Where Do you Start After A Disaster?

Residential Disaster Reconstruction Houston, Disaster Reconstruction HoustonFires, hurricanes and broken pipes are disasters that tax you physically, mentally and financially. As soon as you know you and your family are safe, turn your attention to debris removal and repairs. Immediately assess if you are willing and able to handle the clean-up on your own. Logically work through the steps and engage professionals as needed.

Temporary and Protective Measures- Secure the Property

As the homeowner, it’s your responsibility to secure the property so that no additional damage occurs. Put boards over broken windows and secure a tarp as protection if the roof has been damaged. Take photographs to prove to the insurance company that you have done everything possible to protect your home against further damage.

Move Damaged Items

Before they can add to the smelly mess, take those damaged items out of the house and out to the curb. While it can be grueling and even nasty work, removing water-logged or smoke damaged items is incredibly time-consuming. The water mitigation professionals will do this for you, but the cost can add up. When possible, do as much of this yourself as you can, and save the money for something else.

Dry Out Your Home

Are you able to use a shop vac to remove standing water? Several factors will determine if you need professional help including 1) do you have safe access to electricity? 2) can you move quicker than mold can grow?  3) is the amount realistic? and 4) is your time better spent on other activities?  If any of these answers is “no” you need to call a specialist.

Clean and Disinfect

Once the water and damaged contents are out, salvage what is left. Smaller, non-porous surfaces can be treated with a bleach and water solution. Wear old clothes, wear gloves and ventilate the room. If absorptive fabric items have not been contaminated with flood waters, wash with detergent and a little vinegar to prevent mildew.

Get the Air Moving

The best tip is a free tip: lots of sunshine and fresh air.  Bacterial and microbial growth can begin forming in 48–72 hours. Open windows and place fans for maximum cross ventilation. Running a dehumidifier will also help remove humidity from the air.

Call for Help on Large Areas

Disturbing big infestations of mold can be bad for your health, particularly if you are an allergy sufferer or have a weakened immune system. When you discover an extensive mold problem, it is recommended that you use the rigorous protective measures, or consider calling in a professional to handle the problem of how to remove mold.

Demolish

If you have the skill, tool and time, the demolition work can serve as a cathartic money saver.  If anything has been contaminated, you must safely remove the affected materials. Not only must carpets and pads be pulled and removed from the home, baseboard and drywall will have to be cut and removed. Be very careful with tile that was there before you moved in; your home could have asbestos tiles that will require professional abatement. Generally, with this kind of loss, floor tiles should be removed since the water will surely have gotten underneath the tiles.

Let the Project Scale Dictate Resources 

Now that the immediate disaster has passed, how will you rebuild? When you contact professionals to perform reconstruction services, be realistic about how much you want to delegate.Certified professionals are trained to prevent additional damage to your property while the reconstruction plans are put in place.

Instead of hiring separate contractors to restore and rebuild a damaged building, consider retaining the company that handled the initial disaster response to provide continuity. By supervising a full range of restoration services,  you could get back into your home quicker., insurance claims could be smoother, and you might sleep better. Century Construction Services provides free estimates for both disaster recovery construction and restoration services.

Century Construction Services is based in Magnolia and serves the greater Houston area along with San Antonio, Austin, Dallas.

Hurricane Harvey: Restoration & Recovery Efforts in Houston

professional water damage cleanup katyAs we write this blog, the rain is still coming down in Houston – and there is a threat of more rain to come. The entire team at Century Construction went on standby the moment it became certain that Hurricane Harvey had its sights set on Texas. Our teams are mobilizing throughout Houston and surrounding areas, as it becomes safe to do so, to help as many homeowner and business owners as possible get the drying and rebuilding process started.

We cannot emphasize enough that it is important to wait to get the restoration and drying process started once water in your area has receded, and local authorities say it’s okay and safe to return. Safety comes first for you, your family, and our crews. Here are some simple things to remember when assessing the damage of your property:

  • Be sure it’s structurally sound. Water and water damage can be deceiving. If you don’t think the property is safe, stay out.
  • If you do enter, or are exposed to the water at all, be sure you protect your body. This includes rubber boots, gloves, and other personal protective gear you may have. The water is dirty. This probably goes without saying, but flood water like this often carries a whole lot of bacteria with it from overflowing sewages, runoff, overworked septic systems, and so on. Any item that’s been touched by flood water should be considered hazardous. While many porous items will have to be thrown away, don’t worry – Century Construction can likely clean and save other items in your home.
  • Be mindful of electrical currents! While many places are without power and could be for some time, you never know where there would be a live wire. Because water is a conductor, it is important to avoid areas of standing water. Also keep in mind equipment and electronics that have come into contact with water could post an electrocution risk as well.

With that said, there are some things you can get together to help get the ball rolling once we can get to you!

  • Secure your personal property. Boarding up the property, if necessary, is something Century Construction can help with if we can get to the site. In the meantime, just be sure things are secure.
  • Take inventory. Once you get inside your home or business, start taking an inventory of everything in there – and mark what is damaged and what is not. Feel free to start taking photos for your insurance company of the water lines, the damage, the debris, and so on. Once our crews arrive on scene, we will take a smattering of photos as well, but this will give you immediate proof of the damage within your property.
  • Let the pros handle the big stuff. We realize losses from Hurricane Harvey are completely overwhelming and there is likely a feeling of desperation to recover quickly. However, there are a lot of dangers lurking in these flooded properties. Century Construction has well-trained and highly skilled restoration crews who are working around the clock to start getting homes and businesses like yours dried out and the restoration process started.

Need help? Call Century Construction now!

Professional Contactor – Saving You Time and Money on Any Commercial Construction Project

Hiring a professional contractor doesn’t always seem like the best idea when it comes to saving money. People tend to think that if you can do it yourself, it will be cheaper. However, in the long run this can prove to be false. There are several benefits experienced construction companies can offer business-owners looking to build a or remodel a place of business.

1. Experience and Expertise

A lack of experience and expertise will always translate into a higher cost for your business plan. Sometimes, this is due to expensive mistakes that are made which must be corrected. Other times, initial job estimates are far too low.commercial construction pinehurst, commercial remodel pinehurst

Professional contractors who bring years – even decades – of experience to a project will avoid making amateur mistakes. They’ll have the experience and expertise to quote a reliable estimate upfront. No matter what for, you’ll be able to rely upon their estimates without concern about going over budget. They will also know how to complete tasks right the first time, rather than a trial and error basis, saving money in the long run.

2. Enormous Time Savings

Do-it-yourself construction jobs require a significant investment of time – often more than building any home or remodel job. This is due not only to the work involved, but also to the errors committed along the way. It is rare that any untrained individual has the knowledge and experience to complete even minor projects without making mistakes. Even hiring a contractor can lead to errors. Unfortunately, mishaps and blunders can often dramatically exceed scheduled timelines; however, hiring a professional can significantly decrease the odds of this happening. Experienced remodeling companies will supervise the entire project and keep it on schedule. That allows you to plan around the job while knowing the original timeframe will be met.

3. Helps Avoid Costly Mistakes

We touched on this above, but it’s worth emphasizing in a slightly different context. One of the most common regrets of business-owners who have chosen a do-it-yourself approach or hired a low-cost contractor is that mistakes caused projects to outstrip their budgets. For example, the wrong measurements taken at the beginning of a project can carry enormous costs as the work progresses.

When partnered with professional remodeling companies, the exposure to these types of mistakes is minimized. To that end, experienced contractors and remodelers who offer complete design build projects can commit to a budget and timeframe precisely because they are far less likely to make such errors.

4. Minimizes Frustration

Millions of people have started a big construction project only to abandon them later. Whether they were performing the job themselves or hiring a variety of contractors to complete specific tasks, their frustration mounted to the point of exhaustion. Construction companies who have spent years meeting the unique design needs of their clients can eliminate this aggravation. By hiring them, you rely upon their experience to bring a job to completion on budget and on schedule.

Some business-owners will always prefer to do the work themselves. While potentially costly and aggravating, do-it-yourself projects can deliver a unique satisfaction to the person performing the job. That said, Construction Companies, such as Century Construction Services, that bring years of hard-earned experience and proficiency to home improvement jobs can save an enormous amount of time, money, and frustration.

5 Signs of a Fake Contractor after a Natural Disaster

disaster reconstruction magnoliaNatural disasters are something that brings whole communities together – and attract people with ill intentions. After every major natural disaster, there are stories of bogus contractors offering to fix people’s homes, but taking the money and never returning to do the work. Likewise, there are stories of looters storming into damaged homes and stealing what they can. While some people lose everything they’ve worked hard for over the years, others are quick to take advantage of people at their worst.

While your emotional strength may be weakening quickly in the days after a disaster, knowing a few simple warning signs of bogus contractors might help keep you from an even bigger disaster.

  1. Unmarked Vehicles

All of Century Construction’s trucks are clearly marked with our logo, and any other reputable local contractor – big or small – should also have clearly labeled vehicles. A crew pulling up in an unmarked or unkempt vehicle could be a warning sign this contractor isn’t from Magnolia, and may not have the best intentions.

If you do hire a crew that shows up in an unmarked vehicle, or with an out-of-state license plate, it is a good idea to jot down the license plate number and vehicle description just in case. If something does go awry at some point during the disaster reconstruction project, that information will help law enforcement track down the dishonest contractor.

Other warning signs when there is no visible logo would be not having a local phone number, not having a website, and not even having labeled business cards.

  1. No proof of insurance or licenses

In many states, contractors have to be licensed to work in that area. Not having a license is another major red flag. For reputable contractors, it is a minor business detail to have all the appropriate paperwork in the vehicles – including licenses, proof of insurance, etc.

You should ask similar questions about any subcontractors the company will use at your home or business.

  1. BBB Complaints

While you might feel pressured to hire a contractor on the spot, if there are some warning signs, doing a quick check on your smartphone of the company’s ratings on the Better Business Bureau’s website could be very telling. Be on the lookout for any negative or unresolved reviews.

  1. Offers to do work for

If you’ve been speaking with multiple contractors and suddenly meet someone guaranteeing to do the work for far less than the other guys, beware.

  1. Demanding the project is paid in full at the start.

Never ever ever ever pay  a contractor in full before they even get to work. It is normal for the contractor to ask for a 20 percent or less deposit to get to work, then request perhaps another percentage as the project progresses. But you should never be asked to pay in full until the entire reconstruction is complete, and you are pleased with the outcome.

Plus, whenever you do pay any money toward the project, be sure to get a receipt for your documents.

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Commercial Property Disasters!

Whether your commercial property was struck by a fire, flood, of even a fallen tree branch, damage to your property is always devastating in the Houston area. Your commercial building is more than just a place with roof and walls. It’s a place where you make a living and have invested a lot of time in. It is always hard to see damage where your memories are. The other issue with having damage to your commercial property is that the future seems so unknown. Will your insurance company handle the repairs? How will you be able to get life back to normal? These questions can be scary and leave you wondering about the security of your future.

You will never know when a disaster will strike, but we can help prepare you to know what to do when one does happen. If you have a plan to know what to do when a disaster strikes, you won’t have to worry about those big questions. Knowing who can help you with commercial disaster reconstruction ahead of time will definitely make you more clam, and get you back to normal as soon as possible.

With most disasters, the faster you can start getting things cleaned up and get started on the reconstruction, the more you can salvage. Take water damage for example. The faster you can get the water cleaned up, the less of a chance mold and mildew will build up. Therefore, taking less money out of your pocket for the commercial disaster restoration process. Fires can leave chemicals behind that can destroy many of your belongings. The sooner you start the cleaning process, the faster you can get your property back to normal.

How do you choose the right post-disaster reconstruction company in Houston? You should always make sure that they have the capability of taking you through the whole reconstruction process. It’s always a hassle when you have to juggle between too many companies to get the task done. The reconstruction process starts by having a thorough assessment of the damage and then followed by a plan. Make sure to find a company who can offer a quick and accurate estimate so you can get the project covered by your insurance company.

Be sure to stick with the same company all the way. This will make sure that your project will stay on budget while staying on schedule. The reconstruction project will include demolition, building stabilization, and remodeling while making sure they stay within code to avoid further damages.

In the Houston area, Century Construction Services is your number one source for commercial damage reconstruction. Their team can help you clean up after your disaster and help finish by offering the reconstruction services needed to help get you back on your feet. The professionals at Century Construction will make sure to get your commercial property back to normal quick and effective as possible. Their team will even help work with your insurance company so they know exactly what is going on with the project as well.

Dealing with Commercial Disaster Reconstruction in Pinehurst

hurricaneFloods, fires, mold, wind damage, these are all disaster that can affect Pinehurst businesses. When Pinehurst business owners experience the devastation of property damage or loss due to fires, floods and other natural disaster, they need to know they can rely on a reconstruction company that can restore their Pinehurst property in a fast and efficient manner. No business owner in Pinehurst wants to have to close down their facility longer than absolutely necessary. Closing those doors means lost time and money.

Damages related to commercial businesses can be complex and should be managed by a restoration company that has extensive knowledge, expertise and resources to get the job done right.

When disaster strikes your Pinehurst business, Century Construction can perform quick and efficient commercial disaster reconstruction in Pinehurst so you and your customers will get total satisfaction. Our certified professionals minimize any interruptions your Pinehurst business may be suffering from by quickly assessing the situation, determine the services needed to complete the best restoration possible, review those services with your adjuster, finish the job in a timely manner, and follow up to assure that you and your customers are completely satisfied.

Commercial Disaster Reconstruction in Houston

Foreman and two colleagues examining plans

Performing commercial disaster reconstruction in Houston is a detailed and arduous task. No business owner or manager wants to wasted precious time looking for a reconstruction company during a disaster. That is why  Century Construction Services is here for you. Century Construction Services only employees skilled craftsman that are experienced in commercial disaster reconstruction in Houston. Our professionals pay attention to the tiniest details to make sure your commercial property is repaired quickly and efficiently.

Choosing the Right Company

When you choose Century Construction Services to perform commercial disaster reconstruction for your company you are putting your trust in a company that understands the urgency to get the job done. Our professionals will stay in constant contact with you throughout the process to make sure there is a complete understanding and no mishaps are made.

 We Minimize Your Losses

Our professionals are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week all year long for any commercial disaster reconstruction emergencies. A fast response is crucial in order to reduce damage and prevent any unauthorized intrusions.  Century Construction Services offers cost-effective, safe and timely services for any commercial property in Houston.

Trust in Century Construction Services!

Regardless of the size of your disaster repair needs, our professionals will restore your commercial property back to its pre-disaster condition or better! Call the professionals who know the ins and outs of commercial disaster reconstruction in Houston. Call Century Construction Services now!

Disaster Reconstruction Services in Houston

When your home is hit by water, fire or any other disaster it is devastating.  It is difficult to witness any kind of damage dealt to the place you love, a place you have invested time and money into. Dealing with any kind of disaster can be overwhelming and leave you feeling uncertain. Will your insurance cover the damages? Is anything salvageable? How long will it take to repair?

You never know when your home will be affected by a disaster but you can educate yourself on what to do before disaster strikes.

fire damage4Speed is definitely key when dealing with any kind of disaster and knowing who to call is important. Find a reconstruction company that you like and trust.  Knowing who will perform disaster reconstruction on your Houston home ahead of time can save you time and money. Century Construction Services specializes in restoration and reconstruction in Houston.

Why is speed key? When water or fire damage is left to sit too long it can cause secondary damage. When dealing with water damage you need to act fast to prevent any mold or mildew growth that can cause extensive damage to your home.  When dealing with fire damage you need to act fast to repair and belongings that maybe salvageable. Fires leave behind chemicals that can continue to eat away at your belongings if not dealt with properly.

When you choose a company to perform disaster reconstruction in Houston make sure they have the capability of completing the entire job. No one wants to work with multiple contractors who don’t have a working relationship. The best disaster reconstruction companies will also be able to perform the disaster clean up beforehand.  Century Construction Services does it all! Why not hire professional that can clean up after a disaster and perform reconstruction services? Our experts are there for you from start to finish for any disaster clean up and reconstruction project in Houston.

Century Construction Services is more than a reconstruction company in Houston.

What We Do:

  • Our professionals will assess any damage.
  • Create an action plan for cleanup.
  • Work with your insurance company.
  • Perform any demolition necessary.
  • Stabilize the building.
  • Perform reconstruction services while adhering to codes and regulations.
  • Stay on schedule and within budget.

Call Century Construction Services today for all of your disaster reconstruction needs in Houston. We are with you from start to finish!