Tips To Avoid Water Damage To Your Belongings

Water Damage Restoration In Gainesville, FL

In Florida, water damage can happen at any time and to any home. Of all the possible outcomes, water damage to personal belongings is among the most frustrating. At Maven Construction Group Inc., we’ve seen every scenario imaginable while performing water damage repairs in Gainesville. Based on our experiences, we’ve compiled these tips to protect the items in your home from water damage.

Move Items Away From Common Water Leaks

In the course of a water damage inspection, our technicians may encounter one of several common water leaks. If you know where leaks happen in a home, you can move your belongings away from these areas to prevent water damage.

Under The Sink

Pipes often leak from loose joints (where they connect or bend). By being careful where you put items under the sink, you can keep them out of the path of drips or leaks. But just in case, it’s best to not store valuables under the sink.

Water Heaters

Water heaters are prone to intermittent water leaks from their temperature and pressure relief (T&P) valves. It’s also not uncommon for water heaters to be located inside of closets, meaning they are tucked away from sight but that water leaks may not be immediately noticed.

Don’t set items on the ground in the closet or close to a water heater that could become damaged after a bad leak. If storage space is limited in your home and you need to store items in the same area as the water heater, try to put belongings only in high parts of the closet, such as shelves.

Burst water heaters cause severe leaks that require emergency water damage clean-up. A faulty thermostat, loose fitting, or interior corrosion all could cause a water heater to burst. But no matter the reason, the result is always bad for nearby belongings. The average water heater holds around 50 gallons, which is enough water to flood a small room and damage items on the floor. If your water heater bursts, call immediately for emergency water extraction services to limit the damage.

Waterproof Your Key Belongings

You can’t always predict when water damage will happen, but you can prepare for it. With a few low-cost products, you can waterproof and preserve key belongings in your home.

Ziplock Bags

When sealed, plastic ziplock bags are waterproof to intruding moisture as well as when submerged by water. These bags are also available in sizes large enough to fit most items found in cabinets, desks, and drawers. But valuables are one of the critical items to protect with ziplock bags. Water corrodes jewelry, watches, and small electronics. By sealing these valuables in ziplock bags, you can protect their condition and value.

Plastic Bins Vs. Boxes

Cardboard boxes are the go-to storage method for items in closets, garages, and attics. But cardboard is a material that absorbs moisture. When exposed to water, a cardboard box does not protect its contents from water damage. As evidence, after a hurricane or severe plumbing leak, water-soaked cardboard boxes often add hours of work to emergency water damage clean-up efforts. Instead of cardboard boxes, a better option is plastic bins with resealable lids. These containers are water-resistant and can withstand severe weather.

How To Deal With Water Damage

Not all water damage is avoidable. But you can limit the extent of damage by immediately calling in a water damage restoration company. After a detailed water damage inspection, restoration technicians identify the source of the leak (and stop it, if necessary). Next, they extract the water and dry the room with industrial-strength vacuums and dehumidifiers. The technicians inventory any items that have water damage for an insurance claim. And they clean, deodorize, and put into storage the belongings that survived. Finally, remediation specialists devise and execute a plan to restore the building to its original condition.

Water Damage Restoration Services

As long as you store items in waterproof containers and away from common areas of water leaks, water damage doesn’t have to befall your belongings. But if water damage does happen to your property, Maven Construction Group Inc. can carry out restoration efforts. From slow leaks to indoor flooding, we have the team and tools to remediate water damage on any scale. When the process ends, we’ll have brought your home or business back to its previous condition. Our team can also inventory, clean, and store your personal effects as well as help with insurance claims.

For more information about our water damage remediation services, contact Maven Construction Group Inc.

Cleaning Up After Hurricane Michael

Restoration After Hurricane Michael

Hurricane Michael is already on the books for being the most powerful storm on record in the Florida Panhandle. With winds that reach 155 mph, just 5 mph short of a category five status, Michael is one of the strongest storms to hit the United States since Hurricane Andrew in 1992.

Although the hurricane made landfall in the Panhandle, miles northwest of Gainesville, its destruction reached a wide swath. If you were affected by Hurricane Michael, our restoration experts want to help you safely rebuild, restore and remediate your home, business and property.

How To Clean Up Hurricane Damage Safely

Depending on the severity of the storm damage, cleaning up afterward may take weeks. If you begin the process yourself, remember to prioritize cleanup tasks to reduce feeling overwhelmed and enlist the help of friends and family members. Remember to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated while cleaning and take periodic breaks to cool off.

Electrical System

Turn off the electricity at the circuit breaker or main fuse box if possible and only as long as it’s safe to do so. Look for broken or frayed wires and/or sparks but don’t attempt this type of storm damage repair yourself. Instead, have a licensed electrician examine and repair the system before turning the power back on in the building.

Appliances

Make sure the electricity is off, unplug appliances, and allow them to dry out. Have a professional look over and test the appliances before using them again.

Food Items

Any food items that either were or possibly were contaminated during the hurricane, such as with flood water contamination or a power outage, should be thrown away.

Clean & Disinfect Surfaces

Clean and disinfect any surface, such as counters and salvageable furniture, with a bleach and water mixture. Protect yourself by wearing rubber gloves and a face mask or respirator. Throw away anything that can’t be thoroughly cleaned or salvaged with professional water damage restoration.

What To Do If You Have Hurricane Damage

Document The Damage With Photos & Videos

Take photos and video of the damage, such as with a smartphone, and backup everything to an external hard drive or cloud storage. Also, make a running list of damaged items you see or find during the post-hurricane inspection.

Make Emergency Repairs

Most insurance companies require policyholders to make emergency repairs to reduce further damage to the property. This usually means covering a damaged roof with tarps and covering broken windows with plastic or plywood. Don’t throw away any damaged items, such as personal belongings, until an adjuster has surveyed the property.

Call Your Home Or Business Insurance Company

It’s important to notify your insurance company as soon as possible so they can begin the claims process. Remember to provide information about the extent of the damage and follow any instructions the insurance company provides about storm restoration for the home or business.

Call Maven Construction Group

A full-service provider for hurricane damage restoration, Maven Construction Group is available around-the-clock to help you restore your home or business to its pre-hurricane condition.

Preparing For Hurricane Michael

Hurricane Michael Warning For North Central Florida

With Hurricane Michael projected to arrive in North Central Florida over the next couple of days, we know that many residents are looking for ways to protect their properties and families from harm and prepare for hurricane season. As disaster restoration specialists, we want to offer our expertise to help you prepare. We’ve gathered 11 key steps to prevent storm damage and handle emergency situations to help you stay safe and secure this weekend.

Track 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.

Clear Weak & Dead Tree Limbs Near The 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.

Secure & Clear Out The 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.

Shut & Secure The Windows & Doors

This will help protect against strong winds and rain, keeping the storm outside and preventing water damage and mold. 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.

Clear The Yard, Porches & Patio

Make sure to safely store any outdoor furniture, grills, trash cans, bird feeders, hanging plants, kids’ 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.

Locate Gas Pilots & Water Mains

You will need to be able to find these and know how to safely shut off your utilities.

Take Photos Or Videos Of The Interiors & Exteriors

For insurance claims, it’s important to create a record of your personal property, both inside and outside of the structure. 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.

Find & Secure Important Documents & 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.

Put Together A Disaster Supply Kit

This kit should include a flashlight, batteries, cash, first aid supplies, non-perishable ready-to-eat foods, and copies of any critical information if you need to evacuate.

Charge Your Cell Phone Ahead Of Time

The worst time to run down your battery is mid-storm, after your home has lost power. If possible, purchase a wireless cellular battery bank to keep your cell phone charged should the power go out.

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 restoration company who specialize in damage restoration and provides all-hours service. Maven Construction Group provides these services throughout the greater Gainesville, FL, region, and can be reached 24/7.

For further information as you plan for Hurricane Michael, please see the following emergency preparedness and response resources.

Maven Construction Group Joins The 9th Annual Fun 4 Gator Kids Touch-A-Truck Event

Maven Construction Group Truck At Fun 4 Gator Kids Touch-A-Truck

Start your engines — the 9th annual Fun 4 Gator Kids Touch-a-Truck event was a success, and Maven Construction Group is proud to have been a part of it!

This year, our friends from Fun 4 Gator Kids Community Giving, Food4Kids Backpack Program of North Florida and Gainesville Fire Rescue combined forces to create an interactive event that kids of all ages can enjoy. On Sept. 22, 2018, kids had the opportunity to come face-to-face with some of Alachua County’s largest vehicles that they may regularly see around town, including a vehicle from our very own restoration company.

Fun 4 Gator Kids Touch-a-Truck provided children with a hands-on educational experience by allowing them to climb into, sit on, and explore around large vehicles and speak with the vehicle operators. Most importantly, kids learned about the importance of pedestrian safety specifically while around large vehicles. Maven Construction Group’s team members handed out construction safety vests to kids and provided fun tips on how to stay safe while large vehicles are nearby.

Fun 4 Gator Kids Touch-a-Truck

The Touch-a-Truck event is more than an educational initiative — it’s also an opportunity to help give back to the community that enriches our lives each day. Funds from this year’s event supported programs with Gainesville Fire Rescue and the Kiwanis of Gainesville’s Safety City. Non-perishable food donations from the event were collected by the Food4Kids Backpack Program of North Florida, a local charity that provides food to children who are at risk of hunger while out of school. With the help of local businesses, vendors, and sponsors, Touch-a-Truck changes the lives of many, and provides kids with the chance to have fun while learning!

Founded with a dedication to serving those in our community, we’re thrilled to say that Maven Construction Group is one those businesses. Check out the Vehicles page to see the different vehicles visitors got to learn about during the event.

At Maven Construction Group, we work each day to help home and business owners throughout North Central Florida restore, repair, and remediate damage to their properties and help them get their lives back to normal following disasters and other causes of property damage. We are honored to have been a part of the Fun 4 Gator Kids Touch-a-Truck event this year and we look forward to the next event!

Your Guide To Surviving A Power Outage

As the height of hurricane season approaches, the likelihood of storm-induced power outages is at its peak. But then again, power outages can occur for many reasons other than seasonal storms. Before and after a power outage, you can count on the Gainesville restoration professionals with Maven Construction Group.

Power Outage Preparation in Gainesville, FL

Before A Power Outage Occurs

Have A Plan

The best defense against a power outage is a plan. Sit down with family members and create plans for several hours, more than one day, and more than a week without power. Make a list of household devices that require electricity and determine what is necessary and what isn’t. Find a way to power necessary devices, such as oxygen tanks, with an alternative power source, like a portable power supply unit.

Fill Vehicles With Gas

Make sure all of your vehicles are filled with gas beforehand to avoid the headache of closed gas stations. Also, ensure you have gas for your generator and extra gas to refill the unit when the generator runs out. If Gainesville, FL, storm damage is widespread and severe, homes and businesses, including gas stations, may be without power — and unable to provide gasoline — for several days.

During A Power Outage

Use Generators Wisely

Portable generators are a staple for surviving power outages in Florida, but should be used wisely at all times. Read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions before turning on any generator and make sure to never operate a portable generator indoors. Generators, portable or permanent, emit carbon monoxide, which is a deadly colorless and odorless gas. Fans and open doors and windows can’t provide enough fresh air and air circulation to prevent a build-up of carbon monoxide.

Use Flashlights & Battery-Operated Lights

Candles are relatively inexpensive and readily available, but they create a major fire risk, especially during a power outage. Flashlights and battery-powered lights are safer alternatives. LED flashlights and lanterns use standard alkaline batteries but are more efficient than bulb-style counterparts. Make sure every room in the home has at least one light source.

How To Choose A Generator For Power Outages

Many people use generators to power appliances and other essentials during a power outage. But it’s not as simple as going to your local hardware store and buying a generator. Maven Construction Group, storm damage contractors in Gainesville, FL, share three things you should know about generators before the power goes out.

Permanent or Portable

Generators come in two styles, permanent and portable. Permanent generators, also called stationary generators, are installed in an outdoor location near the home and automatically begin supplying power when the main source is disconnected. Portable generators are more common because installation isn’t necessary and they are less expensive to purchase. Ultimately, choosing the best generator for your home depends on your household’s unique requirements.

Wattage Requirements

The size of a generator is based on wattage. The total wattage is an accumulation of the power required of each item you want to use during a power outage. It’s recommended to speak with an electrician to make sure a generator is capable of supplying enough power to appliances and systems without damaging either one. On average, the following appliances use at least 2,100 watts for start-up only, while running wattages tend to be slightly lower.  

  • Ceiling fan: 35 watts
  • Laptop: 25 watts
  • Microwave: 1500 watts
  • Refrigerator: 225 watts
  • Stereo system: 33 watts
  • TV: 86 watts to 300 watts

Power Cords For Operation

Once you’ve selected an appropriately sized generator, you’ll need an all-weather rated extension cord to connect the generator to the transfer switch. There are other means of connecting a generator to a home’s power supply, but they are strongly discouraged for many safety reasons. A transfer switch connects to the circuits in the electrical panel, usually to circuits connected to appliances you’ll often need to use, such as ceiling fans and a refrigerator. It comes in two forms, manual and universal transfer switch (UTS). A manual transfer switch has a series of steps to complete before the generator is ready to use, while a UTS begins to work as soon as the generator starts.

Have A Storm-Ready Kit Year Round

Non-perishable food and potable water are two of the most important items to have on hand at all times. At the minimum, keep a three day supply of food and water in a kit. Generally, each person will need one gallon of water per day during an outage. Also, if you have pets, remember to have extra food and water ready for them. Periodically check expiration dates on all supplies, especially food items, and replace any expired items as necessary.

Basic Supplies

Store supplies in airtight containers and/or plastic bags to keep them dry. Essential basic supplies include:

  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio;
  • Extra batteries for flashlights and lights;
  • Extra cell phone with chargers and backup batteries;
  • Flashlights and/or battery-powered lights;
  • First aid kit;
  • Non-perishable food;
  • Toolbox with pliers or wrench to turn off utilities; and
  • Water.

Extra Supplies

  • Books, puzzles, and other activities for kids;
  • Clean clothes and shoes;
  • Cash and/or traveler’s checks;
  • Non-prescription and prescription medications;
  • Personal documents, such as banking information, homeowners’ insurance, and passports; and
  • Personal hygiene items including toothbrushes and toothpaste, shampoo, and hand soap.

Schedule Storm Damage Repair When Necessary

No matter how much wind and storm damage restoration cleanup your home or business needs after a storm, Maven Construction Group works quickly to help you return your life to normal. Our team follows a three-step process to ensure every building is secured, cleaned, and repaired or rebuilt. Day and night, we’re here for you — call Maven Construction Group today.

Common Causes of Water Damage in the Winter

Water damage in homes is a hassle at any time of the year, but it can be especially troublesome during the winter when dropping temperatures make certain home features more fragile and prone to letting in unwanted water. Florida water damage restoration can be inconvenient and time-consuming, so it’s smart to take preventive measures and regularly inspect the house for signs of potential trouble.

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Frozen Pipes

Bursting frozen pipes is one of the most talked about causes of water damage. When temperatures drop significantly during the winter, pipes are at risk of freezing, especially those in the most exposed areas of the home such as garages, sheds, crawl spaces and attics. Pressure builds inside frozen pipes, which can lead to cracks and ruptures that can cause floods. Make sure you shield exposed pipes from the cold by wrapping them with insulating tape, tubular sleeves or old towels. Moreover, if a freeze is forecast, leave faucets lightly dripping to relieve some pressure and open the cabinets under sinks to allow warm air from inside the home to circulate around the pipes. If your pipes have burst, call a professional for water extraction. The sooner the water is drained out, the better the chance of salvaging items.

Clogged Gutters

Sometimes water damage sneaks into your home in slower and less noticeable ways than pipes bursting violently. For instance, water or ice dams can form on top of roofs after precipitation. Leaves and other debris can accumulate during fall and winter and clog gutters, sending water pouring down the side of the house or under the roof. You may want to clean the gutters at least once this season. Also, if there is a freeze, ice may form on the roof and obstruct runoff into gutters. Pooling water can then seep into the house through shingles and sub-roofing and cause water damage in rarely visited areas of houses, such as attics. To reduce risk, conduct a water damage inspection in every room of your house at least once each year.

Leaks

Early water leak detection can make a big difference in the extent of the water damage and repairs. Water can leak into homes through roofs, walls and various fixtures. We recommend giving your house leak checkups at least once a year, inspecting all water supply lines and appliances. Look for signs of wear and tear in washing machine hoses, hot water heaters, refrigerators, freezers, ice machines and any other appliances that may leak. You may need to replace rubber hoses with steel-braided hoses to make them more durable. Also, seal any cracks or gaps you find with caulking to prevent heat loss and water transfer.

Beware of Mold

Pooling water can quickly lead to mold infestations, especially it if happens in low-light, high-humidity areas and/or goes undetected for a while. If you recently had water damage or spillage in hard-to-reach areas of your home, a damage restoration company can perform a mold inspection. If you suspect you may have mold damage, it’s best not to postpone remedying it because mold can be resilient and multiply rapidly.

Prevent Mold Damage

Given that water damage and mold damage often go together, there are some things you can do to prevent and mitigate the appearance of mold in your home. For example, eliminate clutter that could enable your HVAC system to circulate air properly. Shut windows and doors when the AC is on to prevent humid air from coming inside and causing condensation. Evaluate the AC to make sure that the coils are clean, the thermostat is set not too high or low, and the condensate drain pipe is working correctly without accumulating water inside the unit or on your floor. Purchasing devices such as humidity monitors and dehumidifiers is an other option. Finally, always look out for standing water or chronic dampness that may be increasing indoor humidity and providing an ideal environment for mold. Inspect basements and crawl spaces for moisture coming from groundwater vapor. If you find anything unusual, call professionals immediately for mold damage repair to prevent the infestation from spreading.

Water Damage Restoration in Gainesville, FL

When DIY solutions don’t seem to be enough to solve the flooding and humidity problems in your home, contact Maven Restoration Group to receive help from local experts. We provide residential water damage and mold remediation Gainesville, FL residents can rely on to set their homes back to ideal conditions. Call us today!

Don’t Let Holiday Disasters Get You Down

Two words nobody ever wants to hear together are holiday and disasters. Though Maven Construction Group has helped get many holiday plans back on track after water, fire, mold, and storm damage. With 24/7 service, our technicians respond quickly and begin repairing your home giving you back peace-of-mind during the holidays.  

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Water Damage Inspection & Restoration

Whether your holiday plans include visiting friends and family out-of-town or having a house full of guests, everyone will be using water at some point. Any type of water damage, whether while the guests are there or not, creates a mess and requires the source of the water to be shut off to begin repairs. Call Maven Construction Group, a water damage restoration company, as soon as you find water damage and keep your holidays moving along!

Flood Damage

Flood water doesn’t have to come from the outdoors to cause a holiday disaster. When a hot water heater bursts, though very rare, gallons of water enter your home or business in a matter of seconds. And if the main water valve isn’t turned off quickly, the water will only continue. Many homes and businesses keep the water heater in a side closet or in the lower part of the building, meaning you may not discover the issue immediately.

Broken Pipes

With extra guests in your home during the holidays, the plumbing is working to supply everyone water. The extra strain on pipes may be the tipping point to cause a broken pipe and give you a major headache. If you need Gainesville emergency water extraction because of a broken pipe during the holidays, call Maven Construction Group. We’re available around-the-clock to repair any broken pipe and get the water flowing again where it should in your home.

Overflowing Appliances

During the lively holidays, you likely count on all the appliances to work — that is until one overflows and wreaks havoc in your plans. An overflowing washing machine can send as many as 45 gallons of water or more into the laundry area and other parts of your home in minutes. Modern refrigerators with icemakers and/or built-in water dispensers can spring a leak and create a water damage issue in the kitchen.

Mold Damage Remediation

Some varieties of mold can begin to grow within 24 hours to 48 hours after the spores find a food source, such as damp wood or drywall. From there, a colony can quickly grow and spread throughout an area and if untreated, into other parts of the home or business. Finding mold in your home or business won’t be a holiday disaster when you call Maven Construction Group. As Gainesville restoration professionals, we’re available 24-hours a day and use the most up-to-date mold damage remediation techniques to clean up the mold you have and prevent it from returning.

Mold In The Attic

Finding mold in the attic is one of those things that only happens when you’re up there, such as during the holidays. Whether you found the mold when hiding presents or digging out decorations, the key to not having more mold is determining how it got there. Roof leaks are common causes behind mold in the attic, followed by improper ventilation in the space, and improper pipe venting and/or vents. Maven Construction Group provides mold damage restoration in Gainesville, no matter whether the mold in the attic is just beginning or it’s been there a while.

Bathroom Mold

When mold is found in a bathroom, most people find a sponge and start to scrub away mold. But the best way to get rid of mold is to mitigate its source of moisture. In a bathroom, this may mean installing an exhaust fan to move the humidity from a shower outside or fixing the leaking sink faucet once and for all.

Garage Mold

Mold thrives in places that are mostly out of sight and out of mind, making the garage a prime location for mold growth. Aside from frequently used exterior doors in the home, the garage is exposed to many of the elements in which mold grows — moisture, little ventilation and natural light, and many sources of food. Since many people use part of their garage for storage, such as the rafter space, you may not find mold until you take out the holiday decorations. It also often grows on the weather stripping along the edges of the garage door and door frame.

Fire Damage

No matter the size, a fire in your home or business can cause considerable damage in a short amount of time. During the holidays, the risk of a fire increases significantly. Homes and Christmas trees are decorated with garland, ornaments, and strings of lights, and candles and fireplaces add a warm glow to everything. If your home or business sustains damage during the holidays, Maven Construction Group offers complete fire damage restoration. From boarding up holes to secure your property to removing smoke odor from your belongings, we get your life back to normal quickly.

Fireplace & Candles

The ambiance of candles and a fireplace add to holiday serenity, but candles are responsible for hundreds of house fires every year on Christmas Eve/Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve/New Year’s Day. These four days mark the most dangerous out of the calendar year for candle fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). As for a fireplace, make sure you have the chimney checked and cleaned if necessary before lighting it during the holidays. When soot hardens, it becomes flammable creosote. Also, use a screen over the fireplace opening to prevent embers from floating into the home.

Holiday Decorations & Lights

It may seem contrary, but the number of fires related to holiday decorations and lights increases after Christmas. Attribute it to our wish to kick back and relax once Dec. 26 hits. Many people start to unwind and forget to check if the tree has been watered. Take a few minutes to unplug any lights with shorts and if the tree is drying out, pack up the decorations for another year and move the tree to the curb.

Deep Fryers

The moist turkey you enjoy every year during a holiday dinner can come with a high cost unless precautions are taken with a deep fryer. Deep fryers cause more than $15 million in property damage every year, according to the NFPA. Make sure the turkey is completely thawed before placing it in the fryer, and that your cooking oil stays below 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Oil above that temperature can catch fire by itself.

Roof Damage

Aside from the walls, the roof of a home or business is the first-line of defense against the elements. While the holidays in Florida come with mild weather most years, a roof can still be damaged from a thunderstorm and/or holiday lights and decorations being put up or taken down.

Winter Weather

Florida may not get the winter weather known in northern climates, but we do get the occasional strong to severe thunderstorm during the holidays. High winds can cause tree branches to break and fall on your roof or possibly peel back shingles, exposing the interior of your home or business. If find yourself needing storm damage repair this holiday season, call Maven Construction Group day or night. As a self-funded company, our team of professionals promptly secure the damaged roof and begin repairs rather than first waiting on insurance company monies.

Decorations & Lights

If part of your holiday decorating plans include the exterior of your home, take care when decorating the roof. Use gutter clamps to hang strings of lights then remove them one by one once the holiday is over. The worst thing you can do to your roof is attach lights to the shingles with a stapler like Clark Griswold. The lights may be secure, but you’ll be opening your roof up to cracks and leaks.

Call A Gainesville Restoration Company

No one plans for nor expects a holiday disaster, but when one happens, you want a Gainesville restoration company you can depend on. Maven Construction Group offers 24-hour service, throughout the year, even the busy holiday season. We know how important it is to have your home ready for guests or ready for you when you come back from visiting friends and family. Our trained and professional technicians use current techniques and methods for water, fire, mold, and storm damage restoration. This means what appears to be a holiday disaster now will quickly be a humorous story to regale friends and family with during the next holiday season.

Common Causes of House Fires in Gainesville, FL

Nobody thinks a house fire will happen to them, but unfortunately house fires are common. Equally common are the causes. Maven Construction Group provides quality fire damage restoration Gainesville residents know and trust.

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Cooking

Whether you cook once in awhile or routinely host dinner parties for friends and family, cooking presents many fire hazards. Unattended pots and pans on the stove or in the oven, using hot oil to fry food, and cooking equipment with frayed electrical cords can all cause a fire. If your home’s kitchen or cooking area needs fire damage reconstruction in Gainesville, call Maven Construction Group.

Grills

Grilling is a pastime for many people, but it’s easy to become complacent. Remember to keep the grill at least several feet away from your home, deck, and trees. And even if your grill doesn’t get as much use as you’d like, remember to regularly check it for rust, corrosion, and proper gas line connections.

Fire Pits

Fire pits are common in backyards throughout North Central Florida, but these landscaping features pose a risk to your home. A fire pit should be placed and/or installed in a flat, open area and always have a fire screen. Before wrapping up an evening around your fire pit, make sure all embers are extinguished.

Smoking

Almost all smoking-related fires beginning in the home come from upholstered furniture, bedding, and/or mattresses catching fire from someone who fell asleep while smoking. Another cause of smoking-related house fires is throwing a cigarette butt into a trash can without soaking it in water first.

Heating

Though we don’t have extreme cold during winter months as northern climates, many homes use home heating equipment when the mercury drops. If you rely on a portable space heater in a room or area rarely used, keep it at least three feet from combustible objects like drapes and furniture. Any space using a space heater should also be well ventilated.

Fireplaces

Fireplaces can make a home cozy, but if not properly maintained, present a fire hazard. Use or install a spark screen and/or glass door to prevent stray sparks or logs from rolling into the surrounding area. And before lighting your fireplace with the first winter breeze, have the chimney checked, and if necessary, cleaned to prevent buildup of flammable creosote.

Wood Stoves

Though modern wood stoves are more efficient and safer than their predecessors of yesteryears, they aren’t the set it and forget it type. As with a fireplace and space heater, wood stoves should be operated with supervision, kept away from flammable objects, and in a well ventilated area.

Appliance Cords

Thin, flexible, and usually out of sight, appliance cords are often overlooked until there’s an issue. An appliance cord at the end of its use will fray around the connection and expose internal wires, posing a fire risk. Appliance cords are common in homes and businesses, but should never be put under rugs, carpeting, or furniture. However, if your business experiences a fire due to a frayed appliance cord, let Maven Construction Group it back to normal through our commercial fire damage restoration.

Candles

Candles add a layer of ambiance any day of the year, but are more prevalent during the holidays. Unfortunately, candles are often left unattended and caused more than 9,000 house fires from 2009 to 2013, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

Flammable Liquids

Most homes have at least one flammable liquid on the property, such as propane for the grill or gasoline for a lawn mower. Any flammable liquid should be stored in its original container outside and in a safe location.

Faulty Wiring

A constant stream of blown fuses, resetting circuit breakers, or the lights dimming when the air conditioner turns on are common signs your home’s wiring is faulty. If your home is older, the wiring is likely older and unable to handle the demands of modern life. A licensed electrician can inspect the wiring and let you know of any issues with the wiring, possibly preventing the need for residential fire damage restoration.

Lighting

A poorly installed light fixture can do more than just insufficiently illuminate a room. Hanging lights should be insulated if hung from wood paneling or ceiling joists. Moveable lighting, such as a floor lamp, should have a sturdy base which can’t be easily tipped or knocked over. Bulbs used in any lighting should always be the correct wattage for the specific lighting to reduce fire risk.

Children & Pets

Children and pets are often curious by nature, but if left alone around candles, open flames, and any other potential fire hazard, that curiosity can cause a disaster. Matches and lighters should be kept away from children. Also, teach children fire and/or flames are not a toy.

Call Maven Construction Group For Gainesville Fire Damage Remediation Services

A house fire is two-fold stressful and scary. If your home suffers a fire, Maven Construction Group will restore it to pre-fire condition through quality craftsmanship and a professional approach. Call us today to begin putting a house fire behind you.

Maven Construction Group’s Strong Foundation Leads to Better Customer Service

Maven Construction Group has once again been featured in HOME magazine, this time for the company’s quality and customer-first mindset.

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Maven Construction Group has enjoyed exceptional growth in less than a decade in business. While the bulk of their business lies in water damage restoration and reconstruction, the company has recently expanded into custom home building.

The growth is attributed to Leith Finnegan’s background in restoration. With an eye for proper planning and design at the beginning of a project, the owner stresses to clients the importance of up-front investment during construction. This reduces the number of possible future maintenance issues with a home.

“It’s not just how your home looks on day one, but rather how it stands the test of time well into year 5, 10 or 20. That’s the true test of quality craftsmanship,” Leith told HOME magazine.

As the business continues to grow, customers can be assured Maven Construction Group’s focus on them and high-quality results will never waiver. Read the entire feature in the October/November 2017 issue of HOME in Greater Gainesville.

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.