Out of 100 homes in America, 3 will suffer from flooding or water damage this year. There are many ways your home can suffer from water damage. (examples: weather damage, appliance failure, water line breakage)
When your home or property floods, you must protect it from suffering further damage due to mold, mildew, rotting and structural decomposition. The floor coverings, floors, walls, ceilings, and cabinets are at risk. Locate the floodwater source. Turn off water main, or call plumber for pipe or drain repair. Take steps to stop or reduce inflow of outside water from rain or snow. Standing water must be removed from flooded areas and structure.
1. Evacuate all persons and pets from flooded areas.
2. Determine flooded areas are safe from electrical hazards.
3. Locate source of leak or water intrusion.
4. Turn off water mainline and/or call plumber for water line or drain repair. Call Castle Cleaning Systems, we are available 24/7 for emergencies.
5. If safe, remove personal property from flooded areas.
6. If safe, block up large items and furniture in flooded areas.
In fact, your property insurance requires that you to “mitigate” your water damage loss. You are legally responsible to your insurance company. “Mitigate” means that you must take the steps to keep the loss as small as possible. If water enters your property, you need to remove it, and then dry the property to avoid further damage from rot and decomposition of the building’s structure and contents. Also, to avoid the health threats and further property damage caused by residual moisture resulting in mold, mildew, and other fungi.
Removing flood water from hard surface floors is fairly simple. With a wet-vac or a mop and bucket you could do the job yourself if it is not too large. But removing water from wet carpeting and pad requires powerful, specialized extraction tools and Castle has the best of both.
If the flood damages property or contaminates your carpeting and pad, we’ll dispose of the debris and disinfect and clean up the affected areas. If new construction or new flooring is needed, we’ll gladly refer contractors to help with those items. When carpeting and pad are dried and saved, as is most often the case, we’ll provide a courtesy cleaning that applies to your upholstered furniture as well.
Whether you have insurance coverage or not, we can help you get your home or property back to pre-flood condition quickly, and save you time and expense. Most floods are caused by some type of plumbing failure and are covered by your homeowner’s insurance policy. You will only be responsible for your deductible. We can bill your insurance company if you would like us to handle this part for you.
After all of the flood water has been removed and the area thoroughly disinfected, the remaining unseen moisture in the floors, walls, ceilings, cabinets, and other structural components must be removed to prevent property damage due to rot and decomposition, and protect against health threats and further property damage due to mold, mildew, and other fungi.
If the flooded area was only a concrete or linoleum floor, turning up the heat, setting up a fan, or opening up a window, may be all that is required. But if unseen moisture remains in the carpets, pads, subfloors, walls, ceilings, cabinets, and/or other structural components, it must be removed completely and quickly. We will get your home back to normal quickly and efficiently, while doing the best work that we possibly can.