Top Five Things You Need to Do To Get Ready for Monsoon Season

July 1, 2019

If you’ve been a resident of Arizona for at least a few years, you are familiar with the infamous monsoon season. It runs from June 15th to September 30th and brings with it the possibility of late afternoon-early evening thunderstorms. It’s a unique weather cycle driven by the hot Arizona temperatures. As a homeowner, the most important thing you can do as monsoon season nears is to get your house ready for it. Consider five things you should do each year before the monsoons hit. 1. Get Your Roof Checked and Repaired It’s the number one mistake people make this time of year. A roof that is not in perfect shape is vulnerable to leaks and structural damage. Now’s the time to give the roof a professional tune-up. Fixing the little things each season reduces the risk of roof and foundation damage when a storm hits. 2. Gutters Get gutters … Continued

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Building Materials that Stand up to Moisture

June 15, 2019

Water, humidity and moisture are the enemies of home construction. Even a little bit of water, from a flood, a leaky roof or the aftermath of a fire, can lead to mold, mildew and rot. While you can’t build a house that will be impervious to water damage, there are building materials that can withstand flooding without suffering a lot of damage. If you live in an area that is prone to flooding or storms, this might be something to consider before you build your new home or addition. Below are a few such materials, you’ll want to consider: Building materials that stand up to moisture Concrete. Concrete can be used for a variety of building purposes, from walls to floors to kitchen counters. Non-porous stone, such as slate or cast stone. These materials, used with waterproof mortar can be used as flooring or countertops. Ceramic tile. Good for kitchens, … Continued

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Mold and Its Effects on Your Health

June 1, 2019

Today’s world seems to offer us a limitless variety of new environmental toxins and irritants that can make us sick. But one old nemesis, mold, has been with us for as long as homes have harbored moisture. Let’s take a look at how this common household problem can wreak havoc on your health — and when you need to leave mold removal to the professionals. What Is Mold? Mold is a type of fungus made up of yeasts. These yeasts accumulate into thread-shaped assemblies which may grow until they take over large areas of a floor, wall, or other surface. Mold requires moisture in order to thrive, so it tends to grow on damp areas of a home. You may recognize a mold problem, if it’s hidden from view under floorboards or inside air conditioning ducts, by the presence of a mildewy or musty smell. Mold and Its Effects on … Continued

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How to Restore Your Precious Photos After a Flood

May 15, 2019

One of the saddest things about the aftermath of a flood is seeing your precious and irreplaceable photos lying in a pool of water. A couch or a dining room table can be dried out or repurchased, but nothing can re-capture those special moments with your friends and family. The good news is that your wedding, vacation, family and other photos can be restored in most cases, if you act quickly. Steps for restoring and fixing your photos 1. Don’t delay. The longer you wait, the less likely you’ll be able to restore your photos. You want to begin working on your photos before they have a chance to dry out and stick together. Peeling them apart after they’ve dried will often damage the face of the photos. Ideally, your photos shouldn’t stay wet for more than two or three days. 2. Rinse the photos in cold, clear water. Begin … Continued

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What is the Process of Foundation Repair?

May 1, 2019

The foundation of your home is what keeps it standing. What happens when your foundation is badly damaged? Recovering after a disaster or other problem can be difficult, knowing a bit about the repair process may make it easier. Here is the basic process of foundation repair. Why Your Foundation Might need Repair There are a million different reasons your foundation might need to be repaired. Maybe your home has been through an earthquake, maybe it has been through a fire, maybe there is a sinkhole in your yard, maybe there has been a flood; there is no end to the possible situations that may have caused a need for repair. Since foundation repair is exceedingly common, learning about the process may be beneficial to you. In most cases, a major structural event is what causes the need for foundation repair. Perhaps you noticed that your home started sinking after … Continued

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Prepping Your Arizona Vacation Home to Prevent Flooding

April 15, 2019

Tips for Snowbirds – An End of Winter Checklist There are many benefits to spending the winter in Arizona. But when it comes to getting your vacation home ready for your summer escape, it is important to be proactive instead of reactive. Here are a few tips for snowbirds to prevent water damage while they are away for the warm season. Trim Back Trees The desert monsoons include notoriously brutal wind, and a fallen tree limb can easily cause roofing damage. In some cases, this damage then leads to flooding on the inside of the home due to the accompanying intense summer rains. Help keep this type of severe issue at bay by trimming back foliage ahead of time or hiring a professional landscaping company to monitor the situation throughout your time away. Check Doors and Windows Another important thing to check before you leave is the weather stripping on … Continued

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Can Black Mold Kill You? Tips for Keeping Your Family Safe

April 1, 2019

Every year, thousands of people are sickened by a hidden hazard lurking in their homes: black mold. While there are many misconceptions floating around the internet about how hazardous this substance actually is, the fact of the matter is that it can still cause serious health consequences. Here are a few tips for keeping your family safe from black mold. Can Black Mold Kill You? What You Need to Know In small amounts, toxic black mold (stachybotrys chrtarum) isn’t dangerous. However, it can easily adhere to surfaces in your home, like carpet and drywall, and release spores into the air. These spores can then create health issues with consequences ranging from a mild allergy to significant illness. Typical health issues associated with mold in your home include shortness of breath, runny nose, allergies, and more. Those with a weakened immune system—such as infants and seniors—might experience much more serious effects. … Continued

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Removing Smoke Odors with Vinegar

March 15, 2019

Cleaning Up Smoke Damage, Professionals vs At Home Methods After a fire one of the most common issues that people deal with is smoke damage and the pervasive smell of smoke in their clothes, their belongings, and even in the house itself. Using home remedies like vinegar to remove smoke odor may work on a small scale, but when it comes to cleaning the entire home of a smoke smell, a professional company is going to be the best bet. Using Vinegar to Remove Smoke Odor White vinegar is a great way to clean smoke damaged clothes and to get rid of the odor without your having to throw them out. You can add vinegar to your wash and it will help neutralize odor. Vinegar can also be used to wipe down surfaces and neutralize the smell of smoke on hard surfaces. Another way to use it is to leave … Continued

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What to Do After a Fire

March 1, 2019

What Type of Restorative Services are Involved in Cleaning Up Fire Damage? After a fire, odds are your head is reeling and you really are not sure what direction to go in. That being said, the first step you should take is finding a reliable fire restoration contractor. Contractors are not only going to have the tools needed for restoration and recovery, but they are also going to have know-how and experience that you may not have yourself. Your fire restoration contractors will be able to help you determine what steps to take next and what services you may need to recover. Types of Restoration You Might Need After a Fire Fire Damage The first type of damage you will likely face is the fire damage itself. In most cases, items that are severely damaged by fire are better thrown out and replaced than trying to salvage them. A good … Continued

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How to Clean Your Furniture after a Fire

February 15, 2019

While many furniture pieces can be replaced with insurance money after a fire or other disaster, family heirlooms and unique items that you’ve collected over the years have special meaning and are worth a little time and effort to try to keep them.  Many furniture items, such as wood tables, chests and chairs, are good candidates for restoration after a fire. Soot and water from the fire department’s efforts to extinguish the fire are the biggest causes of damage after a fire. Fortunately, in many cases, these pieces can be cleaned up to (almost new) condition.  1. Act quickly. The quicker you act after the fire, the greater your success rate at restoring your furniture. That’s because soot, combustion byproducts and water will continue to seep into porous wood after exposure. Removing these elements quickly is important to curbing any further damage. In addition, avoid unnecessary handling until you are … Continued

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