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Summer Fire Safety Tips Brought To You By SERVPRO

8/23/2021 (Permalink)

People around camp fire It’s very important to ensure that everyone stays safe by observing a few simple fire protection guidelines

 

Sure it can be a good time for all our fellow Beecher residents, but it’s also important to ensure that everyone stays safe by observing a few simple fire protection guidelines.

SERVPRO is glad to bring you tips from FEMA and the U.S. Fire Administration and the list of five summer fire safety tips:

  1. Keep a bucket of water handy. If an ember floats out of your fire pit, or a log falls down from your bonfire stack and sets nearby foliage, paper, or other flammable materials aflame, you don’t want to be scrambling for a way to put the fire out. Having a bucket of water nearby is a great first response tool to keep a fire under control.
  2. Supervise all fireworks (if fireworks are legal in your state, of course). Sparklers and pinwheels might seem “low risk,” but the reality is that there aren’t any fireworks out there that are safe enough for kids to use without adult supervision. It’s also important to ensure that no one tries to re-light fireworks that don’t work properly the first time. Dump these in a bucket of water and move on to the next package.
  3. Don’t let barbecue grease build up. Whether you’re using a charcoal or a gas grill, it’s important to keep it clean to prevent accidental grease fires caused by all of the gunk that can accumulate on a grill over time.
  4. Inspect the area around your BBQ and campfire. You don’t want to grill or light a campfire anywhere near other flammable materials. This includes deck railings, overhanging branches, dry grass or that pile of dry wood and recycling sitting in the back corner of your yard. If you’re camping, clear out the area immediately around your BBQ or campfire spot to be sure that there’s no scrub or brush nearby that could ignite if a spark lands on it.
  5. When you’re done with the fun, put out the flames. While it might seem romantic to fall asleep in front of a campfire, you really should dump water and/or sand on those embers before catching some shut-eye. The same goes for BBQs – close your propane valve and the unit’s lid, as well as any vents on a charcoal grill once you’re done. Unsupervised BBQs can easily tip over in the wind. A breeze can pick up and carry coals and embers from that campfire, dropping them where they can ignite dry grass, branches, trees or deck planks.

Facts About Mold You May Not Have Known About - SERVPRO Can Help!

7/26/2021 (Permalink)

Mold in corner Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same.
 

Understanding Mold

When water intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic, float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor, and that odor can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

The Mold Remediation Process

Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. Learn more about our mold remediation process.

  1. Emergency Contact - (708) 672-0077
  2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  3. Mold Containment
  4. Air Filtration
  5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher is locally owned and operated—so we live and work here too and are proud to be part of this community. We are also part of a national network of over 1,700 Franchises with special Disaster Recovery Teams placed strategically throughout the country to respond to large scale disasters.

Trust SERVPRO Professionals To Clean Fire Damaged Homes in Park Forest

7/26/2021 (Permalink)

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


SERVPRO has the training and equipment to restore your fire damaged home.

7/17/2019

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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Got Water Damage? We Can Help!

5/29/2021 (Permalink)

Flooded basements in Steger, Illinois. Flooded basements in Steger, Illinois.
 

As a homeowner, flood damage can be very destructive, and if you do not take care of it right away, the extra water in your home can cause electrical hazards and expensive damage to your home. It can also lead to the growth of hazardous mold. Therefore, when the worst happens, you need to call our experts at SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher so that we can come in with our professionals and equipment to dry out your home as quickly as possible.

When your basement floods, it’s one of the most destructive forms of flood damage in Steger you can experience. We also understand that it is a very stressful time. That is why our team of caring, highly trained and professional technicians are here when you need us at any time. We will lead you through the process, step by step, and do all that is needed efficiently and quickly, so we can get your home and life back to normal as soon as possible. As the lowest point of your home, basements tend to flood first during any emergency dealing with water. When the unexpected happens, we at SERVPRO can be to your home quickly to get your basement cleaned up. With our rapid response, your walls, floors, and personal property will have a much better chance of being restored to its original state.

When you experience any flood damage, call us right away at SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher so that we can quickly come out and restore your property. We have the skilled technicians on hand at all hours to assist you when you call us at 708-672-0077.

Flood Damage Restoration 24/7 Gives You Peace Of Mind

5/29/2021 (Permalink)

Water in living room Flood damage can be very destructive to your Glenwood property.

As a homeowner, flood damage can be very destructive, and if you do not take care of it right away, the extra water in your home can cause electrical hazards and expensive damage to your home. It can also lead to the growth of hazardous mold. Therefore, when the worst happens, you need to call our experts at SERVPRO so that we can come in with our professionals and equipment to dry out your home as quickly as possible.

When your basement floods, it’s one of the most destructive forms of flood damage in Glenwood you can experience. We also understand that it is a very stressful time. That is why our team of caring, trained and professional water damage technicians is here when you need us at any time. We will lead you through the process, step by step, and do all that is needed efficiently and quickly, so we can get your home and life back to normal as soon as possible. As the lowest point of your home, basements tend to flood first during any emergency dealing with water. When the unexpected happens, we at SERVPRO can be to your home quickly to get your basement cleaned up. With our rapid response, your walls, floors, and personal property will have a much better chance of being restored to its original state.

Sources from outside or inside the structure can cause water intrusions to your basement. Excessive rain can over saturate the ground, which results in hydrostatic pressure. This happens when the moisture outside your basement or foundational wall is greater than the pressure inside. Since water naturally seeks out lower pressure, this can result in foundational leaks, and even cracking. We use professional equipment at SERVPRO to efficiently and quickly remove the water before it begins to cause damage to your structure and other, secondary water problems. We will also bring in dehumidifiers which work to get rid of any moisture and start moving the air to assist in drying out your basement. Once the water and moisture are entirely removed, we clean, sanitize and treat the basement with an antimicrobial agent to ensure that you don’t experience any mold growth. We work with you each step of the way and can also work with your insurance company so that your claim gets processed as fast as possible.

When you experience any flood damage, contact us right away at SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher so that we can quickly come out and restore your property. We have the skilled technicians on hand at all hours to assist you when you call us at (708) 672-0077.

Ever Wonder What Asbestos or Abatement Testing Is? SERVPRO Is Here To Help!

5/29/2021 (Permalink)

Asbestos Asbestos Testing

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 health effects. Not only workers are affected 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

SERVPRO Is Your #1 Cleaning & Disinfecting Service For Nursing Homes & Assisted Living Communitites Communities

5/29/2021 (Permalink)

cleaning your high touch surfaces Allow SERVPRO to clean the high touch surfaces and get your senior care or assisted living facility back in a safe condition.

With our most vulnerable citizens at risk, SERVPRO of Chicago Heights-Crete-Beecher and Disaster Recovery Team Nichols have been mobilizing cleaning crews to assisted living and senior nursing homes throughout the area.

With the IEPA and CDC guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting buildings requiring trained professionals, our team is trained and equipped to handle any sized facility. We have responded to State of Illinois facilities and privately owned businesses alike. We bring hospital grade EPA registered disinfectants, PPE, and fogging equipment to handle our work. 

Occupied spaces, isolation units, and confirmed COVID19 cases are handled with extreme care and thoughtful planning. Protecting residents and staff while we provide our cleaning and disinfecting. Executive directors and CFO's rely on SERVPRO Team Nichols to provide the very best project management and results. 

Call our office today at (708)672-0077 for a rapid response to your positive tested facility and we will help you navigate the path ahead.

SERVPRO Strives to Build Strong & Lasting Relationships Within The Community

5/29/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Truck SERVPRO Truck in front of local business.
 

Involvement by our SERVPRO at all levels in the community can not be understated. One of these levels is at the city and county economic level. Every town and city has a vested interest in trying to help their local business survive and thrive, providing much needed jobs to the members of their communities and also providing economic stimulus and tax revenue generation. 

These needs get interrupted when disaster strikes a business and it is vital to get their operations back up and running, as quickly as possible, "Like it never even happened." This is where the relationships you form with SERVPRO prior to the disaster striking are so important. Does your business already have a SERVPRO Representative (SMR) assigned to you? If not, complete a internet search for your local SERVPRO franchise and ask for one to be assigned to you. This SMR will go through the process of educating your business about all that they can do in advance of the coming disaster, to help you prepare so that when it happens, it is not as costly to you in downtime and lost production.       

There are many different ways to get involved with your community business members. Building relationships with our local businesses is key for when large events happen at this level, those leaders run in small circles and great relationships are needed here, so those business leaders can get their business's back up and running and restore their communities to like it was before the disaster.... "Like it never even happened." 

When Home Fires Hit - SERVPRO Is Ready To Respond & Help

5/29/2021 (Permalink)

Burned Down Home Burn Down Home in Beecher, IL

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.

"Sump" thing Was Up In Beecher, But SERVPRO Was #HeretoHelp

5/6/2021 (Permalink)

What does a sump pump do?

The main idea behind a sump pump is that it senses when water levels in the pit reach a specific level.  Once the water has reached that level, the activator sensor will trigger a fan on.  This fan pushes water towards the pipe sending water down the storm drain instead on him you home.  If any part of this process fails you can end up with water flooding your basement.

Why do sup pumps fail?

There are about 6 common reasons that sump pumps fail and basements then flood. 

  • Clog in the pump- a sump pump can become clogged with dirt or other debris.
  • Clogged discharge pipe- this can be clogged by dirt, mud or ice if it freezes.
  • Loss of power- investing in a battery backup will protect you.
  • Defective- yes even sump pumps can be bad right from the start, so always test it and keep you receipt.
  • over use- when heavy rains cause the sump pump to work non stop, that can quickly over heat the pump and cause a failure.  
  • incorrectly installed- if you sump pump is running when there is no water in the pit that  may mean it has not been installed correctly.

What do I do if I get water in my basement in my Beecher home?

When sup pumps fail, it is important to call the restoration experts at SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher.  We will suggest that you also call a pumper to have a new sump pump installed correctly.  While you are waiting for our crews to show up, please stay safely out of any standing water.