How to Spot a Water Leak

Dripping faucets and showerheads waste money, but it’s those other types of leaks – such as those from pipes, windows and the roof – that can damage your home, encourage mold growth and even cause a flood. Fortunately, spotting a leak is fairly easy, as long as you employ the right techniques and know where…

Know Your Property in Case of Heavy Rains

Water runoff during heavy rains and flash floods can damage your home if not properly directed away from the foundation.  Misguided irrigation, poor drainage, and uncontrolled runoff are primary reasons for water damage following heavy rains. Even if your home itself is built on a hill, your lawn may still suffer if the yard has…

Flood Insurance: A Good Investment

Flood Insurance is a good investment for property owners and renters. A Flood Insurance Policy: ♦ Covers almost all flooding conditions. ♦ Cannot be denied because of a structure’s location in a floodplain or its flood history. Will provide up to $500 to cover the cost of moving your possessions to higher ground – including…

Cleaning Mold, Mildew and Bacteria

Mold, mildew and bacteria are common following floods and other water damage. If unchecked they can lead to sanitation and health problems. The walls, floors, closets, shelves, contents-every flooded part of your house-should be thoroughly washed and disinfected. In most cases, household cleaning products will do the job if you use them correctly. Check the…

Selecting a Contractor

Finding a good contractor to handle difficult repair jobs or to rebuild is essential. Here are some tips to help. Sleuthing If you have been satisfied with work done before by a local licensed contractor, use that firm. If you haven’t used a contractor before, or if you were unhappy with a previous experience, you…

Water-Resistant Building Materials

Marine plywood The most water-resistant plywood; it can be used for floor and exterior-wall sheathing. Exterior-grade plywood Meant to resist low-level moisture, humidity. Not for water saturation conditions. Greenboard Manufacturers do not consider greenboard (moisture-resistant dry wall) to be a flood-proofing material. It can be submerged for several hours without extensive deterioration and it is…