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Prevent Water Damage by Keeping Your Home’s Gutters Clean and Repaired
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Prevent Water Damage by Keeping Your Home’s Gutters Clean and Repaired

The welcome, warmer climate of spring brings with it torrential rain. Springtime downpours fall straight into a home’s gutter systems, making a clean gutter essential. The balmy temperatures of spring allow homeowners to ascend to their rooftops and bring down the host of debris that has accumulated along the gutter throughout the frosty winter. A spring season gutter cleaning removes all the accumulated debris from the winter. Plus, spring gutter cleanings are necessary due to the fact that the spring blossoms and seeds of trees and plants develop and can potentially land in the gutter, causing blockage problems. Gutter Cleaning to Avoid Water Damage A blocked gutter leads to a significant issue—water damage. When the spring’s rainwater and melting snow along the rooftop have nowhere...
How to Safely Remove Snow from the Roof
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How to Safely Remove Snow from the Roof

Chances are your roof will probably not cave in from snow, but it is heavy and can cause significant water damage given the right conditions. It can also slide off if the roof is sloped and cause serious injuries to anyone standing in the wrong place at the wrong time. So to avoid the risk of injury and any roof leak, here’s how to safely remove from the roof (without hiring a professional). How to Safely Remove Snow from the Roof Remember, removing snow from your roof yourself is only recommended if you have a one-story home. If the job involves getting on top of the roof, always hire a professional. To remove the snow yourself, you will need a long-handled snow rake which will cost about $45 from a hardware store. Make sure to look for ones with built-in rollers and sturdy teles...
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What Causes Water Stains Near the Air Vents?

Water stains around the air vents are a common household issue. Homes in warmer climes (imagine Floridian weather or Southwestern temps), experience this phenomenon more frequently than abodes in cooler areas. While the problem leaves some homeowners scratching their heads, water stains surrounding the air vents can be easily explained and effectively resolved. Moisture is clearly the culprit when it comes to creating unanticipated water stains in unexpected places. But how does excess water saturate the ceiling? The answer is condensation. Droplets of water that form in one of three ways contribute to the water stains near the air vents. What is Condensation? First, it’s important to understand the concept of condensation. Water vapor, or the moisture in the air (which is always ...
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7 Landscaping Tips to Prevent Basement Flooding

Especially during the summer time, planting flowers and even trees to make the yard look nice is a common hobby. But before adding to the garden, you should know that there are ways to direct water away from your foundation. Simply planting shrubs, flowers, and trees in the right spots, you can prevent groundwater from seeping into your basement during rainfalls. This can save not only your underground structure, but a ton of time and money spent in water damage restoration. This is one of the best and often most cost-effective ways towards preventing water damage, and very convenient if you haven’t started gardening yet. So here are some landscaping tips to prevent basement flooding in your home: Grade the yard. While this doesn’t pertain much to gardening, it’s important t...
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5 Signs of Basement Water Damage

Due to the number of factors, basement water damage is very common. The source and amount of damage can also determine the category and class of damage. Water Damage Categories There are three categories of water damage. Category 1. The water comes from a sanitary source and is not dangerous. Category 2. This is greywater, meaning it is contaminated and dangerous. Category 3. This is blackwater, often containing biohazards and toxic materials. Water Damage Classes There are four classes of water damage that are based on the rate of evaporation. Class 1 is considered the slowest. Class 1. Affects a part of the room with minimal absorption. Class 2. Affects all of the carpeted room and soaks into the walls up to two feet. Class 3. Affects walls and ceilings. The sou...
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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 Handle a Flooded Basement
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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: ...