Water Damage Repair
Water Damage Repair
Delta Disaster Services performs literally hundreds of water damage repair jobs, per year, in Grand Junction, CO. Our office has been in this location for over 5 years, so we’ve seen a lot of scenarios in peoples’ homes. As one of the largest restoration contractors in Grand Junction we also have a very strong concept of the restoration market within our area. Not a lot of people really understand how to perform water damage cleanup, or know how the industry works, with insurance, claims, adjusters, deductibles, and general time-frames. That’s why we’re working to demystify the industry, help homeowners to avoid floods in their homes, and know what to do in case it happens.
Flood Damage Repair Steps
If you haven’t seen our recent post on flood damage repair, you can take a look at that with this link: Delta Disaster Services Food Damage Repair. We talk in that post about the actual steps involved for water mitigation in a home or commercial property: extracting water, dehumidification, when to call in professionals (which should always be a consideration with almost any amount of water as you can never tell how much water is in drywall by sight alone – you need a professional-grade water meter).
What To Expect With A Water Loss
This post is more about what to expect if you do have a water loss. And for you homeowners, insurance agents, property managers, and plumbers, we have some interesting facts and figures for you to consider about the water damage repair industry.
Delta Disaster Services responds to water damage repair emergencies or other types of home disasters (such as fire losses or mold remediation) within about 1 hour, plus drive time. If you live within Grand Junction city limits, our response time will be about an hour and a half. If you need water damage repair in Fruita, CO, Palisade, or other surrounding areas, expect a little longer. Rifle, CO, Delta, CO, and other towns more than 30 minutes away from Grand Junction – expect about a 2-hour response time.
If you do have water damage in your home, shut off your main water valve, and call Delta Disaster Services. It’s extremely important to minimize the amount of damage by shutting off the main valve. The sooner water is turned off, the less cost will be involved with completing the job.
Then, when you call Delta we can help you take the next steps. You may consider calling in a claim with your insurance carrier at that time, but we can walk you through whether that’s a good decision when you call us.
Small Water Losses & Insurance Deductibles
Some water losses aren’t very large. The initial leak may appear to be quite disastrous. We recently responded to a water loss in an older home. It appeared that a pipe broke, and water poured into the basement like rainfall. Once we got the water turned off though, the dry-out was complete in just over a day. No reconstruction services. No big deal. Pretty inexpensive for the homeowner. Luckily, in this case, the homeowner did not put in a claim with their insurance carrier. Had the homeowner done so, the total cost of the claim would have been less than their deductible, and the claim would have been a waste.
We all buy home insurance to protect our homes from the sometimes-large costs associated with water damage repair, mold remediation, and fire damage restoration. When you put in a claim with your insurance, it goes on your record. Even in the above scenario where the total cost of the claim would have been less than the homeowner’s deductible, the “zero-dollar claim” still would have counted against them.
Insurance agencies insure against risk, but they don’t like “risky clients.” Some insurance companies do discontinue policies if the policy holder (aka the homeowner) puts in too many claims within a specified time period. The homeowner is then forced to find a new insurance carrier to continue coverage on their home. Not an ideal scenario when all the homeowner wanted done was some simple water damage repair to their home, in the first place.
When Delta Disaster Services responds to a water loss, we help the homeowner determine if it’s a good idea to put in a claim. We do this by estimating how much the water damage repair to the home will cost, then looking at the homeowner’s deductible. The deductible is the amount of any claim put on the property for which the homeowner is responsible. Insurance coverage does not go into effect until deductibles are paid.
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So, there’s a sort of catch-22 with small water losses and other types of damage that can happen in the home. The homeowner may be up their ankles in standing water, but they don’t want to put in a claim on their home because the overall cost of repair could be under their deductible.
That’s one major area where Delta Disaster Services can help. We can make that kind of recommendation for you. You never have to consider whether you should put in a water claim, without professional guidance.
Average Cost & Repair Time
For some perspective on our industry, the average water damage repair job in Grand Junction costs about $3,500 for the mitigation, and $7,000 for the reconstruction. This means that most times someone calls a professional or looks them up online for flood damage repair, they’re going to be well over their deductible. There’s usually no question about it. But, it’s still good to know that for sure by calling us first.
Water damage dry-out in a home typically takes 3-7 days and is relatively painless. The amount of time required is usually determined by the size of loss, types of affected materials, and overall job scope. Things can sometimes get complicated, however, when a home contains asbestos.
Asbestos is well outside the scope of this blog post, but Regulation 8 in Colorado requires that if more than 32 square feet of drywall is removed from a home, it must be tested for asbestos (refer to this page on Regulation 8 from the CO CDPHE for more information). If a home is found to contain asbestos, that material must sometimes be abated before dry-out can be completed.
Abatement in a home is typically completed within a few days but scheduling an abatement company can be difficult depending on their schedule. If you do need asbestos abatement in your home, we recommend you call Encompass Environmental or visit their website: https://encompassenvironmental.com/. The number for their office is 970-623-0023. They’ve been our go-to asbestos abatement company for almost 5 years and are excellent at what they do.
Once a home has been dried out and asbestos removed or deemed free from a home, reconstruction begins. Reconstruction can take anywhere from a couple days to a couple months. The most time-intensive part of reconstruction is lead times for materials. Getting new cabinets made for a home, for example, can take a month, at least. The biggest advantage you get when working with Delta Disaster Services for water damage repair or any other kind of home restoration service is that we have an in-house reconstruction team. As of now, Delta is the only restoration contractor in Grand Junction that does both water damage mitigation and reconstruction all in-house.
Avoid Mold Remediation...
The main reason any homeowner should call a professional restoration company when they have water damage in their home is to avoid microbial growth. We’ve seen many property management companies – especially the very small ones – attempt to dry water losses in their properties by themselves. They know the price tag for professionals, and they want to avoid entering an insurance claim. So, they often cut corners.
Our main warning is that mold is far more common in Grand Junction than you might think. Just because we have a dry climate doesn’t mean there aren’t humid areas in your home – the kitchen and bathroom, for example. But when water is introduced with a broken pipe or leak, any area in a home can become humid enough to allow for mold growth. And believe us, every part of your home already has mold spores. They aren’t dangerous, but they’re there. It’s just part of the world we live in.
When it comes to water damage repair, don’t cut corners and open the door for mold to grow. Even if you’re worried about your deductible, insurance, and cost, it’s better to get professional advice. Paying upfront for water damage repair from a professional contractor is far cheaper than trying to handle it yourself, then ending up with mold in a few months. Even small mold jobs can cost upwards of $10,000.
Delta Disaster Services, Grand Junction, CO
Delta Disaster Services has been in Grand Junction for over 5 years. We are the best-trained company in our area, with the best technology. We’ve performed well over 1,000 water damage repair jobs in the Western Slope. We work with all insurance carriers and can help you make good decisions with your deductible. We are available 24/7 for a phone call to help you during your time of need, and can be on-site in no time at all.