Water damage disasters are usually not something homeowners plan on dealing with when the purchase their home. Unfortunately, water damage disasters are mostly unpredictable and can be emotionally draining and frustrating. Even the smallest water leak from a cracked pipe can cause some major damage over time. 24restore has debunked 5 common myths about water damage that you should know about if or when you come face to face with a water damage disaster.
Myth #1: Always Contact Your Insurance Company First
When it comes to water damage the first step you need to take is to contact your insurance company, right?
Correction: This may be surprising but this is incorrect. You want to take care of any standing water as soon as possible to avoid secondary damage such as mold. Because it is almost impossible to know the extent of the water damage without having a professional water damage restoration company assess the situation, contacting your insurance company first can cause major delays in the cleanup can repair process. The first step you want to take is to contact local professionals, such as 24Restore, to assess the damage. Most restoration companies will work with your insurance company and help you your insurance claim.
Removing the water from the room is crucial to the restoration process but it is only a small step in the total restoration process. Homeowners who take the “do-it-yourself’ approach often forget that water is able to seep into the smallest of cracks or crevices. After weeks or months, the water can manifest its self as chipped paint, discoloration, sagging ceilings or warped floors. Professionals undergo extensive training programs and certifications to complete remove any excess moisture and repair any damages to the property.
Myth #3 My Insurance Covers It All.
Wouldn’t this be ideal? Most insurance companies do not cover flood damage or secondary damage such as mold or mildew. It is always a good idea to go over your insurance coverage to see what situations are covered and what is not. Do not wait until a disaster strikes to review your coverage. If you life in a flood prone area, consider investing in flood insurance.
Myth #4 They Have Water Removal Equipment Rentals. I Don’t Need a Professional.
You may be able to rent the equipment at a reasonable price but most of the equipment is more difficult to operate than you might expect. And not all cleaning and restoration equipment is equal. Professionals have access to high-end equipment and cleaning materials. As a homeowner, it may not seem like that big of a job to clean up the water damage, but once you get started you may realize what a daunting task cleaning water damage can be. It can be discouraging and end up taking twice as long as it would if a professional were to take care of it for you. Cheap equipment rentals can become more costly than hiring a professional if you don’t have the experience needed to completely remove the water and prevent any secondary water damage or mold growth from occurring. Water has a tendency to play hide and seek and can spread throughout your property without your knowledge. Professionals have technology that can detect excess moisture hidden behind walls, under floorboards, or in ceilings.
So remember as a homeowner it is way more beneficial to contact a professional and let them relieve the stress for you. A professional will work with your insurance company to expedite your restoration needs. When it comes to water damage it is important to know myth from fact.
Have additional questions or concerns about water damage? Contact the professionals at 24Restore! We have got you covered.