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Water damage can be a real problem. You can figure out the average cost of a kitchen remodel, draw out your remodel bathroom ideas and even spend the money to follow through on them, but if your house faces water damage, your remodels and renovations may have been in vain. As a general contracting company that has been serving the Johnstown PA, Latrobe PA and Altoona PA area for over 34 years, we here at Mihalko’s General Contracting know that water damage is a huge mess that can leave a homeowner feeling hopeless and alone. That’s why we’ve created a list of tips of what to do when you come face to face with water damage.


What To Do When Facing Water Damage

  1. Take Pictures. If anything needs to be immediately moved or removed from the water damage situation, it’s important that you first take pictures. Taking photos will serve as evidence of the original water damaged area when it comes to dealing with your insurance company.
  2. Contact Your Insurance Company. If nothing needs to be immediately removed, it’s important that the first thing you do is contact and report the damage to your insurance company. Doing this will ensure that you are reimbursed for any damage covered in your homeowners insurance policy. In addition, insurance companies often have lists of restoration and mitigation specialists they recommend, though a homeowner can ultimately hire whoever they like.
  3. Find The Right Specialist. In times of loss, it’s normal to not know who to call. But when you finally pick up that phone, it’s important to pay attention to both how long restoration companies have been around and which services they offer. While some companies solely cover mitigation or restoration, there are companies that cover the entire process including the remodel. Generally, companies that cover everything will help homeowners sift through the damage, dry out the home and order a dumpster to help the homeowner discard of the wreckage. The quicker a homeowner is at finding a company, the better off the home.
  4. Your Adjuster is Your Best Friend– Work closely with your insurance adjuster as they are the one, along with the contractor or restoration specialist, that determines the amount of damage there is and how much is covered by your policy. Restoration specialists will restore your home to its original condition, depending on coverage, but can also do updates for extra.


Dealing with water damage can be a terrible experience, but there are ways to make it go smoother. To make sure your experience runs smoothly, take note of our four tips! And when it comes time to hire a water damage restoration specialist, call someone you can trust. Call Mihalko’s General Contracting for your water damage restoration needs.


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