When you come home to a flooded mess, the last thing you want to have to do is flip through the YellowPages. Most than likely you will just choose the first one that says they can fix your problem. Instead, why not do a little preplanning? Here are some tips on finding a restoration expert that will repair your flood damage and combat mold.
1) Find a restoration expert that is certified to do the job.
The IICRC, or the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, certifies companies in the restoration industry. To qualify for certifications, businesses must provide proof of insurance, keep up a written customer complaint policy, and continually provide education and training to its technicians. Businesses with this certification will ensure your job is done correctly.
2) Asbestos cleanup.
If you have a home built before the mid-1980s, there is a good chance it will contain asbestos. As this building material can be very harmful, you must hire a company that is able to deal with it safely. Some places in the home where you can find asbestos are drywall compounds, steam pipes, boilers and furnace ducts.
3) Call a professional. Immediately.
Even if there is a small amount of dampness in your walls, it can lead to mold, which in turn can make you and your family very sick. A restoration expert will be able to diagnose where the mold is coming from, or even better, prevent it from even starting in the first place.
4) Find a company that has 24-hour emergency services.
Water damage of any sort is always inconvenient, especially when it happens outside of the regular 9-5 work week. While you are doing your research, try to find a company that is available at any time, and preferably has an emergency line.
5) Educate yourself.
There are three different types of water damage – categories 1, 2 and 3. Category 1 is clean water, such as from broken water supply lines, or tub or sink overflows with no contaminants. Category 2 is water that has some chemical, biological or physical contamination. This includes waterbed leaks, or dishwasher or clothes washer discharges. Category 3 is the worst of all, which is very unsanitary liquids or ones that carry things that can make you sick. This includes sewage or flood water. If you have an occurrence of category 3, make sure you call in a professional as soon as you can.
These tips will help you choose a restoration expert, before the emergency happens. When you conduct your research first, and have the contact number handy, it will make your life a lot easier when you have to deal with water damage.
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