Water Damage Prevention


Nothing is quite as frustrating to a home or business owner than dealing with the time-consuming and often costly repairs that result from extensive water damage. Leaking pipes, torrential downpours, structural damage, leaking roofs and much more can lead to stressful situations for homeowners or facility managers. Our team of dedicated professionals at Beehive Disaster Cleanup suggests employing a few preventative maintenance tactics to protect your home or place of business.

 

Tips to Help Prevent Water Damage

With a few precautionary measures put in place, you can help prevent or minimize the damage caused by flooding or leaks. Specifically:

• Secure valuables and important family heirlooms and precious family photos in a salable container in an elevated location in your house.

•Utilize a flood-detection alarm, especially in basements.

•Remove debris from gutters on a regular basis to ensure they remain clear.

•Elevate your appliances on concrete blocks.

•Consider installation of a back-flow valve or a sump pump system.

How to Keep Pipes From Freezing

When temperatures drop, it is essential to ensure your water pipes do not freeze. A frozen water pipe is highly susceptible to bursting and flooding your home. To avoid this costly situation, we recommend you use some of the following preventative measures:

• Allow the heat from your home to enter cabinets and closets by keeping them open.

• Place a covering over all outdoor faucet heads and remove hoses.

• Cover pipes in areas such as your basement or attic with a thick layer of insulation.

• Keep water flowing in your pipes by allowing it to drip in the sink.

•For prolonged absences from your home, set your thermostat above 55 degrees and ensure a neighbor or friend can check up on your home daily.

Help Prevent Damage From Ice Damming

Ice damming can occur when snow accumulates on your roof, then melts during the day and freezes again at night. This process takes a significant toll on your roof and can lead to significant water damage in ceilings, drywall and more. How can you prevent this costly damage from occurring in your home? Follow the tips below:

• Routinely check your downspouts to ensure they are clear of debris..

• Install de-icing lines on your roof to help prevent ice from accumulating.

• Add additional insulation to your attic spaces.

If you experience an ice dam in your home or business, do not delay. Call our water damage restoration experts at Beehive Disaster Cleanup today. To obtain additional information on creating a plan to keep your family safe during floods, please visit http://www.ready.gov/floods.

 

Fire Prevention

A fire has the potential to wreak havoc on your home or business. Not only can it cause widespread damage to structures, but it has the potential to cause severe injury or death. Each year, devastating fires engulf homes and businesses, and wreck lives in situations that were often avoidable. By exercising caution with fire and implementing basic fire safety principles in your home or office, you can minimize the likelihood that a fire will impact you or your family.

The below tips from the dedicated team at Beehive Disaster Cleanup offer a fantastic starting point for basic fire safety in your home or business.

Keep Your Family Safe with These Basic Fire Prevention Tips

With small investments in time and resources, you can minimize the likelihood you will experience a fire in your home or business. It is essential to periodically look through your home for signs of fire hazards. Keep your family and your home safe from a fire by initiating some prudent prevention steps including:

• Have an escape plan in place which addresses multiple avenues to safely exit your home in the event of a fire.

• Test your smoke alarms each month and ensure that you maintain at least one on each floor of your home or business.

• Never daisy chain multiple extension cords or power strips together. This could cause a circuit overload.

• Exercise extra caution when using space heaters. Maintain a safe three-feet (or more) of separation between the heater and any flammable materials.

• Purchase and maintain fire extinguishers in your home in areas that are statistically more likely to experience fire. This includes the kitchen and garage, at a minimum.

• Enlist the services of a licensed professional to assess the condition of your fireplace and chimney each year.

• Consider installation of a fire suppression sprinkler system.

• Speak to your children about the danger that fire presents in the home.

Our friendly staff at Beehive Disaster Cleanup is standing by to help in the event you experience fire damage in your home or place of business. We have over 40 years of expertise in fire damage restoration services and can handle any size repair job.

Call or Email Our Fire Damage Restoration Professionals Today

1-801-997-9930 or support@beehivedisastercleanup.com

Contact us today and set up a free assessment from our skilled team of experts. To learn more about keeping your home and your family safe from fire, please access the US Fire Administration’s outstanding web page at the following link: http://www.usfa.fema.gov.

 

Disaster Preparedness

Disaster can strike at any time. Flooding, fires, blizzards, earthquakes and more can significantly impact the welfare of your family. While it is impossible to prepare for every contingency, you can take several steps to help ensure that you can keep your family safe until help and recovery assistance professionals like the team at Beehive Disaster Cleanup can arrive on the scene.

Steps to Help Prepare Your Family to Survive a Disaster

Disaster preparation begins at home. It is vital that you work together with every member of your family to address crucial considerations such as:

•Communication: Encourage each member of your family how to contact emergency services through 911 and maintain a list of emergency contacts such as friends and relatives.

•Evacuation procedures: Establish a meeting area outside of the home in case disaster strikes. Also, work with your family to set up at least two distinct escape routes that are viable from every point in your home.

•Maintaining access to water: Keep a supply of water readily available in your home to sustain your family for two weeks or more. A general rule is to keep at least a gallon of water for every person in your household for each day.

•Access to food: Store enough food in your home to last your family about five days. The best survival foods are granola bars, canned fruits, tuna fish and other foods which are easily stored and contain a high caloric content.

•Sanitation: Your sewer system will probably not function in the event of severe flooding or an earthquake. As an alternative, you can use plastic buckets and bleach. Be sure to store additional soap and hand sanitizer as well as garbage bags.

•Caring for pets: Just like other members of your family, your pets will also need access to food, water and sanitation areas. Please also realize that local shelters will probably not allow you to bring your pets with you. Get additional information on caring for your pets during emergencies by visiting Utah Emergency Animal Response Coalition http://uearc.blogspot.com/.

•Medical concerns: Ensure you place prescription medications, eyeglasses and other essential items in an easily accessible location. It is also a good idea to keep medical insurance cards with you.

•Utilities: It is vital that you learn how to quickly locate and turn off utilities coming into your home such as electricity mains, water and natural gas.

Regardless of the damage your home may have sustained, the professional restoration team at Beehive Disaster Cleanup is ready to assist you. Utah residents should take advantage of the free Family Emergency Planning guide available for download at: www.BeReadyUtah.gov. It is an excellent source of information to help keep your family safe after disaster strikes.

 

Mold Prevention

The presence of mold in your home or business is not only unsightly, but it can lead to a wide range of health issues for anyone exposed to it. Mold forms over time in damp areas and can hide in plain sight behind appliances or in your HVAC ducting. If you believe your home or place of business may be affected by mold accumulation, please reach out to the mold remediation experts at Beehive Disaster Cleanup. We have over four decades of experience removing mold in commercial and residential structures. Call today to set up a free evaluation.

Tips to Help Prevent Mold Accumulation

Although some areas are more susceptible to mold accumulation, there are several steps you can take to minimize mold. These steps include:

•Purchase a humidity meter to monitor the humidity level inside your building. Ideally, you will want to maintain between 30 to 50 percent humidity to minimize the likelihood mold will form.

•Routinely inspect the drainage lines coming from your HVAC system. If these lines become clogged, water will accumulate and mold will likely begin to form.

•Crack a window or engage a bathroom fan when you take a shower. This will permit the excess moisture to dissipate from the room and avoid accumulation.

•Check your gutters on a regular basis to keep them clear of debris. Leaves and dirt can accumulate in your gutter and prevent moisture from draining properly.

•Take extra care to mop up water spills and address leaks in your home from faulty plumbing.

•When landscaping around your home or business, ensure that moisture is able to flow away from your foundation to prevent pooling.

•Consider purchasing a de-humidifier for your home to keep humidity levels low.

Give Our Team a Call If You Suspect Mold Accumulation in Your Home

Do not allow mold growth to spread in your home. It could lead to significant health issues for your family and pets. The earlier you detect its presence, the faster our team at Beehive Disaster

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