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How to Make Your Home Flood-Resistant

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Floods are one of the most common natural disasters and can occur nearly anywhere in the world. According to the National Flood Insurance Program, a mere inch of water in your home can cause more than $25,000 worth of structural and property damage. That’s why it pays to make your home flood-resistant, whether you live in a floodplain or not.… Continue reading

Where Does the Water Go?

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Water can seep through any crack or crevice, no matter how small. Porous objects also absorb it and become soggy, rotten, and moldy over time. To make matters worse, water damage is often hidden from view, occurring behind walls or under floors. Detect structural damage before it’s too late by checking these places where water likes to hide. Under the… Continue reading

Different Categories of Water Damage

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A flooded home is never a good thing, and can cause serious damage if not treated immediately. The steps you must take to clean up the damage though depend on what category of water has infiltrated your home. Category 1: Clean Water Flooding from leaky appliance hoses, faulty toilet tanks, melting snow and rainwater can lead to Category 1 damage.… Continue reading

Surviving a Flood and the Aftermath

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Floods cause billions of dollars in damages every year and can occur anywhere in North America. All it takes is a few inches of flowing water to carry away people, cars, and other untethered objects. The aftermath of a flood can range from mild residual flooding and debris to contaminated water, dangerous animals, and hazardous downed power lines. Dangers may… Continue reading

Tips for Preparing for a Flood

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Floods can happen at any time and in any climate. Whether you live or work in a coastal city at risk of storm surges, a Southwestern state prone to thunderstorms, or a mountainous region with substantial snowmelt in the spring, it’s vital to prepare today for the possibility of a flood tomorrow. Here are the top tips to keep in… Continue reading

FAQs About Water, Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration

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If your home has been damaged by water, fire, or smoke, you probably have questions about the restoration process from DKI. Find the answers here. How long does it take to clean up water, fire, or smoke damage? Every case is unique. The time it takes depends on the extent of the damage and how many rooms are affected. We… Continue reading

How to Dry Wet Carpet

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If you have wet carpet due to flooding or a burst pipe, you must dry it as quickly as possible. Neglecting the problem for more than 24 to 48 hours could allow mold to start growing, so begin the drying process as soon as you discover the damage. Then, call a remediation company promptly to request a water damage evaluation.… Continue reading

Are You Ready for a Possible Flood?

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Floods are the most common natural disaster in North America and can occur just about anywhere. Sources of flooding include rain, snowmelt, coastal storms, ocean swells, overflowing dams, broken levees, and more. Floods can happen any time of year, but melting snow and heavy rains in the spring make March a particularly common month for flooding. Here’s what you need… Continue reading

5 Fast Facts About Water Damage

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You work hard to keep your home or business in good condition, so it’s frustrating to find evidence of leaks and floods. Review these five fast facts to understand water damage and how to address it should your property experience it. A Little Prevention Goes a Long Way You can’t always protect against leaks and floods, but taking a few… Continue reading

March is the Start of Severe Weather Season—Be Prepared!

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The severe weather season is broadly categorized as March through August. No matter where you reside in North America, you’re at risk for one type of storm or another. Take action today to prepare your home and business for potential inclement weather. How to Prepare for a Tornado Every state is at least minimally at risk for tornadoes, but cities… Continue reading