Water Damage Restoration FAQReynaldo Rolo
Taking instant action is crucial when dealing with water damage. Water damage can occur due to many reasons such as a pipe leakage, overflowing toilet, leaky roof, sewer blockage, and storms. The extent of the damage may be small or it may be so extensive that the house becomes inhabitable. No matter what is the cause or extent of water damage, you must call a specialist water damage restoration firm to fix the problem.
We have compiled frequently asked questions about water damage restoration that will help you in taking appropriate actions in case of water damage to your home.
Water Damage Q&A
Why Should I be Concerned about Water Damage?
Water damage can cause serious problems for the property owners. It can cause long-term property damage if not removed immediately. This may also depreciate property values. In addition, water damage may result in mold infestation that poses a significant health risk to the individuals in the form of increase in respiratory problems.
Should I Contact my Insurance Company in case of Water Damage?
Yes. The home insurance usually covers new roof leaks, plumbing problems, or overflowing toilet. An insurance company representative will assess the water damaged home and provide information about the procedure to claim the insurance. The representative will also inform you whether the claim will cover the cost of water damage restoration.
p>Home insurance contracts include a section known as ‘loss mitigation clause’ that require homeowner to take prudent and responsible action to protect, preserve, and secure the property from further damage. That is why it’s important that you contact a professional water restoration specialist immediately. You may have to assume financial responsibility of damage incurred due to not taking appropriate action within a reasonable period.
Will the house flooring, walls, and/or ceiling have to be demolished to fix water damage?
Due to advances in drying technology, little or no demolition will take place to fix the problem that occurs due to water damage. However, demolition may be necessary in case the flooding occurs due to contaminated sewer water that has seeped through the walls, floors, and ceilings.
Why does the house smell after the water damage?
Excessive moisture due to water damage results in formation of bacteria in the wet building materials. The smell will subside after the building materials dry out.
How is it possible to know whether the home has dried out or not?
A trained technician can tell just by the smell when the home has dried out completely. However, in order to verify that the building has dried down, the water damage restoration experts utilize specialized equipment such as temperature/humidity meters, Infrared cameras, and non-penetrating and penetrating moisture meters. The technology ensures that the house is again restored to its pre-loss condition.
Is standard procedure followed in restoring water damaged houses?
Yes, water restoration experts follow ANSI/IICRC S500 standard for water restoration. The licensed and trained technicians know standard procedures that are followed when restoring the water damaged home. They attend specialized training sessions to update their knowledge about the latest water damage standard procedure.
What steps are required in water damage restoration?
The general process involved in restoring water damage property includes the following:
- Extraction of water from the home
- Installation of equipment for accelerated drying
- Demolition if required and necessary
- Assessment and monitoring of condition using specialized equipment
- Documentation of process
Note: The exact procedure that is used in water damage restoration varies depending on the type and extent of damage to the property.