When a disaster, such as fire or flood, strikes your property, be sure to hire the right people to restore it. You have the option to hire a contractor that is not necessarily trained in professional disaster restoration. You think that they will do a good job while charging less than a specialized restoration company. Or, you can contact a reputable restoration company that might be a bit pricier. So, who are you going to call?
Beware of contractors who pose as restoration professionals
In today’s business environment, many companies are looking to increase their revenues by adding new services for which they may have little or NO training. This holds true for companies that perform general cleaning, remodeling, or handyman services. These companies often appeal to homeowners or businesses to perform disaster restoration services.
However, disaster restoration is much more complex than just removing materials. The keyword to remember is restoration. The definition of restoration is to return a structure and its contents to a pre-loss condition for less than the replacement cost.
Non-restoration companies may proceed as normal and tear out a salvageable structure because that’s what they know. They may discard cleanable contents because they do not understand how to restore them. Of course, that’s not always the best solution. Restoration is often preferable to replacement.
These companies also lack the necessary certifications, experience, and equipment needed to restore a property. In conclusion, though their prices are often appealing, you may end up losing money if the restoration services you’ve received were poor.
The advantages of hiring a professional disaster restoration company
Restoration instead of replacement
True professionals perform a thorough inspection and identify those materials and items that can be salvaged and restored. This allows them to complete the job more cost-efficiently by avoiding replacement costs. So, instead of removal and replacement, restoration helps contain costs and may eliminate the need to file an insurance claim. However, when the only means of mitigation is replacement, they don’t waste time or effort trying to save unsavable items.
Distinguishing between multiple affected surfaces
With many different types of surfaces to clean, it takes a qualified restoration professional to know the cleaning process that each of these surfaces requires and to achieve appropriate restoration. Thus, they understand how to deal with all types of losses, regardless of how the damage occurred.
For example, saving a hardwood floor is greatly preferable to tearing it out and replacing it, and is substantially more cost-effective. They also have the experience to clean and restore a section of drywall, saving the mess, time and cost of replacing it.
Coordinating with insurance companies
The insurance industry seeks timely, quality work performed at a reasonable price by professionals. In our case, these professionals specialize in water, smoke, fire, mold, trauma, vandalism, and more.
Moreover, they can empathize with the insured and service the claim from the initial call through the completion of mitigation. This attitude demands non-stop commitment, a ready, trained and caring certified staff, and the proper equipment and modern methods to service any emergency loss.
Providing correct estimates
Professional restoration firms provide correct estimates using industry-standard software. This enables them to process claims quickly and efficiently. These firms are aware of the most current technologies and methods available to reduce property claims costs. All these factors help keep the claim fair.
A professional restoration firm, such as PuroClean, has the state-of-the-science meters and instruments to help determine the full extent of hidden damage. And they have the advanced equipment to perform the work most efficiently. They also monitor the restoration process and only keep equipment onsite if necessary.
Ongoing training and certifications
Professional restoration firms complete ongoing training and development offered through professional training organizations. In addition, they maintain current industry certifications and subscribe to educational restoration magazines and journals.
They are members of regional and national organizations and attend conventions, seminars, and tradeshows, which increase their knowledge and skill in the restoration process. These efforts illustrate their commitment to being prepared when a loss occurs. The knowledge that they possess and continue to acquire will keep them on the cutting edge of the disaster restoration business.
Additionally, they have the business licenses and insurance coverage required for such a business.
For professional disaster restoration services, contact PuroClean!
Clearly, you are best served by calling a true professional to help you restore your property after a disaster. So, be sure that the restoration company you are calling is properly trained and certified.
For all property damaged by water, fire, smoke, mold and any other disaster, call your local PuroClean office, The Paramedics of Property Damage™. We are standing by to provide professional services, 24/7, with trained and certified staff, as well as the best tools and equipment for all emergencies.