The Best Fire & Water Damage Contractors in Pinellas County FL Are the Ones Proven Safe To Hire
Fire and water damage repair contractors in Pinellas County FL bearing The Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10 symbol are the fire/water damage restoration companies that have exceeded the minimum Florida regulatory standard. They are the disaster repair contractors proven by our independent research to have passed the TOP 10 requirements for competency and value, carry liability insurance as protection for you the customer, who use only employees legal to work in the U.S., and for whom our staff has called previous customers to verify high satisfaction with them for fire and water damage clean up in Pinellas County FL, including flood damage, storm damage, weather damage, hurricane damage, smoke odor removal and more.
Updated July 08, 2019
The Best Fire & Water Damage Contractors in Pinellas County FL Are the Ones Proven Safe To Hire
The state of Florida requires contractors for fire and water damage repair in Pinellas County FL to be licensed by the state, which requires a minimum amount of experience, and passing a proficiency exam, (though it is not specific to disaster recovery, fire water damage restoration, or storm damage repair).
So there's no guarantee that any particular fire water damage clean up service in Pinellas County FL is even competent, is doing business ethically, delivering value, or satisfying customers.
This makes it all the more significant that all companies for weather and storm damage, fire and flood damage repair in Pinellas County FL who bear The Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 symbol have been cleared by our research staff as passing all the requirements for Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 status such as survey phone calls to previous customers to verify high satisfaction, verified state license, good complaint record, verified worker's comp and liability insurance, only employees legal to work in the U.S., best business practices, and more.
Fire Damage / Water Damage Contractors in Pinellas County FL Perform Numerous Services
After a fire or flood it might seem like your home has suffered irreparable damage, but there are professionals who devote themselves to these kinds of tasks. Fire / water damage cleanup services in Pinellas County FL perform disaster loss management services exclusively and some of them provide immediate response for 24 hour emergency fire & water damage cleanup in Pinellas County FL.
Fire and water damage restoration in Pinellas County FL is a highly specialized process for which regular contractors are not equipped. Some fire & water damage restoration contractors in Pinellas County FL perform content restoration, biohazard remediation, or structure restoration in both residential and commercial buildings. Many of these fire & water damage repair services in Pinellas County FL are available for emergencies, which means they can begin work within 24 hours of the damaging event. They can initially assess the damage with leak pinpointing, thermal investigations, or allergen and indoor air testing.
As far as damage control capabilities, fire damage / water damage contractors in Pinellas County FL can do smoke damage repair, soot removal, carpet drying, deodorizing, and stain removal. As part of this they might also do upholstery cleaning, wood floor drying, disinfecting, water extraction, rapid structural drying, and odor removal.
Some might perform related services such as trauma crime scene cleanup or sewage spill clean up services, with the disinfecting required in both instances.
Some of the services for fire and water damage clean up in Pinellas County FL are IICRC or WLI certified in comprehensive fire and water damage cleanup including cleaning drapery, black water, flood damage, or damage from vandalization. In addition to the standard cleaning procedures, some fire and water damage contractors offer services to ease your transition in the aftermath of the disaster recovery, such as insurance claim processing, moving and storage, fine art restoration, document drying, book drying, electronics drying, carpet re-stretching and repair, burn repair, and repainting.
Fire and Water Damage Contractors in Pinellas County FL Use State-of-the-Art Technology to Rectify Problems
Fire and water damage contractors can efficiently repair damage caused by a flood or fire with specially high powered specialty equipment. They assess the situation with thermal detectors or infrared technology, they can use dehumidifiers to dry out flooded areas, flood pumpers, dry foggers, disinfectants, antimicrobials, or ozone generators. Certain contractors go beyond simple cleaning procedures to protect damaged areas from future deterioration by applying DuPont, Teflon, or Scotchguard products.
Some Fire and Water Damage Contractors in Pinellas County FL Are Better Than Others
The Prime Buyer's Report lists these fire and water damage contractors in Pinellas County FL: . Other companies for fire & water damage repair and clean up in Pinellas County FL that might still be in business include: .
Questions To Ask Fire Water Damage Clean Up Services in Pinellas County FL
Step 1: Describe the Fire or Water Damage
With each contractor, explain the details of the damage that occurred. Be consistent in the way that you describe the situation so that each fire and water damage contractor will have an opportunity to bid on the same job specifications. Know ahead of time if you seek only fire & water damage clean up services or if you require actual construction services like for complete fire & water damage structural restoration, often referred to in this industry as "build-back".
Step 2: Answer Questions & Take Notes of the Fire & Water Damage Clean Up Companies
Allow the fire and water damage contractors the opportunity to ask about the features of your job and pay attention to the points that he may have. How detailed are his questions? Does he seem adequately knowledgeable about the issues that need attention?
Step 3: Ask Questions & Take Notes of all Fire & Water Damage Restoration Contractors
Pose any questions you may have for the potential fire & water damage contractors. Take notes on the answers to questions as well as your impression of the interview. Remember, you will see better results if you can comfortably and openly deal with the contractors. Afterward, look at all the notes that you took before and during the question and answer session and use them to update information you already had for each fire and water damage contractor. The following list of questions will help guide your evaluation.
• How long have the fire & water damage contractors been in business in Pinellas County FL?
• Do they offer only fire & water damage clean up (like water removal) or are they also a construction company prepared to do fire & water damage repair and structural restoration, often referred to in this industry as "build back"?
• How many jobs have those fire and water damage contractors completed in Pinellas County FL specifically?
• Do the fire & water damage contractors specialize in the type of damage repair services you've described to them?
• What additional services might they provide? Examples include coordinating with your insurance company, insurance claim processing, fine art repair, book drying, etc.
• Do the fire or water damage repair services have references you can contact? (All fire & water damage restoration companies in Pinellas County bearing the Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 symbol have already had their customers references called by our research staff so you don't have to.)
• What will the timing be on bidding and completing the fire & water damage repair?
• Will they show you copies of their liability insurance and workers' compensation insurance? (All disaster recovery services in Pinellas County FL bearing the Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 symbol have already had proof of insurance verified by our research staff so you don't have to.)
• Will the fire damage / water damage repair contractors provide a detailed estimate in writing?
• Do the fire or water damage construction companies have any industry certifications and if so, what did they do to obtain them?
• Can they prove to you that all their employees are legally allowed to work in the U.S.? (All damage restoration companies in Pinellas County FL bearing The Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 symbol have already signed an agreement to only hire documented workers.)
• Will you be required to relocate while the fire & water damage repair contractor is working on your site?
• Will permits be needed? If so, will the fire & water damage repair company get them, or do they expect you to do so?
• Does the fire & water damage repair company actually do all the work itself, or do they hire out to subcontractors?
• If they DO use subcontractors, will they collect and give you a lien release from each subcontractor as assurance for you that those subcontractors will not file a lien on your property for any claims against the fire & water damage restoration company, such as if they are not paid on time?
• What kind of warranty do each of the water & fire damage contractors offer?
• Will the fire/water damage repair services provide you with a written contract?
• What methods or special equipment do they use for moisture detection and drying and other technology specific to fire & water damage clean up?
When you've chosen the best fire water damage repair contractors in Pinellas County FL for your specific needs make sure they are licensed by the state of Florida if they are doing removal or repair of structural elements, since that's required by law. Companies doing only disaster clean-up need no such registration. (All damage restoration contractors in Pinellas County FL bearing the Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 symbol have already had their state license verified by our research staff so you don't have to.)
Resources About Fire & Water Damage Repair in Pinellas County FL
Associations & Licensing Relevant to Fire & Water Damage Clean-up, Repair, Restoration in Pinellas County FL
AIHA American Industrial Hygiene Association www.aiha.org
ASCR Association of Specialists in Cleaning and Restoration www.ascr.org
BBB Better Business Bureau www.bbb.com
CDC Centers for Disease Control www.cdc.gov
CUCI Carpet And Upholstery Cleaning Institute www.ascr.org/institutes/cuci
DRI Disaster Recovery Institute www.drii.org
Florida Attorney General Consumer Protection www.myfloridalegal.com/consumer
Florida Division of Emergency Management www.floridadisaster.org
Florida Disaster Recovery Bureau www.floridadisaster.org/recovery
IAQA Indoor Air Quality Association www.iaqa.org
IDRA International Disaster Recovery Association www.idra.com
IICRC Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification www.iicrc.org
NAFA National Air Filtration Association www.nafahq.org
NIDR National Institute of Disaster Restoration www.ascr.org/institutes/nidr
RIA Restoration Industry Association www.restorationindustry.org
WLI Water Loss Institute www.ascr.org/institutes/wli
Media & Web Resources Relevant to Fire and Water Damage Contractors in Pinellas County FL
Cleaning and Restoration Magazine
Industrial Fire World Magazine
Insurance Journal: The Property Casualty Magazine
International Fire Protection Magazine
Waste Age Magazine
The Prime Buyer's Report provides information for the TOP 10 Fire / Water Damage Contractors in Pinellas County FL within the following zip codes:
34688, 34685, 34698, 34684, 34697, 34683, 34695, 34682, 34691-2, 34681, 34690-2, 34677, 34689, 34660, 33707, 33715, 33741, 33759, 33767, 33777, 33786, 33706, 33714, 33738, 33758, 33766, 33776, 33785, 33705, 33713, 33736, 33757, 33765, 33775, 33784, 33704, 33712, 33734, 33756, 33764, 33774, 33782, 33703, 33711, 33733, 33755, 33763, 33773, 33781, 33702, 33710, 33732, 33744, 33762, 33772, 33780, 33701, 33709, 33731, 33743, 33761, 33771, 33779, 33708, 33716, 33742, 33760, 33770 and 33778
The Prime Buyer's Report provides information for the TOP 10 Fire / Water Damage Restoration in Pinellas County FL within the following areas:
Bardmoor, Clearwater, Dunedin, East Lake, Gulfport, Indian Rocks Beach, Kenneth City, Largo, Lealman, Madeira Beach, Oldsmar, Palm Harbor, Pinellas Park, Safety Harbor, Seminole, South Highpoint, St Pete Beach, St Petersburg, Tarpon Springs, Treasure Island, West Lealman and Boca Ciega