There’s nothing cozier in the wintertime than cuddling up with a good book, a cup of chamomile tea, and basking in the warmth of your fireplace or wood stove. As soothing as this scenario sounds, unfortunately fireplaces and wood stoves are some of the most common causes of winter fires. American Restoration Water & Fire LLC has compiled some tips on how to avoid potential dangers and protect your family, while still getting the most out of this winter time tradition.
It’s 2 am and you’re sound asleep when suddenly you’re awakened by the unwelcome shrill sound of your fire alarm. Half asleep, yet running on adrenaline, you inhale smoke and know you need to get out of the house! In this situation, when you need to think and act fast, would you and your family know what to do? American Restoration Water & Fire, LLC recommends having an emergency fire escape plan. It can save your life!
According to the EPA, indoor air pollutants can be anywhere from two to five times more toxic than our outdoor environment. These toxins can be harmful to your health and to your family’s health. American Restoration cares about your well-being. We want you to know the sources of those pollutants, and ways you can protect yourself:
Although they’re gorgeous, icicles may signal an underlying problem with your roofing. Icicles are generally caused by melting snow, and, often snow melts because of poor insulation and ventilation in your home beneath your roof. If left unaddressed, the same conditions that produce icicles can lead to the development of ice dams – thick ridges of solid ice that build up along the edge of your roof.
As the weather changes – and consequently our behavior – with the season, so does the frequency and severity of house fires. At American Restoration, this time every year, we get an increased number of calls for fire damage restoration. What’s causing these winter fires?
Most fires happen during the holidays. From 2005 to 2009, there were an average of 373,900 house fires each year, resulting in thousands of injuries and over $7 billion in property damage. Almost half of those fires occurred during the cooler months from November through March. And over half of house fire fatalities took place during those months.
Heavy downpours and high winds can cause flooding, even in New Mexico. The professionals at American Restoration respond to dozens of flood calls throughout the state every year. American Restoration knows that your roof is your best defense against water infiltration in your home. Don’t let flooding ruin your personal belongings, damage your home’s foundation, structure or interior. Don’t let it displace you from your home. Keeping your roof in good repair is simple, effective, and it can save you a lot of money.
At American Restoration, we often help people restore their homes in the wake of flood damage. Seeking out the help of a professional when dealing with water damage is essential because as certified water damage restorers, we know how to prevent the growth of toxic mold, and we know what signs to look for to identify existing mold growth. Mold is more likely to occur in a home that has experienced previous water damage.
When a major electrical fire struck their home, the Blackwells knew just who to call – the professionals at American Restoration Water & Fire, LLC. After the fire was put out, our technicians put up temporary plywood boards over the doors and windows to protect the property until it was ready to be reconstructed. The Pack In & Pack Out team gathered the salvageable contents of the home and placed them safely in storage. Any item that had incurred smoke damage had to be specially cleaned.
The Certified Technicians and Team Members at American Restoration want to commend one of our top performers, Luis. Luis was hired in January of 2015 as a laborer in our Pack In & Pack Out department. He is responsible for cleaning clients’ homes and packing their up belongings for safe keeping while their water or fire damaged home can be assessed and recovered. Luis has since been promoted to one of our lead Water and Fire technicians.
The worst part about a flood is the flood cleanup and water damage to a property. Fortunately, there are water damage restoration companies to assist in the cleanup. American Restoration is here to help you mitigate the damage caused by water either from natural floods, broken pipes, or another accident.