Water damage and what to do when it happens to you.

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Water damage and what to do when it happens to you.

A room with various pieces of furniture floating in water that is filling the room

They say that nothing gets you out of bed faster...

than the sound of a precious pet about to heave on the floor. True words to be sure although for many, the sound of water dripping (or gushing) where it shouldn’t be is a close second. Water escaping pipes, sinks, or tubs is a common problem for homeowners and according to NU Property Casualty360, 1 in 15 people in the United States will experience a non-weather water claim throughout a standard five-year homeowners policy.

That's a lot of water damage.

So what’s to be done? For many, it’s their first-time experiencing water damage to their home and although they know they need to do something about it, figuring out the process can be daunting. Who do they call first? The insurance? The plumber? Or do they pull out the extra towels from the closet to soak up the water on the floor and cross their fingers in hopes they mopped it up in time and the flooring material won’t start to warp?

There are no shortages of culprits when it comes to where water damage originates inside homes and businesses. Leaky appliances, plumbing and pipe failures, and ruptured hoses can partake in sudden and immediate damage to slow leakage that’s discovered months, even years, down the road. It is tempting to want to handle water damage on their own.  However, whether it ultimately ends up being a homeowners claim or not, it’s better to have damages restored by a professional restoration team. Secondary damages to the structure and contents of their home is a real possibility if water damage is not mitigated correctly. Mold growth, weakening of structural materials, and musty odors are just a few of the problems that start to rear their ugly heads when they get the opportunity. Many who take a DIY approach are left with a more expensive problem to fix, longer restoration time, and more frustration in the long run by trying to go at it alone. 

water coming from under cabinets

Why get a restoration company involved?

Involving a professional water restoration company to assist in the mitigation process of any sized water loss is crucial to the bigger picture of your home. Water is extremely sneaky and has a habit of creeping into every nook and cranny it can find. Trained restoration teams have the tools and resources to track those areas the water has affected, often being hidden areas overlooked from the onset. Knowing the scope of the damages helps determine the resulting mitigation strategy to prevent secondary damages from occurring. Having the correct knowledge of the situation allows for an educated decision on the homeowner’s part if an insurance claim should be filed or if it is best to handle outside of the claims process.

Knowledge is power and response time is key to getting water damage handled and under control. It’s never a convenient time to need water restoration services, but it is much less stress overall to get the job done right the first time.

Experiencing water damage and unsure how to handle it? Let us help. We provide free estimates, 24/7 emergency services, we work with all insurances, and we provide certified mitigation professionals to assist you and your family when you need us most. Give us a call at (303) 699-7112. 

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