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Charlotte is known for its breathtaking natural beauty and homeowners proudly display some of the most beautiful gardens in the country. Landscaping is a great investment of your time and money; you can add thousands of dollars to your home’s value when you sell it. However, we at Restoration 1 of Greater Charlotte warn that your backyard landscape and hardscape can also cause thousands of dollars of water damage to your home if not properly maintained.

Our experts are trained in water removal and damage restoration and certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification. Contact us for water damage cleanup in Charlotte!

Keep It Flowing…

Check drainage areas, and remove all debris from storm drains. If a storm drain is full of debris, storm waters will not be able to flow away correctly and can cause worse flooding. Observe the water flow; you might need to grade the yard to keep water from pooling at the foundation. You might even need to install French drains below the surface to correct problems.

Protect The Deck

Many homeowners have their newly installed deck sealed once and then neglect it. Even the best sealant wears off and needs to be reapplied every few years. Any standing water can sink deep into the wood and put you at risk of developing rot. Not only is rot unsightly, but it can also undermine the integrity of the deck itself, handrails, or stairs. If your deck has any “give” to it when you walk on it, there’s a good chance your deck needs structural repair.

Automatic Sprinklers

Properly designed irrigation systems can save water, time and money for home gardeners. However, they are comprised of many intricate parts. Broken sprinkler heads, poor scheduling and faulty wiring can lead to leaks and damage to the wooden structures in your yard. Don’t let the “automatic” sprinklers run unobserved. Run through an abbreviated cycle to check that all systems are performing well. If you plan to leave the home vacant for the summer, you may want to turn off the water supply and drain your supply lines.

Maintain Gutters

Good gutters are almost invisible; if installed properly they divert water from the foundation out to the street. However, they must be maintained. Clogged gutters prevent proper water drainage, which can leak into your home and cause water damage. Clear away any debris such as fallen leaves from gutters and make sure down pipes are also clear. Add extensions to downspouts to divert water at least three feet from the foundation.

Trim Trees

Here we are blessed with so many gorgeous choices: Green Ash, River Birch, Poplar, Elm, Oak and Red Maple trees. With that beauty comes many hours of raking leaves and tree trimming.Trees cause two types of water damage to your home:

Tall trees with long, huge branches can hang over your roof. A big wind storm could break a branch;  it could end up puncturing your roofing membrane and decking. If it occurs during a heavy rain storm, it won’t take much time at all for your attic to flood and for water to begin dripping through your ceiling. 

If you have trees that are close in, they could cause foundation problems. Over time, they can lead to cracks in your foundation walls. Whether you have a basement, pier and beam home with a crawlspace, or a slab foundation, these cracks can provide the perfect ‘highway’ for groundwater to travel through and cause flooding to the home.

Quality Water Damage Restoration Monroe

Let Restoration 1 be your trusted partner. Having a fabulous yard requires more maintenance and repairs due to water damage. If you find any unexplained or excess water in your home, call for help. When not addressed immediately, mold and mildew can form. You need to get the professionals involved right away; Restoration 1 provides certified water damage restoration Monroe in Greater Charlotte.

At Restoration 1, the team designs a plan for your home to ensure your property is 100% dry by using the equipment in the industry. As soon as you discover a leak or water damage, contact Restoration 1.

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Buying a new home is exciting! At the same time, though, the stress of buying a new home can outweigh the excitement. One of the biggest concerns that you should have when looking for a new home is water damage. Water damage is a common and pervasive problem that affects many homes. This is especially true for old homes. These homes often have a history of water damage and weaknesses that make them more susceptible to it. From our water damage restoration experts at Southeast Restoration in Augusta below are four places you should look to detect water damage in an old home, and how to manage it:

The Basement

The basement is the number one place for water damage in any home. This is for two main reasons. First, any water that seeps in through weak spots in the foundation of the home will find its way into the basement. Second, a water damage issue in any other part of the home, given enough time, will eventually find its way down to the basement. As a result, it’s rare to find an old home that hasn’t sustained some degree of water damage in the basement during its lifespan. When searching for water damage, it is probably wise to begin with the basement.

The Attic

The likelihood of finding water damage in the attic has a lot to do with the shape of the roof. Obviously, an old home is more likely to have roof problems that would allow water to leak into the attic. Thus, if you notice any water damage in the attic, you should begin with your roof when trying to find the source of the leak. If you do detect any roof damage, take care to have it repaired right away so it doesn’t lead to more problems in the future.

Underneath Sinks

The cabinets underneath your sinks are very vulnerable to water damage. This is especially true of old homes since the pipes underneath the sink are more likely to leak or break. If your pipes are old, it would be wise to have them replaced so you can be assured they won’t crack or break in the future.

The Bathroom

Bathrooms are another obvious source of water damage. With all the different sources of water such as the shower, toilet, sink, and so on bathroom water damage in old homes is quite common. Take care to investigate each of these sources of damage closely before they can cause or lead to more damage.

Water Damage In Augusta

When buying a new home, don’t leave any stone unturned. You should take the time to check every nook and cranny of an old home you are considering buying. The four areas listed above, however, are the ones you should check first when looking for water damage. Last of all, for any water damage problems or concerns you may have, we at Southeast Restoration in Augusta are here to help.

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10 Things Your Plumber Wants You To Know

If you read my last blog, you know I recently experienced the disaster of water damage in my basement due to a clogged drain. I had a fantastic plumber come out and clean it and he also gave me a very helpful education on what all plumbers wish all homeowners knew!  My last water damage (I have had 4 total now in my home!) could have been prevented if I had known then what I know now!

This information is too valuable not to share!

  1. Water heaters need love too.

The water heater is something a lot of homeowners tend to forget about. They’re tucked away somewhere in a closet or your basement and you don’t see them on a lot, but that doesn’t make them unimportant. It’s key to remember to flush the tank in your water heater at least once a year to avoid build-ups of rust and oxidation. When it comes to plumbing, preventative measures like this can save a lot of money and stress down the line.

  1. Don’t put oil or grease down the drain.

This one I did learn from my mom! She always said “never pour cooking oil, bacon grease, or anything remotely similar to either down your drain. Ever!”  My plumber told me that oils and greases being poured down drains by homeowners are one of the leading cause of cumbersome clogs. Here’s what you can do instead of dumping them down the drain: pour used cooking oil or grease in a disposable plastic or foil container, freeze them, then throw them out with the garbage. Take my word for it, this is so much easier than having to pay to get your pipes fixed. OR deal with water damage due to clogged pipes!

  1. Waiting until the last second to call for help doesn’t help – at all.

The longer you let a problem linger, the worse that problem is bound to get. You’ll save more money catching an issue early than waiting to get help until it’s become a full-fledged plumbing emergency or water damage emergency.

  1. Garbage disposals aren’t trash cans.

Most homeowners don’t know the exact purpose of their garbage disposal and treat them as an easy, out of sight way to toss whatever they want. Garbage disposals are meant for small amounts of scrap, but cannot handle an entire lasagna, or challenging food like celery or potato peels. When you do find yourself needing the use of your garbage disposal, make sure to rinse everything down with lots of cold water to help avoid clogs. 

  1. You can’t ignore water around the base of your toilet.

Got water around your toilet? As a mom of 3 boys, I am sure I would accuse one of them first!!! In all seriousness though, water around the base of your toilet is a typical sign of the failure of the wax ring seal. Ignoring this problem can lead to rot, mold, and expensive repair. If you see unsightly puddles, call a professional before too much damage is done.

  1. It’s best to avoid chemicals.

Many commercial chemical cleaners eat away at a lot more than gunk build-up. Dumping chemicals down your drain can end up eating away at, and ultimately irreparably harming, many varieties of pipes and drains. When my drain backed up causing my water damage in my basement, my first thought was to dump a drain cleaner down the drain. At least I did the smart thing first and called my plumber who advised me to definitely NOT do that!

  1. It’s important to know where your shut-off valves are.

Imagine this scenario: your home is unrelentingly flooding and you’re not sure why. You’re scrambling around with soaked pajama pants wrapped around your ankles, crying out in despair, just wanting the water to stop, and… you don’t know where your water shut off valves are. Familiarize yourself with your home’s plumbing system before problems occur so you can respond quickly if and when they do. In many of my blogs, I have mentioned the importance of everyone living in the home to know where the main water shut off valve is! I just helped a frantic homeowner on the phone the other day locate hers (she had water everywhere and no idea where it was coming from). She said her husband usually handles everything in the furnace room and she had no idea. Calling all wives!!!! I am here to tell you that water damage will not plan itself around your husband’s schedule! Know where the main shut off is and better yet, have it marked. ***If you would like ‘main water shut off’ valve tag mailed to you, email me at lisa@24restore and I will get one to you!

  1. Staying up to date is a huge help when it comes to problem prevention.

A frequent issue plumber’s face is homeowners suffering from burst hoses and rusty build-up on fixtures. These are problems that can easily be avoided by keeping your fixtures and hoses up to date, replacing them on a schedule before they become a problem.

  1. It’s okay if you don’t know what you’re doing.

Don’t get caught up in the idea that you have to be an expert fixer-upper if you own your own home. It’s important to be aware of the limits of your abilities, especially when it comes to something as important as plumbing, because when you’re halfway through a plumbing fix, and it’s too hard for you to complete it’s already too late. Okay, I am definitely guilty of this one! I joke all the time that because of youtube I am now a professional plumber, auto body specialist, grill and smoker master (…well pretty much a professional chef all around for that matter), a natural lotion and soap manufacturer and one heck of an incredible knitter! The list goes on, but you get the idea! For many things, especially those that could cause water or fire damage, get over your independent self and call a professional!

  1. A little knowledge goes a long way.

Just reading a list of tips like this puts you leaps and bounds ahead of your average homeowner. Knowing enough about your home plumbing to be able to find and address problems and find the right people to help you with them when they arise is something to be proud of. Go you!

Knowing how to best take care of your home plumbing is a great step in helping to avoid and unlikely water damage in Minneapolis.

 If the disaster of water damage does happen in your home or business, call 24Restore anytime. We are available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year.  We are the only call you will have to make. Even If a plumber is needed, we will also arrange that.

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One of the more costly unfortunate things that can happen to a home-owner also happens to be one of the most common issues. Water damage will happen to 98% of homes during their lifetimes, and so it’s fairly likely that it will need to consult in professional cleanup services. Luckily, there are ways to proactively protect your home, and ways you can minimize the damages if it does strike unexpectedly. We at TRAC Solutions in Menomonie would like to introduce 5 ways to protect your home against water damage:

  1. Take care of your windows and doors. Make sure spaces around these surfaces are air tight. There are new window and door options available that are watertight. Older windows should be examined frequently; cracks in the trim should be re-sealed and the glazing compound around the window can be replaced.
  2. Stay on top of your drainage system. If your gutters are clogged, you’ll probably have standing water that can erode your gutters and cause water damage on your roof. Another common roofing probably is that gutters will be pointing in a way that they don’t fully diverge water away from the home, resulting in a cleanup emergency.
  3. Install a sump-pump, and test it often. This can remove water that accumulates in a sump basin in your basement and can be a solution to basements flooding often. In addition, if you have a basement or other areas that seem to have a hard time drying out fully or are often damp, a dehumidifier can be a great way to remove some of that excess moisture and cleanup the air.
  4. Replace hoses and other parts of your appliances. Hoses of washing machines will often be the cause of unnecessary water damage because they weren’t replaced, even when they were showing obvious signs of age, bulging, and discoloration. Don’t let that be you! Replace the parts of your appliances that look like they’re passed their prime.
  5. Check your water pressure. If the pressure is too high, your pipes and hoses may be damaged from the constant pressure. The average home is designed for 40-70 PSI. You can buy a pressure gauge at a local hardware store, and install on an outside faucet. Turning it up all the way should give you an accurate reading on the pressure. If it is above 100 PSI, you can purchase a pressure regulator at a local hardware store as well that can help you keep the pressure down and prevent damaged pipes and leaks.

Water Damage Cleanup In Menomonie

With a few tweaks to your home and some conscious observation, you can significantly decrease your chances of sustaining water damage. That being said, it can happen to anyone, and, if it happens to you, your first step should be to call a professional. If you live in Western Wisconsin, TRAC Solutions is a great choice. Professionals can help you know exactly what to do right away, and help you cleanup your Menomonie home properly to avoid mold, unfortunate odors, or other damages that result from improper restoration.

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Fire damage can occur at a moments notice, and from countless causes. The best fire protection for your property is prevention. We at ServiceMaster Restoration by Century promise that by implementing the following suggestions in your Galveston home or business, you can help prevent fires and respond quickly if they do occur.

Install smoke alarms throughout your property. Every level of your building, inside and outside sleeping areas, should have smoke alarms. Be sure to check your smoke alarms regularly. If they are not working correctly, change them out. You should also change the batteries at least once a year, before they run out. Most smoke alarms expire after 10 years. If yours are older than that, install new ones. Working smoke alarms reduce the chances of fire fatality by nearly 50%. They are critical for warning when fire is present, and are the first step in the evacuation process, so be sure that they are working correctly.

Create and practice a fire escape plan with everyone in your building. An effective fire escape plan should have 2 exits out of every room. Designate a safe meeting place outside that is a safe distance away, and in a place that is easily seen and accessible. Practice the escape plan regularly so that everyone in your property is aware of how to get out if a fire occurs. Having a practiced escape plan in place will greatly increase the chance of a safe and fast evacuation for all inside.

Keep flammable objects and materials in safe places. Keep matches high and out of reach of children, and valves on gas tanks turned off when not in use. Do not leave space heaters on in unoccupied rooms, and keep them at least 3 feet away from any flammable items. Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can burn, and always blow them out when leaving the room.

Do not over plug outlets. When too much current is running through a single outlet or extension cord, they can overheat and fires can occur. Do not plug multiple appliances into the same electrical socket. If you have multiple cords that need power, use a surge protector. If cords feel hot after being plugged in for extended amounts of time, unplug them until they cool down.

Be aware and cautious in the kitchen. Kitchen fires are leading sources for house fires, and most can be completely avoidable. Do not leave a hot oven or stovetop unattended, and keep a fire extinguisher on hand and easily accessible in the kitchen. Be informed on how to handle grease fires, and keep things like baking soda or flour near the heat source when cooking with oils.

If there is a fire in your home or building, get out, stay out, and call for help immediately. Do not go back into the home or building. Wait until professionals arrive and deem the area safe before returning.

Fire damage is often complicated, and fire damage restoration involves restoring damage from the fire itself, restoring items affected by smoke and soot, and even restoring water damage caused by firefighting efforts. ServiceMaster Restoration by Century provides full restoration for commercial properties and buildings damaged by fire. If you are looking for flood damage cleanup in Houston, contact ServiceMaster Restoration by Century. Our experts are fully experienced to provide the services of water damage repair in Katy.

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Water damage cleanup is a laborious task. Depending on the type of water present, the cleanup process may follow a couple different protocols. The end goal is always the same though; remove and dry all the water completely, and restore your Derby home to its pre-loss condition. Because each type of water requires different precautions and techniques, it is important to let a professional experienced restoration company handle the cleanup process. In order to better understand how water damage cleanup works, you must first know what the different types of water are and the threats they entail.

We at PCS/PRS Southern would like to introduce three categories of water, each coming from a different source and posing its own potential threats.


Category 1 Water: Clean Water

Category 1 Water comes from a clean source, such as a leaky faucet or broken supply line. This type of water is called ‘clean water’ because it comes from a clean source and is unlikely to harbor contaminants. Water damage cleanup from this type of water follows the general cleanup steps. First, water must be extracted and dried completely. Damaged materials can then be repaired or replaced. If Category 1 Water is not cleaned up quickly and dried completely, it can degrade into Category 2 Water.


Category 2 Water: Gray Water

Category 2 Water is called ‘gray water’ because it is contaminated water that may contain viruses, bacteria, and other harmful contaminants. Sources of water damage from gray water are dishwashers, washing machines, and toilets without feces. This type of water poses threats to health, and if you come in contact with gray water it can cause illness. The cleanup process for gray water requires personal protective equipment before entering the area. Water must first be safely extracted from the area. Then thorough disinfecting is required to ensure all harmful contaminants are removed. All water and moisture must be completely dried before repairs can take place. Items such as furniture or other materials that quickly absorb water will need to be deep cleaned, and some even thrown away. If Category 2 Water is not handled promptly and effectively, it will progressively worsen into Category 3 Water.

Category 3 Water: Black Water

Category 3 Water is called ‘black water’ because it is grossly contaminated water. Black water sources include flooding streams, canals, and rivers, water from the sewer line, and water from the toilet containing feces. This type of water can cause serious illness and even death if ingested. All contact with black water should be avoided because of the potential health hazards it poses. This type of water cleanup requires professional equipment and techniques to ensure adequate cleaning of surfaces and removal of contaminants. Personal protective equipment and safe extraction are extremely important when removing black water. Extensive disinfecting is required, and many damaged items will have to be thrown out. Dehumidification and complete drying are required to ensure all harmful spores and impurities are removed and cannot spread. Experienced professionals should handle black water cleanup.

No matter what type of water has damaged your home, PCS/PRS is committed to providing a rapid and well-organized response to your situation. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to serve Derby and surrounding areas. We have more than 20 years of experience, and will restore your home to its pre-loss condition safely and efficiently. Let Professional Restoration Services handle all your water damage cleanup needs.

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Why Is It Important To Have A Carpet Pad?

Have you ever heard the famous quote from Abraham Lincoln saying that if he had six hours to chop down a forest, he would spend the first four sharpening his axe? While it may seem counterintuitive, preparing in that way would make your forest-chopping labor much more efficient and enjoyable and would be a good use of your time. In a similar way, regarding your carpets, things you do to lay a solid foundation and prepare for carpeting will make a world of difference in the end product. We at PCS Niagara recommend preceding to lay down carpet with a carpet pad – a soft underlay that will support your carpet, for several reasons. In the end, we guarantee that it will make your experience with your carpet more enjoyable!


Here are four reasons why having a carpet pad is important –

  1. Having a carpet pad with protect your carpet and the floor underneath. The top layer of carpet is designed to be soft and as comfortable as possible, but the backing of the carpet is far from it. It’s designed for utility; to bind tufts of carpet together and be strong. It is plastic-y and abrasive. If it is placed directly against a floor, all the wear-and-tear from foot traffic can damage both the floor and the carpet over time.


  1. It will be softer underneath your feet. There’s nothing that says comfort quite as well as a soft floor that gives a little underneath your feet as you walk. Even if you feel when purchasing carpet that your choice will be soft enough on its own without a pad, carpet will settle over time with foot traffic. When carpet becomes “broken in,” it will likely be harder than you want without a carpet pad. For homes especially, it’s a must.


  1. Carpet pad tends to insulate your home. The hard floors underneath your carpet can be chilly and the places where they connect to the foundation and to the structure of your home have potential to let in drafts. Carpet pads reduce this significantly and serve to make your home more air-tight. You’ll save money on heating and cooling costs, too.


  1. Carpet pads will make your carpet more durable. I’m sure you’re familiar with the unfortunate fact that once you have put heavy furniture on your carpet, you run the risk of forever having dents and divets in your floor. Having a pad reduces the stress on your carpet and makes it more likely to be resilient when faced with potential damage from heavy items.

When it comes to carpets, simple steps you can take now in the carpet installing phase of the process are crucial to ensuring the best experience for you as a homeowner. With questions about carpet pads, rug or carpet cleaning and repair, or anything else, call the carpet experts at PCS (Professional Cleaning Specialists) of Niagara. Our staff are prepared to help out with all of your carpet needs. And, best of luck with your new carpet!

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When it comes to water damage cleanup, time is crucial. The sooner the removal and cleanup process begins, the more the damages can be minimized and controlled. Water damage will spread quickly, and can easily turn into a larger, more expensive problem, if not handled right away. Restore your property in a pre-damaged situation with our services for water damage cleanup in Marysville. Our teams of experts are professional enough to clean the mess effectively. Here is a timeline of just how much damage can occur in such a short amount of time following water damage.

Immediately after water damage:

Water will spread quickly, saturating every material it comes into contact with. Paper goods will begin to deteriorate very quickly once they are exposed to water, and other porous materials will begin to absorb the water.

24 hours after water damage:

Porous, textile materials like upholstery and carpet that have absorbed water become heavy and sodden. The breakdown of exposed materials like drywall, insulation begins because of all the swelling from the moisture. Wood will also begin to swell. Metal object will begin to tarnish, and any colors and dyes from fabrics will begin to bleed. Paper goods will no longer be salvageable. Mold growth begins in as little as 24 hours after moisture has been present.

48 hours after water damage:

Mold growth has started to spread, and may even begin to be visible on surfaces. Microorganisms can begin to grow in the water, so contamination levels become a threat. Wood will begin to warp and bend. Metal objects will begin to corrode, while other materials (drywall, insulation, carpet, carpet padding, furniture, and other textile goods) continue to deteriorate.

One week after water damage:

 If water damage has been present for this long, restoration costs and processes are significantly increased. Water contamination levels are a huge concern, and should be handled appropriately and treated as category 3 water (black water). Few items are salvageable after being exposed to water for this long, and structural damage is likely to ensue. Mold growth and other harmful bacteria are now major risks, and have likely spread to other areas of the home. Structural integrity is compromised, posing a serious threat to those still living in the area. Cracks in walls and ceilings, and buckling of floors will be apparent by this time, and will require rebuild to correct.

While it is crucial to begin water damage cleanup as quickly as possible, Stenvik Specialty Construction Services is a certified and insured water cleanup restoration company offering premium water removal and property repair to home and business owners in Marysville who have suffered any size or type of water damage – regardless of how long the damage has been present. Stenvik works quickly to cleanup water damage, mitigate further damage, and restore your property to pre-loss condition safely and correctly. We understand how quickly things can go from bad to worse following water damage, and are ready to step in as soon as get the call. Do not wait, or waste any more time to get the cleanup process started once you discover water damage. Let Stenvik take over, and get your life back to normal following any and all water damage disasters.

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Tenant Mold Prevention Education In South Jersey

Nobody wants to live in a moldy environment. As a property manager in the South Jersey area, it is your responsibility to ensure that your tenants have a safe, sanitary space to inhabit. However, you can’t control everything that goes on in every part of the building. Educate your tenants about tenant mold prevention. This way they can help in eliminating some of these potential mold issues within the building.

Key Elements In Tenant Mold Prevention Education

Many tenants (and people in general) don’t know the first thing about mold prevention. It is imperative that everyone, not just tenants, understand how to prevent mold in a rental home. They will be grateful that you educated them, and they will continue to use that knowledge you gave them wherever they may move to. A few key elements in tenant mold prevention include:

Ensuring a home has proper ventilation is key when preventing mold. This is the number one thing you should be teaching during tenant mold prevention. While it is important to ensure that all of the home is properly ventilated, some areas need more ventilation than others. Make sure that you are educating your tenants of these specific areas. Kitchens and bathrooms are the areas that need ventilation the most. Showering and cooking produce a lot of heat and moisture, which creates excess humidity. Ensure that your tenants are aware of proper ventilation techniques that they can employ. Besides the obvious use of vents and fans, it can be as simple as opening a window while showering, cooking, or running the dishwasher.

Keeping humidity levels as low as possible. Indoor humidity levels should never exceed 50%. The ideal level for indoor humidity is between 35% and 50% relative humidity. Keeping the air conditioner running, especially during the summer months, can help keep indoor humidity levels low. If a building is particularly muggy, you may want to suggest the use of a dehumidifier to your tenants so they can keep a closer eye on those indoor humidity levels.


Preventing and remediating condensation is another simple tip you can use while educating about tenant mold prevention. Tenants can reduce the potential for condensation by adding insulation in areas that experience a lot of condensation. To make it even easier, you can advise tenants to simply wipe away accumulated condensation when they notice it.

Another easy technique to suggest during tenant mold prevention education is to immediately wipe up any spills that may occur. Make sure that tenants are aware of the damage that these spills could potentially cause. Larger spills such as an overflowing bathtub or toilet, especially, can cause a lot of damage. It is much easier to educate tenants to do their best to prevent and avoid mold than it is to get rid of it.  If a building experience flooding, the same rule applies. Cleaning up and drying out the building quickly and thoroughly after the flood occurs is imperative. If you are concerned that the damage is too severe, don’t hesitate to reach out to a professional mold remediation company to assess the damage.

Tenants Expressing Concerns About Mold

As previously mentioned, the average tenant generally doesn’t know a whole lot about mold and mold prevention. Some tenants may even report concerns of pre-existing mold in their home. Some tenants may be uneducated about mold, or may even be exaggerating the issue. However, you should always take these reports seriously as their property manager. You are the owner of the building after all, and you want your tenants to be happy. When tenants report mold or other maintenance issues, it is your responsibility to investigate these reports. You must not only assess the issues, but ultimately straighten them out. While not all tenant mold reports are valid, no report should be ignored. You may even want to set up a professional mold inspection with a company in your South Jersey area.

Making necessary repairs such as fixing leaky roofs or employing the services of mold remediation technicians are required as a South Jersey property manager. Whether there actually molds in the building or not, it is your responsibility as the property manager to ensure that living conditions are up to par. Neglectful property managers and tenants are one of the biggest causes of mold issues in a property. If you’ve educated tenants about tenant mold prevention, and you’ve kept up with property maintenance, your property should be safe from mold damage.

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You did it, you created an oasis for just you: your hobbies, your interests, your friends, your passions. Whether you use it every weekend, or only for the Super Bowl, outbuildings need to be protected from water damage. Floodwater or a broken pipe can cause extensive and irreversible damage. Floods or disasters can ruin your space by 1) wiping out belongings and 2) permanently damaging floors and walls to your Davenport establishment.

It is important to take the time to flood-proof your outbuildings. Floodwater can cause permanent damage to furniture, books, documents, and other water-sensitive items, and it can cause the wood to swell and warp. If water is not immediately removed, we at Challis Restoration know that mold and other microbial organisms can begin to grow.


Prepare Before A Flood Or Heavy Rains

You should also work to flood-proof your home and external spaces before the rainy season. For example, if the space is below ground level, install a sump pump and backup power source. Add backflow valves to toilets and drains.

Once a flood warning has been announced, immediately gather the emergency supply kit and pay attention to the TV or radio for updates. If possible, make sure to bring in any outdoor items such as grills, furniture, and trash cans. Securely tie down large items. Carry every valuable thing in the space to the highest floor in the house, especially that big screen T.V.


After Water Damage

After the flood, call your insurance provider as soon as possible. Take pictures of the damage and make sure to keep accurate records throughout the repair process. After the appropriate steps have been taken, the cleanup process should begin. For safety reasons, the electricity to the entire house should be turned off. Floodwater needs to be removed immediately to prevent the growth of mold and other dangerous organisms, so it is a good idea to call in a professional to handle the extensive cleanup process.

Is It Covered By Insurance?

You’ll want to notify your agent about your new structure, of course, but most homeowners policies will cover buildings on your property that aren’t attached to your home, like a gazebo, shed or detached garage through “other structures protection.” Typically, the standard coverage is for 10 percent of the amount of insurance you have on your home. So if your home is insured for $300,000, your shed and other structures would be insured for 10 percent of that, $30,000.

Total coverage is for all of your unattached buildings, including fixtures like fences. So if the addition of the shed now brings the value of your outbuildings to more than 10 percent of your standard coverage, you may want to increase the total of your homeowners  insurance policy.

Plus you may want to be careful about what exactly you store in your shed and consider what perils your policy covers. To properly protect certain high-value items like a billiard table, you can purchase additional coverage that protects the specific item for its appraised value. Enjoy your new building, but don’t keep valuables in your shed.

If you’ve experienced a major spill in your hideaway, call us as soon as possible. The concrete floor can sustain water damage, staining, and other problems if the water remains for too long, and the walls can lose some structural integrity as well. The longer you wait, the worse the damage will get.


Call Challis For Your Water Damage Needs

The team at Challis Restoration in Davenport knows the restoration and recovery process – from first-aid measures and emergency response to technical services and total reconstruction. With over 25 years of experience, contact us if you have any questions regarding water damage cleanup, storm damage restoration, sewage damage repair, or flooding cleanup.

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3819184665?profile=originalIn today’s world, there are a wide range of industries that depend on technologies that generate enormous amount of contaminants in the environment. These toxic contaminants can represent a noteworthy issue for industries, in view of the hazards that they can present to physical security and for the potential harms that they can cause to the nature. On the off chance that an organization is confronting a site that is formally proclaimed as contaminated, they can search for viable remediation solutions to make the site safe and sound and worth living.

The environmental remediation centers on the expulsion of toxic waste and detrimental pollution in groundwater, air or land. Explicit strategies and chemical solutions are utilized to respond to adulterated sites, to enable them to reach safety standards and to look after the environment.

At the point when organizations need to discover a corner for excellent environmental remediation strategies, they can decide upon contacting environmental cleanup companies determined to offer escalated research and gives innovation based solutions for polluted sites.
The objective of any cleanup organization is the natural remediation of the site rapidly and redevelopment of land in ways that help society and national economy. 

Strategies for Environmental Remediation

Cleaning up a polluted site is perplexing and approaches can fluctuate from site to site. Following are the few steps that are followed for environmental remediation:

  1. Early classification of a problem
  2. Phase 1 Investigation
  3. Phase 2 investigation
  4. Remediation
  5. Preservation

Remediating and re-sanctioning these sites can protect the environment by taking control on the damage, and taking off the pressures away from effective sites. At Fulcrum, we offer our customers the site characterization reports to make sure they have sufficient and genuine data to hold up selection and execution of remedial solutions. One can also expect substitute to remediation solutions starting from active engineered systems to natural reduction to address site contamination.
If you or someone you know is looking for environmental companies in USA, feel free to contact Fulcrum for best assessment of your site.


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Water damage is one of the most common and destructive disasters that can happen in your home. While its immediate effects can be incredibly destructive, water damage also has long-term consequences that can still take a toll on you and your home weeks, months, and even years after the initial damage occurred. There are many reasons as to why this is, and we have a few of them listed below. However, the most important thing to understand about the long-term effects of water damage is that it is very preventable. That is getting the job done right the first time. Amateur or low-quality professional efforts to provide water damage restoration services often leave behind unnoticed pools of water or moisture. This unwanted moisture can have serious consequences down the road. Thus, you should hire a professional cleaning and restoration company to handle your water damage restoration needs. GS Jones Restoration is one such company which provides water damage services in Pittsburgh here for you.


Mold is easily the most common and most potent long-term consequence of water damage. Mold can begin to grow as quickly as 24-48 hours after a flood, but it can remain much longer. This is especially true when moisture seeps into your walls or ceiling. Soon, this moisture will spawn mold growth. Once the mold has begun to develop INSIDE your walls and ceiling, you have a serious problem. The mold will quickly spread and is very difficult to remove. For some people, the mold of this sort remains there for YEARS without anyone ever noticing.

Unwanted Pests

Alongside mold, this is a pretty gross problem brought on by water damage over time. Three of these common pests are silverfish, earwigs, and termites. Silverfish contain contaminants that can get in your food and make you sick. Earwigs love to feed on mold and other insects. They are often found in restrooms. Finally, termites are attracted to moist wood and other damp materials. Termites are by far the most destructive of these insects as they can cause major damage to the foundation of your home over time.

Structural Weakening

A flood, at the moment, can cause major structural damage to your home immediately. On the other hand, moisture pockets left unattended can gradually eat away at critical structural components of your home over time eventually making it unsafe to be in. Termites eating away at the wood in your home are another great example of this. Again, this can be avoided if you take care to completely remove all the water and remaining moisture from your home after a flood. Don’t needlessly allow your home to be taken over by mold, moisture-loving pests, gradual structural weakening, and so on.

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Experiencing commercial water damage can be detrimental to a business owner who now has to balance the loss of property with the loss of income while the business is affected. When it comes to commercial properties in The Galveston, water damage can sometimes mean the loss of thousands of dollars in inventory and productivity, and getting back to work as soon as possible will limit the total damages, as well as the lost profit.

There are several causes of commercial water damage, and sometimes prevention can keep a major water damage disaster from derailing your business. As a commercial water damage cleanup in Galveston, we want to help you get back on track as soon as possible.

Preventing Commercial Water Damage

Commercial water damage cleanup can be avoided with a little bit of preparation and prevention. Make sure you and pertinent employees know where the water shutoff valves are located in the event of a pipe or equipment failure that causes water damage. You should also make sure the right people know who to contact in the event of water damage so cleanup can begin as soon as possible.

In many cases, water damage cleanup can reverse water damage, and things that would need to be replaced after extended exposure may be able to be recovered if cleanup begins very soon after the water damage occurs. So contacting a commercial water damage repair in Katy quickly can result in restoration and not replacement, but it’s also the best way to ensure your business is back up and running as soon as possible.

Common Causes of Commercial Water Damage

Commercial water damage can be the result of numerous things including a leaking roof, storm damage, flooding, malfunctioning equipment, broken pipes, and sewage backups. Commercial properties can be more likely to sustain large-scale water damage, especially if something happens overnight or on a weekend or holiday when there is no 1 at the business.

Service Master in Katy can help your business recover after water damage, and provides emergency 24/7 commercial water damage cleanup in The Katy and surrounding areas. We know how important it is that water damage cleanup begin as soon as possible to prevent further damage, and we understand the need to be operational as soon as possible.

Contact ServiceMaster Restoration by Century today to learn more about our commercial water damage cleanup services or to obtain an estimate.




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Fire Damage in Columbia, SC

Those who have suffered fire damage in Columbia, SC. Know that what is feeling of having damage house in fire. Their cherished household goods and the homeowners’ fond memories are also affected by the heat, soot, and smoke of a fire. At Sincerely Yours, you will find a shoulder to lean on as we help you through these trying times.

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Addressing the fire and smoke damage right away is critical when it comes to preventing additional health risks and preventing further property damage. The experts at Sincerely Yours Inc. are here to help you quickly and efficiently. Our team of fire damage cleanup in Irmo is on standby to help you with any fire damage or smoke damage disasters 24 hours a day. We start the restoration process by protecting your home or property from further damage.

Contact our fire damage restoration experts today at (803) 714-3598 for assistance.





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Water damage can happen at any time and for a variety of reasons. Whether it’s flood water from a storm, sewage backup, or a pipe that has burst, Yellow Van Cleaning & Restoration has the technology and the experience to restore your property quickly. So when an accident or disaster occurs, don’t feel alone. Yellow Van Cleaning & Restoration will be there for you, no matter what time of the day it is. If you need immediate assistance of water damage repair in Holdrege, call us at 1-844-755-7416 today!

From water extraction to dehumidification, Yellow Van Cleaning & Restoration can handle all your drying needs, regardless of size and scope. Our service team has the knowledge and expertise to ensure drying is done effectively and efficiently.

We use industry proven dehumidification equipment to guarantee the most efficient drying process for our client’s properties. Our dehumidification experts set up and monitor the drying process through every phase to ensure proper drying occurs. We ensure that moisture deep within walls, floors and contents is thoroughly removed, avoiding a wide range of problems in the future.

Our services of water damage cleanup in Aurora include water extraction, structural drying, dehumidification, thermal energy drying, mold prevention, carpet and upholstery cleaning, structural repairs, and other services as needed. Tell your insurance provider that you prefer Yellow Van Cleaning & Restoration.3739408087?profile=original


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