Water damage is one of the most prevalent problems faced by property owners. According to research from the insurance industry, 98 percent of basements in the United Sates experience some form of damage from water. Every day, about 14,000 people face a water damage emergency whether at home or at work. There are several reasons for these high numbers:
- Appliances, such as water heaters, falter after about ten years
- Plumbing system and piping wear and tear often can’t be seen
- Leaky faucets and running toilets go unrepaired
- Buildup occurs unseen
- Properties are affected by natural disasters and severe weather
Based on the numbers provided by the insurance industry, there’s a high probability that you’ll suffer a water damage experience. When this happens, will you tackle the recovery efforts on your own or contact professionals in the restoration community?
Why You Should Hire Professionals Rather Than DIY
The extent of the damage can be deceiving. Building materials, such as drywall and insulation, quickly absorb water. When property owners opt to clean up the water on their own, they may vacuum and mop up the water, believing they’ve appropriately dealt with the problem. Unfortunately, as water soaks into building materials, it continues to cause trouble, weakening those building materials and supporting the growth of mold or mildew. These hidden damages often become much more problematic and expensive than the more obvious damages.
- Specialized Equipment
When you’re faced with flooding and other water damages, it’s best to contact professionals. Water damage technicians have specialized equipment to rapidly remove water and moisture that can be seen and that has been absorbed into the wood, cement, drywall, and insulation of the property. Professionals tackle the moisture levels in the air and use dehumidifiers to pull moisture out of the structural elements and furnishings of the building.
- Mold Remediation Resources
Beyond this, professionals have the equipment and cleaning supplies to prevent mold growth. This is an important step because of the inherent health risks. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration and the Centers for Disease Control have established specific protocols for dealing with mold. Professionals are trained in these techniques and have the appropriate materials to maintain their own safety and that of the people in the building.
- Personal Safety Precautions
Finally, water damage poses a lot of immediate danger. If flooding has brought black water into the property, you could be exposed to human waste, various chemicals, and biological contaminants. During water disasters, electrical and natural gas appliances are often affected. Electrocution and related risks become a very real possibility.
How To Choose a Restoration Company
At first, property owners worry that hiring a restoration company is expensive and decide to tackle damage because of this. However, you’re likely to save money by calling in professionals who resolve the damages right away. Contact your insurance company for more information. Once you decide to hire professionals, how can you tell who to hire?
- Start With Local Companies
Begin by focusing on local restoration companies. Local professionals can get to your property more quickly than an out-of-town company. It’s also easier to research local professionals. Ask around to get firsthand information from other home or business owners, your insurance company, and the local Better Business Bureau.
- Ask for Licensing and Insurance Proof
Next, get proof of licensing and insurance. Companies with a license from the IICRC meet specific requirements that mean you’ll receive higher quality services. It’s also imperative that the company carries its own insurance. If anything goes wrong during the restoration process, you could become responsible for all the new damages if the restoration company doesn’t have active insurance coverage.
- Find Out About Availability
Hopefully, you’re researching water restoration companies before your property has been affected by water damage. Look for companies that are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can’t count on pipes to break during normal business hours. Find out how you can communicate with the crews during cleanup and make sure that someone is available to answer your questions all the time. You will probably act as a go-between for the restoration company and your insurance company, so lengthy delays can become frustrating.
Get Help Immediately
There are many benefits to hiring professionals as soon as you recognize water damages. You’ll find that professionals, such as those at the United Water Restoration Group, can ultimately save you a lot of time and money. We have the training, the equipment, the licensing and insurance, and the availability you need for the best recovery results.