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One Of The Best Online Guides To Help You With Fire Damage

Keep in mind this is a general outline guide to help you with fire damage cleanup and restoration of your home. There are many people that want to do this task on their own or be their own foreman and hire many different contractors to get their home repaired. Many of the steps in this guide can take hours, days, weeks to do on your own. Hiring different contractors can be a good way to do things if you have the time to be able to do so. It takes many, many hours to manage and hire the right contractors to be able to perform the tasks that are needed after a fire has struck a home. Imagine a bad kitchen fire that has smoke and soot involved. Smoke that travels along the inside of the home saturating and staining the drywall throughout the house, this needs to be cleaned heavily. In some cases, the drywall needs to be completely removed and re-installed. Also the structure of the home needs to be checked and there may need to be repairs to the structure of the home. As a restoration company, our team is trained to look for and catch all potential damage that the home or business may have suffered and needs to be repaired. This is why many people elect to hire a professional water and fire damage restoration company like us to handle all of this for them. We always encourage contacting us (Action 1 Restoration) after a fire, but you can always reference some of the steps in this guide to help you along the way! Fires may be the worst disaster you and your property can suffer, because they cause both severe physical and emotional damage. One day you are going about your usual routine – the next, you’ve lost some (or all) of your home and valuables. As with any adverse event in life, there’s really no choice but to pick yourself up and get on with the process of putting your life back in order, no matter how difficult it may be. This ultimate DIY fire damage cleanup and restoration guide is meant to help you along the road to recovery.  

Not A Normal Do-It-Yourself Project

Restoring a property after a fire is a major operation. You can do it yourself, but it is critical to understand that there’s a complicated step-by-step process which must be followed, and it involves a ton of work. For a few people with the energy and home repair ability to dig in and keep going, it can be a good way to take their mind off a devastating loss. For most, however, fire damage cleanup and restoration is simply too much, too soon. If you prefer to use a professional service, Action 1 Restoration is ready and able to take care of every detail for you. If you prefer to handle the work on your own, then this step-by-step guide will help you get things back in order.  

Always Remember, Safety Comes First

It should go without saying that you should never enter a fire-damaged area until fire officials give you the all clear. Even then, you need to place safety first. The issue isn’t so much the prospect of another fire starting while you are in the structure, but potential health risks from toxic chemicals which could mix together, and the hazardous particulates which could still be in the air. The biggest safety issue typically involves cleaning and other poisonous liquids kept in the home. If you have a kitchen fire, the products you use to clean are going to be damaged and may leak all over the floor. A mixture of bleach, Windex, drain cleaner or similar liquids can create an acidic cocktail which could cause second or third degree burns. Materials often stored in the garage like paint thinner, and even your electronic components, can also become toxic when damaged by a fire.   To avoid health risks, you need proper safety attire:
  • Waterproof boots
  • A body suit made from plastic
  • A breathing mask
  • Goggles
  • Industrial strength cleaning gloves
This may sound like overkill, but consider the health problems which emergency personnel experienced in New York after the 9/11 tragedy: sinus problems, new-onset asthma, declines in pulmonary function, gastroesophageal reflux symptoms, sarcoidosis and increased cancer risk. Particulate debris in the air and on practically every surface can be a serious health risk as well. Do not take this risk lightly. Protect yourself to avoid turning a property damage issue into a serious or even life-threatening health problem.  

Breaches

Once fire officials allow you back into your home, the first step is to determine if you have any breaches in the structure. A breach is an area where a section of the roof or a wall is missing, exposing the interior of the home to the elements. Breaches caused by fires should be sealed immediately. If they are not, there are two potential problems which can arise:
  1. Secondary Fire – the wind, or even a breeze, can cause embers to flare up and start a secondary fire. Firemen will do their best to put out every ember, but it’s easy to miss a few and one is all it takes.
  2. Rain and Humidity – If you live in an area which gets rain or high humidity (and most areas do), a breach in the structure can result in mold, rot and damage to sensitive property such as computers.
  The best method for addressing a breach is to place a tarpaulin over it to seal out the elements. The tarp needs to be made of rugged material, and attached so that it creates an effective seal. If rain is a potential problem the tarp needs to be supported so that water can’t pool on it, because water weight could easily cause the protection to fail.  

Water Removal

As odd as it may sound, water is a real problem with fires. Firemen working to save your property will pump hundreds or thousands of gallons of water onto your home to extinguish the blaze. Some of that water will evaporate because of the heat, but a good amount of it is going to pool on the ground. There it will mix with burned plastics, spilled liquids and other potentially dangerous substances. All of this water must be removed before you start addressing the actual fire damage. Don’t forget to check your basement, which might be filled with sooty water as well. At Action 1 Restoration, we use industrial strength water pumps and extractors to remove the enormous amounts of water left behind after a fire. You are going to need to either rent this equipment from a supplier, or buy it at a local store such as Home Depot. You will need two basic pieces of equipment. The first is a water pump with hoses which can move large amounts of water. You are looking for the maximum pumping power you can afford, so ask for guidance from sales representatives at the store. You are also going to need a press extractor. This device pushes down on carpets and then sucks up the water which has been soaked up by the material. If you are lucky, you might be able to save the carpet. Usually you won’t be that lucky and will need to replace the carpet. You’ll still need an extractor, though, because the weight of a soaked carpet is staggering and you will have a very hard time removing it from your home if it’s still waterlogged. If you have hardwood floors, you may avoid the need for a press extractor – but the floors may have buckled and warped from the water and they may need to be replaced.  

Categorizing and Soot Removal

With the water removed from your property, you can finally get on with categorizing the damage caused by the fire. To do this, you will first need to remove the soot that’s accumulated everywhere, so you can accurately determine the level of damage and whether an item can be restored or should be trashed. Soot is the black substance left by the smoke from a fire. A major difficulty in cleaning soot is that it tends to have an oily base because of plastics which have burned. That problem usually prevents you from simply wiping soot off surfaces with a rag. Instead, you need a cleaning agent to do the job, and the best is trisodium phosphate cleaner. (You can find an example of it here) You may have never heard of it, but you can use this degreaser to remove soot fairly easily. It’s available at all big box hardware stores; when you’re there, use this shopping list for cleaning soot:
  • trisodium phosphate cleaner
  • large buckets
  • sponges
  • large, heavy-duty trash bags
Soot gets onto everything and just about everywhere, so plan on going through a ton of sponges and trash bags for this do-it-yourself effort. Fortunately, a little trisodium phosphate goes a long way. Consult the instructions of the particular brand of cleaner you purchase, but you usually need to mix a tablespoon of trisodium phosphate with a gallon of water. Here is some additional cleanup help and tips that can help you, visit this website. Once you have the phosphate mixed, it is time to get to work. Start at one end of the fire-damaged area and methodically move to the other end. Being sure to wear your safety equipment, clean and examine items for damage. If you have insurance, make sure to snap a picture of each item for the insurance claim. Be objective and smart when examining fire-damaged items. Anything which is cheap, like a book or DVD, should be photographed and then tossed in the trash unless it is a rare edition. Don’t get caught up in reminiscing or it will take weeks for you to work through the mess. Just quickly clean, analyze and categorize items as either salvageable or ruined. Once you’ve gone through all of the small items, it’s time to review the furniture. Burned pieces should, of course, be trashed. But close attention must be paid to “undamaged” furniture which badly smells of smoke. It may need to be trashed as well, particularly if it has been soaked with water, because it could be a fertile growing spot for mold. At this point you should be looking at an empty room, so it’s time to examine the flooring. If you have carpet which is damaged or soaked, you should call in an expert to see if it can be saved. Wet carpets act as a Petri dish for bacteria and mold so most soaked carpets must be tossed. Still, it is worth taking the time to see if yours can be saved unless, of course, your insurance will cover its replacement. If the carpet must be thrown away, pull it up from the foundation and roll it into the smallest sections possible; your back will thank you for taking this step, because carpet is extremely heavy. Haul the carpet out of the house and take it to a dump for disposal. It is virtually impossible to “fix” badly buckled or warped hardwood flooring by yourself (if at all), so if you’re confronted with that issue you’ll probably need to consult an expert.  

Walls, Ceiling and Foundation

The fire-damaged areas of your home should now be “naked” with no furniture, flooring or other items in the room. There should just be hard flooring, blank walls and ceilings. Slowly walk around the damaged area inspecting the under flooring or concrete for damage. Cracks with water seepage are a particular concern. If water gets into the foundation, it will expand and contract as seasons change, slowly expanding the cracks. This can lead to foundation damage or failure, which is incredibly expensive to repair. Even if it has been repaired, many home buyers will refuse to make an offer on a property once they find out it has had foundation problems in the past. If you see cracks, contact a foundation specialist to get his opinion on what to do next. If the foundation is in good shape, the next step is to break out the trisodium phosphate cleaner again. Mix up a batch and start walking through the house removing soot from the flooring, walls and ceiling. It is critical that you take your time to get every little spot, or you could end up with an odor of smoke which will never go away. Depending on the size of the fire-damaged area, it could take a few days to complete this part of the cleaning.  

Eliminating That Smoke Smell

Trisodium phosphate is an amazing product for removing soot, but it usually doesn’t remove all of the smell after a fire. We strongly recommend a few additional steps. The first is to use white vinegar to wipe down any area where smoke was present. Vinegar is a versatile liquid, and one thing it does particularly well is kill odors. Do a full wipe of the floor, walls and ceiling to lessen the risk of permanent smoke odor. Here is some good cleaning uses for white vinegar. Here is 6 household items you should not clean with white vinegar. Second, change out all the filters in your heating and air conditioning systems. You may even need to do a thorough cleaning of all your ducts or even replace your air conditioning ducts all together. Soot particles are unquestionably embedded in those filters or air ducts, so you run the risk of introducing the odor to the structure every time you turn your heat or A/C on. Third, consider setting up a small Japanese “sand” garden in rooms which were damaged in the fire. In this case, however, you are going to use activated charcoal or baking powder instead of sand. Both naturally absorb odors, which can take care of any residual smoke smell. If a sand garden isn’t your thing, get creative and find a way to place either of these odor-absorbing materials in the room. At this point, you are ready to actually restore the impacted areas. Set a budget for the work to be done, determine the materials to be used and then start building.  

Be Ready For A Long, Tough Job

If you’ve made it all the way through – congratulations. Cleanup and restoration after a fire sounds like a ton of work, because it is. Even the most motivated do-it-yourselfers are often daunted by the process of recovering from a fire, particularly because it can be difficult and depressing to go through all of your ruined valuables. We’re not suggesting that cleanup and restoration after a fire is impossible. You can do it. Just realize this is much more than a “weekend job.” If you decide to use a professional service which can get to work quickly and do the job expertly, Action 1 Restoration is ready to take the burden off your shoulders. Just visit one of our locations to call us now, day or night we are available to help you. And if you’d rather try to do it yourself, you can always call us if you get stuck or discouraged partway through the project. Additional Resources:

Ultimate DIY Fire Damage Cleanup and Restoration Guide See more on: home page A1R

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One Of The Best Online Guides To Help You With Fire Damage

Keep in mind this is a general outline guide to help you with fire damage cleanup and restoration of your home. There are many people that want to do this task on their own or be their own foreman and hire many different contractors to get their home repaired. Many of the steps in this guide can take hours, days, weeks to do on your own. Hiring different contractors can be a good way to do things if you have the time to be able to do so. It takes many, many hours to manage and hire the right contractors to be able to perform the tasks that are needed after a fire has struck a home. Imagine a bad kitchen fire that has smoke and soot involved. Smoke that travels along the inside of the home saturating and staining the drywall throughout the house, this needs to be cleaned heavily. In some cases, the drywall needs to be completely removed and re-installed. Also the structure of the home needs to be checked and there may need to be repairs to the structure of the home. As a restoration company, our team is trained to look for and catch all potential damage that the home or business may have suffered and needs to be repaired. This is why many people elect to hire a professional water and fire damage restoration company like us to handle all of this for them. We always encourage contacting us (Action 1 Restoration) after a fire, but you can always reference some of the steps in this guide to help you along the way! Fires may be the worst disaster you and your property can suffer, because they cause both severe physical and emotional damage. One day you are going about your usual routine – the next, you’ve lost some (or all) of your home and valuables. As with any adverse event in life, there’s really no choice but to pick yourself up and get on with the process of putting your life back in order, no matter how difficult it may be. This ultimate DIY fire damage cleanup and restoration guide is meant to help you along the road to recovery.  

Not A Normal Do-It-Yourself Project

Restoring a property after a fire is a major operation. You can do it yourself, but it is critical to understand that there’s a complicated step-by-step process which must be followed, and it involves a ton of work. For a few people with the energy and home repair ability to dig in and keep going, it can be a good way to take their mind off a devastating loss. For most, however, fire damage cleanup and restoration is simply too much, too soon. If you prefer to use a professional service, Action 1 Restoration is ready and able to take care of every detail for you. If you prefer to handle the work on your own, then this step-by-step guide will help you get things back in order.  

Always Remember, Safety Comes First

It should go without saying that you should never enter a fire-damaged area until fire officials give you the all clear. Even then, you need to place safety first. The issue isn’t so much the prospect of another fire starting while you are in the structure, but potential health risks from toxic chemicals which could mix together, and the hazardous particulates which could still be in the air. The biggest safety issue typically involves cleaning and other poisonous liquids kept in the home. If you have a kitchen fire, the products you use to clean are going to be damaged and may leak all over the floor. A mixture of bleach, Windex, drain cleaner or similar liquids can create an acidic cocktail which could cause second or third degree burns. Materials often stored in the garage like paint thinner, and even your electronic components, can also become toxic when damaged by a fire.   To avoid health risks, you need proper safety attire:
  • Waterproof boots
  • A body suit made from plastic
  • A breathing mask
  • Goggles
  • Industrial strength cleaning gloves
This may sound like overkill, but consider the health problems which emergency personnel experienced in New York after the 9/11 tragedy: sinus problems, new-onset asthma, declines in pulmonary function, gastroesophageal reflux symptoms, sarcoidosis and increased cancer risk. Particulate debris in the air and on practically every surface can be a serious health risk as well. Do not take this risk lightly. Protect yourself to avoid turning a property damage issue into a serious or even life-threatening health problem.  

Breaches

Once fire officials allow you back into your home, the first step is to determine if you have any breaches in the structure. A breach is an area where a section of the roof or a wall is missing, exposing the interior of the home to the elements. Breaches caused by fires should be sealed immediately. If they are not, there are two potential problems which can arise:
  1. Secondary Fire – the wind, or even a breeze, can cause embers to flare up and start a secondary fire. Firemen will do their best to put out every ember, but it’s easy to miss a few and one is all it takes.
  2. Rain and Humidity – If you live in an area which gets rain or high humidity (and most areas do), a breach in the structure can result in mold, rot and damage to sensitive property such as computers.
  The best method for addressing a breach is to place a tarpaulin over it to seal out the elements. The tarp needs to be made of rugged material, and attached so that it creates an effective seal. If rain is a potential problem the tarp needs to be supported so that water can’t pool on it, because water weight could easily cause the protection to fail.  

Water Removal

As odd as it may sound, water is a real problem with fires. Firemen working to save your property will pump hundreds or thousands of gallons of water onto your home to extinguish the blaze. Some of that water will evaporate because of the heat, but a good amount of it is going to pool on the ground. There it will mix with burned plastics, spilled liquids and other potentially dangerous substances. All of this water must be removed before you start addressing the actual fire damage. Don’t forget to check your basement, which might be filled with sooty water as well. At Action 1 Restoration, we use industrial strength water pumps and extractors to remove the enormous amounts of water left behind after a fire. You are going to need to either rent this equipment from a supplier, or buy it at a local store such as Home Depot. You will need two basic pieces of equipment. The first is a water pump with hoses which can move large amounts of water. You are looking for the maximum pumping power you can afford, so ask for guidance from sales representatives at the store. You are also going to need a press extractor. This device pushes down on carpets and then sucks up the water which has been soaked up by the material. If you are lucky, you might be able to save the carpet. Usually you won’t be that lucky and will need to replace the carpet. You’ll still need an extractor, though, because the weight of a soaked carpet is staggering and you will have a very hard time removing it from your home if it’s still waterlogged. If you have hardwood floors, you may avoid the need for a press extractor – but the floors may have buckled and warped from the water and they may need to be replaced.  

Categorizing and Soot Removal

With the water removed from your property, you can finally get on with categorizing the damage caused by the fire. To do this, you will first need to remove the soot that’s accumulated everywhere, so you can accurately determine the level of damage and whether an item can be restored or should be trashed. Soot is the black substance left by the smoke from a fire. A major difficulty in cleaning soot is that it tends to have an oily base because of plastics which have burned. That problem usually prevents you from simply wiping soot off surfaces with a rag. Instead, you need a cleaning agent to do the job, and the best is trisodium phosphate cleaner. (You can find an example of it here) You may have never heard of it, but you can use this degreaser to remove soot fairly easily. It’s available at all big box hardware stores; when you’re there, use this shopping list for cleaning soot:
  • trisodium phosphate cleaner
  • large buckets
  • sponges
  • large, heavy-duty trash bags
Soot gets onto everything and just about everywhere, so plan on going through a ton of sponges and trash bags for this do-it-yourself effort. Fortunately, a little trisodium phosphate goes a long way. Consult the instructions of the particular brand of cleaner you purchase, but you usually need to mix a tablespoon of trisodium phosphate with a gallon of water. Here is some additional cleanup help and tips that can help you, visit this website. Once you have the phosphate mixed, it is time to get to work. Start at one end of the fire-damaged area and methodically move to the other end. Being sure to wear your safety equipment, clean and examine items for damage. If you have insurance, make sure to snap a picture of each item for the insurance claim. Be objective and smart when examining fire-damaged items. Anything which is cheap, like a book or DVD, should be photographed and then tossed in the trash unless it is a rare edition. Don’t get caught up in reminiscing or it will take weeks for you to work through the mess. Just quickly clean, analyze and categorize items as either salvageable or ruined. Once you’ve gone through all of the small items, it’s time to review the furniture. Burned pieces should, of course, be trashed. But close attention must be paid to “undamaged” furniture which badly smells of smoke. It may need to be trashed as well, particularly if it has been soaked with water, because it could be a fertile growing spot for mold. At this point you should be looking at an empty room, so it’s time to examine the flooring. If you have carpet which is damaged or soaked, you should call in an expert to see if it can be saved. Wet carpets act as a Petri dish for bacteria and mold so most soaked carpets must be tossed. Still, it is worth taking the time to see if yours can be saved unless, of course, your insurance will cover its replacement. If the carpet must be thrown away, pull it up from the foundation and roll it into the smallest sections possible; your back will thank you for taking this step, because carpet is extremely heavy. Haul the carpet out of the house and take it to a dump for disposal. It is virtually impossible to “fix” badly buckled or warped hardwood flooring by yourself (if at all), so if you’re confronted with that issue you’ll probably need to consult an expert.  

Walls, Ceiling and Foundation

The fire-damaged areas of your home should now be “naked” with no furniture, flooring or other items in the room. There should just be hard flooring, blank walls and ceilings. Slowly walk around the damaged area inspecting the under flooring or concrete for damage. Cracks with water seepage are a particular concern. If water gets into the foundation, it will expand and contract as seasons change, slowly expanding the cracks. This can lead to foundation damage or failure, which is incredibly expensive to repair. Even if it has been repaired, many home buyers will refuse to make an offer on a property once they find out it has had foundation problems in the past. If you see cracks, contact a foundation specialist to get his opinion on what to do next. If the foundation is in good shape, the next step is to break out the trisodium phosphate cleaner again. Mix up a batch and start walking through the house removing soot from the flooring, walls and ceiling. It is critical that you take your time to get every little spot, or you could end up with an odor of smoke which will never go away. Depending on the size of the fire-damaged area, it could take a few days to complete this part of the cleaning.  

Eliminating That Smoke Smell

Trisodium phosphate is an amazing product for removing soot, but it usually doesn’t remove all of the smell after a fire. We strongly recommend a few additional steps. The first is to use white vinegar to wipe down any area where smoke was present. Vinegar is a versatile liquid, and one thing it does particularly well is kill odors. Do a full wipe of the floor, walls and ceiling to lessen the risk of permanent smoke odor. Here is some good cleaning uses for white vinegar. Here is 6 household items you should not clean with white vinegar. Second, change out all the filters in your heating and air conditioning systems. You may even need to do a thorough cleaning of all your ducts or even replace your air conditioning ducts all together. Soot particles are unquestionably embedded in those filters or air ducts, so you run the risk of introducing the odor to the structure every time you turn your heat or A/C on. Third, consider setting up a small Japanese “sand” garden in rooms which were damaged in the fire. In this case, however, you are going to use activated charcoal or baking powder instead of sand. Both naturally absorb odors, which can take care of any residual smoke smell. If a sand garden isn’t your thing, get creative and find a way to place either of these odor-absorbing materials in the room. At this point, you are ready to actually restore the impacted areas. Set a budget for the work to be done, determine the materials to be used and then start building.  

Be Ready For A Long, Tough Job

If you’ve made it all the way through – congratulations. Cleanup and restoration after a fire sounds like a ton of work, because it is. Even the most motivated do-it-yourselfers are often daunted by the process of recovering from a fire, particularly because it can be difficult and depressing to go through all of your ruined valuables. We’re not suggesting that cleanup and restoration after a fire is impossible. You can do it. Just realize this is much more than a “weekend job.” If you decide to use a professional service which can get to work quickly and do the job expertly, Action 1 Restoration is ready to take the burden off your shoulders. Just visit one of our locations to call us now, day or night we are available to help you. And if you’d rather try to do it yourself, you can always call us if you get stuck or discouraged partway through the project. Additional Resources:

Ultimate DIY Fire Damage Cleanup and Restoration Guide See more on: home page A1R

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Common Causes of Water Damage in Your Home https://www.action1restoration.net/water/water-damage/common-causes/ Sat, 30 May 2015 22:10:54 +0000 http://www.action1restoration.net/?p=243

Some of the Most Common Water Damage Problems

Water damage is something that occurs when excess water starts to develop and stagnate in areas where it should not be. A lot of different factors can come into play when it comes to the formation of this excess water. It is important to become aware of some of the most prevalent causes of water damage to ensure that you know which precautionary measures to take to protect against experiencing irreversible water damage in the future. This will also help allow you to be able to understand and spot the problem when it happens so you do not wait to long before it has a chance to cause further damage from being ignored. With water damage, the quicker you solve the problem, the less damage and work the restoration process will be. This typically means the less amount of money you are going to have to pay to fix it. Below we will list some of the major causes of water damage in your home. Learn more about our water damage services and how we can help.

Major Causes:

1. Plumbing Supply System Failure – Burst or Broken Water Pipes

burst_pipe_repairOne of the most common causes of water damage would have to be bursting and/or leaking pipes. A lot of drains and even toilets get clogged and/or backed up and they can cause a lot of pressure on the pipes. This can eventually lead to a pipe leak and/or burst which can stem into further problems if left untreated. Another common problem that many homeowners face is from their garbage disposals. Garbage disposals that are not working properly can end up causing the pipes to burst.
The average cost of a plumbing supply system failure was more than $5,000 after the insurance deductible was paid, according to the IBHS study. Ways to Reduce Damage
  • Potential indicators of a plumbing problem include an increased monthly water bill, banging pipes, rust stains, moisture in the walls or on floors, and signs of wet soil erosion near the foundation.
  • Setting the thermostat 60 degrees or higher in winter months, letting faucets drip and insulating pipes are all ways to reduce the risk of frozen pipes.
  • As a backup, install a house leak detection system.
Based on a study performed by the IBHS found here.
Another huge problem that can cause water damage and many homeowners a huge headache is plumbing problems. While a lot of different plumbing problems may occur within the walls and therefore are extremely difficult to detect, a lot of these problems result from pipe joints and/or hoses not being fully attached together. Also, a lot of the times they may get dislodged by accident.  

2. Toilet Failure Risks

sewage_cleanupA review by the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety of homeowners’ insurance claims resulting from toilet failures submitted by multiple insurance companies around the country revealed:
  • Toilet failures are the second leading source of residential water losses, after plumbing supply line failures.
  • 78% of all toilet failures were caused by faulty supply lines, toilet flanges, fill valve assemblies or toilets that have backed up and overflowed.
  • Toilet failures cost an average of $5,584 per incident, after the deductible was paid.
  • Slow leaks resulting from faulty drain lines and toilet flanges (wax seals) generally result in less severe claims than those caused by the sudden failures of supply lines, fill valves, overflows and a cracked tank or bowl.
  • Newer homes are more likely to have a water loss caused by a sudden failure, which results in more severe damage.
  • Older homes are more likely to experience a water loss due to a slow and seeping failure. The loss severity decreases as the home ages.
  • Toilet failures on the first floor resulted in more severe claims than those in basements or on upper floors.
  • Approximately 14% of all toilet failures occurred in unoccupied homes.
Originally seen on IBHS (Insurance Institute for Business And Home Safety)
 

3. Malfunctioning Of Household Appliances

kitchen water damage from dishwasherAnother area of concern for homeowners should be on their household appliances. As your household appliances get up their in age, their pipes begin to really rust and crack. Also, their hoses tend to get weaker and weaker as time goes. Therefore, these appliances become susceptible to becoming a major cause of water damage. These appliances include; washing machines, dishwashers, water heaters, refrigerators, and more. Because these appliances are commonly subjected to deterioration, it is important to keep an eye out on them. The two main appliances that you should really keep an eye out for are the hot water tanks and the washing machines. These are the most common household appliances that can deteriorate and result in water damage. In these cases one of the first services you are going to need to acquire is water removal and extraction, learn more here about A1R's water removal services. Cost: Washing machine failures are an extremely common problem to be faced with and they can be extremely pricey to fix. The average cost of this kind of problem is over $5,300 in insurance claims, not including your deductible. There are certain places that are more susceptible to suffering from water damage such as your basement. A dark and damp basement can allow mold to really prosper and grow. Mold growth can then lead to structural damage. This is something that you are going to want to avoid at all costs because this can result in a lot of damages and it will cost a lot of money to restore it. Be sure to keep an eye out on all of these common problems and you should be able to properly prepare yourself to deal with water damage. Learn more about our process for water damage restoration.
   

Common Causes of Water Damage in Your Home Find more on: Action 1 Restoration Water & Fire Damage

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Some of the Most Common Water Damage Problems

Water damage is something that occurs when excess water starts to develop and stagnate in areas where it should not be. A lot of different factors can come into play when it comes to the formation of this excess water. It is important to become aware of some of the most prevalent causes of water damage to ensure that you know which precautionary measures to take to protect against experiencing irreversible water damage in the future. This will also help allow you to be able to understand and spot the problem when it happens so you do not wait to long before it has a chance to cause further damage from being ignored. With water damage, the quicker you solve the problem, the less damage and work the restoration process will be. This typically means the less amount of money you are going to have to pay to fix it. Below we will list some of the major causes of water damage in your home. Learn more about our water damage services and how we can help.

Major Causes:

1. Plumbing Supply System Failure – Burst or Broken Water Pipes

burst_pipe_repairOne of the most common causes of water damage would have to be bursting and/or leaking pipes. A lot of drains and even toilets get clogged and/or backed up and they can cause a lot of pressure on the pipes. This can eventually lead to a pipe leak and/or burst which can stem into further problems if left untreated. Another common problem that many homeowners face is from their garbage disposals. Garbage disposals that are not working properly can end up causing the pipes to burst.
The average cost of a plumbing supply system failure was more than $5,000 after the insurance deductible was paid, according to the IBHS study. Ways to Reduce Damage
  • Potential indicators of a plumbing problem include an increased monthly water bill, banging pipes, rust stains, moisture in the walls or on floors, and signs of wet soil erosion near the foundation.
  • Setting the thermostat 60 degrees or higher in winter months, letting faucets drip and insulating pipes are all ways to reduce the risk of frozen pipes.
  • As a backup, install a house leak detection system.
Based on a study performed by the IBHS found here.
Another huge problem that can cause water damage and many homeowners a huge headache is plumbing problems. While a lot of different plumbing problems may occur within the walls and therefore are extremely difficult to detect, a lot of these problems result from pipe joints and/or hoses not being fully attached together. Also, a lot of the times they may get dislodged by accident.  

2. Toilet Failure Risks

sewage_cleanupA review by the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety of homeowners’ insurance claims resulting from toilet failures submitted by multiple insurance companies around the country revealed:
  • Toilet failures are the second leading source of residential water losses, after plumbing supply line failures.
  • 78% of all toilet failures were caused by faulty supply lines, toilet flanges, fill valve assemblies or toilets that have backed up and overflowed.
  • Toilet failures cost an average of $5,584 per incident, after the deductible was paid.
  • Slow leaks resulting from faulty drain lines and toilet flanges (wax seals) generally result in less severe claims than those caused by the sudden failures of supply lines, fill valves, overflows and a cracked tank or bowl.
  • Newer homes are more likely to have a water loss caused by a sudden failure, which results in more severe damage.
  • Older homes are more likely to experience a water loss due to a slow and seeping failure. The loss severity decreases as the home ages.
  • Toilet failures on the first floor resulted in more severe claims than those in basements or on upper floors.
  • Approximately 14% of all toilet failures occurred in unoccupied homes.
Originally seen on IBHS (Insurance Institute for Business And Home Safety)
 

3. Malfunctioning Of Household Appliances

kitchen water damage from dishwasherAnother area of concern for homeowners should be on their household appliances. As your household appliances get up their in age, their pipes begin to really rust and crack. Also, their hoses tend to get weaker and weaker as time goes. Therefore, these appliances become susceptible to becoming a major cause of water damage. These appliances include; washing machines, dishwashers, water heaters, refrigerators, and more. Because these appliances are commonly subjected to deterioration, it is important to keep an eye out on them. The two main appliances that you should really keep an eye out for are the hot water tanks and the washing machines. These are the most common household appliances that can deteriorate and result in water damage. In these cases one of the first services you are going to need to acquire is water removal and extraction, learn more here about A1R's water removal services. Cost: Washing machine failures are an extremely common problem to be faced with and they can be extremely pricey to fix. The average cost of this kind of problem is over $5,300 in insurance claims, not including your deductible. There are certain places that are more susceptible to suffering from water damage such as your basement. A dark and damp basement can allow mold to really prosper and grow. Mold growth can then lead to structural damage. This is something that you are going to want to avoid at all costs because this can result in a lot of damages and it will cost a lot of money to restore it. Be sure to keep an eye out on all of these common problems and you should be able to properly prepare yourself to deal with water damage. Learn more about our process for water damage restoration.
   

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How Important Is Water Damage Cleanup? https://www.action1restoration.net/water/repair-process/how-important-is-water-damage-cleanup/ Sun, 03 May 2015 07:54:27 +0000 http://blog.action1restoration.net/?p=1594

Some Important Considerations On Water Removal And Water Damage

Coping with water damage in your home can be something very stressful as well as expensive if you are not keen to invest your time in looking for the most ideal company to assist you. It is essential to take water damage cleanup very seriously since overlooking it can result into much greater problems. In some cases, you might discover that water that stagnates for too long can be very difficult to clean up. The occurrence of water damage can result into the building up of mildew and mold in the worst case scenario. if the mildew and mold overgrows, it can result into black mold which is extremely harmful to your health as well as that of your family members and pets that you have in your house. because this is a very hard fact to deal with, the last thing that you can think of is water damage resulting into a mess that cannot be cleaned up. Learn more about our water damage services at www.action1restoration.net/water/water-damage/ The moment you discover the presence of water damage, it is important to shut the water off and try and trace where it is coming from so as to avoid making the situation worse. In a home, there are usually many sources of water and it is therefore important not to concentrate on the house's interior. The water could be emanating from the outside. For proper identification of such a problem, it is important to be familiar with the home's piping and plumbing systems. This makes it very easy to detect a leak. If it is something that you can barely cleanup or fix on your own, you need to seek the services of professionals for assistance. In addition to being professionally trained to deal with all forms of water damage, cleanup companies are equipped with the best tools and equipment that can assist with the extraction and cleanup of water in a quick and effective manner. Worrying about water damage and water removal is something that can pile up stress to your life and yet it is something you don't have to deal with. Any time you are faced with water damage, you can address is by seeking professional cleanup services. Visit Action 1 Restoration at http://www.action1restoration.net/water/removal-extraction/ for additional information on water removal.

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Some Important Considerations On Water Removal And Water Damage

Coping with water damage in your home can be something very stressful as well as expensive if you are not keen to invest your time in looking for the most ideal company to assist you. It is essential to take water damage cleanup very seriously since overlooking it can result into much greater problems. In some cases, you might discover that water that stagnates for too long can be very difficult to clean up. The occurrence of water damage can result into the building up of mildew and mold in the worst case scenario. if the mildew and mold overgrows, it can result into black mold which is extremely harmful to your health as well as that of your family members and pets that you have in your house. because this is a very hard fact to deal with, the last thing that you can think of is water damage resulting into a mess that cannot be cleaned up. Learn more about our water damage services at www.action1restoration.net/water/water-damage/ The moment you discover the presence of water damage, it is important to shut the water off and try and trace where it is coming from so as to avoid making the situation worse. In a home, there are usually many sources of water and it is therefore important not to concentrate on the house's interior. The water could be emanating from the outside. For proper identification of such a problem, it is important to be familiar with the home's piping and plumbing systems. This makes it very easy to detect a leak. If it is something that you can barely cleanup or fix on your own, you need to seek the services of professionals for assistance. In addition to being professionally trained to deal with all forms of water damage, cleanup companies are equipped with the best tools and equipment that can assist with the extraction and cleanup of water in a quick and effective manner. Worrying about water damage and water removal is something that can pile up stress to your life and yet it is something you don't have to deal with. Any time you are faced with water damage, you can address is by seeking professional cleanup services. Visit Action 1 Restoration at http://www.action1restoration.net/water/removal-extraction/ for additional information on water removal.

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The Damage Caused By Fire Damage And Putting Out The Fire https://www.action1restoration.net/fire/the-damage-caused-by-fire-damage-and-putting-out-the-fire/ Sun, 19 Apr 2015 06:41:53 +0000 http://blog.action1restoration.net/?p=1563 A fire can result in serious damage to a home in itself, but the damage can be made even worse when water is used to extinguish the flames. Even if the structure of the home is not damaged beyond repair, it is likely that the flooring, walls and ceiling will need to be replaced. The first course of action that most homeowners take after experiencing a fire disaster is calling a disaster recovery team (more info on fire damage at http://www.action1restoration.net/fire/). A complete cleanup of the home will be necessary before it will be even possible to assess the extent of the damage. Although restoration from fire and water damage are quite different when these disasters occur separately, fire damage often requires additional water damage cleanup. Even minimal fire damage that has been controlled without the use of water often leaves smoke odor so strong that the affected rooms will need to be gutted. Water damage alone can occur from flooding, storms or undetected interior leaks. The occurrence of mold is very likely wherever water has saturated the carpet and drywall, so these materials often need to be replaced. Any areas of water damage must be completely dried, dehumidified and sanitized before new drywall and flooring can be installed. Visit www.action1restoration.net/services/ for more information on fire and water damage restoration.   Due to an increased awareness of the dangers of mold that can result from water damage, and smoke residue from fires, there has been an increase in businesses offering water and fire damage services. These companies are available to provide emergency service 24 hours a day and seven days a week. Their staff is highly trained to accomplish the necessary cleanup using OSHA and EPA approved restoration methods and approved disinfectants. Mold removal and prevention must be handled correctly by certified technicians and using the proper equipment. If mold remediation is not done according to EPA standards, the property owner may face legal consequences. To learn more about proper mold removal and restoration visit this page. No matter how serious a fire is, whether a small area confined to a single room or a major portion of the building, fire cleanup and repair will be necessary. The damage from a small fire may only require a few days of cleanup. Smoke odor removal can be done with thermal fogging and ozone generation, while structural damage must be identified and repaired before the building can be considered safe for occupancy. Any homeowner or business owner who has experienced a property disaster should immediately contact a competent water and fire damage service to determine whether their building can be salvaged and restored to its former use.

The Damage Caused By Fire Damage And Putting Out The Fire is republished from Eduardo Sapp

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A fire can result in serious damage to a home in itself, but the damage can be made even worse when water is used to extinguish the flames. Even if the structure of the home is not damaged beyond repair, it is likely that the flooring, walls and ceiling will need to be replaced. The first course of action that most homeowners take after experiencing a fire disaster is calling a disaster recovery team (more info on fire damage at http://www.action1restoration.net/fire/). A complete cleanup of the home will be necessary before it will be even possible to assess the extent of the damage. Although restoration from fire and water damage are quite different when these disasters occur separately, fire damage often requires additional water damage cleanup. Even minimal fire damage that has been controlled without the use of water often leaves smoke odor so strong that the affected rooms will need to be gutted. Water damage alone can occur from flooding, storms or undetected interior leaks. The occurrence of mold is very likely wherever water has saturated the carpet and drywall, so these materials often need to be replaced. Any areas of water damage must be completely dried, dehumidified and sanitized before new drywall and flooring can be installed. Visit www.action1restoration.net/services/ for more information on fire and water damage restoration.   Due to an increased awareness of the dangers of mold that can result from water damage, and smoke residue from fires, there has been an increase in businesses offering water and fire damage services. These companies are available to provide emergency service 24 hours a day and seven days a week. Their staff is highly trained to accomplish the necessary cleanup using OSHA and EPA approved restoration methods and approved disinfectants. Mold removal and prevention must be handled correctly by certified technicians and using the proper equipment. If mold remediation is not done according to EPA standards, the property owner may face legal consequences. To learn more about proper mold removal and restoration visit this page. No matter how serious a fire is, whether a small area confined to a single room or a major portion of the building, fire cleanup and repair will be necessary. The damage from a small fire may only require a few days of cleanup. Smoke odor removal can be done with thermal fogging and ozone generation, while structural damage must be identified and repaired before the building can be considered safe for occupancy. Any homeowner or business owner who has experienced a property disaster should immediately contact a competent water and fire damage service to determine whether their building can be salvaged and restored to its former use.

The Damage Caused By Fire Damage And Putting Out The Fire is republished from Eduardo Sapp

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Broken Pipe Water Damage Restoration & Cleanup https://www.action1restoration.net/water/repair-process/broken-pipe-repair-and-cleanup/ Fri, 10 Apr 2015 01:51:42 +0000 http://www.action1restoration.net/?p=1733

What To Do If You Have A Burst Pipe In Your Home

Water damage from a burst pipe is one of the most common reasons a home or business sustains water damage. A pipe can burst for several different reasons, but some of the most common are: temperatures dropping below freezing, old rusted pipes, not having a pressure regulator and the pressure is too much for the PVC piping. These are just a few of the main causes of a pipe bursting in your home. This is the sort of disaster that can ruin an entire day, if not the next few weeks. And the unfortunate thing is that you can’t always tell if a pipe is about to burst. Sometimes you can tell that a pipe is getting a bit rusty and starting to drip. If you notice that a pipe is at risk, then you should take the necessary steps to get the pipe replaced. But what happens if a pipe bursts and you’re simply not prepared for it? That can be a thing that many people never even consider, but knowing what to do can save you a lot of time and money. It is important to understand the steps on how to deal with a burst pipe to minimize any additional damage to your home. Step 1. Turn Off The Main Water Source – This is difficult if you live in an apartment building or condo, but if you live in a house, it’s only a matter of knowing where the water main is located. And if you don’t know where your water main is, then you should take a few minutes to make sure you do. Knowing where the water main shut off is could help you save thousands of dollars in potential water damage. So the moment you see a burst pipe, shut off the water. The faster you get the water shut off can determine if you can do the work yourself or if you will need to hire a professional company like Action 1. Step 2. Locate The Broken Pipe – This isn’t always an easy task. If your floor is uneven, for example, water may have traveled quite a distance away from the source of the initial leak. When a pipe breaks or bursts, in most cases, it is behind a wall or in the ceiling. But it is important for our team to locate the break and what caused the pipe to burst in the first place. By determining what caused the pipe to break or burst enables us to be able to fix the problem so we can prevent it from happening again. Step 3. Assess The Amount Of Water Damage – If you’re lucky, you’ll have cut off the water quickly enough that there’s not a great deal of damage. However, even if it doesn’t seem like there’s a great deal of damage, you might want to be careful. Certain kinds of flooring can absorb water much more easily than others. Tile and laminate flooring can have water caught underneath the tiles that needs to be dried properly. And of course, even a little bit of standing water can cause carpet to become entirely destroyed. Water that is not properly removed and dried out can lead to mold, which has been known to cause many different health related issues. If you find that you have a great deal of water damage, along the walls and the floor, you will want to call a water damage repair company like Action 1 Restoration. We will assess the damage for you, remove the water, dry out your home and check for any potential mold issues. Step 4. Water Removal – If there is not much water that has entered the home, this may be something that you can actually do on your own. Many times this happens when you are not at home and once discovered, there is a lot of water that needs to be removed. If there is a lot of water that needs to be removed, it is best to call a water damage company like Action 1 Restoration for water extraction and removal. If it was a sewage line that broke and has caused sewage to enter the home, this has turned into a biohazard situation and all affected areas will also need to be cleaned and sanitized. Step 5. Dry out – When it comes to drying out the area, if there was not a lot of water and you are doing this on your own, you will want to use large fans, ventilation and dehumidifiers to dry out the home. Opening doors and windows can help move the air throughout the home. It is important to make sure that the entire area is dried out completely as mold can start growing within 48 hours from standing water. If this is something you hired us for, our team utilizes commercial grade fans and dehumidifiers to help dry out the property. We also pull back the carpet to make sure the carpet also gets dried. We will be using tools and equipment to test the moisture levels in the air and to discover any hidden pockets of water. By doing these steps, it helps with mold prevention. Step 6. Repair & Restoration – Once the water has been removed and the home has been dried out, the repair process can start. Depending on what the water source was will determine what repair and cleanup steps are needed. In most cases you will need to repair or replace the pipes, drywall, baseboards, carpet or laminate floors, furniture and even personal belongings. In severe water damage disasters, part of the structure of your home will also need to be repaired. If the water source was from a sewage line, you will also need to have the damaged areas sanitized and disinfected. Sewage can contain many different harmful contaminants that can make you or your family very sick. You can also check out our water damage restoration process here. If you follow these 6 steps, then a broken water pipe does not have to be as frustrating or cause as much secondary damage. It is important to follow the correct steps when dealing with a flood from a burst water pipe in your home. If you have sustained a good amount of damage our water damage specialists are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call Action 1 Restoration at (877) 246-8788 to reach our team of experts today for immediate assistance.

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What To Do If You Have A Burst Pipe In Your Home

Water damage from a burst pipe is one of the most common reasons a home or business sustains water damage. A pipe can burst for several different reasons, but some of the most common are: temperatures dropping below freezing, old rusted pipes, not having a pressure regulator and the pressure is too much for the PVC piping. These are just a few of the main causes of a pipe bursting in your home. This is the sort of disaster that can ruin an entire day, if not the next few weeks. And the unfortunate thing is that you can’t always tell if a pipe is about to burst. Sometimes you can tell that a pipe is getting a bit rusty and starting to drip. If you notice that a pipe is at risk, then you should take the necessary steps to get the pipe replaced. But what happens if a pipe bursts and you’re simply not prepared for it? That can be a thing that many people never even consider, but knowing what to do can save you a lot of time and money. It is important to understand the steps on how to deal with a burst pipe to minimize any additional damage to your home. Step 1. Turn Off The Main Water Source – This is difficult if you live in an apartment building or condo, but if you live in a house, it’s only a matter of knowing where the water main is located. And if you don’t know where your water main is, then you should take a few minutes to make sure you do. Knowing where the water main shut off is could help you save thousands of dollars in potential water damage. So the moment you see a burst pipe, shut off the water. The faster you get the water shut off can determine if you can do the work yourself or if you will need to hire a professional company like Action 1. Step 2. Locate The Broken Pipe – This isn’t always an easy task. If your floor is uneven, for example, water may have traveled quite a distance away from the source of the initial leak. When a pipe breaks or bursts, in most cases, it is behind a wall or in the ceiling. But it is important for our team to locate the break and what caused the pipe to burst in the first place. By determining what caused the pipe to break or burst enables us to be able to fix the problem so we can prevent it from happening again. Step 3. Assess The Amount Of Water Damage – If you’re lucky, you’ll have cut off the water quickly enough that there’s not a great deal of damage. However, even if it doesn’t seem like there’s a great deal of damage, you might want to be careful. Certain kinds of flooring can absorb water much more easily than others. Tile and laminate flooring can have water caught underneath the tiles that needs to be dried properly. And of course, even a little bit of standing water can cause carpet to become entirely destroyed. Water that is not properly removed and dried out can lead to mold, which has been known to cause many different health related issues. If you find that you have a great deal of water damage, along the walls and the floor, you will want to call a water damage repair company like Action 1 Restoration. We will assess the damage for you, remove the water, dry out your home and check for any potential mold issues. Step 4. Water Removal – If there is not much water that has entered the home, this may be something that you can actually do on your own. Many times this happens when you are not at home and once discovered, there is a lot of water that needs to be removed. If there is a lot of water that needs to be removed, it is best to call a water damage company like Action 1 Restoration for water extraction and removal. If it was a sewage line that broke and has caused sewage to enter the home, this has turned into a biohazard situation and all affected areas will also need to be cleaned and sanitized. Step 5. Dry out – When it comes to drying out the area, if there was not a lot of water and you are doing this on your own, you will want to use large fans, ventilation and dehumidifiers to dry out the home. Opening doors and windows can help move the air throughout the home. It is important to make sure that the entire area is dried out completely as mold can start growing within 48 hours from standing water. If this is something you hired us for, our team utilizes commercial grade fans and dehumidifiers to help dry out the property. We also pull back the carpet to make sure the carpet also gets dried. We will be using tools and equipment to test the moisture levels in the air and to discover any hidden pockets of water. By doing these steps, it helps with mold prevention. Step 6. Repair & Restoration – Once the water has been removed and the home has been dried out, the repair process can start. Depending on what the water source was will determine what repair and cleanup steps are needed. In most cases you will need to repair or replace the pipes, drywall, baseboards, carpet or laminate floors, furniture and even personal belongings. In severe water damage disasters, part of the structure of your home will also need to be repaired. If the water source was from a sewage line, you will also need to have the damaged areas sanitized and disinfected. Sewage can contain many different harmful contaminants that can make you or your family very sick. You can also check out our water damage restoration process here. If you follow these 6 steps, then a broken water pipe does not have to be as frustrating or cause as much secondary damage. It is important to follow the correct steps when dealing with a flood from a burst water pipe in your home. If you have sustained a good amount of damage our water damage specialists are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call Action 1 Restoration at (877) 246-8788 to reach our team of experts today for immediate assistance.

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