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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

April Showers Bring May... Flooding?!

Picture by Sandi Sabin,
Spring time seems to be a magnet for water damage. As the weather warms and the snow melts, flooding is imminent. Utah cities such as Lehi and Springville are preparing themselves for the possible damage. “Sandbags are on standby, and the city has already established three sandbag pick-up locations. Right now, the city says if the snow pack doesn't melt gradually, big problems are ahead in May.” (, March 26, 2008)

But, Mother Nature is not the only one responsible for the excess of water. Water pipes in our homes may have frozen due to lack of use and cold temperatures during winter months. Many homeowners find un-wanted water in their basements when they turn on their outside hose in the spring; see below for some tips to prevent this.

Saratoga Springs, UT 2008; picture by Kathy Kinghorn,

Here are some helpful tips to keep your home dry:

  • Do not use heat to dry closed building interiors; mildew and expanded moisture damage may result.

  • The faster you can get the wet areas dry, the better. The first 48 hours are the most critical for mold prevention.

  • Before turning on your outside hose, have someone stay inside the home to be sure there is no water coming in (this usually occurs in the basement).

  • Do not operate TV's, vacuums or other appliances while standing on wet carpet or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors. Serious injury may result.

For more do’s and don’ts about water damage, please go to: our website. If you do find yourself with water damage, Advanced Restoration is ready to help!

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Fired-up about the Flir!

Advanced Restoration is one of the only restoration companies that uses an infrared camera, allowing inspections to be more comprehensive and thorough.

Flir cameras or Thermal Imagers detect variations in temperature. These variations allow our Certified Infrared Thermographers to identify the source and severity of water damage, defects in construction, insect infestations, etc.

Some of the high-tech camera's many uses are employed in warfare and include its capacity to operate at night and to see through smoke and fog. It is also used in combat for its ability to detect heat, which is difficult to disguise. Advanced Restoration's Flir camera is one more tool, allowing us to serve your clients promptly and accurately!

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