Smoke And Fire Clean Up
The complexity of property loss or destruction due to fire damage is due to the unique behavior of smoke. A certified smoke damage professional should survey the loss site to determine the extent to which smoke, fire, moisture, and heat impacted the building contents and materials.
Experienced smoke damage restoration professionals know that areas seemingly unaffected by smoke damage are still a danger to homeowners. Smoke can penetrate within cavities of the contents and structure, causing hidden odors and damage. Fire restoration professionals have the knowledge of building systems that helps them while investigating how far fire and smoke damage may have spread. We provide 24/7 Emergency Smoke damage service.
- Smoke damage
- Content and Structure Cleaning
- Air Duct Cleaning
- Upholstery and Carpet Cleaning
- Structural/Decorator Surfaces Restoration
- Blind and Drapery Cleaning
- Interior and Exterior Painting
- Wallpaper Restoration
- Air Scrubbing H.E.P.A. Capabilities
- Guaranteed Odor Elimination
Smoke odors from a fire can remain on contents, building materials, walls, and floors. Sometimes the smoke smell may even remain in heating, cooling and plumbing systems. Soot can stain carpets, draperies and other fabrics.
It’s important to have a professional remove the smoke smell, and char or ash. If not done properly, the smoke odor can return. We are IICRC certified for our all disaster restoration services, which includes smoke damage restoration.
Emergency Flood Cleanup team is highly trained and experienced. We use state-of-the-art techniques and procedures to completely remove smoke and soot, and protect the areas not affected.
We will work directly with your insurance provider to help you with the smoke damage claim. Fire and soot related disasters occur without warning, disrupting your home or business and turning your life upside down. The first steps you take could mean the difference between saving valuable possessions and losing them. It can make the difference between a small cleanup and a more costly and time consuming restoration.
Trust us to help you get your life back to normal as quickly as possible. Your job might require reconstruction or just some degree of cleaning restoration. We handle jobs of all sizes from a small furnace puff back that blows soot into your living areas to a large fire that requires demolition and/or reconstruction.
Our professionals at Emergency Flood Cleanup are experts in understanding the chemical combinations that can effectively clean and salvage your home and personal belongings. Make us your first call to getting yourself through this traumatic process. We will help you navigate the insurance companies’ requirements as well as explaining the steps that we will take to help you through the restoration process.
We are on several major insurance companies “Preferred providers program”, which guarantees you a professional company with the experience to work with you and your insurance adjuster every step of the way and that you are using a company that is licensed, insured and have met the strict qualifications that are required to become a preferred vender. Our service is designed to minimize the professional burden for the insurance adjusters, along with the personal and emotional trauma for the homeowners who have suffered the loss.
How to Prevent Your Fire Sprinkler System from Freezing
You never know when temperatures are going to plummet, so it’s important to make sure that the pipes in your home’s fire sprinkler system are ready for freezing weather.
Getting caught off guard can result in a soggy mess that calls for immediate cleanup and water damage repair. The more you know, the better prepared you are to prevent your fire sprinkler pipes from freezing.
More and more, municipalities are requiring the installation of fire sprinkler systems in new homes. Every year, approximately 3,000 lives are lost due to residential fires. According to the NFPA, a well-maintained sprinkler system reduces the chance of house fire fatalities by 80 percent, and it also cuts the dollar value of property losses due to fire by 70 percent.
As homeowners rely more and more on these life-saving networks, they also face the possibility of flooding caused by sprinkler pipes that freeze during the winter. Sprinkler system repair and water damage restoration costs can run into thousands of dollars.
Frozen Water in Closed Systems
You know how water expands in an ice cube tray when it freezes. Imagine that same process happening inside the pipes that network through your fire sprinkler system. Freezing water increases in volume by almost 10 percent putting enormous pressure on pipes, fittings and sprinkler heads.
Most home sprinklers are built with back flow preventers and check valves that keep pipe water separate from your home’s water supply. This forms a closed system with no room for extra volume or pressure.
Frozen water inside sprinkler pipes shuts the system down and prevents it from operating properly in case of a fire. As pressure increases, pipes eventually burst, and this often occurs in an area of the network that isn’t frozen.
If freezing water cracks a sprinkler head, the fitting doesn’t begin to leak until the water thaws. A typical fire sprinkler system rupture can flood as much as 500 gallons of water through your home in less than 15 minutes.
5 Simple Steps to Protect Sprinkler Pipes
Most homeowners don’t realize that the water in a fire sprinkler system is prone to freezing because it doesn’t move. However, you can protect sprinkler pipes from winter cold and avoid the property damage that results from bursts and leaks.
We recommend these five simple steps to prevent your fire sprinkler pipes from freezing:
- Check and insulate sprinkler pipes in unheated areas like attics and basements.
- Keep the house warm so that pipes in walls aren’t subjected to cold temperatures.
- Make sure that your home’s exterior is sealed up tight against freezing weather.
- Have a professional inspect and service the fire sprinkler system once a year.
- Consider installing water flow and freeze alarms that alert you to potential problems.
We enjoy sharing strategies that help protect your property and family from winter’s worst, and we’re here for you 24/7. If you should need professional water damage restoration in Glendale or the suburbs, you can always depend on us here at Emergency Flood Cleanup.