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Water Damage and Restoration Rescue

When a pipe explodes in your home, you need to be rescued. When a toilet overflows and water spreads throughout your home, you need to be rescued. When sewage backs up in your home, you need to be rescued. No one plans on needing a water damage and restoration company, but it's always good to have one on speed dial in case of an emergency.

When any of these things happen to your home, you need to find a reputable company fast. What makes a company reputable? Well, you want to confirm the company you are looking at is insured. You probably want to go to YELP and see reviews from other people saying good things about the company you are interested in.

You should also look through their website and confirm that they will help you throughout the process. It can be very stressful to have to repair your home after a disaster. Financial costs, the stress of not having your home, potential mold problems are all reasons to be kind to yourself and find a water restoration company that will do the bulk of the work for you. Find a company that works 24-7 and is able to dispatch someone immediately. You need to feel like you're in good hands. Confirm that the company will handle your insurance claim so you have one less thing to worry about.

We're not saying we do all of these things (okay, we do). Ultimately we want you to hire someone that will do the job right the first time and minimize the amount of work you have to do to make your home feel like home again.

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By |August 31st, 2011|Fire, Flood, Green, Mold, Newsletter, Tricks and Tips|Comments Off on Water Damage and Restoration Rescue

Fire Damage and Smoke Removal

October 2007 is a month most Southern Californians will never forget. That was the month a series of wildfires burned nearly 1,500 homes and 500,000 acres of land from Santa Barbra county to the US-Mexican border. Entire areas were evacuated forcing people to grab their loved ones and whatever they could pack into their cars in a short period of time to escape the fires.

When the fires died down and people returned to their homes, they returned to neighborhoods where one house was spared while the house next door was burned down. Houses that appeared from the outside to be untouched smelled of smoke and were covered in soot inside. Even though the houses escaped direct contact with the fires, they were damaged and needed to be repaired.

Smoke and fire damage can have lasting effects on your home if you do not repair it correctly. It's important to call a fire and smoke damage restoration company to assess the damage, communicate with your insurance company and remove all smoke/soot from your home. Residues left behind by fire need to be treated by professionals. Sometimes the damage is so great that walls need to be replaced to eliminate the smell of smoke from your home.

We at Orange Restoration have experts with many years of experience treating and restoring homes damaged by smoke. Call us for a free assessment.

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By |August 15th, 2011|Fire, Newsletter, Tricks and Tips|Comments Off on Fire Damage and Smoke Removal

We Want to Be on Your Emergency Speed Dial

Dear Property Manager,

This letter is specially written for you.

We at Orange Restoration want to be on your emergency speed dial.

Look at the list of things we specialize in:

1. Water Restoration

2. Mold Removal

3. Fire and Smoke Damage

4. Flood Remediation

5. Air Duct Cleaning

We are also available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

We want to make your job simpler. We want to do the legwork with the insurance company and make sure your claim goes through hassle free. Our many years of experience have allowed us to build relationships with insurance agents that we use to make life easier for you.

Ultimately, beyond our references, our excellent reputation, we can promise you prices that no one else can. We are affordable. We streamline our business practices to carry the savings to our customers. Give us a call, you won’t regret it!

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By |August 1st, 2011|Carpet, Fire, Flood, Mold|0 Comments

Dryer Vent Cleaning Is No Joke

Did you know every two to three years you should have your dryer vent cleaned?

Cleaning your dryer vent can prevent a fire from starting on your property. If you’re a single-family homeowner or a property manager, it’s important to invest in having the dryer vent/s cleaned regularly.

Here are some warning signs that you need to clean your dryer vent as soon as possible:

  • At the end of the cycle you notice the clothes are hotter or damper than usual.
  • Your dryer has airflow without any heat.
  • Your clothes take longer to dry.
  • When your dryer is working the outdoor flapper on the vent hood doesn’t open.

An impacted dryer vent prevents a dryer from working properly. Indeed, there is the possibility of the dryer starting a fire when the motor overheats. There is a large chance the motor will overheat if there is build-up of lint in the dryer duct blocking airflow. If this is the case, the overheated dryer will set fire to any lint in the dryer duct and under the dryer. Also, many times the inside of the dryer vent is coated with lint resulting in the flames moving quickly into your property.

There are other factors that can result in a house fire caused by an impacted dryer vent – lint inside the dyer, damaged or missing lint screen, broken thermostat, debris blocking the vent, or a crushed hose behind the dryer.

Call us today to have your dryer vent cleaned and protect your investment.

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By |August 1st, 2011|Fire|0 Comments

Practice Fire Safety This Season

With summer already knocking at the door, this is the time of year that most people enjoy the great outdoors and wonderful sunshine. The weather is almost perfect. Unfortunately, it is also the time when many disastrous wildfires tend to happen. They might start in the woods because of a campfire or from something as small as a cigarette. It is important to know about fire safety.

The point is that most fires here in Southern California are caused by people. Often times, these causes are purely accidental and totally preventable.

With this in mind, the Orange Restoration team wanted to take the time to remind everyone about the importance of fire safety. Whether you’re out in the wilderness or just bar-b-queing in the backyard, be cautious.  Keep an eye open to potential fire hazards, and always extinguish all fires properly and thoroughly.

Be safe this summer!

If you’re ever in the unfortunate situation where you need a fire restoration specialist in San Diego don’t hesitate to call Orange Restoration.

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By |May 14th, 2011|Fire|0 Comments

Smoke Restoration – Even for Small Fires

When most people hear the words smoke damage or smoke restoration, they think of a house that been ravaged by a huge blaze. However, there are many instances of smoke damage inside the home that occur from much smaller fires.

People take for granted the smoke damage that can result from small appliances or an electric heater.  And let’s not forget about those kitchen cooking disasters with the stove or the microwave. Countless others have seen fires start when things got too close to the fireplace.

No matter the cause, smoke leaves an inescapable trail of soot and odor behind it. You see it and smell it in your walls, ceilings, drapes, cabinets, and other areas of your home. Sometimes you can take on the challenge of cleaning it all up by yourself.

But even then, it’s a job that’s better suited to a smoke damage specialist. A professional will go through all the steps including odor removal, deodorizing, surface cleaning, and even HVAC sanitization.

This is exactly what our San Diego smoke restoration team does here at Orange Restoration. If you need a hand with smoke damage cleanup, give us a call anytime.

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By |May 10th, 2011|Fire|0 Comments

San Diego Fire Restoration Safety Tips: Smoke Detectors

Smoke detectors really do save lives and the proper smoke detector maintenance can help prevent fires in the home. Having a reliable smoke detector can help you avoid having to hire a fire restoration company.

When you choose a device for your home, you will be able to find both types that run on batteries, and types that run on household currents.

Ionization smoke detectors are more effective when it comes to detecting fires that spread and consume quickly, like most kitchen and paper fires.

Photoelectric smoke detectors are more effective when it comes to fires that are slow smoldering, and Combo alarms are equally good at detecting both types.

Smoke detectors should be installed on every floor of the house including the basement and should be positioned so that they can easily be heard.  They should not be installed near windows, doors, or anywhere where moving air can interfere with them.

Most are easy to install and come with instructions. Keep in mind that are hard wired devices should be installed by a professional electrician, and you should never connect a smoke detectors to a circuit that can be turned off and on from a wall switch.

Once a month, you should test your smoke detectors by pushing the test button, and should replace the batteries at least once a year.

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By |April 12th, 2011|Fire|0 Comments

Hiring A San Diego Fire Damage Restoration Company

If your home has been damaged by a fire, you are likely struggling to take inventory of damaged items, meet with insurance agents and adjusters, and dealing with the shock that comes with a traumatic event. With so much to think about, it is important not to overlook one of the most important-hiring a fire damage restoration company

A professional San Diego fire damage restoration company will professionally assess the damage to your house and belongings and will take care of the restoration process for you.  From wet and damaged carpets to smoke in the walls, these types of companies specialize in restoring damaged homes.

Before the fire restoration company arrives, you should throw away any food or medicine that has been exposed to smoke or fire, and be sure to change your furnace filter on a daily basis to remove soot, and turn on all fans and or de-humidifiers to help remove moisture.  Do not try to clean any damaged furniture on your own, however, since smoke and fire damaged furniture require special cleaning techniques.

As tempting as it may be to do some of the cleaning on your own, it is important to remember that fire and smoke removal require special cleaning methods. You should never attempt to wash painted or papered walls that have been damaged by smoke, as this can cause soot residue problems. You should also make sure that you do not try to clean smoke and fire damaged carpets on your own for the same reason.

The right flood damage restoration company can make the difference between a house full of ruined items and a clean, properly repaired home.  For your health, and for the preservation of your home, contact Orange Restoration, your San Diego fire restoration experts as soon as possible.

By |February 27th, 2011|Fire|0 Comments

Protect Your House From Fire Damage

Fire damage can have devastating and lasting effects, both financially and emotionally. Once fire damage occurs, calling a professional fire restoration company is the best way to ensure that your house is made safe and habitable once more.  Fortunately, there are ways to reduce and in some cases prevent fires from occurring in the first place.  Here are some tips to help you:

1.    Make sure that all of your smoke detectors are working properly. This may seem obvious, but you’d be surprised to learn how many fires could have been prevented if the homeowner took the time to replace the smoke detectors and/or smoke detector batteries in their home.

2.    Have your electrical wiring inspected yearly. Particularly if you have an older home with older wiring, it is a good idea to have a professional inspect your house to catch any faulty wiring problems that can have the potential to lead to fire.

3.    Keep objects away from heaters.  Both portable space heaters and built-in, free-standing heating units are potential fire hazards, particularly if flammable objects are placed on or near them.

These are just some of the simple ways that you can protect yourself, your family, and your home from the damaging effects of a fire.

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By |February 22nd, 2011|Fire|0 Comments

Learning More About Board Up Services

As a San Diego homeowner, you know how important protecting both the safety of your home is. Many homeowners have some type of home security system installed, with the goal of protecting both their property and their family.  What if a home or a property that you own sits vacant for a period of time, though? How do you protect it from theft, unauthorized usage, and damage without having to pay for constant security monitoring?

Local San Diego board up services are the answer, not only for keeping unauthorized people out but also for protecting properties from further damage.  Vacant properties are vulnerable to vandalism, unauthorized squatting, and many other risks.

Board-Up services include:
Temporary Fencing
Graffiti Removal
Temporary Glass Window Sealing And Barriers
Roof Covering
Structural Stabilizing
Tree Removal
Glass Cleanup And Removal

There are many different circumstances in which board up services can provide a way to safeguard residential and commercial properties for both short and extended periods of time.  Leaving a property vulnerable to vandalism and unsecured is never a good solution.

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By |January 17th, 2011|Fire|Comments Off on Learning More About Board Up Services