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Northern Virginia Flooding Repair

What You Need to Know About Northern Virginia Flooding Repair

Flooding is, unfortunately, a common occurrence in the world. Flood waters have damaged property and land globally at an incredible rate, destroying property and valuable items at a relentless pace. Anyone can be affected by flooding and its aftereffects.  That’s why the need for Northern Virginia flooding repair is so important.

There is actually a range of different types of flooding events. Since it can happen anywhere, there are some different causes for floods. Many floods occur when rivers overflow or when drains and other areas get flooded. You can see flooding occur when man made items break as well, such as busted pipes in a home or when levees break or dams burst. You can witness many of these events on TV, or if you live near them, you might be the unfortunate recipient of these flooding events.

Many times, floods happen due to man’s ignorance or arrogance. We seem to think that we can subdue and tame something as strong as Mother Nature. Many people move into areas that are flood-prone but foolishly think that the flooding will never happen to them. Even a simple rain can cause a flood, and it’s important for homeowners to remember that if you live in a flood-prone area, you will be Continue reading →

This entry was posted in Water Damage on March, 10, 2017

Northern Virginia Water Clean Up

Best Tips on  Northern Virginia Water Clean Up

Flooding is, unfortunately, a common occurrence in the world. Flood waters have damaged property and land globally at an incredible rate, destroying property and valuable items at a relentless pace. Anyone can be affected by flooding and its aftereffects. Thus the need for Northern Virginia Water Clean Up.

There is actually a range of different types of flooding events. Since it can happen anywhere, there are some different causes for floods. Many floods occur when rivers overflow or when drains and other areas get flooded. You can see flooding occur when man made items break as well, such as busted pipes in a home or when levees break or dams burst. You can witness many of these events on TV, or if you live near them, you might be the unfortunate recipient of these flooding events.

Many times, floods happen due to man’s ignorance or arrogance. We seem to think that we can subdue and tame something as strong as Mother Nature. Many people move into areas that are flood-prone but foolishly think that the flooding will never happen to them. Even a simple rain can cause a flood, and it’s important for homeowners to remember that if you live in a flood-prone area, you will be experiencing the effects and Continue reading →

This entry was posted in Water Damage on March, 04, 2017

Easy Mold Removal Tips for your Bathroom

mold removal tips for bathroom

Bathroom Mold Removal Tips That Work!

Rub a dub dub.  The morning shower is a wonderful bit of “me” time.  A moment away from work, your messy house, and the kids.  That is until you open your eyes and see a bit of mildew growing in the corners of your shower.  “No biggee” you say.   But in the next few weeks that little spot of mold grows.  Unfortunately mold and mildew in your bathroom is a common problem.  The heat and moisture cause the perfect environment for mold to grow.  How do you get rid of this unsightly mess?

Here are mold removal tips to clean your bathroom.

1) Cleaning the moldy areas with bleach, vinegar, or hydrogen peroxide will kill nearly any type of mold that it comes in contact with.  Let it stay on the moldy surface for an hour. Then rinse with hot water and dry with a towel. Wear gloves to protect your hands.
2) Tea tree oil s a natural fungicide that kills black mold and mildew. Wear gloves when cleaning with this.
3) Borox. Simply mix borax with water in a one cup to one gallon ratio. Use the mixture to scrub the mold until it is removed from the surface.
3) Strip away any badly mold infested grout and caulk.  Once mold gets Continue reading →
This entry was posted in Mold & Mildew, Mold Remediation, Uncategorized on March, 01, 2017

4 Spring Home Maintenance Tips to Protect your Home Foundation

protect home foundationSpring is coming!  Soon we will find out whether the Groundhog sees his shadow and if it’s six more weeks of winter or if spring is on it’s way.  It’s Spring Cleaning time! As the weather warms up outside, it’s the perfect time to head outside for some basic home maintenance.

Here’s what to do to protect your home foundation.

1) Walk around your home.  Look outside at the foundation to see if you can spot any cracks. Also do a visual inspection from the basement to look for any cracks that may appear in walls, especially over doorways, windows, or where walls meet ceilings.
2) Gutter time.  Now that the ice and snow is gone, grab a ladder and check your gutters.  Make sure they are clear of leaves and debris.  Also clear any blockage by downspouts.
3. Look for soil grading issues around your home.  Water should be able to drain away from your home.  If the sloping has worn away, water will pool and may seep into your home and cause cracks in the foundation.
4. Pest proof.  If the thought of spiders running up your wall makes your shiver, you may want to pest proof your home from the outside. To prevent outside pests from entering your home, look for cracks and holes on the Continue reading →
This entry was posted in Foundation Repair on February, 22, 2017

How to Prevent 5 Biggest Causes of Water Damage in Home

Water Damage IN HOME: The Most Common Causes

water damageThey say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  Yet how often to we as homeowners get so busy we overlook small things we could do to prevent costly repairs in our home.  The same is true of water damage in our homes.  There are small things we could do periodically that could save thousands in costly repairs down the road.
Here are the biggest causes of water damage in your home and what to do about them:
1) Oops.  Have you ever started a hot bubble bath only to have a call from your mother and come back to see the tub has overflowed?  Or perhaps you have been surfing the internet only to see that your toddler has turned on the faucet and forgot to turn it off.  It happens to everyone.  When you turn on water, keep a sharp eye that the faucet gets turned off.
2) Keep an eye on washing machine hoses. Over time, most washing machine hoses, even those that are installed properly, will eventually fail, leading to leaks or catastrophic floods caused when the hoses burst. Periodically inspect your washing machine hose to make sure there are no weak spots or kinks in the hose.
3) Leaking Ice Maker Hose. It’s awesome Continue reading →
This entry was posted in Water Damage on February, 15, 2017

5 Red Flags for Home Buyers to Spot Structural Foundation Damage

Home buyers, do you suspect structural foundation damage?

structural foundation damageShopping for a new home can be exciting. Before you buy a home, one of the things you should do is have it checked for structural foundation damage. You don’t want to be surprised after you move in to find a crack in the foundation that will require expensive repairs. Living in a home that doesn’t have a solid foundation is dangerous.
As a prospective home buyer, here’s what to look for to spot cracks in the foundation.
1- Uneven floors.  If the floor appears cracked, sagging, or warped it could be a sign of a cracked foundation. Sloping floors are caused by the home’s foundation settlement or sinking.
2- Bowing or Bulging Exterior Walls.  The most common cause of bowing or bulging foundation walls is from excess pressure from the soil around the foundation.
3- Moisture in the Basement.  Walk in the crawl space and in the basement to see if there is condensation or water leaking in from the foundation.
4- Sloping floors.  If a floor is uneven, it could be a sign of foundation damage.
5- Walls that are Out of Plumb. When a wall is out of plumb, it could be a sign of structural damage. To check if walls are plumb lay a level against it. Continue reading →
This entry was posted in Structural Damage on February, 08, 2017

4 Uncommon Reasons To Waterproof Your Basement

Even though those of us in the DC/Maryland area may not like it, we cannot do anything to stop winter from coming. And, when it arrives, it’s not coming alone, it’s friends snow, icicles, and sleet are sure to follow.

Everyone loves being dry and warm, especially during this time of the year. So, it’s vital that you put basement waterproofing on your list to keep leaks and wet basements away during the cold season. Not only will this protect your home’s structure, it will do the same for the health of your family as well.

Still not convinced about the benefits of basement waterproofing? Take a gander at some of the lesser known reasons you may want to take this step:

Window wells that aren’t secured
The average galvanized window well is 36 inches wide, with a 12-inch projection. In other words, the space that water can use to enter your home is approximately 3 square feet. Usually, these windows don’t have any issues with drainage. But, in times of heavy continuous rain (or melting snow), it dramatically increases your chance of window leaks.

Expensive Insurance
The vast majority (almost 100%) of homes with basements will suffer some form of water damage at one time or another. And whether it’s from a foundation crack or a burst pipe, the Continue reading →

This entry was posted in Basement Waterproofing on January, 28, 2017

4 Ways To Help Keep Water Out of Your Home

To homeowners, water damage is the source of nightmares. Those wet basements, leaky roofs, and caved in walls are all expensive to fix and no one wants to have their home furnishings ruined by mold and water intrusion. That’s why savvy homeowners are always looking for ways to prevent water from getting in their homes in the first place.

If this sounds like you, you are in luck. If you would like to keep water at bay, the following waterproofing tips will be of help:

Keep your gutters clean
Not only are cluttered gutters an eyesore, they can make it easier for your home to become damaged. When leaves and other debris build up in your gutters, the blockages can cause rainwater to overflow and trickle down your walls and into your foundation. When this happens, the water will pool on the side of your home, which can cause cracks in the foundation. To help eliminate the threats that cluttered gutters can pose, it’s a good idea to clean your gutters at least twice a month, more if it’s been storming lately. Also, be sure to direct your downspout at least six inches away from your home.

Keep an eye on your landscaping
Landscaping is a great way to improve the aesthetic appeal of the exterior of your home. But, Continue reading →

This entry was posted in Basement Waterproofing, Water Damage on January, 20, 2017

The Do’s & Dont’s of Basement Waterproofing

Once water has gotten inside your home, it can very hard to get it back outside, especially when it’s pooling in your basement. In order to prevent a damp basement, check out the following do’s and don’ts:

DO research different ways to waterproof your basement
There are 3 main ways to waterproof your home
●    Exterior waterproofing
●    Drainage
●    Interior sealants
The method that will work best for you is dependent on the cause of your water damage. Consulting with a reputable waterproofing company is also a great way to find the best solution.

DON’T let water remain stagnant in your house
To prevent mold growth after a flood, It’s essential that you clean your home within 2 days after the event occurred. Mold can be very hazardous to your health. Also, you must remember that, although you may not be able to see it or smell it, it doesn’t mean that a mold problem doesn’t exist. So, the sooner your home is dried out, the better.

DO find the location of the leak
If you’ve noticed a leak in your home, the first thing you must do is find its source. Is it coming from a damaged gutter? Is it creeping in through the ground? Is it coming from a burst pipe or a drafty window? Finding the Continue reading →

This entry was posted in Basement Waterproofing on January, 13, 2017

10 Thought Provoking Facts About Mold

When the subject of mold comes up, what’s your first reaction? If you are like most, you are immediately disgusted. The thought conjures up mental images of ruined food, furniture, and if you are allergic, your throat closing up and other horrible scenarios.

But, mold is more than just a disgusting topic or a pain in the you-know-where. It’s actually quite interesting if you think about it. Flabbergasted? Don’t be, just check out the following compelling facts about this household nuisance and, who knows, you may learn something new:

Mold can be found in 50% of homes today. But, this is a new phenomenon. In fact, just 50 years ago, it was decidedly less common.

Mold causes a mindblowing 100% of all chronic sinus infections.

Both blue cheese and penicillin are different types of petrified mold.

Are you allergic to Christmas trees? Turns out, the allergy isn’t to the tree itself but by the mold it releases into the air.

Fire isn’t the destroyer of wood like so many of us have been taught. In fact, mold destroys more wood than termites, floods, and fires combined.

There’s a type of mold (called slime mold) that can actually move on its own.

It’s impossible to remove mold spores from an indoor environment but, you can minimize its dampness.

Mold has been Continue reading →

This entry was posted in Mold & Mildew on January, 06, 2017