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1505, 2011

Flood Damage Specialists Go Beyond the Basics

By |May 15th, 2011|Flood|0 Comments

When a flood situation occurs in the home most people wisely take immediate action. They understand the basics like finding exactly what’s causing the flood. For instance, turning off the water supply is the first step if they see a pipe that has burst. Additionally, people will use towels and mops to soak up as much water as possible and then turn on fans.

This should be enough right? Stay with friends or family for a week, come back home, and everything is as good as new? WRONG! Again, these are just basic steps that might cause irreparable harm if you don’t fully dry out your home.

A flood damage specialist’s work goes far beyond the basics by taking your home through a complete water removal process that is very efficient and fast. Your home will be tested properly for moisture levels. The specialist will use hi-tech equipment during the drying out phase that can help salvage your carpets, floors, and ceilings while preventing a huge mold outbreak.

As you can see, there are many important reasons to call a specialist if your home is hit by a flood. It’s OK to do the basics by yourself, but don’t just assume that you’re done.

If you’re in need a company that specializes in flood damage in San Diego, call Orange Restoration.

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1405, 2011

Practice Fire Safety This Season

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

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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1205, 2011

Realtors – Meet Your New Best Friend

By |May 12th, 2011|Mold|0 Comments

As a realtor, your days are long dealing with client needs, doing paperwork, attending meetings, and a variety of other laborious duties. It’s a very stressful job, and the last thing you need is a new problem like mold in a home that you’re selling.

Mold can be a big problem and dealing with it at the last minute is enough to drive a person crazy, especially a realtor. Even though you may have a general home inspector to check for mold, many times they don’t see the obvious sign of mold problems in the early stages.

So it’s vitally important to have a trusted source to go to for consultation like Orange Restoration. We’ve been very lucky and fortunate to develop long-lasting relationships with local real estate agents. They depend on our San Diego mold inspection services to thoroughly evaluate their properties.

In the end, our services are significant part of the home inspection process for many realtors. Our expertise helps keep them and their clients happy. If you’re a realtor that could do without the stress of hidden mold, contact Orange Restoration today.

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1005, 2011

Smoke Restoration – Even for Small Fires

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

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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605, 2011

Protect Your Rental Property from Mold

By |May 6th, 2011|Mold|0 Comments

It’s still just as surprising today as it was many years ago when we got started in the San Diego mold inspection and removal business. The fact that so few rental property owners enlisted the services of professionally qualified mold specialists was and still is baffling.

Naturally after discovering an out of control, full-fledged mold infestation, we’ve gotten calls from various property owners. In those situations, we’ve been more than willing to come in and take care of the problems. However by then, it was almost inevitable that the only solution was a costly mold remediation project. Needless to say, dealing with irate tenants whose lifestyles got disrupted in the process was even worse for the owners.

As a rental property owner, you might think it’s better to save a buck or two by having your unqualified, maintenance guy to perform mold inspection. However, it’s not. And using your landscaper to do the task doesn’t fare any better.

Leaving proper mold testing and inspection of your rental property to amateurs is one of the worst mistakes that you can make as an owner. This is a job that should be given to professionals like Orange Restoration. Cutting corners only costs you more in the end, both in money and dealing with unhappy renters.

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305, 2011

New Home Buyers – Don’t Forget the Mold Inspection

By |May 3rd, 2011|Mold|0 Comments

So you signed your name on the dotted line, the move-in is done, and you’re comfortably settled. Then you realize that your new, dream home has a hidden nightmare – MOLD. Remember the stress that you felt during the home buying process about making such a big financial commitment?  Well that feeling almost pales in comparison to the reality of the added financial burden of a full mold inspection and remediation.

Luckily it does not have to happen to you.

For years, new home buyers have utilized our San Diego mold inspection services. In a few short days, your dream home could be inspected and fully tested for mold infestation. In addition, you could get expert advice on the steps you could take to minimize your home’s risk to mold growth.

If you’re in process of buying a new home, don’t neglect thorough mold inspection and testing. It could save you a lot of heart ache and money down the road. If you’re in San Diego, don’t hesitate to call Orange Restoration for assistance.

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105, 2011

Destroy the Mold, Not Your Home

By |May 1st, 2011|Mold|0 Comments

Many people panic when they find a trace of mold during a DIY inspection. Immediately their minds start to race, and their worst fears set in. Could this be a toxic mold situation, and if so, will I have to tear out walls in my home to alleviate the problem?

During our time in the San Diego mold testing business, our experts have seen this scenario many times. And the simple answer is to call a professional who does mold testing for a living.

Professional mold testing is far more sophisticated than the methods that you can do on your own. We take surface, air, and dust samples, and then we run them through rigorous tests. This allows us to give you the best possible advice and solution to your problem.

So if you find a little surface mold, try not to panic. It doesn’t always mean that you need a full remediation and subsequent home repair.  Call a professional like Orange Restoration for professional testing. Often times you’ll find that you only have a far less serious, common mold situation. And knowing this will save your home from needless damage.

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2704, 2011

San Diego Mold Restoration Tips: Identifying Mold In Your Home

By |April 27th, 2011|Mold|0 Comments

When it comes to mold, it is always better to catch an infestation early. As the leading San Diego mold restoration and remediation service, we have seen our fair share of mold outbreaks and infestations in the home, and have been helping homeowners recognize the telltale signs and symptoms of mold infestation.

Here are some tips that all homeowners should keep in mind:

  • Not all mold-like substances are actually mold. Pollen, dust, tree sap, and stains can resemble mold, and these substances, unlike mold, are not toxic or harmful.
  • Mold has a musty, or “moldy” smell. It is easily recognizable and can make the air hard to breath.
  • Mold grows rapidly and can be many colors. Most mold is green, grey, brown, or black.
  • Mold exposure symptoms include headaches, dizziness, lightheadedness, fever and chills. If you are suffering from mold exposure, you will notice that your symptoms lessen when you are away from home for long periods of time and get worse when you are home for long periods of time.

If you suspect that you have a mold infestation in your home, contact us right away for a professional mold inspection.

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1804, 2011

San Diego Flood Restoration Tips: When Your Home Floods

By |April 18th, 2011|Flood|0 Comments

When your home floods, quick action is key, and can make the difference relatively minor and extensive damage from excess water.  Here are some useful flood restoration tips:

Locate the source of the water. If it is a burst pipe or another problem that is flooding your house with water, see if you can locate and temporarily turn off, gap, or plug the leak. You should also turn off the water to your home, particularly if you aren’t able to stop the flow of the water any other way.

Use towels, mops, and buckets if necessary to remove as much water as possible. Make sure to wear gloves and appropriate footwear when doing so.  Turn on fans and humidifiers in rooms with flooded carpet as soon as possible.

Move all furniture and other items out of the flooded rooms as soon as possible. Clean, dry, and disinfect them as best you can.

Contact Orange Restoration, your San Diego flood restoration specialists, as soon as possible, for further assistance.

1204, 2011

San Diego Fire Restoration Safety Tips: Smoke Detectors

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

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.

If you are ever in need of a fire restoration company give Orange Restoration a call!