flooded homes

Am I in a Flood Zone?

Steve VanDenBerg Blog

Knowing whether you’re in a hazardous flood zone or not will help you determine how likely you are to experience flood damage to your home or business and what kind of flood insurance coverage you need. The more information you have, the better prepared you’re going to be in the unfortunate event of a disaster.

Fire Damage in San Francisco

Fire Safety Tips for Apartment Buildings

Steve VanDenBerg Blog

All homeowners are advised to create and practice fire escape plans with their family so that everyone knows where they can evacuate safely if a fire does occur.  While homes generally offer many potential escape routes in an emergency, apartments generally do not.  What are people who live in apartments supposed to do if a fire breaks out in their …

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Flood Preparation Tips to Protect Your Home

Steve VanDenBerg Blog

As many people in the San Francisco area know, flooding can happen anywhere at any time of year and it can cause considerable property damage if your home is not prepared.  Home flooding causes extensive water damage to the structural elements of your home as well as your furnishings and personal belongings, and it can also lead to mold growth.  …

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Save Money this Holiday Season

Steve VanDenBerg Blog

One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions is saving money. And with January being one of the coldest months of the year, you are likely to spend extra on heating your home. Use these tips to save money this holiday season + GO LOCAL, SHOP LOCAL.

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Roof Leaks and Mold: How Slow Water Damage Can Build Up

Steve VanDenBerg Blog

You can’t imagine a small drop of water causing any harm, can you? But what about thousands of water drops? If it finds a way into your home, water will easily penetrate all the porous materials in the property and may cause severe structural damage and mold growth long before you become aware of the problem. So, even a very …

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How to Help a Hoarder

Steve VanDenBerg Blog

Hoarding – a type of anxiety disorder that prevents the affected individuals from assessing the actual value of an item and making informed decisions about their possessions and their own lives – has been a growing concern in the United States over the last several decades. Hoarders accumulate large amounts of worthless items and get emotionally attached to them, without …

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Flood Safety Tips – Kitchen Inspection Video

Steve VanDenBerg Blog

Clogged drains and leaky pipes can cause big headaches in your kitchen but a little preventative maintenance will keep them in good shape. These tips will help keep water where it belongs and your kitchen dry. Watch the video and keep reading… Turn on the faucet in the sink and the sprayer, if you use one. Check around the base …

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How to Clean Up Flood Damage in your Home

Steve VanDenBerg Blog

All homes experience some water damage from time to time because there are so many ways that excess water can enter your home.  Any amount of water can cause problems in a home but the damage is much worse if there is significant in-home flooding.  A flooded house can sustain plenty of damage as the water can weaken structural elements, …

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Dealing with Sewer Backup – Do’s and Don’ts

Steve VanDenBerg Blog

Few things rattle a homeowner more than having a sewage backup. The smell is unmistakable and the thought of all that bacteria and other hazardous waste in your home is appalling. As you reach out to water damage restoration professionals to perform sewage removal, here are some things to keep in mind. Sewage backup do’s and don’ts Here are a few …