Basement Water Damage Restoration - Water Damage Restoration Questions
1.00 I have allergies, what is the best sealant to use on a cement floor?

Q. I had water damage in my basement and have become allergic to the product the restoration company sprayed with. There is a strong odour of cement coming up from the basement and I would like to seal the basement floor as this odour also could be contributing to my allergies. I have been told not to use a synthetic sealant in the event I have a reaction to it and it would be difficult to remove. If anyone has any advice on non-irritating sealants for cement floors, I would appreciate it. Thank you.

A. They only "natural" one I can think of is tar. Get some fans and go to an allergist.

1.00 Would knowledge of previous water damage affect your decision to purchase a condo?

Q. If you also know that the repairs have been completed by a qualified restoration company --- would the knowledge of the previous damage cause you to not want to purchase the home or condo? Would it affect the price you were willing to pay?

A. Not at all, if proper repairs were made and the cause of the leak remedied as well. There is no reduction in value because of a previous damage situation, as long as the unit was restored to the original or better condition during the repair.

1.00 Air Condition Water Leak into Carpet?

Q. I have a question, should i call a restoration company if my air condition leaked water into the carpet? The damage is not major but a few spots that are squishy when stepped on. My husband doesn't think it is that bad and can be dried by our own fans and treated with a fungal spray.

A. I would think you could just clean it up. You need to find out why the A/C is not draining properly. If it's a window unit it may not be sloped properly or the drain may be plugged internally.

1.00 Is my engine seized (200ci ford)?

Q. Ok, my story starts with my 66 mustang with the original 200ci i6 in the engine bay. Any way, I've been restoring it and have now started rebuilding the engine. Since begining the restoration, i have tried to fire the engine once. But, ( i stupidly ) pulled the head and put a new gasket on without checking to see if i took the old head gasket off. Anyway, we tried to fire it up and found it had a bad coil, so i replaced the coil and tried to start the engine again, but this time it wouldn't budge. The starter wont engage and when i tried to turn it over by hand, it wouldn't budge. So i took the head back off and thats when i found two head gaskets on it by my mistake. Also, i found some coolant in the oil ( which i think is caused by the double head gaskets ). This leads me to my questions. 1. Will two head gaskets damage the engine? 2. Is the engine seized, and if so how to fix it?

A. Yup 2 "new" head gaskets, properly torqued...no problem. But you have coolant (water) probably rusted the rings to the cylinder walls. Take the head off...soak the rings in PB Blaster or Marvem Mystery Oil.... wait a few hours...tap firmly on pistons with rubber mallet...careful,they are aluminum then try turning again. repeat.... dont bust the bolt in the harmonic balancer trying to turn it over. you will have to hone out any rust rings in the cylinders.

1.00 Can the water from an overflowing softener damage my carpets worse because of the salt in it?

Q. I had a basement flood and some have told me the salt content from the softener water will cause my carpets to deteriorate quickly. I have had a clean-up crew in to vacuum and dry them but some are saying they cannot be saved and the adjuster is wanting to salvage and reuse them. I would like to hear from one who knows.

A. The carpet should be fine but the pad under the carpet will need to be replaced, it will mildew very badly. the salt won't hurt the rug

1.00 After big fire in my kitchen,how to deal with insurance adjustore?

Q. I had a fire in my kitchen a week ago, the restoration company did lots cleaning but the smoke smill still very bad, I have new carpit upst and hard wood in my leaving room next to the kitchen, lots of water was used to put the fire out, I have refinished hardwood floor, I am meeting the the restoration company and my insurance adjostur this week, I want to know about my rights, what do i need to do to be ready for the meeting? can I demand they pint all the house, can I demand they replace the carpit and hardwood to avoide smoke smell, what is the next step if I dont agree with the adjustore? PLEASE HELP thank you

A. Be straight with the adjustor. It is their job to collect what they see as causitive factors in a fire. If the fire was of a nature that it was not caused by overt negligence, you have no worries. A good fire damage policy on your house is paramount. It spells out coverage, circumstances that are covered. Be straight with them and you normally get what you need. Try too hard to put emphasis on who is to blame and you don't get very far. Listen to what they have to say, but do not take no for an answer. You paid the premiums, you expect the coverage and the repairs to be done to your liking.

1.00 Estimate for local water cleanup

Q. 611 sq ft in basement. 1=2 inches grey water. No damage to walls, woodwork, furnititure. Removed carpet and padding of 238 square ft. No reinstallation.

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1.00 Would knowledge of a previous water damage affect your decision to purchase a condo?

Q. If you also know that the repairs have been completed by a qualified restoration company --- would the knowledge of the previous damage cause you to not want to purchase the home or condo? Would it affect the price you were willing to pay? -Also, would it make a difference if the condo was only 8 months "old" at the time of the water damage?

A. Nope. Fixed is fixed. If I were confident that the repair of the original problem and the restoration of the subsequent damage were done properly, I would have no problem with purchasing the house/condo. Also, I could not legitimately hold a cost penalty against the seller.

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 Water Damage Restoration - Basement Water Damage Restoration Basement flooding is more often than not the result of faulty exterior grading, faulty exterior sloping and the lack of gutters. The leaks in basements are easy to detect, but most of the time these leaks go unseen, with the result that water damage from basement flooding is seen. Water damage restoration for a basement therefore, is mainly about identifying whether the sources are internal or external.

 flood damage company in Atlanta, Georgia Look for these sure fire signs of basement leaks and water damage in the basement. The presence of mold and mildew is a dead give away of water damage in your basement. Look for darkened wood furniture which can indicate absorption of water, and the presence of white deposits on concrete surfaces that occur when water passes through. Nails that have rust and metal furniture legs that show rust, are all indications of a water damage problem.

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