Why Appropriate Dry out is Necessary after Water Damage

There are many things that can happen to damage a home. However, not many of the most common issues will cause as much damage as what can be caused by a flood or other forms of water damage. Not only can water cause damage to the surface area of the home, such as carpet and removable items in the home, but it can also damage the building structure as well.

20140901_104948One of the most important things that a homeowner can do after a flood has occurred is to make sure that the proper dry out procedure has been taken. If water is able to sit in a home, there is a danger that additional damage will occur to the structure of the home.

Water can seep into the wood, drywall, insulation and other components that make up the home and cause them to begin to rot and degrade. If they become too damaged, the entire safety of the home may become compromised.

Another issue that can appear is the growth of dangerous mold. Toxic mold requires surfaces be extremely wet for several days in order to begin growing. For this reason, it is vital that the water is removed from a home as soon as possible.

There are many health risks that can be caused to the people living in a home where mold is present. It is also very expensive and time consuming to have mold removed from a home, so it is best to prevent it in the first place. One of the best ways to prevent mold is to have a professional dry out your home properly after water damage has occurred.

When you hire a professional to dry out your home, you will not need to worry about purchasing any supplies or learning how to complete the project on your own. You will also be able to rest assured that the water has been removed properly and the integrity of your home is in shape.

 

20140901_101743Your home is a great investment and it is important that you protect it from the damage that water can cause. If you have a flood, you should call a professional in order to assess exactly what needs to be done in order to keep your home safe from the damage that the flood can cause.

You should also talk to your insurance company because it is a possibility that your policy will pay for repairs that have been completed in regards to the water damage. It is best to call your insurance company immediately so that they can look at the damage before any repairs are made.

It is also best to begin documenting the initial damage yourself by taking pictures and listing the items that will need to be replaced. Your insurance company will request this information and it will make the process easier if you already have it prepared for them in advance. After your adjuster reviews the damage, you will then be able to learn more about the steps that you will need to take in order to completely repair everything that has been damaged.

Call Water Damage Zone, Inc. today (877) 520.1923– your future bills may be a lot smaller, if you follow these simple tips.

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15115 Califa St. Ste. C
Van Nuys, CA 91411

10 Things You Can Do While You Wait…

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10 things to do while waiting for a technician from Water Damage Zone to arrive on site:

By following these tips our technicians are able to arrive and get straight to work, while further preserving your home and contents.

 

  • Disconnect or unplug. All electrical sources and appliances should be shut off in order to prevent electrocution or shock along with making sure to shut off main water valve, gas, and electric completely, to reduce damage. Only do this, if you know where to locate the main water valve, main gas line and electrical panel. Be sure you are not in standing water when disconnecting any electrical sources.
  • Keep all exposed furniture dry. Placing either plastic or aluminum foil underneath the legs of larger furniture that is heavy and hard to move, this will help keep the furniture from becoming saturated with water or contaminants.
  • Be careful where you walk. Try to seal off the areas that have been exposed to any mold, sewage or flood water. This way you do not further track the contaminants into other areas of your home. If you do have to go into this area, place plastic over your shoes. Make sure before you leave to place your shoes in a plastic bag.
  • Move saturated items. If you have any items such as clothing, bedding, curtains or small rugs that have been completely saturated with water, move them into the bath tub, large containers, the garage or outside in the backyard or equivalent. This way the items are out-of-the-way and will dry out quicker.
  • Discard items exposed to sewage or mold. Be sure to toss out anything that has been exposed to sewage and mold damage, mainly for health reasons. If you are not sure, ask one of our experienced technicians. They will be able to determine whether or not the item is recoverable. Any children’s toys or wooden and plastic utensils are not easily sterilized and should not be kept.
  • Store personal records in your freezer. If you have any personal paperwork, books and pictures that have been damaged by water, place the items into Ziploc plastic bags sealed. Doing this can help in preventing further damage until one of Water Damage Zones technicians are able to begin working on them.
  • Keep windows and doors shut. Opening the windows and doors may do more damage by allowing more moisture inside then its releasing. Ask one of our Water Damage Zone technicians what they advise you to do in order to prevent more moisture and damage from occurring.
  • Move any of your floor length curtains. Keep them off the floor using the old “wrap and knot method” or by using a coat hanger to lift the curtains off the floor, simply hook the coat hanger on to the curtain rod. This will aide in drying out the part that has been exposed to water along with preventing further damage.
  • Wipe down, mop up, open and move. Any excess water off of furniture to get rid of excess moisture to decrease drying time. Try to mop up as much water as you can to help decrease the level of further extensive damage to your property. Open all the drawers, cabinets, and closets to help dry out faster and decrease drying time. Prop up wet furniture cushions for level drying.
  • Take notes and research about the water damage process. Water Damage Zone has many useful articles on how to prevent water damage, mold damage, restoration/repairs and other helpful tips and tricks.  Keep in mind that the sooner you call the less damage you are likely to be left dealing with. It only takes 24-48 hours for mold to begin growing depending on the type of environment.


Water Damage vs. Flood Damage

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Flood Damage Vs. Water Damage

It Pays To Know The Difference

Water, water everywhere, but not a drop should be there. With dismay, you discover that your home is filled with damaging water. Will your insurance policy cover this loss? That depends on the type of insurance you chose to purchase and how the water entered your house.
There basically are two insurance policies that deal with a homeowner’s damage due to water — a flood insurance policy and a homeowners insurance policy. Losses not covered by one of these policies may be covered by the other. Knowing the losses to which your home could be exposed will help you decide whether to buy one or both of these insurance coverage.
While insurance policies may differ in the coverage provided from homeowner to homeowner, there often are basic features common to all policies. You should ask your insurance agent or insurance company about the specifics of your insurance policy. In the meantime, the Insurance Information Network of California (IINC) offers the following general information based on standard insurance policies.
FLOOD INSURANCE
As the name implies, a standard flood insurance policy, which is written by the National Flood Insurance Program, provides coverage up to the policy limit for damage caused by flood. The dictionary defines “flood” as a rising and overflowing of a body of water onto normally dry land. For insurance purposes, the word “rising” in this definition is the key to distinguishing flood damage from water damage. Generally, damage caused by water that has been on the ground at some point before damaging your home is considered to be flood damage. A handful of examples of flood damage include:
A nearby river overflows its banks and washes into your home.
A heavy rain seeps into your basement because the soil can’t absorb the water quickly enough
A heavy rain or flash flood causes the hill behind your house to collapse into a mud slide that oozes into your home.

Flood damage to your home can be insured only with a flood insurance policy — no other insurance will cover flood damage. Flood insurance is available through your insurance agent, insurance company or local Federal Emergency Management Office (FEMA). To determine if your home is located in a flood plain, contact your county planning office. If you are living in a flood plain, flood insurance may be an excellent purchase.
HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE
A homeowners insurance policy doesn’t provide coverage for flood damage, but it does provide coverage for many types of water damage to your home. Just the opposite from flood damage, for insurance purposes, water damage is considered to occur when water damages your home before the water comes in contact with the ground. A few examples of water damage include:
A hailstorm smashes your window, permitting hail and rain free access into your home.
A heavy rain soaks through the roof, allowing water to drip through your attic or ceiling.
A broken water pipe spews water into your home.

Even if flood or water damage is not covered by your homeowners insurance policy, losses from theft, fire or explosion resulting from water damage is covered. For example, if a nearby creek overflows and floods your home, and looters steal some of your furnishings after you evacuate, the theft would be covered by your homeowners insurance because it is a direct result of the water damage. However, the flood damage would be covered only if you have flood insurance.
It’s important to note that flood insurance and homeowners insurance do not duplicate coverage for water damage. Instead, they complement each other.
It is up to you to talk to your insurance agent or insurance company about flood insurance and homeowners insurance, and then decide which insurance coverage you need to protect your home, its contents and your family.

Information provided by:
http://www.iinc.org/articles/18/1/Flood-Damage-Vs-Water-Damage/Page1.html