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Signs of Storm Damage

In the Midwest a home could have different storm damage ranging from hail to wind damage, from tornado all the way to snow storm damage. Knowing the signs that your home may have storm damage is crucial in detecting and restoring the issue quickly. Below are areas to check for storm damage:

 

  1. Roof: Look for shingles that have discoloration, tearing, or even holes in them. These can all be signs that your roof has been damaged. Another sign is if there are leaks in your roof or your ceiling.
  2. Gutters: After a hail storm, looking for dents or dings can also give you a better picture of what the storm did to the rest of your home. Your gutters can also give you insight to whether you have roof damage. Check to see if there are granules from the asphalt shingles in your gutter.
  3. Windows: Look at each of the windows at your homes and note any signs of shattered or broken windows and frame damage. This is especially important after a hail storm or a strong wind storm.
  4. Exterior: Not only is it important to look at the siding of your home to check for damage, it is also important that you check any appliances. Inspect your AC/HCAC unit as well as items such as a barbeque grill.

 

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Prepare to Prevent Tornado Storm Damage

Spring is upon us, and so are the weather and storms that come with it. In the Midwest, we know that means the potential threat of tornadoes, the majority of them occurring between April and June. While we can’t prevent all of the damage that tornadoes and other severe storms cause, there are a few things that you and your family can do to prepare that will give you a greater chance of staying safe.

  1. Prepare a disaster supply kit. This should contain things like bottled water and non-perishable food items, a flashlight and first aid kit. A complete list can be found here. Keep this place in a designated spot in your home and make sure that all family members know where it is located.
  2. Know your warning system. Not all warning systems are created equal, so understand what all of the sirens in your area mean.
  3. Select your safe room. This should be an interior room on the lowest level of your home, away from windows, or a basement or storm cellar. Make sure everyone in the home knows which room you’ve selected.
  4. Practice drills. This ensures that in the event of a storm, you are ready. Assign tasks as needed, for example, who is responsible for locating the family pet.
  5. Storms are often accompanied by high winds. Prepare outdoors as well by removing diseased or damaged trees and branches, secure any lawn furniture, trash cans or anything else that wind could pick up.
  6. Know the warning signs for a tornado and don’t wait to seek shelter.
In the event that a tornado strikes, following these simple disaster preparedness steps could keep you and your family safe. If you find yourself in need of repair due to damage caused by high winds or severe storm, contact professionals to make sure that the repairs are done properly and efficiently.

Menold Construction and Restoration has offices in Morton and Normal, Illinois and serves Peoria, East Peoria, Bloomington, Normal, Morton, Pekin, Morris, Washington and 17 Central Illinois counties.
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Mold Prevention Tips

No one wants mold in their homes. Aside from the health risks and property damage, homeowners can find the presence of mold to be embarrassing. But according to the CDC, there is “always some mold everywhere - in the air and on many surfaces. Molds have been on the Earth for millions of years. Mold grows where there is moisture.”

What’s important is to deal with immediately upon discovery, and take any steps you can to control and prevent mold growth whenever possible. Recommended steps are:
  • Control humidity levels – keep them as low as possible, no higher than 50% all day long by using an air conditioner and dehumidifier.
  • Promptly fix leaking roofs, windows, and pipes preventing the dampness that mold grows well in
  • Ensure that you have proper ventilation in your homes with exhaust fans and dryer vents that vent outside your home
  • Thoroughly cleaning and drying after flooding as quickly as possible; 24-48 hours
  • If carpets and upholstery cannot be dried promptly, don’t wait to replace them. Consider using materials that won’t absorb liquid in places like bathrooms or basements that are prone to moisture.
If there is mold in your home, seek out professional assistance to ensure that the root of the problem is discovered and fully removed before you begin the restoration process. If there is a remnant left, it could result in a recurring problem and a greater expense. It is important during the mold removal process that proper testing is done to ensure that all traces have been removed.

Menold Construction and Restoration has offices in Morton and Normal, Illinois and serves Peoria, East Peoria, Bloomington, Normal, Morton, Pekin, Morris, Washington and 17 Central Illinois counties.
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Residential Fire Damage Prevention

There are few things as devastating to your home and well-being as a fire. Every year there are approximately 365,500 residential building fires resulting in $6.6 billion in property loss. While you can’t prevent every fire that occurs, there are some steps that everyone can take to ensure that their property is better protected against fire.
  • Be careful when you cook. Refrain from wearing loose clothing, keep flammable items like towels and wooden spoons away from open flames, and maintain a 3 foot child free zone around your cooking area.
  • Replace any frayed, worn or damaged appliance cords as they can start fires.
  • If you burn candles, keep them away from window hangings and be sure to extinguish the flame.
  • Check your smoke detectors. Smoke detectors should be located inside and outside sleeping areas and on all levels of your home. They should be tested monthly, batteries should be changed yearly and alarms more than ten years old should be replaced.
  • Use caution when operating a portable heater. Ensure that is has an automatic shut off mechanism in the event that it falls over and keep any combustible items at least 3 feet away.
  • Prepare and practice! Each home should have a plan in case of a home fire. Every second counts in an emergency, and if all members of your family are familiar with escape routes and meeting spaces, your chances of escaping unharmed increase greatly.
In the event of fire damage in your home, make sure that you call trained, skilled professionals who can complete any and all structural repairs, reconstruction, and final cleaning as appropriate.

Menold Construction and Restoration has offices in Morton and Normal, Illinois and serves Peoria, East Peoria, Bloomington, Normal, Morton, Pekin, Morris, Washington and 17 Central Illinois counties.
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Water Damage Prevention Tips and Tricks

Water Damage can be a bear. And you don’t have to experience a sudden flood for water damage to affect your home. Over time, continued water damage can weaken your home’s foundation and cause serious structural damage. Wood that has been exposed to moisture can invite pests like termites and carpenter ants that can make a feast of your home. It can also cause mold and mildew, leading not only to the destruction of your home but to possible illness to the people living there.

There are, however, a few things that you can do to minimize the damage that water can cause and prevent some of the serious issues that come with it.
  • Maintain proper drainage around your home. This involves items like cleaning your gutters, making sure your downspouts are correctly rerouting water 5-10 feet away from your house. It is also important that the slope of your yard is at least 6 inches over a 10-foot span; this keeps water from seeping right down next to your foundation where it could cause buckling and cracking. And during dry spells, make sure the soil around your home doesn’t get too dry. Long dry spells will cause the ground to shrink; a big rain will make it expand and put large amounts of pressure on your foundation. In a drought, use a soaker hose 6 inches from the foundation until it reaches 3 inches deep to keep the soil from shrinking.
  • Test your sump pump regularly. Because we only call upon our sump pumps to work in storm season, we often forget about them the rest of the year. Best practice is to test at least once a year, preferably before the first heavy rainfall, and ideally, to perform several checks during storm season. Here’s a step by step guide to testing your sump pump.
  • Proactively check for leaks and fix them swiftly. If a leak is caught and repaired quickly enough, there is a chance that you can prevent any long term damage that may have occurred. Check for dark or damp spots inside sink cabinets, stains on ceilings, drips and toilets that don’t sit firmly on the floor. Once a year, inspect your roof (or have a professional inspect it.) Repair any loose, damaged, or missing shingles, and any cracked caulking and look for leaks around the flashing.
If in the process of inspection, you find water damage, be sure to check carefully for mold, mildew, pests or other secondary damage and have it repaired immediately.

Menold Construction and Restoration has offices in Morton and Normal, Illinois and serves Peoria, East Peoria, Bloomington, Normal, Morton, Pekin, Morris, Washington and 17 Central Illinois counties.
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