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At Water Out, we understand the stress and disruption that come with property damage. Our team of certified professionals is committed to restoring your property efficiently and effectively, using the latest technologies and methodologies. We're not just restoring properties; we're rebuilding lives.
"Time is money" is more than just a phrase! The longer you're out of your home or business, the costlier it becomes. Quick and accurate response from Water Out's team means we are well-aware of time-sensitive work schedules, and our goal is to return your home or business back to "normal" as quickly as possible.
It is important to take time to develop strong communication with our customers. We understand the manner in which we work together should be geared around clear communication to avoid pain points, roadblocks, delays, and unexpected outcomes. We strive to raving, wowed customers every single time.
No matter the size of the house fire or factory flood, Water Out believes documentation is a key to success. We strive to document everything we do through words and photos. By ensuring everything is in writing, we are able to guarantee clear communication with our customers and insurance companies from start to finish.
Count on Water Out for expert disaster restoration services when water damage threatens your property, causing structural and potential health issues. Our team at Water Out excels in reducing these adverse effects, using cutting-edge technology and validated methods to bring your space back to its original condition.
Our water damage restoration services feature:
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250 gallons of water can leak from a 1/8-inch pipe crack. It is important to check for leaks where your pipes are located during cold winters. Check for water stains on the ceiling, walls, and floors. https://restorationking.com/11-water-damage-statistics-thatll-make-you-rethink-water-damage-restoration/
Fire damage extends beyond the visible, affecting the very essence of your property through smoke, soot, and structural compromise. Water Out offers a comprehensive approach to bring your property back from the brink, with sensitivity to both the emotional and physical dimensions of fire damage.
Our key fire damage services include:
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The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) highlights the necessity of immediate smoke removal to prevent lasting damage to both property and health.
Trust us when mold threatens the structural soundness and health inside your property. Water Out’s mold remediation process leverages scientific principles and industry best practices to remove mold and halt its return thoroughly.
Our mold remediation services actively include:
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The EPA emphasizes the importance of keeping indoor humidity low, ideally between 30 and 60 percent. High humidity levels can lead to condensation on windows, walls, and pipes, which can in turn foster mold growth (https://www.epa.gov/mold/ten-things-you-should-know-about-mold).
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.
It's never a quick fix, though we've gathered together a multi-discipline team of contractors and technicians to work in tandem to complete the work as soon as possible. From structural repairs to sand/soda-blasting to odor removal to contents cleaning, our fire damage restoration crew begins as soon as the project scope is determined, and we don't stop until the job is done and both you and the insurance company are satisfied with the results.
Anytime the moisture levels in your home are at 60% or higher, mold can grow. What's frustrating for many property owners is that they don't see a puddle on the floor or water dripping from the ceiling. When mold grows, the source of the moisture is usually hidden under floorboards or behind walls.
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 grow.
Most often, yes. You'll need to check your specific policy for the full scope of coverage, but in general, if the damage was caused by a flame, it's covered. Your best bet is to hire a professional restoration company to help you through the claims process. We know how to avoid some common missteps when it comes to making sure the entire loss is documented and covered. Many homeowners and insurance companies forget, for instance, to consider that your HVAC system will need to be cleaned of soot, and, since fires are extinguished using water, many areas of your home may need to be restored due to water damage even if they weren't directly affected by the fire.
It could be. Because mold spores are microscopic and airborne, you'll end up breathing them into your lungs. Depending on the type of mold and how well your immune system functions, you may develop some serious health symptoms that could end up being the result of mold. That's why a mold remediation company takes mold removal so seriously. The space affected by mold is isolated and contained during cleaning so the spores won't spread to other areas of the house, and the remediation team stays suited up in Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) during the process.
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.
Depending on the extent or location of the fire damage, some homeowners can move back in a few days or longer. The fire department will usually turn off electricity and gas to the property right away, and that won't be restored until a building inspector says that it's safe to turn those utilities back on. If you experienced significant smoke damage and the home's occupants include elderly persons, young children, or those with chronic health conditions, you may be wise to stay until the smoke cleanup is complete. Contracting with a company experienced in fire damage restoration can often get you back home sooner because they'll have the resources to hire and manage the many tradespeople who will need to work together to make the home liveable again.
For most surfaces in your home, bleach won't eliminate your mold problem. It's the "iceberg effect." Visible mold is usually a small percentage of the actual amount of mold growth. Bleach can't kill mold on porous surfaces like wood, and while tile or fiberglass surfaces can be cleaned with bleach, often the mold has spread far deeper. The reason why mold remediation companies don't recommend DIY cleanup isn't that they want to make more money; they know, in their experience, that a mold problem is usually far more invasive than can be seen with the naked eye. Simply cleaning the surfaces can provide false assurances that you got rid of the mold, only to have it come back time and time again.
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 Water Out 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.
DIY soot removal is not recommended. Commercially available products can actually cause permanent damage to surfaces. Soot itself is primarily oil-based, but that residue also contains toxic, possibly biohazard contaminants.
Sometimes mold remediation is included if the cause of the mold was a "covered peril" like a burst hot water heater or water damage caused by firefighters extinguishing a fire in your house. Gradual water damage - like from a leaking pipe or hose - will often cause mold growth, but your insurance coverage will usually not cover that by claiming that it was caused by poor maintenance or neglect. If your insurance company denies your claim, you should request an inspection from a mold remediation company that can help you document the source of the mold.
Identifying the source of the water damage is one of the first steps in both the insurance claim process and 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.
Smoke damage is rarely limited to one area of the house, and it leaves behind a residue that can hide in crevices and out-of-reach areas, and a simple "airing out" may not be sufficient. We recommend consulting with a smoke damage technician who can help you troubleshoot the next steps.
If the inspection/assessment process was able to pinpoint the source and cause of the mold growth, once that source is repaired, you can be relatively confident about the success of remediation. Ask if your restoration technician has the IICRC certification for "Applied Microbial Remediation." You can also request a "post-remediation mold clearance" from a third-party mold inspector to re-test the area for any remaining traces of mold before the area is treated with a sealer or encapsulant to resist future mold growth.
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Water Out is your commercial and residential disaster and property restoration company serving Fort Wayne, IN, and the surrounding region including Northeast Indiana, Southwest Michigan and Western Ohio. We are more than a fire and water damage restoration company; we are a highly-trained team of restoration experts ready to restore your property and make it like the disaster never happened. We offer FREE inspections and estimates for commercial and residential customers in the Tri-State area