Don't Get Frozen Over!

January 11, 2011 Info

Call DRI and get your cold weather water problems solved!

DRI crews are standing by 24/7 to assist you in drying and repairing cold weather water damage. We are Colorado’s #1 water damage restoration company. Working with DRI will save you time and money. Plus, we’ll be on your site in an hour or less!

Give us a call at 303-657-1400 or 1-800-475-FIRE (3473) Toll Free.


Plumber one of top 50 careers in 2010

February 4, 2010 Info

Have you ever wondered if being a plumber was right for you?  This might be the year to find out.  U.S. News has ranked plumber as one of 2010’s top 50 careers.  They site upward mobility, low stress level, and relatively high income as some of the major benefits.  At DRI we work closely with some of Colorado’s best plumbers to give prompt and professional service when calling a plumber just isn’t enough to solve the problem.

You can catch the whole article here.


250,000 Americans With Frozen Pipes

January 25, 2010 Info

Frozen temperatures across the U.S. have plumbers working overtime.

According to State Farm Insurance more than 250,000 American homeowners experience frozen water pipes every year.

You can prevent frozen pipes by:

  • Running a small trickle of hot and cold water from your faucets. Running water does not freeze.
  • Open the cabinet doors under your sink to expose your pipes to warmer air.
  • Make sure you know the location of your main water shut-off valve.
  • Finally, wrap your pipes in insulation or heat tape with help from a professional.

In some cases, heat tape doesn’t help. In those extreme cases, plumbers have, what they call, a pipe thawing machine.

It looks like a car battery and sends an electric current through the copper pipes and melts the ice inside. If you notice a decrease in water pressure or no water at all, you could have pipes filled with ice that are on the brink of bursting.


3 easy ways to save $$ on your water bill!

January 21, 2010 Info

At DRI we care about our community.  We try to help by donating time and money to worthwhile causes.  Water conservation is something everyone can practice and it really makes a difference; to the environment, and to your wallet!

Here are 3 easy ways you can save money on your next water bill:

1. Insulate your water pipes.

It’s easy and inexpensive to insulate your water pipes with pre-slit foam pipe insulation. You’ll get hot water faster plus avoid wasting water while it heats up.

2. Check for leaks in pipes, hoses, faucets, and couplings.

Leaks outside the house may not seem as bad since they’re not as visible. But they can be just as wasteful as leaks indoors. Check frequently to keep them drip-free. Use hose washers at spigots and hose connections to eliminate leaks.

3. Deep-soak your lawn early in the day.

When watering the lawn, do it long enough for the moisture to soak down to the roots where it will do the most good. A light sprinkling can evaporate quickly and tends to encourage shallow root systems. Put an empty tuna can on your lawn – when it’s full, you’ve watered about the right amount.


Freedom Of Choice

January 13, 2010 Info,News

Colorado Insurance Consumer Freedom of Choice

Colorado On September 13, 2007, Governor Bill Ritter signed HB 07-1104 into law. This law prevents insurance companies from controlling – directly or indirectly – which restoration company you utilize to restore your property after a fire. Disaster Restoration, Inc. was pivotal in the testimony provided to the Colorado Legislature and its sub-committees.

Why was this law passed?

Competition is fundamental to the free market system.  Unrestrained interaction of competitive forces will yield the lowest prices with the highest quality for everyone. The right of the individual to choose the restoration company that best serves their needs results in better quality and lower prices across the board.

Insurance companies are in business to make a profit. When you file a claim, insurance companies have a conflict of interest.  They have a responsibility to you, the policyholder, but they also have a responsibility to the shareholders to minimize the payout on your claim so they can make more profit. This conflict too often resulted in insurance companies taking advantage of policyholders. Property owners were forced – sometimes unknowingly – into using specific contractors who used sub-standard materials or shoddy workmanship to minimize the pay out of your claim.

The insurance companies had the opportunity to resolve this on their own, but the financial motivation to maximize profit was so strong that they just couldn’t seem to help themselves.

That is when the Colorado legislature finally decided to intervene.  The legislature realized that, even if they want to do right by their policyholders, insurance companies can lose sight of that because of the pressure to perform financially for their shareholders.

“This law represents a first step, and ensures and preserves a consumer’s right to choose who will restore their home or business following a disaster,” said Don Manger, executive director of the Restoration Industry Association. “…this bill will go miles in serving the public, and will reduce the inherent conflict-of-interest of insurers who attempt to limit spending on their own behalf, instead of representing the best interests of the policyholder.”

Disaster Restoration, Inc. has been in business for 25 years. After being on most insurance companies “preferred lists”, a decision was made to remove ourselves from those relationships. The reason…over time conflicts of interest arise in this alliance.

  • Who does the contractor really work for?
  • Where will the next job come from?
  • If I don’t agree with the insurance company will I be removed from the “list?

Our focus is to provide our customers with un-biased restoration and undue influences. Using this method, the client receives the best possible product and service coupled with the best price.

What are your rights?Tree Damage

1. You have the right to choose your restoration contractor. You are not required to use the restoration firm recommended by your insurance adjuster. They may not require you – directly or indirectly – to use any specific business. They cannot coerce, threaten or incent you to use a particular company. Nor can they use disincentives of any kind to discourage you from using the restoration firm of your choice. Nor can they lie or misinform you so that you use their choice. They may provide you with a list of restoration companies to consider, but they must tell you that you are free to choose.

2. You have the right to have your claim paid promptly – regardless of who you choose to restore your property. Insurers may not tell you – or threaten you – that the failure to use a specific business may result in non-payment or delayed payment of a claim. In fact, they are required to ensure that the estimate is adequate to restore your property to a pre-loss condition within a reasonable time. They must promptly pay the fair market price for the restoration of your property; in accordance with your policy provisions, of course. They are not allowed to force you to use a contractor where they set the price. Finally, you are entitled to see a copy of the estimate upon which your settlement is paid.

3. You have the right to know if your insurance company has a business arrangement with your restoration company. Your insurance adjuster must tell you about any ownership interests in or affiliated business arrangements with a restoration provider when they recommend a firm in which they have a financial interest.

A link to the law can be found via http://www.leg.state.co.us/.

If you feel that your rights have been violated, you can file a written complaint with the Colorado Insurance Commissioner.

For more information, contact the Division of Insurance at 303-894-7499.


Complete Structural Repairs and Reconstruction

January 5, 2010 Info
Fire Damaged Home BeforeOne call to DRI is all it takes to put your home or business back in order. With a background in construction, not just carpet cleaning, the team at Disaster Restoration, Inc. will take your project from start to finish. We’ll dry your home completely and replace any carpet padding, dry wall etc. We’ll board up your fire damaged building completelyand remove smoke residue, rebuild, and clean the contents. You won’t have to deal with multiple contractors or confusing information. Our friendly, thorough customer service staff will stay with you from beginning to end.

Fire Damaged Home AfterSince DRI’s inception in 1986, the innovative approach of a single source one-stop-shop was pioneered. No other Rocky Mountain restoration firm can make that assertion. Disaster Restoration, Inc. is the oldest full-service restoration/reconstruction company in Colorado. From the simplest repairs to complex structural issues, DRI has the experience to facilitate, expedite and complete any project.

Disaster Restoration, Inc. is a “B” Licensed contractor for all areas in Colorado as well as the majority of the entire Rocky Mountain Region.


Drying of Commercial Floors

Commercial Wooden FloorDRI uses advanced technology to dry out commercial wooden floors. With early notification, DRI can dry off the topside and underside of a wooden floor at the same time, reducing or eliminating buckling and swelling that could ruin the floor, requiring an expensive replacement option. The recent use of this technology on a 2600 square foot floor resulted in the drying and restoration of a floor valued at $45,000 for less than $2,000.

Every minute is valuable when facing a wet floor, call DRI at 1-800-475-FIRE now to begin the drying process.


Emergency Response Units

January 2, 2010 Info

DRI's Emergency Response UnitDRI’s Emergency Response Units provide the critical first strike that minimizes loss resulting from catastrophe. This creates opportunities for quicker relief, reduction of business loss and stress relief. By using global wrap, inject-a-dry, ultra-sonic cleaning, smoke odor removal, air scrubbers, desiccant dehumidification, and other technology and techniques, DRI has become the Rocky Mountain’s superior disaster restoration provider.

Equipped with the latest communications technology, truck mounted response equipment, and certified restorers on staff DRI’s Emergency Response Units have minimized business disruption, family inconvenience, and commercial loss. Highly reliable techniques and technology truley enhance the restoration process. Careful cleaning, training of personnel in recovery procedures and equipment care work to meet the specific needs of each customer. The ease and reduced cost of upgrading equipment has made DRI’s services attractive to risk and property managers and insurance companies throughout the Rocky Mountain area.

Call 1-800-475-FIRE now to have our Emergency Response Unit deployed to your disaster site. They will respond and be at your home or business within the hour.


Sewage/Black Water Damage

After arriving on the scene of a sewage back up, a DRI project manager will make an assessment of the sewage damage and begin the recovery process. When dealing with sewage it is important to note that the affected area is highly contaminated and may not be safe for humans. There are three classifications when dealing with contamination of water. A sewage loss is classified as Category 3 water (by the IICRC standards – the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification) and is grossly contaminated and can contain pathogenic, toxigenic or other harmful agents – this is often referred to as Black Water.

DRI will remove and properly address the sewage affected areas. It may be necessary to set up containment around the affected area to control the spread of contaminants as well as odor and/or dust control during the clean up phase. Once remediation of the affected materials is complete and any remaining residues are mitigated surfaces or matierials will be treated to return the property to its pre-damage condition.

DRI may use a pro-microbial agent to treat affected areas – this agent uses a similar process in breaking down contaminants as waste treatment facilities use. This is an advanced treatment agent where DRI is leading the industry.


Restoration

Family Surveying House FireDisaster Restoration Inc.’s range of restoration services simplify planning, execution and restoration of property to the original condition. Project managers are trained to work with people distressed by the effects of the disaster on their business, home and family, and work to reduce stress, facilitate restoration and offer suggestions on how to minimize loss and down-time.

Our trained technicians establish a true inventory of damaged possessions, including parts of the property or building, such as doors, blinds, carpet. These items are then transported to our local repair center where they are cleaned, revitalized and restored to their original condition whenever possible.

Detailed restoration allows clients to recover cherished mementos, expensive equipment and minimize loss. Additionally, insurers and property managers find policyholders and leaseholders relieved when facing personal loss of valued property. The DRI restoration process can reduce the stress to the bottom line in terms of cost, time and productivity.

Call DRI today at 1-800-475-FIRE to begin the restoration process. Let our professional staff put you back in business or back in your home as quickly and smoothly as possible.


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