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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.

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.  

Flooding May Come, But SERVPRO Is Here For You!

5/6/2021 (Permalink)

How to Protect Your Property Before, During and After a Flood or Lots of Water Intrusion

There are several things you can do to lower or stop water damage in your home. Follow the tips below to help you prepare and recover from flood damage.

Before it happens: 

Learn if your property is in a flood zone so you can evaluate your chance of flooding. If necessary or desired, purchase a stand-alone homeowner flood insurance policy.

Elevate your water heater, furnace and other permanent equipment above expected flood levels.

Regularly check out your drains and sump pumps to make sure they are clear and are working properly.

If you have a generator, have a transfer switch put on your sump pump by a licensed electrician so you can use it if you experience flooding.

Have a licensed plumber install an exterior or interior backflow prevention valve to stop the chance of sewage backup.

Keep sandbags on hand to divert high water away from your foundation.

Learn what your community uses for flood alert signals.

Plan and practice a route for evacuation and assign a place for family members to meet up if you become separated.

Make sure everyone in the family knows how to shut off utilities.

Make a survival kit with essential insurance documents, critical items and medications in case you need to leave your home.

During 

Have a battery-operated television or radio so you can hear the latest information on the storm. If you are advised to evacuate, turn off all utilities and leave immediately.

Go to higher ground, and stay away from rising waters. Do not drive or walk through floodwaters.

Keep away from electrical wires and downed power lines.

Afterwards 

Keep listening to updated reports on the radio or smartphone and don’t go back home until authorities say it’s safe to do.

After you are allowed to go home, inspect your property for any Lansing water damage. Report the loss right away if your property has sustained damage.

Keep an eye out for snakes and other animals which might have gotten into your home.

Throw away any food that came into contact with floodwaters.

Take the standing water out as quickly as you can. Remove or dry wet carpet, upholstery and padding within 24-48 hours to prevent the growth of mold. Throw anything out that can’t be dried properly.

Do not try to disinfect and wash an area which has been flooded from groundwater. This is contaminated "category 3" water and requires the removal and sanitizing by a profession water damage restoration company like SERVPRO of Chicago Heights/ Crete/ Beecher. This includes floors, walls, shelving, and closets, plus air-conditioning and heating systems. Have an electrician look at all your electronic equipment before powering it back up.

If floodwaters have penetrated your structure or basement, it is strongly suggested that you hire a company like SERVPRO to assess the damage, extract contaminated Black Water, and commence with the cleaning, drying, disinfecting, deodorizing, and final inspection process. Special gear and safety-approved OSHA clothing are required for a safe cleanup by the technicians. Please do not attempt to clean sewage water or high floodwaters on your own. Safety first.

If the flooding of your home is extensive, but due to a failed infrastructure like a frozen pipe, or broken appliance, then this water is less of a danger to you and your family. Still, any amount of standing water, larger than a bucket-full, should get the attention of a professional company for extraction.

Power Goes, Pipes Burst, SERVPRO Is Here!

5/1/2021 (Permalink)

Polar Vortex 2019 has officially hit the Midwest, causing whole towns to role up the sidewalks.  In the early morning hours power outages throughout the Crete and Beecher area left many sitting at home waiting for the lights, and more importantly the HEAT to come back on. 

With temperatures reaching a historic low, water pipes can freeze easily and burst.  It is important to steps to prevent pipes from freezing.  

Additionally, it is important to know that your furnace can only work so hard to keep your home warm.  A few things can help make you more comfortable in these conditions:

  • Running a humidifier to put moisture in the are will make your home feel warmer.
  • Sealing drafts that can allow cold air into your home.
  • Buy some movie popcorn and turn on a good movie.  
  • Get out the board games and spend some time with the kids.  

Most importantly, staying inside if you can.  If you must be outdoors, protect you skin and limit you time to prevent frostbite.

Mother Nature Will Bring Her Worst, But SERVPRO Is #HeretoHelp

5/1/2021 (Permalink)

The Polar Vortex has spared no town from the stresses of frozen and breaking pipes, Thornton is no exception. 

Once the pipes are frozen there is not much you can do until the overall air temperature comes back up. A few ideas that might help (but not guaranteed) would be to keep your water faucets open. This will help alleviate some pressure that may be building within the walls of the pipe. It also may allow the pipe to warm up some, by opening the pipe up to room temperature air.

Keeping cabinet doors open that contain plumbing devices is another idea. It allows warmer air to circulate around the pipes, which may help warm the pipes up as well. 

If you are able to locate the suspected area of the freeze, sometimes using a hair dryer or small space heater can warm the pipe up enough to thaw the freeze. 

There are some other ways to warm pipes up but we would caution you against against using anything with a open flame, electricity, and even advise caution when using a space heater. 

If they don't work, there isn't much you can do at this point, other than keeping the faucets open, in hopes that it will help with the pressure build up.

Should one break, close the main water shut off to the structure, call a plumber, and call SERVPRO of Chicago Heights-Crete-Beecher

Ask The Experts: Is Speed Important In Clean ing Up Water Damage?

4/25/2021 (Permalink)

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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