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Frequently Asked Questions About Fire and Mold Restoration

The beginning of a new year should be a time of hope and expectation. However, there will be people in 2022 that have to deal with a fire or flood disaster. Instead of constantly worrying, property owners should know the fire, flood, and mold restoration industry. Here are a few FAQs to get everyone started. 

letters Getting Professional Help With Insurance Companies

Insurance policies are great ways for people to protect their property from disasters. Unfortunately, insurance companies are not charities, so navigating the insurance claim process can be extremely frustrating when facing a major loss or emergency. 

An insurance company will always try and pay out the minimum that they can. This can leave property owners in a lurch since they won’t have enough money to make repairs out of pocket. Restoration companies are a great resource for homeowners because they work directly with insurance companies every day. 

A reputable restoration company gives the insurance company confidence that they aren’t getting ripped off, so they are more likely to take guidance from the restoration company and payout more as the restoration project progresses. A trustworthy professional restoration company is indispensable when dealing with a disaster, and property owners should take advantage of their insurance industry knowledge. 

How Long Do Restoration Projects Usually Take?restoration

It’s hard to give an accurate answer to this question. Disaster comes in all shapes and sizes, so no two jobs are ever the same. However, there is a general process depending on the type of damage done. Two example timetables are:

  • Water Damage Restoration: After a flood or extensive water damage, the first goal is to dry the place out. Industrial fans and dehumidifiers will work 24 hours a day for several days to remove all of the water in an area. The faster this happens, the less likely a mold infestation will occur. Once the area is dry, rehab can take place and can take anywhere from a few days to a few months, depending on the extent of the damage. 
  • Fire Restoration: Fire restorations can be more tricky to deal with. While water always flows down and damages the lowest parts of a structure, smoke can get everywhere, and the effects from the heat can do extensive damage. Smoke damage must be filtered and scrubbed away. After that, structural and electrical inspections will need to be carried out to ensure the structure is safe for rehab. This process can take several months. 

 

Discarding Food After a Fire

Of all the things that can be lost in a fire, too many people forget about food. In almost every case, it should be discarded with anything else damaged. Food wrappers and storage, like refrigerators, can allow smoke or fire fighting chemicals to leak in and contaminate food. Likewise, canned food can be tainted by the heat from a fire that can split cans open and allow the food to be tainted. So after a fire, when in doubt, throw it out!

About AllPhase Restoration

AllPhase Restoration is a professional restoration company always available for emergency service, with a live telephone answering service. For two generations, their skilled technicians have been helping people recover from disasters. Call AllPhase Restoration today for prompt restoration service in Columbus, OH.