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if a hailstorm would attack whilst i had not prepared what will i do

5. February 2018

Hail storms can be very damaging to your property, including your home and your vehicles.  It is always best to be prepared for a hail storm to minimize the potential damage, but sometimes storms happen without warning, leaving us little time to prepare.  Fortunately, there are some things you can do quickly as a hail storm approaches to help prevent significant damage to your property.

  • Recognize the signs of a hail storm: If you notice a storm forming, pay attention to the clouds. If there are white clouds mixed with the dark clouds, there is a chance the storm could include hail.  Hail forms when cold air fronts clash with hot air fronts during a storm.
  • Check news for weather reports: If you listen to the weather reports, you can find out if hail is expected and react accordingly.
  • Bring all pets inside: Hail stones can injure and even kill your pets. Make sure your pets are safe and secure in your home before the storm hits.
  • Put vehicles in a sheltered area: If you have a garage, put your vehicles in the garage to protect them from hail. If you have limited garage space or no garage, you can cover your vehicles with a tarp to help prevent damage.
  • Bring in outdoor furniture: If there is time, move your outdoor furniture, garbage cans, tools, and other outdoor items in a garage or shed. This will protect these items from damage and prevent them from becoming projectiles in severe storms.
  • Close windows and doors: Make sure your doors are shut and locked, and that your windows are also shut. Close the curtains and blinds as well in case a hail stone is big enough to break the window.  This will help keep the broken glass contained.

If the hail storm begins before you can complete these things, then stay inside and shut your windows and doors.  It is better to deal with property damage than a serious injury.  The following tips will help you prepare your home ahead of time for the possibility of a hail storm:

  • Inspect your roof: Make sure you routinely check your roof for damage or vulnerabilities. You can hire a professional to do a thorough inspection and identify any damage to the shingles and other features of the roof.  Keeping your roof in good repair will help protect against hail damage.
  • Trim trees and shrubs: Wind and hail can bring enough force to break weakened tree branches. You must trim the tree branches hanging over your home or near your windows so you don’t have to worry about damage to your home from falling tree branches.  Make sure you keep shrubs near your home trimmed as well.
  • Clear debris from gutters and downspouts: Your gutters should always be clear of debris so that rain can drain properly during a storm. This will help prevent water damage to the roof, siding, and foundation.
  • Have an emergency plan: It always helps to have a plan in place for a disaster type of scenario. This plan should include the safest areas inside and outside your home to take shelter from hail, a meeting place in case your family gets separated, and an escape route if necessary.
  • Upgrade insurance: If you are worried about hail storms in your area, you can get an insurance policy that covers hail damage. You can discuss your options with a representative from your insurance provider.

How to clean wine on carpet

5. February 2018

When it comes to carpet stains, wine stains are the most dreaded.  Fortunately, you can remove wine stains from your carpet, but you must act fast to do it.  The following are two different methods to remove wine stains from your carpet:

Method 1: Dish Soap and Vinegar

  • Start by blotting up as much wine from the carpet as possible. Use up and down motions to blot up the wine, do not scrub because this will push the wine deeper into the carpet fibers.  Work from the outside of the stain in to prevent it from spreading.
  • Mix two cups of water with a tablespoon of vinegar and a table spoon of liquid dish soap. Dip a clean cloth in the mixture and use it to dab the stain until it is removed.
  • Wipe down the area with an additional clean cloth and fresh cold water to remove the soap and vinegar solution.

Method 2: Baking Soda

  • Once again, start by blotting up the wine with a cloth or paper towels.
  • Dilute the stain by pouring cold water over it. You can also do this with white wine or vodka.
  • Make a mixture of three parts water and one part baking soda and mix to a paste. Apply the paste to the wine stain.
  • Vacuum the area once the paste dries. The dried baking soda will remove the stain and any odors.

These methods work best when you take action immediately after the spill happens.  The longer the stain is left to set, the more difficult it will be to remove it.  If you have older wine stains that cannot be removed from your carpet with these methods, you can call a professional that provides carpet cleaning services.  They have advanced stain removers that can remove wine stains from any type of carpeting.

I placed a plastic food cover on my stove and by mistake I lit that spot. House covered with white smelly “soot”. the Fire Department was here and they said that they had sucked out all the “ash” I am concerned about my Micro, ceiling, etc.

2. January 2018

Dealing with soot and odors from any type of burning material requires advanced cleaning products, equipment, and methods.  Unfortunately, the fire department is often ill equipped when it comes to cleaning up soot and removing lingering odors.  This is why you must call a disaster restoration specialist.

Disaster restoration professionals always have the right equipment and products to deal with the effects of smoke and soot.  They use powerful chemical cleaning products that can completely remove soot from many different types of household surfaces.  You must call a restoration professional as soon as possible for soot cleaning because soot damage is likely to become permanent if it is not cleaned right away.

The reason odors from burning materials linger is because they can get absorbed into building materials such as wood, drywall, and textiles.  These materials need to be specially treated to extract the odors and remove the smell for good.  It comes as no surprise that sucking out the ash did not solve the odor problem.  Restoration professionals use state-of-the-art deodorization methods such as thermal fogging and hydroxyl deodorization to effectively extract the odors from affected materials and air spaces.

The fire department specializes in putting out fires while restoration professionals specialize in soot cleanup and odor removal.  Make sure you call a restoration professional near you right away to treat the building materials affected by the soot and provide deodorization services if necessary.

Is kitchen sink backup “sewage?” Our sink backed up and the water got all over the countertop, into drawers and cabinets, and onto the floor, and the water contains tree particles and dirt. Is this considered sewage?

14. September 2017

The water from a backed-up sink most likely does not contain sewage, but the water can still be hazardous.  There are three different categories of water damage that are determined by the level of contamination; clean water, dirty water (or gray water), and black water.  Clean water generally comes from leaky plumbing fixtures or appliances and does not contain any harmful substances.  Dirty water may include some contaminants such as microorganisms as well as debris like dirt and other materials.  Black water contains hazardous materials like sewage, waste, chemicals, and other dangerous toxins.  Natural floods and sewage backups are the main sources of black water.

In this scenario, it seems like you are dealing with dirty water because the water from the sink contains tree particles and dirt.  It is very unlikely that sewage water found its way up and out of a backed-up sink.  That being said, you should still react with caution to the dirty water because you never know what type of microorganisms the water picked up with those natural materials.  Your best bet is to call a water damage restoration professional who can tell if the water is dangerous or not.  These professionals will also be able to remove the excess water and dry the floor, countertop, and cabinets that were affected.

how to fix acetone damaged lacquer finish on a wood table?

4. July 2017

This is a common problem because acetone, an organic compound found in nail polish removers, paint removers, and various cleaners, can easily strip the lacquer finish on wooden furniture.  If acetone is spilled on a wooden table, it will strip the lacquer coating.  If the acetone is not cleaned up right away, it will penetrate the lacquer and discolor the wood.  You can repair the damage to your wood furniture from acetone with these steps:

  1. Move the piece of furniture to a well-ventilated area. Clean the stained area with an all-purpose cleaner and use a rag to wipe off the cleaner.
  2. Evaluate the extent of the damage. Minor damage can be repaired with a wood stain pen.  If the lacquer is damaged but not the wood underneath, you can apply a thin coating of spray lacquer over the affected area.  Make sure you follow the directions for the lacquer and give it enough time to dry.  Repeat the process until the new lacquer finish matches that of the rest of the piece.
  3. If the damage goes deep enough to affect the wood, you will have to sand the affected area down to the bare wood and apply a new stain and finish. If you find a stain that matches your furniture, then sand just the damaged area with fine grit sandpaper.  If you can’t find an exact match for the current stain, or if you want to refinish the furniture with a different wood stain, then you will have to sand the entire piece down to the bare wood.  An electric sander is more convenient for stripping larger areas or entire pieces of furniture.
  4. After you finish sanding, vacuum the sawdust from the surface of the furniture. Apply the new stain to the affected area, or the entire piece, depending on what you decide.  You can apply the new stain with a paintbrush or rag, and make sure it dries before adding a second coat.
  5. Once the stain is dry, apply a coat of clear lacquer and let it dry according to the directions. Once the first coat is dry, repeat the process to add a second coat.

It is possible to fix acetone damage to your wood furniture yourself with these steps.  However, if you do not feel comfortable doing this type of work to your wood furniture, there are furniture restoration experts that can provide professional wood furniture refinishing services to fix minor surface damage like this on wooden furniture.

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