Groundwater Damage – Little Known Facts

May 10, 2014

Avoid salvaging carpet or pad that has been affected by groundwater

Ground­water is considered a Category 3 by the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification)

Category 3 Water – “That which is highly cont­a­m­i­nated and could cause serious illness if consumed by humans. Examples: sewage, rising flood water from rivers and streams, ground surface water flowing hori­zon­tally into homes”.

Do not turn up your ther­mostat to try and dry wet areas. This can promote mold growth.

  • Never use a fan if visible mold is present. Use of dehu­mid­i­fi­cation is recommended.
  • Inspect sump pumps regu­larly to check for clogs.
  • Do not throw away any affected contents before docu­menting for insurance purposes.
  • Usually limited insurance coverage if any — Sump Pump Endorsement / Back Up of Sewers and Drains. Most carriers offer the standard $2500. Some companies offer higher limits. If you have the option always opt for the maximum coverage available.
  • The average ground­water loss can typi­cally run into the thou­sands. So be sure to check with your Agent or Carrier about options.

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