Understanding Damage Repair

How To Prevent Water Damage

If a pipe bursts or a flood occurs in your home, you should immediately call water removal specialists. Water can cause a lot of damage to your home, as well as mold growth. While you wait for the water removal expert, here are ways you can minimize water damage: 1. Identify the water source. Identify the source of the water. If you have a burst pipe, locate the main water cutoff valve for your home. It is usually located either in the basement or outside near the building. If you can’t locate it, contact your water company. 2. Remove water from surfaces. Remove excess water from your floors by mopping. You can also remove excess water from your walls and ceilings by blotting with towels or using a mop. To save your wood furniture, immediately wipe the water off with towels and take them outside away from the damp environment. 3. Remove wet objects. Anything that gets wet needs to go outside. Remove wet bedding, clothes, rugs, cushions, or furniture. Once these items are outside, squeeze as much water out as possible and let them dry in the sun. If any items are ruined, or are too deeply soaked to dry before it develops mold, you need to throw them away. 4. Save your electronics. Switch off all your breakers at the circuit breaker to ensure the power is off to prevent electrocution or electrical fires. Once you’ve done this, unplug all electronic items and move them to a dry area in your home. If one of your electronics gets wet, make sure you allow it to completely dry... read more

Did Your Basement Flood? Learn How To Properly Drain And Clean It

A flooded basement is never fun to deal with, and not acting quickly can create a bunch of problems that will lead to an expensive repair. This includes replacing support beams that have been soaked with water and eventually rot. While you cannot always prevent water from flooding a basement, there are things you can do to mitigate the damages. Follow these tips for properly draining the water to prevent damage from being caused. Shut Down The Electricity Mixing electricity and water is never a good idea, which is why you should shut down the water at the main breaker box in your home. If your breaker box is located in your flooded basement, use a wood broom handle for flipping the switches to turn off your power. Using your bare hands can potentially lead to electrocution, which can be fatal if you have no alternative but to be standing in water when doing it. It also helps to wear rubber-soled shoes to avoid electrocution. Standing on thick rubber will not allow the electricity to flow through you to the ground, and can potentially save you from an electric shock. Use A Submersible Water Pump Rent or purchase a submersible water pump from a local home improvement store. If necessary, you can power the pump with a generator. Attach a garden hose to the pump, and run it as far away from your home as possible. Ideally, the water should be draining on a slant so that it goes away from your home’s foundation. The pump should be placed in the lowest point of your basement, which is typically... read more

Kitchen Fire Awareness For Fall: Tips For Avoiding Fires And Permanent Fire Damage

Cooler weather is coming, and that makes baking in the kitchen far more enjoyable. If you plan to use your kitchen more now that the temperatures outside are dropping, it’s important to know how to avoid a kitchen fire and what to do to speed your home’s recovery in the event that a kitchen fire occurs. Preventing a Kitchen Fire You’re probably familiar with a lot of the standard fire safety tips that can help prevent kitchen fires. For example, you probably already know to keep paper towels and oven mits away from the stove and not to wear loose fitting clothing while using the stove. The following tips go a little bit beyond the normal kitchen fire-prevention advice. Use your phone timer. Using an oven timer will only work if you’re staying in the kitchen 100% of the time while you’re baking. Many people do tasks around the house while food is baking in the oven, and if you’re not in the kitchen you might not hear the timer buzz. Setting an alarm on your phone and carrying the phone around in your pocket can help ensure that you will hear the timer go off when it’s time to take food out of the oven. Install a smoke detector near the kitchen. Placing a smoke detector inside your kitchen is like begging your family members to remove the batteries. So put up a smoke detector close enough to the kitchen that significant fires will be detected but slightly overcooked food won’t set it off. Keep track of your fire extinguisher’s expiration date. Fire extinguishers expire, so keeping a fire extinguisher on-hand isn’t good... read more

Removal Of Black Mold Damage From Bathroom Floor Joists

As you already know, black mold colonies in your home are toxic to your family and pets. If you’ve found the tell-tale signs of black mold on the floor joists in your home’s bathroom, then you need to remove the mold and fix any wood rot that is present. The proper procedure to remove black mold from bathroom floor joists is as follows: 1. Dress in Protective Clothing and Shoes When you are working on the mold damaged flooring, you must wear a respirator that is approved for use with mold and mildew spores. You need to protect your lungs because inhaling the spores can make you very ill. Additionally, you need to wear a disposable protective body suit and sturdy work boots. You can purchase an inexpensive protective suit at any home improvement store. 2. Inspect the Entire Area for Water Leaks and Mold Staining Chances are, if you have one area of flooring that has mold growth, then you probably have a few more in the same general area. For this reason, before you start working on the floor, first inspect all of the surrounding areas to see if you can locate any other mold colonies. During your inspection, you also need to look for any signs of currently leaking water or past water damage, such as: water stains on the wood wood that is soft circular areas of dirt under the joists. 3. Fix Water Leaks in the Plumbing Mold requires moisture to thrive. So, if your wood joists have mold growing on them, then you have a plumbing leak. Some of the most common leak areas... read more

About Me

A few years ago, I started renovating my own home. Unfortunately, at the time, I didn’t know that much about construction. As soon as I got started, I realized that some things in my home were severely damaged, and that I needed to fix them. It was challenging, but little by little I learned what to do. However, one day, I came across a serious problem. A water line had broken, and water was gushing everywhere in my home. I knew that I couldn’t solve the problem on my own, so I contacted a team of damage contractors. They were able to repair the problem in hours. Check out my blog for more info on damage professionals.