Category: Water Damage & Flooding

For a quick guide and a loss list sheet, click HERE to download the PDF.  The following article covers what to do when property damages happen, and how to work with your insurance company to ensure the maximum reimbursement. Home-ownership has copious benefits as opposed to renting, but that is no secret.  From making renovations the way you’d like, to saving and investing your hard-earned money instead of handing it to a landlord.  On the downside though, when things go wrong in the home, like fire and smoke damages, structural damages, a broken water valve causing water damages that could lead to mold growth, or whatever disaster may strike your home, you are responsible to take action to mitigate the damages.  So, what do you do as a homeowner when disaster does strike?  Well, if you are a homeowner, then you will have insurance on your home.  Many people do not know what their policy covers in the event of a home disaster.  They usually only find out this information when a disaster strikes.  We highly advise you to be proactive before the fact and review your plan with your agent to ensure there are adequate limits for your home […]

Ice Dam prevention and tips

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Ice dam on home

With snow piling up on the roof of your property the danger of ice dams is on the rise.  While icicles can be very pretty, they are often a red flag indicating an ice dam is or has already formed.  Ice dams are created when snow is on the roof and the heat from the building escapes from the interior of the home into the attic and heats up the roof.  Once the heat has reached the roofline, it begins to melt the snow sitting on the roof.  When the snow turns into water, it will then travel down the pitch of the roof.  At the eaves of the house, there is no insulation therefore it will begin to freeze again.  Thus causing the dreaded ice dam! If you would like a condensed bulleted version click here (ICE DAM PDF)  for a downloadable PDF Once the ice dam has formed on the eaves or valleys, water has an increased opportunity to seep into your home from the water pooling up on the roof.  The water typically will find any small hole in the roof and then migrate down through the attic, eventually reaching your insulation, interior walls, and drywall inside […]

Roof Snow Maintenance and Tools

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Roof snow removal by shovel

Click here (SNOW REMOVAL TOOLS) for a downloadable PDF on suggested roof snow removal tools With winter upon us, as homeowners and business owners, we need to be aware and monitor our properties a little bit more due to old man winter and his ability to wreak havoc.  Of course the obvious comes to mind of freezing pipes causing water damage, and the use of heating devices that can spark a fire and cause fire damage.  However, there are a few more components that winter brings such as ice dams and what we will be coving in the post, falling or shedding snow. When the snow begins to pile up in snowy regions that you may live in or recreate in, the danger begins to rise.  With every accumulated inch on the roof, the weight of the potential hazard increase, thus increasing the force it can have once it breaks free. When there is enough weight and there is a bed surface (aka your roof) that may begin to heat up from heat escaping inside the home, or simply too much weight from the snowpack loaded on the roof, gravity and kinetic energy take the stage and can create disastrous […]

Residential and commercial water damage, such as flood, can cause substantial damage if not taken care of properly and timely.  Many people underestimate what water damage can do to your home. Long-standing water in a property can cause serious problems. If left untreated, water damage can lead to other problems like: Mold Damage Within 48 hours of water damage, mold growth can occur. The perfect recipe for mold to thrive is in areas with a moisture source, an organic material and a warmer temperature. However, mold can grow just about anywhere due to its ability to remain dormant until conditions are ideal. The water will saturate items like furniture and carpet, creating the perfect place for mold spores to grow. The faster you call professionals like Disaster Response to take control of a water damaged area, the less you will have to worry about mold growth and spread, and the more cost efficient the restoration will be. Electrical Damage When damage occurs within a residence or a business, it’s likely that damage has been done to electrical systems and appliances. If not properly addressed, it can cause further damage to your home and electrical systems. Damaged wiring can cause power […]

Water is the most powerful of natural forces. When water damage strikes your home or business having a plan of action is essential. At Disaster Response our core value is to serve humbly. We do this by serving others in their time of need. We understand that a property disaster can be traumatic in a multitude of ways, this is why we make it a priority to be there for you in your time of need, by providing direction and a plan of action to get you back on your feet. Supplied below is a set of guidelines to help in the event of water damage. This article covers the varying types of water you may encounter, how to identify the source, and when to handle or not handle the water depending on it’s color and location of flow. What Type of Water Damage am I Experiencing? In dealing with water,  it’s important to understand the quality of the water involved, and that water is separated into three categories for health-safety standards. Clean water, grey water, and black water: Category one, clean water is considered water that one can safely drink. This water is commonly found flowing through sink faucets, […]

Water damage can occur in several different ways. There are pipe leaks, weather events, and damping. Damping can occur when the basement or the attic is very humid. That humidity can seep into the walls. You can oftentimes identify damping by noticing water damage near the floor or the ceiling without clear drip lines. Any of these three kinds of water event can cause water damage. Water damage is particularly insidious because it is a multiplying catastrophe. The Initial Water Damage  A water damage problem obviously begins with the initial water damage. If it’s damping or a slow leak, you might not even notice it until it has gotten bad. If it’s a weather event or a burst pipe, the problems will quickly arise. The first problem is electrical. The electrical wires and connections in the walls must be protected from water. Shorts, fires, and wire damage could result if the water is not stopped quickly. Water can also undermine the structural integrity of water-soluble materials such as drywall and wallpaper. If they’re not quickly dried, they’ll likely need to be replaced. Mold and Mildew  Within a few days of the initial water damage, you’ll start to see mold and […]

Remove water from carpet

What do you do if you’ve experienced a minor flooding issue and now your carpets are soaked? That’s a great question, that many of us have asked ourselves in the past. Whether it’s resulted from an overflowing dishwasher or clothes washer, it’s a nightmare scenario for homeowners. While most cases will require the carpet and pad, and perhaps the sub-floor, to be replaced, here are a few tips to try first depending on the severity of your issue.


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This is a question that we hope to never ask ourselves! If you’re wondering if it’s time to call for help, it probably is. If the damage, or potential for more damage, is so great that you fear you can’t handle it yourself, then it’s time to call professional help. Here are a few guidelines to help you determine if it is time!



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preventing ice dams

Winter is upon us and that means being aware of possible ice dam situations. For those of us that have experienced the damage an ice dam can cause, it is not something we wish to be a part of again! If you haven’t had to deal with one, thank your lucky stars. The good news is there are things we can prevent ice dams from forming.


Frozen pipe disasters

Each year around this time, we begin to worry about frozen pipes. By now, it’s probably a little too late as we’ve had plenty of subfreezing nights already! Frozen pipes are a nightmare that cause thousands of dollars in water damage. The good news? There are a few ways to help mitigate this hazard!