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Mold Is A Hidden
Danger After Water Damage
For flood water damage,
the first thing to do is to stop the source to prevent
further damage, then check the class of the water damage.
Move the furniture, try to dry them, extract as much water
as possible from the carpet, treat it with a disinfectant,
prop up the carpet, and let air flow under the carpet to dry
it. It is best to let the air flow get under the carpet with
the use of fans to speed drying. It usually is recommended
to call a professional flood water damage restoration
service to assess the damage. Other parts of the house may
have also been damaged, like the wood studs, insulation and
Heavy rain can be a nightmare for
homeowners. We often see mold sprouting in dark damp
basements. It is easy to find discolored walls and
foundations. Drenched carpets are a perfect
breeding place for mildew. To clean it up, you must
eliminate the original source. It could be a
plumbing leak, sewer back up or water seepage in the
basement through the foundation. Any of those things
need to be fixed and then you need to clean up the
If you believe you have mold, there are some things
you need to do to take action to protect yourself.
Firstly, wear a mask so you protect your airways.
Secondly, wear a pair of gloves to protect your
hands. Finally, make sure you expose the area
allowing plenty of ventilation to the mold. We
recommend wearing gloves and a good fungicidal
cleaner or a general purpose cleaner like top jobs
to scrub it off. If the mold is on drywall, you may
need to cut that part of the wall out.
Before you try to clean up mold by
yourself, you might want to seek an expert since
some forms are dangerous to breathe in. Besides mold
sprouting in storm damaged homes, many fore closured
homes are being treated.
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Flood Water Damage Restoration in Northern Virginia
the equipment and
to handle the most
wet situations. We
put a priority on
prevent mold and
mildew problems as
well as structural
damage to the home.
Astrobrite is THE
company who can
respond to 24-hour
office is equipped for quick response to flood water damage
calls. Prompt action by certified and experienced
restoration experts makes a difference in mitigating
structural damage to property. We extract the carpet and
padding as thoroughly as possible into our recovery tank. If
necessary we will remove padding and tack strip. We then
treat all contaminated areas with an Anti-microbial. This
topical treatment will prevent mold and mildew from growing
and retard any growth that may have already started.
We then leave
dehumidifiers to dry
the affected area.
always be left
running for a
minimum of 3 days to
the carpet may feel
dry in less than 3
days but the
drywall may still be
After this visit our
office will contact
you the following
business day to
carpet. We will also
pick up the drying
equipment and clean
the affected areas
that got wet during
the flood water
Water damage: 7 home insurance scenarios
Be careful how you report damage to your
insurance company. While you should be
truthful, make sure you explain the
situation using the most accurate
language — or you could find your claim
"What you say initially can affect the
outcome of your claim. Many people
believe their house is flooded because
it's full of water — but it's not a
'flood' by the insurance definition,"
says Allan Sabel of Sabel Adjusters, a
Bridgeport, Conn.-based adjusting firm.
This may seem like a minor distinction,
but your insurer has a very narrow
definition of a "flood," which is not
covered by home insurance. To an
insurance company, flooding means that
the water came from an overflow of a
lake, stream, river or other body of
water. If it didn't, don't even say the
word "flood," says Sabel. If your
basement is filled with water due to a
burst pipe, it's not a flood — even if
its depth is knee-high.
"You just have to be careful," Sabel
says. "Know exactly what is in your
policy, what's covered, what's not
covered, and report your claim
is one of the most common reasons people make
claims on their home
insurance. Burst pipes, leaky appliances and flooded
basements often lead people to discover the details of their
home insurance policies.
damage and homeowners policies can be a volatile issue in
many ways," says Don Griffin, vice president of personal
lines at the Property Casualty Insurers Association of
America, a trade group. "Generally, the damage caused by
water will be covered, but whatever causes the damage — say,
a leaking dishwasher hose — may not be."
companies may pay
to replace a carpet damaged by your dishwasher leak, you
probably have to replace or repair the hose at your own
cost. If a sudden, unforeseen problem such as a frozen pipe
leads to water damage, your home insurance covers repairs to
both the broken pipe and your home and furnishings.
Here are common water-damage scenarios and their insurance
Scenario No. 1: The temperature drops to 10 below zero,
causing your water pipes to freeze and burst. Your floor is
now covered in 6 inches of water.
Are you covered? Yes, you're covered for water damage from
burst pipes, but most policies won't cover you if you've
left the house unoccupied and without heat. If that's the
case, your claim could be denied because you've failed to
perform the necessary upkeep that would prevent the
Scenario No. 2: Water leaks from your backyard pool, ruining
your manicured lawn and flooding your basement
Are you covered? The damage to your basement and your
personal property are covered, but not the damage to your
lawn. According to a sample policy, "We do not cover land,
including land on which the dwelling is located." However,
your lawn is covered if it's damaged by certain "named
perils." These include fire, explosion, riot, aircraft,
vehicles not owned by you and vandalism. The amount of
coverage for lawns and plants is small — usually only up to
$500. Swimming-pool leaks are not a named peril. But if your
leak was caused by a tree falling on the pool, it would be
Scenario No. 3: Your washing machine
flooding the basement.
Are you covered? Yes. But it depends on your home
view of the problem: Did you fail to maintain the washer
properly or did sudden, accidental damage cause the flood?
"Most of the time, if an appliance breaks and water goes all
over, insurance covers it. In the case of a washing machine,
you might need to purchase replacement parts out of your own
pocket because they were not maintained correctly, but the
damage to your basement is covered," says Griffin.
Scenario No. 4: A sewer backs up, flooding your basement.
Are you covered? No. Standard home
don't cover sewer backups, and many specifically exclude
damage from sewer back-ups. Special endorsements are
available, at added cost, for sewers and drains.
|Don't shoot yourself in the foot by reporting
damage to your home insurance company that's not
covered by your policy. Your damage report may still
go on your insurance record and look like a claim
when you shop for new insurance in the future. One
five-minute call to your insurance company can dog
you for seven years.
Scenario No. 5: Water seeps from the ground into your
basement, damaging your foundation and interior.
Are you covered? No. Seepage is considered a maintenance
problem, not "sudden and accidental" damage, and is excluded
from home insurance coverage.
Scenario No. 6: During a heavy rainstorm, water leaks
through your roof. The roof is damaged, as is furniture.
Are you covered? Somewhat. You're unlikely to be reimbursed
for roof repairs because that's a house-maintenance issue.
But the water damage to your home is covered. Damage to your
furniture is also likely covered if you have a standard H0-3 home
insurance policy, but not if you have a generic HO-1 policy
(which many insurers don't even sell anymore).
If your neighbor's tree falls on your roof, the damage to
your roof, home and belongings is covered. Your policy also
reimburses you up to a certain amount, usually around $500,
for the cost of removing the tree.
Scenario No. 7: A nearby lake or river overflows its banks,
causing a flash flood in your living room.
Are you covered? No.
is not covered by home
insurance. You must purchase flood insurance for that. You
can purchase flood insurance as long as your community
participates in the National
Flood Insurance Program.
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