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  1. David S
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    what are the bare essentials equipment needed to start off it water restoration? I know i can add equipment as i go along but what do i need to get started?
    your advice is greatly appreciated
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    You need to see @Matt Wood post in Mikey's post about adding services.
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    Look on Craigslist and see what you can find cheap. Buy new as you grow and keep the used as overflow.

    Residential, a couple of dehumidifiers (lgr) 6-8 airmovers, water claw, moisture meters. A thermal camera if you have the budget.
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    Know your market. Starting with small homes? Large homes in your area? Going after commercial?

    I started with residential only. Typical home was 1200 - 2000 sq. ft.

    Truckmount and Water Claw or other extraction tools
    2 medium LGR type dehus
    12 air movers - mostly centrifugal but some radial as well
    Training classes - WRT, ASD and something to help you market. Maybe the Restoration Strategies Turbocharged class or Build a Better Business; Sooner or later Strategies for Sucess.
    Meters including hygrometer, pinless and pin type meters of good or better quality
    Thermal camera if you can afford it.
    Package can be $10,000 to $20,000 if you already have the truckmount; considerably more if you need the truckmount.

    Money for marketing or at least a lot of time devoted to marketing. Most areas are rather heavy with competition.
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    Check your local laws. Do you need a contractors license?
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    Thanks a lot. What about a water extractor? Just a decent hepa wet/dry shop vac?
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    You need auto pump-out capable. Flood Guzzler, Flood King, Drieaz HVE 3000 are all great portable extractors.
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    Thank you Scott. I do have my IICRC Fire and smoke and IICRC WRT. I'm looking at equipment arm so your advice is really helpful. I'm sue I'll be asking more questions A LOT!
    Thanks
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    I was looking at a nilfisk alto attic 50 wet/dry hepa from safety express. Hope that's sufficient.
    Thanks again.
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    If it doesn't have auto pump out ability, you need to pass. You can easily run into 50-60 100 gallons or more. Stopping to dump can be very inefficient.

    You need the productivity of the auto pump out to make money.
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    You’ll need dependable help
    Give up now
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    will look in to see if it has an auto pump out. Thanks
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