Last updated 11 months ago
Many Long Island residents use their fireplace as a primary heat source during the winter months. Unfortunately, poorly maintained fireplaces can increase the chances of a fire and serious property damage. Make sure you are protecting yourself and your family members by reviewing this homeowner’s guide to fireplace safety.
Keep Your Fireplace Clean
Cleaning your fireplace and chimney on a regular basis is a great way to reduce the chances of fire or smoke buildup. You can manually wipe out the inside of your chimney and use a dust pan to remove ash and other debris. However, it is important to contact a professional when it comes to cleaning your chimney and flue. It is also a good idea to keep all of the air inlets on wood stoves and fireplaces open, as restricting the air supply will result in creosote buildup.
Clear Away Hazardous Items
It is important to keep decorations and other flammable materials away from your fireplace whenever it is in use. This not only means taking down stockings and garlands, but also includes using a metal mesh screen in the event that your fireplace does not provide a glass door.
Burn Fuels Safely
There are several steps you can take to ensure that you are safely burning fuels within your fireplace. This includes avoiding the use of flammable liquids, only using seasoned hardwood, and never burning cardboard, trash, or other debris. It is also crucial not to leave the fire unattended and to extinguish any remaining flames before leaving your home or going to sleep.
Protect the Inside of Your Home
In addition to cleaning your fireplace and following certain fuel-burning safety tips, you will want to install smoke alarms on every level of your home, both inside and outside of sleeping areas. In addition, you will want to provide proper ventilation for all heating equipment and extend your vent pipes at least three feet over your roof.
Here at DASO Restoration, we offer 24-hour emergency cleanup services, 365 days per year. For more information on fire cleanup, mold remediation, and asbestos and lead abatement, call (718) 893-0252 today!
Last updated 11 months ago
Mold continues to be a common problem in homes, despite the fact that homeowners are increasingly aware of its dangers. Mildew and mold can grow on just about any surface, provided there is surrounding moisture of some kind. Here are a few of the common ways that your home could be at risk for mold problems:
Leaks and Water Damage:
If you’re aware of any leaking pipes or any leaky parts of your plumbing, make sure to have them fixed right away. Water damage of any kind is a major source of mold growth. If your roof is leaking, have the damaged areas patched immediately, and in the meantime, dry out any wet spots. Areas that remain damp for over 48 hours are prone to mold growth.
Moisture in the Air:
Mold growth often occurs due to high levels of humidity. If your home is poorly insulated, condensation on surfaces along the edge of the home may lead to excess moisture and eventually to the growth of mold. High humidity in the home can also be traced to a faulty or aging HVAC system.
Poor ventilation is one of the leading causes of mold growth. This is especially true in structures built over the last 30 years, which may be fully sealed to the outdoors and therefore lack proper circulation. For example, an appliance such as a dryer—which releases moisture as it runs—may not have the proper ventilation, leading to high indoor humidity.
If your home has suffered water damage from a flood, plumbing leak or if you’ve noticed gradual mold growth due to excess humidity, call DASO Restoration today. We offer licensed mold remediation services to safely handle the effects of water damage, keeping you protected from the health hazards of mold. To learn more about mold remediation, call us at (718) 893-0252, or visit us online to see our full suite of home cleaning services.
Last updated 1 year ago
With the East Coast still reeling from water damage related to Hurricane Sandy, it’s important for businesses and homeowners to follow the right steps. Hiring a professional water damage company is the best way to recover as much of your property as possible. DASO Restoration has been helping New York residents with flood damage, mold remediation, construction, and other services for nearly 20 years. Call us today at (718) 893-0252 to schedule your free estimate today.
Read this Time magazine article to find out more about the vast damages caused by Hurricane Sandy and how business and homeowners are recovering.
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The Environmental Protection Agency provides helpful information about mold remediation in your home on this website.
Read this Huffington Post article for tips on saving your priceless family photos after water damage from Hurricane Sandy.
This New York Department of Health checklist can help you begin recovering your home and property after flood damage.
Last updated 1 year ago
Many Northeastern homeowners are still struggling to recover from the huge mess left by the storm. Whatever stage of cleanup you are in, DASO Restoration can help you recover from the water damage and other storm-related issues you’re facing.
Flood Damage Restoration
Few homes avoided water damage due to the massive flooding Hurricane Sandy caused. At DASO Restoration, we offer a completely free upfront estimate, so you know exactly what to expect from our water damage restoration process. We can help restore your belongings and get as much of it back to its original condition as possible. We use the latest in restoration equipment and technology, so we can offer the most effective restoration techniques possible.
The first step in recovering your home is to get the flood waters out. Water that is still sitting in your home or business can cause lasting damage and pose many dangers. Removing the standing water in any building is important to avoid electrical dangers and mold growth.
Wet, damp, or humid conditions can cause rapid mold growth in any building. Many business and homeowners who took care of flood damage after Hurricane Sandy are now facing mold growth. Certain molds release dangerous toxins into the air, which makes mold remediation immediately important. At DASO Restoration, we will remove your mold and then resolve conditions that promote growth so it doesn’t return.
If you are still trying to clean up after storm-related water damage, let the experts at DASO Restoration help you. We offer competitive pricing and a free estimate for a complete assessment of your damage before the start of any project. Call (718) 893-0252 to get started today.
Last updated 1 year ago
The holiday season is a fun and festive time for families and friends. However, the cold weather and fun decorations can raise the risk of accidental fires in your home. Taking extra care to keep your home safe is a great way to ensure you have happy holidays.
This video offers a look at some of the top causes of home fires around the holidays. It explains some basic rules and guidelines you can follow to keep your home and your family safe and warm.
If you experience an accidental fire in your home, don’t let it ruin your holidays. Call the fire cleanup experts at DASO Restoration to manage your home, recover your belongings, and help you return to the festivities. Call (718) 893-0252 to schedule an appointment.