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How to Pick the Best Water Damage Restoration Company

by Chad Robertson
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A leaky bathtub drain. A busted pipe during a winter freeze. A ruptured dishwasher water line. Welcome to homeownership.

Water damage is serious business. Even the smallest leak can cause major structural damage, which is why it's important to call a professional as soon as you notice a problem.

The water damage remediation industry is unregulated, meaning nearly anyone can claim to be qualified to help you repair your home. To help you get the best service available, here are a few tips on choosing the best water damage restoration company:

>> 24 Hour Service: Find a company that can service your needs 24/7. A prompt reply can help you minimize damage and get you on the path towards clean-up. Many local HomeSquire water damage restoration companies can be on-site within an hour of receiving the call.

>> Free Estimates: Many HomeSquire companies offer price estimates and a list of services they will provide before starting a job. Be sure both you and the company are in agreement before any work is performed. Expect some companies to charge a flat rate, while others charge an hourly fee.

>> Local References: Ask the company for references related to jobs performed in your neighborhood. Insurance companies can also provide references for remediation companies; however, they may refer you to companies with the lowest cost as opposed to those with the highest quality of service.

>> Industry Certifications: While the water remediation industry is unregulated, there are a number of certifications companies and technicians can earn. Check that your professional is certified through either the Institute for Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration (IICR) or the Restoration Industry Association (RIA). Most HomeSquire water damage restoration companies offer licensed technicians.

>> Insurance Companies: Be sure that the company you choose has experience working with insurance companies. The more experience they have, the faster they'll be able to expedite your claims and reimbursement.

Most important: don't let price stand in the way of expert service. Paying a little more for quality will help save on costs in the long run.

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