What You Need to Know About Water Damage

Water Damage

There are few things that homeowners and property managers fear like extensive water damage. Water damage is one of the most common types of household catastrophe, and it can be extremely expensive and difficult to repair. Water can easily rack up thousands of dollars of damage in the space of a few hours if left unchecked. Generally if you’ve experienced water damage in your home you want to get in touch with your local water damage restoration company. It’s important to have professional contractors inspect and repair the damage to make sure that your home remains structurally sound and free of mold after extensive water damage. You may be able to handle the initial cleanup, and some of the repairs, but water damage can cause huge problems down the road if the damage is not assessed and handled properly at the time of the incident.

Common Sources of Water Damage

Unfortunately water damage can happen from a wide variety of different sources and any homeowner should be aware of the areas in their home that could be a source of excess water. Some of the most common appliances that can cause water damage are dishwashers, washing machines, toilets, and showers. Making sure these appliances are hooked up properly can save a lot of money and trouble further down the road.

Inclement weather and poor construction are also huge sources of water damage. If your roof has a leak, or your gutters aren’t cleaned regularly, you could be at risk for water damage every time there is heavy rain or snowfall. Snow can be especially bad because the added weight can exacerbate pre-existing issues, allowing water into the home once the snow begins to melt. Poorly installed plumbing and cracks in the foundation are also common sources of water damage. Homes that have a basement are usually at increased risk for water damage, especially if they are haphazardly sealed or older construction.

Types of Water Damage

Not all water damage is created equal, and it’s important to address the severity of your damage in order to determine what will need to be done in terms of water removal and repair. The categories of water damage break down as follows:

  • Category 1 – This type of water damage refers to water that is clean and poses no threat to humans. This can be anything from a sink overflow, to a leaky dishwasher or washing machine. This is one of the easier types to clean up, especially if it’s caught quickly before any damage can spread.
  • Category 2 – This kind of water damage is referred to as “gray water” and indicates that the water is contaminated and may cause sickness if ingested. This kind of damage usually comes from overflowing toilets, broken sump pumps, or seepage. Again, if this is dealt with quickly the threat of illness can be minimized.
  • Category 3 – This category is referred to as “black water” and it is completely unsanitary. This designation is given to water that absolutely contains bacteria and other organisms that cause illness. This type of damage is usually caused by sewage backups, or contamination of standing water. Category 3 damage is very dangerous and should be dealt with immediately. It generally requires special protection and equipment from the water damage repair contractor that is dealing with it.

Water damage is also broken down into different classes of damage, which are important to know when trying to figure out the best way to deal with the damage. The classes range from 1 to 4 with 1 being the least amount of damage, and 4 being the most extensive damage.

Ways to Avoid Water Damage

The best way to avoid water damage is to be aware of the possible sources of damage in your own home. Check out all connections for any appliances that are going to use large amounts of water, like dishwashers, laundry machines, toilets, showers, and outdoor faucets. Make sure everything is connected tightly and free of rust or corrosion. Check your basement for condensation on the walls, or any cracks in the floor that might allow water to well up from underneath. Look for water spots on ceilings, and check the floor of the basement for any areas that look as though they’ve had standing water before.

Knowing which areas in your home are risk areas is the first step to making sure you don’t have to deal with extensive water damage. Take note when it rains if there are any leaky spots or if your gutters seem to be overflowing. Excessive water in your yard and around the foundation of the house can also be a source of water damage.

By taking simple precautions you can go a long way towards protecting yourself from water damage, but sometimes accidents happen or things break and begin to leak. You should have the number for your local water damage repair specialists on hand in the event that you have water damage issues. Taking immediate action is the best way to make sure that water damage doesn’t cause further issues like mold or structural damage.

If left unchecked, water damage can cause serious health issues for you and your family and could even end up in your home being condemned. So take the time to check out your risk areas today and look up your local damage repair contractors. That way you’re prepared in case of emergency and you can deal with the problem quickly and effectively with as little stress on you or your family as possible.

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A Mans Guide for Building a Fence with Your Bare Hands

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Fence Installation Process: How they are built?

There are a lot of fence builders out there. Some of these business like FenceKeeper for instance, come highly recommended and can do the job while you sit around and watch sports. While you may want to take this route if you are short on time and value convenience, you may also want to know how to built your own fence DIY style.

In this post, i’m going to give an overview of all the steps you need to take when actually putting up your new fence after an intro on why you may want to build a fence in the first place.

If you are trying to increase the security of the home and keep it safe from the intruders, then it is a must to build a fence around your house. Various materials are used for the construction of fences, for example, the vinyl, aluminum, wood, wrought iron and lots more. Before building a fence around your house, you need to very careful and for this reason, knowing the fence building process is very necessary. However, before beginning this process, you need to research the fencing guidelines of your area.

Necessary things for fencing:

The basic things that most of the professional fence installers use are a hammer, mason’s line, level. Tape measure, chalk, plumb bob, drill machine, gloves, pencil, sledgehammer, safety goggles, screwdrivers, fence panels, galvanized nails, post caps, measuring wheel, spray paint and lots of other things. A lot of the fence installers use latest and most updated machinery for a quick and efficient result.

The Fence Building Procedure:

  1. Measuring and laying out the fence posts: The most important thing that the professional installers decide is the type of the fence, so that, they can determine the width of each panel. Then they measure the property line and as well as the position of the fence. They outline it by using spray paint and measure this outline with the measuring wheel. The gate of the fence is outlined by parallel lines. Then they find out the number of fence panels required for the fencing of the house. They position the fence posts by using the spray line as a guide.
  2. Digging of holes: Digging perfect holes are crucial for this process. The professional people use a post-hole digger and dig holes that are approximately three times wider than that of the post and a half in depth. The depth, In this case, depends on the climate of the country, for example, the cold countries dig the holes below the frost line. The skilled installers make sure that the fences do not interfere with the utility pipes or hotlines.
  3. Adding of gravel and concrete: As the fence installers are done with the digging of the holes, four to six inches of gravel are poured down the base of the hole for the maintenance of proper drainage system. Six to eight inches of concrete mix are added once the gravel is set. The post then positions on the middle of the mixture of the concrete. They make sure to slope the concrete mix away from that of the post. Then, the plumb post is done with the help of a level. They take at least three days for the proper drying as well as curing time.
  4. Attaching to the rails or panels to the fence posts: Once the concrete is cured, the expert workers attach the rails or the panels of the fence to the posts. Then, they secure each and every rail with either the 2 ½ inch deck screw or the galvanized 10D 3-inch nails. They mostly use the deck screws in place of the nails if they are installing vinyl, aluminum or chain link for the construction of the fence. They give more attention at the time of attaching the rails or panels because it is one of the most important parts of the whole procedure.
  5. Attaching of the pickets to rails: As soon as the rails are in the place, they start attaching the pickets to the rails. They are aware of the fact that, individual pickets are a lot more attractive on the slopes because it allows them to make a straight line across the top.
  6. Attaching of the post caps: To give the fence a final finishing touch the fence installers attach the caps to the posts.

Here you can see the process in action:

This procedure is followed by most of the professionals in this field around the world. Some of them just use more heavy and updated machines.

As you can see, these process can be a lot of work, but when you are done building your fence I guarantee you will feel more like a man!


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Essential Items For Every Man’s Home

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There are some things that should be considered essential and necessary for every man’s home. Whether it’s something special to you, such as some sports memorabilia or your favorite movie or game collection, there are many things that you’ll want to include in your man cave. However, there are some things that are often left out or over-looked during the design process that are absolutely needed within your home! We’ve gone ahead and listed out some of the top things that we believe every man’s home needs.

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  • A Dining Room (That You Use!)

    • Many people neglect one of the most vital parts of the entire home decoration parts: your dining room. It’s important to have a place to sit down, relax, and eat your home-cooked meal that isn’t your coffee table in the living room, in front of your couch. As you start to get older and develop your habits and lifestyle choices, it becomes harder to keep going through the process of sitting at your couch and eating at your coffee table. It’s time to grow up, get a dining room, put a table and chairs in there that look decent, and use it.
    • We would highly suggest incorporating dark-themes into your dining room to help not only improve your man-score, but really set the mood with a more relaxed, emotional vibe. I like extremely dark brown mahogany in my dining room, but others may prefer a lighter shade of oak instead. Use your taste and preference – but get one and utilize it!
  • A Unique Place to Store Things

    • Many guys tend to just leave their junk and random knick knacks and gadgets lying all around the house. The last thing a woman wants to see when they come over is a pile of clothes, or multiple pairs of shoes just laying around. One of our biggest suggestions on an item to store whatever you need: an awesome, dark-stained chest with brass or gold knobs. This chest not only looks beautiful and manly, but really shows off your style and taste to that special lady that comes by.
    • Some other ideas include creating and designing your own storage space yourself! What could be manlier than that? There are plenty of options to get creative ideas from. Check out a monthly subscription to Family Handyman perhaps. Check out different YouTube videos on DIY tutorials for various things. Branch out and really get unique with your idea!

  • A Great Set of Sheets

    • It’s important to get a fresh, comfortable set of sheets with the thread count that you really prefer for your new bedroom or remodeling furnishings. I would recommend sticking with neutral colors, as those generally tend to match well with a variety of other objects within your home, such as that stylish bookcase or similar set of storage chests or whatever item you design to incorporate into your bedroom. In addition to the sheets, you want to have a great pillow, whether you prefer memory foam material inside the pillow or something else like a certain type of feather, be sure to spend the money and invest in a high-quality pillow to use. It’s something that you’ll be spending the majority of your life on, so it’s worth it!
  • A High-Quality Library

    • A man who enjoys reading is a man who lives a great life in my opinion. Having a well-kept, established library can be just the touch you need for your home. There’s something special about a gentleman who owns a collection of actually good books, not just random classics they searched and found online, but books that they personally have enjoyed and curated throughout the years.

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So with that, I leave you with these final words: No matter what design, styling, or any type of setting you would like to create in your home, make sure you personally feel comfortable and excellent about it before you incorporate it. It has to not only come from a store, but come from your body, heart, and mind as well! Sounds somewhat corny, but it’s true. Who feels at home in an environment that you’re not comfortable in?

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