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  1. Saying Goodbye to Summer and Hello to Fall . . .

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    As the days become shorter and the nights become colder, we are gently reminded that Summer has packed up it’s bags for a while (for an entire year to be exact), and that Fall is here to stay! Changing leaves, barren branches and the faint smell of bonfire’s in the distance, remind us that as seasons change, so does life. Easy going days, with laid back schedules and poolside conversations, are traded in for the hustle and bustle of busy school days, hurried dinners, and late nights of homework and extracurricular activities.

    With that change, comes a list of household “chores” and responsibilities for those crisp October Saturday’s. Pruning, trimming and mulching, with a touch of tilling and planting of annuals, help to ensure a well manicured lawn for the rest of the season . . . and leaves, we can’t forget the leaves! Some red, a couple of orange, and a few with a touch of gold are raked, and raked, and raked some more! Soon a plethora of children of all ages (from 1-99) will be jumping and laughing and throwing handfuls of colorful leaves at each other, making sweet memories to recall in the days to come.

    Just about the time you sit down to take a well deserved break and treat yourself to a hearty slice of pumpkin pie and a sip of a steaming pumpkin latte (remember, whether you like it or not, pumpkin is the “official” flavor of the season!) suddenly, you realize that you have forgotten one very important job . . . cleaning the gutters. . . Ugh!

    Your mother always told you to keep your mind out of the gutter, but for today and today only, you need to keep your mind focused on those gutters, and do your best to get the job done!

     

    What are they and what do they do . . .

    Gutters, every house and building should have them. When properly installed and maintained, gutters help to protect and prolong the life  of your home from the natural elements, especially rainwater. Other benefits include protection from:

    -water damage and staining to brick or siding

    -deep settling and cracking of sidewalks, driveways and patios

    –  foundation problems and water damage in basements

    -erosion of landscaping and turf

     

    How to take care of them . . .

    Maintaining gutters is fairly easy once you get the hang of it and make it a part of your annual Fall cleanup routine. Here are a few tips to remember:

    – gutters should be securely fastened to the fascias, and should have downspouts that are attached to the exterior of the house

    -remember that Fall means falling leaves, and falling leaves mean gutters that are filled to capacity, be sure to clean them of all clogs and debris

    -houses with trees within 10ft of the roof line need to be cleaned out at least 2 times a year, sloped roofs may require more cleanings

     

    Be sure to take the time to treat your gutters well this Fall, come Spring . . .  you will be so glad that you did!

    If you should discover any water, fire, or mold problems along the way, be sure to call Duraclean Services @ 410-838-7330. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year!

    Remember,”No One is Faster to the Disaster!”

  2. Look, Listen, and Learn. . . Fire Prevention Week 2018

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    It’s that time of year again, when our local Fire Departments take the time to remind our communities just how important Fire Safety is. Within the walls of our homes, schools, workplaces, churches, malls, restaurants, and any other places that people congregate, there is a great need to make sure that people of all ages are  educated, equipped, and always prepared to tackle any Fire Emergency they may encounter! From small kitchen fires, to unexpected car fires, to life threatening fires that destroy everything in their  path, having a plan will increase your odds of staying safe. This year’s Fire Prevention theme is “Look, Listen, and Learn”. . .

    LOOK for places that a fire can start

    LISTEN for the sound of the smoke alarm

    LEARN two ways out of each room.

    Chances are that remembering these three simple suggestions are your best bet for keeping your family safe in the event of a fire.

    Did you know that 4 out of 5 local fires will occur in the home? Those staggering statistics stress how important it is that your entire family have a fire safety plan in place. Talk about Fire Safety, discuss your plan, and practice your escape route on a regular basis. Make sure that everyone knows to get out of the house immediately, to go straight to the meeting place, to call 911, and to never ever go back inside under any circumstances! Don’t live in fear of fire, but live in knowledge, protecting your family the best that you can.

    REMOVE ALL  clutter from your cooking area (towels, oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging or loose papers)

    KEEP AN EYE on what you are cooking (do not walk away from the stove to answer the phone or the door, stay put until you have finished cooking and have turned off the stove)

    MAKE SURE ALL major appliances (washers, dryers, refrigerators and stoves) are plugged into a main wall receptacle outlet. (DO NOT use extension cords)

    COOL DOWN small appliances before putting them away. (toasters, coffee makers, or small cooking appliances retain heat even after they’ve been unplugged)

    CLEAN ALL heating equipment and chimneys each year by a registered professional. (getting rid of any excess debris will help protect you from a fire)

    TURN OFF space heaters when you leave the room or go to sleep. (even though they are small, space heaters can catch on fire easily and need to be watched at ALL times)

    NEVER leave a candles unattended. (it just takes a small spark to quickly ignite an entire room in flames, if possible, use battery operated candles)

    BEFORE throwing away cigarette butts and ashes, make sure they are out by dousing them with water or sand. (never empty out ashtrays in potted plants, mulch, or anything that could ignite easily)

    Try your best to follow these simple suggestions and be aware of everything around you. Equip each floor of your home with a fire alarm and fire extinguisher. If you hear a fire alarm go off, take it  seriously.  Change alarm batteries regularly, and discuss and practice Fire Safety plans often. Taking the time and effort to implement all of these things on a regular basis, will help to ensure your family’s safety and your own peace of mind.

    Always remember to “Look, Listen, and Learn” today and every day, and teach others in your community to do the same.

    Visit your local Fire Department, send them a donation, write them a thank you note, tour their facilities and shower them with accolades . . . each and every day they put their lives on the line for everyone in your community, so don’t be shy about saying “thanks”!

    Remember, in the event of a fire call 911 immediately . . . and in the event of fire damage,  call Duraclean Services @ 410-838-7330 for Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration, Pack-Outs, Repairs & Full Reconstruction.

    Wishing you and your family safety and protection today and every day! – Duraclean Services

     

     

     

  3. 10 Things You Can Do to Keep Your Property in Good Condition

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    Every homeowner knows the importance of  maintaining your property, but in order to do that,  you have to do more than just a little dusting or mopping from time to time. Proper maintenance doesn’t have to take long,  but you do have to take some intentional steps on a regular basis to try to avoid costly bills in the future.

    1 Clean or replace air filters. A dirty filter will restrict the airflow in your air conditioner or furnace, driving up your utility bill and possibly even causing damage.

    2 Check and seal gaps around doors and windows. Close your door and look for daylight around the edges, if you see any, fill in the space.

    3 Check for water leaks. Periodically check under sinks in the kitchen and bathrooms. Sniff around for “musty” or damp odors. Always address water problems immediately!

    Check your toilet for leaks by adding a small amount of food coloring to the tank, once the water in the bowl has changed color, if there is a leak, you will see colored water on the floor.

    5 Keep your drains clean. Use a barbed plastic rod (hardware stores carry them) to slide down the drain and  pull back up. This will remove any hair that is stuck and give your drains a clear flow.

    6 Clean your gutters before the rain comes. If not, things can get backed up, causing major problems.

    7 Clean your chimney on a regular basis. If you have a wood burning fireplace, soot can build up, causing a fire hazard. Although you can check this on your own, it is always a good idea to have a professional take a look every once in a while to ensure that things are being maintained  safely and properly, so that your chimney is clear of debris.

    8 Inspect your roof. Make sure there are no loose shingles. Look up at your ceilings every once in a while to make sure there are no water spots on your ceilings. If there are, call a professional RIGHT away! Duraclean Services is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to get the job done!

    9 Do an attic inspection. Look for any pest problems. Check insulation covering all areas. Make sure ventilation is not obstructed and that ducts are connected.

    10 Keep trees away from the house. Roots from trees can cause damage to the foundation and sewer lines. Regular trimming can save you a lot of trouble in the future.

    Keep your fences in good condition. A broken post in a wood fence can overload the whole system, causing an imbalance and the costs of extra repair.

    Done on a routine basis, each of these tips can help to keep your property in good condition. If you find an issue that is beyond your expertise, be sure to call a professional and have them take a look. It’s always safer and usually cheaper in the long run to have someone who knows what they are doing assess and fix the problem the RIGHT way, the FIRST time! If you have any other questions or problems with WATER, SMOKE, or MOLD, please do not hesitate to contact us !

    Remember, “No One is Faster, to the Disaster!”

  4. Is a Storm Coming? Here’s How to Prepare

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    Here are some tips on how to prepare yourself for a storm:

    Before the Storm

    • Look for any potential problem areas, especially along your roof, windows, doors and garage doors.
    • Remove tree branches that could harm utility wires or home.
    • Clear debris from gutters and spouts.
    • Secure or bring outdoor furniture or other items inside. – All outside decorations will have to come inside!
    • Go shopping: nonperishable items such as canned food, granola bars, dried fruit, nuts, ready-to-eat cereal and snacks, crackers, and peanut butter are best.
    • Set the refrigerator to its coldest setting. If the power goes out, the food won’t spoil as quickly.
    • Charge your cell phones fully.
    • Move valuables to the upper floors of your house, away from areas that could potentially flood.
    • Check your sump pumps to make sure they are operational. If you don’t have one, and if time allows, install a battery operated back-up in case of a power outage.
    • Keep a list of emergency numbers by the telephone. This includes your insurance agent’s phone number – you may have to turn in a homeowner’s claim.
    • Take inventory of your possessions. Your insurance adjuster will need this if there is damage and your contents need to be repaired or replaced.

    During the Storm

    • Stay inside and off the roads.
    • If you absolutely must be on the roads, don’t attempt to drive through flooded areas.
    • If the authorities tell you to evacuate your home – do it! Don’t be stubborn. Be sure to take all of your important documents with you.

    What if the power goes out?

    • Report outages to your power company immediately. Don’t assume your neighbors have already called.
    • Be sure that ovens, ranges or heaters that may have been on before the power went out have been turned off.
    • Don’t use candles. They can be a fire hazard. Use flashlights instead.
    • Unplug appliances and electronics that can be damaged when the power is restored.
    • Keep your refrigerator and freezer closed. Each time you open the door, a significant amount of cold air is lost. An unopened refrigerator will keep food cold safely for about four hours. A packed freezer will keep food safe for 48 hours; you have 24 hours if the freezer is half full.
    • Don’t risk eating spoiled food. When in doubt, throw it out!
    • Keep generators and fuel outdoors.
    • Keep your doors closed to prevent warm air from escaping.

    And if it floods?

    • If you’re outdoors, move to high ground.
    • If your basement floods, turn off your pilot light for your basement gas appliances.
    • Turn off the electrical panel box if you can do so safely. Don’t touch electrical switches if they (or you) are wet.
    • Stay away until the floodwaters have receded. Don’t enter your home or attempt repairs until you’re certain it’s safe.
    • Contact a certified restoration contractor and your insurance agent as soon as possible. A fast response to property damage lessens the amount and severity of potential secondary damage.

    If your property has experienced water, fire, or mold damage,  please do not hesitate to contact us here  or call us @ 410-838-7330. Duraclean services Harford, Cecil, and Baltimore Counties and the surrounding areas 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. . . Remember, ANY time day or night . . . “No One is Faster to the Disaster!”

  5. 5 Tips to Prevent Mold

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    When it comes to mold in your home, there  may be a few questions. How does it get there? How do I get rid of it? What can I do to prevent it? Is it dangerous?

    Mold can be beneficial in terms of medicine and even quite tasty in a few gourmet cheeses, but left undetected in your home, mold can cause a lot of problems! Originating from a variety of reasons, once you know what to keep an eye out for and simple ways to prevent it from starting,  knowledge and regular upkeep may be your best defense in keeping it from invading your home and causing damage and even health risks to you and your family. The biggest thing to understand, is that mold can grow in places you cannot visibly see; like the backside of drywall, areas inside the walls around moist pipes, or even above ceiling tiles. Although you cannot always see it before it becomes evident to the human eye, there is always some kind of “situation” that creates the perfect storm for it to grow. Knowing what to look for can save you from a lot of frustration, expense, and health concerns.

    Search for Possible Areas:
    Look throughout your home and be aware of areas where moisture or water leaks could possibly occur. Is the basement flooding? Is there constant condensation in the kitchen window? Do you see water or feel dampness somewhere in your home on a regular basis? Any of these scenarios could be the start of a mold problem.

    If it’s Wet, Dry it Now!
    Without moisture, mold cannot grow. That means when you find wet areas in your home, they must be taken care of immediately. For instance, when a basement floods after a heavy rainfall, the carpet should be dried within 24-48 hours; to prevent mold. In fact, the sooner the better! If your dishwasher leaves a puddle on the floor every time you use it, if the walls in your basement are damp each time there is a heavy rain, whatever the case, if there is dampness or water, there is potential for a problem!

    Ventilation is Key:
    Giving your home breathing room can prevent the air from becoming humid. Checking AC units for extra moisture on or around the unit is a great start. Routine checks and making sure the area around the unit is open and free from clutter is your best chance for avoiding an issue, making it is easy to spot a problem quickly and take care of it right away. Small changes like opening a window while washing dishes, or even using the exhaust fan when extra moisture is in the air can also help to keep the humidity level down in your home.

    Direct Water Away:
    If you notice that the outside area around your home is continually wet or damp, you may need to investigate the possibility of having your property graded slightly away from your home. This simple change can prevent water from seeping into your house undetected.

    Clean Those Gutters:
    When gutters are full of debris, damaged, or full of stagnant water from rainfall, nothing good is going to come of it. By regularly checking and cleaning gutters, and keeping an eye out for water stains that may seep into ceilings or down walls, you can prevent mold from taking root in your home, or at least stop it quickly if it has already begun.

    Although these are just a few of the ways that mold can creep into your home slowly and undetected, knowledge is ALWAYS power, and knowing what to look for ahead of time may prevent you from dealing with a mold “situation” down the road…protecting your health and your finances. So take the time to use this check list and if you should run into some problems, be sure to call a professional right away to get things taken care of promptly! Remember, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, Duraclean Services is ALWAYS ready to get the job done! Call us at ANY time to speak to one of our experienced experts to walk you through the Mold Remediation and Restoration Process from beginning to end… for more information on mold remediation and prevention, please visit our mold removal page or contact us.

  6. What Everyone Should Know About Carpets . . .

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    Just as clothes need regular washing, so do the carpets in our homes. Soon after being installed, the grit and grime of everyday life begin to take a toll on carpet wear; breaking down tightly knit fibers, increasing the visibility of stains, and decreasing the overall “life expectancy”of a carpet.

     

    Think about it, what we see on the surface level of our carpets, is just the tip of the iceberg! Bacteria, ground in food stains, dirt from shoes, pet dander, and even the tiniest of mites can be found deep within the pile of carpeting, causing allergens and unpleasant odors to lurk around the very rooms where our families feel the most comfortable to curl up on the floor and lay their heads. Sometimes, the rooms that look the cleanest to the human eye, are the ones in need of the deepest cleaning of all!

     

    Although regular vacuuming is a must, it’s just not powerful enough to maintain a deep cleaned, allergen free, well preserved carpet. That’s why professional carpet cleaning is not an option, but a necessity, and that is where Duraclean Services comes in:

     

    -Preliminary Inspection of your carpet to determine the best cleaning method

    -Pre-treatment of spots and stains

    -Pre-application of cleaning products to loosen ground in soil

    -Rinsing your carpet with clean, hot water

    -Post-treatment of any residual stains

    -Carpet grooming for efficient drying and a uniform appearance

    -Placing pads under furniture legs to protect carpet and furniture while it dries

    -Final Inspection and walk thru to ensure your complete satisfaction

     

    Realistically, you should strive to have your carpet professionally cleaned every 6-12 months. Keeping up to date with this schedule will not only preserve the longevity of your carpet, but also keep it looking and smelling it’s best; helping to make family life a little less stressful . . . especially when the kids lay their heads on the family room carpet! Remember, whether you’re facing a water, fire, or mold disaster, or in need of professional carpet cleaning, Duraclean is ALWAYS ready to get the job done! So call today 410-838-7330.

  7. Summer & Home Problems

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    With the kids officially out of school and the sun shining a little bit more these days, it seems as though Summer is ready to make it’s Grand Entrance . . .  but along with the beauty and casualness of the season,  you  may also face a myriad of weather related home problems that can make life a little overwhelming. So here are a couple of helpful tips to help you protect your home and your wallet during the good old Summer time!

    Pest

    As summer heat and excess rains increase, they force insects and rodents to find cover, and the coolness and dryness of your home make it an attractive place for them to “hang out.” Bees, wasps, mosquitoes, ants, and other insects are also on the look out for ways to get into your home, so it’s important to take some steps to prevent a “pesky problem”!

    Take a look around your house, both inside and out. Be especially aware of holes or deep crevices where little “visitors” can come and go. Take the time to plug up holes, properly install screens in doors and windows and be sure to keep ALL food stored in proper containers ( because every “critter” in the world is always ready to do a little eating!)  If you take these preventitive steps and still see pesky pests or the remains of them, be sure to call in a professional ASAP! You don’t want to become a hotel to a bunch of unwanted guests!

    Mold

    Mold can be a HUGE problem for homeowners, and unfortunately, you don’t get a break from mold in the summer time. Rising temperatures and excessive moisture team together with higher humidity causing the perfect habitat for mold to grow and spread. Mold can not only cause costly property damage, but also severe health issues, which left untreated can be totally devastating!

    Properly maintaining a home’s ventilation and preventing spaces from collecting moisture, will greatly reduce your chances of having mold in your home.

    If for some reason mold does begin to show in your home, the best chance for eliminating it is to call a professional right away. Duraclean Restoration Services is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to get the job done! Specializing in water mitigation, mold remediation, full reconstruction, and So much more . . . .

    Flooding

    Basement flooding can also be a problem in the summer time. Broken sump pumps and extra summer rains can cause a myriad of unwanted problems that must be addressed in a timely manner. Sump pump alarms and regular walk thru’s around the basement (both inside and outside) will help you to recognize a problem immediately, saving not only family belongings, but extra money that could be used for something fun, rather than something necessary! 

    As the days become longer and the sun continues to shine brighter for the next 3 months, be sure to take the time to enjoy each and every day with those that you love. Have fun, be safe and make as many memories as you can!

    If you should have a household situation arise that requires a professional . . . Remember, “No One is Faster to the Disaster!” and give Duraclean Services a call 410-838-7330, ANY time to start the Restoration Process.

  8. 24 Hours a Day, 7 Days a week, 365 Days a year . . .

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                In a perfect world, disasters would only strike between the hours of 9am -5pm, leaving plenty of time for hanging out with the family, visiting with friends, and catching up on sleep…however, we do NOT live in a perfect world, in fact, most would venture to say that the probability of a disaster striking your home after 5pm is more likely than not! That is why it is so important to be prepared at ALL times. Having a plan and knowing what to do and who to call at a moment’s notice enables you to have peace of mind, even in the toughest situations. Even though you can’t control what disasters come your way, you can control how you handle them.  Just as you should have a plan in case of a fire or robbery, you should also have a plan for a home disaster. Major storms, burst pipes, broken sump pumps, flooded basements, water logged carpet, and soggy drywall are just a few of the things that can go wrong for a homeowner. Add in the severe complications from fire and smoke disasters, or the dangers of untreated mold and you have urgent situations that call for fast action, so you better choose the right Restoration Company. Instead of trying to gather your thoughts and make important decisions in the middle of a “surprise” disaster, why not plan ahead, read reviews, gather information, and decide what company you will use before a disaster happens, not during one. In doing this, you will save crucial time, avoid a lot of frustration, and be sure to get your restoration clean up started and done as quickly as possible.

    Although there are other Restoration Services available in our area, the thing about Duraclean is that we work with ALL major Insurance Companies, journeying with you from the time you first call, until your home is fully restored, walking with you each and every step of the way.  From beginning  to end, starting the job immediately, from the moment we speak, until the job is complete. Through clean up, mitigation, remediation, and reconstruction, Duraclean offers top of the line service, excellent workmanship, affordable prices and a friendly disposition to reassure you that everything is going to be alright! Full Restoration, putting the customer first, hiring the most experienced employees and offering the latest techniques and services to complete your Restoration in a safe & timely fashion . .  that’s what Duraclean is all about!

    So take the time to look around, be informed, and feel free to give us a call (even before disaster strikes) ask questions and have a plan. Always be prepared for what tomorrow may hold, but make sure to take the time to enjoy today. Remember, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, Duraclean has been servicing the Harford, Baltimore, and Cecil County areas of Maryland for the past 28 years and counting.  Our reputation, service record, and integrity speak for themselves. So have that plan in place and enjoy the sweet peace that comes from laying your head down at night  knowing that no matter what disaster strikes, Duraclean is ALWAYS ready to go at a moments notice to meet ALL of your Restoration needs, because  . . . No One is Faster to the Disaster!

    Call today 410-838-7330.

     

     

  9. Tips for Making Sure Your Sump Pump is Working

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    As we get ready to head into another rainy week, it’s always good to be aware that with drastic weather changes, the likely hood of weather related home disasters increases too. In fact, home flooding, particularly in the basement, soon becomes a real possibility. One of the main causes of basement flooding, is from a sump pump failure. These basement disasters can happen from something as simple as the power going out, to the extremes of heavy rainfall and outside flooding,  to the age and deterioration of your sump pump,  to something as drastic as frozen or clogged pipes, or the lack of routine maintenance, or a faulty installation.

    The way a sump pump works is pretty basic. Your basement has a drain system around the perimeter of the outside wall that feeds into the sump pump. In the corner of your basement, there is a hole dug and a sump pump is placed in order to capture and pump out that water. The pit can fill up from rain, for example, and the pump will switch on and pump the water into various pipes that feed out away from your home’s foundation. It is a very simple mechanism.

    The key to avoid failure all comes down to maintenance. Some of these problems can just occur, and are hard to avoid, but the odds are in your favor if it is something you regularly keep an eye on. It is always a good idea to do regular checks on the pump. The best way is to simply lift the float up and the pump should come on. If not, then you will need to find out why it is not working. Here are some other tips:

    1. Try to check the pump for particles and debris by properly cleaning it
    2. There is a float switch on the sump pump, make sure it is not restricted
    3. Clean all the vents and spaces to allow it to function at its best
    4. Have a battery backup in case of a power outage to ensure your sump pump can still run

     

    Again, sump pumps sometimes fail, so always be prepared! In order to have a good chance of it NOT failing, be sure to make regular maintenance a part of your routine, and don’t hesitate to call a licensed professional to determine if you are having a serious issue. Remember, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, Duraclean is ALWAYS ready to get the job done! Call ANY time 410-838-7330. #NoOneIsFasterToTheDisaster #WaterFireMold #RestorationSpecialists

  10. When Disaster Strikes . . . Saving Important Papers and Vital Documents

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    In the event of a disaster, the last thing that you need to be doing is running around from room to room gathering important papers and vital documents. Passports, social security cards, birth certificates, a marriage license, adoption decrees, and a plethora of financial statements, medical records, and passwords (never ever forget the passwords) as well as your favorite family photos, old movies and sentimental keepsakes. . . Wow! That is a LOT of stuff to be gathered, and there is just NO way you are going to be able to grab it all, and safely run out the door at a moment’s notice. So, what can you do to ensure that in the event of a disaster you will have not only things deemed necessary to “starting over”, but also be able to save the sentimental items that you hold dear ? You make a plan. Not tomorrow, but today…right now, at this very moment… you begin.

    Disasters happen every single day, and chances are that in your life time, there will be some sort of emergency that warrants you having to run out of your home quickly. Fires, floods, and an array of natural and sometimes man made disasters can come your way very unexpectedly, forcing you to leave your home immediately  with very little notice (sometimes, with just the clothes on your back).  Although you cannot be prepared for every single thing that may come your way, you can take the time to gather, organize, and put a plan in place for your family to assure that you have the best chance of walking away safely AND still having the important documents necessary for starting over.

    So . . . make a list of things you would NEED to start all over again, then add to that list sentimental things that you would WANT (remember, you don’t have a lot of space, so really think about what is important).  A Social Security card is at the top of the list, followed by a Birth Certificate, Marriage License or Divorce Decree, Adoption or Custody Papers, and even your Will would go in the “necessary” pile. Next, gather your financial statements-numbers of bank accounts, credit cards, or loans. If you are a traveler, find your Passport and throw it into the pile too. Make sure that you have ALL of the passwords to each of your accounts written down somewhere and add them to your ever increasing pile of “necessities” as well. Next comes your medical records. If you battle an ongoing illness, or have reason to keep your medical records at home, add them to the pile too. Now it’s time to tackle the “sentimental” stuff. Favorite family photographs, old movies, or special keepsakes that are irreplaceable, need to find a spot also. By now, your pile should be big … really, really, really, big…and that’s good, that means that you have been thoughtful and intentional to what you would NEED and what you would WANT if you ever have to start over again (which we really, really, really hope that you don’t).

    Now, here is where the work begins, make copies, notice I added an “s” as in several. We aren’t talking one copy of each, but at least 2 or 3. When you have copied everything possible, make 3 distinct piles. Each pile will end up in a different place. Now you can make as many piles as you want, but I think that three is a good number. Here is where you are going to need to invest a bit of money, not a lot, but definitely some. Purchase 2 fire proof safes. One to keep at your home, and one to keep at a trusted family member or friend’s home. You can buy a good safe for less than $100 at any Home Improvement or Retail store. Fill each safe with 1 copy of each thing you would like to save, and then take it to your trusted place and give them a key, and a keep a key for yourself. Now, not that your friend cannot have a disaster as well, but chances are, they probably wont have a disaster at the very same time that you do, so keeping your safe at their home should should give you an extra layer of protection against loosing everything.

    Next, it’s time to fill an envelope and head to the bank and invest in a safe deposit box. Now, you can fit a lot more in these than you think, but still, try to consolidate only what you need, instead of bringing everything but the kitchen sink! Again, have a key for yourself, your spouse, or person that you trust as well.

    Finally, fill that last fireproof safe up and find the perfect spot to keep it in your home. Maybe it’s in your bedroom closet, maybe it’s in the coat closet near the front door, maybe it’s safely tucked under the living room sofa. There is really no wrong place to keep your safe. Just remember, in the event of an emergency, you want to be able to grab it and run right out of the house as quickly as possible.

    Now, chances are, that in the event of a disaster, at least 1 set of your important papers and most likely, even 2 sets will still be be safe and sound, ready and available to help you move forward and start over in rebuilding a new life.  Although it is truly our hope and prayer that you never ever find yourself needing to open these safes and begin again, it is so good to know that the things inside will help make for a much smoother transition in starting over again and moving forward in the rebuilding process.

    Always, be sure to keep watch around your house, aware of anything that could potentially cause an emergency situation. Stay in a routine of regularly changing the batteries in your smoke detector, invest in a carbon monoxide detector, even consider purchasing a flood alarm for your sump pump, and should you ever smell gas, leave the house immediately and call 911. Do what you can to prevent disasters and to be prepared for them, and be sure to pass on your wisdom and knowledge to those you know and love.

    Wishing you and your family safety and protection, at all times. If for any reason you do face a disaster, Duraclean is ALWAYS ready to go 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days  a year to get the job done! Call ANY time 410-838-7330. Remember, No One is Faster to the Disaster!