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Tips for Surviving a Mudslide

It is amazing to think of how delicately balanced the forces of nature are. For example, experts believe that the deadly mudslides that occurred back in January of this year were partially facilitated by the wildfires that were raging in our state at that time. These fires devastated steep slopes, caused de-vegetation and de-stabilization to occur. This erased any barrier that would have kept damaging water at bay. Of course mudslides can be just as devastating as fire or water and it is for this reason that we offer the following advice for surviving mudslides.

  • Pay attention to rain reports if you’re in an area with damaged soil: As we said, forest fires can damage the integrity of the soil surrounding them. Stay alert to rain forecasts if you live in an area where the soil is damaged. This weakening of the soil around you could lead to a mudslide.
  • Follow your family’s emergency plan: If you do hear of landslides in the area or conditions that may lead to them, stay calm, gather your family together and implement each step to your emergency evacuation plan (if you have one).
  • Run sideways away from landslides. Did you know that landslides can travel up to 35mph? This means that you will probably not be able to outrun one if you are outside. Instead, run sideways if you are away from shelter.
  • Watch for cracks in the soil: Cracks in the soil could mean that dirt and debris are starting to slide and that a landslide is imminent. Remember that mudslides can quickly pick up speed as they travel further.
  • Go to high ground in your home: If it is too late to evacuate and you are at home during a mudslide, seek safety upstairs or on the roof.
  • Boil any tap water in your home: Since mudslides often lead to broken water lines, be sure to boil water once it has been deemed safe to return to your home. Remember that mudslides can necessitate water removal from your home as well.

Yes, it is odd to see how natural forces intertwine and even seem to conspire against us. As we have shown, fire can lead to flooding or mudslides. Mudslides can also lead to conditions that foster the growth of mold. Our company does mold removal and remediation as well as fire damage house repair can remove smoke damage to your home.

5 Common Causes of House Flooding

Even though a flood is one of the most destructive forces that can affect a home, most people don’t give them much thought until they have to. Even then, many people mistakenly believe that as long as the weather remains clear, they are safe from the possibility of facing a flood. This is wrong. Residential flooding can be caused by a number of factors both inside and outside the old homestead as you are about to see. Here are 5 of the most common causes of residential flooding.

  • Broken pipes: It doesn’t take long for a broken pipe to send water rushing into your home. As a precaution, you should regularly seal minor leaks before they compromise the integrity of your pipes. Also, be sure that you know where the main valve to shut off your water is located in the event of an emergency.
  • Clogged sewer or drain lines: Clogged sewer and drain lines can completely interrupt your home’s ability to have water flow from it freely. Worst still, clogged sewer and drain lines can even cause your sinks, toilets and showers to over flow. This can cause flooding to occur all throughout your home. If you suspect you have a clogged sewer or drain line, call a professional.
  • Clogged rain gutters: As odious a task as it may be, you should always clear your rain gutters of dirt and debris so that they are able to carry excess water away from your home. Otherwise, heavy rainfalls can end up causing water to back up into your home and potentially begin the process of mold growth.
  • The weather: Since no one can control the weather, this is a factor that we all must deal with when it comes to home flooding. However, by implementing some of the other suggestions in this post you may be able to mitigate the damage that even a major weather event can cause to your home. For example, you shook seek flood damage restoration in Thousand Oaks when your home and its contents are damaged by water as mold dangers can also arise.
  • Malfunctioning appliances: A leaky or improperly connected water heater can lead to flooding as can dishwashers and washing machines. It is important to be sure that these appliances are in good order and that there are no leaks present in them. If you feel you may have a problem with one of these appliances you should play it safe and consider replacing these devices.house flood

Floods can not only destroy your prized possessions, they can also damage the very structure of your home. That is why it is important to consider all the factors that can bring about flooding. Knowing these causes can help you save money and potentially even help you protect the lives of your loved ones.

De-icing your frozen pipes

If you turn on the faucet some cold winter morn and nothing comes out…oops… you have a frozen pipe somewhere. Nobody expects their pipes to freeze necessarily. But all too frequently it does happen, which accounts for the massive dollars that are spent on repairs during the winter months. This expense not only stems from paying plumbers to fix the damaged pipes and joints, but from the cost in restoring water damage which can reach into the thousands.

If there is no easy way that you can get to the frozen section of pipe, don’t try. Call a professional. Occasionally, however, you might get out of this problem with your shirt still on your back. If you can find the frozen length of pipe, and it is relatively easy to access, there are ways to thaw it out safely. First thing you should do is make sure the faucet is opened up all the way so that the water will have a free escape when it starts flowing again. Then check all the faucets in your house to see if they are also stopped. Next, you have to find a way to warm the exposed pipes.

One way to do this is to wrap a heating pad or a towel soaked in very warm water around the exposed pipe. This can be done easily with strips of duct tape to secure it in place. Then turn the heat up to high. It shouldn’t take long for the water to start trickling in the sink again. Another method for thawing a frozen pipe would be using a hair dryer where the pipe is frozen.

If you can get even a small trickle started, the water flow will probably cause the ice to melt more rapidly. You may here some gurgling sounds coming from your faucet at first, so keep it fully opened until the water is flowing freely then close it – leaving a small trickle while the freezing weather persists.

Ways to prevent a freeze up:

Observing preventative steps is the best way to avoid the problem inside your house.

  • keep the faucets dripping on an especially cold winter night to give the mounting pressure a way of escape.
  • opening your faucet to a slow trickle does not guarantee your pipes will remain unfrozen, but it can help; flowing water is less likely to freeze.
  • insulate all pipes that run through an outside wall, a basement, or an attic.
  • keep the sink cabinet doors open, allowing warmer to circulate around the sink pipes,
  • don’t turn your thermostat down below 55 degrees if you leave town.

For the outside…

  • any waterlines going into and out of a swimming pool should be well insulated or drained.
  • detach water hoses from outside spigots, and cover the outlets with foam caps, towels or some other material that will protect them.
  • use silicon or caulk to seal any holes or cracks in your outside walls.

What causes a break?

The freezing itself doesn’t cause a pipe to break. As water freezes, it expands. When this happens, water trapped between the ice blockage and the faucet has no place to go. Your pipes and joints are not made to withstand the multiplied pressure. Any defect in the pipe or a joint will break unless it’s relieved.

Conclusion:

Spending a little on insulation, foam pipe sleeves, and other preventatives could save a lot more in the long run. All things considered, that proverbial ounce of prevention is usually the best way to go.

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