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Recovering From a Home Fire Only Takes Two Phone Calls

2/18/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Recovering From a Home Fire Only Takes Two Phone Calls SERVPRO of Layton/ Kaysville is ready to go

The first call is easy. Contact your insurance company and explain your situation. They will confirm your coverage and send an adjuster to assess the damage. The basis for the adjuster’s estimate is the amount of damage caused by the fire. This fire restoration estimate includes the cost of:

  • Protecting your home from the wind and rain until repairs are complete.
  • Removing water and eliminating water damage.
  • Removing restorable items and sending them out for restoration.
  • Removing damaged material for disposal.
  • Removing the effects of smoke and soot on your home and its contents.
  • Cleaning your home in preparation for final restoration.
  • Restoring your home to its original condition.

The Rest Is Up to You

The adjuster leaves you shaking your head. In one hand, you have the estimate. In the other, you have the insurance company’s list of preferred vendors in the Layton, UT, area. You dread the thought of:

  • making all those calls
  • talking to all those contractors
  • scheduling all that work.

It looks like a full-time job. You don’t have that kind of time. You look at the list of preferred vendors and, suddenly, one name jumps off the paper.

Your Second Call Is Even Easier

That name belongs to a company that can do the entire job. There is no need to convince them of the urgency. They already understand that the tarps and plywood must go up immediately.
Many people don’t understand the extent of this company’s capabilities. When you excel at something, people tend to forget about your other skills. Providing rebuilding services is a natural addition to their cleaning and restoration expertise. After all, why would you bring in a separate contractor after a fire to rebuild when one can do it all? Having this company do the job is one-stop shopping at its best.

It’s Time To Make That Call

You’ve selected the best contractor from the preferred vendor list. You want the restoration to begin quickly. It’s time to make that second call. Those full-service fire remediation specialists are ready to go.

Building Envelopes Eliminate Moisture Problems Due to Rain

2/11/2019 (Permalink)

You’ve Never Heard of a Building Envelope?

Imagine surrounding your entire business space with insulation and a vapor barrier. That’s an envelope. It has several characteristics:

  • Insulation surrounds the space and keeps the temperature at the desired level
  • A vapor barrier surrounds the space and keeps rainwater out
  • Rain damage cannot occur inside the envelope
  • Rain cannot cause black mold inside the envelope
  • Any area of the structure outside the envelope is susceptible to water damage

Building Envelopes Are Most Effective in New Construction
The concept is most effective when the entire structure is inside the envelope. Retrofitting envelopes to existing structures is a challenge. It is difficult for them to achieve a comparable level of protection against rain. External portions of the retrofitted structure may still be susceptible to rain damage.

A Properly Implemented Envelope Keeps Moisture Levels Low During Storms
Control is important if the business processes demand low levels of humidity. It is also important when circumstances require more moderate levels of moisture. Set the humidity to any level and weather won't affect it.

Remember That Rain Is Not the Only Source of Moisture
Envelopes are an excellent way to limit inside moisture due to rain. However, remember that they will not solve all moisture problems. You have restrooms. You may have kitchen areas and laboratories. You have sprinklers as part of your fire suppression system. Any of these can make a rain-caused moisture problem look trivial. There are many good reasons for implementing building envelopes. Just don’t expect it to be a cure-all for moisture problems.

Your building envelope helped you avoid rain damage, but water never gives up. It always finds a way to cause trouble. When you end up with water damage, the best response is to deal with it immediately. Otherwise, you may encounter that black mold that you hoped to avoid. Skilled water remediation professionals are in the South Weber, UT, area. They are ready to handle your problem and are a phone call away.

Choosing the Right Smoke Detector for Your Home

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Choosing the Right Smoke Detector for Your Home Dual sensor smoke detector

On average, when a fire breaks out in a home in Fruit Heights, UT, the residents have between two to four minutes to get out of the house before heat and smoke overtakes them. That isn’t even enough time to fry an egg. An early warning system is critical to keeping you safe, especially if a fire occurs while your family is sleeping. The best fire safety precaution you can get is a good quality smoke alarm. Do you know which type is best for your situation?

The Difference Between Smoke Detector Types

  • Photoelectric type
  • Ionization type
  • Dual sensor detector
  • Air-Sampling smoke detector

How To Choose the Best Unit for Your Home

A photoelectric alarm actually “sees” even the tiniest particles of smoke and triggers the alarm and is the best in the event you have a very smoky fire. This would do well in areas where there are likely to be bedding or piles of laundry. An ionization unit uses a radioactive element, which is disrupted when smoke particles enter the field, setting off the alarm. They work best when fires begin in fast burning sources like grease or paper, and might work best in a kitchen, shop or garage. A dual sensor smoke alarm covers both bases effectively but may cost more. Using one of each type in close proximity can give the same benefits. An air-sampling model can sense smoke in the air at minute levels. This may be better for homes with large rooms or high ceilings. You don’t need to choose an expensive model, and it is just as important to get install long-lasting, reliable batteries.

While hearing a smoke alarm and getting out in time is the next best thing to having no fire, a blaze can get the advantage on you in a hurry. Calling restoration service technicians in Fruit Heights, UT can help make putting your world back together a little easier. Choosing and installing your smoke alarms is a crucial part of surviving such an event.

Questions To Ask Yourself When Dealing With Mold-Damaged Belongings

1/21/2019 (Permalink)

Dealing With Mold-Damaged Belongings

When mold grows inside your Kaysville, UT, home, your house isn’t the only thing that can be affected. Sometimes, mold can damage your personal belongings, as well.

Mold cleaning is not always the solution. There are a few things that you should consider when deciding what to do with items that have been affected by mold.

1. How Bad Is the Damage?
When determining how to treat belongings affected by mold, the extent of the damage is important. If the damage is minimal, then you may be able to salvage them. Non-porous items are more easily cleaned and disinfected, so it is less likely that they will need to be thrown away.

2. How Valuable Is the Item?
Even if the damage is extensive, you might be reluctant to get rid of an item if it is very valuable. In this case, instead of tossing the item, you might want to consider mold cleaning specialists. They can help restore the items that have been damaged.

3. Is There a Sentimental Attachment to the Item?
Monetary value isn’t the only thing to consider when determining the worth of a belonging. In many cases, it can be more upsetting to lose something with a sentimental value. Cleaning items such as books, paintings, and paper documents is difficult because they are highly porous, but with help from mold remediation professionals, it is not impossible.

4. Can the Item Be Replaced?
If there is mold damage on items that do not have a high monetary or sentimental value, the easiest course of action would be to simply throw them away and replace them. Because mold is difficult to remove, the effort might not be worth it for easily replaceable items.

It can be distressing when your belongings are damaged, but mold cleaning isn’t always the best option. If you are wondering whether to replace or restore an item, try asking yourself the above questions first.

How Does Water Lead to Damages After a Fire?

1/15/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial How Does Water Lead to Damages After a Fire? Fire and water damage in a South Weber, UT building

Sources That May Affect Your Property

Fire damage may seem like one of your top concerns after the flames have been put out, but you'll also need to address a fair amount of water damage. When a fire first strikes, most business owners are primarily concerned about the well-being of their staff, customers, and property. Once the smoke clears, however, a period of uncertainty and panic may settle in. Fortunately, fire remediation experts can help you navigate the cleanup and restoration process. There are several sources of water that may affect your property.

  1. Sprinkler systems
  2. Fire hoses
  3. Burst pipes
  4. Sewer backups

Sprinkler Systems

If you have a sprinkler system installed in your building, the heat, flames, or smoke may trigger the emergency system and send 15 to 25 gallons of water per minute into your business. That water can cause a lot of damage. 

Fire Hoses

As the firefighters work to put out flames, they may spray a lot of water at high levels of pressure through a fire hose. That water often floods the building, running down stairways, flooding rooms, and affecting walls and ceilings. Equipment and furnishings are often harmed more by the water than by fire damage

Burst Pipes

Another common culprit of water damage after a fire is the burst pipe. As temperature levels rise as a result of the fire, the building's piping system experiences a lot of pressure. The heated pipes may warp, break, and burst. Sometimes pipes are damaged by falling debris. These bursting pipes force a lot of water into the building, causing flood damages. 

Sewer Backups

If the sewer system line is damaged by the fire or falling debris, you could have an even messier problem on your hands. Sewer backflows often happen for other reasons, but these disasters are an increased risk during fires. 

Fire damage isn't your only concern after a fire. You may also face a lot of water damage. Work closely with South Weber, UT, fire remediation professionals to get trouble under control and your business back to normal after a fire.

3 Important Facts About Residential Water Damage

1/15/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage 3 Important Facts About Residential Water Damage Carpet suffered from pipe break in a Layton, UT home

3 Facts to Help You Navigate a Flooding Emergency

Whether a water pipe burst in cold weather or heavy rains caused a neighborhood flood, being prepared to protect your Layton, UT, home during a water disaster can help you better understand what you can do to minimize damage and recover faster. Here are three quick facts to help you navigate a flooding emergency.

1. Small Floods Can Cause Significant Damage

Not all floods have to be large to cause damage. Some types of flooding, such as those that occur from a malfunctioning dishwasher or overflowing toilet, can affect your home’s walls and flooring. If a flood occurs in an area that includes carpeting or porous flooring, moisture may remain trapped underneath padding or tile, which can cause unpleasant smells and mold growth.

2. Not All Water Damage Is Instantly Visible

Sometimes water damage can occur out of sight, where it can affect the immediate surroundings for weeks or even months. For example, if a water line in your refrigerator’s automatic ice maker breaks and the water seeps into the wall behind the fridge instead of leaking onto the floor, you may not notice the problem until the moisture buildup starts to rot the drywall. It is a good idea to check plumbing lines regularly to prevent hidden leaks from causing more extensive damage.

3. Professional Restoration Can Prevent Future Problems

Whether a pipe burst and caused a flood or torrential rains were to blame, calling in a flood damage and restoration service to help with cleanup efforts can prevent future problems, such as trapped moisture under carpeting or damaged insulation behind drywall. Flood cuts and tear out services may reveal these issues, and professional restoration can make damaged areas like new again.

Water damage can have a negative impact on your Layton, UT, home. However, from outdoor flooding to a pipe burst caused by cold weather, knowing how to react to these events may help you reduce the risk of long-term moisture problems.

How Does Water Lead to Damages After a Fire?

1/7/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How Does Water Lead to Damages After a Fire? Fire and water damage in a South Weber, UT building

Fire damage may seem like one of your top concerns after the flames have been put out, but you'll also need to address a fair amount of water damage. When a fire first strikes, most business owners are primarily concerned about the well-being of their staff, customers, and property. Once the smoke clears, however, a period of uncertainty and panic may settle in. Fortunately, fire remediation experts can help you navigate the cleanup and restoration process.

Water From Sprinkler Systems and Fire Hoses

There are actually a few different ways your property may be affected by water. If you have a sprinkler system installed in your building, the heat, flames, or smoke may trigger the emergency system and send 15 to 25 gallons of water per minute into your business. That water can cause a lot of damage.

As the firefighters work to put out flames, they may spray a lot of water at high levels of pressure through a fire hose. That water often floods the building, running down stairways, flooding rooms, and affecting walls and ceilings. Equipment and furnishings are often harmed more by the water than by fire damage.

Flooding From Burst Pipes

Another common culprit of water damage after a fire is the burst pipe. As temperature levels rise as a result of the fire, the building's piping system experiences a lot of pressure. The heated pipes may warp, break, and burst. Sometimes pipes are damaged by falling debris. These bursting pipes force a lot of water into the building, causing flood damages.

If the sewer system line is damaged by the fire or falling debris, you could have an even messier problem on your hands. Sewer backflows often happen because of tree roots in the pipes or problems further up the line. However, these disasters could take place during fires.

Fire damage isn't your only concern after a fire. You may also face a lot of water damage. Work closely with South Weber, UT, fire remediation professionals to get trouble under control and your business back to normal after a fire.

How To Handle a Flood That Affects Two Floors

12/31/2018 (Permalink)

You see a water stain on the ceiling of your office building. You may be tempted to dismiss it as it doesn’t seem to be making a big mess or affecting anything other than the aesthetic of the room. If the leak is under a restroom, however, you could be dealing with sewer damage, and that’s not something you want to ignore. When a toilet overflows in your building in Fruit Heights, UT the water often will seep through to the floor below. The following steps can help you remedy the situation.

1. Make Your Calls

Consult your insurance policy and call your broker to see if damage from toilet overflow is covered under your package. This can help you pay for repairs. Next, call a certified sewage company that specializes in sewer cleanup. They can help you understand the process of mitigation, including how long it will probably take and how much it will likely cost.

2. Expect Some Demolition

Sewer damage is caused by Category 3 water, which means that not only are the materials it touches saturated and likely warped but they are also contaminated. Expect the flooring from the upper floor and the ceiling from the lower floor to be torn out. You may also lose some drywall and insulation, depending on how extensive the flooding is. Of course, the technicians will replace these materials, but it’s going to look worse before it looks better, and it’s good to be prepared for that.

3. Keep Area Clear

Because the water from the flooded toilet is contaminated, it is imperative that you and your employees steer clear of the area. Don’t let skin come into contact with contaminated materials. Leave the sewage extraction and cleanup to the experts.

A leak on a ceiling may look like a small problem, but it can be indicative of a hidden mess. By hiring specialists who are certified in sewer damage cleanup, you can rest assured that your building will be properly restored.

Three How-to Tips for Sewer Backup Emergencies

12/19/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Three How-to Tips for Sewer Backup Emergencies If you have sewer back up damage in your Layton,UT remember to work with professionals

Cleaning Steps After Sewer Backup Damage

Sewer damages present many unpleasant cleanup tasks. Before you pull out your shop vac and the kitty litter, however, there are several important considerations to keep in mind.

  • Mistakes in the sewer cleanup process could affect the safety of the occupants in the building and the cleanup crews.
  • Cleaning efforts must focus on both short-term and long-term recovery.
  • Unaffected areas of the building must be protected from new contamination.

With these thoughts in mind, you're ready to begin the necessary cleaning steps.

One: Identify the Scope of the Damages

Whether you evacuate your home or not really has to do with the scope of the situation. If your home has been flooded because of a sewer backup, get everyone out until sewer recovery professionals tell you it's safe to return. If a flooded toilet is the main trouble, the rest of the family can probably go about their normal activities. Depending on the problem, you could shut off the water to the home or toilet.

Two: Schedule Necessary Professional Services

You may require a visit from your insurance adjuster. You might need a visit from a sewer cleanup professional in Layton, UT. The sooner you can get professionals to inspect the flooding, the better. These resources can help you understand the best steps to take and how to fully recover. There are other benefits to hiring professionals for this cleanup.

  • The insurance company may pay for the services.
  • The scope of recovery may be more than you can handle.
  • Sewage contamination that has been longer than 24 hours requires specialized treatments.
  • At-risk family members are better off when expert services and techniques are used.

Three: Prepare for Cleanup You Do Yourself

Before you get into the water, prepare with rubber boots and gloves, eye protection, respirators, and coveralls appropriate for the water. Avoid direct contact with sewage materials, especially if you have open sources.

You don't need to be overwhelmed by sewer cleanup efforts. Remember to work closely with Layton, UT, professionals.

5 Tips for Cleaning Your Gas Range

12/19/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 5 Tips for Cleaning Your Gas Range Keep your grates clean

Range Cleaning Tips

If you have a gas range in your Kaysville, UT, home then you may know that keeping it clean is one way to avoid a fire hazard. Many fire restoration professionals recommend doing so regularly in order to avoid the build up of food debris around your stove that can lead to fire trouble. Here are some range cleaning tips that may help.

1. Soak the Grates

During your range cleaning you may want to clean the grates as well. These can be removed and soaked in a sink of soapy water for easier cleaning later.

2. Use a Good Cleaner

You will need to use more than water in order to clean your range. Dish soap will work in most cases, and many people like to use a vinegar spray as well. There are also a number of cleaners designed for range top use as well. If using a chemical cleaner glove use is recommended.

3. Don’t Be Afraid to Scrub

In some cases you may have to scrub your gas range. A scrub brush is a good tool for this task. For smaller parts, a toothbrush may be the right size.

4. Clean Every Part

If you have a smoke smell issuing from your range, odds are there are crumbs somewhere that have been burnt. Cleaning every part including the knobs, burner heads, and the vent over your stove may help.

5. Get Underneath

Many range tops are designed to lift up enough from the base to allow you to vacuum out any crumbs. Removing the accumulated crumbs helps ensure that there is nothing beneath the range that could potentially be a fire hazard.

When cleaning your gas range it’s important to use a good cleanser, get all the parts, and remember to look underneath for any crumbs. Regularly maintaining your stove top can help prevent any smoke odors and reduce your risk of fire hazard.