If you’re a homeowner looking at a house filled with water damage, you have two options. One, you can try to restore the place yourself. This is going to be difficult, as you have no experience working with what can be a very delicate situation. Your other option is to call in a professional. The benefits of doing this are numerous, but it can be expensive. Then again, losing most of your belongings (and potentially your entire house) is expensive as well. Whichever path your choose (or if you decide to go somewhere in the middle, doing what you can and then calling professionals for the rest), here are some common mistakes you’ll want to avoid.
Ice storms are damaging to pipes as well. While many residents that live in areas with harsh winter weather insulate their pipes, ice storms can hit more temperate areas such as the southeastern states. Even homes with insulated pipes can experience burst pipes after an ice storm, especially if the power has been out for extended time periods. After all, without home heating systems circulating warm air, water in the pipes could reach the freezing point. When water freezes in pipes, it expands, putting extreme pressure on pipes and pipe joints. Depending on the extent of the freeze, the water damage restoration santa clarita may not appear until everything begins to thaw out.
The sump pump acts to remove water from the lowest sections of the basement, even below the basement floor. A sump hole collects rising ground water. The sump pump kicks in when the water reaches a “critical” level and begins pumping the water out. The water is pumped through a pipe that diverts it away from your home’s foundation and basement.
When starting a home improvement project, never underestimate a certain project. Although you can never be 100% certain of everything that will happen to the project, it is a good precaution to know the assumptions associated to it. The more prepared you are at the start of the project, the better able you will be able to handle any surprises that may arise.
One of the most common ways that water is wasted in the home is by a running toilet. If your toilet makes noise when not in use, you will want to have it checked out. This is an obvious sign that your toilet is not working properly and could be costing you money on your utility bill. A good way to test your toilet for leaks is to place a drop of food coloring in the toilet tank. If color shows up in the tank after 15 minutes without flushing, you have a leak.
I’ve recommended this technique ever since with great results. But it should be noted here that this example was in an empty room. In the case of a fully furnished room, as in our case above, you should consider airing out clothing, drapery, rugs or anything else which might be trapping the odors and give them a shot or two of Febreeze to do the trick nowadays.
Of course, these tips are offered in connection with interior painting but you should also try adding some vanilla to your paint when painting the exterior in Alkyd coatings as well. It saves the painter a lot headaches… literally. But whether inside or out, these simple ideas combined with some good old fashioned common sense should produce a fresh new look with clean, breathable air you can live with.