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3 Reasons a Security Fence Is Necessary After a Commercial Fire

1/19/2021 (Permalink)

Image of a building burned down after suffering fire damage.  Commercial fire damage.

There are many things to consider after a commercial fire: inventory loss, property damage, employee safety, etc. When contacting an insurer to report damage, a business owner might receive advice to contact a fire restoration specialist in Bountiful, UT, to assess and suggest ways forward. Most of these companies will suggest the installation of a security fence, especially when damage is severe, and they will suggest it for at least three reasons.

3 Reasons To Install a Security Fence After a Commercial Fire

1. Insurance

Most insurers will require policyholders to mitigate further damage to the property after the initial commercial fire report. If a business owner fails to prevent or attempt to reduce other losses, their insurer may deny the claim. The installation of a temporary fence and other mitigation measures shows your insurer that you take the recovery process seriously and do not take your policy for granted.

2. Vagrants

Without a security fence, your property can become a home or playground to vagrants and other people curious to inspect the damage. While there might be few elements of value left in your facility for theft, having a stranger roaming an unsafe property puts your business at risk. If one of these people become injured, your company could be liable for their injuries, primarily if no effort is taken to secure the property. A fence and other mitigation tactics demonstrate your commitment to safety.

3. Wildlife

Fire damaged buildings are susceptible to damage from weather, vagrants, and wildlife. While concern over animal safety might not be at the top of your list, the destructive risk and danger wildlife present to your facility and restoration workers should. A fence of appropriate height and strength can prevent animals from entering your property and attempting to nest or hunt, keeping the building and workers safe.

While a security fence might not be the primary concern for a business owner after a commercial fire, it is an essential mitigation tool. After the safety of their workforce, a property owner’s primary concern must be on protecting and rebuilding their enterprise, including the securing of insurance funds.

The 4 Types of Fire Extinguishers

12/28/2020 (Permalink)

Image of a person using a fire extinguisher in a oven fire. Be prepared to avoid further damage during a fire.

No one wants to even think about a tragedy like a home fire happening to them. Unfortunately, the chance of fire is always a possibility, no matter how safe you are. The key is to fire preparedness is to be equipped as possible for whatever might occur. All fires are different, so part of fire safety is understanding the types of fires and what to do and not do when something is ablaze. Everyone should have at least one fire extinguisher in their home. If you shop for one, you'll probably notice several different types available. What are their differences?

4 Differences of Fire Extinguishers

1. Class A

Class A extinguishers are designed to put out ordinary materials such as paper, plastic, cloth and firewood. You should keep this type of extinguisher close to a fireplace.

2. Class B

Class B extinguishers are used for a combustible gas or liquid (e.g., gasoline, ethanol, propane) fuel source. Keep this type of fire extinguisher in garages, workshops and similar areas. These types of fires can spread very quickly, but they can also be put out fast if you get to it before it gets out of control. Know when it's time to call fire damage restoration professionals.

3. Class C

Class C extinguishers are intended for electrical fires. NEVER try putting out an electrical fire with water; it can electrocute you. These fires can keep burning until the electrical source is turned off.

4. Class K

Class K extinguishers are designed for home use. They turn the fuel into soap. Keep these extinguishers in an easily accessible area in your kitchen. NEVER use water to try to extinguish a grease fire; water can quickly cause grease fires to spread.

Fire preparedness in your home in Bountiful, UT, could mean the difference between saving most of the property and enduring a total loss. Keep a fire extinguisher in any areas that are most likely to catch fire.

4 Reasons To Recommend SERVPRO Teams Who Are "Here to Help"

12/21/2020 (Permalink)

Image of a thumbs up from a person with a yellow glove SERVPRO is Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Property owners, both commercial and residential, often face heavy property damage as a result of natural disasters, such as major storms. These property owners generally reach out to their Bountiful, UT, insurance companies for advice about how to proceed, and there are several reasons to recommend a SERVPRO disaster recovery team who can arrive Faster to Any Size Disaster:

4 Reasons to Recommend a SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team

1. The Ability To Handle Large Jobs

When SERVPRO tackles large-scale storm damage, a commercial operations manager is put in charge to oversee restoration and mitigation efforts, ensuring that damage looks "Like It Never Even Happened." Large loss situations are handled by specialists with exceptional qualifications to coordinate communications and restoration.
Some examples of the jobs handled by the Commercial Large Loss program include:

  • Hospitals
  • Large commercial properties
  • Universities
  • Government buildings

2. Willingness To Bring That Same Professionalism to Small Jobs

SERVPRO has disaster recovery teams Here to Help and situated throughout the country with the equipment and training required to respond to fires, hurricanes, floods, extreme winter weather, and many other types of damage. Corporate facilities provide equipment to local franchises, so the same professional storm response is provided to homeowners and similar jobs.

3. A Timely Response

With highly trained teams located all over the country, SERVPRO is Faster to Any Size Disaster and will respond quickly to storm damage, flooding, and wildfire destruction. This type of damage can have terrible and long-lasting effects, but a quick response by highly qualified technicians is the best way to limit further damage and keep recovery costs down.

4. Compliance With IICRC Regulations

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification establishes industry standards regarding cleaning, maintenance, restoration, infection control, mold remediation, environmental assessments, and many other areas. Disaster recovery teams who comply with these standards are among the best in the nation. When the time comes to recommend cleanup, restoration, and recovery professionals, be sure to look for these qualities.

Protecting Wood Floors After a Flood

12/15/2020 (Permalink)

Image of wet wood floors Wood floors can lead to expensive repairs if not dealt with right away after flooding.

Wood flooring is a nice look for your commercial building in Bountiful, UT. It creates an ambiance of both luxury and welcome. A pipe burst can damage the wood, however, leading to potentially expensive repairs if you don't deal with it right away. Cleaning up everything you can and arranging for fast remediation are the keys to saving your floors.

Steps To Save Your Wood Floors After a Flood

Dry Surface

If your wood floor is wet from a recent leak or broken pipe, your first response should be to stop possible damage in its tracks. There are a few vital steps for doing this:

  • Turn off water main to stop water flow.
  • Extract standing water.
  • Mop surface to remove moisture.
  • Increase air circulation to start drying process.

Your custodial staff likely has the tools to get the drying process started after a pipe burst, but you don't want to leave any damage unmitigated. Just because you can't see a problem, that doesn't mean it's not there, lurking under the surface. That's why it's important to call water restoration experts to finish the job.

Call Professionals

When technicians arrive at your building, they start by assessing the scope of the problem. They can advise you about the work that needs to be done and give you a time frame for completing it as well as a rough estimate for what it will cost to fix the damage beneath the wet floor. If you are able to dry the floor and call for help quickly, you can probably keep the floorboards and the pad beneath it from getting too saturated to salvage. Fast remediation also helps prevent secondary damage such as mold growth or rot, thus helping you avoid extra repairs.

A pipe burst can wreak havoc on your building's beautiful wood floors if you don't get it fixed in a hurry. By calling mitigation experts quickly, you are more likely to be able to save them.

Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

12/11/2020 (Permalink)

Image of a person with proper clothing removing black mold from white wall. Severe mold damage in Bountiful, UT home.

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Bountiful for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Bountiful specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

IICRC: Cleaning and Restoration Standards

12/11/2020 (Permalink)

Image of people in training, and a footer with letters stating "restoration training" Our technicians undergo extensive water restoration and certification through an IICRC- approved school

When natural disasters hit or water pipes burst, property owners are often desperate to get things back to normal. Unfortunately, in the rush to get services, these people are often scammed. It can be difficult to distinguish between a scammer and a legitimate business. However, the Institute of inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (or IICRC) is a non-profit organization that sets the standards for cleaning and restoration companies. An appropriate designation from the Institute sets reliable professionals apart from unsavory individuals.

The organization provides certification for those companies that adhere to specific health and safety industry standards. The Institute is accredited through the American National Standards Institute (or ANSI) and works with international associations to ensure consensus-based standards.

What Does It Mean for a Company To Be Certified?

If a company has earned a cleanup and mitigation certificate, it means that the company's technicians have been trained in specialized areas.

  • Cleaning certifications include specialties in carpets, floors, leather, stone, ceramic, upholstery, and wood.
  • Inspection certifications cover carpeting, ceramic tile, subflooring, stone, marble, and wood laminate inspections.
  • Restoration certifications may cover measurement of humidity levels, health and safety compliance, mold remediation, smoke and soot treatments, and many other options.

For each certification, technicians participate in classes and pass standardized exams. Once the training is completed, technicians must continue to participate in courses to maintain their certifications.

Why Is It Important for Companies To Earn These Designations?

When cleaning, restoration, and mitigation professionals complete classes and become certified with the IICRC, clients know they can trust the quality of work they'll receive. Technicians with this training use up-to-date methods and equipment, understand the best restoration methods, and work to stay current with industry standards.

Some cleanup companies don't seek a mitigation certificate. The professionals hired by those companies may do great work. However, when a remediation and restoration company earned the designation, there's a certain amount of confidence that clients value. An IICRC certification can go a long way toward helping Bountiful, UT, clients feel comfortable with cleanup professionals.

Preventing Water Damage While You Are Away

11/24/2020 (Permalink)

Image of a bursting old pipe Bursting pipe

Who doesn't love a vacation? Taking a respite from work or the typical day-to-day is often a revitalizing way to rest and recuperate before you head back to the daily grind. However, as a homeowner, it is crucial to plan for the worst to ensure the best, especially when it comes to your home plumbing. After all, you don't want any surprise bills for a water pipe repair. There are at least three ways to reduce your water damage risk before heading out for a vacation.

  • Inspect and repair
  • Install a sump pump and battery backup
  • Insulate the Pipes

3 Ways to Prevent Water Damage While Out For a Vacation

1. Inspect and Repair

Sometimes, homeowners have a broken pipe and do not realize it. Plumbing is often behind walls and ceilings, making early detection of leaks difficult. Before you go on vacation, call a water mitigation company in Bountiful, UT, to inspect the plumbing system. If the company finds any problem, resolve it before you leave.

2. Install a Sump Pump and Battery Backup

Beyond the potential need for a water pipe repair, homeowners might want to consider threatening weather. Some areas of the country experience significant flooding. To prevent the risk of a flood, install a sump pump with a battery backup. The system will keep your basement dry even through the loss of power.

3. Insulate of the Pipes

While a sump pump can help limit the risk of a flooded basement, it will not perform as well against frozen and burst pipes. If you are taking a winter vacation to a warmer climate, consider insulating any vulnerable pipes. For example, if your home has exposed pipes in the basement or garage, wrap them with special insulation.

No one wants to deal with a water pipe repair when they are on vacation. The best way to avoid such emergencies is to plan and utilize precautionary measures, each of which reduces the risk of a water issue.

Does Rental Insurance Cover Mold Damage?

11/17/2020 (Permalink)

Image of a person finding mold on walls Contact professionals for mold removal and cleanup

When you live in a rental property in Bountiful, UT, problems such as mold damage become a little more complicated to address. The good news is that the more correct information you have, the easier it is to work through mold issues.

What Should You Expect From Your Insurance?

Start by determining whether your rental insurance covers mold removal and cleanup. The best way to get accurate facts is to speak directly with your insurance provider. However, there tend to be similarities in most cases:

  • You'll probably have coverage if the cause was a peril named in your policy.
  • If the cause was outside of your personal property, such as external flooding, you probably won't have coverage.
  • If the insurance agency can show that damage was the result of negligence, the damage probably won't be covered.

The good news is that insurance companies would rather that you didn't have to worry about risks, such as mold, and are a good source of tips for maintaining property, even when you're renting.

How Much Coverage Should You Expect?

You should also ask your rental insurance agent about limits that might apply to mold claims. Most of the time, policies lay out a cap that probably won't cover a serious amount of damage. With this in mind, it's always best to address mold problems as soon as you suspect they exist. This is because it is much less expensive to recover from a small area of mold than it is to recover from widespread mold that has caused the deterioration of your furnishings.

What If the Property Is Already Insured?

You can usually expect property owners to carry insurance for the building where you're renting. However, it's vitally important that you have rental insurance that covers damage to your own belongings. It's also a very good idea to find out whether your insurance will cover the work of mold damage cleanup and recovery professionals.

How Do Engineers Prevent Flooding?

11/12/2020 (Permalink)

Image of a dam used to suppress floods Dams help suppress floods.

If you’ve recently experienced high water that required cleanup from your local flood damage restoration company, it may be hard to believe that engineers work non-stop to prevent flooding in and around Bountiful, UT. The thing is, without the flood prevention efforts of these innovative men and women, flooding at your commercial property would be far more recurrent. Here’s a brief introduction to two types of engineer working hard to keep your business dry.

2 Ways Engineers Prevent Flooding

Environmental Engineers

Environmental and agricultural engineers take a natural approach to prevent floods. In addition to studying how water works its way through a given region — which aids them in making useful predictions the next time a storm is on the horizon — environmental engineers also implement flood prevention strategies such as the following:

  • Planting trees and other plants in areas prone to high water, which catch rainfall and slow the flow of water on the ground,
  • Retention ponds, ditches and other buffer/containment zones that store excess water,
  • Infiltration zones that direct water toward the neediest spots of soil, such as those around trees,
  • Greenways, which are heavily planted recreation trails that reduce flood damage and preserve the existing vegetation and animal habitats.

Civil Engineers

While environmental engineers work with the land, civil engineers build entirely new structures to channel or collect water. In Japan, for example, where the risk of flood is perpetually high, engineers have created an ingenious network of water gates, sluice gates and canals to handle high water. In addition to dams and other barriers, civil engineers also design bridges and buildings so that they stay operational during a flood, often by elevating them.

As the owner of a commercial property, flood damage may not be your worst nightmare, but it’s likely near the top of the list. Fortunately, the ongoing efforts of engineers mean the likelihood of unwanted water threatening your building gets lower and lower with each passing year.

Cleaning Up Sewage Damage

11/10/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage in Bountiful, UT home due to sewage backup. Water damage in Bountiful, UT.

If your commercial property in Bountiful, 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.

3 Steps To Clean Up Sewage Damage

  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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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 Bountiful, UT.