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Comparing Estimates for Sewage Cleanup
By the RestorationSOS Educational Staff
Of all the possible water damage problems you can face in your home or business, sewage back up or flooding can easily be one of the worst and most disgusting. Sewage problems are especially dangerous because of the health hazards they represent. Sewage falls under the category of what is known as Black Water, which means that it is highly contaminated at the source and may cause serious discomfort and illness if exposed to or consumed by humans or animals. It is always preferable to secure professional restoration companies to handle sewage cleanup problems.
Where to Begin
Unfortunately, far too many homeowners hire the first company they come across, no doubt due to their desire to get this problem cleaned up as soon as possible. The problem with this is that not every company is qualified to the same degree and, as a result, the company you hire could very well find themselves in over their heads. RestorationSOS® strongly recommends getting estimates and quotes from no less than three service providers, taking into account not only cost, but also availability, range of services offered, and the reputation of the company.
How to Choose a Restoration Company
Everybody wants a bargain, and sometimes finding the lowest possible price is a good thing. Not so for sewage cleanup services. You have to pay for quality work and sewage cleanup is not something that can be done halfway. The consequences of a job done wrong are numerous and may affect the health of your loved ones.
Instead, look for a company that offers the fullest range of restoration services and preferably one that offers same-day emergency response. Many insurance companies may try to steer you to a service provider of their choice. While it is okay to entertain an estimate from an insurance-related firm, do not just go along with the idea. Many of these companies are beholden to the insurance provider and may not have your best interests at heart.
In emergency situations, such as a natural disaster, keep in mind that providers may have long waiting lists, so you may have to forego the comparison shopping and secure the first company you are able to reach. Stabilizing your situation should always be a priority. This is a last resort, however, and only recommended in extreme cases.
RestorationSOS® is one of the leading restoration companies in the country, with providers from coast to coast. They offer up to 3 free estimates from their network of contractors, all of which are prescreened, certified, and experienced in all areas of disaster recovery and restoration.
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