Mother Nature can be unpredictable. Even the most innocent-looking weather can become severe in a hurry, and natural disasters can strike at any time.
From wind damage to flooding from heavy rainfall, or wildfires that result in fire damage or loss of your structure, Flood & Fire Solutions can help.
Over the years, we’ve become experts in assessing damage, and performing cleanup, repair, remediation and restoration due to:
- Flood damage from heavy rains or snow
- Wind damage
- Fire or smoke damage from wildfires
- Roofing Leaks
- Fallen trees and much more
We’ll take the necessary steps to ensure that your property is safe and secure, such as boarding windows, covering holes or exposed areas with tarps or other materials, limiting unauthorized access with temporary fencing, extracting water and much more.
We understand how traumatic a natural disaster can be, and that’s why we take every possible step to ensure that the recovery process is as hassle-free as possible. We can work directly with your insurance provider, saving you time and frustration, and will ultimately help you to get back into your home as soon as possible.
Most Common Disasters Include…
Washing Machine Hoses Burst
If you asked a Flood and Fire technician if high quality hoses were worth the money? Well……. be ready for our trained technician to tip over! Maybe it is because we see it every day, but “water hammer” is extremely hard on hoses! No matter the cost, replacing hoses is by far a cheaper preventive maintenance than a flood restoration repair.
Water runs downhill, its that simple! You probably think, well, my house has never flooded from the outside. True, but just how much water can your lot take before city sewer, streets, window wells, and landscape cannot take any more volume of water, then where does it go? Walk around your property and think about it. You may have options with how you set up your landscape that give you the advantage of owning the high ground. Gutter over your window wells could be far cheaper than a flood restoration repair.
A pipe that freezes and cracks just 1/8 of an inch can leak 250 gallons of water per day. And that is just a small crack! We run into this situation under trailer homes and crawl spaces. Too much cold air getting in from outside is the culprit. Make sure foundation vents are operable so you can maintain the best environment under your house. Foundation vents control humidity, pests, and temperatures under your house. Insulate pipes, turn off water to outdoor spigots, and leave taps open to relieve pressure.
Once a year grab a screw driver and flashlight. Go outside and look inside your dryer exhaust. Pull out your dryer and take the exhaust hose off. The amount of lint that has built up in those two areas gives you an idea how bad the whole system could be restricted! Think about how a hairdryer is touchable as it runs. Now could you imagine if you pressed it to your head slowing the air flow. It would not take long for things to start smoking, including your head! You may get lucky and your dryer belches a lint ball, but some people don’t get that lucky. Not up for the challenge? Call a pro! Maybe consider getting a bid on the rest of the house ducts so you can have better air quality and piece of mind.
Not a lot you can do here except throw away all your kids toys that might get flushed and stuck downstream! Don’t do this! I was trying to keep you interested to keep reading. Drainage ruptures, blockages, and over-filled septic systems are the most common reasons that you have water coming back into the house. Septic maintenance and pumping are far cheaper than re-carpeting a basement because of a backflow.
40% of fires start in the kitchen and the cooktop is the most common culprit.
We have repaired houses that have been hit by lightning and or power lines falling on a house. Now the exterior had a metal roof and metal siding, very good conductor of electricity. All you welders out there know this section by instinct. Imagine aluminum windows welded shut, lap joints in the siding had smoke residue coming out of it, wires and conduits blown in half, hot water coming out of the outside spigots.
The bottom line is where do you start after something like this happens? You’re going to need a restorer that has a widely diverse crew with pros that come from all areas of construction and an office staff backed by reputable/courteous subcontractors. Restorers deal with insurance companies every day and in most cases this is your first disaster. Your restorer wants the happiest customers in the world for good word of mouth and because they take pride in their work. Your home deserves to be put back exactly as it was before the disaster! Wind-Missing shingles to bigger problems, like a tree falling on your house.
Bad or old wires can short out and start a fire. Signs of trouble: Frequently blown fuses or breakers, flickering lights, a tingling sensation when you touch a wall switch or appliance. How to avoid it: Replace old circuit breakers with arc-fault interruptors which cut off electricity when they sense danger. Consider replacing wiring that is over 40 years old.
Clogged gutters overflow allowing water to pool around the foundation where it was not intended, leading to basement leaks. Remove leaves and debris. Replace missing downtubes.