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Do you have leaking pipes in your old building?

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

Frequent Leaks in Commercial Buildings

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.

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

Why should I have endorsements?

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

Business Interruption After a Fire Loss

Keep in mind that you will probably need to add endorsements or additional coverage to your business insurance policy to be able to rely on coverage for business interruption. Extensions for prolonged restoration are often available in increments of 30 days up to a total of 720 days with the purchase of optional endorsements.

Ask a business insurance provider about the best interruption insurance coverage for a commercial property in Bountiful, UT. You may also be able to obtain additional coverage that could lower your expenses in the event of a fire. Work with your commercial insurance provider to find a fire restoration servicethat can complete the work during the period of time covered by an interruption endorsement. 

SERVPRO of Bountiful  is able to handle any size loss. We have completed small business losses up to a couple of million. Let us handle your damage quickly and efficiently.

Davis County Smoke and Soot Cleanup

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Davis County Smoke and Soot Cleanup Smoke and Fire Damaged Property in Bountiful Utah

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 Bountiful 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.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 
801-298-4272

For Immediate Fire Damage Service in Davis County, Call SERVPRO

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage For Immediate Fire Damage Service in Davis County, Call SERVPRO Located in North Salt Lake, we can respond quickly to any of Davis County losses.

SERVPRO of Bountiful 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

Restoring Your Davis County Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Restoring Your Davis County Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event Flooded Commercial Building

Flooding and water damage events at Davis County commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Bountiful

SERVPRO of Bountiful specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a 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: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Davis County Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration! Bountiful Utah home with a flooded basement

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Davis County basement could flood, including: 

    • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
    • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
    • Storm sewer backup
    • Sanitary sewer backup
    • Foundation drainage failure
    • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
    • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - 801-298-4272

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Bountiful and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

    • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
    • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
    • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
    • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
    • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
    • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help 801-298-4272

Faster to your Davis County Water Damage Event

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

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.

IICRC Certified Firm

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage IICRC Certified Firm Broken Pipe in North Salt Lake

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.

Does Your Davis County Home Have A Mold Problem?

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Does Your Davis County Home Have A Mold Problem? Mold in the Davis County Area

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!

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage When Storms or Floods hit Davis County, SERVPRO is ready! Commercial Building Flooded

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

Home Fire Damage - Items you must throw away!

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

When recovering from a fire it's important to understand that there are some things that will never be restored. These are the top items that must be replaced by your insurance company.

  1. Exposed Food - Any open containers of food must be thrown away. Anything that is stored in a box, cloth, or plastic should also be thrown out. Even caned and bottled items that were close to the heat should be removed.
  2. Pharmaceuticals - If the heat and smoke of the fire were close to any types of medicine they should be thrown away.
  3. Cosmetics - The chemicals of the smoke may have permeated the cosmetics leaving behind an acidic byproduct that nobody should put on their face.

Make sure that the items above are removed from the home and not used. However, make sure to take pictures and make of list of items disposed of to turn into your insurance company.

BBQ Safety Tips

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

The time has come for Summer BBQ

Many homeowners in the Bountiful, Utah, area will be calling SERVPRO of Bountiful to have us clean their fire damaged home because of bad BBQ practices. Here are some tips to make sure you are not one of those homeowners.

  1. Distance - Make sure the BBQ is at least five feet away from your home. Siding easily starts on fire if the grill is too close.
  2. Look Up - Many homeowners will make the mistake of grilling under an eave. When the grill flares up it will start the eave on fire causing much damage.
  3. Yard Care - Leaving the yard long, having weed buildup, or leaving dead plants close to the grill can start with just a spark. The dead grass or plants can cause smoke or even structural damage if close to the home.

SERVPRO of Bountiful will come to your home if you have a fire problem. We hope you don't, but we can respond quickly to clean up your home.

How Much Revenue Can a Fire Cost a Business?

5/22/2018 (Permalink)

According to the National Fire Protection Association, the total cost of fires in the United States in 2014 was $328.5 billion, with expenditures totaling $273.1 billion and losses adding up to $55.4 billion. One of the best ways to limit the amount of revenue a fire can cost your business is to obtain interruption insurance as an endorsement on a commercial property insurance policy. Property insurance policies cover losses caused by covered perils such as a fire, while business interruption coverage offsets lost income during the restoration period.

Here are several ways a fire can cost any business a substantial amount of revenue.

• Property and equipment losses: A fire can damage or destroy the structure of your commercial property as well as any or all of its contents. Standard business insurance policies cover these types of losses.

• Lost business during restoration: Interruption insurance can help to offset the loss of net income, meaning net profit and loss before taxes. These calculations also include payroll.

• Expenses during restoration: Fire restoration specialists may identify additional losses during the restoration process. It may not possible to continue to do business during the restoration period.

What's in YOUR Gutter?

5/17/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What's in YOUR Gutter? A rain gutter full of fall leaves in Bountiful, UT

What’s in your gutters?  Hopefully water.....FLOWING water.

With this week’s rainy days and the final dropping of the fall foliage, how many of you may have experienced some water seepage and possible basement flooding? SERVPRO of Bountiful is quick on the scene after your call for emergency service to provide water extraction and dehumidification, preserving your valuables and keeping you and your family from the effects of mold and mildew growth.  SERVPRO of Bountiful/Layton/Kaysville specializes in the mitigation of water damage as well as mold remediation. We are here to assist. 

My personal and professional words of advice to you right now are to take a few minutes this weekend, service those gutters and downspouts and master the flow of water away from your house or business.  This will help keep you out of path of the inconvenience and expense of water penetration into the spaces of your life that you value most. 

Have a GREAT weekend. Stay safe, stay dry. 

Typical Mold Types Found in Homes

5/15/2018 (Permalink)

Although black mold is the most common mold growth that most homeowners recognize, there are actually a number of types of mold that proliferate throughout homes in Bountiful, UT. Recognizing the types of mold that may flourish in your home is one of the first steps in mold prevention and remediation.


Types of Mold


These are the most common types of mold growths found in your home:

• Black Mold (stachybotrys atra): This is the most common type of mold you’ve likely encountered in your home. Black mold may not even start off black, but may instead be gray or yellow-green before slowly darkening to black over time. This type of mold can cause extensive damage to homes.

• Cladsporium: Cladsporium has a peppery texture, and can be black or green. It’s very particular about its environment, and tends to grow on fiberglass or on the backs of toilets. It also likes painted surfaces. Keep an eye out for this particular type of mold in dark crevices and on walls. If you notice allergic reactions with no discernible source, you may have a hidden mold growth breeding cladsporium.

• Aspergillus: If you’ve ever found mold on your food, it’s likely that fuzzy green and white, earthy-smell mess was aspergillus. While it’s not particularly harmful, it can be pervasive and should definitely not be eaten if you find it on your food. It can also proliferate in air ducts, spreading its spores throughout your home.


So What Triggers Mold Growth – and What Can I Do About it?


Water damage is one of the quickest ways to trigger a mold explosion, particularly if your home has pervasive leaks. However, high humidity environments can also cause mold to grow. Humidity may come from your climate, or could be caused by steam over stoves or from showers. Minimize water leakage and humidity to minimize the spread of mold in your home.

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

The 6 Steps of Fire Cleanup

5/10/2018 (Permalink)

Home fires can be devastating, but you don’t have to face the cleanup process alone. Hiring a fire damage professional in Bountiful, UT, can help return your home to its pre-fire state quickly and efficiently. In addition to restoring the areas most directly affected by the fire, the professionals can also handle smoke damage and soot damage throughout your house. Here is what to expect when you bring in a professional service to restore your home after a fire.


1. Assessment


Before anything happens, experienced fire restoration specialists need to inspect your home. This allows them to determine the best way to proceed. Once they’ve assessed the situation, they should share their cleanup plan with you.


2. Boarding and Tarping


Fire can burn holes in your roof and walls, blow out windows and compromise the structural integrity of your home. To protect your home from further damage by the elements, openings can be covered with waterproof tarps. Boarding over doors and windows protects your home from intruders and prevents entry into unsafe areas.


3. Water Removal


If the fire was put out by the fire department, chances are good your home’s interior has been doused with water. The water is removed using powerful wet vacs or submersible pumps in extreme cases. The affected areas are dried completely with industrial-grade air movers and dehumidifiers. This prevents further water damage and inhibits the growth of mold.


4. Soot Removal


Smoke damage often means a layer of oily, black soot staining walls, furniture and carpets. This can be removed using powerful, specialized vacuums and other techniques.


5. Cleaning and Deodorizing


To eliminate the odor left behind by smoke, surfaces need to be cleaned and deodorized. Smoke cleaning is even carried out on the air inside your home using air scrubbers and foggers.


6. Restoration


While smoke damage can usually be dealt with by cleaning, if floors, walls or cabinets have been destroyed by the fire, they need to be repaired or replaced. A comprehensive fire damage service in Bountiful, UT, should be able to handle everything from the assessment to the restoration.

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

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?

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

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.

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

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.

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