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Ice Dam Prevention & Removal 101

Ice Dam Prevention & Removal 101

At Warren Restoration, we provide several damage solutions, including water damage services. When you think of water damage, you likely think of flooding repair. However, did you know ice dam removal falls under our water damage services? It’s important to address ice dams as they can be extremely dangerous. Here’s everything you need to know about ice dam prevention and quick removal.

  • Prevention – The most common way to prevent ice dams from forming is installing heated cables along your roofline. This is done by installing the cables in a zig-zag pattern using clips. This method allows the roof’s temperature to stay warm enough that ice and snow don’t form along your roofline.
  • Fast Solutions – It may be tempting to take an axe or hammer to your ice dam. However, that method could be dangerous for you and damage your roof. Instead, consider the following methods.
    • Cold Air – If you have an attic, take a fan and aim it at the exterior walls and ceiling seams. This method will stop the ice melt leak and prevent it from forming a dam.
    • Rake – While using a roof rake, carefully remove the snow off your roof while you are safely on the ground. This will change the temperature of your roof without you having to worry about shingle damage.
    • De-Ice – Use an ice-melting solution such as calcium chloride. Fill a long skinny bag (with holes in it) with the solution and lay it across the ice dam to create a spout for water to escape off your roof.

We hope these tips for handling ice dams will help you prevent and resolve this dangerous hazard. For more permanent ice dam removal, call a professional. If you have any questions regarding ice dam removal, or other water damage services we provide, please contact us at Warren Restoration today!

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes

Do you live in a climate that gets hit hard in the winter with freezing temperatures? If so, you may have suffered from frozen pipes a time or two. If you’ve had enough, here’s a guide to help you prevent your pipes from freezing.

  • Drain Pipes– Always drain your smaller pipes that are likely to freeze if you suspect temperatures to drop significantly. This includes draining the pipes to your landscape sprinklers and the pipes to your pool. Additionally, consider disconnecting and draining your hoses.
  • Promote Circulation – It’s important to promote heat circulation throughout your home to ensure your pipes are receiving heat. To promote warm air circulation, consider sealing wall cracks, periodically opening kitchen cabinets (that lead to pipes), keep garage doors closed as much as possible, and insulate around vents and light fixtures.
  • Don’t Let Your Indoor Temp Drop – It’s not uncommon for people to shut their heat or air off when they are leaving their home for a long period of time. However, in the winter this is not recommended, especially if you live in a cold climate. To prevent frozen pipes, don’t let your home temperature fall below 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Bonus Tip – One final tip that could make a difference when it comes to frozen pipe prevention is allowing your faucets to drip. During freezing temperatures consider letting your faucets drip cold water. The movement in your pipes will make it difficult for the water to freeze.

We hope these steps will prevent your pipes from freezing. In the case that your pipes do burst, always call a professional. If you have any questions regarding frozen pipes, and the services provide, contact us at Warren Restoration today!

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes

Here at Warren Restoration, we know from experience just how much damage can result from a frozen pipe. If you find yourself dealing with frozen pipes this winter, you can call our team to get the expert restoration services you need to make your home or business as good as new. However, our team also understands that you no doubt want to avoid this situation if at all possible, so in this article, we’ll go over some key steps you can take to prevent your pipes from freezing in the first place.

  • Temporary Steps- There are a number of different steps you can take to prevent your pipes from freezing in the short term, but the majority of them rely on the same basic principle of exposing your pipes to heat. One strategy is to simply turn up your central heating, but you can also do things like open vanity and cabinet doors or set up fans to blow warm air towards these vulnerable pipes. In addition to exposing your pipes to heat, we recommend letting water drip overnight to prevent freezing–setting your faucets to trickle will keep the water moving and make freezing less likely, and it will prevent pressure from building up and potentially bursting, which is the main danger of frozen pipes.
  • Long-Term Steps- If you want more permanent protection from frozen pipes, you’ll need to make more significant changes to your plumbing system or other parts of your home. For instance, you can call a plumber to install heating cables around your pipes, or to reroute pipes away from the coldest spots in your property. Other solutions that we at Warren Restoration encourage you to consider include replacing your outdoor faucets with frost-proof models and even insulating your crawlspace. If you’d like our professional advice on how best to protect your home or business, just give us a call.
3 Things You Can Do to Protect Your Home from Storm Damage

3 Things You Can Do to Protect Your Home from Storm Damage

Our team here at Warren Restoration knows from experience just how bad storm damage can get, and just how much it can devastate the families that have to experience it. If your home has been damaged in a natural disaster, you can turn to our team to get the expert restoration services you need. Of course, even the top-notch restoration services we provide can’t erase the difficulty of the experience, so in this article, we’ll go over three things you can do to protect your home from storm damage in the first place.

  • Keep Up with Home Maintenance- In our experience here at Warren Restoration, a great deal of storm damage can be prevented with some regular upkeep. Missing shingles, for instance, create a gap for wind to get under the surrounding shingles, and thus increase the likelihood of damage. Replacing missing shingles promptly will eliminate those gaps and keep your home much safer. The same principle applies to damaged siding, so make sure to get that repaired too.
  • Trim Your Trees- Another step you can take to prevent storm damage to your home is to care for the trees on your property. Dead or weakened tree limbs can easily break in a storm and do significant damage to whatever they land on, so it’s best to have your trees inspected regularly and have any dead branches removed.
  • Clear Your Yard- A third thing you can do to protect your home from storm damage is to secure any items that are out in your yard before the storm hits. When storm winds blow in, they can pick up the furniture, tools, potted plants, etc. in your yard and hurl them with great force. We at Warren Restoration recommend moving these items indoors until the storm has passed.
What to Look for in Mold Remediation Companies

What to Look for in Mold Remediation Companies

While there are some household problems you can fix using DIY methods, a mold infestation is not one of them. If you are dealing with a mold problem, then you’ll need the help of mold remediation experts like ourselves here at Warren Restoration. Our team has extensive experience dealing with mold, and we want to help you choose the best professionals to eliminate the mold that’s plaguing your home. In this article, we’ll go over some key qualities you should look for when comparing mold remediation companies in order to find the right team.

  • Make Sure They Treat Mold Like a Hazard- One of the first things you should ask when interviewing mold remediation companies is whether their team considers mold a health hazard. Believe it or not, there are some people who market themselves as mold professionals while not taking it seriously as a health concern, and this lack of concern will show in their work. Our team here at Warren Restoration takes mold and the health risk it poses very seriously, and we will take every precaution to keep ourselves safe and to make your home completely safe for everyone in it.
  • Make Sure They are Properly Licensed and Insured- Another essential question to ask when searching for mold remediation companies is whether they have the right licensing and insurance for the job. Just like doctors need medical licenses to prove that they are qualified to treat you, contractors need trade licenses to prove that they are qualified to restore your home. In addition, mold remediation companies need insurance to protect you, the client, in the event of any accidents during the course of the project.
  • Make Sure They Will Treat You with Respect- A third thing to look for when comparing mold remediation companies is whether the team treats you with respect. Do the technicians answer your questions to your satisfaction? Do they answer your calls promptly? Are they upfront about the extent of the damage and how much remediation will cost? Our team at Warren Restoration is committed to offering all of our customers the superior results and friendly, courteous service they deserve, and you can count on us to always treat you and your home with the utmost respect.
What You Need to Know About Commercial Restoration

What You Need to Know About Commercial Restoration

Here at Warren Restoration, we know that you care about your business, and we understand that suffering damage to your facility can be devastating. If your place of business has been damaged in a fire, flood, storm, or other accident, then you’ll need the help of a professional commercial restoration company like ours. In this article, we’ll go over more about what commercial restoration is and what you need to know about the process.

  • Every Disaster is Different- Commercial restoration is a broad term that covers a number of different services. As we mentioned above, there are many things that can result in your business becoming damaged, such as storms, fires, floods, etc., and each type of damage has its own restoration needs. Fortunately, our team at Warren Restoration has extensive experience with all types of cleanup, so you can count on us to return your business to the best possible condition.
  • Response Time is Key- When it comes to commercial restoration, the longer it takes to start the process, the worse your results will be. Because of this, our team is available to take your call 24/7, and we make sure to get our experts on the scene as soon as possible to assess the damage and get to work on the necessary repairs.
  • Results are Not Immediate- With that said, commercial restoration does take time, and you will likely need to take steps to protect your business in the interim. For example, our team at Warren Restoration may need to board up the windows to protect your facility from the elements while we complete the necessary repairs. Our team is committed to delivering the top-notch results you deserve, and we will salvage, clean, and restore everything we possibly can.
How Hoarding Cleanup Works

How Hoarding Cleanup Works

Here at Warren Restoration, we know that there are many occasions when you might need the help of a professional cleanup crew, such as after a storm, flood, or fire. While these types of natural disasters can and do cause extensive damage to a home, damage can also come from inside the home in the form of hoarding. If someone you love has struggled with hoarding, then you know that cleaning and organizing their space is no easy task. Fortunately, you can turn to our team for professional hoarding cleanup services, and you can read on to learn more about how the process works.

  • Preparation- Before the actual cleanup can start, we at Warren Restoration make sure to prepare ourselves and our clients. Hoarding environments can often contain biohazards such as Staph, E. coli, hantavirus, and more, so we make sure to equip ourselves with masks, gloves, and plenty of cleaning solutions. These environments are also often infested with roaches, mice, or other pests, so we bring the appropriate tools to deal with those hazards, as well.
  • Sorting- The next part of hoarding cleanup is similar to less extreme forms of house cleaning, as it involves the same basic principle of sorting the items into categories: things to keep, things to donate, and things to trash. Of course, this part of the process is much more emotionally fraught for hoarders, as hoarding behavior is a symptom of underlying mental conditions such as OCD or depression. We encourage those suffering from this behavior to seek out professional counselling in order to better cope with letting go of their items.
  • Cleanup- Once the items have been sorted, our team at Warren Restoration will clean the home itself. We’ll get rid of any underlying dirt, grime, mold, animal droppings, or other biohazards. We have the right equipment and training to deal with these substances safely and effectively, and we’ll make sure that the house is clean and safe to live in once again.
storm damage safety tips

Storm Damage Safety Tips

They say that when it rains, it pours! This is never truer than during an actual storm when you might have damage occur to your home due to the storm. Here at Warren Restoration, we want to help you weather the storm and keep you safe even when the rains come down and the wind blows incessantly. We have compiled some storm damage safety tips we hope will keep you safe until we can come to assist you with the cleanup.

Before you leave the property, be sure it is safe to do so. During severe storms, you will need to wait for safety notifications on the radio or other advisory stations. If possible, check on elderly or neighbors that might be in need of help. Always look out for downed power lines, displaced animals or wildlife, and flood waters that have risen.

After it is deemed safe to leave, take a look around your property, documenting as you go. Check for broken or fallen branches, loose and blown roofing shingles, holes or other damages. Putting a tarp on these areas can keep you safe from rainwater, but it should be avoided if possible– especially if the roof has a steep pitch or is still wet.

Here at Warren Restoration, we want to help you with your storm damage and through the restoration process. If you have suffered either a little bit of wind damage to the roof or severe damage that includes flood waters, we are here to help make it right. Give us a call immediately and stay safe!

fire damage can be hard to clean up

What Are the Best Things to Do for Fire Damage & What Should You Avoid?

Fires are scary and very traumatic. Even if they are put out quickly and the damage is somewhat minor, fire damage can be hard to clean up and take care of. Here at Warren Restoration, we handle all sorts of damage cleanup situations, including fire damage, often and would love to make your fire damage situations easier. Here are a few things that are going to help the cleanup process, as well as a few things that you should avoid when possible.

What to do:

  • Instead of tracking soot everywhere, line carpets and rugs with towels, rags or plastic.
  • Your HVAC system can spread soot, so change your furnace and AC filters. You can also cover your vents with towels or even cheesecloth.
  • Keep your movement within the home limited, and touch things as little as possible.
  • Don’t forget about the fridge! If you don’t have any power, turn it off, clean it out and keep the doors open.

What NOT to do:

  • Attempt cleanup on your own. This is a meticulous job that requires special attention and skills.
  • Use anything electrical. Wiring can be damaged from fires at different points, and you never know where damage might be lurking!
  • Keep canned goods. Throw them out, especially if they were near the fire.
  • Launder your own clothes. Consider a specialty dry cleaner. Some cleaners can actually cause the soot and smoke smell to be set rather than cleansed.

If you are the recent victim of fire damage, please contact us here at Warren Restoration today for the best in cleanup results.

Mold is something that needs to be taken care of by professionals

Mold: Not the 4-Letter Word You Think It Is

Let’s get a few things straight! Mold is something that needs to be taken care of by professionals, and there are harmful types of mold. But before we become all doom-and-gloom, we here at Warren Restoration would like to tell you about some of the facts that can turn this horrifying microbe into something manageable.

First, mold is fairly common. There are thousands of species old mold out there, and the majority of them aren’t harmful to humans. This means that you don’t need to panic if you see mold growing in your home– but you do need professionals to address it.

Second, mold is not going to kill your real estate listing. Let’s say that you discover mold in your home, but you were thinking of putting it on the market soon. While you do need to disclose that mold was found, if it was professionally handled, it will not usually hamper the sale of your property.

Third, mold won’t come back if you take care of the underlying issues. Mold will come back time and time again if you don’t address leaks or humidity, but it will stop growing if you fix the leaks, encapsulate crawlspaces and don’t provide a hospitable environment.

To learn more about mold growth and how to tame it in your own home, give us a call today at Warren Restoration.