Sometimes heavy rains or a busted pipe wreak havoc inside your home!  Unfortunately, there’s no time to panic or curse the weather. The magnitude of the damage depends on how long the water is left to soak through your floors, walls and furniture. Dispatching a flood damage restoration team quickly is crucial.

But with so many options out there, how do you choose the best flood damage restoration company? Here are a few tips to speed up and simplify the process:

Tip #1: Look for licensed and insured

Anyone can buy a few dehumidifiers and drywall replacement tools and offer water damage restoration services, but professional companies with reputations to protect have licenses from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). This certification will ensure the service provider you choose is using the proper tools and detection equipment, and technicians are experienced in the safest water removal techniques. It’s also important that the company you choose has pollution liability insurance in addition to other standard insurances to ensure your property will be safe once the work is completed.

Tip #2: Seek out referrals

Word of mouth is the most reliable way to find quality contractors. Even if you don’t know anyone who has experience with water damage, there are several resources online that provide valuable insight. Yelp, Merchant Circle, Angie’s List, and even Facebook are great places to research recommendations, but no matter where you look, strive to find the best contractor for the job—not the one who offers the best deal on services. Trying to keep costs down by hiring a cheap contractor could end up costing you much more in the long run.

Tip #3: Demand a rapid response

Just one hour of delayed restoration can increase water damages exponentially, which is why reputable water damage restoration companies will arrive at your home promptly, and at any hour of the night or day. When researching possible contractors, look for reviews and comments about response time. Look specifically for information on completion of the work in a timely manner and whether the company followed up after a period of time to ensure the work held up. While those qualifications aren’t as vital as the initial response time, they can help you make the best decision possible.

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Tip #4: Clarify all costs

Professional restoration companies are able to assess costs and provide an in depth contract before any work has begun. The contract also includes all services and materials that they use, along with a finish date for the job. It’s important to know all costs and charges up front.  Before you sign anything, make sure all the information is available and easy to understand. This eliminates surprises and additional charges

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Tip #5: Inquire about insurance

Most certified water damage restoration services have extensive experience with insurance companies, beyond just understanding the claims process. Choosing a restoration company that accelerates the claims process will make the entire restoration process much less stressful for you.

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Don’t wait for water damage to find a restoration expert

If you live in an area that’s prone to floods or your pipe system is far from new thats OK! What you want is the the contact information for a flood damage restoration company on hand to use immediately if disaster strikes. At Certified Restoration, we’ve been restoring damaged homes in San Diego for over 20 years. We take immediate action to minimize damage—it’s our policy to be on-premises within an hour of your call. No job is too big or too small, so give us a call today.