Water and Drywall… Create Damage

What is Drywall?

Drywall is a specialized panel board made of gypsum plaster that is pressed between two thick sheets of paper, and it is very popular in most homes. Drywall can also be called plasterboard, wallboard, gypsum board, or sheetrock. When drywall is made, the plaster is mixed with materials such as starch, fiber, plasticizer, foaming agent, and can include mold or fire resistant materials.

Drywall and Rain = Water Damage

Drywall is especially vulnerable to water exposure and  it can become distressing when damaged. Unfortunately, drywall is similar to paper when it becomes wet; when affected by water, it stains, swells, and disintegrates. It can be strengthened against water with covalent waterproofing, but if the waterproofing is damaged, then the wall will eventually be damaged as well. Situations can include entire ceilings falling down from the weight of accumulated water. This can also cause other damage such as Mold.  Mold is not much of a worry when it comes to the gypsum material, however mold can have supported growth in the paper backing. Specific boards, called greenboards or cement boards, can be used in specific rooms, that usually have high moisture, such as kitchens, bathrooms, or laundry rooms.

Prevent Leaks Before They Begin

Take precautions before the rain comes; free your gutter of all debris so the rain can flow off of your roof instead of backing up on it. Inspect for leaks before they get the chance to create extensive damage. After water damages have been repaired, a professional can stabilize drywall for future protection.

Restoring Drywall After Water Damage

Here at ServiceMaster, we can professionally remove water and restore your walls to their original condition. The basic idea of drywall restoration is to locate the water damaged area, cut out the wet drywall, and point a fan directly at the affected area to remove any excess moisture. This will be done until all structure is 100% dry. Then the new replacement drywall can be put back in place. We can do these steps for you to save you time and a possible excess amount of money on extensive repairs.

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Not sure what to do when you have Water, Smoke or Fire Damage??

Here is a checklist of what you should do……..

  • Immediately report water, fire, trauma, mold, soot damage to your insurance agent.
  • Call a certified restoration company to secure your property and to mitigate damages.  Your insurance company may provide names and phone numbers of referrals. You are not obligated to use a specific company. ServiceMaster Restore is a full service restoration company; from the initial clean-up to the re-construction process.
  • Document damage with photographs and a list of affected items.
  • Be cautious of the possible contaminants in the affected environment and contents.
  • Turn off any electrical items that may be in or near the affected area.
  • Do not allow children, pets or elderly in the affected areas.
  • Keep your doors and windows closed.
  • Do not attempt to clean soot, smoke, and sewer damaged areas with any liquid. Your cleaning could set the soot or contaminant and cause additional damage.
  • Do not touch items without gloves. Oils in your hands can permanently set soot causing irreversible damage.
  • Do not enter the affected areas. Make sure children and pets do not enter the affected areas.
  • Wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment when on the scene and during repair process. The air can be contaminated, debris may be throughout the premises and overhead dangers may be present.
  • Once we come out and start the mitigation process, we will work with you on assessing damages to your structure as well as your contents.
  • Notify your ServiceMaster Restore® representative immediately of any concerns with items of high sentimental or real value.  The rate of survival of items that receive immediate restoration attention can be much higher.
  • ServiceMaster Restore® will, if needed, install equipment to dry-out the water affected structure.
  • Do not turn off or move equipment without contacting ServiceMaster Restore® as well as any power failure issues.

ServiceMaster Restore is committed to Restoring Your Peace of Mind !

 

Driveways and sidewalks need periodic maintenance, too.

• Remove any grass or weeds that are encroaching or growing in cracks on the driveway or sidewalk.

• Continue this by giving a thorough cleaning with a pressure washer or the high stream setting on your garden hose to remove dirt and grime.

• Once your driveway or sidewalk has dried, patch any cracks or holes in concrete surfaces with a concrete resurfacer.

• If needed, asphalt drives can be restored by applying a coat of latex asphalt sealer to make them look good as new.

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A Summer Happy Roof !

Your home’s roof protects you, your family, and your entire house from nature’s elements. A roof requires regular care and maintenance in order to function properly and protect you for as long as possible. Of course, wear and tear is inevitable, all roofs wear out eventually.  Which means you should inspect it at least twice a year and after heavy winds and rain.  Some signs that your roof needs replaced are obvious, like water leaking through your ceiling.  Others are not as apparent and require a more thorough inspection to diagnose. Here are some telltale warning signs that you should look for.

Curling or Cupping Shingles

Curling is a common issue with roof shingles, some causes include: improper shingle storage or faulty shingles prior to installation, incorrect installation, excessively dry asphalt shingle bases, poor quality materials, or just natural wear. When shingles curl, they are no longer able to keep water from seeping through your roof, which could potentially cause serious structural damage.  It is also a good idea to check your roof shingles after extreme temperature changes.

Missing Shingles

Shingles can only protect your roof if they are all intact. Missing shingles create convenient openings, through which water can enter your home. Shingles can be pulled off your roof by strong winds or falling tree branches and can also be broken by repeated freezing and thawing. However, take special note if your shingles come off without any real provocation – if this happens they are definitely worn out and need replaced before causing damage.

Damaged Flashing

Flashing is a layer of metal sheeting, usually made from copper, tin, or aluminum, installed at an angle or joint in your roof, which prevents water from breaching the roof. The most common place to find flashing is around your chimney or sewer vent pipe.

Asphalt roof shingles require “step flashing,” which are individual pieces of flashing covering each shingle and overlapping onto the shingle down slope. This application is usually needed where a sloping roof passes a vertical surface like a chimney. By using an individual piece of flashing for each shingle or row of shingles, a water tight seal can be maintained over a longer period of time, despite daily shingle expansion and contraction from temperature changes. A larger, single piece of metal would crack apart from this expansion and contraction, letting water into the structure.

Some TLC before and after the winter and summer seasons will help prevent  out of pocket costs and keep your family and your home protected.

Consult a roof expert before embarking on a maintenance project, or if you are unsure of your roof’s condition. ServiceMaster can help you with your roofing needs.

PREPARE & PREVENT

The wet season is once again upon us. A winter of rain and snow will definitely show whether or not your basements are able to keep water on the outside. Don’t wait until it gets inside before you do anything about it!  Prevention is the best avoider.

HERE ARE SOME TIPS:

 Sump Pumps

If you live in a low lying area or are vulnerable to heavy rain accumulation in your basement, a sump pump deserves strong consideration. They work by removing water from the sump basin away from your home’s foundation. The upfront cost of a few hundred dollars to install one may save you thousands of dollars in repair costs later.

Gutter and Downspout Repairs

More often than not, basement water leaks result from draining problems around the house. Gutter and downspout repairs may be in order. As long as the roof slope of your home works in your favor and the water coming off your roof can easily be guided away from your home, simply adding an extension below the downspout can keep the water away from your foundation.