Water Damage Restoration FAQs

Water damage is known to cause mold growth within 48 hours. It can also weaken and compromise the structure of your home by warping floors and destroying walls or ceilings. The material must be replaced immediately to ensure the property does not collapse at weak points.

Our water damage restoration process involves very specific procedures and safety precautions to repair your property. We will bring in advanced restoration equipment to mitigate the water damage and begin drying the affected areas properly. We will then remove any damaged structural components, such as flooring and drywall. The damage may be hidden, so we need to look inside of the walls to really help.

It all begins with an initial assessment. We will determine the extent of the damage and how best to move forward. Then, the process is broken down into steps:

Step 1 – We dry the affected areas using wet vacuums, pumps, and industrial-grade fans.

Step 2 – We remove carpet and padding that cannot be salvaged.

Step 3 – We’ll restore your personal belongings to the best of our abilities.

Step 4 – The team will clean and dehumidify the area to prevent mold growth or worsening damage.

The cost to fix water damage varies based on a few factors, such as the scope of the damage, the location, and the materials and labor requirements of the job.

Typically, flood and water damage is caused by a number of problems, including:

Leaking appliances, such as dishwashers, washing machines, and refrigerators.

Leaking or burst pipes

Clogged sinks or overflowing toilets

Hidden moisture underneath the floors or inside of the walls.

Flash floods, storm damage, hurricanes, tropical storms.

Yes – water damage can remain hidden for days on end. You won’t notice the damage until it worsens. The signs of water damage include an unpleasant, mildew-like odor, slight stains on the walls and ceilings, peeling paint, warped flooring, and mold growth.

When you first notice water damage, you must do your best to air out the property. Turn on any fans, open the windows, and crank up the air conditioning system. You can mop up as much of the standing water as possible.

Your best option is to call a local restoration company immediately. The sooner you call, the sooner we can respond to your water damage.

It’s easy to hire a professional restoration company these days by looking online. Start by looking at online reviews – you want a company that is certified, licensed, and insured. It’s smart to choose a restoration company that can respond within an hour of your call. Here at Restoration 1 of Greater Columbus, we meet all of these criteria!

Filing a water damage insurance claim can be tricky. You’ll need to first review your policy to ensure your specific type of water damage is covered. Most insurance companies won’t cover flooding or gradual water damage.

Then, make a detailed list of any water-damaged items. Write down everything. It’s also smart to take pictures of the damage as proof.

Finally, when you file the claim, it may take a few days for the insurance adjuster to arrive to your home. In this time, do not complete any permanent repairs. You can mitigate the water damage, though.

The best way to remove standing water is by calling in a professional restoration company. We use heavy-duty equipment, including water pumps and wet vacuums, to quickly remove standing water from your home.

Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration FAQs

Immediately following a fire, you’ll want to first call emergency services. The fire department will arrive promptly, ready to help put out the blaze. While they’re doing that, you should be calling Restoration 1 of Jacksonville. We’ll arrive within an hour of your call to begin the fire damage restoration process.

It can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks to completely and efficiently clean fire damage throughout the home. We take our time to ensure the whole property is safe and habitable for your family once more.

We do not recommend anyone but our team entering the property after a fire. There is always a risk of smoke contamination, structural integrity concerns, and ensuing fire damage that may lead to injuries or worsening damage.

No – our team is highly trained and equipped to clean fire and smoke damage efficiently and properly. We can reduce the risk of injury and further property damage.

Any item left inside of your home during the fire damage restoration process will be thoroughly assessed, salvaged, restored, cleaned, and returned to you promptly. If the item is too far damaged or contaminated, we will dispose of it properly.

There are numerous safety concerns associated with fire damage, including smoke contamination, weakened structural supports, and water damage from the fire department. As such, it’s best to let the restoration team handle the cleanup process.

You likely won’t have time to grab any possessions while evacuating the house. During the restoration process, our team will salvage and restore as many items we can find during our cleanup. These items will be subsequently returned to you as soon as possible.

Our restoration team will create a comprehensive list of any items we find during the restoration process. We’ll also note their condition, including whether we could salvage the item or had to dispose of it.

If there are any special items you would like us to focus on, please let our team know. Give us last known whereabouts and a detailed description of the item and we’ll do our best to find these items on your behalf.

You, the client, are responsible for payment. However, we do recommend filing an insurance claim for any damage you experience. Your insurance company, depending on your deductible, will likely pay for most of the restoration work.


It all depends on the extent of the damage. For minor damage, filing an insurance claim may raise your premium higher than you may be comfortable with. But if the damage is severe enough, the risk of paying more annually may be justified.

Yes, we will make ourselves available to the insurance adjuster throughout the entire process.

Mold Remediation FAQs

Generally, mold is green or black, considered to be dangerous to your health, and spreads quickly with humidity and moisture. As for mildew, it is relatively gray in color and easily removed with household cleaning products.

Most mold produces a raised surface as it grows and is usually green or black in color.

The cost of mold remediation is determined by numerous factors. The amount of mold present, how early it was detected, the location, and what type of repairs are required all play a part in determining the total cost.

Mold will begin to grow after 24 hours and continue growing for several weeks thereafter.

Yes, you certainly want to hire a mold expert to address any size growth in your home. The risk of spreading the infestation further into the house is too great.

Every mold situation is unique, but mold typically requires anywhere from a few days to a few weeks to fully remove.

Mold remediation is the process of removing any mold found within the home and sanitizing the entire area. Additional treatments and preventative measures are then taken to ensure the mold does not return to the area.

We use highly specialized equipment to detect the areas in which mold growth has occurred. Furthermore, moisture found under the floors or within the walls is a sure sign of mold.

Mold is known to cause a number of health problems, including nasal congestion, skin and eye irritation, difficulty breathing, sore throat, and respiratory illness.