Walking in a winter wonderland may sound nice after a long hot summer. You may really enjoy the snow and the cold. The warm fireplace and a cup of hot chocolate. It all sounds very appealing doesn’t it? While this time of year is appealing, it also comes with its challenges for homeowners. What challenge are we referring to? The season is not just winter. It’s also frozen pipe season and therefore, frozen pipe water damage restoration season as well.. Frozen pipe season happens when the temperatures drop and water that sits in pipes freezes. As we know, water expands when it freezes. When this happens, the pipe sometimes doesn’t expand well and then breaks. When this pipe thaws out and the water flows again, there can be a flood. Water damage occurs.
The Water Damage Restoration Contractor
For the restoration contractor, frozen pipe water damage restoration is urgent. When the call comes in about standing water in a house or water leaking from somewhere, action must be taken quickly. The water damage restoration expert will arrive 24 hours per day 7 days per week whenever the emergency happens. The contractor will quickly assess where the leak is coming from and determine how to stop it. Once the leak is located and stopped the restoration work can begin.
Depending on where your frozen pipe is, the restoration contractor may have to remove parts of ceilings, walls, floors, or other damaged areas. These damaged areas can sometimes be dried out and reinstalled. Other times, what is removed will have to be replaced in order to restore the area to its pre-loss condition. Frozen pipe water damage can take a big toll on the house itself as well as the occupants. The occupants will need to adjust their lifestyle a little while the home is restored if the damage is significant. For this reason, a frozen pipe water damage restoration company will try to get things done as quick as possible to restore the home to its original state.
Frozen Pipe Water Damage Restoration Xactimate Invoice
For restoration contractors, a water damage restoration job is unique in another way as well. It is best to have an estimate from the insurance first when damage isn’t urgent like on some roof jobs. However, that is not usually possible when it comes to water damage emergencies. In that case, the contractor must provide the insurance company with an Xactimate invoice. How can the contractor ensure they get paid fairly for the job? Having an Xactimate professional to make the invoice can really improve the bottom line on the water damage restoration job.
Unless someone is an Xactimate expert with decades of experience, it will be unlikely that they will include absolutely everything that they are allowed to include on the invoice. There are over 11,000 line items in Xactimate. Unless the contracting company knows all of them, it would be best to get some Xactimate help from an independent professional.