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

5/23/2019 (Permalink)

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

Fire Damage Remediation in Park Forest: This is What Professionals Do

5/7/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Remediation in Park Forest: This is What Professionals Do Fire damage affects your entire home. Its remnants can get into the smallest of places. Contact SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

How SERVPRO Fights Fire Odor Combined with Fire Damage in Park Forest Home

The majority of fire damage mitigations are not for full house losses. In many cases, it is a portion of a room that was affected. Which can lead to a mistake many homeowners make, when they self-clean the remnants of the fire and think the odor is something they have to just live with.

When SERVPRO handles fire damage in a Park Forest home, we address all levels of fire damage, the visible charred contents, smoke residues and the invisible components odors from soot that cannot be seen but make their presence known until professionally mitigated.

Containment around the damaged area prevents any further spread of residues or odor. Our technicians remove damaged building materials off premises as they add to the odor problem. If there is water or excess moisture from extinguishing the fire, extraction happens as quickly as possible, so the process of drying the structure with our air movers to pull moisture from walls, floors and contents.

Ventilation is a crucial factor in the remediation of fire loss and eliminating odor. SERVPRO technicians run ventilation equipment during cleanup from a fire loss. We have equipment such as negative air machine which is beneficial for capturing odor-causing microscopic particulates and removing them from the area a vacuum-effect.

The removal of smoke and soot remains a keystone in avoiding lingering odors. Once the room has dried, our technicians wipe down all surfaces using cleaning methods applicable to the type of residues left by the fire. For example, synthetic materials such as plastic housings of electronics or rubber covers over cords tend to leave greasy films that require a wet sponge technique to clean with our professional-grade cleaning formulas.

If any odors remain after the application of other treatments, our certified odor control technicians have additional methods to eliminate odors in both building materials and contents at the molecular level, so we leave the home in its preloss condition. 

Contact SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher at (708) 672-0077 when you need assistance with fire damage. Our technicians have the training, equipment and experience to make your fire loss "Like it never even happened."

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When Man's Best Friend Creates Water Damage in Park Forest

4/29/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage When Man's Best Friend Creates Water Damage in Park Forest Pets- they are cute and cuddly and can create water damage in your home. Call SERVPRO to restore the water damage in your home today!

The Dog Did It - SERVPRO Helps with Water Damage in Park Forest Home

Water damage can occur in a lot of unexpected ways. You can check your supply lines and pipes regularly to make sure they are in working order — however, unpredictable factors like pets and human error that can create unplanned situations.

SERVPRO received an urgent call to clean up water damage in a Park Forest home. The homeowner arrived home for lunch as he did every day, and stepped in the water when he took his first step into his home. He kept the downstairs bathroom door shut because his dog had a habit of jumping in and out of the tub to amuse herself. The dog got the door open and in playing her game at the bathtub, accidentally turned on the faucet, with the drain closed. The homeowner estimated water had been running at least three to four hours before he shut it off.

SERVPRO technicians arrived quickly after the initial phone call and immediately began using portable pumps to extract the water while another technician determined precisely where and to what extent the home was affected by moisture.

Luckily the water had followed a path on tile flooring, and only the very edges of a carpeted room were affected, and after the initial removal, we squeegeed the floor to ensure as much water was pulled up as possible. Technicians used weighted extractors to push the water that had seeped into the padding for faster drying.

In a water spill such as this, we carefully examine the subflooring with moisture detectors to determine if there it is retaining any moisture. Fortunately for this homeowner, we found none.

SERVPRO technicians spend extra time on water extraction because the more water we remove, the faster the drying phase goes. The technicians set up air mover and dehumidifiers to expel the remainder of the water vapor left and then followed up with a thorough cleaning and disinfecting. The homeowner was pleased and to avoid this in the future stated he was looking into doggie daycare or childproof locks to keep his dog out of the room when he was not home.

SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher knows fast action on water damage is crucial that is why "We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster"-Call us 24/7 at (708) 672-0077 when you need quick assistance with your water loss situation.

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Time Is Running Out! Think About These Ways to Change Your Flood Damage Situation in Chicago Heights

4/21/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Time Is Running Out! Think About These Ways to Change Your Flood Damage Situation in Chicago Heights Timing is critical when flooding and associated flood damage affects your home. Contact SERVPRO for water removal services.

SERVPRO - Restoring Homes After Flood Damage In Chicago Heights Neighborhoods

After flooding in a Chicago Heights home, there are several actions needed to reduce or eliminate the long-term effects the water can have on the structure. These include water removal, cleaning surfaces covered or touched by the contaminated water, and quick drying the interior of the home.

SERVPRO technicians train and work swiftly to ameliorate these effects of flood damage in Chicago Heights homes. We have an extensive inventory of tools and cleaners to return each area residence to a dry, safe condition for occupation once more.

Since flooding is water from outside the home, it contains soil and other contaminants. In these situations, our teams begin by spraying the water and nearby surfaces with an anti-bacterial chemical agent. This action eliminates the immediate health threat, so our technicians can begin removing the water from the home.

SERVPRO team members begin with a commercial-grade pump to drain water from the home. They direct all floodwater from home directly into the closest sewer access point. If the system is still overwhelmed by the flood, our personnel pump everything directly into a tank truck for delivery to a wastewater treatment plant.

After removing the water, specialists then spray all exposed surfaces; floors, walls, and floor trim for example, with the anti-bacterial agent. If the property is not restorable, they dispose of it according to state and federal EPA regulations.

If the structural property is restorable, we start with cleaning. Using drywall as an example, technicians carefully spray and wipe down the walls. We are careful with our actions since drywall can become very delicate if it absorbs too much water. After removing visible dirt and other contaminants, team members dry the sections using an air mover device that generates warm air. They carefully adjust the temperature and direction of the airflow to dry the affected sections before the water can cause them to crack or split.

At SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher, our goal is to help each homeowner back into their residence as soon as we can return it into a safe, dry place to live again. If you have had even just a little flood water get into your home, call us today at (708) 672-0077. We are here for you.

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Have an ESCAPE PLAN!

4/5/2019 (Permalink)

General Have an ESCAPE PLAN! Have an ESCAPE PLAN!

Plan Ahead!

If a fire breaks out in your home you may have only a few minutes to get out safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Everyone needs to know what to do and where to go if there is a fire.

SAFETY TIPS

1.  Make a Home escape plan. Draw a map of your home showing all doors and windows. Discuss the plan with everyone in your home.

2. No at least two ways out of every room, if possible. Make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily.

3. Have an outside meeting place like a tree, light pole, or mailbox. Make sure it is a safe distance from the home where everyone should meet.

4. Practice your home fire drill at night and during the day with everyone in your home at least twice a year.

5. Practice using different ways out.

6. Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.

7.  Close doors behind you as you leave. 

IF THE ALARM SOUNDS...

1. If the smoke alarm sounds get out and stay out! Never go back inside for people or pets.

2. If you have to escape through spoke, get low and go under the smoke to your way out.

3. Call the fire department from outside your home.

FACTS

! A closed door may show with the spread of smoke, heat and fire. Install smoke alarms inside every sleeping room and outside each sleeps area.  Install alarms on every level of the home. Smoke alarms should be interconnected. When one smoke alarm sounds, they all sound.

! According to an NFPA survey, Only one of three American households have actually developed and practiced a home fire escape plan.

! While 71% of Americans have an escape plan in case of a fire, only 47% of those have practiced it.

! 1/3 of American households call made an estimate thought they would have at least six minutes before a fire in their own home would become life-threatening. The time available is often less. And only 8% set their first thought on hearing a smoke alarm would be to get out.

Why SERVPRO Is The Leader In Flood Damage Restoration In Chicago Heights

4/4/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Why SERVPRO Is The Leader In Flood Damage Restoration In Chicago Heights We are available 24/7 and can restore the devastated damage in your business after a storm has hit.

When Flooding Threatens to Cancel Your Wedding in Chicago Heights

If you are a wedding planner in Chicago Heights you may worry about flowers, the weather and a caterer; but you may never think that your venue will flood a few days before the ceremony. Prior to informing the bride about the flood damage, you may want to work with the owner of the venue to contact a professional team that can quickly restore the room. Having access to a group of experts can make all the difference to the happy couple and to your business.

In Chicago Heights, SERVPRO is the best team to handle commercial flood damage. First and foremost, we are available 24/7 through our rapid response team, so a call to us is a call to immediate action. Upon arrival, we make sure the source of water has been controlled and rapidly assess the extent of the damage so you can make any necessary accommodations to your work plan leading up to the wedding. Even if it seems like the water level is overwhelming, there is still a chance that our truck-mounted or submersible pumps may be able to get the job done in time for the event.

Part of our training involves knowing how to optimize our equipment to achieve the best results. By applying the principles of hygrometry and using air movers, dehumidifiers and heaters we can speed up the drying process. Our SERVPRO team can even infuse warm air directly into your walls to make water evaporate even faster after flood damage.

If area rugs and upholstered furniture is at risk, our SERVPRO crew moves it to a safe area until the room is ready. For those pieces that need to be discarded we take charge of disposing of them according to local health and business regulations, so you do not need to worry about this either. As we finish the job by scrubbing the air to remove any lingering odors, you will find yourself ready to have vendors move in to start the set-up.

SERVPRO of Chicago Heights/Crete/Beecher supports your business in your time of need. Just call us at (708) 672-0077 so we can all pretend “Like it never even happened.”

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Document Preservation, Restoration, Conservation, and Recovery

3/29/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Document Preservation, Restoration, Conservation, and Recovery Wet documents

There is nothing more deflating than looking at a stack of wet documents or books that you absolutely cannot get rid of and wonder "What am I going to do with all of this?!" 

That is where the SERVPRO Team can help! Trained and certified in document drying and restoration, we can help stop the damage from getting worse and get them back to being functional again. Nothing can undo the damage already done to them but we can get the pages separated, cleaned, deodorized, sanitized (if required), re-jacketed, digitized, or even destroyed if need. 

Our technicians are HIPPA- Master Certified as well as our facility is HIPPA compliant and under 24 hour surveillance. We can handle your medical, legal, educational, and even historical documents without the worry of if they will be handled correctly. 

By acting quickly and contacting us, we can get a freezer truck dispatched to anywhere in the country needed. Our technicians will take it from there.  

                  !!!!! Call us today !!!!!

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Let Us Help You Get Back To Business After Water Damage In Park Forest

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Let Us Help You Get Back To Business After Water Damage In Park Forest Our signature green trucks carry equipment that can handle any water damage job big or small. Call us 24/7 for all your restoration needs.

Restore the Sweetness to Your Park Forest Candy Store with SERVPRO’s Water Damage Team

Charming local shops Park Forest dare not disappoint loyal customers. When your candy kitchen suffers a burst pipe, you need a water mitigation plan that gets your sweet treat creation back on line fast. Moisture in a food preparation area must be managed quickly because mold growth can accelerate within 24 to 48 hours.

Our experienced team of water damage restoration technicians can be at your Park Forest site within hours of your first call. We are proud of our commitment to be Faster to any size disaster, and couple our speed with the preparation to take on any project immediately after we assess the problem.

Each SERVPRO service vehicle carries water removal and structural drying equipment to avoid delays. Once our crew lead devises the water mitigation plan, our technicians are on the job. Water more than two inches in depth pumps out, and then our wanded extractors suction moisture out of edges and crevices.

The tile floor and walls likely found in your commercial kitchen might seem to clean up rapidly, but we take the time to locate hidden pockets of water. We use thermal scanners that reveal water in cavities and moisture meters that signal where porous structural materials might hold higher than normal dampness. SERVPRO technicians master IICRC training, learning how to track water migration and to use effective strategies to return wet materials to normal moisture content.

Once we remove the majority of the water our SERVPRO team switches to drying mode. Our signature green trucks stock heater, air movers, and dehumidifiers to create the proper atmospheric balance within the affected area. The goal is to move absorbed water out of structures into the air as vapor. The water vapor absorbs or condenses depending on whether we employ desiccant or evaporative dehumidification equipment.

SERVPRO employees then use EPA registered products to sanitize the water-damaged surfaces. As quickly as possible we transform wet and soggy to “Like it never even happened.” You and your customers enjoy that sweet finish.

SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher is on the job fast when water damages your local business. Call us day or night at (708) 672-0077 to schedule an assessment.

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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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