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How Professionals Clean Fire Damaged Homes in Park Forest

7/17/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How Professionals Clean Fire Damaged Homes in Park Forest SERVPRO has the training and equipment to restore your fire damaged home.

Using Cleanup Services After Fire Damage in Your Park Forest Residence is Critical

Fires are devastating events for homeowners since they have to cope with the loss of invaluable possessions. The financial setback can take an emotional and psychological toll on anyone. After a fire, it is vital to file an insurance claim quickly. Your insurance company may require certain information before the restoration process begins.

Before a fire restoration company arrives, it is helpful to have insurance information like your policy number, claim number, the insurance carrier, agent, and the contact information of your adjuster. Fire damage in your Park Forest residence can lead to corrosion if you do not deal with it speedily, limiting the success rate of restoration. Decontamination should take priority to maintain the potential of restoring items instead of replacing them. More destruction increases fire restoration expenses and can slow down the claims process.

Smoke and soot can cause additional issues within a few days, including permanently staining upholstery, metal rusting or corroding, and causing walls to turn yellow. Our priority at SERVPRO is assisting our customers in getting their lives back to normal as soon as possible. We, therefore, take quick action to restore homes to their pre-fire damage condition.

Our Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician (FSRT) can assess your house to determine the extent of the destruction to its structure and contents. This step allows us to gauge the route to take to restore a property. For instance, if there’s a water leak, we can identify the source and deal with it before we start fire decontamination. Our technicians can start the fire damage repair process with cleaning up dust, soot, and smoke. We can use various methods to achieve this, including dry cleaning, air scrubbing, and pressure washing. Our technicians also remove ruined furnishings.  We also clean up the restorable and dispose of ruined items.

We use various methods to remove smoke and soot residues from surfaces. Some cleaning actions we can use to eliminate soils from a structure include:

  • Chemical action
  • Mechanical action
  • Lubrication
  • Suspension and dispersion

Our SERVPRO crews also use specialized equipment like wall cleaners to eradicate soot and oily residue.  Vacuums with HEPA filters capture debris and sodium bicarbonate blasters to eradicate surface charring.

When you need fire damage cleanup services, SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher can be there to help you get your life back to normal. Contact us today at (708) 672-0077 to benefit from our fire restoration solutions. We can make the destruction seem “Like it never even happened.”

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We Can Help When Mold Has Taken Over Your Park Forest Bookstore

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial We Can Help When Mold Has Taken Over Your Park Forest Bookstore A mold outbreak with a spreading, threatening organism in your bookstore, presents a risk not only to your building but to your customers as well.

Advantages Of Mold Containment For Park Forest Bookstore

A mold outbreak with a spreading, threatening organism in your Park Forest bookstore, presents a risk not only to your building but to your customers as well. As much as you might want to trust the information you can find for DIY mold removal on the internet, there are multiple considerations for this approach that impact your bookstore and its ability to continue operating amid recovery and remediation.

Though multiple threats exist with thriving microbial growth in your bookstore, mold damage in your Park Forest business can also be damaging to your bottom line. Our SERVPRO professionals have extensive training developed and implemented by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) as Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT), helping us to quickly identify the severity of the situation and the right steps to remediate the condition entirely.

As you might expect, containment is one of the priorities of our SERVPRO professionals arriving at the mold-damaged bookstore. Setting up these barriers with both physical plastic sheeting and zipper locks, along with running filtering equipment like negative air machines, prevents active mold spores from further infiltrating the stock of the store and compromising your investment in your inventory. Our contents department must work quickly to get all of these published works out of the damaged areas and work to recover them if possible.

Even with a broader damaged area, our specialists can often seal the affected regions to allow your business to continue operations at a limited capacity. This plan might require a restocking or reorganization of other areas to get your books back out and displayed in a manner that people can find and purchase them. Once remediation work completes, our contents department can help to put the relocated stock back to its original position.

Mold can often get underappreciated as a threat to a business, but with a breeding ground for this condition – like a bookstore – you need a fast response at the first sign of trouble. Give our SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher team a call if you suspect growth might exist at (708) 672-0077.

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Fire Damage and Board Up in Beecher

6/24/2019 (Permalink)

A fire is one of the most devastating disasters that a family or business can experience. Often times with flood or water damage, it’s only a portion of the structure that is affected by the damage. With fire, smoke, or soot damage it more than likely affects a greater percentage, of not all of the structure. 

When a fire strikes your business or residence, you need to strike back! That is where SERVPRO of Chicago Heights - Crete - Beecher can help. Whether it’s boarding up and securing the structure after the event or cleaning and restoring your contents and structure, we can do it all. 

Our IICRC trained technicians will assist you through every step of the process. Friendly, helpful, courteous, and knowledgeable, we will attend to your needs. 

Don’t trust anyone with you mitigation and restoration needs, you want the best. 

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Lightning Hazards

6/24/2019 (Permalink)

General Lightning Hazards Lightning Hazards

Although lightning is seemingly random, there are some things you can do to minimize if you are caught in the open during a thunderstorm.


Avoid water, high places such as lifeguard towers, cliffs, dunes and open spaces 

Avoid all metal objects, including electric wires, fences, machinery, motors, power tools, flag poles etc. these objects mayretain water and more easily conduct an electric current.

 Avoid contact with two separate objects. Your body may serve as a conduit if the objects are struck by lightning. 

Unsafe places include underneath canopies, small picnic or rain shelters, or near trees.  Where possible, find shelter in a substantial building or in a fully enclosed metal vehicle, such as a car, truck or van.

Avoid proximity minimum of 15 feet to other people. This will allow the current to go to ground more easily and making it less likely for multiple people to be injured.

 Avoid being the tallest object. Seek ditches, trenches or the low ground. 

Get as low as you can, but don’t lie prone to the ground. Instead, kneel with your hands on the ground in your head low.

 Avoid being near fences, light poles and powerlines that lead into areas where lightning is occurring. And electrical charge and travel along the wires and jump to you or cause an injury if you touch live wires or an energized fence. 

 You do not have to be directly hit by lightning to be affected. Lightning can travel along the ground from a nearby strike to you. You can also jump from nearby objects that are struck. 

 Don’t plug or unplug anything electrical during a storm. 

 Don’t use corded telephones. Phone use is the number one cause of indoor lightning injuries in the United States. 

 If a person is struck by lightning, call 911 and care for the victim immediately. You cannot be harmed by touching the victim after they have been struck. 


Swimming pools, indoor and outdoors, are connected to a much larger surface area with underground pipes, gas lines, electric and telephone wiring. Lightning strikes to the ground anywhere on this metallic that work making shocks elsewhere.

 At the first sign of lightning or thunder, swimming pools and beaches should be evacuated. Seek shelter inside the main building, or in a fully enclosed vehicle with the windows rolled up .

 Get out and off the water if there are signs of lightning. 


 Large, enclosed buildings tend to be safer than small gazebos or open eating areas. 

Stay away from doors and windows. 

Do not use the telephone.

 Turn off, unplug, and stay away from appliances, computers, power tools, and TV sets. 

Avoid use of showers or other contact with water. Because water may travel through and on pipes and tubing, lightning may strike exterior electric and phone lines, including shocks to inside equipment.

Fully enclosed metal vehicles such as cars, trucks and vans with windows rolled up to provide good shelter.

Park Forest Property Owners Can Always Ask SERVPRO for Help with Fire and Smoke Damage Cleanup and Restoration Services

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Park Forest Property Owners Can Always Ask SERVPRO for Help with Fire and Smoke Damage Cleanup and Restoration Services Fire, Soot, Ashe, and Smoke Damage in Your Forest Park Home? Overwhelming? Call SERVPRO for Restoration Service

DIY Smoke Damage Wall and Surface Cleanup in Park Forest Homes

It is crucial to clean any area of your home that has fire damage as soon as possible. Both soot and smoke are acidic and often prove difficult to clean. Airborne soot particles are harmful to breathe and should be professionally cleaned to ensure a healthy living environment. For minor smoke damage, these tips should make it easy to clean up.

The items needed to clean fire damage in your Park Forest home are probably already there with one exception, a dry-cleaning sponge. This sponge cleans surfaces without getting them wet and wipes away particulate matter. Other items you need are as follows:

Rubbing alcohol
White Vinegar
Degreasing cleaner
Bucket with hot water
Cleaning Cloths
Dry-cleaning sponge
Kitchen sponges
Eye protection
Disposable shoe covers

Before you begin cleaning walls damaged by fire, there are a few things you need to do. First, turn off your HVAC system, so soot does not spread and open up the windows and doors to ventilate the room, but only if there is no risk of circulating ashes or soot to clean areas of the home. Always consider calling in SERVPRO for fire damage restoration services.

Ensure that you wear clothing that covers your arms and legs. You need to wear a respirator, eye protection, and gloves as soot is unhealthy to breathe and can irritate the skin. If you leave the area you are cleaning to go to another area of the home, change your shoe covers to avoid tracking soot around the property.

If there is debris that requires removal or a lot of surfaces to clean, it is a smart move to bring in professional assistance to clean up your home. Improper cleaning of residues from a fire can stain walls and cause more damage to other surfaces. SERVPRO uses pre-testing to minimize potential added staining and marring to porous surfaces.

When you begin cleaning, use the dry-cleaning sponge first to wipe away as much soot and smoke residue as you can from surfaces. Avoid wetting soot as it has the potential to smear and spread, staining affected surfaces further.  

One of the best dry-cleaning sponge techniques to use is to turn the sponge as you use it for a few strokes; this ensures you continue picking up soot instead of spreading it. Once all sides of the dry-cleaning sponge show soot, use a utility knife to slice away the sides to clean away the used portions and have virtually a clean sponge ready to work again. Use gentle wiping motions and never scrub walls or surfaces.

After you finish wiping surfaces with the dry-cleaning sponge, you can move on to regular sponges and liquid cleaners. There are specific commercial formulas for cleaning soot; however, vinegar, paint thinner, and degreasing solutions work in their place. It is vital to clean every surface in the room, even if it appears clean and untouched by smoke.

Rinse your cleaning cloth in a bucket of hot water as you wipe up residue from the fire and change the water out in the bucket when it is dark or smells like smoke. Then upon completion, wipe surfaces again with a clean cloth and clean water to remove any residue from cleaning products. Chances are great you may have to prime or recoat some walls or a ceiling with fresh paint.

SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher knows fire damage can feel overwhelming to deal with. Our qualified team is available 24/7 by calling (708) 672-0077 to mitigate fire loss in your home. We try to make it "Like it never even happened."

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Chicago Heights Property Owners Rely on SERVPRO for Mold Assessments and Remediation

6/10/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Chicago Heights Property Owners Rely on SERVPRO for Mold Assessments and Remediation Maybe Mold in Your Chicago Heights Property? Call SERVPRO to Set Up Air Sampling for a Lab, then Remediation If Needed.

Environmental Testing for Mold Damage in Your Chicago Heights Area Residence or Business

Mold growth can create a hazardous situation for Chicago area homes and businesses, so understanding the threat of what you face and how to overcome the organism is critical. With thousands of varieties of mold and multiple causes for the moisture that can facilitate colonization, a thorough inspection and assessment of your property is an important first step. Testing the environment may be a vital process of both the mold inspection process and the final approval of effective remediation and restoration practices by our qualified technicians.  

Throughout the greater metropolitan area, our SERVPRO technicians help home and business owners with mold-related damages throughout the year. Our experienced team is ready to provide Mold Inspections and Air Sampling at your residence in Chicago Heights or commercial building. Knowing what to expect when our highly trained Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) arrive for an initial inspection can help you to understand how thorough this process is.  

When we first arrive, our inspection team works on establishing an idea of the relative humidity throughout the house and checks areas like the foundation for leaks and moisture penetration, as well as the plumbing, air ducts, the roof, and windows. We also look to identify any musty odors present on the property. It is very challenging for property owners to identify the presence of mold, especially without being able to see the mold directly.  

Mold Assessment - We offer indoor air quality and mold related assessments and consulting, providing our client’s remediation protocols, and we can conduct post-remediation assessments. The sampling of the environment from your home is sent to a nearby lab for further analysis. Under the charge of specialists, the concentration of mold spores can get determined.  

An elevated volume of spores and fungal presence can indicate contamination, and our SERVPRO remediation team must get to work on mitigation strategies. This same air testing can occur throughout the remediation process and after the restoration has completed showing that our work has made the property safe for occupation again.

You might not always know when mold damage could exist in your home or business, but our SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) can help. Give us a call at (708) 672-0077 for a thorough mold inspection of your Chicago Heights area residential or commercial property.

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How Water Damage Affects Inventory in Chicago Heights Warehouses

6/3/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial How Water Damage Affects Inventory in Chicago Heights Warehouses Has your warehouse experienced a water loss event? Call SERVPRO Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher to dry your inventory quickly.

Commercial Water Removal Methods Protect Warehoused Investments throughout Chicago Heights 

Clogged drains, leaky roofs, or broken water lines to drinking fountains in your factory can affect inventory stored in both open and recessed areas. Increased humidity happens quickly and spreads everywhere in its attempt to reach equilibrium. Customers in Chicago Heights and elsewhere want products in mint condition, without marring or other defects.

Because elevated levels of water vapor in the air can cause defects at any point in the manufacturing process or during storage before shipping or pickup, SERVPRO provides business owners in Chicago Heights with the latest in commercial water removal services. We arrive ready to help you shut the flow of water off, including locating the source in those situations where it remains hidden. Once completed, we begin with the removal of the water wherever we find it on your floors.

Removing water from horizontal surfaces discloses the location of many hidden spots where water remains left inside walls and other enclosed areas. When water slowly seeps out of hollow wall spaces, it collects alongside the joint between wall and floor. We prefer to help drainage happen faster by drilling a few weep holes.

While we have the baseboards removed, we also drill a hole large enough for the flexible tubing of our Injectidry system. We use this machine to force dry air into enclosed spaces because our air movers alone cannot reach into these areas as effectively as needed. We measure the moisture in the air as it exits, letting us determine when the interior reaches dry conditions.

We also use moisture meters to determine the moisture content of other materials, obtaining a baseline percentage at the onset of our work so we can compare the progress later. We must remove water from both absorbent elements and also the air to ensure your facility no longer harbors dampness.

Infrared technology in the form of cameras gives us on-the-spot visuals of trapped water, providing accuracy when we need it most. To restore your warehouse, “Like it never even happened,” we need to remove every trace of lost water. With these cameras, we quickly uncover these areas and work on drying the structure and contents. Enclosed areas used to store inventory can also trap moisture, but our equipment quickly decreases water vapor to safe levels.

Able to effectively partner with you, SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher can get the environment inside your factory or warehouse stabilized and safe for both your employees and your products. Contact us at (708) 672-0077 for water removal services that protect and restore businesses in the Monee, Glenwood, and Peotone communities.

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Chicago Heights Water Loss? SERVPRO Mitigates the Damage--Contact Us Fast!

5/27/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Chicago Heights Water Loss? SERVPRO Mitigates the Damage--Contact Us Fast! SERVPRO Provides Chicago Heights Area with Rapid Water Emergency Cleanup and Restoration

How Water Removal Can Prevent Permanent Damages in Chicago Heights

In water restoration, we deal with both long-term issues that affect your property as well as shorter-term problems. A short term problem can be caused by an unforeseen event that results in large quantities of water pooling in your property. One example could be a leaking pipe or perhaps structural issues such as an attic or roofing leak that is exacerbated by heavy rainfall. Short term issues are time-sensitive, which is why quickly responding can help prevent permanent damages.

We run a local restoration service to help with water removal in Chicago Heights. The type of emergency you are experiencing is influential in our remediation procedure. There are two categories of water issues. The first is clean water emergencies, which are defined by large quantities of drinking or washing water entering the home. The second issue is more severe and involves a contaminated water supply, which may require removal and replacement of possessions or infrastructure.

Your SERVPRO technician can identify both types of water emergency and respond accordingly. In a clean water emergency, the majority, if not all, of items can be salvaged through proper drying of the affected area. Frequently, unpleasant odors dissipate once the property is dry. To gain this state, we can use pumping equipment as well as dehumidifiers and rapid air-movers.

Where the excess water is deemed to be contaminated, we must adopt a more rigorous approach, at times relying on replacement rather than restoration. Contaminated water--Black Water--could contain animal carcasses, pathogens, or raw sewage and represents a significant health risk. A SERVPRO technician must remove and dispose of porous materials like carpets, subfloor pads, and even sections of drywall to ensure your home is sanitary and safe. We may also need to quarantine the area and only enter with the correct Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Time is the crucial factor in either type of water restoration. Since water bonds with particles it comes into contact with, a clean water spill can become increasingly severe if it is not dealt with swiftly. As a local service, we offer a twenty-four-hour emergency contact number when you need assistance.

Act fast to prevent permanent property damages, contact SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher at (708) 672-0077.

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How to Remove Water When There is No Electricity in Your Park Forest Home

5/23/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage How to Remove Water When There is No Electricity in Your Park Forest Home Water and electricity don't mix! Water loss incidents can pose a safety hazard.

Temporary Power Solutions for Water-Damaged Park Forest Homes

With so many of our devices working off of electricity, we cannot discredit the possibility of water loss incidents also allowing for power outages and concerns within your Park Forest property. With situations where standing water and excessive moisture content are concerns, it can be unsafe to attempt to utilize power in the house even if the service for this utility has not become entirely disconnected. We have multiple temporary solutions and approaches that can help us to keep working despite hiccups in the power where you live. 

Many adverse effects and conditions stemming from the water damage exist in your Park Forest home after the incident. With how fast these same effects can continually spread the property, it is likely that more areas beyond the source point can become damaged by the movement of water. Our SERVPRO professionals have state-of-the-art equipment and highly trained personnel to address these concerns quickly and confidently. 

With many of our most common choices for extraction being tools that hinge on the use of electricity, our team must travel with portable power solutions for temporary electricity as needed to operate our water damage mitigation and recovery equipment. Among the most common of these solutions that our SERVPRO team offers are large generators. These run on gasoline or diesel fuel, and can continually provide an abundance of power to multiple units working simultaneously. 

Even with the use of gas-powered tools and equipment like our trash pumps, a generator can help to run air movers and dehumidifiers at the same time to address excessive moisture and dampness in exposed areas of the house. Much like the individual drying units, the generator can get moved from one point to another to provide portable power solutions to multiple points of the same recovery. 

No matter when disaster strikes, you need a team that stays prepared for all of the potential effects that your house could face after a water loss incident. Give our SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher professionals a call today at (708) 672-0077.

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May is National Electrical Safety Month

5/14/2019 (Permalink)

Community May is National Electrical Safety Month May is National Electrical Safety Month

Electricity drives the modern world and we often take it for granted. And if a natural disaster occurs, there’s a few things to remember to stay electrically safe during the storm.

Before the storm hits, make sure to charge all phones and other communication devices.  Then, unplug all electronics, and move them as high as possible to avoid water damage from flooding.

Turn of the main power breaker feeding the home to prevent any surges to the wiring and equipment.

After the storm blows through, and you begin to evaluate the aftermath, it’s important to avoid flooded areas as they may be electrified.

Do not use any electrical equipment or electronics if they’ve been submerged.

If flooding has occurred, have the electrical system inspected by a qualified electrical inspector. 

If you’re using a qualified generator, ensure a qualified electrician installed it and make sure to use a listed and approved transfer switch and GFCI protection.

It’s a good idea to protect your home with carbon monoxide detectors.

When venturing outside, be very alert of your surroundings. If you encounter a fallen power line, stay at least 35 feet away. Avoid touching any objects the line may be laying on such as a fence, a car, or a light pole as the object could be energized.

If others are around, alert them to stay away and call 911.

While storms can be devastating to a community, the aftermath can be challenging.  However, could be an opportunity to renovate and upgrade your main power source with renewable energy such as solar.

Floodwaters and heavy winds aren’t the only hazards during a storm.  That’s why it’s important to treat electricity with extreme caution.  

Downed power lines can be deadly. ALWAYS assume a downed power line is live and avoid going near it or anything in contact with it.

Use Precaution

  • Downed power lines can energize the ground up to 35 feet away. Even more in wet conditions.
  • Never drive over downed power lines or through water that is in contact with them
  • Never try to move a downed power line. Even using items that typically are not conductive will not prevent injury or death
  • If you see a downed line call 911

If a vehicle contacts a power line or utility pole stay away and call 911

  • Consider all lines to be live and dangerous
  • Stay in place or inside your vehicle unless you see fire or smoke
  • Warn others to stay at least 35 feet away
  • Tell others not to approach vehicle, downed lines, or anything that may be in contact with downed lines
  • Call 911

In the Event of Fire or Smoke

  • Do not touch the ground and vehicle at the same time
  • Jump from vehicle with your feet together
  • Shuffle away, avoid lifting your feet