Electrical Fire Damage In Raleigh, NC
If you are in Raleigh or a neighboring city such as Apex, Cary, or Durham and you have electrical/fire damage please feel free to give us a call at our 24-hour emergency hotline. We are locally owned and operated and we’re the fire damage experts. To see why else we’re the best choice, feel free to visit our detailed page: fire damage restoration service.
Although many strides have been made to prevent electrical fires, they still happen far too often.
Electrical fires are typically caused by faulty wiring, overloading a plug with too many devices, washers, dryers, fans and either portable or stationary heaters.
Between 2007 and 2011, American fire departments responded to an average of 22,410 annual home electrical fires.
There are many basic safety tips to avoiding an electrical fire.
First, don’t overload your plugs. You’re just asking for trouble.
Make sure to monitor your house for shorts and other issues. Some problems are easily fixable but can cause disaster if left alone.
This falls under the category of basic maintenance, and you can put cleaning your dryer’s vent there too.
Dryer lint can build up in your vent and when you restrict air flow with a flammable mass and then push hot air through it, you could have a very serious problem.
Over time fans will run down and eventually will burn out. These could spark a fire as well.
You also have to be very, very careful about space heaters.
If you use one, be very careful to give it plenty of room for ventilation. Don’t take your clothes off and leave them next to it and don’t leave paper about. These are even hotter than a dryer and will spark a fire in a very big hurry.
If you do have an electrical fire, it’s not one you should put out with water. If the electricity is still flowing you’re liable to electrocute yourself and that would ruin the rest of your day but good.
If possible use a fire extinguisher instead.
If an electrical fire does occur, it can do damage in all sorts of places. Fire and smoke can damage your home obviously and if you have a sprinkler system, you can toss water damage on the list as well.
Since electricity is wired before the walls are finished, you could have damage on the backside of your sheetrock and on your beams where the wires are mounted as well.
Obviously you should do whatever you can to prevent an electrical fire, but unfortunately, they do sometimes happen. And that’s where we come in.
We can help repair the damage from an electrical fire. We can fix sheetrocks, floors, smoke damage and flood damage. We have also licensed contractors and can fix any problem you have. We can even help you with the insurance company.
Call us today at 919-467-1991!
Water Damage From Plumbing Leaks in Cary NC
If you are in Cary or a neighboring city such as Apex, Raleigh, or Durham and you have water damage from a plumbing leak please free to give us a call at our 24-hour emergency hotline. We are locally owned and operated and we’re the flood damage experts. To see why else we’re the best choice, feel free to visit our detailed water damage and restoration page.
Many things can cause leaks in your plumbing, which can increase your water bill or do property damage, but there are some particular culprits to look at first.
- Water Heaters. Unfortunately, they get old and wear out like anything else. Water heaters are susceptible to rust, sediment and mineral buildup, among other things. It can either clog your valves or ultimately rupture your tank.
- Drainage Pans. You have drainage pans, even if you don’t think about it, in your heating, ventilation and air conditioning, and some have to be drained manually. You should check them on a regular basis.
- Clogs in Toilets and Drains. Everyone has experienced this from time to time. Things fall down your drains, whether hair, food or simply toothpaste. Over time it adds up. Eventually, they can back up and even overflow.
- Shifting or Deteriorating Pipes. No matter what type of pipes you put in, over time they wear out. And that’s true for your house as well. Over time it shifts, moves and settles, and this affects your pipes.
These can be very small leaks or large ones, but over time, water can break things down. Just look at the Grand Canyon.
Your time frame is shorter, but your material isn’t as hard, either. Sheetrock, wood and cinder block can all break down if it gets and stays wet.
What Do I Do After A Plumbing Leak Damages My Home?
Getting your house back may involve several things, including but not necessarily limited to:
- Working with your insurance company.
- Removing your damaged possessions
- Water extraction
- Dehumidifying and drying
- Odor removal
- Repair and restoration
If you live in Cary or Durham, North Carolina, or the surrounding area, we can help! We can get a crew to you quickly. We can help you with the insurance company. Aside from removing the water, we can assess any further structural damage and repair it quickly.
Smoke Damage From Fireplace
If you are in Raleigh or a neighboring city such as Apex, Cary, or Durham and you have smoke damage from a fireplace please feel free to give us a call at our 24-hour emergency hotline. We are locally owned and operated and we’re the fire damage experts. To see why else we’re the best choice, feel free to visit our detailed page: fire damage restoration service.
The best way to prevent smoke damage from your fireplace is to simply make sure that it is clean and venting correctly.
Assuming that you actively use it, you should hire a chimney sweep periodically to get the soot and creosote out. You should also make sure that the damper is open when you do use it.
If you don’t do those things on the front end, you may get smoke damage on the back. Worse, it may take awhile to realize that it’s happening.
When it does, whether it’s a slow buildup or a rapid one, you’ll want to fix it right away.
If the smoke damage is heavy you’ll need to clear your possessions from the room where the fireplace is and possibly other rooms as well. We can take your belongings back to our facility and see what can be salvaged.
Once the house is empty, we can fully assess the damage. At a minimum, your walls will have to be cleaned and repainted.
However, depending on the level of damage, we may also have to delve into carpentry and electric work.
One of the real problems with smoke is the residual smell.
Chances are the carpet – if you have carpet – will have to be pulled and replaced. And if you have bare floors, they will have to be resealed as well.
Of course, all of this will be pointless if the chimney is not dealt with as well because it will just happen again. So the chimney has to be cleaned from top to bottom. The damper too – it will have soot and creosote covering it and will be difficult to open and close.
Although we mentioned it last, this will be one of the first things to be done so that soot won’t be spilled or tracked in your newly renovated room.
We will also help you to work with your insurance company so that the restoration can move forward as quickly and painlessly as possible.
Any damage to your home is traumatic and unpleasant but we will do our best to fix it as quickly and thoroughly as possible. If you have a problem with smoke damage from your chimney, give us a call today! We can help.