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What do I do??

6/5/2017 (Permalink)

One of the most common questions during a water damage is “what do I need to do until help arrives?”  Here a few Do’s and Don’ts when it comes to water damage.

Do’s:

  • Contact your local restoration company as soon as possible
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by shop vacuum, mopping or blotting
  • Wipe excess water from around wood furniture after removal of lamps and table top items
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery items such as cushions for even drying
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet
  • In the summer, turn on HVAC unit to maximize drying
  • Remove colored rugs from wall to wall carpeting areas to minimize staining
  • Pick up loose items, such as toys and clothes,  to allow maximum air to reach the wet areas

Don’ts:

  • Leave fabrics wet in place, dry them as soon as possible
  • Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature
  • Leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet floors
  • Use your household vacuum to remove water
  • Use TV’s or other household appliances while standing on wet floors
  • Turn on ceiling fans to help with drying if the ceiling has been wet
  • Keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water

Heavy Rains caused my mold

4/28/2017 (Permalink)

Heavy Rains caused my mold?

We recently were asked to look at a house that they suspected had mold underneath, in the crawlspace.  Our team looked at the job and verified that mold was present and that we should get it cleaned.  Let me take a few minutes and talk about what happened in this particular situation.  Mold will occur when areas are damp and have minimal air flow.  This house had been built for years and had never had this problem before so why now?  The answer, surrounding conditions had changed.  There was an apartment complex that was built recently behind this customer’s home.  The additional dirt work that was done, along with the addition of parking lots added some additional water flow to this home owner’s property.  Even though the home had been built for years, the current drainage around the home was not quite enough to allow for proper drainage.  This allowed the water to get under the home and sit allowing the mold to begin to grow.  Even though you have lived in a home for years always be conscious of your surroundings.  Changes in your area can have an effect on your property.

IICRC, Water Technician Class

4/28/2017 (Permalink)

Myself and a coworker recently had to opportunity to go attend a water training class in on one of our sister franchises here in the state.  This was a three day class that focused on getting us informed on the proper drying processes for water damaged facilities.  I did not have a background in this industry prior to coming on board with them, so the class was very interesting and educational.  I feel that after the class I have a great understanding of the drying processes.  I also understand now why timing is such an important factor in getting the job started and not letting the effects of wet material continue to sit unaddressed for any length of time.   This was a great opportunity and has allowed me to be able to grow as an associate and be better able to educate customers on the "WHY" behind what we do.  

Managers Meeting

4/28/2017 (Permalink)

There was a managers meeting held recently that I had the privilege to attend with a co-manager from another office.  The day was full of presentations from some very good speakers.    There were seven different speakers that spent a great deal of time developing and honing in on our management and leadership skills and abilities.  Being in management for over sixteen years now, I have been to several meetings like these and will have to say this was a solid presentation, very energetic and informative.  Once you attend several of these type of meetings, sometimes we may take mindset that it’s just another “rally the troops”, or “here we go again with changes” type of meeting.  And that may be the case at times, but I have learned over the years that anytime you attend one of these, approach it with an open and willing mind.  We were given one mouth and two ears for a reason, if you’ll just simply listen to the speakers, really digest what they are saying, you will get something out of any meeting you attend.

 

Fire Damage

4/28/2017 (Permalink)

When smoke and flames consume a residence, trying to pick up the pieces and return to a normal life may seem impossible.   Fire damage restoration is an important first step in the process of rebuilding the structure and making it a livable space once again. The process of remediation after this kind of loss is time-sensitive and involves a number of steps. Finding a professional organization to perform this process can lessen stress, on the body and mind as well as financially, and help property owners return to the home that they love. A professional fire damage restoration team follows a number of steps in achieving the goal of returning the affected property to its former state. Proper cleaning of the structure itself, proper cleaning of your contents as well as properly cleaning your air conditioning unit will ensure that your home will be smoke free and you can get back to normal.