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How Do Fire Disaster Recovery Professionals Decide Which Cleaning Products and Strategies to Use to Remove Residues in Twin Falls?

5/23/2020 (Permalink)

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Count on SERVPRO’s Highly Qualified Team of Trained Managers and Technicians to Clean Up Fire Damage in Your Twin Falls Home Using Best Practices

The soiling deposited on surfaces of your Twin Falls dwelling and infiltrating into furnishings, household goods, and personal possessions after a fire is unlike ordinary dirt and grime. In addition to containing toxic compounds created during combustion, the soot can adhere tightly to walls, ceilings, floors, appliances, and more. Trying to remove it with conventional products and without specific training can worsen the damage and expose the individual doing the cleaning to hazardous substances.

Why Are Fire Residues Challenging to Clean?

Before professional restorers attempt to clean up fire damage in your Twin Falls residence, they have some targeted assessments to complete. Before they can begin on residue evaluation, any water damage from firefighting efforts must be mitigated and remediated. As some members of our crew operate the pumps, extractors, air movers, and dehumidifiers to remove fluids and moisture from the structure, project managers begin the painstaking task of looking closely at the types of soot found and planning for its safe abatement.

How Do We Handle Dry Soot?

This type of residue is left behind after paper, and wood or cellulose-based items fuel the fire. The resulting blaze is hot and fast, well-oxygenated, and deposits a loose, ashy residue. Rubbing and using water or oil-based cleaners smear and grind this kind of soot into the surfaces, damaging and staining them. SERVPRO employees use the following to clear this kind of soiling:

    •    Feather dusters
    •    Dry (chemical) sponges
    •    Dry cloths and towels
    •    Brushes of various sizes and stiffness depending on circumstances
    •    Pressurized air
    •    HEPA-filtered vacuums

How Do We Handle Wet Soot?

When electrical boxes and cords short and burn, rubber and plastics melt, and damp or tightly packed padding or fabrics provide materials for the flames, smoldering occurs. The oxygen level is limited, and the temperature of the burn lower. Soot from this kind of scenario is thick and sticky. Our Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained crews approach this residue by:

    •    Spray and wipe techniques, with the spray cleaner matched to the type of residue (water or oil-based, dependent on our skilled assessment)
    •    Foam cleaning for fabric and upholstery that cannot be submerged or washed
    •    Immersion tubs and ultrasonic machines for loose, non-porous objects
    •    Industrial laundry machines and dry cleaning for fabrics and window treatments

How Do We Handle Protein-Based Soot?

Many fires start in the kitchen, and the residues produced when food, oils, and grease are overheated, or flame up, are particularly tricky to find and remove. The residue is made up of the dehydrated protein in various food products. It forms a thin, nearly transparent film on surfaces, including contents and building materials far from the original fire site. It adheres very tightly and has significant amounts of oil in its composition. We need to:

    •    Search the entire home for evidence of this soot as it is incredibly malodorous and must be removed to avoid lingering smells
    •    Pretest the surfaces affected because of the aggressive methods we might need to employ
    •    Use solvents and abrasive techniques to loosen the varnish-like coating

What Do We Consider While Evaluating the Surfaces Involved?

The soot nearly always has a cleaning product, additives, and approaches that eventually break the bond between the residue and the surface. Not all surfaces can endure the efforts needed without adaptation. For examples, care must be taken:

    •    When a wood-product surface is covered in a thin veneer that might not hold up to vigorous scrubbing with an abrasive tool or cleaning product
    •    When a surface is porous because it is risky to saturate or soak it with cleaning products
    •    When a surface might have an adverse chemical reaction to a particular cleaning product or additive

What Are Other Safeguards Required During Fire Damage Cleanup?

Because of the toxic substances coating, every surface, and the potential hazards of some of the cleaning products used, personal protective equipment (PPE) is nearly always a requirement for our crew members. To shield you and your family from the fumes and toxins, we often set up a containment area using 1.6 mil polyethylene. A negative pressure air scrubbing system helps by trapping airborne particulates in HEPA filters and venting to the outside.

The care taken by SERVPRO of Twin Falls & Jerome Counties to match residues with appropriate cleaning products and techniques results in the best outcome for our residential customers. Call us at (208) 735-1447 to learn how we make it “Like it never even happened.”

Why Should I Call the Professionals for Water Removal After Fire Loss?

4/16/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Has the Equipment and Manpower to Address Fire Loss, and Water Removal Needs in Your Twin Falls Home

After having a fire in your Twin Falls home, you get stuck with a lot of debris, along with a copious amount of water from emergency responders extinguishing it. Rather than trying to take on the restoration yourself as a DIY project, it is better to call in the help of skilled technicians who can get the job done in a fraction of time. Even if you have some do-it-yourself skills, nothing compares to the training and level of expertise that the professional restoration team brings to the job.

How Do You Address Restoration?

SERVPRO acts fast to get you the results you deserve when you require mitigation of fire loss and water removal in Twin Falls. All of our trucks are fully equipped with the tools necessary to facilitate cleanup so that your home is back to normal quickly. We are always Faster To Any Size Disaster, including post-fire damage where you are dealing with elements like:

  •   Smoke infiltration
  •   Pungent odors
  •   Soot and smoke residue
  •   Water and flood debris
  •   Structural damage, and much more

What Makes Your Team Qualified for the Job?

We utilize the latest techniques and remain up to date on all available training to ensure we provide our customers with the quality service they need in a time of crisis. We remove damaged materials, address staining and odors, and negate potential harm from mold and mildew growth by ensuring all moisture is located and dried. After mitigation is wrapped up, we set reconstruction plans in motion to restore your interior to like-new condition.

How Can I Be Sure Water Removal Was a Success?

Whenever your Twin Falls property has significant water on site after a fire loss, SERVPRO responds immediately by:

  •   Commencing with water extraction efforts immediately before moisture seeps into floorboards and behind walls. 
  •   Using specialized drying equipment like air movers, industrial fans, dehumidifiers, and drying mats
  •   Employing the use of moisture meters and sensors to locate any areas where water may have migrated.
  •   Removing saturated carpeting and the padding beneath for replacement.
  •   Cutting strategic holes in the walls to allow for full cavity drying.

How Long Can I Wait Before Addressing the Fire Damage in My Home?

The longer that you wait to execute fire loss cleanup, the more damage there is. Harsh residue from soot and smoke permeates through porous materials and sticks to non-porous surfaces. Almost immediately, grout and wooden surfaces begin to darken, and materials like fiberglass or your appliances can start to discolor.

The more time passes, you also have damage in the form of:

  •   Permanent staining of fabrics and upholstery
  •   Corrosion and tarnishing of metals
  •   Discoloration of paint on your walls and ceilings
  •   Deterioration of wooden furniture and flooring
  •   Crumbling vinyl
  •   Drywall and other materials throughout the house begin to discolor

We Feature IICRC-Certified Technicians

Our teams follow standards put forth by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), which ensures you have skilled professionals on your side. A fire loss is severe, but when mixed with water damage, it creates a unique situation best addressed by experts in the field of restoration. Safety is paramount, and our team arrives on-site wearing the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). We also take measures to ensure soot, moisture, and debris are not transferred from affected areas of the home into other rooms by wearing foot covers and tarping off workspaces.

Will I Still Smell Smoke After Fire Loss Restoration?

We know that air quality is imperative, so we pay attention to any areas where smoke may have traveled. We inspect your home’s HVAC system to determine if soot particles may have infiltrated and then take the time to determine whether your insulation must be replaced. In some cases, we can remove the first few inches of the insulation and replace it. In more severe cases of smoke infiltration, we may suggest removing all of the insulation for a full replacement. 

Following the full cleanup and drying, the final step is ensuring that your interior is cleaned and disinfected. Our skilled technicians deodorize your property and the contents. We use a range of specialized cleaning and sanitization methods by way of:

  •   EPA-registered cleaners and deodorizers
  •   Hydroxyl generators 
  •   Sealants
  •   Thermal Fogging, and more

When you are faced with fire loss, we are here to help with prompt restoration efforts and water removal. Call our team at SERVPRO of Twin Falls & Jerome Counties at (208) 735-1447, and we can send technicians out to begin the assessment phase. We are available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for emergency service so that your home is “Like it never even happened.”

How Professionals Restore Fire Damage in Twin Falls

2/25/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damaged hallway. Significant smoke and fire damage This home suffered significant fire damage, but restoration was possible. Call SERVPRO for fast and effective fire damage remediation.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Fire Damage Technicians In Twin Falls Discuss The Use Of Ozone Generators

1/28/2020 (Permalink)

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Working To Improve Air Quality In Your Twin Falls Home After You've Experienced a Fire

After a fire burns inside your house in Twin Falls, soot residues and pungent aromas can remain after the blaze gets extinguished. Professional restoration companies like SERVPRO know that dealing with foul odors can become a significant part of any fire damage mitigation project. Smoke can leave behind soils and soot residues as well as penetrate non-porous materials like carpets and upholstered items. To eliminate odors, we can use a variety of equipment and techniques.

During many fire damage projects in Twin Falls, our SERVPRO team spends much of their time figuring out how to deodorize your possessions and building materials. Deodorization procedures work by either masking or pairing actions. During masking, pleasant smelling fragrances are applied to cover up the foul odors. Pairing works by the deodorants causing a chemical reaction with the malodor particles and neutralizing them.

Ozone generators can also get utilized when eliminating pungent aromas from your house after something burns. The machines generate ozone or O3 molecules and dispense them into the atmosphere. These unstable ozone particles spread across the house to find malodor molecules that will take an Oxygen molecule from the O3 compound. When this occurs, the malodor molecule gets oxidized, and therefore the smells are chemically neutralized.

However, the O3 molecules created by the generator are harmful to humans and all living things. Before the process gets implemented, all people, pets, and plants must be removed from the structure that was negatively affected. The house must also be thoroughly dried before using the ozone generator inside your home because O3 molecules can create Hydrogen Peroxide when reacting with water.

Next, we set up air movers inside the affected areas within your home so that the get dispersed throughout your house. We can then also place the ozone generator as high as possible because O3 molecules are heavier than the air in the atmosphere, and they will sink to the floor. In some situations, we can also seal the affected regions with a containment chamber so that the ozone molecules get concentrated on a specific area inside your house.

If you ever notice foul odors remaining inside your residence after something burns, call SERVPRO of Twin Falls & Jerome Counties at (208) 735-1447 any day of the week. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Why Hire Experts to Handle Fire Damage in Your Jerome Residence

11/5/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

  •         Thermal foggers
  •         Air scrubbers
  •         Hydroxyl generators

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

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

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

9/22/2019 (Permalink)

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

Threats in DIY Fire Debris Removal for Jerome Residents

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

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

Use the Proper PPE

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

Tread Carefully

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

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

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Our Certified Professionals Are Ready To Restore Your Twin Falls Home After A Fire Disaster

7/3/2019 (Permalink)

Our technicians have the experience and state-of-the-art equipment to restore your home to pre-damage condition.

The Road to Recovery after Fire Damage in Twin Falls

As a Twin Falls homeowner, your reaction of terror and hopelessness is understandable in the aftermath of a fire. Our team of highly-qualified fire disaster restoration technicians use their Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Reconstruction Certification (IICRC) training to clean up the water, soot, and burned debris fast. Your home and its contents return safely to preloss condition with our help, and we work with your homeowner's carrier every step of the way.

Rapid response time is crucial to fire damage recovery in Twin Falls, and we deliver. We arrive at your door as soon as possible after your first call, ready to assess the scenario and develop a comprehensive plan to mitigate further harm, remediate the current damage, and assist with arranging for repairs and rebuilding.

SERVPRO crews have employees who hold either or both IICRC Water Damage Restoration Technician (WRT) and Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) certifications. Water removal must proceed first for safety from electrical shock and slip and fall accidents, and other crew members are lining up the appropriate products, tools, and techniques to clear the varying types of soot from surfaces. Professional evaluation of residues is critical as they are toxic and respond very differently and often with undesirable results to ordinary cleaning methods. We also anticipate the need for deodorization services if deep cleaning and debris disposal does not eradicate odors. Our team has innovative equipment like air scrubbers, thermal foggers, and hydroxyl generators available for improving air quality after fire damage.

The contents of your home might benefit from a pack-out and treatment at our production facility while the on-site crew continues powering through the soot cleanup and remediation steps for the final restoration of badly burned and heated damaged structural components. SERVPRO production facility technicians use a broad range of strategies to transform soiled, wet, and smelly contents to “Like it never even happened.”

Our SERVPRO holds a general contractors license and can help perform or arrange for a host of reconstruction and repair tasks on the way to abating the fire damage in your dwelling thoroughly. Avoiding the need to line up contractors for each phase of the project is a great comfort to our customers, and we take pride in returning you and your family to your rehabbed, clean, dry, sanitized, and deodorized home.

SERVPRO of Twin Falls & Jerome Counties is prepared to help when your home suffers fire damage. Call on us at (208) 735-1447 for caring and professional restoration services.

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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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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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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 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 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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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