Hurricane Damage Repair by Quality First Builders, LLC - Orlando Insurance Restoration Contractor
Central Florida is no stranger to Hurricanes and the damage caused both on the coast and inland. In the aftermath of the storm, it is important to be sure that the contractor you hire is licensed and insured. Since 1992, Quality First Builders has been serving the emergency and restoration needs of our neighbors. Staff is available around the clock throughout the storm, and our emergency crews are on the job as soon as it is safe to be out and the area is cleared by local officials.
Our services include:
- Total Reconstruction, Restoration, and Remodeling.
- 24 Hour Emergency Services including: Tree Removal, Board-Up, Debris Removal, and Weatherproofing
- Water Extraction and Drying
- Content Cleaning, Packing, Moving, and Storage
- Odor Removal through Ozone Treatment and Thermal Fogging
- Smoke Remediation
- Mold Abatement and Remediation
- Written Warranty
Quality First Builders is a preferred vendor for most of the major insurance carriers in the state of Florida, and have working relationships that can help expedite your claim. You can rest assured that your project will be handled with top quality workmanship and our customer service will exceed your expectations.
Call our office at 888-385-1527 to speak with one of our claim specialists to schedule an appointment with one of our Project Managers. From Estimation to Completion, our team is ready to take care of your restoration needs.
After the Disaster Check List
- Notify your insurance carrier. Most policies require you to take reasonable action to prevent further damage.
- Keep a notebook to track dates and times of conversations with individuals pertaining to your claim.
- Save receipts for meals, hotels, toiletries, replacement clothing, prescriptions, etc.
- Take photos or shoot video of each room for future reference and insurance claims. This will provide a digital inventory of some visible contents. Prepare a written inventory if possible.
- Remove any valuables if you are not staying in the house - jewelry, important papers (passports, licenses, insurance papers, birth certificates)
- Beware of scammers offering restoration services. Check references and visit the Restoration Industry Association website - www.restorationindustry.org - to find a contractor.
- Don't return home unless the proper authorities allow you back in.
- If electrical appliances, including televisions and computers are damaged by water, do not turn them back on when power is restored. This can result in electric shock and/or do further damage to the appliance. Electronics can often be cleaned & restored by knowledgeable contractors.
- Wear heavy rubber gloves or work gloves and thick-soled shoes, preferably not tennis shoes since there can be exposed nails, glass and other sharp objects.
- Only enter during daylight hours if there is no electricity.
- Leave immediately if you smell gas or the structure is unstable.
- If the power is off - turn the main breaker off and tape it down to prevent it from accidentally turning on when the power is restored.
- If you have fuel oil or propane, turn off the valve at the tank. Turn natural gas off at the meter.
- Stay out of rooms with sagging ceilings.
- Because you don't know what was in the water, treat all water affected surfaces and furnishings as toxic until properly decontaminated.
- Floods may force many creatures out of their natural habitats - beware of snakes, spiders and other reptiles and mammals that may take refuge in debris.
- When leaving, secure the building to prevent further damage.
- Transport computers and musical instruments to a dry environment.
- Remove lamps, telephones & decorative items from wet furniture tops.
- In wet environments, open windows to ventilate the area. Open drawers and cabinets for interior drying, but don't force them open.
- Remove standing water from flat surfaces by sponging and blotting.
- Don't use bleach to disinfect since it is corrosive and can react with other substances. Use household disinfectants.
- Hard surfaces can be disinfected as well as some soft goods, depending on washability.
- Mold starts to grow in about 48 hours in a wet environment with humidity and a food source (drywall) - it is important to dry out as much as you can to prevent further damage.
- If the power is off for more than 24-48 hours, food in freezers and refrigerators will spoil and needs to be disposed of promptly.
- Drywall, insulation and carpeting/padding impacted by rain or flood waters will probably need to be removed and replaced.
- Wall cavities need to be dried out to prevent mold growth.
- Homeowners may hire any restoration company they choose and are not limited to only those suggested by an insurer.
- Restoration firms can help with drying structures and cleaning contents.
- You can hire any restoration company you choose.
- See if the restoration company is a member of their trade association and make sure to check references.
- Restoration Industry Association members abide by a specific code of ethics.
- You can find clean up tips, information on hiring a contractor, and general restoration & remediation information on the RIA website - www.restorationindustry.org
For more tips regarding hurricane preparation, planning, and restoration please visit: http://www.restorationindustry.org/consumers