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QUESTION: WHAT DOES GREEN CONSTRUCTION AND RESTORATION DO?
ANSWER: When a house is damaged by fire or flood, we come in after the demolition or cleanup and we rebuild it like new. We work on residential and commercial properties. Check out the Faqs questions and answers for Restoration and Remodeling.

RESTORATION & REMODELING

QUESTION: DO I GET TO CHOOSE MY MATERIALS, SUCH AS FLOORING (TILE, CARPET, HARDWOOD, VINYL) DECOR, CABINETRY, PAINT COLORS I LIKE?
ANSWER: Yes, your estimate will provide you with a budget for those things and you get to choose your own selections for your style. You can visit our remodeling showroom at 190 Colony Street, Meriden, CT 06451, to see options or the Project Manager can show you some styles at your convenience.

QUESTION: HOW DO I PAY MY DEDUCTIBLE?
ANSWER: You can click here.

QUESTION: WHICH AREAS DO YOU SERVICE?
ANSWER: We service all of Connecticut. Specific areas we serve are: Fairfield County, Litchfield County, New Haven County, Middlesex County, New London County, and Hartford County, CT!  Call to find out if we serve your area.

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RESTORATION

QUESTION: WILL YOU BE SPEAKING TO MY MORTGAGE COMPANY AND INSURANCE COMPANY?
ANSWER: We can, if we have written authorization, assist you with all the steps involved in the claims processes, with both your mortgage and insurance company.

QUESTION: WHAT SHOULD I DO IMMEDIATELY AFTER STORM DAMAGE TO MY HOUSE?
ANSWER: After a home has sustained storm damage, severe incidental damage might occur, including moisture and mold. These issues can create a situation of escalating damage. What started as a few missing shingles can morph into a serious moisture issue in the roofing substrate materials and the attic underneath. Homeowners can have difficulty working with insurance adjustors when submitting a claim for damage. Insurance companies have differing policies and criteria for claims, making the process challenging for a novice homeowner. A professional contractor needs to have experience working with insurance companies, which can help you receive the best results with a submitted claim.

QUESTION: WHAT CAN BE DONE IF OUR ATTIC INSULATION GOT WET WHEN THE ROOF LEAKED WITH WATER DAMAGE FROM A ROOF LEAK?
ANSWER: The fluffy type insulation like fiberglass or cellulose will lose its R-value after it has gotten wet because it gets heavier and allows water to permeate other building materials (like the plywood, and wood framing as well as, the gypsum board). Typically, wet insulation should be discarded and replaced with new dry insulation. It’s always important to eliminate the source of the water damage before installing any new insulation or other materials.

QUESTION: OUR HOT WATER HEATER LEAKED AND FILLED OUR BASEMENT WITH A FEW INCHES OF STANDING WATER, SO WE ARE WONDERING IF NE NEED TO HAVE THE WALLS REMOVED AND REPLACED AFTER THIS WATER DAMAGE?
ANSWER: Not necessarily because there are times we are able to dry them and save them from needing to be replaced. Walls with insulation should be cut open at the bottom during water mitigation machine drying to avoid the formation of mold. We would need to assess the damages with our equippment to give an accurate answer as this is answered on a case-by-case basis.

QUESTION: HOW CAN A HOME BE SECURED AFTER STORM WATER DAMAGE OR FLOOD WATER DAMAGE?
ANSWER: If it is safe to do so, make sure, your electricity is turned off. If you can, it's a good idea to shut off main supply valves for water and gas. If your house has a security system, notify the security agency. Lock exterior doors and make sure windows are also locked. If it's not dangerous to do so, it's a good idea to take pictures to document your disaster damage and make notes.

QUESTION: IS IT POSSIBLE FOR ME TO CLEAN UP AND GET RID OF THE SOOT AND SMOKE AFTER A FIRE, TO REMOVE SOOY AND SMOKE DAMAGE ON MY OWN?
ANSWER: You could try, but in most cases we really wouldn’t recommend it as it could lead to additional damage if done incorrectly. For example, soot and fire extinguishing techniques use chemicals that react to your furnishings, upholstery, clothing, etc, and using standard cleaning methods will further damage your stuff! Another example is that regular dry cleaning of your clothes will ruin them. We work with companies who specialize in each type of fire damage repair to ensure that all of your belongings are restored as close to back to pre-fire condition as possible. If you’ve just had a fire, it's best to let professionals assess the damage, and restore your fire damaged property. Different kinds of smoke and soot residues require different kinds of cleaning solutions, and improper treatment can cause the damage to get worse and harder to repair, perhaps even ruining things that could have been cleaned if done properly the first time.

QUESTION: HOW DO I DETERMINE HOW MUCH WATER DAMAGE MY HOME MY HAVE?
ANSWER: It is hard to determine the extent of water damage without trained professionals with technologically advanced machines that can determine the full degree of water damage and where it has affected. Sometimes it can exist in the walls, behind cabinets, and underneath floors. There are special meters and instruments that help find hidden water and sources of the problem. Once the source is found, other specialized equipment can be used for the drying processes.

QUESTION:CAN YOU DIRECT BILL MY INSURANCE COMPANY?
ANSWER: Green Construction is not only a contractor, but a prior licensed insurance adjuster. We will work closely with your insurance company for emergency clean up and then repair. We will help get the most out of your coverage and help the repair process go as smoothly as possible.

QUESTION: HOW QUICKLY SHOULD THE WATER BE REMOVED?
ANSWER: As soon as possible! The faster the origin of the problem is found, the less damage that will result. If water is left for any length of time, microbial growth can begin to form and grow. Once microbial growth begins, remediation becomes an additional step to repair the damage, from dangers such as mold. The quicker the water can be extracted and the drying process starts lessens the amount and costs of damages.

QUESTION: IS IT OK FOR ME TO USE BLEACH TO KILL MOLD I FOUND BEHIND MY WALLPAPER AND/OR TO KILL BLACK MOLD AND OTHER TYPES OF MOLD?
ANSWER: Mold can be tricky and it's best to call a professional so that you and your family do no end up sick from mold exposure down the road when it comes back after home remedies do not kill mold. The use of a chemical or biocide that kills organisms such as mold (chlorine bleach, for example) is not recommended as a routine practice during mold cleanup. In most cases, it is not possible or desirable to sterilize an area; a background level of mold spores will remain - these spores will not likekly grow if the moisture problem has been resolved, but with improper treatment to get rid of mold and the reasons the mold exists in the first place, you will end up with a repeat problem. If you choose to try this on your own, be sure to ventilate the area and exhaust the air to the outdoors. Never mix cleaning solutions or detergents because toxic fumes could be produced creating lung damage or worse! Even dead mold may still cause allergic reactions in some people, so it is not enough to simply kill the mold, it must also be removed. We recommend calling a professional to discuss your options and permanently rid your home of this very serious issue.

QUESTION:WHAT IS SO DANGEROUS ABOUT MOLD?
ANSWER: Mold is mainly dangerous to your health because it can cause allergic reactions to serious illness, such as microscopic mold spores that are present in the air attaching to your lungs, developing serious life threatening concerns! It is more dangerous to infants, children, elderly people, pregnant women, and people with respiratory diseases, a weakened immune system, and those who suffer from allergies or asthma. The common reactions to mold are nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, shortness of breath, wheezing, and mold infections. Living in an area with high mold count could result in chronic respiratory conditions. If you suspect that you have mold in your home or business, please call a professional to remediate mold immediately!

QUESTION: WHERE DOES MOLD GROW?
ANSWER: Microbial growth can be found everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. Usually, mold is found in damp areas, such as the kitchen or bathroom, as well as in the outdoor environment in grass, leaf piles, hay, and mulch. Microbial growth usually results in homes because of some type of leak that causes standing water and then goes undetected or ignored, making the problems worse over time.

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REMODELING

QUESTION: WHY ARE THERE SO MANY HORROR STORIES ABOUT BATHROOM REMODELING AND RENOVATIONS?
ANSWER: The main reason is that the bathroom is the room that people renovate or remodel most often. Secondly, they have to stand up to daily use, steam, water and mildew. But none of these is responsible for the nightmares many have experienced, heard about, or watched on TV. This basically comes down to the fact that the renovation was done poorly. Quality workmanship is not optional. Hire Green Construction and Restoration to get your home remodeling projects done right the first time. 1-800-HIRE-GREEN!

QUESTION: WHAT ARE SOME WARNING SIGNS AND RED FLAGS TO WATCH OUT FOR WHEN HIRING A CONTRACTOR?
ANSWER: Don’t be seduced by the contractor who tries to convince you that all you need is a modest facelift. Though they may initially win you over because you are worried about your wallet, the cover up of underlying problems such as wet insulation, rotting drywall and code violating plumbing will drain your bank account before the job is even done! Focus on this reality check: #1) If your house is over twenty years old, it needs more than a facelift. #2) If you get 3 drastically different quotes, the lowest one is likely not being forthcoming with all the things that may need to be fixed. Take the time to have a thorough inspection of what you have and what is needed, and go over the quotes to compare apples with apples. The rule of thumb for bathrooms is that if tile need to be replaced, you’ve likely got other problems that need looking into. To get an accurate and thorough assessment of your bathroom remodeling project, call GCandR at 1-800-HIRE-GREEN.

QUESTION: WITHOUT PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE, HOW CAN WE TELL THE GOOD CONTRACTORS FROM THOSE WE SHOULD STAY AWAY FROM?
ANSWER: A good contractor provides quality input when you meet to discuss your plans. The good ones will help you realize your dreams without being unrealistic in how to get you there. The bad ones will merely accept your ideas and ask for your signature and your cash. What you want is the contractor who does a thorough inspection and demonstrates extensive knowledge of what is needed and what the options to get you what you want really are. Never assume that all contractors know the latest building technologies, products and code requirements and laws. You want the industry leader, not a follower. Visit our blog to help you with these decisions.

QUESTION: WHAT SORTS OF NEWER INDUSTRY INNOVATIONS ARE WORTH CONSIDERATION?
ANSWER: All innovative products and services are worth consideration because you want the best of what is available within your budget, of course. Some of the most important things we can recommend are anything to do with offering assurance against moisture, mold, wasting energy to make your monthly utility bills higher. Drywall, for example, is just a wick for moisture, so you'll end up with unbelievable mold if you go cheap on that aspect of building materials. Proper ventilation is not only the minimum for building codes, but It is also a key to reducing moisture problems down the road. Find out what options are available today to properly ventilate your bathroom with energy efficient and air circulating windows, fans, and quality building materials. We have a Resources page devoted to manufacturers and topics like this with things that we recommend to help you make these decisions well.

QUESTION: HOW MUCH SHOULD A FULL BATHROOM RENOVATION COST?
ANSWER: There are too many variables to make a definitive answer to this question. At the end of the day, you have to know what you can afford and how that matches with what needs to be done. The right contractor can help you make an informed decision. Take the time to meet with qualified contractors and discuss ideas and options. A true remodeling professional will always look for what is best, and provide you with real information to help educate you on design options and cost. A GOOD remodeling professional will inform you, not sell you.

Average Bathroom Remodeling Costs
As a remodeler we are often asked what are some average cost for a given remodeling project. The cost of any remodeling project will vary depending on the type of materials used and the overall complexity of the project. The design of the project can also determine the resale value of the project along with the recouped cost estimates. The following numbers are averages based on remodeling projects to give you some ideas.
Basic Bathroom Remodel:
Job Cost $8,321 | Resale Value $7,180 | Cost Recouped 84.4%
Midrange Bathroom Remodel
: Job Cost $17,304 | Resale Value $9,516 | Cost Recouped 55.0%
Upscale Bathroom Remodel:
Job Cost $39,020 | Resale Value $19,091 | Cost Recouped 48.3%
(These averages are based on Illinois Area Remodeling Cost vs Value Report 2010-11.)

QUESTION:WHAT MAKES A KITCHEN REMODELING PROJECT MORE OR LESS EXPENSIVE?
ANSWER: Cabinets account for about half the total cost of the project and will have the greatest impact on your budget. They range in price considerably based on quality, the type of material they are made of, and whether they are stock (ready-made in specific sizes) or custom (produced specifically for your kitchen in whatever sizes are needed). The other big expense may be in solid surface counter tops, such as granite or quartz. We have a Remodeling Design Center at 190 Colony Street in Meriden, CT and the 20/20 Design program to assist you with seeing your vision for your new kitchen remodeling project!


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Some of the services we offer: General Construction, General Contracting, Kitchen Remodeling, Bathroom Remodeling, Cabinet Installation, Countertop Installation, Laminate Countertops, Backsplash, Finish Plumbing, FInish Electrical, Carpet, Tile, Soot Cleaning, Fire Damage Restoration, Fire Repair, Fire Cleanup, Fire Clean up, Emergency Water Removal, Replace Drywall Ceiling, Epoxy Flooring, Painting, Exterior Painting, Interior Painting, Power Washing, Windows Installation, Wood Framing, HVAC, Rough Plumbing, Flooring Installation, Laminate, Carpet Cleaning, Smoke Damage Restoration, Smoke Removal, Smoke Odor Removal, Board ups, Fire Restoration Companies, Furnace Puff Backs, Water Mitigation, Disaster Recovery, Home Water Damage, Spray Seal, Tree Service, Hail Damage Repair, Storm Damage Repair, Fire Remediation, Water Damage Restoration, Flood Damage Restoration, Fire Restoration, Deck Construction, Kitchen Design, House Remodeling, Hardwood Floor Installation, Siding Installation, Roofing, Rough Electrical, Insulation, Drywall, Finish Carpentry, Sanding & Refinishing, Wood Flooring, Water Extraction, Soot Damage Restoration, Soot Removal, Garage Door Installation,Garage Doors, Fire & Water Restoration, Roof Tarping, Appliance Installation, Asbestos Abatement, Debris Removal, Disaster Recovery, Disaster Clean up, Fire Water Restoration, Smoke Remediation, Induction Restoration, Fire Restoration Services, Professional Restoration Company, Professional Fire Restoration, Professional Restoration Companies, Fire Restoration, Lead Abatement, Disaster Cleanup, Sheetrock

Some Areas We Service Throughout Connecticut: Branford, CT, Guilford, CT, Madison, CT, Westbrook, CT, Old Lyme, CT, Lyme, CT, East Lyme, CT, Mystic, CT, North Stonington, CT, Stonington, CT, Groton Long Point, CT, Old Saybrook, CT, Essex, CT, Killingworth, CT, Clinton, CT, Easton, CT, Roxbury, CT, Granby, CT, W. Granby, CT, Washington, CT, Washington Depot, CT, Darien, CT, Greenwich, CT, Old Greenwich, CT, Weston, CT, Weatogue, CT, New Canaan, CT, Wilton, CT, Westbrook, CT, Portland, CT, Cos Cob, CT, Woodbridge, CT, Glastonbury, CT, South Glastonbury, CT, Rocky Hill, CT, East Hampton, CT, Windham, CT, Vernon, CT, Manchester, CT, Stamford, CT, Norwalk, CT, Burlington, CT, Farmington, CT, Southington, CT, Simsbury, CT, West Simsbury, CT, Fairfield, CT, Southport, CT, Westport, CT, Canton, CT, Canton Center, CT, Guilford, CT, New Haven, CT, North Haven, CT, East Haven, CT, West Haven, CT, Hamden, CT, Newington, CT, South Windsor, CT, Hartford, CT, West Hartford, CT, Sharon, CT, Cornwall, CT Avon, CT, Cheshire, CT, Cheshire Village, CT, Wallingford, CT, Meriden, CT, Middletown, CT, Cheshire, CT, Stratford, CT, Bristol, CT, Southbury, CT, Niantic, CT



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From Jackie, Manchester, CT

We got a call from our insurance company making an appointment for a follow-up appointment to come back to our home. Why? Are they coming to deny our claim?

GCandR, Meriden, CT

Occasionally insurance compnanies have a Quality Assurance Audit just to make sure the job is being done and that everything you needed that is being covered in the insurance claim is actually being done. This is just an added measure to protect you.