Tag: Lansdale Leak Repair

  • Corbett Announces No Insurance Deductibles Applied to Sandy Damage

    Courtesy Pennsylvania Office of the Governor

    Pennsylvania homeowners will get a little bit of relief from the costs of repairing damage to their homes from Hurricane Sandy.

    According to the Perkiomen Valley Patch, "Governor Tom Corbett advised insurance companies that deductibles, which can be up to five percent of the insured value of a home, should not be applied to any Hurricane Sandy homeowner insurance claims."

    Here are some tips courtesy of Patch to help you file a claim:

    • Before calling your insurance company, try to locate your policy number and other relevant information. Your company representative will prepare a "Notice of Loss" form and an adjuster will be assigned to assist you.  Ask for a timeline on when your agent can help you.
    • Take photographs/video before clean-up or repairs. If you have already taken your damaged items out of the house, take pictures of the debris. After you’ve documented the damage, make the repairs necessary to prevent further damage, but do not make any permanent repairs until an adjuster or company representative is able to inspect the damage and your carrier approves the repairs.
    • Save all receipts. Keep a diary of all discussions with your agent or carrier. Cooperate fully with the insurance company.  Ask what documents, forms and data you will need to file the claim.

    If you have any other questions, visit www.pa.gov or www.insurance.pa.gov. Consumers with insurance questions or complaints can call the Insurance Department’s toll-free, consumer hotline at 877- 881-6388.

  • Importance of Rain Screens

    Courtesy of http://inspectapedia.com/

    Rain screen systems prevent water from penetrating the building  by constructing an air chamber "between the exterior and interior wall, such as in a brick cavity wall, so that, with proper air seals and flashing, any water that penetrates through the exterior wall can be stopped in the chamber and directed back outside through the exterior wall," according to FacilitiesNet.

    Generally, the best way to manage these leaks is to work preemptively by working with the architect in the design phase to incorporate a rain screen system. However, people obviously often don't have the ability to do this. To avoid having leaks repeating themselves it is important to figure out what is causing the leak and then determine where else the building may be susceptible to leaks.

    Check out this example from FacilitiesNet:

    For example, windows often provide avenues for water penetration. The frames, typically made from aluminum, expand and contract at a far greater rate than other materials. In time, the seal will deteriorate. Applying the rain screen principle can mitigate this problem. It requires the installation of an air seal between the interior window perimeter and the masonry back-up wall, along with a weep or flashing system at the window sill. Installing a vent tube at the sill through the exterior sealant bead and extending it into the newly created chamber provides an exit avenue for any water that has infiltrated.

    If an exterior wall receives water damage, though expensive, construction using rain screen principles would be a good investment.

    Exterior Specialties of PA is here to help you with all of your siding installation, siding repair and siding maintenance needs. Call us today at  (215) 773-9181 for a FREE estimate!

     

  • Skylight Roof Leak Repairs

    One of the most common sources of roof leaks is a skylight.

    Although aesthetically beautiful, skylight roof leaks aren't uncommon. Thankfully, they are usually a quick and inexpensive fix.

    As LGC roofing points out, most skylight occur in the flashing -- the area between the skylight in the roof. Often, if you have a factory-made skylight, new flashing is available from the manufacturer. If you are comfortable with doing your own roof repairs, you can order it from them and install it.

    However, if you're not comfortable with roof repairs, or have a custom skylight, a roofing contractor may be needed.

    As always, Exterior Specialties of PA is here for any of your leak repair needs. Call us for a free estimate today!