Recent Storm Damage Posts

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.

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.    

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. 

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.