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Protecting Electronics From Cold Temperatures

Electronics need special care during the cold weather months. Winter temperatures can wreak havoc on electronics is they are not properly taken care of. While our team of experts advises against leaving any type of electronics in a cold car, the reality is that at one time or another, most of us have been guilty of forgetting a smartphone, laptop, or one of the many other devices that make their way into our cars. In addition to reducing your batteries performance, cold temperatures can cause the device to modify its own ability to regulate temperature. Exposure to colder temperatures will slow down the battery’s electric currents and that in turn speeds up the rate at which it releases its charge. It also provides an environment that encourages condensation that can damage your hard drive. Our team of experts offers these tips for handling a potential disaster due to cold weather conditions: 1. Before starting up your cold laptop or another device, bring it to room temperature to prevent damage to the hard drive. 2. Replace a phone with a cracked screen. If you have ever had a cracked windshield, you’ve noticed that in the cold weather, the crack most likely expanded. The same thing happens to the glass on your phone. If you apply too much pressure, it is possible that the crack will expand and possibly break. Working with a cracked screen is dangerous and should be avoided. 3. If you drop your smartphone or mini in the snow, take it indoors immediately and remove the battery so it can’t ruin electric circuits. Never remove the battery while...

Flooded Basement?

Basement flooding is a common issue, it generally catches you completely off guard. Any type or size of water damage can be a weary and traumatic experience, but finding reputable water damage restoration services should not have to be a difficult process. If it is something that you have never encountered before, you may not know where to begin the repair process. If you take the time to explore your options prior to an emergency, you will definitely be a step ahead. The process of restoring your basement to its pre-damaged state is referred to as water damage restoration (mitigation) services. Industry authorities agree that damages can be greatly reduced if water damage restoration services begin quickly. We understand that with so many restoration companies out there, it is hard to know how to choose which one will be the right one for you? Below are some tips aimed at helping you in selecting the right professional for your water restoration needs. First, make sure to select a water damage restoration service company that is licensed and insured. A trustworthy restoration company will hire technicians who are certified by the Institute of Inspection, who have cleaning and restoration certification or a similar professional certificate (IICRC). Choose a water damage restoration service that is capable to deliver local referrals. Word of mouth is still the most consistent marketing technique there is. Ask around, chances are your family, neighbors or friends have been pleased with a company’s water damage restoration service that has been done for them, chances are that you’ll be satisfied with their service as well. Also, check to be...

Hoarding: Not Your Typical Insurance or Restoration Job

Our homes, offices, cars, and businesses can all get a little cluttered from time-to-time. Typically, within an hours’ time and some quick organizing, we can get things straightened up and things put away. At that point it is then back to life as normal. But what happened when clutter becomes hoarding? What are the safety risks? Studies show that compulsive hoarding affects up to 6 percent of the population in the United States (that is approximately 19 million Americans). Hoarding is classified as a mental disorder that can be genetic, it could be triggered by a traumatic event, or another disorder, such as depression, obsessive compulsive disorder or dementia. Studies suggest that hoarding usually begins in early adolescence and will generally get worse as a person ages. So what exactly is hoarding and what are the characteristics of a hoarder? There are different types of hoarders, the pack rat, the collector, and the all-out hoarder. However, they all have essentially the same characteristics. They have an intense emotional attachment to the things they collect. Others around them could very likely see the things as trivial, but not the hoarder. Another characteristic is that hoarders see the items that they collect as having the possibility of being very useful one day. Because hoarders accumulate so many possessions that congest living or work areas to the point that they can no longer be used or lived in, hoarders have created a host of fire safety risks to themselves, others who come into the home and the fire and emergency response teams. Compulsive hoarding presents a serious fire hazard because exits like...

Property Managers and Realtors- Free CE Credits

Are you in need of Continuing Education Credits?   FREE Property Manager Self-Defense Tactical Training CE Course Dynamic Self Defense Realtor Self Defense Tactical Training CE Course November 8, 2017 Course Syllabus: – Realtor Self Defense Tactical Training                  3 Credited Hours Instructor: Master Scott Mulhollen Location: Thompson Builders: 3333 Refugee Rd. Columbus, OH 43232 Hours:  10:00 AM – 1:30 PM (Registration to begin at 9:15 am) Course Description: 10:00 – 11:00 – Understanding the limitations and know how of applying applicable safety steps when showing a residence to a perspective buyer. 11:00 – 11:30 – Create useful preventive maintenance techniques within the restrictions of the surrounding environment and personal abilities. 11:30 – 12:00 – Break for Lunch 12:00 – 1:00 – Learn and practice useful tools of defense including proper targeting areas of the body and proper attacking mechanics. Begin working close quarter tactics that require a physical response to defend and escape. 1:00 – 1:30 – Conclude working on close quarter tactics that require a physical response to defend and escape including such scenarios involving a weapon* attack. *This course will NOT involve teaching the student how to use a weapon (stun guns, pepper spray, pistol etc) rather how to disarm in case a weapon is used on them.   Course Objective: This course is intended to improve the students’ knowledge of practical self defense tactics dealing with potential issues in the real estate field and to affectively apply taught skills. To register for this class please contact Michelle Hoffman- ResQ 24 at 614-206-2993 or by email at...

Restoring Your Home After Experience a Flooded Basement

When your home has been affected by a flooded basement or any other type if water damage, you may be tempted to want to throw everything in the trash and start over. Water damage can have devastating effects and can be difficult to clean and restore a property to its original state. Fortunately, at ResQ 24, we are experts at restoration from water damage and can help guide you when it comes to restoring your home after any type of water incident. The good news is, plenty of things can be saved and restored after being affected by water. However, a lot of this depends on quick action on the part of the property owner. The longer a home goes without being treated, the worse the damage becomes. Mold begins to grow in the damp environment and can be irreversibly damaging. Mold spores can begin to spread throughout the home and linger in the air, where it can be inhaled and cause negative health effects to the inhabitants. The sooner you act to rid your home of water damage, the better. At ResQ24, we offer 24-hour emergency service, so we can begin the cleanup process. Some things should not be kept after having been subjected to extreme water damage. Things like mattresses, box springs, pillows, particle board and other similar items tend to harbor moisture and foster the growth of microbes. We recommend replacing items like this to prevent illness and the spread of microbes in the future. If you are unsure of whether you should toss something or not, we are happy to consult with you. Water damage in...

Scott Bergstrom Joins Thompson Building

We would like to welcome Scott Bergstrom to the TBA team! Scott has been working in the central Ohio insurance restoration industry since 1989. He has been involved in all aspects of the industry over the past 26 years. Scott has run a contents cleaning division, been a field superintendent and an estimator for Building Unlimited. For four years he was the VP of a small company doing restoration work and apartment rehabs. For the past eight plus years he was an estimator with a prominent contractor here in town. Now he has brought his knowledge and skill to Thompson Building...

Thompson/RESQ24 To Participate in the 2014 Ohio Fire Chiefs Association Event

Thompson/RESQ24, emergency response division of Thompson Building Associates, will participate in the 2014 Ohio Fire Chiefs Association (OFCA) annual conference and trade show, July 24-26 at the Hilton at Easton Towne Center. Thompson/RESQ24 is partnering with Paul Clouser of National Fire Repair in the Youngstown area to exhibit a fire engine restored as a private event/entertainment vehicle, as well as the local Box 15 organization. Box 15 has provided Central Ohio firefighters with vital rehabilitation services such as hydration and nutrition support during large fire incidents since 1947. Thompson/RESQ24 has donated bottled water to Box 15 since 2005. Fire personnel from throughout Ohio will meet in Columbus for this annual conference, attending seminars and viewing exhibits from dozens of vendors and service...

Thompson Building Associates & RESQ24 To Host Annual Fall Golf

Thompson Building Associates and emergency service division RESQ24 will host their annual Fall Golf Outing, Friday, October 10, 2014 at Cumberland Trail Golf Club in Pataskala. This annual event has been popular with the company’s insurance agent, adjuster and property management clients for years. The four player golf scramble will begin at 9:00 a.m. for 18 holes of play, concluding with a picnic lunch hosted by Thompson personnel on Cumberland Trail’s patio. For information on joining Thompson Building Associates & RESQ24 for this outing, please contact Jon Hale at 614-863-9650, or via email at...

Rich King Joins Thompson/RESQ24

Rich King recently joined Team Thompson as General Manager of the RESQ24 Emergency Service division. King joins Emergency Service Manager Mark Mauger and RESQ24’s field crew in offering 24 hour emergency response for property damage caused by fire, water, wind, hail, vehicle impacts – or any type of damage – to both residential and commercial properties throughout Central Ohio. For more information, or assistance, call...

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