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Unexpected dangers of a leaky roof

7/18/2019 (Permalink)

Here are some of the less-obvious ways a roof leak can damage your home:

  1. Attic and ceiling damage: The initial dangers of a roof leak are damage to the attic area and items stored there. If there is no attic, or the size of the leak is really big, it will damage the interior ceiling. Affected ceiling paint will darken and ceiling plaster may bubble and expand. The leaking water also will damage paint and plaster on nearby walls. You can also expect damage on ceiling-mounted lights and fans.
  2. Interior mold and mildew issues: In the longer term, one of the most serious consequences of a leaking roof is mold and mildew growth. Mold can spread throughout the home’s structure, to the HVAC system and then to the rest of the house through the vents where it can invade carpets, furniture and even clothing.
  3. Fire hazard from water damage: If your electrical wiring is present in an attic or ceiling, a leaky roof could pose a fire threat from shorted wires. It is highly recommended to turn off electricity to the area that’s affected and have an electrician examine it.
  4. Slip and fall hazard: A severely leaking roof can cause water to puddle on the floor. This may not seem like a huge risk, but if you have an active family, and especially if you have children who like to run, you need to get that water mopped up to prevent human spills.
  5. Higher utility bills and wasted energy: High utility bills are another side effect of a leaking roof, as water intrusion is detrimental to the insulation in attic area. Your cellulose or fiberglass insulation becomes saturated and it takes a long time for it to dry out. If a roof leak repair is put off for a long time, chronic water intrusion will deplete the insulation significantly and your home will lose hot and cool air, resulting in higher utility bills.
  6. Compromised structural integrity: The most obvious consequence of a leaking roof is the damaged rafters, ceiling joists, wall framing and even fascia boards and exterior trim can become victims of water intrusion. Chronic roof leaks lead to wood deterioration and weakened; rotten roof framing causes serious problems that require assistance from a professional contractor. You can also face expensive wood framing repairs if water leaks down into ceiling joists and walls.

https://www.angieslist.com/articles/7-unexpected-dangers-leaky-roof.htm

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How does storm damage affect my home overtime?

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage and wood rot

A roof, gutters, and siding that work as they will prevent water and ice from dripping down your home and soaking into the wood. Over time and without proper maintenance, however, storm water can infiltrate your home and lead to serious problems like mold and wood rot. This is especially common during the cold and damp winter months and wet and humid summers.

Letting water penetrate your home over time can ultimately compromise the integrity of your home. You may have to pay for expensive repairs and replacements, as well as evacuate your home while professionals deal with dangerous mold and mildew. Water-related problems are serious and require professional attention. The best thing you can do for your home is to prevent water infiltration by keeping up with house maintenance.

https://www.mrroof.com/blog/storm-damage-affect-home-time/

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Home fires

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

Before a fire

Create and practice a fire escape plan

In the event of a fire, remember that every second counts, so you and your family must always be prepared. Escape plans help you get out of your home quickly.

Twice each year, practice your home fire escape plan. Some tips to consider when preparing this plan include:

  • Find two ways to get out of each room in the event the primary way is blocked by fire or smoke.
  • A secondary route might be a window onto a neighboring roof or a collapsible ladder for escape from upper story windows.
  • Make sure that windows are not stuck, screens can be taken out quickly, and that security bars can be properly opened.
  • Practice feeling your way out of the house in the dark or with your eyes closed.
  • Teach children not to hide from firefighters.

https://www.ready.gov/home-fires

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During a fire

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

During a fire:

  • Crawl low under any smoke to your exit - heavy smoke and poisonous gases collect first along the ceiling.
  • Before opening a door, feel the doorknob and door. If either is hot, or if there is smoke coming around the door, leave the door closed and use your second way out.
  • If you open a door, open it slowly. Be ready to shut it quickly if heavy smoke or fire is present.
  • If you can’t get to someone needing assistance, leave the home and call 9-1-1 or the fire department. Tell the emergency operator where the person is located.
  • If pets are trapped inside your home, tell firefighters right away.
  • If you can’t get out, close the door and cover vents and cracks around doors with cloth or tape to keep smoke out.  Call 9-1-1 or your fire department. Say where you are and signal for help at the window with a light-colored cloth or a flashlight.
  • If your clothes catch fire, stop, drop, and roll – stop immediately, drop to the ground, and cover your face with your hands.  Roll over and over or back and forth until the fire is out.  If you or someone else cannot stop, drop, and roll, smother the flames with a blanket or towel.  Use cool water to treat the burn immediately for 3 to 5 minutes.  Cover with a clean, dry cloth.  Get medical help right away by calling 9-1-1 or the fire department.

https://www.ready.gov/home-fires

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How fast can water damage ruin a home?

7/5/2019 (Permalink)

When it comes to water damage, time does not heal all wounds. The secondary destruction that will inevitably take place as time passes causes considerably more damage to your home. Learn the unfortunate side effects of water damage left uncorrected in a home. 

Water damage within minutes

  • Water contamination spreads, rapidly increasing claim costs.
  • Moisture-sensitive furniture finishes begin to turn white.
  • Furniture standing on saturated carpets will begin to leach and stain the carpeting.

Water damage within hours

  • Furniture in direct contact with water begins to delaminate and swell.
  • Normal household odors, amplified by humidity, become glaringly apparent.
  • Dyes from non-colorfast fabrics begin to bleed.

    Water damage within days

  • Fungi appear, along with their characteristic musty odors.
  • Severe warping and cupping of wood becomes apparent. Wood floors may become unsalvageable.
  • Paint blisters, and wallpaper adhesives release and start to peel away.
  • Wood structural members begin to swell, warp and split apart.

https://www.angieslist.com/articles/how-fast-can-water-damage-ruin-home.htm

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Protect your home from storm damage

7/2/2019 (Permalink)

Protect your home from storm damage:

  1. Ensure proper sealing of doors and windows: Wind only needs a small opening to get underneath something like a shingle or siding and rip it off.
  2. Check for loose fence posts: Wind will surprise you. Anything that’s not nailed down is a liability, and that includes fence posts, which are often forgotten or ignored in homeowner’s storm-prep.
  3. Regularly trim your trees: Problem tree limbs can damage your home, a vehicle, or even your neighbor’s property. Regularly trimming the trees on your property is an excellent way to protect your roof and windows.
  4. Walk around your property: A lot of people don’t have the time or skills to check and/or repair everything on their property before storm season kicks up. But, if you know a storm is coming, there are some very basic steps you can take to minimize its impact. Like identifying the items around your property that could become projectiles.That means lawn furniture, tools, flower pots, or other yard debris. Do yourself a favor and move those items to a garage, a shed, or indoors.
  5. Keep a generator on hand: A bad storm could potentially knock out power to your home for a couple of hours — or days. Having a generator on standby could go a long way towards ensuring you don’t lose your food, or the livability of your home until power is restored.

https://www.reinbrechthomes.com/10-steps-to-protect-your-home-from-storm-damage/

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Western states are more prone to fires

7/2/2019 (Permalink)

Western states are particularly prone to the dangers of wildfires. 

Drought conditions that are common in Western states make it even more important to have fire prevention measures in place. Dry, brittle brush and extreme temperatures can turn a minor mishap into a raging blaze. But remember, these dangerous events are largely preventable. According to Cal Fire, 95% of wildfires are started by people. Most house fires can be prevented with the proper fire prevention measures.  Heed these tips to help prevent fires:

  1. Maintain vehicles to avoid sparks
  2. Practice campfire safety to avoid house fires
  3. Have fire extinguishers and shovels ready for dousing
  4. Consider a spark arrester on equipment in fire-prone areas.

Across the United States, increasingly hot and dry conditions are making wildfires an issue for many Americans.

https://www.protectyourhome.com/blog/fire-detection-and-safety/how-to-prevent-a-house-fire

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How to drain water away from your home

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

How to drain water away from your home

  1. Invest in a gutter system.If your home doesn’t have any gutters, consider investing in a gutter system—especially if you live in a rainy climate. 
  2. Inspect your gutters for effectiveness.For your gutters to work properly, they should slope down 12inch (1.3 cm) toward the downspout for every 10 feet (3.0 m), by code.They must also remain free of clogs, holes, and sags. The most common gutter problem is blockage.
  1. Clean your gutters regularly.Gutters should be routinely cleaned of debris at least once per year. 
  1. Inspect your downspouts.Downspouts are the parts of the gutter that run vertically from the roof gutter to the ground.
  1. Install downspout extensions. This is done by attaching an elbow to the end of the downspout and then connecting the extension piece.
  1. 6. Avoid pointing your downspout extensions toward your driveway.In winter, water deposited onto your driveway can freeze, causing a number of dangerous situations.

  2. Inspect the ground slope next to the foundation of your house. Overflowing gutters and inefficient downspouts can erode the ground around the foundation of your home. 
  1. Add enough dirt to create a gentle slope. Instead of just filling the gaps in with soil, add a slight excess of it. 

https://www.wikihow.com/Drain-Water-Away-from-Your-Home

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5 common causes of commercial fires

6/21/2019 (Permalink)

From 2007 to 2016, these five causes were identified as the most common reasons behind commercial fires.

  1. Cooking/Kitchen Appliances- Because kitchens are an extremely high-risk zone, strong effort should be taken to ensure they are more than adequately protected. Sprinklers, alarms and easily accessible fire extinguishers are an absolute must.
  2. Arson/Intentional- While you can’t prevent arson completely, you can take precautions to limit the damage and opportunities:
  • Make sure trash cans are emptied every day.
  • If possible, keep dumpsters away from the building so a dumpster fire can’t spread to the building.
  • Keep trees and shrubs trimmed to make them harder to set on fire and so arsons can’t use them for cover while setting a fire.
  • Put up motion detection cameras or lights in dark or normally unused areas so any fires can be caught and put out faster.
  • Install smoke/fire curtains near the doorways of the areas most likely to be used for arson.
  1. Human Error/Unintentional- Some examples of an unintentional fire include cigarettes being improperly discarded, employees leaving heating equipment too close to walls or flammable surfaces, forgetting to blow out a candle, keeping a messy workstation or improper use of electrical devices (e.g. extension cords).
  1. HVAC System Malfunction- Roughly 9% of fires happen when an HVAC system malfunctions. This includes central heating systems, as well as water heaters, space heaters, and other appliances.

Heating systems should be regularly inspected, especially during winter when they are used most heavily. And always ensure flammable materials are kept well away from heat sources.

  1. Electrical Malfunction- About 7% of fires are linked to an electrical system malfunction, often due to problems with wiring in the building. These fires are more likely to occur in older buildings with questionable wiring.

https://smokeguard.com/blog/2019/february/06/how-to-avoid-the-top-5-causes-of-commercial-building-fires

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When a Fire Starts

6/20/2019 (Permalink)

If a Fire starts

  • Know how to safely operate a fire extinguisher
  • Remember to GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL 9-1-1 or your local emergency phone number.
  • Yell "Fire!" several times and go outside right away. If you live in a building with elevators, use the stairs. Leave all your things where they are and save yourself.
  • If closed doors or handles are warm or smoke blocks your primary escape route, use your second way out. Never open doors that are warm to the touch.
  • If you must escape through smoke, get low and go under the smoke to your exit. Close doors behind you.
  • If smoke, heat or flames block your exit routes, stay in the room with doors closed. Place a wet towel under the door and call the fire department or 9-1-1. Open a window and wave a brightly colored cloth or flashlight to signal for help.
  • Once you are outside, go to your meeting place and then send one person to call the fire department. If you cannot get to your meeting place, follow your family emergency communication plan.
If your clothes catch on fire:
  • Stopwhat you’re doing.
  • Dropto the ground and cover your face if you can.
  • Rollover and over or back and forth until the flames go out. Running will only make the fire burn faster.

THEN:

Once the flames are out, cool the burned skin with water for three to five minutes. Call for medical attention.

https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/fire/if-a-fire-starts.html

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