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Thai Mobile Phone App Teaches Children Flood Safety

mobile-phone-appFloods can cause serious amounts of damage to homes, businesses, and other properties. In addition, they can be dangerous and, unfortunately, can even claim the lives of innocent victims. In the event of a flood, teaching your family – especially children – flood safety tips is very important. In light of the horrendous flood and tsunami tragedies that have recently affected the world, knowing what to do if a flood occurs is necessary. But what is the best way to teach flood safety to kids?

A new mobile gaming app can teach children what to do when floods strike.  The cartoon app called Sai Fah: The Flood Fighter, features a cartoon hero that combats a flood on his way to meet his mother. Each level of the game teaches children a new lesson in flood safety. It was originally developed in Thailand to reach Thai children, but was recently released in English for iOS and Android platforms. So far, the app has been downloaded 11,000 times and developers plan on promoting the game in other areas across the Asia-Pacific that have a history of floods or may be at risk for floods. 

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What Is Casualty Insurance

aston-martinIf you are reviewing insurance policy types in an effort to decide which best meets your needs, you may be wondering what a casualty policy covers.

Casualty insurance is a broad insurance coverage category that protects against loss of property, damage to your property, and related liabilities. This type often includes liability, vehicle, elevator, and theft coverage. While homeowners insurance offers substantial coverage against fire, lightning and theft, exclusions may include other disasters, like earthquakes, as well as damages to your vehicle and some types of vandalism. Making sure you’re covered can provide substantial relief if and when crisis strikes.

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How to Remove Smoke Damage from Your Walls

burnt-homeIf your home was recently affected by fire, we offer our deepest sympathies. We understand how stressful a home fire can be, how frightening, and how much damage can be done in such a short amount of time.

Just as difficult as coping with the emotional stress of a fire is cleaning up the damage when the smoke has cleared. Depending on the size and duration of the blaze, you may have damage to furniture, clothing, and the structure of your home. However, one of the major issues that arises for families who have experienced home fires is smoke damage. The charring residue that sits on your walls can be difficult to remove, a painful memory of a stressful incident that will affect your property value and the ambience of your home until removed.

Paul Davis Restoration’s team is highly skilled at removing smoke damage from your walls. It’s one of the many services we are proud to provide. However, if you’re a strong-minded DIY-type, we respect that and want to advise you as best we can. Here are a few insider tips for removing smoke residue and charring from your walls, for good.

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How to Stay Safe While You Wait for Lead Abatement

While preventing lead poisoning is now a major concern for parents, homeowners, and medical professionals, this was not always the case. Prior to the 1980s, paint, toys, and even clothing contained this toxin, which is dangerous to the human body, particularly for children.

If you have tested your home and discovered high levels of lead, or lead has shown up in your or a loved one’s blood test, you may begin to panic. However, while lead is a danger to you and your family, there’s no need to panic. There are several steps you can take immediately to ensure your family’s well-being.

First, contact a lead abatement professional immediately. You do not have to tolerate a toxic living environment. Abatement professionals are trained in the removal of lead-based materials, including paint and dust, and can make your home safe.

However, if you’ve already called a highly-skilled team and are waiting for abatement day, there are a few other actions that will help prevent contamination and subsequent health concerns:

Read more: How to Stay Safe While You Wait for Lead Abatement

Create a Home Inventory In Case of Emergency

listIf your possessions were suddenly destroyed in a fire or flood, would you be able to itemize a list of them to submit for insurance compensation?

While it may sound morbid, putting together an itemized list of all of your possessions, ready in case you need to submit for an insurance claim, can serve you in the event of disaster. Having a list ready can help you get a settlement faster, confirm your losses when filing your income tax return, and guide future insurance purchase decisions. While losing your home to a sudden crisis is never pleasant to imagine, preparing for the worst can greatly reduce your stress in the moment.

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Design Flaws in Your Home and How to Fix Em': Part 2

bathroom-hallwayIf you love your home, you may not want to take an honest look at some of the inherent flaws in its design, including those we mentioned in Part 1. However, if you’re going to live in the most comfortable and productive way possible, you need to make sure your space supports your lifestyle. That’s where Paul Davis comes in. We are happy to work with you on home remodeling projects that, quite simply, make your space better. And there’s nothing more rewarding than that.

Do any of these design flaws sound familiar?

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Is My House Well-Ventilated?

open-windowMoisture in your home can create frustrating issues with mold and mildew that can affect and even destroy furniture and carpeting, beloved soft toys, and foam ceilings or walls. Moisture damage in wood or home insulation can undermine the integrity of your home’s structure, affecting everything from your roofing to foundation. Finally, deteriorating surfaces can have an insidious, unpleasant odor that overtakes a room and becomes difficult to extricate.

Proper ventilation is essential to preventing the damaging spread of mold and mildew in your home. In addition, air circulation helps to keep your home warm and dry in the winter and cool and pleasant in the summer. Dehumidifiers provide a temporary fix for issues of condensation and basement flooding. However, rather than targeting the source of the problem, they merely attack the symptoms. If you want to actively reduce the effects of moisture buildup in your home, proper ventilation is one very effective method.

So how do you properly ventilate your home?

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Should I Buy An Old House?

old-world-homePurchasing an old home is one way to invest in a charming, romantic space that carries with it a blend of history and mystery.  However, anyone who has ever invested in an older home can tell you that these homes come with character and repairs, both in spades. Purchasing a structure that has survived years of weather changes, families moving in and out, repairs, remodeling, and maybe even periods of deterioration carries with it both responsibility and reward.

The following guide can help you decide whether the pros outweigh the cons of investing in an older home:

Con: Maintenance Issues

Simply put, old homes may be out of compliance with local residential coding or require more maintenance than the exterior reveals. Outdated heating systems and inefficient plumbing don’t just make homes unsafe or uncomfortable to live in but may violate local codes, leading to fines and further deterioration. Before purchase, be sure to both examine the property yourself and have a property inspector review your heating, wiring, plumbing, and air conditioning to make sure that they are updated and safe. In addition, be sure chimneys are aligned and windows are secure and draft-proofed. Homes built in the 50s and 60s may have ceilings made of asbestos, which could require abatement to free your home of dangerous toxins.

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Design Flaws in Your Home and How to Fix Em': Part 1

poor-storage-spaceAs time goes by, the size of your family and what you need in a home can change. You may begin to notice issues with your home, design flaws you may have missed upon purchase. These flaws may include not enough or too much space, awkwardly built rooms, or other problems that suddenly matter when you can’t fit your favorite piece of furniture in a particular corner, or don’t have room to store all of your fishing gear.

At Paul Davis, we wear many hats and give 100% in each role, from restoration specialist to abatement professional. When we put on our remodeling cap, we’re ready and able to help you troubleshoot building or design flaws, so you can reside in the home of your dreams.

If your home has the following flaws, contact us today to discuss your remodeling options!

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