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The Ugly Secret of Water Damage…. Mold

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Water damage is catastrophic enough by itself. It can taint the beauty of painted walls, damage structures, and make your house smell damp, and in extreme cases, make you vacate the house.

And if that’s not enough, water damage always brings another inconvenience in its wake – mold growth.

The sight of the furry, ugly-looking growth that gnaws on walls can make even the strongest-willed a little weak in the stomach.

Water Damage and Its Ugly Secrets

You can easily fix a leaking washing machine or a water heater. But what about a flooded basement with furniture and table lamps floating around? 

Causes for water damage come in various forms: Some are apparent, while others are not. However, all of them can damage your property and make a real dent in your bank account.

Benign pipe leakage inside a wall and even condensation from the AC – if left unattended for too long – can soon turn into a breeding ground for mold. And from there, the mold can rampantly spread and feast upon your walls and floor.

Water damage may seem minor on the surface. However, mold infestation is its ugly secret that can worsen things as time passes. 

To minimize water damage, locating and remediating the source of moisture or leakage is the top priority. When doing it yourself, take precautions against electrical hazards.

Mold Growth Needs the Right Conditions - And They are Easy to Fulfill

Mold is a resilient life form. To breed their colony, they only need small amounts of oxygen, humidity, warmth, and organic substance – dead or alive – to feed. 

You might be wondering what the organic material is in your house?

Well, it’s literally everywhere. Examples of organic material include:

  • Dead insects in air ducts
  • Dead skin cells
  • Microscopic organic debris trapped in the wallpaper
  • Wood
  • Paper
  • Pollen seeds stuck to surfaces
  • Organic residue stuck to dust and dirt

Food, warmth, and oxygen are ever-present in your house, so it’s not worth worrying about those factors. Yet, by simply keeping the fourth factor (i.e., humidity) under check, you can curb mold growth.

In the right conditions, mold starts germinating within 24 to 48 hours. In another a week or so, it becomes visible and begins to grow at an exponential rate.

During the early stages of mold growth, you can still scrape it off walls or use mold-killing products to get rid of it. No harm done. 

Severe cases of mold growth occur when you don’t treat mold growth for a couple of weeks. You can see large mold outbreak when:

  • A house is abandoned for months
  • A flooding event happens
  • A homeowner suddenly realizes a strange smell coming from the attic
  • The chimney has not been cleaned for weeks

Indoor Mold Comes in Different Types

Depending on the temperature and humidity, different types of mold can grow indoors. Some species grow on foods, others prefer wet areas like the kitchen sink and bathroom, yet others grow on walls and ceiling in humid conditions. 

Some mold species like Cladosporium, Aureobasidium, Penicillium can induce allergic reactions in homeowners. Other species are harmless to humans but ruin property. The consequences of an infestation can be black and pink spots on the wall, rotting wood, flaky wall paint, etc. Click here to read more about mold types.

Health Issues Caused by Mold

Severe health issues caused by indoor mold growth are rare. However, even if you are an overall healthy person, long-term mold exposure can still cause generic symptoms like runny nose, coughing, sneezing, sore throat, etc. 

People sensitive to mold can experience more adverse effects such as:

  • Allergic asthma
  • Allergic rhinitis
  • Wheezing 
  • Coughing
  • Headache 
  • Fever 
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia

Mold growth triggers the growth of a host of other bacteria that can furthermore cause conditions such as:

  • Bronchitis
  • Allergic Funal Sinusitis
  • Chronic Rhinosinusitis
  • Allergic Fungal Sinusitis

A study conducted in 2010 found a correlation between dampness and mold and the possibility of contracting respiratory infections and bronchitis in residents. 

Infants and immunocompromised people living in damp environments with mold exposure are at the risk of developing complications like and fungal infections chronic respiratory problems.

Damage Caused to Property

Mold growth significantly depreciates the value of properties. 

It looks gross and can deter guests from visiting you. When people start making excuses to avoid your Saturday evening gatherings, you know those pesky fungi are to be blamed!

More noticeable harms caused by mold growth include:

  • Reduced indoor air quality
  • Peeling paint
  • Blackened walls
  • Cracks in walls
  • Lingering musty smell
  • Decaying wood 
  • Decreased output of HVAC systems
  • Stained walls
  • Soft and weak drywalls

If mold problems are left untreated for too long, this can result in huge expenses for you later down the road.

Remediation

Remediation begins with drying your home and controlling the source of water damage. Care is needed to stop the spores from spreading; otherwise, you may see another outbreak in a different area in another two weeks or so. 

Should you call a professional? That depends on your unique situation. You may be able to deal with mold growth that’s the size of your handkerchief. But can you locate and fix the source of leakage or humidity to prevent mold regrowth? 

The EPA recommends getting professional help if the mold growth is more than 3×3 feet. 

Reasons To Hire Professional Remediation Service

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Prevent Regrowth

Mold remediation companies like Rainfire Restoration work on numerous projects across the year. Professionals can precisely pinpoint your unique reason behind mold growth and fix it. It could mean fixing leaking pipes and roofs, disposing of mold-affected articles safely, cleaning and disinfecting the surfaces, etc.
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Restore the Value

It's practically impossible to sell a mold-affected house. The presence of mold indicates underlying issues like leakage in pipes and defects in building material.

Professionals can restore the property or increase its value by fixing those issues and improving the aesthetics of your house.

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Remediation of HVAC systems

HVAC ducts and vents are heavily prone to mold colonization. If you don't spot it early on, the spores can spread far and wide in your home and breed. Large mold outbreaks can clog the vents and decrease their efficiency.

With the right equipment, professionals can reach the farthest corners, get rid of the mold, and treat the conditions causing the mold in the first place.

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Training & Equipment

Professionals spend hours learning rules and regulations, mold biology, removal methods, operating equipment, and isolation techniques. They are ready to deal with every possible situation in a cost-effective way.

Professionals can minimize the risk of infection by using PPE kits and reduce environmental damage by adhering to EPA guidelines.

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Save Time and Money

It might seem counter-intuitive, but hiring professionals can save you a lot of money and headache, especially if there's a large mold outbreak.

On average, minor mold remediations can cost you about $500. When you are paying a professional, you are:

  • Saving money on buying equipment and mold-killing primer
  • Avoiding the risk of a second outbreak
  • Saving professional and personal time
  • Retaining the value of your property
  • Addressing the root of mold problem 

What to Expect during Professional Mold Remediation

Sometimes mold remediation needs only one day. Other times, multiple visits to your home are required. 

The remediation process begins with:

1

Cost Estimation for Insurance Coverage

First, you will need to talk to your agent to understand your insurance coverage. Home insurance doesn't cover certain conditions. So, make sure to clear all confusion about your insurance policy coverage.

Most likely, the homeowner's insurance covers only those mold growths that occur due to a covered peril. Mold growth resulting from neglect isn't covered by insurance. It's another reason that makes a mold-infested house unattractive to buyers.

We will evaluate the mold growth and give you and your insurance company (If they agree to cover the expenses) a remediation cost estimate.

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Reconstruction


Our professional will begin mold remediation and, in addition to removing the mold, we will repair the damage to your home or business property. We will make your house or business livable again by eliminating odors and other signs of mold infestation.

Our services go beyond mold remediation. We will remodel and rebuild your home according to your preferences to make you fall in love with the new look of your home.
Rainfire Restoration’s team has the training and tools necessary to conduct all types of repairs to your walls, doors, frames, roof, and electrical circuits.

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Mitigation

To reduce the risk of further damage, we will isolate the mold-infested site and articles to keep your belongings and property safe.

We will also clean and dry your home before beginning to work on mold removal. Moving belongings to another area of your house or a storage unit might be required.

We Will Make Things Easier For You

Mold remediation can disrupt your life, and we are here to minimize that! We are trained and certified in mold removal, and we always strive to deliver a cost-effective and efficient service to our clients. 

If you want a professional to inspect your mold problems, contact us today!

Meth Remediation Drama: The Sequel No One Wants to See

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3 Keys to Avoiding Bad-Actor Remediation Services

Of the list of dramas to avoid in life, meth contamination should be near the top of your list. Next on the list – or maybe even above it – would be working with the wrong meth remediation company to clean up the mess.

With all the drama surrounding the discovery that your house or property is contaminated, the last thing you need is to compound the problem with a meth remediation company who doesn’t actually resolve the problem, but makes a messy situation even messier. Unfortunately, getting stuck in this predicament is easier than you might think unless you know what to look out for.

A Big Problem - And Growing

Until you’re touched by a meth contamination issue, it’s probably not even on your radar. But when it shows up, it descends with a vengeance, destroying health and relationships, disrupting real estate transactions and values, and draining financial and emotional resources. For more detail on the effects of meth contamination, click here

Unfortunately, your chances of being impacted are higher than most people today realize. And the incidence is growing. 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. And in Utah, a contaminated property cannot be sold or rented until it has been remediated by a certified provider.

Choosing the right remediation company is crucially important in order to avoid adding more stress to an already stressful situation.

3 Keys to Avoiding Bad-Actor Remediation Services

These three keys will help eliminate unqualified companies from your list who could potentially become bad actors in your meth cleanup drama.

Key #1: Use Only a State-Certified Remediation Company

Only companies registered and certified with the State of Utah are approved to provide meth remediation services. Many others claim to know how to provide these services, but haven’t been trained and certified in this specialized, hazardous work. 

If you work with anyone else, not only do you risk the job not being done correctly and endangering the health and safety of occupants for many years into the future, but at the end of the work your property won’t be cleared by the state for sale or occupancy, causing further delays and expense.

Before you hire a remediation company, check the state register and ensure they are listed as a certified provider. Click here to view the register 

Key #2: Insist on Multiple Certified Tests

Reliable testing is the only way to first assess the extent and location of the meth contamination, and then certify that it has been adequately remediated upon completion of the work.

Ensure the company you work with follows these protocols:

  • Multiple initial tests. Some companies try to shave costs by skimping on tests, possibly missing harder to detect concentrations of contamination.
  • Certified testing. For highest reliability, tests should be evaluated by a certified independent laboratory. Again, cut-rate testing can be a shortcut to disaster.
  • ‘Test Until Clear’ Final Testing. To ensure all hazards have been remediated, your company must conduct multiple tests at the conclusion of the clean up to certify that the contamination levels are below legal limits. These additional tests should be included in the contract at no additional cost. Get it in writing!

Key #3: ‘Work Until Clear’ Guarantee

Not only must your provider test until results are below legal limits, but they must perform additional remediation in the case of above-limit results in order to bring the levels down to acceptable levels. Get in writing in the contract that the company will perform additional remediation required at no additional cost. This is crucial to avoid ‘over-a-barrel’ drama at the end of a job when unscrupulous companies might try to stick you with additional charges.*

*Note that reputable companies will require the exposed areas of the property be locked out and not recontaminated during the remediation and final testing process. This is a reasonable request that must be respected and certified by the property owner.

Do Your Homework, Sleep Better at Night

Finding the right meth remediation company to handle a contamination issue may take a little more work up front, but you will sleep better at night knowing things will quickly be getting better, not progressively worse at the hands of unqualified or unethical providers. 

Better to sleep through a bad late night sequel than to be living the real-life drama of a botched meth cleanup!

Following these three keys can help, and working with an experienced, certified and professional meth remediation company like RainFire Restoration will make all the difference in the world. Their RF METHOD remediation protocol meets all state regulations and sets the standard for the qualifications outlined in the three keys. Click here for details. 

7 Questions to Ask Meth Companies

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Meth Testing and Cleanup Done Right? Ask These 7 Questions Before You Hire a Meth Remediation Company

Meth testing, remediation and cleanup is serious business. Contaminated homes and buildings pose a dangerous health hazard for anyone entering, even years after the incident. 

You can’t afford to trust meth testing and cleanup to just anyone. If done improperly, the effects of meth contamination will continue to  threaten the health of people who are innocently exposed to a problem that wasn’t properly mitigated up front.

Who Do You Trust?

So, how do you know if you are dealing with a reputable meth remediation company? By all means, check references and reviews. But more importantly, before you make a final decision, ask these seven key questions. A solid ‘yes’ answer to each question will help identify a company with the credentials, knowledge and experience to make sure your cleanup is done right.

The 7 Key Questions

1

Do you perform multiple initial assessment tests to pinpoint areas of greatest exposure?

RainFire’s answer - Yes! The first step of decontamination is to determine the levels of contamination and the areas of the home that are affected by contamination. Our state certified decontamination specialist will take an initial single sample or multiple composite samples which will be analyzed in a lab for contamination levels.
2

Do you both remove and clean meth from the site as needed?

RainFire’s Answer: Yes. We use several different steps to remediate meth. The first is gross removal, meaning that items may be properly removed and discarded. The second step is to preclean/ deep clean the property with combined surfactant and peroxides. This process helps to actually bubble out contaminants from some of the contaminated sources. The process continues with other cleaning techniques until we obtain a clearance test result.
3

Do you perform a certified test after completion to ensure remediation was effectively accomplished?

Rainfire's Answer: Yes! Following remediation treatments, we perform certified testing to ensure your home is within the state decontamination standards. A full report is provided, showing testing results.
4

Do you guarantee your work?

Rainfire's Answer: Yes! We will stay on the job and continue remediation until the follow-up certified tests are clear, at no additional cost.*
5

Is your company licensed, bonded and insured?

a) Yes! Must be yes to all three.
RainFire's answer: RainFire is a licensed restoration company. We are also bonded and insured to ensure your peace of mind for any work we do on your properties.
6

Is your company approved and included on the State of Utah certified meth remediation contractor list?

RainFire's answer: Yes! RainFire is registered with the state of Utah as a certified meth remediation provider. Only companies registered and certified with the State of Utah are approved to provide meth remediation services.
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Do you provide a report that details what has been cleaned and decontaminated, including items that have been replaced?


Yes! RainFire Restoration delivers a report in writing following the decontamination process. It includes descriptions of:
The property: address, owner, buildings present.
Manufacturing method and any chemicals present.
Contamination, including photo documentation.
Sampling methods and results (before and after).
Decontamination process.
Safety procedures implemented.
Where and how contaminated objects were disposed of.
Where and how waste water was disposed of.
Certifications/qualifications of involved persons.
Signature of supervisor.

If the company you are interviewing answers ‘no’ to any of these questions, or is vague in their responses, you would be well advised to keep looking.

Hire The Best

Make sure your meth testing and remediation is done right by experienced professionals. Your health and the value of your property depend on it.

RainFire Restoration RF Method™ Meth Testing and Mitigation

RainFire Restoration is a solid seven ‘Yes’ company with years of experience in the restoration business. We use only the finest materials in our meth remediation projects, and guarantee our work by following a proven method for delivering the best results. Contact us today for a free quote.

*Provided the property is locked out and not recontaminated during the remediation process.

Utah’s ‘Triple Witching’ Real Estate Dilemma

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Utah's 'Triple Witching' Real Estate Dilemma: Record High Home Prices; Record Low Mortgage Interest Rates; Record High Meth Contamination

If you own or are buying real estate in Utah in 2021, you are experiencing an unprecedented ‘triple witching’ style piece of history never before seen in the region: Record high home prices, record low mortgage interest rates, and record high meth contamination rates.

Record High Home Prices

Low mortgage interest rates, historic low underdevelopment, and strong economic growth over the past decade have pushed the demand for housing to record levels. According to The Utah Board of Realtors, Utah’s housing market is on fire,  with projections that prices could rise by 8 to 10 percent by year’s end. This is despite the fact that the median price of a single-family home in Salt Lake County climbed to another historic high of more than $535,000 in May. 

 

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A “Housing Heat Index” from Bankrate.com put Utah #1 for the strongest Housing economy in 2020’s fourth quarter.

Record Low Interest Rates

As of this writing, mortgage interest rates remain at historic low levels that have persisted for a time period well beyond what most experts predicted. While government policy has had a major influence on keeping rates low, many experts are still puzzled at the length of this low interest rate cycle. A New York Times article published late last year reported that, “Economists don’t entirely know why rates have been so low for so long..”1

Only a few months ago CNBC reported that the Fed was signaling its intent to keep interest rates low to help stimulate the recovery from Covid-19, and suggested, “That means many Americans could refinance debt to save money.”2

Record High Meth Contamination

Meth usage and resulting property contamination have risen in lockstep with home prices in the blazing hot Utah real estate market over the past several years. Partly driven by the expanded housing market, the situation was worsened by the COVID-19 lockdown which put many people out of work and disrupted lives. This created a spike in reported anxiety, depression, drug usage and suicide incidents.  

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.

The Problem with Meth

Meth smoked in a single room can contaminate the entire house through the HVAC system, creating a health hazard for everyone. And it’s not just a meth lab issue – although those are the worst cases. Recreational use in a space can quickly contaminate a house 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. And in Utah, a contaminated property cannot be sold or rented until it has been remediated by a certified provider.

What to Do? Start with a Certified Test

If you suspect meth contamination in your home, get it tested right away. The health exposure is significant, even weeks or months after an incident. Even if you aren’t aware of specific meth contamination in your home or property, in this market it’s best to have it tested, especially before you buy or sell. Many people have been surprised to find contamination in a property they are considering, and have seen hopeful real estate transactions derailed because of a contamination discovery.

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.

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.

Make Triple Witching Work for You

This is a great time to be in the real estate market in Utah. By eliminating one of the ‘witches’ – meth contamination – you can take full advantage of record low interest rates and continued escalating home prices.

About RainFire Restoration and 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.

Meth Testing and Meth Cleanup: DIY Dangers

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The stress of COVID-19 shutdowns and distancing put a significant strain not only on businesses, paychecks and careers, but on the mental and emotional health of many people worldwide.

The drug testing company Millennium Health reported that the use of methamphetamine and fentanyl increased significantly after the COVID-19 pandemic hit the U.S. in March 2020. The adjusted positivity rate of urine drug screens was up 29% for methamphetamine during the first 9 months of the pandemic compared with the same period in 2019, according to the report.

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rise in positive drug screens

That’s bad news, particularly if you are planning to buy, sell or rent a home or apartment. Utah law requires that sellers disclose if they know that the property is currently contaminated from the storage, production or use of methamphetamine. But without a proper meth test, they may not be aware of contamination that would require meth cleanup. And a buyer may get stuck with a significant health risk.

DIY Dangers: Incomplete Meth Testing Data

To answer the question, “Is my house contaminated with meth?” A seller or buyer may turn to testing kits sold online that you can set up yourself. The problem is, many of these tests don’t provide enough information for you to make a decision about whether your property is above the legal limit and requires meth remediation.

In Utah, the threshold is 1 part per million of meth to be considered legally contaminated. Most online or store-bought tests can only tell you if meth is present. They don’t have the sensitivity to detect the amount of contamination. This is crucial, as it will determine if your property is considered legally contaminated, and if so, how much meth remediation is required to bring it back below the legal limit.

Call the Experts

This is a situation where it pays to call the experts. A certified meth remediation company will conduct testing that reveals the extent of contamination, and can actually pinpoint the source and concentration of meth contamination by conducting multiple tests at different points in the property. This is important, as it allows them to focus their meth remediation efforts on those areas that require the most attention, and save the time and money of cleaning areas that are under the threshold.

More Economical Than You May Think

The best meth remediation companies provide professional, certified testing at very reasonable costs. Companies like RainFire Restoration offer meth testing packages that include multiple tests at discounted prices to ensure thorough and reliable results.

While it may be more than the online DIY test kit, the results will be certified and accurate, ensuring that you don’t run into costly legal or health issues down the road.

Additionally, if your property does require remediation, you will have the peace of mind of knowing you are working with a certified professional company that will make things right. It’s important to note that in Utah, remediation may only be completed by companies certified by the state. Check your company’s credentials before starting a cleanup project with them.

Peace of Mind

COVID-19 has been enough stress for most of us. Don’t add to it by skimping on DIY meth testing kits that will only get you partway to a meth-free solution for your home or property.

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Flood in the Kitchen! Now What?

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These 3 steps will save you time and money

Most of us never think of dealing with water problems in the house (other than the dog running inside and shaking off after getting hosed down). Until the day you step onto what has always been a stable, dry floor and you hear that sickening ‘squish’ and feel the cold trickle leaking into your shoes. It’s a heart-stopping experience.

You’re in a disaster. So, what do you do? There’s no 911 for a broken pipe in the kitchen or leaking fridge line or toilet.

That first call is the most crucial to getting things resolved right.  And the wrong call can add distress to disaster.

Ask Mark & Cynthia Dayton, homeowners in Orem, UT. Mark recently walked into his kitchen one morning for a drink of water. But the water wasn’t where he expected it.

I stepped onto the kitchen floor and nearly lost my balance,” he recalls. “The hardwood floor was so warped and buckled, it was like walking on rough cobblestones.” Water from a faulty reverse osmosis system had leaked under the floor (and into the basement), buckling the floor, damaging the cabinets, and creating havoc downstairs.

His call to the insurance company resulted in a disaster cleanup stopgap that stopped the leak, but left them wondering what to do next. “I talked to the insurance company, and they offered me a quick settlement to make the repairs,” said Mark. “It turned out this original offer was 1/10th of the eventual cost of the restoration.”

Fortunately for the Daytons, they contacted RainFire Restoration, and the whole picture changed. “They are experts in restoration, and especially dealing with insurance companies,” Mark said. “Their thorough, persistent interaction with the insurance company secured 10 times the original amount, and resulted in rebuilding the kitchen of my wife’s dreams.”

Dayton’s Flood Experience

Call the Experts First

In retrospect, the Daytons would have had a much happier experience following this simple checklist:

  1. Get the water stopped. Turn off the valve to the faucet or source of the leak. (Find out now where the main water shutoff is in your house so you can shut it off quickly in case of an emergency).
  2. Call a reputable flood restoration company. This is the crucial next step. As the Daytons pointed out, companies with extensive insurance-interface experience can save thousands of dollars and days (or months in the Dayton’s case) of headaches. They can also advise you on how best to interact with your insurance carrier in filing a claim.
  3. Consider all your options. A good restoration company will help you explore the best way to restore your home. This may include putting it back the way it was, but could include changes or additions that make for an even better outcome – all within your time and budget constraints.

“RainFire Restoration was a god-send for us,” said Mark. “They were responsive, professional, and handled all the details of working with subcontractors, specialists and insurance adjusters, so we could focus on getting our lives back to normal.”

“RainFire Restoration was a god-send for us”

Hopefully, you’ll never have to deal with an unplanned flood in your home. But knowing where the water shutoff is, and having a reputable restoration company’s information in your contacts will at least answer the question, “What do I do now?”

Why not put Rainfire Restoration in your contacts right now? (385) 336-7246.

You’ll be glad you did.

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.

FREE Quote (385) 336-7246

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!