Is Your Home at Risk for Mold?

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Mold can never be completely eliminated; mold spores can be can be microscopic, and they’re naturally occurring. Therefore, they’re always going to be floating around in the atmosphere. They are just looking for a comfortable area to grow and reproduce. That’s why your home is never completely free of mold; mold is said to be remediated. It’s removed to a safe level of parts per million. There are some things you should look out for if you’re worried that your home might be vulnerable to mold.   Look in Corners  There are several factors that mold needs to grow. Mold needs darkness, warmth, and moisture. That’s why the basement and the attic are two places that mold often proliferates. You should look in the corners of your basement and attic. The corners are often hotbeds for mold because they’re often shielded from the light, and moisture often collects in corners. If you see mold or mildew in the corners of your basement or attic, you should call a specialist in mold remediation. Oftentimes, damage restoration companies will have experts in handling mold. You shouldn’t do it yourself because mold spores are so tiny that they can quickly become airborne when […]

Water damage can occur in several different ways. There are pipe leaks, weather events, and damping. Damping can occur when the basement or the attic is very humid. That humidity can seep into the walls. You can oftentimes identify damping by noticing water damage near the floor or the ceiling without clear drip lines. Any of these three kinds of water event can cause water damage. Water damage is particularly insidious because it is a multiplying catastrophe. The Initial Water Damage  A water damage problem obviously begins with the initial water damage. If it’s damping or a slow leak, you might not even notice it until it has gotten bad. If it’s a weather event or a burst pipe, the problems will quickly arise. The first problem is electrical. The electrical wires and connections in the walls must be protected from water. Shorts, fires, and wire damage could result if the water is not stopped quickly. Water can also undermine the structural integrity of water-soluble materials such as drywall and wallpaper. If they’re not quickly dried, they’ll likely need to be replaced.   Mold and Mildew  Within a few days of the initial water damage, you’ll start to see mold […]

Get Ready for Spring!

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Spring is almost here!

While it may still be a bit cool outside in the Idaho, Washington and Oregon region, spring will be here before you know it! You may as well start getting ready now to ensure your home and/or business is prepared! Here are a few spring weather prep tips from Disaster Response.

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LET IT SNOW

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Get ready for Snow!

But not before you’re ready

In Idaho, fall heralds the annual harvest, a blaze of turning leaves, hunting season, and sudden cool nights. Residents of the Treasure Valley and mountain towns of south and central Idaho welcome the close of fire season, and an end to the summer plague of mosquitoes and flies. Whether you’re a snow lover or snowbird, winterizing your home or cabin in snow country is an annual and unavoidable homeowner responsibility.

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Remove water from carpet

What do you do if you’ve experienced a minor flooding issue and now your carpets are soaked? That’s a great question, that many of us have asked ourselves in the past. Whether it’s resulted from an overflowing dishwasher or clothes washer, it’s a nightmare scenario for homeowners. While most cases will require the carpet and pad, and perhaps the sub-floor, to be replaced, here are a few tips to try first depending on the severity of your issue.

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water damage

This is a question that we hope to never ask ourselves! If you’re wondering if it’s time to call for help, it probably is. If the damage, or potential for more damage, is so great that you fear you can’t handle it yourself, then it’s time to call professional help. Here are a few guidelines to help you determine if it is time!

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ICE DAMS AND WATER DAMAGE

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preventing ice dams

Winter is upon us and that means being aware of possible ice dam situations. For those of us that have experienced the damage an ice dam can cause, it is not something we wish to be a part of again! If you haven’t had to deal with one, thank your lucky stars. The good news is there are things we can prevent ice dams from forming.

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Frozen pipe disasters

Each year around this time, we begin to worry about frozen pipes. By now, it’s probably a little too late as we’ve had plenty of subfreezing nights already! Frozen pipes are a nightmare that cause thousands of dollars in water damage. The good news? There are a few ways to help mitigate this hazard!

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Mitigating Your Claim

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Fallen tree on house

Insurance is a fact of modern life. From property to auto, life to health, insurance seems to always be a topic of conversation. I wanted to write a bit about something we see constantly in our line of work, the dreaded property damage claim! Home insurance helps protect you, your possessions and your property. I know sometimes I fall into the trap of thinking “it won’t happen to me”. When it comes to your property that’s dangerous thinking. Murphy’s law seems to be true, it’s just a matter of time before something goes wrong. Your home has so many working parts, plus exposure to the elements. From a tree falling on your roof in a wind storm, to a dishwasher supply line leaking and causing water damage, it happens more often than you’d think. So when the inevitable happens and you come home from vacation to your flooded house, what do you do!? I want to talk about mitigation. What the heck does that mean? The definition of mitigation is, the act of making a condition or consequence less severe. Your home owner’s policy covers a wide variety of damages to your home, but you have a responsibility to mitigate […]

The Importance of Smoke Alarms

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House Fire

A few weeks ago I was in a meeting at our Fruitland Idaho office. Around 9 am we received a call to provide emergency mitigation service at a structure fire in nearby Payette. Arriving on scene to the already extinguished fire we found that half of the duplex had extensive fire and smoke damage. As our crew began the task of securing the structure and preventing secondary damage I began to speak with the occupant of the unaffected side of the duplex. He was understandably a bit shaken. He shared with me that he woke up early for work and saw the flicker of flames coming from his neighbor’s side of the dwelling. Worried, he rushed to the door to check on them. After a minute of banging on the door his neighbor came to and they were able to safely evacuate the home. Now to the point of this story, why did it take pounding on the door to notify the occupant that his home was on fire and rapidly filling with smoke? Non-Functioning smoke alarms! Thank goodness for an alert neighbor; if it hadn’t been for him this story could have very well been tragic. Every year in […]