Water Damage Restoration

Prevent and Repair Water Damage From Ice Dams

Ice Dams and Water Damage Ice dams can be a very destructive situation for a home here in Minnesota, with all of the heavy and frequent snowfall and moderate temperature swings we have had. Ice dams do not often occur where daytime temperatures remain below freezing for long periods of time. Snow is allowed to melt or evaporate gradually and ice dams are not formed. Knowing what to do before and after severe winter weather can help lessen the damage from ice dams or prevent them from occurring in the first place. Repair Water Damage Water damage to your home is one of the most costly repairs you can encounter. Whether it be from a roof leak or plumbing leak, materials in your home that get wet from leaks, like sheet rock, wood and carpet, can not only result in expensive repairs but pose a serious health threat from mold and mildew. If leaks are detected early enough you can prevent any resultant mold and mildew. Time is of the essence here though. For mold to develop to damaging levels on sheet rock it will need to remain wet longer than 24-48 hours and on wood if it stays wet longer than 2 weeks. So once the water source is removed the opportunity for mold to develop is inhibited. The winters are a time when water intrusion into your home has an added opportunity to occur when it snows and the temperatures remain at or below freezing for a minimum of 2-3 days. Snow buildup on your roofs can form what are called “ice dams” and leak water into your attic. If enough moisture penetrates through your roofing materials and gets absorbed in the insulation or sheet rock, you won’t notice it until the damage has reached a level that could require a professional mold remediation team to remove it. Insurance Approved Water Damage Restoration If your home has had water damage due to ice damming, contact an insurance approved restoration company...

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Prevent Water Damage From Burst Pipes This Winter

Prevent Water Damage From Burst Pipes Taking preventative action is your best defense for your home against the freezing cold.  It is time to be proactive taking steps to protect your property from a major home property loss that can occur if water pipes freeze and burst. Water is capable of causing extensive damage to your home property with damage to floors, ceilings, walls, rugs, furniture and other personal property. A slight 1/8-inch crack in a water pipe can release and amazing 250 gallons of water per day. Water damage caused by burst frozen pipes can leave serious wreckage in your home that could require complicated and costly repair. Fortunately, you can prevent this kind of damage by following these winter care suggestions: Insulate Insulate all water supply pipes as well as your attic and the sides of the water tank. The exposed pipes in crawlspaces and the attic are the most prone to freezing so make sure to insulate them well. You can also wrap pipes with a heat tape but just make sure to use quality products and follow all of the manufacturer’s directions for use. Inspect Inspect your home and make sure you know which areas have poor heating. Check plumbing fixtures such as valves and hoses regularly and perform routine maintenance work to ensure they are always in good condition. When Outside Temperature Drops When winter kicks in, you should maintain the temperature in your basement above 55 degrees. If the pipes under your kitchen sink are not insulated, open the cabinet doors to let warm air in. Look for leaks around your home that allow cold air to enter inside close to where the pipes are. Seal these leaks by caulking or insulating the area. This is important because, in severe cold weather, outside air can be cold enough to cause pipes to freeze even when it is entering the house through a tiny opening. Before You Go If you will be traveling, do not switch off the heating system but instead set it on low and to activate twice a day. Most modern units will have this automatic power-on setting. If you will be away for quite some time, ask a reliable relative or friend to check up on your home to ensure the temperature inside stays at or above 55 degrees. Before a Frozen Pipe Bursts While pipes can crack or burst simply from age and normal use over time, one of the most common causes of domestic water damage in the winter is frozen pipes. You should treat frozen water supply pipes as an urgent matter because it can cause your pipes to burst and water to come spewing from the cracks the moment the ice thaws. To prevent frozen pipes from bursting, follow the tips below as soon as you discover the problem: Turn off the main water supply valve, including the valve in your cold water tank, if you have one. Leave water taps turned on. Prevent possible water damage by protecting the structures and objects that could be affected if the frozen pipe bursts. For example, remove the carpet in the room or take furniture or other belongings to a safe room. Thaw out the frozen pipe by opening the tap closest to it so that the water can be released through when the ice has melted. You can also use a hot water bottle or a blow-dryer to thaw a frozen pipe, starting at the pipe closest to the faucet and moving towards the coldest part. Just be careful when using the hairdryer and never use it...

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Don’t Take Mold Lightly

Mold Should Never Be Taken Lightly Today we are seeing an explosion of moldy properties due to the foreclosures that have hit the real estate market. More than half of the homes that have been unoccupied for the past 6 months to a year have mold in the basements. This is due to the utilities being turned off and lack of maintenance on the home and existing leaky basements.  These houses need to be cleaned of all molds prior to anyone occupying the property. Many people are very sensitive to molds and other allergens; everybody has a reaction to some type of pollen or mold spore. We have mold everywhere; it is the higher than normal levels that are reason for concern. People have purchased homes that have not been remediated of mold properly. Most of the homes need to be cleaned again after the initial mold clean up. Home owners are getting sick and having to go to the hospital to treat major allergy infections. It is a professional duty of all real estate agents and contractors to make sure mold issues are identified and made known to all parties interested of such issues with everyone knowing that the property has a better chance of getting the mold remediated properly, and being turned back into a livable house again. Mold is not something to take lightly, but also it is something that can be fixed. Most of the basement leaks need to be repaired after the remediation to prevent more water from entering.  If contractors are doing remediation then they should at least be certified to do remediation and especially be insured to do the work. Insurance now requires coverage for remediation of mold. Different states have their own requirements for insurance, check your local regulations. This is a reason that a simple handy man shouldn’t do mold remediation. Experience is the only way to know what is going on in the house. After all,  the only conclusion is that they just need to be totally gutted of drywall and cleaned throughout the house. Just cleaning the surface and painting with KILZ doesn’t always work. I can’t tell you how many times I have re-cleaned where a supposed mold remediation took place (all that happened was a spray and wipe clean up, not total removal).  This isn’t just for the foreclosures but even for houses that people live in. The biggest complaint of home owners is bad air quality; this is mainly due to dirty air ducts and HVAC units, years of neglected maintenance and improper filters being used. More information should be shared between all professions so we can help homeowners and business owners having a safe environment to work and live in. Original post: Mold Should Not Be...

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Minnesota Homeowners Still Dealing With Water Damage From Ice Dams

Water Damage From Ice Dams
A winter storm that has wreaked havoc in the Twin Cities has many Minnesota homeowners still dealing with water damage in their homes from ice dams.

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