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Don’t Let A Fire Ruin Your Thanksgiving!

Posted by on Nov 22, 2010 in Fire Damage | Comments Off on Don’t Let A Fire Ruin Your Thanksgiving!

Holiday Fire Safety Thanksgiving remains the leading day for cooking fires, with three times as many cooking fires as an average day. That’s according to statistics by the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), which also found that cooking equipment fires are still the leading cause of U.S. home fires and fire injuries, and the third leading cause of fire deaths. On Thanksgiving 2008, U.S. fire departments responded to 1,300 home cooking fires compared to 420 such fires on an average day. According to NFPA, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated annual average of 154,700 home structure fires involving cooking equipment between 2004 and 2008. These fires caused an average of 460 civilian deaths, 4,850 reported civilian fire injuries, and $724 million in direct property damage. Overall, these incidents accounted for two of every five (41%) reported home fires, 17% of home fire deaths, more than one-third (37%) of home fire injuries, and 11% of the direct property damage resulting from home fires. Three of every five people (59%) injured in a cooking fire were hurt when they tried to fight the fire themselves Thanksgiving is a holiday of feasting, but it’s also a day of intense cooking, when stove tops and ovens are working overtime. These culinary activities bring an increased risk of fire particularly when people are trying to prepare several dishes while entertaining friends and family. Unattended cooking was by far the leading contributing factor in cooking equipment fires. Ranges or cook tops were involved in the majority (59%) of home cooking fire incidents; ovens accounted for 16%. Clothing was the item first ignited in less than 1% of these fires, but these incidents accounted 15% of the cooking fire deaths. Done Right would like to urge Minnesota homeowners to use caution when preparing your Thanksgiving dinner this year. Have A Safe & Happy...

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Water Damage Repair and Restoration MN

Posted by on Nov 12, 2010 in Water Damage Repair, Water Damage Restoration | Comments Off on Water Damage Repair and Restoration MN

When It Comes To Water Damage, What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You! Water damage is one of the most common homeowner’s insurance claims in the country. Most water damages are caused due to burst pipes, leaky appliances and flooded basements. These occurrences often lead people to discover the details of their home insurance policies. Water damage can result in increased insurance rates, decreased resale value of home and property, and even health issues for years to come if not properly – and promptly – repaired. Learn how to protect yourself and your family from water related damage with these quick tips: §  React Fast. Time is of the essence. When water damage takes place it is imperative to contact a Minnesota water damage repair and restoration company as soon as possible. Don’t wait until the next morning – search for providers that offer 24/7 support! Mold and mildew can begin growing within 24 to 48 hours! Thus prompt action is important following a water-related disaster or accident. The speed with which you take action to begin the water damage restoration process will determine how much can be salvaged. §  Remove. Until all the water is extracted and the humidity levels returned to normal, it may be necessary to remove furniture and other items from the area even if they aren’t in direct contact with the water. High humidity and general unsanitary conditions may contaminate other items. Work with a reputable Minnesota water damage repair service that provides water extraction, sewage clean-ups, crawl space drying, structural drying, basement drying, dehumidification, odor control, sanitization, disinfecting, carpet cleaning, debris removal, emergency board-ups and mold remediation. §  Report. Extensive water related damages often require the financial support of insurance – after all, that is what insurance is for. Don’t risk the health and security of your family and investments by trying to do it yourself; instead, locate a reputable water damage and restoration company that works with insurance to help you begin the process of restoring your property. §  Renew. Sometimes it is necessary to eliminate contaminated items – especially if the water damage is due to sewage overflow, flood waters or other potentially harmful water sources. The rule of thumb is “if in doubt – throw it out”. A qualified water restoration expert can assist in providing valuable information on whether or not your belongings are safe to keep and capable of being cleaned. §  Review. Water damage can impact the entire home including air quality, drywall, upholstery and even hardwood flooring. Save time and money by dealing with a company capable of providing the services you need. When searching for a Minnesota water damage repair company, consider a full service company that provides carpet and  upholstery cleaning, duct cleaning, all with just one call. It saves valuable time and money so you can get your home – and life- back to...

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Restoring Your Home From Water Damage

Posted by on Nov 11, 2010 in Water Damage Repair, Water Damage Restoration | Comments Off on Restoring Your Home From Water Damage

Water Damage Restoration Water damage can have serious consequences. If you have ever experienced a major loss – you know that the days and weeks following can be filled with confusion, uncertainty and a seemingly endless number of responsibilities that make it difficult to focus on your home or business ‘getting back to business’. When your home suffers from storm damage, sewage damage, or clean water damage, immediate action is required to remove the water and minimize the damage and loss. The key in water removal and restoration is not to try and do it yourself. Water damage restoration is a serious undertaking and not to be taken lightly. If not done properly, by appropriately skilled and experienced, water removal restoration experts, you could at the least fail to fix the problem, and at worst cause greater damage than there was to begin with and suffer greater losses. Whether the water damage you suffer is clean water from broken water lines, rain water or storm damage, or sewage damage, the best thing you can do for yourself as a homeowner is hire a professional water damage repair and restoration service to handle it for you. Most damage is divided into three main categories: Water , under the IICRC’s S-500 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration, has been broken off into three categories. These categories are based upon the level of contamination present, or presumed present, in the source water. Category 1 is water from a clean or sanitary source. Previously known as clear water, this descriptor has since been removed to reduce confusion. These can include water from broken clean water supply lines; clean water from toilet tank or bowl; faucets; and bottled water. Although the source may be from a clean source, category 1 water can quickly degrade into category 2 or 3 depending upon such factors as time and contact with contaminants. Category 2 is water with some level of contaminants that could cause discomfort or illness if ingested. Previously known as grey water, this descriptor has since been removed to avoid confusion. Sources for category 2 water may include washing machine overflow; toilet overflow with some urine, but no feces; dishwasher overflow. Category 2 water can quickly degrade into category 3 depending upon such factors as time and contact with contaminants. Category 3 water is grossly unsanitary, and could cause severe illness or death if ingested. Previously known as black water, this descriptor has since been removed to avoid confusion. Sources for category 3 water include, but are not limited to, sewage; flooding from rivers or streams; water from beyond the toilet trap; water from the toilet bowl with feces; and standing water that has begun to support microbial growth. Whatever the cause and type of water damage, nowhere does the term “the right tool for the job” as much, meaning that a thorough and complete job requires the right equipment. Renting this equipment yourself could be prohibitively expensive, not to mention the steep learning curve in using it. Water damage restoration experts, by contrast, have all the right equipment for the job, and they know how to use it. Different removal methods and measures are used depending on the category of water. Contacting a certified professional water damage restoration specialist is often...

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