Don't put off that water damage- Mold is not far behind
From time to time we run into the emergency water damage call- only to find out that the event occurred several days ago. The problem with that is now not only is the client complaining about wet carpet; they also notice a foul odor in the air.
What is happening is most likely the start of mold growth.
Mold can colonize in 72 hours and bacteria can start to multiply in just a few hours.
At this point, we have to tell them it is not just a water emergency, most likely, it will end up being a mold remediation.
The Insurance Information Institute (“III”) estimates that the typical homeowner claim involving mold costs between $15,000 to $30,000 to handle, compared with the non-mold-related claim, such as water damage figure of $3,000 to $4,000, with payouts by insurers for mold-related claims topping over $3 billion.
Waiting on that water damage service call or even trying to do it yourself without proper knowledge can cost you 3 to 7 times what the water damage would have cost.