Is Your Home Leak-Proof?

Spring and Fall Beings Big-Time Rain

The rainy winter season in Central Texas puts you to the test and often brings unexpected surprises in terms of water leaking into a home. One morning we wake up and find ourselves walking into a water puddle while on the way to making our morning coffee… What happened? A night full of rain caused water to intrude through the patio door. The culprit could either be poor insulation of the actual door, or perhaps water in the backyard had backed up because old leaves had blocked the drain on the patio.

We often don’t pay attention to the first little warning signs of water damage, a little here or there, as long as it can be wiped away with a towel we think we are fine. But ignoring such signs long term can cause bigger headaches, like structural damage to the house or mold growth. There are many reasons that can cause a water leak in your home. But serious water damage can be prevented by regularly inspecting your house.

Here are some of the most common causes of leaks in homes:

  • Decks and Balconies. They are built nearly level, therefore making water run off very slowly.
  • Make sure drains are not blocked with leaves and other litter.
  • Blocked Pipes and Gutters. Prevent clogging so water can drain properly.
  • Skylights, Windows & Patio Doors. Check for damaged caulking and make sure they are sealed properly. Give special attention to the corners.
  • Chimney and Fire Place.The flashing (the sheet metal that keeps the intersection between the chimney and roof watertight) can separate, making way for rainwater to enter the housing structure.
  • Roof. Old, damaged or worn out roofs give way to heavy rains entering your home. You should have your roof inspected annually.
  • Check for contractors who offer a Free Annual Roof Inspection Program.
  • Check for missing or cracked shingles and replace them. Check for clogged gutters.

Water in your home after all? React quickly.

Water does actually get into your home and you are worried about the damage it might have caused?
ATEX water Damage Restoration has some water damage guidelines that you might want to follow. Stay calm, whether day or night quickly call a licensed Austin water restoration company. While waiting for them to arrive you might want to take care of any water you can clean away with mops or towels. Also think about moving any valuables to a safer higher place. (IMPORTANT)Don’t touch any plugged in electronics!

Some Statistics:

 

  • Water damage is the second most frequently filed insurance claim in the United States
  • Water damage claims account for $11 billion dollars in damages annually
  • The average cost of a water damage claim is $8,000
  • Up to 93% of the cost of water damage could have been prevented by the use of a shut-off system or water leak detection system.
  • Only 8% of all water damage to buildings is due to weather.

When It’s Time For A New Roof

Getting A New Roof

TMRC New RoofA new roof on your house can do a lot more than keep out the rain. You’ll be happily surprised at how much it can improve the appearance of the house. A new roof is like a fresh coat of paint on the outside walls: it helps make the house look fresh and new. So don’t think of a new roof as just a basic improvement that must be made to keep out the rain. The right color of roof will have added benefits. For example, a white or light-color roof reflects heat away from the house; so this is a good choice if you live in a very warm climate. A light-color roof can also make a small or low house seem larger, and a dark-color roof can make a tall house appear lower than it actually is.

Your Roof Is Not Optional

Don’t put off getting a new roof until the old one fails and begins leaking like a sieve. One of the mistakes we made after buying our house was to take the chance that the old asphalt shingles on the roof would last a good many more years. We didn’t even bother to check the roof carefully and went ahead and spent our money on other improvements. Then one day we had a bad wind and rain storm, and after the wind had finished ripping up those brittle old shingles, we had a dozen roof leaks. A neighbor of ours took a chance on a built-up flat roof, which started to leak right after he had finished decorating the walls and ceilings of the room below. The water ruined all his hard work. So if you are ready for a new roof, get it before you make any other improvements.

Free Roofing Inspection

Estimates are essential before you initiate a repair plan.

Depending on the degree of degradation, roof repair estimates might vary significantly, therefore, the earlier you take care of your roof condition, the lower the budget you need to plan. If your roof is affected by severe damage and there is a chance the degradation process affects the building, you definitely need to take some measures. Roof repair estimates encompass several steps so that the projected costs successfully cover all the repair stages and materials.

The very first step is inspection

The best contractors usually offer a free roof inspection. If your roof is not severely affected by leakage problems and the repairs are superficial, you may be able to accomplish this task all by yourself. In the event that the roof has major deficiencies, you’ll need professional help. It is highly recommended to get expert’s advice so you will correctly establish roof repair estimates.  According to the inspection results, an expert estimates the costs for materials and repairs. In essence, roof repair estimates cover at least three different aspects (inspection, repair and materials). Very often, homeowners integrate roof estimates within larger budgets as they intend to repair and redecorate the entire residential building. As for this situation, you can save both time and money.

Check For The Best Contractor

The estimate is based on precise roof repairs , which are established depending on the information you convey or in accordance with the visual inspection the company’s representative chooses to accomplish. It is worth pointing out that all contractors prefer an inspection before establishing metal roof restoration plan or any roof repair estimates, simply because there is a risk of setting the prospective client on the wrong track about the final costs for their roof repair plan.

When It’s Time For A New Roof

Getting A New Roof

TMRC New RoofA new roof on your house can do a lot more than keep out the rain. You’ll be happily surprised at how much it can improve the appearance of the house. A new roof is like a fresh coat of paint on the outside walls: it helps make the house look fresh and new. So don’t think of a new roof as just a basic improvement that must be made to keep out the rain. The right color of roof will have added benefits. For example, a white or light-color roof reflects heat away from the house; so this is a good choice if you live in a very warm climate. A light-color roof can also make a small or low house seem larger, and a dark-color roof can make a tall house appear lower than it actually is.

Your Roof Is Not Optional

Don’t put off getting a new roof until the old one fails and begins leaking like a sieve. One of the mistakes we made after buying our house was to take the chance that the old asphalt shingles on the roof would last a good many more years. We didn’t even bother to check the roof carefully and went ahead and spent our money on other improvements. Then one day we had a bad wind and rain storm, and after the wind had finished ripping up those brittle old shingles, we had a dozen roof leaks. A neighbor of ours took a chance on a built-up flat roof, which started to leak right after he had finished decorating the walls and ceilings of the room below. The water ruined all his hard work. So if you are ready for a new roof, get it before you make any other improvements.

Regular Maintenance Will Extend The Life Of Your Roof

But be equally certain that you do need a new roof, because even a new roof can leak and small leaks can easily be repaired. Don’t be sold a new roof just because one or two asphalt shingles are torn or missing or improperly nailed wood shingles have come loose. And don’t let someone sell you a new roof when the real trouble is that the flashing around the roof valleys and chimney is at fault. Before you sign up for a new roof get a free roofing inspection from a reputable roofing contractor. New roofs cost money. Under more or less ideal conditions in which a minimum of preparation work is required, re-roofing a small house with standard-quality asphalt shingles will cost more than $10,000. When we added new roof to our house in 1972, the cost exceeded $14,000, and today that price would be a bargain. On the other hand, once a roof is at the end of its usefulness, there is no point in wasting time and money trying to patch it or in spending money on one of the so-called miracle coatings advertised by some outfits.

Even Experienced Roofers Occasionally Fall.

One way to determine if you need a new roof is by its age or its condition or both. The vast majority of houses built in the 1950s and early 1960s have roofs made of standard-quality asphalt shingles, and these are good for about fifteen years. Shingles used on the more expensive custom-built houses may have a life expectancy of up to twenty years. But if you have a typical development house and it’s more than fifteen years old, you are probably about due for a new roof. You can get a good idea of the condition of your roof having a free roofing inspection offered by some roofing contractors. This is a far better way than going up on the roof, because walking about on a roof is likely to damage the roofing material and there’s the real danger of falling. You can do a cursory check from the ground. Check the roof from the south side, which gets the most exposure from the sun and is likely to show the greatest signs of age. Look for areas where the protective mineral granules have disappeared from the surface of the shingles, exposing the black felt mat. You may also find accumulations of these granules at the base of the downspouts connected to the roof gutters. The loss of the granules means that the shingles have dried out and are becoming brittle. It is time to think about a new roof

 

Fire and Smoke Damage

Smoke Damage Restoration

If you have a fire, the first action is to call your fire department. Your next can be a call to your local fire and water damage restoration contractor. When the fire is out and Fire Marshall allows, they can begin to assess the damage begin immediate emergency board-up and weatherization to prevent further damage from nature. Then they can begin the clean-up and salvage.

A Time Of Uncertainty

Of course, for the families concerned, the days and weeks immediately following a fire are often a time of uncertainty and stress. But certain decisions have to be made that affect your most precious possessions and the home or business that contains them. Fire and Water damage restoration methods were developed based on years of experience, as well as continuing specialist training – including various repair and cleaning techniques which were selected with long-term results and returning your value in mind. Fire losses often result in complex damages due to the unique behavior of smoke.

Some things you may not know about smoke:

Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure. Smoke flows around plumbing systems, using holes around pipes to go from floor to floor. The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process. You’ll need trained and experienced professionals who know that smoke can also penetrate deep within cavities of the structure, causing damage and odor which is hidden from view. It’s their knowledge of building systems which helps them to investigate and determine exactly how far the smoke damage has actually spread. That’s why you should only use a trained professional to survey the loss site. They will be able to determine the exact extent to which fire, smoke, heat, and moisture affected the building materials and your valuable contents. There are different types of smoke. A key point that a professional will test for is the type of soot.

Types of soot include:

    • Wet Smoke Residues – From smoldering fires with low heat. These are sticky, smeary residues with pungent odors. Difficult to clean.
    • Dry Smoke Residues – Fast burning fires at high temperatures produce these. These give dry, powdery, small, nonsmeary smoke particles as a residue.
    • Protein Residues – Accompanied by pungent odors, these nearly invisible residues discolor paints and varnishes.
    • Fuel Oil Soot – Often found as furnace puff backs, which distribute fuel oil soot.
    • Other Types of Residues – Miscellaneous residues, such as tear gas, fingerprint powder, and fire extinguisher exhaust also need cleanup.

Inspection and Pre-testing

Trained and experienced technicians will pretest while inspecting the property. These actions will determine the damages and scope required to select needed cleaning, restoration, and repairs. We’ll also investigate to essay the full extent of the damage. How many kinds, types, and quantities of materials were affected by smoke or fire? For each of these, what is the proper method for cleaning? While your home is restored, are you going to relocate your personal belongings? It can be vital to protect areas that were not affected by soot and odor before the damage spreads to unaffected areas. This saves your money by isolating the damage. They’ll need to ascertained exactly what materials can be restored and what materials must be replaced. Are all smoke residues effects cleanable? A complete inventory is invaluable, including the inventory of items that are damaged beyond repair.

Testing and Evaluating Gives You Timely Information

Through this comprehensive pretesting, they’ll be able to best determine how long the cleanup will take and let you know what to expect. With experienced and trained technicians, you will be told the most effective cleaning methods and what work procedures are recommended to restore the damaged materials the quickest and most economical way possible. After mitigation starts, professional technicians should keep you informed and answer any and all of your questions while working to help erase any fire and .