Industry data shows that about 14,000 Americans experience water damage per day. And while about a third of homes will need support during a water emergency, usually most homeowners are unfamiliar with this problem. In other words, when you have an emergency you might not have an existing relationship with a water restoration team. Ask your friends and neighbors for a recommendation. Restoration Pro has a great reputation for caring for homes and families in Lafayette suffering from water damage.
Water damage can stem from countless sources in the modern home. From plumbing to weather, many mishaps and unforeseen events can lead to a home full of water. First, you need a professional water damage restoration company to properly handle water damage; you can avoid future mold growth and additional damage. Here is how to find the right one:
Water damage can impact any area of your home or business. After the water is extracted, you may need additional services. An experienced, professional water damage restoration company will be knowledgeable with all phases of construction and be able to provide all of the services necessary to recover from water damage. So look for a contractor that also offers mold remediation and reconstruction
Choose a company with a rapid response time– within one hour of receiving your call for help. In a crisis involving water damage, a prompt response is critical to control the amount of damage. Local companies are your best candidates.
At this moment, you have a serious problem and you will need capable workers in your home within the day. Ask for a local referral from trusted friends and neighbors who’ve used water damage restoration services themselves. Double check the website or third party (neutral) online reviews.
Choose a company whose technicians are industry certified. The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries. IICRC certified technicians follow the industry standards for effective water extraction via training, experience, and an examination.
Choose a company that is prepared to quote you a price estimate and a list of the services they will perform before any work begins. Some companies charge a flat rate for water damage remediation services, while others charge an hourly fee. Even companies that charge an hourly fee should be able to provide you with an estimate of the number of hours it will take them to clean your premises.
A company that has experience working with insurance companies will be able to expedite your claims and reimbursement. Experienced contractors can a) submit claims on your behalf b) negotiate the details of your claim directly with your insurance company.
Choose a company that uses the latest, most sophisticated equipment for water extraction, structural drying, dehumidification, and mold remediation. The longer the drying process takes, the more damage will occur. Using a professional team with professional equipment could remove up to twice the amount of water in the first 24 hours.
When approached by any company for water restoration services, ask to see the technician’s certification, proper licensing and liability insurance. Before you pay any money or allow workers in your home, check references and credentials.
A little research goes a long way. Prequalifying a contractor prior to making a phone call is the best way to ensure that you will be contacting a good restoration contractor to do the job. Utilize the internet; websites provide a wealth of information in a few minutes.
Lastly, choose local. Beware of scam artists and ‘storm chasers’ targeting areas of recent damage.
Restoration Pros is a full-service restoration company. As a division of Doucet Services, they can manage any size loss and can handle your project from start to finish. Contact us for free estimates and visual inspections for any water damage situation in the Lafayette area.