Independence Day!

Independence Day!

MrRestore wishes everyone a happy and safe Independence Day! We are all about having fun-but safety is always important when dealing with fireworks. We have a few tips to help ensure that safety comes before everything else: -Obey local laws. If fireworks are not legal where you live, do not use them. -If fireworks are allowed, only use them outdoors and away from any structures to prevent fire damage. -Always have water readily available such as a hose or bucket. -Only use fireworks as intended. Don’t try to alter them or combine them. -Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water. For more information...

Plumbers -Want to Have Lunch with Richard Rawlings?

  Plumbers – Follow these steps for your chance to win lunch with Richard and the Monkeys at Gas Monkey Garage! 1- Share a photo of you (with your Gas Monkey Energy) and why you want to have lunch with Richard and the Monkeys. Share the photo to the MrRestore Facebook page, tag  ( Gas Monkey Energy, Gas Monkey Garage ) 2-Refer at least*5 water damage jobs by June 30th, 2017. Standard MrRestore Referral fee applies to water damage jobs sold. * 10 referred water damage jobs = 2 entries **Rules and Restrictions Apply ***Contests Ends June 30th, 2017...

Want to Have Lunch with Richard Rawlings?

  Follow these steps for your chance to win lunch with Richard and the Monkeys at Gas Monkey Garage! 1- Share a photo of you (with your Gas Monkey Energy) and why you want to have lunch with Richard and the Monkeys. Share the photo to the MrRestore Facebook page, tag  ( Gas Monkey Energy, Gas Monkey Garage ) 2- Write a 5 star Google Review and tell us why you like MrRestore here   *Rules and Restrictions Apply *Contests Ends June 30th, 2017...
7 Tips to Help You Avoid Water and Fire Damage

7 Tips to Help You Avoid Water and Fire Damage

This a great time of year to take some steps to avoid water damage and fire damage. Although there isn’t a way to completely eliminate the risk of fire or water damage, these steps can help reduce the risk and minimize the amount of damage if a situation were to arise. If water or fire damage strikes, Mr. Restore can help you get your property and life back to normal faster. Read on for tips that will help you avoid fire and water damage to your home or property. Water Damage Control 1. Get a sump pump. A sump pump or a sewer backflow valve can help keep water out of your basement, particularly if you live above a water table. A battery backup is a good idea for these tools in case of a power failure. It also wouldn’t hurt to invest in a water alarm, which will warn you if water is accumulating in the basement. 2. Store belongings safely. If your basement has a history of flooding or other homes in the area have basements that flood, be sure to store your belongings off the floor or even out of the basement altogether. 3. Repair leaks. Keep an eye out for leaky windows, doors or leaks in the roof, and have them repaired quickly. Small leaks can quickly become large leaks in the event of a large storm! Fire Prevention 4. Test smoke detectors. A functioning smoke detector is the best way to ensure a quick evacuation if there is a fire in your home. Regularly test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and replace the batteries every six months. (Hint: Changing the...
Your Guide on What to Do When Facing Storm Damage

Your Guide on What to Do When Facing Storm Damage

When severe storms strike they can do some serious damage, creating leaky roofs and broken that can lead to water damage in your home. When this happens you need to work quickly to prevent further damage. That means you need to assess the damage as soon as possible and make a report to your insurance company. But there are some things you should know about storm damage before you begin the process. Don’t Assume There’s No Damage Not all storm damage is immediately noticeable. This is frequently the case in hail storms where you might assume the hailstones were too small to create any damage. The truth is, hail can weaken your roof even if you don’t see any missing or damaged shingles. Contact a Restoration Company If you have damage to your home, contact a restoration company to help repair structure and contents damage. These professionals know how to handle storm damage to prevent further problems in the future. If you need restoration services, be sure to document your damaged items with photos for the insurance company. You have a right to decide which restoration company you will use to repair the storm damage to your home, but choose wisely since you may be working with them for a while. Here are a few things to keep in mind: Most reputable restoration companies belong to the Better Business Bureau and one or more trade organizations. The company can provide a list of previous clients as references. When the restoration company arrives, they should inspect all areas of suspected damage and document as much as possible. Ask for an estimate of the...
What to Do if a Home You Want to Buy Has Water Damage

What to Do if a Home You Want to Buy Has Water Damage

Purchasing a new home comes with a certain amount of risk. If you have decided to buy a home that has water damage, keep in mind that this damage can lead to serious problems, such as structural issues, or cause health problems if you have mold growth. In order to lower the risk of developing major problems, it’s crucial to have water damage restoration performed as soon as possible. These are the steps you should take if your new home has sustained damage from leaks or other water problems. Get an Inspection An inspection can reveal the full extent of water damage. This damage might not be noticeable on the surface, so it’s important to have a thorough inspection done. Your new home might have rotting wood inside the walls or mold growing in hard to reach areas. A home inspection lets you know how much damage there is, where it is and what caused it. You might have to schedule a second inspection with a professional who knows how to spot mold, though. Regular home inspectors might not always be able to notice it in areas that are not easily accessible. Look Into Water Damage Restoration Plan on having water damage fixed by a company that offers restoration services. These services can repair the damage caused by leaks, floods and other water problems. Have your new home evaluated, and ask for an estimate from the company on how much it will cost. If you have not made a bid on the home yet, take this cost into consideration before submitting one. The bid should be lower than you...
Top 5 Places to Look for Water Damage When Buying a Home

Top 5 Places to Look for Water Damage When Buying a Home

If you’re shopping around for a new home, it’s important to have it inspected to check for water damage and other problems. There are certain things you can check for on your own but it’s a good idea to have a professional home inspector conduct a thorough search for signs of damage caused by water. The following are the most common signs of water or moisture damage in homes. Stains and Spots Stains and spots on the ceilings and near the top of walls can indicate that water has caused damage. These areas usually have a black, brown or yellow color. In some cases, these spots and stains might be hard to notice. When inspecting a home you want to buy, check the paint in these areas. If it seems newer, it can mean that the current owners are trying to conceal the damage. If you see stains or spots, ask the owners about any leaks or other problems they have had with the home. Mildew and Mold One of the easiest ways to determine that a home has water damage is seeing mold or mildew. Keep in mind that mold can grow inside walls, too, so use your nose as well. If you detect a strong mold or mildew smell, it can indicate damage from excessive moisture or water. Mold can cause health issues, so be cautious about buying a home that has a mold problem. You’ll need to make sure any mold growth is thoroughly removed before moving in. Water Around Toilets Check the toilets in each bathroom for signs of water around the base. This can mean...
Why You Should Hire a Professional Restoration Company After a Fire

Why You Should Hire a Professional Restoration Company After a Fire

When the unthinkable happens and fire strikes your home, you may find yourself overwhelmed with the cleanup. Not only does smoke damage seep into every corner of the house, but there may be lingering health threats as well. Hiring a professional to be your advocate clean up the mess may be the best move you can make. Consider these benefits to using a professional fire damage restoration company. Putting Safety First The average homeowner doesn’t always know what to look for when it comes to spotting safety concerns after a fire. It is easy to assume that if the soot and debris have been cleaned and walls have been repainted that your home is safe. The truth is that mold and other toxins can be lurking in the walls causing you and your family health issues for years to come. A professional fire restoration company knows what to look for and how to eliminate the risks. The Right Equipment Professional restoration companies specialize in cleaning up after a fire and have the tools and equipment needed to do a thorough job. This may include industrial-strength dehumidifiers, air movers, ozone chambers and water pumps. In addition, professionals have the training and experience to use the equipment efficiently. Even if you can rent the equipment, operating it efficiently may be a challenge. Opting to let the experts do it ensures that the right equipment for the job is used. Quick Cleanup Because professional cleaners typically send in a crew to tackle your cleanup, the job is finished in a fraction of the time it would take you to slug your way through...
Tips for Filing an Insurance Claim After a Fire

Tips for Filing an Insurance Claim After a Fire

Nearly everyone knows how important fire insurance is to protect their home and belongings. Most, however, don’t expect to be in a position of filing a claim. Before experiencing a fire in your home, there are some things you should know about filing a claim. Contact a Restoration Company ASAP A restoration company will help you begin the process and help with many things that need to be done in a short amount of time. Most companies can help with a few tasks and will leave you to do a lot of work on your own. But the State of Texas allows you to choose any restoration company, and we suggest using a full-service option such as Mr. Restore to make it easier on yourself. Secure the Property It is your job to prevent further damage to your home. This includes both damage from looters, trespassers and damage from the elements. Board up holes, windows and doors to prevent rain or snow from entering the home and to keep intruders out. You will need to make sure all of your personal property is removed from the home to a safe location. Our team can take care of all of these tasks for you and will be happy to keep your items in a secure location until your home is livable. Contact the Insurance Company With all the commotion and stress of a house fire, it can be easy to overlook the need to call your insurance company. Even if you do not have all the details of the extent of the damage, reporting the incident will start the ball rolling. Make an attempt...