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What to do Flooded Basement

You just realized your basement is flooded and you have no idea what to do. Well like it or not you are going to need the services of a professional company to eradicate the problem safely and efficiently. This will ensure that no damage will occur to your home and belongings. They have the expertise and the right equipment to ensure your home is no longer in danger brought about by the flooding.

It might seem an easy task to you but water damage cleanup can be very tricky. Its more than just pumping out the water and you will realize there is more than just what meets the eye. To show you what I mean, I will take you through the perils of the damage and why you will need to contract the services of a flood cleanup company.

Pumping out the water – If the water level is high, then you will need to pump it out at a slow pace. This is because pumping it at a fast rate will reduce the pressure inside your basement because the pressure outside will increase. This will cause the walls to cave in and you definitely don’t want that. A professional knows this very well and will know exactly what to do to tackle the flooding problem.

Approximating the damage – Depending with how long the basement has been flooded, not everything can be salvaged after the water damage cleanup. A professional will be able to tell you what is salvageable, this can be floors, carpets and walls.

Moisture damage – This is brought about by the water damage and can affect even areas that have not been touched by the water. A professional will be able to instill measures that will address the problems brought about by moisture in your house.

Equipment – If the flooding is major, then you are going to need powerful equipment to carry out the cleanup. A professional will have high grade dehumidifiers, water extraction units, pumps and other unique equipment for the job.

Safety – This very important if you are dealing with water related issues as there are risks of electrocution, gas leaks and snakes that might suddenly pop out of hiding. That is why it’s safe to contract the services of a professional company.

Generally, the professional help that you are looking for should be able to posses all the facts discussed above. Armed with this information you will be rest assured that your flooded basement will be handled professionally. Remember cheap is expensive and your home safety is of the highest priority, so contract the best and you will be glad that you did.

Hiring Plumbing Contractor

Finding the best plumbing contractor has never been easy for many homeowners. However, it is important to note that one may require the services of a plumber either in business or at your home to help in the maintenance, installation, repairing or even fixing of a plumbing problem. As it works, there are numerous reasons that you might need the services of a contractor specialized in plumbing. Some of the plumbing issues include the following:

Leaking taps

Toilet problems

Blocked drains

Repairing of hot water heaters

Handling of DIY tasks

All these plumbing problems require a professional plumber to come in assess the issue and fix it quickly. Before choosing a contractor here are some of the important guidelines to think about?

The experience of the contractor so how long have they been in business. There are many contractors in your neighborhood dealing with plumbing issues. Therefore, simply check the profile of the contractor you intend to bring on board and make your own judgment. In any case, you should consider dealing with contractors that friends or family has used.

Another important measure to put in place is the registration and licensure of the contractor you intend to hire. For the purposes of legality, it is a good idea to consider dealing with plumbing companies that are registered and licensed locally.

Finally, the cost of service is a factor that should not go unmentioned. Before you hire a plumber, it is ideal to carry out own research and figure out the appropriate cost by calling other plumbers and getting general cost like trip charge plus visit fees.

Hiring Roofing Contractors

When you have a new roof that you require to be installed,
you need to look a contractor who has the ability to offer you high quality
roofing services for you. To ensure that you get the best here are top five
things to look for when hiring a roofing contractor.


You need to work with a roofing contractor who has several years
of experience providing services in the market. It is advisable you work with a
contractor with more than ten years in the industry. Such a contractor has the
ability to offer roofing services that meet your specific needs out of skills
and knowledge gained in those years.


With the many roofing contractors in the modern market, it
is important to ensure that you only work with those with good reputation among
the clients. You can understand the reputation of the different contractors
through referrals, and checking at client reviews given on their websites.


The fees charged by a roofing contractor is a factor worth considering.
It is important that you carry out thorough research to ensure that you get the
one who charges the most affordable and reasonable fees. Avoid the cheapest
ones because they may not have the prerequisite qualifications and experience to
offer high quality services. Highly qualified contractors will not charge a low
fee because they know that they offer sustainable and high quality roofing

Licensing and Insurance

It is important to ensure that you only work with a roofing contractor
who has a valid operating license. There are many unscrupulous contractors who
operate with license from the relevant authorities. Working with such contractors
put you in a high risk because for any problem that may occur, you will have nowhere
to run for help because they are not recognized by the authorities. In
addition, hire a contractor with liability insurance cover to ensure that for
any damage or injury that may occur during the working process, you do not take
any liability for that. This will help reduce unnecessary costs that may arise.

Good Communication Skills

You need to look for a contractor with great communication
skills. This is because the work will involve a lot of talking as you explain
what you want. You need someone who has the ability to answer all questions and
keep you informed always about your project. Poor communication can lead to a
lot of misunderstandings leading to final results that may not be satisfactory.

Building Greener Buildings

Published on Nov 26, 2014

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Creating ‘greener’ buildings will help address climate change… right?
Green buildings can make a difference, but only if we start asking the right questions. If we can start to see the whole story of how our buildings impact the climate then we can start to make strides toward real ‘net-positive’ change. The technology isn’t new, the strategies aren’t rocket science – the hard step is shifting our thinking about what it means to build ‘green’.

Bryn Davidson wears many hats. Sure, he’s a LEED-accredited building designer, sustainability consultant and small business owner with degrees in Architecture (UBC) and Mechanical Engineering (UC Berkeley). But he doesn’t stop there. He’s also one of the co-founders of Lanefab Design / Build; a Vancouver-based design and construction company that built the city’s first laneway house in 2010. Since then, Lanefab has continued its specialization in energy efficient green homes and infill ‘laneway houses’ by completing over 40 of the small infill homes. Bryn Davidson has been on the leading edge of the laneway house industry, and we don’t see him slowing down anytime soon.

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