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Prevention Tips – Fall

PREVENTION TIPS – FALL

OUTSIDE YOUR HOME

DOWNSPOUTS

Downspouts should be disconnected from drainpipes and extensions that draw water away from the foundation so they won’t freeze and back up. Don’t forget to reconnect them in the spring!

ROOF

Prevent ice dams from forming at the edge of the roof.

Heat escaping from inside the building melts snow on the roof. The water then runs to the edge of the roof, where it freezes. When ice builds up, it prevents water from draining off the roof. Then, through capillary action, the water is drawn up under the shingles, causing major damage. Here is how to prevent this:

  • Install a leaf guard/ice guard to prevent debris from blocking the gutters and downspouts. Gutters must be clear so the water can flow freely.
  • Check the insulation in the space under the roof and add more in places where there isn’t enough or where it is too compressed.
  • Check the air circulation in the space under the roof. The air intakes in the soffits have to be clear for the roof ventilators to draw air through the soffits. A well-ventilated roof will prevent snow from melting.

 

Check the shingles regularly and replace them as soon as they show signs of wear (raised or tattered corners) or if there are poorly drained areas on a flat roof.

TREES

Plant trees a minimum of five meters from the house.

Trees planted too close to a house can damage the foundation and block French drains.

GUTTERS

Clear dead leaves and other debris from gutters at least once a year.

FOUNDATION

Check your foundation for cracks and fissures. Patch any fissures in the foundation walls or brick facing.

WATER LINES

If your outdoor faucet is not frost-free (4-season), you have to shut the water off from inside and drain the outdoor faucet to get all the water out.

The water in the part of the faucet extending outside the house can freeze and cause the pipes to burst.

Do your water pipes pass through your cellar, crawl space, or an exterior wall? If the water in a pipe freezes, it could create enough pressure to burst.

Place an insulating sheath over any water pipes that are exposed to cold.

EXTERIOR BASEMENT ENTRANCE

Check and clear the drain in the basement entrance.

A blocked or poorly cleared drain can increase the risk of water seeping in through the edges of the basement entry door.

INSIDE YOUR HOME

AIR EXCHANGER

Clean your air exchanger filters.

Air exchangers mainly operate in winter, and it is very important to clean the filters every two or three months. The heat or energy recovery core made of polypropylene (plastic) or aluminium should be cleaned once a year, preferably in the fall, before the heating season.

WINDOWS AND WINDOW WELLS

It is better to remove screens during the winter and store them in a dry, temperature-controlled environment.

A screen in front of a window will block heat, resulting in condensation and mold.

Replace any damaged caulking along the edges of basement doors and windows

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Fireline Contents Restoration

Fireline Contents Restoration

Our recently acquired Fireline System has enabled us to provide a higher level of contents restoration service. The cleaning results we have experienced have been exceptional. These before and after pictures demonstrate a fraction of our contents restoration capabilities.Lock - FirelineTool Box - Firelinelocks

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Energy Consumption Of Equipment

Energy Consumption Of Equipment

Golden Triangle Restoration Service Inc. is committed to helping our clients get back to normalcy in a timely and cost effective manner.  Download our Free Energy Consumption of Equipment Calculator to estimate the power consumption and budget for your restoration or determine the amount of equipment you may require.  If you have questions, or need immediate assistance, contact us today.

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Affected by Flood?  Here’s what to know.

Affected by Flood? Here’s what to know.

DURING A FLOOD:

Here’s what you can do to stay safe during a flood:

  • If flooding occurs, go to higher ground and avoid areas subject to flooding.
  • Do not attempt to walk across flowing streams or drive through flooded roadways.
  • If water rises in your home before you evacuate, go to the top floor, attic, or roof.
  • Listen to a battery-operated radio for the latest storm information.
  • Turn off all utilities at the main power switch and close the main gas valve if advised to do so.
  • If you’ve come in contact with floodwaters, wash your hands with soap and disinfected water.

AFTER A FLOOD:

As soon as floodwater levels have dropped, it’s time to start the recovery process. Here’s what you can do to begin restoring your home.

  • If your home has suffered damage, call your insurance agent to file a claim.
  • Check for structural damage before re-entering your home to avoid being trapped in a building collapse.
  • Take photos of any floodwater in your home and save any damaged personal property.
  • Make a list of damaged or lost items and include their purchase date and value with receipts, and place with the inventory you took prior to the flood. Some damaged items may require disposal, so keep photographs of these items.
  • Keep power off until an electrician has inspected your system for safety.
  • Boil water for drinking and food preparation until authorities tell you that your water supply is safe.
  • Prevent mold by removing wet contents immediately.
  • Wear gloves and boots to clean and disinfect. Wet items should be cleaned with a pine-oil cleanser and bleach, completely dried, and monitored for several days for any fungal growth and odors.

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