How to protect your home or business against severe weather

Natural disasters are by their very nature and not preventable. A certain level of preparation may be possible but in general the long-standing preparations you set in motion are what you have on hand during a natural disaster. Is your home or business prepared for a flood or fire? It’s not possible to prepare for everything but you can take certain steps to prepare not only yourself but also the building in which you live and work for what’s coming.

• Fires can begin instantaneously and with little to no warning. You and your family should already have a dedicated fire escape plan so that were the worst to happen you would know exactly what to do. You should set up a place outside of your home or business to meet in case of a fire. You should make sure regularly that your smoke alarms are fully charged. You should of course tell everyone to crawl low to the ground when Exeter in a building filled with smoke. This will reduce the amount of smoke that they inhale.
• Floods generally give you a bit of a warning before they appear and it’s during this grace period that you can prepare. Create a barrier between doors and windows leading into your house and the outside hopefully this will cause the water to run away from your. Shut off electricity to your home in case of a flood. This will reduce the chance of the water reaching the wires of your home and potentially electrocuting you.

Can you save your water damage laminate floors?

 

Unfortunately the answer is no. If you approach a company and they tell you that they can either they discovered the power of magic or you should call someone else. The reason why the floors cannot be saved after its immortal damages this, the top layer of laminate floors is made of paper. Everyone knows that happens the paper when it gets wet. It gets crinkly and starts to swell and never goes back to its previous condition. The same is true for laminate floors. The first thing you should do with laminate floors that had water been damaged is tear them out. The longer you leave it the more likely that the subfloor will be damaged beneath it.

 

The subfloor below must be cleaned and dried as soon as possible in order prevents the growth of mold. It can grow very rapidly and the longer you wait to have the fraud dealt with the more likely going to have this problem. Mold has been known to cause several major health issues and should never be taken lightly.

 

The removal of the laminate floors and the cleaning of the subfloor should be handled by a water damage restoration company. These trained professionals will have not only the equipment necessary to clean it but also the experience that will help them get the job done properly. It’s not worth your while to attempt cleanup yourself because it’s the subfloor is not fully dried and you lay down and new layer of flooring above it the damage will only get worse over time.

Flood versus water damage insurance: what does it cover?

 

For most people they learn the most about their insurance policy after they already need to invoke it. This is not the best time for a crash course in insurance coverage as you might be shocked by what you find out. For example most water damage insurance does not cover flooding and in America flooding is the most common form of natural disaster. Between the year 2008 and 2012 the average insurance claim for flood damage was $42,000 or more.

You may be asking yourself, what’s the difference between them? Water damage covers any water that does damage to your home before reaching the ground outside of your home. Damage from a leaky roof or a broken pipe is covered but if water seeps into your home from outside that is not covered. It is also important to note that the damage to your home is what’s insured not the item that created the damage. That means if it was a broken pipe that failed and your carpet was destroyed the carpet will be replaced the pipe will not.

Here are a few things that flood insurance generally covers:

  • Building an foundation
  • Electrical and plumbing
  • Firmly installed carpet and paneling
  • Removal of debris
  • Built-in appliances

In California it has been known for homeowners to have their application for renewal of their insurance denied after they make a claim will stop the insurance companies justify this by saying that the administrative costs of dealing with water damage a high and that they don’t want to deal with residual mold problems.

The more you understand your policy the more well prepared you will be for any eventuality. The last thing you want is to have a disaster happened to you and to know that only part of your claim will be accepted.

Common causes of a sewer backup

Finding out your sewers backed up can be one of the most damaging things to ever happen to your property. If you do not have it cleaned up quickly so it can be extremely detrimental to the family’s health. A water damage restoration company should be your first port of call. They will not only help you decide what it is you need to clean but they will also give you peace of mind doesn’t work is done for you. The main problem with a sewer backing up is that it is unexpected. Here are a few causes that can hopefully allow you to prevent it happening.

Causes

  • Clog in the sewer system: Grease, hair, diapers, tree roots and other things you flushed down the toilet. Calls can of course be created by vandalism as well.
  • Ageing sewer systems: many older properties have planning that dates back quite a few years possibly even to when it was constructed. Usually these systems are made of metal piping, which will deteriorate over time and will commonly burst.
  • Problems with sanitary main pipeline: if something happens with the municipal water system and they do not attempt to sewage Backup into residential and commercial buildings. Sometimes this is due to insufficient system capacity.
  • Construction accidents: often construction happening several houses away or further can cause a pace to break especially when using digging equipment.
  • Combined pipelines: some systems use a combination of water and waste pipelines that run together. When you have heavy rain or flooding or great pressure on the system the pipes cannot contain the flow and it starts to back up in homes and businesses.

Sometimes it can be prevented, often it cannot be prevented but being prepared is the best thing. If you know who to call in an emergency then you will know how best to deal with the situation when it arises.

What to do when you have a water-damaged ceiling

It starts with a small coppery colored stain in the corner or you notice the paint on your ceiling starting to sag and chip. These are the early warning signs that indicate that you have a leak that needs to be dealt with. Once you see the stains you should take care of it immediately along we wait for larger the stain will grow and the more amount of money will eventually have to pay.

Apart from Stains here are a few examples of things that can indicate water damage:

  • Odors (such as a musty and/or earthy smell),
  • Discolored growths,
  • Peeling wall surfaces,
  • Or damaged ceilings (some ceilings even start to sag or cave in once they are damaged).

Once you’ve identified a problem area you have to start making some decisions. Sometimes it’s cheaper to replace the pipes rather than replace the damaged part of the ceiling but in any case left alone the damage will only get worse. If between the time you notice the problem and the time you start work on it you notice a significant worsening of the issue then it’s definitely time to have a look out from mold. If you neglect to do so health problems can occur.

Many ceiling leaks in homes, businesses and apartments are due to toilets leaking. In some cases toilets can lose up to 200 gallons of water a day and that water needs to find some way to go. If you are a tenant you must contact your landlord right away because he’s the one image to be making the decisions as to how to deal with it.

In any case just remember that when you see what damage on your ceiling the faster you deal with it the better. Call awater damage Restoration Company and let them take the burden off your shoulders.

Information about black mold testing

The toxic fungus that is black mold can be potentially deadly to anyone who is susceptible to it. It travels easily on the air and once inhaled into someone’s lungs it can cause severe breathing issues, blood-borne toxicity and other physical problems that could be fatal if not treated properly.

Anyone with an already weakened immune system should stay well away from mold and under no circumstances should attempt to clean it up. A professional mold remediation company is your best bet to make sure that you have gotten rid of all the mold.

These are a few things you should know about testing your home and office for this deadly mold.

  • Signs of black mold
    If you have a persistent water leak behind a wall or you detect a musty smell and cannot find where its coming from you may want to call in a professional to test for black mold. If you can actually see the mold do not approach it and by no means breathe it in.
  • Home testing kits
    You can purchase a home testing kit at stores such as home depot. Some will give you the result right then and there and some of them will ask you to mail in the sample that you’ve taken and the result will come afterwards. It’s worth noting that these kits are easy to use but not as accurate as professional testing.
  • Professional inspection
    While you can do it yourself it is highly recommended that professional mold removal experts have a look at your home or office for the presence of black mold. They have training and experience on their side when it comes to detecting mold.

I’ve suffered water damage what do I do?  

Whenwater damage isn’t dealt with of properly and in a timely fashion, it can ruin your home or business. Most people don’t realize the extent of the damage and attempt to remove the water on their own. While they may save money up front, the long-term expenses and health risks aren’t worth it. Here are some reasons why you could hire a water damage specialist team to help you in this sort of situation.

Professional advice

The average homeowner simply can’t tell whether or not water has ruined drywall, carpeting, furniture, draperies, and appliances. Water restoration specialists have the knowledge and the right devices, such as hydrometers, to determine the extent of the water and moisture. From there, they can give professional options and advice about how to deal with each item in the house. You’ll know if restoration is an option and when it’s best practice to throw something away. It’s best to act quickly and not take chances with your health.

 

Using the right equipment

Water damage remediation is most effective when using industrial level equipment including air blowers and water and moisture detectors. Restoration specialists also use industrial strength chemicals, sanitizers, and deodorizers. Advanced restoration techniques and tools minimize secondary water damage, ensuring that your home will be restored to its pre-flood condition. Household chemicals and household remedies simply don’t have the same effect.

 

Mold remediation

One of the most dangerous aspects of water damage is harmful contaminant growth including mold, mildew, bacteria, and fungus. This growth can start within 24 hours of water damage. If you don’t have extensive experience and the right gear, equipment, and chemicals for cleaning and getting rid of these contaminants, you may end up doing more harm than good. Airborne contaminants can bring about a wealth of health problems such as allergies and asthma. Professional mold removal eliminates these risks.Mold has been shown to contribute to many long-term negative health effects.

The statewide wildfires in California continue to blaze

As of August 10, 10,000 firefighters continued to battle 17 individual fires throughout California. The continuing heatwave and in Northern California thunder strikes continue to make their job difficult. There have been brief moments of relief firefighters. At night temperatures have cooled down slightly and high humidity in Northern California has aided their efforts but so far the fires are only about one quarter contained.

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The risk of dry thunderstorms and dry lightning continues to elevate the fire danger. The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for parts of California due to potential dry lightning and gusty winds.

 

Over the weekend there have been several thousand lightning strikes, especially across the Sierra and Central Coast. The sparks from a lightning strike can smolder for several hours or days before they get enough heat and energy to spread into a wildfire. This means the risk for wildfires continues even after the storms have passed. Everyone is encouraged to report a potential blaze as soon as it is sighted.

 

With fire activity remaining high, CAL FIRE is asking all residents and visitors to California to be extra cautious in the outdoors. Nearly 95 percent of all wildfires that CAL FIRE responds to are caused by the activity of people. One Less Spark this week means One Less wildfire. Learn more at www.ReadyForWildfire.org.

 

10 easy home repairs that in the long run can help you save money

After a few years your home can start to show signs of wear and tear. Doors start to squeak, floorboards start to rise and the windows don’t close like they used to. Here is a list of some repairs that you can carry out to avoid more serious and costly repairs later on. The more well prepared your house is for the unexpected and natural disasters the better prepared you are to deal with them as well.

  • Basement

The basement is susceptible to water damage and mold. If you begin to see peeling paint on walls, that is a sign of potential trouble. To avoid this, clean the down spouts regularly. While cleaning in a basement it is advisable to wear a face mask so you do not breathe into many mold spores.

  • Roof/Attic

Water leaking into your home can cause mold and mildew, among other things. To avoid serious damage to your roof/attic, inspect it every half a year.

  • Gutters

Damaged gutters can cause wet or flooded basements. To avoid problems, clean your gutters at least twice a year.

  • Windows

Window damage can cause higher heating and cooling costs, as well as an increased risk of burglary. To avoid problems, get rid of any damaged caulk. It is a costly solution but you may want to consider tinting your Windows. This will in the end lower your air conditioning bill as tinted windows let less heat into your house.

  • Bathrooms

Leaks, dripping faucets, and running toilets are all bad signs. If there are signs of trouble, you can tighten pipe connections and/or get rid of bad pipes.

  • Fireplace

Fireplace damage can cause serious problems, including carbon monoxide. One way to avoid issued would be to install carbon monoxide detectors near the fireplace.

  • HVAC

To avoid problems with your HVAC system, be sure to replace your air filters every few months. That will also improve its performance. If you wish to save money you can purchase filters that only need to be cleaned rather than replaced.

  • Sewer

If you are starting to notice that the drains are clogged, or running slowly, rent a sewer snake at the first sign of problems and clean the outlet pipe. Be aware that hair is often the culprit and gloves should be worn.

  • Electrical System

To avoid any problem, replace two pronged outlets and make sure the light bulbs aren’t loose. If you suspect any water damage be sure to call a professional electrician.

  • Exterior Walls

Be sure to scrape, patch, and repaint problem areas. The exterior paint of the house is your house is first line of defense against the weather.

From Fire to Flood: New Weather Shifts in California

In past weeks’ news, wildfires and the threat of fire damage have dominated the headlines. Now,  with the incoming El Niño weather fronts, concerns over flooding have overtaken the headlines. Only hours after a wildfire along Cajon Pass was contained, the same region experienced record-breaking rainfalls that washed out an interstate in the area.

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“It’s a sweet promising start,” said Bill Patzert, climatologist for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, about the rainfall but then added: “Except for all the damage it does…. Be careful for what you wish for. Great droughts usually end in great floods.”

Riverside County Supervisor John Benoit had another take on the recent flooding.

“This is the worst damage I’ve ever seen from rain,” he said as he looked over the twisted metal rebar from the collapsed bridge. “You build for the 100-year event. But sometimes nature tells you, ‘Hey, we are still in charge.’ ”

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Whether fire or flood damage is your primary concern, it’s important to maintain contact with your insurance company to learn the proper reporting procedures. You never know when you’ll need to call upon the aid of a restoration services provider.