Utah water damage restoration professionals in Lark
There are only a few true fire and water restoration companies in Utah that can provide the full line of flood clean up, fire rebuilding and mold remediation services. These companies have been in business in the Salt Lake area for decades and have full time, trained technicians who are available to do emergency restoration work 24/7. They have industrial strength equipment and professional gear that they use daily on just such water damage emergencies.
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Most of the Utah Water Restoration Companies you will find on the web are marketing companies that later sell your cleanup and rebuilding job to subcontractors they never met. When there is a big demand for restoration clean up services in Utah, such as frozen and burst pipes, burst water heaters or rain and flood damage, these marketing companies call everyone who says that they can do water removal, clean up and repair to get your job. However, if they cannot find any subcontractors, your job will be abandoned.
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The other type of water removal and repair competitors are large corporate franchise restoration companies with very little connection to Utah. They do not have full line fire, water and restoration services in Utah and usually have staff that is new to the home water restoration business. Very often, the true fire and water remediation companies are asked to complete repair jobs that were started by restoration franchisees.
Carpet Cleaning Companies
There are hundreds of carpet cleaning companies in Utah that claim to be water damage restoration companies. These so called remediation experts have no water removal experience, flood damage clean up training or dehumidification equipment to complete water and flood damage repair projects. They also have no education or much experience in the science of water extraction, drying and clean up. There is very little chance that your property would be completely restored through their services. In fact, since these companies do not have any water removal, fire restoration or mold remediation experience or content restoration facilities to handle personal belongings or furniture, their so called services only delay your home’s restoration work.
When you need professionals to tackle emergency repair and rebuilding jobs in Utah, choose the Utah company you know and trust to handle your property’s remediation job. Call the disaster recovery experts that have the full time crews to handle your emergency 24/7, 365 days a year.
Residential Flood Damage Repair Lark
It doesn't matter if you live in Fort Myers. or Cape Coral FL., flooding can happen to anyone. Whether flooding occurs because of an accident, a storm, or otherwise, cleaning up from a flood can not only be time-consuming, but it can also be costly if you're not careful about how you go about the clean-up process. Here are some tips to save you time and money on your post-flood clean-up so that you can recover from flooding and water damage faster:
Work with professionals
Hands down, working with a team of professional cleaners is the best way to quickly recover after a flood. Professional water damage repair experts not only have the experience to know what types of flood damage warning signs to look for, but they also have the necessary tools to help prevent-or reverse-long-term damage caused by humidity, standing water, and more.
Remove standing water first
Flood clean-up crews can help to remove standing water from your home using a high-power and fast-acting pump. By removing standing water quickly after a flood, you drastically decrease the severity of water damage, in many cases. By decreasing the severity of the water damage, you increase your savings and reduce the amount of water damage repair and replacement you need to tackle.
Eliminate moisture and humidity
It's also essential not only to remove standing water from your home after a flood, but also to eliminate moisture and humidity from the air and from surfaces that have been impacted by the flood waters. By completely drying your walls, flooring, furniture, and other belongings, we help to salvage any materials that have not been damaged by the flood waters.
After we remove moisture from your belongings, including your flooring and walls, we sanitize your space. Sanitizing your space helps to ensure that mold, mildew, and bacteria will not grow as a direct result of the flood. Moreover, sanitizing your space helps to ensure that the air quality is improved over what it would be if you allowed moisture to stay in your space.
Reduce breeding ground
In addition to reducing the breeding ground for bacteria, mold, and mildew, by eliminating moisture from your environment, we also eliminate environments that may be hospitable to insects, such as termites. As most homeowners know, termites can cause expensive damages in a very short amount of time-and lead you to require major repairs to your home.
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One of the most frustrating things about water restoration is getting a call from the adjuster saying your invoice is too high. During my 14 + years in the water restoration business I have gotten plenty of calls from adjusters saying that my price is too high on this dehumidifier or this fan, etc. This used to bug me until I learned the secret to prevent most of these calls, COMMUNICATION & DOCUMENTATION. Remember that the adjuster has to justify his work to his boss and as long as the price and scope of work can be justified then it will be paid.
Starting off the job on the right foot is important. You should always get a work authorization signed by the insured before starting work. A work authorization will allow some insurance companies to be able to pay you directly or at least get your name on the check.
Then as soon as the initial mitigation is performed, call the adjuster and let him/her know what you did. This can be done on the way back to your office. During this conversation just let the adjuster know what you saw when you arrived and what you decided to do about. During this conversation I generally try to steer away from talking about pricing. If they ask about it then I will talk about it, but for me this is more of an information phone call to the adjuster. At this point, usually the adjuster has not been there and so to call and inform him/her what is going on is my main objective.
Next, you should have an itemized invoice. The invoice should include your company name, address, (so they can send the check) and your Taxpayer Identification Number. Each room that work was performed in should be separate and have measurements down to the nearest inch. Then within each room list each item or piece of equipment. At this point it is good to comment on the items that are most questioned, such as cost of dehumidifiers, number of fans, extraction, etc. Place comments with the items, if your estimating software will let you, justifying why you charge what you do for a dehumidifier or why you had 3 fans in a 6 x 6 room. Anything that could be questioned comment on it. To me this is one of the most important parts of the invoicing process. Yes, it is time consuming but the adjuster will be able to see the reasoning behind the line item. This alone may prevent most calls.
Next include a copy of the signed work authorization and signed certificate of satisfaction. This not only shows that the customer was satisfied but that they authorized you to do the work. Make sure that your work authorization form includes a section in it that would allow the insurance company to be able to pay you directly. I, personally, had my lawyer look over my form to make sure it was accomplishing what I wanted it to accomplish. I would strongly suggest that you do the same no matter whether you got a generic form from somewhere or you came up with your own form.
Another tool that helps justify your bill to the adjuster is your daily humidity readings. You should be keeping the temperature, relative humidity, and grains (gpp) inside, outside, unaffected area, dehumidifier(s), and the HVAC. By doing this you will be able to learn about what is going on during the job. For example, several years ago we opened up a new refrigerant dehumidifier and took it straight to a job. When we got there and turned it on we started running our pshychrometric readings and discovered that there was a problem with the dehumidifier. It was great to find that out then and not the next day when we would have had a lot of evaporation and no dehumidification. Using the grain readings can also help you prove that the equipment was off, a door was opened that you wanted closed, a window got opened, etc. When this is used correctly then you can prove to the adjuster why you needed an extra day. Also make sure to include plenty of comments to go with your readings to help explain what you saw.
To go along with your daily humidity readings try including a graph from a data logger. Data loggers can be set to record the temperature and relative humidity as often as you would like. I like to set ours to record every minute and this gives you a good graph of what is happening on the job. When the job is complete then print the graph and turn it in with your invoice. Just like with your daily readings a graph will help prove what you saw happening on the job. (i.e. door left open, window open, equipment turned off, etc.) Taking an hour meter reading off your equipment at several points in the job can also help prove when things were not running and should be turned in as part of your documentation.
Kevin Pearson is a partner in Pearson Carpet Care. He has over 17 years experience in the cleaning and restoration business. He serves on several committees with the IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification) and is on the board of directors of the PCRA (Professional Cleaning and Restoration Alliance). Kevin has dried building in Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana. He has extensive experience drying residential homes but has also dried office buildings, chemical plants, historical homes, Southern Methodist University, Stephen F. Austin State University, The Toyota Center (where the Houston Rockets play) and more.