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Tips to prevent Water Damage in your home

Here’s some tips to prevent a big water damage in your home.  It can save you $$$ and a big inconvenience of having drying equipment and crews in your home for days.

Replace old water heaters. Water heaters do damage when they get too old and the tank rusts and bursts, allowing water to pour into adjacent rooms. On average, water heaters last 10 to 12 years. Don’t wait for them to fail; replace your tank once a decade. Today’s energy-efficient systems will also be cheaper to operate.

Switch to stainless steel hoses: Consider replacing standard rubber or plastic hoses with stainless steel-braided or mesh hoses. Worn out hoses with kinks, cracks or bulges need to be replaced immediately.

Don’t leave dishwashers and washing machines running if you leave the house. If something breaks while a home owner is away, what could have been a small mop-up job often turns into a thousand-gallon mess best left to professionals.

Consider water alarms: Home owners can install water alarms for a quick alert when an appliance isn’t working right. Hooking up the system to an appliance is usually as simple as hooking up a hose to an outdoor faucet.

February 3, 2015 Posted by | water damage | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Great article from IICRC.org

“Water damage can be deceptive. Water penetrates into structural cavities creating trapped pockets of saturation. The detection of water in these areas can often only be discovered with sophisticated moisture detection meters. Undetected moisture will continue to cause damage. This damage, at a minimum, will cause odors. Greater damage will surface when materials delaminate, shrink, split and further deteriorate to where costly repairs are required.

More than just removing excess water, IICRC-certified restorers have the knowledge and equipment to further dry a home or facility (including substructure materials) completely back to pre-loss conditions. Through timely response and the careful monitoring of water damage, mold and other health issues can be prevented. If water damage has been present too long, mold will occur.

All IICRC-certified professionals have the training and experience to identify moisture sources, evaluate mold growth (visible or suspected), contain damage, remove contamination and dry materials to ensure that mold will not return.”

We are IICRC certified and ready to help you if you have a water emergency in your home.   Frozen pipes, water tank ruptures, leaky roofs, toilet overflows, dish washer flooding, ice maker lines leaking…we’ve seen it all! Our crew responds 24 hours a day even on Holidays!  We work with all insurance companies and serve Anchorage, Eagle River, Palmer, Wasilla, Big Lake, Willow & Talkeetna.

November 25, 2014 Posted by | water damage | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Flooded Laundry Room

Washer_Overflow Flooded Laundry RoomUh Oh!   These kinds of emergencies we can help with!   Even if you are doing laundry at midnight.  We have crews on call 24/7 that are used to drying out homes in the middle of the night.  Frozen pipes that break and flood homes, toilet over flows, malfunctioned dishwashers, water heaters that break,  broken refrigerator water lines…we have seen them all and then some!  If you are in Anchorage  (907-562-7410) or the Mat Su Valley (907-373-7410)  we can help for any water emergency.  We do everything from drying out floors & sheet rock, doing repairs, drying & restoring contents.  

We use state of the art drying equipment and have well trained crews.  A flood in a home is never planned and never fun…but we try to make it as easy and less stressful for the homeowner.  We work directly with the insurance company and try to restore the job as quickly as possible so the owner can get on with their life.   Click on this link  “testimonials”  to hear what some of our past clients had to say about us.

November 26, 2013 Posted by | water damage | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Another Happy Client

We love helping our clients & strive to always give the best customer service ….

Dear Mr. Hongslo,

“In late October, we returned home from a 4-day visit to family in Washington to find a broken hot water pipe in our downstairs utility room and a completely flooded basement level.  It was early Sunday evening when we discovered the disaster and were desperate to handle the situation.  I knew we did not have the equipment or resources to deal with the problem and went to the yellow pages for help.  The first seven restoration companies I called did not answer their phone.  My eighth call was to TCM and was answered by one of  your Project Managers, Mr. Ron Farnsworth. Ron told me he would have a team to our house in just over an hour.  Much to my relief, Ron and his crew did in fact arrive in about an hour and immediately took control of the situation, vacuuming up water, moving furniture and valuables to sage dry areas, removed damaged flooring and planning how to save the sheetrock on the walls of the lower level of my house.  For the next three days Ron and his crew brought in specialized equipment to dry the walls, and helped plan the complete restoration of the downstairs, all the while making measures to allow my wife and I to stay in our home.  Within a short number of weeks Ron had arranged subcontractors to restore our home with new flooring, repairing wall paper, replacing doors and trim, etc.  All work was conducted in a very professional manner and was of very high quality.  I want to thank Ron and TCM for all the efforts to make a disastrous situation bearable for my wife and me, and for making our house our home again.  I have rarely experienced such outstanding service from a service provider.”  

Sincerely, Bud Alto

February 10, 2011 Posted by | water damage | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment