Water Extraction – Can I live in my house while it’s drying out?

Jim Bauer Insurance Restoration

Water Extraction After Flooding In My Home

What a Mess!

If the recent disasters of Hurricane Katrina or Superstorm Sandy taught us anything, they taught us just how tedious and dangerous water damage clean up can be. Water extraction is the number one priority after a storm such as these as the flood damage restoration and water damage repairs become harder with each passing moment the water stays in the structure.

What to Do First

water extractionDuring these times, many people flee the area and have no idea what may be going on in the home during the flooding or  the water damage clean up. For those that choose to attempt to stay in the home, there are several things to consider.

The first priority after stopping the flow of water in your house and starting water damage clean up is water extraction from the dwelling. This often involves powerful extraction vaccums to remove the water, and industrial- grade de-humidifiers and high capacity air movers to dry out the affected areas.

The noise is often quite intolerable and constant over a 24 hour day. Even if you choose to stay in the dwelling during this time, this is not the worst of what you could face.

Potential Health Hazard

There is also the issue of removing black mold which may have already developed. Note that if it is present, that means you have already been breathing this stuff into your body along with the many other bacterium and fungal agents that can form in stagnant water conditions. Mold removal is normally not the first priority to the cleaning crews and they bring protective equipment for their personnel. You are not necessarily going to have this type of protection when you stay in your home. It’s definitely a consideration for you and your family.

Water Damage Repairs

Once the water extraction is complete, then it is likely that you may also need water damage repairs. Sometimes these repairs are minor, but if there was extensive water damage, then the repairs will probably be extensive as well.

In order to stay in a dwelling after a flood event, you have to determine whether or not:

  • you can adjust your routine to water extraction teams being in and out of the home,
  • you believe that you live in and around the flood damage restoration processes that often use chemicals and noisy equipment, and
  • you must determine the immediate and future health risks of being in the home during possible mold removal.

If your insurance offers the ability to stay elsewhere during the restoration or assessments, you should realize that they believe you should not try to stay at your home during the process. Take advantage of it. Keep detailed records of your expenses and understand that a Homeowners Insurance Policy will cover only expenses that are over and above what it would have normally cost you to live at your home. Talk to your carrier if you have any questions about how they handle ALE (Additional Living Expenses) to prevent any future misunderstandings about what they will cover.

Experienced Professional Restoration

water extractionIf you have experienced water damage and now need water extraction, we recommend that you contact professionals such as PuroClean Restoration Specialists. When it’s an interior leak, with timely contact, quick response and professional structural drying, we can save almost everything: drywall, wood, carpets and most contents! We will measure the moisture content of materials, monitor and log progress so we know the actual drying time and ensure restoration to the appropriate dry standard. We offer a comprehensive water extraction service, including carpet cleaning and restoration as well as mold and mildew removal.

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