Eliminating Water Damage from Everett Properties 24/7
SERVPRO Water Removal Helps with Claims Filing
Water damage in any home can be very distressing. Whether the cause is a sudden pipe burst or an appliance malfunction, this damage can quickly compound into structural damage and mold growth that requires professional remediation to clean in full. Everett homeowners deserve cleanup from a crew trained to do the job.
Everett water damage restoration professionals at SERVPRO render their services 24 hours a day, including during weekends and holidays. This commitment to availability reduces the potential for mold growth and can save homeowners a great deal on their home repair needs.
What Exactly is Covered by a Water Damage Claim?
These claims can vary greatly depending on multiple factors, such as:
- The homeowner's or renter's policy terms
- The source of the water intrusion
- Whether the disaster was a sudden accident or occurred gradually
Insurance claims for gradual damage are often blocked by insurers. Home occupants can learn whether their policy covers this by contacting their agent. Agents can also elaborate on what situations are excluded from the policy and what is covered when a disaster occurs. Cases typically covered by policies can include water damage caused by sudden plumbing or appliance breaks or mold damage resulting from excess moisture. Typically, flood damage coverage is under a rider or different policy.
To minimize claim denial, homeowners can take steps like performing property maintenance during the spring and fall each year, keeping receipts and records of home repairs, and maintaining documentation and photos of belongings affected by the disaster. Property owners interested in additional or comprehensive coverage options to minimize the risk of claim denial are encouraged to speak with their agent.
SERVPRO's Water Remediation Tools and Strategies for Homeowners
Water cleanup professionals like the crew at SERVPRO perform every step of the remediation process. These steps can be broken down into:
Some of the most commonly used inspection tools include penetrating and pinless sensors and meters, and thermal imaging cameras. The former can determine moisture content in materials like wood and drywall. In contrast, the latter determines potential water zones behind surfaces via temperature changes. Inspections are also performed throughout restoration to ensure that moisture levels are returned to safe levels.
After formulating a plan based on inspection data, including relative humidity information from thermohygrometers, SERVPRO can proceed with water extraction. Whether portable or trunk-mounted, these units work with the same three major components: vacuums, pumps, and heaters. Much of the extraction process, particularly for carpets, only requires a vacuum system. Still, upholstery and drapery cleaning can require all three components.
Extraction is crucial because it can speed up drying with air movers and dehumidifiers many hundreds of times and minimize the likelihood of secondary water damage during that restoration step. Air movers are positioned incrementally around the damage during the drying process to cover approximately 150 to 300 square feet. Technicians set up dehumidifiers nearby to collect the moist air for disposal in an approved treated sewer.
Sanitation is another step that can be performed at different stages of restoration. SERVPRO uses EPA-registered, OSHA-approved biocides to eliminate bacteria, which can also help with odors caused by water damage before deodorization. Deodorization is typically implemented after cleanup and can be done with fogging devices, scented granules positioned near vent intakes, time-release pellets, and other odor counteractants.
Homeowners can count on SERVPRO South Everett for around-the-clock service, to make it "Like it never even happened." Call (425) 367-4484 to begin restoration.