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What Fire Damage Restoration Companies Want You to Know

Here at Warren Restoration, we are no strangers to dealing with house fires, or at least with their aftermath. We have extensive experience in fire damage restoration, and we know just how devastating a fire can be to you and your loved ones. When you call us for restoration services, you can rest assured that we will do everything in our power to restore your home to its former glory, but it’s perfectly understandable to feel worried or concerned about the process. In this article, we have put together a list of things that fire damage restoration companies like ours want you to know in order to help you prepare yourself for the work ahead.

  • Restoration Starts with Assessment- One thing that fire damage restoration companies want more people to know is that they need to assess your property for damage before they can begin the process of fixing it. Our team will inspect your property to determine things like how far the flames and smoke penetrated into the structure, as well as how safe we judge the structure to be in its current condition.
  • The Next Step is to Secure the Property- After the inspection is complete, the next step that fire damage restoration companies will take is securing the property. This generally includes things like barricading any gaps in the exterior, tarping over any holes in the roof, and installing a fence around the perimeter to keep out intruders.
  • Fire Damage Often Involves Water Damage- A third thing that fire damage restoration companies want you to know is that in many cases, fire damage cleanup involves dealing with water damage, too. This is because putting out a fire requires water, which will soak your belongings and the structure itself, and can also damage your pipes and cause water to flood in that way.

If you have further questions about fire damage restoration, we encourage you to reach out to our experts.

What to Do if Your Property Suffers Storm Damage

Our team at Warren Restoration understands that you care about your home or business, and that any damage to your property can be devastating. However, we also know that the best way to prevent the damage from getting worse is to be prepared for the possibility and have a clear idea of what steps to take next. In this article, we’ll go over what you should do if your property suffers storm damage.

  • Assess and Document the Damage- The first thing that you should do after your home suffers storm damage is assess the extent and severity of that damage. Once the storm has passed and it’s safe to go outside, check your exterior walls and roof to see if they are intact. In addition, you should take pictures of your exterior to document its condition for your insurance company. In fact, if you have advanced notice of the storm, it’s a good idea to photograph your home before the storm hits so that you can show the extent of any damage that does occur.
  • Call Your Insurance Company- The next thing you should do after suffering storm damage is to call your insurance company and start filing a claim. Your homeowners insurance is there to pay for the repairs and cleanup after a disaster like this, so get that ball rolling as early as possible to minimize your out-of-pocket expenses.
  • Call a Restoration Company- The third thing that you should do when you suffer storm damage is call a restoration company. Our team has the right experience to take care of any type of damage and restore your home to its former glory, so don’t hesitate to give us a call.
Why You Should Hire a Professional for Storm Damage Repair

Has your home recently suffered through a rough storm? If so, you may need storm damage repair. You may be tempted to start cleaning up and repairing the damage yourself. However, you should consider hiring a professional before you jump the gun, and here’s why.

  • Assist Your Insurance Claim – If you’ve never dealt with storm damage, it may be overwhelming to think of where to start with your insurance claim. Did you know that many home restoration companies can assist you with your insurance claim? Restoration companies are used to working hand in hand with insurance companies so they can shed some insight on your insurance claim timeline and process.
  • Professional Assessment – Are you unsure if your home is unsafe in the result of storm damage? When you hire a professional, you can expect a thorough assessment that will determine what your main areas of damage are and the severity of each one. This assessment also allows the technicians to determine what tools are needed and how to go about the repairs safely.
  • Quick & Efficient Repair – Unless you are experienced with storm damage repair, a professional will likely do a better repair job than you will. Professionals know when the damage is unsafe and know the methods to go about repair without causing further damage to your home.

We hope these reasons will encourage you to hire a professional for your storm damage repair. If you have any questions regarding storm damage repair, and the services we provide, contact us today at Warren Restoration!

How to Prepare for Mold Removal

Are you in the need of mold removal? It’s important to address any and all mold as it can cause safety hazards for you and your loved ones. To help prepare, here are some tips to promote a successful mold removal day.

  • Don’t Clean It – Mold typically looks like black dirt, and it may be tempting to scrub it off. Mold technicians often take samples and note the appearance to identify the type of mold, so scrubbing off the mold could interfere with the technician’s work.
  • Air Quality Sample – Getting an air quality sample will tell you if any of the mold spores are airborne. Airborne mold can be hazardous to some people. An air quality sample will either give you peace of mind or indicate that you need extensive mold removal.
  • Don’t Remove Anything from the Molded Area – You may assume that you will need to move all furniture and belongings away from the affected area to make way for the technicians. However, it’s better to leave everything untouched until the professionals arrive. This prevents mold spores from spreading.
  • Take Pictures – It’s never a bad idea to take before and after pictures of the space in the case of damage occurring during the mold removal process.
  • Find Temporary Living Arrangements – Mold removal may require you and your loved ones to relocate temporarily. Removal often requires chemicals that aren’t safe without personal protective equipment.

We hope these tips will help you prepare for your mold removal. If you have any questions regarding mold removal, and the services we provide, contact us today at Warren Restoration.

FAQs about Board-up Services

FAQs about Board-up Services

If you have been a victim of severe weather, vandalism, or an accident, you are already facing a stressful situation. You don’t need unanswered questions complicating matters. At Warren Restoration, we are a valuable resource for information and services to get you back on the road to normalcy. Our board-up services are designed to keep things from getting worse as a plan is being put in motion to restore your home or business after a flood, fire, or other disaster. Here are a few common questions we’ve been asked about our board-up services:

Will the board-up services cause additional damage to my property?

We do our best to avoid any additional damage, but rest assured that any holes resulting from affixing the boards will be remedied during the restoration process. When you consider the major damage that could occur without the board-up services, it is without a doubt the best option available.

How much do board-up services cost?

We will provide you a quote based on the number of openings (windows and doors) that need to be covered to keep your home or business safe and secure. If the storm damage is covered by your insurance coverage, they might also cover the board-up services. You should check with your insurance adjuster to see if the cost of board-up services can be included in your claim.

Do you also remove the boards after they are no longer needed?

Yes, we can return to remove the boards when danger of weather, broken glass, and illegal entry has passed and your restoration project is moving on to the next phase.

Got Water Damage? Follow These Steps for Speedy Cleanup! [infographic]

When water is clean, fresh and located where you want it, it can be a blessing to have within your home. However, water throughout your home where it is neither wanted nor intended is highly problematic and can lead to severe water damage issues. Here at Warren Restoration, we want to help ensure that your water damage is cleaned and taken care of speedily with the help of our experts. Here are a few things you should do when you encounter water damage.

Got Water Damage? Follow These Steps for Speedy Cleanup! [infographic]

  • Ensure your safety, above all else. Water damage can come from many sources and range from a leaky sink to an overflowing river flooding your property. Above all else, ensure that you are safe should the water damage be severe.
  • Don’t panic! It can be easy to worry or panic when you see flood waters in your home. Do your best to keep a level head and assess the situation before diving in, figuratively speaking.
  • Quickly assess the source of the water with precautions. When it comes to water sources, you have clean water, grey water and black water. Clean water is from pipes or rain, grey water comes from sources like washing machines, and black water comes from sewage or serious flooding. Do not enter black or even large amounts of grey water, since these can be hazardous to your health.
  • Find a water shutoff source, if any. If the source of your water damage is from a clean or gray water source, find the source of the shutoff. Sometimes this can be the shutoff valve for the water to the property.
  • Call in an expert in water removal/cleanup. If you are able to stop the water or not, your first call should be to water damage cleanup experts like ours. Because we have emergency services, we can get to you any time of the day or night and start immediate cleanup.
  • Call your insurance agents. Your next call should be to your insurance agents. Because insurance companies want to avoid as much damage as possible, they will most likely work with any reputable company that you call.
  • Be cautious in removing wet items. If you have slow but steady flooding occurring, you might want to start removing items to save them for drying. Be cautious in doing so, however, since these items might not be salvageable and could be hazardous.
  • Keep your receipts during the interim. If you are displaced by your flooding and cleanup process, be sure to keep your receipts for your insurance company. This can include receipts for lodging, food, office accommodations, etc.

If you have other questions about water damage, our team would be happy to help you. For more information, please give us a call today!

Flooded Basement: What to Do

Flooded Basement: What to Do

A flooded basement can be a homeowner’s worst nightmare. Not only do you have to deal with the process of drying out your basement, there’s also the fact that your valuables have been damaged or ruined. If you’re lost on where to start with a flooded basement, here’s a beginner’s guide on what to do.

  • Remove Water – First and foremost you’ll want to have a plan for removing the water in your basement. If there is minimal water (few inches or less), you can likely use a wet vac. However, if your standing water is much deeper, you’ll need to call a professional who will have commercial equipment to remove the water.
  • Dry Out – After the water in your basement has been removed, it’s time to dry out your basement. This step is crucial to ensure mold and mildew don’t grow in your basement. To dry out your basement use fans and dehumidifiers (8 inches from walls) and have your air conditioner running.
  • Clean Floors – Most hard surfaces such as vinyl, tile, and linoleum can be cleaned using a gallon of water mixed with a cup of bleach. Remember to always wear gloves when using any sort of bleach. Giving your floors a good scrub after a flood will prevent mildew and bacteria from forming.
  • Freeze Assets – If any documents or valuables have been damaged, consider sticking them in the freezer to stop any mold from growing until you can deal with them later. In the future, use plastic bins over cardboard boxes to prevent damage to belongings.

We hope these steps will help you navigate your flooded basement and what to do. If you don’t feel confident in your flooded basement cleanup, call a professional for help. If you have any questions regarding a flooded basement, or other services we provide, contact us at Warren Restoration today!

Ice Dam Prevention & Removal 101

Ice Dam Prevention & Removal 101

At Warren Restoration, we provide several damage solutions, including water damage services. When you think of water damage, you likely think of flooding repair. However, did you know ice dam removal falls under our water damage services? It’s important to address ice dams as they can be extremely dangerous. Here’s everything you need to know about ice dam prevention and quick removal.

  • Prevention – The most common way to prevent ice dams from forming is installing heated cables along your roofline. This is done by installing the cables in a zig-zag pattern using clips. This method allows the roof’s temperature to stay warm enough that ice and snow don’t form along your roofline.
  • Fast Solutions – It may be tempting to take an axe or hammer to your ice dam. However, that method could be dangerous for you and damage your roof. Instead, consider the following methods.
    • Cold Air – If you have an attic, take a fan and aim it at the exterior walls and ceiling seams. This method will stop the ice melt leak and prevent it from forming a dam.
    • Rake – While using a roof rake, carefully remove the snow off your roof while you are safely on the ground. This will change the temperature of your roof without you having to worry about shingle damage.
    • De-Ice – Use an ice-melting solution such as calcium chloride. Fill a long skinny bag (with holes in it) with the solution and lay it across the ice dam to create a spout for water to escape off your roof.

We hope these tips for handling ice dams will help you prevent and resolve this dangerous hazard. For more permanent ice dam removal, call a professional. If you have any questions regarding ice dam removal, or other water damage services we provide, please contact us at Warren Restoration today!

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes

Do you live in a climate that gets hit hard in the winter with freezing temperatures? If so, you may have suffered from frozen pipes a time or two. If you’ve had enough, here’s a guide to help you prevent your pipes from freezing.

  • Drain Pipes– Always drain your smaller pipes that are likely to freeze if you suspect temperatures to drop significantly. This includes draining the pipes to your landscape sprinklers and the pipes to your pool. Additionally, consider disconnecting and draining your hoses.
  • Promote Circulation – It’s important to promote heat circulation throughout your home to ensure your pipes are receiving heat. To promote warm air circulation, consider sealing wall cracks, periodically opening kitchen cabinets (that lead to pipes), keep garage doors closed as much as possible, and insulate around vents and light fixtures.
  • Don’t Let Your Indoor Temp Drop – It’s not uncommon for people to shut their heat or air off when they are leaving their home for a long period of time. However, in the winter this is not recommended, especially if you live in a cold climate. To prevent frozen pipes, don’t let your home temperature fall below 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Bonus Tip – One final tip that could make a difference when it comes to frozen pipe prevention is allowing your faucets to drip. During freezing temperatures consider letting your faucets drip cold water. The movement in your pipes will make it difficult for the water to freeze.

We hope these steps will prevent your pipes from freezing. In the case that your pipes do burst, always call a professional. If you have any questions regarding frozen pipes, and the services provide, contact us at Warren Restoration today!

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes

Here at Warren Restoration, we know from experience just how much damage can result from a frozen pipe. If you find yourself dealing with frozen pipes this winter, you can call our team to get the expert restoration services you need to make your home or business as good as new. However, our team also understands that you no doubt want to avoid this situation if at all possible, so in this article, we’ll go over some key steps you can take to prevent your pipes from freezing in the first place.

  • Temporary Steps- There are a number of different steps you can take to prevent your pipes from freezing in the short term, but the majority of them rely on the same basic principle of exposing your pipes to heat. One strategy is to simply turn up your central heating, but you can also do things like open vanity and cabinet doors or set up fans to blow warm air towards these vulnerable pipes. In addition to exposing your pipes to heat, we recommend letting water drip overnight to prevent freezing–setting your faucets to trickle will keep the water moving and make freezing less likely, and it will prevent pressure from building up and potentially bursting, which is the main danger of frozen pipes.
  • Long-Term Steps- If you want more permanent protection from frozen pipes, you’ll need to make more significant changes to your plumbing system or other parts of your home. For instance, you can call a plumber to install heating cables around your pipes, or to reroute pipes away from the coldest spots in your property. Other solutions that we at Warren Restoration encourage you to consider include replacing your outdoor faucets with frost-proof models and even insulating your crawlspace. If you’d like our professional advice on how best to protect your home or business, just give us a call.