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Baby it’s Cold Outside – What to Do if your Pipes Freeze

Date: Dec 15th, 2016

As temperatures dip into the single digits here in Ohio, water pipes can freeze and possibly burst resulting in a wet mess that needs immediate attention.  If your faced with broken pipes, knowing what to do can save you a lot of grief and money.  Here are some things to know if it  happens to you.

Shut it Off

Do you know where to find your main water supply and how to turn it off?  Knowing this beforehand in invaluable should a worst case scenario happen.  Cutting off the flow of water as quickly as possible will help to minimize the damage.

Assess the Damage
  • Quickly assess the extent of the damage
  • If the leak resulted in a large amount of water, it’s probably best to contact a provider experienced in water damage clean-up
  • Remove items from the area
  • Sort items based on what can be restored and what needs to be discarded.
  • Keep in mind that water damaged items require appropriate cleanup and can lead to mold growth if not properly treated
Dry it Out
  •  Mold growth can begin within 48 hours – through drying is critical
  • Quickly remove all water
  • Dry the area completely using a combination of fans, ventilation and dehumidifiers
  • Carpeted areas – Carpet should be pulled back and a high-powered fan utilized to dry out the underside.

Burst water Pipes?  We can Help!

  •  24/7 Emergency Service
  • Water Removal & Clean-up
  • Mold Remediation
  • Content Assessment and Restoration
  • We offer SteraMist™ BIT™ technology: Eliminates dangerous pathogens that cause infection from mold

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Water Damage – Am I Covered?

Date: Nov 30th, 2016

Water or flood damage to your home can be extremely expensive to repair: According to the National Flood Insurance Program, the total cost to repair a 2,000-square foot home that has six inches of water damage would cost $39,150 on average.

Costs included in those repairs include:

  • Cleaning fees.
  • Refinishing or replacing flooring.
  • Repairing doors, windows, and trim.
  • Repairing electronic devices.
  • Electrical and plumbing work.

Four common water damage situations are listed below.   Do you know if your home is covered, and how your insurance company might handle them?

  • Burst Pipes
  • Washing Machine/Dishwasher Leaks
  • Roof Leaks
  • Flood from a Storm (Hurricane, Tornado, Blizzard etc.)

The article Does My Insurance Cover Water Damage, from Netquote.com, helps to shed some light on what may or may not be covered and the different circumstances that play into the decision.

Look over your existing home insurance policy closely and ask your agent questions about what’s covered in various scenarios. If you take these precautions, you may be able to avoid paying out of pocket for costly surprise repair fees.

Of course, doing everything you can to avoid water damage by properly maintaining all appliances and structures associated with your home that could be associated with water leakage.  Here are 10 steps you can take to keep your home nice and dry!

  • Disconnect outdoor hoses when not in use (standing water in a hose can freeze and block pipes)
  • Clean gutters and downspouts (at least twice per year)
  • Maintain trees and vegetation (to prevent roots wrapping around and possibly breaking pipes)
  • Know the location of your water main (shut it off if you’re gone for an extended period)
  • Check appliances regularly for leaks
  • Investigate leaks right away and fix promptly
  • Upgrade washing machine
  • Install water detection devices
  • Check your water pressure (water pressure set to high can cause pipes to fail)
  • Monitor your water bill (if there’s a jump in your usage, track down the source ASAP)

Additional Sources:  Angieslist.com – 10 Tips to Avoid Water Damage


Under Water?  NBD Can Help!

logo-x-3-smallThe effects of Water Damage compound over time, with heat causing additional damage.

Organic compounds found in building materials such as paper, wood, and drywall provide a source of food for mold allowing progressive growth if left unattended.

NBD International Inc. has IICRC trained technicians that respond immediately to minimize your property loss.

Call us Today @ 800.929.3398

 

Winter Damage Prevention – Ice Dams

Date: Nov 29th, 2016

Since we haven’t seen a whole lot in the way of freezing temperatures and piles of snow yet this winter – It might be a good time to check your roof to prevent Ice Dams from forming when that nasty weather does arrive.

What’s an Ice Damn?

An ice dam forms when the roof over the attic gets warm enough to melt the underside of the layer of snow on the roof. The water trickles down between the layer of snow and the shingles until it reaches the eave of the roof, which stays cold because it extends beyond the side of the house. There, the water freezes, gradually growing into a mound of ice.

 

 

The flatter the pitch of the roof, the easier it is for an ice dam to get a grip. Gutters at the eaves can also trap snow and ice. If snow and ice buildup high enough in the gutter, it can provide a foundation for an ice dam.

Which parts of my home can experience damage if an ice damn forms?

  • Roof Shingles and sheathing
  • Wet/Moldy Insulation
  • Ceilings
  • Walls
  • Gutters/Downspouts
  • Exterior Paint
  • Landscaping

If the ice dam breaks free, it can pull shingles and gutters off with it, and it will damage anything it falls on: shrubs, windowsills, cars, pets, and people.

 PREVENTING ICE DAMS

While snow can be scraped from the roof whenever it falls, doing this yourself can leave you either buried in snow or slipping off your roof! Hire a reputable contractor that has the skill, equipment and know-how to do this safely!

You can replace your shingle roof with standing seam or other metal roof. Or you can replace the bottom three feet or so of your shingle roof with a wide metal drip edge.  Make sure to install a water-repellant membrane under any new roofing.

Truthfully though, these methods treat only the symptoms while doing nothing to solve the actual problem – a warm roof caused by poor insulation and venting.   So what should you do?

  1. Seal all points where warm air leaks from the living space into the spaces immediately below the roof sheathing.
  2. Insulate the living space well enough to prevent conduction and convection of heat through the ceiling.
  3. Vent the space between the insulation and the roof sheathing, so any heat that does leak through is carried away.

Sources:
home-partners.com – Ice Dams – Several quick fixes but only one cure

thisoldhouse.com – Preventing Ice Dams


Why Call NBD International?

logo-x-3-smallDamage compound over time, with heat causing additional damage.

Organic compounds found in building materials such as paper, wood, and drywall provide a source of food for mold allowing progressive growth if left unattended.

NBD International Inc. has IICRC trained technicians that respond immediately to minimize your property loss.

Call us Today @ 800.929.3398

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