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Trusted Saskatoon disaster services experts share a tip on Water Damage

Water damage: 

When water damage occurs, immediate action must be taken in order to find the cause, fix the issue, and prevent further damage from occurring. 

Water damage can occur at any time of the day, any day of the year.

Category 1 Water Damage

Category 1 water sources do not cause an initial health threat. Sources include broken pipes, appliance water line failures, hot water heater ruptures, and broken toilet tanks. If Category 1 water damage is dealt with in the first 24 hours, often times everything can be dried in place and minimal demolition will be required.

Category 2 Water Damage

Category 2 water sources contain some degree of contamination. These sources include appliance overflow, aquariums leaks, waterbed leaks or bursts, and falling rainwater. If Category 1 water damage is left for more than 48 hours, it becomes Category 2 water damage and will require a cleanup process similar to Category 3 water damage.

Category 3 Water Damage

Category 3 water sources always contain pathogenic agents and can be harmful to your health. These water sources include sewer backups, sea and ground surface water, toilet bowls overflows, and sump pump backups. With Category 3 water damage, all items that are contaminated need to be dealt with properly and by professionals to prevent further damage to your home & your health. Many items, including your carpet & drywall, need to be removed & properly disposed of.  A Esporta Wash system will safely & effectively clean & disinfects your soft contents that have suffered water damage.

 

The Process 

The first step is always to meet with our customer and go over the scope of the job. We always ask our customers to remove any valuables or sentimental items from the area before we start work.

Next, we want to deal with the things that matter most to you – your belongings. We will work with you to carefully pack & move your undamaged contents to a safe place. We will also determine which of your contaminated items can be cleaned & returned to you, and which need to be disposed of. With the help of the Esporta Wash System, we can now save up to 85% of your belongings that were damaged by water.

Next, we will deal with your home. Properly trained technicians will use their equipment to determine which areas of your walls & floor need to be removed. After the demolition is complete, we will disinfect the area and set-up drying equipment to stabilize the environment. Properly drying the water damaged areas will prevent future damage from occurring.

Lastly, we want to meet with our customer again. We want to ensure you are happy with the work done and understand the next steps in the process. 

Trusted Saskatoon disaster services Insurance Claim Process tip

Here they share a tip on the Insurance Claim process:

 

Dealing with insurance companies is what we do every day. We know the process inside and out. However, more times than not, this is the homeowner’s first insurance claim ever – they have never been through it and don’t know what to expect. We are here to help! The following is a typical (and lengthy) insurance claim process:

1) Most homeowners purchase their home insurance from a Broker or Agent – someone who sells insurance. Upon experiencing water damage, fire damage or any other type of property damage to your home, you will call your broker to inform them of what happened.

2) Your broker will inform your Insurance Company. Your insurance company will then assign an Adjuster. This can take minutes or several hours, depending on the severity of the claim. In extreme cases this can even take a day or more.

What can I do in the meantime?
If your home requires immediate attention (i.e. there is water in your basement) feel free to call a trusted restoration company to get started on what the insurance world calls “loss mitigation” or, simply put, cleaning up to prevent further damages.

3) Your adjuster will contact you to discuss the claim. Depending on the insurance company, they will refer you to a restoration company to help clean up the damages. If you’ve already called a company in to help, they will take note of that and confirm coverage. Sometimes your adjuster will want to attend the home to view the damages and determine the next steps.

Note about determining Coverage: under no circumstances can your restoration company confirm insurance coverage. Every policy is written differently and every adjuster interprets your policy differently. Our job as a restoration company is to confirm the cause of loss, report this to the insurance company and your adjuster is the only person who can confirm coverage.

4) Your restoration company will come to your home, view the damages and, if necessary, begin the emergency services portion of your claim. The goal of this step is to do the minimal work required to prevent further damages from occurring to your home. i.e. water can lead mould growth – our job is to prevent this.

5) Once the emergency portion is complete, your insurance company will require quotes for the repair work. Most companies require 2 quotes. Depending on the size of the job, they may require 3. Often they will recommend companies to call, or you can always choose your own.

Homeowner’s choice: Do not feel obligated to use a company your insurance adjuster or broker recommends. They should never “bully” you into using someone you aren’t comfortable with. This is your home, your belongings and it is always YOUR choice as to what company completes the work.

6) Waiting for quotes. This is the step that always frustrates homeowners. It takes time to put together an accurate quote as there are many things to consider. If it is a smaller job, this can take 1-5 days. However, if you’ve had a fire or your finished basement was damaged by water, this can take 7+ days. If 3 companies are required to quote, you now have to wait for all of those companies to get paperwork done. Is there flooring involved? The insurance world uses a special system for determining flooring values, called ICC. This means samples of your flooring have to be sent away to Toronto for evaluation. Depending on what part of the country you live in, this could take 3+ days for turnaround. After the values are determined, they have to be sent to an ICC certified flooring vendor to provide an ICC quote. Restoration companies have to coordinate this and wait for results before they are able to submit their estimate. We ask for your patience during this process. Please feel free to call your restoration company anytime and ask about the status of your quote. You should always receive a friendly answer.

7) Once all of the quotes have been submitted to your insurance company, your insurance adjuster will contact you to discuss your options. This isn’t always the same day the quotes are received. If we have submitted the quote, it is out of our hands until you talk to your adjuster. You have several options at this point, which your adjuster will describe to you.

8) Your insurance adjuster will often approve the lowest quote, regardless of who the company is. This is where your homeowner choice comes in. If the lowest quote isn’t the company you want, you don’t have to use them! However, your insurance company will only pay that amount. If there is a difference between what the insurance is willing to pay and what the restoration company you want has quoted, you will be responsible for the difference. Ask your preferred restoration company if they are willing to match the approved dollar amount, or if they are willing to lower their quote at all to make it more reasonable for you. Often the quotes are just a fraction apart from each other. Forming a good relationship with your restoration company of choice will help you immensely at this stage. Sometimes paying a small amount of money out of your pocket is worth it to have a company you trust working in your home.

9) Meet with your restoration company at your house. This gives both you and the restoration company the perfect opportunity to discuss the entirety of the job. Time frames, schedules, colour choices etc. can be discussed at this time. Also, if there are any changes you’d like to make or extra work you want completed at the same time, this can be brought up now. Also, make sure to discuss their warranty policy. Do they have one? How long is it? What does it cover? Things to consider: How long have they been in business? Can they back up their warranty? Are they part of a larger organization? These are all good questions to ask.

10) Deductibles. Despite popular belief that you will have to pay your deductible to your insurance company, most likely you will need to pay this to your restoration company. Typically the insurance adjuster will deduct your deductible amount from the restoration company’s invoice amount, leaving an outstanding balance payable to your restoration company. Discuss this with your restoration company of choice prior to work starting. Many restoration companies require this amount before starting work. Ask if there is anything you can do to help minimize this cost. Maybe you’re willing to allow them a sign in your yard, or to do some of the work yourself.

11) Getting the work done. After you’ve picked your restoration company and the amount has been approved, work starts! This is an exciting time for homeowners, they start to see some real progress on putting their house back to the way it was. Your restoration company will work with you to schedule all of the work that needs to be completed. There will be things you will need to do, like choosing flooring, paint colours, cabinets, etc. The faster you can make these choices, the faster work can continue.

12) Job complete! Do a happy dance in your newly restored home and smile. If you’re satisfied with the work, find your restoration company on Facebook and/or Google and leave a positive review. Handwritten cards & letters of reference are always appreciated as well. The insurance industry is a tough, and often disliked industry, you’d be surprised how a small “thank you” or “job well done” can change someone’s day.

What if you’re not satisfied? Always call your restoration company first. Give them the opportunity to make things right. If you’re having trouble with your contact, ask for the manager or boss. If you are still having difficulty getting things corrected, call your insurance adjuster. Often a phone call from them will get the ball rolling back in the right direction.

Start to Finish, this process can take anywhere from 30 days to 6+ months. It can be frustrating trying to deal with all of the steps and people involved, and waiting for things to happen is always the worst part. A good restoration company will understand that you didn’t plan for this to happen and will accommodate you so you have as little disturbance to your life as possible. Finding a company you are comfortable with is your best bet to a satisfactory result.


Trusted Saskatoon disaster services pros share info on the Esporta Wash System

Esporta Soft Content Cleaning System

 

The © Esporta Wash Systems can be used in a number of situations including fire/smoke contamination, sewage contamination, or flood contamination. The © Esporta Wash Systems can handle all of these challenges and more. Shoes, jackets, and even sporting equipment can be rescued. Treasured family items that would have previously been destined for a landfill are now being returned to their rightful place in the family home.

The ES-3300 © Esporta Wash Systems is more than just a washing machine; it is an innovative washing process using a patented system of hydraulic pressure cleaning combined with a specific blend of detergents to effectively disinfect soft contents, personal protective gear, and all types of sports equipment. The machine works on the basis of hydraulic pressure as opposed to the agitation method used by traditional washing machines. All detergents used are hypoallergenic and phosphate-free.

Our certified © Esporta Wash Systems operators select one of the pre-programmed wash recipes depending on the type of items and degree of contamination. Esporta’s patented cleaning process holds items in place while forcing them through the water which has been laden with specialized cleaning and disinfecting agents. This combination of patented technology, recipes, and environmentally-friendly chemistry allows operators to duplicate the results achieved in laboratory studies and successfully clean and disinfect your soft contents.

In the past 13 years, over 15 independent laboratories have proven that the © Esporta Wash Systems is more effective than traditional cleaning technologies in laundering soft contents, killing bacteria, and removing both organic and inorganic contaminants, while minimizing the impact on colourfastness, wear life, and optimal brightness retention.

These independent laboratory reports have verified the following:

  • Organic and inorganic contaminant removal exceeding 99%.
  • Negligible deterioration in the physical properties (colourfastness, wear life, fabric strength, and brightness retention) of the fabrics over repeated washes.
  • Cleaning efficiencies five times more effective than traditional top loading or front loading washing machines.
  • Negligible fabric shrinkage.
  • Alternative, if not a preferred method of cleaning to dry cleaning.
  • Uses 35% less water on a per-pound basis than traditional washing machines.

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Trusted Saskatoon disaster services experts share a tip on fire damage

Fire damage: 

Emergency services

 

When your property is damaged by fire it is a traumatic and devastating experience.

Did you know: Soft contents such as clothing and shoes can be restored using the Esporta Wash System Or that hard contents, such as dishes and electronics, can be restored using the Fireline System. Our certified operators take pride in being able to restore your belongings to their original condition. 85% of the time, we can eliminate smoke odours and smoke damage without having to replace what has been damaged.

Our Fire Damage Restoration Specialists are highly certified in fire damage restoration techniques. We provide extensive and professional fire damage restoration services and are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. 

Our Process  

The first step is always to meet with our customer and go over the scope of the job. We will discuss what items are valuable & sentimental to you, and ensure these items get the extra special care they deserve.

Next, we want to deal with the things that matter most to you – your belongings. We will work with you to carefully pack & move your undamaged contents to a safe place. We will also determine which of your contaminated items can be cleaned & returned to you, and which need to be disposed of. With the help of the Esporta Wash System and the Fireline System, we can now save up to 85% of your belongings that were damaged by fire. We will also help to list any items that need to be disposed of, including food & paper products.

Then we will deal with your home. Depending on the severity of the fire & soot damage, several different steps will need to be taken. Any burnt areas will need to be removed and/or re-supported for structural integrity of the home. Any water damaged areas (often caused by the extinguishing process) will need to be removed, disinfected, & properly dried. Any areas that have smoke damage will need to be thoroughly cleaned using specialty cleaning agents. In a mild, smoke damage fire, often times cleaning is enough to eliminate the smoke odour from your home. If cleaning does not eliminate the odour completely, an odour blocker may need to be applied to the walls, ceilings, and/or floors. It is important to remember, if soot is left for long periods of time it can etch the surface of many materials, sometimes in as little as 2 weeks time. Calling in a fire damage restoration technician right away is your best chance to restore your home properly.

Lastly, we want to meet with our customer again. We want to ensure you are happy with the work done and understand the next steps in the process.

Trusted Saskatoon disaster services experts point out BAD advice and offer the CORRECT information

HERE IS THE BAD ADVICE!     

Grimy bathroom walls are a major red flag to buyers.

Here is an easy way to get rid of surface mold: Mix a spray bottle with one part water and one part bleach. Just spray it on the wall, and watch the mold disappear. Give it a fresh coat of paint, and your grimy bathroom will go from red flag to red-hot.

THIS IS TERRIBLE ADVICE FOR HOMEOWNERS!! 

If they have mould, they should have an expert come in and determine what's causing the mould and remedy the underlying issue. Even if it is just surface mould (which the majority of homeowners wouldn't be able to determine by themselves), bleach is not the right product to use to clean it off. There are several other products specifically meant for this type of application, even a couple at Home Depot for homeowner use.

 


 

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