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Water Damage

When is Water Damaged Drywall, Carpet, & Flooring Past the Point of Saving?

If your home or business has fallen victim to water damage you might be wondering what can and cannot be saved. Personal belongings aside, flooring, carpets, and drywall tear outs and reinstallation can add quite a hefty amount to a water damage restoration estimate leaving homeowners tempted to salvage them. Depending on the actions taken directly following the water damage, and it’s severity, water soaked carpet and drywall can often times be saved. However, this is heavily dependent on the water extraction process and how quickly it was implemented after the flooding.

Contrary to what most believe, the amount of water is typically not the deciding factor in what can and cannot be saved. Instead, the main concern is the contamination level of the water coupled with how quickly after the flooding a complete drying of affected areas can take place.

With every flood being different and presenting unique challenges, hiring a team of expert water damage restoration specialists should be top priority to minimize loss.

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House Renovation, Mold, Water Damage

How Leaky Windows & Condensation Can Cause Mold

As we transition from summer to fall and eventually into the winter months one of the more common causes of mold growth in homes in the Bay area tends to reemerged. Warm conditions inside the home coupled with cold weather outside creates condensation along windows thoughout homes and businesses alike. If those windows are not properly sealed, water will collect along sills and walls creating prime breeding environments for mold.

Windows can leak due to various reasons including poor quality installation and extreme weather. Although in Silicon Valley we usually do not have to deal with the latter. When a window begins to allow water inside from outdoors due to a leak or from condensation, the moisture build up can cause havoc. Water on wooden window sills will can begin to cause rotting in as little as a few months. From the window sill, the water damage will eventually travel to the structure if left unchecked.

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Water Damage

Protect Your Business From Water Damage: Preparedness 101

If disaster where to strike tomorrow, would your business be prepared? If you have no emergency plan in place to deal with a flood disaster, your chances of reopening your business are less than 40%. A striking number for most small business owners who often have their livlihood tied directly into their businesses future. Rest assured, there are some fairly simply steps that any business owner can take to make sure that their chances of survival after a flood are high.

Imagine locking your doors and going home for the night. Now imagine waking up tomorrow and not having access to your business for 10 days. What items would you be missing? What did you not do at your business that you wish you had? It is a good idea to make a list of items that you cannot live without that you keep at the business and to have access to those items at a moments notice.

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Tips, Water Damage

Should I Call My Insurer or a Damage Repair Company First?

 

When dealing with fire damage or flooding in your home the first instinct most home owners have is to call their insurance company straight away. Although this may seem like the right call, it isn’t necessarily the best way to manage the restoration process.

With over 10 years in service providing the residents of Santa Clara County with property damage restoration, we’ve helped over 100 families navigate the uneasy waters of the claims process.

Below we have outlined the best steps to take when dealing with any property damage in your home or business. Read on! The information outlined in this post could save you thousands.

Step 1: Always Remember to Put Your Safety First!

The first thing you should do before you call anyone is to ensure that you and your loved ones are safe and accounted for and safe. The next thing to do in the case of a fire would be to call 911 for the local fire department. In a flood, you would likely want to shut off the main water valve. This will stop more water from flooding into your home.

Never stay on site at a home that is unsafe to be in. Get yourself and your family to a safe haven before making any more calls.

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Black Water, Tips, Water Damage

Sewage Back Up Definitely Not a “DIY” Job

Sewage back up into a home or business is far and away one of the most unpleasant plumbing related issues one can experience. From the foul odor, to flooding, to seriously toxic contamination, there are no shortage of issues to consider and deal with when your sewer lines start flowing in the wrong direction! One of the biggest mistakes a home or busines owner can make when experiencing a sewage back up is to undertake the clean up by themselves. Sewage back up is definitely not a DIY project!

For starters, the overwhelmingly majority of home and business owners do not possess the necessary equipment to handle a sewer backup cleanup. The black water the you see flooding out of toilets and through drains into sinks and tubs not only smells horrendous but is also equipped with all sorts of scary toxins and hazardous waste. The likes of which can cause serious health issues if contacted without the proper gear.

If you are experiencing a sewage back up in your home, don’t waste another minute! Call your local sewage cleanup company. Your family’s health and safety are at stake!

#1 Rule of Sewage Back Up

Do not come into contact with raw sewage. The second rule of course is to not even be in the same room/general area that sewage is presen. From various health concerns to cross contamination a sewage leak can quickly turn into highly dangerous health hazard. There is a reason that ‘Black Water’ (the coined term for sewage) is classified as a category 3 toxin! Black water can contain toxigenic, and pathogenic compounds that can be harmful, and sometimes fatal to humans and animals alike!

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