Help, I Have a Toilet that Backed Up

One of the worst experiences that a homeowner can have is to come home after a long day at work and discover that a toilet has overflowed due to a backed up sewer line.  It can be incredibly disheartening and just gross to have to deal with.  When you run into this issue, it is best to just have it cleaned as soon as possible.

Every kind of water damage can degrade the quality of the home that experiences damage.  Wood becomes weakened.  Carpets are destroyed, and you can see the growth of mold in the area increased.  The complication from dealing with sewer water is that it is highly unsanitary, and it creates very unique issues that have to be accounted for.

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Clogs

One of the main reasons toilets overflows occur is through clogs.  In order to have a properly working septic system, read carefully what can be flushed and what can’t.  Some toilet papers, body hair among other things can contribute to the improper ability of the water to flow normally.  Sanitary bleach wipes can become caught in the lines, and if enough are flushed, you have a real issue on your hands.  You won’t notice this at first, but eventually, there will be a sewage bomb ready to go off.

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The first gurgling sounds of a toilet can be shocking as you try to figure out what just happened.  In these early moments, water is moving out of the bowl and as water tends to do, it finds the lowest place to settle.  If you are fortunate, this occurs in an unfinished basement, but sometimes this can occur in an upper floor bathroom as well.

 Damages

There are many issues that occur from having a toilet back up with the primary being the condition of the water.  In most cases, this water, called blackwater, is already rich with sewage.  It is incredibly unsanitary and foul to deal with.  These back-ups can also lead to permanent damage to your home through rust, odor and insects.  Mold grows freely in this kind of water damage, and these molds can grow in drywall, wood, wallpaper, etc.  Any location that has been affected is a candidate for mold growth.  Floor covers can be ruined, and you’ll have to remove carpets and rugs contaminated.  Finally, appliances can be ruined, and there is a risk of electrical and fire hazards as well.

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Your best option in dealing with a toilet back-up is to contact a professional restoration service as soon as possible.  Many certified restoration companies will respond in a professional and rapid manner with all necessary equipment to combat and bring your home back.  It is highly unadvisable to tackle this issue on your one as this issues from this kind of water damage cannot only damage your home, but they can have serious health impacts for you and your family.  Contacting a water damage restoration service allows you to have the job done right the first time.  Toilet back-ups are already unpleasant to experience without the stress of cleanup on you.

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Van Nuys, CA 91411

Should You Finish Your Basement?

 

 

An unfinished basement can be a project that adds value and purpose to a home, but is it right for every home?  Perhaps the basement is just being used as storage or it just has an old feeling.  Maybe it has already been finished, and it just needs a new direction and touched up.  Whatever you choose, finishing a basement can be a great decision for a home.

 

The first decision that should be considered is the cost of the project.  The basement remodeling cost is going to depend on the size and dimensions of the basement, types of rooms that are being created, materials selected, the location of the home in the country and the overall housing market.  Intensive additions like kitchens and bathrooms are great, but these will still add more to the overall cost of the job.  You can expect to spend roughly $50 per square foot to finish your basement, and this estimate would rise depending on the materials and intent of the remodeling.

 

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 The Pros

Why should you finish your basement?  The first reason is to increase the living space of the home.  In many cases, this can actually be cheaper than having an addition to the home.  These rooms can fulfill many different functions such as a living area, bar or even a play area for children.  One of the greatest benefits of the finished basement is that it can become an area separate from the rest of the home and noises outside.  It can give the illusion of being removed when you are still in the middle of everything.  In the reverse, if you want your children to be as loud as they want, then the basement is a great place for a play area.

 The Cons

What are the cons to finishing a basement?  First, the price of the project can be expensive.  Having a finished basement is great, but if you have leaks in your basement then you have a potential for a bigger repair issue than the investment is worth.  The basement also takes time to finish.  In order to make the basement ready for finishing, then you will need to potentially move appliances such as the furnace and water heater.  You will need to have the foundation checked and leveled.  These are among many other things.  It could be weeks before a basement is finished.  Finally, the potential investment return is a potential con.  You can make more money on your home’s value for less money if you look at remodeling the bathroom, kitchen, adding a room than a basement remodel.  If you are looking to sell quickly, then this kind of project is not ideal for you.

 

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 Be Prepared

If you commit to the basement finish then take some time beforehand, and figure out exactly what you want with the room.  If you want a leisure area, kids playroom then it is best to know this in the early stages.  Knowing the square footage of the basement will let you understand what you can do.  Remember that larger basements will offer more opportunities, but understanding the space will further allow for a proper finish.  You want to make sure that you set a budget.  Don’t put yourself in debt over this.  Wait until you can afford it.  The greatest point is to be very comfortable with your contractor.  Do your research and get multiple bids, and select your contractor wisely.  Make sure that you and they can work together to make your ideas a reality.

 

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Van Nuys, CA 91411

Benefits of Adding a Room

 

Adding a room to your home can give you a lot of benefits.  It adds to the value of your home.  It can be a special addition like a man cave, living area or bathroom.  Regardless of what you choose, an extra room in a home can be added in a seamless way that will look like it was always a part of the home.  As your family grows or interests change, a room addition can help make your home more comfortable.

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More Space

The first benefit of an addition would be the obvious increase in space for the home.  In terms of the addition, you are only limited by your imagination on what you want to accomplish with this addition.  Once you decide what you want the room to be, then you will be able to work with a licensed contractor in order to ensure things like insulation, wiring, windows, presentation are all done according to your wishes.

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Increase The Value

One of the greatest benefits to a room addition is the positive effect on the value of the home.  In many cases, the cost of the room addition is the value that can be added to the value of the home.  This is primarily dependent on the type of room you are adding.  The greater value and benefit of the room will lead to a greater value to the home.  These kinds of additions and room extensions that add the most value are the bathroom and kitchen.  These are high-traffic, high-use areas of the home, and if you take care to increase their potential then they will repay you for any investment.  If you are adding a room with the intent on selling the home, make sure that you research what kinds of rooms are adding value to homes in your neighborhood.  If these homes have sold, and you see a trend then it gives you an idea of what kind of room to add.

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Make It Your Own

The key to any room addition is to make sure that you find a contractor that can design the room with you and deliver on what you want in the room.  The intent of the room is that you are going to use it, so make sure that you get what you want.  The room has to be an area that you want it to be, so make the most of it!

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Call Water Damage Zone, Inc. today (877) 520.1923– your future bills may be a lot smaller, if you follow these simple tips.

We specialize in the following services:

Water Damage Zone, Inc.
Corporate Office
15115 Califa St. Ste. C
Van Nuys, CA 91411