Disasters affecting your home or business can be incredibly stressful, but being prepared and knowing exactly what to do when one strikes helps alleviate anxiety. At Water Extraction Experts, we understand the importance of taking action and fixing damage as soon as possible. No matter the project, we’ll arrive promptly and begin working within two hours of the initial phone call.
Our Approach to Repair Water Damage
When you call us with a water damage claim, we immediately get to work. We use time as efficiently as possible to assess the damage, provide an estimate, and make a restoration plan. For us, every second is important—and we don’t waste it by throwing around ridiculous quotes. Our initial inspection of your home or business is complimentary, and we work with your insurance to make sure every claim is taken care of. In the meantime, our team will be focusing on restoring your property and peace of mind.
What to Expect During an Inspection
After we receive your call and learn a little about your damage, we’ll arrive within 1-2 hours to inspect the area and provide an action plan.
- Depending on the amount of damage, an assessment can take between five and forty-five minutes.
- We begin by looking at the main damage before moving on to inspect nearby structures, appliances, pipes, and other areas where loss might occur.
- Once we see the full scope of work, we share our removal and restoration plan with you, talk about schedules or concerns, give a quote, and begin working.
Removing Water and Repairing Damage
While dry-out time and repair can take hours, days, or weeks, the average time frame for complete restoration is two to twenty-two days. After the initial inspection, we remove any standing water, salvage undamaged furniture, carpet or floor, and dry out moisture with industrial-grade equipment. When all of the water and moisture is evaporated, we begin repairs. If this work requires builders, painters, plumbers, or other technicians, we tap our network to get you the most trustworthy professionals in the area. Even if all water is removed, our job isn’t finished until your property is completely restored.
How to Prepare for a Disaster and Water Damage
Even though damage or disasters happen swiftly and take you by surprise, it’s important to make a plan and be prepared. Having a disaster kit, exit plan, and a record of your possessions is incredibly helpful when filing insurance claims. Below, we share what every home or business should have on hand.
1. Photo Records of Your Home or Business
In times of stress, our memories often fail us. When dealing with any type of damage, it’s beneficial to have an exact record of your personal or business possessions.
Before snapping shots of your property, make a list of the items you’d want to file with an insurance claim.
Take photos of these items room-by-room, capturing makes, models, serial numbers, and other key information.
Once you’re finished, immediately save them to an online-based storage service, such as Dropbox, Google Drive, or iCloud. These services ensure your documents can be accessed from any device with an internet connection, making it easier to file a claim.
2. Store Emergency Numbers in Your Cell Phone
Another way to ease your mind when dealing with a disaster is to save important numbers in your cell phone. Store contact information for local fire and police departments, nearby hospitals, your insurance company, and your neighbors. Go one step further by making sure everyone in your family saves these numbers, so you don’t have to rely on a single phone.
3. Check Your Insurance Coverage
Most homeowners insurance covers damage caused by natural and accidental forces. However, damage caused by flooding, sump pump failure, earthquakes, or lack of maintenance are usually not covered. Understanding your policy leaves no room for surprise costs when incidents occur.
To ensure your policy adequately covers your home, check if the amount will be enough for the structure of your home, all personal possessions, liability to others, and any living costs if you have to relocate during repairs.
4. Build an Emergency Supply Kit
Grab a sealable container—your emergency kit is an essential (though often overlooked) part of preparing for a disaster. Your kit should include three to five days of water and food supplies, with non-perishable items such as protein bars, canned goods, pasta, and soups. It’s recommended to have a gallon of water per person for each day, so store your kit in an easily accessible area where it’s simple to grab and go.
Your Free Water Damage Assessment
If your home or business has recently experienced water damage, give us a call today. We’ll work quickly to remove the water, get your property back to normal, and prevent moisture-related problems down the line. Remember, taking swift action is your best bet for avoiding further damage and costly repairs.