Answers to Frequently Asked Questions From Action Restoration
Your Full-Service Restoration Company in Greater Grand Rapids
1. What can cause water damage?
Water damage can result from numerous situations. Water may infiltrate your home due to outside forces such as hurricanes or floods, or it may be caused by a burst pipe or a leak in your plumbing system. Malfunctioning appliances can leak and cause hidden water damage, or septic tanks can back up and force wastewater into your home. Water damage is often left in the aftermath of a fire.
2. How can I prevent water damage?
Proper care and maintenance is the best way to ensure appliances don’t cause a water issue. Routine inspections of a septic system will help to ensure backups do not develop. If you notice an unexplained spike in your water bill, this could be a sign of a pipe leak or other water-related problem. If you notice musty odors or mold on walls, contact Action Restoration immediately.
3. Can water damage cause mold?
Water damage is a primary cause of mold growth in the home. Mold requires water to grow, in addition to a food source and warm temperatures. The food source can be drywall, dust or carpet. Mold growth can happen in as little as 24 to 48 hours after water damage. If neglected, the mold will be visible in a week or two.
4. How does the water removal process work?
We begin by extracting as much water as possible. Furniture is removed from the area or put on blocks. Carpet must be correctly removed to prevent damage to the carpet. We then remove wet carpet padding and dispose of it before extracting as much water from the sub-floor as possible.
5. What are some effects of water damage?
Consequences of water damage can be severe and decrease the value of your home. If left unattended to, water can affect paint, drywall and wallpaper; buckle and rot hardwood floors; delaminate carpets; and lead to widespread mold growth.
6. Will insurance cover water damage?
This will be dependent on the cause of the damage. Your insurance agent can explain what your policy does and does not cover related to water damage. Action Restoration will work with your insurance company to get water damage mitigated as quickly and efficiently as possible.
7. How long will the restoration process take?
The completion time for each restoration differs because there are many variables involved in water, fire and smoke restoration. Please discuss your restoration project with your Action Restoration representative.
8. Can I clean it myself?
We recommend that you do not attempt “do it yourself” cleaning methods. Professional cleaning products and systems used by an experienced restoration company are the most effective means of restoring your property and belongings. Our professional methods include pre-testing, using the correct cleaning agent for each item, mixing cleaning solutions with deodorizing agents and using proper dilution rates.
9. How much does it cost to fix water damage?
The cost of water damage repair will depend on the size of the area to be treated and the number of man-hours necessary to achieve restoration. If your insurance policy covers water damage restoration, you will likely only be responsible for the deductible. When dealing with water damage, time is of the essence to prevent complications like mold growth and structural damage.
10. How can I tell if a carpet is still worth cleaning?
A carpet can be cleaned if exposure to water is limited and the water is not contaminated. Carpeting affected by gray water can likely be cleaned but the padding may be beyond restoration.
11. How are carpets dried?
The most affordable method to dry a carpet is to use a wet-vac. Fans, blowers and dehumidifiers will also help the carpet dry faster. Action Restoration has all equipment necessary to quickly dry carpets.
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Action Restoration is ready to answer any additional questions you may have about our services. To reach the Grand Rapids area’s most trusted restoration company, call us at (616) 797-0847 or contact us online.