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How to Respond After a Home Disaster

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 ​It's devastating when your home is damaged due to water, fire, or mold. Dealing with the aftermath of a disaster is an extensive process, involving everything from cleanup to making the insurance claim. That's why we've compiled a list of steps to give you a game plan and hopefully to make your life a little easier:1. Respond to Emergencies ...
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Are Leaking Appliances Damaging Your Home?

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The appliances you use every day can also be a source of unwanted water in your home. Leaking appliances can cause serious damage, no matter if it's a slow drip or a steady stream. Undetected leaks can ruin flooring, cause mold growth, seep into the rooms below, and eventually compromise your home's structural integrity.Here are a few appliances th...
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5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Ignore Mold Growth

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A mold infestation within your home can not only cause damage your property, it can also hurt your health. It's critical for homeowners to understand the dangers of mold, how to prevent mold growth, and when it may be time to ask for extra help.1. Mold can grow on virtually any substance if moisture is present. This can include wood, paper, carpet,...
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Protecting Your Documents Before a Disaster

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We've seen firsthand the physical and emotional devastation that follows a natural disaster. That's how we know it's critical to develop a disaster preparedness plan for your home or business so you can be as prepared as possible. Although we can never be completely ready when disaster strikes, having a plan can significantly help throughout the re...
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Spring Flooding.

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Last week, Central Illinois region received around 3 inches of rainfall, more in some areas...and this week we are due for more. Thankfully we had some nice, rain-free days over the weekend, but there is another round of rain coming. With the rainfall, the ground becomes over-saturated. And with over-saturated ground, comes flooded basements.&...
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Disaster Preparedness Guide for Small Business Owners

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Protecting yourself today means you're better prepared for tomorrow. It's critical for small business owners to implement a disaster preparedness plan to help in the case of a natural disaster such as a flood, tornado, or fire. Consider the following tips to ensure the safety of your employees, customers, and property: 1. Purchase the Right Insuran...
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The Top 3 Areas for Residential Flooding

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Flooding is more than just an inconvenience; it can cause serious damage to your home and even your health if water damage is not properly controlled. While it can be difficult to predict, you can still take steps to educate yourself on where water damage is likely to start, leaving you better prepared to handle the aftermath. 1. Bathrooms The bath...
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Preparing Your Property for Spring Storms

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Ready or not, spring is upon us! Although we're all looking forward to green grass and warmer temperatures, spring also brings many natural disasters such as powerful winds, flooding, and tornadoes that can cause severe property damage. Don't be an unprepared property owner! There's not a lot you can do to battle Mother Nature, but there are a few ...
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Central Illinois Winter Weather Cramps Homeowners’ Style

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Welcome to Central Illinois in January. Why did we decide to live here again? For the next week, here's what we can expect:Peoria-Morton Area Weather Bloomington-Normal Area WeatherChampaign-Urbana-Mahomet Area Weather With temperatures like these, homeowners in these areas should take the necessary steps to prepare. Many different forms of propert...
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National Disaster Preparedness Month: 10 Things You Can Do Right Now

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Disasters such as fires and floods can happen at any time. That's why disaster preparedness is critical to keep you and your loved ones safe in case of an emergency. Here are ten steps you can take right now to make sure you're as prepared as possible if you experience a flood, fire, or other natural disasters in your area.1. Download the FEMA mobi...
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The Top 5 Dangers of Hoarding

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​Hoarding not only poses a threat to your health and mental well-being but your property as well. Here are five consequences to keep in mind if you or someone you know is suffering from a hoarding disorder.1. Mold GrowthMold can develop if trash, spoiled food, or other expired household items aren't disposed of properly. The mold can eventually spr...
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Emergency Preparedness Week: The Top 5 Flood Preparation Tips

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Flooding can strike anywhere at any time, making it the most common (and expensive) natural disaster in the United States. The ensuing water damage can be detrimental, ruining your carpets, furniture, walls, appliances, lighting, electronics and other valuable items, not to mention the mold that follows. Here are five tips to ensure that you're rea...
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3 Ways to Prevent Home Water Damage During Spring

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Are you ready to thaw out after a long winter? Now that the weather's warming up, it's the perfect time to prepare your home for those April showers and be ahead of the game for next winter. It's never too early to make sure your home is protected from incoming water. There can be a variety of problem areas on your home's exterior that can be ident...
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3 Types of Property Damage to Avoid During the Winter

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 The winter months can be an especially harsh time for home-owners. No one wants to come home to a scorched living room, damaged appliances, or a caved-in roof. Here are three common disasters that can occur during the winter and some steps you can take toward preventing property damage: 1. Fireplace House Fires  We all want to snuggle up...
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Summer Storms and Residential Storm Damage Restoration in the Midwest

Summer Storms and Residential Storm Damage Restoration in the Midwest
If you live in Illinois, you know this summer we've experienced severe storms, one right after another. Severe storms may become dangerous, especially the ones we experience, and it is crucial to know the different types of storm damage and how they can impact the places we call home. If your home is left untreated, damage from pounding rain, hail,...
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What You May Not Realize About Bathroom Remodeling and Water Damage

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  When we make the decision to remodel our homes, it's because we want positive change. For some, this is easily accomplished, but for others, changing up the old can reveal a dark, nasty mess underneath. In the case of bathroom remodels this is especially true. Homeowners who contract a remodeling project can find mold and water damage underneath layers of tile, in the plumbing, and even in the walls! This is no reason to delay your remodeling dreams! In fact, Menold Remodeling Services loves handling projects like this because we are highly experienced in both restoration and remodeling services. We truly remodel the foundation and the surface of homes, especially the bathroom. A modern bathroom is not possible without comprehensive construction. We will clean up existing water and mold damage and we don't stop there; we also take necessary steps to prevent future water and mold from wrecking your home.


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The Effects of Mold in Your House and On Your Pet

The Effects of Mold in Your House and On Your Pet
Menold Offers Tips to Keep Pets Safe When Mold is Found in Your HomeKeeping your home safe from the elements is a necessity; especially when you have little ones or pets roaming around your humble abode. Moisture is a common enemy to homeowners and is one of the sneakiest predators. It has the potential to cause sickness to you, your family, and ev...
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3 Things First Time Homeowners Should Know About Water Damage

3 Things First Time Homeowners Should Know About Water Damage
TIPS FROM MENOLD CONSTRUCTION AND RESTORATION FOR FIRST TIME HOME BUYERS. A recent pair of newlywed customers came to Menold Construction and Restoration because they were first time home-buyers and didn't realize there was considerable damage due to water seeping into the basement during storms. As you can imagine, with the recent wet weather we'v...
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4 Signs Mold Could Be Growing In Your Home

4 Signs Mold Could Be Growing In Your Home
Do you have unexplained symptoms? Mold could be the culprit. These signs can help you identify noticeable or hidden causes of mold. Early detection of mold can save you money and trouble before it becomes a much bigger, more dangerous problem.1. Mold SymptomsMold in your home can cause symptoms such as:AsthmaSore eyesItchy skinRunny or blocked nose...
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Water Damage in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois

Water Damage in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois

Water damage can have short-term and long-term impacts on your home or business. A flood can force you out of your home. An unnoticed leak may have subtler effects, such as allowing mold to grow behind your walls or water to pool above your ceiling. Menold Construction and Restoration has highly trained professionals who will respond quickly when your business or home requires water damage restoration services in Bloomington-Normal, IL. However, there are things you can watch for in order to minimize water damage caused by a flood, storm, or leak.

  • Keep a close eye on your water bill. A sudden increase in your bill could mean you have an unchecked water leak. Pooled water can rot your walls from the inside and create the conditions where mold will grow.
  • Watch for mold. Molds are common fungi that grow inside and outside the home. But they thrive in damp, dark environments, such as basements and bathrooms. A home or business that has suffered water damage needs to be alert for the presence of mold. It can have long-term health effects on the people who live and work there. Symptoms can range from a skin rash and sneezing to more severe respiratory problems. People with allergies are especially vulnerable to mold’s negative effects.
  • Dry soaked furnishings quickly. Make sure to ventilate areas exposed to heavy moisture so mold and mildew don’t have time to find a home in your home. Also dry carpets or rugs that have been exposed to heavy doses of water.
  • Monitor your drainage. Make sure that downspouts are redirecting water at least five feet away from your foundation. Water can cause structural problems if it is allowed to pool too close to the building. Also, check your gutters and clear them of any debris.
  • Check your pipes in the winter. Insulate pipes in attics and basements and those exposed to the exterior so they don’t freeze. Disconnect your garden hose when temperatures drop below freezing.
  • Take a look at your roof and windows after a major storm. Don’t wait until there is a hole in your ceiling or a puddle on your floor to see if all is well. Check for missing shingles and cracked windows to prevent rain and moisture from getting in your home.

One last tip: It’s a good idea to check your sump pump every few months and clean it annually before spring rains come. The best way to keep dry is to prepare for the worst and be ready to respond quickly when major water damage does strike.

 

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