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Understanding the Impact of Smoke Damage

Depending on what’s burning, many other harmful chemicals can also enter the air during a fire. Direct exposure to smoke is harmful to your respiratory system, but smoke damage can also affect a building’s structure, sometimes in unexpected ways. It’s easier to understand how smoke behaves during a fire when you learn how temperature, the surrounding environment, particle ionization and airflow patterns affect smoke distribution.

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Five Leaky Time Bombs Waiting to Flood your Home

It's just a matter of time. Homeowners don’t realize that there are five leaky time bombs just waiting to do damage. We’re talking about regular household items that you need and use every day. These items are wonderful things...until they fail. When they do, your home can be damaged. Here are the top five causes of water damage in the home, and what you can do if one of these wet time bombs goes off. Because of the damage they cause, you need to be prepared.

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Top 5 Summer Weather Disasters

Historically, summer is an especially active season for weather related disasters. Let’s look at the five most common.

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Leak-Proof Your Home

You’ve suffered through a fire and now it’s time to recover. The structural damage can be devastating, but the emotional damage can also be traumatic. It’s time to take the first step because you need to begin the process of recovery. But where to start?

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Spring Cleaning: The Dirty Dozen

Every year, property owners across the country take part in the ritual of spring cleaning. According to the American Cleaning Institute, 72 percent of households spring clean every year. Are you a regular participant in this annual event?

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Effects of Fire

In this month’s Rainbow International® white paper, we look at the effect fire has on the property and lives. It’s encouraging to learn that fire damage is actually on the decline. In the 1970s and 80s, between 500,000 AND 725,000 FIRES broke out every year in the US, but there have been fewer than 400,000 fires every year since 1997. But that’s not good enough.

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Indoor Air Quality

On occasion, indoor air is more than 100 times more polluted! Because of this, the EPA has ranked indoor air pollution among today’s top five most significant risks to public health. Since most people spend approximately 90 percent of the time at home or at the office, indoor air quality is vitally important. The problem is pollution is often subtle and unnoticeable so many people don’t know they have an air quality problem. Learn more about indoor air pollution and how to improve conditions for healthy lungs in the home and office.

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The Real Stink on Skunk Odor: Advice Insurance Professionals Can Share with Policy Holders

The Real Stink on Skunk Odor: Advice Insurance Professionals Can Share with Policy Holders

Whether you specialize in urban, suburban, or rural areas, odds are that as an insurance professional, you have encountered a wide variety of odor damage claims. Knowing the common myths about skunk odor removal and why home remedies usually don't work can add to your credibility when advising your policy holders.

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Up in Smoke: Explaining the Mysteries of Smoke Damage

Up in Smoke: Explaining the Mysteries of Smoke Damage

Smoke damage affects structure in perplexing ways. Policy holders may question their insurance agent or adjuster as to why the smoke and soot settled where it did. A better understanding of the basic physics involved helps make smoke behavior easier for insurance professionals to explain and, in turn, simpler for their policy holders to understand.

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After the Smoke Clears: Ten Simple Steps to Follow After a Fire and Smoke Loss

After the Smoke Clears: Ten Simple Steps to Follow After a Fire and Smoke Loss

When an insurance agent or adjuster receives notification of a fire and smoke loss, being able to share a few simple damage mitigation steps with policy holders can be a terrific benefit. Although these tips are not designed to complete the entire job, they are useful, safe and psychologically empowering steps a home or business owner can take to safeguard their property while restoration professionals are en route.

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Top Ten Water Damage Tips Insurance Professionals Can Share with Policy Holders

Top Ten Water Damage Tips Insurance Professionals Can Share with Policy Holders

When it comes to water damage, the fact is that at some point, many homes and businesses will suffer damage to some degree. As insurance professionals, you know the importance and value of being able to share a few quick tips with your policy holders to improve and enhance their safety and satisfaction, and reduce their overall costs.

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Successful Water Damage Restoration Using Rapid Structural Drying

Successful Water Damage Restoration Using Rapid Structural Drying

Whether it's a residential home or a commercial building, water damage can be disastrous to your client's property. That's why best practice procedures in water mitigation are absolutely critical in effectively recovering value and ultimately saving both you and your client precious time and money.

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Customer Loyalty Leadership by the Numbers: How Rainbow International® Uses Net Promoter Score<sup>®</sup> to Empower Customer Service Excellence

Customer Loyalty Leadership by the Numbers: How Rainbow International® Uses Net Promoter Score® to Empower Customer Service Excellence

Companies and service providers that value continued growth, increased sales and brand loyalty pay attention to customer service. The restoration and cleaning industry is no different. That's why Rainbow International uses the Net Promoter Score® (NPS) system.

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The Invader Within: What to Know About Mold in Your Home or Business

The Invader Within: What to Know About Mold in Your Home or Business

When working mold damage remediation jobs, customer communication is critical. Many insurance agents and adjusters, as well as property managers, may benefit from a basic introduction to mold and what people can do to help prevent it. As families and workers spend more time indoors, a little knowledge goes a long way toward resolving mold issues before they start.

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Home and Business Content Cleaning and Restoration: Saving Memories and Money for Policyholders and Insurance Carriers

Home and Business Content Cleaning and Restoration: Saving Memories and Money for Policyholders and Insurance Carriers

The evolving craft of content cleaning and restoration is an increasingly important part of disaster recovery for home and business owners and the insurance industry. While not every damaged item is salvageable, knowing more about this exciting field of specialty restoration work empowers all involved with a better idea as to its importance and relevance.

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Using the Code of Values to Manage a Successful Business

Using the Code of Values to Manage a Successful Business

The resilience of free market economies when faced by challenge is well-documented in that economic crises of the past were surmountable by the innovation, determination and spirit of hard-working men and women empowered and liberated by the free enterprise system. Perhaps more than any other factor, it is a shared sense of values that unites a business and its workers, which is why developing a Code of Values can help set a standard for corporate unity.

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What Makes a House a Home? A Homeowner's State of Mind After a Loss

What Makes a House a Home?A Homeowner's State of Mind After a Loss

What makes a house a home? Is it the belongings we've accumulated over a lifetime? Maybe the memories shared amongst a family as they grow and mature together or when we finally purchase our little piece of the American dream. Either way, a home is normally the single largest investment we make in our lifetimes. Download this white paper to learn more about how we help restore normality to our customer's lives when disaster strikes.

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Winter Woes: Frozen Pipes

Winter Woes: Frozen Pipes

Cold weather can bring with it exciting traditions, whether that be curling up in front of the fire or getting outside to enjoy winter sports. When weather moves from cold to freezing, however, it brings with it the potential for disaster within your home, in the form of frozen pipes.

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The Usual Suspects: Washing Machines, Water Heaters & Water Damage

The Usual Suspects: Washing Machines, Water Heaters & Water Damage

Did you know that washing machines and water heaters are two of the top causes of residential water damage? These appliances are standard in almost all homes, but if not properly maintained and monitored, they can cause quite the headache!

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Spring Cleaning: When to De-Dust a Dirty Duct

Spring Cleaning: When to De-Dust a Dirty Duct

Spring is quickly approaching, meaning it is time to clean! With the weather getting warmer and the flowers blooming you should be feeling that extra springy kick of motivation to clean, clean, clean. The question though, is should you stick to your usual routine? Or should you go the extra mile and have your air ducts cleaned?

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The Rising Tide: Flood Prep and Protection

The Rising Tide: Flood Prep and Protection

Hurricane season is flood season, and floods are among the most frequent and costly natural disasters. Don't be caught off guard. Give yourself peace of mind by knowing the risks. Take action now to protect yourself, your family and your financial future.

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When A Storm Threatens, Do You Know What To Do?

When A Storm Threatens, Do You Know What To Do?

Because of their immense size and longevity, hurricanes can wreak tremendous havoc. The combined effects of wind, rain, and surf can destroy homes, erode seashores, and flood entire cities. Most of the time, those affected by a hurricane are not fully prepared before the storm hits. With a solid plan in place, you can minimize stress and prepare your family for a safe hurricane season.

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The Biggest Backyard Hazard: BBQ Fires

The Biggest Backyard Hazard: BBQ Fires

With outdoor temperatures quickly rising grill safety has never been more important. Homeowners should exercise caution when using any kind of grill, as they can harm life and property in numerous ways.

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Your Family Emergency Plan

Your Family Emergency Plan

If a flood, earthquake, tornado or other disaster strike your home and family, would you know what to do? Disasters can happen anytime and anywhere. When a disaster strikes, time is of the essence, and help may not come immediately. Help could come in a few hours, or it could even take several days. Create an emergency plan before disaster strikes! Being prepared can help ensure that your family is protected, prevent panic and a potential tragedy.

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Home Fire Survival Tips

Home Fire Survival Tips

Whether or not you have already established a fire evacuation route, these are important safety reminders and instructions that you can you use when reviewing or planning your home evacuation plan. Most fire deaths occur in the home than any other place. A fire can start in an instant and consume your home in just minutes. Take the time now to review fire safety tips so your family will be prepared in the event of an emergency situation.

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What's in your crawlspace?

What's in your crawlspace?

If your answer is standing water, mold, bad odors, bugs or critters you have a problem. Any moisture that is accumulated will travel upward, entering the floorboards, drywall and insulation. This can cause severe health and safety issues for those living inside the home. If you’ve got rodents, you’ll see the insulation hanging down and droppings on the vapor barrier. Rodents can carry some nasty diseases so find humane ways to get rid of them as soon as possible.

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Nothing is scarier than the thought of a house fire.

Nothing is scarier than the thought of a house fire.

Most people who’ve had their homes affected by fire can barely believe the amount of damage they can do. House fires can completely devastate lives by damaging property, injuring residents and causing fatalities. Fortunately, house fires are easy to prevent if you understand how they begin. Protect your love ones by educating yourself and removing home fire hazards.

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Preparing Your Home for the Winter Chill

Preparing Your Home for the Winter Chill

Fall is a good time of year to start preparing your home for cold weather. As temperatures begin to drop your home will require maintenance to keep it in top shape through the winter. Follow these home winterization tips and tricks to keep your home warm and cozy all winter long, while cutting down on your energy bill!

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Preventing Ice Dams During Severe Winter Weather

Preventing Ice Dams During Severe Winter Weather

Ice damming costs businesses and homeowners thousands of dollars every year. These giant icicles hanging from the eaves are not only dangerous to people walking underneath, they are often a sign of serious problems with the roof and/or in the attic. Icicles hanging along the eaves of your house may look beautiful, but they can lead to major home damage. Know the steps to take in preventing and getting rid of harmful ice dams.

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Winter Storm Prep Tips

Winter Storm Prep Tips

The dangers from winter storms vary across the country, but regardless of where you live you are bound to face some type of winter weather.

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Heartbroken Heaters

Heartbroken Heaters

The water heater is one of the greatest modern convenience inventions of our time. Prior to this resourceful innovation, our ancestors were condemned to a lifetime of chilly winter baths!

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The Lifecyle of a Drop of Water

The Lifecyle of a Drop of Water

At Rainbow International®, we spend thousands of hours every week cleaning up unwanted water in homes and businesses. With so much time spent cleaning it up, it’s easy to forget that not everyone has access to freshwater. This month, in recognition of International World Water Day, celebrate that little raindrop and the journey it made to your faucet.

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Leaving Town

Leaving Town

As sunny skies and beautiful weather approach, we are racing into the heavy travel season. Nothing will steal the stress-free relaxation of vacation more quickly or completely than a disaster in your home. Make sure your house is as prepared for your vacation as you are! Download our latest white paper on how to prep for summer vacation.

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Backyard Safety for Kids

Backyard Safety for Kids

Summer is just around the corner, and during the months off from school, parents have more responsibility in ensuring their kids' safety.

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Firework Safety

Firework Safety

With the Fourth of July fast approaching, plans for backyard parties and neighborhood reworks displays are well underway to celebrate our freedom.

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Office Spring Cleaning

Office Spring Cleaning

As sunny skies and beautiful weather approach, we are racing into the heavy travel season. Nothing will steal the stress-free relaxation of vacation more quickly or completely than a disaster in your home. Make sure your house is as prepared for your vacation as you are! Download our latest white paper on how to prep for summer vacation.

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Home Maintenance Checklist

Home Maintenance Checklist

Preparing your home for the fall is essential to keep your home running safely and smoothly. Without proper preparation, Fall weather can wreak havoc on your home and cost thousands of dollars in damage and repairs.

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Mold Awareness

Mold Awareness

If your home sustained water damage after a hurricane, tropical storm, tornado, or even a heavy rain, start the drying process as soon as possible to prevent mold growth. If left untreated, wet building materials and contents can support certain types of mold growth as early as 72 hours after the initial damage.

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What To Do In A Fire

What To Do In A Fire

Death from fire is the third leading cause of death in the home (Runyan 2004). The US is ranked 8th in the 25 developed countries where statistics are available for mortality rate from fires. Do you know what to do? Can you stay calm and safely get your family out?

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Puff Back: Prevention and Cleanup

Puff Back: Prevention and Cleanup

Suffering a structure fire is not the only way to find your home blanketed in soot and smoke damage and in need of professional restoration. Puff Backs are totally preventable if you maintain the health and longevity of your home's oil furnace system.

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Creating Cheerleading Customers

Creating Cheerleading Customers

Customers are the beginning and end of business regardless of the product or service because without loyal customers, there is no business. Perception is reality, if a customer perceives they have been treated poorly or with excellence that is the message they will convey.

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Home Holiday Fire Hazards

Home Holiday Fire Hazards

Based on data from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), there is an estimated 240 home fires involving Christmas trees plus another 150 home fires involving holiday lights and other decorative lighting that occur each year. Together, these fires result in 21 deaths and $25.2 million in direct property damage.

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Preparing a Home Inventory

Preparing a Home Inventory

Be prepared for any home disaster by creating a Home Inventory. Creating a home inventory might prompt you to do more to prevent loss and will simplify the process with the insurance company or police department after a disaster occurs.

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Preparing for a Flood

Preparaing for a Flood

Floods are the most common natural disaster in the U.S. and average about $42,000 per insurance claim. That means in the last 10 years Americans have spent nearly $4 billion in damages each year*. For homeowners, this is the stuff of nightmares.

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Energy Saving Tips for the Summer

As the temperature rises, so does your electric bill. The harder your AC unit works, the bigger your bill gets, but all too often we take drastic measures and leave our homes less than comfortable to combat this unfortunate cycle. There’s no need to suffer through the summer months! Instead, stay cool and be kind to your wallet as well as the environment by following these simple and affordable energy saving tips.

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Water Conservation

Water Conservation

About 70 percent of the earth's surface is covered in water, but surprisingly, only one percent is safe for us to use. Yet the average American uses about 100 gallons of water each day. Read these quick tips compiled from WaterUseItWisely.com as a reminder for easy ways we can significantly reduce our water usage during everyday household chores.

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