San Diego homeowners faced with water damage for the first time may have no idea what to expect or where to turn. Don’t worry, you can go from knowing nothing to being knowledgeable with these eight basic ideas.
You only can get flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). You can get insurance against water damage from just about any insurer. Mother Nature sends a storm surge through your living room? You needed NFIP. Your washer hose breaks? Your homeowners insurance should cover at least part of the water damage restoration costs.
2. Water is Not All the Same
Professionals like Certified Restoration need to know what kind of water ruined your home:
- Clean water, like the water line going into your dishwasher; this water carries no contaminants.
- Gray water, such as drain water from a shower or clothes washer; this water could have bacteria and contaminants in it.
- Black water, from a backed up sewer, a flood, an overflowing toilet or storm deluge; this is highly polluted, dangerous water.
3. Insurance, Take Two
When sudden damage overwhelms your San Diego home, your insurance company likely will be there to help with water damage repair costs. When you ignored a broken sump pump, your insurer will more than likely leave that to you.
4. Mold is Everywhere
Mold spores travel by air. They settle and propagate in warm, moist spots. So when you face water damage, the clock is ticking on remediating the problem, because mold spores will take up residence in your residence.
5. Uncover it All
Though you soaked up the water on top of a carpet; you cannot assume you got all the water. Uncover everything to seek out and soak up all the water and begin water damage repair work. This also helps with your insurance claim.
6. Insurance, Take Three
As soon as you discover water damage, contact your insurer. This starts the claims process and can connect you with expert water damage restoration companies like Certified Restoration.
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7. Close it Up
Avoid opening up the entire house in an attempt to disperse humidity. Rely instead on your HVAC system to dehumidify.
8. Be Patient
Avoid panic and promote patience. Ensure you have found all the water, removed all destroyed property and eradicated all mold and mildew before beginning water damage restoration.
For expert advice and service, contact Certified Restoration, your San Diego partner in quick, professional water damage solutions.