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June 2017
What Causes Water Damage In The Summer?
 
 
In the summer months, you may feel a bit more carefree. Since the weather is warmer, unless there’s a flash flood warning, you may be oblivious to other causes of water damage in your home. There are a couple of things that can go wrong, causing water to wreak havoc in your home throughout the summer.
 
First, a burst pipe can be a huge problem. While we often think of burst pipes as happening in the winter, pipes can burst in your home at any time. Rusty pipes, hard water, or a bad installation of pipes can all be a culprit for disaster when it comes to the plumbing of your home.
 
Second, a faulty appliance can be an issue. All you need is for your dishwasher to malfunction and then your entire kitchen is full of water. While regular maintenance of your appliances is important, prompt damage cleanup is also vital when a problem arises.      
Both of these issues can cause some serious damage in your home. You’ll need a professional to help clean up all of the remaining water in order to keep your home in order.
 
If you’re in the Boise, Idaho area, you need to have Custom Cleanup on speed dial in case of an emergency. We’re more than just the average water damage cleanup company. We go above and beyond to help you to get your home and your life back in order.
 
 


May 2017
What To Do At The First Sign Of A Flood
 
 
We are lucky in today’s world to have the ability to see predictions of the weather. If heavy rains are approaching or flood watches are in place, we should take certain precautions ahead of time. These include: 
 
Securing outdoor items Having sandbags ready Get things ready in case there’s a need for evacuation Find relocation routes and shelters in your area Have a supply of food and water ready   
 
When you get back to your home following a flood, you may face some serious water damage. You’re going to want a water damage cleanup company like Custom Cleanup of Boise on call for you. We’ll be there to help you extract the water from your property as well as clean up the place in order to make it safe and livable for you again. Contact Custom Cleanup today for any of your water damage cleanup needs. Keep us on speed dial in case of an emergency!

 

 
April 2017
Boise Idaho At Increased Flood Risk This Spring
 
 
This spring, parts of Idaho and North Dakota are at an increased risk of flooding. There is concern that a forecasted rainy spring will cause rivers to overflow, raising the risk of flood damage. 
With melting snow on top of the rain, many places may see significant water damage. What can you do to protect your Boise home?
 
Keep boxes elevated to reduce the risk of water damage
Install a sump pump in your home
Keep sandbags on hand
Plan an evacuation route if necessary
 
You should also keep a water damage cleanup company, like Boise area CustomCleanup on speed dial. We will be there to help you clean up the mess when the weather is against all of us.
 

 
March 2017
What To Do First When Your Home Faces Water Damage
 
 
When your home is flooded due to an appliance malfunction or a natural disaster, you’re going to feel frantic. What should I do first? is the main question that will come to your mind. You may want to call your insurance company to find out if they will cover the damage at hand. Really, the best course of action is to call a Boise area water damage cleanup service like ours. It’s important to get water damage cleaned up as soon as possible. This is an important step because the sooner the water is cleaned up, the less likely you are to have damage in your home like mold and mildew. You’re also more likely to be able to recover certain items in your home that could be affected by the damage, depending upon the extent of the flooding.
 
Contact Custom Cleanup the next time you have major water damage in your home. We’ll be your ally. We’ll even help you to contact your insurance company! 
 

 
February 2017
Signs That A Home Had Prior Water Damage
 
 
There’s come clear signs that water damage has occurred in a home. Water residue harvests mold and bacteria, which can cause a lot of problems. There’s a few signs that water damage should be suspected. 
 
Signs of mold and water damage:
 
Fuzzy discolorations in non-obvious places
Musty smell
Stains on walls and ceilings
Peeling paint on exterior walls
Sagging walls due to soaking
Water trapped in floor coverings
 
If you notice any of these signs of water damage in your home, you’ll need mold remediation services promptly. The sooner you get mold and water damage taken care of, the sooner that you and your family will be safe from health and safety hazards. 
 
Custom Cleanup is the place in Boise that you can trust for water damage cleanupand water extraction. When water damage occurs, call us and get the damage cleaned up promptly to prevent further headaches.
 

 
January 2017
How To Prevent Ice Dams
 
 
Ice dams in the winter months can cause a lot of damage to your home. These surfaces are continuous pieces of ice that form along the edge of your roof. Any water that results from melting ice throughout the day will end up seeping into your roof, causing damage to your roof, attic and home. There’s a few steps that you can take to prevent any harm from being caused by harsh winter weather; damage that can cause further flooding once the ice melts:
 
Close up your attic
Make sure your roof and attic are properly insulated
Make sure the roof has proper insulation
Rake the snow off your roof after heavy snowfall
As a last resort, you can install heat cables in the roof
 

 
December 2016
What To Do If You’re Concerned About Flooding During The Holidays
 
 
The holiday season is in full swing. There’s a chill in the air and a lot of stress on top of it. If you live in Boise, the last thing you want to worry about in your home is water damage and flooding. To avoid problems in the cold winter months, you’ll need to be prepared. Here’s some tips to get you ready for the season: 
 
Have Your Appliances Serviced 
If your washing machine and dishwasher aren’t working properly, they could be a flood waiting to happen. With proper service, you’ll avoid undue water damage. 
 
 
Seal Your Home 
From basement sealing to foundation sealing techniques, there’s many things that you can do to help keep water from entering your home. 
 
 
Clean Your Gutters 
If the gutters of your home are clean, snow and rain can drain properly and prevent any flooding or ice dams from forming around your home. This is very importa when it comes to protecting your home. 
 
Have A Flood Cleanup Team On Standby 
 
Custom Cleanup is your Boise flood cleanup team. You should have us on speed dial throughout the year so when a problem does arise, we’ll be there to help you reduce and clean up any damage that may occur from flooding.
 

 
November 2016
How To Prepare Your Home For Winter
 
 
It’s that time of year again where we need to get our homes ready for the harshness of winter. When it comes to preventing pipe bursts and leaks inside your home that can cause flooding, there’s several things that you can do to get your home ready for winter and prevent issues. Just follow some of these simple tips: 
 
Prevent the buildup of ice and snow on your roof 
 
You can do this by making sure your attic is properly insulated. Also, be sure to remove excess snow when storms dump a heavy amount on the land. 
 
Protect your pipes 
 
Interior pipes should either be insulated or have wall insulation around them. Weather insulation can be used to protect exterior pipes. Your exterior sprinkler system should be winterized as well. 
 
Turn on the heat 
 
Your home should have a minimum temperature of 55 degrees in the winter. Keep in mind that 55 degrees is pretty cold! When temperatures are freezing to protect your home you need to make sure the heat is running at least minimally. This is especially important if you will be away form your home for an extended period of time. 
 
Custom Cleanup is Boise’s trusted source for water damage and flood restoration. Keep us on your speed dial when problems arise!
 

 
October 2016
Flooding Hazards To Watch Out For The Whole Year Through
 
 
Flooding can be a threat to your property any time of the year. Torrential rain typically causes flooding issues. A faulty pipe or appliance can also be the cause of flooding in your home as well. In the winter months, snow and ice can cause the threat of flooding. Common natural flood hazards in the United States include: 
 
Storm and coastal surges 
Debris flows and jams 
Dam and levy breaks 
Flash floods 
River floods 
 
 
Things in your home that can cause flooding include: 
Broken appliances 
Broken pipes 
Careless use of water 
 
No matter what causes a flood, the damage is undeniable. You need to get the water cleaned up promptly to reduce the impact of any damage. Custom Cleanup is the Boise area’s source for flood cleanup, water extraction and damage control. Keep us on your speed dial in case of an emergency!
 

 
September 2016
Why Water Extraction Is Necessary When Water Damage Occurs
 
 
Water extraction is the process of removing the excess water that builds up in your home during a time of water damage and flooding. Water extraction is only the first part of a complicated cleanup process that Custom Cleanup will complete for you when you suffer water damage in your home. 
 
Water extraction lessens the time that it takes for everything to dry out. Most importantly, water extraction allows for less risk of mold. When water is not promptly removed from a site where damage has occurred, the risk of mold is high. This puts the health of you and your family at risk. 
 
Custom Cleanup is here for the Boise, Idaho area day and night to help you properly address instances of water damage and get your life back to normal.
 
 

 
August 2016
What To Do In A Flood Emergency
 
 
When there’s the threat of flooding, it can be scary. There’s things you can do to prepare yourself when the threat of flooding arises. Here’s some steps that you should take when flooding arises:
 
Shut Off Gas, Electric And Water Supplies
 
This will keep anything from shorting or leaking during a flood.
 
Identify Any Hazards In Your Home
 
Anything that you would deem hazardous, you should remove. 
 
Remove Items From Floors That Could Be Ruined In A Flood
 
Any items that could be ruined in a flood should be off the floors in order to salvage them. 
 
Have A Cleanup Plan In Place
 
You need a plan to cleanup after the flooding occurs. Have a company like CustomCleanup on speed dial. We’ll get your home healthy and back in order after flood damage occurs.
 

 
July 2016
How To Prepare For Water Damage
 
 
There’s some steps that you should take in order to prepare for a worst case scenario of water damage. Here’s our tips: 
 
Make sure your insurance coverage is up to date. 
Keep a running record of all of your important belongings and take photos of them. 
Check pipes frequently. 
Check your roof for leaks. 
 
By taking these simple steps, you’ll be prepared for water damage if it does occur. You can also keep Nampa, Idaho’s source for water damage cleanup and restoration, Custom Cleanup on your speed dial in case you do face the unfortunate event of flooding or water damage
 

 
June 2016
How To Avoid Carpet Mold
 
 
Water damage in your home can be devastating. There’s steps that you can take to reduce the headache and get the water cleaned up effectively when water damage does occur. Here’s some tips for you to reduce the chance of your carpet developing mold:
 
Don’t delay in cleaning up damage The longer you wait to get the damage cleaned up, the worse off you’ll be. Prompt attention must be paid to water damage because the longer water hangs around in carpets and other materials, the more likely it is to develop mold. 
 
Use fans
 
Fans help to dry water quickly and provide circulation to help prevent the mold. 
 
Dehumidifiers are your frien
 
A Dehumidifier helps to dry water and take moisture out of the air. This is important for your health and the overall cleanup process. 
 
Steam cleaners are great for furniture and carpet
 
Steam cleaners can help get mold and mildew out from carpets and bring materials back to a healthy clean. 
 
Double check your home
 
Also, if you’ve faced water damage, make sure that you check the bottom pieces of all of your furniture pieces. Water can creep up in unexpected places. The ends and bottoms of sofas and chairs can be breeding grounds for mold. 
 
 


May 2016
What is Structural Drying?
 
 
When water damage strikes in your home or business, structural drying is an important part of the process. It’s impossible to get the restoration process going without this crucial step in water damage repair. 
 
Here are the 4 steps to rapid structural drying:
 
Extracting the existing water
Evaporating the existing moisture
Dehumidifying the air
Maintaining an ideal temperature for drying 
 
Essentially, this process is ideal for restoring your property as close to it was before the water damage occurred. After this step is complete, any construction that needs to be completed can be affectively. 
 
When the crew from Custom Cleanup reaches your property, we’ll assess the damage and determine what steps will be best to repair and restore your property. 
 
 
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