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Steps to Take After Water Damage

It would be an error to assume that water damage is superficial or limited. Household water leaks tend to occur slowly over time. Depending upon the location of the leak, water can soak into insulation, behind walls, under flooring, and compromise structural integrity. When toilet or sewer-related damage is the issue, it’s a toxic situation.

Who To Call

It’s important for individuals to know and understand their options in the event of water damage. Most insurance companies recommend that policyholders contact them first to make a claim, but the policy may include other options.

  • Choose from a list of preferred providers maintained by the insurance company to handle specific types of damage
  • Allow policyholders to choose their own contractor, such as a restoration and recovery company, and the insurance company will pay the bill
  • Require policy owners to obtain cost estimates from three contractors before selecting one

Time is of the utmost importance with water damage. In moist and humid conditions, mold can begin growing and multiplying in as little as 24 hours. It’s essential to hire a water restoration team as soon as possible.

Safety First

Turn off the electricity and don’t stand in any wet areas or pooling. To reach fuse boxes that may be near the leak area, wear rubber boots and protective clothing in the event of an injury to prevent potential infections. Gather up any paper documents such as passports, vehicle titles and similar items to protect them from damage. If the leak is sewer-related, vacate the premises.

Begin Repairs Immediately

This is where the services of a restoration and recovery company is without compare. An insurance claim specialist will be on-site to assist individuals. The company’s professionals will pinpoint the origins of the leak with thermal infrared imaging, remove the liquid and dry out the site. Mold remediation will be performed, along with complete structural cleaning and deodorization. The experts will also arrange for any needed repairs.

An advantage of hiring a restoration expert is that they have the advanced technology available to restore a vast number of items ranging from furniture and drapes to electronic devices. They’ll pack and transport salvageable items, perform restoration services, and store possessions until all the water damage has been alleviated, and then return them to the home or business.

Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida Rapid Restoration is South Florida’s #1 restoration company in the disaster relief industry. With 24/7 emergency services we have provided thousands of clients with emergency restoration services throughout Boca Raton, Palm Beach, Miami Dade, Broward,  and Port St. Lucie Counties. We offer property restoration, mediation and, repair for water damage, mold removal, fire, smoke and biohazard removal services throughout the entire South Florida area.

We are a Licensed Commercial and Residential Emergency Restoration Contractor.

Whether it’s your home or office that’s been affected by water damage, fire, smoke damage, or mold, contact Rapid Restoration Recovery, Inc.

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5 Ways to Identify Water Damage

Water damage is seldom an immediately noticeable occurrence. It typically happens over an extended amount of time. It’s only when the damage has become extensive and widespread that individuals realize they have a problem. However, there are early signs that can be detected by observant individuals. The following are five ways to identify water damage.

Stains

If left long enough, water from roof leaks will drip down and begin to discolor ceiling materials and even walls. Individuals should use caution if their ceilings or walls are becoming discolored, as it may be mold that’s causing the staining – as a result of a water leak. All mold needs to thrive and expand is warmth, darkness, and moisture.

Changes in Walls, Floors or Ceilings

A change in the appearance of walls, floors or ceilings is never good news. Water damage can manifest in several ways. Paint may begin to sag or peel and floors and ceilings can begin to bow or warp. The trim around doors and windows may exhibit bowing and there can be visible breaks and cracks in caulk lines.

Unusual or Musty Odors

Molds and bacteria have a gassing off effect as they grow that’s responsible for what’s described as a musty smell. It’s a definite giveaway that mold is growing somewhere in the structure. Mold isn’t the only substance that may cause unpleasant odors. There are a great many modern building materials that emit an undesirable or unusual odor when they get wet.

Increased Utility Bills

Leaks and water damage can affect utility bills in various ways. When the leak is the result of a faulty appliance or pipe, water bills can increase. Roof leaks can saturate insulation, rendering it ineffective and electric bills will increase as cooling units become less efficient.

Water Sounds

Listen for the sounds of dripping, running water, or a hissing sound. The sounds will be most obvious when a home or business is quiet and no water is being used. Structures make a wide variety of creaks, groans and moans as they settle at night due to temperature fluctuations – but the sound of water isn’t one of them.

Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida Rapid Restoration is South Florida’s #1 restoration company in the disaster relief industry. With 24/7 emergency services we have provided thousands of clients with emergency restoration services throughout Boca Raton, Palm Beach, Miami Dade, Broward,  and Port St. Lucie Counties. We offer property restoration, mediation and, repair for water damage, mold removal, fire, smoke and biohazard removal services throughout the entire South Florida area.

We are a Licensed Commercial and Residential Emergency Restoration Contractor.

Whether it’s your home or office that’s been affected by water damage, fire, smoke damage, or mold, contact Rapid Restoration Recovery, Inc.

TODAY at: 561-344-5070 

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