3 Water Damage Restoration Checklists for Homeowners

Category: Water Damage Restoration

Water damage appears imminent in Minneapolis thanks to yet more rain this week. No one wants to go through the heartache and hassles that it causes.

If you’re reading this, you’re in one of three scenarios:

  1. You want to prevent water damage by protecting your home as best you can.
  2. You have water damage, and you want to hire the right restoration company.
  3. You’ve hired a water damage restoration company. They’re on their way to your home. You want to do all you can to ensure they can do their work quickly, in a safe and cost-effective manner.

These three checklists will help you whether your home has incurred water damage or not:

Prevent Your Home from Being Damaged by Water

  • Clean gutters and check that downspouts are connected.
  • Make sure sump pumps are in good working order.
  • Buy a backup battery for your sump pump in case the power goes out.
  • Check the grade of your lawn. If it gets lower toward the house, correct it.
  • Scan basement floors and walls for fissures and cracks to be repaired.

Identify Reputable Water Damage Restoration Companies

  • Are they IICRC certified?
  • Are they a licensed, full-service contractor who can facilitate the entire restoration and reconstruction process from start to finish?
  • Do they have good online reviews from independent sources such as Angie’s List?
  • Are they bonded and insured?
  • Do they work with all insurance companies and use Xactimate estimation and billing software for a seamless insurance transaction?
  • Do they offer prompt, quality, professional technicians and post-service follow up to ensure your satisfaction?

Prepare for Water Damage Restoration Specialists

  • Make sure you stay by the phone number that you gave them, especially if it is an emergency.
  • Remove as much water and as many water-damaged items as possible, ONLY if it is safe to do so. (Do NOT use a vacuum cleaner.)
  • Do not touch anything if they have advised you for safety and/or insurance reasons. They will document the scene using camera and video, as well as taking notes.
  • Make room in your driveway for their vehicle, if possible, as they will have a lot of equipment

Using a certified water damage restoration company is important and can save you money. Extracting water from and drying the affected area and structure takes special equipment. Water can hide in your sub-floor and drywall, detectable only by moisture meters and infrared cameras. Green Clean is licensed, certified, owns professional equipment, and specializes in this area, responding quickly to assure your peace of mind and satisfaction.

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