Article by David Selter
Most insurance policies require you to take all necessary steps to mitigate further damage, for the simple reason that the longer you wait to begin the cleanup, the more extensive and expensive the damage becomes. And the longer something stays wet the more likely you will be to experience additional damage such as mold problems.
Fast water removal services help you clean up quickly. It is important to call for help from a company that answers their own phones 24/7 so you can talk directly to a supervisor – not an answering service. When you are ankle deep in water you don’t have time to wait for a call back, not knowing when or if it will come. You need a water damage contractor who is fast, but also reputable. A company that is BBB accredited, or better yet, a BBB Award for Excellence Winner, is a good place to start. Your local BBB website is a good place to begin your search.
A good water damage clean up company will arrive on the scene quickly to remove all standing water, test the floors, walls and ceilings for moisture content, block up the furniture, set up drying equipment, and apply EPA registered mildewcide to all wet areas. They will also continuously monitor the job and keep you and your insurance company fully informed throughout the drying process.
The right equipment will dry more than just the moisture that you can see. It will also dry the areas in the wall and ceiling cavities and other areas that you can’t see but are critical to preventing hidden problems that will show up later. The water damage cleanup contractor should have the proper moisture testing equipment to ensure that everything is completely dry at the completion of the job.
What do I do with water damage? Get it handled quickly – from a company with the right equipment and the experience and expertise to get your life back to normal.