Home Damage Guide: Do’s and Dont’s For Emergency Situations

When The Weather Forecast Calls For Flooding: Step-By-Step Guide To Help You Prepare

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If you live in an area that’s experiencing torrential rains and severe flooding, it’s time to prepare for the onslaught of water. This is particularly true if your home is in the path of the flood warnings. While there’s nothing you can do to stop floods from coming through your home, there are some steps you can take to prepare for the event. Here’s what you should do before, during, and after the event. The Floods Are Coming The best time to prepare for a flood is before they arrive. Before the flooding starts, make sure you know where the nearest evacuation centers are located. This is a good time to prepare your emergency packs and place them in an easily accessible area of your home. If possible, you should have two emergency packs for each member of your family. One set should be stored on the first-floor and the second set should be stored next to a window on the second-floor. This will ensure that you have access to your packs wherever you are in your home when the floods arrive. If you live in a two-story home, you should move as many of your belongings onto the second-floor as you can. Be sure to move important papers and family heirlooms first. This will ensure that they’re safely stored upstairs if the flood waters enter your home. The Floods Are Here Once you receive your evacuation orders, you should leave the house. Be sure to turn the utilities off before you leave. This will help ensure that you don’t return to hazardous conditions such as gas leaks or electrical hazards. While driving to the evacuation center, try to avoid driving through standing water. It might be deeper than you think. When you arrive at the evacuation center, you should remain there until they tell you that it’s safe to return home. The Floods Have Subsided After the floods have subsided, you’ll be able to return home. Before you enter your home, look inside and make sure that the water isn’t covering any power outlets. If they are, don’t enter your home until you can have the electricity turned off at the meter. The water could be electrically charged. If it’s safe to enter, be sure to leave the appliances off until they can be inspected. Take pictures of the damage in each room. This will help when you file a claim with your insurance company. Don’t try to take care of the cleanup by yourself. Instead, contact a damage contractor like Absolute Restoration LLC. They’ll be able to repair the damage and restore your home. If the weather forecast calls for flooding in your area, make sure you’re prepared. This information will help you know what to do if your home is hit by a...

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13 Ways To Prevent Water Damage In Your Home

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As a homeowner, you dread the thought of dealing with water damage in your home.  One of the best ways to ensure you never have to deal with water damage, that you can control, is to be proactive and establish preventative measure for inside and outside of your home.  There are several ways you can prevent water damage. Outside If you have an old roof, be sure to inspect it often and replace any missing shingles. Inspect and routinely clean your gutters.  Clogged gutters will force water that builds up to go down the side of your home, which can damage the foundation.   Make sure your yard slopes away from your home for at least 10 feet and direct all water drains away from your home.  Water that settles near you foundation will cause damage to the bricks and cause walls to lean and create cracks. Invasive roots may enter your pipes, drainage lines, or septic tank; therefore, you should be extra care were you plant your scrubs and trees. Check windows for water spots below them and seal and caulk any areas where water is entering.  Inside Routinely inspect the hoses on you dishwasher and washing machine for any damage or leaks.  Make sure your pipes are tight underneath your sinks.  Have your appliances serviced to confirm they are working properly.  Many repair services equip their service vehicles with full service components so technicians can remedy any issues you may have. Because chemical products can cause your piping to deteriorate over time, use drain snakes to clean out your kitchen and shower drains.  Use a drain catcher in the shower to limit the amount of hair getting into the pipes. Refrain from pouring grease down your drain, as the grease will congeal and cause clogging.  Using detergent behind the grease may not stop grease from clinging to lining of the pipes. Pay attention to your water bill.  If you see increasing charges, you may have a water leak.  Some leaks may go undetected because the leaking pipe may be in the wall or under the home. Replace rubber hoses with metal braided hoses, which last longer, needing replacement every 15 years. Look for signs of mold on surface walls, especially walls near faucets and showers, which may indicate water behind the walls. Water damage in your home can be very costly, but prevented, as well.  Be a proactive homeowner by inspecting drain lines and pipes and paying attention to signs, which indicate possible water issues.  To learn more, contact a water restoration company like Servpro Of South Elkhart...

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How To Prevent Mold Growth After A Big Water Leak

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One of the primary reasons it’s so important to dry your home out as quickly as possible after damage from a water leak is to prevent mold growth. Once mold is present, the environment in your home becomes toxic, and the cleanup process becomes even harder. If your home has a lot of water damage, consider calling in a professional restoration company. They can supply all the necessary equipment to dry your house out fast. Here are some tips for preventing the growth of mold after a flooding incident. Remove Visible Water To Lower Humidity As long as there is standing water in your home, the humidity will be higher than normal. This creates the perfect environment for the growth of mold. After flooded water has been removed with a wet-vac, your floor needs to be thoroughly dried out. If your carpet is soaked down to the pad, it may need to be removed completely. There’s a chance water has pooled under flooring and behind walls. A water damage contractor can bring in commercial water extraction equipment to pull water out of fabric, from behind walls, and out of carpeting. Dry Out Dampness Even after water has been extracted from the floor and walls, some dampness will remain in your home. To reduce this, you can run fans and a dehumidifier. The contractor may bring in several huge industrial fans to keep the air circulating so the wood and fabrics in your home can dry out. The perfect environment for mold is damp surroundings, little airflow, and a food supply of organic material such as wood or carpet. You can’t remove the food supply from your home, so you’ll have to control humidity and airflow if you want to prevent mold growth. Remove Damaged Materials It may not be possible to save some of the materials in your home if they have soaked up water. Drywall for instance, is very porous and it absorbs water very well. It’s also hard to dry out once it’s wet. It’s quicker and easier just to cut out the wet portion of drywall and replace it with new drywall once your home is dry. Upholstery may be a problem too. Setting your couch in the sun can speed drying and discourage the growth of mold. However, if your couch was soaked, it may be better to throw it out and get a new one. You have to be especially careful with carpeting. It may seem dry on the top and look okay, but if the pad underneath it stays damp for very long, mold will grow unseen. The mold could give your home a bad odor and irritate your allergies. Your contractor can help you decide which items are best to discard rather than save. If you can’t get your home dried out right away, there’s a good chance mold will be growing somewhere, even if you can’t see it. You should always be alert to the possibility of its presence since you can spread the spores around by working on the water damaged areas. If mold is present, or if you suspect it is, be sure to wear protective gear so you don’t inhale the spores. Once your home is dry and restoration work is complete, a contractor (such as one from...

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Wet Basement? Check These 5 Places For Hidden Mold Growth

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If you have an unfinished basement, you might think you don’t have to worry about short-term floods. But if sump pump failure or heavy rains leave water pooling across the basement floor, you could be in for a mold infestation. Here are the 5 places you need to check after the sump pump fails. Behind the washer and dryer. Laundry machines are typically placed against the basement wall. Mold doesn’t grow well on concrete, but it loves organic material—such as dryer lint. If the dryer vent isn’t sealed properly or if the space behind the machines has collected dryer sheets, stray socks, or other debris, this could be enough to start a mold colony. Under and around boxes in storage. Cardboard is an ideal food for mold. Even if you’ve taken care to elevate boxes, check the sides and bottoms of boxes located over areas where water has collected. Better yet, switch to heavy duty plastic tubs. This will reduce the chances of mold growth and keep your things dry in the future. Built-in workbenches and shelves. Mold loves wood, including the various pressed wood products used to make build-it-yourself furniture. Once the area has dried, check any workbench or shelf elements that come into contact with the floor. If you see watermarks or the beginnings of mold growth, clean them right away. Carpet or vinyl flooring. If you installed sheet vinyl flooring or put down a rug in the basement, water is a special problem. Carpet backing can stay damp for a long time, and if water seeps under the vinyl it will remain there, acting like a giant petri dish for mold. If possible, remove the flooring so it—and the basement floor—can dry thoroughly. Floor coverings that can’t be moved or dried may need to be replaced. Dividing walls. Walls used to divide the basement should be checked to make sure they are free of mold. Look for a water line near the bottom edge of the wall. If the wall is covered with plywood or inexpensive paneling with a paper coating, it may need to be replaced, since mold can infiltrate the material very quickly. Tips and tricks A wet-dry workshop vacuum cleaner is useful for removing standing water. If carpet is involved, use a commercial water extractor or carpet cleaner. No household machine will be able to do the job. Mold grows best in warm conditions, so keep the basement cool until drying is complete. For big jobs, get an industrial air mover or dehumidifier. These work more quickly than household models, so mold will have less time to take hold. If mold is already established, take precautions against inhaling spores. Consult a professional (like Central Flood Management Inc) if the mold covers more than 10 square...

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Preparing For A Mold Inspection And Removal

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If you’re worried that you might have mold in your home an inspection is a good idea, inspections are useful for more than analyzing a problem that already exists. Mold inspections can be more accurate and thorough than trying to find it all yourself. While not all mold is bad, it’s a good idea to get rid of what you can, especially because mold may not be your biggest problem. Consulting a Mold Inspector Look for any company that is certified by the Mold Inspection Consulting and Remediation Organization, the National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors or the Professional Mold Inspection Institute. Be cautious of any company that won’t provide references, won’t give you everything in writing or asks for full payment up front — these are usually signs of scams. Preparing Your Home Don’t Move Anything: Though it may be tempting to move things out of the way, especially in contaminated areas, keep everything where it is; mold spores could have attached themselves to objects in the vicinity, and moving anything could actually help keep mold alive by keeping it away from the treatment area. Keep Pets Outside: During the mold cleaning process, any pets you have should not be inside your home. Ask a friend to look after them for you or look into a kennel service. Make Relocation Plans if Necessary: If the mold contamination is bad enough, if treatment will take a long time or if the mold is causing serious health issues, make plans to stay out of your home until the cleaning process is complete. Wash Clothing: Wash any clothing from contaminated areas with hot water, then place them in plastic bags to prevent them from being contaminated further. This can be done at any time, but washing your clothes before the mold cleaning process can ensure you have clean clothes if you need to stay nearby. Take Pictures: You may not need to make use of them, but photos can serve as a safety net for you if anything goes wrong during cleaning. Take pictures of every room in your house before treatment to document the state of your home before the cleaners arrive. What to Expect From Mold Removal When it comes to cleaning the mold from your home, many professionals will do more than just perform cleaning. Part of cleaning often entails finding the cause of the mold’s presence in the first place, such as excess moisture, condensation or a leak, and some mold removers will even help you repair the problem. Cleaning mold can be a lengthy process, depending on how far the mold has spread, but a thorough cleaning generally means that the mold removers from a company like Griffin Contracting & Restoration are doing a proper...

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