Gold Coat Flood Awarded Super Service Award from Angie's List

Service Award Goes to San Diego Water Damage Company

Angie’s List Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service

Gold Coast Flood Restorations has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2015.

 “We are thrilled to receive this recognition for customer service again for 2015″ said owner Joe Colombo.  “We are fortunate to have some outstanding individuals working for our water damage company and really want to thank our customers for taking the time to tell, rather enthusiastically, other Angie’s List members about our services.”

Water Damage Restoration Service Award Winner San Diego“Only about 5 percent of the flood restoration and mold remediation companies in San Diego have performed so consistently well enough to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s a really high standard.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2014 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality. Members can find the 2014 Super Service Certification logo next to company names in search results on




Angie’s List helps facilitate happy transactions between nearly 3 million consumers nationwide and its collection of highly-rated service providers in 720 categories of service, ranging from home improvement to health care. Built on a foundation of authentic reviews of local service, Angie’s List connects consumers directly to its online marketplace of services from member-reviewed providers, and offers unique tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service professionals.


Insurance Coverage for Water Damage and Mold Removal

Insurance Coverage for Water Damage and Mold RemovalSo your house has had water damage caused by a burst pipe, a roof leak or by torrential rains. You are hoping that your homeowners’ insurance policy will cover the damage. Do you have insurance coverage for water damage and mold removal? Usually, the way you describe the damage to your insurance adjuster will determine the outcome of your claim. It is therefore important to know more about mold and water damage first and their implications to insurance policies.


Molds are microscopic organisms belonging to the fungi group. They are considered as natural decomposers and require moisture to grow and survive. Molds, if allowed to grow inside the home, can damage your possessions and can cause a number of health problems for you and your family.

Health problems that are associated with mold growth may include skin allergies, allergic reactions to the respiratory system such as asthma or allergic rhinitis.

Mold and Your Insurance Policy

If your home is affected by water damage, you must dry it out immediately to prevent the growth of mold. Gold Coast Flood Restorations is equipped to help you do just that. It is likely that the insurance adjuster will want to find out what caused the water crisis, and would assess if the water damage is covered by your homeowners’ insurance policy.

Insurance companies typically cover mold and water damage to homes if it is directly related to an insured loss. The direct cause of the water damage should be properly identified. Insurance companies will also send out an insurance adjuster to confirm your reports and to assess if the damaged areas or the mold growth is pre-existing.

If the insurance adjuster determines that the damage and mold growth in your home is pre-existing, then the insurance company will not cover the damage and your claim will be declined. Furthermore, the insurance adjuster may assess that the mold growth is caused by other factors besides the one that you reported. Other factors of mold growth may be caused by lack of maintenance or poor ventilation. If this is the case, the insurance company will not cover the cost of mold remediation.

Insurance Coverage for Water Damage

Insurance policies are also designed to cover only the cost of cleaning up the water damage and restoring the wet items to their original, pre-loss condition. Homeowners’ insurance policy may or may not pay for the cost of repairing the cause of the water leak depending on different factors.

For example, if the attic was soaked by water because of a roof leak, the insurance company will cover the cost of drying the attic and the items inside it. It will not however cover the cost of repairing the roof leak since this is considered to be a maintenance cost that should be shouldered by the homeowner.

If the water damage is covered by your insurance policy, hire a contractor to clean up your home and make repairs as needed. Make sure that the contractor you choose is properly trained and equipped to handle water damage and mold remediation.

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Beware of Water Damage from AC Condensation Leaks

AC Condensation Leaks Are a Common Source of Household Floods

AC condensation leaks are  the most common household flood that we see when  temperatures begin to soar in  August and September in San Diego.  If water is pooling around the air conditioner, when the air conditioner is being used, then it is likely that there is a air conditioner condensation line leak or pump leak.

Why Is Water Pooling in an Inside Air Conditioning Unit?

Part of your ac unit’s task is to pull humidity from the air. The inside device’s blower draws in hot, humid air through the return grille and over the inside system’s cold evaporator coil to cool the air down. When that happens, condensation/droplets form on the evaporator coil. It’s just like when water droplets bead up on a glass of ice cold water on a hot summer day in Southern California

That water on the evaporator coil drips onto a sloped drain pan and funnels down onto a condensate drain line. That drain line (normally a PVC pipe) either exits out the home (typically near the outdoor unit) or into your plumbing.

Common Problems That Cause Air Conditioner Water Damage

water damage from ac condensation leaks San diegoThe warm, damp environment underneath an air conditioner’s evaporator coil is a perfect breeding ground for algae.  This natural advancement might migrate into the condensate drain line or the drain catch and also form a blockage. Condensate overflow because of a clogged drainpipe may be captured by an overflow pan underneath the air conditioning unit, but if the overflow pan is missing out on, or has actually broken, rusted or established a leak, or if the overflow pan’s drainpipe line leads to the same main drain line that is blocked, water leaks will occur. Home water damage from a hidden air conditioning system condensation line leak can be considerable, in addition to expensive, by the time a leak is finally discovered by the homeowners.

If the drain line gets clogged by dirt, calcium buildup from San Diego’s very hard water, insects, mold, or anything else, the water has nowhere to go but back into the home.

Another problem may be a dirty evaporator coil. Dirt will mix with the water and fall down into the pan, clogging the drain.

“Air conditioner floods  or condensation line leaks are much more common than someone might think” says Joe Colombo, owner of Gold Coast Flood Restorations. “Condensation leaks can create a lot of water damage, this is because they often go unnoticed. Many leaks are hidden by walls or they are in low traffic areas, and frequently the leak is not spotted until somebody sees a visible spot on the walls or feels a wet spot on the carpet.”

The higher humidity and dark areas around the condensation lines might also make them prone to mold growth. As the mold grows, it gets dispersed through the heating and cooling system or HVAC system to the rest of the house. Mold development within the home can be extremely terrible. If left uncontrolled, mold can trigger major structural damage to a house as can be a health hazard.

Call a Professional Water Damage Restoration Service Company

If you have water damage in San Diego or the surrounding area, the highly-trained specialists at Gold Coast Flood Restorations are here to help.  Water damage should be treated quickly to prevent the growth of mold. Timely action can prevent the high costs associated with mold remediation.