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Welcome to Aura Restoration Services

When a home or business is damaged it can throw family lives and routines into chaos. No one expects to experience disaster so in the aftermath of a flood or other type of disaster, confusion and even fear can take over. That’s where AURA Restoration Services steps in, to provide a much needed peace of mind during times of turmoil. AURA Restoration Services is here to restore your peace of mind amidst the disruption.

We work closely to ensure your home is restored quickly and with quality workmanship. You can rely on us to use the industry’s most advanced techniques and tools to effectively restore your home and protect personal property from further damage. We handle jobs as large as your entire home or as small as a single room. When the unexpected happens, call on the quick response of AURA Restoration Services at (416) 660-1484.

Aura Restoration Services Mission Statement

Aura Restoration Services will provide a place of employment that is dedicated to the training and rewarding of accomplishments of its employees. When employees are treated well, they in turn do a better job, which in turn generates a better product and an increase in business. We will work together as a team sharing our vast wealth of experience to continue to provide the best product available to you and the property owner. We will strive to provide a superior level of service in your time of need.

Our goal is to take this experience and provide a superior level of customer service, at a fair price and to continue grow our relationships with our industry partners.

We are a 24 hour, 7 days a week emergency provider.

Please feel free to give us a call (416) 660-1484.
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SI Restoration is certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration & the American Bio-Recovery Association. We are proud members of the Baltimore Business Bureau, Restoration Industry Association, Indoor Air Quality Association and licensed by the Maryland Home Improvement Commission with a MHIC #51007. The company can handle small damages such as a toilet over flow or water heater bust to responding to a large loss 20 story building sprinkler head bust requiring 100 plus technicians and large commercial drying equipment. Our expert IICRC trained specialists provide commercial, residential & industrial services throughout Maryland and Washington DC.
SI Restoration has a GSA Schedule to provide GSA Pricing for mold removal, fire damage and water damage to Federal Government Agencies and Buildings.

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SI Restoration is here to help you with Water Removal, Flood Damage, Fire Restoration, Hoarding Cleaning, Bio-Hazard Clean up, Sewage Backup, Suicide Cleanup, Murder or Unattended Death Cleaning, Mold Remediation, Blood Clean Up, or any other services in the bio-hazard clean up or restoration industry.
SI Restoration is on call 24 hours seven days a week with IICRC certified management and technicians ready to solve any issue you may have. If you need assistance or information right now call us 24 hours, 7 days a week and a qualified restoration manager will assist you in how we can assist with your water restoration, fire damage, mold remediation or crime scene emergency. The company has a quick response time and emergency service 24/7 for your situation. Our staff has not only been trained by the best but we continually strive to educate the technicians and send them for continued learning. The equipment we use is top of the line and we use OSHA and EPA certified disinfectants for our jobs.
Mold Remediation Baltimore and emergency restoration services are best completed by the professionals who know how to manage and assist with the mold remediation Baltimore project or other emergency restoration service. Our history since 1989, proves that we provide a great service to our customers for emergency restoration which includes mold, fire and water damage to our customers.
We are a family owned and operated company since 1989 and have certified and trained personnel for any type of emergency restoration service. The main office is located in Baltimore, Maryland which services Maryland and the District Of Columbia with all of our services. Our Mission statement is to provide “prompt, efficient and professional assistance in a courteous manner.”


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What is “Sewer Backup”?

While floods are probably best known for causing extensive water damage to homes and businesses, they can also cause sewage from sanitary sewer lines to back up into houses through drain pipes. These backups not only cause damage that is difficult and expensive to repair, but also create health hazards.

Most homeowner and business insurance policies do not cover sewer backup unless specific sewer backup coverage is added to the policy, according to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.). “Obtaining an insurance rider on a homeowners or business policy would cover such damage if it occurs,” said Loretta Worters, vice president, I.I.I.

“Sewer backup coverage is available from most insurers for a nominal cost, usually $40-$50 on an annual insurance policy,” she said.

Most homeowners and business owners may not realize that they are responsible for the maintenance and repair of their house or sewer lateral – the pipeline between the city sanitary sewer main, usually located under the street, and the building. The sewer lateral is owned and maintained by the property owner including any part that may extend into the street or public right of way. A cracked or deteriorated lateral or one filled with tree roots can allow groundwater to seep into the system, contributing to the possible sewer backup problems.

Causes of Sewer Backup

Blockages due to Tree Roots. Shrubs and trees seeking moisture can make their way into sewer line cracks causing extensive damage. They may start out small, getting into a small crack in the pipe; but as the tree or shrub continues to grow, so does the root. Tree roots can enter the service pipe at joints and cause blockages. They can also travel a long way, and roots from different types of trees act differently. If you suspect that city trees are responsible for sewer line damage, your plumber can contact the city and samples of the roots will be used to help identify the trees and who is responsible for cleanup. Sometimes a blockage is the result of a combination of city and private trees. In this case costs are split between the city and property owner.

Sanitary Main. A blockage can occur in a city sanitary main. If the blockage is not detected in time, sewage from the main can back up into homes and businesses through floor drains. Usually this happens slowly, giving the owner time to call a licensed plumber to assess the damage. If water is entering your basement at a rapid rate, call the city public works office and report the problem immediately so that a city operator can investigate.

Water in Basement. Most basement flooding is not related to the sanitary sewer system. In many cases, soil settles adjacent to the building and, if not corrected, leads to rainwater flowing towards the building and down the outside of the foundation wall. This is particularly true in older buildings where cracks may have developed in the foundation or floor slab which allow water to enter the basement. The cement floor and basement walls of these structures may have deteriorated to the point that they are no longer waterproof. Thus, water can show up in a basement which has never had a water problem. This frequently happens when the ground is saturated after repeated or heavy rain storms. Drainage can be improved by making sure that water drains away from the building. Homeowners can also prevent flooding by water-sealing the basement.

Homeowners and business insurance do not cover flood damage. Only flood insurance will cover your losses in the event of a flood. Federal flood insurance policies can be purchased directly from an insurance agent or a company representative, and are available to communities that participate in the National Flood Insurance Program. Nearly 100 insurance companies write and service NFIP policies. In order to find an agent or company servicing your area, visit www.floodsmart.gov or call (888) 379-9531. Your insurance agent or broker can handle the claim for you.

Ways to Prevent Backups in Your Lateral and in the City Main

Dispose of Grease Properly. Cooking oil should be poured into a heat-resistant container and disposed of properly, after it cools off, not in the drain. Washing grease down the drain with hot water can cause significant problems. As the grease cools off, it will solidify either in the drain, the property owner’s line, or in the main sewer causing the line to constrict and eventually clog.

Dispose of Paper Products Properly. Paper towels, disposable (and cloth) diapers, and feminine products can cause many problems in the property owner’s lateral as well as in the city main because they do not deteriorate quickly, as bathroom tissue does.

Replace your line with new plastic pipe. One way to prevent tree roots from entering your line is to replace your line and tap with new plastic pipe. If you still have problems with tree roots growing in your lateral, you may have to have roots cut periodically.

Illegal Plumbing Connections. Do not connect French drains, sump pumps and other flood control systems to your sanitary sewer. It is illegal, and debris and silt will clog your line. Consult a plumber to correct any illegal connections.

Install a Backwater Prevention Valve. A backwater valve is a fixture installed into a sewer line, and sometimes into a drain line, in the basement of your home or business to prevent sewer backflows. A properly installed and maintained backwater valve allows sewage to go out, but not to come back in. Property owners are responsible for the installation and maintenance of backwater valves. The cost to install one depends on the type of plumbing in your home or business and the difficulty of installation. Check with a qualified plumber.

What to do if you Experience a Sewer Backup

A sewer backup can lead to disease, destruction of your valuables, damage to your house or business, and can even result in electrical malfunctions. Prompt cleanup of the affected property can help minimize the inconvenience and prevent mold and further damage. In the event of sewer backup, immediately arrange for the cleanup of your property. This should include:

Wet-vacuuming or removing spillage

Mopping floors and wiping walls with soap and disinfectant

Flushing out and disinfecting plumbing fixtures

Steam cleaning or removing wet carpets or drapes

Repairing or removing damaged wallboard or wall covering

Cleanup of ductwork

How to File a Claim

For insurance claim purposes, take before and after photos of the affected areas and itemize any property losses. Save all receipts related to repairs, cleaning or damages and contact your Independent Insurance Agent as soon as possible.


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How to Clean Up (and Forget the Nightmare) of Basement Flooding

Act fast to reduce repair costs. The longer your basement sits in water, the more it’s going to cost to clean up.

You can clean up some of the icky mess yourself to save money, but a pro is much nicer on your back (and your nose).

Just because you have home insurance doesn’t mean you’re covered. Best to check before a flood happens.

Rain, rain, go away. And sewage backups. And burst pipes. All y’all can GO. AWAY. Especially if they turn your wet bar into a soakingwet bar and your ping-pong table into an island.

Every homeowner with a basement imagines that horror. If it should happen to you, don’t retreat into a fetal position on your couch and hope for a miracle, no matter how much you want to. You can deal with the soggy disaster. Here’s how.

4 Things to Do Right Away

Don’t wait until you’ve reached the fifth stage of grief before addressing a flood. Fast action can minimize a rising, rank situation — and the money it’ll cost to repair.

1. The first thing to do is really a “don’t,” says Glenn Gallas, vice president of operations at Mr. Rooter Plumbing. Don’t ever, ever step into standing basement water. “You could be shocked or electrocuted,” he says. Who wants to venture into that murky mess, anyway? Turn the power off or call an electrician to be safe.

2. Then stop the flow of water. How you do that depends on what the source is:

Broken or malfunctioning pipes

Turn off your water’s shut-off valve. If you don’t know where that is, scope it out now — before the worst happens. Some valves are buried in the ground and require special tools to turn off.

Stop flushing toilets and running faucets. Your local sewage authority may offer pumping services or let you submit a reimbursement claim. If you have a septic system, though, it’s on you. Call the septic company to have your tank pumped ASAP.

Sorry, that’s bad news. You can’t turn off Mother Nature. The good news: Groundwater flooding might not stink as badly as sewage. Get references for a waterproofing pro or a structural engineer because you could have a foundation problem.

Groundwater was the culprit for Nancy Friedman and her husband when their St. Louis home flooded back in 2014. They knew they had a tiny wet spot in their basement, but “I didn’t think too much of it,” Nancy Friedman says. “Going downstairs is not an everyday occurrence for us,” she says, especially since they both travel a lot.

That tiny wet spot soon became a full-on flood in their basement, causing thousands of dollars in carpet damage – not to mention the cost to repair the structural issue that allowed water to seep in in the first place.

3. Find a plumber withahigh-capacity pump. This is not a job for a DIYer. It needs to get done fast. You need a professional-grade pump. “The longer that water sits, and the longer your drywall spends under water, the more long-term damage,” Gallas says. The more damage, the more it costs to clean up.

4. Make your smartphone earn its keep. Take photos and video. then back them up in the cloud, so you’ll have them for insurance purposes.

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DIY Some of the Cleanup to Save Money

Once the water is pumped out, the rest can be a DIY job. Just make sure to protect yourself with:

  • Gloves
  • Rubber boots
  • Eye protection
  • A mask (especially if you’re dealing with a sewage backup)
  • A nose plug if the smell is really bad

Then suck up the remaining muck with a wet-dry vac. You’ll also need an army’s worth of paper towels and plastic bags to dispose of the mess.

Unfortunately, you’ll have to say goodbye to all rugs, carpets, and upholstery, which will soak up floodwater contaminants and bacteria, regardless of the flood source. (Seriously sentimental items might be restorable by a professional, but don’t get your hopes too high.) That’s what happened to Friedman. “The first thing we had to do was pull up the carpet.”

Other restoration steps:

  • Open all windows and doors, and run large fans and dehumidifiers.
  • Scrub water-contaminated walls, floors, cabinetry, or hardware with a soapy solution. Ventilate again.
  • Make a bactericide by adding 1.5 cups of DIY Tip Bleach doesn’t kill mold and mildew. It kills the bacteria that they feed on, but doesn’t destroy the nasty fungi itself. Use soap to zap it. bleach and a few drops of liquid soap to a gallon of water. Spray on the walls; let air dry.

But Don’t Feel Like a Wimp if You Want to Hire a Pro

In fact, both Gallas and Friedman recommend hiring a restoration service, as long as the company you hire is trustworthy and affordable. A small flood might cost as little as $500 to pump out and dry, but a large flood can cost up to $10,000.

“There’s a lot of companies out there that put a guy in a truck and think a high-powered fan is good enough to dry a basement,” Gallas says. Improper technique, like not allowing the home to dry for long enough or failing to properly treat drywall, puts your home at risk for mold or mildew in addition to the flooding damage.

So just be sure to do your homework on who you hire.

Don’t Assume Insurance Will Cover Your Repairs

Friedman’s first call when her basement flooded was to her insurance company. “They told me, ‘You don’t have flood insurance,’” Friedman says. “I thought everybody had flood insurance!”

Standard home insurance often doesn’t cover all types of floods, especially groundwater.

“If I could do a speech on floods, it would be: Do you know this very moment, for sure, if you have flood insurance ?” Friedman says. “Call your insurance agent right now and ask.”

But the best scenario is no flood at all.

5 Things To Do So You’ll Never, Ever Flood Again

  1. Install a leak detector and high-water alarm. These small devices notify you before a small leak becomes a disaster, either via an audible alarm or a text message.
  2. Insulate your pipes. Thawing pipes are one of the leading causes of basement flooding.
  3. Maintain your backwater valve. It prevents sewage from seeping from the septic or sewer system to your home.
  4. Consider a sump pump. Every basement should have one of these flooding saviors. “I think sump pumps should be wedding gifts,” Friedman says.
  5. Flush and dump with caution. Dumping anything besides waste and toilet paper down your toilet or drains is a big no-no — from tampons to grease. These clog the system, causing backups.

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The mission of the National Association of Crime Victim Compensation Boards is to provide leadership, professional development, and collaborative opportunities to our members to strengthen their capacity to improve services to crime victims and survivors. We share a vision of working together so that every victim compensation program is fully funded, optimally staffed, and functioning effectively to help victims cope with the costs of crime.

Our Members-Only section is open to managers, staff and Board members of government crime victim compensation programs. Contact us if you need assistance logging in.

CRIME VICTIM COMPENSATION: An Overview

Crime victim compensation programs across the country offer crucial financial assistance to victims of violence. This overview provides information on how the programs operate and what victims can do to seek help.

Victims of violent crime may suffer financial stress as devastating as their physical injuries and emotional trauma. Recovering from violence or abuse is difficult enough without having to worry about how to pay for the costs of medical care and counseling, or about how to replace lost income due to disability or death.

The good news is that every state has a crime victim compensation program that can provide substantial financial assistance to crime victims and their families. And while no amount of money can erase the trauma and grief victims suffer, this aid can be crucial in the aftermath of crime. By paying for care that helps restore victims’ physical and mental health, and by replacing lost income for victims who cannot work and for families who lose a breadwinner, compensation programs are assisting victims in direct ways.

Compensation programs are now serving an ever-increasing number of victims with larger amounts of benefits than ever before. Despite a substantial decline in violent crime (there are a third fewer crimes committed each year now, compared to 1993) applications and payouts continue to grow in most states. The national total of benefits is at record-high levels, and programs are addng new compensable costs and expanding outreach to ensure that more victims’ needs are met.

Crime victim compensation was the first type of organized victim assistance in the United States. The earliest compensation program was created in 1965 in California, and nine states were operating such programs by 1972, when the earliest programs providing other types of direct victim assistance were established. Today, compensation programs across the country are paying out close to $500 million annually to more than 200,000 victims. Fittingly, most of this money comes from offenders rather than tax dollars, since a large majority of states fund their programs entirely through fees and fines charged against those convicted of crime. Federal grants to compensation programs, providing about 35% of the money for payments to victims, also come solely from offender fines and assessments.

Victims of rape, assault, child sexual abuse, drunk driving, and domestic violence, as well as the families of homicide victims, are all eligible to apply for financial help. Statistics show that victims of assault comprise about half of the claimants for compensation, with more than a third of those claims being paid to domestic violence victims. Child sexual abuse victims comprise 29% of the victims helped by compensation programs. About 10% of benefits overall are paid to families of homicide victims, and 8% goes toward sexual assault victims.

Compensation programs can pay for a wide variety of expenses and losses related to criminal injury and homicide. Beyond medical care, mental health treatment, funerals, and lost wages, a number of programs also cover crime-scene cleanup, travel costs to receive treatment, moving expenses, and the cost of housekeeping and child care if a victim is unable to perform those tasks. And states continue to work with victims and advocates to find new ways to help victims with more of the costs of recovery.

While each state operates under its own law, all compensation programs have the same basic criteria to determine eligibility for benefits. It is very important, however, to check with the individual state to see exactly what its requirements are (and the Program Directory on this Website can be useful in doing that). Generally, the victim must (a) report the crime promptly to law enforcement, and cooperate with police and prosecutors (many states allow exceptions to this requirement, particularly for child victims); (b) submit a timely victim compensation application (again, some exceptions may be possible); (c) have a cost or loss not covered by insurance or another government benefit program (victim compensation programs pay only after other collateral sources are used); and (d) not have committed a criminal act or some substantially wrongful act that caused or contributed to the crime (the eligibility of family members generally depends on the behavior of the victim when programs assess this requirement). Apprehension or conviction of the offender is not required.

Maximum benefits available from the states average $25,000, with some states able to offer more, and some states having lower limits. Lower caps within the maximum are common for some types of benefits, like funeral and burial costs, mental health counseling, or lost wages.

Telling victims about compensation is the responsibility of every individual who works in victim services and law enforcement. This resource also should be made known by those who provide medical and counseling services. Compensation programs depend largely on these professionals who work with victims daily to get the message out that financial assistance is available, and programs typically expend a great deal of time and effort in providing training and information to them. We encourage everyone with a role in helping victims to get more details from the program in their state by contacting it directly.

National Association of Crime Victim Compensation Boards


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Please refer to our Water Damage Tips – Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

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Your primary focus should be safety, be especially careful of electrical and “slip and fall” hazards.


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FloodLocal.com is a nationwide leader in the restoration industry. We have a network of water, fire and mold restoration professionals who can be on site 24 hours per day 7 days per week. FloodLocal.com can help restore your residential or commercial property back to new! If you have a flood or fire damage in your home you can trust the professional staff at FloodLocal.com to make the restoration process easy from the first meeting. We will be onsite to your home to evaluate the damage and provide the best possible solution to repair the water damage or flood in your residential property.

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Our water damage hotline is open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. With one phone call, you will be connected to a water restoration specialist who will dispatch one of our water restoration providers. Our water restoration process begins with this telephone call. We have our emergency call center that is available to you in an instant. When your home or business gets flooded you only have a small timeframe to start the process
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If you have a flood or fire damage in your home you can trust the professional staff at Floodlocal.com to make the restoration process easy from the first meeting. We will be on-site to your home to asses the damage and provide the best possible solution to repair the water damage or flood in your residential property. We offer the following residential restoration services:

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