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Four Ways To Tell If Your Crawlspace Has A Moisture Problem

Posted by on January 26, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Four Ways To Tell If Your Crawlspace Has A Moisture Problem

It can be relatively easy to gauge whether your basement has a moisture problem. You might see puddles, wet marks, mineral deposits, or streaks down the walls. However, when your moisture issue stems from your crawlspace, the problem can be much more difficult to detect.  Left unchecked, however, dampness in your crawlspace can be an open invitation for moisture-loving insects like termites that can compromise the integrity of your entire structure. Moisture in your crawlspace can also lead to mold and mildew and exacerbate chronic breathing issues, such as COPD and asthma. Excess humidity will also cause your insulation to be less effective, costing you more on your utility bills, and cause your structural beams to rot. Fortunately, there are a few tell-tale signs of moisture in your crawlspace, if you know where to look. 1. A musty smell. Although most crawlspaces are sealed off from the rest of the house by a panel or a trap door, it’s a good idea to peek inside the crawl space every month or so and take a sniff. Mold and mildew can form quickly and leave a tell-tale stale odor. 2. Loose stones or mortar in your foundation. Another sign that you could have moisture in your crawl space is if your foundation has mortar or stone with gaps that is allowing rain and melted snow to enter your crawl space. 3. Warping floor boards. Excess moisture in the crawl space below your home can also cause your floor boards to warp and be uneven or to split.  4. Higher than normal water bills. Moisture in your crawl space doesn’t always come from the exterior of your home. A leaking, dripping, or cracked pipe can also cause excess moisture to accumulate in your crawl space. A cracked pipe is especially likely during the cold winter months or if you have an older home with clay sewer pipes leading away from your home. If your water bill is quite a bit higher than normal, a broken pipe in your crawl space could be the cause. Moisture left unchecked in your crawlspace can be a disaster for your home and family. Prevent a moisture issue from becoming a major problem by checking your crawl space for that tell-tale smell of mildew and mold every month or so, examining your foundation for any loose mortar or crumbling stone, and quickly investigating the source of any uneven floor boards. For more tips, contact a crawlspace waterproofing...

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4 Mistakes To Avoid After A Broken Pipe Causes A Flood In Your Home

Posted by on December 8, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Mistakes To Avoid After A Broken Pipe Causes A Flood In Your Home

The last thing a homeowner wants is to walk into their home to discover that a pipe has burst and flooded an area of the house. A flood inside your home can cause a lot of damage, and how you react can determine the extent of the damage and how much you will have to pay in the long run to make repairs and restore your home to its previous state. If there is a flood in your home from a broken pipe, avoid the following mistakes: Neglecting to Turn Off the Water and Electricity It is normal to panic initially when you see that a room in your house is flooded, but you have to act quickly to contain the flood and keep yourself and your family safe. As soon as you see the flood water, immediately turn off the water main to your home, as well as the electrical main. Turning off the water main will stop the flow of water, and turning off the electricity is important to prevent electrical shock and damage to your electrical system from the water. Not Calling Your Insurance Company Right Away While not all homeowners insurance companies provide coverage for floods caused by heavy rain or flash floods, most do provide coverage for floods caused by broken pipes inside the home. As soon as you discover the flood and get the water turned off, don’t forget to immediately call your homeowners insurance company. The sooner you file a claim, the sooner an adjuster can process it so you can get the funds needed to make repairs. Forgetting to Document the Damage An insurance adjuster may visit your home after you make a claim, but by that point, you may have begun the cleanup process. Prior to cleaning up, take pictures of the flood damage from several different angles so you can present the photos as evidence of damage if your insurance company requests them. Failure to Hire a Water Damage Restoration Company After a flood inside your home, it is in your best interest to hire a water damage restoration service to assist with the cleanup. These types of companies have high-powered de-humidifiers and pumps that can remove the water quickly. If you fail to hire a water damage restoration company, you run a higher risk of mold and mildew growing inside your home due to the excess moisture. Mold and mildew can be very expensive to get rid of, and they may also present a health hazard to anyone living in your home....

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