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Storm Damage

11/10/2020 (Permalink)

Cold Temperature Challenges

Lower temperatures can make water removal and structural drying trickier. Even though the water seeping into your home is just above freezing, it still has the potential to carry contaminants, including chemicals and human waste, into your home. The municipal storm water system is likely overwhelmed, and street drains can be blocked with ice and slush. This is the time of year to take extra pre-caution to prevent accidents. Our employees might need to start by shoveling frozen water out of your basement or lower levels if the pressure of meltwater and snow washed out foundation walls. Our extraction equipment contains the contaminated liquid, and SERVPRO’s familiarity with local hazardous waste disposal requirements assures we manage it for you properly. Regardless of the size or type of loss SERVPRO Of Twin Falls and Jerome Counties has you covered. 

Storm Damage in Twin Falls

11/10/2020 (Permalink)

When unanticipated thawing of snow results in flood damage at your Twin Falls home, our year-round assistance is crucial. Unlike some flooding recovery companies that move with disasters, we are a local business available to help at all times and respond to concerns and questions after we complete a job for you. Our managers and crews master a broad range of flooding mitigations and remediation strategies during the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training. We arrive as soon as practical with all the needed state-of-the-art equipment on our service vehicles. The entre staff at SERVPRO Twin Falls  and Jerome Counties are certified to handle any damage to your home whether it's a flood loss, a fire loss, a mold loss can help.  

Water Damage Twin Falls Home

11/10/2020 (Permalink)

The time for frozen pipes is upon us. SERVPRO of Twin Falls wants to make sure you are protected, before any water loss strikes your home. Please make sure any vacant rentals, vacation homes, or buildings are winterized properly to protect from broken pipes and water damage. You should always double check insulation in crawl spaces, out buildings, and attics. SERVPRO of Twin Falls recommends hiring a licensed plumbing professional to winterize water systems in homes and other properties. Protect yourself from the damaging effects of a water loss situation. SERVPRO of Twin Falls is always here to help in any pre or post loss condition. The certified team at SERVPRO of Twin Falls and Jerome Counties can take care of any size or type of loss and restore your home. 

Commercial Twin Falls

11/10/2020 (Permalink)

Most Common Causes of Water Damage in Commercial Bathrooms

  • Faucet leaks. A simple faucet leak can waste thousands of gallons of water per year, which can lead to higher utility costs. A pipe leak below the sink can also damage structures. 
  • Running toilets. Small leaks can cause toilets to run continually, which can mean paying more on your water bill. Without fast mitigation, this can eventually lead to clogging. 
  • Silent pipe leaks. Keep an eye on your water bill. An undetected pipe leak behind a wall, underneath the floors, or in the ceiling is the most likely source of your increased expenses. 
  • Low water pressure. This problem in your sinks, toilets, or showers can be caused by sediment buildup on pipes or aerators. It can also indicate a more critical problem like a break in your water line. 
  • Temperature irregularities. Not able to keep the hot water in the showers on as long? This can indicate buildup or leakage in your water heater. 

Commercial Fire

11/10/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial fires in the Magic Valley are often the most devastating reality that a property owner will have to oversee. Fires are not limited to burn damage and smoke invasion on your property. Fires can force you to relocate temporarily so you can maintain running your business while the restoration process is completed. However, property owners who access and implement high-quality safety practices can often avoid the devastation and destruction that results from commercial fires. Read the brief outline provided below to learn how you can protect your property: 

1. Install Automatic Fire Sprinklers.

As many authorities know, having an automatic fire sprinkler on your property can reduce the risk of fire by up to 71%. Additionally, sprinklers can decrease your insurance premium. To keep your sprinkler in excellent condition, be sure that it is not blocked by dirt or paint. Also, be sure to inspect regularly your main control valve so that it is not left off. 

2. Conduct Fire Emergency Training.

The training can help prevent your staff members from being victimized. Here are a few subjects that should be covered in the emergency training: 

Hazard Recognition

Keep all combustible chemicals and materials away from heat-generating and electrical equipment. 

Prevention

Inspect your power sources regularly and don't overload your extension cords and outlets.  

Fire Damage Restoration

11/10/2020 (Permalink)

During some fire damage in Wood River Valley, 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.

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Water Damage Twin Falls Home

10/16/2020 (Permalink)

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Water damage is the #1 reason homeowners file a file a claim with their insurance company.  Water can be very intrusive to your home very quickly.  Water will always follow the path of least resistance, saturating everything in its path.  It is important to know what you as a homeowner can do to help to prevent further damage from occurring.

Most of the time, water damage in a home is the result of an accident within the home and not weather related.  Whether it is a burst water line connected to an appliance, a bathtub overflowing, a washing machine that is malfunctioning or any of the other mishaps that can happen in a home; the most important thing to remember is to CALL A PROFESSIONAL!

At SERVPRO of Twin Falls and Jerome Counties it is always our goal to put our customers worries at ease.  When you make contact with our office, you will always speak to someone local that knows this business inside and out.  We will ask a variety of questions including: what type of flooring you have in your home, what the square footage is, and what areas are affected.  This allows our team to arrive promptly and ready to handle whatever disaster you are facing.  If you are planning on filing a claim with your homeowners insurance, we can help guide you through the process and deal with your insurance adjuster directly.  At SERVPRO of Twin Falls and Jerome Counties we are a preferred vendor for many local and national insurance companies.

After calling us at SERVPRO of Twin Falls and Jerome Counties use the guide below to minimize the damage to your home and belongings.

DO-

  • Shut off the source of water if at all possible or contact a qualified person to stop the water.(city water department, plumber)
  • If water has affected anything electrical, turn off the power to the affected area at the breaker box if it is safe to do so.
  • Remove as much water as possible by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water off of wood furniture after removing table top items.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and flooring.
  • Remove any paintings, documents, computers or any other materials that are valuable or sensitive and store them in an unaffected, dry area of the house.
  • Hang curtains and/or draperies off of the floor.
  • Take and furs and/or leather items to a separate dry space at room temperature.

DON’T-

  • Enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist.
  • Enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches or any other electrical equipment has been exposed to water.
  • Leave books, magazines, newspapers or any other colored items on wet flooring and/or furniture to prevent staining.
  • Leave wet Oriental rugs or any rug, on a carpeted surface to prevent staining.
  • Use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water.
  • Use TVs or any other appliance while sitting in wet material.
  • Enter rooms or turn on light fixtures in a room where the ceiling is wet or sagging from retained water.
  • Wait to call our team. The longer you wait to call, the more secondary damage is occurring.  

Why Choose SERVPRO for Water Damage

10/15/2020 (Permalink)

A burst pipe can cause significant water damage in a home.  Water leakage can also be terribly expensive, possibly causing personal schedule changes and insurance claims. Additionally, mildew and mold can become a problem long after the initial damage. Thankfully, there are experts in water damage that can help the problems from a burst pipe be much more manageable.

Leaking Pipes

Pay attention to leaking pipes! Diligence can minimize the collateral damage from a burst pipe. Pay attention to where water has leaked. The water and moisture may have already caused a small amount of damage. Call a professional to determine the best course of action as soon as possible. Attempting to mitigate the damage by yourself will, more often than not, create more damage.

Preventing Structural Damage

The possibility of structural damage is the key reason homeowners should be extra vigilant regarding the plumbing in their homes. Structural damage may be difficult to spot. You should always contact an experienced contractor such as SERVPRO of Twin Falls & Jerome Counties to assess possible structural damage from leaky or burst pipes.

Mold Hazards

Mold is another serious problem that stems from water damage. Mold can be particularly vexing to homeowners. Because mold is living, it can grow and fill large portions of a home without the homeowner being aware. Eventually, mold can lead to structural damage. Mold can be in basements, laundry rooms, kitchens and crawlspaces. Mold removal can be a very difficult task once a foothold has been secured.


Additional Considerations

The above factors illustrate how complicated the ramifications of a burst pipe can be. A homeowner should not attempt to deal with any of these issues without the assistance of an expert well versed in water damage repair and mold remediation. The skills needed to deal effectively with mold, structural damage, and leaking pipes are beyond the average homeowner. Homeowners that attempt these tasks quite often worsen the existing problems. It is always best to hire an expert to inspect the damage after experiencing a burst pipe. SERVPRO of Twin Falls & Jerome Counties has the experience as a full-service water restoration company to rectify and repair all the problems related to a burst pipe.  Solving the problem of a burst pipe correctly will protect the investment of your home for years to come.

Why SERVPRO

10/15/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Acts Fast When Called for Water Cleanup to Restore the Interior of Your Twin Falls to Like-New Condition

The burden of cleaning up after a burst pipe brings immense stress and the potential for a considerable cost. Hiring skilled technicians for restoration services ensures that all the water gets cleaned up, and you can resume your daily activities faster. Whenever a water loss happens in your home, you can count on SERVPRO to be there when you need us.

Why Can’t I Let the Water Dry on Its Own?

Our professional, reliable technicians arrive quickly to limit the onset of secondary damage to materials and belongings in the home. Even though a supply pipe emits clean water, the moisture poses a threat to your interior on many levels. If water cleanup in Twin Falls does not commence quickly, you could start to see:

  •   Crumbling or deteriorating drywall
  •   Wood framing that buckles or warps
  •   Rusted metal fasteners or supports
  •   Weakening of saturated subflooring
  •   Hardwood floors that cup, buckle or crown
  •   Ceiling tiles the breakdown or bulge 
  •   Paint or wallpaper that blisters and peels

Why SERVPRO? Because We Know What It Takes!

We understand that not every water loss happens during waking hours, which is why our crews are ready to go 24/7 for emergency water cleanup service. We also know each home is different, which is why we perform a full and detailed assessment to determine the proper course of action to restore your property as quickly as possible. We bring along the latest equipment and use all of the best methods for rapid water removal, followed by powerful drying techniques.

Do you need help with water cleanup? We are the team to call at SERVPRO of Twin Falls & Jerome counties! To have a crew deployed to your property to get started, call us at (208) 735-1447.


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Fire Damage Restoration

10/15/2020 (Permalink)

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A Competent Restoration Firm Can Handle Fire Damage in Your Twin Falls Home Efficiently

People who are considering seeking the help of a fire restoration company in Twin Falls should know a few things about the range of services that companies like SERVPRO provide. Fire damage can extend to different lengths depending on the cause of the fire and its duration. Unless a fire was significant enough to burn down home, there is always a chance that restoration to its original state is possible, or better but, this depends on whether you hire the right service provider for the job.

To handle the fire damage in your Twin Falls home, our technicians can go through the house looking for both significant and minor damage. While a gaping hole might be visible, a small flaw in the electrical wires that supply power to your house might be unnoticeable to the average homeowner. We leave nothing to chance so we can restore a home efficiently.

Many times, firefighters extinguish fires before they burn down many possessions in a home. However, highly combustive items like furniture, drywall, countertops, and cabinets require restoration. It is unlikely that you have the expertise to restore these items to their original state, which is the reason people rarely consider fire restoration a DIY task. For instance, the walls and ceilings need repainting after replacing the damaged areas.

Regarding furniture, restoration depends on the extent of the fire damage. Some items need replacing, while others only need a reupholster to look as good as they did when they were new. Our crew can use paintbrushes of different softness and sizes to brush residues from ornamental or decorative areas of hard-surface furniture. If the ceiling and walls of your home have substantial deposits of loose smoke particles or smoke webs, we can use the cleaning brush attachment of a vacuum cleaner to agitate the residues from the surfaces.

Another thing we are concerned about while offering restoration services is eliminating the smell that lingers in a house after firefighters have extinguished a fire. Odor issues are significant when fires burn for a longer time or when many materials burn. Our SERVPRO team can use deodorizing granules or pellets and advanced machines like Ultra Low Volume (ULV) foggers to eliminate the smells. Our goal is to restore a house to the state it was before the fire or better.

If you need fire restoration services in Jerome, Buhl, or Kimberly, call SERVPRO of Twin Falls & Jerome Counties at our emergency number - (208) 735-1447. We have the tools and knowledge required to restore your house to get the results you need to see.

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