How Regular Cleaning of Household Appliances Can Prevent Smoke Damage

Smoke damage is not something to be taken lightly. Indeed, smoke can cause serious damage to your property. Also, smoke causes severe health issues for many Americans. However, with all this being said, there are steps you can take to ensure you can better control the damage when it occurs. One of the things you can do is to clean and maintain the variety of appliances in your home or other property. In this article, we will show you the appliances that you need to maintain and how you can do it.

Ovens Can Cause Smoke Damage 

One of the biggest causes of smoke damage concerning appliances is dirty ovens. Indeed, it is common for small bits of food to fall to the bottom of the oven every time you use it. When this food begins to burn, it can cause a significant amount of smoke to build up. Next, the smoke escapes the oven, causing damage to your walls and other parts of your kitchen. Even a little smoke can cause damage that is difficult to eliminate. We recommend that you regularly clean your oven and get rid of any fallen food after every meal you cook. This regular cleaning will ensure that there is no chance of anything burning and causing smoke damage.

Inspect Outlets and Frayed Appliance Wires 

Something that gets overlooked when performing property maintenance and repair is the power outlet. A significant amount of electric power comes out of the average outlet every day. If the plate around the outlet is dirty and partially blocked, it can cause electrical sparks. As a result, these electric sparks can spread, causing items in your property to catch fire and burn. If left unnoticed, the resulting damage could be significant to the affected room. We recommend that you regularly take out the power outlet plate and clean it.

Also, it is important to keep an eye on the wiring that is powering your appliances. Even though this is not a cleaning tip, it will help you prevent smoke. If you notice any exposed wiring, you need to act quickly to fix the issue. We recommend that if you can’t afford a new appliance, wrap the cord with duct tape to reduce wire exposure.

Clothes Lint in Your Dryer 

Another appliance that is notorious for causing smoke damage is the dryer. Indeed, during the drying process, lint begins to build up in the dryer’s air filter. If the lint goes unnoticed, the heat from the dryer will start to burn the lint. This burning results in smoke from your dryer. Also, this smoke can permanently damage the clothes in the dryer. We recommend that you check your filters before each time you use the dryer.

It is important to note that no method of cleaning is perfect. Unfortunately, there may come a time when you experience smoke damage. When this happens, you need to be ready to act to prevent significant smoke damage. Here at MD Water Restoration, we provide industry-leading damage restoration services. Come to our website today and learn what to do if you experience any damage.

Emergency Services and When to Use Them

If an emergency situation occurs in your home or even in an area near you, it’s important to identify whether or not this needs to be reported to a primary emergency service. If something takes place such as a crime or fire damage, you will need to know who exactly should be called and where you can call them. Below are the different possible situations that could occur and what emergency service should be used. 

A Sickness or Injury Has Occurred 

When a disaster involving a person becoming dangerously ill or injured occurs, this is when the emergency medical service should be called. Sometimes when this service is called, you will see the fire department arrive along with emergency medical technicians. All of these workers will be heavily trained in treating the injury or illness you may be facing. 

If the area you’re located in doesn’t contain EMTs, staff members from the medical center or hospital in your community will arrive to help with the emergency the best they can. 

You’ve Witnessed a Crime Take Place 

If you notice any type of crime outbreak, the police station is the best place to get a hold of. The police in your area will work to make sure no one else is feeling unsafe or threatened by any type of dangerous crimes happening. 

If the police ever need any type of back-up to join and assist them in their work, they will call the fire department. The fire department workers keep large crowds away from the areas.  They serve as crowd control for the police department. 

You Spot Fire Damage 

If a fire is currently taking place in a home or building, the fire department should be contacted. These firefighters work to put out any fires and rescue anyone caught in the fire. 

They also work to maintain a safe community by visiting different areas of the community and educating people on the importance of fire safety. Additionally, they help victims recover after experiencing fire or smoke damage to their homes.  

Other Disasters 

If an emergency occurs and you aren’t sure who to contact, dialing 911 could be the smartest action to take. This is the Emergency Communications office. They work to coordinate and handle any emergencies that take place. This office works to make sure everyone in the community and neighborhood remains safe. They connect callers to the respective departments needed to best take care of the issue at hand. 

This office assigns the emergency services to the necessary departments using a call via radio. It’s always open and able to take people’s calls. If you witness an emergency, they are always there to help. 

Call Your Local Restoration Company 

If the damage has already occurred and you’ve contacted the emergency authorities, MD Restoration is still available to help. Whether you’ve experienced fire damage or other disasters, we can help your home with damage repairs. We can provide the tools necessary in order to help you recover from any disasters that have taken place. 

For a free estimate, give us a call anytime at (240) 370-5582.

Remove Lingering Smoke And Odor From Your Home And Breathe Easy

Far too often as a smoker, the horrendous odor created by lingering stale smoke goes unnoticed as damage to the nose and desensitization due to years of lighting up have all but rendered the odor invisible. But though it may difficult for a current smoker to notice the damage caused to a room, one whiff is all that is necessary for any non-smoker to start reaching for a ventilator.

The lasting odor caused by smoking indoors, beyond being quite pervasive, is notoriously difficult to remove from a room once it has been allowed to go untreated for long enough.

Why Smoke And Odors Linger

Cigarette smoke, and to some smaller extent other odors, has a tendency to penetrate deep into the surfaces of everything it touches, making it quite difficult to remove completely. Even once the air has been cleared, the offending odor can still leech from walls, carpets, and furniture causing the stench to persist despite using air fresheners or other common odor removers.

And as smoke pervasively fills a room, this means no surface is safe from the odor.

Once the smoke odor has been allowed to penetrate deep within the surfaces of a room, a homeowner unfortunately has very little options other than a professional cleaning to completely remove the smell.

More Than An Offending Odor, A Potential Health Hazard

While the obvious smells caused by nasty odors and cigarette smoke certainly are unappealing, they can sometimes pose a much greater risk than simply upturned noses. Smoke that has deeply set into a room can cause a slew of health related complications depending on the person being subjected to exposure. This can lead to constantly agitated allergies or even more serious bouts of asthma for those that may be a little more sensitive to the pervasive odors.

Beyond the respiratory complications that can arise from a room ruined by offensive odors and cigarette smoke, cigarettes are known carcinogens and as those carcinogens have permeated the room as much as the odor has, you run the risk of potentially exposing yourself to those same cancer causing chemicals without knowing it.

Taking Steps To Remove Smoke Odors From Your Home

If you are currently trying to fight a pervasive odor caused by cigarettes, fire, or other offending odors, it may seem like you are fighting a losing battle as each bottle of air fresheners only delays the inevitable return. Though what can be done to completely remove the offensive odor short of moving to a new home?

A professional smoke remediation expert can help you not only remove the odors from the air but completely eliminate them from every surface of your home quickly and quite easily. Using only industry standard cleaners and tools, a professional can ensure odors are not only eliminated but will also never return,  making it easier than ever to breathe a sigh of relief without having to cover your nose or spray air freshener first.

How to Easily Restore Your Home after Smoke Damages

Smoke can be caused as a result of a fire, when there is complete combustion, resulting in serious damages to your home or property. Smoke contains harmful substances that can make it hard to restore its damages, however, with the tips below, you can do so with ease.

Charring damages by smoke:

In the case of a fire, you can often see spots and marks on your home’s walls. This is due to the smoke, mainly because of soot, which is a marking that is left behind. Charring, on the other hand, happens due to burning.

Covering the soot and charring damages:

Soot and charred walls and furniture can be restored but the first thing to do is to try and make a proper list of all damages so you know exactly what you’re dealing with. Secondly, you will probably need to see how bad the damage is; if it’s still repairable, you can try (carefully – wear gloves and goggles) applying Trisodium Phosphate to clean the area. If this doesn’t work, you can try repainting the walls with appropriate paint to hide the damaged areas.

Blister damages by smoke:

Because of the high temperatures that come about as a result of smoke, the paint on your walls may start to blister or form bubbles. These need to be repaired as they may be unsightly. The first thing you need to do is to scrap the area with a knife gently, doing so until the blistering area is flattened. Next, you will need to cover the area, and then make sure it is smooth. Once you are sure the area is smooth, you should repaint the area that formed the bubbles.

Creation of odor as a result of smoke:

One side-effect of a smoke is that it leaves behind a bad smell. This smell can be difficult to deal with, but can also be unhygienic and in some cases, even unhealthy. However, the smells can be removed using various techniques. The most obvious of these is to leave a window or door open, so all the smoke smells can diffuse out and the home can go back to the way it was.

Fixing smoke smells:

Baking Soda is one such method, as it absorbs the smell and lessens it – you can use this by placing it in a bowl or sprinkling it around the area. Vinegar can also be used as liquids – all you need to do is to wipe the substance onto the home’s walls and floors. In addition to this, substances like activated charcoal, which absorbs the smoke’s odor, and in some cases, Ozone generators can also be used. The latter can be more expensive than usual but they are very effective in most cases.

Although this is not a natural product, smell reducing substances can also be used that help reduce the intensity of the smells. However, if the smell is present in the carpet or furniture, then they must be replaced.

A lot of this work can be done by most people, however, if you want effective work that completely removes any smells, discoloration, or blisters and bubbles, you should contact a restoration company to do the work professionally and efficiently.