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Why SERVPRO is the Solution When Water Removal is the Task in West Milford

5/20/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Why SERVPRO is the Solution When Water Removal is the Task in West Milford Our SERVPRO team is ready to help clean up any water mishaps that have taken over your home.

SERVPRO is Your Best Bet When It Comes to Residential Water Damage 

If you and your West Milford home just broke a long dry spell you might be frustrated and confused. Water finds its way where it is not wanted far too often. Negligent teens shower without securing the door or curtain, a dishwasher goes rogue, spraying down the entire kitchen, a pipe bursts after an unknown slow leak, giving you a flooded floor plus mold already growing between the walls. When a water loss occurs for any reason you need a professional, the reason why we stand ready to help.

Water removal in West Milford is a task we manage regularly and thoroughly. Our team has the highly-qualified technicians and the leading-edge equipment, including pumps and wanded extractors, to exit the unwanted water fast. We also have tools to ensure that not a drop of moisture remains from the water loss. Infrared scanning locates larger pockets of hidden water. Sensitive moisture probes measure the water content of structural components, and our technicians record those readings as a baseline for any structural drying we need to complete during your water removal project.

We often find a cache of water behind a wall, under a floor, or in another building cavity. These challenges are why SERVPRO has several water eliminating strategies among which to choose. Investigating whether there is a way to get at the water from the top or the back is an option, and if there is an opening we can use an extension on one of our wand extractors to suction the water out.

Small holes drilled in a wall can release standing water, but if there is a large quantity hiding a more extreme yet effective option is to make flood cuts. This controlled demolition allows the water to be extracted and permits better airflow during the structural drying phase. Situational flexibility is why SERVPRO also uses specialized drying equipment like the Injectidry system that seals mats on floors or employs hoses inserted into walls to suction moisture using negative air pressure.

Every water removal scenario is unique, supporting why SERVPRO of Wayne is committed to creating the appropriate plan for your water emergency. Call (973) 546-4977 at your earliest convenience for a consultation.

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Answered: Your Most Burning Questions About Water Damage Remediation in Wayne

5/8/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Answered: Your Most Burning Questions About Water Damage Remediation in Wayne Water damage inside your home from a washer malfunction can cause chaos. Contact SERVPRO today for all your remediation needs.

Why SERVPRO of Wayne is Perfect for Remediating the Water Damage in Your Home

Water damage can create a slippery slope of related problems inside of your home. Mold damage and rot can both form from water damage that has been left for too long. Whenever you find storm, fire, mold, or water-based damages inside of your home, it is wise to call for professional help immediately.

Your leaking washer caused water damage inside of your Wayne residence, impacting the laminate flooring and the base of the walls inside of your laundry room. Additionally, it went unnoticed for a whole day. While it is true that leaving water damage unchecked, for more than seventy-two hours, can open the doorway for microbial growth, it is never too late to call for professional help. No matter how advanced the damage is. It is never wise to allow the problem to grow worse while hesitating.

Here at SERVPRO, we pride ourselves on our quick response times. No matter the time or the day of the week, we're always ready to send a team to your home as swiftly as possible. Furthermore, our technicians have the highest IICRC, Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, certification and are expertly trained to remediate water damage. At SERVPRO, we even have equipment that can help prevent the formation of microbial growth from the excess moisture, such as antifungal agents and sprays.

Once we get into your home, we can head straight for your laundry room. We can remove any significant obstacles that are blocking us from accessing the water damage, such as the washer and dryer, as well as any cabinetry. If removed and wet, the cabinetry can be set up alongside dehumidifiers and air movers to dry them as SERVPRO sees to the laminate flooring and walls.

SERVPRO can make flood cuts to the walls, if it is necessary, so the contaminated drywall is removed. New drywall can be installed, and then the surface can be repainted, so it looks as if the wall is still in its preloss condition. To address the floor, SERVPRO can use drying mats to pull the water directly out of the surface. Once finished, to ensure there are no problems with mold, our techs can use the antifungal spray and then reinstall the cabinetry. It is always our goal to return your home to you "Like it never even happened."

When you are in desperate need of water remediation services, never linger. Immediately get in touch with SERVPRO of Wayne by phoning (973) 546-4977. No matter when you call, we can always be ready to help you.

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DIY Versus Professionals: Why SERVPRO is the Best Option for Water Damage Remediation in Wayne

4/29/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO DIY Versus Professionals:  Why SERVPRO is the Best Option for Water Damage Remediation in Wayne DIY efforts often leave the remediation wanting and wind up costing the homeowner more than using a professional.

Experienced Techs Save You Money on Water Loss Recovery in Wayne

When it comes to restoration, many Wayne homeowners often choose to work towards recovering and repairing things on their own rather than to seek the experience and efficient output of professional technicians like ours. Often this decision is based on a need or want to save money over the perceived higher costs of restoring your home professionally after a situation like a water loss incident. There are many ways in which choosing the experience and knowledge of restoration professionals can save you money on restoring your property after a disaster.

With water damage incidents that occur in your Wayne home, water can often continually flow out from the source, spreading farther throughout the property as time presses on. While there are often clear signs of the damage of these water loss incidents that can occur, many homeowners lack the equipment and experience to identify the presence of moisture and dampness in areas of their property that they cannot see. This undiagnosed moisture can facilitate mold growth and other threats, leading to hazardous conditions and costlier remediation for your property.

The SERVPRO professionals that we dispatch to your home have the continued training to provide the most efficient and effective approach to extraction, drying, and other mitigation approaches that your home needs in this critical early stage of recovery. Without these techniques and advanced equipment, your home could experience further degradation from the saturation of construction materials and structural elements.

Without properly drying or addressing concerns like our SERVPRO professionals can when they enter your water-damaged home, you can allow structural failures or decomposition to continue. When you battle these effects later, they often result in the need for removal of the damaged materials and reconstruction, which is far costlier than the initial restoration would have been.

There are many reasons why seeking the experience and advanced equipment that our SERVPRO of Wayne professionals have can be beneficial to your home after a water loss incident. If you want to make these effects “Like it never even happened” and save yourself some money at the same time, give us a call today at (973) 546-4977.

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We Are The Fire Damage Restoration Team You Can Trust In Wayne

4/19/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage We Are The Fire Damage Restoration Team You Can Trust In Wayne We are here for you 24/7 to offer our experience, expertise and equipment so you can get back to normal living in your home after a fire.

Professional Odor Control for Fire Damage in your Wayne Property

Using a professional restorer is valuable to homeowners because of their ability to neutralize odors rather than just masking them with household air fresheners. Minor property fires can still cause extensive odor issues. This problem is due to smoke traveling beyond the containment area, entering ventilation systems and depositing residues throughout the home. We train our technicians to trace smoke from the source and apply advanced odor control techniques to restore your home.

Odor control services are essential for homeowners that have fire damage in Wayne. Even a small property fire can be a traumatic event, and the smells left behind are an unpleasant reminder. SERVPRO technicians understand how smoke migrates through a property which allows us to find and remediate the source. By tackling the problem at the source, we can be confident that odors do not return once the service is complete.

As a general rule of thumb, odor mitigation is most effective when the deodorant is dispersed in a similar way to the odor. For fires, distribution of odors comes from two sources. The first is through smoke, which can travel on air currents leaving smelly deposits wherever it comes into contact with surfaces. The second is by soots dropping down and being absorbed by fabrics; an issue that can be exacerbated by moisture used in firefighting efforts.

Furnishings and fabrics can often be expensive to replace. SERVPRO use solvent based deodorants that can be sprayed onto surfaces. These are more powerful air fresheners that cover the smell until the odor particles have dispersed enough to be no longer noticeable. We can combine this method with cleaning to ensure no soot and soiling is removed from surfaces.

Once smoke enters a ventilation shaft, cavity or crawlspace it can quickly spread around the home. These are difficult issues to remediate since areas like this are hard to reach. SERVPRO can mobilize thermal foggers. These turn solvents into a vapor which is then distributed throughout the home. The solvents we use in thermal foggers are chemical pairing agents. They bond with odor particles neutralizing them or causing them to sink to the floor where they can be cleaned away after fire damage.

Get rid of stubborn odors after property damage, contact SERVPRO of Wayne at (973) 546-4977.

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Our Certified Professionals Are Ready To Handle Your Wayne Home Fire Damage Restoration Needs

4/4/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Our Certified Professionals Are Ready To Handle Your Wayne Home Fire Damage Restoration Needs After the flames are put out worry sets in on how to handle fire damage. We are available 24/7 to handle the disaster, call us right away.

What to Expect from Professional Fire Damage Restoration in Wayne

A fire in your Wayne residence leaves contaminated water, soot soiled surfaces, charring, and odors. Airborne and surface-coating residues of even a minor fire immediately begin discoloring and damaging building materials and possessions. More significant blazes can damage the structural integrity of your house and create substantial barriers to returning to your comfortable life. Our compassionate and skilled team of fire remediation specialists can make this chaotic situation “Like it never even happened.”

Managing fire damage restoration in Wayne requires a committed and highly-trained professional team and state of the art products and equipment. Since both the structure and the contents of your home suffer damage, partnering with a company that can accomplish a pack-out of portable articles is critical. We use a Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) protocol to ensure a complete inventory and tracking of contents packed out. Once the affected areas in your home clear, we can more easily perform necessary remediation tasks.

SERVPRO’s experienced production and crew managers and leads assess the damage, plan the remediation, and oversee the various stages of the project. Our service vehicles arrive stocked with water and fire remediation equipment, avoiding delays. Safety always comes first, so we secure the building, tarping and boarding up if necessary. Firefighting water residual removal and drying proceeds next.

Evaluation of the type of soot and matching of appropriate products and tools guides our crew during clean up. Light, ashy debris vacuum or dry sponge away. Thick, sticky soot from slow smoldering fires needs cleaning with wetting agents, surfactants, and agitation. Protein-based soot might require solvents and abrasives.

Charred areas might restore if the burned areas are shallow, but we always assess for strength to be sure your home retains its structural integrity. If necessary, we remove and replace materials, relying on the skills of our rebuilding crew. SERVPRO deodorization experts walk through a multi-step protocol to eliminate rather than cover up odors. Professional grade thermal foggers, ozone machines, and hydroxyl generators are available for tough odor issues.

While our crews remediate and restore at your home, our production facility technicians use specialized strategies to clean and restore your packed-out furnishings and other contents. We facilitate their return to your home at the appropriate time. SERVPRO works closely with your insurance throughout, limiting your out of pocket expense for both structural and content restoration.

SERVPRO of Wayne stands ready to restore your home and its contents after fire damage. Call us 24/7 at (973) 546-4977 to set up an assessment.

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Document Restoration

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

As a leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO® knows timely mitigation is the key to reducing severity and recovering damaged items. Water– or smoke–damaged paper can rapidly deteriorate. Without proper handling, valuable files and irreplaceable documents could be lost forever. Let SERVPRO’s Document Restoration Team help you recover your damaged paper goods before it is too late.

SERVPRO’s technicians are trained to use the most advanced technology available for document recovery and drying; in fact, the Document Restoration Team uses the same technique the Library of Congress uses to dry water-damaged books.

Vacuum Freeze Drying?

Vacuum freeze drying is the most efficient and effective way to salvage water-damaged documents. The Document Restoration Team uses
sublimation—turning a solid directly into a vapor, skipping the liquid stage to avoid causing more damage to the documents. This process can recover even the most delicate items—from documents to photographs and x-rays, to entire business archives.

All employees of the Document Restoration Team are HIPAA Master certified and once your items arrive at the SERVPRO® facility, 24/7 video surveillance is guaranteed.

Digitizing

With the new age of technology, digitizing records and documents has become a standard practice in most industries. This eliminates the need to have massive file storage rooms and allows us to access records at the click of a button. If your file room was damaged by water or smoke and needs to be cleaned, dried or decontaminated, digitizing might be a good choice to eliminate the need to have hundreds or even thousands of documents and records in storage.

Gamma Irradiation

Gamma irradiation is a process used for cleaning/disinfecting and decontaminating documents or other consumer goods.

In a CAT 3 situation (sewage or flood water), documents are not only deteriorating but are also infected with all types of bacteria. In most storm situations, you are dealing with CAT 3 water; therefore, most of the affected documents you encounter will be contaminated.

If this is the case, decontamination is always a must. In living cells, these disruptions result in damage to the DNA and other cellular structures. These photon induced changes at the molecular level cause the death of the organism or render the organism incapable of reproduction. The gamma process does not create residuals or impart radioactivity in processed products.

Certified Destruction

Unfortunately, many businesses and government agencies have to dispose of counterfeit, faulty, expired or contaminated materials. All entities need to be certified that their products and materials are destroyed. The guarantee of certified destruction is to protect one’s liabilities, brand image or proprietary information. We guarantee certified destruction to give you peace of mind that your documents are disposed of properly.

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12 Protection Tips for Fire Damage Restoration

1/23/2019 (Permalink)

Source: https://www.randrmagonline.com

During a fire, innumerable toxic chemicals, poisonous gases, heavy metals, and other toxins are generated by the materials, household products, and vegetation that burns. These contaminants fill the air, become part of the ash, and are extremely dangerous to your health if inhaled or come in contact with your skin. We often forget about the dangers involved in the various environments we enter, but safety should always be a top priority.

If you are entering an area affected by fire or smoke, consider the following safety tips:

  1. Avoid breathing air contaminated by smoke odor and minimize your exposure to contaminated areas.
  2. If you need to enter a smoke damaged structure, wear proper personal protective equipment, including a proper fitting respirator with a P-100 HEPA filter designed to filter vapor or gasses (not a dust mask).
  3. Persons with heart or lung disease should consult their physician before using a mask during post-fire cleanup.
  4. Avoid handling or coming in direct skin contact with items or materials affected by smoke, soot, or ash. If you need to retrieve items damaged by smoke, wear proper personal protection equipment, such as coveralls, eye protection, gloves, proper foot wear, hardhat, etc.
  5. Avoid getting ash into the air as much as possible. Do not use leaf blowers or take other actions that will put ash into the air.
  6. Avoid using shop vacuums and other common vacuum cleaners. These do not filter out small particles, but blow them out the exhaust into the air where they can be inhaled.
  7. Do not allow children or pets to enter areas that have smoke odor, ash or soot. If children or pets get soot or ash on their skin or hair, wash immediately with mild soap and warm water.
  8. If you anticipate that you will need to be inside a building or area affected by smoke, attempt to ventilate the area by opening windows or doors unless doing so will allow outdoor smoke odor or ash to get in. Minimize your exposure as much as possible.
  9. Have an environmental testing laboratory test for Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s) and particulates to determine what types and concentrations of toxins may be present. 
  10. When sorting through contents, don't take chances. People should not eat or drink anything that has signs of heat or smoke damage. When in doubt, throw it out!
  11. If you experience any adverse health symptoms from exposure to smoke or soot, seek medical attention immediately.
  12. If you need to be in an enclosed space that has smoke odor, such as an office, home, or building, try to set up air scrubbers with HEPA filters or other type of filter designed to remove ultra-fine particulate matter as quickly as possible. In addition, using a hydroxyl generator can help to break down odor causing molecules.

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Prevent Frozen Pipes

1/11/2019 (Permalink)

Source: https://disastersafety.org

Frozen water exerts thousands of pounds of pressure per square inch on a pipe and can burst it, causing flooding and major damage to your business. Extensive water damage can also occur as a result of frozen pipes in sprinkler systems during extended power outages in freezing weather.

Preventing Frozen Pipes

Guidance for reducing the risk of pipes freezing:

  • Provide a reliable back-up power source, such as a stand by generator, to ensure continuous power to the building.
  • Install a monitoring system with notifications if the building’s temperature dips below a pre-determined number.
  • Insulate recessed light fixtures in the ceiling to reduce heat entering the attic. Look for visible light inside the attic. If present, insulate or seal. If the space above a suspended ceiling is conditioned, there is no need for added insulation or sealing.
  • Insulate and properly seal attic penetrations such as partition walls, vents, plumbing stacks, electric and mechanical chases, and access doors, and all doors and windows.
  • Seal all wall cracks and penetrations including domestic and fire protection lines, electrical conduit and other utility service lines.
  • Sprinkler systems should be consistently monitored by a central station to provide early detection of a pipe failure.
  • Install insulation and/or heat trace tape connected to a reliable power source on parts of wet sprinkler system piping. This includes main lines coming up from underground passing through a wall as well as sprinkler branch lines.
  • UL-approved gas or electric unit heaters can be installed in unheated sprinkler control valve/fire pump rooms. If back up power is provided, the heaters should also be connected to this power source.
  • A monitored automatic excess flow switch can be placed on the main incoming domestic water line to provide early detection of a broken pipe or valve when the business is closed.

Peace of Mind

Although it seems as if our winters are longer and colder, the winter weather business protection tips described above can help give you piece of mind during the winter months. We believe that implementing these tips can greatly reduce a building’s potential structural loss and loss of business operations due to large snow falls, freezing temperatures and power outages during these times.

8 Ways to Prevent Frozen Pipe Damage for a Business

  1. Seal Exterior: Seal all cracks, holes, windows, doors and other openings on exterior walls with caulk or insulation to prevent cold air from penetrating wall cavities.
  2. Seal Interior: Insulate and seal attic penetrations such as partition walls, vents, plumbing stacks, and electrical and mechanical chases.
  3. Relieve Pipe Pressure: Let all faucets drip during extreme cold weather to prevent freezing of the water inside the pipe, and if freezing does occur, to relieve pressure buildup in the pipes between the ice blockage and the faucet.
  4. Keep the Building Warm: Install a monitoring system that provides notifications if the building's temperature dips below a pre-determined number.
  5. Insulate Vulnerable Pipes: Insulate pipes most vulnerable to freezing by using pipe insulation.
  6. Install Early Detection System: Install an automatic excess flow switch on the main incoming water line to monitor and provide early detection of a broken pipe or valve.  Use wireless sensors near water sources.
  7. Monitor Fire Protection Sprinkler Systems: Monitor sprinkler systems using a central station to provide early detection of a pipe failure and heat unheated sprinkler control rooms.
  8. Install Backup Power: Provide a reliable backup power source to ensure heat to the building.

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Prevent Damage from Frozen Pipes

12/30/2018 (Permalink)

Source: https://disastersafety.org

Frozen pipes are one of the leading sources of property damage when the temperature drops. Don’t let damage from frozen pipes soak your home or business—prepare using the following guidance.

1. Seal Exterior

Seal all cracks, holes, windows, doors, and other openings on exterior walls with caulk or insulation to prevent cold air from penetrating wall cavity.

2. Seal Interior

Insulate and seal attic penetrations such as partition walls, vents, plumbing stacks, and electric and mechanical chases.

3. Relieve Pipe Pressure

Let all faucets drip during extreme cold weather to prevent freezing of the water inside the pipe, and if freezing does occur, to relieve pressure buildup in the pipes between the ice blockage and the faucet.

4. Keep the Building Warm

Install a monitoring system that provides notifications if the building’s temperature dips below a pre-determined number.

5. Insulate Vulnerable Pipes

Insulate pipes most vulnerable to freezing by using pipe insulation.

6. Install Early Detection System

Install an automatic excess flow switch on the main incoming domestic water line to monitor and provide early detection of a broken pipe or valve. Use wireless sensors near water sources.

7. Monitor Fire Protection Sprinkler Systems

Monitor sprinkler systems using a central station to provide early detection of a pipe failure and heat unheated sprinkler control rooms.

8. Install Backup Power

Provide a reliable backup power source to ensure heat to the building.

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Commercial Roof Snow Load & Ice Dam Risks

12/18/2018 (Permalink)

Source: https://disastersafety.org

When it comes to the weight of snow, the type of snow is as important as the depth of snow. Fresh “powder” type snow is typically lighter than wet packed snow. Ice is heavier than snow. During the winter months, a roof system can be exposed to all three combinations over a several month period.

General guidelines to help estimate the weight of snow:

  • Fresh snow: 10-12 inches of new snow is equal to one inch of water, or about 5 lbs per square foot of roof space.
  • Packed snow generally is heavier than new snow: 3-5 inches of old snow is equal to one inch of water, again about 5 lbs per square foot of roof space.
  • Ice is also heavier than snow. One inch equals about a foot of fresh snow.
  • The total amount of accumulated snow and ice is what matters in evaluating snow load risk. For example, the accumulated weight of two feet of old snow and two feet of new snow could be as high as 60 lbs per square foot of roof space, which may stress the limits of even the best designed roof.

If you are in the “danger zone” according to chart above or if the loads you estimate based on the thickness of the various types of snow and ice exceed 20-25 psf, you should consider having the snow removed from your roof.

Preventing Roof Collapse

Factors that could dictate how your particular facility will perform under the weight of ice and snow. These factors are listed below, which includes engineering considerations that could help you avoid roof collapses this winter.

  • Live and dead load design;
  • Age of the building and the roof;
  • Condition of the roof;
  • Elevation;
  • Maintenance during or after a major snow storm

Addressing Roof Strength

If it is determined that the roof system is not adequately designed to withstand the snow falls being encountered, a building owner should consider strengthening the roof as soon as possible or before the next winter. A structural engineer can determine the maximum loads your roof can withstand, as well as provide practical solutions to improve the strength of your roof.

Snow Removal

Safe snow removal may reduce some of the snow load on your roof. Consider contracting with a professional for snow removal. If your workers will be removing snow keep the guidelines below in mind. To avoid roof collapse, snow removal should begin prior to reaching the snow load limit of the roof.

Always follow Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA) Regulations and Standards, particularly fall protections for roof work. Avoid using shovels or snow blowers. Instead, use a heavy duty push broom with stiff bristles or roof rake to brush off the snow down the slope of the roof. For most single-story buildings with steep sloped roofs, a roof rake may be used for while remaining on the ground to pull snow down the roof slope. Do not pull snow back against the slope or sideways since the snow may get underneath the cover and can break shingles.

Ice Dam Risks

Ice dams are ridges of ice that form at the edge of a roof and prevent melting snow (water) from draining off your roof. The water that backs up behind this “dam” can leak into your business and cause damage to walls, ceilings, insulation, and other areas. Additionally, when the roof doesn’t drain properly, snow, ice, and water remains trapped on the roof, adding loads that put your roof at greater risk.

Preventing Ice Dams

IBHS offers the following guidance to help prevent damage from ice dams:

  • Increase insulation above ceilings.
  • Create a roof preventative maintenance, including periodic roof drainage inspections.
  • Install self-regulating heating cables on gutters, downspouts, and around roof drains.
  • Keep all drains, scuppers, gutters, and downspouts free of debris and vegetation.
  • Prune trees that may hang over the roof to prevent an accumulation of tree leaves and branches that may clog or slow roof drainage.
  • Improve ventilation. Consider installing electric power vents with thermostats.

Removing Ice Dams

We do not recommend chipping or breaking ice dams because this can damage the roof. The following guidance is for the most common types of commercial roof systems.

Steep Sloped Roof Systems:

  • If the building has a history of ice dams, remove the snow to reduce the risk.
  • If the building is too tall to reach with a roof rake from the ground, hire a roofing professional. For more information, please see Selecting a Roofing Professional.
  • Remove or relocate heat sources that are installed in open areas directly under the roof.
  • Increase ventilation in attic spaces:
    • New gable roofs: Soffit/ridge vents provide good ventilation.
    • Gable end vents: place an electric fan over vents to increase the flow of air.
    • Hip roofs: Box or static vents are practical improvements.
  • Insulate recessed light fixtures in the ceiling to reduce heat entering the attic. Look for visible light inside the attic. If present, insulate or seal.
  • Insulate or seal all attic penetrations: partition walls, vents, plumbing stacks, electric and mechanical chases and access doors.
  • New roof installation: Seal the roof deck using at least two layers of underlayment cemented together or a self-adhering polymer modified bitumen sheet. Extend the moisture barrier at least 24 inches from the edge of the eaves to beyond the inside of the exterior wall.

Flat, Monoslope and Low Sloped Roof Systems:

  • Flat roofs are particularly vulnerable to water leaks if ice dams keep water from flowing into roof drains. Removing the snow will remove the source of a potential ice dam.
  • Drains:
    • If ice dams form around drains, place heating cables on the roof and connect the cables to the drains to create a path for the melting ice to follow.
    • Consider installing heating cables in a zigzag manner inside gutters.
    • If there is extensive ice build-up around the drains, consult a roofing professional.
  • When the roof is dry, inspect the roof cover. Look for mold, mildew and vegetation, all of which are signs of a problem with the slope of the roof cover system and drainage. A roofing professional can advise you about re-pitching the roof cover.

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