Common Water Damage Restoration Questions

July 1, 2018

What causes water damage?

All homeowners should be aware of the likely causes of water damages in their homes. Once you know the possible causes, you will be better placed to avoid them whichever way you can. Floods from rainwater and leaking pipes are the biggest culprits here. You may not be aware of the potential for water leaks from an air conditioner, dishwasher, washing machine and clogged drains and how they can also cause extensive water damage in your home too.

Faulty household appliances can also mess with your home and cause water damage to occur. Check all pipes regularly. Don’t forget to examine the plumbing system too. Like Josh Warren says on his website, “Because of poor plumbing system, broken pipe, and rainwater flooding, a lot of homeowners go through water damage”.  The parts of the home more susceptible to collecting water also need proper inspection to ensure they are free of water damage. Issues affecting the HVACs may also cause water damages. Natural disasters commonly cause this problem too.

“The possible causes need regular inspecting and maintenance to deny them the opportunity to damage your property. Invite an expert contractor or technician to your home to examine everything that’s capable of causing these damages. Do not stop at inspection though. Instead, carry out repairs and replace the parts that the technician can’t repair”, says Guillaume Dubois, President of Indigo Construction.

  • Can I perform DIY water damage restoration?

Floods kill people every year wherever they occur. They also cause extensive water damages. For the most part, you would need to hire an expert in water damage restoration to clean your home up and do whatever is necessary to restore your home or office and make it livable once more. However, DIY water restoration is also possible, but only if you do it right. Otherwise, you may cause more damage.

Once you know the basics of water damage restoration, then you can do the work yourself. The basics include stopping the water, prioritizing safety, and choosing the right equipment. More importantly, your knowledge determines how much work you can do without professional input. Strive to remove most of the waterlogged materials too. Dry the rooms where most of the damage occurred.

“Get yourself ready for the cleanup. Know what to prioritize. For example, flush the toilet, check if the running water is drinkable, wear protecting clothing, remove and discard all wall coverings. Remove as much stuff as you can. Do all the work safely without jeopardizing your life. Wear thick rubber gloves, tall boots, and a face mask where possible. Start with the standing water. Evaluate the structural damage too.


  • Should I hire an expert in water damage restoration?

First, an expert technician in water damage restoration helps to solve this problem quickly. Experts are renowned for fast turnaround times. They reduce the time everything needs to dry and be ready for use. They eliminate health concerns associated with the restoration. Yes, water damage is hazardous. The damage causes mold and mildew to grow. Health hazards vary depending on the type of water damage.

Experts in water restoration are great assets in your insurance claims. They help the victims of water damage to document their losses properly. Properly documented losses are great for any claim the victims intend to file with their insurers. The insurers also require proof of damages. The damage can be in varies areas of the home. The roof is a common area to have water damage.  If you suspect any damage on the roof, it is best to have a roof repair company inspect it even before the claims inspector. Once again, the experts can help Minneapolis homeowners provide the proof that makes insurers more likely to approve their claims.

“Clean water damage is not as hazardous as dirty and black water damage. Therefore, an expert should handle any restoration involving damages caused by dirty or black water. Restoration can also be a costly affair. An expert knows how to help you cut down some of these costs. What is more, the expert is great at helping customers reduce their total losses. It also reduces the burden on you too”, says Clifford Stratton, owner of Regent Restoration.