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Water Damage Restoration – Choosing a Service Provider

By Luke Armstrong

Finding a water damage restoration service can be complicated by the many reasons you may require water damage cleanup.  Floods, burst pipes or water damage after a fire signal the need for immediate water damage restoration, but rain leaks or other water sources may not be evident until the problem has spread.

Water damage cleanup can be one of the most difficult tasks confronting a property owner.  Water flows on the path of least resistance, and can be absorbed by porous materials, including wood and sheetrock, so the damage can spread quickly.

Flood damageHere are some considerations for homeowners when deciding on a water damage restoration service:

What is the source of the water damage?
The type of damage will affect the water damage remediation plan.  For example, water damage cleanup from a flood requires additional equipment and training to safely handle water that may be contaminated with sewage.  On the other hand, water damage restoration service for a long-term problem, such as a slow roof leak, may require special water detection sensors to determine the extent of the damage.

What are the provider’s qualifications? 
ServiceMaster professionals are specially trained in water damage restoration services .  They are backed by ServiceMaster’s nationwide reputation in water damage cleanup, and have the licensing and insurance required by the municipalities in which they operate.

What services are offered? 
ServiceMaster specialists offer a full range of water damage restoration services including repair or replacement of structural elements such as rotted wood or ruined drywall, and cleaning or protection of personal contents or decorative items.  Plus they have the proper equipment for water damage cleanup , such as removal of excess water, and professional drying and dehumidifying to prevent mold growth.

What about insurance claims? 
The source of the water damage and the type of coverage you have will affect whether or not you should file an insurance claim.  However, if you made an insurance claim, our water damage restoration service includes helping you coordinate payment with your insurance company.

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