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8 Frequently Asked Questions About Water Damage

1. What causes water damage? Unlike wind damage, water damage comes from a wide variety of sources. Heavy rain in a short amount of time, a broken pipe, a backed-up sewage line, and a leaking appliance are all common sources of water damage. No matter how excess water gets into your home or business, the most important thing to remember is that it must be removed as soon as possible. 2. Why can’t I let the water evaporate on its own? Excess water doesn’t evaporate; more likely it’s absorbed by porous materials like furniture, textiles, drywall, and insulation. This helps spread the water, and the damage, further through the building. As more items become damp, they’re at risk for developing mold and experiencing further damage. Mold spores are everywhere in the air, even if you u...
How to Prevent Fires in Apartments
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How to Prevent Fires in Apartments

Of course an apartment has the same fire hazards that a house would, but when a fire breaks out in one home in a building, all tenants at risk. There are also fewer options to evacuate when these situations occur as many apartment doors are inside the building. This makes it even more crucial to not only be aware of the fire risks, but to exercise even more caution to protect the safety of everyone on the property. On the fortunate side, there are only a few hazards to avoid in the apartment – compared to a house - that can significantly reduce the chances of a fire breaking out. Here are 10 apartment fire safety tips to keep in mind. 1. Keep a Smoke Alarm in Every Room Even with small apartments, a smoke alarm in every room will let you know when there is a fire at the earlies...
Safety Tips, Water damage remediation

9 Spring Flooding Prevention Tips

After that long and unusually cold winter, it can be a huge relief to finally go outside without wearing 10 pounds of layers. But spring does have its drawbacks as snow doesn’t just disappear with warm temperatures. There’s nowhere for snow to go except underground and into foundations, not to mention the excess rain that’s soon to follow. Not only does this open the risk for water damage, but severe flooding in basements and crawlspaces can pose major problems for all home and business owners. Check out these tips on how to prevent spring flooding on your property: Move the Snow. If the snow is already melted, there’s not much you can do. But if it hasn’t, try to move it away from your property as soon as possible to prevent it from seeping into your foundation; a 3 to 5-fo...
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Safety Tips for Commercial Roofers

Roof workers are vulnerable to a host of safety concerns when they perform roofing responsibilities high on a commercial roof. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is a part of the United States Department of Labor, which sets clear guidelines and rules to help protect employees, like roof workers. OSHA offers a level of protection to aid roofers from work-related falls, injuries and death. The following are precautions employers and roofers must heed to ensure their careers are long and safe. OSHA Safety Standards for Commercial Roofers Personal fall protection equipment is an OSHA standard and a required safety measurement for all roofing workers. OSHA’s rule on Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Fall Protection Systems estimates that it prevents 29 deaths...
Cleaning and restoration tips, Safety Tips

Tips to Declutter the Kitchen

The kitchen is a significant part of every home. Whether it’s where families and friends gather to dine, cook, or simply hang out, a kitchen best suits the needs of everyone when it’s organized. In order to systematize this invaluable space, the kitchen must be decluttered of all inessential items. Organizing the Kitchen Purge your kitchen of extra items and make room for structured storage compartments for a neat, clean, and decluttered kitchen. You’ll discover that your forks don’t need to lay with the cooking ladles. Plus, that unopened jar of spaghetti sauce—unless you’re adept with tomato sauce and spices and make your own—should sit reliably in the pantry. The next time you prepare dinner for friends at 5:00 pm and you struggle to find eating utensils by 4:59 pm, you’ll know it...
Safety Tips, Water damage cleanup

What to Do When the Toilet is Overflowing

When your toilet overflows, it can spur incredible angst and anxiety. Your eyes glaze over as you watch the water slowly fill to the rim then spill over the top onto your bathroom floor. A toilet overflow can be dreadful, especially if it is a recurring problem. Several factors can cause an overflowing toilet: A clogged drain line may at times be the reason a toilet overflows. A water line that connects to the washing machine, for instance, may be clogged, leading to the clog to the septic tank or sewage system. The water lines connecting to the sewer system in your home may be blocked or dislocated due to tree roots. Or, if your home features a septic tank, it may be too full to absorb any additional water. The trap at the back of the toilet may be blocked with too much to...
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8 Fire Safety Tips During Spring Cleaning

There’s nothing like getting a home in order just in time for spring. But there are more things to consider than just a clean home. When it comes to personal safety, ensuring all appliances and electronics are working properly is crucial; therefore, spring cleaning is the perfect time to do just that. Check out all of the fire safety tips to keep in mind during spring cleaning to keep you and your family safe: Clothes Dryers. Remember to always remove the lint from the dryer filter after each use. This is the number one cause of dryer fires because the air is not able to flow freely throughout the unit. It would also be a good idea to keep larger items away from the dryer while it’s running to prevent them from becoming overheated. Kitchen. Minimize the amount of items on the ...
Fire Damage Restoration, Safety Tips

Christmas Tree Fire Safety Tips

While they don’t occur very often, Christmas tree fires can be deadly, lighting the entire home on fire with just one spark. But the majority of them occur when the tree hasn’t been watered in days - when it is fully dried out. Don’t let your Christmas celebrations result in a disaster after forgetting to water the tree. Here are some Christmas tree fire safety tips to remember when setting up, decorating, and maintaining this beautiful decoration. Tree Fire Safety Tips In order to minimize the risk of a Christmas tree fire this year, follow these holiday fire safety steps and you can carry on to having a merry holiday. Proper Live Tree Care After picking up the perfect tree from the best vendor, make sure that it is properly maintained and “fed” in order for it to last past Chr...
Safety Tips, Water damage remediation

Reasons for a High Water Bill

While the costs of water will fluctuate between each city, it’s not one that we really have a choice of paying or not. But when you notice that it’s outrageously high, obviously something must be wrong. So instead of calling your water company about the possible error, check to see if you have an internal problem first. Here’s a list of commons reasons for a high water bill as well as what you can do to cut off the source. 1. Leaky Appliances and Faucets Leaky faucets and fixtures are unfortunately one of the most common causes of high water bills. Keep in mind that when the water is left leaking for extended periods of time, more water is wasted, and you can expect to find a high bill. According to the EPA, “a leaking faucet dripping at the rate of one drop per second will waste ...
Winterizing a House: How to Prepare for Winter
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Winterizing a House: How to Prepare for Winter

It’s getting to be that time of the year. As we start turning up the thermostat and grabbing heavy coats out of the closet, you know it’s only a short while before winter. This means it’s time to prepare. It may sound like the last thing you want to do, but taking small steps now will save you time, energy, and money throughout the colder months – more time spent being warm and toasty instead of worrying about leaking windows and skyrocketing utility bills. Thankfully, winterizing a house really doesn’t take that much time and is relatively inexpensive. This can also prevent damage during the winter, such as burst sprinkler heads and pipes. These are every property owner’s worst nightmare, not only compromising the plumbing system but destroying building materials with freezing wate...