Facts about Water Damage
Did you know that water damage is one of the most common forms of damage to property?
There are many causes of water damage from a busted water pipe, sewage backup or flooding, water damage can wreak havoc on your property if not addressed immediately. You may know the importance of proper water mitigation following a water loss but there is still a lot that may surprise you about water damage situations. Here are some important facts you should know about water damage restoration:
The more polluted the water, the worse your situation. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) classifies water into three categories in its S500 Standard:
- Category 1: Generally sanitary water
- Category 2: Significantly contaminated water
- Category 3: Grossly contaminated water
The category of water on any loss will dictate how it is handled.
Mold can be debilitating to your home's structure and to your health. And, it doesn't take long to begin to grow. Mold needs only five perfect conditions to grow in 48-72 hours:
- Food source
- Prime temperature
- No/minimal air movement
- No/minimal light
Fast action is crucial to lessening the damage. In order to begin processing an insurance claim, your agent needs to know some facts about your water damage situation immediately; what happened, how it happened, the source of the water, etc. The longer you wait, the worse the situation gets and your chances of having an emergency damage claim approved begin to dwindle.