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How to Make Your Home Flood Proof
Cleaning and restoration tips, Water damage restoration

How to Make Your Home Flood Proof

If you own a home, there are many steps to take, both big and small, to prevent flooding in your home. But before taking these steps below, it is important to assess the flood risk in your geographical area. Simply type in your address on FEMA’s (Federal Emergency Management Agency) flood maps and you can identify your flood risk and whether you are in a low, medium, or high-risk area. After determining your geographical flood risk, you may want to customize your flood prevention plan accordingly. Determine Your Risk of Flooding You will also want to note the date on the maps, as some of them are severely outdated. So of course, the flood risk will change over time and the actual risk in your area will be different than what is reflected on the map. You will also want to discus...
Water damage cleanup, Water damage restoration

Common Places for Finding Leaks

Water damage is one of the most common disasters for property owners, due to the number of potential sources. But letting it go untreated is a big mistake; it won’t be long before it spreads and encourages mold growth, ultimately creating a bigger problem. Water damage can be costly to fix, but taking care of it in the moment of finding it can mean the difference between a few hundred and a few thousand dollars. As soon as you find the mess, make sure to call a professional water damage restoration service right away to prevent it from spreading and dry out the affected area. They will also disinfect the area to prevent any mold from growing on the building materials. Also keep in mind that some kinds of water damage can be hidden such as starting behind the walls or under floors. He...
How to Find a Chimney Leak and 6 Ways to Fix It
Water damage restoration

How to Find a Chimney Leak and 6 Ways to Fix It

The chimney is an important part of homes and has been for hundreds of years. A warm fire in chilly weather encourages families to gather and spend cozy moments around the blistering flames. Primarily featuring brick or stone, chimneys require regular maintenance to continue providing a reliable source of warmth. When the chimney leaks, as a homeowner, you’ll want to give the situation immediate attention. A water leak in the chimney can cost homeowners anywhere from $150 to $350 to repair. The lower price point results from a do-it-yourself job, while hiring a contractor will tend to raise the price significantly. If you decide to hire a contractor to inspect your chimney or enlist the aid of a chimney sweeper, you’ll find off-season prices between April and September to be financially...
How to Handle a Flooded Basement
Water damage cleanup, Water damage restoration

How to Handle a Flooded Basement

Because there are so many possible sources for water damage, it is almost impossible to prevent it altogether. But when natural disasters occur or incredible amounts of rain seep into the foundation, they will eventually find their way to the basement. Even if you are lucky to have a sump pump, it will be no match to the gallons of water flowing into your basement by the minute. As soon as you notice any amount of water damage in your basement, never hesitate to contact a flood cleanup professional. Contacting your local restoration company right away will save  both time and money in preventing additional damage while quickly extracting the water and drying out the affected materials. But before they arrive, here are some steps you can take on how to handle a flooded basement: ...
How to Prevent House Fires in the Fall
Safety Tips

How to Prevent House Fires in the Fall

Many of us can agree that fall is a beautiful season as leaves change colors, temperatures cool down, and campfires burn in backyards. But these fun traditions also come with dangerous fire hazards, causing devastating property damage if one is not careful. The candles, burning leaves, and bonfires can quickly cause severe fire damage if they are left unsupervised for any period of time. Here are some common tips on how to prevent house fires this fall while still enjoying this gorgeous weather before the snow arrives. Follow these tips on how to stay safe and prevent house fires in the fall season: Candles. Yes they are fun, decorative, and smell amazing, but leaving them alone for any period of time can result in a horrible property fire. Never leave the room without putting...
How to Fix Water Damaged Furniture
Water damage restoration

How to Fix Water Damaged Furniture

When a flood occurs, it can cause a significant amount of damage within minutes as you most likely have personal contents with high sentimental or monetary value. In addition, your building materials can also become warped and discolored after having contact with the water. The first step to take when finding a flood or significant water damage on your property is to call a water damage restoration and flood cleanup professional. But if you wish to save extra costs and restore some materials yourself, you can learn here how to fix water damaged furniture. Just remember that you have to react quickly because the wooden legs can easily become ruined after being submerged in the water for too long. Fix Damaged Furniture: The Drying Process As you may already be aware, water will become e...