Clean Carpets are essential to the health of the people in your home. Did you know that just one household builds up two and a half pounds of dirt per year in their carpets if they do not clean them? Cleaning your carpets once a year is highly recommended by most cleaning companies, if you have children or pets every six months is recommended. Food, pet fur, dirt, dust, and skin and oils that get deposited into your carpet start to form a living bacteria or dust mites. This is why doing at least a yearly professional carpet cleaning is essential to your health. Walking on carpet in bare feet releases more oils into your carpet from your skin, it is a good idea to wear socks when walking on your carpets. Also taking off your shoes in the house is a easy way to cut down on the amount of dirt that is getting into your carpets. Taking proper care of the carpets in your home is a good investment in the health of yourself and your family.
Here a few helpful guidelines to follow when you are looking to hire someone to do water damage repair on your home. Many companies offer a quick response time for flood emergencies. Upon arrival the contractor should take a through look around and be able to at least give a rough cost estimate of the work that is needing to be done. Be careful of the contractor who urges you to “sign and we’ll get started”. Extraction and drying services are usually separate from the reconstruction/restoration estimate which is done after drying is complete. Have them explain to you what is wet, what should be discarded and the drying process step by step. Some water damage contractors only offer emergency services, while others offer both emergency and reconstruction services. At Steam Way we carry a Class A contractor license and so we offer both emergency and reconstruction services.
Be sure that you have done your research into the company that is going to do the work for you. Are they experienced in their field? Do they posses the correct licenses, certifications and insurance for the job you need done? Be sure that you hire an actual water damage company to do this type of work as they have specialized training and proper equipment needed to do a correct job. If for any reason you do not feel comfortable with the first company that comes to your home and gives you an estimate, call another company, most water damage companies do free in home estimates. You need to feel comfortable with who is doing the work on your home.
We here at Steamway want to wish everyone a very happy Fourth of July Weekend. Here is a little video clip with some fireworks safety tips to remember so your family and your home stay safe this holiday weekend. Happy 4th!
Here is an interesting video from CBS on what to do in the event of a kitchen fire on your stove. Many people do not know the proper way to extinguish a fire in the kitchen, resulting in extensive damage to their home. Watch this informative video so you can be ready if this should occur in your kitchen.
It is summertime and that means vacation time for many people. A good thing to remember when leaving on vacation is to turn off your main water valve on your house. Turning off the water valve while you are on vacation can help you to avoid a potential water damage situation occurring while you are away. This simple step could save you money and potential damage to your home.
Below is an example of what a main water valve switch might look like in a house.
Useful link with tips on what to do before and after a bad storm:
I had an interesting conversation with someone at Our Health Magazine in Lynchburg, VA. The topic was maintaining a healthy home, and more specifically, the importance of having your carpets cleaned regularly. The floor coverings in your home act somewhat as a filter – hence the dark lines in carpet found underneath doors sometimes. Outdoor air comes in and along with it bacteria, fungus, pollen, cigarette smoke, car exhaust, dirt from pets and other air pollutants. This debris gets trapped deep in your carpet and rugs and accumulates over time and can create a health hazard in the home. Most people do more than just walk on their floors. If you have kids your floors are a play area, parents wrestle with their kids on the floor and floors are used to sit on. This means that all the dirt and debris and pollen is being exposed to your skin. Even if all you ever do is walk on your floors, you are still breathing the air in your home, which has been filtered through soil laden carpet. Obviously, air quality in your home can especially affect people with respiratory illnesses and allergies. The solution: Vacuum your floor coverings at least once a week and have them cleaned by a professional annually. If you have any carpet cleaning questions and you live in the Lynchburg, VA area, please call Steam Way of Central VA and we will be happy to assist you.
Here’s a very useful website to help teach your kids about fire safety. Here at Steam Way of Central VA we have seen many fires in Lynchburg, VA started by clothes over electrical wires, stuffed toys over electrical outlets in the floor in older homes, and other ways that children unknowingly contribute to home fires. A quick review of some simple guidelines could prevent disaster.
There is a reason insurance companies either do not allow home owners to have wood stoves or have very strict requirements on how they are set up. Two homes in the last three weeks in Lynchburg, VA were damaged by fires caused by wood stoves. You can click on this WSET link to read more about it. In this particular incident, Steam Way of Central VA helped the home owner in the restoration process. One of the ways we help people with fire or smoke damage is by cleaning their contents and removing smoke odor with ozone machines. We have a special ozone chamber where clothing, furniture and other contents are placed for a period of time. If you would like to know more about how this works, please give us a call.
The Commonwealth’s 4 p.m. Burning Law goes into effect Feb. 15, 2011 – the start of spring fire season in Virginia.
This law prohibits burning before 4 p.m. each day (Feb. 15 – April 30) if the fire is in, or within 300 feet of, woodland, brushland or fields containing dry grass or other flammable materials.
A violation of this law is a Class 3 misdemeanor punishable by up to a $500 fine. In addition to the criminal violation, those who allow a fire to escape are liable for the cost of suppressing the fire as well as any damage caused to others’ property.