Our water damage experts will help get your property back to a healthy space again. We have the equipment to extract excess water, dryers to get all the moisture out, and environmental friendly sprays to prevent mold and spores from growing.  If your water damage has already caused mold to grow, we can clean up or remove the infected area. 

Water damage doesn't happen all at once, unless you experience a flood, it can happen slowly over time and can be difficult to find. Water damage does have some common signs. If you notice condensation, signs of fungi, discoloration or warping, then you may have damage. 

Water damage is often caused by something small like a leak or small drip. It can come from back flow from clogged drains.This water can be potentially hazardous because it can contain sewage. American Restoration 24/7n can identify where the problem is and fix it, then remove all the hazardous materials involved. 

If you notice water pouring into your home or business, call us. We will get our technicians out to you. We will determine where the water is coming from and stop it if possible. We will remove and try to salvage any of your items that is in or near the water. 

Unless you have the correct protective gear, do not walk through the water. It may contain harmful chemicals or bacteria. It may also be close to electrical appliances, outlets, and other harmful devices. Let our technicians handle everything for you. 

Homes Are Flooding From The Inside!

Homes Are Flooding From The Inside!

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More American homes are flooding from the inside.

Old pipes and valves, worn-out hoses on second-story washing machines and faulty connections for a proliferation of water-using appliances are causing a surge in increasingly expensive damage reported to insurers. The increase has occurred even as many other types of claims—including fire—have declined in frequency, according to industry figures.

One in 50 homeowners filed a water-damage claim each year between 2013 and 2017. The 2.05% frequency rate is up from 1.44% annually between 2005 and 2009.

The bottom line is a $13 billion water-damage bill for homeowners’ insurance companies in 2017. Claims average about $10,000.

“Wildfires, hurricanes and tornadoes catch headlines, but the reality is that the No. 1 kind of risk that the everyday consumer has is a water claim,” said one of the nation’s biggest home insurers.

“It is lurking in the house,” he said.

To tackle the problem, USAA has 6,000 policyholders testing water-detecting sensors in a multiyear pilot project. This type of experimentation, where devices are installed to spot potential water damage, has morphed into one of the hottest corners of InsureTech, innovation focused on the insurance sector.

Insurance giant Chubb Ltd., one of the biggest insurers of high-end homes, says the number of annual water claims costing more than $500,000 has doubled since 2015, and those over $1 million have tripled.

Industry executives said there are myriad factors driving the costs higher.

The increase in overall claims is due partly to aging homes. A postwar building boom in the 1950s gave way to other booms, meaning much of America lives in houses that are decades old and become likelier candidates for plumbing failures. Even homes built during the real-estate bubble of the early 2000s can generate claims as they often have far more appliances with water connections, boosting leak possibilities.

In addition, more homeowners today want their laundry room on an upstairs floor.

“In the old days, if the washing machine had a leak, you’d get a mop” and scrub a concrete floor and be done with it, said Paul Krump.

The damage can be particularly stunning inside expensive homes.

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“Walls are gypsum, wood absorbs water, insulation absorbs water, your cabinets absorb water,” said Mr. Fermanian.

Repairs on his property took eight months and cost Chubb just over $1 million.

Chubb also paid for the installation of a water-shutoff system that detects unusual flows of water through the plumbing system, and can be set to shut off within a minute of such activity, Mr. Fermanian said.

In luxury homes, wet bars, water-filtration systems, hot and cold water taps, extra bathrooms and other features create typical 40 points of connection into the plumbing system, said Stephen Poux, a senior executive at American International Group Inc.

“That’s a lot of opportunity for a valve or a connection … to spring a leak,” he said.

Mr. Poux regularly meets InsureTech entrepreneurs and tests problem-detecting products. “I’ve personally piloted several devices,” he said. “They don’t always work.”

AIG and some other insurers offer premium credits for policyholders’ use of technology deemed effective.

 

Though insurers’ payments are growing, it doesn’t mean they pay every water claim that comes their way. Since the 1960s, standard homeowners policies have excluded storm surge and river flooding. And in general, homeowners’ policies cover “sudden and accidental” damage, not routine maintenance.

So homeowners who neglect an obvious slow leak for months before serious damage occurs could end up in a coverage dispute, insurance executives and lawyers said.

Unfortunately, said Kathy Thaut, general manager of At Your Service Plumbing, many homeowners take the view: “I bought this house, and I just get to forget about plumbing.”

While that attitude is good for business, it has created a staffing challenge. She is working with a trade group to encourage young people to enter the field.

“There are not enough certified plumbers to handle the workload of homeowners,” she said.

Among participants in USAA’s pilot project is Mark Fredriksen, who placed sensors near the water heater and washing machine, and under kitchen and bathroom sinks, in his family’s 20-year-old home.

So far, they have averted two potentially costly claims, he said. One sensor detected dripping from an old bathroom valve. One another occasion, as he was putting his children to bed upstairs, the kitchen sensor chirped. Water was spitting out from a dishwasher hose.

Without the sensor, the damage “would have been happening directly under our noses and we wouldn’t have noticed until the next morning,” he said.

(This article is from the Wall Street Journal)

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