Long Island, New York City and the rest of New York and the Northeast was devastated from the recent flooding caused by torrential rain, wind, and storm damage. A majority of flooded basements across Long Island were caused by ground water due to over-saturation of the earth. Insurance companies do not cover groundwater under their policies.
You need to have a separate Flood Insurance if you fall into the Flood Coverage Area. And that only covers property damage to structures that are above grade. Basements are not above grade so they would be excluded from those policies.
That means there were many homeowners throughout Long Island and New York City that had flooded basements that were not covered by their insurance policy.
For some people this is too much. There are a lot of people in hardship right now across Long Island due to the economic times we live in. If they did not hire a professional restoration company or water damage cleanup company like Advanced Restoration Corporation, a DKI Member Company, they had to extract / remove the water themselves or rely on friends and/or family to help them out.
But just because the water is removed or extracted, that does not mean the job is over. The wet porous building materials need to be removed, or dried along with the structural wood members and concrete so their moisture content levels are reduced to regional acceptable standards.
And some people will just ignore the water in the basement or the leaky roof, thinking it will dry out on its own. And technically, everything that gets wet will eventually dry, if it can. And not every water intrusion causes severe mold contamination. It all depends on the size of the area and the lenght of time the area has been wet without receiving any attention.
At this point you should ask yourself this:
How long will it take? Can the wet building materials dry out before mold contamination can occur (usually 48-72 hours in optimum conditions)?
If wet building materials are not addressed in a timely fashion then the problem magnifies exponentially over time until it becomes a much bigger and more expensive issue.
Please do not hesitate to Contact Us for any assistance or guidance if you have or even think you have a mold issue in the Long Island and New York City areas. We would be more than happy to speak with you.