Monday, August 31, 2015

HOW TO: Build an Emergency Supply Disaster Kit

In this How-To Series, we'll be explaining how to quickly and easily build your at-home emergency supply disaster kit. These will cover just the basics -- you will probably want to adjust based on your individual needs.

A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:
  1. Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  2. Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  3. Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  4. Flashlight and extra batteries
  5. First aid kit
  6. Whistle to signal for help
  7. Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  8. Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  9. Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  10. Manual can opener for food
  11. Local maps
  12. Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger

If you have Water or Storm Damage, call the Experts at REStar Services: (844) RESTAR-1. Visit us:

Friday, July 24, 2015

Weather Forecast: Rain, rain, and more rain...

Summer in Florida means sunshine, heat, and daily afternoon rainshowers. The next seven days predict 50%+ chance of rain every single day. If your roof, windows, or walls are old or simply not water-proofed, you may have water leaks.

If you spot evidence of water in YOUR home, don't wait -- call us today at (321) 251-1887 and let us do an inspection! Our experts will repair and dry your home quickly.

Oftentimes, your homeowner's insurance will cover some or ALL of the costs of water damage restoration and repairs. Please check your individual policy for details.

If you have Water Damage, call the Experts at REStar Services: (844) RESTAR-1. Our regular office hours are 8:30am - 5:30pm Monday through Friday. Visit us:

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

3 Tips to Prepare for Storm Season

The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1st through November 30th with the peak usually occurring between August and October.  It has been nine years since a major hurricane has made landfall in Florida, but the threat comes with each new season.  These storms can cause catastrophic damage to your home. The daily, smaller storms we get can also cause serious damage.

1) Review your insurance policy
Now is the best time to review your homeowner’s insurance policy to see exactly what is covered.  Most policies cover damage from storms including wind, hail, tornado, or hurricane damage.  You may however be required to carry additional coverage for flood damage.  It is best to speak with your insurance agent about your policy exclusions and coverage limitations.  You do not want to wait until after you have experienced a loss to find out that you are not covered.

2) Check your trees
Many homes sustain damage as a result of a tree or limb falling onto the structure during a storm.  Check to see if you have any trees with branches near or touching your home.  Limbs that are too close to the house should be trimmed back.  You should also inspect your trees to see if they appear healthy.  Healthier trees will be more likely to sustain high winds during a storm.  It is best to consult with an arborist for help in preparing the trees on your property for storm season. REStar Services can refer a tree specialist in your area.

3) Clean the gutters
The purpose of gutters and downspouts is to carry the water away from your home.  If your gutters are not clear of debris, or the downspouts are not properly attached, water from storms can damage your roof or foundation.  Take the time to clean your gutters and make sure all of the downspouts are in place.  This is one of the easiest things you can do to help prepare your home for storm season.

If you have Water Damage, Storm Damage, or Flood Damage, call the experts at REStar Services: (844) RESTAR-1. Visit us:

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

New Year! New Roof?

Water Damage Restoration in Central Florida - Roof Leaks

Roofs in Florida take a real beating, with the heat, rain and ever-present threat of storm damage. You might be noticing signs of aging on your roof, or even damage and leaks. Is it time to for a new roof? Here's what to look for and what to know:

Signs of Damage

A leak is one of the biggest signs you’ve waited too long to replace your roof. You want to catch problems before the leaks happen by looking out for these problems:
  • Shingle problems - Missing or cracked shingles mean there’s an area of your roof that isn’t properly protected.
  • Loose seams - Water can get under the edges of the shingles if they’re not adhering properly. Older roofs may have lots of these loose seams, which could indicate a replacement is in order.
  • Granules in the gutters - Do you see small, pebble-like debris in gutters or downspouts? The shingles are deteriorating.
  • Inside damage - You may not have a full-fledged leak, but some moisture may be getting through your roof into your attic or ceiling. Look for cracking paint or slightly discolored areas of the ceiling plaster or drywall.

Weather issues

Florida is known for the hot sun, steamy, rainy summers and extreme weather. Here are weather issues you should be aware of:
  • Sun - The ultraviolet rays from the sun will wear down your roof materials over time. The parts of your roof that face west or south may see damage first.
  • Rain and condensation - Water can get under shingles or into other layers of the roof, and if left to sit, can cause rotting and decay. Mold and mildew can also form from this moisture.
  • Wind - High winds can damage shingles and expose the underlying layers to water. After extreme wind storms, check for damage caused by falling branches and other debris.