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Mold damage Remediation

2/25/2021 (Permalink)

Image of mold growth found on baseboard. Baseboard mold damage.

Any home or business can quickly become infested with mold with the introduction of a water source, like a roof or plumbing leak. Mold can spread throughout a property in as little as 48-72 hours, and can produce allergens and irritants that have the potential to cause other health effects.

If you suspect that your home or business has a mold problem, SERVPRO Of West Valley City can inspect and assess your property. If mold is found, we have the training, equipment, and expertise to handle the situation.

Understanding Mold

Microscopic mold spores exist almost everywhere, outdoors and indoors, making it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy.

Consider the following mold facts: 

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or on a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor which can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

Water Damage in West Valley City

2/25/2021 (Permalink)

Image of a rusty broken pipe. Broken pipe leading to water damage in West Valley City, UT.

Water damages happen quite frequently in the West Valley City area. The most common that we see are from failed supply lines from a toilet or fridge.

When experiencing a water loss in your home you should first:

  • Shut off the water
  • Remove furniture from the area
  • Call your insurance agent
  • Call SERVPRO for a free consultation or emergency services

When dealing with a water loss from a broken supply line or pipe it is considered a Category 1 or clean water source. Most of your building materials that are wet will be salvaged and restored to pre loss conditions.

About SERVPRO

SERVPRO of West Valley City has a quick response time. All our technicians are background checked and are certified through the IICRC. Their certifications range from Water Restoration Technician, Applied Structural Drying, Commercial Drying Specialist, and Applied Microbial Remediation Technician. 

What if I Don't Have Flood Insurance?

2/24/2021 (Permalink)

Image of a flooded neighborhood. Flooding can lead to severe water damage.

Many areas aren't located on a floodplain or prone to flooding. However, there's always a possibility that you could find your West Valley City, UT, home in a flood one day. In that case, what happens if you don't have flood insurance? There are a few options available to assist you.

3 Things to Consider if You Don't Have Flood Insurance

1. Prepare Ahead of Time

If there's a chance of an impending flood, it's best to be safe by being proactive. Move valuables and important documents to higher levels (e.g., upstairs or up on shelves). You can also put smaller important items in a clean, dry washing machine or dishwasher; they will keep water both in and out. If any of your valuables are too big or bulky to move (e.g., antique furniture), you can put a drain pan under each leg to keep the water away from it. However, this won't help for floodwaters that are more than an inch or two high.

2. Consider a Loan

If you've experienced a flood and your home has sustained damage, but you don't have flood insurance, you can consider getting a loan. The U.S. Small Business Association offers loans for which you can qualify even if you're not a business owner. They're primarily for homeowners who don't have flood insurance. These low-interest loans are available up to $200,000 for primary residence damage. The SBA also offers loans up to $40,000 for personal property damage (also available for renters).

3. Check Into Federal Disaster Assistance

The United States President must declare your state a major disaster area to get federal disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. They also must mark your county for individual assistance. A federal grant from FEMA will offer up to $33,000 per household for expenses incurred from a disaster like a flood. These expenses could include hiring flood damage restoration professionals, temporary housing, belongings replacement, and medical and funeral expenses.

If your home sustains a flood but no flood insurance, there are other options. Understanding them and being prepared before something happens can make a high-stress time a little less stressful.

Protect Your Family From a Gas Fire

2/23/2021 (Permalink)

Image of a gas stove Gas may be used for cooking.

In many communities, natural gas is the go-to source of energy for home and water heating. In addition to these conveniences, this gas may also be used for cooking, powering air conditioning units, running the clothes dryer, and powering a gas fire in your fireplace. While this cost-effective source of energy is generally safe, there are some precautions you should take if you smell that "rotten egg" odor, hear a hissing sound, or suspect a gas leak for any other reason:

5 Precautions to Take if You Suspect a Gas Leak

  1. Don't turn any lights on. Don't plug anything into your outlets. Any spark or flame could cause collected gas to ignite. If you need a source of light, choose a flashlight.
  2. Check your gas appliances. If you have a gas stove, for example, make sure the burners have been turned off. It's fairly easy for the knobs to get bumped into an "on" position.
  3. Open windows and doors. This is the best way to provide the ventilation necessary to get gas out of your home.
  4. Evacuate everyone from your home. After moving across the street, call 911 or the gas company. The best way to avoid a gas fire is to alert professionals to the problem. They may also ask you to warn your neighbors to evacuate.
  5. Locate the gas meter. When you aren't worried about a potential leak and resulting gas explosion, find out where your gas meter is installed. With this information, you can turn off the meter if you smell gas.

Remember that your top priorities are the safety of your family, your loved ones, and the people around you. Don't take risks when dealing with gas.

Natural gas is an affordable option when it comes to powering your house. With the right information, you can avoid a gas fire. If your West Valley City, UT, home is affected by fire, contact property damage cleanup and repair professionals for help.

3 Steps To Take After Your Sprinklers Are Triggered

2/22/2021 (Permalink)

Image of a sprinkler system. Sprinkler systems can leave behing a big mess when triggered by fire or by accident.

Your fire system is designed to put out any flames in your building in West Valley City, UT, as quickly as possible. Whether the sprinklers are triggered by a fire or by accident, they will likely leave behind a big mess that will require professional cleanup. When you have flooding issues from the sprinkler system, there are three steps you need to take right away.

3 Steps to Take When You Have Flooding From the Sprinkler System

1. Stop the Flow

The first thing you want to do when fire sprinklers flood your building is stop the water at its source. Depending on your system, the sprinklers may be fed by either a reservoir or the water may come directly from a line off the water main. Override the trigger on your fire panel, then shut off the water to the building.

2. Call Mitigation Experts

No matter how fast your reaction to the problem is, the fire system is designed to release a large amount of water in a short amount of time. To ensure that the flooding in your building doesn't lead to secondary damage, you need to call water mitigation experts as soon as possible. The team can arrive within hours of your call, assess the problem, and start the restoration process.

3. Contact Insurance Company

Your commercial property policy is likely to cover most if not all of the costs of repairing water damage, but you need to notify your insurance company as soon as possible. The assessment of the adjuster and the itemized estimate from the mitigation company are both necessary to complete your damage claim correctly.

When your fire system causes flooding in your building, you don't want to wait too long to address the problem. The sooner you can shut off the water supply and call cleanup experts, the less damage you are likely to have overall. Your quick action tells your insurance company that you have handled the situation responsibly and increases your chances of having your claim approved.

3 Reasons To Install Storm Shutters

1/26/2021 (Permalink)

Image of a home with storm shutters installed Install storm shutters to protect your home

While residential properties must adhere to building codes and standards, those requirements ensure that a structure remains standing when subject to typical storm surges and expectations. Unfortunately, high winds are often unpredictable, and while some aspects of a home are built to withstand such gusts, windows are often vulnerable to breakage and penetration. Most storm damage specialists in West Valley City, UT, recommend homeowners install permanent shutters, and they make such a recommendation for three reasons.

3 Reasons Most Storm Damage Specialists Recommend to Install Storm Shutters

1. Always Ready

Having storm shutters installed means you are always ready, even when the weather shifts suddenly. The protective shields are often easy to deploy by either pulling over and latching or unrolling and latching. Whichever option you choose for your home, you ensure quick deployment and minimal damage to your home through a professional installation.

2. Not Intrusive

Many people worry that a shutter will devalue their property because it will affect the curb appeal, but this is not typically the case. A shutter system is looked at as a value add, and while some may be more visible than others, most do not intrude on the overall look of the home, and you will be happy to have them when the high winds start raging in your neighborhood.

3. Cost Efficient

Some people do not see the value in storm shutters, often opting for spontaneous protection through the nailing up of plywood panels. Not only are nails destructive, but the plywood will only need replacement when it comes to the next storm. By installing a storm shutter system, you are saving money because it is a one-time expense.

While building codes and city regulations attempt to cover every natural disaster or issue, high winds can be highly unpredictable, meaning that some structural elements are more susceptible than others to damage. A storm shutter system can protect both your home and family, and it is a one-time cost.

How Do I Get Rid of Mildew on My Plants?

1/22/2021 (Permalink)

Image of different types of plants Get rid of mildew on plants.

Powdery mildew is a common problem for various plants. It can restrict a plant’s growth or even kill it, if untreated. Powdery mildew is a general term for several fungus-related plant conditions. It thrives in warm, humid climates but can live in most environments, including West Valley City, UT. This plant mildew is distinctive from others due to its powdery appearance.
Fortunately, there are safe, natural treatments for this mildew growth:

4 Ways to Get Rid of Mildew on Plants

1. Garlic

Powdery mildew doesn’t react well with sulfur. Therefore, you can use a garlic solution to kill this fungus since garlic is high in sulfur. Crush six cloves of garlic. Then, mix it with one ounce of any kind of organic oil and one ounce of rubbing alcohol. The solution then needs two days to set. Then, strain the mixture. Keep the liquid and crushed garlic and put the garlic in a cup of water to soak. Strain the water off of the garlic. Mix one gallon of water with the oil and alcohol solution. Finally, thoroughly mix in the garlic water. Now, you can spray the mixture onto your plant’s leaves.

2. Vinegar

Acetic acid, which is present in vinegar, is excellent for plant mildew and one of the oldest fungal remedies. Mix four tablespoons of vinegar into one gallon of water. You can apply this to the affected plants every three days. Be careful to not make a more robust solution, as it can harm the plant by burning the leaves.

3. Potassium Bicarbonate Solution (Baking Soda)

A bicarbonate solution is excellent at killing the fungi without harming the plant. Thoroughly mix one teaspoon of baking soda with a quart of water. Spray it over the affected plant. It can also be a preventative treatment.

4. Milk

Milk is one of the most effective powdery mildew treatments. A solution of 60 parts water with 40 parts milk should be sprayed on the affected area biweekly. You can use undiluted milk if this solution doesn’t solve the problem.

You must start treating plant mildew as soon as you discover it, especially if you find it indoors. If there's a question, mildew and mold remediation specialists can help.

Splitting the Costs of Fire Damage in Rental Properties

1/14/2021 (Permalink)

Fire with big flames and black smoke seen from the outside of an apartment Fire damage in an apartment

As a rental property owner in West Valley City, UT, you have an obligation to maintain your properties, so they are safe and livable for your tenants. Your responsibilities are defined by the Federal Housing Administration, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and a variety of other federal, state, and local regulations. With so many sources of regulations, figuring out where your responsibilities end can be confusing. For example, who is responsible for repairs following an apartment fire?

Responsabilities of Fire Damage in Rental Properties

Renters' Insurance

Your tenant should have renters' insurance; as a property owner, you can require that your tenants carry this protection. Renters' insurance covers:

  • Tenant-caused damage to walls, floors, and ceilings
  • Tenant-caused damage to appliances
  • Flea extermination caused by tenants' pets
  • Damage to the tenants' belongings in the fire-affected apartment

In most cases, you'll need to show that the tenants were responsible for damage beyond normal wear and tear.

Your Property Insurance

After an apartment fire, the costs associated with fire cleanup and repair are split between your own property insurance and the renters' insurance. For example, your tenants' insurance should cover the loss of their furniture, clothing, and other belongings. Your insurance should cover damage to the structural elements of the property. As the building owner, you should reach out immediately to fire damage remediation experts for inspections, cleanup, removal of soot, and related repairs.

Determination of Responsibility

This sounds pretty straightforward, but sometimes other factors influence who ultimately pays. For example, your insurance company may want to know how the fire started and what types of damage have occurred. Your insurance company will attempt to work with the tenants' insurance provider.

Remember the property owner is responsible for damage to the structure and the tenant is responsible for damage caused to the content of the building. If the apartment fire was caused by something the tenant did, they may be found responsible for additional costs.

5 Tips for Home Fire Prevention and Preparation

12/28/2020 (Permalink)

Image of a person holding it's head while watching the debris left after a fire damage. Fire preparation and prevention it's important.

Witnessing your West Valley City, UT, home ablaze is one one the most devastating things you and your family could endure. Nothing is guaranteed. However, there are fire safety measures that can help you prevent a home fire. There are also fire preparation tips you can practice just in case.

5 Fire Preparation Tips

1. Inspect Smoke Alarms

Smoke alarms must be maintained to keep them operating properly. Dust or vacuum each unit at least once a year when you replace the batteries. Smoke alarm units themselves should be replaced every 10 years.

2. Use Electricity Safely

Avoid overloading electrical circuits. Make sure that your light bulbs don't go above the suggested wattage on each light fixture. If plugs don’t fit the outlets snugly, you may need to replace the outlets. If you frequently have tripped circuit breakers or blown fuses in your home, have a licensed electrician examine your electrical system.

3. Cook Safely

Stay in the kitchen while cooking on the stove or broiling. Keeping a pot lid or baking sheet within reach in the kitchen is an excellent fire preparation plan. If a pan fire begins, cover it and turn off the burner. Always keep pot handles turned toward the back of the stove to avoid them being knocked off.

4. Monitor Open Flames

When burning candles, make sure that they’re in sturdy, non-flammable candle holders away from flammable materials (e.g., curtains, magazines). Also, place them out of the reach of children and pets. Never keep candles burning unattended. Never present an open flame in an area where medical oxygen is used, even if the machine is turned off.

5. Use Heaters Safely

Keep flammable materials at least three feet from space heaters, fireplaces, woodstoves, radiators and furnaces. Turn off and unplug heaters when you’re leaving home or going to bed. Only use space heaters with overheat or tip over automatic shutoff features.

Fire preparation and prevention are essential fire safety tools that you must practice. If a fire occurs at your home, fire restoration professionals can return it to its preloss condition.

Understanding How SERVPRO Helps With Claims and Disaster Response

12/22/2020 (Permalink)

Image of a silhouette of a woman going up with letters behind stating "damage claims" SERVPRO can help with your claims and disaster response.

No business owner has the time or wants to deal with a disaster. The interruption alone creates enough complications. Instead of dealing with claim services on your own, wouldn’t it be better to have someone to help you through the process? A disaster response company, such as SERVPRO, is a perfect partner for dealing with the aftermath and stress. These companies help business owners and operators, like you, in at least three ways.

3 Ways SERVPRO Helps With Claims 

1. Rapid Response

After a fire, flood, or any major crisis, you need a rapid emergency response. The increasing damage does not stop after putting out a fire or turning off the water. You must remove all contributing factors. Mitigation companies do not waste any time getting to your facility and putting a stop to the crisis. After the first responders move out, the mitigation team moves in.

2. Intermediary Between Insurers and Clients

The claim services department of nearly all insurance companies does not make the process of filing easy. You must adhere to numerous rules and cross every T and dot every I. As an emergency relief partner, SERVPRO can help mediate between the insurer and yourself, making the process more comfortable for everyone.

3. Preparation and Prevention Tips

The primary reason to call SERVPRO in West Valley City, UT, is to mitigate and restore your building. However, another benefit of the partnership is getting a property assessment. Expert mitigation practitioners will walk you through different preparation and prevention suggestions, ensuring your awareness of potential problems and how to circumvent them.

No business owner can afford extensive business interruption. Hiring a professional mitigation and restoration service can limit the recovery timeline. However, a company will also receive a partnership with claims services and future planning beyond a quick response. Having a knowledgeable and responsible team to help you through a crisis is priceless and often necessary to ensure a smooth recovery.

The First Steps To Take After a Bathroom Leak

12/15/2020 (Permalink)

Image of a stair in the middle of a big room and a person working in the far end of the room. Flooding can lead to severe damage in your commercial building.

The bathroom is one of the most problematic places in the building for flooding. With heavy use, there's a lot of water flowing through the room. However, some of the worst sewer damage occurs when there the toilet and sewage are involved. For example, a flooded toilet could send water and other contaminants through offices and inventory, as well as into lower levels of the building.


Avoid Water Damage From Flooding

If you face this uncomfortable situation, your first steps could affect how well your property recovers. Begin by taking a calming breath and then take the following steps to minimize the amount of damage done throughout the building:

Shut off the water. Depending on the severity of the problem, you could turn off the water just behind the toilet or under the sink. If you can't stop the water at one of these valves, look for the main water switch in the basement or on the outside of the building.

Turn off the electricity. Water and electricity are a very dangerous combination. Even a little bit of moisture can create an electrocution hazard when electricity is still "hot."

Contact water damage cleanup and restoration professionals. The sooner you can get a technician out to inspect the building, the better you can minimize widespread sewer damage.

Remove water and dry out the rooms. Using a wet/dry vac, mops, towels, and anything else you have on hand, get as much water out as possible.

Create ventilation and air flow. Open the windows and turn on fans. As the air moves, it reduces the amount of humidity hanging around in the room.

When multiple floors are affected by flooding, be cautious before entering the flooded area. Water may have weakened structural elements of the building. Imagine stepping into a water-logged floor and finding your leg stuck through the ceiling of the office below.

Act Quickly for the Best Results

Sewer damage can be a frustrating situation, but when you follow these steps or any recommended by your West Valley City, UT, sewage company, you can avoid more damage. The faster you get professionals into your building, the sooner the cleanup and repairs will be complete.

3 Common Causes of Water Damage in Your Home

11/25/2020 (Permalink)

Image of hail hittng on the roof of a home Hail damage can be a leading cause of water damage in West Valley City, UT.

When Mother Nature has a bad day in West Valley City, Utah, sometimes you do too. Many different natural disasters can lead to flooding inside of your home. Unfortunately, even on a sunny day you can experience a pipe burst or water line break that causes the same result.

3 Leading Causes of Water Damage 

  1. Natural Disasters

Torrential downpours are not the only event in nature that can cause flooding in your house. Hurricanes, snowstorms, ice or hailstorms can be sources of water damage, and even fires can be a potential threat due to firefighting efforts. In any of these emergency situations, consider your safety first. After you and your family are out of danger, contact a storm damage and water restoration company that specializes in emergency services. From tarping a roof to prevent further damage to removing the excess flood waters, professionals can walk you through the steps needed to return your home to preloss condition.

  1. Broken Pipe or Line Break

When a pipe burst or water line break occurs, your house can become flooded with clean, uncontaminated water. In this situation, take action immediately to reduce the risk of secondary water damage. A water restoration specialist can inspect the damage and remove the standing water, and they can also dry, dehumidify and restore your home and its contents.

  1. Sewage Backup

A sewer backup is an emergency situation due to the level of contamination in sewage. Immediately leave your home and do not touch the contaminated water. Specialists typically arrive within a few hours with the appropriate equipment to safely remove the water and debris. Your home and possessions will be dried, sanitized and restored.

Whether the cause is from nature or a man-made source, flooding at your home in West Valley City, Utah, should be addressed promptly. When a rainstorm or pipe burst ruins your day, take action by calling in professional water restoration experts. Also, check with your homeowners insurance agent to see if water damage is covered under your policy.

How To Make a Water Damage Claim

11/24/2020 (Permalink)

Image of a bursting white pipe Bursting pipes can lead to water damage.

Water damage is the second-most frequent insurance claim that homeowners make, following right behind hail and wind damage. If your West Valley City, UT, home finds itself under attack from bursting pipes or other unwanted water, here’s how to make an insurance claim.

5 Steps to Make a Water Damage Claim

1. Take Photos

Before you do anything, take photos and videos of all damages just as they are. Do this before you clean anything, move anything or enlist the help of a certified water mitigation company. Documenting the evidence is important to the success of your claim. That “Fix Broken Pipe” sticky note on your desk can wait.

2. Contact Your Insurer and Fill Out the Paperwork

After you document the damage, contact your insurance company and let them know you’ve suffered water-related damages. They’ll likely have you fill out several forms. Be as accurate as possible.

3. Meet With the Claim Adjuster

Your insurer will send a claim adjuster to your residence to inspect the damage. How quickly this happens is subject to several factors, but in most states, an adjuster is required by law to appear within two weeks. He or she will examine evidence of bursting pipes, faulty appliances and the like.

4. Await Your Verdict

The claim adjuster has two more weeks after his or her visit to make a decision regarding the validity of your claim. If you disagree with the adjuster’s findings or the proposed reimbursement, try negotiating for a fairer settlement.

5. Collect Your Settlement

Once you and your insurer agree on a settlement for your claim, your insurance company should issue you a reimbursement check for the restoration. Be advised that they may not cover all repairs or the replacement of everything destroyed. Read your policy carefully or talk with your agent to gain a firmer understanding of what is and isn’t covered by your policy.

Bursting pipes happen; so do failing water heaters and faulty dishwashers. Follow the water damage claim process step by step, and you may be able to recoup most of your lost property.

4 Facts About Black Mold

11/17/2020 (Permalink)

Image of black mold growing on white wall above white tiles. Controlling moisture is a good way to prevent mold growth.

When you walk through the front door of your home in West Valley City, UT, and smell something musty, chances are good that you have mold growth somewhere in the house. If you follow your nose to where the smell is the strongest, you may be able to see the problem. A professional mold inspection, however, can give you a lot more information. Here are four things that are helpful to know about black mold if you suspect a fungus infestation in your home.

4 Things to Know About Black Mold 

1. It Is Not Always Black.

Despite the commonly used moniker for stachybotrys, black mold can be a variety of colors. If the growth is heavily concentrated, it may appear black, but it can also be a dark green or gray hue.

2. It Needs Moisture To Thrive.

Mold remediation experts often find old, unmitigated water damage in homes that have fungus problems. More often than not, excess moisture is likely the main catalyst for the growth. Spores are drawn to damp or humid areas, so controlling moisture in your home is a good way to prevent mold from growing.

3. It Is Always Present.

There is no such thing as a home without mold. Spores are everywhere. They hitch a ride on your clothes, shoes, bags and hair every time you walk through the door. This is why DIY test kits are often unhelpful. They detect the presence of spores but don't tell you much more. A professional mold inspection can reveal the type, location, size and concentration of the mold growth.

4. It Usually Requires Professional Remediation.

Cleaning up house mold is not as simple as wiping it down with a wet cloth. If the surface on which it grows is porous, it will root into the object, making it difficult to remove without special equipment.

If you get a whiff of the telltale odor of stachybotrys, get a mold inspection as soon as possible. Professionals can locate and deal with the problem much more thoroughly and efficiently than you could handle it on your own.

First Aid in the Workplace

11/12/2020 (Permalink)

Image of a first aid kit Be prepared by assembling your company's first aid kit.

The autumn is a gorgeous time of year, but it does bring severe weather, which can result in commercial devastation. For business owners who operate within frequent natural disaster zones, you cannot afford to neglect standard safety protocols, like creating a commercial first aid kit. You can talk to any disaster restoration service in West Valley City, UT, and they will tell you the commercial kits vary from home kits in several ways.

  • More supplies
  • Medical equipment
  • Resuscitation supplies


As you set about gathering your company's first aid supplies, it is crucial to understand more than the kit's contents. It would be best if you acknowledged the importance and need for such a precaution.

The Necessity of a First Aid Kit

The emergency kit is part of a business emergency preparedness plan. The kit's primary purpose is to help treat injuries until medical services can arrive on the scene. The kit tools can also resuscitate a victim, keeping them conscious until EMTs can see them. While it can be easy to overlook or maintain a proper kit, the consequences can be devastating when an emergency develops.

Contents of the Kit

Every company's first aid kit needs to contain several items. OSHA makes a list of 15 things that are necessary for every kit within a company.

  • Box adhesive bandages
  • Gauze pads (4X4)
  • 2 Large gauze pads (8x10)
  • Two triangular bandages
  • One package 2-inch wide gauze roller bandage
  • Moist towelettes or another wound cleaning agent
  • Tweezers
  • Scissors
  • Latex gloves
  • Adhesive tape
  • Blanket
  • Two elastic wraps
  • Splint
  • Resuscitation equipment
  • Directions for requesting emergency services

While a business must make other emergency preparations, the first aid kit is a significant component of any plan and employee safety. If you need help assembling your company's first aid kit, or understanding OSHA requirements, you can contact emergency services or a disaster restoration specialist in the area for assistance.

4 Steps of Action To Take After Storm Damage

10/28/2020 (Permalink)

Image of a flooded home Home flooded with storm water.

Whether you live in an area where the seasons bring an increased risk of hurricanes or an area where a home flood is more likely to occur because of broken pipes, you need to know how to respond after your home has been affected by flooding. Heavy rains, aging pipes, and backed up sewer systems are all potential causes of flooding in West Valley City, UT. Dealing with water or storm damage can be summed up in several vital steps:

Steps to Dealing With Storm Damage

1. Begin Drying Out Your Home

This may require shutting off the water to your home. It could also entail using buckets, mops, towels, or wet/dry vacuums to remove water. It's a good idea to open windows (if it's dry outside) and gather fans to circulate the air and prevent moisture from settling on surfaces.

2. Contact Professionals for Advice About Proceeding

There's a lot of potential for errors and further damage when the sheetrock, carpeting, and other elements of the home are covered with water. Call your insurance company for a better understanding of what your policy covers and whether there are specific steps you should take. This is also a good time to call a storm or water damage restoration company. These professionals have resources, training, and tools to appropriately handle cleanup and repairs.

3. Separate Items To Save and Discard

When it's safe, carry wet belongings outside where they can dry. Separate items with too much damage for repairs but don't haul them off yet. It's important that the insurance adjuster can see what you've lost in the home flood.

4. Dry and Disinfect Your Belongings as Quickly and Thoroughly as Possible

It doesn't take long for mold to start growing. If you've stuffed your wet clothes in a plastic bag, for instance, mold may set in within 24 hours. Instead, get your clothes, blankets, and similar materials in for laundering as quickly as you can. Some furnishings, such as mattresses and the pad under your carpet, are prime environments for mold.

It's very important to resist taking steps after a home flood until you've spoken with your insurance provider and restoration professionals. Prompt action is required, so get into contact with the pros as soon as you can.

Reducing Fire Hazards While Cooking

10/19/2020 (Permalink)

Image of woman in an apron holding a frying pan with fire. Many homes succumb to a grease fire.

The kitchen may be the heart of the home, but it is also the most at risk of fire. To help ensure you and your family's safety, adhere to the following safety tips that any fire restoration company in West Valle City, UT would provide.

  • Never leave the kitchen unattended
  • Do not overuse oil or grease
  • Keep appliances serviced and clean
  • Unplug appliances when not in use
  • Install smoke and fire detectors

Safety Tips To Reduce Fire Hazards While Cooking


Never Leave the Kitchen Unattended

Many accidental kitchen fires occur because items are left in the oven or on the stove unattended. Staying in the kitchen is the best advice for avoiding residential fire damage. You do not have to wait at the cooktop, but remaining in the room keeps you mindful and watchful.

Do Not Overuse Oil and Grease

Many homes succumb to a grease fire. Grease is a dangerous accelerant, and while the substance is useful in cooking, you should use it with an abundance of caution. The best cooking tips often suggest that a little oil or grease goes a long way, so avoid overuse in your recipes.

Keep Appliances Serviced and Clean

Many appliances can last years when well-maintained, but they can become a fire hazard if they are not. Old food crumbs, leftover grease, or other contaminants can add to an appliance fire's susceptibility, but faulty mechanics may also lead to a problem. All machinery, including kitchen appliances, require upkeep and maintenance; keep up with manufacturer recommendations.

Install Smoke and Fire Detectors

While installing a smoke or fire detector directly above a cooktop is likely problematic because it may produce many false alarms, you should place a sensor in or near the kitchen. These devices are essential early warning systems, and they may save you and your family, possibly even your home.

The above tips are universal suggestions for protecting your home and family. If you would like more specific recommendations, contact a local fire restoration company to assess your house.

Category 1 Water Cleanup

10/14/2020 (Permalink)

Image of a bursting pipe A bursting pipe can cause a lot of water to gush out.

A burst pipe can cause a lot of water to gush out in a short amount of time. Your response when this happens in your commercial building in West Valley City, UT, can mean the difference between an out-of-control mess and a fast fix. Mitigation of damage caused by clean water can be relatively painless if you get it taken care of quickly.

Where Do the Water Category Designations Mean?

Not all water damage is the same. One of the main factors that determines the details of the cleanup process that water restoration specialists must undertake is the category of water contamination:

  • Category 1 - clean
  • Category 2 - gray
  • Category 3 - black


Category 1 water comes from a clean source, such as a faucet, supply line or pipe. Examples of water in the second category include runoff from an overflowing bathtub or washing machine. Contaminated water in the third category may come from storm flooding or sewer problems. Water damage caused by moisture in the second or third category requires not only repair or replacement of ruined materials but also thorough cleaning, whereas damage caused by clean water is somewhat less cumbersome to handle.

What Are the Steps of the Cleanup Process?

When the water causing the damage is clean, such as the water from a broken pipe, technicians can move through the steps to restoration pretty quickly. They remove the excess water, tear out damaged materials, dry all surfaces and rebuild the structure so that it matches the way it looked before the accident occurred. The key is to call them as soon as you know there's a problem so that they can get started before the water becomes contaminated or before secondary damage such as mold growth forms.

Even though clean water cleanup is comparatively easy, it's still important to call your local mitigation team in a timely manner. Fast restoration ensures that no further remediation has to take place.

Tips To Keep Your Pipes From Freezing

9/24/2020 (Permalink)

Image of a bursting pipe Frozen pipes easily turn into the more serious problem of bursting pipes.

Winters in West Valley City, UT, can be harsh on your home. The cold weather can lead to frozen pipes, and because water expands when it freezes, frozen pipes easily turn into the more serious problem of bursting pipes. Keep everything running smoothly this winter so you can focus on staying warm without having to deal with any unpleasant plumbing surprises.

3 Tips to Avoid Freezing Pipes

  1. Insulate Pipes

One of the best defenses against frozen pipes can be to insulate any plumbing that is exposed to the outdoors. You can do this with a variety of products available for this purpose or even by wrapping or stuffing around them with makeshift materials such as newspaper.

  1. Empty Pipes When Not in Use

Freezing can't become an issue if there is nothing in the plumbing to freeze. Pipes that go to outdoor ponds, swimming pools, or sprinkler systems can be drained before winter weather hits to prevent bursting. Draining pipes can be much safer and better for the environment then using antifreeze and should work just as well.

  1. Take Extra Precautions During Extreme Weather

There are a few special precautions you can take during extremely cold weather to help stop freezing. While these may not be practical for everyday use, they can be useful in a pinch. Some quick or emergency fixes include

  • Letting the tap drip to keep water moving
  • Opening cabinets/cupboards to allow warm air to reach pipes
  • Turning up the thermostat at night

Taking preventative measures against pipe freezing should significantly lower the chances of a pipe bursting, but problems can still occasionally occur, especially in extremely cold weather. If worst comes to worst and you end up with frozen or burst pipes, it can be best to contact a restoration service to help you control any water damage or flooding that may occur. By catching problems early, you can save yourself a lot of hassle.

5 Signs You Have a Hidden Shower Leak

9/22/2020 (Permalink)

Image of a white wall covered with mold Presence of mold can be a sign of a shower leak in West Valley City, UT.

Residential plumbing is essential for the functionality of a house, but it is not uncommon for these systems to require maintenance. Unfortunately, it is not always apparent when corrective action needs to happen, like with a shower or bathtub leak. A water mitigation expert in West Valley City, UT, can provide some pointers on preventative steps to take, but you can never really know when a sudden leak will occur. To ensure that you find hidden leaks before they cause too much damage, consider the following five signs of a shower leak.

5 Signs Of A Shower Leak

1. Presence of Mold or Mildew

Mold and mildew are indeed common in moisture-rich environments. However, if you are consistently finding mold or mildew around the shower faucet or head, then you may have a leak. To inspect, you will need to shut off the water supply and assess the faucets.

2. Peeling or Flaking Paint

Another common sign of water damage from a bathtub leak is peeling or flaking paint. The peeling can suggest a leak behind the wall. The drywall is becoming damp, which is causing the adhesive of the paint to fail.

3. Water Stains

If you have a shower on the second level of your home, then look for water stains on the ceiling of the lower level. The stains may appear grey or brown, depending on the damage.

4. Sounds

When you turn your shower off, do you hear dripping? Continued water noises after the shower is turned off could indicate a leak in the line behind the wall.

5. Loose Tiles

It is not uncommon for a shower pan leak to cause loose tiles around the tub. Water seeps around the drain, causing the subfloor to dampen and swell, which results in the tile breaking away from the floor.

A bathtub leak or shower leak is relatively common, but you do not want to let it fester. If you believe you have a leak, then contact a plumbing or water mitigation expert for help.

How To Remedy Sewer Backup After a Storm

9/16/2020 (Permalink)

Image of a cartoon showing a flooded basement You can prevent a flooded basement

Basements can be used for many purposes. Some families use them as utility rooms, storage or extra living space. If a heavy storm hits your city, however, a flooded basement can result in serious damage and render it temporarily useless. There are several reasons why this can happen and a few things you can do to prevent or resolve the issue.

Facts About Sewer Backup After a Storm And How To Prevent It.

Why Does It Happen?

Ideally, the sewage system in West Valley City, UT, has the capacity to handle rainstorms. Sometimes, however, certain problems can lead to sewage backing up into people's homes:

  • Extra runoff from new development
  • Flooding of municipal sewer system
  • Open flow from perimeter foundation drain of older houses
  • Multiple clogs or sewer issues in several homes in the area


When every home in your neighborhood is hooked up to the same system, a few problems in one section can cause damage in others. Unfortunately, you cannot control what other people do to protect their sewer lines, but you can take certain measures yourself to prevent a flooded basement.

What Can You Do About It?

The best solution is prevention. If your home has an exterior foundation drain, you can install an interior system and connect it to a sump pump to head flooding off at the pass. To do your part to keep from overtaxing the municipal sewer system, talk to your landscaper and city authorities about better drainage solutions for the runoff from your property. If the sewer does back up into your basement, don't ignore the damage or try to clean it up yourself. Call certified flood mitigation experts to ensure that the cleanup is timely and thorough. This helps you avoid additional damage such as bacteria spread and mold growth.

You can't control how quickly the city's sewer system fills up during a heavy storm. You can, however, prevent a flooded basement and do your part to avoid adding to the problem.

3 Fire Prevention Tips for Your Business

9/11/2020 (Permalink)

Image of white wall with a fire extinguisher Keep your commercial property safe by having a fire extinguisher.

Knowledge is power when it comes to fire prevention. While it’s impossible to completely eradicate the potential for a business fire, there are several steps you can take to keep your commercial property in West Valley City, UT, safe.

Three Steps You Can Take To Keep Your Commercial Property Safe

1. Schedule a Building Assessment

Fire assessments aren’t reserved solely for your local fire damage restoration company, and they don’t always have to take place after a fire. Contact the fire marshal and inquire about a fire hazard assessment for your building. Identifying and resolving risks up front is your first line of defense.

2. Equip Your Building With Fire Suppression and Prevention Tools

It’s standard procedure to have fire extinguishers and smoke detectors on every floor of your commercial property. Test smoke detectors monthly to ensure that they’re working properly and be sure to change their batteries promptly when needed.
Depending on the size of your business, you may also want to invest in a sprinkler system as part of your fire prevention plan.

3. Draft and Distribute a Fire Safety Plan

Your employees need to know what to do if there’s a fire during business hours. Those fire extinguishers mentioned above? Your staff needs to know how to operate them. They should also be aware of multiple evacuation routes in the event of a business fire. Run regularly scheduled practice evacuations and post the routes at various intervals through the building.
For larger companies, instituting a chain of command for fires and other emergencies is an easy way to streamline the process. By appointing fire safety officers and assigning responsibilities, you can lessen confusion in the unlikely event of a fire. All of your employees should know where to locate a first-aid kit as well.

Carve a few hours out of next week’s schedule to make sure your fire prevention procedures are up to snuff. It only takes a few hours of planning to significantly decrease the odds of a dangerous fire erupting at your commercial property.

Tips for Preventing Ice Dams

8/27/2020 (Permalink)

Image of icicles hanging off from the side of the roof of a home. Icicles can be an indicative that an ice dam is forming.

Icicles hanging off the side of your roof may be part of an idyllic winter scene in your mind, but in reality they can also be indicative that an ice dam is forming. Ice dams occur when precipitation gets trapped on the roof and freezes in place. This can lead to damage to both the exterior and interior of your home. Here are some tips for dealing with and preventing ice dams.

3 Tips For Preventing and Dealing With Ice Dams

Identification

The first step of solving any problem is recognizing that you have one. There are several telltale signs that ice may be building up on your roof:

  • Excessive number of icicles hanging from gutters
  • Lack of water flowing out of downspout during a winter storm
  • Signs of water damage in your attic

If you notice these signs, it's important to hire a roofing professional to deal with the buildup and repair the damage to the roof. It doesn't do any good for water damage specialists to resolve the issues inside your home if you don't take steps to fix the problem that caused them.

Removal

Removing an ice dam essentially involves melting it and giving the water a place to flow safely. You want to use an ice melt product that has a calcium chloride base. Avoid products containing harsher salts that are typically used for melting ice on the driveway, as these salts can damage your roofing materials and thus leave your home vulnerable to water damage. Make sure you cover any plants where the melted ice drips so that the are not damaged by the ice melt product.

Prevention

The key to ice dam prevention is simply observation. Have your roof inspected before storm season in West Valley City, UT, begins, and watch for signs that ice dams may be starting to form so that you can deal with them before they become a problem.

An ice dam is not an issue you want to ignore. Pretty icicles can turn into a major disaster in no time.

What To Do Immediately After a House Fire

8/25/2020 (Permalink)

Image of a fire fighter on top of truck trying to put out a fire. Fire damage can be scary

Even a small kitchen fire can be scary. Larger fires raise even more questions and concerns. If a blaze breaks out at your West Valley City, UT, home, it’s important to keep a cool, calm head. Once everyone is safe and sound, the fire restoration process can begin.

3 Steps For the Fire Remediaton Process

1. Call a Fire Damage Mitigation Company

This first thing you should do after a fire is call your local fire damage mitigation company to initiate the recovery process. Be prepared to describe the damage over the phone so the recovery service knows who to dispatch and with what equipment.
Once the recovery team arrives, they’ll perform an assessment to determine the extent of the damage and how to best proceed. They’ll board up any compromised windows and doors, and if the roof is damaged, they’ll cover it with a tarp. Next, the team will remove water left behind by sprinkler systems and fire hoses; after that, smoke and soot will be eradicated as well. The last step before restoration is fire and smoke cleaning. All affected areas will be thoroughly sanitized.
After the damage is dealt with, the actual fire restoration begins. Repairs such as new drywall, fresh paint or replacing rugs all take place during this final step.


2. Don’t Touch Anything

While you wait for the fire damage mitigation team to arrive, don’t touch any of the areas affected by the fire. If the destruction is extensive, leave your home altogether and make arrangements to stay elsewhere until the restoration process is complete. Parts of your home that look safe may be weakened due to fire or even water use by the fire department.


3. Call Your Insurance Company

Whether you added fire insurance to your homeowners policy or not, your next step is to call your insurance company. It may cover various parts of your restoration.

It may be difficult, but it’s in your best interests to remain calm after a fire. Acting quickly and rationally to expedite the fire restoration process will help return your home to normal as fast as possible.

SERVPRO's Claim Inventory System

8/20/2020 (Permalink)

Image of a person filing an insurance claim form on the computer Insurance Claim Form

Insurance agents must complete several tasks as they prepare to file each insurance claim. For instance, they must:

  • Verify the accuracy of pertinent facts
  • Double-check all relevant figures
  • Research the reliability of the details of the report


With the SERVPRO claims inventory service, West Valley City, UT, agents have an encyclopedic database within the reach of their fingertips.

SERVPRO'S Claim Inventory Service

Comprehensive Database

The Claims Inventory System is a one-stop database that provides agents with a lot of specific information, such as national, regional, state, and country facts and comparisons. It provides a place for agents to research specific types of claims or compare cause-of-loss statistics. Agents can compare how much jobs cost by geographic location and make not of response times by location.

Convenient Access

Of course, this resource isn't only available to the insurance agent. Adjusters and other professionals, such as mitigation and restoration technicians, may take advantage of the SERVPRO inventory system to gain access to estimates, to communicate with each other and clients, and to generally decrease the time it takes to complete an insurance claim.

Collaborative Responses

What does this mean for business owners and others who hope that insurance coverage will help them after a disaster? With one central database that can be remotely accessed, all of the parties involved in completing the claim can work collaboratively, sharing information almost instantly. This simplifies and speeds up the work involved. Ultimately, the claim can be completed in less time and with minimal inconvenience.

As a business owner, an insurance agent, or a property owner in West Valley City, UT, the ability to quickly complete a claim has a big impact on the ultimate cost of the damage. Of course, it's also vitally important that all parties have and use accurate information to put the insurance claim together. With access to the SERVPRO claims information database, accuracy and efficiency are available to disaster cleanup and restoration professionals.

4 Plumbing Problems Most People Experience

8/20/2020 (Permalink)

Image of SERVPRO's green drying equipment placed on bathroom floor Bathroom overflow in West Valley City, UT.

When it comes to plumbing, there are numerous issues that can come up. Before your West Valley City, UT, property is subjected to potential water damage or skyrocketing water bills, it's a good idea to get to know the four most common plumbing problems and their warning signs. After all, knowledge is power — even when it comes to a clogged toilet.

The 4 Most Common Commercial Plumbing Problems

  1. A Leaky Faucet

One of the most common issues is a leaky faucet. This may not be one of the more serious problems, but a leaking or dripping faucet is not only incredibly irritating to listen to, but it can also make your building's water bill go through the roof.

  1. Clogged Drains

For those who are experiencing any type of clogged drain, whether it is a clogged toilet or a clogged sink, it is a good idea to contact a professional to come out and inspect it. Many retail drain cleaners can actually end up making the problem worse, so it is wise not to delay in calling the pros.

  1. A Running Toilet

A running toilet can waste a great deal of water per day, making it a minor problem that can quickly become incur major costs. While this is not quite as serious as having a blocked toilet or stopped-up drain, it usually requires need a plumber’s expert advice to fix.

  1. Low Water Pressure

While low water pressure often occurs in older buildings, there is typically a reason why it begins happening. If your property has showers, it might be time for new showerheads, or there could be a hidden leak somewhere in the building. No matter the cause, there is usually a way to restore normal water pressure.

These are just a few of the most common plumbing problems that indicate something more serious might be going on under the surface. Whether you have a faucet in the building that is leaking, a clogged toilet or drain, a sudden drop in water pressure, or constantly running toilets, most issues can be resolved quickly with the help of experienced commercial plumbing specialists.

Learn How To Use a Snake for Minor Drain Clogs

7/28/2020 (Permalink)

Image of a clog in the drain and water not going through Clogs in the bathroom or kitchen sink are relatively common occurrences in homes.

Clogs in the bathroom or kitchen sink are relatively common occurrences in homes, and they do not always require a phone call to a handyman. Most clogs occur within the first few feet of pipe below the sink, which means that instead of calling a remediation company in West Valley City, UT, you can use a standard household auger or snake to relieve the clogged drain. However, it is essential to use the tool correctly to avoid doing further damage, like a pipe break. Freeing up a stopped sink with an auger is a four-step process.

1. Uncoil and Push Into Drain

you will want to uncoil about a foot of the snake, and then gently push the head of the auger into the drain. Continue feeding the auger into the pipe until you feel some resistance. Know that the first sign of resistance is likely not the clog; it is probably the trap. You want to rotate the snake, pushing it gently past the trap before continue further into the pipe.

2. Feel Resistance, work it out

When you feel resistance again, you want to repeat the process above. Gently push into the clogged drain while rotating the auger. You can also use a slight forward and backward motion to help break away the clog. If you push too hard, you risk tangling the auger within the drain, at which point you will need a professional's help.

3. Free Movement, Recoil the Snake

When you feel the auger push through the clog and move freely through the pipe, it is time to recoil the snake, pulling it free of the drain. Once the snake ifs removed, run warm water down the drain to ensure the clog has cleared.

4. Call a Professional

If the clog is not free, or if you did not experience resistance, then it is time to call a professional. Plumbers and remediation experts have commercial augers that can reach further into your system. Do not use a drain cleaner.
If your sink is clogged, it is OK to try and remove it on your own. However, if you are struggling, make sure to call a professional to avoid doing more damage.

How Do You Create a Fire Escape Plan?

7/24/2020 (Permalink)

Image of flames with logo of SERVPRO and letter in white stating Fire Damage Fire Damage

One of the best ways to keep your family safe during a home fire in West Valley City, Utah, is to have a strategic fire escape plan. This can help ensure everyone gets out of the house as quickly as possible without injury.

Following these next steps may save the life of someone in your family.

4 Steps To Create a Fire Escape Plan

1. Know Where the Exits Are

While the doors may be obvious exit points, it is best to have at least two possible exits from each room. That way you have a backup option in case the doors are unsafe. Consider all usable windows, and make sure you have an easily accessible ladder tall enough to reach them. It is also critical to ensure no exits are blocked by furniture.

2. Draw a Map

Developing exit routes from each sleeping room in your home is an essential part of a good fire escape plan. It is helpful to talk about all the escape routes with your family members and to also draw a map. The map should include a basic floorplan of the house and the escape route from each room. Keep a copy of the map handy in all rooms.

3. Have Home Fire Drills

Especially in households with children, it is crucial to practice the emergency escape plan routinely so everyone is prepared in the event of a fire. Have everyone practice using both exit points from their room as well as main exit points from the home. 

4. Have an External Rendezvous Point 

Choose a secure location a safe distance away from your home to use as a meetup point for your family members. That way you can do a head count and make sure everyone is out safely. Anyone with limited mobility, such as infants or elderly adults, should be assigned a helper so they don’t get left behind or forgotten. 

Protect your family from a home fire in West Valley City, Utah, by being prepared with a fire escape plan. Keep the phone numbers to the local fire department and fire restoration company handy, and never ignore your smoke alarms.

Storm Damage Prevention Tips

7/23/2020 (Permalink)

Image of a warning street sign stating "big storm just ahead" You can prevent a lot of damage to your property with regular inspections.

Taking care of your commercial property starts with prevention. A severe winter storm in West Valley City, UT, can result in a lot of expensive damage to your commercial building. However, there are several things you can do to prevent or at least minimize the damage the storm causes.

3 Tips For Storm Damage Prevention

1. Inspect Building

Regular building inspections are a great way to identify potential problems and take care of them before they get out of hand. At the start of winter, you need a professional inspection of the parts of your building that are particularly vulnerable to storm damage during colder seasons:

  • Roof
  • Windows
  • Foundation
  • Plumbing


Look for existing damage as well as ways to fortify the structure. You can prevent a pipe break by making sure your plumbing has adequate insulation. Don't wait until after the storm hits to find out if your building is in good shape.

2. Control Water Flow

A winter storm often brings a lot of precipitation with it. If that water has no clear path away from your building to follow, it can pool and freeze on your roof or near the foundation. This can cause cracks that let water seep in as the ice melts, causing interior damage that you may not notice for months. Storm damage restoration specialists recommend regular cleaning of your gutters and downspouts as well as the use of sandbags or other barriers to protect the places that are most vulnerable to leaks.

3. Plan Ahead

Some prevention measures require prior notice to use effectively. Have a plan for protecting your building, and make sure everyone knows the part they are expected to play. Pay close attention to the weather reports in your area so that you have plenty of time to get your building ready for an approaching storm.

A winter storm can be dangerous to your building, but there's no reason you can't be ready for it. With regular inspections and a solid emergency plan, you can prevent a lot of damage to your property.

Securing Your Building Post-Fire

7/17/2020 (Permalink)

Image of flames with logo of SERVPRO and letter in white stating Fire Damage Protect your commercial property after suffering fire damage.

Is your West Valley City, UT, commercial property suffering after a fire? If you are planning on seeking help from a local fire damage restoration company, you are already on the right track. But you also need to keep your building safe in the meantime.

Three steps to make sure looting does not affect your business in the aftermath of a commercial fire.

  1. Identify and Secure Open Spaces
    Survey your building very carefully when beginning your fire cleanup efforts. Ensure that all windows, doors and other open spaces are securely locked. Next, make sure that you purchase some sturdy boards that will be sufficiently protective for the type of opening that you are securing. The length of time you expect the boards to be in place should also influence what type of covering you buy.
  2. Research Further Options
    While waiting to repair fire damage to your building, you may want to invest in some fencing for added security. This really depends on whether or not you feel that your building is in an area prone to heavy looting, as well as the amount of time you expect your business to be shut down for.
  3. Consider Advanced Security Options
    If you feel that your company’s geographical area is highly unsafe or expect you will be closed for a very long time, security services or a high-tech alarm may be the way to go. These options allow your building to be secured when you are not physically available to keep a close watch.

Don’t Get Intimidated

Fire damage is stressful enough without worrying about highly customizable security options. You need to focus on fixing any destruction first and foremost, so if you think complicated security measures are out of the question logistically or financially, stick with basic, reliable boards that will keep your West Valley City, UT, business protected not only from criminal activity, but also the unpredictable natural elements.

Why You Need Interruption Coverage

7/17/2020 (Permalink)

Image of staircase with fire flames Fire damage can be devastating for your business.

No business is completely disaster proof. Even if you have a strong bottom line and a great deal of financial security, a fire that causes extensive damage can put you out of commission for a long period of time. If that happens, you are going to need interruption insurance to bear some of the financial burden. Interruption coverage can compensate for lost income as well as other expenses.

2 Reasons Why You Need Interruption Coverage

Revenue

Even the most basic business interruption policy takes care of lost revenue. There are several factors that can contribute to an income hit after a major disaster:

  • Damaged production equipment
  • Loss of retail store front
  • Destroyed inventory


The fire restoration company you hire to repair your building doesn't just provide an estimate for the cost of the repairs. The assessment team can also provide an expected timeline for completing them. You can use this information to calculate how much income you expect to lose in that time frame due to the damage to your building.

Expenses

If you expand your interruption insurance coverage to include expenses, you can be even more protected after a fire ravages your building in West Valley City, UT. This extra coverage can pay the cost of relocating your business while your building is under reconstruction. It may cover monthly expenses such as rent or mortgage payments as well as employee wages. The policy may also help you make your tax and loan payments until you can get back on your feet. In addition to replacing your lost revenue, your insurance may cover some of the things your income usually pays.


Purchasing some kind of interruption insurance is a good idea for any business that has a physical location. If your building catches fire or is damaged by a natural disaster, the cost of repairs is not your only concern. Replacing the money you would have made if the accident had not occurred is an important consideration.

What Is Black Mold and How To Prevent It

6/29/2020 (Permalink)

Image of someone spraying on the mold found in white wall A mold remediation company can provide a lot of advice.

Many homeowners fear black mold, but how many understand it? While many people fear the toxicity of mold, the occurrence of such infestations in residential properties is rare. However, it is still necessary to be familiar with and understand potentially hazardous substances; although you can and likely should contact a mold remediation company in West Valley City, UT, whenever you suspect a problem. That being said, there are a few things every educated homeowner should know about mold, especially the black variety.

  • Identifying characteristics
  • Susceptible materials
  • Prevention methods

What Homeowners Should Know About Mold


Identifying Characteristics

While most property owners want to jump right into the mold cleanup, it is crucial to identify the type of mold you are dealing with to mitigate any potential risks. Black types of mold have a greenish-black hue to them, but that does not mean it is toxic. The only way to be sure of the species of mold is to get a sample tested by a reputable company.

Susceptible Materials

All mold varieties, including black mold, develop in porous materials. These materials provide room for deep-rooted development, which is one of the primary reasons mold is so challenging to get rid of. Particularly sensitive materials include paper, fiberboard, gypsum board, and any other materials with high cellulose content.

Prevention Methods

Mold prevention is the key to maintaining a safe home. The main preventative is to control moisture content levels in the house. You can use dehumidifiers and thermostats to help control the climate in your home. Plumbing inspections are also necessary to avoid moisture buildup in walls and ceilings.

While many homeowners fear the development of black mold, toxic mold is rare. To protect your house and family, learn about the characteristics and preventative measures you can take. A mold remediation company can provide a lot of advice, but it can also provide a team for a property assessment to put your mind at ease.

How To File a Successful Water Damage Claim

6/24/2020 (Permalink)

Image of a pen set on top of insurance claim papers Filing a water damage claim.

Bursting pipes and overflowing washers can expel a lot of water in a short amount of time. When these things happen to your home in West Valley City, UT, you need the services of water cleanup specialists and a successful insurance claim to pay for them. Here are some tips on filing a water damage claim.

3 Tips to Filing a Water Damage Claim


Type of Damage

Homeowner's insurance is designed to protect you in the event of an accident. There are many flooding incidents that are likely to be covered:

  • Broken pipes
  • Overflowing toilets or sinks
  • Broken appliances


While your policy may not pay for a plumber to fix a broken pipe, it probably will cover the cost of repairing the damage the leak causes.


Timing of Event


Bursting pipes are often covered because they are sudden occurrences. Claims for damages resulting from a pipe that has been leaking under your sink or a crumbling and neglected foundation are more likely to be denied. Most insurance providers are hesitant to cover problems that could have been avoided with more diligent attention.


Updates on Policy


It's important to understand what your insurance covers before you need it. Once an incident occurs, it's too late to buy a policy to protect you. Your insurance provider should be able to explain what kind of water damage is covered under your homeowner's policy and what gaps exist. From that point, you can decide if you need extra protection, such as a mold endorsement or a separate flood policy. Always ask questions if you are unsure about what a clause in your policy means. You have the right to know how your home is protected, and the more comprehensive your coverage, the more likely your claim is to be accepted.


There are several factors that influence the success of your insurance claim for damage caused by bursting pipes. Knowing what your policy covers and giving all the pertinent details about the event improve your odds.

Tips for Fostering a Safe Work Environment

6/16/2020 (Permalink)

Person with gloves wiping phone and surfaces. Proper hygiene is key. Keep surfaces clean.

As businesses reopen, coronavirus exposure remains a concern. As a business owner in West Valley City, UT, there are several measures you need to implement to protect your staff, customers and anyone else who enters your building.

Cleanup


Proper hygiene is key. There are several things everyone in the building must do:

  • Wash hands thoroughly and frequently.
    Use hand sanitizer with a high alcohol content.
  • Keep surfaces clean with disinfectant wipes. Every surface to which workers are exposed must be cleaned properly, and you can't wait until employees arrive. It's a good idea to have coronavirus cleanup experts clean your whole building before employees return to work or you reopen for business.

Ventilation


Another issue you may need to address is your building's ventilation. As the HVAC system recycles air throughout your building, it can also spread droplets that carry coronavirus. While infection risk due to poor ventilation is not suspected to be high, anything you can do to minimize exposure is vital.


Distance


Increasing your cleanliness standards alone is not enough. Of course, people who are sick or showing any symptoms should not be allowed to come to work. Coronavirus exposure can occur even when people don't have symptoms and don't know they've been exposed, though. Even with face coverings and a regular, vigilant cleanup process, employees still need to distance themselves from each other as much as possible.

Accommodation

The best way to protect your employees from exposure to coronavirus at work, of course, is to allow them to work from home. This is especially necessary for those who are at heightened risk.

Education


Issues of public health must be addressed by the whole public. This means that all people who enter your building must understand what their roles are in COVID-19 cleanup and prevention. Effective training helps lower everyone's risk.
Protecting your employees from potential coronavirus exposure is your responsibility as a business owner. Know the precautions you need to take to protect your business and all the people who make it work.

4 Storm Season Preparation Tips

5/29/2020 (Permalink)

drawing of a house flooting in stormy waters and drops of rain Your home can handle any storm damage if you prepare.

Your home is a safe haven for you and your family. During storm season in West Valley City, UT, there are a few extra precautions you need to take. Having a protection plan for your home and family can help you handle any storm damage that occurs efficiently so that you can get your home back to normal as soon as possible.

Storm Preparation Tips

1. Get the Right Coverage


Your insurance agent can help you understand exactly what your homeowners' policy covers. If it doesn't cover certain flood cleanup, you may need to purchase additional coverage to protect your home and the items within it. Work with your provider to make sure you have a flood policy if you need it.

2. Safeguard Important Documents


The period after a storm has struck is not the time to look for the deed to your home, proof of insurance, birth certificates or emergency help numbers. Get in the habit of always storing important documents in a waterproof container to protect them from potential storm damage. Store a backup in a remote location or in a virtual cloud so that you can access the information even if you can't get to the original documents.

3. Have an Emergency Plan


You know you need to practice safety and evacuation plans to keep your family safe during a storm. You also need an emergency plan for getting your home back in shape after the storm hits. Have the number for reliable storm remediation specialists stored in your phone so that you can call them when you need them.

4. Prepare for the Worst


No one likes to think about their home flooding. The homeowners who are the best prepared, however, are those who assume floods will happen during storm season and take the necessary steps to minimize water damage. Install a sump pump in your basement, and make sure your foundation is free of cracks and damage.

Your home protects your family. Return the favor by taking extra precautions to prepare for storm season.

Reasons To Call SERVPRO for Every Mitigation Need

5/29/2020 (Permalink)

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When homeowners need repairs and restoration, it's important to be able to call someone they trust. Damage to homes in West Valley City, UT, can result in costly insurance claims and secondary damage if it's not mitigated quickly and properly. SERVPRO commits to being Faster to Any Size Disaster through a reliable network of local technicians. Here are some reasons to choose them over other companies.

2 Reasons to Choose SERVPRO 

Broad Experience

The certified restoration experts at SERVPRO are trained in techniques to address a variety of problems:

  • Fire damage
  • Flood damage
  • Storm damage
  • Mold damage


Their broad expertise comes in especially handy after disasters that encompass several types of damage. For example, a fire that breaks out in a home can take a lot of water to put out, leaving behind not only smoke damage but also water issues. Full remediation requires a team that moves Faster to Any Size Disaster to address everything that is wrong with the home.

Vendor Program

As a preferred vendor for many insurance companies, SERVPRO offers benefits that make it stand out among its competition. The Claims Information Center provides all the information about each cleanup job necessary for filing an accurate insurance claim. Any changes to the process are updated in the system in a timely manner, providing a level of transparency that is hard to beat. When clients call 1-800-SERVPRO, they are referred to a local team that has met the stringent qualifications of 21 guidelines for service. The technicians provide 24-hour service to ensure that the damage is assessed and addressed as quickly as possible.

SERVPRO is committed to being Faster to Any Size Disaster by utilizing a trusted network of experts throughout the country who can provide quick, quality service. Wherever there is damage to a home after a fire, flood or storm, there is likely a team of SERVPRO technicians nearby, ready to mitigate it.

Insurance Coverage and Residential Fires

5/11/2020 (Permalink)

Image of paper with letters asking "are you covered?" It's important to know what your insurance will cover in case of a residential fire in West Valley City, UT.

If you experience a home fire, will your insurance policy cover the damage? Unfortunately, the answer to that question is not straightforward. Every insurance policy is different, and the variables to determine coverage depend on the specific insurer. However, you can break most policies down into three categories for fire coverage: one often results in coverage, and the other two lead to questions and investigations.

  • Accident
  • Neglect
  • Arson


Accident


If you speak to any fire damage expert in West Valley City, UT, they can tell you that accidental fires receive insurance coverage. However, the extent of coverage often ties back to the cause of the fire. For example, if a natural disaster causes the fire, your insurer may not pay, depending on your coverage.


Neglect

As a homeowner, insurers expect you to perform routine maintenance of your property, which includes inspections of wiring and appliances. If a home fire stems from faulty wiring, especially if the homeowner was aware of the issue from previous inspections, your insurer is unlikely to provide coverage for the damage or property loss. If you were unaware of the problem because of a lapse or avoidance of inspections, your insurer is also unlikely to cover the losses.


Arson


When a fire stems from criminal activity, like arson, coverage is unlikely. While arson does not automatically negate coverage, an investigation will need to clear the owner of any wrongdoing before a claim is considered. Insurance fraud is a serious crime with significant fines and jail time if a person is convicted.


Only your insurer can speak to the specific fire causes that limit or prohibit coverage for a home fire. If you have questions, it is best to contact your insurer. You can also discuss fire risks, prevention and property assessments with a fire mitigation company, possibly helping you reduce the risks of property loss from fire loss.

Understanding the Water Damage Assessment Process

5/1/2020 (Permalink)

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Your commercial property in West Valley City, UT, may be inspected regularly to ensure that it is flood resistant. A broken pipe or heavy storm, though, can get past all the precautions you have put in place. When water restoration experts arrive at your building, they conduct a series of assessments and pretesting to tell them exactly what needs to be done to fix the problem.


Water Inspection


Water damage can vary greatly in terms of extent and contamination. First, technicians have to determine the water source:

  • Broken or leaky pipe
  • Sewer backup
  • Storm runoff


Water is clean when it comes straight out of a pipe that feeds your faucets or supply lines, but that doesn't mean that it stays clean. By testing the water's contamination level, specialists can determine the equipment and procedures they will need to mitigate the damage. Then they formulate a plan that you can include on your insurance claim to get the payment process started.


Content Inspection


After the water is identified and removed, technicians start to move out the contents of your building, particularly those that may stain the floors and cause more damage. They also inspect each item to determine whether it can be repaired or needs to be replaced. Through this pretesting process, they identify items that are not total losses, thus reducing the amount on your insurance claim.


Structure Inspection


Walls, ceilings and floors often bear the brunt of water damage. Your insurance agent will likely want to know how much of the building is affected, and the technicians assess the damage before any repairs begin. If they suspect mold damage, they can test for growth and determine if it was caused by the covered incident. This step helps them get an accurate estimate for your claim.


By pretesting your building and its contents, restoration experts gain the big picture for the remediation process. This can lower your claim and improve its accuracy from the start.

3 Common Sewer Issues in Commercial Buildings

4/22/2020 (Permalink)

Floor in commercial building with sewer backup. Sewer back up in West Valley City, UT.

Part of owning commercial property in West Valley City, UT, is making sure every aspect of the building is kept in good working order. A blocked sewer can wreak havoc on your building, causing extensive damage that is expensive to repair. Every building owner needs to know the common sewer issues that can occur in commercial properties.

Three Common Sewer Issues


Clogged Lines

A clog in your sewer line keeps it from functioning properly. An underground sewer line that gets clogged can result in several problems on your property:

  • Flooding on lower levels
  • Sewage backup
  • Pooling of contaminated water on lawn and other exterior areas
  • Foundation damage

When these problems happen, it's important that you get them fixed as soon as possible. You must call a plumber to fix the blocked sewer so that no further damage occurs. Then call sewer restoration experts to mitigate the damage to your building.


Overflowing Toilet


It may seem far-fetched to think that one clogged toilet can cause a lot of problems. In a commercial building, however, toilet overflow often goes unreported. Unless you are inspecting the public restrooms on an hourly basis, you may not know that you have a problem until it gets out of hand. Sewage from a backed-up toilet not only affects the restroom where it is located; it can also leak into the areas around it, such as the office next door or the room on the floor below.

Old Pipes

Unless you built your commercial property yourself, you may not know much about the pipes that make up your sewer system. Pipe breaks result when older pipes weaken or develop pinhole leaks. You may not have chosen the pipes, but if you want to avoid sewer damage in your building, it's a good idea to have the system inspected so that you can repair or replace them if necessary.

You are responsible for keeping your building safe and functional. Taking care of your sewer system is an important task to add to your regular maintenance task list.

How Does SERVPRO Clean Up the Coronavirus?

4/1/2020 (Permalink)

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After a confirmed coronavirus exposure at your West Valley City, UT, workplace, you likely have a stream of questions and concerns. Chief among them is how to manage COVID-19 cleanup. Here’s what you can expect when you enlist the help of an experienced bioremediation team from SERVPRO.


Smart, Deep Cleaning

When it comes to harboring germs, all surfaces aren’t created equally, and neither are the contaminants occupying them. Some can be cleaned. Some can be disinfected. Still others can be sanitized, and these three forms of cleanup aren’t the same:

  1. General cleaning: This is a basic cleanup. It’s designed to physically remove dirt and debris, as well as bacteria, fungi and viruses. It’s the first step in most cleaning processes, no matter the surface or contaminant.
  2. Disinfecting: This type of cleaning uses chemicals to kill germs on receptive surfaces rather than physically removing them. The number of microbes that are destroyed varies from disinfectant to disinfectant.
  3. Sanitizing: Reserved almost exclusively for bacteria, this form of cleanup isn’t shown to eliminate fungi or viruses, but a registered sanitizer removes 99.9% or more of harmful bacteria.


After coronavirus exposure, SERVPRO professionals will assess the situation at your workplace and use the optimal combination of cleaning techniques to perform a deep cleaning of all affected areas in accordance with current CDC guidelines, as well as any mandates from local authorities.

Effective Cleaning Agents


Due to the virus’s novelty, there is no cleaning product at present that has been tested against COVID-19. That said, SERVPRO’s proprietary cleaning agent, SERVPROXIDE, has shown effectiveness on hard, non-porous surfaces against viruses that are similar to COVID-19. SERVPROXIDE is a hospital-grade disinfectant that is EPA-certified.
Just as thorough, frequent hand-washing is an individual’s first line of personal defense against the coronavirus, proactive cleaning is one of the best ways to reduce the chance of coronavirus exposure at your workplace. While DIY sanitation of your workplace maybe tempting, the safest method of coronavirus cleanup for most commercial entities is to leave it to SERVPRO professionals who have been trained in the highest standards of cleanliness.

SERVPRO Helps Communities Recover From Natural Disasters

3/31/2020 (Permalink)

Basement cleaned up and with flood cuts on walls, SERVPRO's drying equipment placed to speed up the drying process Basement flooded

When disaster strikes an entire community, each insurance claim is joined by hundreds of others. For the insurance agent covering your West Valley City, UT, home, this means hours of effort to work through detailed paperwork. SERVPRO serves insurance companies and homeowners by offering a claims inventory system that cuts through home cleanup and repair confusion, simplifying the completion of claims for agents.

The Claims Inventory System in Action

A single insurance agent, entire firms, and claims adjusters can all use the claims inventory system to complete their paperwork more quickly. Trusted cleanup, restoration, and mitigation companies provide data, estimates, and pertinent information to the inventory. The information is then made available to professionals in the following ways:

  • An organized collection of claims, arranged by damage type as well as by type of loss
  • Reviewed files for each individual homeowner
  • Regional and national repair and reconstruction cost comparisons
  • Recorded response times

While you're waiting for news about your own insurance claim, insurance personnel are sorting through the details of many homeowners' claims. The inventory makes it quick and easy for professionals to access repair estimates, client details, service options, and other pertinent information.

Actions You Can Take While Waiting


While your insurance agent is at work on your claim, there are some steps you can take to speed up the process. These include gathering documentation, such as copies of your insurance information and proof of homeownership. It's also important that you document all damages. Use written records and photographic evidence as much as possible. Although you probably don't want to work on repairs that property damage restoration professionals will cover, you should board up or tarp any openings that would expose your home to further damages.

Community Partners Working Together


There are many ways that SERVPRO works to improve property restoration in West Valley City, UT. The claims inventory system is one example of these efforts, speeding up the results of your insurance claim, so you can get back to your desired routine.

What Does Rental Insurance Cover After a Fire?

3/27/2020 (Permalink)

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Homeowners aren't the only people who need insurance on the place they live. Whether you live in an apartment, town home or house in West Valley City, UT, you need renters insurance if you don't own your own place. For a relatively small monthly fee, you can protect yourself in the event of a fire or other disaster.

Personal Belongings

While the property owners are responsible for coverage that pays for the fire restoration services of the building itself, they are not required to cover your personal belongings. You need a renter's policy to protect certain items:

  • Electronics
  • Furniture
  • Clothing
  • Collections



Most policies cover replacement cost rather than the actual cost of the items. That way, even when items depreciate, you are still able to afford to replace them if they are damaged in a fire.

Temporary Housing

It's likely that your home will become uninhabitable while undergoing repairs. Your renters insurance policy may cover the short-term costs of temporary relocation. If, for example, you need to get a hotel for a few nights while a burned wall is replaced and repainted, you can make a claim on your policy. That way, you don't have to worry about extra out-of-pocket expenses.

Damage to Third Parties

Sometimes, an event in your apartment can cause fire damage to someone else's property or person. If this happens, your policy may cover some of their expenses. An upstairs neighbor who is injured exiting the building as a result of the fire in your home may need help with medical bills. When you live in close quarters, your neighbors' personal belongings can also get smoke damage. While they're not specifically covered on your policy, the event that caused the damage is, so they may be entitled to compensation.

Property owners aren't the only people who need insurance. It's important to have renters insurance to protect you, your belongings and others who are affected in case of a fire.

How To Tell Whether You Need Flood Insurance

3/27/2020 (Permalink)

Office blue carpet with water damage  Flooded office

How often are commercial properties in West Valley City, UT, affected by flooding? Even if your properties aren't at risk of weather-related floods, could other types of flooding lead to dilemmas? Do you know whether you need a commercial flood insurance policy?

Check out a few pertinent facts:

  • Snow that melts rapidly is one of the top causes of flooding.
  • Just a moderate amount of rainfall could lead to clogged drains.
  • Most commercial property insurance policies don't cover flood damages.
  • Many floods happen outside the high-risk zones.

There are many causes of flood damage, including new development in the area and wildfires.

If you own property in an area that receives snow or rainfall, is attached to a municipal plumbing system, or may be affected by wildfires or new buildings, you should have commercial insurance specifically for flooding.

Do You Need Insurance?

If you are located in a high-risk flood area and if your mortgage came from an insured lender or a federally regulated lender, then you are required to purchase the coverage. If neither of these applies, determine whether you operate in a flood zone. Don't forget to consider the costs to your business if you ever needed the insurance but didn't have it. Contact a flood damage repair and reconstruction company to determine the cost versus risk ratio.

What Does It Cover?

Your first protective step should be to determine whether you have flood coverage. If you don't research what a flood insurance policy covers. You'll generally find that this coverage provides protection from losses when rivers overflow, snow melts, dams break, and rainfall overflows gutters.
Not all water damage is covered by this insurance. For example, if you leave your sprinkler system running all night, the damage may not be covered. If melting snow causes damages to septic systems or your landscaping, you may not get help with those financial costs.

Are You Covered?

Flood insurance is a type of coverage that could help your business survive during a disaster. Carefully consider your level of risk, what is covered, and what isn't as you determine whether to purchase a policy or not.

The SERVPRO Claims Inventory System

2/26/2020 (Permalink)

Blue carpet in office flooded with water Local office in West Valley City, UT flooded.

Natural disasters affect entire communities, including West Valley City, UT, homeowners, business owners, emergency response personnel and their families, and insurance representatives. For first responders and insurance representatives, these situations are particularly difficult. These professionals often set aside their concerns about home and family to help others who are also trying to recover from disasters. SERVPRO, an emergency cleanup and restoration company, has made the process of filing an insurance claim a little bit easier for agents.

Three Ways the Claims Inventory System Helps

The restoration company has compiled a lot of vital information and created a system that connects agents to the facts and figures they need to complete claims. This claims inventory system helps in three ways:

  • Histories of claims are available through the system with corresponding numbers, comparisons, statistics, and other figures.
  • A database, run through the corporate headquarters, pulls together information from all over the country.
  • A user-friendly Management Dashboard guides the insurance agent through the system, making it easy to locate needed facts and reports.


When an agent has questions about putting claims together after a major disaster, the claims inventory system often provides the key to getting answers. Local access to nationwide answers speeds up the process of completing claims.


The Claims Inventory in Action


As an agent sets out to complete the paperwork for a client's claim, the professional often looks at similar situations. Through the database, the agent can look up related types of claims or search for comparable circumstances in local and national locations. The inventory system also provides comparisons of the costs required to complete repair work, as well as records of response times and obstacles to completing repairs.


Putting Families on Track for Full Recovery


When disasters affect communities such as West Valley City, UT, recovery requires everyone to work together. The faster an agent can complete an insurance claim, the sooner homeowners and the agent can return to other concerns. With SERVPRO's system, individuals and families throughout the entire community benefit.

5 Ways to Identify a Mold Problem in Your Home

2/20/2020 (Permalink)

Spots of mold growth found in rafters Mold growth found in the rafters of residential home in West Valley City, UT.

Do you regularly notice mildew in your bathroom, regardless of how often you clean it? The reappearance of mildew can signify a moisture problem, and significant humidity problems can lead to mold growth. Other than a full-scale mold inspection, is there a way to know if you have a problem? Yes. There are at least five ways to tell if you have a mold infestation.

  • Odors
  • Water damage
  • Growths and discoloration
  • Physical symptoms
  • Air quality and mold tests

How To Tell If You have Mold Growth


Odors


House mold tends to give off a musty smell. While it can be hard to tell if that odor is an outlier in certain areas, such as natural basements, it is a good indicator that you may have a problem, especially if the odor is prominent in other, drier areas of the home.

Water Damage


Has your home experienced any water damage recently, or have you noticed the sudden appearance of water rings on ceilings and walls? The presence of excess water is a good indicator that mold might be growing in your home, especially if the water damage wasn't repaired quickly.

Growths and Discoloration


Next, perform a visual mold inspection of your property. You are looking for odd three-dimensional growths. These developments will be fuzzy, and they can be various colors, typically grey, black, green or yellow. Also, you may notice only the beginning of discoloration in porous items.

Physical Symptoms


Your body can also be an excellent indicator of mold growth. For example, if you are suddenly experiencing itchy or watery eyes in certain areas of your home, then you may have an issue. However, physical reactions can also be evidence of allergies.

Air Quality and Mold Tests


The best way to tell if your home has black mold is to get it tested. Contact a mold remediation expert in West Valley City, UT, to take samples of your home.

A professional mold inspection may be the only surefire way to tell if your house has an infestation. However, the above signs can help you determine if a professional assessment is necessary.

Who's Responsible For What After an Apartment Fire

2/12/2020 (Permalink)

Window and wall of residential home damaged with fire, covered in soot and smoke. Fire damage in West Valley City, UT.

An apartment fire can raise a lot of questions: Did we lose any family heirlooms? Why didn't we ever replace that ancient, sparking coffeemaker in the kitchen? Are we on the hook for fire damage repairs, or is that the landlord's job? Here's a brief guide to who's responsible for what after a fire at a rental property in West Valley City, UT.

Guide of Responsabilities After an Apartment Fire

What the Property Owner Is Responsible For

In the simplest terms, a landlord is generally culpable for the apartment itself — more specifically its structure and fixtures. This typically includes components such as the following:

  • Plumbing
  • Kitchen and bathroom counters
  • Built-in cabinetry
  • Appliances
  • Windows and doors


If fire damage to any of these structural elements requires repairs, it's usually up to the landlord to fix them or, depending on the severity of the loss, enlist the help of an experienced fire restoration company. A landlord has a responsibility to bring the residence back up to habitable conditions ASAP.
The main exception to this provision is a fire caused by the renter. If a tenant's carelessness results in an apartment fire, and the landlord can prove that negligence, then the renter may be liable for the cost of structural and fixture-related repairs instead. For this reason, it's imperative that all parties involved take photos and videos of any fire damage after the event.

What the Renter Is Responsible For


The renter is culpable for whatever he or she brought into the apartment. These personal items can be large or small: everything from furniture and electronics to clothing and media. In short, if it wasn't there already when the renter moved in, then he or she is likely liable for any repairs or replacement that may be required.
If, however, the renter can prove that the landlord was responsible for the fire through negligence or failure to comply with building codes, then the landlord may be held liable for damage to the tenant's personal items.

The aftermath of an apartment fire can be chaotic. Knowing what you're responsible for — and what you don't have to worry about — is one way to begin regaining control of the situation and your sanity.

4 Steps To Fix a Toilet That Won’t Stop Flushing

1/27/2020 (Permalink)

White toilet leaking water in bathroom Water damage in business building in West Valley City, UT.

A commercial toilet connected to a flushometer may not stop flushing. A sediment blockage in a manual or automatic flushometer can cause the system to constantly run water or result in a toilet overflow. A facilities manager should take these four steps to stop a toilet.

4 Steps to Stop a Toilet From Flushing



1. Shut Off the Water Supply to the Flushometer

Look for a flat screwdriver slot on the left or right side of a manual or automatic flushometer. Turn the slot to shut off the flow of water and prevent a toilet overflow.

2. Clean or Replace a Manual Flushometer Gasket

Use a wrench to loosen the top lid of a manual flushometer and finish unscrewing the lid by hand. Remove the flange cover and inspect the condition of the gasket. If it is covered in sediment, this could be causing the toilet to flush constantly. Remove and clean the gasket and weep hole before reassembling the flushometer.

3. Clean or Replace an Automatic Flushometer Diaphragm Kit

After turning off the water supply to an automatic flushometer, press and hold the button or manual flush control. Clicking noises two seconds apart indicate that the diaphragm kit requires cleaning or replacement. The solenoid may also need to be serviced.

4. Contact a Plumber If the Toilet Is Still Flushing

If cleaning or replacing the gasket in a manual flushometer or diaphragm kit in an automatic model does not solve the problem, the property owner or manager should contact a commercial plumber. Regular flushometer maintenance can limit water wastage and reduce the risk of a toilet flood.

Once a facilities manager learns how to stop a toilet, it may be easier to prevent flushing or toilet overflow problems. If a toilet malfunction or sewer backup occurs, the property owner or manager should contact a plumber and a water damage mitigation and restoration service located in West Valley City, UT.

3 Things Not To Do After a Flood

1/27/2020 (Permalink)

White letters with flooded street behind. Flooding can be damaging to your residential home in West Valley City, UT.

It’s one of many homeowner’s worst nightmares: a large storm or local disaster has flooded your neighborhood in West Valley City, UT. Many who experience flooding for the first time are unprepared and uninformed, not knowing what to do after flood water has covered the streets or entered their home. To help you prepare, whether you’re facing a flooded home now or foresee its possibility in the future, here are three things not to do after a flood:

3 Things to Avoid After a Flood



1. Remain in your home. For you and your family’s safety, if water has entered your home, it’s important to leave and not reenter until flooding has subsided. In a flood’s immediate aftermath, the risk of rising water is still imminent due to the possibility of more rain, a compromised levy or busted dam. Find refuge outside the flood area, whether it be in a hotel, a loved one's home or a public shelter.

2. Touch the water. Flood water can be contaminated with any number of bacteria, sewage and/or chemicals that can be harmful to your skin and health. It’s also imperative to avoid standing water to minimize the risk of electric shock from electrical lines and equipment touching the water. If you must enter or be around the water for any reason, protective clothing such as rubber boots should be worn.

3. Fix it yourself. Repairing flood damage in a home can require a large amount of construction materials, professional knowledge and skill to ensure the damage is fully repaired and any mold is removed. Instead of trying to take on the job yourself, it’s best to save time and additional headaches by contacting a water damage repair and restoration company.

For any homeowner, flood water is certainly an unwelcome sight. Knowing what to do, or not do, in this type of disaster is imperative to keep you and your family safe and to begin the restoration process successfully.

5 Facts About Mold Remediation

1/27/2020 (Permalink)

Black mold groing in white wall Mold growth in West Valley City, UT commercial building.

When you own commercial property in West Valley City, UT, there are a few basic things you need to know to keep you building safe and in good working order. Understanding how mold growth happens is a vital part of managing your property well. Here are a few facts that every building owner needs to understand about the dreaded fungus.

5 Things You Should Know About Mold



1. You cannot remove all mold from your building. Mold spores travel inside every time the door opens. It attaches to shoes, clothes, bags and hair. It doesn't necessarily become a problem until it starts to form patches.

2. You may smell mold before you can see it. When mold begins to collect on surfaces, it gives off a musty odor. Even if it's hidden under carpet or in air ducts, you may know it's there because of the smell.

3. Mold needs moisture to thrive. Mold growth can happen anywhere there is excess moisture in your building. Spores from the air land and start to form fuzzy patches.

4. Humidity can trigger a mold problem. Even moisture in the air can lead to a mold problem. The indoor humidity should stay below 50% at all times in order to deter growth. Keep high humidity at bay by using dehumidifiers and keeping your building well ventilated.

5. Mold can start growing on damp materials in as little as a day. Water damage specialists respond quickly to calls for repair because they know that even the smallest delay could lead to secondary damage such as mold. The faster they repair the damage caused by flooding, the less likely a mold problem is to develop.

Good management of your commercial property entails knowing all the problems that could befall it. Knowing how to recognize and even prevent mold growth can help you keep your building in good shape and help you train employees or tenants how to assist in the preventative maintenance process.

Why Does the Sewer Back Up After a Storm?

12/26/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding in a commercial building can cause sewer back up.

As a commercial building owner in West Valley City, Utah, you are responsible for taking care of your property after a storm. You have to know who to call to take care of a problem. When you first enter your building, you may notice a foul, sewer smell. Sewer backup during a storm does not always happen, but it can. You may have to deal with this problem for the following reasons:

• Excess water
• Blockages
• Breaks

3 Reasons Sewers Back Up After a Storm


No matter why you have sewage seeping into your building, you may want to call in a commercial storm remediation team right away.

Excess Water

Storms are often associated with rain water. When there is a lot of water falling at once, the ground may not be able to hold it all. As the water table rises, flooding happens all over the area. Not only does the rising water table push water into basements and low-lying areas, but it also causes the sewer to run out of space. When the sewer cannot go down, it must come up.

Blockages

Storms can also lead to blockages in your pipes or in other parts of the sewer system. When rocks and other debris are washed into the sewer, it may block up some of the piping. This again leaves the traveling sewage with few options. Because it cannot go forward, you may have to deal with a sewer backup.

Breaks

When trees and powerlines are downed, sewer lines can get broken. When these lines are broken, you may have to deal with contaminated, black water seeping into your commercial building. A break may take a while to take care of, so your sewage may have to be turned off until the problem can be properly addressed.

It is never fun to deal with a sewer backup. When this issue is accompanied by other storm damage, you may feel overwhelmed and worried without the help of a team of experts.

3 Steps for Reducing Water Damage After a Flood at Your Business

12/26/2019 (Permalink)

Office suffered water damage.

When your West Valley City, Utah, commercial building is damaged by flooding, it can be difficult to know where to begin with cleanup efforts. Waterlogged drywall, ruined carpeting and damaged machinery may only be a few issues you have to deal with. However, there are a few steps you can take to begin the recovery process, and knowing some helpful damage tips may give you peace of mind as you work to restore your business.

3 Steps to Begin The Recovery Process


1. Reduce Humidity Levels

After a flood, the humidity levels in your building may spike due to increased water vapor in the air. This may accelerate mold growth, especially in the case of black mold. Because this type of fungus can spread quickly, it is wise to lower humidity any way you can. Open the windows, run fans and turn on your building’s air conditioner if you have been told it is safe to do so. These damage tips may help you keep the threat of mold at bay until help arrives.

2. Call for Professional Flood Mitigation

If a pipe burst in your employee restroom and caused a flood, you may believe there is no hurry in calling for cleanup because the damage has already been done. However, calling in a flood damage and restoration company as soon as you can may reduce the risk of long-term problems, such as mold growth and structural weakness. Flood technicians might also be able to prevent the spread of flood waters to other areas of your building and prevent them from reaching major systems, such as electrical fuse panels.

3. Sort and Set Aside Items for Restoration

Flood technicians may be able to offer you cleaning tips and restoration options for your inventory or office equipment. While not all items may be salvageable, having assistance during this process can help you feel more confident about recovery.

Facing a flood at your West Valley City, Utah, business can be a stressful experience. However, being aware of a few helpful damage tips can give you the peace of mind you need to begin cleanup and restoration efforts.

6 Helpful Hints About Filing a Water Damage Insurance Claim

12/26/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage in residential home.

Insurance claims for water damage are on the rise. In fact, water damage claims are purportedly the second most reported petitions in West Valley City, Utah. However, questions often arise when homeowners try to decipher the legal jargon of insurance policy, and many frequently become frustrated over exemptions and exclusions. Here are six hints to help you decode the steps you to take when making a water damage insurance claim.

6 Steps to Make a Water Damage Claim. 



1. Take pictures of the damaged area immediately after finding the water. Also, continue taking pictures during all stages of cleanup and restoration. If the damage is due to a pipe burst, take pictures of the pipe as well. Offer a copy of all photos to the insurance adjuster.

2. Contact your insurance agent regarding the loss. Ask the agent questions about your coverage, the time limit to file a claim, and deductibles. Request information on repairs, restoration, and how long a claim takes to process.

3. Establish your claim by filling out the claim forms as soon as you receive the papers. Return the completed documents to the insurance company right after you finish the paperwork.

4. Keep a list of damaged and lost items. Include all steps taken to clean or discard major items, if possible. Also, take pictures and keep the photos with the records to substantiate the loss. If receipts are available for destroyed or damaged items, provide copies with your insurance claim.

5. Request receipts and a detailed list of all work done by your water repair and restoration company. Also, ask the team to include a list of all supplies used to clean and sanitize the area.

6. If your family needs to relocate during cleanup and restoration, keep receipts. Extensive records required may include living expenses, replacement clothing, and meal expenditures.

Once your insurance claim has been settled, and the insurance company accepts your submission, a payment is typically sent to cover the terms of the settlement. If the claim is refused, you have the right to contest the refusal and the right to hire an attorney.

What You Should Know About Floods

11/26/2019 (Permalink)

Floods can be dangerous.

Floods are one of the most common natural disasters on this planet. They can destroy buildings and cause water damage. They can also be dangerous too. A few ways a flood can occur might include the following:

• Excessive rain
• A stream or river that has overflowed
• A damaged dam

No matter how the flooding happens, it’s important to know what you are dealing with.

Here is what you should know about floods.



Danger - Flood Water

One of the biggest concerns during these types of natural disasters is black water. This type of water is severely contaminated. Flood water isn’t just rain; it’s full of sewage, chemicals, and dangerous items such as broken glass or metal. It’s very important that you avoid touching the water and don’t drink it.

After the initial disaster, you may be able to return to your commercial building in West Valley City, Utah. However, be sure to wear protective gear when dealing with any water damage or mold. Thoroughly clean or throw away anything that has been submerged in this water, and seek help from professionals.

Location - Flash Floods

It’s important to realize that floods can truly happen anywhere, at any time. Flash floods can occur when rain falls heavily on the already highly-saturated soil. They can also happen when the soil is dry and doesn’t absorb water well. This creates lots of runoff that can cause flash flooding in low areas.

If your business is in a region that could be subject to flooding, be sure to find high ground that you could evacuate to. To minimize risk, every building should have a secure escape route and a backup plan.


Key - Awareness


Local radio stations normally keep people aware of weather conditions, especially during a storm. While this is helpful and can help you prevent water damage in your building, you can also take personal precautions that can ensure your safety.

By steering clear of black water and realizing the risk of flash flooding, you can be prepared for both types of water disaster.

The Insurance Adjuster Considers It a Partial Loss

11/26/2019 (Permalink)

Kitchen fire damage in West Valley City, UT.

You have just had a serious fire. The flames are out, the tarps are in place and the windows are boarded up. Once the building is secured from the elements, it’s time for the insurance adjuster to open the claim, assess the damage and most likely tell you that it is a partial loss. However, when it comes to a serious fire loss, it is important for you to bring in your own expert.

Add a Licensed Professional Engineer to Your Team


The adjuster only represents the interests of the insurance company. You need someone to represent your interests. A licensed professional engineer with fire loss experience and a structural engineering background can help in several ways.

• Evaluate the steel beams and iron components, looking for damage from intense heat.
• Evaluate HVAC and ductwork for fire and smoke damage.
• Inspect the roof, exterior walls and siding for evidence of hidden damage from the heat.
• Identify areas where fire and smoke damage need to be repaired before new walls go up.
• Evaluate water damage and check for the presence of mold in water-damaged areas.

Present the Engineer’s Report of Actual Damage

This is where the fun begins. The engineer identified problems that the adjuster couldn’t or didn’t want to see. If all damage identified by the engineer is repaired, the cost is going to be higher than the adjuster’s estimate. Next comes the negotiation but, when it comes to fire restoration claims, nothing is easy. Hopefully, the negotiation will be a matter of the engineer and adjuster discussing their estimates using language that you probably wouldn’t understand. If they come to an agreement, and if you agree, the work can begin.

Bring in the Contractors and Get Started

When dealing with a fire loss, quality restoration is best handled by skilled professionals and specialized equipment. You are fortunate that a team of fire restoration specialists can be found close by in West Valley City, Utah. See how smoothly things go with experts on the job.

Why Does the Sewer Back Up After a Storm?

10/23/2019 (Permalink)

Sewage Backup in West Valley City, UT.

As a commercial building owner in West Valley City, UT, you are responsible for taking care of your property after a storm. You have to know who to call to take care of a problem. When you first enter your building, you may notice a foul, sewer smell. Sewer backup during a storm does not always happen, but it can. You may have to deal with this problem for the following reasons:

• Excess water
• Blockages
• Breaks

No matter why you have sewage seeping into your building, you may want to call in a commercial storm remediation team right away.

Excess Water in West Valley City Home



Storms are often associated with rain water. When there is a lot of water falling at once, the ground may not be able to hold it all. As the water table rises, flooding happens all over the area. Not only does the rising water table push water into basements and low-lying areas, but it also causes the sewer to run out of space. When the sewer cannot go down, it must come up.

Blockages

Storms can also lead to blockages in your pipes or in other parts of the sewer system. When rocks and other debris are washed into the sewer, it may block up some of the piping. This again leaves the traveling sewage with few options. Because it cannot go forward, you may have to deal with a sewer backup.

Breaks

When trees and powerlines are downed, sewer lines can get broken. When these lines are broken, you may have to deal with contaminated, black water seeping into your commercial building. A break may take a while to take care of, so your sewage may have to be turned off until the problem can be properly addressed.

It is never fun to deal with a sewer backup. When this issue is accompanied by other storm damage, you may feel overwhelmed and worried without the help of a team of experts.

3 Steps for Reducing Water Damage After a Flood at Your Business

10/23/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial water damage in West Valley City, UT.

When your West Valley City, UT, commercial building is damaged by flooding, it can be difficult to know where to begin with cleanup efforts. Waterlogged drywall, ruined carpeting and damaged machinery may only be a few issues you have to deal with. However, there are a few steps you can take to begin the recovery process, and knowing some helpful damage tips may give you peace of mind as you work to restore your business.

Commercial Disaster Recovery Process



1. Reduce Humidity Levels

After a flood, the humidity levels in your building may spike due to increased water vapor in the air. This may accelerate mold growth, especially in the case of black mold. Because this type of fungus can spread quickly, it is wise to lower humidity any way you can. Open the windows, run fans and turn on your building’s air conditioner if you have been told it is safe to do so. These damage tips may help you keep the threat of mold at bay until help arrives.

2. Call for Professional Flood Mitigation

If a pipe burst in your employee restroom and caused a flood, you may believe there is no hurry in calling for cleanup because the damage has already been done. However, calling in a flood damage and restoration company as soon as you can may reduce the risk of long-term problems, such as mold growth and structural weakness. Flood technicians might also be able to prevent the spread of flood waters to other areas of your building and prevent them from reaching major systems, such as electrical fuse panels.

3. Sort and Set Aside Items for Restoration

Flood technicians may be able to offer you cleaning tips and restoration options for your inventory or office equipment. While not all items may be salvageable, having assistance during this process can help you feel more confident about recovery.

Facing a flood at your West Valley City, UT, business can be a stressful experience. However, being aware of a few helpful damage tips can give you the peace of mind you need to begin cleanup and restoration efforts.

6 Helpful Hints About Filing a Water Damage Insurance Claim

10/23/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage in hall and living of this West Valley City home.

Insurance claims for water damage are on the rise. In fact, water damage claims are purportedly the second most reported petitions in West Valley City, UT. However, questions often arise when homeowners try to decipher the legal jargon of insurance policy, and many frequently become frustrated over exemptions and exclusions. Here are six hints to help you decode the steps you to take when making a water damage insurance claim.

Do you know how to make a water damage claim?


1. Take pictures of the damaged area immediately after finding the water. Also, continue taking pictures during all stages of cleanup and restoration. If the damage is due to a pipe burst, take pictures of the pipe as well. Offer a copy of all photos to the insurance adjuster.

2. Contact your insurance agent regarding the loss. Ask the agent questions about your coverage, the time limit to file a claim, and deductibles. Request information on repairs, restoration, and how long a claim takes to process.

3. Establish your claim by filling out the claim forms as soon as you receive the papers. Return the completed documents to the insurance company right after you finish the paperwork.

4. Keep a list of damaged and lost items. Include all steps taken to clean or discard major items, if possible. Also, take pictures and keep the photos with the records to substantiate the loss. If receipts are available for destroyed or damaged items, provide copies with your insurance claim.

5. Request receipts and a detailed list of all work done by your water repair and restoration company. Also, ask the team to include a list of all supplies used to clean and sanitize the area.

6. If your family needs to relocate during cleanup and restoration, keep receipts. Extensive records required may include living expenses, replacement clothing, and meal expenditures.

Once your insurance claim has been settled, and the insurance company accepts your submission, a payment is typically sent to cover the terms of the settlement. If the claim is refused, you have the right to contest the refusal and the right to hire an attorney.

How To Prepare Your Home Before Rain

9/23/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO knows that immediate action is crucial when suffering storm damage in West Valley City, UT.

You can't decide when flooding will impact your area; torrential rains can come any time of the year. However, you can affect how much damage the storm can do to your home.


With a little preparation, you can keep storm damage to a minimum.

First, you should prepare your family by doing the following:

• Collecting important items such as extra medication
• Putting important documents in waterproof casing
• Knowing possible escape routes
• Checking that your insurance covers floods

Once you have done those things, you should protect your home from flood damage. Here are a few ways you can keep your house ready for whatever Mother Nature throws your way:

Clean Your Gutters

If your gutters and storm drains are clogged when the rain starts coming down heavily, this could cause serious problems. Your storm drains give the water a safe place to go, but debris stops this from happening. Instead, the water collects and spills over into areas you wanted to keep it from.

Make sure that you have your gutters and storm drains in West Valley City, UT, professionally cleaned every spring and fall. This simple step can help you avoid severe flood damage. In fact, it could save you money in the long run.

Fill Foundation Faults

Does your foundation have cracks? Even the smallest openings can make flooding worse than it otherwise would be. These breaks allow water to seep in, which causes flood water to damage the foundation. Over time, this can cause further flood damage and even structural problems. Get those cracks fixed while they are still small.

Add Retaining Walls

As you work on landscaping in the spring and fall, consider adding a retaining wall. These beautiful features not only look great, but they can also keep your home from flooding and prevent soil erosion.

No amount of planning is 100 percent foolproof. If floods still enter your home, be sure to have a professional cleanup crew in West Valley City, UT, fix your home immediately.

How to Keep Commercial Pipes From Freezing

9/23/2019 (Permalink)

This West Valley City, UT office suffered water damage.

Living in a colder climate can present your commercial business with several unique challenges. Frozen pipes at home can be a hassle, but freezing issues associated with a business can be devastating. Since water expands when it freezes, pipes may burst, leading to the need for major water line repair.

Protecting Your Pipes



Exposed pipes are very susceptible to wintry weather. If you live in a colder climate or are expecting subzero temperatures, you need to winterize your pipes. Exposed pipes may be located in a variety of areas:

• Basement
• Attic
• Crawl spaces
• Outdoors

At the very least, they need to be insulated. Heat cables or heat tape is another popular option for protecting against frozen pipes. These cables radiate a small amount of heat and are powered by electricity. When used properly, they can keep water flowing. Some can even be controlled by a thermostat. In some situations, you might want to combine insulation with heat cables.

Shut off any outside water sources that you don't need, especially if you are expecting particularly low temperatures. When a building is left unattended, make sure the thermostat is set no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

Dealing With Emergencies

Even if you take all the necessary precautions, you should still be prepared in case of an emergency. This may include a backup water supply depending on your business needs. Make sure you and your employees know where the main shutoff valve is located. Educate yourself on minor plumbing repairs. You may be able to temporarily patch a hole and prevent further damage. If you are dealing with frozen pipes in West Valley City, UT, call a professional as soon as possible.

Freezing conditions can wreak havoc on exposed plumbing. Take precautions and be prepared for any unfortunate emergencies. Train your staff to know what to look for, what to do and who to call should a disaster occur.

Fire Damage: Remediation Services Offer Support and Hope Throughout the Restoration Process

8/14/2019 (Permalink)

Fire extinguisher residue left after a fire in West Valley City, UT.

Thankfully, after experiencing a fire in your commercial property, you are not alone in the cleanup process. Most insurance companies will even require the use of fire remediation specialists in the West Valley City, UT, area before providing coverage. Many of these services offer both content cleaning and content storage and some even facilitate dry-cleaning. While it is a relief to know that your property will be restored, it is beneficial to understand the fire damage restoration process.



What is the fire damage restoration process?



1. Initial Contact and Assessment


Dependable restoration services offer immediate response times, meaning that after a disaster they will respond without notice. This initial point of contact will also allow project managers to assess the extent of the damage, which will help them understand the best way to move forward.



2. Board Up Services



Once the property has been assessed, the restoration crews will board up and tarp any necessary areas to mitigate further loss. This mitigation process also provides property owners with the assurance that they are safe from any other liability issues, like looting and vandalism.



3. Cleaning Up and Drying Out



During the cleanup phase, the mediation companies will remove excess water, scrub away surface damage, sanitize any problem areas and remove orders. In addition to the extensive cleaning process, these companies may help you find dry-cleaning specialists to help remove smoke odors from porous materials.



4. Repair and Restoration



After the cleaning, comes the fun part. This is the point when you begin to see your property take on new life. Damaged walls will be replaced. Roof lines will be repaired. Flooring and other surfaces will be changed out or restored. When all is finished, your building can return to full operation.



While a fire is a devastating thing to experience for any business owner, there is security in knowing that fire remediation specialists exist. These companies ensure that there is hope for restoration, and by performing the necessary task of securing property, cleaning out the property, and even facilitating dry-cleaning, the services ensure reduced stress and anxiety.

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