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Signs Of A Burst Water HeaterHere’s a common scenario our customer’s experience: let’s say one day you’re sitting at home and your ceiling suddenly collapses, or you go into the garage and find it’s completely flooded.

The cause? A burst water heater.

Standard water heaters contain up to 40-120 gallons of water, so when one unexpectedly leaks or bursts it can cause an immense amount of water damage. A malfunctioning water heater can also become a fire hazard.

If pressure builds up in the tank you’ve essentially got a ticking time bomb in your house waiting to explode.

All water heaters have a limited lifespan, but by doing routine maintenance you can prevent catastrophic leaks and extend the life of your water heater.

Even if you can’t repair it yourself, knowing the warning signs can help you diagnose the problem faster when the plumber arrives. Here are 5 signs that your water heater is failing and the steps you can take to fix it.

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In 2017 the U.S. was smacked with a flurry of natural disasters. In total, the U.S. was hit with 16 natural disaster and climate events, each of them destroying homes and lives in their wake.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, 2017 was one of the most expensive years on record with costs exceeding $300 billion.

The coasts were pounded with the devastating trinity of hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.

In addition, there was flooding and wildfires in California, hail storms in Colorado and Minnesota, three tornado outbreaks, and droughts in the Plains.

As one of the leading disaster restoration companies in Dallas, we have first-hand experience seeing the horrible aftermath when natural disasters hit.

Last year we created the Regent Restoration Disaster Relief scholarship so that we could better educate people about disaster preparedness.

When disasters strike, being prepared ahead of time could mean the difference between life or death.

As part of our program, we offered a $500 prize to whoever wrote the best essay and donated $250 to the Direct Relief Fund, an organization that helps victims rebuild their lives after natural disasters strike.

We had a lot of applicants but based on the quality of his essay, we chose Jordan Kinney as the winner of our competition.

Jordan Kinney Scholarship Winner

Jordan is a student at Moberly Area Community College in Missouri.

While you can’t prevent disasters you can decide how you’ll react when one hits.

Jordan displayed that he has the knowledge to stay safe during a dangerous event.

Congratulations Jordan! Keep studying hard.

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Will Filing a Water Damage Claim Increase My Insurance Rates

According to industry research, almost 40% of homeowners have suffered from water damage losses.

This statistic isn’t really that shocking when you think about it.

Just consider all the pipes and appliances in your house connected to a water supply line— sinks, dishwashers, fridges, water heaters, ac units, and so much more.

Appliances and pipes have a limited lifespan, so there’s always a chance of one of them rupturing or springing a leak.

Even if your pipes and appliances are in tip-top shape, we’re human and we make mistakes, such as accidentally leaving the sink faucet running all night.

Thankfully, homeowners insurance is there to cover our butts and replace any damaged property that’s covered by our policy.

But, a lot of people are afraid to use the insurance that they spend money paying for.

We’ve answered some frequently asked questions and provided a guide to make the water damage insurance claim process a little less daunting.

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Hail Storm Roof Damage

North Texas storms are infamous for causing damage, such as fallen trees and ripped off roofs.

Because we live in tornado alley, we frequently have to deal with these destructive storms and twisters.

Regardless of where you live, storm damage, wind damage, and hail damage are a common problem for many homeowners.

The roof is your home’s first line of defense from the elements, but unfortunately, it’s also the most susceptible to damage, so it’s important to keep up with repairs, especially after a severe storm.

Storm or hail damage can cause roof leaks, which can lead to mold or costly water damage repair problems down the line.

After the storm passes, you should check for roof damages, contact your insurance agent if you find any, and take these steps to protect your roof.

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Water Damage Prevention Tips

“Water wears away mountains”, so when it enters your home it can cause extensive structural damages, such as wood rot and mold growth.

But by regularly checking appliances and doing basic household chores you can avoid expensive water damage problems that can drain your wallet.

Don’t get flooded with repair bills. Be proactive and follow these easy water damage prevention tips.

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How To Clean Up Cabinets After a Grease FireYou’re probably here because you were cooking, took your eye off the stove for a split second, and then—POOF— your meal suddenly erupted into a ball of flames.

It’s okay. It happens to a lot more people than you think (trust us, we’ve restored a lot of homes and restaurants after grease fires).

If the fire was extinguished quickly, there’s a good chance your kitchen can be cleaned and repaired. Here’s everything you need to know about cleaning up a grease fire.

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Water Damage Insurance Claim Tips

As a water damage restoration company, the most common question we get from homeowners is “does insurance cover water damage?”. The answer to that question depends on the source of the water damage and how quickly the problem is addressed.

It’s important to remember that not all insurance policies are alike, so it’s best to call your insurance agent and read your policy.

Here are the most common water damage claims we help our customers file and the likelihood that they’ll be covered by your insurance company:

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Suffering from a flood or fire is already a stressful enough situation, but then you have to worry about finding a contractor, and in water or fire damage situations time is of the essence.

Here’s a dirty secret about the water damage restoration industry: It’s largely unregulated, and anybody can claim to be a restoration professional.

So how do you find a trustworthy contractor that’s not going to try to rack up a bunch of charges and squeeze money out of you?

Read more “The Skills You Should Look For When Hiring A Restoration Company”

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When people think of water damage– well that’s the problem, people don’t normally think about water damage. Then, suddenly, that washing machine hose you haven’t bothered to look at since you moved in bursts and your house is turned into a water park.  Being informed about the causes of water damage can save you money and stress down the line.

Here are the most common causes of water damage our restoration technicians respond to:

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