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Why SERVPRO is the Best Choice for Fire Damage Restoration in Twin Falls

6/21/2019 (Permalink)

Fires are traumatic. You need professionals who are trained to restore your property. SERVPRO of Twin Falls & Jerome Counties is available 24/7.

Fire Damage? Why SERVPRO is the Company to Call in Twin Falls 

A Twin Falls household fire can be anything from a small blaze quickly confined and knocked down by a home fire extinguisher to a full-house conflagration requiring extensive effort from local firefighters before resolution. Regardless of where your fire recovery scenario falls on the continuum, there are reasons why consulting with our professional fire restoration specialists ensures the best results.

Even a seemingly minor flare-up in the kitchen or pile of smoldering rags can create fire damage in Twin Falls that moves far from the original site. Fire residues are toxic regardless of their quantity, and a failure to clean up all smoke and soot allows their corrosive nature to damage structural components and contents continuously until eradicated. Training and experience in tracking fire damage throughout an entire building are why our crews can make a positive impact on remediation efforts in your residence. 

Inviting our team into your home after a fire event gives you access to the full spectrum of our remediation services. Cleaning up after a fire involves much more than vacuuming ashes and scrubbing soot off walls. Water removal, structural drying, disinfection, targeted content cleaning techniques, and deodorization are just some of the additional tasks needed to return your dwelling to preloss condition. Our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Reconstruction Certification (IICRC)-trained technicians hold certifications in multiple restoration specialties, which is why SERVPRO can take on your fire loss start to finish. 

Surviving a fire can be traumatic for you and your family. Our owners and employees are your neighbors, living in the same community, and supporting the best life possible for all. We dedicate our careers to making your disaster, “Like it never even happened.” The understanding, commitment, and compassion we bring to each project demonstrate why SERVPRO delivers not only successful outcomes for every customer but also the peace of mind that come with working with a company that pledges to complete a job with integrity. 

Reach out to SERVPRO of Twin Falls & Jerome Counties for help when a fire of any size damages your home. Call us at (208) 735-1447 for an expert assessment of your unique circumstances and a rapid response once a professional recovery plan is in place. 

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We Can Handle Any Size Disaster That Occurs In Your Jerome Business

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

If your bookstore is threatened by flooding from storms and harsh weather, then contact SERVPRO to get on the phone with one of our team members.

How A Storm Can Cause Commercial Flood Damage In Jerome Businesses

Storms in Jerome often bring flooding which can severely disrupt your business, possibly forcing you to shut down for repairs. Bookstores rely on customers walking in and out of the store, so it is vital that you be able to reopen your doors as soon as possible. When flooding disrupts your business, you need experienced and qualified professionals who can work flexibly to accommodate your work schedule.

Fortunately, SERVPRO Water damage restoration technicians (WRT) check all these boxes and are highly qualified and experienced in mitigating commercial flood damage in Jerome businesses. Storm waters consisting of Category 3 black water can seep into the carpeting on your bookstore's floor, ruining it. Cat 3 water carries dirt, debris, and bacteria. Additionally, flood waters can negatively impact the wood in your bookshelves, and, most importantly, it can ruin your books, which are the lifeblood of any bookstore business.

SERVPRO can arrive at times that work best for you so that we maximize efficiency while also minimizing disruptions to your regular flow of business. Once we remove standing waters with the assistance of industrial grade wet vacs, we can inspect your carpet. Moisture sensors can be used to determine if water has penetrated to the underlying subflooring. Unfortunately, cat 3 flood water typically contaminates carpeting, forcing us to remove and discard of it. Affected bookshelves can warp and cup after long term water exposure, so we can speed up their drying process with air movers and drying mats.

Books in your inventory that contact water can be air dried with the assistance of dehumidifiers that speed up the drying process. Unfortunately, books and documents affected by water are unlikely to be fully restored.

If your bookstore is threatened by flooding from storms and harsh weather, then contact SERVPRO of Twin Falls & Jerome Counties at (208) 735-1447 to get on the phone with one of our qualified team members.

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We Can Be Reached 24/7 If Your Jerome Home Experiences A Fire

6/13/2019 (Permalink)

Give us a call at (208) 735-1447 as soon as the fire is out so we can help you restore your residence and back to the life you know best.

Fire Damage Cleanup For Your Jerome Home

A lightning strike to your Jerome home can start a direct ire since the core temperature of the lighting is around fifty thousand degrees Fahrenheit. The harm to your structure and possessions can be quite extensive. Wood and other flammable construction materials can quickly explode when they are exposed to the high temperatures of a lightning strike.

When you Jerome home has experienced fire damage from spring thunderstorms, you need immediate assistance to restore the damage. SERVPRO, a professional remediation company, can quickly come to your rescue. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster. Plus, with our expertise and experience, we can have your home fixed up in no time.

The main objective of SERVPRO techs when providing emergency services during restoration is to protect both you and your family and your home. We want to prevent the fire and smoke damage from creating additional damage. We also strive to provide a safe work site for anyone who enters your structure, and then we can prepare for mitigation and restoration of the site.

Every fire loss is unique, so the kinds of emergency services vary from job to job. They can include building inspections so we can evaluate your home for any safety or health hazards, boarding up the structure to secure the property and prevent intrusions, and drying the structure from water that was used when the fire was extinguished.

We may need to establish emergency electricity for lighting and heat. Some situations require us to deodorize the areas that were affected. The degree of smoke odors present might require this step to make your home habitable again. We may use thermal fogging or air scrubbers to do this.

Sometimes, initial cleaning is a good idea. If restoration isn’t begun directly after the fire is out, some pre-cleaning can stop even more damage from smoke and soot residues occurring. Furniture and carpeting can be pre-cleaned to remove the worst stains. Soot residues are acidic and can be wiped from porcelain and metals, and we take charred materials out of your home that could remind you of the loss from the fire.

SERVPRO of Twin Falls & Jerome Counties treats each case of fire damage individually, and your home in Roseworth, Hazelton, or Buhl is no different. Give us a call at (208) 735-1447 as soon as the fire is out so we can help you restore your residence and back to the life you know best.

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Local Twin Falls Water Damage Remediation Services

6/12/2019 (Permalink)

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Finding water damage inside of your home can make any homeowner feel anxious and overwhelmed. However, when accidents happen, it is always essential to react swiftly. Calling for professional help, as soon as possible, can help prevent excessive and unnecessary damages to your home. In fact, it takes less than seventy-two hours for microbial growth to begin once your home has been exposed to excess moisture. Once you find the damage, call for help immediately.

In the case of your Twin Falls home, the water damage inside was caused by a broken water supply line inside of your kitchen. Broken or faulty water supply lines can be responsible for hundreds of gallons of spilled water. In a situation where water is rapidly spilling inside of your home, it is essential for you to turn the water supply to your home off as soon as possible. Once the water has been turned off, the leak can be contained and then you can focus on reaching out to a local cleanup and remediation company for help.

Here at SERVPRO, we continually strive to live up to a reputation of being swift, effective, and friendly. Our schedule is based on yours. No matter when you find the damage in your home, a team of our Institution of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration-certified techs is ready to respond. SERVPRO always comes to your home with advanced technology packed in our iconic green vehicles and gets to work right away.

Our technicians can start by removing any standing water in your kitchen, using devices such as wet/dry vacuums or extractors to remove it swiftly. From there, SERVPRO can focus on drying out the cabinets under your sink and your hardwood floors. We can use flood drying mats on your floors, which use intense suction power to pull the water from the boards. To dry your cupboards, SERVPRO can use a combination of heaters, air movers, axial fans, and dehumidifiers.

If you find water damages inside of your home, always get help right away. Communicate with SERVPRO of Twin Falls & Jerome Counties by phoning (208) 735-1447. Night or day, we are always open and ready to take your call.

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It's Storm Season in Twin Falls. How Should You Handle Water Damage?

6/11/2019 (Permalink)

When storm water invades your home, call SERVPRO. We are always on call and can dry your home in a jiffy.

Unusual Storms Leave Homes with Flood Damage in Twin Falls

The area around Twin Falls seems to have had more than its share of strange weather patterns lately. Storms that last for unusually long periods and leave the area overflowing with rainwater occur much more often than in years past. This extra rain and its new frequency can create detrimental conditions over vast areas and affect hundreds of homes and businesses.

SERVPRO's professional mitigation team is always ready to help those in Twin Falls and nearby areas effectively deal with flood damage. Gaps in the roof caused by ripped-off shingles from torrential rain or wind can leave upper levels of your home saturated by the rain and full of debris from trees. Flooding that invades your house through its exterior doors also pushes debris inside.

Contamination created by over-the-ground flooding means your home's interior now contains hazards that can cause health effects in both people and pets. It relieves many of our customers when they learn we come prepared for any amount of flooding, including murky water that leaves your home soiled and full of dangers. Decontamination work begins soon after our arrival.

Our technicians check for overhead flooding that might affect electrical components of your home because of water that traveled down through the interiors of walls. Repairs of the electrical system, just like other elements within your house, should not begin until these sections of your home no longer contain any excess moisture.

We use cameras with infrared capabilities to locate such pockets of moisture, and then follow up before and after mitigation to determine the amount of drying time each area needs. We cut away areas that show deterioration and leave undamaged materials, much like we do with water damage from clean sources.

When storms cause streams and rivers to flood your neighborhood, water starts destroying your floors and steadily works upwards. The sections of walls covered in porous materials which we cut away stretch from the floor to several inches above the water line mark. Because the uppermost portions readily absorb the excess humidity in the air, drying these sections helps protect your home from the effects microbial growth and sogginess can cause. Unfortunately, these places do not remain dry, even though no direct contact with the flood happened.

SERVPRO of Twin Falls & Jerome Counties knows how to use the latest in mitigation and restoration equipment to make your flood damage nightmare in Rogerson, Buhi, or Clover go away. Contact us at (208) 735-1447 when your home needs professionals who can make everything "Like it never even happened."

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Don’t Let Your Jerome Tavern Be Damaged By Smoke And Soot After A Fire, Call The Experts At SERVPRO!

6/8/2019 (Permalink)

Call us today at (208) 735-1447. We are always here 24/7, 365 days a year.

Commercial Fire Damage Makes A Smoky Sooty Mess Of Taverns In Jerome

The typical fare in a tavern around Jerome includes deep-fried foods. During busy times, forgetting to pull a basket of food out of the fryer can start a fire. Not only does the immediate odor from the hot oil permeate everything, but it also smells terrible. Heavy odors like this fill a tavern from one end to the other because the residue clings to every surface imaginable.

The people who enjoy a night out playing pool or having a few drinks do not want to smell the effects of commercial fire damage at your Jerome tavern. They also do not want to drink out of glasses or bottles that feel greasy or sticky. Your servers and bartenders also work hard to keep your tavern clean. We can help by removing the oily deposits left on walls, mirrors, tables, and other surfaces, making everything “Like it never even happened.”

Stripping each surface free of anything foreign takes time. To make things more efficient and allow us to finish within a reasonable time, SERVPRO specialists work in teams. Teamwork gives us additional eyes to double-check the work.

Wiping metal and glass cooler doors with special agents that cut through the greasy film eliminates the spreading of oil when these your staff opens these doors. We also clean your inventory, so pouring drinks does not require special handling of now-slippery bottles, mugs, pitchers, or glasses.

Near the kitchen where the fire took place, we concentrate on removing the smell by cleaning everything carefully, and possibly repainting the walls and ceiling. We pay attention to the area around doorways, removing as much soiling as possible, so paint adheres beautifully. We clean the floors in the kitchen as well as the rest of the tavern.

Because oil fires leave such a heavy smell, we rely on thermal fogging as well as spot treatments to rid the building of any remaining odors. We rely on your sense of smell after these treatments as odor detection varies from one individual to the next. Our experts do everything to ensure that our customers are satisfied with our services, including asking for your input on this and other aspects of fire damage restoration.

SERVPRO of Twin Falls & Jerome Counties can help get things back in great shape after a fire happens in your tavern’s kitchen. We provide services to local businesses in Rogerson, Filer, and Hazelton cleaning up smoke odors from fireplaces, cigarette smoke, and other situations. Call us today at (208) 735-1447. We are always here 24/7, 365 days a year.

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We Are Available 24/7 For Your Burley Water Damage Restoration Services

6/6/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage to the stored documents at this office facility called for quick action. Saving the documents needs to be done fast and we show up quick.

SERVPRO Can Help Keep Your Tile Safe!

Leaks are a normal part of a home owner's life in Burley. Pipes get old, sinks get clogged, and faucets break from the wear they experience from normal everyday usage. Most leaks are not a cause for concern for homeowners and do not require professional help, however, some leaks can go on for long periods of time without being detected. Long term leaks from a faulty bathroom pipe can cause major damage to bathroom tile, requiring professional help.

IICRC technicians from SERVPRO are experienced in water cleanup in Burley homes from bathroom tiling. The longer a leak goes on, the higher the chance that spillage seeps into sub flooring. Once our technicians arrive, they can first perform an inspection to determine the amount of damage that has occurred and can use moisture meters to detect how much water penetrated into the sub flooring. To draw any excess moisture out of your floors, we can deploy air movers to pull moisture out and utilize dehumidifiers to remove moisture from the air.

Unfortunately, drying your subfloor can require that the some tile be removed. Asphalt and vinyl tile may have to be discarded after being removed, however, in some cases they can be dried, cleaned and replaced. Concrete and ceramic tile, on the other hand, is unlikely to be damaged beyond salvaging. Both are more resistant to water spills and may only require re-grouting after being exposed to water. However, concrete tile can absorb water and make it easier for mold to grow in your home. To prevent this, disinfectants can be sprayed to kill off any mold that appears.

If you are in urgent need of water cleanup services, then don't hesitate to call SERVPRO of Twin Falls & Jerome Counties at (208) 735-1447. We are available 24/7 and are always ready to assist you in beginning the consultation process.

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We Are Available 24/7 For Your Jerome Fire Damage Restoriation Services

5/28/2019 (Permalink)

When dealing with fire damage we neutralize the odor and this involves specialized equipment like the one pictured.

Cleaning Air Ducts from Fire Effects in Jerome Homes

Part of what allows fire loss effects to spread so completely throughout your Jerome residence is the open air ducts and HVAC system that can become accessed by soot, smoke, and debris particulates. Since many of the residents throughout our service area regularly allow these appliances to run almost continually to condition and temper the air inside of a home, when disasters strike, these pathways for conditioned air become penetration points for damaging fire loss effects.

While multiple fire damage effects must get addressed in your Jerome home after a disaster, an often overlooked area during restoration and recovery is the ductile network. Our SERVPRO professionals include all areas of your property in with the full and thorough inspection of the damage when we first arrive at your address and have sophisticated cameras to travel the full length of these duct shafts to determine the extent of buildup, damages, and hazards that exist throughout the system.

With this inspection of the HVAC system, we can determine not only the effect that the fire has on these components but also the existing buildup and threats that existed before the fire incident. Our air duct cleaning experts have advanced tools that can match the size of your specific ducts and run a bristled brush through each segment of this network to break sediment and buildup loose, along with the more recent effects like soot and smoke residue as well.

With high-powered vacuums positioned at specific vent locations, we can extract loose debris and particulates before they have the chance to re-enter the environment and continue to cause problems, agitate allergens, or lead to potential health effects for our SERVPRO professionals exposed or your family.

By cleaning out the air ducts, you can help to restore peak efficiency to your HVAC system, and the process can address specific fire-damage conditions like odors and soot/smoke buildup. No matter when these emergencies occur, you can count on our SERVPRO of Twin Falls & Jerome Counties fire restoration professionals. Call us anytime at (208) 735-1447.

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Get Rid of Water Damage In Your Jerome Home For Good

5/18/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage can cause many headaches. Contact SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

SERVPRO - Restoring Water Damaged Homes In Jerome

Around Jerome, flooding is not a real concern unless much snow melts over a weekend. Even then, most home water intrusions are from more common issues like a pipe connection freezing and cracking. As the weather warms, homeowners get out more and can see where even minor damage can spill a lot of water over time.

When Jerome residents find this type of water damage, it can run from minor problems like replacing a couple of drywall panels, to an extensive rebuild of a garage or laundry room wall. Regardless of the extent, SERVPRO response teams are ready to repair and restore each home to its original condition.

Specialists begin with repairing the damage and removing the water. Team members can perform minor repairs such as replacing a connector or changing out a split hose. For major damage, the team leader always recommends using a licensed plumber or general contractor. After stopping the leak source, another team member begins drawing out the water with an extraction wand. In a smaller location like a garage, removal usually takes less than a day.

Next, SERVPRO specialists remove property for disposal or restoration. For leaks unnoticed over the winter, water can soak into and ruin paper, cardboard boxes, building material like wood and drywall, and fabrics like stored spring or summer clothing. In some cases, mold spores can expand and grow, rendering many of these items not restorable.

For restorable items, team members can combine drying them with drying out the garage as well. They place wet items on pallets or racks and install several fans to create air circulation within the garage and open the doors, weather permitting, to push the damp air outside.

To remove water from the inside air and draw it out of both personal and structural property, they install a dehumidifier. This device can remove over 20 gallons each day, depending on the amount of moisture in the air.

When needed, specialists can perform minor demolition and replace interior walls to include the framing. One of our trained teams can install it and hang new drywall, even in a large garage or laundry room, in only a day or two.

For SERVPRO of Twin Falls & Jerome Counties, our goal is to return you to a dry, safe home as quickly as we can. To schedule a visit, contact us today at (208) 735-1447. We are here for you.

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Our Team Is Prepared To Handle Quick Removal Of Flood Damage In Twin Falls

5/6/2019 (Permalink)

We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to offer our expertise, experience, and necessary equipment to restore your home.

Why Professional Cleanup is Necessary with Flood Damage in Twin Falls

The water damage from a storm that reaches the interior through a leak in the roof or a broken window is insidious to both your home and contents. The longer things remain even damp, the more damage that is happening — the weakening of structural materials, the possibility of mold and of course - odors.

When flood damage happens in a Twin Falls home, it is imperative that the premises have water cleanup efforts that are more than using a wet/dry vac and throwing towels on the floor. That can give the appearance that water is gone, but residual moisture is often found trapped in sheetrock, subflooring, porous items and can cause further issues the longer it remains.

SERVPRO technicians are certified in the science of psychrometry, or the study of air and water vapor. When we are called to mitigate flood damage, our goal is to first get the affected areas as dry as possible, no matter how much water is in the home. For small-size water invasions, we have portable pumps that quickly extract the standing water in short order.

The high-volume standing rovers that use the weight of the technician operating it to force water to the surface are especially beneficial for moving out flood water quickly. The rovers are particularly adept for maneuvering around corners and in small spaces. Items too waterlogged to restore through our proprietary methods are removed. Flood cuts are often performed at this stage of cleanup to remove damaged portions of drywall well above where moisture has wicked into, so adequate airflow can dry the interior wall cavities.

Drying goals are set, and the affected areas are dried using our air movers. Special configurations are set up to direct air into flooring or wall cavities as needed. Each time our technicians set up equipment to dry a property, the setup is unique to that location as we use the angles in a structure to assist in the extraction of moist air for faster drying in tandem with dehumidifiers to capture and remove water vapor.

SERVPRO of Twin Falls & Jerome Counties stands ready to come to your property any time of the day or night to mitigate flood damage. We are available at (208) 735-1447 and have the equipment and expertise to make your water loss "Like it never even happened."

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Fire Damage Remediation is Bound to Make an Impact in Your Twin Falls Business

4/30/2019 (Permalink)

Don't tackle fire damage alone in your business. Contact SERVPRO to help with all remediation needs.

Commercial Fire Damage Cleanup in a Twin Falls Office Kitchen

The office kitchen is a blessing for coffee breaks and a quick bite to eat before getting back to work. However, operating cooking appliances in any building comes with risk, and almost a third of commercial fire damage in offices comes from cooking. When employees microwave things that pose a fire hazard, like foil-wrapped leftover pizza, and it must be extinguished with a fire extinguisher, cleaning up after such a situation can seem like an insurmountable task.

When commercial fire damage in your Twin Falls office building has you needing fast, effective cleanup, SERVPRO technicians are ready to address and mitigate damage to your commercial facility. Our team strives to restore your office kitchen to its pre-fire condition and prevent long-term damage and odors from soot and protein residues.

There are two types of smoke: wet smoke, from slow-burning fires on "wet" materials such as plastics, rubbers, and liquids; and dry smoke from fast-burning, high-heat fires rich with oxygen. A microwave fire can often mean tackling stains from both types of smoke. Generally speaking, soot from dry smoke can be manually cleaned with a sponge and solution, but wet soot and residues such as materials from the melted plastic of an appliance casing or rubber from a fire-affected cable require more thorough, diligent wet cleaning methods to prevent permanent staining. If there are overhead cabinets above where the fire took place, soot can collect both outside and inside of them, and objects inside may need cleaning to prevent soot from developing acidic properties that can corrode metals and plastics.

Proteins are another issue when cleaning up after a cooking-related fire, and our SERVPRO technicians have the tools to combat this nearly-invisible, odious residue. Without thorough cleaning and deodorizing with equipment such as an Ultra Low Volume (ULV) fogger, this residue can potentially stain paint-covered surfaces and plastics. For particularly tricky odors, multiple deodorizing methods may be utilized.

SERVPRO of Twin Falls & Jerome Counties is prepared to clean up after any disaster, whether commercial or residential. Give us a call today at (208) 735-1447 so we can send a team to help you.

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Fire Damage Remediation in Jerome: Do You Really Need It? This Will Help You Decide!

4/30/2019 (Permalink)

Looking at the fire damage and debris in your home can feel overwhelming.  Contact SERVPRO to be your partner through the remediation process.

Your Jerome Home Catches Fire Even When the Fields Do Not

Fires in Jerome are not an everyday occurrence, but they certainly leave us worried when they happen. In the blink of an eye, our home may be in the path of a raging fire and safety is our primary concern. However, it is more likely that a grease fire spirals out of control and a small part of our home catches on fire. In either case, preparation is the first line of defense to protect us against the elements.

Even when it seems that the fire damage to your home in Jerome is not extensive, it is best to reach out to a professional team like SERVPRO. Our technicians are IICRC-certified in the latest methods to remove smoke damage and restore your home. Most importantly, we are available 24/7 to respond to your call for help and start taking action as soon as the emergency is under control. Do not let the residue of smoke, soot, and water sit on your property and damage it even further.

Once our Green Fleet arrives, we make sure the structure of your home is secure and coordinate with building contractors as needed. Simultaneously our truck-mounted pumps are extracting water from your home, and our SERVPRO team is using handheld tools to access hard-to-reach places and extract water from there as well. As we assess the damage, we remove salvageable material and belongings to a safe area to mitigate any more losses.

One of the areas of excellence for our SERVPRO crew is the identification of different smoke residues. Depending on what went up in flames (natural or synthetic), what it leaves behind can be very different. To address the needs of each type of residue, we apply material-specific solutions specially designed for this purpose, all while protecting your goods including furniture and decor.

When you think of fire damage, think of SERVPRO of Twin Falls and Jerome Counties. It does not take an extensive fire for your home to be disrupted and we are a resource when that happens. Call us at (208) 735-1447 and let us leave your home "Like it never even happened."

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Our Experts Provide Fast Water Removal Services In Your Jerome Home

4/26/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO can provide swift service to extract the water damage in your home to avoid further problems.

What to Do When a Child Overflows Your Jerome Bathroom

Children can be inquisitive and mischievous, but it is never a good thing when their play leads to your bathroom needing critical water removal services. Accidents happen, and kids can get up to trouble whenever a parent has their back turned. In these kinds of situations, the vital thing to remember is to remain calm and get help swiftly.

The volume of water spreading out from the bathroom into the hallway may seem intimidating, but it is essential to call local and professional Jerome-based water removal services as soon as you find the problem. A spill like this can be incredibly easy for a technician to clean up, as they have the advanced equipment to find every nook and cranny that water has run to. Ensuring that it is cleaned up properly can prevent water damage from taking root in your home.

When you call SERVPRO, we make an effort to arrive quickly, no matter the time of day or night. Our IICRC-certified techs can arrive at your home with just the right equipment to tackle the water pooling in your bathroom and the surrounding hallway. SERVPRO can use wet/dry vacuums to remove the majority of the water from your home. Furthermore, we can also use extractors to remove water from the hallway. The heating element inside can help dry your hallway carpet as it pulls moisture away from it. These tools help us get the water out of your house swiftly, which is essential to prevent damage.

Once the water appears to be removed entirely, SERVPRO can use moisture meters and thermal imagining technology to check for pockets of water that were not found, perhaps inside of the walls or under the floor. From there, if needed, SERVPRO can lay down drying mats or feed air blasting tubes between your walls, to ensure that all of the excess moisture has been adequately removed.

When a water removal emergency happens, never wait to get help. Get in touch with SERVPRO of Twin Falls & Jerome Counties by phoning (208) 735-1447. Day or night, our technicians are here for you.

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Your Jerome Home Can Be Restored By Our Crew Of Experts!

3/20/2019 (Permalink)

If fire damage strikes your house, quickly get help. Speak with SERVPRO of Twin Falls & Jerome Counties by calling (208) 735-1447.

Swift Fire Damage Restoration Services In Jerome

When your home suffers fire damage, it is critical for you to call for help as soon as you can. The longer that the remnants of a fire linger behind in your home, the more damage they can cause. There are several aspects of a house-fire to think about when it comes to the damage that may remain after the flames. The initial scorching left by the fire itself can be challenging to remediate on its own, but there is also ash and smoke damage to consider. Plastics and paint can become discolored as they are exposed to soot, and fabrics must be treated for smoke damage. The quicker remediation happens, the more likely it is that all of your belongings can be saved.

The fire damage inside of your Jerome home was caused by faulty electrical wiring in your living room. A power surge caused a small fire to take place, one which you quickly put out with a fire extinguisher. Fortunately, only your curtains, some of your wall, and the insulation inside of the wall burned up, keeping the area of impact relatively small. Getting a professional team of remediation technicians to your home as quickly as possible is your best option.

Here at SERVPRO, we do everything we can to uphold our reputation of being swift, friendly, and effective. When we get your call, SERVPRO can put a team together as fast as possible so our technicians can travel to your home swiftly. We always take the time to explain our solution to your problem and keep you involved, so you always know what is happening inside of your home. Furthermore, our technicians can use advanced technology to address the damages inside of your living room.

Our SERVPRO techs can clean up any ash and debris that has been left behind, such as the remnants of your drapes, and then make drywall cuts to remove the damaged section and burnt insulation. We can use a gentle cleaning solution on the scorch marks on your wall first, and then gradually build up the intensity until we're able to clean the surface. Finally, our technicians can employ a thermal fogger, which dispenses a fog-like vapor made from deodorizer, to neutralize the foul scent left behind.

If fire damage strikes your house, quickly get help. Speak with SERVPRO of Twin Falls & Jerome Counties by calling (208) 735-1447. Day or night, we're open, and our technicians are ready to remediate your home.

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How Professionals Restore Your Home After Flooding in Twin Falls

3/13/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO can tarp your roof to prevent secondary damages.

The Different Steps Involved in Restoring Flood Damage in Twin Falls

When a flooding incident damages your property, it might feel like you are wasting money in the restoration. Sometimes the estimate given for the work may seem like a rip-off especially if it is the first time you are dealing with such an incident. Restoring flood damage takes many steps, some of which can take longer to complete leaving you with a sizable bill to settle. When done correctly, your property should attain its preloss state.  

Before starting the restoration of flood damage in Twin Falls, a thorough evaluation is necessary. The level and type of evaluation depend on the intensity of flooding experienced. It can range from checking the integrity of the entire structure to simpler aspects such as checking the level of water migration and electrical hazards. Evaluation requires expertise and sufficient equipment including PPE, Personal Protective Equipment because of hazards such as electrocution and contamination.  

Further damages can happen after the initial flooding effect, which is likely with the breaching of the property wall or roof. Repairing such breaches fast may not be possible, so there is a need to set up temporary stop-gap measures. Our SERVPRO technicians board up properties or install roof tarps to protect contents from further damage. Boarding up can also help in other ways such as keeping out vandals thus saving the property owner from unnecessary cost.  

Flooding leaves properties dirty, so cleanup thorough cleanup is necessary for the property to be habitable. Some of the filth such as silt or sewage is brought in by the flood waters. Materials in the house such as carpets and drywall damaged by the floodwaters also add to what needs to go during the cleanup phase. Our SERVPRO technicians remove all porous materials affected by floodwater to eliminate contamination. We also use equipment such as pressure washers to clean up soiled surfaces. We also use OSHA approved cleaning agents for sanitizing soiled areas.  

If floods damage your property in Jerome, Buhl or Kimberly areas, call SERVPRO of Twin Falls & Jerome Counties at (208) 735-1447 to handle the restoration. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Small Fires Can Spell Odor Troubles For Your Buhl Restaurant

3/4/2019 (Permalink)

Small kitchen flare-ups can be common, especially through training new cooks in the fast-paced meal times of the day.

Odor Removal After A Small Buhl Restaurant Fire

Not every incident that can damage your Buhl restaurant has devastating results. Small kitchen flare-ups can be common, especially through training new cooks in the fast-paced meal times of the day. While these incidents might not overly damage the kitchen area, or even require a stoppage of work, there can be effects that can linger in the area and adjacent spaces like the dining area that need to get addressed. Odors can often be one of the most common effects after a fire, and to improve the experience of each of your patrons, you need to prioritize the removal of these harsh scents.

While there can be many points in your Buhl restaurant that fire damage could affect, effects like odors, soot particles, and smoke residue can spread quickly and far beyond the combustion point. Our SERVPRO professionals can arrive with the advanced equipment designed to address these concerns quickly with fast cleanup tactics and effective deodorization to help you continue business as usual in your restaurant.

From the time that our team arrives at your property, we can begin addressing the most pressing effects right away. When cleanup and odor removal are the primary concerns, we utilize containment strategies like physical plastic sheeting barriers and containment equipment like hydroxyl generators to keep the odor in the one affected area.

To effectively deodorize the restaurant and work to improve indoor air quality for both the patrons of the restaurant and the employees alike, our SERVPRO team can continue the use of hydroxyl generators and add in equipment like our thermal foggers. These machines can break apart odor molecules and neutralize them on contact, helping to noticeably reduce or eliminate harsh smoke odors permanently.

While you have many concerns for your restaurant whenever small kitchen flare-ups occur, removing the odor that often lingers afterward should get handled by skilled professionals like ours. You can reach our SERVPRO of Twin Falls & Jerome Counties rapid response team 24/7 by calling (208) 735-1447.

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Why it is Important to Quickly Remediate Water Damage in Twin Falls

2/21/2019 (Permalink)

When flooding causes water to 'fall' inside your home, call SERVPRO to remove the water quickly.

Why SERVPRO Teams Arrive so Fast to Cleanup Flood Damage in Twin Falls

Disasters happening in Twin Falls can leave a lasting impression on our community. Floods can change the landscape, including the path taken by water flowing through our area. These changes can make a previously flood-free area prone to problems later.  

Why SERVPRO responds so quickly to homeowners in Twin Falls whose houses are at risk of flood damage is to help minimize the destruction experienced and to finish mitigation as quickly as possible. Getting your home restored so your family can return home, “Like it never even happened” is very important to us. We know that living away from home continues the stress from the flooding event, and only when everything is normal does this stop.  

Damaged areas inside a home after a flood continue to worsen steadily, with moisture spreading to previously dry areas which is why we cut above the water line after a flood when removing walls. Not only does this increase air flow through rooms but it also lets us dry out the framework, a crucial aspect in protecting your house.  

Within floodwaters, many pathogens mingle and then get laid all over your house's surfaces. These and other microbes can survive as long as moisture levels remain high. Extracting the water and then reducing the house's moisture content to within normal ranges helps eliminate many microbes. Doing this is easier to carry out early before mold has a chance to grow. Adding a microbial infestation to the situation not only increases the amount of work and time involved, but it also increases the cost of flood damage restoration.  

Our teams know the most effective techniques for restoring a home after flood damage occurs. Flooding does not always make your home permanently uninhabitable. We can make things safe again, both with the structure's integrity and the surfaces your family members come into contact with regularly.  

Helping residents in our community after a tragedy that affects every aspect of their lives keeps our community healthy and stable. Call SERVPRO of Twin Falls & Jerome Counties at (208) 735-1447 to protect your house in Buhl, Filer, or Clover from the devastation of flood damage.

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Why Your Twin Falls Home Needs Immediate Restoration After A Storm

2/13/2019 (Permalink)

Floods can cause a significant amount of damage to your home but with our team you can save money by acting fast and restoring your home right away.

How we can Help with Flood Damage in your Twin Falls Property

Flash floods can cause millions of dollars worth of damage in a short space of time. Repairing that damage requires professional help from technicians with the right qualifications and experience. These two aspects are vital because they mitigate against damage further down the line. In the majority of mold remediation we carry out, the original cause has been a water leak or flood occurring in the preceding months. Guarding against these secondary damages is essential.

A property suffering from flood damage in Twin Falls needs care and attention. SERVPRO uses local technicians to reduce our call out times and operate an emergency call line 24 hours a day for anyone in need. On receiving notification of loss, we can send a rapid response unit to your property to begin mitigating the loss by performing an emergency structural repair, removing furniture and fittings or pulling up carpets.

The longer standing water is left, the more likely it is to cause permanent damage. Moisture moves from wet to dry meaning that excess pooling can get inside wall cavities or saturate your subfloor mat. SERVPRO uses moisture meters to find damp spots that are not noticeable to the naked eye. We can remove and dispose of any sheetrock, subfloor or debris quickly to fight against expensive secondary flood damage.

After the removal of items from the affected area, and checking for potential hazards like loose electrics, we can begin the drying process. Standing water can be pumped out, and portable extraction units brought in. These equipment are much more effective than air movers or dehumidifiers, removing water 1,000 times faster and ensuring your home is dry.

Flood water contains bacteria and microbes which is why a thorough disinfecting and sanitizing procedure is vital. SERVPRO uses anti-microbial paints, treatments, and cleaning chemicals to not only destroy potentially harmful or odorous deposits after flooding but also to prevent mold or mildew growth. If any odors linger after the property is dry, we can deploy water-based foggers to neutralize smells without being harmful to property inhabitants.

Property damages need immediate and expert attention, contact SERVPRO of Twin Falls & Jerome Counties at (208) 735-1447.

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SERVPRO To The Rescue When Your Drywall Suffers Water Damage In Jerome

2/7/2019 (Permalink)

Give our SERVPRO of Twin Falls & Jerome Counties rapid response team a call at (208) 735-1447 for fast mitigation and restoration.

Drywall Moisture Damage And Repair In Jerome Homes

Drywall is a common staple of Jerome home construction and serves as a constant structural element for walls throughout the property. Water incidents can quickly threaten this material, as it is porous and absorbs moisture and pooling water quickly. Preventing widespread damages throughout this element in your house requires fast response and call to our technicians who can respond with mitigation tactics designed to protect your property. The longer that you wait to contact professionals like ours, the more damage that can occur.

Drywall is often one of the first structural elements to become affected by water damage in your Jerome home. From the time that the incident first occurs or begins, drywall can begin to become affected immediately. Within 24 hours of exposure, drywall can become too damaged in places to restore and protect. Our SERVPRO professionals can work efficiently to provide the right level of protection for materials that can get preserved, but also have the skills and expertise to utilize controlled demolition practices to replace overly damaged drywall effectively.

While they are known as flood cuts, water damage incidents often require the same approach to exposed drywall. The longer that homeowners wait to contact our SERVPRO professionals, the more that water and moisture can wick up the sheetrock material and degrade and erode its composition. Flood cuts identify the point where the moisture wicking has reached and allows our technicians to cut out exposed drywall beneath the dry line and later replace it once drying efforts have completed.

Our team features licensed contractors who can transition between the mitigation work and reconstruction seamlessly. By offering a comprehensive restoration approach, we can prevent delays for our customers who require build back services as well as our advanced mitigation and restoration methods.

While you cannot predict when a water loss incident might occur in your home, how you respond to the situation could make the difference between saving affected materials and widespread reconstruction. Give our SERVPRO of Twin Falls & Jerome Counties rapid response team a call at (208) 735-1447 for fast mitigation and restoration.

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The Complete Guide to Understanding Water Damage in Kimberly

1/25/2019 (Permalink)

Whether the water entered your home from an outside or inside source is immaterial. Contact SERVPRO for water removal and remediation.

Thorough Water Removal From Start to Finish for Kimberley Residents

A personal property disaster can be a challenging situation that requires expert advice and remediation. Cleaning up a severe water spill often requires more than just household goods. Standing water, in particular, can seep into crawlspaces or saturate your subfloor mat. As with most water issues, a fast restoration process is essential to preventing permanent damages to your property or possessions.

We can bring industrial equipment for water removal in Kimberley properties in as little as four hours of notification of loss. Our emergency line is manned 24 hours a day and provides our community with an immediate contact point for those looking to arrange service. Depending on the severity of your property damages, we can tailor our approach to your needs by sending specialist technicians directly to your home.

A severe case of water damage can occur when standing water is above two inches. SERVPRO uses fully-submersible gas-powered pumps to vacuum water into a nearby sewer point. The advantage of using equipment like this is that the amount of water that can be removed is limitless. Although effective at quickly clearing away standing water or water pools, using a pump is only the initial phase of your restoration process.

Once all standing water is removed, the real work begins. SERVPRO technicians have training in a wide variety of different restoration processes including mold assessment and remediation. Residual moisture can often promote mold growth in the home so ensuring the property is thoroughly dry is essential. However, this undertaking is made harder by fabrics and furnishings in the home, like carpets, which can be up to 50% weaker when wet.

Mitigating loss is a central tenet of a SERVPRO service. In private properties, we favor portable water extractors which are kind to carpets and other fabrics. Usually, the extraction process is quickly followed up with the strategic placing of rapid air movers and dehumidifiers. Rapid air movers lift residual moisture into the air through evaporation; dehumidifiers then pull the evaporated moisture out of the air, reducing the risk of mold or mildew, which thrives in moist, humid environments.

For a thorough restoration from start to finish, contact SERVPRO of Twin Falls & Jerome Counties at (208) 735-1447.

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Our Professionals Discuss The Importance Of Space Heater Safety In Your Buhl Home

1/22/2019 (Permalink)

Once the fire is out, dial (208) 735-1447 to reach us any time, and we can help get your life back to normal.

Safely Using Space Heaters And Fire Damage Restoration For Your Buhl Home

A good source of supplemental heat in colder weather in your home in Buhl, space heaters can also, unfortunately, pose a significant risk for fire if not used correctly. Fires can be started by space heaters when they are put near combustible items, the heater does not have adequate safety features, or they are not plugged in correctly.

Safety should also be the top priority when using space heaters. However, if you have experienced a fire from one of these devices, you should reach out to SERVPRO for professional fire damage remediation in your Buhl home. We have the training and experience to restore your home to its previous state before the fire.

When setting up your space heater, first ensure you keep it 36 inches or more from any combustible or flammable materials. Put the heater on the floor unless it is otherwise designed to do so. The area you are using the heater in should also be free of any flammable liquids. Don’t place them on a surface that is easily combustible or ignitable, like carpets or rugs, and do not use them to dry clothing.

If an accident with a space heater has happened in your home, SERVPRO technicians can come and help you restore your home. Any smoke or soot residues that were left behind can be cleaned up, and the sooner, the better, as they continue to erode whatever surface they are on until this is done. We also work on deodorizing your home from the lingering smoke odors.

Keep your electric heaters out of any areas that are moist or wet, such as bathrooms, since water can lead to a fire hazard. Be sure as well to plug the heater directly into an outlet, as using an extension cord can result in overheating and fire.

Clean the space heater on a regular basis as well, following the guide form the manufacturer for specific advice on inspection and maintenance.

SERVPRO of Twin Falls & Jerome Counties is here to help you any time you experience a fire at your residence in Clover, Hazelton, or Filer. Once the fire is out, dial (208) 735-1447 to reach us any time, and we can help get your life back to normal.

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SERVPRO Will Clean Up Water Damage In Your Kimberly Business

1/2/2019 (Permalink)

Leaky pipes cause destruction to a business and SERVPRO can help with the restoration and cleanup.

Helpful Actions During Commercial Water Cleanup In Kimberly

Water spills have destructive consequences to businesses whether the origin is a leaky pipe or a ruptured plumbing line. It might take longer to notice small leaks than major spills if they occur in hidden areas creating an opportunity for mold, rot and other problems to develop complicating the cleanup process. For example, a small leak in the ceiling might remain unnoticed until it starts to sag or discoloration patches appear. We offer professional restoration services to handle cleanup in your Kimberly business. 

During commercial water cleanup in Kimberly, various steps are necessary to restore the premises to preloss state. Removing the water and drying off excess humidity is essential to stop further deterioration of the affected materials. Water affects materials such as drywall because overexposure can lead to loss of structural strength. Even metals in filing cabinets or other items can rust from extended water exposure. Our SERVPRO technicians check the sources and then extract any water left. We use high capacity water extractors and industrial grade dehumidifiers to complete the task fast. 

Water, even from clean sources, can soil your workplace necessitating thorough cleaning after the incident. For example, if a pipe bursts in the ceiling, the water transfers dust and other debris from the cavity to other parts of the property. Another way water can soil the establishment is by dissolving materials. Fabrics with non-colorfast dyes are mostly affected leading to staining transfer. Our SERVPRO technicians remove any items that might cause stains from the affected areas immediately we arrive at your premises. We also embark on stain removal while the affected areas are still wet to quicken the process. We have a wide range of professional cleaning agents ensuring we use the best for every material. For example, when removing rust stains, we avoid chlorine bleach because it sets the stain further. 

Since odors might develop after a water spill, deodorization is also essential. Smells in a commercial establishment have severe implications because customers might not understand that you had a water spill incident. Our SERVPRO technicians help to combat odors in different ways. For immediate relief, we can use masking agents, which provide a sweet scent to cover the bad smell. These mostly come in the form of time-release beads. To remove the odor, we can use methods such as wet fogging which releases a pairing agent to combine with odor particles neutralizing them. 

With professional help, you can deal with water damage caused by spills easily. Call SERVPRO of Twin Falls & Jerome Counties at (208) 735-1447 to help. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Our Mold Damage Specialists Can Restore Your Buhl Basement!

12/18/2018 (Permalink)

Our team has mitigation tactics and restoration practices that can help you dry up the area and remove the presence of mold if it exists.

A Wet Buhl Basement Can Lead To Spreading Mold Damages

Wet basements are not uncommon to Buhl homeowners, especially with the consideration of situations like underground springs, heavy rainfall, and other contributing factors. Many of these homeowners contend with a damp basement throughout most or all of the year, never fully understanding the damage that it can do to the structural elements like flooring supports, framework, and more. While the excessive moisture alone can cause damages to these components, factors like mold growth can speed up the degradation of these materials to the point of failure.

While many homeowners might not understand how mold damage can occur in their Buhl home, another staggering likelihood is the higher volume of residents that might already have this condition without yet realizing it. With the often-lower traffic to areas like the basement, especially understanding its persistent dampness, these regions of the property could already have become colonized. Our SERVPRO experts have the tools and experience to help you.

Everything that we do begins with a thorough inspection of the immediate area and the surrounding vicinity to gather an idea of the spread of the colony. We can then set up our advanced equipment like air scrubbers and hydroxyl generators to reduce the presence of mold spores in the environment so that we can set our sights on colony removal in one specific area of the property.

This inspection can also showcase the penetration points for water through the foundation walls, up through concrete floors, or wherever the water is getting in. Our SERVPRO technicians can use hydraulic cement to patch up vulnerabilities in the blockwork and use moisture detection equipment to identify other problem areas that require further correction.

While you might not consider your property to be at risk of mold growth, it is essential to take care of wet basement conditions as promptly as possible. Our SERVPRO of Twin Falls & Jerome Counties rapid response team has mitigation tactics and restoration practices that can help you dry up the area and remove the presence of mold if it exists. Give us a call today at (208) 735-1447.

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SERVPRO Rescues Twin Falls Possessions from Permanent Smoke and Soot Damage

12/12/2018 (Permalink)

Soot and Smoke Cleanup Needs the Skills Offered by SERVPRO for Twin Falls Property Owners

Techniques Used To Restore Fire Damage In Twin Falls

A fire in a structure has some predictability, but each home showcases its own combination of unique fire damage. Variations in building materials, furnishings, flooring, stored items, and the source of the fire make the smoke and soot damage different home to home and even room to room in the same dwelling. Our professional crews match assessed damage to appropriate cleanup strategies and products.

When your Twin Falls home suffers fire damage, ordinary cleaning methods often miss the mark. The training our crew member pursue from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) prepares them to make correct cleaning tool and product choices as they follow research-based techniques to bring your home’s structure and contents back to preloss condition.

Soot characteristics differ depending on the types of materials burned. Light, ashy soot on surfaces is the result when a hot, fast-burning fuel like paper burns. Slower, lower temperature fires occur when fabrics smolder, leaving heavier, sticky soot. Many fires start in the kitchen where grease and food provide a protein-based fuel that covers items in a thin but hard to remove residue. SERVPRO stocks the tools and cleaning aids that help remove each type of soot most efficiently.

Light, loose soot is managed with dry sponging and vacuuming to avoid smearing and spreading. The sticky coatings from electrical and fabric fires need a cleaning product with wetting agents and surfactants that loosen and dislodge, permitting SERVPRO crews to wipe away the debris with cloths or damp sponges. Protein fires require a solvent and abrasive tools to remove the shellac-like soot remaining and a professional touch that ensures the soot is cleared yet the underlying surfaces remain unharmed.

Fire residues are acidic and corrosive, causing despair for homeowners who fear that the soot and ensuing deterioration ruin treasured personal possessions. SERVPRO production technicians use a broad range of methods to halt the corrosion and restore the function and appearance of everything from light fixtures and knick-knacks to furniture, bedding, window coverings, and clothing. We save both time and money for our customers with our restoration approach, avoiding the need to discard irreplaceable items and the expense of replacement.

SERVPRO of Twin Falls & Jerome Counties offers residents high-quality fire restoration services, transforming smoky, sooty chaos to “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (208) 735-1447 for a speedy fire damage assessment and immediate remediation.

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Can Flood Damaged Carpeting in Your Twin Falls Home be Salvaged?

12/4/2018 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO when water damages your flooring.

Drying a Home Inside and Out after Flood Damage in Twin Falls

Floods can be caused by pretty much anything: heavy rainfall, natural disaster or internal plumbing issues. One consistent part of floods is that they are relatively unpredictable with local warnings sent out as little as a week before the damage occurs. They can also cause thousands of dollars worth of damage to your property and possessions. In the aftermath of a flood, you need a professional and experienced service provider to make the necessary reparations.

The impact of flood damage in Twin Falls properties is as much measured by what you cannot see as what you can. Standing water can cause permanent harm if it is allowed to saturate carpets, wall cavities, and subfloors. SERVPRO is one of the few restoration providers with the equipment and know-how to tackle all three.

Most local providers can bring in gas pumps or water extractors to help remove standing water from your property. However, water that permeates the structure of the home itself is much more difficult to remedy. SERVPRO use drying mats to help absorb water from beneath your floorboards.

Drying mats are advanced equipment laying over the affected area. By using a centralized pump to draw water from inside the floor itself, they ensure the structure is dry inside and out. Removing all moisture is essential after flood damage as any residual moisture can quickly become a cause for concern with secondary damages like mold growth likely.

Equipment is only useful in the right hands. SERVPRO technicians train extensively, and many hold IICRC certificates in applied structural drying among other qualifications. Carpets, for example, are up to 50% weaker when wet. Carpeted areas require removal so that they can dry on both sides. We then apply anti-microbial treatments before replacing them.

Going the extra mile is what has got us to where we are today. If you need a service that goes above and beyond, contact SERVPRO of Twin Falls & Jerome Counties at (208) 725-1447 now.

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Some Warning Signs of Fire and Soot Damage in Twin Falls

11/30/2018 (Permalink)

A fire can leave charring and soot damage inside of your home. Contact SERVPRO right away for remediation and cleaning services.

Soot and Smoke Removal in Your Twin Falls Home

Regardless of the size of the fire that affected your Twin Falls home, most of the affected properties have to overcome some degree of both soot and smoke damages to return to their original state. Neither of these conditions can get resolved through conventional cleaning methods available to a homeowner, so you have to find credible professional restoration services that can help you quickly to recover your fire-damaged residence.

Regardless of how the fire damages in Twin Falls originated in your home, you want assurances that you can return to a comfortable life inside of your property. This assurance begins with the right choice in professional restoration. Our SERVPRO professionals can help you to overcome effects like soot and smoke damage efficiently so that you do not have to spend a minute longer than necessary away from your home.

Our franchise offers highly-trained technicians available to you 24-hours a day because disasters rarely wait until a convenient time to occur. We can arrive quickly with the full measure of our resources loaded into our SERVPRO Green Fleet of service vehicles to offer efficient mitigation and restoration solutions to our customers.

With soot damage, premier cleaning solutions such as our bristled brushes and high-powered vacuums can remove set in soot from surfaces and help to remove buildup from inside HVAC systems as well. For particulates still lingering in the environment, we can set up air scrubbers throughout the property to capture debris, soot, mold spores, dust, and other microscopic particles as small as 0.3 microns. These machines can improve air quality significantly after even a brief period of operation.

With our advanced equipment like thermal foggers, we can make short work of smoke damages and lingering foul odors within your fire-damaged home. This machine releases a dense chemical compound that can neutralize odor molecules on contact to eliminate them permanently from open areas, carpets, and other soft materials.

Make a wise choice for fire recovery and trust our SERVPRO of Twin Falls & Jerome Counties fire restoration technicians. We are available 24/7 at (208) 735-1447.

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How Our Water Damage Experts Can Restore Your Twin Falls Movie Theater

11/17/2018 (Permalink)

Professional restoration can help you to remove the water quickly and dry it thoroughly to prevent worsening conditions in the days to come.

Water Extraction For Your Twin Falls Movie Theater

Movie theaters are a great pastime, and your Twin Falls facility likely still sees a great deal of foot traffic every week for those coming to see the latest features on the big screen. With such steep competitions between the businesses throughout the region, an emergency within the theater that poses a safety risk or environmental hazard for moviegoers can take a deep toll on the potential profits your facility stands to make. Professional restoration can help you to remove the water quickly and dry it thoroughly to prevent worsening conditions in the days to come.

The first step for water removal in your Twin Falls property is not something that business owners or management can do on their own. Our SERVPRO professionals offer fast extraction through our industry-leading equipment available 24-hours a day. With a short timeline before pooling water can adversely affect construction materials and the contents of your theater, you need a team of professionals that can arrive quickly.

From the moment that our team arrives at your building, we work to ensure that none of the contents, flooring, and seating throughout the individual theaters have become affected by the water loss incident. These are high dollar additions to your facility, and we work efficiently to protect them through efficient drying techniques like our air movers and dehumidification equipment.

For carpeted areas like the lobby and individual screening rooms that have absorbed the water, we have weighted extraction equipment to force the water from the fibers of the carpet and the padding underneath to effectively dry the material quickly.

When it comes to overcoming significant water damages in your local movie theater, do not trust the adequacy of the drying and extraction to your custodial staff. Our SERVPRO of Twin Falls & Jerome Counties emergency response team has the equipment and the expertise to make short work of the water damage in your building. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (208) 735-1447.

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Twin Falls Property Owners Know SERVPRO Is Only a Phone Call Away for Rapid Water Removal

11/13/2018 (Permalink)

Twin Falls, ID Homeowners Trust SERVPRO for Water Extraction After a Flood

Choosing the Right Flood Damage Service for Your Twin Falls Home

You come home to a flood loss crisis in your Twin Falls home; water is everywhere, things look pretty bad. Unfortunately, there is no way to know exactly when this all started since you were at work. However, you understand that you need to take immediate action or things are going to get out of hand, quick.

No one wants to spend time sitting around their Twin Falls area home waiting for a flood damage restoration company to call them back. Now you do not have to; we are a local company that provides 24/7 emergency response teams, along with highly trained technicians and access to advanced technology that makes recovering from flood damage quicker than ever before.

When you call SERVPRO, an entire team of IICRC-industry certified professionals get dispatched to your location and begin assessing the situation immediately. We understand how destructive contaminated flood water can be and make every effort to minimize your losses from the very beginning of our restoration process. You never have to wonder about what is going on, because our technicians take the time to explain every problem in detail. We make sure you understand what we intend to do and which issues you need to address first. Our staff even relays information to your insurance company to help you obtain the best results. Please do check to see if this type of flooding since it is weather-related, is covered under your policy.

At SERVPRO our technicians put their experience to work for you. We have access to all of the latest equipment, training, and resources, including both hand-held and truck-mounted water extractors of all shapes and sizes. As well as infrared moisture detectors, dehumidifiers, air movers, and negative air-flow machines. Our specially formulated cleaning and sanitizing agents can top of the water removal with a guarantee of a safe interior environment. We have access to everything necessary to return your property to a quality pre-flood damage condition quickly, “Like it never even happened.”

You can always depend on SERVPRO of Twin Falls & Jerome Counties to provide you with the emergency services you need to get things back on track fast. We are proud to offer quality cleanup & restoration services to homeowners throughout Buhl, Filer, Rogerson, and surrounding communities. (208) 735-1447

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Understanding water damage in your home

9/19/2018 (Permalink)

-The different categories of water.

In restoration, we see three different categories of water. The first (category 1) is what we’d call clean water. No, this does not mean you can drink it. What it means is the water came from a clean source such as a sink or toilet supply line (not the tank or bowl). Then we have category 2. The nickname for category two water is grey water. Some reasons you’d find category two losses are say the water from the upper level leaked through and damaged the lower level. If the water on the top level was category 1, passing through the multiple layers adds more possible pollutants, irritants, just overall dirt maybe, but because it’s moved through to a second level it’ll be considered category 2. Finally we have category 3 water. This water is dirty and carries any number of bacteria, waste, or so on. Anytime water comes from outside of a structure, contains feces, or is even found to be in a filthy environment we consider it category 3. Category 3 water requires us to wear full personal protective equipment and take care in our work so as to avoid contamination, injury or illness.

-Water and its ability to travel.

Water is both a necessary component to life as well as an amazing force of nature. One thing we find in many homes is water wicking up the walls. What that means is water doesn’t obey the typical laws of gravity. When looking at floods in structures we commonly find water climbing in drywall or wooden surfaces. Luckily we have a way to mitigate that. By drilling small holes behind the baseboards we are able to add airflow inside of the wall cavity in order to pull water out of the walls.

-How quickly should you respond?

In order to prevent secondary damages it’s suggested that you respond within 72 hours. Some of the secondary damages you could possibly see would be microbial growth (mold), or structural deterioration. Wood will start to swell, carpet can begin to delaminate, flooring may bow, waiting can cause a multitude of problems no building owner wants.

-Why should you use professionals to mitigate?

As mentioned before, secondary damages can occur quickly. Many people think that they can put air movement in the damaged area and use a shop vac to pull some water up. While that may “help”, remembering water will travel in any direction it wants is wise. We use high output air movers, not your standard fan, that are capable of pushing up to 3000 CFM (cubic feet per minute). It’s this volume and force combined with machines that can remove the moisture from the air, dehumidifiers, as well as some temperature control that will actually facilitate drying. At SERVPRO we’re proud to use the latest technology available to make your loss “Like it never even happened.”

Some words from recent customers

9/19/2018 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO we really strive to give our customers the absolute best service we can. Here are some thoughts from some of our recent customers.

”Great, Professional Company. We were very happy with their work and service from start to finish. Would highly recommend, if you have a remediation project.” –Spencer, ID

“We suffered extensive water damage to ceilings, fixtures, walls, and floors as a result of an overflowing shower upstairs.

   Luke and his team showed up promptly and worked quickly to get the situation in hand. Over four weeks of drying, removing damaged drywall, and installing and painting new drywall, they have always been highly professional and extremely personable.

   Luke was always immediately available to answer any question, and always specifically described beforehand, what needed to be done, and what the cost would be.

   We were especially impressed with how they contained the construction dust and debris from migrating into the rest of the place. We are very pleased with the quality of their work, would highly recommend them to anyone with the misfortune to need professional mitigation services, and will be glad to be a personal reference.” Joseph, ID

“The crew at SERVPRO do an awesome job of taking care of my customers whenever there is a claim. They communicate great with my clients and myself so that everyone is on the same page. Great response time too.” Kendall, ID

Fire in your home

9/19/2018 (Permalink)

-Fire and its devastating effects

Fire is one of the most devastating disasters a family can face. It can both destroy your home as well as your belongings in two stages. The original fire and then the damage caused by smoke and soot. We at SERVPRO have the products and training to help restore as much of your loss as possible. 

-secondary damages from smoke

Secondary damages from smoke can cause up to 75% of the total loss. Combustion of home building materials such as PVC can produce an acidic smoke and residue. This can cause etching of glass, deterioration of electronics and many other secondary issues. One important thing to remember is how quickly secondary damages will occur. Within hours, plastics will begin to yellow, clothes may become stained or deteriorated, and the same may happen to other soft goods like couches or rugs. It’s very important to move quickly so we can restore items first before having to replace them.

-Our cleaning process

Our highly trained and certified staff know how to respond to a fire. Some important steps would be to clean what we can inside the structure ASAP to prevent tarnishing of metals and etching of glass, pack out affected materials to be restored, isolate those materials, use an ozone machine to chemically remove odors, and use vacuums equipped with hepa filters to remove much of the soot. We use many of our own chemicals and cleaners that are made by and specifically for SERVPRO in order to clean structures efficiently.

Burst water supply line in Twin Falls

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

A burst supply line was the cause of a large loss in a Twin Falls home

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.

Ways to prevent/minimize a fire damage to your property

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

Home fire in Burley, ID

Here are a few interesting statistics about smoke alarms brought to you by the National Fire protection Association.

  • In 2009-2013, smoke alarms sounded in more than half (53%) of the home fires reported to U.S. fire departments.
  • Three of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
  • No smoke alarms were present in more than one-third (38%) of the home fire deaths.
  • One of every five (21%) of the home fire deaths, smoke alarms were present but did not sound.
  • In reported home fires in which the smoke alarms were present but did not operate, almost half (46%) of the smoke alarms had missing or disconnected batteries. Nuisance alarms were the leading reason for disconnected smoke alarms.

Below are a few simple precautions you can take around your home to prevent and/or minimize a fire in your home or business.

  • The single most important preventive measure a homeowner can take is installing and maintaining smoke/carbon monoxide alarms throughout the home.
  • Working smoke alarms should be found in each bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home.
  • Change the batteries in smoke/carbon monoxide alarms changed regularly. (A good time to do so is when the time changes in the spring and fall.)
  • Make sure you have an accessible fire extinguisher on each level of your home and be sure everyone in the house knows how to properly extinguish a blaze.
  • Reduce the risk of fire outside of the home by removing dying or dead trees and shrubs and by also keeping drybrush and debris at least 30 feet away from the home.
  • Keep gutters, roof, and eaves clear of debris?
  • Be sure any candles in the home are placed away from curtains and other furniture, as well as out of reach of children and pets.

If you find yourself in need of fire damage cleanup call the professionals at SERVPRO of Twin Falls & Jerome Counties.

Fire Prevention and safety in your office

6/4/2018 (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.  

Response

Teach your employees how to respond when a fire breaks out. Some subjects that should be covered include how to perform an organized evacuation, operate the fire extinguisher, and set the fire alarm. 

Other issues that should be involved in the training include:

• Breathing Apparatus Training

• Fire Extinguisher Training

• Confined Space Entry Training

• First Aid Training

• General Staff Emergency Awareness Training

• Evacuation Exercise  

Call SERVPRO of Twin Falls & Jerome Counties Immediately

Although accessing and utilizing fire prevention measures is crucial and advantageous, there is still a chance that a fire could break out on your commercial property. If this happens, you need to know who to call for fast, efficient restoration services. The company to trust is SERVPRO of Twin Falls & Jerome Counties. We have extensive industry experience and a passion for restoring offices to their original condition. We're ready to assist you immediately, so contact us now at 208-735-1447

EMERGENCY READY PLAN

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

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The Best Way to Reduce Business Interruption Following a Disaster is to Plan For it NOW. As many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster, according to the latest industry research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business. Are You Ready?

Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. The best time for planning for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens. No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can plan for it. Now is the time to ask yourself, “Are you ready for whatever could happen?” The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile is a start up approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. It is designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information. By working with SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile, your business will receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster. SERVPRO is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order. The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile Advantage A no cost assessment of your facility. – This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost. A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency. – It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed. A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster. – This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action. Establishes your SERVPRO of Twin Falls & Jerome Counties Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider. – You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by. Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin. – This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money. Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information. – Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are “Ready for whatever happens.”

Call SERVPRO of Twin Falls & Jerome Counties today and schedule your free ERP!

Water Damage in your home, now what?

2/1/2018 (Permalink)

A water damage can happen in the blink of an eye. Call SERVPRO of Twin Falls and Jerome Counties for any of your restoration needs.

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 us? : This humble bloggers opinion on choosing the right restoration company.

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

As I am sitting at my desk racking my brain, trying to figure out what readers would like to see in our company’s blog, it suddenly hit me...  Why us?  It seems like such a simple question but, to our potential customer it is a very important one. 

When my wife and I bought our first home, I can’t express the overwhelming feeling we had.  We had finally quit throwing our hard earned money out the window on rent and finally had a place to call our own!  A place that we could watch our 3 boys grow into young men, a place that we could paint the walls whatever color we would like, finally being able to hang our family pictures to the wall instead of trusting the silly putty wall hangers because we couldn’t put nails in the wall and get our deposit back.  Your home is your castle, whether it’s a one bedroom one bath starter home that you bought to start your journey in life, or it’s the dream home that you built after years of hard work.  You see, it doesn’t matter whether it’s your first or the 100th home you’ve owned, when you pull in the driveway you can’t help but feel pride in ownership.  So I find myself trying to answer this question; what would drive you as a homeowner to trust SERVPRO of Twin Falls and Jerome Counties to restore your castle after a disaster? 

Here are a few reasons why I would trust our crew in my castle:

Culture

At SERVPRO of Twin Falls and Jerome Counties we believe in treating every home or business we step foot into as if it were our own.  One of our company goals is to treat everyone and everything as you would if it was our family going through this loss.  It doesn’t matter if it’s a small stain on the carpet or three feet of raw sewage in a basement, we will treat your loss with the utmost respect and professionalism.

Communication

At SERVPRO of Twin Falls and Jerome Counties we know that communication is key. When you experience a loss in your home, you have many questions.   It is our goal to have someone available to answer your questions right away.  We want you to know that as our customer, we work for you, not the other way around.  We have worked hard to develop our brand in the Magic Valley as the company that works for you! 

You and your insurance company will be informed every step of the way.  We always work on an approval only basis.  This means that we will only do the work that you as the homeowner and/or your insurance company has approved.  We want to make sure this process is as smooth and painless as possible. 

Dry First

At SERVPRO of Twin Falls and Jerome Counties we believe in Applied Structural Drying.  In simple terms, we do not want to come into your house and just start tearing things apart.  We have invested a lot of time and assets into equipment, training, and tools that allow us to dry the structure with minimal disruption.  If there is a way to extract and mitigate the damage without tearing out floors and/or walls, we have the equipment and knowledge to do it.  By doing this, we minimize the disruption of your life and more importantly keep the overall cost of the loss down.

Highly Trained Specialists

Since first opening the doors in 1967, training has been the backbone of SERVPRO success nationwide.  In Twin Falls, this is something that is very important to us as a company.  We are an IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification) certified firm.  The IICRC is a certification and Standards Developing Organization (SDO) non-profit organization for the inspection, cleaning and restoration industries and is what most insurance companies base their standards on.  Unlike most companies, ALL of our employees are trained to these standards.  

Faster to Any Size Disaster

A fast response is crucial!  An immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Water is particularly invasive, quickly spreading throughout your property and being absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, etc. Our Technicians arrive fast and start the extraction right away.  The faster we can extract and stabilize, the fewer things become damaged.

At SERVPRO we utilize the 1-4-8 method when responding to emergencies.  Within the first hour you will receive a follow-up call from our team, letting you know our estimated arrival.  Within the first 4 hours, we will arrive on-site ready to start mitigating the loss.  Within the first eight hours, we will have a job scope verbally communicated to the property owner.   

5 easy steps to prevent frozen pipes this winter!

1/16/2018 (Permalink)

Frozen pipes are one of the main sources of water damage in a home.

Summer is over, the first chill is in the air and your garden is wilting due to the early morning frost.  As homeowners, there are a few easy, yet critical things we need to do to prevent pipes from freezing once that cold East wind blows through the Magic Valley.

Why you ask?  When water freezes it expands, if there is water trapped in your pipes it could cause a burst- Flooding your basement, ruining drywall and costing thousands of dollars in repairs.  Frozen water lines that burst are often some of the most expensive and time consuming losses we see in the Magic Valley.

Bottom line, take these precautionary measures in the fall to prevent a catastrophic failure within the plumbing of your home during our cold winter months. 

Here are 5 steps everyone can take to help prevent frozen pipes this winter.

Step 1: Drain exposed/ unused lines.

The first thing every homeowner should do is get the water out!  Garden hoses and sprinkler lines are one of the most common culprits of burst pipes. 

Make sure all outside hoses are detached from the spigot and allow the spigot to drain.  If you leave a garden hose attached to the outside water spigot, your chances of having a water damage in the spring increase dramatically.  While it is true that most outside water sources are “frost free,” if a hose is connected there is no way for the water to drain and will lead to a burst.

In Idaho, our main water supply line coming into our homes is typically buried 36” or more due to our average frost line being 31”.  The same can’t be said for our automatic sprinkler lines.  The average depth for sprinkler lines is only six to eight inches, well above our frost line.  This means that if your sprinkler lines have not been properly drained, there is an overwhelming chance that the lines will freeze.

It is best to have a professional come and blow out your automatic sprinkler lines every fall.  While most of us have an air compressor at home, few of us have one with the appropriate psi to purge all of the water through the system.

Step 2: Insulate exposed piping

In an ideal situation, all of our homes plumbing would be within the structure and in a heated space.  Unfortunately for us as homeowners, this is not always the case.   Focus on the unheated areas of your home- attics, crawlspaces and basements.  If you have any piping within these spaces, insulated them properly with sleeves wrapping or heat tape.  All of these can be purchased at your favorite hardware/home improvement store.

Step 3: Open cabinet doors

When we get into the coldest months of the year, when the temperature rarely gets above the freezing mark, even our indoor plumbing can be subject to freezing.  The easiest and most cost effective way to help with this is opening your cabinet doors.  I know that none of us want every cabinet in the house open (especially my wife) but, during our cold snaps, the increased airflow will help keep the pipes within the wall above the freezing point.

Step 4: let it drip!

When one of our famous Idaho cold fronts move in and the temperatures plummet, let all of your faucets drip.  By just allowing the water to continuously drip, the water inside the pipes is moving, relieving pressure.  Therefore not allowing a freeze up to occur.

Step 5: Shut off the water completely

If you’re planning a trip during the winter months, take the extra precaution and turn off the water coming into your home.  This ensures that you won’t come home to a new swimming pool where your living room used to be.  When the cold water sits unused in your pipes it increases your chance of a frozen pipe.  More importantly, if your home was to lose power for a few days while you’re away during sub-zero temperatures, you could come home to an absolute disaster!  So, why take the risk?  Take the extra precaution and turn your water off while away.  The water main shut off is typically found in the basement of your home where the water line enters the structure.  If you can’t find it, look in your property records to locate the shutoff valve.

Homes Benefit from Mold Cleanup.

9/5/2017 (Permalink)

Laundry Room

It is tempting to research a bit and then try to remove household mold without professional help. Save yourself the frustration and be confident that the microbial infestation in your house is abated properly with a call to SERVPRO of Twin Falls/Jerome Co.

Mold damage to your home is not a reflection on how well you keep your home clean. Mold spores are always in the air, indoors and out, awaiting the perfect conditions to activate and grow. Our mold remediation specialists have advanced training in mold mediation. Understanding mold is the key to resolving a mold proliferation.    When you smell an earthy, musty odor or see streaking and staining of surfaces, ask us here at SERVPRO of Twin Falls/Jerome Counties to investigate. Mold spores need water and a source of organic matter to transform from specks floating in the air to rapidly expanding colonies. Mold comes in a rainbow of colors and textures from fuzzy to leathery. It slowly destroys building structures and personal belongings if not remediated by our trained technicians. Susceptible individuals with allergies or other sensitivities report health issues when a mold is on the upswing, but only a health care practitioner appropriately advises in those cases.    SERVPRO of Twin Falls/Jerome Co. crews receive certification in remediation techniques developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA,) and use these efficient protocols to almost rid your home of current infestations and avoid future problems. However, total extermination and elimination of these fungi are not possible. The first task is to contain the mold. We use physical barriers like plastic sheeting when the mold outbreak is small. Negative air pressure machines arrive with us when larger mold out breaks are present. They filter the air and vent residues outside of living areas, ensuring that spores and other particulates do not circulate in your home’s atmosphere.    Next, the moldy material, including any porous surface infiltrated, is removed and bagged for proper disposal. Our staff wears personal protective equipment (PPE) throughout for safety during each step. We apply professional-grade antimicrobials to the affected area and vacuum up debris using equipment with HEPA filtration systems. The crew replaces any building material removed with the mold, and paints, stains or otherwise finish the area to look “Like it never even happened.”    No remediation is complete until we find the cause of the mold and it is repaired and the mold is eliminated.

Tips to Avoid a Kitchen Fire

9/5/2017 (Permalink)

Unattended Cooking Twin Falls, Idaho

Did you know the kitchen is where more home fires occur than anywhere else in the house and that cooking is the number one cause of home fires?

  1. Never leave cooking food unattended – stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling or broiling food. If you must leave the kitchen, even for a second, turn off the stove.
  2. Check your food regularly while cooking and remain in the home while cooking.
  3. Use a timer so you’ll remember that the stove or oven is on.
  4. Don’t wear loose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking.
  5. Keep the kids away from the cooking area. Enforce a “kid-free zone” and make them stay at least three feet away from the stove.
  6. Keep anything that can catch fire - pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels or curtains—away from your stove, oven or any other appliance in the kitchen that generates heat.
  7. Clean cooking surfaces on a regular basis to prevent grease buildup.
  8. Consider purchasing a fire extinguisher to keep in your kitchen. Contact your local fire department to take training on the proper use of extinguishers.]
  9. Always check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving the home to make sure all stoves, ovens, and small appliances are turned off.

Fire/Smoke Damage Is Restored with Professional Help

8/31/2017 (Permalink)

Kitchen Fire

SERVPRO Provides Cleanup for Fire/Smoke Damaging Events.

Homeowners/Business owners go years managing their own home/business without ever calling anyone to help. A major event like a fire can change in a blink of an eye. SERVPRO focuses on providing high-quality fire damage restoration service to meet your needs.   We arrive quickly, and with agreement from you and your insurance adjuster, puts together the restoration plan that guides the crew assigned to the steps needed to cleanup and then restore your home to pre-fire loss condition.   Our team members are familiar with current fire restoration industry standards and follow the guidelines of the IICRC. and the use of products and equipment that meet or exceed the standards. We evaluate the structure and contents throughout your entire home/business soiled with residue and select appropriate and effective tools and cleaners to remove the soot and debris. Charred areas may be sanded down and refinished or replaced, if necessary. Restoration is our mission, to save time and money, and to reduce the disruption to your home/business. After the visible effects of the fire disappear we resolve any odor issues with strategies ranging from thorough cleaning through spray neutralizers to thermal fogging, in extreme cases.    If you are home/business owner that experience a fire this year, SERVPRO of Twin falls and Jerome Counties stands ready to help. Call our offices at (208) 735-1447 to set up a time to come and visit with you to see how we can help to bring you home/business back to preloss condition.

SERVPRO of Twin Falls & Jerome Counties 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

6/1/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Twin Falls & Jerome Counties provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Twin Falls & Jerome Counties

SERVPRO of Twin Falls & Jerome Counties is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 
208-735-1447

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Twin Falls & Jerome Counties has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?
  • What year the house was build?

About SERVPRO of Twin Falls & Jerome Counties

SERVPRO of Twin Falls & Jerome Counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Does Your Twin Falls or Jerome County Home Have A Mold Problem?

6/1/2017 (Permalink)

Be careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your home.

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Twin Falls & Jerome Counties for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Twin Falls & Jerome Counties specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 208-735-1447

Twin Falls & Jerome Counties Smoke and Soot Cleanup

6/1/2017 (Permalink)

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Twin Falls or Jerome Counties Home.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Twin Falls & Jerome Counties will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 
208-735-1447

Our Highly Trained Restoration Specialists can restore your Twin Falls or Jerome County Home

6/1/2017 (Permalink)

We are an IICRC Certified Firm

SERVPRO of Twin Falls & Jerome Counties is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.

• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of Twin Falls & Jerome Counties

SERVPRO of Twin Falls & Jerome Counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Stop Frozen Pipes!

12/7/2016 (Permalink)

Water Pipe damage caused by freezing.

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.  Make sure any vacant rentals, vacation homes, or buildings are winterized properly to protect from broken pipes and water damage. 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.

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