How Rain Can Damage Your Home

how rain can damage your home

Most homeowners know that the weather can cause significant damage to their homes. However, many don’t think of rain as a problematic weather pattern. In reality, rain can cause water damage to a home, which can provide a breeding ground for mold and mildew.

Here’s what you need to know about rain and water damage so you can protect your home.

How Water Gets Into Your Home

There are a number of ways that water can infiltrate your home.

Leaky Roofs

If your roof leaks, you can end up with roof water damage and roof leak mold. Rain can get into your roof if you have:

  • Missing or broken shingles
  • Incorrect or incorrectly installed roofing materials
  • Damaged flashing

Many people ask us, “Can you get mold from a leaky roof?” The answer is absolutely “Yes!” Anytime water gets into your home and is not dried up immediately, you could end up with mold.

Backed Up Gutters

Gutters are designed to keep rainwater away from your roof and the ground immediately surrounding your house. If they are filled with leaves and other debris, or if there’s so much rain that they are overwhelmed, you can end up with a lot of water getting dumped near your foundation.

Over time, this water can weaken your home and cause your basement to become flooded, and mold to grow.

Wind-Driven Rain

Sure, your house is in great shape, but what happens when wind drives rain into it at high speeds? Even the best cared for home can experience water damage under these circumstances. Water can be driving into your siding and your roof and it can even be pushed between the window and the frame of your house.

Groundwater Flooding

If the ground around your house gets overwhelmed by water and can’t absorb it all, that water can end up inside your home. This can cause basement water damage and mold/mildew growth down there.

Window Leaks

If your windows are older or haven’t been upgraded recently, they may be susceptible to leaks. Check the seal around each window to make sure that it is intact all the way around. If these seals fray, crack, or become brittle, rain can get through and you can end up with water damage.

Other Water Infiltration

In addition to roof water damage and damage from the other sources listed above, water can often get into your home in other ways, like through miniscule gaps in your siding or via your crawl space.

Signs of Water Damage

The best way to detect roof leak mold or to determine whether your basement flooded and mold grew is to look for the following signs.

  • A moldy or mildewy smell
  • Visible mold or mildew growth
  • Peeling or discolored paint
  • Soft, squishy, or sagging walls or ceiling
  • Higher-than-usual home humidity
  • Damp carpet or puddles on flooring
  • The sound of running water when all water is shut off

What Do I Do About Water Damage?

If you see the signs mentioned above and you suspect water damage in your home, give us a call at Core24 Services. We will determine where the water is getting into your house, then seal it up so you don’t have the same problem again.

Our work doesn’t stop there, though. We will also help you find and mitigate any damage that the water has already done to your home. We’ll find out what the water has damaged, then dry it out or remove it and replace it.

If you have mold, we’ll bring in filters to scrub your air, then do whatever it takes to get rid of the mold fast. We’ll even coordinate with third-party companies to complete work on your plumbing, heating, and air conditioning if those systems are part of the problem.

No matter what, we’ll get you living normally in your home once again. We work efficiently because we know how much you need your home. Before you know it, things will be back to normal and you’ll be on your regular schedule again.

Call Core24 Services for Water Damage Restoration Services!

If you suspect water damage in your home, call us at Core24 Services today. We’ll have someone out ASAP to find the problem and implement the solutions you need.

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Frozen Pipes 101: Preventing Frozen Pipes & How to Unfreeze Water Pipes

Do you worry about getting frozen pipes? If you do, we don’t blame you! After all, these can potentially cause damage to your home if they burst, or leave you without water. When you live in the freezing and unpredictable weather of Delaware winters, it can be hard to predict when the snow will come and freeze your pipes. 

Instead of worrying about your pipes, though, do something to prevent the problem. Here are some simple steps you can take to protect the pipes in your house so you never have to deal with a frozen pipe again! And If you find yourself unfortunately faced with frozen pipes, we have some tips to help you thaw frozen pipes safely  

keep pipes from freezing

Find the Pipes Likely to Freeze

Pipes exposed to uninsulated air are in the most danger of freezing. These may include outdoor pipes or those used for your sprinkler system. Pipes in your attic, garage, basement, etc. are also in danger.

Add Insulation

Once you know which pipes are most likely to freeze, insulate them. You can insulate around the individual pipe. Simply buy some pipe sleeves, slide them on the pipes or wrap them around, and they are already safer. 

You can also add insulation to the uninsulated areas of your home. This may have the added benefit of lowering your heating bills all winter long!

Keep Your Heat On

Make sure your home stays at a warm temperature, even if you’re not there. Typically keeping it above 55 degrees will work, but check your insurance policy to see their recommended temperature, so you don’t get denied a claim! Use a programmable thermostat to lower temperatures while you’re gone and raise them when you come back. That way, you can still reap the benefits of lowering the thermostat without freezing your pipes or yourself!

Take Special Precautions

If there are particular pipes you’re concerned about, wrap them in heat tape. You can find this at your local hardware store. We recommend the kind that does not plug in since this can become a fire hazard. Simply wrap the tape around the sections of pipe you’re worried about, activate the heat, and leave it there all winter long. 

You can also set up a space heater to blow on pipes you’re worried about. This is a major fire hazard but, done carefully, can also protect your home. You’ll want to watch it regularly and inspect the heater weekly.

If you’ve come home and discovered that it’s too late to prevent your pipes from freezing, you now have to act quickly to make sure that your pipes don’t burst or bulge. 

What to Do if You Have Frozen Pipes

In reality, frozen pipes are often easy to deal with and they don’t always cause major damage to your home. Here’s what you need to know in case your pipes freeze. 

Find Your Frozen Pipe

You’ll know the pipes are frozen because one or more of your faucets will stop working. Turn the water off, then try to find the frozen pipe. You’ll want to look anywhere pipes are exposed to outside air without insulation. This can include attics, basements, garages, etc. The pipe will likely have condensation or even ice around the frozen part. 

Decide Whether to Thaw or Wait

Most pipes will thaw on their own as the weather warms up. If it’s getting warmer soon, it may not be worth unfreezing the pipe manually. Instead, just wait. You will want to watch the pipe to see if it leaks after it thaws. If it does, then it’s time to replace that section of pipe.

If you need the pipe unfrozen quickly or it’s not thawing on its own, then it’s probably time to manually thaw it. 

How to Unfreeze Frozen Pipes

You can turn up the heat in your house or set up a space heater near the pipe. Aim the heater at the pipe but keep it several feet from it to avoid inadvertent damage. You can also purchase heat tape. This either plugs in or is self-heating. You wrap it around the frozen pipe, start the heating process, and wait. 

Working With Frozen Pipes Underground

If you suspect a frozen pipe underground, it’s time to call in a plumber. At Core24 Services, we have the expertise you need on your side when these pipes freeze. We’ll find the frozen section, then determine the best way to thaw it for you. Before you know it, your frozen pipe problem will be a thing of the past!

Call Core24 Services whenever you have questions about frozen pipes!

Water Damages and Your Property

Water Damages and Your Property

Water damages can occur for various reasons and can cause a wide array of problems for you and your property. From mold damages to structural problems, water damages can cause severe issues. Below, Core24 Services will discuss what causes water damages and what you can do to prevent them from occurring.

How Do Water Damages Occur?

Water damages can occur from many different problems. Some of those include:
• Broken or Leaky Pipes
• Storm Damages
• Flooding
• Sewage Backups

If you have any type of water damages to your property, it is crucial that you call a professional cleanup company such as Core24 Services. Water can seep into areas where you cannot see it. Areas inside of walls, beneath carpets, and in crawlspaces are common for water damages. If you do not have the proper equipment to find water behind surfaces, it will not dry. Once this occurs, you will have mold growth. Mold can cause a host of problems that is not only hazardous to your health but also damages the structure of your home. When handling water damages, the professionals will use pumps to pump all the existing water out, and then fans will be used to dry all areas of the home, including places that cannot be seen. Once all water is removed, water damage restoration can occur. Damaged areas will be removed and replaced. One replaced, the areas will be sprayed with special agents to ensure no mold growth will occur.

Mold growth can spread quickly throughout your property and cause severe respiratory issues. If you see any water or mold stains, you need to call a professional immediately. Mold will continue to grow and breed until it is entirely removed from the property. Mold causes structural damages and can make you ill. To avoid mold growth, call a professional for all your water damage cleanup and removal needs.

Mold Removal/Remediation – The Importance

Mold Removal/Remediation – The Importance

Mold growth can occur at all times of the year, but Summertime is the prime time for mold to breed and grow. Mold needs a warm and damp area to grow. Mold generally grows from water damages or condensation. Crawlspaces, attics, and basements are common places for mold growth. You will also see mold stains in areas such as kitchens and bathrooms because of the humidity that can happen in those areas. Below, Core24 Services will discuss mold removal and remediation for properties.

Mold Removal and Remediation

Water stains and a musty smell in your home is the number one indication that you have a mold problem, but how should you approach it? It is crucial that you always call a certified mold removal specialist to check your home or business for mold. If mold is found on the property, it will need to be removed. Mold remediation should never be completed without the proper licenses and equipment. Mold can cause severe respiratory illnesses and, if not completed removed, will continue to grow and cause problems.

Mold removal is a complex job, as all areas that have mold growth will need to be removed and replaced. Once those areas are mold-free special anti-microbial sprays will be used to ensure mold does not grow back in those areas. It is important that you find the source of the mold growth since mold needs water to grow. Many times, it is from a roof leak or water damages that occurred and was not entirely removed. If there is a leak, it will need to be repaired so that no more damages or mold can grow. If your property has mold, it is important that you call a mold professional for removal. They use specialized equipment to ensure your safety, as well as make sure all mold is removed and will not return. If you have water or mold stains, give Core24 Services a call today for all your mold remediation and removal needs.

Water Damage Restoration/Cleanup

Water Damage Restoration/Cleanup

Water is known to cause significant damages to properties. Water can spread quickly to other areas of your home or business, wreaking havoc as it goes. Water damages can occur from storm damages, faulty appliances, and plumbing problems. When it comes to water damages, it is crucial that you contact a water removal company such as Core24 Services quickly. Our team provides 24/7 emergency services for businesses and homes with water damages. Before water removal begins, an inventory will be taken of the affected area. This is crucial for insurance claims. If items were damaged during the water damages, they would be removed to ensure they are dried and cleaned correctly.

Water Removal and Cleanup

Water damage restoration is completed in processes. During the first part, water is removed from the area with large pumps. Once water is removed, the drying process begins. This process is one of the most important, as all water must be dried to ensure mold does not grow. Air movers and dehumidifiers are the most common types of equipment we use for this process. At times we will use a heat-drying system to circulate heated air. The drying process can take some time, depending on the amount of water damages that have occurred. Once the drying is completed, the area will be checked with infrared equipment that can see water beneath floors and between walls. This is a crucial part, as all water has to be removed. Even a drop can cause structural rot and possible mold growth.

Water Restoration Process

Once the area has been thoroughly dried, we will clean the area with antimicrobials. This is completed so that no mold grows and that area is disinfected and safe for people to return to the area. Bacteria, fungus, and viruses can grow if the area is not treated properly. Once the area is treated any repaired can occur to any damaged walls or flooring.
Core24 Services also provides carpet cleaning in the event your carpet becomes wet from water damages. Cleaning wet carpet is a major process that can take time to complete. If you have recently experienced water damages, give Core24 Services a call. Our team is certified and licensed to provide complete water damage cleanup and water damage restoration services to both residential and commercial properties.

How Does a Dehumidifier Work?

How Does a Dehumidifier Work?

A Dehumidifier installed to help prevent further damage.
The source of the water damage is from the homeowners dehumidifier.

As a Water Damage Restoration Company, This Is Asked All The Time

Dehumidifiers reduce the humidity level in your home by drawing the room air through the appliance and removing the moisture. The level of humidity reduction is regulated by the humidistat or by a control board with a sensor. When the humidistat or sensor detects a need to reduce the moisture in the air, 120 volts of alternating current is sent to the compressor and the fan motor.

The compressor is part of a sealed refrigerant system that compresses the refrigerant in gas form and pumps it through a set of condenser coils where the gas becomes a hot liquid. The coils dissipate the heat as the liquid travels through them. Once the refrigerant has passed through the condenser coils and the capillary tube, it travels to the evaporator coils as the refrigerant liquid enters these coils it expands into a gas which makes the coils cold. The gas flows through the coils to a suction line attached to the compressor. The compressor will then pump the gas back into the condenser coils where it once again becomes a liquid and the cycle continues.

At the same time the fan motor rotates a blade to draw the rooms humid air into the appliance where it condenses on the cold evaporator coils. The condensation accumulates on the evaporator and drips into a bucket or is diverted through a hose to a floor drain. The cooler air from the evaporator is heated as it passes through the condenser coils and is returned to the room.

Water vapor reaching its fail point on the window

This process continues until enough moisture has been removed from the air to satisfy the setting on the humidistat or the control board. Most dehumidifier models are equipped with a safety switch that will prevent the appliance from running if the bucket is full. If you suspect the dehumidifier should be running when it’s not, the buckets safety switch may be defective. 

You can use an ohmmeter to test the switch for continuity to help determine if the switch is functioning or not. Both the condenser and evaporator coils need proper airflow for the dehumidifier to work efficiently.

Over time these coils can collect dust dirt and debris so it’s a good idea to clean the coils regularly. Just be careful not to bend the fins. If you hear the dehumidifier running but no air is being exhausted, then it’s likely that the fan motor has failed and will need to be replaced.

If your model is equipped with an air filter, the filter will need to be cleaned from time to time to prevent frost from building up on the evaporator coils. Most standard dehumidifier models require the room temperature to remain above 65 degrees Fahrenheit for the appliance to work properly. As lower temperatures can cause the evaporator coils to frost over.

If the temperature in your home regularly drops below 65 degrees, you will need to obtain a model that is specifically designated for lower temperature operation. Core24 Services uses custom made to our industry dehumidifiers for all water damage and mold remediation jobs. These dehumidifiers contain modifications to the conventional refrigeration system that result in cooling the process airstream to a significantly lower temperature, using various energy exchange systems. Visit our website to see a dehumidifier in action on a water mitigation job.

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