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Four Facts About Water Damage

Published by 911 Restoration Long Island on June 2, 2015 in category: Water Damage Restoration


Water damage is a disaster that affects all homeowner’s in the United States. It occurs to each individual at a rate of once every 50 years, which means you will likely see it twice in your lifetime, though if you are cautious, you never have to suffer from it.

With preventative measures in place and understanding the fact that time is of the essence when floods do occur, your property can escape virtually unscathed.


Water damage is the second most common reason for insurance claims, ranging from pipe bursts flooding basements to rain doing the same to attics.

While nearly all people suffering from such floods are covered by homeowner’s insurance, not all of them have flood insurance, which takes care of most water damage claims.

If you do not have flood insurance and water rises from the ground, such as in the case of severe rain floods, your homeowner’s insurance will not cover it.

To combat this, 911 Restoration works with all insurance companies and will file your paperwork for you. If your property is not covered in the disaster, we will work with you on your budget to make sure your home can be returned to the perfection that it was before the incident.


Water damage causes mold. Mold is a fungus that needs dark, damp areas with low airflow. There are plenty of hidden places in your home that work perfectly for such a bacteria. Luckily, we are not amphibious, so your home stays mostly dry. When leaks occur, however, fungus can spread in as little as 24 hours, circumventing your ventilation system in another day, and diving straight into your lungs by the end of the week.

If you have a coughing fit seemingly out of the blue, it is possible you are inhaling mold spores. Call 911 Restoration for a free visual inspection and we will be there as soon as possible to help you through the difficulty situation with the best remediation techniques and the latest drying technology.


There are three categories of water damage: 1, 2, and 3. Category 1 is the most controllable as it comes from a clean water line and only presents basic excess water problems, such as growing mold, rotting drywall, and compromising support beams; yes, even the simplest of water disasters can collapse your building.

Category 2 is gray water and comes from dirty sink, laundry, or other water. In addition to the category 1 potential damage, it is also harmful to humans if swallowed.

While all of these require a professional to ensure mold does not grow and water is not seeping beneath your home to cause a sink hole, 911 Restoration requests you are especially wary of category 3, or black water. This toxic mess contains toilet water, which causes rashes upon skin contact.

Call us at the first sign of any water damage emergency and we’ll be there ready to give you a fresh start.

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