According to the National Fire Protection Association, it is estimated that some 370,000 home fires occur each year, costing close to $7 billion in total property damage. Many of these fires, however, start and are contained in a certain area of a home or business. Even though containment eliminates the necessity for complete demolition and reconstruction, it is still necessary for proper cleaning of soot and smoke in order to restore the property to a pre-loss condition.
Each year we spend billions of dollars to respond to and recover from disasters, large and small. This money ultimately comes right out of our pockets in the form of higher insurance premiums and taxes.
Water Restoration Technicians are dependent on a wide range of tools on a daily basis, ranging from moisture meters and infrared cameras to dehumidifiers and heat drying systems. One underestimated, but essential tool is knowledge and this is gained through both industry training and hands-on experience.
Hurricane Georgia left a trail of destruction that ravaged thousands of homes along the Atlantic coastline. In the days that followed, hundreds of restoration companies from all over the country mobilized resources to help put lives back together.
Catastrophe situations typically involve numerous flood claims, making for brisk business for restoration companies. When a property owner states they have insurance, it would be wise to clarify if it is going to be a standard property claim, or insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
The next disaster is imminent. It always is. That might be a Debbie Downer attitude, but it’s the truth, especially when you think about disaster on a more local scale. While a hurricane can impact a dozen states and trigger an emergency declaration by the president, there are a lot of small communities that face their own disasters much more frequently.
IICRC certification continues to be recognized and recommended by name by many major insurance companies, flooring manufacturers and industry trade groups as the premier credentialing program for the inspection, cleaning and restoration industry.
The forum will provide an educational environment for professionals from around the world, working in environmental risk management and insurance, to come together to share new solutions, insurance product innovations, and fresh approaches to the industry's most pressing issues.