Highland Construction https://highland-inc.com Ready to serve you 24 hours a day 7 days a week Fri, 28 Feb 2020 16:16:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.3 https://highland-inc.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/cropped-Asset-1@2x-100-32x32.jpg Highland Construction https://highland-inc.com 32 32 Bedroom Fire Safety: Protecting You and Your Family https://highland-inc.com/uncategorized/bedroom-fire-safety-protecting-you-and-your-family/ https://highland-inc.com/uncategorized/bedroom-fire-safety-protecting-you-and-your-family/#respond Fri, 28 Feb 2020 16:16:36 +0000 https://highland-inc.com/?p=259817 A bedroom is a sacred place where you and your family should feel safe, but the ongoing fear of a fire in that area can make sleeping peacefully difficult, especially if you have young children. The anxiousness caused by this concern is not an unreasonable one; 25% of fires start in a home bedroom. The nighttime hours are listed as the most dangerous: one in five home fires start between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. and are the cause of nearly half of home fire deaths. Although these statistics are grim, there are precautions that you can take to help protect your family from the dangers of bedroom fires.

Have A Smoke Alarm In Every Bedroom

Fires spread quickly; the best way to decrease the likelihood of injury in a fire is by acting fast. The only way to do this is by notifying everyone in the home that a fire is occurring as soon as possible, which is what smoke alarms are programmed to do. Smoke alarms reduce the death rate by 51%. Having a smoke alarm in each bedroom can be the difference between life or death.

Watch Your Space Heaters

While space heaters are useful for cold bedrooms, they are also dangerous if not used properly. Space heaters are the cause of 79% of fatal home heating fires. In order to prevent fires, never leave an operating space heater unattended. Check to make sure that the space heater is turned off before going to bed or leaving the room.

Keep Your Cords Untangled

Electricity produces heat. When numerous cords are plugged in and touching each other, the heat cannot dissipate correctly, which presents a fire hazard. Before leaving a room or going to bed, ensure that the cords are not covered with other cords or any other objects that can prevent them from cooling.

Do Not Sleep With Charging Phones On Your Bed

The most common time for someone to charge a phone is while they are sleeping. This, coupled with the fact that most people use their phone before falling asleep, can sometimes lead to the person falling asleep with their phone on the bed. As mentioned above, electricity causes heat. If the phone slides under your blanket or pillow while you are sleeping, the heat will not be able to escape and can potentially cause a fire.

We Understand Home Fires

Team Highland Construction & Restoration cares about your safety, and we want you to know we are always here for you if tragedy should ever strike. In fact, we know what it’s like to experience a home fire and understand the emotions people go through after a disaster like this happens. Team Highland Construction & Restoration handles smoke and fire damage for residential homes and commercial buildings surrounding the Fayetteville and Wilmington North Carolina area. Contact us today at 910-485-6738 and put an experienced remodeling and restoration company behind you.

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Make Your Home Hurricane Ready https://highland-inc.com/uncategorized/make-your-home-hurricane-ready/ https://highland-inc.com/uncategorized/make-your-home-hurricane-ready/#respond Fri, 28 Feb 2020 16:16:01 +0000 https://highland-inc.com/?p=259816 The hurricane season unofficially starts in June and ends in November. This window of time spotlights the propensity for damage during the Atlantic hurricane season, where the East Coast of the United States is bombarded with weather activity. For homeowners, the dangers of a hurricane are much too familiar, especially with storms like Hurricane Matthew causing more than $4 billion dollars in damages during the 2016 hurricane season.

The Carolinas are susceptible to hurricanes due to its location, with more than 400 known tropical cyclones affecting North Carolina alone. Tropical storms and hurricanes affect the Carolinas in almost every month between May and December, with the majority occurring between August and October, the height of the hurricane season.

Hurricane Facts For Homeowners

Here are some interesting facts about Hurricanes…

  • Hurricanes typically form in the warm atmosphere above tropical ocean waters. The Carolinas’ proximity to the ocean causes it to experience storms every year.
  • The amount of energy that a hurricane can output is explosive – it’s akin to the energy equivalent of 10 atomic bombs per second.
  • A category 5 hurricane has winds greater than 155 mph. Between 1924 and 2016, about 31 hurricanes were category 5 hurricanes. A category 5 hurricane hit North Carolina in 1879. This is assumed because the instrument used to measure wind speeds was blown away right during Hurricane Great Beaufort.

Hurricane Preparedness

Here are some practical steps you can do throughout the year so that your home is prepared in case of a hurricane or heavy storms:

  • Make sure that trees are pruned before the hurricane season starts, and dead trees are removed from the property.
  • Entryways should be reinforced with heavy-duty hinges.
  • Inspect your roof on a routine basis to make sure all shingles or tiles are secure.
  • Make sure rain gutters are clear so water has a way to flow and runoff.
  • Invest in storm shutters and garage door braces which all can help fortify vulnerable areas of your home to the wind.
  • If you have a porch or carport, be sure any structures attached to your home are firmly anchored to the ground.
  • Run and test your pumps and drains to ensure they are working correctly.
  • A generator is a great item to keep around. A small generator can keep your refrigerator running, or you can invest in a large generator to run the whole house.
  • Check the seals around your windows and doors so sideways-blowing rain cannot get inside during a storm.
  • Get familiar with flood insurance. Know your deductible, review the details in your policies, and purchase excess flood coverage if the value of your home exceeds $250,000.

If your home should experience storm damage, Team Highland Construction is here for you. We are experienced in both storm and water damage. Our team is knowledgeable and experienced in making repairs and remodeling. We will help get your home back to looking as good as new. Contact us at 910-485-6738 for a dependable team you can trust.

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What To Do If Your Home is Flooded https://highland-inc.com/uncategorized/what-to-do-if-your-home-is-flooded/ https://highland-inc.com/uncategorized/what-to-do-if-your-home-is-flooded/#respond Fri, 28 Feb 2020 16:15:46 +0000 https://highland-inc.com/?p=259815 Water damage emergencies in your home or business can be extremely traumatic. Every year, flooding from hurricanes and tornadoes cause death and destruction to property. All it takes is a few inches of water to cause extensive damage to your home’s structure and furnishings, creating electrical hazards and promoting the growth of dangerous mold. Understanding how you should properly prepare for a flood can help keep your home and family safe.

Be Prepared for Flooding

While it is not possible to control the weather conditions, we can take precautions to ensure our safety and protect our structures from severe damage. Whenever flooding is imminent, or your home begins to take on water, remember to do the following:

  • Move your essential items to the upper, raised floors.
  • Disconnect electrical appliances and turn off utilities at the main switches.
  • Make sure rain gutters, drains, and downspouts are not obstructed.
  • Elevate your appliances at least a foot above the expected flood level in your area.
  • Remove all toxic substances like pesticides and insecticides from the flood area to prevent pollution.
  • If advised to evacuate your home by local emergency authorities, please do so immediately.
  • Have a battery operated radio with you, along with extra batteries for emergency updates. Remember, cell phones may not have power to charge.

What to Do After a Flood

Your safety is important; so, before entering your flooded property, check for structural damage.

If you aren’t sure that the utilities are disconnected, contact your utility companies to turn them off and inspect the systems to prevent gas leaks or electrical hazards. Remember, children and pets are to be kept out of standing water.

Before removing any water, take pictures and record the extent of the water damage to support insurance claims and requests for assistance.

At this point, you need a professional that specializes in post-flood cleanup to inspect your home to get an idea of what repairs or changes are needed to fortify your house. Ensure you use licensed and insured contractors to make any of the modifications. If not promptly and appropriately dealt with, water damage can become a nightmare for your home or business.

Team Highland Construction & Restoration specializes in water and storm damage repair. When homes experience flooding or take on water, our team is fully equipped to provide assessments for insurance companies, extract water from your home or office, and properly dry out the water damaged areas to prevent further damage. We can also handle the restoration of your home or office to better than pre-loss condition.

Team Highland Construction & Restoration of Fayetteville and Wilmington North Carolina is here for you. Contact us at 910-485-6738 for a restoration company you can trust.

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Post-Hurricane FAQ https://highland-inc.com/uncategorized/post-hurricane-faq/ https://highland-inc.com/uncategorized/post-hurricane-faq/#respond Fri, 28 Feb 2020 16:15:29 +0000 https://highland-inc.com/?p=259814 In the event of a catastrophe, like the hurricanes Harvey and Irma, loss of loved ones and property damage can be devastating, and recovery takes time. It’s always good to be as prepared as possible. Property owners that have been affected, need to take measures to prevent additional damage to their homes after a hurricane by contacting their flood and home insurance companies to begin the insurance claim process.

Q: Does my insurance company cover hurricane damage?

A: A homeowner’s insurance policy may not cover all of the possible damage a hurricane can cause to your home. Most standard homeowners and renters insurance policies often cover wind damage. Your policy, therefore, can compensate you for damage to your home that results from a hurricane or high winds (e.g., broken windows, torn roof, damage from fallen trees, etc.).

To get reimbursed for water damage, however, homeowners would need additional flood insurance from the National Flood Insurance Program. It is important to review your insurance policy thoroughly to learn what it covers and contact your local agent with questions to discuss your insurance needs.

Q: When should I begin the restoration process? Do I need to wait to hear from my insurance company?

A: During a storm event, it is important to contact your insurance company as soon as possible. Maintain the names, date, and time of everyone you spoke with at your insurance company. Since the insurance company may be overwhelmed by the number of people filing claims, it is reasonable to start protecting your home and property from more damage before your insurance adjuster has even inspected the property.

Before conducting any repairs, make sure you capture the extent of the water damage to support insurance claims by taking pictures or video of the damaged area and property. For structural or more permanent repairs, you might want to wait until your insurance company approves your claim.

Q: What services does Team Highland Construction offer?

A: Team Highland Construction offers complete disaster restoration services aimed to provide immediate relief and prevent further damage. We provide a wide range of services which include removing standing water (using large submersible pumps or extraction equipment), removing wet material (drywall, insulation, floor coverings, etc.), cleaning and treating the areas affected and drying out your property to prevent additional damages. We can also help you with all the repairs needed to get you back to normal.

Our team is committed to easing any stress and uncertainty in the aftermath of a disaster through effective communication during each step of the restoration process. If you have hurricane damage to your North Carolina home, please contact Team Highland Construction for professional restoration service. We care about you and our community.

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Tornados and Your Safety https://highland-inc.com/uncategorized/tornados-and-your-safety/ https://highland-inc.com/uncategorized/tornados-and-your-safety/#respond Fri, 28 Feb 2020 16:15:08 +0000 https://highland-inc.com/?p=259813 Hurricane Irma’s onslaught to Florida threatened the entire southeastern United States with the potential of devastating tornadoes. A strong hurricane often spawns tornadoes in its outer rain bands due to the intense vertical wind shear and the likelihood of interaction with unstable air. In 2004, Hurricane Ivan caused an outbreak of 117 tornadoes within a three day period. North Carolina residents are vulnerable to hurricane-spawned tornadoes because of our location, which often sees the effects of the outer edges of a hurricane.

If you find yourself in the path of a hurricane, you will probably be under a tornado watch, which means that conditions are favorable for a tornado to form. If you are under a tornado warning, spotters have seen a tornado in your area and it is time to find a safe place to wait out the storm. Here are some things to keep in mind when preparing for a tornado:

  • The safest place to be during a tornado would be a basement, but if you don’t have one, try to find an interior closet or small, enclosed area.
  • Most tornadoes travel from southwest to northeast, so avoid rooms that face south and west if possible.
  • Stay away from windows and doors with glass panels.
  • Don’t try to film a tornado approaching. Debris can travel miles ahead of a tornado, and the high speeds involved can turn even the lightest pieces of debris into bullets.

At Team Highland Construction, we care about our community. If your home or business should experience damage from a tornado, strong winds or hail, we are here to help. We specialize in storm damage and restoration and are on call 24/7 to assist you.

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How to Spot Water Damage in Your Home https://highland-inc.com/uncategorized/how-to-spot-water-damage-in-your-home/ https://highland-inc.com/uncategorized/how-to-spot-water-damage-in-your-home/#respond Fri, 28 Feb 2020 16:14:51 +0000 https://highland-inc.com/?p=259812 A pipe that bursts under a sink or a continual dripping from a roof leak is an easy clue that you have water damage; but, water leaks are not always that obvious. Here are some more subtle signs that you may have water damage in your home.

Look (or smell) for these things:

  • Discoloration – On your ceilings, look for dark spots that are usually tan, brown, or copper in color. The paint may be peeling or bubbling, especially at the wall/ceiling seam.
  • Rust – Near appliances or pipes, look for rust. While it may not immediately represent a water leak, it can alert you to monitor the area.
  • Standing Water – This can most commonly be found near appliances or under sinks. You will see small pools of water, indicating that there is either a leak or an appliance is improperly attached to the water line.
  • Changes in Floor Texture – Water can seep into your flooring and change the way it sits, as well as the overall appearance. Wood planks will warp, pulling apart at the edges or “curling” away from each other. Wood floors can also buckle, where one side breaks away from the subfloor and “tents” upward. You may also experience sagging, where parts of the floor are softer or uneven due to wood rot. Expansion of wood and laminate flooring is the last indicator, where the material becomes waterlogged and pulls away at the seams.
  • Odor – Appearance of mildew or a musty smell can indicate water damage. Several kinds of drywall may act as a sponge and absorb water, hold it, and eventually mold. Musty and mildew odors can indicate that water has been accumulating for a while inside the walls of your home.

It is a good idea to inspect areas of your home for water damage, especially during the winter months when pipes can freeze or a roof can leak from excessive rain or melting snow. Be sure to take necessary steps to prevent further damage to your home if you should suspect or discover a water leak. Depending on the source of the leak, you may even need to turn off the water at the main water valve (usually near the street).

Contact Team Highland Construction & Restoration if water damage is discovered. We are a professional water damage restoration company. We care about our community and those who live in it. We will help walk you through the necessary steps to restore your home. You can rest assured your home is in good hands. Contact Team Highland Construction & Restoration at 910-485-6738 for professional home restoration you can depend on in both Fayetteville and Wilmington, North Carolina and the surrounding areas.

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Which Rooms in My Home Need Smoke Detectors? https://highland-inc.com/uncategorized/which-rooms-in-my-home-need-smoke-detectors/ https://highland-inc.com/uncategorized/which-rooms-in-my-home-need-smoke-detectors/#respond Fri, 28 Feb 2020 16:14:32 +0000 https://highland-inc.com/?p=259811 Smoke detectors are a critical component for protecting your home. They are designed to alert you of small amounts of smoke before a dangerous fire grows out of control. To keep you and your family safe, here are some tips on where to place smoke detectors and how to maintain them.

The location of smoke detectors in your house is important; some rooms have a higher risk of a fire starting in them than others. Early detection in these high-risk rooms or central locations in your home can help ensure the fire does not spread and that the occupants can escape safely. Smoke detectors should be placed in all bedrooms, living rooms (not directly over the fireplace), kitchens (not directly over the stove), and the top of stairways. At least one smoke detector should be on every floor. If you have bedrooms coming off a long hallway, it is a good idea to place a smoke detector there as an early warning for the occupants.

Smoke detectors are powered either by battery or hardwired into the home with a battery back-up in case of power failure. The hardwired smoke detectors typically link to the rest of the smoke detectors, which means when one goes off they all go off. In fact, building codes in many municipalities require hard-wired smoke detectors in newly built homes. Some deluxe models also have lights attached to them that will show you the safe way out of your home if there is thick smoke.

Batteries for smoke detectors should be changed twice a year, even if your models are hardwired into your home’s main electrical supply. Be sure to purchase top-of-the-line batteries; you do not want a cheap battery to stop working when it is supposed to protect you. As a reminder to change your batteries twice a year, consider replacing them on the weekends that Daylight Saving Time starts and stops.

Team Highland Construction & Restoration cares about your safety. We know firsthand what it is like to experience a home fire, and we understand the emotions people go through after a disaster like this happens. Team Highland Construction & Restoration handles smoke and fire damage to homes and commercial buildings surrounding the Fayetteville and Wilmington, North Carolina area. Contact us today at 910-485-6738 and put an experienced remodeling and restoration company behind you.

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Is Frying a Turkey Dangerous? https://highland-inc.com/uncategorized/is-frying-a-turkey-dangerous/ https://highland-inc.com/uncategorized/is-frying-a-turkey-dangerous/#respond Fri, 28 Feb 2020 16:14:16 +0000 https://highland-inc.com/?p=259810 Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and many people are looking forward to deep frying their turkey. Deep-fried turkey is juicy and has an irresistible flavor. It is a speedy way of preparation that has gained immense popularity among many families, but it is potentially dangerous.

It is critical that you observe all the safety measures to avoid the damages that could be caused by the frying process. Deep fryer fires not only destroy property but also lead to loss of life and other serious health problems. The following are a few guidelines that will help you avoid the dangers of deep frying turkey during this holiday season.

1. Wear Protective Gear

When deep frying a turkey, oil splattering is almost unavoidable. The moment you try to put the turkey into the deep fryer, some oil will spill out. If you are not careful, the oil could cause significant burns on your body. Anytime you want to fry a turkey, ensure that you put on the right protective gear in case of any splatters. Safety glasses will also help to protect your eyes from splashing oil.

2. Do Not Deep Fry Indoors

Deep-frying turkey in enclosed rooms is a common mistake. It is extremely dangerous to do it indoors. The best place to prepare the turkey is in an open space. Additionally, ensure you avoid setting up the fryer near garages or any other areas with highly flammable things.

3. Avoid Deep Frying a Frozen Turkey

Oil and water do not mix at all. If you put a frozen turkey into hot oil, you risk burning yourself. Ensure that the turkey is completely dry before letting it into the oil. Don’t let your oil get too hot lest it catches fire. Always have a fire extinguisher nearby to put out the fire in case it breaks out.

Following these simple tips will assure you of not only a delicious turkey but safety for you and your loved ones.

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving from Highland Construction and Restoration!

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Grease Fires in the Kitchen https://highland-inc.com/uncategorized/grease-fires-in-the-kitchen/ https://highland-inc.com/uncategorized/grease-fires-in-the-kitchen/#respond Fri, 28 Feb 2020 16:13:00 +0000 https://highland-inc.com/?p=259799 Kitchen grease fires are the leading cause of home fires in the United States. A grease fire will in most cases start when oil or fat is left on the stove unattended. Being highly flammable, the oil will quickly over-heat, ignite, burn and spread out. Other times, grease fires can be caused by spills in the drip pan often coming from previous cooking sessions.

With Thanksgiving being just a few days away, it is essential to stay informed about the dos and don’ts for handling a kitchen fire. A kitchen grease fire creates a quick, intense flash of heat that, if not put out quickly, can result in severe damage. It can get out of control and spread throughout the kitchen and other rooms of your house.

Pouring water on a kitchen grease fire will only make it worse. The water does not help extinguish the fire but instead causes the burning oil to explode into flames. Since water is heavier than grease, it will sink right through to the bottom of the pan and evaporate instantly, spreading flaming oil everywhere.

What you should do if the worst happens is to immediately turn the heat off and cover the pot/pan with a metal lid. In the absence of oxygen, the fire will eventually snuff out. If there is no lid, pour plenty of salt or baking soda to smother the fire. If the grease fire is getting out of control, use a fire extinguisher as a last resort, or get out of the house and call 911.

As we celebrate our holidays with friends and family, it is important to stay on guard and not get distracted or leave cooking unattended. Whenever you leave the kitchen, always remember to turn off the stove.

We want to wish you a happy and safe Holiday Season from Highland Construction and Restoration.

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Make Fire Safety Part of Your New Year’s Resolution https://highland-inc.com/uncategorized/make-fire-safety-part-of-your-new-years-resolution/ https://highland-inc.com/uncategorized/make-fire-safety-part-of-your-new-years-resolution/#respond Fri, 28 Feb 2020 16:12:39 +0000 https://highland-inc.com/?p=259798 According to the United States Fire Administration, 84% of all fire deaths in the United States and 79% of all fire injuries happen in the home. Highland Construction and Restoration would like to urge our neighbors in southeastern North Carolina to make fire safety a top priority when making their New Year’s resolutions.

In the interest of keeping you and yours safe, we would like to offer these few tips to practice in the coming year.

Fire Safety Tips

  • Make sure your home is equipped with fire alarms. Over 50% of all house fires occur at night while people are asleep. Alarms are an inexpensive investment in your family’s safety.
  • Test your fire alarms monthly and change batteries before it is needed.
  • Upgrade your smoke detectors and fire alarms every few years. Fire detection technology develops very quickly.
  • Did you know 47% of all fires in the home start in the kitchen and cooking fires account for 43% of all fire deaths? Never leave food unattended when cooking and place a fire extinguisher or box of baking soda within easy reach of your stove. Quick reactions can stop a minor fire from spreading.
  • Never leave candles or fireplace fires burning unattended.
  • Never leave lighters or matches where children can reach them. Kids are curious and don’t always recognize the danger of their actions.
  • Educate your kids about fire safety. Teach them what to do in the event of a fire. Run monthly fire drills at home just like they do in schools. Make sure everyone in your family knows where the designated meeting place is and that it is a safe distance from your home.

Highland Construction and Restoration cares about your safety. We know firsthand what it is like to experience a home fire, and we understand the emotions people go through after a disaster like this happens. Highland Construction and Restoration handles smoke and fire damage to homes and commercial buildings in southeastern North Carolina through our offices in Fayetteville and Wilmington. Contact us today at 910.485.6738 and put an experienced remodeling and restoration company behind you.

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