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What Do You Do If You Have Water Damage?

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Few things make you feel more helpless than a disaster in your home. And when water comes gushing out from under your washing machine or toilet, it’s not always easy to think straight.

We’re here to help you in all of these accidental and damaging incidents, and ideally before they happen so we can help you prevent them from happening!

Here is a list of what you should and shouldn’t do when you experience a home-based water emergency:

1– Safety Is Your First Priority

  • Check to see if you’re standing on wet carpet or floors before you touch or use electrical equipment or appliances. This also goes for unplugging the appliance that caused the water damage.
  • Even if you are using electrical equipment in a dry area, if it is or was water damaged, do not use it.

2– Stop Water Flow and Prevent Further Damage

  • Is the water source a burst or leaking pipe? Look for the closest shut-off valve and shut it off.
  • Is the water coming through a leak in the roof or broken windows? Use plastic sheeting or tarps to cover the roof or windows. Weather conditions could make this difficult, so please be safe on the roof or a ladder.

3– Take Note of the Damage

  • Many of us now have smartphones, and it’s a good way to document any damage by taking photos and videos. If you don’t have one, try to borrow one, or use other cameras as available.
  • Don’t throw away damaged items! The claims representative is likely to want to inspect them to assess damage.
  • If temporary repairs are necessary, keep a list of what was done and any receipts associated with the repairs.

4– Cleaning Up the Damage

  • Don’t leave wet items in their place; move them to a dry area.
  • Use towels to mop and blot up as much water as possible.
  • Use coasters, wood blocks, plastic or aluminum foil under furniture legs resting on wet carpet.
  • If an area rug is wet, remove it, as the dye can stain flooring, carpeting and even wood floors.
  • Use fans to circulate air and start the drying process, but only use fans in a dry area safe for electrical appliances.

5– Repair the Damage

  • Once you’ve reported your claim, use a reputable water damage restoration company to fix the damage.
  • If the damage is less than 10 square feet in size, you might be able to repair the damage yourself, according to the EPA.
  • But they also say that water restoration work should be done within 24-48 hours to prevent mold damage, which can be much more costly to repair than water damage.
  • Also, if the water that caused the incident was contaminated or from sewage, you need a professional to clean it up. Do not attempt it yourself.

Still have questions? Call us! That’s what we’re here for. 714-838-1911

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It’s Time For IRS Tax Scams

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Isn’t it bad enough that we have to pay taxes? Apparently not. Some people out there are happy to prey on people who are unsuspecting, elderly or new to the United States and trick them with an IRS tax scam.

But be warned: Everybody is at risk. We’re all so terrified of the IRS, we’ll do anything to avoid them breathing down our necks. But here’s the important thing to remember when you start panicking when you get an email that’s supposedly from the IRS: Continue Reading →

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Best St. Patrick’s Day Events In Orange County

St.PatricksDayDogIt’s almost the end of Friday, and although St. Patrick’s Day isn’t until Tuesday the 17th, we’re pretty sure that some shenanigans are going to happen this weekend. And why not let your Irish out this weekend while you’re off work? We’ve got some great suggestions of where to go in Orange County to really feel the luck of the Irish. Continue Reading →

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8 Boat and Marina Handy Facts and Tips

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We are lucky to live in one of the few states in our nation not covered in snow and ice at this time. And we know how to enjoy our great (almost year-round) sunny weather, much to the envy of those living in the Midwest and on the East Coast. But hey, it’s not our fault we’re smart enough to live where the living’s good!

And that’s why we wanted to post about boats and marinas. With a very long coastline, California has several marinas up and down the coast, and Orange County itself features Dana Point Harbor, Newport Harbor and Davenport Marina in Huntington Beach. The point is that not all of Orange County or California residents own boats, but we definitely have access to them. Continue Reading →

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