Posted by: Elite Restoration LLC on May 1, 2023
Your home is your fortress and while your four walls and roof can usually keep everything out, water sometimes has a sneaky way of making its way in. Our team of professionals can always help you restore your home after water damage, but we also have a list of products that you can use to prevent damage from ever happening.
Check out these seven products that can help you prevent water damage in your home:
Water alarms : These are small devices that can be placed near appliances, water heaters, or in areas where water is likely to leak. If water is detected, the alarm will sound, alerting you to the problem so you can take action before it causes damage.
Water shut-off systems: These are automated systems that can turn off the water supply to your home if a leak is detected. They can be installed at the main water supply line or at individual appliances such as washing machines or dishwashers. These are especially important if your family spends extended time away from your home.
Sump pumps: If you have a basement or crawl space that is prone to flooding, a sump pump can help remove water and prevent damage. They can be installed with battery backup systems to ensure they continue to work even during power outages.
Water-resistant coatings: These coatings can be applied to walls, floors, and other surfaces to help repel water and prevent damage from moisture. These coatings are perfect for garages and sheds!
Gutters and downspouts: Properly installed gutters and downspouts can help direct water away from your home's foundation and prevent water damage. Make sure your gutters and downspouts are in good condition after winters or big storms.
Sealants: Sealants can be used around windows, doors, and other areas where water can seep in to prevent leaks and water damage.
Drainage systems: If your home is on a sloped or hilly property, a drainage system can help prevent water from accumulating around your home and causing damage.
It's important to remember that while these products can be effective in preventing water damage, regular maintenance and inspections are also necessary to ensure they are working properly. Call our team of professionals today if you suspect you have water damage in your home!
Most homeowner's policies cover most water damages, but not all water damages are created equal. There can be a lot of exceptions to coverage depending on the intricacies of your policy. This is why it's a good idea to be familiar with your policy and call your agent right away when damage occurs.
A good portion of water damage can be prevented by proper household maintenance. Routine plumbing maintenance, as well as sump pump and appliance maintenance, are effective ways to avoid preventable damages. If you live in a cold climate, preparing your home for the winter can also help avoid damage. Finally, it's a good idea to regularly check the exterior of your home, particularly your roof, for damage to ensure water isn't unexpectedly leaking into your home.
Identifying the source of the water damage is one of the first steps in both the insurance claim process and before beginning to dry out and repair the damaged areas. After all, if you replace a sagging, wet ceiling that was caused by a roof leak but don't fix the roof, too, the next rainstorm will start the cycle all over again. The buckling to your hardwood floor could be caused by a leaking pipe. We will pinpoint the exact cause of your water damage and make sure the source is repaired. We make sure your restoration job is done right the first time.
That depends on the types of materials that were affected by water. Drywall, carpet, and hardwood floors will take longer to dry than other materials in the space. We use moisture meters throughout the process and in many different locations to gauge the moisture levels and will continue to adjust our fans and dehumidifiers to achieve an efficient but effective dry time. The bare minimum of "three days to dry" may only produce a surface dry, but can still leave behind moisture levels that create an ideal environment for mold to grow.
Water damage insurance claims depend on a few different criteria. Ultimately, that's a question you'll have to clarify with your insurance company. However, we can tell you that the viability of water damage insurance claims depends primarily on what caused the damage (storm, burst pipe, plumbing malfunction, localized flood, sump pump failure, etc.). Some insurance policies will outline scenarios that will NOT be covered without specific riders like flood insurance, or sump pump failure insurance.
Contacting a restoration contractor as well as your insurance adjuster at the same time is a good idea because the restoration contractor will help make sure that not only will the water extraction and dry out be covered but the rebuild process that should follow. If the full scope of the claim isn't outlined and agreed upon from the start, there may be issues down the line, and property owners may find themselves having to pay out of pocket to get the property completely back to normal.
Most homeowners start trying to remove the water themselves before they realize they'll need to contact their insurance company about a claim so they can call in a water damage restoration company. However, standing water around anything with a power cord or outlet or sagging ceilings make the area unsafe. Also, many insurance claims require documentation of the loss BEFORE any work is done, including removing the water. Always take plenty of photos of the damage you see before taking any action to start cleaning up the mess. Your restoration contractor will be able to back up your insurance claim scope with the necessary technical documentation as well.
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