As Illinois’ top home restoration experts, we tend to receive many of the same questions from homeowners who have had both minor and significant damage to their homes. In today’s post, we’ll answer some of the most common questions our restoration company receives. If you don’t see the question you’re looking for, or if you’re interested in learning more about what Midwest Restoration Services can do for you, you can get in touch with us by phone or email! We’re happy to help you with any questions you have about our restoration services.

What Should I Do After Water Has Damaged My Home?

Whether your home has been damaged by a burst pipe or a flood, the first thing you should do is ensure that the water damage has come to a halt. If your home was damaged by a burst pipe, you should immediately call an emergency plumbing service to ensure that the leak has been stopped. Every situation is different, but safety should always be your first priority. Check for signs of structural damage and warping before entering your property if your home has been damaged by a flood or heavy rainfall.

You should then get in touch with your insurance company to inform them about the damage to your home. Take pictures and make sure that you’ve written down as much information about the damage as possible, as this will make the entire insurance claim process significantly easier. After your insurance company has been alerted and informed of the situation, you should contact a restoration company to inspect your home. At Midwest Restoration Services, we’ll come to your home and inspect its structure as well as items that have been damaged. Our water damage experts can restore a wide range of personal items, including electronics and artwork.

Is Smoke Damage Permanent? What Can I Do to Restore My Belongings After a Fire? 

In most cases, smoke damage after a home fire will not go away on its own. This is because, like cigarette smoke, smoke from a home fire actually permeates the surfaces it comes into contact with. Surfaces such as drywall, granite, and paint will all absorb smoke from a fire, leaving you with a home that constantly smells like ash and soot. The best way to restore your home’s air quality after a fire is to contact a restoration company. We utilize cutting-edge deodorizing technology that will provide you with the best chance of restoring your home’s air quality.

As far as restoring your belongings after a fire, whether or not you can restore your belongings depends on the item in question. Leather furniture and wooden items can be restored and reupholstered easily, but items like fine art and fabrics that have come into contact with soot are difficult to fully restore.

Is Cleaning My Chimney Really That Important?

Yes! In fact, regularly cleaning your chimney is one of the best ways to prevent a fire from occurring in your home. Although the chimney is supposed to allow ash and soot to leave the home safely, these substances will slowly accumulate on the inside of the chimney. A buildup of soot can create the perfect conditions for a chimney fire, as it can be easily reignited under the right conditions.

You don’t have to clean your chimney yourself — the Chimney Safety Institute of America has experts across the United States that can help you keep your chimney clean and safe throughout the year. The Chimney Safety Institute of America recommends that homeowners schedule chimney inspections at least once each year, and perhaps more frequently if you use your fireplace often. You’d be surprised to learn how much ash and soot can build up in a chimney, even if it isn’t used frequently.

We hope that you’ve found this blog post informative. Stay tuned for future posts in which we’ll continue to answer the most common questions we receive about home restoration. Midwest Restoration Services proudly serves Batavia and the surrounding areas with unparalleled restoration services. Whether your home has been affected by fire damage, mold damage, or water damage, we’ll help you restore your home as quickly as possible. We offer free estimates, so don’t hesitate to get in touch with our restoration company!

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