National Preparedness Month: Preparing for an Emergency

Jim Bauer Emergency Preparedness

Each September, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) sponsors National Preparedness Month. This event reminds the public that disasters, both natural and man-made, can happen at any time both with and without warning. Heavy rain or flooding can not only cause water damage to your home, but can create a very dangerous situation for you and your family. In order …

How To Remove Smoke Smell from your Home

Jim Bauer Insurance Restoration

Smoke smell is one of the most stubborn odors to remove from your home, whether the smoke is from a fire or from cigarettes. Exposure to third-hand smoke is a potential health hazard to you and your family, especially if anyone suffers from a respiratory condition. Smoke can permeate soft surfaces such as carpeting and furniture and can coat hard surfaces …

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Your Guide to Avoiding Electrical Fires at Home

Jim Bauer Home Maintenance and Repair

Home fires attributed to electrical causes resulted in nearly 2,500 deaths last year and over $6 billion in property damages. What’s more, the odds of an electrical fire starting in a residential structure are much higher than the chances of it happening in a commercial building. Another statistical fact is that residential electrical fires have a definite seasonal connection: they’re …

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How To Handle Smoke Damage After a Fire

Jim Bauer Insurance Restoration

A house fire can destroy memories, irreplaceable objects and cause significant damage to your home. If you’re lucky, the fire will be contained and under control before any heavy structural damage happened. While many things might have been lost or damaged, you still have your home. Your best defense if this happens is to know how to handle smoke damage …

Do Smoke Detectors and CO Alarms Really Save Lives?

Jim Bauer Emergency Preparedness

Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms are mandated by most residential fire codes in the United States today. All new residential construction incorporates these vital safety devices and most existing structures are now required to add them. Fire breaking out in a residence when occupants are sleeping, or the accumulation of dangerous levels of carbon monoxide (CO) gas, have long …

Is Smoke Damage Restoration Covered By Your Insurance Company?

Jim Bauer Insurance Restoration

Where there’s fire, there’s smoke, and smoke damage can linger on for some time after the embers have been put out. While you may be the victim of fire damage from a covered insurance event, the fact remains that you are also a victim of smoke damage. But is smoke damage something that is covered by your insurance company? How …

Avoid the Health Risks of Fire Cleanup: Hire a Professional

Jim Bauer Insurance Restoration

A house fire is a devastating experience to go through. One thing homeowners want to do after a house fire has occurred is to clean up the mess and repair the damage that has resulted from the fire as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, smoke and fire damage can be very unsafe and very unhealthy, especially if you are not a professional and …

Creating Your Storm Survival Kit

Jim Bauer Emergency Preparedness

Imagine there is a tornado, thunderstorm, or hailstorm. Your power goes out, or there is  flooding or large hail, and that can all do damage to your house. In an emergency situation, you will not always have time to grab what you need to take. That is precisely why it is always a good idea to have an emergency survival …