Restoration: Detect Water Leaks, Dry Floods, & Contain Dust in San Diego

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Detecting water damage in homes can be frustrating for homeowners. Sometimes it is an issue where a pipe was placed into a slab when a home was built and a rupture happens and causes a slow or sudden flood of water from seemingly nowhere. Other times it can be a slow or fast leak around a shower supply line or drain line around the bottom and percolating to the perimeter. Water is going to seek the path of least resistance. Therefore, many times water appears in areas that don’t make common … [Read more...]

How to Detect Water Moisture in a House

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This video overviews the use of different water moisture detection meters that we use for finding, locating, and removing moisture & harmful contaminants from homes. Some example areas that can be detected with these meters but may not be seen by the naked-eye are: Wet ceiling drywall / insulation Soaked carpet Slowly moving water under walls and partitions Crawlspace flooding and high humidity Water behind walls and ceilings Source of water intrusion from a pipe or exterior … [Read more...]

Emergency Tips: What to do after a flood.

As a homeowner, experiencing a flood can be a scary and intimidating experience. If your property is experiencing the effects of a flood you can feel helpless against its damaging powers. After a flood, act quickly to minimize the long term damages and begin the road to recovery. Follow these emergency flood tips to bounce back quicker after your home has experienced a flood. Beware of Hazards Before beginning to clean up it is important to ensure that their are no potentially dangerous … [Read more...]

Dirty air ducts.

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Why you should get your home air ducts cleaned There are many reasons why it is important to have your air ducts cleaned. The air that is is flowing through all of our homes is said to be dirtier and full of more allergens and pollutants than the air outside. It is a good idea to have the ducts that carry the air through our homes cleaned regularly to ensure the health of everyone breathing the air inside the home. Let's take a look at some of the reasons why a homeowner would choose to have … [Read more...]

House Fires: The Most Common Causes and Circumstances.

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One of the most unfortunate events that can happen to a family. House fires can destroy personal belongings, leave families homeless, and can cost thousands of dollars. They can be avoided if you make yourself and your family aware of what causes house fires and how they can be avoided. Kitchen Most house fires actually start in the kitchen, as that is where many flammable appliances are. You have everything from the oven to the stove, and even smaller appliances like microwaves. Kitchen … [Read more...]

Moisture meters for home inspectors

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Moisture meters for home inspectors are crucial. Your prospective new home has the right paint job and new carpeting, but hidden problems may exist in the structure. Using a home inspector is critical before you purchase a home.  Specialized inspectors look through the entire home, from attic to basement, and check for any structural or utility problems. Moisture within  walls or structural wood is cause for concern, but only a quality moisture meter detects these problems. Proper Tools A … [Read more...]

Remove Bad Odor from Flooded Carpet & Drywall

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The cause of bad odor from flooded carpet and drywall is just that: wetness from the flood. Over a short period of time microbial activity increases and they release odors associated with their life processes. If addressed quickly, the odor is just that: odor and not harmful. To remove the odor the standing water and trapped water in all components that are porous need to be dried. Carpet with bad odor, drywall with bad odor, and padding with bad odor are notorious for soaking up water and … [Read more...]

Flooded Building: Drying While Saving Flooded Carpet & Drywall

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In this video and associated photos you will see how to dryout a flooded building with a flooded carpet odor without removing the carpeting and drywall. We overview the equipment used, the type of moisture meters used, the minor repairs done for the drywall & texturing & baseboard, and the carpet cleaning. We do work much differently than the large, non-personal, non-customer service oriented franchises like Service Master and Servpro. First of all, we start with removing the water … [Read more...]

5 Steps to Help You Avoid a Kitchen Fire

A kitchen fire is one of the most preventable home disasters that can occur; however, that fact makes a home fire no less devastating. It only takes a few fairly simple, preventative measures to avoid a kitchen fire and any associated fire damage. 1. Install a smoke detector and make sure it is always in proper working order. A smoke detector offers the first signal that there is a problem in the home. While the detector does not have to be in the kitchen (and should not be to avoid false … [Read more...]

Make Your Home Green and Consume Less Energy

There are a myriad of inexpensive ways to green your home, and as a result, be earth friendly. All that's required to be the proud owner of a green home is the will and some good direction. Appliance Efficiency Appliances account for about 33 percent of the energy use in the average home. In a green home, they account for less and/or are run off renewable resources. Whether it's your refrigerator/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher or household electronics, the best way to save energy is … [Read more...]