Right now there are several fires raging across California. As we write this, the BART public transport system has been shut down in the Oakland area of San Francisco. There are people’s houses being burnt to the ground as we speak and, as that happens, all of their important documents are being destroyed. Those documents would have helped them to gain everything they deserve when they file an insurance claim. [Read more…]
Here’s some sobering facts from the National Fire Prevention Association: Between 2005-2009, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 240 home fires that started with Christmas trees per year. These fires caused an average of 13 deaths, 27 injuries, and $16.7 million in direct property damage annually. That’s a lot of unnecessary death, injury and damage for what is supposed to be a joyful season.
A quick search on Google for “fire damage” under News came up with quite an expensive list. Just within the last 24 hours, fires to homes or businesses caused almost $4.5 million in damage, and that’s just what we saw from the summary list.
From a kitchen fire in Folsom, California to garage fires in Jackson, Ohio and Phoenix, Arizona, from an apartment fire in El Paso, Texas to a market in Napa, California, the damage from fire and smoke is widespread. Luckily no one was injured in the Folsom kitchen fire, although it was caused by cooking—and as you know from our past blogs, most home fires are started in the kitchen!
An electrical short caused the fire in El Paso, Texas, which devastated the apartment building—firefighters believe that the fire was smoldering before igniting in the wood frame of a wall, then traveled up to the attic space. Luckily, the fire started at 1:15 in the afternoon, so everyone was evacuated safely, without injuries. Most of the apartments were damaged by fire, while all eight apartments were damaged by smoke and the water from the firefighters’ extinguishing the fire. The Red Cross is helping the displaced residents find home, but the property management company hopefully had a contract for emergencies with a restoration company, like we offer.
And if you think it’s just cooking accidents or electrical sparks that cause fires in properties, you’d be wrong. Sadly, the economy is forcing people into unsavory ways of making money, like thieves in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina. Yesterday a home suffered extensive damage due to a fire caused by thieves trying to steal copper wiring and piping from a vacant home. Although these type of thieves usually remove the plastic coating after they steal the wires, these perpetrators did it at the property, assuming that they had enough time to do so as the home was unoccupied. Apparently, this is not an uncommon problem in the area, according to the police captain, and it’s getting worse.
It’s National Fire Prevention Week, and we want the Inland Empire to be aware of how easy and quickly fires start and spread! With the colder weather approaching (it’s slow to get here to Southern California!), people will start dragging out space heaters, build a fire in their fireplace without cleaning out the chimney, and before you know it, they’ll be watching their homes go up in flames.
Don’t let this happen to you! But if it does, please call us immediately. We don’t want you to be out of your home for a day, an hour, a minute longer than you have to, and we can help restore your home to how it was before those flames started raging through your property. Call us now for a consultation and an estimate: (877) 732-8471
One of the worst parts of having your home flooded or damaged by fire is losing the precious contents of the home. How do you explain to a child that their favorite stuffed animal is unable to be cleaned? What about that dress you had bought to wear at your daughter’s wedding?
Although the new technology isn’t a magic cure-all for damaged “soft contents”—which means clothing, linens, or other items that include textiles—many items can now be cleaned and restored back to pre-loss condition.
Which is amazing. Most people see their items damaged by soot, smoke, fire and other contaminants and assume all is lost. But an interesting perspective is provided in the September 2011 issue of Claims magazine, in an article authored by Tracy Bachtell, EVP of Business Development for Paul Davis Restoration, Inc., our parent company.
In the article, Bachtell says that “the Esporta wash system is one such example of technology that is, by some measures, radically changing the rules of the soft contents restoration game.” It could be one of the technological advancements in recent years that are enabling insurers to improve their standards to adapt to the increasingly higher expectations of their customers.
There’s a lot of technical information in the article, which you can read if you click here, that most home or business owners don’t need to know. All that they have to know is that we use this new technology to clean and restore your damaged goods.
And before you think that this new Esporta system is using harsh cleaners that will harm you, your family or the environment, don’t worry. The system uses patented, environmentally safe cleaning agents and hydraulic cleaning action to clean most soft contents.
So what does this mean for you, our customer? It means that we can restore 85 percent of your contents that are usually deemed irreparable and to be thrown away, and reduce the claim to your insurance company.
Would you like more information on this Esporta system? Please call us and we’ll answer any questions you have: (877) 732-8471 or use our online form to send us a query. We’re here to help!