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Holiday Fire Tips for Chicago Heights

12/5/2017 (Permalink)

The holidays offer many opportunities for family and friends to gather, but they also come with an increased fire risk. With a little extra attention and care, you can help your family have a happy and safe holiday season.

Cooking

The holidays don’t feel like the holidays without delicious food. While cooking always presents potential fire hazards, home cooking fires always spike up around the holiday season.

When you have lots of cooks in the kitchen, it’s easy for things to get messy and confusing. However, a cluttered, chaotic kitchen is a hazardous kitchen. Make sure to keep flammable objects, like towels, packaging, and potholders, away from the stove. Communicate with everyone in the kitchen so you don’t leave the stovetop or oven on when it’s not in use. Wipe up spills quickly, and don’t let grease pile up around a burner.

If a deep-fried turkey is on the menu, make sure you fry it on a flat surface outside at least 10 feet away from the house.

Holiday Lights

While holiday lights can add a fun ambience to your home, it’s important to decorate safely. When you first open a package of new lights or crack open a box of previously-loved strands, take time to inspect each strand. If you find frayed or cracked wires or any broken sockets, return them or throw them away.

Don’t put more strands of lights on your tree than the packaging recommends. Overloading trees (and outlets) are a common cause of holiday fires. Unplug your holiday lights (and tree, if applicable) before you go to bed or leave the house.

If you want to hang lights outside, don’t use nails or staples as they can damage the wiring. Invest in quality hooks or hangers. Once the holidays are over, take down all outside lights. Small animals, like squirrels, may start chewing on the wires if you leave them up all year.

Menorahs

If your family uses menorahs for Hanukkah, you could consider using an electric one to cut down on fire hazards. If you prefer traditional candles, just be careful.

Keep the menorah at least three feet away from flammable items, and make sure you place a non-flammable surface, like an aluminum foil-lined tray, underneath the menorah to catch the melting wax.

Christmas Trees

Setting up the Christmas tree can mark the beginning of the Christmas holiday for many families. Unfortunately, if they are not properly set up and taken care of, they pose a large fire risk.

Keep the Christmas tree at least three feet away from fireplaces or heating elements in your home.

If you prefer a live Christmas tree, make sure to care for it properly. A dry tree can start to engulf a room in flames within a minute of ignition. Help reduce fire risks with the following guidelines:

  • Buy a fresh tree. When you first choose the tree, the pine needles should be green and not easily broken.
  • Cut off the bottom. When you get the tree home, cut two inches of the bottom to create a raw cut so the tree can soak in water.
  • Water the tree daily. Well-watered trees are less likely to catch fire.
  • Throw it out promptly. No matter how much you water it, your tree will dry out over time. Once the pine needles start to fall off and the tree starts to dry, it’s time to throw it out.

If you choose an artificial tree, consider flame-resistant or flame-retardant options.

Taking steps to prevent holiday fires can help reduce the risk, but there’s always a possibility of a fire. If your home suffers fire damage, SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher can help.

We have the knowledge and experience to properly treat fire and smoke damage to make your home “Like it never even happened.” We offer 24/7 emergency service; call us anytime at (708) 672-0077.

Mold remediation experts for schools, businesses and homes

11/20/2017 (Permalink)

Any Type of Mold Should Be Quickly Remediated By Professionals

Mold whether slight or in mass colonies is a serious matter that can become worse. If mold is left untreated, it can become a serious problem. It causes health risks and can cause deteriorating significant structural damage to your home or office. If left unattended, mold can cause warped walls, warped floors, warped ceilings and weaken the foundation of any property. Sometimes you can't see mold because it hides behind walls, in attics, in basements, crawlspaces or underneath floors. Mold grows due to water, humidity or moisture, which must be located and removed. If you don't see mold, but you smell musty odors, call SERVPRO immediately for a quick inspection. 
 
Any mold damage in Lynwood must be handled with care and with immediate restorative knowledge. We are highly trained in treating mold and how its spores grow. Our years of experience have let us know that every mold damage problem is different, and it requires a unique solution. We follow a general IICRC mold remediation process to help restore you back to a normal and healthy environment. We begin with a meticulous inspection and a mold damage assessment. Our mold containment process involves using advanced procedures to isolate the contaminated area. We further use negative air pressure to keep the spores from spreading. No fans or heating/cooling systems will be used because they will spread the mold. 
 
Our specialized filtration equipment helps to capture microscopic mold spores. We then use powerful air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums. For cleaning surfaces, we are well equipped with antifungal and antimicrobial treatments to get rid of mold colonies. To clean your contents and belongings, we use a variety of cleaning techniques. We work with you and your insurance representatives on infested porous materials before we discard them. A full restoration system is the final step. It may involve minor repairs like replacing drywalls, painting and installing new carpeting. It may also require more significant repairs, such as the reconstruction of different areas or rooms within your home or business. 
 
SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher treats all of our residential and commercial residents with the respect that you deserve. Mold can be an embarrassing event for a business or a homeowner. But we understand that mold issues can happen right before your eyes and without your knowledge. Our mold remediation professionals will help treat and remove mold so that it does not return. Call us today at (708) 672-0077 for an assessment visit. We look forward to your phone call!

SERVPRO Advanced Cleaning Equipment Salvages Many Belongings

11/13/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Advanced Cleaning Equipment Salvages Many Belongings

You might think that restoring your items or belongings after a major fire, flood or storm where the damage seems catastrophic is impossible. But our expertly trained staff at SERVPRO is here to ask that you not dispose of any items that you have damaged during an event until our professional technicians have had an opportunity to inspect them. 

Our access to the Esporta Washing System in Lynwood after a storm gives us more opportunities to restore items before calling them a loss. The success that we've had in using this system has produced tremendous results that most customers can't believe, even when they see it themselves. Many soiled and contaminated soft items after a flooding can be salvaged.

This system is used by our expertly trained technicians at SERVPRO to provide you with a solution to restoring your soft goods to their pre-damage condition. We use it to clean, freshen and disinfect items such as clothing, stuffed animals, luggage, thick coats and even footwear. The system is useful for restoring several different types of objects that you may think lost forever. 

SERVPRO technicians utilize Esporta's 4-Step process to renewal, a system that is used to repair your items to their pre-damage condition. 

1.) Detergent - Adding an environmentally safe chemical that includes solvents to help remove oil-based soils, smoke, sewer and body odors. While also having enough punch to kill 99.9997% of all mold, bacteria, fungus and viruses and being specifically designed for preventing itself from damaging leathers, fabrics, and foam items. It also includes a brightening agent. 

2.) Penetration - A water pressure system that cleans and penetrates your items while keeping things centered as a wheel moves through the water. Allowing the hydraulic pressure to force contaminants out of your belongings using the detergent. 

3.) Forced Additive - Used to remove the penetrator detergent along with all mold spores, bacteria, and viruses on contact. 

4.) Signature Fragrance - A combination of 140 different extracts that are used to introduce a fresh, long-lasting fragrance. 

Let our professionals at SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher put this system to work for you, call us today. (708) 672-0077

How to handle fire damage in Beecher

11/3/2017 (Permalink)

How to Handle Beecher Fire Damage

Fire damage in Beecher can be a difficult situation to tackle. Fires can ravage not only you economically, but also destroy or severely damage, objects, and things of significant sentimental value. It can be tempting to attempt restoration and repair procedures yourself, in order to preserve what is left, but doing so can be a dangerous task. Fires can severely damage structures themselves, and fill the air with toxins ranging from smoke residue to burnt chemicals. Strict safety measures must be observed, and although they can be difficult to follow for the average person, SERVPRO is able to incorporate and work with these precautions. 

Typically, trained and experienced eyes can also help to salvage more from a fire, even though you're most familiar with its contents and losses. SERVPRO has been handling fire damage in Beecher for years and will be able to give more accurate advice about the cleanup process. Additionally, complex safety checks such as chemical and structural hazard checks are performed by SERVPRO, and we will be able to adapt to complex situations and problems as needed. Typically, a residential or commercial fire will involve multiple situations.

Fire damage restoration companies, like SERVPRO, are also able to work with homeowners' insurance providers and perform repairs in accordance with insurance contracts. When significant repairs are conducted by an untrained individual or group, regardless of whether or not they are the owners, many insurance policies are rendered null. So, hiring a fire damage restoration service may also be the best decision from a financial standpoint as well. However, any insurance provider should be contacted and informed before hiring any company for cleanup, as their policies and specifications will typically vary significantly depending on the company and plan. 

If you've had significant fire damage recently to your home or business, do not hesitate to contact SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher at (708) 672-0077.

Water Damage Issues in Lansing

10/29/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Issues in Lansing

Water damage in Lansing is a problem which most property owners dread. When it rains heavily, the risk for this kind of damage rises. Water can create thousands of dollars’ worth of damage that affect electronics, upholstery, wood furniture, plumbing equipment and household appliances. Water damage will also raise the risk of the growth of mold, which can be quite an expensive problem to treat. Hiring a company for water damage restoration, such as SERVPRO, can make the process of cleanup a lot easier to handle, since we employ experienced workers who know the right ways to repair and replace any items which have damaged and how to help you with water damage cleanup. 

Reasons for Water Damage 

There can be different causes for water damage in Lansing. Clogged toilets, broken hoses on your dishwasher, broken dishwashers, leaky roofs, overflowing washing machines, broken pipes and cracks in the foundation are just a few of the causes of water damage that are possible. Heavy rain and flooding in Lansing are other causes which are possible for this kind of damage, and can lead to having water in your basement as well. Too much water can cause minor problems in basement areas, or it can lead to the destruction of your home. After your home sustains water damage, it is imperative to begin water damage cleanup immediately. Beginning the cleanup of water damage as soon as you can increases how likely you can save water-soaked clothing, furniture, and other items. 

Process of Restoration 

The process of water restoration is an important one. Using the right materials and procedures could help you save your cherished belongings and may even prevent your home from being condemned. SERVPRO specializes in mitigating the effects of water on your home. However, the success of the restoration of water damage depends on how severe the damage is and how much water has caused the damage. We will assess your damages and figure out a water restoration and removal plan before beginning, going over everything with you first so that you understand what is going on and what is planned. When water is in your basement area, it could require just a short process of cleanup while water in other areas of your home could need much more extensive remediation. 

Hazards to Your Health 

 It is important that you hire us at SERVPRO as soon as you can after the water damage happens. The growth of mold and other organisms can be promoted by moisture, which increases the risk for health problems that are serious. Cleaning up right away can help to mitigate water damage’s health effects on all who reside in your home. 

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

Some factors can cause water damage in Lansing, but no matter why your home has been hit by this type of damage, it needs to be addressed. Contact us at SERVPRO of Chicago Heights/Crete/Beecher by dialing (708) 672-0077 anytime. We will be there to help you get your home back to its preloss state as soon as possible. 

Emergency Water Removal and Extraction in Lansing, IL

9/8/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Emergency Water Removal and Extraction in Lansing, IL Lansing, IL Water Removal

When it rains heavily, the risk for this kind of damage rises. Water can create thousands of dollars’ worth of damage that affect electronics, upholstery, wood furniture, plumbing equipment and household appliances. Water damage will also raise the risk of the growth of mold, which can be quite an expensive problem to treat. Hiring a company for water damage restoration, such as SERVPRO, can make the process of cleanup a lot easier to handle, since we employ experienced workers who know the right ways to repair and replace any items which have damaged and how to help you with water damage cleanup. 

SERVPRO is your one stop shop near Lansing, IL for water removal and water extraction. Removing water and drying structures properly prevents mold growth. Doing the job right the first time ensures there’s no need for costly mold solutions down the road. 

Lansing, IL Asbestos Testing and Abatement

9/8/2017 (Permalink)

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Lansing, IL Asbestos Testing and Abatement

What is asbestos? “Asbestos refers to a set of six naturally occurring fibrous minerals: Chrysotile, crocidolite, amosite, anthophyllite, tremolite, and actinolite. Among these, chrysotile and amosite asbestos are most common.”

For many years asbestos fibers were used in several different commercial, residential and industrial capacities. Asbestos is heat resistance and became the material of choice. For example it can be found in roof shingles, floor tiles, ceiling materials, cement compounds, textile products, and automotive parts.

Asbestos is regulated due to the fact of how hazardous this mineral is. It’s scientifically linked to many lung and respiratory conditions. Not only workers are effected but many families.

We offer:

  • Asbestos Inspections
  • Asbestos Disposal
  • Asbestos Abatement

Did you know? Asbestos test should be done on any house built prior to 1980. However, we feel like inspections should be completed on every house.

Any questions? Do not hesitate to call our office at (708) 672-0077

How To Tackle Mold Damage in Monee

8/14/2017 (Permalink)

How To Tackle Mold Damage in Monee

When you discover mold in your Monee area home, you may be overwhelmed thinking about the damage. While there may be areas of damage that you can see, there may also be mold and related issues that are not visible. You may worry about how much damage lies beneath the walls in your home and how damaged the support structure is. Beecher mold damage on your property may be significant or minor, but regardless of how severe it is, you understandably want to kill the mold and repair the damage as soon as possible. Keep in mind that mold growth has the potential to cause illness as well as damage the materials that help your home stand tall. There are a few steps to follow to repair the damage left by mold.

Killing the Mold 

The first step in the Monee mold damage remediation process is to kill the mold, and this requires a special process that removes the mold without disrupting the spores. When the spores are disrupted, they can become airborne and travel throughout the property to land in different areas of the home. If this happens, the mold can ultimately begin growing in a new area of the property, and the problem can become much more significant. The last thing you want is to spread mold throughout the home, so it is best to allow professionals to handle the mold for you using advanced techniques and equipment. 

Repairing the Damage

The next step in the Monee mold damage remediation process is to repair the damage. The mold may cause staining and discoloration on some surfaces. It may also deteriorate the structural integrity of some surfaces such as supporting wood and carpet flooring. Because of this, some surfaces will need to be repaired, and others will need to be replaced. Professional mold remediation experts will be able to better determine if surfaces need to be repaired or replaced, and they can provide you with the service necessary to fully restore the home to its former condition. 

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

Regardless of whether you have a small area of mold growth on your property or a significant area, one thing is certain: You need professional assistance to repair the damage. SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher can help improve the condition of your property. We are locally owned, and our technicians are on standby waiting for your call. We are available to respond to your request for remediation services for mold damage quickly, ensuring that the damage doesn't get worse. Call our office today at (708) 672-0077 to request a time for our professionals to visit your property.

The ERP Plan from SERVPRO is a Valuable Tool Against Fire and Water Damage in Lynwood

8/2/2017 (Permalink)

The ERP Plan from SERVPRO is a Valuable Tool Against Fire and Water Damage in Lynwood

What is your preference if disaster strikes -- prepared or panicked? When fire or water damage threatens your property, knowing you have a detailed action plan solidly in place gives you confidence that your home or business is on the road to a speedy and sure restoration. We partner with you to get a complete recovery blueprint crafted and in place. 
 
Developing a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile and Plan safeguards your investment by streamlining our response to your troubles. Select us as your SERVPRO Franchise Representative, and start by scheduling a free, no-obligation walk-through of either your home or your business with one of our professional assessors. A review of your physical plant sharpens our focus on how to best respond to your property’s unique needs in the event of a catastrophic fire event in Lynwood. We also recommend adjustments for you to better prepare for loss based on our experience. 
 
The next step is to create your account online. Complete an Emergency Ready Profile for your property, following the template provided. Owning or operating more than one property simply means you fill out a Profile for each. The Profile app directs the procedure, including prompts to take and archive pictures and layouts of all areas. Utility locations and shutoffs are pinpointed, and sprinkler and alarm systems are delineated. Key managers or employees to whom you delegate decision-making authority are determined. Identify the owner of the building if you lease space. 
 
We suggest the use of a tablet or phone to record the data requested in the SERVPRO Ready Plan Application, including taking pictures. A Field Form downloaded, printed, and completed as you tour the property also is acceptable for you to use as a preliminary source of information. Once you finish the walk-through, log into your account and load the details online, adding the pictures taken per the prompts. 
 
Once your Emergency Ready Profiles and Plan (ERPs) are saved our SERVPRO will hit the ground running when you or your representative contact us after a disaster or mishap. Use the mobile app to log into your account and alert us about the specific situation. The app speedily leads you through the process, using the information you previously inputted. We have a clear and concise plan at our fingertips, permitting our technicians to get to work immediately to restore the damage. The established plan is vastly preferable to our crew familiarizing themselves with the building under stress and needing many questions answered. 
 
Being "Ready for whatever happens" inspires faith in your customers, employees, and family. It is clear your business recovers and thrives, or your home again provides comfort and shelter. Work with the professionals at SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher to devise an Emergency Ready Profile and Plan to protect your business, home, or other property from fire damage by calling (708) 672-0077 before a disaster occurs.

SERVPRO is here when you have fire damage to your Peotone business

7/20/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Can Mitigate Fire Damage Losses to Your Retail or Rental Property

Fire damage doesn't need to be caused by a house fire that damages the entire home for it to be substantial. Even small fires can create fire damage that is not only unsightly but also a risk to the people who live in the home. Some damage can be hidden from view, inside the interiors of walls or under flooring, and can still cause damage and deterioration. This can create weaknesses in the structures that can later become apparent when significant weight or pressure on and the wall or floor causes its collapse. Larger fires cause damage that is often quite visible and can create dangerous areas in a home or rental apartment. For the safety of the renter and the structure, this is the reason all fire damage should be cleaned up and repaired immediately after a fire has occurred. 

What You Should Do When Your Apartment or Retail Space has had a Small Fire? 
If your Chicago Heights investment has had a small fire, you should realize that while the damage may not be as extensive as one that has destroyed an entire unit, the damage should still be cleaned up by professionals like our technicians. SERVPRO technicians receive training in IICRC protocols and an ongoing certification. Experience is not our only strong point – we continually update our skills and our equipment. 

Even small areas of damage should not be overlooked, as the secondary fire and smoke damage can quickly spread. Calling us to help repair any damage should be your first step in dealing with even a small fire. Don't let the size of the blaze trick you into thinking that the harm isn't bad enough to need professional repairs and cleaning. We have the skills to eliminate the damage, allowing you to forget that a fire even took place. And keep your doors open for business. Smoke and soot should be removed from the furnace and A/C duct work. Careful cleaning is required in the event of "puff-back" soot staining from your heating unit. Electronic equipment and retail products need rapid attention to minimizing damage from the corrosive nature of these fire by-products. Pitting of metal and eliminating odors and staining save inventory loss.

We Can Help Renters, Also 
If you live in a rented house, having repairs made can also help you retain your security deposit when you move to another location. Having a fire and fire damage itself will not keep you from having your deposit returned to you – it is when damage is present upon your moving out and vacating the premises. Commercial fire damage can result from many different factors. Consider professional assistance to protect your investment.

Call us, SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher, at (708) 672-0077, for cleanup and restoration. We are ready to answer your call and respond to your emergency. We will eliminate any damage and make it “Like it never even happened."