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Chimney Fires and Your Rexburg Home

5/16/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Chimney Fires and Your Rexburg Home Rexburg Chimney Fires Are Preventable-Call SERVPRO for Cleanup

Rexburg Properties Receive Smoke & Fire Damage Cleanup from SERVPRO

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.
 

Wet Basements In Rexburg

5/8/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Wet Basements In Rexburg The potential is there for mold infestation and eventually, structural damage unless the water gets drained, and the air moisture levels brought down.

Water Damaged Basement

Water in the crawl space under a home usually goes ignored until it goes away. A damp basement also goes ignored until puddles start to form in the low spots and stored property begins to absorb the excess water. Both attitudes can have long-term, adverse effects.

SERVPRO knows that a wet basement or crawl space is more than just an annoyance to a Rexburg home. The potential is there for mold infestation and eventually, structural damage unless the water gets drained, and the air moisture levels brought down to normal levels.

Our technicians can get into most crawl spaces and remove standing water using various types of sump pumps. In small spaces, they can push in lengths of hose to efficiently draw water out as well. Basements are drained of standing water in just a few hours using one of the portable pumps or pumping trucks in our equipment inventory.

With the water removed, one of our inspectors checks the air content using special moisture meters. If the humidity is too high, technicians deploy dehumidifiers to lower the moisture percentage in the air. These machines draw as much as 25 gallons of water from the air per day and clear out most basements in two or three days.After we remove the water from your basement and lower the moisture content, we highly recommend two additional services: encapsulate your crawl space and waterproof the cinder block foundation walls.

Encapsulation simply means installing a water vapor barrier. Our technicians use high-quality, polyethylene sheets that are reinforced with a polyester mesh to seal off the floors and walls from bleeding moisture into the crawl space. We secure the sheets in place using two-sided, foundation tape or a polyurethane caulk. Since most crawl spaces have a dirt floor, polyethylene sheets are a very efficient and low-cost method to prevent further moisture intrusion and reduces the risk of mold infestation as well.

Waterproofing the foundation walls serves the same purpose as encapsulation, but is more efficient for basement and areas larger than the normal sized crawl space. Technicians fill all cracks and holes with hydraulic cement to seal them and then apply a waterproof coating of masonry cement to the inside of the basement walls. This coating prevents further water intrusion in most cases. Additional protection is gained by digging around the outside of the foundation walls and applying a thick coating of liquid rubber. This inventory product is designed to waterproof foundations even in extreme situations and provides a dry basement in all but the absolute worst disasters.

SERVPRO of Rexburg / Rigby has decades of experience in Idaho when it comes to keeping your basement dry. We understand that it is essential to the overall support structure of your home and use every skill and equipment item in our inventory to provide a safe environment for you and your family. If you need our help, call today at (208) 356-0263.

Island Park Overflowing Toilet Options for Cleanup

5/2/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Island Park Overflowing Toilet Options for Cleanup Toilet Overflows Causes Water Damage and Needed CleanUp in Island Park

SERVPRO's Experience Mitigates Water Damage Caused by Faulty Toilet Functioning in Island Park


Say water or flood damage and people imagine thunderstorms, water up to the knees and photo albums floating in the basement. In many cases, a small amount of water can cause as much damage depending on the source of the water and what is in it.

An overflowing toilet in an Island Park home can cause hundreds of dollars in damage if it is not taken care of quickly. There is the threat of contaminated water, ruined carpets, and cabinets that need to be dried or replaced. SERVPRO has the experience and tools needed to repair and restore your home of all these issues. If the excess water originated from the holding tank or the water supply line behind the commode, then the water is not initially contaminated and designated as Black Water. Even urine filled water that may backup is typically pathogenically hazardous.

Our first step to deal with contaminated water is to spray all affected areas with a disinfectant as we approach. Spraying begins to kill bacteria and viruses from the moment we start work. Next, we remove any solid matter that has come up through the plumbing. Technicians place it into a hazmat bag or bucket for disposal outside the home.

Now, the contaminated water is pumped out. Since the amount of water from an overflow is usually small, our response team use extractors to draw it out from the floor and carpets. Once they finish, every surface that was exposed is sprayed with a disinfectant and scrubbed.

In the case of contaminated water, we recommend replacement of carpets and carpet pads. It is cost effective to launder small, bathroom or area rugs, but the cost to clean and restore larger carpets is often more than replacing them.

Bathroom cabinets become quickly contaminated as well. The wood can be disinfected and cleaned easily with little cost other than labor. If the water from the toilet has stood for more than a day or two, disinfecting may not be an option, and we recommend replacement of the cabinets and perhaps even the floor trim around the bathroom walls.

What seems like simple repairs or clean-ups can often become much more time-consuming and expensive. If you have a plumbing issue of any type, SERVPRO of Rexburg / Rigby is here to help. Call us today at (208) 356-0263 to get started.

Do Not Waste Your Time Testing - Get Valuable Mold Damage Remediation Services In Island Park Today

4/4/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Do Not Waste Your Time Testing - Get Valuable Mold Damage Remediation Services In Island Park Today SERVPRO Can Inspect for Mold Growth in Your Island Park Home, then Remediate

Island Park Mold Service is Readily Completed by SERVPRO


It is one thing to have a mold remediation specialist enter your home to inspect and assess possible damages or mold contamination that exists. It is something else entirely to have a company charge you for mold testing services that make you wait for a response from a testing facility.
 
Any mold found in your Island Park area home should get your direct attention. Mold damage exists because there is a problem, regardless of the kind or amount of mold found, professional services are your best option for getting things under control and returning your home to a clean, safe, secure environment for you and your family to enjoy.
 
It is a waste of your time and money to get the kind of mold found in your home identified. Purchasing a home mold testing kit from your local grocery store, taking a sample, and waiting for results wastes valuable time needed to save the contents and personal belongings caught up in the affected area.
 
In fact, self-testing often leads to disturbing the area and causes additional damages to develop, while also causing you to spread the contamination to other clean areas of your home. SERVPRO can provide you with the equipment necessary to contain the contaminated area and catch or control airborne microscopic spores that take flight once the affected area has been disturbed.
 
Take the opportunity to contact us, SERVPRO can perform these services for you and prevent additional damages from forming. It only takes 24 to 48-hours for mold to contaminate an area of your home. Waiting for testing results from a laboratory often takes up to 72-hours, making the problem far worse by the time you figure out that you need help. Besides, a typically visible mold is a test onto itself.
 
So, avoid making the mistake that some unfortunate homeowners make. Turn to a company with expertly trained mold remediation technicians. SERVPRO offers 24-hour emergency services, technicians who can work when you need them and provide you with any of the services you need to return your home’s indoor air quality and environment to one that you and your family can enjoy without worrying.
 
Contact SERVPRO of Rexburg – Rigby for a fast response to your request for help. We work with your insurance company if you have coverage, manage the entire process, and provide you with the services you deserve. (208) 356-0263

Biohazard Cleanup Services Available For Your Rexburg Area Home

3/27/2017 (Permalink)

Biohazard Biohazard Cleanup Services Available For Your Rexburg Area Home There are a variety of scenarios that make it necessary to use trained technicians to provide you with biohazard cleanup services in your home.

Biohazard Cleanup


We all know how cleaning and maintaining our home provides us with the perfect way to protect and extend the life of particular contents. However, when emergency situations occur, not everyone knows how to properly deal with, or even recognize, biohazards that may exist.

There are a variety of scenarios that make it necessary to use expertly trained technicians to provide you with biohazard cleanup services in your Rexburg area home. The possibility of exposure to both biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health risks to those involved and therefore require trained professionals to handle them correctly. SERVPRO can provide you with fully licensed, expertly trained technicians with years of experience dealing with unhealthy or dangerous situations that develop in a home. Leave the process of returning your property to a safe, healthy environment to professionals qualified to handle biohazardous situations.

If you intend on entering a possibly contaminated area on your own, think again. It just is not worth your personal safety to take the risk. Make sure that you call for assistance and stay out of affected areas while waiting for help to arrive. We are available 24-7 and respond to your initial call as soon as possible to begin restoring your property to a quality pre-damage condition.

SERVPRO cleaning technicians specialize in recovering your home after a sewage backup occurs, or your previous tenant turns out to be more than you bargained for after leaving. There are incidents of accident cleanup, chemical spills, and even hoarding scenes that require professional attention. At SERVPRO we have experience handling these circumstances and more, including accidental suicide or death, homicide, tear gas and other crime scene residues, along with returning homes to a quality condition that someone used as a meth lab.

Any situation in your home that involves blood or other bodily fluids, animal waste or other potentially pathogenic substances, requires proper training and safety precautions to clean, disinfect, and deodorize your home properly. Avoid taking any chances and choose a quality cleanup company to help resolve the situation as quickly as possible.

Need help or have questions? Contact SERVPRO of Rexburg / Rigby for additional information or to obtain the services you deserve to get things under control again. We are here to help (208) 356-0263.

Fire And Flood Damage Affecting The Entire Rexburg Area

3/8/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Fire And Flood Damage Affecting The Entire Rexburg Area Fire, Floods, and Natural Disasters Happen. Get Relief for Your Property in Rexburg and Call SERVPRO

A Double Whammy from Flood and Fire Damage Can Count on SERVPRO for Help


What are you going to do when coping with the hazard or disaster in front of you is your only option? Fires and flooding often go hand in hand, requiring you to prepare yourselves and your loved ones for a variety of situations.
 
Homes and businesses of all kinds face a variety of similar issues, in the Rexburg area combating fire and flood damage more often than you might think. Educating yourself and your loved ones on the appropriate steps to take during an emergency is a great start.
 
However, what happens to your property and belongings when you do not take the initial steps to prepare for recovery? Making contact with an IICRC certified professional restoration company, like SERVPRO, can assist you with making the preparations necessary to put a plan in place that can save you and your family a lot of heartache and pain.
 
There are enough fire and flood damage incidents every year that any of your neighbors or friends could be dealing with a situation like this a couple of times every day. This very minute, both homeowners and business owners could be battling electrical fires due to faulty wiring or having kitchen fires that leave smoke damage everywhere.
 
Situations that result in dozens of homes and businesses plagued by harmful soot and soiled residues, or extensive water damage that requires professionally trained technicians to correct the situation the right way.
 
SERVPRO can help resolve damage throughout your property that simply needs a professional touch. We have handled situations where movie theaters were dealing with water heater leaks and used diagnostic and extraction tools at our disposal to locate excess moisture within walls, helping return things to normal and preventing harmful mold issues from developing.
 
SERVPRO technicians also repair major water leaks and floods caused by washing machine failures, water lines bursting in our schools, as well as instances where suppression system lines flood local hotels. Single family homes are typically easily handled by our technicians.
 
All while using technically advanced drying tools and methods to pull moisture out of areas that it does not belong in and putting moisture detection to work. We even use direct drying procedures with air movers and dehumidifiers to force clean, dry air into many locations that are hard to get to on your property.
 
Trust your fire and water damage restoration services to a local company you can trust. SERVPRO of Rexburg - Rigby is ready to help, give us a call today. (208) 356-0263

Black Mold on Walls or Ceilings in Your Driggs Home? Don't Panic!

2/22/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Black Mold on Walls or Ceilings in Your Driggs Home? Don't Panic! SERVPRO Remediates Mold in Driggs

Call SERVPRO for Driggs Property Mold Remediation


Mold comes in many different colors. Black is one of them. Black mold is sometimes heard about on the news, while other colors of these fungi are left undiscussed. But not all black mold is the toxic black mold that makes headlines.


Homes in Driggs can be damaged by mold of any color, and some can lead to health effects. Black mold seems much more threatening though it does not produce mycotoxins much different from other species.


Any mold, regardless of color, can cause health effects in people. Some people are more sensitive to the various elements of molds found in their home. Sometimes, the health effects experienced are heightened because of the increased humidity that allowed large colonies of mold to proliferate. SERVPRO does not just remediate black mold. We help homeowners by setting up dehumidification systems that can mitigate mold growth, thus, helping to alleviate these health effects.

Several different government agencies have information, backed by some extensive scientific study, about mold. What we have learned is that the facts are vastly different from what many people believe about mold of any type. The media, often to gain higher ratings, often use sensationalized stories in the news and also in much different 'based on real life' dramas. The scientific findings, though, have resulted in a much less dramatic picture of mold, including black mold, and their dangers. We at SERVPRO want to calm any fears you may have about black mold.

Part of the belief regarding black mold as being more harmful than mold of other colors could also stem from a common misconception. Many people view things of a dark or black color as more sinister than its equivalent of another color. This stereotype holds true for good guy vs. bad guy scenarios, felines, magic, and many other things. We even categorize highly contaminated water from sewage or storms as "Black Water."

The CDC has stated that “the term 'toxic mold' is not accurate.” Any mold in and of itself, of any color, is not toxic. Any toxicity comes from what is produced by certain types of mold, called a mycotoxin. There are only a few strains of mold that produce mycotoxins, and one, Stachybotrys chartarum, also known as Stachybotrys atra, happens to be black in color.

Stachybotrys is the strain of mold that has many people nervous and ready to vacate their home when found. Leaving your home is not the right reaction. Not all is lost, and your family will not automatically begin to have life-threatening illnesses because of exposure to this or any other type of mold. SERVPRO has helped many families regain control of their homes, so they never had to leave. From initial inspection through containment and remediation, rely on us to resolve your mold infestation.

There are over a thousand varieties of mold in the USA alone, which is a fraction of the number of mold types worldwide. This microbe lives everywhere on the planet, including indoor areas, and also those outdoors. Mold not only looks unsightly but can eat at the cellulose found in so many materials that we use and possess. Our daily activities often involve items that are plant-based and therefore susceptible to damage from mold infestation.

Black mold can be controlled and infestations treated in the same manner that mold contamination of any other color is controlled and treated. SERVPRO of Rexburg / Rigby knows just how to take your nightmarish discovery and get everything back under control for you. If you are worried you may have black mold, call us at (208) 356-0263.

Commercial Water Extraction for Island Park Businessess

2/8/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Extraction for Island Park Businessess Island Park Water Intrusion to a Print Shop Can Cause Damage

Island Park Damage Is Often Caused by Wall, Call SERVPRO


Once water damage has struck your business, the first action is to remove it immediately. Standing water can permanently destroy carpets, floors, and walls if not dealt with quickly. In many situations, though, that is not enough.


Water extraction, especially in commercial structures is a needed procedure for many Island Park businesses. It is this process that removes water from carpets to keep bubbles from forming underneath, stop glue from dissolving and prevent mold from expanding and growing. SERVPRO has the equipment and experience to stop all of this and more.

For print shops and other businesses that deal in paper products, this process is also necessary to reduce the overall levels of moisture in the air. Although paper quickly falls apart when exposed to water, reducing the humidity inside the structure saves items that are not otherwise damaged.

To do this, our technicians use air movers, dehumidifiers, exhaust fans and specially designed heaters. The dehumidifiers extract water directly from the surrounding atmosphere, which prevents it from damaging finished product and stock items. Air movers and exhaust fans draw air from a single location and circulate it throughout the facility and eventually to the outside. Circulation helps the dehumidifiers perform more efficiently as moisture is removed with the air away from paper stocks as well as the floors and walls of the structure.

The commercial grade heaters can be set to safely raise the temperature in a variety of spaces from a small stockroom to a large showroom or customer service area. Besides the reduction in physical damage to stocks and finished products, this combination of equipment to lower the moisture levels also stops mold growth.

As these machines are set up, other team members work with the business owners to examine which damaged property needs removal. Everything that has been underwater typically must be thrown out. Water is absorbed quickly, and even a stack of paper and other product can be useless in a matter of hours once covered with water.

Pulling standing water out of a structure takes care of many issues when it comes to restoration. It does not stop all problems, though, and further actions are needed. SERVPRO of Rexburg / Rigby has the experience and equipment to completely remove and dry your business to reopen for your customers. Call us today at (208) 356-0263 to get started.

Proper Asbestos Testing and Abatement Required In Rigby Homes

1/21/2017 (Permalink)

Biohazard Proper Asbestos Testing and Abatement Required In Rigby Homes Rely on SERVPRO for Asbestos Testing and Abatement in RIgby

Asbestos Abatement Is a Technical and Tightly Regulated Professional Service for the Safety of Workers and Residents

Whether you have had a recent flood, fire, mold issue, or storm damage, you may also discover that your home is one of those that contain asbestos materials used during original construction. You will need your property tested for asbestos before any renovation, or demolition can occur.
 
It does not just affect older buildings; there are thousands of different building materials used today that contain asbestos, your Rigby home is no different. Asbestos testing helps prevent exposure to airborne particles that pose potential health concerns and must be performed by a certified inspector. You have probably seen class action lawsuit advertising for mesothelioma, often caused by asbestos exposure.
 
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral, mined for its unique properties, which make it ideal for use in fireproofing materials, electrical & thermal insulation, or as an additive used to enhance the strength of other materials. The natural abundance of the material made it very accessible for use before 1978 until the possible health effects became known and regulations were set to minimize exposure.
 
Today, there are several OSHA and EPA regulations concerning the handling and disposal of asbestos that are strictly enforced to protect the safety and health of workers and residents during and after construction. Requirements are in place to inspect your property for the presence of asbestos before work begins if there is even a hint of its presence. The first test is typically a visual one. Polarized Light Microscopy (PLM) can identify if a fibrous specimen is indeed asbestos.
 
During SERVPRO's fire or water damage restoration process, we perform several action steps that could expose workers if asbestos-containing materials exist.
 
Water Migration Inspection - Uses pin style moisture meters that penetrate several types of materials to determine how far the water has migrated into your building.
 
Smoke Residue Inspection - The process includes rubbing a dry sponge across smoke damaged materials, for testing how much soot is removable.
 
SERVPRO technicians would have a high chance for asbestos exposure while removing any wet or damaged construction materials, boarding up a structure, cleaning smoke residues, performing move-outs, or even providing quality airflow procedures to dry an affected area properly. Full HAZMAT suits, respirators, boots, and goggles are some of the equipment to protect the workers from this carcinogenic mineral.
 
Materials such as textured ceilings or walls, pipe or tank insulation, ceiling tiles, flooring, sheetrock, or cement siding, all may contain asbestos and must be removed by a licensed asbestos abatement contractor. The asbestos fibers are renowned for gluing down vinyl flooring, always a large source of asbestos in homes built before 1978.
 
While SERVPRO offers many quality services, our primary concern is your safety and the safety of our workers performing your restoration.
 
Contact SERVPRO of Rexburg - Rigby today for assistance. (208) 356-0263

Commercial Crime Scene Cleanup in Rexburg

1/10/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Crime Scene Cleanup in Rexburg Trust SERVPRO

SERVPRO Has Advanced Training in Crime Scene Cleanup

When you own a business, the last thing you would want to deal with, or even think of, is some sort of crime scene happening on your property. However, sometimes the unthinkable does happen. If you own a movie theater, hotel, church, restaurant or any other location and a mass trauma occurs in your building, there will be many things going through your mind and the building itself including police officers, sirens, ambulance, forensic investigators, distraught workers and terrified people, leaving you at a loss of what to do. At SERVPRO, we can help you. We deal with all different kinds of traumas, and our team of supportive staff can help guide you and your business back to a normal path of operations.

A very important aspect of taking care of a commercial crime scene is cleanup. This isn’t cleanup that any of your Rexburg workers should be doing. It is doubtful they would be quite the same after seeing the scene, both physically and mentally. A mass trauma with signs of struggle and blood shouldn’t be seen by people as much as you can help it, as it will only do harm. Contact our professional team at SERVPRO instead. We will clean up all the body fluids, blood and any other remnants of the trauma to make the location safe and clean once again. Our team members are IICRC certified and receive intensive ECTP, Employee Certification Training Program supplemental education. Even though many might be shaken up after what happened, you can make sure that there is no remaining danger once the criminals are caught, and the chaos has calmed down.

If you have contacted our SERVPRO team because of a recent trauma at your company, we won’t try to understand what you are going through, but we can offer some comfort by cleaning up the area in disarray as soon as possible. We are experienced, professional, and certified, and once our cleanup process is completed, and before we leave, we will give you a certificate which guarantees the safety of the trauma-stricken area. These things can be quite unforgettable, and we’d like to assist you in getting through it. Do not even consider cleaning it yourself, as we are here anytime that you need and we’ll take care of all the cleanup ourselves with our professional equipment and cleaners.

Give SERVPRO of Rexburg/Rigby a call if your commercial building has suffered a trauma. We are a biohazard and crime scene cleanup remediation company and will come and do the cleanup that is required after a crime or an accident. We’ll clean up, remove biohazards, sanitize and restore your property to its original state when you give us a call at (208) 356-0263.