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Fireplace Safety Tips

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Fall is here and the holiday season is upon us. Many folks will be celebrating various holidays with cheery fireplaces and mugs of hot chocolate. Fire safety is of the utmost importance as no one wants their holiday season ruined by a fire damage emergency. Here are some quick tips from the Philadelphia fire damage remediation experts at Triage Restoration.

1. Clean your chimney

Like to sit around a cheery fire in your living room fireplace? Make sure you get that chimney cleaned first. Chimney fires are a real risk during the holiday season. That last thing you want is to be sitting around your crackling fire, sipping your hot chocolate and have you chimney go up in flames because you failed to get it serviced properly. That can spark a full-blown house fire and put a stop to your holidays season in a matter of minutes.

2. Never leave a lit fireplace unattended

Leaving a lit fireplace unattended is another way to get yourself into real trouble. Got kids in the house? What if one gets too close and injures themselves? Pets? Same risk. There is also the risk of a wayward spark lighting up that brand-new rug you put down in front of the fireplace. If you’re there, you can stamp it out before it catches. If you’re not, you might be calling the Philadelphia fire damage remediation experts at Triage Restoration for a real fire damage emergency.

3. Use fireplace screens

Fireplace screens help catch those wayward sparks and falling hot coals from reaching the carpet, but it should be noted that they are not foolproof. They can be thwarted by a wayward child or rambunctious dog and accidents happen. So, while they are highly recommended, having a fireplace screen does not mean that the lit fireplace can be left unattended.

4. Check batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors

Before you go lighting any kind of fire in your home, you should always check the batteries in the smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in your home. Carbon monoxide is deadly in high enough concentrations and is a byproduct of fire. While a properly ventilated fireplace should not have an issue, having a carbon monoxide detector is a must for all households. Together, the carbon monoxide detector and the smoke alarm will give you a head start on fire damage remediation.

Triage Restoration: The Best in Philadelphia Fire Damage Cleanup and Remediation

In the event of a fire damage emergency, you want only the best. Ensure your fire damage needs are met by calling Triage Restoration. Our services include, but are not limited to:

  • Smoke Odor Removal
  • Soot Removal
  • Professional Deodorization
  • Structural Repair

Triage technicians are here to talk you through every step of the fire damage cleanup and remediation process.

Call us at 215-399-9590 or reach us online via our website today!

Prevent Water Damage by Preparing Your Pipes for Winter

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Fall is upon us and winter is fast approaching. Here are some quick tips from the experts at Triage Restoration on how to prevent a water damage cleanup emergency by properly preparing your pipes for winter.

1. Insulation

Pipes in crawl spaces, attics, exterior walls, and garages are the most vulnerable to freezing. It is important to take precautions and ensure that all these pipes are properly insulated. Foam insulation is the simplest solution for the exposed areas of many pipes. If you have problem areas that have frozen in the past, it is recommended that you wrap the pipes with electrical heating tape and fully insulate them.

2. Running water

For pipes that are still uninsulated during a cold spell, you may need to let water running through them. Running water is a lot slower to freeze than standing water. You don’t need to let much run.

Even hot water pipes need to be monitored closely for signed of freezing and let run during cold spells as they are not immune to freezing.

3. Circulation

For sink against outside walls, letting the cabinet doors open will allow warm air to circulate under the counter and help prevent the plumbing from freezing.

4. Gutters

Keep gutters cleaned out and in good repair so they can carry melting ice and snow away from your home. Blockages can cause a buildup of ice on the walls of your home which can lead to structural damage and even damage the plumbing inside the outer wall of your home.

5. Exterior faucets and hoses

Disconnect and drain all exterior faucets and hoses as these are at great risk of freezing and breaking. Be extra careful that this plumbing is completely drained as even a small amount of water left behind to freeze can do quite a bit of damage.

Triage Restoration: The Best in Philadelphia Water Damage Cleanup and Remediation

In the event of a water damage emergency, you want only the best. Ensure your water damage needs are met by calling Triage Restoration. Our services include:

  • IICRC S500 Standard
  • Emergency Water Extraction
  • Flood Cleanup
  • Sewage Cleanup
  • Drying and Dehumidification
  • Professional Deodorization
  • Anti-Microbial Application

Triage technicians are here to talk you through every step of the water damage remediation and restoration process.

Call us at 215-399-9590 or reach us online via our website today!

4 Types of Mold Commonly Found in Homes

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There are many types of mold that can be found in your home, but four varieties are especially common. In this blog, the Delaware County mold damage remediation experts at Triage Restoration provide information about each.

Aspergillus

Aspergillus is the mold most commonly found on food and in air conditioning units. It primarily thrives indoors and causes respiratory infections, inflammation of the lungs, and allergic reactions.

Cladosporium

Cladosporium is black or green in appearance. It lives behind toilets and on painted surfaces and fiberglass air ducts. It is also considered non-toxic, but it causes symptoms – sometimes severe – in allergy-prone people. Symptoms include rashes and respiratory problems. Cladosporium generally thrives in warmer climates, but sometimes shows up in cooler areas as well. It lives in damp carpets and wood walls and furnishings.

Stachybotrys Chartarum

Another common mold is stachybotrys chartarum, which is the slimy black mold that has the telltale musty odor often associated with mold damage. It is often labeled as “toxic.” The mold itself is non-toxic, but the mycotoxins it produces are toxic. Consequently, stachybotrys chartarum is often responsible for allergic reactions including respiratory problems, sinus infections, asthma, and fatigue. It thrives in damp areas including air conditioning ducts, areas of high condensation, and damp areas around leaky pipes.

Penicillium

Penicillium thrives in areas where water damage might occur. This includes anything from damaged carpet and wallpaper to insulation and waterlogged furniture, such as couches and even mattresses. This mold spreads quickly, so it is much harder to fight. Much like stachybotrys chartarum, penicillium causes allergic reactions, sinus infections, and inflamed lungs. Penicillium is often blue or green in appearance.

Do you have mold in your home?

Call the Delaware County mold damage remediation experts at Triage at (610) 690-3669 or reach us online via our website today.

Our services include, but are not limited to:

  • IICRC S520 Standard
  • Drying and Dehumidification
  • Mold Remediation
  • Cleaning and Decontamination
  • Containment and Negative Air
  • HEPA Air Filtration

In a mold damage emergency, you can’t afford to wait!

3 Types of Smoke Damage and How to Restore Them Effectively

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The first step for every smoke damage situation is to identify what type of fire caused the damage. Contrary to what some may believe, there is more than one type of fire. The type of fire dictates the type of damage and the cleaning method needed to restore that damage. There are three prevalent types of fires:

  • High oxygen fires produce dry soot. Dry sponges and a low-alkali detergent followed by a thorough rinse is the best way to combat this type of damage.
  • Low oxygen fires produce greasy, wet soot. Use high-alkali detergents with warm water to wash damaged areas. Rinse, then paint over.
  • Kitchen fires are often the most challenging as soot residue is difficult to detect. Cabinets, drawers and other appliances need to be removed to adequately clean damaged areas.

Smoke Damage Cleanup

Smoke and soot can penetrate all kinds of surfaces including paint, upholstery, carpet, and clothes. Carpet and clothes can be cleaned easily enough, but properly restoring walls, structures and other objects is a different story.

Wearing protective gear such as gloves, a mask, long-sleeved shirts and pants is important when cleaning to minimize contact with ash. All contents should be remove from the house. Some contents may have to be discarded, but others may need cleaned by hand. Windows and doors need opened to ventilate and remove odor. Beware of potential contaminants such as lead and asbestos. Disturbing these contaminates can take a smoke damage restoration job and turn it into a biohazard cleanup if you are not careful.

A thorough duct cleaning should follow restoration because smoke and soot tend to become trapped within a building’s duct system. This can disburse contaminants and odors throughout the building, undoing all of your hard work.

Triage Restoration: The Best in Philadelphia Smoke Damage Restoration

Smoke damage restoration is one of the most tedious types of repair work because it involes the use of chemicals and specialized equipment. So, streamline your cleanup by calling Triage Restoration. Our services include:

  • Smoke Odor Removal
  • Soot Removal
  • Professional Deodorization
  • Structural Repair

Triage technicians are here to talk you through every step of the smoke damage restoration process and while giving you the peace of mind knowing that your home is in good hands.

Call us at 215-399-9590 or reach us online via our website today. In a smoke damage emergency, every second counts. So, you can’t afford to wait!

Know How to Stay Safe in a Fire Damage Emergency

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Fire can be a serious problem, so it’s important to know what steps to take to stay safe in case of fire emergency. The Delaware County fire damage remediation experts at Triage are a trusted source of information about what to do in case of a fire.

1. Stay calm.

Panic will only make the situation worse. Your priority is the safety of yourself and everyone around you.

2. Raise the alarm.

If the fire alarm in your home as not already detected the problem and gone off, it is your job to alert those around you to the situation. It is important to know how many people are in the house at all times.

Are there young children? Elderly? Individuals with mobility impairments? Children, elderly, and medically handicapped are at greater risk for health problems from smoke inhalation and injury in an emergency. Therefore, someone should already be designated to help these individuals evacuate the building. There should also be a backup designee in case the assigned person is not home at the time of the emergency.

3. Dial 911

You or someone around you should immediately dial 911. Do not wait.

4. Turn off appliances

If it is safe to do so, appliances such as stoves, heaters, and other potential fire hazards should be turned off to prevent further fire damage. However, you should only attempt to do so if the fire is still small. Do not take any action that endangers your safety.

5. Locate a fire extinguisher

If possible, locate the nearest fire extinguisher. Read the label so you know if the type of fire extinguisher is appropriate for the type of fire you are faced with. If you do not know how to properly use a fire extinguisher, do not attempt to use it because improper use could make the situation worse.

If in doubt, get out. Then, leave fighting the fire to the professionals. Notify the dispatcher of any additional safety hazards so emergency responders can properly contain the situation as soon as they arrive on scene.

6. Follow your family’s evacuation plan

You should already have a designated meeting point outside of the building so you and your family members can safely reunite. If anyone is missing, do not attempt to reenter the building. Notify the dispatcher and allow emergency responders to do their jobs. Do not reenter the building to save pets or valuables. Fido should also be included in the evacuation plan. If he is still unaccounted for outside the building, notify emergency responders.

7. Call the Delaware County fire damage remediation and restoration experts at Triage Restoration!

Once the fire is out and everyone is safe, you need to know that your home is in good hands.

Our services include, but are not limited to:

  • Smoke Odor Removal
  • Soot Removal
  • Professional Deodorization
  • Structural Repair

Call us at (610) 690-3669 or reach us online via our website today. In a fire damage emergency, every second counts. You can’t afford to wait!

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