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Restoration USA Tips: How Do House Fires Most Commonly Start?

House fires are a nightmare that no one wants to face. Fires ravage through houses and burn everything in their path if they aren’t stopped. Before you know it, your home and all of your belongings can be reduced to ash and rubble. Though there are some things that naturally happen, such as lightning strikes and downed power lines, that can cause a fire in the home, there are some things you can control.

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Restoration USA Tips: Removing The Odor After A Fire

When faced with a house fire, nothing really goes the way you want. Fire is wild and rarely can be predicted.

Obliterating whatever it touches, fires are a real problem – especially in the home. The necessity of putting out a fire is great, and the aftermath is something to take into account. If everything is not burned, then the structure may remain and some of your personal belongings will be left as well. When all’s said and done, the next step is to restore your home. In doing so, the fire damage and smoke damage will need to be assessed and taken care of.

In order to comfortably return to your home after a fire, you will most likely want to rid everything of the smell left by the smoke. Taking away these awful odors is sometimes a task, but there are some remedies you can use to get the ball rolling.

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Restoration USA Tips: What Are Some Common Insurance Claims That Restoration USA Receives?

Restoration USA has been in the field for over 25 years. Sometimes inquiries consist of a lot of questions that may need a few links to answer. Though we get a steady flow knocks, we like to finish the conversation on a positive note without the need for head scratching.

Some common claims have to do with a larger general spectrum like fire damage, leak detection, mold inspection and remediation, and water damage. What do we cover and how do we do our work?

Leak Detection

We run into leak detection inquiries all the time. Leaks can occur in any home or business. It can be made of the most modern materials on the market or be the oldest house in the neighborhood – leaks can happen anywhere. Some common causes of leaks are old pipes, poorly constructed plumbing systems, and pipe/drain clogs. When pressure builds up from a clog, pipes can burst. Systems built improperly could already contain leaks that just went unnoticed. Old pipes, of course, can become brittle and break even without a catalyst.

How will I know if there is a leak? Leaks often show signs early on, like puddles in the home, wet carpets and walls, a drop in water pressure, damp smells, and increase in your monthly water bill.

So what do we do to help? Our team uses IICRC certified technology to detect leaks without the need to excavate the home or break down countless square footage of walls. We will investigate the cause and pinpoint where it started. With the least invasive surgery to your property, we will go in and assess the problem and fix it.

Water Damage

Water extraction is a service homeowners frequently require. When this dangerous element enters the home it can weaken the structure and destroy your personal belongings.

Where does it come from? Well, there are a number of causes; the most common being storms, flooding, and leaking pipes. Natural and manmade disasters can occur in the home and welcome water’s arrival.

What are some signs of water damage before it gets out of hand? When water touches surfaces, it soaks in and weakens materials. It is hard to see this without taking a close look. For instance, walls may start to bloat or warp. When it goes a little further, the structure may be weak and walls may break and parts of the interior structure could collapse. Before this happens, it is important to get the premises inspected and the damage taken care of. Our goal is to help you remove this water. We will map out the process by using thermal imaging to find the source and where it is most problematic, remove what parts need replacement, extract the water with professional drying systems, and deodorize the home.

Mold Removal

Problems with water often lead to mold infestation and mold removal is a familiar claim. Since mold requires little moisture to thrive, Florida’s climate lays down a risk. Leaks and water damage can also lead to mold growth. A sick house displays symptoms too. Earthy smells and wall streaks tend to be the first to show up.

So how does mold come so quickly and out of nowhere? Unfortunately, mold can start flourishing with minimal water. Just a day’s humidity can create an avenue for mold to march on in and spread. The onset of mold can come within the first 48 hours of the presence of water. When moisture is trapped behind walls and fixtures, mold easily can populate.

Mold is a well-known hazard. It can affect some more than others, but all in all, needs to be taken care of regardless. We specialize in this area as well. Mold remediation requires much more than just some scrubbing. It actually could be spread even faster with some elbow grease from someone who is untrained. With knowledge of how mold grows, our professionals are able to take into account the threat. HEPA filtered negative pressurization is one of the processes we use to remove mold in a very safe fashion. Using industrial air scrubbers is a means of removing the nasty aromas; along with deodorizing.

Fire Damage

As we all know, disasters do occur. Fires commonly devastate homes and businesses when they do happen. Fortunately, it is not always a total loss. When fires don’t destroy everything, that means there is hope. At Restoration USA we help repair fire damage to restore your home or business back to it’s potential.

Numerous events can spark a fire – faulty equipment, candles, stoves and other items left burning, lightning from thunderstorms, and even arson. Fires can start anywhere in the home if someone isn’t paying attention.

What happens to my property after the fire is put out? Usually, any size fire emits more smoke than it seems like it should. Everything that air touches, so does the smoke. This will create an overcoming odor in the residence. Restoration USA will help remove the stench. To do this, we clean the contents and deodorize the house. We provide ozone treatment and flooring replacement and restoration.

What happens to my stuff? Restoration USA knows your belongings are important. After ensuring your home is structurally sound, we will help create content inventory, pack, and store your possessions.

 How We Operate

Restoration USA works directly with you and your insurance company to smoothen the bumps in the road. Another aspect to be utilized is our emergency service. Even when something goes bump in the night, we offer 24-hour services. With over 25 years of experience Restoration USA should be your go-to for restoration inquiries and services. Call us at (866)-745-6428 for an assessment. We will arrive within 40 minutes or work efficiently with your schedule to give you a free inspection.

Restoration USA Tips: How To Handle Fire Damage

Anyone who’s experienced a fire can tell you what a stressful and terrible situation it is to be in. In just a few minutes, everything you’ve worked for can be charred beyond recognition. While having a fire in your home is a rare occurrence, it’s still important to know what to do if your life is ever plagued with this disaster.

It shouldn’t be a mystery that fire can cause serious damage to a home. The contents of your home and the building itself may become seriously damaged by the actual fire, heat, smoke, and water. You may find that the things that weren’t charred beyond belief in the fire may be soggy, or reek of smoke. If there are things that are damaged, but you’d still like to repair, these things must be cleaned carefully. During the fire, first respondents may have cut holes into the walls of the building to search for flames hidden inside of the walls. It’s even possible that they cut holes into the roof to allow smoke and heat to escape the building. You must understand that fire damage clean up is a time consuming process that requires a lot of patience.

The Fire Damage Restoration Process

Even after the fire has been extinguished, you must be weary of the things that can be a risk to your safety and health. Dirty water and soot that were left behind may have contaminants that can make you sick. If you go into your home and touch any of the fire damaged contents, be careful. Ask the fire department, your insurance agent, or a restoration specialist for help & advice before you begin to clean or make any repairs.

After your home experiences a fire, you should call the local disaster relief service, like the Salvation Army. These disaster relief services will help you to find temporary lodging, food, clothing, as well as medicine. The best route of action is to stay with a family member or a friend. This isn’t an easy task to take on. Don’t try to do it by yourself, and don’t be scared to ask for help.

Secure your pets after the fire, as scared animals often react with aggression. Carefully, calmly, and gently handle your pets. Try to leave your pets with a family member, pet lodging service, or friend while your home is being cleaned and serviced. In short, keep your pets out of your home while restoration services are being performed.

 

Be Weary Of The Area

Unless the fire department has specifically said it’s safe, do not enter your damaged home or apartment. Fires can start again after they’ve been extinguished. Keep your eyes peeled for any serious damage caused by the fire, as roofs and floors may be damaged, and can fall down, or collapse.  Your local fire department will make sure that all utility services including water, electricity, and gas are safe to use. If they aren’t safe to use, the fire department will shut off the utilities and disconnect them before they leave. Never try to turn these back on by yourself, as it could pose greater danger to you, your family, and your property.

Go With The Pros! 

Restoration USA is a fully certified disaster restoration company located in Pompano Beach. We restore water damage and fire damage, and also perform mold removal and leak detection, in all of Broward county. Most of the services we perform can be paid for by standard home owner’s insurance. Call us, toll-free, 24/7 at (866) 745-6428 or visit us online to schedule your free evaluation.