The Dangers of Water Damage are Real and Can Lead to Costly Repairs and Serious Health Issues if not Addressed by a Professional in a Timely Manner!

We are all aware living in Florida of the damage that can occur from hurricanes, heavy winds and rain as well as storm surge. With heavy rainfall, potential flooding and strong winds your home or business may encounter water damage However, it doesn’t take a natural disaster to do extensive water damage to your home or business. Broken pipes, burst hot water heaters and just forgetting to turn the water off can create the same disastrous results.  If you have a trusted restoration contractor to contact, you are ahead of the game.  If not, our first instinct is to run to the computer, look for a restoration company, and call the first one we see.  Don’t panic and call just any water damage restoration contractor to fix your problem.  This could turn into a disaster!   With numerous restoration companies to choose from, how do you find a reputable professional?  Here are some tips on how to choose the best water damage restoration company for your home or business.

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.  Don’t waste your time!   Utilize the internet, websites provide a wealth of information!

Prior to making a phone call, check the website for the following:

Are they licensed?  Only hire a state licensed contractor. Do not contact an unlicensed contractor.

Are they insured?  A reputable contractor will be insured in the event of a mishap, protecting you, the technicians and your property.

Do they Provide 24-hour Emergency Service?  Time is critical when it comes to water damage.  The best restoration contractors will have a team ready to respond 24 hours a day 7 days a week.  Quick response times are critical to ensure a successful remediation.

Are They a Local Company?  When you are the victim of water damage, time is of the essence to minimize the damage caused to your property regardless of the situation that caused the disaster. Water damage to your property’s interior provides the ideal environment for the growth and reproduction of mold and bacteria. Local restoration companies can arrive quickly to assess damage and begin restoring your property immediately.

Can They Direct Bill your Insurance Company?  You want to work with a reputable contractor that is willing to work with your insurance company and has the knowledge and experience to do so.   Experienced contractors will not only submit claims on your behalf but will also negotiate the details of your claim with your insurance company.

Are They IICRC Certified?  The IICRC – Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification – is a certification that requires training, experience and examination.  It also sets the standards for the cleaning, restoration and inspection industries.  IICRC certified technicians follow the industry standards for effective water extraction, performing at a higher competency level.

How long have they been in business?  Hire only the best!  Water damage restoration companies that have been in business for over 10 years typically have a proven track record of providing quality services.  They have the experience, knowledge and skill level to effectively provide water, mold, fire and smoke remediation.

Do they have any reviews?  Consumers are accustomed to leaving reviews and feedback on line.  Many restoration contractors will have reviews right on their websites.  If the website does not have reviews, go to Google and type in the business name, or the business name with the word review after it.  What are customers saying?  Look for feedback regarding dealing with workmanship, efficiency, professionalism etc. Are the reviews good or bad?  If bad, move on.

Do They Offer a Full Line of Services? 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. Look for a contractor that also offers the following

Don’t Call Just Any Water Damage Restoration Contractor!

Once you have completed some research, you are ready to contact a professional that demonstrates long term proficiency and success.  Taking the time to prequalify a water damage restoration contractor is the best way to ensure you are contacting the right contractor for your emergency.  The professionals at Southwest Restoration know how disruptive water damage can be to your life.  If you are in need of professional water restoration contact us today.