Archives for September 2018

Roof Inspection – Outside and Inside

Annual Roofing Inspection

There’s nothing funny about a leaking roof. It is a well-known fact that it is vital to have your roof inspected regularly. May it be an old or new roof, it is essential to get it inspected by a competent roofing contractor and obtain an inspection report. Some of the more reliable roofing contractors in Houston offer a free roofing inspection.  A professional and experienced roof inspector will adopt a proper procedure for examining the roof accurately. He will inspect your roof for any possible leakage, blocked drainage system, and closed gutters. He will check for all possible causes of water damage on the roof.

Outside Inspection

It is easy and simple to inspect a roof from outside. Get on the rooftop and find a good viewing point. Check out for any signs of problem warnings to be included in outside inspection report. Your inspector may discover shingles that got scorched or curled over the time. There may be tiles or shingles missing. Nails may be loose and exposed which can be the reason for leakage in the roof. Large granules may be accumulated in the rain gutters. He will also check for any dark patches on asphalt shingles. Ridges and center of the roof may sag, or there may be loose and broken shingles along the hip lines.  The valleys, plumbing vents, and chimneys are sensitive areas of the roof. To inspect these areas properly, remove all debris and leaves. Find any rusty metal or loose shingles. Joints of walls with the roof should also be checked for any corroded metals or loose and damaged shingles. Ensure that the flat roof of your house is pretty plain. Any blisters and depressions on the roof should be removed to prevent any damage.

Inside Inspection

Indoor inspection of the roof is also equally important. Check for any sagging decking between rafters. If deteriorated, decking will have to be replaced at the time of installation of the new roof. Your inspector should check if there is any outside light coming from the roof since this is common for shake roofing. During the rainy season, wooden shakes tend to swell and prevent leakage. Inspect for dark spots in the wood near vent and chimneys in your house. This may indicate the leaking in these areas. Dark spots in the wood give hints about leakage problem. If the problem is current, these spots will be wet and soft. The Inspector may use a screwdriver bit to check the softness. If the problem is old and has been fixed, these spots will be hard and dry. You will find signs of damage caused by leaking water like stains or sagging ceilings. These are due to poor roof ventilation. Poor roof ventilation causes condensation.

Funny and HappyNow you have the roof inspection report. You can have any minor problems repaired and avoid some small problem growing into a significant expense.

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DIY Water Extraction & Drying

Professional Help

When a structure has experienced a water damage intrusion event or has excessive building moisture within, it’s almost always wise to have an experienced professional water damage restoration company perform the work. Small water damage spills in the downstairs stairs floor can sometimes be processed by the homeowner with satisfactory results, if special attention is given to locating all the surfaces that the spilled water has come into contact with, and all building materials and furnishings are dried out immediately.

The Unknowns

There are six ingredients to help you best understand a DIY water damage restoration scenario:

DIY Water Damage Restoration Challenges!

  1. Drier western states with low levels of humidity are best suited for DIY water damage restoration.
  2. Not all local rental yards rent moisture detection meters and Air
  3. Most all rental yards do not rent commercial portable type dehumidifiers.
  4. Where to place the equipment, and for how long, is not known by consumers.
  5. What to do before placing the equipment is unknown.
  6. What and how to repair affected building materials is another unknown.

 A Job for ProsWater Damage RestorationEquipment

Most often it is wise to seek out professional help!- Dealing with the typical water damage event that has intruded into the home, or where excessive moisture content is discovered, is a job for professionals.  Structural water intrusion is elusive to detect for most non-professionals, other than the visible areas affected.  It is for this central reason that complete discovery of all areas where water intrusion has occurred, and excessive moisture is found should be dealt with by a professional. Water damage repair, water damage restoration, and thorough drying are required as soon as possible.

 The Right Equipment and Expertise

Professional water damage restoration contractors have the expertise and training to be familiar with the many facets related to expertly extracting, and drying out a structure and all of its contents.  By use of specialized wet detection instrumentation and drying equipment, they can target problem areas within the structure. Types of water damage, or sewage entering into the structure dictate what course of action is best deployed for a water extraction and drying process to take place.

Good Advice

Damp areas left un-dried causes mold growth within the home; it is supremely important that all wet or damp areas within dwellings or structures be thoroughly dried out. Excessive mold growth will result in the need for expensive mold remediation. Best advice is to call the pros and have the job done right the first time.

 

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Toxic Black Mold Removal Tips

Mold removal

Black Mold

Black mold is a type of fungus that grows in areas that have moisture, darkness and are poorly ventilated. Black mold can be very harmful to your health. It can cause headaches, fatigue, mouth soreness, chronic coughing, vomiting, and bleeding. Furthermore, it can grow in your lungs and cause the immune system to break down. Therefore, it is imperative for you to learn these tips for removing black mold.

Black Mold

Black molds can appear as either black or green “develops” on window sills in kitchen, bathrooms and basement areas. This is because these areas are prone to conditions which favor their growth. However, it can grow anywhere that meets the right requirements. Household mold can thrive in any damp, dark, steamy spots, attics, or crowded storage spaces both outdoors and indoors. Backyard sheds and garages are also ideal breeding grounds because of their exposure to rain or snow; It’s a good idea to inspect such areas frequently.

Complications

The mold removal process can appear to be straightforward, but you should be aware that mold can attack you silently. When cleaning, the mold will release its spores without you noticing. Releasing spores will ensure that after the cleanup, the mold will grow somewhere else. These spores can be very toxic and can spread quickly by attaching itself to human beings or animals. Wind can also carry spores. If you happen to leave your windows or doors open, it can easily gain entrance and set up residence in your house.

Doing It Yourself

You can remove small patches of the black mold by treating it with bleach. First, you need to identify the cause. Most of them grow as a result of drips or leaks from plumbing problems. Rectify the cause of the leaks to make ensure it does not grow back. Add one cup of bleach to a gallon of water in a bucket. You can add a detergent to get rid of grease and any dirt that might be present. Apply the mixture to the area and leave if for at least 15 minutes to soak the black molds and disinfect the area. When cleaning up molds, make sure to protect your eyes with goggles, prevent inhalation by using a respiratory mask, put on gloves to protect your skin. You should take more care when drying it up. Dried molds are riskier because they can quickly release spores when scratched. Do not take your health for granted. Chlorine bleach is not useful in killing the black mold because it is not powerful enough to destroy its roots. Therefore it is better to use new products available on the market. These products not only remove it but also destroy the nutrients necessary for its survival. Mold patches that cover an area of three feet or more require Professional mold inspection and mold remediation.

Hire Professionals

Hire a professional mold inspector if you suspect there’s mold growing in hidden places such as inside the walls. You want to prevent diseases and high hospital bills. The inspector will access the conditions of your roof, pipes, walls and air conditioners. The inspector will be able to offer a permanent solution. If the inspector finds a significant mold infestation, your best course of action will be to hire a mold remediation contractor to come in and make your home safe again. Mold poses a serious health problem, so we have to take proper measures. Clean your house regularly and keep moisture at bay. Prevention is better than cure.…

Conversion to Clean Energy Is Serious

Zero Energy Homes & Buildings

There has been an ongoing shift in the past decade towards greener and cleaner methods of doing pretty much everything in our daily lives. Building and construction are no exception to this trend, and this sector of the economy is one place where an increased emphasis on green technology can be felt the most, and over time do the most good for the environment.

Green Engineering

 The latest push in green engineering is the so-called zero-energy building. Zero-energy means that the overall onsite production of energy is equal to the building’s consumption of energy, meaning that it consumes zero outside energy from potentially hazardous sources such as coal, or nuclear power. Of course, the engineering and building challenge to attain such a thing can be staggering, but the progress made in this area since the end of the century has been rather amazing.

New Construction

First, you should know that zero energy at the moment is really only an option for new construction, as the technology involved is only cost-effective when it is a planned addition from the very start of the design process.  Although it is technically possible to outfit older existing building to bring them up to code with zero-energy specifications, it is almost always cost prohibitive. Commercial roof restoration may be the one area where it can be cost-effective to go with the new cost-effective cool roof technology. Rather than tearing off and replacing an older roof, the roof can be restored at half the cost and be far more energy efficient.

Here are a few of the innovations that building designers have been putting in place to make their buildings zero energy:

Reliance on Solar Power:

Solar is by far one of the most important aspects of zero energy building. Because the sun provides an inexhaustible supply of heat and energy, it is the best environmental resource available for many of the functions of a building that used to rely on outside sources of energy.

There are two types of solar power used in zero energy buildings:

  1. The first is active solar power, which simply put is the use of photovoltaic cells arranged in an array to capture radiation from the sun and turn it into usable energy. In fact, there are hardly any zero energy buildings that don’t have a formidable solar power generation capability, which obviously has to be scaled in accordance with the size of the structure.
  2. The second type of solar power is passive, which means that the building is designed in such a way as to allow control of the internal temperature by using the heating properties of the sun itself. This can drastically reduce the overall energy consumption of a home, or an office building, and will go a long way in combination with active solar energy to reducing the building’s reliance on outside sources of energy.

Tax Incentives

The final thing that makes solar energy so critical to designing and building such a structure is the fact that most governments in the country, local, state and federal offer significant tax incentives to those who incorporate some kind of solar energy into their plans. Not to mention the fact that in many cases the purchase price of the solar panels themselves are highly subsidized.

Using Energy versus Conserving Energy

One aspect of zero energy building that is the subject of much debate is whether it is preferable to create more energy through alternative means without drastically changing consumption, or whether it is better to radically reduce waste, and then fill in the remaining energy needs …