Angie's List: Restoring Your Home: Fire & Water Damage

1:12 PM, Dec 7, 2013   |    comments
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Whether your home suffers a broken plumbing pipe or your clothes dryer catches fire - cleaning up water and smoke damage is important because if left untreated, the damage can become a bigger problem, costing more money to repair.

Cleanup and restoration requires hiring companies that specialize in remediation and restoration services. These companies are staffed with professional technicians and contractors that have extensive experience and heavy duty equipment to help remove mold, mildew, bacteria, smoke and odors that are prevalent in these environments. These companies understand the permits and inspections that are required in your area and will work in accordance to all building regulations and codes.

Angie's List, the nation's leading provider of consumer reviews, asked highly rated restoration companies about the services they offer.

What happens after damage has occurred:

• Contractors walk disaster victims through filling out insurance statement of loss forms.

• Contractors and homeowners go room by room to tag items to save and those to scrap.

• Following tagging, a pack-out occurs. The companies remove salvageable items from the home and store them in locked storage pods. The company then swings into action to clean the items, which requires a labor-intensive process to wipe down each item by hand using various cleaning solutions if necessary.

• For water damage, items are moved to the exterior of the home so they can dry out as much as possible in order to prevent mold and mildew. A water extracting machine is used to remove water from carpeted floors.




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