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5 Steps for Dealing With Toilet Overflow

12/13/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage 5 Steps for Dealing With Toilet Overflow Avoid toilet floods in your Ogden,UT home

5 Steps for Dealing With Toilet Overflow

When a toilet floods your home in Ogden,UT, it is unlikely that you are dealing with clean water that can just be sopped up with a towel. To properly mitigate sewer damage, you will need to take certain precautions and enlist the help of certified sewer cleanup experts.

1. Protection

Safety is the first thing you should consider. Because the water from a flooded toilet is a Category 3 contaminant, it is imperative that you keep pets and children away from the area. Do not enter it yourself unless you are wearing protective gear, such as coveralls, goggles, a face mask and rubber boots.

2. Air Flow

Fresh air can displace the microbes that are in the affected area’s airspace. If possible, open a window increase ventilation. Avoid using your HVAC system to do so, however, as this simply allows the airborne germs resulting from sewer damage to spread to other parts of your home.

3. Sewage Removal

The team from the sewage company will remove the water from the area. All items such as rugs or linens that the water touched must be removed as well.

4. Drying

After the standing water is removed, all surfaces must be dried. If the contaminated water has seeped into the floors or wall, they will likely need to be replaced with dry, undamaged materials.

5. Disinfection

The final step is making sure everything is clean. Mitigation professionals use special detergents and other methods to clean the remaining surfaces in the room as well as any items that can be salvaged. No item can return to your home unless it can be restored properly.

Sewer damage requires swift attention and remediation. Start with the appropriate safety measures and make sure all the appropriate steps of the cleanup process are taken. With a prompt call to certified experts, you can get your bathroom restored relatively quickly.

What Should You Do if You Smell Mold but Can’t See Mold in Your Business?

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO What Should You Do if You Smell Mold but Can’t See Mold in Your Business? Mold and moisture damage in West Haven,UT

How to Locate Mold

Mold growth can quickly disrupt your business in West Haven,UT, but sometimes finding the exact location of the growth can be difficult. If you notice a mold smell in your building but don’t see any visible indicators of the growth, there are several things you can do to locate the mold.

1. Follow the Smell

In some instances, you might be able to smell mold before you can see it growing. The musty odor is often strongest close to where the mold is growing. If you’re unsure where the mold is growing, check the areas where the scent smells the strongest. It can also be helpful to be aware that mold can grow inside walls or other areas that aren’t visible, so it’s wise not to ignore the fungus smell.

2. Check Common Areas Where Mold Grows

Understanding where mold commonly grows can help lead you to the source of the mold smell in your building. Mold most often grows in damp areas, though it is possible for mold to grow in dryer areas as well. If the smell of the mold alone doesn’t help you locate the growth, then it can be useful to check in areas such as bathrooms, near water heaters or by pipes.

3. Use a Thermal Camera

If you have followed the smell of mold and have also searched in areas where mold commonly grows but still don’t see mold, you can consider using a thermal camera. A thermal camera will show you where water is located in spots that you can’t see. Since mold tends to grow near water and in moist areas, this tool might be able to help you locate the mold and could save you the time of searching yourself.

A mold smell in your building can often be an indicator of mold growth. If you notice a musty, mildew smell in your business or if you see signs of mold growth, it’s sometimes useful to contact mold removal and remediation professionals.

Easy Steps to Using a Fire Extinguisher

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Easy Steps to Using a Fire Extinguisher Having a fire extinguisher in your Huntsville,UT business can help in a small fire

You’ve heard throughout your life that in case of a fire, you should call 911 and get away from danger. While this is sound advice, there are things you can do at the outset of the fire to keep it from spreading and threatening your Huntsville,UT, office. In small fires, a fire extinguisher can be your most important tool to keep the incident from getting out of hand.

Why Use a Fire Extinguisher

You see extinguishers in buildings everywhere you go, but what makes them such effective tools to help prevent major fire damage?

  • They can act quickly and effectively against a wide range of fires in many places.
  • Anyone can learn how to use them properly.
  • If you use them properly, they can keep a small fire from getting out of control and causing extensive damage or even bodily harm or death.

The Correct Method

If you spot a kitchen fire in your office break room, or if there is a fire in any other part of your building, you need to act without hesitation. When you use the fire extinguisher appropriately, you can have confidence that you can put out the fire without much difficulty. Experts teach that you should use the PASS method: Pull, Aim, Squeeze, Sweep

Pull

Your first job is to take the extinguisher and pull the pin out of the handle at the top of the device. This will break the seal and allow you to spray the chemical.

Aim

Take the hose in one hand while holding the extinguisher by the handle in the other. Next, aim the hose low at the base of the fire.

Squeeze

Squeeze the handle firmly. This will release the extinguishing chemical.

Sweep

In a fluid motion, sweep the hose from side to side at the bottom of the fire. Do this until the fire is completely out.

If you follow these steps, you can put out small fires with a fire extinguisher. Study and practice this method in your workplace.

What Not To Do When Your Home Floods

11/12/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO What Not To Do When Your Home Floods Flooded home in Liberty,UT

Four Behaviors to Avoid

Storms often bring torrential rainfall, and with that rainfall comes flooding. When floodwater rises in Liberty,UT, you may get a lot of advice from many sources. Most of those sources will focus on the actions you should take, but it's just as important to know what things to avoid. If your home is flooded during a natural disaster or storm, here are four behaviors to avoid.

1. Staying in Your Home

If your flooded home is uninhabitable, you should get your family to a safe location. Local authorities will keep you posted on mandatory evacuations, but if there is significant damage, don't wait until you have to leave. The earlier you leave your home, the easier it is going to be to navigate roads and find shelter.

2. Touching Contaminated Water

You don't know where water seeping into your home from a storm has been, but you can count on it being contaminated. Floodwater is considered Category 3 water and can contain microbes and bacteria. Make sure you wear protective clothing and especially avoid contact with your hands and face.

3. Overusing Your Cell Phone

Until you find a place where you can plug your cell phone in, the charge on its battery is going to have to last. Many people will succumb to boredom and use their phones to play games or surf social media. It is smarter, however, to conserve the charge and only use your phone for emergencies.

4. Trying To Clean Mold

If there is widespread water damage in your area, remediation experts may not get to your home before mold starts to grow. While you can attempt to dry out your home to minimize the risk of a problem developing, fight the temptation to clean any mold that does form. Doing so without the proper training and equipment can actually make the problem worse.

Storms may leave your home full of floodwater. By following the right steps and avoiding the wrong ones, you can increase your chances of staying safe.


Is It Time to Clean Your Dryer Vent?

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Is It Time to Clean Your Dryer Vent? Have you checked your clothes dryer lately?

Like most homeowners in Eden,UT, you've probably taken precautions to prevent fires from happening in your home. But have you checked your clothes dryer lately? Each year, a significant number of homes are damaged by a lint fire. This type of dryer fire can occur when your vent isn't kept clean. So, how do you know if your vent needs maintenance?

1. It's Been a While Since Your Last Inspection

It's important to have your dryer vent duct inspected at least once a year by a professional vent cleaning specialist. While it's possible to do the cleaning yourself, hiring professionals ensures the job is done properly, as they are familiar with all kinds of dryers and have the appropriate tools to efficiently clean the vent.

2. You Smell Something Burning

A burning smell is a sure sign that something's wrong. Lint can clog up the trap, drum casing and exhaust tube, and easily cause a lint fire. If you smell something burning, turn off the dryer and have a professional inspect it immediately.

3. It Takes a Long Time for Clothes to Dry

A vent that's blocked up will keep your clothes from drying properly. The time it takes might be twice or even three times as long. You may put clothes in for a normal drying cycle and find that they're still damp when you take them out. The clothes aren't able to dry because a blocked vent will not be able to release the moist air from inside.

4. The Dryer and Your Clothes Are Really Hot

If the outside of the dryer is hot to the touch and your clothes are extremely warm when you take them out, this is a sign that the vent is blocked and the air from inside the dryer is not being blown out properly.

As a homeowner, you have enough keep you busy without having to worry about a lint fire. Happily, if you look out for the signs above and take the appropriate steps, you won't ever have to!

3 Water Heater Noises That May Indicate Trouble

10/5/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage 3 Water Heater Noises That May Indicate Trouble Water heater tips for your Ogden,UT home

You may not give much thought to your Ogden,UT, home’s water heater until it starts to malfunction. One major giveaway is certain sounds it might start to make where it ran quietly in the past. While not all of these sounds are cause for alarm, there are a few that may be pointing to trouble or the need for maintenance.

1. Hammering Sounds

If your water heater makes hammering or banging sounds, this may be startling but is usually not a cause for alarm. This means that someone in the family has turned the water off suddenly, which may cause the pipes to vibrate. When this happens, the pipes may knock against the wall. Wrapping them in heat-resistant soft insulation can fix this problem and prevent long-term damage to the wall.

2. Screaming

This sound can also be startling because it sounds like the entire unit may burst at any moment. However, this usually means a valve somewhere in the unit, the lines or at another connected source may not be closed all the way. If you cannot chase it down, you may want to call in a water damage and restoration company to help you find the source of the faulty valve and inspect any lines for damage.

3. Crackling and Popping

If your water heating unit sounds like it is boiling rocks every time it turns on, this may not be too far from the truth. Over time, sediment can build up at the bottom of the tank and cause crackling or popping as the water forces its way through the buildup during the heating process. A water heater flush can rectify this issue.

Some noises your Ogden,UT , home’s water heater might make can be alarming. However, when you understand their sources, you can take the steps necessary to resolve or repair the problem before it becomes too serious.

3 Ways To Prepare For Flood Damage

10/5/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial 3 Ways To Prepare For Flood Damage Fill sandbags for flood prevention in your Roy,UT home

Preparing for flood damage can save time and reduce stress after a flood occurs in Roy,UT. Here are three ways to limit the severity of flooding within a commercial property, prevent storm damage, and resume work in a timely manner.

1. Fill Sandbags or Flood-Prevention Alternatives

Sandbags or other damming materials play a critical part in flood prevention. To make sandbags, you will need burlap bags, sand, and shovels to fill the bags. Build a dam layer by layer with up to three layers of sandbags. You may want to cover the stack of sandbags with plastic or polyethylene sheeting to make barriers more watertight.

Sandbag alternatives such as water-filled tubes and reusable flood dams can be faster to fill and put into place than sandbags. You may also want to consider flood fencing or absorbent materials that expand to keep out flood waters.

2. Elevate Appliances, Furniture, and Utilities

It is a good idea to either lift or move contents to a higher floor prior to flooding. This can significantly reduce the extent of damage and the amount of mitigation and restoration required. If you can lift utilities such as power supplies, this may also lower the risk of corrosion that may lead to electrical fires. It is a good idea to shut off electricity and gas to a commercial property in the event of a severe flood.

3. Back Up Important Information

Make sure to back up important paper documents such as critical records, property deeds, insurance papers, inventory lists, and other materials. You should also make sure that you have contact information for utility providers, your business insurance provider, and a local flood mitigation service.

Follow these steps to prepare a commercial property for flooding. If the building still sustains flood damage, contact a restoration service that specializes in water and storm damage in Roy,UT.

How To Deal With Wayward Sprinklers and the Damage They Cause

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage How To Deal With Wayward Sprinklers and the Damage They Cause Air movers on a water damage in a South Ogden, UT home

Studies indicate the fire sprinklers do far more good than harm, and that they actually end up saving both business owners and homeowners money when they deploy. When sprinklers deploy during a fire, they cut the typical cost of fire damage by half. Then there are the life-saving benefits of sprinklers. Some statistics that may surprise you are as follows:

  • Sprinklers reduce the average property loss as much as two-thirds compared to a fire not controlled by sprinklers, even if they do cause a bit of flooding.
  • There are no accounts of a fire killing more than two people in a public building fire in which a working system was present.
  • Combined with smoke alarms, sprinklers cut the risk of a person dying in a home fire by 82 percent.

The stats clearly show that sprinklers are a worthwhile and necessary investment. That said, it is not unheard of for fire sprinklers to deploy without cause. When this happens, they can cause significant water damage, and you may want to know what your options are when they do.

What To Do When Sprinklers Go Off Without Cause

When sprinklers go off without cause, they can cause significant flooding and costly damage. You can minimize the cost of damage by turning off the water supply line immediately. Once the line is off, take down the wayward sprinkler and its components and bring it to the sprinkler's manufacturer or your South Ogden, UT, fire department. Someone should be able to help you determine the cause.

If the cause of the malfunction has to do with faulty equipment rather than lack of maintenance, damage caused to your building, as well as replacement of the system, should be covered by your insurance company. As for cleaning up the flooding and subsequent damaged caused by the faulty sprinkler, contact your water remediation team right away before damage becomes much greater than a bit of wet carpeting and equipment.

Reasons Not To Overlook Your Crawlspace After a Flood

9/18/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Reasons Not To Overlook Your Crawlspace After a Flood Severe flooding damage caused by storm in North Ogden, UT

It’s hard to miss the outward damage of a home flood. However, one place where damage often goes unnoticed is in the areas beneath your home. Designed to allow access to wiring and plumbing, the crawlspaces beneath your home are often the most susceptible to flood damage. Mold, mildew or even insect infestation can result from lingering water damage. When choosing a restoration company in North Ogden, UT, look for one that understands the importance of this often-overlooked area.

How Does a Crawlspace Get Damaged?

When house flooding occurs due to storm damage and rising waters, it’s understandable that low areas like crawlspaces would be impacted. However, there are several other ways besides a home flood these areas can fall prey to water damage. They include:

  • Kitchen waste line leaks
  • Sewer drain line leakage
  • Improperly installed gutter downspouts
  • Rising water table

Even water seepage from overwatered plants can get into a crawlspace and cause a host of problems.

What Are the Long-term Effects?
Like any area exposed to water, a crawlspace is susceptible to mold and mildew. If HVAC ducts run through a crawlspace dampened by house flooding, the result can be moldy air blowing through your home. Humidity from the moist areas left by a home flood can warp sub-floors, creating a cascade of damage and expense.

What’s the Solution?
Venturing into a moist crawlspace is often a bad idea. These areas require special cleaning apparatus and even masks for safe remediation. Instead, look to an experienced flood restoration company in North Ogden, UT, to clean up the damage and prevent further problems using tools like sump pumps, dehumidifiers and even special insulation.
Your crawlspaces may not be very visible, but they are important to your home’s structural integrity. Don’t let flood water or storm damage destroy them. Include your crawlspaces in your flood cleanup and rest assured your home is secure.

Got Mold? Hire an Environmental Hygienist

9/11/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Got Mold? Hire an Environmental Hygienist Mold damage in an Ogden, UT home

Whether you have just moved to a new home or have lived where you’re at for many years, there may come a time when you need to seek mold cleaning. Asking friends and family members what to do could give you some direction, but how will you know what the best solution is? Environmental hygienists are certified to check for mold and will offer you the best course of action to take for your specific situation.

What Makes a Hygienist Stand Out?

You may wonder why an environmental hygienist is your best option when dealing with mold damage. There are a few qualities and qualifications that really make these professionals stand out.

  • Hygienists are required to take a test showing their knowledge on the subject before heading out into the field.
  • The certification is recognized around the world.
  • They are given opportunities to practice learning and gain experience.
  • They adhere to a specific code of ethics.

As you can see, when hiring a certified hygienist, you can rest assured the person in your home will know the difference between a normal level of mold and a heightened level. You can relax knowing the individual will suggest the proper avenue for mold cleaning. You can be sure he or she will spot water sources, moisture, mold colonies and odors that present a problem. Finally, you can trust that he or she will show respect and courtesy while in your Ogden, UT, home.

When Should You Call a Professional?

The best time to call a professional is anytime you’re not certain what to do. If you find yourself questioning a situation, that’s a great time to call. Mold cleaning can turn into a big job if not caught early enough, but with a professional environmental hygienist and mold remediation experts on your side, it won’t get out of hand. Whether you have noticed moisture and can’t find the source or can’t put your finger on a musty odor, it’s better to be safe and have your home professionally checked.