With over 26 years of experience, A-1 Restoration has successfully restored thousands of residential, commercial, and industrial properties in Illinois and Southern Wisconsin!

fire damage tips

Has a fire damaged your home?

Let the experts at A-1 clean it up just like before!

Here are some useful tips if the unfortunate strikes.
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  • Wear plastic gloves when handling painted items so no fingerprints are left. Oil from your fingers can set in and leave permanent marks.
  • Use coffee grounds in a fire damaged room to help mask the smell of smoke.
  • Use Ammonia based cleaning products (like Windex) to clean smoke damaged surfaces like counter tops and appliances.
  • Use old towels on furniture so you don’t accidentally embed the smoke particles into the upholstery.
  • If power is lost, empty refrigerator and freezer contents immediately.
  • Change HVAC filter and add cheesecloth over supply vents so you are not circulating soot throughout your home.
  • Wondering why there are so many spider webs in your home after a fire? Those are actually smoke webs caused by the fire!

water damage restoration in Rockford

Has your home been ravaged by flooding, frozen pipes or water damage?  The friendly team at A-1 can help!

Here are some useful tips if the unfortunate strikes.
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  • Add aluminum foil or plastic lids underneath stained furniture legs in water damaged area so the stain does not bleed onto your carpet.
  • In sewer losses, use different or shoes to avoid cross contaminating other areas of the home. For example, if the sewer loss was in your basement, change your shoes at the top of the stairs.
  • In sewer losses, DO NOT take contaminated items into a non-contaminated carpeted area. For example, moving contaminated cardboard boxes into your living that wasn’t affected.
  • During the summer months, run your AC at a lower temperature to help keep humidity levels down in the house. The colder your keep your house, the slower the mold growth will occur.
  • Take any colored rugs and remove them from any water damaged carpeting to avoid bleeding.
  • If your ceiling is sagging from holding too much water, use a broom handle to poke a hole and catch the water into a bucket. This will help relieve the stress from the water and keep the ceiling from caving in.
  • If water level is up to or near the electrical outlets, DO NOT attempt to enter the area and call the professionals at A-1 Restoration right away.

storm damage tips

Has storm damage taken it’s toll on your home?  Let A-1 help clean up, repair the damage, and fix you up so you can rest easy!

Here are some useful tips if the unfortunate strikes.
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  • If you are going to tarp your roof, Illinois law requires you to cover any open penetrations in your roof with plywood to avoid any accidents.
  • Call your electrical service provider if tree branches have ripped the overhead power away from your home.
  • DO NOT attempt to repair this yourself.
  • To see if you have had hail damage, look at all the soft metals on your home (fascia, soffit, gutters, and downspouts). You will see small pings in the metal indicating hail damage.
  • If you have missing roof shingles, don’t worry about matching colors as those repairs can be made later. Just patch it right away to prevent further water damage.

mold damage tips

Has your home been damaged by mold or other mold-like substances?  A-1’s team can come in and clean it the right way to keep you and your family safe!

Here are some useful tips if the unfortunate strikes.
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  • Remember, since mold comes from moisture, if there growth in your home, the mold must be cleaned up AND the water issue must be repaired as well.
  • If possible, control the contamination source as close as possible so that it does not spread.
  • If you think the issue is coming from your HVAC unit, do not run the system until you have properly eliminated it as a possibility
  • Do not use paint or caulk over mold to hide it.  This will likely peel and the contamination issue could still be there.
  • Re-visit the site shortly after cleanup to check for further signs of mold growth or water damage.