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Why You Should Hire a Fire Damage Restoration Professional

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

If you have recently become the unfortunate victim of a house fire, you may be contemplating a do-it-yourself restoration in order to save some money. Simply put, don’t! This approach could be an expensive mistake and end up costing you more money than hiring a professional fire and smoke damage restoration company.

Although hiring a professional may seem like an unnecessary expense, trust us, it’s not. For example, did you know that there are four different kinds of smoke? Well, there are. They include wet smoke, dry smoke, protein smoke, and fuel oil smoke. Each type requires a completely different cleaning method. If you can’t distinguish between the different types of smoke, how can you ever hope to perform a proper smoke damage restoration?

You can’t.

Professionals are professionals for a reason. They know what they are doing. They have the knowledge, experience, and equipment to restore your house to its former glory.

 

But don’t wait too long to make a decision. It is important to start your fire restoration as soon as possible. The longer you wait to call a professional restoration company, the longer the smoke has to absorb into the building materials of your home, and the longer the restoration process will take.

So call a fire damage restoration professional immediately after a fire occurs. They will respond quickly, provide you with an estimate, and let you know which building materials/part of your home can be saved and which are beyond repair.

It is that easy!

Oh yea, and your fire damage restoration company will also be able to assist you in filing a claim with your insurance agency.

So if you become the unfortunate victim of fire damage, trust your home to a professional restoration company with a track record for quality work, like Atlantic Environmental Solutions (AES).

AES’ experience, certified technicians, and top-of-the-line restoration equipment make us the company you can trust when you need your fire-damaged home restored to its pre-loss condition.

Using the most advanced techniques, we excel in all areas of smoke and fire damage restoration, including the processes of deodorization, air duct cleaning, wall and floor cleansing, carpet repair and reinstallation, and contents clean-up. Contact us for fire restoration services now.

If you have any questions or if you have a situation that needs immediate attention, please contact Atlantic Environmental Solutions by calling 877-296-6653 or click here today!

AES employs a team of highly trained, experienced professionals ensuring the proper diagnosis and remedy for your specific air quality concern. Using state-of-the-art equipment and following protocols established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), we employ the most effective techniques to ensure safe indoor air quality during and after the abatement process. AES is also a licensed and insured contractor so you’re assured the highest quality service for every project you entrust to us.

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Smoke And Fire Damage In Your Home – Why You Should Use The Services Of A Fire Restoration Company

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How to Find Quality Mold and Water Damage Specialists – Going for Expertise and Competency

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Water damage in your home can cause a number of problems, including mold growth. Because of this, properly addressing water damage in a timely manner is crucial. Mold and water damage can wreak havoc on your home, eating away at building materials and compromising your indoor air quality.

While you may be tempted to try and clean up your home yourself, the only way to truly ensure that your home is restored to its pre-water damaged state is to enlist the help of a certified mold and water damage specialist. To find a qualified remediation expert, follow these guidelines:

Certification: The first thing you need to do when looking for a mold and water damage specialist is to see if they are certified in the fields of inspection and restoration.

•           For damage specialists, check with the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification.

•           For mold remediation, it is best to choose a contractor related to various organizations, like the National Association of Mold Remediators and Inspectors.

Experience: Make sure your mold remediator or water damage expert has plenty of experience in their field. These tasks both require a ton of training and experience.

Quotes: After an inspection of your home, be sure to ask for a quote. Not all mold outbreaks and water damage problems are created equal. Some require a day to clean, others several days. Because of this, the price of water damage restoration and mold remediation will vary depending on the severity of your specific problem.

You should try to get quotes from at least 3 different specialists.

Ask Questions: Do they guarantee their work? Do they offer any type of warranty? Do they isolate rooms? Do they take air samples? If so, where do they send them? Is the laboratory reputable?

Water damage and mold outbreaks are both serious problems that require special attention. So be sure you are employing a company that is up to the task, a company like Atlantic Environmental Solutions!

Atlantic Environmental Solutions (AES) offers certified mold inspection and removal services to homes and businesses in Maryland and DC. And for the last five years, AES has also been providing efficient and reliable emergency water extraction / removal services for everything from natural disasters – such as flooding following heavy rains – to everyday problems like washing machine overflows and broken water heaters.

AES employs a team of highly-trained, experienced professionals ensuring the proper diagnosis and remedy for your specific needs. Using state-of-the-art equipment and following protocols established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), we employ the most effective techniques to ensure everything is done right the first time. AES is also a licensed and insured contractor so you’re assured the highest quality service for every project you entrust to us.

If you have any questions or if you have a situation that needs immediate attention, please contact Atlantic Environmental Solutions by calling 877-296-6653 or click here today!

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How to Find a Quality Mold and Water Damage Specialist – Going for Expertise and Competency

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The Advantages and Disadvantages of Using Restoration Services for Water Damage

Friday, October 7th, 2011

 A flood can really disrupt your life. First there is the physical damage, then the emotional backlash, followed by insurance claims, clean up and restoration.

 While no one can change what happened, a professional restoration company can help to make your recovery just a little bit easier. Even though your life has been turned upside down by a flood, you still need to start the clean up process as soon as possible. This is where a professional restoration company can really come in handy. They can handle every aspect of the clean up, repairs, and restoration while you focus on trying to put you life back together.

 But, as with any professional service, there are drawbacks. So we have put together a list of the advantages and the disadvantages of professional water damage restoration companies.

 Advantages

  •  Efficient and speedy clean up and restoration
  • You and your family will have a shorter waiting time to go back to your normal life
  • Professional restoration will lessen the time for secondary damages caused by water to set in – mildew, mold, pests, etc.
  • When you go back to your home, you will be sure that it has been certified safe and sound for re-occupancy

Disadvantages

  • Cost: Prepare to have at least a thousand dollars or more to pay for the cost of the services and the repairs. But if you have the right homeowners insurance policy, most of these, if not all of these costs will be offset.

As you can clearly see, the advantages of a professional restoration company clearly outweigh the disadvantages. So if you feel you could benefit from a professional water damage restoration company or if you have any questions, please contact Atlantic Environmental Solutions by calling 877-296-6653 or click here today!

Atlantic Environmental Solutions (AES) is a certified inspection, remediation and consulting company with the expertise to help clients quickly and affordably correct indoor air quality issues resulting from mold, water intrusion, fire, sewage, and more. For nearly a decade, our consultative approach and proven methodologies have helped residential and commercial customers throughout Maryland and Washington, DC to resolve even the most difficult environmental problem.

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Dealing With Mold in Your Home

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Mold comprises well over 100,000 different species in the world. And if you couldn’t guess from those numbers, mold can be found pretty much anywhere, especially in your home. Mold thrives in moist and humid conditions, which is why it most often occupies bathrooms and basements. But there are ways to control mold growth in your home.

This article from Weather.com explains a few of those techniques.

How can I control mold growth in my home?

Fix any moisture problems in your home:

•     Stop all water leaks first. Repair leaking roofs and plumbing fixtures. Move water away from concrete slabs and basement walls.

•     Increase air circulation within your home, especially along the inside of exterior walls, and ventilate with fresh air from outside. Provide warm air to all areas of the home. Move large objects away from the inside of exterior walls just a few inches to provide good air circulation.

•     Install and use exhaust fans in bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms.

•     Ventilate and insulate attic and crawl spaces. Cover earth floors in crawl spaces with heavy plastic.

•     Clean and dry water damaged carpets, clothing, bedding, upholstered furniture within 24 to 48 hours, or consider removing and replacing damaged furnishings.

•     Vacuum and clean your home regularly.

How do I clean up mold?

Large Areas:

1.    Consider having a professional cleanup the area. To find a professional, check under “Fire and Water Damage Restoration” in your Yellow Pages. If you decide to clean up on your own, follow the guidance below.

2.    Protect yourself by using goggles, gloves, and breathing protection while working in the area. For large consolidated areas of mold growth, you should use an OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) approved particle mask.

3.    Seal off area from the rest of your home. Cover heat registers or ventilation ducts/grills. Open a window before you start to clean up.

4.    Remove all your furnishings to a neutral area to be cleaned later. Follow cleaning directions below.

5.    Bag all moldy materials, you will be discarding.

6.    Scrub all affected hard surfaces: First with a mild detergent solution, such as laundry detergent and warm water. Then use a solution of 1/4 cup bleach to one quart of water. Wait 20 minutes and repeat. Wait another 20 minutes. Last, apply a borate-based detergent solution and do not rinse. This will help prevent mold from growing again. To find a borate-based detergent, read the ingredients listed on the package label for borates.

7.    Give the entire area a good cleaning. Vacuum floors, and wash bedding and clothes if exposed.

Small Areas:

1.    Protect yourself by using goggles, gloves, and breathing protection while working in the area. For small isolated areas of mold growth, a cotton dust mask should do.

2.    Seal off area from the rest of your home. Cover heat registers or ventilation ducts/grills. Cover all your furniture. Open a window before you start clean up.

3.    Bag all moldy materials, you will be discarding.

4.    Scrub all affected hard surfaces: First with a mild detergent solution, such as laundry detergent and warm water. Then use a solution of 1/4 cup bleach to one quart of water. Wait 20 minutes and repeat. Wait another 20 minutes. Last, apply a borate-based detergent solution and do not rinse. This will help prevent mold from growing again. To find a borate-based detergent, read the ingredients listed on the package label for borates.

5.    Give the entire area a good cleaning, vacuum floors, and wash bedding and clothes if exposed.

So if you feel you may have a mold outbreak in your home, it is probably best to call a professional mold detection/remediation service to inspect your home and remove any potentially harmful mold. If you have any questions, contact Atlantic Environmental Solutions by calling 877-296-665 or click here today!

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