Water Damage Cleanup Frequently Asked Questions


Water damage emergencies happen everday. It can be stressful and irritating experiening a water damage event in your home or place of business. Let us answer some questions that you may have.

What is the typical water damage restoration process?

After contacting Universal Water Restoration the first step of the process is assessing the extent of the damage using moisture inspection equipment.

The next step is extracting all of the water. Contents that can be restored are protected and moved from the areas.

The third step is cleaning and sanitizing the effected area. After that we set up the drying equipment to remove the remaining moisture.

For more details on our water damage restoration process visit our water damage page.

How do I clean up water damage in my home?

If a water damage emergency occurs in your home, the first step, if possible, is to close off the water source. If your unable to shut off the water, call us right away and we will handle the problem immediately.

Mop up or wipe down the excess water. Stop further damage from happening to carpets, drapes, and upholstered items. Keep furniture from getting ruined by placing aluminum foil in between furniture and the wet floor. Hang drapes from off of the floor and remove your belongings from the area.

Avoid using electronics that came in contact with the water and consider turning off the electrity. After following these steps give us a call and we will thoroughly dry the area to prevent further damage and mold from growing.

How do I shut off a water leak?

Before we work to remove the water you can shut off the main water valve located outside your home.

How much does it cost to fix water damage?

Depending on how severe the water damage is, prices can vary. It usually can cost $3,000 or more.

Will my insurance cover the water damage in my home?

You will need to call your agent for details on what your policy covers. A good deal of homeowner insurance companies do provide some amount of coverage for water damage situations.

Do you do free inspections?

Yes we do. Anything inside of the home, including roof inspections.

What do I do if I'm a tenant and there's water damage?

Get in contact right away with your landlord and have him call us at (954)200-0419

How bad is water damage?

Water damage can have serious effects. It can threaten the structural integrity of your property and cause mold to grow, which can lead to serious health problems. Water damage can also create electrical hazards. Flood waters that are contaminated can also pose a danger to occupants.

How dangerous is mold?

Different types of mold spores can be found in a home. The most common types of indoor mold are Aspergillus, Penicillium, and Cladosporium.

These species of mold are know to produce Mycotoxins. These are toxins that are common in mold and are capable of causing disease.

The less common type of mold is Stachybotrys Chartarum, more commonly known as “black mold”. This is a more dangerous type of mold that is known to produce Mycotoxins that can cause death and fungal infections. This type of mold thrives in places that are exposed to constant moisture.

If you suspect that there is water damage in your home we strongly encourage you to call so that we can inspect for mold contamination.

How long does it take for water damage to dry out?

Depending on how severe the water damage situation is, the average amount of time is 3 to 5 days. It is not guaranteed that a property will be dried out in this amount of time due to a variety of factors including how large the damage is, how many contents were affected, if demolition is needed, and if there are hazards present.

Our professionals closely monitor the entire process and make adjustments to help recover the area to pre-loss conditions.

Who do I call for water damage?

Universal Water Restoration is available 24/7 to help you with your water damage emergency. Our certified professionals quickly respond to the situation and will give you a free full on-site water and moisture inspection.

Call us at (954)200-0419. Universal Water Restoration serves a number of locations.

Service Area

  • Broward County
  • Miami-Dade County
  • Palm Beach County

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