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What Should I Do After a Hurricane?

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The peak of hurricane season every year starts in mid-August and ends in late October. When you live in Maryland, you’re all too familiar with the sudden rains, flooding and winds that can come along with the fall months. If a hurricane hits and affects your home, it’s important that you know how to proceed in the aftermath. Prevent Further Risks If you were evacuated for the hurricane, you should wait to return to your home until local officials have indicated it is safe to do so. Stay away from any power lines that are loose or hanging, and report them to your power company right away. If your home has water around the base of it when you approach, you should not enter, as it is unsafe to do so. You should also check for any structural damage indicators like holes, warping or cracks in the foundation. If you do not feel safe entering your home, do not do so. Keep Track of the Evidence Documentation is vital when flooding occurred during a hurricane. Thorough documentation is essential. What does thorough mean? Not just taking a picture of your living room, but taking photos of each book on the shelf that was damaged, every electronic that is unusable and more. Your insurance company will want to see a great deal of evidence to determine if you will receive reimbursement and how much you will get. If you take out items or water before you document the scene, you could lower your chances of recovering enough from the insurance company to afford replacement and repairs for what was lost. Protect Yourself Don’t assume that the water in your home is clean. Instead, you should assume the opposite. Water that looks clean can be contaminated by debris, sewage and chemicals. The […]

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The Best Ways to Prepare Your Home for Hurricane Season

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In Maryland, hurricane season is here. With storms approaching quickly and storm paths constantly shifting, being prepared is essential. Don’t let yourself get caught off guard by a dangerous storm and prepare your home now for the hurricanes ahead. Protect the Outside of Your Home Hurricanes bring torrential downpours and plenty of wind along with them. When preparing the outside of your home, you should: Clean out and repair your gutters so that water can drain Move outdoor furniture and toys into a secure shed or your basement Use hurricane straps or clips to secure the roof of your home more firmly to the base of your house Close your storm shutters Touch up caulk around doors and windows if it is worn to keep moisture out of your home Check your carports, decks, porches and sheds to ensure that they are structurally sound and attached firmly to your home or the ground Test your drains and sump pumps to ensure that water is draining properly Examine Your Landscape Many of the most dangerous projectiles during a storm can come from your own backyard. Before a hurricane arrives, you should trim shrubs and trees to reduce the chance of falling limbs. If you have time, you should also assess the trees in your yard to check for any dead, dying or diseased branches and remove them. If you have small trees and shrubs, tie them down to the yard to prevent uprooting. Review Your Insurance Many homeowners don’t realize that they lack flood or wind coverage until they are filing a claim and it’s far too late. Every time a storm is headed your way, you should take the time to review your insurance policies and adjust them if needed. It’s better to know exactly what is covered before the […]

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What to Do if Your Sump Pump Fails

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If you live in the Maryland area, you’re probably used to periods of intense rain, quick summer thunderstorms and the occasional hurricane. Whenever your home and landscape are forced to deal with a great deal of rain in a short period of time, flooding and other problems can occur. What should you do if your sump pump fails when you need it the most? Stay Calm and Call a Plumber It’s hard to stay calm when your basement is flooding, but it’s important to keep a cool head and place a call to a local plumber. A licensed plumber can evaluate your sump pump, make a recommendation or repair and get things running again. If other homes in your area are experiencing the same thing, you might be in for a long wait. The second call that you should make, even if the plumber can’t come for several days, is to a water remediation company like Flood Department. If the water has stopped and the amount of water in your basement is stable, a water remediation company can pump out extra water and take steps to prevent serious water damage and mold growth. Prevent Future Failure Prevention is always better than trying to fix a flooded basement at 2 AM on a weekend. One of the most common problems in Maryland homes is an insufficient sump pump for the amount of rain in the area. You should purchase and install a sump pump that can handle a significant volume of water without breaking. A cheap, inexpensive model is much more likely to fail when you need it. If you can, upgrade your sump pump and install an additional battery-backup sump pump for significant rain events. Another common problem is a sump without a lid. Over time, a hole in the […]

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What Should I Do After a Flood?

Just a few weeks ago, the second tragic flood in two years struck Ellicott City, MD. While the level of flooding that occurred is not easily remediated, smaller floods due to heavy rain have become commonplace in many Maryland homes. What should you do if your home is full of water? Prevent Further Risks If the flood that happened was so severe that you needed to leave your home, you should take care when returning to the property. Check for structural damage like cracks, warping or holes before entering the property. You should also contact your utility provider immediately if you are concerned about damage to water, electric, sewer or gas lines. Turn off all water and electricity supplies to the home to prevent further hazards. Take Photos Before you remove water, you should thoroughly document the damage to your home in photos and videos. Your insurance company will need to see as much evidence as possible to determine what you will receive for the damage. If you remove water or items before you take the time to document everything, you could decrease your insurance coverage and be unable to afford the necessary repairs. Protect You and Your Family Even if the water sitting in your home appears to be clear and clean, there is a high probability that it has been contaminated by sewage, chemicals and debris. Before entering, you should put on waders or waist-high waterproof boots. You should get rid of any perishables that have had contact with the water. You should call a professional water remediation company like Flood Department. Call Your Insurance Company You should notify your insurance company as quickly as you can after a flood occurs. If the entire area around you has been affected as a result of heavy rains, remember that […]

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What to Do if a Pipe Bursts in Your Home

It’s every homeowner’s worst nightmare—coming home only to find flooding from a burst pipe. It is very difficult not to panic, but the steps you take immediately after a pipe bursts will affect whether or not your home suffers a great deal of damage. Stop the Water Flow First, you should immediately turn off the flow of water in your home, even if you are not sure which pipe is broken. You should go to the water main and turn the stop tap. In most cases, this is located under your kitchen sink or wherever the main service pipe is connected to your home. Make sure that every member of your household, young and old, knows where this is located. Once you stop the flood of water, you should drain the pipes. Run cold water through all faucets in your home and flush each toilet at least one time. Turn off your hot water heater. Next, you should return to the faucets and run the hot water until it is all gone. Once the tap water supply inside of the pipes has been depleted, the water will stop flooding into your home. Find the Problem If you aren’t immediately sure which pipe has burst in your home, you should try to locate the pipe. See what damage has been done and call a plumber. Keep in mind that major water pipes will take more money, time and effort to replace because of the number of connections. A small pipe underneath a sink will be more affordable to swap out. The plumber who comes to your home will be able to determine the best course of action and make repairs. Call Professional Water Damage Experts Next, you need to remedy the water damage to your home. Professional water remediation services know […]

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