Sump Pumps – What are They, How do They Work, and Why do I Need One?

You may have heard neighbors talk about needing a sump pump or their sump pumps kicking in during a hard rain. As a homeowner, a sump pump is a device that you will hear about, but may not fully understand what it does or why it is important to have one!

At A&J Property Restoration DKI, we assist homeowners that have experienced water damage, some of which could have been prevented with the help of a sump pump. Let’s talk about the basics of this common household appliance and how they can keep your home water damage free. (more…)

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Recovering from a House Fire – How Should You Clean the Smoke Out of Fabrics and Clothing?

Experiencing a fire is frightening and can cause a major burden to your family. Once you know that your family is safe and sound, and that your home is ready to return to, there are other issues that you have to deal with. If you’ve never experienced a fire or been exposed to anyone that has, these fire restoration steps may be surprising to you (more…)

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How to Avoid Water Damage from Your Dishwasher

What household is not happy about having a dishwasher? They make our lives easier each time we use them! They save water, and stop us from having to wash dishes by hand. When we think about the amount of dishes a household uses in one day, it’s no wonder the dishwasher is a welcome addition to the home! 

As much as we love our dishwashers, they can cause us some issues as well. Did you know that thirty percent of water damage is caused by appliance failure? According to Roto-Rooter, dishwashers are a big contributor to home water damage!

To keep your relationship with your dishwasher strong, take these steps to prevent water damage from your favorite appliance. (more…)

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Why are Gloves Important During Mold Clean Up?

Here at A&J Property Restoration DKI, we are often asked about do it yourself mold removal tips and tricks. While we never recommend that homeowners tackle large mold removal jobs on their own, if the affected area is 10 feet or less, do it yourself can be effective.

Removing mold safely from your home is the number one priority – and to do so, you must protect yourself first!

Wearing gloves during mold removal is the bare minimum of protective gear that you should take advantage of. In fact, we recommend more than just gloves! Why? Let’s read further to understand the importance of safety during home mold removal. (more…)

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Is it too humid inside your home? You may need a dehumidifier!

Dehumidifiers are a great way to solve the problem of excess moisture in your home. Moisture can cause mold and mildew, which can lead to health issues for you and your family if they are exposed to these issues for long periods of time.

It’s important to spot the signs of needing a dehumidifier quickly to avoid too much moisture in your home for extended periods of time. But what are the signs of needing a dehumidifier? And what size should you use in your home?

Keep reading and we’ll give you all this information and more about finding the right dehumidifier for your home. (more…)

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Dehumidifier freezing over? It may be time for a deep cleaning!

Moisture and humidity are two things that homeowners want to keep out of their house. Water is a breeding ground for many different issues including mold and mildew, which can lead to serious health problems if exposure is frequent. Using a dehumidifier can keep the moisture out of the air, and in turn, keep the mold and mildew to a minimum.

If you already have a dehumidifier, you know that the coils and tray can get pretty nasty at times. We will cover how to keep your dehumidifier running as efficiently as possible, but first, let’s discuss when you may need a dehumidifier in your home. (more…)

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7 Simple Steps to Clean Your Attic Yourself

Chances are you haven’t stepped foot in your attic in months or, if you have storage elsewhere in your house, maybe even years. Time goes by very quickly, and before you know it, your attic is full of dust, spiders, and who know what else. 

As a homeowner, it should be a priority to clean your attic regularly, allowing you to check for different issues like mold, animal infestations, or poor insulation.  Keeping your attic as dust free as possible is also a great way to keep allergens out of your air ducts and vents, which makes for a happier, healthier household!  

However, cleaning your attic yourself can be overwhelming. Let’s take a look at seven simple steps to help you become an expert DIY attic cleaner!  (more…)

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Quick Tips on When and Why You Should Hire a Professional Attic Cleaning Service.

New homeowners rarely inspect the attic of their new homes. Little do they know; the attic is an area that should never be overlooked when getting your home ready for move in day! 

Cleaning an attic can be a tough job and hiring an attic cleaning service is a necessity to ensure your home is properly insulated and free of potential problems that can negatively impact your health.

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Fall To-Do List: Get to Know Your Gutter System

Gutters may not be the most glamorous feature of your home, but the damage-prevention purpose they serve is essential. Without a properly functioning gutter system, your home could be prone to basement flooding, roof damage, foundation erosion, landscaping washout, and more. Bottom line: Getting to know more about your gutter system now could be the knowledge you need to save you from costly home repairs in the future. (more…)

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8 Ways to Prepare Your Commercial Building for Coming Cold Weather

Every season has its own need for special maintenance, and that’s especially true when the temperatures start to plummet. Cold weather can wreak havoc on your commercial property, which makes it all the more important to take preventative measures to protect your tenants and your business investment. (more…)

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