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Non-Damaging water leaks -What to do

4/9/2021 (Permalink)

  1. Turn Off All Faucets, Showers, and Hoses– Shut off all sources of water so that you can determine if there is an issue with the water supply in your home. If water is still running around the house, it could complicate your efforts to locate the source of the leak.
  2. Check Your Water Meter– After all water sources are shut down, check if your water is still running. You can do this by locating the low-flow indicator on your water meter. Typically, the low-flow indicator is in the shape of a small triangle, star or gear. If the low-flow indicator is still spinning, that means that water is still running and you can confirm that you have a leak.
  3. Shut Down Your Toilets– The most common culprit of non-damaging water leaks in your toilet. Try shutting down your toilets, one at a time, and checking your low-flow indicator after every shutdown. If the low-flow indicator stops spinning after you shut down a toilet, you have found your leak. If it continues to spin, try shutting down another toilet until the low-flow indicator stops spinning.
  4. Shut Down Other Appliances One by One– If shutting down all of your toilets does not result in a static low-flow indicator, it means that your leak is coming from somewhere else. In order to find the leak, you can either shut down appliances one by one and continuously check the low-flow indicator, or you can simply call a plumber to identify the leak.

https://wateruseitwisely.com/what-to-do-when-you-have-a-water-leak/

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CLEAN UP

4/9/2021 (Permalink)

PRE-CLEANUP

Make sure you have contacted the insurance company and they have assessed the damage before you perform significant cleanup! Be sure to wear rubber boots, rubber gloves, dust, and eye masks to minimize your chances of injury or infection.

TURN OFF POWER

This is especially important if the flood is above the outlet line. You may need to call an electrician if the circuit breaker is out of reach.

DISINFECT AND AIR OUT

Disinfect anything that has been touched by standing water. Be sure to open windows and doors and run fans and dehumidifiers to help dry out the space.

PREVENTION

To avoid damaging or even non-damaging leaks, a leak detection and automatic shut-off system can provide alerts through your mobile device or computer when water use is irregular.

https://wateruseitwisely.com/what-to-do-when-you-have-a-water-leak/

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Preventing water damage at your business

4/8/2021 (Permalink)

Inspect gutters and drainage

 Fallen leaves and other debris in gutters and downspouts can lead to water damage to the exterior and interior walls of a building. Regularly inspect your business’s gutters, downspouts, and drainage system, and remove any debris or buildup. Have gutters professionally cleaned on a regular basis to ensure water is draining properly and away from the building.

Clear your roof

Snow and ice accumulation on your business’s roof can result in weakened roofing materials and create “ice dams,” which prevent melted ice and snow from properly draining. Regularly remove snow and ice from your business’s roof to prevent structural damage. Know your roof’s load-bearing capacity, and periodically check to ensure that snow and ice aren’t accumulating beyond its weight limits.

https://www.insureon.com/blog/tips-for-preventing-water-damage-at-your-business

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Prep your home for a Hurricane

4/8/2021 (Permalink)

Remove area debris

While you can’t clear your entire neighborhood of potential missiles, you should remove or secure anything surrounding your home that could become an airborne projectile. That includes lawn furniture, toys and low-hanging branches or limbs. Cutting low-hanging branches, unstable bushes or trees can prevent larger and more expensive accidents from happening. Proper tree pruning also increases the chances that your trees can make it through a storm.

Clean out your gutters & drains

It’s always a good idea to keep your gutters and downspouts clear, as they prevent water from collecting around your home. In the case of a severe storm, clear gutters can prevent instant flooding of your attic or basement. Conduct a visual inspection of your gutters and downspouts to be sure nothing blocks the flow of water from your roof and away from your home

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/personalfinance/2017/07/15/9-affordable-ways-prep-your-home-hurricane-season/472268001/

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Smoke Alarm Safety for People with Access or Functional Needs

4/8/2021 (Permalink)

  • Audible alarms for visually impaired people should pause with a small window of silence between each successive cycle so that they can listen to the instructions or voices of others.
  • Smoke alarms with a vibrating pad or flashing light are available for the hearing impaired. Contact your local fire department for information about obtaining a flashing or vibrating smoke alarm.
  • Smoke alarms with a strobe light outside the home to catch the attention of neighbors and emergency call systems for summoning help are also available.

More Fire Safety Tips

  • Make digital copies of valuable documents and records like birth certificates.
  • Sleep with your bedroom door closed.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher in your kitchen. Contact your local fire department for assistance on the proper use and maintenance.
  • Consider installing an automatic fire sprinkler system in your residence.

https://www.ready.gov/home-fires

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Focus on Ceilings Water Damage Repair First

4/7/2021 (Permalink)

Focus on Ceilings Water Damage Repair First

Ceilings exposed to water damage are more at risk due to gravity: You don't want them sagging or collapsing. So, remove affected ceiling panelsor boards first. If the ceiling leak is caused by a roof problem, it's important to find the true source of the leak, which may be somewhere far removed from the water stain. And take this time to make sure the water caused no structural damage to beams or rafters. You can contact professionals to find out what replacing a water damaged ceiling repair cost job runs.

Replace Damaged Wood

All severely warped wood (particularly flooring), rotting wood and wood that has developed mold/mildew problems will need to be replaced. Pry apart damaged boards and thoroughly clean beneath them before replacing them. And if the wood is a structural component of your house, you must be very careful when replacing it so that the structure has the right support during and after the water damage repair project.

https://www.familyhandyman.com/list/12-tips-for-water-damage-repair/

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What Are Examples of Gradual Damage?

4/7/2021 (Permalink)

What Are Examples of Gradual Damage?

Some of the most common examples of gradual damage causing losses or denied claims are:

  • Plumbing, faucets or pipes leaking over time causing damage to the walls, ceilings or floors.
  • Water damage caused by seepage coming in from cracks in the foundation, or at the exterior of the house allowing water to enter your home.
  • Flashing, tiles, shingles or deteriorating parts on the roof that indicated signs of needed repair.
  • Mold, rot or corrosion
  • Deteriorating electrical wiring
  • Poor repairs or lack of repairs to home

It is often hard to understand why a claim gets denied, and one of the most popular reasons for a claim to be denied is when you try and make a claim for something that suddenly appeared to you, but is the result of something that has been happening for a while.

https://www.thebalance.com/how-to-handle-water-damage-claims-3860314

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Install New, Sealed Floors

4/7/2021 (Permalink)

Install New, Sealed Floors

From wet carpets to swollen floorboards, it's often evident when water has damaged your floor. But if you aren't sure, it's important to check immediately in case moisture has become trapped underneath. Note that underlayment and padding are particularly susceptible to water damage and must usually be removed. However, this also presents an opportunity to install new, waterproof flooring in the area. Ceramic tile, high-end vinyl and certain engineered wood materials can all help protect floors against future water damage repair. If a leaky toilet has damaged the floor underneath it, you can easily replace the flooring yourself.

Measure and Replace Drywall

How much drywall should you replace if you have drywall water damage? Generally speaking, if drywall has swelled or sagged 3/8 of an inch or more from the baseline, then you need to replace the entire sheet. Otherwise, you can cut out and water damage repair the water-stained portion. And remember to check the insulation behind the drywall for damage as well.

https://www.familyhandyman.com/list/12-tips-for-water-damage-repair/

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Prevent Flooding with a Water Shut Off Valve

4/6/2021 (Permalink)

Prevent Flooding with a Water Shut Off Valve

To prevent flooding due to a leaking water heater, install an automatic water shut off valve that will detect the presence of water beneath the water heater and turn off the water supply before there is extensive damage.

How water shut off valves work— Automatic water shut off valves generally consist of a high-quality brass valve, an attached electric control box, and moisture sensors. The valve installs “upstream” of the water heater directly into the plumbing line.  The moisture sensors are placed on the floor under the water heater or in the drip pan.  If a leak is detected, the sensors send a signal to the control box which closes the valve and turns off the water supply. The valve stays closed and the water remains off until you manually reset it.

Alarming function – If a leak is detected, the water shut off valve sounds an alarm to let you know it has been activated.  More advanced units can also be connected to a home alarm system or auto-dialer to send out phone, text or email alerts to you when you are away.

https://blog.diycontrols.com/index.php/how-to-stop-a-leaking-water-heater-before-damage-is-done/

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Before a Hurricane, During a Hurricane, & After a Hurricane

4/6/2021 (Permalink)

Before a Hurricane:

  • Build or restock an emergency preparedness kit. Be sure to include key items like a flashlight, batteries, cash and first aid supplies.
  • Bring in items, such as outdoor furniture, that the wind can blow away.
  • Have drinking water ready for use. 
  • Be sure to keep your primary vehicle in good working condition and keep the gas tank full. Stock it with emergency supplies and a fresh change of clothes.
  • Plan how to communicate with family members if you lose power – even consider building an emergency communication plan. 
  • Turn off propane tanks and unplug small appliances

During a Hurricane:

  • Close storm shutters and stay away from windows, as flying glass from broken windows could be dangerous.
  • If you are outside, move to higher ground and do not walk, swim or drive through floodwater.
  • If power is lost, be sure to use a flashlight. Using candles can pose an unnecessary fire risk. 
  • Turn your refrigerator or freezer to its coldest setting and open it only when necessary. If you lose power, this could help preserve your food supplies.
  • Watch or listen to a TV or radio for the latest weather updates or emergency instructions. Many city or county websites also often supply updates every 30 minutes or so. 


After a Hurricane:

  • Avoid walking or driving through floodwaters. Just six inches of moving water can knock you over and fast-moving water can sweep your vehicle away.
  • Avoid any floodwater that may be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines. In addition, be extra vigilant as floodwater could be hiding dangerous debris and areas where the ground has washed away. 
  • Only return home when authorities indicate it is safe. Be sure to keep in touch with friends and family so they know that you are safe.

https://social.selective.com/articles/what-to-do-before-during-and-after-a-hurricane

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