Fire Smoke

How to Get Rid of Fire Smoke Smell

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Fires cause very serious structural damage, and the byproducts of a fire like smoke and soot can burn and tarnish various surfaces and materials. After waiting through an extensive fire damage restoration process and getting your home back, the last thing you need is to return to a home with strong smoke odors. In most cases, it is best to have a professional provide deodorization services to eliminate smoke odor. However, there are some steps you can take to help get rid of the smoke smell in your home.

The Advantages of an Estate Cleaning Service

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In the aftermath of a death, whether expected or not, there are many tasks that must be handled almost immediately. It seems like there isn’t enough time to do everything, and emotions are often very raw. Hiring an estate cleaning service takes some of the stress out of an already overly emotional situation. Here are a few of the advantages of hiring an estate cleaning service to handle the job and make things easier on everyone.

Hoarding Cleaning in Palo Alto CA

How to Confront Someone with Hoarding Issues

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Those who struggle with hoarding will feel like they are losing control if other people are removing items from the home. It is extremely important to approach hoarders with a sense of compassion and respect, and ensure that they have control over the cleaning process.
The following tips will help you effectively confront a hoarder and help them clean their home to restore safe and sanitary living conditions.

mold allergy

Common Triggers of Asthma: Are They in your Breathing Air?

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With Memorial Day Weekend quickly approaching, we are in the full swing of allergy season. All types of allergens are floating through the air both outside and within your home that can cause a range of allergic reactions. If you have asthma, the spring can be an especially difficult time because many common spring allergens are asthma triggers.

4 Qualities of a Reliable Disaster Restoration Company

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Many disasters, whether natural or otherwise, do not occur with any rhyme or reason and they can happen at virtually any moment.  Very few disasters, with the exception of major storms that are tracked by meteorologists, give you fair warning to prepare and prevent damage.  Your basement may flood overnight from a burst pipe or leak, and a fire can …

flooded homes

Am I in a Flood Zone?

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Knowing whether you’re in a hazardous flood zone or not will help you determine how likely you are to experience flood damage to your home or business and what kind of flood insurance coverage you need. The more information you have, the better prepared you’re going to be in the unfortunate event of a disaster.

apartment building fire

Fire Safety Tips for Apartment Buildings

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All homeowners are advised to create and practice fire escape plans with their family so that everyone knows where they can evacuate safely if a fire does occur.  While homes generally offer many potential escape routes in an emergency, apartments generally do not.  What are people who live in apartments supposed to do if a fire breaks out in their …

Flood Damage Restoration in Cupertino, CA

Flood Preparation Tips to Protect Your Home

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As many people in the San Francisco area know, flooding can happen anywhere at any time of year and it can cause considerable property damage if your home is not prepared.  Home flooding causes extensive water damage to the structural elements of your home as well as your furnishings and personal belongings, and it can also lead to mold growth.  …

holiday season

Save Money this Holiday Season

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One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions is saving money. And with January being one of the coldest months of the year, you are likely to spend extra on heating your home. Use these tips to save money this holiday season + GO LOCAL, SHOP LOCAL.

mold remediation

Roof Leaks and Mold: How Slow Water Damage Can Build Up

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You can’t imagine a small drop of water causing any harm, can you? But what about thousands of water drops? If it finds a way into your home, water will easily penetrate all the porous materials in the property and may cause severe structural damage and mold growth long before you become aware of the problem. So, even a very …