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What Should You Do After a Pipe Bursts in Your Home?

8/13/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage What Should You Do After a Pipe Bursts in Your Home? Water loss due to a broken pipe in a West Jordan, UT facility

Bursting pipes in West Jordan, UT, can severely threaten your home and belongings. The steps that you take immediately after a broken plumbing incident can be the difference between a relatively easy repair or a costly long-term restoration project.

What Steps Should You Take?

Once the source of the flooding has been secured and there is no longer any water actively entering the home, there may be little time before the damage to your home becomes more extensive. Take the following steps to safeguard your home from further harm:

  • Immediately contact a qualified professional service that is equipped to handle water damage and fix a broken pipe.
  • Thoroughly inspect your home for any hidden wet areas so that you may point out the extent of the damage to the restoration professionals and rule out any other leak sources.
  • Check your drywall, carpets, floors, wallpaper and ceilings, as well as behind cabinets and inside closets, for evidence of water intrusion.

What Will a Professional Service Do?

Qualified professionals that specialize in the types of damage caused by bursting pipes should begin the water removal and restoration processes necessary to ensure that the initial primary damage does not result in any secondary damage. Primary damage is the immediate damage associated with materials in your home being wet or moist for a short period of time. Secondary damage is the direct result of primary damage not being managed properly. Secondary damage is much costlier to repair and much more difficult to detect. Examples of secondary damage include the following:

  • Mold
  • Crumbling drywall
  • Warped, cracked and/or splintered wooden floors

Many incidents of secondary damage caused by bursting pipes can remain dormant inside of the walls and floors of a residence for months. By then, it could be too late to take any corrective actions.

The sooner a qualified specialist can begin correcting the problem after water damage is discovered, the less likely it is that your home will suffer any expensive long-term harm. Call a professional as soon as an incident occurs.

Removing Persistent and Reoccurring Mold Growth

7/26/2018 (Permalink)

Incidents of mold growth in West Jordan, UT, that are persistent and reoccurring are oftentimes the result of high humidity conditions lingering behind after events of water damage. Even in relatively low-humidity areas of the country, the ambient conditions necessary to foster the spread of mold in your business can still be created in small spaces where water collects.

Discovering Common Water Problems. 

The following conditions may lead to significant molding due to their potential to create highly humid environments:

• Condensation from appliances: Small puddles may form when pipes on common appliances accumulate water droplets from condensation. Water heaters, refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, and washing machines all have piping that may not be properly insulated and could cause puddling.

• Rainwater leaks: A leaky roof, door seal, or window seal can channel water into a store or office building. Check the upper and side portions of doors and windows for damaged seals, as well as the bottom seal.

• Damaged water pipes: Kitchens and bathrooms are the most obvious places to check for water leaks. Be sure to look for mold growth in areas that are difficult to access, such as the far corners underneath sinks and the piping behind toilets.

• Absorbent materials: Materials such as wood, carpet, and insulation stay saturated long after they have been in contact with water. In small and confined spaces these types of materials may allow for mold to grow unnoticed.

Repairing Water Sources and Removing Mold.

Mold that reappears in the same area is a sign that water problems are causing the reoccurrences. Any place where water is present can create a micro-environment of high humidity, leading to pooling moisture and the right conditions to grow hyphae — the principle structure of spreading fungi. Stopping incidents of reoccurring mold growth requires the proper identification and repair of water leaks at their source and the handling of the existing mold by a professional service that specializes in its removal.

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Clean Your Dryer Often to Prevent Fire Trouble

7/26/2018 (Permalink)

Dryers are great at what they do, but they use lots of heat to do their job. Luckily, the its systems are set up in a way that the heat is properly redistributed and managed. When there is a problem, however, the dryer will overheat and potentially start a fire. By regularly cleaning out the vent, you can keep your machine fully functional while reducing the risk of a lint fire.

Understanding the Heating Mechanism of Your Dryer.

There are multiple components that affect a dryer’s heat redistribution:

• Blower to move air through the clothes and vent
• Exhaust duct to release warm air
• Heating elements to control temperature using thermostats
• Lint trap to collect loose fabric particles that can clog the exhaust
• Power supply to turn gas or electricity into heat and power

If any of these components become defective or clogged, a dryer fire can occur.

Keeping Your Dryer Clear of Danger.

Maintenance is necessary to keep your dryer functional. To stop a lint fire, you should prevent lint from clogging the exhaust. This is done by regularly emptying the lint trap so that it can continue to accumulate lint. This should be done each drying cycle for maximum efficiency and safety.

The exhaust in the back of the dryer should be inspected for damage or restriction. If there is a buildup of lint around the back of the machine, it should be removed as soon as possible to stop it from igniting.

The exhaust should be cleaned every few months or when the dryer feels overheated when doing laundry. Using a special snaking brush tool available in cleaning kits, all of the lint and other buildup can be removed to allow proper flow.

Keeping Your Dryer Clear of Danger.

A dryer can malfunction and cause a fire with or without warning. If fire does unfortunately occur, a company specializing in fire damage can restore your home. By acting on any warning signs of defective heat redistribution, you keep your West Jordan, UT, residence protected from a lint fire.

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Checking for Hidden Damage After a Flood

7/26/2018 (Permalink)

It can be devastating when a home flood occurs after a storm in West Jordan, UT. The first stage in the cleanup process is to remove excess water so the repairs can begin. However, there are places in a home where storm damage can go undetected if not properly checked.

Hiding Places.

The crawl space, for example, is the area between the first floor of the home and the ground. It usually houses crucial parts to the home, like key structure materials, plumbing and electrical wiring. If it becomes inundated with water, this can cause a whole new set of problems. Below are some reasons why checking the crawl space is critical after a home flood:

• Dampness can lead to mold and spreading of spores.
• It often has insulation, which is prone to moisture.
• It’s a dark space where rodents and other pests like to hide.

Keep in mind that it can be a very dirty job to clean up a crawl space, so it’s advisable to hire a restoration company with the proper equipment. Also, because important wiring is usually found in this area, for safety reasons it’s best to leave it to the experts to navigate.

Drying the Crawl Space.

Once the professionals have identified a problem in the crawl space, here are some of the things that will generally happen:

• The materials inside will be removed, especially those that already show signs of mold or rot.
• It may need to be sealed off with a special coating to prevent moisture from coming back in.
• You may wish to prevent future water leakage by modifying the drainage system around your home’s foundation.

Nobody likes having to deal with a home flood. But the sooner the damage is assessed, including in those hidden spaces, the sooner the recovery and restoration can begin. This will also give you the opportunity to fix anything that could become a repeat problem later on. Then your home can be back in order and you can enjoy it once again.

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Mistakes to Avoid When Confronting a Broken Pipe

6/27/2018 (Permalink)

A broken pipe can cause extensive flooding and subsequent water damage in your home. Are you prepared to take action to salvage your property in West Jordan, UT, if it does occur? Unfortunately, in this scenario many people panic and react inadequately to solve the problem. Here are a few common missteps to avoid when dealing with water in the home:

1. Do not leave wet fabrics in your dresser drawers.

It seems like a no brainer but many people simply forget to salvage their wet clothing. Make sure you gather these materials so that they can dry properly at a separate location.

2. Do not leave printed materials behind. Any color-printed article that gets wet can leave behind streaks that stain surfaces.

Make sure these are removed quickly to avoid tarnishing your valuables. This includes magazines, newspapers and books.

3. Do you not clean up water with a household vacuum.

Obvious to some but not others, cleaning up water with a household vacuum can be ineffective at best, and dangerous at worst. Vacuums are not designed to retain large amounts of liquids and you may risk electrocution in the process.

4. Leave electronic devices and appliances off.

This one is really important. If there is a broken pipe and water is spilling into spaces where there are appliances plugged in, leave the room immediately. Additionally, do not turn on any appliances until a water damage restoration expert tells you it is okay to do so.

5. Avoid rooms where there is water damage on the ceiling.

Soggy ceilings can be incredibly unstable, and you should stay clear of rooms where this is the case. No one wants a bathtub to come crashing down on them.

A Safe Bet

By knowing what not to do during a broken pipe event, you are already halfway to fixing the situation. The phrase “do no harm” comes to mind, as you are better off employing a professional who knows the right steps to make your home as good as new.

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How Category 2 Water Affects Your Commercial Property

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

Unlike a “clean water” Category 1 situation, Category 2 water damage poses adverse health risks from the contaminants. Disinfection and water pipe repair are needed to safely use the area for productivity again. Understanding what Category 2 water is and how it is treated will allow you to quickly resume business in West Jordan, UT.

What Is Greywater?

Greywater is wastewater with contaminants that aren’t dangerous chemicals or feces but are still potentially harmful to humans. It’s runoff from used water that typically goes down drain pipes or clean water that mixes with the microorganisms in the environment. Category 2 greywater comes from one of several sources:

• Untreated Category 1 water that sits too long
• Overflowing toilets with urine
• Sump pump problems
• Dishwasher and washing machine discharge
• Dirty drain and gutter runoff
• Damaged lobby or office aquariums

Additionally, a sink with a broken pipe can turn the water disposal plumbing into an unfortunate water relocation system. After turning off a pipe that is the source of greywater leakage, water pipe repair is recommended.

Why Is Water Damage a Worse Threat to the Floors Below?

In a multistory commercial complex, minor water damage can become Category 2 on the flooded story below as it seeps through while picking up building contaminants. The damage only becomes worse if it starts on the highest floor and continues to move further down. No water leak is too minor to ignore.

How Is Category 2 Water Treated?

Professional companies for Category 2 water damage recovery can remove the water and repair its damage using special protocol and tools. Sterilization is necessary since the water can contain harmful contaminants. Most business property can be salvaged in this case, although carpet may need thorough cleaning or replacement.

Category 2 may not be the worst type of water damage, but it stands to cause major problems if left alone. Cleanup and water pipe repair will save your business from worsening issues with greywater. You can instead return the water to the water treatment system where it can be recycled.

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How To Prepare for Upcoming Hailstorms

6/15/2018 (Permalink)

You might think that there’s no way to protect your business from any roof damage due to upcoming and unpredictable hailstorms. Hail that is bigger than 1 inch can cause damage such as cracked and missing shingles, water leaks, and wet insulation. Damage isn’t always visible to the naked eye, so you might want to get some damage professionals out to evaluate the effects a hail storm in West Jordan, UT, might have had on your roof.

Here is how to get ready for any upcoming hailstorms.

1. Choose the right roof.

The most important thing that you can do to prevent hail damage is choose the right roof. If you’re in an area that is prone to hailstorms, asphalt shingles are probably your first choice. It’s the most popular type of roof in the United States, and you can reinforce it against hail and other environmental hazards. Other roofs you might want to consider include metal roofs, slate roofs and tile roofs.

2. Be aware of how your roof might be damaged.

Each type of roof can be damaged in a different way by hailstorms, and the extent of the damage can depend on a variety of factors, including how much the wind was blowing.

3. You should take care of any hail damage immediately.

A lot of times, it might seem like roof damage from a hailstorm can simply be ignored, since it could be superficial. Unfortunately, that’s often not the case. Depending on the damage, the sun can weaken the tiles and cause leaks and other issues. During winter, the cold can make tiles contract, which makes them more likely to crack.

You should be prepared for roof damage caused by hailstorms, especially in hail-prone areas. You can do so by choosing the right roof and paying attention to how your roof was damaged. Remember to call a professional roofing expert for a consultation if you’re not sure how extensive the damage is.

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10 Key Fire Safety Tips

5/31/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 10 Key Fire Safety Tips Before and after pictures of fires in West Jordan, UT

According to statistical data from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), in 2016 on estimated 1,375,500 fires were responded to in the United States. These blazes caused 2,855 deaths and 16,500 civilian injuries while costing more than $12.4 billion in damage.

Though some fires are unavoidable acts of nature or unpredictable accidents, many fires in the home and workplace are avoidable. The following tips, courtesy of the NFPA, can help reduce the likelihood of a fire in your business or home.

  1. Watch your cooking - Stay in the kitchen if you are frying, grilling or broiling food. Never allow young children around the stove or oven, especially if they are not closely attended.
  2. Give space heaters space - Keep space heaters at least three feet from anything that can burn.
  3. Smoke outside - If you must smoke inside, have a sturdy, deep ashtray. Never smoke in bed.
  4. Keep matches and lighters out of reach - Keep matches and lighters in high cabinets, preferably under a hild lock.
  5. Inspect electrical cords - Replace cords that are cracked, damaged, have broken plugs or have loose connections.
  6. Be careful when using candles - Keep candles at least one foot from anyting that can burn. Blow them out before you leave the room or go to sleep.
  7. Have a fire escape plan - Make a fire escape plan and practice it at least twice a year.
  8. Install smoke alarms - Install alarms on every level of your office or home and inside bedrooms. Interconnect them so they all sound at once. 
  9. Test smoke alarms - Test alarms once per month. Replace batteries once per year or as needed.
  10. Install sprinklers - Sprinklers can help maintain and sometimes even extinguish fires, giving your local fire department a better chance of saving your property.

SERVPRO of West Jordan have handled dozens of smoke and fire claims. With our loarge loss capabilities we can handle jobs from a stove fire to rebuilding an entire home or office lost to fire damage.

You can save your home from a lot damage by putting aside a little bit of time to do these ten steps. We've seen a lot of damages that could be avoided and we hope these help in keeping your home safe.

Water Heater Failure

5/31/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Heater Failure Water Heater Damage in the Greater Salt Lake City, UT area.

Water heater failure is something that a home owner needs to watch out for.

Technically a water heater needs to be replaced about every ten years. It is important to check your water heater before any problem occurs, such as any leaking, rusty water, the age of your water heater and any loud noises coming from your water heater. These are four steps that need to be taken when deciding whether or not your water heater needs to be replaced.

  1. The first step is, knowing the age of your water heater. One way to inspect when your water heater was made is to check the serial number. The serial number is able to provide you with the age of your water heater.
  2. The second step is to see if there is any rusty water coming from your water heater. A sign of a failing water heater is rusty water coming from the hot side of the piping in your home.
  3. The third step is to check to see if there is noise or shaking coming from your water heater. The noise or shaking can cause building up of sediment at the bottom of your water heater which hardens and causes the water heater to rumble and fail.
  4. The final step is to check to see if there is water around your water heater that has leaked. All these steps are very important to follow and

SERVPRO of West Jordan would be happy to assist you with your needs by checking and completing any work that needs to be done. Feel free to contact SERVPRO of West Jordan at 1-801-282-6366

Regular Carpet Cleaning to Reduce Mold Count

5/31/2018 (Permalink)

Carpet cleaning is very important to complete in residential and commercial businesses.

It is common for a business or home owner to get their carpets cleaned twice a year. Here are a few reasons why SERVPRO of West Jordan suggests why your carpets need to be cleaned.

  • SERVPRO of West Jordan has high quality products that will get your carpets cleaned in a hurry and the customer satisfaction is our goal.
  • it will benefit the cleanliness of their house or business and keep mold spore count lower.
  • Another reason is your carpets will last longer and you will not need to replace them as often.
  • Another important aspect is your air quality in your home or business will be much better, meaning that the air will be much cleaner.
  • Another reason for having your carpets cleaned will prevent any bacteria and mold buildup. It is common for bacteria to build up in carpets for periods of time, which is why it is imperative for a customer to get their carpets cleaned.
  • One of the last reasons is when a customer receives carpet cleaning, the prolonging effect will make the customers carpet warranty last much longer.

SERVPRO of West Jordan has excellent experience with carpet cleaning and we would be more than happy to have you as a customer. SERVPRO of West Jordan will provide their customers with the most top notch service in which the customer will be more than satisfied with our work. Feel free to contact SERVPRO of West Jordan 801-282-6366 at for your carpet cleaning needs.