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Our water damage experts will help get your property back to a healthy space again. We have the equipment to extract excess water, dryers to get all the moisture out, and environmental friendly sprays to prevent mold and spores from growing.  If your water damage has already caused mold to grow, we can clean up or remove the infected area. 

Water damage doesn't happen all at once, unless you experience a flood, it can happen slowly over time and can be difficult to find. Water damage does have some common signs. If you notice condensation, signs of fungi, discoloration or warping, then you may have damage. 

Water damage is often caused by something small like a leak or small drip. It can come from back flow from clogged drains.This water can be potentially hazardous because it can contain sewage. American Restoration 24/7n can identify where the problem is and fix it, then remove all the hazardous materials involved. 

If you notice water pouring into your home or business, call us. We will get our technicians out to you. We will determine where the water is coming from and stop it if possible. We will remove and try to salvage any of your items that is in or near the water. 

Unless you have the correct protective gear, do not walk through the water. It may contain harmful chemicals or bacteria. It may also be close to electrical appliances, outlets, and other harmful devices. Let our technicians handle everything for you. 

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Helpful Hints for Basement Flooding

The part of any structure that’s most prone to flooding is the basement, particularly in areas where the water table is high, and saturated soil is no longer able to absorb additional rainfall. If a structure has even the smallest crack in its foundation, it will be susceptible to this type of flooding.

Flooded basements can also be caused by burst water pipes, or broken water hoses in washing machines and other malfunctioning appliances.

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Most water damage restoration experts agree that a basement flood is something best dealt with by a professional water damage remediation company. Basement floods can lead to serious structural problems such as dry rot, deteriorating sheetrock and insulation, and weakened support structures such as beams and walls. Contamination from sources such as backed up sewer lines can also pose an extremely serious health hazard.

Time is of the essence in dealing with basement floods. A professional water damage remediation company is your best bet for finishing your basement flood cleanup before it can seriously damage your home or your health.

However, in situations where the water can be clearly identified as clean water – from a leaking faucet, for example, or from rain that has come in through a broken window – and the damage itself is not too extensive, homeowners can safely take on the task of cleaning up their basements themselves.2337382197?profile=RESIZE_710x

Cleaning Up Small Basement Floods

Before you make the decision to clean your basement flood yourself, make sure this is a job you can finish within 12 hours. Twelve hours is the amount of time it takes mold spores to begin germinating. Once your basement is infested with mold, it will be very difficult and expensive to remove that mold.

If the spill is small, you may be able to remove the water with a mop and towels. A larger spill may require a wet vacuum, which you can rent from a big box home improvement outlet store. Start at the section of the room where the water spillage is smallest, and work your way progressively into deeper spillage areas.

air-mover-for-basement-flood-300x300.jpg?profile=RESIZE_710xDrying your basement thoroughly is an essential part of the flood remediation process. Turn on your heat if it’s working. Artificial heat will condense basement moisture into the air, so make sure you open your basement windows. Using fans to circulate the air will expedite the drying process.  Most water removal companies utilize fans called air movers.  Air movers can typically be rented on a daily basis and can rapidly dry your property when used correctly, especially is the flooded area contains carpet or other materials that have fully absorbed the moisture and most be thoroughly dried out.

Preventing Future Basement Floods

If your basement has ever flooded, you will be anxious to avoid basement floods in the future. The best way to avoid flooded basements is by installing a sump pump.

Sump pumps require reservoirs into which excess water can be drained. The existing drains in your basement floor are probably not adequate for this purpose. If they had been, then your basement would have not flooded in the first place. You will probably need to install a sump some distance from the building structure, and install secure hosing to drain the water into a sump a few feet from your home.

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Prevent Basement Flooding

There is plenty that can be done right now to prevent your basement from flooding. The good news is that you probably won't have to spend much time or money to make it happen. Mostly, you want to keep water from gathering on the lawn next to your basement.
Here’s how to accomplish that:
• Clean your gutters along with downspouts. If they usually are clogged, the water will just run down the walls and stay near the home.
• Extend your downspouts faraway from the house by affixing the black, corrugated plastic pipe that one could get at any home improvement store. The pipes should extend no less than 10 feet away from the house or any other structures.
• Re-grade around the perimeter of your dwelling to promote positive drainage away from your foundation. You can shovel compacted soil on the below-grade walls to create no less than a two-inch-per-foot slope up against the foundation. You can then cover that soil with normal topsoil mix and mulch.
• Become especially careful of sites where two walls intersect, creating an inside corner (such as where your chimney meets your own home). These spots are notorious regarding water build up.
• If you do have a sump pump, make sure it’s working by opening the cover and pulling through to the float. You will then hear the electric motor running.
• Make certain the sump pump discharge pipe exiting your own home is extended far from your foundation walls to avoid having that same water infiltrate back in your foundation drainage. You can use the same type of plastic pipe that you simply used to extend the downspouts.
•  Buy a backup power source on your sump pump. If you lose electricity in a storm, you can still make sure your water doesn’t rise through the foundation of your house.
• If you have outdoor steps leading right down to a basement, make sure the drain at the bottom of the steps is free from any blockage.
• If you have window wells that are below grade, remove any debris and purchase a plastic cover to keep rain and debris out.

 

If your basement does happen to end up flooding call American Restoration immediately at 833-726-7378.

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Homes Are Flooding From The Inside!

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More American homes are flooding from the inside.

Old pipes and valves, worn-out hoses on second-story washing machines and faulty connections for a proliferation of water-using appliances are causing a surge in increasingly expensive damage reported to insurers. The increase has occurred even as many other types of claims—including fire—have declined in frequency, according to industry figures.

One in 50 homeowners filed a water-damage claim each year between 2013 and 2017. The 2.05% frequency rate is up from 1.44% annually between 2005 and 2009.

The bottom line is a $13 billion water-damage bill for homeowners’ insurance companies in 2017. Claims average about $10,000.

“Wildfires, hurricanes and tornadoes catch headlines, but the reality is that the No. 1 kind of risk that the everyday consumer has is a water claim,” said one of the nation’s biggest home insurers.

“It is lurking in the house,” he said.

To tackle the problem, USAA has 6,000 policyholders testing water-detecting sensors in a multiyear pilot project. This type of experimentation, where devices are installed to spot potential water damage, has morphed into one of the hottest corners of InsureTech, innovation focused on the insurance sector.

Insurance giant Chubb Ltd., one of the biggest insurers of high-end homes, says the number of annual water claims costing more than $500,000 has doubled since 2015, and those over $1 million have tripled.

Industry executives said there are myriad factors driving the costs higher.

The increase in overall claims is due partly to aging homes. A postwar building boom in the 1950s gave way to other booms, meaning much of America lives in houses that are decades old and become likelier candidates for plumbing failures. Even homes built during the real-estate bubble of the early 2000s can generate claims as they often have far more appliances with water connections, boosting leak possibilities.

In addition, more homeowners today want their laundry room on an upstairs floor.

“In the old days, if the washing machine had a leak, you’d get a mop” and scrub a concrete floor and be done with it, said Paul Krump.

The damage can be particularly stunning inside expensive homes.

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“Walls are gypsum, wood absorbs water, insulation absorbs water, your cabinets absorb water,” said Mr. Fermanian.

Repairs on his property took eight months and cost Chubb just over $1 million.

Chubb also paid for the installation of a water-shutoff system that detects unusual flows of water through the plumbing system, and can be set to shut off within a minute of such activity, Mr. Fermanian said.

In luxury homes, wet bars, water-filtration systems, hot and cold water taps, extra bathrooms and other features create typical 40 points of connection into the plumbing system, said Stephen Poux, a senior executive at American International Group Inc.

“That’s a lot of opportunity for a valve or a connection … to spring a leak,” he said.

Mr. Poux regularly meets InsureTech entrepreneurs and tests problem-detecting products. “I’ve personally piloted several devices,” he said. “They don’t always work.”

AIG and some other insurers offer premium credits for policyholders’ use of technology deemed effective.

 

Though insurers’ payments are growing, it doesn’t mean they pay every water claim that comes their way. Since the 1960s, standard homeowners policies have excluded storm surge and river flooding. And in general, homeowners’ policies cover “sudden and accidental” damage, not routine maintenance.

So homeowners who neglect an obvious slow leak for months before serious damage occurs could end up in a coverage dispute, insurance executives and lawyers said.

Unfortunately, said Kathy Thaut, general manager of At Your Service Plumbing, many homeowners take the view: “I bought this house, and I just get to forget about plumbing.”

While that attitude is good for business, it has created a staffing challenge. She is working with a trade group to encourage young people to enter the field.

“There are not enough certified plumbers to handle the workload of homeowners,” she said.

Among participants in USAA’s pilot project is Mark Fredriksen, who placed sensors near the water heater and washing machine, and under kitchen and bathroom sinks, in his family’s 20-year-old home.

So far, they have averted two potentially costly claims, he said. One sensor detected dripping from an old bathroom valve. One another occasion, as he was putting his children to bed upstairs, the kitchen sensor chirped. Water was spitting out from a dishwasher hose.

Without the sensor, the damage “would have been happening directly under our noses and we wouldn’t have noticed until the next morning,” he said.

(This article is from the Wall Street Journal)

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Water Damage Can Cost More Than Just Money

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Water damage can devastate a property in a very short time, depending on temperatures and building materials, clean water can start developing mold spores in less than 24 hours. If water is contaminated from sewage or outside debris, this process will speed up dramatically. Time is of the essence, the sooner the water is extracted, dried, and cleaned, the lower the risk of hazardous mold growth. 

Extracting water from a property can be a daunting, dirty, and dangerous without the right equipment. The costs for tools and materials such as towels, sponges, boots, protective clothing, respirators, cleaning supplies, pumps and drying fans can quickly add up for the do-it-yourself person. In 2018, the average cost of removing standing water was $2870. This cost will grow along with the hazardous mold if your efforts fail to thoroughly dry the area completely. Mold left unchecked behind walls can cause major health issues over time. 

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