Saturday, December 18, 2010

Relatives That Smoke But Not On Purpose!

That's right, they don't smoke on purpose because it's their house that smoked. Last week my 2nd cousin Steve in Austin decided to make a deep fried turkey, like I often do. The only differences between myself frying a bird and Steve is that I don't use propane and if I did I wouldn't do it on my back porch. See where I'm going with this folks? The good news is that the house he owns with his wife Danielle and their 2 sons(I hope they don't learn to cook from daddy) is still in one piece but a bit dark in a few spots and smells like a wood smoker has been placed in the kitchen. Oh joy, Danielle is off her chain over this because that house 'was' here pride and joy for the past 8 years. I've been searching around for them for some restoration companies because their insurance agent is as useful as a piece of dried wood. I found a few that can handle smoke damage austin area servicing and clean fire damage austin area as well. I suppose I should also try to find Steve a cooking teacher as well.

I really feel bad for Danni and the kids though as it's been a huge disruption in their lives, not to mention the scare they had not knowing if they were going to have a home to go back to after the fire. Fortunately, the austin fire dept did a remarkable job in suppressing the conflagration and kept the damage isolated to the kitchen area of the house. However, smoke knows no boundaries when it comes to permeating the walls and furniture in adjacent rooms. That brings me to the final, and most effected, area being the smoke damage. I don't know how bad it is as I haven't been able to get to see them since the fire but I do remember when the downstairs kitchen of the 2 family house I grew up in in the north caught fire. Even the upstairs smelled like smoke for weeks and there was no damage at all on our floor. The steam cleaning restoration company I found can clean smoke damage austin residents have said and Texans are a pretty tight bunch when it comes to taking care of their own.

I'm going to try to take a drive to see how they're doing after the holidays when I can get a few days off from work and lend a hand where needed. I know the pro's can do it better than I can but every little bit helps, especially when it come to family in need.

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