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According to the Insurance Information Institute, more than a quarter of all homeowner insurance claims involve water damage and the average loss is almost $7,500. But not all plumbing leaks and flooding problems are created equal. A sewer backup is not the same as a roof leak, but water can cause damage that ranges from damp carpeting to standing water deep enough to float a boat. How you react might be the difference between disaster and a relatively minor incident.
The worst thing to do is nothing. No matter how minor the flood, the advice to "simply let it dry naturally" is bad advice. Trying to deal with it without professional help is also asking for trouble.
What you should do, in order of importance, is:
Stop the flow of water, if possible
Notify proper authorities, if necessary, to address a water line break or sewer backup
Call a company that specializes in flood restoration services
If the creek is rising, of course, the only thing on your mind should be saving lives, your own and others. By all means, get to a safe location. However, in all other cases of water problems, the longer you wait to get professionals working on the problem, the more damage you are likely to face.
Professional flood restoration specialists in the Washington, D.C. area can respond to emergencies 24-7. Never hesitate to call, even if it's the middle of the night. Reputable service teams will respond with appropriate equipment and trained technicians to make quick work of assessing damage and to begin drying out the premises. Water extraction is the first step, followed by general interior cleanup, and removal of damaged carpet and other materials. The next priority is air circulation and decreasing humidity levels, but depending on the severity of the flood and the extent of damage, the drying procedure might take several days or extend into weeks.
While surface drying is the first and most important concern, you should look deeper to prevent further damage and to alleviate any health concerns. Mold begins to form within 24-48 hours, and will continue to thrive if humidity levels are high, a common problem in Mid-Atlantic states. Water trapped between walls and persistent dampness can lead to huge problems, even when you cannot see or smell mold or mildew. Floods can weaken the structural integrity of wood framing and might even damage electrical wiring.
Marathon Services offers full disaster relief, sewage cleanup, debris removal and crawl space cleanup. In addition, our qualified teams promise response to emergencies within one hour, and we will be "on the job" until the property is fully returned to its precrisis condition.
Our specialists are thoroughly trained in mold detection and remediation, and our service technicians utilize the best and most efficient water damage restoration equipment available. We offer direct billing to insurance companies, and we are committed to helping you recover from water damage, whether it's caused by a leaky faucet, a shower from ceiling sprinkler systems, a broken pipe or a devastating rainstorm.