Thursday, 30 July 2015

Flood Damage Restoration: Does Your Homeowner’s Insurance Cover It?

Flooding poses a huge potential problem for many homeowners and renters nationwide. Flooding caused by storms or hurricanes, most especially, can result in damages that cost thousands of dollars to repair. The Atlantic Coast hurricane season has begun, and Louisiana and Oklahoma have already had their share of storms that dealt severe flooding. By mid-June, insurance regulators have begun reminding folks with flood insurance policies to file flooding claims as soon as possible. With the Pacific hurricane season already underway, now’s the time to ensure you’re fully insulated financially should such a catastrophe ravage your San Diego home.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Mold Inspection and Removal: What Employers and Landlords Must Know

Employers, landlords, and commercial property owners or managers have multifaceted responsibilities. You have to check and continuously improve the financial activities and day-to-day operations of your business. You have to assess the general condition of your property, especially certain aspects that can affect how lucrative your business can be, such as the functionality and aesthetics of your facilities. The health and safety of your staff, residents or customers, and other building occupants should be one of your top priorities. When you assure this factor, you can maximize profits from your business by preventing costly insurance expenses and lawsuits that can arise from illnesses and injuries. You also protect and promote your reputation to attract investors or customers.

Monday, 27 July 2015

Fire Safety Tips

Fire is among the most horrifying disasters that can happen in life. Losing property to a fire is so devastating that one could wonder how one could ever recover from it. Fire can eat up everything we have, even our loved ones’ lives. It is important to be wary to avoid huge property damage. Here are some basic tips to consider.

Kitchen and Heater

  • Try to avoid dozing off if you have the stove or oven running.
  • Use a timer to remind you of the food that you are cooking
  • If your oven doesn’t have a timer, your phone or a traditional alarm clock will do
  • Keep food packaging away from stove top area
  • Put a fire extinguisher near the kitchen
  • Never leave heaters running all day or night
  • Keep the heater out of reach of children and pets
  • Make a fire escape plan

In Case of a Power Outage

A candle is a dependable companion during unexpected power outages so it’s important to keep our temporary lights attended.
  • Extinguish candles before going to sleep or when you’re going out
  • Keep a few feet’s distance between candles and any flammable objects
  • Use candle holders with flat surfaces
  • Use flashlights instead of candles if they’re available and more practical 

In Case of Sudden Fire

Just the idea of getting victimized by fire is frightening, so it’s in our best interests to take every precaution. In case fire happens, call the firemen hotline ASAP and move out from the burning area. Inform the neighborhood of what’s happening and seek help. Wait for the firemen and don’t enter your home without the authorities’ go signal. After the fire is out, call a professional restoration company for help. EcoPure Restoration is 24 hours on call. They will assist you in cleaning and inspecting your home for restoration and mold remediation needs. Save 858.277.15 in your phone directory so you always know who to call when it’s time to rebuild.

San Diego Sewer Backups: On Prevention and Water Damage Restoration

No matter how deep or shallow they are, floods can be devastating to any home. Even a plumbing leak that turns your kitchen, bathroom or basement into a large puddle can bring substantial destruction to your property. Furthermore, the effects that would linger after the flood gets cleared up—like rot, foul odors, mold and other signs of water damage—can be difficult to deal with. One of the common causes of flooding is blocked catch basin grates in the streets. When the San Diego rainy season rolls in, the storm runoff can push leaves, trash and other debris toward this catch basin, which would prevent drainage of rainwater into the city sewers. Of course, when the storm is too strong, the amount of precipitation will be enough to overload the sewer systems, which would result in flooding.

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Minimizing Property Damage in Case of Flood

Floods can cause thousands of dollars in property damage per home. While the risk of flooding cannot be totally averted, homeowners can at least minimize the damage and ensure the safety of your family simply by being prepared. Doing so can help speed up the recovery process so things can go back to the way they were. Here are three steps you should take in case of a flood in your area.

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Factors that Affect Fire Damage Restoration Costs

If your home or place of business was recently damaged in a fire, you would naturally think of remediation right away. You would want to restore your home or business to make it livable again or to resume your operations. Of course, the cost of the restoration will be a concern, which you need to minimize by acting accordingly.

Friday, 17 July 2015

Before and After Flood Preparation

Floods can be destructive in many ways. We need to understand that nobody is really safe when it comes to disasters and calamities. In fact, there is no such safe place in this world. Proper preparation is key to cope with this situation. People from other regions who have not witnessed rain and typhoons their whole lives might be shocked when they experience one. Negligence of proper planning can cause more casualties and damage in properties and livelihood.

Awareness Checklist

Every household needs a survival plan for uninvited calamities that might occur any time of the day. But first, make sure to understand the following:
  • Do research on the flood risk to your area
  • Prepare home and other properties
  • Know how to respond when water comes
  • Recover after a flood

Before Flood

  • Pack an emergency backpack with all your essential needs such as bottled water, canned goods sanitary necessities and medication in case of evacuation needs
  • Evacuate as soon as possible when the authority tells to do so
  • Find higher ground if a flash flood is expected
  • Turn off the general switch at home and disconnect electrical appliances

During a Flood

  • Avoid walking through moving water
  • If you really need to walk through water to go somewhere, choose a path where water is not moving
  • Have a stick with you to check the firmness of the ground where you intend to walk
  • Do not drive in flooded areas
  • Abandon your vehicle and move to higher ground
  • Never touch any electrical equipment especially if you are wet or standing in water

After a Flood

  • Stay updated through community radio for latest updates on the flood and the weather
  • Avoid floodwater that may be contaminated by oil, gasoline or raw sewage
  • Be attentive—the water might be electrically charged
  • Know the areas where the flood waters have receded
  • Report the downed power lines to power companies as soon as possible
  • Return home only when authorities announce that it is safe
  • Avoid buildings surrounded by flood water
  • Clean and sanitize everything that got wet by flood water. It can contain sewage and chemicals that can be hazardous to your health
  • Call cleaners and restoration experts for more extensive remediation 

Why DIY is not Recommended for Flood Cleanup

You can always do-it-yourself whenever you want. It is understandable that doing-it-yourself can save you money, but not time and effort. You have been through the distress of flood occurrence and you might want to rest from the stress of what had happened. Getting experienced and reliable professionals in flood cleanup and water damage restoration is the best option you can have at this moment. EcoPure Restoration has been serving San Diego residents for emergency cleanup and restoration needs. Visit for more details.