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How to Check for Burst Pipes.

Posted on January 19th, 2018

With the cold weather we are having, burst pipes are a common occurrence.  However often if the leak isn’t out in the open it can go unnoticed for an extended period of time. Here are a few ways that you can tell if there is a leak in your home.

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How to Prevent Pipes From Freezing.

Posted on December 29th, 2017

One of the aspects of water is that when it freezes, it expands. When water is in liquid form it will fill nearly any space and then if it freezes it exerts a tremendous amount of pressure on whatever it is held within. Water freezing in your home can put that pressure on the plumbing. Usually, if your home is heated most of the pipes aren’t in danger of freezing. But any pipe that is exposed to the cold such as swimming pool lines, sprinkler lines, and hose nozzles, are much more likely to freeze and burst. Basements and crawl spaces are often not heated directly, and areas such as garages or kitchen cabinets are also common areas for bursting pipes.

When cold weather is coming there are steps that can be taken to protect the pipes from freezing. Before winter you should drain water from sprinkler systems and you may need to lower your pool or drain it. Unscrew your garden hoses and store them indoors. Close off inside valves to outside nozzles, to prevent them from freezing. You should also add insulation to the areas of your home that may not have as much heat. Such as the crawl space. You could also install pipe sleeves which can increase the temperature of the pipe and prevent freezing. If you have an area that consistently freezes and has no protection, then it might be a good decision to have the pipe relocated.

You should keep your garage door closed if you have any pipes in there and the opposite is true for in your home. Keep the cabinet doors open in your kitchen and bathrooms. This will allow warm air to keep the pipes from freezing. If the weather is very cold, then you can leave a small trickle of water running. Even this small amount of water generates enough movement to prevent the water from freezing inside the pipes. It might also be necessary to keep the thermostat at the same temperature during the day and night. It will cost more, but repairing a burst pipe or water damage is much more expensive than the extra cost of the heat. If you are going on vacation or won’t be at home for a period of time, set your thermostat at 55 which should prevent freezing of pipes.

If you do have a frozen pipe, there are some things you can do to try to thaw it out. Keep the faucet open so that when the pipe starts to thaw it won’t cause it to burst. The movement will also help with the melting process. You can use a heating pad or a space heater, never use a blowtorch or kerosene, propane, or any other open flame heater. If you can’t find where the pipe is frozen is then you should call a professional plumber immediately. If you are out of town, have someone regularly check your home. Many of the largest water damage projects are started because no one caught a burst pipe until days later. A burst pipe can release an enormous amount of water and literally ruin a home. If your home does suffer any amount of water damage you should call a restoration company immediately.

The Most Common Causes of a House Fire.

Posted on December 15th, 2017

House fires are unfortunately common and they are also one of the most expensive disasters for a home to sustain. This is mainly due to the fact that fires have the capability to inflict much damage upon a home. Not only is damage incurred from the burning of the fire itself, but also from the secondhand effects of the smoke damage which is even more difficult to remove. There are steps you can take to prevent fires, but unfortunately, sometimes they are outside of our control. Here are some of the most common causes of house fires.

 

  1. Heating

If you use a portable space heater, make sure to keep it at least 3 feet from anything that could be flammable – especially curtains, laundry, clothes, etc. since these are all common ways that house fires start. Obviously, this is more of an issue during the winter.

 

  1. Cooking

This includes pots and pans, as well as burning food. Never leave a stovetop unattended if it is on. This is a great way for a fire to start. If you do need to leave the room, have someone else watch it.

 

  1. Smoking

Smoking should never occur in a bedroom. A cigarette butt can continue to burn for hours and if it is near clothing or furniture it could potentially start a fire. Bedroom fires actually account for 73% of all fatalities that are caused by fire. If you do smoke, please refrain while in the bedroom.

 

  1. Appliances

Appliances such as toasters, microwaves, etc. are a common cause of fires. Usually, these types of fires result from frayed cords, so if you do have anything that plugs into the wall that is frayed in any way it should be repaired or not used. These can short out much easier. Also, do not overload power outlets and power strips – the overuse of electricity can start a fire.

 

  1. Candles

Be careful with candles.  Although they smell and look nice they are an open flame. Never leave a candle unattended, because if it does somehow catch onto something it could spread very quickly. Also be extra careful if you have animals or children, as they could potentially knock a candle over.

 

  1. Children

Children are a ton of fun and curiosity is a good thing normally. That being said, they do unintentionally cause a lot of fires every year. Always make sure that you keep matches and lighters away from young children. These devices can be tantalizing to a child, but are one of the easiest ways to start a fire. Keep smoke alarms in your children’s bedrooms and teach them to stop, drop, and roll. Also, make sure they know the number to call if a fire breaks out.

 

  1. Faulty Wiring

Bad wiring is an extremely common cause of fire damage. Especially in older houses that use nob and tub, since they can heat up and cause the wood to burst into flame. Watch for lights dimming when another appliance is being used.  If you have fuses or breakers that blow often, this could also be a sign of bad wiring. Call an electrician if you suspect any issues.

 

  1. Barbeques

While the food is amazing, they are also a great way to burn your house down. Make sure that you keep them away from your house, tablecloths, trees, and plants. Keep a fire extinguisher nearby in case of a fire.

Try to prevent these common fires and you’ll make your home a safer place.

The Benefits of Professional Carpet Cleaning

Posted on December 8th, 2017

If you have ever attempted to clean your own carpets with a consumer carpet cleaner you bought from Walmart, then you probably know the hassle that is involved in cleaning carpets. You also probably understand the difference in the results as well. While there are definitely some instances where these inexpensive carpet cleaners come in handy, in the majority of situations there are many reasons to use a professional carpet cleaner instead. Here are our top reasons to use a professional carpet cleaner in place of doing it on your own.

 

Professional Grade Equipment.

DIY carpet cleaning isn’t easy! You’ll have to either buy or rent a carpet cleaner and get it to your house. If you rent one they are often bulky and heavy and can be a pain to use. They also leave almost as much water in the carpet as they suck out. This isn’t good as it can lead to mold or just generally mean you won’t be able to use the cleaned area for a much longer period of time. Professional carpet cleaning companies have high-powered equipment that is mounted inside vans. They also suck much harder, which makes them much more effective than a consumer grade cleaner. Our technicians also treat the flooring first and use tools to loosen any debris or dirt in the fibers of the carpet. The fans that are used are much more powerful. Meaning the carpet will dry much quicker.

 

We Clean it all.

If you attempt to clean your own carpet then be prepared for a challenge. You need to move all of the furniture out of the room, clean the floor, then once you are done cleaning the carpet you can’t use the room for a while so the furniture has to stay out of the room. This means you can’t usually move on to the next room. Our expert carpet cleaners will move the furniture, clean the carpet, dry the carpet, and move the furniture back and move on to the next room. They often can get the entire house done by the time most people can complete only one room.

 

Remove all the Water.

The difference in the suction power of commercial vacuums and consumer carpet cleaners is incredible. Most rental and consumer vacuums drench the carpet in water, but then they can only suck up around 50% of the water. This can actually be dangerous because if your carpet is soaking wet and the padding underneath is as well, this is the perfect opportunity for mold to grow. Professional carpet cleaners will suck the large majority of the water out of the carpet and the padding, leaving the carpet nearly dry to the touch.

 

These are just a few of the many reasons that a professional carpet cleaner will provide a much better result and make it much easier.

 

 

The Side-effects of Common Species of Mold

Posted on December 1st, 2017

Mold is one of the worst substances that can be in your home. It usually is a sign that there is or has been water damage in your home. Mold also has the additional negative of being difficult to remove. There are many different species of mold, but we are only going to talk about 4 different types and the side-effects that they create.

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Why Fixing Water Problems is important.

Posted on November 13th, 2017

There aren’t many issues in a house that can escalate quicker than a water leak. Often water issues start with a leaky faucet but then become a much larger issue. Any water leaks should be addressed and fixed as quickly as possible to prevent long-term damage. Check your home regularly especially in areas that you may not go often such as a basement, crawl space, etc. A big freeze could burst a pipe and flood an area of your home with water and if it sits for long then it will cause massive damage. Catching a burst pipe quickly could save you thousands of dollars. If you notice a drop in water pressure then this could be a sign that there is a major leak.
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