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How the Dishwasher in Your Orem Home Can Cause Water Damages

8/20/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage How the Dishwasher in Your Orem Home Can Cause Water Damages Water Damage from Appliance Leakage in Orem? Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Recovery

Inspections and Maintenance Can Lower the Risk of Leaky Appliances Resulting in Water Issues

The dishwasher in your Orem residence certainly has made life a little easier than the tiresome hours that used to get spent in front of the sink hand cleaning every specific dish. While this appliance has offered much regarding efficiency and convenience, it is not entirely devoid of potential problems and threats to your home if it is not properly maintained.

One of the greatest risks that homeowners face with an aging dishwasher is water damages in their Orem house. From the simplest of mistakes that any user could make to the literal degradation of the working parts that seal and operate your appliance, water damages are possible at any time. Avoiding these circumstances might seem impossible, but you can limit the possibility with some routine maintenance and repairs.

Many homeowners have this low appreciation for the appliances in their home, so much so that they react to the problems that their machines experience rather than checking them regularly for routine wear and tear concerns. Even an annual inspection can help to identify risks and potential problems and help you to avoid these concerns before they turn into substantial water loss events.

Sometimes, however, the dishwasher is not always the problem. User error has attributed to many water loss incidents in local homes as well, where the appliance did not get entirely closed or wedged open as the washing and rinsing cycles run. Several gallons of water can drain out onto the floors of the kitchen at this point, demanding immediate attention from competent restoration technicians like our SERVPRO team.

While initial assessment of the damage, however it originated, is critical to determining what must happen to restore it, this is a precursor to the work that must occur in that first visit. Extraction and even initial drying efforts can help to limit the widespread damage that weakens the structural elements of your home. Fast response from our SERVPRO technicians can help to reduce or even eliminate swelling and irreparable damage to flooring materials in this affected area of your home.

It might seem like there are so many threats to your home that are out of your control. Dishwasher concerns leading to water damages can often get avoided with the right precautionary measures and preventative maintenance, however. If you have a water emergency or require clean up services in your home, do not hesitate to give our SERVPRO of Provo restoration specialists a call today at (801) 226-1363.

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Orem Mold Damage Remediation Protocols

8/12/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Orem Mold Damage Remediation Protocols Our technicians find out what caused your mold damage, remediate and then treat the area to prevent any future growth.

Team SERVPRO Uses Many Techniques to Remove Mold Damage From Your Home

The damage done by mold in your Orem home needs attention quickly, but there is no need to become alarmed when you engage the services of a reputable remediation company. Scare tactics and unfounded promises from a mold removal company have no place in a professional mold abatement response. We follow local, state, and federal requirements and recommendations to ensure we deliver a successful outcome.
 
Mold damage inside your house in Orem relates to sources of moisture you might not even realize exist. Mold spores are a constant inside and out, but mold does not grow into colonies that cause damage until the spores absorb water from a spill or leak. Even high humidity in spaces like bathrooms and kitchens can provide enough moisture to fuel a mold outbreak. Mold infestations often hide near their source of water, including moving into areas between walls or above ceilings where they multiply undisturbed. Our mold remediation crews are familiar with the ways mold takes hold in a residence and use approved strategies to mitigate the damage and suggest ways to eliminate the moisture that starts the mold damage cycle.
 
Whether you first notice a musty smell or see a dark stain or feathery growth that signals a mold problem, calling SERVPRO for an evaluation and remediation plan is the best reaction. Managing a mold infestation on your own risks spreading the debris to unaffected areas of your home. Another consideration is the possibility that you or others in your house might exhibit signs of allergic reaction or sensitivity to the mold or its byproducts during remediation.
 
SERVPRO mold remediation follows the protocols developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The critical steps are containment, removal, and disinfection of the outbreak. We have the skills to build a containment barrier using heavy plastic sheeting, and often use an air scrubber system that employs negative pressure to keep the moldy debris from drifting to other areas during removal. Our employees wear personal protective equipment to prevent tracking mold spores into the rest of your home and to keep themselves safe during removal.
 
We scrape and wipe the mold off of contaminated surfaces, and use abrasive techniques like soda blasting to remove moldy infiltrate from even porous structures. SERVPRO then finishes the job with HEPA filtered vacuuming, and the application of EPA registered antimicrobials to inhibit future fungal growth.
 
SERVPRO of Provo is ready with the trained technicians, products, and equipment to remediate your mold damage issues. Call us at (801) 226-1363 to set up an assessment and treatment plan.

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Three Reasons To Let The Professionals Handle Fire Damage in Your Spanish Fork Home

8/2/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Three Reasons To Let The Professionals Handle Fire Damage in Your Spanish Fork Home The main reason to defer to restoration pros when fire damages your Spanish Fork home is the sheer scale of the circumstances.

Three Reasons To Let The Professionals Handle Fire Damage

Many Spanish Fork homeowners pride themselves on digging into videos and other DIY information when maintenance tasks or common household repairs are needed. Some events that affect your home are likely to expose your family and the structure itself to long-term, permanent damage if you fail to take advantage of the expertise of professionals in the restoration business. Work with a business like ours that takes on the tasks in need of expert intervention so you can concentrate on putting the other pieces of your fire-shattered life together.

Scale
The main reason to defer to restoration pros when fire damages your Spanish Fork home is the sheer scale of the circumstances. Damage after a household fire is not limited to the room where the blaze started. The substances created as the flames consume the full range of items you have in your home can spread far and wide, especially if your central heating or cooling operated during the fire. Every surface and article in your home can show contamination, and the task of cleaning up fast and thoroughly is enormous, even in a modest sized home. We send a team to complete fire damage cleanup and restoration for many reasons, but high on the list is the need to get the job done correctly and quickly.

Training And Knowledge
SERVPRO technicians prepare for the fire restoration job at your and other customers’ homes by mastering a rigorous course of training. Our crew members learn how to evaluate the type and consistency of the sooty residues deposited on surfaces and in the fibers of upholstery, linens, clothing, electronics, books, documents, pictures, and so on. Unless a homeowner is in the restoration business him or herself, getting up to speed on proper cleaning methods, products, and tools is impossible to accomplish fast enough to address the progressive damage toxic fire residues does minute by minute in a home. If you are a restoration professional, chances are you want your crew working with you, not acting alone.

Ordering Tasks
It comes as a great surprise to victims of fire how much other damage occurs to their property during firefighting. Water and chemical extinguishing agents must be dealt with first, before the job of cleaning up soot, sanitizing areas, and removing odors begin. SERVPRO’s crew members hold certifications in multiple restoration specialties, permitting a seamless approach when we must first extract water and powdered chemical residues, and then dry out the structure. Fire damage is rival only by water damage regarding destructive force. We can help you overcome both in a deliberate and speedy manner.

SERVPRO of Provo is ready 24/7 to respond to your need for professional fire damage remediation. Make that call to (801) 226-1363 and let us partner with you to make it “Like it never even happened.”

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Heavy Rains Are Always Possible, Bringing Flood Damage to Orem

7/25/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Heavy Rains Are Always Possible, Bringing Flood Damage to Orem Orem Area Storm Damage Cleanup Needed? Call SERVPRO --"Like it never even happened."

Stormwater Penetrations Are Stymied by Fast SERVPRO Water Removal and Drying

Climate extremes seem to be the norm rather than the 100-year events we used to expect in Orem. In recent years torrential rains caused mudslides and flooding in our area, with downpours in the mountains increasing the potential for residential flooding in “Family City USA.” When several inches or feet of water collect in your foundation, crawl space, or basement, you need the fast response we offer.
 
One thing not to do if flood damage occurs in your Orem home is to ignore it, hoping the water will recede and all will go back to normal. Water is a very destructive force, oxidizing metals and causing significant deterioration of many conventional building materials. Wallboard, insulation, lathes, plaster, and wood framing all experience weakening and eventual disintegration if saturated with water. The key to halting this process is efficient water removal and high-quality structural drying. Our technicians are well trained and familiar with the best restoration practices, and these services help form the core of our business.
 
When the SERVPRO crew leader arrives, expect a quick safety assessment followed by implementation of water removal strategies. Safety is always paramount for the homeowner and family and the crew members. We must check for underwater dangers including live electrical wires, broken or floating debris, and basic slip and fall concerns. Our crew members receive training to characterize the category of flood water presented, an essential skill and step as we must contain and dispose of black and gray water differently than clean water. Most often, flood waters are contaminated, mainly if some of the fluid collected is backed up from overwhelmed municipal sewer systems or heavy soil erosion.
 
After the assessment, the SERVPRO crew begins water removal using the submersible pumps and high-efficiency extractors always on our green service vehicles. If the power is cut, we move along with the water removal with portable generators also on our trucks as basic equipment. Our crew members use moisture meters to set baseline levels for drying goals for the waterlogged materials damaged by the flood. We also use infrared scanners to locate pockets of water hidden behind walls, in cinderblock cells, or in a vast number of other recesses in your lower level. If we do not find, release, and remove the hidden water, it continues to harm structures. If it remains more than 24 to 48 hours, it also can feed potential mold growth.
 
Once the water exits, we begin drying out the structure. A balance of air movers, heater, and dehumidifiers creates the optimum environment for water to move as vapor out of the building materials, to be captured, contained, and disposed of via the dehumidifying process. SERVPRO crew members monitor the drying, repositioning and adjusting equipment until normal moisture levels return.
 
SERVPRO of Provo awaits your contact if flood waters enter and begin their damage inside your residence. As we know flood damage cannot wait, we answer at (801) 226-1363 round the clock.

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After a Fire: What you can do until help arrives?

6/12/2018 (Permalink)

After any fire damage situation, your primary focus should be safety:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

What To Do After A Fire

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

What NOT To Do After A Fire

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting your SERVPRO Franchise Professional.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

Should You Be Worried About Storms?

6/5/2018 (Permalink)

Living in Utah might have you wondering why we too should be ready for when storms come. Utah does not see many major storms throughout the year but storms should still be something we prepare ourselves for.

Specifically during the rainy season, we must be extra careful.  After our super dry, hot summers and how often we have wild fires, a lot of the time our mountains are left without the trees and bushes.  We are left more vulnerable to landslides and flash floods from the rain we receive.

When your home is hit by a flood or storm, remember that your local SERVPRO is here to restore your home to its pre-storm condition. We specialize in restoring homes and buildings in a quick and timely manner, so that you and your family could go back in to your normal routine.

Call SERVPRO at 801-785-5228

What is Our Fire Damage Restoration Process?

4/1/2018 (Permalink)

After the fire trucks leave, your home likely suffers from fire and smoke damage and extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your home to pre-fire condition.

Every fire damage event is a little different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage emergency.

Step 1: Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call the SERVPRO National Call Center, which is staffed 24 hours a day. Our representative will ask a series of questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us dispatch the nearest SERVPRO Franchise Professional with the appropriate equipment and resources.

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

Our Professionals will carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action.

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, the SERVPRO Franchise Professional can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs.

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. They will then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process.

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

The SERVPRO Franchise Professionals use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

They will clean all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. They use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. They’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration

Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

No Job Is Too Big

3/27/2018 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are pre-qualified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster. Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation. 

The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether it’s a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood. The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, we are prepared for the unpredictable.

SERVPRO was recently asked to go to Houston Texas after Hurricane Harvey hit to help with the thousands of businesses and home that were affected.  As soon as we were able to assemble a team and load up the trucks with equipment we were on the road.  We did the mitigation on a couple of large religious structures and prepared it for the rebuild with the help of trained technicians and all they specialized equipment.

If you and your commercial building ever find yourself in need, call SERVPRO.

Stop, Drop and Clean the lint out from inside your dryer and vent!

3/8/2018 (Permalink)

We all know to clean out the lint screen of our dryers, right? Did you know if you aren’t cleaning the lint out of the INSIDE and VENT of your dryer you are putting your family in danger of a house fire?  Over time lint will build up and settle in the bottom of your dryer and in your dryer vent.  If you don’t clean this out the heat from the dryer can ignite a fire inside your dryer.  You know what the boy scouts say, “lint is the great to start a fire”. 

Here is an experience from someone who recently had a fire in her dryer and was lucky enough it didn’t start her house on fire.

Counting our blessings today… Last night we smelled something "burning" right as we were going to bed. We thought it was our renters burning food or something in their oven.  We had windows open and fans going but didn't really think much of it. Well this afternoon I went to get clothes out of the dryer, they smelled horrible!!! Like a cross between camp fire smoke and cigarette smoke. So I threw them back in the washer and told my husband. When he got home we pulled the bottom portion of the dryer off just to check things out. To our amazement (we haven't had this dryer THAT long - but bought it from someone else) there was burnt/singed lint everywhere. There had been a lint fire inside the bottom of our dryer last night. Our house seriously could have caught on fire. I'm so glad it didn't. Hence - we are counting our blessings today and I am spreading the word to all that you should go clean out under your lint catcher thing so your house doesn't start on fire!

Here are a few tips from www.familyhandyman.com on how to clean the lint out of your dryer.

https://www.familyhandyman.com/appliance-repair/washer-and-dryer-repair/dryer-lint-cleaning-tips/view-all

Snow Covered Roof, Majestic or Dangerous?

1/25/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Snow Covered Roof, Majestic or Dangerous? Not so beautiful anymore...

Did you know one square foot of compacted snow can weigh close to 50 pounds?!! Think about how much weight is sitting on your roof.  Many roofs, especially, older, flat, or structures such as carports, garages, and sheds are not always rated to support this kind of weight.  It is important to remove as much of it as you can safely from the ground.  

** We advise you review your insurance policy and check with your agent before you have a problem.  Basic insurance policies do not cover collapse of a structure due the weight of snow or ice.

Check out this article from Travelers about safely removing snow from your roof before it is too late.

https://www.travelers.com/resources/weather/winter-storms/roof-snow-removal-tips.aspx?cm_mmc=TWITTER-_-190-_-768968169-_-20170110&linkId=33184720