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Maintenance Tips for Your Home This Spring

Friday, April 7th, 2017

Roof and PlantAs soon as spring arrives, all people want to do is go outside and enjoy the fresh air and the warmer temperatures. Another great thing you should do as a homeowner is complete some maintenance items around your home. This is important to do so your home can stay in the best condition all year long.

Maintenance Tips for Your Home

  • Clean your gutters. Throughout the year, a lot of things can accumulate in your gutters including debris, leaves from the fall and other items. You should take the time once per year to clean them out and spring is a great opportunity. While you are doing this, be sure to clear out your downspouts so you can ensure that everything is working properly.
  • Get your roof inspected. Even if your roof is fairly new, you still want it to be inspected at least once per month to make sure no repairs are needed. You do not want to find out you need to repair your roof by finding an interior leak. Inspect it once per year to prevent issues like this from happening. If you do need a repair, make sure you contact a professional to do the job.
  • Trim the foliage around your home. The trees and shrubs around your home can grow a lot in a year and you not only want to keep them looking nice, but you also want to make sure that the tree branches are not getting too close to your home. They can cause structural damage if they are not maintained so inspecting them once per year and trimming as needed is imperative. You want to make sure they are at least five feet away from your home.

Using these tips can help keep your home in great shape and prevent some costly repairs later. In the case that you do find yourself in need of some restoration and repair, be sure to reach out to Parker Young for a quote.

How to Choose the Right Home Insurance

Friday, February 3rd, 2017

HouseHome insurance is something we all need (yes, even renters, although the policies are a little different). Choosing home insurance is a difficult task – but without insurance, you may be left paying the entire cost of disaster repair services yourself. While home insurance is not required in Georgia, you should definitely consider making sure you are covered.

Choosing a Policy

Choosing a policy depends on a variety of things – including the size of your home, the neighborhood you are in, and local weather conditions. Home insurance policies do not cover damage from flooding – if you live somewhere prone to flooding you should purchase separate flood insurance.

Additional structures must often be listed under the policy – this includes outbuildings, desks, pools and standalone garages. You may find some policies offer a better deal if you have lots of additional structures, whilst another might be a better choice if you have one.

Factors to Consider

Georgia also has the Attractive Nuisance doctrine, which means you are liable if a child comes onto your property, plays in your pool and is hurt or killed. Insurance may not cover this liability if your pool is not fenced. Having a pool may also increase your premiums in general, or require that you have a higher liability limit. Other factors to consider are the value of your belongings and anything else that might affect liability, such as owning a dog.

You should not simply choose the cheapest policy – you should do research, read reviews and make sure you have the coverage you need. If you are underinsured, you may be left unable to rebuild or afford the kind of disaster repair you need.

So, make sure you get a good insurance policy – and if the worst happens and you need a disaster repair company in Macon, contact Parker Young.

5 Things to Know When Preparing a Home Insurance Claim

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

House with Sunset BackgroundWhen you have to file a home insurance claim, it’s important to understand as much as possible about what to expect. Otherwise, you could end up getting less money than you should for your claim. Keep the following information in mind when you’re preparing an insurance claim for your Ellijay home.

Go Over Your Policy

Before filing a claim, take time to thoroughly go through your insurance policy to see what it covers. You should understand what is included in your coverage and what it does not include, such as flood damage. This helps you get a better idea of what you can expect to get from the insurance company after filing a claim.

Gather Evidence

Your home insurance company will need to see proof of the damages you’re including on your claim. In order to do this, make sure you take photos of all items or parts of your home that have been damaged.

Take Inventory

Be prepared to make a thorough list of everything that was damaged. When you make this list, make note of how old each item is, how much you paid for it and how much you would need to pay to replace it.

Challenge Rejections

If your claim is rejected, that doesn’t mean that the damage definitely isn’t covered. Get in touch with your insurance company and ask for more details on the rejection and your policy. Your insurance company might find that certain causes of damage or other factors are actually covered in your policy.

Save Repair Receipts

It’s important to make temporary repairs as soon as possible to reduce risk to your home, such as fixing broken windows. Save the receipts and other documents from these repairs, and submit them to your insurance company for reimbursement.

Whether you have water, fire, mold or storm damage in your Ellijay home, Parker Young can help. We provide high-quality disaster repair services in Ellijay, GA.

Things You Should Know About Water Damage

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

Living RoomNot all water damage is the same. There are different levels of water damage. You might start out with a clean water leak, such as a burst hose from a washer or the fridge–this is considered category 1 pollution. Add anything that could dirty the water, such as a dirty carpet or dirt from outside, and the water is considered to have a category 2 pollution level. Any water that is highly contaminated, such as water from an overflowing toilet, has a category 3 pollution level. Because a category 1 pollution level could easily become a category 2 or even a category 3, water cleanup must start immediately.

Ticking Clock

In most cases you have 24 to 48 hours to clean up the water and get the house dry before mold spores start to grow to dangerous levels. Make two phone calls immediately: the first to Parker Young Construction, an Ellijay disaster repair service, and the second, to your insurance company. When you call the insurance company, you should know what caused the flood, since your policy may not cover all types of flooding. Your insurance company may refer you to a disaster repair service, but you are not obligated to use that company. You may call any company you wish.

Dry Out Your Home

You may think that you can simply clean up the water and be done with the issue. However, if carpeting and the pad underneath was covered in the flood, you may have to discard the carpet. An Ellijay disaster repair services company will be able to tell you if the carpeting is not salvageable. In some cases, Parker Young may be able to dry out the carpet and padding. Sheetrock also retains moisture and will mold quickly.

Even before we arrive the help you clean up, lower the temperature and the humidity in the house by turning the air conditioning on or by opening the windows–if the humidity outside is lower than the inside humidity level. Contact Parker Young Construction to schedule an appointment to clean up after a flood, whether it was caused by a broken pipe or a flood created by Mother Nature.

How to Prepare for a Remodel

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

BlueprintAfter disaster has struck in Ellijay, you might feel like you’ve been left holding the bag. But a disaster repair services company in Ellijay, Georgia can help you get your home back in order again quicker than you may think. In the meantime, there are some things you can do to prepare for a remodel that will help the process go more smoothly for you and your family.

1. Be Prepared to Live Elsewhere Temporarily

The disaster repair services company may need unfettered access to your property, depending on the amount and location of the damage. If the damage is concentrated, such as in the case of basement flooding in Ellijay, then you may not have to move. But if the whole house has been affected, such as in the case of black mold, you’ll need to relocate temporarily until the issue has been remediated.

Consider moving to a local hotel, a neighbor’s house or with close family, just until your house is safe enough to move back in.

2. Arrange for a Temporary Stop on Services

If your entire home has to be remodeled and you won’t be able to live there for awhile, it’s best if you place a temporary stop on household services. You’ll want to notify any service people who would ordinarily come to your house for deliveries or other reasons, such as maid service, oil deliveries, landscapers and pool maintenance crews.

Let service companies know that a disaster repair services company in Ellijay will be present at your home until the remodeling project can be completed.

3. Be Flexible With Meal Preparation

If your disaster was centralized in your kitchen, you won’t be able to prepared home cooked meals as you did before. Eating out at restaurants night after night is an expensive proposition, but luckily you won’t have to resort to that.

Consider creating a temporary cooking station in a second bathroom or in the dining room. You can outfit a table with a slow cooker, coffeemaker, hot pot, bagged vegetables and a college dorm-style refrigerator. You won’t be living in luxury while the remodel is being completed, but you’ll have the necessities, such as hot coffee in the morning, soup for lunch and pot roast for supper.

With some patience and a lot of flexibility, you and your family will be able to get through your remodel with as little trouble as possible. For more information about disaster repair services in Ellijay, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.

How to Remove Rust From Almost Any Surface

Friday, November 18th, 2016

Home damage from a water leak, flood or other disaster is no laughing matter.  A common byproduct of moisture damage is rust.  While most Macon, Georgia homeowners associate rust with a reddish-brown compound on metal, rust-colored stains also form on other surfaces such as concrete.

How to Send Rust Packing

Vinegar to the Rescue

Vinegar is useful on small and removable items such as screws.  Place them in an empty plastic bottle and cover them with white or apple cider vinegar to a level an inch above them. After shaking the bottle, let the mixture sit for at least a day before removing the items.

Lemon-Lime Cure

Persistent rust requires a lemon or a lime, some salt and a bit of effort.  Squeeze lemon or lime juice onto a rusted area you previously coated with salt.  After letting the object sit a few hours, scrub, scrub and scrub with the rind of the fruit, a scourer or steel wool.  Lemon juice also works well for rust stains on clothing.

Bathroom Supplies

A lemon-lime alternative is baking soda mixed with water into a paste.  Apply a thick paste to the affected area, leave it alone for at least two hours and then remove it using a toothbrush.  Another option is rubbing half a potato with soap, applying the soap to the rust and brushing it off after a couple of hours.

Scraping and Elbow Grease

You might need some elbow grease for scraping rust with a screwdriver or a paint scraper.  Try a wire brush and a hose for walls or patios.

Homeowners don’t need to despair if a project to remove rust turns out to be too big to handle on their own.  It’s time to take advantage of professional disaster repair services available in Macon.  Call today to schedule an appointment so that our professionals can help you think of how to get rid of rust.

How to Prevent Mold After Flooding

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

If your Atlanta home has flooded, it can be overwhelming. Many homeowners have no idea that there are things they can do to mitigate the damage and prevent mold growth. The following steps, when done quickly, can help prevent or slow the growth of mold after a flood.

Get the Water Out

Depending on the size of your flood you may be able to soak up or pump out the water. A wet vac or shop vac is able to suction water out of sodden carpets. There are, however, a few instances when you should not attempt to extract the water yourself. For example, if your basement has flooded to the extent that you may have submerged fuse boxes or if you experience sewage flooding. These are hazardous conditions and should be handled by professionals.

Get Your Things Out

Move anything you can out of the flooded space into an area where they can begin drying. Upholstered furniture, curtains, pillows or other plush and absorbent items are going to be more difficult to save, but your best chance is moving them somewhere dry first.

Get the Air Moving

Fans are a good choice to start getting air over the wet areas to circulate, but you will likely need more than just fans. A dehumidifier can manage the moisture level in the room. While you can rent or buy a dehumidifier, a professional disaster repair specialist, like Parker Young, will have commercial fans and dehumidification units that are far more effective than what you can get at your local hardware store.

No one ever plans for a flood. But if it does happen, these four steps can help you prevent mold growth and allow Atlanta disaster recovery services to be more successful once they arrive. If your Atlanta home has flooded, contact us today so we can clean up and remove any mold right away.

3 Steps to Preventing Leaks in Your Basement

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

When you need disaster repair services in Atlanta, you may wish you had taken steps to prevent the disaster from occurring in the first place. One disaster that doesn’t have to happen in your home is basement water damage. Leaks are one of the most common causes of water damage in basements. But you don’t have to experience this. Here are three steps you can take today to prevent leaks in your basement.

1. Keep Gutters Clear

You might not think that something so high up like house gutters could impact a basement, but they can. Clogged gutters can’t properly guide rainwater away from your house. Instead, the water can flow straight down the sides of your house, pooling around your foundation and basement windows. Keep gutters clear of leaves and other debris to ensure they are operating at peak efficiency. You should clean your gutters at least once a month during fall and windy seasons.

2. Adjust the Grade

The land around your house may be pitched at such an angle that water flows toward your foundation instead of away. If this is the case on your property, have a landscaper adjust the grade. The surrounding soil should slope away from your house by a minimum of ¼ inch per foot.

Your outdoor contractor can ensure the measurements are correct.

3. Manage Tree Roots

Certain species of trees, such as silver maples, have aggressive root growth that can compromise your home’s foundation. Make sure that any large trees are planted at least 20 feet away from your home. Smaller trees, like white firs, are safely rooted at a distance of between 10 and 15 feet away from your house.

These three steps can help to prevent leaks from happening in your basement. For more advice about preventing leaks and other home disasters, contact us today. We’re here to help.

What You Should Do If A Tree Falls On Your Home

Monday, August 15th, 2016

After a tree falls on your home, the initial reaction may be one of panic. After all, situations like this are, by nature, completely unexpected. You probably already know that you’ll need disaster repair services in Atlanta, but who should you call, and in what order? Here are the first steps you should take after a tree falls on your home.

Step One: Call Your Insurance Agent

Your insurance agent needs to know about the damage immediately, even before you call local Atlanta disaster repair services specialists. Your insurance agent will help you report the damage and will arrange for a claims adjuster to visit your home to assess the damage. This is important since the insurance company will typically be responsible for paying the contractors who will do the repairs.

Step Two: Contact a Tree Removal Company

A tree removal company will need to remove the tree from the home before any other repair work can be done. The cost of this removal will sometimes vary from one contractor to the next, and the exact level of service may vary as well. You may also be able to find a local disaster repair company who provides not only tree removal but also building repair.

Step Three: Contact a Disaster Repair Company

As mentioned above, you can save a great deal of time and effort if you choose an Atlanta disaster recovery firm who will remove the tree as well as correcting the structural damage to the home. They will cover the damaged area so rain and debris can’t enter the home, and will then determine the best and most efficient way to rebuild.

It is especially important to find a disaster repair provider who you can trust at a time like this. Parker Young Construction has an expert team ready and willing to help, so call us today.

Steps you Should Take Immediately After a Flood

Monday, August 1st, 2016

If your living space has been flooded, do not panic. Though your possessions might be ruined, you are still alive and that’s what matters the most. Follow the advice outlined below to rebound from a flood in Atlanta, Georgia.

Turn off the Utilities

Once the authorities have given you permission to re-enter your living space it is time to get to work. Begin by turning off the utilities. Leaving them on will put you at risk as water mixed with electricity is a recipe for disaster.

Wear Protection

It is imperative that you don rigid shoes to guard your feet against threats in the water. Put on hip waders just in case the flood water has been contaminated. Be on the lookout for snakes and other animals. Only put your hands in areas with clear visibility.

Document the Damage

Take pictures of your living space and the insurance claim filing process will go much more smoothly. Take snapshots of the water and everything that has been damaged.

Protect Your Property

You can lower the odds of additional damage to your living space by securing it. Board the windows and entryways that can’t be locked. Place a tarp on the roof if it has been compromised.

Preserve as Much as You Can

Flooding often causes mold damage. It takes a mere day or two for mold to spread. Discard items that have been saturated for more than two days. Analyze each of your valuables to determine if it can be saved. In some instances, certain items like rugs and mattresses can be professionally cleaned by Atlanta disaster repair services.

Parker Young

If your home has endured a flood or other damage, reach out to Parker Young for assistance. Contact our office today and we’ll explain how we can help you get your home back in order following a flood and the onset of mold.

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