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What you should know about Water Damage

Most of the time it’s easy to think only about water’s life affirming properties especially during the heat of summer when rain means relief from the blistering temperatures. However, like the other essential elements of nature, water both sustains life and it can destroy it as well. For this reason, insurance companies recognize water as one of the forces – along with fire, wind, etc. – that can damage your home and property and even endanger the safety of your family. Here are some things homeowners should keep in mind about water and the damage it can cause.

  • Water fuels mold growth: Oxygen, moisture and organic materials are all essential to the growth of mold. In fact, mold can grow in as little as 24 to 48 hours under the right conditions. If your home has excessive moisture present, then your home is likely to also be a breeding ground for mold.
  • Water is a “universal solvent”: Water is known to capable of dissolving more materials than any other liquid. This means that when it comes to your home, all materials in it are susceptible to water damage.water damage
  • There are different insurance policies for flood damage and water damage: As far as insurance companies are concerned, damage caused to a policyholder’s home by a flood and water damage caused by other sources is different. Thus, when reporting water damage to your insurance company, be sure to specify whether the damage was caused by water, e.g., a burst pipe, etc. or by a flood.
  • There are three categories of water contamination: Our industry has three classifications of water contamination: categories 1, 2 and 3. Water from category 1 is from clean water sources such as an overflowing bathtub. Water from category 2 contains a significant degree of chemical, biological, and/or physical contamination. This is known as grey water. Water from category 3 is highly contaminated. This was is known as black water.
  • Water damage gets worse not better: Once water damage begins it usually gets worse unless professionals are called. Water damage repair must be done by professionals. Homeowners should never take the DIY approach to this task.

In short, year of experience with water removal and storm damage restoration has taught us to respect water as the awesome force of nature that it is. Homeowners who recognize this fact as well can make their home and family members that much safer.

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