Emergency Response & Mitigation: WATER DAMAGE

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:


  • "Water is the single most long-term destructive substance in the indoor environment. It dissolves many materials and supports the growth of microorganisms on others" (Michael Berry, Indoor Air Quality expert)
  • 40.3% of insurance claims for property damage are caused by water intrusion
  • 65% of the total claims costs are for flooring
  • Water damage events are divided into categories of contaminant  levels (clean, gray, black) depending on the source and path of the water, additionally identified by Classification of evaporation rate (slow, fast, fastest and specialty)
  • Mold and other microbial growth can begin as quickly as 24-48 hours after a water loss...swift action is top priority.

Hardwood floors are water-damaged. Can ACR recover them?


Hardwood floor restoration requires extensive education, the best suited equipment and experienced technical expertise. This specialty has been a well-known asset of ACR for decades, having been developed with industry pioneers and in-field testing. With flooring being the most prevalent item in insurance claims, and replacement being a very lengthy process, in-place specialty drying capability is a cost-effective and time-saving skill.

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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