Repair Carpet Water Damage

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Extreme weather has been no stranger to in 2017 and the storms only continue to get worse near southern areas in the country. Inclement weather can do major damage to a home and if water enters the home it can do major damage to flooring, especially carpet.

In our previous post we explored some ways to prevent water damage in your home. But sometimes that is not always possible.

If you experience water damage to your carpet following a major storm or from faulty plumbing or a leak in your home’s roof or windows, there are a few things you can do to attempt to repair carpet water damage and possibly avoid the need to replace the carpet:

HIRE PROFESSIONALS

The first option is to call a local service certified in water damage restoration. There are several services to choose from if you research online. The cost of the service will not be cheap but there is a much higher chance of success if you hire a professional than if you attempt to repair the damage on your own.

Depending on how bad the damage is, you might be able to save some money and hire a local carpet cleaner to extract the water from the carpet and the pad beneath and avoid a full-scale repair service and costs.

DIY REPAIR

The first thing you need to do is to survey the extent of the damage. We recommend that you pull up the carpet from the corners and see how well the carpet pad and subfloor beneath have held up after the damage.

You want to identify if the carpet pad is saturated or not and if there is any evidence of mold growth on the subfloor, pad or the underside of the carpet. If mold is already present, you will have no choice but to remove the wall-to-wall carpet from your home. You can find several tutorials online for how to remove carpet from a floor.

If there is only minor saturation beneath the carpet, we recommend running multiple floor fans and dehumidifiers in the room with the corners of the carpet pulled up so that air reaches the areas beneath the carpet to dry it.

You should also use a Shop-Vac® and continue to extract water from the carpet pad and the carpet itself. You will need to run suction over the floor for several hours in order to remove all of the water from the carpet. You will have to run the dehumidifiers and fans for a minimum of 24 hours or more.

You should start to see signs of the carpet drying out within 24 hours. If there is still no mold and no moisture, you can consider the carpet in OK enough condition to keep it in your home. However, we would still recommend a deep cleaning appointment from a carpet cleaning service in order to deodorize the carpet and ensure 100% of the moisture is gone.

If you can avoid replacing your carpet or the costs of total water damage repair and restoration you will save several thousands of dollars in the process.

Ways to Prevent Water Damage

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You never want water damage to occur in your home. Exposure to too much water can cause serious damage to a home’s foundation as well as flooring and walls.

You can protect your home from water damage with a few easy repairs and upgrades and save yourself from a water damage emergency in the future.

#1. Dual Sump Pumps

If your home is at the bottom of a hill or you live in an area of the country prone to extreme weather and storms, we recommend you install dual sump pumps. Two sump pumps will help prevent water buildup and if one goes out, the other will still work during the time necessary to repair or replace the other one. Learn how to install a sump pump here.

#2. Downspout Redirection

You should ensure your downspout drains water far away from the foundation of your home. You can point your downspout in the correct direction and increase its length with additional extensions.

Also be sure to clean your gutters at least twice a year to avoid buildup and clogging. If buildup occurs, water and drainage could spill over the sides and rest on the foundation beneath.

If you live in a cold part of the country prone to winter storms, be sure that ice doesn’t form in the gutters. Melted ice can also lead to water settling onto the foundation beneath your home during the winter months of the year.

#3. Repair Plumbing

Poor plumbing and leaks can also lead to water damage. Perform an inspection of your plumbing multiple times each year to ensure there are no leaks occurring anywhere in your basement or elsewhere in your home.

#4. Repair Roofing

An old or faulty roof can lead to water damage in your home. Most roofs do not last longer than 20 years. If your roof is 20 years old or older we recommend replacing it. If it is a new roof, be sure to inspect the shingles often and replace worn or broken ones with new shingles if necessary.

#5. Dehumidifiers & Ventilation

Be sure to properly ventilate your home. You should have good circulation throughout the entire home to prevent humidity and moisture buildup in certain rooms and areas of your home. Variate between opening windows and running your air conditioner. Also consider placing dehumidifiers throughout your home to trap humidity and prevent moisture from forming on floors and walls in your home.

If water damage does occur in your home, you will need to hire a professional water damage restoration service near you to fix the problem. This is an extremely invasive and costly repair and it is best avoided at all costs.

Buying a Refrigerator

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You might need a new refrigerator during a DIY kitchen remodel. This could be because the old refrigerator doesn’t work or because it won’t match with the new style of the kitchen remodel.

You can save a lot of money on a refrigerator if you buy one used at a garage sale. If you buy one new, you should do some research first as a new refrigerator can cost a lot of money.

BEFORE YOU BUY A REFRIGERATOR …

You first should measure the space you want to put the new refrigerator. You need to know the height, the width and the depth of the space and you should account for the ventilation and plumbing behind the refrigerator too.

Also be aware of opening the door. You do not want the refrigerator door to bash and bang into countertops or tables when you open it.

You do not want to buy a brand new refrigerator only to discover it won’t fit in the space it needs to.

REFRIGERATOR CAPACITY

How much room do you need inside of your refrigerator? This will depend on how many people live in your home. If you live with children, you will need to buy a refrigerator with a lot of capacity able to store food for three or four or more people. If you live alone or are married without children, you won’t need to buy as large of a refrigerator.

FREEZER STYLE

There are four common constructions and freezer styles for refrigerators. You can purchase a top-mount freezer with the freezer on the top, a bottom-mount with the freezer on the bottom, a side-by-side with the freezer on the side or French door with the freezer on the bottom too. This is a preference based on your height or how you would prefer to use the refrigerator.

ENERGY-EFFICIENCY

You can save money on your energy bill if you purchase a smaller refrigerator or a refrigerator without as many functions and features. There are also energy-efficient models of refrigerators. A side-by-side refrigerator will also use more energy than other models.

APPEARANCE

The final piece is what the refrigerator looks like. You can purchase a refrigerator that is white or black or a refrigerator that is stainless steel. The most popular type of refrigerator in 2017 is a stainless steel refrigerator because it is very modern. Another modern choice of refrigerator is one with see-through doors.

You can see there are several factors to consider when it is time for buying a refrigerator. Watch the video below from Kenmore for even more information on new refrigerators:

Buy Home Items at Garage Sales

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You can save a lot of money on home remodels and home repairs if you are willing to buy used items and materials. A great place to purchase used items for your home is at local garage sales in your neighborhood. If you buy home items at garage sales you will save several hundreds of dollars during a home remodel.

5 HOME ITEMS TO BUY AT GARAGE SALES

#1. Used Appliances

You can purchase a used refrigerator or dishwasher at a garage sale for extremely cheap. The previous owners have no need for the old appliance anymore and it is likely taking up a lot of space somewhere in their home or garage. Plug in the appliance before you purchase it to ensure it work. If it does, you can save a few hundreds of dollars right away.

#2. Used Tools

Tools are expensive. Every home repair project requires several different tools to complete and you don’t want to have to buy one or two new tools every trip to the hardware store along with the other materials and supplies needed for the project. A good tool will last several years and in some cases a lifetime so if the tools for sale at the garage sale appear to be in good condition you should purchase them and add them to your tool bag.

#3. Used Lawn Equipment

You can often buy a used lawnmower or weed trimmer at a garage sale and save anywhere from $50-200 or more dollars. If the equipment is gas-powered, be sure to run the motor for a minute or two to ensure it starts and runs OK and if the equipment is electrical, plug it in and ensure it turns on. If the equipment is in good condition you could save a few hundred dollars.

#4. Used Furniture

You might not want to decorate your living room with used furniture and you shouldn’t buy a used mattress, but you can purchase a used couch or recliner for a basement or a room you do not use often and save anywhere from $100-400 or more. We recommend buying used bed frames whenever possible as there is no difference between a used or old bed frame if the structure is in good shape.

#5. Used Art

Framed art is very expensive. The sellers at the garage sale are probably just tired of the art and want a new look for their home. That doesn’t mean the art won’t look wonderful in your home. A nice piece of framed artwork can cost $250 or more and you can often purchase a used piece of artwork at a garage sale for $25 or less.

You can see from the list above that if you visit enough garage sales and are thrifty you can save a few hundred dollars during a home remodel or home repair project and even more over many years. Any way to save money on your home is a good idea so you have more available for unexpected costs and repairs in the future.

How to Find a Good Contractor for Home Repairs

Finding the right contractor to help with your home repairs can be a daunting and overwhelming task. The number of homeowners across the country falling victims of home repair scams has been increasing every year. Not every contractor out there is honest with their service. A good percentage of home repair professionals aim at making profits without caring about the quality of service delivered. It’s, therefore, crucial that homeowners understand how to find the right professionals for their home repairs.

The fact that a local contractor is popular in your area doesn’t necessarily mean they are the best fit for your facility. Whether you’re dealing with roofing repairs, HVAC repairs, plumbing repairs, or other structural repairs, you must do your homework and hire a credible contractor who will deliver quality work. Here are tips on how to find and choose the right professional contractor for your home repairs.

Stay Local

When doing your research, it’s important that you stay local and find a contractor who has a permanent place of business within your locality. A good place to start your research is on the web. After receiving recommendations from your friends, find someone with an established business in your hometown. Pick their contact details and contact them for more information. Remember to ask for references.

Check the Contractor’s Insurance and License

Of course, you should pick several contractors before narrowing down your list. One way of reducing the number of contractors on your list is contacting each of them and requesting for license numbers. If a contractor isn’t willing to share their license number, that’s a red flag, and you should walk away. Also, request of certificates of insurance. It’s a requirement for contractors to have a business license as well as insurance coverage.

Get your Home Repairs Quote and Contract in Writing

Before hiring a contractor, consider getting multiple quotes from several companies. Compare the quotes and choose the most appropriate one.  Once you’ve selected the right professional, make sure you’re provided with a detailed contract that includes the time required to accomplish the task, the payment arrangements, the description of the work, contractor’s license number, total cost for the project, and names of parties involved. Provisions for extra or additional charges should also be indicated in the quote or contract.

Don’t Pay Up Front

If the contractor wants payment before starting the home repair work, walk away. Note that some contractors might request for a deposit to cover for materials required for the job. Anyone asking for full payment before starting the job isn’t the right person to hire. You might end up being scammed.

Get Copies of receipts.

If the contractor requests for a down payment before starting the work, be sure to as for copies of receipts. You might need the receipts when supporting your claim. Receipts serve as proof of payment, and it’s a good idea to have them the moment you make any payment.

Hiring a good contractor will ensure quality home repairs and provide you with professional results that will not only give you peace of mind but add value and beauty to your home.