Water Damage Restoration FAQ's

Cleanup for water flood damage is a very technical process, therefore it is understandable to have questions regarding how water cleanup should be handled, how to repair water damage, and how the process of house flood restoration works. The following are the most commonly asked questions from our house flood clients:


My Home Is Flooded! Should I First Call My Insurance Company?


No. Your insurance company would actually prefer that you contact a water damage restoration company as soon as possible to start on water cleanup and repair water damage. The faster that our crews get there, the more damage that we can prevent, and that will reduce your restoration cost and help to protect your house from further flood damage. You still will want to contact your insurance company to make your claim, however, you should not wait until your adjuster arrives before you call a professional company to get your water damage fixed.


How Does The Process Of Water Damage Restoration Work?


Water cleanup or water repair is a multi-phase process. The initial step involves removing all standing water from wet carpet, flooring, and other materials that have been affected. After removing the water, dehumidifiers, as well as other specialized equipment, are then used for drying the areas. It can take several days, depending on the spaces and the amount of water that is involved. Once this process is finished, we use thermal image cameras (when needed) and moisture meters to ensure that your house is completely dry. Repairing water damage might involve mold removal, air duct cleaning, odor control, wood floor repair, carpet cleaning, and removal of drywall.   


How Long Should It Take For Water Cleanup?  


There are two major phases involved in full restoration. Mitigation is the first phases and involves demolition, cleaning and drying belongings and the structure out. Usually, this phase only takes 3 to 4 days. Repairs are the second phase, may range from a couple of days to weeks, which will depend on the extent of the damage as well as lead times for materials like flooring materials, cabinets, or carpeting. Your project manager from Provision Remodeling will work very closely with your insurance company and you to create a full timeline for your repairs and mitigation to get your property returned back to normal as soon as possible.    


What House Flood Water Damage Restoration Certifications Does Company Name Hold?


Very specific standards are set by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) for repairing water damage. IICRC S500 reports that water damage repair should be performed only by trained and experienced technicians that will professionally and prompt repair water damage occurring from a house flood following IICRC standards.


What Does It Cost To Repair Water Damage?


How much water damage cleanup is going to cost will depend on how large the flooded area is and how much time will be needed to complete the water repair project. If water damage restoration is covered by your insurance policy, so typically you are responsible just for the deductible. Since water can move very rapidly and be very destructive, if it isn’t removed using the right equipment promptly, there could be even larger problems such as structural damage and mold growth. When done correctly, repairing water damage may take many man-hours and several days in order to complete, so the costs can vary.


What Are The Different Water Categories?


Clean water does not pose any harm to humans. That includes water damage that is caused by bathtub or sink overflow or the malfunctioning of an appliance, like a washing machine or water heater.


Gray water – may cause illness and harm to people. The category includes water with significant amounts of contamination that may be biological, physical, and/or chemical.


Black water – may cause severe illnesses to people. This is a very unsanitary form of water and contains pathogenic agents that come from contaminated sources of water. Black water may come from sewage backups, ground surface water, and seawater.


Can Mold Be Caused By Water Or Flood Damage?


Water flood damage definitely can potentially cause mold growth. That is because mold can thrive within moist environments, and any wet (especially humid) place is the ideal place for mold to be able to grow. If the moisture is ignored, mold can start growing within 24 to 48 hours. It is critical to take action immediately when you are experiencing any kind of house flood damage.  


What Are The Major Causes of Water Damage And Flood Damage?


There are numerous factors that can cause house flood water damage, which require you to locate a dependable company to repair your water damage. They include malfunctioning appliances, leaky or burst pipes, and heavy rainstorms. House floods also occur due to defective downspouts and gutters as well as roof leaks which may cause water damage to your crawlspace or basement.


Can There Be Hidden Water Damage? Is So, What Are The Main Signs?


Yes. Some of the main signs of potential hidden house water damage may include peeling wallpaper and paint, visible condensation, moisture or mold, musty odors, and dampness or moisture in your flooring or carpet.

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