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We Are Cleaning Experts

3/27/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Chicago Heights/Crete/Beecher is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Chicago Heights/Crete/Beecher, 708-672-0077.

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fguidance-prevent-spread.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-business-response.html

We Care!

3/26/2020 (Permalink)

Man wearing a hat that says “love your neighbor” Loving our community is just what we do!

At SERVPRO of Chicago Heights/Crete/Beecher we care about our community.  We love our communities that we serve.

Our representatives are part of your community.  We eat in the same restaurants as you and shop in the same places.  Your community is important to you and it is important to us as well.  SERVPRO is not just another business and we don’t just provide another everyday service.

While we do provide emergency services we also participate in community events.  Our crews partner with first responders in your community for open houses and crime prevention events.  Technicians give blood at local blood drives.  We help homeowners to make important phone calls and plans after a house fire, and we donate demonstration houses for firefighter training. 

Your local SERVPRO is proud to be a community partner who cares.  We strive to be the company that you think of when you need help.  For more information on how we can help your community please call our offices at 708-672-0077.

SERVPRO Construction Team is Building

3/25/2020 (Permalink)

Tool belt with hammer and other tools in it Construction team can build it all!

Did you know that SERVPRO has a construction division?  Well we do!  SERVPRO of Chicago Heights/Crete/ Beecher has a fully trained a qualified construction division and it is growing fast.  


Our construction team comes in after the mitigation of water.  When your home has a water damage, crews typically will come in and have  to do flood cutting of drywall and removal of carpet.  After that crew is done our construction team then puts new drywall and carpet back in.

 
If your home or business experiences a fire our construction team can come in and rebuild the building.  While our restoration team cleans and salvages you’re belongs, our construction team will rebuild your building.

Our construction team can help homeowners and businesses with any building project, from repairs to a new build.  No job is too large for our team, we can handle it all.  For more information about our construction team call our office today at 798-672-0077.

“Like it never even happened.”

Keeping Safe and Social Distance

3/24/2020 (Permalink)

Shaking hands with red circled slash over them. Shaking hands spreads the most germs.

According to the CDC shaking hands can be one way to quickly spread germs from one person to the next. Think about how many times a day you reach your hand out the shake someone’s hand especially in the business world.  For many of us, reaching our hand out to introduce ourselves is an automatic response that we don’t quite think about.

So if shaking hands spreads germs, how do you end a business meeting or seal that deal?  Some options are high fives, that is a quick way to say good job.  Though the germs that are spread is less, germs are still spreading.  Another option is the fist bump, not quite professional and still making hand contact with someone else.  The germs transferred in a fist bump and notably less than a hand shake or a fist bump but a germ is a germ.

So some options that don’t have us touching hands can be elbow bumps foot bumps.  If you don’t want to get that close maybe try an air high five, a bow, or curtsy.  For friends and family blowing a kiss may be a great way to replace a hug.  No matter how you choose to social distance, stay safe and be healthy.  

These are great ways of protecting yourself and another great way to protect yourself is to have SERVPRO of Chicago Heights/Crete/Beecher disinfect your home or office.  For more information on this service or our many others give us a call 24/7/365 at 708-672-0077.

School Cleaning and Disinfection

3/13/2020 (Permalink)

Three bright green trucks pulling away from a warehouse headed to a cleaning project SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team Nichols departing to clean for a local school district

Cleaning and disinfecting schools and other commercial buildings is a hot topic recently. SERVPRO of Chicago Heights-Crete-Beecher has been cleaning and disinfecting schools and other buildings for a number of years. Proactive cleaning for viral and germs in tedious work and requires the proper training and products. SERVPRO only uses hospital grade EPA registered disinfectants to treat touchable surfaces throughout the building paying close attentions to door handles, light switches, and other commonly used items.

We also provide electrostatic fogging and wet fogging with EPA registered disinfectants. This service is fast and cost effective. For a free estimate or to get your questions answered, please call our office at (708)672-0077. We are here to help with all your school cleaning needs.

Follow Centers for Disease Control Guidence to limit the Spread of Flu and Viruses in Chicago Heights Area Buildings and Schools

3/5/2020 (Permalink)

Pink and orange Bacterium closeup Tips from the CDC to lessen the spread of Viruses

When an illness like influenza threatens to sicken school children or individuals working in commercial spaces, proactive efforts are the best way to minimize the harm. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests achievable goals and offers proven strategies to limit exposure to influenza and other viral illnesses in environments where many individuals have contact with each other. The CDC's "Take 3" initiative provides a robust framework to contain exposure to the pathogens that cause the diseases for Chicago Heights commercial property owners and managers along with school district administrators.

First: Immunize

The most effective way to inhibit the spread of influenza in the Chicago Heights school system and other commercial workspaces is by encouraging broad-based immunization. Every year a new iteration of the flu shot emerges in the United States after data collection worldwide and collaboration among over 100 international health entities. Specialized versions of the year's flu shot are also developed for groups like persons over 65 who exhibit different needs.

Organizing flu shot clinics at schools, governmental offices, or shared spaces in commercial builds is an excellent way to make immunizations more accessible to targeted groups. When many individuals develop antibodies against influenza because of flu shots, the spread of the disease naturally slows. The immunization of others protects those who cannot tolerate the shot like infants younger than six months and others for whom it is contraindicated. The risk of coming in contact with someone who has the disease decreases with this "herd immunity."

Second: Reduce Exposure to the Virus 

Effective methods to avoid physical contact with the pathogens that cause influenza or other viral illness include attention to basic hygiene and thorough cleaning and disinfection of spaces and surfaces. Actions that help stop the spread of germs include washing hands frequently with soap and water, scrubbing for at least 20 seconds. Suggesting to students that they say the alphabet or sing the happy birthday song before rinsing ensures that scrubbing lasts long enough.

Covering both mouth and nose while coughing or sneezing with a tissue that is then discarded helps as well. Staying home from school or work during illness is also a proven way to reduce giving influenza to others. Persistently cleaning objects and surfaces touched by people with EPA-registered products also reduces the virus levels, minimizing the chance of contamination that could result in infection.  

Third: Obtain Medical Interventions

Doctors can prescribe antiviral drugs to treat influenza. Taking antiviral medication can make any illness milder and shorten its duration. The medicine might also prevent serious complications that can occur during infection with a virus.

Rely on SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher to work with facility management of businesses and schools to reduce the risk of influenza and virus exposure. Our cleaning and disinfection specialists are available by calling (708) 672-0077.

Avoid Delays When Dealing with Water Damage in Chicago Heights

2/29/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged basement Regardless what type of water has caused damaged to your home, contacting team SERVPRO is the best options. Call us immediately after damage.

Water Damage Plus Sewage in Chicago Heights Home

One of the most severe types of water damage in a home includes sewage. It smells awful, is dangerous for people or pets to touch or breathe, and anything that absorbs it requires disposal as a class-three biohazard. Most importantly, the longer it stays in the house, the more potential damage that happens.

The pungent, distinctive odor was the first sign of water damage to a Chicago Heights homeowner, a sewage leak under the floor in the kitchen. The first call was to SERVPRO for cleanup, and the second was to a plumber to repair the leaking pipe. 

Controlled Demolition Actions

The techs used their moisture detection equipment to scope the kitchen and determine the scale of the water loss. They found the subfloor showed excessive moisture under the bamboo floorboards. They used centrifugal pumps to extract as much embedded moisture as possible and deployed an air scrubber to capture airborne microbes present in the sewage. Fortunately, the baseboards and other structural elements were unaffected by the water.

Safety During Water Loss Cleanup

During water removal and cleaning of water containing sewage, the technicians wear personal protective gear, including respirators. The techs put up plastic barriers over the doorways and vents to halt any cross-contamination from occurring. 

Drying the Subfloor

Before the reinstallation of the bamboo flooring could happen, SERVPRO techs needed to ensure the loss area verified as dry. They used a combination of air movers and drying mats to force air into the subfloor and cause any remaining embedded moisture to rise to the surface. This ensures thorough dryness. Afterward, they wiped down all the surfaces with their exclusive antimicrobial cleaning agents

Odor Control Against Sewage 

While water loss tends to have a musty odor, sewage has an unmistakable smell that requires a multilayered approach to eradicate completely. Along with deodorizing cleaning agents, SERVPRO techs have access to advanced technology such as hydroxyl generators that safely neutralize airborne odor-causing molecules. 

SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher at (708) 672-0077 cleans up and restores homes with water damage to their preloss condition, "Like it never even happened."

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JOB OPENING - CONTROLLER

2/24/2020 (Permalink)

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CONTROLLER Job Discription 

*****Email resume to: BNichols@SERVPROKankakeeCounty.com

Position Summary / Purpose 

Provide leadership and coordination of company financial planning, debt financing, and budget management functions. Ensure that company accounting procedures confirm to generally-accepted accounting principles. 

Assist in managing the profitability and cash flow of the business that will assure the continued liquidity and growth of the company and the financial well-being of its stakeholders. 

Primary Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Direct and coordinate the company financial planning and budget management functions
  • Manage the preparation of financial reports and forecasts
  • Monitor and analyze monthly operating results against budget
  • Oversee daily operations of the Finance department
  • Design the organization structure for the Finance department, staff positions with qualified employees, and continually train and develop employees in order to effectively accomplish the department’s goals and objectives
  • Ensure compliance with local, state/provincial, and federal reporting requirements
  • Work with other department managers, executives, and owners to develop and execute the strategic plan
  • Direct and coordinate debt financing and debt service payments with external agencies
  • Direct financial planning, procurement, and investment of funds
  • Recommend benchmarks for measuring the financial and operating performance of departments and divisions
  • Direct financial audits and provide recommendations for process and procedure improvements
  • Determination of depreciation rates to apply to company capital assets
  • Establish and implement short and long-range departmental objectives, policies, and operating procedures
  • Advise owners / management regarding property and liability insurance coverage needs
  • Accurately prepare and file required tax forms

Additional Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Assist in collecting overdue receivables
  • Represent the company to external media, funding agencies, government agencies, and the general public
  • Provide accounting policy orientation for new staff

Decision Rights and Authority 

  • Hiring, development, and termination decisions for finance department employees
  • Creation of financial forecast and budget portion of strategic plan based on input from owners and department managers
  • Determine when borrowing from existing line of credit is required

Working Relationships and Scope 

  • Regular communication with owner(s) and CEO regarding company performance and strategic issues
  • Maintain communications and relationship with banking and lending organizations.
  • Coordination with all department managers regarding budgets, operating performance, and strategic direction.

Performance Competencies 

  • Integrity–Ironclad. Does not cut corners. Puts the interests of the business above self. Earns trust of co-workers. Intellectually honest, doesn’t play games.
  • Oral Communication–The individual speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations. Effective in one-on-one, small groups, and in public speaking contexts. Adaptable and able to think on his / her feet. Demonstrates a command of the language. Easily articulates ideas and standards.
  • Written Communication–Writes clear, precise, well organized letters, proposals, and emails. Uses proper grammar and punctuation. Demonstrates appropriate vocabulary and correct word usage.
  • Team Building–Achieves cohesion and effective team spirit with subordinates. Ability to motivate teams to produce quality output within tight timeframes and to simultaneously manage multiple projects. Sustains a climate characterized by open, honest relationships where differences are constructively addressed rather than ignored, suppressed, or denied. Treats subordinates fairly and shares credit.
  • Sound Judgment and Decision Making–Demonstrates consistent logic, rationality, and objectivity in decision making. Driven by the financial well-being of the business and its stakeholders
  • Planning and Organizing–Plans, organizes, schedules and budgets in an efficient, productive manner. Effectively contributes to the long-range planning activities. Focuses on key priorities. Pays attention to details. Manages personal time well.
  • Money Management–Demonstrates sound fiscal habits. Employs a disciplined approach to spending. Tracks expenditures. Works from a budget.
  • Excellence–Sets high, ‘stretch’, standards of performance for him / her self and their organization. Demonstrates low tolerance for mediocrity. Encourages individual initiative. Maintains a level of intensity sufficient to achieve long-range goals.
  • Technology–the individual uses typical communication devices to effectively speed communication and appropriately utilizes company-approved estimating, customer contact management, and standard word processing and spreadsheet software tools to enhance efficiency and accuracy of work performed.

Qualifications-Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 

  • Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree in accounting, business or related field plus CPA certification. (MBA or Master’s degree in finance or accounting is preferred but not required). Minimum of seven (7) years of experience in senior-level accounting or finance positions with similar sized and larger organizations. 

  • Finance, Accounting, Budgeting, and Cost Control

Extensive knowledge of the principles and concepts and significant experience in these areas – including generally accepted accounting principles. Knowledge of federal and state/provincial financial regulations. Ability to analyze financial data, prepare financial reports, statements, and projections. Working knowledge of short and long-term budgeting and forecasting. 

  • Strategic Skills

Proven ability to identify clear opportunities and threats. Accurately assesses the company’s strengths and vulnerabilities. Comprehends the big picture. 

  • Mathematical Skills

Possesses strong mathematical skills. Able to quickly compute rate, ratio, and percentages and to interpret financial reports, analyze performance changes and trends. Recognizes inconsistencies across multiple reports and sets of data. 

  • Constructive Confrontation

Has the ability to solicit, process, and integrate inputs and ideas from subordinates, peers, and executives. Recognizes areas of conflict or disagreement and deals with them through open and honest dialogue. Effectively provides feedback. Willing to stand their ground based on sound principles and experience, in the face of opposition by owners and other executives. 

  • Software

Knowledge of automated financial and accounting reporting systems. Effectively operates accounting software (e.g. QuickBooks, Peachtree) and understands how to make changes to ledgers, accounts, and reports to reflect the needs of the business. 

  • Computers and Electronic Technology

Demonstrates intermediate to advanced skill in the use of computers, the internet, PDAs, and other digital technology specific to the job as well as MS Word, Excel, and other industry-specific software. 

Physical Demands 

The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, use hands to finger, handle or feel, reach with hands and arms, and talk or hear. The employee is frequently to stand and walk. The employee must regularly lift and / or move up to 10 pounds. 

Working Conditions 

  • Controller’s work is typically carried out in an office environment. Occasionally traveling to and meeting with customers and clients at their facilities is required.
  • Noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.

***Email resume to: BNichols@SERVPROKankakeeCounty.com

Winning Strategies for Removing Water From Chicago Heights Homes

2/20/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO drying equipment in flood damaged room When water damage happens, SERVPRO was ready to restore the damage. Call us today!

Flood Water Removal and Damage Cleanup in Chicago Heights Home 

Of all the types of home disasters property owners get exposed to, the need for flood water removal and damage cleanup is one of the highest level emergencies. When this type of water event occurs, more than just water gets deposited in the home. 

When SERVPRO handles flood water removal and damage mitigation in Chicago Heights homes, the first thing the techs do is work to save as much of the structure and contents as possible. These actions involve: 

  • Testing water remaining
  • Scoping the property for paths of water migration
  • Determining the best equipment to use
  • Removing undamaged items off-site
  • Finding specific items requested by the homeowner in the loss area 

Why is Floodwater Worse Than a Pipe Break?

While a hot water tank failure or supply line burst has the potential to send copious amounts of water within the home, it holds a rating as clean water that poses no threat to people or pets. Flood water picks up dirt, mud, debris, chemicals, and sometimes sewage and it all lands in the home. Before testing by the SERVPRO techs, there is no way to know how harmful the water is. 

Why Does Sheetrock Get Cut Away From the Bottom Up

This frequently seen action is a practice known as "flood cuts." When sheetrock comes into contact with water, it wicks it quickly into its core and travels upward. The SERVPRO technicians measure above the highest mark the water has gone and cut several inches above it. This controlled demo technique removes the unrestorable portion of the wall and opens up the wall cavity for complete drying.  

Safety During Mitigation

Homeowners usually get advised to stay out of flood loss areas of the home, even if they do not come into contact with the water, there is a still a danger of aspirating airborne particulate that contains harmful pathogens or bacteria. The techs wear rated personal protection gear along with respiration equipment to ensure safety for all during water removal and restoration services. 

When the need for expedited flood water removal and damage cleanup happens, contact SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher at (708) 672-0077. The skilled technicians are on-call 24/7 to make the loss to your home, "Like it never even happened." 

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SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team Nichols

2/16/2020 (Permalink)

Green commercial drying equipment in front of a single story brick school Disaster Recovery Team Nichols drying out school following a frozen sprinkler head

SERVPRO of Chicago Heights Crete Beecher’s Disaster Recovery Team is dedicated to helping customers who have experienced a wide range of residential and commercial structure damage. We respond to damaged caused by fire, water, tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood damage. Much like our local production teams, the commercial team is available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, always prepared for the unpredictable. Our commercial priority responders are well trained and can mobilize to any job in the United States when called upon. Currently we are completing a job in Florida for a commercial client with restaurants located across the country. Simultaneously, we’re completing projects in our local community.

According to the SERVPRO corporate website, "The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are prequalified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster." We are proud to participate on this team! Not only is Team Nichols a Large Loss Response Team (LLRT), we are also a commercial mentor for our franchise partners in the region.

Our commercial and residential teams are also proud to participate on a Storm Team. To do so, a franchise has to be in compliance of all corporate Storm Team requirements and then accept the invitation when a storm event requires our services. When a loss occurs, whether it is a hurricane, flood, or tornado, we send the very best from our local teams to help clients from across the country.

At SERVPRO, the difference is our ability to dispatch trained production professionals and cut costs through the strategic placement and oversight of temporary labor. We are proud to be a part of this team and help our community during the most devastating times.