The Water Damage Restoration Process Explained

Structural Drying

If your Austin home has water damage, you should call your local water damage restoration Austin professionals to extract the standing water and dry out the structure. Stagnant water seeps into the structure of the home; this may lead to the growth of mold, and compromise the structure of the home. Here is a brief look at the process that our technicians use when drying out the house.

Water Damage Restoration Process

The Investigation

The first step will be to stop the flow of water and extract all standing water. During that process, the Austin TX water damage repair experts will want to know the extent of harm caused by the water. They will require some time to investigate the situation and put together a plan of action. Some materials can be damaged beyond repair and will have to be removed from the property and disposed of.  As an example, if water and moisture are inside the wall, the sheetrock will be removed to enable drying and cleaning of the studs.

Technician’s Line of Thinking

During water damage remediation, technicians are continuously monitoring the property’s moisture content. With the proper equipment, they will observe the changes in humidity throughout the day and the night. Allowing technicians understand which areas are the most difficult to dry.

Pinpointing the Cause

The plan of action will include a moisture-map of your home. The map will allow for a clear understanding of drying process. It is also used as documentation in making a claim with the insurance company. The map shows how the water moved throughout the house, and where it stagnated. It also has a diagram of the drying equipment and shows how much each room was affected. The map facilitates secure communication with insurers, technicians, project managers, and you as the homeowner.

A Healthy Future

The water damage could be from fire department hoses, as they try to put out a fire in your home. In this case, after drying the house, there will be a follow-up with fire damage clean up, to clean out any hazardous material, soot, smoke and odor left by the fire. If necessary, mold damage cleanup services will ensure your home is clear of any harmful fungi.

 

A Metal Roof is Gaining Favor in Houston

Metal Roofing for Your Houston Home

Metal roofing for houses is becoming popular in the Houston area due to the set of advantages it offers. Metal roofing is a replacement procedure where metal roofing sheets are affixed to the already constructed roof. The metal sheets can be steel, tin, aluminum, copper or corrugated. Here is a description of how metal roofing is installed for the house, its applications, and its advantages, in some detail.

The First Step

It is important to hire an experienced contractor, well versed in the installation of residential metal roofing. In the Houston area, your best bet is Texas Metal Roof Contractors. The first step is to schedule a free roofing inspection to determine the actual condition of your present roof. It may need only some inexpensive repairs. This will supply you with the accurate information you need to make a decision regarding roof replacement. To start the process go here.

Some Advantages of Metal Roofing

Here are some are many advantages Houston metal roofing has over other roofing materials. It better protects homes against the heavy storms, like high wind and hail. The metal sheets installed on the roof are even fireproof, which is undoubtedly a very important factor. If light color metal sheets are used they will reflect the sunlight which will help keep the house cooler in the hot summers. This means lower utility bills. Metal sheets can also be used as siding on the exterior walls of the house. The metal, used for the metal roofing for the home is environmentally friendly. It’s a good idea to select the coated metal sheets which are more resistant to corrosion. You can also go for Galvanized steel or the combined steel with aluminum, according to our taste.

Proper Installation Is an Absolute Necessity

Proper installation is very important. Improper installation can lead early failure in the roof structure causing leaks that will allow moisture to build inside the structural damage. Setting proper ventilation during the installation is another important factor. Proper ventilation at the top and bottom edges of the terrace need to be set to protect against heavy wind storms. Once properly installed, and maintained a metal roof will likely be the last roof you will ever have to install.  Again be sure you hire a competent Houston metal roofing contractor.

TREE PLANTING INSTRUCTIONS

Care on Arrival 

Trees may be kept in a cool dark place out of the box with the roots in the bag for a week. Check that the roots are moist. If the soil is too sloppy or frozen, “heel” in the plants (cover the roots) with moist soil or sand in a shady place to protect the roots from freezing. It is particularly important to keep fig, pecan, persimmons and pomegranate roots moist, but not soggy! If the roots seem dry, soak them for a few hours before healing them in. Trees must be planted before they leaf out.

Where to Plant

Fruit, nut trees and vines require a minimum of 6 hours of the sun per day during the growing season; stone fruits do better with even more. In the hottest climates, partial shade during the warmest part of the day can improve the texture of apples; pruning for a denser canopy can achieve the same result. Trees to be espaliered (trained two dimensions) will give the best fruit if planted on the east or north facing walls in hot climates while in cooler climates a west or south facing wall is preferred. If fruit trees are planted in a lawn, be sure not to sprinkle the trunks and plant high to provide good drainage for the crown.

Soil Amendments/Fertilization

Experts advise not to add amendments to the native soil in the planting hole. This will avoid creating a “clay pot” in heavy soil that will impede root growth into the surrounding soil. If your soil is poor, fertilizer on the soil surface. High-quality compost is recommended. Chemical fertilizers or fresh manure in the hole can burn the roots. Apply a moderate amount of fertilizer such as fish meal or blood meal to the soil surface and water in before the growing season. Another light application in late June is desirable if growth is not vigorous. Fertilizing late in the season can delay dormancy.

Planting in the Ground

Dig a hole slightly larger than the root system of the tree. For maximum growth, do not prune the roots. Plant the trees with the graft line 2” or 3” above the surface of the soil. It is best to plant on a slight mound in high rainfall areas. This will prevent water standing around the trunk which can lead to water damage collar or root rot. Avoid air pockets around the roots by slightly tamping down the soil. (See planting illustration on back) Water trees thoroughly after planting. Do not water figs, pecans, pomegranates, almonds, cherries and persimmons again until they start to leaf out. One exception is if the soil has dried out prior to leafing out then add a supplemental watering. Use stakes to keep trees upright in windy areas, to anchor dwarf trees or to protect from weeding equipment. Staking a semi-dwarf or standard tree is often not necessary.