How To Prepare For A Big Summer Storm
Be Prepared Before the Summer Storms Hit!
It is almost Summer and now is the best time to start thinking about preparing for summer, and part of summer is summer storms. It maybe nice and warm outside but that doesn't mean that summer storms are not dangerous and will not cause any damage. Follow these simple tips below to be more prepared.
After using common sense to prepare, follow these simple guidelines:
- Charge all mobile devices
- 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.
- Get lots of water handy for drinking, washing, etc.
- Move plants in doors or as close to the building as possible.
- Fill you gas tanks up in your cars and any extra tanks you have.
- Get cash
- Get a light source; flashlights and batteries, candles, etc.
- Set your thermostat a little lower than usual. (If they power goes out it is going to get hot)
- Have games and things to do inside handy.
- Do the dishes and laundry so your stuff doesn’t stink before the power comes back on.
- Take a shower, if you’re A/C goes off you are going to get sweaty really fast.
- Move your car away from trees.
- Strap anything outside that might fly way down or put inside a shed. (trampolines, BBQ, tables and chairs, etc.)
- Make sure your pets are set and protected as well.
If you do have damage to your home and need assistance call SERVPRO today!
Spring Snow Melt Causes High Rivers and Flooding in Utah
It’s been a winter of extremes. While November and December didn’t yield much snow pack, January, February, and March delivered between 200 to 300 percent of average and April has been following suit. What will follow is anyone’s guess, will April warm up quick or will it stay cool. Either way Utah is bound for flooding from St. George to Moab, up to Logan and everywhere in between.
Many homes are at risk for flash flooding if the weather warms up fast. Utah also experienced an active fire season last year which as created many burn scar areas. Experts are expecting to fill most of our reservoirs and as always to have full, quick, powerful rivers which can lead to dangerous situations and flooding.
Around twenty percent of flood insurance claims occur in moderate-to-low-risk zones. Kathy Holder of the national flood insurance coordinator for Utah, said only about 4,000 households have flood insurance. This is alarming because even areas that are not in high risk areas are at risk. In an article posted by www.ready.gov by FEMA is states “Everyone is at risk for flooding, yet most remain unprotected. Just a few inches of water can cause tens of thousands of dollars in damage. Between 2006-2010 the average flood claim was nearly $34,000. That’s more than many survivors can afford to pay out of pocket for damages due to flooding, and without flood insurance, many must cover the cost to repair or rebuild on their own.
Follow these tips from FEMA to prepare and reduce your risk.
BE FLOODSMART – REDUCE YOUR RISK
A flood does not have to be a catastrophic event to bring high out-of-pocket costs, and you don’t have to live in a high-risk flood area to suffer
- The time to prepare is now. Visit ready.gov/floods for more on family preparedness for flood and other emergencies. There are a number of steps individuals and families can take to better prepare themselves for flooding and reduce their risks. Remember to have a family evacuation plan, put an emergency kit together, and keep important papers and valuables in a safe, dry place. Gather supplies in case of a storm, strengthen your home against damage, and review your insurance coverages.
- Only flood insurance covers flood damage. Most standard homeowners’ policies do not cover flood damage. Remember: it typically takes 30 days for a new flood insurance policy to go into effect, so get your policy now. Flood insurance is also affordable. An average flood policy costs around $600 a year, and rates start at just $129 a year for homes in moderate-to-low-risk areas.
Visit floodsmart.gov (or call 1-800-427-2419) to learn more about individual flood risk, explore coverage options, and to find an agent in your area
If you experience damage from flooding call SERVPRO of North Utah County as soon as possible and let us help you minimize the damage and cleanup. We will make it “Like it never even happened."
Spring Snow Melt Can Cause Flooding in Your Alpine Home
Did Snow Melt Cause a Flood in Your Home?
Snow Melt Causes Flooding
Spring is definitely in the air. More and more people start heading outside to soak in the sunshine after a long, cold, snow packed winter. As temperatures rise snow is melting into Utah's rivers and streams, increasing the risk of flooding. Hopefully it comes in an orderly fashion, but if it warms up too quickly the snow will overwhelm Utah's rivers and mountains causing concern for many homes.
Follow these tips to help prevent flooding in your home.
- Check for leaks around your doors and windows. Especially basement windows in window wells.
- Keep window wells free from debris
- If you have flood drains make sure they are clear and working
- Check the grading around your home and make changes in grading to encourage flooding away from your home
- Inspect and repair your foundation for cracks before its too late
If you unfortunate and do have water and/or mold damage from flooding in your home call SERVPRO today. Our trained experts are ready for your call.
Call SERVPRO today at 801-785-5228
Odor Removal and Deodorization of the Office Kitchen
Stinky Office Kitchen? Call SERVPRO of North Utah County today!
Does your office kitchen stink?
How many times have you walked into the kitchen at work and it smells like… well a lot of horrible things. Someone has warmed up "left-overs" or "cooked" popcorn, but you are pretty sure they warmed up some sort of roadkill or tried to burn the building down after a rough day and blamed it on the popcorn. Did you know that SERVPRO of North Utah County can get rid of those and many other smells for you?
As experts in deodorization, SERVPRO is trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors. These odors can come from a number of sources both inside and outside a structure.
SERVPRO teaches IICRC technical classes in the proper removal of odors. Masking and other short cuts don't work when your odor problem is serious or persistent.
We have the training and equipment to identify and eliminate these offensive odors. By identifying the cause of the odor and determining the conditions in which it contact any surfaces, the odor can often be removed over time without a trace. Our technicians have access to several odor removal products capable of penetrating surfaces to neutralize an unpleasant odor thoroughly.
The science of identifying and eliminating odors can be a tricky thing, so give us a call, and leave the restoration to us.
No Job is Too Big
No Job is Too Big
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 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 several 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 of North Utah County today.
Hail Damage to Your Alpine Fork Roof?
If you have damage to your roof that has resulted in water damage to your home call SERVPRO today!
In 2016, the United States experienced 5,601 severe hail storms, as documented by the NOAA Severe Weather Database. Hail can range in size from the size of pencil tip to the size of a softball.
Many homeowners are not aware of hail damage on their roofs. Hail damage to roof tops often times cannot be seen from the ground, and that’s a big reason why the idea of hail damage hardly ever crosses a homeowner’s mind.
Tell-Tale Signs of Hail Damage on a Roof
Although you cannot fully determine the amount of hail damage on a roof from the ground, there are some signs that a trained eye can point out and help determine if there may be more damage up top. Here are a few things to look for.
- Dented gutters, gutter screens, or downspouts
- Damage to siding and windowsills/casings
- Damage to air conditioners or other outdoor items
- Damage to decks or painted wood surfaces
Once you are on the roof check for these signs of roof damage:
- Dented vents, chimneys, or sky light covers
- Dented or damages shingles. (This may be the most important to check for.)
Dented or damages shingles are what leads to a damages and potentially leaky roof. Some day you will never get a solid insurance claim without shingle damage.
What to do if you have Shingle Damage
Hail damage is covered by standard home insurance in most states but coverage is applied in a variety of ways, depending on where you live, your insurer and how your policy is set up. The best way to find out about your coverage is to reach out to your insurance provider before the damage occurs.
If you have a damaged roof due to hail that has caused a leaky roof call SERVPRO of North Utah County, today to help mitigate water damage in your home.
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SERVPRO of North Utah County (801) 785-5228
Water Supply Lines: The Unseen Destroyer in your Lehi Home
A Water Supply Line Can Lead to Flooding and Water Leaks in Your Home.
Most people see that SERVPRO is a flood cleanup and disaster mitigation company and think, "I live in Lehi, 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 realize is that most of the water damage caused by flooding calls we receive come from broken or leaking water 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.
When your home has water damage from flooding or leaks, we have the expertise and equipment to properly restore your property. Our experience and scientific approach to water removal and water cleanup enable us to properly dry and restore your property.
If You Have Water or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today- (801) 785-5228
How to Make a Fire Safety Escape Plan for Your Family
Protect your family in the event of a fire!
In 2016 there were an estimated 364,300 reported residential fire and 2,000 fire related fatalities. In the event of fire, TIME is the BIGGEST ENEMY and EVERY SECOND COUNTS! In less than 30 seconds a small flame can turn into a major fire. The most important thing you can do to prepare is have a Safety Escape Plan.
At Home Fire Safety Plan Tips
First and foremost, make sure you have one working smoke alarm on every level of the home, as well as inside and outside each sleeping area.
Have two ways out of each room, and the proper equipment to get out any upper story windows. Walk through each room in your home with your family and point out possible exits. Also, provide alternatives for anyone with a disability.
Once you have established the exits, practice and show children how to get out of the house and check the door for heat before opening it.
Know to crawl low to the floor when escaping to avoid toxic smoke. Practice dropping to your stomach and shimmying out under the smoke with your children.
Make a plan to help pets evacuate safely as well if possible.
Once you are out of the house, STAY OUT. DO NOT go back in the house. There could be unseen damage and danger. Call 911 immediately.
Know where to meet after the escape. Your meeting place should be near the front of your home so firefighters know you are out.
Practice, Practice, Practice your escape plan. It is recommended you practice at least twice a year. If you have young children it may require more than twice. Practicing can save the lives of you and your family.
If you do have a fire in your home call SERVPRO of North Utah County today!
Did You Know SERVPRO Offers Commercial Cleaning?
SERVPRO offers commercial cleaning from floors, to smoke, sewer damage.
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 work space 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:
Go ahead, Give us a call, Tag us in, We’ll make it "Like it never even happened."
Has Snow Melt Damaged Your Home?
Snow Melt Flooded Your Home?
It’s a glorious time of the season when the weather starts to change from snow to sunshine and the temperature starts to rise. But if you have snow accumulation around the edges of your home it may not be time to celebrate. This is the time of the year when we start to receive calls from people who have water in their basements and they aren’t sure where it is coming from. You’ve checked and found no visible evidence of a leaky pipe or appliance malfunction and may be scratching your head in frustration. If this is the case you might have water damage from recent snow melt. Melting snow around the perimeter of the house can saturate deep into the soil and leak through the foundation and basement walls. Or if you have leaky roof that melting snow is coming right through your ceiling.
You now realize you have a problem but what do you do now? Call SERVPRO of North Utah County and we will send one of our trained technicians to save the day! Using advanced extraction techniques, our technicians have the expertise, training, and certificates to help clear away water and mitigate loss. We use scientific drying principles and provide validation and documentation that your property is dry and the job is complete. We also utilize professional-strength cleaning, sanitizing and deodorizing products to clean and sanitize the affected water damage area for your comfort and safety.
Follow these tips to prevent water damage to you home as the snow starts to melt.
- Remove the snow from around your home: You probably always shovel your porch and sidewalks but have you thought about the snow surrounding the edges of your house.
- Check your roof and gutters: Before the first snow hits inspect your roof and gutters for any damage. Also, be sure you’re your gutters are clear so the snow melt has a clear pathway off your roof.
- Clear snow from drainage areas: storm drains and catch basins can often get clogged with snow and debris. If you can do it safely, clearing snow from these areas can help keep water way from your home.
- Rearrange your storage: In case water does get into your basement be sure to keep valuable, chemicals, or anything else you’d like to keep dry off the floor; or in water proof plastic bins instead of cardboard boxes.
- Check your appliances: clear out space around your water heater, furnace, and other appliances. If possible, raising your washer and dryer off the floor could protect from water damage.
- Don’t try too much: getting on the roof at anytime of the year can be risky, even more so if snow is involved. Clearing your roof and gutters is important to prevent water damage, but be sure to use a professional to handle any dangerous situations.