Helpful Tips in dealing with your water damage loss:
Stop the leak as soon as possible. Call your local plumbing company to repair the leaking area.
Begin mitigation process immediately to avoid secondary damages from occurring. If water sits too long, the damage will continue to spread causing more area of loss. Structural materials and furnishings that have been left in a “wet” state for prolonged periods of time will start to breakdown and possibly become unsalvageable.
Always use a skilled, certified company to perform your restoration work. A certified technician will have the skills and experience to handle your water loss in the most efficient, cost effective manner.
Contact your insurance company and file a claim. No company can give you a guarantee on your coverage for water damage loss other than your insurance provider. You have the right to choose your own remediation company.
A water-damaged home or business can pose safety hazards. The biggest safety hazard on a water loss is slipping and falling.
If a Category 3 loss occurs, ESR recommends occupants to vacate until mitigation procedures take place. Category 3 water can pose a significant health hazard especially to immune compromised individuals i.e. infants, young children, and elderly.
Time plays a factor in your water loss. A “clean” water loss can change to a Category 2 or 3 as the water sits for prolonged periods of time and bacteria begins to amplify. These changes to the structural materials can begin to occur within 48 to 72 hours of the loss occurring.