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Beautiful Disaster

12/7/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Beautiful Disaster Icicles are beautiful, but can be dangerous and very costly.

Icicles, Mother Nature’s nose drippings solidified by her icy heart. The stalactites of our man-made dwelling caves and mercantile tents. Over the ages, prepubescent children have found numerous uses for our sparkly friends of descending girth, such as target practice for snow balls, swords for ice pirates and a flavorless popsicle treat that literally melts in the mouth. Though potentially dangerous if trodden beneath, nothing screams the ‘beauty of winter time’ like the transparent daggers that hang from our rooftops. 
Did you know that Icicles can also be a sign that heat is leaking from your home into the attic and causing ice dams? It’s a good idea to safely check for cracks or gaps in the roof to avoid severe water damage when all the snow and ice begins to melt.

Supply Lines: The Unseen Destroyer

12/7/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Supply Lines: The Unseen Destroyer Watch out for these bad boys, they can end up causing a lot of damage.

Most people see that SERVPRO is a flood cleanup company and think, "I don't live by an ocean or pond or river so the chance of my house flooding is next to nothing."

What most people don't know is that most flooding calls we get come from broken supply lines. Supply lines are those thin hoses that run to appliances like refrigerators, dish washers, toilets, water heaters, clothes washers, etc. The quality and price of these hoses vary drastically. Most people opt for the least expensive option without knowing that cheap hoses need to be checked and replaced often. Sudden bursts and slow drips both can cause a substantial amount of damage which require flood mitigation and sometimes mold remediation. If you haven't checked you supply lines in a while, or ever, now would be a good time to do so.

We can help you "restore not replace" after a fire

12/7/2017 (Permalink)

You've just had one of the worst days of your life due to a house fire and you finally get to go in and inspect the damage.  Luckily the fire started in the kitchen and the fire depart got there before the whole house went up in flames... but the entire house is now filled with smoke and soot.  As well as all of your belongs, they are covered and stinky.  Did you know that SERVPRO can help with that?  We can get rid of the smoke smell and clean your belongings!

Contents Restoration

SERVPRO of Provo specializes in restoring contents damaged by water, fire, or mold. Our expertise and “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. We pretest your belongings to determine what items we can restore to pre-fire condition. We use several methods of cleaning your contents, including:

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.
  • Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
  • Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning.
  • Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.
  • Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned.
  • Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.

Mold vs Mildew

12/7/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold vs Mildew Mold or Mildew?

We are often asked about the differences between mold vs. mildew and about the best method for cleaning mold and mildew. Mold and mildew are both types of fungi and are similar in many ways and different in many ways.

Mildew

Mildew is a specific kind of mold, usually with a flat growth habit.

Mildew could be downy or powdery: Downy mildew starts as yellow spots that first become brighter in appearance and then the color changes to brown. Powdery mildew is whitish in color and that slowly turn yellowish brown and then black.

Structural damage to homes can occur over time. Mold can also cause health effects.

To prevent mildew at home, keep all the areas moisture-free. There are mildew removers available at stores to eliminate mildew. To protect crops from mildew use mildew-resistant seeds, remove infested plants, avoid overhead heating.

Mold

Mold is a fungi that contains multiple identical nuclei. It grows in the form of hyphae of filaments.

Mold has a fuzzy appearance and can be an orange, green, black, brown, pink or purple in color. Can be found in several shapes.

Mildew can cause damage to plants and crops. It can also cause health effects.

To prevent mold in your home, you need to keep all the areas dry and moisture-free. Check the humidity levels inside the house and take measures to control it. Finish perishable food within 3-4 days.

How to Prevent Mold

12/7/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How to Prevent Mold This is an extreme case, but something we see frequently.

You had a house flood and thought you did a pretty good clean up job (pat yourself on the back), until one day you notice a little something over in the corner under the carpet slowly creeping up the wall.  Panic sets in and you start pacing thinking to yourself, “How did this happen. What could I have done to prevent this?”  Well we have the answers and some simple tips to help you prevent mold.

  • Identify problem areas in your home and correct them. You can't mold-proof your home, but you can make it mold-resistant.  Check your house for areas of concern and face them head on.  It might cost money up front but it will save you money down the road.  Pull up that carpet and install mold proofing products, find that water leak and fix it so it doesn’t creep inside the house, or repair that broken rain gutter.
  • Dry wet areas immediately. Mold can't grow without moisture, so tackle wet areas right away.  Even spills should be cleaned up ASAP.  The key is the small daily task that makes the difference. Be sure to dry the floor and walls after a shower. Don't leave wet clothes in the washing machine, where mold can spread quickly. Get them in the dryer and make sure to leave the door open and let your washer dryer out
  • Prevent moisture with proper ventilation. It may be that your routine activities are encouraging the growth of mold in your home. Make sure an activity as simple as cooking dinner, taking a shower, or doing a load of laundry doesn't invite mold by providing proper ventilation in your bathroom, kitchen, laundry room, and any other high-moisture area. Your energy-efficient home may be holding moisture inside, so open a window when cooking or washing dishes or showering, or run an exhaust fan.
  • Equip your home with mold-resistant products. Building a new home or renovating an old one? Use mold-resistant products like mold-resistant drywall or mold-resistant Sheetrock, and mold inhibitors for paints. This is especially import in moisture prone areas like the bathroom and kitchen.
  • Monitor humidity indoors. The EPA recommends keeping indoor humidity between 30 and 60 percent. You can measure humidity with a moisture meter purchased from a hardware store or online. You'll also be able to detect high humidity by simply paying attention to problem areas in your home. Signs of excessive humidity include condensation on windows, pipes, and walls. If you notice condensation, dry the surface immediately and address the source of the moisture
  • Direct water away from your home. If the ground around your home isn't sufficiently sloped away from the foundation, water may collect there and seep into your crawlspace or basement.
  • Clean or repair roof gutters. A mold problem might be a simple matter of a roof that is leaking because of full or damaged gutters. Have your roof gutters cleaned regularly and inspected for damage. Repair them as necessary, and keep an eye out for water stains after storms that may indicate a leak.
  • Improve air flow in your home. According to the EPA, as temperatures drop, the air is able to hold less moisture. Without good air flow in your home, that extra moisture may appear on your walls, windows and floors. To increase circulation, open doors between rooms, move furniture away from walls, and open doors to closets that may be colder than the rooms they’re in. Let fresh air in to reduce moisture and keep mold at bay.

Is Mold Damage Covered by Homeowners Insurance?

12/7/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Is Mold Damage Covered by Homeowners Insurance? Most people are not aware of what their insurance does and does NOT cover.

Whether or not mold damage is covered by home owners insurance often comes down to the source of the moisture. Take an hour or two to review the language of your policy, especially as it pertains to water damage. Look for mold exclusions or limitations. Call your agent if the wording is unclear.

Most basic home owner’s insurance policies exclude coverage of damage caused by mold, fungi, and bacteria.  Yet that doesn’t mean a mold claim will be denied automatically.  In most cases, if mold results from a sudden and accidental covered peril, such as a pipe bursting, the cost of remediation could be covered. That’s because technically the pipe burst is the reason for the claim, not the mold itself. Claims are more likely to be rejected if mold is caused by neglected home maintenance: long-term exposure to humidity, or repeated water leaks and seepage.

If you are worried and prone to mold in your home it might be possible to purchase a mold rider as an add-on to your existing home owner’s policy. Ask your agent. A rider will offer additional mold coverage.

Getting Rid of the Smoke Smell

12/7/2017 (Permalink)

Are you one of the 1.3 million people each year that has had a home fire?  What do you do now?  How will you ever get rid of that smell?  OZONING!  What is ozoning and how does it work? Normal oxygen (O2) is converted to O3, which is commonly called ozone.  It reverts back to O2 in about an hour if the O3 is unused.  This leaves the air fresh and clean because the source of the odor has been permanently removed.  And there are no artificial odors so the space becomes free of odors, as nature intended. Outdoors, nature eliminates odors and microorganisms using UV light and O3.  Indoors, most places receive very little UV light or O3 to help eliminate the odors.  An ozone machine creates O3, or ozone, in a process that utilizes an electrical current.  Ozone sanitizes the air by breaking down odors and microorganisms at their source. Nature creates O3 as a natural cleaning during thunderstorms, and also from the sunlight striking the earth’s atmosphere.  We have all taken a walk after a thunderstorm and experienced that fresh clean, fresh smell in the air.  That’s O3, or ozone, at work. SERVPRO also offers a service at our facility where we can ozone specific items like clothing, furniture, or anything that has smoke damage and get it smelling better than new.

What about my my irreplaceable items?

12/7/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What about my my irreplaceable items? What started out looking like clumps of charcoal. now have been transformed back into family decorations.

A house fire can be an overwhelming experience. It can be physically, financially and extremely emotionally draining. With the right insurance coverage, time and rest the physical and financial effects will eventually subside. Walls and floors will be repaired and furniture and appliances can be replaced. The most devastating of all is the damage done to those items that simply cannot be replaced.  Most items that are destroyed in house fires can be repurchased, but what about things like photo albums, hand sewn quilts, family heirlooms, journals, or souvenirs from a memorable vacation? Those close-to-your-heart keepsakes are irreplaceable. The experts at SERVPRO are here to help.  Our restoration specialists at SERVPRO are trained to restore almost anything. Soot, smoke, water and even sewage is no match for the expertise at SERVPRO.

What to Do After a Hurricane Strikes

11/2/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What to Do After a Hurricane Strikes When a disaster hits SERVPRO is there.

Recently the many areas have been hit by severe hurricanes and many homes and businesses have devastating damage.  If you have been a victim follow these 5 must do's provided by "Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford.  

https://www.todayshomeowner.com/top-5-must-dos-after-a-hurricane-damages-your-home/

1- Photograph and Document Damage:     Document the damage thoroughly with photos, as it will make the insurance claims process much easier. In addition to photos, keep a running list of all damaged items.

2-Conduct Emergency Repairs:                    Do only what's necessary to prevent further damage after a storm, such as covering broken windows with plastic or roofs with tarps to keep rain out. Don’t make or commission permanent repairs until an insurance adjuster reviews the damage. While it may be tempting to start cleaning up and throwing out damaged items after the storm, your insurance adjuster needs to see what happened firsthand to make you the best offer to settle your claim.

 3- Secure Home Inventory:  All home insurance policyholders should compile a home inventory of their possessions before a storm strikes, and keep it in a safe place. A home inventory is a list that documents the contents of your home. It should include photos, detailed descriptions, and purchase receipts when possible. Having a home inventory will make the claims process much easier. If you don’t currently keep a home inventory, start one as soon as possible. 4- File a Claim ASAP: Insurance companies sometimes work on a first-come, first-served basis; so it's in your best interest to file an insurance claim as soon as possible. When you contact your provider, let them know the extent of the damages and that you have an inventory of your possessions. An insurance adjuster will come to your property, assess the damage, and determine the size of your payout. 5- Secure Safe Lodging:  If you home is uninhabitable, you’ll need to find your family a safe place to stay while your home is being repaired. The loss of use coverage in a standard homeowner insurance policy typically helps pay for your family's lodging as long as the damage is part of a covered claim. Check your policy or ask your agent to make sure you have this coverage and to determine its monetary value and time limits. 

Suffering damage or loss from a hurricane can be devastating, and recovery takes time. If you are prepared and plan in advance, repairing the damage will go much smoother.

 Remember to be patient during the claims process. With the proper preparation, things will be back to normal soon.

What To Do When Your Business Floods

11/2/2017 (Permalink)

Hurricanes Harvey, Maria, and Irma caused major flooding in many parts of the Unites States. It’s essential that property owners prepare for the worst and act swiftly in the event of a flood. Flooding is of course a stressful time for anyone affected, but for  commercial businesses and the self-employed it can hugely impact your future. So from prior prevention to salvaging stock, here are some useful tips to minimize the affects …

Planning and preparation

Many parts of the country are more susceptible to flooding, and if your business premises are in a known flood risk area, you should consider buying specialist defense products.

Airbrick protection, sandbags and pumps are all widely available – the initial investment could save you a lot more in the long run.

Business building insurance is essential, also business equipment and stock can also be insured. The damaged caused by floods can result in thousands of dollars worth of damage, so it’s essential to keep receipts and proof of purchase in the event of a claim.

When the flood hits

As the flood hits, there are a number of measures you can take to limit the damage, but first things first, stay safe - flowing floodwater can be incredibly powerful.

Setup your flood prevention equipment at the earliest opportunity, remembering to turn off your water, gas and electricity.

Move valuable and electrical items to the upstairs of your premises as soon as possible, and for cafes, restaurants and bars especially, secure outdoor items – such as tables, chairs and outdoor furniture.

After the flood

In the aftermath of the flood, you’ll inevitably be shaken, but there are small details that can help the situation.

Providing it’s safe to do so, return to your business, phone your insurer and make a claim. Most insurance companies have a 24-hour helpline and regardless of the time, it’s important to call as soon as you can.

Take photos of damage to making a list of lost contents. Keep your gas and electricity supplies switched off for the time being, begin making simple emergency repairs (again, if safe to do so) and recover any items – including damaged items for evidence.

The most important thing is the safety of you and your employees.  Best smart and wait until it is safe to enter the premise. 

Homemade Fabric Freshener

7/18/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Homemade Fabric  Freshener Can you almost smell the aroma of this picture? Seems a little more pleasant than something dank.

DANK (adjective) unpleasantly moist or humid;damp and, often, chilly If you're like most people you had a memory of something smelly come to the forefront of your brain as you read the definition of the word dank. Maybe you're dealing with something that emits that type of smell right now!? Fear not brave knights, for we at SERVPRO shall arm you with a weapon to fight against such pungent foes.

What you'll need:1/8 Cup of fabric softener, 2 tablespoons Baking Soda, Hot tap water, Spray bottle (about 27oz) 

Preparation:Using a funnel, pour fabric softener and baking soda into your spray bottle. Fill spray bottle with hot tap water and shake well. Now go spray every fabric surface in your house and take a nap on your very comfortable and now un-stinky couch.

How to Prepare for a BIG Summer Storm

7/18/2017 (Permalink)

After using common sense to prepare follow these simple guidelines:

  1. Charge all mobile devices
  2. Make as much ice as possible or go buy some at your nearest store and have a cooler handy in case the power goes out.
  3. Get lots of water handy for drinking, washing, etc.
  4. Move plants in doors or as close to the building as possible.
  5. Fill you gas tanks up in your cars and any extra tanks you have.
  6. Get cash
  7. Get a light source; flashlights and batteries, candles, etc.
  8. Set your thermostat a little lower than usual. (If they power goes out it is going to get hot)
  9. Have games and things to do inside handy.
  10. Do the dishes and laundry so your stuff doesn’t stink before the power comes back on.
  11. Take a shower, if you’re A/C goes off you are going to get sweaty really fast.
  12. Move your car away from trees.
  13. Strap anything outside that might fly way down or put inside a shed. (trampolines, BBQ, tables and chairs, etc.)
  14. Make sure your pets are set and protected as well.

Did you know SERVPRO offers Commercial Cleaning?

7/18/2017 (Permalink)

If you are the owner of a commercial business you probably don’t have time to worry about the common wear and tear that gradually soils your office. When grime, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, tag us in. Whether it’s removing an odor problem or deep cleaning your flooring or carpets, you can rely on us to make your workspace look, smell, and feel it’s very best.

SERVPRO of North Utah County will get the job done right and get it done quickly, because the SERVPRO Advantage includes these benefits:

  • Award-winning training
  • Over 40 years’ experience in the industry
  • More than 100 exclusive cleaning products

We also offer these specialized services:

  • Air Ducts and HVAC
  • Biohazard
  • Carpet and Upholstery
  • Ceilings, Floors, and Walls
  • Document Restoration
  • Drapes and Blinds
  • Sewage
  • Trauma and Crime Scene
  • Vandalism

Go ahead, Give us a call, Tag us in, We’ll make it "Like it never even happened."

What Now? Steps to take after a house fire

7/18/2017 (Permalink)

You have just had one of the worst days because your house started on fire.  What do you need to do now?  Take a breath and follow these guidelines to help alleviate stress and confusion.

  • Depending on the severity of the fire you may have called 911 and the fire department has been there. DO NOT ENTER THE HOUSE UNTIL IT HAS BEEN INSPECTED AND YOU HAVE RECEIVED APPROVAL FROM THE FIRE DEPARTMENT.  There may be structural damage and the house may not be safe.  Once you have received approval you may enter your home.
  • Call your insurance agent ASAP and follow their directions.
  • If you are in need you may contact disaster relief or Red Cross for help with housing, food, medicine, etc.
  • After approval to enter the home, take an inventory of everything that has been damaged. Do not throw anything away until you have done this.  If you have insurance this list will be crucial to replace damaged items.
  • The insurance company will usually suggest a disaster and restoration company; don’t feel like you have to choose the first one they suggest. Ask what others they work with and check out several of them to find the one you are the most confident and comfortable with.
  • If you lost essential medical needs or medicine contact your doctor ASAP.
  • If you own your home notify your mortgage lender. If you are a tenant notify the landlord.
  • Contact your credit card provider, utilities companies, and any other lending institutions. They may be willing to work with you on your payments for a while.
  • Take inventory of documents that may have been lost in the fire: Driver’s License; Social Security card; passport; Birth, Marriage, Death certificates; Vehicle Registration and Titles; Tax Records; Wills; Military Records; and any other important documents.
  • Account for any cash that was damaged and contact the US Treasury Department. The treasury will replace your damaged currency with undamaged currency.
  • Save ALL those receipts for money spent related to the fire loss. They may be needed by the insurance company and verifying losses claimed on taxes.
  • Most important of all, take care of yourself and your family. Don’t be afraid or embarrassed to ask for and accept help.

Repairing Scratches in Wood Furniture

6/27/2017 (Permalink)

Way back in the fall of 1882, in the most northeastern corner of the United States, in a Maine town by the name of Bangor, the greatest lumberjack the world has ever seen opened his eyes for the first time. This little boy would grow to be a legend known throughout the ages; the chosen one that was able to bring whole forests down with one fell swoop of his axe; a giant so gentle that he makes the BFG look like Lord Voldemort; the one and only Paul Bunyan. Let's not allow the work that Paul inspired to remain scratched and wounded. Paul would have wanted your wood furniture to be beautiful.

Here's How:
Take a kitchen rag and dip it in 1/2 cup of vinegar and 1/2 cup olive oil solution and rub it on. Apply to the whole surface area. It really works! The scratches will be fixed!

Cleaning with Baking Soda

6/13/2017 (Permalink)

Who hasn’t found themself feeling like they are coughing up a lung in the middle of cleaning their house from the fumes of a chemical cleaning product?  I know I have… luckily I survived and learned from my near death experience.  What if you could clean your house without the fumes and near death experience?  BAKING SODA!  You may be thinking, “No way, I can’t clean my house with baking soda.”  Actually you can and it works really well AND your house will smell better after.  Baking soda is a natural odor eliminator, that’s why we stick a box in our refrigerators, right? How would you like to get that tough to clean grout looking brand new, or get all the burned on overflow from food off your stove,  and even get rid of those hard to remove carpet stains?  It sounds pretty tempting right?!  I came across a blog that has some great tips and how-to’s for cleaning with baking soda.  Check it out, pull out your baking soda, and get started.

http://simplehomemaking.net/23-ways-to-clean-with-baking-soda/

Flood Insurance… Do I have it? Do I need it?

4/20/2017 (Permalink)

Have you ever wondered about what you would do if you had a house flood? Chances are if your home has never flooded or you don’t live in a flood zone you haven’t.  Will you be covered by your home owners or rental insurance if you have an accidental flood? Maybe a broken pipe, too much rain, or maybe someone leaves the garden hose on and floods the basement (obviously that one isn’t from my experience J ) Lucky for you, we are here to answer that question.

Standard homeowners and rental insurance does not cover flood damage. Flood coverage, however, is available in the form of a separate policy both from the National Flood Insurance Program - NFIP and from a few private insurers; we will cover this in a minute.

Your home owners and rental insurance will cover some damage from rain, but if your home is filled with water as a result of rising bodies of lakes, rivers, streams, and ocean, or a lot of rain, it won't cover you. If you’re taking out a mortgage on a property that’s in a high-risk zone (also called a Special Hazard Flood Area), your lender will require you to buy a policy in order to get the loan.

If you are required to purchase Flood Coverage or if you choose to, where do you get it? You need to talk to your insurance agent and ask if they offer it through the NFIP.  Most agents do, but if they don’t ask around and find one that does.  You cannot get insurance directly through NFIP. The federal government offers coverage through the National Flood Insurance Program at an average cost of about $700 per year. But premiums vary depending on your property's flood risk.  If you have questions whether Flood Coverage would be worth it for you talk to your local insurance agent for more information.

Stop, Drop, and Clean the lint out of Inside your Dryer and Vent

3/21/2017 (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 Hazardous?

1/19/2017 (Permalink)

General Snow Covered Roof, Majestic or Hazardous? Not so majestic 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

How Can I Prevent Ice Dams?

10/11/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage How Can I Prevent Ice Dams? That's a lot of dam ice.

An ice dam is a problem of house and building maintenance on sloping roofs in cold climates. Ice dams on roofs form when accumulated snow on a sloping roof melts and flows down the roof, under the insulating blanket of snow, until it reaches below freezing temperature air, typically at the eaves. When the melted water reaches the freezing air, ice accumulates, forming a dam, and snow that melts later cannot drain properly through the dam.] Ice dams may result in leaks through the roofing material, possibly resulting in damaged ceilings, walls, roof structure and insulation, damage or injury when the ice dam falls off or from attempts to remove ice dams.

The melting of roof snow comes from two reasons: Heat from inadequate roof insulation and heat leaks, and inadequate ventilation. This condition is called a warm roof and the heat conducted through the roof melts snow on those areas of the roof that are above heated living spaces, but the snow does not melt on roof overhangs. Also, a small amount of ice damming can occur from the normal freeze- thaw cycle melts snow on warm or sunny days.

The key to preventing ice dams is to keep your attic and roof cold. After a snowfall, a cold roof will have a thick blanket of snow. A warmer roof, however, will soon have clear spots where the snow has melted off, and may well have icicles hanging from the eaves.

To keep your roof cold, follow these three steps:

  1. Stop warm air from reaching your attic and roof. This typically stems from air leaks through your ceiling into your attic.  Most of that comes from air leaks caused by gaps in the drywall, cracks around light fixtures, unblocked walls, plumbing pipes, chimneys, and access hatches.  These can be hard to fix but can be done through the attic by plugging leaks with foam and caulk.
  2. Go into your attic and check the depth of your attic insulation. Building codes require about 12 to 14 in. of fiberglass or cellulose. Add more if you have less than 8 in and have had ice dam problems in the past. 
  3. Attic ventilation draws in cold outdoor air and flushes out warmer attic air, cooling the attic and the roof in the process. If you don’t have enough ventilation in your attic this could be causing ice dams and you might want to look into adding come ventilation vents.

Get Kids Off The Couch

5/23/2016 (Permalink)

Community Get Kids Off The Couch Join us at the Spanish Fork Sports Park (Volunteer Drive) on June 18th from 9am - 12pm!

For the second year in a row SERVPRO of Provo / N. Utah County is participating in the Play Unplugged program sponsored by the Spanish Fork / Salem Area Chamber of Commerce and we couldn't be more excited.
The mission of the program is to get kids outside playing rather than wasting their summer in front of the TV. Local businesses sponsor badges that can be collected by kids after they complete the activities associated with them.
Last year SERVPRO sponsored the Marshmallow Hunter! Kids had to build their very own marshmallow guns and then hone their skills at our practice range. We had a pretty good turn out with some pretty decent shooters.
This year SERVPRO is encouraging kids to participate in the jolly ol' game of golf. We're all set up to have a putting green and a mini driving range for kids to practice keeping their heads down and their shoulders squared. We're providing clubs, balls, and tees... silly shorts are optional.
If you've got kids that would like to participate in some fun activities come on down to the Summer Kickoff Party in Spanish Fork (Volunteer Drive Sports Park) on June 18th. 
From 9:00 am to 12:00 pm there will be all sorts of attractions, games, prizes and treats! Hopefully we'll see you there!

Dirty Stove Burners?

4/20/2016 (Permalink)

Cleaning Dirty Stove Burners? Battle scars from months of delicious but messy cooking.

 
This is not an uncommon site in most people's homes. After many months, or even years of oatmeal boiling over, pasta sauce splooshing and popping oil from the king of all meats, bacon finding it's way on to your stove top cleaning can be an all day ordeal. Most people don't worry about going to the gym for weeks or even months afterward because of all the elbow grease required of them.

At least it was. By putting just a splash of ammonia in a zipping plastic bag and leaving your burners in the fumes overnight, you'll hardly be able to recognize your stove. Remember that too much ammonia WILL NOT WORK. You've got to use just a splash in a plastic and let the vapors for their thing.

Myths and Facts

3/17/2016 (Permalink)

'Tis the day fer the wearin' of the green.
We all know that March 17th is synonymous with avoiding pinches, large amounts of alcohol being consumed, and people demanding physical affection based solely on their heritage.

Did you know that St. Patrick's Day is actually the death anniversary of the first catholic missionary / bishop in Ireland? It wasn’t his first trip to Ireland however, because as a young boy Patrick was captured by Irish pirates and was sold and worked as a farm hand for 6 years before finally returning home where he studied to become a clergyman.

The shamrock is associated with St. Patrick not because it’s lucky, but because he often used it as an illustrative parable to teach the Irish natives about the Catholic concept of the Holy Trinity.

Over the years some facts have been lost in the media and new traditions have been created around St Patrick’s Day. The same thing has happened with mold (which is also a green-ish hue). Mold has been portrayed as a silent killer when in reality it’s just an allergen. Mold is by no means something you want to spread on your corned beef sandwich, but unless you’re allergic to a specific strain you come in contact with you won’t see any permanent damage to your health. It does have an odor to it and it’s usually a sign that there has been some water damage, so it’s best to have a professional look at your situation.

May luck be in your corner and mold!
Happy St Patrick’s Day!

Using Lemon to Clean

10/19/2015 (Permalink)

Cleaning Using Lemon to Clean MMMmmm! You can almost smell this picture!

Most people would agree that nothing says clean like the smell of lemon. You could argue that bleach and ammonia also smell clean, but given the choice most people would choose the sweet smell of lemon over the chemical compound scent. Not only do lemons have a tantalizingly clean smell, but they are also an inexpensive all-natural way to get some basic cleaning chores done effectively. While doing some research for some helpful cleaning tips for our followers I stumbled upon a blog that had some great cleaning tips featuring our favorite yellow citrus fruit. The blogger explains that a lemon can be a driving force when it comes to effectively polishing wood furniture, cleaning the microwave, removing rust and much, much more!

Click the link below to get the details on lemon cleaning tips.

10 Ways to Clean with Lemon

Removing Stripped Screws

9/18/2015 (Permalink)

Building Services Removing Stripped Screws The face of the devil himself.

In 1967 Martin Seligman performed and experiment on several groups of dogs using electric shocks that would only cease when a lever was pushed. One of the groups of dogs had levers that didn’t work, so they basically learned to accept the fact that shocks were inevitable and there was nothing they could do to stop them. Even when their levers were finally enabled to stop the shocks the dogs didn’t bother trying to use the lever because they thought the situation was helpless and the shock was inevitable. It’s safe to say that we experience that level of helplessness and frustration when we come upon a screw that has been stripped. Luckily there is hope. Simply place a rubber band in between a stripped screw and your screw driver to give it enough grip to remove.

Homemade Fabric Freshener

8/24/2015 (Permalink)

Cleaning Homemade Fabric Freshener Can you almost smell the aroma of this picture? Seems a little more pleasant than something dank.

 DANK (adjective) unpleasantly moist or humid;damp and, often, chilly If you're like most people you had a memory of something smelly come to the forefront of your brain as you read the definition of the word dank. Maybe you're dealing with something that emits that type of smell right now!? Fear not brave knights, for we at SERVPRO shall arm you with a weapon to fight against such pungent foes.

What you'll need:1/8 Cup of fabric softener2 tablespoons Baking SodaHot tap waterSpray bottle (about 27oz) Preparation:Using a funnel, pour fabric softener and baking soda into your spray bottle. Fill spray bottle with hot tap water and shake well. Now go spray every fabric surface in your house and take a nap on your very comfortable and now un-stinky couch.