Emergency flood damage occurs unexpectedly. No matter which actions you take to protect your home, flood water can still enter your home. Mud, sludge, and water can contain harmful bacteria and ruin your most valuable possessions present in the affected areas. Needless to say, if you experience floodwater in your home, you’ll need to take a series of steps to restore your home back to normal.
Step One: Call in Professional Services
Baker Restoration and Construction has been providing expert services in the Lake, Geauga, Ashtabula and Eastern Cuyahoga Counties for over 20 years. Our firm is certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), the major credentialing agency for the cleaning and restoration industry. In addition, we have taken the steps to become licensed in the State of Ohio, bonded and insured so that you know your property will be protected during the restoration process. We are fully equipped to extract any type of water present in your home. We do this with our state-of-the-art truck mounted units and floor extraction equipment. All of our technicians are trained to fully analyze the situation and develop a solid flood restoration plan for your home.
Available 24 hours, 7 days a week and 365 days a year, we have people on call and ready to take care of your emergency. Once we process your information we send one of our experienced Emergency Response Teams to start the mitigation process.
Step Two: Call Your Insurance Company
If you have Flood insurance, give your local insurance agent a call to submit a claim. Then, your job is done. By choosing Baker Restoration and Construction services, we will stay in contact with your insurance company and adjuster by providing them all of the proper documentation and photos. We have established positive relationships with the insurance companies in our area and can help manage your claim directly.
Step Three: Shut Off Utilities
Providing it’s safe, while you are waiting for our technicians to arrive, take a moment to shut off the utilities to your home. This could include turning off the main electrical breaker in your home so that the affected area is not exposed to uncontrolled electricity.
Step Four: Take Inventory
Make sure to walk through your home and write down an inventory of items that are not salvageable. In addition, make a list of other items that are salvageable but need to be cleaned. Not only can Baker Restoration and Construction services restore your property’s structure, we can restore your contents as well. If you have not taken an inventory, our team of technicians can assist in documenting your damaged contents by taking photos and pack them up to be cleaned and restored.
Step Five: Begin the Mitigation Process
If you call Baker Restoration and Construction services, our technicians arrive prepared. Our trucks are full equipped to begin the mitigation process upon arrival. Time is of the essence in proper mitigation of flood damage and we have the best tools in the industry to restore any affected area we encounter. Once we extract the standing water, we will place dehumidifiers and air movers according to the IICRC standards. Any building material that is unsalvageable will be cut out and later re-built.
In order to keep your home safe, any unsecured openings in the home will be boarded up by our team until we can restore the property.
Sometimes you cannot salvage building materials through advanced structural drying methods. Especially in flood damage situations, some can be saved, but most need to be cut out and repaired. Baker’s trained technicians can also handle the re-building of your property in addition to the emergency mitigation and dry-out. This way, one call to us will ensure we are with you from the beginning of the process to its completion.
The characteristic that sets us apart from any other restoration company is our pride in constant communication. We believe that when you are kept updated on the process and understand the action steps, the process becomes a bit easier. We have built our business on constant communication with our clients. Our team believes that good communication also includes listening. When you are facing a flood in your home, we will take the time to listen to your needs and execute as many of your wishes as possible.
If you have experienced a flood in your home, you need to call in the professionals to help. Baker Restoration and Construction will not only mitigate and clean the affected areas, but we can re-build damaged areas as well.