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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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Commercial Disinfection Is More Important Than Ever

commercial disinfection

CT commercial property owners have found that commercial disinfection is one of the best ways to reopen with confidence after the COVID-19 outbreak. The biohazard cleaning specialists at JP Maguire have the skill set, equipment, and cleaning solutions required to ensure that your property is safe for everyone.

Historically commercial disinfection services were used as a part of emergency response services after a wide range of events. Today, more business owners are turning to commercial disinfection to prepare their properties for reopening after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Commercial Disinfection Services

There is a big difference between a cleaning service that offers disinfection services and a proper commercial disinfection company. A company like JP Maguire, that focuses on providing true biohazard clean up services like crime scene cleanup, effective mold removal treatments and fire damage clean up, has the tools, know-how, and experience to get the job done correctly.

Disinfection services require specialized equipment, tools and supplies. It is not enough to have a janitorial service or cleaning service clean your commercial or municipal property, especially when it comes to safely reopening your business during the pandemic and helping to combat the spread of COVID-19. JP Maguire uses As part of the Tomi Service Network (TSN), JP Maguire has several trained SteraMist™ technicians that can respond anywhere in Connecticut to promptly disinfect/decontaminate your facility. Using SteraMIst has several advantages over other products including minimizing the downtime of your facility and no harsh chemicals. SteraMist™ is 99.999% effective at deactivating the virus within 7 minutes and because the main component of the process is Hydrogen Peroxide, the only byproduct is oxygen and water vapor rather than harsh and corrosive cleaners. SteraMist™ is safe to use around sensitive electronics and expensive industry specific equipment.

JP Maguire adheres to all OSHA regulations and strictly follows the state and federal guidelines when it comes to disease cleanup and disinfection.

We use CDC and EPA approved cleaners and disinfectants
Fully encapsulated personal protective equipment (PPE) and full-face respirator masks are worn at all times by our technicians

We understand that the health and safety of you, your family, and your employees are on the line and Because of the high exposure risk, biohazard remediation is a specialty service that requires proper training, equipment, certification, and licensing.

JP Maguire is committed to providing our community the information, tools, and assistance to keep everyone safe and healthy.

The Spread of Disease

Whether it is mold remediation or it is an effort to keep COVID-19 from spreading in your workplace, the best approach is to use the professionals that know how to stop the problem right in its tracks.

Before the COVID-19 outbreak, commercial disinfection services, biohazard remediation and other professional cleaning services were important to property owners when they had a specific need. Today, every property owner needs to be prepared to take the proper steps to disinfect their buildings so that their businesses can operate in a safe environment.

Commercial disinfection services provide a level of confidence to business owners trying to reopen safely after COVID-19. When you are ready to reopen your commercial property, you can rest assured that your building is safe for people to return to work. COVID-19 does not have to keep your doors closed. There is a solution that is affordable and effective.

Having the peace of mind knowing that you have taken the steps to thoroughly disinfect your building and keep it safe for the people in it, starts with contacting the professionals that are trusted when it comes to commercial disinfection services – JP Maguire.

Commercial Disinfection: What you Need to Know

Commercial Disinfection Is More Important Than Ever

CT commercial property owners have found that commercial disinfection is one of the best ways to reopen with confidence after the COVID-19 outbreak. The biohazard cleaning specialists at JP Maguire have the skill set, equipment, and cleaning solutions required to ensure that your property is safe for everyone.

Historically commercial disinfection services were used as a part of emergency response services after a wide range of events. Today, more business owners are turning to commercial disinfection to prepare their properties for reopening after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Commercial Disinfection Services

There is a big difference between a cleaning service that offers disinfection services and a proper commercial disinfection company. A company like JP Maguire, that focuses on providing true biohazard clean up services like crime scene cleanup, effective mold removal treatments and fire damage clean up, has the tools, know-how, and experience to get the job done correctly.

Disinfection services require specialized equipment, tools and supplies. It is not enough to have a janitorial service or cleaning service clean your commercial or municipal property, especially when it comes to safely reopening your business during the pandemic and helping to combat the spread of COVID-19. JP Maguire uses As part of the Tomi Service Network (TSN), JP Maguire has several trained SteraMist™ technicians that can respond anywhere in Connecticut to promptly disinfect/decontaminate your facility. Using SteraMIst has several advantages over other products including minimizing the downtime of your facility and no harsh chemicals. SteraMist™ is 99.999% effective at deactivating the virus within 7 minutes and because the main component of the process is Hydrogen Peroxide, the only byproduct is oxygen and water vapor rather than harsh and corrosive cleaners. SteraMist™ is safe to use around sensitive electronics and expensive industry specific equipment.

JP Maguire adheres to all OSHA regulations and strictly follows the state and federal guidelines when it comes to disease cleanup and disinfection.

  • We use CDC and EPA approved cleaners and disinfectants
  • Fully encapsulated personal protective equipment (PPE) and full-face respirator masks are worn at all times by our technicians

We understand that the health and safety of you, your family, and your employees are on the line and Because of the high exposure risk, biohazard remediation is a specialty service that requires proper training, equipment, certification, and licensing.

JP Maguire is committed to providing our community the information, tools, and assistance to keep everyone safe and healthy.

The Spread of Disease

Whether it is mold remediation or it is an effort to keep COVID-19 from spreading in your workplace, the best approach is to use the professionals that know how to stop the problem right in its tracks.

Before the COVID-19 outbreak, commercial disinfection services, biohazard remediation and other professional cleaning services were important to property owners when they had a specific need. Today, every property owner needs to be prepared to take the proper steps to disinfect their buildings so that their businesses can operate in a safe environment.

Commercial disinfection services provide a level of confidence to business owners trying to reopen safely after COVID-19. When you are ready to reopen your commercial property, you can rest assured that your building is safe for people to return to work. COVID-19 does not have to keep your doors closed. There is a solution that is affordable and effective.

Having the peace of mind knowing that you have taken the steps to thoroughly disinfect your building and keep it safe for the people in it, starts with contacting the professionals that are trusted when it comes to commercial disinfection services – JP Maguire.

To learn more about our services, email us
or call us today at

877-576-2484

Trauma Cleaning

When Do You Need Trauma Cleaning Specialists?

No one thinks a terrible tragedy will happen to them or to someone in their family. Many people are not prepared for something horrific to happen in their home or in the home of a loved one, like a crime scene or a traumatic accident. Unfortunately in life, sometimes truly terrible things do happen. When they do, you need trauma cleaning specialists to help you during this difficult time. Trauma scene cleanup is a taboo subject that many people don’t want to talk about because it’s so unpleasant, but it’s often a reality that people are forced to face. If it happens to you, do you know what you need to do?

What Can Trauma Cleaning Specialists Do?

Trauma cleaning specialists professionally clean a biohazardous scene. They know how to handle the disposal of biohazardous materials, such as human fluids, and effectively remove all signs of biological contaminants that may pose serious health issues.

Even if you don’t plan on living in your home anymore or you are otherwise preparing a property to be sold, you will need trauma cleaning specialists in order to make the space safely inhabitable again. These professionals are trained to handle multiple types of traumatic events that can happen to a property, whether it’s caused by human or by natural causes.

It’s just as important to use a professional service to clean up a trauma scene as it is when dealing with other traumatic events (such as a severe fire or flooding). Specialists in trauma cleanup know how to remove blood, bodily fluids, and other potential blood borne pathogens that may present a hazard to others.  Some trauma cleanup specialists will recommend you to other professionals for reconstruction if there has been too much damage done for cleanup. At JP Maguire, we handle the entire job, including the reconstruction if necessary. We will take care of rebuilding your home or building to the same or better condition than it was before the event.  

This professional expertise of biohazard remediation is extremely important after a trauma event because Federal Regulation state that no employee can be placed in a position to be exposed to a blood spill without first receiving blood borne pathogen training, having written BBP exposure control plan and having been provided personal protective equipment.  JP Maguire ensures these regulations are being met with and works with state ana local law enforcement agencies, fire departments, and EMS throughout Connecticut performing cleaning and disinfection of emergency vehicles, cruisers, jail cells, uniforms, and equipment.

Do You Have a Trauma Scene to Contend With?

What qualifies as a trauma scene that would require the professional aid of trauma cleaning specialists? If your property is contaminated with biological or detrimental health materials, these professional cleaners can help you decontaminate and restore the area back to its original condition. If you’ve been through a traumatic event, you’ve already been through enough. Make the next step as easy on yourself as possible by hiring trauma cleaning specialists who can take care of the matter quickly.

If you’re not sure if your property qualifies for the services provided by trauma cleaning specialists, call and speak to us. Describe your problem and, if possible, send pictures. We can tell you if you need a trauma cleaning service or not, depending on the issue you describe. Once we know more about your problem, we can give you an idea of the time required to clean your property and even give you an idea of how much it’s going to cost. Moreover, we know which regulations need to be followed after a traumatic incident to ensure that law enforcement or insurance agencies have the information they need prior to clean-up. For more information, please contact us at JP Maguire today. 1-877-JPMAGUIRE (1-877-576-2484) or fill out this contact form and we will call you back as soon as possible!

What we can do to keep you safe

JP Maguire and Tomi SteraMist can help when you need it.

The health and well being of all of our clients, friends, and families is of utmost concern to JP Maguire Associates. As you know from the news, Covid-19 or Coronavirus has become more widespread and therefore a concern for everyone. Our thoughts are with those who are affected. We want to share some information with you about keeping those around you safe as well as our capabilities to help you, should the need arise.

What you should be doing right now:

The CDC has outlined specific guidelines that we should all follow on a regular basis to keep ourselves and those around us safe and healthy. They include:

  • Actively encourage sick people to stay home:
    • people who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness are recommended to stay home and not come until they are free of fever
  • Separate sick people:
    • CDC recommends that anyone who appear to have acute respiratory illness symptoms (i.e. cough, shortness of breath) upon arrival to your facility or become sick during the day should be separated from others and be sent home immediately.
  • Emphasize staying home when sick, respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene by all who visit your facilities:

    • Place posters that encourage staying home when sickcough and sneeze etiquette, and hand hygieneat the entrance to your workplace and in other workplace areas where they are likely to be seen.
    • Provide tissues and no-touch disposal receptacles for use by anyone in your facilities.
    • Instruct people to clean their hands often with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60-95% alcohol, or wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Soap and water should be used preferentially if hands are visibly dirty.
    • Provide soap and water and alcohol-based hand rubs. Ensure that adequate supplies are maintained. Place hand rubs in multiple locations or in conference rooms to encourage hand hygiene.
  • Perform routine environmental cleaning:
    • Routinely clean all frequently touched surfaces such as workstations, countertops, and doorknobs. Use the cleaning agents that are usually used in these areas and follow the directions on the label.

What should you do if you have an exposure in your facility?

First thing… do not panic. Having a plan in place ahead of time is the first step to mitigating any further exposures and keeping everyone who uses your facility as safe as possible. Your plan should include a company with the tools and technology that is capable of handling a biohazard clean up on a large scale.

Similar to Influenza A, Coronavirus is an enveloped virus. While this would often serve to protect the virus from possible threats, SteraMist features efficacy against Influenza A and other enveloped viruses, including Coronavirus. Tomi (the manufacturer of SteraMist) has EPA studies to meet the standards to respond to emerging pathogens in the enveloped and non-enveloped categories. This includes SARS, MERS, and Covid-19 the current Coronavirus outbreak.

As part of the Tomi Service Network (TSN), JP Maguire has several trained SteraMist technicians that can respond anywhere in Connecticut to promptly disinfect/decontaminate your facility. Using SteraMIst has several advantages over other products including minimizing the downtime of your facility and no harsh chemicals. SteraMist is 99.999% effective at deactivating the virus within 7 minutes and because the main component of the process is Hydrogen Peroxide, the only byproduct is oxygen and water vapor rather than harsh and corrosive cleaners. SteraMist is safe to use around sensitive electronics and expensive industry specific equipment.

JP Maguire is committed to providing our community the information, tools, and assistance to keep everyone safe and healthy. Do not hesitate to contact whenever you need us. As always we are available 24/7.

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