Preventing Frozen PIpes

Water has a unique property in that it expands as it freezes. This expansion puts tremendous pressure on whatever is containing it, including metal or plastic pipes. No matter the “strength” of a container, expanding water can cause pipes to break. Pipes that freeze most frequently are those that are exposed to severe cold, like […]

Detecting Air Leaks – Part 2

BUILDING PRESSURIZATION TEST If you are having difficulty locating leaks, you may want to conduct a basic building pressurization test to increase infiltration through cracks and leaks, making them easier to detect: Turn off all combustion appliances such as gas burning furnaces and water heaters on a cool, very windy day. Shut all windows, exterior […]

Getting What You Pay For – Part 1

Why do contractors have such varying prices for the same job? Focusing on mold projects, this will be a short four part series to explain the reason that some contractors charge more than others. Let’s say your in the market for an attic to be cleaned due to growth caused by either poor ventilation or […]

Severe Mold Growth

This photo shows a basement where a major water loss occurred when a pipe burst and no one was living in the home to notice until thousands of gallons of water went throughout the home. A contractor was hired to dry out the basement, but only was equipped with 3 fans, when the size of […]

Water Extraction – Part 4

Like tools, instruments also aid the restorative process in making sure the structure is brought to pre-loss conditions.  In this session, we will discuss some of the instruments used in restorative drying. Moisture SensorA Moisture Sensor is the most basic of moisture detection instruments.  It is designed to detect high levels of moisture in the […]

Wall Drying System

I get asked quite often, how can you dry a wall out without cutting it completely open? Sometimes you can dry out walls, in very few instances, without cutting them opened by implementing a wall drying package attached to a fan. The photo displays an injection method, which is tubes being inserted into the walls […]

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 […]

Preparing For A Frozen Pipe

Prevent Your Pipes From Freezing   Disconnect all gardening hoses and install covers on all outside faucets. Keep your house temperature at 68 degrees or higher, even if you’re leaving the house for an extended period of time. Open cabinet doors below sinks to allow heat from the home to circulate. Identify the location of […]