Recent Commercial Posts

Bursting Pipes

2/25/2022 (Permalink)

When the temperatures drop to below freezing there is always a chance of a pipe burst. This week alone we have had two emergency calls that came in through the night that were because of broken pipes. The pipes froze and flooded two different apartment units. Per state farm, these are tips to help prevent pipes from freezing.

  • Insulate pipes. Pipe insulation in your home's crawl spaces and attic helps even if you live in a climate where freezing is uncommon. Exposed pipes are most susceptible to freezing. Remember, the more insulation you use, the better protected your pipes will be.
  • Use heat tape or heat cables. Heat tape or thermostatically controlled heat cables can be used to wrap pipes. Be sure to use products approved by an independent testing organization, such as Underwriters Laboratories Inc., and only for the use intended (exterior or interior). Closely follow all manufacturer's installation and operation instructions.
  • Seal leaks. Locate and thoroughly seal leaks that allow cold air inside. Look for air leaks around electrical wiring, dryer vents and pipes, and use caulk or insulation to keep the cold out.
  • Secure outdoor hoses, valves and faucets. Before winter hits, disconnect garden hoses and, if possible, use an indoor valve to shut off and drain water from pipes leading to outside faucets. This reduces the chance of freezing in the short span of pipe just inside the house.
  • Let water drip. A trickle of hot and cold water might be all it takes to keep your pipes from freezing. Let warm water drip overnight when temperatures are cold, preferably from a faucet on an outside wall.
  • Adjust the thermostat. Keeping your thermostat set at the same temperature during both day and night also reduces the risk of frozen pipes. During extreme cold, this also helps reduce the strain on the furnace.
  • Open cabinet doors. This allows heat to get to un-insulated pipes under sinks and appliances near exterior walls.

If you have any fire, water or mold disasters give SERVPRO a call today! We have trained professionals ready to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

Cold weather wreaking havoc

2/25/2022 (Permalink)

With the cold weather wreaking havoc all over Southeastern Idaho, we are warning people to be careful about the potential of pipes freezing. Pipes can begin to freeze when weather reaches around 20 degrees. But weather your pipes will freeze or not is also dependent on what geographical location you live in. If you are live somewhere where it has cold winters the pipes that are used in your business may be better insulated so you will not have to worry as much about them. There are tips however to help with not letting your pipes freeze.

  • Keep garage doors closed
  • Open cabinets under sinks to allow warmer air to cycle through
  • Let cold water drip from a faucet
  • Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature during the days and nights
  • Leave your heat on at no lower than 55 degrees all winter
  • Add insulation to areas in your home including attics, basements, and crawl spaces

If you have any fire, water or mold disasters give SERVPRO a call today! We have trained professionals ready to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

Duct Cleaning

2/23/2022 (Permalink)

  1. Just like residential properties, commercial properties also suffer from disaster related losses. Recently we were called out to a high school because their duct system needed to be cleaned. SERVPRO has trained professionals who offer duct cleaning to both residential and commercial properties. There are many benefits to get your ducts cleaned. Some of the major benefits include:
  • Creates a Cleaner Living Environment. ...
  • Reduces Allergens and Irritants. ...
  • Helps Everyone Breathe Easier. ...
  • Removes Unpleasant Smells and Odors. ...
  • Improves Air Flow Efficiency.

And please remember to always call in a professional. Cleaning your ducts is not a DIY job, it is something that should be handled by trained professionals. If you think you may need your ducts cleaned call SERVPRO today at (208) 523-5365.We have highly trained professionals ready to help!

Bursting Pipes

2/2/2022 (Permalink)

Whether you are a commercial business or residential home, there is always a chance of a flood happening. Recently we were called out to an emergency flood at commercial property which had occurred because of a broken sprinkler pipe. This can happen because of many different reasons. One reason can be because they water in the pipes freeze and then expands causing them to burst. There are way that can help avoid this disaster all together.

  • Make sure your pipes are insulated
  • Use heat tape or heat cables
  • Seal any visible leaks
  • Secure outdoor hoses, valves and faucets
  • Let water drip
  • Open cabinet doors

If you do happen to have a fire, water, mold or asbestos disaster, give SERVPRO a call today! We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for all of your cleaning and restoration needs!

Failed water heater

1/25/2022 (Permalink)

Recently we were called out to a condo complex that had a failed water heater. The water heater leaked outside of its pan and went into the wall and down to the lower level. When it comes to water disasters its always better to be safe than sorry. This particular property management company decided they wanted us to come out right away and not only clean up the water damage but monitor the loss as well. Whenever you have water damage the potential for mold grows the longer and longer the water ends up sitting.

Molds favorite place to grow is in cold, dark and wet areas. It thrives in those locations and grows at astounding rates. Under the ideal conditions, mold can begin growing within 24-48 hours. The spores begin to colonize within 3-12 days and become visible within 18-21 days.

If you suspect mold is in your home or business it is always a safe idea to call a professional. SERVPRO has highly trained employees who are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

What do you do if your business floods?

1/24/2022 (Permalink)

You get to work Monday morning and before you can start your day you realize that you are stepping in a pool of water! As inconvenience as this sounds, it is a very real reality and happens more than you can even imagine. Businesses can flood for all sorts of different reasons. Heavy rain falls or snow, washer leak, fridge leak or even pipes bursting. Whatever the reason, this situation needs to be handled as quickly as possible so you can get your business back up and running.

Here are some quick tips if your business floods:

  1. If possible shut off all utilities
  2. Call your insurance agent ASAP
  3. Call a restoration company
  4. Secure the property as best as you can
  5. Try and take pictures of the damaged items
  6. Gather any times that can be salvaged

If you have a fire, water, mold or biohazard disaster give SERVPRO a call today at (208) 523-5365. Our trained professionals are ready to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

Fire at your business

1/24/2022 (Permalink)

Business fires can be devastating so getting you back up and running as soon as possible is our main priority. Some of the main causes of workplace fires include faulty equipment, too much clutter, arson, electrical accidents, etc. Some of these disasters can actually be avoided, but some are non avoidable. If this happens to your business, we suggest the following.

  1. Take steps to prevent further damage if possible
  2. Notify your insurance company asap
  3. Try and take inventory (pictures) of damaged items and non-damaged items
  4. Let the fire department and investigation team finish their investigation before touching anything
  5. Call a restoration company to start getting your business back in working order.

If you have a fire, water, mold or biohazard disaster give SERVPRO a call today at (208) 523-5365. Our trained professionals are ready to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

Quickly and Efficiently as possible

10/28/2021 (Permalink)

If you own a business, then you know just how much your life depends on keeping it open and running. Here at SERVPRO we understand that and are always trying our hardest to solve any cleaning and restoration problem you may have as quickly and efficiently as possible.  

Recently we were called out to a building that had just experienced a hood fire due to not getting the proper cleaning and maintenance you should when you own a restaurant. Without regular cleaning and maintenance of your restaurants hood, it can become quickly backed up with smoke, dirt and dust and also grease. That paired with a large flame right below it is a recipe for disaster. SERPVRO offers hood cleanings as routine maintenance and can even put you on a monthly, bi monthly, quarterly or even yearly schedule so you don’t have to put much though into it as well! 

If you have a fire, water, mold, asbestos or biohazard disaster give SERVPRO a call today! We have highly trained professionals ready 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help you with you cleaning and restoration needs. 

Event Center

5/4/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO preforms work on many different types of properties including residential homes, government facilities, and commercial properties. One of the most recent properties we have been working on is an event center in southeastern Idaho. They had recently been infested with bats which then lead to an overabundance of bat guano!!!

Per the CDC website: Histoplasmosis is a fungal infection that can affect anyone. Learning about histoplasmosis can help you stay healthy and recognize symptoms early if you do get the infection. Histoplasmosis is caused by Histoplasma, a fungus that lives in the soil, particularly where there's a large amount of bird or bat poop.

SERVPRO was happy to go in and save the day! We took all the proper safety precautions and removed and cleaned the bat guano. 

If you have a fire, water, mold, asbestos or biohazard disaster give us a call today! We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

Hood cleaning

2/2/2021 (Permalink)

Did you know that cleaning your restaurant vents is actually something that should be done routinely?! Well it is! The importance is so that the ventilation will ensure that the air inside your restaurant stays fresh. Your exhaust system will take greasy and food particle filled air coming off of your grille and whisk it away through your systems ductwork.

This month we are offering Southeastern Idaho Restaurants a 10% off discount on their first vent cleaning. We know that dirty vents can lead to fires which will leave your restaurant in more than just a greasy mess.

We are here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  We have highly trained and certified professional ready to help! If you do have a fire, water, mold or asbestos disaster give SERVPRO of Idaho Falls & Rexburg/Rigby a call today (208) 523-5365.

Leaky mattress

1/21/2021 (Permalink)

Recently SERVPRO was called out to a local mattress store that unfortunately had a pipe that leaked.  Leaking pipes are common whether it be residential or commercial. If you feel like you may have a leaking pipe there are proper steps to take.

  • Look for the signs of a leak
  • Visually inspect plumbing leaks such as puddles or wet carpet
  • Turn of water supply if leak is continuous
  • Call a professional restoration company to come clean up and fry out the space if the leak is too large or you feel damage has been done.

We here at SERVPRO know how important it is to get your businesses back up and running as soon as possible.  We have highly trained and certified professional ready to help If you do have a fire, water, mold or asbestos disaster give SERVPRO of Idaho Falls & Rexburg/Rigby a call today (208) 523-5365.

Fire Suppression Line

1/21/2021 (Permalink)

We recently were called out to an apartment complex that had frozen fire suppression lines. In the cold Southeastern Idaho winters frozen lines are really no surprise to home owners as well as business owners. But if you do not catch it and correct it in time it can become a huge hassle. Proper insulation is a great way to slow or even stop the lines from freezing.

Fire Suppression Systems are used to extinguish, contain, or in some cases, entirely prevent fires from spreading or occurring. Fire Suppression Systems have an incredibly large variety of applications, and as such, there are many different types of suppression systems for different applications being used today.

If you do have a fire, water, mold or asbestos disaster give SERVPRO of Idaho Falls & Rexburg/Rigby a call today (208) 523-5365.

Mold can be almost anywhere

1/7/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial buildings have to deal with almost everything a home would have to including mold. Mold is a touchy subject because unless tested or viewed by a professional you can’t tell how dangerous it can really be. Mold occurs primarily because mold loves damp, dark, wet and isolated spaces. So really almost just about anywhere. Below are some tips on helping to prevent a mold disaster in your business.

  1. Always stay vigilant. Mold is very tricky and sneaky and can hid almost anywhere that is even the tiniest bit damp
  2. Make sure to always make the proper repairs to foundation cracks, leaky roofs, etc.
  3. Dehumidifiers are always a great idea to combat mold growth
  4. Clean clean clean! Try your best to keep your property clean!

If you do have a fire, water, mold or asbestos disaster give SERVPRO of Idaho Falls & Rexburg/Rigby a call today (208) 523-5365.

Commercial buildings have mold too

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

Mold on wood Mold on a wood surface at a commercial location.

This mold was found at a commercial building we were working on this week. Water damage in an attic can increase to mold growth within 72 hours given proper conditions. The quicker we can respond the greater the chance we can save the materials and not have to tear out.

When a commercial property develops mold, they have to work fast to get it treated and removed so they don’t lose out on any income. It is important especially now in these rough times that businesses are able to remain open and functioning normally. That is where SERVPRO comes in and saves the day! We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for all of your disaster needs!

Our highly trained team of professionals are ready to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We strive to always be up to date on the newest training and techniques as well as CDC guidelines. If your business has a fire, water, mold, asbestos, biohazard or COVID disaster, give SERVPRO a call today at (208) 523-5365.

Thank you to our first responders

5/5/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO jeep parked next to a Police Vehicle SERVPRO jeep parked next to a police vehicle while Megan and Jared clean emergency response vehicles.

SERVPRO of Idaho Falls & Rexburg/Rigby has decided to volunteer their time to help our first responders in our community. We decided to get into contact with the local Fire departments and Police Stations and set up appointments to come out to clean and fog their emergency response vehicles in order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Per CDC Guidelines they suggest these preventative measures everyone should take.

Everyone Should

Wash your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact

Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others

  • You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
  • Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.
    • Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
  • Do NOT use a face mask meant for a healthcare worker.
  • Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.

Cover coughs and sneezes

  • If you are in a private setting and do not have on your cloth face covering, remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Leaky fridge in the breakroom

2/3/2020 (Permalink)

Back of a fridge that caused a leak back of fridge from a breakroom that caused a leak

This disaster was caused by a refrigerator leak in the break room. One of the most common culprits for leaks in the kitchen area are fridges. There are many things that can attribute to a fridge leak.

Water filters can be installed incorrectly or there could be a poor connection. The drain pan can have cracks in it which could cause major leakage. And finally, the defrost drain. The defrost drain is one of the most common causes of a leaking fridge. When the defrost drain is blocked by food particles or ice, it prevents the water accumulated during the defrost cycle to properly drain into the pan. Eventually, water will start to build up. Without anywhere to drain, water will begin to flow right onto your floor.

If you have a fire, water, mold or asbestos disaster give SERVPRO a call today. Our specialized technicians are available for all your disaster needs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

Time to change the insulation

1/24/2020 (Permalink)

Insulation from a fire insulation being changed from a fire disaster
  1. Zach and Justin stopped by one of our jobs this week which was a commercial building in Wilson today to put the insulation back in the walls and close all the vents after a terrible fire that had broken out earlier this week.

The importance of insulation is that Insulation will help you keep the desired temperature in your house all year round, protecting it against cold in winter and excess heat in summer. Insulation is also useful to reduce noise pollution. A well-insulated house is very energy efficient and will need very little additional heating and cooling.

Besides fire disaster, these are other reasons why insulation would need to be replaced:

  1. Changing Indoor Temperatures. If the indoor temperature of your home is constantly changing, that's a sure sign that your crawl space and attic insulation should be replaced. ...
  2. High Energy Bills. ...
  3. Animal Infestation. ...
  4. Wet Insulation. ...
  5. Indoor Drafts.

If you have a fire, water, mold or asbestos disasters give SERVPRO a call today at (208) 523-5365.

Dirty ceilings are a no no

1/24/2020 (Permalink)

ceiling in a commercial kitchen Ceiling in a commercial kitchen we are about to clean.

Justin, Zach & Austin went and cleaned the ceiling tiles in the kitchen at a restaurant in Idaho Falls Wednesday night after they closed from 9:00 pm to 5:00 am. The importance of having your ceiling cleaned is simple… it’s sanitary! If your restaurant is not clean you are risking getting violations on your next health inspection and no one wants that. If violations happen than comes fines and possibly even closures. Even worse than that though, a dirty place of business can lead to food-borne illnesses.

More simply though cleaning can brighten up your work space and help prolong the kitchen life. With a clean ceiling and work place comes a professional image of your place of business. If you are interested in getting the ceiling cleaned at your restaurant or businesses give SERVPRO a call today so we can provide you with a quote!

If you have a fire, water, mold or asbestos disaster give SERVPRO a call today at (208) 523-5365. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Water leak from the ceiling

1/17/2020 (Permalink)

Water leaking from the roof. Water leaking from the roof because of a storm.

We recently had a job at a local federal building with the cause being a water leak from the ceiling. With all these storms hitting hard and fast they are doing quite some damage to our roofs. There are definitely some sure fire ways to see if any damage had been done to your roof.

There are certain things we should all look for after a storm takes a toll on our homes or businesses. Check the condition of the shingles. Missing shingles are one obvious sign, but pay attention to the granule buildup. Also, look for missing flashing along the edges of the roof and along the chimneys and vents. And finally look for water damage in the attic or along the ceiling.

We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for all of your fire, water, mold or asbestos needs. Give us a call today at (208) 523-5365.

Are your ducts dirty?

11/2/2019 (Permalink)

Duct Machine Maintenance Maintain our duct machine so it is ready for our next customer.

Is it time for you to have your ducts cleaned? It is very important to have your commercial ducts cleaned.

Ventilation systems are often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality. Make it a priority to inspect the ductwork of your home or business.

If your HVAC has been operating for some time without attention, it could be circulating odors, dust and other contaminates.

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals routinely inspect the heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit (HVAC).  Keeping them clean can extend the life of the equipment. This can in turn save you money and give you cleaner air to breathe.

However, duct cleaning is not always necessary. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals will make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. This can save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your system.

The benefits of servicing your HVAC unit include:

  • Helps to restore peak energy efficiency.
  • May help to eliminate offensive odors.
  • Helps reduce the potential for mold growth.

Ducts cleaned anyone?

5/1/2019 (Permalink)

Did you know that SERVPRO of Idaho Falls now offers Duct Cleaning? You can call our office between 8:00am – 5:00pm for your estimate and we work with residential and commercial businesses. So what is duct cleaning? According to the EPA website Duct cleaning generally refers to the cleaning of various heating and cooling system components of forced air systems, including the supply and return air ducts and registers, grilles and diffusers, heat exchangers heating and cooling coils, condensate drain pans (drip pans), fan motor and fan housing, and the air handling unit housing.

SERVPRO has highly trained professionals ready to help you and your home and business get those ducts cleaned and back in working order. We also offer free estimates Monday through Friday between 8:00am – 5:00pm mountain time. If you feel like you may possibly need your ducts cleaned call a SERVPRO professional today at (208) 523-5365 and we will help you every step of the way.

Duct not Duck

2/1/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is now offering duct cleaning to commercial businesses! We are so excited to be able to offer this service and educate business owners on the importance of making sure your ducts are cleaned.

It is very important to make sure you have you vents cleaned for numerous different reasons. Two reasons in particular would be dust buildup and allergens. You may suspect that your ducts are dirty if sneezing occurs every time you walk into the building. If that is the case than you might want to consider duct cleaning as a possible solution.

A lot of people ask us “how long should I wait between cleanings”? Our answer to that is that it depends on what kind of business you are running. For example, an automotive repair shop may have a substantial amount of dust buildup compared to an office building.

If you suspect that you may need your ducts cleaned give SERVPRO a call today at (208) 523-5365

Mold at your business

1/18/2019 (Permalink)

Mold isn't just in homes, it can be in commercial buildings as well. Small leaks under sinks and in crawl spaces can cause a lot of damage and over time that damage can be severe and double or triple in cost. 

According to suggests If mold of any type is discovered in a workplace, it is a potential health risk to employees and should be removed as soon as possible. According to NIOSH, the following health conditions are associated with mold exposure:

  • Allergies: Symptoms include sneezing; irritation of the nose, mouth or throat; nasal stuffiness and runny nose; and red, itchy or watery eyes. For employees who already have allergies, mold can trigger asthma-related symptoms such as shortness of breath, wheezing or coughing.
  • Hypersensitivity pneumonitis: HP is lung inflammation that occurs in people who develop immune system sensitization to inhaled organic dust. It can be mistaken for pneumonia, but cannot be treated with antibiotics. With continued exposure, the persistent lung inflammation may cause permanent damage.
  • Asthma: With this lung disease, the airways develop inflammation in response to sensitizing or irritating exposure. Asthma sufferers may experience shortness of breath, coughing, chest tightness and wheezing.

If you have fire, water, mold, or asbestos issue give SERVPRO a call today at (208) 523-5365.

How to prevent a large loss

1/18/2019 (Permalink)

A thorough routine scheduled investigation of your building can help reduce a large loss at your home or business. This is an example of a rusted pipe causing sewage to flow into a basement of a commercial building.

According to this is why workplace inspections are effective and important.

Why are workplace inspections important?

Workplace inspections help prevent incidents, injuries and illnesses. Through a critical examination of the workplace, inspections help to identify and record hazards for corrective action.

What is the purpose of inspections?

Inspections are important as they allow you to:

  • listen to the concerns of workers and supervisors
  • gain further understanding of jobs and tasks
  • identify existing and potential hazards
  • determine underlying causes of hazards
  • recommend corrective action
  • monitor steps taken to eliminate hazards or control the risk (e.g., engineering controls, administrative controls, policies, procedures, personal protective equipment)

If you have fire, water, mold, or asbestos issue give SERVPRO a call today at (208) 523-5365.

Bathroom problems

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

Mold can affect all areas of the home. One of the major areas is within the bathroom. If your fan is not producing enough air exchange while showering moisture that’s left behind can cause serious issues like this one in this apartment building.There are plenty of things you can do to avoid having water damage in your bathroom. On they have five simple steps in helping to prevent mold in your bathroom.

Preventing Mold

The best defense is preventing mold from occurring in the first place. Yashira Feliciano, director of housekeeping for Conrad Conado Plaza Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico, offers the following tips for keeping mold out of your bathroom:

  • Use your bathroom ventilation fan when you shower or bathe, and leave it on for 30 minutes following the end of your bath; if you don’t have an exhaust fan, install one.
  • Keep household humidity levels below 50%; an air conditioner or dehumidifier can help.
  • Use a mildew-resistant shower curtain, and wash or replace it frequently.
  • Don’t keep bottles of shampoo or shower gel, toys, or loofahs in the shower, as they provide places for mold to grow and hide.
  • Wash your bathroom rugs frequently.

If you have a cleaning or restoration disaster give SERVPRO a call today!

High school drama

1/1/2019 (Permalink)

Thunder Ridge High Schools pipes froze and broke! Bursting water pipes can be a major concern when the winter weather temperature drop to below freezing.

When water freezes, its molecules crystalize into an open hexagonal form, which takes up more space than when the molecules are in their liquid form. Then the water molecules expand as they freeze.

When the ice then expands, it pushes the water towards the faucets and in turn causes a lot of pressure to build between the ice faucet and the faucets. Eventually the pipe will burst under the pressure leaving a huge mess behind.

There are ways to try and make sure this disaster doesn’t happen. The consumer report website gives these tips…

Keep garage doors closed, especially if there are water supply lines in the garage.

Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. (If you have small children, be sure to remove any harmful cleaners and household chemicals.)

Let the cold-water drip from a faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe—even at a trickle—helps prevent pipes from freezing.

Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature during day and night. Again, during a cold snap is not the time to set back the thermostat at night to save a few bucks on your heating bill.

If you plan to be away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.

For the long term, add insulation to attics, basements, and crawl spaces. Insulation will maintain higher temperatures in those areas. And to prevent drafts, seal cracks and openings around windows, doors, and at sill plates, where the house rests on its foundation.

If you happen to have a Fire, Water, Mold or asbestos disaster give SERVPRO a call at (208) 523-5365

Microscopic Danger... aka Asbestos!

5/2/2018 (Permalink)

At this property there was trace amounts of asbestos found in the ceiling. Years ago using asbestos in popcorn ceilings was a very common practice so the technicians had to be extra cautious. Before removing the asbestos contaminated popcorn ceiling the entire interior had to be completely contained so that no asbestos got onto any other surfaces.

Asbestos is a very dangerous mineral that should always be avoided. Its microscopic fibers cannot be seen, smelled, or tasted and it usually does not cause any immediate symptoms at all. Actually, symptoms may not be seen for 10-40 years after exposure to asbestos. However there are some symptoms that should be looked out for. If you feel you may have been exposed to asbestos You can find out more information on the EPA website at

If you suspect you may have asbestos in your home or business give SERVPRO a call and we will come out and check for you!

Idaho Falls Apartment Building Pipe Burst

1/30/2018 (Permalink)

Sometimes it is just not always possible to forsee impending disaster especially when it comes to water.

An Idaho Falls apartment building recently found this out when a supply line burst underneath the bathroom sink.  Since the renters were not at home, the water was allowed to run without being stopped for a few hours, flooding not only the initial apartment but 3 others as well.

SERVPRO responded quickly when called and was able to mitigate the problem areas

Water damage is one of the most common reasons people make claims to their insurance agencies.  Everything from failed washing machine hoses, dishwasher hoses, appliances developing a leak to sump pump failure from heavy rains causing your basement to flood

If these are a real concern for you as a homeowner or especially as an apartment property manager, call your local plumbing supply house and inquire about the products on the market that help to prevent flooding

Amazing What Can Start A Fire

1/4/2018 (Permalink)

A Driggs Idaho restaurant owner was quite surprised when he arrived at his place of business one morning.  

When he arrived at his restaurant he knew there was a problem due to the black soot on the outside wall of his restaurant.  Immediately he thought there was a fire inside and call the fire department.

When they arrived and opened the doors there was no fire burning, however, there was considerable heat damage.

It appeared that cleaning rags with powerful chemicals placed in a laundry hamper had ignited at some point in the evening.  As the fire tried to take hold it consumed all of the oxygen in the room and eventually is had burned itself out.  

This did not stop it from smoldering however and the intense heat in the room caused everything plastic to eventually melt to a point of unrecognizability.

SERVPRO was called to estimate losses and repairs.

Dangers of Asbestos in a Business

12/22/2017 (Permalink)

Although asbestos is for the most part no longer used in construction and manufacturing, many buildings today still retain traces or even large quantities of asbestos. Particularly in older buildings, testing for and identifying this asbestos is an important job, but one that is unfortunately neglected by many business owners. Failing to test for asbestos when making renovations or restorations to a building can cause long-term negative health effects for restoration professionals, customers, and even yourself, creating a legal and financial disaster large enough to ruin most businesses. There are specific Federal regulations mandated by the EPA regarding renovating buildings, and asbestos abatement. SERVPRO provides certified asbestos testing to ensure the safety of our technicians and your customers alike.

Asbestos testing for a business is not only advisable for practical reasons, but also for legal ones. Failing to test for asbestos can lead to steep fines and regulatory penalties, regardless of whether or not the substance is present. OSHA has explicit guidelines in place regarding demolition or renovations of commercial structures, especially schools, and other municipal buildings. Furthermore, if a customer or employee gets sick as a result of untested asbestos, you may be at risk of a costly and difficult lawsuit. Federal and state authorities alike take this process seriously, which is why it is always recommended to hire a certified company like SERVPRO to complete the task. 
Health Reasons 
In addition to laws on the subject, testing for asbestos should be a major consideration for your health. Asbestos can cause many negative health effects, some of which can shorten your lifespan or lead to long-term illness. Asbestos is a known carcinogen.The longer you are exposed to it, the more likely many of these side effects are to manifest, meaning that valued employees and regular customers may also be at risk. Just as the removal of mold growth can help to avoid a medical emergency in your business, so too can asbestos testing prevent a host of serious medical issues. 
Your local SERVPRO is certified in asbestos testing and guarantees a fast and efficient process for your business. Call us today for our services or a quote.

Restoring Commercial Property after Water Damage

12/22/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage at commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether SERVPRO is dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you eed.

SERVPRO specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at the SERVPRO corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Weekend Water

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

Recently a local tax company came in to work on a Saturday morning to find water in various rooms but no sign of leakage that they could immediately see. 

Using their SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan they turned off the main water line and contacted our local franchise.  While they waited for the arrival of SERVPRO the business owner was dismayed to find that the water still seemed to be coming into their building. 

Upon their arrival our technicians discovered that the CITIES main waterline had burst and was flooding not only the current structure but two other businesses in the complex as well. 

A quick call to City Dispatch and the other tenants helped to ward off what could have been a costly weekend disaster.  Although the damage was certainly significant it could have been even worse had the tenants not found the damage until Monday morning.

So a good tip is to make sure that your ERP also includes the phone numbers for your local City Dispatch or Water Works Department, and, other business tenants sharing your building space.

Local Church has Sewage Back-up in Idaho Falls, ID

11/10/2017 (Permalink)

Church Sewage Loss

Sewage backup is unsightly as it sounds. SERVPRO of Idaho Falls responded to a sewer back up in the basement of a local church. 

Proper cleanup is critical to avoid getting sick from the waste. When our employees respond to sewage back up first thing is to ensure safety of the homeowner and our technicians.

The technicians will use personal protective equipment such as gloves, respirators, boots, and Tyvek body suits. We also set up containment around the loss and place a negative air machine with a HEPA filter and a charcoal filter to help protect the property owner and anyone in the building. 

Sewage back up is not always the fault of the property owner. The best line of defense for you and your property is having a plan when something does go wrong.  If disaster does strike, let SERVPRO of Idaho Falls put its training and experience to work for you. 

Commercial Fire Damage in Kellogg, Idaho

10/1/2017 (Permalink)

Century Old Hotel Destroyed by Fire

SERVPRO of Idaho Falls had crews up in northern Idaho accessing fire damage caused by a four-story historic hotel that burned down. The heat from the hotel fire was so intense that it damaged several buildings surrounding the hotel.

In order to keep the other buildings from total destruction, fire crews kept a constant stream of water on them.  The result was significant water and smoke damage.

It took four days for crews to walk through the surrounding buildings and evaluate the fire, soot, smoke, and water damage. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. If you have had fire damage to your home or property call SERVPRO and let us put our experience and expertise to work for you. 

Professional Water Damage Mitigation Available For Your Business In Idaho Falls

5/22/2017 (Permalink)

Idaho Falls Stays Clean with SERVPRO Water Damage Restoration and Cleanup

Idaho Falls Commercial Water Damage Get the SERVPRO Restoration Treatment

Having to maintain all of the washing machines and dryers in your laundromat takes time. Between dealing with customers, malfunctions, and supply issues getting time to address breakdowns or servicing problems can be hard.
For water damage to your Idaho Falls laundry business, you have a company who wants to help you, see you succeed, and can provide you with the assistance you need to keep your forward momentum. It takes a single phone call to get the help you need to prevent problems that could cause your doors to close permanently.
SERVPRO technicians can help you stay focused on protecting your property, provide you with emergency services, and limit the losses you experience when accidents occur. Maintaining control over the water sources in your building gives you a way to prevent additional damages from forming.  
The staff at SERVPRO works with each customer to provide unique solutions to problems that exist on their property. Everything from maintenance schedules, to performing repairs and restorations to existing damage, staying within budget and keeping costs down.
Professional SERVPRO teams put several years of experience to work for you, using access to industrial grade equipment and other resources to tackle even larger problems quickly. We have a variety of resources available that turn a stressful situation into an opportunity for making improvements.  
Everything at our disposal makes performing restorations on your property and managing the entire experience easier. This frees you up to concentrate on what matters most, and peace of mind knowing that your property is in the hands of SERVPRO.
We can be there for you, should disaster strike on your property and make ourselves available to take alternative measures that lead to saving you both time and money. Leave you business in the hands of professional water damage restoration personnel.
Never take chances by using a second-hand company, one with workers that might cause more harm than good. You deserve to receive the best possible results, continuing support, and a lasting relationship that keeps giving back.
At SERVPRO of Idaho Falls, we make ourselves available when you need us and provide you with the services you deserve. Call today. (208) 523-5365

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How Bad Habits Can Lead to Water Damage in Idaho Falls Restaurants

2/8/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is Plan B When Your Idaho Falls Business Suffers Water Damage

Idaho Falls Damage Is a Common Occurance in Water Backups

It is easy to forget that restaurants can be quite dangerous places. Every day, they deal with heat, water, and smoke. While steps can be taken to minimize the risk of accidents and emergencies, businesses can still be taken by surprise.

Clogged drains are a common cause of water damage in Idaho Falls restaurants. Usually, problems develop because employees have been following bad habits. For instance, repeatedly pouring cooking oil or food remnants down a kitchen drain can quickly lead to blockages. Grease traps shuld always be the means of disposing of liquids and oils. Where there is a blockage, there is a danger of flooding.

Fortunately, the experts at SERVPRO have lots of experience dealing with flooded businesses. Even in the worst circumstances, they can bring your restaurant back to life.

The Immediate Aftermath
The faster you call in the restoration experts, the quicker they can reverse the damage done by flooding. Kitchens are designed to be waterproof and dirt resistant. It makes them easy to dry out and repair. However, water pump extractors and dehumidifiers are still needed to deal with excess moisture, and for rapid removal to limit secondary damages.

The first step is removing standing water. Overflowing drains can produce a surprising amount of liquid, so the water in your kitchen may be ankle deep or even higher. The SERVPRO technicians use portable water extractors (often motorized) to remove standing liquids quickly. They are agile, flexible, and multiple extractors can be used to empty large kitchens.

Responding to Grey Water
The water from a blocked drain may contain elements which can harm you. Usually, it is made up of a combination of clear and gray water. Grey liquids are those which contain food, cleaning chemicals, or detergents. While they are not typically toxic, you should take care when handling them. Always sanitize your hands by washing with soap and hot water after contacting this type of standing water.

Grey water often requires cleaning as well as thorough drying. So, the SERVPRO team may need to remove some damaged materials. Carpeting is the most common. Tiles can be easily lifted and taken to specialist drying chambers for restoration. Traditional carpets can be a little trickier, but we can lift them a few inches from the ground and use fans to direct clean, dry air throughout the subflooring. Generally, these above problems are in the dining area, not the kitchen.

A Little Spring Cleaning
Most commercial kitchens do not take long to dry. Most have water resistant flooring already and, if water has intruded into the restaurant carpets, dehumidifiers and air movers can be set up to remove all evidence of moisture. Temperature control is important for this, so we may require you to vacate the space for a while. Large kitchens are often split into multiple drying chambers because it is easier to control conditions in smaller areas. We know the importance of your establishment to you and your customers; we can work through the night to try to keep your doors open for service.

If your commercial kitchen has experienced flooding recently, due to blocked drains or faulty appliances, get in touch with the experts. SERVPRO of Idaho Falls is on hand to help businesses in this region carry out effective water damage repairs. Call us 24/7 at (208) 523-5465.

Why Testing in a Ucon Business for Mold Now Saves Money Later

12/20/2016 (Permalink)

Ucon Mold Testing May Save the Business

Mold Testing Can Prevent Expenses from a Closed Enterprise

Testing for mold is a time-consuming and somewhat costly procedure that most businesses understandably try to avoid. In addition to the direct costs of the procedure, many customers may feel uneasy about the process, even if the building turns up completely clean. However, SERVPRO knows that mold testing is vital for the survival of business for multiple reasons, and if the process is not completed when necessary, serious consequences can result. This is true especially for service-sector companies, which directly rely on customers coming in the door and safety inspections turning up positive. Ultimately, while mold testing is a complicated process for most businesses, it far outclasses the costs associated with the consequences of its neglect.

Most importantly, mold testing in Ucon stores and restaurants is necessary to pass regular safety inspections. The U.S. government takes mold damage in businesses very seriously, issuing steep fines to those who choose to ignore it or go through improper channels. SERVPRO has a lengthy list of certifications and licenses which are necessary for completing mold remediation and testing jobs according to all regulations, as, without them, our clients could find themselves in legal trouble. If mold is ignored or goes unnoticed long enough, a store may even be condemned and closed by court order, often permanently.
Apart from legal costs and fees, there are other financial reasons to opt for mold testing when necessary. If our testing finds a source of mold growth in its early stages, removal and remediation will be far less costly than if you waited to find it on your own. Our sensor technology, much of which utilizes delicate thermal imaging, can identify mold before it becomes noticeable by smell or even by sight. Without formal testing, the most mold is only found long after it's had a chance to grow into large spreading colonies.
SERVPRO of Idaho Falls provides licensed and certified mold testing for local businesses, to avoid more dire consequences later. Call us 24/7 at (208) 523-5365.

Restoring Your Idaho Falls Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

5/17/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges

Flooding and water damage events at Idaho Falls commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.


SERVPRO of Idaho Falls specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.