Recent Commercial Posts

What kind of mold is growing in my workplace?

11/8/2021 (Permalink)

picture of mold fact and explain about mold. Call us today if you see signs of mold. We are happy to help. 801-785-5228.

The growth of mold and mildew will always be a big issue for property owners. They can destroy the integrity of one’s property, but what is black mold? In a nutshell, it is made up of several species of toxic mold that thrive in humid environments but most professionals focus on a specific type: Stachybotrys chartarum. It can be recognized by its greenish-black color on the surfaces they grow on.

How dangerous is black mold? 

BLACK MOLD SIGNS 

It is important to note, though, that not all types of mold are toxic. But this doesn’t mean that you should ignore their presence. It is crucial to identify the typical signs of black mold infestation.

COLOR

The first tell-tale sign is its color. It can be distinguished by its black or greenish-black hue. There are certain species, though, that manifest with a grayish color and a powdery texture.

TOXIC BLACK MOLD 

Aside from the visual cues as your toxic black mold grow in clusters, you can also identify that there is black mold growth in your home with its strong distinguished odor. The smell can be pretty hard to miss, but we certainly recommend getting the help of a professional when in doubt.

Here at SERVPRO we can help get your commercial building back to the way it should be...mold-free. We can test to make sure we know what mold we are dealing with and help to get rid of it the correct way. 

Commercial Fire Board Up.

9/18/2021 (Permalink)

smoke coming out of windows Call us if you need a board up or have any questions. 801-785-5228.

If your commercial property in Utah county has experienced a fire, there are several reasons why you might want to board up structural damage or windows. In addition to keeping the external elements out of your home with fire damage, boarding up can also prevent additional losses due to looting and make the fire cleanup process easier.

Most full-service restoration specialists offer boarding-up services. Here are four reasons to board-up after a fire.

1. The premises still have sustainable inventory. If the building still contains products that appear viable, you should consider boarding. These products may involve evaluation and cleaning and may not be suitable for sale, but it may be useful for insurance reasons to have them correctly processed rather than stolen.


  1. You want electronics and other valuables to be protected. You may be able to restore certain electronics or other precious assets to working condition depending on the extent of the fire damage. Loss can be much more costly than repairing or replacing covered.

  2. You need to keep out the elements. If the structure of your property has sustained extensive damage, you should try to keep the elements out. Exposure to additional water, wind, or sunlight can compound the damage caused by smoke residue and soot.

    4. You want to limit soot damage. It is generally a good idea to reduce foot traffic on the scene of a recent fire. When soot gets embedded into carpeting or upholstery, it can be much more difficult to restore these materials to a pre-fire condition.

    Talk to restoration experts at SERVPRO of Utah County about whether boarding-up is a good strategy for preventing loss and limiting damage after a fire. Your major concern is likely to be how to recover from fire damage as quickly and completely as possible. Preventing looting and exposure to the elements can make fire cleanup more successful.

Have you cleaned your Airducts in your commercial building?

5/11/2021 (Permalink)

Have you cleaned your ducts lately?

Duct cleaning generally refers to the cleaning of various heating and cooling system components of forced air systems, including the supply and return air ducts and registers, grilles and diffusers, heat exchangers heating and cooling coils, condensate drain pans (drip pans), fan motor and fan housing, and the air handling unit housing.

If not properly installed, maintained and operated, these components may become contaminated with particles of dust, pollen or other debris. 

Ventilation systems are often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality. Make it a priority to inspect the ductwork of your business.

If your HVAC has been operating for some time without attention, it could be circulating one or more of the following:

  • Dust
  • Pollen
  • Odors
  • Dirt and debris

The benefits of servicing your HVAC unit include:

  • Helps to restore peak energy efficiency.
  • It May help to eliminate offensive odors.
  • Helps reduce the potential for mold growth.

For more information on air duct cleaning, call us at SERVPRO today, (801) 785-5228

Building and Reconstruction Services

4/1/2021 (Permalink)

Building and Reconstruction Services

SERVPRO has been helping our residents here in North Utah County get their properties back to preloss conditions after a disaster. Although, we are well aware that 50% of businesses may never recover after a natural disaster. That is why we have our own, in-house licensed contractor Scott Hamann to ensure building work is carried out to our own exacting standards.

Over the years, we have performed emergency board-ups, Tree removal, drywall installation, and even Fine Art restoration to help our community in the toughest periods. Building and reconstruction services need to be done quickly, so mitigating loss in the first instance is essential. We are continually updating ourselves directly from the Utah Department of Public Safety and EOC categories to stay prepared.

Teamwork is essential in an emergency. We are involved with the Lehi Area Chamber of Commerce, American Fork Chamber of Commerce, and the Building Owners and Managers Association. We believe that by coming together during times of adversity brings the best out of ourselves and our community.

  • Board Up
  • Carpet Repair and Installation
  • Document Drying
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Drywall Installation
  • Drywall Removal
  • Electrical
  • Electronics Restoration
  • Fine Art Restoration
  • Furniture Restoration
  • General Contracting
  • Hardwood Floor Repair
  • HVAC Services
  • Linoleum Floor Repair
  • Marble Floor Repair
  • Move Out
  • Painting
  • Plumbing
  • Portable Power
  • Roof Tarp
  • Roofing Services
  • Scalable Resources
  • Temporary Fencing
  • Temporary Warehouse Space
  • Tile Floor Repair
  • Tree Removal

Work place fire safety!

2/10/2021 (Permalink)

Don't forget these tips if you have a fire at work!

A fire is one of the most terrifying and devastating risks in the workplace which can compromise the safety of the workers as well as the public. If not killed immediately, it can cause serious injuries or even casualties and damages to the property. Hence, fire safety is really important in the workplace and should be a priority. Everyone in the workplace should be aware of fire risks and be familiar with the necessary fire safety information and ways on how to prevent fires.  If you own or manage a business where others work, fire prevention measures are of the utmost importance. For everyone’s safety in the workplace, here are some fire safety tips you can follow.

COMMON FIRE HAZARDS IN AN OFFICE

What is fire safety? Apparently, this is a set of fire safety rules that aim to reduce the damage caused by fire. If you know how to prevent fire, the damages in the workplace and injuries can also be reduced. You should also know the common causes of fire and other important fire safety information.

ELECTRICAL

Most fires are caused by electrical problems such as damaged wiring, faulty equipment, and overloaded plug sockets. Faulty appliances may also cause a fire in the workplace so you should always check if your office equipment and appliances are working properly. Fixing electrical problems immediately should be a part of your workplace fire safety plan.

HEATING

Overheating can also be a cause of a fire. If you have heaters at the office, never leave them unattended or place them close to flammable objects as they can spark a fire. This is why everyone should know the importance of workplace fire safety.

COOKING

Some offices have their own kitchen so the workers can cook their own meals.  Nonetheless, unattended and unsafe use of cooking appliances can cause a fire. To prevent this, the employer should provide safety in workplace tips. Most workplace messages should be organized so everyone can follow them easily and consistently.

WHAT TO DO IF THERE’S A FIRE IN YOUR WORKPLACE

If there’s a fire in your workplace, it can be really terrifying. A lot of people tend to panic when there’s a fire, especially if they don’t know what to do. This is why everyone should know effective ways to prevent fire. During the fire, workers should follow all safety procedures in the workplace. Panicking should not be an option; instead, follow this fire safety precaution.

RAISE THE ALARM

If you’re the one who discovered the fire, you should alert everyone in the workplace and activate the fire alarm. If it doesn’t work, raise the alarm until everyone becomes aware of the fire. Some workers won’t know how to prevent fires so you should call the fire safe center right away. The key to effective fire hazard prevention is taking action and asking for it immediately. Nonetheless, you can use a fire extinguisher but don’t forget to adhere to the fire extinguisher regulations in the workplace.

EVACUATE

Once the fire alarm is on, Get out of the building immediately. Stay calm until you find your way to the fire exit. When you’re outside the building, let your immediate supervisors know that you are safe.

GET TO THE ASSEMBLY POINT

There should be an assembly point that you all agreed upon. That is where you should head to meet your co-workers and check if they are all safe. Wait until the firefighters come and get rid of the fire completely.

IF TRAPPED INSIDE

When your workplace is crowded or if you don’t keep your calm during a fire, there’s a chance of getting trapped inside the building. Also, there may be obstructions that won’t allow you to get out of the building. If you’re stuck in a room, you should find a way to prevent the smoke from coming inside. You may ask if there’s a window and keep calm while waiting for. If you are nervous, you will find it hard to think clearly so you should find ways on how to keep yourself relaxed. Breathe slowly to reduce your heart rate; this can you think more clearly while waiting for the firefighters.

While you’re trapped inside, think about the office fire safety tips and try to follow them. Fire and safety don’t always go hand-in-hand but if you can do any fire safety measure, you can save yourself from any possible danger.

Lehi Businesses Rely on Fast Response!

1/26/2021 (Permalink)

The road is open to your Lehi restaurant after SERVPRO's Emergency water removel.

One of the most rewarding things about running a Lehi restaurant is giving your customers a positive experience every time that they step through your doors. Small disasters can sometimes pose a significant threat to this positive experience, however, and you need to get the mess cleaned up quickly and thoroughly to prevent lasting damages to the building.

Every business owner focuses on cutting out the extra spending, even when it comes to approaching water damages to their Lehi eatery. Most believe that these situations can get taken care of without professional intervention, but this is rarely the case. There are effects and lingering damages that can continue to affect your restaurant long after the initial mess has gotten seemingly cleaned up.

One of the things that you need to consider when it comes to cleaning up a mess like this is the far-reaching effects of water spreading throughout areas of your restaurant. With various flooring materials and drywall, saturation can occur in a brief period which puts a timeline on when the damage must get restored before the material becomes unsalvageable. Our SERVPRO team can say that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster because that is the commitment that we have made to the clients we serve throughout the area.

Another reason that you should consider our SERVPRO restoration services for the water damage in your facility is adverse secondary effects. Lingering water and moisture can allow mold spores present in the environment to seat and colonize. When running a restaurant, mold damage is one of the situations that could stop your business in its tracks and prove costly to remediate and verify that the health hazard of mold exposure has gotten successfully removed.

Operating a restaurant has many rewarding aspects, but when you sustain water damages in your facility, you need to act quickly to ensure that the problem does not get worse. Our SERVPRO of North Utah County water restoration technicians are standing by 24/7 at (801) 785-5228.

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Water Cleanup in your Lehi Clinic!

12/29/2020 (Permalink)

No job is too big for our SERVPRO team.

For all of the patients and regular traffic that your Lehi clinic receives throughout the week, your maintenance and custodial staff work throughout every day and most evenings to keep your facility in top form. When a situation like a water loss incident threatens your building, it might exceed the immediate abilities of this dedicated staff and become something better suited to fast responding certified restoration technicians like ours.

Much more than your obligation to your need for water cleanup to your Lehi clinic facility, you have the patients to concern yourself with when even a modest disaster impacts your building. From the equipment and contents of your business to the hard copies of records and patient information kept in storage there in the facility, water damages can threaten a great deal when left unchecked. Our SERVPRO technicians can respond quickly to an emergency to help you preserve the at-risk items and begin removing the present water from the affected areas.

Our goal is to limit the impact that our services have on your ability to provide your services to the community. With this goal in mind, our technicians minimize our presence and work to provide the most efficient restoration possible so that your clinic can reopen in a short period. We can even offer continued cleaning services on an ongoing basis to ensure the professional appearance of your business in the future.

With water damages, structural components and construction materials are at risk for oversaturation and warping, causing them to fail or require replacement. Our initiative ensures that preservation of these materials takes precedent over unnecessary demolition work to limit the time our SERVPRO team spends restoring your property.

Many might think that water damages on a smaller scale can get remedied easily through the use of conventional cleaning approaches. With how quickly water damage can spread and cause significant problems for your building, you should trust in our SERVPRO of North Utah County emergency response team to efficiently clean up the mess. Call us at (801) 785-5228

First aid basics for the work place everyone should know!

12/15/2020 (Permalink)

knowing these tips can be so helpful in the workplace.

Nosebleeds

Nosebleeds are very common in both children and adults and can be caused by trauma to the nose or simple irritation of the mucus membranes. Do not make a nosebleed victim raise their head or lie down, as this can actually make the bleeding worse. Instead, pinch the nostrils closed for as many as ten minutes, allowing the broken vein in the nose to close.

Cardiac Compressions

Nowadays, the American Heart Association doesn’t mandate that everyone learn rescue breathing—all you have to do is put your hands over the victim’s heart and push, to the beat of “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees. It’s a simple technique that could mean the difference between life and death, and the American Heart Association’s statistics demonstrate this in stark terms. Consider these facts

  • Approximately 88% of all cardiac arrests do not happen in a hospital or healthcare facility, and nowhere near healthcare professional.
  • A large percentage of cardiac arrest victims appear perfectly healthy just before their attack.
  • It takes approximately 8-12 minutes on average for an ambulance to arrive on the scene of an emergency.
  • Bystander CPR could increase the victim’s chance of survival by as much as 300. 

The Heimlich Maneuver

Not to be confused with CPR, the Heimlich maneuver is supposed to help someone who is choking on a foreign object. First, ask the victim if they are choking; in an emergency situation, the person will usually not be able to talk.

How to Treat Shock

Shock occurs when too little blood circulates to the brain. This means that the brain is not receiving enough oxygen, which leads to a feeling of faintness, disorientation, and dizziness. Shock may occur:

  • after an accident involving loss of blood
  • after a serious infection, with loss of fluids
  • after a serious burn
  • after other accidents that cause loss of fluids or blood
  • as part of an allergic reaction

Stop Heavy Bleeding

If someone is bleeding heavily, they will not be able to form a clot—and they could bleed out. You can stop the bleeding by putting pressure on the wound—ideally with a sterile cloth, although you can also use ripped pieces of T-shirt or anything else you have on hand. Raising the wounded limb over the heart will also help to slow down

Commercial pipes frozen? SERVPRO can help.

10/15/2020 (Permalink)

Remember these tips this winter season!!

The colder months are coming and from what we hear it is going to be a cold snowy winter. We live in a colder climate here in North Utah County. Frozen pipes in your business can be a big mess. When pipes freeze, they expand and may burst, leading to major water repairs.

Some helpful tips to prevent frozen pipes:

Water conservationists’ frown on allowing faucets to drip, but letting even a small amount of water to flow through pipes at all times can do a lot to prevent pipes from freezing. A steady drip is all that is needed to keep the pipes free from ice accumulation.

Many pipes do not have proper insulation to prevent them from freezing in cold weather. Pipe sleeves and heating tape can be applied to insulate the pipes. It is also a good precautionary measure to caulk around gaps where cold drafts can affect pipe temperatures.

Shut off any outside water sources that you don't need, especially if you are expecting particularly low temperatures. When a building is left unattended, make sure the thermostat is set no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

Open cabinet doors under sinks and in storage areas to allow heat from the room to circulate around uninsulated pipes.

Dealing with frozen pipes

Hairdryer – This is one of the safest and most effective ways to thaw a pipe. Open the faucet and then heat the pipe by working back toward the area where the blockage has occurred.

Space heater – A small heater can work much faster than a hairdryer. Simply direct the heater toward the frozen area of the pipe.

Make sure you and your employees know where the shut off valve is located. If you are dealing with frozen pipes or water damage from frozen pipes in your commercial building call SERVPRO as soon as possible.

Is there black mold in your commercial building?

8/4/2020 (Permalink)

Black mold is serious...give SERVPRO a call today.

The growth of mold and mildew will always be a big issue for property owners. They can destroy the integrity of one’s property, but what is black mold? In a nutshell, it is made up of several species of toxic mold that thrives in humid environments but most professionals focus on specific type: Stachybotrys chartarum. It can be recognized by their greenish-black color on the surfaces they grow on.

How dangerous is black mold? 

BLACK MOLD SIGNS 

It is important to note, though, that not all types of mold are toxic. But this doesn’t mean that you should ignore their presence. It is crucial to identify the typical signs of black mold infestation.

COLOR

The first tell-tale sign is its color. It can be distinguished by its black or greenish-black hue. There are certain species, though, that manifest with a grayish color and a powdery texture.

TOXIC BLACK MOLD 

Aside from the visual cues as your toxic black mold grow in clusters, you can also identify that there is black mold growth in your home with its strong distinguished odor. The smell can be pretty hard to miss, but we certainly recommend getting the help of a professional when in doubt.

Here at SERVPRO we can help get your commercial building back to the way it should be...mold-free. We can test to make sure we know what mold we are dealing with and help to get rid of it the correct way. 

Did Your Business Have Water Damage?

6/29/2020 (Permalink)

No job is too big for SERVPRO!!

Water damage is one of the most challenging issues that a property owner can face because of different factors. First, they can cause severe damage to one’s establishment and belongings when left unresolved. Second, it can cause the growth of mold.

WHAT IS WATER DAMAGE?

In a nutshell, it is the type of damage done on a structure and the belongings within due to excessive moisture and collected water. This usually happens in least-visited spaces of the establishment where water can collect without notice. They are also usually the lowest depths of one’s property like crawl spaces and basement.

Here is some equipment that might be needed for water damage…

AIR MOVERS

As the name suggests, it is an equipment used to move air, but in its process, it actually helps dry water-damaged flooring and surfaces by forcing moisture to evaporate more quickly.

DEHUMIDIFIERS

Another piece of equipment that can help in water damage restoration is the dehumidifier since it is specifically designed to deal with excessive moisture. Aside from that, it can also help maintain the humidity of an area to a set level.

AIR SCRUBBERS

You would probably have to deal with airborne contaminants as well, especially if you can smell the musk of mold in the air. You will need an air scrubber for that which filters out any particles in your indoor air.

RESTORATION MOISTURE METERS

Finally, you will need a restoration moisture meter. It is a device that gauges the severity of water damage on a surface or an area by assessing the moisture present. It is a must for you to have if you’re planning to do all the restoration on your own.

Here at SERVPRO we have all this equipment to help get your business back up and running and leave it “Like it never even happened.”

Did you know SERVPRO will come clean your ducts at your commercial business?

2/18/2020 (Permalink)

Service your ducts today!!

Duct Cleaning

Duct cleaning generally refers to the cleaning of various heating and cooling system components of forced air systems, including the supply and return air ducts and registers, grilles and diffusers, heat exchangers heating and cooling coils, condensate drain pans (drip pans), fan motor and fan housing, and the air handling unit housing.

If not properly installed, maintained and operated, these components may become contaminated with particles of dust, pollen or other debris. If moisture is present, the potential for microbiological growth (e.g., mold) is increased and spores from such growth may be released into the air of your commercial business. Some of these contaminants may cause allergic reactions or other symptoms in people if they are exposed to them.

Ventilation systems are often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality. Make it a priority to inspect the ductwork of your business.

If your HVAC has been operating for some time without attention, it could be circulating one or more of the following:

  • Dust
  • Pollen
  • Odors
  • Dirt and debris
  • Other contaminants

The benefits of servicing your HVAC unit include:

  • It helps to restore peak energy efficiency.
  • May help to eliminate offensive odors.
  • It helps reduce the potential for mold growth.

For more information on air duct cleaning, call us at SERVPRO today, (801) 785-5228

SERVPRO offers Commercial Cleaning in North Utah County.

1/28/2020 (Permalink)

Let SERVPRO come clean your commercial building!

If you are the owner of 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."

Let SERVPRO Help Your Lehi Business Today!!

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

Fast and efficient response to water damage within your commercial property is the best first step toward restoring the harm done to the building.

The technology industry is booming in Lehi. Like any business, software development and semiconductor companies need to plan for unexpected events and disasters. Business owners and managers plan for all kinds of crises. We can help you prepare for a water loss collaboratively.

Fast and efficient response to water damage within your Lehi commercial property is the best first step toward restoring the harm done to the building and the contents of your business. We encourage you to consult with us to develop an Emergency Ready Plan and Profile (ERP). We walk you through the process as we evaluate the layout and workings of your shop. Working together helps with many aspects of a natural disaster, equipment malfunction, or a simple leak that can get out of control quickly.

A SERVPRO project manager familiar with large water losses visits your commercial property. We look for areas of vulnerability with your layout, inventory, and equipment should large quantities of water invade. Commonsense suggestions can limit your risk, and our new-found familiarity with your premises permits us to better react to any call you must make if a problem arises.

We take pictures and sketch out a blueprint of your location. You help by using our mobile app to expand our base of information. A list of all the vendors and contractors that installed and warrant your systems and equipment helps us if we have questions during the mitigation process. The ERP makes it clear that SERVPRO is your restoration company of choice. Often our customers designate members of their management team to act in their stead if an emergency occurs while the owner is unavailable.

If during the assessment we see you have inventory, business equipment, or documents at risk of flood damage we encourage as part of the plan a pack out to our production facility or a dry, secure area of your commercial property. SERVPRO drying specialists use effective strategies to restore wet articles including electronics. We have access to innovative drying systems like freeze-drying for documents and custom-sized drying spaces that use a combination of air movement, heat, and dehydration to remove moisture from office furnishings and equipment.

SERVPRO of North Utah County is ready to help you develop a concise and readily available online plan if your business has a water damage emergency. Call (801) 785-5228 to set up an appointment to get the ERP process started.

Click here for more about Lehi.

Tips On How To Prepare Your North Utah County Commercial Building For Utah Snow Storms.

10/29/2019 (Permalink)

Keep your business safe from snowstorms.

Is your commercial building ready for a snowstorm?

Prevent Costly Facility Issues with these Facility Maintenance Winter Tips

Snow, ice, and freezing rain can wreak havoc on a commercial building, especially if you are not prepared. Here is a checklist of tasks to help any building owner prepare for a snowstorm.

Checklist to Prepare Your Office Building for a Snow Storm:

  • Have a Plan: As a property manager, it is important to have a written emergency and disaster plan in place, including preventive measures and procedures. Also, list critical shut-off locations for water, electrical mains, emergency generators, and fire protection systems.
  • Preventative Maintenance: Have your water heater and HVAC system inspected and serviced regularly.
  • Identify and Address Potential Issues: Before the storm hits, it is important to identify and address potential issues, such as pavement roof drainage issues that can cause water to drain onto walkways.
  • Snow Removal: The flat roofs on most commercial buildings are prone to freezing, thawing, and refreezing, which can plug roof drains and add excess weight, which could cause the roof to collapse. This is why it is so important to remove snow as necessary.
  • Pipes: Wrap exposed pipes with insulation sleeves to keep them from freezing. If a pipe does freeze and burst, turn off the main water supply to the pipe immediately and leave the faucet open until repairs can be made.
  • Clear Walkways: Keep walkways clear of snow and ice. Use salt, chemical pellets, and sand as appropriate.

HVAC 

  • HVAC System: Be sure your cooling tower heaters and piping heat traces are functioning to protect them from freezing. Also, heat pumps and condensing units can fail when snow builds up around them and restricts airflow, so be sure to keep them clear of snow & ice buildup.  Make sure your economizer is not calling for outside air. Check that outside damper function properly as in some instances they may need to be closed manually.
  • Temperatures:  Check your set-back temperatures after hours and determine if hard-to-heat areas need to be adjusted to higher temperatures to protect critical building equipment and systems.

Preventing Commercial Pipes From Freezing.

9/26/2019 (Permalink)

We live in a colder climate here in North Utah County which can cause your commercial business some challenges. Frozen pipes in your business can be a big mess. When pipes freeze, they expand and may burst, leading to major water repairs.

Some helpful tips to prevent frozen pipes:

Water conservationists’ frown on allowing faucets to drip, but letting even a small amount of water to flow through pipes at all times can do a lot to prevent pipes from freezing. A steady drip is all that is needed to keep the pipes free from ice accumulation.

Many pipes do not have proper insulation to prevent them from freezing in cold weather. Pipe sleeves and heating tape can be applied to insulate the pipes. It is also a good precautionary measure to caulk around gaps where cold drafts can affect pipe temperatures.

Shut off any outside water sources that you don't need, especially if you are expecting particularly low temperatures. When a building is left unattended, make sure the thermostat is set no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

Open cabinet doors under sinks and in storage areas to allow heat from the room to circulate around uninsulated pipes.

Dealing with frozen pipes

Hairdryer – This is one of the safest and most effective ways to thaw a pipe. Open the faucet and then heat the pipe by working back toward the area where the blockage has occurred.

Space heater – A small heater can work much faster than a hairdryer. Simply direct the heater toward the frozen area of the pipe.

Make sure you and your employees know where the shut off valve is located. If you are dealing with frozen pipes or water damage from frozen pipes in your commercial building call SERVPRO as soon as possible.

What to Do When Your Business Floods?

8/20/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Restoration Presents Unique Challenges

SERVPRO of North Utah County has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial flooding or water damage emergencies. Whether your water emergency occurs in a small office building or big box store, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion. Learn more about Learn more about our training and certifications..

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician

Call SERVPRO today we can make it "Like it never even happened." 

Automatic Fire Sprinkler Discharge and How to Handle It

7/16/2019 (Permalink)

Automatic Fire Sprinkler Discharge

Automatic fire sprinkler systems are widely considered the single most effective tool for protecting your structure, property, and lives from a fire.  Having an automatic fire sprinkler system in place is basically the same as having firefighter protection 24/7.  Fire sprinkler heads respond individually to a number of things including: Heat from a fire, Corrosion, Mechanical Damage, and Sabotage/Vandalism.  If you do have a fire in your building you are going to be very grateful for the fire sprinkler system, if it is an accidental discharge it will become somewhat of a burden. To Make things easier in the case of an accidental discharge follow these tips below.

  1. Shut Off Water Immediately

Shut off the water supply to the fire sprinkler system as soon as you can.  The faster you can turn the water off the less potential for major water damage you have.  Be aware that it will take a couple moments to stop, the water has to clear the lines first.

  1. Mitigate Future Damage

You will want to clear as much as possible from the affected area so mitigate further damage.  Move furniture, valuables, and equipment to a safe dry area to limit exposure and further damage.

  1. Call Your Insurance Company

You will want to call your insurance agent as soon as you can to find out what steps to take next and the claims process.  Also, so they can send someone to assess the situation and damage.  Their assessment will determine who is responsible for the damage.

  1. Call SERVPRO of North Utah County

Call a restoration company that specializes in water damage like SERVPRO of North Utah County to help mitigate and restore the area.  SERVPRO is a much better choice than DIY because we are trained in disaster cleanup and ready to help when you need us.

Workplace First Aid Everyone Should Know

2/21/2019 (Permalink)

Workplace First Aid Basics Everyone Should Know

Nosebleeds

Nosebleeds are very common in both children and adults and can be caused by trauma to the nose or simple irritation of the mucus membranes. Do not make a nosebleed victim raise their head or lie down, as this can actually make the bleeding worse. Instead, pinch the nostrils closed for as many as ten minutes, allowing the broken vein in the nose to close.

Cardiac Compressions

Nowadays, the American Heart Association doesn’t mandate that everyone learn rescue breathing—all you have to do is put your hands over the victim’s heart and push, to the beat of “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees. It’s a simple technique that could mean the difference between life and death, and the American Heart Association’s statistics demonstrate this in stark terms. Consider these fact

  • Approximately 88% of all cardiac arrests do not happen in a hospital or healthcare facility, and nowhere near a healthcare professional.
  • A large percentage of cardiac arrest victims appear perfectly healthy just before their attack.
  • It takes approximately 8-12 minutes on average for an ambulance to arrive on the scene of an emergency.
  • Bystander CPR could increase the victim’s chance of survival by as much as 300. 

The Heimlich Maneuver

Not to be confused with CPR, the Heimlich maneuver is supposed to help someone who is choking on a foreign object. First, ask the victim if they are choking; in an emergency situation, the person will usually not be able to talk.

How to Treat Shock

Shock occurs when too little blood circulates to the brain. This means that the brain is not receiving enough oxygen, which leads to a feeling of faintness, disorientation and dizziness. Shock may occur:

  • after an accident involving loss of blood
  • after a serious infection, with loss of fluids
  • after a serious burn
  • after other accidents that cause loss of fluids or blood
  • as part of an allergic reaction

Stop Heavy Bleeding

If someone is bleeding heavily, they will not be able to form a clot—and they could bleed out. You can stop the bleeding by putting pressure on the wound—ideally with a sterile cloth, although you can also use ripped pieces of T-shirt or anything else you have on hand. Raising the wounded limb over the heart will also help to slow down heavy bleeding.

Commercial Water Damage Technicians In Lehi Talk About Problems With Ice Damming

1/19/2019 (Permalink)

Ice dams can lead to major water damage issues. Give our team a call if and when it does.

Commercial Water Damage in Lehi Homes

During the winter time, there are several different ways your strip mall bakery can be the victim of commercial water damage. Snow and ice can create conditions to exist that can cause you problems with your contents and building materials inside your Lehi bakery. One common problem that tends to develop during the winter is the issue with ice damming. An ice dam is a layer of ice on the edge of your roof that prevents melted snow from properly draining off. The snow that melts can then stay on your roof and cause your building excessive commercial water damage.

When water starts to back up and sit on your roof, it is possible that it will leak moisture starting from the top of your bakery down. When moisture comes from above several of your company's building materials and contents can get ruined due to your commercial water damage situation in Lehi. Any moisture that comes in from the outside must get handled differently than if the source was clean, fresh H2O. Especially when working with clients in the restaurant industry, our SERVPRO technicians know that sanitation is vital. When working around the tools that make your business money like your ovens and food prepping equipment, we take extra care to make sure we do not cause any future sanitization problems.

When working in your kitchen and food prep area, our SERVPRO team takes extra caution not to create harmful particles during the restoration process. Sometimes when removing items like flooring materials, dangerous dust particles can get into the building's air circulation. When working around your kitchen appliances, we cover them with plastic so that the work process does not contaminate the tools of your trade. If necessary, we can utilize an air scrubber that aids in pulling harmful particles out of the airflow system.

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Before we finalize any commercial water damage job, we can clean and disinfect any items that may have got contaminated. If you ever notice ice damming issues on your property, call SERVPRO of North Utah County at (801) 516-0615 24 hours a day.

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Fast SERVPRO Stain and Odor Removal from Fire Damaged American Fork Units

1/9/2019 (Permalink)

Rely on SERVPRO for Stain and Odor Removal After an American Fork Property Fire Loss

Removing Smoke Stains in Your American Fork Rental Property

Between tenants who heavily smoke and small fires contained quickly within your American Fork rental property, some of the worst effects to overcome when preparing the residence for new occupants is removing smoke staining from the walls and ceilings. While many internet sources suggest that homeowners or business owners can do this effectively on their own, examples shown are often non-porous surfaces that do not correlate to real home constructions. Removing staining from traditional materials like drywall, stucco, and other surfaces require stronger cleaning methods and products then you can acquire without the appropriate credentials.

Fire & smoke stains can be among the most challenging to overcome for your American Fork property, even without a substantial fire loss. Wet smoke can leave a thick residue originating from the initial combustion location and spreading far away from this point throughout the building. Our SERVPRO professionals can respond quickly to this situation and offer effective solutions with our industry-leading equipment to remove these stains and the smoke residue entirely from affected surfaces and contents.

Smoke staining can also affect contents within the property, which can be especially problematic if you offer your rental property as furnished. Our SERVPRO technicians in our Contents Department can remove these affected items and even larger pieces of furniture for focused cleaning and deodorization at a nearby facility of ours.

We have tools and equipment to make cleaning ceilings and higher points on the walls easier as well, which is often a struggle for homeowners or business owners looking to do this work themselves. Our experienced team can work quickly with wet or dry sponging techniques and high powered vacuums to pull soot away from the surface and utilize OSHA-approved industrial-strength cleansers and our advanced equipment to penetrate deeply into materials to remove their staining entirely.

Rental properties only make you money when you have people living in them. Do not hesitate and waste time with cleaning solutions that do not effectively remove fire smoke stains. Give our SERVPRO of North Utah County experienced technicians a call today at (801) 785-5228.

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Ouch! Your Lehi Boutique Stinks After a Fire? Call SERVPRO

12/1/2018 (Permalink)

Yep! Super SERVPRO Kills Odors and Cleans Up Fire Damaged Businesses in the Lehi Area

Improving Air Quality After a Fire in Your Lehi Boutique

Your boutique thrives on the foot traffic taking strolls through the subcommunities of Lehi, and work hard to promote your shop as a welcoming location. When even a small incident occurs that can change the dynamic and environment that you offer those customers, such as a small fire, effects can linger throughout the property that makes it difficult to provide a welcoming atmosphere to the customers that you are trying to reach.

When most business owners think of fire damage to their Lehi properties, most envision catastrophic instances that require months of work to restore, but this is not always the case. Many buildings can experience smaller scale fires from one source or another, and these can get put out with fire extinguishers, sprinkler systems, or even smothering the blaze. While these situations might not provide widespread structural concerns, there are effects that you cannot ignore. Smoke and soot damages can reduce the quality of the breathable air in the boutique, but our SERVPRO professionals can help.

Clearing the environment is a top priority for the safety of our IICRC certified SERVPRO technicians on-site and for others that might also occupy parts of the building through the restoration process. We set up equipment like hydroxyl generators and air scrubbers which can remove particulates, debris, soot, mold spores, and smoke from the air and prevent it from continuing to circulate throughout the property.

Another dire condition that can keep customers from entering the store, or staying in it once they have, is a lingering harsh odor from the extinguished fire. This smell can spread throughout non-affected areas of the building and permeate furniture, fabrics, carpeting, and other materials in its path. Thermal foggers can provide a neutralizing chemical compound to the environment which can eliminate this present odor permanently, leaving no discernable scent behind.

Even smaller-scale fires that spark inside your business can leave lingering effects behind that threaten the potential profits and foot traffic you need. Let our SERVPRO of North Utah County rapid response team use our expertise and industry-leading equipment to overcome indoor air quality concerns quickly to get your doors back open quickly. You can reach us anytime at (801) 785-5228.

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Our Experts At SERVPRO Will Restore Your Lehi Business After A Water Damage Emergency

10/5/2018 (Permalink)

Fast and efficient response to water damage within your commercial property is the best first step toward restoring the harm done to the building.

Be Prepared If Your Lehi Business Suffers Water Damage??

The technology industry is booming in Lehi. Like any business, software development and semiconductor companies need to plan for unexpected events and disasters. Business owners and managers plan for all kinds of crises. We can help you prepare for a water loss collaboratively.

Fast and efficient response to water damage within your Lehi commercial property is the best first step toward restoring the harm done to the building and the contents of your business. We encourage you to consult with us to develop an Emergency Ready Plan and Profile (ERP). We walk you through the process as we evaluate the layout and workings of your shop. Working together helps with many aspects of a natural disaster, equipment malfunction, or a simple leak that can get out of control quickly.

A SERVPRO project manager familiar with large water losses visits your commercial property. We look for areas of vulnerability with your layout, inventory, and equipment should large quantities of water invade. Commonsense suggestions can limit your risk, and our new-found familiarity with your premises permits us to better react to any call you must make if a problem arises.

We take pictures and sketch out a blueprint of your location. You help by using our mobile app to expand our base of information. A list of all the vendors and contractors that installed and warrant your systems and equipment helps us if we have questions during the mitigation process. The ERP makes it clear that SERVPRO is your restoration company of choice. Often our customer’s designate members of their management team to act in their stead if an emergency occurs while the owner is unavailable.

If during the assessment we see you have inventory, business equipment, or documents at risk of flood damage we encourage as part of the plan a pack out to our production facility or a dry, secure area of your commercial property. SERVPRO drying specialists use effective strategies to restore wet articles including electronics. We have access to innovative drying systems like freeze-drying for documents and custom-sized drying spaces that use a combination of air movement, heat, and dehydration to remove moisture from office furnishings and equipment.

SERVPRO of North Utah County is ready to help you develop a concise and readily available online plan if your business has a water damage emergency. Call (801) 785-5228 to set up an appointment to get the ERP process started.

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Reacting Quickly to Water Damage in Your Lehi Restaurant

8/30/2018 (Permalink)

The Road Is Open to Your Lehi Restaurant After SERVPRO's Emergency Water Removal

Lehi Businesses Rely on the Fast Response of SERVPRO to Mitigate Water Loss Emergencies

One of the most rewarding things about running a Lehi restaurant is giving your customers a positive experience every time that they step through your doors. Small disasters can sometimes pose a significant threat to this positive experience, however, and you need to get the mess cleaned up quickly and thoroughly to prevent lasting damages to the building.

Every business owner focuses on cutting out the extra spending, even when it comes to approaching water damages to their Lehi eatery. Most believe that these situations can get taken care of without professional intervention, but this is rarely the case. There are effects and lingering damages that can continue to affect your restaurant long after the initial mess has gotten seemingly cleaned up.

One of the things that you need to consider when it comes to cleaning up a mess like this is the far-reaching effects of water spreading throughout areas of your restaurant. With various flooring materials and drywall, saturation can occur in a brief period which puts a timeline on when the damage must get restored before the material becomes unsalvageable. Our SERVPRO team can say that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster because that is the commitment that we have made to the clients we serve throughout the area.

Another reason that you should consider our SERVPRO restoration services for the water damage in your facility are adverse secondary effects. Lingering water and moisture can allow mold spores present in the environment to seat and colonize. When running a restaurant, mold damage is one of the situations that could stop your business in its tracks and prove costly to remediate and verify that the health hazard of mold exposure has gotten successfully removed.

Operating a restaurant has many rewarding aspects, but when you sustain water damages in your facility, you need to act quickly to ensure that the problem does not get worse. Our SERVPRO of North Utah County water restoration technicians are standing by 24/7 at (801) 785-5228.

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What is air duct cleaning and why should be have it done?

1/25/2018 (Permalink)

Duct cleaning generally refers to the cleaning of various heating and cooling system components of forced air systems, including the supply and return air ducts and registers, grilles and diffusers, heat exchangers heating and cooling coils, condensate drain pans (drip pans), fan motor and fan housing, and the air handling unit housing.

If not properly installed, maintained and operated, these components may become contaminated with particles of dust, pollen or other debris. If moisture is present, the potential for microbiological growth (e.g., mold) is increased and spores from such growth may be released into the air of your commercial business. Some of these contaminants may cause allergic reactions or other symptoms in people if they are exposed to them.

Ventilation systems are often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality. Make it a priority to inspect the ductwork of your business.

If your HVAC has been operating for some time without attention, it could be circulating one or more of the following:

  • Dust
  • Pollen
  • Odors
  • Dirt and debris
  • Other contaminants

The benefits of servicing your HVAC unit include:

  • Helps to restore peak energy efficiency.
  • May help to eliminate offensive odors.
  • Helps reduce the potential for mold growth.

For more information on air duct cleaning, call us at SERVPRO today, (801) 785-5228

Have you Considered upgrading your commercial HVAC system?

1/11/2018 (Permalink)

If you are a business owner you know how important it is to have a fully functioning HVAC system.  If you don’t your employees and customers will let you know.  It will be hot or cold and you really are trying to keep it going and keep people comfortable.  Maybe your HVAC system is older and not functioning properly?  You may be thinking to yourself that is too expensive… but in the long run it may be worth it.  

Here are five reasons to consider upgrading your HVAC System from

Increase The Energy Efficiency

Lower operating costs should be one of your biggest goals. Even if it isn’t as much of a priority now, there’s still time to resolve to change now that the New Year has begun. One fantastic way to increase energy efficiency is to upgrade your current commercial HVAC system. Did you know that a newer system can allow for smaller energy consumption – by about 30%, in fact.

Maintain Your Good Reputation

Many businesses depend on a stellar reputation to ensure that they thrive. Reputation is important for your public image, especially in the customer-service sector. Aside from downtime that could rob you of future profits, an uncomfortable building environment due to aging HVAC system can also harm customer and client perception of how you run your organization. 

Make and Keep Employees Comfortable

When the interior of your building is kept at reasonable temperatures, your employees will be comfortable. When employees are comfortable, they will be happier and more motivated. When they aren’t distracted by the office being too hot or too cold, they can focus on getting more work done, improving their overall productivity. Don’t overlook the importance of indoor air quality, either. How often are your employees missing time from work due to being sick? A little-known condition called sick building syndrome exists, and if this syndrome goes unaddressed, it could affect how your business is perceived throughout your industry and cause highly-qualified candidates to find employment elsewhere when you are actively recruiting.

Reduce Repair Costs

Newer commercial HVAC systems will have better warranties attached to them. Whether you choose to overhaul your existing system with brand new components or only add the latest technological advancements to the framework that is already in place, these warranties can help you avoid paying significant repair costs when such repairs are needed.

Begin Switching Refrigerant Now

The refrigerant that is most commonly used in many older models of commercial HVAC systems is being eliminated. R-22 refrigerant will be fully prohibited in January of 2020, and if you think that’s still plenty of time to have your current supplies replaced, remember it’s just two years away.

Help My Business Flooded... Now What?

12/14/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO will take care of your flooding

So you get to work Monday morning after a nice relaxing weekend spent cozy and warm by the fire watching several awesomely cheesy Christmas movies.  You open the door to go into the building you hear it and feel it... its that squishy feeling and sloshy sound.  It suddenly hits you like a freight train, the floor is wet, very wet. Your mind starts to race and you question what went wrong? What could have happened?  What do you do now?  You remember seeing these commercials that say something to the affect of "Like it never happened" and you remember seeing those green vehicles driving around town, then you remember your neighbor mentioning they called SERVPRO after a house flood.  You wonder to yourself, "hmmm I wonder if they do commercial work?" You give them a call and guess what, they do work with businesses and do commercial work and they say they can have a team there within the hour!

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the training, experience, and equipment to manage water and flooding damage. Whether you have a large water emergency or a small water damage event, they will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion.

You can count on SERVPRO to get the job done right and quick.  After they leave it will be "Like it never even happened."