Water Damage Frequently Asked Questions
When it comes to water damage, you may have plenty of questions and concerns, especially regarding insurance coverage. Below are the answers to help you tackle the problem and find the best solution to recover your properties.
Does a Home Warranty cover Water Damage?
A home warranty doesn’t cover the cost of the water damage itself, but it covers several causes of water damage. Therefore, you need to identify the origins of the water damage you’re experiencing, address the issues to your warranty provider, and have them partially help you in recovering your home.
A home warranty typically covers the cause derived from the wear and tear of your house’s structure and system. Examples of such causes are old and worn home appliances (washing machine, dishwasher, refrigerator), vulnerable plumbing systems (burst pipes and leaking), roof leaks, and toilet problems.
Other common causes of water damage like flooding, sewage backup, and different accidental situations are generally not included.
How to get insurance to pay for Water Damage?
The water damage coverage varies depending on the insurance policy you’re holding. When water damage happens, you should first discover and recognize the source of the problem. You should then take pictures of the affected areas and possessions and call your insurance agent to make a claim. After completing your claim, you should immediately contact a trusted water damage cleanup company in your region. RestorationMaster works with all insurances providers and offers you free estimates.
The different classes of Water Damage
The three categories of water damages are defined by the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification). The three categories differentiate the contamination level of the water source damaging your home or business as well as the potential risks they bring along.
Category 1: Sanitary (Clean Water)
Category 2: Highly polluted (Grey Water)
Category 3: Grossly Contaminated (Black Water)
Of all the categories, category 3 water damage is the most serious and easiest to occur. One flood can cause all the houses and businesses in the neighborhood to fall under category 3 water damage with dirty black water. It is tremendously more difficult to clean and more complicated to resolve. Another common headache that creates Category 3 water damage is sewage backups. The waste material from sewage is significantly dangerous and can result in unpleasant odor, mold, infection, and health issues.
RestorationMaster’s professional team is dedicated to responding to these emergencies quickly to save your property and restore your home or business to its initial cleanliness and safety. Our technicians are equipped with advanced water extraction equipment, humidifiers, high-tech drying machines, and experienced, skillful cleaning approaches that allow us to manage all types of contamination. In addition, our professionals are IICRC certified and recognized as one of the most reliable water damage cleanup services by Home Advisor.
How long does a water damage restoration take?
Depending on the level of damage, restoration time can take longer or shorter. In general, it takes an average of 72 hours for all the property to completely dry after the damage. RestorationMaster’s professional can arrive on-site immediately to extract water and dehumidify the property. The sooner you contact us, the quicker our professionals can reply to the situation, and the easier it is to recover your home and business. While the drying process takes a massive amount of time, damages from water happen instantly and can lead to other damages like mold and mildew issues.
Do I need to replace my water-damage carpet?
The decision of whether to replace your water-damaged carpet depends on the water damage category that you’re experiencing, which is explained above. Generally, it is highly recommended that you should replace it. Many rugs nowadays are antibacterial. However, it’s only effective on a day-to-day basis in a dry environment. Wet rugs still retain all the fungus, mold, and bacteria that can result in significant health hazards.
RestorationMaster provides comprehensive water damage services ranging from standard residential and commercial water damage restoration and sewage backup cleanup to flash flood and emergency water cleanup. RestorationMaster is recognized as one of the leading, reliable, and professional service providers in the industry. We’re available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to restore properties.