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Strong Roof Ventilation Practices

Roof Ventilation and Keeping Frustrating Damage at Bay

Installing a roofing system correctly is imperative. Failure to do so can lead to a lot of major problems. If you’re going to be installing a roof any time soon, then you need to take strong ventilation practices into consideration. Inadequate roof ventilation can wreak havoc onto systems in many diverse ways. If you want to steer clear of all kinds of issues, then you need to go the extra mile to see to it that your roofing system’s ventilation approach makes total sense. It’s imperative to grasp that ventilation issues can trigger all sorts of issues that can be a hassle to manage.

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Don’t Ignore the Minor Issues

Never Ignore Minor Home Problems

Homeownership is one of the best feelings ever, but there is a lot of responsibility when it comes to owning a house. Maintenance applies to more than just appliances. When these problems aren’t addressed in a timely manner, more significant issues can occur, including repair bills ranging from hundreds to thousands of dollars. Warren Restoration has some tips on how to catch these issues early so they can be quickly taken care of.

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Storm damage restoration can save your home or business from major destruction. You could become a victim of hurricanes, winds, and rains in the summer, or snow and ice buildup in the winter. Any of these events can cause water damage, flooding, fallen trees, and more, and result in significant damage to your property. Recruiting a storm damage restoration team will save you from disaster. In this article, you will find out what makes storm damage restoration teams unique.

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They Are Always Available

When you have a storm damage restoration team, you will have them at your beck and call. You can call them to help you any time since they will have 24/7/365 emergency availability. So, when a flash flood comes through your town or a tree falls into your living room, you won’t have to worry too much. Just give your storm damage restoration team a call.

No Dangerous Chemicals

If you have kids or pets then you might be worried about the type of cleaning products that will be used in your home. However, you don’t have to worry because everything that your storm damage restoration team uses is safe. It will be safe to use in your home while still being effective so it gets the job done. If you are still concerned, just ask them before they use any cleaning products if it is safe.

Everyone is Properly Trained

It can be nerve-wracking to have people doing work on your home or business. You might be concerned if they know what they are doing or if they are qualified to do the job. But you don’t have to worry, everyone working on your home or business has all of the qualifications they need to do the job right.

Great Customer Service

The way a company treats its customers speaks volumes about them. When you have a storm damage restoration team, you will get the best customer service available. They know you are stressed about your current situation, so they won’t add more to it. They will answer all of your questions and give you the help you need right away.

 

When you have dealt with a natural disaster that has damaged your home or business, it can be devastating. However, it doesn’t have to be when you use a storm damage restoration team. Now you know what makes storm damage restoration unique. Remember that they are always available, use safe cleaning products, have only properly trained employees, give free estimates, and great customer service. If you have recently fallen victim to a natural disaster that has caused damage to your home, don’t wait, get storm damage restoration help now.

 

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To the untrained eye, water damage issues can sometimes be difficult to spot. However, not being able to identify water damage can cause more damage to your home. Water damage can rear its ugly head to the surface sometimes years after the initial issues. So how do you know if you actually have water damage in your home? In this article, you will find out 5 signs you have an undiagnosed water damage issue.

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Photo by Kou Tanaka on Unsplash

Unpleasant Odors

A major indicator that you are dealing with a water damage issue is that there are unpleasant or musty odors in your home. The odors can come from places such as the basements, walls, or anywhere you have had water collecting for a period of time. A lot of materials used in building houses suck up moisture, such as drywall, because of low air circulation. It will be the perfect breeding ground for mold to progress throughout your home.

A Higher Water Bill

This might seem strange to you at first, but this is a key sign that you have a water damage issue. If you have a higher water bill than normal this could be a sign of a leak somewhere in your home. If this leak has gone unnoticed for a long period of time, then this could indicate a water damage issue.

You See Discoloration

If you see discoloration on the ceiling or on the walls, then you have a water damage issue. The area in question could be wet or dry and appear to have discoloration, typically yellow, brown, or a coppery color. There can also be cracked or peeling paint on the walls, or even bubbling underneath, in addition to the stains.

The Floor Has Changed

A water damage issue can appear as easily in the floors as it can in the walls or ceiling. If you start to notice that the flooring is warped, buckling, sagging, or expanding, then you are most likely a victim of a water damage issue. This is because of water seeping into the floorboards and areas underneath them.

You See Mold

Mold is a clear-cut sign that you have a major water damage issue inside your home. Mold only progresses fast and where you can see it with the build-up of moisture. When you see mold in your home, it is not something to mess around with. You need to properly remove it immediately as well as fix the water damage issue. If you don’t fix your water damage issue, the mold will regrow again.

Water damage is something you need to take care of as soon it is found, but sometimes it can be hard to spot. Remember to check for unpleasant odors, discoloration, changes in the flooring, and mold. These are all 5 signs you have an undiagnosed water damage issue. Checking for these signs can help you avoid further damage to your home.

Hiring a water damage specialist is the most stressful part of repairing water damage. There’s a lot riding on your choice. With the quality of your home repairs on the line, many homeowners pour all their energy into the hiring process and are shocked and annoyed when the work doesn’t stop once they’ve signed a contract. Working with your chosen specialist can also be a stressful process. This is a quick guide to help you through the most common turbulent spots in the repair process once you’ve hired a water damage specialist.

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How to ask about progress

If you don’t have a background in water damage repair, you may not know what progress looks like. If you have standing water at your property, a good repair will start with moving that water. Once the machines are set up and you have pumps, dehumidifiers, and fans working, a couple of days are needed to dry your property. You wont see your water damage specialist on the premises during this time. It takes time for water to dry, and them checking in wouldn’t make water evaporate faster. From the homeowner’s perspective, however, the specialist hasn’t done anything for a day!

No need to worry about the progress your water damage specialist makes; frame your concerns as asking for an explanation. Any good specialist will be happy to explain what they’re doing and why. Just be sure that you don’t come off as accusatory right off the bat. It can put a strain on your relationship with your specialist if you make negative assumptions instead of asking for help understanding.

Reassessment risks

Reassessments occur, and it’s not unusual for your specialist to amend the original estimate for your project due to additional issues. The assessment of most damage takes place once work begins. Your specialist isn’t going to know the state of your under-flooring (for example) until they rip up your ruined carpet and take a look. A good specialist will talk to you before beginning any work that you didn’t agree to. Be aware that an estimate is just that.

Insurance claims

Don’t finalize your insurance settlement until the work is finished. Reassessment means you could end up paying out of pocket if you’ve settled too soon. Ask your insurance company if they require documentation of the repair process. If they do, get these requirements to your water damage specialist ASAP so they can be sure to follow them. When you and your specialist are on the same side, insurance is a snap.

What to do when things don’t go as planned

If you’re ever not happy with the work that you’re receiving, you should talk to your water damage specialist right away. Try not to go in looking for a fight. Bring your contract and the written estimate that you received, and approach them in good spirits. Explain the nature of your concerns, point out anything relevant on the contract, and keep an open mind. If you go into it sure that they’re trying to rip you off or are doing a sloppy job for no reason, you don’t resolve the issue.

Hiring a water damage specialist lets the work on your house begin. The difference between a perfectly restored home and one in disarray depends on working along side your water damage specialist. Keeping your cool and asking plenty of questions are great ways to keep the relationship between you and your water damage specialist cordial.

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Did you know that leaking air conditioner (AC) units are a common problem in the home and that they account for more than 90% of repair calls? When an air conditioner leaks, it is usually due to one of three main reasons:

  1. the condensate line is blocked,
  2. the air filter is clogged, usually with dirt, or
  3. the overflow drain pan contains a crack or hole.

A dripping air conditioner may not seem like too big of a problem, but over time, the water that leaks can lead to a much larger problem. When a basement gets flooded due to heavy rains or an appliance breaks down and leaks water, that type of water damage is very obvious to homeowners. But a slow leak in your air conditioning unit is a different matter. AC dripping can occur for weeks or months, causing costly destruction in your home before you even notice the leak. And the resulting damage from a constant drip can end up being worse than more obvious flood damage, and result in hundreds to thousands of dollars in property damage. The added threat of a serious and unhealthy mold infestation resulting from the dampness is also very real.

It is recommended to have an HVAC professional clean your air conditioning unit annually. With this type of regular maintenance, you might prevent what could first be considered an annoying drip from becoming a huge inconvenience from a much larger water problem. Most repairs required to resolve a water leak in your air conditioner are simple and inexpensive compared to the potential property loss if the problem goes unresolved. You might also consider installing water-sensing safety switches that will shut down your air conditioner before it develops into a larger water issue, and also clean the filter at least twice each year to prevent it from getting clogged with dirt and dust.

While it is normal for water to drip from the air conditioning unit into a pan or drain, when water leaks onto the floor, or through the wall or ceiling, you need to address this problem as soon as possible. Call a professional water damage restoration and repair company, and they will track the source of the leak and take steps to address the problem, including drying and cleaning from the water damage. An expert team will fully assess the situation to determine what needs to be done to get your home back to its pre-water-damage state. Professionals are trained to deal with severe water damage, and they have the tools and equipment to properly clean up the water damage from a leaky AC unit as well as search out and handle potential mold infestations.

Cleaning and repairing the areas in your home that were ruined or destroyed by a leak can be time-consuming and expensive. Rely, instead, on a reputable company experienced in taking care of water-damaged property to ensure the damage from your leaky system will be repaired correctly and thoroughly. A professional water damage restoration and repair company will determine the cause of the leak. They will thoroughly dry and treat the area to avoid the potential for further damage and health concerns from a mold infestation. If necessary, some companies also repair structural damage to floors and subfloor, walls and ceilings.

When choosing a water damage restoration specialist, make sure you hire qualified, IICRC-certified professionals. Warren Restoration’s team bring the skills, training, and expertise to any water damage situation. If you’ve discovered water damage from a leaky air conditioning unit, call Warren Restoration right away. Our two family-owned and operated offices are located in Big Stone Gap, VA, and Hendersonville, NC, and we serve an approximate 2-hour radius from each. We can handle any water damage or water leak issue, and thoroughly dry and clean the damage area to restore your home to its pre-water-damage condition.

To learn more about HVAC feel free to follow our useful HVAC maintenance checklist and tips.