The Effects of Fire and Smoke Damage 

»Posted by on Jan 9, 2018 in Smoke Damage | 0 comments

One of the worst damages that a household can experience is when the house gets on fire. Fire damage is one of the most traumatic and violent event anyone can imagine. Not only would it damage properties, it also shatter dreams and experiences. When you restore the house, it’s better that you call a professional who has an experience with fire damage restoration. Fire damage is dangerous so you shouldn’t try to do it on your own.  

Smoke Damage 

Thermal Damage 

One of the dangers of fire is the thermal or heat. It is created by the fire and disperses on every direction. Its heat affects anything if it’s too hot. It has the ability to open the pores of the substrates that allow the smoke to imbed into the materials’ surfaces. This will result to easy surface oxidation and smoke odor. The heat is often retained after the fire and will still affect anyone or anything it can encounter. Professionals are the one who knows how to deal with it.  

Smoke Damage 

The soot is the by-product of the incomplete combustion, and the heat pushes that to cover everything in its path. The smoke will travel until all the energy is used up. Soot is tested to be on the acidic side of pH scale and these materials are destructive. The smoke can affect paint or finish coatings because it cannot stand an acidic environment. The smoke is also the reason why short circuits happen and overheating of appliances.  

Structural Damage 

Warping of distortion from heat also known as deflection can create metal stresses which compromise the metallic components of a structure, and it also risks the physical structure of the property. So it’s obvious that when a fire happens, it can damage an entire property in a quick span of time. Testing and analysis to structure should be done.  

Pressure Damage 

One of the effects of fire is pressure damage. Properties with a good insulation can create more pressure and smoke. Water can also create a super-heated steam because it expands at a very high rate. The temperature and pressure damages any substrate. Once the property expands, it blows out doors and window glass and also lift roofs. Heavy equipment can also be moved.  

Water Damage 

Another damage that a fire can cause is water damage. Any water near the fire can cause much damage because of the super-heated steam it creates. This steam is a very powerful force. The power is then released, adding to the pressure conditions in the building. Like mentioned, it can affect structure and equipment.  

Chemical Residue 

There are many chemical residues after a fire, that’s why you shouldn’t venture in a restoration project on your own. The fire might create a waste stream of hydrocarbons, acids, and other hazardous chemicals. Potentially hazardous waste stream and potential hazards of decontamination should be handled by technicians that have skills and knowledge of disposing such waste materials while ensuring the safety of the site.  

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Tips for Used Car Buyers

»Posted by on Oct 25, 2017 in Car Buyers | 0 comments


There are still a lot of great reasons to buy pre-loved or pre-owned car. There are still several convincing options to get a used car even though there are a lot of great and brand-new options now.  

Car Buyers

First of all, maybe now you could get a certain model at its devalued price if you could not afford a certain model you wanted a few years ago. Secondly, perhaps you have the money to purchase a second-hand vehicle and do not want to deal with few years of payments like you generally would with a new vehicle. Lastly, perhaps you just find more value in a secondhand car than in a new vehicle, especially if you operate a small business and find yourself saving more money in that way. Before you purchase your car at Buy Here Pay Here OKC, here are several things that you should consider: 

  • More parts will need to be replaced if the car has higher mileage. Usually, parts begin wearing out at about 65,000 up to 75,000 mark. These could be inexpensive relatively like fuel filters and brake pads. However, it could get bigger steadily such as a new A/C compressor, new radiator, or transmission overhaul. To know what you are having, have a copy of the periodic maintenance schedule of the car. 
  • Do not go cheap. Yes, you could be thrifty. However, delaying the repair or replacement of damaged parts would cost you more. This is really true of the system of cooling where replacement delaying could only make a domino effect.  
  • Prepare Two Budgets. The first budget is for the initial cost of the car. The second budget is to make the vehicle worthy for the road. This means that you must have a budget for fixing. Let us say, around 20% of the car cost. Meaning, you must have a budget of around $2,000 for the parts that would need to be replaced if you purchase a car worth $10,000. You would be really stressed out when a new A/C compressor is needed, a new rack ends, or if the temperature needle starts increasing if you don’t have a budget for fixing.  
  • Do some research about the car. Talk to your family or friends who have owned a certain model that you are planning to buy. Google the reputation of that car.  
  • Completely Inspect the Car. For you to see the quality of the paint, check the car during daytime. The car has been painted over, scratched, or bent if you see some spots that do not match quite the other parts. Generally, these are just small issues. However, look for signs of filler when checking the engine bay. If you spot one, it is a sign that the vehicle has been involved in a collision. And of course, it is not good. Tug on seatbelts to know if they work and examine the seats if they have still cushioning. Also, examine the instrument panel to know if all lights and gauges work. Check the windshield washer and wipers too.  
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