Water damage is a very common source of property damage. There are so many potential ways water intrusion can come up...heavy rains, plumbing failure, accidental discharge of sprinkler systems...ACR sees water damage claims every day. What may be surprising though is that most water damage recoveries involve fairly small volumes of water. The problems that make these a real concern is how the losses are handled.
Improperly handled losses involving even small quantities of water can go wrong quickly, most notably, in mold growth. Restoration industry standards have been established based on decades of cause/effect studies with a huge variety of affected materials and environmental situations by governing bodies such as the IICRC (Institute for Inspection, Cleaning and
Restoration Certification) and the RIA (Restoration Industry Association). It's extremely important that the restoration contractor handling your water loss knows the guidelines and best practices through continuing professional education.
Important Facts about Water Damage:
What happens after the water is removed?
Following emergency mitigation of the water, some removal and replacement of materials may be required. Many building materials and contents can be successfully recovered through restorative drying, but if water was allowed to absorb too deeply into drywall, wood, flooring, etc., these materials must be replaced.
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