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3 Steps To Reclaim Your Roof After the Fire

5/21/2018 (Permalink)

There are often many areas of a commercial building to inspect after a fire has taken place, in addition to the other steps of the remediation process. You may be too preoccupied with internal damage to think about sheltering the shelter itself. Protect your St. George, UT, building's roof by keeping the following pointers in mind during your fire cleanup.


1. Repair Deliberate Damage


Even if the fire didn't cause drastic damage to your building, your roof may not be intact. To slow the fire's growth, firefighters and roof repair specialists may have needed to cut holes in the walls and roof of the building. Such techniques can allow firefighters to see through thick clouds of smoke and air out an area afterwards. Regardless of the extent of the fire's wrath, prepare for a possible remediation in these areas.


2. Deal With Instability


Even after you have received the permission of safety professionals to reenter your building, always use caution when returning to the property. When it comes to roof and floor damage, fire can pack a punch. A roof can quickly become unstable, presenting a safety hazard to anyone inside. Address any roof repair needs promptly.


2. Use Tarps To Protect the Building


Without proper shelter, your building could become exposed to the elements. Avoid doubling the work of your fire cleanup process by keeping rain and debris out. You can do this by covering the roof of your building with a tarp. By relying on professional tarp services, you can have the peace of mind that your building won't suffer further damage or property loss.

With all of the boxes to check during a fire cleanup, it can be easy to forget about one of the most important: the roof over your head. Don't miss this major step of the process. Arrange temporary shelter for your property and keep your building and everything in it protected.

For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPROstgeorge.com.

Why Do Swamp Coolers Often Lead to Mold?

5/14/2018 (Permalink)

Why Do Swamp Coolers Often Lead to Mold?


Do you have a swamp cooler in your St. George, UT, home? This cooling device evaporates cool moisture rather than uses forced air to cool down a home. Many homeowners choose to use this type of cooling unit because it is more energy efficient than an air conditioning device, but it has other faults. Many swamp coolers lead to mold growth.

• Excess Moisture: The development of mold is not that surprising. After all, the system actually uses evaporated water to cool down your home. Usually, the cooler is connected to your home's water supply to ensure it always has the water needed to run properly. If the water supply leaks or the belt builds up condensation, you may have too much moisture around the unit. You may get too much water simply because you have a leaking swamp cooler.
• Too Many Components: While this unit is more efficient than an AC, it still has a lot of components to make it work. There's the central unit, belt fan, cellulose pad and ducts. Water can get trapped at any of these locations leaving you with a moldy house. A regular cleaning of these components done by a professional mold cleanup crew can help you stop mold from growing.
• Broken Parts: Like other household appliances, this machine can have breakdowns. A leaking swamp cooler only exacerbates the moisture buildup these machines are known for. If the belt breaks down or another issue arises, the water may sit there inviting spores, bacteria and other unwanted growth.
• Added Humidity: Not only does the cooler itself introduce extra moisture to your house, but the weather could increase the humidity levels. If there is a humid day, you may be at an even higher than normal risk of mold growth occurring.

Even when you aren't dealing with a leaking swamp cooler, there is a chance that your cooling device could be introducing mold to your home. If mold growth is a regular problem, you may want to consider switching to an AC unit.

For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPROstgeorge.com.

Remember To PASS When Seconds Matter

5/9/2018 (Permalink)

When the piercing, incessant beep of a smoke detector wakes you in the middle of the night, what do you do? What if an unattended towel on the stove causes a kitchen fire; how would you react? How about that gentle summer breeze blowing your curtain across a lit candle; are you prepared? A working smoke detector is a critical component in any home; however, having a portable fire extinguisher can act as an invaluable tool in helping your family escape the blaze.


Remember To PASS


Remembering to PASS, which stands for PULL, AIM, SQUEEZE, and SWEEP, could be key when seconds count. This simple mnemonic aide contains four easy steps to putting out a fire with an extinguisher:

1. PULL out the pin. That action releases the locking mechanism and prepares the canister to be activated.
2. AIM toward the base. Hold the canister low to maintain a stable grasp, and aim the nozzle at the base of the fire.
3. SQUEEZE the handle of the fire extinguisher to activate and project the contents.
4. SWEEP the foam using steady left-to-right motions until the fire is eliminated.


Preparation Is Key


When you are confronted with flames threatening your family and home, it is easy to become paralyzed with fear. While you try not to dwell on the “what ifs” in life, preparation is vital due to the daily occurrence of home fires in St. George, UT. Owning one is not enough; you also have to know how to use an extinguisher effectively.


Know When To Retreat


In the event the blaze cannot be contained, retreat to safety and contact your local emergency number.
Home fires are frightening, and while working fire alarms and a correctly maintained fire extinguisher are invaluable tools that can offer your family lifesaving time when every second counts, sometimes they are not enough.

St. George, UT, has fire restoration services available to homeowners. They cannot replace the irreplaceable, but they can help you tackle the fire damage and navigate the restoration process to get your family back home faster.

For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPROstgeorge.com.

St. George, UT Water Damage

5/1/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage St. George, UT Water Damage Flooded home from a broken pipe.

Did your home have water damage?

If your home has gone through destruction from a storm or has had water damage, it is imperative for the homeowner to hire a professional.

If a storm passes through and there is water damage, flooding or any destruction that may affect your home, we would be glad to assist your needs, here at SERVPRO of St. George.

Why hire a professional, you may ask?

The reason why you would hire a professional is because SERVPRO of St. George knows how to fix the problem, we will provide you with the highest quality service and the destruction will be fixed. If you feel like you may not be experiencing any water damage, it is best to hire a professional in the St. George, Utah area to check the damaged portions of your home. A technician knows where to check and can track where the water damage may begin.

Feel free to contact SERVPRO of St. George at 1-435-656-9061 and we would be more than happy to assist you.

5 Places You Never Thought To Check for Mold Growth

4/26/2018 (Permalink)

Mold is a tricky fungus that can grow in the most unlikely of places. Because of this, many commercial building owners go years before discovering established mold growth. Don’t let the mold in your building fester for that long, as it can be damaging to your building’s structure.

If you suspect that there is mold in your building but don’t know for certain, call in a St. George, UT, mold remediation team. A professional team can locate the source of hidden mold and implement remediation efforts to which you may not have access. Additionally, professionals know of all the best hiding spots:

• HVAC system drain pans
• Ductwork
• Carpet
• Ceiling tiles
• Wallboard


HVAC Systems and Ductwork


When an HVAC system is operating properly, air passes through the system’s coils and moisture condenses and accumulates in the pan. When it’s not operating properly, however, the condensation that should collect in the pan is carried downstream into your ductwork. As more moisture accumulates, the greater the risk of mold growth becomes. The problem may be located in the HVAC drain pan itself or within the duct lining materials.


Carpet


Depending on the source of your moisture problem, the carpet in your building may have significant water damage. If not cleaned and dried out properly, that damage can result in mold contamination and additional structural issues.


Ceiling Tiles


If the source of your issue is leaking pipes or a leaking roof, your ceiling tiles may be soaked with water. If humidity levels get high, those ceiling tiles may sprout mold, which could then infect other areas of your building, including insulation and wiring.


Wallboard


Your wallboard is a prime place for mold. If you smell mustiness but cannot find any signs of growth in your HVAC system, carpet or ceiling, it may be in your walls.

Mold growth develops quickly, especially in high humidity. If you suspect that there is some in your building, call your St. George, UT, mold remediation and cleanup team for help locating and eradicating the issue.

For more information, please visit us athttp://www.SERVPROstgeorge.com.

Maintain Your Sprinklers and Avoid Floods

4/19/2018 (Permalink)

Fire sprinklers save lives and livelihoods, but they are far from perfect. Like many parts of your business operation, you need to maintain sprinklers adequately in order for them to perform their essential functions. You wouldn't lapse in maintaining your HVAC systems or your business equipment, and it's important to give the same care to your sprinkler maintenance. Adequate upkeep performs a few important functions:
• Prevents accidental initiation of your sprinklers
• Allows the sprinklers to function when necessary
• Gives you a good opportunity to review your damage mitigation policies


Set Up a Schedule


Sprinkler maintenance is something best left to the professionals, so it's crucial to set up a regular service schedule with a reputable technician or company. While it might seem like a relatively simple process to perform in-house, especially for businesses such as management companies, this is one example of a prime outsourcing opportunity. A misstep during sprinkler testing could result in flooding and catastrophic damage, so don't take the risk. Many sprinkler testers are insured, bonded or both to cover any damage their services could cause.


Take Advantage of the Service Call


Your sprinkler testing session is a good opportunity to look at how well your damage control policies are being enacted. For example, you take advantage of the temporary system shutoff to run a quick drill. If that seems a little extreme, simply take a look at the sprinkler control area to ensure that it's clear from obstructions and that any keys necessary for shutoff are readily available.

Sprinkler maintenance in St. George, UT, is important, but sometimes malfunctions happen regardless of how well you take care of your fire control systems. For these cases, consider having a repair company on file to handle any flooding damage that might occur. Keep in mind that many companies that handle fire damage mitigation and restoration might also be able to deal with your water issues: You may already have a business relationship with an exemplary disaster control company.

For more information, please visit us athttp://www.SERVPROstgeorge.com.

3 Ways FEMA Can Help Storm Victims

4/14/2018 (Permalink)

When disaster strikes, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) sends representatives to offer assistance to those affected by intense flooding. They help people whose homes in St. George, UT, have been destroyed find safe shelter, and they arrange for inspectors to conduct damage assessments that ideally will move those who have suffered loss toward recovery.


1. Shelter


One of the first actions the agency takes when a flood strikes is to provide lodging assistance through its Transitional Shelter Assistance (TSA) Program for those who cannot return to their homes for an extended time. While the program does not cover certain amenities, such as room service, it can pay for the hotel stays of those who qualify.


2. Assess


FEMA representatives are some of the first people to arrive at the scene of a disaster. They observe the state of the area and talk to those who live there. This is the first step in determining the extent of the relief that may be needed. They take pictures and list all the damage that they see. They listen to the homeowners and advise them regarding the paperwork they will need to have in order to file a claim with their insurance company.


3. Report


Just as insurance companies send out adjusters, so does the relief agency. They send insurance adjusters to add more detail to the list of the items and structures that were destroyed in the flood. From their itemized lists, they can report back to the company when a monetary value will be placed on the items that were lost or demolished.

While flooding caused by storms can be a devastating experience, there are individuals and agencies that seek to help those affected get back on their feet as soon as possible. FEMA provides disaster relief for storm victims in St. George, UT, not only by helping them secure temporary shelter but also by determining what they need to replace the homes they have lost.

For more information, please visit us athttp://www.SERVPROstgeorge.com.

What Do You Need To Know About Lawn Mold?

3/24/2018 (Permalink)

Have you noticed a slime growing on your lawn in St. George, UT? Slime mold is a saprophytic fungus, which means it lives on dead organic matter. Many homeowners view this lawn slime as a disease, but the truth is that it is fairly harmless and typically isn't a major problem. Even though it's not a major problem, you may still want to get rid of it. Most residential mold remediation teams do not handle this type of outdoor mold, so you may need to work with a landscaping company or an arborist.


How To Get Rid of It


Getting rid of this mold isn't always easy. You can try a few different techniques:

• Starve it. Cutting off its food supply can help you reduce the spread of the slime. This means you want to rake up leaves and twigs, but you should also de-thatch your grass.
• Dry it. Like other forms of mold, this lawn slime thrives on moisture. You may need to stop watering your lawn for a short period to dry out the mold. You can also use sand to help even out low spots that allow water to pool.
• Light it. Mold loves dark spaces. If you can, increase the sunlight on your yard. You may need to thin out large trees to allow more sun in your space.
• Spray it. As a last resort, you may want to turn to a fungicide to help you rid your yard of the unappealing slime. A spray can help you control the issue, but trying other removal methods first is recommended because such treatments can get expensive.

No one likes to look out at their yard and see patches of slime. You don't have to live with outdoor mold forever. You can try to get rid of it on your own or call in a landscaping specialist to help you remove the lawn slime.

For more information, visit us at http://www.SERVPROstgeorge.com.

4 Signs You May Have a Bathroom Leak

3/17/2018 (Permalink)

A bathtub leak can cause significant water damage to your bathroom in St. George, UT, and water damage is no joke. It can eat away at your walls and floors and end up being incredibly costly to remedy. It is possible to catch a small problem before it becomes a big problem if you pay attention to subtle clues. Here are four signs you may have a bathroom leak.


1. Peeling Paint


When water finds its way between the wall and your paint job, it can cause peeling, cracking, or blistering. Pieces of paint coming loose and falling to the ground can be a warning sign. A leaky pipe in the wall may cause the surface to feel damp or look deteriorated when the paint is scraped away.


2. Ceiling Stain


A leak in a second-story bathroom can sometimes result in a stain on the ceiling of the room underneath. Bathroom floors get wet with daily use, but a normal amount of water on the floor doesn’t usually harm the ceiling below. If the ceiling is sagging or stained brown, you may have a bathtub leak upstairs.


3. Musty Smell


If your bathroom has an earthy scent that no amount of cleaning seems to eliminate, you may want to check for a leak. When water is trapped behind walls or underneath floors, it isn’t exposed to fresh air. This means it doesn’t have an opportunity to dry. When it sits out long enough, it can start to emit an unpleasant odor.


4. Damaged Shower Pan


While bathtubs are often the culprit, it’s also possible to be plagued with a shower pan leak. The shower pan is simply the base of your shower. Loose tiles, missing grout, or a gap where the floor and wall are meant to connect can indicate that water is seeping into unwanted areas.

Checking for these four signs may help you identify a bathtub leak, leaky pipes, or a damaged shower pan in your bathroom. With timely intervention, you may stop the leak from costing you a bundle in repairs.

For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPROstgeorge.com.

3 Machines That Remove Flood Water From Your Commercial Building’s Garage

3/12/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding in St. George, UT, can affect almost every area of your commercial building. One of the most vulnerable areas is your structure’s garage, whether you use if for employee parking or to house your businesses’ vehicles. When a flood pushes several feet of water into your commercial garage, there are three types of equipment that a professional storm cleanup and restoration service may use to remove it.


1. Pump Truck


A storm cleanup company may bring in a pump truck to remove flood water from your garage because of the possible contaminants it can contain. Most water that spills over from rivers, streams and other local bodies of water to create flooding is known as black water, as it usually contains human and animal waste. A pump truck removes the water with large industrial hoses and deposits it into a large truck tank, where it can be delivered to a safe disposal area.


2. Sump Pumps


You may see your cleanup service use equipment called submersible sump pumps to remove flood water. An industrial sump pump like this can pull large amounts of standing water from an area into a tank or other container. Portable sump pumps can be useful in this situation for the mitigation of flood water, as they can be moved and placed where necessary to remove water from areas that are especially vulnerable.


3. Trash Pumps


A trash pump can be especially effective in cleaning up flood waters from your commercial garage because it is designed to pick up solids or thick, sludgy silt that may be mixed with the water. It can also handle the debris that may have come in during the flood, such as leaves and other plant material. Trash pumps may be more effective than sump pumps when the water contains a great deal of waste.

When flooding impacts your St. George, UT, commercial garage, it can be difficult to remove standing water on your own. However, professional cleanup and restoration services have a variety of equipment that can remove flood waters with a minimum of hassle.

For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPROstgeorge.com.