2017 Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest County – Event

We're all about giving back to the community and helping out our local business in any way we can.

We attended the 2017 Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest County event ( OKR 2017 60's Motown Gala & Fundraiser) and were the largest single contributor to the boys and girls club! We're a big supporter of the Boy's and Girl's club and what they do for our community and our kids.

If there is an opportunity for us to help the community or help your business grow, we'd like to know! Please reach out and contact us!

 

All proceeds donated to the Boys & Girls Club of Southwest County
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What to do if you are experiencing a fire damage loss

The Fire Service may be gone but without proper immediate response, the real damage and impact to homes and business can linger for years. To get your residential or commercial property back to its pre-loss condition requires professional restoration services. This is not the job for a do-it-yourself property owner or a fly-by-night contractor. Smoke and odor restoration can be very complex and troublesome in ways only a certified restoration firm can handle. Long term Real-Estate records can flag properties in impacted areas and if  property owners cannot provide documented professional mitigation service records, the value of property can be adversely affected further increasing the devastating costs.  

 
In the wake of a fire that has covered homes with smoke and ash, it’s important to begin clean up as soon as possible in order to prevent permanent damage or discoloration from soot residue. A Certified restoration firm like superior restoration can assist in restoring all types of property. additionally, insurance company's are inundated with claims and a certified firm can provide the insurance carrier with proper industry specific documentation to assist the claims process effectively and timely. Superior Restoration sites the IICRC best practices below and can perform the following important clean up work:
 
  • Full assessment of the damage to impacted property, much of the effects of smoke and soot are not always visible, only the odor.
  • Ventilation of affected structures requires more than just box fans and open windows, this can further impact a home or business worsening the odor.
  • Clean from top to bottom. Start with the ceilings, walls and fixtures, and work your way down to the contents of the room, then to the floor utilizing chemical and soot sponges with proper solutions created specifically for the acidic resinous nature of soot and ash.
  • HEPA Vacuum floors and upholstery, properly designed industrial vacuum's contain contaminated soot and ash so they are not exhausted back into the air.
  • Some draperies, clothing and machine-washable items may be specially laundered using a mild alkaline cleaner to neutralize the acid in the soot. Fine clothing should be dry cleaned by a fire restoration certified dry cleaner. The local dry cleaning shop does not have the equipment or expertise to clean clothing items safely and effectively.
  • Most exterior walls (brick, stone, wood, paint, siding) and eaves can be cleaned by pressure spraying with an acid neutralizing detergent, agitating soot with a soft-bristled brush, pressure washing from bottom to top, then rinsing from top to bottom.
  • Check with your insurance company to see if smoke damage from outdoor sources is covered by your policy, a certified firm like Superior Restoration can assist with the claim process.
  • If the fire has warped or distorted structural elements of a building Superior Restoration, also a licensed General Contractor, can  asses the damage and perform repairs.
Professional restoration technicians know that damage increases and restoration costs escalate the longer neutralization, corrosion control and cleaning is delayed. When homeowners prolong the restoration of their home, they extend the effects brought on by the smoke exposure. The following is a timeline of the effects of fire and smoke on a home.

Within Minutes: Acid soot residues cause plastics to yellow; small appliances located close to the source of combustion discolor; highly porous materials (marble, alabaster) discolor permanently.

Within Hours: Acid residues stain grout in bathrooms; fiberglass bath fixtures may yellow; uncoated metals tarnish, counter tops may yellow; finishes on appliances, particularly refrigerators, may yellow; furniture finishes may discolor.

Within Days: In time, acid residues cause painted walls to yellow permanently; metal corrodes, pits and rusts; wood furniture requires refinishing; vinyl flooring requires refinishing or replace­ment; clothing becomes soot stained; upholstery stains permanently.

Within Weeks: Restoration costs escalate tremendously. Synthetic carpet fibers may yellow or discolor permanently; silver plate is corroded permanently; glass, crystal, china may require replacement due to severe etching and pitting caused by prolonged exposure to acid soot residues.

Cleaning up soot residue must be done as quickly as possible. During combustion, soot residue and volatile vapors are carried by rising and expanding air to surfaces throughout a structure, and are deposited. This process occurs repeatedly until combustion ends, with soot residue building up on surfaces layer by layer. By the time restoration technicians arrive, lacquer-like soot residue may be quite difficult to dissolve and remove.

In addition to removing residue, ridding your home of its smoky odor is necessary. Professionals use this four-step process to remove odors:

  • Remove the source of the odor, as possible, including unsalvageable debris that contributes to odor generation and recontamination of cleaned and deodorized areas.
  • Clean salvageable surfaces and items to physically remove odor-causing residue.
  • Chase remaining odor with an odor counteractant. In the case of smoke, create a deodorizing fog or gas that seeks out and combines with odor-causing substances.
  • Seal salvageable surfaces that are inaccessible or slightly scorched, not only for aesthetic purposes, but primarily to encapsulate odor and prevent progressive recontamination.

Understanding the effects of a fire can help homeowners evaluate the damage to their home. By learning more about residue clean-up and deodorization after a fire, you can minimize the need for costly repair. Fire and smoke restoration experts can help you return your home and furnishings to a “pre-loss” condition.

On Our Way To Texas!

Texas was hit hard this year during this hurricane season by Hurricane Harvey which left millions of people without homes, and their lives were torn apart. The aftermath of Hurricane Harvey is truly devasting, and being on-site of it all, has left us speechless.

 

Superior Restoration has mobilized from Southern CA. We have emergency services crews and a full complement of equipment to provide rapid-response damage mitigation for commercial or residential buildings in TX. We have a committed team behind us with the experience and compassion needed to make a difference

Call our 24/7 Dispatch Center at (888) 838-1109

Dishwashers, washing machines and water damage

Of all the appliances in your kitchen your dishwasher is often the most disappointing. Unless you have a new top of the line model you probably have the dishwasher that came with the house. Generally speaking leaves are serviceable machines but no Phoenix's. When a dishwasher is functioning properly it can save you a great deal of time and effort. Generally however, dishwashers seem to fail in their one and only task. After a long session of washing the dishes you open up the washer only to find that the dishes are by no means clean. What causes this?

One reason for dishes to come out of the dishwasher dirty is that the water that is being used to clean them is itself dirty. If your water is high in mineral content and you do not have a salt water filter then your dishes may be caked in a white powdery substance. These are harmless minerals found in the water being pumped to your home but it is not aesthetically pleasing. This can be cured by the purchase and installation of a saltwater filter system.

Dishwashers also have an unfortunate habit of overflowing, though this is usually due to human error. In a vain attempt to make your dishwasher perform the function for which it was intended you may put too much soap in it. After a very short while the dishwasher will start to foam up and the soap will escape, usually onto the kitchen floor. If not dealt with quickly this can lead to long-term water damage. Sometimes doing things the old-fashioned way, washing dishes by hand, is the right way to go.

One of the greatest potential sources of water damage in your home is a washing machine. Most people use them at least once a day sometimes more and when they stop working they can often start leaking. It's recommended that you replace your washing machine every 5 to 7 years though most people hang on to them for longer. A new model washing machine, with regular maintenance, can last quite a long time but for those older models it may be time to get rid of it. The parts begin to wear down and the pipes leading to and from the washing machine start erode to breakdown. Oftentimes the parts required to fix the washing machine cost nearly as much as a new one.

Another great way to prevent potential water damages to listen to what your washing machine is telling you. If you notice the parts are starting to wear down and something is not acting like it should it may be time to either replace apart or replace the unit. The possible damage from even a very small leak on a washing machine that is run every day can lead to gallons of water seeping out. Another thing to avoid is frequently moving the washer. If you are constantly moving it back and forth putting stress on the pipes leading from it to the wall they may start to crack.

An excellent way of preventing the pipes connected your washing machine from breaking down is to replace them with braided steel supply lines these are much less likely to fail over time. The key to preventing water damage when it comes to washing machine is constant vigilance.

Detect mold due to water damage in 6 easy steps

Mold is a tenacious Fungus. Given a chance it will find a place to grow in your home. Mold prefers dark moist places such as under the sinks and underneath showers. The trouble with mold though it sometimes it grows in unexpected places. Here are some tips to help you detect if mold is present in your home.

  1. seek out the mold
    Check for visible signs of mold growth. Molds may appear in colors such as gray, white, black, or green. Black mold, stachybotris, is especially dangerous. On no account touched the mold barehanded.
  1. Smell the mold
    A mildewy or moldy smell is a strong indication that mold is present. This will give you a general idea of whether mold is to be found.
  1. Flooding or Leaks
    If you experienced flooding or found a leak that has been there for some time, there is a strong possibility that you will have mold growth because mold thrives in moisture. If you discover slowly leaking pipe take steps to stop the leak.
  1. Humidity
    Generally when it’s cold, there is an excess of moisture. Excess humidity in the environment can cause mold growth.
  1. DIY Kit
    Use a Do It Yourself Kit to test for mold only after you have done a thorough visual investigation. If you do not fell comfortable doing this it is best to seek the advice of a professional.
  1. Hidden Mold
    Hidden molds are particularly hard to find. However, if you smell a stale mildewy odor or have allergic symptoms when close to a source with no visual mold, this may be a clue that there is a hidden mold source.
  1. Call For Assistance
    We strongly recommend that you hire a mold remediation company to determine if you have a mold issue. A simple air quality test can determine if you have mold by measuring the number of spores in your air.

If you are aware that you have a mold problem, then we recommend that you take steps to remediate your mold issue to avoid future health issues and further mold growth.

Dealing with water damage – The tips an tricks

When water damage cannot be prevented it must then be dealt with but the question remains, what you do now? Were wanted done with the source of the water and you've called in a water damage restoration company to do the work it's up to you to start the insurance claims process. Here are some helpful hints on how to deal with the water damage and to go about starting your claim.

  • As soon as you discovered standing will identify the source and deal with it as soon as possible. You will want shot of water to the affected area and move anything you do not want to damage.
  • If there are any items in a pathway that are likely not been damaged yet you want to move those as fast as possible.
  • Any items that have been sucked by the water you will want to remove this possible if not leave them in place.
  • After calling in a water damage restoration company you may want to try and remove the warm yourself using a vacuum cleaner that is designed to suck up water.
  • Once you've called the water damage restoration company you want to take pictures of everything! The more documentation you have asked what has been damaged the more likely you'll be able to claim for that damage and your claim will not be contested.
  • Keep receipts for any work performed and any costs that have been incurred by the water damage these will come into play later.
  • At this point will want to begin the claims process. Many people think start dealing with the claim when you found that there is water damage but it is much better to have a water damage dealt with first and then start the claims process. If you wait too long the damage will get worse and it will end up costing more.

Everything breaks down over time. Whether it is our bodies or the very house that we live in time is the great killer of all things. When it comes to appliances, hoses, pipes, conduits, sinks and all other plumbing apparatus in your home entropy spares none of this. It is a fact of the universe that order will descend into disorder if given enough time. Then comes the plumbing of your home how can you prevent its eventual decline? Follow these steps.

Sometimes the best thing you can do is replace the damaged item. If a pipe for example is damaged beyond repair the only thing you can do is replace it. When it comes to planning and the practical place is a poorly patched repair will cost you more than a replacement in the long run.

Sometimes you are able to repair the damaged item. In this case a well thought out and enacted repair may be able to deal with the issue perfectly well. A damaged pipe may be repaired and may serve you well for years to come.

Sometimes an item was damaged before by water and is now able to be restored to its former glory. In cases like this be sure you aren't taking on project that is doomed to failure. Sometimes you can restore wooden flooring that has been water damage and sometimes it is far too far-gone to be restored. Pick your battles well.

Water damage does not have to be the end. With careful planning and the relevant knowledge you can reverse or even eliminate the effects of water damage on your life.

Dealing with water damage – claims and companies

Unfortunately by the very nature water damage happens unexpectedly. Since water damage seemed like such a rare occurrence to us were not always prepared for it when it happens and we may not know where to begin when filling out an insurance claim. Here are a few key things to keep in mind.

  • You must endeavor to stay calm while filling out this insurance claim. You don't want to wait too long before you fill out the claim but because it is so important you do not want to rush it. Also the initial shock and horror of finding your house destroyed may cloud your judgment. It is much better to sleep on the idea and file a claim at a later date.
  • This is the time you want to review your coverage policy. You may have been under the impression that your home is covered for this type of damage or that type of damage but you're not sure. This is the time to talk to your agent and have him explain exactly what is covered and what is not and if you have the policy in front of you he can point out the salient details.
  • This is a very important point, record as much video and documentary evidence of the damage as possible. The more pictures you take, the more information you gather, the more likely you are to have everything that you need to be fixed completed. It also helps immensely if your insurance questions one of your claims. If you can present pictorial evidence they will find it hard to refute your claim.

There are people who when confronted with a difficult situation like flooding all water damage will instantly seek out the appropriate business to aid them in cleaning up. They make the call, provide the relevant information and wait patiently while a professional water damage restoration company brings their home or business act with full glory. This article was not written for those people.

This article was written for those who have a passion for doing it yourself. If you are the sort of person who believes that when you have a flooded basement all you need is a shop wet vacuum and enough do spare time to get the job done and you will have your basement back to the way it was in no time, this article was written for you.

If not dealt with properly the excess moisture from water damage can cause structural damage and of course mold growth. Dealing with water damage is no time to start cutting corners and time to do the work yourself. You may deal with the main issue, the water, but without the relevant knowledge of what to look for subsequent issues that water caused will haunt you.

Hiring a professional water damage remediation company is the best way to ensure that you receive the best possible solution to your problem. This company will ensure that the moisture content of the affected area will be dried to be established drying standard and not just that it looks right or feels dry. This will save you, the homeowner, a great deal of money on potential future repairs caused by excess moisture and the mold. Don't be a hero; your future peace of mind is at stake.

 

Counting the costs – water damage and your wallet

What many people don't realise why not spat the way restoration companies process services considerably different from other contractors. If you have ever received multiple feeds from various different contractors to do something in your home such as a kitchen remodelling you are well aware of just how big a range of prices those bits can come in at. It's not unusual for companies to come at three times or four times the price of other companies. Insurance companies as one would expect only want to pay as much as they need to an order to get your running again. Sometimes it pays you to shop around for the right order damage restoration company for you before you have water damage.

When dealing with a reputable water damage restoration company you will find a software to estimate the amount of money's claim. A technician can put you in all the things damaged write notes in this and find out what it will cost. A non- reputable water damage restoration company will simply quote you a price for the entire job regardless of its actual cost. What this means is that you will have difficulty making claims for individual items with your insurance company in the future. It is far better to have the right to people come in and do the job properly in the first place. When it comes to your home and water damage and especially your bank account it pays to choose right person from the get go.

As a homeowner, one of your main concerns is finding ways to minimise potential damage to your home. Proper home maintenance will deal with most issues before they arise but it is the unexpected issues that cause the worst damage. One of the worst of the unexpected source of issues is a sudden leak in your plumbing system. Sometimes your house will give you a warning and you will be able to deal with it before it becomes a major problem but more often leaks happen if unexpected times and in unexpected places. What can you do about this? One of the best things you can do is install leak sensors in your home.

Leek sensors take many forms that they function remains the same, to warn you of the leak in progress. One of the best things you can do is get the type of sensor that connects automatically to your home's main water shut off valve and when elite is happening it will automatically shut off the water to your home preventing as much damage as possible. You must also consider what type of sensor you need. If you are in your home that pretty much all the time you may only need a sensor that will warn you that a leak is happening rather than one that shuts off the water automatically. If however you are the sort of person who is away from home for long periods of time a warning alone will not help and you will need the sensor that switches off the water for you.

 

Broken Bathrooms: Water damage in the home

Of all the places in your home most likely to suffer water damage your bathroom is the top contender. You use your bathroom multiple times a day and gallons upon gallons of water flow through it every day. No part of your house contains more water at any one time then your bathtub. If your bathtub has sprung a leak that could lead to devastating water damage in the future and costly repairs.

Most bathtubs today are made out of fiberglass, plastic and other light and easily maneuverable materials. These materials are very easy for the builders to deal with but are quite flimsy when used every day. It is in no way difficult to crack bottom of a bath tub and even a very small crack can lead to a lot of leaking. Repairs can be made to bathtubs using such materials as Bondo but these are patch jobs. If you have any major water damage issues with your bathtub you should seek professional help.

One of the most easy ways for a bath tub to cause water damages for it to overflow. If you live in a house with people who have long hair it is very likely that their hair will eventually clog the drain leading from your bath tub. Clearing out the drain is an extremely nasty job that no one wants to do and if left alone for too long your bathtub will overflow if filled up. Many believe that Bath's running as they walk into another room to do something else and if you haven't cleaned out the drain it is known all surprising to come bath water and find the path flowing into the rest of the bathroom.

The fact is that most of us are at least a little oblivious to broken things in our home. Often they can be left broken for months and with something that wouldn't matter but we anything that carries water the potential for water damage can be disastrous. When it comes to the showerhead we may ignore the fact that water is spilling all over the place but the damage that is potentially going on behind the wall could be severe.

Over time the water accumulating on the drywall, tile and would cannot only be hazardous to your health is but can also cause you great distress. Any leak in your home will eventually lead to the accumulation of mold and mildew and if the damage is severe and often spread mold spores in the air. Most people believe that our bathrooms are built using water resistant materials but often that is just not the case. This often bathrooms are built with just standard drywall and therefore are highly susceptible to water and mold damage. Eventually if untreated water can eat through the grout and the sealant under your tile causing it cracked and break away.

These are cause extreme examples of what a broken showerhead can cause this but it is an example of how a small thing can lead to very big repairs. Don't leave the repair work for another day. The time and money that will be saved by repairing it now will far outweigh the cost and stress involved in a major repair later on.