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You may require restoration services if your home has suffered damage from a storm, earthquake, or fire. Water restoration services will guide you if you have severe water damage or flooding in your home. While dry rot, water or pest damage will also require professional assessment and work.

Why you need restoration services

Dry-rot, Water or Pest Damage-Major Repair

Water damage by storm or flood or moisture seeping into a structure for an extended amount of time will result in dry rot creeping in. Dry rot damages the construction of a building rendering it eventually uninhabitable. That is why dry rot should be identified and dealt with in a timely way. Termites, cockroaches, birds, rats, or other pests may take up residence in your home and need to be removed as soon as possible for health and hygiene reasons.

Recovery Service-Fire or Smoke Damage

You may require help to handle damage caused by the entire house or structure being burnt down. A fire that damages the whole building is, however, a worst-case scenario. Restoration may be necessary for a portion of the building, which has been burnt or a damaged room. A fire will often cause the entire room and everything in it to be coated with smoke. A blackened and smoke damaged room will need cleaning, restoration, and sometimes a new paint job. Putting out a fire will often cause extensive water damage to possessions and the structure of the house. This will also require restoration, repair, and cleanup.

Earthquake Protection-Retrofit

An earthquake retrofit is performed when you wish to earthquake-proof a structure. An earthquake retrofit will reduce the risk of physical and financial loss in case of an earthquake and should be performed on any structures in earthquake-prone areas. An earthquake retrofit will involve making the structure more secure in its concrete foundations and as resistant as possible to ground motion and soil failure due to earthquake activity. Building codes in earthquake-proof areas will often follow best practices on how a building can be as earthquake-proof as possible.

An earthquake retrofit may involve analysis or assessment of what needs to be retrofitted. During this meeting, your home will be evaluated for vulnerabilities. Particular attention is paid to the foundations, the first-floor joists, and the cripple wall during an earthquake retrofit assessment.

After the assessment is completed, you may need someone to develop a set of plans to follow. The plans will include anchoring framing to foundations, cripple wall bracing with walls or panels, and connecting the first-floor joists with clips. This will be followed by finding qualified and experienced craftspeople to perform the retrofit work. After earthquake retrofit work is completed, the area is restored and cleaned.

Recovery Service-Earthquake removal

An earthquake can damage walls, ceilings, floors as well as affecting the power, water, and gas supply. You may need earthquake removal work when you suffer the following damages;

  • Visible cracks in foundation or concrete slab floors. Cracks in foundations need assessment by a professional. Walls that are cracked or which bulge or sag will also need evaluation for hidden damage. Diagonal, vertical, or horizontal cracks of more than 5mm on concrete flooring are designated as major damage.
  • Visible cracks in a portion of the house. All cracks on walls, floors, and ceilings should be assessed for severity, and any hidden damage should also be evaluated by an expert.
  • Home is uninhabitable. If the hoe is deemed uninhabitable, it should be abandoned immediately. No one should enter the building until it has been thoroughly inspected and declared safe for restoration by expert civil engineers.
  • Windows are broken. A shatter-resistant film on windows may prevent physical damage from broken glass. Broken glass should be completely removed and replaced.
  • Patio or deck damage. Patios and decks may be damaged during a severe earthquake and require restoration.
  • Roof or overhang damage. Heavy roofs are more likely to be damaged than lightweight materials. This is because the swaying walls cannot support a heavy roof during an earthquake resulting in collapse. A roof may also be partially damaged after an earthquake.
  • Stairway access damage. Staircases in reinforced concrete structures may be damaged. Since these are essential to movement within a building, they should be evaluated and restored as soon as possible.

Recovery Service-Storm or Wind Damage

A storm such as a hurricane or a tornado can cause strong winds, flash floods, and lightning and thunder and may severely damage some rooms or all of a house in the following ways;

  • Water damage in a portion of the house. Water may have flooded your basement or leaked into your home to damage personal possessions and appliances.
  • Windows were blown in. Windows may be blown in due to strong winds. Windows may be partially protected from damage by covering with shutters or by installing a shatterproof film on the glass before a storm.
  • Wind damage in a portion of the house. Winds may blow in windows and damage doors. Doors and windows should be securely fastened and reinforced before an incoming storm.
  • Landscape/yard damage. Trees, shrubs, and outdoor structures such as fences and gates may not be able to withstand the force of strong winds or the sheets of heavy rain that storms bring.
  • Roof damage. Shingles may have blown off, and projectiles may have broken or damaged parts of the roof. Some damage protection may be achieved by securing shingles ahead of an incoming storm.

Recovery Service-Water Removal

A storm may cause the basement to be flooded and building materials to get wet. Upper floors may also suffer from floods causing damage to processions and appliances. Carpets and floors are also often left damp after a storm. These damp spots may pose a risk of molds, funguses, and bacteria to grow and cause respiratory tract and other illnesses to the inhabitants.

Other reasons for water damage include fire sprinklers that accidentally went off, a sink overflow, a washing machine leakage or overflow, or a backed-up drain. A leaking roof or a slow and gradual leak in walls or roof may also result in water damage in the walls, ceiling, foundations, and in the living areas of the house.

Budget Required

The average budget required to remove water from your home is 1340 to 4977 dollars. The average cost of repairing wind or storm damage is 2277 to 13673 dollars. While the average cost to retrofit a home after an earthquake is 3539 to 6882 dollars. These figures are derived from the costs incurred and submitted by Home Advisor members.


Restoration services will guide you by giving you information about the type of services you require as well as the associated costs of your restoration project.

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