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Tuesday, 07 March 2017 15:30

It's That time where you're already getting ready for Spring Break 2017 !

 

As your planning like we did for Christmas .... Do you want a spring vacation or do spring cleaning...?

You don't maitain things properly or double check your Toilets , hot water heater , water hoses , Washing machine......

Oh. Only if you had been home when that pipe broke! If you had been home , you could have quickly shut off the main water supply and cleaned up the small mess !

Pipes seem to break when no one is home and Sump pumps seem to fail when no one is home , the list goes on and on.

 

What can you do ?

Here are some Homeowner tips you can use to ensure water damage does not occur !  

 

1.    Secure all windows and doors. Remember that a storm can drive water into your home if there is any type of opening, even a small one at a window.
 
2.    Don’t turn off the heat! Keep the thermostat set at a level that ensures nothing inside will freeze. 
 
3.    Some hot water heaters have a vacation setting. Play it safe and take advantage of it.
 
4.    This one is really important! Shut off all water supply sources to anything that might leak, like the washing machine. Even better? If appropriate, shut off the main water supply to the home, but leave instructions if anyone is going to visit or stay at your home while you are away.
 
5.    Make sure your sump pump is in good working order. A failed sump pump means ground water is going to intrude and create havoc in your home.
 
 
 
So enjoy your next vacation, but don’t let coming home be a disaster. Follow these tips to make sure you don’t suffer from a water damage disaster.
Remember Advantage Restoration & Contracting is 24/7 Disaster Restoration Specialists ! 
Friday, 24 February 2017 20:24
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DID YOU KNOW that even the healthiest of individuals can still feel negative effects in the presence of some common things around the house?
 
It’s not something that necessarily has to start growing in the basement of your house after a flood. It’s something that can “just happen” and it’s not good news. But it can be easily fixed.
 
First of all, what are we talking about?
 
Old stuff brought in
There are some items that can come into your home that can trigger your allergies or other sensitivities. These can include cardboard boxes, packages and other items sent or brought to you. The worse of these would be old stuff, things that have been around a while, gathering allergens.
 
Old ‘normal’ stuff
We’ve all been to a library and sniffed old books. OK, maybe not all of us, but those that remember books and libraries can relate. These old books and documents can be allergen triggers, so be sure to remember this before checking them out or taking them into your home.
 
Old decorations
Sure, the holidays are a time when you use ornaments and stuff, and this is just a few times a year… but you have to store them, right? Remember that they can bring in allergens. It might be best to give them at least a wipe-down, if not a complete cleaning, before putting them into the attic.
 
Old mattresses
Ick. This is a tough one, and sometimes a sensitive issue. Sure, it’s OK to pass on mattresses from one generation to another (what is family for?), but what are you getting when you inherit an old mattress or other bedding from someone not close to you? And don’t be tempted by that new-looking mattress at your neighbor’s garage sale. You just don’t know what you are getting into. Did you know that every mattress has dust mites?
 
Old rugs and carpet
Rugs and carpet are very important to you, but be sure to have them inspected by your carpet cleaning pro before bringing them into your home. These are items that can collect all types of allergens and other contaminants that can affect you and your family.
 
Don’t be afraid to throw old stuff out. Remember, it’s your home and your family’s health. Protect it!
 
Just make sure that what you bring into your home is safe and sound — and safe for any allergy or asthma issues you or your family may have. 
Thursday, 23 February 2017 15:39

There’s some surprising news from the experts at the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Everyone lives in a flood zone. Yes, you read that right.

Of course, if your home is at the top of a mountain, you are probably at low risk from flooding. But most homes are at lower elevations, bringing higher risks.

How common are floods? In the past five years, according to the NFIP, all 50 states have experienced floods or flash floods.

And bad news for homeowners is their homeowner’s insurance does not cover flood damage. You need special flood insurance for that.

To protect yourself, you need some flood facts so you realize the danger and can purchase the proper flood insurance program for your home and risk level.

Flood facts from the NFIP

·      Just a few inches of water in your home can cost many thousands of dollars to repair. This comes out of your pocket if your insurance doesn’t cover it.

·      Flash floods can bring walls of water 10-15 feet high. Imagine that hitting your home!

·      A vehicle can easily be carried away by just two feet of rushing water. You don’t want to think about what can happen if you are in the car…

·      New land development can increase flood risk.

·      Floods can be caused by different sources, such as hurricanes, winter storms, snow melt and other events.

·      In a high-risk area, your home is more likely to be damaged by flood than by fire.

·      Since 1978, The NFIP has paid nearly $50 billion for flood insurance claims and related costs (as of 2/17/15).

There are many more flood facts, but these can get you researching what you need to protect what’s important to you: Your home and your family.

Remember, if any type of flooding happens to you, keep our number handy ! (813) 757-0717 Advantage Restoration & Contracting are your Water damage Specialists.

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