What is Water Mitigation?

Water mitigation is the process of reducing or preventing the amount of water damage that happens after a flood, leaking roof or any number of water related reasons.

How Can Water Damage Experts Help?

Restoration experts will first inspect the area of damage, determine source of the leak and attempt to stop the source from producing more damage. Any standing or excess water will be removed with a water extraction machine. Once all water has been removed, we can start the drying process. Using a moisture meter our experts determine how extensive the water damage is, checking floors and walls for moisture. Next, our experts use dehumidifiers, heavy duty air movers and air scrubbers to dry your home or business according to industry standard. We also test the air to make sure that the problem is completely resolved and no moisture or mold spores remain.

Will Insurance Cover The Water Damage To My Property?

Whether or not the insurance company will cover the damage depends on the source of the damage, i.e. whether it was a natural disaster like a flood, or if it was cause by a burst pipe. The insurance company will also want to make sure that you took the necessary precautions to try to prevent the situation. Water damage experts are experienced with the insurance claim process. We deal with insurance companies on a daily basis and can help you submit your claim properly and effectively the first time around.

What Causes Water Damage?

Water damage happens for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Plumbing leaks
  • Burst or broken pipes or hoses
  • A clogged toilet
  • Moisture behind walls
  • A leaking roof
  • Foundation cracks
  • Appliance malfunction

What To Do In The Midst Of A Loss

  1. Damage from water and bacteria growth can begin within hours. Call for professional help.
  2. Remove as much water as possible by mopping and blotting.
  3. Remove wet area rugs or other floor coverings not permanently attached. Do not attempt to remove wall-to-wall carpet.
  4. Lift draperies off the floor.
  5. Wipe furniture, prop up wet furniture cushions for even drying and place aluminum foil under furniture legs.
  6. Move photos, paintings and art objects to a safe, dry location.
  7. Open drawers, closets and cabinet doors to enhance drying.

What Not To Do In The Midst Of A Loss

  • Enter a room with standing water unless electricity has been turned off
  • Use a regular household vacuum to remove water
  • Do not lift tacked-down carpet
  • Do not remove books from shelves

How Can You Prevent Water Damage?

Proper maintenance and care of your appliances can help ensure they don’t cause a water issue, especially when you are out of the home for a long period of time. If you have a septic tank, monthly inspections can reveal issues before they create problems. You can also teach everyone in your home where the water supply cutoff valve is so they can turn it off in the event of an emergency.

Keep an eye on your water bill; a sudden increase one month may indicate a leaky pipe or other problem. Also, if you notice any foul odors or black spots (mold) on the walls, contact a water damage restoration company like MBG Solutions, Inc., immediately.

 

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