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Water Damage Services
Pursuit Restoration has expertise to quickly remove all the water from your property and promptly dry the structure. The most important factor in a quick and efficient drying process is the rapid and FULL removal of water. Our certified and experienced professionals understand the stress of each water damage. Pursuit will help alleviate the stress by handling the entire process from start to finish whether covered by insurance or out of pocket.
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Fire And Smoke Services
After a house fire, homeowners are in shock, and they are at their most vulnerable stage of recovery. Take the time to research your Fire and Smoke Damage restoration company. The restoration process often can take 6 months or longer. We understand that choosing a company to work with for that time can be a long and tedious process. Pursuit Restoration does the restoration process with a proven and, a guarantee of satisfaction. Most importantly, we care about your family, your home, and doing the job right through communication the entire process.
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Mold Services
Pursuit Restoration offers mold damage restoration services in the greater Treasure Valley. Pursuit Restoration has full mold removal services.Mold can not only cause damage to your home, but also to your health. Mold is known to cause adverse reactions to people, especially elderly or the youth, as they have respiratory systems that are weak or developing.
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Congratulate Your 2020 Senior!

Pursuit Restoration would like to Congratulate all the SENIORS graduating in the TREASURE VALLEY this year! We will be treating TWO FOUR seniors to their own Graduation Gift baskets customized to their preferences and a $150 Visa gift card! 

(Due to the overwhelming support from the community we have changed the guidelines to include more schools. We also have increased from TWO to FOUR Seniors.)

We will be picking the random winners on 06/05/2020. They will be announced on Pursuit Restoration’s Facebook page. (Adding Pursuit Restoration as a Facebook friend and following allows tagging of winner. Not required but will help recognize the seniors.)

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Don't Wait for Water Damage to Happen to You

Water damage always happens when we least expect it! That is why it is so IMPORTANT to identify water damage before it causes significant damage to the property. Water damage can happen for a variety of reasons. 

We are now offering individual inspections for your PEACE of mind, as well as annual inspections for the COMFORT of knowing you are protected!

Inspections include moisture testing of all areas that have water supplies and inspection of attics and crawlspaces. Infrared cameras can be used to assist in showing existing water damage. This is a non invasive inspection which will help identify moisture issues before they become LARGE water losses or worse mold damage! Photo reports can be provided at customers request. 

Each inspection includes Moisture testing of all water supply areas including but not limited to; bathrooms, kitchen, laundry room, utility room, etc. As well as the attic and crawlspace. These inspections are to help identify and prevent water damage or mold damage from occurring.
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Save Your Hardwood Floors

How to Restore Hardwood Floors After Water Damage

As in all water-related property damage, TIME is of the essence. Floors are at a greater risk for permanent water damage and mold growth if you don’t take care of water or moisture immediately. Hardwood flooring will absorb moisture quickly due to its density. Besides rapid response time, successful hardwood floor water damage repair depends on the type of flooring, wood, and finish, method of installation, amount of moisture, and replacement value.

For hardwood floor water damage restoration, consider hiring a professional disaster restoration company. They have the necessary knowledge and expertise and use specialized equipment for efficient drying. The specialized drying equipment is crucial in making sure floors are dried in time and to the correct moisture levels. However, if you want to repair hardwood floor water damage yourself, check out the tips below.

How to Repair Hardwood Floors

  • Wear protective gear such as gloves, rubber boots, and a mask.
  • Stop the flow of water!
  • Turn off the power to the affected room until the water has been removed.
  • Assess the damages before you begin the restoration to determine whether to clean up or replace the floor. Take photos, list damaged items, and show them to your insurance company.
  • Remove any items (carpet, furniture, etc.) from the floor and take them to a dry area.
  • Open windows and doors to allow moisture to evaporate more quickly.
  • Start removing the excess water with a wet/dry vacuum cleaner or with mops. Anything to remove water is ideal. If the water level is deep, use a sump pump to drain the water. Asking someone to help you can finish the task faster and avoid further damage.
  • Use dehumidifiers, heaters, and fans to speed up the drying process. Place them evenly spaced out in the flooded area. Direct the fans towards the floor’s surface or wet areas.
  • Clean any debris from the floor with a non-abrasive brush and detergent while the heaters, fans, and dehumidifiers are running. Rinse the floor with clean water and continue to dry the floor.
  • Using a sanitizer to eliminate any bacteria growth is recommended. 

When dealing with a flooded hardwood floor, YOU must act quickly to save your floor from permanent damage and mold growth. Contact a professional flood remediation company, such as Pursuit Restoration, that can quickly mitigate the damage and implement the best course of action. Also, this could help learn how to avoid hardwood flooring water damage in the future.

What Type of Flooring is Installed?

Inspection is always crucial when starting to repair any hardwood floor that has water damage. Hardwood flooring comes in a variety of species, such as oak, pine, maple, and cherry. More and more exotic species are being used in flooring. Every type can expect different challenges in the drying process because of the varying levels of moisture absorption.

There are also varieties of flooring that look like wood but are not. These floors will sometimes have a laminate on the surface and a particle board substructure. When moisture gets beneath these floors, drying is nearly impossible. The inability to dry these surfaces is due to moisture being trapped under the laminate, which acts as a vapor barrier. For more help, call Pursuit Restoration to help you evaluate your flooring’s type and condition.

Professionals will also assess the initial installation method of the hardwood flooring. Original installation may be nailed, glued or installed in a floating method.

  • When nailed floors have suffered from water damage, the nails may lift.
  • If the floor has been glued onto the substrate, the moisture may release the glue.
  • In the case of a floating type floor, it may not be true wood and may be a laminated product. Tongue and groove hardwood flooring may “cup” after absorbing moisture.

Patience in Drying Hardwood Floors

Once the technicians have determined the wood floor type and installation method, drying can begin. Using surface and/or subsurface drying methods and proper dehumidification, technicians can force airflow beneath the surface of the floor (in a positive or negative manner) to remove this moisture. It may also be necessary to access the floor from below for faster drying. Specialized equipment using drying mats can be placed to pull moisture from the ends of the hardwood floors. Hardwood typically has flutes that allow water or air flow to move in a parallel direction with the hardwood.

Effective drying of a hardwood floor is a slow process. It will sometimes take 7 to 10 days for the floor to release enough water to complete the forced drying process. Removing all the absorbed water from the floor can be costly, but very inexpensive compared to replacement. 

The hardwood drying continues until the wood’s moisture levels reach the floor’s dry standard. At this point, nature will acclimate the floors to the atmospheric conditions they are installed in. Education in this process is key for a successful job. Let the restoration professionals at Pursuit Restoration help you dry your hardwood floor properly.

Repairing the Finish

Once the hardwood floor is dry, there may still be damage to the floor finish. Finishes, such as waxes and polyurethane, may inhibit the evaporation of the absorbed moisture. They will sometimes have to be removed in the drying process to allow for moisture removal.

If the hardwood floor cups slightly, the finish may check and crack due to the movement of the wood product. This is a normal part of the drying process. Once the floor is completely dry, the floor can be refinished once it has acclimated. The acclimation process can take up to a few months. 

Hardwood floor drying is a specialty. Our restoration professionals have the knowledge to properly evaluate the many types of floors and have specialized equipment to repair hardwood floor water damage.

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Ionization Vs. Photoelectric Smoke Alarms

What Are The Differences?

Smoke alarms typically come in two kinds: Ionization and Photoelectric. Depending on the source of the smoke, one of the alarms gives a faster warning compared to the other. Do you know which type of smoke alarms your home is equipped with? 

Read on to learn the differences between Ionization and Photoelectric smoke alarms, and why it is recommended to have both types installed in your home. 

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Ionization Smoke Alarms

  • These type of smoke alarms respond faster to flaming fires, meaning those that produce a high amount of heat.
  • An example would be fires started when an oil wax burner tips over and ignites a comforter or bed.
  • Ionization smoke alarms work best in rooms where you have highly flammable items like paints, grease, papers or storage areas. 
  • Ionization smoke alarms have a small amount of radioactive material (Americium-241) between two electrically charged plates. When smoke enters the alarm chamber the radioactive material reacts in such a way that it triggers the alarm. 

Photelectric Smoke Alarms

  • Photoelectric smoke alarms respond faster to smoldering fires, Meaning fires that burn slowly and cause less heat.
  • One type of fire that could occur is when a cigarette falls onto a couch cushion. The slow burn of the cushion could cause significant smoke which triggers the alarm.
  • Photoelectric smoke alarms have a different mechanism for detecting smoke.  The alarm chamber has a light that is reflected onto a sensor when smoke enters the chamber, it activates the sound of the alarm. 

Why Use Both in Your Home?

  • Both types of alarms have their advantages as both types of fires occur in residential and businesses alike. 
  • If you have ionization alarms in your home you should install a separate photoelectric alarm or vice-versa. If you don’t know which type of alarm you have, check the owners manual. (typically tucked inside the alarm). It should also say on the back of the alarm. You should see “Photoelectric” or ” Ionization”, or possibly  even “P” or “I”.
  • While an Ionization alarm will eventually detect a smoldering fire, it will do it at a much slower rate than a photoelectric alarm. Thus,its recommended to use a combination of both smoke alarms. to receive the fastest warning.
  • Alternatively replace your existing alarms with a combination alarm that includes both of the technologies in one single device.
  • Make sure to have smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, including the basement, and every level of the home. 

Pursuit Restoration is here 24/7 for your fire or smoke damage restoration needs. We are available to respond to an Emergency in less than an hour. Contact us at 208-515-6503

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Weekend Get Away!

We know the restoration process can seem very chaotic and never-ending, making each customer ready for their home to be back to normal. Pursuit Restoration stands behind making sure this process is thoroughly communicated, and done in a timely manner. The typical water damage loss takes anywhere from 3 to 5 weeks depending on the size of the job, some fire jobs can take upwards of 6 to 9 months!

Pursuit Restoration would like to offer EACH and EVERY one of our customers a weekend getaway at the Shore Lodge! This would include a 2 night stay, with an additional $150 for dinner. (That’s an $800 value)

Stake Out Your Sanctuary in the wilds of Western Idaho. Shore Lodge’s seventy-seven guest suites mean that once the adventures in the great outdoors are through, you can seek out rest and restoration in your private enclave. Will it be a Fireside Suite? A pet-friendly suite? Or perhaps a ground-level suite that opens onto the shores of Payette Lake? You decide.

Savor the Flavors of the Pacific Northwest with fresh and authentic cuisine. With three distinct restaurants and bars, and an extensive in-room dining menu, you are sure to experience the spirit of McCall through unique and imaginative dining experiences. Casual fare, fine dining, elevated bar bites, whichever path you take will lead to locally-sourced, regional ingredients served up in one of McCall’s most beautiful environments.

See Yourself Here amidst the breathtaking beauty of our natural sanctuary. They say a picture is worth a thousand words. From the picturesque expanse of pristine glacial waters that is Payette Lake to the stunning scenery of a mountain-lined horizon, some things you have to see for yourself.

In order to be eligible you have to be a Paid customer of Pursuit Restorations. Once your bill is paid in full you will receive with your 2 year warranty the opportunity to join the Giveaway. 

We will choose a winner on December 30th, 2020. 

Trust the professionals to handle your property damage. This way your home and mind can be put at peace as quickly as possible. Call Pursuit Restoration at 208-515-6503. 

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Avoid Water and Fire Disasters with These Smart Home Devices

Avoid Water and Fire Disasters with These Smart Home Devices

Unfortunately, even the most cautious homeowners can experience fire or flooding in their homes. In recent years, due to great technology, it has been possible to limit that risk with smart home devices that can detect danger before it has time to wreak havoc on your home.

These devices are connected to your Wi-Fi network and send you alerts via your smartphone if it detects something dangerous. Here are some smart devices you can have in your home to help prevent water damage and fire disasters.

Smart Water Leak Detectors

  • These compact battery-operated devices are placed near plumbing fixtures and appliances, such as sinks, toilets, bathtubs, and water heaters.
  • You can set them up to immediately sound an alarm or alert your smartphone (or both), if a leak occurs. This allows you to act fast, whether you’re at home or away.
  • Some smart leak detectors come with automatic shut-off valves that you can control remotely.
  • For more protection and control, install a complete flood monitoring system, which you can connect to your smart home security system.

Smart Smoke and CO Alarms

  • These devices send an alert to your smartphone if they detect smoke or carbon monoxide (CO), or if the device has a low battery.
  • If you connect them to your smart home security system, it can send alerts to your smartphone and the fire department in an emergency.
  • Some smart smoke detectors can shut down your HVAC system if it detects smoke. This prevents smoke from spreading to other areas of the home.
  • Use them in conjunction with fire/heat detectors for the best protection against fire.

Smart Fire Detectors

  • Smart fire detectors send an alert to your smartphone when:
    • there’s a rapid rise in temperature (rate-of-rise detection) or
    • the temperature reaches a fixed point
  • You can opt for combination heat detectors that provide both fixed and rate-of-rise detection
  • They can also be connected to your central security system for better control and protection.

Smart Batteries

  • If you don’t want to replace regular smoke alarms with smart ones, equip them with smart batteries.
  • Smart batteries send instant smartphone updates if one of the smoke detectors goes off or when the battery is low.
  • These batteries are compatible with smoke and CO detectors, as well as fire detectors.

Smart Oven Shut-off Devices

  • As unattended cooking is the main cause of house fires, an automatic oven shut-off device can greatly help to avoid kitchen fires.
  • They come as oven knobs or as devices installed to a kitchen cabinet.
  • A Smart oven shut-off device automatically turns off the stovetop or oven when cooking is left unattended. It does so by using a motion sensor that can tell if you are in the kitchen. If you leave the kitchen, the device starts a timer and, if you’re not back in the kitchen by the end of the countdown, it will shut off the oven.

Smart Outlets

  • These are electrical outlets that you can turn off remotely via an app on your smartphone. That helps if you’ve left home and are worried you forgot to shut off an appliance or even your lights.
  • Smart outlets can be voice controlled if you’ve connected them to smart devices like Google Home and Amazon Echo.

Even with all the proper safety measures in place, disasters can still occur. If that happens, call the professionals to help you get your home and life back on track. For professional fire damage restoration and water damage restoration, contact Pursuit Restoration at 208-515-6503

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