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Six Common Myths about Water Damage

In the unfortunate event of water damage to your property, every action you take next is crucial to remedying the situation as quickly as possible, and preventing additional damage to other rooms and items. There are some common myths about water damage that may lead you to make poor decisions, so to make sure you are prepared, here are a few reasons why they are false.
Six Common Myths about Water Damage

“Call the Insurance Company First”

Including your insurance company in the water damage restoration process is wise; however, this particular issue is very sensitive. It is better to notify the water damage clean-up company at the first sight of the problem to begin the recovery process first. Afterwards you can contact your insurance agent. Some water damage emergency companies provide 24/7 service so no matter when the problem is found, help will be sent quickly. The longer you wait before calling the water clean-up company, the more damage your property may suffer.

“The Water Will Dry Itself”

This myth is completely false and often causes homeowners a lot of trouble. Any amount of standing water or moisture within your home can encourage mould growth and property damage, especially in conditions as serious as a flood. Seeking professional clean-up services can prevent mould spores from growing, which can begin earlier than 48 hours after the flood or leak has occurred.

“All Home Insurance Covers Flood and Mould”

To the disappointment of many homeowners, some insurance providers do not offer water damage insurance coverage. Be sure to call your insurance provider to find out what they offer, and if they do not support water damage insurance claims, it is wise to purchase separate flood insurance.

“Basement Damage Isn’t Covered by Insurance”

Although most flood insurance plans provide limited coverage for basement and property damage, you should make sure your plan also covers electrical damage and damage to appliances. In the event of a flood, they can be damaged. If possible, it is best to avoid storing valuable furniture and important items in your basement.

“Homeowners Can Clean Water Damage by Themselves”

This myth is very wrong. Even ambitious do-it-yourself (DIY) homeowners can miss the water and moisture that seeps into cracks and cause serious structural damage. Professional water damage recovery services can thoroughly investigate and test the affected areas and find out how serious the damage is. They can then provide tested and proven solutions that you most likely will not be able to handle on your own.

“Renting the Equipment Can Save Money”

You may be able to rent equipment to remedy the situation at a reasonable price, but some water damage recovery equipment is difficult to operate if you are inexperienced with it. Professionals are not only trained on how to use these tools, they also have access to high-end equipment and cleaning tools. It might not seem like much if you look at your basement flood, but a restoration team will be able to see the extent of damage that is unseen from a first glance.

Contact Flood Services Canada for Water Damage Repair

In the event of water damage such as a basement flood it is always best to call a professional water damage restoration company near you. Water damage restoration done by a team of experts will save you time and provide effective solutions to limit any additional damage to your home. It also saves you money in the long term because the job will be done right the first time.

Flood Services Canada offers advanced, professional water damage repair and clean-up and will drain, dry, extract, and salvage as much as possible to minimize or eliminate any lasting damage. Contact us at (416) 302-2107 to learn more about our services, or use our emergency hotline at (416) 999-3930 to get our rapid-response teams deployed to your location.

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Chad Vanvari

Chad Vanvari has over 20 years of experience as a cleaning & restoration professional. He started out in Montreal, establishing a commercial carpet cleaning company in the early 1990’s. By 2001, Chad had relocated to Toronto and now had extensive knowledge and experience in responding to fire/water related emergencies. He has been instrumental in the cleanup of several catastrophic floods. Currently, Chad is the president and owner of Flood Services Canada, a 24/7 emergency service restoration company.