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

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


Have No Fear, Paul is Here! Bundle Up, Stay Safe and Protect Your Property


The 2015 winter has been an unbearable time for many states in the Northeast, with much of the U.S. impacted by the Arctic Blast and colder than normal temperatures reaching 20 to 35 degrees below average. Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and surrounding states have been blasted by snow, rain, ice, wind and freezing weather causing property damage and power outages. Even Florida, a state known for its warm and sunny environment, is facing colder weather in the 20 degree range, which is almost hot compared to the negative temperatures felt by cities like Boston.

A huge issue is when consistent snow builds during a long period of time, which turns to ice and “weighs about eight times more” than snow, according to Garrick Goldenberg, a Wentworth Institute of Technology professor.* This accumulation can result in “ice dams” – thick ridges of ice that form along the eaves of the roof. When ice dams form, the freezing and thawing cycle during the winter season causes water to back up on roofs, seep into homes, and damage ceilings, walls, insulation, floors, and furnishings. This can then lead to mold and severe health risks. Heavy snow has continued for the last few days with snow forming on top of homes, businesses and other properties causing many roofs to collapse just in the Boston area alone. *WCVB.com

Experts at Paul Davis have been working around the clock to help the thousands of calls received from homeowners, insurance agents and adjusters, property managers and others needing help with commercial and residential building destruction.

Below are a few Extreme Cold Weather Tips to prevent your house or office from getting damaged:

  1. Scrape the snow off your roof as frequently as possible to prevent ice dams from forming.
  2. Utilize fireplaces, wood stoves and space heaters.
  • Practice safety by checking ventilation, using fireplace screens and monitoring your fire extinguishers and smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Create a Fire Escape Plan and practice with your loved ones.
  1. Avoid frozen pipes.
  • Wrap all pipes with heat tape, insulation or newspapers to keep moisture out.
  • Drip all faucets in the home or property.
  • For already frozen pipes, open each faucet and pour hot water over pipes or you can use a hair dryer.
  1. Keep an Emergency Kit handy.
  • The best type of kit contains emergency contacts, insurance information, a 3-day supply of food and water, medications, toiletries, weather radio with batteries, blankets, flashlights and other needed items.
  • Use this Family Emergency Plan to keep your family safe: http://locations.pauldavis.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/PD_EmergencyPlan_form-reduced.pdf
  1. Check on your neighbors and their homes, especially if they are elderly, disabled, or living alone.

We are confident these cold weather tips will keep you safe from harm as you bundle up during this chilly winter. If you do encounter property damage, please do not hesitate to Call Paul! We are here to assist you with multiple property damage services including water, fire, wind and storm damage to any type of residential or commercial building, including the furnishings and contents inside. Every Paul Davis professional is certified by the IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning Restoration Certification) and there for you 24/7 response.

Resources:

http://www.wcvb.com/weather/icy-rainy-weekend-storm-could-add-to-massachusetts-roof-dangers/31338328

http://www.weather.com/storms/winter/news/arctic-blast-record-lows-midwest-south-northeast

http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2015/02/19/area-experiences-avalanche-demand-for-snow-and-ice-dam-removal/YNM1tNkRqqZ3bskmRjDp4M/story.html

http://www.mass.gov/eopss/agencies/mema/ready-massachusetts/extreme-cold.html

http://www.redcross.org/news/article/Top-Ten-Red-Cross-Cold-Weather-Safety-Tips

Beat the Cold With These Activities


Winter is not coming to an end in the Dayton area any time soon. When the temperatures are too cold to be outside, pick an item on this list to find something to do.

Here are Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling of Dayton‘s favorite winter activities:

1. Warm up by the fire with cozy socks and hot chocolate
2. Eat cookies and drink milk
3. Go to a hockey game
4. Donate food or clothing to a charity in Dayton
5. Transport yourself to a different place by reading a book
6. Play old fashioned board games with friends and family
7. Watch a movie marathon
8. Dream about a sunny vacation

When you’re enjoying these fun activities, please remember to put safety first. Dress warmly if you go outside, follow safety rules with heaters, and have an emergency kit available in case of a disaster.

Two Most Common Home Damages Caused by Winter Weather


Some types of home damage are unavoidable during Dayton winters. To help reduce the possibility of something like this happening, we would like to talk about the two most common problems and how you can prevent them.
We’ll begin by discussing frozen pipes. These are a common issue, but we have many ideas for preventing them. If the forecast is projected to creep below 20 degrees Fahrenheit, try some of the ideas below.

  • Don’t turn off your furnace. A warm home equals warm pipes. While it may seem attractive to save money on your heat, the price of repairs following a burst pipe will be much more expensive than your utility bills could ever be.
  • In extreme cold temperatures, let your faucets drip. This can keep the pipe from freezing.
  • If you have have a frozen pipe, the first step you should do is turn off the main water valve and call a plumber.

Ice dams are another large risk due to frigid cold weather. The key is to take precautions before it’s cold outside.

  • Make sure your attic is insulated. This will prevent snow from melting on your roof by keeping warm air out of the attic.
  • Improve ventilation. The key is to cool your attic. Having vents such as an eave, soffit, ridge or gable will allow cold air in.
  • What if an ice dam does occur? Call the professionals at 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 all of us in the Dayton area will make our New Year’s resolutions. You’ve probably learned that the best way to achieve these goals is to make them realistic.
It’s important to minimize your resolutions too. Too many big goals will almost inevitably lead to failure. Pick a small number of resolutions and focus on how to keep them. Most of all, remember that everyone makes mistakes now and then, so don’t let that cause you to give up.
Our business has made the resolution to serve the local community whenever we are asked to help with fire, flood, or other disasters. We promise to be here for you. From all of us at , Happy New Year!

KEEP YOUR HOME COMFORTABLE AND EFFICIENT THIS WINTER


The holiday season is here, which means Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling of Dayton is looking forward to any exciting changes that will take place in 2015. Follow the steps below to improve your Dayton home’s energy efficiency in the coming weeks:

  • Every month, check your furnace filters and clean or replace them as needed. High-quality pleated paper filters do a great job filtering allergens and small particulates. With a clean filter, your furnace won’t have to work as hard.
  • Windows and doors can leak heat if they’re not sealed properly. Keep cold air and moisture out by caulking around the exterior. Use a waterproof, flexible, and paintable caulk. You may also want to try weather stripping around the doors.
  • If your fireplace has an open firebox, think about adding glass fireplace doors to prevent heat from escaping. You can also buy special fireplace blankets to cover openings.
  • Does your home have high ceilings? Use a ceiling fan on a “winter” setting to distribute heat around the room, which will make the space more comfortable.
  • Buy a programmable thermostat that turns temperatures down when the house is empty and automatically adjusts when you are home.

Please incorporate some of these tips in your home this winter.Following them will help your home in Dayton become more comfortable. From all of us at Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling of Dayton, enjoy!

GET YOUR HOME READY FOR WINTER STORMS


Winter storms can hurt the Dayton area in many ways – and cause extensive damage to your home. To make sure you are prepared, Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling of Dayton has a some advice for you to stay safe during the winter.

  • Check outside your home for loose shingles, siding, and fence boards and make any necessary repairs as soon as you can. These items can easily blow off in major storms.
  • Remove damaged parts of trees in your yard, especially those near the roof. Using a tree care professional is the best way to safely deal with large limbs and branches.
  • Make sure gutters and downspouts are free of debris so the drainage system can perform its function. Downspouts should direct water at least 5’ away from your foundation. Adding a downspout extension is a simple fix for an area. Water draining under your home can cause flooding, mold, and can attract termites!
  • Keep flashlights, camping lanterns, and/or headlamps in an easily accessible area in case of a power outage. Make sure they all have fresh batteries, too.
  • Maintain a supply of water and ready-to-eat food on hand as well. Having this in advance of a coming storm will help you avoid sold-out grocery stores when disaster is imminent.

Protect your family and home with these easy steps and sleep easier this winter. If you have any questions about other things that you can do, contact Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling of Dayton today.

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes in Your Home


According to State Farm Insurance, about 250,000 homes are at least partially damaged by frozen pipes every year. As the water in frozen pipes expands, it can cause flooding from broken pipes. There is no way to guarantee that 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 this winter.

#1: Drain outdoor water

Outdoor pipes are obviously more likely to freeze than indoor pipes. Schedule time to drain sprinkler supply lines, swimming pools, and outdoor hose bibs. You should also drain hoses and store them in your garage or shed.

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

Take extra care to insulate exposed pipes. Use pipe sleeves or heat tape to provide extra protection from chilly temperatures.

#3: Monitor your thermostat

Winter is not the right time to save money on your utility bill by turning off your thermostat. If you ever leave town, make sure it is not set to anything lower than 55 degrees.

#4: Consider adding insulation

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

#5: Be prepared

If you notice a slow trickle when you open a faucet, you may have a frozen pipe on your hands. With the faucet open, apply heat to the pipe with an electric heating pad or hair dryer. (Do not use an open flame device.) Monitor the open faucet and maintain heat until water pressure returns.

If you do experience broken pipes in your home or business property this winter, contact Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling of Dayton as soon as possible. Our professional water restoration services can provide assistance in an emergency like this.

Get Your House in Shape for Fall to Prevent Property Damage


During the fall, the potential for water, storm, and fire damage escalates and Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling of Dayton wants to make sure you are prepared. Here is a list of ideas that can help you avoid dangerous and costly property damage in the upcoming season.

Keep things dry. Check caulking near exterior doors and windows and repair any damaged areas. If there are gaps in places where wiring enter the home, attend to these areas immediately. Separating water from these spaces can prevent water damage and mold formation.

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

· If your house has a wood-burning fireplace, have the firebox and chimney cleaned before you light it up this season. Burning wood can cause a buildup of creosote, which can cause a major chimney fire if not kept in check.

· If there are any missing shingles or other damage to the roof, repair these problems promptly. We recommend taking a preliminary look using binoculars, and call a professional roofing contractor if repairs are necessary. A leaking roof can lead to major problems down the road, even structural damage, so prevention is essential.

If it happens to you, Call Paul! Paul Davis is here to serve the Dayton area 24/7 for emergency property damage response.

Safety Tips From National Fire Prevention Week


National Fire Prevention Week is coming up, and the team at Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling of Dayton thought this would be a great opportunity to remind our community about safety measures that can be taken to reduce the likelihood of fires in the home.

Cooking is the #1 cause of fires in the home. Hot oil or grease can flare up in a matter of seconds, so make sure you always monitor food on the stove. When cooking, loose sleeves and other clothing can readily catch fire if they contact a hot cooking surface. When they are not in use, keep flammable pot holders and kitchen towels away from the stove and oven. An ABC-rated fire extinguisher should be readily accessible in your kitchen.

Working smoke detectors can be lifesavers. According to a report released in 2014, the National Fire Prevention Association found that 60% of fatalities from residential fires occur in homes with either non-working or missing smoke detectors. Dead, missing, or disconnected batteries are the main culprit for smoke detectors that don’t work when they should, according to the NPFA. This week, take a few minutes to check your smoke detectors with their test buttons and replace the battery in any unit that does not respond.

At Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling of Dayton, we want our community to be safe. In our work, we clean up and repair property damage from fire, smoke, and water from firefighting efforts with the goal of getting homes and businesses back to normal as soon as possible.

Use These Tips to Stay Afloat During a Flood


If you browse national news sites, you’ll probably find multiple places that have been hit by floods recently. Could the Dayton area be next? Flash floods are the most common weather disaster in the country. In only two feet of water, floods are able to carry objects as large as a car.
To help you and your family endure a flood disaster, here are five flood preparedness tips in honor of National Preparedness Month (NPM).

  • #1. Create a Plan – It’s of the utmost importance to have a family emergency plan. Take time to review it with your family. To make this process easier, Paul Davis has a Get a Plan form you can print using the link at the bottom of this post.
  • #2. Develop an Emergency Kit – Here are a few of the items you should include: a gallon of water per person, a first aid kit, battery-powered radio, signal whistle, dust masks, moist towelettes, garbage bags, pliers, and local maps.
  • #3. Clean Your Gutters – Your gutters become very important during heavy rains. Make sure they are free of debris and drains are unclogged.
  • #4. Look at Flood Maps – It’s important to know if you live in a flood area so you can get proper insurance. Please click the link at the end of this post to view flood maps in Dayton.
  • #5. Understand Flood Terms – Do you know what the difference is between a flood watch and a flood warning? When a flood watch is issued, it means that there is a possibility that a flood will happen in your area. A flood warning is saying that a flood is imminent and that you need to be prepared.

Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling of Dayton is here to help you if a flood does happen in Dayton. Our services are designed to help you clean up all flood damage and restore your home to the way it way before. If you are in need of emergency board-ups, call 1-888-473-7669.

Links

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

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