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
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:
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.