Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Flooded House Clean-up: Clean-up Process 2 (video 4 of 5)

Exterior wall need to examined, but will generally dry okay. Electrical fixtures must be replaced. Crawl spaces need to be ventilated to dry. Flush then wash the structure with detergent. Most biocides including bleach are only effective on non-porous surfaces. Make sure that disinfectants and biocides used are registered and follow the label for specifics on how to use products including bleach.
4th in a series of 5 video

Monday, August 29, 2011

Flooded House Clean-up: Clean-up Process 1 (video 3 of 5)

Remove water from a flooded basement slowly, discard all porous materials exposed to flood water and place discarded materials in sorted piles. Appliances normally need to be discarded due to contamination of motors and electronics, air ducts usually need to be discarded, drywall and insulation need to removed, plaster can be salvaged, and plywood needs to be examined for delamination.
3rd in a series of 5 videos

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Flooded House Clean-up: Structure, Utilities and Mold (video 2 of 5)

Evaluate homes for structural integrity including the floor, verify the electricity and gas are shut off and isolate clean and affected parts of a home. Mold must be removed. Killing it with a biocide is not adequate to create a healthy environment.
2nd in a series of 5 videos

Monday, August 22, 2011

Professional Fire Damage Repairs/Restoration

Disaster can occur at any moment. If you experience severe loss from fire in your home or commercial property, you will need a professional fire damage repair or restoration service.

Professional fire restoration services help you get back to normal quickly. Emergency fire damage professionals will assess your home, give you an estimate and then, once approved repair your home to the standard it was previously. They make a detailed assessment of the damage. You might have conducted your fire damage assessment first and might think that the damage caused by fire could result in a total loss. However, a professional fire damage service can help repair fire damage and restore your home or commercial building and other possessions to their original condition.

Sometimes, water used to extinguish the fire may cause more damage to your property than the fire itself. Professional fire restoration starts by cleaning up the water damages. They use special equipment to prevent further damage to your property and restore it to its original state. Some messy things, if left unattended, may cause significant damages to your building. Hence, the professionals give special attention to clean them up. They use high powered equipment to remove any standing water and moisture from furniture, wood and carpets. Removing moisture can help prevent your home or office building from mould, mildew and bacterial growth. They even help restore your expensive carpets to their original size and condition. They know that fire damage restoration and water damage restoration go hand in hand. Hence, they use appropriate techniques and tools to make the restoration process more effective.

Professional fire restoration also includes cleaning up smoke particles, as they are acidic and therefore corrosive. Smoke can leave risky chemical traces and unpleasant odours. They have great expertise in restoring both wet smoke and dry smoke damages. They use powerful cleansers to remove the smoke and soot residues easily and efficiently. The professionals analyse the area damaged by smoke and fire carefully before providing you with a full report about the damage and loss. If fire has damaged the furniture and timbers fully, they remove them cautiously.

Damages from soot can be frustrating and hard to clean up. Professional fire damage restorations helps you remove damages caused by soot carefully. The professionals use effective chemicals that remove soot, without causing any damage to painted walls and wallpapers. Fire restoration experts can also help restore and refurbish your damaged residential or commercial property, including curtains, furniture, electronic items and other valuable things. They are dedicated to restore as much of your property as possible.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Luke_Raper

Friday, August 19, 2011

Flooded House Clean-up: Protection from Hazards (video 1 of 5)

Flood water contains sewage, pathogens and other chemicals which are health hazards and mold infestation, which is normally present in flooded homes, is a proven health hazard. Therefore, it is imperative to wear a respirator/mask, goggles, gloves and other protective equipment. Air cleaners, including units that produce ozone, and hydroxyl and ultraviolet units are not effective at controlling mold in flooded homes.

1st in a series of 5 videos

Monday, August 15, 2011

Water Damage Restoration Do's and Don'ts 101

Water Damage Restoration

You come in and find the place looks like Niagara Falls and you are thrust into the water damage restoration process. You now find yourself in a position in which you need to assess the value as well as the importance of each and every item effected by the water damage. When the majority, if not all, of your belongings have been destroyed, it may be emotionally difficult to determine which items you want to salvage. Intellectually you know that keeping water damaged things that are beyond repair or things that may not have any further use is impractical and will just cost you a lot of storage space and money but the personal value of family heirlooms is priceless. Still you should strive to be extremely practical throughout the water damage restoration process so as you will be able to quickly and effectively reorganize your life back to its pre-water damage normalcy.

Foods And Perishables

Water damaged foods and other perishables that have been soiled via direct water contact, in most cases, should not be consumed and must be disposed of properly. Broken tableware including cups, glasses, and other kitchen tools that have come into contact with black water should be discarded as the affected item is, most likely, not fit or sanitary enough to be used.

Avoid These Items

Do not operate any of your electrical appliances when dealing with water damage. It can be extremely dangerous to operate any of your electrical appliances while standing on a wet carpet or water damaged floors! Your Blu-ray and HD television(s), DVR, TiVo, Google or Apple TV, Microsoft Windows and Apple computer(s), iPad(s), AT&T or Verizon iPhone(s), iPod(s), Amazon Kindle, Nintendo Wii, Microsoft X-Box, Kinect, Sony Playstation, recent E-Bay purchases, and the rest of your electrical appliances need to be checked first by a professional technician before you are able to determine which still function and can be kept and which items need to be replaced. Likewise, you should check your annual passes to Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Sea World, Daytona International Speedway, NASCAR, and Busch Gardens and your advance or one day tickets to the Blue Man Group and Cirque du Soleil to ensure these items did not succumb to the water damage else you may have to call their customer service lines for replacements.

Don't Clean Anything

Do not try to dry your house or building with a blower or any heat inducing item. Rather than eliminating or removing the standing water or excessive moisture that originated from the water damage, this do-it-yourself method will be the catalyst for the uncontrolled growth of mildew and mold and can spread the water further into the building which can result in even more moisture damage and a more entailed restoration process.

All product and company names mentioned herein are trademarks or trade names of their respective owners. Emergency Response Restoration is not, in any way, affiliated with any of these products or companies and Emergency Response Restoration does not receive any materiel benefit or compensation from any company or product mentioned herein. These marks and their use are, thereby, duly governed by the respective owners and any and all rights in connection with the same are entirely reserved.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Jimmy_Kay

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Flooded House Clean-up: Drying (video 5 of 5)

The structure must be adequately dried to prevent mold growth and deterioration of building materials. Open enclosed area such as wall cavities, ventilate the house, measure the humidity level, dry the wood to less than 15 percent moisture, expect moisture to enter the basement in vapor form for months.
Last in a series of 5 videos.

Monday, August 8, 2011

About Easton Construction Group

Andrew Easton, our company founder, brings over 20 years of building experience to ECG. His experience covers all aspects of residential and commercial construction. With a family history of entrepreneurs and contractors, Andrew is a third generation contractor. He brings a solid foundation and commitment to our customers. Being a California, Bay Area native, born in Walnut Creek and raised in Diablo, Andrew is passionate about his home and about Northern California development.

ECG has established successful working relationships with qualified and competent professionals, and subcontractors who share our customer oriented philosophy. ECG will guarantee all the work performed by ECG staff and our subcontractors.


Saturday, August 6, 2011

Welcome To Our Blog

Welcome to our new blog. We intend to provide interesting and valuable information here for a long time to come. Thank you for stopping by and we hope to see you again soon.