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How To Recover From Water Damage

8/13/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage How To Recover From Water Damage Air remover after water loss in a South Jordan, UT

While the prospect of a water leak in your home might be terrifying, the recovery process is not as hard or lengthy as you might think. There are a few things you should do immediately after you’ve had bursting pipes in your home to make cleanup easier:

  1. Disconnect the power and remove any electronics from the area.
  2. Remove as much standing water as possible using buckets and towels.
  3. Dry the affected area thoroughly; open windows and turn on fans for the best air circulation.
  4. Place any wet objects and furniture to dry in a room with good air flow, out of the sun.
  5. Contact a restoration specialist to assess the extent of the damage as soon as possible.

The Speed of Recovery 

Recovery from water damage usually takes three to five days, although it may take between seven and 10 days if you have wood floors. Any broken items should be removed and discarded safely, whereas any salvageable items should be hung to dry indoors so they won’t be affected by sunlight. Items such as books or clothes should only be put away again once they are truly dry to avoid any mold growth.

As for recovery of the house itself, the time required will depend on the extent of the damage. While It may not take long to fix a broken pipe, drywall, floors, carpet and other surfaces need thorough drying and disinfection to prevent further issues.

The Dangers of Water Damage

If your home was subject to damage from a natural disaster or bursting pipes, it may be at risk for a number of potentially dangerous consequences:

  • Contaminated water
  • Mold infestation
  • Structural damage
  • Property damage

To avoid these issues, follow the steps above and find a specialist in South Jordan, UT, who can help you assess your home for any unseen issues. Bursting pipes can’t always be prevented, but a restoration specialist will help you feel secure in your home knowing that you’re protected against greater risks.

How To Safely Eliminate Mold

7/26/2018 (Permalink)

Mold can cause a major headache for your business. However, it is possible to combat this problem directly. Prior to conducting any cleanup, it is vital to find the right equipment to protect yourself and the rest of your business from further contamination.

• Masks

Protective respirators are essential gear, as spores can linger in the air during the removal process. Look for a protective mask with a high filter efficiency. The higher the number, the higher the protection level. For example, a mask with a label of 80 will prevent 80 percent of spore inhalation. Experts recommend a N-95 or P-100 mask.

• Googles

During cleanup you will likely use a number of cleaning supplies. Guarding your eyes from these chemicals is important. Purchasing safety googles prevents tiny spores and chemicals from injuring your eyesight.

• Gloves

In the same way that you shield your eyes, covering your hands and arms is a necessary precaution during removal. Protect your hands with correctly fitting rubber gloves throughout the entire process. Make sure to properly dispose of each pair to prevent contamination of clean surfaces.

• Shoe Covers or Protective Suits

Shoe covers can prevent spore transfer throughout the whole building. Remember to remove and replace shoe covers every time you go in and out of a mold-infested room. If you really want to avoid contact with any and every hazardous material, consider purchasing a full-body protective suit. Both of these items can be purchased online and in stores. However, in case of a serious mold infestation, it may be best to contact mold disposal experts so that they can conduct a large-scale cleanup safely.

Any mold cleanup can be daunting to a business owner in South Jordan, UT. Regardless if it is a small mold growth or a large-scale outbreak, wearing the proper protective tools is a vital step in fighting off this troublesome fungus. With the help of all this equipment, you can protect your business’s future as well as yourself and your employees.

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Is There a Right Way to Use Candles in Your Home?

7/26/2018 (Permalink)

Many homeowners in South Jordan, UT, like to burn candles. Candles can help make a room smell nice and give a pleasant aura. Even though these home fragrance products are popular, you need to be aware of the potential dangers of candle fire. If left unattended, you may end up having to deal with a residential fire, which means you'll need to call a home fire cleanup crew. Use these tips to make sure you use candles in as safe a manner as possible:

• Distance: Candles should not be lit if they are too close to any combustible materials. This can include drapes, bedding or upholstery. When you set your candle down, try to keep it at least one foot from anything that can catch on fire.
• Surface: You also have to think about the surface you put your home fragrance product on. The candle holder should be sturdy, and you should put it on a flat, uncluttered surface.
• Location: While it may be tempting to light a candle in your bedroom, this part of the home is very susceptible to a candle fire. Falling asleep leaves the small flame unattended. You should try to avoid lighting candles in areas where you may fall asleep.
• Children: If children live in the home, it can be even more dangerous to light candles. A child should not be left unattended in a room with a burning candle. You should also try to keep lighters and matches out of their reach to avoid the need for a smoke cleanup.
• Time: The longer you let a candle burn, the closer the wick gets to the surface of the container. You should avoid allowing the candle to burn all the way down.

Candles can be a pleasant product to use in your home. However, if you leave them unattended or burn them too close to other objects, you may end up with a candle fire blazing in your South Jordan, UT, house.

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Addressing Storm Damage

7/26/2018 (Permalink)

Storm damage is a concern to homeowners, but for residents in South Jordan, UT, high winds and falling hail might specifically put you in need of roof repair. The roof is the most exposed element of a house, making it susceptible to damage. Always wait until a storm has passed before taking the following steps to address storm damage.

1. Check for exterior damage.

Carefully exit your home and check around the yard for fallen limbs, missing tiles, or scattered debris. Look for branches that might have been knocked onto your roof affecting chimney bricks or satellite dish locations. Check roof edges, trim, vent locations or flashing for wind damage, looking for spots where water can seep in.

Hail damage requires a closer inspection of the roof, but keep safety a priority. Roof repair might be necessary if dark or soft spots are found, roofing felt is exposed and multiple shingles are dimpled, cracked or broken.

2. Check for interior damage.

If high winds or hail have done roof damage, a check of your attic or ceiling is necessary. Examine molding or walls for stains that are brown or rust colored, indicating a leak in the roof. If your paint is peeling or bubbling, water could be seeping in and may be trapped between the walls.

3. Address damage locations.

You can keep the damage to a minimum by addressing problems as quickly as possible. Use a shop vac to clean up bigger pools of water, while well-placed fans can begin drying walls or insulation. Replace weakened framing support or roofing tiles if able, covering the inside floor beneath with drop cloths or buckets to maintain interior protection. You can use tarps or boards to cover roof locations that require more extensive work.

Roof repair is an unfortunate situation that storms with high winds and hail can cause homeowners. Be sure to safely inspect storm damage, moving on to address the areas as you are able. For bigger jobs, call in the experts to lend a hand.

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Thawing Frozen Pipes Using 4 Straightforward Steps

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

Winter brings the joys of the holiday season, but there’s nothing merry about frozen pipes at your South Jordan, UT, business. Not only is it impossible to get usable water from the pipe, the breaking of a frozen pipe can lead to costly water damage. Treating frozen pipes properly with these four steps is necessary to minimize damage.


1. Check That It’s a Frozen Pipe.


Despite it being winter, water that won’t come out of a faucet doesn’t always mean there’s a frozen pipe. You could instead be dealing with broken pipes. Trace where the pipes go and make sure that there are no leaks that would need water cleanup.


2. Open the Faucet for Flow.


Once you have verified that the pipe is frozen, it’s time to begin thawing. Steam and water will be released while the pipe thaws, so you need a running faucet to clear this out. Leaving the faucet open moves water through the pipe to make unfreezing speedier when the water and ice try to match temperatures.


3. Heat the Pipe Using a Safe Source.



Using a dangerous heat source or a safe one improperly can lead to problems like fire damage to your business. It’s important to first ensure the area around the frozen pipe is clear of anything flammable.

After establishing a perimeter, you can use a hair dryer or a portable space heater. Alternatively, you can wrap the pipe in an electric heating pad or towel soaked in hot water. It is strongly advised to never use anything with an open, exposed flame.

Keep the heat on the pipe until water flows at full power once more. If flow cannot be restored, seek out a local plumber.


4. Check Your Property for Damage.



There may still be other frozen pipes, so repeat the first three steps until all of them are treated. During your inspection, you may discover water damage from the weather or an improperly thawed pipe. A trained water damage recovery company can remove this water from your commercial property. It’s peace of mind to know that frozen pipes can be fixed yourself with these steps or professionally treated if they become more problematic.

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Flood Damage: Your Responsibilities as a Renter

6/15/2018 (Permalink)

Despite the tragic wildfires raging through California and the tornadoes touching down in that infamous tornado alley, the most common natural disaster in America is floods. Most homeowners know the best protection against flood damage is insurance, but what if you’re a renter? What are your responsibilities? What are the landlord’s? Will your renter’s insurance cover all the damage?


The Landlord.


To fully understand the responsibilities of a renter in the case of flood damage, it’s important to start with the landlord. Rented property must be habitable to be legally rented, so if there is a flood, the landlord is responsible for the repair of structural damage to the apartment or house.

This includes but is not limited to damage to these areas:

• Ceiling
• Walls
• Carpeting
• Doors

It’s also important to check the lease agreement, as this may have already ironed out the rights and responsibilities of the landlord versus the tenant in the case of a flood.


The Tenant.


Unfortunately for renters, the landlord is not legally responsible for personal items owned by the tenant. So, if computers, television sets, passports or work documents are damaged, the responsibility lies with the tenant, unless otherwise specified in the lease or unless the tenant can prove that the flood damage was due to the negligence of the landlord. If the home is still habitable, the tenant is also responsible for continued payments of rent.

To offset these costs, tenants should choose wisely when purchasing renter’s insurance. Some plans only cover the bare minimum, but others may include useful perks like covering rent for another home in the same price range during repairs and replacing prized possessions.

Renter’s insurance doesn’t always cover all the damage from floods. Because of this, good insurance coverage is often the difference between homelessness after a flood and a smooth recovery. However, perhaps even more important than this is knowing your rights and responsibilities as a tenant of a rented home in South Jordan, UT.

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Get Proactive and Speed Up the Claim Process

6/15/2018 (Permalink)

When a storm causes structural damage to your home, it’s normal to feel like things may never be the same again. It makes sense that you’d rather spend your time burrito-wrapped in a blanket instead of playing phone-tag with every contractor in your South Jordan, UT. However, the more committed and vigorous you are in getting information for your home adjuster, the more straightforward the insurance claim process will be.


The First Steps To Take When the Storm Passes.


Once the storm has run its course, there are a few steps you want to take to put yourself in the best position for the rest of the process. Before your insurance company sends an adjuster for a visit, try to conquer the following:

1. Contact your insurance company immediately. Ask questions: Will this damage be covered under my policy? How long does it take to process a claim? How long will I have to file a claim?
2. Make temporary repairs. Since payment for temporary repairs are part of the total settlement, you want to take reasonable measures to protect your home from further damage. Saving receipts to send to your insurance company for reimbursement is always a good idea.
3. Keep all receipts if you must relocate. Documentation is your best friend in this situation.


Preparing for the Adjuster’s Visit.


Home adjusters are trained to assess the damage, but you’ll look extra savvy (and make their job a bit easier) if you have the following handy when they show up:

1. Detailed inventory of ruined/demolished items (photos, items themselves, videos)
2. Written offers from licensed contractors, including prices on a straight-line basis, and materials to be used
3. Any cases of structural damage to your home, tool shed, garage, or in-ground pool
4. Copies of all documents relating to the incident

Planning for a disaster might seem pessimistic. But the truth is, many people are not prepared when trouble strikes. In a situation where your home is on the line, it’s better to know what to do when a home adjuster arrives.

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Do your pipes freeze during winter storms?

5/31/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Do your pipes freeze during winter storms? Pipes freezing during cold South Jordan Utah weather.

Why Pipe Freezing is a Problem

Water has a unique property in that it expands as it freezes. This expansion puts tremendous pressure on whatever is containing it, including metal or plastic pipes. No matter the "strength" of a container, expanding water can cause pipes to break.

Pipes that freeze most frequently are those that are exposed to severe cold, like outdoor hose bibs, swimming pool supply lines, water sprinkler lines, and water supply pipes in unheated interior areas like basements and crawl spaces, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets. Pipes that run against exterior walls that have little or no insulation are also subject to freezing.

Preventing Frozen Pipes

Before the onset of cold weather, prevent freezing of these water supply lines and pipes by following these recommendations: 

  • Drain water from swimming pool and water sprinkler supply lines following manufacturer's or installer's directions. Do not put antifreeze in these lines unless directed. Antifreeze is environmentally harmful, and is dangerous to humans, pets, wildlife, and landscaping.
  • Remove, drain, and store hoses used outdoors. Close inside valves supplying outdoor hose bibs. Open the outside hose bibs to allow water to drain. Keep the outside valve open so that any water remaining in the pipe can expand without causing the pipe to break.
  • Check around the home for other areas where water supply lines are located in unheated areas. Look in the basement, crawl space, attic, garage, and under kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Both hot and cold water pipes in these areas should be insulated.
  • Consider installing specific products made to insulate water pipes like a "pipe sleeve" or installing UL-listed "heat tape," "heat cable," or similar materials on exposed water pipes. Newspaper can provide some degree of insulation and protection to exposed pipes – even ¼” of newspaper can provide significant protection in areas that usually do not have frequent or prolonged temperatures below freezing.

Being prepared and informed may help you avoid messy and often expensive repairs. Check back with our blog later for more ideas to help prevent and thaw frozen pipes.

Electrical Fire Damage in Commercial Buildings

5/31/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial fire damage is evident from the items burned either partly or completely. Electrical fire usually destroys the wiring system in the house. The professional fire damage restoration services usually put up a plan on how to handle the situation.
Fire damage is complex because it involves clean up and the restoration process. Fire damage usually leaves a charred mess, smoke damage and soot damage. The smoke damage leads to smell that spread to the rooms that have were not affected by the fire.

The professional services have equipment such as fire truck and techniques to handle this kind of situation effectively. They usually prioritize with the areas that could lead to further damage. Commercial fire damage leaves a large number of items destroyed.

There comes out a colored smoke from various items burning in the building lead to smoke damage on the walls. Soot damage also results from the smoke rising from the burning items.

The commercial fire damage restoration company would clean and sanitize the premises. All the items that were destroyed by fire are sort out and placed outside to ensure effective repair for the partially burned furniture. The fire sprinkler system would also be restored for future fire suppression. They would also ensure that the system is in good condition to prevent an electrical fire.

Professional fire restoration would also make sure that the building has adequate space for a fire truck and the measurement of the fire hose needed could be documented. This is important for fire fighters to prepare in advance and put it in their database for retrieval in case of a future fire outbreak.
Firefighters are trained and skilled in handling any fire situation in a commercial building. They also engage with the engineers to ensure that there is utility room fire that could help during fire suppression. Using professionals is the best way out to handling fire soot damage or smoke damage after a fire incident.
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Steps to Take After You Find Mold in Your Home in South Jordan and North Draper

5/31/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Steps to Take After You Find Mold in Your Home in South Jordan and North Draper Mold growing in South Jordan home.

A very serious issue today in Utah, is mold in your house.

It can generate problems that create sickness in you and your relatives as well, particularly if you reside in the South Jordan and North Draper area of Utah. In addition, it is distasteful to see, it is frequently gray or black in appearance. Numerous individuals are not conscious that fungus can also create harm to your residence’s structure. It can harm the floors, ceiling and also the walls. For residents who are trying to sell their property, this can be particularly bothersome in South Jordan, UT.

Numerous homes South Jordan and North Draper, UT, have mold. Actually, numerous studies expose that almost every residence has a microbial growth dilemma, of some form. On the other hand, many are not the hazardous kind. It is simple to test your residence to determine if you do indeed, find a problem to be worried about. Oftentimes the proprietor is unaware of the mold situation, until a smelly odor is detected, for example, an odor that might be coming from the area of the kitchen. Pipe leaks might go undetected for awhile, if they’re slow leaks. This situation creates a perfect occasion for microbial growth to start to cultivate unobserved in your residence. Unobserved growth can turn out to be very costly to alleviate. Some proprietors are billed several thousands of dollars to care for unnoticed growth.

If you think that you could have fungus mounting in your residence, you can employ an inspection team to examine your residence and perform mold cleanup treatment. The standard test can be as much as $1,000. Conversely, there are home test kits, sold over the counter. Kits can be as high as $50. However, several of these test kits are notorious to be untrustworthy indications of a problem being there.

If you do find that a fungus is present in your residence, its sensible to not allow dread to control you. If the location is tiny that you notice a smelly odor in, for example, only around a 10 foot location, it might be feasible to carry out mold cleanup on your own and not use a professional. There are many websites that make clear how to attain results yourself. Essentially, the process relies on water and bleach, in an area with good ventilation.

However, if the problem needs an Environmental Hygienist, take heed of scammers. Numerous services presented might use price-gouging or otherwise, not in fact be familiar with what they claim to be. It is wise to evade someone conducting services out of their car trunk and trust your intuition. Several individuals recommend that you look for no less than 3 businesses to get treatment pricing comparisons. However, a genuine quote is not easy to achieve without using an Environmental Hygienist to enter your home, and perform a test, first. Be confident that the service that you hire, is certified, licensed and that they’ve been in service for many years.

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