The Water Restoration Process
Restoration companies are some of the first responders when a home has been damaged by fire or floods, excessive water damage, or other major catastrophes. The ultimate job of a restoration company is to clean up the damage, remove it from the property and to preserve and protect the home so that it and the contents within it do not suffer from further damage.
Restoration companies are brought in to repair your home or business back to its original condition. When hiring a water damage restoration company, you'll want to ensure you have a clear understanding of the process as they restore your property.
Your Insurance & the Restoration Company
After your property has suffered a major event and subsequent damage, you will want to contact your insurance agent. Be sure to review your responsibilities with your insurance agent and what is required by your insurance policy for cleaning up the home to prevent any additional damage. You will want to discuss any questions you may have at this time.
Your agent may provide referrals within the area, but you are allowed to contact a water restoration company on your own.
When choosing a water damage restoration company, be sure they have proper certifications, fully licensed and have at least a few years of experience in the water damage restoration industry. Make sure you are working with a company you can trust; your property is in their hands after all. One of the benefits of working with SERVPRO of Vermilion County is the national reputation of SERVPRO. SERVPRO franchises and employees are held to a high standard of training and experience before they move forward with any restoration job. Our strict training guidelines and experience rebuilding homes over the years continues to reflect our dedication to all our customers.
The Process Once the Water Damage Restoration Company Arrives
Here's how you should proceed once the water damage restoration company arrives.
Once we arrive, we will walk the property with you as we discuss the affected areas. There may be some issues that were initially overlooked, so as we examine the area, we can identify all potential problems and solutions specific to your property.
Our team will be evaluating what will be needed in terms of time, work and equipment to clean and restore your home. We will provide you an estimate for those services once we review.
Some Things to Look Out for When Choosing a Restoration Company
Reputable restoration companies will be IICRC certified. IICRC stands for the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification. It is a non-profit organization that offers certification programs and standards for the restoration industry.
In order to be IICRC certified, the restoration company must have proof of insurance, maintain a written customer complaint policy with follow-up on complaints, and provide the technicians with education and training to become certified.
Companies may also be members of the Restoration Industry Association (RIA). The RIA is a trade association for cleaning and restoration professionals. In addition to education and training, the trade association offers technical support and several certifications for technicians.
Here's a quick review of how to proceed when water damage strikes your home or business:
- Be sure to choose a restoration company with an excellent reputation that have been around for at least a few years.
- Check that your restoration company is IICRC Certified
- Read the contract carefully and be sure to keep your own copy
- If a problem occurs, make sure you contact your restoration company right away
- Check with your insurance company on what is expected of you following a major loss.
- For any insurance coverage questions, be sure you get answers in writingfrom your insurance company claims adjuster.
- Remember that it is important to act fast to prevent further damage from water or flooding. This is to prevent things like mold from growing. Delays can end up costing you much more in the end in terms of recovery, salvage, and reconstruction.
- Make sure repairs to your home are done promptly after the cleanup service occurs.
We understand how devastating a damage event can be. Ensure your property is in good hands and call us at SERVPRO of Vermilion County, your SERVPRO team. We do not just clean up and remove the damage. We specialize in restoring your property to its original condition and making it "Like it never even happened."