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March
2018

What do you think of when you hear the term “water damage”?

Water damage can be as simple as a kitchen sink or bathtub overfilling and splashing onto the floor below. Or a toilet not flushing properly and overflowing onto the bathroom floor or even going through to the floor below the bathroom if the bathroom is on an upper level of your home. It can also be a little more serious, such as when a broken pipe spews water everywhere in your basement after the water has been turned back on in the springtime. It can be a frozen pipe bursting and filling your basement. It can be a dishwasher or washing machine malfunctioning causing water to sit on floors of your home. It can be rainwater from heavy rains entering your home from the outside and collecting in your basement.

No matter what from source, water damage in your home is bad news. Even the tiniest bit of water can cause all kinds of problems, from pesky odors to more severe problems, such as mold or structural damage to your home. These all result in money out of your pocket and inconvenience for you and your family.

How Can You Prevent Water Damage?

There are three things you can do to help prevent water damage in your home.

• Know the water supply turn-off location. If a pipe breaks and spews water all over, knowing how to turn off the water is important. You have pipes and water supply points all over your home. The one main turn-off location should be on everyone’s mind.

• Repair leaking faucets now. What may be dripping slowly can quickly become a bigger problem soon. And don’t forget those hoses under the sink that feed the dripping faucet. They can burst, too. Look for wet areas under all sinks.

• Change the hoses on your washing machine. Washing machine hoses are pretty cheap to replace but if one of them were to burst, it’s disaster time. These hoses are always under pressure and if they, for some reason, tend to break when you are not at home.

Take proactive measures and prevent a water damage emergency from happening to your home or business!

But when the worst thing happens, such as a water damage in your home, don’t delay. Call your water damage pro today! All Dry Water Damage Experts can be reached 24/7/365 at 303-478-6127. We are here to help you!

For more information on All Dry Water Damage’s water damage services, click here.

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It is everyone’s desire to have the safest, healthiest, home environment for their families. You would do anything to protect your loved ones from exposure to any substance that could be harmful to their health.

One of those feared substances is “mold” and with what you have seen in the news in recent years, exposure to harmful or “toxic” mold has affected the health of countless people — folks just like you.  Mold can lead to serious respiratory problems, and in some severe cases, death.  Pretty scary.

This brings up the all-important question: Just exactly how dangerous is mold in homes?

That’s a tricky question, because there are many types of mold and mold is virtually everywhere. There is probably a little bit in your bathroom right now. Good chance some in your basement. Your shoes when you came home yesterday no doubt brought in a few mold spores. Mold spores can be in any breathable space and can also travel in the air.

When you step outside, you are surrounded by mold. There’s nothing you can do about that. The main concern is usually what’s in the home, not outside, although if you are sensitive to mold you should avoid all damp areas that could promote mold growth, inside and out.

Some people are affected by even the smallest amounts of mold. They may have nasal problems, watery eyes, runny noses, coughing, headaches, and other physical reactions. A smaller segment of the population are very sensitive to exposure to mold, having severe reactions that can be life threatening. Others aren’t affected at all, and can be around and/or exposure to all types of molds with no apparent sensitivities.  There are a wide range of reactions.

The CDC has plenty of information for those concerned with mold in homes. One of the issues they raise is keeping moisture out of homes. “Mold will grow in places with a lot of moisture, such as around leaks in roofs, windows, or pipes, or where there has been flooding,” according to the CDC government website.

There are several actions you can take on the outside of your home to control moisture from entering your home:

  • Clean roof gutters on a regular basis.
  • Repair any roof gutters that are damaged.
  • Prevent water from entering the foundation of your home by examining the ground to ensure it is sloping away from the foundation and not towards.

Several actions you can take on the inside of your home to control moisture:

  • Clean up any type of water spill immediately. Mold can form at a minimum of 24 hours in a moist or wet environment.
  • Wipe up any condensation forming on window sills immediately.
  • Air conditioning drip pans should be cleaned regularly. Put it on your calendar!
  • Indoor humidity is a huge factor in controlling moisture. Ideally indoor humidity should be kept between 30 and 50 percent relative humidity.  A moisture/humidity meter (can be purchased inexpensively at your local Home Depot) can provide this measurement for you.
  • Make sure all appliances that produce moisture (clothes dryer, kerosene heater, stoves) are vented to the outside of your home.
  • Hot showers in enclosed bathrooms can create excess moisture. Turn on the bathroom fan or vent or keep the door or window open.

The issue is twofold if mold is growing in your home. You must clean it up or have it cleaned up, and you must fix the moisture problem. You can do your research on how to fix the problem, but the best solution is, no doubt, getting expert advice from a professional water damage restoration contractor who specializes in mold remediation, such as All Dry Water Damage Experts.  Call the Experts!

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The more quickly you can identify a water problem the less costly any associated damage will become.

When you begin noticing erroneous water collections around the confines of your home, water damage could be paying you an unpleasant visit. Becoming aware of these lingering water collection points is an important step in circumventing the entire problem. However if you can pinpoint the cause of your homes’ water leakage than your bank account will look a little fatter long term.

Common causes of Water Damage:

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April
2016

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When a major storm passes through and when water damage in your home or business is not caught in a timely fashion, the building may suffer losses difficult to repair and may require mold extraction from a professional water damage expert.

First, before entering a building affected by water damage, check for safety.

1. Is the electrical power off?

Standing water mixed with exposed wires or plugged in electrical devices can lead to injury or death due to electrocution.

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During severe weather, so much can go wrong. The most critical being pipes bursting leading to water damage which can ruin carpets and cause damage to your ceilings and walls. Reducing your risk of water damage from a burst pipe is something every property owner should know. Here are three tips for both prevention AND knowing what to do in the case of a burst pipe. These prevention tips can prevent you from experiencing costly water damage restoration service fees.

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April
2016

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When a home or business is affected by floodwaters and the basement of the property is filling up with water, most people understand the dangers involved and call a professional restoration company immediately. However, occasionally the staff at All Dry Water Damage Experts will respond to a call for service where the water damage source is a little less “dramatic” (i.e. an overflowing washing machine, a stopped up toilet, a small amount of water that has entered the home from a leaking roof) causing the property owner to falsely believe they have plenty of time to remediate the situation or that they can easily fix it themselves.

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April
2016

After water damage to your home, it is important to take immediate steps to prevent mold growth. Here are five steps that are recommended from the Healthy House Initiative (HHI) and The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, Restoration and Certification (IICRC) and are considered best practices for preventing mold growth.

Step One: After eliminating any safety hazards to the property (i.e., electrical, gas, structural), assess physical damage to the building and contents. The general rule of thumb is that everything below the water line gets thrown out and everything above the water line should be inspected for discoloration, odor and damage.

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Opening your home’s door to discover a pipe has busted or the dishwasher went haywire is never a desirable thing to see. Fortunately All Dry Water Damage Experts have certified professional water damage restoration technicians who can turn your once flooded home back to its original warm, loving atmosphere. How our water damage professionals accomplish such a feat is outlined below.

Step1: Inspection and Damage Assessment – Beginning with a detailed inspection, an All Dry Water Damage Expert will identify and stop the water source from its continuous flooding. After checking the water for contamination and identifying the water type, all property furniture will be moved and/or blocked to prevent rust and furniture stains occurring on the wet carpet.

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April
2016

With winter quickly approaching, the days are running out in Colorado to make sure your property is protected from the freezing elements coming our way. All Dry Water Damage Experts would like to provide you with ten professional tips for making sure your property is protected.

1. Insulate Pipes. The most important step to take in avoiding burst pipes and possible water damage and flooding to your home is to insulate any exposed pipes running along walls or in unheated areas, such as basements or crawl spaces. Pipe insulation can be found at most hardware stores and can be cut to fit the length of different size pipes, wrapped around the pipes, and secured with duct tape if needed.

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Brrr! The extreme weather that was predicted by the weather experts swooped in on Colorado earlier this week. The staff at All Dry Water Damage Experts hopes everyone here in Denver took the necessary preventative measures to prevent water and flood damage such as draining water from swimming pools, getting water sprinkler supply lines blown out, removing and storing all outdoor hoses, insulating pipes in unheated areas (i.e., basements, crawl spaces, garages, and attics), closing inside valves that supply outdoor hose bibs, and opening outside hose bibs allowing any remaining water to drain.

Unfortunately, with the speed at which this freeze hit Denver we know there will be some citizens that will be confronted with frozen pipes. The first sign that your pipes are frozen will be turning on a faucet and having reduced or zero flow of water. This will be more likely to happen in the areas where water service enters your home or where pipes are against exterior walls. It is very important to take the following steps to thaw frozen pipes immediately as burst pipes can lead to costly water damage and flooding to your home:

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