Monday, June 27, 2011

Flooded House Do's And Don'ts

If your home has been hit by flooded due to a broken pipe, spring runoff, or backed up sewer, your first instinct is probably to start removing the water right away by whatever means are readily at hand. However, there are right responses and wrong responses to a flooded home and for safety's sake it's essential to know the difference. Here are some do's and don'ts to help you mitigate the problem quickly, safely, and effectively and preserve as many of your belongings as possible.


--The first thing to do is always to safeguard the safety of your family and pets. If the flooding is severe, have them stay at a neighbor's or family member's house at least until help arrives.

--The second thing to do is to call a good disaster cleanup company in your area: you want professionals on the scene as soon as possible who have the right equipment and the right training to bring about the most positive outcome to a negative situation.

--Do remove paintings, other art objects, and priceless photographs to a safe place right away: this involves making very fast mental prioritizations and then acting on your decisions quickly. Remember: the expensive stereo can be easily replaced, but photos of your children cannot.

--Do use buckets, clean towels, and mops to remove as much of the water from the afflicted rooms as possible. Use white towels on carpets and furniture to prevent bleeding.

--If the ceiling above is bulging with water, do place a bucket underneath the spot and poke a small hole into the ceiling to relieve the pressure and let water through: proceed with care, however.

--Do place sheets of aluminum foil between furniture legs and wet carpet.

--If the weather is nice, open all windows to allow air in and remove as many belongings as possible to dry outside in the sunshine.


--If flood waters include sewage, vacate the house immediately and leave all cleanup duties to the disaster cleanup company.

--Don't attempt to remove standing water using your vacuum cleaner

--Don't turn on electrical appliances in rooms where flooding has occurred

--Don't turn on ceiling fans or lights if the ceiling is wet

--Don't leave colored clothing, magazines, or newspapers on wet hardwood floors or carpeting since discoloration may occur.

--Don't go into any rooms where you feel you may be in danger.

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Fire Restoration - Fix Your Smoke And Fire Damage

Fire damage and smoke damage can leave a home and its occupants feeling pretty hopeless and depressed. Though fire accidents are unfortunate, one will need to think positively and begin rebuilding their home in the quickest way possible in order to move on with their life. If you happened to experience a fire hiring a fire restoration company will be the best course of action.

A professional fire restoration company will use their expertise and modern equipment to go about the restoration process in your house in the most efficient manner. Here are the broad steps that a fire restoration company will follow in assessing and carrying out the work related to fire damage and smoke damage.

The restoration company will first analyze the type of smoke and soot that has been left by the fire. Smoke and soot will prevail well after the fire has been put out and it will help the experts determine the nature of fire. This will in turn allow them to assess the seriousness of the damage and will also allow them to make a decision on what can be restored and what will have to be discarded. This can be a tricky thing to do on your own if you are a home owner as not everything that looks OK will necessarily be salvageable. In the same way, not everything that looks burnt or scorched will have to be discarded. Some of the materials in your home, even if damaged, can be restored by a professional fire restoration company.

Smoke damage often goes hand in hand with fire damage in the sense that smoke can be absorbed by various materials in your house if they are porous in nature. For example, drywalls, carpets, and certain types of furniture are made out of porous material that will contain the odor of smoke. A smoke damage removal company will use EPA approved deodorizer products and ozone to restore the materials in such a way that they are free of smoke odor.

There are many different types of smoke damage that can occur and it mostly depends on the type of smoke that was released during the fire. For example, wet smoke will result from a low heat fire and will leave a very pungent odor and very thick soot in the affected area. There are also other types of smoke such as dry smoke, fuel oil smoke and protein smoke that will have to be treated in an appropriate manner.

Fire damage needs to be approached by professionals as certain materials can have a very adverse reaction to fire. For example, asbestos and lead are hazardous materials that can have very adverse effects when exposed to fire or smoke.

Fire damage also presents the added problem of having to clean up the extinguisher used to put out the fire. If you used a commercial foam extinguisher, it will need a certain type of treatment. If you used water to put out the fire, it will need a different fire restoration approach that will involve the use of dehumidifiers and blowers to dry out traces of water.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Avoid House Fires During the Summer

As we make the transition from the cold months to the warmer months, there are seasonal habits that we will be taking back up to get into the swing of things as the summer starts up. With this warm season comes fresh vegetation outside and many outdoor activities that family and friends will gather for. With all of these great things comes some additional responsibilities that you will need to remember as you get your summer kicked off. By remembering these responsibilities and taking them seriously, you will avoid most of the reasons for house fires during the summer months.

With the vegetation coming back to full growth during this warm time of the year, it will be time to get that lawn equipment out of the garage and ready to run. Something you should pay close attention to here is that the lawn mower that you are operating has a small combustion engine that requires gasoline to run. With the engine being small, it is going to be working pretty hard to handle cutting your entire lawn. This means that when you are finished with cutting your grass, you have an extremely hot engine that contains gasoline that you are about to put inside one of the rooms in your home. When put like that, it is easy to understand why you may need to allow the mower to sit outside in the shade and experience a cool off period before it is placed into a room with very limited circulation. Another related item that you need to be careful with is the gasoline storage can that is used to fuel your mower. This can should never be placed out in the sun where it could get extremely hot. It should also never be placed near any items that may occasionally contain a flame such as a gas water heater. This same practice applies to anything else that you may store in your garage that has a gas powered motor.

Cooking outside is quite popular during the summer months. Having family and friends over to cook out in the backyard can be very fun, but it can also be very distracting. Usually you will find children and pets in attendance at events such as these, and when operating a grill to cook with, this can be a disaster waiting to happen. It is important to never leave a grill with an open flame in it unattended. Too many accidents can occur when people gather around an open flame. You will also want to make sure that your grill is a safe distance away from your home. This is a common problem, as people tend to put them as close to the back door of the home as possible to make it more convenient for them when walking back and forth. The problem here is that if the open flame inside a grill gets out of control or reaches out and catches something else on fire, your home is now in great danger of catching on fire as well. The safest thing for you and everyone else when operating a grill is to place it a good distance from the house and be sure that someone is tending to it every moment that it is in use.

By following these simple guidelines while at home, you can save yourself quite a bit of trauma down the road by keeping your house out of harm's way. Most household fires can be avoided by the home owner's themselves paying more attention to what is being stored in their homes and what is going on just outside of their homes. It only takes a few moments and a little thought to prevent a tragedy that could cause you to lose your home and with it possibly your loved ones too.

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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Carpet Cleaning - Hiring a Professional

Even with constant care and going out of your way to avoid major spills and damage, at some point, every home owner is likely to need a carpet cleaner. While most people have a variety of tools on hand for treating their flooring, from vacuum cleaners to spot removal machines to a cabinet full of spray-and-wash detergents, most common remedies do not offer the deep cleaning that your rugs will sporadically need. Even when cleaned regularly, the fibers latch on to hair, dust, dirt, and food particles, dragging those particles deep into the fiber's surface.

Many homeowners choose to rent a deep cleaning machine, which can be an effective solution, particularly if you're living in an apartment, or your home only has a few carpeted areas. However, these machines are often more difficult and time-consuming to operate than the consumer expects, and may also require the purchase of solution to run the machine properly.

It's fairly common for people to realize they haven't saved much money over hiring a professional, and have quickly grown tired and frustrated by the amount of effort required to perform the maintenance at home.

Most carpet cleaning companies bring all the required tools to your home, and will even take on the responsibility of moving your heavy furniture and other large items during the process.

It is recommended, however, that the client vacuum the carpets thoroughly and move any small or personal items that may be in the area to be cleaned. It's also essential to keep any pets in another room or area during the process.

If you're renting a home, apartment, or condominium, hiring a professional carpet cleaner is often a wonderful idea.

While there are many deep-cleaning machines you can rent to handle do-it-yourself jobs, after a year or two of normal wear and tear, the only way you're likely to get thoroughly clean and professional rugs is to hire a professional. Damage to the carpet is one of the top reasons landlords and leasing companies give for refusing to refund a renter's security deposit.

If you have pets living in the home, you can virtually forget about it, since many complexes will choose to completely replace the carpet rather than attempt to clean flooring that's become matted with hair or dirt.

However, in many cases, it's possible to rescue pet-exposed rugs with proper treatment from a professional cleaner, also rescuing your security deposit. In most cases, the cost of hiring experts is much less than the cost of forfeiting your deposit.

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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Handling Water Damage Within The Home

Homes are affected by water damage by many various sources. Hurricanes, tornadoes and floods are becoming all too common inflicting millions of dollars worth the water damage to homes each year. On top of natural disasters water damage can happen from various extenuating circumstances within the home. Pipes leak or worse yet burst, washers overflow, sump pumps stop working all of these unexpected sources can lead to extensive water damage in homes today. Homes affected by water damage should be handled with extreme care. Professionals should be called to access the damage and help home owners properly care for the areas affected.

There are many do's and don'ts when it comes to properly cleaning up any disaster within your home. Water is no exception. Unlike fire damage, water damage leaves the pieces of your life intact but damaged. It is hard for many victims of flooding to understand that the best option for cleanup is to call a professional. Many people assume that they can remove the water and that will be that. However this does not take into consideration contaminates and bacteria within the standing water. This also leaves room for error which could allow mold to be produced. The best option in any home disaster is to contact a professional and have them assist you in the cleaning process.

Here is a list of the major dos and don'ts involved in the process of restoring your home when water wreaks havoc.

1) Start by finding out where the water is coming from. Of course if your home is inflicted with a natural disaster the source will be obvious. However, more subtle leaks in your pipes or appliances can leave home owners searching for the source of the water issue. Turning the water off will alleviate any further damage.

2) Call an insured reputable restoration company in your area. Many times your insurance carrier will have approved companies to go through so check with them first.

3) The main concept is to remove as much of the water and humidity in your home as possible. If you have damage during the cooler months you may need to run the heat in your home more frequently to help with drying where as in the summer you would want the air conditioning to run. Both processes remove the humidity and help with drying. Fans are also useful to help keep the air circulating. Of course make sure it is safe to run these appliances before using them. Water often causes major damage within your electrical systems.

4) Remove as much water as possible. Sponge mops are helpful during this process. You may also want to employ a siphon technique to detour the water into a proper drain.

5) Furniture should be handled with great care. Remove cushions and pillows. Prop them up so that even and thorough drying happens.

6) Rugs, floor coverings and curtains should be removed. They need to be properly treated to make sure bacteria are dealt with and mold is not allowed to grow.

7) All personal items such as paintings, photos, books, fabrics, luggage and items to a dry location with even heat. This will prevent further damage.

8) Don't let pets or children come into contact with the affected areas. Make sure that protective gear is worn at all times when dealing with the contaminated areas. The last thing needed is to be exposed to bacteria that could harm your health.

9) Don't turn the heat up. Keep all areas at a consistent 70 degrees. Turning the heat any higher than this will promote the growth of mildew and bacteria.

10) Household vacuums and shop-vacs should not be used. They do not provide thorough water extraction. You will need to have a professional restoration company out to do a thorough job in this area.

11) Do not enter rooms where electricity is still on and standing water is still present.

12) Carpet that is tacked down should be left for professionals to deal with. If lifted incorrectly the carpet could become damaged not allowing it to be salvaged.

My top tip to anyone suffering with any amount of flood damage is to call restoration professionals within twenty four hours of the damage occurring. This will help prevent further damage including but not limited to mold, mildew, bacteria growth or a myriad of other tragedies.

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Thursday, June 9, 2011

The Numerous Types Of Mold

You, like most people, may be surprised to discover there there are thousands of types of mold that could infest and possibly poison you and your home. The good news is that not all mold types are toxic. The bad news is that it's next to impossible for the average person to determine whether or not mold in your home is toxic. Testing must be done by professionals in order to get a proper diagnosis of the type of mold problem you may have. The testing and removal process can be very costly. But most people will agree that the cost is worth it when you consider the damage different types of mold can do to your health and your property.

Most Common Types Of Mold

Of the thousands of mold species that grow in the world, there are three that are most common: allergenic mold, toxic mold and black mold. All molds cause allergy-like symptoms. Some black molds are toxic. But even with these overlaps, these molds do not fall into the same category.

Molds can come in different types of colors. The most common are white, green and black. All types of molds create and release spores that are so small that they're invisible to the naked eye. They're around us all the time.

Toxic mold, as the name implies, is the most dangerous mold of all the different types to have in your home. It can cause severe upper respiratory infections and encephalitis. This mold has also been linked to causing death in the most extreme cases.

There are many ways to remove general molds, but toxic mold is so dangerous it should only be removed by professionals. Professionals are skilled at working with and eliminating bio-hazardous materials like the type of mold categorized as toxic mold. If you suspect you have toxic mold in your home, you need to make sure to get it tested immediately.

Allergenic molds cause allergy-like symptoms. They can cause symptoms in anyone regardless of age, but the very young and the very old will get sick faster from allergenic molds. These types of molds cause symptoms comparable to the common cold including sore throat, watery eyes and stuffy or runny noses. The symptoms can easily be misdiagnosed. It's important to seek a second medical opinion if necessary if you find that symptoms keep returning.

Black molds can be toxic or allergenic. They can also fall into a class on their own. They may not always be toxic, but black molds can cause a great deal of damage. They're responsible for rotting wood, plaster and drywall. They usually grow very fast and it doesn't take long for a small problem turns into a huge infestation that takes over a home if left unchecked.

If you suspect your home is infested with any of the many types of mold out there, you need to get your home tested immediately. You may have a less dangerous species of mold, but piece of mind and good health are important enough to take the precautions. Plus, you could also save yourself a lot of money on rebuilding and reconstruction by preventing mold from taking over your home.

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Friday, June 3, 2011

Smoke And Fire Damage In Your Home - Use The Services Of A Fire Restoration Company

Fire damage and smoke damage can leave a homeowner in a pretty distressed emotional state. However, one should try to overcome their unfortunate loss by thinking about ways to restore their home as soon as possible as quick action will often help a person save a lot of money when it comes to fire damage. This is because fire damage and smoke damage can continue to affect your property even after the fire has been put out.

For example, the smoke left behind from the fire can be absorbed by various materials in the house, especially if they are porous in nature. Carpets, walls and even ceilings will continue to absorb the smoke left behind and it will remain even after several months. Unless you know what chemicals and deodorizers to use, it will be very difficult to restore your home to the old self. A professional fire restoration company will use their expertise in dealing with smoke damage they may even move out furniture and other belongings to an offsite facility for cleaning and restoration this eliminates the risk of further contamination by smoke and water. Once they have been moved out, they will use various EPA approved chemicals along with ozone cleaners to rid the furniture and other belongings of the smoke odor. Fire damage experts will also be able to restore slightly damaged furniture if they are scorched or singed in the heat. However, materials that have been partially burnt or charred will be very difficult to restore.

One would also have to consider the method in which the fire was put out. If it was a huge fire, it would probably mean that an excessive amount of water was used to put out the fire. This water will need to be cleaned up as well as water can very easily damage construction materials and also aid in the growth of mold which can present several health risks. A professional fire damage restoration company will use dehumidifiers, blowers and water extraction units to quickly get rid of the water that was used to put out the fire. In some cases, a foam extinguisher might have been used to out the fire. This will need a different cleaning process which can easily be carried out by a fire damage restoration company.

Most insurance companies will advise you to hire a professional fire restoration company. They might even recommend one on their own. A fire restoration company will also be able to help you with the complicated insurance forms that will be required to claim damages and expenses related to your fire accident.

Many homeowners think very hard before they hire a fire restoration company as the expenses that will be required to hire them will often be fairly high. However, one will have to understand that a fire restoration company will actually help the home owner save a lot of money. A homeowner who tries to restore his house on his own might make some progress on his or her own although the lack of expert knowledge combined with the lack of commercial equipment will quickly hamper their restoration progress.

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