Category: Home Maintenance


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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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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.


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.


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 […]


Ready or not the cooler weather is here! Winter often finds us dreading the utility bill. Here are some helpful energy saving tips to help keep utility costs down. COVER DRAFTY WINDOWS • Use a heavy-duty, clear plastic sheet on a frame or tape clear plastic film to the inside of your window frames during the cold winter months. Make sure the plastic is sealed tightly to the frame to help reduce infiltration. • Install tight-fitting, insulating drapes or shades on windows that feel drafty after weatherizing. ADJUST THE TEMPERATURE • When you are home and awake, set your thermostat as low as is comfortable. • When you are asleep or out of the house, turn your thermostat back 10° to 15° for eight hours and save around 10% a year on your heating and cooling bills. A programmable thermostat can make it easy to set back your temperature. FIND AND SEAL LEAKS • Seal the air leaks around utility cut-throughs for pipes (“plumbing penetrations”), gaps around chimneys and recessed lights in insulated ceilings, and unfinished spaces behind cupboards and closets. • Add caulk or weatherstripping to seal air leaks around leaky doors and windows. MAINTAIN YOUR HEATING SYSTEMS • […]