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Fire Damage in Crete Monee

9/5/2022 (Permalink)

Responding to fire damage scenes quickly is the key to mitigating losses to personal property in a home or business. SERVPRO technicians are ready to respond around the clock when disaster strikes. 

Once the fire is extinguished by the fire department, our crews will quick access the situation and decide how best to move forward. Smoke damaged and Water damaged laundry is usually a priority for our clients. Our Crete Monee crew will identify, inventory and remove all laundry from the structure and get it back to our facility for processing. In many cases, a move out or pack out is required. As quickly as possible, packing materials are brought to the scene and inventory and packing begins. Those items are also brought back to our facility for cleaning and deodorization

The cleaning and deodorization process can be very complex. SERVPRO uses the latest equipment and products to restore contents to pre loss condition. Ozone and hydroxyl machines assist in removing odors and specialized cleaning detergents are used to cleaning everything from laundry to hard wood furniture.

After items have been cleaned and inspected the client and insurance company representative. The are carefully packed always and stored in storage vaults until structure repairs are completed. SERVPRO of Chicago Heights-Crete-Beecher has a state of the art storage facility that is climate controlled and protected by security cameras. Our customer's possessions are our top priority at SERVPRO. 

Fire Damage Factors Involved in Cleaning

8/30/2022 (Permalink)

Cleanup Post Fire May Included Many Specifics for Success

Many homeowners think about a house fire, and the picture that comes to mind is flames exploding out of their windows and up through their roofs. What many of them don't realize is that the actual flames are usually located in just one room (frequently the kitchen) and quickly put out by a home sprinkler system, foam fire extinguisher, or members of the fire department.

Fire damage to Lynwood homes is primarily from the accompanying smoke rather than the heat itself. SERVPRO inspectors and technicians have seven factors that our inspectors and technicians consider to determine how difficult it will be to clean items of smoke residue and restore them to their original state.

1) Type of Surface - A porous surface (flat latex paint or paper wall covering) lets smoke and odor penetrate more easily and is difficult to clean. A non-porous surface (enamel paint or vinyl wall covering) resists smoke and odors and is much easier to clean. For fabrics, synthetic fibers are easier to clean than natural fabrics, but they attract more smoke residue.

2) Age of Surface - The older an item is, the more difficult it is to clean. This applies to carpets and fabrics as well as paint. Even enamel paint becomes more porous as it ages.

3) The amount of Heat - High temperatures cause surfaces to expand, which makes them more porous. This expansion allows smoke residue and odor to more easily penetrate them. If the heat melts or bubbles a finish, then no amount of cleaning will restore them.

4) Amount of Moisture - If sprinklers were activated or firefighters had to soak down a room, the water left standing can combine with smoke damage to permanently yellow surfaces

5) Type of Material Burned - Synthetic materials like plastic and rubber leave a wet, 'greasy' type of soot residue. This is harder to clean than natural materials such as wood that leave a dry, powder-like residue that is easier to clean even if it becomes wet.

6) Air Pressure and Impingement - Heated air expands and circulates faster through a structure. This forces smoke residue farther into cracks and crevices, making cleaning more difficult. It also drives smoke into surfaces with greater speed, pitting and damaging them.

7) Temperature Change - Depending on the material burned, some smoke residues may contain hot oils. If they are cooled very quickly, the residue may form a film that adheres to a surface which is very difficult to clean.

Regardless of the extent of the damage, we do our best to serve our community. SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher understands that these are our neighbors and we do everything we can to help them restore their homes and property to their original state if we can. If you need our services or even just have a question about our training and equipment, call us today at (708) 672-0077.

Mother Nature Doesn't Care If Water Comes In Your Home

7/23/2022 (Permalink)

Have you ever forgotten to close the window before a storm comes in?  Or left for vacation with a window open?  As you may have learned, Mother Nature doesn’t care if water comes in your home.    Water damage to wood window frames or floors can start off small but then quickly turn into a larger problem.  It is important to properly handle a water damage as quickly as possible.

Calling the experts at SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher has years of experience in water mitigation and home restoration.

 Repairs and replacing is what we are great at.  Life throws curve balls at us all, the question is how will you handle the situation?  Property dealing with a home issue can save you hundreds of dollars in the long run. 

SERVPRO Stands Ready To Assist Homeowners With Fire Damage To Their Properties

6/8/2022 (Permalink)

 

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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Don't Let Water Damage Affect Your Business- Call SERVPRO For Quick Remediation

6/7/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Has BOTH the Equipment and the Knowledge to Remediate Your Water Damage Event

A local skating rink owner experienced some massive damage to the building's exterior structure, including the roof and a large portion of stucco siding during the torrential rains that poured through the area this week. Unfortunately, this led to some damages soaking through to interior parts of the building as well. A significant portion of the skating rink floor will need repairs; exposure to water caused it to buckle and warp in some areas. The concession stand services were also affected, with various appliances and other assets needing cleaning or replacement to ensure proper safety in serving customers. On a positive note, the old fashioned arcade machine room was unaffected by the event, and the owners plan to have the doors open for regular business hours over the weekend.

SERVPRO has experience in dealing with both large or smallcommercial water damage situationsin Park Forest businesses. Our staff can provide you with high-quality services and the amount of personnel required to complete your repairs with limited interruptions to operations. Our technicians respond to your initial call within four hours and begin your restoration immediately. It is our business to return your building to a quality pre-damage condition, making it "Like it never even happened" and getting your doors open again as soon as possible.

Whether you have a massive facility with advanced technology or a small retro business, SERVPRO technicians have the experience necessary to perform the repairs necessary to restore your building after a water damage event occurs. After fully inspecting the affected areas, we take the time to discuss our findings and answer any of your questions, fully informing you about our services before beginning work. You will know what we intend to do and how we plan to approach your repairs.

SERVPRO technicians have access to both handheld and truck mountedwater extractors, to properly remove any water involved. Once the standing water is gone, we move all of your assets to a secure, dry location to perform quality drying procedures unique to each item. While also deploying air movers, dehumidifiers and other equipment to properly dry the surrounding area and remove any additional moisture that may exist.

Once everything is dry, you will witness expertly trained SERVPRO technicians quickly and efficiently performing the repairs necessary to restore various areas to a quality pre-damage condition and put the finishing touches on your restoration. Depending on the severity of the event you experience, we could have your business opened again in just a few days.

ContactSERVPROof Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher today and obtain the services your business deserves. (708) 672-0077

SERVPRO Has The Best Equipment Needed To Remove Water

6/6/2022 (Permalink)

 

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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SERVPRO Is Quick To Respond To Water Problems

6/5/2022 (Permalink)

 

Water leaks can go from a small problem to a big one very quickly.  For many homeowners, fixing the pipe is only part of the job.  Many cabinets are made of porous materials that act as a sponge.  After only a few days mold can begin to grow.  Mold can spread fast and be extremely costly to remediate.  Properly cleaning and mitigating a water damage can save money and hassle in the long run.

Calling The Professionals

When you call the professionals at SERVPRO, you will experience a level of knowledge that comes with years of experience and constant training.  Our technicians, crew leaders, and production managers are constantly learning, and staying up to date with industry standards.  


Next Time You Have A Water Damage, CALL SERVPRO!

Water And Electricity Do Not Mix!

5/31/2022 (Permalink)

Temporary Power Solutions for Water-Damaged Park Forest Homes

With so many of our devices working off of electricity, we cannot discredit the possibility of water loss incidents also allowing for power outages and concerns within your Park Forest property. With situations where standing water and excessive moisture content are concerns, it can be unsafe to attempt to utilize power in the house even if the service for this utility has not become entirely disconnected. We have multiple temporary solutions and approaches that can help us to keep working despite hiccups in the power where you live. 

Many adverse effects and conditions stemming from the water damage exist in your Park Forest home after the incident. With how fast these same effects can continually spread the property, it is likely that more areas beyond the source point can become damaged by the movement of water. Our SERVPRO professionals have state-of-the-art equipment and highly trained personnel to address these concerns quickly and confidently. 

With many of our most common choices for extraction being tools that hinge on the use of electricity, our team must travel with portable power solutions for temporary electricity as needed to operate our water damage mitigation and recovery equipment. Among the most common of these solutions that our SERVPRO team offers are large generators. These run on gasoline or diesel fuel, and can continually provide an abundance of power to multiple units working simultaneously. 

Even with the use of gas-powered tools and equipment like our trash pumps, a generator can help to run air movers and dehumidifiers at the same time to address excessive moisture and dampness in exposed areas of the house. Much like the individual drying units, the generator can get moved from one point to another to provide portable power solutions to multiple points of the same recovery. 

No matter when disaster strikes, you need a team that stays prepared for all of the potential effects that your house could face after a water loss incident. Give our SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher professionals a call today at (708) 672-0077.

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Sump Pumps Failures Are Horrible To Experience - Leave The Mess To SERVPRO

5/31/2022 (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.  

Have you ever heard of "The Science of Drying?"

5/2/2022 (Permalink)

Water extraction and structural drying of a water-damaged home in  Crete IL, or anywhere else, is a science, referred to in the Restoration Industry as "The Science of Drying".  It involves the use of established equations, applied knowledge of material properties,  psychometrics (the relationship between relative humidity, absolute humidity, and temperature).

 Another factor is the physical state of the water (ice, liquid water, and water vapor).  We often deal with water-damaged homes in which water is present in all 3 states at the same time.  It also requires specialized extraction and drying equipment, and a thorough knowledge of the operating principals of each piece. This machinery is powerful, capable of removing moisture rapidly, but can also damage materials if not used correctly.  The  Certified Water Restoration Technician considers all of these factors and then applies established equations to determine the most efficient extraction rate possible without causing additional damage.

Aside from the damage moisture can cause to materials, due to the potential for mold or other microbial growth, it can also present a hazard to human health.  So the offending water should be extracted as soon as possible.   

There is often non-visible mold present on surfaces that must be tested by a Certified Mold Technician, who will take samples by swabbing the surface of affected materials.  The samples must be sent off to a certified lab for analysis.  

Mold can also grow in concealed spaces, such as inside walls or beneath the flooring. To treat mold under these circumstances usually requires removal of drywall or flooring to access areas for testing and drying.  Under most conditions non-porous materials can be dried, disinfected and restored by the technician. Structural wood materials can usually be restored.  They must be dried and then sanded to a specified depth.   Sometimes porous materials, such as carpet, drywall our upholstered furniture cannot be restored and must be discarded.