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!
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!
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.
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.
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.