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After owning the same house for more than 20 years, it came time to decide whether to sell the home or fix it up. And after weeks of contemplation, I realized that I just was not ready to close the door on all the memories held in the home. But I also didn't want to live in a shabby old house anymore. So, I decided to do get involved with some restoration projects – the kitchen, bathrooms, and living room were all updated, as well as the roof. I also redesigned the entire property's landscape to give it a brand new look. Now that everything is complete, I miss the process! So, I thought I would relive some of my favorite projects by sharing ideas, tips, and tricks for renovation that might interest you. Hopefully you'll find the things I have to share inspiring and encouraging.

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Three Steps For Dealing With Water Damage

by Jonathan Lucas

When your home has been affected by a heavy storm or flood, you don't have time to wait around and decide how to pick up the pieces. Action is the name of the game in terms of water damage restoration, so understanding ahead of time how to proceed will save you a lot of time, energy and money in the case of water damage to your carpets and furniture. Follow the steps below so that you can respond appropriately and efficiently. 

Step #1: Get In Touch With Your Insurance

Your very first step should be to get on the phone with your insurance company to ensure that the expenses for picking up the pieces will be covered. You pay your hard earned money to keep your policy current, so it's important to take full advantage of the benefits when disaster strikes. According to statistics, water damage incidents rank number two in terms of types of claims filed every year, causing some $5 billion in damages. You should keep a copy of your insurance policy handy in both digital or hard copy form, so you can retrieve it and have the policy number available once you're ready to call. Begin getting photo and video evidence of the damage around your home, and keep an ongoing log so that you're moving forward with the best information. 

If any mold remediation or water damage restoration services aren't included in your homeowners insurance, be sure to update your policy. Floods, hurricanes, utility malfunctions and bad storms can happen any time, so you need to make sure you won't have to pay out of pocket for water damage restoration or mold remediation. 

Step #2: Hire The Right Water Damage Restoration Company

Next, get in touch with a reputable water damage restoration company. The insurance provider may point you in the direction of a company during your phone conversation. Otherwise, get in touch with a company that will directly bill the insurance agency. Get a number of quotes from contractors, so you'll receive the best prices and service. The service of a water damage contractor will typically range between $32 and $48. The cost to fix water damage on about a 120 square foot surface will cost between approximately $1,300 and $1,600. 

Step #3: Start Your Own Cleaning Work

While you're waiting for the water damage restoration experts to arrive, it's time to take the situation into your own hands to keep any future damages to a minimum. The longer water seeps into your carpets and floors, the greater the chance of irreparable stains, mold and wood damage setting in. Turn off your power by flipping the switches on your circuit breakers. Do the same with your water by shutting off the valve. Clean up any loose water with towels and by mopping so that you keep your house as safe as possible until the water damage restoration experts arrive. Taking the proper steps in cleaning will minimize the chance of mold development, which in itself can pose a serious health hazard to yourself and your family. Water damage restoration experts can also provide mold remediation, so all is not lost if you're already experiencing these types of damage.

By following these three steps, you'll be well ahead of the curve and will be ready to take action without hesitation. Contact a service like All Care for more information.

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