The True Value of a Restoration Company

When a fire, flood, water leak, mold growth or other issue that makes your home either inhabitable or just an inconvenience to deal with, you must decide “Will I clean this up myself, or hire a pro?”

While some small, minor “disasters” can be tackled by a do-it-yourselfer, most restoration projects are best left to the pros.

Here’s why.

Safety

Obviously, keeping your family and loved ones safe is important to you. When dealing with disaster issues, what might seem like a minor issue may actually be a dangerous situation. Water damage, even from the smallest leaks, can result in mold growth. Wet materials that might seem to be drying out could hold moisture in hidden areas. Smoke from a fire can be dangerous as well.

Back to normal

Anyone that has never suffered from a loss might not understand the emotions, frustrations and feeling of hopelessness that are common during a restoration project. Using a professional company means things move along quickly, and you are back in your home or able to use damaged rooms as soon as possible. Doing it yourself can make the project drag on for days longer than necessary, often with undesirable results.

Insurance coverage

Water, fire, smoke, wind, mold… what’s covered? And what’s not? Insurance policies are difficult to interpret, yet a professional disaster restoration company works with insurance companies every day, so they are best equipped to help you through the process of dealing with insurance agents and adjusters. You want to be treated fairly and receive fair coverage from your insurance company. Having a qualified, reputable restoration contractor in your corner helps with the entire process.

Do what’s right. Call your disaster restoration company when you suffer any type of loss. Call 5 Star Restoration Specialists Inc. today at (847) 599-9036.

5 Star Restoration Specialists Inc Receives 2017 Best of Waukegan Award in Fire & Water Damage Restoration

Waukegan Award Program Honors the Achievement

WAUKEGAN March 27, 2017 — 5 Star Restoration Specialists Inc has been selected for the 2017 Best of Waukegan Award in the Fire & Water Damage Restoration category by the Waukegan Award Program.

Each year, the Waukegan Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Waukegan area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2017 Waukegan Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Waukegan Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Waukegan Award Program

The Waukegan Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Waukegan area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Waukegan Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Waukegan Award Program

CONTACT:
Waukegan Award Program
Email: PublicRelations@onlineawarded.org
URL: http://www.onlineawarded.org

5 Star Restoration Receives 2017 Best of Waukegan Award

Waukegan Award Program Honors the Achievement

WAUKEGAN March 27, 2017 — 5 Star Restoration has been selected for the 2017 Best of Waukegan Award in the Carpet & Rug Cleaners category by the Waukegan Award Program.

Each year, the Waukegan Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Waukegan area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2017 Waukegan Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Waukegan Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Waukegan Award Program

The Waukegan Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Waukegan area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Waukegan Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Waukegan Award Program

CONTACT:
Waukegan Award Program
Email: PublicRelations@onlineawarded.org
URL: http://www.onlineawarded.org

Detergents, Soaps and More

When it comes to your home, you usually have two prime, important goals in mind: Keep your home clean and keep your home healthy. Family is important to you.

To do that, it takes a lot of thought. Not about your cleaning technique… but about the products you choose to do the cleaning.

When you wander the cleaning supply aisle at your favorite department or big-box store, the options are endless. The list of ingredients is long and the descriptive words are confusing. While a scientist working in a laboratory knows what those ingredients are, it’s not your fault that they mystify you.

What do you really need to know? The basics. Here they are.

Detergent versus Soap

Most of the products you use are “detergents” — in that they are man-made or synthetic. They clean great, and usually don’t leave a sticky residue. Soap, on the other hand, is natural, clean great as well, yet can leave a sticky residue if not rinsed off completely. Choose either one, but keep in mind the residue issue. You don’t want to clean a surface and then have the sunlight shine on it and show you a white, sticky residue.

Surfactants

This weird word you might have heard of is the active cleaning agent. It stands for “surface active agent” and in layman’s terms it “makes water wetter.” Think of a waxed surface. The water beads up. Yet if you add a little dish detergent, which has surfactants, the water spreads out. Surfactants allow water to penetrate surfaces, which is how we clean.

pH
pH can be confusing, but it doesn’t have to be. It is simply a measurement of alkalinity and acidity. Consider a lemon. It’s acidic. So is coffee, tea and most foods. Most of your cleaning products are going to be alkaline, the opposite of acidic. When you have an upset stomach, you reach for an antacid, because the alkalinity in the antacid will counteract the acid that is upsetting your stomach. Cleaning is like that, balancing pH, in addition to using surfactants so water can do its job.

But the bottom line when it comes to choosing products? Choose a reputable brand. One that has good consumer reviews. And when you really want to know what’s best for your home when it comes to cleaning… contact your favorite cleaning company. They have the intel.

“Hey, guess what won’t work if you’re trying to put out a grease fire?”

WATER!!!

Do NOT pour water on it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let me say that again, DO NOT pour water on it.

 

In fact, water will just spread the grease around and make the fire bigger! Be safe. Attempt to remove all oxygen from the flame. After you turn off the heat try putting a lid on the pan. If you can’t cover it, dump baking soda (lots of it) on it.

Baking Soda puts out fires by releasing carbon dioxide and smothering the fire, but if your fire is burning violently enough, the convection created by the fire pulls in enough oxygen to offset the smothering effect.

Now, although this is for home cooking. Fire experts recommend using a Class B dry chemical fire extinguisher. That works best, although you will have a big, sticky mess to clean up. Hey, at least it’s safer! You want a Halon fire extinguisher (preferably an automatic one) or some Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF).

Some fire experts also recommend pouring salt on a grease fire. Salt apparently is a great absorber of heat for its volume. It sucks so much heat out of the grease that it simply can’t support combustion anymore.

Water extinguishers should NEVER be used in a kitchen. Between grease fires and electrical fires, it’s almost universally the wrong extinguisher to use. Fortunately, there aren’t too many of these around now.

Remember to always stay safe. Call your local fire department immediately if you are not able to control or put the fire out!

When the fire has been put out make sure to call a professional fire damage restoration company. They can help with the aftermath. Cleaning up after a fire can be overwhelming. 5 Star Restoration Specialists Inc. can assist. Call (847) 599-9036 today!