Archive for March, 2012

Water Recovery Tips

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Water damage and bacteria growth can begin within hours after you experience a loss. To increase your chances of a complete recovery, call Monroe Restoration as soon as possible. In the meantime, there are a few things you can do to ensure a more successful restoration.

What to do:

  • Water damage and bacteria growth can begin within hours. Call Monroe Restoration immediately.
  • Remove as much water as possible by mopping and blotting.
  • Remove wet area rugs or other removable floor coverings. Do not attempt to start removing wall-to-wall carpet.
  • Lift draperies off the floor, loop through a coat hanger and place the hanger on the drapery rod.
  • Wipe furniture, prop up wet furniture cushions for even drying and place aluminum foil under furniture legs.
  • Move photos, paintings and art objects to a safe, dry location.
  • Do not remove books from shelves. Rather, pack them tightly to prevent warping of pages until a restoration professional can begin this specialized drying.
  • Open drawers, closet and cabinet doors to enhance drying.

What not to do:

  • Do not enter a room with standing water until electricity has been turned off.
  • Do not use a regular household vacuum to remove water.
  • Do not lift tacked-down carpet without professional help.
  • Do not use electrical appliances while on wet carpet or flooring.
  • Do not disturb visible mold.

Fire Recovery Tips

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Even after the fire is doused and the smoke cleared, time is of the essence. To increase your chances of a complete recovery, call Monroe Restoration as soon as possible. In the meantime, there are a few things you can do to ensure a more successful restoration.

What to do:

  • Corrosive byproducts from fire and smoke can cause irreversible etching in as few as 72 hours. Call Monroe Restoration immediately.
  • If the temperature is above 60 degrees, air out your home by opening windows and doors to reduce smoke odor.
  • Clean Formica, chrome, porcelain and aluminum fixtures to prevent permanent tarnishing or etching.
  • Change the air filter on your furnace it if uses forced hot air.
  • Tape damp cheesecloth over important documents to capture loose soot in the air.
  • Discard any open food packages.
  • If the electricity is off, clean out the refrigerator and leave doors propped open.
  • Send clothing with heavy smoke damage to a qualified restoration dry cleaner.

What not to do:

  • Do not touch anything. Oil from your hands can permeate upholstery, walls and woodwork, causing additional damage.
  • Do not wash walls. Incorrect cleaning could compound the soot residue.
  • Do not attempt to clean carpets or upholstered furniture.
  • Do not use electrical appliances until having them checked.
  • Do not use ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet.