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Fire Restoration–After Fire Checklist

Over the last couple of weeks, we have started several fire restoration projects in and around Raleigh. The size and the causes of the fires ranged in scale but we approach each fire loss with the same goal in mind…to work with the homeowner to make sure their property looks just as good, if not better, than it did before the damage was done. We also know that suffering a fire to your home is devastating and overwhelming, so we work to get homeowners back in their homes as quickly as possible while making sure the repairs are done correctly.

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Water Damage—Sewage Back Ups

Sewage backups (also known as black water) in the home are never fun and can be very unpleasant. How much do you really know about black water?

The IICRC lists the following basic principles homeowners should know about sewage backups:

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Flood Safety

The flood images from Mississippi and Louisiana after Hurricane Isaac are heart wrenching. So many people with catastrophic water damage to their homes, stranded, everything lost. These images are all too familiar. We saw it along the NC coast as recently as last year when Hurricane Irene caused flooding to a good portion of our coastal areas. Storm surges are often the blame for coastal flooding following a hurricane, but areas inland can also experience flood damage caused by hurricanes or other rain storms. Do you know what to do if faced with a flood threat

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Interesting Hurricane Facts

Australians call hurricanes willy-willies, we along the Atlantic Coast refer to hurricanes as trouble. Hurricanes that make landfall or brush up to the coast bring strong winds, heavy rains, flooding, possible tornadoes and can cause major wind and water damage to homes and other structures as well as erosion along the coastline. Even if you haven’t lived through a hurricane first hand, we all saw what the destruction Hurricane Katrina caused in New Orleans, so today’s blog will give interesting facts* on hurricanes instead of the destruction they cause.

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Leaky Roof

Scattered afternoon showers and thunderstorms…we see and hear these words quite frequently during the summer months from our local weather here in the South. While the rain is certainly welcomed to provide relief on hot days and to our dry yards and crops, sometimes the rain causes havoc to our homes and roofs causing water damage to the interior of our homes.

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Fire Safety–Fireworks

When I think about the 4th of July, many different things come to mind…Independence, homemade ice cream, cookouts, watermelon, apple pie, baseball and my favorite—Fireworks! As we all prepare for our 4th of July celebrations, spending time with our friends and families, let’s remember to be safe around fireworks.

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Grease Fire

Grease fires are extremely dangerous and because they burn very hot, they can spread quickly to cabinets and other flammable areas of the kitchen causing significant fire damage. While household ABC fire extinguishers are good at putting out most fires in the home, they are not recommended for putting out grease fires. Here are some tips for extinguishing grease fires:

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Cleaning—The Ultrasonic Cleaning Way

Last November, PHC started using Ultrasonic equipment to clean contents from both fire and water damage restoration projects. Ultrasonic cleaning uses high frequency sound waves through water to remove smoke residue, mold, heat scale, oxides and even microscopic dust and soot from tiny crevices that are unreachable by hand. The use of this equipment now makes it possible for us to clean items that were once considered unable to be cleaned and that would have been thrown away.

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Wildfire Burning

The wildfire burning in the Croatan National Forest along the coast of North Carolina is the inspiration for today’s blog. The fire broke out over the weekend and has now burned over 22,000 acres. The US Forest Service stated that the fire started when a prescribed burn got out of control. So far, no injuries or property damage have occurred and the containment lines seem to be holding.

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