Creepy Crawlspaces Pt. 1: The Initial Encounter…
Dust rolls up with every step you take. The odor is as earthy as any forest in the state of Georgia, and as strong as your Jittery Joe’s morning cup. It’s dark, cramped, and more than likely, dirty. It’s unfamiliar territory and unlike any scary movie scene you’ve ever seen; it’s your crawlspace.
Just hearing the words “crawlspace” and “water issues” together in a sentence is enough to send cold chills down your spine, especially when you don’t know what to expect. When faced with this scenario, there are two important questions you must ask yourself. When it comes to possible home repair needs in your basement or crawlspace:
1. Do you really know what’s down there?
Your crawlspace is definitely not the selling the point of a house, where you gather to take the family Christmas photos, or where your dog takes his evening stroll. So it’s probably been a while (if ever) you have visited this mysterious part of your home. A thorough inspection with a certified water mitigation and mold remediation professional would put your mind at ease.
2. Do you really want to know what’s in your crawl space?
Well, of course you do. The crawl space and basement are the foundation of a property, so it is imperative that you are aware of what your own home is being supported by.
We offer the ultimate solution.
An Athens GA Crawl Space Solutions specialist can meet with you for a consultation, answer your questions about the best plan of action for your home, and move quickly to resolve the issue. We want to give you peace and shed light into what might otherwise be a dark nightmare.
Creepy Crawlspaces Pt. 2: In the Snake Pit
How would you like to share your home with another family, and not the human kind?? My guess would be you wouldn’t. However, not knowing the condition of your insulation or not having an air sealed crawlspace or basement could be inviting big trouble. This is especially true in older homes that have not undergone modern updating.
And your bills could be crawling, too. Higher. A properly insulated and air sealed home does several things for you:
- Reduces heating and cooling costs by conserving energy
- Improves the overall comfort of your home
- Reduces noise pollution
But keeping your costs and pest count down is not as hard as it may sound.
Give Athens Crawl Space Solutions a call.
We will inspect your home for any possible openings that may be a point of entry for rodents and locations for air leaks. We can block these and check your crawl space and basement insulation, leaving you relieved and knowledgeable of what‘s down there without you actually going down there.
Making It Rain
Depending on the damage, some of your belongings are a loss, a few night’s (or weeks) in a relative’s guest room may be necessary, and your immediate action is required to ensure that no more destruction is caused by the new waterfall and pool you have in your basement.
This costly, timely, and downright inconvenient ‘phenomenon’ is enough to make a grown man cry or, at least, rain down some really bad words. And it happens more often than you think. Water damage is the second most frequently filed insurance claim, according to U.S. statistics. At least 37% of homeowners suffer from water damage-related losses each year.
And with water, a little can go a long way. Just one inch of standing water can demand restoration that costs up to $20,000. While major flooding in a home, several inches or more, can cost upwards of $100,000 or better! Repairs typically include water removal, trim, flooring, and drywall replacement, painting, and sometimes, mold remediation.
Affected homeowners wonder what measures to take and how they are going to pay for such extensive repairs. Where do I start? What should I do? Is this covered by my insurance?
Many don’t know what all is specifically covered in their current insurance policies and/or don’t understand the “mumbo-jumbo” lingo on all those pages.
But we do, and there must be sunshine after any shower.
The experts with Restore Pros of Athens, GA know all too well that a burst pipe will wreak havoc, both structurally and financially. That’s why we work exclusively for the home and business owner. Our main focus is always to restore the property to its pre-loss condition quickly and efficiently.
A lot of hours, paperwork, and phone calls to claim adjusters are made on behalf of every home and business owner we service because we care. We know the insurance industry, and how to help our clients understand their insurance coverage. Plus, our crew does 100% of the work! From the initial inspection to the claim negotiations to the perfect restoration of your home or business, Restore Pros is licensed and qualified to handle each part of your restoration needs.
Don’t get stuck dealing with water damage alone, or settling for sub-par accommodations with your insurance company because of the complexity of your policy’s…policies.
Call Restore Pros of Athens, GA today.
You Don't Know Soot!
It turns hands impossibly unclean if touched, and too much could give you the last bad cough you ever had, but what do you really know about soot?
Restore Pros of Athens, GA has seen its fair share of all kinds of loss. We only talk soot ‘cause we can clean it up! We’re who you want to call for soot damage removal, fire damage cleanup, and any insurance claim restoration your home or business may need.
So we’re here to give a few down and dirty facts to help you understand what happens when soot hits the fan!
It is not dirt, but it’s definitely dirty.
Some confuse the brownish to black substance as dust, but don’t be fooled. Where a fire started and what burned during that fire all come together to make up the soot that rests on surfaces after the flames are out. The synthetic materials used to make the plastics, linen, drywall, and wood found in businesses or residences melt down and produce either dry or wet soot. Which brings us to the next point…
There is wet soot and dry soot (I know, surprise).
Even though they both are caused by the same thing (fire), they must be removed with completely different approaches and tools.
Soot is almost impossible to clean without proper training.
According to Wikipedia, soot is a mass of impure carbon particles resulting from the incomplete combustion of hydrocarbons. In other words, it is the result of many chemical reactions in a fire. So, soot removal must be done with the right technique and “chemicals” to counteract its cause.
Also, soot particles are abrasive, so not correctly cleaning soot-covered walls or floors can actually cause more damage.
Most importantly, soot can be destructive to the health.
Bronchitis, coronary heart disease, and asthma are just some of the health problems that can be caused by prolonged soot exposure.
After a fire, people come face-to-face with
the aftermath of the devastation of their home or business. Choosing
the right fire damage restoration company makes all the difference in
your overall experience.
Restore Pros of Athens, GA is the locally owned, high quality service company that can help restore your property and life from fire and smoke damage long before the soot settles.
To find out more about how our soot damage removal, damage cleanup, or claim restoration services can help restore your home or business, please call us at 706-510-0497.