Flood Damage And How To Get Immediate Help
There are a multitude of reasons that you may have flood damage. Heavy rains, especially those associated with overflowing rivers or intense storms are one of the most common causes. However, a backed up sewage system or broken pipes have been known to flood homes and businesses. Whatever the cause, it is important that you have the damage cleaned up as quickly as possible.
While you may be tempted to clean and repair the building on your own, this is generally not a good idea. There are a host of problems that can occur with flooding. You may not recognize or be able to treat all of them yourself. Water that is trapped or left standing can be a breeding ground for certain pests, such as mosquitoes. In addition, water soaked materials are prone to mold and mildew. Some of these can quickly become toxic. If allowed to grow in your home or office, it can create health problems for anyone who enters. This is why you need to hire a company that is trained in these matters.
Though you probably want to treat the area as quickly as possible, there are a few things you need to consider prior to hiring a company to help you. Especially in the case of a natural disaster that has hit an entire area, there are con artists who will try to take advantage of your situation. With a few hours of research, you can make certain that you get a professional who will handle your case well.
The first thing you need to do is make certain that any contractor you are considering has the proper licensing through your state. Their contractor identification number should be visible on their website and printed on their business cards.
You also need to find out if the company is bonded and insured. This will provide the financial protection you need should any problems arise. A legitimate business will happily give you this information. Avoid any company that balks at this request.
Even with these documents, it does not mean that a company is capable of doing the job well. You can go to consumer review websites and find out if the company has satisfied their previous customers. While an occasional complaint is probably not something to be concerned about, if there are several of them, the business may not have the expertise necessary to help you.
Once you have found a few companies that have good reviews and the proper documentation, you should ask for each of them to provide you with a written estimate for their services. Make certain that it details exactly what is covered in the quote. You should also inquire about any additional charges that may arise once the restoration process has begun. If you are having an emergency water damage disaster, you will probably not have the option to get a quote. Most companies that handle emergency services, usually also bill your insurance company direct. You may need woodwork, drywall, or other building components completely replaced. Depending upon the severity of the flood, this may be quite extensive. Obtain quotes from three or four companies prior to selecting one.
While the restoration is being done, stay on the property. You need to know what is happening to the building and make certain that the guaranteed work has, in fact, been done. You do not want to risk finding rotting floors or walls later on.
When your home or commercial building has suffered flood damage in Arizona, you want it to be restored to the original state as quickly and as professionally as possible. Taking the time to make certain the contractor is legitimate and does good work is critical to the process. If you follow these suggestions, your building will be in good shape again very soon.
Action 1 Restoration Arizona
5025 N Central Ave
Phoenix, Az 85012