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CATCO is a full-service catastrophe (fire, water, storm, flood, mold) restoration company. The articles appearing here give you a glimpse of our work, our industry and tips to help you with anything related to our services or those that may help owners facing these challenges.

Do your “Homework” Before Your Summer Vacation: Protect Your Home from Losses While You’re Away

It’s summertime. Many of us are making packing lists, checking reservations and maintaining vehicles before our trips. Just don’t forget to prep your house before you lock the door and head out of town.  As a disaster restoration company, we’ve seen many homes severely damaged while the occupants were gone.  While we certainly need business, we prefer to help our clients prevent losses or minimize them when we can.  There are lists on the internet that can help you prepare, but here is ours:
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  1. Hire a House Sitter/Pet Sitter if You Can.  Ask a responsible close friend or relative to stay at your home to effect the best “occupied” look for your home.  If you have the extra funds, you may even be able to hire someone.  That person can take care of your pets and your home, take in mail, newspapers, mow the lawn, move vehicles in and out, and generally make the house look “lived in.”
  2. Create a “Lived In” Look Otherwise. If #1 is not an option for you, do whatever you can to create an occupied look by having a neighbor collect mail and newspapers for you, have someone mow the lawn, set timers at different intervals on lamps and perhaps a radio inside.  You may even ask someone to park a car occasionally in the driveway.  If you have no other options, at least place a vacation hold on your mail and newspaper deliveries.
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Water Damage: Signs You’ve Chosen the Right Crew for Your Restoration

It’s been storming for days, your sump pump quit working, and you had water spreading onto the finished side of your basement. You called someone you found online to help remove the water and dry it out. Now that they are in your home, you’re relieved, yet a little worried.  How do you know you called the right company?
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We all feel that little ball of remorse forming inside when we’ve contacted a contractor for any reason, but there are things you can identify as good signs you’ve hired the right restoration firm. Of course, if you haven’t yet made that call, review this list first:
  1. How long have they been around?  We all know that most businesses fail within five years of start-up.  If you’re looking for guaranteed work, you may want to be sure the company has been around longer, especially in your locality.  Even a national franchise that opened just within the past couple years may be gone next year.
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