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When Mold Doesn't Get the Message

4/17/2018 (Permalink)

Mold can be found almost everywhere; just think of any indoor or outdoor location, and chances are there is a small world of fungi growing away as everyday life goes on. Even though some molds stay out of the way, others can come back with a vengeance. However, you can fight the good fight against mold growth by learning more about how, exactly, it flourishes in certain settings.


Water Lovers


Water is the first ingredient required for a mold party. Without moisture, it simply cannot thrive. If your Bountiful, building has high humidity levels or has had past water damage, you might want to take special precautions to ensure it is fungi-free. Once mold latches onto a surface, it can spread quickly through reproducing spores.


An Ideal Meal


While cells demand water to live, mold also lacks a crucial component: chlorophyll. Without this vital feature, mold simply cannot make its own food. It is for this reason that the organism seeks out other dead, organic matter as a tasty meal. The following materials in your building could bolster mold growth by becoming food:

• Basements with dirt floors
• Drywall
• Carpets
• Carpet padding


Temperature Matters


Whether you've just discovered your unpleasant mold mess or already have a professional on the way, you likely want the situation addressed immediately. There's one last component that makes for the perfect mold living space: the right temperature. Mold grows best in temperatures between 40 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Even though this aspect is inevitable indoors, it can be useful to know all of mold's characteristics. Some spots in your building could be warmer (and more humid) than others.

A rundown on mold may not be the most exciting aspect of owning your property, but by learning more about how this organism grows, you can sharpen your senses and spot problems quickly. After all, who said mold growth couldn't be tackled the right way?

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Avoiding Common Commercial Plumbing Problems

4/9/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial buildings often have large plumbing systems that are under incredible pressure almost every day. Because of the extensive network of pipes, plumbing problems can cause much more damage than pipes in smaller residential home systems. Commercial problems can also be costlier since repair costs may be exacerbated by lost business expenses. Being proactive by scheduling regular pipe maintenance in Bountiful, UT, can keep plumbing systems in good working order. Here are some precautions to take to help protect your building.


Recurrent Clogs


Toilets and drains can become clogged in a busy building because they are in constant use. The obstruction doesn’t generally occur all at once and can be anywhere between the water main and smaller indoor pipes. For that reason, watch for slow draining or an area in constant need of plunging. Since a dirty water backup or spillover could contaminate the area with category three flood water, prevention is essential. Have a maintenance worker or a building employee check restrooms and kitchens regularly to catch clogged drains or slow tank emptying issues. Being proactive about plumbing problems can save time and money.


Frequent Leaks


Rubber washers, worn-out seals, and crumbling gaskets can cause water problems. Having washers and seals checked each year can prevent leakage and water damage, but it can also save you money because every drip from a leaky faucet or broken pipe can cost you money. Once the fixture begins leaking, water damage can quickly become an issue as it soaks into the surrounding area. At the first sign of water damage, contact a water damage remediation team to help solve the problem.


Additional Concerns


Sometimes damaged pipes are hidden behind walls or under floors. When this occurs, the first sign of a problem may be wet sheetrock or damp ceiling tiles. This type of water damage can be more extensive than the small visible spot, so consider contacting a water damage specialist immediately.

Being proactive and getting routine plumbing checkups can help prevent plumbing problems. Taking care of plumbing with a yearly checkup is typically less costly than dealing with a clogged drain system or sewer backup flood.

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3 Steps for Deep Cleaning Your Home After a Flood

4/4/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding in Bountiful, UT, can wreak havoc on your home, especially when it comes to the mud, sludge and debris it leaves behind. Cleaning walls, floors and all your belongings once the waters recede can seem like an impossible task, especially if you must follow specific cleaning requirements from your insurance company, city or state. However, there are a few steps you can take during flood cleanup that may make the process simpler.


1. Begin With Hard Surfaces


Once you call your insurance agent and a storm damage and flood restoration company to handle the drainage and disposal of contaminated flood waters, you can begin cleanup efforts by creating a flood disinfectant for your home’s hard surfaces. Use clean scouring pads and a maximum-strength cleanser on your kitchen counters and other surfaces, then disinfect them with bleach or other germicide diluted with hot water. Remember to ventilate the room when you work with these chemicals and wear a mask and gloves to protect yourself.


2. Disinfect Your Kitchen Goods


Once your surfaces are clean, you can move on to your dishes, silverware and canned goods. China, glassware and plastic utensils can be soaked in hot water treated with disinfectant, while metal silverware and cookware can be cleansed by immersing them in boiling water for 10 to 15 minutes. Avoid using bleach on metal surfaces, as it may cause your items to stain or discolor. Remove labels from your canned goods, allow them to soak in disinfectant and then air dry before you re-label them.


Sort Salvage From Trash


If you are following specific cleaning requirements from a local authority, it is important that you understand which items can be salvaged and which must be thrown away. As you flood clean, make piles of items that can be restored, such as non-porous toys and tools, and throw away mattresses, soaked bedding and plastic toys that may have absorbed contaminated water.

Flooding in Bountiful, UT, can leave behind mud, debris and soaked belongings. Following your city’s cleaning requirements and knowing where to begin may make the cleanup process simpler and give you peace of mind as a homeowner.

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

4 Common Questions About Mold

3/28/2018 (Permalink)

Mold is a common subject of anxious inquiries after your home has experienced extensive water damage. If high humidity levels persist, any area that has experienced a leak is at risk for becoming prime real estate for mold. Here are brief and helpful answers to four frequently asked questions concerning mold growth.

1. What is mold? Mold is a fungus that grows in multicellular structures on moist organic materials. Mold spreads by pores that float through the air until they land on a surface that is conducive to growth. Mold may develop in a wide variety of colors, but every type of mold releases more spores into the air that can cause mold to spread throughout a structure.

2. What causes mold to grow? Mold feeds off of nutrients in carbon-rich organic matter and thrives and spreads when moisture is present. If either factor is absent, mold growth will be significantly less likely.

3. How do you identify mold? You can inspect visible mold and look up similar fungi online, but you are more likely to correctly identify mold if you contact an industrial hygienist, indoor air specialist, or a company that provides residential mold testing and remediation services.

4. How do you get rid of mold? Depending on the extent of growth, mold can be contained or physically removed and the surface on which it has grown may either be disposed of or cleaned and thoroughly dried. It is important to maintain dry, low-humidity conditions to prevent mold from returning.

If you spot visible mold in your home in Bountiful, UT, in the wake of water damage or smell a mildew odor, you should contact residential remediation and restoration specialists in your area. Experts can quickly identify and contain mold growth, point out environmental factors such as high humidity, and remove, clean, and disinfect the affected area of your home.

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

What Your Adjuster Needs From You

3/24/2018 (Permalink)

As a homeowner, you do not plan for your home in Bountiful, UT, to flood, but if it does, it is important to know the critical first steps to take. Your home adjuster is tasked with assessing the damage, and there are a few key things you can document to assist with the analysis:

• Written list of all that is damaged or destroyed
• Cost to repair or replace damaged items
• Pictures of the damage
• Estimate from restoration specialists


Structural Damage


If there is visible damage to the house itself, you need to make note of it. Make a list of every wall that has signs of water damage. Check your floor for warping or missing tiles. If there are cracks in your walls or in your foundation, put that on the list as well. Take pictures of everything you write down to back up your statements. It is advisable to contact professional water damage restoration technicians to get an estimate in writing of how much the repairs to your home are going to cost to give to your home adjuster.


Destroyed Possessions


The insurance claim you file is likely to include damaged items in your home. Make an inventory of everything that needs to be replaced as a result of the flooding. Beside each item, list when you purchased it and approximately how much it would cost to replace it. Keep the damaged items and take digital pictures so you can print them out or email them.

Once you have compiled an inventory of the damage to your home for your insurance claim, make a copy for your records before you hand it off to the home adjuster. That way, if there is a discrepancy between what the adjuster finds and what your records show, you have your own proof. Ensuring that you and the adjuster have the same information may help your insurance company settle your claim and get your home back to normal more quickly.

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

Tips To Help Your Business Prevent Winter Storm Damage

3/19/2018 (Permalink)

Whether you live in Bountiful, UT or Bangor, Maine, you have probably experienced winter storm damage to your business at some point in the past decade. As excessive extreme weather assaults become more commonplace, preparation for property damage becomes even more important. Here are some tips to help you prevent harsh weather destruction to your property.


Ascertain Risks


While checking weather conditions may help you prepare for an approaching storm, it is often too late to prevent potential storm damage such as a pipe break or water in the basement. Here are some property areas to check to avoid problems prior to bad weather arrival.

• Gutters – Make sure clogs are removed so water can flow freely, and check that connections are secure with no corner leaks.
• Landscaping – Trim trees away from roofing and clear parking lot of objects that can become airborne and break windows.
• Roofing and windows – Leaking sealants around windows, skylights, doors, and siding can allow water damage during a storm.
• Utilities – Surge protectors and portable generators help keep data safe and employees warm during even the worst storm.


Mitigate Damage


Power outages often come with huge winter storms. When that happens, your business may be without heat for days. As snow and ice build up on roof tops and frozen pipes burst, the potential for damage can become catastrophic. For this reason, consider calling a professional at the first sign trouble. A restoration team may know just how to handle even the worst winter conditions before severe damage occurs to your building’s structure.


Prevent Destruction


By being aware of the condition of your building and considering repairs to areas of concern before storms occur you can help prevent property destruction. Sometimes Mother Nature can win in Bountiful, UT, but by being aware of weather conditions and preparing for possible damage, you and your employees can stay safe and warm during even the worst winter storm.

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

Does Your Davis County Home Have A Mold Problem?

4/20/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Does Your Davis County Home Have A Mold Problem? In Davis County, mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours.

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

 

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

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

When Storms or Floods hit Davis County, SERVPRO is ready!

4/20/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Bountiful specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.


Faster Response


Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.


Resources to Handle Floods and Storms


When storms hit Davis County, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.


Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 801-298-4272

IICRC Certified Firm

4/19/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Bountiful is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.

• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of Bountiful

SERVPRO of Bountiful 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 and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: 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.

Faster to your Davis County Water Damage Event

4/19/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Faster to your Davis County Water Damage Event SERVPRO of Bountiful provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Davis County

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Bountiful provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Bountiful arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 801-298-4272

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Bountiful

SERVPRO of Bountiful 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.