Category: Home Maintenance

Water is the most powerful of natural forces. When water damage strikes your home or business having a plan of action is essential. At Disaster Response our core value is to serve humbly. We do this by serving others in their time of need. We understand that a property disaster can be traumatic in a multitude of ways, this is why we make it a priority to be there for you in your time of need, by providing direction and a plan of action to get you back on your feet. Supplied below is a set of guidelines to help in the event of water damage. This article covers the varying types of water you may encounter, how to identify the source, and when to handle or not handle the water depending on it’s color and location of flow. What Type of Water Damage am I Experiencing? In dealing with water,  it’s important to understand the quality of the water involved, and that water is separated into three categories for health-safety standards. Clean water, grey water, and black water: Category one, clean water is considered water that one can safely drink. This water is commonly found flowing through sink faucets, […]

If there is a fire in your home, even one that doesn’t do much damage, it will leave behind a lingering smoke smell. The fire doesn’t even need to be in your home. In other cases, the fire might be a forest fire or a neighboring home that brings smoke into your home. Since most smoke particles or only about four microns long, they can travel very easily on even the gentlest breeze. They will settle into the fabrics of your carpets, sofas, and any soft surface. They’ll sit on top of hard surfaces such as shelves and tables. Removing the smoke smell after a fire takes a manifold approach. Surface Cleaning The first step in removing smoke smell is cleaning up the hard surfaces. You can typically do this with a mild soap and water. A damp sponge will remove the smoke particles from hard surfaces such as tables, chairs, desks, and walls. You need to do this quickly because the particles can become ground into the surface over time. Then it will be much more difficult to remove them. For the soft surfaces, you need to vacuum them. Your standard vacuum will suffice for this step. Vacuum carpets, […]

When a disaster strikes your house, it almost always involves water somehow. If your roof or windows are damaged during a storm, that storm will likely bring rain with it. Flooding is a serious issue as well. Finally, pipes often leak or burst without you even knowing. All of those instances involve water. If you hire damage restoration experts instantly, they’ll likely remove the water and dry up your home. That will be the end of the damage. However, if water is allowed to sit for even a short amount of time, you will likely run into problems with mold. Mold is a pernicious and persistent problem. Mold Problems Mold can never be completely removed. The microscopic mold spores are present all over the world; they simply need somewhere to grow and multiply. To grow and multiply, mold spores need three things: they need darkness, moisture, and warmth. When you have a burst pipe or a flooded basement, there will be many spaces in your house that are now dark, moist, and warm. That’s especially a problem with basements, attics, and crawl spaces. If that happens, you might experience some mold issues. Mold can cause health problems for you, your […]

Nobody knows your home like you do! You’re in the perfect position to notice little things that may indicate you have a problem. Water damage will typically present clues as to its presence. If you pay attention and look for the subtle clues, you may save yourself time and money down the road! If you see any of these indicators, call your local Boise water damage restoration company for an immediate assessment. Flooring Issues Your flooring will give you a good idea if you have water damage problems under your feet. The obvious clue would be to find standing water or soggy carpets. It’s not usually that easy! Look for loosening tile that pop up in areas that were otherwise secure. If you have hardwood floors, look for cupping, crowning or buckling. These are all signs that a problem exists below the surface. Ceiling Issues Ceilings shouldn’t be wet or stained. If you see a stain start to develop, call someone immediately. It’s likely that you have some sort of liquid dripping onto your ceiling from above. You could have a plumbing emergency that quickly turns into a disaster cleanup issue! This could also become very dangerous as wet ceilings […]

Water damage is an unfortunate reality for many homeowners. Whether it’s from a winter related ice-dam, spring flooding or you’ve had a fire in your home. It’s imperative to get the water cleaned up right away. If not, you’re facing the very real possibility of dealing with mold issues. But, who do you hire? Should you try to fix it yourself? It depends on the scale of the damage. The bigger the problem, the more likely you are to need a team of water damage restoration pros. Here are a few questions to ask before hiring a restoration company. Experience Like any company you hire, you’ll want to see if they have some experience in the task at hand. If it’s a large, reputable firm, it’s likely they’ve done this type of work hundreds, if not thousands, of times before. However, if it’s a smaller outfit and your project is a little out of the norm, this may be the first time they’ve deal with this issue. Make sure by asking the question. Warranty/Guarantees Water damage can be extensive and therefore a little pricey to fix. You’ll want to know if they offer any type of warranty or guarantee their […]

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 […]

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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