House Fire

Summer Fire Safety

Summer fire safety

The Heat Is On!

We’re coming up on the final month of summer, but the heat isn’t letting up just yet.  Many people think that summer is the worst season for fire danger, but according to the NFIRS, summer is actually when the lowest dangers exist.  I know it’s hard to believe that when we keep reading about the huge wildfires in California, but only about 8% of all house fires that happen occur in the summer.  Most house fires happen in December and January – often due to faulty space heaters and wood burning stoves/fire pits.  But don’t let that make you think that summer is a time you can overlook fire safety.  Here are a few things you should consider to make sure your house doesn’t go up in smoke.

Cooking Fires

By far, the most common cause of house fires is cooking and that doesn’t stop during the summer.  Nearly 32% of all house fires are caused by cooking accidents.  Never leave stoves and ovens on, even briefly, when you can’t be there to attend them.  It only takes a second for them to overheat and start a fire and if you aren’t close enough to stop it, it’ll quickly spread.  Grease and oil are particularly bad offenders on that front.  Dishrags left too near the heat are also a danger. To reduce the risk of danger, make sure you clean the cooking surfaces regularly to prevent grease from building up on them.

Air Conditioning

While faulty heating systems cause many fires, air conditioning units cause their fair share as well.  Portable and fixed AC units will sometimes have inadequate wiring for their heavy power loads, which causes short circuits.  The peak time for AC fires is between 2 and 8 PM, when they see peak usage.  Be sure to have an electrician check your AC unit to make sure the wiring is properly installed and can handle the load.

Look for ways to avoid needing to use the air conditioner all day so it won’t overheat.  Consider turning on a small fan in the room you’re using rather than running the AC all through the house if you can.  Check the AC’s filter regularly to make sure it doesn’t build up dust or debris.  And never, ever run a cord powering an AC unit under a rug or through a door.  This increases the chances of the cord being damaged, which is guaranteed to start a fire sooner or later.

Yard and Vehicle Maintenance

You’d be surprised how much this goes overlooked. During the summer, a poorly kept yard is a prime target for fires.  Loose brush and debris are highly combustible.  Be sure to clear them from your yard.  While you’re at it, trim the bushes and trees, as poorly kept branches and brambles are also prone to catching fire.  Check up on your vehicles to make sure that no hot metal parts dangle from under it.  Mufflers and exhaust pipes are chief offenders here.  Keep them raised away from the ground as much as possible and avoid parking your cars near dry brush or grass.  Be sure to avoid dragging chains, or other metal objects that could create sparks.  Keep a shovel somewhere in the yard that you can access quickly to bury a fire if you catch one starting early.

Attics

Attic fires peak in both summer and winter.  While in the winter, the cause is often faulty wiring; during the summer the cause can be just the heat itself.  Attics are often closed-off spaces with poor ventilation. Combined with the insulation surrounding them, they are prone to getting very, very hot.  Do not overstuff your attic with items, especially not combustible ones like paper.  Not only does this increase the number of things that can catch fire if it gets to hot, it provides more fuel for the fire if it does start.

It can also make it impossible for you to get at the fire with an extinguisher if you catch it early enough to stop it.  The summer months are also prone to lightning storms.  While there’s not much you can do to stop lightning from striking, you can mitigate the damage.  Unplug appliances during thunderstorms to prevent short circuits and consider installing a lightning protection system if you live in an area where lightning storms are particularly common.

General Fire Safety

The general fire safety rules are as good in summer as any other time.  Don’t overload power sockets.  Install smoke alarms and check up on their batteries regularly to make sure they work. Keep fire extinguishers in accessible places near known fire risk areas.  And in case the worst happens, always have a fire safety plan.  Make sure your children know it and practice following through on it.  The more you practice, the less likely you are to panic if a fire actually breaks out.

We’re Here To Help

Even with the best fire safety precautions, accidents can happen.  That’s why Alpine Cleaning and Restoration is on call 24/7, ready to respond at a moment’s notice.  If something should go wrong and a fire starts, get in touch.  Fire prevention starts with you, but fire cleanup starts with us.  If your home is damaged by fire, we can not only clean it up, but also restore to just as good a condition as it was before the fire. There won’t even be the scent of smoke to remind you that a fire ever happened.

That’s a promise.

Kitchen remodeling

Remodeling Your Kitchen

Kitchen remodeling

Fix Up Your Kitchen

Remodeling your kitchen is a big investment of time and money, but there are lots of reasons to do it.  It can add value to your house, make the space more convenient, or enlarge it to accommodate a growing family.  Completing a remodel can be rewarding and fulfilling.

When you want the best remodel available – whether you live in Logan, Smithfield, Ogden, Salt Lake City, or even southern Idaho – look no further than Alpine Cleaning and Restoration Specialists.  We are full-service contractors and can help you with every step of the process.  But how will the process go?  Here’s a run-down of the process and some tips to keeping things within your budget.

Planning Out the Remodeling Budget

A top-of-the-line remodel of your kitchen can run upwards of $50,000 or more.  While this is a lot of money, on average the return on investment can be as high as 67% if you ever resell your home.  These costs are not absolute, however; with proper planning and budgeting, it’s possible to get a high-quality remodeling job for lower costs.

The first step to achieving this is to work out a vision for your kitchen.  Visualize how you want the kitchen to look, how big you want it, what you intend to use it for.  Write these considerations down for future reference.

Once you’ve got the rough vision worked out, it’s time to get to the specifics.  Get yourself some graphing paper and draw out the floor plan.  If you feel you’re lacking in design or drawing skills, you can hire a kitchen designer, or go to your local home improvement store for help. If you intend to hire a designer, be prepared to pay about 10% of your total budget costs to them.  It’s not necessary to hire a professional, but it may help the job go more smoothly.  Think carefully about how sure you are of your own skills before you decide to design it yourself.  Once the work starts, it can be a challenge to rework the design if problems come up, so if you aren’t sure, have a professional try their hand.  Best to get it done right the first time.

Ordering Materials

What do you need in your kitchen?  Cabinets, lighting, and appliances are the main things to consider, as any kitchen needs them to be a kitchen.  But you should also consider what kind of flooring you want.  Wood?  Tile? Linoleum?  Or perhaps you like the flooring you already have.  If it’s good for you, that will save some money.  You might decide not to do the flooring right away.  Holding off on the flooring for a bit can lower the initial costs, which will reduce the interests on the loans you may have to take out for the job. You can always redo the flooring later if you have to.

These items will cost the most and have the most effect on the look and feel of your kitchen.  Take your time on these decisions to be sure the items work well together.  Be sure to consider the time you want the remodeling to be done when you order your materials, because it may take up to a month and a half for everything to arrive.

Generally, the spring and summer months are the best time to remodel your kitchen.  This is when it is most comfortable to eat and cook outside, which will reduce the temptation to eat out.  The cost of eating out while you do the remodeling can add up to a lot, so make eating at home as convenient as possible during the process.

This is the most expensive stage because of the cost of the materials.  You should expect it to take up around 45% of the total budget.

The Nitty Gritty

Now comes the messy part.  This step is where you pull out all your appliances and fixtures so the work can be done.  You’ll need to set up a makeshift kitchen elsewhere in the house.  Your garage and laundry room are some possibilities, if you’ve got enough space.  If your garage is too cluttered, perhaps you could clean it up first.

This step will cost you around 25% of your budget. You will need to hire a professional to tear out old plumbing and electrical lines and install new ones. This part can take up to two and a half months.

Installing Everything

You can now pull out all of the materials you’ve been storing and have them installed.  If you took our advice and bought everything ahead of time, this step should roll along smoothly.

Expect to pay 20% of your budget on this step.  This will be the most exciting part, because you get to see all of your hard work come together.  Feel the thrill as the pieces fall into place one-by-one.

Enjoy Your Kitchen!

Your new kitchen is ready, so now it’s time to invite guests!  Show it off to friends, or just enjoy your new kitchen with your family.  With the hard work done, feel free to continue making improvements on it.  The upgrades will be cheaper and will make your kitchen feel comfortable and look lovely.

Let us Help

Now that you have a bit of an idea about how the process goes, get in touch with us.  Here at Alpine Cleaning and Restoration, our team is always ready to help you out.  If you have any questions, or would like some advice, or are ready to begin and want a price quote, give us a call. We’re ready to help you with all your kitchen remodeling needs!

Bed Bugs

Bed Bugs: What To Do

“Good night.  Sleep tight.  Don’t let the bed bugs bite.”

My mother used to say this to me every night before bed when I was a child.  For a while, I actually ended up thinking that bed bugs were just an old wives’ tale; something mothers say just because their mothers said it.  But no, bed bugs are real and they are one of the biggest nuisance pests in the world.

What Are Bed Bugs?

Bed BugsBed bugs are parasitic insects that feed on blood. The species Cimex Lectulariusin in particular feeds exclusively on human blood.  The insect requires blood to complete each of its stages of metamorphosis.  They use body temperature, moisture, carbon dioxide, and visual cues to locate a sleeping host to feed on.  Bed bugs were almost completely eradicated in the developed world in the 1940s.  In the mid-90s, they began to reappear, most likely because of increased international travel, bans on certain pesticides, and increasing poison resistance.

 

What’s The Danger?

If you’re worried about diseases, you can relax – at least a bit.  So far, all research indicates that, although they can carry a number of human pathogens, they do not transmit them.  While this makes them less worrisome than fleas or ticks, they are still a nuisance.  Their bites cause swelling and redness often mistaken for rashes, and scarring.  Most bites show no symptoms at all, but occasionally they can cause moderate to severe allergic reactions.  If the bites are left untreated, or are scratched, it is possible for them to become infected.

 

How Do I Spot Them?

bed bug eggsIf you suffer bites during the night, it’s a pretty obvious sign that you might have an infestation.  The bites will appear on exposed skin, most commonly the neck, shoulders, arms and other areas of the upper body.  Occasionally, there will be multiple bites in a tight line or cluster.  If you experience any reaction, it will usually occur within 1-10 days.  If you experience bites, they will usually heal within a few days if you don’t scratch them.  Speak to a pharmacist or doctor about getting some anti-itch cream to help.

Since bites often don’t get reactions, you may need to look for other indications.  Look carefully in your mattress and linen for eggs.  They will look like small, pale poppy seeds.  You might also recognize their droppings.  Look for small rust-colored or dark brown stains.  The material they fall on usually absorbs them, but they may also form small beads. Large-scale infestations also begin to give off a noticeable odor described as being like coriander.  At higher concentrations, this odor becomes highly unpleasant.

 

Can Alpine Get Rid of Them?

We get asked this question a lot. Unfortunately, Alpine Cleaning and Restoration does not have the proper training to get rid of bed bugs.  That requires an exterminator.  We personally would recommend 5 Star Pest Control.  They have the know-how and tools to get rid of infestations of all kinds, from rodents, to biting insects.  Bed bugs won’t stand a chance.  It is best to call a pest control company rather than try to do it yourself, as bed bugs can easily stow away on clothing, moving from one room of the house to another as you try to get rid of them, and they can go for days and sometimes weeks or months without feeding, depending on the stage of their life cycle. Without professional assistance, it is very difficult to get rid of them.

 

Good Luck!

While we can’t help you get rid of them, we get asked this question enough that we felt it might be a good idea to give some basic information on how to spot them and what to do about it.  For all your other cleaning and restoration needs, feel free to get in touch.  We will be glad to help you out with any problems we’re qualified to deal with. If it’s a pest problem, contact a local extermination company.

Flood Damage Restoration

Flood Cleanup Services

Flood cleanup

Water Damage Restoration

It’s always discouraging when a flood invades your home.  If not treated quickly, water damage is disastrous to your home or office.  Here at Alpine Cleaning, we have the knowledge skills and professional equipment to put your mind at ease.  From roof leaks to pipe bursts to toilet overflows, we can take care of it all when it comes to flood cleanup and water damage.  We work quickly and efficiently to ensure that water damage doesn’t ruin your walls, floors, or furniture.  We also work closely with your insurance company to cover your claim and make sure that your water damage restoration needs are hassle-free for you.  When you hire Alpine, you can rest assured that everything will be taken care of; We clean up, deodorize, and quickly reconstruct your home or business when water damage occurs

What is the flood cleanup process?

Many people experience flooding in their basement.  A flooded basement usually ruins the carpet first.  It can also damage walls and sheet rock.  Alpine Cleaning and Restoration is a full service disaster company. We work closely with your insurance company to help you with your water damage restoration needs.  We clean up, deodorize, and quickly reconstruct your home or business when water damage occurs.

Fast Response to Water Damage

Response time is critical when dealing with flood cleanup and water damage.  The brick, hardwood, and concrete will absorb water quickly.  This can cause the materials to rot and warp.  This secondary damage occurs rapidly, potentially causing thousands of dollars of damage.  The longer water sits in a structure, the more damage it will cause.  That’s why here at Alpine, we guarantee a 60 minute response time for all emergency service calls in Utah and Idaho. We will do everything we can to save your structure and also guarantee that your house will pass all meter and monitoring tests, verifying your home is completely dry.  Your satisfaction is very important to us!

Rentals for Water Damage Mitigation Equipment

While we are perfectly willing to help you out, sometimes you want to tackle the job yourself.  For the DIY enthusiast, we also rent out our innovative, top-of-the-line, easy-to-use equipment.  We’ve got everything you need to take care of water damage and get your home or office looking great again.

Get In Touch

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any problems with flooding or water damage.  The longer you wait, the more damage it will do and the more it will cost you in the long run.  Give us a call right away at at 1-855-4ALPINE.  We’ll give your flood restoration job top priority and get a team out there immediately.

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Deep Cleaning Your Carpet

Deep cleaning

Deep Cleaning

Carpets can get very dirty without us even noticing.  One day we might look down and ask ourselves, “how did this get so dirty?”  Many people hire a professional to come and do the cleaning for them, others prefer to do it themselves.   But whether you do it yourself, or hire a professional, deep cleaning is important for making your carpets last

It’s Important to Have Your Carpet Cleaned Professionally

You might be wondering why you should hire a professional.  After all, you vacuum once a week, right?  Doesn’t that take care of the problem?  Well, not really.  Over time, it’s normal for carpets to fill with dirt, oils, and dead skin particles.  Even the best vacuum cleaners can leave a lot of this debris behind.   The shampoos used by professional equipment penetrate deep into the fibers to break up and dissolve all those trapped impurities.  

Have you ever been on a long hiking trip or a campout where you didn’t have a shower?  Do you remember the oily, grungy feeling in your hair? Do you remember how good it felt once you got in the shower and lathered up with shampoo?  That’s what it’s like for your carpet if all you do is vacuum.  Even if we take our shoes off, there are dead skin cells, food particles, and other impurities to deal with.  

Once the deep cleaning is done with professional equipment, it will feel refreshing and soft again, just like it was when it was new.  When done on a regular schedule, you will ensure that your carpet will last as long as possible and you will have the peace of mind that the dust mites and every other impurity will be shampooed out with our professional cleaning equipment.

How Often Do I Need To Deep Clean My Carpet?

Every home has different circumstances that determine how often your carpet should be professionally cleaned.  A general rule on warranties is to professionally clean them every 12 to 24 months, depending on use and how many kids or pets you have.  Some families should clean their carpets even more often.  It also depends a lot on personal preference.  Just know that regular deep cleaning is important to making your carpets last longer, which will save you money in the long run.

Our Process

Our process of deep cleaning a carpet is very simple and effective.  We use state of the art machines that deep clean the carpet and remove stains.  We can go as far as moving furniture and everything else out to get your entire carpet clean.  Are you the DIY type?  We also rent out our equipment to save your hard earned cash.

If you hire us, Alpine’s deep cleaning procedure includes many steps that other carpet cleaners overlook.  First, we balance the ph levels in your carpet to give you a long lasting clean. Without balancing ph levels your carpet will become dirtier faster. We focus on the details to ensure the highest quality carpet cleaning in the industry. From corner guards to spotting, the details are what set us apart.  Alpine pre-spots at no extra charge, use Citrus Solv to leave your carpets smelling fresh, and several other important steps that others charge extra for.

In order to get the most longevity out of a carpet we suggest using professional equipment that extracts the gunk and deep soils that nest in the base of your carpet.  The reason carpet prematurely wears, is because of these impurities that start ripping apart the fibers in the carpet.  It’s kind of like using a face scrub to get dead skin cells off, except for carpet doesn’t reproduce its own fibers back after being worn off.

 

DIY Process

Those who do the DIY process can get good results if they are willing to put in the elbow grease necessary.  There are several ways to do this but one of the most popular ways I have heard of is to purchase a few cans of foam carpet cleaner from the local store as well as a hand held bristle brush.  There are just a few easy steps.

  1. vacuum – make sure to do a thorough job, the more you suck up now, the easier the next steps will be.
  2. spray down the entire carpet – with the bottled foam carpet cleaner, spray everywhere, especially high traffic areas.  By doing so, this will soak into the carpet and start dissolving the deposits.
  3. scrub – This is where good work ethic comes in handy! scrub the floor in a circular motion form one side of the room working towards the other.
  4. Let it sit – It’s important to let the carpet sit because this will give the cleaner to break down the grime deposits and allow them to work their way up.
  5. Vacuum again.  This is the most important step because you don’t want your hard work to go to waste! Vacuum again to suck up all of the dried impurities that your scrubber and carpet cleaner brought to the surface.

If this sounds like too much, but you still want to do it yourself, we also rent out our professional equipment for very affordable rates!  Get in touch with us today if you want to know more.

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Upholstery Cleaning

upholstery cleaning

Photo by Benjamin D. Esham

Upholstery Cleaning

Upholstery can be an expensive investment and you want to take care of it as best you can.  If you want your upholstery to last, regular cleaning, either by a professional, or with professional equipment is important.  How often you should have it professionally cleaned varies, but the recommendation is every 12-18 months.  Depending on how much you use it, and how many children or pets you have, you might need to clean more often.

Vacuum

The first step in the cleaning process is to vacuum.  You want to remove debris that might be disolved into the couch fibers themselves.  I would suggest you vacuum thoroughly for several minutes with the upholstery brush tool before going into any cleaning.  This will prepare the fibers and help you get ready for the more deep cleaning.

Spot Cleaning  Your Upholstery

The next step to cleaning your upholstery is to do some spot cleaning.  It’s important to use a spot cleanser that doesn’t change the original color of your couch.  Before spot cleaning, test the formula in an discreet area of your couch first.  Once it dries, check to see if there is any discoloration.   Once you’ve tested the solution, feel free to treat the other spots in the areas that need to be treated.

Cleaning Your Upholstery

You can now dive into the actual cleaning.  If you are on a tight budget, some simple clear dish soap in warm water will work great.  For microfiber-suede, a 50% alcohol-water spray works well to clean and dry quickly.  You will also need some clean white dish cloths or sponges.  Work up some suds, then gently scrub in a circular motion over the entire couch.

After you’ve cleaned your entire couch, you’re done!  Just let it dry and then enjoy your cleaner, brighter furniture!  If you want a deeper clean, we offer top of the line equipment that not only cleans the fibers on the surface but also deep cleans your upholstery fibers for a fresh new living room!

We Can Help

If you’d like to have the assistance of a professional, we are always available.  Get in touch with us today to see how we can help.

house fire

What to Do After a House Fire

What Should You Do After a House Fire?

house fireHow many times have you doubted whether or not you left the stove on? Curling iron? Did you leave any candles lit? Did you put out that cigarette all the way? We try to be as careful as we can when it comes to fire safety but unfortunately accidents do happen. It can take a while to get over the loss you suffer if you become a victim of fire damage. It can be very emotionally draining but there are things you can do to make the recovery process easier when disaster strikes.

Don’t Go Back In After a Fire

Safety is the most important thing when it comes to the moments after fire damage.  You’ll be tempted to run inside to see what can be salvaged. Don’t do it. Only fire fighters and emergency responders will be able to tell you when or if it’s safe to return to a fire damaged structure. Nothing is worth risking your life for.

Call Your Insurance Agent

Before we talk about this step, it’s important to note how important insurance is.  It’s a good idea to be fully covered. Make sure to get a policy that will cover you in case of a fire. If you have coverage, contact your insurance agent first.  Not only will they tell you what you need to do in order to get money to repair your damages, they can help assist you with immediate action.

Immediate Fixes

Once the fire crew has given the all clear, you will want to do a few specific things first.  If you had a sprinkler system go off you will need to start pumping out water. Cover any damaged windows and doors.  If the damage leaves you feeling overwhelmed, get a hold of your agent.  They can guide you through the process.

Make a List of What Needs Replaced

Many insurance agents will ask that you do make a list of your valuable belongings before any type of damage happens. It is a good idea to keep an up to date list because it will save you a headache if the worst happens. If you didn’t already have one, take a survey of your belongings so you can know the amount of loss you need to report to your insurance agency.

Save Your Receipts

Anything that you buy to repair your home after fire damage has the potential for reimbursement from your insurance company but you do need those receipts. If fire damage has made your home unlivable ask a friend or family member for a safe place to store all of your documentation. It will come in handy later.

Start Replacing Valuable Documents

There are a lot of things you’ll be thinking about after the fire.  Family heirlooms, jewelry, furniture; these are all things to worry about, but they might not be as important as you think.  Don’t forget about important documents you owned.  Look for birth certificates, social security cards, passports, credit cards and other important documents.  You don’t want to end up needing them only to find you don’t have them anymore.  Replacing them is very time consuming.  You want to get started as soon as possible.

The most important thing to remember when recovering from fire damage is to try and stay calm.  The safety of you and your family come first.  You can replace anything else. Rely on professionals like insurance agents to do the hard stuff for you, after all it’s their job.  And when you’re ready to get your house restored, be sure to get in touch.

what to save

What to Save

What to Save After A House Fire

Before a professional fire damage restoration team can clean up after a house fire, you have to decide what to save.  This is often the most difficult part.  If the fire was put out with water, you’ll also need to contend with water damage.  Fortunately, you can save most of your belongings.  Just make sure to follow the safety rules before you throw anything away.

Food items

Its important to be cautious while dealing with the food situation.   First, throw away any burned food.  Food exposed to heat can become a nesting ground for bacteria, so throw away anything exposed to the heat, smoke, or ash.  Trash dented, rusted, or bulging canned foods.  Its better to be safe then risk getting food poisoning.

Refrigerated Food

A properly sealed refrigerator will keep cold for about four hours without power, so you might be able to save the food in it.  If your refrigerator was not damaged in the fire, check its contents. Confirm that the food is still cold and that no soot got in. Otherwise, a good rule of thumb is simply, “if in doubt, throw it out.”

Frozen Food

Any food in the freezer can be used if it still has ice crystals on it and if it still feels cold and hard. If not, discard it. Again, whenever in doubt, discard it.

Medicines and Cosmetics

It’s tempting to try and save medicines because they’re so expensive, but you have to be careful.  You don’t want to put anything harmful in your body.  Inspect medications and cosmetics carefully.  Save them only if they’re clean of soot, dust, and any chemicals used to extinguish the fire.

Clothes and Textiles

You can easily save clothes and textiles.  Discard these materials only if burnt, otherwise simply clean and disinfect them. Be extra cautious with clothing for babies and children.

Other Contents

You can save most other contents of your home.  Clean and disinfect them to make sure they’re soot and dust free.

Let Us Help

Alpine Cleaning and Restoration are experts in fire damage restoration and are there to help you if you need it.  Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you need any help.  Our staff is on call 24/7 to help you.

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Mold Removal

Mold removal

 

Fuzzy, dark spots dot your shower tile.  Large, black patches coat sections of your basement walls.  You’ve got a serious mold problem.  Mold removal can be expensive to remove, but it’s even more expensive not to.  It causes the value of your home to plummet.  More importantly, it’s a health risk.  The spores cause allergic reactions, leading to rashes, coughing, wheezing, and eye irritation.  Prolonged exposure can have serious health complications, including weakening your immune system and potentially causing brain damage.

Here are a few things to do about mold removal.

Mold Removal: What You Need To Do

1. Keep Things Dry

Prevention is the key.  The most important thing is to keep things dry. Mold spreads in warm, wet areas. In areas where the humidity can get as high as 70%, prevention is a constant struggle.  One suggestion is to invest in a high quality dehumidifier. Even in places like here in Utah or Idaho, mold can still take root, so don’t assume you’re safe.  Make sure your dryer has an anti-humidity vent.  Your goal is to keep the humidity level at 54% or lower. Check your home for leaks.  If you find any, clean them up with a dry towel, then call a professional plumber to fix the leak if you can’t do it yourself.

2. Circulate the Air and Regulate the Temperature

Mold thrives is places of low light, stale air, warm temperatures.  If the temperature is above 75° F, then you’re at risk.   Try to keep the temperature between 69-73°F for a perfect middle ground. Keep fresh air moving in your home and find ways to let in natural sunlight. Change the filters in your heating and air conditioning vents regularly.  For the best results, invest in a quality air purification system that includes a HEPA filter.  When you take a shower, open a window and turn on a fan, if you have one available. This will help lower humidity as well as circulate the air.

3. Know Where To Look

Closets are mold’s favorite place to grow.  Check them regularly and amek sure there is no growth. Never place damp clothing in your closets.  Basements, are also a good place to cultivate spores because of the lower light levels and occasional plumbing leaks.  Watch for signs of dampness.  Plants also are a mold.  Avoid putting too many inside your home and space them out.  Plastic plants are better for decorations because they don’t require water.

4. Clean It Up

Despite your best efforts, mold may still take root.  When mold starts to grow, it’s important that you get rid of it quickly.  The longer it sits, the deeper it seeds itself, and the harder it is to remove.  Remember that mold spores are often toxic, so you need protection.  Wear a mask, eye protection, and protective gloves.  Keep in mind that not all masks can filter mold spores, so check the packaging before you buy them.

For small patches on bathroom tiles, a good spray of bleach can kill it, but be sure to leave a window open so toxic fumes don’t build up. Sometimes, it’s better to dampen the mold before cleaning, since it can lessen the amount of spores in the air while you clean.  Soak a washcloth in warm water and dab the infested area a few times before wiping it off.

5. Know What You Can’t Clean

For certain surfaces, mold removal is impossible.  Porous surfaces have too many spaces for spores to sink into to ever be cleaned once mold takes root.  Carpeting, drywall, wallpaper, and fabric are all on that list. If you find mold taking root in them, then you have to remove those surfaces and replace them

Give Us A Call

If you have any questions, or would like some professional help, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.  Alpine Cleaning and Restoration has specialists in mold removal.  If you live in Utah or Southern Idaho, our experts are on call 24/7 to help you with all your cleaning needs.

basement floods

What to Do When Your Basement Floods

Basement flooding

Basement Floods

When your basement floods, it can be a nightmare.  The whole process of draining the area and preparing the damage can be really intimidating.  Alpine Cleaning and Restoration recommends that you follow these steps so that the clean up is more effective:

  • Stay SAFE and Recognize the Risks! Please DO NOT Risk Serious Injury

A flooded basement can be a serious health and safety risk.  If your basement floods, follow these rules to make sure you stay safe.

  • Avoid going down into the basement if possible.

In severe basement floods (water covering the basement floor to a depth of an inch or more), it’s best to stay out of the basement until the water is pumped out by a professional. Standing water in your basement can contain harmful bacteria, so wear protective clothing if you have to enter the area.

  • DO NOT touch electrical wiring or fixtures.

ALWAYS turn off electricity and natural gas before going into a flooded basement.  Electrical devices other than a battery-powered flashlight put you at risk of electric shock, so avoid using them.

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  • If it’s safe, Try to Determine the Cause and Shut Off the Failed Plumbing or Water Source as Quickly as You Can!

Heavy rains leading to swollen groundwater levels cause the majority of basement floods.  Some basement flooding is caused by plumbing, or other water source failures. If a water pipe, washer hose, or other pressurized water source fails, it could spew gallons into your basement. In this type of situation, your first step in solving the problem would be to turn off any failed plumbing to prevent more flooding. Sometimes the source of unwanted water is obvious, such as a busted water line. In other cases, water may be leaking into your basement in different areas.  You may need to took carefully to find them.

  • Call Alpine Cleaning and Restoration and We Will Be There to Help ASAP!

 Alpine Cleaning and Restoration Specialists are professionals who come to the rescue when you need someone to pump out a flooded basement.  We have the equipment to dry out your home before rot and mold has a chance to settle in. You will want to have us visit your home within 48 hours to avoid mold growth.  That’s why Alpine Cleaning and Restoration Specialists promises a 1-hour response time to all flooding emergencies.  Get in touch with us and we will be there imediatley.