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Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling of Dayton
(937) 436-3411


Two Most Common Home Damages Caused by Winter Weather


Living in Dayton, there are some kinds of property damage that are unavoidable. Today we will share with you the two most common cold weather problems and tips you can use to prevent them.
Frozen pipes are by far one of the most common problems that homeowners come across in the winter. But they are also one of the problems we have a bundle of ideas to share on prevention. Try the suggestions next time the temperature is expected to drop below 20 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Keep the heat on. A warm home equals a warming plumbing system. Remember that saving a few dollars from lower heat will not offset the amount you would need to pay following broken pipes.
  • Let the faucets drip in extreme cold weather. This can keep the pipe from freezing.
  • If one of your pipes freezes, turn off the main valve and call a plumber.

The second addition on our list is ice dams, when water builds up behind large areas of ice on your roof.

  • Insulate your attic. Ample insulation will keep warm air out of the attic and prevents snow from melting on the roof.
  • Create ventilation. The key is to keep your attic cool. Having vents such as an eave, soffit, ridge or gable will allow cold air in.
  • What if an ice dam does occur? Call Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling of Dayton as soon as you can.
  • Source: disaster.org

NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS – YES YOU CAN!


It’s that time of year, when many of us in Dayton will make our New Year’s resolutions. You’ve probably learned that the best way to achieve these goals is making them realistic. A classic example is losing weight – simply putting this on your list isn’t enough. The likelihood of success will increase if you set smaller goals along the way. For example, losing 5 pounds in January by eating less and walking 30 minutes each day. Want to boost your savings account? Outline just how you’ll accomplish that, such as putting aside a specific amount of money from every paycheck. Many personal finance experts recommend having this money transferred automatically to a separate account so that you won’t be tempted to do anything else with it.
Reducing the amount of resolutions also helps. Too many big goals will most likely lead to failure. Pick a small number of resolutions and focus on how you’ll stick to them. Don’t be discouraged if you make a mistake with a resolution on your list.
One resolution we make and strive for each year is to do our best to serve our community whenever we’re needed. From all of us at , Happy New Year!

KEEP YOUR HOME COMFORTABLE AND EFFICIENT THIS WINTER


At Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling of Dayton, we’re looking forward to enjoying the holiday season, the changes in the weather, and the prospect of what’s to come in the New Year. Follow the steps below to improve your Dayton home’s energy efficiency in the coming weeks:

  • Every month, check your furnace filters and replace them as needed. By using high-quality pleated paper filters, you can filter out most small particulates and allergens. Remember, a clean filter means your furnace does not have to work as hard!
  • If they are not properly sealed, doors and windows can leak heat. Caulking around the exterior keeps cold air and moisture out. Use a waterproof, flexible, and paintable caulk. Weather stripping is also a good idea, especially for doors.
  • If you have a fireplace with an open firebox, think about adding glass fireplace doors to prevent heat from escaping up the chimney. Special fireplace blankets can be purchased that cover opening when the fireplace is not in use.
  • High ceilings in your home? Use a ceiling fan on a “winter” setting to distribute heat around the room, saving energy and making the space more comfortable.
  • A programmable thermostat will help you regulate the indoor temperature, turning up the heat when you’re about to come home and turning it down overnight.

Please incorporate some of these tips this winter.The result will be energy savings, lower energy bills, and a more comfortable Dayton home. From all of us at Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling of Dayton, enjoy!

GET YOUR HOME READY FOR WINTER STORMS


Winter storms can affect the Dayton area in many ways – and lead to serious damage to your home. Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling of Dayton has some tips for you to help safeguard your property from storm damage – we want you and your home to be safe this winter!

  • Check for loose siding, shingles, and fence boards and make any necessary repairs as soon as you can. These items can easily blow off in storms.
  • Remove weak or damaged parts of trees in your yard, especially those near structures. Using a tree care professional is the best way to safely deal with large limbs and branches.
  • Clear debris from gutters and downspouts so your drainage system can perform its function. Downspouts should direct water at least 5’ away from your home’s foundation. Adding a downspout extension is a simple fix for an area. Neglecting these problems can cause mold, flooding, and termites
  • Be sure you have flashlights, camping lanterns, and/or headlamps easily accessible if a power outage occurs. Check all the batteries, too.
  • Have a supply of water and ready-to-eat food on hand as well. This will help sustain your family in the middle of a heavy storm.

Keep your home and family safe with these easy steps and sleep easier this winter. If you have additional questions about further measures you can take, contact Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling of Dayton today.

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes in Your Home


Every year, approximately 250,000 homes experience damage caused by frozen pipes, according to State Farm Insurance. As the water in frozen pipes expands, it can cause pipes to break and floods to occur. There is no way to ensure this never occurs in Dayton, but there are things you can do to prevent this experience. The steps below may be able to prevent frozen pipes and flooding.

#1: Drain outdoor water

It doesn’t take a plumber to figure out that outdoor pipes are more prone to freezing. Before temperatures drop severely, take some time to drain sprinkler supply lines, swimming pools, and outdoor hose bibs.

#2: Install pipe sleeves or heat tape to exposed pipes

It’s essential to insulate any pipes in your home that are exposed. Use pipe sleeves or heat tape to provide extra protection from chilly weather.

#3: Monitor your thermostat

Winter is not the best time to save money on your utility bill by turning off your thermostat. Make sure your thermostat isn’t set any lower than 55 degrees, especially if you are out of town.

#4: Consider adding insulation

Check your basement, attic, and crawl spaces to see if they are lacking insulation. Doing this won’t only lower the possibility of frozen or broken pipes, it will also help lessen the blow of what your pay for utilities.

#5: Be prepared

You may be able to find a frozen pipe before it bursts if you see a slow trickle of water when you open your faucet. Keep the faucet open and apply heat, either with a hair dryer or electric heating pad, to the pipe. (Do not use an open flame device.) Monitor the open faucet and maintain heat until water pressure is restored.

Contact Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling of Dayton as soon as possible if you experience a broken pipe in your Dayton property. Our professional flood restoration services are able to provide immediate assistance in an emergency like this.

Get Your House in Shape for Fall to Prevent Property Damage


During the fall season, the possibility of water, storm, and fire damage escalates and the team at Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling of Dayton wants to make sure you are prepared. Here’s a list of ideas that can help you avoid costly property damage in the fall.

Make sure everything is dry. Inspect your caulking around exterior doors and windows and repair anywhere you see damage. If you notice gaps in areas where wiring or pipes enter the home, caulk these areas as soon as you can. Keeping water out of these spaces can prevent mold formation and water damage.

· Prevent damage to your roof. Inspect your property for dead or damaged tree branches, especially any that overhang the roof. These should be safely removed by a professional if they sit above the first story of your home.

· If you own a wood-burning fireplace, have the chimney and firebox inspected before you use it this year. Burning wood can cause a buildup of creosote, which can cause a serious chimney fire if not kept in check.

· If you have missing shingles or other damage on your roof, repair these problems promptly. We suggest using binoculars to take a preliminary look, and contact a professional roofing contractor when repairs are needed. Not attending to a leaking roof can lead to structural problems and other major issues in the future.

If it happens to you, Call Paul! We are here to serve the Dayton area at any time to provide emergency response to property damage.

Safety Tips From National Fire Prevention Week


National Fire Prevention Week will be on October 5-11, 2014. With this week coming up, the team at Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling of Dayton would like to provide you with some important safety tips to reduce the chances of house fires.

Cooking is the leading cause of fires in the home. Hot oil, grease, or food can flare up in just a few seconds, so make sure you always monitor food on the stove. Loose clothing can also be a hazard, as sleeves can catch fire if they touch a hot cooking surface. When they’re not being used, keep flammable kitchen towels and pot holders away from your oven and stove. Make sure you have an easily accessible fire extinguisher in your kitchen.

When it comes to saving lives and preventing property damage, smoke detectors are imperative. The National Fire Prevention Association claims that 60% of residential fire fatalities occur in homes with either missing or non-working smoke detectors, according to a report in 2014. The NPFA also claims that unreliable smoke alarms almost always have missing, disconnected, or dead batteries. This week, please take a few minutes to test your smoke detectors and replace the battery in any unit that does not respond.

We want our friends and neighbors in Dayton to be safe. If you do experience a fire, Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling of Dayton is your resource for fire damage cleanup and restoration.

Use These Tips to Stay Afloat During a Flood


Floods have spread across the nation one city at a time…or should we say MULTIPLE cities at a time. Could the Dayton area be next? Flash floods are the most common weather disaster in the nation.
To celebrate FEMA’s National Preparedness Month (NPM), here are five flood disaster preparedness tips to help you and your home survive a flood.

  • #1. Create a Plan – It’s extremely important to create a family emergency plan. Take time to rehearse and review it with your family. To make this process easier, Paul Davis has a Get a Plan form you can download at the link at the end of this post.
  • #2. Build an Emergency Kit – Make sure you have the following items: a first aid kit, water (a gallon of water per person for at least 3 days), singal whistle, battery-powered radio, moist towelettes, dust masks, garbage bags, wrench, and local maps.
  • #3. Clean Your Gutters – Clear any debris from gutters and downspouts; to help water flow, it is vital that the drains are not clogged.
  • #4. Look at Flood Maps – Know the flood risk in your area and obtain proper insurance. It’s essential to know if you reside in a severe flood area. Click the link at the bottom of the page to see flood maps in Dayton.
  • #5. Understand Flood Terms – It’s important to know the difference between a flood watch and a flood warning. When a flood watch is issued, it means that there is a chance a flood will occur in your area. A flood warning means that a flood is headed your way and that you need to take action.

If a flood does occur, Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling of Dayton is here for you. We strive to clean up your flood damage and restore your home to the way it way before. If you need emergency board-ups, call us at 1-888-473-7669; we’re here when disaster strikes 24/7.

Links

Get a Plan Template: http://bit.ly/1BsklQb
Local Flood Maps: https://msc.fema.gov/portal

Paul Davis & The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge


We’ve all become captivated with ALS Ice Bucket Challenge videos over the last month. It’s highly entertaining to watch a friend, relative, or celebrity douse themselves with a bucket of ice water, and the joy doubles when you add the amount of goodwill this challenge has done.

ALS stands for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, which is commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. The ALS Association website states that “ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord”. The disease causes the death of motor neurons that limits the function of muscles and can later result in paralysis. The Ice Bucket Challenge began as a means for raising money and awareness for this disease. It begins with a challenge for a specific person to either donate a specific amount to charity that supports ALS or dump a bucket of ice water over their head. After making their decision, the person then selects a handful of acquaintances for the same challenge. (The exact specifications of each challenge may vary and many have chosen to donate and have ice water dumped on them.)

We probably don’t need to tell you that Ice Bucket Challenge videos have become a sensation. The ALS Association has been given over $100 million in donations from July 29 to August 29.

The Paul Davis Restoration family has joined millions of others in accepting the Ice Bucket Challenge. Several franchises across the country have soaked their team members in ice cold water to raise ALS awareness in their local communities and nationwide.

So keep your eye out for Paul Davis Ice Bucket Challenge videos as you are browsing the Internet in Dayton.

Labor Day: We Will Be Working So You Don’t Have To


We probably don’t have to alert you that Labor Day is close at hand. After many summer days looking out your office window to admire the unclouded skies, you can finally spend a Monday in the Great Outdoors. How will you choose to spend the holiday? Will you be heading to the lake or mountains to enjoy nature? Or will you be spending the day working in your yard or around the house? This is the great thing about Labor Day, the possibilities are endless.

Knowing that the need for property damage restoration can happen at any time, Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling of Dayton will be ready to work this Labor Day. We want our friends and neighbors to know that we will be there to take care of any emergency that might occur.

Here is a bit more about some of the services we provide in Dayton:

  • Storm Damage Restoration: Billions of dollars are lost because of summer storm property damage in the United States each year. We understand the unique challenges each storm can present and how to best repair the damage it causes.
  • Mold Removal: This health hazard needs to be dealt with quickly and thoroughly. Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling of Dayton has the skilled teams and cleaning technology to answer this call.
  • Fire & Smoke Damage Cleanup: As temperatures move up, the risk of fires escalates. Our technicians can provide the services needed for you to recover from a fire in your home or business, including the neutralization of smoke odors.
  • Water Damage Restoration: Water can be the cause of extensive damage after just a few minutes. We remove all water, dry affected areas, and complete needed repairs.

While we sincerely hope that your Labor Day weekend is as safe as possible, remember to call Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling of Dayton if you are faced with any property damage issues this summer.

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