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If Your Chicago Heights Home Experiences A Flood Damage Emergency, Our Crew Can Help!

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage If Your Chicago Heights Home Experiences A Flood Damage Emergency, Our Crew Can Help! Let the experts at SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher restore your home, its contents, and your peace of mind after flood damage.

A Professional Pack-Out Protects Your Possessions After Flood Damage In Chicago Heights

Flooding brings overwhelming devastation to your Chicago Heights home. Whether from internal plumbing or appliance failure or after an intense storm or overland spilling of waters from overburdened waterways, the damage can be extensive. The structural components of your home are at risk, as well as the furnishings, household goods, and personal possessions. Our full-service restoration company has skilled technicians and innovative equipment to respond to all flooding challenges.

Often it becomes evident that flood damage remediation inside your Chicago Heights house needs a pack-out of damaged contents to simplify water removal and structural drying. Moving furniture and other articles to our production facility also allow our specially-trained technicians to use a broad range of strategies to clean, dry, and restore the items.

SERVPRO uses our carefully designed Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) to ensure an accurate inventory of the property packed-out. We maintain a room by room accounting of the items removed, using digital photos, lists, and barcoding. As we evaluate each article, we document its condition, prepare it for restoration or disposal, and report the outcome. This methodical system allows us to keep you and your insurance company apprised for claims purposes.

Unique techniques like freeze-drying and the use of thermal chambers dry out and restore records, pictures, electronics, and other personal possessions you probably feared were headed to the landfill. At SERVPRO we always stress restoration over replacement, understanding that the loss of a lifetime of memories is to be avoided if at all possible.

Special equipment like our Esporta Washing System transforms soiled and sodden articles from ruined to refreshed and restored to function. Treasured toys, clothing, and other soft items need not be abandoned as destroyed when SERVPRO’s IICRC trained technicians operate this innovative technology.

Once the SERVPRO team completes the flood damage remediation in your home, we are eager to return the items we restored. The CCIS protocols assist us in putting everything recovered back in place. Clean, dry, and odor-free, both your house and the collection of little things that make it a home are back to pre-flood condition.

Let the experts at SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher restore your home, its contents, and your peace of mind after flood damage. Day or night, year-round, call us at (708) 672-0077 to schedule an assessment.

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SERVPRO Out In The Community

3/20/2019 (Permalink)

Community SERVPRO Out In The Community Marketing representative Angela Kuelper with future SERVPRO employee, her son Vincent.

This past weekend SERVPRO of Chicago Heights- Crete- Beecher had the chance to take part in an event for area fire fighters and police!  Peotone Fire Department held their 7th annual Fire & Police Swap Meet at the Will County Fair Gounds in Peotone.  This swap meet has been a great success over the years attracting people from as far away as California!  We were very proud to be able to support such a great event and our local Police and Fire departments.  SERVPRO of Chicago Heights- Crete- Beecher marketing representative Angela Kuelper was onsite to answer questions and get to know more about the community that we serve.  

“I meet people from St. Luis, Chicago, Pennsylvania and California while at the event.  It was so nice to see the turn out of both vendors and attendees.  The Peotone Fire Department did a great job putting on the event!  I was told by one person that the event just Kees growing ever year, a sure sign of success!” -Angela Kuelper

At SERVPRO of Chicago Heights- Crete- Beecher we love to do these local events.  Community involvement is one of the biggest things that sets us apart from out competitors.  

To see where we will be next or other past events visit us and like us on Facebook.  Also be sure to check back to the page for more news, tips, and events or call our friendly office staff at (708) 672-0077 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year!  

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SERVPRO is Here to Help Businesses After A Flood!

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial SERVPRO is Here to Help Businesses After A Flood! Let us help you and your business get back on its feet after flood damage strikes.

SERVPRO - Cleaning And Eliminating Commercial Flood Damage To Chicago Heights Businesses

Flooding around the Chicago Heights area is not a regular occurrence, but it happens enough that business owners need to prepare for it. Even if the water does reach higher than a few inches, the cleanup and restoration still need to begin rapidly.

In Chicago Heights businesses, commercial flood damage requires additional cleanup services due to the presence of outside soil and other contaminants. Most facilities require SERVPRO restoration teams to return the facility to a sanitary level, which is our standard, but if there is food (human or animal), pharmaceuticals, or certain types of equipment processed, packaged, or manufactured, then further actions are needed.

As stated, Sanitary is our standard for most businesses. Team members clean to this level for retail operations and manufacturing plants where they assemble electronic devices like TVs and sound equipment. Specialists start with removing the flood water and then spray every surface that was under water with an anti-bacterial cleaner.

Next, they wipe down everything with sponges to remove the dirt and residues from the cleaner. For the floors, they wash down the floors with clean water and then use squeegees to force the water, cleaning residues, and contaminants out of the building. These actions return it to a clean condition, safe for customers and employees.

For facilities where they process frozen dinners, SERVPRO specialists clean to a disinfected level. Here, team members ensure they remove 99 percent of the contamination left by the flood water. Restoration teams use only FDA approved anti-bacterial and other cleaners on every exposed surface in the facility and piece of machinery to ensure they achieve that percentage.

A business that manufactures pharmaceuticals and medical equipment requires cleaning to a Sterile level. To achieve a 100 percent elimination of contaminants, our specialists disinfect the facility multiple times. After each cleaning, one of our inspectors uses an FDA checklist to make certain all surfaces and equipment are safe again for use.

Restoring a business after a flood is not a simple or quick task. At SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher, we work as quickly as possible to return each facility to a clean, safe condition. If you are dealing with the contaminating effects of a flood, contact us today at (708) 672-0077. We are here to help you reopen, no matter what you sell or service you provide to our community.

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50 Ways To Practice Fire Safety

3/4/2019 (Permalink)

General 50 Ways To Practice Fire Safety 50 Ways To Practice Fire Safety

SERVPRO of Chicago Heights - Crete- Beecher would like to share with you these 50 Ways To Practice Fire Safety 

50 Ways To Practice Fire Safety

  • Stay away from things that can burn you
  • Never play with matches or lighters
  • Ask your parents to install a smoke detector on every floor of your home
  • Learn the sound of smoke detectors
  • Help your parents test detectors monthly
  • Remind them to replace smoke detector batteries every six months
  • Check your home for fire hazards
  • Keep flammable materials away from heat sources
  • Check for frayed or worn electrical cords
  • Don’t overload extension cords or electrical outlets
  • Check that small appliances are unplugged after use
  • Put sturdy screens in front of fireplaces
  • Keep an eye on food while it’s cooking
  • Tell adults to turn pot handles inward when they cook
  • Keep towels and other clutter away from the stovetop
  • Use a microwave only when an adult is present
  • Never put anything metal in a microwave
  • Read directions on food packages before using the microwave
  • Never use water to put out an electrical or grease fire
  • Run cold water over a burn
  • Post emergency numbers by every phone
  • Tell your parents to keep a fire extinguisher near the kitchen, garage and fireplace
  • Ask them to keep fire extinguishers fully charged
  • Remind your parents to remove dead trees and leaves from your yard
  • Tell them to build campfires away from trees
  • Post your home address clearly on your house or mailbox
  • Keep all exits clear
  • Close your bedroom door at night
  • Make a family fire escape plan
  • Learn at least two ways out of each room
  • Choose a family meeting place in case of fire
  • Learn how to report a fire
  • Practice your escape plan with your family at least twice a year
  • Don’t fear firefighters in gear
  • If you hear a smoke alarm or smell smoke, get outside quickly
  • Don’t stop to take anything
  • If there’s smoke, crawl low under it
  • Test doors with the back of your hand before opening them
  • If a door feels hot, use another exit
  • Crawl backwards down stairs if there’s smoke
  • Get out through a window only if it’s safe
  • If a window is unsafe to climb out of, wave something light-colored and yell for help
  • Never use an elevator in a fire - look for stairs
  • Don’t go back inside for any reason
  • If your clothes catch on fire, STOP, DROP AND ROLL
  • Once you are outside, stay out
  • Go to your family meeting place and wait for your family
  • Call the fire department when you are safely outside
  • Never call in a false alarm

Our Fast Response Will Restore Your Flood Damaged Chicago Heights Home To Pre-Damage Condition

3/3/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Our Fast Response Will Restore Your Flood Damaged Chicago Heights Home To Pre-Damage Condition You can reach us at (708) 672-0077 any time.

How A Speedy Response Changes The Outcome Of Flood Damage In Chicago Heights

Floods can affect property anywhere including areas outside earmarked flood zones. You have probably heard that carrying out an expedited restoration process is helpful, and it is true. Because you might not know the exact steps to take to restore your property, the best bet is to work with a professional restoration company.

One of the effects of flood damage in Chicago Heights is microbial growth. Microbes include bacteria, mold, and other pathogens. Floodwaters contain different microbes because they flow over broad areas. One unique aspect of microbes is growth; the longer they remain undisturbed. A speedy response that removes floodwaters helps curtail such growth saving the homeowner the hassle of extra effort sanitizing affected areas. Our SERVPRO technicians use high capacity pumps or truck-mounted water extractors to expedite the removal process.

Floodwaters affect materials in different ways. For example, wood and its derivatives, which can be found in floorboards and cabinets, rot or lose structural integrity when exposed to water over extended periods. Materials can also lose their utility value even if physically they remain unchanged like in the case of insulation, which loses R-value. Our SERVPRO technicians understand how moisture causes these problems, so we use various detection tools including moisture meters to check saturation levels in different materials and monitor the effectiveness of drying processes.

Sometimes it is not possible to remove water from the home immediately especially if all surrounding areas are swamped by water. However, it is possible to take actions that help save some of the items from extended exposure to water. Our SERVPRO technicians can move out items to higher floors in the house or an offsite warehouse. We also use heavy-duty plastic sheets to cover items to protect them from dripping water. By limiting the exposure period, it is possible to save more items.

For a quick solution when your property in Park Forest, Sauk Village or Steger area floods, call SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher. You can reach us at (708) 672-0077 any time. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Fire Departments Rely on SERVPRO's Esporta Washing System for Clean Turn-Out Gear

2/27/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Fire Departments Rely on SERVPRO's Esporta Washing System for Clean Turn-Out Gear SERVPRO Supports Our Local Fire FIghters in the Greater Chicago Area--We Even Decontaminate and Clean Their Break-=Out Gear

SERVPRO Supports Our Local Fire Fighters in the Greater Chicago Area

There are many ways that a local company or franchise can give back to the community. Whether to respond to a medical emergency or to a house fire, our regional Fire Departments are ready 24/7 to help, just as SERVPRO is also available 24/7/365 to assist our neighbors.

When a house fire breaks out in Chicago Heights, Park Forest or Beecher, the local Fire Department arrives swiftly to extinguish the flames and provide safety and comfort for the unfortunate residents. Documented studies have shown that two out of every three of these heroes will have a cancer diagnosis. They put themselves in jeopardy while saving lives and properties. They don personal protective equipment like helmets, boots, gloves, and turn-out gear that often becomes contaminated with combustible pollutants and substances.

So, how does SERVPRO provide a valuable service to our communities? We proudly support the Mabas Division 24, Mutual Aid Box Alarm System comprised of 21 Fire Departments in South Suburban Cook County, IL. We offer to clean and decontaminate the soiled break-out gear. This not only protects our First Responders from possible chemical and biological exposure but mitigates the degradation of the gear. In today's world, most communities have budgetary concerns that even affect their fire departments. Considering that 85% of the personnel are volunteers, we contribute to their well-being and safety as they do to ours. Since we are a full-service restoration company, we offer to our Emergency Responders discounted rates for any services we provide to their properties and contents.

The Esporta Wash System is installed in our SERVPRO facility where we can safely and quickly wash, decontaminate, and dry the break-out gear, including the helmets and boots. The NFPA, National Fire Protection Association, recognizes the power of this resource because it meets the stringent requirements for personal protection. Many insurance companies contract with us small and large-loss fire, water, and mold cleanups since our restoration rate of contents is about 90%. This is a win-win situation for all. Fewer expenses, faster results, and we even get to save our neighbor's daughter teddy bear.

SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher team members are your friends and neighbors. Contact us so that we can restore, and not replace, your valued possessions. (708) 747-9925

Here is your Chicago Heights Fire Department.

Fire Threatens Your Crete Home

2/25/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Threatens Your Crete Home Don't let fire ruin your happy Crete home.

When fire and smoke damage threatens your happy Crete home, call the experts to restore it.  At SERVPRO of Chicago Heights/ Crete/ Beecher we care about your home.  Many people think a small fire means little damage, however even the smallest of fires can cause damage to most of your home.  When fire fighters put out the fire in your home, water is used causing water damage as well.  Additionally, the smoke from a fire can ruin furniture, carpets, and walls if not properly cleaned.  At SERVPRO of Chicago Heights/ Crete/ Beecher we pride ourselves in restoring your home and belongings.

There are a few things to keep in mind when dealing with fires.  

  • Having a fire extinguisher in your home can help stop small fires before the become large ones.
  • Never attempt to put out a grease fire with water... remember oil and water DON'T mix!
  • Having an evacuation plan in place can save valuable seconds in a fire, but remember that just having a plan is not enough... PRACTICE IT!
  • Check smoke detectors often and replace batteries!

All the precautions in the word are helpful, but when fire does happen... SERVPRO of Chicago Heights/ Crete/ Beecher will be here to help!  We will do everything that we can to make your happy home smile again making it "Like it never even happened."

We are available 24/7 for all of your fire emergency needs, from boarding up your home to restoring it.  For more information call our friendly office staff at (708) 672-0077.   

Park Forest Homeowners Listen as SERVPRO Talks About Mold Growth Conducive Conditions

2/19/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Park Forest Homeowners Listen as SERVPRO Talks About Mold Growth Conducive Conditions SERVPRO Says a Leaky Window Frame Can Cause Mold Problems for Park Forest Property Owners

Some Causes of Winter Mold Damage in Park Forest

Cold, ice, and snow storms contribute in different ways in making your Park Forest home more susceptible to mold growth. A grasp of the ways mold gains a hold even in the dry cold of winter helps explain why you notice a musty, unpleasant scent or the staining and feathery or leathery-looking evidence of mold colonies.  Let us help you with a winter mold infestation.

Mold damage in Park Forest during any season is frustrating and often hard to manage without professional assistance. We train our crews to evaluate a mold scenario from the source of moisture to effective means of remediation with an open and curious mindset.

Winter mold breakouts can prove perplexing as the interior of our homes dry out while we use central heating, usually a deterrent to microbial growth. SERVPRO technicians look for sources of moisture the homeowner might overlook.

Common ways excessive moisture makes its way inside our homes include humidifiers and vaporizers intended to condition dry winter air. Mold spores are opportunistic and absorb any water, including water vapor emitting from one of these appliances. SERVPRO notes the humidity levels in the rooms affected by mold damage. If it edges past 60 percent, ambient humidity can fuel mold growth. Recommended levels are 30 to 50 percent humidity indoors to inhibit mold damage.

Ice and snow buildup on a roof also can lead to a perfect environment for mold growth. SERVPRO service calls for mold issues in the upper stories of a home during the winter always result in an inspection of outdoor gutters and downspouts and interior insulation and weather sealing. An ice dam, signaled by icicles, builds up when gutters clog with debris and its growth accelerates when the melt and freeze cycle continues because of inadequate insulation and heat leaks. If warm air leaks out the joints between the attic ceiling edges and the eaves and roofline any snow and ice in gutters melt and can invade into a home.

Molds can grow given moisture even if temperatures are low. SERVPRO often finds mold colonies moving from an attic down into living areas. Foundations with ice or snowpack can also admit moisture through cracks, encouraging mold growth in basements, walkouts, and other lower levels.

SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher is ready to remediate winter mold issues relating to any causation. Give us a call at (708) 672-0077 to inspect and craft a mold abatement plan for your home.

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The Real Truth Behind Chicago Heights Water Damage Remediation

2/17/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage The Real Truth Behind Chicago Heights Water Damage Remediation Water damage can happen very quickly. Respond just as fast by contacting SERVPRO for water removal and remediation services.

SERVPRO Turns Around Kitchen Water Damage in Chicago Heights

The kitchen is a common place to experience water damage. Water lines to dishwashers, refrigerators, and of course the kitchen sink. An under-sink leak, especially if it is a slow leak that goes unnoticed for a while, can cause warping of wood and compromise the wall behind the cabinets. Just peeking at the plumbing under the sink on a regular basis can point out a small problem before it turns into a big issue.

SERVPRO technicians came to a water damaged home in Chicago Heights where a leak in a pipe under the kitchen sink had left water in the floor and bottom of the cabinets. The technicians determined the scope of the water was contained inside the kitchen area and had not spread to other areas of the home. Technicians vacuumed the standing water from the tile flooring using portable wet/dry units.

Once the standing water was removed, upon inspecting the interior of cabinets, the technicians determined while the wall at the back of the cabinets was not wet. However, the baseboards around the bottom of the cabinets were retaining moisture. SERVPRO techs removed the baseboards to ensure the wood underneath could be dried entirely to avoid potential secondary damage. No weep holes or other additional drying methods needed.

Positioning air movers to blow moisture up and out of the room, combined with dehumidifiers to rapidly lower the moisture in the room, the kitchen dried quickly. Using moisture detectors to ascertain the area was thoroughly dry, the next step in the restoration could begin. The baseboards were inspected to determine if any warping had occurred. Fortunately, they dried straight so they could be put back into place. The cabinets and flooring were wiped down with our professional-grade anti-bacterial and anti-fungal solutions to leave the surfaces both cleaned and deodorized.

Call SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher when you have water damage that needs addressing right now. Our emergency services are available to help you 24/7. Call (708) 672-0077 and one of our certified experts can start the process of returning your kitchen to normal.

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Frozen Pipes in Thornton

2/15/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Frozen Pipes in Thornton Frozen Pipes in Thornton

The extreme temperatures can cause frozen pipes.  When water freezes inside of pipes it expands and the pipe breaks causing damage that can be catastrophic to a home or business owner. Let SERVPRO of Chicago Heights/ Crete/ Beecher help you get it back to "Like it never even happened."

From residential to commercial, we are Ready To Any Size Disaster!  We can help you through the process of water damage from start to finish in a number of ways including:

Emergency 24/7/365 mitigation services,

Minimize additional property damages,

Use specialized test equipment to determine hidden water,

Review restoration vs. replacement,

Office staff that is highly trained in working with your insurance company,

Construction division to help rebuild what where to have to tear out,  

Use advanced drying techniques to monitor and ensure your property is properly dried!

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