Thursday, January 30, 2014

7 Key Things to Do After Fire Damage

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.

1. Don't 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.

2. 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.

Call your 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.

4. The 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.

Experiencing 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.

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Monday, January 27, 2014

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Friday, January 24, 2014

RECIPE - Chili Casserole

 
"Red taco sauce is used in this casserole of browned ground beef combined with celery, corn, and tomatoes. It is baked with egg noodles and topped with cheese."

INGREDIENTS:

1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onion
3 stalks celery, chopped
1 (15 ounce) can chili
1 (14.5 ounce) can peeled and diced tomatoes with juice
1/4 cup taco sauce
1 (15 ounce) can corn
1 (8 ounce) package egg noodles
1/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

DIRECTIONS:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a large skillet over medium high heat, saute the beef and onion for 5 to 10 minutes, or until meat is browned and onion is tender; drain fat. Add the celery, chili, tomatoes, taco sauce and corn. Heat thoroughly, reduce heat to low and allow to simmer.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare the noodles according to package directions. When cooked, place them in a 9x13 inch baking dish. Pour the meat mixture over the noodles, stirring well. Top with the cheese.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 20 minutes, or until cheese is completely melted and bubbly.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

WHY COME TO CE CLASSES?

Why come to the CE Classes that Servpro of Fairfield offers?

Reason #1: CE Credits.  Each class offers anywhere from 2 to 4 units of CE Credit for agents in California

Reason #2: It's Free AND, we feed you!

Reason #3: CE Classes can help you the agent better understand the restoration process and what your clients experience.

Reason #4: You get the opportunity to ask those nagging questions directly from the service providers.

Reason #5: CE Classes can help you provide better service to your clients because you understand the process, can address possible challenges that they may face in a claim and help your client understand the importance of quick response to keep claim costs to a minimum.

Reason #6: Networking - CE Classes offer you an opportunity to connect with other insurance agents who have faced similar challenges.

Now that you know why it's a great idea to attend a Servpro of Fairfield CE class, save the date for 3/18/14 for our next CE class to be held in Fairfield.  The location is yet to be determined, but we assure you, as soon as we have it, you will know!  See you March 18, 2014!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

WINTER MAINTENANCE

Winter Warm-Up:

Minimize Winter Maintenance and Risk Management Issues

The dead of winter is upon us, along with the potential for severe winter storms, heavy snowfall, and extreme cold. Snow, ice, and freezing rain bring a host of safety hazards and other concerns. Plunging temperatures may cause frozen or burst pipes, often with extensive and costly repairs. The management company response to winter events can make or break your reputation and resident and tenant satisfaction. Here are some steps that you, as a real estate manager, can take to keep things running smoothly throughout the harsh winter months:


General Planning

  • Ensure that the emergency and disaster plan covers preventive measures and procedures to follow during winter events and storms (e.g., equipment and supplies required, facility shut down or early release procedures, winterization instructions, etc.)
  • Hire reputable contractors with experience, equipment, and personnel to respond to the varied winter conditions in your area
  • Check and service water heaters and HVAC systems regularly as they are working overtime in the cold winter months

Snow and Ice

  • Identify and address pavement deficiencies that may become covered by snow and difficult for pedestrians to see
  • Identify and address roof and site drainage issues that may cause water to drain onto walkways and freeze, causing icy conditions. Direct runoff away from the building structure.
  • Inspect the amount of snow on rooftops, and remove if necessary. Flat roofs are especially vulnerable to freezing, thawing, and refreezing, which can plug roof drains and add weight.
  • Ensure areas around vents and exhaust pipes are clear
  • Choose snow storage locations so they do not block views or cause drainage concerns.
  • When snow melts, ensure it does not drain onto walkway areas where it can freeze later.
  • Inspect canopies and awnings for snow and ice drainage and the potential for falling debris
  • Instruct maintenance staff to clear sidewalks of snow and ice, and use salt, chemical pellets, and sand as appropriate. Display caution signs for slippery conditions.  

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

PREVENTING AND THAWING FROZEN PIPES


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Being prepared and informed may help you to avoid the messy and often expensive issue of frozen pipes. The American Red Cross provides information and suggestions around how to prevent water pipes in the home from freezing, and how to thaw them if they do freeze.

Why Pipe Freezing is a Problem

Water has a unique property in that it expands as it freezes. This expansion puts tremendous pressure on whatever is containing it, including metal or plastic pipes. No matter the "strength" of a container, expanding water can cause pipes to break. Pipes that freeze most frequently are those that are exposed to severe cold, like outdoor hose bibs, swimming pool supply lines, water sprinkler lines, and water supply pipes in unheated interior areas like basements and crawl spaces, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets. Pipes that run against exterior walls that have little or no insulation are also subject to freezing.


Preventing Frozen Pipes


Before the onset of cold weather, prevent freezing of these water supply lines and pipes by following these recommendations: 
  • Drain water from swimming pool and water sprinkler supply lines following manufacturer's or installer's directions. Do not put antifreeze in these lines unless directed. Antifreeze is environmentally harmful, and is dangerous to humans, pets, wildlife, and landscaping.
  • Remove, drain, and store hoses used outdoors. Close inside valves supplying outdoor hose bibs. Open the outside hose bibs to allow water to drain. Keep the outside valve open so that any water remaining in the pipe can expand without causing the pipe to break.
  • Check around the home for other areas where water supply lines are located in unheated areas. Look in the basement, crawl space, attic, garage, and under kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Both hot and cold water pipes in these areas should be insulated.
  • Consider installing specific products made to insulate water pipes like a "pipe sleeve" or installing UL-listed "heat tape," "heat cable," or similar materials on exposed water pipes. Newspaper can provide some degree of insulation and protection to exposed pipes - even ¼" of newspaper can provide significant protection in areas that usually do not have frequent or prolonged temperatures below freezing.

To Thaw Frozen Pipes

  • If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, suspect a frozen pipe. Likely places for frozen pipes include against exterior walls or where your water service enters your home through the foundation.
  • Keep the faucet open. As you treat the frozen pipe and the frozen area begins to melt, water will begin to flow through the frozen area. Running water through the pipe will help melt ice in the pipe.
  • Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, an electric hair dryer, a portable space heater (kept away from flammable materials), or by wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water. Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, charcoal stove, or other open flame device.
  • Apply heat until full water pressure is restored. If you are unable to locate the frozen area, if the frozen area is not accessible, or if you can not thaw the pipe, call a licensed plumber.
  • Check all other faucets in your home to find out if you have additional frozen pipes. If one pipe freezes, others may freeze, too.   

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Why Do It Yourself Fire Restoration and Water Restoration Is Not Recommended

Many homeowners who are confronted with water or fire damage often try to take up restoration efforts on their own. Though it might seem like a great idea at the beginning, one will often find that fire restoration and water restoration is actually quite difficult once they have begun.

Homeowners will often find themselves lacking in two different aspects. They will be found wanting in terms of technical expertise and will secondly be shorthanded when it comes to quality equipment that will be necessary to carry out fire restoration and water restoration. This is explained in more detail below.

Technical aspects of fire and water restoration that might not be common knowledge,

  • When it comes to fire damage, parts of the house that never came in contact with the fire can still be affected by the smoke emitted from the fire. There are different types of smoke such as fuel oil smoke, protein smoke and a few others. Each type of smoke will have to be treated with different compositions of chemicals if the odor has to be removed. A homeowner might carry out an incomplete restoration process where the odor of smoke will be temporarily eliminated. It can however come back after a few weeks and will require another restoration effort to be carried out.

  • Water restoration is also equally tricky in the sense that parts of the house untouched by water can still be damaged from the moisture released by the stagnated water. If there is standing water, the water will start to evaporate and turn into moisture that will start to be absorbed by porous construction materials such as ceilings, carpets etc. A water restoration company will use hygrometers to detect moisture levels. They will then use a range of equipment such as water pumps, dehumidifiers and blowers that will rid the property of potentially damaging moisture.

  • Fire restoration will need the use of various EPA approved chemicals. For example, ozone and other chemicals will have to be used to treat smoke odor. Ozone has to be handled properly and safely and the affected area will have to be isolated before fire restoration with ozone is carried out.

  • When it comes to water restoration, it is not enough if the water is merely removed and the area just dried up. The source of the water leak will have to be identified and stopped. In some cases, this source might be hard to find and only a contractor will be able to use an infrared camera to find a hidden broken pipe that cannot be seen by the naked eye.

In addition to the above points, hiring a water and fire restoration company is always a good idea as they can also do a very good job in assisting you with the insurance claims process.

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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Fire Restoration and Water Restoration - Seek Professional Help for Best Results

Fire damage and water damage are the two most common types of property damage occurring in the U.S. In fact, it is estimated that almost 20,000 people are killed or injured in various fire accidents across the country. This can only mean that there is extensive property damage as well. As for water damage, it is estimated that almost 20% of property insurance claims are related to costs incurred in water restoration.

However, a professional fire restoration service or a professional water restoration can do a great job of bringing back your home to its pre-accident state. Here is a brief summary of what a professional fire restoration or water restoration contractor will be able to do for your property.

Professional fire restoration services

  • The contractor will first analyze the type of fire that has occurred in your property. This can be identified by the type of smoke that has been generated. Fire damage and smoke damage go hand in hand and only a contractor will know how to treat smoke damage of various kinds. Smoke can penetrate porous materials such as ceilings, walls and other materials and can stay for several months unless they are treated by a fire restoration company.

  • The fire and water restoration contractor will also decide what can be salvaged and what will have to be discarded. Scorched furniture or singed carpets can probably be restored with various chemicals.

  • A good fire restoration service will also treat your property for damage caused by an extinguisher such as a foam extinguisher. If water was used to put out the fire, water restoration will also be carried out accordingly.

Professional restoration of water damage

  • There are many different types of water damage and they are usually classified as Class 1, Class 2, Class 3 and Class 4. A contractor will analyze the extent of damage and take steps accordingly.

  • Professional restoration services will give you the best chance to recover from water damage as they will have a lot of manpower and all the heavy equipment that will help with a speedy recovery. For example, they will have many dehumidifiers, water pumps, dryers and portable pumps that will be used collectively to get the water out as soon as possible. When it comes to water damage, the best recovery is possible only when the restoration work is carried out immediately after the damage has occurred. Restoration contractors and their teams work around the clock and will be at your property in no time once you give them a call.

  • The restoration company will also solve any mold problems that might arise out of water damage.

We can handle all your restoration needs flood, fire, water damage, mold cleanup, odor removal, basement waterproofing, leaky basements, crime scene cleanup, foundation repair, sewer line replacement, drain cleaning, any size project we can do it.

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Monday, January 6, 2014

Water Damage Restoration by a Professional Contractor - It Will Be a Wise Decision

Almost every household in America will experience some sort of water damage at some stage over the life of the property. Small accidents such as an overflowing sink or a leaky faucet can easily be fixed with the help of home equipment such as a dry/wet vacuum and a hairdryer. However, when the water damage relates to more complex forms of damage such as backed up toilets, broken pipes, flooded basements, rainwater flooding and so on, it is best that the homeowners calls for the services of a professional water damage restoration contractor.

Here are some examples of situations where a professional water damage repair company might be able to do a much better job than homeowners who will try to attempt restoration on their own.
Water damage repair arising out of a broken pipeline - Sometimes, you can be clueless about the source of water leak in your house. You may or may not know that there are several pipes that are concealed in the construction of your home. They can suddenly crack for various reasons. A professional restoration company will be able to use infra red cameras to identify the cracked pipe without having to break down walls or other construction materials. It would be very difficult for you to properly identify this leak without the right equipment that only a restoration contractor will carry.

The four categories of water damage restoration - There are essentially four different types of water that can cause damage to your property. Category 1 and category 2 are the least problematic as they are water from relatively clean sources such as an open faucet or a broken washing machine or dishwasher. Category 3 and 4 are very problematic because the water will be infected with a lot of microbes, bacteria and fungi. Category 3 and 4 water, otherwise known as black water will come from sources such as backed up toilets, sewer lines, sea water, river water etc. Only a professional contractor will know how to treat each category of water. Some will require the use of chemical based agents that will remove the bacteria and fungi from your property. If you attempted restoration on your own by just drying out your property, you could run the risk of exposing your dear and loved ones to dangerous levels of bacteria that will obviously not be visible to the naked eye.

There are several other advantages to hiring a professional restoration company, some of them being fast response times, help with the insurance claims process and cost effectiveness when it comes to restoration results.

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Friday, January 3, 2014

Water Damage Can Be Dangerous to Your Home and Family

Owning a home can be a wonderful experience, but the biggest drawback to owning a home is that you are responsible for any repairs that need to be done. Any type of repairs can be costly, but it is usually the unexpected ones that seem to be the most expensive. In the event of any type of water damage, it is best to call a professional to handle the cleanup and repair.

There are a number of circumstances that can cause water damage to a property, including floods, fires, a leaky pipe, storm damage, or a leaky roof. It is best to call a company that specializes in residential and commercial restoration to handle these problems since the cleanup process can be quite thorough. If the problem is not addressed as quickly as possible, it can lead to further problems over time. One example of this would be mold. Mold can develop anytime there is excessive moisture or humidity. If there is long-term exposure or inhalation, this can become a health risk for people.

Water damage is often hidden, so many restoration companies will use thermal imaging cameras and moisture meters to track moisture. Finding these sources of hidden moisture can prevent further problems such as mold from developing. It is often necessary to use extraction tools and structural drying equipment to complete a repair job. This equipment is the fastest way to return a property back to being livable. Most restoration companies will provide 24/7 service to ensure that their customers get the best service possible.

Obviously, the extent of water damage varies depending on the situation. Once it is safe to enter a property, professionals can begin to stabilize it. Stabilization includes boarding up windows and doors, repairing or tarping roofs, and then performing extraction and drying techniques. They will then repair any electrical service and heating systems. Once this process is finished, an estimator can write-up an estimate and settle with the insurance adjuster. After the cleanup is finished, the rebuilding process can begin. Crews from the restoration company will usually stay on board until the job is finished. This allows for a smooth transition for the property owner.

No one likes to think about their home or business sustaining any type of water damage, but accidents and natural disasters happen every day. In the event that something does occur, it is important to find a company that you can trust to fix the problem. It is always a good idea to make sure the company you decide to hire has a good reputation and is licensed and insured. These professionals will be spending a bit of time in your home, so you want to make sure they are someone you can trust in your home and around your family. When there is an emergency, you want to know that someone is there for you to rely on. Finding a company that offers emergency service 24 hours a day, seven days a week will be a huge benefit.

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