Where do you Start?
Hiring the right professionals to rebuild your home after extensive damage might be the most important step you can take after all those terrible, uncontrollable events. So here are some points to consider as you start:
According to Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the re-occupancy or reconstruction phase of disaster recovery presents risks to your family’s health. Structural damage, unstable materials, chemical spills, gas leaks and electrical hazards may pose dangers. Of course, put safety first around obvious hazards like downed power lines, but also around structural dangers like buckling roofs/walls/stairs.
In addition, a major cleaning prior to re-occupancy is needed so that no toxic chemical or biological health hazards remain.
Be patient and ask the questions to screen for professionalism; you need to find the most qualified team. Ask for recommendations, check references, take notes, then trust your instinct and move on to another if qualifications are not met.
HIre only licensed and insured contractors, Lead-Safe Certified Renovators and certified asbestos professionals. Check with your local contractor licensing agency, permit office and health department for requirements and lists.
After you have executed a contract, you move to the actual construction phase.
One of the first critical decisions is what you can save or has to be replaced. For example, will the moldy material be able to be cleaned and treated so that mold will not come back? Usually, materials that are soft and porous will need to be replaced. Semi-porous materials like wood and concrete can usually be cleaned and treated. Non-porous materials should be dried and cleaned with a detergent solution or bleach and water.
Consider the possibility of future disaster events. If you are restoring a basement or first floor in a flood-prone area, use moisture resistant building materials like fiberglass-faced gypsum board and spray foam rather than traditional drywall.
A full-service company can turn your loss into an opportunity to rebuild and improve your property. Use high-quality materials and employ skilled carpenters and tradesmen who are committed to reconstructing your property to “better than” its pre-loss condition. Having a single contractor like Valleywide Restoration provides the following benefits:
Valleywide Restoration is committed to reconstructing your property to “better than” its original status. Call (480) 535-7077 for 24/7.