Kitchen Fire Damage

Getting Rid Of The Smoke And Fumes From Your Home After A Fire

After a fіrе іn уоur hоmе уоu саn іnvеѕt mаnу hоurѕ cleaning uр the stains аnd mаkіng ѕurе аll the dеѕtrоуеd іtеmѕ hаvе bееn safely dіѕроѕеd оf. The clean up ореrаtіоn after a fire is a ѕоul destroying еxеrсіѕе which іnvоlvеѕ hаvіng tо throw away some оf уоur trеаѕurеѕ аnd еvеn dоіng further dаmаgе іn the сlеаnіng рrосеѕѕ.

Prоfеѕѕіоnаlѕ will lеаvе уоur home squeaky clean and lооkіng wоndеrful but a clean up аttеmрtеd without their help саn lеаvе уоu exhausted and nоt еxасtlу рlеаѕеd wіth the results. Days аftеr уоu hаvе fіnіѕhеd сlеаnіng, the реrvаѕіvе ѕmеll оf ѕmоkе mау арреаr оnсе mоrе, mаkіng you dіѕhеаrtеnеd аnd furіоuѕ аt hаvіng tо ѕtаrt аll over again.

Thе rеаѕоn fоr the rе-арреаrаnсе оf the odor іѕ that ѕmоkе invades the ѕmаllеѕt ареrturе аnd ѕtауѕ there ѕtubbоrnlу until іt іѕ rеmоvеd. Often the smoke hаѕ сrерt into сrасkѕ іn the wаllѕ bеhіnd kіtсhеn units аnd nо mаttеr hоw muсh уоu scrub, the ѕmеll ѕtауѕ рut. Thе оnlу аnѕwеr tо this ѕоlutіоn іѕ рrоfеѕѕіоnаl сlеаnіng with ‘misting’ оr ‘fogging’ арраrаtuѕ tо kill the odor.

fire damage 1When  fire engulfs аn area, water іѕ uѕuаllу brought іn tо tackle the blаzе and as a rеѕult уоu may hаvе to соре wіth the effects of wаtеr аnd damp as well аѕ fіrе аnd ѕmоkе. In the саѕе оf damp, a gооd de-humidifier wіll work miracles, especially іn an аrеа where wаѕhаblе wаllрареr has bееn recently ѕоаkеd. Ensure that you empty the dеhumіdіfіеr саnіѕtеr regularly and lеаvе it running until аll mоіѕturе has been rеmоvеd. A fаn on a high ѕеttіng wіll аlѕо dry оut dаmр іtеmѕ.

For dеlісаtе fаbrісѕ that саnnоt bе scrubbed, a mіld solution оf water and bісаrbоnаtе оf ѕоdа wіll еlіmіnаtе nasty ѕmеllѕ аnd a gооd airing out оf doors will hеlр the mаtеrіаl deodorize.

There аrе сеrtаіn сhеmісаlѕ used bу professional сlеаnіng companies that counteract ѕmоkе odors and dеоdоrіzе an аrеа рrіоr to сlеаnіng. For еxtеnѕіvе smoke dаmаgе, it is рrоbаblу a gооd іdеа to contract the рrоfеѕѕіоnаlѕ to аt lеаѕt dеоdоrіzе bеfоrе tасklіng thе сlеаnіng уоurѕеlf with TSP ((trisodium phosphate сlеаnеr) оr оthеr proprietary сlеаnіng agents.

A numbеr of methods may bе employed tо rеmоvе odor after a fire аnd some орt fоr сrуѕtаl treatment, where сrуѕtаlѕ аrе placed throughout the home and аbѕоrb оdоr. However, сеrtаіnlу the most еffесtіvе mеthоd іѕ оzоnе rеѕtоrаtіоn which еlіmіnаtеѕ ѕmоkе еffесtѕ, іnсludіng оdоr, соmрlеtеlу аnd permanently.

For more information about fire and smoke restoration services in Indiana:

Indianapolis Restoration Pros
8520 Allison Pointe Blvd #245
Indianapolis 46250 IN
(317) 602-1106

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The Basics On Installing Gutters

Installing gutters is an essential step to protecting your home from the damaging effects that water, ice, and snow can produce. They are not simply a nice looking accessory. When they are installed properly they will catch all the water that runs off of your roof and channel it away from your home and its foundation. If you have been wondering how to install gutters on your home, this article will provide you with some basic instructions. However, if you have had little experience in this area it is a job that is probably best left to the professionals.

The first step to installing gutters is to take a careful look at your home and determine how it would be best to drain the water. The water must be drained to a location where it will be channeled away from your home and its foundation. Next, measure along your roof and determine how many sections of gutter you will need; they typically come in sections that are 10 feet long. You can use these measurements to create a layout plan that will include how many of each component you will need. These include elbows, corners, drop outlets, and end pieces.

Close Up Of Man Replacing Guttering On Exterior Of HouseWhen installing rain gutters, you should typically begin at the end of your roof, away from where you have planned to install your downspout. From here, measure down a half inch from the edge and mark it off. Now move to the location where you will be putting the downspout and mark it off at a half inch under the roof’s edge. It is important that you make sure these two marks are equal to each other by using a string level. You will also have to calculate the slope necessary so that the water will flow into the gutters and then into the downspout.

The next step to installing gutters is to make a chalk line from the lower mark at the downspout end to the mark you made at the opposite end of the roof. This will give you a reference mark to follow. After these preliminary steps have been taken, you can begin to install the different components of your gutter system. It is recommended that you use a power drill outfitted with a screwdriver bit in order to help the job go faster and easier.

Once you have finished installing gutters, it is recommended that you run a bead of caulk between the different sections so they will not be likely to leak. Mounting brackets should also be used in order to attach the downspout to the side of your home. Because you will be up high on a ladder during installation, always be sure that you are careful.

Hopefully you now understand how to install rain gutters and will be successful when you attempt to do so.

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Control Your Temperature With Spray Foam Insulation

Spray foam insulation stops condensation and energy loss. A type of spray foam called class O spray foam is a flexible, closed cell, elastomeric at the same time it is nitrite rubber insulation.

Prevent controlled temperature energy exchange between the pipeline and the environment is particularly important in the case of high heat conductive, such as pipes or solar heating installation. The very large temperature difference, which often occurs between the heat pipe and its surroundings causes the acoustic insulation can be very annoying.

Closed_Cell_Spray_Foam_Insulation_In_WallThe corresponding delay must not only possess adequate tolerance to low temperature coefficient of thermal conductivity, but also high. spray foam insulation responds perfectly to these conditions, while maintaining the simplicity of installation.

Being that HT spray foam S is flexible and resistant to high temperature, this insulation is designed for outdoor use and high temperature. Its wide range of temperature tolerance of -50 to 150 degrees Celsius can be used even at a very hot temperature, such as installing solar power or steam. In this way we guarantee that no damage to the insulation and maintain a very good performance, even with large temperature fluctuations.

At the same time this foam insulation retains excellent insulation properties required for such systems – the thermal conductivity of the insulation is to HT / spray foam S only 0.038 W / m * K (at 0 degrees Celsius), which was confirmed by testing accordance with ISO 8497th This lets you keep the heat in place, minimizing energy losses that can occur during transport of hot water or heating medium.

For more information about spray foam insulation for your next home improvement project call the professionals in the Orlando area.

Spray Foam Pros
100 W. Lucerne Circle, #200
Orlando, FL 32801
(407) 499-8441

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Finding a Contractor For Your Remodeling

Are you getting ready for a renovation, kitchen upgrade, finished basement or some of those much needed repairs? Finding a good contractor is the first and most important step in your home improvement project.

The type of contractor you choose will depend largely on the type of work and size of the project you will be undertaking. Here are some examples that might help you in choosing the right contractor for your needs.

  • General Contractor – A general contractor is typically someone who manages the entire project which would include hiring and supervising subcontractors, obtaining proper permits and scheduling inspections.
    Specialty Contractor – This would be a contractor who specializes in a specific area like plumbing, electrical, remediation, tile, flooring etc. These would be the individuals you would hire for a kitchen remodel or to repair your foundation.
  • Architect – An architect is the one who designs homes, room additions and some major renovations that require structural changes to your home.
  • Design / Build Contractor or Designer – This is an individual who does the design as an architect and completes the actual work either as a general contractor or a specialty contractor.

Finding a contractor with a good ad online doesn’t guarantee a project completed on time, on budget and done right. A good referral doesn’t always guarantee a job well done but in most cases you can count on a referral.

image11Do your Research

Check online for reviews and ratings. Look specifically for any negative reviews and see how the contractor handled them. A bad review doesn’t necessarily mean that the contractor is bad….. look at the problem to see if the reviewer was fair and look to see if the contractor made an attempt to rectify the problem

Check to see how long the company has been in business. Everyone has to start somewhere so keep in mind that a new company isn’t necessarily bad. Find out how much experience they have and ask for a list of satisfied customers that you can call and talk to about the quality of their work. An established company should be able to easily provide you with a list of happy customer and lots of before and after pictures.

Check their qualifications. Most states will require contractors to be licensed and some will also require bonding. Your local building department will be able to provide you information about the license requirements in your area. Obtaining a license varies by State, some will require an extensive qualification process while other States require a simple registration. Get the contractor’s license number and check to make sure it is current and not expired or in default.

Along with qualifications you want to make sure that your contractor is carrying proper insurance coverage’s. Contractors should have personal liability insurance, workers comp insurance and property damage insurance. It is okay to ask for copies of their insurance certificates and you want to make sure that they are current. If the contractor’s insurance has lapsed you could be responsible for any injuries or damages that occur while working on the project.

Get Estimates

You’ll want to get written estimates from more than one company but you aren’t necessarily looking for the lowest price. Ask questions so that you understand why there is a difference in price. Once you have decided on the contractor you want to hire for your project, make sure you have a written contract. Not all States require a written contract but you should always ask for one. The contract should include the cost of the project, who will do the work, what they will be doing, when they plan to start and finish and what they will be doing.

Last Thoughts

Keep a copy of all the paperwork related to this project in one easy to find place. This would include the contract, copies of the license and insurance, change orders, payment receipts etc. You’ll want the receipts for tax purposes. Don’t make your final payment or sign a final release until your satisfied with the project. If subcontractors were involved, you’ll want to make sure they have been paid before you release your final payment. In some states the subcontractors can place a mechanics lien on your home. You can protect yourself by asking the contractor and all the subcontractors for a lien waver or lien release.

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