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Boiler room leak

7/11/2018 (Permalink)

A boiler room leak can be a huge problem. Not only can it lead to rust and corrosion, but any other issues. Four main reasons it can be quite possibly be is pressure issues, damaged seals, cracks in the body and loose joints. Corrosion will cause pipes and tanks to weaken overtime allowing water to leak. If water is to leak, that will open your building up to a whole new batch of issues.

No matter what the reason, having water leaking in the building is always a bad sign. If you let it go untreated it can lower the value of your property and possibly make it harder to sell. It can be an eyesore and extremely hard to cover up with paint. An inspector can spot it easily and report it which in turn can make a potential buyer less interested in purchasing your property. It can also cause a ton of external damage as well.

It can also damage ceilings. The longer you wait to hire a company to clean it up, the bigger your problem will become. Paint on the ceilings can discolor and plaster may bulge. It can also lead to holes in you concrete, ruin your electricity, break down carpet, ruin your drywall, and cause health hazards.

If you suspect any leaking please call the professionals at SERVPRO so we can help make it look “Like it never even happened.”

Is mold lurking in your doorway?!

6/12/2018 (Permalink)

Mold can strike anywhere moisture is found. Attics and ceilings are two of the most common and sometimes preventable places that mold will show up. Those two spots need to be inspected as often as possible. To keep your home safe call a professional if you suspect mold growth at all.

Here is some tip to identify if mold could be lurking in your doorway.

  • You notice signs of mold such as a mold smell or mold symptoms
  • To identify the species of mold in your home
  • To help you find where mold is growing
  • To test indoor air quality by measuring the number of spores in the air
  • To test if mold in your home has been fully removed

Here at SERVPRO we do FREE mold testing and will always be more than happy to come out and check on your home. 

Sneaky Sneaky

6/12/2018 (Permalink)

Water can be an extremely sneaky substance. It can hide in areas that you would never in a million years even think to look. If you even slightly suspect water might be present in your home you should always call a professional. If caught soon enough the costs for repair can be reduced significantly.

The professionals at SERVPRO are trained and certified in dealing with this exact issue. We have the tools and knowledge to stop that sneaky water buildup in its tracks. Our ultimate goal is to help restore your items and ultimately make your disaster look like it never even happened.

If you think you may have a water problem give SERVPRO a call so we can set up an appointment to come out and inspect the area.

A Day of Remembrance

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

Memorial Day, was inaugurated in 1868. It was previously designated Decoration Day, for the purpose of decorating the graves of Civil War veterans. Memorial Day has since become a day on which all war dead are commemorated. On Memorial Day, we remember those among us and those who have gone before, who secured for us the precious freedoms that we enjoy today. It is a day to once again acknowledge the price for which our freedom was purchased--a cost beyond measure.

Let us consider briefly the price that has been paid for us to breathe the air of a new morning, to assemble in the park to enjoy a summer concert, to attend worship services in the church of our choice, and to dream the American dream without limitations. Then, let us pause to remember those who have cultivated and tended our land of freedom--with their courage, their tears, their blood and their very lives.

 Our fallen heroes still whisper to us from the grave. If we listen carefully, even today, we can hear the muffled sounds of their call to arms in defense of our nation. This same spirit of freedom is carried in the wind and echoes down through the ages. It is everywhere you look. It can be found in the voices of our children playing in the school yards, in the bountiful goods offered for sale in privately owned places of commerce within our community and in the faces of our citizens in polling places on Election Day.

This spirit can be found in abundance in every corner of every community in this great nation of ours. For this spirit is like an eternal flame. It was lit by the courage and blood of our founding fathers, fanned by the winds of patriots to a brightness beyond description, and then sheltered and protected by members of our Armed Forces from the storms of tyrants and dictators who feared and were blinded by the intense light of liberty and freedom.

 

Our heartfelt prayers and thanks go out to all of those brave men and women who have stepped forward without hesitation to serve our nation so valiantly in its time of need. These are the qualities that heroes are made of. They are the same qualities that made and have kept America great and free since our founding fathers landed at Plymouth Rock, dedicating their lives to raising up a great republic that would forever be a beacon of freedom to the entire world. We are the land of the free because we are the home of the brave.

Row row row your boat

5/12/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Row row row your boat

Flood water is not only hazardous but it can be extremely dangerous when it's in motion. Flooding can occur due to many different reasons. A water main burst, heavy and excessive rainfall, overflowing rivers, etc.

Flood damage to your home and belongings can be devastating! However immediate action is required. Water damage can ruin your most valuable of items and also lead to mold. SERVPRO closely monitors the drying process so that we can be sure we get all your items dried thoroughly. We have a large variety of methods to clean your contents. These include:

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to cleaning.
  • Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
  • Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can withstand cleaning.
  • Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if cleaned.
  • Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned.
  • Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.

SERVPRO is dedicated to helping you through your toughest of times. Next time you need immediate help give us a call. We are here for you 24 hours a day!

Reviews make us smile!

5/9/2018 (Permalink)

We absolutely love our customers! We always go above and beyond to make sure that we are there to help them every step of the way. Reviews like this always bring a smile to our faces.

  • It's never a fun call when you have an emergency, but the crew at SERVPRO were awesome to work with. When it rains it pours we ended up having a leak in our basement and SERVPRO was very responsive and were able to mitigate the damages. I would recommend them to anybody!
    Thank you SERVPRO.    

         -Andrew Trost

  • Awesome!! Ryan did an amazing paint job for out daycare!!! Fast, clean, friendly and very professional!! I would recommend this company and Ryan!! Very Happy Client!!!!

         -Dana Russell

Make sure to call SERVPRO for all your fire, water, cleanup and restoration needs!

Chimney Fires

5/9/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Chimney Fires

Your chimney and flue add architectural interest to your home, but the real function of your chimney is to take dangerous flue gasses from the wood stove, fireplace, or furnace out of your home safely. It helps the air in your household stay breathable, just like your windows in your kitchen vents, bathroom windows, and attic. However, unlike the other exhaust points in your home, wood stove and fireplace chimneys need a particular kind of care. 

In action, a chimney fire in your Rexburg home can be impressive and cause you to need fire damage repair from a professional remediation company such as SERVPRO. Indications there is a fire in your chimney includes plenty of dense smoke, a loud popping or cracking noise, and a hot, intense smell.

Chimney fires can be dramatic and noisy enough to be detected by people passing by or your neighbors. Dense smoke or flames could shoot out from the top of the chimney. It has been reported by homeowners that they were startled by a low rumbling sound which is reminiscent of a low flying airplane or a freight train.

Undetected Chimney Fires
Chimney fires which are slow-burning do not receive enough air or have the fuel to be visible or dramatic, and they many times go undetected until an inspection of the chimney later. However, very high temperatures are reached and can create as much damage to the chimney structure, and parts of the house close to it, as their more spectacular counterparts explosive fires.


Chimney Fires and Creosote
Wood stoves and fireplaces are made to contain wood-fuel fires safely while heating your home. Chimneys have the job of getting rid of combustion by-products, which are the materials made from burning wood, including water vapor, smoke, gasses, wood particles that are unburned, tar fog, hydrocarbon, and different minerals. As these materials are rising and flow into the cooler chimney, condensation occurs. The residue which that is left sticks to the inside walls of the chimney and is known as creosote.

Black or brown in appearance, creosote can be flakey and crust, shiny and hardened, or drippy and sticky. All forms can occur in a chimney. No matter the form it takes, creosote is very combustible, so if enough quantity builds up and the temperature of the inside of the flue is high enough, you could be dealing with a resulting chimney fire.

When a fire in your chimney damages your home, SERVPRO is always ready to help you clean up the mess and repair the damage. Smoke and odor remediation and indoor air quality are focal points of a SERVPRO service. It is, however, important to have your chimney regularly cleaned to try and avoid this problem in the first place.

SERVPRO of Rexburg/Rigby knows how damage chimney fires can be to your home. Give them a call as soon as possible after the fire is out at (208) 356-0263 so they can prevent further damages from occurring.

Electricity was the cause of this Fire

5/2/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Electricity was the cause of this Fire

This is the aftermath of an electrical fire. There are many different reasons for which a house fire can start. Problems with wiring, light fixtures, faulty outlets and appliance failure are just a couple reasons. The most common electrical fires happen because of homeowners overloading electrical outlets or extension cords. There are many ways to prepare for the possibility of a fire.

  1. Install smoke alarms on every level of your home and in every room
  2. Test them every month to make sure batteries are still properly working
  3. Make a fire escape plan with your family and practice it
  4. If a fire should happen Get out, Stay out, and Call for help

Fires can happen anytime to anyone so it’s always good to prepare yourself and others.

Maybe mold, maybe not!

5/2/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Maybe mold, maybe not!

Here we are using a moisture reader to find any moisture in the floors and walls that could be causing mold in this family’s home. The customer was concerned because their child had recently developed respiratory issues. The parents were suspicious that mold may be the culprit and wanted to rule it out. After finishing our inspection the results came up negative. It is always a good idea to check for mold if you have any lingering suspicions at all.

Mold is a fungus that likes to grow in spaces with lots of moisture. Leaks in roofs, windows, and pipes or places that have been flooded are all hot spots for mold exposure. Mold also grows well on paper and wood products, ceiling tiles and cardboard. It is a nasty little fungus that will try and make its way on anything it possibly can. Good News?! SERVPRO can help! If you are worried that there could be mold in your home or office please give us a call to receive your FREE mold inspection.

Blistering and peeling and fading... Oh My!

4/25/2018 (Permalink)

General Blistering and peeling and fading... Oh My!

Winter is finally coming to an end and summer is almost here! The sun is shining, the weather is getting hotter, and you are starting to notice that the paint on your house isn't quite as nice as it used to be. The hot sun can be amazing and beneficial, but it can also be very damaging. One thing that the sun always seems to wreak havoc on is the exterior paint on our homes. The major thing to be aware of is that paint acts like a protective sealant for your house. In order to protect the exterior of your home from getting damaged it's always good to have a strong quality paint job on the exterior.

A few examples of what our wonderful bright shining star likes to do is blister, peel, and also fade paint. This is caused by excessive sun exposure. Usually you can expect about 7-10 years until you will need to update your paint on your home. That however depends on the quality of the paint you choose. 

You cannot ever stop the damage that will eventually be done to your home, but there are ways to help prolong it. For example, using a high quality acrylic latex paint is a great route to go if you want longevity. This is because it includes durable pigments and a binder that prevents it from breaking down. There is also weatherproof and moisture resistant paints out there you can explore as well.

Experienced painters are a great go to source for your painting questions and concerns. They will be able to help you figure out which colors may hold up best against the sun, best paint products, and how long you may have before another repaint will be necessary. And remember it is more cost efficient to paint now then deal with wood rot, water damage, or flaking paint later.