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Tips on Choosing A Water Damage Repairer

Aug 5, 2008
Water damage mitigation is something that must be dealt with quickly and effectively. Most insurance policies cover the cost of water damage mitigation, but they also require the policyholder to take the necessary steps to prevent secondary damages. Preventing the presence of mold is one of many concerns for those who have suffered from a water damage event, but it should not be the only concern. In fact, most people have so many misconceptions about water damage and the potential for mold growth, that we decided to offer this consumer education message, so when you need to select a water damage mitigation company, you can make an informed intelligent decision.

Here are some important steps to take immediately following a water damage event to help minimize secondary damages as well as precautions that should be taken during water damage mitigation to protect your health and safety. There are also seven questions you should ask a water damage mitigation company before you invite them into your home.

To begin with, water damage mitigation is a specialized field that requires special protective measures, specialized equipment and testing capabilities as well as certain engineering controls to protect you and your property. Most restoration contractors know how to perform simple drying and site clean up. Experienced companies know how to provide restoration services that protect not only the structure, but also your health.

Water damage can be the starting point for many serious problems that can affect a building, damage personal property and present serious health risks to occupants. To restore property and protect health, a professional restoration contractor must carefully manage the project. He has to be knowledgeable in several disciplines such as stopping bacteria from spreading, preventing mold growth, preventing secondary damage, and saving the structure and its many contents. Additionally, he must be able to communicate to the water damage victims and insurance company representatives with confidence and authority. Water damaged structures can be the perfect breeding place for mold. Poor indoor ventilation can also cause molds to thrive. Wet building materials and humid indoor air are mold's best friends.

Often, a less-experienced restoration company will compound problems during water damage by not understanding the proper steps and precautions that must be taken and how critical the "Time Factor" is. The EPA says, "Stop the water leak quickly and begin restoration during the first 24 hours. It is important to dry water damaged areas and items within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth".
About the Author
Adir Le writes about Water Damage, Mold Remediation, and Fire Damage. He works for Alladin Restoration.
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