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Preventing Water Damage this Holiday Season

Preventing Water Damage During the Holiday Season As the holiday season is now on us, the last thing we need interrupting our fun is a water damage emergency. They can be embarrassing, ruin holiday parties and force out of town guests to go elsewhere. Follow these simple holiday tips will aid in preventing water damage and keep things “flowing.” Be Careful What You Pour Down Your Drain If there is one plumbing disaster that is likely to spoil your winter holiday it will be a problem with your drainage, and one thing that will almost guarantee that your drain will not be functioning properly will be something that you poured down it. Do not be tempted to pour liquid fats or even cooking oil down the drain as they are very likely to solidify and cause a blockage. Use Your Garbage Disposal Properly Your garbage disposal is a very useful tool, provided you use it properly. DO NOT put items down it which the unit will find difficult to grind. This includes things like the skin from poultry and peels from various fruits, vegetables, egg shells, coffee grounds, cheese, bread, and rice. Anything that cannot be properly ground has the potential to cause a blockage. Be sure to run water while using the disposal. Plumbing Tips for the Toilet The toilet is a pain to have to plunge, especially when you have a house full of guests. To avoid the stress of overflowing- Never flush anything down a toilet that is not meant to be flushed. This includes feminine products, facial tissues, and cotton items. Keep a plunger handy...

Ice Dam- Prevention and Maintenance

  Ice Damming- Prevention and Maintenance: Ice dams are a prevalent and damaging winter roofing problem typically caused by a combination of poor attic or roof ventilation and a warm attic space. This often melts the snow that’s accumulated on the roof, and allows water to travel down to the eaves (the part of the roof that hangs out past the walls of the home). Since the eaves are away from the structure and heat of the home, this water refreezes forming ice and icicles. As this builds up an ice dam forms, trapping the melting snow and forming a collection of water that often leaks through the shingles, into the attic, and even into the home. What to look for: Icicles on your building – they aren’t a guaranteed sign of an ice dam, but you should definitely check for moisture internally (attic and walls) in that area. Snow on the roof – if your roof DOESN’T have snow when other homes do, this is a huge sign that your attic is holding a lot of heat! Thus, melting snow and creating ice dams. Moisture – when heavy snow accumulates on your roof, check for water damage on any walls that face the exterior. Preventing Ice Dams Proper ventilation, attic insulation, and a tight air barrier between the attic and interior of the home are the most important factors in preventing an ice dam. Ventilation – Proper ventilation will reduce the amount of warm air in the attic, and could save you money on your heating bill! The best ways to ventilate is through vents in the soffits and...

Tips For Staying Safe this Holiday Season

  Holiday Safety Tips The smell of a fresh tree, the sight of beautiful lights, and the sounds of festive music make the holidays a very special time of year. With so many things going on during the holidays, it can be easy to overlook important safety measures. Be sure your holiday season is joyous, not dangerous. Your Christmas Tree A Christmas tree is one of the most beautiful, and hazardous, elements of the holiday season. If you are purchasing an artificial tree, make sure it has a “fire-resistant” label. If you are purchasing a live tree, make sure that the tree is freshly cut. Fresh trees can be identified by sticky trunks and needles that do not easily fall off. Trees that are not fresh have dried out and are a serious fire hazard. Trees can easily and very rapidly become engulfed in flames. Place your Christmas tree in a safe spot. Be sure to keep it away from heating vents, candles, fireplaces, and other sources of open flames or heat. To keep your tree fresh, and reduce the likelihood of it catching on fire, it is important to keep your tree well watered. The base of your tree should have plenty of water at all times. When purchasing or putting up lights, make sure lights you are going to put outside are rated for outdoor usage. These lights are specially designed to better handle the elements. Lights While lights are a holiday essential, they are also a common source of electrical fires. Be sure to look over all of your old lights to make sure there are...

Preventing Sump Pump Failures- Columbus, Ohio

    If you have a basement, chances are that your sump pump is your last line of defense against flooding.  Without getting technical, and to make a long story short, a sump pump keeps your basement dry. When heavy rains hit, the pump kicks in and take water away from your home. Unfortunately, there are times when pumps fail and you will find your basement under water. If this happens, acting fast is key in preventing further damage. Water, if not dealt with in a timely manner, can cause problems such as mold, structural damage and more. Perform Quarterly Maintenance on Your Sump Pump. A vinegar solution can be run through the sump pump in order to clean it. The pump will become free of tiny dirt particles and debris which will allow the pump to run cleaner. Make sure that the pumps float is not restricted in any way. If it is, it will keep the pump from not automatically kicking on as water levels rise. Clean all vents and air holes for maximum effectiveness. Occasionally, test your pump to ensure it is working properly. You can do this by dumping a bucket of water into the pit to be sure the pump kicks on. Replace the battery backup every 2-3 years.  The last thing you need is to find out your batter backup is dead in the middle of a power outage during a big storm. After heavy rains, check the pump inlet screen for any blockages, one of the leading causes of sump pump failure. Do You Have a Sump Pump Rider on Your Home...

Hope for The Holidays!

  Hope for the Holidays! With having time to reflect during the Thanksgiving holiday, we were reminded of the people and things that we feel grateful for and our fortunate to have in our lives. Keeping that in mind, we have decided to deliver some Hope for the Holidays! For our Christmas outreach this year, we are devoted to helping the homeless in our community. We will be making “Blessing Bags: to distribute to the homeless. Completed “Blessing Bags” will be delivered directly to some of the homeless camps and to homeless shelters in Franklin County, so that they can deliver them to those who need them the most. If you would be willing to donate a Blessing Bag or the items needed to put one together, we, just as the recipient would be beyond grateful. Items can be dropped off at our office, Thompson Building Associates / ResQ24- 3333 Refugee Road, Columbus, OH 43232. If you have any questions, please contact Michelle at 614-206-2993 or by email at michelleh@tbaohio.com. Items that can be included in a “Blessing Bag” are: Necessities: Hand Warmers Bottle of water Band-aids Baby Wipes Hand Sanitizer Wash Cloth First Aid Kit Toiletries: Toothbrush Toothpaste Floss Soap Deodorant Shampoo/Conditioner Comb Personal Hygiene items for women Chapstick Lotion Razor/shaving gel Deodorant Cotton Swabs Non-Perishable Foods Instant Oatmeal Packs Granola Bars Energy Bars Chicken/Tuna/Cracker Packs Trail Mix Raisins Peanuts Fruit/Applesauce/pudding (with spoon) Gum/hard candy Hot cocoa/spiced cider mixes On-the go coffee mixes Beef Jerky Sticks Ready to eat cans with easy open lids Personal Items: Blankets Warm hat Mittens/Gloves Socks Extras: Personal Note/ Christmas Card Prepaid phone...

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