The Dangers of Mold in the Home

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The Dangers of Mold in the Home

Mold HomeMold is the common name given to a certain class of fungi that grow on anything from trees forests to homes. It thrives in warm, dark, and damp places. Therefore, the walls of your home can be a perfect home for mold if liquid has gotten inside. Mold reproduces by ejecting spores out into the air. When these spores come into contact with a suitably damp environment, they grow into mold and repeat the process. The spores also go out into the air and can even grow within air conditioning vents. A person will then breathe the spores into his or her lungs. The lungs provide the spore with the perfect environment in[..]Read More

Lightning Safety Tips

Lightning safetyThose who live in Central Florida know that is the lightning capital of the United States. With potential thunderstorms every day during the rainy season, it is no wonder that Floridians must take extra precautions to protect themselves, their families, and their property. Safety begins with education and by following these tips, you can sharply reduce the risk of harm to you and your loved ones during any and all of Florida’s infamous lightning storms.

Protecting Yourself and Your Family Outdoors

First and foremost, it is imperative to know how to react to lightning when outdoors [..]Read More

How to Navigate the Insurance World When Disaster Strikes

Most homeowners never expect to have to submit insurance claims when damages occur to their homes, but unfortunately, accidents do happen. Whether it is damage from a flood, a storm, or a fire, it can be an emotional experience that leaves you feeling alone and frustrated. However, by following these guidelines, you can easily work with your insurance company to submit an insurance restoration in Orlando claim for the damage to your home and get back on your feet.

Meet With Your Representative

Submitting a claim sounds easy, but if you’re not exactly sure what you are doing, it can be a difficult process. When submitting a claim, you should try your best to speak with your insurance representat[..]Read More

Home Maintenance Tips for First-Time Homebuyers

Purchasing your first home can be an exciting experience, but it can also be an incredibly daunting one. It comes with a lot of responsibility and is a potential lifetime investment. This means you should properly be prepared, especially when it comes to performing standard home maintenance. If you recently purchased your first home, follow these guidelines to try to prevent any major home accidents from occurring:

  • Ensure water drains are properly installed and functioning. Water drains that are not properly set up can lead to significant water damage within a short period of time. Drain water away from the foundation of your home and ensure that no obstructions prevent your drains from working correctly.

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Understanding Possible Storm Damage Repairs

Given the weather we experience, Florida can be a crazy place to live. Hurricanes are more of a threat to us than to any other location in the country. Even beyond hurricanes, we still have to deal with a slew of different storms, from the light drizzle of an afternoon shower to the thunderstorm that causes flooding. This wide spectrum of weather is not only inconvenient, but it can also cause real damage to your home or business. Understanding the different possibilities can help you find solutions.

Whether you have experienced storm damage in Orlando in the past or you just want to be prepared for the future, take a look at this list to help increase your awareness about the various types of storm damage[..]Read More

How Regular Inspections Can Help You Avoid Water Damage

Serious water damage is a homeowner’s biggest fears. For people who live in apartments and condos, there could be legal issues involved as well--after all, if your floor suffers significant water damage, your neighbor’s ceiling may also have been destroyed. However, water damage in Orlando is often completely avoidable with regular inspections.

Don’t live in fear of coming home to a house that has been flooded, leaving you with thousands of dollars of damage. Keep an eye on all of your home’s appliances that use water and make sure they’re inspected regularly to avoid water damage in Orlando. Here are a few that should be inspected regularly:

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Common Causes of Water Damage

5Water damage in Orlando can happen to any homeowner or business owner. When it does, it can be devastating. Not only does the water cause destruction to your property, but the cleanup can also be very dangerous and extensive. Prevention is the most effective way to minimize water damage. Let FLA-CAT give you some ideas on how to prevent the three most common types of water damage.

Leaks

Water damage most commonly occurs because of leaky plumbing. Water damag[..]Read More

Do You Have a Hidden Fire Hazard?

Where there is smoke, there is fire. That old saying does not always hold true. Quite often, there are hidden fire dangers that remain unseen, even when there is no smoke. By the time the smoke becomes evident to you, the fire may have developed beyond a manageable state.

Electricity: Friend and Foe

In most homes or businesses, electricity is at the root of accidental fires. Appliances plugged into the wall outlet are the most obvious danger, but a more subtle cause is electrical wiring. Your home or office has hundreds of feet of electrical wiring, all hidden behind walls. Although, today’s construction standards require electrical wiring have sheathing--usually plastic--it does not take much to pierce that thin plastic shield.Read More

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