Water & Sewer: What Can I Do?

What to do immediately following water or sewer damage: 

1.       Call for help with both assessment and clean-up. Recoveron provides 24/7 support and is able to send a project manager to your home right away. We are an IICRC Certified Firm and can assure you that we comply with all industry standards.

2.     Turn off the electricity. Disconnect power to impacted areas. Remember water is a conductor of electricity; do not allow wet surfaces or materials to come in contact with an electrical source. Shut off your power if there is any risk. Do not use any electrical appliances while standing on wet floors.

3.     Call your insurance. Your insurance agent will be able to assist in submitting a claim but be sure to work with a reputable flood damage repair and water damage repair provider. Be sure to use someone who is recognized by your insurance provider; failure to use a qualified provider often leads to rejection of claims resulting in costly fees and out of pocket expenses.

4.       Stop the water. If at all possible attempt to stop more water from entering the home. Place barriers between gaps in your home and the external water sources, such as boards, mats, and other water stopping items.

5.       Contents: Move wet contents to a dry place. Keep a detailed list of anything you need to discard - this will help with any insurance claim you need to make.  Recoveron has the personnel on staff to navigate through the contents process.

6.     Extract the water. Recoveron will have all the water and humidity professionally extracted from your home including carpets, furniture, drywall and other impacted areas.

7.     Removal. Some items may not be salvageable and will require appropriate disposal.  Recoveron will be able to assist in determining what is able to be fixed and what could be a potential health hazard.

8.     Repair. Flooding causes damage to many areas that will require repairs; cabinets, walls, floors and furniture frequently need extensive remediation after flood related damage takes place.  Recoveron has carpenters on staff to help with all your repair needs.

9.       Document everything. Recoveron will take pictures and record notes on all activity related to the flood damage. We will assist in submitting a claim to your insurance provider as well as help in repairs and restoration

10.   Mold. If we can begin the drying process within 24-48 hours this will minimize the potential for new mold growth.  Recoveron will spray the affected area with an antimicrobial agent to inhibit the growth of new mold spores. 

What to do if your are not covered by insurance?  

  1. Call Recoveron for help.  We are reasonably priced and can help you with all - or some - of your repair needs.
  2. Identify the moisture sources and stop the water from coming in.
  3. Disconnect power to the impacted areas.
  4. Remove standing water.
  5. Move wet contents to a dry place.
  6. Set up fans and dehumidifiers to begin the drying process.
  7. Mold Growth can start within 48-72 hours!
    1. Mold becomes a problem inside a home or business when there's excessive humidity or moisture for an extended period of time.  Mold can grow almost anywhere in a home or business if conditions permit.
    2. The environment inside the walls of a house often differs drastically from the outside and could create a perfect haven for mold. If the wall remains wet for a prolonged period, it's almost guaranteed that the mold growth on the back side will be worse than on the front.
  8. Treat affected areas with an antimicrobial spray to inhibit mold growth.  Most hardware stores will have some type of antimicrobial spray.

Important Note:

Water impacts areas that cannot be seen.  Although something may appear dry or feel dry, elevated moisture levels beyond the surface can cause future problems with your structure.  Water can wick up behind walls and in wood surfaces.  In order to be sure that your structure is dry, it is recommended that you use moisture meters to verify that the effected surfaces are within an acceptable range for the given surface.

Call Recoveron if you are in need of professional help.  We will be able to help you regardless if your loss is covered by insurance or not.