. If the operations are hazardous, we seal off the area we are working in during the deodorization procedures. We then use items like electric sprayers to dispense chemicals into your stinky structure.

Ventilation box fans also often get used to help create air circulation and "air out" the building. For situations where strong, pungent aromas prove to be an issue, our FSTs at SERVPRO can utilize other machines such as a fogger or ozone generator. Foggers work by breaking deodorizing chemicals down to microscopic particles so they can penetrate materials as deeply as the smoke did. An ozone generator creates unstable O3 molecules that oxides malodor particles and neutralizes them.

If you ever need your house in Buhl, Filer, Hazelton or Rogerson deodorized due to burnt aromas, call SERVPRO of Twin Falls & Jerome Counties at (208) 735-1447 because once we are done, you will not think a fire ever burned when we do such a quality job that we make it seem "Like it never even happened."

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Twin Falls Business in Need of Storm Damage Restoration? Give SERVPRO a Call!

9/25/2019 (Permalink)

Desk in the middle of water with A Life Tube Being Thrown SERVPRO Saves Offices After Flooding in Twin Falls--Back to Work!!

Commercial Flood Damage Twin Falls – Full-Service Recovery

When commercial offices experience flood intrusion, there is concern about the actual damage. However, what occupies owners and tenants more is when they can get back into their commercial space and restart operations. Is there a need to set up a temporary shop somewhere else? Temporary space costs additional money, and extended downtime can cost a great deal in lost revenue.

SERVPRO  knows how important it is to recover quickly from commercial flood damage in Twin Falls. We provide flood, fire, and water recovery services from Buhl to Hazelton. We have built a team of flood mitigation technicians and a crew of contractors that provide emergency as well as complete reconstruction of your commercial space. We aim to have you back in your space and to operate as fast as possible. Our business is to keep you in business.

Organized and Professional
Our SERVPRO crew chief requests accurate information from the client to initially dispatch the appropriate equipment and flood damage, technicians. Once on-site, he or she assesses the situation and develops a project plan to mitigate the flood damage and begin recovery.

We work closely with customers to plan staging areas and recovery of contents in the commercial space. Customer concerns about maintaining operations while flood damage recovery is underway are taken into account as much as possible.

Construction Crews on Standby
The crew chief can also coordinate with construction contractors. Once the commercial space is dry and ready for rebuild, contractors can begin work to rebuild walls, replace floors, and prepare the space for the customer to restart operations.

We maintain communications with the customer to ensure that we meet their specifications and minimize the time the business is offline.

We are licensed (General Contractor License #: Residential: RCE-43137) to provide restoration services for full structural damage repair and rebuild, "Like it never even happened." We are confident in our work and back it up with a five-year warranty.

Call SERVPRO of Twin Falls & Jerome Counties at (208) 735-1447 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Buhl, Kimberly, Filer, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

What You Can Do About Fire Damage Remediation In Your Jerome Home

9/22/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damaged Home With Stairs Whatever part of your home gets damaged during the fire, SERVPRO can offer remediation and cleanup services. Call right away.

Threats in DIY Fire Debris Removal for Jerome Residents

Ever since people have owned their own land and built their own homes in Jerome, proud property owners have sought to give their houses the recovery and restoration work that it needs when disasters strike. While many modern homeowners trust in the efficient response and powerful equipment and products available to our SERVPRO team, some still stay committed to DIY restoration for fire losses in their property. Even the initial tasks like fire debris removal can come with some hazards and risks if residents attempt it without any knowledge of what to expect.

As much as many might like them to, YouTube videos cannot tell you everything you need to know about fire damages in Jerome residences. With every situation being uniquely different from other fire loss incidents, it is no surprise why most property owners choose the experience and extensive training of our Fire & Smoke Restoration Technicians accredited through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC.) Self-training might help you overcome specific effects in your home, but here are some things that you need to know to address fire debris removal in your damaged house.

Use the Proper PPE

Debris removal can generate considerable dust, spreading particulates and contaminants throughout the environment. Even elements like soot and smoke particles can circulate during controlled demolition tactics and shoveling debris and rubbish from the property. While our professionals can utilize tools like air scrubbers to reduce this threat, it is also recommended to wear appropriate protective equipment. Tyvek suits, safety glasses, respirators, and gloves are among the chief components of safe work attire for debris removal.

Tread Carefully

Appearances can be deceiving after a fire loss incident, especially regarding the structural integrity of specific areas of your home. Though you want to get the mitigation work completed as promptly as possible, be sure to carefully tread throughout affected areas to limit unexpected and injury-causing mishaps like structural collapses and failures.

From our licensed team of residential contractors (RCE-43137) to our restoration specialist that can help with both damage assessment and debris removal, our SERVPRO of Twin Falls & Jerome Counties team is here to help. Give us a call anytime at (208) 735-1447.

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Jerome Flooding, SERVPRO Protocols, Solutions Coming for Water Removal and Drying

9/5/2019 (Permalink)

Thermal imaging device directed at a wall showing moisture content SERVPRO Utilizes Advanced Moisture Detection Equipment to Mitigate Storm Damage with Rapid Restoration Services. Ask Our Many Customers in Jerome!

How We Detect Moisture Across Your Flood Damaged Jerome Home

Moisture detection is one of the most critical parts of our flood damage mitigation work. If we could not find the hidden water in your home, then we could not identify where damage is likely to occur and might even skip over affected areas. We use some of the most advanced tools in the industry to identify where water spreads in your home, even in places you might never expect.

Moisture Sensors
The primary way that we detect how far flood damage to your Jerome home has spread is through the use of moisture sensing devices. The most reliable tool we have is the penetrating moisture meter, which inserts a tiny needle into the surface we are testing to determine the amount of water inside it. While these tools are exceptionally reliable, they can cause minor damage to the materials of your home much akin to a thumbtack being pushed into the wall. For this reason, most of our work relies on non-penetrating moisture meters that use advanced methods such as radio frequency emissions. However, these tools are less reliable when used on some materials, making the use of penetrating moisture meters unavoidable in some scenarios.

Thermal Imaging Devices
One of the most impactful recent advances in the SERVPRO equipment lineup has been the addition of thermal imaging devices. These handheld scanners use infrared rays to identify temperature differences in your home. Because wet areas tend to be cooler than dry ones near them, we can use these tools to quickly identify which parts of your home are wet or dry. However, because these devices cannot see behind walls and other surfaces, we cannot rely on them alone to conduct our inspections. These devices assist our SERVPRO techs in mapping out moist or damp areas on ceilings, floors, and walls. We can place blue painters tape to identify these spots for drying.

Thermo-Hygrometers
Handheld thermo-hygrometers enable our inspectors and technicians to identify moisture in the air of your home. Humidity causes and accelerates many of the most expensive consequences of flood damage, and the use of thermo-hygrometers is vital in our efforts to counter those damaging processes. We typically take measurements from all around the home to determine how and where the moisture is spreading in your home.

SERVPRO of Twin Falls & Jerome Counties provides 24/7 emergency mitigation services whenever flood damage strikes. Call us at (208) 735-1447 as soon as possible after an incident.