TCM Restoration & Cleaning Blog

4 Immediate Steps in a Water Emergency

When water damage occurs, even a few hours can make the difference in saving expensive carpets and furniture.  If you are ever in an emergency situation with water running everywhere here are some steps you should take to minimize your losses.

1. AVOID HAZARDS!  Be extremely careful of the deadly combination of water and electricity.  Also, be cautious of slippery wet carpets and floors.  Stay away from Raw Sewage backups, which contain nasty bacteria and can be harmful to your health.

2. STOP THE SOURCE If you haven’t located the source of the water, call us immediately and we will guide you through this (it is very critical to know what to do.)  373-7410 in Wasilla or 562-7410 in Anchorage.

3. TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION! Call TCM Restoration 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  You will always be answered by friendly staff.  No answering machines here!  Our dispatchers will have a water damage expert contact you immediately.  Call us now!  After you call us, were on our way.

4. REMOVE FURNITURE!  Wood furniture will cause stains which cannot be removed.  Rust stains from metal are difficult to remove and may be permanent.  95% of water damage jobs are restorable, and the 5% which aren’t restored, most are caused by not doing this.  So either move furniture that’s even near water or place something under the legs.

If you are ever in the unfortunate predictament of having water damage in your home TCM Restoration can expertly dry and restore your home & belongings for you.  We have expert trained restoration teams ready to go 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to assist you in a water emergency.

November 14, 2008 Posted by | Anchorage, Wasilla, water damage | , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Dog House Training Tips

As the saying goes,” Dog is a Man’s bestfriend”, that is true except of course when you see your dog peeing on your nice clean carpet. This can be very frustrating to a dog owner. 

Many clients have us clean their carpets because of Spot’s little accidents.  For small accidents we can easily get the carpets cleaned….but for bigger accidents, multiple accidents throughout the house, stains or smells that just won’t go away ….then more extensive cleaning with replacing the padding is most often required.  This can be timely and costly to homeowners. 

So what is a homeowner to do with a dog that keeps making messes ?  

Well….there are really only two choices.  Get rid of the dog or get dedicated and do some training.  And most of us love our cute doggies…. soooo that leaves only one thing to do and that is to train your dog.

I have trained 4 puppies and I can tell you it is a TON of work!   It took some hard work and committment in the early weeks but it paid off quickly.  Training your dog benefits you with keeping your home clean and helps develop a loving relationship with your pet.

For pet concerns  here are some easy tips  I have discovered on how to house train your dog.

1. Observation

First of all, note your dogs behavior when it comes to elimination. At what specific time of the day he usually does “his thing”. Listing down the time would help you remember to get your dog outside.  Observe what he/she does before it happens, so that you can prepare yourself.

2. Go Outside

Allow your dog to run freely.  Let him be free to explore his surroundings and be able to pick a spot where he can relieve himself. Keep doing this everyday, slowly the dog will be more comfortable doing “his thing” outside.

3. Stay With Him

In the beginning of the training, always stay with your dog until he finishes. This will keep him focus on what is right to do. Leaving him alone, will create distractions and disrupt the training.

4. Be Patient

This is very applicable to puppy owners. Usually when you bring home a puppy, he/she is very uncomfortable of his environment. He may tend to cry or do things to signal that he wants to relieve himself. When you see this, immediately pick him up and let him outside. Showing him that going to the bathroom is to be done outside of the house.  Not inside.

5. Never Use Ammonia-Based Cleaners

Avoid the mistake of using these ammonia-based cleaners, it smells a lot like urine. Dogs have the tendency to pee in places where there’s urine. So as much as possible, avoid using it.

6. Don’t Be Harsh On The Dog

As much as you would want the training to be successful immediately, allow some time. Some dogs may take longer to learn than others. And so whenever he makes a mistake, avoid being to cruel or harsh to your dog, such as slapping them with newspapers or harder objects. After all, we all love our dogs and would not want to hurt them. Just be patient, he will learn in time.

Following these simple steps you’ll be on  your way to having your dog trained and carpets staying clean longer!

November 6, 2008 Posted by | Anchorage, pet stains, residential carpet cleaning, Wasilla | , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments