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Bathroom Water Damage Restoration - Water Damage Restoration Questions
1.10 Water Damage In Bathroom Floor - Question for EXPERTS, please no yahoo answer junkies...?

Q. We had two feet of snow on our roof for about 20 days here in Cincinnati. The ice dam put water into our bathroom ceiling, which flowed behind the tile and behind an acryllic insert, unde the tile floor and into the kitchen cabinets downstairs. A deep sensing (probless water meter) shows spots with 25 percent ++ humidity behind the insert in the exterior wall and also under the floor tile. The insurance company's remediation company just wants to dehumidify it and call it a day. I think the exterior wall at least needs to come down and have the insulation dried out. I also think it needs to have some sort of mold inhibitor put in the wall and the floor. If, and ONLY if, you are a water damage professional, please hit me with your thoughts. Thanks This is for EXPERTS only. The insurance company sent out an adjuster who says we only need to put dehumidifiers into the bathrooms and replace a little bit of dry wall. They are not going to pull down the acryllic (which is over the wall tile), or pull up the tile floors. I am particularly concerned about the outside wall which had most of the water and is covered by both tile and the insert.

A. Dehumidifying won't affect water inside the wall, especially if it's being retained by the insulation. The first answerer is 100% correct. Water inside your house is a serious problem. There is a lot more involved in correcting it than just dehumidifying the rooms affected. Sounds like your insurance company is trying to convince you otherwise to avoid a big reno bill. And, yes, a re-roof with an ice dam shield is a must for your situation.

1.00 Do I have to replace grout that's falling out around the tub? the bathroom floor?

Q. The house is old, but the bathroom is only 18 months old (reno). The tile has never been quite right, but I am now finding the grout cracking and falling out around the tub (ceramic tiles) and even on the floor (Same - ceramic tiles). The entire thing has concrete under and behind it, but I worry about mould and possible water/structural damage. Any suggestions? Do I absolutely have to take it out and replace it, or even redo the tiling? The installer never used spacers, even when asked about it, so it would be a bear to re-grout, I bet...

A. If the tile is still stuck to the surface, all you got to do is fill in between the spaces, right? Take out the loose stuff that is gonna fall out anyways and regrout according to the directions on the container. Spacers are for to get the same spacing between the tiles. If you have done it for years and years it is not needed as the spacers have to be taken out before the grout is put in the grooves anyways. Water damage will cause the tiles to let go from the wall and you don't wanna do more than you need to. If you follow the regrout directions closely you will see it is a very easy job. Do seal the grout this time so it does not absorb more water and fall apart again.

1.00 Expert help for relationships? would you do it?

Q. Hi, im 21 and in a huge tangled up situation. Ive been with my fiancee for 3.5yrs and engaged for 2. Im currently in my 4th month of pregnancy with our first child. My partner and I have had a pretty complicated relationship for a large portion of the time that we have been together. Troubles on my end started very early on in it- the first time I can recall was for one of our first dinners out together, he came to my house and i wasn't quite ready to leave yet and he got impatient and called the taxi resulting in me being stuck at a hoity toity restaurant wearing my dress and a ridiculous jacket that i just threw on on my way out the door and my makeup only half done. at dinner, he gulped down his entree and main, guzzled the bottle of wine and waited out the front of the restaurant drunk for me to finish my meal (i had to leave my meal as i was completely humiliated). anyway, he and i have been fighting alot lately- I have been off work for 9 months due to a anxiety disorder and have been reliant on centrelink benefits. he has been giving me greif about this since i went off. now that im pregnant he will go out drinking, not come home until the next afternoon, no calls or anything. he stood in the shower the other night whilst i was asleep in bed, realised that the drain was blocked and continued to stand in the shower for 15mins whilst the water ran out all over the bathroom floor and the carpeted area in the hall in front of it then got out, woke me up and said "drains clogged, you must have done something too it, im not cleaning it up". he will spill things on the kitchen floor, i dont see it because of the pattern on the lino- i fall over and he watches me and just yells out "you need to be more care full, you dont want to stress the baby". im moving out next week, and with a baby on the way, i hope im doing the right thing? is it worth seeing a professional to try and save this relationship? im not even sure myself.. 10 points reward!

A. Your fiancee sounds like a manipulative, passive aggressive, fuck head who doesn't care about you or the baby and uses it as a way to humiliate you. Leave that idiot and get with someone who will love you and your child. Don't try to save this relationship as there's nothing to save. You had the unfortunate luck of being with this guy and he's just going to get more and more abusive as the relationship goes on. Leave him before he does some serious damage.

1.00 Would knowledge of previous water damage affect your decision to purchase a condo?

Q. If you also know that the repairs have been completed by a qualified restoration company --- would the knowledge of the previous damage cause you to not want to purchase the home or condo? Would it affect the price you were willing to pay?

A. Not at all, if proper repairs were made and the cause of the leak remedied as well. There is no reduction in value because of a previous damage situation, as long as the unit was restored to the original or better condition during the repair.

1.00 Air Condition Water Leak into Carpet?

Q. I have a question, should i call a restoration company if my air condition leaked water into the carpet? The damage is not major but a few spots that are squishy when stepped on. My husband doesn't think it is that bad and can be dried by our own fans and treated with a fungal spray.

A. I would think you could just clean it up. You need to find out why the A/C is not draining properly. If it's a window unit it may not be sloped properly or the drain may be plugged internally.

1.00 Is my engine seized (200ci ford)?

Q. Ok, my story starts with my 66 mustang with the original 200ci i6 in the engine bay. Any way, I've been restoring it and have now started rebuilding the engine. Since begining the restoration, i have tried to fire the engine once. But, ( i stupidly ) pulled the head and put a new gasket on without checking to see if i took the old head gasket off. Anyway, we tried to fire it up and found it had a bad coil, so i replaced the coil and tried to start the engine again, but this time it wouldn't budge. The starter wont engage and when i tried to turn it over by hand, it wouldn't budge. So i took the head back off and thats when i found two head gaskets on it by my mistake. Also, i found some coolant in the oil ( which i think is caused by the double head gaskets ). This leads me to my questions. 1. Will two head gaskets damage the engine? 2. Is the engine seized, and if so how to fix it?

A. Yup 2 "new" head gaskets, properly torqued...no problem. But you have coolant (water) probably rusted the rings to the cylinder walls. Take the head off...soak the rings in PB Blaster or Marvem Mystery Oil.... wait a few hours...tap firmly on pistons with rubber mallet...careful,they are aluminum then try turning again. repeat.... dont bust the bolt in the harmonic balancer trying to turn it over. you will have to hone out any rust rings in the cylinders.

1.00 After big fire in my kitchen,how to deal with insurance adjustore?

Q. I had a fire in my kitchen a week ago, the restoration company did lots cleaning but the smoke smill still very bad, I have new carpit upst and hard wood in my leaving room next to the kitchen, lots of water was used to put the fire out, I have refinished hardwood floor, I am meeting the the restoration company and my insurance adjostur this week, I want to know about my rights, what do i need to do to be ready for the meeting? can I demand they pint all the house, can I demand they replace the carpit and hardwood to avoide smoke smell, what is the next step if I dont agree with the adjustore? PLEASE HELP thank you

A. Be straight with the adjustor. It is their job to collect what they see as causitive factors in a fire. If the fire was of a nature that it was not caused by overt negligence, you have no worries. A good fire damage policy on your house is paramount. It spells out coverage, circumstances that are covered. Be straight with them and you normally get what you need. Try too hard to put emphasis on who is to blame and you don't get very far. Listen to what they have to say, but do not take no for an answer. You paid the premiums, you expect the coverage and the repairs to be done to your liking.

1.00 Would knowledge of a previous water damage affect your decision to purchase a condo?

Q. If you also know that the repairs have been completed by a qualified restoration company --- would the knowledge of the previous damage cause you to not want to purchase the home or condo? Would it affect the price you were willing to pay? -Also, would it make a difference if the condo was only 8 months "old" at the time of the water damage?

A. Nope. Fixed is fixed. If I were confident that the repair of the original problem and the restoration of the subsequent damage were done properly, I would have no problem with purchasing the house/condo. Also, I could not legitimately hold a cost penalty against the seller.

Bathroom Water Damage Restoration

 Water Damage Restoration - Bathroom Water Damage Restoration Water damage in the bathroom is often difficult to detect. The pipes and the plumbing that can warn you about impending pipe bursts are all hidden beneath the walls or safely behind walls. Don't ignore small problems in your sink or toilet -- these could be the warning signs of a pipe burst that can cause severe flood damage in your bathroom. Take a few steps every day to keep your bathroom dry, and all fixtures and faucets functioning well, and you can avoid having to spend on bathroom damage restoration.

Check the area around the shower stalls or the bathtubs. If these seem yellow or discolored, that could be the first sign of a leak. The tiles should have no empty grout space between them. Don't ignore toilet leaks, and look into a bath tub that is slow to drain -- it could be an indication of blockage in the pipes below. Avoid clogging your toilet with too much toilet paper, and be careful about the deodorant bowls that can get lodged in the bowl, and choke the pipes. Some chlorine tablets can corrode sanitary fittings, causing them to leak. Remember to check under sinks, and see if the water lines are securely connected.

The moist conditions of the bathroom when accompanied by water burst or a pipe leak create optimum conditions for water damage problems, like water damaged bathroom cabinets, walls and floors, and mold growth. If you have a flood damaged bathroom in your house, let us help you find a reliable water extraction service in Glendale. Simply fill up the form and you'll receive up to 4 free estimates from reputed water extraction service contractors in Glendale.

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