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Leaky roofing and leaky pipes can cause a lot of damage to a house. If you don't act quickly, these two problems can result in major repairs that can get quite costly and complicated. My blog will show you how to identify these problem areas and how to judge the severity of the damage sustained. Having restored a few homes over the years before selling them, I have a lot of experience working with water damaged homes. I hope that all of the information that I have included here in this blog will help you get through the process with fewer issues.

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Four Steps to Take While Waiting for a Fire Damage Remediation Team

by Paul Burton

After a devastating house fire, you may feel uprooted and disoriented. After you've called for a fire damage remediation team, you should take a few minutes to relax, whether by calling a friend, writing about the experience, taking a jog or walk, or participating in some other calming activity. But after that, you may wonder if there's something you can do to start the cleaning process before the remediation team arrives. The answer is that you should leave the tricky parts of the cleaning job to the professionals, but there are several things you can do to facilitate the process. Here are four ways to get started while waiting for the team.

1. Set up fans and dehumidifiers

Smoke smell is nearly impossible to remove, so your remediation team will appreciate it if you give them a head start by removing as much smoke from the area as you can right away. You can locate special fans called fire fans that will help remove the maximum amount of smoke. You may be able to rent these fans rather than buying them outright. In addition, commercial grade dehumidifiers can help keep moisture levels down until the areas damaged by water (used to put out the fire) can be dealt with. Ideally you could situate one of these dehumidifiers per damaged room.

2. Start sopping up water

If there's standing water or water absorbed by carpets and other porous materials, you should start removing it as quickly as possible. Depending on the amount, you may want to use a battery-powered wet/dry vacuum cleaner to help.

3. Protect from further damage

Water is very good at causing more damage to your property for the entire time it sits there. To prevent this, you should take steps to alleviate its effects, including the following:

  • Moving rugs and carpets off of floors so floors can begin to dry
  • Moving wet textiles into plastic buckets so they won't drip on other items
  • Save everything, no matter how badly damaged, until the insurance inspector has a chance to assess its value
  • Use scraps of wood between the floor and anything standing on it to minimize floor damage

4.Start making arrangements with insurance

Let your insurance company know about the incident right away. The sooner you get your insurance adjuster out for an assessment, the sooner you can sort through things and decide what to discard. The damage remediation team will be able to offer a professional opinion on which belongings are good candidates for restoration and which are best discarded.  

Using these four steps, you can get the restoration process jump-started. Ask your remediation professionals if there's anything else you can do to facilitate the return of your home to normal. If you are unsure where to start, call a service like Western Skies Restoration Inc.

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