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Some of the next steps to take after flooding damages your home.
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Some of the next steps to take after flooding damages your home.
Tim McClincy is amazing! His enthusiasm for the work he does combined with years of experience made our lives and the house so much better. He worked hard to make sure that we understood the processes and that the plans for the updates were exactly what we wanted. Tim's suggestions were valuable in making the new materials look good with what we already had in the house for an overall feeling of harmony in the spaces. Tim's showroom in Renton is a great place to get ideas and compare actual products. He has his own stone inventory and tools for making countertops at his business location and stands behind his work. The workers were knowledgeable and professional. They were on schedule and cleaned up all debris from their activity when they left each day.
It was great having someone as experienced as McClincy's in our corner when dealing with the insurance adjuster. They also walked us through the process of getting everything paid for. It took a total of 5 months to complete the work but our house is gorgeous now and definitely no smoke smell. Watching everything in our house get thrown away or packed up and then stripped down was difficult. Jon and Danny were continually available to answer questions and take care of details. We even got help with picking out decor and colors and it all came together beautifully. The lost items were detailed in a list which made submitting to the insurance for reimbursement much easier. Moving back in went smoothly as every box was moved back to the room it had come out of and all other items put back to where they were before. McClincy's oversaw the removal of our piano, clocks, electronics and clothing. Each company performed the cleanup well and brought back to the house in great condition.
We were so amazed at the McClincy organization. The pure professionalism and knowledge of restoration after our home was damaged due to frozen pipes was the best. Tim, the owner and his team was superb "a true man of his word". The workmanship, friendliness and overall customer service was terrific. They took special care when packing and storing our items and always kept us informed of their progress, as we had to relocate our family to a hotel while they were working. We did some upgrades with them and love our new kitchen. We liked that they had a showroom so we could pick out our materials. We have found a place to shop for all our home improvement needs.
My home was flooded by a broken pipe under my kitchen sink. I called McClincy's Emergency Response and they were very calming to me and gave me great service on what to do while they dispatched their crew which arrived within an hour. When they arrived they presented themselves very professionally and were caring and polite. They were able to help me with my insurance carrier to get through their process. After everything was dry their project manager stepped forward to restore my house wonderfully. All the people were pleasant, on-time and very skilled. What was first a nightmare became a pleasant experience using McClincy's. Nice you have someone you can trust and count on.
My wife and I want to express our sincere gratitude for your recent remodeling job in our powder room. We are extremely pleased with the outcome and both agree this represents a new touch of elegance, will add many years of pleasure and pay back when we eventually sell our home. This recent work represents the fifth job you have completed for us over the past five years. The reason we keep coming back is based on several reason beyond quality of work. You do what you say you are going to do, your workers are polite, clean up and if anything is not right you make it right. We often recommend to our close friends if they need home remodeling work, be sure to have McClincy's give you a quote. You are not the cheapest, but the minimal difference in price has always been made up in the quality and peace of mind that you have continued to deliver. Having experienced the disappointment that is often typical with many home contractors, I believe the high quality of experience you deliver truly differentiates you and your company.
Our upstairs toilet overflowed late evening, water soaked the upstairs carpeting, and leaked through the floor, coming out of canned lights in the downstairs hall way below. We managed to shut off the water, dry up most of the mess, and telephoned a few companies 1st thing in the morning - around 9am. We reached McClincy's, and they had their water remediation specialist at our house by 9:20. They immediately tested to let us know where water had seeped, removed the counter top, toilet and flooring from our bathroom, set up equipment to dry out the water both upstairs and downstairs, in addition, the owner stopped by to review the damage, and let my husband and I know the necessary steps to clean up the damage. They worked directly with our insurance company as well. Once satisfied the water was removed, we worked with Randy to replace the flooring, a countertop and choose paint to repair the bathroom damage. In addition, because water had seeped through the downstairs ceiling, they replaced the canned lighting, removed and replaced the drywall, and repainted the entire downstairs great room, as it was all one color and open concept. They were professional and quick, the entire process took about 2-1/2 weeks, primarily because we opted to pay a bit more and upgrade the bath room flooring which had to be ordered. I would definitely use them again.
I had frozen water pipes in my rental home and I was out of town at the time and my insurance company could begin and I had to fight with the independent adjuster about getting reimbursed for loss rental income though it was clearly listed as covered in my policy. My insurance adjuster kept on telling me I had to get hired an independent adjuster locally that was difficult to work with. My tenants had to move out so repairs three estimates even after they had the estimate from McClincy's; which delayed my tenants from moving back in quickly. After several weeks I finally heard back from my insurance company adjuster who promptly paid the claim and authroized repairs. Thank goodness McClincy's didn't wait for my insurance company to issue checks or my tenants would have been out several months. In fact my repairs were completed even before I got an insurance check. Mcclincy's will ensure you are treated fairly by your insurance company!
Our bathroom floor had water damage. We called Fischer in June to come repair, and opted to use insurance to pay. We also request a few upgrades: use tile floor instead of vinyl (120 sq ft), install 2 pocket doors, and move a light-switch. They provided an estimate for all work, including insurance and upgrades. We signed and they ripped out the floor. It was weeks before they came to do more work. Supposedly they were trying to find shower tile to match what we had left after the tear out. In late August we finally got a change order that indicated they couldn't find the tile and needed to replace the whole shower. The change order also included some upgrades and the price seemed high, but the estimator assured me it was also an estimate and pressured me to sign so we could continue work. Since we had already waited over two months to have work done (living without a shower and toilet that whole time), I signed. The project dragged out for a total of 7 months. They told me to explicitly not pay until they finalized the bill, so I waited. I asked many times about it. Meanwhile, I had to take on the burden of managing the insurance payments because they wouldn't do the work themselves. Finally insurance was fully paid and Fischer told me to pay the exact amount of the estimate, stating it was a contract the whole time. Now I am reviewing in detail and found some items that were never completed (moving the toilet over 18" was one). They are refusing to take this off the bill, even though it was not done. I am also finding out that a subcontractor who came in to help later, because Fischer couldn't complete the work themselves, will be charging me pieces of the items Fischer is charging me. For custom upgrades (tile floor, doors, light switch) we are being charged $4300 by Fischer and several hundred by the subcontractor. It does not add up. Fischer has resisted to provide us with line item cost of materials and labor for custom work for 4 weeks now, even though that is part of the contract.
Mistakes happen, and when it comes to owning a carpet or rug, mistakes usually mean stains. The plush softness of carpet and rugs comes with a price: the time and care required to clean them. Cleaning your carpet or rugs can require some extra work and special techniques that differ from typical hardwood or tile floors. In some cases, you may even need to hire a professional to get the best results.
For minor stains or routine cleaning, it's possible to effectively treat a carpet or rug yourself. If a thorough vacuuming doesn't get rid of dirt in certain areas, here's how to tackle them on your own.
A number of liquids can stain carpet or rug materials, including wine, coffee, nail polish, or blood, to name a few. Depending on what caused the stain, the carpet or rug's material, and how long it's been there, you may need to use different techniques or cleaning supplies to get rid of it. In general, though, keep the following ground rules in mind for stain removal:
Take these steps to remove a stain as soon as possible to prevent drying.
Some stains may come out with little more than water or a mild soap. More serious stains may require a solvent to make removal easier. The best solvent to use depends on what caused the stain.
-Water-soluble stains: These include berries, cola, food dye, jelly, mud, washable ink, or wet paint. Mix a solution of 1/4-teaspoon nonbleach detergent (or white vinegar) with 32 ounces of water.
-Dark water-soluble stains: Chocolate, coffee, mustard, tea, wine, and bodily fluids often stain much more readily than other water-soluble materials and need a different solvent. Use 1 tablespoon of ammonia mixed in 1 cup of water first. If this doesn't work, try combining one part chlorine bleach with five parts water. These solvents may remove color from certain fabrics like wool, so check with the manufacturer for the best cleaning method.
-Oils and waxes: This would include glue, gum, nail polish, and cigarette residue. The best way to clean each of these varies - some may need to be simply scraped off or, if possible, frozen to make it brittle and then chipped away. Most glue can be dissolved and removed using a solvent like rubbing alcohol. Nail polish may also be dissolved using rubbing alcohol or with nail polish remover containing acetone.
Unfortunately, some stains may prove difficult to remove using household products. In any case, vacuuming and spot cleaning may not be enough to get your carpet or rug looking like new again. That's why many homeowners opt to hire a professional carpet cleaning service on a regular basis, around once every 12 to 18 months.
When it comes to heavy-duty carpet cleaning, you have many options to pick from. The two most common methods for cleaning carpets are steam cleaning and dry cleaning.
Steam cleaning is a common method for professional carpet cleaning, but the name is somewhat misleading. Steam-cleaning services use machines that utilize hot (but not boiling) water in combination with a vacuum. The water is heated inside the machine and sometimes mixed with detergent before being sprayed directly onto the carpet. At the same time, a vacuum sucks up the water almost immediately after hitting the fabric. The hot water extracts far more dirt and stains than would be possible by hand.
Cleaning machines using hot water extraction can be purchased or rented for home use, but they aren't always as powerful as what professional cleaning services use. Improperly drying the carpet may also cause bacteria or mold growth. Professional cleaners also employ a number of other methods to pre-treat the carpet and ensure adequate drying. For these reasons, professional carpet cleaning may be preferable to do-it-yourself methods.
Carpets or rugs can also be thoroughly cleaned using a dry-cleaning method. As the name suggests, there is much less water involved in dry cleaning, which means the carpet can be ready to use in less time. Using powerful solvents to break down dirt and stains, dry cleaning puts less physical stress on the carpet, and thus might be better in the long run. However, dry cleaning is usually more expensive than hot-water cleaning services. In addition, the chemicals used to dry clean carpets might irritate pets, people with sensitive skin, or anyone sensitive to strong odors.
Before choosing a professional carpet cleaning service, make sure you will be getting what you paid for by asking the right questions and doing your homework.
Again, there are pros and cons involved in using a hot-water-based cleaning service or dry cleaning. Take into consideration not only cost, but how long the process will take from start to finish, including drying time. Also take note of the material your carpet is made from, and consult the manufacturer if possible to learn about the best ways to clean it. If you or your family is sensitive to any chemicals, be sure to keep this in mind and ask about what chemicals are used.
You can find reviews of most professional carpet-cleaning services online, as well as information about a company's specific process, the chemicals used, and cost. It's also wise to ask friends and family members about services they've used in the past to get a recommendation. Don't always go with the service offering the lowest price, or hire a service who advertises door-to-door or over the phone, unless you have done thorough research on them.
Carpet cleaning services will be entering your home, potentially while you aren't there, so you want to feel comfortable with the business you trust with this responsibility. Ask if the company conducts background checks on employees, as well as if they are insured in your state. Without liability insurance, a mistake that results in damage to your home or furniture may be your responsibility to pay for.
If you've found a carpet-cleaning service you can trust, ask to get a quote. This may involve specifying exactly what services you would like performed, as well as the size of your home's carpeted area. Make sure you understand exactly what is included in a quoted price. Some businesses may charge extra to move furniture, clean stairs, or use special treatment methods. It's also common for businesses to sell customers on products and services they don't need. Don't hesitate to ask questions if any detail about the quote is unclear.
If you instead want to rent or buy a carpet-cleaning machine to use yourself, you have many options to pick from.
Since heavy-duty carpet cleaning isn't a frequent activity for most homeowners, many choose to simply rent one of these machines. Of course, renting is usually much cheaper than owning a machine or hiring a service, which is the biggest advantage in this situation. But not all rental units perform equally, and some might require extra drying time or the use of special solvents that will cost more. There's also the time and effort that goes into carpet cleaning - renting a unit means you must also move furniture yourself and pay close attention to ensure you're operating the unit correctly. Making a mistake could mean damaging your carpet or the unit itself. Also, improperly drying carpet could allow harmful bacteria and mold to grow. Before renting a carpet cleaner, make sure you're up for the task at hand.
Homeowners can purchase carpet cleaners ranging from compact units to full-size industrial-strength machines. Besides price, take note of the features of a unit and compare them to what you most need from a carpet cleaner. Some models specialize in removing allergens from pet hair, while others may work better on tough stains, for example. Another key consideration: Make sure you have room for it. Some carpet cleaners can be bulky and require ample storage space.
Other features you may want to look for in a cleaning unit include:
Make the right choice in carpet cleaners by considering all the options available to you and how they fit into your needs and budget.