Protecting Your Belongings From Water Damage

Storing Your Belongings In the Basement

Basement WaterWhen you are thinking about where to store your stuff, plan for the worst. You need to think about all of the potential
water damage that you could sustain in the areas where you are storing your stuff. Think about where you are saving things and what could happen to them. Many people use their basement for storage. I know lots of people that use their basements purely for storage. The basement makes a bit of sense. However, consider a basement flood when you are planning this out. There could be some problems that go along with that. If it is going to happen, you want to be aware the basement is the first place to get flooded.

What Goes Where?

You also want to be aware you are going to be trying to dry out all of that stuff when the rains come. So, even think about what it is that you are storing in the basement. If it is an album full of old and valuable family photos or important documents or electronics, you may want to consider the attic. There are lots of other places where you can store those types of things where they will be to be less likely to be damaged by water. However, if you are storing sports gear or your fishing gear, who cares if it gets wet? Go ahead and store all of your stuff like that in the basement. It is a great place to put things that can withstand getting wet. However, do not save items that will be damaged by water in the basement.

You Cannot Afford to Wait

If you are in need of some flood cleanup, prepare yourself for a big job. It is tough and nasty, but it is an important job that can end up saving you a lot money, time, and effort. It is counterintuitive, but letting water damage go too long can make a real hassle for you in the future. It is not something you will notice right away. However, over time, you are going to see the adverse effects of all of that water damage. It is not something to let go. Make sure that you are on top of the things that you need to do to get that moisture out of your house.

Flood Water Clean Up Is Not What You Might Imagine

You may imagine yourself in the basement bailing out buckets of water. However, that is not a valid representation of what flood water cleanup entails. It is not so much the massive amounts of water that gets people. It is the moisture that gets into the wood and the fabrics around the house. So make sure that you call in a
professional water damage repair contractor. You may think it is an easy enough job, but getting out all of the moisture is what stumps inexperienced people. Flood damage is a job for the professionals. It is a terrible job that requires expertise. The reason that there are companies out there that specialize in this is not just because people do not want to put forth the effort. They are unable to get the job done because it is far more technical than they would expect.


Free Roofing Inspection

Shingle Roofing

Shingles are the roofing material used in most new residential construction in the Houston area. Shingles are relatively easy to maintain they are easy to maintain and, depending on weather conditions can last 15 to 20 years. Shingles do require routine maintenance, and minor repair work to keep the manufacturer’s warranty in force. However, most consumers will find shingle roof repair to be affordable compared to other types roofing systems. Many of the Houston roofing contractors offer a free roofing inspection on an annual basis. Taking advantage of the free roofing inspection is a good way to keep your roof in top shape and ensure its service life.

The Most Common Shingles

The most common type of shingles used are three tab shingles made from asphalt, and these overlap each other. Asphalt shingles are fire resistant, freeze and thaw resistant, come in a variety of colors and offer some protection from UV rays from the sun. If you need to replace broken or missing asphalt shingles, you can use three tab shingles, and they are the cheapest option in the range of asphalt shingles. Architectural shingles are a newer option of asphalt shingles that you can use for repair on your roof. Architectural shingles are designed to look like many different materials such as cedar and tiles, and they are heavier than the traditional three tab asphalt shingles so that they are suited for areas prone to storms. Because of their heavy weight, they are less likely to warp.

Architectural Shingles

Architectural shingles are more attractive than the three tab shingles since they have a three-dimensional appearance. When you are ready to replace all or part of your roofing, you can use the architectural shingles, especially if you are repairing a large area.

Solar Shingles

There are also solar shingles which have solar cells installed within them. Solar shingles can help with lighting in the house saving energy costs. These types of shingles and the solar panels are expensive to buy and install. You need an electrician to install them correctly. However, you will recover the costs within a year or less because of the savings on your energy costs. You can use solar shingles to replace damaged sections of your roof allowing you to save on energy costs. If you cannot afford to put solar shingles on your entire roof, you can use them to carry out repair jobs, and as time goes by, you can eventually cover the whole roof.

Recyclable Shingles

If you are environmentally conscious, there are recyclable shingles available. If you need to repair damaged section of your roof, you can use recycled shingles made from cellulose fiber. They are fire resistant, are thaw and freeze resistant; they have UV protection and can withstand wind gusts of up to 120 mph.

Other Types Shingles

Other less used shingles are tile, clay, and slate shingles. Another example available is concrete shingles. They are durable and are perfect for areas that experience storms, regions with extreme temperatures, and regions prone to bush fires and forest fires. Concrete Shingle roofs have a high resistance to fire. Concrete tiles require little or no repair or maintenance and they last a long time.

Shingle Repair

To repair a torn shingle that is not too severely damaged or a curled or warped shingle, apply roofing cement on the shingle and the roof then press together. When the cement is dry, add nails around the repaired area. To replace missing shingles, remove the nails in the panel and place the new shingle then replace the nails. You can use roofing cement to seal the areas over the nails and the edges to ensure that there will be no leaks. For damaged shingles, you remove the damaged shingle then remove the nails that were holding it in place. Put in a new shingle and use new nails to hold it in place. It is important that when you are carrying out roof repair that you use shingles of roughly the same age so that the roof does not age at a different pace, which can result in more repair work for you. If you want to use a different type of shingle or want to change the look of your roof while carrying out the repairs, then you may have to replace larger sections than you originally intended.

Austin Fire Damage Restoration

Smoke and Soot Removal

The effects of fire in your home or business can be devastating, and you may think that it will be impossible to restore the home to its original state. Austin fire damage restoration services are available and on-call to help you deal with the aftermath of the fire. Although some of the contents of the home or business may be beyond salvage, your restoration service may be able to restore those not severely affected to their previous form.

Fire Damage Recovery Requires Professional Expertise

It is not enough to get help from neighbors in washing the house. There will be the lingering smell of smoke, and this will make it uncomfortable to live in the house, and you will have a constant reminder of the fire that occurred. The latest technology, which includes the use of ozone, deodorants, and spays, ensures that there is no smoke or soot left on the premises. Fire damage restoration experts can also clean all drapery, carpets, and garments to make sure they restore them.

Kitchen Fire Damage

The Process

When experts arrive at your home or business, they perform a courteous and quick assessment of the damage caused by the fire. They’ll give you an evaluation of the costs, going through each process so you can understand the quote. The range of fire damage cleanup methods involves clearing the soot from walls and other property and removing all the odors. Fire damage technicians will decide which are the most appropriate techniques to clear soot, smoke, and odors from all your possessions, as well as the structure of the house. They liaise with you during each process since it will help in reducing the stress of the mishap.

Smoke and Soot Need to be Removed

The smoke and soot from the fire can cause corrosion thereby causing you further loss. Using thermal clouds, we will ensure that the fire damage restoration process is thorough. Your Austin fire damage restoration company should furnish you a detailed report for registering a claim for compensation from your insurance carrier. They should also be available to discuss and explain the rationale for the cost of restoration to the insurance adjustor.