3D Technology Gives Homeowners Peace of Mind Throughout Disaster Recovery and Restoration Process
3D scanning technology is helping residential customers recover from storm, fire, and water damage quicker than ever before while eliminating many of the stresses and inconveniences homeowners face following a disaster.
SERVPRO of NW Charlotte, Lincoln County, Southern and NE Gaston County is one of the first restoration companies in the greater Charlotte area to adopt Matterport’s reality capture technology for comprehensive loss documentation. Using a 3D camera follows property insurance and restoration standards while also adding another transparency level for homeowners and adjusters.
“The Matterport is an amazing technology with far-reaching benefits for homeowners and adjusters,” said Jason Sadler, SERVPRO of Northwest Charlotte’s mitigation estimating manager. “It streamlines the entire loss documentation process by capturing a home in its current state and measuring every inch with 99 percent accuracy.”
As SERVPRO’s Matterport ambassador, Sadler trains restoration specialists to use the 3D camera to scan damaged properties and document everything visually and dimensionally. Removing human error from the process results in a comprehensive and accurate record of a property’s condition and inventory.
“We provide homeowners with more precise loss documentation and repair estimates required for insurance claims. Using the 3D technology eliminates the need to spend hours at a site taking hundreds of 2D photographs and measurements,” he said. “Because the camera captures all the necessary data, our customers and adjuster know they can trust us because this technology is going to hold us accountable.”
Homeowners benefit from expedited claims process
Residential clients are happy that SERVPRO of NW Charlotte, Lincoln County, Southern and NE Gaston County has implemented scanning solution technology because it helps speed up the claims process and offers them peace of mind. Meanwhile, it allows adjusters to review scans and take precise measurements from their computer rather than spend hours doing it at a job site and keep the claim process moving forward.
“Our goal is to make our clients’ houses feel like home again as quickly as possible after disaster strikes and the Matterport technology helps expedite the settlement of claims,” he said. “Essentially, this is a third-party entity performing documentation for us. It’s scanning and providing a floor plan for us, the adjuster and the client. Project managers and adjusters aren’t doing it. The camera is doing it now.”
There’s no longer a need to argue about measurements or pre-existing conditions, negotiate different functions of an estimate, or try and determine if a scratch on a kitchen floor was there before or after work started. All these issues are settled by the fact that the camera can capture such finite details, Sadler said.
“It’s also been a tremendous help for SERVPRO’s in-house team that handles personal property and contents. If there’s a fire or substantial water damage, it might require packing out an entire home and then restaging it after the restoration is completed,” Sadler said. “Of course, we label and document everything, but 3D scans allow the team to put a home back together exactly how it was supposed to be before the fire, water or storm disaster happened.”
Customer connection throughout disaster recovery process
Residential clients can easily access their homes’ 3D scans and loss documentation from anywhere via a secure web link on Matterport’s website, where the content is stored. The technology keeps homeowners informed and connected throughout the entire recovery and restoration process.
“It gives a lot of clarity into what's going on with a claim or property, which benefits homeowners and adjusters,” Sadler said. “They put more trust in us because we're offering documentation that's far and wide better than anybody else documenting a claim traditionally.”
We’re locally owned and operated and part of the Mecklenburg, Lincoln and Gaston communities. Our residential restoration and cleaning technicians are employees, not contractors. They can respond 24/7 to homeowner emergencies with the most advanced cleaning equipment, products and 3D technology. To learn more, call us anytime at (704) 393-7890 or request help online.