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Fire, Restoring

General Cleaning Techniques

Smoke and soot can penetrate paint, carpet, upholstery and clothes. Carpet can be deep cleaned and clothes can be taken to the dry cleaner. However,  properly restoring walls, structures and objects is a different story. Here’s a look at some general cleaning techniques that all Restoration Company’s should be using:
  • Personal protective equipment: Gloves, a protective mask, long-sleeved shirts and pants should be worn on site to minimize contact with ash.
  • Remove contents: Remove contents from the house. While some contents may have to be discarded, others can be effectively hand cleaned. Cleaning contents in an ultrasonic machine is also an option with some items.
  • Ventilate: Open windows and doors to remove odor.
  • Beware of other contaminants: Lead and asbestos can turn a fire restoration job into an environmental restoration job if they’ve become disturbed.
  • Hand scrubbing: Fire damage work is one of the most tedious types of repair work. It involves a lot of handwork, such as scrubbing walls and structures with sponges — and using chemicals and specialized restoration equipment, such as media blasting tools, in the event of heavy residue.
  • Duct cleaning: Following restoration, a duct cleaning is required. That’s because smoke and soot have a tendency to become trapped within a home or business’s duct system. This can spread contaminants — and odors — to other areas of the home when in operation. Hence, a professional duct cleaning is necessary.
 

Choose the Right Company

Where a water damage situation can be restored in as little as three days, it’s not uncommon for a fire damage situation to last several weeks. It can even last for many months if reconstruction is involved. Hence, proper cleaning and handling of a project is all the more important. It is critical that you hire a company that is certified in fire through the Institute of Inspection and Restoration (IICRC). Contact us Today with any questions by clicking here: Fire Damage Restoration  
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Renovations
 

Beyond DIY: Tips from ‘This Old House’ to save on a home remodel

We can’t emphasize enough how critical a budget is to a successful remodeling project. Too many remodeling regrets are related to the budget. Some come in the form of “we should have gone ahead and done X at that time” as well as “we’re halfway through the project, but we have used up the entire budget already.” Getting budget and project aligned is a step that must be addressed in the planning stage to avoid those regrets. With that said, we all want to save money anytime we can, and this article offers just that. While much of the information is directed at the do-it-yourself individual, there are tips that apply to any type of remodeler. Saving money with manual labor is a given. However, not everyone has the time or skill set to save money with manual labor. Instead, we would like to point out a few of their more general tips.

Increase Efficiency

• The first way the article suggests to save money on a remodel is to increase efficiency not size. That saying is practically a mantra around our office. Less square footage will always save money on the overall budget. We always tell our clients that the basic remodeling formula is Size x Finish = Cost. If you can reconfigure existing space without building an addition, you can save a lot of money. Plus, using space differently within your home can change your life. Moving walls within your home — even structural bearing walls — is more cost-effective than adding on. Just having more space is not the answer to a home that doesn’t have a functional floor plan. When clients come to us asking for a new room out back or over the garage, we step back and discuss how they use their current space and how they intend to use the new space. Often their goals can be reached within the confines of their existing walls or with an addition that is considerably smaller than they originally imagined.

Consult an Architect

• Another suggestion from “This Old House” is to consult an architect. We love it when an outside source sees value in what we do. We can endlessly preach that consulting an architect will save money in the long run, but it will always sound self-serving. Glave writes that not every remodeling project requires the full participation of an architect. However, a homeowner can certainly benefit by at least consulting with one at the beginning of the project. An architect can help them get on the right path, and he or she can consult with them throughout the project as needed.

Make Decisions Beforehand

• Another great “This Old House” tip: Make decisions early. How often have we heard, “But we don’t have to decide that (choose that) yet, do we? Can’t we wait until we get closer to that?” One of the benefits of working with an architect is that we are great nags; we will always urge a homeowner to plan everything possible as soon as possible. This not only helps keep the budget in line, it will make for a smoother, more successful end result. If a homeowner creates accurate and thorough specifications for the project, then he or she will be able to balance the budget and schedule the project successfully. This includes listing all finishes (such as flooring, countertops, etc.) and fixtures (such as appliances, plumbing fixtures, etc.), as well as selecting all building materials (windows, doors, siding, etc.) up front.  This is a great reality check that should not wait until the project is underway
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Renovations, Uncategorized

Use These Tips to Make Living Through a Remodel Easier

Allergies will most likely be triggered when construction dust is everywhere in your home during a remodel. Demolition and drywall sanding can cause airborne dust that can be hard to keep under control. If you are planning on living in your home during a remodel, you must be prepared for due diligence and what you are willing to tolerate if you are planning on living in your home during a remodel.
Unless you are tearing your home down to the studs, most people who choose to live in their house during construction can survive the process with careful planning. Don’t wait until the job starts to assign your designated living space and get situated within your home. You also have to be prepared to get ahead of the dust before the remodel begins. Here are some of the ways I help contain the dust and keep my clients’ homes clean. Use these tips and pass them onto your general contractor.
  1. Pack Like You’re Moving
  2. Create a Zone
  3. Zip Up The Walls
  4. Set Up a Temporary Kitchen
  5. Broom Sweep Clean
  6. Spray Down The Dust
For Even More Details, Click Here: Surviving a Remodel
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Renovations

Renovation Techniques to Help you Save

Homeowners and homebuyers alike have the struggle of deciding if they should renovate a home. A renovation can cost thousands of dollars and be very time consuming – making buyers cringe and sellers groan. How can you avoid these headaches?
When thinking of potential renovation projects it is important to consider if the costs are going to outweigh the benefits. If you’re hoping to sell your home soon – one to two years – you want to prioritize projects that are going to give you the most return on your investment. Ultimately you should make decisions based on your budget, time constraints, and the type of home you are renovating. A modern kitchen can look out of place in a historic home just as wood paneling looks dated in a newer, updated home. The projects below can be adapted to many different styles and budgets, making them a good starting point for those looking to both upgrade their home and spend wisely. 1. Entry Door Replacement/Remodel 2. Insulating the Attic 3. Adding an Attic Bedroom 4. Remodeling the Kitchen 5. Siding Replacement To Read More: Renovating your Home with the Best ROI
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Fire

A New Technique for Fire Damage Restoration

Having part of your home on fire is something you never want to face. However, statistics show just how often this can happen. Nearly 370,000 home fires occur each year according to the National Fire Protection Association. The estimated costs for this were close to $7 billion in total property damage. Many times, these fires may start in one part of your home or business but are able to be contained . Even though containment eliminates the necessity for complete demolition and reconstruction, it is still necessary for proper cleaning of soot and smoke in order to restore the property to a pre-loss condition. Contractors have long relied upon ozone, foggers, masking agents, filters and chemicals for deodorization. But the hydroxyl generator is a new technology that may be preferable to all of these methods. In most instances, the hydroxyl generator has now become an essential tool for many disaster cleanup contractors. Learn More Here: Effective Hydroxyl Cleaning
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