If you ask restoration experts about the most dangerous aspects of a flooding event, they’ll often tell you that it’s mold. Mold is present in your house or office pretty much all of the time; it’s present as microscopic spores. In that state, it’s not particularly dangerous unless you have a susceptibility. Mold replicates very quickly, though. It simply needs darkness, warmth, and moisture. That’s why flooding creates such great opportunities for mold to proliferate. When your house is flooded or a storm allows rain into your house, water can pool up in crevices and corners. Those will then become ripe ground for mold to grow. Basements, cabinets, and attics are prime suspects. Here’s what to look for. Moisture Events If you have had a burst pipe or a bad storm that flooded your basement, you’re at risk for mold. Also, you should look for signs that a pipe is leaking or you might have a leak in your roof. Look for signs of moisture on the walls or in the ceiling. If you find any of those, you could have mold in your house. The mold grows in out of the way places. Respiratory Irritation Mold can irritate you […]

Damage restoration is a pretty broad field. It generally encompasses the entire industry of techniques used to restore a home, business, or automobile after a natural disaster. Damage restorers often abate mold, repair water damage, clean smoke damage, and other related tasks. To do this, they use the latest technology that makes the job faster and more effective. Here are some examples of the latest damage restoration technology. Detecting Moisture Oftentimes, the worst moisture damage occurs in the secluded areas. For example, if you have flooding in your home, the walls and the ceiling are exposed to moving air. They can also be easily identified if they’re wet. However, in crevices, behind furniture, and in the basement, you might not even notice that there is moisture. That means the moisture damage will not be abated and mold can grow. New moisture detection equipment makes it easier for damage restorers to find those hidden pockets of moisture. They use hygrometers and other electronic meters to find pockets of wetness. Also, they can use infrared cameras to spot where moisture is because moisture lowers the temperature of a wall or ceiling in spots. Stronger Pumps If you are still in the midst […]

DON’T DO IT YOURSELF

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Why Using a Restoration Company Saves You Time & Money! A few years back, early one Sunday morning in February, I stepped out of bed into 3 inches of water. The water flow to the ice maker in my freezer had failed to shut off after filling the ice tray, and during the night, water had flooded half of my 2200 square foot single-story home. 1000 square foot of hardwood floor in the kitchen, dining, and living room was under water and warping; water had crept under the kitchen cabinets, spilled over into the laundry room lifting the vinyl floor, and flooded the carpet in the master bedroom. It was a disaster of major proportions, at least for me, a single woman, living alone. After turning off the source of the water flow, and throwing down every towel I owned, I called Disaster Response, an Idaho based disaster cleanup company. The main causes of home damage are water, fire, natural disasters, and storm events. Two out of three home-disaster events have water as a common denominator. Pipes break, appliances leak, bathtubs overflow, shower tile gets old so water creeps beneath it, windows or doors are left open in a storm, […]

How to keep your Idaho property fire ready During summer in Idaho, a yellow-shirted firefighter is a common sight, as is the smoke that fills the Treasure Valley and mountain towns when the big fires are burning. Many homes in Idaho are actually built in what is termed the Wildland Urban Interface Overlay Zone. That means, they are in an area that can be affected when wildfire comes. Homeowners in these zones need to take an active roll every year to safeguard their property against loss to wildfire. The home itself and everything around it up to 100-200 feet is known as the ‘home ignition zone.’ In areas where the risk of wildfire is high, the home ignition zone extends up to 200 feet beyond the actual home structure. Here are some tips on how to create a defensible space in the home ignition zone. Zone 1 to 3 = the house to 200 feet out: Plants near structure must be carefully spaced, low-growing non-burning Mow regularly. Prune trees up six to ten feet from the ground Space conifers 30 feet between crowns. Trim back or remove trees overhanging house Create a ‘fire-free’ area within five feet of the home […]

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 it 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 disturbed. They’ll […]

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 and […]

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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