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WATER DAMAGE:  ARE YOU COVERED?


Unfortunately, a typical home insurance policy does not cover damages due to flooding, but other types of water damage may be covered.   For example, most policies damage from rain that has entered the home through a damaged roof or broken window is typically covered if the cause is strong storm winds. However, the same does not hold true if there is a hidden pipe leaking in your house and causes water damage over a period of time; that would be considered deferred maintenance and is never covered. Coverage always comes down to whether water damage was caused by a covered peril such as a storm, or due to lack of proper maintenance. If you are unsure what is covered or not ceovered, now is the time to carefully review your home insurance policy or check with your insurance company, before an event such as water damage occurs. For more information, simply call a certified mold expert like Mold Masters Inc. anytime for expert advice.  Swift action now could potentially save you thousands of dollars in the future.


Avoid a Mold Problem by Removing Water Damage Right Away !
Regardless of how it happened, it is important to take similar steps to remedy water damage immediately. Ignoring obvious signs or indications of any water problems in your home will lead to trouble. You should attempt to find and stop leaks at their source as soon as possible, if not sooner!  If you think you're not up to the task simply contact a mold expert in your area. When water is allowed to enter your property and is left alone, a problem can actually develop in as little as 24 hours!  Mold can cause further, more expensive damage to your property as well as it can lead to serious health problems. The most common health effects from mold exposure are runny noses, coughs, nosebleeds, congestion, and sinusitis. The more serious ailments can vary from upper respiratory afflictions such as asthma or bronchitis. A lot of insurance companies are limiting coverage for mold-related damage or eliminating it altogether.However, in some cases mold-related damage may be covered in the same manner as water damage if the cause is determined to be a covered peril.  In ALL cases, you should immediately report water damage to your insurance agent because you never know what may be covered and what may not.

A COVERED PERIL:  Storms that Cause Water Damage
If sudden water damage occurs to your property from a storm, hurricane, or tornado, it is important to dry the affected areas and provide air circulation to aid in the drying process. Also, cover any areas with a tarp to prevent more water damage. Using the proper drying and dehumidification techniques on wet areas will minimize the potential for mold infestation that can follow water damage. Always contact your insurance agent immediately to start the home owners insurance claims process. If your insurer moves too slow, call a professional Mold and Water Damage Restoration Company such as Mold Masters because every minute lost equals more property damage.

Gradual Damage: Water Damage over A Period of Time?
What are your options if water damage has been discovered indicating leakage over a longer period of time? The unfortunate news is that mold contamination may have already developed. In such a case, your claim would probably not be covered. Beware: attempting to clean up or remove mold contaminated yourself can spread mold spores and cross-contaminate the home, leading to additional and unnecessary health risks. The key point to keep in mind is that mold can be hazardous to your health. Therefore it is absolutely imperative that mold detection and removal be conducted by certified and experienced professionals. Again, it is advised that you contact your insurance agent to check if mold damage is covered under your policy. Since you cannot put a price on health, even you have, you should still contact a certified and experienced mold testing and removal company such as Mold Masters Inc. for the sake of your or your family’s health.  Mold Masters specializes in working with “non-covered” mold claims to ease the financial and emotional burden that can accompany this type of event.

 

 

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