Water is one of the most destructive forces that can invade your home or office. It damages personal belongings as well as every piece of furniture and building material it touches. When extraction is done incorrectly, it can lead to musty smells, mold and even health problems. It can also give your insurance company the ability to deny your claim.
When water extraction is done properly, it increases the possibility of drying out the building materials that have absorbed some of the water, preventing mold and saving hundreds or thousands of dollars in repair costs.
Whether water extraction is needed or not, if building materials are wet, they either need to be removed or dried out. Removing materials that are too wet to be salvaged is the most expensive solution because anything that can’t be salvaged has to be replaced. When a certified professional is notified when water damage first begins, he or she is often able to use the right equipment in the right way and dry out almost anything that’s wet – even hardwood floors.
One of the other benefits of hiring a company certified in water extraction and drying is that they are regulated by Florida law to stand behind their work. If mold is discovered as a result of improper water mitigation, they would be responsible for paying for the mold removal. There’s no similar protection for DIY water mitigation or mitigation done by an unlicensed or uncertified person.
Scenario: Faulty connector for the supply line to the toilet in the second floor bathroom of a townhouse. Flooding affected carpet, underlayment and drywall of the second floor and stairs as well as the ceiling and drywall on the first floor.
Result: Our emergency response team was en route to the property within 20 mins of receiving the call. Water was extracted from both floors. Multiple air movers and dehumidifiers were set up on both floors, with a fan and dehumidifier directed into the cavity between the first and second floors. The carpet and carpet pad had to be removed but all other building materials were saved.
Job total: $4,073.32. Estimated savings (per insurance carrier): $14,000+