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Preparing Your Home for a Storm

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A storm, hurricane, or tornado can have devastating effects on your home. From ruining your personal belongings to destroying the roof of your house, the extent of damage a storm can do has no bounds. 24/7 Water Removal encourages our customers to take the necessary steps to protecting your home against an incoming storm.

How to Prepare Home for a Storm

Severe winds and torrents of water are the most damaging aspects of a storm. Follow these preparation tips to make sure your home, family, and possessions are protected when Mother Nature gets angry.

  • Prepare Appliances and Utilities

L-brackets available at your local hardware store will prepare your appliances for the storm by anchoring them to your countertops or walls. All utilities, including electricity, water, and gas, should be shut off before the storm hits – if there’s time.

  • Prepare Cupboards

Either remove contents in the cupboard or install child safety locks to prevent spillage during the storm.

  • Prepare Roof

Depending on the kind of roof you have, the preparation for a storm will differ. A metal roof should be recoated and a shingle roof should have all shingles tightened. All debris, including leaves, should be completely removed.

  • Prepare Pictures and Wall Décor

If you attach your pictures and wall decorations with v-hooks instead of nails, your pictures will move and shift during a storm without falling down.

  • Prepare Beneath Your Home

Never store anything flammable beneath your home. Other hazardous material, which is defined as any material that threatens the safety of the public, shouldn’t be kept underneath your home either.

  • Prepare Windows and Doors

Preparing your windows and doors for a storm could be an entire other blog in itself. Here are a few tips to keep your windows and doors intact:

  • Tape windows to prevent flying glass
  • Cover windows and doors with hurricane film
  • Install roll-up or accordion plywood shutters
  • Check for any loose or missing screws

Preparing your home for a storm is just one way to keep your property and family safe from inclement weather. Always have an emergency plan in place and keep important numbers accessible. If your home is damaged during a storm, 24/7 Water Removal is here to help.

Health Effects of Mold

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If you’ve ever thrown away your fruit because you noticed it had an extra layer of fuzz – that was mold you were seeing. Mold is a type of fungus that grows on dead organic matter. It is most often associated with the decomposition of natural materials, allowing nutrients to recycle through other ecosystems.

Where does mold grow in the home?

Mold can grow in damp, dark, or humid areas of your home, including, but not limited to:

  • Bathroom
  • Kitchen
  • Storage Areas
  • Recently Flooded Areas
  • Basement
  • Plumbing Spaces

There are over a thousand known species of mold that all reproduce by sending out small spores that cling to clothing or fur and resist extreme temperatures and pressure.  Mold is known to break down biological materials, including food and buildings with excess moisture, and can have serious effects on your health.

Symptoms of Mold Allergy

If you are allergic to mold, you may experience these symptoms:

  • Watery and Itchy Eyes
  • Chronic Cough
  • Migraines or Headaches
  • Respiratory Issues
  • Rash
  • Fatigue
  • Sinus Problems

Allergies are not the only effect mold has on your health. Toxic compounds produced by mold spores ingested or inhaled over long periods can cause neurological problems and even death. It is important to have your home or building inspected by a mold removal expert if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms.

How is mold removed?

Once 24/7 Water Removal’s trained technicians determine mold growth in your house, they will follow a specific process to make sure the mold is removed quickly and safely.

  • Moisture and humidity is measured to determine where mold is most likely to be growing.
  • A HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) vacuum is used by a service professional to remove toxic particles.
  • A boroscope can detect any hidden mold so nothing is left behind.

Mold growth is no laughing matter, especially when you and your family are at risk. Don’t hesitate to call 24/7 Water Removal experts for a mold inspection that will put your mind at ease.

How to Fix a Leaky Pipe

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Plumbing issues are the number one reason for water damage next to flooding and storms. While an expert service professional should be called to do any major plumbing work, there are certain repairs that can be completed by any homeowner.

How to Fix a Leaky Pipe

The first step to fixing a leak is by locating it. If the leak is in a joint, tighten the joint. If the leak is coming from the actual pipe, remove the leaking section and replace it with a new section. If you want to fix a leak but don’t want to replace any of the pipes, you may want to follow these steps to attach a pipe patch.

  • Shut off Water to Leaky Pipe

You’ll never know if the pipe patch works if you keep the water running.

  • Drain the Leaky Pipe

Make sure to drain the leaky pipe empty before you start. You’ll also want to wipe it dry with a towel or cloth.

  • Apply Epoxy to the Leaky Pipe

Epoxy is a very strong adhesive that will ensure your pipe patch doesn’t shift.

  • Cover Leaky Pipe With Rubber

Apply rubber over the area in which you applied epoxy. Make sure the leak is completely covered before moving on.

  • Tighten a Clamp Over Leaky Pipe

The clamp should be tightened over the rubber and then left alone for at least an hour.

  • Use Water Resistant Tape on Leaky Pipe

If you cover the rubber with water resistant tape, it will offer double protection for your leaky pipe.

  • Turn Leaky Pipe Back On

Hopefully your leaky pipe won’t be leaky anymore! Let the water run to make sure the leak has been stopped. If you’re still experiencing leakage, it may be time to call a professional.

24/7 Water Removal has faith that our customers can perform simple routine plumbing maintenance. If you believe your leaky pipe may be a symptom of a bigger problem, or you’d rather leave the fixing to the professionals, don’t hesitate to contact 24/7 Water Removal.