Water damage restoration is not just as simple as putting a blower in the hallway and plugging it in. Your property needs to be managed properly to make sure that the process has no setbacks or complications. There are definite steps to make the restoration go correctly and must be completed for the project to be a success.
Humidity levels are a major factor in water damage restoration and controlling the temperature inside the structure is vital for ultimate success.
There are many other factors involved in water damage restoration and you need to be sure that you hire a competent contractor with the proper equipment and training and support techs.
Pricing will vary from contractor to contractor and also by location. Taxes, cost of living, cost of real estate and Insurance vary from location to location and have an affect on prices.
To make sure that you are getting the best contractor for your job, just look at the basics.
Make sure the agreement is in writing including what is to be completed, how long it will take and the price.
Next, check out the companies insurance and make sure it is valid. Call the insurance provider on their insurance certificate to do this. It should have a phone number on it. You should also check to see if the company carries a local or state license If required. Check to see if they are bonded, they will have their employees in your building. Make sure you are protected.
Ask if the employees have passed background checks and if there will always be a supervisor on the job that is certified. The most popular certification is by The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification. You can do a search on them on the net and validate their certification online.
Then I would ask for references from past customers. Most only ask for 3 references, I would suggest 5 to 10 references and actually take the time to call and check them out.
Most water damage restoration companies try to push you with 1 to 2 hour response times and it is great that they can respond that quick. But I would not commit to any contractor on the phone or online. Take the extra time and make sure that the company checks out. The home or business you save will be yours.