Why is it important to learn about Water Damage?
Water damage is rarely predictable and when an accident occurs, you have little to no time to research how to handle it. The faster you begin the water mitigation process, the more time and money you’ll save. Just 1 inch of water can cause $25,000 of damage to your home.
As a homeowner, you need to be proactive in your approach to protecting your property, especially if you live in an area prone to flooding or have older plumbing. There are five things you need to know so you are as prepared as possible when water damage strikes:
1. Act quickly
The longer the water stands, the more problems can arise. Within 48 hours, your property can begin to experience the beginning stages of mold growth, water staining, and structural damage. Some homeowners are on-site when the flooding occurs, in which case, you can begin the water mitigation process faster. If you have evacuated for a weather emergency or are away during the incident, begin the process immediately when you return home.
Don’t know where to start? Bookmark our step-by-step Water Mitigation and Flood Cleanup Checklist.
2. Insurance may not cover everything
Depending on your homeowner’s insurance policy, water damage may or may not be covered. It’s all based on your coverage and the type of damage. Regardless of your insurance plan, to ensure the maximum coverage, be proactive with your property maintenance. Annual inspections of your plumbing can, quite literally, make or break how severe your water damage is. We recommend reviewing your coverage plan now so you understand what is covered and what you may need to pay out-of-pocket for, should something occur.
3. Hire a professional
Most of the time, flood damage cannot be fully cleaned up by the homeowner alone. Commercial equipment, such as water extractors, driers, and industrial disinfectant solutions are required to prevent long-term damage, mold growth and air-born health hazards. You need to contact a water mitigation company as soon as possible to expedite the cleanup process.
4. Don’t assume the water is safe
There’s a good chance you’ve experienced a Boil Water alert in your area before. The reason? Flooding and natural disasters produce contaminated water that can infiltrate your plumbing through the ground water supply. If your home floods, regardless of the source, don’t assume the water is clean. While we don’t expect you to consume the flood water, it’s best to steer clear of the water source and refrain from excessive exposure as much as possible.
5. Looks can be deceiving
Water is a trick thing. While the amount of water may not seem like a lot, the underlying damage it’s causing can be catastrophic. Water will quickly seep through your carpeting, into the subfloor and beyond; not to mention your drywall and surrounding furnishings. Be aware and assume the worst. Just because you can’t “see” all the water, doesn’t mean it’s not causing damage.
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BioAway specializes in water mitigation for both residential and commercial properties. Our certified, insured team uses professional-grade equipment to remove standing water and eliminate toxins & contaminants caused by water damage.
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