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Southeast Fire and Water Damage FAQs

In the aftermath of water damage, fire damage, or storm damage, you have a lot of questions. How will you ever recover? Can your home or business even be repaired? How long will it take to get back to life as you know it? At Renaissance Restoration, we answer these questions for our clients on a case-by-case basis. But there are a few basic questions we can answer here so that you know what to expect when you call.

At Renaissance, we’re poised and ready to respond to emergencies throughout the Southeast and Gulf Coast region. We keep a rapid response team ready to go whenever disaster strikes. We proudly serve home and business owners in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee.
Water damage may dry out, but that’s only half the issue. Most of the materials and fixtures in your home or business aren’t designed to withstand water. Sheetrock, flooring, ceiling tiles, insulation, and timber framework may need to be removed and replaced to make your structure safe and suitable again.

At Renaissance Restoration, we use industrial-strength dehumidifiers, air movers, deodorizers, and water extraction units to fully dry out your property. Afterward, we remove and replace affected materials to put your property back into working order.

Lifelong Southerners have seen dozens of severe storms come and go, but that doesn’t make our extreme weather less frightening. Hurricane season in the Gulf Coast typically runs from June through November each year. Meanwhile, tornadoes may drop at any moment in Dixie Alley—an area of high tornadic activity. From February to June, residents of Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia should keep an eye on the forecast and stay tuned to local weather authorities.
Where there’s fire, there’s smoke. But there’s also water—a necessary means of putting the fire out. As such, even small fires can cause widespread damage to homes and businesses throughout the Southeast. 

After a fire, the restoration professionals at Renaissance make post-fire temporary repairs. This seals your structure against the elements so that restoration work can begin. After that, we’ll deodorize your structure and clean your HVAC ducts to remove harmful and unpleasant smoke residue and odors. Finally, we’ll reverse any water damage and dehumidify the affected area to prevent mold growth.

No, you should never attempt to clean up sewage on your own. There are three widely accepted categories of water. Category 1 water is water that poses no immediate threat. Category 2 waste water (gray water), may be contaminated and can cause harm during attempted cleanup. Finally, category 3 black water (sewage, flood water from pipes, etc.) is absolutely harmful to human health and life. To clean sewage, you need extensive PPE, training, and equipment. Trust the pros at Renaissance Restoration to take care of it for you.
If you live in the Gulf Coast region, Dixie Alley, or elsewhere, a disaster emergency kit or “go bag” may actually save your life. We recommend packing your emergency kit with water, food, first aid materials, cash, RX medications, matches, hygiene products, a sleeping bag or thermal blanket, and a flashlight (hand crank or battery powered with extra batteries). You might also consider including a whistle, can opener, extra eyeglasses, and disposable flatware.
In the aftermath of a storm or flood, your first priority is your safety and the safety of your family or employees. Once everyone is safe, it’s important that you gather the materials you need for the next few days (water, food, clean clothing, first aid, etc.). Finally, when everyone is safe and you have what you need to be comfortable, you should consider calling a restoration company.

At Renaissance Restoration, we trace our origins back to Hurricane Ida. We drove into the storm to help home and business owners in need. Put us in your phone’s contact list so that you can call us any time of day or night at 1-800-224-5102.

Mold is a serious concern for homeowners and business owners throughout the nation, but some states go one step further by requiring mold remediation experts to possess special licensing. These licenses ensure a standard of mold removal by establishing testing and remediation protocols. 

In cases where mold licensing is required, both the company and individual professionals will have to take a state-certified examination. Insurance adjusters in some states are also more likely to provide the funds you need to rebuild if, and only if, your restoration company possesses mold licensing. At Renaissance, we maintain all applicable mold licenses to provide mold remediation throughout the Southeast.

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