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How to Start the Restoration Process

When disaster strikes your home or business, beginning the recovery and restoration process can be an overwhelming thought.

Disasters are unpredictable in the sense that, despite your best efforts, you never know the full extent of what could be coming your way. They can also have multiple consequences, including fire, flooding, water damage, biohazardous material, construction or demolition, and so much more.

So…where do you start?

While disasters and their effects vary based on the event and the community, there are a few steadfast steps you should always take immediately. We’ve developed a disaster recovery plan to keep you on track

Pre-Incident Readiness

Life is unpredictable, but we can always take steps to ensure we’re in the best possible position to deal with an emergency disaster.


  • Have multiple, well-known evacuation routes and an accessible crisis communication plan for staff
  • Establish health and safety, security and fire measures including assessment and control of risk
  • Conduct a business impact analysis should your business functions become interrupted
  • Keep important, hard-copy documents out of potential harm’s way. Regularly backup digital copies
  • Establish “housekeeping” rules that will minimize operational risk; clear corridors, safe storage of hazardous materials
  • Conduct crisis communication training and prepare press releases

At Home

  • Have multiple, well-known evacuation routes
  • Keep important, hard-copy documents out of potential harm’s way. Regularly backup digital copies
  • Ensure suitable insurance is in place
  • Regularly go over your insurance policy and take note of what is required of you in a disaster scenario
  • Prepare for potential hazards and disasters based on time of year including floods, forest fires, and cold weather

Call WINMAR® pt. I

Your first instinct might be to call your insurance provider, but getting in touch with a restoration company like WINMAR® for an estimate can end up saving you thousand of dollars in the long run. As we go through your home or business, we can get a sense of the urgency of your situation. If left long enough, a broken pipe can lead to mold and mildew.

We will also assess and document the damage done to your property.

We have extensive experience working with insurance companies to ensure the restoration process runs smoothly and efficiently.

Call WINMAR pt. II

As previously mentioned, event-related damage usually has multiple aspects to it, from water damage to biohazardous material. It’s best to stick with a full-service company like WINMAR® rather than keeping track of multiple “specialty” companies that not only compete for restoration priority, but are likely to collectively cost you a lot more.

WINMAR® is better able to assess and address the worst problems first.

Natural disasters, accidents, and catastrophes can strike at any time due to Canada’s diverse climate. Fire, wind and water damage take place regularly and can be devastating to property owners. When you’ve been affected by a catastrophe, choose WINMAR® to restore your property to pre-loss condition. There’s a reason we’re Canada’s first choice for Residential And Commercial Property Restoration; our fully trained, well equipped, and qualified crews are ready to respond 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.