What Do Restoration Companies Do?

House before and after restoration services

Have you ever wondered what restoration companies actually do? It seems like a pretty straightforward job description, but different restoration companies can offer a variety of different services. In general, these are the most common services that are offered.

Water Damage Restoration & Sewage Cleanup

Most restoration companies offer water damage restoration services and can help you clean up your home after flooding happens. Baseboards, ceilings, walls, and flooring are all prone to water damage due to flooding or leaking pipes. Broken and leaky pipes or environmental events such as heavy rains or rapid snow melts are the most common causes of home water damage.  There are two different kinds of flood water cleanups that restoration companies offer:

  1. Greywater is the relatively clean water that comes from your sink, dishwasher, clothes washer, or bathtub and shower. It is less dangerous than blackwater sewage spills, but a greywater leak can still cause damage to your home.
  2. Blackwater is also called sewage and comes from unsafe sources such as your toilet or your home’s sewage line. Blackwater leaks or floods are considered biohazards and should always be handled by professionals.

You can read more details about the different kinds of home water damage by reading this article.

Mold Remediation

Mold remediation services often go hand in hand with water damage restoration services. If water sits for too long in your home’s porous walls, floors, or ceilings mold can begin to grow. Moisture can come from many different places. Poorly sealed windows, leaky roofs, broken pipes, and natural flooding an all increase your home’s risk for mold.

Restoration companies will help you identify the cause of your mold problems, and eliminate existing mold. They can also help prevent repeat mold growth in the future.


Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration

House fires can be devastating. Restoration companies can help clean up and repair your home after a fire. The most common fire restoration services include cleaning, smoke odor removal, structural repairs, and corrosion control. Smoke odor removal is one of the hardest services to get right because of how stubborn the smell can be. Even lightly damaged structural elements can hold onto the smell of smoke. Sealing these surfaces can help trap the smell and prevent future odor problems.


Not all restoration companies offer the services listed above, and some companies offer even more services! You should always do extensive research into your local restoration companies and make sure that you find the right fit for you. More importantly, you should make sure that the company you choose will work with your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance. You can view a full list of Elite Restoration’s available restoration services on the top menu bar. For questions regarding your home restoration needs, contact us.