From Bio-Hazard

Standing Water Can Create Mold

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Have you experienced a flood?

Small amounts of water accumulating over time in your home have now caused devastating water damage and HiCaliber of Southern Utah is here to help with your flood restoration.

That dripping noise you’ve been hearing at night was not only annoying as you try to drift off into sleep, but it’s has also been damaging as each drip added was further damage that occurred. Water damage can be disastrous as it penetrates carpeting, drywall and framing.

With each layer that the water infiltrates is further and possibly causes more costly repairs. Oftentimes, the entire flooring or walls need to be replaced for complete restoration from your flood needs.

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Ripping up carpet and padding, tearing down drywall and replacing them all can be a huge expense. HiCaliber of southern Utah will work with your home insurance company regarding your flood protection to safeguard less that you’ll be responsible for.

If moisture is left untreated it can be the perfect environment for mold to develop.

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Mold Growth and Risk

Mold is a growing problem despite the dry climates of southern Utah and Nevada. When combined with disastrous floods or leaks, mold damage can be compounded very rapidly and even pose risk to those in its proximity if not given immediate attention.

It grows in inconspicuous locations, where moisture is present: underneath floors, in between walls and in other moisture-laden places not checked frequently. Mold reproduces by means of tiny spores which are invisible to the naked eye and travel along air currents both indoors and outdoors.

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Mold requires nutrients, water, oxygen and favorable temperatures to grow. Nutrients for mold are present in dead organic material such as wood, paper or fabrics; mold can also derive nutrients from some synthetic products such as paints and adhesives. Some molds produce powerful chemicals called mycotoxins that can produce illness in animals and people. Allergic responses may include hay fever-type symptoms such as sneezing, irritation to the eyes, throat, runny nose, red eyes and skin rashes.

Call the True Professionals

If you suspect mold growth at your home or office call the experienced professionals at HiCaliber. We service southern Utah and parts of southern Nevada. Our technicians are highly trained in detecting mold and assessing the severity of your situation. We can provide microbial investigation services to help you determine the nature and extent of your microbial problem.  Samples from an outdoor area nearby are also collected to compare to existing conditions within the structure. The samples are then analyzed by a laboratory to determine the type of fungi present.

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Following identification of the nature and extent of the mold problem, HiCaliber staff will recommend methods of remediation and abatement. Although the extent of fungi present can be relatively small and confined, a professional, licensed mold abatement contractor should conduct the remediation and repair process. For larger, more widespread situations, this may require relocation of building personnel while abatement work is ongoing.

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Whatever the severity HiCaliber will restore your home from any water or mold damage. Call us for first time response for your flood/mold restoration needs at (435)674-9338 or visit us online at http://www.hicaliber.  Find us on Facebook and Instagram for promotions and updates https://www.facebook.com/HiCaliber https://instagram.com/hicaliberstgeorge

Clean Ducts Are Important For Health

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Indoor air pollution is now listed by the Environmental Protection Agency (www.epa.gov) as the fourth greatest environmental threat to Americans. When your heating and cooling system is running, airborne contaminants are being drawn into your duct system. Over a period of time, these harmful contaminants will eventually build up inside your air ducts.

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Indoor contaminants may include: dust mites, tobacco smoke, household mold, chemicals, airborne allergens, bacteria, animal dander and carbon monoxide. These contaminants are then circulated thoughout your home or office and effect the health and comfort of you, your family, or your employees.

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Having your air ducts cleaned, can help ellimate these problems.

1. Reduce Dusting

Source removal duct cleaning can help to reduce household dust by removing the dust where it travels most – through your air duct system.

2. Improve Indoor Air Quality

According to the EPA, indoor air is found to be up to 70 times more polluted than outdoor air. Air duct cleaning by Advanced Air Care can remove airborne contaminates such as bacteria, fungus, mold spores, pet dander & pollen which may help to alleviate allergy & asthma symptoms.

3.Save Energy & Save Money

According to the EPA, a build up of only .042 inches of dirt on a heating coil can result in a decrease of efficiency of 21%. A clean air conveyance system may help to increase efficiency and therefore may help to reduce heating and cooling costs.

4.Extended Equipment Life

9 out of 10 system failures are caused by dirt and dust. One of the functions of the fan, located inside of your air handler, is to keep the heat exchanger cool. Accumulated dirt and debris can reduce the CFM (cubic feet of air per minute) as much as 50%. This is the most common cause of cracks in heat exchangers. By having your system cleaned, you may prevent pre-mature breakdown & aging of your heating and cooling system.

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HiCaliber is top rated for being thorough when cleaning air systems for clients. The majority of our reviews can be found on Facebook, Angie’s list, and Google. We come highly recommended by property owners in southern Utah and surrounding areas. We have the newest technology and equipment to provide the BEST results.
Call 435-974-9338 to schedule your next duct clean. Find us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/HiCaliber and on Instagram https://instagram.com/hicaliberstgeorge/

Certified Property Inspections

HomeInspection1Investing in a highly recommended Home Inspector pays off

As licensed general contractors since 1976, we completely understand the building process and know exactly what to look for while inspecting the quality of a home or commercial building.

If repairs or remodeling are necessary, HiCaliber is happy to provide a complimentary estimate to you, upon request. Guaranteed, we are the most thorough and comprehensive property-inspection company available in the region. We’ll give you the service you expect and deserve. It’s important to have an inspection performed with a company you can trust. Our sought-after and highly referred business speaks for itself. We are, and always will be “Committed to Excellence”.

HiCaliber performs home inspections throughout southern Utah and southern Nevada. If you would like to contact our office, please call (435) 674-9338 or (800) 492-6333 for outlying areas. We look forward to working with you!

Certifications

blog sizwHiCaliber inspectors are certified through the Association of Construction Inspectors (ACI) and the Housing Inspection Foundation (HIF).

ACI: Certified Construction Consultant, Certified Construction Inspector, Construction Project Manager

HIF: Registered Home Inspector, Certified Housing Consultant, Certified Home Inspector

Specializing In

  • Lead – Mold – Radon – Termite
  • Structural Settling Testing Available
  • Residential & Commercial Inspections
  • Consultation Service Available
  • Computer Inspection Reports
  • Pre-Construction Progress Reports
  • Complimentary Estimates & Repairs Included If Necessary

Home Inspection Pricing Breakdown

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Included In Each Inspection

  • Structure – Includes foundation, framing and the impact of weather, time and gravity.
  • Roofing – Evaluates age, flashing, gutter, downspouts, skylights, chimneys, roof penetrations, and ventilation.
  • Exterior – Examine doors, windows, siding, trim, porches/decks, driveways, walkways, and grading around the house.
  • Interior – Analyze ceilings, walls, floors, doors, windows, steps, stairways, counter tops, cabinets and garage doors.
  • Electrical – Inspect receptacles, fixtures, ceiling fans, switches, service panels, breakers, smoke, and carbon alarms.
  • Plumbing – Review piping, water supply piping, waste and vent piping, fixtures, toilets, sinks, showers, hose bibs, and water softeners.
  • Heating and Cooling Systems – Inspect air conditioning, heat pump/furnace equipment air handler, condenser, evaporation coils, condensation drain supply, return ducting, ventilation, insulation, and fireplaces.
  • Appliances – If in the home at the time of inspection.
  • Swimming Pool/Hot Tub – Inspect pool interior finish, decking, visible piping, electrical, pump, and filter screen enclosures.

Environmental Testing

HiCaliber provides the following environmental tests at additional charge, upon request.

Environmental Test Cost Per Sample Environmental Test Details
Indoor Air Quality Call for quote Air samples are taken inside and outside the home at suspected problem areas. Results of any concentration of harmful air contaminants, allergens, types of mold, etc. are provided in a thorough report.
48 Hour Radon Test Call for quote Samples are taken in suspected problem areas over a period of 48 hours. After collected, the Radon samples are sent to a laboratory for evaluation.
Energy Audit Call for quote Multiple areas of the home are tested and examined for heat and cold efficiency. Problem areas are described in a checklist report and given at the time of the home inspection.
Meth Use & Lab Detection Call for quote Samples are taken at possible problem areas throughout the home. Once collected, samples are sent to a professional laboratory to determine the presence and concentration of Methamphetamine use or production.
Asbestos Sampling Call for quote Samples are taken at possible problem areas throughout the home. Once collected, samples are sent to a professional laboratory to determine the presence and concentration of Asbestos.
Mold Sampling Call for quote Cotton swab and/or air samples are taken at possible problem areas throughout the home. Once collected, samples are sent to a professional laboratory to determine the presence, concentration, and type of mold.
Lead Sampling Call for quote Samples are taken at possible problem areas throughout the home. Once collected, samples are sent to a professional laboratory to determine the presence and concentration of Lead.

images (1)*All testing is available without an inspection, but a service-call fee is added to the sampling cost when not included as part of an inspection.

Call us at 435-674-9338 and follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

Rodent Infestation

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Just recently HiCaliber was called for a job involving a rodent issue.

When there is an infestation involving rodents/pests in a home IT IS VITAL TO HAVE A PROFESSIONAL INVESTIGATE!

The job required special equipment and bio hazard suits as the rodents had taken over the duct system and some had died inside.  The smell ALONE required special breathing devices.

Many home owners will have a second home that is a get away.  Meaning, the only time the property is occupied is a few weeks out of the year.

Unfortunately pests/rodents are VERY creative and motivated to get inside homes.  If there is no one living there, sometimes the situation goes unnoticed for a long time.

The situation was contained and the property is in the process of being repaired back to it’s former glory.

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Our professionally trained technicians are certified in bio-recovery and are equipped to handle jobs including:

• Animal Waste and Carcass Cleanup (Birds, Bats, Rodents, Skunks, etc.)
• Contagious Disease Decontamination
• Crime/Death/Suicide Scene Decontamination
• Drug/Meth Lab Cleanup
• Human Waste Decontamination
• Industrial and Commercial Accident Decontamination
• Law Enforcement Decontamination (Holding Cells, Police Vehicles, Interrogation Rooms, etc.)
• Vehicle Cleanup

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We use industry-approved protocols to safely and completely remove the bio-hazard damages, returning the premises back to pre-loss condition. We serve a wide range of clients which include insurance carriers, city and county municipalities, police departments, property managers, commercial building owners, and private residences. For more than 30 years of business we have gained extensive and unparalleled experience in the processing of bio-hazard cleaning. We are well equipped to handle the meticulous-work required to decontaminate areas following a sewage back up, crime scene, or even death.

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Our job is to handle the cleanup as quickly and effectively as possible. We take our duties very seriously. Given the nature of risk involved with bio-hazard scenes, we immediately respond to the service call and work tirelessly to resolve the situation. It is imperative to hire a business you can trust and feel comfortable working with. HiCaliber is surely the company you need.

Best Property Inspection In Southern Utah

Are you looking for the most thorough home inspection?

The search is over!  HiCaliber is the best, and ready for the test!!!

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Why Are Home Inspections Important?

A home inspection is an all-encompassing examination of the condition of a home.   The home inspection process is often but not always performed at the time of the sale of the home. A home is one of the most important purchases one will ever make.  A home inspection is an inexpensive way to discover the universal condition of a home.  It is important to conduct a home inspection to avoid a costly mistake by purchasing a property in need of major repairs.  Even if you think you have found a “dream home,” it is a home inspector’s responsibility to let you know that your “dream home” may not be just right.

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Specializing In

Lead – Mold – Radon – Termite
Structural Settling Testing Available
Residential & Commercial Inspections
Consultation Service Available
Computer Inspection Reports
Pre-Construction Progress Reports
Complimentary Estimates & Repairs Included If Necessary

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Home Inspection Pricing Breakdown

Square Feet Cost Included In Each Inspection
Up to 1500 Call for quote
  • Structure – Includes foundation, framing and the impact of weather, time and gravity.
  • Roofing – Evaluates age, flashing, gutter, downspouts, skylights, chimneys, roof penetrations, and ventilation.
  • Exterior – Examine doors, windows, siding, trim, porches/decks, driveways, walkways, and grading around the house.
  • Interior – Analyze ceilings, walls, floors, doors, windows, steps, stairways, counter tops, cabinets and garage doors.
  • Electrical – Inspect receptacles, fixtures, ceiling fans, switches, service panels, breakers, smoke, and carbon alarms.
  • Plumbing – Review piping, water supply piping, waste and vent piping, fixtures, toilets, sinks, showers, hose bibs, and water softeners.
  • Heating and Cooling Systems – Inspect air conditioning, heat pump/furnace equipment air handler, condenser, evaporation coils, condensation drain supply, return ducting, ventilation, insulation, and fireplaces.
  • Appliances – If in the home at the time of inspection.
  • Swimming Pool/Hot Tub – Inspect pool interior finish, decking, visible piping, electrical, pump, and filter screen enclosures.

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If repairs or remodeling are necessary, HiCaliber is happy to provide a complimentary estimate to you, upon request. Guaranteed, we are the most thorough and comprehensive property-inspection company available in the region. We’ll give you the service you expect and deserve. It’s important to have an inspection performed with a company you can trust. Our sought-after and highly referred business speaks for itself. We are, and always will be “Committed to Excellence”.

HiCaliber performs home inspections throughout southern Utah and southern Nevada. If you would like to contact our office, please call (435) 674-9338 or (800) 492-6333 for outlying areas. We look forward to working with you!

 

Yard Prep For Summer

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Who is ready for Summer?

We know you are, but is your yard ready???

Summer time usually means a family get together and relaxing in the sun.  But, sometimes the exterior of our homes and our yards need a little tender loving care.

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Did you know HiCaliber can help you prepare your outside living space???

  • pressure washing home exteriors
  • removing debris and dirt from drive ways
  • repairing walkways
  • restoring any damaged areas of your home
  • exporting all unwanted items off your property

Those are just a few of the services HiCaliber can offer you for creating a space you can be proud of and comfortable inviting guests over.

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Advantages of pressure washing exterior:

  • Pressure washing helps beautify the exterior areas of your home.
  • Pressure washing gives your home “curb appeal” It will increase the property value.
  • Pressure washing also helps prevent costly repairs. A good pressure cleaning can restore your deck, exterior of home or sidewalk to its original condition. The cleaning removes dirt and many other things that can make your deck, exterior of home, or sidewalk look in worse condition than it really is.
  • Pressure washing gets rid of mold. It’s a fact that many homes have mold of some kind on them. Pressure cleaning is able to cut through mold and grime and remove it in a way that is safe and will be beneficial to both you and your home.

Advantages of having a professional haul away unwanted items:

  • Trying to remove large items by yourself could put you at risk of injury.  The professionals at HiCaliber have the equipment necessary to remove any unwanted items without risk.
  • Professionals have large trailers and know how to haul off debris without causing any issues transporting items to the salvage yard.
  • Professionals have safety gear to protect them from any chemicals, mold, or “pests” that might be living in your items.

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Advantages of using HiCaliber for restoration:

  • HiCaliber has been servicing southern Utah for decades.  Reviews of our service can be found on google, website, facebook, as well as many other sites.  HiCaliber is highly recommended.  Pride is something that can be found in our work.  Once a project is started, it is not long until it is finished.  Trust is important, and that is something we have never had a problem with.
  • We go above and beyond to make our restoration projects look seamless. From roof repair, to sidewalk damage restoration, we have you covered.

 

 

 

Restoring Your Property After Smoke Damage

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Why You Need A Professional For Smoke Damage

The smoke released by any type of fire (forest, brush, crop, structure, tires, waste or wood burning) is a mixture of particles and chemicals produced by incomplete burning of carbon-containing materials. All smoke contains carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and particulate matter. Smoke can contain many different chemicals, including aldehydes, acid gases, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, benzene, toluene, styrene, metals and dioxins. The type and amount of particles and chemicals in smoke varies depending on what is burning, how much oxygen is available, and the burn temperature.

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Who Does It Affect?

Exposure to high levels of smoke should be avoided. Individuals are advised to limit their physical exertion if exposure to high levels of smoke cannot be avoided. Individuals with cardiovascular or respiratory conditions (e.g., asthma), fetuses, infants, young children, and the elderly may be more vulnerable to the health effects of smoke exposure.

What Can Happen If Exposed To Smoke?

Inhaling smoke for a short time can cause immediate (acute) effects. Smoke is irritating to the eyes, nose, and throat, and its odor may be nauseating. Studies have shown that some people exposed to heavy smoke have temporary changes in lung function, which makes breathing more difficult. Two of the major agents in smoke that can cause health effects are carbon monoxide gas and very small particles. These particles are two and one half microns or less in size and individual particles are too small to be seen with the naked eye.

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How HiCaliber Can Help

HiCaliber addresses the issues caused by smoke damage, in addition to many other fire-related services, such as air-duct cleaning, board-ups, content cleaning, drapery cleaning, electronic restoration, emergency water extraction, furniture restoration, odor removal, pack outs and storage, professional garment cleaning, and truck-mounted cleaning services for carpets, tile and hardwood.

We are fully staffed and equipped to handle the complete restoration process from start to finish. HiCaliber’s skilled professionals have many years of experience with restoration work, and provide above industry-standard customer service. Rest assured knowing that HiCaliber cares. We are committed to excellence on every job we perform, and your satisfaction is guaranteed!

Give us the chance to prove our excellent skills and customer service guarantee when you’re in need of restoration work from a fire or smoke damage.

435-674-9338 find us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/HiCaliber for updates and promotions.

FINAL FIRE

WE NEED THE RAIN BUT…

MOLD AND MOISTURE GO HAND IN HAND

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So your property has recovered from the all the rain. Mud has been removed from your parking lot and driveway. Something smells a little damp, not a big deal right? WRONG!!! The longer moisture is trapped, the more likely bacteria will develop.

Often times, there are no signs that there is a moisture problem, but chances are if you have been involved in a flood there is bacteria just waiting to become disaster.

HiCaliber has equipment that can detect moisture behind walls and in floor boards.  If moisture is detected, HiCaliber is certified to restore and repair any damages to your property.  HiCaliber is open 24-7 for your emergency needs.  Even if you can’t see Bacteria/MOLD it doesn’t mean it’s not hiding.

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Some FACTS about MOLD:

Mold requires nutrients, water, oxygen and favorable temperatures to grow. Nutrients for mold are present in dead organic material such as wood, paper or fabrics; mold can also derive nutrients from some synthetic products such as paints and adhesives. Some molds produce powerful chemicals called mycotoxins that can produce illness in animals and people. Allergic responses may include hay fever-type symptoms such as sneezing, irritation to the eyes, throat, runny nose, red eyes and skin rashes. Research on mold and its health effects is ongoing. For more detailed information consult a health professional.

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Services Included

Microbial Surveys Including Protocols for Abatement
Specifications for Abatement
Abatement Monitoring
Post-Remediation Inspections and Air/Structure Testing

Insurance Companies

Over the past 30 years in business, HiCaliber has developed great working relationships with many of the area’s insurance companies and its adjusters. When assessing your options for repair, it is important to understand that you have options when selecting businesses to work with in repairing your structure. If a claim is filed you have the right to choose what company or repair firm to work with. We hope you’ll consider requesting HiCaliber to ensure a successful outcome of your project.

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MOST IMPORTANT!!!!!!!!!

Do not try to manage a mold situation without a certified Professional.  Mold can be highly unhealthy for your respiratory system and can cause allergic reactions.

WHEN YOU’RE LOOKING FOR THE BEST, PUT HICALIBER TO THE TEST! CALL 435-674-9338

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