The perfect autumn snack mix, with cookies and cinnamon and all the good stuff
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 cup flour
1 tube Pillsbury™ refrigerated sugar cookies
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon corn syrup
1 tablespoon butter
1 cup whole pecans
3 cups Cinnamon Chex™ cereal
1 cup Chocolate Chex™ cereal (or 1 more cup of Cinnamon Chex™)
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Heat oven to 350ºF.
Combine the sugar and cinnamon in a bowl.
flour onto work surface; knead flour into cookie dough. Tear off
teaspoon-sized balls of dough and roll between your hands to create a
smooth ball. Add all but 2 teaspoons of the cinnamon sugar to a
gallon-sized zip-top bag. Reserve the remaining 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
sugar for later. Add the cookie balls to the bag and seal it. Gently
toss the balls with the cinnamon sugar until all the cookie balls are
Place the cookie balls 1 inch apart on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Bake five minutes or until set. Remove and allow to cool. Reduce oven temp to 300ºF.
place the brown sugar, corn syrup, and 1 tablespoon of butter in a
heavy bottomed skillet. Place the skillet over medium heat. Stir the
mixture until it comes together and bubbles. Add the nuts and toss well;
cook for 5-8 minutes or until the nuts are toasted and caramelized.
Stir the nuts often to ensure they don't burn. Transfer from the skillet
to a plate lined with wax paper.
a large bowl toss together the cereals, melted stick of butter, vanilla
and 1-2 teaspoons of the remaining cinnamon sugar from earlier. Toss
well and then spread out between two cookie sheets. Bake for 15 minutes
at 300ºF, stirring once or twice during cooking. Remove and allow to
cool. Once cool, add the cereal, snickerdoodles and pecans to a large
bowl and toss well. Serve.
decorations and toys are a wonderful part of the holidays. But if you
have young children, you need to take special precautions to make sure
they're safe. Here are expert tips to ensure that your family's holiday
season is happy, healthy and hazard-free.
Safer Trees and Decorations
purchasing an artificial tree, look for the label "Fire Resistant."
Although this label does not mean the tree won't catch fire, it does
indicate the tree will resist burning and should extinguish quickly.
purchasing a live tree, check for freshness. A fresh tree is green,
needles are hard to pull from branches and when bent between your
fingers, needles do not break. The trunk butt of a fresh tree is sticky
with resin, and when tapped on the ground, the tree should not lose many
setting up a tree at home, place it away from fireplaces and radiators.
Because heated rooms dry live trees out rapidly, be sure to keep the
stand filled with water. Place the tree out of the way of traffic and do
not block doorways.
a few inches off the trunk of your tree to expose the fresh wood. This
allows for better water absorption and will help to keep your tree from
drying out and becoming a fire hazard.
only noncombustible or flame-resistant materials to trim a tree. Choose
tinsel or artificial icicles of plastic or nonleaded metals. Leaded
materials are hazardous if ingested by children.
use lighted candles on a tree or near other evergreens. Always use
nonflammable holders and place candles out of children's reach.
special care to avoid decorations that are sharp or breakable, keep
trimmings with small removable parts out of the reach of children to
avoid the child swallowing or inhaling small pieces, and avoid trimmings
that resemble candy or food, which may tempt a child to eat them.
gloves to avoid eye and skin irritation while decorating with spun
glass "angel hair." Follow container directions carefully to avoid lung
irritation while decorating with artificial-snow sprays.
Bright Ideas for Lights
or outside, always use lights that have been tested for safety by a
recognized testing laboratory that indicates conformance with safety
each set of lights, new or old, for broken or cracked sockets, frayed
or bare wires, or loose connections, and throw out damaged sets.
Use no more than three standard-size sets of lights per single extension cord.
use electric lights on a metallic tree. The tree can become charged
with electricity from faulty lights, and a person touching a branch
could be electrocuted.
Before using lights outdoors, check labels to be sure they have been certified for outdoor use.
outdoor lights securely to trees, house walls, or other firm supports
to protect the lights from wind damage. Use insulated staples to hold
strings in place, not nails or tacks. Or run strings of lights through
hooks (available at hardware stores).
Plug all outdoor electric decorations into circuits with ground fault circuit interrupters to avoid potential shocks.
Turn off all lights when you go to bed or leave the house. The lights could short out and start a fire.
care with "fire salts," which produce colored flames when thrown on
wood fires. They contain heavy metals that can cause intense
gastrointestinal irritation and vomiting if eaten. Keep them away from
children. Do not burn wrapping papers in the fireplace. A flash fire may
result, as wrappings ignite suddenly and burn intensely. Before
lighting any fire, remove all greens, boughs, papers, and other
decorations from fireplace area. Check to see that the flue is open
It pays to be aware that not all smoke is the same, the type of
smoke damage that has affected your house will differ depending on the
type of fire that has taken place. Each of the following types of smoke
require a different type of smoke damage restoration approach.
smoldering fire will give off a thick smoke that coats the surfaces of
the room completely. The result is a sticky, smeared smoke pattern that
resembles a web.
A high-temperature fire that burns very rapidly
will produce a lighter smoke pattern, although there is a far greater
likelihood that there will be significant charring in the room.
and chemicals give off a toxic smoke that becomes almost invisible when
it stains the walls but it is extremely pungent. This kind of smoke
will stain the paint or varnish on the walls.
A blocked furnace or
fireplace flue will force an oily soot back into the living room. It
can also result in a fire at the blockage point. Either way you are left
with an oily deposit that is particularly difficult to clean.
will generally result in two types of damage. Firstly, the visible
staining of walls and other surfaces is immediately noticeable. Just as
pervading is the unmistakable odor that has become deeply embedded in
hard surfaces and soft furnishing alike. Knowing how to deal with each
type of smoke damage is the specialty of a fire damage restoration
company and they will be able to advise on the best way to deal with
smoke damage and can then carry out the necessary work to remove it.
surfaces left untreated with smoke or soot damage can become
increasingly discolored as time goes by. Painted or varnished surfaces
will discolor considerably and can go from restorable to unsalvageable
in the space of a week. For this reason it is important to remove fire
residue as soon after the fire as is practicable.
The best way to deal with fire damage is to get some professional assistance from those who know the correct fire and smoke damage cleanup procedures.
When your home experiences a fire or flood, professional
assistance in restoring your home from the damage, reducing further
damage, and minimizing losses is vital. Emergency restoration services
exist to help in both fire damage repair and water damage repair. From
roof tarping to board-up services, an emergency restoration service can
attend to all the details you may not even have realized needed
The right emergency restoration service will not only
reduce further water and fire damage and restore the property to the
condition it was in prior to the incident, but it can also do it with a
minimum of disruption to your household and all due haste, while being
sure to follow all the necessary procedures to ensure and total repair
Getting adequate professional fire damage repair
and water damage repair services can be costly. Fortunately, depending
on the source of your damage and what types of homeowners insurance you
have, you can file an insurance claim for these types of incidents and
have many, if not all, of the costs paid for.
From the outset a
good emergency restoration service will pay strict heed to health and
safety, conducting an in-depth risk assessment of the home to be sure
that all structural concerns and health risks are identified before they
call the job complete. Following this and before beginning any serious
work on the job, an emergency restoration service should immediately
implement any stabilization procedure that might be necessary. Fire and
water damage both can rot walls, ceilings, and floors, any of which may
need immediate reinforcing. And by using dehumidifiers and such to
regulate the ambient environment, the possibility of mold is
To give yourself the opportunity to file an
insurance claim to pay for emergency restoration services and reduce
further damage and losses, make sure you have the right types of
insurance. Read your current homeowners insurance policy to see if it
has any provisions for fire damage repair and water damage repair. If
not, take action to supplement that insurance for those purposes before
you may need them, and then it would be too late.
experiencing fire or water damage there is no time to waste, and
suffering an emergency like a flood or a fire in your home is traumatic
enough without having to suffer further damage after the incident. The
quickest way to cause yourself further grief is to try to handle all the
emergency repair and restoration yourself. The quickest way to relief
and getting your life back is with the aid of the right expert
If you own a home or a business, it is important to understand
that you can take proactive measures to improve the quality of your air.
A building's air ducts act as passageways for warm and cool air to
spread. They collect air from rooms with a regulator and filter, heat or
cool it and send it back at a designated temperature. While it's easy
to take this process for granted, when we forget about it, we run the
risk of breathing in contaminated air. An annual duct cleaning can
improve your health, reduce sickness and lower your utility bills.
uncleaned ducts will accumulate a significant amount of dust, dirt and
grime. When these particles sit in building ducts for an extended period
of time, they can alter air flow. If there's enough accumulation,
they'll reduce not only the quality of the air that is emitted into your
living or working space, but also the quantity of air. When you have
your ducts cleaned, you might lower your heating and cooling bills as a
result of a more efficient airflow.
Homes with high moisture run
the risk of air ducts with mold. If mold grows in your home or office
air ducts and you breath it in, your health will severely suffer. Rely
on an HVAC expert to clean the mold out of your ducts. If you have metal
ducts, the cleaning job will be relatively simple. Those with plastic
ducts will have more of a challenge as plastic usually retains mold
after a cleaning and oftentimes needs to be fully replaced.
professional cleans out your ducts, he or she will eliminate all of the
other particles aside from mold. All sorts of particles accumulate in
ducts. These include dust, allergens, dirt, insect droppings and
numerous other contaminants. This isn't the type of stuff that you want
you and your family or co-workers to breathe in. So, schedule an air
duct cleaning at least once a year to ensure that you are breathing in
only the highest quality air.
While your air duct specialist is
cleaning out your ducts, he or she will also take a look around for any
signs of cracks and tears. Air ducts are meant to serve as fully solid
barriers that don't leak out any hot or cold air. This way, your living
or working space can be heated or cooled in a cost-efficient manner. If
any tears or cracks are found, you can have them repaired as soon as
possible in order to lower your utility bills and improve your air
quality over the long run.
The effects brought about by water damage in your home can be
devastating, not just because of the damages it can cause to your most
valued possessions but also the danger it can cause to your health.
Hence, it should not left sitting in your home for a long period of
time. Regardless of the cause that may have started it, what's important
is that it should be dealt with accordingly and properly.
kind of restoration service that you need will depend on the type of
water, too, that is in your home. Is it gray, black or clean? Clean
water which usually comes out from pipe bursts is not as dangerous as
the black water from which potential health problems may occur.
you don't take the water out as soon as possible, then you can expect
to have some mold growth that could further damage your properties. This
could also lead to serious health hazards like respiratory sicknesses
such as asthma and any other allergic reactions. Molds can grow almost
anywhere and, depending on the level of humidity of the area, it can
start appearing in just about 24 to 48 hours.
Black water can also
be highly unsanitary and being in close contact with it can expose you
to some kinds of bacteria and even fungi that live in dirty water. The
black water comes from raw sewage, the ones from flooded streams, and
any kind of standing water.
The gray water is another hazardous
type since it contains a lot of contaminants which can cause various
kinds of sickness when you are exposed to it. This gray water is found
in water toilets, dishwashers and the washing machines.
which are considered porous can be damaged once exposed to water like
carpets, pads, flooring which is made out of hardwood, drywall and the
wall insulation behind. Other problems like plumbing malfunctions,
accidental leaks and other natural causes can also lead to serious water
You can surely expect to lose a lot of your personal belongings and possessions with water damage if it is not treated promptly.
if you want to protect your home and your household members, you must
always take a proactive approach like doing regular routine maintenance
for your home. You must check ahead of time some potential problems that
might arise so that you can save a lot of money and time when an
unfortunate event happens.
To act responsible and be accountable
is the best way to protect your home against the worst effects that
water damage can bring. To speed up your drying method, you must utilize
fans and a couple of dehumidifiers placed in the right spots in your
home. You must also not forget to contact your insurance company to know
which claims you can make that would cover some of the damages. By
doing this, you will be able to save a lot and even collect
reimbursements for the possible expenses you will incur on repairing the
damaged parts of your home.
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One of the most important things that you can do after a fire is
to act quickly. Because smoke and fire damage can become worse over
time, it is paramount that you start the assessment and cleaning process
as fast as possible. By doing so, you can avoid much long-term damage
and loss of property.
A fire is one of the most catastrophic
events that could happen to your home. It strikes when you least expect
it, and make your home uninhabitable until you are able to repair and
restore the damage that it has done. Fire can leave behind soot and
smoke odor, which can do even more damage after the fact, if not
properly dealt with. While you may be tempted to begin the restoration
process yourself, there are a few things that you consider before making
this decision. In most cases, it is more than worth it to employ a
professional restoration company to clean up after your fire and smoke
Whenever you are dealing with fire damage, speed is of the
utmost importance. Not only do you want to minimize the long-lasting
effects that soot and smoke can have on your property and belongings,
but you also want to use your home as usual once again. Because of their
extensive training and equipment, restoration specialists can return
your home to its original state much quicker than you could yourself. To
make this decision easier, the cost of restoration is covered by most
Another reason to work with a local
restoration specialist is to make sure that you identify and remove all
of the smoke and soot that remains in your home after a fire. Because
smoke and soot can be very pervasive, the damage that is left behind is
not always readily apparent. Restoration companies have the experience,
knowledge and equipment to help you find and clean up all of the damage
that has been done to your home. This can help recurring odors, and
hidden damage from affecting you in the future.
One of the biggest
reasons to use a professional company for your fire damage clean up is
to save you time. Not only do fires cause total disarray to your home,
they can also turn your life upside down. The resulting paperwork, and
list of things to do can seem insurmountable. The last thing that you
need to worry about is whether or not you are cleaning everything
properly. By working with a trained professional, you can rest assured
that your home will be cleaned quickly, thoroughly and with the utmost
Whether you are dealing with damage from a small fire, or
something much larger, the benefits of working with a professional
restoration company are numerous. Furthermore, many offer service 24/7,
giving you the opportunity to start the process as quickly as you
possibly can. The result is a home that is restored to its previous
condition quickly, efficiently and as completely as possible.
Jon Balke has worked as a general contractor and restoration
specialist for over 15 years, specializing in cleaning and restoring
smoke damage in Valencia CA. He has worked with companies such as American Craftsman, one of the top companies in this field.
There are many cleaning problems that can happen in your home
that could make you really sad and frustrated but there is probably no
bigger problem than having to face water damage. Water damage is just
the last thing that you would want to happen in your home. It can be
extremely devastating and restoring your home after water damage is a
mission all by itself.
Many homeowners are ravaged by water damage
every year and they use different approaches in trying to restore the
beauty of their home. One option which many homeowners go with is hiring
a water restoration service to help them with the water damage.
is a really appealing option yet there are some people who do not
really go with it. If you are thinking about it, here is why it is
important for you to hire a water restoration company for your home.
Very Quick Turnaround Time - If you have water damage in your home, one
of the most important things that you should consider is how fast you
should extract the water and restore your home to normal. It is always
best to clean up and restore your home as quickly as possible to help
prevent any mold or mildew problems from developing.
It will also
minimize the structural damage to your home's interior thus you can help
maintain its condition. If you hire a water restoration service, they
can be at your home in a jiffy and they will begin the process of
restoring the damage right away. This is certainly a very big reason why
hiring a water restoration service is important.
Restoration Results - Many homeowners who try and clean their own water
damage are often at a loss of what to do. What's more problematic than
this is that they cannot guarantee that they will do a good job of it.
home's interior should not be left at the risk of improper water damage
restoration thus you should really consider just hiring a restoration
company for the job. They will come in and do all of the work for you
and what is great about it is that they can guarantee to provide the
best possible service in restoring the beauty of your home. There are
restoration companies which have been in business for decades thus your
home will be in great hands.
Good luck and hope you have an easy time in restoring your home.
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Experiencing a fire in your home can be frightening and
devastating. After this life-changing event, there are at least seven
key things you should know and do after the fire damage.
Enter. Ask authorities when it's the right time to enter your home. They
know when it's safe and the flames have been completely extinguished.
They'll thoroughly check out your property and set up a safety zone.
Consider All Possibilities. The professionals will also be able to
establish the intensity of the situation. If the destruction is too
severe, you may not be allowed to reenter at all.
3. Know Whom to
Call. Call any immediate family members who may have not been home at
the time. Tell them what happened and that you're okay.
insurance company immediately to start the claim process. They also may
be able to help you obtain emergency lodging and funds. Make sure you
save all receipts to file with your claim. They can also direct you to
clean up companies. If you were renting, be sure to call your landlord.
They may need you to call their insurance company as well to give a
report. You can also call local help groups such as your church or the
American Red Cross. Don't be afraid to ask for their help.
Fire Report. The fire department will take a report, which will have
details such as the home structure, time and date of the incident and
the destruction locations. This helps them to find out the specifics of
how they helped and what resources were available. Get a copy of this
report from them.
5. Secure the Property. To prevent looting, it's
important to secure your property. Your insurance company will most
likely suggest this action be done, and you can check with your local
police department to find how the best way to do it.
6. Clean Up
Needs. Fire damage often extends beyond what the human eye can see. You
may just think there is minimal interior fire damage, but it's possible
the destruction went deeper structurally. Your insurance company agent
will be able to suggest an assessment agency to help you with this
issue. If your home has suffered extensive destruction, it's best to
call professional removers.
7. Smoke and Soot. Cleaning smoke and
soot can be bigger than you think. They can leave a film on walls and
everywhere. Special chemical cleaners containing trisodium phosphate are
great for soot and smoke. A professional vacuum cleaner will help
remove extinguisher residue.
Have all rugs, carpets, drapes, etc.
professionally cleaned. If possible, open all doors and windows. There's
nothing quite as refreshing and cleansing as fresh air.
fire damage is traumatic. If you notice any negative responses or
attitudes of fear from yourself or your family members, don't hesitate
to get counseling. With their help, you'll be able to readjust and begin
a new chapter in your life.
1. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper or silicone liners. 2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 3. In a bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and pumpkin pie spice. 4. In a large bowl, whisk together pumpkin puree, sugar, eggs, vanilla and evaporated milk until well combined. 5. Add in dry ingredients and whisk until no streaks of flour remain and batter is smooth. 6. Fill each muffin cup with approximately ⅓ cup of batter. 7. Bake for 20 minutes and let cool for 20 minutes. 8. Remove cupcakes from pan and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes. 9. Top with whipped cream and sprinkle with more pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon on top and before serving.
This course has been specifically designed to teach and explain the special procedures used by professionals in storm and large loss response and contaminated water responses. Storm events may significantly impact the local area they strike causing damage of a magnitude so great that the storm is followed by chaos and confusion. While the cleanup and restoration following a storm event can be a long, tedious effort, mitigation efforts must begin quickly to prevent storm-damaged properties from escalating to contaminated properties. We will discuss how the response required in a storm event or large loss must meet the challenges and complexities of those situations while focusing on safety for everyone involved - the restorer, the workers, the property owner and the adjuster. We will also discuss the differences in responding to a contaminated water event and the special procedures required.
to an undisclosed but sizable donation from Servpro of Fairfield,
youths from the Vacaville Neighborhood Boys and Girls Club will get to
attend a safe Halloween-themed golf tournament at Scandia, in Cordelia,
on Oct. 24.
event, sponsored by the Optimist Club of Solano County, formerly known
as the Vacaville Optimist Club, and Scandia Family Fun Center. Youths
are slated to enjoy "ghoulish nibbles," compete for awards for best
costumes and team, and enter a spooktacular raffle contest.
contribution came about during a Little Wing Connections Monthly
Business Networking Luncheon at the Courtyard Marriott in Fairfield,
organizers said. Servpro representative Kimi Blaine was inspired to
sponsor children to play at the Optimist Club's Miniature Golf
Tournament after hearing Anna Eaton, VNBGC executive director, speak.
She approached Servpro owners, Sherry and Kelly McLean and Tom Swain,
and the donation subsequently was made.
are the future," said Sherry McLean. "Not every child has the same
opportunities, so when there is a way to help out, it's our place to
stand up and fill the gap for them."
is all about food and family - turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes,
pumpkin pie and family time. However, preparing holiday goodies can lead
to disaster - the kitchen is the setting of more fires than any other
room in the house, and cooking is the leading cause of fires in the
home. The American Red Cross has safety steps to use while preparing the
The cooks should start by not wearing loose
clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking. Never leave cooking food
unattended - stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling or broiling food.
If someone must leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, they
should turn off the stove. Other safety steps include:
Check food regularly while cooking and remain in the home while cooking. Use a timer as a reminder that the stove or oven is on.
Keep the kids away from the cooking area. Enforce a "kid-free zone" and make them stay at least three feet away from the stove.
anything that can catch fire - pot holders, oven mitts, wooden
utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels or
curtains-away from the stove, oven or any other appliance in the kitchen
that generates heat.
Clean cooking surfaces on a regular basis to prevent grease buildup.
a fire extinguisher to keep in the kitchen. Contact the local fire
department to take training on the proper use of extinguishers.
check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving the home to make sure
all stoves, ovens, and small appliances are turned off.
a smoke alarm near the kitchen, on each level of the home, near
sleeping areas, and inside and outside bedrooms. Use the test button to
check it each month. Replace all batteries at least once a year.
How you respond in a water damage emergency can make a difference
in thousands of dollars of repair costs. Ultimately, it can also
determine whether you save your carpets or not. It can be tough to know
what to do when faced with water damage in your home. That is why it is a
good idea to be prepared ahead of time. This can help you to act fast
and take control of the situation. The number one solution is to always
call a professional immediately. They can provide the best guidance for
how to handle your specific situation. Follow these tips to help protect
Water Damage Tips
step is to identify the source of the incoming water. It may be that you
can stop it. There have been times that an entire house has flooded
thanks to a faucet that was unknowingly left on. In the case of a pipe
break, you may be able to shut off the water at the source. If the water
is coming from another source, you may have to call a professional to
handle the problem.
If there are electrical appliances in the
flooded area, you will also need to shut off the electricity. Do not
wade into the water in order to do so. The electricity should be turned
off at the source instead.
The next step is to remove any
furniture from the area. This can do two different things. First, it
helps to protect the furniture from further damage. Second, it protects
the carpet from getting stains or rust damage from areas of contact.
Something that many people forget about includes closets. Always be sure
to empty the closet floors in particular. If there are cardboard boxes
stored anywhere, these will need to be taken out promptly. Otherwise
they can leave a stain.
Things to Avoid
a professional arrives at your home, they will begin the drying
process. Prior to their arrival, many people attempt their hand at
drying the carpet on their own. Unfortunately, this can cause permanent
damage. Do not try to rip up the carpet and pad. When done improperly it
can damage the carpet. Also, do not use an electric heater to dry the
area. The problem with this method is that it is not powerful enough to
dry the pad. It will only dry the surface of the carpet. A professional
will evaluate your specific situation and will take the right steps to
restore your home.
Victor Nugent is Owner and President of AJS Carpet Cleaning, Inc.
and has had more than 12 years experience in the Cleaning business. For more information call 801 368-0705 or visit our website at AJS Carpet Cleaning, Inc. or Carpet Cleaning Provo
When you are in need of air duct cleaning services, it is
important to find a company that can service your needs. Professional
cleaners can also service dryer vents, HVAC systems, and they can remove
the leftover construction debris found in ducts. You may not be aware
that you need your systems cleaned because you don't see it every day.
However, this type of cleaning results in better indoor air quality and
energy savings. Here are some reasons why it is beneficial to have your
systems cleaned and when you should do it.
Indoor Air Quality
an average home, an estimated 40+ pounds of dust accumulates annually
within the air ducts. This is created by regular, daily activities. Your
HVAC system circulates air throughout your home, so you can imagine
what the indoor air quality is of a home with many pounds of dust in the
ductwork. Other contaminants, such as chemicals and dander, also
recirculate throughout your HVAC system. This can lead to an
accumulation of these contaminants in your ducts. Build-up of these
materials in circulation systems can cause problems for individuals with
respiratory conditions, allergies, and autoimmune disorders.
Department of Energy reports that up to 40% of heating and cooling
energy in homes is wasted. This excess is caused by contaminants in
ductwork that tax the HVAC systems and decrease the system's longevity.
Performing air duct cleaning can lead to increased efficiency and energy
savings because when these systems are clean, they do not have to labor
as much to achieve your heating and cooling needs.
Preventing Duct Contamination
maintenance can work wonders in keeping your air systems in the best
working order. To minimize the amount of contamination in your ductwork,
use high efficiency air filters and change them regularly. Ensure all
filters are accounted for and replace any missing filters. Also make
sure that there are no gaps around filter holders where air can get
through. When getting your HVAC systems serviced, ask the technician to
maintain the coils and drain pans in the system. It is also just as
important to keep your house regularly vacuumed and dusted to reduce the
accumulation of contaminants that become trapped within these heating
and cooling systems.
When to Seek Air Duct Cleaning Services
It is especially important to get in touch with professional cleaners in the following situations.
When you can visibly see mold growth inside the ducts or in and around
your HVAC systems. Ask HVAC technicians to check for its growth during
regular service visits because it's hard to tell whether mold growth is
present on inside surfaces of heating and cooling systems.
2. Rodents and insects get into your ducts and cause an infestation.
An overabundance of contaminants (e.g., dust and debris) are trapped in
your ducts that cause them to circulate throughout your home by way of
the supply registers.
Always ensure you get reliable and
professional air duct cleaning service providers and keep a check on
your filters and heating and cooling systems to increase the air quality
and energy savings in your home.
Planning ahead can help make this Halloween a fire-safe one. Taking simple fire safety precautions, like making sure fabrics for costumes and decorative materials are flame-resistant, can prevent fires.
Professional fire and water damage restoration contractors have
expertise in emergency response and disaster recovery situations. When
such disasters strike, be it a flood in your basement or crawl space, a
leak in your roof or smoke and soot damage in your home, call fire and
flood damage experts for complete repair and restoration services.
Restoration companies usually have a set up emergency response hotline,
supporting their communities in these stressful situations. The
technicians who handle fire and flood damage emergencies are often IICRC
certified restoration professionals, experienced in fire, smoke,
flooding and water disaster scenarios on residential, commercial and
Professional restoration companies will arrive
in your place of emergency within the hour, for the most part. They know
that time is of the essence and prompt attention to your emergency will
lessen the duration and cost of the restoration project. These experts
arrive ready to assess the water damage in your home and start drying
out the property immediately. The trucks are equipped with gear and
supplies necessary for any fire, smoke, soot and water restoration job.
Professional water extraction and drying tools that are used for water
removal from your property are industrial strength and are designed for
any type of repair and restoration efforts. They truly offer dependable,
competent and personalized service for a variety of disaster recovery
Fire and water damage restoration contractors engage
in the complete repair and rebuilding of your home or office following
natural disasters or man-made accidental catastrophes. Both fire and
water restoration scenarios involve flood loss prevention and water
removal and drying. Restoration companies have expertise in loss
containment. Many household items such as electronics, furniture,
clothing, photographs, artwork, books and many others can be salvaged in
restoration facilities that specialize in recovering personal
possessions from fire and flood emergencies. Water damage restoration
contractors can store your salvaged personal items until your
restoration job is complete.
Many emergency water restoration
scenarios involve mold infestation if left untreated for longer than
24-48 hours. Thus, mold remediation is an essential service water damage
restoration contractors engage in routinely. Mold removal, structural
drying, dehumidification and disinfection are crucial to the proper
completion of most restoration projects.
contractors routinely work directly with homeowners' insurance companies
to file claims. Usually, when water damage restoration contractors bill
insurance companies directly, the paperwork is filled out accurately
and the process flows smoothly so the claim is often processed quickly
and without further delays.
Mold exists virtually everywhere. It is a naturally occurring
organism that manifests itself in a wide variety of environments,
specifically those featuring high levels of moisture or humidity. In
nature, it is relatively harmless to humans. It's only when humans
encounter it up close and personal that danger presents itself.
in the home is a common problem that can lead to short and long-term
health complications. Anyone with this problem in his or her environment
should seek professional mold remediation to take care of this vital
problem. Here is what you need to know about mold remediation, including
what you can do to handle this issue should it arise in your home.
Dangers to Your Health
occurs naturally in both nature and man-made environments that
typically feature moisture and humidity. When humans encounter
significant levels on a regular basis, health issues can result.
from being exposed vary, but typically include nasal congestion, sinus
congestion, irritated and watery eyes, respiratory issues (such as
wheezing, tightness in the chest, and difficulty breathing), coughing,
sneezing, and an irritated throat. Exposure can also trigger allergic
reactions that come with additional symptoms.
In addition, serious
health threats can emerge. A person can come down with systemic
mycosis, or a systemic fungal infection. Furthermore, a person can also
become affected by mycotoxin toxicity. High levels of exposure can
result in serious illness manifested in neurological problems and
eventually death if not treated.
Preventing Harmful Growth
can't keep mold completely out of your home, but you can help make your
home resistant. The main way to do this is to control the level of
moisture in your home. Any area that has frequent condensation, for
example, is a prime area for growth. If there are any areas that
frequently get wet, especially after rain, you should work to keep them
as dry as possible. You can also use dehumidifiers, especially if you
live in a humid climate. Also, be sure to not leave wet items, such as
clothing, hanging around the house. This can encourage growth.
Exploring Mold Remediation
you notice growth in your home, you can remove it by seeking out mold
remediation. The best way is to hire a professional who specializes in
dealing with these specific problems and is equipped with the equipment,
knowledge, and technology to not only detect mold, but get rid of it.
It is recommended that you work with specialists instead of trying to
detect and eliminate all traces of growth yourself. This decreases the
chance that you will miss something.
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If there's been any water damage on your commercial or
residential property, you should not wait and should immediately call in
professionals from a reputable water restoration company. In some
cases, you can do restoration on your own, but there is too much risk to
take it up as a DIY project. Let's have a close look at the services
provided by a water restoration company.
* Available 24/7
water restoration companies operate on 24/7 basis. Time is really
important when it comes to water damage restoration and any delay can
dramatically increase your losses resulting in additional restoration
expenses. If flooding has been due to any burst pipe, shut off the water
supply and immediately call in professionals as soon as you can. If
flooding is due to a sewage backup, floods, hurricanes, or roof leakage,
you should not wait even for a second and call water restoration
company to minimize your losses.
* Expert help with insurance claims
water restoration company can do much more than water cleanup and
restoration in your home or office. They will assign you an insurance
specialist who will prepare your paperwork and help you in the entire
insurance claims process. Even though claiming insurance for any
property damage seems easy, but insurance company will do everything
possible to give you a lower amount than required. With the professional
help from an insurance specialist, you will save lot of time and stress
and will get the check that will easily cover all your restoration
* Professional equipment
companies use commercial grade equipment and tools, such as blowers,
portable water extraction units, dehumidifiers, pumps, humidity and
moisture gauges, fans, truck mounted extraction units and so on. All
these equipments will help in removing water and will restore your home
or office within hours.
* Technical know how
This is where
water restoration companies offer the most value. You may take hours to
learn and research to figure out best restoration plan for your property
while professionals with years of hands on experience will immediately
go to work and will restore your property in the most cost effective and
efficient way. They will also advise you on potential issues with the
construction of your building that might lead to future water damage
Therefore, in conclusion, it's best to call a professional
water restoration company as soon as any water damage occurs on your
property. The sooner you'll call them, the lesser your losses will be.
These companies also guarantee that their estimates will be accepted by
your insurance company. That means, you won't spend anything from your
pocket by hiring these professionals.
We offer a wide range of services to our clients with highly
trained staff that are always ready to assist you whether its a big or
small project. In this case, we can guarantee that we provide an
excellent service and customer satisfaction. Your safety is our main
goal. Call us today and find out how 911 Restoration can help you in your home restoration from disaster. We are here to be your tool as a solution to your problem.
Water damage is one of the major causes of damage and loss of
property. The term 'water damage' broadly describes a wide range of
probable losses caused by the presence of water in a material or system
where it can contribute to destructive processes like de-lamination and
rotting of wood and wooden components, rusting of steel and other
Water causes damage by minor but steady degradation
such as water spots or seepage that can mar surfaces or by catastrophic
situations such as breaches and flooding.
Some of the common water damage irritants in a home can be:
• Bad weather
• Broken pipes or hoses from home appliances or drainage
• Clogged toilets
• Cracks in the foundation
• Leaking roofs
• Moisture trapped in between wall surfaces
• Plumbing leaks
As far as insurance coverage is concerned,
most damage caused by bad weather is considered flood damage and
normally is not covered under homeowners insurance. Coverage for bad
weather would usually require flood insurance.
Categories of Water Damage
Category 1 involves "clean water" or a source or leak that does not
pose any safety or health hazard to human - e.g. home appliance
malfunctions, broken water lines, tub overflows etc.
• Category 2
involves "grey water" or a source of water that carries harmful
biological contaminants like bacteria or chemical components like
effluents etc - e.g. unclean or clogged toilet water closets, seepage
from septic tanks etc.
• Category 3 involves "black water" and is
the most dangerous of all because of its highly unsanitary nature. This
results from water sources affecting home and indoor environments - e.g.
sewage backflow, contaminated standing or ground surface water,
overflowing water from rivers or breached lakes, seawater etc.
Category 3 also includes 'grey water' that is not immediately sucked out or removed from the sources of the leak.
Classes of Water Damage
is determined by the 'probable evaporation rate' based on the affected
surface and the material. As a first step to ascertain restoration, the
class of damage has to be ascertained.
1. Class 1 - 'slow rate of evaporation' - when material absorb minimum amounts of moisture and only a small area is affected.
Class 2 - 'fast rate of evaporation' - when water has affected the
indoor area of a home - e.g. floor flooding drenching carpets, cushions
3. Class 3 - 'fastest rate of evaporation' - when water drips
or falls from above affecting ceiling, carpet, cushions, home
insulation, walls etc.
4. Class 4 - Specialty Drying Situations -
when drying surfaces like concrete floors, hardwood floors, plastering
etc. with specific low humidity to accomplish drying.
Insurance From Water Damage
the case of homes, many home insurance policies do not provide coverage
for water damage and water damage restoration. Usually this is an
addendum incorporated in the policy incurring extra premium payout.
individuals and businesses are affected by flooding, the Individual
Assistance Program allows them the option to apply for FEMA grants and
government loans. On a still larger scale of utter destruction of life
and property by flooding, the FEMA Public Assistance Program provides
Air duct cleaning provides several benefits to property owners
when it comes to indoor air quality, energy savings, health issues, and
system performance. There are a number of reasons that regular ductwork
cleanings are so important. Here are some of the best.
could cause serious problems for people with autoimmune disorders and
respiratory health conditions. Mold, mildew, dust and debris can build
up in a home's ductwork. A cleaning will not eliminate every single
spore of the pollutants, but it'll drastically reduce their presence.
According to research, indoor oxygen may be up to 70 times more polluted
than the outdoors.
According to research, the average six-room
house collects about 40 pounds of dust every year. Passages that are
clogged with dust and debris cause particles to be released into your
house through your supply registers. A rinsing will help reduce the dust
in your house by removing it from its primary source - your ventilation
Excessive buildup in your air canals will make your
heating and cooling system work harder to achieve the same results. If
your heating and cooling system is forced to work above a normal
capacity, it runs the risk of breaking down. According to research, 90
percent of system failures are caused by dirt and dust.
buildup of dirt, debris, and dust in your air ducts forces your
equipment to run longer to cool or heat your house. The longer the
heating and cooling system runs, the more energy it will use. You can
reduce energy usage by up to 20 percent by having your vents washed. A
vent cleansing will ensure that your heating and cooling operates as
efficiently as possible, and it will cost less money to operate on a
Another advantage of sterilizing the canals on a
regular basis is that it can prevent the infestation of vermin and
rodents. Vermin and rodents are carriers of diseases and lead to the
destruction of homes. You should wash the ductwork system anytime you
find evidence of rodent or insect activity.
Are you suffering with
allergies? One way to cure this problem is to have the vents washed on a
regular basis. Air duct cleansing can significantly reduce the amount
of allergens in a home. Protect your yourself and your family, and allow
yourself to breathe pure oxygen by getting your canals cleaned.
odors in your house usually mean that mold, mildew, dust, and debris
may be present in your vents. An air duct cleaning will eliminate the
musty odors completely. If you want your home smell great all year
round, you should have your vents washed on a regular basis.
are just some of the benefits of air duct cleaning. Your air vents
should be washed when needed - such as when dust, insects, mold, or
excessive debris clutter the system. Before you hire a professional to
scrub your vents, make sure they know what they're doing. A poor job can
damage your heating and cooling system.
Water damage is a common case in many homes and often results
from floods or leaking pipes. The damage and the costs incurred could be
huge if not treated promptly. It is, therefore, important to take some
remedial measures when faced with any type of water damage at home. The
sooner the situation is resolved, the lesser the damage incurred.
are remedial actions that are needed to be taken by the homeowner in
such circumstances. The owner must strive to treat the water damage as
soon as possible in order to avoid further destructions to the property.
As the owner, you can either act on your own or call professional
services to treat the water damage for you. Given below are tips on what
to do when faced with water damage at home:
Step 1: The first
thing you need to do is to assess the damage in order to identify its
causes. For example, if the damage has been caused by leaking pipes, you
need to call plumbers as soon as possible because that damage can be
extensive. Plumbers are always available to do household jobs that are
not easy for you to do especially when you are not experienced at all.
On the other hand, if the damage has resulted from inundation, then
remove that water before any further damage is incurred. Also unplug
your electrical appliances.
If there is too much water, it is
recommended that you call the certified water removal companies. These
certified companies know the best solutions for the removal of water and
the treatment of the water damage. They abide by standards to ensure
that the health risks are eliminated, and the water is removed. They
will help assess the water damage and then take actions where needed.
They will also determine the damage costs.
Step 2: If your
property needs repairs, then claim your insurance to help you fulfil
those repairs. However, you must have documented the damage since from
the start. It is recommended that you take pictures of the incident to
serve as proof when you claim insurance. Be alert that it will not be
easy to claim water damage repairs with your insurance. Therefore, you
are advised to always use professional water services to serve as proof
for the repairs needed. The advantage with these professional and
certified water removal companies is that they will assess your damage
and collect data. They will also estimate the costs based on the
standards set by several organisations responsible for certifications.
Without the help of these companies, it might be very challenging to
claim your insurance.
Therefore, when dealing with your damage at
home, it is recommended to employ certified professionals to solve it
for you. It is will be easy to claim insurance for the repairs if
needed. However, if there are only minor damages, then you might decide
to take actions on your own. Save costs and remove the water in your
house before the damage extends.
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Mold removal is essential to keeping a home and the people in it
safe, healthy, and comfortable. Mold, mildew, rot, and dust mites can
cause serious health issues, including asthma, allergies, eye and
respiratory issues, and much more. Mold can also reduce a home's
property value and lead to costly structural damage. Continue reading to
learn more about rot and how to control, remove, and prevent mold
growth in your home.
Mold Can Be Sneaky and Prevalent
affects indoor air quality, and, unfortunately, can grow very quickly.
In fact, mold can begin to grow in a home with humidity over 60% in
under 48 hours. Mold can even grow and thrive in cold spaces, such as a
refrigerator, as long as the temperature is above 40-degrees Fahrenheit.
"Hidden" rot can also secretly grow in fiberglass insulation, and
behind wallpaper and drywall. Even though you may not be able to visibly
see the rot, it doesn't mean that it's not there and causing damage to
your home and your health.
Serious Effects of Mold Growth
presence of mold in a home has many negative effects. People can be
exposed to rot through direct skin contact, breathing, or ingestion.
Mold exposure can cause a number of health-related issues, including
breathing difficulties, asthma and topical skin rash. Black mold is rare
but highly-toxic and contains carcinogenic mycotoxins that are linked
to certain types of cancer, liver and nervous system damage, and more.
can also cause structural damage and destroy the value of your home--
no one wants to buy or move into a home with a serious mold problem!
growth can also seriously impact your wallet for two reasons: 1) if
left in-tact, mold will continue to grow and become increasingly
expensive to remove; and 2) due to a rising number of rot-related
lawsuits, many home insurance companies now exclude mold insurance from
simple yet effective way to prevent mold growth is to invest in an
energy-efficient dehumidifier. Because mold loves dark, damp, humid
spaces, it naturally thrives in basements and crawl spaces. Investing in
a dehumidifier can significantly lower your home's humidity levels,
making it impossible for mold to grow or survive.
Professional Mold Removal
can be a scary thing, but fortunately, it's not something that is
impossible to control or remove. Experts know that mold must have two
things to survive and thrive: moisture and humidity. A mold removal
specialist can visit your home to identify places where mold is growing
or has previously grown.
Such specialists can then thoroughly seal
your home so that it is fully waterproofed and protected from future
mold growth. If necessary and applicable, the mold removal specialist
may also wish to install a crawl space vapor barrier system to protect
both your home and your health.
If you suspect mold growth in your
basement or other areas of your home, contact a mold removal specialist
as soon as possible. Remember: a musty-smelling home is an unsafe home.
Take the necessary steps to protect your family and your property by
investing in mold removal services today!
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Air Ducts are present in HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and
Air-conditioning) systems to provide airflows that take care of supply
and exhaust. Usually referred to as 'ventilation' ducts because they
also deliver ventilation as part of supply-exhaust cycle, they are a
good way of ensuring optimal comfort in heating and cooling as well as
the quality of air.
It is recommended that air
ducts are cleaned periodically to remove not only dust and pollutants
but also things like children's toys, debris, paper clips, pet hair and
any material that can be trapped inside. According to the US
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) air duct cleaning is "probably
unnecessary" if occupants of a home do not suffer allergies or illnesses
and if a customary inspection reveals no indication that any dust
particles are deposited inside. But it cautions that indoor air is up to
five times more polluted and unhealthy than outdoor air because the
same contaminated air that likely contains bacteria, fungi and mold
keeps circulating within the house.
The National Air Duct
Cleaner's Association (NADCA) estimates that a modest six-room home
collects up to 40 pounds of allergens, dirt and dust in the air ducts
annually. In statistical terms, that means 40,000 dust mites per ounce
of dust correlated to 40 pounds of dust.
When is it necessary?
The timing or period of cleaning can vary from home to home, location to location and the general condition of the equipment.
However, some pointers to initiate a cleaning could be:
• When dusting and sweeping need to be done more often,
• When there are visible traces of dust around the home,
• When certain areas of the house seem to get no regular air flow from the ducts,
• When a musty smell or odor keeps hanging in the air
• When the occupants of a home experience burning sensation in the
eyes, nose and throat, congestion in the nasal passages, constant
sneezing, headaches, running nose etc.
Benefits of air duct cleaning
from the most obvious benefits of a clean home and environment free
from dust and pollutants, energy savings is a crucial benefit. With
regular use, air heating and cooling systems do tend to get dirty; the
dust and contaminants make the systems work harder thereby lessening the
life of the ducting systems. Energy efficiency studies show that up to
40% of the energy used for indoor heating or air-conditioning is wasted,
which is a whopping amount when translated into power and energy bill
Homeowners can often take a problem such as a mold infestation
for granted. There is a common misconception that if you cannot see a
problem then it does not exist. Mold tends to grow in walls and behind
sinks. These are areas you cannot see or rarely ever look at. By the
time it becomes visible, there is probably an already substantial amount
in your home and it grows quickly. Mold remediation is not something
that homeowners should do on their own. It is a skill that takes years
to master and should only be attempted by a professional. Disturbing
mold can cause it to reproduce faster in some cases and it also presents
several health problems that should be left to experienced experts.
and every homeowner should hire a mold remediation specialist to
inspect their homes once a year to see an infestation is starting. The
convenient thing about this kind of an inspection is that it can be very
easy for the contractor to show the homeowner where the infestation is
and how far it has spread. It takes a trained expert to know where to
look in a home for potential signs of an infestation. It also takes a
trained expert to know how to prepare for exposure to the substance and
how to handle it without the situation getting out of control. A
homeowner with no experience could make the situation worse if he tries
to deal with it on his own.
Mold remediation requires very
specific methods to make sure that all of the substance is removed and
that there is no sign of it left behind. If any is left behind, it will
grow into another infestation. In some cases, portions of the wall
frames or drywall in the home may need to be replaced. The professional
will be able to discern what needs to be done to make the home safe for
habitation again. If the infestation is allowed to get out of control,
it could take over a large portion of the house and then that would be a
much larger issue.
When you use a professional mold remediation service, you are assured of getting the right kind of service
for this very serious matter. This is something that you want a trained
professional taking care to ensure the safety of your family and your
home. Get an annual inspection and try to prevent water from leaking
into your home.