News & Blogs
Crocuses are poking their purple heads out of the ground in Portland, and we couldn’t be happier, after the weather we’ve had this winter. However, with warmer temperatures comes a host of new flooding threats to your home. Never fear: our experts at Paul Davis are happy to help you out, rain or shine, and give you the following tips so you can fully enjoy your Spring.
New Flood Threats
When temperatures warm and Spring is on its way, much of the ground is still cold, hard, and at least half-frozen, preventing melted snow or rainfall from absorbing into the soil. As snow and ice melts, it makes its way into streams, rivers, and lakes, causing overflow and flood your property. While there may not be much snow or ice on the ground here in Portland, water flowing down the sides of local mountains and areas of higher elevation affect our homes as well.
Restoration companies can be found across the United States. We can tell you all day about our impeccable service, and you can believe us (because we really do care and really do provide the absolute fastest, most thorough restoration/ remodeling/ abatement services that we know of).
However, if you are paying us to restore your home and valuables after a disaster, you deserve to know exactly what we do differently from other companies that makes us unique and worth your business.
Because we care about your budget and want you to feel positive about choosing our services, the following is a summary of the ways in which we at Paul Davis Restoration of Greater Portland do our job smarter and serve you better than anyone else on the market.
Our Soft Goods Cleaning
You may have heard about our Esporta cleaning system, but if you haven’t, this revolutionary method of removing dirt, mold and mildew, and smoke damage from your prized possessions is well worth a look. While many companies provide soft contents cleaning, our Esporta Wash System can be likened to hauling a load in a semi-trailer vs. an ordinary pickup truck. With the latest technology set to work on your filthiest soft items, one wash can return your beloved soft toy or softball mitt to its pre-incident condition.
Omega Sonics System
While 40% of our peers have some form of commercial wash system, this assembly-line style of washing items gets into the nooks and crannies easily missed by lesser methods.
Ozone Drying Chambers
Ozone drying chambers are another restoration company specialty. When filling large, monitored drying chambers, ozone can neutralize smoke odors and dry out furniture items covered in mold. At Paul Davis Restoration, we specifically monitor your items using state-of-the-art technology, and are proud to offer double the capacity of most companies, with two ozone drying chambers instead of just one.
If your home has recently been damaged by flood, or if you are moving into a flood zone and want to be fully informed, you’ve come to the right place.
Our team at Paul Davis is made up of flood restoration experts who have helped thousands of families weather crises. The following facts about flooding will serve you well, whether you’re interested in learning more, or if your home has recently been affected by storm or coastal flooding:
Every Season Varies
The worst season for flooding depends largely on the region in which you live. Long, snowy winters can cause water damage due to frozen and burst plumbing pipes. Heavy Spring rain can cause basement floods due to runoff from your roof, window sills, or the downward slope of your yard leading to your home. Fallen leaves in Autumn can cause blocked gutters, which can force water to slide over the side and into your basement. Long story short, any season, depending on where you live and the climate, can cause flooding somewhere in your home.
Electrical wiring issues are one of the leading causes of home fires, particularly in the winter, when strings of lights linger and dark afternoons force us to use artificial light for longer periods of time. Even if you are a pro at turning off your lights when you leave the house and attending to flickering bulbs, there may be electrical issues inside your house that can cause a fire without any warning.
Scared yet? Don’t be. Knowledge goes a long way to preventing home fires. Look for the following signs and symptoms of unhealthy wiring and contact the experts at Paul Davis to examine your home further if you have any questions:
Circuit Breakers Go Out
If your circuit breaker trips during routine activities, something is wrong. Your circuit breakers help to protect your home from fire by stopping the energy flow when more amps are running through than your circuit is rated for. Because fuses can “blow out” and require replacing, circuit breakers are essential for keeping consistent, reliable control of the energy flow in your home.
That being said, circuit breakers can and do wear out over time. If your circuit breaker is tripping often, you may either have too many total amps running through the circuit, which indicates too many high-powered appliances plugged into one circuit. The other possible cause is a short in the wiring along the circuit.
In either situation, do not simply replace the fuse or breaker with a higher rating unit, as doing so can overload your wiring and cause a devastating home fire. Rather, contact an electrician to help you assess the problem. In the meantime, disconnect high-amp appliances and electronics from the circuit, and do not overload your outlets with electrical strips or surge protectors.
This winter has been wild, with record-breaking temperature drops and more snow than Portland has experienced in decades. Global climate change is shifting weather across the planet, and here in the Pacific Northwest, change means learning to adapt to unpredictable patterns during a season that, in years passed, could be summed up with one word: rain.
Winter storms can wreak havoc on your home in ways you would have never predicted. For all your surprise concerns, Paul Davis is here to walk you through the restoration process, one step at a time.
What can we help you with, this season? The following are just a few issues that our expert team can troubleshoot:
During heavy rains, your roof takes a beating. Weatherproofing your roof can be vital to leak prevention and maintaining the viability of your structure over time. There are a wide variety of weather proof roof coverings on the market, depending on your specific needs. The following may help you maintain a strong roof against winter storms:
When it’s raining, you shut the windows and your house doesn’t flood, right? Yes and no. While shutting windows will help prevent a deluge, it may not protect your home from small, insidious leaks that go unnoticed long enough to cause major damage. Understanding how window insulation works can help you reinforce your own windows against unwanted moisture or choose the right professional to help you do so.
Leaky windows can be identified by their appearance. Rotted frames and sheaths and soaked insulation infected with mold, as well as flooring or carpets and walls damaged by water near the window, can all indicate poor insulation. Your remodeling expert should be able to spot these signs immediately and will know exactly how to correct the problem.
Flood waters can dramatically affect your prized leather and upholstered couches, chairs, and ottomans. Whether the damage came as a result of a storm or even hurricane, floods can take you by surprise and destroy the items you value in seconds.
If your prized items have been damaged by a storm, don’t panic. Many may be salvageable, depending on how fast you act, whether you take steps to remove contaminants from your furniture or call a restoration specialist. The following steps can help you treat water damage as it occurs:
If a massive flood has occurred, you may be in danger of electrocution if you enter too soon, due to live wires under the water or bacterial contamination. Make sure if you do re-enter that you are dressed in waterproof protective gear, including gloves and boots, and that you take a look at the PDF from the US Environmental Protection Agency to make sure the area is clear for entry.
Your basement provides you with extra space for storage, a laundry room, game room, or extra bedroom. A finished basement can add to your property value and creates a pleasant space for your family, as well as guests, to spend time. However, basements are known for flooding issues as well as mold and mildew growth, so understanding the way your basement is constructed can help you manage this space with practical awareness.
How to Build a Basement
Want to build a basement or simply understand how yours was made? Consider these steps:
If your home has been devastated by fire or flood and requires remodeling or rebuilding, you may be wondering how these processes work. How does a home rise from foundation to finish after crisis?
The following explains the purpose and construction of concrete slabs, which provide the first layer of your home’s foundation. Have questions? Call us! We’re glad to help with all of your remodeling and restoration projects.
What’s in a slab?
Foundational systems of most homes are made of one of three components: slabs, basements, and crawl spaces. If you live in a coastal flooding area, your home may be raised up on posts.
The slab is a flat pad made of concrete that has been directly poured onto the ground. This part of your foundation requires little preparation or framework to install. Concrete slabs are best used in warm or moderate climates, as ground freezes in winter can contribute to shifts in the slab and icy cold flooring.
The majority of the slab is between four and six inches thick, with a four or six-inch layer of gravel remaining below. In order to keep moisture out, home builders place a sheet of plastic that is four millimeters thick between the gravel and the concrete. They then embed a six-inch by six-inch wire mesh layer in the concrete, visible as a dotted line in your slab, as well as steel reinforcing bars, which show as white circles at the bottom of the beams.
Inside the slab, your home’s sewer pipe is secured, as well as some of the electrical conduits for the house. Both the pipe and conduits must be secured before the concrete is poured, as they may become embedded in the concrete.
- Lead Inspection vs. Risk Assessment (Blog)
- Is There Mold Under My Linoleum?
- How Does Crime Scene Cleanup Work?
- Top 4 Causes of Winter Flooding
- Have a Safe Home This Holiday Season!
- Now Offering Lead Abatement Services
- Fire-Proof Your Home This Winter
- How to Use a Space Heater Safely
- Old Home Remodeling Issues, Resolved
- 4 Types of Flooding That Affect Homeowners