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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Since 1909, Drake Mechanical has been serving the Boise, Meridian, Nampa and extended communities with honest, guaranteed, and reliable service. CTR is proud to partner with Drake Mechanical for projects that require specialized plumbing, heating, and air conditioning technicians. Congratulations Drake Mechanical on being honored by the Snake River Better Business Bureau for your outstanding reputation and willingness to do right thing. 

Posted by ckay at 12/16/2014 11:48:00 PM
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

 As the weather gets warmer and dryer we all need to think about our preparedness for defense of Wildfires. Here are the top 3 steps you can take to protect your home.

1. Creating Defensible Space

Design and landscape your home with wildfire safety in mind. Select materials and plants that can help contain fire rather than fuel it.

2. Build or Retrofit Your Home with Non-Flammable Materials

Use Rated Roofing Material. Use Double-Paned or Tempered Glass. Enclose Eaves, Fascias, Soffits and Vents. Protect Overhangs and Other Attachments. Use Fire-Resistant Building Materials on Exterior Walls.

3. Create a Plan

Become familiar with your community’s disaster preparedness plans and create a plan for your family. Identify escape routes from your home and neighborhood and designate an emergency meeting place for your family to reunite if you become separated.Put together an emergency kit that includes first aid supplies; a portable NOAA weather radio; basic tools; a flashlight; work gloves; fresh batteries for each piece of equipment; clothing: blankets; baby items; prescription medications; extra car and house keys; extra eyeglasses; credit cards and cash; important documents, including insurance policies.

If you need some help with retrofitting your home with non-flammable materials call the professionals here at CTR we can help provide and install the best possible defense materials to protect your home and family, and as always in the event of a disaster we will be there to bring your home back to pre-fire condition.

 CTR Cleanup & Total Restoration “Serving People in their Time of Need” for the past 20 years. (208)377-1877

Posted by ckay at 7/16/2014 5:27:00 PM
Wednesday, May 21, 2014

We in the running for Times News 2014 Reader’s Choice. CTR is listed under Best Home Renovator as well as Best Customer Service. You are able to vote once per day from May 20 – June 2 so if you love CTR as much as we do please cast your vote!!!

Posted by ckay at 5/21/2014 4:15:00 PM
Friday, May 9, 2014

Mike Jones joins CTR Cleanup & Total Restoration's Staff

Mike Jones is the newest estimator at the Boise corporate office. Mike graduated with a bachelors degree from Utah State University. Before joining CTR's team, he worked in remodeling/construction for three years and spent five years as a property adjuster with State Farm. His experience working as an insurance adjuster has proved extremely beneficial to both clients and insurance personnel. Mike will be a great addition to the CTR family. Along with his experience in the construction business and as an adjuster, Mike is IICRC Certified with a specialization in Fire and Smoke Restoration. Mike is also fluent in Spanish. Besides helping people restore their homes and businesses, Mike enjoys being involved with the Eagles Lodge, hiking and traveling with his wife Penny. 

Posted by ckay at 5/9/2014 8:24:00 PM
Friday, May 2, 2014

CTR is committed to helping people when tragedy strikes.  After a suicide, homicide, trauma scene, industrial accident, or unattended natural death, one of the last things friends, family members or employers should have to do is clean it up... The most critical job of a cleaner is to maintain an area which is both infection, and hazard free. CTR Cleanup & Total Restoration has earned an excellent reputation for their professionalism and absolute adherence to safety standards mandated in the biohazard field. We specialize in providing superior around the clock bio-hazard clean up services to commercial and residential customers. CTR Cleanup & Total Restoration’s technicians are highly trained to respond empathetically and rapidly. We do it with experience, skill and most importantly, compassion.

At your time of need call the Team at CTR – Cleanup & Total Restoration (208)377-1877 

Posted by ckay at 5/2/2014 3:42:00 PM
Monday, April 21, 2014

There are few things nastier than a sewage spill! Sewage backups are the most common cause of sewage water damage to a home. When wastewater pipes are blocked, sewage water can overflow from city and residential pipes into your home through its plumbing system. CTR Cleanup & Total Restoration will immediately start the vital containment processes, removal of sewage, water and organic matter, thorough decontamination and disinfecting of the salvageable building portions, removal and disposal of contaminated porous materials, and proceed with structural dry out. The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) provides a specific set of practical standards for sewage removal and water flood damage. When it comes to sewage damage, timing is everything. CTR Cleanup & Total Restoration prides itself on helping you treat sewer water damage as quickly and efficiently as possible. In an emergency of a Sewer backup call CTR Cleanup & Total Restoration 24 hours a day and 7 days a week and have a certified sewage treatment technician immediately deployed to assist with sewage clean up and sanitation.

Posted by ckay at 4/21/2014 4:46:00 PM
Friday, March 21, 2014

If you can smell mold in your home, you probably have a mold problem. If you can see mold on walls, in corners or on objects, you should get rid of it, plain and simple.

The IICRC outlines five major principles of mold remediation.

1.      Make sure safety and health precautions are taken by cleanup professionals and occupants. Mold-contaminated buildings can be associated with a number of health problems. Anyone involved in the mold remediation process must be protected from exposure through a combination of practices and controls.

2.      A post-cleanup assessment by an independent environmental expert. An effective mold remediation cannot be developed without first determining the extent of the contamination to be removed. To ensure that remediation work is being properly performed, it is highly recommended that appropriate documentation of the remediation process be kept by project management

3.      Control of mold before it spreads further. Eliminating mold at the source of contamination is essential. Once mold spores spread through the air, it will be much more difficult to capture.

4.      Oversee the proper physical removal of the mold. The mold must be physically removed from the structure. Attempts to isolate mold or remove signs of mold on the surface are not adequate. Note that bleach alone cannot kill mold.

5.      Ensure that moisture is controlled to limit future contamination or re-contamination. Mold growth is virtually inevitable if moisture is not controlled. Moisture problems must be identified, located and corrected or controlled as soon as possible.

Mold remediation should really only be done by a professional since its living and has potential for growth unless properly taken care of, make sure the company you choose is certified in this area or it could have negative effects down the road. Our team here at CTR has extensive experience in mold remediation in commercial and residential properties. Call CTR – Cleanup and Total Restoration to have one of our certified professionals help ensure the safe removal, disposal & repair of the affected areas

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Posted by ckay at 3/21/2014 9:56:00 PM
Friday, March 14, 2014


Sometimes roofs develop leaks years before the entire roof needs replacing. Usually these leaks are caused by localized damage, such as cracked or missing shingles or shakes.  On a flat roof they can be caused by a blistered or cracked area. With spring showers, remember to protect your home!  Most homeowners don’t realize there is a leak until it’s too late. A rainy spring season could mean leaky roofs that will cause water damage to the interior of your home. Call the experts at CTR - Cleanup & Total Restoration, 208-377-1877. Our professionals can provide quality roof repairs for your home before there are any major problems and, like always you can count on CTR for 24hr emergency services in the event of a roofing disaster! 

Posted by ckay at 3/14/2014 7:14:00 PM
Friday, February 14, 2014

Q: What is a "snowmelt flood"?

When melting snow is a major source of the water involved in a flood, it is considered a snowmelt flood. Snowpacks store water. Unlike rainfall, which reaches the soil almost immediately, snow stores the water for some time until it melts, delaying the arrival of water at the soil for days, weeks, or even months. Once it does reach the soil, water from snowmelt behaves much as it would if it had come from rain instead of snow - the water either infiltrates into the soil or it runs off (or both). Flooding can occur whenever the rate of water input exceeds the ability of the soil to absorb it or when the amount of water exceeds natural storage capacities in soil, rivers, lakes and reservoirs.

Q: Are snowmelt floods common? Are they severe?

Some snowmelt flooding occurs every year in the northern U.S. Most events are relatively minor

Posted by ckay at 2/14/2014 9:51:00 PM
Thursday, February 13, 2014

Disastrous fires that cause smoke damage are not the only ways to get smoke damage in the home. People who smoke inside often have smoke damage along upper walls and ceilings of their homes. Over time, these surfaces will develop a yellowish stain and the smoke odor can be difficult to remove due to penetration and absorption into building materials. Let the professionals at CTR Cleanup & Total Restoration help bring your property back to a pre-loss condition. We are highly trained and skilled in procedures to remedy tobacco smoke & odors returning homes to their original condition cost-effectively and in the shortest time possible.

Posted by ckay at 2/13/2014 8:51:00 PM
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