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Restoration USA Tips: The Importance Of Cleaning Your Home’s Gutters

Fall is here, and while the leaves may not be falling in droves where you live, this is still a great opportunity to make sure your home’s gutters are clean and functional.

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Restoration USA Tips: How Do House Fires Most Commonly Start?

House fires are a nightmare that no one wants to face. Fires ravage through houses and burn everything in their path if they aren’t stopped. Before you know it, your home and all of your belongings can be reduced to ash and rubble. Though there are some things that naturally happen, such as lightning strikes and downed power lines, that can cause a fire in the home, there are some things you can control.

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Restoration USA Tips: Home Restoration And Billing Your Insurance Provider

Everyone wants their home to stay in tip top shape. Living in a well-maintained home is comfortable and also creates a better experience for visitors. Doing your part to clean and maintain any minor fixes in the house, like a light bulb change or a faulty smoke detector battery, just takes a short time out of your day. Sometimes, there are events that you cannot control.

Every region comes with upsides and downsides. Sometimes a location has specific months that generally have bad weather to look out for; like Florida’s hurricane season. Year round, there also may be general weather conditions like warm humid air that can put your home at risk continuously. When things like this happen, it is always great to stay on top of the ball and get the work done that is needed. Though some projects are easier than others, there may come a time where home restoration comes into play. With bigger operations on your home, there can be hefty costs (depending on the damage) that you just can’t afford to pay out of pocket.

If this time comes, your insurance is the one who will cover these costs. This is the reason you pay for it in the first place! Insurance companies tend to cover many major disasters that your home may experience. Though people know this fact, there are also differences in companies and their policy options that can put you in a pickle.

Coverage and problems

Insurance companies always have a catch; this is no secret. In places that experience annual disasters or seasonal weather patterns, some insurance companies won’t cover for specific home conditions that are caused by mother nature. Though it is rare, it is always good to take a look at what your insurance provider covers and does not cover. Some examples that are a great focus point are exemptions because of common earthquakes, sinkholes, and even flooding.

Flooding: Coverage for damage caused by flooding can differ greatly across areas and companies. Many times, regular insurance policies do not cover flood damage. FEMA is what people usually go for when looking for flood insurance, though there are alternatives. One thing to look for in an insurance policy is the details about coverage for flooding; if it is even covered.

Water Damage: Water damage is a frequent monster in homes, especially in Florida. Humid air, on and off rain, and hurricanes are huge adversaries to a home’s water resistance. Since these natural occurrences happen without prevention, water damage can be inevitable. Working on water as soon as possible damage is extremely important. This is due to the fact that it spreads like wildfire. Water has no mercy; it seeps through the smallest cracks, disperses in the air, and destroys everything in its path if given enough time to. Not only will the integrity of the property be compromised, but the well-being of your belongings can be in jeopardy.

Fixing a water damage problem is necessary. Locating the origin and tackling the damages done need to be carried out in a timely fashion. Even catching problems early can put your bill over $15,000. This includes the detection of the cause (whether it be leaking pipes or other faulty building aspects), stopping the water from entering again, and restoring any sections of the home that were devastated.

Mold Growth: If not treated soon, water can lead to mold. It is well known that mold is never a good entity in the home. Mold can be more hazardous to some than others. It is never good to find out how it will affect you. Because this can pose serious health risks, it is pertinent to solve water damage issues before mold has a chance to grow. Mold also doesn’t have to come from a serious water damage problem. Since mold only needs a little water to thrive, regular humidity trapped in your walls can be just enough to start the growth cycle.

Mold travels fast too. Wherever moisture reaches, it can reside. Generally, mold can grow in a typical safe home just in the places that are commonly wet. Showers and sinks may exhibit mold growth and can be cleaned with store bought cleaners. More serious issues do need to be handled by professionals. Average cleaning can actually worsen the problem, spreading it around further and expel mold particles into the air.

Signs of mold can be easy to spot with routine checks. Spotting streaks of gray, black, and green can be a symptom of mold intrusion. Problems are usually worse than they look because mold is often trapped behind the walls before it shows up on the surface. Paying for mold removal out of pocket can be incredibly expensive. The insurance company will be your best friend in these situations.

Billing your insurance company

With all of these crazy expensive costs, it’s not likely you can do it all on your own. If you can, great! But if you can’t, the insurance company needs to cover you. It is always best to read your policy thoroughly before you buy it and when you run into problems. Take note of any minor details that may sway you from a purchase and weigh out your options.

When you have chosen a policy and need to make a claim, they will likely send out an adjuster to assess the damages. Once that is underway, they will contact the restoration company to sort out the details regarding their coverage and estimates. Restoration USA works with most major insurance companies directly to save you the headache of constant calls regarding this subject. You can’t resume your schedule when being the middleman, so we go through all the information with the insurance companies to get start the restoration process.

Restoration services

If you have any restoration needs, Restoration USA is glad to help. We have over 25 years in the business and we are highly qualified to help you in your time of need. For water damage, leak detection, mold remediation, and fire damage, Restoration USA can take care of it all. We work at your convenience and keep in mind your needs. Our team upholds the most respect for you and your property. Restoration USA strives to protect the structural integrity of your home and preserve the well-being of your belongings.

We use IICRC approved techniques and methods to bring your home back to its former glory. Our top tier equipment executes the mission as quickly and efficiently as possible. With advanced technology, we work as non-intrusively as possible to pinpoint problems in the blink of an eye.

Check out our website for information on our restoration services.

Go with the pros!

Restoration USA has the means to fix your home. We know that disasters don’t wait up, so neither should you. Restoration USA offers 24-hour emergency service for when something goes bump in the night. We accept inquiries and perform free inspections to assess the problem and give you a ballpark number on the costs you (or the insurance company) may incur. To get started on your home restoration needs, contact us as soon as you can. Don’t let the issues ride on, they will only get worse as time goes by. Fill out the contact form on our website or give us a call at (866)-745-6428. You will be back in your comfort zone in no time.

Restoration USA Tips: Removing The Odor After A Fire

When faced with a house fire, nothing really goes the way you want. Fire is wild and rarely can be predicted.

Obliterating whatever it touches, fires are a real problem – especially in the home. The necessity of putting out a fire is great, and the aftermath is something to take into account. If everything is not burned, then the structure may remain and some of your personal belongings will be left as well. When all’s said and done, the next step is to restore your home. In doing so, the fire damage and smoke damage will need to be assessed and taken care of.

In order to comfortably return to your home after a fire, you will most likely want to rid everything of the smell left by the smoke. Taking away these awful odors is sometimes a task, but there are some remedies you can use to get the ball rolling.

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Restoration USA Tips: What Are Some Common Insurance Claims That Restoration USA Receives?

Restoration USA has been in the field for over 25 years. Sometimes inquiries consist of a lot of questions that may need a few links to answer. Though we get a steady flow knocks, we like to finish the conversation on a positive note without the need for head scratching.

Some common claims have to do with a larger general spectrum like fire damage, leak detection, mold inspection and remediation, and water damage. What do we cover and how do we do our work?

Leak Detection

We run into leak detection inquiries all the time. Leaks can occur in any home or business. It can be made of the most modern materials on the market or be the oldest house in the neighborhood – leaks can happen anywhere. Some common causes of leaks are old pipes, poorly constructed plumbing systems, and pipe/drain clogs. When pressure builds up from a clog, pipes can burst. Systems built improperly could already contain leaks that just went unnoticed. Old pipes, of course, can become brittle and break even without a catalyst.

How will I know if there is a leak? Leaks often show signs early on, like puddles in the home, wet carpets and walls, a drop in water pressure, damp smells, and increase in your monthly water bill.

So what do we do to help? Our team uses IICRC certified technology to detect leaks without the need to excavate the home or break down countless square footage of walls. We will investigate the cause and pinpoint where it started. With the least invasive surgery to your property, we will go in and assess the problem and fix it.

Water Damage

Water extraction is a service homeowners frequently require. When this dangerous element enters the home it can weaken the structure and destroy your personal belongings.

Where does it come from? Well, there are a number of causes; the most common being storms, flooding, and leaking pipes. Natural and manmade disasters can occur in the home and welcome water’s arrival.

What are some signs of water damage before it gets out of hand? When water touches surfaces, it soaks in and weakens materials. It is hard to see this without taking a close look. For instance, walls may start to bloat or warp. When it goes a little further, the structure may be weak and walls may break and parts of the interior structure could collapse. Before this happens, it is important to get the premises inspected and the damage taken care of. Our goal is to help you remove this water. We will map out the process by using thermal imaging to find the source and where it is most problematic, remove what parts need replacement, extract the water with professional drying systems, and deodorize the home.

Mold Removal

Problems with water often lead to mold infestation and mold removal is a familiar claim. Since mold requires little moisture to thrive, Florida’s climate lays down a risk. Leaks and water damage can also lead to mold growth. A sick house displays symptoms too. Earthy smells and wall streaks tend to be the first to show up.

So how does mold come so quickly and out of nowhere? Unfortunately, mold can start flourishing with minimal water. Just a day’s humidity can create an avenue for mold to march on in and spread. The onset of mold can come within the first 48 hours of the presence of water. When moisture is trapped behind walls and fixtures, mold easily can populate.

Mold is a well-known hazard. It can affect some more than others, but all in all, needs to be taken care of regardless. We specialize in this area as well. Mold remediation requires much more than just some scrubbing. It actually could be spread even faster with some elbow grease from someone who is untrained. With knowledge of how mold grows, our professionals are able to take into account the threat. HEPA filtered negative pressurization is one of the processes we use to remove mold in a very safe fashion. Using industrial air scrubbers is a means of removing the nasty aromas; along with deodorizing.

Fire Damage

As we all know, disasters do occur. Fires commonly devastate homes and businesses when they do happen. Fortunately, it is not always a total loss. When fires don’t destroy everything, that means there is hope. At Restoration USA we help repair fire damage to restore your home or business back to it’s potential.

Numerous events can spark a fire – faulty equipment, candles, stoves and other items left burning, lightning from thunderstorms, and even arson. Fires can start anywhere in the home if someone isn’t paying attention.

What happens to my property after the fire is put out? Usually, any size fire emits more smoke than it seems like it should. Everything that air touches, so does the smoke. This will create an overcoming odor in the residence. Restoration USA will help remove the stench. To do this, we clean the contents and deodorize the house. We provide ozone treatment and flooring replacement and restoration.

What happens to my stuff? Restoration USA knows your belongings are important. After ensuring your home is structurally sound, we will help create content inventory, pack, and store your possessions.

 How We Operate

Restoration USA works directly with you and your insurance company to smoothen the bumps in the road. Another aspect to be utilized is our emergency service. Even when something goes bump in the night, we offer 24-hour services. With over 25 years of experience Restoration USA should be your go-to for restoration inquiries and services. Call us at (866)-745-6428 for an assessment. We will arrive within 40 minutes or work efficiently with your schedule to give you a free inspection.

Restoration USA Tips: The Importance Of Emergency Roof Repair

Roofs are meant to keep the home safe. This keeps out water, debris and any other foreign objects. When a sudden trauma happens to a roof, the people inside and their property is likely in danger. In the event of a home emergency it is crucial to make a call before the structural problems branch out. Read more

Restoration USA Tips: How To Handle Fire Damage

Anyone who’s experienced a fire can tell you what a stressful and terrible situation it is to be in. In just a few minutes, everything you’ve worked for can be charred beyond recognition. While having a fire in your home is a rare occurrence, it’s still important to know what to do if your life is ever plagued with this disaster.

It shouldn’t be a mystery that fire can cause serious damage to a home. The contents of your home and the building itself may become seriously damaged by the actual fire, heat, smoke, and water. You may find that the things that weren’t charred beyond belief in the fire may be soggy, or reek of smoke. If there are things that are damaged, but you’d still like to repair, these things must be cleaned carefully. During the fire, first respondents may have cut holes into the walls of the building to search for flames hidden inside of the walls. It’s even possible that they cut holes into the roof to allow smoke and heat to escape the building. You must understand that fire damage clean up is a time consuming process that requires a lot of patience.

The Fire Damage Restoration Process

Even after the fire has been extinguished, you must be weary of the things that can be a risk to your safety and health. Dirty water and soot that were left behind may have contaminants that can make you sick. If you go into your home and touch any of the fire damaged contents, be careful. Ask the fire department, your insurance agent, or a restoration specialist for help & advice before you begin to clean or make any repairs.

After your home experiences a fire, you should call the local disaster relief service, like the Salvation Army. These disaster relief services will help you to find temporary lodging, food, clothing, as well as medicine. The best route of action is to stay with a family member or a friend. This isn’t an easy task to take on. Don’t try to do it by yourself, and don’t be scared to ask for help.

Secure your pets after the fire, as scared animals often react with aggression. Carefully, calmly, and gently handle your pets. Try to leave your pets with a family member, pet lodging service, or friend while your home is being cleaned and serviced. In short, keep your pets out of your home while restoration services are being performed.

 

Be Weary Of The Area

Unless the fire department has specifically said it’s safe, do not enter your damaged home or apartment. Fires can start again after they’ve been extinguished. Keep your eyes peeled for any serious damage caused by the fire, as roofs and floors may be damaged, and can fall down, or collapse.  Your local fire department will make sure that all utility services including water, electricity, and gas are safe to use. If they aren’t safe to use, the fire department will shut off the utilities and disconnect them before they leave. Never try to turn these back on by yourself, as it could pose greater danger to you, your family, and your property.

Go With The Pros! 

Restoration USA is a fully certified disaster restoration company located in Pompano Beach. We restore water damage and fire damage, and also perform mold removal and leak detection, in all of Broward county. Most of the services we perform can be paid for by standard home owner’s insurance. Call us, toll-free, 24/7 at (866) 745-6428 or visit us online to schedule your free evaluation.