Water Damage, Mold and House Insurance
You’ve had water damage in your house due to a burst pipe, a roof leak or a heavy summer storm. You hope that your insurance will cover the damage. What to do? First, read about mold below. You may not know the implications of water and mold damage.
What Is Mold, and Why Should You Care?
Molds are part of a group of micro-organisms called fungi that also includes mushrooms and yeasts. Molds are familiar to most people as food spoilers on items such as bread or fruit. Molds are nature’s decomposers in the food chain.
Mold requires the following conditions to grow:
The last condition, moisture, is the only practical factor to control in most houses.
If allowed to grow inside your house, mold can be a problem because:
Dry Quickly to Avoid Mold!
1 — Contact your insurance broker
First, call your insurance broker or agent and report the water damage. You can expect to discuss these questions and issues:
2 — Hire Micro Clean Restoration
Hire Micro Clean Restoration to test for mold and to clean up the water.
A thorough and fast cleanup will help avoid mold growth. If you wait too long and mold growth starts, cleanup costs will increase significantly. This is what you should be looking for:
Mold grows quickly; that is why you need us in your house promptly.
Micro Clean Restoration is certified and training in water damage restoration, testing for mold and in mold remediation.
We follow basic, good clean up practices after your water damage. Here are some things to look for:
You’ve Got Mold
If you already have extensive mold because, for example, you’ve had water damage while you’ve been away for two weeks, or there was a long delay between the water damage and our arrival, then we will have to discuss the following points:
1 — Drying the damaged area
2 — Removing the mold safely
To protect our staff and you and your family from exposure to mold, Micro Clean Restoration follows certain procedures. Here are some things we do:
3 — Inspecting for mold
Test for mold
We will inspect:
· We follow IICRC 520 standards when removing mold
· We use containment barriers to avoid cross contamination
· When applicable, we use organic products to remove mold and to retardant against mold.