Exploring Windstorm Damage Repair

Tips To Deal With Your Homeowners Insurance Regarding Fire Insurance Claims

After a house fire, it is important that you begin fire restoration as soon as possible in order to prevent further damage to the home. Depending on the extent of damage from the fire, smoke and water, the structure of the home may have sustained substantial damages, including electrical hazards that can pose a danger to you and your family. Therefore, it is recommended that you contact an experienced fire damage contractor to handle the restoration. It is also important to contact your homeowners insurance to discuss your policy and the available insurance repairs. Losing your home and your personal belongings is a devastating experience and the last thing you want is to get a hard time from the insurance company. So, here are some tips to follow when dealing with your homeowner’s insurance company regarding fire insurance claims. Make a List One of the first things you need to do is make a list of everything you lost in the fire. It may be difficult, but the sooner you start the list, the easier it will be to remember the items that have been lost and it will make the process of filing the insurance claim go much smoother. Do Not Throw Anything Away Do not enter the property or the home until the fire department has approved entry. Once you are in the home, one of the first things many people want to do is start throwing away the items that have been ruined by the fire, smoke or water. The insurance adjuster may need to see these items in order to include them in the coverage,...

Water Damage Prevention: Subtle Signs Of Poor Drainage In Your Home

Drainage problems can cost you thousands of dollars in damage to your foundation walls and basement floor, not to mention the destruction of your stored possessions. Puddles of water in your basement or pools of stagnant water on your lawn are often clear signs of drainage issues, but there are many other signs of poor drainage that aren’t so obvious. To help prevent water damage to your home, read on to learn some of the more subtle signs of drainage problems. Signs in the gutters and downspouts A heavy downpour of water from your gutters is often a clear sign that you have a roof drainage problem that could cause water damage to your foundation. However, you don’t need a gushing gutter to confirm that you have overflowing gutters. Streaks of dirt along the outer side of your gutters and mud splattered on your siding can indicate that water from the roof isn’t going down the gutters as it should. The easy fix to this problem would be to remove leaves, dirt and other debris that could be obstructing the flow of water to the downspouts and seal any holes in the gutters. If the drainage issue continues, you may have undersized or improperly pitched gutters. Downspouts that dump too close to the house could also bring about water damage, as roof runoff could seep into the soil around your foundation and eventually crack the walls. You can resolve this by installing gutter extensions to dump water further away from your home and have a water damage expert add soil around your home to create a slope that diverts...

How To Deep Clean Your Basement Carpet After A Minor Flood

Basements are a little more difficult to clean after experiencing water damage because of how the room is below ground, but if you are able to remove the bulk of the liquid in a short time, your carpet may be salvageable. Deep cleaning your carpet can be a lengthy process, but it can be worth it if it means not having to pay to replace the entire room’s carpet. Clean The Subfloor Your subfloor is whatever is under your carpet and carpet padding, and since dirt and odors sink, this is where you’ll need to start. If you have a concrete subfloor, take up the carpet and padding, then use a mixture of water and bleach to scrub the concrete. You don’t need to use so much water that you would need a wet vac to clean it up; instead, just set up some fans and a dehumidifier to help it dry faster. If you have a wood subfloor, you’ll need to be a little more careful. Use a mixture of bleach and water or vinegar and water to scrub the floor, but be careful not to soak the wood. Work in small areas at a time to prevent the wood from getting too wet. Wash The Carpet Padding Carpet padding is a little more difficult to clean because of the way it absorbs liquid, but this is where a special tool called a water claw comes in handy. Spread a mix of vinegar and warm water over the carpet padding with a sponge, then let it sit for about half an hour. Next, scrub a mixture of dish...

2 Important Things To Know Before You Purchase A Former Drug House

Are you thinking of buying an investment property that used to serve as a drug lab or drug den? These properties sometimes become available for auction after the police department has conducted all of their investigative work. The good news is that you can often get a seized drug house at bargain basement prices. On the other hand, these homes sometimes need a significant amount of cleanup work before you can even start remodeling, let alone put it on the market. Here are two things you need to know before you start the rehab project: Assume you can’t keep anything on the inside. If drugs like meth were manufactured on the property, then you’ll likely have to gut the entire interior of the home. The reason is that meth is basically made of a mix of a bunch of different poisons. Those elements produce a toxic coating that get into the air and coat everything around it, from walls to carpet to furniture and more. Inhaling those fumes can be deadly. It can also cause long-term medical conditions like blindness, liver damage, and reproductive disorders. You obviously can’t make the home available for sale or rent with any of the toxic materials remaining. Doing so would open you up to serious liability. Just assume from the get-go that nothing on the inside can be saved. Additionally, it’s not uncommon to find stains and discoloration in former drug homes. Smoke and other drug toxins can quickly deteriorate a home’s furnishings. Drug houses can also see a lot of fights and other violent activity. There could be blood stains on the...

Flooded Basement? 2 Reasons To Approach The Cleanup Carefully

The instant you spot a flooded basement, you might be ready to roll up your sleeves and get to work. Unfortunately, moving too quickly can create more problems than it solves. Here are two reasons you should approach the cleanup carefully, and what might happen if you don’t: 1: Fast Water Removal Can Damage Your Home’s Structure After you find water standing in your basement, you might head to the home improvement store to pick up a wet-dry vacuum, a sump pump, and a few buckets. When you get home, you might call all of your closest friends and family members to help you to get that water outside as soon as possible. Unfortunately, displacing standing water too quickly could severely damage your home’s structure. When your basement floods, the soil surrounding your home can also become saturated with moisture. Unfortunately, if you move interior water without giving the exterior soil a chance to drain, it can create a dangerous pressure imbalance. Wet ground soil can press against your home’s foundation, potentially causing cracks and bowing your structural beams. To avoid trouble, wait until the surrounding soil has drained before you start pumping. After you start removing water, don’t pump more than 2-3 feet of water per day. It might take a lot of patience, but by moving slowly during your flood cleanup, you can protect your home.    2: Flooded Areas are Inherently Dangerous That flooded basement might be a discouraging mess, but don’t let your frustration cloud your judgment. Flooded areas are inherently dangerous, and here are a few reasons why: Water Saturated Objects: As water soaks through...

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Welcome to my site. I’m Chase Carran. A quick moving windstorm recently knocked down a tall tree right onto our roof. The tree fell through the roof and straight into the living room. Luckily, no one was in that room at the time of the incident. We hired a damage contractor to fix the drywall, ceiling, and structural materials destroyed by that tree. The damage contractor used a wide range of materials and tools to complete the job. I will explore those materials, tools, and techniques on this site. I hope you will visit my site to learn all about home repair practices. Thank you.