Water Removal & Water Damage Restoration in the Chicago Area
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Within a very short amount of time, water can destroy anything it permeates into. Even an inch of water is enough to cause damage to carpets, floors, cabinets, furniture, and appliances. If the water is removed quickly by a professional company, many of those items can be restored, but if the water is allowed to sit or is not thoroughly removed and dried out, the damage from it can be much worse, and a lot more expensive to repair.
Fast Action is Key to Limiting Damage
Heavy Rain or Storm Damage
Burst or Frozen Pipes
Backed-Up Sewer Drain
Dishwasher or Washing Machine Overflows
Bathtubs or Sinks
Hot Water Tank Floods
Crawlspace or Basement Water Damage
Sump Pump Failures
Standing water or wet walls can lead to the growth of mold, which is a more complex problem to deal with than just spraying it with bleach. It is crucial to address your water problem immediately to avoid more problems from happening and the potential for a hazardous environment.
Trojan Flood & Fire can thoroughly dry out all of the water using our state-of-the-art drying equipment, as well as detect any hidden moisture. Once onsite, we quickly assess the situation with a rigorous inspection and will then begin the water removal process. With the best equipment available, our certified experts proceed with the extraction of all standing water and dry out all affected contents and structures. It is quite possible to salvage carpets, furniture, documents, and material possessions if they are removed soon enough, so we do everything we can to save your valuable possessions. We use nothing but the best monitoring and detection instruments available as well as blowers, air movers, cleansing solutions and dehumidifiers so we can get your property back to its pre-loss condition as quickly as possible.
Professional Flood and Water Cleanup Company
When it comes to extensive water situations, floodwaters are up there on the major offender list, but in most cases, it is actually the overlooked areas that cause the most problems. Broken or burst pipes can also be a common cause of damage, causing many gallons of water to come rushing into your home or business. These problems must be fixed as soon as possible–putting off the repairs can become extremely expensive in the long run. Water damage can lead to content damage and structural decline. If water has infiltrated any part of your property, give the experts at Trojan Flood & Fire a call today!
Trained & Certified Water & Flood Damage Technicians
The service technicians at Trojan Flood & Fire are trained and certified in rapid response for all water situations, executing water removal and drying practices as mandated by the IICRC regulations. It is crucial to begin cleanup within the first 24-48 hours to mitigate the damage and prevent long term problems, such as the growth of mold, from happening. In some cases, the lack of response can mean the difference between whether the issue is covered by homeowners’ insurance or not.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Water Removal
A good portion of water damage can be prevented by proper household maintenance. Routine plumbing maintenance as well as sump pump and appliance maintenance are effective ways to avoid preventable damages. If you live in a cold climate, preparing your home for the winter can also help avoid damage. Finally, it’s a good idea to regularly check the exterior of your home, particularly your roof, for damage to ensure water isn’t unexpectedly leaking into your home.
Water damage insurance claims depend on a few different criteria. Ultimately, that's a question you'll have to clarify with your insurance company. However, we can tell you that the viability of water damage insurance claims depends primarily on what caused the damage (storm, burst pipe, plumbing malfunction, localized flood, sump pump failure, etc.). Some insurance policies will outline scenarios that will NOT be covered without specific riders like flood insurance, or sump pump failure insurance.
Contacting a restoration contractor as well as your insurance adjuster at the same time is a good idea, because the restoration contractor will help make sure that not only will the water extraction and dry out be covered, but the rebuild process that should follow. If the full scope of the claim isn't outlined and agreed upon from the start, there may be issues down the line, and property owners may find themselves having to pay out of pocket to get the property completely back to normal.
That depends on the types of materials that were affected by water. Drywall, carpet, and hardwood floors will take longer to dry than other materials in the space. We use moisture meters throughout the process and in many different locations to gauge the moisture levels and will continue to adjust our fans and dehumidifiers to achieve an efficient but effective dry time. The bare minimum of "three days to dry" may only produce a surface dry, but can still leave behind moisture levels that create an ideal environment for mold to grown.
Most homeowners start trying to remove the water themselves before they realize they'll need to contact their insurance company about a claim so they can call in a water damage restoration company. However, standing water around anything with a power cord or outlet or sagging ceilings make the area unsafe. Also, many insurance claims require documentation of the loss BEFORE any work is done, including removing the water. Always take plenty of photos of the damage you see before taking any action to start cleaning up the mess. Your restoration contractor will be able to back up your insurance claim scope with the necessary technical documentation as well.
If the water damage involves Category 1 water (clean and free of microbes and bacteria), many of your personal belongings can be salvaged. Category 2 water would include other water sources, including rainwater, that, while not containing biohazards or sewage, still pose health risks and the potential for destructive microbial growth and mold. A water damage restoration technician will help you sort through the contents of the property to determine what can be safely dried, what can be restored by a textile/contents technician, and what can't be saved or salvaged. There are off-site facilities in the area that specialize in restoring water-damaged contents. Your restoration team will document all of the contents leaving the property for restoration or disposal for your records and also for reimbursement from your insurance company.
Identifying the source of the water damage is one of the first steps in both the insurance claim process but also before beginning to dry out and repair the damaged areas. After all, if you replace a sagging, wet ceiling that was caused by a roof leak but don't fix the roof, too, the next rainstorm will start the cycle all over again. The buckling to your hardwood floor could be caused by a leaking pipe. We will pinpoint the exact cause of your water damage and make sure the source is repaired. We make sure your restoration job is done right the first time.