At Cornerstone, we’ve spent years working with families and businesses whose property has been damaged by fire. Our role is to fully restore the property to its previous condition, including repairing both structural and cosmetic damage. During our time in this industry, we’ve had the opportunity to work with numerous fire safety professionals, loss adjusters and others. Here are a few of the top tips we’ve gleaned. Most of these take less than 10 minutes to implement and, can massively improve the outcome in case of fire.
Hopefully, you’ll live your whole life without experiencing a fire at either your home or business. However, a few minutes’ work now can make a big difference should the worst happen. Most of these tips will also give you a measure of protection from other disasters, such as flood, structural subsidence, dry rot, storm damage etc.
Cornerstone’s reports and feedback data exceed the demand for excellence in insured damage management restoration.
Our team have pioneered change within the industry by developing restorative know-how and best practice approach to both insured and uninsured losses.
Historical buildings, sensitive materials, cutting edge and innovative constructions, commercial losses and business continuity are just some of the challenges Cornerstone has overcome to ensure a deliverable solution.
Through clear and concise factual reporting data we provide an overall assessment of the property or item and its history. We identify current and pre- existing conditions with an unambiguous conclusion and recommended restorative processes based upon up-todate and appropriate best practice. Cornerstone provides query resolutions to insurers, loss adjusters and professionals seeking advice in response to reported loss potential resulting in reduced fraudulent activity. Our service is aimed at supplying the best possible problem resolution via a myriad of investigative methods including:
With a range of reporting formats on offer, Cornerstone tailors reports to suit our customers’ specific requirements in conjunction with the reported incident. Reports can be aligned to new or existing losses, the practices of a particular restorative company or individual, or establishing best practice for sensitive losses.
Provided to analyse third party restoration reports and associated charges, this officebased reactive service utilises moisture calculations and industry recognised best practice to review the suitability and capacity of equipment used.
The audit will also cross-check evidence to validate charges and restorative timescales. Cornerstone will deliver a detailed report highlighting inconsistencies and an independent conclusion.
Utilising a range of technical processes including a moisture survey and mapping, chemical analyses, thermography etc, this site inspection identifies possible causes of moisture problems within structures.
Undertaken on site, these inspections aim to validate Drying Certificates supplied by third party drying companies by providing a moisture report of loss affected areas. This takes place prior to the reinstatement of moisture sensitive materials.
Please note that an additional charge may be incurred if concrete slabs are to be surveyed utilising methods detailed in BS8203:2001. This will depend on the urgency of reporting required and, any additional charges would be confirmed prior to the report commencing.
This site investigation looks into an array of conditions including short and longterm moisture problems, mould activity, salts development and fire contamination analyses. Failure of reinstatement materials post restorative drying, typically flooring materials, culminates in a detailed report and conclusion in which all investigative methods are clearly defined.
Cornerstone’s project management expertise ensures a smooth transition from contract to completion. This service includes controlling on site activity, interacting with subcontractors, programming reinstatement works and reporting to clients as requested.
Project management would normally be provided following the submission of a ‘Loss report or ‘Full technical assessment’.
Cornerstone’s loss reports clearly identify and quantify commercial, complicated and high net worth restorative works including structure type & restoration features.
In addition to confirming reported loss, identifying possible policy cover inconsistencies and hazardous materials and conditions, the report also maps the extent of the loss and calculates equipment requirements taking into account loss type and material sensitivity.
“The reports are comprehensive, the service friendly and the costs reasonable.”
Graeme Dewar – Chartered Surveyor – Director BSc (Hons) MRICS MaPS – GD Surveyors Ltd
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After a flooding, some business owners decide to undertake the clear up themselves and refrain from hiring a specialist company to help. However, this can have some negative effects on the building and the company, so why is hiring a specialist company important? See our Flood Damage Restoration page for services.
Undertaking the restoration yourself, taking time away from your own work and buying all the materials needed will likely cost you more than hiring a company to do the work for you. Equipment used in flood restoration is heavy duty and specialised machinery, therefore unless you know exactly what you are doing and what the equipment is capable of, it is best to hire professionals that can complete this work safely and successfully. Restoration can take a lot of time and resources to complete, hence using a company that will likely require a number of workers undertaking the process with state of the art equipment, will keep the time taken to restore your building to a minimum.
When a building has been flooded there are often a lot more problems that come along with it and with some you might not be able to notice from just looking around. Professionals will know how to spot and search for other damages such as mould. If this goes untreated it can cause health problems or further damage to your business down the line, therefore spotting these other issues is vital. A professional restoration company will have the resources to detect and eliminate these contributory problems, as well as dealing with the initial flooding.
With some companies, like Cornerstone false floors, walls and boxed-in drying equipment being deployed means businesses are able to get back to work as quickly as possible, reducing the potential for many weeks business disruption. This unique approach helps keep businesses on track after they have experienced a difficult time. Therefore we recognise that when your office is damaged in a flood it can be very stressful for employees and business owners and that using a specialist company can help take the pressure off and get your company back up and running as quickly as possible.
At Cornerstone we fully understand how traumatic flooding events can be and the destruction it causes, and therefore we strive to be transparent in our decision making. We ensure our seamless process incorporates front-end client or policyholder interaction to confirm loss identification and any consequential health & safety issues. And, during the restorative period, the office based team will undertake pre-agreed channels of communication to ensure the client or policyholder are kept fully informed and that expectations are met.
Our unique surveyor–led system guarantees a uniform approach to affected materials and processes in accordance with Cornerstone Method Statements, reducing restoration timescales and returning quantifiable cost savings for both our clients and customers.
Mould is an issue that effects many homes around the UK. Mould grows where there is moisture, so is mainly found in areas such as kitchens, bathrooms and basements. Exposure to these damp and mouldy environments can cause various health issues for some people, including nasal stuffiness, throat irritation, coughing or wheezing, eye irritation and in some cases skin irritation, so it is important that you get rid of it and prevent it. Many people however are unsure of the warning signs of mould and some of them are actually quite difficult to spot, so here are some ways to tell if your property has a problem.
In some areas it is easy to spot the appearance of mould, with it having slimy features and a dark green, black or yellow coloration. These are often found on walls and ceilings and develop into a more hairy appearance as the mould matures. Mould also easily rubs off the surface, which might seem like good news, but actually means it is more likely to have gone airborne, so you will still need to eliminate it from the source and prevent it from happening. Mould can grow underneath your flooring or behind your walls, so you might find bubbles and cracks in your paint and wallpaper and your walls could look warped.
Mould has a very strong smell, especially when it is confined to one area of your property. Even if you can’t see the mould itself it could be confiding in your walls or behind your wallpaper, so if you have a musty smell that you can’t quite pinpoint it could well be a sign that your property has mould.
Are the residents in your home starting to have health issues, such as coughing or breathing issues, that don’t appear to be because of a cold or flu? Do these symptoms subside when they leave the house and come back when they return? This could be a good indicator that your house has mould, which is causing these problems.
If you have excessive moisture on your windows or condensation in your building from your pipes, it will indicate there is a lot of moisture in your home, making it a great breeding ground for mould, so can indicate that mould is already present in your property. If you have had problems such a leak you are at more risk of having mould. Basements are very susceptible to getting mould as they often don’t have a lot of ventilation and often very cold, so if your house has a basement it is important to check this out for damp and mould.
If you need help diagnosing whether your home has mould, Cornerstone have years of experience in diagnosing condensation, mould and fugal growth. Along with their experienced expertise, Cornerstone use a Remote Monitoring service of internal atmospheric conditions and give a detailed structural moisture survey that help clearly identify the existence of mould and where it is coming from.