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10 Restoration Tips You Can Do at Home

10 Preventative Restoration Tips You Can Do at Home Good restoration is about a lot more than making old keepsakes sparkle or fixing up a burned building. At Thompson Building Associates we believe proper restoration begins with prevention or simple tasks everyone can do around their home or business. Preparation is a great first line of defense. Follow these easy restoration tips at home or the office:   Regularly service heating systems In addition to central heating systems, check gas and wood-burning fireplaces. Keep dust and other debris away from ignition sources. Remove lint from the dryer after every use A clogged lint filter or trap can reduce the efficiency of your dryer and forces lint onto the heating coils. Keep your dryer free of lint and don’t run the dryer while you’re out of the house. Check electrical outlets a few times a year If an electrical outlet is warm to the touch it’s dangerous and should be addressed immediately by a professional. Also, check outlet extenders or power strips for damaged or frayed cords. Avoid using outlet extenders when possible. Don’t store cooking oils near the stove Grease fires can erupt quickly and spread rapidly if not properly handled. Do not pour water over a grease fire; instead, use a lid or baking soda to smother the flames. Call emergency services immediately in the event of a fire. Check your green thumb Some plant species have extremely invasive roots that can damage sprinkler systems, underground pipes, and septic tanks. Plan before you plant to avoid this disaster. Watch the water bill Your monthly water bill is a...

Avoid Holiday Decorating Disasters

Holiday Decorating Disasters to Avoid We are heading into that time of year when houses transform into displays of loving holiday crafts and beautiful decorations. While many enjoy decorating for the holidays, it’s important to consider what you display and how you display it, in order to keep loved ones and guests safe. Nothing will ruin your holiday faster than disasters that could have been prevented. The following are a few thoughts to keep in mind as you warm up your home with beautiful “disaster free” displays for the holidays: Trees: Fresh trees: Choose a tree that has green needles that resist being pulled off from the branches or bending between fingers. Cut w 2-inch diagonal piece off of the bottom of the tree trunk. This will help the tree to absorb water. Place in a sturdy stand at least 3 feet away form heat sources such as heating vents and fireplaces. Make sure that you tree stand is able to hold water. REFILL it Daily! Leave your tree inside for no longer than two-weeks. If you leave it in longer it will dry out and become highly flammable. Artificial Trees: If you purchase an artificial tree, look for “fire resistant” on its label. Avoid displaying trees next to fireplaces, heating ducts, or radiators. Regardless of the type of tree you decorate with, keep them out of the way from high foot-traffic areas and doorways. Delicate and highly breakable ornaments should be toward the top of the tree, making it more difficult for little hands or paws to get to them. Unbreakable and non-toxic ornaments should hang on the...

Tips to Prevent Power Failure Damage

Tips to Prevent Damage to Electronics The disruption of electrical service can create costly damage to your electronics. Whether it’s lightning from a thunderstorm, the strong winds or the heavy snows of a blizzard, or too much pull of electricity during hot summer months- Mother Nature can cause blackouts, brownouts, and other electrical disruptions. While you can’t control the weather, you can safeguard your valuable appliances and electronics against the threat of a power disruption. Following these tips can save time and potentially expensive replacement costs.   Power Down and Unplug Whenever a storm approaches, take the time to go through your home to turn off and unplug small electronics and appliances. Lightning can enter your house through the wiring and disconnecting them from their power source will protect them from damage. If you notice signs of a brownout once the storm hits, such as a prolonged dimming of lights, your refrigerator’s motor might have difficulty operating in this low-voltage situation. Don’t risk touching the plug or outlet during the storm.   Purchase Surge Protectors Think of surge protectors as inexpensive insurance for your electronic items. If you have a $1,000 television, it’s worth investing a few more bucks in a UL-listed surge protector. The same goes for any expensive electronic devices you own.   Back-up Your Computer Power If the power goes out while you’re working on a desktop computer, you risk losing everything that wasn’t saved. An uninterruptible power source (UPS) gives you a “grace period” of five to seven minutes of reliable power to save all your work and shut down properly. A more expensive alternative...

Keep an Eye on Your Sump Pump

Local meteorologists are predicting that our area could see three additional inches of rain before the end of this weekend.The team at Thompson Building Associates would like to remind you to keep an eye on your sump pump to help prevent your basement from experiencing water damage. The modern sump motor is more resistant to rust and corrosion and is now made mostly of plastic and stainless steel. The sump motor is like any other motor, whether it’s a lawn mower, a leaf blower, or an automobile, the older it is the more likely it is to breakdown. The estimated lifespan of a sump motor is much debated, ranging from 5 to 15 years, if it is over 10 years have a plumber evaluate it and replace if necessary. We recommend that you have a plumber perform an annual check-up on the sump motor. However, you can also give your sump pump a check-up and the only tools you’ll need are a flashlight, a bucket and about 10 minutes. A sump pump is a pretty simple operation. Most sump pumps have a float switch, when the water rises the float activates a switch, the motor turns on, and the pump pulls the water out of the pit and sends it up through the PVC piping. To inspect the pump: First, unplug the sump pump (modern electric code calls for a GFCI outlet) from the outlet. Next remove the sump cover (if your home has a radon mitigation system the sump cover needs to be removed by a professional). Look into the sump pit. Look to see if there is...

Pack Out Services- Columbus, Ohio

Pack Out and Put Back of Contents If a home or business suffers water, fire, smoke, or mold damage, our “Clean Team” is ready to go. Our trained professionals will pack and move your contents and personal belongings from your home or business both to protect them from further damage.  All items will be professionally cleaned, dried and stored while reconstruction takes place. Our Clean Team provides complete pack out services. We carefully remove the contents from the damaged area to be restored, packed and delivered to an off-site facility. Our pack out process involves, a very careful, meticulous documentation system to ensure the best possible care. Items that we can successfully restore include but are not limited to: Artwork Books Photographs Clothing Documents Electronics Furniture Rugs Office Equipment Retail Inventory Taxidermy What you receive: Priority Arrival Emergency pack outs are our first priority Scheduled walk through times We treat you as our client, not a number Inventory We utilize the most current inventory systems available Live, real-time tracking Multiple reports for all types of contents needed Pack Outs We use specialized equipment & trade specific materials Our crews understand and execute packing skills to maximize protection The efficiency of our crews help to build customer satisfaction Our processes and procedures are rigorously maintained to help provide you with the highest value we can Transporting to our Facilities Our fleet trucks are clean and specialized for the job that they do every day We employ strict guidelines on our transportation methods Your contents are carefully wrapped an packed for transports Your contents are never mixed at any point with...