Roof Leak leads to Roof Collapse

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Blocked Drains Cause Flooding

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Your blocked drains outside of your home are one of the main reasons that you find your property flooding with water when a storm hits. These drains connect to a system of pipes that connect to the sewer system of all the homes around yours. All the water from your home is going into this sewer line. If your drains become backed up, these pipes are already full of water and it can do little to prevent flooding in and around your home.

Outside Drains are Where Flooding Starts

Leaves, dirt, bugs, and other debris clog your outside drains and cause them to become unable to do their job and carry water away from your home. Once they’ve had too much, they either break or begin overflowing. The water easily finds its way into your home and wreaks havoc on your personal belongings.

Clearing the Drain by Hand

The drain can usually be cleared by hand. All you must do is first clean any debris off the outside of the grate on the drain. Then, pull the grate off the drain and use a small tool such as a small shovel to get out all the debris from the inside. You can use your hand to get any small pieces that the shovel can’t get out. By doing these simple steps you can prevent your drain from overflowing in a storm.

Hydro-Jet

If the clog is farther down in your drain, a hydro-jet can be used to clear out debris in the pipe as well as any sediment. The way it works is by forcing a high-powered stream of water into the pipe to unclog anything that you are unable to get with your hands. Hydro-jets are powerful though and should always be used with caution because they can cause injury.

Prevent Clogging

Keep the outside of your drains clean always to prevent them from becoming clogged. Remember that if a drain is too clogged to fix on your own, you need to call professionals. It is only a matter of time until the drain overflows and begins to flood your home. By taking simple daily steps such as cleaning the outside of your drains, you can prevent yourself from having to deal with a severe flooding problem inside of your home.

 

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Rain Expected for New Years

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Van Nuys, CA 91411

Repairing Ceiling Water Damage

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When your ceiling sustains water damage, it is important for your health and home to fix the problem immediately. If the water damage remains for too long it will lead to mold and the structure of your home will become weaker. Knowing how to address this problem with save you time and money in the future.

Stop the Leak

The source of the leak needs to be stopped before you can begin any work repairing the home. If the leak isn’t repaired, then any water that enters will undo any repair work you may have made.

Dry the Ceiling

After you have sealed the leak, you can begin to dry off the ceiling with towels and a shop vac. It is important that you clean the ceiling from above and below it. This means the flooring/roofing above where the ceiling is located. If there is a bulge in the ceiling this means that there could be water sitting inside the ceiling. In this case use a bucket and knife to puncture the bulge into the bucket. Allow the area to completely dry.

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Remove Damaged Ceiling

Pieces of ceiling may be hanging off or bulging out. This needs to be scraped away and smoothed before repairs can be performed. Any flakes or chips should be scraped off as well. The ceiling should be as flat and smooth as possible.

Sand the Ceiling

Now you are going to need to sand the ceiling so that it can be smoothed even more. Small holes can be filled in with joint compound. For bigger holes, you will need to use drywall and plaster to repair them. After these repairs have dried you will need to sand them down so that they are level with the rest of the ceiling.

Paint

Now that you are done with the repairs and everything has dried, you are ready to paint. First apply a coat of primer to the ceiling. After this you will need to let the primer dry and then apply a coat of paint. The best way to do this is to completely paint your whole ceiling so that the color matches and there aren’t any spots.

 

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Gutter Clogs Can Cause Catastrophic Damage to Homes

 

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Cleaning out your gutters is something that you may take for granted and hopefully you do it at least once a year. Many homeowners fail to realize that a clog in a gutter can cause a lot more damage than just that to your home. It is important to note when one of your drains seems to be emptying improperly and take steps to repair it before the damage becomes greater.

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Foundational Damage

Clogged gutters can cause the water to pour right over the sides of the gutters and to collect around the foundation of your home. This will inevitably lead to cracks in the foundation as well as its general deterioration. Even without direct damage to the foundation, this water can cause mold to grow which will cause more damage to the home over time.

Damage to Landscaping

The landscaping of your home may look nice but it should also serve to functionally route water away from your home and towards shrubbery and trees. These features can become damaged over time from improperly draining gutters. Water can create new pathways in landscaping, directing itself towards structures that will become water damaged over time.

Wood Rot

The boards that often hold gutters in place are themselves made of wood. When they clog up and fill with water, they overflow and begin to rot. These gutters will cause water to flow out of the sides and down the side of the home. If the home has any wood on it at all, this will begin to rot as well. That is why it is extremely important to ensure that all of your gutters are functioning properly 100% of the time.

 

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Preparing Your Home for an Earthquake

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Earthquakes happen frequently around the world and are harmless a lot of the time. However, when they become stronger they can cause a lot of damage to homes and other buildings that aren’t built to handle the damage. The way and time period that your home was built in determines whether it will be more susceptible to damage from earthquakes or not. Check that your home’s structure is anchored to the foundation and that crawl spaces don’t create weak spots. If your foundation is a pier-and-post it needs to be braced properly and masonry walls need to be reinforced.

Fixing the Structure of Your Home

When you are a homeowner you are responsible for finding these weaknesses and repairing them. However, you may not trust yourself to do the repairs yourself. Making sure your home is structurally sound is important so that you don’t spend even more money repairing the damage afterwards. If you are renting talk to the landlords about what has been done in order to reinforce the property against earthquake damage before you decide where to stay. Calling professional reconstruction companies will help you to identify and fix the current problems with your home.

Damage Caused by Objects in the Home

Be aware that any unsecured objects that can move, break or fall will be dangerous and possibly cause damage to your home. By looking around your home you can observe any tall or heavy objects that can fall and cause damage. Include appliances, electronics, hanging items, and anything else that can cause a lot of damage. Make sure to secure these items with hooks, fasteners and straps. This will make sure that they don’t fall over.

When an Earthquake Occurs

Make sure that you quickly react and seek cover in an area where you are protected from falling objects. Have an emergency backup of supplies that will last you around 3 days. Have phone numbers for everyone written down so that you can call them without your cell phone if necessary. Don’t hesitate to leave your home as soon as the earthquake is over so that you can check for additional damage. If you hear any noises they may indicate gas leaks or broken water pipes. You can shut off your gas, electricity and water if there are any broken lines that need to be fixed.

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Is Your Home Ready for the Summer?

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With summer approaching many of us are excited to go to the beach and other fun destinations. Something that’s probably not on your mind is how heat can damage your home in the summer. Once certain systems in the home are damaged it can really take a beating on your energy usage as your home tries to compensate.

Aging Roofs

Heat in the summer time moves through the attic to the roof. This heat will begin to age your shingled roof. One way of alleviating the buildup of heat in the attic is to install vents in your roof. Other things such as power vents will actively push hot air out of your home.

Restoring Roll Roofs

If your home has roll roofs, these too become damage by the sun over time. Typically, you can just use a roof coating to repaint the roof to seal any cracks and restore oil to it. With roofing like this you need to make sure that you maintain it so that it will last you for a longer amount of time.

Wood and Paint

Any kind of wood will begin to dry out and take damage from the sun. Finishes and paint jobs will begin to wear off and peel away. It is important to redo any paint jobs or finishes on your home before the summer. This way your home will be ready and able to take on longer, hotter days. Any paint or finish that you use should be UV resistant so that it will protect materials from the sun.

Humidity

Let’s not forget about humidity. Even with summer being hot and dry, there are areas of your home that produce moisture. When the hot air hits this moisture it begins to raise the humidity level in your home. Be sure to cover any cold pipes with insulation jackets so that moisture doesn’t build up on them. If certain rooms become excessively humid you should purchase a dehumidifier and leave it on in the room on hot days.

 

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