Fall Home Maintenance Tips

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It is important to maintain the inside and outside of your home.  Fall maintenance may be easy to overlook but making it a plan each year can help keep your home in tip top shape.  Making sure your home is in good condition in the fall means you are less likely to have a disaster happen during the winter months. Store your lawn mower – If you don’t use your lawn mower for months and gas is still in the tank it can damage internal engine parts. To avoid damaging your lawn mower, buy fuel stabilizer to add to the tank or run the mower dry. Remove your hoses from outdoor faucets – If you leave your hoses attached all winter it can cause a water backup in the faucet and pipes. If water is backed up and it reaches freezing temperatures, the water freeze and expand. This can cause pipes to crack, and in turn causing water damage to your home. Also be sure to turn off water lines leading to exterior faucets. Drain your exterior pipes and sprinkler system – Turn off the valves and run the water until your exterior water pipes are empty. If there is […]

Summer is an ideal time to catch up on home maintenance and take extra steps to care for your home. Staying on track with home maintenance can keep your home safe, and in turn keep your family safe. Just like changing the oil in your car, preforming home maintenance regularly makes your home less vulnerable to problems and safety hazards. Here are some helpful home safety tips to use this summer that will help keep your home safe, prevent damage and keep your home in tip-top shape: Service and clean HVAC system – Contaminants can build up in your HVAC system, causing it to work harder and shorten its life span. Having a clean HVAC system can also save energy, which in turn saves money. Inspect and repair roofing and siding – Missing or broken siding and damage or deterioration to roofing can cause water damage and other serious problems if not taken care of. Clean deck – Cleaning your deck regularly can ensure it lasts longer, and makes it look better. Clean and repair driveway and walkways – Fixing cracked concrete walkways and driveways can drastically improve the curb appeal of your home and keep its exterior looking new. […]

Fires can wreak havoc on homes or businesses. When thinking of a fire, most of us think of the damage the fire itself will do to our home or business. But, people often forget the amount of damage smoke can do to not only the structure, but the contents inside. Smoke damage can have lasting effects on you, your family and your belongings if not taken care of properly by professionals. Smoke will cause discoloration, corrosion, and leave a strong odor. The majority of smoke damage occurs where the fire occurred, but we know air flow and ventilation systems disperses smoke into closed spaces and rooms far from where the fire originated. Time is of the essence when dealing with fire and smoke damage. Smoke will cause more damage and increase restoration prices, the longer you wait to call trained professionals like those at Disaster Response. Ignored smoke damage can have lasting effects on your health, and your belongings. Smoke is made of carbon dioxide, particulate matter (soot), and carbon monoxide. Depending on what is on fire, smoke can release many other harmful toxins into the air like aldehydes, acid gases, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, benzene, toluene, […]

Residential and commercial water damage, such as flood, can cause substantial damage if not taken care of properly and timely.  Many people underestimate what water damage can do to your home. Long-standing water in a property can cause serious problems. If left untreated, water damage can lead to other problems like: Mold Damage Within 48 hours of water damage, mold growth can occur. The perfect recipe for mold to thrive is in areas with a moisture source, an organic material and a warmer temperature. However, mold can grow just about anywhere due to its ability to remain dormant until conditions are ideal. The water will saturate items like furniture and carpet, creating the perfect place for mold spores to grow. The faster you call professionals like Disaster Response to take control of a water damaged area, the less you will have to worry about mold growth and spread, and the more cost efficient the restoration will be. Electrical Damage When damage occurs within a residence or a business, it’s likely that damage has been done to electrical systems and appliances. If not properly addressed, it can cause further damage to your home and electrical systems. Damaged wiring can cause power […]

With COVID-19 (Coronavirus) spreading it’s not only important for us to be ready to help clean and sanitize areas for various organizations in the communities we serve, but also vital for us to have internal processes in place to maintain a safe working environment and give our customers peace of mind during this time. We are able and ready to help our communities with infection control and cleaning efforts, but to do so we must keep ourselves healthy and safe first. Here are some items in our action plan: Cleanliness and Hygiene – It’s important that if a team member is sick, they do not come to work. All our locations will be following this guideline and ensuring our employees entering customers’ homes are healthy and safe. We have put hygiene and cleanliness standards in place for our employees to follow. As it has been recommended by many agencies, our employees will also be given the opportunity to work from home and practice social distancing. Individual Safety Procedures – Disaster Response has put procedures in place for individual and personal safety measures as well. All employees will be following simple, but specific safety precautions every day. This includes proper hand […]

What is a contents facility?

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When property damage occurs, it’s obvious that your home will incur damage. Property damage is often caused by fire, water, wind, or mold, or numerous other sources. But what about your personal belongings?  Recovering your belongings after they’ve sustained damaged is just as important as restoring your home or office.  Many items like memorabilia, photographs, sentimental items and important documents are irreplaceable.  Even if items are replaceable, replacing those things adds up quickly and increases stress to an already stressful situation.  This is where a contents restoration facility comes into the restoration process. The term “contents” means your belongings in your home. Recovering your contents is just as important as restoring your home or office. Our team knows just how valuable and important these items are. From clothing to electronics to photo albums and linens, a contents restoration facility can provide the TLC and specialized cleaning that your belongings need after a property damage disaster strikes. Restorable Items Home furnishings Clothing Bedding and linens Electronics Toys and stuffed animals Office equipment Cookware Fine art Photographs Heirlooms and memorabilia Important records and documents Instruments Tools Sports equipment And more Security Our state-of-the-art contents restoration facility holds the proper equipment and materials […]

Water is the most powerful of natural forces. When water damage strikes your home or business having a plan of action is essential. At Disaster Response our core value is to serve humbly. We do this by serving others in their time of need. We understand that a property disaster can be traumatic in a multitude of ways, this is why we make it a priority to be there for you in your time of need, by providing direction and a plan of action to get you back on your feet. Supplied below is a set of guidelines to help in the event of water damage. This article covers the varying types of water you may encounter, how to identify the source, and when to handle or not handle the water depending on it’s color and location of flow. What Type of Water Damage am I Experiencing? In dealing with water,  it’s important to understand the quality of the water involved, and that water is separated into three categories for health-safety standards. Clean water, grey water, and black water: Category one, clean water is considered water that one can safely drink. This water is commonly found flowing through sink faucets, […]

There are several different disasters that can befall your home or office. If they happen, you’ll need to call a disaster recovery specialist. They are likely skilled in repairing your home or office after different kinds of damage. Water will damage the structural integrity of basically every material that can absorb water; that means drywall, wood, carpet, and other home materials. It will also form the perfect conditions for mold and mildew to grow. Fire will consume anything that can burn, weaken most structures, and leave smoke damage throughout the house. Whatever the case may be, the disaster recovery specialist will likely recommend that you employ HEPA filters throughout your house. They’ll help you recover from damage faster and also keep your home cleaner. What are they and are they worth the money?   What Is HEPA?  HEPA stands for “high-efficiency particulate arrestance.” It means that microscopic particles are filtered out of the air by these filters. A typical filter will catch dust and dirt but tiny mold spores, for example, will slip between the fibers. They won’t slip through a HEPA filter. You can install HEPA filters in your HVAC system. You can also choose HEPA vacuums for your […]

5 Signs of Mold Sickness

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Mold grows from tiny spores. These spores are always present in the atmosphere and in your home. They’re usually microscopic and harmless. However, when they find their preferred conditions, they grow very quickly and manifest as mold. The preferred conditions are darkness, warmth, and moisture. These conditions can be reached in many different ways. The most common issues are pipe leaks, burst pipes, and floods. If there has been something obvious such as a flood or a burst pipe, you need ot definitely call a disaster recovery specialist. If it is a leaky pipe, it might not be so obvious. You should look for signs of moisture in your walls. You should also look for signs of mold sickness.   1 — Respiratory Illness   Respiratory difficulties are one of the most common signs that you might have mold sickness. Mold is microscopic and floats very easily on currents in the air. It can float on your air conditioning currents or just the wind created by someone walking past you. Furthermore, if you don’t have a HEPA filter on your HVAC system, the central unit will just circulate it around. Those who have respiratory vulnerabilities such as asthma or allergies […]

If there is a fire in your home, even one that doesn’t do much damage, it will leave behind a lingering smoke smell. The fire doesn’t even need to be in your home. In other cases, the fire might be a forest fire or a neighboring home that brings smoke into your home. Since most smoke particles or only about four microns long, they can travel very easily on even the gentlest breeze. They will settle into the fabrics of your carpets, sofas, and any soft surface. They’ll sit on top of hard surfaces such as shelves and tables. Removing the smoke smell after a fire takes a manifold approach. Surface Cleaning The first step in removing smoke smell is cleaning up the hard surfaces. You can typically do this with a mild soap and water. A damp sponge will remove the smoke particles from hard surfaces such as tables, chairs, desks, and walls. You need to do this quickly because the particles can become ground into the surface over time. Then it will be much more difficult to remove them. For the soft surfaces, you need to vacuum them. Your standard vacuum will suffice for this step. Vacuum carpets, […]