TCM Restoration & Cleaning Blog

Prepare now to avoid frozen faucets and pipes later….

frozen hose

It’s that time of year!  Time to to disconnect your garden hoses from the faucets. If you don’t they could freeze and cause the faucet to crack which could mean extensive water damage.  We hope that doesn’t happen to you but if it does we are here to help!    We respond 24 hours a day to water damage.  Anchorage 562-7410 or Mat Su Valley 373-7410.  We work with all insurance companies.   Fast Response…Guaranteed Results!

September 8, 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

Frozen pipes? Flooded carpet?

Below zero temps can freeze and literally pop & burst pipes.  If you find this happening and water gushing everywhere….  The most important thing to do right away is to stop the source of water.  Does everyone in your  home know where the main water shut off valve is?  If not take the time to show everyone.    This can save a homeowner thousands of dollars in damage by stopping the water as quick as possible.

The next step is to remove the water from your flooded home.  A wet vac is NOT going to take hundreds of gallons of water out of wet carpet and flooring.  You need to call a professional restoration expert and have the water removed as quick as possible.  Most restoration companies have crews on call 24 hours a day.  If the one you call can’t get to your home immediately you should call another one.  Time is of the essence and we know by getting to the flooded house fast we can save the homeowner money & shorter length of time dealing with this disaster in their home so they can get back to their regular life.     We serve Anchorage and the Mat Su Valley and do everything from intial dry out, monitoring, content cleaning  & if needed reconstruction.

November 20, 2013 Posted by | water damage | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Just a few quick tips to prevent water damage

A study done by the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety showed  that more than half of claims in their study were linked to washing machine rubber hose failures.  Life expectancy for rubber hoses is 3-5 years.

Easy Solution: Inspect  hoses annually and replace every 5 years.

Additional tips:

* Avoid overloading washing machine

* If property will be unoccupied for a long period of time, turn off water supply to the machine.

* Keep 4 inches between the water connection & the back of the washer.

Also make sure everyone at home knows where the water shut off valve is and how to use it.  In a water damage emergency this can save lots of damage and expense to the homeowner.

May 14, 2012 Posted by | water damage | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Water Damage Tips- What to do and What NOT to do

If you have a water damage in your home safety should be your primary focus.

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and anything that could cause you to slip & fall should be a concern.
  • Wet materials can be very heavy!  Ceilings can collapse with excess water weight so no one should be standing under them.

What to do after a Water Damage

  • Remove excess water by mopping
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture and table tops
  • Remove wet furniture & prop couch and chair cushions to dry
  • Place wood blocks between wood furniture legs and wet carpeting
  • Remove any colored rugs from wet carpeting.  (Some can bleed color and permanently stain carpet)
  • Remove any art work or pictures from walls to a safe dry place.  Humidity in the room can cause unnecessary damage.
  • Gather loose items from floor
  • Call a water damage professional.  We are on call for any emergency 24/7.  If you live in the Anchorage or Mat-Su Valley we can help you out anytime of day.

What NOT to do after a Water Damage

  • Don’t leave wet fabrics in place.  Hang furs & any leather items.
  • Don’t leave any magazines, newspapers, books or colored items onto wet floor or carpet.
  • DO NOT use your vacuum to remove excess water
  • DO NOT turn on TV or any other electrical item
  • DO NOT turn on lights or ceiling fan if ceiling is wet.   (Keep out of rooms if ceiling is sagging!  Very dangerous!!)

April 23, 2012 Posted by | water damage | , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Insulate Pipes Now To Prevent Water Damage

Now is the time of year when Alaskans start preparing for winter.  Snowmachines, studded tires and winter gear are usually the top items on that list.  But your home should also be top priority too!  Those who do not have the foresight to prepare their home for the coming cold months, often end up regretting that they did not. It can be twice as bad to deal with plumbing problems in the winter because pipes in or under the home have frozen and busted.  Not to mention the water damage that can quickly happen inside the home.

During warm weather it is so much more comfortable to do maintenance on the home. People get so busy in the spring and summer with gardening and lawn mowing that they probably do not give much thought to the inconvenience that frozen and busted plumbing causes in the cold months. It is a good idea to schedule your plumbing inspections during the warm months. Going underneath your home into the crawl space, if you have one, is essential to be able to inspect your outside pipes for leaks and deterioration.

If the pipes in your crawl space are not insulated,  you can do this simple job yourself by wrapping them with pipe insulation or heat tape made specifically for that purpose. It can be terrible to have to get under there and make pipe repairs when there is a foot of snow on the ground and it is only 10 degrees (or many times MUCH colder) outside. Why not do it now when the weather is nicer?

Outside water faucets are also prone to more damage in the winter months. If you are using your spigots right now and notice that they have leaks anywhere, do the repairs now and save trouble later. These spigots can also be insulated for the wintertime. When you have spigot leaks, it can cause you to lose a lot of water over time. This is not good for the planet to wastewater and it will not be good for your home either if you get  water damage inside your home because of it.

Your local hardware or department store should have the supplies that you need to insulate your outside and inside water sources and pipes to help you get your home winterized.

September 10, 2008 Posted by | Anchorage, Wasilla, water damage | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment