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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

Fire Damage Restoration - It Takes A Tribe...

12/29/2020 (Permalink)

slightly charred and blackened floor joists amongst floor joists that are like new Our SERVPRO crew members were able to make this Grand Rapids basement like new. Fire damage clean up is something we know and do well.

A flood of questions and emotions can overwhelm those that experience a fire at their home or business. Most people do not have extensive experience with fire damage clean up. So it is no surprise that questions such as these create stress and anxiety:

  • What items are going to be replaced?
  • What irreplaceable heirlooms can be restored?
  • Is the structure safe to enter?
  • Should I submit an insurance claim?
  • What will my insurance cover?
  • How long will all of this take?
  • It takes a team, or tribe, of professionals to properly advise on questions such as those above. The answers (or lack thereof) to these questions are what fuel the emotions. Stress, sadness, and concern will likely all be present but with the right team on your side hope, relief and confidence will come through as well.

    Key Players

    Insurance Agent -

    Insurance agents are often underestimated and underutilized. Developing a relationship with a local agent begins with tailoring a policy that fits your needs and understanding what makes it special for your circumstances. If your agent is not detail oriented when the policy is being developed, they will not likely be a good advisor when something happens.

    Your local agent should also have a wealth of information on what types of rulings the local adjusters tend to be more lenient or stringent on and what vendors do good work. When in doubt, call your insurance agent before putting in a claim. They can save you a lot of money by advising a course of action based on how your policy is constructed.

    Restoration Team -

    It is crucial that you are working with a company that restores, as opposed to a company that just tosses and rebuilds. As mentioned earlier, a good restoration company knows that certain things simply cannot be replaced, items that hold significant sentimental value. Like anything else in life, experience hones skill; choose a company like SERVPRO of South and Northwest Grand Rapids that has daily experience bringing cherished possessions back to life.

    Another major point to take into consideration is that every insurance policy has limits. Restoring (if possible) often costs less and takes less time than tearing out structural materials and replacing them. See the picture for an excellent example of this very point. The structure is solid, will be cleaned, and no smoke odor will be present once the job is completed; all in less time that rebuilding.

    If you or someone you know experiences a fire, help is available and a team is ready to come to your aid. Work with your insurance agent and SERVPRO of South and Northwest Grand Rapids.

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