Restoration Work

What Is Damage Restoration Work?  Call 248-834-0050

Restoration work is actually an abbreviated term for “disaster restoration”. There are a lot of categories for disaster restoration, but the three major categories are fire repair, water damage repair, and storm repair.

Fire repair and its associated water damage, soot, and smoke staining and odor would top this list. Most fires start off as kitchen fires, from things burning over on stoves or in ovens. Even if you are standing at the stove watching, some times fire can happen so fast, and you find yourself in such a dangerous predicament, that it is hard to think about what to do next. You might want to consider practicing a scenario, to make a plan of action. Make sure you have a fire extinguisher in a convenient place, and that all members of the family know where it is, and how to work it. You have to be able to find it and operate it quickly. Rehearse shutting off the power or gas and grabbing the fire extinguisher, and aiming it at the practice fire. This would all be in an effort to not hurt yourself if the real thing were to happen. In kitchen fires there is usually a flare-up on the stove that would scorch the nearby cabinets and put a heavy coat of smoke and soot on pretty much everything in the kitchen. In a case like this the cabinets would have to be either repaired or replaced. Sometimes the countertop and the cook-top would have to be replaced as well. Smoke always puts an unpleasant odor on everything, so everything would have to be cleaned and deodorized, and the room primed and repainted. Sometimes you have to add flooring to the job, especially if the fire department was there.


These pictures are of a pipe we found leaking in a basement wall. It caused lots of damage over the years. We fixed it all up. The good news was that the home insurance company paid for everything except the new pipe. The picture was taken with a camera and a flashlight.

Water damage repair is an entirely different problem, and can come from many different things. On fire repair jobs as mentioned above, the fire department obviously can do a lot of water damage fighting the fire. If there is roof damage, the house becomes open to the elements as well. The home has to sit in its damaged condition until the insurance company does its examination. During this waiting period additional damage from mold and mildew can add to the problems. Fighting a fire is only one of the ways water can damage your property. A leaky toilet, tub or shower, leaking pipes, laundry equipment, or a leaky roof can all cause damage to ceilings and floors and drywall walls which would all have to be repaired, and/or replaced. In the basement, water can cause major damage to finished rooms and personal items that get wet. This is especially true if a water problem is not taken care of immediately, and wet items have time to develop mold and mildew. Some people seem to let water in basements go till things get pretty bad. When there is water in a finished basement there will be drywall water damage and soggy insulation which will have to be torn out. Of course any wet carpet with a rubber pad is a high priority for removing. If the water got deep, a lot of personal items may have to go, due to the fact that the water damaged items may not be valuable enough to clean and sanitize. The ceiling tiles may have to be replaced, but the grid would probably be okay. The wiring would probably be okay also, once things dry out. It should go without saying to be careful never to step into a wet basement with the power still on in the house. We can rebuild all the damage, but we can’t bring you back if you get a fatal shock. Storm damage repair is another area for disaster restoration. This is not as common as the other two types of disaster, but is still worth mentioning. We are not talking about severe damage as what is caused by tornado, hurricane, etc., because severe damage is usually a total write-off. Common less-severe storm damage would be shingle damage, with the resultant water damage inside the structure. Tree branches fall on the house and put a hole in the roof and may damage walls and windows. That is very repairable quick job. Awnings may blow off, garage doors cave in. Damage from sudden
storms may well be covered by insurance. Any structural damage that happens over a long period of time is usually considered a maintenance item, and an insurance company may or may not cover it. Either way however, Oakbridge can put it all back together and make it good as new. Don’t forget, in these situations, you protect your life, and we will take care of your house. It is best in a bad storm to take cover, and not run around trying to save things that can be replaced.

Oakbridge can assist you and your insurance company in deciding which personal items are salvageable and which items are not. We have had many years of working with insurance companies and people with restoration needs. We can help you. So if a disaster happens to you, call Oakbridge at 248 834 0050

These insurance companies rely on their own adjusters in order to come up with their own repair estimate. So the first thing you have to do is to call the company and invite the adjuster over. This might take a couple of days. You should wait for his visit before moving anything. If you do get the unrecoverable itch to start cleaning or moving, take a zillion pictures as you are doing it. Use a flash to fill in the light if needed. Otherwise you might mot get paid for anything mover or cleaned. This part is important.

This was an insurance job in West Bloomfield. The owner was out of town for an extended time and the person watching his house never went downstairs to the basement. We did flood restoration: Waterproofed the basement, replaced the water damaged drywall, repainted, added new moldings and replaced carpet.

We would be happy to be of service to you with whatever you need to have done. We warranty our work. Call us at 248-834-0050. You’ll be glad you did.

Author: Robert B McGuire