Why it Is Worth The Investment to Work wth a Professional Fire Damage Restoration Expert
If your property has been damaged by fire or water, you may be wondering if it is worth the investment to hire a professional fire damage restoration expert. At Thistle DKI, we know that it is essential to keep your property safe and secure, and that is why we are proud to offer the best fire and water damage restoration services in Las Vegas, Nevada.We want your experience to be as comfortable as possible, and you need an expert in these water and fire emergencies. learn more about how a professional can help you with mitigating damage from fires.more
How Professional Water Damage Restoration Impacts Your Home Value
Water damage is a serious issue that can quickly cause lasting damage to your home. If not addressed quickly, it can reduce the value of your home, or even cause it to be uninhabitable. Professional water damage restoration services can help minimize the damage and get your Las Vegas, NV home back to normal as quickly and efficiently as possible. Read on to learn more about how water damage restoration can impact your home value and how Thistle DKI can help you. Contact us today!more
The Top Four Benefits of Working With a Water Damage Restoration Professional
When it comes to damage restoration, working with the right company can help the process to go smoothly and be done well. At Thistle DKI, we specialize in providing our clients with reliable and high-quality business and residential restoration services in and around Las Vegas, Nevada. If you have experienced water damage to your property, here are four reasons to work with a water damage restoration professional. Reach out to us today to find out more about our services.more
What Type of Equipment Is Used During the Fire Damage Restoration Process?
When it comes to restoring a property after a fire, having the right equipment is essential. While there are a number of specialized tools and techniques used to restore a property to its pre-fire condition, there are a handful of pieces of equipment that are essential to any successful fire damage restoration process. At Thistle DKI, we’re the restoration company you can rely on to bring your property back to life with high-quality equipment that is quick and effective. Learn more below, then contact us today.more
Thistle DKI Floor Restoration Services
At Thistle DKI, our emergency response teams serve customers in Las Vegas, Nevada for all their emergency mitigation needs. Our team is here for you 24/7, and we care about the quality of service we provide to each of our customers. If you are looking for efficient service experts who can get you the price you deserve, we are ready to help serve you! As a full-service restoration company, we can offer services for water and fire damaged floors, mold remediation, reconstruction of floors, and more. Get a quote today!more
4 Signs You Need Water Damage Restoration Services
Water is one of the most destructive forces that can cause significant damage to a home or business. That being said, water damage to residential and commercial structures can occur in any number of ways, be it from a slow water leak in the crawlspace to a broken water pipe, fire suppression, or flooding. If water is not extracted quickly from your property, it can lead to serious and costly long-term problems. Not only will the water damage your belongings and cause structural damage, but it can also lead to health hazards caused by dangerous mold growth.
That's why it's important to identify water damage as soon as possible and call a professional restoration company in Las Vegas like Thistle DKI™ for assistance. Today, we'll explore four common signs warning you that you need water damage restoration services. Keep reading to learn more, and contact our 24/7 emergency response team for professional mitigation services you can count on.more
How to Care for Your Water Heater
A water heater is an essential part of your home, as it does exactly what the name implies — heats up the water in your home. However, not everyone is as familiar with their water heater as they should be. Much like any other appliance in your home, it’s vital to maintain your water heater throughout the year so that you don’t find yourself with either a leak or no hot water when you need it most. Luckily, if you do have a problem at some point, and you live in the greater Vegas area, our team at Thistle DKI is here to help! We offer a variety of plumbing, water heater repairs and replacements, and emergency mitigation services to ensure that your home is in tip-top shape at all times. Explore our website to discover our services, and continue reading below for a few tips on how you can maintain your water heater and ensure that it’s functioning properly all year long.more
Common Drain Issues That May Require a Professional Plumber
No one wants to deal with a plumbing issue, but unfortunately, they do happen. That's where Thistle DKI comes in! We offer 24/7 emergency plumbing services, and we're here to help get you back up and running.
In today's blog post, we're sharing a few drain issues that we see on a regular basis. If you're experiencing any of the following, it's time to call one of our Thistle local plumbers.more
4 Signs Your Water Heater Needs To Be Repaired
The home of the world-famous Las Vegas Strip is known for many things, but water heater repair isn't necessarily one of them. Still, we at Thistle DKI do actually see a lot of water heaters that need to be fixed here in Vegas — and it's not always because they're old. In this blog post, we will discuss four signs that your water heater needs to be repaired, especially in order to prevent your home from potentially devastating amounts of water or fire damage.more
Why You Should Choose Thistle DKI When You Experience a Home Disaster
We are Thistle DKI, an emergency response team in Las Vegas with years of experience. We specialize in fire and water restoration, as well as emergency response services to help homes that have been damaged by a disaster get back on their feet. In this blog post, we will talk about four reasons why you should choose us the next time you experience a home disaster.more
Types of Asbestos & Health Risks
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that is both highly durable and dangerous. It is known to resist exposure to fire, water, sound, and chemicals, and is made up of millions of microscopic fibers that bind together to create a light yet virtually indestructible material.
In today’s post, we are going to be going over the six different types of asbestos as well as the health risks that they can pose. If you think you may have asbestos in your home, contact our environmental remediation professionals at Thistle DKI in Las Vegas today for asbestos remediation services.more
Black Mold FAQs
While mold isn't necessarily a bad thing, it is still not something that you want to have growing unchecked in your household. Mold can actually be a good thing and is a part of foods such as bleu cheese and mushrooms. But if you find a fungal patch growing in a water-prone area of your home or smell something musty from your basement, these are indicators of mold growth that you will want to hire a professional mold remediation expert to take care of, especially if it is black mold.
What Is Black Mold?
Black mold, also known as “Stachybotrys,” is a type of mold that can be found in damp places inside of homes and buildings. While many types of mold grow in circular patterns and have a shiny appearance, black mold has a few key differences. First off, it grows in a patchier shape and has a much lighter tone than most other molds. When black mold is disturbed, it releases mycotoxins that can cause irritation to the eyes, nose, and lungs. While other molds can also cause allergic reactions to humans, black mold can cause very serious lung conditions...more
What Are the Dangers of Mold to Pets?
When it comes to the health of our fur children, we take it very seriously. While we know the dangers that mold poses on human health, many people do not realize the toxic effects that mold can have on our pets. While only a handful of species of mold are toxic to both people and pets, the most common type can cause serious illnesses and potentially death to people and pets. This is why it is crucial to contact a mold remediation professional as soon as you suspect or notice any mold growth within your home.
Pets and Mold Exposure
Dogs can be curious creatures, and this unfortunately leaves them even more susceptible to mold inhalation and ingestion. Mold enters pets’ bodies by inhalation in areas where mold is present, which is typically in damp, dark, and warm places such as basements. While it may be visible on the walls, mold can also be difficult to detect and remove due to the fact that it also grows behind walls and underneath floors. It is especially important to call a mold remediation company after a flood in order to inspect and eliminate...more
Three Harmful Mold Classifications to Keep an Eye Out For
Mold is a living substance that is not only unsightly to look at but can also be toxic and dangerous if left untreated. Mold typically thrives in environments that are damp and dark with temperatures around 60 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Mold can occur just about anywhere — your home, your office, your car, and any other structure in which you and your family spend time. That is why it is vital to be able to recognize mold and deal with it immediately by contacting a professional and experienced mold remediation company, such as Thistle DKI in Las Vegas, right away.
Mold is a fungus that grows virtually anywhere on Earth. While it isn’t certain exactly how many different species of mold there are, estimates range anywhere between tens of thousands to even over a few hundred thousand due to their unique makeup. While some of these molds are not hazardous to human health, others can lead to severe and chronic health conditions.
When it comes to addressing...more
What to Do When You Experience a Water Leak
When your home is faced with water damage from a water leak (or leaks), it can be easy to become overwhelmed and unsure about what steps to take. The fact of the matter is, water leaks are not uncommon, and it is one of those things that will very likely happen at least once for a homeowner or renter. It is also not uncommon for these leaks to go unseen and cause more extensive water damage. Read on to learn more about what to do when a water leak strikes (or when one is discovered), and give our mold remediation specialists a call today for assistance.
1. Act Quickly
When you first discover that you have a water leak, you will want to act quickly in order to prevent any costly damage from occurring. In some cases, repairs will be unavoidable — however, most leaks discovered early on will only have caused minimal damage and will likely only need to have minor repairs and potential mold remediation.
2. Shut Off the Water Supply
The first thing that you will want to do is to...more
Common Mold Questions
Have you ever been walking throughout your home only to notice that there are fuzzy white patches on your basement floor, black spots around the grout in your shower, or slick orange film that has formed in your kitchen drain? While these substances are unsightly and often smelly, they are much more than that — in some cases, mold in your home can make you and/or your family members sick, especially if you have asthma or allergies. Even if you have neither, mold exposure can irritate your eyes, skin, throat, nose, and lungs.
In today’s post, we are going to be discussing what exactly mold is, where it grows, who is the most at risk, and go over some tips to help prevent and get rid of mold. If you have noticed mold in your home and would like professional assistance with removal in order to ensure that it is removed completely, please give our mold remediation professional technicians a call at Thistle DKI in Las Vegas today to request an estimate.
What to Do When Your House Floods
Water damage can be one of the most devastating things to happen to a home and can cause thousands of dollars worth of damage. The worst part about water damage is that sometimes it is not clear what needs to be repaired. If you have a fire in your home, usually it is pretty obvious what areas have been damaged and what needs to be repaired. Flooding and water damage are much more insidious. Water can get behind walls and under floors so you may never even know you have a problem until it is much too late.
If your home has been flooded and you need help knowing how to deal with it, follow these steps to make sure you stay safe and to mitigate the damage done to your house.
If your water damage is too much to handle or you would rather let the professionals take care of the problem, Thistle DKI offers 24/7 water damage repair services to Las Vegas residents and we would love to help you safely and quickly restore your home to its pre-loss condition....more
Cooling Your Home This Summer
With the summer weather here, many homeowners automatically switch on the air conditioner, however, this can often come at a high price. If you automatically reach for the A/C during summer, Thistle DKI has a great post with some tips to help keep your home cool without using your air conditioner.
Close Your Home
The best place to start is with your curtains, shutters, blinds, etc. Whatever you use to keep the light out can also be used to keep the heat out, the trick is to know when to open and close which areas. Start by:
- Noting down what time your home receives the sun and where.
- When does the sun move over your home?
- How long does it take each area of your home to cool after the sun has moved?
- Can you take advantage of any natural shade?
Once you have this information you can create a basic schedule which tells you what curtains and areas of your home to open, at what time, and when they will be cool enough to open again to take advantage of the cooler evening...more
Preventing Water Damage in Your Home
Easy Ways to Prevent Water Damage
Water damage can be serious and often affect more than your home, but also your household and personal items. For this reason, it’s important for all homeowners to take steps to prevent water damage. To help you get started, Thistle DKI has some great tips to offer.
Nobody likes to unclog drains, however, the reality of the situation is that these small annoyances can quickly become large problems. Tour your home and check each of your drains to ensure water runs without obstruction and without any water pooling in your basin. If you come across any blockages, be sure to clear them before the day is over.
A small crack in your tiles or roof paneling is all that is needed for water to make its way into your home via your attic. Make your way up to your attic and move all of the items away from your walls and inspect for any signs of:
- Moisture building up on your items
If you notice any of these...more
DIY Task or Professional Project?
Are You Sure Your Project Is a DIY Task?
All DIY enthusiasts want to believe that they can perform any repair work around their home. However, this can often lead to safety problems and further damage. If you are looking at repair work and wondering if it’s a DIY task or you should call a professional, Thistle DKI has some questions to ask yourself.
Is the Cost Saving Worth It?
On the surface, it makes sense that you will save money performing the work yourself. However, this thought doesn’t include the cost of hiring equipment, workers to operate any machinery, along with paying full-price for materials. A professional restoration service already owns its equipment and has staff on hand, along with having access to trade prices from suppliers. When thinking about the cost savings, be sure to consider all of the costs and not just remove the cost of a professional service from your budget.
Is the Job Time Sensitive?
There are some projects that don’t affect the...more
Great Items to Add to Your Spring Cleaning List
Give Your Home a Fresh Start with a Spring Clean
If personal effects and junk has cluttered up your home to the point where you can’t see your surfaces any longer, then your spring clean is here to help. Below are some tips from Thistle DKI to add to your spring cleaning list to help make your clean a thorough one.
Nobody likes moving furniture, that’s just a fact. However, simply sliding it around slightly during your spring clean isn’t going to perform the job thoroughly. Instead, this spring clean, move each of your large furniture items and appliances and thoroughly clean the space they were and around it. This is not only a great way to improve your clean, but it also provides homeowners with the opportunity to identify any damage, such as a leaking pipe behind a wall hidden with an entertainment unit.
It doesn’t matter if have a fully-installed climate control system or portable air conditioning unit, these items need to receive your...more
Keeping Your Home Safe from Electrical Problems
Tips for Electrical Safety
Electrical safety in and around the home is everybody’s responsibility. Failing to take proper care can lead to serious property damage. Thistle DKI has prepared the following post with tips on how you can improve the electrical safety in your home.
Extensions leads have to be one of the most convenient electrical accessories. These devices allow you to use electricity temporarily in spaces which are otherwise inaccessible for proper circuitry. However, it’s important to remember that extension leads were only designed to be used temporarily, and shouldn’t be a staple around your home. If you can see one or more extensions leads which have become a permanent fixture, be sure to replace these with dedicated wall sockets. Problems can arise while using extensions leads permanently such as the cord becoming worn and causing problems, the cord becoming hot and causing a fire, or somebody tripping over the cable.
Protect Your Photos and Memories from Fire and Flooding
Keeping Your Memories Safe
There is one thing which a disaster recovery service can't do, and that restore photos which have been lost or damaged in a fire or flood. The best protection against this happening to you is preparation. Below is a great post from Disaster Kleenup Thistle DKI Nevada on the topic.
Find and Collate
The first step to protecting your photos is to gather them and sort them into groups. This could involve taking photos from your wall, your bedside table, or any stores photos you have in the attic or the basement. Wherever your photos are, get them and bring them together. Once you have them in one place, use a pencil to write on the back when the photo was taken, and them sort them into monthly groups and then into years.
Time to Digitize
If you have an old scanner which you haven’t used in a while or you got a new one for Christmas, now is the time to put it to use. When scanning your photos, maintain a consistent file naming system, such as...more
Basic Tips to Keep Your Home Safe While You're on Vacation
Preparing Your Home for a Vacation
Christmas is the perfect time to visit family you haven’t seen in a while and enjoy a vacation. However, while you are away, what is happening inside your home? Below is a post from Disaster Kleenup Thistle DKI Nevada which can help you prepare your home for your absence.
Water and Gas
Unless you can think of a compelling reason not to, as you leave your house, be sure to switch off your water and gas supply at the mains. It takes only the smallest leak in a pipe or dripping faucet which you never got around to repairing to cause serious water damage to your home while you are away and not there to catch it early.
Not everybody travels for Christmas. Thieves can take advantage of the fact that the majority of homeowners will leave their properties vacant over the period. Before you leave, consider the routines of your family and employ timer lights to replicate that routine. When doing this, you don’t need to light up...more
Smart Ways to Keep Your Home Warm This Fall
Tips for Keeping the Chill out of Your Home
While it may seem like the impossible task, keeping your home warm as the fall weather reduces outside temperatures is possible without using a lot of energy. To help get you started, Disaster Kleenup Thistle DKI Nevada has the below tips to offer.
If your home includes a fireplace then you are looking at the perfect method for keeping your home warm without the need to flip a switch. The key to using your fireplace is to ensure that it stays clean and safe. It’s worthwhile getting a professional in to do the job of cleaning, but keeping it safe is up to you. For example:
- Always use a fireguard.
- Don’t decorate it with items which can catch alight.
- Don’t hang your clothes in front of it to dry.
- Be sure that items or furnishings in your home can’t fall into the fire.
- Never leave a fireplace unattended.
Utilize Your Kitchen Heat
First off, let’s state that it isn’t a...more
Prepare Your Home for the Cold with These Tips
Take Advantage of the Weather Before It's Too Late
With summer behind us, now is the best time to start preparing your home for the generally cold fall season and the very cold winter one. Below are two tips from Thistle DKI Nevada on fall home maintenance.
Give Your Gutters a Clean
Summer isn’t known for bringing lots of rain, which leaves most homeowners to forget that they even have gutters and downpipes. Unfortunately, this leads to blockages not being cleared and, by the time the rainy weather rolls around, damage gets caused both to the guttering system and the surrounds of your home which had to take on extra water. Before the weather turns bad, safely reach your gutters and give them a thorough clean, removing any blockages and debris which has accrued. Once you are sure it’s all clear, grab your house and flush your system with water. If the water runs freely out of the downpipes and into your water intake them they’re fall-and-winter ready.
Preparing Your Family for an Emergency
How to Prepare for an Emergency
The only bad time to plan for an emergency is during one. By this stage, it’s too late and you could lose valuable items and risk creating more danger to your family. Below are some tips from Disaster Kleenup Thistle DKI Nevadato help you prepare for an emergency.
Who Is in Charge?
The last thing that you want during an emergency is for two or more people yelling instructions with nobody sure who to listen to. Sit down as a family and talk about your chain of command. This is the list of people, in order, who everybody agrees to listen to should an emergency occur in your home.
Prepare for Common Emergencies
There is a range of common emergencies which can all be prepared for, such as a flood or a fire. Speak with your family and work out a plan which everybody knows to follow during a range of set emergencies. For example, if there is a fire in the attic, what is the route that everybody in the home will take and which items will they take with...more
Rid Your Home of Hidden Mold
Where to Find Hidden Mold in Your Home
When it comes to keeping your home free from mold, there is a number of places which you just wouldn’t think of to clean. Below is a brief list from Disaster Kleenup Thistle DKI Nevada about some of those very spaces.
If you have cardboard boxes in your attic which are pressed against your ceiling or walls then there is a good chance that you have mold growth. Whether it’s a small leak in your roof or even just moisture build up from the temperatures changes in your home, these areas are a hotbed for mold growth. Every six months, take the time to move these boxes and wipe them down to remove any moisture. If possible, consider swapping these boxes for mold-resistant options like plastic storage tubs.
Your Carpet and Padding
When you really think about it, all of the debris and moisture that your guests walk into your home has to go somewhere, and that somewhere is the root of your carpet fiber and, in turn, your carpet...more
Returning Home to Find a Flood
What to Do When Returning Home to a Flood
Nobody wants to think about returning from vacation to find that their home has been flooded, however, the reality is that it can happen to any house at any time. Below are some first action steps from Disaster Kleenup Thistle to keep in mind if it happens to you.
First Things First
Don’t rush into your home to turn off the leak! Why? Because there are so many dangers which you may not even think about which you could cause yourself an injury. Instead, the first thing which you should do is to make your way to the mains and switch everything off. This means your water, gas, and your electricity. Better to be safe than sorry.
Once That Is Done
It’s time to consider any dangers in your home before you enter. Items like:
- Are any power sockets in contact with water
- Is there any debris on the floor which you could fall or slip on
- Is the ceiling bowing to indicate a leak upstairs which could cause your ceiling to collapse
- Are any heavy furniture...
Keep Your Home Cool Without Using the A/C!
Keeping Your Home Cool Without Using Your A/C
When it comes to hot weather, turning on the air conditioning is an appealing thought. Unfortunately, it can also be an expensive one. Below are some great tips from Disaster Kleenup Thistle DKI Nevada on how to keep your home cool without cranking up the AC!
Turn Your Fans off - Then in Reverse!
Have you ever wondered what that little switch on your ceiling fan is for? If you flick it to the other side, your fan blades will spin in reverse. During hot weather, this can give a nice cooling effect instead of moving stale air.
Close the Doors!
Did you know that keeping your back door open while you hang your clothes on the line can increase the temperature in your home significantly? A few minutes is all it takes for hot air to makes its way inside your cool sanctuary. Consider putting a sign on your doors to remind people to keep them closed!
If you have bathroom or kitchen exhaust...more
Keeping Your Yard Clear of Danger
Tips to Help Keep Your Property Safe
When it comes to keeping your home safe, the most of your thought is placed on the inside. However, there are many dangers which you can prevent against which could affect the outside of your home. To help you get started, below are some tips from Disaster Kleenup Thistle DKI Nevadawhich can help.
The best place to start is, unfortunately, with the place that homeowners enjoy cleaning the least. Using a ladder, safely reach your gutters and use your hands to clear out as much debris as possible. Once you have finished this, use a broom or another instrument to remove any stubborn items. Once you are certain that your gutters are clear, use your hose and wait until the flow comes out from your downspouts unimpeded.
Clear Your Yard
As the season changes, so too does the fire danger. And while it may not be a concern right now, clearing your yard from debris is a great way to help prevent fires in your yard and, in turn, at your home. A simple rake every couple of days and...more
How to Check for Mold When Buying a Property
Tips for Finding Mold When Buying a House
When it comes to buying a property, there is some damage which you can accept as something you can and will repair or renovate in the future and then there is mold growth and damage. Below is a post from Disaster Kleenup Thistle DKI Nevada with tips to help you identify mold before you buy a new property.more
Often Forgotten Spring Cleaning Tips
Don't Forget These Spring Cleaning Tasks
If you love nothing more than organization and decluttering, then spring cleaning season is what you have been waiting for all year! As much as you could say that you are a seasoned ‘Spring Cleaner’, Disaster Kleenup Thistle DKI Nevada has a few often-forgotten places below for you to consider adding to your list.
Clean countertops are a great item to add to your regular cleaning list, however, this really only applies to spaces such as your kitchen. When you are cleaning countertops and other areas, such as workstations or outdoor areas, be sure to clean underneath any countertops which are accessible. These spaces are often where moisture can accumulate and cause mold if left unchecked.
That’s right - lights. While they may still shine brightly, if you have never cleaned your lights before then you can be sure that they can shine brighter! Whether it’s taking a feather-duster to a chandelier or simply...more
The First Two Thoughts That Go Through Every DIYers Head When Assessing Damage
Considering Doing the Work Yourself?
It can be easy to look at a few broken tiles or bowing areas of your ceiling or outdoor roof and think that a simple DIY job is all that’s needed. And while there will be some jobs around your home which you can complete, there are some which are better left to the experts. If you are looking at a large DIY job, Disaster Kleenup Thistle DKI has some information on why it may be better left to professionals.
Of course, the first thing which comes to your mind when considering doing any DIY work yourself is the price. After all, if it’s just you or just you and a couple of tradespeople, surely you can save heaps of cash. While the idea seems solid on the surface, DIYers quickly realize that they don’t have access to industry pricing for both materials and labor simply because they don’t have an order large enough. In addition to having access to these prices, professional providers of Property Restoration in Las Vegas can also have a supply on hand or close by and ready to go, helping to...more
Two Ways to Keep the Outside, Outside This Cold Season
Keep Mold at Bay During the Cold Weather
When it comes to keeping mold out of your home and your carpets during the warmer and hot months, the best idea is often to open up your home and encourage the flow of fresh and dry air. Of course, when it comes to the colder months, this isn't always the best advice. Below are some tips from Disaster Kleenup Thistle DKI Nevada to help you keep mold at bay this cold period.
Don't Let It In
The first tip isn't likely going to be a popular one, but the truth is that the best way to keep mold causing pools of water out of your carpet is to require your family and guests to remove their shoes before entering the home or at the door. If you choose this option, be sure to provide your guests with slip-on shoes or socks they can use while they are at your home. Of course, be sure to provide a secure place for your guests to leave their shoes, either outside your home or just in your entrance way.
Invest in a Coat Rack
Keep Your Fireplace Safe This Winter
Tips to Keep Your Fireplace Safe
When it comes to staying warm during the colder months, the previous post had some great ways to keep your home safe. However, there was one item which wasn’t mentioned because it can pose a great enough danger that it deserves its own post. It’s your fireplace. While you may see it as the most romantic space in your home, it can also be the most dangerous, especially around seasons of celebration. To help you in this respect, Disaster Kleenup Thistle DKI Nevada has some safety tips to share.
If you haven’t been using your fireplace for a while, the worst thing that you can do is simply load it up with wood and fire-starters and light it up! The only thing that this will accomplish is a house full of smoke. And trust us, you don’t want that! Before you even think about using your fireplace, be sure to give it a thorough clean beforehand. If you aren’t confident that you can clean it yourself, hire a professional.
Don't Decorate Your Fireplace
One of the easiest ways to start...more
Prevent Fires During Cold Weather
Keep Your Home Safe and Warm
It’s safe to say that the warm weather is well and truly behind us, with each morning feeling like it gets colder and colder. And while our first reaction is to turn on a heating appliance, it’s important that you stay safe while you stay warm. Below are some great tips from Disaster Kleene Thistle DKI Nevada to help you stay safe during the colder months.
Check Your Cords
Are using a portable heater with a frayed cord? How about a wall heater with corrosion around the plug? Either of these is a shining example of an appliance which needs your attention before you switch it on. Take a tour of your home and inspect the cords of all of your electrical items to ensure their cords are intact and are in good condition. Something as small as moisture settling into a frayed wire can cause serious electric problems.
Always Turn It Off
If you are leaving the house, turn off your wall heater. If you are going upstairs for a while, turn off the...more
How Smart Devices and a Smart Home Can Prevent Damage in Your Home
Smart Devices and Home Protection
Let’s face it, there have been too many times to remember where we have all left the house and wondered if we left something on. Was it the hair straightener which you were using on your bed? Was it a light in the bathroom? How about the slow cooker, did you leave that on? And while the majority of the time we return home to find that nothing is wrong, there have definitely been a few times where we were very glad we did. If this sounds like you, then Disaster Kleenup Thistle DKI Nevada has a post about how smart plugs could be a great safety addition to your home to prevent electrical fires caused by dangers such as these. Simply put, a smart plug is a small device which plugs into your existing electrical socket. Depending on the brand you buy, there will be a range of functions, but the primary one is on/off. Here’s how it works.
- You plus a smart plug into your power socket.
- You plug in that hair straightener you’ve been using.
- Your friend...
2 Easy Tips to Prevent Mold From Growing in Your Home
Prevent Mold From Growing in Your Home
When it comes to removing mold, it can often seem like the impossible task. Not to mention that once you remove it you need to find a way to keep it from coming back! To help you out in this regards, Thistle DKI has the following tips to share.
Keep the Air Flowing
If you live in a humid environment, your are experiencing some unseasonably humid weather, or the design of your house means that the air in some of your rooms is moist, then it's important to keep the air flowing through your home. If the air is allowed to sit inside your home then the moisture can absorb onto your upholstered furniture and your carpet where it can encourage mold growth. The easiest way to prevent this from happening is to open a strategic number of windows and doors to promote constantly airflow, keeping air moving in, through, and then out of your house. If this isn't an option for you, consider a dehumidifier device. These work in a similar fashion to an air conditioner,...more
Prepare You and Your Home for a Severe Storm
How to Get Ready for a Severe Storm
If you grew up in an area which is prone to severe storms then preparing your home and family is second nature. However, for the rest of us, the obvious isn't as obvious. Below is a basic guide to get you started in preparing you and your home for a severe storm.
Start with Your Roof!
After all, it's the primary aspect of your house that is charged with protecting you and your family from the elements. Once a month, safely reach your guttering system and give it a good clean. Once it looks visually clean, run some water through it to make sure that there aren't any blockages in the pipes which you can't see.
Choose a Place
With your family, take a tour of your home and look for a room which is best suited for a severe storm. Look for aspects of a room such as reinforced or strong walls, not too large, and does not share a window with the storm just outside. For many home designs, a bathroom fits the task.
A Basic Emergency Box
Remember that you will likely have your cell phone and some...more
Top Tips to Prevent a Fire in Your Home This Summer
Minimize the Risk of Fire at Your Home
As summer gets into full swing it’s important to remember that the increase in heat also comes with an increase of fire risk. While your home may not be in a rural area, there are still fire risks that you can address. To get you started, Disaster Kleenup Thistle DKI Nevada has two great ways to minimize fire risk in your home this summer.
Electrical fires account for a solid amount of home based fires. And with good reason - they are easy to start. All it takes is a spark from an old appliance to cause severe damage to your home. For this reason, it’s important to check the condition of any and all fans, portable air conditioners and dehumidifiers before plugging them in and putting them to work. If any of the cords have become frayed or damaged throughout a storage period or simply through age, repair the damage or, even better, replace the item.
Clear Your Yard
Loose debris such as leaves and sticks or branches should be swept up and kept that way. However,...more
Two Last Minute Spring Cleaning Tips for Summer
Must-Do Spring Cleaning Items for Summer
Yes, you read that right! The reason for this post by Disaster Kleenup Thistle DKI isn't to confuse you about the months, it's to remind you of the most common must-do spring cleaning activities that you never completed; activities that can help protect your home during Summer.
Air Conditioner Check Up
The reason why this was on your spring cleaning list was that, just like last year, when you need to call an electrician during summer, there are none to be found. Before the season gets into full swing, give your air conditioner unit any home maintenance that your owner's manual advises. Once you have finished this, give your electrician a call to arrange an appointment as early as possible. In the event that parts are needed, now is the time to order them!
Clean your Gutters!
It doesn't matter if you look up and see clean gutters; unless you are looking down at them from a ladder, you can't determine if your gutters are clean....more
Guide to Use a Fire Extinguisher Correctly
In a previous post, you learned all about how to maintain your fire extinguisher. However, do you actually know how to use it? Yes, having one and keeping it proper condition is fine and all, but that alone won't help you in the event of a fire. To learn how to use yours correctly, read below!
How to Use a Fire ExtinguisherLearn About It
There are different types of fire extinguishers, and while they're all meant to do the same thing, there may be certain differences among them. To employ yours correctly, get to know it: find out about its parts, any restrictions it has, how much fire it can suppress, etc.
Think Before You Act
Before you grab your fire extinguisher, you need to quickly evaluate the situation. In some cases (e.g. if you feel unsure, if the fire is too big or if it's expanding fast), it will be much smarter to evacuate the property and call 911.
Employ the Fire Extinguisher Correctly
Easy Tips to Prevent Water Damage in Your Home
Do You Really Want to Return Home to a Flood?
Nobody likes to think about it; returning home to find that your faucet has burst and there is water everywhere. However, it can happen. To prevent instances like this, Thistle DKI has a post to share.
What's That on the Roof?
Don't drive home on a rainy day to find water dripping in. Safely inspect your roof, looking for any missing tiles, shingles, or any tears which could allow water to come in. Even the smallest drip can wreak havoc.
Take a Good Look at Yourself! Well, Your Plumbing, at Least.
As the seasons change, take a tour of your home's plumbing system and make sure everything is visually okay. Look for any potential leaks, such as rust or any cracks which can quickly cause bigger problems.
Fix the Faucet!
A leaking faucet was mentioned in the introduction for a reason - it happens too often! And unlike in the movies where everybody dances around and the water gets magically cleaned up, you're going to need to do the work. The easiest way to prevent...more
Commonly Overlooked Places to Find Mold in Your Home
Where to Find Hidden Mold in Your House
If you have noticed a stale smell around your home or your allergies have begun to act up, it's likely that there is mold hiding in your home. If you suspect the same but are having a hard time locating the culprit, Disaster Kleenup Thistle DKI Nevada has a post which can help. Below are some of the top places that you are likely to find mold. If you are struggling to locate mold which you are sure you have in your home, check out these places first.
- Air conditioning units
- If you have a separately installed air-conditioning unit, then this is the first place to look, both inside and out. Dripping and pooling water along with any shade that your house is providing make the perfect environment for mold growth.
- Do you remember spilling liquid on your carpet which may have been left long enough to sink into its fibers before you cleaned it up? Mold loves to grow at the base of carpets and rugs. If you can, lift up your rugs and carpet to check for mold...
Why You Should Hire a Professional to Perform Your Property Restoration in Las Vegas
Why Property Restoration in Las Vegas Isn't a DIY Job
When disaster strikes and damage occurs to your home or property, it can be tempting to attempt the restoration work yourself. However, despite how handy you are around your house, performing restoration work by yourself isn't always a good idea. Disaster Kleenup Thistle DKI Nevada has some information to share on why you should call in the experts.
Savings money is the most common reason for homeowners to complete property restoration themselves. And while the idea sounds good, once you realize the costs of materials and labor that you do need, the very different reality becomes apparent. The truth is that professional property restorers have access to purchase prices for material and labor that is well below what is available to consumers.
It's just a small job; why do I need a professional? That's the second most commonly heard reason for attempted DIY work. However, when it comes to restoring your...more