Water Damage, Water Damage Restoration

How To Choose A Water Damage Removal Company

I’ve said it for a while now, when you have water damage in your home, the good news is that it isn’t hard to find a water damage restoration company in your neighborhood. The bad news is that when you have water damage in your home, it isn’t hard to find a water damage restoration company in your neighborhood. The phrase “dime a dozen” literally applies in this case, thank in no small part to the lack of regulations on the business. This means that pretty much anybody with a mop and a bucket can advertise that they are in the water restoration business.

Of course, hiring one of these yahoos can have less than spectacular results. Thousands of people are taken in every year by these small time operators who show up on their doorstep, promising to fix their water damage problems, only to end up with a big bill and little to show for it. Some of the more nefarious ones may simply take the money and run.  In many cases, the problem is only made worse by hiring companies who give it the good old college try but simply lack the experience and training to handle it properly.

Make no mistake, when your home suffers from water damage, you have to act fast, but that does not mean making rash decisions.  The company you hire should be an established, professional outfit, one with years of experience, and technicians who are properly trained across all the different areas of water damage restoration.  The company should be available 24/7, because you need help now, especially in cases where the damage is severe or dangerous, and they should be able to have a technician on your doorstep within an hour or so of your call. All work will be fully guaranteed for at least a year from the date of completion.

So how do you know if the company you are talking to meets these criteria? The easiest way is to see if they are properly certified by industry leaders such as the Clean Trust or Restoration Industry Association (RIA). No, the industry isn’t regulated, but it has done a remarkable job of policing itself through the formation of these two entities. The Clean Trust has established standards and practices for the industry, and provides training and certification in a large number of areas all related to both water and fire damage restoration. They also provide continuing educational opportunities that allow these providers the opportunity to remain on the cutting edge when it comes to restoration tools and procedures.

Now, of course there is no certification out there that will guarantee competence, however, the Clean Trust and RIA seals do indicate that the company you are considering has invested time, effort, and finances into making sure their personnel are properly trained to work on your home, and that is infinitely preferable to the redneck with a mop on your front door.