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4 Myths About Water Damage Restoration and How to Restore Your Home in Superior, WI


July 7th, 2016 · No Comments

When your Superior, WI home experiences water damage, a slew of to-dos may be running through your mind. You may take to the internet, frantically call your insurance company, or try to salvage everything that you can. Here are some myths about water damage restoration to help you avoid some common and costly mistakes.

Myth 1: Your insurance covers it.

No! Most homeowner policies only cover water damage caused by plumbing issues, faulty appliances, and leaking roofs. You need to have a separate flood insurance policy to cover damages caused by river flooding, heavy rains, or rising ground water. If you have flood insurance, make sure it covers mold remediation and under what circumstances.

Myth 2: Call your insurance first

It‘s actually best to call a water damage restoration service first to begin the restoration process as soon as possible. The insurance agent will likely ask what damage has occurred, and it is difficult to correctly tell very early on. In addition, as a home owner, you will not know how to gauge the actual extent of the damage. The restoration professionals at ServiceMaster Superior Duluth Cloquet will be able to properly assess the damage, accurately communicate that information to your insurance agent, and restore your home as quickly as possible.

Myth 3: I can rent equipment and do it myself

This a major don’t. The process of water extraction requires knowing where the major damage is, the source of entry for the seepage, and how to properly extract the water and remediate any mold/mildew growth.

Myth 4: I just need to clean my carpet really well

False. Whether or not you get to keep your carpet depends on the category of water from the flooding. Category 1 water is sourced from sanitary water such as unsullied toilets, faucets, broken hoses, and sinks. Category 2, called gray water, comes from sources including groundwater and broken appliances such as dishwashers and washing machines. Category 3 water, also known as black water, is highly contaminated water.

This water comes from flooding and may contain sewage, chemicals, debris, and a long list of pathogens. If your home experiences flooding from black water, you should remove and replace anything it has damaged. Keep in mind, however, that dealing with Category 3 water can pose significant health and safety threats. It is also important to note that Category 2 water can easily become Category 3 depending on how long it takes for the restoration process to begin.

ServiceMaster Superior Duluth Cloquet provides the proper water damage restoration services your Superior, WI home needs in order to be correctly, thoroughly, and safely restored. For more information, contact us at 888-393-4334.

 

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