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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Davis County Residents:  Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

5/8/2017 (Permalink)

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Layton/Kaysville for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Layton/Kaysville specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 801-298-4272

Davis County Smoke and Soot Cleanup

5/8/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Davis County Smoke and Soot Cleanup Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Davis County Home

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Layton/Kaysville will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

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For Immediate Service in Davis County, Call SERVPRO

5/8/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial For Immediate Service in Davis County, Call SERVPRO Davis County Residents: We provide immediate service day or night!

SERVPRO of Layton/Kaysville provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Davis County. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – 801-298-4272

Residential Services

Whether your Davis County home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your Davis County commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services:

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration