So Your Carpet Is Smelly…

smelly-carpet2 There are many reasons why a carpet can become smelly, from pet odors to heavy soiling and other causes. However, what some don’t realize is a little water intrusion can cause a big problem with the condition of their carpet, even after it seems the carpet has dried.

Water intrusions can be from many sources. If it is from a toilet (raw sewage), it’s almost always best to discard the carpet and pad and get something new. While doing that, be sure the sub-floor is also cleaned and disinfected appropriately, and sealed if necessary. If it is from an overflowing sink or a leaky pipe, the damage can usually be limited so purchasing new flooring isn’t always necessary.

But one of the biggest problems is waiting too long no matter the cause of the water damage in your home.

wet-carpetWhen you discover a wet carpet or rug, it’s time to get to work. Remove the water with extraction, and get some air movement and ventilation started on removing moisture.

However, here’s the problem. If the carpet isn’t dried really fast, like how professional water damage experts can dry carpet using their specialized tools and equipment, a persistent musty smell can develop. There’s not much a homeowner can do to fix that issue. In the winter months, when humidity is low, you may not notice the odor that much. But when summer arrives, with the higher humidity, those odors will come back with a vengeance.

Even worse, mold can begin to grow. No one wants potentially dangerous mold in their homes!

What’s the best solution? Call your water damage pros right away, before real damage sets it. They’ll be right over to save the day.

Until Help Arrives

There are many steps you can take as a responsible homeowner when flooding occurs in your home, whether from an overflowing toilet or a failed sump pump. First of all, keep it safe. Do not do anything that can cause physical harm to yourself or your family, which can mean working in areas with electricity that have water damage issues. Pick things up. When water intrudes, picking up smaller items and placing them out of harm’s way is important. For objects you value, normally smaller items, and can get to without danger to yourself, start wiping them off and getting them dry. Although your water damage pro will handle the final cleaning and restoring of valuable objects, you can do much to help the process.
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Important Things to Keep in Mind While Decorating for the Holidays.

“Tis the Holiday season to decorate and be merry ” during this time of the year Regency DRT wanted to give some quick tidbits for a safe and merry holiday….  

holidayWatch out for frayed wires, broken sockets, or loose connections on holiday lights. A couple of sparks on a dry tree and you could have an out of control fire before you know it—make sure to purchase a fresh tree with green, sturdy, and pliable needles and keep the stand filled with water. 

Hang decorations away from heat sources, like fireplaces and heating vents. Don’t overload circuits. And while the warm glow looks pretty through the window, don’t leave candles burning in the house when you go to sleep……

Keep in mind accidents can happen if it does contact Regency DRT and we will help you and your family to regain normalcy during the holiday season. 

Regency DRT teams up with Wonder Makers Environmental to help Restore Kindness

Restoring Kindness

Shortly after a much anticipated and deserved retirement, John N. was dismayed to learn that he would undergo triple bypass heart surgery. His wife, Bonnie, would be his caretaker at home after the open heart surgery, however, a cause of concern was her ongoing struggle with a Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection, which could complicate John’s recovery.

When Wonder Makers Environmental, Inc. and Regency DRT learned of their circumstances, they joined forces to disinfect John and Bonnie’s home. Regency DRT sanitized the home utilizing SteraMistTM by TOMI and Wonder Makers Environmental conducted testing to confirm that the sanitation was effective.

Regency DRT Earns 2013 Claims Award

Disaster Kleenup International (DKI), North America’s largest disaster restoration contracting organization, presented Regency DRT with the 2013 Claims Award at Insights 2014: The Property Restoration Conference and Tradeshow, held in Palm Springs, California. The award recognizes the excellence of all three of Regency DRT’s locations; Clinton Township, MI, Charlotte, NC and West Palm Beach, FL.

The Claims Award is presented to DKI companies who exhibit exceptional claims service during the previous year. Selection for the Claims Award is based on several factors including client feedback, DKI employee feedback, and an analysis showing how well the company responds to claims. DKI employees consider such things as which companies work in the spirit of partnership with the DKI claims operations staff, and which companies strive to benefit the entire DKI network. After a careful review of all of the above factors, it was determined that Regency DRT excelled in providing a high level of service, reporting, and assistance relative to claims and was one of the select companies chosen for this award.

Scott Stamper, President and CEO of Regency DRT, is pleased with Regency DRT’s achievement, and is proud to be part of a company that continues to uphold the DKI mission, vision and values. Providing quality service to customers is Regency DRT’s number one priority, and the company consistently works to provide quality service to their customers and promote DKI as The Source for Quality Restoration.

How Harmful is Soot on Appliances, Countertops, Walls, and Other Surfaces After a Fire?

   

How Harmful is Soot on Appliances, Countertops, Walls, and Other Surfaces After a Fire?

Once a fire has been put out, you may feel that you are in the clear. This isn’t necessarily the case; while extinguishing a fire does indeed remove a clear and present danger to your home and your family, it leaves behind smoke damage, ash, and soot, all of which can cause long term damage on their own. 

Soot is residue from burned materials, which includes fuels, wood, and more. In large deposits, such as within a chimney place, it can even re-ignite. The type of soot that you’ll be dealing with will be less concentrated, but no less of a hazard. Inhaling soot can lead to cardiovascular problems in people of any age or level of health.

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