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water leak damaged homes - the restoration

Leaky roofing and leaky pipes can cause a lot of damage to a house. If you don't act quickly, these two problems can result in major repairs that can get quite costly and complicated. My blog will show you how to identify these problem areas and how to judge the severity of the damage sustained. Having restored a few homes over the years before selling them, I have a lot of experience working with water damaged homes. I hope that all of the information that I have included here in this blog will help you get through the process with fewer issues.



water leak damaged homes - the restoration

How You Can Be Prepared For Flooding Caused By Melting Snow

by Paul Burton

Living in the foothills area of a mountainous region can mean beautiful backyard views and cooler temperatures during the hottest months of summer. However, one danger that comes with living at the foot of mountains is flooding from the melting snow in the spring.  Follow these tips so you, your family, and your home can be prepared for the flooding that comes from melting snow.

Starting From The Bottom

When you know flood waters are inevitable, taking the time to check your home's foundation is extremely important. If your foundation has damaged areas like cracks, water from flooding can leak into your basement or into the crawlspace, causing a huge risk of water damage to your home's structural integrity. If you find cracks or other kinds of damage in your home's foundation, making water proof repairs is best to prevent flood water from leaking in. Filling cracks with caulking cement formulated especially for foundations is a good idea. Hydraulic cement is a good choice because it has fewer chances of cracking again in the way cement mortar mix does.

Moving On Up

Many homes have their breaker boxes installed in the basement of in a room on the first floor. This can be a problem if the breaker box is low enough to be impacted by flooding. Moving your home's breaker box to an upstairs room is a good idea. If you live in a one-story home, installing the breaker box as high up on the wall as possible is best. In this way, no part of the breaker box is touched by flood waters. Also, consider elevating your home's furnace and hot water heater to prevent them from being damaged by flood waters. Discussing your options for moving these components in your home up away from the danger of flood waters with a contractor can be helpful.

Check The Drainage

If your home is located on a street that has a curb drain, taking time to clean it out on a regular basis is a good idea. Leaves and other debris can fill up curbside drains fast. When the snows begin to melt, you could avoid flooding around your home and property if the water goes down the curbside drains first. If you live in a rural area at the bottom of a mountain, you might consider having a drainage system put in that will direct flood waters to a nearby stream, river or lake.

The emotional stress a flood in your home can cause is never a good thing to think about. However, if you prepare your home for flooding, you will have a lot less flood damage repair to worry about after the waters recede. For more information, contact All Care or a similar company.