Q & A about Water Damage

November 21, 2016 High Tech Carpet Cleaning Comments Off on Q & A about Water Damage

Are you wondering what restorative drying is?….  If you can turn off the equipment at night?…. Or if there’s anything you need to be doing?…. In this guide you will learn the answers to all these question and many more….

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Dear Valued Client,

Hi my name is Rick Raskob, owner of High Tech Restoration. I want you to know my commitment is to offer you the best possible service. I have built a team of highly trained and qualified technicians, some of the best in our industry. I hope with the following questions and answers you will feel more comfortable with our services. If you still have questions, which are not covered in this guide, please feel free to talk to any of my technicians.

I have been in the restoration business for approx. 12 years, and have worked very hard to create a business offering a full range of services dealing with any damage that may occur in your home or business.

Below are some of the services we provide:

  • Water Dry-out and repair
  • Fire clean up and repair
  • Smoke damage repair
  • Wind damage repair
  • Content cleaning
  • Odor control
  • Mold remediation
  • Snow damage

Listed below is the training we have received to offer you quality service:

We are IICRC certified in:

  • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning
  • Carpet Cleaning
  • Journeyman Textile Cleaner
  • Journeyman Water Restorer
  • Journeyman Fire & Smoke Restorer
  • Odor Control
  • Master Fire and Smoke Restorer
  • Master Textile Cleaner
  • Master Water Damage Restoration
  • Carpet Repair & Reinstallation
  • Applied Structural Drying

DriEaz: Advanced restorative drying techniques.

 

Water Damage Q&A

Q: How does the dry-out process work?

A:

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Q: Do I need an estimate before you start the dry-out?

A: Often the amount of the dry out is unknown, however our pricing is based on standardized pricing for the industry. When an adjuster is assigned to your claim, we will explain to them what we have done up to that point, then get an authorization before further steps are taken. Before any repairs are made, we will have an agreed estimate with your insurance company.

Q: Do I have mold?

A: This is a very big concern and we at High Tech Restoration have spent a lot of time and money on education and equipment to become qualified in water damage restoration. In most cases if the drying process can be started fairly quickly, you generally do not need to be concerned with mold.

Q: Is it o.k. to keep this equipment running or do I need to do something with it?

A: The equipment we use is capable of running for months without being shut off. They will not overheat and should be fine. If you hear or smell anything which seems to not be normal, please unplug the equipment in question and call us immediately @ (250)614-1345 or (250)612-7661. Our technician will be checking all equipment and dry out progress on a regular basis.

Q: How do you know if everything is dry?

A: We use very high tech moisture meters designed to specifically check for proper moisture content. We will not repair or cover up any areas, which may be still wet. This is why you have made a good choice to call us, not just a construction company. We are trained and certified in water damage assuring you, the homeowner, of the best quality service and giving you the peace of mind that it will be dried out properly.

Q: The equipment you have running is making the air feel muggy; can I open a window or door to let in fresh air?

A: Our equipment is increasing the rate of evaporation causing the air to feel wet. Part of our monitoring process includes checking both the conditions indoors and out. If our technicians instruct you to open some windows that may mean that the conditions outside will help in the drying process. Otherwise, with the use of our high tech dehumidifiers you will notice much dryer conditions in 24 to 48 hours.

Q: What if we want to do the repairs?

A: The most critical part of water damage is the drying process. After the dry-out has been completed by our trained and certified technicians you may want to do the repairs yourself or hire a general contractor to do the repairs and that would be fine. We can bill your insurance company for the emergency repairs separately. However, High Tech Restoration has a team of very qualified repair specialists, if you would prefer to have us complete the job for you.

Q: Will my insurance company cancel me now that I have made a claim?

A: Because each insurance company is so different, I would advise you to ask your agent or adjuster.

Q: Will my insurance premium go up now?

A: Each insurance company has different guidelines. You will need to ask your agent or adjuster.

Q: What is going to happen with my damaged furniture and/or contents?

A: We will do our best to restore your contents to a pre-loss condition. If we are not able to restore any items we will set them aside to be itemized and turned in to your insurance adjuster. Your Adjuster will determine coverage according to your policy. Don’t throw anything away!

Q: What is restorative drying?

A: A few years ago the standard procedure was to remove any wet materials, replacing with new. Today, with much better equipment and training, our goal is to dry-out your structure, saving as much of the structure as possible.

Q: How long will the dry out take?

A: Typically the average water loss takes between 2 to 5 days. If materials have been exposed to water over a long period of time it may take 4 to 7 days.

Q: If it can’t be dried, what will be replaced?

A: Our job is to bring you back to a pre-loss condition. After the dry out process has been completed, we will be able to determine what has permanent damage. At that time we will submit an estimate of repairs to your insurance adjuster for approval.

Q: What is the difference between you and a contractor?

A: We have spent thousands of dollars on specialized training and equipment, dealing specifically with water damage. Our main objective is to minimize the impact on your day to day living. If you hire a general contractor, often they do not understand the concept of saving versus replacing. Just an example: 90% of the time we are able to save drywall with 3 days of drying, without putting any holes in it. If someone comes in and removes all of the drywall, you have turned a 3-day job into about a week and a half process and the adjuster may not approve.

Q: Do I need to do anything?

A: We have worked very hard at building a business where your responsibilities are very minimal. There may be a few items we will need you to pick out, such items as floor covering etc. For the most part you should be able to just go about your daily activities without much worry or concern.

Q: Why do I give High Tech Restoration my deductible?

A: It is your responsibility to pay your deductible. Your insurance company will subtract your deductible from our bill and pay us the balance.

As an example, if you have a deductible of $250.00 and our bill is $1000.00

Insurance check $ 750.00
Deductible $ 250.00
Total amount paid $ 1000.00

Q: Why do you have to monitor the job so often?

A: For us to achieve the best results, we need to closely monitor the dry out process. This may include moving, adding, or removing equipment and checking humidity and temperature readings.

Q: What is microban, and why do you apply this product.

A: Microban is an antimicrobial, which is designed to inhibit, destroy, or prevent the development of microorganisms. Many times we will use this product as a precautionary step. Your health is our main concern.

Q: How much is my electric bill going to be with all of this equipment?

A: We have made every effort to use equipment that maximizes the fastest drying time but consumes the least amount of power necessary to achieve the best drying time and results. Below is an approximate cost for each piece of equipment.

Q: Why do you have to monitor the job so often?

A: For us to achieve the best results, we need to closely monitor the dry out process. This may include moving, adding, or removing equipment and checking humidity and temperature readings.

Q: What is microban, and why do you apply this product.

A: Microban is an antimicrobial, which is designed to inhibit, destroy, or prevent the development of microorganisms. Many times we will use this product as a precautionary step. Your health is our main concern.

Q: How much is my electric bill going to be with all of this equipment?

A: We have made every effort to use equipment that maximizes the fastest drying time but consumes the least amount of power necessary to achieve the best drying time and results. Below is an approximate cost for each piece of equipment.

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Q: Why must we go through all this paperwork prior to extraction?

A: We try to stay as organized as possible to insure the quality and customer service you deserve. Paper work is a very important part of the foundation to help us to achieve the highest standard of customer satisfaction.

Q: Should we make arrangements for you to get in our house?

A: Yes, it is very important that we have access to monitor the job. If you are not going to be available, then we need to work out a plan to gain access.

Q: Must I stay in my home during the dry out process?

A: Often you can stay in your home depending on the areas that are affected. You may lose the use of your bathroom, kitchen, etc. If you need to stay outside of your house, you may want to ask your adjuster about additional living expense or A L E coverage.

Q: Why does the adjuster wait so long to inspect my loss?

A: Often the adjuster will wait until the dry out process is complete in order to be able to assess damages. Other times because of our relationship with the adjuster, they may rely on our photos and scope of repairs without doing an inspection of their own.

Q: Why does my house smell so bad?

A: Often times the humidity in your house has doubled or tripled from what is normal and materials are wet that normally are not designed to get wet. If it has been 3 to 4 days since the initial water loss and you start smelling a sour odor, bacteria may be forming. After we have dried out everything the smell should be gone.

Q: Will I need to contact a contractor or does High Tech Restoration do that for me?

A: We take care of any repairs that need to be performed. If you choose to have someone else do the repairs, you are responsible to hire the contractor yourself.

Q: Are any of the chemicals used harmful to my pets?

A: You should always avoid contact with chemicals. We advise you to keep any pets away from the affected area.

Q: Is the final choice on the finish product my decision or the adjusters?

A: The choice of repairs is always yours. We will do our best to restore your contents to a pre-loss condition and your insurance company only owes you -- like, kind, and quality. If you choose to upgrade, you have to pay more out of your pocket.

Q: Do you guarantee your work?

A: Yes, we guarantee our work for 5 years. Before we complete your job you will need to sign a “Work Completion and Satisfaction” form.

Q: Why is it so dry in my house?

A: It is our goal to get the air in your house as dry as possible in turn speeding up the drying process; however, it may feel dryer then you may be used to. You may also need to water your plants more often.

Q: Can I turn off the equipment at night?

A: No, we really need to keep the equipment running. By turning off the equipment it may increase the chance of mold growth.

Q: Do I have to replace with the same materials, or can I upgrade?

A: You may upgrade, however, we will need you to sign a “change order” which shows the difference in price and gives us the authorization for repairs. You agree to pay the difference in cost.

Here’s What Some of Our Water Damage Clients Are Saying…

“Complete satisfaction – everything left neat and tidy – all damaged goods taken to dump – I am 100% satisfied and pleased with everything!!”
-- Shirley Jaron


“Your employee Rob was outstanding as he assisted us with our basement water damage. He was meticulous as to his respect to the main floor of our home. Rob was communicative and helped us understand the procedure. We thank Rick for his long day spraying the area and for quickly returning my call to his very busy cell phone. Without hesitation I would endorse High Tech Restoration Services, and would suggest name requesting Rob (a calming influence in crisis!) I thank you for your help.”
-- Marilyn Pocock


“this occurred on Dec 27th when most people were enjoying a holiday. The fact that you were able to immediately contact Rick Raskob of High Tech Professional Cleaning Services, who had a cleanup crew at my house within an hour, was simply amazing. I thought this was an impressive level of service and was very grateful. The cleanup crew did a very efficient job and also did everything possible to allay my concerns. For several days Rick checked my house to see how the drying process was doing as he had supplied blowers and a dehumidifier to remove the moisture. I would not hesitate to recommend any and all of the people who dealt with my claim.”
-- Peggy Smalley


“We would like to thank you for all your service and hard work cleaning and restoring our basement after our basement flooded. The people that you had working with you and the contractors you hired were all top notch, and everything turned out excellent. We will definitely pass your information on to anyone we know who needs restoration services.”
-- Ryan and Martyne Todd


“I just remembered that I had not thanked you for ALL of your hard work. The room looks 1000% better thanks to your attention to detail. Thank you for all of your hard work and for seeing this through to the final product. You did a great job. We (Alison and I) just wanted you to know this.
-- David Nussbaumer

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