How to Deal With Two of Most Common Water Damage Problems

If You Have Water Damage Related To a Leaking Pipe?

One of the leading causes of water damage is a broken or leaking water pipe. If you have any type of water incident related to a leaking pipe you need to stop the source of the water as fast as you can. Get the water turned off to the entire home if you have to. If you do not know how to do that, you need to call a plumber as fast as you can. Get the water shut off! You need to realize water damage is a serious matter that can result in serious health issues. You can’t completely resolve the issue by just vacuuming up the water and letting the area dry out. You end up with a mold problem and that can be an expensive problem to deal with.

Next, You Call Your Local Water Damage Restoration Contractor.

They will have the knowledge, experience, and proper equipment to handle any water damage that you might suffer resulting from a leaking pipe or any other source. Any type of water damage can be very serious and you need to address it as quickly as you can.

Be Extremely Careful With a Sewage Back Up

Toilet back-flows that originate from beyond the toilet trap are considered black water contamination regardless of visible content or color. Category 3 water is considered contaminated water and will have a negative effects on your homes indoor environment. This category also includes water sources from seawater, rising water from rivers or streams, ground surface water or standing water. Black Water is grossly unsanitary and can contain harmful bacteria and fungi able to cause severe discomfort or sickness. It takes highly trained and experienced personal deal with Category 3 or Black Water. This assures your project is completed in accordance with rigid IICRC standards from start to finish.

Keep the Toilet Maintained

It’s a good idea to inspect a toilet’s components, such as the fill, supply and flush valves and the supply line at least once a year. A little maintenance goes a long way in preventing a disaster. You want to make sure you can turn off the supply of water. Make sure all components are working properly and there are no leaks.



Metal Roofs Are Gaining Popularity in Houston

It’s Now an East Decision

Metal RoofThere are more and more home owners choosing to have their old shingle roof replaced with one of the new metal roofs. With the competitive pricing offered by Houston metal roof contractors it’s an easy decision. Installing a metal roof is a great economical way to increase the value of your home, and protect it at the same time. You have a choice of steel, aluminum, copper and corrugated metal roof. Any of which offers numerous benefits over the asphalt shingle roof. Some of these include:

  • They are easy to install
  • They cost the same or less than a traditional roof
  • They come in a variety of colors
  • They have excellent insulation properties
  • They protect against hail damage.
  • They save money on insurance plans
  • They add to the value of the property

Long-term Benefits

Steel Metal Roof With that being said, the upfront cost may be a bit higher than traditional shingle roofing, but that is outweighed by the long term benefits, and savings down the road. The metal roof offers a life span of 40yrs to 50yrs with proper maintenance. That’s a far longer life and less maintenance than the old shingle roof. You save on your energy bill and your insurance cost. Asphalt shingles actually absorbs the sun causing it to store heat. This can cause the energy cost to go up. Metal is known for reflecting the sun and can save you a lot of money in the summertime. These are long-term savings over the entire life of your roof.

The Metal Roof is Weather Resistant

Having a metal roof as we stated before, protects your home in many ways.  It helps protect the home during inclement weather and natural disasters. It is more likely to stand up to a strong storm than traditional roofing. This is with much less damages. You are less likely to experience leaking from a flood, or collapsing from a snow storm. Metal is less likely to catch fire than wood or man-made shingles. All of these benefits contribute to a great discount by a many insurance companies. They see that you are protecting your home and “proofing” it disaster. This does vary from state to state, however it is worth finding out what the individual savings will be for you. The cost of a new roof can be extremely expensive. You can always get an estimate for both a traditional roof and a metal roof add the benefits to each, and see which one will be the best for you. Hands down considering the overall life cost the metal roof is going to be the best all around.


Recovery From Water or Smoke Damage

We Hope It never Happens, But…

ATEX Water Damage RestorationI might begin by saying that I hope you never have a flood or fire in your home, but it does happen and can be a very traumatic time for you and your household. I have friends who live beside a beautiful little creek that meanders through their back yard and under a little bridge. Sadly, a couple of years ago it rained too many times and the little creek became a raging river that rose high enough to flood their lower story and do some pretty serious damage to the walls and floors. Water damage can also come from any plumbing source within your house as well. Smoke damage can be caused by something as simple as a cheap candle expelling waxy vapor onto walls and ceilings, or a poorly vented fireplace. I want to discuss some ideas for repairing water and fire or smoke damage.

Water Damaged Interiors:

  • Degree of Damage. Water leaks can cause stains. Major water intrusion can cause structural damage that requires extensive repairs and remodeling.
  • Drywall. If the drywall is sagging or bulging it needs to be replaced. Often it is what you don’t see behind the wall board that is the deeper problem. Wet insulation and mold build-up can only be resolved by removing the drywall and replacing it. If left unattended mold build-up can lead to expensive mold cleanup project requiring the services of a professional remediation company. My friends with the flooded creek had to have the first three feet of drywall above the floor removed, the area dried, and the wall board replaced.
  • Woodwork. If water has caused painted wood surfaces to blister or start to peel, you will need to strip the surface with a quality paint stripper, scrape and sand, and then prime and re-paint.
  • ATEX Water Damage RestorationCarpets. A major problem with wet carpets is mold cultures forming in the wet environment. You must get the water out as soon as possible using commercial vacs and fans, and run your heating system with windows cracked open to allow the humid air to escape. If flooding has caused sewage  back up onto your floors, you should plan on having the carpet and the carpet pad removed and area thoroughly cleaned and disinfected before the new installation. Sewage poses serious health hazards and should be handled water and sewage damage professionals who have the experience and equipment to get the job done safely.
  • Hints. If you have valuable papers that are water damaged, you can store them in your freezer until you have time to work on them. Concrete surfaces can be cleaned with a TSP solution (it is corrosive, so wear gloves and protective glasses). Rapid drying is essential if you want to rid yourself of mold production.

Smoke Damaged Interiors:

  • How serious is it? Smoke will leave some discoloration or black marks on your walls and ceilings. Smoke leaves a residue called soot. If fire is close to walls or ceilings, there may be more serious charring, which is caused by the paint actually burning.
  • Smoke. Use a gallon bucket of warm water with a tablespoon of TSP, taking precautions with gloves and eye protection. Use a large sponge and scrub a small area at a time. Rinse it with clean water.
  • Soot. Use the same solution as above, but you will need to repeat the process because the residue is heavier. Do not put too much water on at a time, or you will be dealing with water damage as well.
  • Charring. Clean as above, but you will need to prime the areas and re-paint them. Severe charring may require replacing some sections of drywall.
  • The smell of smoke. This is the legacy of a house fire that hangs on well beyond the initial cleaning process. White vinegar is a good cleaning agent that also destroys odors. Baking soda (as oftenused in a refrigerator) absorbs odors very well and can be sprinkled on floors and fabric-covered furniture. Activated charcoal can be placed around the room in bowls to help deodorize the air. Of course you can open the doors and windows to air-out the house. Severe smoke odors that have permeated the carpets, drapes and furniture usually cannot be removed, and replacement of these items may be the only solution.

If all of this DIY stuff scares you, you can find professional water damage restoration companies who will come in and do the work for you. If you are concerned about harsh chemicals or other environmental issues, remember to ask about these things before signing any contracts. Happy cleaning!