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It was estimated in 2019, fire damage cost United States residents a startling $14.8 billion! Materials like PVC, vinyl siding, single-paned glass, and wood are susceptible to damage from extreme heat and water. A fire restoration contractor can help mitigate and possibly reverse these effects.
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7 Tips to Choose the Best Fire Restoration Contractor
If disaster has struck your home or commercial building, you need to prioritize finding an excellent fire restoration contractor quickly. Here are a couple tips to hire the best contactor that will get the job done right:
1. Look for a company that provides 24/7/365 emergency services
Fire damage will happen at any time. If your house catches fire at 1 a.m., you shouldn’t have to wait to get your property repaired. Instead of waiting around for hours, you can hire a fire damage restoration contractor that offers 24/7 services, like SERVPRO Of Bloomington/Pontiac. We provide prompt, emergency responses all day, every day.
2. Check your contractor’s credentials-always (and check reviews!)
When hiring a fire restoration contractor, ensure you select a contractor with the correct credentials. Make sure they are licensed, bonded, and insured to perform the necessary restoration work. If the contractor doesn’t have the proper credentials, they may not have the extensive training needed for fire restoration. Check for certificates from a trusted authority like the IICRC.
3. Find a contractor who works with insurance
A reputable fire restoration company will work with your home insurance company. After a fire, you most likely file an insurance claim. If you aren’t experienced, this process can get frustrating. A contractor can help alleviate the stress of filing a claim to get you the financial assistance you need.
The contractor can negotiate details with your insurance provider, such as the source and extent of the damage. A skilled contractor will ensure that no stone is left unturned.
4. Research the services they offer
Different fires require different types and levels of services. A company like SERVPRO Of Bloomington/Pontiac can offer comprehensive restoration services for fire, smoke and water damage, both for residential and commercial properties.
Some of the fire damage services provided are:
- Smoke odor removal
- Soot removal
- Air duct cleaning
- Content pack-out
- Debris removal
- Emergency board-up and tarping
- Floor and carpet cleaning/restoration
- Mold remediation and removal
- Property reconstruction and restoration
- Upholstery cleaning and restoration
- Water damage cleaning and restoration
- Commercial and Residential
- Large Loss Services
We work on all types of commercial properties:
- Churches and other religious buildings
- Entertainment venues
- Financial institutions
- Healthcare facilities
- Industrial sites and factories
- Office buildings
- Retail centers
- Schools and universities
- Warehouse facilities
- Many others
Full-service companies can mitigate damage that you may not have noticed before. They will address your property’s needs, no matter how complex the situation.
5. Make sure they meet industry standards
Quality restoration companies must abide by set industry standards. The two primary standards are:
- BSR/IIRC S700 Standard for Professional Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration
- BSR/IIRC S740 Standard for Professional Restoration of Fire and Smoke Damaged Personal Items
If your home has suffered water, mold, or any other damage, the correct restoration contractor will always follow other standards as well. Check that the contractors use state-of-the-art tools to repair your building. Commercial-grade equipment will provide the best results and ensure your safety.
SERVPRO Of Bloomington/Pontiac always abides by the necessary smoke, water, and fire damage standards to ensure we deliver the best services to all of our clients. Regardless of the size of the project, we want you to be satisfied with the results.
6. Ask for a quote and restoration plan
Your damage restoration contractor should always hand you a quote for their services. It should include the restoration plan and any other information about the timeline, payment, and company policies.
The company should also base this quote on an on-site inspection of the damage, and you will receive an accurate estimate. Once the contractors have completed the inspection, they should give you a restoration plan that outlines the process. It will detail the services they must perform and the estimated timeline. We want you to know exactly how we will perform our comprehensive services after a disaster.
7. Check the testimonials
Before trusting a company, ensure you check out the reviews and testimonials. While testimonials on the business’s website matter, these are often screened before getting posted. Instead, check out third-party reviews. Look for a company with an A+ rating on the Better Business Bureau (BBB). Also, consider reviews from websites like Google and Facebook.
Even better, ask around your local area for recommendations from your friends and family. See if people find the services reasonably priced and high-quality.
Contact SERVPRO of Bloomington/Pontiac for more information and to answer any Commercial Business or Residential questions.
Call us today at 309-827-7500 or visit our website at www.SERVPRObloomingtonpontiac.com.
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