Bathroom Water Damage Restoration - Water Damage Restoration Questions
1.00 Do I have to replace grout that's falling out around the tub? the bathroom floor?

Q. The house is old, but the bathroom is only 18 months old (reno). The tile has never been quite right, but I am now finding the grout cracking and falling out around the tub (ceramic tiles) and even on the floor (Same - ceramic tiles). The entire thing has concrete under and behind it, but I worry about mould and possible water/structural damage. Any suggestions? Do I absolutely have to take it out and replace it, or even redo the tiling? The installer never used spacers, even when asked about it, so it would be a bear to re-grout, I bet...

A. If the tile is still stuck to the surface, all you got to do is fill in between the spaces, right? Take out the loose stuff that is gonna fall out anyways and regrout according to the directions on the container. Spacers are for to get the same spacing between the tiles. If you have done it for years and years it is not needed as the spacers have to be taken out before the grout is put in the grooves anyways. Water damage will cause the tiles to let go from the wall and you don't wanna do more than you need to. If you follow the regrout directions closely you will see it is a very easy job. Do seal the grout this time so it does not absorb more water and fall apart again.

1.00 Expert help for relationships? would you do it?

Q. Hi, im 21 and in a huge tangled up situation. Ive been with my fiancee for 3.5yrs and engaged for 2. Im currently in my 4th month of pregnancy with our first child. My partner and I have had a pretty complicated relationship for a large portion of the time that we have been together. Troubles on my end started very early on in it- the first time I can recall was for one of our first dinners out together, he came to my house and i wasn't quite ready to leave yet and he got impatient and called the taxi resulting in me being stuck at a hoity toity restaurant wearing my dress and a ridiculous jacket that i just threw on on my way out the door and my makeup only half done. at dinner, he gulped down his entree and main, guzzled the bottle of wine and waited out the front of the restaurant drunk for me to finish my meal (i had to leave my meal as i was completely humiliated). anyway, he and i have been fighting alot lately- I have been off work for 9 months due to a anxiety disorder and have been reliant on centrelink benefits. he has been giving me greif about this since i went off. now that im pregnant he will go out drinking, not come home until the next afternoon, no calls or anything. he stood in the shower the other night whilst i was asleep in bed, realised that the drain was blocked and continued to stand in the shower for 15mins whilst the water ran out all over the bathroom floor and the carpeted area in the hall in front of it then got out, woke me up and said "drains clogged, you must have done something too it, im not cleaning it up". he will spill things on the kitchen floor, i dont see it because of the pattern on the lino- i fall over and he watches me and just yells out "you need to be more care full, you dont want to stress the baby". im moving out next week, and with a baby on the way, i hope im doing the right thing? is it worth seeing a professional to try and save this relationship? im not even sure myself.. 10 points reward!

A. Your fiancee sounds like a manipulative, passive aggressive, fuck head who doesn't care about you or the baby and uses it as a way to humiliate you. Leave that idiot and get with someone who will love you and your child. Don't try to save this relationship as there's nothing to save. You had the unfortunate luck of being with this guy and he's just going to get more and more abusive as the relationship goes on. Leave him before he does some serious damage.

1.00 Would knowledge of previous water damage affect your decision to purchase a condo?

Q. If you also know that the repairs have been completed by a qualified restoration company --- would the knowledge of the previous damage cause you to not want to purchase the home or condo? Would it affect the price you were willing to pay?

A. Not at all, if proper repairs were made and the cause of the leak remedied as well. There is no reduction in value because of a previous damage situation, as long as the unit was restored to the original or better condition during the repair.

1.00 Air Condition Water Leak into Carpet?

Q. I have a question, should i call a restoration company if my air condition leaked water into the carpet? The damage is not major but a few spots that are squishy when stepped on. My husband doesn't think it is that bad and can be dried by our own fans and treated with a fungal spray.

A. I would think you could just clean it up. You need to find out why the A/C is not draining properly. If it's a window unit it may not be sloped properly or the drain may be plugged internally.

1.00 Is my engine seized (200ci ford)?

Q. Ok, my story starts with my 66 mustang with the original 200ci i6 in the engine bay. Any way, I've been restoring it and have now started rebuilding the engine. Since begining the restoration, i have tried to fire the engine once. But, ( i stupidly ) pulled the head and put a new gasket on without checking to see if i took the old head gasket off. Anyway, we tried to fire it up and found it had a bad coil, so i replaced the coil and tried to start the engine again, but this time it wouldn't budge. The starter wont engage and when i tried to turn it over by hand, it wouldn't budge. So i took the head back off and thats when i found two head gaskets on it by my mistake. Also, i found some coolant in the oil ( which i think is caused by the double head gaskets ). This leads me to my questions. 1. Will two head gaskets damage the engine? 2. Is the engine seized, and if so how to fix it?

A. Yup 2 "new" head gaskets, properly problem. But you have coolant (water) probably rusted the rings to the cylinder walls. Take the head off...soak the rings in PB Blaster or Marvem Mystery Oil.... wait a few hours...tap firmly on pistons with rubber mallet...careful,they are aluminum then try turning again. repeat.... dont bust the bolt in the harmonic balancer trying to turn it over. you will have to hone out any rust rings in the cylinders.

1.00 After big fire in my kitchen,how to deal with insurance adjustore?

Q. I had a fire in my kitchen a week ago, the restoration company did lots cleaning but the smoke smill still very bad, I have new carpit upst and hard wood in my leaving room next to the kitchen, lots of water was used to put the fire out, I have refinished hardwood floor, I am meeting the the restoration company and my insurance adjostur this week, I want to know about my rights, what do i need to do to be ready for the meeting? can I demand they pint all the house, can I demand they replace the carpit and hardwood to avoide smoke smell, what is the next step if I dont agree with the adjustore? PLEASE HELP thank you

A. Be straight with the adjustor. It is their job to collect what they see as causitive factors in a fire. If the fire was of a nature that it was not caused by overt negligence, you have no worries. A good fire damage policy on your house is paramount. It spells out coverage, circumstances that are covered. Be straight with them and you normally get what you need. Try too hard to put emphasis on who is to blame and you don't get very far. Listen to what they have to say, but do not take no for an answer. You paid the premiums, you expect the coverage and the repairs to be done to your liking.

1.00 Would knowledge of a previous water damage affect your decision to purchase a condo?

Q. If you also know that the repairs have been completed by a qualified restoration company --- would the knowledge of the previous damage cause you to not want to purchase the home or condo? Would it affect the price you were willing to pay? -Also, would it make a difference if the condo was only 8 months "old" at the time of the water damage?

A. Nope. Fixed is fixed. If I were confident that the repair of the original problem and the restoration of the subsequent damage were done properly, I would have no problem with purchasing the house/condo. Also, I could not legitimately hold a cost penalty against the seller.

1.00 Leather restoration?

Q. Hi all. I have a leather jacket that I've had for several years, and it's faded quite a bit due to water damage. I'd love to be able to keep this coat, but it definitely looks ragged. Is there any way to actually restore the leather to its original color and condition? Also, I have another newer leather coat that I'd like to keep protected. What can I use on it to keep it protected and in good condition? Thanks in advance!

A. Please please do not use shoe polish. It is not meant for garments and could lead to problems. Depending on the type of leather you have you can use either Easy Colour (for a finished leather) or aniline dye (for an absorbent leather) these are professional products that have been thoroughly tested on leather. For you new leather you should use Leather Protect and then La..zy Leather to maintain it. This will keep it clean and in good condition. Products should be water based and not contain oils or waxes or solvents. Do not use baby wipes, oils, waxes or feeds on your leather as these can casue problems in the long run

Bathroom Water Damage Restoration

 Water Damage Restoration - Bathroom Water Damage Restoration The bathroom is one of the areas in the house most susceptible to water damage. It's also the one area where pipe leaks are very difficult to detect because all of the pipes are hidden behind the walls or beneath the grounds. The toilet bowl, the sink, the bath tub, the shower and the plumbing under the floors -- all these can create leaks or other problems that can cause water damage disasters to occur. Besides, the constantly wet conditions and the humid environment is an ideal breeding ground for mold.

Check caulking carefully, and replace if it's cracked especially round the tub or the shower or sink. Replace tiles that are cracked, and those that have no grout in between the tiles. Toilet bowls are often clogged when too much toilet paper is flushed down the bowl. Be careful if you use deodorant bowls that hang, these can get dislodged in the toilet, and over time, cause severe blockages that can cause pipe bursts. Remember to check the bath tub often -- if it's slow to drain, it may be signs of problems in the pipes below.

A flood damaged bathroom can lead to damage of your wood bathroom cabinets. These water damaged bathrooms cabinets can be accompanied by damage to the floors and walls, damage to countertops and the formation of mold. To prevent the maximizing of damage, get in touch with a reputed water damage restoration contractor immediately. Or you can simply fill out the form, and we'll find a reputed water extraction service contractor for you.

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