There's a reason water damage restoration professionals exist, and it's largely because water damage is more complex than what initially meets the eye. In fact, the techniques and procedures we use at American Restoration Water & Fire LLC to dry a property and restore it to pre-loss condition are often dictated by the kind of water loss in your home or business. No two water loss situations are the same. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification has identified three categories of water, based on the source of the water damage, and the potential to cause harm. Here's a closer look at these water classifications and what they can tell you about the damage to your home or business:
Flooded basement? Overflowing sink or toilet? Pipe break in the crawl space? Regardless of the cause, water damage is more serious than you might think. Many homeowners may think it’s fine to just throw down some towels, turn on some fans and open the windows to let the place air out, but sometimes this isn’t enough. Here’s a look at why you need to call a restoration professional when you experience water or flood damage in your home or business:
Forecasters are hoping for a wet monsoon season this year. In New Mexico, this means dramatic weather for many parts of the state. American Restoration Fire & Water responds to numerous monsoon related flood calls each year, so we know how important it is stay safe this time of year. Here are some flood safety tips:
In order to protect the public from potential health risks, the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) act was passed. In New Mexico, the Environment Department oversees the strict adherence to NESHAP policies in order to protect New Mexico residents from hazardous materials in the air. American Restoration Water & Fire LLC, works hard to meet the training, certification and remediation requirements set out in this act, as well as by the state of New Mexico. Asbestos is a dangerous material, and should only be handled by trained experts.
While you may welcome the arrival of spring, most of us can do without the seasonal allergies that come with it. Runny nose, watery eyes and constant sneezing are all annoying symptoms. While there’s little you can do about mold spores in the air outside, American Restoration Fire & Water can help you take action if you suspect that indoor mold in your home or business is causing your spring allergy symptoms.
Most homeowners don’t memorize the details of their insurance policy, but in the event of a flood or water damage, they learn quite a bit about their coverage. At American Restoration Water & Fire LLC, we believe it’s better to be prepared than to be caught off-guard when disaster strikes. Why wait for a catastrophic event to become familiar with your homeowner’s insurance policy? Knowing what to expect can make it easier to deal with an emergency situation.
When it comes to damage restoration, at American Restoration Water & Fire LLC, we’re seasoned experts. We’ve been in the damage restoration business for years. Since the beginning, we’ve been proud to hold an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. That ranking alone can tell you a lot about the quality of service you can expect from us, but there’s another certification we hold that you may not know as much about. American Restoration is honored to be certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Here’s what this means for you as the customer.
Winter can be especially harsh on your roof. Now that spring is here, it’s time to inspect your roof and address any issues that could have been caused by the past few month’s cold weather. Here are some spring maintenance tips from the experts at American Restoration Fire & Water LLC. Inspecting your roof can be dangerous so only follow these steps if you feel comfortable climbing on your roof. If you don’t have a lot of experience, it’s best to call for professional help.
Leaky pipes are a significant source of water waste for a household. The typical home can potentially lose anywhere between 2,000 and 20,000 gallons of water annually due to leaks! Now that New Mexicans are going about their spring cleaning projects, American Restoration Water & Fire LLC would like to take this opportunity to remind you to take a look at your supply pipes. Supply lines can create flooding dangers inside your home. Inspecting your plumbing fixtures helps prevent serious damage. Here’s what to look for when you conduct your whole-house check for leaks.
At American Restoration Water and Fire LLC, we frequently come across homes that have been damaged by water, fire and smoke. More often than not, these incidents of damage can be prevented through regular maintenance of a property. It doesn’t matter if you’re a homeowner, property manager, or a real estate investor, you can prevent serious damage with some simple upkeep!
It’s springtime, and that means daylight savings. Unless you live in Arizona, you changed your clocks recently, but did you use that opportunity to change your smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector batteries as well? Daylight Savings is the perfect time to change all detector batteries. American Restoration Fire & Water LLC, would like to emphasize what fire departments are reminding families everywhere this time of year – make sure your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are in working order, it can mean your life!
Although New Mexico is one of the least flood prone states, we have experienced our share of heavy rains in the past few years. When dealing with a flood during monsoon season, homeowners and business owners may not know what to do to protect their belongings and property. Here are some steps American Restoration Fire & Water recommends in case of an emergency.
Mold is everywhere. It’s in the air, it’s outdoors, and it’s common in buildings and homes wherever moisture can be found. Mold spores can enter your home through open windows, doorways, and vents. After a flood event, mold thrives in water damaged buildings. If it’s not removed immediately, it can impact the wood framing of your home and cause significant structural damage. Exposure to indoor mold growth can also be linked to adverse health effects. American Restoration Fire & Water LLC, wants you to be aware of the dangers so you can protect your family and your property.
The roof over your head is literally the most important element of your home when it comes to protecting you and your family. So when disaster strikes, water or fire damage can leave your roof in need of emergency repair services. American Restoration Fire & Water LLC responds quickly to calls for disaster recovery throughout New Mexico. While you’re waiting on your contractor to repair the damage, it’s important to protect vulnerable areas of your roof with tarp so that your roof isn’t left exposed to the elements and further deterioration.
There’s nothing cozier in the wintertime than cuddling up with a good book, a cup of chamomile tea, and basking in the warmth of your fireplace or wood stove. As soothing as this scenario sounds, unfortunately fireplaces and wood stoves are some of the most common causes of winter fires. American Restoration Water & Fire LLC has compiled some tips on how to avoid potential dangers and protect your family, while still getting the most out of this winter time tradition.
It’s 2 am and you’re sound asleep when suddenly you’re awakened by the unwelcome shrill sound of your fire alarm. Half asleep, yet running on adrenaline, you inhale smoke and know you need to get out of the house! In this situation, when you need to think and act fast, would you and your family know what to do? American Restoration Water & Fire, LLC recommends having an emergency fire escape plan. It can save your life!