Proper Water Damage Management

Water damaged room
Water damaged room

Water damage is not a good thing at all for the home. The water can spread all over the floor and damage many of the valuable items in the home. Water can soak into mattresses and other foamy materials and such mattresses can be rendered useless from then on.  You must be very careful how you handle water damage in the home. Make sure the problem is sorted out on time before things get out of hands. Make sure the source of the water damage is located and dealt with to prevent the water from causing further damage in the home. There are some very important things you must consider when handling water damage and some of these very important things will be made known below:

Save your properties

As hinted earlier, the very first step you must take when curtailing water damage is to locate the source and stop it. Afterwards, make all efforts possible to save some of your properties to ensure they do not get soaked and damaged by the water. The fist area to start is the flooded area. Make sure that all the items in those areas are first removed to ensure the water does not have access to them for any reason. Your jewelries, money, heirlooms and such things must be removed first and kept in very safe places. You can take your time to clean the items one after the other after you have successfully curtailed the source of the water damage.

Remove the pool of water

Do not allow the water to stay on the floor for too long. Once you have stopped its source of flow, the next thing to do is to remove the gathered water. The water spoils things further the longer it stays gathered. The pool of water must be pumped out as soon as you can find the time, but this should be done on emergency basis. Is the source of the water damage a natural flood? This means natural water level in that clime is possibly higher than normal.  Do not stop pumping out the water until it has gone below the level of your home. Never forget to remove the dirt and debris in the home along with the water.

How to get to work

Needless to say, you must put on protective gears when carrying out the water damage cleaning. Your rubber boots, respirator, mask and gloves must be intact all through to ensure the water does not have direct contact with your body. The water pool is almost always contaminated and your kids must not be allowed too close to it, the pump you are using in removing the water must be placed at the lowest possible spot on the flooded floor. A nylon rope can be used in lowering the pump in the event the water is rather deep.  Are you dealing with just minor water pool? A wet-dry vacuum can equally be used to remove the water. In most instances, water capacity of the vacuum cleaner is about 18.9 liters and this calls for frequent emptying when mopping up the water.

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District Court: Jury seated in murder trial

WINNEMUCCA — The trial for a man accused of shooting and killing his daughter last June is underway in the 6th Judicial District Court.

Leo Hunter, 54, (shown right) pleaded not guilty to open murder in November 2010.  He is represented by Public Defender Matt Stermitz.

Chief Deputy DA Kevin Pasquale represents the state; the case is being presided over by Judge Michael Montero.

The defense stipulated to the fact Hunter shot his daughter, Lenora Warren, who was 29-years-old at the time of her death.  She died several hours after the shooting while en route to Reno where she was being transferred for medical care.

The defendant is charged with open murder, which allows the jury to hear all the evidence then decide if the crime represents first-degree murder, second-degree murder, or manslaughter.

The defense is expected to argue the facts of the case do not represent first-degree murder.

During opening statements Stermitz told the jury Hunter intended to scare his daughter, not shoot her, when he went for the gun.

Warren was preparing to leave her parents’ house, along with her two young daughters, following a dispute over spilled soda.  During the dispute her father called her stupid in front of her daughters.  She told her mother she couldn’t take the verbal abuse anymore.

Hunter was apparently concerned about the safety of his granddaughters because he and his wife had come to believe Lenora Hunter was using drugs.

Pasquale will be seeking a first-degree murder conviction.

As he noted in his opening statements, Hunter did not act like a man who had just unintentionally shot his daughter.

He noted after the shooting Hunter did not call 911 or help his dying daughter.  He just watched as his wife, a nurse, attempted to give first aid.

The state’s primary witness is Stella Hunter, the victim’s mother and the defendant’s wife.

She has previously testified that Hunter hated his daughter and when he went for the gun he said, “I’ll do the time.”

Stella Hunter began her testimony on Monday (April 11).

NDOT meets with council to discuss possible roundabout

WINNEMUCCA — While everyone agreed something should be done with the intersection of Bridge and Haskell Streets, neither residents nor the Winnemucca City Council thought that “something” should be a roundabout.

Having met with representatives of the Nevada Department of Transportation on Tuesday (Jan. 10), at least members of the council are beginning to think it’s not such a bad idea.

Subject to accidents and congestion, the intersection has long been a problem.  The City of Winnemucca offered to install a traffic light, at its own expense, but the street is technically in the jurisdiction of the state, whose engineers preferred a roundabout.

Addressing the council was Randy Hesterlee, the assistant district engineer, who explained while the state’s analysis concluded action should be taken at the intersection – they weren’t convinced that meant the installation of a traffic light.

The goal of Nevada’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan was to reduce crashes, he pointed out, and to that end a roundabout was the better choice.

The council had multiple concerns with the roundabout including: pedestrian safety, high foot traffic from the nearby Winnemucca Jr. High School, concern the roundabout would be too small because it’s boxed in by private property, and has railroad tracks nearby.

Hesterlee addressed each concern.

The obvious benefit of a roundabout, he said, is that it slows traffic.  Even if there is a little fender bender, the folks exchange paint and go home.  That’s in stark contrast to at least three recent accidents in which passing cars on Bridge Street were T-boned by cars on Haskell Street crossing Bridge.

In places that have roundabouts, there are fewer and less-serious crashes.

Hesterlee showed photos to illustrate why roundabouts are actually safer for pedestrians.  He pointed out at a traditional crosswalk pedestrians have multiple lanes of traffic to cross, but a roundabout offers a single lane of travel to cross before a refuge then another lane of travel to cross before safety.

Plus, traffic is moving slower through the roundabout, which increases pedestrian safety, and motorists are more likely to see pedestrians they’re approaching at a curve, as opposed to those standing at a sharp 90 degree angle.

As an example, Hasterlee told the council of an intersection by a school in Vermont where there was a significant number of vehicle v’s pedestrian accidents a year.  They put in a roundabout at that intersection and there hasn’t been a single pedestrian accident in seven years.

While the council was concerned the roundabout would have to be small, as the intersection is boxed in by private property, and therefore could not handle the large trucks (sometimes with one or two trailers in tow), Hesterlee was able to demonstrate the roundabout would be a size appropriate for large trucks.

Trucks with trailers actually turn into a circle easier than some other vehicles, such as fire trucks.

Hasterlee showed a video clip of a fire truck maneuvering a roundabout by simply driving over the curb and up onto  the center circle.  The roundabout is actually designed to allow large public safety  vehicles to do just that, he said.

He also assured the council there would be space for vehicles to pull over for passing public safety vehicles.

One of the concerns NDOT had was the proximity of the railroad tracks to the intersection.  They didn’t want to a situation where a car was backed up onto the tracks with the possibility of a train coming along.

However, NDOT’s study of the intersection showed cars were only backed up an average 130 feet – even at peak hours.  The railroad track signal is 200 feet from the intersection.

While NDOT was able to demonstrate the safety of a roundabout, the cost was no advantage.

NDOT estimated the price at about $1.8 million over the estimated $359,000 a traffic light would cost.

Hasterlee explained the price was high because it was better to put everything in and estimate high as opposed to estimating low and finding themselves without enough money for the project.

The City of Winnemucca has $350,000 to put towards the project; the rest will be paid for by the state.

Hasterlee also said the roundabout would be cheaper to maintain in the long run than the traffic light.

The meeting between the Council and NDOT was informational only and no action was taken.

Councilman Rich Stone concluded the meeting by recommending a training session for locals who may not be used to roundabouts.

Hasterlee was joined at the meeting by Kevin Lee, District III Engineer, and Dave Lindeman, District III Assistant Engineer, of the Winnemucca Office.