Water Damage Restoration Services for homes and business
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When water damage hits your property, many questions will come up. These water mitigation resources will give you answers to important questions. Precision Environmental is an IICRC Certified Water Damage Restoration company. We work with your insurance company to understand your policy and what is covered, limiting any surprises. When you consider the statistics, it becomes clear just how common and devastating a problem water damage can be. According to industry estimates, 14,000 people in the US experience a water damage emergency at home or work each day, and 98% of all homes in the US will suffer from water damage during their lifetime. In addition, each year, on average 25% of all home insurance claims were attributed to water damage.
Even though this type of damage is usually preventable, homeowners frequently overlook potential water damage, even though it is significantly more likely to occur than a fire, vandalism, or theft.
Even small water drips can be costly. Consider the following statistics from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):
- The average home leaks close to 10,000 gallons of water every year
- 10% of households will waste over 90 gallons of water each day through minor leaks and drips
- Fixing these drips can represent an average of 10% savings on your water bill
Despite the clear benefits of prevention, water damage remains a significant problem, and homes in the United States leak over one trillion gallons of water every year.
What Types of Water Damage Does Insurance Cover?
Generally, water damage that is considered “sudden and accidental” is covered (like a burst pipe) but not gradual damage, like a leaking bathroom sink. Water damage covered by insurance typically includes:
- Burst pipes. This might include a frozen pipe that bursts, but not if you neglected to keep the home properly heated.
- Accidental leaks, such as leaking plumbing or an appliance leak, like a broken washing machine or dishwasher.
- Water damage after a fire from water used to extinguish the flames, such as water from a sprinkler system or a hose from the fire department.
- Water damage from a roof leak, such as damage from a storm or a tree that falls on your roof.
- Water damage from storms, such as heavy rain or hail.
What Types of Water Damage Will Insurance Not Cover?
Here are some common problems that are typically not covered by a standard homeowners insurance policy:
- Water damage due to lack of maintenance or negligence, such as not repairing a plumbing problem or failing to keep the heat on during freezing temperatures.
- Water damage from intentional acts, like setting a fire to your home or purposely turning off the heat during the winter.
- Water damage from “earth movement” like an earthquake, landslide or mudslide. For example, if your pipe burst because of an earthquake, the water damage most likely won’t be covered. If you want coverage for earthquake damage, you’ll need to buy a separate earthquake insurance policy.
- Water damage that backs up through a sewer or drain (unless you purchased special coverage for this problem.)
- Water damage from leaks from a swimming pool or other structures.
- Water damage from seepage or leaks through a foundation.
- The cost to repair or replace the source of the water damage, like fixing a broken dishwasher or washing machine.
Frequently Asked Questions
Precision Environmental can moisture map your property to identify water hazards and repair water damage, whether artificial or caused by a disaster. We provide the water damage restoration and cleanup services you need.
Is Water Damage an Emergency?
Water damage is one of the most common and most serious emergencies your property can ever experience. Whether you’re facing a storm, flood, weakened roof, HVAC leak, busted pipes, overflowing appliances or sewage backup, a water problem is distressing and threatening to your property’s safety and value.
How Quickly Can Mold Grow from Water Damage?
If not addressed immediately, mold and mildew begin growing within 24-48 hours after water damage.
Will Mold Die if it's Dries Out?
Unfortunately, no. Unless mold has been completely removed mold spores can remain dormant or inactive but can still be a threat to your home.
Does Water Damage Happen Immediately?
Water damage happens quickly, usually within 24 hours. If you notice any signs of water damage, it normally isn’t something you can fix on your own.
How long can furniture sit in water before being ruined?
Furniture should be dried out immediately after getting wet. If you leave it in the water for too long, it could start rotting. However, whether you can save wet furniture depends on the amount of water and the type of furniture. Water will cause composite furniture to fall apart much faster than hardwoods. The faster you can dry the air, the most likely you can salvage your furniture after a flood or water event.
Protect your health and property from Mold! Mold contamination is a growing concern for home and businesses owners of all sizes. Mold, a fungus found in damp places, can grow almost anywhere moist conditions exist. Therefore, it is crucial to call Precision Environmental to handle mold-related issues in today's litigious environment. Our team of specialists is certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and is trained to use the latest techniques to eliminate harmful microbiological contamination properly.
What Does Water Damage Affect?
Water is critical to life but can also destroy everything in its path – leaving you with a huge mess to clean up. As a homeowner, it is crucial to understand what areas water can seriously damage within your home. To be safe, always inspect the following locations for damage:
- Floor coverings
- Electrical wiring
As you can see, water can wreak havoc on your home’s foundation and quickly wrack up a hefty restoration bill if left unattended. It’s, therefore, essential to act swiftly before the damage worsens.
What to Consider Before Water Damage Restoration?
If your home is experiencing a small or moderate amount of water, you can typically manage it on your own if you have the proper tools. However, if significant flooding is not going away despite your efforts, it might be best to call Precision Environmental.
Source of Damage
Before diving into water damage restoration, you must discover where the water is coming from. There are three types of water you need to look out for when you have a flooding issue in your home.
- Clean water: From rain or leaky pipes, this water does not contain harmful chemicals and is safe to handle.
- Gray water: Leaking from appliances like your dishwasher, toilet, or washing machine, gray water may be slightly contaminated. With the proper precautions, you can clean this yourself.
- Blackwater: The most harmful type of water comes from the sewer or flooding from a nearby water source such as a river. It often contains health hazards and is unsafe to handle.
Aging Infrastructure: Many of these leaks are caused by aging pipes and water infrastructure, as sturdy American homes outlive their pipes’ lifespan. Unless homeowners proactively upgrade their pipes, faucets, and fittings over time, aging homes are prone to water damage problems.