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When a pipe breaks, a drain backs up, or a flood occurs in your home, it can be hard to see past the mess. A ton of questions will run through your mind.

What do I do now? What’s going to happen? Is my stuff ruined? Will my homeowner’s insurance cover the damage?

Water damage is extremely stressful, and the more you know about it, the better you’ll be able to decide how to address it. Here are some things that every homeowner needs to know about water damage.

There are different insurance policies for flood damage and water damage.

You might think that water is water, whether it’s from flooding or a broken pipe, but flood damage is not covered under homeowner’s insurance. If you live in an area likely to experience flooding, you will probably already have a separate policy through the National Flood Insurance Policy (NFIP). When you report the claim to the insurance company, make sure to identify whether the claim is for water damage or for flood damage, so they can begin adjusting your claim correctly.

When water damage has happened, time is of the assents.

When your property has been water damaged, you don’t have the luxury of waiting around for an appropriate time to start the cleanup. Secondary damage from mold growth can present serious health risks associated with mold in the living environment. Mold spores are everywhere, but they need moisture and a nutrient source to grow. And that is exactly what your wet carpet or drywall offers. There is a 24 to 48 hour window from the time something gets wet until mold can begin to grow. After that time, mold will multiply rapidly. When mold growth is widespread, you may need the services of a professional mold remediation service to safely treat and remove the mold.
To prevent mold growth, you will need to get your property completely dry again within that 48-hour window. To do this, you’ll need to contact a company that specializes in water damage restoration and emergency water extraction. They will have the professional water removal equipment and drying equipment to get the job done as quickly as possible. Many have 24-hour a day emergency hotlines, so you can start recovering your property almost immediately.