Restoring homes after Mother Nature throws a fit

Crawl Spaces And Why They Should Be Waterproofed

What is a Crawl Space? A crawl space is a small room or passage on the basement level of a house. Sometimes a crawl space is seen in houses which have no basements. On houses with basements, a wall may separate the crawl space from the main basement. Sometimes a crawl space can be accessed from the outside of the house. If you are not sure if your house has a crawl space, ask a plumbing, electrical, or basement-work company to check for you.  What is the Crawl Space There For? A crawl space, which usually has a dirt floor, is not meant to be a living space, and is not safe as such. You may wonder, then, about the purpose of this small “room.” Crawl spaces let plumbers and electricians access things more easily when they come for work. Pipes and such can be reached easily via the crawl space. Another purpose of a crawl space is to help air circulate through the home. According to one article, some people use these spaces for storage. However, this may result in those items being ruined by mold or moisture.  Reasons to Waterproof Speaking of mold and moisture, that relates directly to our next discussion. Many companies offer crawlspace waterproofing. But why is this a good idea? Provided below are four reasons to consider waterproofing your crawl space. 1. Prevent Damage Crawl spaces are often cool, wet habitats where mold grows well. Widespread mold infestation can damage the house and may even cause health problems. Making the crawl space drier fixes that risk and has other benefits. When it rains... read more

Planning To Remodel Your Home? Get A Home Inspection First

Okay, so you are tired of the old-fashioned kitchen cabinets or want to turn two small bedrooms into one. It is your house, and you absolutely have the right to do so. However, before you start in on the project, get a home inspection. Not only will having a professional’s opinion help when it comes to getting the necessary permits, but it can also save you a whole lot of trouble. Here are just a few ways having an inspection can help. Know What You Are Up Against Imagine pulling out the old kitchen cabinets to find that the plumbing went in a direction you didn’t know about. You could end up breaking pipes and having to stop the project until you get the plumbing fixed. You can never be sure of what the original builder did or what previous owners to the home may have changed. Plumbing, electrical wiring, and/or HVAC systems may  be in the way of your remodel. Knowing exactly where everything is, and their condition can save you a lot of time, money, and aggravation. Weight-Bearing Walls Anytime you are going to be moving a wall, you need to know if it is weight-bearing or not. Sure it would be great to have one big, open room instead of two smaller ones, but not if moving the wall will make the area unsafe. While you may not see any trouble for a long time, eventually the structure will buckle and collapse. Of course, before it does, there will probably be other issues in the surrounding walls. When you are doing this to a lower floor... read more

3 Things You Didn’t Know You Should Clean & Organize Before Listing Your Home For Sale

Before you list your home for sale, you usually have a list of chores to do to prepare. In addition to a deep cleaning and de-cluttering, there are a few, less-obvious items that need your attention. While at first glance, they may seem unimportant, beware. Potential buyers look in every nook and cranny of your home. Cluttered or dirty spaces that you might not think about will attract their attention as they look around your home. Be proactive and cross these items off your list now — before listing your house for sale. 1. Windows: Cleaning your windows gives your house that little extra zip. Buyers won’t be sure why everything looked so sunny and sparkly, but you’ll know.  If you are not up to the task, hire a professional. Window cleaning is not as expensive as you would think and having someone else do it frees up your weekend for other house-prep tasks. For extra brightness, do not re-install your screens after cleaning; store them in the basement. Screens actually dull the shine when viewing your home from the street.  2. Gutters: While the average buyer will not climb up on your roof to have a look around, the home inspector they hire will definitely be up there. He or she is not just looking for sturdy gutters that are firmly attached to the house, but also for dirty gutters. If you can’t remember the last time you cleaned your gutters, do it now. Chances are, if a home inspector sees gutters crammed full with leaves, sticks, and other debris, he will question whether or not you have... read more

3 Tips To Help You Get Water Out Of Your Home Directly After A Flood

When the rains come and your home becomes flooding, getting the water out is probably your first priority. There are flood damage repair services that can help you with the repairs, but before they can get to your home you probably want to start pumping the water out. You can use whatever you have available and even rent commercial pumps to help get the water out. Here are some tips to help you get the flood waters out of your home as quickly as possible: 1. Use Wet/Dry Vacuums And Buckets To Start Bailing Out The Water Wet/dry vacuums are one of the best tools when it comes to cleaning up many different types of messes. They are commonly available at many stores and can easily be used to start pumping out flood waters. Some have a drain that can be used to attach a hose to. Attach a hose to the drain and allow it to pump out of your home. If you have a smaller wet/dry vacuum, you can use a barrel or bucket to increase the capacity by fitting the top on them. 2. Find Pumps In And Around Your Home To Put To Work Pumping Water Pumps of any size can be used to start pumping water out of your home in a flood. If you have a small fountain or garden pond, use these pumps to start removing the water, even if it is only a small amount. In addition, the small pumps used with above ground pools can also be used to help pump water out of your home at a higher rate.... read more

2 Reasons To Take Advantage Of Storm Damage Repair Services

One of the more useful services to have at your disposal as a homeowner is a storm damage repair service, mostly because of the many ways in which they can assist you if you live in an area where high-power storms are frequent. Listed below are just two of the many reasons to take advantage of storm damage repair services (such as those offered by Wolfe’s Contracting).  Remove Fallen Trees One of the biggest risks during a major storm is that the storm can knock down a large tree on your property that will land on a portion of your home. Depending on the size of the tree, the damage caused can range from a collapsed roof to broken windows or downed power lines. What makes this issue even worse is that in many cases the repair work cannot begin until the tree is removed, which can often be a very strenuous and time-consuming experience. However, a storm damage repair service can make this issue easier for you to deal with by having their crew break the tree into smaller parts for you and transporting the debris off-site for disposal. This will allow restoration work to begin as soon as possible. Protect Your Home From Post-Storm Damage Another big reason to utilize a storm damage repair service is that they can help prevent more damage from occurring once the storm has passed. For example, if your windows or one of your walls has been destroyed in a storm, a lot of moisture and pests can get into the home and cause extensive damage and increase the amount of restoration... read more

What Causes Mildew In Air Ducts?

Inhaling and/or touching mold can cause both small and large health problems. It can trigger allergies, asthma, infection, skin irritation, organ damage, and cancer. Yeast infections, athlete’s foot, and a burning sensation in various parts of the body are also possibilities. One of many places mold and mildew can grow in your home is in your air ducts. What can cause mildew and mold to grow in your air duct system? Dirty Filters Preventing mildew in the air ducts starts with clean air filters. Filters should be cleaned or changed regularly to remove any build up that occurs. If there are plants, pets, or allergies in the home, a HEPA filter is recommended, as these can remove the smallest airborne particles that can enter a home. If built up gunk is allowed to stay on a filter, dirt and spores can get through and cause mildew to be able to take root in the duct work where it is not easily seen or cleaned. Humidity in the Home Humidity in the air ducts is unavoidable during regular use of the heating and cooling systems. The air inside the ducts is at a differing temperature than the air outside the ducts, which can cause condensation inside the ducts. Proper insulation can help assuage this problem. Keeping the home at a humidity level between 30 and 50 percent can also keep conditions out of the favorable growth range for most mildews. Keeping the plumbing system in good repair can also help keep humidity down. Holes in Air Ducts Holes in air ducts will allow outside air into the system without the... read more

3 Reasons To Utilize A Mold Removal Service

Discovering mold in your home can often be a frustrating and frightening experience, mostly because of the many issues that the presence of mold can cause. Mold issues can lead to everything from health issues for you and your pets to being unable to sell your home until the mold is eliminated. Listed below are just three of the many reasons to hire a mold removal service. Prevent Spreading One of the biggest reasons to hire a mold removal service is to quickly put a stop to the spreading of the mold. Mold can spread throughout your house in a variety of ways, such as mold spores being blown throughout the house by your heating and cooling system if mold exists in your ducts. In addition, mold can develop in your carpet and spread through the house when you, your family, or your pets walk across the carpet and carry mold spores into the rest of the house.  Discover The Source Another reason to hire a mold removal service is because they will not stop at simply eliminating all of the signs of mold throughout your home but will also try to discover how the mold developed in the first place. For example, the mold removal service will check to see if a leaking pipe in your walls or moisture in your vents allowed the mold to develop. Once the source of the mold is discovered, the mold removal service can either resolve the issue or refer you to an appropriate contractor to repair the issue.  Avoid Health Issues Finally, removing mold from your house as quickly as possible... read more

3 Tips For Cleaning Your Microwave With Ease

Microwaves are truly one of the best inventions around. They let you heat your food up on the go, without having to spend hours slaving away in the kitchen over a hot stove. When you lead a busy life, a microwave is a must. However, you have to take some time every once in a while to clean your microwave out. Otherwise, you are going to end up with a bunch of built up food particles inside that leave little to be desired. If you aren’t sure where to start with cleaning your microwave, here are three simple tips to simplify the process. Start with a damp cloth. The first thing you need to do is grab a damp cloth. Use that cloth to get rid of any loose food crumbs inside of your microwave. The dampness of the cloth will help the particles stick to it and make cleaning the area quicker and more efficient. Try to get out as much as you can before you proceed to the next step. Bring on the lemon. After all the crumbs are out, you want to grab a lemon, a small bowl and some water. Fill that bowl up with the water and add in half of the lemon. Set your bowl inside of the microwave. Set the temperature to high and let it go for a couple minutes. Once your timer goes off, take your bowl out of the microwave and wet a cloth down. Since the water is going to be quite warm, you might want to give your mix just a few minutes to cool. You can... read more

Avoid Frozen Pipes And Water Damage In Freezing Weather

If the cold weather is setting in, then you want to be sure you know how to protect your home’s plumbing for those freezing nights. When the temperature outside drops below freezing, there is the chance that your pipes will also freeze. This can cause them to burst and if that happens then it will cost you in plumbing repairs and possibly cause damage to your walls, flooring, roof, furniture and personal belongings. Learn how to protect your pipes from freezing if the cold weather has quickly snuck up on you. Protect your sprinkler system Go around the exterior of your home and disconnect all of your garden hoses and drain the water out of them. Put them in the garage for the season for safe keeping. Turn off the timer for your automatic sprinklers. Turn off the main water valve for the sprinkler system. This valve is usually located outside, but it can also often be located inside of the garage. Follow the instructions in the sprinkler manual for draining the pipes with the blow out system, or have a plumber come out to do this for you. Protect your indoor plumbing system When the weather is freezing outside, it’s important for you to do all you can to keep the pipes from freezing anyway you can. The first thing you want to do is to make sure you keep the inside of your home warm. This means keeping your heater on even if you are going to be gone. You also want to make sure that warmer air can get directly to the pipes located under your... read more

Pros And Cons Of The Common Manufactured Siding Materials

Choosing the best siding material for your home can cut down on maintenance and repair work in the future. Manufactured siding materials are more durable and often less expensive than wood siding. The range of manufactured materials available ensures that you can find the best fit regardless of your design desires. Other than visual appeal, each of the manufactured siding materials has pros and cons. Decide what attributes matter most to you then discuss your choices further with your siding contractor. Vinyl Siding Vinyl siding is durable, lightweight, and available in a range of colors. The material has become one of the most popular modern siding materials due to its affordability, all-around ease of use, and the ability to install the siding over pre-existing materials for easy retrofitting. You can also buy insulated vinyl siding to improve your home’s energy efficiency. The low maintenance nature of vinyl is partly due to how the colorant is added. The color is added during the manufacturing process so there’s no surface layer of paint that can chip or become sun bleached. Downsides of vinyl include the fact that the siding has to be installed in an overlapping pattern that causes the appearance of seams. The material also isn’t the most eco-friendly or recyclable, which can become an issue if you do want to replace the siding at a later date. Engineered Wood Siding Engineered wood siding combines the natural beauty of wood with the durability of resin. This option allows you to have the shape and finish options of real wood without the associated high maintenance and price tag. Engineered wood can... read more

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There are some areas that are very prone to weather that damages houses more often than others. Some areas are damaged by hurricanes and others are damaged by earthquakes or tornadoes. No matter what type of damage is sustained, repairs will be required. So, how do you go about making these big repairs to a home following a disaster? This blog will provide you with tips and examples that can help you determine what your home will need if/when it becomes damaged by the disastrous situations that Mother Nature throws your way. Hopefully, you will get everything you need from this blog and will have a good understanding of what it will take to restore your home.