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Home and business owners safeguard their premises in many different ways that range from fire extinguishers and smoke alarms to insurance policies. Yet no one is ever really prepared when flooding disasters strike.
Water damage arising from burst pipes and other plumbing-related mishaps accounted for over 30 percent of all homeowner property loss in 2010. Those losses can be alleviated to a great extent if a professional restoration company begins working on repairing the damage as soon as possible. A prompt response can save you as much as 15 to 40 percent on water damage claim costs.
Water damage remediation services are a growing industry. How do you choose the right restoration contractor for you when disaster strikes? Here are some things to consider when choosing a restoration company.
Water Damage Remediation Is a Science
Water damage remediation is a science. There’s a right way to do it and a wrong way to do it, in other words. Always deal with a company that understands the right way to go about the process. This involves:
• Assessing and securing the premises against further damage or dangers to property and human welfare.
• Removing personal and professional property from the premises; photographing and cataloguing property; using state of the art cleaning methods to restore it to pristine condition.
• Extracting all standing water. Drying, dehumidifying, deodorizing, and disinfecting the premises so that homes and businesses are restored with minimal disruption. Proper mold remediation techniques will guard against further dry rot.
How do you know if a water damage restoration contractor can meet those objectives? One way is to examine the company’s credentials. Reputable water restoration services will be licensed and fully insured. Technicians working for the company will be certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC) or a similar professional organization. The IICRC is a nonprofit organization that sets the international standards for the cleaning and restoration industries, partnering with trade associations in over 25 countries.
What Do Your Friends and Neighbors Say About the Company?
Referrals from trusted friends and neighbors are still the most reliable way to find professional services such as restoration companies. Word of mouth is still the most effective means of marketing. If someone you have faith in has had a good experience working with a particular company, chances are you will too.
Quick response is the key to effective flood damage restoration. The longer you wait, the less effective water damage repair will be and the more likely it is you will have to replace everything. This will lead to even lengthier and more costly renovations in the long run.
The restoration company you choose needs to be able to respond to your request immediately. Even an hour’s delay will cause repair costs to go up exponentially. A professional water restoration service is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and will get to your location within an hour of receiving your phone call.
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