RESTORATION


At Morse Construction Services, we understand the overwhelming difficulty of dealing with a damaged property. Coming home to find water damage, lingering smoke odors, or mold isn't a welcome surprise. It can be financially stressful as well as emotionally draining. We aim to provide quick, reliable services to those who need it.

Regardless of how extensive the damage is, we have the equipment and the techniques needed to repair and restore your property. Customers are amazed at how quickly and thoroughly we work in order to get their properties back to their pre-damaged state.

Fire Damage

Fire Damage

Fires can be especially devastating to your home or business. After the fire trucks leave, your property will likely suffer from not only fire and smoke damage, but also widespread water damage and flooding from firefighting efforts.

Fire damage restoration is a process that begins as soon as the authorities say the property is safe. Smoke is an acidic byproduct of fire capable of corroding and staining surfaces such as walls and counters. In some cases the steps taken to put out the blaze can cause more damage than the actual fire. This is why proper fire restoration deals with heat, smoke and water damage.

The Fire Damage Restoration Process

Step1: Emergency Contact
Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)
Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
Step 6: Cleaning and Repair
Step 7: Restoration

Fire Damage Emergency Tips

DO
Air out the house to reduce smoke odor. (If the outside temp is above 60 degrees.)
Discard open food packages. The food could be contaminated.
Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being impregnated into upholstery and carpets.
Keep hands clean- soot on your hands can damage upholstery, drapes, walls and woodwork.
Place clean towels or old linens on rug and carpet traffic areas to prevent more soiling.
Clean and protect chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim, and appliances with a light coating of Vaseline or oil.
Wipe residue from porcelain bath fixtures to prevent etching.
If the electricity is off, empty the freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open.
Wash off house plants on both sides of the leaves. (Water softener helps)
Change the air filter on your furnace if blower is operating.
Remove pets (especially birds) to clean environments.

DON'T
DO NOT attempt to wash papered or flat painted walls without consulting a professional.
DO NOT use any canned or packaged good/beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water. They may be contaminated.
DO NOT use upholstered furniture if it can be avoided.
DO NOT turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged.
DO NOT attempt to clean carpets or upholstered furniture. Incorrect procedure could increase damage.
DO NOT use electrical appliances that have been close to a fire or water damaged area until they have been Professionally checked and cleaned, as they can malfunction.
DO NOT send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.
DO NOT use upholstered furniture if it can be avoided. (cover with sheets before use)
DO NOT touch anything. Soot on your hands could permeate upholstery, walls and woodwork causing more damage.

Water Damage

Water Damage

Water mitigation is the process of reducing or preventing the amount of water damage that happens after a flood or a permeating leak. It prevents additional damage by taking fast, appropriate actions. Water mitigation is needed after plumbing failures or when storms cause water to rush into your home. Soaked rugs, damaged walls, warped flooring and ruined furniture are only the beginning if mitigation is not engaged quickly.

The Water Damage Restoration Process

Step 1: Emergency Contact
Step 2: Inspection and Damage Assessment
Step 3: Water Removal/Water Extraction
Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification
Step 5: Cleaning and Sanitizing
Step 6: Restoration

Water Damage Emergency Tips

DO
IDENTIFY the source of the incoming water and, the source of the incoming water and, if possible, stop it or call a professional to handle it.
TURN OFF all electrical appliances in and around the area affected by water to reduce electrical hazards.
REMOVE or elevate small furniture off wet ares to prevent permanent stains or rust marks.
REMOVE books, shoes, paper goods, fabrics, potted plants and other items may stain your carpet. (ensure you check under beds and in closets)
REMOVE and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying. (check for bleeding of color)
TURN OFF circuit breakers supplying electricity to wet areas. Unplug and remove any small electrical devices currently located on wet carpet or surfaces.
HANG draperies & pin up furniture skirts to prevent contact with wet carpet. (water marks/dye transfer)
REMOVE as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting with clean white towels.
REMOVE valuable oil paintings and art objects to a safe place.
WIPE as much access water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and table-top items.
PLACE aluminum foil, china saucers or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
REMOVE orientals or other colored rugs from wet wall-to-wall carpeting.
DON'T
DO NOT turn off ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet and stay away from sagging ceilings.
DO NOT rip up the carpet and pad. This could cause permanent damage to their materials
DO NOT attempt to dry carpeting with an electrical heater. It will only dry the surface and not dry the pad, leading to more water damage and mold.
DO NOT turn the heat up above 68 degrees as this will help cause mold to become active.
DO NOT walk on wet carpet more than necessary in order to keep from spreading damage.
DO NOT activate the HVAC system if it has been directly contacted by water or might serve as a means of spreading contamination.
DO NOT turn off the power if a circuit box is wet. Call the power company immediately to handle all electricity problems.
DO NOT use TV's or other appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors.
DO NOT leave wet fabrics in place; dry as soon as possible. Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature.
DO NOT leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors.
DO NOT use your household vacuum to remove water
DO NOT place newspaper in the traffic areas because newspaper ink transfers easily.
DO NOT increase indoor temperature unless instructed to do so by a qualified restoration technician.

Mold Remediation

Mold Remediation

Mold remediation encompasses identifying and addressing mold issues in a structure. Mold remediation prevents the spread of mold by isolating damaged areas, removing affected material and eliminating moisture sources – the cause of the mold – in order to reestablish a healthy environment.

The Mold Remediation Process

Step 1: Emergency Contact
Step 2: Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
Step 3: Mold Containment
Step 4: Air Filtration
Step 5: Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
Step 6: Cleaning Contents and Belongings
Step 7: Restoration

Mold Prevention Tips

Fix leaky plumbing and leaks in the building envelope as soon as possible.
Watch for condensation and wet spots. Fix sources of moisture problems as soon as possible.
Prevent moisture due to condensation by increasing surface temperature or reducing the moisture level in air (humidity). To increase surface temperature, insulate or increase air circulation. To reduce the moisture level in the air, repair leaks, increase ventilation (if outside air is cold and dry), or dehumidify (if outdoor air is warm and humid).
Keep heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) drip pans clean, flowing properly, and unobstructed.
Vent moisture-generating appliances, such as dryers or showers to the outside where possible.
Maintain low indoor humidity, below 60% relative humidity (RH), ideally 30-50%, if possible by providing adequate ventilation.
Perform regular building/HVAC inspections and maintenance as scheduled.
Clean and dry wet or damp spots within 48 hours.
Don’t let foundations stay wet. Provide drainage and slope the ground away from the foundation.
Use exhaust fans whenever cooking, dishwashing, and cleaning in food service areas.
Inspect the building for signs of mold, moisture, leaks or spills:
Check for moldy odors. Look for water stains or discoloration on the ceiling, walls, floors and window sills. Look around and under sinks for standing water, water stains or mold. Inspect bathrooms for standing water, water stains or mold. Do not let water stand in air conditioning or refrigerator drip pans. Clean mold off hard surfaces with water and detergent, and dry completely.
Absorbent materials such as ceiling tiles, that are moldy, may need to be replaced.
Check the mechanical room and roof for unsanitary conditions, leaks or spills.
Reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces (i.e., windows, piping, exterior walls, roof, or floors) by adding insulation.
Remove spots and stains on floor and carpeting immediately, using the flooring manufacturer’s recommended techniques.
Use care to prevent excess moisture or cleaning residue accumulation and ensure that cleaned areas are dried quickly.
In areas where there is a perpetual moisture problem, do not install carpeting (i.e., by drinking fountains, by sinks, or on concrete floors with leaks or frequent condensation).