Author: Kevin

Water is a very destructive element. Rotten wood, mold buildup and waste of resources are just some of its obvious effects. What you can do is be prepared for some eventualities connected with water damage like flooded basement. A basement is an important part of the...

Over the years, research has clearly indicated that exposure to certain kinds of mold can cause health related issues. On-going studies have proven that mold has been linked to the following health problems: Headaches Migraines Sinus problems and infections Rashes Chronic sneezing Watery or swollen eyes Allergy symptoms similar to hay fever Chronic...

Mold is a general term used to describe multicellular fungi that usually grows on organic material. Many people confuse mold with a close relative called yeast. Yeast is different in that it's a single cell organism versus the multicellular nature of mold. Mold can grow...

While the classification of any water damage loss at a disaster scene needs to be done by a disaster recovery professional, it's beneficial that you have a high level understanding of what those classifications are and any health and/or property risks that are associated with that classification.

The water damage classification actually refers to the nature of the loss and not the level of the damage. This rating takes into account the source of the water, along with it's current state of contamination. Commonly used rating terminology is as follows: 

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Taking care of EMERG+NC business with Fire Damage Restoration. Residents must be aware of their homes safety and security to be ready when unfortunate incidents happen like fire damage. A fire disaster cannot be prevented totally, knowing what to do when the situation is already at hand...

Fire or smoke damage to property, regardless of the "size" of the fire, also requires an immediate response. Soot residue is highly acidic and can cause irreversible property damage if it is not treated as an emergency. Soot residue can cause the metal in doorknobs, plumbing fixtures, light fixtures, etc., to pit or corrode. Glass in windows, mirrors, and cabinets can be etched by soot residue, causing them to look cloudy and soiled. Plastics, appliances, vinyl windows and fabrics can be discolored by soot residue.

The safety of heating equipment is a growing concern. During winter months, the potential for house fires increases as people seek warmth using electric space heaters. Electric space heaters do not have an open flame, but the heating elements can get hot enough to ignite nearby combustibles.

What are the best ways to secure my property after fire related damage?

Lock and secure your property when not occupied to prevent looting. Keep in mind that alarms may malfunction if the electricity or telephone service has been interrupted.

How can I estimate the extent of the damage?

Start with a closer inspection of the property to assess the damage to the exterior. Only if determined safe, walk around the building and lot to observe and gather information. Now enter the structure. Taking extreme precautions, start from the top and document the damage.