According to a report from the American Insurance Association, water damage claims are among the fastest growing claims from homeowner’s insurance policies. In fact, insurance industry research states that as many as 14,000 people experience water damage at work or home every day, adding up to about $2.5 billion worth of payout from insurance companies a year. The bottom line: water damage is common, and it can happen to you. However, the good news is that with the right know-how, a residential or commercial water damage situation doesn’t have to be the headache that it’s often perceived to be.
So what causes water damage? Here’s a look at some common causes:
Busted pipes: When temperatures drop outside, water-carrying pipes – notably in basements and those located around exterior walls – may freeze. When they freeze, water inside of them can expand to the point where they break.
Plumbing/appliance issues: Toilet and sink overflows, a dislodged or broken laundry machine hose, a leaking hot water tank, busted sump pump or malfunctioning humidifier are common sources of water damage.
Mother nature: Storms and heavy rains can cause flooded properly, notably in below-ground areas like basements. Even snow accumulation can cause water damage, notably due to ice dams that may form where the roof meets the gutter, thereby preventing snow from draining properly.
Water damage should be addressed immediately for two main reasons:
It could be dangerous: Aside from compromising a structure’s integrity, standing water can be hazardous to occupant health. The Institute or Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, or IICRC, designates water damage based on three categories. While Category 1 water is classified as clean, uncontaminated water, Category 2 and Category 3 water are defined as moderately contaminated and severely contaminated water, respectively. The more contaminated the water, the more of a health risk it poses. It’s why the timeliness of water damage repair and flood restoration is important.
Mold growth: In the right conditions, mold can begin to grow within 24-48 hours. Mold can further complicate a water damage situation, as it can further damage property and also take a toll on occupant health.
Based on this, you can see why immediate action should be taken on water damage situations, no matter how minor or severe the case is. What’s more is that here at Allure Carpet Cleaning, we’re a green company that uses only organic cleaning products to get the job done. Standing water in your property can be hazardous enough, and doing things our way helps us keep your health a priority throughout the entire process.
At Allure Carpet Cleaning, we serve both residential and commercial clients throughout West Orange. When water damage occurs, we pride ourselves on prompt response times through our 24/7 emergency service offering. All of our technicians are IICRC- and Restoration Sciences Academy-certified, which ensures you’ll be in good hands when it comes to extracting water and drying out your property. Contact us today at (732) 301-6555 to learn more about our water damage restoration services and practices.