Category Archives: Water Mitigation

Sewage Backup vs. Clog & Overflow

Sewage Cleanup Philadelphia
Clog and overflow water events are often mischaracterized as sewage backup by unwitting property insurance consumers. Although a clog within a plumbing system resulting in an overflow is almost universally covered by homeowners’ policies, sewage backup is not. Sewage backup is considered ground water and excluded unless a severely limited addendum has been purchased with the policy.

Emergency Restoration Hesitation Causes Exacerbation

Emergency Restoration Philadelphia
Emergencies, are unexpected, and often dangerous situations requiring immediate action. Restoration, is the act or process of returning something to its original condition. Combining the words forms the term Emergency Restoration, which dictates literal translation and strict adherence to achieve the most effective result.

Finished Basements & Basement Flooding

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Basements in homes built prior to the new millennium were typically not designed to be used as additional living space. In most instances, the foundations are not waterproof, and there is no vapor barrier beneath the concrete flooring. The resultant environment generally exists in a state of unreasonably high humidity, and elevated mold spore counts; with a propensity for basement flooding from water infiltration during heavy rains as well as rapid snow melts.

Thermography & Water Damage Restoration

Flood Damage Imaging
Thermal imaging technology has become a staple in the field of water damage restoration. Using infrared technology to evaluate the breadth and degree of saturation in a water damaged structure, gives the water damage restoration professional the ability to rapidly assess water migration over an expansive area. This non-invasive technology delivers a dependable overview of the work area, which can be used to enlighten a property owner or justify job scope to an insurance adjuster.

Frozen Pipes & Water Damage

Frozen pipe water damage
During prolonged periods of subfreezing weather, insufficiently protected water lines can form damaging ice blockages that can result in Water Damage. Water contracts when cooled until reaching approximately 39 degrees Fahrenheit. Expansion commences with further cooling, increasing in volume by approximately 9% when frozen solid.  This transformation from liquid to significantly expanded solid has no outlet in a closed plumbing system and can result in a ruptured water line.

Water Damage Duration & Coverage

Water Damage Restoration
Water damage insurance claims are among the most frequently reported losses. Coverage depends on policy specifics, including the source of water damage and the duration of exposure. It is incumbent upon property owners to ascertain a thorough understanding of possible liabilities, and available policy options to make informed coverage decisions. Current coverages can be replaced entirely or bolstered by adding addendums that would indemnify against eventualities not currently addressed.

Vapor Pressure & Water Damage Restoration

Water Damage Restoration
Manipulating the environment within a drying chamber is essential to successful water damage restoration. Equipment is deployed to evaporate surface water and create a vapor pressure differential between saturated building materials and dry air. This vapor pressure differential causes trapped water to vaporize and move from the substrate to the air. Achieving an optimal environment for evaporation requires attention to the vapor pressure differential. The bigger the spread of vapor pressure the greater the pull of moisture from the air.

Water Damage vs. Flood Damage

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Several times a year, monumental rains flood basements causing significant water damage. Unwitting consumers often assume coverage after such an event, only to discover that they are saddled with the financial burden of flood damage restoration. Most homeowner’s insurance policies cover water damage caused by system failures within the home, but virtually every homeowner’s insurance policy has stated exclusions concerning surface water runoff, also known as ground water.