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Hesperia Patio Covers | S&S Construction Restoration | Fire Restoration

Know What To Do After a House Fire

S&S-construction-restoration-fire-damageExperiencing a house fire is a frightening, sickening, and very upsetting experience. In the aftermath of a fire, it is very important to know what to do to protect yourself and others from any possibility of further harm. This article will help you with key things to do and know after a fire.

Step 1
Ask when it is safe to enter a house or other building on the property after a fire. Do not enter a house or other building that has been affected by a fire until you have listened to the professionals telling you that is okay to do so. Other factors to be aware of include: making sure that the fire is extinguished
knowing that fire authorities have checked out the site and done what they need to do to establish a safety zone
the severity of the fire.

Step 2
Recognize that if a house or building is too badly damaged, you may not be allowed back inside at all.

Step 3
Know who to call after a fire. Contact family members that may not have been with you. Let them know what happened, let them know that everybody is okay (if so) and let them know the information that is necessary. After a house fire, don’t assume that someone is going to contact your insurance. This is the number one thing that you need to do. This will not only enable documentation of the event and set in train the insurance claim but your insurer will be able to talk you through emergency lodging and living expenses. Remember to retain all receipts to make a claim. The insurance company will also assist with clean up options. If you are a tenant, contact the owner/landlord and/or their insurance company. Anyone who you feel that could be helpful to you, not necessarily just an insurance company but it could be other things involved, such as the contents of your home and you need to contact a particular help group or business etc. For example, American Red Cross offers services to those who have lost their home.

Step 4
Understand what happens with a “fire report”. A fire report will discuss what structure the house was in, what area was involved, the time of the incident, the date of the incident and it will have an incident number if it comes through a fire department. This enables the fire department to know all the specifics of who was there and what resources were there, to assist in gathering a lot more information.

Step 5
Know how to get a copy of a fire report. You may be able to call the fire department for a copy. For example, in Los Angeles, you can call the Fire Prevention Bureau, the Fire Marshall or the billing agency of the fire department. If arson is involved, the Arson Unit or equivalent will probably be able to get this information to you.

Step 6
Secure the property. If you have not already being told to do so, it is important to secure your property to prevent possible looting. Talk to emergency services on how best to go about this. Most insurance policies require this.

Step 7
Consider the clean up requirements. If your house has been damaged rather than destroyed, interior clean up will be required. Keep in mind that damage to the property often goes beyond what the eye can see. (Removal of a destroyed house should only be done by professionals.) You should spend a little time assessing whether you think you can perform the clean up or if you’ll need professional cleaners. You will find it useful to discuss this with your insurance house-fire-water-damage-restoration-high-desert-s&s-constructioncompany. Consider such things as: The types of damage including soot, ash, charring, smoke, odor, etc. Damage to a single room – this may be something you can manage yourself. Extensive damage – leave it alone and call in the professionals

Step 8
Know how to handle smoke and soot damage after a fire. If you do make the decision to clean up yourself, be aware that soot and smoke damage might be significant and often creates a film on the walls. There will also be residue from the extinguishers used by the fire crew. Furnishings such as carpets, rugs, curtains etc. are best cleaned professionally if they are even salvageable. Open all doors and windows if possible. Even if it is freezing cold outside, let small bursts of fresh air circulate through. Send the kids to a friend’s house for a bit while this is happening. They should not be around anyway, for fear of the potential for ingestion of chemical particles or other particles that might damage young lungs and immune systems.

Step 9
If water hoses were used to put out your fire, drying your home is very important. It is best to hire professionals to do fire/ water combination clean up. Water damage can lead to more damage or even mold if not dried properly. Insurance companies will often have approved restoration contractors that you can call for board up, structural drying, contents cleaning and structural cleaning and repair.

Step 10
Seek counseling if needed and reassure children. Having your house damaged or destroyed by fire is extremely traumatic and can have lasting impacts on each family member, depending on his or her ability to cope. Common feelings are helplessness, disorientation, pining for belongings, deep sadness, a sense of deprivation, despair and a loss of routine and structure. The depth of feelings and disorientation will depend on the extent of damage – loss of the entire house can leave everyone feeling as if they have to rebuild life all over again; partial loss, however, still carries stress and sadness. Reassure each other and let the emotions happen. Keep a close eye on children and be truthful with them about what has happened and if you do not know what is going to happen next, at least reassure them that you have one another, that things can all be replaced and that the only way is up from here on.

Hesperia Patio Covers | Patio Cover Installation | S&S Construction

Patio Cover Installation

Most of us either have a patio cover in our backyard or have had one in the past.  But, have you ever wondered how it became installed?  Watch the video below to catch a glimpse of its construction.

 

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Selecting a Contractor: Checking References

There really aren’t any real secrets to to selecting a contractor. However, the biggest mistake a homeowner can make is to not check the contractor references. Naturally, common sense would say, “why would a contractor ever provide a reference that wasn’t going to give a “glowing” review?” This is true, which is why you need to know the right questions to asks of the referrals to fetter out the truth. Below are some suggestions of questions to ask, to help in the process:

  1. How was the project staffed?
  2. How were their payment requests submitted?
  3. Were there any change orders that resulted in additional expenses?
  4. How was the project supervision?
  5. Who did the contractor talk with the most throughout the project?

Also, find out from the contractor how long they’ve been in business and how long at their current location. Be wary of those contractor that jump around.

Ask about subcontractors! If they are using subcontractors, are they properly licensed. While you’re at it, ask about pulling proper permits. In doing so, ensures that the project is being done correctly.

Best of Luck!

Hesperia Patio Covers | S&S Construction Restoration | Home Remodel Advice

home-remodel-kitchen-concrete-patio-construction-contractor-high-desertHome Remodeling Advice

Looking for some home remodeling advice for your home? Click on the link to read a great article from “This Old House” on remodeling.

Renovations That Give You a Return on Your Investment

Hesperia Patio Covers | Custom Patio Covers | Patio Cover Contractor

modern-patio-covers-high-desert-contractorIf you’re in the Inland Empire/High Desert area in Southern California, and looking to have a patio cover built, making the decision of what and how to do it should not be taken lightly. What may seem as an incredibly easy decision, there are important choices that must be made in terms of what meets the needs of you and your family, and what is best for your home.

You will need to check in with your city code in terms of patio covers as well as the homeowners association in your area. If your patio cover is not up to code or regulations, the city can force you to remove it. The best thing to do is to hire a professionally licensed contractor to do the job for you. Hiring a contractor will ensure that your patio cover is up to code, as well as obtain the required permits. They will also have all the tools and materials that are needed in order to do the job right, which gives you the peace of mind that everything is taken care of. Because contractors do this for a living, they will also have great design ideas that will be perfect for your home, because they can speak from extensive experience.

When hiring a contractor, you want to make sure the company is reputable. A company in good standing will come to your home and provide you a written estimate at no charge. Be sure to also ask the contractor for references and look into their history and ask to see photos of previous work. A reputable and reliable contract will be insured, licensed, bonded, and provide you with a contract with all the terms and conditions clearly spelled out. Once the contract is signed and the hands are shook, you will be in for a smooth process with great rewards in the finished product.

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Tips for Determining Patio Size

Determining the size of your patio is crucial.  Often times, homeowners end up with a patio that is either too small or too large.  Patios that are too small feel cramped and confined after adding patio furniture, a bbq or plants.  Taking the time to determine the correct measurements for your patio will help to ensure an outdoor space you can use year-round.

Step 1: How will the space be used?

Will you be cooking? Sitting around a fire-pit?  In order to determine the correct size, you need to determine how you will use the space.  Begin by organizing the specific uses into the space.  This may include a grilling area, gathering zone, a fire-pit and/or a dining area.  The relationship of all of these to one another are crucial to predicting how the spaces connect across common ground and generally defined as the patio.

Step 2: How may people would you like to accommodate?

Will it be a small gathering of just a few or do you have ideas of large parties?

Step 3:  Measure your yard

Make sure your yard can support you ideas.  You need to know the area with which you have to work.

When considering the size of your patio, there’s alot to think about. You need to consider the size of your furniture, walk around space, size of appliances, orientation to expose the most views and sun exposure.  By putting forth thoughtful consideration and design up front, will ensure a patio area that you can enjoy for years to come.

Hesperia Patio Covers | S&S Construction | General Contractor

Pro Tips: Why You Need to Hire a General Contractor

Bob Vila talks with a real estate developer regarding the importance of hiring a qualified contractor for your next home improvement project.

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Adjustable Patio Covers: Providing  Protection From Sun and Rain

Many people today use their patio as an extra space extension for their home. While the patio can be a beautiful open area, some homeowners choose to add an adjustable patio cover that extends over part of the patio or the entire area. An adjustable patio cover can provide protection for plants, patio furniture, outdoor entertaining, and other relaxing family activities.

In recent years, patio covering innovations have been introduced that include an electronically controlled covering that rotates slats to open for sunlight and ventilation a well as close for weather-related protection. This type of patio cover is simple, flexible, and easy to use, especially in quickly changing weather conditions.

Adjustable patio covers are built with electronic control systems that are part of the initial installation. The adjustable patio cover is typically a louver system that can span across approximately four meters. The louvers can be installed as a roof only or a roof with vertical side screens, depending on the requirements of the patio structure. With a click of a remote control button, the louvers can be opened or closed to control wind, sunshine, and shade in the summer as well as provide overhead protection during adverse weather conditions. Interlocking louvers offer complete protection when closed, allowing the party or barbecue to continue as planned, even if a storm blows through the neighborhood.

These adjustable patio coverings are not only ideal for patios, but also for open-air style restaurants and courtyards that might need protection during the day and evening from a variety of weather conditions. Some homeowners even install these wonderful covers over outside kitchens, swimming pools, spas, and play areas for their children. Typically, louvered systems have very strong, insulated slats that have sensors that respond to water; in case of rainfall, they close automatically waterproofing the patio, patio furnishings, and everything sitting under it. During the California summer, sitting in direct sunlight can become extremely hot and uncomfortable; this type of adjustable patio cover can provide ample shade when the louvers interlock to make a solid roof. In addition, during mild winters when sunlight is preferred, tilting open the slats of an adjustable patio covering can keep the glare away, while ensuring ample warmth is filtered through the louvers.

The good news is that adjustable patio covers are completely customizable to create the perfect ambiance for your outdoor living experience. They can be built to integrate with your existing architecture, complementing your home and landscape. The all-metal materials used are much more durable than coverings made of wood or cloth, so these covers are built to last.

If you live in the Southern California area and you’re considering an adjustable patio cover, call S&S Construction today. Our team of professionals will answer your questions, help you in the project planning stages and build a patio cover to meet your expectations.

Hesperia Patio Covers | Restoration Contractor | Fire Damage

S&S-construction-restoration-fire-damageRebuilding Your Home After Fire

Fire can be the most destructive force on your home. What is not destroyed by the fire can be damaged or destroyed by smoke and water. Repairing fire damage requires careful attention to detail. Your home is most likely your largest asset and you cannot cut corners when it comes to rebuilding and restoring your investment. Repairing fire damage is not a job for the average contractor.

Contract the services of S&S Construction Restoration Inc. to restore your home and request a detailed estimate. Rebuilding the home will require several additional steps to ensure that safety issues are taken care of and the home’s structure is as safe and secure as it ever was.

Should the worst happen, S&S Construction Restoration Inc. will take every step necessary to make your home as safe and beautiful as it was before the fire. Contact us (760) 559-2667 as soon as your home has been affected by smoke or fire and we will evaluate the damage and prepare an itemized estimate. As with all disaster restoration (storm, water, smoke or fire) we provide 24 hour emergency service – 7 days a week.

Our last bit of advice is to be prepared before a disaster strikes your home. Of course you have insured your investment, but you need to do more. Creating a home inventory before disaster strikes is an excellent way to expedite the insurance claims process after a fire loss. This record of your insurable assets will not only help you in the settlement of a covered loss or claim, but will also help verify tax-deductible property losses and determine the right amount of insurance coverage you need.

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Custom Patio Covers

Having a patio enclosure installed on your property doesn’t have to be a time intensive process that disrupts your daily routine and makes a mess of your backyard. When you turn to the patio products experts at S&S Construction Restoration, your new patio enclosure will be installed by a quality-driven team that is able to complete most projects in no time at all. We are also dedicated to making the installation process as stress-free as the time you’ll spend relaxing under your new patio enclosure.