5 Common Mistakes People Make When They Experience Water Damage

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Experiencing a flood or other water damage disaster is always a stressful situation. Especially as a home or business owner dealing with this for the first time, it’s very easy to rely on faulty information or act hastily in a misguided direction. We know you want to restore your property and belongings to pre-loss conditions as efficiently and cost effectively as possible, that’s why we at ServiceMaster Cleaning and Restoration Services are here to clear up some common misunderstandings on what you should do when your property suffers water damage.

  1. The first thing I should do is call my insurance company.
    Although you should absolutely inform your insurance company of the damage in a timely manner, it is much more important to call a professional restoration company right away. Water damage is a time sensitive issue and the longer the moisture is allowed to sit, the worse the damage becomes. Contact us first and then call your insurance agent. ServiceMaster Cleaning and Restoration Services is on call 24/7 to take water damage calls to help you when you need it most.
  1. I can clean up water damage myself if I rent some equipment or get a dehumidifier.
    Wrong again. If you’re an ambitious DIY homeowner, it may be tempting to clean up the damage yourself. However, water has the ability to seep into cracks, causing structural damage that can lead to unstable flooring or discoloration stains. We have skilled water damage technicians that have the knowledge and the tools to properly assess the extent of the damage and how to gain a full recovery.
  1. My hardwood floors, walls and carpets will all need to be replaced. I should call a reconstruction company.
    Not always true. If you contact a professional restoration company right away, it’s possible we’ll be able to preserve the affected structures. Using state of the art equipment such as high power dryers and industrial strength vacuums allows us to extract water vapor through the surface of the floor. Our technicians are specially trained to restore any water damage disaster your property may experience from a flooding due to a burst pipe to sewage backup.
  1. If I get the water cleaned up right away, I won’t have to worry about mold growth.
    Not true. Mold can grow in as little as 48 hours after a leak or a flood. Mold cleanup is often a part of the water damage cleanup process – another reason you don’t want to attempt to do it yourself with rented equipment.
  1. My property will be unavailable to me for a long time in order to clean it up.
    Nope! Our restoration crew can complete cleanup and drying in a matter of days. We only use the most advanced equipment and techniques the industry has to offer in order to restore your property and your peace of mind as soon as possible.

We’re here for you. Let us help solve your water damage problem today in Middlesex, Mercer, and Hunterdon Counties today in New Jerse