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Stucco Water Damage: How to Spot & Fix it

Can stucco actually cause water damage?

If your stucco siding has been improperly installed, water damage is sure to follow. The purpose of any type of siding is to protect your home from rain, snow, and other elements. But if the siding is installed carelessly, it will be unable to do its job and water damage will make itself known in an unattractive (an expensive) way to.

The primary culprit causing water damage in stucco results from improper sealing in the areas where the stucco connects with windows, flashing and other joints. Improper sealing makes it much harder to repair stucco water damage. Have you noticed dark, rusty-looking streaks seeming to drip from the corners of windows, particularly in older structures? These are called “stucco tears” and they are an obvious indication that water damage within the stucco has occurred. These “tears” cannot simply be wiped or power-washed away, as there is a deeper issue at hand. If you ignore the underlying issues causing this damage, you will be continually using such “band aid” remedies. You must establish the cause of the damage, then apply the proper repair for a lasting solution.

Determining whether there is moisture damage behind your stucco

Obviously, stucco tears are an indication that there is underlying water damage. However, water damage may be occurring beneath the siding, revealing no outward signs of damage. On the surface, everything looks fine to homeowners yet there may be mold, mildew and rot lurking beneath that nice surface, making a meal of your property. Don’t wait for the stucco tears to show themselves!

How can you tell if there is water damage happening under the stucco? Well, a visual inspection isn’t enough—you’ll need a moisture test to determine if your property has this problem. This isn’t a DIY opportunity—you’ll need to hire a professional to perform the moisture test. Once the issue has been diagnosed, you’ll be given recommendations on whether to repair or replace the stucco.

Should the moisture damage be caught early, it’s possible that repairs may be enough to fix the issue. Unfortunately, those repairs are often not a permanent solution. If moisture damage has occurred once before, it may happen again and again. In fact, if the damage is extensive or the recommended repairs intensive, the more cost-effective (and easiest) solution may be to have the siding replaced completely.

If you choose to replace your damaged stucco, there are many other siding options available. Your best bet is to select fiber cement since it is excellent in resisting damage from both hot and cold weather—even holding up well to impact from hail. Fiber cement will even remain solid in the most humid of climates. Best of all, fiber cement is very easy to maintain.

Fiber cement won’t rot or warp, unlike with stucco. With proper care its finish can last up to 15 years. It’s also cost-effective: fiber cement siding costs 20 percent to 50 percent less than what you might spend on brick, stone or stucco. The only siding that matches fiber cement in price is high-end vinyl siding.

Here’s another plus: fiber cement siding can mimic other siding options, including stucco. That’s a bargain any way you look at it: you’ll have the look of stucco at lower cost and without the risk of moisture damage in the future. That’s hard to beat.

For the best home restoration in San Diego be sure to contact us, and be sure to visit our Facebook and Twitter pages. Our technicians are San Diego’s best for repairing stucco water damage, fire damage, and mold remediation.

 

 

By |March 20th, 2017|Water Damage|0 Comments

Water Damage Chula Vista

Severe thunderstorms, water leaking through a window – this is only one scenario for water damage in Chula Vista. Leaking water can come from many other sources: a malfunctioning toilet, a leaking drainpipe under the house, and more. The resulting damage is often more than just warped walls and floorboards, but the encroachment of mold as well. Once you have removed as much water and moisture as possible on your own with fans and sump pumps, you need to contact a restoration specialist to complete the clean up and repair.

The first thing a restoration specialist will do is inspect the affected areas to determine if those areas are still structurally sound. This information will be documented thoroughly for submission of a claim to your insurance company, provided you are insured for water damage in Chula Vista. A professional restoration company will employ the use of testing equipment that can detect moisture hidden in various areas. Damage isn’t only visible to the naked eye, moisture may have seeped into walls, supports and subfloors. Moisture pockets which are unseen may cause mold, rot and other damage. This may sound extreme, but technicians may also have to cut into walls and insulation in order to see how high the damage goes. They may also need to cut wires and repair specific electrical lines throughout your home.

The restoration technicians will begin the restoration process by pumping out the excess water as well as removing materials and furnishings that are unable to be restored. They will also continue to dry your home’s interior, furnishings and systems such as ductwork, air conditioning and furnaces, if needed. The use of extraction vacuums will aid in pulling water from upholstered furnishings and carpets, which will result in substantial savings for you. However, if carpeting is beyond repair (and contaminated), replacement will be recommended. Structure drying, including crawlspaces and basements, will prevent further water damage which may cause mold growth. Dehumidifiers and fans will also be used to aid in drying materials. If the water is contaminated with sewer water, sanitizing and deodorizing equipment will also be used. In the event of mold contamination, mold remediation will likely be required.

If you are experiencing water damage in Chula Vista do not hesitate to call Orange Restoration! We are open for emergency water damage services 24/7. Our highly experienced team is able to handle any size job and we will get you back in your home or business in no time!

 

By |February 1st, 2017|Water Damage|0 Comments

Seven Situations And Issues That Must Be Addressed To Reverse Poor Flood Management In California

So what’s at risk for flooding in California? And what problems does the state face in fixing the problem of flood management? Most of it goes far beyond what a water damage restoration company like ours can fix.

Here are some situations and issues that California flood management advocates must take into account if they are to successfully create and move forward with a sensible flood management action:

  1. Impact on agriculture. There is more than $7 billion of crop potential in 500-year floodplains. Overall, as much as 40 percent of the state’s vital agricultural land is in a floodplain. In fact, the Sacramento and San Joaquin River and the Tulare Lake areas have more than $1 billion in 500-year floodplains, and losing those crops for a season or more could devastate the regional or statewide economy – and disrupt the nation’s food supply.
  1. Impact on the environment. Being good stewards of the environment means establishing plans that protect it while allowing humans the greatest possible freedom and protection. That requires consistent regulation and protections for rare and endangered plants – and much more.
  1. Complex agency involvement. There are overlapping responsibilities among public agencies, conflicting regulations and other problems with getting a handle on flood management. When agencies learn to work together, duplicate efforts can be eliminated, holes in efforts can be reduced or eliminated and grander plans can come together because of greater funding and involvement.
  1. Infrastructure isn’t meeting needs. While the flood management infrastructure already in place – including levees – has prevented billions in damage and saved countless lives, this infrastructure needs maintenance, improvements and more. And infrastructure is not meeting rising demand as people move into areas previously known to flood, in 500-year floodplains or unprotected by seawalls and other barriers.
  1. Funding continues to be limited and unreliable. Even though devastating floods have proven the importance of flood management, funding is still limited and even more unreliable than in the past. In many cases, only a flood event spurs spending, and this decreases after the initial reaction. Budgets are often inadequate since the full cost of flood management sometimes isn’t considered. Plus, bond money for flood management is nearly depleted.
  1. Flood strategies must be part of an integrated water management effort. Collaborations across many fields and disciplines are required, and the need for drinking water stability and other water needs must be addressed at the same time flooding concerns are being dealt with.
  1. Recommendations must be taken seriously. For flood management efforts to work, recommendations from expert panels and committees must be taken seriously. When tools, plans and actions are suggested, they must be funded and acted upon to generate the results that everyone wants. Otherwise, flood management efforts won’t come to much.

There’s no argument that flooding causes billions in property losses and deaths in California. But agencies must learn to work together, consider the serious and far-reaching consequences of flooding and take smart actions that will bring about the greatest good for the greatest number of people.

While it will never be possible to prevent all flooding in a coastal state subject to periods of heavy rain, it is possible to better predict flooding events, prevent property loss, prevent loss of life and reduce the negative environmental and economic consequences that can come with flooding and its aftermath.

It’s a tall order to reduce the negative impacts of flooding on California, but it can be done when agencies, organizations and others take a smart, integrated and long-term approach. And it’s absolutely essential to a stable future for our state.

For help in the San Diego area with flood and water damage, call (619) 376-6838

By |November 5th, 2016|Flood, Water Damage|0 Comments

Four Important Points About Managing California Flood Risks And Protecting Our Future

Flooding is something that can impact any Californian. In fact, all of California’s 58 counties have had at least one flood emergency in the last two decades, and an astounding 20 percent of all California residents live in a floodplain.

Because there are more than $580 billion in assets and property subject to flood risks – not to mention millions of people – everyone in the state must take rushing and rising water seriously. When a flood strikes, loss of life can be devastating, and flood damage restoration to put things back as they should be can cost millions and take weeks or months.

The state and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have been working for decades to cut flood risk and reduce consequences when a catastrophic water event happens. Plus, local agencies in San Diego and across local counties and the state have done their part in many cases to control flooding in the best ways they know how.

Still, more must be done.

The Department of Water Resources at the state level as well as the Army Corps of Engineers have developed a plan related to the future of flooding in the state that’s based on four important principles:

  1. Flooding can’t be completely eliminated. While flood management efforts can go a long way toward cutting the risks and consequences associated with flooding, the risk will never go away. Still, flood management can improve the safety of the public, create a sense of environmental responsibility and stewardship and help support increased economic stability.
  1. Multiple-benefit programs are best. When flood management solutions are created with the entire system in mind, there is the best chance of success and public resources are used most responsibly. Going it alone isn’t likely to be successful for something as big as flooding concerns.
  1. Cooperation enhances flood management. Flood management is, of course, the responsibility of all levels of government, and cooperation makes for the best chance of success. Local, state and U.S. government officials must share responsibility for flood management, especially since dealing with flooding often requires working across jurisdictional and geographic boundaries toward overall solutions.
  1. Climate change and other outside factors must be taken into consideration. For flood management solutions to be effective, public agencies at all governmental levels must create solutions that take into account as many variables as possible, including the increasing risk and volatility that could be the result of global climate change.

And something else is certain: now’s the time for California to work to prevent future catastrophic flooding events. That makes sense from a cost perspective, from the perspective of preserving human life whenever possible and from the perspective of environmental responsibility.

At Orange Restoration, we support efforts to prevent natural disasters – because that makes much more sense and costs much less in the long run than cleaning up after them. While there will always be flooding and a need for disaster recovery services like those our company provides, there are flood management solutions that can reduce the day-to-day risk for so many Californians.

We want the very best for California, and that means decreasing flooding risk even though the risk can never be entirely eliminated. And we support any government effort that moves us closer to better prediction, better avoidance and better recovery from flooding so that California’s citizens are protected and our economy stays strong and gets even stronger in the months, years, decades and even centuries to come.

There are many things that can be done. But when they don’t work, we’ll be here to help you pick up the pieces – (619) 376-6838.

By |October 28th, 2016|Flood, Water Damage|0 Comments

Understructure Flood – Before Calling The Plumber! [Restoration Tips]

By |October 21st, 2016|Flood, Water Damage|0 Comments

Flooded Crawl Space – Immediate Action Steps [Restoration Tips]

By |October 14th, 2016|Flood, Water Damage|0 Comments

How to Handle Water Damage in Torrey Pines

water damage in torrey pinesInclement weather and humid marine layer moisture are recipes for possible water damage in Torrey Pines. And, of course, there’s always a leaking toilet or sink – even the dishwasher – to blame for water invading your home. You must take action quickly. Your first task is to remove as much excess water as possible, drying surfaces as best you can. You can rent large fans (even industrial grade versions) and sump pumps to drain the excess water outside of your home. Once this is done, it’s time to call in restoration specialists to assess the extent of the damage and take the steps necessary to restore your property. Why bring in specialists instead of doing the work yourself? Professionals will have all of the equipment necessary, as well as the know-how to perform the restoration work quickly and efficiently. Plus, safety is an issue. You would have to deal with air quality problems, slipping on slick surfaces, heavy lifting, and electricity. The experts know how to deal with all of these issues.

The box fans you’re probably using will not thoroughly dry highly damp surfaces – at least not in time to stop the eventual growth of mold. That is why it’s best to ultimately call a water restoration specialist in to do the “heavy lifting” of drying those surfaces. They will employ industrial-grade fans that will remove moisture thoroughly from materials in half the time it would take smaller fans to do this. But that’s only one thing. They will also have at their disposal other equipment such as air movers, air scrubbers, dehumidifiers, wood floor drying systems, and sub floor drying equipment. Some of this equipment must remain in your home to continue the drying process. They will also use sanitizing and deodorizing equipment, particularly if there is extensive contamination from sewer water damage in Torrey Pines.

Also, be sure to check your homeowner’s insurance policy to see if you are covered for water damage restoration, particularly in the event of flooding or pipe breaks. Understand, however, that your claim must be officially submitted by a professional restoration company who will provide your insurance company with a full inspection report. If you file a claim by yourself you run the risk of the claim not being approved. Be sure to document all of the damage yourself prior to bringing in restoration specialists. This can be a simple accounting of all damaged items within the affected area.

If you are experiencing water damage in Torrey Pines do not hesitate to call Orange Restoration! We are open for emergency water damage services 24/7. Our highly experienced team is able to handle any size job and we will get you back in your home or business in no time!

By |September 27th, 2016|Water Damage|0 Comments

Water Damage in Rancho Bernardo

water damage in Rancho Bernardo

Whether you’re dealing with the aftermath of a hurricane-like storm and water flowing into your home or dealing with the after-effects of a leaking plumbing fixture, it’s all water damage in Rancho Bernardo. Obviously, you want your home restored to its original condition quickly, but certain steps must be followed before you contact restoration specialists.

First, you’ll need to ensure that all surfaces are dry and all excess water has been removed. You can do this by utilizing fans, renting sump pumps and mopping up the excess water with towels and any other absorbent material. A word of caution: be sure to plug any equipment into electrical sockets that are away from any standing water. If weather permits, open all windows to allow moisture to escape, thus preventing the growth of mold.

When the experts arrive, after inspecting the affected structure, they will bring with them all the equipment necessary to restore your home after water damage in Rancho Bernardo. This equipment can include water sensing equipment such as probes and other infrared tools in order to locate the source of the damage, as well as the extent of it. This equipment will be used to dry materials within the affected structure, sanitize any affected or cross-contaminated areas, and deodorize all other affected areas and materials. This equipment may include air movers, air scrubbers, dehumidifiers, wood floor drying systems, and sub floor drying equipment. Some of this equipment will be left in the home to do their respective jobs.

If you’ve left items in the affected areas and have not moved them, restoration specialists obviously must work around these items, or “contents.” This is known as “contents manipulation” and usually involves the moving around of items such as furniture, electronics, books, and various other materials that have been affected by water damage and have remained in the affected area. Restoration specialists will need to move these items around as they are affecting repairs. So if you see “contents manipulation” on your invoice, this is what it is referring to. These left-behind items may also require treatment if they have sustained water damage: sanitization, deodorization, drying, and storing of those contents are just a few of the tasks. If the damage exceeds the value of the items, it is recommended that those items be discarded.

If you are experiencing water damage in Rancho Bernardo do not hesitate to call Orange Restoration! We are open for emergency water damage services 24/7. Our highly experienced team is able to handle any size job and we will get you back in your home or business in no time!

By |September 14th, 2016|Water Damage|0 Comments

Broken Pipe Leak – Water Damage Repairs [Restoration Tips]

By |September 9th, 2016|Flood, News, Water Damage|0 Comments

Basement Flood Damage Prevention [Restoration Tips]

By |September 2nd, 2016|Flood, Water Damage|0 Comments