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3 Things To Do With Your Pipes Before Vacation

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

When you're planning a trip, don't forget to make plans for your pipes before you leave Salt Lake City, UT. Under normal circumstances, they work quietly and harmoniously, carrying water to and fro, but they can't be trusted to do the work when nobody is there. You need to prepare those pipes for the trip. If not, you may come home to a broken pipe and a water park in your basement. Here are three things to do before you leave town:

1. Repair any known problems.

You may already know about a tiny problem here or a little chore there. Now is the time to make that necessary water pipe repair.

2. Shut it all down.

Find the main water supply line to your house and turn it off. This is the best solution to prevent a flooded home. The most difficult part of this task is finding the main water supply valve. It may be in a basement, the garage, or by the hot water heater. A couple days before your vacation, do a practice run of shutting down your water supply. This is much better than explaining to your family later why you're calling in restoration and flood specialists.

3. Only shut down the troublemakers.

If you have someone coming over to take care of the pets, shutting off the main water supply may not be convenient. You can still turn off individual supply valves to the areas most likely to leak, which include lines for the washing machine, dishwasher, ice maker, and toilets. Do you really want your pet sitter working on a water pipe repair?

Of course, this all assumes you have kept up with the regular maintenance (cleaning gutters, septic tank pumping, water heater flushing, and minor water pipe repair) that would help prevent water damage while you are away. If you happen to have pushed these tasks down your list, then you should make sure they are finished before you go. Your preventative actions will ensure that your vacation-induced state of relaxation may continue when you return to your undamaged home.

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How To Avoid Secondary Water Damage

6/21/2018 (Permalink)

A flood at your commercial property in Salt Lake City, UT, can cause a lot of damage. You may have to replace walls or flooring, and you may lose some equipment or important documents. If the problem is not remedied in a timely manner, however, these may be the least of your worries. Secondary damage occurs when flood damage is not properly addressed. If that happens, you may see black mold growth or extended moisture issues. You can avoid secondary water damage, however, by recognizing the causes and being proactive.

Possible Causes.

No one plans to let problems go unresolved. Failure to act is usually the result of lack of awareness or slow response. There are many situations that could lead to secondary water damage:

• Slow leak within wall that goes undiscovered for a long time
• High humidity in building
• Incomplete assessment of initial problem
• Ineffective or incomplete cleaning
• Failure to address problem at its onset

If water is allowed to permeate surfaces, not only can it destroy the structural integrity of that area of the building, but it can also become a breeding ground for black mold, which can affect the air quality inside.

Proper Prevention.

Prevention is key when it comes to mitigating water damage. Regular building inspections should be a part of your maintenance plan. As soon as a problem is discovered, you must call certified water restoration specialists to start the cleanup process. They have the training and equipment to assess, dry and clean your property in a timely manner. They can also test the humidity in your building and advise you on how to keep it at acceptable levels so that mold does not become a problem.

When you have water damage in your commercial property, do not hesitate to take care of it. Your acute attention and swift actions can help you avoid secondary damage like black mold and the spread of deterioration.

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Tips for Cleaning a Leaking Roof

6/16/2018 (Permalink)

A roof leak can be a catastrophic problem for your Salt Lake City, UT, property. Not only are leaking roofs often damaged and unsightly, but the leaks they cause can prove a danger to yourself, your employees, your customers, and your inventory. Leaks lead to slip and fall situations, damage electronics, and encourage mold growth. So how can you clean up after a leaking roof?

Keep Everything High and Dry.

The biggest part of cleaning up after a roof leak is to make sure everything stays dry. You should take these steps:

• Remove anything wet that can be salvaged and take it outside to dry out.
• Tear out any porous materials that may be waterlogged and incubating mold.
• Immediately find the source of the leak and implement a temporary patch if possible.
• Clean, dry, and disinfect the affected area.
• Ward off the area until the issue can be addressed.

If the roof leak is a crisis situation with substantial amounts of water flooding the building or making the roof itself unstable, you may need to evacuate the building immediately and call for help. Be very careful when tracing the source of a leak, and never try to climb onto the roof yourself unless you have appropriate safety precautions in place and the proper equipment and assistance. This is especially true in the middle of emergencies such as storms, hurricanes, and other natural disasters that may be the cause of the roof leak. Remember to first protect yourself and your employees; your inventory can be replaced.

Call the Professionals for Roof Repair.

Cleaning up your roof leak isn’t enough. Whether it’s caused by missing shingles or by a more extensively damaged roof, you still need to call for roof repair to ensure the problem is permanently resolved. Cleaning is only a stopgap. Keep your roof properly repaired and restored to keep your business running smoothly.

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Dealing with Fire and Water Damage After a Fire

5/22/2018 (Permalink)

If your business has experienced a fire that was put out by firefighters, you have more than just fire damage to contend with. A fire hose can easily deliver over 100 gallons of water per minute, sometimes even up to 1000 gallons per minute. While some of this will evaporate due to the heat of the fire, you’re likely to be left with significant water damage once the smoke clears. This can be disheartening, but an experienced fire restoration company in Salt Lake City, UT, should be fully equipped to handle damage from both fire and water.

Cleaning Up After a Fire

When you contact a fire restoration specialist, the first thing the professionals will do is come to your building to assess the fire damage and make a plan for the cleanup. If the fire has burned large openings in your walls or roof, they will board these holes up and cover them with plastic sheeting. This prevents further damage from wind, rain or snow and ensures your property is safe from theft. Once these preliminary steps have been taken, the actual cleanup can begin.

1. Removing the Water

Water removal is usually the first step in a post-fire cleanup. Submersible pumps are deployed if there is a large excess of water. Otherwise, powerful vacuums and industrial dryers are used to completely dry out the area.

2. Soot and Smoke Removal

Once everything is dry, soot and smoke are scrubbed from the interior services. This process can include wet-cleaning carpets, foam cleaning furniture and ultra-sonic cleaning glass, plastic, rubber, metal or ceramic objects in hard-to-reach places.

3. Repair and Restoration

The final step is the removal of damaged materials. Burnt drywall and flooring are replaced with new materials and restored to pre-fire condition. Once the fire restoration company in Salt Lake City, UT, has cleaned or replaced all the materials affected by water or fire damage, your business will be ready to reopen.

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4 Tips To Prevent Mold Problems Caused by Your Swamp Cooler

5/15/2018 (Permalink)

You may use a swamp cooler in your Salt Lake City, UT, home instead of an air conditioning unit. While this equipment requires less electricity than an AC unit, it is more likely to result in mold growth because the cooler uses evaporative moisture to cool down your home. Thankfully, you and your team of mold remediation experts can follow certain maintenance steps to stop mold from becoming an issue.

1. Schedule Regular Cleaning. Even if you don't have a leaking swamp cooler, your unit could still have areas of mold buildup. Cleaning the ducts, drip pans and other sections of the cooler regularly may help you stop mold from making its way into your home.
2. Use a dehumidifier. Because this equipment introduces extra moisture to your home, you may benefit from running a dehumidifier with it. If you don't have one, you can try opening your windows slightly to allow some of the moisture out.
3. Make repairs. Any swamp cooler could lead to mold growth, but a leaking swamp cooler has an even bigger chance of creating this problem. The extra moisture caused by the leak could be enough to create a great habitat for the intrusive fungus. If you notice a leak, you need to get it repaired as quickly as possible.
4. Avoid humid days. Typically, the extra moisture introduced by this cooling system isn't a big deal. However, if the machine runs continuously during humid periods, you may be introducing too much extra moisture to your home. If you live in an area that's always high in humidity, it may be better to switch to an AC unit. Otherwise, try to avoid running your swamp cooler when it is exceptionally muggy out.

No matter the cause of mold growth in your Salt Lake City, UT, home, you want to address the problem as quickly as possible. If a leaking swamp cooler is to blame, learn about preventative steps you can take to stop the problem from recurring.

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4 Common Causes of House Fires

5/10/2018 (Permalink)

4 Common Causes of House Fires

A home fire is a concern that every homeowner should be aware of. The U.S. fire department responded to over a million fires in 2015. Often, a fire happens accidentally, but it’s important to know how to prevent these situations from occurring. Here are four common fire causes in the home.

1. Cooking

The kitchen is a favored room in most houses, but it can be a dangerous place if left unattended. While cooking, be sure to clear away flammable objects that might get in your way. Also, never leave the room while cooking with your pots and pans. If you get distracted in another room, you might not notice a potential fire risk until it’s too late.

2. Electrical Appliances

Any electrical equipment that is faulty can create a home fire. Check for any frayed cords, faulty plugs, or overloaded outlets. During the fire cleaning process, you might be surprised how much damage one hazardous appliance can create.

3. Candles

Candles can create the perfect atmosphere for a fancy dinner, but they can also be dangerous if you’re not careful. The small flames can easily catch paper on fire, and if you’re not paying attention, those flames can grow out of control. Remove any flammable objects such as books or magazines before you set the candles out.

4. Smoking

A cigarette butt can stay lit for several hours even after you smoke. If one of these contacts furniture or drapery, the flammable material could burst into flames. To prevent this, try to avoid leaving cigarettes in the bedroom or other areas with a lot of furniture.
A home fire is never wanted, but it happens more than you might think. Be smart while cooking, inspect your appliances, and carefully discard your cigarette butts after you finish smoking. By taking precautions within your home in Salt Lake City, UT , you can decrease the risk of a disaster.

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If I Smell Mold But Don't See It, Is There a Problem?

4/19/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial buildings in Salt Lake City, UT, can have some strange smells. Some of the aromas you encounter may cause you to blanch and worry about larger problems. A mold smell, for example, could be enough to send you into a panic. If you smell mold, you should look for signs of growth. A commercial mold cleanup crew may be able to help you better assess the situation.

Locate the Problem

But what happens if you can't find any signs of mold? Could the smells be inconsequential? Chances are if you smell it, it's around. Mold can grow in unseen places, including the following:

• Under carpets
• Between walls
• Inside ventilation ducts

If you notice a musty or mildew smell, you should be on high alert and bring in an expert who can help you find hidden signs of the growth.

Turn to Special Tools

When you cannot find visible signs of fungus, you need to turn to some special tools that can help you locate trouble spots. A thermal camera, for example, can be used to locate sources of water. If you have an unknown leak in your walls, experts can use this device to help you spot the water issue. The source of water damage is often a great place to look for the cause of your fungus smell.

Find Areas of Moisture

These infrared cameras can better help you locate the source of a mold smell because they pick up signs of moisture that the human eye cannot see. While this equipment is beneficial, you may still need the help of other tools as well. For example, your technician may use a temperature measurement tool in conjunction with the camera to better assess what's going on in the nooks and crannies of your building.

Because mold smell can be repugnant, you should not ignore this musty odor. Fungus produces odors when it releases gasses. In other words, if you smell it, it is probably somewhere in your commercial building.

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So, the Water Damage is Done—What’s the Hurry?

4/9/2018 (Permalink)

Many people live by the notion that once the damage is done, there is no hurry to make the fix. This is a dangerous and costly notion to live by, especially where water damage is concerned. Whether the damage in your building is due to a pipe burst, sewage backup or a flood, you need to act fast, and here’s why:

• Mold growth begins within 24 hours of the incident.
• Once mold has started to grow, it produces spores, which can float from room to room and wreak more damage than the original patch, making complete mold cleanup extremely difficult.
• The water itself can deteriorate building materials and furniture.
• Some water is contaminated with dangerous chemicals and biomaterials.
• The longer you wait, the less likely your insurance will be to cover the issue.

Water Damage Is a Ticking Clock

Once water damage occurs, you have between 24 and 48 hours to clean it up and prevent mold growth. Even something as small as a pipe burst has the potential to create costly and difficult-to-remedy issues. Because this is your livelihood at stake, don’t try and clean up the mess on your own. Rather, contact a Salt Lake City, UT, water restoration team to help.

The right team can use commercial-grade tools to pump sitting water out of your building and to begin drying it out. Depending on the source of the issue, the water may be contaminated, in which case, the team you call would wear Hazmat suits and protective gear to decontaminate the area. This is an important step for commercial buildings, as any illness or injury caused by improperly cleaned water damage could pose a liability issue for the building owner.

Just because the pipe burst is done leaking or the water from a flood has receded doesn’t mean you don’t need to act quickly. The sooner you reach out to your Salt Lake City, UT, water remediation team, the better. The longer you wait, on the other hand, the greater the damage will become.

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3 Tips for Maintaining Your Sump Pump

4/4/2018 (Permalink)

When flooding hits Salt Lake City, UT, your home’s sump pump can be the first line of defense in keeping your basement dry. The pump is designed to drain away water in case of a flood and send it to a designated drainage area. While you might not always need your pump, proper maintenance can keep it running at top tier and have it ready to go if flooding should occur.

1. Check the Float

Checking the float in your unit can help you gauge how effectively it is working. To do this, plug the sump pump into a power source and pour a full bucket of water into the well. If the pump is working correctly, the float will rise and the system will turn on. You can perform this check every few months and a few weeks before the rainy or thawing seasons.

2. Wash or Replace the Screen

During normal pump operation, your unit may draw in debris from flood water that might clog the inlet screen. Leaves, twigs and other small bits of trash are usually the most common culprits. After every few uses, it is a good idea to pull the inlet screen and give it a thorough washing. A clean screen may allow the pump to run with more efficiency and give the motor a longer life.

3. Have the Pump Professionally Inspected

A yearly inspection and testing by a qualified storm damage and restoration company can ensure that your unit is running properly and that no parts are damaged or need replacing. This kind of pump maintenance can give you peace of mind that your basement is guarded against flooding, especially if you live in an area that sees a lot of rain during the spring or fall.

Flooding in Salt Lake City, UT, can cause water damage to your basement and foundation. However, ensuring that your home’s sump pump is ready for action can help you avoid the time and cash it takes to deal with the aftermath of a flood.

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Important Steps in Mold Remediation

3/28/2018 (Permalink)

There are many issues you could find in your home, but few cause more concern and stress than mold. Certain areas of the world are more prone to mold growth, but this unwanted invader can grow in any home, regardless of the location, style, or age. Fortunately, if you discover mold in your Salt Lake City, UT, home, there is a way to make things right. Even if you have black mold, with the right steps, you can clean it up, and your home can once more be livable.

Understand the Moisture Issues

Mold doesn’t just magically appear one day in your walls, under or on your floors, or on your roof. It grows because of a moisture problem, so it’s critical to understand how this issue is occurring. The mold remediation process begins by pinpointing where the water issue is coming from and what the source may be. Is it a leaky pipe or a larger plumbing matter? A professional will help identify the root cause and put an end to it so mold growth doesn’t continue.

Assess the Problem and Devise a Strategy

It is difficult to come up with a mold cleanup plan unless you understand the full scope of the problem you face. Find out how much mold you have and which types of mold are present at home in Salt Lake City, UT. Make sure you document whether you have black mold, as this is the most troubling form of the fungus. Take pictures and record your findings.

Clean It Up

Enlist the help of a professional to assist in your cleanup efforts. The faster you do mold remediation, the less likely the mold will continue to grow. Here are some critical steps:

• Stop the water issues
• Get rid of damaged items
• Clean the moldy areas thoroughly with a detergent solution.

If you find black mold or other such mold issues, get professional help right away. With the right actions, you can enjoy your home once more.

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