Water Damage Tips

5 Summer Chores: When to do it Yourself, When to Hire Someone

5 Summer Chores: When to do it Yourself, When to Hire Someone June 23 2020 - ​​Do you have summer chores? Are you going to DIY or hire someone else to do it? How do you figure out which tasks you’re going to do/which tasks you’re going to hire out? You have to consider cost, time, personal preference, and safety concerns. If you aren’t sure what to do, you can ask a professional. Most professionals will be happy to help you figure out if you want to do it on your own or hire. DIY Chores: Mowing the Lawn. This is one to do yourself, you save some money, get some exercise and fresh air. Staining and Painting. Smaller jobs like doors, fences, and decks you can do yourself. This is fairly easy to do. A lot of the time that you’re going to spend here will be for preparation work. If you do this properly the actual painting will go quickly. You should reseal and finish your decks and porches annually or biennially. Doing this yourself you can save a large chunk of money. An exception when it comes to painting is when it’s the exterior of an entire house.…

8 Home Repairs You Should Never Put Off

8 Home Repairs You Should Never Put Off June 23 2020 - Here are 8 home repairs that you should never put off. This includes caulking, musty basements, and leaky faucets and so much more. If you put these off you may have a larger problem in the future. The Musty Basement A damp basement can lead to mildew and mold. And it reeks. If you grade the yard, sometimes the water moves away from your home. If you install gutters and downspout extensions, they will channel the water away from the foundation, keeping the basement dry. Worst case scenario you will need to put drain tiles around the footings.  You will need a professional and a couple thousand dollars. Rotting Deck Boards Wooden decks are prone to rotting and deteriorating. (Even more so if they don’t get a lot of sunlight.) Sometimes only one part of the deck will rot, other times the entire thing will rot. This will cause the entire thing to be unsafe. You will need to replace every rotting boards.  If you are doing rip and repair work you can use a reciprocating saw. Saw the boards…

5 Ways to Maximize Your Home Improvement Spending

5 Ways to Maximize Your Home Improvement Spending June 23 2020 - Now more than ever, it is extremely common for homeowners to make improvements to the quality of life in their home rather than buying a new one.  Revamping and adding new features to a home is less expensive and opens up the way for potential buyers in the future. Although remodeling and renovations may seem like the cheaper route, that won’t always be the case if you don’t properly budget your money. The following five steps will help make sure you are taking steps in the right direction when going through the designing, building and overall spending process. 1) Consider ALL Options When Financing When making home improvements, if you don’t have the money on hand, there are other ways to access the funds. Home equity credit is a very smart move when managing money throughout a renovation. According to data analytics provider CoreLogic, the average homeowner gained about $13,400 in equity from the first quarter of 2016 to the first quarter of 2017. Taking out home equity loans…

How We Approach Water Damage

How We Approach Water Damage August 05 2020 - With the recent flooding here in Windsor, we thought it would be fitting to discuss how restoration companies in Windsor approach water damage. Every restoration company has a clear set of procedures for any work situation, including water damage. There is a large difference between a plumbing leak and a flood and they both bring different challenges to the job. That being said, the objectives are the same in every instance. The goal is to clean up any debris and trash, remove the destroyed materials and dry the property so its save to live in again. Efficient cleanup of flood damage requires a variety of skills; many of which are only learned by qualified industry experts. This is why it’s recommended that homeowners only consider companies that are certified and experienced. So how do restoration companies approach water damage? Although the initial reaction would be to save as much as possible, technicians first need to survey the property to determine the extent of the problem. If…

Flood Clean-up Tips

Flood Clean-up Tips June 23 2020 - When the rain stops and subsides, flood victims can follow a few simple steps to reduce property damage and limit health risks. Flooding occurs when rising water overflows the natural boundaries of bodies of water, such as rivers and streams, and flows across the ground picking up all kinds of contamination. The water can be contaminated with soil bacteria, decaying insects, animal droppings, oils and fluids from roadways, and fertilizers and pesticides from fields or gardens. Together with the IICRC and Supreme Restoration Services Inc. Offers these tips to clean up after a flood: Use caution when entering buildings. Make sure electrical power is off, and the structure is sound before going into and inspecting a flooded building. Small animals or reptiles may also seek shelter inside a structure, so be cautious when repositioning contents or removing materials. Protect yourself. Wear an organic vapor respirator, available from paint or building supply stores, along with rubber gloves,…

Why You Should Never Leave Snow on Your Roof

Why You Should Never Leave Snow on Your Roof June 23 2020 - Not so fast! The stress of winter weather is not over just yet! Unfortunately, just because snowfall is less consistent doesn’t mean it’s done causing chaos. The often low temperatures cause snow to build up on your roof. This can cause significant damage and pose a large risk. It was recently discovered by the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) that a large accumulation of snow on a roof can cause ice dams which can wreck your roof and your home as a whole. You may be wondering how an ice dam forms, or more importantly what it is. To answer that question, you need to know the following information; Ice dams form in weather that is extremely cold. If there is a layer of snow on the roof while the weather is near freezing, ice dams are a risk. Naturally, when you heat your home, that temperature rises to your attic and reaches the roof. The snow on the roof melts slightly, and water begins to fall from under the snow and down the edge of the roof.  Remington…

8 Things You Shouldn’t Keep in Your Basement or Garage

8 Things You Shouldn’t Keep in Your Basement or Garage June 23 2020 - Always make sure to stay up to date with what you’re storing away. It is easy to forget about what you might be keeping in your basement or garage so it’s important to take a closer look every so often. Often, people cannot even fit their car in their garage due to clutter. Within this clutter, some may be keeping things that pose large health risks or hazards, and they don’t even know it. Here is a list of things you should never keep in your basement or garage so that you and those around you, stay safe. Propane Tanks If the tank leaks and is exposed to gas from a furnace, car or electric panel could be disastrous. If a fire breaks out it can cause an explosion. Propane should be stored outdoors on a flat surface away from flames. Natural Fabrics Humidity can cause mold to form on the material. Furniture Furniture made of wood will warp in humid temperatures. Upholstered furniture can mold in humid temperatures. Rodents can build nests in cushioned chairs and couches. Refrigerator…

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