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How To Handle Water Damage

Water damage is a huge problem that can easily occur in your home or place of business. The weather can bring about many unforeseen issues like flooding or a leak. You may experience a sewage backup that can make things very unpleasant or have a water pipe that has burst due to any number of reasons.


No matter what the issue that led to the water damage to your home or business, it can cause plenty of destruction and damage. It is also very costly to tackle the problem and try to salvage your belongings. When you have experienced an issue with water damage, it’s of utmost importance to take immediate action and have an experienced water damage restoration company come to fix the problem. Water mitigation after a water loss is the best chance you have at minimizing the damage to your home or office.


There are a number of things you must know about water damage remediation that might surprise you. First of all, the more polluted the water in your situation, the worse it will be to the structure of your home or place of business and the more difficult it will be to restore your property back to its original condition. Additionally, the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) separates water into three distinctive categories as per its S500 Standard. They are as follows:


Category 1: Water that is sanitary in general
Category 2: Water that is significantly contaminated
Category 3: Water that is extremely contaminated


Not surprisingly, the specific category of water in your situation will determine exactly how the water damage is handled, how it is restored and how much can be salvaged as well.


In addition to the water damage itself, there is also the large problem of mold growth. Mold is a type of fungus that is very common in many areas, but it can be absolutely devastating to not only the structure of your home or place of business but to your health and that of everyone on the premises as well. On top of that, mold doesn’t take very long to start developing. In general, the fungus only needs five perfect conditions so it can grow and spread within 48 to 72 hours’ time. Those conditions include the following:


  • Wetness or moisture
  • A food source
  • An optimal temperature
  • No movement of air or very minimal air
  • No light or very minimal light


In any situation of water loss whether from a flood, sewage backup or a water pipe that has burst, it’s crucial to act as quickly as possible. In addition to being able to salvage the structure and your property, you will have to file a claim with your insurance company. Insurance agents need to be alerted to such problems sooner rather than later and given all the details. The longer you wait, the more you risk having your claim denied by the insurance company. The agent will question as to why you waited for some time to report the issue and write it off as being a fraudulent claim.


The best thing you can do during this kind of disaster is to contact a team of water damage restoration specialists to immediately handle things. A professional will initially inspect the premises and devise a plan that includes pumping or extracting the water, structural drying and water mitigation techniques. Then, a team of experts will arrive to complete the job in every nook and cranny of your home or business.