A fire can start for any reason at any time. It might begin with a power cord spark, lightning strike or splatter of cooking oil on a hot stove. When fire damage occurs, it leaves its mark for all to see and smell. Smoke odor not only fills the air but also soaks into every porous material and lingers long after the fire has been put out. Wood burning odors aren't the only problem. A homeowner might have to deal with pungent and toxic odors from burnt plastics, flammable liquids or foam gap fillers and furniture cushions. At American Restoration, we want every homeowner to know that total fire and smoke restoration is possible. The process to deal with smoke and eliminate it effectively though takes time, patience and hard work.

How can homeowners remove odors and restore their homes on their own?

Prep Space They should start by removing all materials from the area. Some people only recommend removing items that suffered fire damage, but a homeowner must keep in mind that total restoration starts by reducing exposure of clean items to lingering smoke. Also, if one area is burnt and another nearby one is fine, a homeowner should seal off damaged sections so that odors do not contaminate materials in untouched areas.

Purify the Air Throughout the cleaning and restoration process, a homeowner must set up one or more air purifying devices that contain activated carbon filters to absorb odors. Boxes of baking soda placed throughout the damaged area can also help. They should never waste money on ionic or HEPA air filtration systems. Ionizing devices create harmful ozone, only clean a small volume of air and interact in adverse ways with certain chemicals. HEPA filters don't offer enough odor absorption benefits.

Remove All Debris Cleaning up ash and soot isn't an easy task. Creosote creates difficult-to-remove oily stains. Water-based cleaning solutions make a mess that's even harder to remove, and moisture promotes bacteria and mold growth in badly deteriorated materials. A homeowner must start to remove ash and soot odors by rubbing surfaces from the ceiling down toward the floor with a dry soot eraser sponge. Afterward, they should then sweep up remaining particles with a broom and dustbin and finally a vacuum. Application of a liquid solvent with a sponge is necessary to remove stains. To remove lingering odors, a homeowner must use liquid deodorizer spray.

Restore the Home The final part of the process for smoke removal and returning a space to its former physical state is total restoration. If necessary, a homeowner must repair or replace structural materials, furniture, and appliances. Once they complete this portion of the restoration process, they merely need to replace decorative items to make the area comfortable and welcoming once again. Air purifiers should no longer be necessary unless the homeowner uses them to reduce allergy-related dust, pollen and pet dander and odors unrelated to a fire. Homeowners can't solve every smoke-based fire damage scenario on their own. If smoke odor doesn't dissipate or the fire affected a large area or caused extensive damage, they should invest in help from a professional restorer. If something does happen, call our team at American Restoration Water and Fire. We expertly and quickly handle total reconstruction jobs, including smoke removal and structural rebuilds and repairs. We're also available 24/7 for emergency restorations.

With winter upon us, temperatures will be dropping steadily as the cold weather puts a grip on many areas of New Mexico. Being aware of space heater misuse/fire risk is essential to reducing the chance of a fire in the home. With 79 percent of fire deaths caused by space home heaters, according to a report that was

You may be wondering why it's important to keep your exterior pipes from freezing. When water freezes, it expands. That expansion can burst your pipes. Before cold weather strikes, we want to share some measures you can take to prevent freezing pipes outside of your home.

At American Restoration, fire safety is something we take very seriously. We’ve seen the damage both flames and even smoke can do to a household and found that a large number of these fire risks that happen every year are caused during the Christmas season. Why? Two words: dry trees.

Asbestos is a potentially toxic substance that was common in homes built before 1980. It was often found in floor tiles, siding, insulation and more. While it is still used in many products today, including some homes, the dangers of the substance have increased safety measures. The substance is dangerous when disintegrated into microscopic fibrous particles (known as being friable) that float through the air. The particles, when inhaled or ingested, are toxic to people and can cause many health problems, including death.

Having a fire escape plan for your home or business is crucial for fire safety. We here at American Restoration believe that fire danger should always be considered to protect your family/employees and their belongings. A properly developed and implemented plan will mitigate the human and financial cost incurred in a fire and ensure that order and safety are maintained in the event of a fire and aid in fire restoration afterwards.

A fire can be one of the biggest trials a property owner can go through. No matter the source, fire can endanger lives and belongings. Even after the fire is out, you’ll need to consider fire restoration as well. We here at American Restoration believe that having a fire safety plan can protect your assets and your people in the event of a fire and mitigate the impact. Read on for fire safety tips, and what we can do for you!

The season is changing, and we’re feeling the first chilly days of Fall. During the long, hot days of summer, the furnace is often forgotten. It’s likely that no maintenance has been done to this vital piece of equipment during the past few months too. When the cold weather ends, many people don’t realize that they must continue to maintain their furnace, even when it’s not used.

Furnaces are one of the most common causes of house and business fires. To prevent fire danger, check out these items on your unit to make sure it is ready before the cold weather starts:

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Inclement weather can be scary and unpredictable. Storms certainly aren't an exception. If you've just been through a major storm, you need to make a point to meticulously assess your residential or commercial property right after the fact. You never know what kind of damage may have taken place.

Also known as evaporative coolers, swamp coolers are popular ways to keep homes and businesses cool in desert states like New Mexico. It is important to winterize units during the fall before cold weather arrives. Proper maintenance helps avoid flooding, protects building interiors, and extends unit life. Our technicians see it all too often with damaged pipes or improper winterization of equipment.

As we get closer to those cold weather months it is important to re-evaluate your residential or business heat source. You may be unaware of the potential fire dangers of furnaces and portable heaters that are lurking in your home or business. At American Restoration, we want to ensure you are safe and warm this coming winter, so we have compiled a short list of tips to prevent common fire dangers.

Mold is a fungal growth that thrives on a lot of moisture. It's unwelcome in most households for doing severe damages to walls, floors, ceilings, and primarily your health! It's not always easy to know if mold is toxic and dangerous, so here are some signs to look for.

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