A Few Frequently Asked Questions About Water Damage
If I’ve suffered water damage in my home or business or home, how should I expect experts to clean and dry the water from my property?
With a combination of humidifiers, heat drying equipment and high speed fans.
Dehumidifiers remove moisture from the air, while high-speed fans speed up the evaporation process. This equipment, if used properly, speeds up the drying out process.
How long should I expect it to take for my home or business to dry out?
Though all cases are different, usually it takes a good 3-4 days for water completely to dry. This includes removing all standing water before bringing in the dehumidifiers, high-speed fans and heat drying equipment.
A couple of factors that affect drying out time are the length of time before your water restoration experts are called onto the scene and the extent of your water damage.
So, the water restoration pros have come and gone… how do I know that property is well dried out?
First of all, make sure that you call on water restoration professionals of good reputation. They should be doing regular progress checks to monitor the drying process with moisture meters and thermal imaging cameras to make sure that all of the affected areas are thoroughly dried to industry standards.
How often does home owner’s insurance cover the cost of water damage?
This depends on both your insurance carrier and the type policy that you have. Most do cover costs that come from damage resulting from sudden problems like pipes or hoses bursting in your home or business.
Always contact a professional immediately to reduce further damage and related costs.
If our carpets get wet, should we replace them?
It depends on the extent of the damage and the source of the water.
~ If the water that gets on your carpet comes from a clean source like a water supply line then your carpets can typically be restored.
~ If there is a mild amount of contamination in the water, like from you AC system, then this has to be judged on a case by case basis.
~ If the water is badly contaminated, like sewer water, then your carpets and any other porous materials in your home or business should be replaced.
If, after water damage has occurred, should I expect mold to grow on structural materials and become a health hazard?
If you use the services of experienced restoration professionals, and if they properly eliminate the moisture from structural materials, the chance of mold growth and the resulting health hazards are greatly reduced.
After water damage has occurred to my property, how long will it take for mold to begin growing?
Mold begins growing within 2-3 days of an occurrence of water penetration. Therefore, it is imperative that you call in your local damage restoration experts immediately so that they can get the clean up and drying process started ASAP!
How much will all this water cleanup and drying process cost me?
It’s not at all possible to estimate the costs associated with cleaning up and properly drying your property after the damage has occurred without a full inspection of the damage.
Be sure and call a reputable restoration expert in your area so that you can be comfortable that they know what they are doing and that they will treat you fairly when it comes to their fees.
If you are facing water damage then you probably need help and you need it right away. You will find many great resources on water damage as well as water damage restoration companies that can professionally help you with your water or mold remediation problem.