Choosing A Water Damage Provider
If your home or business has been damaged by a water leak or a flood, then the first order of business is to remove the water, dry everything out, and clean it all up. While smaller spills can usually be handled by the property owner, larger spills are best left to the professionals, water damage restoration providers who specialize in this sort of work, who do it every day, and who have the equipment and skills necessary to handle even the toughest flood problems.
So how do you find a competent provider? The internet and newspapers are full of ads from different companies, all with various degrees of competence. You want to hire the company that will offer the most, because you are likely to need a number of different services. There is more than just water removal, but also carpet drying and cleaning, mold remediation, humidity management, structural repair and restoration, just to name a few. Rather than dealing with ten different companies for ten different needs, you want to select a company that can handle all aspects of the cleanup process.
You also want to look for a company that is certified in fire and water restoration. Currently there are no government specs that regulate this industry, so pretty much anyone can say they are in the business. This means, of course, that there are a lot of unqualified providers running around, and hiring one may only mean additional headaches for you as a property owner. It also increases the cost of the final repair bill, since you will still have to bring in someone who can do the job and do it right.
The restoration industry is effectively self governed by the Clean Trust and Restoration Industry Association (RIA), both of which provide education, training, and certification in all areas of the restoration industry. This means that companies who want to do this sort of work have a solid basis of training and experience from which to draw, not to mention accountability for homeowners who already have enough on their plate.
Granted, no certification can guarantee competent work, but it does mean that the company you chose has invested time, effort, and finances into making sure that their personnel are as well trained as they can possibly be. It also means that all work is guaranteed, so you as a homeowner have peace of mind knowing that the job will be done right.
Yes, it is a lot to ask and it is a lot to look for, which is why you need to locate and secure a water damage restoration professional now, before disaster strikes. Think of it as you would car insurance…you have what you need but hope you will never have to use it. Take time now to find a Clean Trust certified water damage provider in your area, preferably the professionals at Restoration Local. They stand ready 24/7 to handle all of your flood and water damage repair and restoration needs.