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When to Hire a Professional Water Damage Clean Up Crew

Jul 19, 2008
Major flooding in your home creates a dire situation. The structure of your home and all your belongings are either ruined immediately or in jeopardy of becoming ruined. Time is of the essence when you have major flooding in your home. Many things may be able to be saved if the clean up can begin quickly. The possibility of major damage might be minimized if the water and furnishings are removed fast enough. Of course, when a natural disaster occurs such as flooding from a hurricane, river, or creek, your home can become inundated by several feet of water throughout and it can take days or maybe even weeks for the water to recede. The harsh reality of this situation is that all you can do is wait for the water to go down.

When the water from a flood caused by Mother Nature does finally recede, it is hard to decide where to start cleaning up. Most often people are at a loss as to what to do next. After this kind of home flooding, the best solution, if at all possible, is to hire a professional clean up crew to do the job. It is extremely helpful if you have flood insurance that will cover the water damage clean up because it is very expensive. This kind of clean up is a major undertaking and it can take weeks for the job to be completed, even by professionals.

If you are able to hire professionals, make sure that they are professionals. There are many factors to be considered before you turn your damaged home over to someone you do not know. First of all, in crisis situations like Hurricane Katrina, many people, especially the elderly, were taken advantage of when they hired people that were not truly qualified to do the job. Do not make this mistake! Check their business license and their insurance coverage to make sure they are certified to do the work. Check their work record however you can by asking for references. Then locate and talk to past clients about the quality of work that this company performed. Remember to call the Better Business Bureau to see if any complaints have been made concerning the company you are considering for the job. This is no time to hire a fledgling company with no real experience no matter how sincere and compassionate they are.

Any real water damage clean up professionals should have training in how to remove mold and other health hazardous contaminates from your flooded home as this is a dangerous side affect from flooding. This kind of cleanup is just as important as removing and cleaning your furniture or repairing damage to your home. Let's face it; you do not want to skip this step only to find you have a home that is making you sick after all the time and expense that went into restoring the rest of the house. Make sure that both you and the professional you hire are perfectly clear about what jobs are to be done, the amount it will cost and how long the job should take (within reason) are things you need to get in writing. Get estimates from other professionals as well.

People in desperate situations do get taken advantage of easily. Do not let yourself be one of them!
About the Author
Richard Barthallo's life experiences has made him a legend in Orlando Water Damage Restoration. He has assisted and advised on many Orlando Water Damage extractions and subsequent recoveries
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