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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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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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