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Fire Damage in National City

There is probably nothing more frightening than fire damage in National City. Most fires are usually confined to one area, but it still feels devastating to see charred materials and soot-coated personal belongings. The first thing you’ll need to do is ventilate the affected area by opening windows, then you must safely remove damaged items to an outside area like your driveway. Begin sorting through the items, deciding what items can be salvaged and throwing away anything damaged beyond repair. What you shouldn’t do is attempt to wipe down walls, wood trim and furniture or any other absorbent surface. You should not sit on or move upholstered furniture, nor should you turn on home systems like a furnace or air conditioner. Toss out any food product (especially canned goods) that were exposed to fire. Lastly, avoid any electrical devices and appliances (stereos, TV) until a restoration technician has deemed them safe. The next step is to contact a restoration specialist to assess the damage and develop a plan for repair.

You may be tempted to begin the restoration work yourself, but understand that you will need an array of equipment and the knowledge to use that equipment properly. Fire damage restoration specialists will not only have all of the necessary equipment, but they also have the knowledge and experience to use them. Much of the restoration work will require the handling of toxic chemicals and exposure to soot and smoke residue, smoldering ash and toxic gases. Specialists will already have the required protective clothing to minimize contact with toxic materials. Remember that smoke is an acidic byproduct of fire and can corrode and stain surfaces such as walls, floors and counter tops. Removal of smoke and soot requires many steps, procedures and equipment. Also, after any fire, the effort to put out the blaze results in water damage from pressure hoses and fire retardant chemicals. These elements add to the overall damage that must be dealt with.

Now that you’ve done some minimal prepping, restoration technicians can now tackle your fire damage in National City. They will assess the extent of the damage and isolate the affected area(s). They will let you know which areas are still structurally sound, and which should be avoided, since both fire and water damage can weaken foundations and structures. Next, they will remove all water and completely dry the area. They will remove soot and smoke residue with the use of air-scrubbing technology and will sanitize, deodorize and clean the affected area(s). With all of this accomplished, the restoration team will remove and replace damaged drywall and other surfaces, bringing your home back to its original condition.

If you are experiencing fire damage in National City do not hesitate to call Orange Restoration! We are open for emergency water damage services 24/7. Our highly experienced team is able to handle any size job and we will get you back in your home or business in no time! Contact us at 1-800-434-4614

By |February 8th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Water Damage Chula Vista

Severe thunderstorms, water leaking through a window – this is only one scenario for water damage in Chula Vista. Leaking water can come from many other sources: a malfunctioning toilet, a leaking drainpipe under the house, and more. The resulting damage is often more than just warped walls and floorboards, but the encroachment of mold as well. Once you have removed as much water and moisture as possible on your own with fans and sump pumps, you need to contact a restoration specialist to complete the clean up and repair.

The first thing a restoration specialist will do is inspect the affected areas to determine if those areas are still structurally sound. This information will be documented thoroughly for submission of a claim to your insurance company, provided you are insured for water damage in Chula Vista. A professional restoration company will employ the use of testing equipment that can detect moisture hidden in various areas. Damage isn’t only visible to the naked eye, moisture may have seeped into walls, supports and subfloors. Moisture pockets which are unseen may cause mold, rot and other damage. This may sound extreme, but technicians may also have to cut into walls and insulation in order to see how high the damage goes. They may also need to cut wires and repair specific electrical lines throughout your home.

The restoration technicians will begin the restoration process by pumping out the excess water as well as removing materials and furnishings that are unable to be restored. They will also continue to dry your home’s interior, furnishings and systems such as ductwork, air conditioning and furnaces, if needed. The use of extraction vacuums will aid in pulling water from upholstered furnishings and carpets, which will result in substantial savings for you. However, if carpeting is beyond repair (and contaminated), replacement will be recommended. Structure drying, including crawlspaces and basements, will prevent further water damage which may cause mold growth. Dehumidifiers and fans will also be used to aid in drying materials. If the water is contaminated with sewer water, sanitizing and deodorizing equipment will also be used. In the event of mold contamination, mold remediation will likely be required.

If you are experiencing water damage in Chula Vista do not hesitate to call Orange Restoration! We are open for emergency water damage services 24/7. Our highly experienced team is able to handle any size job and we will get you back in your home or business in no time!

 

By |February 1st, 2017|Water Damage|0 Comments

Fire Damage in Torrey Pines

Regardless of how it starts, you should always be prepared to deal with the aftermath of fire damage in Torrey Pines. It’s not something anyone wants to think about, but such disasters can happen, both major and minor. Most of the time it will be fire damage confined to only one area of your home. Before professionals arrive to begin the restoration process, there are steps you should take to make the area ready for the specialists. Be sure to fully ventilate the home, and in particular, the area where the damage occurred, by opening windows which will allow much of the smoke odor to escape.

Just as with water damage restoration, fire damage restoration should begin as soon as possible. As the hours tick by after fire damage in Torrey Pines, simple discolorations begin to turn into deeper stains. These stains affect bathroom grouts, counter tops, appliance finishes, furniture finishes and the list goes on. If ignored for days those discolorations and stains on walls, appliances and other surfaces can become permanent. Also, the finishing on furniture and floors becomes so damaged that they require massive repair or simply replaced altogether.

If you choose to tackle the damage yourself, understand that it will be daunting task if you are not experienced in restoration. You will need protective clothing, as well as a surgical mask – you might even want to use an oxygen tank to keep from breathing harmful chemicals. As mentioned earlier you must ventilate the affected area by opening all windows and doors. Finally, the actual cleaning process commences. You’ll need to clean everything from walls to fixtures, ceilings to doors, windows and floors by using high-efficiency vacuum cleaners (HEPA) to remove soot from carpeting and upholstery. Spray and/or pressure wash exterior paint, wood, brick walls from top to bottom. You may also want to use detergent. Unfortunately, ventilation alone will not take care of that awful smoke smell. You’ll have to use deodorizing sprays, disinfectant sprays, aerosol sprays, and more! Sadly, this will only offer temporary relief.

This is why you should contact a professional restoration specialist. They will thoroughly and properly inspect the damage and develop a game plan to restore your home. Restoration specialists will have all the equipment and expertise to perform all the tasks noted above and more. They may also use ozone technology to permanently remove all odors. Any items requiring more extensive cleaning will be packed and taken to an off-site facility to be professionally deodorized and cleaned.

If you are experiencing fire damage in Torrey Pines do not hesitate to call Orange Restoration! We are open for emergency water damage services 24/7. Our highly experienced team is able to handle any size job and we will get you back in your home or business in no time!

By |January 25th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Mold Damage in Carmel Valley

Even in new homes, a steady stream of water under a floorboard or a buildup of moisture from unvented steam after a shower can lead to mold damage in Carmel Valley. If your home has suffered fire damage, the water and extinguisher foam used to fight the blaze can provide a fertile environment for mold to develop over time. Spores can germinate after only 12 hours and some can grow in 24 to 48 hours, due to certain conditions. It’s very important to contact a mold remediation specialist once you suspect that your home has been invaded by mold. If left unchecked, mold can spread at a rapid rate. Mold remediation is definitely a task you should never take on yourself – leave that to the specialists!

Mold damage in Carmel Valley can cause a host of different heath problems from exacerbating allergies and asthma to lowering your immune system. And you don’t always know that mold is growing and spores are traveling through your ventilation system. Sometimes you can smell a moldy odor, but by that time the mold has significantly proliferated throughout your home. This is the time to contact a mold remediation specialist to halt the progress of the mold, sparing you and your family further health problems – which will be costly as well!

In addition to impacting your health, mold can weaken and eventually destroy materials, causing structural problems on a grand scale. Mold can form around floor and ceiling joists, causing those areas to warp and sag. Eventually the floor or ceiling simply collapses altogether. Those materials will have been completely destroyed and will have to be replaced. Also, be aware that although not porous, metal can still be a carrier for mold growth. If mold is found on aluminum, copper, steel and other metals, it can spread to surrounding materials like wood or drywall. Imagine if you had contacted a mold remediation specialist when you first sensed the unpleasant odor of mold? Ignoring mold formation is costly in the long run: to your own health as well as the structural integrity of your home…and your pocketbook.

If you are experiencing mold damage in Carmel Valley do not hesitate to call Orange Restoration! We are open for emergency water damage services 24/7. Our highly experienced team is able to handle any size job and we will get you back in your home or business in no time!

By |December 28th, 2016|Mold|0 Comments

Mitigating Mold Damage in Del Mar

It’s pleasant living near the ocean, but with so much marine layer moisture coming in, mold damage in Del Mar can happen. Also, flooding from torrential rains and leaky plumbing can bring mold into your home. Once you are aware that mold has invaded your home, you must contact a mold remediation specialist to handle the problem before the situation worsens. You must understand, however, that it’s not possible to remove all of the mold, since it is naturally present in the atmosphere. The best mold remediation specialists can do is remove enough mold and mold spores to keep their number at healthy levels.

Health Problems

Mold and mold spores are responsible for exacerbating allergies and asthma, causing severe respiratory problems that can affect your health over time. Excessive amounts of mold is known to suppress the immune system, so people with weakened immune systems are highly at risk. It is imperative that should you notice mold growth in your home to contact a mold immediately. Mold doesn’t go away on its own.

Structural Damage

Mold is almost as destructive to your home as it is to your health. Materials such as wood can become completely damaged by mold and replacing it is the only option. Water, which is usually present with mold, can destroy other materials. Wet or damp areas are the perfect breeding ground for mold, so if you have experienced water damage, mold growth is sure to follow. When this happens you’ll have two expenses, dealing with water damage and the subsequent mold removal. Unfortunately, these two conditions go hand and hand.

How much will this cost?

If mold damage in Del Mar goes undetected for an extended period of time, the infestation become widespread and that can adversely affect the cost of removal. This is why it is important to consider the possibility of mold after even minor water damage.

Ultimately, mold remediation is worth the expense when compared to any adverse effects to your long term health. Again, remember that mold is a naturally occurring element in the environment and thus is impossible to completely eradicate from your home. Any restoration company who boasts that they can remove every spore is not being truthful.

If you are experiencing mold damage in Del Mar do not hesitate to call Orange Restoration! We are open for emergency water damage services 24/7. Our highly experienced team is able to handle any size job and we will get you back in your home or business in no time!

By |December 22nd, 2016|Mold|0 Comments

How to Prevent Fire Damage In Carmel Valley

Fire Damage In Carmel Valley

Even though you live in the coastal zone, your home is still vulnerable to fire damage in Carmel Valley. The culprit could be a random spark, a malfunctioning circuit, or something left cooking too long on a kitchen stove. Accidents happen. But when fire damage happens, you must deal with it immediately to reduce the chance of further damage to the structural integrity of your home. One of the featured imeirst things you’ll need to do is properly ventilate the affected area by opening all windows and using fans to blow as much of the smoke odor as possible to the outside. You may want to wear a surgical mask if you use a HEPA vacuum cleaner as you try to remove additional residue and particulates of soot, debris and fire extinguisher residue. Be aware that soot and other fine dust can cause respiratory problems.

There is nothing wrong with conducting your own inspection if you are experiencing fire damage in Carmel Valley, provided that the area is still structurally sound of course. You might want to take inventory of items and materials that have sustained damage, noting the extent of the damage. You can document this information in a notebook or a tablet, which will be useful in providing this information to your insurance company. The restoration specialists will also conduct their own inspection and coordinate a recovery plan with your insurance company.

There are tasks that you may want to perform before the arrival of professionals, but you should leave these tasks to the specialists. Never wipe or attempt to wash fire residue from walls, ceilings, or other absorbent surfaces. Discard any carpeting or upholstered furniture which have been heavily affected by smoke residue or debris (the smell of a fire is nearly impossible to get rid of). You must also discard any food items or canned goods exposed to heat. You should not turn on computers, televisions, stereos or electrical appliances until they’ve been professionally cleaned and checked for safety.

Once you’ve prepped the fire damaged area, your team of fire restoration specialists can do the rest so that you’ll have at least some peace of mind.

If you are experiencing fire damage in Carmel Valley do not hesitate to call Orange Restoration! We are open for emergency water damage services 24/7. Our highly experienced team is able to handle any size job and we will get you back in your home or business in no time!

By |December 20th, 2016|Fire|0 Comments