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5 Signs That You Have a Sewage Leak

Sewage Leak

A broken or damaged sewer line is one of the last things any homeowner wants to deal with. Whether it’s old sewer pipes pushed past the breaking point or tree root intrusion forcing damage, a sewage leak should be taken care of as quickly as possible for the health and safety of your family. What are some of the tell-tale signs of a sewage leak? 5 Signs That You Have a Sewage Leak What’s that smell? One of the first signs of trouble that most homeowners notice is the distinct odor of sewage. Sewer gas can occasionally end up in or around your home for other reasons, like a dried-out drain, but an overwhelming sewage scent is a strong indication of a sewage leak, backup or broken line. Is your toilet making noises? A strange noise coming from your toilet is usually not a good sign. If your toilet is making a gurgling or bubbling sound after you flush, it’s a sign that a sewer line might be broken. Because gurgling is the sound of air being briefly trapped and pushed out again, it could mean that air is being introduced into your sewer line. Does your home have a lingering mold issue? Mold growth is another sign of a potential sewage leak. Some molds only need humidity levels slightly above 55% to start growing and flourish. A single cracked or leaking sewer pipe behind a wall can lead to high humidity levels that turn into a mold problem. How quickly are your toilet, bathtub and sink draining? A slow drain could indicate a sewage backup. If your bathtub, sink and toilet are still draining slowly despite attempts to clear the line and removing any hair from the drain, you could be dealing with cracks, channeling or tree root intrusion […]

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Could Your Humidifier Be Causing Water Damage?

Humidifier

As temperatures continue to plummet, many homeowners are kicking on humidifiers to add moisture to the air and prevent dry skin and sinuses. However, humidifiers can do more harm than good. A humidifier that is set too high might be helpful for your eyes and throat, but incredibly harmful for your home. Why Do People Use Humidifiers? Winter air is notoriously dry, and it can lead to a wide range of health effects and general discomfort. Adding moisture back into the air can help you to sleep better, prevent nosebleeds and make a home feel warmer without kicking on the furnace. High Humidity Levels Cause Damage Every home should maintain a consistent level of humidity throughout the year, whether it’s 85% humidity outside in the summer or icy cold in the winter. The Environmental Protection Agency suggests that the level should stay between 30-50%. Also, remember that everyday life adds moisture to the air without a humidifier. Things like cooking, washing dishes, taking a shower and doing laundry all add moisture into the air. When levels are too high, mold and dust mites will thrive. These problems can lead to an uptick in household allergens and asthma-like symptoms. High levels of humidity can also lead to: Condensation on windows Mildew and mold growth in the bathroom Water stains on ceilings and walls Mold growth in corners of damp areas, like the kitchen or bathroom Peeling, blistering or cracking paint Attic Condensation Is a Real Problem If your ceiling is not properly insulated, the warm and damp air generated by a humidifier will rise to the attic. On the underside of the roof, the water in the air will turn into condensation as it meets the freezing outside air. Because the moisture can’t escape, the condensation will freeze and accumulate underneath […]

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The Signs of Mold in Your Home

Signs of Mold

You’re suddenly sneezing when your seasonal allergies aren’t acting up, there’s a musty smell in the air and there might be a spot of mildew in your shower. What are all of these signs telling you? There might be a mold problem in your home. Catching mold early is essential to successful remediation, so keep your eyes peeled for these signs of mold in your home. The Warning Signs of Mold in Your Home Allergy-like symptoms including sneezing, itchy eyes, runny nose or persistent congestion Cold or flu-like symptoms that improve when you are not at home A musty scent that lingers in your home Visible mildew growth, regardless of what color it is and where it is located Water leaks, which often mean that there is mold growth near the site of the leak Visible water damage, which indicates that water lingered in an area and potentially allowed mold to take root Condensation on the inside of your windows that can indicate high humidity levels and a build-up of moisture Serious physical and neurological symptoms including difficulty concentrating, headaches, a short attention span, dizziness and memory loss If You Think You Have a Problem What can you do if you have one or more of the warning signs listed above? Start by hiring a professional, like Flood Department, to test your home. It’s better to hire someone for testing you discover is unnecessary than to wait until mildew has grown in your home and you need to undertake major remediation efforts. The cost of testing is much less than the cost of tearing up walls and starting from scratch. If your test is positive, it doesn’t mean you need to panic! Most homes have a small amount of mildew present in high-moisture areas like the bathroom or the kitchen. […]

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