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Wildfire Preparedness Tips

By now most people know that California’s wildfire season – which usually begins in August – has begun early. Currently there are still fires raging in several locations around our state endangering lives – both human and animal – and destroying property including homes. And while it may seem at times that the average person is powerless in helping to fight this catastrophe, there are things all of us can do to mitigate the damage that is caused by wildfires. Here are some of those things.

  • Have an emergency plan in place: As the old saying goes “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!” Make a plan to immediately evacuate your home in the event of an emergency. Think now about where you would go, how you would get there and which essentials you would take. Finally, make sure that all family members memorize this plan.
  • Consider fire resistant landscaping: Strategically place fire resistant plants around your home. These kinds of plants include French lavender, Red Monkey flowers, California Fuchsias and sage to name a few.
  • Purchase fire extinguishers: Every household, whether it is near a wooded area or not, should have at least one fire extinguisher. Place one in every room of the home and make sure that everyone knows how to use them.
  • Create a safety zone around your home: Experts recommend that you create a zone around your home extending outward at least 30 feet. Remove dead plants, stored wood, etc from this zone in order to decrease the chance that a wildfire will reach your home. Create a second zone farther out from your home where you have properly maintained vegetation – perhaps fire resistant plants – as well.
  • Check your insurance policy: Make sure that your homeowner’s insurance is up-to-date and that it covers wildfire.wildfire
  • Prune your trees: Prune trees that come into direct contact with your home as these may create a bridge for fire to travel across.

As restoration water damage experts, we can tell you that the worst thing to happen in an emergency is to be caught without a plan. As a citizen you are not completely powerless in helping to control the spread of these wildfires that have devastated our state. Our company does mold removal and remediation as well as fire damage house repair and can even remove smoke damage from your home.

5 Common Causes of House Flooding

Even though a flood is one of the most destructive forces that can affect a home, most people don’t give them much thought until they have to. Even then, many people mistakenly believe that as long as the weather remains clear, they are safe from the possibility of facing a flood. This is wrong. Residential flooding can be caused by a number of factors both inside and outside the old homestead as you are about to see. Here are 5 of the most common causes of residential flooding.

  • Broken pipes: It doesn’t take long for a broken pipe to send water rushing into your home. As a precaution, you should regularly seal minor leaks before they compromise the integrity of your pipes. Also, be sure that you know where the main valve to shut off your water is located in the event of an emergency.
  • Clogged sewer or drain lines: Clogged sewer and drain lines can completely interrupt your home’s ability to have water flow from it freely. Worst still, clogged sewer and drain lines can even cause your sinks, toilets and showers to over flow. This can cause flooding to occur all throughout your home. If you suspect you have a clogged sewer or drain line, call a professional.
  • Clogged rain gutters: As odious a task as it may be, you should always clear your rain gutters of dirt and debris so that they are able to carry excess water away from your home. Otherwise, heavy rainfalls can end up causing water to back up into your home and potentially begin the process of mold growth.
  • The weather: Since no one can control the weather, this is a factor that we all must deal with when it comes to home flooding. However, by implementing some of the other suggestions in this post you may be able to mitigate the damage that even a major weather event can cause to your home. For example, you shook seek flood damage restoration in Thousand Oaks when your home and its contents are damaged by water as mold dangers can also arise.
  • Malfunctioning appliances: A leaky or improperly connected water heater can lead to flooding as can dishwashers and washing machines. It is important to be sure that these appliances are in good order and that there are no leaks present in them. If you feel you may have a problem with one of these appliances you should play it safe and consider replacing these devices.house flood

Floods can not only destroy your prized possessions, they can also damage the very structure of your home. That is why it is important to consider all the factors that can bring about flooding. Knowing these causes can help you save money and potentially even help you protect the lives of your loved ones.

Tips for Preventing Electrical Fires

According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (EFSI), residential electrical fires account for an estimated 51,000 fires each year, nearly 500 deaths, more than 1,400 injuries, and $1.3 billion in property damage. Electrical fires threaten the lives of our loved ones, and are among the most common cause of home fires. Thus, it is important that since all of us are constantly surrounded by electronics of some sort in our homes that we know how to manage this very preventable danger. Here are a several ways you can protect your valuable electronics and the invaluable members of your family from electrical fires.

  • Maintain electrical plugs, outlets, and cords: Be sure to check the electrical outlets in your home for signs of damage such as burn marks from overloads or cracking. Also be sure to check electrical cords for fraying and other kinds of damage. Finally, be sure that you do not overload electrical outlets with too many appliances.
  • Schedule regular electrical inspections: Electrical wiring wears out eventually. This is why if you live in an older home you should consider hiring a qualified electrician to inspect the wiring in your home.
  • Use a surge protector for multiple plugs: Properly used, surged protectors can prevent overloading when you need to plug several electronic devices into one outlet. Just be sure that your home has several surge protectors and that you plug no more than three cords into the power bar at one time.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions: Follow the manufacturer’s instructions that come with nearly all electrical devices. Going against their recommendations could not only void the warranty it may also result in injury or death.
  • Keep flammable materials away: Flammable materials such as gasoline, paint thinner, cleaning supplies, etc, may trigger fire when they are placed in close proximity to electrical appliances or outlets.electrical fires
  • Make sure there are Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCs) in your outlets: These can prevent electrical fires by shutting down circuits that become overloaded. In turn, this can prevent home fires.

To summarize, by following these tips you can reduce the chance of experiencing the trauma of a home fire and protect the safety of your family. After all, electronic devices are replaceable people are not. We’ve seen the damage that can be caused by fire and know the toll it can take on families and their belongings. That is why our expert smoke repair mitigates all fire damage. House fires are one of our many specialties. So protect your home and family and monitor those electrical devices.

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