“Great Job! Francois came to the house and inspected not only the damaged area, but the whole house, and found things that I hadn’t noticed. Since he worked as an insurance agent for 10 years, he knows what to look for as well as how to deal with the insurance company and will go to bat for you to get it fixed correctly. I then had him do the remediation….”
You do not have to use the water damage restoration company your insurance recommended. In fact, you should not only choose a water damage company that you are comfortable working with, but also one that is certified to perform water damage restoration services. And perhaps most importantly, you’ll want to choose the provider that can get to work right away. You don’t want to have to wait days or even hours for a company to address your water damage.
When it comes to water restoration services, consider whether or not the company is accredited with IICRC, which stands for: Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification. This is an accreditation for businesses in the restoration, inspection and cleaning industries. The institute examines businesses that apply for certification, encouraging them to adhere to best practices and act in the best interest of the consumer.
Additionally, you should hire a company that is available 24/7, one that offers a wide range of water restoration services, and one that uses modern extraction and drying equipment. It is often best to get recommendations from friends and neighbors, but not to hire based solely on price. In fact, the insurance industry has well established rates they will pay for various types of water damage and restoration work. This means you do not need to shop around for the best pricing. It will be the same price no matter which water restoration company you use.
Texas Dry Out & Restoration performs water cleanup and restoration services in compliance with the IICRC S500 standards for professional water damage restoration. Plus, Texas Dry Out & Restoration is equipped with state-of-the art water extraction, drying and moisture testing equipment to handle every part of the water cleanup process.
Our estimators are experienced at dealing with insurance companies and local adjusters. We will thoroughly document your loss, with photos taken before work begins, during the cleanup and restoration process, and after our work is completed. We may also include sketches and drying logs as part of our water damage clean-up process. Our certified experts will work hard to ensure a hassle-free experience for you from start to finish.
There are many obvious signs of water damage, including burst pipes, an overflowing toilet, water heater failure and sump pump failure. However, don’t forget about the possibility of a hidden water leak. These can silently damage your home. Tracing a hidden water leak can be difficult, but it is necessary to take steps to avoid the potential damage that a water leak can cause.
The professionals at Texas Dry Out and Restoration know where to look for water damage. But As a homeowner, you can detect signs of water damage with these five tips from Texas Dry Out & Restoration:
- Examine the Walls
Check your walls, as well as ceilings and window and door frames for water damage signs. Also look for stains or cracks on your drywall and any area that may be soft or swollen.
- Investigate the Floors
Check your floors, especially in the basement, for signs of buckling. Any indication of warped flooring usually means water damage is present. Also, be aware of stains on your carpeting or wood flooring. Damp flooring could serve as a breeding ground for mold and mildew.
- Survey the Pipes
Inspect piping in your laundry room, bathroom, basement and kitchen for water stains. Make sure you also survey your water heater for rust on the tank and damp spots on the floor.
- Check the Attic and the Roof
Pay attention to the areas where your roof’s decking boards meet, inspect the areas around chimneys and vents, and where the roof comes together with the walls. Make sure that the insulation throughout your attic is in good condition and is dry.
- Analyze the Exterior
Investigate your roof for missing shingles and monitor any standing water. Examine the valleys in your roof and the flashing around chimneys and vents. Make sure your roof gutters aren’t pulling away from the edge of your house.
The harmful effects of water damage can be reduced greatly by the prompt and reliable plumbing and water damage restoration services from Texas Dry Out & Restoration. Call us when you notice the signs of water damage, and we will send a specialist to get your home back into working order as soon as possible.
Mold from water damage is often a concern after a flood. In small quantities, mold is not usually harmful. However, large amounts of mold can cause serious health concerns for those exposed to it over time. It can also cause health problems in people with respiratory issues and weakened immune systems.
Mold after water damage can begin to grow in as little as 24 hours. It especially thrives in damp, dark environments but can begin to grow just about anywhere after a flood. Here are some steps you can take to prevent mold growth:
- Remove furniture, carpet and other portable items from the water-damaged area in your home.
- Get rid of the water. Call a professional water removal service like Texas Dry Out & Restoration, which can quickly get the proper equipment onsite for water removal, drying and decontamination.
- You can begin to dry out the affected area with fans and dehumidifiers on your own. But a professional water cleanup/restoration company like Texas Dry Out & Restoration will bring in professional grade drying equipment and air sanitizers to complete the water clean-up process and rid the area of potential bacteria.
Insurance coverage can vary a great deal depending on the provider, as well as the specific policy and applicable riders.
Damage typically covered by insurance may include:
Sewer backups (often termed fill-ups by insurance)
Appliance malfunctions or overflows, discharges or fill-ups
Weather-related water damage from hail, ice or tornadoes
Will your insurance cover water damage? It depends. Check with your insurance provider about your policy details and to stay fully informed in case of an emergency.
Typically, most insurance companies cover “sudden and accidental” water damage. However, damage caused by an ongoing issue or structural problem may not be covered. The professionals at Texas Dry Out & Restoration can give our professional opinion on the likelihood of insurance coverage. We will also work directly with your local adjuster throughout the process, making it easier for you. Your insurance carrier will determine coverage by the cause and extent of the damage, and some coverage may be limited.
Texas Dry Out & Restoration’s estimators are experienced at dealing with insurance companies and adjusters. As required by your insurance carrier, Our team of water damage professionals will thoroughly document your loss, including taking photos before work begins, during the cleanup and restoration process, and after our work is completed. We may also include sketches and drying logs to satisfy your insurance company. Our experts will work hard to ensure a hassle-free experience for you from start to finish.
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Broken pipes, floods, or other water leaks call for swift action.
If water extraction and other preventative steps aren’t taken immediately the water damage can become even more extensive, seeping into walls and floors. This is how a simple water leak causes structural damage.
If materials are left wet for any extent of time, Mold can start to become a problem.