6 Steps To Take After A Flood

Flooding is becoming more common – and more expensive. You can’t stop it happening but you can minimize its effects. Here are some tips to help you deal with a flood.

 

  1. Play it safe. The dangers are not over when the water goes down. Your home’s foundation may have been weakened, the electrical system may have shorted out, and floodwaters may have left behind things that could make you sick. When in doubt, throw it out. Don’t risk injury or infection.
  2. Take Care of Yourself First.  Protect yourself and your family from stress, fatigue, and health hazards that follow a flood.
  3. Give Your Home First Aid.  Once it is safe to go back in, protect your home and contents from further damage. Stop the flow of water: This may include turning off the water supply and/or contacting a plumber. Freshwater: Remove wet pad to allow carpet to dry. Carpet that is wet from clean water can usually be dried, cleaned and relayed over a new pad. Sewer backup: Remove areas of the wet pad and wet carpet. Areas connecting to, but not wet, should not be removed at this time. The claim representative will evaluate and provide specific instructions.
  4. Get Organized.  Some things are not worth repairing and some things may be too complicated or expensive for you to do by yourself. A recovery plan can take these things into account and help you make the most of your time and money.
  5. Dry Out Your Home.  Floodwaters damage materials, leave mud, silt and unknown contaminants, and promote the growth of mildew. You need to dry your home to reduce these hazards and the damage they cause. Fans may be used to facilitate drying of the carpet. Furniture may be moved to dry rooms or put on blocks to keep dry and prevent the carpet from staining. Be sure to also remove all standing water outside, because it can become a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
  6. Clean Up.  The walls, floors, closets, shelves, contents and any other flooded parts of your home should be thoroughly washed and disinfected.

Remember, the after flooding process is always difficult. Leave it to professionals!

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Preventing Indoor Water Damage In Your Home

A report says that the number one homeowner insurance claim is not for fire, not for theft or storm damage, it’s for water damage. It’s not from major floods, huge thunderstorms or even leaks in the roof. The largest number of claims comes from indoor water damage. And the number one culprit is those weak hoses at the back of your washing machine.

Washing Machine Hoses

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The washing machine is one of the least checked appliances in your home, but you should check it every time you use it. If you happen to overload the washer it could rock and crush the rubber pipe. If this happens enough, those weak lines are going to break. Of course, you probably won’t be lucky enough to have it break when you are right there. Chances are that the hose will probably fail when you aren’t anywhere near the washing machine. Water will flow out of the broken hose until you finally find it, hours or even days later. The damage can be tremendous.

The best way to prevent one of these indoor flash floods – get a stainless steel encased hose. While these hoses aren’t leak proof, they will usually spring a small leak before it goes out completely. These warning leaks could save you thousands of dollars as long as you catch the leak when it’s in its infancy.

The biggest issue with these leaks is that they are located in the laundry room, a relatively low traffic area of the home. A long-term leak can cause mold and mildew problems in the wall behind your washing machine that could eventually cause structural damage to the wall itself. We suggest taking the extra couple of seconds to check the supply lines every time you do a load.

Other Trouble Areas

The washing machine may be the biggest cause of indoor flooding, but it’s not the only one. Any appliance that uses rubber hosing can potentially leak if it is not checked and maintained. Dishwasher hoses, ice maker lines, water heaters and old galvanized piping can all develop leaks over time.

Rusted out water heaters are another common indoor flood hazard. Even though most water heaters have an interior liner, leaks happen. During its operation a water heater drops sediment from the sacrificial anode to the base of the tank. If the tank isn’t periodically cleaned out the sediment build up can lead to the base of the tank rusting out.

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The Insurance Costs

If you have to make a claim against your insurance the deductible can be costly all on its own. But that’s just the beginning. A claim against your insurance is going to raise your insurance rates for at least the next 5 years if you don’t get dropped completely.

Why would you get dropped? Well, the frequency of water damage and mold-related claims has doubled in the past 10 years. This has led to skyrocketing insurance premiums for this particular type of insurance. It has also made some companies automatically drop insurance holders that make water-related claims. Other insurance companies have added new stringent rules on what types of damage are covered by certain residential and commercial policies.

The reasoning behind this action is that the danger of water leaks is that when they are not addressed immediately a single leak could cause thousands of dollars in damages to the floor and wall areas throughout the affected area. Many of these long-term damages may not be covered by typical home policies because they don’t happen due to a single event.

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What To Do To Prevent Indoor Water Damage

As we mentioned earlier, checking the hoses every time you load the laundry is a great place to start. Also, replace the hoses every 5 years to make sure they don’t fail from rubber fatigue. Get the stainless steel mesh hoses for added security.

Look for leaks or rust around the base of your water heater at least once a month. Also, have a sediment flush done and a sacrificial anode inspection service at least once every few years.

Check the hoses on your refrigerator and dishwasher once a month. Look for pinhole leaks that could be a sign of the early stages of rubber fatigue.

Don’t assume that you will see a leak whenever there is one. Sometimes leaks occur at the joints between pipes in your walls. It is a good idea to get a leak inspection service done every five years to make sure you don’t have any leaks that could be compromising the integrity of your home structure.

If you do happen to find a leak, do everything in your power to remediate it immediately. If the leak has caused mold or mildew damage, call a professional restoration service to save as much of the affected area as possible and to mitigate your potential loses.

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IBX | Fire Damage Restoration Professionals

Why You Should Hire Quality Fire Damage Restoration Professionals

If you have ever had smoke damage in your home, you know how difficult it is to get your home back to normal. You can hire professionals to deal with this problem, but their rates can be unaffordable. Can you do this type of project on your own?

Your ability to do this depends upon the type of smoke damage that has occurred. If it is light damage, and you have the time to clean things up, this is something you can do. Unfortunately, if significant damage has occurred, professionals must always be used.

If you want to do this yourself, using a TSP will be your best option. This is a type of heavy-duty cleaner that most hardware stores have today. Just get a gallon of water, add a teaspoon of TSP, and you are ready to go. Make sure that you use proper safety gear when doing this type of work.

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You will want to use a sponge with the TSP solution. Wipe the areas that have been damaged very lightly. You will want to rinse everything with a rag that has clean water, and then continue to repeat the process. You will have to do this several times in order to see positive results.

If there is any blistering or bubbling on your walls, you can sand this type of damage down on your own. You can use a putty knife if it becomes too difficult. You will have to use Spackle to cover areas that need to be evened out. After you repaint, things should look normal again.

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Although professionals may be necessary if your home has been severely damaged, always keep this as a backup option. There’s no reason you can’t try to do this first before calling them. As long as you’re using the right cleaning products, and you have the time for this hard work, you should be able to get everything fixed on your own. If your home has some minor fire or smoke damage, it is possible to do it yourself, but if you have extensive damage, you are going to want to hire a professional fire damage cleanup crew. Check out IBX Services for fire and smoke damage restoration by visiting www.ibx.ca

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Fire Damage. Best Stain And Odor Removal Tips

If your home’s experienced smoke damage, you’ll want to address the issue immediately. The sooner you begin cleaning, the better chance you’ll have of eliminating the damage completely. You have two choices available to you: you can hire professionals, or do the work on your own.

Professionals are a lot of experience when it comes to addressing smoke damage, and they also have access to high-quality equipment. Unless the damage is severe, you may be better off getting rid of the problem on your own.

The first step will be to get rid of the black marks that smoke damage leaves on your walls. You can do this with a powerful cleaning solution called TSP. Mix it with water, scrub your walls, then rinse it off and scrub again.

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You’ll also need to get rid of any blistering the smoke has caused. Use a putty knife to scrape away the blister, then sand the area down. Fill in the gaps with a spackle, and then sand the area again until it’s flush with the wall.

To eliminate odors, air out the house completely. Open all of the windows, and use fans to help the air circulate. Do this as frequently as you can. You should also use a high-strength odor remover like Odoban. This can help you to get rid of bad smells for good. Read some more fire and smoke damage tips here.

Tackling smoke damage cleanup takes a lot of work. It’s likely that you’ll spend many days scrubbing and cleaning your home. However, all your efforts will be worthwhile, your home will look and smell like new again. Put in the effort, and you’ll get results.

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Common Causes of Water Damage in Your Home

Some of the Most Common Water Damage Problems

Water damage is something that occurs when excess water starts to develop and stagnate in areas where it should not be. A lot of different factors can come into play when it comes to the formation of this excess water. It is important to become aware of some of the most prevalent causes of water damage to ensure that you know which precautionary measures to take to protect against experiencing irreversible water damage in the future. This will also help allow you to be able to understand and spot the problem when it happens so you do not wait too long before it has a chance to cause further damage from being ignored. With water damage, the quicker you solve the problem, the less damage and work the restoration process will be. This typically means the less amount of money you are going to have to pay to fix it. Below we will list some of the major causes of water damage in your home. Learn more about our water damage services and how we can help.

Major Causes:

1. Plumbing Supply System Failure – Burst or Broken Water Pipes

One of the most common causes of water damage would have to be bursting and/or leaking pipes. A lot of drains and even toilets get clogged and/or backed up and they can cause a lot of pressure on the pipes. This can eventually lead to a pipe leak and/or burst which can stem into further problems if left untreated. Another common problem that many homeowners face is from their garbage disposals. Garbage disposals that are not working properly can end up causing the pipes to burst.

The average cost of a plumbing supply system failure was more than $5,000 after the insurance deductible was paid, according to the IBHS study.

Ways to Reduce Damage

  • Potential indicators of a plumbing problem include an increased monthly water bill, banging pipes, rust stains, moisture in the walls or on floors, and signs of wet soil erosion near the foundation.
  • Setting the thermostat 60 degrees or higher in winter months, letting faucets drip and insulating pipes are all ways to reduce the risk of frozen pipes.
  • As a backup, install a house leak detection system.

Based on a study performed by the IBHS found here.

Another huge problem that can cause water damage and many homeowners a huge headache is plumbing problems. While a lot of different plumbing problems may occur within the walls and therefore are extremely difficult to detect, a lot of these problems result from pipe joints and/or hoses not being fully attached together. Also, a lot of the times they may get dislodged by accident.

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2. Toilet Failure Risks

A review by the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety of homeowners’ insurance claims resulting from toilet failures submitted by multiple insurance companies around the country revealed:

  • Toilet failures are the second leading source of residential water losses, after plumbing supply line failures.
  • 78% of all toilet failures were caused by faulty supply lines, toilet flanges, fill valve assemblies or toilets that have backed up and overflowed.
  • Toilet failures cost an average of $5,584 per incident, after the deductible was paid.
  • Slow leaks resulting from faulty drain lines and toilet flanges (wax seals) generally result in less severe claims than those caused by the sudden failures of supply lines, fill valves, overflows and a cracked tank or bowl.
  • Newer homes are more likely to have a water loss caused by a sudden failure, which results in more severe damage.
  • Older homes are more likely to experience a water loss due to a slow and seeping failure. The loss severity decreases as the home ages.
  • Toilet failures on the first floor resulted in more severe claims than those in basements or on upper floors.
  • Approximately 14% of all toilet failures occurred in unoccupied homes.

Originally seen on IBHS (Insurance Institute for Business And Home Safety)

 

3. Malfunctioning Of Household Appliances

Another area of concern for homeowners should be on their household appliances. As your household appliances get up there in age, their pipes begin to really rust and crack. Also, their hoses tend to get weaker and weaker as time goes. Therefore, these appliances become susceptible to becoming a major cause of water damage. These appliances include; washing machines, dishwashers, water heaters, refrigerators, and more. Because these appliances are commonly subjected to deterioration, it is important to keep an eye out on them. The two main appliances that you should really keep an eye out for are the hot water tanks and the washing machines. These are the most common household appliances that can deteriorate and result in water damage. In these cases one of the first services you are going to need to acquire is water removal and extraction, learn more here about A1R’s water removal services.

Cost: Washing machine failures are an extremely common problem to be faced with and they can be extremely pricey to fix. The average cost of this kind of problem is over $5,300 in insurance claims, not including your deductible.

There are certain places that are more susceptible to suffering from water damage such as your basement. A dark and damp basement can allow mold to really prosper and grow. Mold growth can then lead to structural damage. This is something that you are going to want to avoid at all costs because this can result in a lot of damages and it will cost a lot of money to restore it. Be sure to keep an eye out on all of these common problems and you should be able to properly prepare yourself to deal with water damage. Learn more about our process for water damage restoration.

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The Restoration Process: What Happens During Damage Cleanup

THE RESTORATION PROCESS: WHAT HAPPENS DURING DAMAGE CLEANUP

When water, fire, or a storm damages your home, the results can be devastating. Homeowners have to deal with contacting insurance companies, finding a place to stay, and securing a restoration contractor to start the process of repair. Hiring a Minnesota licensed, certified and experienced crew of technicians is the best option. A reputable company can navigate the damage and begin work on the project in a timely manner so that you and your family can get back to your normal as soon as possible.

 

INSPECTION AND REPORTING

Before any work can begin on your home, a thorough assessment must be performed to determine the stability of the home, and the amount of damage done. Although fire, water, and storms, cause the same type of damage, the process is still the same. A contractor looks at both the surface damage and what has occurred under the flooring and behind the walls. Once the destruction has been identified, a full report is then given to the homeowner. The technician offers the best possible long-term solution that is affordable and efficient.

 

CLEANUP AND REMOVAL

On the day of cleanup, the team of cleaning technicians arrives with all tools and equipment necessary to begin the work. All affected items are removed. These items may include drywall, framework, flooring, furniture, and electrical wiring. Although the workers will remove much of the damage, they will try to salvage as much as possible. For instance, they will attempt to keep as much of the structure of the home intact as possible. The framework can be treated and tiling can be re-grouted and sealed. The goal is to fully restore the inside of the home to maintain its structural integrity and market value.

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COMPREHENSIVE RESTORATION

The contractor now restores the home. The objective is to recreate the home exactly as it looked before the damage. Quality materials are brought in to install. In some cases, the damage is so severe that the company will have to look at redesigning the interior instead of replicating it. In either case, the home should be fully restored and safe to live in for several decades. As a homeowner, you do not want to hire cheap labor or cheap materials. This will only cause you more headache and financial stress down the road. Treat your home to high-quality materials and a reputable contractor that can bring your home back to life. You’ll be glad you did!

 

If you are looking for a water & flood restoration company in Toronto or the surrounding GTA, then contact IBX Services at +1 416 252 5959 or email us

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Dos And Don’ts For Fire And Smoke Damage

Fire damage can be a devastating experience both for home and business owners. Fire damage is difficult to overcome and repair, but there are simple things you can do to motivate the process. When you’re wondering what to do after a fire, here’s a look at things to do (and things not to do) during the fire damage restoration.

DOS FOR FIRE DAMAGE RESTORATION

Your checklist for after a fire should contain certain non-negotiable tasks, including:

  • DO contact a certified restoration specialist: Make sure you immediately contact a certified fire and smoke restoration professional for remediation services
  • DO turn off utilities: Turn of water, electricity, gas, and any other utilities until a professional can evaluate if any of these systems were damaged during the fire.
  • DO break out the vacuum: A professional should provide service, but you can enhance the professional’s chances of success by doing the first pass on your own. Use a vacuum with a brush attachment and go over your upholstered furniture. Your furniture will look better as soon as the soot is removed. Also, cover your furniture with a sheet if you need to sit on it while waiting for professional help. This will prevent the soot and ash from grinding into your upholstery.
  • DO address your carpets, floors and countertops: Give similar treatment to your carpets. Vacuum them for an immediate and superficial improvement over the damaged state. It will help prevent soot from grinding deeper into the carpet’s roots. Countertops and hardwood floors should be wiped clean to prevent the soot from deeply staining and clinging to the surfaces.
  • DO check your appliances: Your utilities should be off. Make sure empty your freezer and refrigerator, and leave the doors open to prevent mold and mildew. Likewise, winterize your plumbing and drain your hot water heater and boiler. In the absence of heat during the fire damage restoration process, fluids can freeze and cause burst pipes and other damage.
  • DO take care of pets: Remove pets from your fire-damaged home. Lingering soot and smoke can be harmful to them.

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DON’TS FOR FIRE DAMAGE RESTORATION

 

Your checklist should also include several things to avoid at all times, including:

  • DON’T use your AC, heater or electronics: Wait until a professional arrives on the scene — same with electronics like the television, computers and DVD players. Turning on electronics can create greater damage.
  • DON’T clean walls or clothing: Also, do not clean walls, ceilings and other similar surfaces, and wait to clean your clothing and similar garments. A professional should examine them first and provide advice.
  • DON’T eat leftover food: Never eat anything that was in the home during the fire. It is most likely not safe to consume due to contamination from smoke, soot, or contaminants introduced to the environment when the fire was being extinguished.
  • DON’T wipe away powder from extinguishers: Forgo trying to clean up any staining from the powder discharged by a fire extinguisher. It is best to let professionals guide the clean up of these areas.

These are some basic guidelines for preventing further damage and get a head start on cleanup, but they are not a substitute for professional restoration services. When in doubt, wait for the professionals. Upholstery, carpets and counters are fine to begin cleaning, but the rest is best left to the pros. And remember, never reenter a home until it has been cleared by the fire department or other local officials.

ALWAYS CALL AN EXPERT

If you’re wondering what to do after a fire, it’s always tempting to start the cleanup process immediately and do as much as possible. The best course of action is to hire a certified professional to provide expert knowledge and service. The situation requires specialized tools and knowledge that only a professional can provide. A trusted professional will offer an after-fire checklist that will help speed along the fire and smoke damage cleanup process. Consulting a professional will help you restore your property back to like-new condition as quickly as possible.

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Tips For Water Emergencies And Water Damage Repair

Water emergencies and the subsequent water damage caused can have serious consequences as far as the healthy livability of your home or property is concerned. Water emergencies such as a backed-up toilet can render your home unlivable. The growth of mold and mildew can have adverse effects on your health as well as that of your family, making your home uninhabitable as well. It is, therefore, important for homeowners to have some knowledge of useful tips on how to handle water emergencies and repairing water damage to ensure that such occurrences do not render them technically homeless.

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Common Causes Of Water Damage

Before we delve deeper into water damage issues, it is important for you to have an idea of the common causes of water emergencies and water damage. Water damage can be caused by water leaking through a leaky roof. Alternatively, runoff stormwater can make its way into your home’s structure and various indoor spaces through damaged outer walls and the foundation. Overflowing toilets can also cause water damage when the sewer system is full. All these cases can result in a lot of water damage that may be costly to repair especially if left undetected for an extended period.

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Handling Water Emergencies

Homeowners should tackle specific water emergencies in different ways. For instance, where a burst water pipe is the main cause of water damage, you should first turn off the main water supply valve. This valve is usually located right next to your home’s water meter. Water emergencies caused by rainwater making its way through a damaged roof should be handled by completely repairing the damaged section of the roof. It is also important to have a professional like those at the IBX services site look at water emergencies caused by water seeping through the foundation.

Clearing Water Damage

Once water has made into your home, you will need to clear it out as fast as possible. This is because it only takes a short while before mold and mildew start to develop, rendering the space uninhabitable. It is recommended that you find large box fans, heaters, and dehumidifiers to use in clearing the water that has made its way into the house. In extreme cases, you might even need a water pump to get water out of the basement, especially in the case of water damage caused by a hurricane.

Repairing Water Damage  

Once the water has been cleared from the house, you can inspect the affected spaces and house structure for water damage. Where the damage was caused by a backed up toilet pouring raw sewerage into your home, you will need to remove and dispose of all affected fittings including carpets. On the other hand, items damaged by stormwater that has not come into contact with any biohazards, or mold and mildew, can be removed for cleaning. Once the carpets, furniture, and any other affected fittings are removed, you can then inspect the foundation and walls for any damage and presence of mold and mildew. Be sure to repair the main cause of the water damage before replacing fittings.

Water emergencies and damage tend to have serious effects. In case the damage is extensive, it is recommended that you call in qualified water damage and restoration specialist.

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Best Quality General Contractor

Building any commercial property is a complex undertaking with many phases and components that need to be accomplished accurately, on time, and on budget. Working with a quality general contractor can make the difference between a successful result and an experience riddled with setbacks and problems. Here are some tips for selecting the best general contractor for your project:

  • Consider More Than Price – Going with the lowest bid without looking at other factors is a good way to end up with less than acceptable results. The lowest bids are from inexperienced contractors or ones that utilize substandard materials, underqualified laborers, or cut corners in other ways that undermine the quality of your project. In addition, if you base everything off that bid and they come back with numerous additional charges, you could be in financial trouble.
  • Ask for Referrals – A quality general contractor that has been in business for several years should have no difficulty providing you with referrals from previous commercial construction clients. Don’t be afraid to go look at the buildings they have constructed to observe quality and workmanship is to the standards you want for your project.
  • Ask Questions – It isn’t just about getting a detailed estimate or bid proposal — take the time to ask pertinent questions, such as years of experience, types of projects done in the past, and how much will you be kept in the loop about progress. Asking questions also helps you develop confidence that the partnership with the general contractor you select will be advantageous for both of you.
  • Get a Detailed Proposal – The proposal you get should outline every phase and scope of the project that the general contractor will be handling. Be sure to read it over carefully to be sure it doesn’t leave out something vital.

Here at IBX services, we have served as general contractor for a wide variety of buildings. Our more than 10 years of experience will provide you with excellent results. Give us a call today!

IBX really knows what they’re doing when it comes to contracting! You can put your trust in us. We’ve been at this for over a decade; that’s ample time to learn the ropes! So remember, when you need a good contractor, give IBX Team a call!

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Why Immediate Fire Damage Restoration is So Important

When a fire occurs in a home, the aftermath can seem overwhelming, and if fire restoration is postponed, the destruction from smoke damage can become even worse. The longer you wait to address the damage, the more repairs you’ll have to fix – which means you’ll most likely have a larger bill for damages when all is said and done. You can avoid costly repairs and long-term issues if you make fire damage restoration a priority and follow the steps you’ll need to get your home back to normal as soon as possible.

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Contact a Fire Damage Restoration Service 

First, and foremost – and this is the most important step – find a fire restoration contractor who can assess the damage, give you an estimate on costs and start the cleanup process. Contact your home insurance company to make them aware of the fire and ask them for referrals for reliable businesses in your area. It’s essential that you enlist the help of a licensed and insured fire damage restoration company to reduce the risk of further damage to your home. They are trained to handle this type of damage and many will perform some of the following steps to help get you through the initial fire cleanup:

  • Smoke and fire damage restoration services will try to save as many of your home and personal belongings (such as appliances, furniture and clothing) as they can.
  • Document everything they remove from your home by taking pictures and/or keeping written records.
  • Return any salvageable furniture and appliances back to your home, after the fire restoration is complete.
  • Work quickly and carefully to get you back in your home as soon as possible, and stay in contact with you to make sure the repairs were done correctly and your home isn’t experiencing any other problems.

Be sure to go through your home insurance company when hiring a fire damage restoration service, or do a thorough background check if you choose one on your own to make sure they are licensed and insured. Be wary of “fire chasing” contractors who target victims of house fires and pressure them into signing expensive repair contracts, perform extremely low-quality repair work and might not be licensed or insured.

 

Start Fire Cleanup Right Away

While it’s best to have a qualified fire restoration company handle the smoke damage restoration, there are some small tasks you can do to help minimize the initial damage before the professionals come in to do the major cleanup. Remember that safety comes first, so if there’s no way to safely gain access into your home, then stay out until the professionals arrive. If it is possible to enter your house, make sure you’re wearing work gloves, long sleeves/pants, and proper respiratory protection, such as a mask because exposure to soot can cause respiratory problems and other medical issues.

  • VENTILATION – Open all the windows and air out the house as much (and as often) as possible. Use box fans to force out dust and contaminated air. Fire damage restoration professionals will use industrial-strength fans and other air-moving equipment to help reduce the smoke damage your home has been subjected to, but in the meantime, proper ventilation is key to helping remove a lot of the polluted (and unsafe) air.
  • CLEANING – Scrub all surfaces (and inside cabinets and drawers) with soap and water. You can also use an alkaline cleaner, which neutralizes the acid that’s found in soot to help cut down on the smoky smell. Counteractants—chemicals used to break up smoke molecules to eliminate odors—may be used, but it’s best left to the professionals to handle such products.
  • LAUNDRY – Wash all bedding, clothing, curtains and items that can be machine washed with an alkaline cleaner (you may have to wash items more than once). Delicate fabrics will need to be professionally dry cleaned by someone who is familiar with articles that have smoke damage. Only use washers and dryers that haven’t been exposed to smoke or experienced significant fire damage.

Professional smoke removal and restoration companies will perform a thorough cleanup using industrial-grade products and equipment, such as dry cleaning soot sponges to remove loose soot and specialized vacuum filters to clean carpet and upholstery.

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Prolonged Smoke Damage

Fire damage is tricky because some signs are apparent—such as discoloration on walls and ceilings and dark stains from smoke on surfaces—but others are not, such as odors trapped in hidden places. Air conditioner vents, the space behind walls and the outside walls of your home are all areas where ash and soot can be deposited and continue to cause damage if they aren’t taken care of in a timely manner.

Make sure to have the HVAC system, attic/roof, and exterior walls inspected and properly cleaned, too, because your home will continue to suffer from smoke damage until the soot is completely removed by a fire damage restoration service.

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