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DIY Steps to Keep Water Out of Your Basement

DIY Steps to Keep Water Out of Your Basement

Be it a small crack or a huge one, water always finds its way. And there are several reasons as to why water enters your basement. Flash floods, drainage problems, and appliance failures are some of them. When water accumulates in the basement, it becomes a ground for mold and termites to grow. If you want to avoid this from happening, you can get in touch with one of the water damage restoration companies. You can also indulge into some DIY steps for preventing water getting into your basement. Here’s what you can do to keep the water out.

Seal those gaps

As mentioned above, water has a tendency to leak through cracks. If there are gaps around plumbing pipes or concrete walls, water can enter into a basement. Make use of polyurethane caulk or hydraulic cement to seal those gaps. Check if the water still enters after sealing. If it still does, you might have to resolve the groundwater problem as mere sealing won’t work.

Keep downspouts away

The downspouts that help you to get rid of excess water should be kept five feet away from the house. You can do so by adding metal or plastic extensions to the downspouts. You can also install an underground drain pipe so that the gutter runoff remains far from your house.

Waterproof the basement walls

Moisture and condensation often form on the basement walls. Apply sealant on the walls to avoid this from happening. Apart from this, you can also waterproof the basement walls with silicate based concrete sealers, concrete coatings, plastic sheets or waterproofing paint. Also consider waterproofing the outside walls of the basements so that you can fill the gaps in the foundation if there are any. This process might prove too expensive as you will need to excavate around the house.

Invest in a sump pump

When you install a sump pump, it will protect your basement during floods by pumping the water out.  If the level of water in the basement goes up, the sump pump is smart enough to discharge the water outside the house. But before installing one of these for your house, conduct research on how to find the right sump pump and use it.

Get the rain gutters cleaned

When the gutters are blocked, it results into the water pouring in your home’s foundation creating the risk of basement flooding. Hence, make sure that you get rid of leaves or branches, debris etc and check if there are any loose particles from the asphalt roofing in the gutters. If there are any loose gutter straps, you must tighten them. In case of any gunk in downspouts, you can get rid of them by pouring a lot of water with the help of garden hose.

If your basement is already flooded, you must get in touch with the water restoration service provider so that you do not have to deal directly with floodwater. If not, you can take the steps mentioned above and protect your basement.

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Summary

There are several reasons why water may enter your basement. Flash floods, drainage problems, and appliance failures are some of them. This article lists down some DYI steps to deal with such situations.

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Flood Restoration Services: Misconceptions You Must Get Rid of!

Flood Restoration Services: Misconceptions You Must Get Rid of!

Floods are more likely to occur due to nature’s fury. But they can also occur due to manmade errors like leaving the faucet open for several hours together. The aftermath caused by floods is quite difficult to cope with. But thanks to the water restoration damage companies, your house can get back to looking like before. When it comes to flood damage restoration services, all of us have some misconceptions. Let us clarify some of them.

Restoration process will take a lot of days

This is one of the biggest myths. People think it will take days together to get their house look like before. Although this totally depends on the intensity of the damage, the sooner you call the water damage restoration company, the better. The professionals of these firms use the latest equipment and water mitigation techniques to get your house looking back like before in no time. They also place drying equipment, dehumidifiers, air movers etc in a way that your house gets dried out faster.

Mold won’t grow in the areas that are less waterlogged

It is not true. Even if the areas in your basement and rooms have had a little amount of water, mold can grow within 48 hours. Mold is more likely to grow during summers but it can grow even in the coldest of places if moisture and water are not dried up. Some people think that they can get rid of mold using bleach. But that isn’t the right way as it is likely to grow back. Flood restoration professionals have state-of-the-art cleaning equipment that deep cleans areas from within and leaves them spic and span.

Walls will have to be reconstructed

The reconstruction of walls depends on the amount of damage that has been caused by water. So this can prove to be both a misconception and truth. Water restoration companies have drying technologies that can dry out even the tightest of spaces. In that case, walls wouldn’t need to be reconstructed. Once the moisture readings are taken, it will give more idea about the intensity of water damage. If the damage caused is irreplaceable, you might have to go for reconstruction of walls.

Electronic equipments cannot be saved

There is a preconceived notion that if water gets inside electronics, they stop working forever. You might feel that you will never be able to revive the equipment back. Much to your surprise, you can. Refrain from plugging in before getting them treated and dried up by the professionals. The content restoration teams that work at these companies have an apt know how of saving electronics. Data recovery is also possible in some cases.

It is quite likely that we form misconceptions out of what we hear from people. However, it is advisable to know about these things from someone who has apt amount of knowledge about damage restoration. So stay away from myths and get in touch with the most trustworthy flood restoration firms in your area now!

Crucial Steps to Take Before and After Hurricane Strikes

Crucial Steps to Take Before and After Hurricane Strikes

“Hurricane season brings a humbling reminder that, despite our technologies, most of nature remains unpredictable” quotes Diane Ackerman, one of the best American poets and naturalists. We all are aware that nature is quite volatile and predictions are just predictions. Hence, one must have plans to save oneself from the wrath of nature. If you are not prepared when hurricane strikes, it can lead to irreplaceable loss of life.

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Hurricane can cause severe damage to the property depending upon its intensity. It also comes along with a lot of floods and rains. The houses affected by hurricane often require help from water damage restoration professionals after its effect dies down. But before it strikes, you can take certain steps to prevent your property and surroundings. Take a look at some of them.

Secure your property

Storm shutters are a good investment for hurricane prone areas. They also protect your windows from breaking. Don’t waste your time sticking tapes around windows as they won’t be enough to protect them from breaking. You can board up your windows with 5/8” marine plywood which can be made by you or bought from outside.

Prevent the roof structure

Roof inspection and prevention might take a few hours of your time. If you are petrified of heights, make sure you hire a professional. Once you are up on your roof, search for damaged or curled roof tiles. Inspect the edges of the roof because that’s where the winds enter from and lead the other roof shingles to loosen. You can also set up robust straps around your roof structure to counterbalance the hurricane effect.

Plan an evacuation

People who reside along sea coasts are used to evacuation due to hurricanes every year. So they are well-aware of the steps to take during evacuation. If you are not used to evacuations, keep the track of all the information provided by the government authorities through media. You can also inquire with the local authorities about evacuation maps and routes.

Keep disaster supply kits handy

Start preparing your disaster supply kit. It must contain the following items:

  1. Flashlights with extra bulbs
  2. Batteries
  3. First Aid Kit
  4. Rain Gear
  5. A pair of scissors
  6. Blankets
  7. Car Openers
  8. Gloves
  9. Bottled Water
  10. Canned food and
  11. Bottled juice

Arrange for transportation

A couple of days before hurricane strikes, you should check the gas levels in your car and keep its tank filled with gas. This is because the gas stations mostly remain closed during emergencies. Speak to your neighbours and friends to make transportation arrangements if you do not have a car. During extreme floods, owning a boat and securing it near your house can also help.

Before you leave

At the time of leaving, make sure you are carrying your necessities and emergency kits. Wear hurricane protective attire which includes long-sleeve shirt, cap and long pants. Check if all the electrical equipment like radio, tv, microwave, fridge etc are unplugged. Stay with your family and let the people around you know about where you are going. If you are scared to venture out, stay in a lower level room which is safe to reside in.

People residing in the area close to where hurricane has stricken might suffer due to the damage caused by flooding. During such times, they can approach hurricane damage repair professionals. The above steps will ensure your safety when the hurricane hits. Keep safe!

5 Ways Water Can Damage Your House

5 Ways Water Can Damage Your House

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Water is considered as a magical resource which is necessary for the survival of everything around. But sometimes, it can be destructive to a great extent. Under unfavourable circumstances, it can even damage the foundation of your house. So it becomes necessary to keep a check and make necessary amendments on time to stop further damage that can permanently affect your home. In this blog, we have discussed the 5 most common ways water can damage your house. Make sure your home is safe from all of these. And if in spite of all your precautions your house does get managed by flooding or other ways of water looging, get in touch with water damage restoration professionals in your area.

Water leakage

Water leakage is one the most common causes of damage to our houses. It usually occurs in the form of leakage from defective joint fittings in water pipe lines, sanitary fitments or drainage pipes. Imagine a good house that has a concealed pipeline, water will seep through the walls, making it damp, cold and prone to fungal growth on the walls or susceptible places. It is very difficult to trace the leakage and repair work but you need to be alert as these can cause harm to you through your immediate environment.

Rains

Uncontrolled rains can cause the maximum damage to your homes. There are different outlets through which rain water might seep in into the house including your basement walls, doors and windows, roof leaks, and others. If you live in a place which often witnesses abundance of rains, make sure your windows (when closed) do not allow water to seep in, do not keep valuables and electronic equipments in the basement, and follow other preventive measures to be safe. If for some reason your house is affected, immediately call expert services to restore your house and normal life.

Soil quality and saturation

Soil quality on which the house is built determines the stability of the house. A porous soil with granite and sand does not retain water. So when a good compaction is done a solid foundation is laid. If your house is built on clayey soil, water saturation can cause major damages to your house through displacement and distortion of wet soil especially in the rainy season.

Washing Machines & Dishwashers

Carelessness with electrical instruments may become huge risk factors especially when they have something to do with water. Malfunctioning machines or electrical gadgets like geysers becoming wet due to leakages may lead to short circuits and house fires that have the potential to cause disastrous damage to your homes. You should also keep a check on where the water is going from your dishwashers and washing machines. Proper handling of water related electrical devices is mandatory to ensure safety of your home and family members.

Clogged toilets

Choked toilets and sanitary outlets can be a reason why your walls are getting soggy and prone to fungus. Overflowing of toilets either inside or outside the house is detrimental to your overall health and hygiene. House interiors may suffer permanent damage due to wet surface and at the same time make it difficult to survive there because of the stinking and detrimental hygiene conditions for a long time. If you notice any such indications at your home contact experts and get the renovations done before it gets worse.

5 Ways To Prevent Damage from Flooding

5 Ways To Prevent Damage from Flooding

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Flooding is more common than you may want to accept and most areas near water bodies face the danger of flooding. If you ever face the prospect of your property getting flooded with water, the first thing you should do after the water recedes is to contact your local water damage restoration experts.

But there are quite a few things you can do before a flood occurs. Though it’s difficult and almost impossible to predict all natural calamities, flood is something you can prepare for beforehand. If your area is counted among the flood prone areas, you should always be ready to protect yourself when the need arises. You can’t control floods, but you can minimize the damage from floods. Here we will talk about 5 ways which can help you prevent damage from flooding.

Safeguard all electrical appliances

Your electrical appliances are most prone to damage by flood water. You should take special care of the electrical system of your house if you reside in a flood prone area. Raise the switches, sockets, and wiring at a safe distance from the expected flood level of your area. In case of flood warnings, move all your electrical appliances from the basement and switch off the main current supplier till it’s safe to use it again.

Manage outdoor equipments

Outdoor equipments like air conditioning units, generators, and fuel tanks should be raised above the expected water level. Never keep them on the ground under any circumstances. Fuel tanks can break up and mix up with the flood water which can cause scores of further troubles.

Save all important numbers

Remember that you are stuck in a calamity; you might need outside forces to help you out in worst conditions. Keep all important numbers handy. From radio station to rescue team, keep contact numbers of all for emergency situations. Family and friends should also be in touch to help if the need arises.

Last minute measures

If it’s about time you sense it would be too late to do anything after that, start with the last minute measures. Move the left out things to upper level places or to top floors, remove carpets, switch off electrical appliances, keep a stock of drinking water, etc. Don’t use flood water for any activity be it washing, cleaning, or bathing as it is full of impurities.

Make an escape plan

Be prepared for the worst of cases. If you think it’s no more safe to be there, evacuate immediately. Don’t risk your family’s lives over saving other things. Just lock your home properly and do the most to move your belongings to the highest place possible. You can carry important documents along, and don’t forget to keep emergency lights and kits with you as you might need them.

Even after all the precautions, you can’t help the water flooding your home. You might have moved most of your belongings but even the walls of your house can get damaged because of the flood. Don’t take it lightly and moreover don’t postpone the restoration. It can cause some serious health hazards. To keep your family and home safe from these agents, we recommended you to hire professionals for your property restoration. Being experts they can help you much more than anyone else and delaying it can further worsen your problems.

What To Do & What Not To Do After Flood Damage

What To Do & What Not To Do After Flood Damage

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No doubt water is a boon and a life saving resource. But when nature goes wild, it can transform a blessing to curse. Flood is something you can’t control and it is bound to cause damage to a great extent. Your premises are the most affected during and after a flood. After the damage is done, you need to be careful with your next steps to ensure safety and quick restoration. Here’s a compact guide to help you on what to do and what not to do after flood damage.

What to do?

  • Turn the main electricity supply off. Electricity and water make a dangerous combination. To avoid any accidents, you should keep it disconnected till it’s safe.
  • Remove electronics and other important things from the basement or low lying areas. Shift small movable items upstairs. In case of heavy electronic appliances, you can raise them up with the help of bricks.
  • Keep enough supply of bottled drinking water.
  • Switch off electricity, gas, and water connections if you are moving out. Make sure to lock everything up.
  • If your premise is insured, take photographs as evidence for the insurance claim. Make a backup, if possible. You can lose the first copy in the running around and emergency like situation.
  • Open all doors and windows if the rain has stopped. It will help to dry out the area and to allow fresh air in.
  • If your house is too much damaged to clean it up yourself, hire water & flood damage restoration services before causing further damage to your house and belongings. Experts can control the situation better than you can.

What not to do?

  • Don’t panic. There’s a lot to do before the situation get’s normal. If you panic, things might go wrong and cause further inconvenience.
  • Don’t leave your furniture on wet carpets or it will damage the furniture. Put something between the carpet and the furniture base that acts as a shield.
  • Don’t use fans or vacuum cleaners to dry out the water.
  • Don’t use your regular cleaning products. Flood water brings many contaminated germs with it. Mold formation is another thing you need to take care of. Act step by step and use products which not only clean the surface but kills hidden molds and germs as well.
  • Don’t throw your damaged stuff out. Your insurance company might be willing to inspect them before they provide you any compensation.
    Don’t use flood water for any purposes like drinking, bathing, cleaning, or food preparation. It is contaminated with sewage and other impurities.
  • Don’t go into the water clogged area when you aren’t properly equipped with rubber boots, hand gloves and masks.
  • Don’t attempt to redecorate your house immediately. Let the walls and floors dry out completely. It might take some time but make sure there is no mold formation or left out contaminations before you go on with refurbishing.