Minimizing Water Damage To Your Home

Posted by on Sep 2, 2016 in Home Improvement |

CDR-Champion Disaster RestorationIf you live in an area where water-related disasters are common, such as floods and hurricanes, it’s very important to make sure that you know how to deal with minimizing the water damage to your home after something like that occurs.

If you don’t know how to do this ahead of time, it could end up costing you a ton of money after it’s all over and by then, it’s too late to do anything about it: the damage is already done.

These can be difficult events to prepare for since they often happen without much warning, but the good thing is that most of the time, your belongings can be salvaged even after the worst.

When going back to your home, you need to wait until the water has receded to the point that it’s safe to even go back to your neighborhood first. You shouldn’t ever go back to a location if the water is still flooding the roads. Wait until it’s gone first. The first step is to call you local water damage expert. Always call in professionals if you are insured and put the pro’s to work for you.

Believe me, it’s cheaper in the long run to use your local professionals. A quick search in google returns results for them with simple searches such as water damage restoration, Tampa for the people who live in Tampa Florida, just change your city and state and you will get a list of qualified contractors that are ready to serve you.

After this happens, you can start by making sure there aren’t any downed power lines around your home. Even a trained electrician can’t tell the difference between a downed line that is live and one that isn’t, so if you see one you need to call your local electric company immediately to have them come and deal with it.

Don’t try to go to your home if you have to get near one of these downed lines to do it; just because your neighbors don’t have electricity doesn’t mean that your home doesn’t and you could electrocute yourself trying to go in.

Once you’re sure there are no live downed lines, entering your home is still somewhat risky. The power to the home should be cut off before you go in to make sure you can get things dried out. You don’t want to be stepping in standing water and your home have faulty electrical lines; you could very well die.

The next thing that you need to do is make sure that you have on hand a video camera, whether it’s a traditional type or a cell phone. When you re-enter your house for the first time, video the entire thing from start to finish.

You want to do this upon your first re-entry so nothing in the home has been moved or tampered with; you don’t want to move anything or remove anything from the house before you make this video for the purpose of proving your insurance claim. If anything looks tampered with, your claim may be denied.

Don’t even bother trying to turn on any electronics before they’re dried out, because you’ll fry them.

Anything in the house that’s wet, from carpet to furniture, needs to be removed and taken outside to dry. You preferably want to do this in the shade, because the sun can bleach different items.

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Plaster Ceiling Water Damage Repair

Posted by on Aug 23, 2016 in Home Improvement |

WeDryMiamiYour ceiling is one of the most susceptible areas in your home in regards to water damage. This is because most ceilings utilize a plaster material in their construction. When you have water damage on plaster it can be very nasty and extremely dangerous. This is because when plaster gets wet and does not harden, the area around it will be porous unless it is smoothed out quickly. When the plaster becomes porous it becomes even more susceptible to water damage. Not only will the water causing the damage continue to break down the plaster, it will start to leave mold which will further serve to corrode the plaster. When the plaster corrodes down to just a thin amount it can cause your ceiling to crack and eventually break down altogether. A water damage contractor typically has to be called in to take care of this.

If you want to know how to tell if your ceiling is in trouble then all you need to do is look up. You will be able to notice water stains in areas that are being affected by water damage. When you spot the water stain you need to call in a water damage expert. They will be able to find the source of the water damage and then they will come up with a plan of action to get rid of the water damage as soon as possible. In this case it will most likely involve a trip to the roof as the water damage and water stain indicate that there is probably a leak in your roof.

The leak could, however, be coming from your attic although it is still a good idea to call in a professional to deal with the repair as mold is dangerous and water damage could have damaged the structural integrity of the attic flooring. Falling through your ceiling could be deadly so let someone who knows what they’re doing repair the water damage.

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Home and Mold Inspections When Buying a House In Sarasota Fl

Posted by on Aug 6, 2016 in Home Improvement |

mold remediation sarasotaEveryone who wants to purchase a home should have an inspection of the property done before any final papers are signed. This inspection is not considered an appraisal and no grading system exists, so a house cannot “fail” one of these inspections. They exist simply to show the buyer what is wrong with the house and give advice on what can be done about any problems that do exist.

Most contracts to buy a home in the United States will include a clause that the contract will not be considered valid until the property has been looked at by a home inspector. Some states require that home inspectors are to be licensed, but those who are professional engineers do not have to have this license, since their engineering license covers these inspections.

Inspections will usually include checking the basement, water heater, central heat and air conditioning, structural integrity, electrical system, plumbing, and the roof. Other aspects of the building will also be looked at, including areas of the home that are not considered up to code and need extensive repair, general maintenance issues, and etcetera.

Mold is something, however, that is not generally covered under a general home inspection. Having a home inspected for mold growth is typically considered to be a separate act and so a contract to purchase a home should be amended to include a mold inspection before the contract is considered valid, otherwise you may be in for mold remediation. Sarasota Fl is a great example of how these situations could get out of hand quickly if not addressed.

One clue as to whether you will really need a mold inspection or not will be whether the home inspection finds that the home has had a water damage to any area of it. Mold will typically grow where water damage has occurred, but it can also grow in homes that show no signs of this, so purchasing a mold inspection is advised whether your home inspector finds water damaged areas of your home or not.

If damage to the home or mold is found, then you need to decide whether or not to go ahead and purchase the home after having this information in your hand. Some sellers may give you a credit on the price of the home if you choose to buy it and repair the damage yourself and some may repair the damage done for you.

Others may insist that the sale is “as-is” and will not give any leniency one way or another on the issue. Judge the scale of the problem and what it will cost to have it repaired and make the decision that is right for you.

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