What to do after a house fire.

When a fire occurs!

It is always hard to clear head and quickly think about what you have to do after experiencing fire in your house. Below here we have listed some steps that you might consider if tough times come.

Immediately call restoration!

Fire is an awful experience and you wouldn’t be wanting to see your burnt house for a long time. A restoration company takes care of cleaning everything and of course, the restoration process. Here you can read more about the restoration process so you will make sure that when choosing IBX your house is in safe hands.

Find a Place to Stay

 Make sure you find a comfortable place to stay, your kids or pets will need to rest and you will be wanting to plan the further steps. You can choose a hotel near your place of living so your kids won’t miss school.it can also be a residence if you are not used to small rooms and the restoration project can last time.

Contact Your Insurance Agent

Insurance is the umbrella that is mostly needed in these cases. So make sure your insurance agent takes care of the case and you get the profit from the policies you have been paying for.

Contact the Police

Even why it can be damaged, keep in mind that empty houses are quite attractive for squatters and looters. Alerting local police to your fire will make sure that your house is safe during your absence.

Plan Your Finances

Keep in mind that you need to plan a budget under which, all the expenses should be covered. Start from the most urgent needs and give priority to reconstruction. don’t forget to cancel cable and internet services if you will not be at home for months.

Create a List of Damaged Items

Making a list of items—both big and small—that were lost or damaged in the fire will ensure you’re reimbursed properly. It is also very important to make a list of important documents you lost in the fire. Documents like passports, drivers’ licenses, birth certificates, medical reports, tax information, etc., should be replaced immediately. First, replace the documents that are necessary for your claim.

Save Undamaged Possessions

If your home was partially damaged and deemed safe to re-enter, go back and remove anything that wasn’t affected by the fire. It’s also recommended to clean items after they’re removed from the house. Professional cleaning services have the experience and tools necessary to restore fire-affected items.

Wait to Turn on Utilities

If your utilities are disconnected, contact your fire department and utility provider before turning them on again. Connecting unsafe utilities can cause additional fires, gas leaks, and severe water damage. Have a professional inspect your home before attempting to turn on your utilities.

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Know More About Water Damage.

Water damage is an issue that most property owners fear. When it rains vigorously or snow liquefies rapidly, the danger of this kind of harm increases. Water can cause a large number of dollars of damage by damaging wood furniture, upholstery, gadgets, family unit apparatuses, and plumbing gear. Water damage likewise expands the danger of form development, which is the top expensive issue to remediate. Enlisting water damage rebuilding organization can make the cleanup procedure simpler to deal with, as these organizations utilize experienced specialists who realize the most ideal tactics to fix or supplant damaged belongings and help with water damage cleanup.

 

Reasons for Water Damage

 

There are a few considerable reasons for water harm. Damaged dishwashers, stopped up toilets, broken channels, broken dishwasher hoses, flooding clothes washers, defective rooftops, plumbing breaks, and establishment splits are only a portion of the conceivable reasons for water harm in homes and organizations. Floods, devastating snow, and substantial downpour are other conceivable reasons for this kind of harm and can prompt having water in storm cellars. An excessive amount of water can prompt minor issues, for example, water in storm cellar regions, or it can prompt the annihilation of homes and organizations. When a home or business continues water harm, it is imperative to begin the water damage cleanup right away. Beginning water damage cleanup as quickly as time permits improve the probability of sparing water-doused furniture, floor coverings, carpets, garments, and different things.

 

Classifications of Water Damage

 

Evaluating the seriousness of the harm is essential for figuring out what is expected to begin water damage fix and water evacuation. There are a few unique classifications relegated to water harm. Class 1 alludes to clean water, or water that does not represent a danger to people. Conceivable reasons for this sort of harm incorporate broken machines or sink floods. Classification 2 water is additionally called dim water. This implies the water is polluted and may cause affliction of ingested. This kind of water contains microorganisms. Broken toilets, broken sump siphons, and leakage may cause class 2 water damage. Classification 3 water is known as dark water. This kind of water is unsanitary, as it contains microscopic organisms and different creatures that reason disorder. The conceivable wellsprings of dark water damage incorporate sewage issues and tainting of standing water.

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There are likewise a few classes of water damage. The class of damage is critical while evaluating water damage fix choices. Class 1 is the least destructive type of damage. Materials assimilate next to no of the water from this sort of damage. Water harm fix is the most straightforward in this kind of circumstance. Class 2 has a quick rate of dissipation, which implies that floor coverings and pads might be damaged. Water damage fix is increasingly troublesome when it includes class 2 damage. Class 3 has the quickest rate of vanishing. For this situation, the water may originate from broken sprinklers or other overhead sources, drenching the dividers and furniture. Class 4 requires unique water rebuilding and water expulsion techniques. This sort of harm may influence hardwood floors, mortar, and cement.

 

Rebuilding Process

 

The water rebuilding process is an imperative one. Utilizing the correct systems and materials can help individuals spare treasured effects and even keep their homes from being censored. Water reclamation organizations spend significant time in relieving the impacts of water, yet the accomplishment for water damage rebuilding relies upon the seriousness of the damage and the measure of water that caused the damage. Water reclamation organizations may contract outside specialists to evaluate a property and decide a water rebuilding and water expulsion plan. These water reclamation organizations commonly utilize cutting edge hardware and all around recorded methods to control water damage. Water in storm cellar regions may just require a short cleanup process, yet water in different territories of a property will require broad remediation.

 

Wellbeing Hazards

 

It is critical to contract one of these water damage rebuilding organizations as quickly as time permits after water damage happens. Dampness advances the development of shape and different life forms, expanding the hazard for genuine medical issues. Shape introduction may bother hypersensitivity and asthma side effects, particularly in youngsters and individuals with traded off resistant frameworks. The presentation may likewise expand the hazard for respiratory infections and other medical issues. Tidying up quickly can help relieve the wellbeing impacts of water harm on everybody in a home or business space.

 

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What You Have To Know About Spring Flooding.

What You Have To Know About Spring Flooding.

A flooding event is one of the most concerning disasters that take place in Toronto. the last years the amount and cost of damages caused by flooding are increased. Considering that we are now throwing steps to spring, below we are revealing how to prepare for spring flooding.

Causes of Inland flooding

No matter where your business is located, flooding is always a possibility. Bussines owners and homeowners should be aware that their property has potential damages by spring flooding in their area. those damages can include one or more of the following.

  • The Spring thaw runoff
  • The heavy rains of spring
  • Flooding from intense rains or thunderstorms
  • Overtopping / failure of levees/dams after the heavy rain

If the heavy rain doesn’t sound like a threat remember that analysts tell that it has been noticed an increase in heavy downpours since 1970. The increasements have ben from 16 % to 31% depending on land position. In other words, storms that dump several inches of rain per day in short periods are getting more and more frequent. The problem is that the drainage systems are not designed to handle these increased inches of rain. So there is a great potential of water incursion in your building from a big rainstorm is a very real possibility.

Preparing your business

Preparing your business for floods is an essential component of disaster planning for everyone. If you have a disaster recovery plan make sure you have the right instructions included. For more tips on how to prevent or handle water damage you can read other articles from our Blog:

Tips For Water Emergencies And Water Damage Repair

Water Damage Emergency Tips

Disaster Coming? How To Prepare An Emergency Kit.

Preventing Indoor Water Damage In Your Home

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Five Things To Do After A Flood

Here are Five Things To Do After A Flood

Flooding remains one of the most persistent natural disasters in Canada and throughout the world, causing billions of dollars in damage to homes and property each year. Preserving your business continuity in the aftermath can present a daunting challenge, but proper damage restoration is a make-or-break proposition. Make sure to follow these critical steps:

Remember that the Danger isn’t Over

Even though eventually flood waters recede, many dangers to your life and your employees’ life are still present. Continue to monitor emergency reports and local media to make sure that roads are navigable. When traveling, be aware of emergency vehicles in your area that are assisting with disaster recovery.

 

Contact Your Insurance Agent

You will need to start claim processing immediately. Look for information regarding disaster assistance in your area. If you live in Toronto IBX Services is the first choice of home and business owners.

 

Approach Your Business with Caution

Avoid moving waters around your business. Before entering the premises, make sure that the electricity and gas main are turned off.

Inspect Your Business for Flood Damage

Flooding presents different kinds of damage to different kinds of businesses. Nevertheless, your business’ facilities should be thoroughly inspected for mold, which commonly grows in the stagnant, fetid conditions left in flooding’s aftermath.
All fiberglass insulation should be tossed out, as should any particle board, plaster, wallpaper, and upholstered furniture that have been in contact with flood waters.
Mold is a serious health threat and should be addressed with the utmost caution: use gloves and breathing filters when inspecting the premises.Seek Help with Cleanup
Taking complete and proper steps towards complete water damage restoration can take weeks, if not longer. Many business owners choose to employ disaster recovery specialists who can manage their damage restoration smoothly and efficiently.
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Three Quick Tips For Preventing And Evaulating The Effects Of Frozen Pipes

HERE ARE THREE QUICK TIPS FOR PREVENTING AND EVALUATING THE EFFECTS OF FROZEN PIPES

Our team is especially busy from service calls as a result of burst sprinkler systems, fresh water pipes, and water lines connected to chillers or freezers.
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If you’re concerned your property might be affected by a frozen or burst pipe, we recommend the following:

  1. Check to see if water is flowing normally from faucets. A burst pipe will restrict flow. Also, check ceilings for leaks from fire sprinklers. If there is a leak or water flow is limited, turn off main water shutoff valve to the building or apartment unit.
  2. Inspect the pipes closely for cracks. If you find any, call a plumber for advice before doing anything else. If major water damage has occurred, contact a restoration provider.
  3. If there is no damage present, add a space heater to the area or use a hair dryer to gradually warm the pipe. If the outside temperature is expected to rise, you can also wait for the pipe to thaw on its own before turning the water back on. Warning: Never use any type of open flame or torch to thaw pipes.

Looking for more resources? Check our BLOG for further tips to consider for water damage, fire damage, mould removal and more.

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Fire And Water Damage Repair And Restoration

Fires can be especially devastating to your home or business. After the fire trucks leave, your property will likely suffer from not only fire and smoke damage, but also widespread water damage and flooding from firefighting efforts. IBX Services have specialized fire and water damage restoration training and experience to quickly clean up and restore your home to pre-fire condition. They also can remove the pervasive smoke odor and deep-clean soot from upholstery and carpet.

Please refer to our Fire Damage Tips – Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

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Why Choose IBX services?

Faster to Any Size Disaster

IBX Services are dedicated to responding immediately when you need help with a fire or water damage event. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost.

Fire and Water Damage Specialists

They specialize in fire and water damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. IBX Services have extensive training and equipment to get your property back to pre-fire condition.

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Have a Restore vs. Replace Mentality

IBX Services clean and restore your property using specialized equipment and cleaning techniques. Their “restore first” mentality reduces interruption and gets you back to your life.

The Fire Damage Restoration Process

IBX Services know just how devastating a fire can be. Fire and water damage can leave your house unsafe and unlivable. They’re trained to clean and restore your home with as little disruption as possible. Learn more about the fire damage restoration process.

Step1: Emergency Contact

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

Step 6: Cleaning and Repair

Step 7: Restoration

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Drying Out Water Damage? 3 Things You Need To Know

3 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW WHEN DRYING OUT WATER DAMAGE 3 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW.

After your business experiences water damage from a leaky pipe, rainstorm or flood, you naturally want to get things back to normal as soon as possible.

If you’re dealing with anything other than a large incursion, you understandably may be considering handling the cleanup and drying yourself to save money or time. The problem is that cleaning up and recovering from water damage isn’t always as straightforward as it seems. This post highlights 3 key things you need to be aware of when addressing water damage from minor clean water (or Category 1) incursion.

1) Know What You’re Dealing With
If you read our recent post on understanding the risks of water damage, then you know that water damage can be caused by three different types of water, including:

Clean water (Category I)
Gray water (Category 2)
Black water (Category 3)
It’s important to understand the differences because Category 2 and Category 3 water present health risks to your employees and customers and need to be handled differently. The most likely sources of clean water would be water from a pipe, water heater, steam lines or even rainwater. The basic rule of thumb is that it should look and smell like tap water.

Recovering from Category 2 or Category 3 water damage or heavy flooding involves additional considerations that we won’t go into in this post, but you can read about in our Quick Guide to Water Damage.

2) Make Sure You Investigate All of the Damage

The challenging thing about recovering from water damage from something like a broken pipe or rainwater incursion is that you can typically only see a small part of the actual damage. The majority of the moisture is often hidden in walls, and it’s critical to identify and dry all of the affected areas to prevent mold.

The methods for dealing with damage to walls depend on the type of materials and also what’s behind those materials. Drywall can often be salvaged when you respond quickly to damage. You can purchase moisture meters that allow you to assess structural integrity. If the integrity checks out then your drying approach will depend on wall contents. If the wall has insulation, you will need to use flood cuts. If there is no insulation, then usually the best method is to create weep holes. And if you’re dealing with a firewall, you’ll want to use staggered cuts.

You’ll also want to pull and check your base molding and flooring materials. If you the floors are carpet, you may be able to pull back the wet area and dry it (and the flooring materials with a fan).

3) Establish Proper Airflow and Keep the Windows Closed When Drying

Once you discover moisture, your first instinct may be to open windows to help with the drying process, but it may not be your best move. For example, if your building is mechanically ventilated, the systems need constant pressure levels to work correctly. You also want to avoid excess coolness or heat and humidity, or you may end up complicating the drying process.

Once you’ve pulled away wet materials and established holes or cuts in the wall as needed, you’ll typically need one air mover for every 15 – 25 square feet of floor, unless the moisture load and density is particularly high, then you may need more. To prevent mold, make sure all of the layers and materials are dry before putting everything back together.

The Big Dry Out

If you’ve experienced water damage, hopefully, you’re dealing with clean water and a small area. No matter what type of water damage you’re dealing with, if you want more information about recovery, this guide is a great starting point. And if you have any additional questions or need help, don’t hesitate to call us.

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Why Is Fast Flood Response So Important For Flood Clean Up?

There are a few reasons why experts recommend that you begin flood clean-up within 24 hours. The first is simply about your safety. Waterlogged homes are the perfect breeding ground for bacteria, mold and pathogens. Twenty four hours after a flood, toxic mold can begin to grow that puts your health and the health of your family members at risk. The odds of bad bacterial growth surge again after the 48-hour mark.

The Risks of Mold

Exposure to mold can cause many health concerns. You may develop irritation in your throat, eyes and nose along with increased phlegm. You may find your asthma symptoms worsen. Even if you don’t have asthma, the mold may make your wheeze, cough, and feel short of breath.

Once mold has developed you need the help of a certified mold inspector to ensure that the mold is removed. This can raise the costs of your clean-up. It’s better to just not let mold develop in the first place.

Other Complications from Slow Flood Clean-Up

Mold and bacteria aren’t the only problems that come with a slow response to flooding. Often they bring odor with them. The smell from flooded clothing, furniture and carpet are like the smell you get from leaving your clothes in the washing machine overnight, but worse, and harder to remove. Once it has developed, you’ll need to use odor absorbing products to reduce it and cleaning agents to target the bacteria that creates the smell.

Of course, if you’ve flooded from a sewer line break, or if your whole area has flooded, there will likely be sewer material absorbed into your possessions. That will bring along its own smells and make pathogen growth even more likely.

Advantages of Addressing Water Damage Right Away

The less time the water has to penetrate deeply into materials, the less damage it will cause and the more effective the cleaning process will be. Not only does this mean that we may be able to salvage more of your possessions that you’ll find hard to replace, it means you’ll have reduced replacement costs.

Those items that have porous surfaces are more likely to be affected by flood water right away. Drywall, ceiling tiles, and flooring are all usually porous and may all be saved if you get a clean-up crew in right away. The sooner we can examine these items the more likely we’ll be able to salvage them. On the other hand, items with hard, nonporous surfaces are more likely to survive a 24 to 48-hour wait. These surfaces will generally be our second priority as we clean your home.

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If your home has suffered a flood, whether large or small, it’s critical to call a flood clean-up team within the first 24 hours, so they can arrive by the first 48 hours. This will minimize the health risks of flooding and save you money on cleaning and replacing damaged items.

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Top 10 Causes Of Home Flooding And Water Damage

Most homeowners experience some type of water issue in their homes. Below find the 10 most common reasons for home water damage issues. Many of these items require simple maintenance to avoid. The bottom line is if you understand the different causes of water damage you can prevent it from happening in your home.

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1. Broken Pipes: When water in pipes freezes and expands old pipes and taps can break.

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2. Faulty Foundations: Homes built near coastal regions are at risk for foundation drainage issues. The home’s foundation should be on a sturdy, concrete pile (solid cement beams driven into the ground) with careful considerations based on the 100-year base flood elevation.

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3. Plugged Drainage Systems: Poor drainage systems or aged drainage lines are a leading cause of house flooding. Drainage problems may arise from rain leaking from gutter downspouts, blocked passage to the sewer line, or even poor lawn drainage such as poorly done trenches or channel drains.

4. Clogged Gutters: Gutters are basically long channels that sit along the lower edge of your roof. Without the gutter, or with a defective or clogged gutter, the water would simply fall right next to the house and form a pool near the foundation.

5. Washing Machine Failure: These can originate from various unseen sources beneath and around the base of the appliance. Water can even flood from the back of the unit to the front; running along the floor if your washer is on a slanted surface such as a garage floor.

6. Water Heater Failure: The greatest reason for hot water failure is neglect. Most hot water heaters are installed and never looked at again. Not a good idea. Take out your calendar and mark a time at least once a year to inspect your hot water heater. Leaks can develop slowly and destroy a heater from the outside.

7. Sewer Backup: Shrubs and trees seeking moisture can make their way into sewer line cracks causing extensive damage. They may start out small; getting into a small crack in the pipe. But, as the tree or shrub continues to grow, so does the root. Tree roots can enter the service pipe at joints and cause blockages.

8. Unsuitable Locations for Your Home: One of the most typical causes of basement flooding is that the house has been constructed on an unsuitable site. Usually, houses are built on terrains that slope down away from them, allowing for any accumulated water to drain away.

9. Poor Floor and Wall Sealing: If the basement tiles have not been sealed properly during the construction of your house, water will easily seep through them, especially in the event of extreme weather conditions. If your basement often fills with water after heavy storms and downpours, you may want to check its sealing and, if necessary, take measures to fix it.

10. Clogged Toilet: A toilet will overflow if the pipes that lead toilet water out become clogged. Damage to the home plumbing system will cause a back up, as will things going down the pipes that do not belong or break down – too much toilet paper, solid objects, foods, and feminine products will all cause a toilet to clog and then overflow if the water does not have a way to rush out.

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Reminder: With any type of water damage in the home drying the affected areas within three days or less will help prevent the growth of toxic mold.

We hope you never have to experience water damage in your home, but in the event that you do please call contact IBX Services.

We are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. With IBX services “one call does it all.” You receive complete service for your emergency with one phone call and 24-hour emergency phone service.

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What Do Water Damage Restoration Companies Do?

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When the water damage restoration company reaches you, the technicians will first and foremost find the source of the water and stop it where possible. This might involve repairing damage to your walls or your roofing, or it might mean fixing a pipe or blocking flood water. Either way, the company will prevent the water from flooding your property any more so that they can get to work fixing the problem. In the case of gradual water damage, probes and infrared sensors can be used to find out where the problem is coming from and what needs to be done to fix it (sometimes this won’t be immediately obvious).

From there, the water damage restoration company can then begin to calculate the extent of the damage and the cost to you. With this information, they can give you a rough price quote and if you’re happy to go ahead they can begin with the next steps.

These steps include:

  • Clearing the area and moving out any items that are at risk of further damage
  • Disposing of items that are beyond saving – these include anything porous that has absorbed lots of category three water and thus will be unhealthy
  • Removing the standing water with submersible and truck mounted pumps
  • Drying the property with air scrubbers, dehumidifiers and more
  • Cleaning the property with antibacterial and disinfectant products to ensure that all contamination from the water is addressed and your home is safe to move back into
  • Making repairs and reconstructing damage where possible. This can involve repainting walls, retiling, fixing leaks etc.
  • Helping you to prevent future water damage
  • Moving your items back in

If everything goes to plan then a good water damage restoration company will enable you to return to your property quickly and with as many of your things salvaged as possible.

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