Because water damage is not a routine issue with which homeowners typically have to deal, they often are unsure where to turn when water damage occurs. However, it is imperative that homeowners acquire the services of a water damage company as quickly after the occurrence of the water damage as possible. By hiring the services of a water damage company as soon as possible, homeowners can prevent what is referred to as secondary water damage. Secondary water damage includes things such as the development of mold, mildew, or other types of potentially hazardous fungi. There are three main ways in which homeowners can locate the best water damage companies: in a local business directory, online, or through a referral from the insurance company.
Water damage companies often list their services in the town's or city's local business directory. Many of these companies also advertise online or may have their own website. For homeowners that have no idea where to begin looking for a water damage company, these are two excellent starting points. While local business directories typically do not have customer reviews, online resources usually do. Homeowners can search for the water damage company online and see what others that have used their services have to say about the company. If the company consistently earns positive reviews, the homeowner can feel more confident using the services of the company.
A referral from the homeowners insurance company is another ideal way to locate water damage companies. Insurance companies generally will refer those companies with which they are familiar and have an agreeable reputation. Insurance companies may provide homeowners with more than one referral; therefore, homeowners will have the opportunity to speak with each water damage company personally and determine the company that will be right for them. If homeowners are unable to locate a water damage company through a local directory or through online resources, a referral from the insurance company will be most helpful.