Disaster Cleanup Archive

Repairing Your Home After a Disaster

If a disaster strikes your home, it is vital to get to work immediately repairing the damage. If left too long, the lingering effects of, say, a fire can cause even more damage as time moves on. Soot and ash may work their way into your grout and marble, causing irreparable stains. If water damage is left unchecked for too long, you may end up with a nasty mold problem. So, keep reading to learn more about repairing your home after a disaster.

How to Make a Family Disaster Kit for Home Emergencies

No one wants to think about the worst-case scenario. It’s scary and perhaps depressing to consider that a fire, flood, or earthquake could create a home emergency. Those of us who live close to the Pacific Coast even forget about thunderstorms as time passes. However, any high-wind storm can cause a disaster when our favorite old tree falls on the home. Despite the unpleasant nature of this topic, it is vital for families to have a disaster kit. Here are some tips on how to make a family disaster kit for home emergencies.

Cleaning Up the Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

We knew that the damaging effects of super storm Sandy would be significant, but no one could have predicted just how devastating they would be.  While upstate NY did not experience anything close to what the Jersey shore went through, the residual damage has extended inland to many parts of New York and New Jersey.  Even if you weren’t directly in Sandy’s damage page, there’s a good chance that your home or building may have suffered some water, mold, fire or flood damage.

How to Spot a Disaster Relief Scam

After a natural disaster, it is not common for people who desperate for aid to be swindled by disaster relief scams. It is a sad state of affairs, but you must stay on the lookout for these bad actors. Con artists are constantly devising new schemes with which to relieve vulnerable people of their money, but there are also plenty of time-worn routines that the criminals have come to rely on. This post seeks to show you a few ways to spot a disaster relief scam.

Red Cross Scams

The Red Cross is a internationally known relief organization that always appears when disaster strikes. Con artists have come to rely on its trustworthiness and will play on that to scam disaster victims. If you receive an email from ″redcross.net,″ for instance, that email is certainly fraudulent. For instance, some will try to prey on your sense of humanity by telling you that a loved one has been arrested in Haiti. If you feel that the message may be valid, first confirm it through the official Red Cross offices or the US State Department. A good rule of thumb is to check up on any urgent solicitation. The Red Cross is a large organization that rarely is in an emergency financial situation.

Fraudulent Insurance

Sometimes after a disaster con artists will masquerade as insurance agents, hoping to sell you peace of mind. They will claim to have supplemental insurance or policies that are too good to be true. Keep in mind that few, if any, legitimate insurance companies sell policies after a disaster, and fewer will pay claims on those policies. If an alleged insurance agent tries to pressure you to write a check, do some extra research to ensure that you are not being scammed.

Fake Construction Companies

Fly-by-night construction companies often spring up after a natural disaster to help you rebuild your home. They will promise low hourly rates and will quote an estimate that sounds great.

They might even back their claims by saying that they are charging less to help people out, or that they have so many crews working that they can afford to cut their rates. However, they may ask for money up front to purchase materials. Very often, these workers will go to purchase materials and never return. When you receive money from your insurance company, ask them if they can recommend any workers or a construction company.

If you need to eliminate water or smoke damage, seek an established, respected remediation company. You only get one insurance check, so don’t let the con artists get it!

At Rapid Dry Services, we provide immediate smoke, fire, water damage restoration, and disaster cleanup services to the greater Rochester area. For residential or commercial assistance, contact our 24/7 staff at 585-663-0510.