If your Leawood, KS home has been damaged by a disaster such as a flood, storm, or fire, you’ll need to find a local disaster restoration firm to return your home to its pre-loss condition. However, not all disaster restoration firms are created equal and choosing an inexperienced firm can lead to costly mistakes.
Today we’ll examine common costly mistakes made by inexperienced firms and how the professionals at ServiceMaster DSI avoid them.
#1: Clean Items That They Should Not
While the pros at ServiceMaster DSI save as much as they can after a disaster, there are some things that can’t be cleaned. However, inexperienced firms won’t be able to identify what is salvageable and what is not. For example, if particle board furniture has soaked up dirty water, it can’t be salvaged. Inexperienced firms will still try to (unsuccessfully) clean these items.
On the other hand, our professionals understand that any attempt to restore such furniture will be a futile endeavor since particle board furniture can’t be recovered after it soaks up water.
Our trained technicians will explain this to your adjuster, as it would be a waste of time and money to try and recover unsalvageable items. Instead, we’ll focus our time and energy on restoring salvageable items in your home, resulting in quicker and more effective restoration.
#2: Use Incorrect Cleaning Techniques
Restoration work is only successful when the right techniques are used. For example, in the case of a fire, the materials that burned will affect the type of damage your home experiences. Different types of damage require different cleaning solutions and techniques. Using the incorrect method can result in more severe or permanent damage. Our technicians are trained in identifying different types of damage and properly treating them.
#3: Improperly Clean Antiques
Having your antiques damaged in a fire is heartbreaking, but they can be saved if cleaned properly. Unfortunately, inexperienced firms don’t understand how to clean antiques. For example, if you have antique silver coins that have suffered from smoke damage, inexperienced technicians may try to clean them with silver polish and paper towels.
Unfortunately, this type of cleaning process can damage your coins. Paper towels, being made of wood pulp, will leave tiny scratches all over the coin, causing them to lose value.
#4: Use the Wrong Equipment:
Lack of experience also shows up when untrained professionals use the wrong equipment for cleaning.
For example, an inexperienced technician may try to use an ultrasonic machine to clean matched pearls. Unfortunately, an ultrasonic machine will remove the nacre, or shiny outer layer, from pearls, causing them to lose value.
When inexperienced firms try to tackle the complex task of disaster restoration, a lot can go wrong. In all our years of operation, ServiceMaster DSI has seen it all, and we’re prepared to tackle any disaster restoration scenario. Our technicians are put through rigorous training to gain the technical expertise necessary to perform successful disaster restoration in your Leawood, KS home. For immediate assistance, contact us at (816) 527-9412.