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A Tale for All Seasons

How many times have you heard the phrase, or even said, “We will pay for 3 days drying, that’s all!” We at GRAP Restoration have been hearing it for years from adjusters and have always wondered how it started because it sometimes takes more drying time. Have you ever wondered, where did that idea come from? Who started it? Does it always work?

Years ago, a large corporate restoration company came out with a marketing idea – “Dry-In-3.” The concept became an immediate hit with claim representatives. They could write a check for three day drying and close the file.

Who among adjusters does not love the idea of closing a file quickly? However, what was the small print? What did many fail to read?

Imagine a scenario where you come home from work, open the front door and are met with wet carpet and flooring (or even worse) water running out the door. It happens more than you can imagine and it can make for a very long day. Your first instinct is to do something – get the water up and perhaps put a fan on it. This is understandable, but in reality your first call should be to contact a Full Service professional restoration company like GRAP to handle the dry out and mitigation. We at GRAP often are called on jobs that the homeowner or business owner has attempted to mitigate themselves and they end up with mold and mildew because they were not aware of the science of drying.

Why won’t a common fan work you say? After all, a fan will dry it out right? Well, yes and no. It can actually make the situation worse. How can this be? 

It’s all about science and Psychrometry! 

Natural disasters don’t wait around to strike when you’re ready--in fact, they often come around when there are many other things on your to-do list. Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to prevent hurricanes from wreaking havoc on your property.

Keep your Yard Kempt

Make sure that any trees and shrubs are trimmed regularly. Well-trimmed plants have a greater wind resistance than overgrown greenery and will be more likely to remain intact through a storm.

Clear your gutters and drains on a regular basis-- a clogged water drainage system is useless if it is clogged during any type of rain storm. Drain systems can be severely damaged if they’re already clogged when a big storm begins. Get the value out of the technology in your landscape by maintaining it.

“Mold” is a dirty word to most of us-- nearly everyone instantly tenses up as soon as they hear the word. We know it’s bad for us, and the thought of it thriving where we live, work, and let our loved ones near is an unsettling idea. So how do you get rid of it for good? Here are some tips from our experts.

Know your Enemy

To make sure mold is unwelcome in your home, you need to know how it can get there and what makes it stay. Mold thrives in warm, damp places with organic materials, such as drywall or wood. Once it finds a comfortable spot, it grows rapidly. Common places you’ll see mold are in basements, kitchens, bathrooms, and crawl spaces.

Seeing your personal possessions and home face damage and destruction from fire can be one of the most devastating disasters a person can experience. No matter the size or severity of the fire, the aftermath of a fire can be equally daunting. As experts in fire repair and restoration, our experts at GRAP are here to offer you clear guidance and reassurance in restoring your home after a fire.

Initial Inspection

When you call our office, our team will ask you some detailed questions about the nature of the fire at your home. We’ll then send out a team with equipment appropriate to your unique situation.

Mold hiding in your home poses expensive and unpleasant repairs. But, the dangers mold brings to your health is of even greater concern. Prolonged exposure to black mold can cause serious short and long term health issues in humans and animals.

Understand the Risk

Mold is a naturally occurring fungus that most people will come in contact with at one time or another in negligible amounts. However, if mold finds a spot to thrive and multiplies, it can grow rapidly and cause serious health problems.