I Love How the Shutters Look

I had plastic blinds for many years. I didn’t have the same ones though. I wish it would have worked out that way, but they just got too damaged by the sun’s exposure. I did not like the way they would discolor, so I would replace them as soon as I noticed they would start getting a different color. I figured it was just something I had to put up with, but that was just until I found out that I did have other options available to me. When I first saw the orange county shutters that my neighbor had ordered, I knew that I was going to get some as well.

I wasn’t even considering that they would not be damaged by the sun, because I figured that any window treatments that I ordered would have that problem. My neighbor was quite educated on these particular shutters though and was able to answer all of my questions. Read more

Swimming Pool Maintaining Tips

unduhan-60A bright swimming pool on a sunny summer afternoon is always filled with smiles, laughs and all around fun. Swimming pools are great for the family and increasing your home’s value, but they also come with many maintenance items that will lighten your pockets.

Before installing a new outdoor swimming pool, be sure to see the most common costs of buying and maintain a swimming pool.

Costs of Inground vs. Above Ground Pools

Off the bat, all homeowners should know that inground swimming pools are more expensive to install than above ground. You will have to dig a very large hole to place the pool and this can only be done by a swimming pool professional. On average, the cost of installing a new inground swimming pool runs between $14,961 and $21,649. Choosing a pool installed at the ground level won’t require excavation (save $$$). In fact, the cost of an above ground pool is typically a third of that price. They rarely cost more than $4,500 to purchase and professionally install. To see the price in your area, check out our swimming pool installation cost estimator.

Costs of Pool Materials

Like any other home remodeling project, the materials you put into it have a great effect on the durability and price. Swimming pools are no different. Solid concrete pools are at the highest end of the spectrum and are designed to last the longest. Vinyl and fiberglass pool shells, which can be simply installed rather than crafted on site, are slightly cheaper than concrete. Customized tiled pools are also expensive because of their higher labor costs.

Costs of Pool Accessories

Many families want more than your average circular swimming pool. We want action. We want more fun. We want jaw-dropping designs. We want extra pool accessories.

Swimming pool slides generally cost around $1,674 for purchase and professional installation. Diving boards, while still providing just as much fun for the kids, are far less at an average of $384.

Other common accessories like pool lighting and tile mosaics have a wide range in prices. A professional pool contractor can help you narrow it down and determine the best ones for your new pool.

Costs of Pool Maintenance

Below are the costs many homeowners don’t consider before buying a brand new swimming pool. Since the pool is exposed to the outdoors 24/7, it will require regular maintenance throughout the year. Understanding some of the most common maintenance items will help you determine the true cost of owning a swimming pool.

Maintenance Costs of Natural Pools

Natural pools are often chosen because they use fewer chemicals and create a peaceful look on your property. While they do require less maintenance overall, they are not cost-free additions to the home. Expect to pay a minimum of $78 monthly for the maintenance of any plants in the pool, keeping the filtration system operating efficiently and cleaning debris from the surface.

Maintenance Costs of Standard Pools

Most likely, you will be installing a standard swimming pool that will require you to maintain the water’s pH balance with chemicals. Sodium hypochlorite will raise the pool’s pH while granular acid will lower it. It’s important to test the water’s balance once a week. You should also provide additional treatment for your pool following a storm, intense heat or growing algae.

There are additional chemicals you must add to kill algae and bacteria. Chlorine is the most popular chemical. It comes in the form of liquid, tablets and a powdery substance. The tablets are often a better choice because they dissolve slowly over time and do not require much maintenance.

On average, expect maintenance to cost $178, but know that the costs will be heavily dependent on the size and quality of your pool.

Costs of Pool Covers

You will not be using the pool 24/7 and therefore, need to protect it from snow, leaves and other harmful items. Every pool owner needs to have a pool cover.

One of the most affordable types are mesh pool nets that cover the tops of both inground and above ground swimming pools. While these won’t necessarily warm the water or stop it from freezing, they do prevent leaves and debris from falling in and blocking the filtration system. Expect to pay anywhere from $40 to $200 for a mesh pool net cover.

Some pool covers are designed to heat the water of the pool, which makes it a viable swimming option for much of the year. These covers can be made for inground or above ground pools and they are often a thick blue insulated material. The low-end price for these covers is $139, but professional installation and high-quality solar warmth may cost as much as $1,305.

Finally, winter pool covers are designed to stay in place for several months at a time, and it secures the pool from leaves, debris or snow. Expect to pay upwards of $59 for a winter pool cover.

Know The Pool Design Trend

unduhan-59Swimming pools have been around for a long time and play an important part in actualizing the American dream. In fact, earliest reports of swimming pools go back more than 5,000 years, according to archaeological findings.

Design trends evolve constantly as new materials, technology and pool features arrive on the market. You now have more choices than ever to add interest and character to your pool. These eight trends are among the hottest for 2016.

1. Pool Structure

A traditional in-ground pool has distinct edges, typically with a deep end and a shallow end. The only way to get into the pool is by jumping in or taking the stairs. The pool typically has relatively consistent depths, a shallow end around 3′ to 4’ and a deep end about 8’ deep. The latest trends for 2016, however, turn this convention on its head. Vanishing edge pools create the illusion that the water just keeps on going, blending seamlessly with the sky above.

Beach entries create the same smooth walk into the water that you’d experience at the ocean. Tanning ledges allow for pool enthusiasts to enjoy a few cool, refreshing inches of water while still getting plenty of sun. Also known as a lounging ledge, this shallow waterbed, with 12″ or less of water, is perfect for keeping cool in the water while exposing your skin to a good amount of sun for tanning and relaxing. Tanning ledges are perfect for relaxing in chaise lounges, enjoy splash time with toddlers or cool off without the effort of treading water.

Perimeter overflow pools allow water to overflow the edges of the pool, where it’s captured and recycled back into the pool water. It’s similar to a fountain, but is over the entire pool. The constantly moving water has a wonderful and calming sound and relaxing nature. As a bonus, it also tends to be self-cleaning!

2. Tile

Concrete bottomed pools are on the way out. Glass and stone tiles are the material of the future. The reflective quality of glass tile against the water is picture perfect and can be used throughout the whole pool or as luxurious accent. The beautiful colors and patterns created by the tiles evoke a spa-like feel that will enhance your swimming experience. Although typically used as a waterline, glass tile can also be implemented on the ground of the pool to create a magnificently beautiful look. Stone tiles create a stunning and more traditional, Romanesque effect for your pool. Additionally, the smoother surface is also more soothing for bare feet.

3. Fire & Water

Many families are choosing to combine the elements of fire and water to create fascinating effects and enhance the appearance of the pool. Fire pits and fire bowls add light that sparkles on the surface of the water at night. Not only that, they add a sense of luxury and elegance to the pool area.

4. Water Features

Water features come in a myriad of options that can really enhance your outdoor living experience. The sound of falling water and the gorgeous visual effect of flowing water create a relaxed atmosphere. Hydrotherapy jets aren’t just for spas and physical therapy pools anymore. This latest feature is now available for in-home pools. These relaxing jets can transform your backyard space into an enchanted oasis and bring a sense of relaxation and peace to your home.

5. Pavers

Concrete and natural paver stones cover the ground around many pool areas. These stones and concrete can appear in a variety of colors and will blend beautifully with any style of pool décor. Because concrete is durable, it’s can hold up to plenty of traffic in the pool area.

6. Poolside Patio Décor

Standard white poolside chairs and a table with an umbrella aren’t cutting it anymore! If you want the ultimate pool experience in your backyard, you need poolside patio décor that’s designed to take your elegant style into consideration. Current trends includeexotic wood, travertine and marble that blend together to create stunning, relaxing effects that wouldn’t be out of place in a spa.

Stay Cool Outdoors Home Tips

When summer arrives, hot weather is everywhere. In some parts of the country, temperatures can reach a sweltering 100 degrees or more. Now, if you’re anything like me, the longer days days are great but the hot, outdoor temperatures present a challenge. If I’m outside in the hot weather, a beach is absolutely necessary for me to enjoy it.

For those instances when a beach is not convenient, solutions are needed to keep cool. From low-key picnics to large backyard BBQ parties, the summer is made for outdoor fun. See cool ideas you can incorporate into your summer plans to ensure everyone is comfortable and enjoying the best of what summer has to offer.

The No. 1 way to cool off in the summer is with a swimming pool. Contact a pro to begin your pool installation today.

1. Swimming Pool

A swimming pool can bring hours of fun with friends and family, with instant relief from the heat. Host a pool party with neighbors to bring together the community, or enjoy floating on a sunny afternoon. A swimming pool will prove its convenience on a hot summer day.

The keys to truly enjoy your pool this summer is with pool maintenance. The average cost to maintain a swimming pool is $254, but this can depend on the size of the pool. Maintenance is important for the overall health and the longevity of your pool. Here are some ways to regularly care for your pool this summer:

  • Skim Debris
  • Clean Out Baskets & Filters
  • Vacuum
  • Test pH Balance
  • Maintain Water Level

2. Backyard Water Slide

Swimming pools are a large investment that take extra time to care for properly. If you’re looking for a short-term option to keep the kids cool and entertained outdoors, look to the traditional backyard water slide. Many stores offer a wide variety of backyard water slides, with sprinklers attached to various areas and inflatable options for safety. These bring hours of fun to those of all ages and are a welcome activity on hot days. Always read safety instructions for each model so you can ensure a great time in the water.

Most homeowners are concerned about lawn damage when it comes to these water activities for children. To prevent harm to your grass, be sure to only have the water slide out when it’s in use, to prevent burning or damaging the grass. Put it away immediately after use. It’s likely the slide will flatten out your grass. If you’re able to plan for it, let your lawn grow longer than you normally would before using the waterslide. Cut the grass once you have removed the water slide. Damaged grass may take up to two weeks to return to its green hue again.

3. Seek Shade

If water activities aren’t for you, adding more shade can help to cool down. An arbor or pergola installation can help reduce the amount of sun you come into contact with. Not only will this help you keep cool, but it will also increase your home’s ROI.

Pergolas are a stylish way to add partial shade to your yard and can be placed almost anywhere. For extra coverage, try draping a large canvas or fabric between the slats. This beautiful, airy look will have you loving summer in no time.

Arbors typically are attached to the home and will provide you with complete shade, as it is a solid frame. They are a great way to add a permanent, shady retreat to your yard.

Whatever you choose, be sure to include comfortable lawn furniture or a hammock to rest and relax in the shade.

4. Deck Out Your Deck

As nicer weather begins to become the norm for a few months, more homeowners begin to utilize their decks. Enjoy a dinner outdoors or find a cozy place to read, there are plenty of things you can do to stay cool on your deck. An awning or umbrella can add shade where you need it, when you need it. While awnings tend to be semi-permanent features, umbrellas can be moved from one area to another typically without an issue.

If your deck has a roof, a ceiling fan might be just the touch you need to get a little breeze going outside and keep the bugs away. The average cost to install a ceiling fan is $229. Even though your deck may provide some shelter from the elements, it’s important to choose a fan that is weather-resistant.

Simple decorating for your swimming pool

Swimming pools play a major role in the American Dream. Whether it’s hosting a Fourth of July party or summer BBQ’s, bright swimming pools give your family and friends every possibility to enjoy one of our greatest pastimes.

On the other hand, there are certain swimming pools made for the best possible location. While it may be hard to visualize any of these seven astonishing swimming pools in your backyard, they certainly make you look forward to summer every year. It’s time to step into Paradise.

This vacation home is ideal for more than just getting away from work. This remodeled pool has it all with the canopy above the home, umbrellas all around, a grassy surrounding (easy on the feet) and stepping stones to get around this huge backyard. The sliding doors leading inside the home also allow for easy access, something anyone would need as they host pool parties with this terrific evening view.

Tropical backdrops make for the best pool parties in the world. You will certainly get that luxurious setting with this hillside pool, a separate deck for sunbathing, colorful flowers all around and of course, the gorgeous view of the ocean. You will also notice the covered patio above, great for getting a bite to eat or mixing your next cocktail.

Besides hosting parties, there are other benefits to swimming pools.

The traditional pool still has its place in America. These homeowners wanted to preserve that old-fashioned look with the Greek columns, Mediterranean design and a covered second-story overlooking the entire pool. When you host a pool party or family gathering, you need an area to oversee it all. That paved patio is the perfect spot.

Floor to ceiling windows make for a happy family and an even better home. Add in a large, oval pool with pebble concrete, a covered patio and you have yourself the perfect setting for a Paradise pool party. If you don’t have a cloud in the sky, it would be a crime to not invite your friends and family over.

Tips for Protection The Gutter

You may not realize the importance of keeping your gutters clear and debris free, but if your gutter system is often left neglected and abused, you can wind up with serious and costly home repairs.

Clogged and damaged gutters can lead to problems like foundation problems, structural issues, landscape erosion, basement flooding and water damage. One way to protect your home from severe damage is to invest in a gutter protection system.

A gutter protection system is a product that either attaches to your existing gutters, or replaces your entire gutter system, with the intent of allowing only debris to enter your gutters, while water is safely carried through your gutters and diverted away from your home.

From DIY solutions to professionally installed gutter protection systems, let’s face it – gutter protection can be overwhelming. That’s why, at LeafFilter, we want to educate you about the pros and cons of the different types of gutter protection systems. The following will inform you about the different type of gutter protection systems so you can find the system that meets your needs.

DIY Gutter Protection Systems

DIY gutter systems are relatively inexpensive systems that are installed by the homeowner. You can find them at the big home improvement stores. While cost-effective and convenient to purchase, homeowner solutions are mass produced and usually do not include any type of warranty. Usually, these types of systems will need to be replaced within a few years. Foam, brush, metal screen, plastic screen and small hole gutter guards are typical gutter guard options for homeowners.

Foam Gutter Guards: Foam gutter guards are a homeowner solution that is relatively inexpensive. Homeowners place the foam or sponge material that is placed inside of your gutters with the intent of allowing water to drip through (while keeping debris out). Unfortunately, foam gutter guards will trap seeds, and with the abundance of moisture, weeds, plants and trees will begin to grow where they shouldn’t – in your gutters.

Gutter Brush: Brush gutter guards are known to be an inexpensive short-term solution that homeowners can install themselves. The brush is placed into the gutters and is shaped like a giant pipe cleaner. The system is meant to repel debris. However, brush gutter guards actually attract birds and other nesting animals, and trap other debris items like pine cones, leaves and maple spinners. These types of systems will eventually need to be removed and cleaned in order to prevent home damage.

Metal Screen Guards: The DIY metal screen product is made out of steel or aluminum. These types of systems are relatively low cost and easy to install by the homeowner, making them a common choice for homeowners looking for a DIY gutter guard option. It’s important to note that because of their larger openings, these types of gutter guards will not keep out smaller debris like pine needles, seeds, insects and shingle grit, so you may need to remove them and clean your gutter periodically throughout the year.

The Best Roofing Materials That You Can Take

images-58Choosing the right roofing for your home can be a bit stressful. With so many types of roofing available, you’ll want to choose the materials best suited to your environment, housing style and budget.

Your roof will have to meet high building safety standards, so it’s important to consider the quality of service, products, materials and installation. Knowing more about your options before making the final selection will ensure you are happy with the results.

Shingle Roofing

Shingle roofing is one of the most common styles for homes. When you drive through a neighborhood, chances are, most of the roofs you see will be shingle roofs. There are a variety of reasons for shingle roofing’s popularity, including its range of style and color options and its relatively low cost (compared to some other materials).

Shingles are installed by being overlapped in an offset manner, from the bottom to the top of the roof. This ensures that the roof is water repellent, allowing rain to drain effectively.

The type of shingles available that you will ultimately choose will depend upon several factors. The pitch of your roof, the construction method and the availability of local products are all typical considerations.

For example, plastic shingles are available, but are not commonly chosen, especially near places where wildfires are common. The plastic can be combustible and is better suited for less volatile environments. The same is true of wood shingles and organic-based asphalt roofing materials.

Another factor that can limit your options for shingle material is the construction method. Some shingles require sheathing on the roof deck, whereas others can be installed on a lath. Many shingles are installed over underlayment material to prevent leaks, such as from intense rain or snow dams. You’ll want to ask your roofing contractor what the stipulations are for your specific roof before getting started.

The most commonly available types of shingle roofing include:

Wood: Wood shingles are traditional and come in two forms—shingles and shakes. The primary difference between the two is how they are made. While both come from larger pieces of wood, shingles are sawn, while shakes are split. Shakes have a more irregular or non-uniform shape, which gives them a more rugged appearance. Shakes are often used in damp, seaside environments and for oceanfront housing. Overall, fewer homeowners install wood shingles due to their flammability and maintenance costs.

Flagstone or Slate: Flagstone and slate shingles are more expensive than some other materials, but they are well worth the investment in regards to durability. Stone or slate shingles can last up to 400 years with the proper care. With this kind of longevity, it’s easy to justify the larger upfront cost. The two biggest factors that contribute to slate’s long lifespan are maintenance and type of slate used. Slate shingles are reusable because they can also be moved from one building roof to another without losing durability.

Metal: Most often used in places where wildfires are a potential threat, metal shingles are very resistant to fires. Otherwise, in more temperate areas, they’re not a standard choice.

Plastic: Plastic is the primary material in imitation slate shingles. These provide the beautiful appearance of slate shingles without the cost. Of course, plastic does not endure for the hundreds of years slate does, but the overall visual effect is still there. Plastics do not work well in fire-prone areas, so this may be something you need to consider.

Composite Materials: Composite shingles, such as fiberglass asphalt shingles, are the most common used roofing material in American residential construction. This type is easy to install, recyclable and affordable. A wide range of colors is available for some flexibility in the final appearance of your home. Composite shingles last about 20 to 50 years.

Flat Roofing

Flat roofs are most common in arid, dry climates such as desert states. They are commonly seen in Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and places where rainfall and other precipitation is infrequent.

Although they look flat, there is actually a roof pitch of about 10 degrees. Many people love this style of roof because it allows for the roof to be used as additional outdoor space, such as for a garden or entertaining space.

Flat roofs are constructed of concrete, masonry or tar. The sun’s heat is the biggest environmental threat to flat roofs. A surface coating helps keep heat out while also remaining quite inexpensive and easy to construct. A thin waterproofing material is usually installed as a cover to the roof surface. Called a membrane, these surfaces ensure water drains effectively into gutters.

If the membrane fails due to poor maintenance or other issues, collected water can cause major damage to the home’s structure beneath. Water is a surreptitious problem. Much of the destruction is done before it is seen inside the building. Leaks can be difficult to track with a flat roof.

If you have a larger budget, flat roofs can be constructed using lead, tin or copper. This helps with durability and leak prevention, but can be problematic. They are sometimes targets for thieves as the roof is similar to copper piping.

How much money to repair a roof

Replacing your roof is one of the unsexiest home remodeling projects, but you would be hard-pressed to find one more vital to your home’s well being.

Your roof protects you from the outdoors, protects your foundation and helps insulate your house. If it were to leak or get damaged, you could find yourself in a scenario without a roof over your head.

Knowing when to replace your roof is easy, but knowing how much you should pay to replace your roof is anything but. That is why we have simplified the process for roof installation or replacement.

Below, I will share the average price to replace a roof as well as the dominant factors that can increase or decrease the overall replacement cost.

The Cost to Replace A Roof

According to our roof installation cost estimator, the average price to install or replace a roof is $5,951. There are many factors that influence the final cost of a roof installation. Many of them vary over time and across locations, making them difficult to predict. For this reason, there is a wide range of possible prices.

At the high end, people pay as much as $11,000; at the low end, they may pay as little as $3,000. Because there are so many price factors at play, all homeowners have the flexibility to make thoughtful and cost-effective choices, reducing your overall replacement cost.

Factors Affecting Roof Replacement

Sadly, there’s not much room for negotiation when it comes to material costs, but different materials have different standard costs per unit. Nonetheless, there are a handful of other elements that will certainly increase or decrease the overall price.

Roof Pitch

A roof’s pitch is the slope of your roof. Unless you have a flat surface for a roof, your roof has a pitch. As you might expect, pithed roofs cost more than flat roofs. Not only do they cover more surface area (more materials), but they are also harder to install. As you can imagine, there is an added danger element to a pitched roof compared to a flat roof. Sophisticated styles such as Colonial or Victorian are steeper, which partly explains why their prices tend to be similarly steep.

Other than looks, there are numerous other advantages in adding a pitched roof.

  • Pitched roofs last longer.
  • Pitched roofs react better to inclement weather.
  • Pitched roofs are easier to inspect from ground level.
  • You can add an attic to a pitched roof.

If you’re thinking of replacing your flat roof with a pitched roof, see how to Convert A Flat Roof To A Pitch Roof.

Roof Size

Like any project you remodel, the size of the roof plays a key role in the overall cost. As you may have guessed, the bigger the home, the bigger the bill. More parts, longer installation time and more men all equal more money. Since you can’t change the size of your home, this factor is largely fixed for many roof replacements.

Materials

The type of roof material you choose can greatly affect the overall replacement cost. However, you will be delighted to hear that homeowners have a wide array of options when it comes to roofing materials. Each comes with its own set of advantages and disadvantages in terms of lifespan, design and cost. Below are some of the most popular options across the U.S.

  • Asphalt Shingles: Asphalt shingles are perhaps the most popular option, largely due to their low costs, resiliency, and easy installation. More than 75% of U.S. homes use asphalt shingles on the roof. Beware, they do have a short lifespan compared to other options on the market.
  • Wood Shingles: Wood shingles come in cedar, pine and other woods. Cedar is the most costly when it comes to wood shingles. While more costly upfront, wood shingles have a lifespan of approximately 30-50 years. As expected, they tend to have poor fire ratings and can be subject to mold and rot.
  • Metal Roofs: Metal shingles are becoming a popular option for homeowners as they often utilize a high percentage of recycled materials and are very durable. They are also much lighter than many other roofing materials and are resistant to inclement weather.
  • Tiles (Clay, Concrete or Slate): Homes will need extra framing to install tiles because they are very heavy. Clay and concrete tiles are fire resistant and come in a variety of colors, some of which have the ability to reflect the sun, resulting in lower energy costs. Clay and concrete can last 50 years or more and slate can last well over a 100. However, slate is not recommended for hot climates due to their dark color.

The Home Projects To Cut Costs

It’s time to start planning home improvements that can save you money and increase the value of your home. While you likely have a few exciting remodeling projects planned, it’s important to also incorporate cost-saving upgrades like energy-efficient appliances and insulation, smart home technologies and water-conserving landscaping that will help you reach your financial goals for years to come.

If you want to decrease your utility bills, cut home service costs and invest in the long-term value of your property, try these eight budget-friendly home improvement projects.

1. Rethink Landscaping

According to the Chicago Tribune, the average American spends over 70 hours a year on lawn care and at least $347 a year on lawn and gardening products, not including the cost of watering. Whether your yard is large or small, you’d probably love to cut costs and lessen your environmental impact by being smart about landscaping. Consider hiring an irrigation expert to re-assess how you’re watering your lawn and overhaul your sprinkler or drip hose system to increase efficiency.

Xeriscaping, a type of landscaping that eliminates the need for supplemental watering, is a great alternative to a lawn. If you still crave the traditional green patch of lawn, fake grass products are becoming more and more popular and are an affordable option that cut down on maintenance and keep your lawn looking great year-round.

2. Increase Home Safety & Security

Many home owners aren’t aware of how much money they can save on their home insurance premiums by making simple, affordable improvements to their home like installing a home security system. By making your home safer from break-ins, fire damage and natural disasters, you can significantly reduce your liability and give yourself peace of mind. Install storm shutters, reinforce your roof, invest in heavy-duty gutters and downspouts and update your carbon monoxide and fire alarms.

3. Improve Insulation

Fixing drafts and insulating doors, floors and walls can save you tons of money on your monthly utility bills and keep you more comfortable in your home. The easiest solution is to upgrade your weather stripping, door skirts and install foam gaskets behind light switches and outlets. Some older homes may benefit greatly from insulating existing stud cavities with injection foam or other types of insulation that can be installed after home construction.

While this project is often done in the fall, it’s a shame to wait. These type of improvements not only save you money on your heating bill in colder months, but also help to keep precious cool air from escaping your home in spring and summer.

4. Smart Heating & Cooling

Connected Thermostats like Nest, Lyric and Ecobee3 conserve energy by learning your heating and cooling preferences and automatically adjusting to keep your home comfortable year-round. They can be conveniently controlled from your smart phone and are very affordable.

Smart thermostats have an auto-scheduling feature that allows users to decrease the heating or cooling of their home while they’re asleep or away. Many also include a geo-fencing technology that uses your smart phone to recognize when you’re near your home and anticipate your arrival by adjusting the temperature to your preferences. By adapting the temperature of your home often, these thermostats can cut your energy consumption by up to 15%.

Water Damage Knowladge

Water damage are two of the scariest words a homeowner can hear. We all know what it entails, but few, unless you have unfortunately lived through a burst pipe, storm or leaky roof, know exactly what caused the flood, how much it costs to repair, how to replace the damaged floors, walls and insulation and finally, how to ensure it never happens again.

Below is everything you need to know about water damage inside the home. I will go over some of the most common causes, the costs to repair and a few safety/precautionary tips for all water damage.

Get It Fixed Fast!

If you took one piece of advice away from this article, it’s that you must remove the water and get it fixed as soon as possible. The longer you wait when dealing with water damage, the worse the overall damage will be. Unlike fires that you can put out, water will continue to flow throughout your home, through your walls and floors until it is completely removed. This leaves a lot of different, and complicated, repairs to be made.

Once called, a good restoration company will remove the standing water using various pumps, water suction tools and high-powered fans. They may have to cut into walls and insulation to see how high the damage goes. Additionally, the specialists or an electrician may have to cut wires and repair certain electric lines throughout the home.

As you can probably guess, if you do not call a pro right away, mold could grow, cause health problems and greatly increase your water restoration bill.

Water Damage Repair Costs

Given the extent of the damage, and the health issues at play (mold), repairing water damage is not cheap. Furthermore, more often than not, the process of removing the water and actually repairing the damage usually come in two separate expenses.

According to our disaster recovery cost estimators, it costs just over $2,000 to remove standing water and $1,796 to repair a water-damaged home. As I said, this price can largely fluctuate based on the extent of the damage, the size of your home and of course, how much water infiltrated the foundation. Moreover, the longer the water remains standing in the home, the more extensive and expensive the repairs will be.

Common Causes of Standing Water & Water Damage

There are obvious causes of standing water, but others many homeowners would not guess. Those causes include:

  • Floods
  • Burst pipes
  • Leaky roof
  • Frozen pipes bursting
  • Failed bathtub or toilet seal
  • Broken sump pump
  • Blocked drainage pipe
  • Failed gutters and downspouts
  • Foundation malfunction
  • Improper grading
  • Broken irrigation system

 

Removing Standing Water

The process of removing standing water largely depends on the cause. If a storm caused the flooding, you may have to wait until the water recedes from around the home. If it was a pipe, a plumber and/or electrician needs to get to work right away. Just know that if this occurs during non-business hours, expect to pay overtime fees.

While we do encourage our fans to try out as many DIY projects as possible, removing standing water is not the safest. On top of the hidden hazards such as rats, live electricity and other dangers, the overall risk of mold and further damage to the home is not worth the DIY experience.