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How to Repair Fire Damaged Clothing
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How to Repair Fire Damaged Clothing

Nothing can be scarier than experiencing a fire within your home. As you work with your insurance agent to have as many belongings and building materials replaced as possible, keep in mind that some items can be restored to their original conditions. Depending on the degree of damage and amount of time elapsed before treatment, a professional fire damage restoration company can restore a number of these affected materials. For some types of fabrics, such as clothing, they can be restored using home remedies. Although not all of it can be returned to its original condition, you may be surprised at the amount that can be repaired. Hire a Fire Cleanup Professional Before doing any of the cleaning yourself, talk to your fire and smoke restoration technician and ask them how these materia...
Fire Escape Planning in Apartment Buildings
Emergency Tips, Fire Damage Restoration

Fire Escape Planning in Apartment Buildings

While it may be simple to develop a fire escape plan for a house as it is usually not the size of a tall building. Apartment buildings on the other hand, can be more complex and will require detailed planning in order to ensure everyone’s safety. When planning for a fire in a large building, it is important to know at least two ways to get out while frequently practicing them both. But do keep in mind that sometimes it is safer to stay in the room and wait for help if it is already too dangerous to escape. Be sure to practice the following when developing and practicing your fire escape plan: Know and memorize the plan step-by-step. Knowing exactly what to do and how to do it is most important during times of emergency. For apartment buildings, an evacuation plan is usually provided b...
How to Remove Cooking Grease Stains from Protein Fire Damage
Cleaning and restoration tips, Fire Damage Restoration

How to Remove Cooking Grease Stains from Protein Fire Damage

There’s nothing like having a home-cooked meal with your family and friends. Certainly, using the oven or stove provides healthier dinner options than the microwave, not to mention it tasting better. However, there are many risks associated with stove and oven cooking. If the cooking food is left alone at any point in time, there is always the possibility of risking what is called a protein fire. Protein fires occur whenever food burns, such as eggs, meats, or any other form of protein. Although it is not as commonly known, due to the fact that it does not always produce large or dark smoke. On the other hand, it can still cause significant damage to your household belongings and property structure. Although you may not be able to see any dark smoke or soot residue that is usually pr...
Tips to Prevent an Electrical Fire in Your Home
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Tips to Prevent an Electrical Fire in Your Home

According to the National Fire Protection Association, U.S. fire departments responded to over 45,000 home fires caused by electrical malefaction between 2007 and 2011. These fires caused 455 deaths, over 1,500 injuries, and $1.5 billion in property damage. Nearly all of them were preventable. Is Your Home at Risk for an Electrical Fire? Faulty wiring is one of the leading causes of electrical fires. If your home is more than 100 years old, it may pose an increased risk of electrical fire. Older homes were built with aluminum wiring, which is more fire-prone than modern copper wiring. The other major risk factor for electrical fire is how you use the electricity in your home. Do you have several high-energy appliances or electronic devices in the same room? You may be overload...
Tips for finding a fire damage restoration company
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Tips for finding a fire damage restoration company

Surviving a fire is a miraculous thing, but after the smoke has cleared you’re going to have a lot of cleaning up to do.  There are numerous companies that specialize in cleaning and restoration, but finding the right one can be stressful – especially after a traumatic experience.  Cleaning up after a fire may seem simple, but once you get started you will probably realize that the process is multifaceted and that you’re to need professional assistance.  To help you during your recovery, we have compiled a short list of tips to help you find the right fire damage restoration company in your time of need. 1.  Assess the situation This is a good first step when dealing with any life changing situation.  After your home or building has experienced a fire, it’s easy to become overwhelmed and...
Preparing Your Home for Sale: How to Remove Smoke Damage
Fire Damage Restoration, Smoke Damage Cleanup

Preparing Your Home for Sale: How to Remove Smoke Damage

Did your last attempt at culinary greatness get out of hand? Did you get distracted while leaving a dish on the stove? Did an errant candle burn too brightly (and right through your curtains)? Even a small fire can produce a lot of smoke, leaving soot and odors that penetrate carpet, upholstery, clothing and other porous materials. If you are planning on selling your home, it is really important to remove any past evidence of smoke damage. Week 3 – The Dos and Don’ts of Removing Smoke Damage Cleaning smoke damage is not an easy task, but it can be completed successfully if you keep the following tips (courtesy of ServiceMaster) in mind: DO: •    Cover carpeted traffic areas with towels or old linens to prevent additional soiling. •    Discard open food packages. The food could be co...
Easy Money-Saving Tips for Homeowners – 5 Ways to Protect Your Valuables from Fire Damage
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Easy Money-Saving Tips for Homeowners – 5 Ways to Protect Your Valuables from Fire Damage

Here are five ways you can protect your possessions and your home from fire damage, courtesy of the Home Safety Council: 1. Blow out candles before leaving any room. It may look nice or save electricity to have candles burning all around your home, but it could lead to a disaster if left burning close to something flammable. 2. Learn how to extinguish a small pan fire. If you are cooking and your pan catches fire, be sure you know how to eliminate a grease fire and use the back burners with the pan handles turned toward the back of the stove. 3. As you get close to the holiday season, be sure that your Christmas tree is at least 3 feet away from all power and heat sources and replace all light strings that show any signs of damage or are missing bulbs. 4. Don't install smoke al...
Restoring Your Home After a Fire
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Restoring Your Home After a Fire

Few things are as heart wrenching as enduring a house fire. The hopelessness, the loss and the pain of ruin to your worldly belongings stings on a visceral level. While you can sometimes replace, repair and recover a great deal, many things often are destroyed - some of a priceless nature - like keepsakes or ordinary items that in and of themselves aren't of great value, but the memories connected to them are. Your sense of security also falters after a fire, and you will most likely become extremely vigilant about fire hazards after having been through it. Despite the overwhelming destruction left in a fire's wake, there is still hope for many homes. Professional fire restoration services and professional cleaning can salvage much of your home and its belongings. What do I tackle first...
Fire Damage Costs
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Fire Damage Costs

Fire damage costs can vary widely depending on the type of fire and the size of the damaged area. After the fire marshal declares your home or business safe to enter, do not move items or attempt to clean until your insurance agent has a chance to review the damage and take the pictures he’ll need to complete your claim. Factors Affecting Fire Damage Cost The most important factors that affect the cost of fire damage repair are the size of the burned area and the type of materials that burned. Damage from a small, fairly contained stove fire will be less expensive to repair than damage from a more extensive kitchen fire. Simple fires that consume natural materials such as dry grass produce less soot than house fires that consume a variety of synthetic materials. Cleaning soot is difficu...
Fire Damage Cleanup Tips
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Fire Damage Cleanup Tips

Cleaning fire damage can be difficult and time consuming. Smoke permeates any porous surface, including walls, ceiling tiles, and insulation. Soot and ash cover the damaged area, and there may be extensive water damage as well. Before you attempt to clean fire damage yourself, follow these tips: Assess the Damage Once the fire marshal has inspected the building and determined that it is safe to enter, call your insurance agent and your landlord if you rent the property. If only a few square feet are affected and the damage is minor, you may be able to clean it yourself using household cleaners and deodorizers. Otherwise, you should hire a professional fire damage cleanup service that can prevent further damage to your home and possessions, and fully restore and repair your property. ...