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Home Safety Tips Against Intruders

How to Protect Our Assets from Intruders

The thought of a home intrusion or burglary is something that is everyone’s worst nightmare. Our homes are not built to be completely intruder-proof. The good news is you can take action to minimize the chances that your home will be attacked. Check out some home security tips below.

  • Look for weaknesses around your home- Inspect the outside of your home for anything that could make it vulnerable to burglars. For example, ensure that screens are secured, windows don’t easily pry open, or left open. While you’re outside, look through your windows to check if your valuables, such as electronics or jewelry can be easily spotted. By moving them out of view this  could deter thieves from entering your home.
  • Trim shrubs and trees in your yard- Burglars can use untrimmed shrubs around your house to cover and hide. Trees and bushes can be used to gain access to the second level as well. Robbers could use long tree branches to break into your home. Thus, keep your shrubs and vegetation trimmed ­– under two feet in height and at least two feet away from the house. 
  • Install a fence- Intruders rarely want to jump over fences while carrying stolen goods. If you don’t have a fence already, build one to keep unwanted visitors at bay. Choose a style like an open chain-link or ornamental metal fencing that’s secured into concrete. If solid fences are installed it may be easier to climb and may offer thieves a place to hide.
  • Use curtains or blinds on windows- Keeping your goods inside is a good idea, but you also need to ensure they can’t be seen from the outside. Put up curtains or blinds in your home, in your garage, and in front of basement windows for privacy and protection.
  • Keep windows, doors, and gates locked- Never leave your garage door open even if you’re at home!! Invest in a quality padlock for your outside entrances. On the outside fences install latches with locks on top and bottom. This will ensure the fence wont be able to pry open. To reinforce your doors, install deadbolts in addition to locks on the door handle itself. Don’t leave your home without locking the windows and doors, even if it’s a short trip.
  • Have large numbers for your house- Install large and reflective numbers on both your house and mailbox. This helps police easily identify your home in case of an emergency. Crooks prefer homes that are hard to identify as it can buy them time to run. 
  • Secure valuables in a safe- A good safe not only keeps your valuables safe from theft, it also keeps them safe from flooding, fire or other disasters. If you have a small safe or lock-box, consider bolting it to the floor to prevent thieves from taking it. Also, keep your safe in an area of your home that’s hard to access.
  • Install a home security system-  In today’s market home security systems are not only affordable but very easy to use! Home security system can be customized with tons of features. From the basic doorbell wireless camera, to the intricate full home security system with door and window sensors and 12+ camera systems. In addition to the security system, install sensor lighting outside your home. This can help deter thieves as it gives light to the area occupied. 
  • Get a dog- A large breed such as a German Shepherd is the ultimate security system. They provide advanced warning of thieves and can be reliable during power outages. Thieves hate noisy and protective dogs. (Please train your dogs to respect your local ordinances. We Love all animals!) 
  • Befriend your neighbors- It helps a huge deal to know that your neighbors are on the lookout for suspicious activity around your home. You should do the same for them! Get to know your neighbors so you can tip each other off in case a thief sneaks into your neighborhood.

By putting these tips into practice, you’ll hopefully discourage unwanted intruders from entering into your home. The fewer weaknesses your home has, the less likely it is to get robbed.

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Coronavirus Cleaning

Coronavirus Cleaning & Disinfection

The worldwide Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has people scrambling to protect themselves, their homes, and businesses from potential contamination. The effects of the biohazard situation can last up to a couple weeks and the continued spread of the disease has led to a growing number of fatalities in the U.S. Pursuit Restoration is your industry leader in biohazard and infectious disease remediation, including Coronavirus disinfection. We deliver the highest professional standards as possible. We are ready to respond to any emergency 24/7 throughout the Treasure Valley.

How Do We Clean Coronvirus?

Coronavirus has quickly gained a reputation for being infectiousness and quickly spreading. It can survive on surfaces for up to a couple weeks and people who get infected may not show symptoms for up to 2 weeks after the infection. This makes it extremely difficult to track and isolate the spread. This is why having a trusted professional and biohazard remediation company on your side is important. 

Pursuit Restoration strictly follows all OSHA regulations, is certified by the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning & Restoration Certification)and follows the most up to date and current procedures when it comes to COVID-19 cleanup or any other hazard. Coronavrus is still novel, therefore we are continuously consulting with the CDC (Center for Disease Control & Prevention for up to date solutions. We utilize CDC and the EPA approved disinfectants.

Disinfecting Coronavirus

  • We use EPA and CDC approved industrial-strength disinfectants with a broad spectrum bacteria killing claim.
  • All infected materials are cleaned, disinfected, and properly disposed of as a biohazard.
  • Full PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) including a full face respirator. 
  • We adhere to strict coronavirus decontamination process for our equipment, trucks, and all disposal bins.

Disease outbreak is an extremely serious situation and we understand that your health and safety is the number one priority. Call Pursuit Restoration to make sure your home has been properly disinfected at 208-515-6503.

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When selecting a company to provide Coronavirus Disinfection services, it is important that you select a company like Pursuit Restoration, that is OSHA compliant and follows the most up to date CDC guidelines for Coronavirus. 

“Each employer shall furnish to each of its employees and a a place of employment which is free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to its employees.”

This is stated from OSHA under the General Duty Clause, 29 USC 654, section 5(a)(1)

The coronavirus is not listed as an exception to recording illness in the 29 CFR 1904.5(b)(2). This means that if an employee contracts Coronavirus from another employee or through exposure on a job site it must be recorded for that business with OSHA.

There is a requirement to contact OSHA to actually REPORT a fatality or hospitalization if it is from Coronavirus. In the case of a death, an OSHA inspection and investigation would follow and could result in a fine if the company didn’t take measures when they knew about it and should have.

What is Remediation?

Biohazard remediation  could sound like standard cleaning to some. In reality, the two services are very different. Biohazard remediation refer to the removal, cleaning, and disinfection of blood, bodily fluids, and other potentially harmful pathogens in the affected areas after a death, accident, or communicable disease spread. The high exposure risk to pathogens makes Biohazard remediation a specialty service that requires proper training, equipment, certification, and licensing. Without the proper training, equipment and certifications the risk of spreading a pathogen is very high.

3-STEP Remediation Process

Pursuit Restoration follows a 3-Step remediation process. 

  • After a thorough inspection has been done proper containment is set up with an AFD( Air Filtration Device) with claims to clean air up to 99.97% microns. This is smaller than smoke particles. 
  • All Technicians wear complete PPE, including but not limited to a full suit, gloves, full face respirator. 
  • Then the cleaning and removal process starts which includes the use of cleaning products and cleaning agents approved for health and safety remediation.

We stand behind our work with a 100% Customer Satisfaction. We are diligent and thorough because we understand that the health and safety of you and your family are on the line. Contact us at 208-515-6503 for immediate Coronavirus disinfection.  

Disclaimer: Though Pursuit Restoration follows the CDC and EPA guidelines for disinfection and cleaning of the Coronaviurs at this time there is no testing to confirm with certainty total elimination of the coronavirus. Pursuit Restoration guarantees that its cleaning will reduce the spread and threat of the infection. However, it can not guarantee with 100% certainty complete eradication. 

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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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Restoration Process

How Does the Water Damage Restoration Process Work?

The first step is to remove standing water from flooring, wet carpet and other affected materials. Once all the water is removed, dehumidifiers, air movers and other specialized equipment are used to dry the affected area. This typically takes 2 to 5 days, depending on but not limited to saturation time, type of materials and atmospheric conditions. We use moisture meters and thermal imaging cameras to determine when your home is thoroughly dry.

How Long Should the Water Cleanup Take?

Full restoration consists of two major phases. The first, mitigation, consists of demolition, cleaning and drying the structure. This phases typically takes 2 to 5 days. The second phase, repairs can take anywhere from a couple days to 4 weeks depending on the degree of damage and lead time for materials. Certain materials like Cabinets, Custom Wood, High End Floorings can take extended time to ship. We will work with and your insurance provider to get your property back to normal as quickly as possible.

How Much Does it Cost to Fix Water Damage?

The cost of water damage cleanup depends on the size of the flooded area and amount of time needed to handle the water repair. If your insurance policy covers the water damage you are only responsible for your deductible. The average water loss is just over $7,000. When properly dried in a timely manner you can prevent secondary damages or more costly issues, like mold.

What are the Different Categories of Water?

  1. Clean water – Category 1 – Poses no harm to people. This includes water damage caused from any fresh water supply, water heater, sink overflow, appliance malfunction.
  2. Gray water – Category 2 – Can cause harm and illness to people. This includes water damage which has significant amounts of contamination, biological, chemical, or physical.
  3. Black water – Category 3 – Can cause severe harm or illness to people. Black water is highly unsanitary and contains pathogenic agents. Black water typically comes from beyond the trap, sewage backups, ground water, etc.

Can Water Damage Cause Mold?

Water damage certainly has the potential to cause mold growth. Mold thrives in moist environments with any moisture, especially high humidity areas. In order to keep energy efficiency, modern homes are insulated to reduce loss of energy. This also allows for moisture to stay hidden and not dry if not inspected properly.

Can Water Damage be Hidden? If so, What are the Signs?

Water damage is most often hidden. Some common signs of water intrusion are paint peeling, MDF base swelling, particle boards swelling, condensation, musky odors, damp or wet carpet, etc.

What Certifications does Pursuit Restoration Have?

  1. The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IRCIC) provide a very specific standard of rules for fixing water damage, mold remediation, and fire and smoke restoration. We carry WRT (Water Restoration Technician), ASD (Applied Structural Drying), AMRT (Applied Microbial Remediation Technician), FRST (Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician)
  2. We hold an IICRC Firm certification, Contractors License, and Fully licensed and insured.

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Winter Property Damage and Restoration

Property damage due to winter
can occur at any time here in the Treasure Valley. While most home and business
owners don’t have “cleanup water damage from frozen pipes” listed on their
winter “to-do” list, the impacts of winter weather can cause unexpected issues
that many of us are not prepared for. It’s important to understand the
different ways winter can impact your residence and the restoration services
available to you before experiencing property damage.

Continuous low temperatures, combined with cold winds and winter precipitation, can cause problems for the interior and exterior of your home or business. Here are some common winter hazards: Fallen Trees, Frozen Pipes, Ice Dams, Mold, Foundation Cracks, Roof Leaks, Fire Damage and Flooding.

Roof Damage

Depending on the structure of your home or building and the type of roof, damage can come in many forms during the winter. Snow and ice can cause significant damage to your gutters and roof. The additional weight of snow and ice can even cause a roof to collapse. Too much snow will most likely result in the formation of ice dams and cause water damage to your home. An ice dam occurs when heat from inside melts the snow on the roof and the draining water refreezes at the edge of the roof. The resulting ice wall prevents water from draining away. The trapped water can then easily leak into your home, causing considerable property damage.

Flooding/Water Damage

During the winter the two main risks are water entry through
cracks and floods caused by burst pipes. When snow melts, your home becomes at
risk of water damage, mold and many other problems. A foot of snow can turn
into an inch or more of water, and any roof damage you’ve incurred during or
before the latest snowstorm becomes a serious risk for water to damage your
attic, upper floors, walls and insulation.

The same freeze/thaw cycle can also affect a foundation. Hairline cracks in the concrete of a foundation that develop naturally over time because of a home settling can expand during the winter months, causing major structural issues if they aren’t taken care of in a timely way. Getting a foundation repaired in the spring can help prevent more problems from developing as time goes by.

Fire Damage

Home fires increase during the cold weather months. In fact, insurance companies and fire departments prepare for more fires during December, January and February. Improper use or poor maintenance of heating systems during the winter months can cause fire and/or smoke damage. When that first cold snap of the winter hits, people light up their fireplaces without checking for obstructions. Additionally, placing space heaters or candles near walls or drapes can result in fires. To avoid the most common causes of fires in the winter, have your heating system inspected. Practice vigilance with space heaters as well, and never leave them plugged in when you’re not at home.


During the winter months it is very important to disconnect the hose from the bib on the exterior of the homes. Modern hose bibs are angled back so that when the temperatures drop below freezing the water does not expand at and break the valve. If the hose is not removed or disconnected water can freeze at the attachment of the hose to the bib. This will expand the pipe, which typically causes flooding on the crawlspace. Yet the worst part is, although this typically occurs the issues may not show until the temperatures warm and it thaws out.

How We Can Help

If your home or business has been damaged, it’s important to act quickly and seek professional restoration help. A major risk with winter damage is that the full extent goes undetected until spring, leading to additional issues and costly repairs. Whether it’s water damage in your home’s attic due to ice dams or a fire sprinkler system freezing resulting in a flood, our restoration and repair services can provide prompt and professional winter damage cleanup. Our team of certified professionals have the restoration experience, expertise, and the resources to remediate winter-related damage.