Published On: Wed, Nov 30th, 2016

How to Choose the Right Water Damage Restoration Company

Floods are the USA’s number-one natural disaster, with more than $1bn paid out through insurance claims in the past decade.

Depending on your location, your property will be at greater risk of floods than others. In 2015, for example, Texas and South Carolina saw the top number of floods, with Florida coming in third.

Not only is having to leave your possessions and your property distressing enough, but the clean-up can be incredibly difficult too. How do you know which is the right water damage restoration company for you?

To help you find the best firm for your needs, we’ve created the following guide on essential factors to consider …

Trust a Certified Firm Only

Never, ever hire a water damage restoration company that has no certification. This covers their ability to:

  • Understand the safest methods to remove water as soon as possible
  • Detect water levels properly
  • Employ equipment which offers safe, effective performance

When contacting your water damage restoration company, be sure to ask for their credentials. Request information on their certification, their insurance, and the type of equipment they will be using in your property.

Any reputable firm will be only to happy to provide answers to any of these questions, and more.

 Photo/Maddie Turner

Photo/Maddie Turner

Ask Friends and Family for Recommendations

As with many things in life, a few words from a friend or relative can make all the difference.

Get in touch with anyone within your social circle who may have worked with a water damage restoration company recently. Ask about their experience, about the quality of service, and about the overall results.

Struggling to find anyone who can help? Seek out your local firms on Facebook and Twitter. If they have accounts, you may be able to see how people have fared with them in the past. Pay attention to conversations both with and without their involvement, to gauge their customer-service and their reputation.  

Testing the Waters is Essential

Today’s strongest water damage restoration companies make testing and detection a major priority.

By detecting the moisture and humidity levels within a property, firms can put together a more effective idea of what they are dealing with. Potential hazards will be easier to identify, and the team will be better-prepared to remove water and mold in every area affected.

A good company will also perform said tests after they have removed water and mold too. Why?

To make sure there are no traces of undetected structural damage or a risk of mold returning in the near future. This is vital if you want to feel totally reassured that your home is safe, comfortable, and protected.

Consider a Company Offering Varied Services

Any reliable water damage restoration company will offer a variety of services, such as: water damage repair; water removal; removing water from basements; mold inspection; black mold removal; mold clean-up; and mold/mildew remediation.

Through these services, technicians can treat your property to the required degree of care, ensuring as much water and mold is removed as possible. Inspecting ahead of time is key, so the team develops an insight into the extent of the problem and the work required to solve it.

Be wary of firms unwilling to offer inspection before arriving to take care of the flood.

Flooding doesn’t have to leave a permanent mark on your home, or your enjoyment of living there. With a quality firm employing highly-trained technicians and cutting-edge equipment, you can look forward to getting back into the property you love with a minimum of hassle.

This article was written by San Francisco Restoration, a company providing water damage restoration solutions in the SF area.

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