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Before You Buy, Sell, or Rent, Get The Test

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Meth Contamination is More Rampant Than Ever

Meth usage and resulting property contamination are no longer a rare occurrence in Utah. The Utah Department of Health reports that the number of meth contaminated properties rose 19% last year over previous years. Home inspectors estimate that approximately 10-25% of homes they inspect are contaminated.

Toxic Health Risk

Meth contamination is a toxic health risk for anyone occupying the property, and contamination can result from just one person smoking in one room of a house or apartment. The toxins get circulated throughout the unit by the HVAC system, contaminating the entire property. It’s not just a meth lab issue – although those are the worst cases. Recreational use in a space can quickly contaminate to unhealthy levels.

Unfortunately, this type of contamination doesn’t get better with time. The half life of meth is extremely long, meaning that a contaminated property will stay that way for years or even decades unless properly remediated.

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Seller's Obligation

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Most real estate contracts in Utah currently ask the seller to certify that they are unaware of any methamphetamine contamination in the property they are selling. With the rise in meth usage in recent years – and particularly with the rise in isolation and depression associated with COVID-19 – it’s no longer safe to assume nothing has been going on, particularly with rental properties.

Just because you know the renters, or “they seem like nice people,” doesn’t eliminate the possibility of meth use. If there’s any doubt, get the test.

Buyer, Renter Protection

As a buyer, it’s a good idea to require a meth test as part of the inspection and testing protocol before purchasing a property. This added precaution can avoid many problems and health issues down the road.

As a landlord or potential renter, if there is any question at all about the possibility of meth use in a unit, you owe it to the health of everyone involved to verify the safety of the space.

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Affordable & Reliable

Meth testing is reasonably priced, and when completed by a certified provider through a state certified laboratory, is highly reliable. A single test can highlight a potential problem, and additional testing can be added to verify the extent of contamination. Multi-test discounts are available that make the cost of testing even more affordable.

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Don't Leave It to Chance

Meth is a potent toxin with both health and economic impacts. If there’s any doubt, get the test. Call a Utah certified meth remediation company like RainFire Restoration and order the RF Method testing so you can buy, sell and rent with full confidence.

RF Method

RF Method is the  most effective, professional and affordable comprehensive METH testing and remediation available. We are certified and licensed for meth remediation in the State of Utah. Click here for more information, or call us at 385-336-7246 for a free estimate.

It’s Ok, Just Once!

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Even a single incident of smoking meth in your home or properties can contaminate the entire property, creating a significant health and financial risk.

 

Know the Signs of Meth Usage – and Act Fast

 

Increased stress brought on by pandemic-induced economic factors is fueling a spike in drug use, including methamphetamines. While the human impact is tragic, the impact on your home – including the ability to buy or sell homes or properties – can be devastating. Meth smoked in a single room can contaminate the entire house through the HVAC system, creating a health hazard for everyone. A contaminated property cannot be sold or rented until it has been remediated by a certified provider.

 

Catch It Early

The best defense against contamination is a strong offense. Now is the time to be vigilant in watching for signs of meth use in your family or by visitors or renters in your properties. Catching these signs early and moving quickly to curtail meth use in your properties can limit damage and reduce overall impact and cost.

 

What to Look For

The American Addiction Centers have compiled a list of the most common signs of meth use and addiction. This includes:

  • A sweet, smoky smell on the person or in their room
  • A thinning, frail body
  • Facial acne or sores
  • Rotted teeth (“meth mouth”)
  • A droopy quality to the facial skin
  • Convulsions
  • Liver damage
  • Stroke
  • Lowered immunity/susceptibility to infectious disease
  • A dramatic increase in body temperature
  • Increased libido
  • Intense scratching

If you notice these signs in people living in your home or properties, they may be smoking meth and placing you and others at risk. 

 

Confront, Test, or Both

What should you do if you suspect a meth use problem? One or both of these approaches can be effective:

 

Confront. Approach the person you suspect is involved and express concern that they seem not well, or are dealing with sores or scratching, etc. and explore options to help them. If appropriate, refer them to professionals who can help.

 

Test. Non-invasive testing can indicate if you are dealing with a potential problem. Contact a reputable meth remediation company to conduct testing in your property. A single test can often tell you if there is a potential problem. Additional tests will need to be completed if contamination is confirmed.

 

Catch It Early, Call the Pros

Catching meth use early will significantly reduce the impact on your home and properties. However, if meth use is detected, your property will need to be remediated in order to return it to a safe environment. 

 

If you need remediation, be sure to work with a reputable meth remediation company. Remediation is required by law, and remediation companies must be approved by the State. Make sure the company you work with is licensed and certified for this type of work, and that they have a track record of success and satisfied customers behind them.

 

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RF Method

RF Method is the  most effective, professional and affordable comprehensive METH testing and remediation available. We are certified and licensed for meth remediation in the State of Utah. Click here for more information, or call us at 385-455-1383 for a free estimate.

What to Do Immediately After You Discover Water Damage

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Water damage can happen in many ways and at any time of the day or night; A busted pipe in the basement, water stains on the attic ceiling, or area flooding can cause serious damage if not properly cared for quickly.

Three Steps to Take to Repair Water Damage

While standing water, water stains or leaking water can seem overwhelming, there are a few easy steps to take immediately after discovering the water damage.

Play It Safe

If water is still rising, or if the basement is already filled with water, don’t go into it. If the breaker box is located somewhere other than where the flooded area, turn off the main breaker. This step should only be done as a way to prevent plugged in appliances or items from creating a dangerous situation.

Remove Standing Water

This step is critical and should be started as soon as possible. The quicker the water can be removed, the less damage will be left behind. Using a wet/dry shop vac or a bucket, try to remove as much water as possible while waiting on members of the RainFire Restoration team to arrive. However, take no chances: if you’re not sure about the state of the electrical current or don’t know what might be on the floor, don’t venture into the water. If any sewage is involved, avoid the area entirely.

Call the Professionals

As soon as the water damage has been discovered, give RainFire Restoration a call. We are available 24/7 and will quickly access the damage. We will do a walk-through to ensure all areas affected are found and included in the repair plan.

Once we arrive, our team will access the damage and start the cleanup process immediately. It is the goal of RainFire Restoration to restore each property and make it better than it was before the damage.

While water damaged areas are noticeable, other damage can be harder to see. Our friendly and knowledgable staff are available to provide solutions for the obvious, and not-so-obvious problems. Reach out to RainFire Restoration today!

Why Mold Remediation Requires a Professional

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Mold problems in your home is a significant health hazard that can cause a wide range of side effects. Respiratory infections, throat irritation, coughing, allergies, and asthma problems are just a few of the many ways mold can impact your health. Reaching out to a company that specializes in mold remediation is important in helping you stay safe and prevent further health issues.

Why Mold Remediation Requires a Professional

#1 Professional Expertise

Trying to handle mold problems on your own isn’t an easy task, but reaching out to professionals is a great way to ensure the job is done right the first time. Mold remediation specialists have many years of experience in the industry while also having access to the latest tools to effectively treat and remove mold in your home.

#2 Avoid Future Problems

If mold is not taken care of by someone who understands mold remediation, it is almost certain to return. Another reason to consider professional services is that it helps to prevent future problems. When you hire someone who knows how to completely finish the job, you will have peace of mind to know that you won’t have to constantly deal with mold issues in the future.

#3 Improve Value of Your Home

Removing mold from your house is a great way to enhance its value. This is especially beneficial if you ever plan to sell your home. These services also create a much safer environment for you and your entire family.

 

RainFire Restoration is a company that provides a wide range of restoration services for our clients. Our top goal is always to offer the best services available and ensure each customer is always well-satisfied with the results. Call RainFire Restoration at (385) 336-7246 to learn more about our mold remediation services!

3 Reasons to Seek Emergency Carpet Cleaning in Utah

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Emergencies happen. That’s a fact of life. When they happen to you, it is crucial that you know where to turn for the right help. If your home is damaged by flooding or fire and smoke, turn to RainFire Restoration for quick emergency carpet cleaning in Utah.

3 Situations That Require Emergency Carpet Cleaning

There are many reasons you might need emergency carpet cleaning services, including after a flood, a major leak, or a fire. The longer you wait to get your home back in order, the more difficult it can be. That is why a quick turnaround is so crucial.

1. Water Leaks and Flooding

Water may seem harmless enough, but if you get enough of it leaking into your home, you’ll be faced with a mounting pile of problems. It can leave stains, encourage mold growth, and damage subflooring and underlayment materials.

2. Smoke and Fire

The destruction after a house fire can be minimal or a total loss, but chances are the carpets will be in pretty bad shape either way. You will be faced with smoke odors, soot stains, and possibly water damage from efforts to put out any flames.

3. Mold Growth

While a large mold infestation likely didn’t just appear overnight, uncovering it can feel like an emergency. The longer you wait to treat the problem, the more spores are released into your home’s environment.

What Other Reasons Would Carpet Cleaning Services Be Needed?

Of course, not all carpet cleaning tasks are an emergency. You might choose to have your carpets cleaned for any number of reasons, including to:

  • Restore that fresh, new carpet look and feel
  • Eliminate pet odors and stains
  • Remove general stains

 

Emergency Carpet Cleaning in Utah

RainFire Restoration offers mold, fire, and water remediation services to Utah homes and businesses. Many appointments can be scheduled within 24 hours of your call, meaning that damage can be addressed quickly and professionally. Contact RainFire Restoration today to learn about carpet cleaning in Utah as well as mold, fire, smoke, and water damage remediation services.

Getting Rid of Smoke Damage

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After enduring a fire in your home or business, the last thing you need is a reminder of the tragedy. Although removing the smell of smoke damage is challenging, it’s possible. Below we look at the most effective steps for bringing fresher scents back into your space.

How To Get Rid of the Smell of Smoke Damage

After a fire, the lingering smell is often the most difficult part of the experience to deal with, because smoke particles seep into any porous surface. Smoke particles are smaller than microscopic bacteria when a fire burns wood, which allows the smell to enter almost any surface.

Call a Professional for Removing Dangerous Soot

If soot remains in the space, please contact a professional for cleanup. Soot contains residue from plastics, chemicals, and other harmful materials that can be very dangerous to expose yourself to or handle. Make sure to wear head-to-toe protective gear, including a respirator and gloves, if you choose to clean soot yourself.

Air It Out

Open up all windows and doors to allow fresh air to move into every room. Encourage airflow by placing fans throughout the area. Do not use your central air or furnace during the cleanup, as this may circulate harmful soot.

Clean or Replace All Fabric

Fabric items will retain the smell of smoke more than anything else. Wash anything that will fit in the washer, including clothing, rugs, pillows, curtains, and blankets. Have your furniture professionally cleaned. Sometimes leaving baking soda on carpet overnight will draw the smell out of it. For excessive smoke, you may need to replace the carpet.

Scrub Hard Surfaces

Use products like rubbing alcohol, vinegar, wood cleaner, and commercial degreaser to scrub all hard surfaces. Doors, countertops, cabinets, windows and windowsills, light fixtures, and all other hard surfaces are susceptible to smoke smells after a fire.

Need Help? Call a Professional

Smoke damage is a difficult task that many people don’t have time for in the aftermath of a tragic event. Let our quick and efficient professional crew remove the evidence of smoke for you. We provide 24-hour emergency service for all your cleanup needs. Contact us today at RainFire Restoration in Midvale, UT, to remove smoke odor from your home or business.

Water Remediation: 4 Steps to Get Your Home Back to Normal

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Standing water can result from both a natural event and other reasons, such as a pipe burst. It can be devastating to your morale and your home. It requires immediate action to contain the water damage. At RainFire Restoration in Sandy, UT, we have a professional team available around the clock to take care of water remediation needs.

You may need water restoration services if you have standing water because of an event such as a storm, pipe burst, or backed up sewer lines. Standing water can affect your air quality and cause mold growth. It is important to begin the restoration process immediately. Here are the steps to get your home back to normal:

 

1. Call a Professional Water Damage Restoration Company Immediately

The restoration process begins with a walk through to access the damage in the affected area. The damage restoration team is trained to look for damage in unsuspecting areas.

2. Begin Water Remediation By Removing Standing Water

Removing standing water is the most critical part of the process. It is a race against time to remove the water. The longer you have standing water, the more damage it is doing to your home.

3. Dry the Affected Area

The next step is to make sure the area is clean and dry. The team will use industrial-sized humidifiers and fans to dry the area to minimize mold growth and to prepare the area for restoration.

4. Begin the Restoration Process

The restoration process will not begin until after water remediation. During this final step, damaged flooring, sheetrock, and any other damaged building material are removed. Once completed, the team will begin the restoration process so that your home is back to its original state.

If you have standing water in your home, don’t let it go untreated. At RainFire Restoration, in Sandy, UT, we offer services you need to take care of and recover from a flood. Call us today at (385) 336-7246.

Fire Damage Hazards: 3 Reasons to Call the Experts

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If your house has been damaged by a fire, you are likely facing a growing list of things you need to do, all while wondering about the fate of your home. When it comes time to start cleaning up, it is important to address all the issues that come with fire damage. Before you start scrubbing, consider these three reasons to bring in expert help.  

Fire Damage Hazards: 3 Reasons to Call the Experts

 

1. Damage Can Be Hidden

Even if the fire damage appears to be minor and superficial, you still want a professional restoration expert to assess the situation. This way, you can be assured that there are no structural concerns hidden from sight.

2. Smoke Can Linger If Not Treated Correctly

One of the most difficult odors to remove completely, smoke is absorbed by porous surfaces and lingers in insulation, fabrics, carpeting, and walls. Unlike surface treatments that temporarily mask the smell of smoke, professional smoke remediation services extract the odors, so they don’t come back.

3. Water Can Lead to Mold

A lot of fire damage is actually from the water used to put out the flames. Drywall, framing, and furniture may be soaked in the process. When water is left to sit, it can cause mold to grow and spread, possibly even into spaces inside walls and throughout insulation. Water damage resulting from firefighting activities must be addressed right away. The quicker it is cleaned up, and the area is allowed to dry, the less likely you are to have problems down the road. Problems like mold growing inside the walls and furniture that can be avoided by taking action early.

Leave Fire Damage Cleanup to the Professionals

If your Utah home has been damaged by fire, leave the cleanup and repair to restoration professionals. Contact the knowledgeable and experienced folks at RainFire Restoration to learn how we can help.

A Few FAQs about Homeowners Insurance

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We recommend having a homeowner’s insurance policy to help you with any expenses if disaster strikes, that way you are not paying for your disaster cleanup alone and out of pocket.

What is a homeowner’s insurance policy?

When a home is damaged by an accident or a natural disaster, it is usually very expensive to repair. Homeowners Insurance protects you from paying those costs from out of your own pocket. Your “premium,” a.k.a. your annual, bi-annual, or monthly payment (the payment frequency is dependent on your policy), is the fee your insurance company charges you, and in return, the insurance company agrees to pay a much larger sum when your home suffers damage to cover your expenses. 

What does homeowners insurance cover?

Homeowners insurance includes coverage for six main categories:

  • Your Dwelling (the framework of your house),
  • Other structures like garages, fences, or guest houses,
  • Personal property that is within your home,
  • Liability costs 
  • Medical bills if someone is injured on your property,
  • And the loss of use coverage to help cover living expenses while your home is being fixed.

How exactly does homeowners insurance work?

Homeowners insurance pays out on damages caused by something specifically covered under your policy. Within each of the six categories listed above are certain coverages and exclusions; for example, “water damage” is generally covered under dwelling insurance if it’s caused by a burst pipe, but not if it’s caused by flooding. 

What does homeowners insurance not cover?

The two big areas not covered by homeowners’ insurance are flooding and earth movement (which includes earthquakes, landslides, mudflows, and so on). A few private companies sell insurance for these perils, but most homeowners end up getting coverage through federal insurance programs. Other perils not covered by standard home insurance include things like damage from regular wear and tear, fungi or mold, pests, sewer backup, power failure, and “ordinance or law” requiring renovations to meet new codes. Please note that this list is not exhaustive. Exclusions vary by company and by policy type.

How expensive is Homeowners Insurance?

There are two ways to calculate homeowners’ insurance limits. Your home can either be insured for its actual cash value (ACV), meaning the market value with depreciation subtracted or replacement cost, meaning the amount that it would actually cost to rebuild your home if it were leveled by a catastrophe. 

Ensure your home for its replacement cost. That way, if a covered disaster strikes, your insurance company will pay for repairs or replacement in full.

When We Come In

 In 2017, six percent of insured homes across the U.S. filed a claim with their insurance company. Property Damage accounted for 98.1 percent of those claims. Breaking down that number (98.1%) further, 35.1% of those property damage incidents were by Fire and Lightening, and 19.5% were by Water damage and freezing (source https://www.iii.org/fact-statistic/facts-statistics-homeowners-and-renters-insurance

Disaster is always lurking around the corner waiting to strike. We specialize in property restoration.

If disaster strikes your home, (and never believe you’re the exception) and you find that you have water damage or fire damage, call us. We will help you remove mold, carpet cleaning, or restore your property.

How Bad Can Water Damage Be?

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In just a blink of an eye, a flood can completely destroy your basement. The materials used to construct your home absorb water easily, this leads to damage and ultimately puts the structural integrity of your entire home in danger. The following issues are common but can be easily fixed and restored when you ask us for help.

Mold & Mildew

Molds are a large and taxonomically diverse number of fungal species in which the growth of hyphae results in discoloration and a fuzzy appearance, especially on food. 

There are many different kinds of molds but the majority of them, and the ones we need to worry about here in the western United States require wet/damp environments to grow. Once mold starts to grow, it slowly eats away at the thing it’s growing on (how disgusting). 

Mold spores contribute to dust found in your house or in the workplace. So in large quantities, mold can be hazardous to your health, potentially causing allergic reactions, problems breathing. Irritated skin and symptoms you get when you develop a cold. As well as mold, you might get bacteria, parasites, and other types of germs in your house too.

If you detect mold growing in your home or at work, mold remediation is one of the specialties the technicians at RainFire Restoration have,  and your problem is our priority.

Structural Problems

On the surface, structural damage may seem minor but just like an iceberg, the majority of the problem is usually located underneath and needs to be investigated. Doors and windows that don’t open how they should are signs that there may be structural damage present. A few other common problems to look for are:

    • Cracks in wood structures
    • Damaged wires, pipes, and gas lines
    • Wet insulation
    • Wet electrical circuits
    • Rusty metal pieces

As we clean up the mess, we will quickly and professionally alert you of any signs of structural damage to your house.

Electrical Problems

Are you having frequent electrical surges? How about sags and dips in power? Running to the breaker box and flipping a switch doesn’t always fix the problem.  Electrical issues are common side effects of home floods when those floods aren’t cleaned up quickly and properly.

RainFire Restoration’s crew has developed into water cleanup maestros.  Our RainFire Technicians are specially trained to clean up all kinds of messes, including floods, properly, efficiently, and professionally while protecting your unaffected belongings. Give us a call if you need help removing mold, cleaning your carpet after a slight flood, or cleaning up a flooded basement and RainFire Restoration will be there for you.