When you have water damage, it is often difficult to figure out its origin and how to clean it up. Water damage can occur from a number of sources: flooding, damaged pipes, plumbing mishaps, sewage backups, etc. Cleaning up the water damage is difficult since it is a highly technical process. It is normal to have questions concerning where the water damage came from and how to handle the water cleanup.
It takes experienced and knowledgeable professionals to manage the water extraction, structural drying, cleanup, and waste removal to bring your home back to its original, dry state. The restoration experts at RestoreUnow have the training, equipment, and technology to completely restore your home.
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Here is a list of most commonly asked questions concerning water damage:
My House Is Flooded! Should I Call My Insurance Company First?
Actually, your insurance company would probably prefer you call a water damage restoration company, like RestoreUnow, to begin the water cleanup and fix the water damage as soon as possible. The faster the restoration team gets to the water damage, the faster further water damage is prevented. This means the integrity of your home is saved and your restoration costs are lowered. You should still call your insurance company to make a claim, but you should not wait for the adjuster to arrive before bringing in restoration professionals to fix the water damage.
How Does the Water Damage Restoration Process Work?
Restoration from water damage is a very technical and multi-phase ordeal. To repair and clean up water damage and fully restore your home, it takes trained professionals with the correct equipment and technology. The first step in the restoration process is to remove all of the standing water from the flooring or carpet. Next, after the water is removed, dehumidifiers and other drying equipment are set in place to dry the affected areas. The drying process can take up to a few days, depending on the amount of water damage and the areas affected. After the drying process is complete, moisture meters are used to ensure that your home is back to its original, dry state. Along with these restoration steps, water damage may also involve removing drywall, removing mold, cleaning carpets, repairing flooring, controlling odors, and cleaning air ducts. To read more about how we handle water damage restoration here at RestoreUnow, check out some of our services: mold removal, water extraction and removal, basement flooding restoration, and more.
How Long Does Water Damage Cleanup Take?
Full water damage cleanup usually consists of two major phases. First is mitigation: cleaning and drying out the flooring, structure, and belongings. This phase can take up anywhere from 2-4 days, depending on the amount of water damage and the affected areas. The second phase in the water damage cleanup is repairs: refurbishing materials like flooring, carpeting, cabinets, and other home interiors affected by the water damage. This phase can take up anywhere from a few days to a few weeks; it all just depends on the structure and materials affected. Our team here at RestoreUnow will work with you and your insurance company to develop a plan and a timeline for your home’s water damage cleanup so you are able to get back to your dry, damage-free home as soon as possible.
How Much Does It Cost to Fix Water Damage?
Water damage costs vary based on the size of the affected area and amount of time needed to repair and restore the damaged area. If your insurance policy covers water damage, then you are usually only responsible for the deductible. However, because water moves so quickly and can be very destructive, if the damage is not removed with the correct equipment and technology, you may be looking at greater problems such as mold growth and structural damage. At RestoreUnow, we provide 24/7 services throughout central Maryland and the Washington, DC and Baltimore areas. If you’re wondering how much it costs to fix water damage in your home, contact us online, and get a free estimate today!
What Are the Different Classes of Water?
- Clean water – This water poses no harm to people. This class of water includes water damage caused by a sink or bathtub overflow or an appliance malfunction, like a water heater or washing machine.
- Gray water – This water can cause harm to people. This class of water includes contamination (chemical, physical, or biological).
- Black water – This water can cause severe harm to people. This class of water is severely unsanitary and contains pathogenic agents coming from other contaminated water sources. Black water typically comes from seawater, ground surface water, and sewage backups.
Does Water Damage Cause Mold?
Water damage always has the potential to cause mold growth. Because mold grows and thrives in moist environments, wet and humid places are the perfect place for it to spread. If you ignore moisture from water damage, mold can begin to grow within 24-28 hours. You should take immediate action and call trained restoration experts when you experience water damage of any kind. At RestoreUnow, we not only offer water damage restoration, but we also offer mold removal services in these Maryland counties: Frederick, Washington, Carroll, Howard, Montgomery, and Baltimore. If you are experiencing mold issues, do not hesitate to contact us and get your free estimate today.
What Causes Water Damage?
Water damage can be caused by a variety of factors:
- Heavy rain storms
- Burst/leaky pipes
- Malfunctioning appliances
- Roof leaks
- Defective gutters and more
There are many different causes of water damage to your home, so it is important to let a reliable company find the root of the problem and restore your home. At RestoreUnow, our team of restoration experts in the Washington, DC area promises to find the problem and fix it quickly and efficiently.
What Are the Signs of Water Damage?
These are some common signs of water damage:
- Peeling paint/wallpaper
- Visible mold
- Moisture and condensation
- Musty odors
- Moisture or dampness in your carpet/flooring
Why Should I Choose RestoreUnow As My Water Damage Restoration Service?
Here at RestoreUnow, we provide 24/7 services throughout central Maryland and the Washington, DC and Baltimore areas. We also:
- Provide up to $1,000 deductible assistance
- Require $0 down, $0 out of pocket in many cases
- Are open 24/7 for live calls
- Are on our way in 60 minutes or less
- Give free estimates
- Are certified & approved to work with all insurance companies
You can check out our website for more information on our water damage restoration process and services or contact us today for any of your water damage or other restoration needs! Call RestoreUnow at 301-679-0465 for your water damage assessment today!