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.

Maven Construction Group’s Strong Foundation Leads to Better Customer Service

Maven Construction Group has once again been featured in HOME magazine, this time for the company’s quality and customer-first mindset.

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Maven Construction Group has enjoyed exceptional growth in less than a decade in business. While the bulk of their business lies in water damage restoration and reconstruction, the company has recently expanded into custom home building.

The growth is attributed to Leith Finnegan’s background in restoration. With an eye for proper planning and design at the beginning of a project, the owner stresses to clients the importance of up-front investment during construction. This reduces the number of possible future maintenance issues with a home.

“It’s not just how your home looks on day one, but rather how it stands the test of time well into year 5, 10 or 20. That’s the true test of quality craftsmanship,” Leith told HOME magazine.

As the business continues to grow, customers can be assured Maven Construction Group’s focus on them and high-quality results will never waiver. Read the entire feature in the October/November 2017 issue of HOME in Greater Gainesville.

Preparing for Tropical Storms in Gainesville, FL

Tropical Storm Preparation

Properties on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of Florida are often in the dangerous path of tropical weather during Hurricane Season. With its extensive experience in home restoration, home reconstruction, water damage inspection, water damage restoration, and storm damage restoration, Maven Construction Group’s offers tips for preparing your Gainesville home or business for the coming storms.

Tropical Storm Preparation Tips for Your Property

The strong winds and heavy rains of tropical storms can lead to tree damage, roof damage, wind damage, water damage, mold damage and more! At Maven Construction Group, we specialize in tropical storm damage repairs and want you and your property to be ready for when tropical storm warnings for Gainesville occur.

Secure Your Roof

The roof of your home or property is the biggest potential opening on the property so it is highly important to inspect it prior to a tropical storm. Any cracked or missing shingles could leave an opening for water to seep in and cause water damage. This is especially dangerous when heavy rains are falling on your roof for extended periods of time.

Trim & Remove Trees

Many people don’t realize that the large, beautiful trees surrounding their home or business could be a potential hazard during a tropical storm. Any loose branches or weak trees could be toppled by strong winds, causing extensive damage. Before hurricane season, it is important to trim or remove all damaged trees and limbs.

Seal Windows & Doors

Over time, it is common for windows and doors to have damaged seals due to natural weather conditions. This is even more prominent in hot climates. To avoid leaks and water damage that could potentially lead to mold in your home or business, you should check all the seals in your property and repair them if necessary. During tropical storms, it is very easy for rain to enter through damaged seals.

Clear the Outdoors

Tropical storm winds can reach very high speeds, overturning anything outside on your property that is not secured, which could damage your home or business. Before a tropical storm hits, store or secure any grills, lawn chairs, lawn ornaments, or any other items and décor that could be picked up by winds. Be sure to close, disconnect and store any propane tanks around your property.

Sandbag Areas Subject to Flooding

If your property has any areas that are subject to flooding or are not properly sealed to stop high levels of water, use sandbags. Sandbags are a quick and relatively inexpensive way of creating a watertight barrier to prevent floods from entering your property.

Install Shutters

While you shouldn’t rely solely on shutters to keep your home or business protected during a tropical storm, you should definitely invest in them. Shutters can protect your windows and doors from any unforeseen debris that is picked up and thrown by the wind.

What to Do After the Storm

Once the tropical storm is over, if you find that your home has suffered any damage, be sure to contact Maven Construction Group. We are highly trained and experienced in all forms of tropical storm damage restoration, be it water damage restoration, mold damage remediation or any form of structural reconstruction needed to your property. Our professionals will secure your damaged property by providing structural support, clean up the external debris left behind by the storm and complete any necessary repairs and reconstruction. Trust Maven for tropical storm damage remediation in Gainesville, FL.

Maven Construction Featured in Home Magazine

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Maven Construction Group was recently featured in HOME Magazine for its custom home build completed for the Molyneux family in Gainesville, FL. The home, owned by Cory and Megan Molyneux, took approximately a year to build and seamlessly blends a rich family history with the luxuries of modernity.

Although Maven Construction owners Leith and Ashley Finnegan focus primarily on restorations in Gainesville, it is through this experience they have learned what home builders should not do in order to prevent disasters in the future.

“Quality of work as always been of utmost importance to us,” Leith Finnegan told Home Magazine reporter Paxton Sellers. “The materials used in the framing and foundation … the things the homeowners never sees … are critical to every project.”

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It is with their eyes on the future for every custom home project that Leith and Ashley are able to deliver such a high-quality build.

“Decades later, when [the Molyneux] children return home to visit, they’ll be able to say, ‘Wow, this house still looks like it did when it was first built,'” Ashley told Home Magazine.

Read the entire feature in the August/September 2017 issue of HOME in Greater Gainesville.

What Homeowners Should Know About Water Damage

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Finding out that there is water damage in your home can be a nightmare. Water damage cleanup is often expensive, depending on the extent of damage it can take a good amount of time before it is all repaired, and it can destroy valuable personal items that cannot be replaced. Water damage can happen in an instant from a burst pipe or it can happen quietly over time which makes it all the more difficult to discover. When it comes to water damage and taking the necessary steps to repair the effects of it, homeowners are usually plagued with questions. At Maven Construction Group, we provide storm damage restoration in Gainesville, FL, along with water removal services and share with you important information all homeowners should know about water damage in their homes.

Residential Water Damages

Don’t Wait to Have Water Damage Repaired

When it comes to water damage Gainesville, FL, homeowners face, the longer you wait, the worse it will get. That is why it is highly important that you look for restoration experts as soon as you’re aware of your problem. Apart from water seeping deeper into your home’s foundation, ruining belongings and even flooding an area in your home, there are secondary damages. Secondary damages occur when mold begins to grow in the affected area. It only takes about 48 hours from the time something gets wet until it starts to grow mold. After that, mold can spread at a vary rapid pace and cause health risks in your home. Mold damage restoration can be costly and it is work added on top of the water damage restoration needed, so don’t put it off.

Polluted Water

Not all water damage that occurs comes from clean water. Sometimes polluted water can be the one that leaks creating health risks. Pollution from water is categorized into three levels. Category one means that the water came from a clean source such as pipes and won’t cause any illness. Category two means that the water contains bacteria and could possibly cause illness if exposed for too long. Category three means that the water came from a highly contaminated source, such as from the sewage, and can cause severe illness or even death. If water sits for too long in your home, even category one water could potentially become contaminated. Never interact with water causing water damage in your home and instead contact a professional.

Water Damage & Insurance

Most people believe that water damage is covered by their insurance and while it may be true, it doesn’t mean that it covers all types of water damage. Flooding, for example, is usually not covered in the average insurance plan. To avoid any issues with insurance if you experience water damage, see what is covered under your plan and what is not. This will also help you file the correct claim so that it isn’t delayed.

Common Areas to Find Water Damage

Knowing where and how to look for water damage may be able to help you find it before it has time to cause serious damage to your home. Be sure to check that all your visible pipes and plumbing are not leaking, if you see any wet spots around them keep a close eye to determine where it is coming from and if it is persistent. Peeling paint or bubbles in paint on the ceiling or walls may be a sign of water damage, this is especially common in bathrooms. Any soft or cooler spots in the floor could also be a sign. If you have a basement that you don’t use often, check it periodically to ensure that there is no flooding.

Water Damage Restoration in Gainesville, FL

If you find water damage in your home, Contact Maven Construction Group right away. We are a professional Gainesville restoration company that can take care of any water or mold damage that you may have in your home.

Maven Construction Group Makes Guest Appearance in Local Discovery Feature

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Local Discovery recently featured DiscoverShade, a local Gainesville company, and its convenient window shade treatments. With DiscoverShade, you can turn a screened deck into an open patio just by hitting a button!

If you’re considering building a custom home in Gainesville, then features and conveniences such as the DiscoverShade are a must-have, and it’s awesome when your custom home builder has experience incorporating these “extras” so you can truly customize your home to your preferences.

Maven Construction Group is licensed general contractor serving Gainesville and the North Florida Region. We specialize in home restoration and reconstruction, however, it is through that journey of experiences that we realized there are a lot of issues homeowners face of which they are not aware! Our reconstruction and restoration teams are called in when things have gone badly — poor construction and mistakes lead to water damage, mold damage and more. We have taken our knowledge of how to avoid these disasters and build custom homes the right way.

View the full video from Local Discovery below.

Bradford County Remediation & Restoration Services

Your house is one of the biggest investments you will make. Not only have you contributed a lot of financial resources, but you are most likely emotionally attached to it as well. Unfortunately, there are a multitude of disasters that can strike your home and, if they are not handled properly in a timely manner, can irreparably damage your house forever. However, if you live in Bradford County, Maven Construction Group is here to help. We provide some of the best specialists and contractors in their fields. Regardless, of the damage your home is suffering from, our services will restore it to its previous state.

Fire Damage Removal

Fire spreads quickly, weakening the structure of your house and damaging precious belongings. After a fire is put out, your home is still in danger. The structural integrity of your house may be compromised and lingering smoke and soot can have detrimental effects on the health of your loved ones. Our team of restoration specialists in Bradford County, FL can remove these threats so can enter your home again without fear.

Water Damage Specialists

Whether your water damage is the result of a leaky roof, burst pipe or extreme weather, water can be hazardous for a house if it is not dealt with immediately. Water will trickle into every possible spot, weakening the roof and walls. Further, if it is not dried quickly, it will encourage the growth of mold. Therefore, our water damage restoration specialists will utilize the latest advancements in technology to properly dry your home and furnishings, and repair any damaged walls before the problem escalates.

Extreme Weather Damage

Florida is well known for heavy thunderstorms. Though they may keep your garden hydrated, storms can cause severe damage to your roof or house. High speed winds pick up debris and toss them into your home while knocking other trees over damaging your house. Maven Construction Group can repair home damage and help with cleanup following these storms.

Mold Mitigation and Cleanup

Though it may be difficult to detect, mold can quickly spread throughout your home and cause significant health risks to your family. We will send mold remediation experts to find all traces of mold, prevent it from spreading further and thoroughly remove it from your home.

Residential and Commercial Restoration Services

Our restoration services are not exclusively available for residential properties. Commercial buildings are vulnerable to the same disasters and therefore, our Bradford County restoration team perform these same services for your office as well. Not only is a quick response necessary to prevent further damage, but it is also helps to minimize downtime for your business operations as well.

Quality Restoration Services in Bradford County, FL

While anyone can tear down a home and rebuild it, only the most qualified teams can restore them while retaining their original structure. The team of experts Maven Construction Group puts together works hard to identify weaknesses in your house and provides solutions to fix them without further harming your house. Additionally, we are able to recognize lasting side effects that may endanger your family and remove them in order to best protect your loved ones. We understand these incidents can occur at any time and that efficiency is a big factor. Our workers are available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, so that we can minimize the damage to your home as much as possible. If your house is in danger, contact Maven Construction Group today.

Maven Construction Is Proud To Help ‘Raise The Roof’ This Holiday

One of the best holiday gifts of the season is in the works right here in Gainesville, and Maven Construction Group is proud to be a part of it.Our friends at the Ronald McDonald House of North Central Florida, which provides housing and support to families with sick children, has needed a roof replacement for years.

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As restoration professionals, we understand the importance of a secure roof, especially for families going through difficult times. We also know they’re not cheap. As the chilly holiday season approached, the Ronald McDonald House was still $25,000 short of funding needed for the purchase.

That’s where local businesses stepped in to help.

Ronald McDonald House Charities realized that if 25 businesses and organizations each chipped in just $1,000 — one for each day of December before Christmas — that would provide exactly what the Ronald McDonald House needed for their new roof.

We’re thrilled to say that Maven Construction Group is one of those businesses. Check out the calendar of donations for all local supporters.

At Maven Construction Group, we work every day to restore properties and peace of mind to our neighbors in North Central Florida. We know that a roof isn’t just a roof — it’s security, safety, and comfort. We’re so proud to bring our mission and support to the Ronald McDonald House and the families who rely on it.

Alachua County Restoration & Reconstruction

Water, Fire & Mold Remediation Experts

Disasters can occur in your home or business at any time on any day. If you do not react quickly, the situation can become exponentially worse or even become irreparable. However, one call to Maven Construction Group can quickly turn your situation around. We understand that a fast response is necessary in order to minimize the impact on your home or office and the amount of downtime you will experience as a result. Maven Construction Group provides quality restoration services for mold damage, fire damage and water damage in Alachua County, including Gainesville, High Springs, Micanopy, Hawthorne, La Crosse, Alachua, Newberry, Waldo, Archer, Cross Creek, Haile, Jonesville, Island Grove and Haile Plantation. We are available 24/7 to provide restoration services pertaining to water damage, mold growth, soot and fire damage, or severe storm damage.

Fire Damage Restoration

Not only can a fire damage the structural integrity of your home, but it can leave traces of soot and smoke behind that can severely affect the health of your family. Maven will thoroughly clean your home or office so it is safe once again for your family. Call our experienced team to ensure your house is safe for your loved ones.

Mold Removal Specialists

Evidence of some forms of mold may be easily detectable, while others are unnoticeable to the untrained eye. Our licensed mold remediation professionals know the exact areas that are most impacted by mold. We will use the best containment and cleaning methods to eradicate all remnants of mold and prevent it from continuing to grow or spread throughout your house or office.

Roofing Repairs

Your roof is the structure that protects the rest of your house from the outside elements. If it begins to wear or is damaged significantly by debris, the rest of your home will be at risk to further damage. Contact Maven Restoration team immediately when you notice a problem with your roof.

Water Damage

Water is one of the most dangerous elements that can harm your house. It can reach into any nook and cranny and can even filter behind walls and beneath flooring without leaving any indication. Our water damage restoration service works quickly to identify the severity of water damage throughout your home and counteract it before the problem escalates.

Wind & Storm Damage Repairs

Florida homeowners and business owners are no strangers to the damaging effects large thunderstorms and hurricanes can cause. Severe winds turn all forms of debris into ammunition that can significantly damage your home. After the next big storm hits, contact Maven Restoration Group for assistance repairing any damage and preparing for the next one.

Lead Paint Abatement

In the past, lead was frequently used in construction but it has since been discovered to detrimentally impact our health. Certified specialists associated with Maven Construction Group are able identify traces of lead and know how to remove it without allowing it to spread. If you live in an older home and are about to complete a renovation project, call Maven first to test for the presence of lead.

Alachua, FL Commercial Restoration Services

Your business and office are not immune to these same types of disasters. In order to minimize costly downtime and prevent customers from getting sick, contact Maven to receive quick and reliable Alachua County restoration services you can trust.

Residential Restoration Services in Alachua, FL

After one of these disasters impacts your home, you must consult professionals who specialize in reconstruction projects. Maven Restoration Group will provide you with contractors who have experience determining which parts of your house can remain, safely removing the ones that cannot and expertly building the rest in order to restore your home to its original state.

Alachua County Restoration Services

Maven Restoration Group will use an experienced and licensed general contractor who consults with only the best team of restoration specialists in Alachua County, FL to work on your home. We use the most effective and advanced technology to protect and clean your home. Our goal is to restore your home or office so no one can tell a disaster occurred.

Homeowner’s Guide to Emergencies

Your home is a large investment for you and your family and you are tied to it both emotionally and financially. Therefore, if something happens to it, it is your responsibility to act quickly and prevent further damage. If you do not, these events can lead to massive damage to your house that can be irreparable or very expensive to fix.

Water Damage

In the event of water damage to your home, identify the source of the water immediately and turn it off. Turn off electricity in all affected areas. If the ceiling is wet, do not use any fixtures in that room. Remove all wet fabric in the vicinity and lift furniture off the ground if possible. While you wait for help to arrive, get rid of as much excess water as possible with towels. Do not turn your HVAC system any higher because you may cause mold to grow. Avoid standing under any ceiling that is sagging and do not rip up the carpet because you may cause more damage. Maven Restoration Group has the tools and experience to help you in this situation. Our team will know how to properly dry your home without causing mold to grow or further damage to your flooring, walls or ceiling.

Mold

Mold can cause significant respiratory problems, especially in pets, the elderly and children. If you discover it in your home, call Maven Restoration Group immediately. While you wait, evacuate everyone from the area and turn off your air conditioning. Do not try to dry the affected areas or disturb them in any way. Additionally, do not use any form of bleach or disinfectant to remove the mold, but instead wait for the professionals. Mold can spread quickly throughout your home in a matter of days. Our team at Maven Restoration Group will contain the spread of mold within your home and disinfectant the area thoroughly so you and your family will be safe once more.

Fire Damage

Regardless of how large or small the fire in your home is, it is vital that you take certain precautions. Attempt to limit the amount of foot traffic within your home to keep soot from spreading within your home. Keep your hands clean and avoid touching upholstery, fabric or walls. Coat all chrome within your house with a light layer of petroleum jelly. Dispose of any open containers of food or canned food that may have been in the vicinity. Make sure you change your air filter as well. Do not use any electronics that may have been affected by the fire or attempt to clean your walls without professional fire and smoke damage restoration assistance. When you need to do laundry, do not send your clothing to a traditional dry cleaners, instead send it to those who are experienced with clothing affected by smoke or the smell may set. Our experienced team at Maven Restoration Group will help you identify which items in your home are irreparably damaged and need to be disposed of. We can also clean and repair flooring and walls the correct way so that the problem does not spread throughout your house.

Storm & Wind Damage

Florida is subject to frequent large, powerful thunderstorms. Large branches and hail can damage your roof, windows and structure of your house. If you detect branches that have fallen on your roof, do not attempt to do any repairs yourself. Wait for Maven Restoration Group to safely remove them for you. If the storm damage is extensive and puts your family in harm’s way, evacuate until we arrive and determine it is safe again. Avoid broken windows that may allow more flying debris to enter. Our Gainesville restoration team members will make sure your house is stable once more. We will safely remove any fallen trees or branches and repair any window, roof or siding that may have become damaged in the storm.

Roof Damage

If your roof has been penetrated by hail, branches or a large tree, it may be able to let water filter through during a big storm. In this scenario, do your best to prevent water from entering your home and direct it elsewhere. If the water is coming through at a manageable pace, keep a bucket there to collect water or place a tarp up there to prevent water from entering. Do not put yourself at risk. Even if you believe you are equipped to climb up on your roof, do not do it in the middle of a storm or you will put yourself in danger. Move to another part of the house that is not affected by the water to wait for the storm to pass and our team to arrive. We will safely remove any debris that may be causing this damage. Our team will assess the situation and make roof repairs if necessary.

Lead Abatement

Lead provides a threat to you and your family, especially children. If you discover lead in your home, leave the area. Leave your home and wait until it is deemed safe to enter. Do not attempt to remove lead paint yourself. Improper construction methods can cause lead dust to move throughout your house, which will affect your health later. Maven Restoration Group knows how to properly remove the presence of lead from your home and will thoroughly clean afterwards so you do not need to worry about future contaminants.

Emergency Restoration Services in Gainesville, FL

Emergencies can happen at any time and any day of the week. That is why Maven Restoration Group is available 24/7 to help you and your family. The safety of you and you family are our priority and we will do everything possible to ensure that. We will use the latest methods and superior tools to keep your house a safe haven for many years to come. If you have an emergency situation in your home, call Maven Restoration Group.