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Posted by Thomas Murphy on 1/8/2017

It's many homeowners' worst fear to come home to a water disaster in their home. Water damage can cost thousands to repair and will include a lengthy process in order to†adhere to safety standards, potentially disrupting your home life for weeks. In this article we'll give you tips on how to avoid water damage and what to do when you discover it.

Water damage vs. flood damage

Many people are unaware of the difference between water damage and flood damage. Water damage can occur when you have plumbing issues such as a leaking pipe or overflowing bath tub. Flood damage, on the other hand, is defined by FEMA as an "overflow of inland or tidal waters, unusual and rapid accumulation or runoff of surface waters," or even mudflow. Flood damage tends to be the more costly and the more dangerous of the two, as it puts home inhabitants at serious health risk. Part of the stipulation in differing between the two types of damage is insurance coverage; water damage is often covered by homeowner's insurance whereas flood damage is not.

Avoiding water damage

To avoid costly and time-consuming repairs, follow these steps to prevent water damage from occurring in your home:
  • Keep your gutters clean to avoid backups and drainage issues
  • divert rain water away from your house with downspouts
  • Disconnect hoses and turn off their water supply when temperatures drop to freezing overnight
  • Don't leave water using appliances running while you are away from home for extended periods of time
  • Keep up with maintenance on your dishwasher, washing machine, toilets, and tubs
  • Turn off your water main when you go away on vacations
  • Check the water pressure to your home. High water pressure can be nice in the shower, but pressures too high can cause your plumbing to fail
  • Check regularly for leaks. Some water damage may go unnoticed for weeks or months, which subjects you to another danger: mold

What to do if you have water damage in your home

If it's too late for prevention and you've discovered water damage in your home there are several steps you'll need to take to ensure the safety of your home.
  • Turn off electronics in the affected area. If possible switch off power to whole the whole section of your home at the circuit breaker. This first step is to ensure your own safety. Once you've turned off power to all potentially dangerous electronics, you can move on to the next step.
  • Remove electronics and other perishable items from the area.†If you remove the items soon enough you might be able to salvage them by drying them out.
  • Soak up the bulk of the water.†You can do this the old fashion way by using towels and buckets. Or you can use a wet/dry vacuum cleaner to suck up the water from rugs, carpets, and other surfaces.
  • Dry the area completely.†To avoid mold, use fans and a dehumidifier to fully dry out the area.
  • Disinfect.†Spray the area to remove any bacteria that may have accumulated due to moisture.
  • Contact the professionals.†A contractor will be able to tell you the full extent of the damage and whether any serious repairs will need to me made.
 





Posted by Thomas Murphy on 10/2/2016

While your home is a sanctuary, thereís plenty of ways that being inside of your own home can be stressful. In this article, weíll break down all of the ways that you can assess your home and make it a place of solace, not stress. Take A Step Back See what you love and what you hate in your home. If you take a step back to see what you need and what may be simply clutter, youíll be able to make your home simpler and happier. Make a list of what gives you the strongest impression in each room and work from there. Let Go If something is simply a dust collector, it may be time to let go of it. Items that no longer work properly are also candidates to head out the door. Also, consider ditching items in your home that cause unpleasant emotions to bubble up. You donít need that in your life! While sometimes itís hard to let go of certain objects, when you look at them from an outsiderís perspective, you may realize that you have been hanging on to too much for too long. Hang On Thereís certain items that you should definitely keep around your home. These include the things you love. If something brings you joy, you should absolutely hang on to it! These objects that you choose to keep donít have to be extravagant, they can be simple objects. If you love your wooden spoon and itís in useful condition, you should definitely keep it! Art and certain precious mementos are what we often think of when we bring to mind things that we love, but anything that reminds us of positive emotions can be a keepsake. Obviously, beat up, useless objects shouldnít be considered. That would defeat the purpose of this exercise! Deep Clean Giving your home a deep clean after the purging process is the next logical step. You may even consider hiring professionals for this step. Get out your vacuum, dusters and polish and get to it! Cleaning has a way of making things feel new again. This helps reduce clutter and in turn, reduces stress. Try New Things The next step is to try some new things in your home. Donít be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. Maybe youíve been thinking of painting a room a color thatís a bit outside of the box. Maybe youíve been eager to cook a complicated dish in your kitchen. Everything new that you try will help you to change the way you identify with your home. Creating a relaxing space isnít a process that will happen overnight. With the right steps snd the right approach you can create your space to be something that you absolutely cherish over time. The material things of your life and your emotional well-being really do have a connection. Clearing the clutter around you can be a very effective way of reducing the stress in your life.




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