Leaky hot water heaters are more than an inconvenience and an expensive problem—they can also be extremely dangerous when left unaddressed. Here's how to safely handle a hot water heater leak, and how to minimize water damage afterward.
In the right conditions, mold can begin to creep into areas of your home in 24 to 48 hours. Stains, dampness, standing water, or a musty smell may signal that mold is growing and removal is needed. It’s also important to note that mold isn’t just black. Depending on the material it’s feeding or growing on it may be brown, rusty, blueish, and even white. But knowing what to look for is only half the battle. Here are some of the key areas we have found mold growing in Lake George and nearby homes.
Many homeowners are shocked when their insurance companies deny them coverage for losses acquired when their basements flood unexpectedly and require cleanup. It’s important to know that whether or not your homeowners insurance covers your basement flood depends on WHAT caused the water damage in the first place. Homeowners insurance covers many “sudden or accidental” water damage instances that are “within” the home. However, there are several exceptions that are not protected under regular homeowners insurance.
Drywall is a great product if it stays well … dry. Our customers in Saratoga Springs, NY encounter water damage from leaks of all kinds ranging from snow on a leaky roof damaging a ceiling to plumbing issues that impact walls and floors. The challenge with water damage rebuilds and reconstruction projects that involve drywall is that water damages quickly and the impact of the leak or flood can be more extensive than meets the eye.
Black mold sets off alarm for many homeowners in Albany to reach out to a mold removal specialist. Though these kinds of mold, (there are many sub categories of black mold), are dangerous, they are not the only type that can impact your health. White mold for instance can cause allergic reactions such as itchy eyes, or in more severe cases, fatigue, and headaches. There are seven colors of mold. Let’s look at some photos, the potential impact, and why you should consider mold remediation.
Water damage is a costly issue that affects many Albany homeowners especially in the spring when rain frequents the forecast. Though major pipe bursts usually incite a sense of urgency, there are other times when signs of water damage can be less apparent, or seem less dire and as result, be put off. An attempt to fix it yourself instead of getting a professional, may further delay seeking help. This is a costly mistake as without timely water damage restoration, a home can fall victim to many ills. From structural damage, to mold, unchecked water damage continues to ring up the bill all while jeopardizing the homeowners health, and potentially making the home inhabitable, and unrecoverable.
It’s Water Damage: What Should I Do?
It’s that dreaded thought you first had when a storm surge took hold and the basement started to fill, or when you noticed the drywall was damp and there was a wet spot on the floor or ceiling; what if there’s water damage? Though the answer to that question is simple, you should call a professional water damage restoration company, what isn’t is dealing with the aftermath. Upon discovery you may question if you can do it yourself and ask how you can tell if it’s really water damage? This natural first step of confirming damage is important as the longer water damage is left, the more likely of further harm and the need for mold remediation.
Water damage to your home is one of the most common problems homeowners face, especially in the winter months in New England. It can happen at any point and result in different problems, including structural damage. Without water damage cleanup a new problem can form, mold which can quickly grow in areas of leaks or water damage.
However, there is a good chance you can catch it before it causes problems. 90% of water damage can be avoided with proper care and maintenance. The key is knowing what to look for and the common causes of water damage.
Although mold doesn’t grow well when it’s below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, autumn temperatures in the Albany NY Capital Region still hover in the 40s and 50s. In addition, fall is characterized by moist air, minimal sunlight and fallen leaves, creating an ideal breeding ground for mold. To help protect your home this fall, we’ve put together these helpful tips.
Whether you live in a flood zone or not, all areas in the United States are susceptible to flooding. Water can enter your basement from heavy storms, through cracks in the wall or floor, through windows and doors, and from sewer backups and burst pipes. In fact, the American Society of Home Inspectors reports that 60% of homes suffer from below-ground wetness. However, it’s also estimated that more than 90% of all water damage can be prevented if you have the right measures in place.
Helpful information and handy tricks to prevent water damage and mold in your home.