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Emergency Water Extraction
When your water heater breaks and releases 60+ gallons of water in your home, hopefully your first response is to turn off the source of the flooding and remove from the floor objects that may be damaged. What's next?
Call Althouse Restore to extract the water from the carpet and dry your home to prevent mold. We are ready to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Water not only soaks into the carpet and pad. It also gets under your wood or laminated flooring. It wicks up sheetrock and plaster walls, and up furniture legs and any fabric touching the floor. With so much water newly available in a dry environment, it goes into the air as excess humidity. This extra moisture, if untreated, can be absorbed into upholstery leaving them musty smelling; and into wooden cabinets making them warp. Cabinet and furniture wood finishes may also be damaged.
Rampant Mold and Bacterial Growth
The worst by-product of excess moisture is mold and bacterial growth, because it can cause severe health risks. For this reason, after extracting the water from the floor, high volume air movers are strategically placed throughout your home to dry the structure quickly . These air movers constantly circulate air in a vortex pattern (circularly).
As the water evaporates and is lifted into the air, refrigerant dehumidifier draw in moist air and return warm dry air back into the room. The water condensed from the refrigeration process is lead through a hose to drain into a sink, bathtub or to outside. Technicians return daily to monitor the humidity and moisture content until the structure is dry. This detailed information is forwarded to your insurance company for their records.
Home Owner, Business or Renter's Insurance Policy
Insurance policies require that the policy holder respond as quickly as possible to limit the damage. Your insurance agent or insurance adjuster is the only one who can tell you the extent of your coverage. Ground water flooding from outside is usually only covered if you have a separate flood insurance policy (ask your agent).
Carpet, wood floors, cabinets, furniture and other materials can be permanently ruined if not properly addressed. Even sheet rock and electrical systems can be damaged to the point that they require replacement.
Althouse Restore responds to emergency water extraction calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Althouse Restore is on the direct repair programs of all major insurance companies and are well known and respected by local adjustors. For your convenience, your insurance company is billed directly by Althouse Restore.
The initial damage is costly but far worse are the problems incurred if the house is not completely dried. Excessive moisture is absorbed in the walls, cabinets, furniture, carpet padding and even the air. The general dampness gives mold and bacteria the environment they need to thrive and multiply. As these organisms grow, your home becomes an increasingly dangerous health risk to you and your family.
Althouse Restore has powerful equipment to efficiently remove as much water as possible from your carpet and carpet pad. Often this can be done without removing the carpet! They will set up the needed air movers and dehumidifier to completely dry your home or office. Althouse technicians will monitor the drying process with moisture meters to insure that you will have no mold problems from the water damage incident at a later date.
Monitoring and Documentation
All insurance companies now require water damage restoration contractors to document daily moisture readings at their insureds’ homes. On the initial visit Althouse technicians extract water from floors, set up air movers (blowers) and dehumidifier's. They take digital photographs, draw flood maps, and record moisture levels. This information is then sent to the insurance claims department in a specified format (usually Xactimate software). Flood maps are marked with letters that coincide with line items on the moisture log.
On following days, technicians return to take new moisture readings and evaluate the drying process. Sometimes equipment is moved to other areas or removed; however sometimes additional equipment is added to insure proper drying. Each days new data is placed on the log sheet until the structure is completely dry. At that time equipment is removed and the client signs a certificate of satisfaction. All information is then sent through the internet to the insurance claims adjuster.
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