Residential or commercial water damage is a nuisance that taunts every landlord or property owner. If not addressed quickly, it can lead to major concerns including mold growth and property structural damage in the long run.
As a certified water damage restoration specialist, we come across several questions related to water damage cleanup. This post showcases some common questions related to water/flood damage restoration.
What are the common causes of water damage?
Some common causes of water damage include:
- Faulty appliances
- Plumbing mishaps
- Deteriorating foundation
- HVAC problems and
- Natural disasters
What should I do after a flood, or sewage or water leak?
- Turn off water supply to your house
- Disconnect electrical appliances in the affected rooms
- Move furniture or other perishable possessions from the affected area
- Take photos and videos during the different stages for insurance claim purposes
- Call a water damage restoration specialist
How do certified technicians typically handle water damage?
Certified or experienced water damage technicians start with a detailed assessment using industry-grade equipment, which includes moisture and humidity level checks.
Determining the severity of damages to possessions like carpets or drywall is a crucial step. Any possession beyond repair is removed from the property to prevent any concerns of mold growth.
The next step is to dry and disinfect the water damaged areas using tools including humidifiers and Wet/Dry Shop Vac.
Some water damage specialists can also assist you in claiming the insurance.
Will my homeowner’s insurance cover water damage?
This depends on the policy you have chosen. Usually, homeowners insurance covers for water damages that seem to be sudden or spontaneous. Gradual water damage like damage from a leaking pipe is not covered.
How bad is water damage to a house?
The effects of water damage can be severe and can go unnoticed until it’s too late. It can trigger gradual structural deterioration and mold growth, which in turn can cause health concerns.
What happens when water gets in your walls?
Once water gets into walls, it starts deteriorating the wall structure and gradually gives way to the formation of mold colonies.
Mold formation is accompanied by a strong musty smell and additional mold spore generation which turns ubiquitous and starts infecting other possessions including dresses and furniture.
How can you tell if your house has water damage?
- High utility bill
- Musty smell
- Mold growth
- Outdated water supply system
- Appearance changes to ceiling, walls, and flooring
Learn the details about each here:
How do you tell if there is a leak behind a wall?
Look for the following signs to identify leaks behind walls:
- Discoloration of walls
- Peeling and bubbling
- Musty smell
- Warped walls
How can you tell where a water leak is coming from?
You can check the water meter for signs of leaks and do a thorough inspection. However, identifying the water leak source can be tricky, especially when you are dealing with multiple leaks and leaks in inaccessible areas.
This is where a trained specialist who uses sound equipment, charging pipe strategy, locator clamps, and other advanced tools can make a difference.
How long does it take to dry a flooded house?
It depends on the severity of the damage. On average it can take from 12 hours to a few weeks.
How long does it take for mold to grow in wet drywall?
A drywall is highly porous and suitable for mold growth. Under the right conditions, it can take from 24 to 48 hours for mold growth on drywall.
Does drywall need to be replaced after water damage?
Due to the porous nature, drywalls accommodates water easily. Given the condition, drywalls are replaced on most of the occasions after water damage. Since they are not load-bearing, you do not have to be concerned about the structural integrity of the property.
What are the consequences of Water Damage in Office Buildings?
With commercial water damage, you risk the following:
- Business coming to a standstill
- Damage and replacement of office equipment
- Destruction of documents or paper records
- Cost based on severity and response time to the mishap
What kind of damage is caused by floods?
- Sewage and bacterial infestation
- Damaged natural gas lines
- Property structural damage
- Mold growth
Can electrical wiring be water damaged?
Exposing electrical wiring to water or excessive moisture can make the internal components vulnerable to mold growth and corrosion. This is prominent with low quality or poorly maintained wiring. We recommend performing an electrical and water supply system inspection for your house or residential property at least once a year.
Can water damaged carpet be saved?
Water damaged carpets are not unfixable; however, it is important to consider the severity of the damage. There are some potential risks which makes reusing water damaged carpets not a smart move.
Will wet carpet smell go away?
The carpet smell can be removed, provided, each and every inch of the carpet is dried under the right conditions. A carpet that is not properly dried can second mold and mildew growth.
How do you fix the water damaged wooden floor?
Fixing waterlogged wooden floors can be tricky as wood is a good water absorber. Depending on the severity of water absorption, which is determined via advanced moisture meters, we can choose between replacing and restoring.
When it comes to replacing it is ideal to replace the wooden boards that were affected by water.
What are the precautionary steps that I should take after a hurricane?
Find some important steps to consider here.
How much does it cost to repair water damage?
It varies from the type of property and the extent of water damage; we offer a free inspection and bill the insurance career for the water damage repairs.
How do you restore flood-damaged clothes?
Flood-damaged clothing can be infected with bacteria and fungi. Soaking the clothes overnight in oxygen-based bleach followed by washing it with normal water and detergent is an ideal strategy. Also, ensure that the cloth is dried in the highest drying heating level possible.
Water damage to residential or commercial property can have major impacts. Foreseeing the possibilities and taking precautionary steps are the key to making sure that things are in control or you know what needs to be done when the unexpected happens.