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What Equipment is Used to Restore Smoke Damage in Beckley?

8/5/2022 (Permalink)

Smoke is filling a room. We are trained and certified to restore smoke damage in Raleigh County.

When you have smoke damage, our local team in Beckley can help. Every fire leaves a unique signature based on the fuels burnt during the fire event. Here are examples of the types of specialized equipment we use to restore smoke damage:

Air Scrubber or Filter

Heating, ventilation, air conditioning system (HVAC) air scrubber, or a high-efficiency particulate air filter (HEPA) air purifier can capture larger smoke molecules. There will still be some residual odor from smaller molecules or surface residues.

Ozone Generator

This is a fast and highly effective smoke odor restoration method. These machines emit ozone, which follows the same paths through the air as smoke and oxidizes any residual traces in the air or on surfaces.

Thermal Fogging

Thermal fogging is an intensive treatment involving fogging machines. After residents evacuate, smoke cleaning professionals fill a structure with petroleum distillates that neutralize odors and ventilate the area.

Hydroxyl Generator

This is a slower and gentler alternative to ozone. These machines rely on ultraviolet light to generate hydroxyl radicals that eliminate smoke odors. It will take about three to five days of continuous operation to achieve the same results as a single ozone treatment.

Vapor Modification

This odor elimination method relies on aromatic compounds and a blower or fan to neutralize smoke odor.

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When smoke damages your home or commercial business in Beckley, our local team in Beckley will restore your damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 304-253-6633.

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What Are the Most Common Causes of Water Damage in Beckley?

8/2/2022 (Permalink)

A person is holding five clogged and dirty plumbing pipes. We are trusted leaders in water damage restoration in Raleigh County.

Our local team in Beckley is trained and certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), the nonprofit certifying body for the cleaning and restoration industry. According to industry estimates, 14,000 people in the United States experience a water damage emergency at home or work each day. The most common causes of water damage are:

  • Severe weather
  • Clogged gutters
  • Leaking pipes
  • Washing machine water supply line leaks
  • Condensation from air conditioners
  • Blocked drains
  • Malfunctioning sprinkler systems
  • Leaking water heaters

Here are some more facts about water damage:

  • 98 percent of basements in the United States will experience some type of water damage during their lifespans
  • 37 percent of homeowners in the United States claim to have suffered losses from water damage
  • 5 billion is the annual cost to insurance companies from water damage and mold in the United States
  • $6975 is the average cost of a home water damage insurance claim
  • The average age of failed washing machine supply line hoses is 8.7 years
  • 75 percent of water heaters fail before they are 12 years old

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When your home or commercial business in Beckley has a water damage emergency, our local team in Beckley will restore your water damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 304-253-6633.

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High Wind Advisory for Beckley?

7/27/2022 (Permalink)

A backyard fence has blown over during a storm. We restore storm damage 24-hours a day in Raleigh County.

When strong winds blow your fence over and cause property damage, our local team in Beckley is Here to Help. ® We are trusted leaders in storm damage restoration services in Raleigh County. Here are wind alert definitions from the National Weather Service:

High Wind Watch: Be Prepared! Sustained, strong winds are possible. Secure loose items and adjust plans as necessary so you’re not caught outside.

Wind Advisory: Take Action! Strong winds are occurring but are not so strong as to warrant a High Wind Warning. Objects outdoors should be secured, and caution should be taken if driving.  

Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Take Action! A thunderstorm is happening or is imminent in the warning area. Severe thunderstorms have 58 miles per hour wind gusts and or hail one inch or larger. Seek shelter inside a sturdy building.

Preparing for High Winds

  • Remove any dead trees or overhanging branches near structures
  • Remove loose objects outdoors, on patios, roofs, or balconies that could blow away
  • Shutter windows securely and brace outside doors
  • Bring in unsecured objects from outside and secure objects that could blow away and cause damage or injury

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When your home or business in Beckley has storm damage, our local team in Beckley will restore your property damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 304-253-6633.

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What Causes Basement Seepage Issues in Beckley?

7/21/2022 (Permalink)

A flooded basement is shown. We mitigate water damage 24-hours a day in Raleigh County.

Our local team in Beckley has been restoring water damage for Raleigh County homes and commercial businesses since 1999! Basement seepage issues are a common challenge for Beckley residents. Here is a list of the top causes of basement seepage from the Insurance Information Institute:

Lateral pressure: When the soil surrounding your basement absorbs water and expands, it creates stress on your basement walls, causing them to crack, and allowing water to seep into the structure.

Hydrostatic pressure: Similar to lateral pressure, hydrostatic pressure can cause buckling and cracking of the walls and foundation of a house.

Poor landscaping: If the grade of the soil around your foundation runs towards your foundation, your basement can flood.

Clogged window wells: If your window wells are filling with water, your window wells may be improperly installed, or the drain is clogged.

Leaky pipes: Inspect your plumbing systems, starting with their entry into the basement to where it leaves, including the sewer line. Make repairs as required.

Pool Leak: Swimming pool leaks can saturate the ground and weaken your home’s foundation.

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When your home or business in Beckley has water damage, our local team in Beckley is Here to Help. ® We’ll restore your water damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 304-253-6633.

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Lightning Striking Swimming Pools in Beckley?

7/13/2022 (Permalink)

Lightning lights up the sky. We are trusted leaders in storm damage mitigation and restoration in Raleigh County.

Do you know that thunderstorms can make swimming pools magnets for lightning strikes? The best policy is to go inside as soon as you hear the thunder roar and wait at least 30 minutes after the last lightning strike to ensure the storm is over.

Our local team in Beckley  responds to storm damage emergencies every year. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration give the following lightning safety tips:

  • Avoid isolated tall trees, hilltops, utility poles, cell phone towers, cranes, large equipment, ladders, scaffolding, or rooftops
  • Avoid open areas, such as fields
  • Never lie flat on the ground
  • Retreat to dense areas of smaller trees that are surrounded by larger trees, or retreat to low-lying areas but watch for flooding
  • Avoid water, and immediately get out of and away from bodies of water
  • Avoid wiring, plumbing, and fencing. Stay away from all metal objects, equipment, and surfaces that can conduct electricity.
  • Do not shelter in sheds, pavilions, tents, or covered porches as they do not provide adequate protection from lightning
  • Seek fully enclosed, substantial buildings with wiring and plumbing. In modern buildings, the interiorwiring and plumbing will act as an earth ground.
  • A building is a safe shelter as long as you are not in contact with anything that can conduct electricity (e.g., electrical equipment or cords, plumbing fixtures, corded phones). Do not lean against concrete walls or floors (which may have metal bars inside).

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When your home or business in Beckley has storm damage, our local team in Beckley is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 304-253-6633.

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Signs of Water Damage in My Oceana Home?

7/12/2022 (Permalink)

A large water stain is visible on the walls and ceiling in the corner of a room. We are on call to respond to water damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Raleigh County.

Small water leaks always turn into more extensive water damage if the problem is not addressed quickly. Our local team in Beckley shares these tips for ways to tell if you have water damage in your Oceana home or commercial business:

Dark or wet spots on the walls or ceiling

Look for discoloration on your walls or ceiling both inside and outside your home.

Wet areas or water pooling on the floor

You probably have hidden water damage if you notice water on your floor for no apparent reason.

Flaking, cracking, or bubbling paint or drywall

Water seeping behind a wall will cause this to happen.

Visible dripping water you can see but dripping where it should not be

If you see any signs of water leaks, it may be a symptom of a bigger problem somewhere in your plumbing systems.

  • Dark or wet spots on the walls or ceiling
  • Wet areas or water pooling on the floor
  • Flaking, cracking, or bubbling paint or drywall
  • Hearing the sound of running water that you can’t place
  • Hearing the sound of dripping water that you can’t locate
  • Visible dripping water you can see but dripping where it should not be
  • Significant increase in your water bill for no known reason
  • Strong, damp, musky odors
  • Visible mold growing 

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When you have a water damage problem in your Oceana home, our local team in Beckley is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 304-253-6633.

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A little girl is delighted by the sight of a burning sparkler.

6/27/2022 (Permalink)

Fireworks Safety Tips for the Fourth of July in Beckley? We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Raleigh County.

Our local team in Beckley wants everyone to have a safe and fire-damage-free Fourth of July celebration. Here are some tips from the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission for using fireworks safely: 

  • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks
  • Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees - hot enough to melt some metals.
  • Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
  • Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or another mishap
  • Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly
  • Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers
  • After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.

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When your home or business in Beckley has fire damage, our local team in Beckley is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 304-253-6633.

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How Can I Protect My Building in Beckley From Water Intrusion Problems?

6/21/2022 (Permalink)

A clean and water tight commercial flat roof is shown. We respond to commercial water damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Raleigh County!

Our local team in Beckley responds to more water damage emergencies than any other form of commercial property damage each year in the Beckley area. Here are some tips for protecting your business from water intrusion from the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety:

Inspect and clean the roof drainage system

  • Do this at least twice a year, ideally during spring and fall. This includes all gutters, interior drains, and scuppers.

Trim trees, remove debris, inspect roof drains and make repairs as needed. Re-check drainage systems often.

Check for water

  • Check for long-term standing water in gutters and correct any blockages. If there are no blockages but standing water still occurs, ensure the gutter is properly sloped to the downspout.

Check the slope of the roof cover system

  • For low-slope roofs, ensure the slope of the roof cover system and the insulation boards divert water to internal drains when present or to the edge of the roof. Long-term standing water is an indication of an improper slope.

Check downspouts

  • Ensure downspouts funnel water away from the building and do not allow water to accumulate near the building’s perimeter.

Up-size gutters

  • When replacing gutters, consider larger-sized gutters which allow for greater flow.

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When your business or home in Beckley has water damage, our local team in Beckley is on-call and ready to assist you 24-hours a day. Call us today at 304-253-6633.

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Flooding Safety Tips for Mullens Residents?

6/14/2022 (Permalink)

A road is partially flooded by stormwater. We restore storm damage throughout the year in Raleigh County!

Our local team in Beckley is on-call and ready to respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day, 365 days a year in Mullens. West Virginia ranks 5th in the nation for flash floods. In 2020, floods caused over one billion in property and crop damage in the United States. According to the National Weather Service:

  • Most flash floods are caused by slow-moving thunderstorms that repeatedly move over the same area or heavy rains from tropical storms and hurricanes
  • These floods can develop within minutes or hours depending on the intensity and duration of the rain, the topography, soil conditions, and ground cover
  • Flash floods can roll boulders, tear out trees, destroy buildings and bridges, and scour out new channels
  • Flash flooding can trigger catastrophic mudslides

Flood Condition Driving Safety Rules

  • Avoid already flooded and high-velocity flow areas. Do not attempt to cross flowing streams. If you enter a flowing stream and the water gets above your knee, TURN AROUND DON’T DROWN.
  • Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams and washes, particularly during threatening conditions
  • If floodwaters rise around your car, but the water is not moving, abandon the car and move to higher ground. Do not leave the vehicle and enter the moving water.

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You never know when you will need storm damage restoration services for your Mullens home or commercial business, but if you do, our local team in Beckley will restore your storm damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 304-253-6633.

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Microwave Fire in Oceana Home?

6/7/2022 (Permalink)

A person is starting a microwave oven. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Wyoming County.

Microwave ovens are great for busy households, and they simplify our lives and make it easy to reheat a meal or quickly defrost a dinner. Our local team in Beckley wants everyone to be safe around microwave ovens and offers these microwave oven safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association:

  • PURCHASE a microwave oven that is listed by a qualified testing laboratory. Make sure to complete and return the product registration card. This way, the manufacturer can reach you if there is a recall of the product.
  • PLUG the microwave oven directly into the wall outlet — never use an extension cord
  • MAKE sure the microwave oven is at a safe height, within easy reach of all users
  • OPEN food slowly, away from the face. Hot steam or the food itself can cause burns.
  • FOOD heats unevenly in microwave ovens. Stir and test before eating or giving to children.
  • NEVER heat a baby bottle in the microwave. Since a microwave oven heats unevenly, it can create hot pockets, leading to burns. Warm-up a bottle in a bowl of warm, not hot or boiling, water, or by running it under the tap.

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You never know when you will need fire damage restoration services for your home or commercial business, but if you do, our local team in Beckley is Here to Help. ® We’ll restore your fire damage in Oceana, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 304-253-6633.

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