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Water Damage Park Forest Managing Our Clients Contents.

9/13/2019 (Permalink)

Boxes of items in a living room, with a white couch and plant. We know how important it is to have your everyday items back from water damage in your Park Forest home.

SERVPRO will help you get all your Park Forest  items back to normal after water damage.

Whenever there is a water leak in a client's home, the immediate focus is on turning the water off. Then the floors and structure come to mind. Mopping up a great deal of water can be time-consuming, and if not completed quickly, humidity levels in the home can lead to mold generation.

High humidity situations are one of the reasons, we at SERVPRO respond to water damage events in Park Forest so quickly. We know that the client is worried about their home and its contents. A fast response allows us to control the damage and limit the time it can take to restore their home. We use a variety of equipment depending on the extent of the water in the house. The equipment may include pumps, dehumidifiers, air movers, and vacuums to extract the water.

Manage Client Contents 

The contents of a home can be divided into categories. The categories depend on the degree of damage and the type of material. Some are rush items because the client requires these items for everyday living. Others need to be dried and then cleaned and restored. Many are removed for storage when there is no need to clean or dry the items. The last category are items that need special processing. Before restoring these items, SERVPRO may require approval from the client, the insurance adjuster, or both.

Documentation, Tracking, and Staging

SERVPRO technicians are trained to properly manage all aspects of a client's water damage event. Every item must be cataloged. The catalog includes action required and location the item is stored. All of this organization allows our technicians to respond to a client's water damage situation and restore everything as quickly as possible, "Like it never even happened."

Once the home is completely restored, everything cleaned and restored off-site can be returned to the customer's home.

Call SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher at (708) 672-0077 for 24/7 serve. We serve Sauk Village, Steger, Lynwood, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Our Fire Damage Professionals Discuss The Factors That Affect The Outcome Of Restoration Services In Steger Properties

9/11/2019 (Permalink)

a fire destroying a home SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher stands ready to assist homeowners with fire damage to their properties.

Factors That Affect The Outcome Of Fire Damage Restoration Services In Steger Properties

After fire damage in a property, there are many cleaning challenges left behind. Due to the unpredictable nature of fire, a home blaze has the potential to contain different types of smoke residues in a single room due to various kinds of materials burned and varying temperatures.

SERVPRO technicians test the smoke residues to determine the best technicians and methods to address fire damage in a Steger home. Using correct applications and tools to clean up fire loss is vital to avoid further damage to the structure and contents. For example, wetting dry smoke acts to drive it further into porous surfaces rather than cleaning it.

Keep Traffic Out of the Fire Loss Area
When a fire happens in a home, it is more common to find a portion of the house affected rather than the entire home gutted. However, discourage entrance into the areas with fire damage, as it can spread odor-causing soot around the house. When SERVPRO technicians arrive, they contain the area to inhibit any cross-contamination.

Do Not Clean Smoke Residue
Wait for SERVPRO to arrive as using consumer-based cleaning products have the potential to make the smoke and soot damage on surfaces and objects worse. Self-cleaning may make stains permanent.

Time Between the Event and Cleanup
The time that elapsed between the fire in the home and the cleanup plays a significant role in the restorability factor of both the building structure and contents.

Carpet and Flooring is Often Restorable
Each job site is unique, and SERVPRO technicians have the training to identify whether or not the carpet or hardwood flooring may benefit from their restoration services. Specialized equipment used for water extraction and drying increases the chances of a successful outcome for the flooring.

SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher stands ready to assist homeowners with fire damage to their properties. Call us at (708) 672-0077 and our trained, and certified technicians will arrive within an hour and make the fire loss “Like it never even happened.”

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SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher is on the Lookout for a Marketing Support Coordinator

8/29/2019 (Permalink)

'Now Hiring' sign.  Man shaking another man's hand We are growing and looking for a marketing support coordinator. Call us today if you are interested!

Does helping others find the perfect fit of professional resources to recover from a property damage crisis appeal to your desire to make a difference to individuals and businesses in your community? 

Our dedicated team of disaster response experts is in search of an enthusiastic and compassionate Market Support Coordinator. Your ability to share clear, concise, and actionable information about our services to individuals and businesses coping with the stress and worry following water, fire, storm or other damage is crucial to SERVPRO’s goal of making the disaster “Like it never even happened.”

The successful candidate is a self-motivated, dependable, and assured individual who has excellent listening and communication skills when working with potential and established customers and other team members. A calm and compassionate demeanor even when multiple tasks require attention is mandatory. If you establish high expectations for yourself and relish it when your efforts go above and beyond those targets, you will love and excel at this position. 

We value our employees and maintain an attractive compensation package across job categories. SERVPRO also supports and encourages professional development.

Chicago Heights Property Owners, Concern Over Dollars, and SERVPRO to Help Mitigate Flood Losses

8/27/2019 (Permalink)

Yellow rubber ducks floating in a flooded basement Don't Duck from Stormwater Removal! Call SERVPRO to Restore and Dry Your Chicago Heights Home

What You Should Know About Costs of Flood Damage in Your Chicago Heights Home

Dealing with a flooding incident can be distressing for several reasons. For instance, in most cases, there is little one can do to stop a flooding incident from causing damages. The episode can also cause widespread damages in your home, affecting contents as well as building materials. Involving a professional restoration service can help ease the recovery process. Understanding the different costs, you are likely to incur also helps.

Additional Factors that Increase Cost
Although the primary determinant of costs after flood damage in your Chicago Heights home is the intensity of the incident that causes it, other factors also play a role. It is possible to minimize or even eliminate the additional cost these extra factors contribute based on the action you take when you are aware of the incident. These factors might include:

•    How long the water sits in the property
•    The type of water involved, Black Water is contaminated
•    The area of the property affected
•    The amount of water involved
•    The section of property affected

The Affected Part of the House Matters
The affected location of the property influences the costs because of the materials or contents that the water damages. An area like the basement might have a plain concrete floor, which is resilient, unlike the living room, which might have a finished wooden floor that water can damage easily. Our SERVPRO technicians scope the loss site and identify ways to deal with the trouble and if possible, minimize the costs. For example, where possible we can clean and dry wooden floors using specialized techniques eliminating the need for replacement. Our advanced equipment, like the injecti-dry system coupled with drying mats, can salvage many hardwood floors.

Stagnation Amplifies Costs
Floodwater sitting in a property over extended periods creates various problems including bad odor, microbial growth, and deterioration of building materials, including structural supports. All these problems add to the cost of restoration. Our SERVPRO technicians take action to minimize the period of exposure for the structure and contents. When water outside the structure recedes faster, we can extract any floodwater remnants inside the house to minimize problems from stagnation. We also perform pack-outs to save contents when we cannot remove water.

Dealing with flood damage can be a costly affair. Call SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher to help you figure out whether there are ways to limit cost. You can reach us any time at (708) 672-0077. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Are You a Park Forest Homeowner with a Lingering Smoke Odor Problem? Call SERVPRO for Fast Results!

8/19/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Stands Ready for Park Forest Fire Loss Cleanup and Restoration, "Like it never even happened."

Eliminate Tough Smoke Odors in Damaged Park Forest Homes 

As a leading restoration team in the Greater Chicago area, our professionals are trusted with recovering Park Forest homes and businesses contending with fire damages. We know how challenging restoration of these disasters can become, especially when property owners delay work starting. Smoke odors are particularly challenging because deodorization involves a more scientific and intricate approach than masking present scents with stronger ones.

Eliminating these smoke odors are a priority of our crew addressing fire damage in Park Forest homes. The SERVPRO Fire & Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) we deploy arrive with multiple machines dedicated explicitly to eliminating odor molecules and returning your property to preloss condition. Much like our diverse offerings for addressing these odor issues, rarely is one machine or approach universally successful.
A popular selection for addressing widespread fire effects in your home is the ozone machine. Much like the chamber we have in our facility that can work to remove smoke and charring odors from items, furniture, and fabrics, this is a portable unit that can address broad square footage of your property. The drawback to this approach is that the ozone produced by these machines is harmful, or even fatal, to humans and pets. If these units get employed in the house, there is a period where the structure must air out before our SERVPRO team can resume restoration and recovery efforts. This only takes several hours. Ozone, the O3 molecule can also degrade rubber and vinyl materials so it must be used with caution.
Another popular choice used by both our restoration technicians and rented by homeowners seeking to deodorize their property on their own is the hydroxyl generator. This device produces a cleansing spectrum of ultraviolet, which can disintegrate odor molecules. Ultraviolet cleaning, unlike ozone, is not unsafe for our technicians and others to be around. We can employ this unit along with addressing other aspects of mitigation and recovery. The positive effects of reduced to zero odors do take a longer time.
Foggers present the most portable solution for our restoration technicians on site. These machines produce a dense chemical fog that bonds with harsh lingering odors and neutralizes these molecules. This approach is ideal for soft materials like clothing, carpets, upholstery, and open areas of the house. Heated fogging can also penetrate and mimic the path of fires to the smallest nooks and crannies.
While many of these items can get rented through home improvement locations, the cost of rentals along with the time spent in using these units often exceeds the amounts of time and money you were attempting to avoid. For guaranteed results, call the number in the last paragraph.

Our SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher team can show you that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. Give us a call anytime at (708) 672-0077.

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Removing Water Effectively from a Chicago Heights Home

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

Our trucks are supplies with the equipment for all your water removal needs.

We Have the Equipment Needed to Remove Water Damage

Standing water and its effects can be a challenging obstacle to overcome, even for those savvy with restoration approaches for their Chicago Heights property. Knowing your limitation can help you see the benefit of professional mitigation and restoration technicians. Our team has accreditations from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration (IICRC) in every facet of water loss recovery. Extraction ultimately comes down to the equipment used, and you can expect that through the securing of professional technicians like ours. Your property gets the industry-leading equipment to help projects complete on time and within budgetary confinements. 

Water removal for Chicago Heights properties involves carefully formulated strategies specific to your residence and its needs. Our SERVPRO team arrives with a full roster of water restoration specialists. They walk through the house and begin establishing a plan of attack to restore the current damage and prevent other secondary effects from taking root as well. This strategy determines the best equipment to use to begin pulling standing water from the floors. 

While many can consider extraction as a straightforward process, there are many choices to get made. Our IICRC professionals, for example, have a full array of water removal tools ranging from lightweight, portable electric options to mounted pumps on extractor trucks that rival any removal tool on the market. Determining where tools get used and which are necessary depends on the severity, location, and accessibility of the pooling.

Among the most popular options for residential application is the portable sump pump. These are lightweight and highly mobile, allowing them to move wherever the problem exists. With discharge hoses, they can operate continually without the need for emptying tanks and reservoirs as we have to with the other mobile option of wet-vacs with extraction wands. 

No matter what machine or tool is necessary to recover the damage to your property, our SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher team has it. We have fully stocked trailers with our inventory of mitigation equipment to make any water loss incident “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (708) 672-0077.

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Don’t Wait To Call For Help After A Flood In Your Chicago Heights Manufacturing Plant!

7/22/2019 (Permalink)

Call (708) 672-0077 to consult about an ERP or request emergency restoration services.

Waste No Time Resolving Flood Damage At Your Chicago Heights Manufacturing Plant

When a large manufacturer in Chicago Heights experiences flooding the consequences are widespread. Deadlines can be missed, and employees sent home if machinery must remain idle as the water event’s implications sort out. Time, money, and reputations are all on the line. You need a flood mitigation and remediation company that can take charge and turns the tide immediately.

Commercial flood damage in Chicago Heights can require a scale of response larger than typical jobs. Our elite team of flood mitigations and remediation managers and technicians are prepared to respond to disasters and provide fast and efficient recovery strategies on jobs of any size.

As a member of SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team, we can access additional support from neighboring restoration professionals just as we assist them when they have a need. Our team is proficient in industry best practices as taught in the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) courses. Our equipment is commercial grade and state-of-the-art, capable of mitigating further spread of flood damage in any size commercial setting.

We also can contain and remove any quantity or category of floodwaters. Our management works with local officials to ensure disposal of possibly contaminated fluid completes in a timely and lawful manner. Once the bulk of the floodwater evacuates, our crews move on to designing and implementing an effective and efficient drying configuration. The risk of progressive structural deterioration and secondary damage such as mold damage remains high until moisture levels return to normal.

We invite local businesses to develop a proactive and individualized Emergency Ready Plans and Profile (ERP) in collaboration with our SERVPRO management. We assess your site, learn about your operations, and encourage you to fill in missing details with our mobile app. The Plan and Profile comprise a single, detailed digital document that provides the foundation for focused restoration efforts following flood damage or another disaster.

SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher has many resources available for commercial customers. Call (708) 672-0077 to consult about an ERP or request emergency restoration services. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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How Professionals Clean Fire Damaged Homes in Park Forest

7/17/2019 (Permalink)

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)

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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