NPR has reported that Ohio has become the first state to ban the use of plywood for boarding up vacant and abandoned houses. The usual plywood material is being replace by a clear polycarbonate clear board to improve aesthetics and help with security of the property.
In the commercial restoration industry, board up services are often used after a disaster such as a fire or a storm to secure unsafe windows, floors, walls or ceilings and protecting the building from unauthorized entry and prevent future loss. It is often imperative to make the building less hazardous. These measures are necessary not only to protect personal property but also to prevent injury or death.
What does the ban actually entail when it comes to property restoration?
Division (A) of Section 2308.031 of Ohio H.B. 463 states, “No person shall use plywood to secure real property that is deemed vacant and abandoned under section 2308.02 of the Revised Code.” – Ohio H.B. 463 as presented by The M Report.
So it appears that the ban does not apply to businesses and residential structures in the process of repair or restoration. It applies only to abandoned and foreclosed properties in an effort to control vandalism and blight.
The reason for concern in commercial restoration was that the clear polycarbonate clear board is almost six times the cost of a sheet of plywood. This would inevitably cause an issue with estimates, and costs that would be sent to insurance companies potential raising rates on all sides.
While it does not look like a huge change in the immediate future, it’s still something to keep in mind as different laws and statutes arise.
It’s a nightmare that a homeowner never wants to wake up to: a flooded basement. Whether it’s just used as storage or is a second living room for your family, a flood in your basement can cause severe damage to the room and entire home. Here are some tips to follow in the event you find yourself literally, and figuratively, knee-deep in a flooded basement.
Determine where the water came from – If it’s a situation outside of heavy rain, examine where the water came from in the first place. If it’s a broken pipe or coming from somewhere in your foundation, assessing the entry point is a key area in whom you need to call next.
Move electricity away from the water – Upon discovering that your basement has flooded, it’s important to quickly remove any electrical devices or cords away from the water. This will not only help to prevent anyone from being electrocuted but helps to prevent an electrical fire from starting.
Call a contractor to pump the water out – Extracting the water from the basement is always your next move. Depending on the amount of water in the room, a contractor can help you remove the water with a pump.
There’s nothing quite like the feeling you get when you hear the word “tornado” on your local weather channel. When it comes to staying safe during this type of weather, coming up with a plan of action when disaster strikes is crucial to keep you and your family safe. Here are some safety tips when it comes to protecting you, your family, and your property during a tornado.
Communication is Key – When it comes to keeping everyone safe during a tornado, communication is essential for survival. This goes for communicating where you’re to go during the tornado, what property is to be locked down beforehand, and what emergency numbers you need to have on hand for afterward.
Safe Space – Deciding on a safe space during the tornado is a key factor in keeping you and your family out of harm’s way. Safe spaces are where you are to go when the tornado happens and can help to protect you from the storm. These are places like basements, storm shelters, and other lower-level rooms in a home.
Get Pictures – When and if a tornado hits your property, you’ll want to take photos of the damage once the weather has calmed down. This will help you in the event that you need to file a claim with your insurance company afterward.
When it comes to making sure you and your family are prepared if your home were to ever catch on fire, it’s crucial to have a plan in place. Whether it’s determining who to call or where to go in the event of an emergency, having organization around your evacuation strategy is going to save your lives. Here are some tips for coming up with a proper plan in the event of a fire.
Map it out – Do you have a floor plan of your home? Use it to your advantage and map out your potential fire escape route. Note accessible exits, as well as anywhere there is an opening that could be used as an exit during an emergency.
Install Ladders – If you live in a home that is more than two levels, consider installing fire escape ladders where possible. This can be a life-saving piece of equipment if you and your family are stuck in your home.
Practice Your Plan – Even though it may seem strange while you’re doing it, practicing your fire escape plan with your family is crucial. Making sure that everyone knows exactly where to go in the event of a fire and how they get there can save your lives.
If you’re looking for the experts to help you with fire damage repair after a tragedy, look no further than our team at DKI. Contact us and learn more about how we can help today.
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
DKI and our member companies provide community assistance during emergencies, working round-the-clock hours to get people and businesses back to normal quickly. While this is our job, we also choose to serve our communities through volunteer efforts, sponsoring the American Red Cross, Breast Cancer Awareness, local food drives, safety events and more.
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, what are ways you and your company can help others?
What is MLK Day of Service?
Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is a day dedicated to turning Dr. King’s teachings into community service efforts that help strengthen local communities. While many companies and schools consider this day a holiday, it is also an opportunity to get involved in your community, and make it “A Day On, Not a Day Off!”
Water damage costs insurance companies around $2.5 billion dollars every year, with the average claim costing close to $7,000. Clearly, water damage is common, but knowing the signs of damage and catching leaks early can save you thousands and from having to call water damage restoration services. But what exactly can cause water damage?
Appliances – Are your appliances a little dated? Obviously, older appliances can work less efficiently, but they can also start to leak. Check your appliances frequently for leaks and corroded parts. When you see a leak, be sure to call a repair technician to fix the part. This way, you are not just preventing further leaks, but you also may be extending the life of your machine.
Outdated Bathroom and Kitchen Work – Carefully inspecting your grout work and fixtures is one of the easiest ways to check for possible damage. Looking for damage to these types of features can not only help you detect leaks, but also prevent mold from growing.
Clogged Drains – Not only is a clogged drain just gross and inconvenient, but it can build a major problem. Clogged drains put stress on plumbing and adjoining fixtures. This type of buildup and stress not only can cause water damage but damage to your plumbing and drainage systems. If you have both of these problems, expect a major bill!
By being diligent, you can spot leaks and other issues before major water damage occurs. If the damage isn’t avoidable or you’ve already found it, be sure to call the experts in water damage restoration services. DKI is ready to help you, anytime, anywhere to restore your home or business back to top condition!
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When your home has suffered major damage from a catastrophic event, your first goal is to start repairs. While you don’t want to spend a lot of time choosing a contractor, not choosing correctly can cost you more time and a lot of money. These are a couple things you should look for when looking at disaster restoration companies:
Experience in Disaster Repairs
Ask the company about their history of disaster repairs. You should look for a company that has extensive knowledge, mainly in disaster repairs. If a company doesn’t have a portfolio available, do not hire them.
Services the Company Offers
Most of the time, disaster repairs are not limited to one area of a home. Look to see what other services they offer or if they partner with any other local contractors or services. Mold remediation, tree removal, restoration and property restoration are all services that come in handy after a disaster.
Who You Work With
Major repairs like this usually come with a tight timetable. Be sure you are offered a direct point of contact for your project that will be with you every step of the way. Again, if this isn’t offered, you should look for a different company.
Avoid any unnecessary hassles with your restoration project by hiring DKI from the start. Our contractors and team members have a multitude of experience that not all disaster restoration companies come close to having. Call us today to get started!
A disaster can strike at a moment’s notice. While you can prepare for the worst, sometimes there is just no avoiding the major damage a natural disaster can cause. When it is safe for your family to return, these are three things you should do before acting on our 24 hour emergency services:
Inspect Your Surroundings
Simply put, if your home doesn’t look safe, don’t go in. Call in an expert to ensure that your home is safe enough to return to. If your home has minimal damage, inspect your home and take note of damages. If you can, take pictures to later show your insurance company.
Take Inventory of Important Things
When you can return to your home, begin to check for important belongings and documents. Check for birth certificates, passports, deeds, and other documents. If damaged or missing, be sure to call the appropriate agency to start the process for the replacement immediately. Additionally, look for irreplaceable belongings, such as photos and mementos. Moving them from the affected areas can keep them from further damage.
Make a Plan
Be sure to call family and friends to tell them you are safe. If you cannot return to your home, find lodging that you can stay in until your home is safe to return to. Start contacting insurance agencies to begin the claims process. Finally, call a contractor who specializes in disaster recovery, preferably one with 24 hour emergency services. By having a game plan, you can recover quickly and return to normal.
By preparing for disasters, you can sometimes lessen the amount of damage your home can sustain. However, when the unthinkable happens, call DKI to assess and start renovations. Together, our professional team can have you back in your home as soon as possible.