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Places Where Asbestos Could Be Hiding Inside Your House

Posted by on Oct 13, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Places Where Asbestos Could Be Hiding Inside Your House

Asbestos is a construction material that was used in the 80’s and 90’s, primarily because it is fire resistant. It was not until after it was used in the construction of many homes that the material started to become scrutinized because of the threat the material presented to people’s health.  It led to the material being banned in many countries, and should be removed from homes whenever possible to protect the health of those living in it. Asbestos material was commonly used for insulation, as well as materials like exterior cladding and ceiling tiles.  Unfortunately, not all uses of asbestos are that obvious.  Here are a few places it could be hiding in your house. The Bathroom Asbestos can be incredibly durable and strong, which is why it is used to construct solid materials.  It made for a great material for home fixtures, especially in the bathroom.  Toilets are one of those fixtures, which includes the toilet seat as well as the water tank. If you have an older toilet and are concerned about it being made using asbestos materials, contact an asbestos removal company.  With information such as the style and manufacturer of the toilet, they can help you identify if it possibly has asbestos in it. The Roof A common material made with asbestos was roofing felt. Depending on how old your roof is, there may be some of that felt hiding underneath your current roofing shingles. Thankfully, this isn’t a dangerous place for the asbestos to live on the outside of your home, but you need to be concerned when it comes to roof replacement. If you are able to get a professional to identify the roofing felt as a kind that contains asbestos, you need to have the material replaced before the roof deteriorates.  Extra care will also need to be taken when removing the old roof. Walls and Ceiling Asbestos was used to decorate homes by adding texture to the walls and ceiling.  It’s possible that the asbestos is hidden under many layers of paint at this point.  While it won’t pose a threat unless the texture is deteriorating, you need to have the asbestos carefully removed if you are going to do a remodeling job that removes the texture.  The fibers will be in the air while removing it, and become a major health hazard. If you think you have asbestos somewhere in your house, always have a professional, like one from Delfa Contracting LLC, help identify it and assist with removing...

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You Put Out The Fire: Now Get The Smoke Out With These Three Tips

Posted by on May 12, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on You Put Out The Fire: Now Get The Smoke Out With These Three Tips

A house fire changes your life in a moment, but if your property isn’t destroyed, then you’re in a position to use restorative techniques to save your assets. While there are professional fire restorers who can help restore some of your items, there are a few tips you can use to get started sooner.  Smelly Clothing? Baking Soda Has Benefits If your clothing is smokey from the fire, the key to saving your garments is getting that smell to be eliminated. With baking soda, you can do that, and it will also help remove any stains that may be there due to soot or water damage (from putting out the flames).  Here’s what you can do for spot cleaning: Mix a cup of baking soda with enough water to make it the thickness of toothpaste. Use this with a toothbrush to spot treat stains and water damage. For removing odors, try this technique: Add a half cup of baking soda to your wash the next time you wash your clothing. Baking soda absorbs smells and will work with the water in the wash to flush away any odors that still remain. Try to use detergent without a scent, so you can tell if the odor from the smoke is gone after your wash. If not, you can wash your clothing again with the same technique; baking soda isn’t damaging to your clothing.  Sooty Wood? Soak and Sweep Soot is tricky because it has the tendency to sink into cracks and crevices, making it nearly impossible to get rid of. Before you mop your floors, clean them with a vacuum cleaner, not a broom. A vacuum cleaner pulls soot off the ground and out of cracks; a broom simply pushes the soot deeper into your flooring and spreads it around.  After you vacuum well, you can mop your floors. Use a sponge-like mop, because it’s more likely to pull soot and water off the ground than to allow it to rub back into crevices. You can run a dry sponge mop over the ground to absorb any extra water.  Odorous Furniture? Try Sweeping and Spraying With furniture odors, you can again try vacuuming the furniture first. That eliminates any top-layer smoke or soot. Then, spray on an odor eliminator; many use neutralizing agents that will eliminate the smell of smoke.  You can also use a baking soda powder to dust the furniture. Allow it to stay on the surface for around 15 to 20 minutes before vacuuming it up.  Remember, don’t use the rotation on your vacuum, because this could push soot deeper into the fabrics.  With these tips, you can start to get your home back to normal. Try them out, and you’ll be impressed. For more help recovering from smoke damage, contact a company like Serclean...

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Tips For Preventing Water Damage Until Flood Restoration Professionals Arrive

Posted by on Jun 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips For Preventing Water Damage Until Flood Restoration Professionals Arrive

If you even have to deal with a flood in your home either from natural disaster or plumbing issues in your home, then you want to be sure that you know what to do to help prevent as much water damage as possible. First of all, you are going to have to call flood restoration professionals who have all the right equipment and experience to help remove water from the home. However, while you are waiting for their arrival, there are a few things that you will want to do to help make the process a bit easier for everyone: Mop and Blot: If the flood has occurred in a carpeted room, then you are going to want to use towels to help blot up the wet areas. If it has occurred on hard floor surfaces, such as hardwood floors, then you should use a mop to soak up as much of the water as possible. By doing this, you can potentially save your flooring from having to be replaced.  Care for Wood Furniture: Wood is really susceptible to rot in wet conditions, which is why you want to try and salvage the wood furniture in the flooded area as best as possible. Be sure to wipe all excess water off of it to help prevent it from seeping into the wood causing rotting. Use Aluminum Foil: Under all the legs of your furniture, place aluminum foil underneath. This is going to separate the furniture from the soaked floor, which will help to prevent water damage to the legs of the furniture, which are typically made from wood and can rot and make the furniture collapse.  Remove Colored Rugs: All colored rugs need to be removed and placed in a dry area, such as the garage or outside where it will not damage the floor underneath it. If you leave it in the wet room or you place it on carpet or sensitive flooring, such as hardwood, the color can leak and leave stains on the flooring underneath it.  Turn on AC: To help with the drying process, you will want to try turning on the AC. However, you should only do this if the flood has occurred in the summer when the warm weather conditions makes the air humid, which prevents maximum drying and can lead to mold growth.  By following these tips, you will find that the flood restoration process can be much easier and will save you money on both the labor costs for the professionals you have hired and replacement costs on furniture and...

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Answered: 3 Common Water Damage Questions And How Water Restoration Specialists Can Help You

Posted by on Jun 5, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Answered: 3 Common Water Damage Questions And How Water Restoration Specialists Can Help You

Water damage is an all-too-common occurrence and once that isn’t always dealt with properly. When you’re faced with standing water or other signs of water damage in your home, it’s important that you consult with the professionals immediately. If you’re unsure whether water damage restoration is necessary, read on to learn the answers to the three common questions below and how a water damage restoration team can help you. Question #1: Can Water Damage be Prevented? There isn’t much that can be done to prevent water damage caused by a natural occurrence, such as a flood. There are, however, ways you can prevent water damage from occurring due to old pipes or roof leaks. If you notice a leak, no matter how small, it’s important to get it inspected and patched up by a professional right away. Small leaks can become big leaks within a matter of seconds, and this can lead to expensive and sometimes irreversible damage to your home. Other ways to prevent water damage is to inspect old pipes in your home to be sure there aren’t any leaks or cracks, and replace them when they’re beyond repair. Question #2: What are Some Not-So-Obvious Signs of Water Damage? For many, a call to a water damage restoration company is triggered by a major occurrence where there is visible standing water in your home. Unfortunately, water damage can occur behind the walls, above the ceiling, and even under the floors where the water cannot be seen. Signs of these include water stains, warping of wallpaper, floor boards, or other materials, and the musty smell of mold or mildew. If water damage is suspected, it’s important that you call a water damage restoration team immediately. They have the necessary equipment to inspect and treat immediate signs of water damage, as well as restore your home to its original state. These restorations may include drywall removal and replacement, new carpet installation, and even roof repairs. Question #3: Can I Clean Up the Water Myself? It isn’t always possible to know whether the standing water in your home is safe or hazardous which is one of the many reasons why a water damage restoration team should be called. If you do know, however, that the water doesn’t contain raw sewage or other potentially dangerous materials, mopping up the water and drying out the area are okay to do on your own. It’s still important that you call a water damage restoration team, though, because they can further inspect the area where the water was to determine if any damage has been done. This damage can be structural, but also potentially dangerous to your health, such as growth of mold or mildew. If you’re dealing with a flood, leak, or burst pipe, it’s time to call in the water damage restoration professionals (such as Servpro Of South Elkhart Co). Not only can they remove the water, but they can also salvage your belongings and return your home to its original, water-free...

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3 Of The Biggest Mistakes Homewoners Make Trying To Achieve A Dry Basement

Posted by on May 26, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Of The Biggest Mistakes Homewoners Make Trying To Achieve A Dry Basement

Whether you have a basement that turns into a wading pool when it rains heavily or just stays so damp that it is barely useful for anything, there is no question that moisture in your basement can be an all-out nightmare. Any homeowner knows that water where it should not be in a home is never a good thing. The stress of creating a drier place to prevent water damage will have you going to extraordinary lengths to try and rectify the problem on your own before you eventually have to call a waterproofing contractor for help. Here are three of the biggest mistakes homeowners make during their DIY waterproofing attempts. Flop: Assuming that waterproof paint will fix the problem. Waterproof paint is a good thing in some scenarios. It works well as a component of a comprehensive waterproofing attempt. However, when used alone, it is very unlikely that you will notice much of a difference. While this water-repelling paint does a good job of repelling water, it will not do anything to really stop water from coming into the basement. It can only withstand so much moisture anyway before it will also start to break down. Flop: Working to eliminate the problem only from the inside. Any good waterproofing contractor will tell you that a leaky basement is not just an interior problem. The issue will have to be addressed from every angle. In a lot of cases, there is something going on with the exterior of your home that is contributing to the water problem. This could be something as simple as the ground being sloped in the wrong direction or something as drastic as a foundation that is deteriorating from the outside.  Flop: Trying to fix the symptoms, but not the actual cause of the problem. Perhaps one of the bigger mistakes that homeowners can make is to disregard the actual problem and only focus on solving the symptoms. You may go out and get a good sump pump to pump water into a drain when it comes in or invest in a dehumidifier to pull moisture out of the air. However, these are solutions only for the symptoms of the real issue and you are doing nothing to fix the source of the problem. When it comes down to it, you are much better off to just go ahead and call a waterproofing contractor that specializes in waterproofing and water damage for professional help right from the start. You could spend a lot of time and money trying to handle a situation that you likely know little about and a professional can usually get straight to the problem and eliminate it altogether. To learn more speak with someone like ServiceMaster by Restoration...

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