No one thinks that winter storms will damage their home in Dayton Metro, but it does happen. Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling of Dayton has some advice for you to help protect your property from storm damage – we want you and your home to be safe this winter!
- Check for loose shingles, siding, and fence boards and repair all issues as soon as you can. Items like this can easily blow off in major storms.
- Look at the trees in your yard and have damaged or weak parts removed, especially those near the roof. 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 send water at least 5’ away from your home’s foundation. An emergency fix can be as simple as adding downspout extensions to those areas where the water is not carried far enough away. Water draining under your home can lead to flooding, mold, and can attract termites!
- Be sure you have flashlights, camping lanterns, and/or headlamps easily accessible if a power outage occurs. Make sure they all have fresh batteries, too.
- Purchase an emergency supply of food and water. This will help sustain your family in the middle of a crippling storm.
All of us at Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling of Dayton encourage you, your family, and your home to be storm-ready at all times. Follow these steps to protect your home and sleep easier this winter.
Frozen pipes are something that no property owner wants to experience. As the water in frozen pipes expands, it can cause flooding from broken pipes. In fact, a crack as small as 1/8″ can cause 250 gallons of flooding in a day. While extremely cold temperatures in Dayton Metro can cause this to occur to even the savviest homeowner, there are things you can do to prevent frozen pipes in your home. Read the steps below to reduce the possibility of frozen pipes and flooding this winter.
#1: Drain outdoor water
Outdoor pipes are obviously more likely to freeze than indoor pipes. Take some time to drain sprinkler supply lines, swimming pools, and outdoor hose bibs. You should also drain your hoses and store them in your garage or shed.
#2: Install pipe sleeves or heat tape to exposed pipes
It’s critical to insulate any pipes in your property that are exposed. Use heat tape or pipe sleeves to provide extra protection from chilly temperatures.
#3: Monitor your thermostat
Break the habit of turning off your thermostat to save money in the winter. Make sure your thermostat isn’t set lower than 55 degrees, especially if you leave town.
#4: Consider adding insulation
Check your basement, attic, and crawl spaces to see if they are lacking insulation. Doing this won’t just lower the possibility of frozen or broken pipes, it will also help lessen the blow of utility bill costs.
#5: Be prepared
If you notice a small trickle when you open a faucet, you may have a frozen pipe. With the faucet open, apply heat to the pipe with a hair dryer or electric heating pad. (Do not use an open flame device.) Maintain heat until water pressure is restored.
Contact Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling of Dayton as soon as possible if you have a broken pipe in your Dayton Metro home or business. Our water restoration services can provide immediate assistance and get you back on your feet soon.
The potential for water damage, storm damage and fire damage can increase during the fall, and Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling of Dayton wants to make sure you are prepared. We’ve put together a list of ideas that can help you avoid dangerous property damage in the fall.
Keep things dry. Look at your caulking near exterior doors and windows and repair any damaged areas. If you notice gaps in areas where wiring enter the home, caulk these areas as soon as you can. Keeping water out of these spaces can prevent water damage and mold formation.
· Protect your roof. Inspect your property for tree branches, especially any that overhang the house. If they’re above the first story of your home, they should be removed by a professional.
· If your house has a wood-burning fireplace, have the firebox and chimney cleaned before you use it this year. Burning wood can create a buildup of creosote, which can cause a serious chimney fire if not kept in check.
· Does your roof have missing shingles or other damage? Take care of repairs immediately. We suggest using binoculars to take a preliminary look, and definitely call a professional roofing contractor when repairs are necessary. Not repairing a leaking roof can lead to structural problems and other major issues down the road.
We are here to serve people in Dayton Metro 24/7 for emergency response to property damage. If it happens to you, Call Paul!
From October 5-11, 2014, National Fire Prevention Week will allow people around the country to learn how to prevent house fires. In this post, you’ll read some tips that can help you with this.
The leading cause of house fires is cooking. Hot oil, grease, or food can flare up in a matter of seconds, so make sure you don’t forget about food on the stove. Flammable pot holders and kitchen towels should be kept away from your stove or oven when they’re not in use. An ABC-rated fire extinguisher should be readily accessible in your kitchen.
When it comes to preventing fire damage, smoke detectors are a necessity. The National Fire Prevention Association claims that 60% of fatalities from residential fires 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 dead, missing, or disconnected batteries. Now is a great time to check all of your smoke detectors to ensure that they work.
The safety of the Dayton Metro community is our most important priority. If something does happen, Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling of Dayton is your resource for fire damage cleanup and restoration.
Floods have spread across the nation one city at a time…or shall we say MANY cities at a time. Could it happen in Dayton Metro? In the United States, flash floods are the most common severe weather disaster. Floods are able to start carrying objects away in as little as two feet of water, even a car!
To celebrate FEMA’s National Preparedness Month (NPM), here are five flood preparedness tips to help you and your home survive a flood.
- #1. Create a Plan – Make sure that you have a family emergency plan. Once the plan is in place, rehearse and review it with your family. To help our clients with this step, Paul Davis has a Get a Plan form you can print using the link at the bottom of this post.
- #2. Build an Emergency Kit – Some items this should include are: a gallon of water per person, a first aid kit, singal whistle, battery-powered radio, moist towelettes, dust masks, garbage bags, pliers, and local maps.
- #3. Clean Your Gutters – Clear any debris from your gutters; to help water flow, it is vital that the drains are not clogged.
- #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 see flood maps in Dayton Metro.
- #5. Understand Flood Vocabulary – 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 is saying that a flood is headed your way and that you need to take action.
Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling of Dayton is here to help you if a flood does happen in Dayton Metro. We can clean up your flood damage and restore your home to its previous condition. We are here when disaster strikes 24/7.
Get a Plan Template: http://bit.ly/1BsklQb
Local Flood Maps: https://msc.fema.gov/portal
Over the last month, it has been impossible to visit a news or social media website without seeing the latest ALS Ice Bucket Challenge video. It’s quite entertaining to watch someone you know or a favorite celebrity dump a bucket of ice water on their head, and the joy doubles when you add the amount of good this challenge has accomplished.
ALS, commonly called Lou Gehrig’s Disease, stands for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. What’s ALS? The website for the ALS Association describes it as “a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord”. The Ice Bucket Challenge is a way to raise money and awareness for this disease. It starts with a challenge extended from one person to another to either donate a specific amount to charity that supports ALS or dump a bucket of water and ice over their head. After making their decision, the person then challenges another handful of people to the same choice.
The Ice Bucket Challenge has been very successful in its mission. The ALS Association has been given over $100 million in donations from July 29 to August 29.
Along with millions of others, the Paul Davis Restoration has accepted this challenge. There are many franchises across the country have helped raise ALS awareness in their local communities through this challenge.
So keep an eye out for Paul Davis Ice Bucket Challenge videos as you are browsing the Internet in Dayton Metro.
We probably don’t have to alert you that Labor Day is almost here. After dozens of summer days staring out your office window to admire the rainless skies, you can now spend a weekday breathing in fresh air. What do you have planned? Will you be driving to the mountains for a picnic? Or are you going to take advantage of a chance to catch up on yardwork? This is the great thing about Labor Day, there are endless possibilities.
But while you will be enjoying your break on September 1st, Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling of Dayton will be ready to provide any of our cleanup or restoration services to homes and businesses in the Dayton Metro. We acknowledge that property damage can occur any time, so we are on-call 365 days a year.
To learn more about some of our available services in Dayton Metro, please read the information below:
- Fire & Smoke Damage Cleanup: With hotter temperatures comes an increased fire risk. Our technicians can provide the services necessary for you to recover from a devastating fire, including the neutralization of smoke odors.
- Water Damage Restoration: Water can cause thousands of dollars in damage in just minutes. We remove any standing water, dry damp areas, and complete all repairs.
- Storm Damage Restoration: Each year, summer storms are the cause of billions of dollars in property damage across the United States. 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 corrected quickly and thoroughly. Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling of Dayton has the skilled teams and cleaning technology to answer this call.
We truly hope that your Labor Day is as safe as possible. But if something does occur, remember to contact the professionals at Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling of Dayton.
This season sends my mind back to family vacations when I was a kid. Whether it was a true out-of-town vacation or playing in the backyard with other kids from the neighborhood, it was a time for fun and more fun. Well, there was that one year when summer school came into the picture – yuck! It felt like every night, we would play outside until it was dark, then finally fall into bed, exhausted from another day of fun. Back in those days, summer seemed to last so long!
As you create new summer memories, take a few moments to reflect on your long-ago summers. From all of us at Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling of Dayton, happy summer! And don’t forget to Call Paul if you need assistance with water damage, storm damage, or mold removal!
You may not have the time take a long summer excursion, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t take a short break. An extra day added to your weekend can reduce the amount of stress you feel. It might be tempting to devote your day to household tasks, but let’s go beyond that! Rather than doing chores, try something new for a change. Hike a trail you’ve never seen before, try geocaching, or take a cooking class or a DIY workshop. Is your bicycle collecting dust in the garage? Fill up the tires and get rolling.
At Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling of Dayton,, we keep busy helping our customers in Dayton Metro with fire, storm, and water damage restoration 365 days a year. But we know from experience that taking time to care for R&R is important too. Whatever you decide to do, we wish you a great break!
Summer means fun and excitement are around the corner for most people, but it also means a higher possibility of storms in the Dayton Metro area. Did you know that the every spring and summer, the National Weather Service categorizes over 10,000 thunderstorms as “severe”? Even if you’re prepared, sometimes the inevitable occurs. If your property is damaged from hail, lightning, a fallen tree, wind or rain, Paul Davis can help. Our mission is to return things to their previous condition as quickly as possible. Water damage tends to worsen over time, which means delays cannot happen.
We’re here for you in Dayton Metro when you need us most! Paul Davis provides storm damage restoration for commercial and residential properties. We may also issue an invoice for your insurance claim, if you prefer not to file your own. Either way, you can always count on Paul Davis for fast response, great work, and superior customer service.
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