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Wet carpet is not always just wet carpet

Many water damage pros have been called by good people just like you who need help “just sucking up the water from the carpet.”

This can be water from an overflowing sink, toilet, maybe a washing machine that got a little ambitious during the spin cycle… or it could be from something more serious, like a broken water pipe or roof damage from a storm.

No matter what, some homeowners only see and think about the squishy carpet and don’t know about all those other areas in the home where water has affected it.

That kind of thinking can get you into a lot of trouble.

While water can just damage the carpet, it usually goes other places as well… such as down the register vents into floors below, behind baseboards and then under the walls and then up the drywall, into other rooms, under furniture that you never move, and into all kinds of other areas. It can also get into wood floors you thought were watertight, creating all kinds of very expensive problems if you don’t get it all dried out quick.

Sucking up the water is just part of the job. Detecting where the moisture really went is important, as well as using professional tools and drying equipment to reach those areas and get them like they were before — bone dry, and safe for your family.

Calling your water damage pro immediately and then listening to his expert advice is something smart consumers (just like you) must do when water causes damage to your home. If you wait too long, you invite a host of difficulties, such as mold and odors that are challenging to remove.

Remember, it’s not “just the carpet” — it can be other areas of your home as well. Don’t take a chance. Call your water damage pro.

Preventing Water Damage

DID YOU KNOW that a nice vacation is one of the most coveted, relaxing events you can experience? That’s right… a relaxing time in a beautiful location, enjoying time with family and friends… it can’t be beat.

But that nice vacation becomes a disaster with all kinds of regrets if the family arrives home to a flooded house!

It is one of the absolute worst events in life. You didn’t want to come home. You wanted to extend your vacation, but you know you have to go to work on Monday. So you arrive home late Sunday night, and when you walk in the door, instead of nice, plush carpet awaiting your footsteps, you discover a squishy experience, and the first thing you hear is the sound of a pipe spewing water all over the place in another room.

Oh, if only 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. But Murphy’s Law dictates that if the worst can happen, it will. Pipes seem to break when no one is home. Sump pumps seem to fail when no one is home. The list goes on and on.

What can you do?

Here are some tips homeowners 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. In winter months, you never know how cold it may get when you are on vacation.

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.

(But if you do, call a water damage pro. They can fix it!)

The Power of Floods

DID YOU KNOW that just a little bit of water can become a huge headache?

This is true for water that might get into your basement, such as from a pipe break or a sump pump failure.

When this happens, you should quickly call your water damage company because you know that it is really tough to clean it up yourself, plus you don’t want the added headache of dealing with mold.

But another type of water you should be aware of isn’t one that always comes into your home from a broken pipe or a failed sump pump.

It’s one that you can encounter while traveling, and you might not realize the danger.

That’s right. We are speaking of flood waters. When you see the stories on television, you know how dangerous they can be. We’ve all seen the clips and photos. But… did you know that it doesn’t take much water at all to put you and your family in danger?

Beware! It can happen to you…

The amount of water you can wade in safely at the beach doesn’t mean it is safe on the road. It only takes a tiny amount of water, maybe just an inch or two, to cause hydroplaning and loss of control of your vehicle.

And if you encounter six inches of flood waters, you can be in big trouble. You not only can hydroplane and lose control, but when you stop, your car can stall, leaving you stranded.

Add in another six inches of water and now your car can float away, with you inside of it!

You think big trucks are safe? Normally, they are, but it only takes two feet of surging flood waters to float away a big truck.

So play it safe. Stay in when there are reports of flooding. And when you must travel when there are storms with heavy rain, stick to designated (and safe) driving routes.

While your water damage pro can handle anything that happens in your home, such as a flooded basement, he won’t be much help if you are in your car and you are floating away!

Do you live in a flood zone?

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.

And remember, if any type of flooding happens to you, keep your water damage pro on speed dial! He’ll be right over to save the day.