Fire Damage >> Water Damage

After you have a fire, you ask, why does my house have broken windows and doors, and there are holes in the roof? Water Damage can produce temperatures greater than 1200 degrees, along with smoke damage and hot gases. At times, the firefighters must eliminate all of the heat, smoke and hot gases before they’re able to enter to put out the fire. They must quickly ventilate, like break the windows, to help reduce fire spread. Often, firefighters must open the walls to find the "hidden" fires, to extinguish the fire.

  1. These cleaning tips are a general rule for you to follow. However, each Water Damage condition requires different cleaning techniques. There are cleanup contractors who specialize in fire/smoke and water damage restoration and these companies should be used in most cleanup cases. The first step after the fire department personnel leave, the building becomes your responsibility. Remove all of your valuables if you cannot live in the fire damaged house. Should a firefighter or fire investigator be left on the scene, they will be there to accompany you.
  2. You will be responsible for securing doors and your windows and other areas against unauthorized entry and ensuring no further Water Damage occurs to the structure or contents. If you do own or are in the process of purchasing the property, contact your insurance company or local agent as soon as possible. And if you are renting or leasing the property, you should also contact the owner. Your insurance agent could be able to assist by providing names of full service fire/smoke and water restoration companies that will specialize in Water Damage and securing homes with emergency board up, inventory and removal of contents and 24-hour emergency response service.
  3.  All of the items in the building should be inventoried and no item should be thrown away without the authorization of the insurance company. Walls could be washed down while they are still wet. You may use a mild soap or detergent and wear rubber gloves. To start, wash a small area at a time, working from ceiling down, then rinse in clear, clean water immediately. The Water Damage ceilings should always be washed first. For wallpaper, heat and ventilate the room for several days to dry the plaster as well as the wallpaper. If mildewed wallpaper is the washable kind, wipe it down with a cloth wrung out of thick soapsuds, then clean with clear water.
  4.  Re-paste edges or the loosened sections. When washing the wallpaper, work very quickly so paper does not become soaked. Always work from the top and work to the bottom to prevent streaking. When Water Damage the linoleum floors, and the water gets underneath of the linoleum and remains there for a long period of time, the wood will begin to breakdown and the odors arise. There are several ways to remove or lift the linoleum from the floor, but it is safest to contact a full service fire/smoke and water restoration company. Wash the mildew stain with soap and water.

How To Remove Mold On Drywall

I heard about "toxic molds" that grow in homes and other buildings. Should I be concerned about a serious health risk to me and my family?The term "toxic mold" is not accurate. While certain molds are toxigenic, meaning they can produce toxins (specifically mycotoxins), Mold Remediation How To Remove Mold On Drywall the molds them  read more..

Compulsive Hoarding Safety

Until the last few years, people didn't know much about hoarding, the since television has started to show people's homes and the different conditions of Hoarding Compulsive Hoarding Safety. Now everyone is beginning to take notice, even to the point that some cases have been deemed, illegal because of the obvious threat t  read more..

After Fire Damage

After you have a fire, you ask, why does my house have broken windows and doors, and there are holes in the roof? Fire Damage After Fire Damage can produce temperatures greater than 1200 degrees, along with smoke damage and hot gases. At times, the firefighters must eliminate all of the heat, smoke and hot gases befo  read more..

How To Clean A Dirt Basement After Flooding

In Two Harbors, the owners of a home built in 1920 and added on to in 1988 decided to fix their cold basement with an exterior insulation retrofit. The house is located in a rural area with clay/gravel Basement Drying How To Clean A Dirt Basement After Flooding soils, and the basement had no evidence of moisture intrusion from groundwater. Physical  read more..

Asbestos Disposal And Flood Zone Maps

As the flooding recedes, communities are moving from the more immediate emergency response to longer term cleanup and recovery. The Department has updated this section of its guidance to reflect the changing nature of the disaster response, and Asbestos Abatement Asbestos Disposal And Flood Zone Maps to clarify questions we have received re  read more..

Will Gravel In A Crawl Space Keep Moisture Down

If the dirt under the porch comes up to the level of the sills or joists of the house, these can be protected from contact with the soil by noncorrosive metal flashing or by building the porch as an independent unit separated from the house at all points by an air space 2 or 3 inches in width and &n  read more..

The Effects Of Parental Hoarding On Young Children

Living with a person who hoards is very stressful. Unlike people with certain other OC Related Disorders, such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD), hoarding directly affects others in the home. While OCD and BDD affects family members emotionally and at times, p  read more..

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Painters Exposure To Lead Paint

The California Painters Project was a 2-year intervention research project aimed at preventing lead poisoning among a group of residential and commercial painters in San Francisco, Calif. As part of this project 12 contractors invited project staff to conduct employee Lead Paint Removal Painters Exposure To Lead Paint exposure monitor  read more..

Lead Paint Exposure Registry In California

Legislation in 1986 created a statewide system for tracking lead poisoning cases in children and adults in California (California Health and Safety Code Section 124130). Laboratories are required to report electronically all blood lead levels (BLLs) for persons tested Lead Paint Removal Lead Paint Exposure Registry In California in California to  read more..