Preparing For Hurricane Irma

With Hurricane Irma projected to arrive in north central Florida in the next few days, we know that many residents are looking for ways to protect their properties and families. As disaster restoration specialists, we wanted to offer our expertise as you prepare. We’ve pulled together 11 key steps to prevent damage and handle emergency situations to help you stay safe and secure this weekend.

  1. Be aware of the hurricane’s progress. Stay tuned to local forecasts, storm warnings, and hurricane trackers. By following the hurricane’s progress, you can make an informed decision of whether to evacuate your property, if necessary. Be ready to make this decision if you live in an area that could be flooded. If you live in a prefabricated house that isn’t sturdy enough to stand up to the wind, you should evacuate early to avoid the rush.
  2. Clear weak or dead tree limbs around your property. Loose branches pose a significant danger during high winds, which can blow them down and cause damage to your property. Make sure to dispose of any branches in a closed container.
  3. Secure and clear out your gutters. Hurricanes and tropical storms typically bring heavy rain. Providing clear drainage will help prevent misdirected flooding. Securing loose gutters and downspouts will also prevent them from being whipped out of place by winds.
  4. Shut and reinforce windows and doors. This will help protect against strong winds and rain, keeping the storm outside. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows. A second option, though not a last-minute one, is to board up windows with 5/8” exterior grade or marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install. If you haven’t done this already, be sure to put it on your list in preparation for future storms. Don’t forget to secure any outside shed or garage doors as well.
  5. Clear your yard, porches, and patio. Make sure to safely store any outdoor furniture, grills, trash cans, bird feeders, hanging plants, kid’s toys – anything that high winds can pick up and use as a projectile. Playhouses, storage sheds, or any other outdoor structures should be anchored securely. If they are not already secured to a permanent foundation, you can use straps and ground anchors to keep them in place.
  6. Locate gas pilots and water mains. You will need to be able to find these and know how to safely shut off your utilities.
  7. Take photos or videos of the interior and exterior of your home and of your personal belongings. For insurance claims, it’s important to create a record of your personal property. This will help assist adjusters in case you need to file a claim. You can also create an itemized list of your furniture, clothing, and other valuables.
  8. Find and secure your important documents and insurance policies. If you don’t have time to access a safe deposit box, try to use a watertight box or make sure your documents are backed up online. If you plan on riding out the storm in your home, make sure you have a “safe room” inside the house.
  9. Put together a disaster supply kit. This kit should include a flashlight, batteries, cash, first aid supplies, and copies of your critical information if you need to evacuate.
  10. Charge your cell phone now. The worst time to run down your battery is mid-storm, after your home has lost power.
  11. Know your local emergency service providers. In case of extensive damage to your home during a storm, it’s important to learn ahead of time who will be available to help. Look for licensed contractors in Gainesville, FL who specialize in restoration and provide all-hours service. Maven Construction Group provides these services to the north central Florida region, and can be reached 24/7.

 

For further information as you plan for Hurricane Irma, please see these emergency preparedness and response resources:

Preparing for Tropical Storms in Gainesville, FL

Tropical Storm Preparation

Properties on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of Florida are often in the dangerous path of tropical weather during Hurricane Season. With its extensive experience in home restoration, home reconstruction, water damage inspection, water damage restoration, and storm damage restoration, Maven Construction Group’s offers tips for preparing your Gainesville home or business for the coming storms.

Tropical Storm Preparation Tips for Your Property

The strong winds and heavy rains of tropical storms can lead to tree damage, roof damage, wind damage, water damage, mold damage and more! At Maven Construction Group, we specialize in tropical storm damage repairs and want you and your property to be ready for when tropical storm warnings for Gainesville occur.

Secure Your Roof

The roof of your home or property is the biggest potential opening on the property so it is highly important to inspect it prior to a tropical storm. Any cracked or missing shingles could leave an opening for water to seep in and cause water damage. This is especially dangerous when heavy rains are falling on your roof for extended periods of time.

Trim & Remove Trees

Many people don’t realize that the large, beautiful trees surrounding their home or business could be a potential hazard during a tropical storm. Any loose branches or weak trees could be toppled by strong winds, causing extensive damage. Before hurricane season, it is important to trim or remove all damaged trees and limbs.

Seal Windows & Doors

Over time, it is common for windows and doors to have damaged seals due to natural weather conditions. This is even more prominent in hot climates. To avoid leaks and water damage that could potentially lead to mold in your home or business, you should check all the seals in your property and repair them if necessary. During tropical storms, it is very easy for rain to enter through damaged seals.

Clear the Outdoors

Tropical storm winds can reach very high speeds, overturning anything outside on your property that is not secured, which could damage your home or business. Before a tropical storm hits, store or secure any grills, lawn chairs, lawn ornaments, or any other items and décor that could be picked up by winds. Be sure to close, disconnect and store any propane tanks around your property.

Sandbag Areas Subject to Flooding

If your property has any areas that are subject to flooding or are not properly sealed to stop high levels of water, use sandbags. Sandbags are a quick and relatively inexpensive way of creating a watertight barrier to prevent floods from entering your property.

Install Shutters

While you shouldn’t rely solely on shutters to keep your home or business protected during a tropical storm, you should definitely invest in them. Shutters can protect your windows and doors from any unforeseen debris that is picked up and thrown by the wind.

What to Do After the Storm

Once the tropical storm is over, if you find that your home has suffered any damage, be sure to contact Maven Construction Group. We are highly trained and experienced in all forms of tropical storm damage restoration, be it water damage restoration, mold damage remediation or any form of structural reconstruction needed to your property. Our professionals will secure your damaged property by providing structural support, clean up the external debris left behind by the storm and complete any necessary repairs and reconstruction. Trust Maven for tropical storm damage remediation in Gainesville, FL.

What Homeowners Should Know About Water Damage

waterdamageWhat You Should Know About Water Damage

Finding out that there is water damage in your home can be a nightmare. Water damage cleanup is often expensive, depending on the extent of damage it can take a good amount of time before it is all repaired, and it can destroy valuable personal items that cannot be replaced. Water damage can happen in an instant from a burst pipe or it can happen quietly over time which makes it all the more difficult to discover. When it comes to water damage and taking the necessary steps to repair the effects of it, homeowners are usually plagued with questions. At Maven Construction Group, we provide storm damage restoration in Gainesville, FL, along with water removal services and share with you important information all homeowners should know about water damage in their homes.

Residential Water Damages

Don’t Wait to Have Water Damage Repaired

When it comes to water damage Gainesville, FL, homeowners face, the longer you wait, the worse it will get. That is why it is highly important that you look for restoration experts as soon as you’re aware of your problem. Apart from water seeping deeper into your home’s foundation, ruining belongings and even flooding an area in your home, there are secondary damages. Secondary damages occur when mold begins to grow in the affected area. It only takes about 48 hours from the time something gets wet until it starts to grow mold. After that, mold can spread at a vary rapid pace and cause health risks in your home. Mold damage restoration can be costly and it is work added on top of the water damage restoration needed, so don’t put it off.

Polluted Water

Not all water damage that occurs comes from clean water. Sometimes polluted water can be the one that leaks creating health risks. Pollution from water is categorized into three levels. Category one means that the water came from a clean source such as pipes and won’t cause any illness. Category two means that the water contains bacteria and could possibly cause illness if exposed for too long. Category three means that the water came from a highly contaminated source, such as from the sewage, and can cause severe illness or even death. If water sits for too long in your home, even category one water could potentially become contaminated. Never interact with water causing water damage in your home and instead contact a professional.

Water Damage & Insurance

Most people believe that water damage is covered by their insurance and while it may be true, it doesn’t mean that it covers all types of water damage. Flooding, for example, is usually not covered in the average insurance plan. To avoid any issues with insurance if you experience water damage, see what is covered under your plan and what is not. This will also help you file the correct claim so that it isn’t delayed.

Common Areas to Find Water Damage

Knowing where and how to look for water damage may be able to help you find it before it has time to cause serious damage to your home. Be sure to check that all your visible pipes and plumbing are not leaking, if you see any wet spots around them keep a close eye to determine where it is coming from and if it is persistent. Peeling paint or bubbles in paint on the ceiling or walls may be a sign of water damage, this is especially common in bathrooms. Any soft or cooler spots in the floor could also be a sign. If you have a basement that you don’t use often, check it periodically to ensure that there is no flooding.

Water Damage Restoration in Gainesville, FL

If you find water damage in your home, Contact Maven Construction Group right away. We are a professional Gainesville restoration company that can take care of any water or mold damage that you may have in your home.

Maven Construction Group Makes Guest Appearance in Local Discovery Feature

Local Discovery Video Features Maven Construction Group

Local Discovery recently featured DiscoverShade, a local Gainesville company, and its convenient window shade treatments. With DiscoverShade, you can turn a screened deck into an open patio just by hitting a button!

If you’re considering building a custom home in Gainesville, then features and conveniences such as the DiscoverShade are a must-have, and it’s awesome when your custom home builder has experience incorporating these “extras” so you can truly customize your home to your preferences.

Maven Construction Group is licensed general contractor serving Gainesville and the North Florida Region. We specialize in home restoration and reconstruction, however, it is through that journey of experiences that we realized there are a lot of issues homeowners face of which they are not aware! Our reconstruction and restoration teams are called in when things have gone badly — poor construction and mistakes lead to water damage, mold damage and more. We have taken our knowledge of how to avoid these disasters and build custom homes the right way.

View the full video from Local Discovery below.

Plumber or Restoration Company? How to Know Who to Call

Is it a Job for a Plumber or Gainesville Restoration Company?

When it comes to water leaks and other emergencies in your home, both plumbers and restoration companies work to repair the issue and prevent water damage. However, there are instances when a restoration company might be more suitable than a plumber and vice versa. At Maven Construction Group, we provide restoration of water damage Gainesville, FL, residents can trust.

Common Water Issues for Homeowners

  • Leaking Pipes: Leaking or cracked pipes can happen quite often and if not taken care of can cost you a significant amount on your water bill and even cause water damage to floors and walls. However, water leak detection is fairly easy and quick to spot, as well as to resolve, so it is often a job more suitable for a plumber as long as there is no extensive damage.
  • Clogged Drains: Clogged drains can cause water to spill over onto other areas, however, because it is easily noticed it will often be repaired before there is extensive water damage to the surrounding areas. A plumber would be the ideal choice for clogged drains.
  • Leaking Shower Pan: Leaking shower pans are not easily detected and due to the constant flow of water it is easy for water to damage floors and walls. The excess moisture often causes mold growth in the bathroom as well. For water issues involving mold damage restoration, a restoration company should be contacted.
  • Water Heater Burst: A water heater burst can release large amounts of water instantly, possibly flooding the surrounding areas and causing water damage. In this instance, a Gainesville restoration company would be necessary for emergency water removal and to repair the burst.
  • Slab Leaks: Slab leaks can cause serious structural problems to your home if not addressed. They can cause cracks in walls and flooring, extensive water damage to the foundation, mildew and mold growth, and raise your water bills significantly. A restoration company can help repair the leak and address any water or mold damages caused by it.

Restoration Company in Gainesville, FL

What makes water restoration companies different from plumbers is the gravity of the situation. Plumbers stop and repair the source of water loss but do not address water damage caused by it. Restoration companies, on the other hand, use advanced equipment to dry, remove and repair water damage as well as mold damage caused by the water source. At Maven Construction Group, we can also bring in a plumber to repair a leak or other water issue if needed and, unlike normal plumber services, the repairs would be covered under your insurance. Contact us today for all your water and mold restoration services.

New Home Woes: Mold & Water Damage

Make Sure Your Home is Free of Mold & Water Damage

When people move to a new home the last thing they want is to have to deal with pesky repairs. Repairs will take more time, effort and money for water restoration and mold remediation services. The whole point of upgrading to a new home is to relax and enjoy it. But during the chaos of purchasing a home it is easy to overlook serious problems that will soon haunt you. Gainesville restoration specialists at Maven Construction Group share tips on what to look for before moving into a new home to avoid the disasters that are water and mold damage.

What to Look Out For in Your New Home

  • Plumbing: When looking at your new kitchen, don’t just glance over the top, take a look at the plumbing underneath. Check for any leaks in the pipes, water damage to the walls or floor, and any particular humid and foul smells that could be a sign of mold.
  • Vents: Examine every vent in the home and make sure that nothing is blocking the airflow, they are working properly, and that there is no damage or missing parts to them. Any cracks in the vent seals can cause water to seep through.
  • Humidity: It is important to check that humidity in the house is at an appropriate level, especially in Florida where humidity is high even in winter. Check for wet stains on walls and ceilings that could potentially lead to severe damage, condensation on windows and stale odors. Air conditioning units help control humidity indoors so make sure that they are working correctly and are the appropriate size for the home.
  • The Roof & Gutters: Any damaged or missing roof tiles could eventually lead to leaks. Gutters should be in good condition and free from any holes or cracks so they can direct the flow of water correctly.
  • Drainage: It is sometimes hard to tell if the exterior of a home has good drainage, but poor drainage can lead to serious foundation issues. Check that pools of water don’t accumulate on the lawn and that there are no cracks in the foundation or exterior walls. Exterior walls should stay painted and well sealed. Also, minimize the amount of water sprayed onto walls from irrigation systems.

If water damage is left untreated it can cause mold to grow very quickly. Mold is not easily discovered but it can cause serious health problems and mold remediation can be costly. Apart from checking for the water damage signs listed above, it is crucial to have a home professionally inspected before purchasing and even once you’ve been living there to ensure that everything is in good shape. If water and mold damage is found in your home you might be able to file an insurance claim. Maven Construction Group will work directly with insurance companies to deliver an accurate claim. It is also a good idea to look through your home’s contract to see if anything is covered.

Water Restoration & Mold Removal in Gainesville, FL

Water damage can lead to severe structural issues as well as mold growth that can turn your dream home into a nightmare. If you have experienced any of these issues in your home you need not keep looking through water restoration companies in Gainesville, FL, to resolve your damages. At Maven Construction Group we are water restoration and mold removal specialists ready to help you get your home back. Contact us today and get help now!

Bradford County Remediation & Restoration Services

Your house is one of the biggest investments you will make. Not only have you contributed a lot of financial resources, but you are most likely emotionally attached to it as well. Unfortunately, there are a multitude of disasters that can strike your home and, if they are not handled properly in a timely manner, can irreparably damage your house forever. However, if you live in Bradford County, Maven Construction Group is here to help. We provide some of the best specialists and contractors in their fields. Regardless, of the damage your home is suffering from, our services will restore it to its previous state.

Fire Damage Removal

Fire spreads quickly, weakening the structure of your house and damaging precious belongings. After a fire is put out, your home is still in danger. The structural integrity of your house may be compromised and lingering smoke and soot can have detrimental effects on the health of your loved ones. Our team of restoration specialists in Bradford County, FL can remove these threats so can enter your home again without fear.

Water Damage Specialists

Whether your water damage is the result of a leaky roof, burst pipe or extreme weather, water can be hazardous for a house if it is not dealt with immediately. Water will trickle into every possible spot, weakening the roof and walls. Further, if it is not dried quickly, it will encourage the growth of mold. Therefore, our water damage restoration specialists will utilize the latest advancements in technology to properly dry your home and furnishings, and repair any damaged walls before the problem escalates.

Extreme Weather Damage

Florida is well known for heavy thunderstorms. Though they may keep your garden hydrated, storms can cause severe damage to your roof or house. High speed winds pick up debris and toss them into your home while knocking other trees over damaging your house. Maven Construction Group can repair home damage and help with cleanup following these storms.

Mold Mitigation and Cleanup

Though it may be difficult to detect, mold can quickly spread throughout your home and cause significant health risks to your family. We will send mold remediation experts to find all traces of mold, prevent it from spreading further and thoroughly remove it from your home.

Residential and Commercial Restoration Services

Our restoration services are not exclusively available for residential properties. Commercial buildings are vulnerable to the same disasters and therefore, our Bradford County restoration team perform these same services for your office as well. Not only is a quick response necessary to prevent further damage, but it is also helps to minimize downtime for your business operations as well.

Quality Restoration Services in Bradford County, FL

While anyone can tear down a home and rebuild it, only the most qualified teams can restore them while retaining their original structure. The team of experts Maven Construction Group puts together works hard to identify weaknesses in your house and provides solutions to fix them without further harming your house. Additionally, we are able to recognize lasting side effects that may endanger your family and remove them in order to best protect your loved ones. We understand these incidents can occur at any time and that efficiency is a big factor. Our workers are available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, so that we can minimize the damage to your home as much as possible. If your house is in danger, contact Maven Construction Group today.