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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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