Condo’s and HOA’s – Water Damage Preparation Before Your Vacation

Condo’s and HOA’s – Water Damage Preparation Before Your Vacation…

Often times, the water damage that occurs in condo’s could be easily avoided by following a few precautionary steps.

Water damage is a major concern, and main water valves should be shut. Open all water faucets to relieve pressure in the lines.

1. To minimize damage caused by mold and mildew, air conditioners should be set at 70 degrees with the humidistat at 55 per cent. Be sure the control remains on the “Cool” setting. Ensure that condensate drain line is clear. Clean or replace the air filter.

2. Unplug all electrical devices, including TVs, telephones, lamps, etc.

3. Leave spreads off beds. Open the sleeper couch, stand up pillows, keep closet doors, cabinet doors and furniture drawers ajar for air to circulate.

4. If you have an intrusion alarm, do not disconnect your phone service. Make sure the smoke detector batteries are in good condition.

5. Keep appliance doors (freezer, refrigerator, dishwasher, dryer, etc) open.

6. Remove all movable objects from porches and patios.

7. Close drapes and blinds.

8. Stop newspaper delivery and don’t forget to notify post office for mail forwarding.

9. If you have storm shutters, put them in place, unless your association does not allow them to be in place if a storm is not approaching.

10. It is important to have a “house sitter” who can check on the unit on a regular basis while you are away. The sitter should check to make sure that there is water in the toilets. If not, the main water valve should be opened and the toilets flushed. Water can also be allowed to run in all the fixtures to fill the drain traps, after which, water should be secured as described in the first paragraph above.

The house sitter should have your phone number where you can be reached in case of an emergency. It’s a good idea to call the house sitter from time to time as a reminder.

Basically these are the reasonable precautions a homeowner should take before vacating a unit for an extended period of time. Some associations may have additional rules or suggestions.

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Mold Removal Services for Residential and Business Now Serving Burbank, CA

Water Damage Zone and Restoration Inc., is a full service family owned Water Damage, Mold Removal and Restoration Company, now providing Mold Removal Services for Residential and Business to Burbank California and surrounding cities.

If mold has already developed in your home or business, attempting to clean up the mold may spread the mold spores causing greater property damage or health problems.

Mold can be dangerous to your health; therefore it is important that mold testing and cleanup be conducted by professionals as soon as mold is detected.

Mold Removal Services for Burbank California and Surrounding Cities Include: 

* Mold Assessment and Survey
* Decontaminate Areas
* Restoration of Areas
* Latest Equipment and Technology Used
* Products Used Are Safe For Environment
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The Basics of Water Damage Restoration

Basics of Water Damage Restoration…

Water damage restoration is a very involved process, and you must remember that not all water damage is readily apparent. The novice homeowner or handyman may not always know where to look forhidden problems, and the overall process may take a period of days,weeks, or in some cases even months to correct, making it important to call in a professional.

The basics of water damage restoration can be broken down into four steps:

1) Extraction
This is the process wherein the excess water is removed from the home. Depending on the depth and severity of the spill, eitherwet-dry vacuum units or gas powered submersible pumps will beutilized. Electric pumps are discouraged as electricity and water do not mix, and any attempt to remove water with a normal vacuum cleaner will only result in the purchase of a new vacuum. Most of the water can be removed from the property using water extraction.

2) Drying
Once the excess is out, surfaces may appear dry, but a cursoryinspection will reveal they will be wet to the touch. Most everysurface has the ability to retain a certain amount of moisture.The only way to remove this moisture is through air circulation.Open all windows and doors to get fresh air moving through thehome. High velocity fans, blowers, and dehumidifiers areinvaluable tools to help the process along; the more units, the better. Moving them around every few hours or so will insure complete drying coverage. The drying process should take three days to complete.

3) Repair
This step involved the cleaning, repair, and disinfecting of all items or structures that were damaged by the water. Carpets will need major treatment, and electrical appliances and systems will need to be inspected by a qualified electrician before further use.
This is probably the single most time consuming part of the process.

4) Restoration
The final step in the process, this is the process of restoring your home to its pre-loss condition. Restoration may involve the repair or replacing of drywall, flooring, or ceilings, as well as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in the home. Some water damage is beyond repair, so reconstruction is the only viable option. Re-landscaping may be required to provide proper runoff and drainage for the property. The water restoration service can also document the materials and possessions affected by water damage and use industry pricing guides to determine proper value. The final steps in the process involve taking care of the final little detail touches designed to return your home to its former beauty and make it ready for the occupants to return.

Mold Removal Services for Residential and Business Now Serving All of Los Angeles County

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Mold can be dangerous to your health; therefore it is important that mold testing and cleanup be conducted by professionals as soon as mold is detected.

Local Mold Removal Services for Los Angeles County and Surrounding Areas Include: 

* Mold Assessment and Survey
* Decontaminate Areas
* Restoration of Areas
* Latest Equipment and Technology Used
* Products Used Are Safe For Environment
* Anti-Microbial and Anti-Fungal Treatments

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Knowing the Different Types of Water Damage is Important

Knowing the Different Types of Water Damage is Important…

Water damage is best defined as any one of the numerous possible losses caused by the intrusion of water. Water can attack and destroy a material or system through the rotting of wood, rusting of steel or metal, de-laminating of materials such as plywood, as well as the destruction of heating and electrical systems. It can also provide the necessary platform for mold growth. Water damage may occur quickly as the result of a flash flood, or slowly over time as the result of a leaky pipe or broken window seal. Either one can cause significant damage if not treated promptly.

Types of Water…

It can be clean, dirty, or anywhere in between. Knowing what kind of water problem you have will go a long way towards telling you how to fix it. You should understand the various categories of water and why they are classified as such.

Water Damage Categories…

The type of water damage you have and its treatment depends largely on the category of water involved. According to the IICRC S500 Standards and Reference Guide for Water Damages, water damage is typically defined by one of the three following categories:

  • Category 1 Water Also known as Clean Water, this is water that is uncontaminated at the source and as such does not pose a threat if exposed to or consumed by humans or animals. Broken water lines or overflowing tubs or sinks would be examples of Clean Water.
  • Category 2 Water Also known as Grey Water, this water may contain some varying degrees of contaminants at the source and may cause discomfort or illness if exposed to or consumed by humans or animals. Examples of Grey Water would include toilet water with urine present, sump pump failures, and discharge from dishwashers or washing machines.
  • Category 3 Water Also known as Black Water, this refers to water that is highly contaminated at the source and may cause serious illness or even death if consumed by humans or animals. This water contains grossly unsanitary agents, harmful bacteria and fungi, and is usually the result of sewage based spills. Other sources may include seawater, rising water from rivers or streams, ground surface water or standing water.

Keep in mind that no Category is permanent, and Category 1 Water may become Category 2 Water if left untreated long enough. Likewise, Category 2 Water should be considered Category 3 if left standing and stagnant for more the 72 hours. Water damage containing Category 2 or 3 water is best handled by a professional in order to avoid potential health issues

24/7 Flood Cleanup Services for Residential and Business Now Serving Los Angeles, CA

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Flood Cleanup Services for Los Angeles, California and Surrounding Cities Include:

• 24 Hour Emergency Service
• Water Damage Assessment
• Water Extraction
• Odor Removal
• Damaged Carpet Removal
• Dehumidification
• Using Blowing Equipment To Fully Dry The Areas
• Surface Drying
• Cleansing Of Air
• Decontamination
• Debris Removal
• Crawl Space Cleanup
• Sanitation
• Sewage Cleanup
• Disinfecting
• Direct billing to Insurance

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Water Damage Where You Least Expect It

Water Damage Where You Least Expect It…

Now, the main idea about all of the things we have presented so far is to let the average homeowner understand that water and water related damage is a very common household phenomenon, wherever you may live. As long as your house contains or is supplied with water, whether sourced from natural means or by man-made marvels, water damage is bound to occur, one way or the other.

In desert communities, household water damage can result from broken and leaking water pipes and valves as well as incompetent air conditioning systems. Inclement weather systems can also bring in substantial rainfall which the house may not be entirely able to withstand. Remember that most of the houses in deserts are designed not necessarily to protect its occupants from rain but more from the extreme temperatures of the desert sun.

Mountain and mountainside communities will have a much higher likelihood of water damage occurrences because of the greater abundance of water in these areas. Just like those in the desert, households in the mountains can expect a variety of water damage from broken and leaking water pipes, valves and fixtures. Temporary heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems can also fail to the point that they become one of the major sources of water damage.

Adequate rainfall can bring in substantial amounts of water such that mudslides and landslides are not far from happening. In such cases, the enormity of the water damage will be directly proportional to the gravity of the mudslide or landslide. In some cases, incessant rainfall can result to flooding even in mountain communities that water damage is a guaranteed occurrence.

Snowcapped mountains can produce a variety of water and water related damages to the different households situated in its boundaries. Summer heat can quickly melt away the snow and turn them into ravaging bodies of water. Ice-covered lakes, ponds, and rivers will turn into deep and massive bodies of water which can provide significant levels of water damage threat to surrounding structures.

And just like their counterparts in coastal communities and even in highly urbanized centers, households in these least expected areas all fall victim to the many damaging effects of water on property and human health and life.

What to Do

Wherever your home may be located, be it near bodies of water or in highly industrialized centers or even in the scorching desert and high up in the mountains, water and water related damage is something that you need to address as a homeowner. For as long as you are alive, you will need water; and as long as you require water, the threat of water and water related damage is very real and ever-present.

Here are a few simple things you might want to consider in either decreasing the likelihood of such water related phenomenon from ever occurring or managing and minimizing the extensive effects of the water damage to both property and health.

1.    Invest in a good and reliable water professional company who will help you get started with how you can provide adequate protection for your property and health. It may be wise to seek professional help especially on matters of installing appropriate devices that can successfully detect any form of water damage in one’s home. Ask them to conduct a yearly inspection and diagnostic assessment of your water systems to ensure that every single component is working just fine.

2.    Although prohibitive, extending the coverage of your home insurance to include water and water related damages is actually a very good thing to do. Most home insurance companies now include a variety of provisions in their contracts to give homeowners the added advantage of being able to secure their property from future water and water related damages.

3.    If your home has a basement, invest in an inexpensive yet very reliable sump pump to be installed by a professional. These pumps work by automatically removing water once the threat of flooding in the basement is detected. If you do not have a basement or already have a sump pump, invest in a secondary or backup sump pump to help you with water removal and water extraction activities from anywhere in your home. The portability of these backup sump pumps provides the convenience of removing water from virtually anywhere in the home. Remember that the key to minimizing water damage is in the prompt removal of water.

4.    Consult a professional house builder or renovation expert to include provisions for water management in your home. The design and construction, including the lay-out, of your home’s water systems will ultimately spell the difference whether water damage will be a common occurrence or not.

5.    Learn all you can about how to effectively manage water problems and control or minimize the extent of the resulting damage. Learn the ropes of how to perform basic water damage cleanup on a variety of household items or objects such as appliances, devices, equipment, upholstery, furniture, fixtures, documents, artworks, carpets, and clothing, among others.  Learn also the different techniques in water damage restoration that can save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars in water damage restoration projects. You have to understand that knowledge about something is technically like having 50% of the work already done.

Now, these tips are mere points to help you get started with your water damage activities. What is more important is your realization that it does not matter whether you live in the desert, the mountains, or near bodies of water. What matters is the realization that we all need water and that this need will always entail facing the threat of water damage for as long as we live.

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