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Tuesday, 07 March 2017 15:30

Spring Vacation ? or Spring Cleaning ?

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 ! 
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Thursday, 23 February 2017 15:39

Who Lives in a Flood Zone? You Do!

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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Thursday, 05 January 2017 16:32

WATER DAMAGE ?

 There’s no doubt about it. Water damage is extremely stressful, and the more you know about it, the better you’ll be able to decide how to address it.

 

Here is a list of tips you can do to protect your home from water damage.

1. Check hoses and faucets on a regular basis.Experts recommend checking hoses that lead to your washing machine, dishwasher, and refrigerator on an annual basis, looking for cracks or water leaks. They also recommend replacing all hoses every five to seven years.

2. Check showers and tubs.Make sure the caulking around your shower(s) and tub(s) are watertight. If you see cracks in the caulk, replace it. Caulk is very inexpensive and can prevent water from seeping into your floor.

3. Know where and how to shut off your water main.If a pipe suddenly bursts in your home, it is important to know how to shut off the water supply. In most situations, shutting off the water main will stop the flow of water. 

4. Install floor pans.Consider installing floor pans under your appliances. While they can’t protect you from a huge leak, they can prevent damage from small slow undetected leaks.

5. Consider purchasing point of leak water alarms.Water alarms work like smoke alarms. When water is detected in a specific area, an alarm is triggered, warning you of a water threat. These sensors can be placed in basements, laundry rooms, bathrooms, kitchens, or next to the sump pump.

Think about how many hours you are away from your home. Whether it is going to work everyday, a weekend getaway, or a family vacation, many of us are gone for an extended period of time. Now, imagine how you would feel if you came home after a nice relaxing vacation, or a weekend getaway to find water in your finished basement, or your living room ceiling collapsed, or water running down your stairs.

                                                                                                                                       

Water damage tip : Check your toilet by placing a drop of food coloring in the tank if colored water ends up in the bowl in 15 minutes or less without flusing there probably is a leak HINT after you do this flush the toilet a few times to keep it from staining ,

  • Almost 40 percent of all homeowners have said that they have experienced loss from water damage
  • About 93 percent of all water damage can be prevented
  • Water damage is the second most frequently filed insurance claim in the United States
  • 250 gallons of water is released a day due to a 1/8-inch crack in a pipe
  • About 20 percent of all insurance claims related to water damage of some kind
  • Billions of dollars in property losses are spent each year as a direct result of water damages
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Thursday, 08 September 2016 19:56

HOW LONG TO DRY ????

 
DID YOU KNOW that when you have your carpet professionally cleaned it can take as little as one hour to dry — and, according to some reports, as long as THREE DAYS to dry? According to the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, or IICRC, the certifying body for professional carpet cleaners, carpet should take about six to eight hours to dry, and never longer than 24 hours to dry because after that amount of time, microbial growth (like mold and mildew) can begin to grow.  No one wants that!  This is why you need a complete carpet cleaning system that guarantees your carpet is dry fast. How fast? It depends on the carpet type you have and also the weather conditions the day you have your carpet cleaned.  Sad to say, some experience really long drying times when they have their carpet cleaned. Who knows why this happens, except that it never should happen!  One thing is for sure, having your carpet cleaned should be a pleasant experience and after it is clean, you should be able to get back onto the carpet and back to a normal family routine quickly. Some companies don’t have the powerful cleaning machines necessary for doing the best work, and some don’t have the training they should.  When you have your carpet cleaned, or your furniture or hard floors like wood, granite, marble and all the different surfaces you may have, you deserve complete satisfaction and the best cleaning you will ever see.  Remember: Clean and dry – that’s the goal! 
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