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 FireRain 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 FireRain 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 FireRain 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 mold remediation 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 mold remediation 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. 

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Is that pesky smoke odor just annoying or is it a red flag?

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The human body is truly amazing. When we experience a house fire the average human nose has millions of sensory neurons and that fire triggers those olfactory nerves which trigger the area of our brain that sets off emotional reactions. Our body has an alert and response system. The neurons in our nose remember smells and our emotional reactions to them, so even when a house fire appears to be out our noses can sense any lingering unseen flame or coals that still have a spark.

What causes the odor?

When we continue to smell smoke after the fire is out, what we smell are minuscule particles of incomplete combustion (PIC) and volatile organic compounds (VOC). To give you a visual of these small particles, the larger, visible fragments are called “soot.” The majority of these PIC and VOC fragments, however, or less than ten microns in diameter. To give you a reference for that measurement, picture a dime. Ten microns is 1/1,000 the thickness of a dime.

Other than carbon particles, what else can be in the soot?

 It depends on what was burned in the fire. Wood from the house’s walls and furniture release carbon dioxide. Exposure to Carbon Dioxide (CO2) causes a multitude of health detriments like headaches, difficulty breathing, asphyxia and that pins or needles feeling.

When plastic is burned, it releases chemicals like hydrochloric acid, sulfur dioxide, dioxins, furans, and other heavy metals. These kinds of emissions can cause respiratory ailments, they stress human immune systems, and they are potentially carcinogenic. 

Our clothes and other fabrics in our homes are often covered in chemicals such as formaldehyde. Formaldehyde can irritate your skin and other body parts like the eyes, nose, and throat.

 Depending on what is in your house during the fire, there might be other particles floating around as soot but these are some of the common ones. 

What steps need to be taken to completely remove the smoke odor?

1.   Removing the Source

The first step, and arguably the most important one, is to remove the source. This means removing any charred/burnt items including drywall. 

2.   Detailed cleaning of all salvageable items

3.   Cleaning the Air Ducts

Next, you need to clean out all of the air ducts within your home or business. Dust carries these particles and odors so cleaning your HVAC system early on in the restoration process is important. 

4.   Removing Airborne Odor 

Since the VOC’s and PIC’s creating the smoke odor remain airborne, the next task is removing them from the air.

Our teams of professional restoration technicians are here for you in the case of a house fire. Please call us to help you start getting your life back together and to clean up any fire damage, to effect any smoke remediation that is needed, and for smoke odor removal. We are here for your property restoration needs

 

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Carpet Cleaning – Who Cares?

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Carpet Cleaning – Who Cares?

When you first purchase a carpet for your home, it has that “new carpet” feel to it. After a few years, however, the feeling wears off, leaving you, the homeowner, with an “old carpet” feel to your home.

Carpet cleaning sometimes is put off because of many reasons. The price, the time, the effort, etc. Maybe you don’t think it is important to get your carpets professionally cleaned. Whatever it is, set it aside and listen to why you SHOULD get your carpets professionally cleaned. 

Gets rid of Mites, Allergens, and Bacteria

Whether you want to think it or not, carpets are known to host bacteria, mites, and many allergens. Bacteria build up in the carpet throughout the days especially if it gets wet. This can really start to harm you and your family, or your employees if you don’t clean out those bacteria cells. These can also be harmful to the environment so it is crucial to get rid of all those germs. 

Boosts the Air Quality

That’s right, getting rid of those pollutants in your carpet can help you live and breathe better. This can make the air quality go up and make your family feel better. This is not only keeping your house clean, improving the air quality but also making your family feel and breathe better. 

Lengthen Life of the Carpet

Getting your carpet cleaned on a regular basis can help lengthen the life of it. This really helps keep your carpet clean and looking brand new. 

Gets Rid of Stains

Getting rid of stains is one of the main reasons for cleaning your carpet. And when you do that, your carpet’s life is also lengthened. 

With a professional carpet cleaning, we can clean and restore your carpet to feel like new again. At RainFire Restoration, we offer the best carpet cleaning service in Salt Lake County.