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By Jimmy Kay

housecash2You smell it… a foul stench that permeates the air and chokes the oxygen from you as you struggle to breathe without holding your nose but you cannot find the source of the stench.

You have searched everywhere you can think to look but the smell persists and you wonder aloud if it is actually worsening.

You know it can’t have anything to do with your recent water damage as you called the best carpet cleaner in the phone book – the “family” owned operation with the big ad – and you were there when they removed the water. They gave you full disclosure concerning a “little” dampness and even added a pleasant smelling chemical as you are a wonderful customer.

So, then, what is that smell?

That smell can be any number of maladies ranging from decomposition of hidden organic materials through the silent yet continual destruction of your walls through mold. Such maladies omit a foul and offensive odor and each could have been avoided or abated by using a professional water damage restoration company.

The carpet cleaner was introduced herein as a generic but realistic scenario as this scenario plays out on a daily basis. Most victims of water damage severely underestimate the scope of work that is required to indemnify the situation while simultaneously fearing the perceived cost to fix the situation. While the carpet cleaner is working to the best of the cleaner’s ability, a carpet cleaning company is NOT a professional restoration company and is ill equipped, at best, to address the bevy of tasks required to properly remediate the water damage despite its best effort and honorable intention.

Additionally, most carpet cleaners are paid from the pocket of the victim whereas a professional water damage restoration company can handle the entire restoration project thereby restoring the scenario to its preloss condition with, in many cases, little to no out of pocket money from the water damage victim as the water damage restoration company bills the water damage victim’s insurance company for its service.

So rather than argue to defend the integrity of that nice man from the carpet cleaning company and wondering what that smell is, hire that nice man from that professional restoration company and enjoy your restored asset without smell and without the risk of future problems stemming from an underestimation of the damage the water caused initially.

Better yet, tell your family and friends how that nice man from the restoration company was able to complete ALL of the work without taking money from your pocket and how happy you are with the work! They need to know.

This article is composed by and offered as a public service by Jimmy K.
Jimmy K is the Independent Owner and Operator of Emergency Response Restoration, 2665 N Atlantic Avenue, Daytona Beach, FL 32118.
Jimmy K is a true consumer advocate who is not afraid to battle the insurance company to ensure the proper restoration of the consumer’s water damaged home office or asset.

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  • Scoot

    Filing claims for water damage can make it hard to get insurance if your insurers leaves the state. Most people have a deductible as well. I agree you need a restoration service to fix water damage. They should certify they have corrected the problem so you don’t get any future (phoney) tenant complaints.

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