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3 Steps to Clean Sewage Damage

9/20/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage 3 Steps to Clean Sewage Damage Water damage in North Salt Lake, UT

If your commercial property in North Salt Lake, UT experiences a sewer backup due to blockage or flooding in a city main or lines or a flooded toilet on site, you should immediately arrange for plumbing work to resolve the underlying issue and sewer cleanup to restore the damage. Sewage can pose an infection risk and may quickly lead to secondary damage. There are three steps involved in cleaning up this type of damage and restoring the affected area to sanitary condition.

1. Get Rid of Water and Solid Waste

The first step toward mitigating primary damage and preventing more extensive secondary damage is to eliminate all water and solid waste. Commercial restoration professionals may pump out water or use other equipment to quickly rid the area of backed up water and any detritus. Once the area is clear, it is ready to be completely cleaned.

2. Clean and Disinfect

Sewer cleanup involves a complete cleaning and disinfection of the affected area. This sanitization step is necessary to restore the portion of the property exposed to a sewage backup to working order.

3. Thoroughly Dry the Area

Getting rid of water and cleaning up waste is not the end of the restoration process. Experts may recommend using fans or dehumidifiers to dry out the area quickly to prevent mold from starting to form. Damaged building materials should only be replaced after completely drying.

Whether the source of sewage damage in your property is a flooded toilet or a more extensive sewer backup, it is important to quickly pursue sewer cleanup. You can follow these steps on your own, but the job may be completed more quickly and thoroughly by professionals. If you want to make sure that the affected area is safe to reopen and will not run the risk of developing mold, contact commercial sewage damage restoration professionals in North Salt Lake, UT.

6 Ways to Reduce Your Home’s Flood Risk

9/13/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage 6 Ways to Reduce Your Home’s Flood Risk Air mover on a storm damage in West Bountiful, UT

Floods are often unavoidable. Although you may not be able to fully flood-proof your home, every homeowner in West Bountiful, UT, can take proactive prevention and flood safety measures to protect their properties against extensive flood damage.

1. Prepare Sandbags

If you receive adequate warning of an approaching storm capable of producing significant rainfall, such as a hurricane, create an external barrier with sandbags, which can divert water from your residence.

2. Install a Sewage Water Backstop and a Sump Pump

A sewage water backstop is an efficient flood safety device that prevents backwater from flowing into your basement. A sump pump is another beneficial machine that can drain water out of your home.

3. Assess Basement Windows and Your Foundation

A cracked foundation may enable water to flow inside your basement. Water can also seep through basement windows. To secure these areas, ensure that windows are properly caulked and sealed and repair any existing foundation issues.

4. Maintain Gutters

Routinely clean your gutters to prevent blockages that may restrict water flow. In addition, install downspout extensions to direct water farther away from your home’s foundation.

5. Plant Grass and Use Mulch

Both mulch and grass absorb water. So planting grass around your home and placing mulch around external foliage provides an additional flood safeguard. However, to ensure retained moisture does not damage siding, keep mulch at least six inches away from your home’s exterior.

6. Properly Grade Soil

Grading the ground away from your home is another efficient safety tip that also helps divert water away from your foundation.

Peace of Mind

Following these seven flood safety tips helps reduce your home’s flood risk. However, it is impossible to fully eliminate the threats of extreme weather and bursting pipes. For this reason, the best flood safety measure is a flood insurance policy, which provides financial security and ensures that you have funds available to cover cleanup and restoration costs and replace destroyed property.

How Vinegar Can Help You Salvage Moldy Belongings

9/6/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How Vinegar Can Help You Salvage Moldy Belongings Mold floor damage after a water loss in a Bountiful, UT home

A flood or burst pipe can cause significant destruction inside your Bountiful, UT, home, including mold damage. Some items inside your home may not respond well to mold cleaning and may need to be discarded. However, you can increase your chances of salvaging many of your possessions, if you act quickly. A variety of chemicals can aid your mold remediation efforts including one that may surprise you, vinegar.

Vinegar’s Mold-fighting Power

The white vinegar inside your pantry is a mild acid that can efficiently kill most mold types. Unlike bleach, which can damage colored cloth, vinegar is safe to use on numerous objects.

1. Non-Porous Materials

Glass and tile are examples of non-porous materials that you can easily clear of mold. To clean these items, spray or wipe the affected area with vinegar, and allow it to sit for approximately one hour. Then, rinse with warm water. To prevent regrowth, spray the area again and allow it to air dry.

2. Wooden Items

Vinegar can also help you clean and salvage moldy wooden items, if you address the problem quickly. To accomplish this task, mix white vinegar, soap and water and wipe the contaminated wood. You can also scrub the solution into the wood with a brush.

3. Clothing and Upholstery

Fabric is porous and offers many potential hiding places for mold spores. Hidden spores that are not properly removed during mold cleaning may re-contaminate your home. For this reason, you may need to dispose of heavily contaminated clothing and upholstered furniture.

You may, however, be able to salvage lightly soiled items. You can add a cup of vinegar into your washing machine, along with detergent. Once the clothing is clean, allow it to dry in the sun, if possible.

Additional Assistance

White vinegar is an efficient mold cleaning product, but it is not an ideal solution for every item in your home. Mold-damaged books and other paper objects are not usually salvageable. Leather products and electronic equipment are other items potentially susceptible to mold damage. Because these belongings are delicate, you should consult a mold remediation expert to help you properly clean them and assure they are mold-free.

Breakdown of the Fire Estimation Process

8/27/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Breakdown of the Fire Estimation Process Fire damage in a West Bountiful, UT home

A fire in your commercial building in West Bountiful, UT, is likely to be followed by two phone calls. One call is to your insurance agent, and the other call is to professionals who will restore your property. Fire restoration experts have a particular process for providing you with an estimate of how much their services are going to cost. When the same company handles both the mitigation of the fire damage and the rebuilding of your property, they can work together to streamline the four-step process.

1. Emergency Services

When you call the mitigation company, the first thing the technicians are going to do is perform emergency repairs to help you avoid further damage. Whether the fire was extinguished by a sprinkler system, firefighters or a combination of both, the rescue probably left behind a lot of water. The emergency team extracts the water and starts the drying process. They also board up windows and apply other measures to secure your property.

2. Mitigation Assessment

The project manager for the mitigation team must assess the damage to your building to provide an estimate of what it will cost to fix it. This assessment includes not only the building but items inside the building that are damaged.

3. Restoration Assessment

A second project manager arrives on the scene to determine how much it will cost to reconstruct your building after the damage has been mitigated. The manager calculates the supplies and labor it will take to restore the property to an acceptable condition.

4. Proposed Bid

The bid that the mitigation and restoration teams offer includes an estimated price for their services as well as a projected timeline for completion. Once your commercial fire claim has been accepted, the actual cleanup process can begin.

It takes a thorough inspection and an efficient collaboration to come up with a final estimate. The costs of cleaning and fixing your property after a fire can only be properly assessed by experienced professionals.

Commercial Tenants: What Are My Responsibilities After a Flood?

8/20/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Commercial Tenants: What Are My Responsibilities After a Flood? Storm damage to a laundry room in a Woods Cross, UT home

If you are a commercial tenant in Woods Cross, UT, you may be wondering what you are legally responsible for if your building sustains flood damage. There are three things that you and your renter’s insurance are responsible for, and others that the owner of the property handles.
Understanding your obligations puts you in a better place to take charge of your personal losses and protect your rights as a tenant.

1. Reporting Damage to Personal Property

As a renter of damaged property, you will be in charge of damages related to the contents of the building after a flood. If you have insurance coverage that protects you in case of destruction to your belongings, you should be financially covered in that respect. In any case, you need to calculate your personal losses to begin the process of replacing your items.

2. Relocation Considerations

If you are looking to relocate your business temporarily, check to see if your policy includes coverage for such relocation. If it does, you will be able to use the coverage to pay for your temporary expenses related to moving the business, at least up to a certain extent. Commercial storm damage professionals may be able to work with either your or your landlord’s insurance company to make the cleanup process easier. Coverage levels do vary, so always look into what your specific policy allows.

3. Communicating With Your Landlord

Beyond the damages protected by insurance, it is your responsibility to let your landlord know if you are seeking a rent adjustment due to hardship. If you need to move operations temporarily and will not be paying for your lease or want to cancel the lease altogether due to displacement, you need to communicate these intentions as soon as possible.

No matter how extensive the destruction to your possessions is, reporting it to your renter’s insurance is always a good idea. This covers all of your bases and allows you to understand how you can start working toward replacing your valuables.

How Water Damage Impacts Your House

8/9/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage How Water Damage Impacts Your House Air movers in a Bountiful, UT, home that has a water damage.

Major flooding at your home in Bountiful, UT, leaves you wondering if your house is a total loss. Luckily, most building materials eventually dry out and are salvageable. However, some are not. From swelling wood to soaking drywall, learn what can be saved and what must go.

Wood and Wood Composite

Many items in your home are made from real wood or a composite, some can be restored and others cannot:

Wood composite material is porous and absorbs water. The swelling wood is compromised and needs removed.
Solid wood usually dries out, returns to its original shape and remains structurally sound. The drying process needs to begin within the first 48 hours, however, so mold does not set in.
As long as it is not warped, real wood flooring is likely salvageable. It may need to be removed for a short time to dry the subfloor.

Drywall and Insulation

When water damages a home, drywall and insulation absorb the moisture and take a long time to dry. The following factors impact whether or not the materials can be saved:

The length of time between when water damage occurs and the drying process begins is crucial. In order to save the drywall, complete the water pipe repair and begin the drying process within 48 hours at most. Otherwise, there is a chance for mold to grow.
When water damage comes from a clean water source, such as a water supply line, there is a chance of saving the drywall. When contaminated water, such as from sewage, floods your home the affected areas need removed for health reasons.
Discard and replace drywall if there is evidence that it is bulging, disintegrating, sagging or exhibiting any signs of mold.
Saturated insulation needs to be replaced, unless it is water resistant closed-cell foam.

The key to saving more materials at your home in Bountiful, UT, is to immediately begin the drying process. Work with a water restoration specialist as soon as you notice swelling wood, or other signs of water damage.

Where Mold Collects in Buildings

7/26/2018 (Permalink)

There are lots of commercial buildings in Bountiful, UT, and all over the country, and maintaining them presents a challenge to owners and managers alike. Inspecting a building for mold growth on a regular basis can head off the need for costly and time-consuming mold remediation. Professionals know the usual areas where mold can grow, because it is a remarkably predictable organism with a few simple needs: darkness, moisture, nutrients and a surface on which to grow.


Prime Areas for Mold.


Mold can grow in a wide range of temperatures and can thrive in the dark on dirt, dust and even certain building materials.

• Paper that is subject to moisture, even in the form of high humidity, can harbor mold.
• Carpet, and the padding and floor underneath, can trap moisture from floods, leaks and spills.
• Ceiling tiles subject to excessive humidity or leaks can invite mold growth.
• Wallboard and the cavities between walls can offer optimal conditions for mold colonies.
• Masonry surfaces and grout are mold-friendly surfaces.
• Wood surfaces out of direct light offer nutrients for mold to digest.


Damp Areas That Invite Mold.


Besides building materials, HVAC systems, including ductwork, offer many hard-to-see spots that can be a bonanza for a mold colony. Bathrooms in a commercial building are also susceptible due to ever-present water and inevitable leaks and spills. Since water heaters are often located in basements or closets, mold can gain traction in these locations as well. And lastly, even after a water damage event such as an obvious flood has been detected and cleaned up, a surprisingly small amount of dampness coupled with the kind of organic nutrients common in most buildings can produce a new challenge in the form of mold to be remediated.

While it is true that mold growth is not the end of the world in a commercial building, it can produce significant inconvenience. Knowing and monitoring common areas susceptible to mold can help prevent significant problems.

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

When To Maintain Your Furnace

7/26/2018 (Permalink)

Keeping the furnace in your home operating at maximum efficiency requires regular maintenance. The following tasks can prevent furnace fires and the need for fire cleaning. You can perform filter checks yourself, but you may want to schedule expert maintenance at least once a year in the fall before the cool weather starts.


Here are several simple maintenance tasks you can perform yourself:



• Regular filter checks at least every month or two months, especially during the winter
• Vacuum out dust or debris
• Check burners for ignition and burner flame
• Make sure the blower door forms a tight seal
• Inspect fresh air intake and ventilation systems for any signs of blockage

An expert should perform a more thorough check of the connections, internal components, and outside termination of a furnace vent system once a year. This may lower the risk of furnace fires and reduce the likelihood that you will require fire cleaning as a result of a furnace fire. You may want to rely on an expert to:

• Check gas pressure, static air pressure, and temperature rise
• Perform an amp test draw on the blower motor
• Test combustion gases to ensure that they meet unit specifications
• Inspect the drainage system and internal hoses for blockage or leakage
• Make sure the heat exchanger is not corroded
• Clean the condensate drain and trap, and replace water in the trap
• Remove and clean the blower wheel
• Inspect wiring for any signs of damage

On average, furnace experts charge between $80 and $150 for an annual maintenance visit. Lower-priced furnace upkeep packages are not likely to be as thorough or include all of these steps. A clean furnace that operates according to specifications can prevent this important appliance in your home from starting a fire. If you do suffer a furnace fire, contact a residential restoration company in Bountiful, UT for both fire cleaning and smoke cleaning services.

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

Flood Safety Tips Every Homeowner Should Know

7/26/2018 (Permalink)

You read and hear about disasters on the news, but you may never think they’ll happen to you. However, disastrous incidents such as flooding can occur anywhere in Bountiful, UT, and beyond. Though it’s impossible in all circumstances to control when a flood will affect you, there are ways you can prepare for flood safety. If you practice a few simple tips, you could save yourself a significant of time, money and grief.


Before a Flood.


Flooding can be an issue due to several factors, including intense weather, poor plumbing, sewage backup and others. No matter what you do, you can’t keep weather away, but you can do some things to minimize damage.

• Clean your rain gutters
• Seal basement vents
• Examine windows and make sure they don’t have gaps
• Have a trained professional examine your plumbing and sewage systems
• Secure valuables in waterproof containers or safe deposit boxes


During a Flood.


If water starts making its way into your home, it’s essential that you avoid contact with it. Of all the safety tips, one of the most critical is that you stay away from black water, which contains sewage and other potentially fatal materials. You should also turn off your home’s power and water mains. Also, never use an appliance that has come into contact with floodwater. It’s important to pay attention to instructions from local authorities on how to safely react to flooding.


After a Flood.


Flood safety is just as important following the incident as it is during. Once the water is under control, you need to clear it out as soon as possible. You should do this with a wet vacuum. Make sure you dry the area and sanitize thoroughly as well. A restoration specialist will determine whether you need to replace flooring, walls or other areas.

If you practice good flood safety, you can avoid damage to your home and injury to yourself and loved ones. Keep these guidelines handy and implement them today.

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

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.