High and Dry After Flood Damage

Repairing the damage done to your home after a flood can look like an overwhelming job. In most cases, it’s best to seek out the services of a professional flood damage restoration team. But when my home flooded a few years ago, I found out that there were some things that I could do myself. Books, clothes, and even furniture can recover from water damage under the right circumstances. Knowing how to prevent mold, and remove it when you find it, can also come in handy after a flood. I know that it can be a devastating event for a family. That’s why I started this blog – to share my experience with flood damage and share the things that I learned that helped me put my home back together. With both professional help, and amateur ideas, hopefully you can learn something useful from my experience.

4 Window Installation Tips

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Every home needs windows, and you can save money by installing them yourself. Window installation is not excessively difficult, but there are some important things that you should know before getting started. Listed below are four window installation tips that can make the process easier and you more satisfied with your results. 

1. Know Your Area and the Codes:

It would be incredibly frustrating to get started on your window installation just to find out you cannot proceed. It may take a little bit more time in the beginning, but checking the building codes in your area can save you a lot of frustration in the long run. Some codes and restrictions to consider include window size restrictions, historic preservation restrictions, or necessary building permits. 

2. Be Safe: 

There are a lot of things that you can do to ensure your safety while installing your windows. First, do not try to complete the entire project alone. Working with a partner or two will not only get the job done faster, but you also won't have to worry about hurting yourself with no one around to help. 

While nobody wants to think about their windows breaking, there is a chance that it can happen. Because of this possibility, you should choose tempered glass. Tempered glass will not shatter into sharp shards when broken; instead, it will break into small, blunt pieces.

3. Insulate and Get a Good Fit:

Energy saving windows are growing in popularity, but they need to fit properly in order to do their job. Make sure that your glass fits and leave only a small amount of space for insulation. There are two types of insulation to choose from: fiberglass and expanding foam. Fiberglass insulation is less expensive and the most popular choice, but foam is more effective, especially in cold climates. If you choose to use foam, you will have to hire a professional, while you can install fiberglass insulation yourself. 

4. Prevent Leaks:

You don't want to spend a lot of time and energy installing your windows just to have them leak during the first big storm! Flashing tape is a great way to keep window leaks from getting the better of your house. This tape is thick and waterproof and is placed around the window to keep water out. You can also use a heat gun over the tape to make sure that it sticks well. 

New windows can make your house look wonderful. Follow these tips above and enjoy your new windows! 

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18 December 2014