A growing body of evidence indicates that the air within our homes can be more seriously polluted than outdoor air, even in the largest and most industrialized cities.
FACT: Asthma afflicts over 20 million Americans, including 6.3 million children. Since 1980, the biggest growth in asthma cases has been in children under five.
Breathing problems have become a major issue. Asthma in children has increased significantly in both numbers and severity over the last 15 years.
How “fresh” is the air circulating in your HVAC System? If you or anyone in your home has been diagnosed with persistent allergies, asthma or respiratory issues we encourage you to take a look at the air quality in your home.
At Home Quiz:
- Do you or does anyone in your home suffer from allergies, asthma or other respiratory problems?
- Is there an infant, elderly individual or anyone’s immune system that has been compromised living in the home?
- Do you or anyone in your home suffer from headaches, nasal congestion or other sinus problems at night or in the morning?
- Is there a smoker in the home?
- Do you have cats, dogs or other pets?
- Is your furnace equipped only with a standard fiberglass filter?
In the Event of a Disaster:
When a fire, smoke or water damage occurs the resulting contamination within the HVAC system must be removed for the well being of all home occupants.
Cleaning the HVAC system after a fire damage removes soot and smoke odor in the system and prevents redistribution of soot into other parts of the home or building. If the ducts or HVAC system are affected during a water damage, it is imperative that the HVAC system is cleaned and treated with an antimicrobial to inhibit mold growth.
- Do you notice a musty or stale odor when the furnace or air conditioner comes on?
- Do you notice dust on the furnishings shortly after cleaning?
- Does it seem the airflow coming from the vents is restricted?
- Has there been any fire, smoke or water damage?
Frequently Asked Questions:
Will your services be covered by insurance?
Only your insurance company can confirm or deny insurance coverage. AFTERDISASTER is contracted directly by you to perform emergency services.
When you authorize AFTERDISASTER to perform emergency services, you are simply authorizing the emergency portion of the job, which includes steps necessary to prevent further damage.
Will my insurance company pay AFTERDISASTER directly?
The agreement and authorization you signed authorizes your insurance company to pay AFTERDISASTER directly for the work. Since procedures vary by insurance company, we recommend you confirm whether they allow direct payment to contractors.
Are you bonded and insured?
Yes, we are licensed, bonded and insured. All of our team members wear a uniform of AFTERDISASTER red shirts and khaki pants so that we are professional in appearance and can be easily identified.
Will any demolition of the water damaged structure be required? This depends on the type of water (clean versus gray versus sewage) and the degree to which materials are saturated. Several other factors affect the amount of demolition including:
- The type of material (and its tendency to retain moisture)
- The degree to which we can access those materials and effectively dry them
- The amount of expansion in materials that has already occurred
- Any manufacturer’s specifications which require demolition
Our goal is to cost effectively dry structural materials and contents.
Can I turn the equipment off?
No, the equipment needs to run 24 hours /day. Only in the event that you are concerned about safety, should you turn the equipment off. In that event, simply unplug it and call us immediately.