Be Prepared for Hurricane Season!!

Flooding is a National Problem  and is something we help Homeowners and Buisnesses deal with year after year.

Have us come out and give a professional assessment of what to do for storm water!!!

Flooding causes more than $2 billion in property damages each year,
and losses due to flooding are not covered under most homeowner
or business policies.
Are you at risk?
There is a 26% chance of experiencing a flood during the life of a 30-
year mortgage—compared to a 4% chance of fire. Most communities
in the United States can experience some kind of flooding. Find out if
you are located in a floodplain or special flood hazard area.

 

Checklist for Evaluating your Property
-The main electric panel board (electric fuses or circuit breakers) should be
at least 12” above the projected flood elevation for your home,Consider elevating all electric outlets, switches, light sockets, baseboard
heaters and wiring . Panel board height is regulated by code. Check with local civil code( or we can do it for you!)

Or have a top of the Line Drainage system installed by GLC!

-Know your property: identify changes in slope and grade that influence
where water and debris flow and collect.
-Know the overland escape routes for water/debris, and plan diversions
accordingly. Consider low spots and high flow areas when planning for
structure and property protection.

-Consider escape routes for water

Make sure your cell phone is fully charged.

Set refrigerator and freezer controls to coldest settings.

Gather these items:

Flashlights

Battery or hand crank-powered radio

Extra batteries

Hard-wired or fully charged cell phone – If the base station of your cordless phone plugs into the wall, your phone will be unusable during a power outage.

Containers of drinking water, especially if your water comes from a well

Non-perishable food – Check freshness dates and replace if necessary.

Manual can opener

Paper plates and plastic utensils

Basement flooding? Need a french drain contractor?

Get it checked out for free!

During march every year a lot of people start to see water coming into their basement more frequently,

 

Tired of pulling out the vac?

Don’t mop it,  Stop it!

Before it gets on the floor  our interior french drains can collect and automatically send out water when needed!

 

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Disaster Clean Up – Things That Can Go Wrong

When it comes to owning a home, no one can predict whether or not calamity is going to strike. You can prepare for all sorts of problems, but when something goes awry, you will often times need help with the aftermath. Whether it’s a natural disaster that comes through or it’s a matter of dealing with a variety of different problems, cleaning up after something has damaged the home front can be difficult to do without some assistance. When things go wrong, call in a professional to help clean up, restore and get your life back in order. Going the DIY route is not going to be beneficial in regards to this. Consider the following list of calamities that could strike and what should be done to help alleviate the issues.

Storms – When the rainy weather starts, you might have it all figured out. You could have gutters, water management, and much more. However, if there is even a small crack in your foundation, in the walls, or the downpour becomes severe you could end up with water damage. This type of damage might seem simple to clean up but it sometimes seeps into the walls and when that becomes an issue you could end up with mold. Mold is a deadly thing to have in the home as it can kill if people are breathing the air. Getting someone to clean this and take the mold away is important, especially after a storm.

Fire Damage – Fires strike homes in a variety of ways and it’s not always arson. There is a great deal of problems that can arise with or without a family at home. When fire rips through a home, the smoke can really damage walls, infrastructure, and burn down several components that the home relies on to stay up. Emergency home clean up can help with this, to restore the balance of the home’s interior and make sure that there is no leftover residue from the fires that burn.

Other Disasters – Mother Nature has a way of sending through some insane weather and different issues that can cripple a home. If you find this to be true for your home and something happens where extensive damage is the result, you’ll want to invest in getting professional emergency clean up so that order is restored and you get a peace of your life back with relative ease.

No matter what life deals you, make sure to look into getting professional help, as it will be cost effective, and will save you a great deal of headaches that come with repairs from emergency situations that are brought on by life.

Sump Pumps And Basement Protection

A sump pump is located in a basement basin, generally placed at the low point of the floor, in order to catch any standing water.  The sump pump is always activated, but not always working.  It will have a sensor to detect a particular water level.  One form of this sensor is similar to that found in you toilet tank, which opens the flow spigot when a floating ball falls downward when the toilet is flushed, then shuts it off when the rising tank level raises the ball again.  In this way, the sump pump continually responds to any increase in water.  During normal daily operation, the water level in the sump basin may increase very little, if at all.  During these times, the pump will not actually be pumping very often.  However, during emergencies such as a flood, the pump is ready to run continuously if need be, to remove the water as quickly as possible.

Different sump pump capacities are available to make sure it has the ability to deal with the inbound flow of water.  Much like a sinking boat must have water bailers to remove the incoming water faster than the inbound flow, the sump pump capacity must be chosen so as to not be swamped by the incoming water.  In this way, it will protect the home from water damage to items in the basement.

The professionals at GLC Waterproofing specialize in basement water protection and can advise and install a sump pump which fits your needs.

Dealing with Flooding from Hurricane Sandy

The disaster clean-up efforts for the damage done by Hurricane Sandy made headlines all around the world.  The effects of the hurricane were ubiquitous: New York flooding closed the stock market for several days for the first time in decades.  With only days to go before the Presidential Election, campaign visits were blocked.  Television stations were flooded by the news of the problems on the East Coast.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, water damage was extensive.  Flood damage from the storm was said to be in the billions.  News reports showed pictures of thousands of flooded homes.  For homeowners, home repair became the top priority.

One of the keys to effective disaster clean-up after flooding is to deal with the water remaining in the home as soon as possible.  This was not a hard concept to disseminate to families that were anxious to restore their homes as soon as possible.  Work can begin as soon as water levels drop below street level, and the flooding danger has run its course.  While this is happening, you should perform the first and perhaps most important step of flood clean-up, which is to contact your insurance company.  The clean-up should be performed under their direction, in order to keep the terms of the policy in force.  Be sure not to do anything before contacting them.  If you absolutely have to remove something, be sure to take pictures or video to document the removal.  The insurance company in turn will immediately send out a water remediation specialist to begin the process.

The water remediation specialist begins the disaster clean-up by removing all of your household items and supervising the drying of both the items and the home itself.  During this time, it is also often a good idea to have a mold specialist on board as well.  Controlling mold is something you don’t want to deal with on your own.

Before anyone enters the home, be sure to turn off the power.  Asking the power company how to do this safely, or better, asking them to perform the shutdown, is essential.  With the power off and the specialists on task, you are ready to sort through the damage.  Throw away any saturated furniture.  The same goes for the carpet.  Remove millwork and sheetrock as well as any damp insulation behind it.  If water has seeped below your cabinets, it’s usually a good idea to remove them as well.  Examine the flooring carefully.  Remember that a dry top doesn’t guarantee that moisture has not seeped below.  Unfortunately, the best strategy is to remove them as well.  You may need to hire a disaster recovery company for all of this work.  And remember to work closely with your insurance adjustor throughout the process of the disaster clean-up.

Signs of Foundation Problems

Whether you own a home or are looking to purchase your first house, one of the things that you should be concerned about is whether you have a substantial and intact foundation.  There are a number of signs to look for in order to identify foundation problems.

The first, and perhaps most obvious, is a cracked foundation.  If you are able to see cracks in the foundation from the outside of the house then there is most likely some sort of foundation problem.  Cracks in other places can also indicate foundation issues.  For example if the home is made of bricks and there is cracking in the mortar or even bricks that have split in half, this can be a sign that the basement foundation has problems and has caused the bricks to shift and crack.

Cracks in walls or in interior moldings such as crown molding are another indication that there are problems with a foundation.  Movement of a foundation can cause walls to rotate or to bow.  This can be evident on both interior or exterior walls.  Walls might also pull away from the house or molding might pull from the wall due to a shifting foundation.

Walls are not the only part of a home that can give you clues to whether you need a foundation repair.  Floors will show signs of foundation damage also.  For example, if a foundation sinks or shifts the floor can become uneven or slope.  You might see this in a separation from the wall.  Cement, tile or flagstone floors might crack as a result of foundation problems.

Another, perhaps less obvious sign of foundation issues is that of windows and doors.  If a door won’t close properly or a window won’t open this could be because the foundation has somehow shifted.  Windows and door frames may also separate from walls due to foundation issues.

If you see any of these signs in your own home or a home you are interested in purchasing you should hire a professional to inspect the property.  A professional will be able to determine the extent of the damage as well and whether such damage will continue to worsen over time.  He or she will also be able to make any necessary repairs and assess the cost of such repairs.

Foundation problems can seem scary, but many are fixable and need not prevent you from enjoying your home.  It is a good idea, however, to address the issue sooner rather than later so that any damaged cause by a shifting or sinking foundation will not worsen and become more costly.

Symptoms Of Bowing Basement Walls and Repair

The purpose of basement walls is to provide a solid support structure for a home. When they start to display symptoms of bowing, it is a sign that they may no longer be able to support the structures above them and need to be reinforced. Essentially, they are designed so that they can provide some resistance to the lateral pressures of the earth. Clays, frost and hydrostatic pressure can all put a significant amount of stress on the walls causing bowing. Sometimes, the pressure of the soil from the outside is too much for the walls to resist and they subsequently start to bow inwards. The symptoms of bowing basement walls obviously vary depending on the way in which the basement was built in the first place. That is, they vary depending on the construction of the basement.

Block Foundation
If you have a block foundation for your basement, symptoms of a bowing basement wall can include any of the following:

  • Stair step cracks may be noticed in the outside corners.
  • Tipping may be noted at the top of the wall.
  • Horizontal cracks may be apparent in the mortar joints.
  • Horizontal shearing at the very bottom of the basement wall.

In very extreme cases, you may notice that your wall displays all of the symptoms described with cracking and bowing throughout the entire wall. If this is the case, your wall may be on the verge of collapsing and you would be advised to seek expert help as a matter of urgency.

Poured Foundation
If you have a poured foundation, the symptoms of a bowing basement wall can include any or all of the following:

  • Horizontal or vertical cracks in the wall.
  • Tipping of the wall.
  • Diagonal cracks in the outside corners of the wall.

Repair Methods

  • Wall anchors.
  • Helical anchors.
  • Wall reinforcement beams

Wall anchors can be made from a range of materials, including steel and carbon fiber and are structures which are embedded in walls and anchored into the foundation or the ground to confer stability.

Helical anchors are very similar. The system is made up of a shaft with helical blades attached. The blades are mechanically anchored into the soil, while gripping the wall to confer stability.

Wall reinforcement beams are beams that are installed inside the basement walls to provide reinforcement to the walls, preventing further bowing. Some companies use carbon fiber beams which are reportedly 10 times stringer than steel and are specifically designed for basement walls. Some brands of carbon fiber wall reinforcement beams claim to use the same technology which is used by the US department of defense for bomb shelters, bridges and skyscrapers worldwide.

Considerations
If you notice any of the symptoms described here in your basement wall, it is important that you contact an expert as soon as possible to recommend a suitable solution to the problem for obvious health and safety reasons aside from anything else. In addition, bowing walls can devalue your home and detract from its usability.

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