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air scrubber and fans

 

This is equipment that is used when trying to remove excess moisture from a water loss, and is also used when drying out a property. Air movers are quite efficient and high powered, and can quickly remove water from the premises. An air scrubber, which is the tall device, is used to remove particles, gases, and chemicals in any given area. For example, if there is a musty smell in the air due to water damage, an air scrubber can remove the odor efficiently.

moisture meter

 

This piece of equipment is referred to as a moisture meter. It can detect if there is moisture present in any walls or flooring, and it helps minimize any defects such as shrinkage, cracks, and splits. Years of experience and high tech tools will not make a difference in the long run if the source of moisture on the property is not determined and dealt with effectively.

water pump

 

This is an example of a high tech portable water pump. There are also different kinds of water pumps, such as mounted to the truck, but these are more efficient if the area affected isn’t very large. Water pumps are the easiest way to quickly remove large amounts of water from a property.

sump pumpThis is a sump pump, and if this device does not work correctly, it can lead to flooding in your basement and home. One of the biggest reasons that homes flood is that their sump pump is either not working correctly, or it has failed.

 

Why The Restoration Process May Not Happen Immediately

2014 has been a year of unpredictable weather thus far, and because of the improved economy, people are beginning to purchase further insurance for their properties. This also means that more people are beginning to call local restoration contractors after storm, fire, or water damage as well. As the economy is improving, many things are changing in the restoration industry. After a natural disaster in a specific area, it can be hard for contractors to keep up since there are only so many areas. That is where contractors from other states come in. Many restoration companies will travel for catastrophes, and that is a large help to many residents living in the affected area.

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This may take some time though. As local companies are swamped with work, other out of state companies will be on their way to begin helping out in the disaster zone. Depending on how broad the affected area is, it may take a longer period of time for local contractors to even call back and set up an appointment. There may also be a waiting list, which can lengthen the process even more. When a contractor comes out to your location it may not be for a week or so, and then the process of the insurance comes in. From there, the insurance adjuster will have to come out to your location and set up a written estimate, and then compare it to the contractors.

The estimate then has to be processed and the contractors can come back out to your location to begin the work. Make sure that you always go with a trusted and experienced contractor, because some may try to take advantage of the fact that many people are devastated from a loss and may try to scam residents in that area. Before choosing a contractor, make sure to ask around to ensure that they are reputable and experienced. Also, it may be a good idea to ask your insurance company for a referral for a restoration company that they regularly work with. This will make you feel more comfortable because you are going with a company that the insurance company regularly works with and has a good working relationship with.

Hiring a professional in the instance of a disaster is always the better option. Although it may take a little longer after a larger disaster, you will get better results for your home or business.

How to Check For a Water Leak in Your Home

Finding water leaks can save you water, and save you money on water and sewer bills. It can also save you the hassle of having to call out professionals to rid your home of any water if the leak goes un-recognized for some time and causes water damage to your property. Follow these easy steps to determine if you have a leak on your property in any of your systems including plumbing or irrigation!

The first step is to turn all of your appliances off that use water, so that no water is being used at all. This means that you have to turn off all water inside and outside of the house including sinks, washing machines, showers, and any appliance that uses water. If you have an irrigation system or sprinkler system, turn off the controller and then manually shut off the two valves at the DCVA (double check valve assembly) to isolate the irrigation system.

Then, take off the lid of the meter box and lift the protective cover. From there you should water the meter. Your meter will have a triangular shaped red, or silver and black round disk that is commonly known as a “leak indicator”. If this round disk is spinning, then it is apparent that you have a leak. If there is no indication and the actual meter dial hand is moving, water is running somewhere in your system and it is obvious that you have a leak.

From there you will want to locate the main shut-off valve to the house. This is usually located close to the meter box. Then, once you have reached the main shut-off valve you need to turn it off. You should go inside and turn on a faucet to test this and make sure that there is no running water present. If water is still flowing from the faucet after several seconds, it means that the shut off valve is not working. If the opposite occurs and there is no water flowing through the faucet, it means that the shut off valve is working properly. You can then return to the meter.

Once you have tested the faucet and determined the shut off valve is working, you should check again is the meter’s leak indicators hand is moving again. If the dial hand is still moving, it means that water is flowing between the meter and the shut off valve. If this happens, it is probably that you have a leak between the meter and the customer side shut off valve. If it isn’t moving, you probably have a leak between the customer side shut off valve and somewhere in your house. You should then go check any toilets, washing machines, faucets, or showers for any leakage.

To check a toilet for a leak, just flush the toilet and while the water reservoir is still filling, add two or three drops of food coloring to the water in the reservoir. From there, wait about fifteen to thirty minutes. If the water in the bowl changes color at all, the flapper valve needs to be replaced.

A professional plumbing service can also perform these tests and checks to determine if you have a leak or not. If you do, they can easily fix it. If your home has sustained minor or major damages due to the leak, it is a good idea to call in a team of professionals such as the Restoration Pros to help with your flooded, or water damaged home or business.

Major Storms Hit The Missouri and Southern Indiana Area

Springtime thunderstorms rolled across a large swath of the Midwest and South on Thursday, triggering several suspected tornadoes in Missouri and Texas and bashing several states with large, damaging hail stones. Heavy rainfall also made its spring debut that resulted in several water rescues and evacuations. Four people sustained injuries in Texas when a suspected twister destroyed a rural home and a mobile home Thursday night near the community of Merit which is about 30 minutes or so northeast of Dallas. The Hunt County Sheriff’s Dept. did report that the injuries were not life-threatening although no future details were given.

In the college town of Denton, TX, the severe thunderstorms dumped hail the size of oranges, leading to many smashed windshields as well as extensive property damage. Hail stones the size of ping pong balls came down in the Tulsa area as did heavy rain with strong gusting winds. In Arkansas, hail also fell. Strong gusting winds there caused many trees to fall which knocked out power in the western portion of the state. While the heaviest rain tapered off late Thursday, the National Weather Service said that flash flood warnings will remain in effect for portions of Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky due to runoff from the heavy rainfall.

Meanwhile in Minnesota, people there are cursing the weather stations as yet again, another winter storm is taking aim at that state. Forecasters are warning residents of the Twin Cities area to be ready for some heavy snowfall with winds Friday. The Twin Cities have been getting new snow since Wednesday night. One to two new inches fell by Thursday morning and by the evening hours, another five inches added to that. To add insult to injury, another two to three inches is expected to cover the ground on Friday along with strong, whipping winds of up to 30 miles per hour. However, as the temperature begin to climb Friday and continue to do so into the weekend, the sun will return to start melting all that snow. Unfortunately the quick warmup will most likely end up causing flooding in many southern Minnesota areas.

People living in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula have also been warned of heavy snowfall through Saturday morning. It’s likely that most of the UP in Michigan will get up to a foot of snow by Saturday noontime which will just add to the snow that’s already on the ground there. Winds gusting up to 35 miles per hour will make travel in the UP very hazardous Friday. By the time the snowstorm moves out of northern Michigan, sleet and freezing rain may come down to make travel all but impossible.

Boston Area Dealing With Flooding From Weekend Storms

While the warmer temperatures across New England are being welcomed by millions of residents who are relieved spring is finally on its way, a slow moving storm system is dumping heavy rainfall amounts across that region to cause flooding concerns. It’s being feared that soaking rainfall combined with melting snow could lead to the rapid rise of some creeks, rivers and streams across many portions of the Northeast.

In Griggstown, New Jersey, the level of a local river soared from 4 feet during the afternoon hours of Saturday to 13 feet by early Sunday which lead to moderate flooding. The rainfall that is soaking New England will continue to press on through the region to Nova Scotia through early this week. This sluggish moving system will result in some areas getting heavy rain which could very well lead to flash flooding in low lying and poor drainage areas as well as along waterways. While the rain is expected to stop by Tuesday, the flood threat will continue as run-off from the weekend rainfall will flow downstream to cause possible serious flooding in many areas.

The National Weather Service said on Sunday that southern Maine and New Hampshire could see some minor coastal flooding as well as flooding caused by ice jams and snowmelt in inland rivers. The weather service issued numerous flood watches for many areas across New England Sunday as 2 to 3 inches of rain is expected to fall through late Monday with some isolated areas getting even more.

The NWS also warned home and business owners that basement flooding is very possible this week due to not only the rainfall but because the ground is still partially frozen which means it has a harder time absorbing all the water. Luckily, most of the larger rivers in New England are currently running low. However, smaller creeks and streams will need to be carefully watched and especially in those areas that receive more than 3 inches of rain.

As people in the East will be preparing for possible flooding due to the rainfall that part of the country is getting, folks living in the northern Plains and Upper Midwest will be bracing for yet another blast of winter weather. This is due to a low pressure system coming out of the central Rockies that’s moving eastward. To the north of this system, there’s enough cold air present to produce very heavy snow and blizzard conditions that could affect a large area extending from southern/eastern North Dakota to central and northern Minnesota. It is possible that some areas in that part of the country could get a foot or more of snow from this new system.

Warmer Temps May Trigger Severe Weather in Parts of US

The warming temperatures which will prevail over much of the country this week will be a welcomed break from the very harsh winter millions of Americans have thus far endured this season. However, the warmer air is bringing with it a threat of severe thunderstorms to the Southeast, Oho Valley and portions of the Upper Midwest. And, because there is a lot of snow on the ground in many areas being forecast to receive rain, there’s a real possibility that river and stream flooding will occur. Temperatures will be in the 40s this week from the Upper Midwest into New England.

severe weather

States which could see flooding this week include Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Michigan so says the National Weather Service. One to two inches of rain may drench parts of the Mississippi and Ohio Valleys Thursday and Friday. It’s also likely that severe thunderstorm activity will move into that part of the country which could bring with it high gusting winds of 50 to 60 miles per hour and hailstones 1 to 2 inches in diameter. The NWS also said that there is a chance of tornadoes developing in the Ohio Valley region and the Southeast this week even though the service does not believe there will be any serious widespread tornado activity.

The rare February thunderstorms that are being predicted this week will be embedded within the line of rain showers moving across the mid portion of the country. The National Weather Service is warning that a “powerful storm” will blast the greater Chicago area late Wednesday through Thursday morning packing thunderstorms, freezing rain, sleet and possibly heavy snow. Temps could reach into the low 50s Thursday in the Windy City before a cold front pushes into the area with damaging winds in excess of 50 miles per hour. Friday’s high in Chicago will be more normal for this time of the year as the mercury level will be right around the freezing mark. The NWS has a flood watch in effect for the greater Chicago from early Wednesday to mid-day Thursday.

There will be blizzard-like conditions in parts of Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota Thursday as the unstable weather pattern pushes eastward. The complex winter storm that is heading into the Upper Midwest Thursday could bring with it a real mixed bag of tricks including heavy snowfall, damaging winds, ice, rain and thunder forecasters say. The National Weather Forecast states that the storm is expected to intensify rapidly as it pushes northeast from the central Plains to eastern Lake Superior Wednesday night into Thursday. The NWS also says that ice accumulations are very possible as the precipitation may turn from snow to freezing rain and a sleet mix.

Winter Storm Pax to Bring Major Ice Storm to South

If you are living in the south you might want to prepare for another huge winter storm coming. This Winter Storm Pax will bring a lot of snow and ice across the south through this mid week. In some areas there may be so much ice to where it can knock out power for thousands of people and fill the road with fallen tree branches. Traveling in this storm will be very difficult and could even be impossible in some areas.

Winter Storm Pax is also going to bring snow and ice to the Middle Atlantic and Northeast. The Weather Channel states that “The National Weather Service has posted winter storm watches, warnings and advisories from the Southern Plains to the Carolinas and north to New Jersey in anticipation of dangerous winter weather conditions. Now is the time to plan. Think ahead about how you will handle power outages at home and where you want to be if roads become impassable.” The air across the south is rising and is combining with the air pushes form the Midwest with is causing the wintry weather.

The first round going into Tuesday of wintry weather that the south will get is going to bring sleet and freezing rain from the northern Mississippi to northern Alabama, northern Georgia, Upstate South Carolina, Central Carolina, and southern North Carolina. At the start of this round of wintry weather it is expected to be light, although as it continues on it will turn into a lot of snow, sleet, and freezing rain and temperatures near freezing.
The second round going into Wednesday of wintry weather will have a wide span of snow, sleet and freezing rain. This round will start to move farther east then the first round. For the locations that are going to have the heaviest amount of freezing rain are expected to experience power outages, tree damage, and gusty winds.
In the north and central parts of Georgia ranging through central South Carolina and even into eastern North Carolina, there is expected to get huge accumulations of ice that will be crippling and bring power outages. Atlanta metro area, Augusta, Ga., Columbia, S.C. and Raleigh, N.C. are a few cites that are at the most risk for ice and power outages.

While all this wintry storm action is going on locations from northeast Georgia though the southern Appalachians are supposed to get up to or more than six inches of snow.

Michigan Residents Brace for More Extreme Cold & Snow

Michiganders will be dealing with yet another round of nasty winter weather this week. The first period of snowfall is an Alberta Clipper storm that was pushing quickly southeast on Sunday. Snow fell at a rate of one inch every three hours Sunday night in portions southern Michigan. Overnight Sunday, a second round of snow driven by winds fell across the state’s lower peninsula making travel very hazardous and even impossible in some areas. Road conditions will be poor Monday in heavily populated areas such as Detroit, Ann Arbor, Lansing and Jackson so drivers are being urged to give themselves more time to get to where they’re going.

Snow will continue to fall in the Great Lakes State Tuesday when wind chills will drop to between -25 and -35. Wind chills that low can easily cause frostbite in 20 minutes so it’s necessary for people to really bundle up before heading outdoors. People are being told that if they have to travel Monday to make sure they’re driving a reliable vehicle and to keep their gas tanks full.

The temperatures in Michigan on Tuesday will have a hard time reaching above zero in many locations. However, the big factor will be the wind as the cold won’t be a calm one. Winds will be blowing up to 20 mph from Monday through Wednesday, which not only makes it dangerous to be outside but blowing and drifting snow will occur as well.

The extreme cold and blowing snow that is lingering in the Midwest has already caused many problems ranging from deadly car accident pile-ups to school closings. On Sunday, about 30 vehicles collided on I-696 in the Detroit suburb of Warren, closing down the westbound lanes for several hours. Two people lost their lives in western Michigan this weekend when they were involved in a crash on a Grand Haven area freeway.

In western Michigan, 16 inches of snow came down by 6pm Sunday in Van Buren County, making travel there extremely dangerous. Amtrak announced Sunday that it was being forced to cancel some rains running between Detroit and Chicago Monday due to extreme weather conditions.

Fire Departments in many Midwestern locations were busy this weekend putting out blazes caused by people using heat guns and blowtorches while trying to thaw frozen pipes. Instead of thawing the pipes, the devices being used instead accidentally ignited materials inside the walls. This is why nothing more powerful than an ordinary hair dryer should ever be used to thaw pipes. The key to avoiding frozen pipes inside a home or business is to prepare for the cold temperatures by leaving water dripping from faucets and to use heat tape or insulation on pipes.

Winter Storm Cleon Brings Frigid Cold, Snow, Ice and Sleet

Ice from ½ to 1 inch thick is expected to fall on portions of the United States from Texas to the Ohio Valley and further east as winter storm Cleon marches across the country. Cleon, the fourth named storm of the 2013-14 winter season, has already caused traffic accidents, school closings, horrible driving conditions and numerous flight cancellations in several western and southwestern states when it took shape on Thursday. This large, powerful winter storm is promising more of the same for millions of Americans over this weekend just when many people had holiday shopping trips planned.

Cleon took shape late Thursday in Texas and was born from a perfect combination of conditions: A low level, mass of frigid air moving south and east met a higher level of warm air that moved in off the Gulf. This syncing of the two weather conditions results in precipitation in one form or another. When the precipitation falls as rain but meets a cold layer of air, it turns to sleet. Then, when it hits the ground, it turns into ice. The National Weather Service warned early Friday that Americans in many parts of the country can expect travel problems over the next few days due to ice-covered, very treacherous roads.

Sleet and ice is bad enough but with this big weather system also comes some very frigid temperatures. Temps in the mid section of the country and western US will be from 10 to 30 degrees below normal for several days. Some areas in the northern Plains states will not see temperatures rise above the zero mark this weekend and into early next week.

Numerous bridges and overpasses had iced over early Friday morning in the Dallas-Forth Worth area. Forecasters there predicted up to ½ inch of ice will be on the ground by lunchtime. Portions of Dallas have already experienced power outages as of late Thursday. Several school districts in the Dallas area called off classes for Friday and have canceled events scheduled for Saturday. The governor of Texas issued an emergency proclamation Thursday night which will allow military personnel along with vehicles in Sherman and Wichita Falls to assist and rescue stranded motorists. Over 250,000 Oncor Energy customers were left in the dark Thursday night in Texas stretching from the northwestern part of the state south to the city of Austin.