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Perform a Moisture Test

7/14/2020 (Permalink)

Perform a Moisture Test

You can check if there is any remaining moisture in the wood with a moisture testing meter. Don't be surprised if the meter still shows signs of moisture in the floor after a day or two. It can take up to several weeks for wood flooring to completely dry. Also, the humidity in the room and the amount of water that was present on the floor can prolong the process. So leave the fans and dehumidifier running until the moisture test shows that no water remains in the wood.

The most important thing to keep in mind is that you should never wait for the flooring to dry naturally. The sooner you take the following steps, the better off your flooring will be. If you just let the water sit, you will end up shortening the longevity of the wood and will have to replace the section of the water-damaged flooring or the entire floor in the room. Then keep your flooring looking beautiful by performing the appropriate periodic cleaning and preventive maintenance work so that your wood flooring lasts for many years.

https://nydreeflooring.com/blog/1253

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Now Practice Your Home Fire Escape Plan

7/10/2020 (Permalink)

Now Practice Your Home Fire Escape Plan

Home Fire Drill Day, a safety observance developed by Nationwide in partnership with NSC and other organizations, is held during Fire Prevention Week in October. Everyone – even children – need to know your family escape plan in case of a fire. The National Fire Protection Association indicates that 71% of Americans have a home fire escape plan but only 47% have practiced it. Practice your fire drill with everyone in the house at night and during the day, twice a year.

Remember to:

  • Practice getting out with your eyes closed, crawling low to the floor and keeping your mouth covered
  • Practice closing doors behind you
  • Practice how to “stop, drop and roll” if your clothes catch on fire
  • Practice testing door handles to see if they are hot before opening them
  • Teach children never to hide during a fire, and how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them

https://www.nsc.org/home-safety/safety-topics/emergency-preparedness/fire

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Fire Safety Tips

7/10/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Safety Tips

Safety Tips · Complete a home fire safety checklist and identify fire risks in your home. · Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors monthly and change the batteries at least once a year. · Place smoke alarms on each floor of your home and in each bedroom. · Make sure that everyone in the home can hear the smoke alarm from their bedrooms. · Make a family fire escape plan and practice it once a month. · Make sure that everyone in the house understands the family fire escape plan. · Place fire extinguishers throughout your home and make sure everyone in the house knows how to use them. · Never leave food unattended on the stove, keep all matches and lighters out of the reach of children, and don’t place portable heaters near flammable materials. Community Linkages · Know the number for the local fire department. · Attend events offered by the local fire department. · Learn how to use a fire extinguisher through your local fire department.

https://www.nsc.org/Portals/0/Documents/NSCDocuments_Advocacy/Fact%20Sheets/Family-Fire-Safety-Plan.pdf

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Keep Your Family Safe from Fire

7/6/2020 (Permalink)

Keep Your Family Safe from Fire

When cooking, make fire safety a priority by keeping these tips in mind:

  • Be alert; if you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, don’t use the oven or stovetop
  • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling or broiling food
  • When simmering, baking or roasting, check the food regularly, remain in the kitchen while cooking and use a timer
  • Keep anything that can catch fire away from your stovetop

Heating is the second leading cause of home fires. Follow these tips from the American Red Cross:

  • Keep all flammables, like paper, clothing, bedding, drapes or rugs, at least 3 feet from a space heater, stove or fireplace
  • Never leave portable heaters and fireplaces unattended; turn off heaters and make sure fireplace embers are extinguished before leaving the room
  • If you must use a space heater, place it on a level, nonflammable surface, like ceramic tile, not on a rug or carpet
  • Keep children and pets away from space heaters
  • When buying a space heater, look for models that shut off automatically if the heater falls over

In addition to cooking, other top causes of fire include smoking, electrical problems and candles. To minimize risks:

  • Institute a “no smoking” policy in the house
  • Check all cords and replace any that are frayed or have bare wires
  • Switch to flameless candles
  • Keep matches and lighters high and out of children’s reach in a locked cabinet

https://www.nsc.org/home-safety/safety-topics/emergency-preparedness/fire

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Protecting your home from storm water damage

7/6/2020 (Permalink)

Protecting your home from storm water damage

Is a portion of your house below ground level, such as a basement? Make sure any sewer and water lines, or any other pipes or lines that penetrate subsurface walls, and foundation cracks are properly sealed. Basements that are prone to water intrusion should have a water collection system in place, such as a sump pump system. This system should be maintained with a battery backup for continued operation in the event of a power failure. Consider elevating mechanical systems or installing curbs around areas that need protecting but cannot be elevated, such as finished areas and storage areas. Exterior basement window wells should have covers and the ground surface of the well should be below the well rim.

Do you have a sewer or septic system and property with known high water tables? Have the system checked by a professional. If the groundwater rises too high, it can affect the efficiency and operation of the system. In some cases, this may lead to sewer back up or waste leaching above the ground or back into the house.

Surface storm water is not the only consideration for protecting your home. It is also important to assess the functionality of your whole home envelope system. Make sure that your house exterior is maintained, including roofing, flashings, weather barriers, windows, doors and sealants.

While you cannot prevent against all damage from storm water runoff during large acts of nature, these steps can help protect your home when storms do hit.

https://www.travelers.com/resources/home/maintenance/protecting-your-home-from-storm-water-damage

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Avoiding Hurricane Damage

7/6/2020 (Permalink)

Avoiding Hurricane Damage

Once a major storm hits, it’s too late to protect your home and property. But there are things you can do now to reduce damage from high winds and water. Some are fairly simple and inexpensive; others will require a professional contractor. You’ll need to consider the characteristics of your home, your financial resources and the building codes in your community. This homeowner’s checklist will help you learn what you can do. For more information about the costs and benefits of each measure, talk to a professional builder, architect or contractor. You should also ask your building department about building permit requirements.

https://www.fema.gov/pdf/plan/prevent/nhp/hurdam.pdf

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Prevent House Fires

6/10/2020 (Permalink)

Prevent wildfires from outdoor fire pits, bonfires, and burn barrels.

Make sure your fire pit or burn barrel is constructed of nonflammable materials, like stone or concrete. Avoid having fires on windy days or after long periods of dry weather. Never leave the fire unattended—it only takes one spark to ignite a wildfire. 

Keep a bucket filled with water or a hose connected to a water source nearby. Extinguish the fire by thoroughly dousing it with water, and place your hand over the ashes to feel for any remaining warmth. 

Keep fire extinguishers handy.

Some homes come equipped with fire sprinkler systems, but fire extinguishers stocked in key areas of your home is the next best thing. At the very least, keep one in the kitchen and others near high-risk areas like a fireplace. Remember to put the fire extinguisher far enough away from the potential fire source that you’ll be able to grab it safely without getting too close to the stove or fireplace. 

Regularly review the instructions and make sure all members of the household know how to use the extinguisher properly. Post the P.A.S.S. acronym near the fire extinguisher:

P = Pull

A = Aim

S = Squeeze

S = Sweep

https://www.safewise.com/home-security-faq/prevent-house-fire/

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Water Damage from Sudden Events

6/10/2020 (Permalink)

Water Damage from Sudden Events

Property damage caused by water leaking from a broken pipe or appliance (such as a water heater) is generally covered under a property policy if the damage occurs suddenly. For example, suppose that a supply line to a water fountain in your office suddenly ruptures. Leaking water damages the floor near the water fountain. Assuming your property policy includes building coverage, it should cover the cost to replace the damaged floor.

Property policies also cover sudden water leaks from fire protective systems. For example, an employee of yours is positioning a ladder in your office to change a light bulb when he accidentally hits a sprinkler head. Water pours out of the damaged head, damaging office furniture. Your property policy should cover the damage to the furniture.

Note that property policies generally don't cover damage caused by water that backs up from a sewer, drain or sump pump. 

https://www.thebalancesmb.com/damage-caused-by-water-leaks-462680

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Understanding Why a Water Damage Claim is Denied and What You Can Do About It

5/11/2020 (Permalink)

Understanding Why a Water Damage Claim is Denied and What You Can Do About It

First, if you are being denied any claim, make sure that you ask for a full explanation. You have every right to understand exactly what part of the policy wording excludes what you are asking for compensation for and why the claim is being denied.

Understand that there are several people who represent the insurance company during a claim, so you want to know where the decision is coming from. Was it your agent who told you, the insurance adjuster, or a contractor? Each person plays a different role. Don't be afraid to request clarifications to avoid misunderstandings. When a claim is denied, you will normally receive something in writing advising you of the official decision.

If you still do not understand why something isn't covered, and you think there is a chance for a review of your situation, don't be afraid to ask your agent or representative for a review or a second opinion. In a stressful situation like a claim, it is understandable that things may not be expressed clearly on either side. You want to make sure you understand fully.

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

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Water is the enemy of hardwood flooring

5/11/2020 (Permalink)

Water is the enemy of hardwood flooring. Due to the porous nature of wood, moisture can be easily absorbed into the material. So your flooring may show signs of staining from small spills. The wet floor may also begin to buckle and cup when large amounts of water are absorbed as the planks swell.

You may say to yourself, "Well, the wood has been sealed and waxed. So no water can be absorbed into it." While sealers and waxes are designed to add more water-resistant benefits to wood flooring, they can't completely prevent moisture from being absorbed. These products are designed to give you more time to clean up the water or spill from the floor, as well as toughen the flooring so that it does not become easily damaged.

Drying your floors quickly is essential to reduce the amount of permanent damage. Here are steps that you can take if you have wet wood floors after a major plumbing accident or flooding has occurred in your home or commercial building.

https://nydreeflooring.com/blog/1253

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