Frequently Asked Questions and Green Tips
First thing to do is call QCi Restoration, the emergency response professionals. We are the insurance industry’s Premier Property Restoration Specialists; servicing water-mitigation, fire restoration, structural damage and any other type of accidental or natural occurrence.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding disaster recovery. We want to provide the best information, but be advised that state and local governments have different laws and regulations when it comes to property and casualty insurance coverage.
Q. If my insurance agent suggested a property restoration company to me am I obligated to go by their suggestion?
A. Absolutely not. You can choose any company you wish. Insurance companies can offer recommendations of their preferred restoration vendors. The final decision is your call.
Q. We had a flood in our basement. Am I covered by my insurance if my basement has water damage?
A. Maybe. Check your homeowner’s insurance policy on water damage. If it is not in the homeowner’s policy, then check for an additional rider to your policy required to cover water damage due to flooding.
Q. After a fire or flood is it safe to stay in the house?
A. Probably not a good idea. The two big concerns are “slip and fall” hazards and the possibility of electrocution. We recommend that you leave the home or business property until a qualified inspector can investigate the damage and determine if it is safe to reenter.
You Can Restore the Property and Go Green All at the Same Time
As QCi restoration helps you work through your restoration process, you have the opportunity to make some smart choices. You do not have to be an environmental activist to restore your home or business in ways that are healthier for yourself, your family, your customers and your community. So, take this opportunity to go green!
When building, remodeling, or restoring a home or business, there are some easy and cost-effective “green” choices.
- Energy Star Appliances
- WaterSense faucets and shower heads (www.epa.gov/watersense/)
- Dual flush toilets
- Tankless water heaters
- Programmable thermostat
- Native, drought-resistance plants
- Marmoleum – flooring made of linseed oil, rosins, and wood flour affixed to a natural jute backing
Additional Green Choices:
- Certified wood building materials
- Reclaimed wood cabinets
- Very low or no VOC finishes and paint
- Terrazzo counters – recycled glass and cement paperstone
- Adequate insulation- preferably recycled cotton and always formaldehyde-free
- Drywall made of recycled & synthetic gypsum
- Waste can be avoided by taking into account standard material sizes when building
- Utilizing deconstruction principles whenever possible
Special Note: In Chicago and many suburban communities you are able to get expedited building permits if you use green building strategies and products. To learn more, check out www.usgbc.org.
Many cleaning products used in our homes and businesses contain harmful chemicals that could easily be replaced by non-toxic, common household items.
- White vinegar is a natural all-purpose cleaner. You can mix it in a bucket or put it in a spray bottle
- Do not use vinegar on natural stone surfaces such as marble
- One part water to one part vinegar will clean, deodorize and disinfect most areas of your home
- Lemon will help clean soap scum and hard water stains
- Lemon can be used to shine brass and copper
- Put lemon peel down the garbage disposal and your kitchen will smell fresh
- Baking soda can be used in much the same way as a commercial abrasive cleanser and is especially good in tubs and sinks