Protect Your House From Water and Fire Damage with these Smart Devices

Water, fire or any type of disaster could happen any time and at times, you have no control over how they could bring damage to your property. Thankfully, smart technology has evolved over the years to help you protect your home.  There are smart home innovations that are designed to sense danger and notify you in short order before any uncertainties get worse.

They function using your WI-FI network connection and send you notifications of any danger to your phone. Install these devices to keep you, your family and your home safe and away from danger even when you are miles away.

 

  • Water Leak Detectors

 

Whether it is just a small water leak or a burst pipe, water can generate serious ample damage to your property. Water damage becomes severe if immediate action is not taken place. A water leak is often times overlooked as it does not make any noise. When water spread, it can damage the structure of your property and could give chances for mold to grow. Luckily, there are smart water leak detectors. Water leak detectors can beam real-time alerts to your phone the moment the leak is detected.

Water leak detectors are battery-powered leak devices that are placed to areas vulnerable to water leaks such as pipes, sump pumps, and appliances like washing machine, sinks, and toilets. Simply integrate this device with your smartphone to send you alerts for any suspected water disaster, whether you are at home or away. By this, you can act fast and prevent water damage. You can also equip your house with full flood monitoring system with automatic shut –off valves that you can remotely control.  

 

  • Smart Smoke Detectors

 

Smoke detectors have been developed over the years and have done a handful of actions to prevent any fire disaster.  The new smart smoke detectors do not just sound an alarm when it detects smoke but also send notifications to your smartphone. More than that, this device has the ability to detect problems of the unit itself such as a low battery.  Connecting this device to your security system allows you and even the Fire Department to get alerts of the incident. You can also integrate this device with a camera to see footage of fire or where and how the fire started. There are also models of smoke detectors that have a feature of detecting Carbon Monoxide.

 

  • Smart Heat Detectors

 

Just like smart smoke detectors, a heat detector is a device that is designed to send an alarm to prevent fire disaster. It can be linked to other heat detectors and smoke detectors. Let's say a heat detector in your kitchen detected a rise of temperature in the area, all the other heat detectors would get the signal and send an alarm.

Heat detectors can be classified in two ways, “rate-of-rise” and “fixed temperature”. Fixed temperature detectors send an alarm when the temperature reaches the pre-set level, while the rate-of-rise detectors send an alarm when there is a rapid increase in temperature. Most heat detectors can function in both ways.

 

  • Smart Batteries

 

Buying a new set of smart smoke detectors could be more expensive, instead, consider buying smart batteries to keep your detectors working. These smart batteries can send you updates to your smartphone when one of your smoke detectors is out of order or has a low battery. These smart detectors can also be used with heat and carbon monoxide detectors.

 

  • Smart Stovetop Fire Prevention

 

This is another kind of helpful device that could protect your home from fire. According to NFPA, one of the leading causes of home structure fires are cooking fires. Cooking fires happen when cooking food is left unattended. With smart stovetop device, you can get a reminder that you left the stove on. This device is designed with a sensor motion function that tells if you are in the kitchen. Once the sensor has detected that you are not in the kitchen, it will start its countdown and eventually shut off the stove when you are not back.

 

  • Smart Outlets or Plugs

 

Basically, the last thing you do when leaving your house for a short trip or a long vacation is checking whether your appliances have been turned off or not. Gratefully, technology has developed another device that allows you to check the power status of your device or appliances. Smart outlets can be used with an app on your smartphone and can give you access to turn off or turn on the outlets, anytime and anywhere where you can connect to the internet. Smart outlets can also be controlled by voice when it is linked with smart devices like Google Home and Amazon Echo

Adding these devices to your home can prevent you from hundreds and thousands of dollars of damage. They are brilliant as you can get access with them anytime and anywhere using your smartphone and an internet connection.

Yet, these devices cannot guarantee full protection. Fire and water disaster could happen anytime and it is vital to act fast in order to lessen the amount of the damage. Call professionals when emergencies arise. At Superior Restore, professionals are ready to handle emergencies 24/7. They act fast and respond promptly when needed. Our professionals are fully equipped with proper knowledge and skills in dealing with fire and water damage restoration. We are one of the leading restoration companies in Southern California. You can contact us anytime at 951-221-8265.

Understanding Fire Damage and its Causes

Fire damage is defined as the damaged caused to the property by fire. As a homeowner, fire is the last thing we want to see at home. Fire causes massive destruction to our property, leaving our home with smoke, dirt and damaged furniture and equipment. Moreover, fire constitutes dangers to human. According to a research made by the National Disaster Education Coalition, In the United States, a home fire is the fifth greatest cause of death and injury and is also listed as the first cause of deaths for children below 15 years old.

It is extremely vital to understand the causes of fire damage. Superior Restoration is here to educate you of the common causes of fire damage.

COMMON CAUSES OF FIRE DAMAGE

A home fire can be generated in different sources. The most leading source of home fires and home injuries are cooking fires. NFPA reported that U.S. fire departments attended to approximately 172,100 home structure fires each year from 2012 to 2016 due to cooking activities. Leaving food neglected while cooking may overheat cooking equipment such as pots and pans, and could lead to home fires.

It is important that as a homeowner you are cautious of your surrounding and the sources of heat. Moreover, cleaning or wiping out any spilled grease or fat on your counter is also a vital preventive measure in avoiding cooking fires.

 

  • Home Heating Equipment

 

Placing the heating equipment close to materials that can catch fire, such as wood furniture or clothing items (curtains, mattress and more), is the primary factor that could lead to heating equipment fires.

It is recommended that a homeowner should never leave any heating equipment unattended. Provide a three-foot radius to your heating equipment from anything that can catch fire and is flammable. Moreover, frequent cleaning of the heating equipment, including chimneys, can prevent home fires.

 

  • Electrical Equipment

 

Electrical fires can be formed in many categories. Some examples of these are, using an appliance with worn and frayed cords or using outdated wirings. Plugging too many on one outlet at the same time, inappropriate use of extensions and faulty lighting fixtures add up to the category of the causes of electrical fires.

Have a thorough check of your wirings, cords, and circuits. It is also wise to avoid overloading your outlets. If you are not sure about your electrical wirings or lighting fixtures, seek professional help.

 

  • Smoking

 

One key factor that contributes to the smoking fire is when a person smoking fell asleep or passed out in a bed or upholstered furniture. Upholstered furniture can easily catch fire and fire can spread quickly.

Another factor that contributes to smoking fire is the improper discarding of cigarette butts. Butts can contain its fire even after a few hours.

Refraining yourself or other people from smoking inside your home and properly disposing of smoking materials can prevent fire.

 

Most of the causes of fire damage in homes can be prevented. Yet, if life throws you lemons, Superior Restoration is here to help you restore your properties. We respond as quickly as possible and available 24/7. We have all the means you need for your home restoration or reconstruction. For further information, please contact Superior Restoration today.

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.