Catastrophe Services, Inc. Blog

October 2014

• October 31, 2014 • No comments yet

Storm damage repair in South Carolina can involve a wide range of skills – and equipment. If you’ve done this before professionally, then you’ll know what equipment to rent -and we’ll be glad to supply it; we have it all. But if you are new to this, you’ll want to consider a few things before plunging in.

At the top of the list: who can do this safely? Usually that’s a crew with a lot of experience under their belt. They know what they have to do before they start (make sure the electricity is disconnected, for starters), and they assess what they will need to get the job done. For example, will a cherry picker truck be needed to get to that damaged tree safely?

You’ll also want to consult with your insurance agency. What is covered, what is not covered, and is there a clause that prohibits you from doing some aspects of the work yourself if you expect the insurance company to pay?

You’ll also need insured professionals—a company that won’t be going after you if an accident happens.

It’s important to look at the company’s affiliations. Are the registered with the Better Business Bureau? Do they have an affiliation with the US EPA? And so on.

Lastly, a reason why so many people find hiring experts compelling is the speed with which they can get the job done. You don’t want to live in a restoration project as it drags on and on while you juggle a busy life on top of trying to fix everything. You want to live in your restored home. We’ll help you reach that point quickly.

As restoration specialists, Catastrophe Services, has been serving the area since 1989. If you need storm damage repair or cleanup in SC, please call us at 803-788-1800.

• October 31, 2014 • No comments yet

Looking for mold remediation in Columbia, SC? Catastrophe Services has the experience it takes to remove mold from your home safely. But how do you know what to look for in a mold remediation company?

Mold has been around from the dawn of time—and so have we. Not quite, but we’ve been at this for over 30 years, and that’s one thing you want to check for. Make sure your company has experience. Chances are you’re looking for mold remediation in your home or place of business, places you care about deeply. It has to be done right.

One thing they’ll be clear on is the steps in the sequence. Removing mold isn’t the first one. It’s essential to address whatever the moisture source is that’s feeding the mold—mold won’t grow if things are tinder dry. Mold removal only makes sense after that’s done—so the problem doesn’t recur.

Your ideal company will be honest, clear, upfront and fast. Clarity comes from providing an accurate assessment of what your problem is and how it needs to be addressed. By upfront, we mean give you a quote so you know what you are getting into. And speed is essential. Mold is almost always a growing problem that needs to be nipped in the bud—or as soon as possible.

How do you know a company will be fast? Look at their body language. By that we mean notice the little things: do they answer the phone 24/7? Do they arrive on time? Do they offer an estimate that includes a timeline? Do people who have used them before say they are prompt? If you’re looking for mold remediation in Columbia SC—do they know where you are?

Finally, listen carefully for what they plan to do at the end of the process. Will they do clearance testing so they can demonstrate both to their own satisfaction and yours that the job has been completed properly? Actually—that was a trick question. The answer it is highly recommended to have the remediation and the testing done by two different companies.

How do we stack up? That’s a great question. For our answer, call us at 803-788-1800.

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