We offer many Services
SERVPRO of Blackfoot/Pocatello encompasses a large area that includes the areas of Bingham and Bannock counties the surrounding communities. We offer so many different services to handle any issues that might happen on your home or business.
- Water Damage: Water damage is probably the number one most common problem in homes and businesses. From a dishwasher leaking to a water line failing, here at SERVPRO we have since almost everything. We have a fast response time to help prevent further damage happening inside your home or business. We have state of the art equipment to help remove all the water and dry out the effective areas.
- Fire Damage: Fires often leave nothing behind besides soot and smoke damage when they strict your home or a business. We understand how stressful dealing with this can be after you have lost so much of your personal property. Our professional stuff can and will guide you through every step along the way to rebuild your property.
- Mold Remediation: Mold can be dangerous to those living in the area. If its left untreated it can continue to become more and more hazardous to you and those around the area. We understand how mold works and know that it can be hard at times to get rid of it. Our team members have been trained to get rid of the mold and keep it from returning to your property.
- Biohazard Cleanup: Biohazard cleanup usually involves anything from the body. Such as: urine, bile, blood, etc. Here at SERVPRO Blackfoot/Pocatello we have been trained on how to properly remove these fluids safe and dispose of them to keep you and our environment safe as well.
Call SERVPRO of Blackfoot/Pocatello today (208) 242-3819.
Did you know that cooler weather can cause fires?
Pictured is a home that caught on fire and here is the after math of one room.
Even though we are in the middle of summer you never know what kind of weather Idaho has in store for us. As we approach the end of summer and begin the cooler months, fires increase in inside the homes. SERVPRO of Blackfoot/Pocatello recently helped a homeowner who left a bulbed Christmas candle in the window which caught a curtain on fire. Almost the entire house was damaged as result.
How to prevent fires at home:
Most people know the basics of fire safety at home, such as not leaving burning candles unattended and keeping a fire extinguisher on hand. Here are a few more things you can do to prevent fires at home.
- Have your heating system serviced regularly by a professional, including chimneys from wood-burning fireplaces. Clean around heat sources and keep dust and other flammable items away from ignition sources.
- Remove the lint from your dryer filter after every use. A clogged filter and lint trap makes your dryer less efficient, reduces the airflow needed to keep heat from building up in the vents, and forces lint onto the heating coils. Also, never let your dryer run when you are out of the house or when you’re asleep.
- Keep firewood, piles of leaves and trash away from the home. If a grass fire starts nearby, these items next to your home could easily become kindling. Never dump hot ashes inside or near your home; keep them in a metal container well away from your house and garage.
- Avoid using outlet extenders or plug-in power bars: they can quickly overload an electrical circuit. Replace old, damaged or frayed appliance cords, and never force a three-pronged plug into a two-slot outlet or extension cord.
- Store containers of cooking oil well away from the stove. When cooking with oil, never leave the stove unattended. To stop a grease fire, turn off the burner and place a lid on the pan to suffocate the flames, or pour on lots of baking soda. Never pour water on a grease fire or try to carry the pan outside; water splatters the grease and makes the fire bigger, and the pan will be much too hot to carry.
- Consider using borrowed heat to keep outdoor pets warm. During winter months, avoid using heat lamps, solar lamps, trouble lights, heated watering bowls or other such heated devices, which could lead to a potential fire. Borrowed heat involves providing warmth from a heating system located in a separate building. If this isn’t possible, consider bringing your pets inside.
- Be sure to properly extinguish smoking materials. Smoking materials that are not properly extinguished can smolder undetected for days before igniting a fire. Never discard smoking materials on the ground or in plant pots.
Your Blackfoot/Pocatello Home
If a fire starts in your home you may have as little as two minutes to escape. A fire in your home can be devastating and weeks after are not easy. Below are a few tips on how to prevent fires in your home:
- Don’t overload your circuits
- Only surge protectors will help prevent and protect your electronics from a power surge.
- If you feel your home is older, have it checked out by a professional and make sure your home is up to the new standard.
- Never leave your kitchen unattended when you are cooking or when there are pots/pans on the stove.
- Keep flammable items away from stove top
- Its important to have a fire extinguisher on hand or near your kitchen.
- Clean out the dryer vent regularly
- Clean underneath and behind your dryer to eliminate any lint that collects
- Clean out lint filter after each load!
Smoking Fires can be prevented in your home.
When we are home we feel SAFE. If you smoke in your home here are some safety tips to avoid having a smoking fire in your safe place.
- If you smoke, use only fire-safe cigarettes.
- If you smoke, smoke outside. Most deaths result from fires that started in living rooms, family rooms and dens or in bedrooms.
- ALWAYS keep cigarettes, lighters, matches, out of the reach of children
- Make sure your ash tray is sturdy and wont tip over.
- Make sure your ash tray is away from flammable items.
- Never drop or put out a cigarette on dry grass, mulch or bark. These items will catch on fire easily.
Smoke and Fire Damage Services
Fire damages could be the most devastating incident you can ever experience. Being a stressful time for you, we believe that all you need is a professional restoration company to help you along the way.
SERVPRO of Blackfoot/Pocatello has trained team members to meet any of your needs. We have the state of the art equipment to rebuild your home or business.
SERVPRO of Blackfoot/Pocatello's restoration process includes:
- Emergency Contact
- Inspection of the related incident
- Fire Damage Assessment
- Board and Roof tarp services (if any)
- In cases where water damage has been experienced, we provide water removal and drying services
- Cleaning off smoke and soot off all affected surfaces
- Overall cleaning and repair services
- We are IICRC Certified
Why you should pick us:
- We've always cared for our client's property like our own.
- We are open 24/7
- We act quick to any disaster and are to your property within one hour receiving the call.
- We are equipped to deal with any size of fire damage
- We are specialized in fire and water-related damages; hence we assure you the most reliable and quality services
- Our team member technicians are qualified to answer your questions and put your concerns to rest.
Preventing Frozen Pipes during the Winter
We believe that no one can be too prepared. Being prepared can help you avoid expensive issues of frozen pipes.
Before the onset of cold weather, prevent freezing of these water supply lines and pipes by following these recommendations:
- Drain water from swimming pool and sprinkler supply lines following manufacturer's or installer's directions.
- Remove, drain, and store hoses. Close inside valves supplying outdoor hose bibs. Open the outside hose bibs to allow water to drain. Keep the outside valve open so that any water remaining in the pipe can expand without causing the pipe to break.
- Check around the home for other areas where water supply lines are located in unheated areas.
- Consider installing specific products made to insulate water pipes like a "pipe sleeve" or installing UL-listed "heat tape," "heat cable," or similar materials on exposed water pipes. Newspaper can provide some degree of insulation and protection to exposed pipes – even ¼” of newspaper can provide significant protection in areas that usually do not have frequent or prolonged temperatures below freezing.
During Cold Weather, Take Preventative Action
- Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
- When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe - even at a trickle - helps prevent pipes from freezing.
- Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.
- If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.
To Thaw Frozen Pipes
- If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, suspect a frozen pipe. Likely places for frozen pipes include against exterior walls or where your water service enters your home through the foundation.
- Keep the faucet open. As you treat the frozen pipe and the frozen area begins to melt, water will begin to flow through the frozen area. Running water through the pipe will help melt ice in the pipe.
- Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, an electric hair dryer, a portable space heater (kept away from flammable materials), or by wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water. Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, charcoal stove, or other open flame device.
- Apply heat until full water pressure is restored. If you are unable to locate the frozen area, if the frozen area is not accessible, or if you can not thaw the pipe, call a licensed plumber.
- Check all other faucets in your home to find out if you have additional frozen pipes. If one pipe freezes, others may freeze, too.
- Consider relocating exposed pipes to provide increased protection from freezing.
- Pipes can be relocated by a professional if the home is remodeled.
- Add insulation to attics, basements and crawl spaces. Insulation will maintain higher temperatures in these areas.
- For more information, please contact a licensed plumber or building professional.
When a Water Disaster Strikes call SERVPRO
Insulation being taken out of the home.
What’s worse than a water main break in your basement? A water main break in your attic! This home was left in ruin after a frozen pipe in the attic burst, causing thousands of gallons of water to flood the entire home. SERVPRO of Blackfoot/Pocatello was called to clean up the aftermath!
You won’t want to miss these before and after photos http://www.SERVPROblackfootpocatello.com/before-after-photos
If you find yourself in this situation here’s what to expect
When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.
Here are standard questions asked:
- Your name and contact information
- Your insurance information (if applicable)
- The street address of the water-damaged home or business
- When did the flooding or water damage occur?
- What caused the water damage (if known)?
Your nose can detect MOLD!
Here is one of our team members in full gear while removing and cleaning mold.
SERVPRO of Blackfoot/Pocatello has held a Continuing Education Class for Realtors on Mold. SERVPRO offers these Continuing Ed classes to both Insurance and Realtor Professionals Free of Charge. Realtors from Shelley, Blackfoot, Pocatello and surrounding areas gain valuable knowledge on the factors, dangers and remedies for mold. SERVPRO stresses that first it is important to remove the moisture source, make sure the area is entirely dry and afterwards a in-depth cleaning is in order. SERVPRO also warns of the importance of wearing a mask that can filter the fine particles and gas as well as other proper protective equipment. We here at SERVPRO explain the biggest indicator of mold is your nose since mold can grow anywhere there is moisture and leaves a bad smell.
Here are some suggestions homeowners can do to prevent mold from getting out of hand included keeping crawlspace/attics, and storage areas vents open year-round and making sure attics have proper ventilation. Since airflow is extremely important, we also suggest making sure dryer vents are properly attached and that the air flows to the outside of the house, not under it.
What you need to know about Storm Damage?
No matter where you leave you might experience smaller storms with minimal damage to your building. Whenever there is a storm it’s always good to have a professional on your side to asses and rebuild what was damaged.
Wind Damage- When a storm hits your home and/or commercial building most likely wind will be involved. Winds can cause roof damages, fallen trees, and broken windows. A professional should be in a place to offer solutions to any wind damages sustained to your home.
Ground Water- During a storm the ground loose, its ability to drain all the water. When this happens dirt and soil become soft and start to float along with the water. When storm water sits, it starts carry debris and become a health concern due to the diseases it can carry. For faster drainage, call a professional. Professionals can use a pump to remove flood water from your house and/or commercial building. Also, it is important to consider a company that specializes in clean water restoration.
Hail Damage- Whenever there is a rainy disaster it can also be in the back our minds that hail will be present. Hail can cause serve damage to roofs, siding, stucco, windows, and screens for windows and sliding doors. With these types of damages, you will need to go through your insurance company to see what will be covered.
When it comes to any storm damage keep SERVPRO of Blackfoot/Pocatello in your mind. Our crew and office staff our here to help you walk through your damages and it will be “Like it never even happened.”
Does your Blackfoot/Pocatello home have a Mold Problem?
Example of mold found in a personal home.
Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a false statement. Think about the following mold facts:
- Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
- Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
- Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
- Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
- Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
- Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.
If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our training, equipment, and knowledge to remediate your mold issue.
If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today –(208)242-3819