Flood vs. Water Damage

Many people who experience a water loss never know what’s covered until it’s too late.  Many are completely unaware that water damage losses are completely different than flood losses. There basically are two insurance policies that deal with a homeowner’s damage due to water — a flood insurance policy and a homeowners insurance policy. Losses […]

When Water Restoration Companies Cheat

On a recent inspection to a home in Broomall Pennsylvania, I was asked to look at a property that had a major water loss. The restoration was done by a franchise competitor of ours, but the owners had concerns which weren’t answered by the company their insurance adjuster urged them to use. Water Damage Restoration […]

Ways To Prevent A Sewer Back Up

While floods are probably best known for causing extensive water damage to homes and businesses, they can also cause sewage from sanitary sewer lines to back up into houses through drain pipes. These backups not only cause damage that is difficult and expensive to repair, but also create health hazards.  Avoiding such losses can be […]

Buckled Floors

What does hardwood floors look like after a water loss? It is a question we get quite often, so here’s a picture of a water loss on the second floor of a home which destroyed most of the flooring. The hardwood in this photo is beyond any sanding and had to be removed.

Mold & Landlords

Even if your state or city doesn’t have specific mold laws, your landlord may still be liable for a mold problem in your rental. Here’s an overview of the issues. To learn more about the landlord’s duty to repair, see the Nolo section Repairs and Maintenance, which includes articles on getting your landlord to make […]

Untitled

    Even though we’re still in the midst of a brutal winter, preparing yourself for spring maintenance is essential.  This winter has most likely caused some damage to your home, and below is a checklist of some of the items you should be doing.  Remember to always to be safe and consult a contractor for […]

Carpet Cleaning

This photos shows a carpet being cleaned after a water loss occurred in the property. The padding was removed and replaced and the carpets were dried and now cleaned using a hot water and chemical method. Notice the difference from right to left.