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How to Prevent Christmas Tree Fires

The holidays are the time of year to enjoy quality time with your family over delicious meals. It is picturesque to cuddle up with mugs of hot cocoa around your beautifully lit tree next to your warm fireplace. However, if not set up correctly, your Christmas tree can turn into your fireplace! According to the NFPA, there are 160 Christmas trees a year that go up in flames! It is an understatement to say that this is probably not how you want your holiday season to go. To avoid any Christmas...

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Kitchen Safety Tips for the Holidays

Holidays are a time of year to celebrate with family, and enjoy delicious food! The holiday season tends to be the busiest in the kitchen. Because Thanksgiving is the biggest cooking day of the year in the United States, it is also the day with the most cases of kitchen fires. According to the NFPA, Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day. We want to make sure that you are well equipped to prevent a kitchen fire this holiday season, so you can focus on your...

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Kitchen Repairs After a Fire

Kitchen damage after a fire can be extensive, from the appliances to the cabinetry and walls.  Many fires that start in the kitchen, even when contained, produce a lot of smoke.  The smoke can damage the electrical panels of your appliances.  This type of damage can go unseen, noticed by the homeowner only when the appliance begins to malfunction.  A professional restoration company, like Soil-Away, can identify all of the needed repairs after a kitchen fire.

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Who Can I Hire to Fix My House After a Fire?

After a fire in your home, it is important that you hire a restoration team that can assess the damage.  These damages often go beyond what a quick, visual inspection can offer.  A fire can wreak havoc on the structure of the building, roof, HVAC system and even the plumbing.  A company that is experienced in dealing with these unique challenges that the aftermath of a fire can present is the best team to help repair the home.

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Who Is the Best Disaster Restoration Company

Who Is the Best Disaster Restoration Company?

If a fire or flood causes damage to your home or business, you need a disaster restoration company with experience evaluating and repairing the damage.  A proven track record, with years if not decades of experience will ensure that the restoration company can effectively help with the situation.  It is also important that the restoration business that you choose is fully insured.

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Textile and Soft-Contents Cleaning

Textile and Soft-Contents Cleaning

One challenge after a disaster in the home has always been getting textiles and soft contents cleaned.  Beyond removing the damage on the outside of the item, if not properly sanitized bacteria can grow leading to health concerns.  This sanitization process is particularly important because these soft content items and textiles are often those that we hold closest to our body, from clothing to blankets and stuffed toys.

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Tips for Preventing House Fires

Tips for Preventing House Fires: Properly Dispose of Oily Rags After Use

A big, and yet often preventable, cause of fires in the home is oil-soaked rags.  Summer is a great time for home improvement projects, particularly those that need to be done outdoors.  One project that is sometimes taken on by the homeowner is staining a deck, porch or outdoor railing.  The oil-based stain soaks through the rags.  When not properly disposed of or stored, exposure to the heat outdoors and trapped oxygen can cause these oily rags to ignite.

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How Can I Get Rid of Smoke Odor from My Property

How Can I Get Rid of Smoke Odor from My Property?

After a fire, it can be a challenge to remove underlying smoke odors from the carpet, furniture and even walls.  It is important to ventilate the area as much as possible, opening doors and windows.  Fans directed to exhaust the air outdoors will also help to speed up the process.  A deep cleaning of the entire home, including washing the walls, flooring and upholstery will go a long way to removing any lingering smoke odors.

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Can My Clothes Be Cleaned After a Fire?

Clothing and other soft contents, such as stuffed animals, can be cleaned after a fire’s smoke and soot have damaged them.  Using patented technology, the Esporta iS4000 Wash System is able to not only remove any debris and odors, but it can also sanitize the items.  This process ensures that soft contents are safe to be on your body after a fire, removing the underlying bacteria and grime.

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How to Protect a Vacant Building During COVID-19

How to Protect a Vacant Building During COVID-19

Managing commercial properties during the COVID-19 crisis is a challenge. Buildings from schools to offices to churches currently sit empty. A vacant property is vulnerable to theft, vandalism and property damage. The challenge with a vacant building is that any damage can go overlooked for an extended period of time. All commercial building managers must take extra precautions to protect their real estate assets. Thinking of things such as security, inspection processes, utility management and...

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Smoke Odor Removal

How Do I Remove Smoke Odor?

To remove the odor of smoke, ventilate the home as much as possible.  This includes opening windows and doors and strategically placing large fans to circulate the air.  Baking soda can also be very effective at removing smoke odors.  Place several small bowls filled with baking soda around the room for 24 hours, allowing them to absorb the odors.  You can sprinkle a thin layer of baking soda onto rugs and carpeting.

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Soot Damage repairs Pelham NH

Soot damage repairs – Pelham, NH

Cold weather temperatures are here causing many people to find ways of warming their cold homes. This can sometime lead to an increase in fire damage and the need for fire and soot damage repairs. Space heaters, candles, overloading extension cords are just a few of the causes of these fires. Dirty, or poorly ventilated fireplaces, old or defective furnaces, and unattended stoves are some other culprits. In any case, care must be taken to protect yourself.

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