Below are our most common FAQs related to our restoration services

Approach to Restoration: Preserving Structures and Embracing Sustainability

Our ethos revolves around conserving as much of the original structure as feasible while incorporating eco-friendly practices. Unlike many in our field who rely on outdated methods from two decades ago, we've embraced modern advancements in restoration technology. These advancements empower us to dry out structures efficiently, negating the need for the extensive demolition that's traditionally been the norm. Why resort to dismantling something merely because it's damp? After all, we don't discard our garments after a downpour. Addressing moisture effectively means problems are averted, leading to cost savings and a quicker return to normalcy for you.

Advancements in Fire Damage Cleanup and Smoke Elimination

Recent technological progress enables us to clean and restore fire-affected buildings and their contents more comprehensively and swiftly. Handling fire damage is already a significant disruption; our goal is to minimize the duration of this inconvenience. Our extensive experience in fire damage restoration, coupled with our deep understanding of the process, positions us uniquely to address all concerns thoroughly. Insurance adjusters, often lacking direct restoration experience, might not grasp the full scope of what proper restoration entails. Wouldn't you prefer an advocate who is fully invested in managing the restoration process with your best interests in mind?

Our Local Commitment

What sets us apart further is our dedication to our community. We're not just a business; we're your neighbors, committed to supporting local emergency services, charitable causes, and our fellow residents. We actively contribute to the community's well-being. To see the impact of our efforts, we invite you to explore our community involvement and Facebook pages for more insights.

Yes at some level, when you call you will get an answer that goes something like this: We will absolutely come out for no charge and assess your situation. We will also make recommendations about what needs to be done to mitigate your situation for no charge. Here is where the estimate part gets tricky. There are a lot of companies out there that will give you a "free estimate." But what does that really mean? If your house is flooded or burned do you want someone to come in and give you the cheapest price? Or do you want the best price for top quality and someone that is going to make sure that every item is repaired?

We want to make sure we compete on:

  • Access: We are available 24/7 for any emergency.
  • Experience: With thousands of satisfied clients we've figured a few things out – we know what we're doing, let us help you.
  • Service: We are here to help, and it shows – have us on your side in a catastrophe.

Your State's insurance law allows you to use the contractor of your choice.

Choose the team you are comfortable with, the team with the experience to get you back to normal. AJ Development works as your advocate in the claim process, helping to hold your insurance company accountable. We work for you, not the insurance company, because your needs are our priority. AJ Development has returned thousands of homes to their pre-loss, or even better, condition. Put us to work for you.

That's a tough question. It depends on so many factors; it's hard to tell from here in a hypothetical situation. Give us a call or send us an email. Once we get a chance to talk, we can get more info and give you a better indication of the process and timeline.

Insurance coverage is very situationally dependent. Each policy from each different company will have different levels and types of coverage. The best way to know if your damage is covered is to keep a copy of your policy on hand and call your agent directly with any questions you might have.

Water damage restoration is the process of addressing and reversing the effects of water damage on a property. It is necessary to prevent further structural damage, mold growth, and health hazards.

Water mitigation focuses on minimizing the initial impact of water damage, while restoration involves the comprehensive process of repairing and restoring the affected areas.

Common causes include burst pipes, roof leaks, appliance malfunctions, poor sealing of windows and doors, clogged gutters, and natural disasters like floods.

Water mitigation involves actions like extracting standing water, drying affected areas, and implementing measures to prevent further damage.

Look for signs such as water stains, dampness, musty odors, and unexplained increases in water bills. Regular inspections of plumbing systems are also advisable.

Water damage can lead to mold growth, which may cause respiratory issues, allergies, and other health problems.

Professionals use moisture meters, infrared cameras, and visual inspections to assess the extent of water damage and determine the appropriate restoration plan.

Regular maintenance of plumbing systems, prompt repair of leaks, proper sealing of windows and doors, and cleaning gutters are effective preventive measures.

Water loss mitigation, by minimizing damage and documenting the restoration process, can support insurance claims, facilitating a smoother and more efficient reimbursement process.

Fire damage restoration is the process of repairing and restoring a property after a fire. It is necessary to mitigate further damage, remove smoke odors, and ensure a safe and habitable environment.

It's crucial to contact a fire damage restoration company immediately to initiate the restoration process promptly and prevent further damage.

The process typically includes damage assessment, debris removal, structural repairs, smoke and soot removal, odor elimination, and restoration of affected areas.

Fire damage restoration requires specialized knowledge and equipment. It's advisable to hire professionals to ensure a thorough and safe restoration process.

The duration depends on the extent of the damage. A professional assessment can provide a more accurate estimate of the restoration timeline.

In many cases, homeowner's insurance covers fire damage restoration. It's essential to check your policy and promptly file a claim after a fire.

Follow guidance from the restoration professionals, wear appropriate protective gear, and avoid entering the property until it's deemed safe.

Smoke odor removal involves using specialized equipment, such as ozone generators and thermal fogging, to neutralize and eliminate lingering odors.

Yes, fire damage can compromise the structural integrity of a property. A thorough inspection is crucial to identify and address hidden issues.

Yes, the presence of soot, smoke residues, and mold growth after a fire can pose health risks. Professional fire damage restoration addresses these concerns to create a safe living environment.

Mold remediation is the process of removing and preventing the return of mold growth. It is necessary to safeguard indoor air quality, prevent health issues, and protect the structural integrity of a property.

Common signs include a musty odor, visible mold growth, water stains, or experiencing health issues like allergies or respiratory problems.

While minor mold issues can be addressed with DIY methods, professional mold remediation is recommended for extensive or recurring problems to ensure thorough removal and prevention.

Areas with high humidity, poor ventilation, or a history of water damage, such as basements, crawl spaces, bathrooms, and attics, are more prone to mold growth.

Mold remediation focuses on addressing the root cause of mold and preventing its return, while mold removal typically refers to the physical removal of mold growth.

Yes, professional mold remediation is designed to minimize property damage by using specialized techniques to safely remove mold without causing additional harm.

The duration varies based on the extent of the mold issue. A professional assessment can provide a more accurate timeline.

It depends on the cause of the mold growth. Insurance may cover remediation if it results from a covered peril, such as a burst pipe, but not if it's due to neglected maintenance.

Yes, professional mold remediation includes measures to address the root cause of mold and implement preventative measures to discourage future growth.

Follow safety guidelines provided by the remediation professionals, use proper protective gear, and ensure the affected areas are well-ventilated. After remediation, monitor for any signs of recurring mold and address water issues promptly.

Storm damage restoration is the process of repairing and restoring a property after it has been damaged by a storm. It is necessary to ensure the safety, structural integrity, and functionality of the affected areas.

It is advisable to contact a storm damage restoration company as soon as possible to initiate the restoration process promptly and prevent further damage.

Vulnerable areas include the roof, windows, siding, and basement. Proper maintenance and reinforcement of these areas can help mitigate storm damage risks.

In many cases, homeowners' insurance covers storm damage restoration costs. It's essential to review your policy and file a claim promptly after a storm.

The duration varies based on the extent of the damage. A professional assessment is crucial for providing a more accurate timeline.

Yes, storm damage can compromise the structural integrity of a property. A thorough inspection is necessary to identify and address hidden issues.

Follow safety guidelines provided by restoration professionals, use proper protective gear, and avoid entering areas that may be structurally unsound.

Water damage is addressed through thorough drying, dehumidification, and water extraction processes to prevent mold growth and structural issues.

Reinforce vulnerable areas of your property, regularly maintain roofing and siding, trim overhanging trees, and secure loose objects that could become projectiles during storms.

While the principles are similar, commercial storm damage restoration may involve additional considerations due to the scale and complexity of commercial structures. A professional assessment is key to tailoring the process accordingly.