Water mitigation is the process of preventing or reversing damage caused by water in a building. When my house flooded, the insurance company sent out their preferred water mitigation company. Sadly they failed to follow the standard steps used to dry out a house quickly, resulting in mold! Here’s what my house looked like when … Read More
Are You Ready for a Home Emergency?
Owning a house is a big responsibility. You've got fixed expenses like a mortgage plus maintenance and repairs. Maybe you're saving for a new kitchen, roof and yes, the unexpected things you can't control ... what we call home emergencies. That's why it's important to set aside money in an emergency fund.
Types of Home Emergencies
Emergencies refer to problems with your house that need to be fixed immediately. If you can't complete the all the repairs, you should use a temporary solution to prevent further damage.
- Weather emergencies do the most damage. Hurricanes, tornadoes and flooding are in the news ... and one day, one of these severe storms might reach your house.
- Water related emergencies can cause mold that affects the health of your family. From burst pipes to a hot water heater exploding, large amounts of water can ruin building materials and home furnishings.
- Power outages happen so learn how to prepare, to reduce the impact. In areas where outages are frequent, many homeowners buy a generator to see them through.
- Fires happen so it's wise to prepare for them. Fire extinguishers work for small fires. Your family should practice fire safety and evacuation procedures every year.
Experience in residential construction, maintenance and repairs hasn’t made negotiating the mold remediation process any easier. It reminds me how challenging home repairs are for most homeowners. Now I’m in the same position, having to learn about the mold remediation process including who does what, and in what sequence. Maybe knowing more than the average … Read More
Most water leaks in your home won’t cause this much flooding. Trust me, you never want to deal with this situation. As I’m living through a flooded house right now, I can definitely say it’s not fun. But there’s a lot we can learn by understanding the water damage repair steps you go through to … Read More
Most of the time your artwork is hung on walls or placed on shelves. My challenge was dealing with water damaged art that was sitting on the floor in several inches of water. That’s typical when you’re moving into a new house. When unpacking, I placed things in the room where I thought they’d go. … Read More
While dealing with the insurance company, it’s also time to find a mold remediation company. We found mold after removing the cabinets because they put out lots of fans but never removed cabinet doors/drawers (read How to Dry Out Kitchen Cabinets). With no prior experience involving mold remediation, this is a perfect opportunity to share … Read More
With a flooded house you’ve got to get rid of the water first, then prop up furniture so it can dry out. Then it’s time to find and dry wet and soggy things that oops, got wet because they were sitting on the floor. You have to do this in the first day or two, … Read More
There are many reasons for water damage inside our homes. Water leaks come from leaking showers, tubs, toilets, sinks and faucets, appliances, your hot water heater and sometimes a water pipe. 14,000 people in the US experience one of these water leaks every day so it’s important to know how to dry out kitchen cabinets … Read More
It’s never easy talking to your insurance company. During an emergency you’re under lots of stress. You’re at a disadvantage not knowing their process. You likely have limited/no experience with the problems you’re facing. But you’ve got to take action and fast so … The only number in my phone was my insurance agent. I … Read More
Have you ever read your homeowner insurance policy? The declaration page that summarizes your coverage? The truth is we (myself included) don’t have a clue what insurance coverage is real until we have an emergency. My house flooded and it’s been more than four weeks with no support for additional living expenses, called loss of … Read More
Hopefully the only fire you’ll ever see in your home is one you start in your fireplace. But sadly the fire statistics in the US remind us that we need to stay focused on fire safety tips to keep you, your family and your home enjoying the lifestyle you’ve worked so hard to achieve. There’s … Read More