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Great article from IICRC.org

“Water damage can be deceptive. Water penetrates into structural cavities creating trapped pockets of saturation. The detection of water in these areas can often only be discovered with sophisticated moisture detection meters. Undetected moisture will continue to cause damage. This damage, at a minimum, will cause odors. Greater damage will surface when materials delaminate, shrink, split and further deteriorate to where costly repairs are required.

More than just removing excess water, IICRC-certified restorers have the knowledge and equipment to further dry a home or facility (including substructure materials) completely back to pre-loss conditions. Through timely response and the careful monitoring of water damage, mold and other health issues can be prevented. If water damage has been present too long, mold will occur.

All IICRC-certified professionals have the training and experience to identify moisture sources, evaluate mold growth (visible or suspected), contain damage, remove contamination and dry materials to ensure that mold will not return.”

We are IICRC certified and ready to help you if you have a water emergency in your home.   Frozen pipes, water tank ruptures, leaky roofs, toilet overflows, dish washer flooding, ice maker lines leaking…we’ve seen it all! Our crew responds 24 hours a day even on Holidays!  We work with all insurance companies and serve Anchorage, Eagle River, Palmer, Wasilla, Big Lake, Willow & Talkeetna.

November 25, 2014 Posted by | water damage | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Daylight Savings 2013

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Don’t forget when changing your clocks this weekend to also change the batteries in your smoke detectors!!

 

March 8, 2013 Posted by | Fire Safety Tips | , , , | Leave a comment

Watch what this customer had to say about what our crew did!!

November 29, 2012 Posted by | testimonials, Uncategorized, water damage | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

What you SHOULD and should NOT do in a Water Damage

TCM Restoration and Cleaning provides complete emergency service for water damage that can occur in your home or office. Crews are on call 24/7 that can be paged to help prevent further damage from occurring. It is always important to mitigate the damage as much as possible when disaster strikes. We will work with you to help make sure your loss is settled fairly and completely. The following will help you in an emergency situation:

What you should DO:

Contact a plumber or contractor to eliminate water source (i.e. shut off water or fix roof).

 Contact TCM Restoration & Cleaning to remove standing water and inspect damage.  373-7410 Mat Su Valley or 562-7410 Anchorage.

Call your insurance company. 

For Safety Concerns turn off circuit breakers supplying electricity to wet areas, unplug and remove any small electrical devices currently located on wet carpet or other wet surfaces.

Remove and secure small furniture items and as much as possible to prevent rust or stains and expedite restoration. 

Hang draperies and pin up furniture skirts as required to prevent contact with wet carpet (water marks, browning, dye transfer, or migration).

 Remove books, shoes, paper goods, fabrics, potted plants, or other items that may stain carpet. Check especially under beds and in closets for these items.

Remove and secure breakable, moisture sensitive, or high value items. 

 Make plans for restoration crews to remove large furniture items onto dry carpet, linoleum, garage, or storage areas.

What you should NOT DO: 

 Use your home vacuum, as electrical shock may result, as well as damage to the equipment itself. 

 Place newspaper on wet surfaces, as newspaper ink transfers easily.

Walk on wet surfaces any more than necessary in order to minimize safety hazards, and to keep from spreading damage.

Activate the HVAC system if it has been directly contacted by water, it might serve as a means of spreading contamination. 

 Adjust indoor temperature unless instructed to do so by a qualified technician.

November 3, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized, water damage | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

TCM Restoration & Cleaning (new video of our company)

We do carpet cleaning, upholstery, oriental rug cleaning, duct cleaning, tile & grout.   We  respond 24 hours a day to water damage emergencies in your home or business.

October 4, 2010 Posted by | Anchorage Carpet Cleaning, carpet cleaning, cleaning, residential carpet cleaning, Wasilla Carpet Cleaning | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

January Thaw in Alaska

It is close to 50 degrees right now!  How crazy is that for January??? 

We have been super busy with taking care of  flooded homes.  Some were from frozen pipes breaking right after that awful cold spell we just had…and now some are homes we are taking care of are flooding from ground water and all the rain we are getting.

If you or someone you know is experiencing  flooding in your home right now there are  4 Immediate Steps you must take. 

If you are  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 and  will get your home back to normal. 

January 16, 2009 Posted by | Alaska, Wasilla, water damage | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Insulate Pipes Now To Prevent Water Damage

Now is the time of year when Alaskans start preparing for winter.  Snowmachines, studded tires and winter gear are usually the top items on that list.  But your home should also be top priority too!  Those who do not have the foresight to prepare their home for the coming cold months, often end up regretting that they did not. It can be twice as bad to deal with plumbing problems in the winter because pipes in or under the home have frozen and busted.  Not to mention the water damage that can quickly happen inside the home.

During warm weather it is so much more comfortable to do maintenance on the home. People get so busy in the spring and summer with gardening and lawn mowing that they probably do not give much thought to the inconvenience that frozen and busted plumbing causes in the cold months. It is a good idea to schedule your plumbing inspections during the warm months. Going underneath your home into the crawl space, if you have one, is essential to be able to inspect your outside pipes for leaks and deterioration.

If the pipes in your crawl space are not insulated,  you can do this simple job yourself by wrapping them with pipe insulation or heat tape made specifically for that purpose. It can be terrible to have to get under there and make pipe repairs when there is a foot of snow on the ground and it is only 10 degrees (or many times MUCH colder) outside. Why not do it now when the weather is nicer?

Outside water faucets are also prone to more damage in the winter months. If you are using your spigots right now and notice that they have leaks anywhere, do the repairs now and save trouble later. These spigots can also be insulated for the wintertime. When you have spigot leaks, it can cause you to lose a lot of water over time. This is not good for the planet to wastewater and it will not be good for your home either if you get  water damage inside your home because of it.

Your local hardware or department store should have the supplies that you need to insulate your outside and inside water sources and pipes to help you get your home winterized.

September 10, 2008 Posted by | Anchorage, Wasilla, water damage | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Wasilla Water Damage Testimonial

  
  

  Wasilla Water Damage Testimonial

April 20, 2008 Posted by | testimonials | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment