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Two Summertime Threats Took Many Homeowners by Surprise. Are You Prepared?

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As the pandemic stretched through a second summer of uncertainty and distraction, many people were caught off guard by two serious threats to their homes and property value: Water and smoke.

The Drought Flood

The Western US has been suffering through significant drought conditions for several years running. As of July 2021, the Palmer Drought Index shows that almost 100 percent of the West is now in drought, setting an all-time, 122-year record.1

Paradoxically, this summer also brought intense rain and thunderstorms to many parts of the West, causing severe flooding as the dry ground was unable to absorb extreme amounts of water that dropped in relatively short time periods. 

Flooding in the middle of a drought? Who would have expected their home to be flooded, particularly this year? But that’s exactly what many homeowners experienced: flooded streets and neighborhoods, flooded basements and yards.

Who Do You Call For House Flooding Cleanup?

When you come home to unexpected house flooding, who do you call? The insurance company? A flood remediation company? The city? The police?

Experience has shown that the best course of action is a simple 1-2-3 step process. Most importantly, after dealing with the emergency at hand, call a reputable flood cleanup and restoration company FIRST. Here’s why:

Three-Step Home Flooding Cleanup Checklist

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Get the water stopped

Turn off the valve to the faucet or source of the leak, or get the flooding stopped as quickly as possible, always working with local emergency personnel.
2

Call a reputable flood restoration company

This is the crucial next step. Companies with extensive insurance-interface experience can save thousands of dollars and days 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 flood 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.

For more information on this topic, read Flood in the Kitchen? Now What? 

Up In Smoke

If drought and flooding weren’t enough, a second threat is growing in size and proportion. More and more homeowners are now forced to deal with a new deadly danger: meth contamination, and the costly meth remediation that follows.

A surprisingly high number of homes in our area are testing positive for meth contamination. According to home inspectors, realtors and government agencies who do the tracking, it’s estimated that between 10% and 25% of homes in Utah deal with some level of meth contamination.

Threat to Health and Your Bank Account

The health dangers of meth contamination are well documented. It’s not something you want to treat casually, whether you own your home or are renting. The long-term health impacts can be significant.

On the economic side, current real estate laws in Utah prevent a property owner from selling a home or building that is contaminated. Many home sale deals today are being derailed by the surprise discovery of meth contamination and the need for meth remediation before the sale can proceed.

Don't Leave it to Chance - Call a Meth Remediation Expert

Before you buy, sell or rent, request a meth test to ensure no surprises or negative backlash. Here’s a quick checklist to make the process simple:

1

Contact a Meth Remediation Specialist Company

State licensing and certification is required for meth remediation to be approved and the property released for sale or habitation. Make sure to check the company’s credentials.
2

Order a Test

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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Work on a remediation plan

If the test comes back positive, work with the meth remediation company to devise the best cleanup plan and budget for your situation. Additional testing may be required to pinpoint the extent of the remediation needed.

For more information on this topic, read Before You Buy, Sell or Rent, Get the Test

Peace of Mind

No one can predict what internal or external threats may be on the horizon for homeowners. But knowing who to call when disaster strikes is the best peace of mind available.

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. 

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.

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.