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The 72 Hour Clock is Ticking After Water Damage in Your Fort Meyers Home

10/10/2018 (Permalink)

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Water Damage in Your Fort Myers Home – Addressing the Problem Like a Pro

As a Fort Myers homeowner, water damage is the last thing you want to deal with. Like fire, water is a destructive element that can lead to many problems. For instance, it promotes mold growth on your walls, ceiling, and floor. Also, it causes damage to your valuables and ruins the structure of your home. So, the question is how do you address water damage?

Have a separate insurance policy:

Leaky roofs, faulty plumbing, and broken appliances are sources of water damage in Fort Myers homes. As a homeowner, it is essential to differentiate water damage from flood damage. In case water from faulty plumbing accumulates in your home, your home insurance may not cover it.

Want the insurance company to reimburse you for damages? Have a separate insurance policy for flood and water damage. You can get this through the National Flood Insurance Policy. When making a claim, make a clear distinction between flood or water damage.

Always address the problem immediately:

If you detect a leak in your home, do not wait until it is too late. Address the problem immediately otherwise your insurance company may not cover the damage. Also, it may lead to secondary issues such as mold growth. As a result, you may have to dig deeper into your pocket to make repairs in your home.

When you detect a leak in your home, you have a 72-hour window to address the problem. Otherwise, you are going to expose your family to potential health effects.

The pollution levels of water:

Water pollution falls into three categories.

Category 1 – refers to water that originates from a clean source. For example, a faucet or broken water supply lines. This water does not cause illness.

Category 2 – refers to water that may contain biological, chemical and physical contaminants. This water can cause illness. Also called “grey water,” it originates from sump pump failure or the dishwasher.

Category 3 – refers to unsanitary water. Also called black water, it contains harmful bacteria, unsanitary agents and fungi. It can cause severe sickness. Sources include sewage or standing water. 

At SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers/Punta Gorda, we are experienced in mitigating water damage. We use advanced extraction and drying equipment to make your home safe again. If you need the help of water damage technicians, call our 24/7 emergency line at (941) 575-5910.

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