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How To Prevent Water Damage In Your Home

Avoid costly water damage restoration by learning how to prevent it!

Water damage can incur from things we simply overlook or home maintenance we put off for too long, and then one day you find yourself standing in a couple of feet of water! Prevent pricey water restoration work by knowing how to prevent it in the first place!

At Restoration 1 Of Las Vegas, we’ve seen our fair share of water damage accidents that could have easily been prevented! Learn more about how you can better protect your home from water damage in today’s post!

Preventing Water Damage

It’s been estimated that about 93% of water damage cases could have been prevented, yet it’s the second most common insurance claim filed in the US. Water damage occurs both from environmental disasters such as floods, hurricanes, and heavy rain and accidents at home, with a majority of water damage developing from causes such as frozen pipes, leaking pipes, a leaky roof, broken hoses, plumbing issues, and insulation concerns. 

And, the damage doesn’t just stop with water! If the water isn’t addressed within 48 hours, mold begins to spore and spread and then you have to combat a mold issue in addition. To prevent property loss and spending a large amount of money on water damage restoration, there are actions you can take as a homeowner to better protect your home. 

Preventing Interior Water Damage

Water damage not only disrupts your daily life but getting it inside your home is quite costly. So, where does it come from and how can it be prevented? Let’s examine it below. 

Maintain Your Appliances

It’s important to have your indoor appliances maintenanced regularly, and, as a homeowner, keeping an eye on them. Your washing machine, dishwasher, HVAC, and hot water heater are all subject to creating water damage in your home.  

It’s important to look for leaks and have them serviced as recommended by the manufacturer. Many times these appliances go too long and work too hard, and one day your hot water heater bursts or the tiny leak in your dishwasher turns into a large puddle of standing water. 

Washing machine hoses are also another area of potential water damage — when these hoses become old, they’re brittle and can begin to leak. Avoid this issue by replacing your washing machine hose frequently. 

Burst Pipes

Beyond your appliances, another well-known cause for interior water damage is burst pipes. This is a common result of water pressure that is set too high where the hoses and pipes succumb to the pressure and burst. 

Residential water pressure should be around 40 to 70 psi, so if your home exceeds this, it’s important to install a water pressure gauge and regulator that will help address this issue and keep your home safe.  

Plumbing

Plumbing can be a hard source to pin down because the pipes and hoses are behind walls, so if you see leaky faucet, leaks around your bath or shower, or an overflowing toilet, it’s important to get them addressed right away. 

At the end of the day, the important thing is to be mindful of your home’s appliances and plumbing. Once every season, do an inspection and check for any leaks or if any of your appliances need to be serviced — just have a general idea of their condition and if any issue could come up. 

Don’t know where to start? A great indicator that you may have a leak or water issue is your water bill. Does it continue to rise even with the same amount of water consumption, or did it jump dramatically? This is a signal that something may be leaking!

Preventing Exterior Water Damage

There are sources outside your home that can be subject to water damage and, in turn, cause damage to your home. 

Roofing

It’s important to inspect your roof because it’s the greatest protector of the outdoor elements, so if it gets damaged, the moisture can get right in! What can subject your home to water damage via your roof? 

  • Ice dams – Ice dams occur when ice forms at the edge of your roof where not only ice forms, but water gets through. This can cause water to leak through the walls, windows, and doors in your home. 
  • Clogged gutters – When your gutters are clogged with debris from leaves or small tree branches, the water has nowhere to go except over the rim of the gutter and down the side of your home. If you get a lot of moisture, this can soak into the ground right into your home’s foundation.   
  • Roof damage – Perhaps you have old roof damage that was never addressed or had a big storm that caused damage, whatever the case is, if your roof is not repaired or replaced, it can cause leaking into your home through the ceiling and walls.

Septic Tank 

It’s very important to stay on top of your septic tank because they’re not always equipped to handle large volumes of water from storms. In addition, sewer lines can become blocked and backed up causing the water and sewage to back up into your home through toilets, floor drains, and sinks. So, maintain your septic tank and get it pumped regularly.

As with the interior of your home, it’s important to be diligent with your exterior home maintenance — clean and clear your gutters every season and get a roof inspection after a big storm or if there is leaking. 

In spite of all your best efforts at prevention, water damage can still happen — Mother Nature can come in swiftly with heavy rains or you may forget to blow out your sprinkler lines. In this case, it’s important to have water damage restoration experts you can trust and rely on to help you mitigate the damage and restore your home to what it was before the water damage.  

To clean up your home quickly and effectively, schedule a water damage restoration service for your Las Vegas home today! 

  

  

 

 

 

 

 

7 Action Steps To Take After a Home Fire

Start taking the first steps towards putting your home back together after a fire. 

A fire is not just an inconvenience — a fire disrupts and changes your life. It displaces you and leaves you, many times, with nothing but the clothes on your back. At a time when you were perhaps planning a birthday party or gearing up for the holidays, now you have this event that shakes you — a million thoughts are swirling around in your head and you have to take steps to address the issue at hand but you also have to deal emotionally with the loss of it all. 

A home fire is overwhelming but at Restoration 1 Of Las Vegas we can help bring some normalcy back to your everyday life through our fire restoration services. If you’ve recently experienced a fire, follow along in today’s post as we provide you with action steps to take when you don’t know what else to do.

After The Fire: What To Expect

A home fire causes serious damage and many of your belongings and interior structural things (walls, doors, etc) may have been badly damaged from the heat, smoke, and flames or the fire. 

Beyond the damage from the fire, you may need to prepare yourself for water damage, broken windows, and holes cut in the roof as a result of the firefighters putting out the fire. 

Once the fire is out, work from a restoration company is imperative. It’s also important to note that there may be a potential risk to your health and safety from the soot and contaminated water that is left behind, so also check in with the professionals first before you start gathering and recovering your personal belongings.

Once you’re allowed access, let’s review some steps to take when you’re left in the wake of a fire.

 7 Action Steps To Take After A Home Fire

The fire has happened and it has been put out, so what do you do now? You may be left in disbelief and unable to even think what comes next. But, we have you covered. Follow these steps when you feel stuck, overwhelmed, and unable to figure out your next move. 

Contact Your Insurance Company

The first thing you’ll want to do is talk to your insurance agency and let them know there has been a fire. The great thing about them is, they can help walk you through this process as well — just ask them what to do next. They’ll often know amazing local restoration companies to work with. 

Whenever you work with insurance, ensure you get everything in writing. 

Looking for a little more support? Reach out to your community and consider contacting organizations such as:

  • Non-profit counseling facilities
  • State or city government offices
  • Local religious organizations
  • Public agencies

Figure Out Your Finances

Your finances are probably the last thing on your mind at this point, but it’s crucial that you address them. What was damaged in the fire? Was your wallet in there and do you have access to your debit or credit cards? 

If they were in the fire, report to the companies they were lost in the fire and see if you can go into your local bank to get a quick replacement. 

It’s also important to save all the receipts of the money you spend during this time — the insurance company will likely ask for documentation, in addition to losses claimed on your tax return.  

Get The Basics Covered

Your Family

You’ve been displaced and now it’s time to take care of you and your family which means you need to figure out a few of the key details such as:

  • A place to stay
  • A week’s worth of clothing
  • Prescription medications

This is a heavy and daunting time and you have a lot of hard things ahead of you, so ask for help and lean on those who want to help — don’t face this alone!

Your Pets

Pets are just as much a part of the family so it’s important they get the care they need in this situation as well. It’s important to know that when animals are scared and upset, they’re more prone to biting and scratching so do your best to comfort them, but handle them carefully. You may need to board your pets or leave them with family and friends during this process, and it’s crucial to keep them out of the home and safe as the fire restoration services take place.

Replacing Important Documents

If the fire destroyed important documents it’s important to replace them, this may include documents such as:

  • Driver’s license
  • Car insurance
  • Titles and deeds
  • Passports
  • Military papers
  • Birth, death, and marriage certificates
  • Divorce papers
  • Social security cards
  • Medicaid cards
  • Stocks and bonds
  • Wills
  • Medical records
  • Tax documentation
  • Citizenship papers

Safety And Security

You will not have access to your home until after the fire department confirms that it is safe. The fire department will do an initial check to make sure that using the utilities such as water, electricity, and gas are safe to operate. If it’s not safe, they will have your utilities disconnected, so please, do not try and have them turned back on so you can go back to your house!

As much as you want to be there and assess all the damage and mourn your loss, you need to stay safe. If you’re out for more than a couple of days, it may be worth it to call your local police and let them know about what happened — they can keep an extra eye on it. And, you may first want to get a restoration company to board up any windows and doors to prevent anyone from accessing your home illegally. 

Begin Documenting

Fire Damage

You’ll likely have to submit a fire claim for your insurance which will require a comprehensive list of all the damage incurred from the fire. This is the process that can get very hard — you have to sort through all of your inventory, separating them into what was damaged and what’s not. Having a detailed list of everything will be emotional and hard, but it will help speed the difficult process of the insurance claim much faster. 

What do you include in this list?

  • Name
  • Brand of item
  • Receipts (if possible)
  • Purchase price
  • UPC (barcode)
  • Proof of purchase from bank statements

We understand that many of the above inclusions may be difficult to track down, so include as much information as you can. 

The Fire Report

One of the first things your insurance company will ask you about is the fire report, so ensure you have a copy of it. This report has all the details of the event — the date, time, areas affected, description of damage, and possible cause (if known). 

The fire report is a public document so you should have access to it. If arson was suspected, you’ll have to work with the local authorities to get a copy. 

Fire Restoration In Las Vegas

When it comes to fire damage, there are action steps you can take when you don’t know what else to do. It’s always important to stay connected in this time — talk with your insurance company, the fire department, your bank, and the local government to get all of your important documentation addressed and replaced. 

It’s also a time to pause and take care of you and your family — ensure you have a place to stay and that all your basics are covered.  

And, as you place one foot in front of the other, things begin to slowly happen and in no time you’ll have a fire restoration company in your home helping you get back in and back to your normal life. 

If you’re ready to combat the fire damage left by the flames and smoke, partner with us today!    

  

 

 

Restoration 1® Franchisee First to Open Complementary Plumbing Brand

Restoration 1®, one of the fastest-growing and most-trusted restoration franchises in North America, announces the first franchisee to also purchase complementary business, bluefrog Plumbing + Drain. 

Lance Ray opened his Restoration 1 location two years ago. In a short amount of time, he’s established one of the largest restoration teams in the system. Having experienced plumbers on his team already, he knew owning a bluefrog Plumbing + Drain was the next best step for his business.

“When a leak turns into a small flood, you need a plumber to fix the leak and a restoration expert to clean up the mess,” said Ray. “Being able to own and operate both brands means I have the ability to serve my community throughout the entire process.” 

In 2016, Gary Findley became CEO of Restoration 1. One year later, he acquired bluefrog Plumbing + Drain with plans to aggressively grow the two businesses across North America.

“It was our vision from start that these two brands would work together, and Lance Ray has taken the first step in bringing that vision to life,” said Gary Findley, CEO of Restoration 1 and bluefrog Plumbing + Drain. “ And this is only the beginning as we plan for more franchisees to own and operate both brands in their community.”