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What You Can Do When Your Toilet Leaks

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

If you are like most people, you probably worry about keeping your bathrooms clean and as sanitary as possible. You may even purchase special in-bowl-chemicals for toilets, cleaners for counters, and sprays for mirrors. So, when a pool of water appears at the base of your toilet, it is reasonable to be concerned about the source of the water and the consequences of the pooling liquid. The problem may be a leaking toilet, a broken tank, or a damaged supply line.


What Can You Do?


Depending on the size of the water puddle, there are several ways you can address the situation.

• Try fixing the bathroom leak on your own.
• Call an experienced team of water damage professionals to assess the situation and restore the property.
• Call friends and ask them to come help repair your bathroom.

No matter which of the above repair methods you choose, the first step to take is to make the area safe by removing the puddling water around the leaking toilet.


How Can You Find the Problem?


If you are a DYI type of individual in Bountiful, UT, the next step in fixing your bathroom water problem is locating the leak. The toilet may have a crack, so check the sides of the bowl below the seat for flaws in the ceramic material. You may also want to examine the tank to see if it is leaking between the toilet base unit and the upper tank unit. The water could also be leaking near the floor around the wax ring inside the toilet base. Another possible scenario is a leak from the supply lines at the back of the toilet.


What Do You Do Next?


No matter which type of leak you find, the next step is to turn the water supply line off at the wall to prevent additional water damage. The valve is usually located behind the toilet. From there, the choice of what to do about the leaking toilet is all yours because the repair can differ greatly depending on what is causing the toilet leak.

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

What To Know Before Mold Appears in a Flooded Building

6/21/2018 (Permalink)

Mold has existed for more than 100,000 years and through evolution has become a deadly part of nature. Mold is a fungus specially designed by the ecosystem to break down organic matter and turn it into a compost material which plants and animals can use to survive. Colony growth can take less than 24 hours once a suitable organic material has been found, but there can be a weakness in nature’s plan because almost all forms of mold require water to reproduce and even a pipe burst in Bountiful, UT, will do.


Why Is Mold Growing?


Commercial buildings are often filled with hundreds of organic materials. They may include:

• Wooden furniture
• Painted walls
• Leather chairs
• Paper
• Carpeting

Since mold spores can float around on currents of air or land on your clothing, it can be easy for the microscopic particles to enter the building and attach themselves to the nearest organic material. The fungus microorganisms can stay dormant for more than a decade, but once water is introduced the spore can become active in minutes.


How Does Mold Grow?


There are thousands of types of mold, and the seedling spores are typically invisible to the naked eye. As the organism roots into a water source, it can quickly begin to multiply colony members. When the colony is large enough to be seen, there are generally several thousand individual bacteria. If a pipe burst occurs and standing water is available, the mold colony can also bloom. Blooming is a reproductive response to a liquid that sends thousands of spores into the air to perpetuate the colony.


How To Prevent Mold?


A pipe burst, leaky roof, or dripping water line can all allow fungus spores to begin growing in as little as 24 hours. The key to avoiding mold growth and preventing mold cleanup is generally moisture control. If mold has already begun, contact a water repair service. The surrounding areas may need to be sanitized to prevent spores from taking root in the future.

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

How Can You Get Your Business Ready for a Storm?

6/16/2018 (Permalink)

When it's storm season in Bountiful, UT, you want to make sure your business can withstand any of the weather that comes its way. Whether you own the building or rent, you can do a few things to prepare your company for the potential flood water, hail damage and wind damage caused by storms. You can get your business ready by protecting operations and preparing for the worst-case scenario.


Protect Your Operations.


A storm can affect day-to-day operations of your business. You can do a few things to make sure you can get back up and running even if you lose power or have damage to your building.

• Back up your data. Keeping your billing and customer records intact can help you transition smoothly.
• Set up business interruption insurance. This type of insurance can help cover lost time caused by the storm.
• Store extra equipment safely. If you have any extra equipment, it should be kept in a safe area to avoid flood damage.

If a storm causes water damage, you may have to close your business to make repairs. When you stop operations, you could lose business unless you have a backup plan in place. Many company owners try to rent a temporary workspace if theirs is too damaged to use after bad weather leaves flood water in the space.


Know Who To Call.


One of your first steps in preparation is knowing what you would do when disaster strikes. If you ever come in, in the morning to find a flooded building, what would you do? Your first step should be to call in a commercial restoration team. This band of experts can help you remove the water and remediate the damage.

A big storm can bring flood water into your commercial building in Bountiful, UT. If you take a few precautionary steps prior to storm season, you may have an easier time bouncing back no matter how much damage your building sustains.

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

It's Time to Prepare Now

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage It's Time to Prepare Now National Preparedness Infographic

If disaster does strike, leaving fire, water or mold damage in its wake, area SERVPRO emergency restoration specialists offer an assortment of services to help local residents quickly restore damaged property.

In recognition of the annual National Preparedness Month (NPM), activities and events took place across the country to highlight the importance of emergency preparedness and to promote individual involvement in preparation for emergency response. Area franchises of the restoration company SERVPRO continue to offer free preparedness materials for NPM.

The focus of this year’s campaign: “Be Disaster Aware – Take Action To Prepare” is to encourage Americans to work together to take concrete actions toward emergency preparedness. SERVPRO often sees the benefits of emergency preparedness.

SERVPRO suggests residents throughout the country begin to prepare for a natural or man-made disaster by taking the following steps to lessen the impact on their families and their communities if disaster strikes.

Prepare an Emergency Supply Kit – Families should plan for 3 days of supplies, including water (a gallon per person per day is recommended) and non-perishable foods. Basic tools (wrench, pliers, can opener, matches), fire extinguisher, flashlight and radio with extra batteries, a first aid kit, extra clothing and hygiene items, garbage bags and duct tape, copies of important documents (insurance policies, ID, bank accounts), cash and local maps should also be included.

How to Establish a Family Emergency Plan

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

An out-of-town contact should be noted as a centralized, emergency communications facilitator in case a disaster strikes. That person’s number should be included in emergency contacts on each family members cell phone. If that person cannot be reached with a call, texting should be tried. 

Stay Informed – Most communities have established emergency procedures and participate in activities planned to communicate those procedures. Checklists and other disaster preparedness tools are available from SERVPRO or at ready.gov.

While it’s common for individuals to insure their homes, cars and possessions, and even to prepare living wills to protect their families in the event of some unthinkable accident, only 36 percent believed there was a high likelihood of a natural disaster ever happening in their community, according to a Citizen Corps National Survey. And yet disasters can and do happen every day. In fact, FEMA has recorded more declared disasters to date this year alone, up from last year.

If disaster does strike, leaving fire, water or mold damage in its wake, area SERVPRO emergency restoration specialists offer an assortment of services to help local residents quickly restore damaged property.

How to Deep Fry a Turkey

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How to Deep Fry a Turkey A turkey fryer bring inside a home.

What You'll Need

• A small to medium sized turkey: Something less than 18 pounds works best.

• A very large stockpot: You’ll need a pot big enough to completely submerge the turkey.

• A fry basket or turkey brace: The brace should be big enough to hold the bird.

• An outdoor burner: Don’t even think about doing this indoors.

• Thermometers: It’s good to have an oil thermometer and a meat thermometer.

• Oil. Lots of oil: You're submerging the bird, so buy a large container of peanut or sunflower oil.

• Protective gloves/goggles/apron: Cover up any exposed skin.

Preparation

First, completely thaw your turkey. Remove the neck and giblets, and the pop-up thermometer stuck in the bird. Put the turkey on the turkey brace with its shoulders facing down. The handle of the brace should stick out above the legs so you can pull the turkey out of the pot without reaching into the oil.

Find a flat, stable surface outside on which to place your burner. Make sure the area is dry and well ventilated with nothing flammable around. It’s not a good idea to cook on a wood deck because, you know, wood tends to burn. Also, the oil might splash and stain.

Water Damage Restoration to Avoid Mold Growth

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

Microscopic Mold is Secondary to Water Damage

After a water damage it is important to make sure that mold does not begin to grow. Mold especially can be a difficult situation if it is left unchecked. Mold grows from a tiny microscopic spore that floats through the air. All that it needs to grow where it lands is a dark area, no moving air, and a source of moisture. If an area is lacking even one of those ingredients, the mold won't grow.

Mold likes basements, crawl spaces, closets and other similar areas where no one goes into. Soakable items can become a haven for mold and bacteria and that is why they must be discarded. There are accounts of people discovering that some of the soakable items from a water damage years before were the source of mold growth that had festered and grown. These items should have been dried properly to avoid mold growth.

Why do we throw out flooded furniture?

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

Items that soak up water must then be identified and thrown out.

Sofas, easy chairs, pillows, cushions, draperies, rugs, carpets, padding, papers, books, wall coverings, wiring, and electrical outlets. There is no sense in keeping such items as when they soak up the flood water they are just creating a home for mold and bacteria to grow. Flood water is highly contaminated with whatever was outside. If the sewers have backed up then the items above would be covered with feces and other contaminates.

Once the soakable items are done away with, the area must be cleaned and sanitized. We use EPA certified disinfectants to assure its decontamination. Our technicians that normally do these cleanup projects will have the proper protective clothing for their workers, the equipment, and expertise to get the job done in a safe and professional manner.

SERVPRO of Bountiful is a certified flood cleaning company with years of service in the area.

Is Flood Insurance Necessary?

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding in North Salt Lake and Bountiful, UT

People don't normally view Bountiful or the North Salt Lake, areas as being flood prone. However, with “Weber Water” starting every spring we can get very busy. Like many suburban areas that have been built up for quite some time, heavy rains can accumulate as groundwater when the storm sewers clog up. The result can be much the same as if a river ran out of
its banks because until the sewers are unclogged, the water has nowhere
to go.

Floods are difficult to deal with and many people do handle the cleanup themselves. Of course, after a good deal of hard work and effort, things work out just fine. However, the possible hazards of contaminated flood water are the big unknowns and it can be devastating if a person were to contract typhus, cholera, hepatitis, E-coli or other difficult 
diseases from the flood waters. In an area that is prone to flooding, families and business owners should have a plan for what should be done and how a serious flood should be handled.

Flood insurance is not normally available from your local insurance broker because it can only be purchased from the Federal Government. You can go online to the  FEMA website and get more information about who can be contacted to get more information. It would be better in many cases to pay a little more for flood insurance and be able to be 
reimbursed rather than experience a major flood and be completely wiped out.    

SERVPRO of Bountiful 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Bountiful 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 All Day
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 Bountiful 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 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.