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SERVPRO Services for Fire Victims

9/11/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technicians cleaning fire damages cabinet With many years of experience we can restore you belongings after a fire.

In addition to our fire damage repair and restoration services, SERVPRO also offers a number of accompanying services to help get your home, belongings, and family in order as soon as possible following a fire. Our technicians are trained not only to repair your home, but also to help and work with you, and as such, they can directly take on a number of services or negotiate with licensed contractors for further help.

Inventory Management
With advanced software and tracking technology, our professionals can help to take inventory of everything in your home following fire damage in Crete, room-by-room and with your guidance. Not only does this help you to better understand what was and was not lost in the fire, but it also helps when negotiating with insurance providers, so that they can compare inventories and know what was lost in the fire.

Moving Services
Our technicians will help to move out furniture, equipment, and anything you may need if you need to leave the home while it is being restored. This goes hand-in-hand with our inventory services, and one will typically accompany the other. As always, we do everything under your watch and guidance, so that there are no misunderstandings or issues that arise.

Electronics and Artwork Cleaning
Electronics and artwork, if not initially destroyed in the fire, can still take on severe damage even after the dust has settled through staining and corrosion. Depending on the damage, a SERVPRO professional may be able to restore it manually, or we can employ a licensed and trained contractor or specialist to handle the items. These professionals understand the delicate tasks associated with the repair of these items and are the best individuals available to handle these restorations.
 
At SERVPRO of Chicago Heights/ Crete/ Beecher, we train each and every one of our technicians to always work closely with the homeowner and to provide services to help you to get through your crisis. If you require our cleanup and restoration services, just give us a call 24/7 at (708) 672-0077.

Responding to Disasters

8/31/2020 (Permalink)

Home and car underwater after Hurricane Destructive flood waters due to hurricane Laura.

Locally, SERVPRO of Chicago Heights/ Crete/ Beecher is part of the SERVPRO Disaster Team Nichols. What exactly does that mean? Disaster Team Nichols is proud to be specially trained to respond to large disasters across the country when we are called on. When hurricane Laura hit in late August of 2020, our team was already on site ready and able to help. When a disaster strikes, our team begins the process of loading up vehicles to travel to the area that they are needed most bringing generators and specialized drying equipment to begin the process of restoring communities. Our crews can deploy to the hardest hit areas for weeks or even months, leaving their families and friends behind to help those who need us most.

Why do we do what we do? If you ask any of our technicians why they work for SERVPRO the answer is always the same, we love to help people. At SERVPRO of Chicago Heights/ Crete/ Beecher we are dedicated to serving communities, whether that is here in our home territory or across the country during a disaster.

The facts about fires in your Steger home

8/19/2020 (Permalink)

Dinning room table damaged by fire SERVPRO technicians are trained to see through the damage to determine what can be salvaged from a fire.

Fire damage in your Steger home 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 Steger 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.

A Small Fire in Your Beecher Home Can Leave a Lot of Smoke

7/17/2020 (Permalink)

toaster oven on fire Small fires can cause ample smoke damage to your home

Most homeowners believe  that if they have a small fire in their home that they do not need restoration.  While you may have had a small toaster oven fire that did not cause any burning to your home the smoke from the fire itself can cause a lot of damage that at first you may not see.

For many of us, we get used to the smell of our home no matter if it is good or bad.  You may smell the smoke for a day or two, however after that the smell may fade to you.  When this happens many homeowners think that the smell is gone when if fact they have just gotten used to the smell.  

Using air scrubbers and proper cleaning our team can be sure to remove all odors and smoke residue from your home.  This ensures  that at your next dinner party your guest don't ask you what is burning?

Mold in your business or home in Chicago Heights

7/1/2020 (Permalink)

Green Air Scrubber in a hall Here to Help with your mold remediation needs. Negative air machine. Also called an Air Scrubber

Any building that has suffered from water damage or problems with excess moisture is at risk of mold growth. There are countless of different types of mold found outdoors and indoors. All present potential risks and become problematic when they start actively growing. If you find that your home or business has begun to show signs of mold damage, it’s important to respond as quickly as possible to have it treated and remediated to reduce long-term risks to your property and improve air quality.

When mold damage is discovered in your property, there are many questions that may spring to mind. For example:

  • Is mold dangerous?
  • What can breathing in mold do?
  • What kills black mold?
  • How much does mold removal cost?

Without the correct mitigation and remediation, mold can become dangerous and affect the structural integrity and air quality of your property. As mold specialists, we’ve put together some useful guides on mold damage to help you understand and identify the risks before acting to remove mold.

Identifying Mold

Understanding what mold is, how it can become a problem in your property, and spotting the early signs of a mold problem is the first step to preventing mold damage. There are thousands of types of mold that you may come across in your daily life and being able to identify the problematic types is key in avoiding danger and preventing larger problems.

Mold may seem like a minor set back when it appears but leaving it untreated can cause problems to escalate. Taking the time to understand different forms of mold and how they manifest themselves in a property could save you a lot of time, money and potential health effects.

For all your Mold Remediation needs. Call SERVPRO of Chicago Heights-Crete-Beecher

SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/13/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Business up and down Main Street in Crete and Halsted in Chicago Heights are turning to SERVPRO to Clean their businesses.  In Beecher our technicians are servicing businesses on Dixie Highway and Penfield Street.  Businesses on Steger Road in Steger and Chicago Road through South Chicago Heights  and into Chicago Heights can now reach out to our technicians for a SERVPRO Certified Cleaning.   Our service area includes Wilmington Rd in Peotone up Governors Hwy through Monee and up to University Park and beyond.  The three franchises of SERVPRO Team Nichols are SERVPRO of Kankakee County,  SERVPRO of Chicago Heights/Crete/Beecher and SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood are fully trained, certified, and insured to handle any disaster including pandemic disinfecting.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Chicago Heights/Crete/Beecher today at  708-672-0077 for our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

REOPENING YOU BUSINESS- COVID-19 RESPONSE

5/11/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician in full PPE with the words “Here to Help” Before reopening you business, call SERVPRO of Chicago Heights/Crete/Beecher for more information on our COVID-19 response.

REOPENING YOUR BUSINESS

As businesses are preparing to reopen, it is important to correctly clean and disinfecting.  The type of needed disinfecting is a higher level than your day to day cleaning.  Disinfecting is vital to protect your employees and clients.  Though businesses are reopening, the threat of COVID-19 is still present and in order to reduce the risk of further spread is to take steps to disinfect your buildings.  No building is to small or too large for these services.  The experts at SERVPRO of Chicago Heights/Crete/Beecher are trained to handle disasters.  Our Large Loss team specializes in disasters such as the Coronavirus Pandemic.   Our technicians are trained in Biohazard cleanup, Blood-born pathogen and virus trained, and IICRC certified.  Additionally, our technicians are fully trained in proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE).

What our reopening cleaning includes

SERVPRO reopening cleaning and disinfecting includes a wide range of services dependent on your business needs.  These services all include the use of EPA registered, Hospital Grade disinfectants approved for use in COVID-19 in both electric static fogging and spray and wiping.  Carpet cleaning, and floor cleaning may be required or suggested as well, depending on the facility.  Disinfecting of all touchable areas in your building will include but not be limited to: walls, doors, door handles, light switches, windows, tables, table tops, chairs, sinks, cabinets, filing cabinets, computer key boards and mouse, phones, printers, lunch rooms, bathroom stalls and machinery.  Our technicians follow all OSHA regulations, as well as guidance from the CDC.

What businesses we can help

SERVPRO technicians are capable of helping many different types of businesses with our services.  We can effectively disinfect offices, salons, and small stores as well as large manufacturing facilities, warehouses, restaurants, and schools.  All businesses in the state of Illinois have at least these things in common:  employees and being effected by COVID-19.

Preventative Vs. Reactive

Preventative disinfecting is a service made for businesses that have not experienced a positive or suspected COVID-19.  Preventive cleaning still disinfects all touchable surfaces to treat any possible viruses that may be in your facility.  Reactive cleaning on the other handle is just that, a disinfectant service after a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19.  This disinfecting is a higher level of disinfecting, requiring the use of several types of services.  It is vital that if your business needs a reactive disinfectant cleaning to call us as soon as possible in order to correctly create a plan to reduce further contamination as well as spread of the virus.

What our fogging allows us to do

By using the electrostatic fogging technology, SERVPRO technicians can cover an area is a short period of time.  This process allows for the use liquid disinfectant in a non damaging manner to paper or fabrics.  The fogging turns the liquid disinfectant into a fine mist that lands on all surfaces and then dissipates after a specific dry time.  Because this fine mist allows technicians to disinfect areas faster, this service can be more cost effective then using a pump sprayer technique.  While some areas of your building may require the use of a pump sprayer, where ever possible, our technicians will use fogging to efficiency service our clients.

Towns that we service

SERVPRO of Chicago Heights/Crete/Beecher services those towns as well as MoneePark ForestSteger, and Sauk Village.  We also service South Chicago HeightsUniversity Park, And Peotone.

Memories in Flames

5/11/2020 (Permalink)

Fire pit with fire at night Fire damage requires the professional services of SERVPRO.

Making Memories

That family bonfire or barbecue are days that we are all look forward to and enjoy.  The days that we get out the grill or push the oven in our home to the max.  And don’t forget those romantic nights that we get out the candles and turn on the music.  These are days that memories are made.

When Tragedy Strikes

All those memories however can go up in flames, literally in a matter of moments.  A grill too close to the house, a bonfire that gets out of control, an unattended oven, or a family pet that knocks over a candle are all moments that are can start a fire.  A home fire can take hold and destroy a home in minutes.  Typically, before the fire department gets to your home, there is already enough damage to your home that restoration is needed.  Even if your home only has a smoke smell and no other damage, that smoke smell can take months to get rid of without professional help.

Here to Help

The professionals at SERVPRO of Chicago Heights/Crete/Beecher are ready to help homeowners restore their homes.  From deodorizing to carpet cleaning for smoke damages we got you covered.  In the cases of bigger fire damages, our crews will come in and pack out belongings and tear out all that needs to go.  Our restoration team and construction team will rebuild your home if that is what is needed.  We care about your memories and belongs as well as the bones of your home.  Our restoration team will restore whatever can be savaged from the home and res turn that back to you as well.

Trust SERVPRO

All our technicians are fully insured and licensed, and we will work with your insurance company, so you don’t have to worry. With years of restoration experience, we have worked with many insurance companies out there, so rest assured we help you though the process.

CALL OUR OFFICE TODAY FOR MORE INFORMATION AT 708-672-0077.

SERVPRO Biohazard Remediation and COVID Disinfecting in Chicago Heights, Illinois

5/5/2020 (Permalink)

Germ with SERVPRO logo and the words Biohazard Remediation CALL SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher TODAY for more information on COVID Disinfecting Services.

If you are thinking about your business reopening, or for emergency response and decontamination projects, SERVPRO Bioremediation is one of the best in the business. 

As a leading service provider of environmental cleanup, our properly insured and OSHA-certified COVID cleanup teams are among the best trained and most reputable in the industry. 

Having a reliable resource to help plan, disinfect, and keep your staff safe is critical. 

SERVPRO Bioremediation has the resources, materials and experience to respond to any environmental challenge due to COVID-19.

Fully understanding the importance of confidentiality. SERVPRO also knows that many partners will want others to know that reputable cleaning services have been performed by a trusted professional company. 

SERVPRO is working with companies to develop a cohesive strategy for this purpose, as well as plans on reopening, and contingency for business continuity in case of shutdown.

SERVPRO CLEANING PROTOCOLS

  • No exposure; precautionary.
  • Suspected COVID-19 contamination
  • Confirmed COVID-19 case

SERVPRO utilizes the understanding of chemical application, dwell-time, and infectious diseases following the directives and protocols of the, EPA, CDC, OSHA, IDPH and the FDA.

I think you would agree that the need for a relationship with an organization like SERVPRO due to concerns or issues due to COVID-19 has never been greater. 

Please allow us to earn your trust in providing a clean and healthy working environment for your staff and clients to have confidence and piece of mind in when coming to work, going home, and visiting your facilities.

Proactive and Reactive Cleaning for Monee IL businesses

5/3/2020 (Permalink)

man in a mask in front of a large green semi trailer Owner Bobby Nichols standing in front of the SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Trailer.

Many of the businesses in the Village of Monee Illinois are considered vital and been open throughout the shelter in place order. Logistics and Warehouses are the very heart of the employment base here in the Village. SERVPRO of Chicago Heights-Crete-Beecher has been there cleaning and disinfecting these companies. From their offices to their dispatch centers, using hospital grade EPA registered disinfectants and certified cleaning technicians, no facility has been too large for our team. 

As the remaining businesses and facilities consider re opening, we will use the CDC and OSHA recommendations and adhere to the highest of cleaning standards. As proud members of the Chicago Southland Chamber of Commerce, we are leading our partners to opening in a safe and healthy manner. If your business is ready to open, please call our office at (708)672-0077. We will visit your facility and provide a free assessment.