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Ask The Experts: What Happens After The Fire?

4/5/2021 (Permalink)

Fires cause so much more damage than just destroying a home.  Fires destroy memories, happiness, peace, and safety.  After a fire, even a small one, calling SERVPRO can start the rebuilding of your life.  Our technicians know that you are a person and we treat you the way that we would want to be treated.  We do what we can to help restore your life.  We can restore your home and also the items in it.  If your photo album has smoke and soot damage our document restoration team will jump in.  If your child’s favorite stuffed animal has damaged our cleaning crew can take it back to our offices and do their best to bring it back to its prior life.  

Our fire restoration team does what needs to be done to bring life back to your home and a smile back to your face.  We can’t fix everything but we can do our best to get as close to preload condition as possible.  We know that some things will be lost and that if we’re our highly trained technicians will help you navigate through insurance claims.  

Mold Damage Requires Expertise and SERVPRO Is Here For You!

3/31/2021 (Permalink)

Mold growth can create a hazardous situation for Chicago area homes and businesses, so understanding the threat of what you face and how to overcome the organism is critical. With thousands of varieties of mold and multiple causes for the moisture that can facilitate colonization, a thorough inspection and assessment of your property is an important first step. Testing the environment may be a vital process of both the mold inspection process and the final approval of effective remediation and restoration practices by our qualified technicians.  

Throughout the greater metropolitan area, our SERVPRO technicians help home and business owners with mold-related damages throughout the year. Our experienced team is ready to provide Mold Inspections and Air Sampling at your residence in Chicago Heights or commercial building. Knowing what to expect when our highly trained Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) arrive for an initial inspection can help you to understand how thorough this process is.  

When we first arrive, our inspection team works on establishing an idea of the relative humidity throughout the house and checks areas like the foundation for leaks and moisture penetration, as well as the plumbing, air ducts, the roof, and windows. We also look to identify any musty odors present on the property. It is very challenging for property owners to identify the presence of mold, especially without being able to see the mold directly.  

Mold Assessment - We offer indoor air quality and mold related assessments and consulting, providing our client’s remediation protocols, and we can conduct post-remediation assessments. The sampling of the environment from your home is sent to a nearby lab for further analysis. Under the charge of specialists, the concentration of mold spores can get determined.  

An elevated volume of spores and fungal presence can indicate contamination, and our SERVPRO remediation team must get to work on mitigation strategies. This same air testing can occur throughout the remediation process and after the restoration has completed showing that our work has made the property safe for occupation again.

You might not always know when mold damage could exist in your home or business, but our SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) can help. Give us a call at (708) 672-0077 for a thorough mold inspection of your Chicago Heights area residential or commercial property.

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Water Problems Can Grow Quickly, But SERVPRO Is Here To Help

3/31/2021 (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!

Why SERVPRO? We are the flood specialists!

3/31/2021 (Permalink)

Flooding can happen without much warning to those living in Chicago Heights, and worse still, many of these residents have already experienced this disaster before. When homes and apartments exist in flood-prone areas, the right conditions can allow for persistent threats to the structures. The best defense for the onset of flood damage is to reach out to the skilled professionals that we have on our SERVPRO emergency response team.

As tempting as DIY restoration might seem, especially once you have already paid the cost for recovering flood damage in Chicago Heights homes in the past, it is more complicated than it might initially appear. If you have used our team of qualified flood restoration specialists in the past, our efficiency and knowledge of industry approaches for rapid drying and extraction might also explain how you might believe that flood restoration is more straightforward than it is. There are advantages for you and your wallet to choose educated flood specialists.

Extensive Training
No single member of our emergency response team has gone without training through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC.) This organization sets industry standards for education and skills for technicians, ensuring that our professionals are well-trained and prepared for the scenarios they might encounter. In flood recovery, we can dispatch technicians with endorsements such as:

    •    WRT – Water Restoration Technicians
    •    ASD – Applied Structural Drying
    •    CCT – Carpet Cleaning Technicians
    •    AMRT – Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians
    •    Biohazard Recovery Unit

Industry-Leading Equipment
Our team invests heavily in the best possible equipment available in our restoration niches. For flood recovery, we have weighted extractors, specialty drying equipment, and moisture detection tools that can keep our technicians on track.

Experience Under Pressure
One of the most positive features of choosing the expertise of our SERVPRO team is the hands-on experience that our team brings to the table. With decades of service in the greater Chicago region, we have helped to restore countless homes and businesses.

Flooding can be a hazardous situation, and this can worsen the longer that you wait to concede the project to the skilled hands of professional restorers like our SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher team. Give our professionals a call anytime at (708) 672-0077.

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Why SERVPRO? We are lean, mean, cleaning machines!

3/26/2021 (Permalink)

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

 

Why SERVPRO? Storms Fear Us!

3/26/2021 (Permalink)

The storm response team of our SERVPRO brand is one of the most skilled and responsive units rolling out of our Chicago facility. With how quickly weather events like windstorms can get out of control, especially so close to Lake Michigan. As we have seen how our proximity to this body of water has affected our region during the winter months especially, it can also amplify wind damages to homes and businesses inside and surrounding the city.

How professionals respond to the windstorm damage on Chicago structures can make a substantial difference in how critical these situations become. Structural breaches that do not get addressed quickly can present opportunities for flood damage, animal infestations, and other detrimental effects. Even during windstorms, the possibility of dropping temperatures or following precipitations can make emergency construction solutions a vital need for your household.

Though we do not do building services directly, our SERVPRO team works closely with reputable residential contractors to ensure that work is getting started on your home quickly. Our mitigation services hinge on the sealing up of vulnerabilities in your property, and that is why even basic services like board up and roof tarping can help to limit additional threats to your household while our team sets up drying equipment and other recovery tools inside.

The cold snaps that can often follow windstorm damage during the winter months can threaten plumbing and other water fixtures in the house, and this becomes even more urgent with structural breaches for additional cold air fronts to access interior plumbing. From cleaning up the debris and drying up water damage in your house to offering temporary power and heating where you need it during a crisis, we are here to help.

Windstorms can present a serious threat to area homes and businesses, but our SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher team can help. With our premier recovery tools and fast response to emergencies, we can make much of the damage in these situations “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (708) 672-0077.

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Why SERVPRO? You Will Love Our ERP!

3/14/2021 (Permalink)

As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. And knowing you are "Ready for whatever happens" speaks trust to your clients and employees that in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don't necessarily have to be.

While it may be difficult to prepare for the unpredictable, there are steps you can take now to ensure you are ready when disaster strikes. One way to prepare your business for any type of disaster, is to establish an Emergency READY Profile (ERP)

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile is a start up approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. It is designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information. By working with SERVPRO's Emergency Ready Profile, your business can receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster. SERVPRO is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order.

Call today to get started! (708) 672-0077 or visit www.SERVPRO.com/Ready 

Burst Pipe? SERVPRO Can Help!

3/9/2021 (Permalink)

Charming local shops Park Forest dare not disappoint loyal customers. When your candy kitchen suffers a burst pipe, you need a water mitigation plan that gets your sweet treat creation back on line fast. Moisture in a food preparation area must be managed quickly because mold growth can accelerate within 24 to 48 hours.

Our experienced team of water damage restoration technicians can be at your Park Forest site within hours of your first call. We are proud of our commitment to be Faster to any size disaster, and couple our speed with the preparation to take on any project immediately after we assess the problem.

Each SERVPRO service vehicle carries water removal and structural drying equipment to avoid delays. Once our crew lead devises the water mitigation plan, our technicians are on the job. Water more than two inches in depth pumps out, and then our wanded extractors suction moisture out of edges and crevices.

The tile floor and walls likely found in your commercial kitchen might seem to clean up rapidly, but we take the time to locate hidden pockets of water. We use thermal scanners that reveal water in cavities and moisture meters that signal where porous structural materials might hold higher than normal dampness. SERVPRO technicians master IICRC training, learning how to track water migration and to use effective strategies to return wet materials to normal moisture content.

Once we remove the majority of the water our SERVPRO team switches to drying mode. Our signature green trucks stock heater, air movers, and dehumidifiers to create the proper atmospheric balance within the affected area. The goal is to move absorbed water out of structures into the air as vapor. The water vapor absorbs or condenses depending on whether we employ desiccant or evaporative dehumidification equipment.

SERVPRO employees then use EPA registered products to sanitize the water-damaged surfaces. As quickly as possible we transform wet and soggy to “Like it never even happened.” You and your customers enjoy that sweet finish.

SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher is on the job fast when water damages your local business. Call us day or night at (708) 672-0077 to schedule an assessment.

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Why SERVPRO? Because pipes freeze, and we can help!

3/1/2021 (Permalink)

When cold weather strikes in the midwest, it brings with it many nasty consequences. Ice, snow, and frigid temps can lead to damage to your home or business that can be quite inconvenient, and in some cases costly. So what should you do? Call SERVPRO!

If frozen pipes happen to you, it is important to call a professional as soon as possible. Frozen pipes lead to bursting pipes which leads to water EVERYWHERE! Don't let this happen to you! Make sure you have a plan that includes giving SERVPRO a call! We are here and ready to use our equipment, expertise, and experience to get you back to preloss condition. 

The Danger Of E.Coli-You Are Going To Want To Read This

2/26/2021 (Permalink)

E.Coli is a nasty toxin that can cause all sorts of horrible issues. Vomiting, Diarrhea, and respiratory illness to name just a few! So how do you avoid this disgusting little guy? Glad you asked! 

What carries E.Coli, and how do I avoid it?

Beef, vegetables, and untreated water all can be carriers of E.Coli. How do you make sure you don't invite this toxin into your body? Here are three solid tactics:

  • wash your hands and exposed skin
  • clean your equipment
  • wear boot/shoe covers

These are just a few ways to limit your exposure to E.Coli and other nasty toxins. Check out the link below to view a helpful infographic from the IICRC!

IICRC Infographic