Many of us are all aware that smoke of any kind can leave a strong and lasting odor. The problem many people have with smoke is that no matter how many different tips and tricks they try, the stubborn smoke smell remains. From painting the walls to changing the carpet, removing smoke from a home and/or business is not that easy. Many steps need to be taken and special equipment may have to be used, such as an ozone generator.
So, how are you supposed to remove that annoying smoke odor?
There is plenty of advice online about smoke removal. Some of these tips come with appealing illustrations that can make many feel hopeful. Although, once the step by step instructions are completed, the stubborn odor is only temporarily masked. The only way to get rid of smoke odor, whether it is from smoking tobacco or a house fire, is finding and removing all smoke molecules within the area.
This is where things get tricky. Every little corner, crack, and fabric, must be removed, cleaned well, and washed, if necessary. Since you are trying to remove smoke molecules, it’s safe to assume that these are not visible and having an idea of what area, if not all, has been affected. So, if you had a fire in the home, you would have a better idea of which room would need to be treated. Same goes for smoking. If you or anyone in the home used to smoke in a specific area, then this is the area that must be treated and cleaned from top to bottom.
We enjoy helpful DIY projects but in all honesty, depending on the degree of the lingering smoke odor, we highly recommend calling a smoke removal specialist like us, Cook Bros. Cleaning & Restoration. We say this because cleaning an area from top to bottom doesn’t always guarantee that the odor will go away. Smoke molecules are small and we have the necessary equipment that will find and break up the molecules in the area that is being treated. With our Ozone Treatment, we are able to successfully remove fire and smoke odors from any property. Ultimately, knowing when to call a professional will save you more money and time in the end.
In Arizona, hearing about water damage may sound unrealistic, but the fact is that water damage doesn’t always occur from our monsoon seasons. In fact, a more common result of water damage to a home is from an internal leak or break in pipes. If water is left untreated in your home/business, the damages can cost you so much more in the long run.
Water damage can cause many problems to the structure of the home and can even cause health problems. If water is left for a long period of time, fungus begins to grow and bugs begin to take advantage of the sewage water. For homeowners who have wooden floors or walls during a flooding will be prone to damage if problem is left untreated because wood absorbs water. Ultimately, this can weaken the structure of your home greatly, which can lead to a decrease in the value of your home. There are many different ways that water can damage your home, below are a few damages that can result from untreated water in an area and/or a flood.
- Metal Corrosion
- Decrease in value of home
- Damages to belongings
- Damages to wooden floors and wooden home structures
Whichever culprit, Cook Brothers Restoration has the tools and experience to restore your home and/or business. We have the right equipment to restore your home.
When the bad things in life occur, are you ready to take the next steps in restoring your life? Many catastrophes occur around us but this does not mean we are aware of the tasks that need to be completed next in order to take care of the damages and problem. Catastrophes such a fire/smoke and water damages can leave many people feeling hopeless and without a clue on what to do next.
Consider the following steps when unfortunate events strike your way:
- Make sure you are aware of your insurance policy. Get a copy of this and read through it thoroughly. The most important thing is to know your rights and what is covered by your insurance company. With this information, you will be able to make decisions confidently because you are aware of the policy.
- Compile a list of questions you may have. For example, will your lost personal belongings be replaced? What type of “proof of purchase” is needed when providing information to your insurance company? What damages are covered?
- Make sure to keep track of every representative you have spoken to in regards to your claim.
- Speak with your adjuster about temporary living arrangements and monetary advances to cover this for a month or so, as your home is restored.
- Pick a company, like Cook Bros Restoration, to perform restorations to your home and make sure to ask questions. Can you get a quote? How long will this take? What does the process involve?
There are many steps involved in finding the best way to restore your life after damages caused by a catastrophe that affects your home. These few steps can help you educate yourself with your insurance policy and make the right decisions that are tailored to your situation. Ensuring to ask questions when you are not aware or knowledge in this area will lead you to the right path in restoring your home, and most importantly, your life.
Lessen the damage to your home: We never wish this to happen to anyone, but when it does CALL US! and we’ll help lessen the damage through mitigation techniques that water intrusion can do to your home.
Mitigation: The sooner the water is removed from the structure & contents the less damage that will occur.
Certified Technicians: Our technicians are experienced & certified Water Damage Restoration Technicians.
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