What is a Sump Pump and How Does it Work?

If You Have a Basement, You Should Have a Sump Pump

If you have a flooded basement, it’s important to act fast so you can remedy the situation as quickly as possible. However, once the water has dried, you should also think about how you can work to prevent this from happening again in the future. At Action 1 Restoration, we recommend homeowners have a sump pump installed as a preventative solution for basement flooding. Since most homeowners who have basements are likely to deal with flooding at some point, this is an important tool in mitigating water damage and avoiding a disaster.

What is a Sump Pump?

Sump pumps are submersible pumps that are installed inside of sump pits at the lowest part of a basement. They work quickly to remove water that can be common in basements, whether from leaking or flooding. By draining and directing the water to an area away from your home’s foundation, this ensures water damage can be prevented and your basement can stay dry no matter what’s going on with the weather, or your plumbing.

Although common in new construction homes, especially in areas that are at an increased risk of flooding, sump pumps aren’t always found in older homes with basements. However, this has changed in recent years as homeowners have become more proactive in preventative maintenance. More sump pumps are now being installed in older homes in order to prevent the stress and damage that a flooded basement can create.

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How Does a Sump Pump Work?

To better understand what you can expect from one of these machines, it’s important to learn a few details about the mechanics of how they work. Sump pumps are generally placed inside of sump pits. These are holes with gravel bases that are situated in the lowest part of the basement. Connected to this machine is a pipe that extends outside of the home so that water can be drained away from the foundation of the home. This same pipe is equipped with a check valve that prevents any outside water from coming back inside and filling the pit back up.

Once the pressure sensor inside of the machine detects water, the pump will turn on and begin taking water out of the pit. However, some sump pumps are not automatic and must be manually operated by the homeowner. There are also two different types of sump pump designs, including a submersible pump, which has a waterproof encasing so it can stay inside the sump pit at the bottom. The other is a pedestal sump pump, which will sit at the top of a sump pit to avoid getting wet.

What to Look for in a Sump Pump

If you plan on purchasing one of these machines for your home, you’ll quickly find that there are many options. One of the best ways to narrow down your choices is by taking the time to learn more about the equipment and features that each has to offer. The details below are some you’ll want to keep in mind and compare for each unit.

  • A voltage of 110 is adequate if you’re using the machine within an average home. Warehouses or large buildings should have sump pumps with a voltage of 220+.
  • A machine with automatic controls is preferable, as this is more convenient than a manual sump pump.
  • If you’re only dealing with water inside of an average home, then horsepower at one-quarter to one-third should be adequate.
  • Head pressure will determine the height that the pump can raise water, with most being around 12-feet in length.
  • A backup system is recommended if you’d like your sump pump to continue to work even after the power has gone out.

What Happens When it Floods?

With a sump pump properly installed, you will have a very low chance of experiencing flooding in your basement. Since it’s estimated that over 90% of basements will be impacted by moisture at some point, this means you may be able avoid water damage many times. This can give you peace of mind in your home, especially if you live in an area that’s prone to flooding. While it’s beneficial to avoid damage because of the hassle, this also means avoiding costly water damage repairs that would otherwise be necessary.

What if Flooding Has Already Happened?

If your home has already been flooded and your basement is wet, you’ll need to get started with water damage restoration as soon as possible. Our team at Action 1 Restoration strongly recommends hiring a professional if you don’t have experience with this on your own. There is a lot of different commercial grade equipment that is used during the entire process. This will ensure your home and basement are properly dried and can be recovered without the risk of mold and mildew growth. Once finished, you can work with a contractor to have your choice of sump pump installed and working right away.


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Water Damaged Subfloor: How to Dry Out and Replace

When a house is built, the structure begins with many base layers that set the foundation for a strong and lasting home. This includes the subflooring, which is a thick and durable material that can be found underneath the tile, wood, or carpeting inside of your home. This layer generally rests on the joists of the home to create a strong base for any flooring you choose to have installed.

In general, most homeowners will never see this base unless they change out their flooring. However, in situations where water damage is present, subflooring can play a key role in the cleanup process. If you’re in a situation where your home has water damage and your flooring has been impacted, the information below can help. At Action 1 Restoration, we share this information because we prioritize helping homeowners understand more about their homes and how water damage can impact each area.

How to Dry Out the Subfloor Effectively

If a flood or leak has occurred inside of your home, it’s almost guaranteed that the flooring will be impacted. Unfortunately, this will not safely dry out on its own. In fact, leaving flooring to dry naturally can make the damage worse while also giving mold and mildew a chance to grow. To have the best chance of preserving your home, proper drying is crucial. To do so, our company at Action 1 Restoration recommends first stopping the source of water. After this, it’s important to remove excess standing water with a wet/dry vacuum and/or large buckets.

The next step in drying out a water damaged subfloor is to remove the flooring from the top of it. This can be done on your own with a few tools, although some homeowners prefer to contact professionals to avoid causing more damage. If you’re not comfortable with this type of work, we highly recommend asking for help from the start. Once all impacted flooring has been removed, you’ll want to dispose of it outside to prevent the moisture from staying indoors.

Once the flooring is removed, the real drying of the subfloor can begin. This should start with placing thick plastic sheeting over the flooded area and securing it down with tape on the sides. It’s important to make sure tape is covering each seam so the plastic is completely sealed. From here, take a utility heater and place the spout of it underneath a small portion of the plastic. Seal the edges and then turn on the heater. At this point, the plastic should inflate and fill with air as the heater runs.

In most homes, the heater will need to run for three or more days to completely dry the subflooring. However, we recommend checking daily to see how the subfloor is progressing. If you’re not able to tell by touch, then a moisture meter is an inexpensive tool worth investing in. This will tell you how much moisture is left so you know when it’s completely dry and safe to begin working on. When the drying process is finished, the plastic can be removed and disposed of so you can move on with the rest of the restoration.

Types of Subflooring

There are four main types of subflooring materials that are used in the construction of most homes. These include:

  • Plywood: This is the most common type of subflooring and it is very likely what you’ll find in your home. It’s made up of many sheets of wood veneer that are bonded together with high heat and pressure. It’s strong, easy to work with, and easy to install.
  • Concrete: Concrete slabs are not as common but can be found in homes throughout the country. While it may not seem like this material can be affected by moisture, it can still take a long time to fully dry.
  • High-Performance Panels: High-performance panels are specially designed to resist moisture absorption so that they do not swell or warp. These are becoming more common but are unlikely to be in older homes unless there has been significant work done to improve the flooring.
  • Oriental Strand Board: This material is made of strands of plywood that are pressed together in a crossing pattern. This helps reduce water absorption by increasing density, which is why it has become more common in homes built today.

How to Remove Subflooring

In most homes, the subfloor is made of plywood that’s 3/4″ or 5/8″ thick. When it’s exposed to water and not dried out promptly, it will swell and can eventually rot or experience mold growth. Moisture can also cause problems with the structural integrity of the subflooring and eventually lead to safety issues within the home. This is why, in some situations, it’s crucial to remove the subflooring so it can be replaced.

To start the removal process, Action 1 Restoration recommends having the following tools:

  • Screwdriver
  • Pry Bar
  • Circular Saw
  • Clawhammer
  • Diagonal Pliers
  • Drill
  • Jigsaw

If you don’t already have these tools or aren’t comfortable using them, then you may want to hire a professional to help you. Most contractors can remove subflooring in much less time than it would take an inexperienced homeowner. Either way, it’s important to make sure the job is done right so that all of the impacted subflooring is completely removed. Missing even a small portion could result in hidden mold growth or an unstable flooring area.

Once you’re ready to get started, you’ll need to determine the best removal method for the type of subflooring you have. If it’s made of wood, you’ll want to use a circular saw to carefully cut through the area that has been impacted. Keep in mind, you don’t want to cut deeper than the wood, so go slowly and be gentle with the amount of pressure you put on the saw. Once finished cutting the perimeter, use a pry bar and hammer to lift small sections. Since these will likely be hammered in at the joists, you’ll also need to pull up nails to get the sections out completely.

Tip: If you only have concrete subflooring, then it’s likely you won’t need to remove it after a flood. However, thorough drying will be necessary to prevent mold growth and ensure new flooring can be safely installed.

How to Replace Subflooring

Once the ruined subflooring is out, it will be time to install the new material to make the base complete again. To do this, new subflooring materials should be purchased right away. If you must replace all of the materials, then you may want to consider upgrading to high performance panels or oriental strand board for better protection from water damage in the future. Once you have the material, you’ll need to measure and cut panels to place back into the areas that were removed. This may also require fastening them to joists to further secure their placement.

After the subflooring has been completely replaced with new materials, you’ll be able to install new flooring on top. This is another project you may not feel confident doing on your own, especially if you don’t already have the tools required. Fortunately, you can hire a contractor to do both the flooring and subflooring for you. Their assistance can give you peace of mind, knowing the work was done the right way.

Restoring Your Home After Water Damage

When dealing with water damage in your home, it’s always important to address the subflooring. If this is something you’re not able to do on your own, then don’t hesitate to call professionals such as ours at Action 1 Restoration. We can help you recover, replace, and restore your subflooring and flooring so your home is put back together and comes out looking like new again.


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Dangers of Standing Water and What to Do

It’s estimated that roughly one out of every 50 will have a water damage claim each year. While some of these homes will clean up quickly, others will deal with subsequent issues such as stagnant water. At Action 1 Restoration, it’s important for us to teach homeowners more about what this can mean for their homes. With this understanding, you can be empowered to take care of water damage the right way and avoid the dangers that can be associated with stagnant water.

What You Need to Know About Stagnant Water?

Also known as standing water, this is water that sits in place without having any area to drain to in a timely manner. In homes that are flooded, stagnant water can be found just about anywhere, from the top of the ceiling to the floors and basement. Since standing water can come from many different sources, including rain or an indoor water supply line, it’s important not to assume it’s safe.

When any type of water sits for long periods of time, whether it comes from the sewer or a clean source, it can quickly breed bacteria that is dangerous. While this can worsen water damage by the hour, it can also increase the risk of mold and mildew growth. What’s even worse is that mosquitoes and other pests are naturally attracted to standing water, which can mean an unexpected infestation quickly developing in your home. There are many reasons that can cause an excess of water in the walls and on the floors of your home.

What are the Dangers of Stagnant Water

  • Standing sewer water can expose your family to bacteria and parasites that negatively impact your health
  • Clean standing water can attract pests and insects that carry diseases
  • All standing water can result in mold growth within 24-48 hours
  • Standing water can continue to cause damage to floors, walls, ceiling, and furniture as it’s left to soak into all nearby materials

There are many health risks associated with stagnant water, which is why our team at Action 1 Restoration urges homeowners to handle this situation immediately. When water sits for long periods of time, it will become increasingly hazardous. This can be dangerous for every member of your family, including pets and children. Even if the water came from a clean source, it’s crucial to act quickly.

How to Remove Stagnant Water

We understand that once you know the dangers of stagnant water, you can feel an urgency to get rid of it as soon as possible. Fortunately, there are many ways to get started. Our team at Action 1 Restoration has shared some of our top tips below to help you tackle standing water quickly and with the best results possible.

Get the Water Out

After you’ve found and eliminated the source of water, it’s important to begin hauling the water outside. This can be done in many ways, depending on how much water you have. In most situations, buckets, towels, and a wet/dry vacuum are excellent tools to have in your arsenal.

Tip: If you’re dealing with water coming from the sewer or any other contaminated sources, we recommend contacting a professional. This will ensure the right steps are taken to keep your family and home safe. Working with contaminated water on your own can put you at risk of illness.

Dry It Quickly

It’s important to dry out the space as quickly as possible once the excess standing water has been removed. This will help prevent the growth of mold and it can minimize the risk of an insect infestation. To do this, you should start by bringing in a couple of industrial fans to the room and pointing them toward the areas that have the most moisture. Use as many fans as is possible to speed up the drying process.

A dehumidifier is another essential tool for drying out a room that has been impacted by water damage. This will draw moisture out of the air so the space dries more quickly than it would with fans alone. If you are dealing with a large area, you may need an industrial machine to get this done.

Tip: Do a full inspection of your home to make sure you’ve found all areas that have standing water in them. This should include the attic, the basement, and any rooms that may have been impacted by the flood. By being thorough, you’ll avoid missing areas that are damaged and may be potentially hazardous due to excess water.

Get Damaged Materials Out

Once the room is dry to the touch, it’s important to remove the materials that are damaged and beyond saving. This includes insulation, which can easily hold water for long periods of time and be difficult to dry completely. By getting these materials out, you’ll have confidence that all moisture has been eliminated and there is no more standing water within your space.

Restoring Your Home After a Flood

Although getting the stagnant water out of your home is a huge accomplishment, this is not the last step in recovering from water damage. After thoroughly drying and removing the damaged materials, you’ll need to take care to replace what has been removed to ensure your home is structurally safe and well insulated. This is likely to require construction, especially if you had major damage that impacted the structure of your home or any wiring/pipes. When this is the case, always hire a contractor to help you.

Important Facts About Stagnant Water

  • Excess water can be dangerous for small children and pets, which is why it’s recommended to vacate them from the house before you get started working.
  • Mosquitoes and other insects can carry life-threatening diseases, such as malaria, dengue, and West Nile virus.
  • Once mold grows, it can cause respiratory issues for anyone who is living inside of the home. This is why we strongly recommend living elsewhere until your home is fully restored.
  • If standing water is located near electrical outlets or wiring, do not step in it. Always contact a professional to avoid the risk of electrocution or shock.
  • Stagnant water that’s the result of a broken sewer line should always be handled by a professional who is equipped with the proper cleanup equipment.

Expert Service When You Need Help

If you need help dealing with stagnant water, then our team at Action 1 Restoration recommends working with a trained team of professionals. Our restoration technicians, in particular, are trained to deal with all types of flooding and varying degrees of standing water damage. They will help make sure you are safe, and your home is recovered properly from start to finish.


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How to Thaw Frozen Pipes: Burst Pipe Prevention Steps

If Your Pipes Are Frozen, Follow These Steps to Thaw Them Out

It’s estimated that over 250,000 homes will experience water damage from frozen and burst pipes each year. These contribute to the nearly 2.5 billion dollars that the insurance industry pays out yearly on water damage and mold costs. With so much time and money spent surrounding this issue, many homeowners wonder what they can do to prevent this from happening in their own homes. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to care for and properly thaw your pipes in order to minimize the risk of them bursting.

Even if you’ve gone through many winters without any issues with your pipes, this doesn’t mean you’ll be problem-free this year. You never know when a problem can occur, and for many homeowners, this means a surprise flood when they least expect it. At Action 1 Restoration, we want to help homeowners minimize their home’s risk of flooding. We encourage you to read the information below to learn how to prevent burst pipes, thaw frozen pipes, and restore your home if water damage does occur.

Behind the Scenes: How Pipes Freeze and Burst

In most homes, water can run freely through pipes as long as the weather does not reach below 20 degrees. Unfortunately, in climates where the weather reaches below freezing, this can result in the water inside pipes freezing overnight when residents aren’t using their plumbing. This is especially true for pipes that are located in areas of the home that are not heated or fully insulated, including the garage and unfinished basements.

Once pipes are frozen, the water inside will naturally expand. Unfortunately, this often causes the pipes to burst, as they aren’t able to handle the change in pressure. This can result in flooding, which will worsen as the pipes begin to warm up and thaw during the day. In situations where the pipes don’t completely freeze, residents may find that their water is slow to move through the pipes. This is the result of ice pieces inside of the pipes that can be slow to melt.

Risk Factors for Frozen Pipes

It’s important to recognize the signs of your home being at a greater risk of frozen pipes. By doing so, you may be able to prevent this from happening. Some red flags to look for in your home include:

  • You live in a very cold climate with temperatures that reach below freezing.
  • You live in an older home that doesn’t have pipes that are well insulated.
  • You live in a cold area and several areas of your home are unheated.
  • You have outdoor pipes and live in an area that reaches freezing temperatures.
  • You have seen chunks of ice in your water when it’s especially cold outside.

If any of the above are familiar, then it’s important to be proactive in the care of your home. Fortunately, knowing that your property is at an increased water damage risk of frozen and burst pipes puts you in a better position to avoid potential future damage. The key lies in knowing which preventative measures to take. Some solutions our company recommends can be found below.

Tips for Preventing Frozen Pipes

Keep Your Home Warm

Although many people turn down the thermostat at night, this can be detrimental to the pipes in an older home. Instead, it’s recommended to keep your thermostat the same both day and night. This will help keep pipes warm, even when it’s extremely cold outside.

Keep Cold Air Out

If you have a garage, then it’s important to keep the door closed to prevent the cold outside air from coming in. If you must open it, make sure it’s not left open for more than a few minutes before you close it again. Since this room is generally not insulated, keeping the cold air out can help keep pipes from freezing.

Let Your Faucet Drip

Turn on one of the faucets that’s connected to an exposed outdoor pipe. Allowing it to drip even just a little bit will help minimize the risk of freezing when temperatures are low.

Open Your Cabinets

Open up the cabinets inside of your kitchen and bathrooms. This will give the pipes a better chance of staying warm so that they don’t freeze.

Don’t Turn off the Heat

If you plan on leaving for a vacation or the holidays, don’t turn the heat off. Instead, leave your thermostat set at around 60 degrees. Although this may mean your energy bills won’t be as low, it’s worth it to avoid the potential expenses that are associated with water damage from burst pipes.

Seal Windows

Sealing your windows with plastic will help keep the outside air from coming in through any cracks or edges. Ultimately, this can help keep your home much warmer, which can lead to warmer pipes that don’t freeze. If you don’t want to seal your windows, then it’s recommended to replace the weather stripping around them for added protection.

Add Insulation

If you’re looking for a long-term way to minimize the risk of frozen and burst pipes, then insulate your pipes before it’s cold out. This will be beneficial for the colder months but can also be useful throughout the rest of the year. That’s because insulated pipes lose less heat, which means lower energy bills and better efficiency.
To insulate your pipes, all you need to do is choose the type of foam insulation that works the best. You can install this yourself pretty easily, although many homeowners hire contractors so that they don’t have to climb ladders or crawl into small spaces.

Seal Pipes Prone to Freezing

Find the pipes that are most prone to freezing around your home. Once you’ve identified these, wrap small sections of them with heating tape. This is easy to find at most home improvement stores and works like a charm for preventing pipes from freezing when temperatures are low. It’s recommended to use automatic heating tape that will sense when it needs to be turned on. If you use manual heating tape, you will have to turn it on and off based on when you think the pipes might freeze.

Steps to Thaw Frozen Pipes

If you find that your water isn’t freely coming out of the faucet or your toilets aren’t refilling after flushing, this likely means that your pipes are frozen. When this happens, it’s important to act fast to reduce the risk of those pipes bursting and causing thousands of dollars in water damage. You’ll want to follow the steps below as soon as possible.

Step 1. Turn Off Water

Find the main water line to your home and turn it off immediately. While this won’t stop the pipes from bursting, it can help minimize water flow if they do break. This will also help prevent water from quickly rushing through pipes once the water does thaw and it’s able to flow once again.

Step 2. Open the Pipe

To relieve any pressure that may have built up, turn both the hot and cold handles on your faucet so that they are open. Doing so will also ensure the water pressure isn’t able to build up once the pipes have thawed out.

Step 3. Thaw Your Way

There are many different ways you can thaw out your frozen pipes. Choose which works best for you based on what you have available and are comfortable with using. Some of the best options for pipes that are exposed include:

  • Hot Towels: Wrap hot towels around pipes until they are thawed. This will require you to continuously rinse your towels with additional hot water, so it may be a slower option.
  • Electrical Heating Tape: This can prevent frozen pipes, but it can also help thaw pipes that have already frozen over. To use this, simply apply the tape onto the pipe and turn it on until it is thawed out. This is a great solution since you can leave it on to prevent freezing in the future.
  • Hairdryer: Grab your hairdryer and direct the hot air at the pipe, beginning with the area that’s closest to the faucet. When using this solution, exercise caution to ensure the unit doesn’t come into contact with water.

If you’re dealing with a pipe that is inside of the wall, you’re not out of luck. There are many solutions that can help speed up the thawing process. Some of the best options include:

  • Heat Lamp: Point a heating lamp at the wall where the blockage is located. Allow this to blow air until you see that the pipe has started to thaw. With this solution, use caution to keep the lamp moving and prevent it from coming in contact with water.
  • Increase the Heat: Turn your thermostat up to help make your home several degrees warmer. In many situations, this will thaw pipes without any extra work on your part.
  • Call a Plumber: If you need help with thawing enclosed pipes, contact a plumber for help. They will use their experience, training, and tools to help clear the blockage safely.

What if Your Pipe Bursts?

After turning off the main water line in your home, it’s important to get the water out as soon as possible. From there, you’ll want to dry the moisture and remove any materials that were damaged beyond repair. While this may be something you can do yourself, don’t take on the project if it’s too stressful. At Action 1 Restoration, we highly recommend calling a restoration technician if you need help. Professionals like ours can take care of the cleanup and make sure your home is restored the right way from start to finish.



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Why Sewers Backup: Common Causes, Prevention and What to Do

What Causes a Sewer to Backup and What You Can Do?

Each year, thousands of homeowners find themselves dealing with water damage caused by a sewer backup when they least expect it. Unfortunately, because of the nature of the flooding, the cleanup for this can be particularly difficult. While it’s certainly a situation that can be taken care of by trained professionals, it’s still important for homeowners to prepare themselves for the unexpected. Below, Action 1 Restoration has shared some information that can help you understand more about dealing with and avoiding this type of disaster.

When a sewer backup happens, the wastewater that is used in your washing machine, toilet, showers, and sinks will push back into your home rather than going down the pipes as normal. Unfortunately, this means dangerous wastewater causing damage to your home when you least expect it. By understanding more about the most common causes of this type of disaster, you may be able to potentially prevent it from happening in your own home. This can pay off by making your home safer and teaching you tips for keeping your pipes healthy and running efficiently.

1. Tree Roots

Although trees are beautiful and add privacy around the outside of your home, they can become dangerous when their roots grow into your sewer lines over time. This can cause a multitude of problems, including a sewer line backup right into your home. The only way to remedy this is by calling a professional to cut the roots away and then repair the sewer lines where they were damaged.

If you have trees close to your home, have a plumber take a look at your sewer lines to see if they are in good shape. By being proactive, you may be able to catch a problem with tree roots before they begin causing real damage. Although this may mean taking trees out of your yard, it can be worth it for the safety of your pipes.

2. Sewer Line Clogs

In most homes, clogged sewer lines are the main culprits behind sewer backups. Unfortunately, these can happen easily when residents’ flush things that cannot break down in pipes or put fats, oils, and food waste into the sink on a daily basis. When combined with hair and other debris that can naturally fall into the pipes, it’s easy to see how a major clog can happen over time. The best way to prevent this is by being careful with what you put down your drains. This means never putting grease in the sink, disposing of coffee grounds in the garbage, keeping hair out of the bathtub drain, and not flushing things that won’t break down in the sewer.

At Action 1 Restoration, we recommend having a plumber clean out your pipes once per year to keep them running efficiently. As a bonus, this can also get rid of any clogs that might be present so they don’t become bigger problems down the road.

3. Broken or Clogged Pipes

Even when pipes are made of durable materials, they can deteriorate over time. This is why older homes are at a higher risk of pipes breaking down and eventually collapsing. Even a small crack can cause problems and lead to a sewer backup. The only way to minimize this risk is by having your pipes replaced if you live in an older home. While this can be a costly upgrade, it’s worth it to avoid the potential damage a sewer backup can cause.

4. City Main Issues

Your city’s main sanitary line could have a blockage that slowly pushes sewage back into homes and businesses in the area. The only silver lining to this problem is that it won’t happen quickly, which means you’ll likely have time to report the problem before it gets worse.

5. Problematic Sewer Line Setup

Downspouts and gutters should not be connected to sanitary sewer lines, as this can push too much water into the pipes and lead to a backup when bad weather arises. If this is how your home is currently set up, it’s recommended to speak with a professional about having outside water lines redirected away from your sewer line.

  • Dangers of Sewer Backup:
  • Water damage to your floors, walls, furniture, ceiling, and more
  • Exposure to dangerous bacteria, including Salmonella, Various Coli, and Helicobacter Pylori
  • Risk of electrical fire when water reaches outlets
  • Mold growth due to moisture in the structure

What to do if Disaster Strikes

By being proactive with care for your home and its sewer lines, you may be able to prevent sewer backup from happening. However, it’s important to note that this disaster can still happen even with regular care. If it does, it’s important to act fast and have the damage cleaned up by an experienced restoration professional. While you may want to try to deal with this on your own, this can put you in danger of illness and leave your home in danger of increased damaged.

At Action 1 Restoration, we understand that a sewer backup is the last thing you want to deal with as a homeowner. However, it’s crucial to act quickly as soon as you notice a problem. While a plumber may be able to help initially, any damage that occurs should be cleaned up by an experienced restoration technician. This will ensure your home is recovered and cleaned properly so it’s safe to live in once the mess is cleaned up.



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How to Kill Mold: Vinegar or Bleach and Prevention Tips

Which is More Effective, Vinegar or Bleach to Kill Mold?

At Action 1 Restoration, our company is committed to helping homeowners recover from flooding in their homes. While many of these properties have straight-forward cleanups, others require more care because mold is present. In situations like these, it’s crucial to kill the mold in addition to taking the normal steps that are required for successful restoration. While this means more time and work, it’s essential for creating a safer home that doesn’t put homeowners and their families at risk for mold-related illnesses.

Is Your Home at Risk for Mold?

FEMA estimates that mold will appear inside of a home that has been damaged by water within 24-48 hours. This is why homeowners must act fast and have their homes dried as soon as possible. However, we know this isn’t always possible for homeowners who are dealing with inclement weather or surprise leaks. In these situations, it’s likely that mold will already be present and potentially growing in several different parts of the home.

If you’ve had water that has been in your home for more than a few days, mold has likely started growing. It’s easy to identify this by looking for fuzzy black or brown dots on your floors, walls, or even furniture. However, mold can also be hidden underneath floorboards, behind walls, and on top of the ceiling, making it difficult to spot. This is why mold removal is crucial if you’ve recently had any degree of water damage in your home.

Where Can Mold Grow?

Mold thrives in environments that are humid, warm, and wet. These are the qualities that make a recently flooded home, which is filled with standing water, the perfect grounds for mold growth. Unfortunately, this is also why mold can grow just about anywhere in your home that water has touched. This includes basements, attics, and other hidden and difficult-to-reach spaces. Mold can even grow on the foundation of your home if water has flooded outside and seeped into the ground around the base of your house.

Why is Mold Dangerous?

When mold grows inside of a home with water damage, it will destroy drywall, wood, and any other materials that it’s growing on. If it’s not taken care of, mold will continue to destroy these materials and eventually weaken the structure of a home. Making mold even more dangerous is the fact that it can negatively impact the health of your family by causing mold asthma and other allergic reactions. Breathing in the spores of mold will continue to worsen your health over time, which is why we never recommend living in a home with active mold growth.

Bleach vs Vinegar to Kill Mold

When it comes to killing mold, vinegar and bleach are some of the most common solutions that are used. With both being easy to find, homeowners can quickly buy them to tackle the mold in their homes as soon as possible. While some individuals prefer using one over the other, most just want to use the solution that works the best. While both can have a place in a clean home, when it comes to killing mold we recommend using vinegar.

What’s unique about vinegar in relation to mold removal is the fact that it can kill mold at the base by penetrating through porous materials. This is different from bleach, which will only kill surface mold and will not penetrate through the materials that have been affected. This means vinegar will ultimately kill the growth at the root, which is crucial for fully eliminating mold. If you only clean the surface, then the mold will eventually return in days or weeks and you’ll be right back where you started.

According to the EPA, bleach should not be used during mold cleanup because mold spores will remain in the pores of the impacted material. They also urge homeowners to practice safe cleanup practices by not mixing bleach with other cleaning solutions, including those that contain ammonia, because these can produce fumes that are dangerous and toxic. Instead, use vinegar that will penetrate deep into the materials and get rid of mold in the most effective manner possible.


Steps to Clean Up Mold in a Water Damaged Home

Step 1. Get the Excess Water Out

You can’t effectively remove mold without first removing standing water and moisture from your home. To do so, haul out the excess water with buckets or a wet/dry vacuum. Although this won’t get rid of the mold, it will eliminate the breeding grounds that allow it to thrive. At Action 1 Restoration, we know this can be difficult and stressful if this is your first experience with flooding. For this reason, we recommend reaching out to a professional if you need help.

Step 2. Remove the Moisture

The next step in resolving mold growth in your home is to dry out the area that still has moisture. To do this, you’ll need large industrial fans that will maximize the amount of air that is circulated in the room. These will blast more air directly onto the affected materials, which can dry them out in a more time-effective manner. In most situations, you’ll need more than one industrial fan to accomplish this. If you don’t have these, it may be beneficial to hire a restoration team that will come to the job with all the tools that are required to get the job done.

Step 3. Remove Materials

Any materials that are too damaged to be saved should be promptly removed once the home is completely dry. It’s important to replace these as soon as possible to protect the structural integrity of the home. If any of these materials have mold on them, dispose of them in a heavy-duty trash bag.

Step 4. Clean the Mold

The first step to cleaning mold from your home is to put on protective gear to stay safe. This should include gloves and a mask, although our team at Action 1 Restoration highly recommends plastic suits to avoid getting mold on your clothing as well. Once you’re prepared, you’ll need to pour white vinegar into a spray bottle, without diluting it like you would for traditional household cleaning. When it comes to removing mold, you always want to use vinegar undiluted to ensure it is as effective as possible.

Next, spray vinegar onto the areas of the home that have experienced mold growth. Although it may be tempting to scrub them down with a sponge, we recommend letting the vinegar sit for at least an hour so it’s able to penetrate deep into the material and tackle the mold at the base. Once an hour has passed, grab a small bucket and combine 4 cups of water with 2 teaspoons of baking soda. Mix well and pour into a separate spray bottle.

Spray the baking soda mixture onto the areas with mold and scrub with a stiff sponge or any other type of scrubbing brush. Make sure you have protective gear on at this point, including a breathing mask and gloves to avoid direct contact. Once you’ve successfully scrubbed all materials with mold on them, you’ll need to rinse them with warm water and pat dry with a towel. To finish the cleaning process, spray the area once again with the vinegar mixture and let it sit until completely dry.

Restoring Your Home After Mold

Mold removal can add to the time it takes to restore your home after water damage. However, it’s crucial in eliminating the dangers that mold can present. Our team at Action 1 Restoration strongly recommends hiring a professional if you’re not sure that all the mold has been removed. A restoration technician can do a full inspection of your home and may potentially find moisture or mold that was missed. This kind of inspection can give you peace of mind, knowing that you can move on and finish the restoration with a safe space.

The silver lining in restoration is that once mold removal is done, the process of making your house whole again is relatively simple. Once damaged materials have been replaced and walls have been painted, you can begin putting things back together again. While this may mean also replacing furniture and other things that were destroyed by water and mold, it will be worth it when you once again have a healthy home to live in.

Preventing Mold in the Future

At Action 1 Restoration, we want to help our clients avoid mold growth in their homes. While this can be difficult if you’ve had a flood, the tips below can help.

  • Remove standing water and moisture as quickly as possible after a flood
  • Waterproof your basement
  • Clean gutters and make sure water is directed away from your home after it rains
  • Always use vinegar to clean up large water spills once they’re dried
  • Maintain your roof and plumbing to avoid leaks

If you need help with mold removal or water damage restoration, our team at Action 1 Restoration is here to help. With years of experience and industry-leading restoration techniques, we can help restore your home so it’s stronger than ever.


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Ceiling Damage from a Leak? Follow These 5 Steps

Follow These Steps to Help With Repairing Your Ceiling From a Water Leak

At Action 1 Restoration, we see many types of water damage in the homes that we’re called to service. One of the areas that we see impacted the most frequently is the ceiling. While dripping water is an easy way to see there’s a problem, water damage can also be identified by brown spots on the ceiling, blistering paint, and sagging drywall. If you’ve noticed any of these issues caused by a leak in your home, it’s important to address the problem as soon as possible. We recommend following the steps below to minimize the damage you experience.

Step 1. Determine the Cause of the Leak

Identifying where the leak is coming from is one of the most important parts of handling this type of situation. However, that can be easier said than done. If you’re not sure whether the leak is the result if a failed roofing system or a broken pipe, you may not even know how to get started. To help you identify the root cause of the leak, take a look at the signs below.

Signs of a Failed Roof Causing a Ceiling Leak

– The leak occurs after it rains
– Soggy or wet drywall is present in the attic
– The water is coming from an attic (there’s no piping above it)
– Discolored water (this is common with water falling from the roof)

Signs of a Broken Pipe Causing a Ceiling Leak

– Steady dripping that continues day and night
– Continued leak no matter the outside weather
– No moisture or dripping coming from the attic

2. Address the Cause of the Leak

No matter what the cause of the leak is, it’s important to address it as soon as possible. Waiting will only result in worsening damage as additional moisture seeps into the drywall. This can increase the amount of damage you have to restore, whether it’s in the ceiling or on the floors where the water has dripped. Since FEMA estimates the growth of mold can occur just 24 hours after initial exposure, this also means your risk of mold growth will increase every hour.

Water Damage Caused by Bad Weather

If your ceiling water damage is the result of inclement weather such as a rainstorm, you won’t be able to do much until the storm is over. However, if you do have access to your attic, it’s a good idea to place a bucket underneath the leak in your ceiling to prevent it from getting into the drywall or the ceiling of the floor below. While your roof will still be damaged, this can help minimize excess damage by preventing additional moisture from going into the ceiling.

Once the storm is over, it’s important to repair the opening that allowed the water to enter your home in the first place. This may require the help of a roofer, especially if you’re not able to see the damaged area for yourself. We always recommend hiring a contractor if you’re not comfortable climbing on your roof or just need advice making sure the repairs are done the right way.

Water Damage Caused by a Bad Pipe

If your ceiling has been damaged because of a broken pipe, then we highly recommend turning off the main water line in your home as soon as possible. While the leak may continue to drip for a short amount of time afterward, the water should eventually dissipate as the pipes are cleared. Once this has happened, it’s a good idea to have a plumber take a look at the problem. While some homeowners can do repairs on their own, finding the source of the leak and doing repairs can be difficult without the right tools and experience.

At Action 1 Restoration, we know the relief you can feel once the source of water has been identified and repaired. While this is an important part of the journey to recovery for your home, it’s not the last one. It’s important to continue with the steps below in order to ensure your home is restored properly and is safe to live in.

3. Get the Damaged Materials Out

Allowing drywall to sit until it dries can cause mold, mildew, and discoloration. This can also result in the moisture seeping into other areas of the ceiling, which will cause more damage than what you started with. It’s also important to note that the materials inside of your ceiling can take weeks or even months to fully dry. This can mean it will take a long time to see the full extent of the damage if you wait.

To avoid running into problems associated with allowing drywall to naturally dry, we recommend tackling the damage right away. This should begin with carefully cutting out the drywall that has been damaged by the water. It’s best to use a sharp tool that will precisely cut the section you want to remove so that you don’t run the risk of making the damaged area larger. It’s also important to be careful while cutting to ensure that you avoid hitting any wiring that might be located above the ceiling.

4. Dry Out the Wall Interior

Removing the damaged drywall will uncover the moisture that remains inside of the wall. We understand that it can be disheartening to see this, especially if you’ve never dealt with water damage before. However, by moving forward with industrial fans, you can work to quickly dry this moisture and get your structure back in good condition once again. If the area is small, one fan should be enough for adequate drying. However, if you have a large space to address, then you’ll want to add one or two more industrial fans to the mix.

No matter how many fans you end up using, make sure they are pointed directly at the damaged area on your ceiling. We also strongly encourage the use of a dehumidifier in the room to help get additional moisture out of the space as rapidly as possible. Leave these on for several days, periodically checking to make sure the area inside of the ceiling is continuously drying.

5. Assess Damage and Replace Materials

Waiting for the structure to dry is perhaps one of the most difficult parts of fixing a ceiling leak. Unfortunately, there’s nothing you can do until the structure is fully dry and there is no more moisture left behind. However, once this happens, you can get to work assessing the damage that has occurred. Use a flashlight to look around and identify any materials inside the ceiling that are warped and structurally unsafe. This should include any materials that have mold or mildew growth present, including softwood and insulation.

Once you have a full view of the damage, it will take time to remove the materials that cannot be saved. If you’re not comfortable doing this yourself, don’t hesitate to hire a contractor for help. However, if you are confident in your abilities, you can get started with the careful removal of damaged materials. Once finished, it will be crucial to replace anything that was removed, which may also necessitate help from a professional.

When the inside of the ceiling has been recovered to its original state, you’ll need to replace the drywall that makes up your ceiling. Once it’s set in place and secure, it can be painted to match the color of the rest of the ceiling.

Do You Need Fast and Immediate Home Restoration Services?

Many homeowners rely on help from trained and experienced restoration technicians when ceiling damage from a leak occurs. If you’re not comfortable dealing with this on your own, never hesitate to hire a professional to help you. Someone who is trained to do this type of work, such as our team at Action 1 Restoration, will be able to make sure the restoration is done the right way. We even have a full inventory of tools, such as industrial fans and dehumidifiers, that we bring with us, so you don’t have to invest in appliances you’re unlikely to use again.

While drying is an important part of the service that a restoration technician offers, it doesn’t stop there. A huge part of our job is to protect the structural integrity of your home. This is why we replace materials that have been damaged and must be removed. This includes the drywall that had to be initially cut out, which can be difficult to re-install if you don’t have the right experience or tools. Once this has been painted, it will look just like it did before the damage ever occurred.

Recovering from Ceiling Water Damage

Water damage on your ceiling has the potential to leave your home weak and unsafe. This is why it’s crucial to quickly address the leak as soon as you notice it. While many tasks you can do on your own, our team at Action 1 Restoration strongly encourages you to hire a professional if you don’t feel comfortable taking on the job. Restoration technicians in particular, will be there to help you throughout your journey in making your home whole again.



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Action 1 Restoration is Expanding Quickly to Provide Emergency Mitigation Services

Action 1 Restoration, due to an increased need for water damage mitigation and restoration, is pleased to announce that they are expanding across the country into new states and cities. Due to this expansion, they are also looking for new local remodeling company partners to help them provide the same high quality water damage restoration services they have come to be known for at their other locations.

The company has a strong focus on helping their clients return to their normal lives as quickly as possible by dealing with whatever damage their home or business may have sustained. They focus on minimizing the effect of the loss as much as possible through their 24 hour emergency water and flood damage restoration services, available all across the country. Water can seriously damage a home if left unattended or if not properly removed and dried, making it very important for residents to get the help of a professional when dealing with water damage.

Action 1 Restoration Water Damage

“If you are experiencing water damage caused from appliance malfunctions, frozen pipes, broken pipes, failure of a sump pump, foundation leaks, heavy rains, or a power failure, call Action 1 Restoration today,” says the company. “Our experienced team of professionals are available to respond to any emergency, big or small, at any time of the day or night. We aim to minimize your damages in the fastest way possible. All our technicians are highly qualified and trained in handling areas such as flooded basements, building materials, carpeting, hardwood floors, ceilings, or drywall. We specialize in professional restorations and can assist you in minimizing water damage. We can prevent the spread of mold growth, odors, and airborne bacteria. Find one of our locations near you for fast water or flood damage repair services.”

Since they work with some of the best local contractors in the country, Action 1 Restoration can provide fast and emergency response services to help restore their customers’ homes or businesses. By arriving at their client’s property promptly, Action 1 Restoration ensures that no further damage occurs and all potential threats are eliminated. This also lowers the cost of water removal, dry out, and repairs.

Water and flood damage to one’s home or business is always unexpected, and can be disastrous if one does not have the right contacts on hand to deal with it. The Action 1 Restoration team and their contractors are always available to help their clients through such disasters. “In some areas, our team of experts provide us a 30 min response time after the initial phone call. Rest assured we have you covered, day or night, we’ll be there,” says the company.

In order to do the job correctly, experience is important—and the specialists at Action 1 Restoration have plenty of it. The company is equipped with a deep understanding of the importance of emergency services and fast response times. Using state of the art equipment, Action 1 Restoration strives to help clients extract water and dry out their home or business. They also have access to the most modern specialist tools to help test the moisture in the air to help prevent the growth of mold.

Action 1 Restoration offers free estimates on water damage repairs and restoration. Any type of water damage problem can be potentially costly and stressful, so Action 1 Restoration is always available to help in any way they can. Those looking for a professional to help them deal with damage caused by water are encouraged to contact Action 1 Restoration for a free estimate today.

“If your home is under the threat of water damage from either leaks or flooding, our teams have the necessary expertise to mitigate, or even prevent, any related issues,” says Action 1 Restoration. “We aim to assist you in the preservation of your home, and provide innovative and effective techniques in restoration if necessary. We have the skills and the equipment to handle challenging situations regarding water damage. In addition, you can call us 24 hours a day for a speedy response to your water damage emergency. Our repair services include drying, disinfecting, and deodorizing your damaged and flooded areas.”

Interested parties may contact Eduardo Sapp of Act 1 Restoration to make further inquiries. More information can also be found online at the following link: Action 1 Restoration company info.

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Action 1 Now Offers Emergency Services In Birmingham

Action 1 Restoration of Alabama has proudly announced the inauguration of a new office in Birmingham, where they will now offer some of their most notable and sought after services, such as Water Damage Restoration. The restoration specialists have been serving communities across the state of Alabama for several years, offering a wide range of restoration services. Over the course of their history, they have earned a reputation for being one of the best restoration companies in Alabama.

With the opening of this new office in Birmingham, the company promises to bring several benefits to the residents of the community, including faster response times and a broader coverage of the area. Action 1 Restoration also partnered with certain local contractors to ensure these goals are met. Additionally, these services will be available on a 24 hour basis, ensuring that their services are as reliable as possible regardless of the time or severity of the situation.


Eduardo Sapp, a representative of Action 1 Restoration, shares that, “We had been looking forward to the inauguration of this office for a while. We wanted to address some of the biggest challenges that Birmingham residents were facing with regard to the services provided by other restoration companies in the area. They were mostly displeased with the response time of these companies, especially during emergencies, so we sought to amend this ourselves through partnerships with contractors who would enable us to provide the fastest response times.”

As noted by the company, a prompt response during floods and other emergencies is crucial to ensure the integrity of a client’s property. Even a slight delay can turn what would have been a simple restoration project into a long and complicated process. If the heavy humidity that accompanies such situations were to go unchecked for long periods of time, mold would begin to sprout around the affected area, causing a severe health risk to the house’s residents. In most cases, the company states that they can ensure a response time within 30 minutes, though this depends on their customer’s location.

Aside from their commitment to attend to their clients’ emergencies, another remarkable trait that Action 1 Restoration of Birmingham possesses is the experience of their team. The team for this new office consists of some of the most experienced individuals from their other locations. They expect to fulfill their customers’ expectations with top marks, offering the expertise and commitment that distinguishes the company from their peers.

By relying on their team of experts, Action 1 Restoration of Birmingham declares that they can immediately address each type of water damage, leakage, or flooding that takes place in a client’s house. Sapp notes, “Our team members are certified professionals who are specialists in the field of water removal and restoration. They have undergone extensive training in water removal and extraction, including process monitoring and documentation. You can’t go wrong with professionals as qualified as us, and we ensure that we can solve any emergency, regardless of the situation.”

The local restoration specialists complement the expertise of their team with high-end equipment that allows them to guarantee the best results. Their technicians make use of cutting-edge equipment to make each restoration project as quick and uncomplicated as possible. They can efficiently remove hundreds of gallons of water, preventing further damage to their customer’s property. Another set of tools is used to remove the humidity from the area, preventing other issues in the future.

The excellence of the company’s services is attested by the positive comments that their customers share online. Action 1 Restoration of Alabama, for instance, boasts a perfect review score of 5/5 Stars on the Google review platform. Through this space, Faith Spratling shares his experience with the company, saying, “Mike and his crew were very professional, and communicated daily about the services and work we needed to get the house back in order. I recommend him to anyone who has trust issues with contractors. He was honest and made us feel comfortable with what he was hired to do.”

The company’s website includes further information on the services provided by Action 1 Restoration Alabama. Furthermore, the company encourages all interested parties to reach out to Eduardo Sapp to follow up on any inquiries.

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When to Hire A Restoration Company

Action 1 Restoration Water Damage Infographic

1 in 4 Homes Will Experience Property Damage Due to Water

Water damage is a problem that you do not want to experience. A burst pipe is an emergency that you simply cannot address with temporary remedies. Your best solution is to contact a water damage company and plumber immediately. Choose a reliable company that can bring in all the expertise needed to restore your home or business back to its original condition.

There are many reasons why a home or business may suffer from water or flood damage. Here are some of the most common:

  • Burst Pipe
  • Flood
  • Storm
  • Fire
  • Roof Leaks
  • AC Unit Leaking
  • Appliance Malfunction
  • Water Left Turned On


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