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How Hoarding Cleanup Works

How Hoarding Cleanup Works

Here at Warren Restoration, we know that there are many occasions when you might need the help of a professional cleanup crew, such as after a storm, flood, or fire. While these types of natural disasters can and do cause extensive damage to a home, damage can also come from inside the home in the form of hoarding. If someone you love has struggled with hoarding, then you know that cleaning and organizing their space is no easy task. Fortunately, you can turn to our team for professional hoarding cleanup services, and you can read on to learn more about how the process works.

  • Preparation- Before the actual cleanup can start, we at Warren Restoration make sure to prepare ourselves and our clients. Hoarding environments can often contain biohazards such as Staph, E. coli, hantavirus, and more, so we make sure to equip ourselves with masks, gloves, and plenty of cleaning solutions. These environments are also often infested with roaches, mice, or other pests, so we bring the appropriate tools to deal with those hazards, as well.
  • Sorting- The next part of hoarding cleanup is similar to less extreme forms of house cleaning, as it involves the same basic principle of sorting the items into categories: things to keep, things to donate, and things to trash. Of course, this part of the process is much more emotionally fraught for hoarders, as hoarding behavior is a symptom of underlying mental conditions such as OCD or depression. We encourage those suffering from this behavior to seek out professional counselling in order to better cope with letting go of their items.
  • Cleanup- Once the items have been sorted, our team at Warren Restoration will clean the home itself. We’ll get rid of any underlying dirt, grime, mold, animal droppings, or other biohazards. We have the right equipment and training to deal with these substances safely and effectively, and we’ll make sure that the house is clean and safe to live in once again.
storm damage safety tips

Storm Damage Safety Tips

They say that when it rains, it pours! This is never truer than during an actual storm when you might have damage occur to your home due to the storm. Here at Warren Restoration, we want to help you weather the storm and keep you safe even when the rains come down and the wind blows incessantly. We have compiled some storm damage safety tips we hope will keep you safe until we can come to assist you with the cleanup.

Before you leave the property, be sure it is safe to do so. During severe storms, you will need to wait for safety notifications on the radio or other advisory stations. If possible, check on elderly or neighbors that might be in need of help. Always look out for downed power lines, displaced animals or wildlife, and flood waters that have risen.

After it is deemed safe to leave, take a look around your property, documenting as you go. Check for broken or fallen branches, loose and blown roofing shingles, holes or other damages. Putting a tarp on these areas can keep you safe from rainwater, but it should be avoided if possible– especially if the roof has a steep pitch or is still wet.

Here at Warren Restoration, we want to help you with your storm damage and through the restoration process. If you have suffered either a little bit of wind damage to the roof or severe damage that includes flood waters, we are here to help make it right. Give us a call immediately and stay safe!

fire damage can be hard to clean up

Fires are scary and very traumatic. Even if they are put out quickly and the damage is somewhat minor, fire damage can be hard to clean up and take care of. Here at Warren Restoration, we handle all sorts of damage cleanup situations, including fire damage, often and would love to make your fire damage situations easier. Here are a few things that are going to help the cleanup process, as well as a few things that you should avoid when possible.

What to do:

  • Instead of tracking soot everywhere, line carpets and rugs with towels, rags or plastic.
  • Your HVAC system can spread soot, so change your furnace and AC filters. You can also cover your vents with towels or even cheesecloth.
  • Keep your movement within the home limited, and touch things as little as possible.
  • Don’t forget about the fridge! If you don’t have any power, turn it off, clean it out and keep the doors open.

What NOT to do:

  • Attempt cleanup on your own. This is a meticulous job that requires special attention and skills.
  • Use anything electrical. Wiring can be damaged from fires at different points, and you never know where damage might be lurking!
  • Keep canned goods. Throw them out, especially if they were near the fire.
  • Launder your own clothes. Consider a specialty dry cleaner. Some cleaners can actually cause the soot and smoke smell to be set rather than cleansed.

If you are the recent victim of fire damage, please contact us here at Warren Restoration today for the best in cleanup results.

Mold is something that needs to be taken care of by professionals

Let’s get a few things straight! Mold is something that needs to be taken care of by professionals, and there are harmful types of mold. But before we become all doom-and-gloom, we here at Warren Restoration would like to tell you about some of the facts that can turn this horrifying microbe into something manageable.

First, mold is fairly common. There are thousands of species old mold out there, and the majority of them aren’t harmful to humans. This means that you don’t need to panic if you see mold growing in your home– but you do need professionals to address it.

Second, mold is not going to kill your real estate listing. Let’s say that you discover mold in your home, but you were thinking of putting it on the market soon. While you do need to disclose that mold was found, if it was professionally handled, it will not usually hamper the sale of your property.

Third, mold won’t come back if you take care of the underlying issues. Mold will come back time and time again if you don’t address leaks or humidity, but it will stop growing if you fix the leaks, encapsulate crawlspaces and don’t provide a hospitable environment.

To learn more about mold growth and how to tame it in your own home, give us a call today at Warren Restoration.

Warren Restoration: Your Trusted Restoration Services Company for Unexpected Disasters in the Asheville, NC Area

Weather damage and other unexpected disasters can affect any homeowner. If you are worried about mold, water, fire, storms, wind damage or any other issue that has occurred on your property, give us a call us at Warren Restoration! Our family-owned business is ready and able to help you with all your disaster restoration needs, no matter what time of day or night it is! We offer disaster cleanup, biohazard and hoarding cleanup, and restoration services that are always focused on saving and restoring, rather than demolishing, whenever possible. To learn more about our emergency services and disaster cleanup and restoration assistance, please contact us today.

When it comes to water damage

Water damage isn’t something that any of us want! If you are a homeowner, it can be helpful to read this article even if you haven’t experienced water damage. We here at Warren Restoration like to help our customers be as prepared as possible, so we have compiled a list of four things we want you to know about water damage problems.

  1. Not all insurance for water damage is the same. There is water damage, and then there is flood damage. They are two completely different things. This can be confusing, but flood damage usually occurs from things like living in a flood zone, excessive rainwater or sewage backup, whereas water damage is caused by a burst pipe, washer overflowing, etc.
  2. There are different types of water. When it comes to water damage, did you know that there are different types of water? Most insurance and damage control companies will rate your water into 3 categories: clean water, water that can contain bacteria, and water that is highly contaminated.
  3. Water damage needs immediate attention. No matter what type of water damage you have, it needs immediate attention. Mold can start growing within 24-48 hours after water exposure, so time is of the essence!
  4. Your insurance company needs to know. The first call you make after discovering your water damage should be to cleanup and damage restoration experts. The second needs to be to your insurance company.

If you are the victim of water damage in any way or form, please contact us here at Warren Restoration immediately.

flooding can be damaging and problematic

Flooding is something that no one wants to happen to their home. Even if the flooding is minimal from rainwater or from an indoor water source, flooding can be damaging and problematic. Here at Warren Restoration, we help with flooding issues often, and we have seen that there are more issues than just water damage when it comes to flooding– especially if the flood isn’t taken care of immediately. Here are just a few hidden damages you should watch out for if you have recently been the victim of flooding.

  • Mold. Mold and flooding problems, sadly, go hand in hand! Mold loves to grow, and it needs moisture in order to do so. If your property is not dry, it doesn’t matter which materials are damp– they can start to mold.
  • Higher Risk of Fires. During a flood, if the water level is high enough, it can short circuits in appliances and mess with the electrical outlets. This increases your risk of fires due to appliance wiring malfunctioning.
  • Exposure of Contaminants. If your flood waters came from the outside of the property, such as rainwater, then you are at an increased risk of contamination and exposure to bacterium. Rainwater runs along collecting pesticides, germs and even sewage if the sewers back up, so all of these substances can be located in flood waters.
  • Increased Pest Problems. Did you know that termites and carpenter ants prefer soft wood? Moist wood after flood waters is particularly soft and easy to chew through, making it an easy target for pests like these.

In order to prevent issues like these ones, be sure to contact us immediately after flooding problems for the best results.

Preventing Water Damage When You're Away

When you plan to leave your home for several days, you should learn how to prevent water damage to the structure while you are away. There are several types of problems that can lead to having water in a building, causing extensive problems. Some of the situations that can occur while you are away from your home include:

  • Bursting water pipes – tends to happen during the winter
  • Natural floods – from overflowing rivers or lakes
  • Sewage backups – leading to moisture and sewage damage
  • Water heater leaks – from an old and degraded water heater
  • Flooding from plumbing fixtures – caused by old sinks, bathtubs or toilets
  • Storm damage – caused by rooftop leaks after heavy rainstorms

Before you leave home for an extended amount of time, make sure to avoid any water damage by performing these tasks.

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When You Can Claim Water Damage On Your Home Insurance Policy

Water damages are one of the biggest reasons no homeowner should skimp on good coverage. Whether it’s from a busted pipe, broken septic system or a flood, water damage is one of the most crucial forms of coverage on a home insurance policy.

Although water damages are one of the most common claims, knowing what classifies as eligible damage can be tricky. In fact, there are many instances where a homeowner may want to claim water damages but cannot receive compensation.

Read on to learn more about how home insurance providers define water damages, what types of water damages you can claim and how to get covered in the event your property is affected.

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