How long does a Water Damage Insurance Claim last?

Good question! If I knew the answer to this I would have psychic powers, and trust me I wish I did know. The reason I don’t know exactly is because each water damage job is different.

Some jobs are very simple, like a small area of wet carpet in a basement. Other jobs are much more complicated, like a toilet overflow in an upstairs bathroom that has been running for multiple weeks and has affected the upstairs, main level, and basement.

Obviously, the severity of the water damage dictates the amount of time it takes a water mitigation contractor to dry out the property, and then complete the appropriate repairs.

Another factor that affects the length of time is the insurance company that is settling the claim. The more claims they’re dealing with, the slower the process becomes. You can image if a hurricane hits Florida, and 75,000 people unexpectedly file a claim, the process as a whole slows way down. Not a good situation…

So you get the point. There are a lot of factors that play into how long a water damage insurance claim lasts, some of which are out of your control.

Having said that if the home owner, insurance adjuster, and water damage contractor generally have good communication; a water damage claim typically takes between 1 and 2 months.


Rough Time Line

A rough time line is: 1 week to dry out the property, 2 to 3 weeks to settle estimates and release funds to the insured, and 1 to 3 weeks to schedule and complete repairs.

I know what you’re thinking, sounds like a blast… Truth be told it takes time to do things the right way, and if you are unfortunate enough to have to deal with water damage, that 1 to 2 months goes faster than you’d think. Scouts honor.




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