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Winter storm drops April snow across northeast New Mexico

5/9/2017 (Permalink)

ALBUQUERQUE, NM -- Much of the state braced for the winter storm that hit over the weekend.

Temperatures dropped sharply as the storm started to move into the state Friday night. 

Snow fell across most of the storm’s path and dropped 10 inches of snow in Tijeras, 15 inches in Tererro, and just over 8 inches in portions of Santa Fe.

 

“I was greeting tourists all over saying Merry Christmas to then in the spring,” said Myles Calladitto.

“I love it. I’m all for it. I feel like time traveled back to Christmas time and it’s amazing. Yes, I have Christmas music on,” said Lucero Maldonado.

Several roads had to be closed due to the snow. HW 64 is still closed between Clayton and Raton due to the snow and ice. I-25 is covered and in ice and snow and caution should be used in the Watrous area near mile markers 364 to 402.

Eastbound I-40 was closed starting near Zuzax. Crews spent the day clearing the roads and most roads are open.

Road conditions can be found on NMroads.com.

The KOB weather team will be watching the storm as it develops with active radar and updated forecasts can be found in the weather section.

Source: KOB News

Water Damage Happens in Albuquerque Government Buildings

5/9/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage Happens in Albuquerque Government Buildings This Water Damaged Business Needs SERVPRO

In Albuquerque water damage in Government Buildings. 

There are a large number of structures everywhere throughout the country that are claimed and overseen by the United States government. A large number of these structures, some in Albuquerque, are to some degree older structures that need servicing. One service frequently required is water damage cleanup and restoration. Framework substitution of fundamentally critical parts, for example, rooftops and old cast press plumbing turn out to be progressively more pertinent as a building ages. This requirement for substitution can concentrate on the pipes that are exceptionally old and not all around kept up. These channels will probably blast then more up to date pipes. To have a water harm restortion organization like SERVPRO as a reasonable alternative as a quick reaction group is critical. Likewise, there are numerous administration structures that are situated in spots that experience noteworthy changes in atmosphere that can go anyplace from to a great degree chilly to a great degree hot amid the yearly regular cycles. These temperature changes can make for a lot of strain on any channeling that is in the building, which can yield blast pipes inside structures. Despite the fact that many individuals jump at the chance to think about the Unified States government as resistant to ordinary issues, for example, this one, truly their structures are simply structures like any others. They can simply be influenced by issues, for example, water damage as can some other business working in the United States.

Which sorts of offices that are possessed by the Assembled States government can be affected by the blasting of channels?

Military offices encounter impacts because of climate changes that can come without notice. Considering that these offices are disseminated everywhere throughout the country, it is critical to guarantee that the ones that are in calm atmospheres have sufficient protection. On the off chance that they don't, the results will be that the funnels will keep up an inclination to blast, regardless of whether they are situated in the workplaces, plane shelters, or sleeping shelter. In the event that a pipe bursts in one of these offices, the episode could really prompt the formation of mold. This is sufficiently awful in a home, yet when an issue like this affects the military, it is pivotal to ensure that the issue is settled. Shape could antagonistically influence the wellbeing of individuals from the military.

Government court structures could likewise be truly affected by water harm. These structures can be unfavorably influenced by form. There are numerous stories of poor air quality making sickness the representatives, law specialists and bolster individuals.

Government workplaces should be shielded from water harm too.

On the off chance that there are water harm issues in a noteworthy focus of government action, it is conceivable that the organization inside the administration could be unfavorably influenced or even back off to the point of insufficiency. Thus, it is vital for any water damage issues that emerge in these structures, in Albuquerque or different areas, to be settled quickly and in the most expert way that could be available. SERVPRO is known for being faster to any disaster.

Privately Possessed Organization with National Assets

SERVPRO of Albuquerque can react promptly to your business water harm crisis paying little respect to the degree or size of the harm. We are a piece of a national system of more than 1,600 Establishments with extraordinary Calamity Recuperation Groups put deliberately all through the nation to react to huge scale occasions and debacles.

Regardless of whether your water crisis happens in a major box store or a little office building, we will react rapidly to alleviate the harm and deal with the reclamation extend through to its finishing. (505)-828-3567

SERVPRO of NE Albuquerque Satisfied Water Damage Customers

5/4/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial SERVPRO of NE Albuquerque Satisfied Water Damage Customers SERVPRO of NE Albuquerque Strives for Excellent Customer Satisfaction on All Jobs

We strive every day to ensure that our quality of work is up to the highest standard and we are always so happy to get positive feedback from our customers.

Here are some recent quotes from real customers:

"MANY THANKS FOR A JOB WELL DONE AT OUR COMMERCIAL BUILDING. YOUR STAFF ARRIVED IN THE EVENING AND EVALUATED THE NEEDS AND STARTED TO WORK THE NEXT DAY. WE APPRECIATE THE FAST AND QUALITY WORK THAT SERVPRO DID FOR US. I AM GLAD TO RECOMMEND YOUR SERVICES TO OTHERS" -David, New Mexico

"You made our emergency a priority and the service provided was outstanding.  As this was my first exposure with SERVPRO, I am impressed with both your office and field staffs, which were always helpful.  It was a pleasure doing business with you." -Rick, Santa Fe

"While we were devastated by our water leak and home getting ruined, your crew stepped up and saved our home.  In the process, they calmed us and made us feel like all was going to be OK.  We can never express how wonderful your crew was and how much they did to make it all OK.  Thank you!." -Evelyn, Albuquerque

If water damage, from the smallest overflow from a toilet to full house flood from a pipe burst, threatens your home or office call us at (505)-828-3567 We are here to help and care for not only your home or office, but for you as an individual.

Spring Flood Tips

5/4/2017 (Permalink)

General Spring Flood Tips Act fast to mitigate your flood loss.

Spring snowmelt often leads to flooding conditions in New Mexico. These tips will help reduce the impact spring floods have on you and your property.

 

Advance Preparation

 

Prepare in advance with a SERVPRO® Emergency Ready Profile® (ERP). Our convenient mobile app stores all your utility and emergency response information in one place, so you can access this information from your smartphone or computer.

 

Watch for Pooling Water 

 

Look for places around your property where water pools, and channel it away from buildings. Make sure gutters and downspouts are clear of debris and they are directing water as intended.

 

Maintain Sump Pump 

 

If you have a sump pump, check to be sure it is operational before water starts rising. Consider a back-up generator to ensure your pump works when you need it most. Contact your insurance agent to add coverage in case your sump pump fails. 

 

Raise Storage Goods 

 

Use shelving and/or pallets to keep storage items off the floor to reduce the impact of small floods. In many situations, raising boxes just a few inches will be enough to keep storage goods above the water line. 

 

Cut Power if Necessary 

 

As rising water approaches the level of electrical outlets, you risk having a live current flow through all the water. Cut the power if you can safely do so without standing in water. Otherwise, evacuate and contact an electrician to cut the power before you go back in for recovery.

 

Keep Storm Drains Clear

 

If you see water pooling around a storm drain, the drain may be clogged with debris. Clearing the debris will help keep the water flowing away from your neighborhood.

 

Consider Flood Insurance 

 

Homeowners insurance will not cover floods; you must purchase a separate policy for flood protection. When all else fails, flood insurance will provide you the means to respond to a catastrophic flooding event.

 

Be Aware on the Road 

 

Be careful when driving during spring storms, especially when you hear flash flood warnings. Never drive into fully submerged roadway. The water surface will be at the same level as the pavement you can see. This view can deceive you into thinking the water is shallow because you cannot see how the road dips under the surface. 

 

Act Fast 

 

When a flood happens, you need to act fast to dry out any wet items, particularly structural materials like walls and flooring. Call SERVPRO® of NE Albuquerque at 505-828-3567 to extract water and mitigate any mold growth. Our franchise professionals have the training and experience to make flood damage “Like it never even happened.” 

Got Mold in Albuquerque? Better Call SERVPRO

5/4/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Got Mold in Albuquerque? Better Call SERVPRO Mold thrives under the right conditions.

Mold remediation is one of our primary areas of expertise here at SERVPRO® of NE Albuquerque. We have the training and experience to contain the infestation, scrub health-threatening spores out of the air, remove the contaminated materials, and help prevent future microbial growth.


A Moldy Situation


Imagine you were cleaning out a storage closet at work, and you found mold growing on the back wall. Most likely this year, an ice dam supplied the water that created an ideal situation for microbes to grow in this closet. Once you identified and resolved the source of the leak, you would still want to contact a professional to mitigate the mold and ensure healthy air for your employees and customers to breathe.


Containing the Infestation


When SERVPRO® franchise professionals begin a mold job, our first concern is to contain the mold infestation. The mold you can see is only a small part of the danger posed to building occupants. Mold reproduces by releasing invisible spores into the air. These spores pose the real hazard for those who breathe the air in the infested building. Therefore, we begin by preventing air from the contaminated area traveling to other parts of the building.


Scrubbing Mold Out of the Air


Each job is unique in its challenges and solutions. However, in most cases, a SERVPRO® mold mitigation team will set up a containment barrier and create a “negative air” situation inside the infested area. A “negative air” situation is essentially a vacuum that ensures air only flows into and not out of the contained area while the air scrubbers filter the spores and other contaminants from the air.


Removing Contaminated Materials


Organic materials like drywall, carpeting, and ceiling tiles must be removed and discarded once they become contaminated with mold. This is why we encourage people to contact us immediately after a water loss to dry all the materials before microbial growth begins. Blowing a fan across moldy materials hoping to dry them and save them spreads mold spores in the air and increases the health risk to building occupants.  


Inhibiting Future Growth


SERVPRO® franchise professionals can never promise to prevent all future mold growth. Mold spores are everywhere in the atmosphere, and they take root and thrive whenever they find the perfect mix of moisture, food (organic materials) and temperature. However, our team does have several products that discourage microbial growth. Once your moldy materials have been removed and the air has been scrubbed to reduce the concentration of spores, we can apply one of these anti-microbial agents to help protect your building’s structural elements.


Call SERVPRO® for Mold ASAP


When you see mold, remember you cannot see the biggest threat that mold presents. Contact our SERVPRO of NE Albuquerque mold remediation team at 505-828-3567 for a free estimate and good advice about protecting yourself and other building occupants until the mold is removed and the air is clean again. 

Why you have to hire Cleaning Services

4/25/2017 (Permalink)

It’s appropriate for a working person or a mother with small children to employ a cleaning company. It is just a case of valuing a person’s time.

 

First of all, the cleaning agency is going to do a much better job than you would, because their cleaners are properly trained to clean and they have become professionals. Second of all, your house is going to be much cleaner than if you had done the cleaning yourself and it will be healthier, as you would have probably missed some areas which are vital for the maintenance of excellent health. That is why it’s always better to hire specialists, as opposed to doing the work on your own.

 

For instance, the typical carpet in many houses is actually full of dust, microbes, insects, contaminants, insects, mold and grime. You need to remember that most of these cannot be removed with simple vacuuming. That is why you should use cleaners who have efficient equipment and they would be able to protect you and your family from any future problems.

 

You can use individual cleaners if you want, but it is the specialist services that will give you the best results for the money spent. Specialist cleaners come in your property as a group and their cleaning job is going to be more structured and pre-planned.

 

If you have a full time job, you could give the cleaner a house key so that they could complete the job while you’re working. It can be difficult to let someone in your property, but don’t worry, because they are covered with insurance and if something happens throughout the service, you will be refunded by the cleaning company.

 

Even if you don’t work full time, why do you have to spend your time cleaning when you could be doing something with your family and friends? Simply book a cleaning service and spend your time in the park or somewhere else.

 

Top quality cleaning services will give you the ability to forget worrying about having a spotlessly clean property. Vacuuming the carpet a couple of times per week will not keep it clean and healthy. Eliminating all the filth, sand, dust mites, debris, microbes and other pathogenic things that are harmful to our overall health calls for the use of professional carpet cleaning services. Carpet cleaning services can be booked on a regular basis to ensure that the carpet is kept in a fantastic condition.

 

Only the smell of a clean property is enough to inspire you to more energetic pursuits. Having a clean property will help to ensure that over 90 percent of all the microbes are removed and you stay in great physical shape. When you sum up all of these aspects, the cost of a fantastic cleaning service pales in comparison to the overall improvement in health and hygiene.

 

Source: https://www.thesequitur.com/why-you-have-to-hire-cleaning-services-1520342/

Water Damage Restoration Tips

11/17/2016 (Permalink)

Waking up to a basement full of water, a burst pipe in your kitchen or an overflow of water in your bathroom can ruin your whole day. Before you call a water damage restoration professional, here are some steps to take to reduce the amount of water damage to your property and possessions.

  • Find out where the water is coming from.  This may sound obvious, but if you’ve just come home and found a gigantic mess and don’t know where it originated, the first thing you need to do is to FIND IT.  If you are not able to find the actual source of the water, you may have a pipe that has burst.  You want to stop additional water from entering your home as soon as possible.  If you have a bust pipe, turn off the water supply to your home, if your roof is leaking, stop the leak as best you can.
  • Figure out how much damage has been done.  Some things can be fixed on your own, but if it involves damage to your drywall, flooring, or ceilings, then it’s best to call in a professional.
  • If it’s something you can manage on your own, then first things first:  circulation!!  Open the windows, turn on the fans, let the room breathe! This will not only help dry things out, but it’ll also help reduce the smell.  Get a dehumidifier out and running – it takes the moisture out of the air and surrounding objects, and helps avoid mold and mildew from developing – a great instrument to have at hand.

Water Damage Restoration Cost Guide

11/17/2016 (Permalink)

According to statistics floods are one of the most disasters that occur in the USA. When water damages take place time is tight and you need to think and act quickly. Such an emergency situation should bestopped as soon as possible in order to prevent the damage from spreading. What can you do? Who can you call? This water damage restoration cost guide is prepared to help you efficiently solve you problem and restore your home to a normal condition.

What is a water damage restoration and how can this be helpful for you? This is a process in whichyour home is restored to the condition in which it was before the damages occurred or an improved one by removing the problem and its consequences.

Further on in this article you will find the particular ways to tackle this issue timely and effectively.

Water Damage Restoration Cost Tips

Firstly, contact your insurance company and inform them about the damages that you have had to see which part of the damaged items are eligible for an insurance claim.

Secondly, don’t waste any time and call us on our number 1-800-930-2564. Waiting more could cause the water damages to spread. If a pipe is broken, you have another leak in your house or you are experiencing the unfortunate event of being flooded, any minute is important, especially if you cannot locate the source of the damage or you have no control over it. Let us know what problem you have and ask us for the free information you can receive. We can provide for you a free consult regarding our services and the way we can help you cope with your emergency situation. Check out the water damage restoration services that are provided and how we can be helpful for you.

Thirdly, try to return the process of damage. Use the time you have until the water damage restoration company experts arrive on the spot and, if possible, begin drying up the wet areas or closing the leakage, if you have one. The final water damage restoration cost will also be lower if you do part of the work on your home rehabilitation – in this way the professionals will work less on your damages and of course charge you less.

Use our free water damage restoration cost estimator to receive a quick calculation for your particular case.

Another saving money tip is to do some cleaning along with your restoration. If you contact a cleaning company to clean your carpet for example your carpet cleaning costs will be lower compared to a case in which you contact a company only for carpet cleaning. Ask cleaning and restoration companies 

Water Damage Restoration Costs And Solutions

Factors That Determine Water Restoration Cost

The cost of water damage restoration depends mainly on two factors – the size of the damage and the restoration company that you chose. It is difficult to give an exact price calculation so before going to particular estimates it is important to first take a look on the factors that comprise the water damage restoration cost:

  • Size of the damage. When water has leaked within your home the restoration company needs to extract it so logically the more it is, the more the time for the experts to work and the higher the price. For example if your home is 1,000 square feet, extracting water that is 5 inches high would cost $17,310 and if the water is 1 foot high flood repair would cost you about $27,150. Anotherfactor that define water damage restoration cost is the quality of water that has leaked. If it is pure tab water your expenses will be lower but if it is flood water which is polluted and also dangerous the price for the restoration will be higher. Also, the size of the damaged area within your home is another cost compound factor. Fill in the free estimate form offered to you on our homepage or give us a call to know more precisely what your water damage restoration cost will be, based on your particular case.
  • Check the website of the The Federal Emergency Management Agency and in particular the National Flood Insurance Programfor extra information that might be useful as well.

     

    Check the factors that define the water damage restoration final cost to decide which services you would like to receive.

Water Damage Restoration Solutions

Ask for a written estimate that includes all factors of the water damage restoration cost to be able to see what is the price for every service you are going to get. When water damage restoration experts arrive at your home the first thing they do is look around and detect the reason for the emergency situation that you have.

They take with themselves all the special equipment necessary and use it to explore the problem and solve it.

Water damage restoration cost includes cleaning the area from the water and damp, drying it, removing any results from the damage like mold and finally sanitizing the area that has been infected. All of these are important in order not only to restore your home but also to ensure the health and safety of yourself and your family.

The restoration company will also try to restore some of the objects that have been damaged. For some of them it will be possible. For others items the price of restoring them may be higher that the cost for buying them new in which case they will not be restored. The water damage restoration cost includes this service as well.

Is there anything else you would like to know? Ask us your questions free in the comments below!

Mold Removal And Money Saving Tips

11/17/2016 (Permalink)

Mold

No one likes an unwelcome guest in their home. We’re not only talking about your crazy relatives, but that pesky mold that seems to find every crevice of your humble abode. Seeing your walls, molding and shower tiles start hosting this guest can be traumatizing to any homeowner. Not only is it physically unattractive it can also cause serious health issues, depending on the degree of mold. Use these mold removal tips to help you and your walls breathe a little easier while keeping your wallet full this spring.

Even though you might be accustomed to your daily food mildew, you need to know not all mold is the same. Let’s start with the different types of mold you might be dealing with.
 
Mold spores and allergenic moldare generally not harmful, but can be dangerous to people with asthma and immune problems. Usually these types of mold can be easily removed without future problems.

Mycotoxic mold spores are those containing toxins in the cell wall. This type of mold can be harmful to you and your family’s health. It can cause immune diseases, cancer or even death in some cases. This type of mold should never be handled alone. Cleaning such toxic mold should be handled by a professional cleaning service. See the link below to find a service near you.

Pathogenic mold is the type that can cause infection. It can affect anyone who has suppressed immune diseases, those with autoimmune disease or anyone taking chemotherapy. This mold should again, not be tackled on your own.
 


Mold Removal Cost

If you decide to tackle this monster on your own to save a couple of bucks, you’re in luck; there are ways to rid your home of the mold. Just make sure you know it’s safe to proceed. If the mold is confined to a surface area of no more than 10 square feet (about 3-feet-by-3-feet), the EPA suggests you can remove it yourself by scrubbing hard surfaces with detergent and water, then drying.

Bathroom Mold Removal

Begin this adventure with the proper gear. Make sure to cover your mouth and nose with a safety mask. Be able to wear latex gloves, because like stated before, mold can cause serious health issues. Bathrooms are one of the most popular places to find that mold. It’s constantly exposed to warmth and water on a daily bases. Tile grout is a fashionable place for this pest to live. It provides cracks and crevices for the mold to grow in strength, while germs accumulate on the service daily. Use chlorine bleach mixed with water, a 50/50 solution ($2.69). Spray on tile walls or floor grout and mold should disappear quite quickly, but only with constant care. Since your bathroom is constantly being exposed to high humidity and water, be sure to wipe down your tile walls and shower doors after every visit. This will keep the water from sitting on the surface for a long period of time. If your bathroom has a window, be sure to crack it while showering or leave your door open so heat has somewhere to travel. Keeping your surfaces free of water, heat and germs will guarantee your bathroom’s a little prettier next time. Estimated Cost- $2.69

Drywall Mold Removal

Drywall Mold Removal

Drywall can be tricky when dealing with mold. If the infected area is less than 10 square feet, you can tackle this problem yourself. Some supplies you will need are an x-acto knife ($4), sand paper (2$), scrub brush($4.99), scrap rags, drywall patch kit ($10) and a mold cleaner that can be picked up at any utility or hardware store ($3.99). You will need to cut out the drywall that has been infected. Be sure to add a couple inches outside the mold to make sure any spores aren’t left behind. Once the wall is removed make sure to sand any studs surrounding the wall since the spores could have easily spread to the posts. Spray your mold cleaner on the posts so the liquid can penetrate the wood while killing any infection that may be left. Once the area is dry, you can now use your patch kit to repair the wall. Unfortunately if the mold has traveled more than 10 square feet you will have to have a specialist take care of the mildew.Estimated cost- $24.98

Mold Removal Upholstery

Mold Removal Upholstery

Many homes in warm climate naturally have a higher humidity in their homes. This can lead to your homes furniture carrying mold spores. Since upholstery is very porous this provides an ideal home for mold growth. Make sure that any fabrics that become wet are dried quickly with fans and blow dryers. If you are able to remove the fabric and place it in a dryer, this will provide the quickest drying method. Air conditioning can help as it tends to dry out your homes air. If you are not able to remove the fabric, make sure to take the furniture outside since mold is so easily spread to other objects. Vacuum up any noticeable mold on the outside and be sure to dispose of the vacuum bag immediately. Apply mild soap to a rag with minimal water and massage into infected area, wipe dry. You may use a rubbing alcohol water mixture as well ($1.99). A 50/50 solution should help kill and dry out the mold a little quicker. Keep the object outside as long as possible so it can dry out. If a mildew smell is still existent there are many aerosol solutions that can tackle those smells ($5.99). If the mold has spread too far into the fabric or furniture you may have to dispose of the object or have a professional take a look. Estimated cost- $7.98

Attic Mold Removal

This type of mold might be a little harder to find and is easier to prevent than to fix. Most people don’t make a daily trip to their attics. It is used as a storage room for many homeowners in which you should make sure your property isn’t being damage from this mildew. Mold thrives in dark places, and nothing is darker then this storage area. The first thing you should notice is your home ceilings. If there is any water damage to them, there is most likely water coming from your roof, which in turn is coming from your attic. Make sure your insulation is up to date as well as your ventilation system. Attic fans can run anywhere from $60-$300 dollars. Keeping the attic dry is crucial. Since summer time can cause high humidity make sure to take that ladder out once and awhile to make sure your attic is keeping nice and dry. If you do find mold, it would be in a homeowner’s best interest to have a professional inspect it. You never know what type of mold it is or how long it has been growing. Once mold has started to grow in large scale so do the costs. Estimated cost- $60-$300

Fire Damage Costs – How To Tackle Fire Damage To Save Money

11/17/2016 (Permalink)

Let’s face it. Just because it’s March doesn’t mean we have forgotten about those tumultuous holidays; Thanksgiving being that special time to fry your bird. Yes it can be tasty at times but it can also cause some havoc on your home. Fire damage may be something you have to deal with during these times. The U.S Fire Administration says about 2,000 Thanksgiving fires happen each year. Undoubtedly many of these cooks don’t have a handle on their turkey or their flames. House fires can be traumatizing for both you and your fowl. In some cases fire damage cannot be handled on your own.

Fire Damage

FEMA states that in any kind of disaster you and your family should always build an emergency kit and make a family communication plan in preparation. In cases of smaller fires take a look below on ways to DIY fire clean up.

If you decide you want to stay in your home after a fire, you need to make sure the fire damage was small enough to do so. Fumes and smoke can cause unlivable conditions for you and your family. Most likely if the fire was concentrated to a small area, like a stove, you should be fine. Yet it is highly recommended you call the fire department to make sure the fire didn’t spread through the walls or electrical outlets.

First Things First

Once you have an understanding of how extreme your fire damage is, you should start the cleanup immediately. Acquire gloves, masks and proper clothing to start this adventure. You must limit the movement in the home initially to reduce the amount of soot particles that can be embedded into other fabrics and furniture. This should include keeping your hands and shoes clean so as to not spread it further around the home. Cover all furniture with tarps and clean towels so no extra debris settles on them. This is where borrowing your grandmother’s plastic couch covers can come in handy. If you have any plants in the home they need fresh air too. Wipe the leaves with a damp towel and place outside for a couple hours, weather permitting. You must change your air filter as well as covering your vents. Wet cheese cloths over vents help capture those soot particles that may be traveling throughout your ventilation system.

Soot Clean Up

To begin your soot cleanup, it’s a wise idea to tackle as much soot as possible without water.  Fire damage can create inches of debris on household services.  Since soot contains oil, water can make the particles stain even further. Find a vacuum with a powerful cleaning nozzle and hold one inch above the soot to capture as much as possible.

Soot Clean Up

Soot cleanup from walls and ceilings can be a little tricky. Depending on the type of surface, like stated before, adding water can damage the surface further. Many specialty stores sell chemical sponges that clean up that soot quickly. Trisodium phosphate can be used as a cleaning agent as well. Combine one tablespoon with one gallon of water. Since it is a degreaser it can be used on countertops, plastics and walls. By combining trisodium phosphate with bleach it can also help with Mold Removal. For the first year after the fire be sure to change out your air filters every month.

Extinguish Clean Up

Putting out a fire can always be a scary experience. Having a fire extinguisher in the house is a must. The NFPA states “Install fire extinguishers close to an exit and keep your back to a clear exit when you use the device so you can make an easy escape if the fire cannot be controlled. If the room fills with smoke, leave immediately.”

After using an extinguisher you may have a mess on your hands. Most extinguishers use something called a dry chemical as their extinguishing agent. Take a vacuum to start the initial residue cleanup. A shop vacuum can be useful since they are so powerful.
– Use a wet rag and scrub brush to lift the residue from a mono ammonium phosphate extinguisher.

– Create a vinegar and water solution to lift remains from a sodium bicarbonate/potassium bicarbonate-based extinguisher. Using excess water may help lift the bicarbonate out of crevices.

– Water and soap can be used when dealing with foam based extinguishers. After a short time the residue will eventually evaporate.

Water Clean Up

In times of panic you may have used water to extinguish this fire. In turn you could have created some water damage. First thing you need to do is to mop up the standing water. Make sure to check your electrical outlets for water damaged. If they have been affected, turn off electric until a professional is able to deem it safe. After assessing which products are able to be saved start the drying process immediately. For the objects that still have soot on them, re-read the above statement on how to remove smoke damage. Opening the windows will allow ventilation throughout the home. Make sure this is done after the soot cleanup, since like stated before, soot can travel to all services through the air. If your ventilation system hasn’t been contaminated, turning the air conditioning on can dry out the air in your home. The sooner you can take care of the soot and water damage the better. Allowing those chemicals and liquids sit on services can create other problems like mold, mildew and odors.

Odor Clean Up

Clean Fire Damage

Odors can linger in your home for quite some time after a fire. Factors include weather, climate and altitude. Carpets, drapes, clothing and woods can keep the smell of smoke within them if the smells are not dealt with quickly. If you think the odor is worth taking care of on your own you can always use an Ozone generator, which can reduce the smell of smoke in fabrics. If you think ventilation can be the cure for your odor problem, that’s great. Yet some fires can cause pungent smells that last for months or even years. If this is the problem, it is best to have a professional take care of your belongings.

Fires can be traumatizing to anyone involved. They not only leave emotional scars but physical ones on your home.  Fire damage is something that needs to be handled with concern.  Please use these tips above to conquer your small home fires with caution.