Recent Water Damage Posts

Rainy Season

7/10/2019 (Permalink)

With all these recent rain storms it is important to protect your home from water damage. On www.hometips.com they suggest these tricks and tips to help you keep your home safe and sound this rainy season.

The best way to deal with water damage is to stop it before it starts. Here are measures that you can take to prevent water from entering your home from outside.

Waterproof Your House Exterior

The exterior of your house is its first line of defense against water damage. Protect your home from the outside in by maintaining the exterior.

Maintain Your Roof

Properly handling the water that flows down your roof is essential.

Your roof’s primary purpose is to keep water out of your house. Neglecting it could lead to a whole host of problems, the worst of which includes extensive water damage that could compromise the structure of your home. Most roofs have a lifespan of 20 to 30 years, so it’s easy to think that if yours is still within its period of usability, it’s fine. But that’s not necessarily true.

Seal Windows and Doors

Windows and doors are common vulnerable sites for water leakage. Water can seep in through the space around window and door frames if they’re not properly sealed. Don’t wait for a leak. Ensure that the weatherstripping and seals around your windows and doors are in good shape.

Maintain Your Home’s Exterior Finish

Signs of water damage on your house’s interior walls that don’t seem to have a source, such as mold, peeling paint, or discoloration, could be due to water entering through holes in your exterior walls. If your siding and exterior paint aren’t well-maintained, water could be leaking through to the inside of your home.

Ensure Proper Drainage

You can take measures to keep water out of your home, but waterproofing alone isn’t enough to protect your home from water damage. If water isn’t properly diverted away from the base of your house, your foundation could be at risk. And even the best waterproofing measures are no match for standing water that collects on or around your house in areas of poor drainage. 

Clean Your Gutters

Depending on surrounding tree coverage, gutters need to be cleaned out two to six times a year to ensure proper flow of rainwater.

Making sure your gutters function properly is critical to protecting your home from water damage. If your gutters are full of leaves and pine needles, or not angled properly to funnel water to the downspout, then water will run down the side of your house and collect at the base, which could put your foundation at risk.

Check Your Downspouts

Downspouts should direct water at least three feet from the exterior walls of a home.

Functioning gutters send water out through the downspout, which should funnel the water away from your home. If necessary, repair gutters and downspouts.

Redirect Runoff

If your home sits on the bottom of a slope, water runoff from your yard should be channeled away from your home. If it isn’t, then you probably have problems with standing water near your foundation. Over time, this can cause the ground near your foundation to erode, making it vulnerable.

The phone had a mind of its own

6/10/2019 (Permalink)

Steven and Hanna received a call from a water loss at an Apartment complex in Rexburg, ID. Upon arrival they decided they needed help so they contacted Zach and Justin so they could help them move contents and place drying equipment to help stabilize and start the drying process. The loss was caused from a lithium battery being left on the charger. It had exploded and caused the sprinkler system to activate flooding 1 apartment and 2 hallways.

So what exactly causes a lithium battery to explode? According to www.consumerreport.com the chemicals inside the battery begin to heat up, which causes further degradation of the separator. The battery can eventually hit temperatures of more than 1,000° F. At that point the flammable electrolyte can ignite or even explode when exposed to the oxygen in the air

If you have a Fire, Water, Mold or Asbestos disaster give SERVPRO a call today! We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! 

Standing Water

5/16/2019 (Permalink)

Over this past weekend Zach, Justin, Brittany and Eric received a call that they were needed at a Water Disaster in Idaho Falls. A hose bib had broken causing water to flood in 5 different rooms.

Per www.happystartsathome.com the first thing to do is to dry the area. Cleaning up the water you see is important, but the most important thing is to dry up the water you can’t see – in the carpet pad, in the sheetrock, in the insulation in your walls… This means drying the room or rooms completely, possibly using a commercial air mover to force water off floors and out of carpets, walls and furniture.  Along with that, you’ll want to set up a dehumidifier. This machine will suck all of the excess moisture from the air, not only helping to dry the room quickly, but preventing mold from growing.

Thankfully SERVPRO is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help assist you with all of your Fire, Water, Mold, and Asbestos Disasters.

April Showers Brings May Flowers

3/13/2019 (Permalink)

Many people, myself included, are astatic and cannot wait for those beautiful flowers to bloom and that terrible white stuff on the ground to disappear for a few months. But are we really ready for all spring has to offer? There are many hidden dangers as well as preparations we should be checking off our list before spring makes its first appearance.

On www.diynetwork.com they suggest a few things that will help you be more prepared.

  • Clean Gutters - Grab a ladder, and check your gutters for debris. Remove as much as you can with your hands (Don't forget to wear gloves!). Remove any leftover gunk with a garden hose. Take off any nozzle and have a helper turn on the water when you’re ready. Shove the hose into the downspout to power out of gooseneck bends. Make sure your downspouts channel water at least five feet from foundation walls.
  • Scrub Walls, Baseboards and Outlets - Scrub all the walls — in the bathroom, kitchen, bedrooms and living areas — with a sponge or brush and mild soap and water. This includes baseboards and outlets. Make sure to completely dry outlet covers before replacing.
  • Replace Filters - Replace all filters including water, range hood and air vent filters. You should replace these filters every 3-6 months depending on the type of filter you have.
  • Clean Faucets and Showerheads - Unscrew the faucet aerators, sink sprayers and showerheads, and soak them in equal parts vinegar and water solution. Let them soak for an hour, then rinse with warm water.
  • Clean Out the Dryer Vent - A clogged dryer vent can be a fire hazard. To clean it, disconnect the vent from the back of the machine and use a dryer vent brush to remove lint. Outside your house, remove the dryer vent cover and use the brush to remove lint from the other end of the vent line. Make sure the vent cover flap moves freely.
  • Wash Exterior Windows - Hire a window-cleaning service to clean all exterior windows.
  • Keep Allergens Away - Keep dust, mold and pollen at bay by decluttering your home, checking pipes for leaks and keeping the air clean.
  • Check Foundation Vents - A house with a crawl space has vents along the foundation walls. The vents provide air circulation that helps prevent excess moisture and mold growth, and they prevent critters from taking up residence underneath your home. The screens collect leaves and other debris from fall and winter. Spring is a great time to clean them out and check for damage. Clean the vents by hand or use a shop vacuum. Repair any damaged screens — critters can get through even the smallest holes.
  • Clean the Grill - Your grill has most likely collected dust during fall and winter. Help your grill live a long life with these maintenance tips, whether you have a charcoal or gas grill.
  • Prep Your Garden - You can't have a successful garden without good soil. Follow these tips on how to prepare your soil to help you grow a lush garden.
  • Test Smoke Alarms - Test smoke alarms and CO detectors, and change out batteries as needed. It's cheap, only takes a few minutes and can save your family's lives.
  • Clean Outdoor Furniture - Outdoor entertaining season is just around the corner.

The pipes are bursting

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

Here our guys are getting prepped and ready to start reconstruction after  a water piped burst in this home. During the winter months it is very common for water pipes to burst. There are however ways that may help to prevent this terrible problem. For example, www.simplemost.com suggest these simple tips and tricks to help avoid your pipes bursting.

  1. Make Sure Pipes Are Insulated

Exposed pipes are prone to freezing, even in warmer climates. There are a variety of ways to keep those pipes snug as a bug in a rug. One way is to add insulation to pipes around the home.

  1. Let Your Faucet Drip

Most people see a dripping faucet as an issue that needs to be fixed. However, during the winter months, it’s actually good to allow your faucet to drip just a little bit. A little bit of water flow keeps pressure low in the pipes. Low pressure, means less of a chance of those pipes bursting!

  1. Seal Up Cracks and Leaks

Caulk should be your best friend this time of year. You want to keep out as much of the cold air as possible. Do a careful inspection of your house to determine if there are any air leaks. Places to look include near dryer vents, windows, electrical wiring and, of course, the pipes.

  1. Open Those Doors

Whether you’re home or out of town, the American Red Cross recommends keeping the interior doors of your house open. This allows the heat to move through the house more efficiently. This also helps the heat reach closer to the pipes, reducing the risk of them freezing.

  1. Disconnect/Shut Off The Water

Another tip if you’re going to out of town for a while: Consider shutting off your main water line and draining your water system. This will leave your pipes empty in the house, so no water can freeze inside of them to cause a rupture.

Drywall repair is an art!

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

After a toilet leaked from the second story and our crew cleaned up that mess, its on to the reconstruction phase. Our employee Matt is very careful in his efforts to make this ceiling look like new again. Drywall is a skilled trade and requires a lot of steps and detailed work.

The last part of the process is to make it look "Like it never even happened." www.HGTV.com has given these steps below.

  1. Spread a drop cloth around the area.
    2. Use a putty knife to scrape damaged paint from the ceiling. Hold the putty knife at a 30-degree angle for the best results. Remove all the paint from the ceiling to avoid mismatched textures.
    3. Use the utility knife to remove any damaged sections of drywall. For small areas, remove as little drywall as possible. For larger damaged areas, cut out the entire damaged area and replace it with a patch using standard drywall repair techniques.
    4. With a small putty knife, spread a thin layer of joint compound along each seam.
    5. After smoothing the compound, cut a piece of drywall tape to length and apply it to the wet compound. Drywall tape has no adhesive and must be applied while the joint compound is still wet.
    6. With a clean putty knife, smooth the tape to remove air bubbles.
    7. Apply a layer of joint compound on top of the tape. Allow the compound to dry, and sand it smooth. Use a wider drywall knife to apply a second layer, and sand the compound smooth after it dries. For smooth drywall joints, keep the blade as steady as possible and maintain consistent pressure.

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.”

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.

Row row row your boat

5/12/2018 (Permalink)

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!

Why is there water in my basement!?!?!?

3/13/2018 (Permalink)

If you discover standing water, slimy surfaces, or developing mold patches on a basement wall, it is crucial that you do not leave them untreated. The longer water damage is neglected, the harder it will be to repair and restore, and the costs can escalate.

FIRST:  Find the source of the water damage. Moisture can make its way inside a house from several different routes. Once you locate the source, you can start to think about a solution, but your first response should be one of investigation and examination. You can't fix what you don't see.

Most reported reasons why basements develop signs of water damage are;

Water Damage from Outside
- A leak in a home's roof can lead to a water problem in the crawlspace, as strange as that sounds. If a broken tile or other components let water in, it runs down the internal walls and through to the basement.
- For those of us living with Idaho snowstorms, basement windows need internal an internal drainage system.  Otherwise, the snow will just accumulate, melt, and seep into the basement.
- When landscaping, make sure that grades are designed to run away from the property. That way, the water cannot pool and seep through the foundation walls.
- If damp is only ever an issue following a rainstorm, the problem could be a poor quality sealant. This is an easy problem to fix. All that is needed is to replace the interior barriers around doors and windows. Sealants dry out, so you may have to keep replacing it every few years.
- Obstructed, ice dams, or cracked guttering could also be the culprit as overflowing water ends up right above the foundation of the house and the basement.
- You might simply have a high water table. If this is the case, the obstacle will unfortunately persist. There is not much that can be done to change it, but installing a sump pump will significantly decrease the chance of flooding leading to water damage.

Water Damage Inside:
- Interior plumbing, appliance malfunction, leaky faucets, frozen pipes, and condensation buildup may result in structural or water damaged personal items.
- If you can spot water making its way up through drains, the municipal sewer system may be under too much strain. You can alleviate this in your home by investing in a backflow valve. These are inexpensive and easily available. If a septic tank backs up, be sure to call SERVPRO to safely and quickly remove waste products from your water damaged Idaho home. "Like it never even happened."

Water Water Everywhere

12/22/2017 (Permalink)

This SERVPRO loss occurred in an unoccupied home and was caused by lack of attention from a property manager

Due to forecasted freezing temperatures, the property manager was trying to do preventative maintenance by running water through the lines to prevent frozen pipes.

Unfortunately he did not monitor the sink in which the water was flowing, and the basin overflowed causing water to run under the flooring.

The water ran long enough that eventually it caused the wood flooring to begin to bow and then mold started to grow on the subfloor.

It was also discovered that enough water had spilled out of the sink that the ceiling of the bedroom directly below had standing water above the drywall.

SERVPRO tip, always keep your eyes on running water, especially in the home.

Winter Water Hazard

12/19/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO responded to a call last week about a vacation home that had water damage from a broken pipe.  

SERVPRO later discovered that for the amount of water that had been displaced into the basement, the pipe must have been broken for close to 3 weeks before anyone realized the damage.

A few tips for those of you taking extended holiday trips.

*Ask a trusted friend or neighbor to monitor your home on a daily basis, ESPECIALLY if there are freezing temperatures

*Hire someone to come and house sit for you.  There are services online or you can contact your local House, Apartment Rental Agencies.

*If you do have someone watching the house, make sure they know where the Main Water Shut Off Valves are.  Ask your local SERVPRO provider for one of these FREE Main Water Shut Off tags and place it on or near the location.

*Depending on how long you will be gone, monitor the temperatures coming up during your vacation and set the thermostat at a level that helps to ensure pipes will not freeze.

Should you have a problem of course call SERVPRO immediately

Grease Fires Can Lead to Water Damage

10/16/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage caused by Fire

Grease fires happen in a blink of an eye and if not responded to quickly can burn down your home. SERVPRO of Rexburg/Rigby responded to a request to help restore an apartment after a grease fire had done its damage. Thankfully the apartment had a fire suppression system and the tenant was able to get the fire out relatively fast. The bulk of the damage wasn’t caused by the fire and smoke. It was caused by the sprinkler that helped to put the fire out.

Hundreds of gallons of water had covered the kitchen, part of the living room, and everything in it. Our first priority was to extract the water and dry everything effected before secondary damage occurs. Second damage can happen a number of ways, but some common areas can be warped cabinets or floors.

That results from having the water saturate the material causing it warp as its dried out. If you experience any type fire, water, or mold damage let SERVPRO put its experience to work for you. We can minimize secondary damage and help you get your property back to normal.

Water Damage from Your Water Heater

9/29/2017 (Permalink)

Water Heater Leak Spreads Throughout House

One on the most frequent sources of water damage for homes or businesses are water heaters. Often times they will leak for an extended period of time before the home owner or business owner realizes the problem. If a leak has gone on for a long time your insurance coverage could be very limited. SERVPRO responded to job this past weekend in Hamer where the water heater had leaked. When the business owner spotted the leak, we were able to respond with an emergency to crew to help mitigate the damage. All buildings large or small should have a preventative maintenance schedule to help ensure the building is properly taken care of. It will save time and money if you make small repairs vs having  maintenance problems before they come a larger problem. If you do experience water damage please give SERVPRO of Idaho Falls or Rexburg a call so we can put our experience to work for you.

Wet Basements In Rexburg

5/8/2017 (Permalink)

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)

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.

Water Damage in a Basement Requires Professional Restoration

10/8/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Dries Out a Water Damaged Basement in Island Park

Wet Basement Is Restored By SERVPRO

Torrential rains over a period of several days can saturate the ground so thoroughly that even a typically sound basement experiences flooding. Standing water in your lower level can be a real problem if you have no sump pump system in place, but SERVPRO has the equipment and the expertise to remove the water and dry the flooring and structure to prevent secondary damage. Whether you use your basement for living areas, storage or mechanical systems like your water heater and furnace, or some combination, water and moisture excessive must be managed swiftly. If the water has seeped in because of rain, it may not contain a lot of contaminants. Removing gray water fast avoids the risk of more aggressive contamination and often permits water logged flooring and possessions to be restored rather than removed and discarded.
 
A wet basement causing water damage in Island Park can be dried out in a straightforward manner if our technicians are on the job within the first hours after the water began to collect inside. Depending on the amount of water in the basement we will use submersible pumps or extractors to remove it. Our attention will then move to any residual moisture that may be trapped in flooring, floor coverings or the walls. As basements usually have concrete floors, we will use air movers and dehumidifiers to pull moisture out. Tiles or carpeting will be assessed as to whether they can be dried in place, off-site or need to be removed and replaced.
 
SERVPRO staff will also take care to evaluate the condition of any heating systems and appliances in the basement because of the risk of electrical shock or the leaking of fuel into the flood water. We will also inspect the walls, particularly the cinder block that often comprises the outer dimensions of the basement. Using specialized moisture probes our technicians will determine if extra actions are needed to release water trapped in the cinder blocks. Holes may be drilled in grout joints to move water out, and our team will also be looking for insulation or vapor barriers that may complicate the complete drying of cinder block construction. Establishing a free air flow over and through the wet areas of the basement is the key to safe restoration.
 
SERVPRO of Rexburg / Rigby is proud to be the water damage restoration company people rely upon. If your home or vacation-get- away suffers a wet basement call (208) 356-0263 any time of the day or night to schedule our team to inspect and advise on how to get the water out.

Damages to Expect from an Overflowing Toilet

9/26/2016 (Permalink)

Overflowing toilets can cause mild to moderate flooding damage, can infect surfaces all over the environment, and lead to more problems down the road.

What Damages to Expect from a Toilet Overflow

We deal with many types of water damage in the field, and although most people think of our damage services for violent and destructive events like fires and floods, a large number of our calls actually come from less violent but still troublesome problems, such as an overflowing toilet. Overflowing toilets can cause mild to moderate flooding damage, can infect surfaces all over the environment, and lead to many more problems down the road. Don't be afraid to call us for an overflowing toilet; left untreated, these can turn into much bigger disasters for your home.

Sanitary Concerns

One of the most important concerns we address when dealing with an overflowing toilet in Rexburg is sanitation. Toilets contain contaminants and microbes that could cause ill health effects, and must be treated with caution. Anywhere the waters flow over must also be sanitized thoroughly, and we must continue to check for mold growth even after the area has dried. Never attempt to clean up or dry out the waters yourself, as they may be hazardous to your health.

Water Damage

The main form of damage from an overflowing toilet typically comes in various types of water damage, most often flooding. Common issues include warped flooring materials, stained fabrics, and walls, leaks into spaces between walls and floorboards, and various degrees of damage to furniture and objects. Our SERVPRO technicians carry a diverse and well put-together set of equipment, and can deal with just about anything along these lines.

Plumbing and Pipe Replacement

Of course, whatever caused the water damage issue must be repaired, and this often means replacement of pipes and plumbing inside of the toilet. We work with you to help make sure repairs get done right, and source materials from only the best providers and contractors.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Rexburg / Rigby is well equipped and ready to handle any toilet, sink, or bathroom fixture overflow, with heavy-duty industrial grade equipment available for every job as needed. Just call us today at (208) 356-0263 so we can get to work on repairing and restoring your home.

Professional Service for Water Damage to Limit Loss

6/9/2016 (Permalink)

A Water Drip Can Lead to Water Damage in Your Jackson Home. SERVPRO Says Check for Leaks.

Contact Us Today for Jackson Water Damage Cleanup

If you are dealing with the serious after effects of water damage in Jackson, you may be wondering if your home is worth saving. Keep your chin up. Water damage can wreak serious havoc on a building and render it unsafe for human habitation in a very short period. Whether the damage is due to flooding, sewage system malfunction, a burst frozen water pipe, or a badly behaving appliance, the result is the same: a mess that needs cleaning in a hurry before damages multiply and mold growth takes over and affects the integrity of the building.

Dealing Proactively With Water Damage in Jackson
Once the damage has occurred, the fastest way to remove excess water is to rely upon the services of a local restoration company like SERVPRO that can get to the site quickly and begin a fast water extraction program. We have industrial grade pumps, wet-vacs, and even mops and buckets to remove the bulk of the standing water.

The sooner you get your emergency taken care of, the better. Every hour that goes by is an hour during which your family is out of their home in the case of major flooding or severe sewage blockage. A locally owned and operated water damage restoration company can help mitigate the losses and get you back into a safe home environment.

A Full Program of Property Restoration
Once you contact us, we can begin a full program of property restoration. First, an immediate inspection and assessment of the damage and adjacent areas and then an estimate of the costs involved recovery are given to you. If you agree to the service, the professionals will then extract all of the remaining water in the building, checking especially for voids where water can go without being detected in most cleanup efforts. Our IICRC certified experts can make sure the building is completely dry.  The use of moisture meters, infrared cameras and hygrometers enhance our ability to guarantee dryness.

When all of the excess water and any mold growth is remediated from the building, our technicians will then take care of secondary concerns, such as removing any nasty stains or blemishes left over from the accident. The professionals will clean and restore any furniture or other implements that water has damaged. A full check will be performed to make sure your building has not sustained any structural damage.

Expert Cleanup and Restoration Services for Water Damage in Jackson
When you need prompt and efficient service for water damage in Jackson, SERVPRO of Rexburg/Rigby is here for you. We also serve clients in nearby areas, such as Victor, Ashton, St. Anthony, and Sugar City. Call us at (208) 356-0263

10 Reasons Why Your Basement is Wet in Rexburg

2/23/2016 (Permalink)

Repair a Leaking Washing Machine Before it Ruins Your Floor

Rexburg Water Damage Can Be Restored by SERVPRO

If you discover standing water, slimy surfaces, or developing mold patches on a basement wall, it is crucial that you do not leave them untreated. Yes, having to deal with internal damp and Rexburg water damage can be very stressful. The longer water damage is neglected, the harder it will be to repair and restore, even as the costs escalate.

The first step is finding the source of the water damage. Moisture can make its way inside a house via several different routes. Once you locate the source, you can start to think about a solution, but your first response should be one of investigation and examination. You can't fix what you don't see.

Here are ten of the most frequent reasons why basements develop signs of water damage.

Water Damage from Outside
- A leak in a home's roof can lead to a water problem in the crawlspace, as strange as that sounds. If a broken tile or other components let water in, it runs down the internal walls and through to the basement.
- For those living in areas prone to snow, basement windows need internal drainage functions. Otherwise, the snow will just accumulate, melt, and seep into the basement.
- When landscaping, make sure that grades are designed to run away from the property. That way, the water cannot pool and seep through the foundation walls.
- If damp is only ever an issue following a rainstorm, the problem could be a poor quality sealant. This is an easy problem to fix. All that is needed is to replace the interior barriers around doors and windows. Sealants dry out, so you may have to keep replacing it every few years.
- Obstructed, ice dams, or cracked guttering could also be the culprit as overflowing water ends up right above the foundation of the house and the basement.
- You might simply have a high water table. If this is the case, the obstacle will unfortunately persist. There is not much that can be done to change it, but installing a sump pump will significantly decrease the chance of flooding leading to water damage.

Water Damage from Inside
- Interior plumbing, appliance malfunction, leaky faucets, frozen pipes, and condensation buildup may result in structural or water damaged personal items.
- If you can spot water making its way up through drains, the municipal sewer system may be under too much strain. You can alleviate this in your home by investing in a backflow valve. These are inexpensive and easily available. If a septic tank backs up, be sure to call SERVPRO to safely and quickly remove waste products from your water damaged Rexburg home. "Like it never even happened."

Locally Owned and Operated

We live and work in Rexburg too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Rexburg / Rigby is close by and ready to respond to your flood or water damage emergency in Rigby, Island Park, and Rexburg. Call us 24/7 for help. (208) 356-0263