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3 Ways to Handle Partial Fire Loss

5/22/2018 (Permalink)

If a fire damages but does not completely destroy your commercial property in Layton, UT, you will likely need to claim partial losses. While you are documenting evidence of fire loss and smoke damage, you should be sure to look for hidden damage and try to avoid delays. Here are three ways to handle partial loss due to fire.

1. Document all evidence. It is important to take photographs or videos that document the damage caused by a fire whether the extent of the damage is complete or partial. Your documentation should be even more detailed if the damage is partial to enable you to successfully file a claim.

2. File a timely claim. Don't let the fact that your losses are only partial delay your filing following a fire. If you have business insurance coverage that covers fire at your commercial property, you are entitled to compensation for damaged items that need to be replaced. Be sure to monitor your claim in the process to make sure that your insurer takes your partial damage as seriously as major fire loss.

3. Obtain compensation. You should obtain full and fair compensation for any losses that you suffer, however partial. If you do not obtain compensation for the full extent of partial damage, you should follow up on the claim you filed with your insurance adjuster. Sometimes partial claims are considered less important than total loss and are left to languish. You should try to complete the process as efficiently as possible.

Make sure that you provide all of the necessary documentation and prevent insurers from delaying compensation on account of the fact that your damages were only partial. Whether you are dealing with extensive or partial fire loss at your commercial property in Layton, UT, a certified fire restoration company can help you reopen for business as soon as possible.

Why Does Mold Love Bread So Much?

5/15/2018 (Permalink)

You may love bread, but so does mold – and if you don’t eat your baked goods quickly enough, it’s likely mold will set up camp and start devouring it for you, even if you keep it in your fridge. Anyone who’s left bread out for any period of time knows the pain of opening the breadbox to see fuzzy green and white sprouting everywhere. But why does mold love bread so much, and why does it grow so quickly?


It’s About the Ingredients


Bread mold isn’t something unique to Layton, UT even if sometimes, the attack on your baked goods can feel personal. It’s a universal problem that takes place because mold is in the air around you at all times, with spores constantly looking for somewhere to set up shop. Bread is particularly hospitable to mold because:

• It’s often moist and warm, offering the perfect environment for mold to grow
• The yeast, starch, and other ingredients are perfect fuel for mold to feed on
• It’s often left out in the open where mold spores can land
• Its porous nature means mold can dig in deep to grow

Bread mold may not be fatal, but it’s still not safe to eat. If you find even one slice of moldy bread, it’s time to throw out the entire loaf. One infested slice means the entire loaf is likely riddled with mold spores.


Refrigerating Doesn’t Help


Even if it tends to make bread stiff and dry, you may be tempted to refrigerate your bread to keep mold away. This won’t help, when refrigerators allow for condensation and trapped moisture that can also allow mold to grow. Your best bet is to keep bread only for a limited time and buy fresh bread frequently. If you find your problem getting out of control, though, you may need to look into mold remediation services.

For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPROlaytonkaysville.com.

How To File an Insurance Claim After a Home Fire

5/10/2018 (Permalink)

Suffering a home fire in Layton, UT, can be emotionally devastating. You may have lost a lifetime’s worth of possessions and been forced out of your home. As difficult as this time is, it’s important you act quickly to ensure your insurance company pays for the fire restoration process. Follow these basic guidelines to file an insurance claim after a home fire.


1. Document the Damage


Your fire insurance provider will require proof of the damage to your home. Take photographs or videos of everything that was damaged. Don’t just focus on the areas directly affected by the fire. Smoke can cause damage throughout your house and you should document this so that you can be reimbursed for smoke cleaning. You should also try to make a list of everything you lost in the fire.


2. Call Your Provider


Contact your insurance provider as soon as possible. It can take as long as 15 days for a claims adjuster to arrive at your home to inspect the damage. The sooner you file your claim the sooner you can begin the fire restoration process.

If you need funds to pay for basic living expenses during this time, such as a hotel, food or clothing, you can also request a cash advance from your provider. This comes out of your final settlement, so don’t splurge.


3. Secure Your Home


Your insurance company will only pay for damages caused by the fire, not by damages incurred after the fire. That means if the fire burned a hole in your roof and it rains, they won’t pay for water damage caused by the rain. Most companies specializing in fire damage restoration offer boarding and tarping services. They can secure your home to prevent any further damage.


4. Keep a Record of Your Communications


Filing an insurance claim in Layton, UT, can be a complicated and lengthy process. Keep careful records of all your phone calls, emails and meetings, including dates, times and the names of people you spoke with. If there is any dispute about payments for your fire restoration costs, these may come in handy.

For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPROlaytonkaysville.com.

The Gear to Get Mold Out

4/17/2018 (Permalink)

No matter how it got there, the mold in your Layton, UT, has only one place left to go: outside. However, purging it from your building is not always an easy task. Out of all the steps involved in a mold cleanup, using the right equipment to protect yourself from hazardous toxins is key. Sometimes, a professional can take that burden off your shoulders, but even he or she must first wear the following gear:


1. Hair Covers


Because contact with mold can result in a number of risks, the mold pros typically cover themselves from head to toe. This includes proper head coverage. If a hood is not part of the picture, a hair cover may be necessary. These look like shower caps and can help shield those subtle mold spores floating around.


2. Disposable Gloves


Gloves play another important part in the mold cleanup process. Mold growth can affect any vulnerable surface in your building, so it is important that you protect your hands, too. Gloves come in a number of materials, such as vinyl, latex, and synthetic rubber. It is essential that your gloves fit properly, as well; any wiggle room could allow spores to trickle in. In addition, be sure to leave the gloves at the door when coming and going, since carrying them with you into other parts of the building could lead to further spreading.


3. Protective Suits


The primary protective equipment you'll want to use involves the appropriate suit. Some experts recommend wearing Tyvek suits over normal clothing. Safety goggles and respirators may also be necessary components, depending on the situation. Whatever clothing you choose, be sure to follow the same procedures as with hair covers and gloves and leave the suit in the workspace only.

Your commercial building deserves only the best maintenance and mold protection. In the process, don't forget to protect yourself as well. Part of this preventative step includes wearing the right gear for the job.

For more information, please visit us athttp://www.SERVPROlaytonkaysville.com.

Simple Ways To Troubleshoot a Commercial Irrigation System

4/9/2018 (Permalink)

Sometimes sprinkler systems fail, and when they do, it can be a huge problem. Have you ever driven by a commercial property and seen water spewing from a broken sprinkler pipe in Layton, UT? Sometimes the water pressure pushes the liquid 8 or 9 feet into the air. However, the real problem lies in the water once it returns to the ground. Standing water next to a building from a broken irrigation system can soak into the building’s foundation or basement and cause flooding. To prevent irrigation problems, try these troubleshooting tips.


Broken Supply Lines


Areas covered by each sprinkler are called zones. When a zone works inefficiently or incorrectly, water problems can occur. Here are a few things to look for when a sprinkler system fails.

• Electrical problems due to the timer, solenoid, valve, or wire failure
• Seeping water due to split joints or cracked pipes
• Gushing water due to broken sprinkler heads
• Timer failure due to corroded wires or poor connections


Cracked Supply Lines


Two of the most common irrigation problems are tree growth and excessive traffic. Trees have huge root systems that can attack and damage supply lines by forcing themselves into the plastic, causing breaks and filling the pipe with roots. Once the pipe cracks, water pressure can become a problem.

Foot traffic, bicycles, or carriage strollers can be a danger to underground plumbing lines because the extra weight can compress soil and crack tubes. The more traffic and the greater the weight, the more chance irrigation system joints will crack or pipes may be crushed. If broken pipes cause a flood, contact a water damage cleanup team that can quickly remove the water and get the building open again.


Repaired Supply Lines


The goal of a commercial irrigation system is to have a dependable and efficient watering arrangement. Troubleshooting the system and catching potential problems before they can become catastrophic failures can save financial resources, water, and customer complaints.

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The Importance of Cleaning Under Your Home After a Flood

4/4/2018 (Permalink)

After flood waters damage your Layton, UT, home, you will probably be dealing with cleanup efforts both inside and out. However, one area that you may forget is your home’s crawlspace. A home flood can affect this area more seriously than you might believe and lead to costly repair bills later, so it is wise to add it to your cleanup list for this and several other reasons.


Service Units May Be Affected


If your fuse panel, HVAC controls and other service units are located in your home’s crawl space, they may have taken storm damage that can affect how they function due to:

• Wet wires
• Bent fan blades
• Clogs from mud and other debris

Water damage can also cause systems to stop working or short out, creating a fire hazard. Having these units cleaned and inspected can prevent serious issues and ensure they operate properly.


Mold May Spread Undetected


Failing to clean underneath your home after a flood may cause the spread of mold that can be difficult to eradicate once it takes hold. Humidity and dark, moist spaces make an ideal home for fungi, and it may spread to other areas of your home or travel inside via your home’s HVAC system. Having a professional mold remediation and restoration company inspect and treat your crawlspace for mold after a home flood can keep this unwanted invader at bay.


Standing Water Can Breed Bacteria


Flooding can create standing water and pooling under your home that may not dry quickly due to a lack of sunlight. Stagnant water tends to breed bacteria, especially in the case of outdoor flooding when the water is contaminated with sewage and chemicals. Over time, bacteria may multiply and spread, creating a health hazard to your family. Having the area cleaned and disinfected can prevent this potentially serious issue.

Cleaning up after a home flood in Layton, UT, can be a physical and financial challenge. However, remembering to add your crawlspace to your list of areas to have cleaned and disinfected can prevent issues that may linger long after flood waters recede.

For more information, please visit us athttp://www.SERVPROlaytonkaysville.com.

Why Does Mold Grow in Houses?

3/28/2018 (Permalink)

Have you ever wondered why mold grows in houses? The short answer is that mold spores are already everywhere. A combination of moisture and organic material provide the conditions necessary for these spores to land, multiply, and spread. The presence of a moisture problem in your home substantially increases the possibility that various types of mold, including black mold, may develop.


Here are three major reasons mold grows in houses:


1. A portion of your home has been exposed to excessive moisture. Moisture is the most common cause of mold growth in residential structures. If you have recently experienced a broken pipe or supply line, sewage backup, or a leaky appliance or roof, your home may be at risk for developing some type of mold.

2. Moisture has been allowed to linger for 24 hours or more. Limit the secondary damage that results from water damage and lower the risk of mold developing by making sure that excess moisture does not linger after a leak. Use towels that you plan to promptly wash and dry, a mop, or a wet-dry vac and run a dehumidifier to reduce moisture levels in areas affected by leaks.

3. Mold spores land and multiply. Mold spores are present indoors and outdoors, but they will not land and begin to grow unless certain conditions exist. All types of mold, including black mold, grow on the surfaces of organic materials when sufficient moisture is present.

If you see evidence of mold or suspect that hidden mold is growing in your home, contact a mold testing and remediation service in Layton, UT, as soon as possible. Experts who are skilled at identifying black mold can help you determine which type of mold is growing. Mold starts to form quickly, so it is a good idea to follow up on testing with mold cleanup sooner rather than later.

For more information, visit us at http://www.SERVPROlaytonkaysville.com.

How To Handle a Flood in the Basement

3/24/2018 (Permalink)

There are many factors that can contribute to the flooding of your home’s basement. While there are some things you can do to lower your risk of damages, at some point in the life of your house in Layton, UT, the presence of unwanted water in your basement is almost inevitable. When it happens, experienced water restoration specialists can help get it dry and functional again.


Causes of Water in the Basement


No matter how vigilant you are to waterproof your basement, you may still find the occasional puddle or even standing water on the floor. Excess water can have myriad causes:

• Rising water table after a heavy rain
• Cracks in the foundation that allow groundwater to seep in
• Intense runoff from gutters and downspouts
• Broken or leaking pipes
• Overflow from appliances
• Malfunction of sump pump or flood control devices

The first thing restoration technicians will want to do is find the cause of the flooding. They may have to perform pipe repair or some other task to keep the water from entering. Once they have taken care of the source, they can begin the repairs.


Dealing with Damage


When you experience a basement flood in Layton, UT, it is important to take the advice of the professionals you hire. Once they have removed the excess water and repaired or replaced the flooring and walls affected by it, they can finish with the drying process. These technicians can also be rich sources of information on how to control the humidity level in your basement so you can avoid mildew or mold problems.

While flooding in your basement is likely to occur at some point, do not let the threat of floods stop you from maximizing the space. As long as you keep a watchful eye on it and call experienced professionals when you need water restoration services, you can enjoy your basement for years to come.

For more information, visit us at http://www.SERVPROlaytonkaysville.com.

Keeping Your Business Safe From A Thunderstorm

3/19/2018 (Permalink)

From March to October each year, thunderstorms slash across the United States with a devastating mix of lightning, hail, tornadoes, and wind. Common and dangerous even in Layton, UT, storms can blow trees down, cause power outages, create flash floods, and damage buildings. You can protect your business by preparing before a torrential rain storm hits.


Early Steps in Preparation


Preparing for a potential rain storm and high winds can help prevent possible damage to your business. Taking the following precautions can help you protect yourself and your employees when the huge winds blow.

• Keep trees and shrubs clipped back to prevent winds from breaking pieces off and sending them like pieces of shrapnel against the building.
• Consider installing a lightning rod or whole building surge protector to prevent power outages from lightning strikes.
• Check the roof for damaged areas that could be ripped off easily; reinforce these areas if necessary.
• Clean and maintain gutters and downspouts to prevent water backup and potential flooding.


After the Warning Comes


Once a severe thunderstorm warning is issued, seek shelter in a designated room within your business. Make yourself and your employees comfortable by providing a light source. If you can hear the roar of thunder, wait at least 30 minutes before leaving the safe room. Here are a few additional tips for weathering the storm:

• Keep employees away from glass structures such as windows and skylights to prevent serious injury.
• Secure window shutters to prevent windows from shattering.
• Tie down large items that could be hurled against the building by heavy winds.
• Secure doors to door frames with specially designed bolts.
• Stay away from water during the storm to prevent electrical shocks.


Following the Blustery Storm


After the rain storm subsides in Layton, UT, walk the perimeter of your building to check for damage. Since the roofing of your business is especially vulnerable, consider having a storm restoration team check for problems before another storm hits. Consider asking them to check for damaged trees as well. Mother Nature doesn’t always have to win if you are prepared.

For more information, visit us at http://www.SERVPROlaytonkaysville.com.

SERVPRO of Layton/Kaysville 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

5/8/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Layton/Kaysville is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 
801-298-4272

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Layton/Kaysville has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Layton/Kaysville

SERVPRO of Layton/Kaysville specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.