Choosing A Water Damage Restoration Company

If you are a homeowner, chances are you may have to deal with water damage sometime down the road. In wet and humid climates, there is always the risk of flooding. But even if you live in a dry climate, you could still end up with damage from a plumbing problem like a broken pipe or toilet overflowing. When your home suffers from extensive damage due to flooding, it is important to find a water damage restoration company that can clean up your mess and get your house back to normal as affordably as possible.

Unfortunately, not all flood cleanup and water damage restoration contractors are created equal. As with many other industries, you have your above board companies and your ‘fly by nights.’ Here are some things to look out for to make sure you hire a reputable water damage restoration company:

The first thing to make sure of with the flood cleanup or water damage company you deal with is that they are fully certified by all applicable governing agencies and follow all state and local regulations. Ask for the company’s license number and if necessary, verify the information they give you with the state. You may also want to check them out for any complaints with your local Better Business Bureau.

This is important because the last thing you want in your home are 3rd party subcontractors with questionable qualifications. Ask the company if they perform their work “in house” or if they outsource it. It is best to work with a water damage restoration company that does most (or ideally all) of their work “in house.”

Water damage restoration is more than just flood cleanup. It also includes structural drying to make sure mold or other moisture-related problems do not occur in the future. After the structural drying is completed, it may be necessary to build back or remodel areas of your home that were affected by the water damage. Dealing with a company that has a general contractor license will make the process much smoother. It will insure that you can deal with one company from start to finish that has expertise in all necessary areas-from flood cleanup to structural drying to remodeling.

With so many scams going around these days, this is an important question to ask. The water damage restoration company you deal with should have pictures of their staff right on their website, so you know you are dealing with a reputable company.

Dealing with insurance companies can sometimes be a headache for the average homeowner. Figuring out what’s covered and what’s not and how to navigate the seemingly endless maze of policy restrictions can be a daunting task. When hiring a water damage restoration company, make sure they have a working relationship with the major insurers, so you can let them deal with these headaches and ensure minimal out of pocket expenses for you.

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