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Common Causes of Water Leaks, Prevention Tips, and Solutions

Posted by Monica Levy on Jul 2, 2018 11:58:03 AM

Leaks can damage your home or business, waste water, and even encourage unwanted growth. One of the most effective ways to protect your home or business from water leaks is to pay attention to what causes them. While there are a number of reasons you may have a water leak, some of the top culprits are listed below.

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Prevent Home Water Damage While You're Away on Vacation

Posted by Monica Levy on Jun 8, 2018 9:55:02 AM

The last thing anyone wants to come home to is a house that has been damaged by a water leak. Common causes of water damage while away include frozen pipes, leaking supply lines, and drips from a water heater. Fortunately, there are a number of ways you can reduce the likelihood of this happening to your home.

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What To Do When You Have a Water Leak

Posted by Monica Levy on Jun 6, 2018 2:36:23 PM

When your home is faced with water damage, it is easy to become overwhelmed. Your initial stress will probably result from the fact that your pipe just burst and your basement is flooding, or that your faucet has been leaking for weeks without your knowledge and you can’t possibly wrap your head around how you didn’t notice. After that initial stress sinks in, further stress arrives around damage control, as you scramble around your house trying to reduce the harm currently being done to your home. While a million different thoughts are running around in your head, it can be difficult to focus on what you should be doing. In order to know what you should be doing, it is important to identify what type of water leak you have.

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Have mold from a leak? Mold Remediation Tips for Your Home

Posted by Nicole Platt on May 10, 2018 9:39:45 AM

While you may have taken every step you can to prevent leaks and pipe bursts, accidents can still happen. Water damage can come from even the smallest of leaks, typically resulting in mold or mildew. Mold grows in warm, damp areas; meaning if you have even the smallest leak go undetected, mold can begin to grow. Mold can also grow after catastrophic leaks, such as a flooded basement, while you are attempting to drain the water or dry out furniture.

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How to Repair and Replace Polybutylene Piping

Posted by Nicole Platt on Apr 30, 2018 5:42:25 PM

Polybutylene piping was used in the manufacturing of water supply piping from 1978 until 1995. It was seen as a cheaper alternative to copper piping and was labeled the pipe of the future. Polybutylene is flexible, polymer piping and has a thin layer of aluminum between an inner and outer layer of plastic piping. Typically, the pipes are orange and blue and have brass fittings but sometimes that is not the case - it can also be gray or other colors. 

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How to Prevent and Thaw Frozen Pipes

Posted by Nicole Platt on Apr 26, 2018 4:46:35 PM

The winter months can bring about harsh conditions that may cause damage to your home. Colder than usual temperatures can lead to water in your plumbing freezing, causing damage to the pipes. A frozen pipe may burst, leaving your home with thousands of dollars in water damage. Read below on steps you can take to prevent damage from frozen pipes in your home.

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Guide to Water Leak Detector Systems & Alternative Options

Posted by Nicole Platt on Apr 23, 2018 4:59:43 PM

One in fifty-five homes experience a catastrophic water leak each year – this is a staggering number. When catastrophic leaks do occur, you enter into a pretty long process likely including - significant renovation, home displacement and mold remediation. We’re here to tell you that the right preventative measures can save you the trouble and hundreds of thousands of dollars. Leak detection systems come in two varieties and can help save your home from high water bills and catastrophic damage.

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Tips for Opening Up and Closing Down Your Second Home

Posted by Nicole Platt on Apr 23, 2018 4:01:40 PM

If you own a second home that you only use for a portion of the year, the following tips are important to consider when opening up or closing it down. Whether you are renting it out for others or preparing it for yourself and your family, there are a few vital steps to take aside from turning on the WiFi. While closing down your house for the off-season, some small measures can make an incredibly large difference in how well your home is maintained while you are away.

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Tips to Winterize Your Home

Posted by Nicole Platt on Apr 23, 2018 3:52:41 PM

If you live in an area that is prone to cold winter months, preparing your home for the decrease in temperature is essential. Following the tips below will help you make the best of the heat in your home by improving efficiency and keeping your bills low.

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What is Kitec Piping and Why is it an Issue?

Posted by Nicole Platt on Feb 28, 2018 1:50:05 PM

Kitec plumbing is a polymer pipe, typically installed in homes between 1995 and 2007, that is prone to spontaneously burst. While you can take steps to prevent leaks from these this type of piping, Kitec pipes are more likely to crack at any minute and cause major damage to your home. A major leak of this sort can not only cause serious damage to homes, but can also result in mold, mildew, and extremely high repair costs.  

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