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When Your Home Needs Water Damage Repair

5/17/2019 (Permalink)

How Water Damage Occurs

Water Damage occurs for any number of reasons and sometimes it goes on long before you notice it. The most common ways in which water damage occurs are the following:

  • Pipes – Leaking, burst, or cracked pipes are common in homes, especially older homes where pipes might need replacing. Spots with prior repairs are more susceptible to future damage with time and use. Weather changes and weakened areas of pipe can all lead to water damage in your homes.
  • Flooding – Flooding whether caused by heavy rain, plumbing failures, or groundwater exposure, causes extensive damage and affects many surfaces and items in your home from the floor to ceiling including electrical outlets, TV’s and appliances, and furniture.
  • Basements and Crawlspaces - Accumulating water can sit and collect in damp and cool places like a basement or crawlspace. 

Results of Unrepaired Water Damage

Even the smallest amount of water damage can lead to deteriorating housing materials and fungal growth like mold. Mold loves to multiply in damp, moist, and dark locations. Areas in your home that were not properly cleaned and dried are perfect hosts for mold. Humid locations are especially susceptible to mold growth. Mold spores are also airborne, spread quickly, and toxic to your health.

You Have Water Damage. Now What?

First, when accessing if you should attempt water damage repair before calling a professional also determine whether it is safe to remain in your home. The biggest concern is your electrical system and the potentials for injury from slipping. Then,

  • The sooner you clean the better. If the water damage is manageable and your safety in check, begin the clean-up process right away.
  • Water is heavy. Removing water logged and soaking wet items is a laborious task, therefore be aware of your own abilities and safety when removing wet items.
  • Leave your vacuum in the closet. Your household vacuum is not equipped to handle water removal. Use a mop and bucket, or another absorbent cloth, to soak up and dispose of the water manually. Blot rugs and furniture with absorbent material to soak up the water.
  • Hang up those wet fabrics. Leaving any fabric material soaking in water is a fungus breeding ground. Remove cushions, curtains, blankets, and throw rugs to dry elsewhere.
  • Keep those appliances and electronics off. Your electronics could have water damage where you cannot see it.
  • Clean up. Clean up and remove everything from the waterlogged area that isn’t bolted in place.

Leaving any water damaged areas unrepaired leads to further damage and toxic living situations.

Lastly, call a well-trained water restoration professional with industrial equipment to ensure water damage repairs happen immediately and properly. A water damage professional handles the entire repair process from removing the water to ensuring everything in your home is dry; preventing mold growth and further material damage, protecting your health and making your home safe again.

Will You Be Ready When Disaster Strikes?

5/17/2019 (Permalink)

If a disaster strikes, will you be ready?

 It is important to prepare before a disaster occurs; one way to do that is by building a basic emergency kit.  The following items are recommended for your kit.

  1. Water, one gallon per person per day
  2. Food, non-perishable 3 day-supply
  3. Manual can opener
  4. Battery operated radio, preferably an NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries
  5. Flashlight and extra batteries
  6. First aid kit
  7. Whistle to signal for help
  8. Clothing
  9. Dust masks or bandanas
  10. Plastic sheeting, garbage bags, and duct tape
  11. Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities, if necessary
  12. Local maps
  13. Hygiene items
  14. Important documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification, and bank account information
  15. Cash
  16. Fire extinguisher

Emergencies can happen anytime to anyone.  Take action now to protect yourself and your property. 

Tips To Prevent Water Damage

5/10/2019 (Permalink)

Prevent Water Damage in Your Home

Water damage is something no one wants to deal with, large or small. It can wreak havoc in your home or business, and the cleanup required can be both time consuming and expensive, especially in cases where large areas are effected, or damage that later results in mold. When water damage occurs, it not only compromises part, if not all, of the structure of the dwelling, but the furnishings, appliances, collectibles and a number of other things. 

Many times water damage comes from leaky or busted water pipes in a bathroom or kitchen. In the bathroom, there are a few simple things you can do to possibly prevent future problems. For one thing, if you don't have an exhaust fan, install one. Steam and humidity that results from your baths and showers provide a perfect environment for mold to grow; exhaust fans will control this. Also, watch for stains or spots forming on the walls that could indicate leaking pipes behind the sheet rock or other wall coverings. You might want to repair the grout or chalking around your tub, shower, or toilet that is beginning to get loose, especially if you are noticing small puddles of water around these areas. 

Though you cannot see below the tiles, the moisture could be causing damage to the wood flooring beneath. If this is happening, it could also be a breeding ground for wood damaging insects. One other thing you definitely need to do is check the pipes located under the counters in not only the bathroom, but kitchen as well. Since you have to get down on your knees and move items that may be stored in front of, or under them, you don't know there is a problem until it is too late. If you see the fittings, or the pipes are getting rusty and worn, you should replace them. 

Here are a few significant and handy protection tips: 

  • Check to make sure the water hoses running from the washing machine are in good repair 
  • Dishwashers should be checked regularly as they have a high potential to leak. Installing steel braided hoses on appliances may be worth looking into. 
  • Pipes and connections should be checked regularly 
  • Avoid flushing foreign objects down the toilet 
  • Remember to clean out roof gutters as this is a major cause of water damage 

If water damage has already occurred, here are some tips to help minimize damage: 

  • Turn off the source of the water intrusion 
  • Remove furniture and rugs off the floor or they may leave permanent stains 
  • Avoid lifting up carpets from edges as this may cause shrinkage which is virtually impossible to repair. 
  • Use foil to put between furniture legs and carpet 
  • Wipe down your furniture 
  • Don't use an ordinary vacuum cleaner to suck up water 
  • Put down towels and mop to soak up excess water 
  • Turn on air conditioning to dehumidify air and turn on fans (if safe to do so) 
  • Call an IICRC qualified water damage business as soon as possible.

Preparing Your Home for Flood Damage

5/1/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Preparing Your Home for Flood Damage This customer's basement was flooded by ground water through a window.

How to Protect Your Home from Flood Damage in the Future

  • Consider flood insurance (especially if you live in areas where weather-related flooding is common). Government-issued disaster assistance doesn’t always cover the cost of damage from a flood, so it’s important to consider a supplemental insurance policy.
  • Bring appliances such as utilities, broilers, window air conditioning units and other HVAC equipment to higher ground if possible, as these items are particularly vulnerable to flood damage.
  • Hire a trusted plumber to install a sewage water backstop or sump pump. Some cities offer programs to fund the installation of these types of valves. Check with your local official to see if this is offered in your area.
  • Fill any holes or cracks in foundation with caulk or patching to prevent potential leaks.

Making a Water Damage Claim

5/1/2019 (Permalink)

3 Things Homeowners Should Know About Making A Water Damage Claim

1. Understand What Is Covered

When damage has already occurred to a home, it’s often not possible to change your insurance plan immediately after the fact. Choosing an insurance policy that will cover common types of damage is generally helpful. By knowing what your insurance policy will cover, you can be more prepared for a disaster, and you can quickly make a claim and spend less time worrying about the financial aspect of the damage.

2. Documentation Is Key

After you’ve made the insurance claim, your insurance company will likely request documentation in order to know how to compensate you. Many insurance companies send an adjuster to photograph the damage that has occurred from the bursting pipes or flooding. However, it can also be useful for you to provide additional documentation to the insurance adjuster and your insurance policy, as more information can often be useful.

3. Time Matters

After a claim has been made, the next priority is to the issue and clean your home. However, spending time attempting to fix a broken pipe or trying to clean your home on your own can be both time-consuming and hazardous. Standing water can cause structural damage and can result in mold growth, making it important to quickly clean your home. Making the most of the time you have and calling in professionals is often the best way to ensure your home doesn’t become more damaged.

Understanding what insurance policies tend to cover, knowing how to document the effects of bursting pipes or a flood and understanding the importance of reacting quickly can make the claims process easier. Homeowners with damaged homes might find it helpful to contact water damage restoration experts.

TIPS TO AVOID PIPE BURSTS

2/27/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage TIPS TO AVOID PIPE BURSTS Tips to avoid pipe bursts

TIPS TO AVOID PIPE BURSTS


When temperatures drop, pipes can freeze. Freezing water expands and cold pipes contract. The result, pipe bursts and water damage.  Follow these tips to keep your house safe this winter:
 

  1. Disconnect outdoor hoses & cover spigots with insulated covers
  2. Drain in-ground sprinkler systems
  3. Show family members where the water main is and how to shut it off
  4. Insulate pipes in unheated spaces
  5. Caulk around holes where pipes come through walls
  6. Stop cold air in your crawlspace by closing vents & sealing cracks
  7. When it drop below freezing, keep your faucets lightly dripping.
  8. Keep house temperatures above 55 & don’t turn it down before travelling
  9. Open cabinet doors so air can keep pipes warm
  10. Keep a light on in crawlspaces, attics & well houses

When Your Home Needs Water Damage Repair

3/31/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage When Your Home Needs Water Damage Repair When Your Home Needs Water Damage Repair

How Water Damage Occurs

Water Damage occurs for any number of reasons and sometimes it goes on long before you notice it. The most common ways in which water damage occurs are the following:

  • Pipes – Leaking, burst, or cracked pipes are common in homes, especially older homes where pipes might need replacing. Spots with prior repairs are more susceptible to future damage with time and use. Weather changes and weakened areas of pipe can all lead to water damage in your homes.
  • Flooding – Flooding whether caused by heavy rain, plumbing failures, or groundwater exposure, causes extensive damage and affects many surfaces and items in your home from the floor to ceiling including electrical outlets, TV’s and appliances, and furniture.
  • Basements and Crawlspaces - Accumulating water can sit and collect in damp and cool places like a basement or crawlspace. 

Results of Unrepaired Water Damage

Even the smallest amount of water damage can lead to deteriorating housing materials and fungal growth like mold. Mold loves to multiply in damp, moist, and dark locations. Areas in your home that were not properly cleaned and dried are perfect hosts for mold. Humid locations are especially susceptible to mold growth. Mold spores are also airborne, spread quickly, and toxic to your health.

You Have Water Damage. Now What?

First, when accessing if you should attempt water damage repair before calling a professional also determine whether it is safe to remain in your home. The biggest concern is your electrical system and the potentials for injury from slipping. Then,

  • The sooner you clean the better. If the water damage is manageable and your safety in check, begin the clean-up process right away.
  • Water is heavy. Removing water logged and soaking wet items is a laborious task, therefore be aware of your own abilities and safety when removing wet items.
  • Leave your vacuum in the closet. Your household vacuum is not equipped to handle water removal. Use a mop and bucket, or another absorbent cloth, to soak up and dispose of the water manually. Blot rugs and furniture with absorbent material to soak up the water.
  • Hang up those wet fabrics. Leaving any fabric material soaking in water is a fungus breeding ground. Remove cushions, curtains, blankets, and throw rugs to dry elsewhere.
  • Keep those appliances and electronics off. Your electronics could have water damage where you cannot see it.
  • Clean up. Clean up and remove everything from the waterlogged area that isn’t bolted in place.

Leaving any water damaged areas unrepaired leads to further damage and toxic living situations.

Lastly, call a well-trained water restoration professional with industrial equipment to ensure water damage repairs happen immediately and properly. A water damage professional handles the entire repair process from removing the water to ensuring everything in your home is dry; preventing mold growth and further material damage, protecting your health and making your home safe again.