Your Home: Flood Damage
Updated: 11/19/2011 04:32 PM
By: Ryan Peterson
Mother nature left a lot of people under water just a couple of months ago. Some people lost everything. Those of you fortunate enough to salvage your home have probably called on the services of a professional restoration company.
"It's easy to go in and see the water sitting there on carpets and floors and getting it out of there," said DJ, a restoration specialist. "Our main concern is what's behind the walls."
Outfits like DJ's work hand-in-hand with your insurance company, which means the work they do is covered. Their job is to make your house livable again.
"If you leave the wall sitting there untreated, there's no airflow, it's moist back there, then the mold starts to grow," said DJ. "When the mold starts to grow it turns a simple two or three-day process into months of mold remediation and rebuild.
DJ says it's necessary to get the ball rolling pretty quickly. The last thing anyone wants is a lengthy remediation period like he described. After any kind of flood damage contact your insurance agent immediately.
"You also want to put a phone call into a company so we can get out there that night or that day," said DJ. "Water, unlike fire, if you have a fire, it sits there until you can address it. Water gets worse as the minutes and hours go by."
Again, if you take the right steps, in a timely fashion, your house will be as good as new before you know it.
"As bad as it is, there is definitely light at the end of the tunnel," said DJ. "And on a normal water loss, front to finish you're looking probably two to three weeks."
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