Water Damage Restoration FAQ
At MAXIM Cleaning and Restoration, we understand that many homeowners (especially new homeowners) have never experienced water damage before, so when harsh weather arrives, it makes sense that many homeowners will have a lot of questions about water damage.
To help prepare our website visitors, we’ve outlined a simple-yet-informative FAQ, so our potential customers will know what to expect when contracting a water damage restoration professional.
How does water damage occur?
Water can enter your home and damage your property in a variety of ways. Sometimes water can leak into your home as a result of poor drainage around the home. In other cases, burst pipes, sewage backups, and valve failures can flood the home with several inches of water.
What are the risks associated with water damage?
Stagnant water pooling inside your home can rapidly soak through most materials. If the water contains any sort of contaminants or comes in contact with organic materials such as wood, you will most likely need to hire a restoration service. Bacteria, viruses, and fungi tend to thrive in soaked wood, especially. For example, floods are often infested with cholera and hepatitis.
The primary risk associated with water damage, however, is mold. If mold is not properly addressed, the fungus can spread throughout the home via airborne mold spores, contaminating even the dry areas of your home. Furthermore, airborne mold spores can also cause health complications, such as respiratory infections, asthma problems, nausea, and more.
How can water damage be prevented?
Properly maintaining and taking care of your appliances (like washing machines) can certainly help prevent leakage. Your septic tank should be inspected regularly to identify potential problems. If you notice mold on your floors or walls, or if you notice your water bills are suddenly and inexplicably skyrocketing, call a water damage restoration company such as MAXIM Cleaning and Restoration; these problems are indicative of leaking pipes or valves.
One of the easiest ways to prevent major water damage, however, is to simply show all the occupants of your home where the water supply cutoff valve is located so they can shut off the water in the instance of flooding or leaking.
How can a professional water damage restoration team help?
A professional water damage restoration team will remove compromised materials such as carpeting and padding, baseboards, insulation, ruined clothing, and fragile wood such as particle board.
Once your house is clear of destroyed items and materials, standing liquid is pumped out, and affected areas are disinfected and dried. Completely drying out the affected areas may take several days, and can require air mover fans, dehumidifiers, and heat injection fans.
What should I do if my crawl space is flooded?
Clearing water from a crawl space is a task best left to professionals. If raw sewage begins to leak into your crawl space, water damage restoration professionals may employ a sewer gas evacuator. They may also remove any mold growing in the crawl space to clear the area of dangerous spores.
Will insurance cover water damage to my house?
Insurance coverage can depend on the source of damage. If the water damage is caused by a natural disaster rather than a burst pipe, you are more likely to be covered by insurance. If damage was caused by non-natural means, insurance companies will want to know whether you took all the necessary precautions to prevent the damage.