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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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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.

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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.