Often times the humidity in your house has maybe doubled or tripled from what is normal and materials are wet that normally are not designed to get wet. If it has been 3 to 4 days since the initial water loss and you start smelling a souring smell, you may be getting bacteria forming. After we have dried out everything the smell should be gone.
Proper maintenance and care of your appliances can help ensure they don’t cause a water issue. If you have a septic tank, monthly inspections can allow you to notice if anything looks amiss. You can also teach everyone who lives in your home where the water supply cutoff valve is so they can turn it off in the event of an emergency.
Keep an eye on your water bill; a sudden increase one month may indicate a leaky pipe or other problem. Also, if you notice any foul odors or black spots (mold) on the walls, contact a water damage restoration company like AAA Restoration immediately.
Yes! Many times, the cause of water damage comes from a plumbing issue, and we realize you’ll want someone to assist you with those needs. AAA Restoration works with licensed and reliable plumbers that we would be happy to refer to you.
The first thing you should do is contact AAA Restoration. You do not want to delay, since mold begins to form after twelve hours. The longer water sits, the more opportunity it has to wreak havoc on wood, walls and carpet. You will also want to contact your insurance company to begin the claim process, avoid the affected area whenever possible. If there is standing water in an area with electrical appliances, do not enter the room under any circumstances.
Excess water in your home has the potential to create a variety of unwanted secondary effects. Property can be ruined or its value decreased, the structure of the home compromised, and water damage remediation services can cost thousands of dollars. Paint and wallpaper can chip, carpets can be destroyed and wood floors can rot. Mold can grow from untreated excess water and pose a serious threat to your health and the health of your family.
AAA Restoration will first inspect the area and attempt to stop the water source from creating additional damage. We will then use our water extraction machinery to remove any standing or access water from the site. Once the water is gone, we start the drying process with dehumidifiers and heavy fans. When the area is dry to our satisfaction, we test the air to make sure the problem is resolved and the moisture and any mold spores have been removed.
Whether or not the insurance company will cover the damage depends on the source of the damage, (i.e. whether it was a natural disaster like a flood, or if it was caused by a burst pipe.) The insurance company will also want to make sure that you took the necessary precautions to try and prevent the situation.
AAA Restoration are experienced with the insurance claim process. We deal with insurance companies on a daily basis, and can help you submit your claim properly and effectively the first time around. We are here to help you, and our water damage remediation services are accepted by all the big homeowners insurance companies.
A number of factors determine drying time including location and size of affected area, types of building materials, weather conditions and how quickly remediation services begin. Each situation is unique, however, most property takes approximately 3-5 days to dry.
The use of non-commercial equipment will not properly extract water from the affected areas and materials. It is important to properly dry water-damaged areas within 24-48 hours in order to prevent mold growth.
Air movers and dehumidifiers create some noise. It is important that the equipment remains on, so if you find the noise to be disruptive, you might want to consider another place to stay.
Most hard surfaces can be cleaned and sanitized. Porous materials affected such as drywall, insulation, particle-board, and paneling should be removed and disposed of.