Interior Restoration

September 30, 2019by Glenn Hoftsra0

The last thing any homeowner wants to deal with is water damage. The mitigation process can be taxing, as you’ll have to set aside time and money to get your home back to its original state. When flooding does occur, the basement is usually the first place it will affect. Add a continuous string of storms and leaky foundation to the equation, and your home will start taking on water faster than a sinking ship. When you first notice water creeping into your home, no matter where it is, it’s time to act. Immediate mediation will prevent the damage from becoming worse and save you money.

Before You Begin

It’s important to know that cleaning up your home after water damage is a labor-intensive project that is going to take some time. Thankfully, there are a few tried and true steps you can follow that will make the chore more tolerable. However, to get the most out of your time and money, you’ll want to consider hiring a professional. Aloha Restoration Co., for example, is happy to come and help clean up the mess. We are experts in flood water mitigation and home restoration. But if you’re a rugged individualist and want to do it yourself, we understand. Follow these steps and you will be on your way to a dry basement once again.

Remove Your Belongings

The moment you notice water in your home, it’s time to start the repair process. First, you’ll want to move any furniture, appliances, or electronic devices out of the area. If the water is solely collecting in a corner or a small puddle, you can just move your furniture to a dry section of the room. Several inches of water on the floor, however, will require moving everything out of the area or to a higher level of the house. Even if you don’t move them out of the room, you should still unplug any electronic devices or appliances to reduce the risk of electrocution. If the area is taking on extreme amounts of water, it’s best to cut off the electricity to the entire house.

Get Rid of the Water

After the flooding subsides, it’s time to get rid of the water. Allowing the water to sit in your home any longer than necessary will lead to more problems. Standing water will begin to seep into the subfloor, and if it’s wood, will start to rot. If this goes on too long, it will be necessary to replace your flooring. Further, similar to a sponge, drywall will begin to soak up the water. Watermarks will soon appear and will act as a sign as to how far up the wall the water made it. This is why it’s imperative to get the water out as fast as you can.

The amount of water that made it in your home will dictate how you get rid of it. Homeowners can soak up small volumes with mops, towels, and buckets. If the room has floor drains, push the water toward that direction. You’ll also want to look outside and make sure the sewers are clear and free of backups. If you find something is blocking the sewer, the water will have nowhere to go. So eventually, any water you send down the drain will make its way back into the house. In this case, take the water outside and dump it in the yard away from your home. For those who have standing water in their house that is more than one inch deep, it’s time to obtain a wet-dry vacuum and pump. Set up the machine where the water is the deepest and run a hose out of the house. Turn it on and let the pump do its job. However, before plugging in anything electric, make sure the cords are out of the water and it is safe to proceed.

Dry the Area

After removing the majority of the water, it is time to dry the area. Keep using the wet-dry vacuum to get every last bit of water off the floor. Open all the windows to let some fresh air into the house—the extra air will help any remaining water evaporate. Further, set up every fan you own and put them on full blast. If you have a dehumidifier, turn that on too. The faster you dry the affected area, the less likely that mold will be able to form. Mold thrives in damp areas and will quickly spread if given the opportunity.

Any area with carpet will take a lot longer to dry. More likely than not, homeowners will have to tear up and take out the carpet. This is because getting water out of padding and carpet is next to impossible. It will never be 100% dry, and over time, will begin to attract mold. It will then start to smell musty and damp. It is better to get rid of the carpeting now, while the room is empty, so you can easily replace it. Setting the room back up on damp carpet will only delay the inevitable.

Once the house is dry and empty, call a mold specialist to get an assessment. It will be easier for them to look at the damage if the room is still empty. The possibility of mold growth increases after flooding, so call in a professional who can advise you on how to prevent or get rid of it.

Assess the Damage

Once everything is dry, you can start assessing the damage. Closely inspect the furniture and anything else that was in the room that may have had contact with the water. Upon checking its condition, you can decide if it is worth keeping. You’ll want to properly dispose of anything that is too damaged to keep. Many homeowners will put items on the curb for the garbage man to take or, if they have a lot of damage, invest in a dumpster. It’s important to note that many cities have a limit as to how much the garbage service can (or will) take. If you have a lot to get rid of, we recommend renting a dumpster.

Cleaning Up Your Home After Water Damage infographic


December 15, 2017by martin0

Receiving a Torch Award from the Better Business Bureau is an honor to select businesses. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) Torch Award honors businesses that have been “Doing It Right – Ethically.” This year, we are pleased to announce that we have received one of nine 2017 Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics!! As we always say, being local roofers and siding contractors is simply the tip of the ice berg. Our goals and aspirations are so much more!

“Companies receiving the Torch Award have distinguished themselves as businesses that operate in an ethical manner,” says Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “They know the importance of their customers, employees, community members and other stakeholders to their business’ success. This is at the heart of why the BBB conducts the Torch Award program. We want to encourage businesses to do their best because it benefits everyone.”

We won the 2017 Torch Award For Marketplace Ethics for our charitable work in the field and our forward thinking company culture. A panel of 15 independent judges highlighted our partnership with Omni Youth services the all-expense paid Christmas shopping spree for children in need, our work sending a child with Congenital Heart Disease and 12 of his friends to their first Bulls Game, our efforts with the Bloomington, Illinois Boy’s and Girl’s Club, and our internal employee incentive programs as just a few reasons why we received this coveted award.

For more information, check out the full news release at:


October 26, 2017by martin4

At Aloha Restoration, Co., we strive to be more than restoration experts and interior remodeling pros. This time around, we’ve put together a contest for the parents of our local communities! This month, we’ve opted to use our Aloha Restoration, Co. BOX SUITE at the United Center to give away 12 VIP tickets to parents whose kids are the “BIGGEST” Bulls fans for November 12th’s game vs. Kawhi Leonard, Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker, and LaMarcus Aldridge of the San Antonio Spurs!  

To see the Bulls take on the Spurs in our ALOHA BOX SUITE on 11/11/17, all you have to do is:

  1. Like our Facebook page
  2. Send us your email in a private message
  3. Please include why  your child & their group of friends are the biggest BULLS FANS/deserve to go to the game (CREATIVITY ENCOURAGED)
  4. Share this post on your personal Facebook page! 

Winners will be selected and announced on our Facebook on Monday 11/3/17!

That’s it! Pure and simple…

Fingers crossed and good luck!


August 23, 2017by martin0

Aloha Restoration, Co: More than just Contractors

As a family-owned and operated interior restoration & remodeling company, we understand the importance of building lasting relationships between ourselves and the community. Our core beliefs & our local background lay the ground-work for a company that wants to do well and provide for others.

Simply put, working on your home takes time, energy, and a lot of care. Although we may make mistakes along the way; we take service, security, and safety very seriously. Outside of these core values, there are specific reasons we decided to specialize in Mold RemediationWater RemediationFire Damage CleanupGeneral Contractor – Remodel, and Carpet Cleaning. These reasons are the driving factors to why we are who we are. Let’s dive in:

Indoor combustion of Solid Fuels (Mold) can become fatal

According to the World Health Organization, a shocking 1.5 millions deaths each year are associated with the indoor combustion of solid fuels. Most of those deaths occur among women and children. Again, being local Lake County folks ourselves, this drives us to be the best we can at mold removal & inspections. Even still, this isn’t the number one concern in America. Our aim is to remove the mold AND the problem for good.

Floods are the number one natural disaster in the United States.

Because of this, flood damage cleanup is in high demand. In 2015, the average flood damage claim was a whopping $42,000. People think floods cannot affect them, but the numbers show otherwise. The average flash flood brings 10 to 15 feet high water walls. Flood damage cleanup is not something to be taken lightly.

Fire affects so many families across the United States

Finally, with personal fire damage experiences of our own, we constantly feel the strong urge to get involved. Think about this. In 2015, fire damages resulted in $14.3 BILLION in property damages. Beyond the damages, fire kills. That same year 3,280 civilian deaths were reported in the United States. 15,700 people were injured. There is not much we can do about preventing fires, but we can get your family and their home back to normalcy in no time. No one cleans fire damage faster and more thorough.

With a foot in the construction industry door (Aloha Construction, Inc.), it was only right we learn how to better protect the local community we are all from. Gaining all this new expertise, it was only right we also learned how to remodel.

After all, “to give real service, you must add something which cannot be bought or measured; and that is sincerity and integrity.” To provide these services was the only way we knew how.

Need help with anything mentioned above? We proudly service all of Lake County as well as McHenry County in Illinois! Call now for a Free In-Home Assessment!

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