The Leading Causes of Household Fires

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According to the National Fire Protection Association, cooking is the leading factor in household fires in the United States. From overheated stoves to unattended flames, the kitchen presents a variety of hazards for even the most astute home chef. While living room and bedroom fires account for a small percentage of annual household fires, staying safe in the kitchen will prevent significantly more fires from damaging your property and endangering your safety.

Avoidable Accidents

Everyone experiences an accident in the kitchen from time to time. You might forget to turn off the burner or allow a sudden blast from the oven to set off your smoke alarm. Tiny accidents can lead to big trouble down the road. Here are some ways to prevent kitchen fires:

  • Set timers and pay attention to them.
  • Cover up unused outlets with plastic covers to prevent sparks.
  • Wear protective clothing when you cook with hot oil.
  • Keep small children away from pot handles and other hot objects.

If your kitchen begins to fill with smoke, try opening a window or another door to increase ventilation. You may even consider installing a fan to help circulate the air. You might be tempted to disable a ringing smoke detector out of annoyance. Avoid disabling your smoke detector even for a minute because you might forget to turn it back on when you really need it.

Staying Alert

Kitchens might present the most dangerous opportunity for fire hazards, but that doesn’t mean you should ignore the rest of your home. Turn off electric items that aren’t in use, and keep flammable fabrics away from direct heat sources. Not only will monitoring your electrical items keep you from causing a fire, but doing so will also help you save energy in the long run. The key to effectively preventing household fires is establishing a system of vigilance between you and your whole family.

If you’ve recently experienced damage as a result of water or fire damage, then let ServiceMaster Cleaning & Restoration be your go-to source for information and advice. We offer a variety of services from cleanup to restoration, and we can help mitigate the loss you suffer due to fire and water damage.

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Fire Prevention and Safety Tips for Business

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You work hard to grow your business and keep the doors open. From lack of new business to ever-changing economic times, you have plenty of challenges that are out of your control. However, there are some things that can damage your business that you can prevent – such as fires or natural disasters. In today’s post, we are going to share some fire prevention and fire safety tips for business owners.

Business Owner Fire Safety Tips

No matter whether you run a one man operation or a Fortune 500 company with thousands of employees, suffering from a fire can be a financially devastating and potentially tragic event that you (and your business) may not be able to recover from.

Aside from property damage and safety hazards, fires can also cause financial loss to a business from a liability perspective (think employee or customer lawsuits), as well as from downtime – if your doors are closed, odds are, you are not making money!

Fire Extinguishers and Business Safety

One of the most important tools you have at your disposal if a fire breaks out are fire extinguishers. They can make the difference between a small, inconsequential fire and a full blown blaze. Having them in areas that are prone to fire outbreaks (think kitchens or break rooms) is key. They should also be in plain site, so that you or your employees do not need to go searching for them.

In fact, part of every employee training should include safety measures. Pointing out the location of all fire extinguishers should be a part of this effort, as well as teaching each employee how to actually use one in the even that a fire does break out.
Lastly, be sure that you have the right class of fire extinguisher (Class A for regular combustibles, Class B for flammable liquids, Class C for electrical equipment, and Class D for combustible metals) and that your fire extinguishers are fully charged.

Smoke Detectors and Fire Alarms

Early fire detection is crucial to preventing a fire from getting out of control and causing fire and smoke damage. Because of that, you want to ensure your building has smoke detectors in each room and fire alarms on each floor. Smoke detectors should be tested each month and batteries replaced at the change of each season (once every 3 months). If your smoke detectors are ten years old or older (or if you do not know their age) replace them – like everything else, smoke detectors have a life expectancy too!

Overhead Sprinklers Prevent Fire Damage

Another important tool for fire safety and fire prevention in a business setting are overhead sprinklers. When smoke is detected or a fire alarm is triggered, the sprinklers will turn on, dousing any flames and preventing fire from spreading.

If you have water-sensitive equipment or are concerned about documents getting water damage (and that threat is just as dangerous for your business as smoke and fire damage), you can consider installing overhead fire sprinklers in areas that are more prone to fire outbreaks.

Fire Extinguisher Safety Tips

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Fire extinguishers can be a homeowner or business owner’s first line of defense in the event that a fire should break out. However, owning a fire extinguisher is not enough – you must also know how to use them and what type is right for your particular home or business. We discuss this very topic in today’s fire safety blog!

Fire Extinguisher FAQ

Picture this scenario: you are at home or in the office and you suddenly smell the unmistakable odor of smoke. You quickly realize something is on fire, so being the smart person you are, you run and grab your fire extinguisher, locate the fire, and aim the fire extinguisher at the flames. Then it dawns on you – how exactly, does this thing work anyway?

Reducing fire damage and making sure your family stays safe in the event of a disaster requires a mix of planning, preparedness, and remaining calm in any given situation. One way you can achieve this is by learning how, when, and why to use your fire extinguisher – not to mention what type you actually need.

When to Use a Fire Extinguisher

Whether you are at home or at your business, if a fire breaks out, you may only have moments to decide between fight or flight. If you think you can safely put out the fire, grab your fire extinguisher and get to work. If there is even the slightest chance you cannot, get your family or co-workers to safety and dial 911 immediately.

If you do not know how to use your fire extinguisher before the fire breaks out, call in the professionals. Mid-fire is not the time to learn. In addition, never try to fight a fire unless there is a clear path or route of escape. If there is a clear exit, but it won’t remain so for very long, do not risk it – leave the premises.

Finally, if you are unsure if your fire extinguisher class (more below) is appropriate for the type of fire you are fighting, call 911 instead – using the wrong extinguisher can only exacerbate the problem.

Types of Fire Extinguishers

There are five types of fire extinguishers that homeowners or business owners can use to fight fires and reduce the risk of fire damage on their property. The types and what sort of fire they are good for are listed below:

  • Class A: Normal combustibles and flammables, including cloth, paper, and wood.
  • Class B: Flammable liquids, such as gas, oil, paint, paint thinner, and solvents.
  • Class C: This type of fire involves electrical equipment and appliances that are plugged in or receiving electricity. Fires caused by electric drills, table saws, computer equipment, televisions, engines, wiring, and fuse boxes all qualify for this class.
  • Class D: Fires involving combustible metals such as magnesium, sodium, zirconium and so forth). If this type of fire breaks out, do not attempt to fight it unless you have been specifically trained to handle this class.
  • Class K: Restaurants are prone to this type of fire, as it involves cooking oil and commercial grade cooking equipment.

In addition to the types above, some fires can, of course, be classified as multiple types. All fire extinguishers are labeled for the type of fire they are capable of fighting, as well as which ones you should never use them on. For example, you would never use a Class A fire extinguisher on a Class B or Class C fire – the results could be deadly!

Fire Extinguisher How-To

Follow the below advice when using a fire extinguisher.

  • Stand six to eight feet away from any flames.
  • Ensure that you have a clear exit from the area in the event the fire spreads or becomes out of control.
  • Pull the pin to unlock the operating lever.
  • Aim the fire extinguisher hose at the base of the fire.
  • Apply pressure to the lever located above the handle to release the agent.
  • In a sweeping motion, saturate the base of the fire back and forth until it is extinguished.
  • Continue this process if the fire re-ignites.
  • If the fire does not go out or spreads, retreat to safety.
  • Other Fire Extinguisher Tips

The following fire safety tips should be followed to ensure your fire extinguisher is ready to use in the event of a fire.

  • Install fire extinguishers in areas where fires are likely to break out, including kitchens and break rooms.
  • Make sure all fire extinguishers in the home or at work are fully charged.
  • Make sure all family members or employees know the location of any fire extinguishers and fire alarms.
  • Train yourself, loved ones, and co-workers on the proper use of fire extinguishers.

What to Do In The Aftermath of a Tornado

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One of the most terrifying natural disasters a homeowner can face is a tornado. Dropping down with little warning from a stormy sky, tornadoes leave behind a devastating aftermath of wind damage, water damage, and personal tragedy. Knowing what actions to take after a tornado is pivotal to preventing loss of personal property and lives. Here are some quick tips for handling the aftermath of a tornado.

From minor structural issues, to complete collapse due to wind damage, recovering from nature’s most violent storm is no simple task. To further compound issues, the longer you wait to restore your property to its original state, the more collateral damage you are likely to receive. Standing water damage can (and will) quickly lead to more severe problems, such as rotted wood, damaged upholstery, ruined carpets, and the growth of unhealthy mold and mildew.

Below is a list of precautions and actions you can take to mitigate storm damage after a tornado or severe storm.

Tornado Aftermath Safety Tips

In the immediate aftermath of a tornado, it is crucial to remain calm and assess the situation before taking any action. The first step is to ensure that you are out of harm’s way. Survey the area for fallen power lines, leaning or weakened trees, and standing puddles. If you find any of these, move far away and avoid them at all cost. If you are inside of a building, business, or home, look for signs of structural damage, such as cracked ceilings or damaged walls. Be sure the storm has passed and it is safe to go outside prior to leaving the home. Be aware that lighting and hail can still occur after a tornado has left your area.

Once you know your immediate area is safe, locate any loved ones and make sure they are okay. If you are in a group and there are injuries, designate one person to call emergency services (ambulance, fire department, and so forth). In the event of a tornado, there will likely be many injuries and people calling for help. By assigning one person to call 911, you help limit the amount of people tying up emergency phone lines and communications. Hold off calling non-critical family and friends, as this too, can tie up phone lines.

Other things to look out for include: hazardous material spills, broken glass and jagged metal, nails, and wild/roaming animals that may still be spooked by the storm (and therefore prone to attack).

Assessing, Mitigating and Cleaning Up Tornado Damage

Before attempting to clean up any mess left in the aftermath of a tornado, make sure an emergency professional has given you the all clear and declared the area safe. If there is any structural damage, threat of collapse, bare electrical wires, or fire, do not attempt to enter your property. It is always a good idea to shut off electricity to the home (through the electric panel) and shut off any gas valves to the home.

Once the area is safe to enter, consider wearing safety clothing, such as goggles, gloves, rubber boots, and a long sleeve shirt. A breathing mask can help protect you from any lingering smoke or hazardous chemicals. Once you have salvaged vital property (birth certificates, photo albums, and so forth) and cleaned up any spilled medication and hazardous materials, consider photographing the contents of your home to document damage for insurance purposes.

A good idea – and something you should consider before stepping foot into your home or business – is to consult a disaster restoration and cleanup service. If you live in North Georgia, Northern Florida, or Tennessee, catastrophe recovery professionals like the ones at ServiceMaster will come to your home or business, assess the situation, and develop a disaster recovery plan to help mitigate storm damage (including fire and smoke damage, mold and mildew, structure repair, carpet and upholstery cleaning, water extraction, and even document restoration). They can even help you work with your insurance company to make sure your claim process is as stress free as possible.

Electrical Fire Safety Tips

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One of the most common causes of fire in a home is electricity. Electrical malfunctions account for nearly 15% of all house fires in the United States and lead to personal and financial loss to thousands of home and business owners each year. Unlike other forms of natural disasters (such as severe weather, tornadoes, or floods), electrical fires can, for the large part, be prevented. Today we are going to discuss some electrical fire prevention tips that could save your home – and life.

How to Prevent Electrical Fires

With more than 25,000 electrical fires being reported in the United States each year (which result in injury or death to roughly 1500 Americans annually), the importance of fire safety cannot be understated. Fires started by electricity tend to be more costly from a financial perspective as well, dealing more property damage than their non-electrical counterpart. And unlike traditional home fires, those of the electrical nature can – in most instances – be prevented, with a little thought and action by the homeowner.

Overloading Electrical Outlets

Perhaps the easiest cause of electrical fires to avoid is overloading. Overloading a socket or outlet occurs when a homeowner or employee (in the event of a business fire) plugs too many cords or utilities into an outlet, power strip, or extension cord. You have probably seen this happen a dozen times – a power strip full of tangled cords with another extension cord piggybacking off of it.

This is a big no-no in the fire prevention world. If you do have to rely upon extension cords or power strips for additional electrical outlets, make sure you purchase the kind that has built-in overload protection (it should say so on the product packaging). This ensures the power strip will shut off in the event that it does, indeed, become overloaded, possibly preventing a fire.

Check for Damaged Plugs and Cords

Another cheap and simple way to protect your home from electrical fires is to inspect your appliances and electronics for any damage. Specifically, schedule a day to go through all of your electrical cords and plugs to look for frayed wires or damaged connectors. Doing this at the change of every season is a good way to keep on schedule and can prevent the outbreak of a serious fire in your home.

Hire a Home Inspector

Old homes have old wiring, and the older the wiring, the more likely there is to be an issue with it. Even if you have a newer home, hiring an inspector to conduct a home inspection is not a bad idea, as some electrical contractors cut corners (or worse – do not know what they are doing), and you may have bad or outdated wiring in your home (think aluminum wiring or an insufficient electrical panel for instance).

The cost of a home inspection is much cheaper than the cost of fire and smoke damage that can result from a fire. As with any contractor, be sure to conduct your due diligence and research any home inspector before allowing them onto your property.

Hurricane Tips for Business Owners

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Hurricanes and tropical storms can wreck havoc upon homeowners and businesses alike. It can be especially devastating to small business owners and corporations from a financial perspective, who not only face the possibility of property damage, but a complete halt in business for days – or even weeks – at a time. To help commercial business owners survive this perilous situation, we are offering some hurricane preparedness tips for business owners in today’s article.

Hurricane Preparation for Commercial Businesses

In business, preparation is a vital component to survival. This is true for every aspect of your operation and while business owners prepare for all manner of financial upheavals, one area they tend to neglect is property damage – in particular property damage related to severe weather such as a hurricane, tropical storm, or tornado.

While you can’t control where a tropical storm or hurricane touches down, you can develop some disaster recovery plans that can help mitigate property damage and downtime due to the severe weather associated with this tropical activity. For starters, we recommend gathering your most valued employees and coming up with a disaster recovery strategy. Figure out crucial tasks to undertake before a hurricane strikes, and determine who will be responsible for them.

Typical disaster preparation strategies include backing up critical data and sensitive client information. Make sure you keep a back-up of your information off-site or on an outsourced server in the event your building receives critical damage.

Just like you would prepare your home for a hurricane, you should also take the same precautions, where possible, to secure your business to protect it from wind and water damage. Putting up storm shutters or boarding up windows is a good start. You should also secure or store any outdoor items on your property that may become a safety hazard when gale force winds descend.

As we noted above, property damage is only part of the concern when it comes to a hurricane. Loss of electricity and structural damage can cause downtime for your business. This downtime can last anywhere from a few hours to weeks – or longer. Having a secondary location where you can set up a temporary business can help you continue operations. If possible, you may want to consider setting up a system whereby employees can work remotely. This could be a cheaper alternative to opening a second office. Just make sure your critical information and network access is secure and only available to appropriate team members.

Along the same token, you want to keep the lines of communication open with your employees, vendors, and clients. Prepare your customers for any alternate contact information or locations, and if you suspect a slow-down in service, be forthcoming and let your clients know what to expect.

Finally, at the start of hurricane season, meet with your insurance agent and review your property and business insurance to make sure you are fully covered for any realistic scenarios. If you do experience property damage, content damage, or need the assistance of a disaster recovery service, insurance will help mitigate your losses and be an invaluable resource to get your business back up and running.

Business Fire Prevention Tips

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When we talk about fire prevention and fire safety, it usually revolves around a home or residence. But what about fire safety in a commercial business setting? ServiceMaster Cleaning & Restoration offers fire prevention tips for businesses and discusses ways to avoid fire damage at work.

Commercial Fire Damage Tips

Below are some tips you can use to help keep employees and co-workers safe by preventing a fire from breaking out at your place of business. In addition, we will discuss some tips to help reduce fire damage and property loss in an office environment.

Preventing Workplace Fires

There are many threats to a business owners livelihood – some preventable and others not. While not every fire can be prevented, there are some steps you and your employees can take to reduce the risk of a fire starting in the workplace.

Electrical fires make up a sizeable percentage of reported fire outbreaks each year and, in terms of property damage, are among the most costly. Fortunately, electrical fires are one of the most preventable types. For starters, never overload an electrical outlet or power strip. Electric sockets are only made to handle so much electricity, and the more electronics you plug into them, the higher the risk of a fire-causing power overload.

This is especially true for larger appliances, such as photocopiers and break room refrigerators. Never plug more than one major appliance into an outlet, as you run the risk of overloading the circuits.

Another way to reduce the risk of a fire is to keep flammable material and chemicals away from electrical outlets, power strips, and areas that experience higher-than-normal levels of heat, such as an oven or water heater. Clutter, in general, is a big fire hazard no-no, as excess clutter can act as fuel for a fire and help it spread to other areas.

A messy office can also prevent access to emergency exits at work, making it difficult for employees to evacuate and hard for emergency professionals to perform rescue efforts. Always keep entry and exit points clear. The same goes for electrical panels – if an electrical fire occurs, you will want to shut off power immediately. If the electrical panel is blocked, the fire will have time to spread before you can turn off the electricity.

Other areas you will want to avoid blocking off are those where fire extinguishers, fire alarms, and fire sprinklers are located.

Of course, no amount of preparation and care can prevent office fires 100% percent of the time. Because of this, we strongly urge you to develop a fire preparedness plan and rehearse it once a month with your employees. In addition, making sure everyone in the office knows how to use a fire extinguisher (and knows where they are located) is crucial in the event that a fire does occur.

Business Fire Damage Restoration

If your business is located in Florida, Georgia, or Tennessee and you need a fire damage restoration service or would like more information on how to prevent workplace fires, give the disaster recovery experts at ServiceMaster Cleaning & Restoration a call. We will be happy to remediate any property damage your company sustains and offer advice on how to prevent fires – and other business catastrophes – from occurring.

Fire Damage Restoration Explained

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Fires are one of the most devastating catastrophes a homeowner or business owner can face. In the aftermath of a fire, it is important to consult with a fire damage restoration service. But what, exactly, is fire damage restoration and what can you expect during the disaster recovery process?

Fire restoration and fire damage clean-up can be a complicated process for both residential and business fire victims. The loss of valuables and extensive property damage fires can cause is traumatizing, and the last thing a catastrophe survivor needs is more stress. Because of this – and because the fire recovery process can be so difficult – it is essential that you employ a fire damage restoration service to help you pick up the pieces after a devastating fire.

Fire Damage Clean-up and Remediation

Once the emergency professionals have finished their rescue efforts and deemed your home or business safe to enter, the first thing you will want to do is begin to pick up the pieces. Part of the recovery process will inevitably involve contacting a disaster restoration service. These professionals are trained to clean-up any fire damage on your property and help prevent fire-associated damages from spreading through your home.

In addition to fire damage, you can also expect to have soot and smoke damage, water damage from the rescue effort, strong smells that will require odor removal, and, in some instances, mold and mildew damage.

When a fire recovery team arrives at your home, their first step will be to inspect your property and assess any fire damage that has occurred. They will check for structural integrity, broken windows, remaining fire hazards to ensure another fire does not break out, and look for other forms of property damage. Once this property damage assessment is completed, a plan of action will be put into place.

If there are any damaged windows, walls, doors, or roofs, the disaster recovery team will takes steps to secure the area, which may include boarding up windows, strengthening walls, and, if need be, covering any holes in your roof with a tarp.

After your home’s structural integrity is ensured, the clean-up process can begin. Your home may need water removal or water extraction, as well as drying. Equipment such as air-movers and dehumidifiers will be placed in the home, in an effort to reduce upholstery and carpet damage, and to prevent the spread of mold and mildew damage.

In addition to water extraction and drying, the catastrophe recovery team will need to remove smoke and soot from your home, and will need to clean your carpet and upholstery as well. They may also need to perform content restoration for any furniture or vital documents (paintings, photographs, and so forth) that were damaged during the fire or in the aftermath of rescue efforts.

Once the disaster clean-up is completed, your next step will be fire damage restoration. This is the process of returning your home (and life) back to normal. Any damaged walls will be fully repaired and painted, damaged drywall will be replaced, new carpet may be installed if need be, and any structural damage will be taken care of.

During the entire process, you will need to be in contact with your insurance company. One of the advantages of a disaster recovery service like ServiceMaster Cleaning & Restoration is the fact that we will work with you and help you through your insurance claims process to make sure it is as painless as possible.

If you have experienced a fire or other catastrophe that has caused fire damage, water damage, or other property damage, and live in Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee, give the disaster recovery experts at ServiceMaster Cleaning & Restoration a call to see how we can get your life back to normal.

Content Pack Out and Damage Restoration Explained

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When disaster strikes, it can affect more than just the physical structure of your home – it often affects the contents inside as well. When this occurs, you may need certain items removed from your residence or commercial business. This process is known as a pack out and is the subject of today’s blog post.

What is a Content Pack Out

No matter what type of disaster you encounter – be it fire, flood, hurricane, or severe weather of any nature – odds are, you have suffered damage to the contents in your home or office. This damage can happen during the actual catastrophe, during the rescue efforts, or in the immediate aftermath. For example, if your home is involved in a fire, your furniture may endure fire damage during the initial breakout, water damage from fire hoses during rescue efforts, and smoke and odor damage to the upholstery after the event is over.

Content pack out is part of the disaster recovery restoration and cleanup process and involves the packing of damaged items in your home and their relocation to a safe area. When a disaster cleanup crew arrives at your home, they will proceed to pack up affected objects and deliver them to a remote location, where they can be accessed for the type of damage (smoke, water, fire, mold and mildew, and so forth). After an initial assessment, a recovery plan will be put into place and the effort to clean and restore your home’s contents will begin.

It is vital that this process takes place as soon as possible, as the longer you wait, the more damage your belongings will endure. Because of this, you should always call a disaster recovery service (such as ServiceMaster Cleaning & Restoration) in the immediate aftermath of a catastrophe.

The removing of items from your home also helps a disaster restoration company to repair the property damage within your house as well. While this restoration and cleanup is occurring, your items are stored in a facility until cleanup crews are finished and your residence is restored to normal. A good damage remediation service will make sure you go through each item that has been “packed out” and restored to make sure you are completely satisfied with the condition of your belongings.

Types of Content Restoration

The types of home and office content that are usually packed out after a disaster includes everything from furniture and rugs to books, collectibles, and documents. These items can endure fire damage, water damage, smoke and soot damage, and even mold and mildew. Upholstery and carpets may also need cleaning, and water extraction and dryer services are often required. In addition, clothing sometimes will need dry cleaning and should be taken into consideration as well.

Damage Restoration and Content Pack Out Services

Returning your life or business back to normal should be your number one priority in the aftermath of a disaster. To help ensure this process goes smoothly and as stress-free as possible, you should always employ the help of a disaster restoration service. ServiceMaster Cleaning & Restoration offers a wide variety of disaster mitigation solutions, and are experienced in all manner of catastrophe recovery for residential and commercial clients, including:

  • Fire Damage
  • Water Damage
  • Flood Damage
  • Smoke and Soot Damage
  • Mold and Mildew
  • Upholster and Carpet Cleaning
  • Packout and Storage
  • Trauma and Meth Lab
  • Reconstruction
  • Document Restoration
  • Temporary Repairs
  • Disaster consulting

In addition to mitigating property damage, catastrophe recovery professionals will also help you through the insurance claims process, making the task as hassle-free as possible.

Questions to Ask a Disaster Restoration Service

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In the wake of a disaster or catastrophic event, homeowners and business owners are often not in the right frame of mind. Making decisions, such as which disaster restoration company to use, is the last thing you want to do – however, it is one of the most important decisions you will face in life. Hiring the right damage mitigation service is key to getting your life back in order. Knowing which questions to ask will help you get started off on the right foot.

Interviewing a Disaster Restoration Service

Unless you are a commercial business that has employed a disaster restoration company for a disaster preparedness consultation, odds are you will never think to hire one until after a catastrophe strikes.

The immediate aftermath of a natural disaster (hurricane, tornado, flood, or severe weather) or a fire is often a frantic, confusing, and stressful time. In order to get you life back on track, however, you will have to take a moment to put that aside and speak with your insurance agency and a local disaster recovery business.

These questions will help you choose the right service and get a feel for the catastrophe cleanup experts that will be assisting you with property and content restoration.

Disaster Restoration Service Questions

The first question you want to ask a disaster recovery contractor is whether or not they have experience dealing with your particular type of catastrophe, and if so, how much. If your home has structural damage from a tornado, you will want to be certain they have handled these types of cases before. If your home or business has suffered fire damage, the cleanup crew will need experience handling smoke and odor, soot damage, water extraction and water damage, as well as mold and mildew – all of which occur during the rescue efforts. Carpet cleaning and upholstery cleaning are important as well.

Next, find out of the company offers a written guarantee on their work. Find out what, exactly, it covers, and how long the warranty is good for. Some issues may not become noticeable right away (such as mold and mildew), and you want to be sure that you are covered for at least the first three months.

Rather than simply taking the damage restoration contractors word for it, always ask for references and be sure that you actually call those past customers to find out about their experiences.

Finally, most reputable disaster recovery companies require that their employees have certain training, experience, and certifications. Find out what the particular service you are calling requires – membership in industry associations is also a good sign of a legitimate operation.

Disaster Restoration in Georgia, Florida, and Tennessee

If you have questions or need the help of a catastrophe recovery business, call the experts at ServiceMaster Cleaning & Restoration. We specialize in both residential and commercial disaster restoration in Georgia, Florida, and Tennessee.