How We Restore Your Home After a Fire Damage Emergency

Parking in the garage is a convenient luxury that we all love. However, when that vehicle catches fire and affects the entire home, it can be a traumatic experience that causes a fire damage emergency. Last month, a homeowner contacted us about a car fire in the garage. They had just returned home from work, relaxing on the couch when the neighbor came over letting them know about the smoke bellowing out from the garage. They had already called the fire department, who was en route.

This property owner ran outside and tried to open the garage door, but it would not budge. As the fire got hotter, it began to melt the paint on the garage door and burst the side window. Luckily, the fire department arrived moments later and put the fire out. Luckily for the homeowner, the fire never expanded out of the garage. Not so luckily, smoke and soot filled the house and attic space.

Fire Damage Emergencies Require Immediate Attention

Upon getting the call, the Lightning Water Damage EMS crew went to work right away. Our top concerns were answering the property owners’ questions and beginning mitigation services to save the content in the home. What most people don’t realize is that the soot can do more damage than the fire itself. Soot can and will go anywhere that air goes.

When a by-product of a burning synthetic material, soot contains acidic properties from hydrofluoric, hydro sulfuric & hydrochloric acids. Mix that with the moisture in the air from Florida’s humidity or the water from the fire hoses, and we have an acidic reaction. EMS services include the extraction of the water from the fire department, cleaning and protecting all of the fixtures in the home and protection of the content items. We also boarded the home up, to protect it from looters who understand that the home has no security system to protect it from invaders.

What About Items Damaged During the Fire Emergency?

Upon release from the fire inspector, Lightning Water Damage experts began the full remediation needed in the home. Our remediation experts packed out, cleaned, and deodorized each content item in the home. We process these items through our content’s division in our facility, utilizing the latest technology like ultrasonics bathing and hydroxyl deodorization. Finally, we store those items in our climate-controlled facility.

Back at the house, our fire remediation specialists worked to clean and restore the home, removing all traces of the soot and deodorizing the home. This is done by knowing how different structural materials react during different contamination scenarios. Various deodorization techniques are needed to achieve a healthy smelling home after a fire, which can include thermal fogging, air filtration and ozone/hydroxyl treatments.

Act Quickly After a Fire Damage Emergency

If you find yourself in a fire damage emergency, please do not hesitate to call Lightning Water Damage. Our industry experts are prepared and trained to take care of your home and restore it back to its pre-loss condition. Be sure to Demand the Lightning Van!

How Washing Machine Hoses Can Cause Damage to Your Home

We recently received a call in the middle of the night for a Florida home that was completely flooded from a washing machine hose that burst. Washing machine hose damage is one of the primary sources of water remediation for our business. There are multiple reasons for this:

  • They are under a tremendous amount of pressure.
  • Washing machine hoses are often squeezed and pinched by the washing machines when they are put in place.
  • The rubber hoses will sometimes have weak spots in them, form bubbles, and eventually burst.
  • Most commonly, when installing the washing machine, the hoses will be over-tightened, which will cause a break in the connection valve.

When a washing machine hose bursts, a tremendous amount of water escapes. In a matter of just a couple of hours, this entire home was flooded with standing water throughout.

So How Do We Fix It?

Thankfully, our crews are experts in handling these situations. They were able to get to work right away, extract all of the standing water, leaving only moisture behind, and then establishing a balanced drying system throughout the home, consisting of dehumidifiers and drying fans.

When it comes to setting up this equipment, too little or too much equipment can hamper the drying efforts. It is important to understand that there is a science behind what we do and calculations for figuring out exactly how much equipment to use. Too much equipment will increase the temperature in the home, which will slow down drying. Too little equipment, and the moisture that’s in the air and in the materials would not get processed quickly enough, again, delaying drying times. The last thing we want is delayed drying times because that is when mold will grow. We expect to have this home dry in three to five days, depending on how quickly some of the materials release the water or moisture.

Can We Prevent Washing Machine Hose Damage?

Some useful tips to avoid this type of water loss:

  • Use steel braided hoses.
  • Check your hoses monthly on the same schedule that you change out your air conditioning filters. Look for cracks or bubbles or weak spots in the hoses.
  • Change your hoses out every four to five years.
  • Do not push the washing machine too close to the wall. Try to keep a four inch gap between the wall and the back of the washing machine. Six inches is ideal, if you have the space.
  • Don’t over-tighten the connector. Hand tighten as much as you can, then with a wrench, a quarter turn will more than suffice. If you do more than that, you take the chance of breaking the connector valve on both sides.

Lightning Water Damage Can Fix Any Damage from Washing Machine Hose Damage

Even with all the due diligence and taking all the protective measures, there’s always a chance that accidents may still happen, and you may get a flood. If you do, call Lighting Restoration. We’re available any time and work with every major insurance company in the state of Florida. At Lightning Water Damage, our job is to save and salvage your home and your property, so that you can be back to life as normal.