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Why your Business wants an IICRC Certified Restoration Company

3/19/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Why your Business wants an IICRC Certified Restoration Company The IICRC is a certification and Standards Developing Organization (SDO) for the inspection, cleaning and restoration industries

When Boise water damage impacts your commercial property, you want professionals to help get you back in business. SERVPRO of Boise works closely with insurance companies to get you back up and running in a quick manner.  As business leaders know, contacting a professional water damage restoration company is typically the first step to restoring your property. However, many individuals do not know how to select the most exceptional, ethical company. If this is the case for you, it's important to know that hiring an IICRC-certified company will prove advantageous. Learn more about why this is the case by reviewing this short outline: 

  • What Is The IICRC?

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is a professional certification organization within the restoration, cleaning, and inspection industries.

  • How Do Companies Obtain Certification?

To obtain IICRC certification, water remediation companies have to conform to specific criteria. Some of the criteria include:

  1. Provide consumers with accurate data
  2. Conduct business processes with integrity and honesty
  3. Ensure that a trained technician is present for all work assignments
  4. Ensure that a continuing education program is in place
  5. Maintain policies for written complaints
  6. Hold liability insurance
  • Why Choose an IICRC-Certified Company?

There is a wide variety of forms water damage can take. Some of them include flooding, a burst pipe, sump pump overflow, and sewage backup. Irrespective of the cause; however, the end result is substantive damage. In fact, standing liquid can lead to severe property damage as well as mold infestation. For this reason, it's essential that you attain water damage restoration services from a qualified team of professionals.

Doing a Google search for the key phrase "water damage restoration" will produce over 500,000 results. To narrow your selection, it's a good idea to limit your search to companies that have obtained their certification from the IICRC. Because the IICRC is efficient in establishing reference guides and industry standards regarding water damage restoration and mold removal, companies that have been certified by the organization will likely offer you the excellent, effective services you want.

SERVPRO of Boise also offers  24/7 365 service for their customers. You can call 208-375-0300 for your commercial emergency.

Cooking up Commercial Kitchen Fire Safety

3/19/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Cooking up Commercial Kitchen Fire Safety Commercial Kitchen

Statistics Restaurant Owners Should Know

During 2006-2010, an estimated average of 7,640 structure fires in eating and drinking establishments were reported to U.S. fire departments per year, with associated annual losses of:

  • Two civilian deaths
  • 115 civilian injuries
  • $246 million in property damage

In eating and drinking establishments, direct property damage per fire was 75% lower when a wet pipe sprinkler system was present, compared to fires with no automatic extinguishing equipment present.

Fires are less common during the overnight hours (from Midnight to 6 a.m.) but cause more property damage.

Structure Fires in Eating and Drinking Establishments by Major Cause (2006 - 2010)


  1. Cooking equipment 57%
  2. Heating equipment 10%
  3. Electrical/Lighting equipment 7%
  4. Smoking material 7%
  5. Intentional 5%

Property Damage

  1. Cooking equipment 40%
  2. Electrical/Lighting equipment 13%
  3. Intentional 10%
  4. Heating equipment 7%
  5. Smoking Material 5%

Total annual property damage for eating and drinking establishments = $246 million

If your commercial kitchen is affected by a fire or in need of a deep clean call SERVPRO of Boise at 208-375-0300. 

We’re Fire and Water Damage Specialists

As fire and water restoration specialists, we have the training, experience and specialized equipment necessary to restore your home or business. We are committed to providing superior service while restoring your property back to pre-fire condition.

  • Fire & Smoke Restoration Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • Water Damage Restoration Technician

When Storms or Floods Hit Boise, SERVPRO is Ready!

3/19/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Storms or Floods Hit Boise, SERVPRO is Ready! Flooding in Boise

SERVPRO of Boise specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

We're Highly Trained Storm Damage Specialists

As a leader in storm and water damage restoration, SERVPRO of Boise has the specialized training and expertise to restore your home back to its pre-storm condition. Our restoration process puts an emphasis on scientific drying techniques, progress monitoring and documentation.

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technicians

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Boise, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of over 1,700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 208-375-0300

Disaster Recovery

3/19/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Disaster Recovery Hurricane Harvey

SERVPRO of Boise not only covers all of the Treasure Valley, but is also a part of all four national SERVPRO storm teams. As a storm team we organize and manage efforts in all 50 states if a wide-spread disaster were to strike. During these catastrophic events, storm teams will mobilize in the area bringing a large number of crews, equipment, and resources to customers affected. Each storm team is managed from one office, where the team receives customer information, organizes that information and responds to the customer quickly and professionally. We recruit crews starting with the closest to the affected area and move outward in concentric circles to ensure we are "faster to any size disaster." As a SERVPRO national response team we respond to disasters as large as Hurricane Harvey and Irma to local flooding or freeze events. 

Most recently the United States has been hit with a few hurricanes including Harvey in the Houston, TX area and Irma hitting the Florida Keys. Northern California was also hit with severe wildfires. Unfortunately, a lot of people were affected by these natural disasters and these jobs are still being taken care of and will be for a long time to insure the homes are in preloss condition. We are thankful that SERVPRO of Boise could be of assistance during these difficult times. 

Gratitude: A Story of Storm Life in California

3/15/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Gratitude: A Story of Storm Life in California Remains from a wildfire that swept through some of California's most prized wine regions.

By: Kati Sheldon

Upon arrival in Santa Rosa, California in October of 2017, my first thoughts were gratitude: gratitude for sunny skies and palm trees; tepid weather and the smell of eucalyptus. This quickly changed as I was immediately driven through what can only be described as devastation. Entire blocks and neighborhoods had been burned to the ground, leaving ash filled water in dingy swimming pools and still smoking cars in driveways. Sometimes, one home would be left unscathed, with all the surrounding houses sacrificed to the flames due to the ever changing winds. But as our wonderful team worked so diligently and humbly to help the families in the Santa Rosa, Sonoma, and Napa areas whose still standing homes were affected, my mind came back to gratitude. The families showed so much gratitude by allowing us into their homes and lives to provide top quality restoration and give them a new start amidst tragedy. Gratitude radiated from the people at the Rosa Center for Contemporary Art, who put their faith in our team to restore multiple buildings on their grounds, even in the midst of art installations, office hours, and musters of peacocks (the museum’s mascots). And I couldn’t walk away from the experience without feeling immense gratitude towards SERVPRO of Boise and SERVPRO Corporate itself. I am so grateful to work for a franchise and a company that gives so much and works so hard to help our fellow man. I am grateful to work for a company whose service, each passing day, goes above and beyond. This is why SERVPRO exists and this is why gratitude is given.

Call SERVPRO for Water Damage Repair Services in Boise

3/14/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Call SERVPRO for Water Damage Repair Services in Boise If you walk into your home looking like this, call SERVPRO to make it look "like it never even happened."

You never want to discover a water damage in your home, but the unfortunate reality is that many homeowners will have to deal with this problem at some point. How you handle the water damage is important because a fast response may minimize the chance of mold growth in your home. There are a few steps that you can take when you discover water damage in your home.

Stop the Flow of Water

In some instances, you will not be able to stop the flow of water into the property. For example, if there is a major flood related to a severe thunderstorm, floodwaters may rise all around the property, and you may not have any way to stop the flow of water. On the other hand, if the flood is related to a damaged pipe in the home, you may be able to turn off the main water valve to stop the flow of water. You can also call a plumber so that the repair work on the pipe can be completed and they can assist you in finding the source of the leak. 

Dry Out the Property

If you have water damage in your home, your next step should be to remove the water and dry out the property. These steps need to be taken quickly to help prevent the possibility of mold growth in the home. SERVPRO of Boise offers professional remediation services to help you dry out the property the correct way. Our team of professionals will extract the water and place equipment to properly dry the property to it’s pre-damaged conditions.

Call for Professional Assistance

No one wants to deal with water damage in their home with moisture that can lead to mold growth. Professional water damage remediation is available to help you overcome the damage in your home quickly. SERVPRO of Boise  is the company to contact when you discover water damage in your home. SERVPRO of Boise is a local company that offers an immediate response to requests for service in the community. Call us today at (208) 375-0300 for 24-hour assistance!

Water Damage in a Basement

3/14/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage in a Basement This flooded basement was caused by a broken pipe.

Water damage can happen in any area of your home. However, the basement offers its own unique challenges when it comes to water damages. The most common type of water damage in the basement results from broken water pipes. The first step is to turn off the water at the main valve. You'll need to start cleaning up right away to prevent mold, mildew and bacteria from forming. 

It is important that you remove rugs, furniture and other items that have gotten wet. Take them outdoors where they can completely dry in the sun. Use a heavy-duty vacuum cleaner that is made especially for water cleanup. A submersible pump is a good tool to use if you can rent one. Use a powerful fan to finish drying the room. 

Choose a professional water restoration company like SERVPRO Boise. These types of companies have both the experience and the equipment to remove the water in basement. Call your insurance agent to see if your policy will cover water or flood damage. Water can seem behind walls and other places where major damage can occur. 

Water damage in the basement can also cause structural damage. If this is the case, it will cost a lot more money than simply hiring a restoration expert. Underground water seepage can cause the surrounding ground to shift. Evidence of this type of damage is found with cracks along the walls and ceilings.

Do not hire a carpet cleaning service to restore your basement. They may not have the experience, education or skill to complete the job right. Instead, look in your local yellow pages for an actual fire and water restoration company. Pay careful attention to the contract before you sign it. Most restoration companies will guarantee their work. 

Floods and water emergencies can happen to any homeowner. Be prepared for this type of emergency by choosing experts before you need them. A water emergency can occur in your utility room where your washer and dryer is found. Other common places include the dishwasher, refrigerator with ice maker and pipes underneath the house.

Know where your water main cutoff is located before an emergency. Turning off the water will prevent further damage while you wait for a professional restoration company to come to your home.

SERVPRO of Boise professionals provide fire and water damage restoration services. 24 hours/7 days a week and are ready to restore damage to your home or commercial structure.

What to Expect When You Call SERVPRO of Boise

3/12/2018 (Permalink)

General What to Expect When You Call SERVPRO of Boise Our location right in the heart of Garden City!

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call SERVPRO of Boise Today

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Boise has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information including your phone number and email address
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?
  • Is there standing water (if applicable)?
  • What year was the home or business built?

About SERVPRO of Boise

SERVPRO of Boise specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or 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.

·         Meet our Crew

·         Certifications and Affiliations

SERVPRO: Your First Choice for Commercial Fire Damage Restoration in an Idaho Business

3/12/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO: Your First Choice for Commercial Fire Damage Restoration in an Idaho Business Let us help you bring your business back to life after a fire.

SERVPRO: Your First Choice for Commercial Fire Damage Restoration in an Idaho Business

Fire damage in Idaho can be very inopportune for a business owner. If a fire strikes your place of business, the result can be primary and secondary water damage, along with possible structural damage caused by the combustion. Firefighter’s efforts to douse the flames can leave large volumes of water behind. Additionally, business owners will often find that their employees feel unsafe working in the office due to health and sanitation issues. Dealing with fire damage is also challenging given that management teams may have to deal with the loss of valuable inventory, expensive equipment, and important documents. Finally, business owners will be faced with the task of contacting organizations such as the fire department and their insurance provider following the fire. To ensure that you can effectively grapple with your roles and responsibilities following a fire, you should obtain professional assistance from a trained team of fire damage restoration experts. Learn why SERVPRO is the best company to offer you these services by reviewing the following outline:

How SERVPRO Can Assist You:

The by-products of fire can be more severe and costly than the actual fire damage itself. They include water, smoke, and soot damage that results from the flames. If of any size and severity, then the professionals from SERVPRO Boise should be called in. The experts are trained to assess thoroughly the extent of the fire damage and subsequently determine the best course of action for restoration. Depending on the business, the contents that are under duress, documents, cash, and records, may be of more value than the structural damage. Our remediation experts will help you save and restore as much important material as possible. Our goal is always to minimize your expenditures and get your doors re-opened.

Our Talented Technicians

When it's time for you to find the ideal commercial fire damage restoration company, you should select a business known for employing capable technicians. And here at SERVPRO, that's precisely how we operate. Our trained technicians are IICRC-certified and known for offering exceptional customer service. The professionals at SERVPRO also specialize in many aspects of the restoration process, including upholstery restoration, fire damage restoration, and water damage restoration. This encompasses efforts of water removal, drying, cleaning, repairing and restoring whenever possible. Our team offers 24-hour emergency service. Finally, SERVPRO can and will work with the majority of insurance providers to optimize the restoration timeline and to minimize costs.

Commercial Restoration Presents Unique Challenges

SERVPRO of Boise has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial fire damage emergencies. Whether your fire emergency occurs in a restaurant, motel, or office building, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion.

We are proud to serve our local communities:

  • Boise
  • Meridian
  • Star
  • Eagle
  • Middleton
  • Ontario, OR
  • McCall
  • Donnelly
  • Mountain Home
  • Twin Falls
  • Jerome

If your business experiences a fire loss, call the fire and water damage restoration experts and we’ll respond immediately to get you back to business. (208) 375-0300

Why Professionals Should Clean Smoke Damage from a Fire

3/12/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Why Professionals Should Clean Smoke Damage from a Fire This home was damaged due to a kitchen fire, the entire home had to be packed out and cleaned.

When firefighters leave, your home or business may seem safe from further destruction, but without professionals to help clean the smoke damage, the building will never return to normal. That’s why you can trust the professionals at SERVPRO of Boise to restore your home back to normal. Our team has the experience and the manpower to perform fire damage restoration services adequately. 

Once the Fire is out, your home or business needs to be restored

Ash and smoke, if left unhindered, will cause extensive corrosion, etching and discoloration. There can also be very disruptive, powerful odors. The professionals at SERVPRO of Boise clean fire and smoke damaged to stop this before it becomes an extensive problem. There are many companies that advertise their ability to restore areas affected by fire, but only those with proper training and certification should be considered. The IICRC is the main oversight in this industry and requires its registrants to take extensive coursework before earning their certifications.

Start Restoration as Soon as Possible

Our professional can clean smoke damage and restore items affected by a fire, but they must be brought to our site as soon as possible to halt the ongoing issue that smoke residue can cause. After a few days ash will cause walls to discolor permanently, along with clothing and upholstery, wood and vinyl will need to be refinished or replaced, and metal will start corroding. Our team of experts will identify what can and cannot be salvaged and will assist in the removal of non-salvageable items. All of your items will be handled with the utmost care and documented using iCat Contents Management software immediately. The entire process takes extremely thorough cleaning and attention to detail. Hiring the professionals at SERVPRO of Boise will ensure your home or business is taken care of and returned to its pre-disaster state.

Reconstruction May be Necessary

In the event of a fire, water and smoke can drastically affect the structure of your home or business. This is why it is imperative to hire a team that can take care of all of your needs in one place. SERVPRO of Boise is proud to take care of our customers from start to finish; we will clean and restore your home or business and items and can also perform all of the reconstruction repairs to your property.

If you have had a fire, call us today! (208) 375-0300