What Should I Do After a House Fire?
04th May 2023
When a fire burns through your home, it can often leave you confused and unsure on what to do next. Of course, your first step should always be to call 9-1-1 but what do you do after the fire has been put out?
IS IT SAFE TO GO BACK INSIDE?
The fire department will inform you when it is safe to go back inside. If the damage is extensive enough, they’ll tape off doors and windows and ask you to not cross the tape unless local authorities advise that it is safe enough for you to do...
What Are The Signs That My House Has Mold?
11th Apr 2023
It’s a scary word for homeowners, MOLD, when left unattended it can result in costly repairs and even compromise your family’s health. It may be fed by previous water damage from a hidden leak in your home or standing water under your home. Regardless, you need to know the signs so you’re ready to intervene immediately.
DAMP AND MUSTY ODORS
If you’ve noticed a musty, earthy scent in your home, some describe it smelling like rotten vegetables or wet socks. Either way, the smell is not...
What You Should Know About the Hoarding Cleanup Process
14th Oct 2022
Hoarding refers to the collection of clutter and objects, often to the point where a room or home is no longer accessible or habitable. Some of the most commonly hoarded items include books, papers, clothing items, containers, furniture, and even garbage.
If you have a loved one who struggles with hoarding, or a loved one recently passed and you need help dealing with what’s left, you may want to get the cleanup process started as soon as possible. But wading through all the clutter...
Risk Prevention: How to Prevent Water & Fire Damage
15th Sep 2022
Dealing with a disaster can be exhausting and mentally draining, especially if you’re displaced from your home for any period of time. Taking risk prevention seriously, although it cannot always keep a disaster from happening, can help you minimize the chances of a house fire or a flood. Here are our top risk prevention
tips for fires and water damage.
Preventing a House Fire
To prevent a house fire, install smoke detectors throughout your home. Make sure they are working and that...
Flood Damage: What Should You Do After Your House Floods?
15th Aug 2022
It’s hard to know exactly what to do in a disaster, so when your house floods, you may not know exactly how to proceed to protect your home and your safety. Flood damage
can cause serious damage quickly, so it’s important to know exactly what to do during this type of disaster. First and foremost, take these three steps during a flood:
1. Stop the water from flowing into your home, if possible. In many cases, this involves shutting off the water to your home.
2. If you can do so...
Property Restoration: Types of Damage We Can Help With
15th Jul 2022
We are property restoration
experts, and we’re always ready and waiting to spring into action when your home incurs damage in a disaster. As a property restoration company, here are the main types of damage we can help you take care of:
• Water damage
—Did your washing machine break and cause a flood? Did a pipe burst in one of your walls and cause serious damage? However the water damage happened, we can take care of it. We use state-of-the-art drying and restoration equipment to...
A Quick Look at All of Our Restoration Services [infographic]
16th Jun 2022
No restoration job is beyond our capabilities because of the extensive list of restoration services we provide. Here is a closer look at all of our restoration services and what they entail. And remember, when you need restoration work done, call us right away at Emergency Restoration Xperts (ERX)!
• Construction & repairs—After the restoration process is over, we can complete a full rebuild of the affected area, returning the space to like-new condition.
• Contents restoration—Were...
Steps to Take After a House Fire
15th Jun 2022
A house fire is an unexpected disaster that leaves you with a damaged home and worry for the future. Although it may take some time for life to feel normal again, taking certain steps following a house fire
can help you move forward and repair the damage as quickly as possible.
• Find somewhere to stay
—Even if the damage your house incurred during the fire is minimal, you probably cannot stay in your house for a little while. Find somewhere to stay for the time being, whether this...
Why Wind Damage Repair is Important
16th May 2022
Our team at Emergency Restoration Xperts (ERX) knows that your home is important to you, and we want to help you keep it in the best possible condition. One of the ways that we do that is by offering top-notch wind damage repair services
—if your home has suffered damage from high winds, you can turn to our experts to get that damage fixed and your home restored. While there are some home repairs that may not need to be done right away, wind damage repair is something that should be...
What Our Restoration Contractors Want You to Know
15th Apr 2022
If your home has been damaged by a storm, burst pipe, or anything else, it’s understandable to feel overwhelmed. Fortunately, our team at Emergency Restoration Xperts (ERX) is here to help you. Our restoration contractors have the right experience to assess the damage
, determine how best to address the problems they find, and provide excellent repair services. We will do our best to return your home to its former, undamaged condition. Many homeowners come into the restoration process...
How Water Damage Restoration Works
15th Mar 2022
If your home has suffered water damage, our team at Emergency Restoration Xperts (ERX) is here to help. We offer top-notch water damage restoration services
to correct the damage and return your home to its former condition. We also know that dealing with damage to your home and figuring out the restoration process can be stressful, so we have put together this article to help you know what to expect from our services.
• Water Cleanup.
The first step in water damage restoration is to...
Do You Need Mold Remediation?
15th Feb 2022
There are many problems that plague homeowners, but one of the most insidious is fungal or microbial growth. These microorganisms can do serious damage to your structure, and their spores, when inhaled, can negatively affect your health. On top of that, they can grow in hidden, out of the way places, which makes them hard to detect. Fortunately, our team at Emergency Restoration Xperts (ERX) have extensive experience with mold remediation
, and we know how to recognize the signs of a...
How to Prevent Bursting Pipes This Winter
20th Jan 2022
Freezing temperatures can pose several challenges for homeowners, and many of them have to do with water and ice. Water is one of the only liquids that expands when it freezes, and this expansion leads to problems when it freezes inside any kind of container, such as a pipe. Our team at Emergency Restoration Xperts (ERX) has dealt with the aftermath of countless bursting pipes, and we want to help you prevent this type of damage from happening to your home. If you want to know how to...
Your Questions About Fire Damage Restoration Answered
25th Jun 2021
A fire leaves your home vulnerable to compounding damage, and you shaken by what just happened. We’ve answered some common questions about fire damage restoration below, so you feel more confident about how to handle the situation if you ever have a house fire.
When can I go back into my house after a fire?
Wait to go back inside until you get the go-ahead from your local fire department or another authorized professional. Unless the fire damage restoration process is complete
Is There Really a Difference Between Flood Damage and Water Damage?
25th May 2021
In your mind, water damage and flood damage
probably sound like the same thing, since they both involve an intrusion of unwanted water into your home. But as far as insurance purposes are concerned, flood damage and water damage are quite different.
Flood damage happens when water that originates from a natural disaster (think a heavy rain event) comes into your home through flash flooding or a sump pump failure. On the other hand, water damage usually happens when there’s a problem...
Storm Damage: What to Do After a Tree Falls on Your House
25th Apr 2021
The trees in your yard provide shade and beauty. But when a major storm blows through your area, these once-beautiful trees can immediately become major risks to your family’s safety and your home’s structure. If storm damage resulted in a tree crashing down on your roof
, you need to know how to handle the situation to stay safe and prevent any more damage.
- Evacuate your home—A home with any type of storm damage is not a safe place to be. When a tree crashes down onto your roof,...
4 Key Steps to Take Following a House Fire
20th Jan 2021
In the aftermath of a house fire, it’s understandable to feel overwhelmed, as you have just been through a traumatic experience. After such an experience, it can be difficult to know what to do next. To help you stay calm and do what’s best for your home and family, here are four key steps to take following a house fire
- Get to Safety- After a house fire, your first priority should be to get to a safe location. You can worry about your home after you have taken care of your...
How and Why to Inspect Your Home for Storm Damage
21st Dec 2020
When your area is affected by a storm or severe weather event, we recommend inspecting your home for storm damage
as soon as it is safe to do so. In this article, we will go over more about why it’s a good idea to perform these inspections, as well as how to do so.
Why Inspect for Storm Damage?
While some storm damage is clear and obvious, such as a tree falling on your roof, others are more subtle. There are some forms of storm damage that will not create an immediate problem...
How to Prevent Frozen Pipes
20th Nov 2020
While most substances contract when they change from a liquid to a solid, water expands when it freezes. When this expansion occurs inside a container, such as a pipe, it can do real damage to that container, and often to the structures around it. If you find yourself dealing with frozen pipes
this winter, you can turn to Emergency Restoration Xperts (ERX) to enlist our restoration services. However, there are also a number of precautions you can take to prevent frozen pipes; here are...
3 Qualities to Look for in Restoration Contractors
20th Oct 2020
If your home has been damaged in a fire, flood, or other disaster, you will naturally want to get it restored as quickly as possible. To do that, you will need the help of qualified restoration contractors
like Emergency Restoration Xperts (ERX). Our team has extensive experience working in this industry, and we frequently collaborate with other contractors to deliver the best results. In order to help you get the best restoration services, here are three key qualities to look for when...
How the Mold Removal Process Works
21st Sep 2020
While there are some household problems that you can fix yourself, for mold removal, it is usually wise to call the professionals instead. If you have a mold problem on your property--or suspect that you do--we encourage you to call Emergency Restoration Xperts (ERX) to get the effective, reliable mold removal services you need
. To help you prepare for the mold removal process, we will go over how it works so you can know what to expect.
- Inspection- The first step in the mold...
How to Avoid Frozen Pipes
20th Aug 2020
When cold weather comes, pipes are vulnerable to freezing. When water freezes, it expands and can cause your pipes to burst. This can cause further issues with flooding or leaks. To prevent your pipes from freezing, there are several steps you can take. These simple and for the most part free, or inexpensive precautions can help you avoid frozen pipes
and all the damage they can cause:
•Open cabinet doors
– When you know temperatures are going to be dipping low, open your cabinet...
Top 5 Signs You Need Mold Remediation
20th Jul 2020
Do you think you might have mold in your home? There are several key signs to watch for that will help you know if you need mold remediation
- Visible mold – If you have visible mold, then it is important that you get it taken care of quickly. The mold can colonize and reproduce quickly and negatively impact the air quality in your home.
- Water intrusion – Mold grows in areas that are warm and wet, so if you’ve recently had flooding or a leak of some sort, you’ll want to have the...
3 Types of Storm Damage Restoration Services We Provide for You
19th Jun 2020
Here in North Carolina, we are no strangers to severe storms. Whether it’s a hurricane, hailstorm, or just heavy rains and wind, a storm can wreak havoc on your home and property. Knowing before the storm comes that you have a trusted source you can turn to that can provide you with solutions will help to ease your mind. Here at Emergency Restoration Xperts (ERX), we are the team to call when disaster strikes. Here are a few of the storm damage restoration
services we provide:
Emergency Restoration Services: 4 Simple Steps When Your Home is Flooded
20th May 2020
When you find flooding in your home, it is understandable that you might feel anxious and overwhelmed. However, it is important that you have a plan in place and that you stay calm as you follow a few simple steps to start moving towards solutions:
- Take care of loved ones – Make sure that everyone in your family, including pets are in a safe location and that someone is watching over children to make sure they don’t wander into unsafe spaces.
- Stop the source – Once your family...
Follow These Water Damage Restoration Tips for the Best Results! [infographic]
22nd Apr 2020
No one likes to think of the potential problems and damage that could happen to their commercial or residential property. Whether your water damage is the result of a heavy rainfall and flooding or if you had a burst pipe or other plumbing issue, water damage needs to be handled by experienced professionals like ours at Emergency Restoration Xperts (ERX). Here are a few tips to get the best results from your water damage restoration.
• Call Restoration Experts Early-
How to Find Trustworthy Restoration Contractors
20th Apr 2020
There are many times in this life when we have to trust the opinion of a professional. Whether it’s for medical procedures, dental work, or legal counsel, we often find ourselves in situations where we are trusting the degree or credentials of the professional as enough proof that they are acting in our best interest. But what about when it comes to repairing your home? If you’ve recently had a disaster that has left your home in disrepair, you are likely already feeling vulnerable and...
The Advantages of Restoration Services from a General Contractor
20th Mar 2020
It might seem obvious that when you need to recover from a disaster of some sort, you’d want a contractor who would completely restore your home to pre-loss condition. Some people, however, assume that they should call one company for restoration services for water extrication and clean-up and then a general contractor afterward for rebuilding. The reality is that there are options out there where you can work with one company for every part of the restoration. There are several...
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Hand Hygiene (COVID-19)
17th Mar 2020
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Hand Hygiene:
- leaning staff should wear disposable gloves and gowns for all tasks in the cleaning process, including handling trash.
- Gloves and gowns should be compatible with the disinfectant products being used.
- Additional PPE might be required based on the cleaning/disinfectant products being used and whether there is a risk of splash.
- Gloves and gowns should be removed carefully to avoid contamination of the wearer and the...
Important Things to Know about Flood Damage
20th Feb 2020
Coming home from vacation to a flooded home because of a plumbing failure, burst pipe or having severe weather cause flooding in your home is never expected or appreciated. You may have an emergency plan in place for a variety of situations, but flood damage
may not be one of the things you’ve planned for. Since it can happen without notice, it is a good idea to get a few facts in mind so that you can better deal with flood damage if it happens to you. Here are some important things to...
Water Tips When Hurricane Damage or Severe Storm Damage Has Contaminated the Water Supply
20th Jan 2020
It is not uncommon for a hurricane to disrupt the public water supply and make it unsafe for consumption and even for other uses. While the human body can endure three weeks without food, in most cases, it cannot go more than three days without water. It is common to focus on getting your home or business restored after hurricane damage
, but you should also take care to resolve your water supply while you wait for the area to become safe again. Here are a few ways you can keep yourself...
What Can Be Salvaged by a Contents Restoration Professional?
20th Dec 2019
If you home or business has experienced damage from a disaster, you probably expect the contents to be a total loss. Between fire, smoke, and water, and potentially even mold, it can seem incomprehensible that anything could be salvaged. In fact, the vast majority of restoration companies practice disaster recovery with that premise and will charge you to remove and dispose of nearly everything. What you should know is that a professional with contents restoration
training can salvage...
Follow These Risk Prevention Tips to Avoid Disaster
20th Nov 2019
There are two types of risk prevention
: taking steps to avoid a disaster from happening and taking steps after a disaster to keep the damage from becoming worse. It can be helpful to understand the main disasters that you can prevent and what to do about the ones you cannot. Here are a few risk prevention tips that can make a difference.
• Tip #1 – Secure your home before going on vacation
. If you do not have a trustworthy home-sitter keeping an eye on your home every day, you...
The Season for Frozen Pipes Has Begun! What You Need to Know
19th Nov 2019
As the temperatures drop in the Carolinas, it is common to prepare yourself from winter’s cold. You dig out your winter clothes, heavy boots, and outerwear so you can be sure that you’ll be warm when you head outside. If you forgot to take into consideration what the cold can do to your home’s plumbing system, frozen pipes
could be your unfortunate sign that North and South Carolina have hit sustained freezing temperatures.
Pipes can burst when water in the line freezes and expands,...