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  • Martha Golea

4 ways to deal with water damage in your home

Updated: 5 days ago

water leaking from white plumbing pipes

If you’re reading this because you have water damage in your ceiling, walls, hardwood floors or carpet, here are the top 4 things you need to know! Whether the water damage is from a broken pipe, storm damage, a flooded basement or other disaster, it pays to act fast.

hardwood kitchen floor buckled from water damage from leak
Homeowner documented spread of water damage to wood flooring for insurance claim

1. Document the source and impact of the water damage in your home

As soon as you notice water damage happening, do your best to stop it, and begin documenting how it happened with photos, videos, and notes. This will help you get the least damage and the maximum amount from an insurance claim.

2. Work quickly to prevent bigger problems

The quicker you can get the water removed and your home dried, the less risk you have for dangerous mold to show up. Mold can cause health problems for your family and pets and it can be very difficult to remove. 

Mold can grow in walls, carpets, ceilings, walls, insulation and furniture. It is not always easy to see, so you need a professional to test the condition of anything that has been touched by standing water.

The first 48 hours of water damage are the most important hours to rescue your possessions and property. Water damage is progressive, so if you delay your response you risk losing insurance coverage. Homeowners’ insurance typically does not cover secondary damage caused by delay. 

Secondary damage includes: 

  • mold growth

  • damage to framing, drywall and flooring

  • high humidity damage to books, papers, artwork etc.

3. Find a trustworthy contractor

Many homeowners call their insurance company first after experiencing water damage and they use the mitigation contractor the adjuster recommends. While this is typical, it isn’t necessarily the best way. If you don’t love your insurance company, there’s a good chance you won’t love the contractor they send to manage your claim. 

Water damage can be a very sensitive problem - especially if it’s in your kitchen or a high traffic area - and you need to be confident that the mitigation company will treat your home and family well. For this reason, the lowest priced contractor that the insurance company sends to your door is probably not the best option.

What to consider when hiring a mitigation contractor

You definitely want to be sure the contractor you hire for your mitigation project is:

  • Transparent about their pricing and the work they’ll be doing

  • Highly trained, experienced and certified

  • Accessible and easy to communicate with

  • Respectful of your home, your family, and your project

  • Trusted by your local community

4. Make sure your property is restored to original condition

top image of residential bathroom with water damage, bottom image of bathroom fully restored to original condition

This is why you need a trustworthy contractor in your corner. Trying to manage an insurance claim and various contractors coming into your home, in addition to your regular life is extremely challenging and stressful. It’s easy to miss details and end up with your project not truly completed. 

A quality restoration company will create an estimate for your home to be completely restored to its original condition, without cutting any corners. They will communicate with you throughout the project about timing, progress and changes. And they will earn your trust and confidence. Plenty of contractors are just there to get the job done and get paid, and they will not go to great lengths to make sure you are comfortable with their work. 

That’s just one of the ways Comfort Restorations is different from other contractors. Your comfort is extremely important to us. Our list of 5 star reviews confirms that we care about every person we serve. 

We've earned this reputation by walking our customers through the entire process, from assessing the damage clear through reconstruction. We work with your insurance company so you don’t have to worry about managing that.

We hope you never need to call us for emergency mitigation services. But if you do, you can be confident that Team Comfort is your best choice. You can reach us at 719-439-0611 or fill out our form to schedule a free consultation about the water damage on your property.

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