Water damage is a serious issue, one that leaves us concerned about how to best return our property and belongings to pre-loss conditions as efficiently and as cost-effective as possible. In our efforts to do the right thing, sometimes we rely on the information we’ve heard before from friends or online telling us that calling a professional isn’t necessary. This couldn’t be further from the truth and ServiceMaster Advantage is here to bust up some of the most common myths surrounding water and flooding damage.
The first thing I should do is call my insurance company.
Not so! It’s important to include your insurance company in the process but water damage is an extremely time-sensitive issue. You should call a restoration company to begin the recovery process first and then contact your insurance agent. ServiceMaster Advantage is on call 24/7 for water damage emergencies so that you can get the help you need as soon as you need it. The longer you wait to call a professional to begin restoring the damage, the worse the damage will become and the less likely your property will be able to return to its former state.
If it’s not a full-on flood, I can probably clean it up myself with a dehumidifier or with rented equipment.
Wrong! Ambitious DIY homeowners often forget that water has the ability to seep into cracks and cause structural damage. Over time, you may notice unstable flooring or discoloration stains, hallmark symptoms of structural water damage. ServiceMaster Advantage has skilled water damage technicians that will thoroughly investigate the affected area and determine the extent of the damage. Even if it doesn’t seem like much, water can hide in the walls or underneath the flooring where you can’t see it.
Mold takes a long time to grow, so I shouldn’t have to worry about it as long as I take care of drying the water right away.
Not true! Any amount of standing water or moisture can encourage mold growth, especially in flood conditions. It’s important to seek out mold cleanup as a part of the water damage cleanup process, as spores can begin growing within 48 hours after a leak or flood has occurred.
Cleaning up water damage takes a long time.
Not anymore! With modern equipment and state-of-the-art industry techniques, our restoration professionals can complete the water removal and flood cleanup in a matter of days. We’ll strategically plan how to dry your home and restore the damaged areas in a timely manner.
My wood floors are ruined, my walls need to be removed, and I’ll have to completely reconstruct the affected areas!
Not necessarily! If you contact ServiceMaster Advantage soon after flooding or water damage occurs, it’s likely we’ll be able to preserve the affected structures. We use high power dryers and industrial strength vacuums to extract water vapor through the surface of the floor. When you call a professional restoration business like ServiceMaster Advantage to help clean up your water damage disaster, you’re making the best choice for returning your property and flooring to its pre-loss state.
We’re here for you. Our technicians are trained to assist and restore any water damage disaster – big or small. Call ServiceMaster Advantage in the Houston area for help when you experience a flood, sewage backup, or any other type of leak.