Water Damage FAQs
Why is water so damaging?
Water causes significant damage to homes and commercial buildings and their contents. The water itself soaks into furnishings and building materials where it can cause discoloration, bubbling, peeling, delamination, electrical shorts, rotting floorboards, and other damage. In addition, the water mixes with dirt, debris, and other contaminates, staining and contaminating the surfaces it touches. Not only that, mold and bacteria thrive in moist environments. Even if you start with clean water, the damage can be severe.
Why is mold a problem with water damage and flooding?
Mold thrives in moist and humid environments. When a home or building has been flooded, mold spores take advantage of the perfect environment, multiplying quickly. You may notice spots of mold in just 24 hours. Mold can do more than just look ugly. Some molds are toxic and may cause adverse health effects in some people. Mold can also damage furnishings and building materials.
Will my homeowners insurance pay for water damage restoration?
Typical homeowners insurance policies do not cover flooding from natural sources such as rivers or storm surges but do cover flooding from plumbing accidents and burst pipes. However, each situation is different and will need to be assessed by your insurance adjuster. For example, your claim could be denied if the insurance company determines you didn't take appropriate precautions. We work with all major insurance companies and can help you submit your claim.
Is standing water in the home dangerous?
Water in the home can indeed be extremely dangerous. There are numerous risks including the risk of electrocution. If standing water is present in an area with electrical appliances or outlets, do not enter. Another danger involves structural damage. Water can quickly weaken floors and subflooring. Mold and bacteria are also potentially dangerous as is raw sewage. All of these risks are real and should be dealt with by professionals who have the training and expertise to mitigate the risks and cleanup the damage.