When you think of basements flooding, you may think of severe weather like heavy rain or melting snow typical of spring, but water damage may occur any time of the year, even in the summer. Water damage from weather is not the only cause of flooded basements, either. In places like Billings, Montana, flooding from too much rain is rare. Water damage from leaking pipes, negative drainage, or broken appliances are the usual causes of water issues, and can create bigger problems like mold, mildew, and structural damage. Follow these tips to protect your home and help avoid common causes of basement flooding.

 

Water Damage Prevention Checklist

  1. Add basement insulation to prevent structural damage. Condensation can build up on cold pipes, leading to dripping water that can ruin drywall and flooring. Prevent issues by installing a dehumidifier, and properly insulate your basement, including wrapping exposed pipes.
  2. Check exterior waterproofing of your foundation. Water can sneak into your basement through cracks in your walls and foundation, as well as improperly sealed or installed window wells. Patch and repair all cracks and chips to prevent future foundation damage and to keep water outside.
  3. Ensure water drainage is away from the house. Even though severe weather issues are rare, make sure your home is ready. Clean out your gutters, and see that downspouts lead water at least five to ten feet away from your home. Check that your yard is landscaped to flow water away from the house toward the nearest drain.
  4. Is your water bill going up? Not all water leaks lead to large pools of water. If there is an unexpected increase on your monthly water bill, no matter how small, it may be a sign of a broken pipe or an improperly installed toilet. These issues may cause incremental leaks that don’t show themselves in stained ceiling tiles or wet flooring, but build up over time. By paying attention to your water bill for any hints at a hidden problem, you will more likely catch the issue early-on.
  5. Look for water stains on walls and ceiling. Be on the lookout for new stains and dark spots on the ceiling, walls, flooring, and under pipes. These are a telltale sign that water is dripping inside your home.
  6. Test your sump pump and basement drain. Make sure your sump pump is working and the drain in your basement is clear and allowing water to flow freely. Testing your sump pump regularly will ensure that if you do ever have water in your basement, it will automatically drain outside and away from your home, preventing further damage. If you don’t have a sump pump, consider installing one.
  7. Fix water leaks. Repair or replace any noticeable dripping pipes and repair any cracked caulking, or have this done by certified professionals.

 

What to Do if You Have Water in Your Basement

Water inside the home needs dried quickly to prevent further problems like mold growth and rotting. Before you do any work to remove the water yourself, call Alpha-Omega Disaster Restoration for a free inspection.  

Alpha-Omega is a fully certified restoration company serving Billings, MT and the surrounding areas. We are on call 24/7 and will come to assess the situation, document the damage, and work with your insurance adjuster to provide you the fastest and best water restoration possible. When we are done, all traces of the destruction will be gone, and you will be left with a safe and comfortable home.

5 Tips to Prevent Spring Flooding | Alpha-Omega Restoration

As spring brings warmer weather and heavy rains, it can always bring water damage and flooding into your home. Water damage is never convenient, but fortunately, most of the time flooding and water damage can be prevented. Follow these tips to prepare for the coming spring thaw and help secure your home from excess water.

Do a roof check.

Start at the top of your house and work your way down. Something small like a cracked shingle could lead to something much bigger down the line. Water could leak into the crack into the attic and downward into the home, causing mold and structural damage. Damaged areas of your roof can also be ideal spots for critters to sneak into your home. Use caution and a ladder to go up on your roof to inspect it up close or use binoculars to look from the ground. Look for cracked, curling, damaged, or missing shingles, damage to the chimney cap, cracks in the caulk or rubber around the vent pipe, and roofing debris in your gutters and downspouts.

Inspect your house siding.

The job of your siding is to protect your home and to keep elements outside. Damage to your siding could lead to moisture coming inside your home, and causes rot and structural damage. Look for warping, buckling, cracks, gaps, or holes in the siding. Replace any missing pieces of trim and repair any siding not securely fastened to the house. Watch for any stains or discolorations on siding, as that could mean existing damage beneath that may have already seeped into your home, and may require further inspection by professionals.

Clean out your gutters.

This may be the most underrated part of spring cleaning. Since spring is rainy season, gutters provide your first level of defense against keeping water away from your home. Check for clogs in your gutters created by leaves, sticks, or other debris. Look for standing water, which may mean there’s a clog or blockage in the downspout. Look for cracks, leaks, or missing sealant in gutter seams. Secure any parts of the gutter that have pulled away from the roof. Finally, make sure water doesn’t pool at the bottom of the downspout. If it does, extend the downspout to ensure water flows away from your home.

Check your house foundation.

One of the most common problems that leads to flooded basements is issues with the foundation. Look for cracks, chips, or crumbling concrete. Make sure there isn’t any bulges, bowing, or deformities on your foundation walls, and that there isn’t any water pooling outside at the base of the home. Inside the basement or crawl space, look for any signs of moisture weeping or dripping. Also looks for cracks and gaps where there are windows, doors, and seams where the walls meet the ceiling.

Landscape for flood prevention.

This area of your home tends to be missed when thinking about preventing flooding in the home, but issues like an improperly graded lawn, could provide an easy path for melting snow and rain to flow right into your home. Make sure your yard is sloping away from your home; if it’s not, regrade it. Manage trees, branches, and shrubs that may be too close to your house, and could damage your roof, siding, or foundation. Repair, remove, or replace cracking or lifting cement walkways.

Spring may be on its way, but that doesn’t mean water damage has to come with it. Taking these five steps with go a long way to ensuring your home stays flood free during these wetter months.

 

Have water damage and need help?

Alpha Omega is a fully certified restoration company serving Billings, MT and the surrounding areas. Water inside the home needs dried quickly to prevent further problems like mold growth and rotting. Before you do any work to remove the water yourself, call Alpha Omega Disaster Restoration for a free inspection.

Our crew is on call 24/7 and we will come to assess the situation, document the damage, and then we will work with your insurance adjuster to provide you the fastest and best water restoration possible. With our help you can focus on your family and relationships, while you let us worry about restoring your physical property to its pre-disaster state. When we are done, all traces of the destruction will be gone, and you will be left with a safe and comfortable home.

In the Billings, Montana area, temperatures often drop below zero, especially in the winter time. Whether you live in the Heights, Downtown, or the West End, you will experience these freezing conditions. If you experience water damage caused by a frozen pipe, one of the first things you need to do is find the source of the damage. Know where your water shut-off valve is. This can save you lots of grief if you are ever in a situation that requires a quick turn-off. If you do not know where the water is coming from, then it is best to start on damage control. TIP: don’t forget to snap a few photos. If you have belonging that are affected, remove them to avoid further damage. This also applies to items that haven’t been touched by the water yet. Next, you need to begin removing the standing water. Depending on the amount of damage, you may need to use towels or even a sump pump. If you have a wet vacuum, use it. You may have to also pull off baseboards in order to prevent further damage to them as well. The next step would be to dry out the area with fans. No matter how severe (or not severe) water damage seems to be, you should always consult a professional, like Alpha Omega Disaster Restoration, to complete an inspection (which is often free) to make sure everything is taken care of.

Have questions about water damage concerns? Give us a call at 406-628-0178, or email mail@alphaomegapros.com

We are very excited to announce this scholarship opportunity to the class of 2017! Two scholarships in the amount of $500.00 will be awarded to business-minded graduating seniors. Please see the attached PDF listed on the bottom of the page to download the application.

A brief overview of the criteria includes:

  1. Be a high school senior attending any of the following schools:

Absarokee                                              Columbus                                Shepherd

Belfry                                                      Fromberg

Billings Central                                     Hardin

Billings Christian                                  Huntley Project

Billings Senior                                       Joliet

Billings Skyview                                    Laurel

Billings West                                          Park City

Bridger                                                    Red Lodge

Broadview                                              Roberts

2. Intend to pursue a degree in Business-related studies

3. Intend to start their own small business

4. Write an essay no more than 1,000 words outlining the business they intend to develop, as well as who/what inspired them to choose that particular venture

5. Complete the attached application (See PDF)

6. Submit 2 letters of recommendation from adults who know you (adults may not be related to you)

7. Submit a current photo

The deadline to apply is April 1st. Please submit scholarships either by:

Email (mail@alphaomegapros.com)

Direct mail (PO Box 1108, Laurel, MT 59044)

Your high school counselor

Good luck! We look forward to your submissions.

Alpha Omega Disaster Restoration Scholarship

Willy & Julie Johnson

ao-group-7-webIt’s Thanksgiving Day! As 2016 draws to a close and we dive into the Holiday season, it is always a great time to pause and look back on the past year. We are so thankful for all the people who have impacted this company, including our wonderful customers, employees, referral sources, and business partners. We could not do it without you all! This year, we are especially thankful for relationships that continue to grow, as well as new relationships that are formed daily. Community is very important to us, and we are extremely grateful to be a part of the Laurel and Billings community. Being able to serve our customers and help rebuild lives is a fantastic perk of our job, and we take the responsibility very seriously. Thank you for trusting us with your homes, businesses, and property.

We hope that everyone has a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving, filled with great food, company, and lots of laughter!

Your local disaster restoration team,

Alpha Omega Disaster Restoration

 

Mold Remediation Service Billings MT
Mold Removal Services Billings MT

We provide certified mold remediation for Billings, MT area homes.

Mold becomes a problem inside a home or business when there’s excessive humidity or moisture for an extended period of time. The problem can originate from sudden water releases, like a burst pipe or large spill that goes untreated, or from a chronic condition, such as a leaking roof or plumbing. Even high humidity or warm, moist air condensing on cool surfaces can trigger mold problems.

We recommend several ways prevent mold in homes:

  • No moisture, no mold! Moisture and standing water allow mold to grow. Keep the surfaces and materials dry.
  • Prevention is key. Avoid standing water around house plants as it can lead to mold.
  • Dry carpets immediately. A wet carpet can lead to mold in as little as 24‐48 hours.
  • Use the exhaust fan in the bathroom; it is designed to eliminate moisture.
  • For extensive mold problems, give us a call.

Mold can grow almost anywhere in a home or business. If there is visible growth on painted wall surfaces, property owners should be concerned about what may be growing on the wall’s opposite side. The environment inside the walls of a house often differs drastically from the outside and could create a perfect haven for mold.

If the wall remains wet for a prolonged period, it’s almost guaranteed that the mold growth on the back side will be worse than on the front. At that point, enlist a qualified, certified professional to properly contain the work space and remove moldy materials, followed by cleaning of salvageable framing.

Professionals certified by IICRC have the training and experience to properly:

  • Evaluate mold growth
  • Remove contamination
  • Return the property to its original condition

Have questions about mold concerns? Give us a call at 406-628-0178, or email mail@alphaomegapros.com

Potential for Wildfire Damage Near Billings and Surrounding Areas Looms Large

According to Mike Rawlins of KXLH Channel 9 concern is growing for a bad fire season under the Big Sky.
But it may not turn out to be as bad as we may think.

When we look at the potential for wildfires, there are several factors we must look at. Here are just a few: mountain snow pack, amount of precipitation, residual soil moisture, summer heat waves and dry thunderstorms.

Some of those are easy to analyze and determine whether or not they’ll aid us or hurt us when it comes to fire season. For example, we know what the soil moisture is like right now and it’s pretty good.

Montana saw ample amounts of rain and snow in 2014, setting us up pretty good for 2015.

It’s spring, so we should see the land turning greener as plants and trees bloom. Most of central Montana is green — great news, meaning we are above average. And this is thanks in part to just how wet it was early on this past winter.

But, western Montana and southwest Montana aren’t looking all that great. A considerable lack of moisture is to blame for the below average greenness in these areas.

So, for north central Montana, things aren’t all that bad as of right now. I am concerned with another factor that could become a huge player later this year… mountain snow pack.

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