Smart People

Some People Are Just Too Smart

I don’t know why some people are so adamant about getting basements in areas with a high water table. Honestly, it is the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard. When I lived back in Los Angeles, I had a neighbor who desperately wanted to build a basement in her new home. And, surprisingly enough, even when the engineers and construction workers told her the potential issues with a basement so close to the ocean, she just threw money at them and told them to do their job. (Yeah, this woman was a real piece of work).

And Then The Rains Came

So, as the rest of the neighbors watched her build this huge house with a basement, I was shaking my head and just waiting for the rain season to come. Unsurprisingly, when the rain season came, my neighbor’s basement was flooded. So, she had to call in a water damage restoration company to “water proof” her home for a second time. And by “water proofing” I mean that she had to seal up the windows that were remotely close to the ground because that is how all of the water got in. She has so much water in basement that I didn’t think it was even worth having such a small basement. Her basement is literally only five and a half feet tall and it is probably only about one hundred and twenty square feet. Really, lady? You paid a huge amount of money for a basement that people cannot stand up in? Ugh, some people.

Storing Your Things In A Basement

When you are thinking about where to store your stuff, plan for the worst. You need to think about all of the potential water damage that you could sustain in the areas where you are storing your stuff. Think about where you are storing things and what could happen. Lots of people use their basement for storage. I know some people who use their basements purely for storage. This makes a bit of sense. When you’re planning this you best consider a basement flood. There could be some problems that go along with that. You need to be aware that (hole in the ground) the basement is the first place to get flooded. You need to know that everything you store in the basement will get soaked in a flood. That means you need think about what you are store in the basement. If it is an album full of old and valuable family photos, important documents or electronics, you may want to consider the attic. There are other places where you can store those types of things where they are less likely to be damaged by water. But if you are storing your weight set or your fishing gear, who cares if it gets wet? Go ahead and store all of your stuff like that in the basement. It is a great place to put things that are able to get wet. But do not store stuff that can be damaged by water.

Basements

A Water Damage Incident

Water damage is a serious problem that can affect your property at any time. Most people think of water damage as caused by forces of nature like heavy rain, storms, flooding or even snow. However, there are other sources as well – backed up or overflowing appliances in the kitchen or bathroom, burst pipes for fresh water or sewage, and outdated plumbing which is causing leaks can all result in serious damage to your home and belongings. Never ignore any of these dangerous problems. Water inside a building will almost always spread, and as the problem gets worse, more damage and expense mount up.

Professional Help

Professional water damage technicians can get started immediately with an evaluation of the cause of the water problem and an assessment of what has been damaged. The first step is eliminating the source of the water penetration. After that, they will treat all of your possessions that are salvageable, using state of the art water extraction process, and store them safely while we move ahead with work on the building. They will remove any contaminated materials out of harm’s way. Professionals have the equipment and the skills to perform expert water extraction, thorough drying, mold removal and treatment of the air quality. Once the site is completely dry and disinfected, free of any trace of moisture, mold or germs, we will start on the structural repair work.

Restoration and Repair

A professional water damage restoration team excels at water damage repair and restoration of the premises to their pre-damaged condition. Any damage to the building’s plumbing and electrical systems can be completely repaired, to the highest standards of safety. They will repair and remove all signs of water damage. Once your building is completely strong and sound, they apply the crowning touch – a professional paint job, using mold resistant paint. Now your property is as good as new.