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Emergency Ready Profile

8/27/2019 (Permalink)

Did you know that as many of 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster, and the companies that do survive most of them had a preparedness plan in place.  Pre-planning can save you from losing your company after a disaster and also give you a peace of mind.

By having a SERVPRO Blackfoot/Pocatello Emergency Ready Profile (also known as a ERP) you have an immediate plan of action that will help you have less interruption in your companies day to day duties.

Being prepare is the key component for making it through any size of disaster, whether it’s a small water leak or an area flood.  No one ever wants or plans for a disaster to happen but when it happens your first question to yourself is usually “what do I do now?” but with this preparation you will know what to do and who to call.

SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile is a startup approach that provides the information needed to being the recovery services. It is there to serve as a quick reference of building information and who to contact. By working with SERVPRO Blackfoot/Pocatello Emergency Ready Profile, your business will benefit of years of experience in reducing the impact of the disaster that struck your property. SERVPRO is a leader in water and fire damage response and we will help you quickly return your property back in working order in no time.

Listed below are the advantages of having an Emergency Ready Profile:

  • No cost assessment of your facility
  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of a disaster
    • It will only take a few minutes to complete and save you a lot of time if ever needed in the future.
  • A guide to help you get back into your property following a disaster
    • This will minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action
  • Establishes SERVPRO of Blackfoot/Pocatello as your professional disaster mitigation and restoration provider
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.

Understanding the type of Water Damage in your Commercial Property

8/27/2019 (Permalink)

Dealing with water damage in your business in Blackfoot/Pocatello can be very time-consuming. Whether it be replacing a water pipe, having issues with a toilet, or outside water coming in you will find it helpful to understand what type of water damage has occurred.

  1. The Source of Water - Here at SERVPRO of Blackfoot/Pocatello use one of the primary ways to classify water damage. If water comes from an appliance and is clean, it is considering category 1 damage.  Water that comes from broken pipe and has contaminants is considered to be category 2. Water that contains sewage and has biohazards is labeled as category 3.
  2. How long has the water sat? - Category 1 water can turn into category 2 if not quickly removed. The best rule of thumb is to take care of the water leak as soon as possible!
  3. Dirtiness of the Water - How clean the water is, is another major contributor that determines the category we put the water damage into. For instance, category 2 water is water that has some amount of hazardous material.  Even if the water lose started out as clean water and it seeps through the floor or wall it will then count as category 2 due to contaminants  **Fun fact: if the water damage is large enough the categories of the water can change from one section to another in a commercial building.

Steps for Flood Prevention

8/1/2019 (Permalink)

When a flood hits that damage that it leaves can be overwhelming and daunting. A few things and steps to consider when preparing your company property or home are against flooding. 

1. Landscaping

Landscaping choices may be the start of flood defense. Slope landscaping away from the building's foundation, and choose local or deep-rooted plants to soak up extra moisture.

2. Retaining Walls

If business or home is in an area known for high water during storms, you may want to consider the installation of a retaining wall. A wall or similar installation can help prevent water from flowing into areas where it could pool or cause flooding.

3. Drainage Covers

Ensure that all your drainage areas are properly covered. This can help keep debris out of the chute which can lead to clogs and other water backup problems.

4. Regular Maintenance

Check areas such as your roof or basement, and ensure that any drainage systems are clear of debris. If you do find an issue it's important to take care of any necessary repairs as quickly as possible. 

5. Stay Informed

Stay informed of the weather patterns in your area. This way you will know ahead of time when a storm is approaching, and be able to take the necessary prevention measures.

  1. Flood Coverage Insurance

Know your insurance policy, if you live in a high flood zone make sure you have flood coverage in your insurance policy.
About SERVPRO of Blackfoot/Pocatello

SERVPRO™ of Blackfoot/Pocatello specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property

  Have Questions about Flood Damage? Call SERVPRO of Blackfoot/Pocatello Today – 208-242-3819

How to prepare for a Thunderstorm

7/29/2019 (Permalink)

When a Thunder and Lightning storm roles into town, some of us run inside to the safety of your home or sit on the front porch to watch the storm clouds role in over the mountains. Thunder and lightning can quickly set a wildfire for example what happened at the Idaho National Laboratory facility on July 25th, 2019 in Southwest Idaho, which burnt 177 square miles. When lightning strikes it can pass through the wiring. This can cause damage to any electrical appliances that are plugged into outlets.

How to Prepare for a Thunderstorm

  • Identify all close sturdy buildings close to where you live, work, and spend time.
  • Keep trees clear of derby and dead branches that might fall on your home during a storm.
  • Purchase surge protectors, lighting rods, or lighting protection system.

What to do in a Thunderstorm

  • Move from outdoors into a building or car
  • Pay attention to alerts and warning
  • Unplug appliances
  • Do not use landline phones

After a sever thunderstorm please make sure to watch for fallen power lines and trees.

About SERVPRO of Blackfoot/Pocatello

SERVPRO™ of Blackfoot/Pocatello specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property

  Have Questions about storm? Call SERVPRO of Blackfoot/Pocatello Today – 208-242-3819

Grill Fires

7/25/2019 (Permalink)

Grill fires can happen when your grill hasn’t been cleaned properly or frequently enough. All fires need three types of sources heat, fuel, and oxygen. Just removing one of those elements a fire cannot exist.

Way to avoid Grill Fires:

  1. Clean the fire box area around the burners
  2. Keep a distance from covered places, porch, patio, or balcony.
  3. Keep the grill outside the house.
  4. Always watch your grill and don’t abandon it.
  5. Inspect the propane tank for tiny holes or loosened hoses that might cause a gas leak.
  6. Delay cleaning up and give the grill time to cool down.

Steps in case of a grease fire:

  1. Turn off gas
  2. Leave lid open
  3. NEVER use water
  4. Use a fire extinguisher
  5. Call 911 if fire is still not out

About SERVPRO of Blackfoot/Pocatello

SERVPRO™ of Blackfoot/Pocatello specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property

  Have Questions about Fire damage? Call SERVPRO of Blackfoot/Pocatello Today – 208-242-3819

Do you need to Ozone your Commercial Property?

7/25/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial deodorizers may help fight some airborne pungent odors, but to eliminate other foul odors, it may be necessary to do an ozone treatment. Ozone is used to destroy undesirable smells just about anywhere, in full-time and vacation homes, apartments, basements, nursing homes, cars, trucks, buses, boats, classrooms, locker rooms, offices, and gymnasiums. Ozone is also approved by the FDA to be used in food processing plants to scrub yeast and mold spores from the air because of its great deodorizing and disinfecting abilities.

SERVPRO'S ozone generators are extremely effective because they produce O3 which attacks odors at their source, even if they are clinging to walls, fabrics and ductwork. SERVPRO ozone generators intentionally produce the toxic gas, ozone, that is used for commercial and residential applications. When contaminates such as odors, bacteria or viruses contact ozone, their chemical structure is changed to a less odorous compounds. As more ozone attacks the remaining compounds, they are eventually destroyed. This process is called oxidation. Ozone essentially reverts to harmless oxygen after it is used.

So, if you are dealing with smoke odors, pet odors, musty odors, tobacco odors, or food and cooking odors? Give SERVPRO® of Blackfoot/ Pocatello a call at 208-242-3819.

About SERVPRO of Blackfoot/Pocatello

SERVPRO™ of Blackfoot/Pocatello specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property

  Have Questions about Ozone treament? Call SERVPRO of Blackfoot/Pocatello Today – 208-242-3819

Do and Don'ts when you find Mold.

7/25/2019 (Permalink)

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. By disturbing mold, you can easily spread the mold spores throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, it can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  1. Stay out of affected areas.
  2. Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  3. Contact SERVPRO® of Blackfoot/Pocatello for mold remediation services.
  4. What Not to Do:
  1. Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  2. Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  3. Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  4. Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

SERVPRO® of Blackfoot/Pocatello specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

About SERVPRO of Blackfoot/Pocatello

SERVPRO™ of Blackfoot/Pocatello specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property

  Have Questions about Mold? Call SERVPRO of Blackfoot/Pocatello Today – 208-242-3819

How to prevent house fires

7/24/2019 (Permalink)

Avoiding a home fire is always at the top of the list. Keep your home safe by being aware of the top to fire hazards in your home:

  1. Cooking equipment: Over heated pots and pans can splatter grease when cooking. When cooking stay in the kitchen while cooking to insure this doesn’t happen.
  2. Heating: Have a furnace inspection annually by a technician and keep items away from heating sources.
  3. Smoking in bedrooms: Make your home or bedrooms off limits for smoking. If you become drowsy while smoking it is easy to fall asleep.
  4. Electrical Equipment: Check electrical cords for fraying, don’t overload your outlets, don’t run wires under rugs, and don’t over use extension cords.
  5. Candles: Keep candles on a level surface and out of reach of children and pets. Don’t leave candles lit when leaving a room or house.
  6. Curios Children: Keep matches away from children.
  7. Faulty Wiring: older homes and apartments had different building codes when they were built. Have your wiring inspected to see if needs to be updated.
  8. Barbeques: clean regularly by removing parts and clean with soap and water. Also check for propane leaks.
  9. Flammable Liquids: Make sure that these types of liquid are kept in a place away from heat sources.
  10. Lighting: This is a major issue around Christmas time, keep tree stand full of water and keep tree away from heat source.

About SERVPRO of Blackfoot/Pocatello

SERVPRO™ of Blackfoot/Pocatello specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property

  Have Questions about Fire damage? Call SERVPRO of Blackfoot/Pocatello Today – 208-242-3819

Why SERVPRO for your Commercial Services

7/22/2019 (Permalink)

Being a commercial business owner, you don’t have time to worry about the common wear and tear that gradually soils your office. With grime, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, give SERVPRO® of Blackfoot/ Pocatello a call. We will work to remove odor problems or deep cleaning your flooring or carpets, you can look to our company to make your work space look, smell, and feel it’s very best.

We also offer these specialized services:

We’ll make it "Like it never even happened."

About SERVPRO of Blackfoot/Pocatello

SERVPRO™ of Blackfoot/Pocatello specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property

  Have Questions about Why choose SERVPRO? Call SERVPRO of Blackfoot/Pocatello Today – 208-242-3819

Why Trust your Choice of SERVPRO of Blackfoot/Pocatello

7/22/2019 (Permalink)

Locally Owned Company with Big Resources

SERVPRO® of Blackfoot/ Pocatello is locally owned and operated by Tyler and Emily Hargis, and located right in the heart of The Gate City, which makes it easy to respond immediately when you need us. We’re also part of a national network of over 1,700 Franchises, which makes no job too big for larger cleaning or restoration projects or major storm scenarios. Emergencies do not happen when you are prepared for them, when you are needing emergency services you are able to reach us 24 hour of day 7 days of week and we will be there to begin the process of restoring your property.

Our technicians are highly trained and use advanced equipment and techniques to clean and restore your home. Our focus on training and documentation help our technicians make your house feel like home again.

In a service business, trained employees make the difference between success and failure. Trained employees perform better, are more competent, and decrease customer complaints.

Our focus on training and documentation help our technicians make your house feel like home again.

About SERVPRO of Blackfoot/Pocatello

SERVPRO™ of Blackfoot/Pocatello specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property

  Have Questions about Why choose SERVPRO? Call SERVPRO of Blackfoot/Pocatello Today – 208-242-3819