Fire, Water & Mold Damage in Gainesville, FL? Call Maven!

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Emergency is one word home and business owners dread hearing. Whether it is caused by fire, water or mold, an emergency is a stressful situation. Fortunately, no matter the time of day, Maven Construction Group responds to calls and begins assisting property owners with damage restoration.

Remediation After a Fire Emergency

During a property fire, the flames may seem to cause all the damage. But many times, the smoke, soot, ash and water used to extinguish the flames can be just as destructive. Maven Construction Group, a Gainesville restoration company, offers 24/7 emergency service and self-funds all recovery projects. This means we arrive promptly and work tirelessly until your home or business returns to pre-fire condition.

Contact Your Insurance Company

You’ll most likely need to be in contact with your insurance company throughout the remediation process, so it’s best to call it as soon as possible. Maven Construction Group has more than a decade of experience advocating for property owners during the claims process. Once the fire marshal gives the go-ahead, we’ll make an inventory of items damaged and/or lost in the fire.

Start Fire Damage Reconstruction

The next step is repairing the smoke, soot, ash and water damage from items in the home or building. Unless the items are professionally treated, these fire by-products will linger and possibly cause respiratory and other health issues with long-term exposure. Fire damage reconstruction begins with demolition and removal of the affected property. The licensed general contractors at Maven Construction Group are skilled in completing reconstruction projects while meeting local building codes.  

Restoration After a Water Emergency

Unfortunately for many properties, fire and water damage go hand in hand. To put out flames engulfing a building, the fire department often needs hundreds, if not thousands, of gallons of water. Other homes or businesses need water damage restoration after flooding caused by burst pipes or a natural disaster.

Gainesville Water Damage Restoration

Whatever the cause, Maven Construction Group follows the same six-step process to return your home or business back to its pre-damage condition as quickly as possible. During the first inspection, our team learns the class and category of the water damage. This determines whether and how personal belongings and areas of the property can be repaired or need to be replaced.

Water Damage From Burst Pipes

Walls and flooring are especially susceptible to water damage from burst pipes. If the damage occurs when the home’s or business’ occupants are away for a few days on vacation, for instance mold and mildew may begin to form. This happens often in Gainesville and other areas with a humid climate.

Mold Damage? Do This.

Even if you discover mold damage long after a fire- or water-related emergency has been taken care of, call Maven Construction Group. Our team uses professional mold containment and air filtration procedures for effective mold removal in Gainesville. This includes inspecting the property to find the source of the mold. Call us for leak detection Gainesville, FL, residents know and trust.

Mold Remediation in Gainesville, FL

If your property has suffered from fire, water or mold damage, you can count on professional restoration service from Maven Construction Group. Our team has the training and skills necessary to bring a property back to pre-damage condition in a timely manner. We will communicate with you through every step, from contacting the insurance company and filing a claim to planning the property’s reconstruction and getting your life back to normal. Call Maven Construction Group today to begin!

How Frozen Pipes Can Lead to Fire Damage

When winter arrives and temperatures drop, some plumbing fixtures need a little help adjusting to severe weather. Among the many things homeowners and commercial property owners can do to prepare for freezing temperatures, taking care of fragile pipes is one of the most important. Most people know that when pipes freeze, they can burst and create the need for water damage repair. But fewer people make the connection between frozen pipes and flames before it is too late and they have to call for fire damage restoration.

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Floods vs. Fires

There is a fine line between frozen pipes causing floods and leading to fires, and this line is the process of thawing. Put simply, thawing pipes can prevent floods by reducing the likelihood of the pipes bursting, but thawing carelessly or using inappropriate methods increases the risk of flames igniting. Fire damage repair companies can offer tips on how to insulate the pipes in your home or business to reduce the risk of them freezing, as well as how you can properly thaw them to minimize fire hazards.

Preventing Pipes From Freezing

Insulating water pipes can prevent wasteful heat loss, freezing and breakage. Pipes located in exposed areas of the home or building, such as pump houses and garages, are especially vulnerable. To insulate small lengths of pipe, you could use pipe wraps made of materials such as fiberglass, plastic, foil-backed fiberglass, rubber or foil-backed natural cotton. If more pipes need to be covered, consider tubular sleeves. Remove dirt and grease from the pipes and make sure they are dry before you install the insulation. Nonetheless, if even after these efforts you notice the pipes leaking or bursting, call a home restoration company immediately for professional water extraction. The sooner you identify leaks and flooded areas, the better chance you have of saving your belongings from water damage.

Thawing Frozen Pipes

  • If you realize your pipes have frozen, turn off the water valves to reduce pressure and minimize flooding if the pipes burst.
  • To warm the area and slowly melt the ice, you could use a hairdryer or heat lamp.
  • Also, wrap and secure a heavy towel around the pipes to concentrate heat to the areas that need it the most.
  • Place a bucket underneath the pipes to collect any sweat, and then pour warm water over the pipes.
  • When you are finished thawing the pipes, look carefully for any leaks and damp patches on walls, ceilings and floors.
  • Avoid using heat guns and propane torches to thaw pipes, for they are known fire hazards that could easily melt piping elements if placed too close to the pipes or left on for too long.

Water & Fire Damage Restoration in Gainesville

Fire and water damage restoration companies recommend home and business owners to find a professional organization in their area to help them develop pre-loss contingency plans and take preventive measures that could help the people, property, services and products involved. In Gainesville, FL, and surrounding areas, you can trust  Maven Construction Group. Our services include leak detection, emergency water removal, mold cleanup, storm damage, fire and water damage restoration and more. Call us today!

Common Causes of House Fires in Gainesville, FL

Nobody thinks a house fire will happen to them, but unfortunately house fires are common. Equally common are the causes. Maven Construction Group provides quality fire damage restoration Gainesville residents know and trust.

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Cooking

Whether you cook once in awhile or routinely host dinner parties for friends and family, cooking presents many fire hazards. Unattended pots and pans on the stove or in the oven, using hot oil to fry food, and cooking equipment with frayed electrical cords can all cause a fire. If your home’s kitchen or cooking area needs fire damage reconstruction in Gainesville, call Maven Construction Group.

Grills

Grilling is a pastime for many people, but it’s easy to become complacent. Remember to keep the grill at least several feet away from your home, deck, and trees. And even if your grill doesn’t get as much use as you’d like, remember to regularly check it for rust, corrosion, and proper gas line connections.

Fire Pits

Fire pits are common in backyards throughout North Central Florida, but these landscaping features pose a risk to your home. A fire pit should be placed and/or installed in a flat, open area and always have a fire screen. Before wrapping up an evening around your fire pit, make sure all embers are extinguished.

Smoking

Almost all smoking-related fires beginning in the home come from upholstered furniture, bedding, and/or mattresses catching fire from someone who fell asleep while smoking. Another cause of smoking-related house fires is throwing a cigarette butt into a trash can without soaking it in water first.

Heating

Though we don’t have extreme cold during winter months as northern climates, many homes use home heating equipment when the mercury drops. If you rely on a portable space heater in a room or area rarely used, keep it at least three feet from combustible objects like drapes and furniture. Any space using a space heater should also be well ventilated.

Fireplaces

Fireplaces can make a home cozy, but if not properly maintained, present a fire hazard. Use or install a spark screen and/or glass door to prevent stray sparks or logs from rolling into the surrounding area. And before lighting your fireplace with the first winter breeze, have the chimney checked, and if necessary, cleaned to prevent buildup of flammable creosote.

Wood Stoves

Though modern wood stoves are more efficient and safer than their predecessors of yesteryears, they aren’t the set it and forget it type. As with a fireplace and space heater, wood stoves should be operated with supervision, kept away from flammable objects, and in a well ventilated area.

Appliance Cords

Thin, flexible, and usually out of sight, appliance cords are often overlooked until there’s an issue. An appliance cord at the end of its use will fray around the connection and expose internal wires, posing a fire risk. Appliance cords are common in homes and businesses, but should never be put under rugs, carpeting, or furniture. However, if your business experiences a fire due to a frayed appliance cord, let Maven Construction Group it back to normal through our commercial fire damage restoration.

Candles

Candles add a layer of ambiance any day of the year, but are more prevalent during the holidays. Unfortunately, candles are often left unattended and caused more than 9,000 house fires from 2009 to 2013, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

Flammable Liquids

Most homes have at least one flammable liquid on the property, such as propane for the grill or gasoline for a lawn mower. Any flammable liquid should be stored in its original container outside and in a safe location.

Faulty Wiring

A constant stream of blown fuses, resetting circuit breakers, or the lights dimming when the air conditioner turns on are common signs your home’s wiring is faulty. If your home is older, the wiring is likely older and unable to handle the demands of modern life. A licensed electrician can inspect the wiring and let you know of any issues with the wiring, possibly preventing the need for residential fire damage restoration.

Lighting

A poorly installed light fixture can do more than just insufficiently illuminate a room. Hanging lights should be insulated if hung from wood paneling or ceiling joists. Moveable lighting, such as a floor lamp, should have a sturdy base which can’t be easily tipped or knocked over. Bulbs used in any lighting should always be the correct wattage for the specific lighting to reduce fire risk.

Children & Pets

Children and pets are often curious by nature, but if left alone around candles, open flames, and any other potential fire hazard, that curiosity can cause a disaster. Matches and lighters should be kept away from children. Also, teach children fire and/or flames are not a toy.

Call Maven Construction Group For Gainesville Fire Damage Remediation Services

A house fire is two-fold stressful and scary. If your home suffers a fire, Maven Construction Group will restore it to pre-fire condition through quality craftsmanship and a professional approach. Call us today to begin putting a house fire behind you.

Tips to Prevent Water & Fire Damage This Holiday Season

Disasters Don’t Take Holidays — Prepare For & Prevent Damage From Water, Mold & Fire

Disaster can strike when you least expect it, and certain safety hazards tend to spike during the holiday season with so many preoccupations surrounding us. Fire and water damage are two of the most common and troublesome mishaps that occur. The Gainesville restoration specialists of Maven Construction Group would like to offer our advice on how to prevent and prepare for the unimaginable this holiday season.

Structure Fires & Restoration

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), structure fires were responsible for $10.3 billion in property damage in 2015. At Maven Construction Group, we specialize in fire damage restoration to restore your property after a disaster, however, it’s always best to try and prevent disasters.

  • Plug in only one high-wattage appliance at a time to avoid overloading.
  • Do not pinch extension cords between furniture and other tight areas to avoid shock or damage to the wires.
  • Remove any flammable objects on or around a chimney when in use.
  • Turn pan and pot handles inwards to prevent accidents in the kitchen and never leave cooking appliances unattended when in use.

Have A Plan For Fires

No matter how many precautions are taken, it is important to always be prepared in case things take a turn for the worse. According to the NFPA, only one-third of Americans have prepared for a fire by both developing and practicing an escape plan.

  • Test smoke alarms monthly and replace batteries yearly.
  • Set up at least two escape routes from every room.
  • Designate a meeting area away from any danger.
  • Practice escaping a fire at least twice a year.

Water Damage & Prevention

What is easier than hiring water restoration companies that have extensive training with water damage restoration? Preventing water damage! Maven has the tools and experience necessary to offer cost-effective clean-up solutions due to water damage but we want to help you avoid any unnecessary disaster restoration this holiday season.

  • Clean out roof gutters to avoid uneven spillage around your foundation. This can be done before you hang up your holiday lights or host your annual bash.
  • Inspect and repair any missing or damaged shingles on your roof.
  • Check for any dark stains under pipes, sinks and ceilings that could be caused by dripping water.
  • If leaks are found on water heaters, air conditioning units or pipes, repair them immediately or contact a professional.

Mold Assessment & Removal

Mold is caused by moisture and is often a consequence of water damage. Mold is also a prominent issue in humid climates such as Florida, even in the winter months. Be alert for signs of water leakage, such as water spots, peeling paint, rust or an irregular water bill, that could result in the creation of mold. Maven offers mold assessment and mold remediation services for both residential and commercial buildings.

Disaster Restoration Specialists in Gainesville, FL

The holidays are a time for enjoyment, not for worrying about repairs and restorations. Take some time from your busy schedule to take precautions to avoid fire, water and mold damage this holiday season. Maven Construction Group is Gainesville’s one-stop service for disaster restoration with experts on water & mold restoration, fire damage, storm & wind damage, and roof repairs & reconstruction. Contact us for 24/7 emergency service.

Don’t Let Christmas Lights Become a Fire Hazard

fire-hazard-christmas_lightsChristmas is a wonderful time of the year…for most us.  We love the decorations and lights but how much though do we put adorning our houses without causing a fire hazard?  Firefighters and law enforcement will tell you – not enough.
Already this year, in Eatontown NJ, a family was left homeless by faulty Christmas lights that burned down their house at night, while they were sleeping. Luckily for the residents, everyone was able to get out safe. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case.  

What can you do to ensure that your holiday decorations don’t cause the “Nightmare before Christmas”?  Here are a few tips from the fire damage restoration experts at Maven:

  1. Always use Power Strips – power strips almost always contain a circuit breaker that will automatically shut the power strip off.  This helps prevent a particular circuit from being overloaded.
  2. 3-in-1 Rule of Thumb – a great rule of thumb provided by an electrician friend of ours is the “3-in-1” rule.  Never bring more than 3 strands of lights into one circuit.  Plus, the newer LED lighting uses even less electricity which will help ensure the circuit’s integrity.
  3. Install Weatherproof Outlets for Outdoor Lighting – picture your outdoor socket all loaded up with plugs from various Christmas lighting displays.  What would happen to that socket if your sprinkler systems can on at 5am (like mine does) and sprayed a stream of water all over those connections?  How would that outlet fair if a cold front pushed a steady drizzle of rain in?  Weatherproof outlets are simple to install and eliminate one of our main lighting related fire hazards here in Florida.
  4. Inspect Repeatedly – make it a habit to check your plugs, cords and bulbs frequently.  Feel bulbs, especially bulbs around flammable materials like curtains and wreaths.  Are the bulbs hot to the touch?  Are cords frayed or worn in any way?  Are they hot to the touch?


Christmas time should be about fun and family…not about fires, damaged property and most of all injuries.  Following these 4 tips will help ensure that you and your family stay safe and happy for many holiday seasons to come!