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How Do I Make Sure my Water Damage Insurance Claim is Successful in Teaneck?

5/23/2020 (Permalink)

Water leaking and flooded on wood parquet floor Using a professional water restorer can reduce the costs of your claim.

Homeowners in Teaneck Need Prove they took Reasonable Steps to Control Water Damage for an Insurer to Cover their Claim

How long does it take for water damage to occur?

Water negatively affects property straightaway by soaking fabrics and flooring. Further water damage can occur in your Teaneck property when water migrates. Water naturally moves downward and can soak through carpets or flooring to the subfloor. Over two to three days, the water in your home begins to degrade as mold spores can use the moist, humid environment to proliferate rapidly. The first day of water restoration can be influential in the overall cost of your claim. A proactive approach to water intrusion can protect valuable areas of your home from irrevocable harm.

What does water do to a subfloor?

When water migrates to the subfloor, it begins to absorb into the surface. Natural wooden materials expand in the presence of moisture, which absorbs into wood grains. The expansion of the wooden subfloor can lead to warping, bubbling, or cupping, which eventually manifests at the surface level. Expansion of the subfloor can also place additional pressure on the joints of your home's structural frame. When water exposure happens to a concrete subfloor, it can cause cracking, which weakens the overall structure and provides crevices for mold growth.

How do I inspect the subfloor?

    •    Remove floorboards or detach carpets and remove the carpet pad
    •    Use a moisture probe to assess the moisture content of the subfloor- standard moisture content is 12%.
    •    Check for signs of pressure or tightness at wall joints

How do you dry the subfloor?

There are multiple methods of drying a subfloor, and the basic method is to expose the subfloor applying ventilation and temperature directly onto the surface. SERVPRO technicians can dry subfloors by using extraction equipment. Water extractors use heated vacuums to rapidly remove moisture from the surface until the subfloor returns to its normal moisture content level.

Using a professional water restorer can reduce the costs of your claim. Contact SERVPRO of Teaneck / Englewood at (201) 266-0482.

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