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Winter Water Damage Woes: Protect Your Home from Damage this Season

Written by WSI Genesis on . Posted in Blog, Newsletter, Water Damage.

The winter months can be particularly hard on homes, as the cold temperatures, ice and snow can leave behind devastating damage.  Being vigilant can help to prevent winter damage, ensuring that your home comes out of the season without any lasting problems.


Frozen Pipes

This is a common fear for any homeowner in New England.  Frozen pipes can quickly lead to flooding, as the pipe swells to the point of cracking.  Frozen pipes often occur during extreme cold weather in those pipes that are on the exterior of the home or in unheated areas. 

The following are some tips to prevent frozen pipes:

  • Insulate piping that is at risk for freezing, including those that are in the basement, attic and garage.
  • Keep the garage and exterior doors securely closed.
  • Seal windows and doors with weather-stripping.
  • Keep the home’s thermostat consistent throughout the day and night.
  • Even when away, do not set the thermostat lower than 55 degrees.
  • If you lose power and the indoor temperature is dropping, let the faucets drip to allow water to continue running through the pipes.

Ice Dams

Snow and ice that builds-up on the roof and gutter of a home can melt and refreeze, creating drainage problems.  With nowhere to go, the water can leak into the roof causing significant damage and flooding in the home. 

Follow these tips to prevent ice dams from damaging your home:

  • Use a roof rake to clear heavy snow.
  • Keep gutters clean and free of debris.
  • Ensure that the attic has good ventilation to allow for continuous airflow.
  • Eliminate any heat sources that are located in the attic.
  • If ice has begun forming, apply calcium chloride (or any ice-melt product).

Flooding

Despite your best effort, your home may experience flooding damage during the winter.  If you do experience a flood in your home, remove the water as quickly as possible.  This will ensure the best chance of preventing mold growth, which can lead to big problems in the future. 

Even after the standing water has been removed, the humidity levels are often very high, with underlying moisture in the walls, flooring and other areas that cannot be seen by the naked eye.  Soil-Away can ensure that all of the moisture is removed after a flood has damaged your home.  This will not only restore your home to its pre-flood state, but you can also be confident that the area is not a breeding ground for mold growth.

After a flood has damaged your home, contact Soil-Away at 603-641-6555.

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Flood Damage Restoration – York, Maine

Flood Damage Restoration – York, Maine

Written by jsolloway on . Posted in Blog, Case Study, Water Damage.

Winter, spring, summer and fall all have their perks for York, ME residents. However, with each season can come weather challenges. Harsh weather can lead to property damage and the need for flood damage restoration services. Summer is peak tourist season for York. Thousands each year look forward to swimming, camping, cookouts and other activities. During these activities we also have to watch out for the weather. Every so often we enjoy a nice rain to help us cool off. But there are terrible storms related to summer weather. Not every day is a warm, relaxing day, even in York, Maine. In the spring and summer, you must always be prepared for thunderstorms, floods, and even hurricanes.

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Tips for Choosing a Restoration Company in Manchester, NH

Written by jsolloway on . Posted in Blog, Tips and Advice.

In life, we seem to take things for granted. While we insure our homes, we don’t really think anything will come of it, and hopefully, it doesn’t. Then, disaster strikes! Your home was hit by a hurricane; struck by lightning; you were the victim of flood damage; a fire ravaged your home, or you had a serious sewage backup problem. Any one of these things (and more) could happen. Now you need to turn your attention to finding help. Here are some tips for choosing a property damage restoration company to get you back on your feet.

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Repairing Water Damage - Rye, NH

Repairing Water Damage – Rye, NH

Written by jsolloway on . Posted in Blog, Case Study, Water Damage.

Repairing water damage during a water loss can be a headache if you try to do it yourself. It can also create a bigger disaster if it’s not done correctly. To avoid additional damage, increased cost of repair, and feelings of anxiety, it’s best to hire a professional team of experts. Repairing water damage doesn’t have to be a chore, hire a team that values top-notch quality service.

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Flood Damage Restoration Specialist – Auburn, NH

Written by jsolloway on . Posted in Blog, Case Study, Water Damage.

A young Auburn, New Hampshire man was devastated when the toilet water supply line busted in the bathroom. The cold winter months proved to be a challenge for his home and his bathroom floor—the restroom was flooded with water. He didn’t know what to do, and he didn’t have much time, so he mopped up the floor using as many towels as he could find and headed off to work. When he came back home many hours later, the situation was much worse. The water filled the restroom, seeped through the base of the walls, and infiltrated other rooms of the home. It was evident that he should’ve taken the day off to call a flood damage restoration specialist to come out and mitigate the water damage. Now the damage was severe.

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What to Look for in a Flood Damage Repair Contractor

Written by jsolloway on . Posted in Blog, Storm Damage, Water Damage.

When a flood has damaged your home or business, time is of the essence.  It is important that the contractor you choose responds immediately to begin the restoration process.  The company should be certified, carry adequate insurance and have the necessary training and experience to address the situation quickly.  An experienced restoration company can help you to navigate the process of filing an insurance claim as well.

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Flood Damage Restoration - Saco, Maine

Flood Damage Restoration – Saco, Maine

Written by jsolloway on . Posted in Blog, Case Study, Water Damage.

A Saco, Maine resident wakes up to a startling discovery. His basement floor is covered in water. Flood damage restoration services were in order. He set his washing machine to presoak his clothes while he took a brief nap, but little did he know, the appliance was faulty—the water supply line was in need of a replacement.  The initial pipe leak grew increasingly large as the days rolled by and now he was faced with a major dilemma. In a panic, he rushed to haul out all of his camping equipment, priceless heirlooms, and pet supplies to keep them safe from the flooding waters. Unfortunetly most of his items did suffer damage from the waterloss. He then called a few of his closest friends to help him remove the excess water from the basement. 

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Water Damage Repairs – Goffstown, NH

Written by jsolloway on . Posted in Blog, Case Study, Water Damage.

When dealing with a major flood disaster at your Goffstown property, it is always a great idea to call the professionals to quickly arrive and take care of the situation at hand. A water-loss can easily get out of control and the average individual often lacks the necessary knowledge and equipment to properly restore a home or office to its pre-existing condition. Therefore, hiring the right contractor for water damage repairs can make a difficult situation easier to overcome.

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Flood damage cleanup – Kittery, Maine

Flood damage cleanup – Kittery, Maine

Written by jsolloway on . Posted in Blog, Water Damage.

Water can be very damaging to properties everywhere – the residents of Kittery, Maine are no exception. Strong currents can erode structures and shift buildings. When torrential rains occur, they can cause severe damage to your residential or commercial property. Carpeting, furniture, appliances and the overall structure of a home or business can be affected by water. Strong storms can negatively impact ducts, utilities, roofing, heaters and A/Cs. Flooding can also destroy belongings. Just one inch of water can cause irreparable harm to precious items throughout the property. Lastly, flood waters can contain contaminants which is a threat to personal health. Everyone, including Kittery, Maine residents, needs to know how to deal with flood damage cleanup.

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