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Home Safety in Winter: How to Prevent House Fires

11/10/2022 (Permalink)

Home Safety in Winter: How to Prevent House Fires

As the temperatures drop and winter sets in, we all start spending more time indoors. While cozying up by the fireplace with a cup of hot cocoa sounds like the perfect way to spend a cold winter's night, it's important to take some precautions to prevent house fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association, home structure fires peak in December and January. In this blog post, we'll share some tips on how you can keep your home safe from fires this winter.



  1. Keep things that can catch fire at least three feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, wood stoves, radiators, and space heaters. This includes items like newspapers, magazines, furniture, clothing, and bedding.
  2. Never use your oven to heat your home. Not only is this a fire hazard, but it can also release harmful gases into the air.
  3. Inspect and clean your chimney and fireplace before using them for the first time each winter. A build-up of soot and debris can cause a chimney fire. 
  4. Make sure you have working smoke alarms in your home and test them monthly. Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years.
  5. If you're using a space heater, choose one that has been tested for safety by a recognized testing laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL). Look for a space heater with an automatic shut-off so that if it tips over, it will turn off on its own.
  6. Never leave candles unattended—blow them out before leaving the room or going to bed.
  7. Use flashlights instead of candles during a power outage. If you must use candles, make sure they are placed in sturdy candle holders that won't tip over easily.
  8. Avoid overloading electrical outlets and extension cords. If you must use an extension cord, make sure it is rated for the intended use (such as indoor or outdoor) and never nail or staple them to walls or baseboards as this could create a fire hazard. 
  9. Never leave children alone in a room with lit candles or an operating space heater—even for a minute! Teach children to stay clear of these items and never touch them without an adult present. 

10 bonus tip: Call us to learn about our free Home Fire Safety Checklist for more Winter fire safety tips! 

With some careful planning and attention to detail, you can help prevent house fires this winter season! If you do have a home fire, the most important thing to do is to call a team of experts like SERVPRO of Twin Falls and Jerome Counties, and SERVPRO of Woodriver Valley. This local team has the knowledge and experience necessary to restore your home and make it look "Like it never even happened." Whether you need help cleaning up soot or smoke damage, or you need furniture, appliances, or other belongings replaced, these professionals will be there for you every step of the way. With their fast response times and efficient work process, they can help get your life back on track after a devastating home fire. So if you find yourself in a situation like this, don't hesitate – call the experts at SERVPRO of Twin Falls and Jerome Counties and SERVPRO of Woodriver Valley today!

Preparing For A Winter Storm

11/10/2022 (Permalink)

As winter approaches, it is important to prepare for the possibility of a winter storm. Here are some tips to help you stay safe during a winter storm:

- Stay informed about the weather forecast and any winter storm warnings in your area.

- Stock up on essentials such as non-perishable food, water, medications, and batteries.

- Make sure you have warm clothes and blankets available.

- Make sure your cellphone is fully charged in case of loss of power.

- Clear any snow or ice from sidewalks and driveways to prevent slips and falls.

- Have a shovel on hand to clear snow from walkways and vehicles.

- Keep your car's gas tank at least half full in case you need to evacuate or seek shelter elsewhere.

- If possible, have an emergency kit ready that includes items such as a first aid kit, flashlights, matches, and emergency contact information.

By taking these steps to prepare for a winter storm, you can ensure that you and your loved ones stay safe during inclement weather.

Why You Should Work With SERVPRO For Commercial Damage

11/10/2022 (Permalink)

When it comes to repairing commercial damage, it is important to work with a reputable and experienced company that can handle the job efficiently and effectively.

One of the first steps in repairing commercial damage is assessing the extent of the damage and creating a plan for repair. This may include structural repairs, replacing damaged materials, and ensuring compliance with building codes and regulations.

In addition to physical repairs, it is also important to address any safety concerns and potential liability issues. This may involve working with insurance companies, filing the necessary paperwork, and coordinating with local authorities.

It is crucial to have a clear timeline for repairs to minimize disruption to business operations. The repair process may also require temporary relocation or closure of affected areas.

Working with a reliable and experienced team can ensure smooth and timely repairs, minimizing downtime and allowing businesses to resume normal operations as quickly as possible

Why SERVPRO?

11/10/2022 (Permalink)

In the winter, inclement weather can wreak havoc on homes and businesses. From heavy snowfall to ice storms, the damage these severe conditions can cause is extensive and often unexpected. That’s why it’s important to have a trusted partner to turn to for restoration and repair – and that partner is SERVPRO.

As a leader in the industry, SERVPRO has the expertise and resources necessary to handle any size disaster, no matter how severe. Our highly trained technicians are available 24/7 to respond quickly to your emergency, minimizing further damage and getting you back on track as soon as possible.

In addition to our rapid response time, SERVPRO utilizes advanced technology and techniques for efficient and effective restoration. From state-of-the-art drying equipment to specialized cleaning products, we have the tools necessary to restore your property back to its pre-storm condition.

SERVPRO also works with all major insurance companies, making the claims process seamless for our customers. We understand that dealing with storm damage can be overwhelming and stressful – let us handle the details so you can focus on recovering from the event.

When it comes to winter storm damage repair, trust the professionals at SERVPRO for reliable service and exceptional results. With our experience and dedication to customer satisfaction, we’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”

Easy Ways to Tell Your Home Is Water Damaged

10/26/2022 (Permalink)

Easy Ways to Tell Your Home Is Water Damaged

Obvious water damage often comes as a result of flooding and other natural instances, but it can also affect your home over time in less blatant ways. Here are a few things to look for if you suspect your home might be water damaged.

Structural Shifts

If you notice slight changes in the composition of your house, such as bloated walls, peeling wallpaper, and warping in the floors, you can assume that water damage has taken place.

Rusty Appliances

If metal appliances in your house are starting to display rust, this could be a sign that water has made its way into the building. Keep an eye on the attic and basement in particular for this one.

Mold

Perhaps the most obvious sign of water damage. If your walls are moldy then something must be done immediately, as it can be very dangerous.

What to Do?

If you notice one or more of these signs, then you could use a professional water damage cleanup and repair. Contact your nearest SERVPRO, and we’ll make it like it never happened.

What to Expect from a Fire Damage Restoration

10/26/2022 (Permalink)

What to Expect from a Fire Damage Restoration

If the worst happens and your house does sustain fire damage, it doesn’t necessarily mean the loss of your home and all your possessions. After the flames have been neutralized by the fire service, there are things that you should expect to see in a fire damage cleanup and restoration.

Key Steps:

  1. Safety Assessment: This is completed alongside insurance companies and the fire marshal to determine the extent of the damage.
  2. Board-Up and Roof-Tarp: Every access point to the home, such as windows and new holes must be covered to prevent more weather damage.
  3. Water Removal: Fire damage can often cause water damage, so this must be dealt with before continuing.
  4. Soot and Smoke Removal: All walls, surfaces, nooks, and crannies must have the smoke and soot removed with the proper technology.
  5. Cleaning and Sanitizing: Surfaces and salvageable items of the property must be cleaned and sanitized.
  6. Structural Repairs & Construction: Once the interior is complete, the team should embark on the real rebuild of the structure.

Where to Go

If you’re in need of a comprehensive fire damage restoration, contact SERVPRO and we’ll make it like it never happened.

Industries Affected by Commercial Property Damage

10/26/2022 (Permalink)

Industries Affected by Commercial Property Damage

Any and all industries can be affected by property damage, whether as a result of natural disasters, mechanical fires, vandalism, or another cause. With that in mind, if you’re seeking commercial damage restoration, make sure the company is well-versed in every setting.

Different Industries

  • Retail: Damage must be cleaned and repaired as quickly as possible, with an emphasis on the windows, displays, and any salvageable merchandise.
  • Education: Specific types of classrooms such as labs and gyms should be the focus while working alongside the school’s administrators to ensure students can return ASAP.
  • Managed Properties: A good company will work with landlords on multi-level apartment blocks, hotels, small office buildings, and more to ensure a speedy recovery.
  • Medical: Facilities must be cleaned and repaired in cooperation with environmental and infection control teams according to legal protocols to guarantee a safe return.
  • Hospitality: Whether a casino, hotel, convention center, or resort, cleaning and repairs may be necessary to restore the welcoming atmosphere.
  • Food: Kitchen damage can be tricky, which is why, along with working to health code standards, some engineering expertise is required to get things back up and running.

Where to Go?

If you work in any of the above industries and you need a repair or restoration, big or small, contact SERVPRO, and we’ll make it like it never happened.

Why SERVPRO?

10/26/2022 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO?

Whether you’re a homeowner or a business owner, your property could suffer from damage for a number of reasons. Whether it’s a fire, flood, dangerous weather, technical malfunctions, or vandalism, you need a restoration business you can trust.

Here’s why you should choose SERVPRO.

Any Job, Big or Small

You might think that a damage restoration business will operate entirely on larger-scale projects, but at SERVPRO, we’ll tackle any cleaning or repair job, no matter how big or small. Sometimes the damage might need a simple cleanup, while others will require structural work and construction. No matter the job, we’re up for the task.

Expertise in Every Setting

Along with working on projects of varying scales, we’ll also work in any setting. We only bring on employees at SERVPRO when they have a certain level of expertise for the specifics of different work. Our team includes engineers, construction workers, cleaners, and more, so whether it’s a home or a business-specific setting, SERVPRO is the team for you.

Choose SERVPRO

If you’re in need of any kind of property restoration, contact your nearest SERVPRO, and we’ll make it like it never happened.

5 Common Causes of House Fires

7/28/2022 (Permalink)

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Fire damage can be catastrophic for your home, in some cases even leaving your house uninhabitable. It’s important to know what causes house fires so you can stay on top of things in your home.

Cooking 

Cooking, whether on a gas or electric heater can cause fires to flare up in your home. One common cause of this is water being introduced to hot oil in a pan, so make sure to cook with caution!

Electrical Issues 

If your electronic belongings have shoddy wiring or the outlets have started to malfunction, you could be at risk of causing a house fire. Always have a home thoroughly inspected before you move in and keep an eye on your devices throughout your time there.

Heating

Heaters, especially space heaters and things of the sort are a common cause of house fires. Make sure to follow any spatial allowance guidance with anything like this.

Candles

The candle is one of the only times we actually like to see fire in the house, but remember that if you don’t give them plenty of space and make sure to blow them out properly, they could cause something much less pretty.

Smoking

This one is simple enough. Just smoke outside when you can, your furniture will thank you for the lack of odor, and you might save your own life.

If you have the bad fortune of suffering fire damage at home call us today and we’ll make it like it never even happened.

The 7 Steps for Water Damage Restoration

7/24/2022 (Permalink)

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When water damage affects your home or business, you need to get in touch with professionals as quickly as possible. This blog explains the steps that should be taken after you’ve gotten in touch with the right team.

Inspection & Damage Assessment 

In the first step, your team should visit your space, assess the damage, figure out the hazards, decide what can be salvaged, and work to stop the cause of the damage.

Water Removal

Once the initial assessment comes the first step in recovery - pumping however many gallons of water out of your home thoroughly.

Damaged Material Removal 

The next step in cleaning water damage is removing any damaged materials, be it furniture, or parts of your home’s structure.

Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Deodorization

Once the damaged materials have been removed, the team should work to clean, sanitize, and deodorize whatever’s left, to make sure it’s still liveable in the future.

Drying

Just because the bulk of the water is gone, that doesn’t mean dampness isn’t still a problem, which is when industrial drying equipment comes in.

Monitoring

Throughout the process, professionals should visit your property daily, to see how the drying is coming along.

Repairs & Construction

After the property has been neutralized and any items have been removed or restored, your home may need real structural attention, which should come only at the end of the process.

If your home suffers severe water damage, call us today and we’ll follow these steps to make it "Like it never even happened."