Category: Home Maintenance

For a quick guide and a loss list sheet, click HERE to download the PDF.  The following article covers what to do when property damages happen, and how to work with your insurance company to ensure the maximum reimbursement. Home-ownership has copious benefits as opposed to renting, but that is no secret.  From making renovations the way you’d like, to saving and investing your hard-earned money instead of handing it to a landlord.  On the downside though, when things go wrong in the home, like fire and smoke damages, structural damages, a broken water valve causing water damages that could lead to mold growth, or whatever disaster may strike your home, you are responsible to take action to mitigate the damages.  So, what do you do as a homeowner when disaster does strike?  Well, if you are a homeowner, then you will have insurance on your home.  Many people do not know what their policy covers in the event of a home disaster.  They usually only find out this information when a disaster strikes.  We highly advise you to be proactive before the fact and review your plan with your agent to ensure there are adequate limits for your home […]

Roof Snow Maintenance and Tools

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Roof snow removal by shovel

Click here (SNOW REMOVAL TOOLS) for a downloadable PDF on suggested roof snow removal tools With winter upon us, as homeowners and business owners, we need to be aware and monitor our properties a little bit more due to old man winter and his ability to wreak havoc.  Of course the obvious comes to mind of freezing pipes causing water damage, and the use of heating devices that can spark a fire and cause fire damage.  However, there are a few more components that winter brings such as ice dams and what we will be coving in the post, falling or shedding snow. When the snow begins to pile up in snowy regions that you may live in or recreate in, the danger begins to rise.  With every accumulated inch on the roof, the weight of the potential hazard increase, thus increasing the force it can have once it breaks free. When there is enough weight and there is a bed surface (aka your roof) that may begin to heat up from heat escaping inside the home, or simply too much weight from the snowpack loaded on the roof, gravity and kinetic energy take the stage and can create disastrous […]

Fall Home Maintenance Tips

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It is important to maintain the inside and outside of your home.  Fall maintenance may be easy to overlook but making it a plan each year can help keep your home in tip top shape.  Making sure your home is in good condition in the fall means you are less likely to have a disaster happen during the winter months. Store your lawn mower – If you don’t use your lawn mower for months and gas is still in the tank it can damage internal engine parts. To avoid damaging your lawn mower, buy fuel stabilizer to add to the tank or run the mower dry. Remove your hoses from outdoor faucets – If you leave your hoses attached all winter it can cause a water backup in the faucet and pipes. If water is backed up and it reaches freezing temperatures, the water freeze and expand. This can cause pipes to crack, and in turn causing water damage to your home. Also be sure to turn off water lines leading to exterior faucets. Drain your exterior pipes and sprinkler system – Turn off the valves and run the water until your exterior water pipes are empty. If there is […]

Summer is an ideal time to catch up on home maintenance and take extra steps to care for your home. Staying on track with home maintenance can keep your home safe, and in turn keep your family safe. Just like changing the oil in your car, preforming home maintenance regularly makes your home less vulnerable to problems and safety hazards. Here are some helpful home safety tips to use this summer that will help keep your home safe, prevent damage and keep your home in tip-top shape: Service and clean HVAC system – Contaminants can build up in your HVAC system, causing it to work harder and shorten its life span. Having a clean HVAC system can also save energy, which in turn saves money. Inspect and repair roofing and siding – Missing or broken siding and damage or deterioration to roofing can cause water damage and other serious problems if not taken care of. Clean deck – Cleaning your deck regularly can ensure it lasts longer, and makes it look better. Clean and repair driveway and walkways – Fixing cracked concrete walkways and driveways can drastically improve the curb appeal of your home and keep its exterior looking new. […]

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 […]