Holiday Safety

The holiday season is a magical time for all, yet it’s also time to exercise care. Whether it’s baking, decorating your Christmas tree or lighting your menorah, you need to keep safety in mind. There are steps you can take to prevent fires and other mishaps. Read our safety tips here!

October is National Fire Safety Month

JP Maguire has been a huge proponent of Fire Safety throughout the years. We have partnered with WTNH and Kidde in past years with Operation Save a Life during fire safety month.  This October, we want to highlight some important safety precautions since October is Fire Safety Month. JP Maguire values the importance of fire prevention, fire education, and family escape plans.  With colder months around the corner in CT, it is important to take steps to prevent a fire.

  • Do not store items near your heating sources. Keep boxes, clothing, and fuels away to avoid igniting.
  • Be sure to maintain your heating source. If you have a furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or electric heat, check the equipment or have them professionally serviced. 
  • Keep curtains, furniture away from heating source as well as candles.
  • Make sure smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly and replace batteries annually. Each level of the home should have a detector. 
  • Get a fire extinguisher that is not expired and store them in a safe space. Read instructions on how to work properly in case of an emergency.

The National Safety Council recommends this acronym, PASS to remember the steps.

  • Pull the pin.
  • Aim low at the base of the fire.
  • Squeeze the handle slowly.
  • Sweep the nozzle side to side.

Make sure to talk with your family to have an escape plan in case of a fire. Check out our blog post to see if your family is prepared in case of an emergency fire. 

During National Fire Prevention Month, take the steps to keep your home and family safe. Explore several other tips from the National Safety Council.

 Be Prepared for All Types of Weather

New England is a constant cycle of unpredictable weather patterns, so it’s crucial to always be prepared for the unexpected. Whether it’s freezing temperatures causing frozen pipes or a damaging hurricane that can impact the structure of your home, the most important thing you and your family can do is be proactive.

JP Maguire and Associates has been in business for over 40 years. Our business has a wealth of experience when it comes to weather disasters. In order to be prepared and safe, it’s important to communicate with your family and make sure you have a plan for “what-if” situations. In the event of a house fire, for example, it’s paramount that your family has a fire evacuation plan. To learn more, read our blog, Is Your Family Prepared for a House Fire?

In order to prepare for specific weather events, stay up to date with your local news and weather channel and be ready for potentially dangerous situations. 

In addition, there are many things you can do around your house to ensure the safety of your family and home for the longer term. 

  1. Replace or fix shingles: If a shingle is damaged, it’s more likely to break free. If it’s missing, wind can further damage your other shingles.
  2. Repair loose siding: It’s important to ensure that your siding is up to par and not damaged.
  3. Keep your gutters clean: Water damage or flooding is one of the quickest ways to devalue your home. Gutters are the first line of defense against water damage so make sure gutters are in good condition. 
  4. Keep your sump pump in working order: A sump pump protections your home and basement from flooding; therefore, always make sure it’s in good condition.
  5. Ensure proper sealing of doors and windows: Only a small opening is needed for wind to get through, so it is imperative to have proper doors and window seals. 
  6. Check for loose fence posts and yard items: Identify items around your property that could become dangerous—this can include lawn furniture, tools, flowerpots, or other yard debris. Move those items to a garage, a shed, or indoors. Anything loose in your yard is bound to be a liability. Make sure fences are secure, grills, gazebos, and that any other outdoor items are put away and not left out to cause damage.
  7. Regularly trim your trees: Loose tree limbs can damage your home, a vehicle, and cause harm to people and property. Regularly trimming the trees on your property is great to protect your space.

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These maintenance tips don’t require a large amount of effort, and they can be a huge help when it comes to seasonal storms or other natural disasters. To schedule an appointment for a home assessment, please visit our website.

40 Years of CT Restoration Services | JP Maguire

JP Maguire is proudly celebrating 40 years in business this year!  Over several decades of growth, JP Maguire Associates is still locally owned, and family operated.  Started by two brothers, Jim and Tom Maguire, the business expanded and started painting for a restoration cleaning company in Fairfield County. Over time, this evolved into a network of insurance adjuster relationships, which subsequently led to more insurance work.

Initially, they did only small jobs. But, as they proved their competence, the jobs’ size and complexity grew. Tom transitioned into real estate development and home construction and JP Maguire Associates was formally established in 1982 by Jim Maguire. Today, it’s one of Connecticut’s oldest and most established damage reconstruction contractors.

Jim has since retired from the restoration industry, but the family tradition still carries on. Jim’s son, Jamie Maguire IV, and April Garceau, the company’s trusted Comptroller for over 13 years, are now leading JP Maguire Associates into the future. Both Jamie and April play an active role in the day-to-day operations of the business, thus, ensuring that JP Maguire adheres to the principle of satisfying the customer’s needs first. Experience, knowledge, and professionalism, JP Maguire Associates has become one of Connecticut’s most respected contracting firms specializing in insurance reconstruction.

 JP Maguire’s team is a powerhouse of experienced professionals, which include estimators, production managers, mitigation managers, painters, carpenters, restoration technicians, administrative, and marketing staff.

 During their 40 years in business, JP Maguire Associates has handled losses, ranging from the smallest damage claim, to large property losses worth millions of dollars. We have worked on every type of structure from residential properties to municipal buildings and from commercial properties to historic sites.  In addition, JP Maguire has been passionately involved in the community to encourage fire safety and work with local fire departments to promote safety in the community.  As a proud sponsor of Operation Save a Life the last few years, JP Maguire has partnered with Kidde and News 8 to help with alarm donations and education, supporting community events, educating the public and supporting firefighters in Connecticut. 

 JP Maguire Associates is truly appreciative of the opportunity to serve in the community and in business over the last 40 years.  Here’s to 40 more!

From our family to yours, thank you for your support.

My Basement Flooded. Now What?

Did a recent storm create leaks and turn your basement into an indoor pool? 

Downpours can quickly flood your basement, creating a real problem. Like many people, if you use your basement for storage, the thought of having clothes, holiday decorations, keepsakes, or other personal belongings become ruined is devastating. Quickly taking action is key to avoiding a less serious loss.

Experts say that reacting immediately—by mopping up the water and repairing damage caused by clogged drains, faulty sump pumps, or backed-up gutters—is a good start. (In addition, retrieving damp possessions and drying them out as soon as possible will prevent their loss.). If that water is left standing for any length of time, it can cause outbreaks of mold and mildew within a few days, which can cause extensive damage to your home in the long run; damage that you can’t always see. 

If you have large amounts of standing water in your basement following a flood, guard your family’s safety by calling your power company. The power company will likely recommend that your electrical service be disconnected before you walk into the water. Under no circumstances should you ever touch anything electrical in the case of a flooded basement—leave it to the professionals. 

Key Steps to Take

Here are a few tips for dealing with standing water in your basement as the result of a flood: 

  1. Eliminate the water

Remove the water as quickly as possible. A few inches of standing water can usually be vacuumed with a wet vac. If the water damage is significant, our JP Maguire professionals are here to assist you every step of the way. Call us at any point in the process and we’ll be happy to advise you.

  1. Dry the basement out

Using dehumidifiers and fans to move the air around discourages the growth of mold and mildew. If using a dehumidifier, keep it at least six to eight inches away from walls to create the best air circulation and drain it more frequently than you typically would. For efficient fan operation, clean and wash filters weekly. Make sure to run your air conditioner constantly and throw away any damaged or wet boxes.

  1. Scrub the floors

Materials like vinyl tile, linoleum, and other surfaces can be scrubbed with a solution using one cup of chlorine bleach combined with one gallon of water. Use rubber gloves and protective eyewear while you’re cleaning, and keep the room well ventilated to help remove the smell and prevent the inhalation of harmful toxins.

  1. Examine and clear downspouts, drains, and gutters

Make sure to check your basement steps and drains. Removing leaves, twigs, and mud from and cleaning drain screens will help alleviate any upcoming—and guard against future—issues. Lastly, clean out gutters and downspouts around the house; something you should do at least once a year.

  1. Freeze your important documents

If valuable documents have been dampened, try quickly putting them in the freezer, which can stop the growth of mildew and deterioration until they can be attended to later. Going forward, plastic bins are far better than cardboard boxes for basement storage.

  1. Let JP Maguire help

When it comes to getting help after a flood, trust the professionals. With over 40 years’ experience, JP Maguire is here to serve you for flood or any other restoration needs you may have. Contact us today for more information. 

What Do You Do After a House Fire?

The aftermath of such a tragedy is a hard pill to swallow, and taking the following steps are crucial to take after a home fire.

These tips should help you get back on your Feet:

Find a safe place to stay

Regardless of the damage, the likelihood of being able to stay in your house is slim. If family or friends are unavailable talk to your local disaster relief agency, such as the American Red Cross or Salvation Army. These organizations will help you find a safe place to stay temporarily. Most insurance policies will cover the cost of a hotel stay until long term arrangements can be made.

Contact your insurance agent

You’ll need to start a claim and address your immediate needs. If you have an insurance agent they can get in contact with your insurance carrier. If you don’t know who your agent is or don’t have one, every insurance carrier has a process to report a claim. “Loss of use” funds from your insurance policy may cover living and other daily expenses. If you receive these funds or an advance on your claim, save all receipts and keep a detailed record of all purchases. 

Protect Your Home

Even though your home is damaged, and you may not be able to stay there, as the owner, you still need to protect it as much as possible from both weather and unlawful entry. You will need to board up or cover broken windows or holes cut in the roof caused by fire damage or from the fire department.

Recover your possessions

Do not re-enter your home until the fire department says it is safe to do so. While the initial reaction after a fire is to take all your possession out of the home, there are only a few things that need to come out immediately. This includes personal documents, valuable jewelry, weapons and ammunition, medications, and currency. Soot and smoke from the fire can damage your possessions permanently if they are not handled and cleaned by a trained professional. Items that may appear “clean” can smell like smoke and can contaminate areas if brought to another location without being professionally cleaned.

Take care of your pets

If you have pets, find and comfort them. After a fire and all the commotion your pets will be extremely stressed, they will either be hiding somewhere in the home or even run away due to the trauma. 

Once you find your pets take them to the veterinarian to be checked. Pets that have been in a house fire can be injured from ingesting smoke just like humans.

Contact a Restoration Company

Your insurance company will most likely suggest or recommend a restoration company to help deal with immediate concerns like water damage, protecting your home, and savable content. As the homeowner you have the final say on who to use. Calling a reputable company with years of experience can make all the difference in how the restoration process moves forward. Fire damage clean up and reconstruction is a very specialized service that requires experience and years of industry knowledge.

Take Photos and Keep A Notebook

There will be a lot of information given to you in a short amount of time during a very stressful situation. It will be helpful to keep a record of any conversations you have with your insurance company and restoration contractor. This can help you remember the things you need to follow up on or provide to them. Take pictures and make a list of everything that was lost in the fire. While this can feel impossible and overwhelming, it is important to simply start. We find it is easiest if you just start a list and every time you think of something, write it down.

These are just a few tips to start you in the process after a house fire. JP Maguire has been helping families recover from a fire and return home for 40 years. As scary and uncertain as a house fire can feel, you can be assured that we can guide you through the entire process. For more information about the service we offer please visit our Fire Damage Restoration Page.

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We hope you stay safe! JP Maguire and Associates is celebrating 40 years of serving the community.

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Is Your Family Prepared for a House Fire?

Did you know there is a house fire every 87 seconds? From 2017 to 2019, an estimated average of 230,500, one or two family residential building fires were reported to fire departments in the United States. JP Maguire prides itself on over 40 years of serving the community, so here are some guidelines and preventative measures to prevent your house from becoming a statistic:

Test your smoke alarms:

Keep your family safe and make sure to test your fire alarms every 6 months. Almost three out of five home fire deaths causation by fires in properties with no smoke alarms (41%) or smoke alarms that failed to operate (16%). Smoke alarms should be installed in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home (including the basement). For the best protection, make sure they are all interconnected.

Identify your homes fire hazards:

You can’t avoid the oven. Reevaluating or relocating, and even removing fire hazards is a great start. For example, did you know glass décor displayed near a window can soak up the sun and magnify its heat onto a nearby carpet or curtain? Make sure to ensure there are no fire hazards near your oven such as fabrics, paper, or any loose, flammable objects.

Understand your home electrical system:

We all know that electricity makes our life easier but only if used correctly. If you’re looking to buy and or remodel your home, it is crucial to have the electrical work inspected by a professional. After being taken care of, look out for exposed and or frayed cords. Also, if you ever have a frequent problem with your circuit breaker, a tingling feeling when you touch an appliance discolored or warm wall outlets, flickering or dimming lights or sparks from an outlet, call an electrician immediately.

Inspect your Heat Sources

It is essential every year to have a professional service your furnace. The professional will identify if it is not working correctly, preventing a fire. Are you using a space heater to create even more warmth? Keep it away from items that could easily catch fire, like curtains and any furniture. Have your chimney inspected annually by a certified chimney sweep if you have a wood-burning fireplace.

Prevent Kitchen Catastrophes:

Keep up with your kitchen cleaning! Clean up crumbs out of the toaster and unplug appliances when not in use. These are small but incredibly effective ways of preventing any fire from occurring.

Safely store combustible materials including flammable products, which should always be kept away from heat. Coordinate a cool, dark cupboard or storage space for hairspray, cleaning supplies. Additionally, gasoline, kerosene, and propane should be kept outside the original containers.

Practice candle safety:

The national fire protection association reports an average of 21 home fires caused by candles every day. Another study found that 85% of candle fires can be preventable.

By taking precautions to prevent a house fire sometimes still happens. To make sure your family is prepared, learn the ins and outs of fire extinguishers you should have and keep them how to use them often to replace them.

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We hope you stay safe! JP Maguire and Associates is celebrating 40 years of serving the community.

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Five Important Steps to Take After Storm Damage

1. Take Safety Precautions

Heavy winds can create physical hazards such as collapsed roofing, window damage, loose branches on trees or standing water in the home or basement. Moisture from water damage can soak into furniture and building material making the perfect environment for mold growth as well, which can cause health issues.  Make sure to shut off the main gas line if you smell gas and beware of exposed nails, broken glass and sharp objects around the property. Make sure to contact a reputable property restoration company to do cleanup and secure your property to make it safe to use. 

2. Photograph the Damage

If it is safe to do so, use your phone or camera to photograph the damage so you will have a record of the damage for your insurance company.  This will ensure that you have documented the damage and will ensure you are fully compensated for the damage. 

3. Contact Your Insurance Company

Have your property restoration company or directly contact your insurance agent immediately to notify them about the damage to your home. The company will send out an adjuster to determine the extent of the damage so that payment for repairs can be made.

4. Look Into Federal Disaster Assistance

In some instances, the federal government declares areas affected by the storms as a disaster area that is eligible for loans to help restore property back to normal. Look into this to see if you qualify for any of these loans. 

5. Trust the Experts

When a storm-related disaster strikes, it may seem overwhelming, but these steps can help you to begin the process of restoring your home, and your life, to normal. At JP Maguire, we provide 24-hour emergency disaster service. We specialize in the restoration of homes and businesses that have suffered small or large loss from water, flood, wind, storm, fire damage and smoke disaster.

To learn more about our services, email us or call us today at 877-576-2484

How to Tell if You Have Mold

Mold is everywhere but you never want to see it in your home.

To do a mold test at your home, it is important to do routine maintenance checks.

First, what does mold look like?

Mold is a type of fungus that grows from spores that are in the air.  It can grow almost anywhere and it loves moisture, so any damp place in your home is susceptible to mold. Normally you can easily spot mold with the easiest to identify being mildew, which begins as tiny black spots and grows into larger sections.  Sometimes, people mistaken mildew for dirt, so it is important to test the area in question for mold.

To test at home, you can dab a few drops of household bleach on the area in question and if it lightens after 1-2 minutes, you have mold/mildew.  If the area remains dark, it is likely just a dirty surface.

Sometimes, mold underneath surfaces can be harder to detect.  If the wall or wallpaper have dark rings, discoloration or bubbling, there might be mold under the surface.

What Does Mold Smell Like?

If you do not see visible signs of mold, you may be able to pick up on the musty smell that mold has. If you smell something like a damp, earthy smell, it is a good indicator that you have mold in your home.

If you do in fact have mold in your home and it is a very small area, removal is best with simply soap and water because it contains surfactants which can remove mold.

However, if it is a larger area where leaks, condensation, or flooding has occurred it is critical to call a professional.  Mold can be dangerous and cause lung disease, coughing, headaches, sore throat, wheezing and more.  You should not trust DIY treatment for larger mold removal because it can grow back after initial treatment.

It is important to hire a company that does professional mold removal to completely remove the mold from all surfaces, mold spores from the air, and remove any lingering odors.  JP Maguire is Connecticut’s mold removal and remediation specialists.  Your safety is important, and you can have peace of mind for your health related to mold, mildew, and black mold by contacting a professional for mold removal.

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5 Reasons You Should Hire Established Smoke Damage Restoration Companies

Apart from the physical damage to your material property, fire can cause mental distress. Your response after extinguishing the fire is all that matters. Are you disturbed by the scars left by an accidental fire in your home? Read on to learn why smoke damage restoration companies are the ultimate solution to fire damage problems.

Access to Specialized Tools and Equipment

Established smoke damage restoration firms have a set of skills and tools that make the cleanup process easier. Additionally, they are knowledgeable about the prevailing conditions and newest developments in the industry. Removing fire soot residue requires an innovative combination of both technology and technical skills.

Residential fire damage restoration firms are armed with state-of-the art tools to increase the efficiency of the cleaning process. Apart from the equipment, these smoke damage repair contractors have the right cleaning products to restore your property to its original state before the fire.

Quick Response

Restoration professionals understand your urgency and are quick to respond to your call. As such, they provide efficient and fast emergency response services to reduce further damage to property. At JP Maguire, we are available 24/7 for emergency response.

The cleanup is done in record time to bring your property to its pre-fire condition. Although there might be the urge to do the cleanup activities on your own, the lack of proper tools is a derailing factor. Without the proper equipment and know how, it will take much longer to restore your property. At the same time, the damage may get worse if left unattended. It is, therefore, important to hire a professional as soon as the damage is done.

Thorough Inspection

Inspection is the first step towards the restoration of your home after fire and smoke damage. With the extent of damage documented, the experts like JP Maguire, will come up with a cleaning plan to restore your property.

Restoration companies have a team of experts trained to handle all technical issues in your home resulting from fire damage. These certified experts comb through the house to ascertain the extent of destruction and determine the best steps to begin reconstruction.

There may also be water damage from the fire being extinguished. Most homeowners don’t know that 98% of homes with basements experience some form of water damage. If you belong to this category, restoration experts will repair the water damage and help to prevent further damage from occurring.

Trained and Skilled Staff

Unlike ordinary cleaners, fire damage repair contractors have a specialized team of skilled and highly-trained staff. The employees at JP Maguire are professional and knowledgeable, thanks to the many hours of training they have undergone. Communication is one of the special skills they train for as part of the overall customer service experience.

Additionally, experienced firms do not take chances with the workers they hire. The employees are vetted according to specific principles and company guidelines to ensure a certain level of integrity and a solid work ethic. The main focus of these workers is to renew your property and make sure you are back in your home as soon as possible.

Thorough Cleaning

The best way to reverse smoke damage is with intense and thorough cleaning. Smoke and ash from a recently extinguished fire can be an obstacle for amateur cleaners. In the case of experienced professionals, they know what to do when such situations arise.

The deep cleaning process must target smoke odor and ash particles settled on surfaces. If the ash is left unattended, it is likely to destroy surfaces due to its acidic properties.

Although the workers will have performed an inspection at the beginning of the cleaning engagement, a second round of assessment may be necessary. This kind of thorough evaluation is something you will not see in ordinary cleaning services.

Professional fire damage repair contractors take their cleaning work seriously, and nothing is left to chance. The second round of assessment is meant to ascertain the quality of services provided and ensure that all surfaces are dry to avoid any mold problems in your refurbished property.

Final Word

Accidental fire is rare, but when it happens, the damage can be enormous. Whether it is an electrical fault or a mishap in the kitchen, the faster you act the better. You can bank on the quick response of fire damage restoration companies like JP Maguire. For more information on smoke damage cleanup in CT, contact us today.

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