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Bathroom Leaks - It Is All About Location

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

If you suspect you have a shower or bathtub leak, you will probably begin looking for signs of water damage to determine the source of the problem. The difficulty in identifying a bath or shower leak is often complicated by the bathroom’s location in the home. The lavatory position may also determine how quickly the leak can be found and how much damage may result from the seepage. Here are some common problems associated with restroom leak locations.

1. When a leaking bathroom is on a second or third floor, water may drip into the ceiling below.

This type of seepage is often discovered quickly; however, locating the source of the water may be more difficult. A defective toilet wax seal, a leaking water supply line, or an overflowing sink could all cause a ceiling water stain.

2. A tiled shower stall can develop hairline fractures in the unsealed grout.

As a result, the water can leak down the wall and absorb into the wood, sheetrock, and insulation. When the water does eventually begin to saturate the area, it could leak into a connected room instead of the bathroom.

3. When a bathtub leak is over a crawlspace, the leak may persist for weeks or months before being discovered.

Since most homeowners do not visit the crawlspace very often, it is frequently the secondary damage that can draw attention to this type of leak. A soggy floor, buckling floorboards, or a loose toilet can mean serious leakage has occurred.

4. A shower pan leak above a concrete slab can also develop drips that go unidentified for months.

The water may pool out into neighboring rooms and can often be found in closets or hallways. Buckling wood trims or baseboards are often the first signs of this type of leak.

No matter what type of shower or bathtub leak you find, calling in a water repair and restoration team can help alleviate further damage in Layton, UT. While you may want to fix the leak yourself, the professional crew may be better equipped to find all the hidden water damage.

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Differentiating the 3 Levels of Category 3 Water Damage

6/21/2018 (Permalink)

With broken pipes, flood water, and overflowing toilets wreaking havoc in commercial buildings across the country, it may seem nearly impossible to classify the various types of water damage into any semblance of order. However, the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification saw the need for a classification system and created the standard that insurance companies and restoration professionals now use. The IICRC sets forth three levels of water damage, with Category 3 being revealed as the most dangerous of the trio.

Category 3. 

Water damage in a business or commercial building caused by contaminated liquid that may pose a health risk to anyone that encounters it is often referred to as black water. The flooding is often caused by:

• Sewage backup
• Toilet overflow
• River flood water

Because of the great difference in types and severity of the contaminated black water floods, Category 3 floods have also been divided into three separate levels of danger.

Level 1.

Often limited to a small area, the contaminated water typically has a very limited exposure. An example could be a single toilet backup in a restroom that could quickly be cleaned.

Level 2.

This contaminated water originates inside the building, but the damaged area is frequently much larger than level 1. This type of flooding can be deep enough to taint porous and non-porous items, and the building structure may also be affected. A water damage restoration crew is often called to help with the extensive cleanup.

Level 3.

Considered the most contaminated type of water, this level of black water frequently includes waste from outside sources such as overflowing sewage lines due to flooding rivers, broken dams, or ocean surges. A water damage specialty team is almost always called to aid in the difficult cleanup process for this type of flooding because the technicians have the proper tools and training to handle the job.

If contaminated water floods Layton, UT, contact a restoration team to help answer questions about safety concerns. The professionals may have all the equipment needed to safely handle any Category 3 flood water and get the building open quickly.

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Why Is Water Caused by a Storm Considered Black?

6/16/2018 (Permalink)

When there is a flood in your commercial building in Layton, UT, you can see the water that fills your building is clearly not black. Yet, when you hear the commercial storm damage restoration team talk, they keep mentioning black water. What does this mean? The term "black" does not necessarily have anything to do with the color of the waters. Instead, it refers to the contamination level. Flooding can fall into three categories:

• Category One: Clean
• Category Two: Gray
• Category Three: Black

Each denotes the level of contamination in the water with clean being uncontaminated and black being highly contaminated. Floods caused by a storm are considered category three.


Storm-caused water damage may be contaminated because it includes river run off. As the storm rages on, the rivers may rise above their banks and mix with the rest of the water. This excess moisture can find its way onto your property. Because the water may have traveled over fields full of pesticides and other harsh chemicals, it may be contaminated. Some rivers have naturally occurring microbes and spores that could also affect the categorization of your flooding.


Sometimes the floods causing water damage to your building are not only full of chemicals but also feces, sewage and other microbes. These unwanted additions to the water comes when the sewage backs up. This often happens during a storm because of the rising water table. When the water table is too high, the sewage cannot go where it normally does. Instead, it has to come up through your pipes and into your building.

When the flooding in your building is categorized as black water, it simply means the water could be full of microbes, feces and other potentially dangerous chemicals. This type of water damage has to be taken care of quickly and carefully if you want to avoid maximum damage to your commercial building.

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Understanding Category 1 Water Damage

6/10/2018 (Permalink)

When your business experiences a flood, the source of the water determines what category the flood water belongs to. Flood water can be category 1, 2 or 3. Category 1 water is the cleanest while category 3 is the most contaminated. Water mitigation specialists in Layton, Utah, use this categorization system to help them determine how to approach cleanup because clean water can be dealt with differently than toxic water.

What Is Category 1 Water Damage?

Category 1 water is the cleanest category of water. In theory, it’s water that would be safe to drink. It can come from several different sources.
• A leaking supply line
• A broken pipe
• Rainwater directly from the sky
• Tub or sink overflow
If it’s cleaned up quickly, category 1 floods pose the least risk to human health. Unfortunately, category 1 water can quickly develop into category 2 water or even category 3 water.

Category 1 Water Can Become Category 2

6/10/2018 (Permalink)

In general, category 2 water, or ‘grey’ water, has enough biological or chemical contamination to make people sick if they ingest it. It comes from sources such as the following.

  • Washing machines
  • Dishwashers
  • Sump pump failure
  • Flooded toilets with urine

If category 1 water stands stagnant for more than 48 hours, it becomes category 2 water. This is because when clean water comes in contact with other materials, they may release chemicals or microorganisms into it and bacteria can flourish in standing water.

Category 2 Can Become Category 3

Category 3 water, or ‘black’ water, is the most dangerous. It contains chemicals or bacteria that will cause serious illness or death if ingested. Category 3 water comes from the following sources.

  • Backed up sewers
  • Flooded toilets with feces
  • Flood water that has traveled over the ground

Category 1 water that flows over contaminated surfaces, stands stagnant for long periods or otherwise comes in contact with potentially toxic substances can eventually develop into category 3 water. That’s way even if you think you’re dealing with clean water, you should still contact a water mitigation expert in Layton, Utah, to determine necessary safety precautions.

Types of Damage Hail Can Cause

6/10/2018 (Permalink)

The dreaded sound of ice pellets hitting your office window tells you that the storm has become more than just wind and water. When you experience a hailstorm in Kaysville, Utah, it can cause extensive damage to your commercial property. You can hire professionals to take care of roof damage so that you avoid bigger problems in the future. Here are some other problems to check for after hail.

1. Cracked or Missing ShinglesHail damage to the roof can break your shingles.

Some shingles may even come loose or detach completely. A roofing company is generally required to fix the roof, but luckily most building insurance packages have provisions to cover at least part of the cost.

2. LeaksRoof damage can lead to leaks, which in turn can lead to a whole slew of other problems.

A wet attic that goes unnoticed can foster mold growth, turning a water problem into a mold remediation problem. It can also cause insulation to get wet, which renders it ineffective. If that happens, it needs to be replaced. Flood mitigation specialists can test areas with water damage to make sure they are remediated properly.

Did the hail break your windows?

6/10/2018 (Permalink)

If the hail is particularly large, it may even break the windows of your building. If that happens, the first thing you need to do after the storm is find a way to board up the space so that as little additional damage as possible occurs.

You may not be able to save the windows, but you can help curtail some of the water damage underneath them.If your business in Layton, Utah, experiences a hailstorm, it is likely to sustain significant roof damage, leaks and window damage.

Keeping track of the damages and having professionals take a second look and clean up the damage can help you in the long run. Report damages accurately to your insurance company to increase your chances of a fair settlement.

SERVPRO of Layton Kaysville can mitigate the damage boarding and securing your place of business.

Cooking Tips To Prevent Fire Hazards

6/10/2018 (Permalink)

Kitchen fires can quickly grow out of control. For the restoration efforts afterward, you need to follow the guidelines of the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification and hire a team in Layton, Utah, that has proof of insurance and experience with a vast array of restoration projects.

However, prevention is always preferable over reaction. Follow these tips to greatly reduce the likelihood of your kitchen experiencing fire damage.

Do Not Leave Cooking Food Unattended

Whether you are broiling, grilling or frying, you always want to remain in the kitchen when you cook something. You do not want to leave for even one minute, because something could go wrong in an instant. If you need to leave the room for something important, then turn off the stove.

SERVPRO OF Layton / Kaysville is ready and IICRC certified to restore your home after a fire.

Keep Flammable Objects Away From Stove

6/10/2018 (Permalink)

Keeping everything away from the stove is one of the most critical tips to follow at all times. Heat travels, and an object could go up in flames even if it is not directly on top of the stove.

There are a number of items that can easily catch fire in a kitchen. They include:

  • Towels
  • Curtains
  • Plastic bags
  • Wood utensils
  • Oven mitts
  • Paper

Clean Regularly

You should clean your stove and oven regularly to prevent a grease fire. Grease builds up over time. Even if you keep paper and towels away from the stove, the grease could still catch fire.

Install a Fire Alarm in the Kitchen

You should have multiple fire alarms installed around your home. One of them should be located in or near the kitchen. That way, if something happens, everyone in the house can be alerted immediately.

Fire damage can be easily circumvented as long as you and your family members are willing to follow a few simple tips. With this advice, you will be able to use your kitchen with peace of mind.

Using Your Space Heater Safely

6/10/2018 (Permalink)

When the winter sets in, it’s only natural to want to stay toasty. There are times your heating fails you, or maybe you don’t have central heating to begin with. Under these circumstances space heaters come out to keep people warm.

What many people using space heaters don’t realize about them is that:

  • They cause around a third of winter house fires every year.
  • They typically contribute to around 80 percent of winter house fire deaths.
  • Insurance companies have had to pay over $48 million for space heater damages in the past five years.

While these appliances are certainly useful, they can be extremely dangerous to you, your family and your home if not used correctly and responsibly, leading to a burned space heater and a lot of professional smoke cleanup in the aftermath.

Call SERVPRO of Layton / Kaysville if your home needs help after an appliance fire.