beach music in the park



For all our friends, both old and new, 1st Aide Restoration is very proud to be an annual sponsor for the Children’s Home Society in any way possible. Here it comes again!

Come visit our tent, grab some refreshments and put your dancing shoes on!!!


May 21-June 25

Thursday Evenings, 5:30- 8:30 p.m.

Commerce Place

Located between Friendly Ave. and Bellemeade St.

Tickets are $7.00 and can be purchased at the gate.

2015 Concert Lineup
May 21 Sleeping Booty
May 28 The Embers
June 4 The Entertainers
June 11 Too Much Sylvia
June 18 Eric & the Chilltones
June 25 Liquid Pleasure


Frozen Pipes

With last week’s freezing weather, we continue to be a little busy removing water from burst pipes and mitigating the damage.   From commercial to residential property, we can help you!


Such a good reason to wake in the morning and go to work!  Anne P Letter Anne P 2

Children’s Home Society – Beach Music in the Park

HP Beach Music Logo

Back for another month!  Those who know us are familiar with our close connection to both the Children’s Home Society of NC and Beach Music!  Check out September’s schedule and information below!  SEE YOU THERE!!!

September 4-September 25

Ilderton Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep 

701 S. Main St. 

High Point, NC  27260

*Free parking is available at the Zaki Rug building and the Atrium.  Both lots are on S. Main Street next to the beach music venue at Ilderton Dodge.

Thursday Evenings, 5:30- 8:30 p.m.

Tickets are $7.00 and can be purchased at the gate

No pets or coolers are allowed inside the gate


September 4The Embers featuring Craig Woolard
September 11JayBird and Soul Central
September 18Band of Oz
September 25Special Occasion

Do I Need a Licensed General Contractor for a Fire?

Let’s discuss a major problem, be it large or small – FIRE!

Small Residential  Fire:  The homeowner left a pan of grease heating on the range unattended for only a moment and that’s all it took. The range hood was damaged, adjacent cabinets were damaged beyond repair and required replacement.  The refrigerator was burned on its side and had to be replaced.  Unfortunately, the entire home was impacted by smoke residue. Everything visible had to be cleaned in every room.   Cleaning included the ceiling, light fixtures, walls, window blinds as well as the windows, doors and all room contents.    Draperies, rugs, clothing and pillows required dry cleaning.  All upholstered furniture, carpet and hard goods needed cleaning.  Paint was required in some rooms even after cleaning as smoke residue left some staining on the walls and ceiling. All in all, for just a little grease pan fire, this job took about 4 weeks to complete:  Initial estimate -> reaching an agreed price with the insurance company -> execution of the job -> a satisfied customer.   Thankfully, no one was injured and we always try to help the homeowner see an opportunity in a tragedy –  a small remodel/update perhaps? 

Large Commercial Fire:  Picture this – a 22,500 square foot facility with 7,500 square feet used to warehouse paper products. The remaining 15,000 square feet dedicated to office/computer space and the life blood of a national company.  Faulty wiring in a parked truck located in the warehouse caused the warehouse to be completely gutted, steel structures cleaned, primed and painted with new insulation and interior finishes.  Even though a fire wall separated the warehouse from the office areas, the impact from smoke was substantial. These folks had a choice to make – some serious business interruption (loss of income and customers) or, relying upon our expertise, we could call in a small army of people and equipment – which was their choice.  With a team of 8 technicians responding on a Friday morning, power was returned to the facility just after lunchtime and the computer network servers were turned back on by close of business. On Saturday, our 26 technician team worked through the weekend to process 15,000 square feet so that work could resume on Monday at its normal pace. Every desk, every computer station, every chair, every personal item was cleaned.  We deployed our specialized equipment which reduced the odor from smoke to an almost non-existent level.  This fire had the potential to affect all employees at every corporate level.  We were able to minimize the impact and help this company return to work in the space of a few days. Although this project was well into six figures, the cost of returning the facility to working order was priceless.

So even from something seemingly small to something of major magnitude it is CRITICAL to have competent and qualified people getting you back to “normal.” Getting rid of the smoke odor is the primary goal and a thorough cleaning is the actual benefit. We often tell clients their home or place of business will never be as clean again. But that’s only part of the solution. It’s important to understand what repairs are necessary and to perform the repairs correctly. A licensed General Contractor well versed in this kind of work, like 1st Aide Restoration, Inc. can easily provide this service.

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Humpty Dumpty Put Back Together Again!

Big tree removed - no chimney.


As many of you know, we take not only a professional interest, but personal interest as well in many of our customers and we have a new favorite customer to add to our list!  As these photos reflect, a massive storm passed through and left a huge tree in the middle of the living room – what was outside was now inside and what was inside was either covered in rafters, insulation, attic items or roof.

Rock wool insulation - EVERYWHERE! This room did NOT have an open cathedral ceiling prior to the storm  Dangling ceiling light - scary

This type of major damage, unfortunately, causes great consternation for both the homeowner and the insurance company.  Although the homeowner’s clock starts ticking, some insurance companies are less than rapid to respond, creating an even greater problem when waiting on adjusters and prices and work to get started!

Once the insurance company decides a claim is warranted, an adjuster (maybe several)  examines the damage, a cost is agreed to and the contractor can begin the repairs.  In the interim, we performed a complete pack-out of the home, cleaned all items and moved them to storage without a guarantee of payment from the insurance company – a risk we often take.

In many cases, the repair agreement can take a while to reach, depending upon what the insurance company feels is justified, such as a consultation with structural engineers, building code upgrades, and believe it or not, a firm quote from us regarding how many dumpster hauls will be required for the repair!

For two months, our customer was living in temporary housing and an agreement was still in negotiation without repairs starting.  Please understand, the goal of many insurance companies is to provide customer service.  Some insurance companies would prefer the homeowner to fix the damage themselves free of charge.  Thus the conundrum.

Good news cometh in drips – we began repairs without an agreed price and eventually worked out the details with the insurance company.  It’s often hard to believe that someone behind a desk hundreds of miles away thinks they can run a project better and more efficiently than the contractor on site while the homeowner is temporarily “homeless.”  It can happen.

Once approved, actual repairs took about 2 months and our customer is back home!  A few updates were performed to boot and we think the home turned out great!!!  Take a look at some of the “before and after” photos below!

For the patience, time and effort, blood, sweat and tears required, we thank you and…



Leslie and Tom!!

Notice the cracked ceiling drywall...  We like the look of the new inset over the sink - Thank you Danny!

There went the den...  Yea!  A clean den!

Here goes the update!    Looks brand new!

Yes, that's part of the ceiling and a magnitude of insulation covering everythng!    Nice new bookcase area


mold on ceiling fan, mold damage, mold removal


Summer months in the South bring lots of heat, droopy hair, lazy dogs, sunburns and humidity.  Enough said? Your property can have moisture intrusion through condensation on ductwork in attics or crawlspaces, condensation drain pan drains can become clogged, and if you are availing yourself of the opportunity to open your windows on less than hot days, you are letting moisture/humidity from the outside into your home.  We all know that homes built in recent years are much better insulated than older homes and when warmer weather returns and the air conditioner is turned back on, moisture is already in your house. GOOD IDEA?  While on vacation, turn your washing machine valves off, keep your HVAC running at an acceptable temperature and have someone check your place on a regular basis.

The photo below reflects only a very small ceiling area of a recent project where a water heater from a condo unit above leaked into a unit below while everyone was on vacation for two weeks.  The results are obvious.  The entire project was EXTREMELY EXPENSIVE to remediate. Don’t let this happen to you.  Call us!Black Mold - another ceiling



If you have water intrusion and it’s NOT a plumbing leak or from a roof damaged by a storm, and it’s a result of the excessive rain we’re having, it’s probably not covered by your homeowners insurance.  You can always call your agent for advice.  Depending on what gets wet, a finished basement, for instance,  you still need to have this problem taken care of by a professional.  You do want to avoid a possibility of mold or fungal growth, as this can affect your health.    Call us if you need a professional – we can make suggestions and help you determine the right course of action.  Stay dry!


CHILDREN’S HOME SOCIETY – Beach Music in the Park

ok folks – Back again by popular demand!  Our VERY FAVORITE VOLUNTEER/SPONSOR EVENT starts TONIGHT and runs through the end of June!  Please bring a lawn chair and support one of the most genuine and heart felt causes in North Carolina!  Dancing, Food and Drink – what better way to spend a Thursday night under the stars and support the children!